Whimsical Blooms Two Clean and Simple Cards

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement

Hey friends! A couple weeks we released our Hello Sunshine Collection which includes the Whimsy Bundle. I adore all the products in this collection, but there is a little somethin’ extra that I love about the Whimsy Bundle.

The patterned paper is beyond gorgeous, the flowers are so fun to stamp, the Fitted Frames Dies will be a staple in your craft room and the Flourish, the Phoenix Sequins will add a bright pop to your card projects and the Whimsy Stencil is a classic design that you’ll reach for again and again.

View this bundle in the shop.

For this Collection of products, we put together a downloadable Project Guide for those that are on our newsletter list. If you haven’t grabbed yours yet, lots of inspiration is waiting for you! Subscribe to get your guide here.

Check out how easy these are to make in the video tutorial and catch tips for die cutting and stamping the flower.

Stamped flowers on a white cardstock layer, a bit of patterned paper and some flower die cuts are all you need to make some pretty fun cards to brighten someone’s day.

Whether you stamp the flowers directly on the card layer, or die cut and stamp, the whimsy flower is a colorful focal point for your card making projects!

Here are a few other projects made using these products to get your creative juice flowing!

Thanks for visiting, I hope you are inspired!

Ink Blended Sunshine Word Die with Jen

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Ink Blending, Projects, Stenciling, Summer, Uncategorized

Hello friends! This is Jen with Jen’s Ink Spot.  Today I’m sharing a card that I made with some of the new Hello Sunshine supplies.  I have just loved playing with this release and the Scattered Sunshine stamps were among my most favorite products from the release!

I started this card with the sunshine.  First, I took a piece of Premium White Cardstock, the Twisted Sunburst Stencil and Life Changing Brushes and blended Tiara ink onto the card base.   

On a piece of cardstock that I die cut with the largest stitched Postage Stamps die, I stamped the center of the sun (using the largest half circle in the set) with Tiara ink from the Scatter Sunshine Stamp set.  I then turned my stamp around and stamped the second half of the sun to form a complete circle. 

The sun rays were stamped next.  First the solid rays were stamped in Tiara and then I went back in with the dashed sun ray stamp and Sauna ink and stamped the rays in between the rays that had already been stamped.  This created a fuller sun image.

For the rainbow sunshine word I used Life Changing Brushes to swatch the colors on my cardstock.  I then die cut the Sunshine Word die from that swatch and adhered to the panel. 

I love the little heart detail that is the dot for the “I” in sunshine!  It’s so cute!  I adhered the entire panel to the Twisted Sunburst card front with foam tape.

Thank you so much for joining me today!


A FIRECRACKER of a sale!

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America is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day so we thought we’d give you some BANG for your buck with a Sale!!

Now through Friday, July 5th at 12:00 noon EST, save $10 off any purchase of $50 or more* in the shop.

Don’t forget to use the code FIREWORK!

SHOP NOW!

*Offer valid Wedesday, July 3 at 12pm EST through Friday, July 5 at 12pm EST.  
Offer not valid on previously placed orders and on in stock products only, cannot be combined with other coupon codes and one use per customer.

and the Winners are….

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Thank you so much to everyone that hopped along with us for our Hello Sunshine release! We have some winners…are you ready? If you won, please email [email protected] to claim your prize.

YouTube Hop: Meghan Kennihan

Blog Hop: Judy Mason and Aimee Phillips

Congratulations. ladies!

Love is in the Air Shaker Card with Susan Powell

Catherine Projects

Hi Everyone, my name is Susan and I have the pleasure of sharing a card with you today that features some products from the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection. This card uses the Love is in the Air stamp set with the coordinating die set,  the Bon Voyage stamp set as well as the Postage Stamp dies.

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As soon as I saw the Love is in the Air stamp set, I knew that I wanted to make a shaker card.  This set reminds me of the time I was driving to the ocean and saw the sky filled with hot air balloons. It was magical!

To make my card, I started by softly sponging some clouds onto the background using a torn paper towel. To do this technique you simply lay a paper towel that you have torn along one edge onto the card panel and sponge lightly upwards along the torn edge, moving the paper towel as you go.

