Spring Fling Refresh!! Say Goodbye to Three Classic Inks

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Three pastel ink pads

Big News!!

Mint to Be, It’s a Boy and Sweet Sixteen, are retiring! These three Classic Colors and Refills are now available while supplies last.

Stay tuned!  These colors will be refreshed with new, more highly saturated versions to fit beautifully with our Spring Fling Ink family.  The new pads, refills and minis will join the regular line with our January 2022 Collection.

Check out this Facebook Live Stream Replay for more info on the color change.

Just a Note Collection: Notes of Love Bundle

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Get ready to send the perfect Valentines this year with the Notes of Love Bundle from our Just a Note Collection.

This bundle has a little bit of everything with adorable main image heart stamps, fun dies, perfect sentiments, paper and sequins too!  The color combo is picked out for you, just grab your inks and paper and get creating!

The Notes of Love Bundle Includes:

  • Two Part Hearts Stamp Set
  • Two Part Hearts Dies
  • Notes of Love Sentiments Stamp Set 
  • Notes of Love Dies
  • Notecard Bubble Frames Dies
  • Lotsa Love Pattern Paper
  • Rehoboth Beach Sequin Mix

The Two Part Hearts Stamp Set are made of patterned hearts to mix and match, they are so cute and fun! The Notes of Love Stamp Set has several solid stamps that coordinate with the dies to create sentiment strips quickly and easily.

The Notecard Bubble Frames contain two sizes of frames that can be used on a traditional A2 card size, or with our Notecard Envelope Dies. Included is the funky stacked “love” that will be a great addition to your cards for Love themed cards and projects!

The Lotsa Love Pattern Paper Pack has a bright and fun color combo and coordinates perfectly with the Rehoboth Beach Sequin Mix!

StampNation Members enjoy many fabulous perks for their membership, including Early Ordering and first shipment of our product releases! As a member, you can also join us for an exclusive card making party on the Early Release day. There's still time to join!

Learn more here!

Tuesday, December 7th

  • Noon – StampNation Early Ordering Opens
  • Noon – More Card Making on Facebook
  • 3pm Eastern StampNation Exclusive Live Stream Party

Wednesday, December 8th

Just a Note Collection: Dragonfly Bundle

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Create beautiful thank you cards after the holidays and year round with the Dragonfly Bundle.  This bundle of stamps and the Scribbled Circles Stencil are paired together for the perfect all-purpose thank you cards. 

Pick a dragonfly from the Flight of the Dragonfly stamp set- from funky to elegant and mix and match with the Handwritten Thanks Sentiments.  All you need is paper and ink to create stacks of cards!

The Dragonfly Bundle Includes:

  • Flight of the Dragonfly Stamp Set
  • Flight of the Dragonfly Dies
  • Handwritten Thank You Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Scribbled Circles Stencil

Purchase the bundle for a discount, or pick and choose your favorites!

The Handwritten Thank You Sentiment Stamp Set includes different fonts, sizes and ways to express gratitude. You'll reach for this stamp set time and again!

The funky polka dots from the Flight of the Dragonfly are fun for accents, backgrounds and more! I can't wait to create more with this set of fun images!

Our newest Collection, Just a Note hits the shop on December 8. Join us for the festivities and card making inspiration!

Friday, December 3rd

  • Noon on Facebook – More Bundle Reveals

Monday, December 6th

  • Noon on Facebook – LIVE Card Making Fun!

Tuesday, December 7th

  • Noon – StampNation Early Ordering Opens
  • Noon – More Card Making on Facebook
  • 3pm Eastern StampNation Exclusive Live Stream Party

Wednesday, December 8th

Just a Note Collection: Big Blossoms Bundle

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It's time for our final collection for 2021- the Just a Note Collection, which hits the shop on December 8! This collection is all about sending post holiday thank you notes, valentine notes, and just general notes to those you love! Packed with great staple items you can use year round, these products will become well loved favorites in your stash.

Big Blossoms Bundle Includes:

  • Big Blossoms Stamp Set 
  • Big Blossoms Dies
  • In the Square Stencil

Purchase the bundle for a discount, or pick and choose your favorites!

