Masked and Sponged Snowflake Card

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CASual Fridays masked snowflakes

A few weeks ago, Michelle, the brilliance behind CAS-ual Fridays Stamps asked me if I'd like to be a “CAS-ual Fridays Contributor”.

So guess what!?  You'll be seeing CF and CP team up the first Monday of the month for a few months.  Fun, right?

CAS-ual Fridays just had an incredible release and I've made a bunch of super fun cards…today I'm sharing one made with the Must Love Snowflakes stamp set.CASual Fridays masked snowflakes 2CASual Fridays masked snowflakes 2

I hope you are inspired to grab some stamps and try out some of these fun techniques –

sponging, masking, heat embossing…and good luck covering up your boo-boos!

 CASual Fridays masked snowflakes 3

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Ellen Hutson new stamps and Easy Faux Woodgrain Video Tutorial!

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Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop!

I have been thrilled to be keeping this secret!  When Ellen invited me to participate in the reveal of their new product line – SQUEAL!!!!  I jumped at the chance.

This brand new line of high quality Clear Stamp Sets and Designer Dies, designed by Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC is going to knock your socks off.

This collection reflects an eclectic mix of images, sentiments and art styles that are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes!  Just in time for holiday crafting, the entire release is available now at Ellen Hutson LLC. 

All Essentials by Ellen Stamp Sets and Dies arrive in their signature packaging (I'll show you in my video – I LOVE IT!) with a durable clear envelope and a labeled card stock backer for convenient storage and organization.  The die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely!



I have some giveaway fun for you! This new stamp set will go to one lucky winner!  Please leave a comment here by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th.

autumn acornns


-featuring the Autumn Acorns Stamp Set-

Autumn Acorns

-featuring the Autumn Acorns Stamp Set-

Bokeh Dots


-featuring Bokeh Dots, Brushstroke Peace and Brushstroke Christmas-

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-featuring Prize Stag Die and Brushstroke Christmas Stamp Set-


You can find all these new products by clicking here and visiting Ellen Hutson online.

The fun all starts at the CLASSroom, where there is a GIANT prize package being given away—be sure to leave a comment there by October 8th  , telling me what new stamps and dies are your favorites!  Winners will be announced October 9th! 



All the products I used on the cards shown here, plus the entire new release is shown below- Enjoy!  CP


World Card Making Day is here!



Our most anticipated event of the year is here!

World Card Making Day – Iconic Places Around the World

We celebrate this event in style, stamping around the world for 48 hours.  So no matter where in the world you live, this event will be going on during your actual WCMD!

Here are a few peeks at the video tutorials I have going up on StampNation this weekend:

WCMD projects

In addition to our amazing sponsors, our 12 challenges and oodles of Dream Team inspiration, I have the priveledge of introducing two guest designers for this event.  Karolyn Loncoln and Donna Mikasa!

karolynI’m a retired Legal Assistant, married to Garry since 1980, and mom to Amy (married to Joe) and Ashley (married to Blake and the mother to my grandsons, Brecken and Brenner (and soon-to-be granddaughter, Brynley.) I’m blessed to live in Issaquah, Washington in the summer and Chandler, Arizona in the winter – the best of both worlds!

I love all things paper crafting, but especially stamping and card-making. I love to laugh, shop, travel, and play BINGO (don’t judge! LOL) I would describe my personal crafting style as a mix of clean and simple, graphic, and a bit of fun and cute thrown in for good measure. I’m so excited to be a part of this World Card Making Day event, and look forward to spending more time here at StampNation!

Be sure to hop over to Karolyn's blog here and say hi!




Aloha! I’m Donna Mikasa and I’m so excited to be here at Stamp Nation, celebrating World Card Making Day!
My blog is three umbrellas  which is the literal translation of my last name in Japanese.

I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and I’ve been crafting for many, many years. I’m basically a technique stamper and love to incorporate ink distressing or watercoloring on my cards. I’m currently designing for Hero Arts, CAS(E) this Sketch and Tag You’re It!

Thank you Karolyn and Donna for joining us for our WCMD celebration!

This is going to be an amazing, creative and fun experience – If you haven't joined us at StampNation, check it out here.

