Penny Black and StampNation!


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We've been stamping and partying with Penny Black for a solid week now and it's been an amazingly fun time!

If you haven't popped over to the Penny Black blog this week yet, please do!  They have been featuring the StampNation Dream Team and their fabulous projects all week long.

There's a little prize to be had there as well!  Penny Black peeps are giving away 2 one-month subscriptions to StampNation!

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We also want to thank Penny Black for sponsoring last week’s inspiration challenge.  Their products have been a dream to work with and as an added bonus, a few of their designers joined us for last week's challenge.  Amazing talent in that group!

Speaking of the challenge…SN members have through May 22 to enter to win.

 Win what?

One lucky StampNation challenge participant will get to choose THREE products from the new Penny Black catalog!  yes, THREE! WOOOT!

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Here is a sneak peek at the video tutorial coming to StampNation on Monday.  Can you guess how I colored the blue background without getting blue on the flowers and leaves?  I can't WAIT to share it!  And Eva will make a guest appearance in this video.

You haven't joined StampNation yet?  You are going to love all the benefits of membership.

Join StampNation today!


9 hours left to get the early bird pricing


PHNjcmlwdCB0eXBlPSJ0ZXh0L2phdmFzY3JpcHQiIHNyYz0iaHR0cDovL2NhdGhlcmluZXBvb2xlci5ldnN1aXRlLmNvbS9wbGF5ZXIvWTJGd2RIVnlaUzB3TURFdWJYQTAvP2NvbnRhaW5lcj1ldnAtNE9HQzROTkVPSyI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+PGRpdiBpZD0iZXZwLTRPR0M0Tk5FT0siIGRhdGEtcm9sZT0iZXZwLXZpZGVvIiBkYXRhLWV2cC1pZD0iWTJGd2RIVnlaUzB3TURFdWJYQTAiPjwvZGl2Pg==Take a peek INSIDE the Cards For Him classroom.

11 Video Tutorials

8 Step-by-step written tutorials

28 Projects

Color Combo ideas

Bonus projects – coming soon!

Serious masculine inspiration, right?  You are going to NAIL it this Father's Day after you take this class!

This is a ONE TIME PAYMENT and you will have lifetime access to the class.

Click here to learn more.

Click here to set up payment and get inside the classroom NOW!

StampNation Members – get your 50% off coupon code – only valid through May 30!


Dipped-dyed Ombre Burlap Bags

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Dip Dyed.  Ombre.  Burlap.

Seriously this project is oozing with trendiness!

View the video to see how I dip-dyed these bags.

Fill these bags with chocolate, a gift card or a small gift.

Great for teachers, neighbors, party favors…

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  • My Favorite Stamp Set (Hero Arts), Simple Stems (Stampin' Up!)
  • Burlap Bags (Jampaper)
  • Reinkers (Stampin' Up):  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

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 What's new at StampNation?  Our weekly challenge!  Can you guess the theme?


SN_button2-23374Have you joined StampNation yet?

What do the members say about their membership?

“I was brand new to card making when I joined and have grown immensely in the past year. People really compliment my cards now, and while I still make some that I am not happy with, I am learning why they don't work and how to fix them.”  Fran

“I've been really impressed by the wealth of information and the warm, friendly community.  I like having a community in which stampers/crafters can share their creations, questions and discoveries.”  Jean

“This is my family. I have relationships with people all around the world that I would otherwise have never met. There is a bond, a sense of genuine caring not found on other web sites. There is so much to learn and share also not found in one convenient place as good as SN.”  Elaine

It's an amazing place…you will love it!

Click here to begin your membership today!


Sponged and Splattered Butterflies

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Today I have one of the make and takes from StampNation LIVE to share with you!  This was a super fun card to make and was even easier with the really cool stencils and stamps from Hampton Arts.  The stencils are made out of a vinyl material and are tacky on the back.  yes, tacky….so that means you don't have to get washi or painter's tape to take down your stencil!  They just stick!


  • Stamp Set
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Black
  • Ink:  Concord Crush, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmelade Distress Inks
  • Accessories:  Twine

Click here to learn more about StampNation LIVE!  And mark your calendars for April 2015 for the 3rd annual event.

Hop over to Heather's blog, too.  She's done a few fabulous posts about SNL!

Curious Top 5


Online video lessons by Catherine Pooler
     I was honored last week to be chosen as Curious' Top 5 as they celebrated their first birthday!

Check it out here.   Thanks, Curious!

Happy Friday! Embossed Penny Black Card

CatherineFloral, Gallery, Projects, Techniques

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Happy Friday my friends!  Today I've been hard at work after two days that had me out of the office a ton.  Between me and two of the girls, there were four doctor's appts. (nothing serious, just ear aches, chirpractor and cavity fillings).  Good grief!  I'm happy to be in my stamp room today.

While I was out and about, I told a friend of mine that I signed up for an art class in July.  I must have been on the edge of my seat telling her about it.  She looked at me with a funny look on her face and said, “You'd probably choose doing that over a day at the spa, wouldn't you?”.

I almost fell out of my chair laughing.  Well, DUH!  Yeah!  hahahaha!

What about you?  Art/paper crafting/mixed media class or Spa?

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penny black newsletter2Today's card was made with another great Penny Black large scale stamp and stencil.  Just like the one I did in my newsletter this week.

If you didn't catch it, you can view that video tutorial and all three cards HERE on StampNation.

If you haven't subscribed to my newslettet yet, you will get weekly project inspiration that I share only with newsletter subscribers.


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For this card, I used Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist and a stencil to make the background.  Then, I used the Suncatcher stencil and sponged versamark over it.  Next, I covered it in black embossing powder and heated it.  This gave a neat shadow effect to the flower.

An Embossed background and a banner with a white embossed greeting finish off this card.


  • Special Wishes Stamp Set (Penny Black)
  • Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
  • Ink:  Versamark
  • Accessories:  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, White Embossing Powder, Chevron Embossing Folder


Hope you are inspired!  Oh, before I go!  Did you see the news!!!??????

Our very own Maureen is now teaching through video tutorials (SQUEAL!!!! ) on StampNation.  I am seriously beside myself.

What an incredible addition to StampNation.  Learn more about this announcement by stopping by MAUREEN'S BLOG and wishing her well with her new video endeavor!


Not hand painted!


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StampNation Members will be FULL of inspiration today!  Not only do we have a beautiful photo inspiration, but we have a fabulous sponsor – Penny Black!

The complete video tutorial for this card will be up today for StampNation Members showing how to make a stamped image look like you hand painted it.  Pinky Promise, it was super easy!

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That's not all the excitement…some of the Penny Black designers are joining us for this challenge to offer even MORE inspiration.

Just look at this sneak peek.  Is it screaming sunshine and spring to you!?

See you at StampNation – the best place to be supported by amazing women while you grow and learn and become the paper crafter you strive to be!

With more than 400 exclusive video tutorials…the learning never stops.  Speaking of learning!  We have a new Video Tutorial teacher premiering tomorrow.  It is absolutely going to knock your socks off.


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PRIZE ALERT!  One challenge participant will get to choose THREE products from the new Penny Black catalog.  Awesome!

Stamping with newbies & CFH early bird pricing ends soon!

CatherineFloral, Gallery, Projects

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My mother-in-law moved into a retirement community in November.  When she moved in and Randall and I checked this place out, the first thing out of our mouths was “How old do you have to be to move in here?”

Seriously, this place rocks.

It's brand spankin' new, has amazing amenities (a restaurant, bar, cleaning service, indoor pool, I could go on), this place is so nice and fancy and reminded us of a cruise ship.  Mom!  We'll be moving in there with you just as soon as we can!  lol!

But that's not the point of this post…the point is to share this project with you!  Anna and I went there a few weeks ago over her spring break to stamp with some of the ladies.  I hadn't stamped with new stampers in a looooong time.

I forgot that they need the basics…how to ink your stamp without getting ink All. Over. The. PLACE!

How to apply adhesive.

How to stamp and not wiggle to avoid edges.

Cards For Him inspiration

We had a great time and hope to bring some fun stamping and card making to the ladies over there again soon.

Here is one of the cards we made.  I thought it was great for beginners and you know what?  It's a PERFECT KISS Card (Keep It Simple Stamper).


It's also super versatile.  I used this layout on a masculine card in our latest class, Cards For Him.

I hope you are inspired and look in your stash to see what stamps you have on hand that would look fabulous on this layout.

At the bottom, I used striped patterned paper.  Would you use patterned paper or would you stamp a graphic design there?  So many options!

Have you taken advantage of the early bird pricing?!

Click here to learn more about this class.


Mum's the Word Stamp Set (PTI)

Ink:  Primerose Petals, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz (SU)

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla

Stuff to look forward to!


penny black newsletter-001This week is full of awesomeness and I wanted to give you a run-down so you don't miss a thing!

Wednesday – my  next newsletter comes out.  Above is a peek…I'm using some amazing Penny Black  products.  I'll show you the basics of how they work, then show you THREE different cards to make with the same stamps, colors and basic layout.

Wednesday – our early bird pricing expires for the Cards For Him class.  


ThursdayStampNation's next challenge begins and we have a great sponsor…can you guess WHO that might be?  Some of their designers are joining us and the inspiration that is coming is going to knock you off your chair and have you RUNNING to your stamp room!

Friday – I've been holding on to a little secret.  Aren't I evil???  You KNOW I love secrets and surprises and there is a BIG one coming on Friday to StampNation.  HINT:  a new teacher will premier her first video.  Any guesses?

KISS CardsIn case you missed it, don't forget to leave a comment on my Youtube video – KISS Card Five Ways – for a chance to win all five cards.

For my blog readers, of course I will have fun here for you, too!

It's going to be a GREAT week!


If you haven't joined us at StampNation yet…I invite you to try it out.  $9 a month gives you access to:

  • more than 400 exclusive video tutorials
  • Copic Marker tutorials
  • The Classroom – written and photo tutorials
  • more than 125 challenges that never close
  • Access to other paper crafters that are just as nuts about this hobby as you are!
  • and more…

Your membership is cancelable at anytime if you find the site isn't for you…but we think you will love it!

Click here to start your membership and embark on an amazing journey!


KISS Card – FIVE ways! and Cards For Him Blog Hop Winners!

CatherineFloral, Gallery, KISS Cards, Projects, Videos

 KISS Cards

Thanks to everyone that hopped along with us the other day to celebrate the release of our Cards For Him online class!  It's been a smashing success and the blog hop was incredible!  You can still hop – start here!  Read to the end of the post to find out if you won a spot in this class! This class is bursting at the seams with masculine card ideas.  You'll find:

  • video Tutorials
  • photo tutorials
  • projects from four different artists (myself, Maureen Merritt, Iwona Palamountain and Sandy Allnock)
  • ideas in categories such as texture, moving cards, nautical, cards for boys and more!

If you've ever been stuck when it comes to making cards for that special guy in your life, this card will have your Mojo in overdrive! The class is well-laid out, easy to follow and you have lifetime access to it. – You have just five days left to get in on the early bird pricing.

Cards For Him Blog Hop - masculine cards

Here is the card that I made for the blog hop.

Simple.  Clean.  Graphic.  Great for a guy!

But great for many other people and occasions, right?


In this video I will show you how I made this card, simplified a bit, and how to make it four different ways!



I started out with the intent of making this a simple KISS Card video (Keep it simple stamper!) and got a bit carried away…watch…(viewing in your inbox?  click the title to view online).

Be sure to hop over to this video on Youtube to comment – I'll be sending all five of these cards to one person drawn at random!   KISS Cards Supplies:

  • Flower Friend Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight


KISS Cards How to:

  • Score two pieces of card stock at 5-1/2, then cut at 5-1/2. Fold these in half and you will then have four card bases.
  •  Cut one piece of card stock the long way at 4, then cut the remaining piece at 4.  Then cut both pieces at 5-1/2.  You will now have four pieces for your top layers.
  • Cut the 1/4 piece of card stock on an angle.
  • Use a pencil to trace the angle of the cut card stock.
  • Use that pencil line as a guide to stamp your images.
  • Figure out how much you need to cut off the top piece and cut.
  • Stamp your greeting and assemble with dimensionals.


KISS Cards Supplies:

  • Make a Statement Stamp Set (Some Odd Girl)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Ink:  Yes Peas, Something Blue, Orange County (Studio Calico)


KISS Cards Supplies:

  • Stamp Set (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Basic Grey, Calypso Coral


KISS Cards Supplies:

  • Leaf and Flower Background Stamp (Hero Arts)
  •  Cardstock:  Whisper White
  •  Ink:  Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn (Distress Ink)
  • Accessories:  Sparkling Clear and Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Post)


KISS Cards

And now the moment we've all been waiting for…the 10 winners of the Cards For Him class are:

From Allison's blog:

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Susan's blog:

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Chupa's blog:

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Sandy's blog:

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Amy's blog:

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Leigh's blog:

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Sarah's blog:

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Catherine's blog:

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and the winner of the $15 Reverse Confetti Gift Certificate from Jen del Muro's blog:

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Congratulations ladies!  If you won a class subscription, email me (contact button in the navigation bar) and I will get you set up right away.  If you won the GC, contact Jen or myself and we will take care of you!

Introducing a Guest Designer for May!


We had an busy and amazing April at StampNation with:

  • challenges
  • Pick-a-Pattern Mini Class
  • Kristy Dalman's Copic Marker tutorials
  • Sponsors – Hero Arts and CAS-ual Fridays
  • Guest Designers – Amy Kolling and Allison Cope
  • Chupa started her Technically Speaking videos back up after a short hiatus

May is looking to be just as amazing!  Look at what we are kicking the month off with – Virginia is joining us as a Guest Designer!  Let's introduce her:

Virginia Lu

I am Virginia Lu from Ontario ,Canada. I fell in love with stamping and card-making over 18 years ago. However, I only became active and passionate about my hobby in Fall 2008. I started my blog in Sept. 2009, I haven’t stopped making cards since! I love working with all kinds of stamps, pattern paper, inks, digital images, embellishments, stickers!

My favourite style is leaning toward Clean and Simple. I like to add a “wow” factor to my cards as it gives the receivers a lasting impression and a sense of delight and charm.

I have been lucky to have a few cards published in Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking, Papercrafts Inspirations (UK) and CARDS. I was one of the Top 5  in 2013 Gallery Idol. Currently I design for  CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

I also host a new challenge blog called Virginia’s View Challenge. It’s an honor to be here at StampNation!



I recently “met” Virginia online and we've become fast friends.  She blows me away with her incredible talent, eye for design and she is just so darned enthusiastic and kind.  I'm glad to know her and thrilled to have her joining us for May!

Let's take a peek at her card for our “May Day” challenge.

StampNation Members click here to visit the challenge thread to see the full card and the rest of the DT projects.

Not a member yet?  We'd love for you to join us…everything you could ever want under one “roof”…tutorials, inspiration, stamper friends that are just as crazy about this hobby as you are…seriously, it's THAT good!

Click here to start your membership right now!

Be sure to visit Virginia's blog and tell her I sent you over!

A small change…


My paper crafting business began over 10 years ago when I signed up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator.  When I began, I ran it the “traditional” way…with classes and workshops and I loved it!  As my family grew and my life changed, I knew my business was going to have to change as well, and I moved my business online.

Over the past 6 years I have poured my heart and soul into building my online business.  I opened StampNation on Jan. 11, 2011.  As the site grows and thrives, it takes up most of my time and attention.  The members and the site are INclusive and love all products (including SU!) and love sharing paper crafting together.

Over the past year, I have worked with other company's products alongside Stampin' Up!  I am grateful that they have given me the freedom to do so!

At this point, it seems that doing just that has put me up against a choice.  I had to choose whether I was going to remain a demonstrator or resign and continue on the journey that I am well on my way into.

So my business changes again…In order to spread my wings and fly, the time has come to resign as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I love Stampin' Up! for the amazing opportunities being a demonstrator has provided me with.  The company and people associated with SU! will always be important to me.

We all live and grow and make changes in our lives. They are not always easy, and they take time and courage to move forward with.   Since mine is right here for all of you to see, I hope you can understand and appreciate that this was not an easy decision.

With all of that being said, I am very excited about this new chapter in my life and hope you will come along on this amazing journey with me!

I'm not going anywhere…what you've been seeing on my blog and StampNation is exactly what you will continue to see.   And I will continue to love Stampin' Up and use their products, you can bet on it!

Thank YOU for being here – for viewing my videos, following me on Facebook, subscribing to my newsletter and those of you that are  StampNation Members?  You are my friends and I am grateful that you share this amazing hobby with me.

SU sneakIn honor of my decade of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, my project that will go up today on StampNation uses all SU products.

Here is a peek at it…I hope your day is amazing –

Thank you!