Next I stamped the balloons using Juniper Mist, Green Tea, Be Mine and Black Jack inks. The balloons in the background were done with second generation stamping to give the effect of them being off in the distance, then they were die cut using the coordinating dies.  The clouds were die cut from white card stock and the sentiment, from the Bon Voyage stamp set, was stamped with Juniper Mist ink.

To create the shaker component, I die cut the largest stitched edge die and the second largest postage stamp die from the Postage Stamp die set together to create a frame.  Then I added a piece of  plastic to the back of the frame and added two layers of craft foam around the edges of the frame.  I placed some sequins on the card with liquid glue and the rest I placed in the middle of the card panel.  I attached the frame to the panel with some strong two sided adhesive tape and then gave the card a shake to see all those sequins move around.

Shaker cards can be intimidating at first but I highly recommend you give it a try. They’re a ton of fun to make and shake and they’re not as hard as you might imagine.

I hope you enjoyed my card today, I had a blast making it.  Thanks so much Catherine for having me!


Best Wishes in Plaid with Jen Carter

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Masculine, Projects

Hello!  This is Jen Carter from Jen’s Ink Spot and I am excited to be guesting on Catherine’s blog today!

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I love the Plaid Background stamp, it’s an absolute classic with so many possibilities!  For the background of this card I stamped it with Sauna Ink and then on another piece of white cardstock I stamped it in Juniper Mist ink.  I trimmed down the Juniper Mist piece and layered it on top of the Sauna panel and then wrapped some vintage twine around the card panel.

I die cut the beautiful Small Doily Die from white cardstock and stamped the “wishes” sentiment in Juniper Mist ink using the Simply the Best Stamp Set.  The best was die cut with the Best Die from navy cardstock three times and layered on top of each other for dimension.

I inked a piece of White Cardstock by blending It’s a Girl, Peppermint Scrub & Sauna inks together using a foam blender.  I then die cut the feather from it using the smallest Birds of a Feather die.  Next, I pressed the entire feather in VersaMark ink and then embossed it with Wanderlust Embossing powder.

Jen Carter CP Plaid Best Feather Doily Closeup 600w

I attached it with dimensional tape to the doily.  Last, I attached the entire doily to the card panel with dimensional tape and then cut off the edge that was hanging over the side of the card base.

Thank you for visiting today!


Why Does bullet journaling/Canvoing work?

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling

I’ve been bullet journaling for a year now and I’ve been thinking, in this day and age of all the digital ways to keep track of your life, why do people continue to keep journals and notebooks and paper calendars?

One…because it can look like THIS!

The process of writing things down also frees up space in your brain so you can think more clearly and concentrate better.  

You can be more present in the moment because you’re not constantly worrying that you’re forgetting something or thinking about what is on your to-do list…and, oh!  by the way!  Where IS that to-do list, anyways?  

Oh, yeah…it’s right in my bullet journal!

Writing engages visual, kinesthetic and tactical senses which helps you remember better as well as sends signals to your brain what is important which makes you more likely to follow through.

Bullet journaling is also a life record.  It’s a place to record memories, journal about what is important to you and reflect on activities.  It also helps you create a vision for the future.

And when you bullet journal with the Canvo method, you’re also giving yourself a creative outlet. What’s better than that?

For more info about Canvo Bullet Journaling, tutorials and the products we offer, check these links out! And don’t forget to subscribe to Club Canvo and get your monthly inspiration automatically delivered to your door (and you’ll enjoy a discount! )

Love Ink Blended Card with Inlaid Die Cutting

Catherine Projects

Hi everyone! It’s Chrissie here, I am so excited to be back on Catherine’s blog, sharing a card I made with the amazing supplies from the Love is in the Air Collection! These supplies can be used for Valentine’s Day, but beyond that, too.

Chrissie Tobas Love is in the Air Card

To make this card, start out by trimming out a piece of white cardstock to 4.25 x 11 and score it at 5.5. This will be the card base. Trim another piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches and one more to 3.75 x 5. The smallest one is the front panel.

