Hey There Dumpling Stamp Set: Inspiration

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Nothing says all that and “dim sum” like the Hey There Dumpling Stamp Set from our new Love-N-Hearts Mini Collection! 

This stamp set has layering stamps that create the most adorable sushi-night inspired characters. They even have little faces you can add for an extra little something.

I created this card on Facebook Live Stream and included the fabulous I Love You Soy Patterned Paper, Romance Sequins and the Hearts and Tags Dies (which I'm a SUPER FAN of!!!).

I love the colors and the layering…I mean, the little hearts die cut through the bottom of the tag is too cute! Catch the replay here.

The next three cards were created on this Facebook Live Stream. I started with the color palette from our I Love You Soy Patterned Paper Pack which includes the colors: Be Mine, Samba, Do-Si-Do, Mint to Be, & Cummerbund.

A couple dumplings, strips of patterned paper and you're done!

This busy pattern from the I Love You Soy Patterned Paper Pack…I've been so excited to use it! It is perfect for using with the Mini Take Out Box with its heavy concentration of pattern.

It was also perfect for use on this card…just a strip at the bottom along with a skinny stripe looks fabulous! I'm also a sucker for creating “collages” of stamp images like I did on this card. It's so fun to arrange the pieces, it's kinda like playing with Colorforms from back in the day!

This stamp set can be used for an entirely different look. I traced a heart from the Heart Trio Slimline Die, then filled it in with the various sized hearts from the Hey There Dumpling Set. Don't forget about those small stamps we pack in our sets! You can get a ton of mileage out of them!

Try different color combos when building your sushi. On this card, I used the striped paper from the I Love You Soy Patterned Paper as my color inspiration. Do-Si-Do, Be Mine, Mint-to-Be and Cummerbund look perfect together!

Here's Ilina's take on pairing these stamps and the Heart Trio Slimline. This one shows the variety of pieces in the set you can pair up to make sushi using one stamp in three different ways.

Ashlee paired the Heart Trio Slimline Die with Hey There Dumpling stamped and die cut images. Why not try an out-of-the-take-out-box color combo for your sushi?  This card uses the same basic stamps but a variety of colors for an extra bit of whimsy!

These stamps make the perfect embellishments for our Mini Take-Out Box Die. I love how Ashlee coordinated her card and treat box by using the same patterned paper.

Why not just go with a one layer background featuring one stamp like this card from Ilina? Stamping this in two colors, she created her own repeating pattern. It's like custom stamped patterned paper!

All supplies are linked below, thanks for visiting the blog today!

Ready for a Date Night? Latest Inks from CPD

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Queue the trumpets- dunt da da daaa!! You have been waiting patiently and we are thrilled to finally be able to bring you the latest colors to our CP Party Ink Collection, Date Night!

Introducing Do-Si-Do, Catching Rays, Chiffon, In the Park, Cummerbund, Sernade, Drive-In and Pucker-Up! These eight new colors slot beautifully in with our existing Party line and will bring some new joy to your color combos!

The colors in the Date Night collection make the most gorgeous rainbow when all used together. What fun they are on this card featuring the Mod Strips Cover Plate. I created these cards on a Live Stream with our friends from the Foil Snobs Group. You can catch the replay here.

Paired with other colors in the collection, these newbies really sing. For example, I used Flirty Fuchsia with Pucker Up and Samba with Do-Si-Do on the build-able flowers from the Be Wild Stamp Set for this card.

Aren't Serenade and Drive-In a match made in color heaven?

Using the same stamps and ink colors, I also created this beauty. I love the diversity you can get from just a few supplies and cannot get enough of Date Night!! I think I will be grabbing these colors the most for a while. Which is your favorite?

CP Party Color Wheel- Being a Color Combo Champ!

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With our new Date Night Collection of Inks, we released a Color Wheel to help you put colors together, to see where our colors are on the spectrum and to show the range of colors.

Download the Color Wheel here!

Some of our stamping friends have had some questions, so we thought a blog post would help explain!

The Catherine Pooler Ink Collection has been created with our Color Made Easy System and divided into two main collections of color.

