Date Night Inks are COMING! Release Schedule

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We've been guessing the names of the new inks all week over on Instagram and Facebook…have you added your guesses?

We're going to randomly choose two lucky commenters to win ALL 8 INK PADS AND REFILLS!!! Here is a recap of all the clues…be sure to leave your guesses on Instagram and Facebook!

It was so fun to get the families of CP Designs get involved…I LOVE these photos! (I think they'll make a great collage on one of the walls in our new Clubhouse!)

REVEAL OF ALL 8 NEW INK COLORS – Join me tomorrow at Noon Eastern on YouTube. We'll reveal the new colors and have some inky fun! Replay will be available if you can't join us live.

WHAT ELSE IS COMING? We have several new stamps, dies, patterned paper and sequin mixes coming along with our new inks.  

Facebook Live Product Reveals and Stamping​
Friday, 1/8 at Noon
Monday 1/11 and Tuesday 1/12 at Noon​​​

New Products Hit the Shop
1/12 at Noon for StampNation Members
1/13 at 9am Eastern for general ordering​​​

YouTube Live Stamping with new ink and goodies!​​
Wednesday, 1/13 at Noon​

​It's an exciting week, what a GREAT way to kick off 2021!!​​

Ink Blending and Water Techniques with CP Ink

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There are so many things we love about our inks! These juicy smooth and rich ink colors are so easy to blend on your cardstock and the translucent colors allow you to build from light to dark.

Spritz lightly with water and the ink will lift leaving a cool water spot effect

If you want to really have some fun with water, grab your favorite water color paper first. Blend or even paint your colors onto your paper for the desired effect. With a lightly damp brush you will get truer darker pigmentation and with more water a more of a color wash.

Use your favorite word or shape die to cut out an image from your masterpiece! This one looks like tie die. I just love how bright and saturated our Party Colors are!

I could sit all day making various water technique pieces. When blending analogous colors, you can create new colors where they bleed into one another. Start with a little water and add more until you get the desired effect!

All of our inks can be found in the shop, many are linked below! and guess WHAT!? We have new colors coming on January 13. We are very excited!!!

Join us on Facebook and Instagram for some great guessing games for our new colors and their names! Can't WAIT!!!

Birthday Bundle

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Nearly a decade ago, I started the StampNation Membership Website as a forum for crafty friends to Learn, Share and Do all things stamp related.  The site has evolved and grown over the years but always been an amazing group of kind, encouraging creatives. 

To celebrate the big 1-0 we have some fun plans including a Zoom New Year's Eve and Day Party! Most milestones for the past year have had alternate celebration plans, but since StampNation is a Virtual Site, the party will go on! We hope you will join us for this fun, interactive crafting party.

With every good birthday comes presents!  
We've put a fun bundle of goodies in honor of this epic milestone and StampNation Members will get to grab it early and at a big discount!

Join today and grab the Birthday Bundle for it's limited time StampNation Member Only double-discount pricing.  The bundle hits our shop Wednesday, December 30th, but SN member shop early beginning on Tuesday.

The Birthday Bundle includes:

  • Birthday Cake Remix Stamp Set
  • Birthday Cake Remix Dies
  • Party Like It's Sentiment Stamp Set
  • Dotted Bursts Background Stamp
Since StampNation Membership is as low as $8.25/month, so it's a bit of a No-Brainer to try it out! There is no commitment beyond the membership you purchase and you can cancel before your next billing cycle if you decide the site isn't for you.

December Bullet Journal Spreads with Winter Mantle

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December winter bullet journal spread

Each month, Club Canvo subscribers get their envelope of themed stamps and stencil goodness sent to them. The trend in bullet journaling is to take one theme through your whole month and our stamp sets are created with that in mind.

December winter bullet journal spread

Ashlee, used the stamps from the main set in her November shipment, Winter Mantle, to create this adorable cover page for December. She used the weekly tracker gnome stamp as a decorative cutie here.

December winter bullet journal spread

She then used the Weekly Eleven stencil to create this weekly spread. These stencils help you whip out quick and easy layouts for your week and also to build a library of stencils you can grab year round.

December winter bullet journal spread

She embellished each of the weekly spreads with a few of the smaller stamps in the main image set. And used the cute lantern bullets here to create a little “notes” area.