The Big Blossoms Bundle pairs the modern, layered floral stamps of the Big Blossoms Stamp Set and the In the Square Stencil.  These large, layering flowers will be a fan favorite for creating thank you cards for any occasion.

I'm smitten with these oversized layering blossoms! There are endless ways to layer the different shapes and sizes. Try fun color combinations, emboss them, stamp directly on your card or die cut to add dimension. We have tons of inspiration to share using these fun products in the coming weeks and we can't wait to see what you create with them!

Our newest Collection, Just a Note hits the shop on December 8. Join us for the festivities and card making inspiration!

Friday, December 3rd

  • Noon on Facebook – More Bundle Reveals

Monday, December 6th

  • Noon on Facebook – LIVE Card Making Fun!

Tuesday, December 7th

  • Noon – StampNation Early Ordering Opens
  • Noon – More Card Making on Facebook
  • 3pm Eastern StampNation Exclusive Live Stream Party

Wednesday, December 8th

Trending Color Combination for Holiday Cards

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graphic with starbucks holiday cups and ink color combo

On a recent excursion to the local Starbucks, Erika and I were looking over all their holiday merchandise. We noticed the splash of Sweet Sixteen on their cups this year and their collection of holiday gift cards were all so cute. Rockin' Red, Do-Si-Do, Garden Party and of course, the classic Deck the Halls logo were the stars of their trending holiday color combo. We felt inspired!! With our color combo in mind, we were off to create!

happy winter hand made card with elf legs and hat

I grabbed a handful of holiday products and the aforementioned ink colors and had a lot of fun making this one on LIVE. The Peppermint Twist Cover Plate looks so cute with a swink of Sweet Sixteen behind it. I also just can't get enough of the Nice List Stamp Set. Those elf legs, guys… Catch the replay of us making this card on this Facebook Live Stream.

hand stamped holiday card with little cottage and tree stamped images

Once you get going with a festive color combo, it's hard not to get the itch to make more cards. This one started out with me wanting to play with all these adorable little tree stamps in the Alpine Village Stamp Set. Secondary stamps can really be the star when used this way. For me, this time, the Do-Si-Do really brings a lot of charm. Catch the replay of making this card on this Facebook Live Stream.

Now it's your turn!! Grab this ink color combo and some of your favorite holiday stamps. Let's see what you make!! Tag us with #cpcolorcombo when you post on social media.

Black Friday Deals – Save up to 75%!!!

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It's that time of year, friends! Our Black Friday Sale is in full swing and it's a party!! We have hundreds of select products discounted up to 75% off. There are tons of products to chose from, so grab your wish list and check out the bargains.

Check out the card making inspiration below featuring just a few of the products you will find currently marked down!

three hand crafted cards featuring kitchen supply stamps and dies
hand stamped card with stack of rainbow colored bowls and batter splattering
multiple hand-stamped cards featuring fruit stamps and bright colored patterned papers

Sale runs now through 11:59 pm Cyber Monday. Our staff will be taking a few days off, so all Black Friday Sale Orders will begin shipping on Monday, November 29th. All sale products are available while supplies last.

What does CASE a Card Mean?

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Whether you're new to card making, or you've been creating with inks and cardstock and stamps for years, you may not know what CASE means! Or how to apply it to your card making.

So What Does CASE Mean?

CASE typically means Copy and Share Everything (or Copy and Steal Everything, which doesn't sound as nice, but it's ok…we're card makers, so it's with the best of intentions!).

Now you know what CASE stands for, but how to you apply it to your card making hobby?

Inspiration is everywhere, you can peruse Pinterest or Instagram for hours and get ideas, but you don't want to flat out copy other people's work (if you do, don't post it online and take credit or sell it or teach a class on it).

So how do you get inspiration from other crafters' work, but make sure it's your own, too?

Rule of 3s

I like to use the rule of 3s. Take a card idea and CHANGE at least 3 things about the card you are inspired by. Change the colors, the layout, the stamps used, techniques used, etc.