Life of the Party Ink Collection from our Party Line

The Party Collection includes all fully saturated colors. They are bright and vibrant (think colors like lime green) and run the spectrum from light to dark.

Zen Garden Collection from our Spa Line

Spa Collection Inks all have a muted undertone. Think greyed down colors like olive and rose. These colors run from light to dark and were created to go together since they are all on a similar saturation level.

Spring Fling Collection from our Party Line

The Color Wheel as a concept, is a tool that was inspired by Sir Issac Newton's color disc which showed the natural color spectrum.

Our version is not so technical but shows where each CP ink best fits in the classic spectrum and is a useful tool for creating easy color combos. Let's look at the basics!

Check out this FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM to see how to use the Color Wheel!

Color 101- in a nutshell

The basics of color theory start with primary colors- Red, Yellow, and Blue. By mixing and matching these three colors, you can create an endless number of colors! Adding hints of white and black adjust the shade level making colors lighter and darker- it's like adding or taking away light.

There is much to explore with color when it comes to paints and other mediums, but when we are talking about stamping with ink, our goal is to pick colors and tones that work well together and are pleasing to the eye.

Everyone likes different things, so don't worry too much about rules when experimenting with your inks. If you would like a bit of help learning the ropes in pairings, tools like this Color Wheel will help!

Monochromatic Colors

Various shades and tones of colors that fall in the same color family are perfect for layering and two-step stamps. These ink colors will always pair nicely and are an easy place to start for a clean and simple card color palette.

Complementary Colors

Complementary Colors fall directly across from each other on the color wheel. Pairing them creates beautiful contrast. If you started with two choices from monochromatic colors and then add one complimentary, it will create a glorious pop!

For instance, if you are using Serenade and Drive-In, any of the colors in our Orange Yellow family will be a smashing choice! Go lighter with Tiara for a subtile pop or darker in shade with Tiki Torch for a more dramatic impact.

Analgous Colors

Analogous Colors are side by side on the color wheel. Wherever you start with your main color, you can choose accent colors in one direction or from either side to enhance your color combo.

Let's start with Aquatini- adding In the Park and Melon Ice will be gorgeous or try In the Park and Suede Shoes for another fun combo. Either way, try picking your accent colors in shade slightly lighter and darker to help bring balance.

…and a bit more advanced

Triad denotes three colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. If you mentally rotate this triangle, you will find other Triadic combinations like RO, YG and BV. These trios can create an even bolder look with high contrast.

Tetrad are four colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. This works the same way but adds another color to the mix. It's always good to choose one color as your main star and use the others as accents. This gives great visual balance.

Experimenting with color is the best way to learn what you like. Why not try swatching out combos you have tried and love on a die cut tag? Label them for future reference.

No matter what, the most important “rule” is to have fun getting inky! For great color combo ideas, keep your eye on my posts on Instagram and in Pinterest. Save your favorites and reference them for your next card making project.

References

Looking for color combo ideas? Here are some fabulous places to get inspired:

Pinterest Boards and Instagram account.

Ink Technique Videos on YouTube

Intro to the Color Wheel on Facebook Live

Shop our Ink Collection

CPD Brand Ambassadors

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As we start a new term for the CPD Brand Ambassador Team, we are thrilled to celebrate this wonderful group of talented artist influencers. Massive cheerleaders of the CPD brand and confessed CP Ink addicts, our team is a joy to work with and never fail to amaze us with their card making creativity.

Click the picture above to pop over to our Brand Ambassador page of our website to find a link to each contributor's blogs!

We are looking forward to all the fun this next 6 months will bring! We would like to congratulate Victoria Calvin on some exciting new personal ventures. She will be stepping down in March to make time for new projects and we will miss her madly. We look forward to having her guest with us from time to time and wish her well.

We also are excited to welcome back Lisa Harrolle, who had to take a break from the team last year. We missed her while she was gone but are thrilled to have her back! Lisa has a way of creating such unexpected cards and we are always anxiously waiting to see what she will come up with next!

Also, we would like to send a BIG thanks to Adelina Starace and Laura Volpes who had to step down in the middle of last term due to unexpected life circumstances. We do love these talented ladies and enjoyed having their contributions for a time.

What a privilege it is to work with so many dynamic and talented people who love our brand! Here's to a wonderful start to 2021!