December winter bullet journal spread

I love how she turned her Weekly Eleven Stencil to create a different look for this spread. You can really get more out of your stencils when you think outside of the box and can always choose which areas to draw on to your page to create a layout that fits your needs for that spread.

These themed stamps and her choice of one color combo help to tie her month together and and look just great!

Each month includes products around a theme so your bullet journal pages and spreads for the month all coordinate together. You'll receive:

  • 4 x 6 themed stamp set (great for bullet journaling AND card making!
  • 3 x 4 coordinating stamp set with the month name and bullet journal pieces for creating lists and boxes and spreads and more!
  • 6 x 9 stencil for creating habit trackers, quick spreads, etc.

The retail value is over $32 and the monthly subscription cost is $24.95. It's a great discount and you get your goodies early!

These spreads are for December, but will be perfect for January, too! Houses, trees and gnomes? Yes, PLEASE!

Jolly Card Making: Peeking Christmas Pets

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I love the Doodle Window Slimline Die for Peeking Pets out of the windows! Check out this fun video for holiday card making.

Don't forget the Pet Specs for one of these cuties!

The Peeking Pets stamp set includes lots of hats to mix and match for various occasions and are so fun to create with!

Jolly Card Making: Gold and Purple Snowflakes

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Welcome to the final video in the Jolly Card Making Series! In this quick video, the Golden Era Glacier Paste is the star of the show! View the video tutorial here on Youtube.

With Catherine Pooler Inks and some patience (which I usually don't have!!), you can achieve a beautiful ink blended look! A light touch is usually best when ink blending to achieve that smooth blend. I'm usually to heavy handed and move too fast to get the best blended looks, but when you stencil over your ink blending, it takes all the imperfections away!

The Golden Era Glacier Paste by Nuvo has a beautiful shimmer and looks incredible over this purple background! While it's still wet, carefully place your word die on your project and press it into the Glacier Paste. This will act as a glue and hold your die in place!

I hope you have enjoyed these holiday cards! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

One Stamp Set, Such Different Looks! Warm My Heart Stamp Set

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Happy Winter card with luminaries

The Warm my Heart Stamp Set was designed as the Winter set in our series that coordinate with the Old Oak Tree Background Stamp. This nostalgic winter scene set can totally be used on it's own and create so many fun cards!

Happy Winter card with luminaries

Keeping it clean and simple, the small lantern and greenery stamps build such a cute focal point for this winter card. Adding the pop of embossing powder on the lanterns creates a classy finish.

ink blended night sky with snowman

Here, brand ambassador Melissa went all out with the gorgeous ink blended background. She created a scene and piled on so many gorgeous stamped elements. What a show stopper!

presents in wagon on ink blended background

This card, from Melissa, is a bit of a “in betweener” to the other two. I love the glittery embossed snowflake background and how she just popped the wagon full of gifts.

presents in wagon on ink blended background

Her colors really pop and the finished product is adorable. This stamp set has several general occasion sentiments which makes it very versatile.

snowman at night ink blended background

This last one from Daniel is also a gorgeous night scene! He used the Old Oak Tree Background Stamp and did some watercolor techniques to create light from the lantern and what looks like whooshing snow. A real piece of art!

patterned paper nuvo drops and sequins

I hope you are inspired by these gorgeous hand made holiday cards. All products are linked below. Questions? Shoot us an email and we can help! Have a great day!

FREE Die for Sursee Subscribers

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This month's shipment goes out late this week and our Deluxe Subscribers are going to get a FREE Bonus Die to coordinate with their stamp and dies for December!

Learn more about Club Sursee Here.

These adorable cards were made by Ilina Crouse using the December products that ship this week! Make sure you subscribe by December 14 at 11:59 pm Eastern to get in on this month.

Here is a peek at a few projects made from November's Sursee products.

Dogwoods and Bloom and Through the Prism Stamp Sets are full of fabulous geometrics and florals that can be colored or filled in with the two step stamps.

The Wrap it Up Stamp Set, Little Somethings Stamp Set and Party Print Circle Die are perfect for birthday and Christmas cards!

Some of our products from the first couple years of our Club Sursee program are only available to subscribers. Best Dressed Critters is one of those sets. Subscribers can find them in the shop!

