Hand Crafted Messages of Love….

Catherine Stamp of Approval

In a world that is sometimes too busy and where we find it hard to keep in touch, our hobby is such a beautiful reminder that we are thinking of the ones we love.

We make cards because we want to celebrate, we want to remember and we want to send kindness. Rather than picking up a generic greeting as an after-thought somewhere in the midst of a rushed trip to the store, we hand craft a message of love.

Celebrating those special occasions, sending love, and reminding the people in your life that they matter to you is what the January Stamp of Approval Collection is all about. We can't wait to start sharing it with you this week!

The January Stamp of Approval Collection is coming January 9th. The collection name and product reveals will start tomorrow! Stay tuned…

Stamping, Blending, Watercoloring, OH my! with Ardyth

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Embossing, Ink Blending, Thank You, Thank You, Watercolor

Good morning! It's Ardyth and I'm so excited to be here on Catherine's blog with this card using inks in 3 ways – stamping, blending and watercolouring!

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I started with a white 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panel of white cardstock and blended Fiesta Blue ink about two-thirds of the way up, starting heavy at the bottom and fading out to white near the top. To add some depth, I blended Juniper Mist just near the bottom and the smoothed it out with more Fiesta Blue. When I was finished, I cut the panel with the scalloped rectangle die from Tags, Etc. I love how the scallops echo the edges of the butterfly wings!

To create my butterfly, I started by stamping the Kaleidescope background stamp in Versamark on watercolour cardstock. I sprinkled white embossing powder over it and then heated it until it was smooth.

I placed the In Flight Butterfly die on the panel, making sure to centre it so that the wings would have symmetrical patterns on them.

Once the butterfly was cut, I smooshed Limoncello, Tiki Torch and Party Dress inks onto a non-stick craft mat and watercoloured it in two layers. I started with a soft wash of colour, blending from lighter on the edges to darker on the butterfly's body. Once that was dry, I went back in with a dryer brush and added deeper colour to some of the little partitions on the butterfly. This adds interest and emphasizes the symmetry I created by centring the butterfly on the stamped background before cutting it.

I chose my sentiment and placed it on the scalloped panel so that the arc would connect with the butterfly wings. I used my MISTI to stamp it in Midnight Ink.

Finally, I adhered the butterfly to the panel by using a tape runner behind the body, but bits of foam tape under the edges of the wings, so that there is some dimension.

The whole scalloped panel was then adhered to a white card base. I love how the blue ‘sky' really helps the colours of the butterfly to pop!

I hope that you're enjoying this amazing release – these two new ink colours are quickly joining my other favourites within the CP colour family! And the stamps and dies are perfect for making summer-time cards!


Doodle Garden Rainbow with Taheerah

Catherine CPD Ink, Thank You, Watercolor

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a wonderful day! I'm Taheerah and I'm hijacking Catherine's blog today! It's okay, she knows I'm doing it, so I'm not hacking, hee hee!

I wanted to play with a simple rainbow technique that allows the Spa Collection of inks to shine, along with that awesome Doodle Garden stamp that continues to fly off the shelves!

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I really love watercolouring with Catherine's inks! They work so well and they really brought a special touch to this design! Doesn't that Doodle Garden stamp look *awesome* in black?!

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I die cut the ‘Thanks' die directly into my panel, then added some tape on the back and filled the word with glittery embossing powder – after replacing all those little bits inside the die cut word first!

I hope you've really loved this card as much as I loved making it! Make sure you grab all those new CP inks to add to your collection, and make sure you check out the store for the other new goodies that have been released!

Thanks for stopping by!


Geometric Flakes Cover Plate, Embossing and Cut & Stick Paper

Catherine Birthday, CPD Ink, Die Cutting, Embossing, Thank You, Videos

I went a bit crazy with my Geometric Flakes Cover Plate, Cut & Stick Adhesive Sheets and WOW Embossing Glitter, y'all!  Check it out!

The Geometric Cover Plate is more than meets the eye…so many ways to create a stunning background.  When you use our new Cut & Stick Adhesive Sheets with die cuts and Cover Plates, the die cuts get turned into stickers!  Not only are they easy to use, but it's also easy to use both the positive and the negative parts of the dies!  See how these cards were made in this video tutorial.

I'd love to know which color palette is your favorite…the metallic, green, blue or purple?

