Wrinkle Free Distress Purple Snowflakes and stretching your stamps!

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Last week, I shared one of my “traditional” Pink Snowflake cards...many of you are jumping on the Pink Snowflakes bandwagon and I LOVE it!  Some others of you…ok, ok!  I hear ya!

Purple Snowflakes!

I can DO that!

I hadn't stamped in almost two weeks, so it was a bit bumpy getting back in the game.  Starting with the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique (which I'm totally obsessed with – click here to learn more about it) and purple snowflakes made it much easier to get in my creative mode.

I had so much fun with this card, I didn't stop here.  I pulled out Distress Inks in various blues, a few more supplies and kept having fun

The next video, showing you how I made these two cards will be on StampNation.  My favorite part of the cards above is the custom circle stamp I made.

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It's so much fun to look at your stamps and figure out how to stretch them to get more from what you've got!  Don't you think?

Hope you enjoyed today's video tutorial – what color snowflakes are YOU going to make?

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Occasionally someone asks me “What is different about StampNation and how are your videos on SN different than the ones you put on Youtube”.

GREAT question!

The videos that I put on SN are similar to the ones you will find on my Youtube channel.  Sometimes they are longer, sometimes I make more cards, sometimes they are in response to what the members are asking about and creating themselves.  The videos I make for SN are exclusive to the site (I just added #463 on Friday!) and are not publicly available.

StampNation is way more than the videos I share.

I've had a really bad cold for the past week and a half and have barely been able to participate on StampNation.  I was thrilled to pop in there and see that even in my absence, StampNation carries on!

When StampNation opened on January 11, 2011 there were two videos on the site and that's pretty much all we had to offer, with the promise of more to come!  Now, it is a thriving melting pot of stampers from around the world (27 countries are represented!) that love this hobby and love sharing it with each other.

What's been going on over the past week at StampNation?


As you can see, StampNation is an incredible site.  There is so much going on there all the time, but it's like a buffet…take a little or take a lot.  SN is whatever fits into your lifestyle and needs.

If you are not a member yet, wee hope you will join us today.

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Q&A: How to Re-ink White, Stazon and Versamark Ink Pads

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One of my favorite places to connect with other crafters (besides StampNation), is on my Facebook page!  It's a great place to share, connect and find out what you all are wondering about.

Last month I asked what questions you all had.  One of them was:

How do you re-ink and ink pad? and more specifically, How do you re-ink a white ink pad?

It's pretty easy, view the video and I'll show you how!

I actually filmed this video a couple weeks ago.  Thank goodness I had it on hand!  I came down with a cold last week that was so bad I thought I had pneumonia.  I went to urgent care on Saturday morning…huffing and puffing…but they said nope…just a bad URI.   Thank goodness!  I had pneumonia a few years ago and that is no joke.

Three prescriptions, two bags of cough drops, hot tea and a box of tissues have been my best friends for the past few days.  Today I finally got dressed, put on a bit of make up and felt a bit more like myself  again.  I'll still be taking it easy through the weekend just to be sure.

Be sure to check out my facebook page for sneak peeks – mojo returned, I got in the stamp room for a couple hours and made four cards today. It felt AWESOME! Sneak peeks are there.

Thank you for stopping by today!  xoxox- CP

Ombre Pink Snowflake Trees background CAS-ual Fridays – video tutorial

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I love snowflakes.

I love pink

I love glitter.

So it makes sense that I would love glittered pink snowflakes, right?

I started to glitter these pink snowflakes, but they didn't end up that way on the final card. View the video to see the process:

I started out inking up the snowflake tree with the lightest pink ink, then moving to the medium shade and inking 2/3 of the stamp, then adding just a touch on the top with the darkest pink.  This gives a really fun pink ombre effect!

The Funky Round Tag base was sponged with Bubble Gum pink ink.  I used Sticky Strip on the sides of the card and added the fabulous Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder by WOW and heated it.  Pretty cool how you can use adhesive to emboss like that, right?