If you haven't subscribed yet, jump in now for our Deluxe Subscription and enjoy your FREE Birdie's Branch Die this month!

Jolly Card Making: Paper Pieced Snowman Shaker

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The Caroling Christmas Stamp Set has gorgeous hand lettered sentiments in the shape of Holiday icons and is a show stopper for quick holiday cards and tags. Add a strip of patterned paper on the edge or the bottom of your card for a fun accent. Add some snowflakes, or leave the card layer white. Stamp the image in black on white, or emboss in white on black and to add some color, paper piece the hat and scarf on the snowman!

In this video, we'll take it up a notch and create a shaker card to add the snowman to!

I love the sweet pattern on the pink holly patterned paper from the Holiday Whimsy Patterned Paper pack! Grab your Lime Rickey and It's a Girl Ink Pads and you're ready to go with a ready made color palette.

The Sugar Paste is a gorgeous glitter medium that brings a ton of sparkle to your holiday projects. Paint it on a card layer, over a stencil or use a palette knife to add the medium to your projects. Either way, it's going to glam up your card for sure!

If you're done with your Holiday Cards this year, you can use this idea for Shaker Cards!

All products are listed below, thank you for visiting today!

A Look at the Beautiful New Year

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The fun glassware from the Cocktail Party Stamp Set have a fun retro feel to them, I'm pretty sure my mom had a few of these in her cabinet back in the day!

I love stamping the outline, then the second stamp in a rainbow of colors for whatever beverage is inside! Included is a swizzle stick, shaker, decanter and a toothpick and an olive! There's so much fun to be had with this set.

I was very excited about this card…I created it on this YouTube Live Stream. I was most excited about the drinks inside the glass.

Catherine Pooler Inks stay wet for a few seconds, so I had my Disco Ball Embossing Glitter ready. Once I stamped my image, I immediately poured on the embossing glitter. Then I heat set it and the result is gorgeous, sparkling goblets of awesome. haha!

A couple strips of coordinating patterned paper, a sentiment and a firework from the Sparkle and Pop Stamp Set and we've got a winner!

The Beautiful Day Stamp Set is another one of our floral cluster stamp sets that makes it easy to create quick and beautiful cards.

These flowers came straight from Erika's imagination and we love them! I stamped, colored and die cut them. Then, I cut out the Diagonal Stripe Cover Plate and used one strip to stamp the sentiment on and a second strip for an accent. What an easy way to elevate your card design!

Another strip of patterned paper, some twine and you've got an adorable card to say thank you. Here is the replay where I made these!

All these products can be found in our shop and be sure to check out the YouTube video!

Beautiful New Year Collection Now Available

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Did you know that with each of our Collections, we curate special bundles of the products to take the guess work out of “what goes with what” for you?

Even better, did you know we have special bundle discounted pricing?

BUT if you prefer to make your own mix-and-match, never fear. All of our products can always be purchased al la carte. The choice is yours!

Let's take a peek at these gorgeous bundles in our Beautiful New Year Collection…the first three bundles are included in our “I Want It All” Bundle.

The Thanks Bundle was designed to give you everything you need for stunning Thank You Cards year round. It comes just in time to write up your post-holiday thanks.

Thanks Bundle

  • Sincere Thanks Stamp Set
  • Classy Trims Stamp Set
  • Deco Thanks Word Die
  • Mod Strips Cover Plate Die

The Beautiful Day Bundle is a floral staple. This versatile bundle will create lovely cards for any occasion and mix and match with so many other things in your crafty stash.

Beautiful Day Bundle

  • Beautiful Day Floral Stamp Set
  • Beautiful Day Dies
  • Diagonal Stripe Cover Plate
  • Fleur De Patterned Paper
  • Pierre Sequins

Now to the New Year Bundle! This bundle is full of perfect new year celebration images and sentiments, but these sets will also work great for so many celebrations like birthdays, weddings, independence day and just because days.

New Year Bundle

  • RE Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Sparkle & Pop Stamp Set
  • Cocktail Party Stamp Set
  • Cocktail Party Dies
  • Happy New Year Word Die
  • Pop the Bubbly Slimline Patterned Paper
  • Manhattan Sequins
Beautiful New Year Bundle

If your list of favorites is super long and you just don't want to leave anything behind, we always offer the “I Want It All” Bundle Option. These bundles will also give you a discount on your purchase which sweetens the deal. Who doesn't love all the crafty stuff at the best price?

