Tropical Treasures Release Blog Hop

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement, Floral 57 Comments

Happy Tropical Treasures release my friends!

What do you do during a snowstorm that paralyzes the city? You plan a TROPICAL THEMED Stamp of Approval release, of course! That's exactly what happened last winter here in Raleigh.

We began brainstorming stamp ideas with flamingos, palm trees, tropical flowers and stamps with great textures and our illustrators went wild! They created so many incredible products and we were left with the challenge of narrowing them down to one box of products.

That was TOUGH!

We chose the products that were released that year and tabled the rest. I am beyond excited to say we are now releasing the rest of those fantastic tropical island-inspired products as the Tropical Treasures Collection.

Be sure to visit the NEW section of the shop to see everything that is available.

My two projects today were inspired by Karen, one of our StampNation Members. She threw out a color challenge on our Facebook Page last weekend and I took her up on it!

I used Mint to Be and Aquatini to stamp “Lovely” from the Isn't She Lovely Stamp Set, stamped flowers from the Be Wild Stamp Set on the bottom and used the Direct to Paper technique to color my white cardstock a gorgeous Melon Ice!

I layered the cardstock, wrapped around some twine and added Nuvo Drops to the Melon Ice Cardstock.

We love to live stream with our SN Members, so during their Early Ordering period for this release we went live and I made this card. I love the results!

The next card was made with the same color palette. It's SO bright and cheerful! I added a strip of Black Tie Gala patterned paper to the edge and called it a day!

With all of our releases, we are having a blog hop! I can't wait to check out all the projects on our incredibly talented teams' blogs. Here is the all-star line-up!

Be sure to comment on the blogs, the more comments you leave, the better chance you have at winning a $25 gift certificate to the shop. Good luck!

Watercolor – Tie Dyed Pineapple Card

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement, Watercolor 2 Comments

Some of my favorite things here.

Pineapples. I really love them. How they taste and what they represent. If you've hung around with us in the clubhouse, you know we have pineapples strewn about to decorate and add a touch of tropical to our work place. It's also a symbol of welcome, warmth and friendliness. All things that represent us at CPD.

Geometric. I love me some geometric stamps!

Embossing and Watercoloring. I love being able to emboss an image, throw some color on it, spritz with water then watch the magic happen. This gorgeousness turned out to look a whole lot like tie dye!

Facebook Live. (and youtube live). I absolutely love live streaming. I get to hang out and chat with the many amazing people in ours stamping world, share what we are up to in the crafty arena AND I GET TO STAMP, Y'ALL!

Win, win, WIN!

Here is the replay of my FB live from this afternoon…you never know what's going to happen live! You can also watch it over on FB.

These new goodies, along with the rest of our new release is now in the shop!

Head over to check out all the goodies and I'll see you tomorrow for the blog hop!

Second Generation Stamping on a Simple Card

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement, Second Generation Stamping 1 Comment

Just a few supplies are needed for this simple card and with Second Generation Stamping, you get more bang for your buck with 4 ink colors!

Second generation stamping is when you stamp your stamp several times on your project before inking again. You will get different shade of the same color giving your more options with the inks you have. And of course, I used CP inks and they are super dreamy with this technique!

Another great thing about CP ink is that is really easy to clean off your stamps. I usually just use a damp paper towel.

Sometimes when you ink your stamp in a dark color, clean your stamp, then ink and stamp in a light color, you'll get ink transfer. This is when the new wet ink color pulls the residue from a previously used color and muddies your image. CP ink doesn't have issues with this which is makes me super happy when stamping!

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and you are inspired to use this technique when stamping your next card!

If you are new to CP Inks, please visit our INK PAGE to learn all about what makes them special.

You are Loved with Tracie Pond

Catherine CP Designs, Embossing, Floral Leave a Comment

Hello Everyone! It is Tracie and I am happy to be here today sharing a fun layered card using product from the All That Jazz release.

CP All That Jazz Tracie Pond 800 (1 of 3)

I may have mentioned before that I do not sketch my cards prior to creating them or have an exact design in mind. I am inspired by each step along the creative journey. This card journey started by creating several heat embossed background panels using the Doin' the Polka Background Stamp. The flowers are amazing in the Grateful Heart stamp set, so I colored a few of the flowers and leaves with Copics. Then I die-cut them with the coordinating dies. These dies are super easy to line up.