I Just LOVE the Love in Heart Die…

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I know you aren't supposed to have favorites, but the Love in Heart Dies just might be my favorite thing in the new Love-N-Hearts Mini Collection!  This 2-piece die speaks my language and can be used in variety of ways.

Love in Hearts Die with pink heart

This die can be pretty special just all on it's own, but let's look at some other ideas of how to showcase this fun heart and word die.

card with argyle paper and Love in Heart Die and sushi

The inside die has the word “love” connected to the heart frame and on its own creates a fab focal point for any card.  Try highlighting it by popping it up with foam tape and setting it over some patterned paper like this piece of argyle from the I Love You Soy paper pack.

card featuring Love in Heart die with embossed effect

You can't go wrong when adding sparkle!  On this card, Kristie embossed the whole die in Cummerbund Embossing Glitter, then layered it over a solid white scalloped heart.  This is a classic way to use the two dies as a pair.

This card is Erika's favorite…using slip strips of paper and the direct-to-paper method, Kristie created a rainbow of Date Night colors on her card and popped the white die over top. 

The die just jumps off the card and the little white embossed over black sentiment give the perfect added pop of contrast.

How about trying a monochrome color combo? By using the darker Drive-In on the Love in Hearts Die, it really pops layered over the Serenade and Drive-In heart stamped background.

Layer with vellum, try the scalloped heart on its own, or even create a shaker card- the Love in Hearts Dies has endless options for spreading some love on your next card project.

Oh, the Rainbow Cards You’re Gonna Make!

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Today is the last day to sign up for the January Club Sursee and if you haven't joined yet, now is the time to get in on the purple envelope excitement!

Choose BASIC or DELUXE here!

Sign up TODAY (Jan 14) for our Basic or Deluxe Member Level and you will receive a FREE 3×4 Stamp Set in your shipment. All current subscribers will also get this little treat- Shine Your Light Stamp Set.

This large rainbow stamp and encouraging sentiment stand alone to create perfect cards but also coordinate with the rest of the January Sursee shipment. What color palette will you choose for your rainbow card first?

We are starting the 2021 Club Sursee year with a bang! The stamps in this month's pairing are too cute for words. Basic Members get a discounted bundle of two coordinating stamp sets sent right to their mailbox every month! Just add ink!

Deluxe Members save even more on their monthly pricing, as they also receive the addition of two sets of dies.

In the true spirit of a “Sursee surprise” we even add in additional bonuses for Deluxe members from time to time.

We are giddy with what the 2021 Club Members have coming their way. Join today and get a pleasant little surprise to your mailbox, every month!

Love-N-Hearts Collection Release Day

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The Newest Mini Collection, Love-N-Hearts is now available in our shop! These Valentine themed stamps, dies and accessories will have your heart skipping a beat!

With all of our collections, we create pieces to coordinate together like a dream and will bundle those items up for you for ease of ordering. You can click once and save since our bundles are discounted! If you prefer, all products are available as individual ordering as well.

Let's take a peek at the options for Love-N-Hearts…

I Love You Soy Bundle

  • Hey There Dumpling Stamps
  • Hey There Dumpling Dies
  • I Love You Soy Patterned Paper
  • Romance Sequin Mix

Hearts Bundle

  • Hip Hearts Stamp Set
  • Hip Hearts Dies
  • Happy Hearts Slimline Patterned Paper
  • Loveladies Sequins

Extra Love Bundle

  • Mini Take-Out Box Die
  • Scribbled Hearts Stencil
  • Heart Trio Slimline Die
  • Hearts-n-Tags Dies
  • Love in Heart Die

If you just prefer to pick your favorites and mix and match your own personal collection, that works too! You can always purchase any of our products a la carte to get just YOUR personal favorites!

On the other hand….if you just can't narrow it down, you can always choose the I Want It All Bundle!! Again, when you buy a bundle, the price is discounted, saving you time and a bit of dumpling dough!