With the Beautiful New Year Collection, we also created some additional slimline products for the slim card making lovers out there!

This add-on bundle is a mix of dies and paper that will make appearances on so many of your future cards with their timeless patterns.

New Year Slimline Bundle

  • Post This Slimline Die
  • Circle Squared Slimline Die
  • On the Rocks Slimline Die
  • Little Black Dress Slimline Patterned Paper

These new products are now available in the shop!

Please see our SHIPPING UPDATES on this blog post. Happy Shopping!

Where’s My Package? Shipping Info and Delays

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UPDATE 1/19: We have been overjoyed to see most of the packages from November and December arrive at their destinations! The mail seems to be returning to some sort of normalcy, though it may be a new norm. Some of our packages are taking the scenic route and some are still taking longer than normal to arrive.

Before you place your order, consider that it may take longer than normal to receive your package. We do everything we can on our end to get your order out within 24 to 48 hours (except for during releases when it may take up to a week), but then we are at the mercy of the Post Office to carry it to its final destination. Thank you for your continued patience!

Upated 12/22: The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused an unprecedented strain on our postal service. Not only are people shopping more online, resulting in more packages to process, but postal workers are out of work due to COVID-19.

Many of our customers' orders that left our warehouse in Raleigh the first week of December still showing no movement. They are at the post office in Raleigh waiting to be scanned in.

Some packages never show any tracking updates, yet arrive on the doorstep regardless. We are seeing packages take weeks to reach their destination.

What are we doing? We are in close contact with our local post office. They have confirmed that they still have packages from the very beginning of December that have not been processed yet.

Once your package leaves our warehouse, we are at the mercy of the Post Office. Please check your tracking number, as you will find the most up to date information there.

Marilyn, our trusty postal carrier told us that the USPS has 800 million more packages this year than last. 800 million. Valerie said she repeated that number several times out of disbelief.

You may have contacted the USPS and been told they have not received your package yet. Until a package is scanned in, it looks like it has not been received. All packages have been picked up and are awaiting processing in Raleigh.

They have assured us that they are working relentlessly to get these packages moving, they are not lost and have asked us to not reship them. Re-shipping will add to the number of packages that they are working through.

Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience and send good vibes to the USPS!

Beautiful New Year Early Ordering…StampNation has it’s PERKS!

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While tomorrow is the day that our Beautiful New Year Collection hits the shop, today is special for our StampNation Community because it is Early Ordering Day!

Early ordering and first shipment of orders for our Members is a long time perk going back to when I first started out with the Stamp of Approval Box in 2015.

Thank you card featuring Pop the bubbly Patterned Paper

The shipping staff works extra hours on Tuesday so we can get as many of those first orders as possible! We love the excitement of it all and hearing back from members that they are stalking the mail person!

Early ordering is just ONE of the many Perks to being a StampNation Member. Click Here to read all about joining and all the benefits!

Did you hear we just got a new and improved StampNation website? It's pretty fab. Why not join today to take advantage of Early Ordering and stick around for loads more fun! See you there!

It’s going to be a Beautiful New Year!

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As 2020 comes to a close, we bring you a selection of staple items as well as products for celebrating the New Year!

The Beautiful New Year Collection is made of three mini collections:

  • Thank You Bundle for making thank you cards post holiday
  • Beautiful Day Bundle, an all occasion floral bundle,
  • New Year Bundle for fun and festive New Year's cards, but you're going to grab these stamps all year long!

These three bundles will be included in our “I Want it All” Bundle.

We also have an Add-On Bundle: the New Year Slimline Bundle which includes fabulous classic products…read on to learn more!

New WOW Products!

We're also adding our new Disco Ball Embossing Glitter, as well as several other new products by WOW, including their Fab Foil line!

CANVO BULLET JOURNALING!

  • Two new Canvo Covers
  • Two new stamp sets “Days Many Ways” and “Months Many Ways”

Cheers to you!  The Cocktail Party Stamp Set and Dies are a throwback to the days of swanky dressing and classy cocktail parties.  These vintage style glass stamps will have you creating neat martinis and sloe gin fizzes for your celebration cards. 

