Out West Collection: Wanna Hug Bundle Reveal

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Today, we shared the first products in the Wanna Hug Bundle from our upcoming Out West Collection. The adorable cactus images in the Wanna Hug? Stamp Set are repeated in the Prickly Patterned Paper and the heart of this Collection.

The My Kind Flowers Stamp Set was designed to coordinate perfectly with it's Wanna Hug? sister set and is my kinda stamp set! Darling little flowers to stamp and layer along with a few fun sentiments and border elements. I call that perfection!

No Southwest inspired collection would be complete without a beautiful traditional Navaho inspired pattern like the one in the Dessert Diamonds Background Stamp.

The patterns and images play so nicely together and we thought would look perfect in a spa color palette of blues and greens. This was the inspiration behind the Santa Fe Sequin Mix- and you will love the pop of printed “Polished” sequins in there to mirror the textures and terra cotta found in southwestern decor.

As always, our stamp sets have coordinating dies to give you versatility in layering up your card fronts and providing a fun way to nest your plants in their little decorated pots!

Don't forget the Canyon Mini Coverplate which is also in this amazing Wanna Hug Bundle. The design reminded us of layers of earth and stone like the Grand Canyon and it can be used so many ways. I loved the inlaid effect on this card and the simplicity of the white on white.

I created this fun shaker on Facebook Live yesterday with the Canyon Mini Cover Plate, the Miss You Word Die and the Skyscapes Mini Cover Plate (I'll share them tomorrow!) – I love the textures!

You are going to have so much fun with the Wanna Hug Bundle stamps and dies. Buy them all for a great bundle price or mix and match your favorite pieces. I can't wait to share more of the Collection with you over the next few days!

Introducing the Out West Collection

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Hello my friends! The new product release festivities have begun! We announced the theme of our next collection of card making products today on Facebook LiveOut West!

This past year several of us were lucky enough to travel “Out West” to parts of our country quite different than our beloved North Carolina. 

Fluffy clouds, mountainous terrain, cacti taller than we stand and the wonder of the Grand Canyon captivated our explorer hearts.   Those elements of nature teamed with the native influences in pattern and architecture were the inspiration behind the Out West Collection. 

From the Prickly Patterned Paper to the Santa Fe Sequins, this collection is full of Southwestern flair and coordination between products is a snap because everything was made to coordinate together! 

The products in the Out West Collection will be in the shop on December 11 and ordering is easy!  Products can be purchased individually, or enjoy discounted pricing when you choose one of our bundles or the “I Want It All” Bundle.

Several products were sneaked during our Facebook Live and the first full bundle reveal will be on Thursday, December 5 at NOON Eastern on Facebook. I hope you'll join us!

Let's take a look at the first product sneaks!

Color Coordination is made easy with the Prickly Patterned paper!! Goes great with: Polished, Sauna, Green Tea, Seafoam, Skylight, Juniper, Sugared Lavender.

You'll get three sheets of each of the eight different designs containing flowers, cacti, southwestern patterns and geometrics.

If you know me, you know I'm obsessed with word dies. This brand new, hand lettered, funky “miss you” die coordinates perfectly with the other elements in this collection and I know you're going to make fabulous hand stamped cards for loved ones that are far away!

The Skyscape Mini Cover Plate contains 3 different shapes in graduated sizes for creating lots of great layers on your cards, tags and scrapbook pages.

The Canyon Mini Cover Plate layers perfectly over the largest layer in the Skyscape Mini Cover Plate and adds even more textural elements for your card making projects!

The three bundles of products that make up the Out West Collection will be revealed on Facebook Live at Noon Eastern on:

  • Thursday, December 5
  • Friday, December 6
  • Monday, December 9

Sunday, December 8 at 8 PM Eastern, join me on my YouTube Channel for a card making video using the new products.

Release Info and Ordering:

December 10 at NOON Eastern: Early Ordering opens for StampNation Members

December 11 at 9 AM Eastern: all new products hit the shop!

Club Sursee – Little Word Dies and Pattern-phenalia

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The September Sursee had such great elements to it! A fabulous leaf set, perfect for fall and beyond.

A geometric builder set – see my video HERE where I created several cards using some pretty fun color combos in a variety of ways with these geometric stamps.

The little “hello” and “thank you” dies. What do you think?

I think they are the perfect little sentiments to add to any card design and they are going to be WELL LOVED!

Oh, Ashlee McGregor…thank you for creating awesome with these products! Friends, can you believe the gorgeous ink blending on these leaves? Perfection.