CP All That Jazz Tracie Pond 800 (2 of 3)

You will notice a couple of fun and colorful layers with a vellum layer in-between. The colored layers were created by applying Catherine Pooler Inks directly to cardstock. I used Bellini (Party Collection) and Polished (Spa Collection). Yes, the Party and the Spa Collections play well together. And look how smooth the ink coverage is. What a great way to get coordinating cardstock!

The vellum is new to the store. It is thick and nice to work with. I die-cut the vellum using the scalloped frame from the Tags, Etc. Dies set (Counting Blessings Collection). The scalloped frame had to be down-sized a little, so this took two additional passes through the die-cut machine. Make sure to carefully line up the vellum in the grooves before cutting. You basically shift the cutting material over a little to adjust the size; once for the length and once for the height.

CP All That Jazz Tracie Pond 800 (3 of 3)

My final picture shows a close up of the embossing and the floral arrangement. The polka dot background is embossed in clear and the sentiment is embossed in gold glitter. Since there are so many layers the only thing I added dimension to are a couple of the flowers.

Remember…you are loved more than you know. It makes our hearts happy to see your Catherine Pooler Designs creations. Make sure to share them with us and tag #catherinepoolerdesigns so we can leave you some love.

Thank you and have a beautiful day.


Start to Finish with Allison Cope

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Floral, Ink Blending

Hi all!  It's Allison Cope and I am honored to be joining you on Catherine’s blog today as a Guest Designer.

Today I will be sharing a fun card tutorial using all kinds of CP goodness!

I started off with a piece of Premium White Cardstock cut to 5.5”x4.25”. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool and some Juniper Mist and Stone Blue ink, I blended it all over the paper.


Next I grabbed my Distress Sprayer filled with water and spritzed it multiple times over top of my blue toned cardstock.


Then I grabbed my Rose Petal refill bottle and dropped a dot of the ink on my mixing palette (a laminated piece of white cardstock!)and used a small paint brush and flicked a few drops of it on my blue cardstock.


I took some more Juniper Mist ink and deepened the edges of my cardstock panel.


Next I took the beautiful new Music Notes Background stamp and some water on an ink blending sponge and applied it to the center of the stamp in an oval shape.  I placed the blue panel carefully onto the surface of the stamp face down and pressed it evenly. I let it sit there for a few seconds to allow the water to do it’s job on the paper’s surface.


Here’s a closer look at the effect of the water on the back ground…

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I  dusted my background with my anti-static tool and then I took my Versamark ink and stamped on my greeting from the stunning new Grateful Heart stamp collection.


I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat tool.


I grabbed my Black Jack ink pad and stamped a variety of the gorgeous blooms from the Grateful Hearts stamp set onto Premium White Cardstock.  I used my most loved stamping blocks; the 1.5”x1.5” stamping block (I have 5 of these!) and my beloved 2 3/4” round stamping block.

Next I grabbed my clean mixing palette and inked it up with some gorgeous inks to begin coloring in my leaves and blooms.  I used some Rose Petals, Bellini, Seafoam, Mandarin Spice and some Stone Blue (not shown).


I used a fine #1 Round watercolor brush by Grumbacher and painted all of my stamped images.  Sometimes I combined inks to blend them or create a new color. (ie: the 3 leaf bunches are Seafoam and Stone Blue inks layered on one another!)


Next I fussy cut them all out.  You can also purchase the coordinating die set, here, to do this for you.


I adhered all of the fussy cut blooms and greenery around the embossed sentiment, added some sequins and some dots of Star Dust Stickles for a little sparkle and voila….

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Thanks for joining me today on Catherine’s blog.  I hope this inspires you to grab your inks and get inky today!

~ Ally ~

Rainbow Watercolor Over Embossing with Lydia

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Embossing, Watercolor

Hi there everyone! It's Lydia here and I'm so happy to be here with you on Catherine's blog.  Today I have a card to share that uses one of my favourite techniques- rainbow watercolour.


I started by stamping Doodle Garden Background Stamp onto some watercolor cardstock using embossing ink and then heat embossing with white embossing powder. I then covered this piece with clean, clear water. After the whole piece is nice a wet I dropped in colors to create the effect- for this I used Rose Petals, Polished, Shea Butter, Seafoam, Stone Blue and Sugared Lavender. I then left this to dry naturally.


For the sentiment I cut Create Die twice, once from black cardstock and a second time from black foam. I layered these up with the cardstock one on top. To add to this I stamped ‘everyday' from Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set onto a banner made from white cardstock.