I Want It ALL Bundle

  • Date Night 8 Ink Bundle with Refills
  • All Items in Hearts Bundle
  • All Items in I Love You Soy Bundle
  • All Items in Extra Love Bundle
  • Pack of 4 CP Blending Brushes

Don't forget to add your favorite new WOW! Embossing Powders…

  • Halo Embossing Glitter
  • Cummerbund Embossing Glitter
  • In the Park Embossing Glitter
  • Touch of Lemon Embossing Glitter

Happy Shopping and make sure to tag us when you share your latest CP card creations with #catherinepoolerdesigns #cplovenhearts and #cpdatenightinks!!

Love-N-Hearts Collection: Extra Love Bundle

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All the accessories you need to go along with your favorites from our I Love You Soy and Heart Bundles are right here in the Extra Love Bundle.  These dies and stencil will mix and match for endless Valentines and loved themed cards year round. 

The Extra Love Bundle Includes:

  • Love in Heart Die
  • Hearts-n-tags
  • Mini Take-Out Box
  • Scribbled Hearts Stencil
  • Heart Trio Die

These products can be purchased individually or in a bundle at a discount!

Give your lovin' heart a burst of joy with the Love in Heart Dies.  This pair of dies features a large block LOVE joined inside a heart frame and a scalloped edge background heart to layer or use on its own. 

Try decorating the scalloped hearts as little Valentine or add the larger LOVE heart to your card front for an eye-catching element.

The Hearts-n-Tags Dies is the cutest little bundle of dies you ever did see! We packed in tons of fabulous bits for creating love themed tags and patterned hearts to layer on cards and scrapbook pages. 

To go with our sushi themed products, we just had to release a Mini Take-Out Box! Perfect for filling with candy or another surprise!  The Mini Take-Out Box Die was made with Valentine's Day in mind but will be a cute way to share small gifts year round. 

The Mini Take Out Box Die cuts and scores your paper and folds into a tiny little take-out box.  Embellish with a tag from the Hearts-n-Tag Dies and maybe tie up with a piece of twine.  Cuteness to-go!

Who is ready for a heart shaker slimline?  The Heart Trio Slimline Die is ready for action!  This three piece slimline die is built to help you cut and layer pieces for fun slimline window cards. 

This adorable shaker card from Ilina pulls out all the stops!  The Hey There Dumpling Stamps embellish each heart and the Romance Sequins are the perfect color combo. What a great example of how our products were designed to coordinate.

The Scribble Hearts Stencil will be just right for creating fun and modern heart backgrounds to any card.  Doesn't it look fab with Pucker Up Ink?

Head over to Facebook for the Live Stream Replay to see these products in action!

Join us on Wednesday, January 13 for our Love-N-Hearts Release Party on YouTube!

All new products hit the shop on Wednesday, January 13 at 9am Eastern!

Love-N-Hearts Collection: I Love You Soy Bundle

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The I Love You Soy Bundle is perfect for your funny Valentine!  This bundle of sushi date night themed products has it all, to-go! 

The I Love You Soy Bundle includes:

  • Hey There Dumpling Stamp Set and Dies
  • I Love You Soy Patterned Paper
  • Romance Sequins

Purchase these products individually, or buy the bundle for a discount!

Start with a traditional Valentines color scheme and add a bit of a twist with the I Love You Soy Patterned Paper pack! 

This 6×6 paper features sweet patterns inspired by the combo of Be Mine, Samba, Do-Si-Do, Mint to Be, & Cummerbund as well as a couple of sushi-riffic prints that coordinate with the Hey There Dumpling Stamp Set. 

The Romance Sequin mix was created to coordinate with the paper and is full of soft, translucent pinks with a pop of Mint to Be- which seems apropos. 

Brand Ambassador, Ilina made the most of her Hey There Dumpling Dies on this simple and sweet card. Don't you just adore the tiny heart stamp for that added little touch of sweet?

On this one, she created a nice asymmetrical focal point by offsetting her white layer over this sheet of patterned paper. This bundle was created to go together like soy sauce and wasabi! Umami!

Be sure to join us on our Facebook and YouTube Live Streams! We have so much fun and share so many great projects!

StampNation Members! The Birthday Bundle will restocked on January 12! You can grab your discount and the new Date Night Inks, along with the Love-N-Hearts Release all at the same time!