On this panel, blend Be Mine, Sweet Sixteen, Flirty Fuchsia and It’s A Girl using a blending tool or a dauber. Stamp the hearts from Bon Boyage in Be Mine onto this panel. Then, flick some water onto it all. The water will react with the ink and leave splotches. Set aside and let dry.

Die cut Love from the Love die in white cardstock and in Midnight (black) cardstock. You can add adhesive to the back before or after die cutting, depending upon your preference. If the front panel is completely dry, also die cut the sunburst from the Sunburst die out of the center. Keep both the cut and the negative space.

Chrissie Tobas Love is in the Air DETAIL

Place the panel (now the negative space) onto the card panel that is 4 x 5.25. Also add the sunburst back in place and adhere it. This creates an inlaid die cut. The background has so much interest between the die cut, colors, water and stamping! Add the white “love” die cut to the front center and then place the black die cut onto it, just a little offset to the left. The white will show up a tiny amount, making the black die cut really pop.

Adhere this to the card base using foam squares to finish up the card. Create a coordinating envelope by stamping items from the Happiness Enclosed set using the same ink colors.

Chrissie Tobas Love is in the Air Card Env

Thank you so much for checking this post out and thank you to Catherine for having me!!

Watercolored Love Grows with Ilina

Catherine CPD Ink, Encouragement, Floral, Watercolor

Hi everyone, Ilina here today taking over Catherine’s blog. Did you know that Catherine’s inks are amazing for watercoloring? The colors are so vibrant even when used for watercoloring due to the high pigments in the ink pads.
 
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For my card today I used Love Grows stamp set. I started by stamping “You Make Me Smile” repeatedly on my panel from Premium White card stock and used Midnight ink. After I was done,  I set my panel aside. I stamped the images from the set onto Bristol Smooth paper (I used Koh-i-nor brand due to the bright white color of it) using Midnight ink (this ink is waterproof, hence perfect for using for watercoloring, as well it’s alcohol marker friendly).  
 
I used Rose Petals, Skyline, Spruce and Green Tea to color the flowers and leaves. Once they were done, I fussy cut them, as I wanted the white border around them to be minimal.
 
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Once the flowers were done, I used the Smile die and die cut it 3 times using Premium Midnight card stock. I applied Versamark on one and embossed it with Wow! Clear embossing powder. I repeated the process 3 times. After the embossing powder was dry I adhered all 3 die cuts together to create dimensional sentiment.
 
I cut a circle from vellum and adhered it to my white panel ( 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″). Next I arranged the flowers and adhered the Smile die cut. To finish off my card I adhered the panel onto top folding card from Midnight card stock.
 
Thank you for joining me today and hope you are inspired to create something.


Geometric Card with Scatter Sunshine Stamp Set

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Geometric, Videos

The Scatter Sunshine Stamp Set has great elements to build sun rays for your card making, or take the geometric shapes and stamp them in random patterns for a fun, geometric card! What color combination would you use?

I love the bright color combination on this card! Add Nuvo Drops, sequins or black stamped stars to embellish.

The Scatter Sunshine Stamp Set can be purchased on it’s own, or as a part of the Fun in the Sun Bundle.

FUN IN THE SUN BUNDLE: Are you ready for days in the Sunshine rays with your bathing suit and flip flops? Thisis the bundle for you!

Use the Scatter Sunshine Stamp set to build your summertime rays and toss in some flip flop fun with the Sunscreen Required Set. Don’t forget to top your cards off with the funky Hello mini coverplate and a little Sunshine word die. I can’t wait to see all the cards made with this sunny collection. 

Includes:

  • Scatter Sunshine 6″x8″ Stamp Set
  • Hello Mini Cover Plate Die
  • Sunshine Word Die
  • Sunscreen Required Stamps & Dies

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you are inspired!

Dainty Flowers with Karen Baker

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Floral, Gallery, Projects, Thank You

Have you ever been instantly inspired when paging through a magazine and seeing a photograph or illustration? That exact thing happened to me! I saw an article or advertisement that had a symmetrically arranged, dainty floral display with soft blues and pinks, and new I had to recreate the look.
 
 
I started with a watercolor cardstock panel cut to 4.25×5.5″. Onto this, I stamped the pretty floral arrangements from the Grateful Hearts Stamp Set in Midnight Ink. I started on one end, and then flipped the panel and stamped the exact same arrangement on the other side, working my way to the middle of the panel. I then used a water brush and colored the images in with Green Tea, Skylight, Polished and Shea Butter Inks. Here’s how the finished panel turned out:
 
 
I then die cut the Thanks Word Die twice from Midnight Cardstock, stacked and glued them together and added that to the center of the floral image. The panel was then adhered to a card base and I finished by rounding the corners and knotting the top with some black string.
 
 
Once in a great while, my projects turn out how I envisioned them and this card design closely resembles the whimsical look of the inspiration (due to copyright laws I could not photograph my inspiration piece, sorry!) This card could be recreated with brown ink and the darker spa colors, or gray ink and the Spring Fling ink colors for a totally different feel!
 


Two Cards with the Hello Mini Cover Plate

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos

At Catherine Pooler Designs, we love to create products that are versatile and fun. Products that will be staples in your card making stash and products that have a touch of trend while holding on to a classic look at the same time.

We also love to put together collections of products that work together, so when you purchase one of our collections or bundles, you’ll have everything you need to create fun hand made cards.

Even though you can go pretty far just using the products in the bundles, if you’re like us, you will reach for other supplies in your stash as well because the products in our bundles also work with other products in our line as well as products you may have in your stash already!

The Fun in the Sun Bundle here borrows sequins from the Whimsy Bundle and I think it was a perfect compliment for this fun summer time card.

The Hello Mini Cover Plate gives multiple ways to say Hello! Use either the individual letters or the cut out frame of the word to create fun everyday cards.

By adding the sequins in the open sections of this die, you get a Faux Shaker Card! Even though Shaker Cards are fairly easy to create, a Faux Shaker Card is even easier!

This video is part of our video hop. Be sure to check it out on YouTube and leave comments for our YT friends, get inspired and have fun! (Oh! and you might win a prize!!!)

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Thanks for visiting, have an awesome day!

Hello Sunshine Release Blog Hop *PRIZES! and a video tutorial

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink

Today is the day! The Hello Sunshine Collection hits the shop!

Our new products can be purchased as individual items or in coordinating bundles at a discounted price! Or maybe you want everything! We have a one click “I Want it All” bundle for convenient ordering of everything new 🙂

Click here to view all the new goodies in the shop!

Let’s take a look at all the new products and some projects made with them!

I SCREAM YOU SCREAM BUNDLE: Adorn your cards with scoops of ice cream, popsicles and sundaes and add fun layers with the Sprinkles Mini Coverplate and the Right Angle Cover plate for a fun geometric look. 

Includes:

  • I Scream You Scream Stamp & Dies
  • 3 Scoops Stamps & Dies
  • The Right Angle Cover Plate Die
  • Sum-Sum-Summertime Patterned Paper Pack
  • Charleston Sequins
  • Sprinkles Mini Cover Plate Die

WHIMSY BUNDLE: The patterned paper in this collection made us so happy, that we had to create a whole collection of products around it!  The flowers from the paper were made into multi-layered stamps which will add so much fun and whimsy to your cards.

 Includes:

  • Whimsical Blooms Stamps & Dies
  • Whimsical Blooms Patterned Paper
  • Flourish & Whimsy Stencil
  • Fitted Frames Dies
  • Phoenix Sequin mix
Sunshine Flowers Bundle

SUNSHINE FLOWERS BUNDLE: Created to coordinate with our It’s May stamp set, create gorgeous hand made cards with the fun and whimsical flowers and uplifting sentiments in this collection.

Includes:

  • Sunshine Flowers Stamps & Dies
  • You Are Loved Word Die
  • Throwing Confetti Cover Plate Die

Here’s a quick video using the products in the Sunshine Flowers Bundle.

Using the Sunshine Flowers Bundle, stamp the flowers in Midnight Archival Ink on Watercolor paper and use a Blender Pen to color in the flowers. Add the die cut sentiment to the stamped layer and dimensional adhesive to attach it to the Throwing Confetti Cover Plate.

Don’t be afraid to color the Sunflowers with any color ink you’d like!

Fun in the Sun Bundle

FUN IN THE SUN BUNDLE: Are you ready for days in the Sunshine rays with your bathing suit and flip flops? Thisis the bundle for you!

Use the Scatter Sunshine Stamp set to build your summertime rays and toss in some flip flop fun with the Sunscreen Required Set. Don’t forget to top your cards off with the funky Hello mini coverplate and a little Sunshine word die. I can’t wait to see all the cards made with this sunny collection. 

Includes:

  • Scatter Sunshine 6″x8″ Stamp Set
  • Hello Mini Cover Plate Die
  • Sunshine Word Die
  • Sunscreen Required Stamps & Dies

Bright, vibrant colors make summer cards pop!

Funky Alphabet Stamp Set

The Funky Alphabet is perfect for adding customized greetings to cards!

Spring Fling Minis

You all have been asking for more minis so we are excited to introduce the Spring Fling Minis!

Ready for inspiration overload? Our fabulous Creative Team has been busy at work creating tons of projects to inspire you! Can’t wait for you to see.

HOP LIST! Be sure to comment on the blogs for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! Have fun and be inspired.

Catherine: *you are here!

Kristie Goulet  
Laurel Beard

Daniel West
Susan Powell
Tracie Pond
Kelly Griglione
Jen Carter
Karen Baker
Lisa Harrolle  
Ashlee McGregor
Ilina Crouse  
Nanette Tracy

Have an inky day! CP

Hello Sunshine Collection, Questions Answered and a Look Back

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The Hello Sunshine Collection hits the shop on June 19th at 9 am Eastern and in case you missed some of the reveals, here’s a run down of everything new that’s joining our line!

We’ve had several questions about the Stamp of Approval Collections. As our product line has grown and evolved, we have found ourselves releasing ALL of our products in the spirit of SOA.

Everything coordinates and works together and in our mini and larger collections, you’ll get all the pieces that you need for card making! Word dies, sentiments stamps, background stamps and builder images, main images, layering dies and more!

We heard from you all that you enjoy ordering flexibility. Some of you love our large collections, some of you like smaller collections and others like to choose each product on your own.

So we listened! The Hello Sunshine Collection for instance, as a whole, has many pieces that mix and match wonderfully together! Then we’ve broken the products down into four smaller collections in various price points. If you purchase the entire collection, or various bundles, you enjoy a discount (we looooove discounts!)!

Or, you can choose your items and put your own collection together. We think this is a win Win WIN for everyone!

Some of you miss our Project Guides, so from time to time we will be providing these as well. Drum roll please….

GUESS WHAT!!??? Newsletter subscribers will receive a Free Project Guide to download this Thursday in their inbox! SQUEEEE!

Not on our list yet? Click here and add your name and email address in the fields. We’ll add you to our list and you’ll receive a couple emails each week with news, updates and inspiration. We love staying connected this way!

Valerie, Catherine and Jenny

Speaking of Stamp of Approval…I can’t believe just 4 short years ago we were getting ready to launch the program. Now here we are with a full blown product line, a line of inks that I’m super proud of and an office with a staff of people that mean the world to me. Amazing. Thank you for being on this journey, it’s because of your love and support that my dream has come true and I’m eternally grateful.

Love and (inky) hugs, Catherine

P.S. wanna see the video from the day after the very first SOA release? Click here to view.

Live Pre-Launch Party!

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TOMORROW is the day! The new goodies will magically pop in the shop for StampNation Members and we are celebrating with a Pre-Launch live stream. Join us over on our SN Community Facebook Page at 2 pm eastern!

Not a StampNation Member yet? For a small monthly fee, some of the perks include access to our FB group, product perks, early ordering and free online classes! We’d Love for you to be our newest member! Learn more and subscribe here.

All the deets for the Hello Sunshine Collection Release:

Tuesday, June 18th: Final Product Reveal, SN Launch Party LIVE @ 2:00 pm EST; SN Early Ordering OPEN 3:00 pm EST

Wednesday, June 19th: General Ordering OPEN at 9:00 am EST; Blog Hop

Thursday, June 20th: Video Hop 9:00am EST

Sunshine Flowers Bundle

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Inky hugs, CP