Or, TAKE 3 things from the inspiration card. Use the same layout, stamps, colors….

As you do this, you will learn about card making, supplies, design and you will develop your own style.

Folk Floral Background Stamp card with colored accents

I love to CASE myself and it's really easy to do when you have a color palette, stamps and supplies out. Create one card, then just keep on creating changing the layout, adding in various sentiments and accents.

Let's look at two cards I created recently on some of our Live Streams. If you're new to Catherine Pooler Designs, be sure to check us out on YouTube and Facebook, you'll find us creating and inspiring and hanging out several times a week!

close up of die cutting

I pulled the Folk Floral Background Stamp and our Luxe Ink Colors (Cranberry Fizz, Flame, Glitz, Martini, Uptown, Dress Blues and Glam). With this stamp, you can color in the entire image, or just part. I colored it with some of the flowers popping with color.

Next I decided to cut an ampersand from the Furthermore Dies and pop that up in the midst of the colored flower. It was so fun! I embossed a sentiment and ta-da, the card was complete.

card with patterned paper

In the Live Stream, I also created this card! Using the same ink colors and pulled the Across the Globe Patterned Paper and the We Fit Stamp Set. These products are all part of our Global Adventure Collection and are bundle together in the Eastern European Bundle. You can purchase the entire collection or the bundle at a discount, or grab the pieces that are your favorites!

Color Made Easy

Our patterned paper coordinates so well with our ink pads and stamp sets, it's Color Made Easy! You don't have to scratch your head to figure out what goes with what…we did that for you! On all of our patterned paper pads, you'll find a list of the ink colors that coordinate with the pack listed right there for you.

Check out the replay of these two cards on this Facebook Live Stream.

this card is a CASE of the first card

Time to CASE my card! I really changed a lot of things for this card, the main things I kept the same are the technique and the color scheme.

I loved the look of the Folk Floral Backgound Stamp on the die cut ambersand, so i thought it would be fun to create that look again. I stamped the background and this time die cut it with the Half Circle Cover Plate.

View the replay on YouTube on how to create this card.

CASE the card in a different way

Just for fun, here's another idea using the We Fit Stamp Set and Folk Floral Background Stamp!

I embossed the whole background stamped image this time. Then I just went for some light ink blending on the background vs. coloring in. I chose another image from the We Fit Stamp Set and also embossed it in the same Rose Gold EP from WOW! Just like my first card, I colored in a few spots but not the whole image. I really love that result. Another embossed sentiment, this time over a direct to paper strip, and this card was also done.

I just love how they turned out!! What might you have made recently that you loved and could CASE? Get inspired by your own creative flow, change up a few things, and see what you will come up with next!

sparkly accents download

Looking for more inspiration on using a technique on multiple cards? Grab this Inspiration Download on Adding Sparkly Accents to Your Cards!

Thank you for stopping by the blog! You can check out all the products used on these projects in our shop, or by using the direct links below.

Go Interactive!! Heffy Doodle and CPD Blog Hop!!

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graphic for blog hop with heffy doodle and catherine pooler logos

Welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Catherine Pooler Collaboration Blog Hop!
We are hopping along today with Brand Ambassadors from both the CPD and Heffy Team who have created fun interactive card projects!

A Blog Hop wouldn't be the same without a fun giveaway!! To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop! Catherine Pooler Designs will be giving away $35 and Heffy Doodle will be giving away £25 to their respective stores!  Be sure to comment before 11:59 PM EST on Nov 24th to be entered to win!

Each company will post their random winner on Nov 25th at 10AM EST!  Make sure to check the Heffy Doodle Blog and Catherine Pooler Blog to see if you’re a winner!

Blog Hop Lineup:

Heffy Doodle Blog
Ali Farmer
Ilina Crouse
Amanda Fitterer
Allison Cope
Ashley Young
Karen Baker
Claudia Mauri
Daniel West
Catherine Pooler Blog

Why You’re Gonna LOVE CP Inks… (or you already do!)

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In 2016, when I first launched CP Inks with a firm foam pad, I had a list of boxes that I wanted to be able to check for crafters, like myself. I worked long and hard with our manufacturer to create a product I could get behind and be excited about.