Sursee subscribers, I hope you're inspired by these fabulous cards and if you're not a subscriber yet, you can hop in any time! Learn more here.

Black Friday Sale ends tonight!

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Hello my friends! We had a HUGE weekend over in the shop! Our Black Friday Deals are the deepest discounts we've ever had and boy have you all taken advantage of them! Many items are 75% off!

It's going to take some time for us to get all these orders out, but we've got the coffee brewin' and the Holiday music playing and we're working harder than Santa's Elves to get your goodies out in the mail!

If you haven't shopped yet, hop over to the shop!

Geometric Flakes Coverplate, Adore Die, Paisley Peacock Stamps and Dies and some really fabulous Canvo Bullet Journal products are featured here and are all on sale!

Our Black Friday Sale ends tonight! Head over to the shop and see what new goodies are waiting for you!

Stencil Techniques on 4 cards

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Stencils are an inexpensive and fun product to add to your toolbox. 6 x 6 stencils usually run around $7 and there are so many things you can do with them! Let's experiment with four different ways in this video tutorial.

Leave me a comment and let me know which technique is your favorite and which final card project you like the best!

Stencils can be used as stamps. Ink the stencil with an ink pad, spray on some water and press your stencil on watercolor cardstock!

Leave it as is, or sponge more ink over the top. Or, let dry, then ink blend more color over the stencil. You can try the same color or a coordinating or contrasting color. You can even add embossing ink over the stencil, remove, then pour embossing powder over the stenciled image and heat.

There's a lot of fun to be had with this technique!

Before you wash the stencil from the previous technique, press it to another piece of watercolor cardstock. Let dry and use on your next card or add Nuvo Glacier Paste or Mousse over the stencil for shimmer and texture!

A stencil like the Scattered Circles Stencil can be stenciled in different colors over the same background. Try various ink colors and don't be afraid to add some mediums! Here, I added Nuvo Glacier Paste for a bold shine.

The sentiment and these darling snowmen make such a festive card! This card would look so cute with blue and silver, too. Or, rather than using the snowmen, try the cups from the Baby It's Cold Outside Stamp Set.

The final card has a whole lot of elegance to it! Nuvo Embellishment Mousse with Glass Slipper Glitter sprinkled on create a gorgeous backdrop for the Mini Merry Coverplate frame and the Boughs and Berries Stamp Set.

Which technique will you try first?

All products are linked below so you can pop over to the shop and check them out! Thank you for visiting today!

New for 2020: Club Canvo Gets and Upgrade

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Saturday, November 30 is the deadline for subscribing to Club Canvo before the price goes up on December 1!  

Each month for 2020, Club Canvo Subscribers will receive:

  • a 6 x 9 stencil for easy spreads
  • 4 x 6 monthly stamp set featuring a weekly tracker – each month has a fun theme
  • and new this year!  a 3 x 4 stamp set with the month in several hand lettered fonts  

GIFT FOR DECEMBER: ​​Current subscribers will be receiving a bonus 4 x 6 Stamp Set for free as well in their December 5th shipment.  

The December Club Canvo value is $49.80 for only $21.95!

Existing subscribers will remain at the current price of $21.95* through 2020!  

*current subscribers are grandfathered into this rate as long as their subscription is active for 2020.  If cancelled and resubscribed, you will be charged the new rate.

Each 4 x 6 Stamp Set in 2020 will be themed and include one large stamp with images to color in and be used as a tracker. On the fox above, color in the stripes on the scarf…one for each day of the week when you achieve your goals whether it be for exercise, healthy eating, sleeping, water intake…you name it! You can track it in your bullet journal!

Of course, the image can just be used to dress up your spreads and look oh-so-cute!!

Club Canvo for January (shipping first week of December) will also include a bonus 4 x 6 stamp set with a variety of tracker words to stamp in your Canvo Bullet Journal.

The Dangling Alphabet Stamp Set is perfect for card making, bullet journaling and scrapbooking!  Includes alll 26 letters of the alphabet, year round icons and two line stamps to hang these fun images from!

Brr It's December and the Full Calendar Stencil (last month's Club Canvo shipment) are now available!

Your Canvo Bullet Journal Stamp Sets can also be used for card making!

and don't forget our three new journal covers! They are perfect for winter and are available while supplies last.

If you're new to Canvo Bullet Journaling, check out some of the resource links below to learn more!

Here's to a very organized and beautiful 2020!

Black Friday Deals are still on!

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Hello my friends! I hope you are having a fabulous holiday weekend and taking advantage of the great sales! I know I'm planning to do as much of my Christmas shopping as possible this weekend.