And which finished card is your favorite?  I'm not sure I can choose!

Using Cut & Stick Adhesive Sheets is a really easy way to make any die cut into a sticker.  This makes your cardstock really thick, though, so it may not cut all the way through the adhesive sheet.  This is normal!

You may want to run it through your die cut machine several times and perhaps even use a shim to make the pressure greater (I use a piece of copy paper).

The Perissa Embossing Powder has fine embossing powder as well as chunkier powder and gives a gorgeous metallic marbled look.  The recipient of this card is going to be WOW'd!  

A simple sentiment die or strip across the front is simple and all you need when making a gorgeous technique piece like this!

A bit of extra glitter on the Joy Wreath adds a bit more sparkle.

Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you are inspired and learned something today.  Now, go get inky!

 

Stretch your Stash on this Birthday Card with Lydia Evans

Catherine Birthday, CP Designs, CPD Ink

Hi there everyone! It's Lydia here and I'm so happy to be sharing a card here over on Catherine's blog.

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Could this card be anymore bright, colourful and happy!?!?! I bet you are wondering where those classy looking balloons are from, right? Well they are in fact made with two different stamp sets- Leaf Motifs and Good Things.

Yep, the balloon is supposed to be a leaf and the string is supposed to be a sentiment flourish …. it's so fun to find different ways of using images to stretch your stash.

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I started by stamping one of the sentiments from Good Things into place on my card front using black ink and then embossed over it using clear embossing powder. That way when I stamped over it the clear embossing powder would resist the ink.

I then took the solid leaf shape from Leaf Motifs and set to work stamping some balloons. I used Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Flirty Fuchsia and Be Mine to stamp the beautiful rainbow coloured balloons. Once I had them all in place I took the swirly sentiment flourish from Good Things and stamped a string for each of the balloons using Black Jack.

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To make the sentiment pop a little more and to add some detail to the balloons I used a white gel pen. I added a little highlight to the balloons and went around the sentiment so it didn't get lost in all of the balloon excitement.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope my card today inspires you to look a little differently at the images on your stamp sets.

Hugs, Lydia


February Month at a Glance Canvo Bullet Journal Spread

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling, CPD Ink, Valentine's Day


It's almost time to ship out the February Club Canvo, y'all!  Sign up by December 31 to get yours shipped out by January 5.  You'll have plenty of time to get your February spreads set up!  If you need some inspiration or need a bit of a confidence boost…view this video (spoiler:  I messed up this spread in a big way THREE times!)

 

For March, please remind me of these things:

  • Stamp the Month header first on the right side of the page
  • Begin the calendar on the left…since we read left to right, I think this will help my poor brain leave spaces where they need to be.
  • use paper “masks” to cover places where I don't want boxes drawn.

Hopefully you can use these tips for your February Month at a Glance spread and be successful!

New to Bullet Journaling?  Learn more here!

Want your monthly inspiration in your mailbox?  Learn more about Club Canvo!

Thanks for visiting, hope your day is awesome and organized!

Forever 29 Birthday Card Video Tutorial with Laurel

Catherine Birthday, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Masking, Projects

Hello there, It's Laurel here today. A life long friend and I have a deal, we are forever 29!!! So this year, I made a birthday card just for her!!!! The Birthday Icons stamp set was a perfect choice for this card! Add a little masking and ink blending and you can get a super fun birthday card!

To create this card, I masked off a diagonal strip of my card panel and ink blended Juniper Mist and Grape Crush together! I stamped the cake from the Birthday Icon stamp stamp with Black Jack ink and die cut two of the cakes. At this point, you can either pop them up with foam dimension or do what I did. Stamp them onto the card base thru the die cut area. Makes a for a fun look!!!

Customize the age and voila! A super fun card!

I hope you enjoyed my CAS, mass producible birthday card.

 

The Cake and Confetti Collection is perfect for helping you get ahead of the game for 2019!  And it will help you get ready for our 8th Birthday Bash on StampNation!  

During the month of January, we will be celebrating StampNations birthday with special guest sponsored tutorials, weekly challenges and fun games! Everything focused around building a fab stash of birthday cards that will get us covered for all the b’days on our list. Join in with us…we know how to party! Not a member of SN yet? You can find out more and join here. 

