Bullet Journaling Spreads for the Summer!

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It's time for Sum-Sum-Summertime spreads in your Canvo Bullet Journal!!!! The spreads I'm sharing here will be perfect for any of the summer months, just swap out the month name and you'll have spreads to last you through the drop of the first fall leaf!

I LOVE the theme for July…SURFING! The surf board stickers and tropical vibes are great for colorful spreads that will have you dreaming of the ocean. 

Our theme for June was everything citrus! From orange and lemon slices, to whole fruits and even a glass of lemonade, you'll be puckering up all month long!

Use the June Acts 3 x 4 Stamp Set for day headers, adding your month and decorate around it with the fun citrus images.

The Pretty Groovy Stamp Set from May was jam packed with fun 70's icons, tie die stamps and sentiments to help you keep things mellow.  You'll get tons of mileage out of this stamp set for spreads all year long and I know you'll create some pretty far out cards, too!

Have you seen our new Canvo products! 3 new covers hit the shop just in time for the summer! Which is YOUR favorite? For custom headers and titles, check out the classic font from the new Simple Alphabet Stamp Set!

Check out all these products in our shop using the links below, and to view our whole line of bullet journaling products here!

Bright & Colorful Cards Featuring Angled Strips Cover Plate and Favorite on a Line Die

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Create a cool angled background with fun colors or patterned paper and add the favorite word die along the edge- ta da!! Card success. But these two products can be used in a number of ways…let's see a few.

colorful card with colored strips and favorite word die

This one from Verity is so fresh and fun! Using the Date Night Inks and the direct-to-paper technique, she created her background. She spaced her pieces slightly and popped them up with foam tape to get this dimensional result. Using the Favorite on a Line horizontally makes the the sentiment a focal point for the card.

hand stamped card with butterfly and striped background

This card from Jo pairs the Angled Strips Cover Plate with the gorgeous butterfly stamp in the Butterfly in Bloom Stamp Set. Jo created a cool textured stripe by embossing every other strip.

colorful strips on card background with light bulb stamped images

This one from Erika is bright and vibrant. She also used a direct-to-paper technique with an array of party colors and pieced them flush back on her card base. She splattered with a little metallic watercolor paint and added these cute light bulb stamps from the Bright Day Stamp Set.

watercolored background on card with cover plate die and favorite word die

Here's a card I made using just the Favorite on a Line. This little word die fit just right along the edge of one of the triangles here on the Xanadu Cover Plate. The contrast of the black over the bright watercolored background makes it pop.

No matter how you use them, both the Angled Strips Cover Plate and the Favorite on a Line Word Die are going to be new crafty space essentials for lots of projects!

Be sure to check out my Instagram account for a quick Reel on how to create this card!

Winner Announced! CPD & Pear Blossom Hop!

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Hello my crafty friend! On behalf of all of our designers, I want to thank everyone who hopped along with us for the Catherine Pooler Designs and Pear Blossom Press Blog Hop. We really appreciate all of your support and kind words, and we hope you had as much fun as we did.

It's time to announce the winner of the $25 Catherine Pooler gift certificate. Please help me congratulate @MrsKenco- Susie Draper!

Susie, please email [email protected] to claim your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us. If you missed it, you can still hop along! Just click here to start.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to head over to Pear Blossom Press to see who won their gift certificate!

Sketchbook Bundle-Get All the Goods for Less!

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When we put together our collections at Catherine Pooler Designs, we take a lot of care and joy in creating bundles of items that we think will work together like a dream! For your ease of shopping, we bundle these items in the shop for you so you can click one button to get all of those goodies. Buying bundles has it's perks too! When you purchase a bundle, you get a special discount!

Let's look at the fabulous Sketchbook Bundle from our recent Creative Thinking Collection.

The Sketchbook Bundle's star is the Desktop Treasures Stamp Set and dies. From there we have the funky Xanadu Cover Plate and Mosaic Tile Dies. We then topped it off with the Sketchbook Patterned Paper and coordinating Scranton Sequins in a bright and vibrant color combo. How about some cards with these products in action?

This card from Erika features the stapler stamp from the Desktop Treasures which she stamped, die cut and colored. She also painted the stapler with some silver accents and then popped on a sentiment in the center. So cute by adding the staples to the corners…very clever.

I made this card on this FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM. I cut strips from the Sketchbook Patterned Paper and glued them along the bottom half of the card. I colored the mug of pens, washi and an eraser image that I had stamped and die cut. This came together to make a really fun card. Add a little twine and ta-da!

Here's the second card I made on the LIVE. This time, I stamped and cut the mug, pens and pencil from a piece of the patterned paper. I fussy cut those pieces and then glued them over the image. I just love the effect. Simple but really fun!

I often stamp and die cut a bunch of the images when I first get my bundle. Then I have pieces ready to color and add to my cards. This card was so quick with the patterned paper background. I took three of the scissor dies I had on hand, colored them in and popped them on. The sentiments with this stamp set are a “cut above”!

Erika created a rainbow of pencil shavings across this card. She added the die cut washi, pencil sharpener and of course, the pencil, to the bottom. Simple idea but a really fun card to create and give to one of your “favorite treasures”!

Grab these products using the links below, or just click here to visit the shop!

Rainbow Color Palettes with Spa and Party: Color Made Easy!

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Our COLOR MADE EASY system makes it so easy to grab coordinating ink colors, paper and sequins and get creating, rather than scratching your head and figuring out color combos on your own.

Grab our new Sketchbook Patterned Paper Pack, Scraton Sequins and this fabulous color palette for a PARTY rainbow! These are vibrant, highly saturated colors that will make your cards happy and ready for celebrating!

For a gorgeous SPA Rainbow color palette, grab our new Bright Ideas Patterned Paper and Menlo Park Sequins! These colors are muted and greyed down, lending themselves cards that have a masculine, vintage or sophisticated feel. Decide on your mood, grab your paper and inks and get creating today!

What’s In Weds. and Making your own GLITTER PASTE!

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It's Wednesday and that means new products in the shop! We have a selection of new Craft Essentials products…

Nuvo Drops, Izink Pigment Inks, WOW Sparkles Glitter and Embossing Folders! Head over to see WHAT'S NEW, or use the links at the bottom of this post to check out the goodies!

New Ink Stands! These fun new organizational tools have been selling like hot cakes! The Ink Stand is making them as quickly as they can and in order to get them to you lightening fast, ordering is open. It make take a few days or more than a week for them to arrive in house, but as soon as they do, your order will ship out to you PRONTO!

Your July spreads and cards are going to be super gnarly with the new Surfs Up stamp set and coordinating dies. I LOVE this surf theme and you have to see the little surf hut! so fun!

The Damask Floral and Typed Up Sentiments Stamp Sets along with the Sentiment Banners Dies are also in the shop! Club Sursee Subscribers received these last month and now you can add them to your stash.

On Youtube, we shared all the new products, made custom Glitter Paste, created THREE cards…and had a blast while doing it. Check out the cards below!

If you missed our Youtube Live Stream, grab some stamps and ink and create right alongside us as while you watch the replay! Find it here.

I love this Cummerbund background with the ink blending and glitter paste…add the adorable doxie on the vespa and the Round of Cheers Die (Sursee product for June) and you've got a fun card for a celebration!

One Year Awesomer is a great birthday card sentiment, right? This is another June Sursee product and will be available in the shop late July if you missed it.

The Blossoms and Thoughts die cut flower in black is the perfect way to finish off this rainbow ink blended and Glitter Paste Background!

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you enjoyed the projects and if you'd like to check anything in the shop, head over here or use the links below. Happy Stamping!

Ways to use Xanadu Cover Plate

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Overlapping Triangles create the fun, prismatic design of the Xanadu Cover Plate. There are a variety of ways to use your Cover Plate Dies, so let's take a look at some of the creative cards from our Brand Ambassadors!

card made with cover plate die with rainbow blended background
Kristie Goulet

Kristie created a gorgeous ink blended background, layered the Xanadu Cover Plate over it, then inlaid some of the larger areas of white back into the die. I love the rainbow pop of triangles on this perfect clean and simple card design!

card made with triangle cover plate and patterned paper in bright colors
Lisa Harrolle

I love how Lisa used half of the cover plate on this card. She inlaid with patterned paper from the Sketchbook Patterned Paper pack creating a beautiful focal point. A little creative snipping goes a long way in stretching your supplies.

Erika Post

Erika made a background using some direct to paper swiping and then stamped over with the Ink Splat Background Stamp. She inlaid some white pieces back into the design for a great pop. Similarly to Kristie's card, she left a few of the triangles open but by filling the larger area with her technique piece, this card has a completely different look.

Add a banner sentiment and the fun scissors from the Desktop Treasures Stamp Set to complete your card.

All these products are linked below, we appreciate you popping in today!

Pear Blossom and CP Light Up Your Day with a Blog Hop!!

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Graphic for blog hop with photo of stamp set and lights for cards

We are so excited to be teaming up with Pear Blossom today for a Blog Hop featuring EZ Lights! When we saw these light up card kits we knew they would pair up perfectly with our new Bright Day Stamp Set and Dies.

We're sharing fun, interactive cards to brighten your day! They feature awesome new stamps and dies from Catherine Pooler Designs, and with help from Pear Blossom Press, they all really light up! 