I wanted to share some fabulous cards made with some of our sale items…some are up to 75% off! Lots of projects and inspiration in the video as well as below the video!

Paisley Peacock Stamps and dies.

Fill-in-the-Blank Birthday Stamp Set.

Word Dies!! Love, Hooray, Sweet and Celebrate.

There's so much more! Head over to the shop and check it out! Some of our items are sold out already and many won't be restocked.

3 Card with Background Stamps and Heat Embossing

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Join me for this video where I create three cards made with background stamps and heat embossing for hand made holiday cards.

Leave me a comment and let me know which card is your favorite!

Ink blend a background, then heat emboss glitter over the top, finish off with a simple sentiment. I started with Pink Champagne, layered Sangria next and finish with a bit of Rouge around the edges.

Emboss a background with embossing glitter on watercolor cardstock, use the direct to paper technique to apply ink to the background, spray with water to create a gorgeous watercolor background. I love how the water and ink pooled around the embossed flourishes! This was my favorite card to make.

Emboss Polka Dots on the background, swipe ink pad over the background and spritz with water. Finish off with a sentiment and a cute Santa hat for a fun holiday card. I'm always a sucker for lime and red at the holidays…what do you think?

All supplies are listed and linked below. Thank you for popping in, hope your day is awesome!

Card Making and Bullet Journaling with Coffee Cup Stamps

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Stamps can be used for card making as well as Bullet Journaling. In this video, we'll use one set of stamps and decorate a weekly Bullet Journal Spread. First, we'll used a stencil and ink blending to create headers for the days of the week.

Next, we'll use stamps and ink to decorate the page. Then I'll show multiple ways to color in the coffee cup stamps and use them on cards. Lots of creative ideas in this video!

The idea of ink blending with the On My List Stencil came from Club Canvo Ambassador, Kelly Martin. Thanks for the great idea, Kelly!

After using the Baby It's Cold Outside Stamps on the Bullet Journal Spread, I showed several ways to decorate and color them for your cards.

Look at all the ways you can use them with one color palette and pack of patterned paper!

Which is your favorite?

Thank you for visiting my blog today! All products are linked below and can be found in the shop. Have an inky day! -Catherine

What is the Canvo? Everything You Need to Know to Get On the Bujo Train

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling, CP Designs

Let's face it. Our world is a full of noise. Most of us have hectic schedules and are being constantly bombarded with information and endless lists of things to do. In this digital age we have more access than ever and many of us are just plain overwhelmed.

For years, I have tried the latest and greatest planner systems trying to better organize my life, but none of them quite fit my needs and wants to a “T”.

Then I was introduced to the Bullet Journal Method and I wondered what rock I was living under! Bullet Journaling is SO ME!!!

This system, created by Ryder Carroll, starts with a blank bulleted notebook that the user can then organize and customize for their life. In this ever increasingly demanding age, Ryder calls it “a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system”.

It's a known fact the act of writing and drawing helps us not only better retain what we are doing, but also helps to quiet our minds, reduce stress and reflect on our day. Integrating this practice into our lives can improve our mental health as well as get us more organized.

Integrating Bullet Journaling with Stamping

As a stamper, the idea of planning and organizing in a decorated and personalized way was right up my ally! I wanted to combine my love for stamping with my desire to feel more on top of my long list of to-dos, appointments and schedules.

Enter the Canvo Bullet Journal. Plan, Record, Organize…Beautifully!

Canvo is a system that you can build just for YOU! Whether you sit and do your monthly layouts in advance or work one page at a time, there is always room to put in whatever you need.

Need to take a page to plan out your kid's birthday? How about weekly menus and shopping lists? Need a few pages to track your budget? How about setting and tracking weekly health goals?

The Canvo Bullet Journal product line was designed to check all of those boxes and make your bullet journaling journey both easy and fun!

How do I get started with bullet journaling?

Since this system is completely of your own design, you can start any time! My first bullet journal began in the month of July.

If you are looking for pointers on the basics, don't worry! I've got you covered with a series of beginners videos.

Just hop over to my YouTube Channel and check out the Canvo playlist!

What tools do I need?

I wanted to have a fun theme each month for stampers and bullet journals like me, so I put together Club Canvo– a monthly subscription service that takes the guesswork out and allows you to build a great library of layout stencils, header stamps, tracker tools and other must haves for easy bullet journaling.

With the Club Canvo line of stamps and stencils, you will create beautiful spreads, so there is no need to be fantastic at drawing or spend time trying to think up themes or ideas.