Where am I for World Card Making Day?




We are ready to celebrate World Card Making Day in a BIG way.   Are you!?

I've been talking about WCMD for a while now and I've given some hints along the way as to what the event will entail.  Are you ready for more details?

The big party is right on StampNation, complete with:

  • challenges
  • videos
  • prizes
  • and discount codes


Psst!  We may have something else up our sleeves to make this weekend even better…stay tuned!

The graphic above says that they event is on October 4….that's not ENTIRELY accurate!

Our World Card Making Day event begins at 8 am, EDT on October 3.  This is when WCMD actually begins in the very first place on earth, which is Howland and Baker Island (very close to Fiji).

The event will go all the way through 7 am, EDT on Sunday, October 5th – which is when the clock strikes midnight on WCMD in the very last place on earth, which is Pago, Pago.

So no matter where in the world you live, our event will be LIVE during YOUR WCMD!

Our challenges theme this year is:

Iconic Places Around the World

The challenges will never close, but StampNation Members will have two weeks to enter the challenges to be eligible for the prizes.

Hope to see you there!

Click here to learn more about StampNation!

A Giant thank you goes out to our incredible sponsors!  Be sure to check them out and give them some love…


Power Poppy Stamps 
2 stamp sets



Kristy from Some Odd Girl 
$20 Gift Certificate and a 20% off code to the Some Odd Girl shop!

$25 Gift Certificate

CAS-ual Fridays
$25 gift certificate giveaway and 15% off discount code.
casual fridays





Pretty Pink Posh 
$25 Gift Certificate


Winnie & Walter 
$30 gift card



Ellen Hutson
$25 Gift CertificateButterfly Reflections
$40 GC

What an amazing line up of sponsors, prizes and discounts, right?  Thank you SO MUCH for helping us make this event AMAZING!

Things don’t always go as planned…


Well, my friends, it seems that my website and StampNation have outgrown the hosting company and server that we are on.  This is really good news (that we are growing!) but very bad timing.  I am currently out of town with extremely limited access to the internet AND WCMD is this weekend!

You may have received error messages when visiting my blog and/or StampNation.  If you wait a minute, then refresh, you should be able to get on the site.

Please know we are working behind the scenes to find a solution.

Also, my inbox is SLAMMED right now.  Absolutely slammed.  I've responded to some of the emails and guess what?  They are all sitting in my inbox.  Oh, my WORD!  They aren't sending out.

Please know I am not ignoring you…I'm having (or trying to have) a bit of fun with Eva and my mom before heading to a friend's house tomorrow.   I haven't posted any photos yet, but I may throw some up on Facebook later today to see if you can guess where I am!

Stay tuned…this is going to be fun!

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Double Inked Letterpress Technique Video

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Did you know it's National Coffee Day?  Yep!  it sure is!

To celebrate, I'm participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  You can join in, too!  My friend, Chaitali from Cuts, Crops & Creativity is hosting.  I'll give you all the deets in a minute, but first I wanted to share my card with you today.

I had an absolute blast making this card using the Double Inked Letterpress technique.  Have you see it before?  It's such a fun way to use your embossing folders – c'mon, fess up, how many do you have?? – in a new way.  The result is the great design from your folder embossed into the paper and “highlighted” in two different ink colors.

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Pretty cool, right?

Please watch the video to see how it was done!

btw- if you watched the whole video, the answer is FIREBALLS!

Viewing through a feed in your inbox?  click here to view online.

The Double Inked Embossing tutorials is fun and it's easy.  I hope you will try it out yourself!

double inked embossing


Did you forget that I said there were some prizes up for grabs?

Go make a card for National Coffee Day, upload it to the linky on Chaitali's blog and be sure to check out the other artists' creations for even more inspiration!