Layered Circles Thank You Card with Kristie

Catherine CP Designs, Embossing, Ink Blending, Thank You

Hi everyone! Kristie here today sharing a card using the Wild & Wonderful release stamps and dies.

My card features the amazing Kaleidoscope background stamp and the Note of Thanks stamp set.

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I started my card by white heat embossing the background onto a piece of card stock. I then blended Party Dress &  Limoncello on the circle portion of the stamp set. I love the orange color these two colors create when blended together.

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I die cut a circle from another piece of card stock and layered that over the embossed colored background. I created a frame from a piece of black card stock and attached that to the circle. The sentiment was white heat embossed on a piece of black card stock and adhered to the center of the circle. Some black and white twine to finishes off my card.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. Thank you for stopping by!


Embellished Cover Plate Backgrounds Video Tutorial featuring Jenny Colacicco

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Geometric, Projects, Thank You, Uncategorized

Hi Everyone,  It's Jenny from the Creative Team here, and today I'm going to show you how you can embellish your backgrounds to create that extra wow-factor on your cards.
 
I've created a video for the process – you can watch it here or over on Catherine's YouTube channel.
 

First let's create some interest on our cover plate diet overlay – I created an ombre ink blended background using It's a Boy, Fiesta Blue and Suede Shoes inks, which I spritzed with Sparkle Shimmer Spray and then die cut using the amazing Geometric Snowflakes cover plate die from the Snowy Day Winter 2018 release.
 
 
Now we're going to use the windows in the cover plate diecut to allow a backing panel to peep through – you could use plain white, or gold or silver or patterned paper – I chose glitter pink cardstock as a contrast to the blue panel, which I adhered with liquid adhesive. 
 
 
I then used Nuvo Jewel Drops (in Seabreeze) to embellish the panel – you can use the pattern on the die cut to guide where you put your drops, so if there are circular holes, you can add them there. I'm using the centre of each of the snowflakes, then set it aside to dry. 
 
 
For the sentiment, I die cut the Thank You Layered die – one layer from silver mirror cardstock and one from vellum, and adhered them together.  I then popped it with liquid adhesive on the front of my embellished card panel (when it was dry) taking advantage of the Nuvo drops to create dimension without any foam tape.  I then popped the entire panel onto a white notecard. 
 
You can really adapt this process for any cover plate and an unlimited combination of layers and embellishments – have fun playing around!
 
Jenny
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Clean and Simple Note of Thanks with Karen

Catherine CP Designs, Floral, Thank You

Hello, Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here, with a clean and simple beauty to show you today!

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I started by trimming a piece of Ultra Smooth White Cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 inches, scored at 5 1/2 and folded it in half. On the front, I stamped the various sized solid stamps of the wildflowers in Sweet Sixteen Ink, filling the entire card front.

I stamped the detail solid stamps of each corresponding flower with Grape Crush Ink. To finish off the flowers, I stamped the centers with Limoncello Ink, topped off with the detail stamps stamped in Sauna Ink. Finally, I stamped a sentiment from A Note of Thanks in Grape Crush on a 1 x 4.25″ panel and adhered it to the card front.

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Imagine the possibilities with all the ink color combinations available with Catherine's Inks! Try Be Mine with Party Dress (pinks), Tiki Torch with Orange Twist (orange), Limoncello with Sauna (yellow)! How pretty would a set of these be??


All the Trimmings All Year Long with Zinia

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Valentine's Day

Hello crafty friends! My name is Zinia and I’m so honored to be a guest designer with Catherine Pooler Designs and have the opportunity to play with some of these amazing products.  I created two cards that look completely different but have two big things in common. They are clean and simple and they are both focused on the gorgeous CPD inks.

For the first card, I used the Flourishes Background Stamp and I inked it up with Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen and It’s a Girl to create an ombre effect.

As I said I really wanted to keep both cards clean and simple so I only added a sentiment from the Seasonal Sentiments and Borders Stamp Set and colored the letters using the same colors of inks.

For the second card, I stamped the cutest little elf from the Santa Approved Stamp Set. To keep the card simple, I watercolored around the image using various ink colors in light washes.

I colored the elf by smooshing my ink pads on a craft mat and picking them up with my paintbrush, using them like watercolors. To make some areas more intense and shiny I mixed in a few drops of metallic inks.

I finished the design by adding some gold dots on the clothing of the elf.