Some sequins and a bit of silver ribbon and that's it!  This card ended up being a bit busier than I started out wanting to do, but if you break it down, it's actually really simple!

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Here is a peek at another card I made with the Funky Tag Dies for one of the cards in our “A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0” class.  

When I showed this card to my Mother-in-law, she thought I cut out those little squares and glued them on the card.  I puffed up my chest and said, nope!  But I can show you how easy it was to make it!

That's what you'll get in this class…fabulous, fun, trendy cards that will make the recipient see you for the stamping goddess that you are!  The class is now in session and you'll get lifetime access.  See you there!


Wrinkle Free Distress on Four Types of Cardstock with Catherine Pooler

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The Wrinkle-Free Distress technique gets different looks depending on what type of cardstock you have.

I tried out four different types of cardstock to show you the results:  Stampin' Up Whisper White, Distress Watercolor Paper, Bazzill Marshmallow, Gina K 120 lb. Pure Luxury.

My favorite was a surprise to me!  I love the Bazzill Marshmallow.  It took the water beautifully, remained smooth and let the color blend, bleed and bloom!  Awesome!

I would love to know if you have tried this technique and what type of cardstock you have used.  Leave me a comment and let me know!


A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 Class has gotten rave reviews!  Whether you are a card maker that creates holiday cards year round, or are looking for inspiration and ideas to incorporate into your paper crafting regardless of the holidays, this class is for you!

Learn more about A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 here.


Masked, Stencils and Watercolored Holly Christmas Card

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Masked, Stencils and Watercolored Holly Christmas Card

Today's video is a Take 2!  I am not a perfectionist – well….I think some of my friends would completely disagree with that!!!  So really, I guess it depends on what it is.  When it comes to videos, I am not.  I stamp and film and edit and go with what I get.  And that's it!

It's rare that I re-do a video and this one I did…view it to see why.


I tried two different types of cardstock with the same technique using Distress Ink Pads…they reacted a bit differently.  Watch for my upcoming video- I will take four different types of cardstock and show you how they react using this technique so you can see for yourself and decide which one you like the best!

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Lots going on here…watercoloring, masking, coloring your cardstock with an ink pad and heat embossing.  Hope you enjoy the look and are inspired to get stamping your own holiday cards!

Speaking of Holiday cards, don't miss out on the BONUS PDF Download that is only available through Thursday of this week when you sign up for A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 online class.


19 video tutorials

more than 50 samples from 10 different designers

lifetime access

endless inpiration

Click here for all the details on this fabulous class!

Look at what Maggie has to say about this class:

“As always, you and your team have outdone yourselves!! I love the metallic look on all of the cards, but the Guilded Christmas card especially speaks to me. The simplicity of this card is absolutely stunning.  Thanks again for great work!”
See you in the classroom!


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Very Trendy Card – two ways! Video tutorial

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With the release of our A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 online class, I was inspired to incorporate some of the paper crafting trends that we focusted on in the class.  I used two sketches that can be found in the PDF download (A bonus for subscribing by October 30!).

I have two cards for you here…the first one started with a circle punch.  I embossed the stars, sponged it, then added it to my card with dimensionals.  A simple greeting and I was done!

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I wanted to use the same exact supplies (other than the color of the embossing powder and houses) and try more techniques and fun.

View the video to see how I made this fun card.


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For the past 6 months or so, I have been completely enamoured with my Distress Inks – so many fun rubber stamping techniques you can do with them!  Gradient sponging, masking, emboss resist and water droplets are just some of them.

The Home & Hearth dies by Ellen Hutson are absolutely darling – I love playing with them.  Hope you are enjoying my projects with them!

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We've been talking about this class for a while now and we are STOKED to finally release it.

Access to this class is lifetime, it is self-paced and it will knock your socks off…how do I know?  The class attendees that have already been in there have told me so!  🙂  Hope to see you there!

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A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 is coming!



Would you believe me if I said work on this class began in early August!?

