A Cardinal Christmas Top Note Box

Catherine 3D Projects, Christmas, Die Cutting


Just a quick post today…my friend Kecia brought this over to show me…our friend Cam made it for her.  Kecia was way excited over this little box.

Cam made a little box to sandwich between 2 Top Notes.  She used the Autumn Traditions DSP and A Christmas Cardinal Stamp Set to embellish.


Hope you like it!  Thanks for sharing, Kecia and Cam!

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Blog Candy Winner!

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Hello Stamper Friends!

I made it just fine to NY, the trip wasn't too bad!  We'll see how tomorrow goes.  I'll be driving back with the 3 girls.  Let's hope they will have enough to keep them busy between the DS, videos and activity books!

I grew up in Rochester, NY, but now my mother lives in Canandaguia, right on the lake.  If you've never been to the Finger Lakes, it's just beautiful here!  We went out for a bit today and ate lunch at Wegman's, then went to Monica's Pies and got a Caramel Apple Pie and a Grape Tart.  Did you know the Finger Lakes Region is the Grape Pie Capital of the world!?   Who knew!?

Anyway, you might want to know that Debera Cain is the Blog Candy Winner!  Debera- email me with your address and I will get The More the Merrier right out to you!

I have a quick project scheduled for tomorrow, then I Friday I will begin the Holiday Gifts and Treats Smorgasboard!

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Build-A-Bear Workshop Goodies Arrived!

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I am READY to host (and I will arrive back in town from NY just in time!) my first Build-A-Bear Workshop this Saturday, December 5.  If you are unable to attend that one, I will have a second session on Saturday, December 12.  Both sessions are at 3 pm.

What will this event entail?  We will be watching Build-A-Bear's newest Christmas Movie, Holly & Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure, with a heartwarming message about following your dreams… no matter how high they may seem.

After the movie, each Mommy & Me pair will create special Build-A-Bear projects using Stampin' Up's exclusive Build-A-Bear stamps and dies.  

Check out the goodies I have to give away!  Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Cards, Holly and Hal Moose Bookmarks, and one lucky attendee from each session will be drawn to receive the Hardcover Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure Book and one lucky attendee will receive their own copy of the movie! This event is FREE…just please register on the events page so I know to expect you!  Attendance is limited, so register now!


This darling card(a swap from convention from April Roycroft) uses the Build-A-Bear Sizzix die exlusive for Stampin' Up.  I made a few of these with my girls and they loved them!

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Simple Friendship Stamp Set meet the Rock and Roll Technique!

Catherine Die Cutting, Projects, Techniques, Videos

Hi Stamper Friends!  Today I have a new video for you showcasing Simple Friendship and the Rock and Roll Technique.  This is super simple and a big WOW!-  First, ink your stamp with your lighter ink color, then roll the edges of your stamp in a darker ink color, then stamp! 

Tip!  Avoid inking in your darkest ink first, because you will end up getting dark ink on your light stamp and the lighter ink color won't show up over the darker color.

SPECIAL!!!  The first 5 Online Orders I recieve of $50 or more by November 13 will receive a make and take kit for 10 cards with an assortment of Pink Flamingo Paper, Playground Buttons, Rhinestone Brads and the cardstock cut to make cards like this:




  • 113397 Simple Friendship $25.95
  • 103133 Real Red Ink Pad $5.95
  • 100537 Summer Sun Ink Pad $5.95
  • 101179 Black Ink Pad $5.95
  • 103683 Mini Glue Dots (to adhere the button) $4.95
  • 116313 Playground Buttons $7.95
  • 103124 Summer Sun Cardstock $5.50
  • 113976 Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper $9.95

Here is another sample using the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper.  It's a 4 x 4″ square card.  If you look closely at the 114514 Simple Flower Sizzlet Big Shot Die, you will notice it has texture!  It's actually a piece of Flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper.  I thought that came out really neat!


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I hope everyone has a great day.  I know it will be in the Pooler household!  Our youngest child turns FIVE today!  We'll head out for dinner at Red Robin, then at 6:30, our school, Sycamore Creek Elementary School is having a Teacher Talent Show!  We can't wait to see what our teachers have in store for us!

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Crazy for Cupcakes Stamp Set

Catherine Projects

Hello Stamper Friends!  Hope you are having a great Sunday.

Here is a card that I love to use for my workshops.  It's quick, easy and who doesn't need a birthday card!

My favorite ink pad to use for watercoloring is the Black StazOn ink pad.  Stamp your main image with the Black StazOn, which is 100% waterproof, then you are able to use your Blender Pens which are basically clear markers, to color in your image without the black outline bleeding.


  • 111618 Crazy for Cupcakes Stamp Set $23.95
  • 102845 Blender Pens $9.95 for 3
  • 101406 Black StazOn Ink Pad $7.95
  • 115656 Melon Mambo Ink Pad $5.50
  • 105216 Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad $5.50
  • 115611 Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon $9.95
  • 105117 Pumpkin Pie Cardstock $7.95
  • 100730 Whisper White Cardstock  $7.50
  • 107204 Ticket Corner Punch $6.95

And of course, if you want to glitter your cupcake frosting, don't forget the 102023 Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and the 100425 2 Way Glue Pen!



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Simple Holiday Card- Dasher Stamp Set with Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper


Hello, Stamper Friends!  Today is a gorgeous fall day in North Carolina!  I've got a bit of time here before it's time to get ready for Eva's 5th birthday party.  We're having just a couple friends over for an “almost sleepover”.   We chose to keep this one simple because our 3 children have birthdays within 6 weeks of each other and it makes for an exhausting fall!

So this is the kind of card that will be perfect for me when I'm making over 75 cards to send to friends and family!  Simply cut your White Cardstock in half the long way at 4 1/4, fold in half, stamp Dasher in the bottom corner, add a 2 x 4 1/4″ strip of Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper, tie your ribbon around it (this is the backside of the polka dot ribbon!), add a bit of glitter to his horns and under his feet for snow and you're done!  I think I would also stamp the envelopes with just the horns.  Wouldn't that look cool?



  • 116816 Dasher Stamp Set $8.95
  • 100730 Whisper White Cardstock $7.50
  • 107301 White Envelopes $6.50 (40 in a pack)
  • 115608 Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon $8.95
  • 100908 Chocolate Chip Ink Pad $5.50
  • 102023 Dazzling Diamonds Glitter $4.50
  • 100425 2 Way Glue Pen $3.50
  • Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper $11.95

This kit will make 80 cards for less than $60 subtotal!

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SCRAPPERS' EXPRESS–  The Night and Day Specialty Kit is coming soon!  If you are in the Raleigh area, you are welcome to come assemble your pages at my home (check the events page for dates).  If you are out of town, or can't make it, I will prepare your kit To Go. 

Have professional, color coordinated scrapbook pages in a fraction of the time and cost of doing them on your own with Scrappers' Express!   Check the sidebar to see last month's kit…a few still available. 

Stampin’ Up’s Decor Elements Video Tutorial and ideas

Catherine Projects, Videos

Hello Stamper Friends!

I'm taking today to recover from the busy week.  My house is a mess, clean and dirty clothes are everywhere, but I went to bed at 8:30 last night and I'm REFRESHED!  yay!

My oldest daughter, Anna, wanted to share how to apply our Decor Elements with you.  She is applying the letter E to a photo frame that has a 12 x 12 piece of Kaleidescope Designer Series Paper in it.  These make great gifts.  The letters are only $3.95 and you get the upper AND lower case letter with it!  Download the Decor Elements catalog here. 


Decor Elements in the foyer, dining room, hall and on the car!

Did you know you can get a FREE Decor Elements product for free (up to $16.95) when you purchase $50 of Stampin' Up products from the Holiday Gift Giving Guide.  Download it here.

More information on our Decor Elements Product Line.



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Autumn Days Stamp Set and Girls on the Run

Catherine Projects

Hello Stamper Friends!

Today was another busy day with the last session of the Sugarplum Fair, then I went to school to run a “practice” 5K with my oldest daughter.  She is in a program called Girls on the Run.  It's a Self Esteem Building Running Program for girls ages 8 – 12.  This is her second session of it and I just signed her up for her third.  They meet twice a week to play games and run and at the end of 12 weeks, they run a 5K race.  It's been a great program for my daughter and a great thing for her and I to share!  Check it out!

I wanted to share this great card made by my friend, Beth Coburn.  I've been seeing lots of wreath cards lately and they are just gorgeous!  This one uses the Autumn Days Stamp set.  Think I hear a tutorial calling?


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Berry Christmas Stamp Set

Catherine Christmas, Projects

Here's another darling card using the Berry Christmas stamp set that my friend Amy made.

If you would like to come to my Christmas Card Crank (register on the events page), we will be making a card slightly similar to this one.


It was a fun morning at the Sugarplum Fair!  Lots of friends stopped by and quite a few new ladies popped by to see my booth.  If that was you,thanks for checking out my website and I hope to see you soon!

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Sparkly and Bright Stamp Set Sample

Catherine Christmas, Projects

I've been super busy the last week with classes, a sinus infection, running a half marathon (can't believe I can say that now!) and getting ready for my favorite Craft Fair, the Sugarplum Fair.  It takes place at my child's (all 3 of my kids have gone there) preschool, Soapstone Preschool.  It's the biggest fundraiser of the year.  I've been a vendor every year since the first one, and boy has this event grown!  If you are in the Raleigh area, stop by Soapstone off Norwood Rd. Weds. 9 – 1 or 6 -9 or Thurs. 9 – 1.

I have to share this card with you, though, made by my good friend, Amy Fitzgerald using the stamp set Sparkly and Bright.  She stamped the tree in versamark, used Heat and Stick powder, then put the olive glitter from the Glitter Stacks.  Oooh, so Sparky and Bright!


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Stampin’ Up Big Shot Texturz Plates Demonstrated by a 4 year old

Catherine Die Cutting, Projects, Videos

Here is a fun, quick card we made in Cards and Projects this month.  If you would like to come to this class for FREE each month, join my Stampin' Up Hostess Club!  For 10 months, you place a minimum $15 purchase with me.  One of the months you will get the free hostess goodies!  If you can't come to class on a given month, simply email me with your order. 

What a great way to spread out your spending, get a free class and free hostess stamps and merchandise!

This Sunday morning, we were hanging out in the kitchen and Eva (my almost 5 year old) decided she wanted to make this card.  I looked over and she was using the Big Shot Texturz Plates all by herself!!!!!  I couldn't believe it.  She put her Polka Dot texturz plate on the Multi-purpose platform, then laid down her cardstock, placed the silicone rubber (114615) on that, then the Impressions pad (114614) on that, then ran it through!  I just HAD to take a video so she could demonstrate it for you.   See for yourself how easy the Big Shot is to use!

And here is the finished product (you can't tell but the Bermuda Bay Cardstock has the textured polka dot background).



  • The More the Merrier Hostess Stamp Set (111648 Holiday Lineup would work, too!)
  • 101406 Stazon Black ink pad
  • 114512 Big Shot Texturz Plates Backgrounds I
  • 113463 Top Note Big Shot Die
  • 100730 White Cardstock
  • 116329 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (6)
  • 105115 Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker
  • 115317 Bermuda Bay Cardstock
  • 115610 Bermuda Bay Ribbon
  • 102023 Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • 100425 2 Way Glue Pen

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North Carolina State Fair

Catherine Projects

The North Carolina State Fair was in town last week and we spent the whole day there on Sunday.  We began our day with walking by all the crashed up demolition cars.  The kids thought that was totally cool!

Of course, we got lots-o-junk food, and we made a stop by my favorite…the cake displays.  When my kids are grown and out of the house and I'm bored (LOL, that'll happen, right?) I dream about decorating cakes like this.  Aren't they gorgeous!?

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Then we went to where the cards were on display.  I always love to see that most of the cards entered are made with Stampin' Up supplies!  Raleigh knows SU!!  My friend Tracey Renaud entered these, and notice the blue ribbon on her santa card!

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Next we checked out the artwork from area schools.  We were excited to see our school, Sycamore Creek Elementary, well represented.  Our fabulous art teacher (and fellow demo), Kecia Mountz is amazing!

Until next year…

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New Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio

Catherine Projects

Seven new My Digital Downloads are available for purchase with your My Digital Studio software or other design applications.

Item #Product NamePrice
118114   Cast A Spell Designer Series paper – digital download $4.95
118115   Night & Day Designer Series paper – digital download $4.95
118124   Medallion stamp brush set – digital download  $1.95
118126   Circle Circus stamp brush set – digital download  $5.95
118116   School Days II stamp brush set – digital download $9.95
118121   Great Moments II stamp brush set – digital download $9.95

Pumpkin Patch stamp brush set – digital download $5.95

Enjoy hundreds of templates, photo layouts, images, and more–all using Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive designs and colors. Download additional contents to My Digital Studio or use in another design software. Contents are sized to perfectly combine with other Stampin' up! products making hybrid projects a breeze.

Q: Can I purchase digital downloads without purchasing My Digital Studio?
A: Yes. Our digital downloads are compatible with other software programs. You cannot, however take advantage of Stampin' Up!’s professional print services without purchasing My Digital Studio.

Q: What other software programs are compatible with My Digital Studio downloads?
A:  Any program that supports .jpg and .png files & layers such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro (PSP), Microsoft Digital Image Pro (DIP), Ulead Photo Impact (PI), Corel Draw.

Q: How do I find digital downloads in OEX?
A: Go to my Online Store and enter the numbers for the downloads listed here, or search for MDS DWNLD. The search term MDS DWNLD will help you find newly posted downloads.

With that, I will leave you with a scary, Halloween-ish card made by my friend, Tami White.  How rebel is this card!?  I LOVE it!


What did she use?

  • Stamp sets:  Bweare, Pirates, Extreme Elements, Happy Everything and Itty Bitty Backgrounds
  • Paper:  Black, Ivory Naturals, and Real Red
  • Ink: Versamark, White Craft Ink
  • Accessories: Textured Wood Cuts, Black Striped Ribbon, Dimensionals

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Autumn Splendor, Falling Leaves Stamp Sets

Catherine Projects

Hello Stamper Friends!  A few more Stampin' Up Founder's Circle Swaps using these delightful autumn stamp sets!

This one is from my dear friend, Jen Jacobsen.  She used the Falling Leaves Stamp set with Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Dusty Durango.


Margaret Van Vliet swapped this one using the Autumn Splendor Stamp Set, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Soft Suede, Really Rust, Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper, the Table Setting Die to die cut the tag (LOVE that!), brads and Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon.


And this one is from one of our Canandian friends, Winona Selmer.  She used Autumn Splendor Stamp Set, Kraft Cardstock, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper, Jumbo Eyelets, Wood Grain Texutz Plate, Aquapainter, Natural Hemp, Ovals Die, Lots of Tags Die, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch.


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Smoosh Technique with Shimmer Paint, Reinkers and the Autumn Splendor Stamp set

Catherine Projects, Techniques, Videos

Hello Stamper Friends!

I've been busy today working on the promised video!  So here is my video on the Smoosh technique.  What a cool effect!


 I got a bit cut off there at the end, but here is the finished product:



  • 116503 Autumn Splendor Stamp Set (set of 4 $20.95)
  • 115114 Wonderful Favorites Stamp Set (set of 23 all occasion stamps $40.94)
  • 116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint
  • 105229 Pumpkin Pie Reinker
  • 105117 Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
  • 100531 Old Olive Reinker
  • 100685 Really Rust Reinker
  • 102835 Confetti Cream Cardstock
  • 115657 Soft Suede Ink Pad
  • 115318 Soft Suede Cardstock
  • 115612 Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon
  • 104199 Linen Thread
  • 114342 Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Button
  • 103104 Large Cello Bags

Stampin' TIP– Stamp your greeting FIRST, then stamp the leaves around it.  If you stamp the leaves first, you might run out of room for the greeting!  And, the stamp the first leaves close to your greeting and work your way out.  That way you're not left with a small space in the middle of your card with no stamping and your stamps are too big to stamp there.  (does that make sense??!!  In my mind it does, LOL!).

This is the card we will be doing in club on Sunday and Monday!  (If you click on the bookmarks below, you can email this post or share it on Facebook…bring your friends along so they can look super crafty, too!!)


The background is different, I used the Texturz plates from the Big Shot.

And the last card I made with the Smoosh Technique is the beautiful snowflake card.



  • 115438 Serene Snowflakes (set of 4 for $20.95)
  • 116586 Many Merry Messages (set of 8 for $34.95)
  • 105221 Bashful Blue Reinker
  • 105146 Bashful Blue Cardstock
  • 102580 Almost Amethyst Reinker
  • 102158 Almost Amethyst Cardstock
  • 100613 Ballet Blue Cardstock
  • 100907 Ballet Blue Ink Pad
  • 101713 Ballet Blue Reinker
  • 114890 Matchbox Big Shot Die (for tag)
  • 113144 Clear Rhinestone Brads
  • 114512 SU Backgrounds 2 Texturz Plates

If you would like to try out this technique, and live in the Raleigh-Durham area, please come to Cards and Projects class on Sunday or Monday (register and details on the events page).

If you would like to try this out at home and need some supplies, email me with questions, or place your order online anytime, shipped to you!

Reminder: Stampin' Up has some items up to 80% off and they can only be purchased through my online store.  These are while supplies last and will sell out…they will also change, so be sure to check back!  (do you remember those Snow Flurries from last year, the felt snowflakes?  They are on clearance for $5.99! right now!)