I really love how the elf is holding the “No Peeking” sign. I’m planning to make a bunch of these cards and put them on the holiday gifts I’ll prepare for friends and family.

I really hope you enjoyed these simple cards I shared with you today and you got inspired to use your favorite CPD supplies in fun and creative ways. Have a great crafty day!


Snowflake Shaker Card with Snowy Day Patterned Paper

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Shaker Card

If you need a last minute idea for a holiday card for that special someone, this Snowflake Shaker Card is for you.  Or, change out the sentiment to a “Thank You” and everyone is going to be glad they gave you a gift this year!

Shaker cards are really easy to make once you understand the pieces….for this card I used:

  • Circle cut from white cardstock and the same size circle cut from acetate.
  • Circle cut from patterned paper with the next size smaller circle die cutting out the middle, making a frame.

How to make the Snowflake Shaker Piece:

  • Adhere the acetate circle to the frame.  
  • Add dimensional adhesive to the frame around the edge.  
  • Fill with snowflake and other sequins.  
  • Add the white circle on top of it.  
  • Press down to adhere and your shaker piece is done!  It's really that easy!

Thanks for visiting, I hope your weekend is amazing and you find some time for you!


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Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, StampNation Highlights

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Festive Jewelry with Patterned Paper by Kelly

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I'm thrilled to be sharing a different type of project with you and I really hope it inspires you to create something similar!
 
The new patterned paper in the All The Trimmings release is just so fun and festive! The first time I saw it, I immediately thought of my three nieces whom I absolutely adore. It seemed like the kind of paper they would love to “do art” with, as they call it. 😀
 
Because they're little girls who love all things jewelry, I thought they would love to have a necklace to wear around the holiday season. 
 
Using a 1 inch circle punch or circle die, punch out a circle of any of the patterned paper. Use a hot glue gun to apply glue on the back of the paper piece and then adhere it to a 1 inch empty necklace pendant. 
 
Lay a one inch epoxy sticker on top of the paper, and VOILA! You've got yourself a necklace! Just thread the pendant through a necklace chain and you'll have a cute piece of festive jewelry to wear all season long!
 
Thanks again for stopping by today and happy crafting!
 


Non-traditional Holidays with Julie Mogford

Catherine Christmas, CPD Ink, Watercolor

Hi!  It’s Julie!  I’m here to share a card I created using stamps from the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection. This collection was so fun to play with, and I can come back to it time and time again.

jmogford_happyholidays1_WH_CPblogOn this card, I have used CP's inks in two different ways, but have tried other techniques on other cards, and they are FANTASTIC! If you already have these inks, then you know I’m right. LOL If you do not have these inks, you must get them in your cart, ASAP!! You can thank me later.

Today, I’m using just three stamps from the Here We Come A-Caroling Stamp Set, but this set is, from border to border, full of holiday fa-la-la!

I started with a card panel that is 4 x 5.25 and picked out my color palette – Aquatini, It’s a Boy, Pixie Dust, Mint to Be and Garden Party. There was some pre-planning ahead of time to make sure I could get 5 tree stamps to fit across the width of this card, and they do – the bottom points line up, and I used a ruler and pencil marks to space them carefully. Starting with Pixie Dust, I stamped the middle tree and then stamped the other four trees in the remaining colors.

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Now, these graphic trees looked great in these non-traditional Christmas colors, but I decided to sprinkle some water droplets on them to get a subtle watercolor look. After drying them really well with my heat tool, I added the Happy and Holidays sentiments using Black Jack ink.

I wanted some snow, so I used Heidi Swapp Shine Spray in White and spritzed it very lightly to get those lovely pearly droplets, and topped it off with five Clear sequins.

The front panel was done, and I almost left the card base white, but I thought it would be great fun to have a color to pop the design. After masking the back of my card base, I used the very pretty Pixie Dust Ink Pad, and swiped it on the edges of the cardstock. Once this was dry, I popped the front panel with some foam tape squares.

Such a fun and quick card for the holidays, and so easy to replicate, and even modify.  Choose some other color combos, with or without the watercolor effect.  Change out the trees to the traditional tree, or even try the die cut trees from the Winterhaven Dies, all lined up in a row.  How Cute!!!

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Thank so much Catherine for having me here today.  I hope that I have inspired some of your readers to try a non-traditional color scheme on their holiday cards this year.