New Year Bundle

  • RE Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Happy New Year Word Die
  • Sparkle and Pop Stamp Set
  • Cocktail Party Stamp Set
  • Cocktail Party Dies
  • Pop the Bubbly Slimline Patterned Paper
  • Manhattan Sequin Mix

All of our products can be purchased individually, pick and choose your favorites! Many of our items are added to product bundles and offered at a discounted price.

* the New Year Bundle is included in our “I Want it All” Bundle

Created with New Year's celebrations in mind, the Cocktail Party Stamp Set will pair wonderfully with other sentiments or word dies for birthday cards, retirement, or general congrats.  Here's to you!

The Sparkle and Pop Stamp Set will create festive textured backgrounds or firework scene cards.  These multi-step stamps mix and match giving you lots of fun options.

Switch up your color combo for a variety of holiday celebrations.  From New Year to Wedding Celebrations to Independence Day…any day is a good day for fireworks!

It's time to Pop the Bubbly!  This pack is full of prints and patterns designed to go perfectly with our Cocktail Party Stamp Set.  The vintage color scheme of Pink Champagne, Cranberry Fizz, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Hot Tub, and Daydream is jazzy and cool.  

New Year Slimline Add-on Bundle

  • Post This Slimline Die
  • Circle Squared Slimline Die
  • On the Rocks Slimline Die
  • Little Black Dress Slimline Patterned Paper

*The Slimline Add-on Bundle is not included in our “I Want it All” Bundle.

Add this mod pattern to your slimline collection.  The Circle Squared Slimline Die is a pattern of connected circles. How fun is this with just the circles inlaid for an extra pop! 

Even in white-on-white, you will find the Circle Squared Slimline Die will create a wonderful background texture in white on white. All of our slimline dies are sized at 3.5″ x 8.5″ and can be made easily from one sheet of standard 8.5′ x 11′ cardstock.

One of my favorite go-to dies is our Postage Stamp Dies so how about a version for slimline cards? 

The Post This Slimline Die will be a slim-staple in your stash and is built of three dies to create a postage stamp edged layer, three perfectly placed window cut outs, and a stitched layer in between.  Perfect for shaker cards!

Make every day beautiful with the Beautiful Day Bundle.  This bundle of stamps, dies and accessories is perfect for just about any occasion card. 

The Beautiful Day Bundle

  • Beautiful Day Stamps & Dies
  • Diagonal Stripe Cover Plate Die
  • Fleur De Patterned Paper
  • Pierre Sequins

*The Beautiful Day Bundle is included in our “I Want it All” Bundle.

The Beautiful Day Floral Stamp Set will be the start of many gorgeous cards and paired with the Fleur De Paper and Pierre Sequins, you will have elegant and classy cards for sure.

Create a layer of diagonal stripes on your card base with the Diagonal Stripe Cover Plate.  This card is so pretty with some subtile ink blending behind the cover plate layer.

Grab a variety of modern and graphic elements in the Thanks Bundle

Thanks Bundle

  • Deco Thanks Word Die
  • Sincere Thanks Stamp Set
  • Classy Trims Stamp Set
  • Mod Stripe Cover Plate Die

*The Thanks Bundle is included in our “I Want it All” Bundle.

These three patterned border stamps create headers and footers for framing up your favorite bold sentiment stamps or word dies. 

You can also use them along the top or bottom of your card for a striking design element.  These line art stamps have three patterns choices: hip and trendy arches, modern straight banners and soft and natural greenery; to fit any occasion. 

All new products hit the shop on Wednesday, December 9!

StampNation Members get to order early on Tuesday, December 8 and their orders will be first to ship! Learn more and start your membership here!

How to Use the Aztec Border Die

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The Aztec Border Die was created to cut a southwestern inspired pattern through the front of a card or a card layer.  Use as an accent for your handmade card as a border or lay several of them side-by-side to create a full background using this border die. 

Try layering patterned paper, solid paper or an ink blended background behind it.

The die does not have cutting blades around the perimeter, so you can cut the pattern right out of the middle of your card! Or cut one at the top, one at the bottom and adorn with flowers and a sentiment!

Shine On, my friend! If you'd like more ideas using the Shine On Sunflowers, how to stamp and layer them and how to make a Sunflower Shaker, check out THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO!