Hopping with Heffy! CP & Heffy Doodle Blog Hop

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I love a good collaboration. And there is a special place in the CP family that we hold for our fab friends across the pond. Lesley with Heffy Doodle is one of those fine people.

Recently we were chatting with her and decided some fun was in order so we organized a blog hop and then spoiled each other with goodies.

Recently on a LIVE, Lesley went to town making some amazing cards. I wanted to share some of what she created using the Geo Curves Stamp Set from our newest collection, In the Kitchen.

She made this sweet and windy background on the LIVE Stream. I love her bright and cheery color scheme and the addition of the Happy x 3 Dies and sentiment from the So Happy Stamp Set. This one made my heart happy.

I think after diving in to play with Geo Curves, she was on a roll! I adore how the mono-chromatic background came out on this one. Look at that dapper little guy from her Happily Ever Crafter Stamp Set!

Another fun way to use the stamps in the set is to create rainbows. How adorable is this card? These little cuties in the Otter Side Stamp Set are a sweet pop for the card.

Last week, Erika and I hopped on this Facebook Live to create with some of these fun products. You can view the replay here.

If you would love to see more of this wonderful collaboration with Heffy Doodle, you should hop along in today's Blog Hop! Each of the designers in the hop have mixed and matched items from our latest collections to create their masterpieces.

And of course there are prizes to be had! Comment along through the hop for a chance to win a $25 CP Gift Card or a £25 Gift Card from Heffy Doodle! Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, February 25th on the Heffy Doodle and Catherine Pooler blogs.

Catherine Pooler Blog – you are here!
Heffy Doodle Blog – go here next!
Karen Baker
Davina Cantrell
Nanette Tracy
Amanda Fitterer
Jen Carter
Laura Volpes
Erica Andersson
Cassie Trask
Erin Thompson
Jenn Bena

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

February Canvo Bullet Journal Spreads

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It's February! I thought you might enjoy a little inspiration from the pages of my Canvo Bullet Journal and to see the February Club Canvo Stamps in action!

The February Club Canvo features a sweet shop window inspired theme- the Make Life Sweet Stamp Set. Isn't it delicious? The main image tracker stamp in the set is a 7-tiered cake. It is fun to pick your weekly goal and track away!

Also included each month for our Club Canvo Subscribers is a set of hand-lettered month headers. The coordinate so well with the stamp set so everything looks great!

If you're not a Club Canvo Subscriber, these products are now available in the shop for purchase! Links are at the end of this post.

Club Canvo Ambassador, Allison Cope, created this fun cover page for her February spreads. I love how she added the cupcakes on the cake plate! So cute!

Try a rainbow of stamped hearts across your weekly spread! The black boxes were created with the images in the Make Life Sweet Stamp Set.

Try hanging hearts from the top of the page or hanging from the hand lettered “February”!

Club Canvo subscribers enjoy a discount on their subscription and get their monthly themed goodies early so there is plenty of time to create the next month's spreads. All Club Canvo products hit the shop after the 20th of each month if you missed subscribing.

Thanks for visiting today!

Meal Planning Bullet Journaling Spread

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Last week, I went live and “whipped up” a fun Meal Planning Bullet Journal Spread in my Canvo using the Lick the Bowl Stamp Set. It was so much fun stamping a messy kitchen after-math scene.

I started with a bit of inspiration using this card by Lisa Harrolle. I loved her stacked bowls and layout so I thought I could do a little masking technique and replicate this fun idea in my Canvo.

I grabbed a color scheme with Spa Colors that give that retro 70's kitchen feel. I used Rouge, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea and Eucalyptus as my main colors.

If you would like to see the masking technique and layout creation in action, here is the link to the Facebook Live video where you can see the replay.

After I finished the decorative border for the pages, I used the Weekly One Stencil and February Stamp Set from February's Club Canvo Shipment (which is now available in the shop) to finish off my spread.

The masking technique was so fun to create the stack of bowls. I love how it came out and is a fun focal point for this page. It's such an easy technique to try!

Now all I need to do is scan my new favorite recipe blog and write down ideas of dishes I would like to try! I have space here to list ideas for the next three weeks in February. This just may have me excited to do some morecooking!

Hello Beautiful with Jenny Colacicco

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Hi Everyone! It’s Jenny here, and I’m so excited to be joining you on Catherine’s Blog!  Today I have a fun project to share that uses several of the Hello Sunshine collection of goodies.

I started off by creating my background, as it is going to need a bit of drying time. Using a panel of Premium White cardstock, I started by using my blender brushes and created an ink blended panel with Shea Butter, It’s a Girl and Sweet Sixteen. These blend beautifully together, so I made sure they overlapped in places. You can see where Shea overlaps with It’s a Girl you get a pretty peachy color, and Sweet Sixteen and It’s a Girl make a subtly darker purple.

I took my blended panel and overlaid the Catherine Pooler Designs Flourish Stencil over the top and then added some clear sparkly glitter paste over the top. I removed the stencil and set it aside to dry while I got working on my focal images.

I stamped several images from the Sunshine Flowers stamp set onto Premium White cardstock, and then colored them with Copics that co-ordinated with the inked background (I do this by holding up my backgrounds to the Copic hex chart I have to see what matches). I then die cut out the images with the co-ordinating dies.

For my sentiment, I stamped the Hello Beautiful from the Whimsical Blooms stampset in WOW! Embossing ink onto Catherine’s Midnight cardstock, and heat embossed in WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder. I then die cut it out with the smallest Fitted Frames die which is perfect for this sentiment.

I assembled all my images on the centre of the (dried) panel using foam tape and foam squares, and then mounted it onto a white notecard. As a finishing touch I added some of the new Charleston sequins, and a little bit of White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops on the flower centers and berries – because you can’t have too much glitz!
Hope this card brightens your day!

Club Sursee Inspiration with Lucky Me Floral Stamp Set

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Have you seen our Club Sursee Subscription? It is a once monthly club that delivers specially curated stamps and dies (in our Deluxe level) that are designed to mix and match for ample card making options- just add paper & ink!

Each month's shipment is full of versatile images and elements to create various designs and sentiments to fit lots of occasions. Even though some have a taste of seasonal flair, they are created with general all-purpose use in mind.

Let's take a peek at the December goodies and cards created with these stamps and dies!

The Just Because Word Die is a great all purpose sentiment. The mixed fonts look modern and fun and really polish off this card.

The Made My Day Stamp Set was designed to create backgrounds, patterns and layering floral inspired wreaths. The border created on this card becomes an unexpected focal point in it's bright color scheme.

The Lucky Me Floral Stamp Set is a stunner all on it's own. Embossed and water colored, the image is the star on this card. Using a few items in your stash, like a simple stencil and shape die, this card is embellished beautifully.

The wreath stamp is so easy to layer together and requires no special tools to create. This soft but eye-catching color scheme makes this card shine. The sweet sentiment adds just the right touch.

This month had a bonus set of dies in the Deluxe shipment so there were coordinating dies for both stamp sets, in addition to the word die. The coordinating dies make this simple floral stamp bloom on this fun card.

You can see so many possibilities lie in each month's Club Sursee shipment. If you haven't tried it yet, sign up by end of day on the 14th and get in on the February shipment. Club Sursee bills on the 15th of the month and ships by the 20th. You'll be stamping in no time!

Click here to learn more and subscribe!

Inspiration for Valentine’s Day Cards

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It's nearly Valentine's Day! If you need to whip up a last minute card for someone you love, here is some inspiration and pointers to get you on the right track!

1. Try the emboss resist technique! White emboss some heart stamps, then ink blend over with your favorite shades of pinks and purples. Here the Say It With Love Stamp Set was used but you might also try Doodle Hearts Stamp Set.

2. Grab a stencil that says romance! The Rose Stencil is a winner for a Clean and Simple card. Blend your ink over the stencil for a gorgeous background layer and then simply stamp your sentiment over top. Here the sentiment was stamped and embossed in white EP.

3. This card is simple with a lot of embellishment and detail to make it special. The heart pattern in the Smitten Pattered Paper Pack is the statement piece for this card. Adding the “love you” stamp adds just the right sweet sentiment for your honey!

4. Try an alternative sentiment! This simple card has the sentiment as the focal point. The Isn't She Lovely Stamp Set has lots of layering options and stands on its own over the Wild Thing Background Stamp. Black and white with a pop of color is a great option for a fun Valentine.

Hope these ideas are making you feel inspired and will help you pull things from your crafty stash to make just the right last minute Valentine you needed!

Simple Ways to Color for Stamping Video Tutorial

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Anyone feel a little intimidated by coloring? There are so many tools on the market for coloring and if you're like me, you oogle over the artwork of those that have mastered the art of shading and Copic coloring.

If that isn't your cup-of-tea you might shy away from Line art stamps. But coloring can be simple and still create great result…as well as being a lot of fun! Let's dive in!

SPOILER ALERT! I'm gettin' inky with the the February Club Sursee shipment products. Included in this month's subscription are super cute line art images. In this video, I'll create three cards with the Sursee products and share lots of coloring and stamping tips along the way.

For my style of simple coloring, I like to just use my inks and blender pens. Having Blender Pens on hand are like having my own custom markers!

To get started I stamped my images in my CP Midnight and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. If you are heavy handed with your blender pens, I would suggest using watercolor cardstock for these pieces.

Since Midnight is permanent, it shouldn't smear when you color over it. (If you use cardstock that is not CP Premium White, you may want to heat set your stamped images first, just to make sure the ink is dry before coloring)

With the blender pens, you just tap them into some ink you have dabbed onto a block or even just right from the ink pad surface. The color will be darker when you first color with it and then go lighter as you work so you can scribble a bit off, or start with the edges and then color in to get some shading. Any place I want to have a bit darker, like the stripe on the vase, I just color over again to get a darker tone.

On my second card, I did a little shaker. I cut out two of these rose swags to make a wreath. Just using one color, you can still get a lot of variance in your blooms- just don't dip your blender pen every time and you will get some lighter blooms.

I actually mixed together sequins from three mixes, Charleston, Crater Lake and Springfield for this shaker. I loved the mix of pastel colors!

Focusing on the rose flourishes in the Hello Fabulous Stamp Set, I made this simple one-layer beauty. Just a few pops of color on the blooms and leaves really makes this one stunning- and it was so simple.

I hope this has inspired you to try out some simple coloring with your line art stamps. I think you will find that it can be a lot of fun and stress free!!

Our Club Sursee Subscribers get a fabulous treat in their mailbox every single month, enjoy 15 – 30% off each month's products and get to shop the Sursee Exclusive section of the shop. There is no minimum commitment, so I hope you'll try it out!

Click here to learn more about Club Sursee, subscribe and get ready to have a great little treat in your mailbox each month!


Thursday, February 13, 8 PM Eastern: join Brand Ambassador, Erin Thompson for a Facebook Live Stream on her page here.

Friday, February 14, 2 PM Eastern: join Brand Ambassador, Daniel West, for a Facebook Live Stream on his page here.

Hope to see you then!

Upcoming Schedule

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Hey, friends! I wanted to let you know what our upcoming schedule is so you can join in all the fun!

Wednesday, Feb. 11, please join me for this YouTube Premiere. I'll create 3 cards and share Simple Coloring Techniques and lots of stamping tips.

SPOILER ALERT: I'll be using February's Club Sursee products, so if you're a subscriber and love the element of surprise, save this video for next week when your goodies arrive on your doorstep.

If you haven't subscribed to Club Sursee yet, Friday, February 14 at 11:59 PM Eastern is the deadline for getting in for this month. There is no minimum commitment if you decide the club isn't for you…but we think you're going to love it! Click here for more details.

Thursday, February 13, 8 PM Eastern: join Brand Ambassador, Erin Thompson for a Facebook Live Stream on her page here.

Friday, February 14, 2 PM Eastern: join Brand Ambassador, Daniel West, for a Facebook Live Stream on his page here.

Sunday, February 23 at 8 PM join me for my next regular YouTube Premiere.

Thanks for joining in the fun!

CAS The World Awaits with Jen Carter

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Hello!  This is Jen Carter from Jen's Ink Spot and I am excited to be guesting on Catherine's blog today!

Jen Carter CP World Awaits Watercolor 1

The World Awaits stamp set is one that can be used in so many ways and for this card I wanted to keep it clean and simple.  I started by heat embossing the images with white embossing powder on a card panel.  I then used an aqua brush and my Catherine Pooler inks to watercolor the images. 

To do this, I just smooshed a little bit of each ink color onto the lid of the ink pad and then picked it up with my water brush.  This transferred the ink nicely. The ink colors I used are Be Mine, Garden Party, All That Jazz, Tiara, Bellini & Pixie Dust.

Jen Carter CP World Awaits Watercolor Closeup

I took a piece of vellum and stamped the sentiment, also from The World Awaits stamp set, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder as well.  Because my water coloring was done on a card panel I was then able to fold the vellum over each side of the cardstock panel and adhere to the back side.  I then attached the entire panel to a white card base.

Thank you for joining me today!

Masculine Cards with Lisa Harrolle- Wild About You

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Hi everyone, Lisa Harrolle here.  I'm so excited to be invited back to Catherine's blog  to share a masculine card I made.  Today I'd like to showcase the awesome Buffalo Plaid Background stamp and the Wild About You Stamp Set.   

Like a lot of card makers, I find creating masculine cards to be quite a challenge.  Way out of my comfort zone!   So when Catherine came out with this Father's Day bundle I shied away….at first.  As I started working with each individual stamp and die set I started to see the potential for some really cool cards.  

My absolute favorite stamp is the Buffalo Plaid Background.  It looks so awesome stamped in any color and makes a great backdrop for any card.  For this card I wanted a dark background to create a whimsical nature scene.

First I created a custom piece of red cardstock by blending Catherine's beautiful new Rouge ink onto Premium White Cardstock.  After it dried, I stamped the plaid using a soft Black Jack ink.  Using the Wild About You stamp and coordinating die set, I cut out a moon and three little stars from the plaid background.  

I heat embossed the sentiment with bright white embossing powder by WOW!  I stamped and diecut the tree and wolf using Sage, Over Coffee and the wolf in twilight with some Black Jack shading.A strip of Catherine's smoke cardstock was added to the bottom.

The finished panel is attached at an angle onto Premium White Cardstock using foam tape.A little sparkle as added using the Motor City Sequin Mix.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Have a great week!

3 Cards with Heat Embossed Accents

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I have a love affair with heat embossing. It can be used on sentiments, layers, stamped images or used sparingly in accents on your cards. In this video, we'll use Heat Embossing in three different ways as accents to take your card making up another level!

How will you incorporate these ideas into your next card making project?

Layer on several different types of embossing powder onto a word die cut. Here I embossed the sentiment with Wanderlust Embossing Glitter first. While the embossing glitter was still hot and wet, I then sprinkled on a tiny bit of Turkish Nights over the die cut and embossed again. The colored glitter added unique glitz to the die cut.

It looks GORGEOUS in person and this photo does not do it justice. Be sure to watch the video for the close ups of it.

Try a geometric background with embossing or add detail to a stamped image like the coffee cups from the Perfect Blend Stamp Set.

Try an embossed circle frame! This adds an easy grounding element to your card whether you have a plain background, use patterned paper or try a technique like this watercolor technique. Try the frame embossed in different glitters or a gold, silver or other metallic embossing color. It'll look fabulous!

I hope you are inspired by the ideas shared here, thank you for joining me!

Upcoming video schedule:

Unfortunately I won't have a new video going up this Sunday, February 16 as I will be on vacation. Instead, I hope you'll join me for the following videos and Facebook Live Streams:

Wednesday, February 12, 8 PM Eastern: join me for “Simple Ways to Color” on YouTube.

Thursday, February 13, 8 PM Eastern: join Brand Ambassador, Erin Thompson for a Facebook Live Stream on her page here.

Friday, February 14, 2 PM Eastern: join Brand Ambassador, Daniel West, for a Facebook Live Stream on his page here.

5 Ways to Use Cover Plates

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Have you fallen in love with the versatile cover plate yet? I am pretty smitten with these background making bad boys and thought it would be fun to look at all of the things you can do with them! So here are 7 Ways to Use Cover Plates. Ready? GO!

1. The first and most basic way to use a Cover Plate is to just cut it out from white cardstock and layer it- white on white, to your card base. On this one, Daniel used the Wall Flower Cover Plate on the bottom half of his card to add interest without being too busy.