When the watercolor panel was dry I added this to a card base and adhered the sentiment into place. To finish I added a few coloured enamel dots.


Thank you so much for stopping by! And I do hope you enjoyed my card.

Hugs, Lydia

A stencil pARTy is happenin’!

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Our newest class is in full force over on StampNation! We've had lessons on basic stenciling and tools, Ghosting, Batik, Watercoloring with stencils, effects on light and dark cardstock…

and on Wednesday, March 6 at 8 pm Eastern, we'll be LIVE from the Clubhouse on our community FB page with some of the team while we try out some of the things we learned.

We hope you'll join us – set up your membership here.

Log into StampNation and click on “Learn” to find the classroom and the “stencil pARTy” tutorials.

Head over to our Facebook Community to join the fun!

Can't wait to have you as part of our community! hugs, CP

Polka Dots and Ink Blending with Life Changing Blending Brushes

Catherine CP Designs

A black and white polka dot stamped background is a great start for any card! It's kinda like that little black dress. Goes with most anything and you can easily dress it up or dress it down.

I decided to go with a simple ink blended strip with a sentiment for a Clean and Simple look that makes the CP ink shine!

Lime Rickey and Flirty Fuchsia…sigh…I just adore this color combo!

The Life Changing Brushes made ink blending a breeze! Just rub your brush on the ink pad and lightly blend it on the cardstock (as shown in the video!). A light, patient hand results in a gorgeous ink blend.

In case you missed the video with Nicole, here it is!

We are doing some updates to ink in our shop on Monday the 11th, so if you haven't grabbed ink yet, you'll want to! There will be a small pricing update. 🙂 See all the ink here!

Inspired by Nature with Deepti Stephens

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Floral, Spring

Hello everyone! This is Deepti Stephens and I am so happy to be here as a guest for Catherine's blog. Today I have a simple water color card for you made using the stamps from Naturally Inspired SOA Collection.


This card was inspired by the image I saw on Google Images. So I am naturally inspired by Nature! (not all the time but sometimes) 😉


I started by inking up the beautiful leaf from Wild Garden in It's a Girl, Pixie Dust and Lime Rickey inks. Then I spritzed some water with a mini mister and stamped it onto the card base. This creates a beautiful three toned water color leaf.


I stamped the images with the same technique two more times forming a visual triangle. Once the card panel was dry I went ahead and added tiny splatters of black paint to enhance the beauty of the design.

Once everything was dry, I stamped the sentiments from Birds of a Feather and Simply the Best stamp sets in Midnight Ink. Finally I finished the card with a few clear sequins.

This is a very simple yet beautiful card. I love this water color technique (water color look with solid stamps) a lot. I hope you liked it too. Thank you so much for visiting. :)​

StampNation is now on Facebook!

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StampNation is now on Facebook!

Pop in and share projects, ask questions and socialize with a community of amazing crafters that GET you! 

Since starting this group a couple months ago I have seen a change in my Facebook feed as I scroll through.  It's not full up positive, creative, fun posts from lots of crafty friends around the world.

Sounds awesome?  We'd love to have you as a part of our crafting journey, get started here.

Then be sure to join us over on the StampNation Community Facebook page on Wednesday, March 6 at 8 pm eastern for a fun Live Stream stencil pARTy!  

Can't wait to see you as our newest member!

hugs, CP

Masked Blooms from Amy

Catherine CPD Ink, Floral, Masking

Hi everyone! Amy Kolling here with a floral card using the Bloomin' Bouquet stamp set. This stamp set lends itself to many, many techniques but I wanted to share one using just direct stamping and simple masking. My goal was to make this is a one-layer card as well by using this technique!

Good Things

I started with a slightly trimmed white panel. I began stamping the blooms from Bloomin' Bouquet in It's a Girl, Party Dress, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Bellini, and Orange Twist. Just look at the amazing coverage these inks provide on brand new stamps! I still have a hard time believing how perfect they stamp!

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The leaves were added using Garden Party and Grass Skirt. All images were stamped direct to paper but I did do a small bit of masking to do the florals using some masking paper. I stamped some of the smaller flowers in the same inks to compliment the bouquet.

The sentiment from Good Things was stamped in Midnight ink across the flowers for a bold look. As a finishing touch, I've added random black dots with my fine tip sharpie to keep this a one layer card.

I hope you have a great day!!