Club Canvo ships to you a month ahead so you have plenty of time to create your spreads and stay organized all year round.

We had so much fun putting each Club Canvo shipment together last year that we have upped our game for 2020!

Beginning with our December shipment, each Club Canvo month will include:

  • a 6 x 9 stencil for easy weekly layouts
  • a monthly themed 4×6 stamp set featuring a weekly tracker and lots of helpful headers, bullets, and other page elements
  • a bonus 3×4 stamp set with 3 hand-lettered words for each month

***December will also include a free 4 x 6 stamp set that you'll need for all your planning next year!

Subscribe by November 30 to lock in the current pricing of $21.95 per month (price goes up on December 1). December's shipment is valued at $49.80.

Click here to subscribe now!

If you have yet to get on the bullet journal train, why not get a jump on a more peaceful and organized 2020 and join today!

Take time to be more mindful…create a creative space to decompress and manage your list of things to accomplish. Plan, Organize, Record…Beautifully with Canvo- I think you are going to love it!

Ready to join Club Canvo and get monthly inspiration delivered straight to your mailbox? Be sure to subscribe before November 30 to be grandfathered into the lower pricing and get your free gift in November!

Three Cards to Make for the Holidays Live Stream

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Hello my friends! We've been doing Live Streams for quite some time now and I have to tell you…it's pretty much my favorite thing. I get to play with some pretty nifty products, that I helped design…play with paper, ink and GLITTER…while chatting with all of you! It's pretty much a dream come true. If you hang out with us live, THANK YOU! If you view our videos after the fact, THANK YOU! If you haven't viewed our videos yet, I invite you to join us!

Head over to my YouTube Channel, click subscribe and hit that bell.

Three new embossing powders, word dies, snowman die cuts, background stamps, cover plates and border dies…we'll do it all in this video!

When stamping and die cutting images, I have been creating extra pieces lately. I find this really helpful to have on hand! Then, I can get to the business of creating technique pieces and backgrounds…then all I need to do is grab a sentiment and some images to finish off my cards.

In this video, I shared heat embossing (with some new powders that are in the shop – they sold out already, but no worries! They are on reorder and should be in soon!) on sentiment dies which is another favorite technique of mine.

Over the weekend, I was creating (while watching My Crazy X-Girlfriend…anyone else watch it? It is a bit…well…crazy…!!!) and I stamped and die cut a bunch of the flowers and foliage from the Boughs and Berries stamp set. They were perfect to go with the White Puff Twinkle Embossed Happy and the Geometric Flakes Coverplate.

I finally got to heat emboss the Polar Edge Die – with glitter, of course- and it looks GORGEOUS! I finished off that card with some of those super cute snowmen from the Build-a-Snowman Stamp Set (which now has coordinating dies for the snowman body and arms!!).

Finally, the ink blended It's a Boy with the Shining Star Background embossed with Iced Silver Embossing Powder looks great with a simple Jolly, a Santa hat and an ornament hanging from the “J”.

I love how these cards turned out, do you have a favorite?

Thank you for visiting today!

Sequin Mixes to add Sparkle

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If you haven't checked out our growing collection of sequin mixes, I hope you will!  Use a few sequins on a project to add a bit of sparkle and shine, or add a whole bunch for a fun shaker card.

Looking for shaker card inspiration? Click here for my playlist on YouTube!

We custom design and mix every one in-house.  We choose sequins and bits that coordinate with our ink colors and our pattern paper packs.

As with all our other products, have so much fun naming them after cities and places around the US – even fictional ones like “Inspiration Point” for all you Happy Days fans! ?

The Charleston Sequin Mix was created to coordinate with our Sum-Sum-Summertime Patterned Paper Pack. Fabulous, right?

You'll be ready to add bling to many card making projects with our rainbow of colors.  I hope you'll check them out!

The best way to stay in touch and get info about our sales, new products and stay inspired is to join our email list. You can also grab our 5 Cards You Can Make This Weekend project guide, too! CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Inking Techniques with Sangria

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You know at CP Designs we love celebrating, so lucky us that every 6 weeks we have new product releases which is the best reason to throw a party!   

At the end of October, with our newly released ink and 10 years on YouTube celebration, we partied big!  It was the perfect excuse for a taco bar fiesta in the office in honor of our new ink, Sangria.

With our newly released ink and 10 years on YouTube celebration on October 30, we partied big! In honor of our new ink, Sangria, we figured it was the perfect excuse for a Taco Bar Fiesta in the office. We took a break from release festivities, I poured everyone a tasty glass of Sangria and had a fabulous lunch.