Not a StampNation Member? Now is a perfect time to join…you'll save $18 on the bundle which covers about two month's membership. Hope to see you there!

Club Sursee FREEBIE for Subscribers!!

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We are kicking off the 2021 year of Club Sursee with a little something extra for all subscribers! The Shine Brightly 3×4 Stamp Set was designed to coordinate with January's products and will be included in your purple envelope for FREE!

This sweet little stamp and sentiment will make a card all on their own, but mix and match perfectly with the other stamps in the Sursee.

Sursee Guest Designer Wanda Guess created this gorgeous card. I love the traditional color palette with this. Isn't it fabulous?

If you are not a Club Sursee Member yet, now is the time to sign up! Subscribe to our Basic or Deluxe membership by January 14th to get these goodies sent to you and receive the extra bonus! You'll be “over the rainbow” excited you joined in!

Love-N-Hearts Collection: Hearts Bundle

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Make a date for yourself this Valentine's season with the new Love-n-Hearts Collection.  Starting with our gorgeous 8 New Party Inks, Date Night, we wanted to bring stamps that would celebrate the vibrant hues. 

Introducing the Hearts Bundle!

  • Hip Hearts Stamps and Dies
  • Happy Hearts Slimline Pattern Paper
  • Loveladies Sequins

See all the products and some great projects in this Facebook Live.

The Hip Hearts Stamp Set and bundle tap into our love for traditional holiday themes with a bit of whimsy.  Who doesn't love a modern take on the Valentines from our youth?   

These stamps, dies, and accessories will work perfect for sharing Valentines or year round in sending cards expressing love and friendship. 

The Happy Hearts Slimline Paper coordinates beautifully with the new Do-Si-Do, Chiffon, Serenade, Drive-In and Pucker Up Inks! This color combo really pulls at my heart strings!

You can use the slimline paper to create either slimline or as accents for traditional A2 cards. Why not even try making mini cards? I think it would be fun to try a small square base for Valentines you nestle in with some chocolate for my girls!

The Hip Hearts Stamps are multi-step hearts with patterns and graphic off-set outlines or solid stamps for fun mixing and matching.  Pair them with their coordinating dies to layer and pop your images on your card.  

Loveladies is a mix of periwinkle and purple with a pop of cheery yellow flowers and Pucker Up hearts that was created to coordinate with the Happy Hearts Patterned paper. 

Kristie created this fun card, reminiscent of conversation hearts. I love the patterns on these guys!

Victoria seriously has a heart party going on up in here! This card really shows off our new colors of Serenade, Drive-In, Cummerbund and Chiffon!

Daniel created this fab card with such a simple little sentiment but gorgeous pops of color and ink blending! Don't you just love the sketchy, hand drawn feel of the patterned hearts and all the personality they have?

These fabulous new products hit the shelves on January 13 along with our new Date Night Inks!

StampNation Members get to order early on January 12 and their orders ship first! Join us here!

LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE

Facebook Live on Monday and Tuesday at Noon Eastern (Jan. 111 and 12).

Youtube Live on Wednesday, January 13 at Noon Eastern. See you then!

New Inks – Q&A

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January 13 can not get here quick enough! That's the day our new inks go on sale and we'll be shipping them out to you! (unless you're a StampNation Member, then you get to shop on January 12 and your order will be shipped first!)

We have had a lot of questions and many people are asking the same few questions, so I thought I'd post an update here.

Q: How is a foam pad different than other types of pads?

A: Foam pads release ink very easily (to any surface, thus Inky Fingers!!), so when you lightly tap your stamp onto your ink pad a couple times, you'll get gorgeous coverage resulting in a solid stamped image. It's easy to ink and easy to stamp.

Since the foam is squishy, a light touch is all you need. If you press down too hard, your stamp will sink into the pad and you'll get ink in places you don't want.

Q: Sometimes when I stamp a brand new stamp, I get bubbling with my ink on the stamp and it doesn't stamp solidly.

A: That's an easy fix! Ink your stamp, then stamp on scratch paper a few times. Rub your stamp on the scratch paper, then ink and stamp again. A few rounds of this and your stamp will be ready to go!

Q: Will you be releasing Date Night Minis?

A: We will! We have some Spa Ink Collection Minis to release first, so be on the look out for those!