Check out these prizes…

  • From ME – 3 giveaways of 1 month subscription each to StampNation
  • From Winnie & Walter – The Daily Grind Collection!
  • From Verve Stamps – Giveaway 1: $25 giftcard to Verve store; Giveaway 2: Coffee stamp set, Coffee word die, Cuppa Joe die
  • From Simon Says Stamp – $15 giftcard to Simon Says Stamp store
  • From Lil' Inker Designs – Coffee Cozy stamp set and dies
  • From Hero Arts – Need Caffeine Clear Set, Cup O' Joe Midtone Shadow Ink, Earth Mixed Fold cards
  • From Reverse Confetti – $15 giftcard to Reverse Confetti store
  • From Lawn Fawn – Love you a latte stamp set
  • From Ellen Hutson – $25 giftcard to Ellen Hutson store
  • From Sweet Stamp Shop – Coffee Town stamp set and Day to Day On Cherry Street kit





That's 13 giveaways in all!!

Lets have some cheering for the sponsors, shall we? 🙂

and yes, I am one of the sponsors!  THREE one month memberships are up for grabs – just in time for World Card Making Day this weekend!

It's our biggest Celebration of the year!

Click here to learn more about StampNation! 



Oh, what?  How do I like my coffee? coffee hop 2

With Salted Caramel Mocha International Delight, of course!

It's my very favorite and it's not the easiest to find…so when I do find it, I stock the heck UP!

12 Weeks of Christmas is about to begin!



 Three days from today

Wednesday, October 1

my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Campaign begins!

Can you believe Christmas is just 13 weeks away?

The 12 Weeks of Christmas is my free gift to newsletter subscribers every year.  

Every week starting THIS Weds., you will receive an email with a free Holiday Project.

These projects will include cards, gifts, bags, tags and all projects are exclusive to me…you will not see them ANYWHERE ELSE!

It's a very popular campaign and I love sharing it with you!

In order to receive this gift, you MUST be on my mailing list by Wednesday, October 1 before 1 pm eastern time.

As a subscriber, you also get my video series:  The top 10 things every stamper needs to know!  See you on the other side, my friend!



World Card Making Day is coming! October 4


We would like to thank our sponsors for this event!

CAS-ual Fridays

Winnie & Walter

Ellen Hutson

Some Odd Girl

Butterfly Reflections

Pretty Pink Posh

Simon Says Stamp


Power Poppy Stamps and Allison Cope



If you have not joined StampNation yet, you are going to want to right now so you don't miss this incredible event!

Click here to learn more and join now.

If you know me, you know that I have a few SURPRISES up my sleeves 🙂

Can't wait – hugs, CP

One Layer Fall Birthday KISS Card – Video Tutorial

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Fall KISS Birthday Card 2

Do you need some quick fall card making ideas?  Well, I've got one for you today.

I've had an amazingly awesome time using the Autumn Flowers by Clearly Besotted (which, btw- is sold out most places, I did find it on the CB website, thought!), a stencil and the Tomato Vine Kaleidecolor ink pad to make these One Layer Fall Birthday Cards!

View the video to see how quickly these cards came together!

Fall KISS Birthday Card 3 copy

Don't need fall birthdy cards?  Switch up the greeting from Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold, and The Happy stamp set and this is a great card to make for all occasions!

If you like this card and missed the other card I made with the Autumn Flowers stamp set, Click here to view it!

Full supply list is below.

Fall KISS Birthday Card 3 Fall KISS Birthday Card


I also get to announce upcoming festivities!  If you thought the Housewarming Party a couple weeks ago was awesome, you are in for a TREAT!  Please join me next weekend, on October 4th for World Cardmaking Day!

I will share more details later, but for now let's just say that this is the best, most fun, highly inspirational event we hold all year.  There will be some fun stuff going on here, but the real party is on StampNation!

Not a member yet?  Click here to learn more and join today.

In true CP style, I have quite a few surprises on store.  I'm bursting at the seams to share!


Do you love coffee?


Mondays can be hard…but not this coming Monday!

Be sure to carve out some time to pop over here  – whether you are a coffee lover or not – because I'm participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Sounds fun, right?  I will have a video with a technique that I'm relatively obsessed with right now (hint:  it uses something other than a stamp to stamp with!) along with lots of great prizes up for grabs and link to the party where you can see all the great inspiration and participate yourself.

Lets quickly go over the hop details.



On September 29 at, 9 am EST,  6:00 am PST I'll have a post on my blog with my card, my video and a link to Chaitali's blog where the link up is. You can link your post to the list anytime during the day up to 11:59 pm PST.

After the hop, Chaitali will select random winners from the participants for the prize packages from sponsors detailed below.

In the spirit of a true bloghop, it would be great if you visited at least 3 other hoppers and commented on their posts.

And make sure you have a mug of coffee beside you when you are hopping!

We also have a Facebook event for a reminder!

Now on to the hop sponsors and the prize packages!!












Check out these prizes…


That's 13 giveaways in all!! Lets have some cheering for the sponsors, shall we? 🙂

I hope to see you here on September 29 hopping along with a creation of yours! Blog link, StampNation Gallery, Flickr, Facebook upload, anything will do so long as its a coffee-themed papercraft that you can add to the linky!

One last favor before you go. I'd love your help in spreading the word to other coffee-lovers! You could use the following graphic and post on your blog or social media accounts about the hop. Or you could put the code below on your blog sidebar for a badge of the bloghop!


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<a href=””><img src=”” alt=”Coffee Lovers Bloghop”></a>

See you on National Coffee Day!!


Joseph’s Coat and Iron-off Embossing with Fresh & Fruity limes – Catherine Pooler

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CP for RC

A lot of paper crafting and rubber stamping techniques are packed into this one card!

Joseph's Coat (Clear Emboss Resist), Iron-off Embossing, Rock and Roll, and Direct to Paper Inking.

Honestly, I thought about re-doing this video, which you all know me…my philosophy is “Ain't nobody got time for that!”  But I've argued with myself for days over it.

View the video and see what you think.

I decided there's a lot of fun things going on in this video and there's a peek at what Eva's been up to…so why did I want to trash it?  When it was all said and done, this is not my favorite card.

Can you guess what is bugging me about it?

It's the LIMES!  The Cottage Ivy ink that I used is just too dark and it makes the limes look dirty.  Actually, at first, I thought that the Black Memento Ink was sticking to the Clear Embossed limes, but that wasn't the case.  That ink is just so dark and greyed down that it looks a bit black-ish on some of the limes.

So…what would I do different next time?

NOT use Cottage Ivy on the layer of color beneath the embossing and black.  That would probably help a lot.

The Joseph's Coat technique is awesome and you can get crazy awesome results with it.  Try bright colors and flowers or fall colors and fall leaves.  You will LOVE the fun looks you can get!

Even though this isn't my favorite card, I hope you learned something and are inspired to get crafty today!


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Now, for a card that I LOVE using the Joseph's Coat Technique…

I posted this one on StampNation last fall.

Members, click here to view it.

If you haven't joined StampNation yet, click here to learn more!

How to make a Birthday Card – One Layer Card

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RC one layer card 2

Neon…hmmm…what do you think?

Personally, I wasn't sure about them until Imagine Crafts sent me the whole lot of them!  (Thank you, Imagine Crafts!)

I actually STILL wasn't sure about them until I opened them and started using them.

WOW!  They are bright, but not quite as NEON as I thought they were going to be.  I mean, you really can go too far with neon.  C'mon…remember the 80's?

Then, when I paired them with the Fresh & Fruity Stamp Set by Reverse Confetti to make an out-of-the-box card (not fruit at all!), well…that's when I got hooked.

View the video to see how I lined up these shapes to make a fun One Layer Card.

Reverse Confetti StampNation cardNow that you've seen these ink pads in action, what do you think?

Here is a peek at the card I did for StampNation this week.

The video tutorial (SN exclusive) shows you exactly how I made it along with my thought process and why I chose the different elements for this card.

I hope you enjoyed today's One Layer Card, it was a whole lot of fun to make!

RC one layer card

Now that the Housewarming Party is over -thank you for celebrating with me!!!- we still have so much fun coming this fall.  Check out this line-up!

World Card Making Day – Oct. 4

Phase Two of – SOON!

12 Weeks of Christmas Newsletter Series – begins October 1

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 Class – end of October

It's going to be a busy and super fun fall!  Thank you for coming along for the ride!

Housewarming Party WINNERS!


Figuring out the winners for the Housewarming Party was an interesting mathematical feat!  First, I counted how many entries there were in all.  The card submissions went first.  There were 84 entries and each entry got 3 points.

Each comment on Youtube and that blog post counted for one entry.

In all, there were 351 entries….so I used to pick the numbers.   Mr. Pooler would probably have figured this out a different way (he can be rather number-y!)  but I feel like this was the best, most time effective, random way I could figure it other than writing out 351 tiny slips of paper and picking out of a hat.

Phew!  I'm ready to make some ladies happy!

Drum roll please…..


$50 Gift Certificate from Pretty Pink Posh – Linky entry #44!  SueB!


$20 Some Odd Girl Gift Certificate – blog post comment 

  • janet September 12, 2014, 9:13 amEDIT

    I received a new home stamp set yesterday and even though I am having lots of company today, I plan on making a card. . .


$25 CAS-ual Fridays Gift Certificate  – linky #30 – Auntbubbles (Janet)


$50 Ellen Hutson Gift Certificate – linky #65 – Lucilight


Penny Black – Shades Dies – linky #18 – Gail (Owleyes)


Winnie & Walter – This Awesome House Stamp Set – blog post comment:

  • Fran   I can’t participate right now as I’m away from home, but WOW!! I’m sure enjoying all the fabulous entries. Happy housewarming Catherine.


£30 Gift Certificate Clearly Besotted – linky #34 – Tinstar


$30 Gift Certificate Hero Arts – blog comment 

  • Mary-Anne V.  Congrats on the new blog update…it looks so fresh and exciting. Really matches your enthusiasm! Fun challenge I hope I can find time to enter.


ONE FREE YEAR membership to StampNation – Youtube comment:

Rob K    I really love your videos Catherine.  Thanks for the chance to be a winner. <3


Congratulations to the winners!    Please e-mail me to claim your prize!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event fun and exciting…your generosity is so appreciated.

You all have made these last two weeks so fun, rewarding, and humbling. Thank you for being here with me.  I love my crafting family!

Hugs, Catherine

What’s going on? all of THIS!


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Things have certainly been movin' and shakin' here, so I wanted to do a quick post to update and remind you of all that is going on.

HOUSEWARMING PARTY:  Today is the last day of our Housewarming Party to celebrate my new website!  Thank you to everyone that has celebrated right along with me.  You all warm my heart and make me jump to get to work every day!

Enter to win $300 in prizes by making a card and linking it up here, and/or subscribing to my Youtube channel and leaving a comment on this youtube video.

Also, be sure to visit the sponsor companies and the Dream Team (first entries in the linky) because some of them are giving away a free month to StampNation!

Winners will be drawn at random tomorrow!  Be sure to check back to see who will be grabbing all these great prizes.


$1 TRIAL FOR STAMPNATION: In honor of the Housewarming Party, we have a special offer for you to join the very best home for paper crafters on the net.   Click here for details. This expires at midnight, tonight.  I've only ever offered this one time before and we had more than 100 new members take advantage of the offer.  Many of them are still members!

So if you haven't joined us yet, we hope you will take this chance to hop on board!   Of course, if you are ready now to set up your monthly or quarterly subscription, you can do that here.  Se you there!


RC challenge

STAMPNATION AND REVERSE CONFETTI:  Speaking of StampNation, our weekly challenge went up this morning.

This week is extra RC rock and rolled oranges 2special because we have Reverse Confetti sponsoring us!  Yes, that's right…another prize is up for grabs!

Here is a peek at the DT inspiration.  We are also excited to have the Reverse Confetti Design Team designing with us this week, too.  The inspiration is off the hook!

If you head over to the Reverse Confetti blog, there is a special video for the card to the left…. by yours truly!



reverse confetti




This week, I was a guest artist for Ellen Hutson – be sure to check out my video there and leave a comment…yep! Another giveaway!

Click here to view the video on my channel, leave a comment and you could win the supplies I used in the three videos I made with these goodies.



switcheroo graphic

STAMPING SWITCHEROO:  Jill Foster, one of my favorite artists and I are swapping newsletters!  In just 4 short hours, these newsletters go out, so be sure you are on both lists!


Phew!   So much stamping fun and goodies up for grabs – any questions?  Have fun!

Have an AWESOME day!  xox- Catherine