I didn't know what would happen after launching those first 4 Foundations Colors! Now, I am so thrilled to see how many other crafters out there also love CP Inks and our collection has grown to include 82 colors with more coming next year! If you haven't heard, here is a little bit about our ink journey…

Party Colors vs. Spa Colors

The first thing I wanted to do was create a Color Made Easy System. We started with Party Collection colors which were curated to have high saturation levels- to be vibrant, bold and fun!

To help you coordinate your colors with ease, we also introduced the Spa Collection. Spa Inks are muted colors with grey undertones. They have a more subtile feel and give off a romantic, boho or vintage vibe. When choosing your color combos, you can easily find shades that will be pleasing to the eye by keeping with either Party or Spa shades on your card or paper crafting project.

Techniques & Features

It was so important to me that these dye inks would be able to be used in several different ways. First of all, I had struggled for years with being able to get clean, crisp images with stamping. I chose the firm foam because I felt I had more success when using firm foam. This gives us a very juicy pad which works well for direct-to-paper techniques. This makes custom cardstock easy peasy.

They also work well in conjunction with blender or aqua pens. Water reactivity was another feature I wanted for the inks. Flick or spray water on your piece and the color will bead up and lift to create texture. Or grab a brush and paint the inks (or refills) for beautiful water color effects.

Color Made Easy

Our Color Made Easy System is a big part of what we do with our Inks at the heart. Our Patterned Papers and Sequin Mixes are all curated to coordinate with our inks and give you ready-to-go color combos. We work very hard to tie everything together so when you sit down with your product, getting started is as easy as grabbing your inks, paper and GO!

For those of you who love and have supported us all along this journey, we send a HUGE Thank You!! We are continuing to evolve and attempting to refine what we do. We are so excited for the new developments and products we are able to bring you and cannot wait to see what the 6th year of CP Inks will hold!! Thanks for continuing to share your love and allow us to bring more color to your life!!!

and just for fun…here's a look back at some photos from of our first ink release!

Winter Wonders Collection: Evergreen Woods Bundle

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The perfect products for your Winter paper crafting projects are now in the shop!  Our new Winter Wonders Collection includes pine trees, fresh new snowflakes and a set of owl stamps. Grab a blanket, a mug of your favorite hot beverage and get ready to craft!

The Evergreen Woods Bundle features the Evergreen Woods Stamp and Dies and the Winter Blessings Sentiments Stamp Set.  All created in a classy style, these stamps and sentiments will pair well together and cover everything from a thank you card to a winter birthday greeting.

The Evergreen Woods Bundle includes:

  • Evergreen Woods Stamp Set 6×8
  • Evergreen Woods Dies
  • Winter Blessings Sentiments Stamp Set

The products in this bundle products can be purchased individually, or with a one click button at a discount!

View the products and project ideas in THIS VIDEO on Youtube! Check out the products in the shop using the links below.

Winter Wonders Collection: Scrolling Snowflakes Bundle

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The Scrolling Snowflakes Bundle from the Winter Wonders Collection features a snowflake theme and a winter color combo that will steal your heart!

The star of the bundle is the Scrolling Snowflakes Stamps and dies. These ornate designs are inspired by paper quilling and are ready to be inked up in any color you like or embossed and shiny!

The Scrolling Snowflakes Bundle Includes:

  • Scrolling Snowflakes Stamp Set
  • Scrolling Snowflakes Dies
  • Winter Frames Slimline Dies
  • Touch of Frost Slimline Patterned Paper

The products in this bundle products can be purchased individually, or with a one click button at a discount!

The Touch of Frost Slimline Patterned Paper and Winter Frames Dies also come in this bundle and pair perfectly with the stamps. It's a dreamy mix you will have so much fun creating endless designs with.

Check out some card samples below for more inspiration with this bundle!

The Winter Wonders Collection is now in the shop! Put your list together of your favorites and join us in our LIVES to see more card making with all of the products in the collection!

If you missed our live streams, view them here: