Special Delivery!

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We kicked off our Club Sursee Subscription program this year with adorable pups and rainbows! I don't know about you, but I think that sounds perfect.

hand stamped card with multiple postage stamp images with hearts, flowers and a rainbow

Our Guest Designer, Wanda Guess, got in on the fun. Using the Put a Stamp on It Stamp Set, she made this card with a collection of stamps…stamped! (say that 5 times fast!)

clean and simple card with postage stamp filled with love hearts

Here is a clean and simple one from Ilina. These line art stamps look so fab with some simple coloring in and the additional post mark stamped over in black are just perfect.

stamped card with rainbow background in bright colors

Ilina broke out all the color on this card and created her own background with the little rainbow stamp. This one is like a smile in a card!

Stamped card with dog on vespa delivering a gift

Did I mention the doxies? This pup on the Special Delivery Stamp Set is ready to deliver something special right on his vespa! I would be thrilled if he arrived at my house and even more thrilled to receive this card by Wanda!

The dog is darling perched on the back of the Vespa, or maybe he's standing on his hind leges to deliver a birthday card and balloons!

dog on vespa hand stamped card with sentiment special delivery

Club Ambassador, Lisa Henke, created this fab celebration card! The little star cluster stamps add such a cute and festive background.

dog in heart sweater stamped on happy birthday card

Another birthday card from Lisa features another doxie stamp in the Special Delivery set. This one has a soft, ink-blended background creating a sweet little outdoor scene.

rainbow stamped card with inspirational message

Also, this month, all Sursee subscribers received a FREE 3×4 Stamp Set. The Shine Your Light Stamp Set has a large rainbow stamp and encouraging sentiment. Wanda used the stars from the Special Delivery Set to mix in an extra dash of pizazz on this card.

rainbow stamped card with inspirational message

With rainbows, traditional is not always the most exciting. Ilina tried a bit of a backwards color combo on her rainbow card and I think it looks fabulous!

If you haven't signed up for Club Sursee yet, why not join today? Members at the Basic level get two stamp sets at a special bundle price and Deluxe members get two additional sets of dies and at an even deeper discount! You're not going to believe what we have in store for next month! Deluxe Subscriber's envelope is going to contain more than $70 worth of product!

Sign up today and have a pleasant little surprise delivered to your mail box next month!

Party Color Wheel 101: Tetradic Color Combinations

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We're wrapping up our Party Color Wheel 101 series by talking about the most advanced combo, Tetradic! Tetradic is also known as “double complementary” and uses two sets of complimentary colors together.

Using Tedradic Color Combos creates a lot of contrast and can be a bold statement. When making this card, we focused on highlighting one color family, Orange, and then mixed in the other pops of color for a bright cheery card.

You can see all of these cards in action on the video linked above, or head over to YouTube for the Color Wheel Playlist.

This card featured the Red-Violet color family with Be Mine, Pucker Up and Flirty Fuchsia. We used Melon Ice, from it's complimentary color family, Yellow Green, and then used a bit of Orange and Blue to add more accents of color.

Tetradic color schemes can be unexpected but will still work to create a harmonious card. It's nice to try something new so why not challenge yourself today with a double complimentary color combo?

To find all the posts in the Color Wheel Series, check out the sidebar in the blog under “Choose a Topic”. Click for the drop down, find “Color Wheel” and click on that to find all the posts in this series!

And if you haven't grabbed our Color Wheel download, you can do it here!

Party Color Wheel 101: Triad Color Combinations

Catherine Color Wheel

Let's take a closer look at Triadic Color Combos! These are color combos that include three colors that are equally spaced on the color wheel.

To get started, I picked a primary color family for my card. The star of this card is Aquatini! I stamped the butterflies from the Just Soar Stamp Set in Aquatini, then a lighter shade of aqua…Mint to Be. This stamp set is now available in the shop with its coordinating Dies.

Then from the two colors across on the color wheel, I picked accent colors to add to my card. Be Mine and Tiara were perfect!

To see the tutorial on Triadic Color Combos, you can watch the full video above, or head over to YouTube for the Color Wheel Playlist.

Using the same basic Triad of colors, I created several cards. I love how bright and pretty this color combo turned out. The Party Colors will always make a cheery card!

With this one, I used black stamped images for the main piece of my card and used my Triad colors on some blended strips to add a pop. I cut these strips off of the technique piece I made on for the next card's background!

This card came out gorgeous! Triadic Colors are spaced just right so when they overlap in blending, they will create beautiful shades in between! You don't have to worry about getting brown.

To find all the posts in the Color Wheel Series, check out the sidebar in the blog under “Choose a Topic”. Click for the drop down, find “Color Wheel” and click on that to find all the posts in this series!

What Triadic Color Combination will YOU choose for your next card? Download the Color Wheel here!

Party Color Wheel 101: Analogous and Monochromatic Color Combinations

Catherine Color Wheel

We kicked-off our Color Wheel 101 fun with the basics- Monochromatic and Analogous Color Combos. These are the easiest and are always a visual hit!

This card features an Analogous Color Scheme- colors that fall next to each other on the color wheel. We stated with Red-Orange, Samba, and went around to some Yellow-Greens ending in Grass Skirt. These colors are bright and cheery and a slam dunk for a floral card. How about that Samba bird?

For more details on this, you can check out the card making action in the video tutorial above, or head over to YouTube for the Color Wheel Playlist.

Then we played with some Monochrome choices. These colors are all in the same color family on the color wheel. This card features our Blue-Green ink options. We love us some Blue-Greens!

Here is another Analogous card using blues and violet shades. This is a fool proof option for gorgeous ombre effects. By using the pop of Drive-In on the background and the flower pop, it really creates a color focal point.

Here is Part Two of the video tutorial with all the step-by-step process. I love the ease of working with Monochromatic or Analogous Colors. What awesome results! Which option will you try first?

To find all the posts in the Color Wheel Series, check out the sidebar in the blog under “Choose a Topic”. Click for the drop down, find “Color Wheel” and click on that to find all the posts in this series!

3 Ways to Use the Quilted Cover Plate Die

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We just love our Cover Plate Dies over here at CPD headquarters! We appreciate their versatility and all the texture and sometimes color they can add to a card. If you have been wondering how to get the most out of yours- here are 3 Ways to Use the new Quilted Cover Plate Die!

The most traditional way to use a cover plate die like this one is to take advantage of the positive and negative space the die creates by layering it over an ink blended background.

The white die creates lovely contrast over this Lime Rickey and Cummerbund background. Just pop a accent stamp and sentiment and this card is ready to mail!

This technique is a favorite of Erika's! Inlaid die cutting! I created this using some patterned paper and pieced the accent pieces into the white die. This technique can take a little time but it is worth the effort. Look at that beautiful quilt effect!

How about something really simple? Melissa Andrew created this card by using the die cut piece as a stencil!

She blended this with a light hand for a soft bit of color and texture and the result was a perfect base for the sentiment and floral element.

The Quilted Cover Plate Die is going to be a great element on so many cards. How will you use it first?

Who LOVES the Date Night Inks?

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Maybe the better question is who wouldn't love them?? These 8 new colors are vibrant and just gorgeous and will take your current Party Ink Collection and kick it up a notch!

This spectrum of new colors slot in with the current color families and introduce our first pair of Blue-Violets.

Those babies have been asked for for a while and we are so happy to have them added in to grab when looking for the perfect color combos.

I recently created this shaker card on a LIVE featuring the new Heart Trio Slimline Die. I blended the background piece with all the Date Night Shades and left just a margin of it peeking out from behind the top die.

These two were fun to make! Going with the same idea of ocerlapping a row of hearts from the Hip Hearts Stamp Set you get two totally different cards. One just used the same stamp repeatedly and on the other, I mixed up the stamps for a more abstract and modern feel.

This card really grabs my heart! The Hearts-n-Tags dies offer another patterned-heart-play option. I did a few ink blended pieces and then cut out the various heart shapes and arranged them onto the card. Do you have a favorite? I love the look of the overlapping Catching Rays and Drive-In Hearts!!

Date Night Inks are now in stock! Go grab yours to round our your rainbow!

Preppy Prints and Daily Grind- Color Made Easy with CPD Patterned Papers!

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Did you know we specially curate color combos for each of our Patterned Paper packs? They make the perfect starting point for creating with the coordinating bundle of CP stamps and goodies! This is all part of our Color Made Easy motto at CPD.

When creating the Preppy Prints Patterned Paper to go along with the Preppy Pineapples Stamp Set, we wanted a color combo that was a PARTY! Something fresh and bright with a bit of a feminine kiss. I think we nailed it, if I do say so myself! By grabbing the coordinating inks, you are ready to sit down and stamp away!

Our Sequin Mixes are also custom mixed to coordinate just right with the same inspiration ink colors. Sometimes we have several colors in the mix but with Williamsburg, we wanted to highlight the yummy bright yellows and really bring home the celebration of pineapple! This one is so welcoming, don't you think?

Paring the inks, paper and sequins is super easy and help you to create successfully put together cards. Just like 1…2…3!

The Daily Grind Paper has neutral colors along with pops of color for a modern edge. I love the contrast of the pinks and browns in this pack and that pop of blue-green!

You can't have coffee shop vibes without lots of warm browns! And you can never get too much of a black and white print to add a pop to any card!

The Providence Sequins add that little something without adding too much bright to the card.

How do you like your coffee? Dark or with a lot of milk? These sequins play on that idea and look fab with this paper. I love how they add a subtle bit of interest. The colors just work together so well. Why not start your next batch of cards with a patterned paper color combo inspiration??

For Your Crew Available Now!

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Who's YOUR Crew? Our newest collection of stamps, dies, patterned paper and sequins is all about celebrating the different personalities of your friends and families.

For each of those “crews”, you need the perfect stamps and sentiments to create a custom, heartfelt card to send your love. And with the current state of our world, it's more important now than ever to reach out and make someone smile.

The For Your Crew Collection has something for everyone!

Preppy Crew Bundle

This bundle is for your friends that love hot colors, bright prints and have the best hospitality. I have a friend that used to have a lime green and bright pink formal living room…she will LOVE a card created with these preppy and fun products!

Posh Crew Bundle

Your classy and traditional crew will love cards made with the Posh Crew Bundle! They'll also love a bit of sass thrown in with the sentiments from our Ladies That Lunch Stamp Set.

My mom is going to love cards I make for her with this bundle!

Party Crew Bundle

This bundle cracks me up! The fun woodland animals, peeking out from the Four Window Cover Plate, all ready to party! Your friends that are always ready for a good time are going to LOVE a card you made with these goodies!

This bundle is perfect for cards for my friend, Nikki. If you saw this Facebook Post, you'll know a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this bundle are being donated to her cause…Cupid's Run, which is a fundraiser for Neurofibromatosis. She runs in her undies for a cure…so I'd say she's a Party Crew, wouldn't you?

Hip Crew Bundle

Your coffee loving friends will squeal with delight when they get a card from you made with the fabulous products in the Hip Crew Bundle!

My favorite coffee lovin' friend, our very own Erika Post, is probably going to need a card using these goodies. I think the kitty mug is appropriate, don't you?

Slimline Products

Don't forget the Slimline Products! We have the fabulous Chevron Slimline and the Best Friend Slimline Paper.

And if you just can't choose, hit that “I Want it All Bundle” button and we'll pack up the whole kit and caboodle for ya!

Thanks for being part of our Crafty Crew, my friends!

For Your Crew: Check out the Preppy Crew

Catherine General

It's Early Ordering Day for StampNation Members and we've shared the last bundle of the For Your Crew Collection- Preppy Crew!

For your most bubbly and conventional friends, check out the Preppy Crew Bundle.  Your pals you treasure and just bring joy to your life will love cards made with these stamps, dies and accessories. 

From the bright cheerful colors of the Preppy Prints Patterned Paper to the adoring sentiments in the Amazing Sentiments Stamp Set- let them know how special they are with a hand-made creation.  This bundle has got it all covered and is topped with a little pineapple twist!

The Preppy Crew Bundle

  • Preppy Pineapple Stamps & Dies
  • Hello Amazing Stamps & Dies
  • Laundered Linen Background Stamp
  • Preppy Prints Patterned Paper
  • Williamsburg Sequin Mix

The monochromatic yellow mix of sequins, Williamsburg, is joyful and inviting and was created to pair up with our pineapple inspired Preppy Prints Patterned Paper.  It looks smashing with our yellow family of inks, like Chiffon, Catching Rays and Tiara, and will certainly add a bright spot to any card.

A symbol of hospitality, the pineapple is a great image for friendship cards.  The Preppy Pineapple Stamps feature a variety of patterned pineapples and cheerful sentiments.  Use with their coordinating dies and bright, energetic color combo!

Amazing times ahead with the Hello Amazing Stamp Set and coordinating word die.  This stamp set features mix and match multi layer stamps to create a patterned and colorful “amazing” along with other words and phrases for the perfect sentiment.  Cut the stamped image out with the coordinating Amazing Word Die for even more fun!

Add the texture of linen to your next card background.  The Laundered Linen Background Stamp will be amazing stamped in a subtile neutral color or embossed and blended over with color.  This easy cross-hatch pattern will go with just about any card idea.

These products hit the shop on February 10!

For Your Crew: Calling All Party Crew Peeps!

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You know the type…always ready for adventure, celebrations, and a good time. This is your Party Crew and this bundle Bundle is perfect for creating cards for all those fun loving friends!

This bundle includes adorable woodland critter stamps and fun accessories, including the interactive Four Window Cover Plate. Create cards from you and the whole crew…family, friends and co-workers. 

Party Crew Bundle

  • Critter Crew Stamp Set
  • Critter Crew Dies
  • Chatterbox Background Stamps
  • Four Window Cover Plate

These items will be in the shop on February 10…unless you're a StampNation Member, then you get to shop early on February 9, starting at Noon! Learn more about membership here.

This adorable woodland friends from the Critter Crew Stamp Set and dies are ready for every fun and festive occasion. A “miss you” note from a little fox or “happy birthday” from the squirrel and his pals will bring a smile to anyone's face.

Hey, Howdy, Hello There!  The Chatterbox Background Stamp is a fun way to send a nice hello.  This red rubber background stamp with a variety of adorable speech bubbles is darling when paired with the Critter Crew stamp set stamp as you see here on this card by Brand Ambassador Lisa Harrolle!

Open the shutters and see who's inside with the Four Window Cover Plate.  This cover plate die cuts and scores four window panels to the front of your card.  You can secure them open or allow the recipient the pleasure of opening each window up to see what is stamped behind!  

This bundle is full of whimsy and sure to bring the party! 

StampNation Members get to shop early, beginning February 9! There's still time to start your membership and get your goodies first. Leanr

For Your Crew: This is One Posh Crew!

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For your classiest friends, dress up a card with the Posh Crew Bundle.  This bundle includes classic and feminine products focused around the Best Things in Life Floral Stamp Set.  

We shared this bundle on this Facebook Live Stream, check out the replay!

The Posh Crew Bundle

The Posh Crew Bundle Includes:

  • Best Things in Life Floral Stamps & Dies
  • Ladies that Lunch Sentiments Stamps
  • Quilted Cover Plate Die
  • Bestie Word Die

Purchase these items individually, or in the bundle and get a great discount!

The For Your Crew Collection hits the shop on February 10!

“The Best Thing to Hold onto in Life is Each Other”. 

This sentiment of friendship and family is the focal point of the Best Things in Life Floral Stamp Set.  This floral stamp set is classy with a soft, modern twist and will be the perfect images for cards for all occasions. 

Find that just right sentiment for your bunch of brunch babes in the Ladies that Lunch Sentiments Stamp Set.  From a “girls night” to “spa day”, this sentiment set hs a collection of beautiful hand-lettered greetings celebrating friendship. 

Sweet and hand-scripted, the Bestie Word Die is a perfect addition to cards made for your closest friends.

A classic pattern of triangles and stitch, the Quilted Cover Plate will bring a classy touch to your next card. 

Use it to bring some added texture to your card or create a patch-work look by inlaying with patterned paper.  

We'll be LIVE again tomorrow at Noon over on Facebook to see what's next from our For Your Crew Collection.

What type of friend will be represented by tomorrow's Crew theme??

For Your Crew: Meet the Hip Crew

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Who's YOUR Crew? This collection is about celebrating friendships!  With all the types of friends and family in your life, you need different types of stamps to create one of a kind, custom created, hand made cards to show your love and appreciation.

For each of those “crews”, you will find yourself looking for just the right stamps and sentiments.  The For Your Crew Collection has something for everyone. 

Make cards for your favorite “Hip Crew” friends with this bundle.  Whether you're creating for your college day cronies or your favorite young co-ed, this coffee shop themed bundle of stamps, dies and accessories will help you make modern and hip cards to celebrate the people you love sharing a nice hot drink with, any day!

The Hip Crew Bundle

  • Mug Shots Stamps & Dies
  • Today Word Die
  • Today Sentiments Stamps
  • Daily Grind Patterned Paper
  • Providence Sequin Mix

Purchase these products as a bundle (at a discount!) or individually in our shop on February 10.

StampNation Members get to shop early on February 9. Start your membership in time for the festivities!

Put a shot of your favorite brew on your next card with the Mug Shots Stamp Set and dies. 

This modern collection of mug images may remind you of special souvenirs or gifts you have from your favorite coffee date friends.  Teamed with some witty sentiments, this stamp set will bring you endless card making joy- one cup at a time!

The Today Word Die will make a perfect focal point for your cards and pairs nicely with so many images.  Use it with the coordinating Today Sentiments Stamp Set for mix and match custom sentiments.  

The Today Sentiments Stamp Set is ready to handle any occasion that makes today special.  Use it to create congratulatory sentiments on your next card.

Catch us next on LIVE Sunday to see the next bundle reveals and watch this space for more inspiration!

  • Sunday, Feb 7th, 4pm Eastern: Bundle Reveal
  • Monday 8th, Noon Eastern: Bundle Reveal
  • Monda 8th, 8pm Eastern: StampNation Exclusive Live Stream
  • Tuesday 9th, Noon Eastern: Bundle Reveal & StampNation Early Ordering
  • Wednesday 10th, Noon Eastern: General Ordering OPEN 9am Eastern; LIVE on YouTube at Noon

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Keeping it Classy Year Round: Classy Trims and Sincere Thanks Stamp Sets Inspiration

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So many of stampers are raving over the Classy Trims and Sincere Thanks Stamp Sets! Have you added them to your crafty stash yet?

You'll be pulling out the fabulous products from the Thanks Bundle all year round!

coloring classy trims stamped border with catherine pooler ink

With the Classy Trims Stamp Set, you can go modern geometric, floral or funky rainbow. Try coloring the images in with Blender Pens and Ink pads or Watercolor Pencils, heat emboss the images or even try foiling!

card with Classy Trims stamp set and rainbow coloring

The bright colorful rainbow arches, on this card from Kristie, look amazing against the black contrasting border. She stamped it twice to fit across the whole card long-ways and added a simple white embossed “happy birthday” from our Happy Birthday Many Ways Stamp Set.

Sincere Thanks Stamp Set prodct

The Sincere Thanks Stamp Set includes two large “thanks” stamps- one bold and modern and the other scripted and elegant.

Stamp the floral border above and below the “Thank You', color and add some sequins. For a fun touch, add some DecoFoil in Opal.

Learn more about foiling in this FB Live Stream and this FB Live Stream.

Mod Strips Cover plate product

The Mod Strips Cover Plate has become one of my personal favorites to grab. It can be used to create color block background effects or even to create quick strips for sentiments.

card featuring sincere thanks stamp set

Paired with the Fleur De Patterned Paper, this cover plate offers various width strips to add for accents. I even added a bit of WOW! Embossing Powder to one end of the sentiment strip for some added sparkle.

Check the Live Stream Replay for this card!

two cards featuring black and white stamped images and colorful THANKS sentiment

This pair of cards from Kristie are so simple yet gorgeous! By masking and inking each letter, she created a beautiful Spa Color pop on each card. What a fab gift set of thank you cards this idea would make. Great to have on hand!

elegant thank you card in blue color scheme

I just love the graphic geometric shapes in the Classy Trims Stamp Set. It is a great mix of soft and natural to modern and edgy. This stamp paired with the scripted “thank you” has such nice visual balance- and no coloring in required!

I hope you are inspired by these creations and if you're interested in any of the products, click below to visit the shop!

Hey There Dumpling Stamp Set: Inspiration

Catherine General

Nothing says all that and “dim sum” like the Hey There Dumpling Stamp Set from our new Love-N-Hearts Mini Collection! 

This stamp set has layering stamps that create the most adorable sushi-night inspired characters. They even have little faces you can add for an extra little something.

I created this card on Facebook Live Stream and included the fabulous I Love You Soy Patterned Paper, Romance Sequins and the Hearts and Tags Dies (which I'm a SUPER FAN of!!!).

I love the colors and the layering…I mean, the little hearts die cut through the bottom of the tag is too cute! Catch the replay here.

The next three cards were created on this Facebook Live Stream. I started with the color palette from our I Love You Soy Patterned Paper Pack which includes the colors: Be Mine, Samba, Do-Si-Do, Mint to Be, & Cummerbund.

A couple dumplings, strips of patterned paper and you're done!

This busy pattern from the I Love You Soy Patterned Paper Pack…I've been so excited to use it! It is perfect for using with the Mini Take Out Box with its heavy concentration of pattern.

It was also perfect for use on this card…just a strip at the bottom along with a skinny stripe looks fabulous! I'm also a sucker for creating “collages” of stamp images like I did on this card. It's so fun to arrange the pieces, it's kinda like playing with Colorforms from back in the day!

This stamp set can be used for an entirely different look. I traced a heart from the Heart Trio Slimline Die, then filled it in with the various sized hearts from the Hey There Dumpling Set. Don't forget about those small stamps we pack in our sets! You can get a ton of mileage out of them!

Try different color combos when building your sushi. On this card, I used the striped paper from the I Love You Soy Patterned Paper as my color inspiration. Do-Si-Do, Be Mine, Mint-to-Be and Cummerbund look perfect together!

Here's Ilina's take on pairing these stamps and the Heart Trio Slimline. This one shows the variety of pieces in the set you can pair up to make sushi using one stamp in three different ways.

Ashlee paired the Heart Trio Slimline Die with Hey There Dumpling stamped and die cut images. Why not try an out-of-the-take-out-box color combo for your sushi?  This card uses the same basic stamps but a variety of colors for an extra bit of whimsy!

These stamps make the perfect embellishments for our Mini Take-Out Box Die. I love how Ashlee coordinated her card and treat box by using the same patterned paper.

Why not just go with a one layer background featuring one stamp like this card from Ilina? Stamping this in two colors, she created her own repeating pattern. It's like custom stamped patterned paper!

All supplies are linked below, thanks for visiting the blog today!