Framed Wild Garden with Kristie Goulet

Catherine Birthday, CP Designs, CPD Ink

Hi everyone! It's Kristie here with a guest post just for you! The images in the Wild Garden stamp set have my heart. I love stamping them as silhouettes, but they look great stamped using colors that you would see out in the wild too.


I die cut both pieces of the Lattice Frame die out of white card stock. I sponged Fiesta Blue and Party Dress inks onto the solid panel and spritzed with a bit of water to get the colors blending and for some cool water spots. Love the beautiful purple color you get when overlapping these colors. I then stamped some of the Wild Garden images using Midnight ink.


I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black card stock and attached it to the top lattice piece. I then attached the lattice layer over top of the stamped and sponged layer. Added some black and white twine to finish off my card.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project!

Stamping in Your Canvo Bullet Journal

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling, CP Designs, CPD Ink

Since we launched the Canvo Bullet Journal product line in November, we have been happily creating, planning and organizing. Have you jumped on this train yet?

I love that I have Flexibility! I only create a couple pages at a time so that I have room for extra long To Do List weeks, notes, trackers, etc. in between my monthly and weekly spreads.

I can pull out our monthly themed Club Canvo sets and make super fun spreads, or I can reach into my stamp stash and use pretty much any of my stamp sets to decorate my pages with!

Check out some of these spreads (made by ME and some made by some of our creative friends!).

Find all of our Canvo products in one spot in our shop.

Don't miss out on the next round of Club Canvo– registration for the April products closes on Thursday, February 28.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram!

Create beautiful, convenient, and efficient spreads on the blank, bright pages of the Canvo.

The Canvo Bullet Journal has been designed to solve problems we faced as well as the problems we heard about from bullet journaling enthusiasts:

✰ Minimal to No Ghosting – our thick, smooth journal pages can handle more mediums without bleeding, and love our ink…stamp away! (*water-based ink and markers are best! It can also hold light watercolor!)

✰ Spiral Binding means your Canvo lays flat and can be turned back for ease of creating and planning.

✰ Pre-numbered Pages makes indexing easy and helps you stay organized Wide pages give you more room to get creative with your spreads and add enough content for your busy schedule.

You are going to love our journal! 

In or around Atlanta in April? Join us at the Pinners Conference! Meet us at our booth, take our class and peruse our products in person.

Use the code POOLER to save $$$ on your registration! Hope to see you there.

Adding Small Details with Glitter and Coloring with Blender Pens

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Lucky ME! Ardyth sent this gorgeous card that she made to the Clubhouse…she used the new Cottage Corsage Stamp Set and I'm a bit obsessed with how she colored in the flowers.

Just a bit of color, accented with glitter and highlighted with grey.

I got to work on my own version! Check out this Youtube Live Stream.

I used a Blender Pen to color the flower with Flirty Fuchsia, then dabbed on some Glue Gloss and sprayed on some Glass Slipper Glitter.

The sentiment is from the Awesome and Wonderful Stamp Set, how much do you love the font on “wonderful”??

I gently ran my ink pad across a scrap piece of cardstock and die cut it with the Blowing Bubbles Border Die for an accent on the side of the card.

The Creative Team made some amazing cards with this stamp set…check it out!

Love this watercolor look with the foiled “wonderful” by Chrissie Tobas!
Karen Baker stamped the Cottage Corsage stamp twice and paired it with the sentiments from the Warm Welcome stamp set.
Lisa Harrolle created a stunner with gorgeous coloring and added a backdrop with the Interlocked Die.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are inspired by the cards here!

Ombre Die Cut Sentiment with Karen Baker

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement

Hello, Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here, with an ombre awesome card for you featuring a mix from the All that Jazz Release and the Counting Blessing Stamp of Approval Collection.

I started by trimming a piece of Sand Dunes cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 inches, scored at 5 1/2 and folded it in half, then stamped Doin' the Polka Background with Midnight Ink on the card front. I set this aside and started to created the other elements.

I die cut from Ultra Smooth White Cardstock the awesome word from the Awesome Die and inked with the following inks: It's A Boy, All that Jazz and Daydream, which create a perfect ombre! I adhered this to a white cardstock strip that was bordered with two thin strips of the ultra cool Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper. This panel then was adhered to the card front.

To finish the card and add a little extra touch, I die cut the tiny stars from the Tags, Etc. Die set and covered them with the three blue inks as well. I adhered these cute little stars to the card front and there you have it, a clean and simple, yet super fun card!

Thanks for stopping by!