In the middle of pool parties and BBQs, 10 talented designers started thinking about Christmas.

We are thrilled, proud and EXCITED to finally be releasing this class to you so you can get ready for your holidays this year. Here are a few details that you need to know:


We aren't ready to tell you all about the class just yet, but here is a peek at some of what is happening in there-

With FIFTEEN video tutorials, written tutorials and more than 50 samples to inspire you, this class will have you running to grab your ink and stamps and get started right now on this year's holiday cards.Inside the classroom, the written and video tutorials will teach you:

  • Creative uses for dies
  • Faux Watercoloring with Distress Markers
  • Inlaid Die Cutting techniques
  • Simple cards that pack a huge WOW
  • Advanced stenciling techniques
  • How to make metal accent pieces
  • Simple coloring with copics
  • Emboss Resist techniques
  • Watercoloring embossed images
  • CASEing cards, but making them your own
  • How to get perfectly aligned layers
  • Masking Techniques
  • and more!

This class features projects top designers in the industry: Catherine Pooler, Maureen Merritt, Kristie Goulet, Heather North, Gayatri Murali, Virginia Lu, Allison Cope, Jean Manis, Tracey McNeely and Kristy Dalman.

I will see you then!


Christmas Cards and Tags to make

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I have been busy making Holiday cards and tags and video tutorials for YEARS!

I thought it would be fun to put it all in one convenient place – whaddaya think?  Click on the links below to view – most of these have video tutorials on making hand made Christmas Cards and tags.

Be sure to pin it so you can find it again later!  Enjoy-

Need more Holiday Ideas?

Check out the popular, A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0! 



Thanks for stopping by!  CP

One Layer Christmas KISS Card – video tutorial

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KISS One Layer Christmas Card

Not only do I have a KISS Card for you today, but it's a One Layer Card and it has a fun embossing technique, too!

I hope you enjoy the video tutorial – be sure to leave me a comment letting me know your holiday card plans this year!

I'm debating on whether to fess up or not…hmmm…watch the video first, then I'll tell you.  (click here if viewing via email for the video)

Ok…I have a naughty little secret.

Last year I did not send Christmas Cards.

AAAAAGH!  I know!

Last fall was a really busy and stressful time for me, and by the time mid-December hit, I just threw up my hands and said “FORGET IT!”.

I didn't have a good photo of all three girls together and for some reason the thought of signing all those cards, addressing them and all that goes inot getting them in the mail was just too much for me.

Will you all keep me accountable this year?  I WILL SEND HOLIDAY CARDS!  Pinky promise.  🙂

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Hope you enjoyed today's Christmas card video tutorial – it's quick and easy and has just enough pizzazz, right?

Before I say Adios…my GOODNESS!  I have the best online friends a girl could ever hope for.  You all rock my WORLD!  Thank you for stopping by and taking a moment to offer a word of encouragement on the story I told on THIS VIDEO, that was followed up by THIS POST.

I have read every comment, every email and every single one of them touched my soul.  THANK YOU for being here and being so awesome.  Sometimes, when I am filming videos, I struggle with my intros…I want to get them “right”.  I think most of the time I hit “RIGHT” by being ME.  and letting you all into my world.

I will remember the things you all told me in your comments, and I will carry them around in my heart and I read them time and time again.

xoxox- CP

A Follow up to yesterday’s post

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I really believe that at different times in my life, things have lined up in a certain way to teach me something.  I spoke about that a bit in yesterday's video.

When I was putting together that video and filming the intro and outro, I did not have a plan to tell the story that I did, but it just came pouring out of me.

What I didn't tell you about the woman I met at the stamping event who made a difference for ME is what happened before I met her.   3 weeks before, we lost a 20 year old family member in an automobile accident.  This smart, strong woman was making a difference in the world at 20.

That is what spurred on the conversation between Randall and I about making a difference.