Speaking of Sangria…let's talk about the Sangria everyone wants for their stamping projects.  I gathered some of the Creative Team's projects from the Retro Winter Release that featured this gorgeous ink color.  These fabulous projects use Sangria in different ways and will hopefully bring some fun and inspiration to your inbox today!

CP Inks are water based so they are fantastic for watercolored backgrounds.  You can get many shades of Sangria (or any of our ink colors!) depending on how much water you add.  

Looking for a more concentrated, darker color?  Use an ink refill, squeeze out a drop or two on an acrylic block or craft mat and use that as your coloring palette.

CP Inks do not dry immediately when hitting the paper, they take a few seconds to dry…because of this, ink blending is a dream!  Flick on some water for fun water splotches and add some snowflakes and a sentiment for a striking look.

Our inks work beautifully for those ever popular multi-stamp stamp sets! Here I used Faithful Flutterings with Rose Petals, then Sangria, then Queen for a Day.

You can achieve many shades of the same color when ink blending (this cup is ink blended!).  Add more ink to your ink blending tool and ink blend over the same section several times and fade off to achieve this look.

You can see this in action on these four cards.

GOLD Embossing over a Sangria ink blended and water splotched background? Incredible!

Snowflakes stamped in Hot Tub on an ombre ink blended Sangria background looks pretty incredible!

Ink blend, then die cut for a sentiment pop! Make this piece into a shaker card for more fun. In case you missed the Live Stream on Youtube where I made a shaker card with the Well Hey There Die, here it is!

One more ink blended background for you. I'm crazy for this card using all four of our new ink colors! Sangria, Hot Tub, Orange Peel and Pink Champagne.

One last look at Sangria..here it is stamped and die cut. This color is so deep and rich and will be a gorgeous addition to so many projects!

So grab your inks, your blending brushes, inks and go have some fun today!

Canvo Bullet Journal Spreads and…an Upgrade for Club Canvo

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November Canvo Spread 3

If you're looking for inspiration for your November Canvo Bullet Journal spreads, I gathered some layouts for inspiration.

Our new Howdy November Stamp Set along with the On My List Stencil are now in the shop and make it quick and easy to create fun spreads.

November Canvo Spread 2

The Full Calendar Stencil which was part of the December monthly themed Club Canvo Subscription and will be in the shop on November 18 (with our new Canvo Covers!). This stencil makes it so easy to create month-at-a-glance spreads.

The December themed Club Canvo Shipped at the beginning of November. We always ship early so subscribers are prepared for the month ahead!

New Covers coming November 18!

Club Canvo is getting an upgrade beginning with our December shipment!  

Each month's shipment in 2020 will include:

  • a 6 x 9 stencil for easy spreads
  • 4 x 6 monthly stamp set featuring a weekly tracker – each month has a fun theme
  • and new this year!  a 3 x 4 stamp set with the month in several hand lettered fonts  

GIFT FOR DECEMBER: ​​Current subscribers will be receiving a bonus 4 x 6 Stamp Set for free as well in their December 5th shipment.  

The December Club Canvo value is $49.80 for only $21.95!

Beginning with new subscribers on December 1, Club Canvo will increase to $24.95 per month.

Existing subscribers will remain at the current price of $21.95* through 2020!  

*current subscribers are grandfathered in to this rate as long as their subscription is active for 2020.  If cancelled and resubscribed, you will be charged the new rate.

November Canvo Spread

Our Canvo Stamp Sets include all the fun images, headers, bullets and a few fun sentiments that will dress up your Canvo and make all your spreads come to life.

The Howdy November Stamp Set is a favorite of mine because of all the little images to mix and match. I really enjoyed using this stamp set!

Here is a great weekly spread idea…stamp the images and icons down the margin of the pages. Then stamp or write in your dates and use a marker or a blender pen with ink to create dividing lines.

November Canvo Spread

This dreamy looking pumpkin patch spread by Club Canvo Ambassador, Allison Cope, is just stunning! She used some non-traditional colors to create some fun and masked the pumpkins when stamping to create a look as if some are behind others.

November Canvo Spread

Kelly used the To Do List Stencil to create this colorful layout. Your To Do list won't be drudgery when it looks so cute on a page like this!

November Canvo Spread

Nanette also used the To Do List Stencil as well as the Howdy November Stamp Set and I'd be excited to write my To Dos on a page like this!

Hope these Bullet Journal Spreads inspire you!
Want to learn more about Club Canvo? Find out the details here.