Be sure to hop along with us for loads of inspiration; our designers have come up with some brilliant cards…

Hand stamped card with light fixture stamps

Before you head out for the hop, I wanted to share this fabulous card by Daniel West! I love how he used these lights with the Bright Days Stamp Set!

hand stamped card with light bulbs and light up feature


Every good hop has prizes, right? So Catherine Pooler Designs, and Pear Blossom Press are each giving away a $25 store credit! Comment on this post by June 25, 2021 to be entered to win. Winners will be announced on June 28th.

Ashlee McGregor
Laura Volpes
Chrissie Tobas
Marcia Caradinta
Allison Cope
Jen Carter
Rachel Winn
Ilina Crouse
Ali Farmer
Karen Baker
Pear Blossom Press featuring Mona Toth

Cassie Trask

Head over to the CP Designs shop HERE or by clicking the links below to check out these fun products!

Getting Creative with Off the Wall Stamp Set

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With funky patterns that may have been peeled right off your childhood home's wall, the Off the Wall Stamp Set is great for a pop of pattern and texture.  These three patterned stamps will create a fun focal point for your card. 

Light bulb image stamps on card
Daniel West

Use them as background elements and pop the addition of a main image like one of the light bulbs in the Bright Days Stamp Set. I like how Daniel added some color contrast with using a teal ink on the background here and then the red on the light fixtures. This card is quite simple but has a lot of interest.

close up of hand made card with light bulb image
Ilina Crouse

Ilina used one of the smaller pattern stamps her and stamped it twice to create a focal point border on her card. A little addition of some clear Nuvo Drops on her lightbulb gives it a realistic glassy effect.

Light bulb image stamps on card

Here's one I made on THIS FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM. I used a Spa Color combo and added some glow-in-the-dark Embossing Powder on the center of one of the bulbs to add a bit of fun. I adore the funky texture the Off the Wall Backgrounds Stamp Set adds to these cards!

The Off the Wall Stamp Set was created to go with the products in the Bright Day Bundle, but don't stop there! Pull out stamps from your stash and see what else you can create! Here, I used Best Things in Life Floral Stamp Set and left it black and white. I love this look! You can see the FB Live Stream Replay where I created this card here!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and check the links below to look more closely at some of the products used on these cards.

Making Garden Cards with April Club Sursee

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Each month, Club Sursee subscribers receive a pair of coordinating stamp sets and Deluxe level subscribers also receive additional dies. Each bundle is created so all you have to do is add paper and ink!

Lisa Henke

The April subscription included the Gardener's Greetings Stamp Set with this sweet image of a wheel barrow full of flowers. Lisa used the coordinating dies to cut and pop that image on her card. A little ink splatter and sentiment and this card is ready to go!

Lisa Henke

Deluxe subscribers received the Sunshine Mini Cover Plate ($19.95 value) for FREE with this month's shipment. Paired with the included Grass Border Die, this grouping makes the most adorable outdoor scenes. I am in love with the little garden gnome stamps.

Lisa Henke

The secondary stamp set, Backyard Borders, has three border stamps that are the perfect addition with the other main images. Lisa did this card just featuring the veggie garden stamp. Isn't is cute how you can see the sprigs of green above the soil and the veggies growing below? With these few items, there are endless design posibilities.

Today is the last day to sign up and join to get the June Sursee in your mailbox! This next bundle of stamps and dies will be shipping by the end of the week and you can have a little surprise coming your way.

BONUS COMING FOR JULY! Subscribe now to receive June's goodies and get ready for July's freebie!

Getting Colorful with the Bright Days Stamp Set!

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The Bright Days Stamp Set and dies are part of our Creative Thinking Collection. This light bulb themed stamp set was designed to combine our love of shapes in design and the iconic symbols of ideas and light. These are such fun images to put on cards for anyone on your list! Let's look at different ways our Brand Ambassadors used their Bright Days Stamp Set…

hand stamped card with light bulb images
Daniel West

Daniel made this little black and white with a pop number. By coloring and shading in the heart shaped filament, these bulbs become sweet love hearts that pair perfectly with the “you make my heart glow” sentiment. such an easy way to add color to these stamped images.

hand stamped card with light bulb images
Daniel West

On this one, Daniel used bright and cheery blends of yellows two ways. On the card on the left, he used the emboss resist technique- starting by embossing the bulbs in white and then blending over them with shades of golden yellow inks. On the right, he just colored in the light globes with the warm glow of yellow. A few Menlo Park Sequins are a great finishing touch.

hand stamped card with light bulb images
Ilina Crouse

Ilina created a rainbow on her card. Using a variety of ink shades, she colored and shaded inside the image globe. I love the subtle radiance that give the feel of multi-colored lights.

hand stamped card with light bulb images

She added a little pop by coloring the center filaments in pink and adding a layer of clear embossing powder. This gives the card extra shine and makes the pink hearts stand out.

hand stamped card with light bulb images
Ilina Crouse

This technique is perfect for quick color! Ilina turned each stamp over and stamped in Catching Rays and created the image shape in a solid layer. Then flipped the stamps over to the right side and added the details in black. She created this fun background pattern and then just popped up the white embossed sentiment. This technique would also be fun in multiple colors!

These products are now in the shop. Check out the links below or visit the NEW section of our online shop!

Ways to Add Color to Butterfly in Bloom

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The Butterfly in Bloom Stamp Set features a large line art butterfly stamp. This half butterfly, half floral burst winged image is ready to be flooded with color! There are so many ways to bring this stamp to life.

Erin Thompson

Erin embossed the butterfly image in white. She then colored in the image with a watercolor ink technique. I love the contrast of the simply, two-colored wing to the multi-colored floral wing.

Erin Thompson

This one she went all out and colored in the whole image as well as the small accompanying flower stamps with her Copic Markers. She got so much detail in all her shading. This card is a real wow and I love how she placed the extra flowers to look like they are floating away in the wind.

Melissa Andrew

Melissa also used Copic Markers to color her butterfly on this super artsy take. She cut a piece of Little Black Dress Slimline paper to highlight the floral wing and added a bit of splatter to the other side. Her ombre inking with the Favorite on a Line Word Die adds a bright pop of color to this graphic card.

Melissa Andrew

On this one, Melissa inked up her stamp in multiple colors to create a beautiful blend. She created a beautiful rainbow effect and then used the coordinating die to cut a window in the top layer to make a shaker! How pretty is this?

Check out these fun products in the shop by clicking the links below. Thanks for checking in here on the blog!

Mosaic Tile Dies Many Ways

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The Mosaic Tile Dies are such a fun set for all kinds of geometric interest on your hand made cards. You can use them in a variety of ways so we thought you might like to see what our Brand Ambassadors made with them!

handmade shaker card with triangle die cuts and bright neon sequins
Lisa Harrolle

This card from Lisa is so vibrant and eye-catching. She colored each patterned triangle direct to paper with her CP inks and then put them on her card layer to create little shaker windows. The Scranton Sequins are the perfect pairing of bright color to make this card really shine!

handmade card with pieced triangle die cut pattern
Kristie Goulet

Kristie used her dies to create a cool monochromatic texture by using the negative pieces from the dies on her card. She stacked and glued them on solid triangles to create amazing texture!

handmade card with pieced triangle die cut pattern

The simple black and white twine and sentiment strip make the card feel Clean and Simple even with all the detail of the paper piecing.

handmade card with triangle die cuts arranged in a hexagon

Another card from Kristie, this time she just used a simple ink blended triangle behind the white die cuts. This is such an easy technique. It is fun to try out the various shapes you could achieve by placing each triangle in a different position. I was so inspired by this card that I created my first Instagram Reel and created a card with the geometric die over ink blended triangles.

What will you make with your Mosaic Tile Dies?

Creating with the Desktop Treasures Stamp Set

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The Desktop Treasures Stamp Set and Dies are part of our Creative Thinking Collection and was inspired by a love for all things stationary. A super cute mug filled with pens & pencils on their craft desk, fun scissors and even pencil shavings are represented in this stamp set. These things can bring you such joy- so why not share them in card form?

hand stamped card with stapler and scissors die cut images
Lisa Harrolle

Lisa had a blast creating this cork board card. She colored in the stamps and popped them over her background which was the perfect spot to “thumbtack” her sentiment. I love the addition of the patterned paper strip and bunting created with the Sketchbook Patterned Paper and one of the Mosaic Tile dies.

hand stamped card with stapler and scissors die cut images
Lisa Harrolle

Here is another adorable desktop scene. This time she highlighted her sentiment with little pieces of stamped washi tape. The Scranton Sequins add an extra little pop to this smart layout.

hand stamped card with scissor images
Kristie Goulet

Kristie brought the fun with this rainbow scissor slimline card. Using some Little Black Dress Slimline Patterned Paper, she added the little black and white striped border. This one is crafty card perfection!

These products are now in the shop. Check out the links below or visit the NEW section of our online shop!

Creative Thinking Collection- Now in the Shop!

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The Creative Thinking Collection celebrates the creative process, something we all love.  From your initial Bright Idea, to brainstorming in your Sketchbook, then comes the point when you Put it in Ink!  Each step is a joy and it is so exciting to watch your inspiration unfold into something beautiful!  This is what the Creative Thinking Collection is all about. 

collection of stamps, dies, paper and sequins for paper crafting

This Collection is full of main image stamps that celebrate each stage of the process from the light bulb moment, to the time spent at your desktop and then to your final masterpiece.  We have added in lots of patterns, texture and geometric dies that tie it all together for a cool artsy vibe!  So grab your stamps and inks and let's do some Creative Thinking!

Head over to the shop now to grab these inspirational products now!