During that time in my life, I was working very hard on my business and was not participating much in my local community.   That is where the feelings of “not making a difference” came from.  I felt like I wasn't making a difference in my community.

In the video, I said that I was “ok” with that.

I wasn't really ok with that, but at that stage in my life…building a business, nurturing my marriage, raising three girls, and TRYING to maintain friendships…I did not see one single way that I could possible fit anything more in that MIGHT make a difference, so I was ok with it at the moment.

I truly had no idea that I was making a difference for anyone, and when I realized that the difference I was making was so much bigger than I could have imagined or planned, well…I just can't tell you how much that has enriched my life and kept me moving in the direction in which I'm going now.

I thought about that this morning when I saw this about Positive Post-it Day.

The Mayor of Airdrie said “Positive begets Positive” and that is one mantra that Randall and I live by.  We find that it is one thing that makes our marriage successful.

I can apply this to my business as well.

I am overwhelmed, humbled, and completely overjoyed every day by those of you that take a moment of your day to stop in to my blog, youtube channel, facebook page to say hello and offer me words of encouragement.

If it weren't for you, I don't think I'd be doing this any longer.  Occasionally, I talk about the negative emails and occasional comments I get and when I tell someone about it, it's shocking to them.

I'm a gal with a camera and some stamps and I'm having fun sharing this hobby  and yep, I get rude emails from time to time.  It would shock you some of the things that have been said to me.  Luckily, those emails are few and far between- it's not like they come in every day….but they come and every one of them makes my breath catch in my throat for a second.

So when you come here and leave me a positive comment, it enriches my life and encourages me to make more videos, which in turns makes other people happy.  So you are a part of this whole danged thing!  Isn't that amazing!??

THANK YOU for being here, for supporting me and showing up.

YOU make a difference for ME.  I bound out of bed every morning to get to work because I absolutely LOVE what I do.  And if it weren't for YOU – yes, YOU!!!!!  I wouldn't be doing what I love.  YOU absolutely make a difference in my life and the life of my family.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for touching me so that I can touch others.

I am encouraged and inspired to make a difference.  One person, one card, one video at a time.  How about you?

And be sure to check out this heart warming story and share it with those that are important to you.

hugs, CP


Pink Power Blog Hop for Breast Cancer Awareness- Masking Video Tutorial

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Today I'm participating in a blog hop for Breast Cancer Awareness, hosted by  Chaitali, from Cuts & Crops.

She designed this really cool stamp set in honor of her mom after she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. I decided to keep my card really simple to create a card that was focused on the message.

The stamping part of this video is pretty quick…stay tuned to the end where I have a story to share with you.

I hope you enjoyed the video showing you how to use the Masking Technique for rubber stamping.  It's a fun way to create dimension and depth to your hand stamped cards without layering and bulk.

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Thank you, Chaitali, for inviting me to play along!

You may have arrived here from:  Stacey

Catherine** you are here!

Julee – is the next stop on the hop!

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  I ended up stamping on the inside of the card which I felt like really finished it off – design and message-wise.

Not many supplies for this card…just the Pink Power stamp set by Verve, some cardstock and ink and that lovely Mask Paper by Inkadinkado (seriously…say Inkadinkado out loud…a few times…it's fun!  lol).


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Sparkled White Emboss Resist Background – Video Tutorial

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Over the weekend, while I was busy stamping at Maureen's house, I had the priveledge of working with Ellen Hutson and Julie Ebersole on the release of their new stamp line!

Their first release was a huge one and there's lots-o-awesomeness to play with – so I promised you that you would be seeing tons more.

So far, this is my personal favorite card that I made with this new line.  These little houses completely have my heart.  I just adore them.

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I had a few design options that I was thinking about here…view the video, then leave me a comment and let me know if you would have done anything differently on this card!

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I hope you enjoyed this video and will try out this fun technique.  It's great for holiday cards, but can be used for so much more than that.

Click here if you missed the Ellen Hutson Stamp Line release for more project ideas and a video tutorial for Easy Faux Wood Grain!