This card uses the Retro Star Coverplate and creates such great texture. A simple swag of flowers (image from the February Club Sursee subscription – ships out after the 15th!) and a sentiment is all you need for a gorgeous card.

This simple method is always a winner and brings another layer of texture to your card. It can stand alone or just become a patterned background layer to showcase a focal point on your card.

2. The next idea is layering more than one cover plate off-set from one another. With this technique, you can use more than one color to create more interest or just layer a grey or black behind your top layer, to give the feel of a shadow. This makes your layers pop and creates more dimension to your card.

3. How about using your cover plate as a stencil? By cutting out the Cover Plate and laying it over your card base or layer, you can blend color over the image and create a cool pattern on your card. You can do a part of the card like this one shown above (get clean edges by masking) or do the whole card base.

4. This technique can be a real show stopper! Try inlaid die cutting with your cover plate! There is so much possibility with an inlay technique. You can do the whole image or just pop in certain pieces. You can cut it out twice in different colored stock like this black and white card, or using direct to paper on each individual piece as you lay them back in.

Depending on the complexity, this technique can be all you want- just add your sentiment and you are done!

5. Have you ever just colored your cover plate? Using ink blending tools or watercolor, you can add color to the cover plate design in an abstract or intentional way. Lisa created a climbing wall flower by blending color directly to the Wall Flower Cover Plate's blooms and leaves.

I hope you are inspired to try something new with these 5 Ways to Use Cover Plates. What other ways do you know to use them? I have more ideas to share, so we'll get on live later in the month with more ideas. Thanks for visiting!

Valentine’s Day Cards

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Cover Plates are fabulous products that can add so much ooomph to your card making projects, but sometimes it's hard to get ideas or know what to do with them just by looking at them.  

If you've ever scratched your head over Cover Plates, or are just looking for inspiration, I hope you will join us on Thursday, February 6 at NOON Eastern.  We'll be on YouTube Live Stream answering questions, sharing projects and demonstrating different techniques for using these versatile tools. 

You can join us here, schedule a reminder for when we go live and view the replay. Hope to see you then!

INSPIRATION YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Monday and Tuesday were creative days here in the Clubhouse!  Erika and I hopped on Facebook Live each day at noon and created some Valentine's Day Cards.  If you missed them, you can catch the replays here

We love creating fun projects and live streams and videos for you and your feedback and interaction means the world to us! Thank you for being here and sharing this creative journey with us!

If you'd like to grab any of the products used here or just want to peruse the store, you can find it here. Have a creative day!

3 Cards with So Happy Stamp Set

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Today I'm sharing three cards from a recent Facebook Live Stream! If you haven't joined our live streams yet, we have so much fun, I hope you'll check it out. We usually go live around Noon Eastern and if you head over to the page, follow us and turn notifications ON, you'll get a notification when we go live. Sometimes we schedule them, sometimes we just hop on! Hope to see you there!

I created these two cards with the Gallon, Pint, Quart theory (which we think is a card maker thing)…have you ever heard of it? Basically, you choose three colors, use the most of one color, use a lot less of the second color and use the third color as an accent.

The two cards above were created with that in mind. What do you think?

I used a lot of products from our new In the Kitchen release. All products are linked below…along with the Checkerboard Stencil and the Wonky Triangle Stencil.

I hope you'll try this color combination – Fiesta Blue, Mint to Be and Pixie Dust!

Thanks for visiting!

Habit Tracker for Bullet Journaling

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Our Club Canvo subscribers received the bonus Habit Tracker Stamp Set in their shipment in December and that stamp set, which is a must-have for bullet journals, is now in our shop! Here's a look at how you could utilize the stamp set to keep track of all of your daily and weekly habits.

This spread was created using the Habit Tracker Stamp Set and the On My List Stencil. The tiny circles, squares and hearts from the stencil were used to create slots where you can then color in using a blender pen.

If you are not a Club Canvo subscriber, don't worry, you can still buy the Habit Tracker Stamp Set on our shop! Links can be found at the bottom of this post.

Each of our monthly Club Canvo products include a stamp that is perfect for tracking habits. Stamp the words for the type of habit you are tracking, then each successful day, color in a section!

January's stamp set has a darling fox with a scarf with 7 sections to color in. February's set has a 7 tiered cake. We can't wait to share March's set with you!