Q: What’s the difference between Party and Spa?

A: Our Party Ink Collection colors are highly saturated colors. Think lime and hot pink! Our Spa Collection colors are sophisticated and muted colors. Think rose and olive.

Choose your collection and choose your colors and know they are going to work beautifully together because they are created with the same saturation level. It's Color Made Easy!

Our two collections of inks have shades from light to dark and run the rainbow of colors!

Q: Will you have stickers for the Mini Ink Pads?

A: You can learn more about how and why we are releasing new sticker labels for our ink pads HERE. We do not have the same challenges with the Mini Ink Pads and due to their small size, they will continue to be pad printed.

Q: Can I use Catherine Pooler Inks for watercoloring?

A: Absolutely! Our inks are water based dye inks that work beautifully with water. Smoosh your pad on a watercolor palette or a slick surface, add some water and color away! Get a more intense color when you use our ink refills for watercoloring!

Q: Are you going to offer side labels for the ink pads.

A: Believe me when I say we would love to offer this! Unfortunately, it pains me to say, we are unable to offer that at this time. We haven't given up yet, though!

I hope this Q&A helps and you are as excited as we are for these gorgeous new ink pads to hit the shop on January 13!

New CP Ink Blending Brushes

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I love using my ink blending brushes so much! They work great to blend our gorgeous CP inks to make fab backgrounds and with stencils. I was finding that I was often unsure what color family I used with which brush and decided I would prefer a white bristled brush.

So ta-da! Introducing the brand new CP Blending Brushes!

The CP Blending Brushes come with lovely teal handles and soft, white bristles for smooth ink blending and easy soap and water cleaning. 

The CP Blending Brushes will be sold in packs of 4 and have approximately 1.25″ heads which we found works great for most ink blending projects.

These new cuties will be hitting the shop with our new Date Night Inks on January 13th! Grab a set or two to go with your gorgeous new hues!

Date Night Inks are All Dressed Up and Ready to GO!

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Here they are, friends…in all their inky glory! The brand new Date Night Collection of eight gorgeous ink colors. This rainbow of brights is going to make your heart sing and fit in with your Party Collection colors like a dream.

With these fresh inks, we have some fresh new packaging too! The Date Night Collection has new sticker labeled lids with an updated look! An exact match between a printed lid and a stamped image is nearly impossible, but our new stickers are a better representation of the ink color. You'll also find the stickers have a nice crisp image and will give your ink pads a fresh look!

We didn't want our other 60 colors to feel left out so we have new label lids on all our colors now!

As our stock of each color sells out, we will be restocking with the new lids, but never fear…if you think your current inks need sprucing up, we've got you covered too.

Also available in the shop will be the full Party and Spa Collections of sticker labels! You can buy a set and dress up your current pads. The new sticker labels will be available on January 13th.

Click here for the YouTube video where I share each color and how they work with the other colors already in our line up!

Fresh new inks and fresh new labels. 2021 is looking better already!

Save the Date 1.13.21- Brand New Ink Collection!

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The wait is nearly over, Inky Friends! After a good number of challenges in 2020 we are SO excited to announce our brand new Date Night Ink Collection will be hitting the shop next week!

In true CP Tradition, we are having a full on color party to ring in the New Year and new colors. Four years ago we share fun pictures with poem clues to guess our Life of the Party Colors. Remember this one?

Catherine Pooler in Flirty Fuchsia with her daughters

We wanted to bring some of that fun back for Date Night! Eli and the girls were great sports and helped me with Flirty Fuchsia…Debbie and Joe jumped in the action with this..any guesses as to what this color could be called?

Couple looking at cake with lemons

I shared the first three colors today on my Facebook Live Stream and there is still time for you to guess the names of the other 5 over in my Instagram or FACEBOOK accounts.

FULL SET OF DATE NIGHT UP FOR GRABS! I will be selecting two random guessers to win the full set of 8 inks!

Tune in on Wednesday on Youtube Live (replay will be available) to see the rest of the Date Night colors in action and see which names you guessed correctly!

These inks, along with our new Blending Brushes and a few new products (stay tuned later this week and early next) will all hit the shop on January 13!