Angel Wings and Color Bursts Video Tutorial

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos, Watercolor

When I started playing with our Catherine Pooler for Ken Oliver Color Bursts it was quite a mess in the clubhouse! We puffed color and sprayed water endlessly to see what kinds of amazing textural results we could create!

Once I got going, I knew I wanted to pair them up with our gorgeous Angel Wing Dies. These wings can look so elegant and ethereal in gold and silver but almost feel a bit rock-n-roll splashed with this rainbow of colors!

The pairing of the intricate die with all this color are so striking alone on black and white. Paired with a simple, scripty “love” word die and you have an eye-catching card!

Here is another done with nearly the same method. The “create beauty” sentiment makes this card a piece of art and the wings sing the Hallelujah Chorus on the clean, white base.

This red and blue mix of the Samba and Suede Shoes Color Bursts looks celestial with the addition of the wings just cut from plain white stock.

Focusing on a mix of Samba and Limoncello creates almost a flame-like feeling on this card. By not removing the cut-outs in the wings give a more concentrated amount of bright, warm color. This card seems to give a nod to the mythical Phoenix.

I had so much fun making each of these cards. To see more on the how-to, check out this YouTube video.

Surround Yourself with Awesome in 2020

Catherine CP Designs

Welcome to 2020, my friends! I have this sign in my office and it makes everyone laugh since there isn't enough room for all of the words and I was short an “s”!

It reminds me of one of my favorite mottos to “surround yourself with those that bring out the best in you.” I love this motto for the people I have in my life but also love it when it comes to our product line. It is always my goal to make products that are just plain awesome!

I have to love it and then always hope you will too! So to reflect on all the awesomeness from 2019, we pulled some of our top-selling products from 2019 and shared them live on YouTube to take a closer look.

Here is a quick peek at all of those goodies!

Birds and Blooms

In 2019 we introduced some of our very first “critters” in the form of some tropical and fat and fluffy birds…and they were a hit! You love Toucan Do It and Fluttering Friends and we are delighted by it.

Cottage Corsage and Bloomin' Happy were two of your favorite floral sets. Florals are always a hit and really are staple image sets. They work so well for so many occasions.

Backgrounds Galore

Background stamps were very popular in 2019. Color-in ready Rondi's Window and Cottage Garden were two big hits. No one would be surprised that the Buffalo Plaid was a huge favorite as is Sketch Plaid, that just released in December. These two are loaded with texture and create versatile patterns for card layering.

Stencils

You guys love a good stencil. Fantastic for ink blended backgrounds or accents or more advanced mixed-media, stencils are a must have. Your favorites were the Twisted Sunburst, Flourish & Whimsy and Bear Grass Stencils.

Cover Plates

2019 brought in some fabulous Cover Plate Dies. The Chevron Divide offered a unique layout and pattern and is amazing for inlaid die cutting.

Your other fav was the Starry Night Cover Plate. This one was a perfect addition to our holiday collection but will find itself on so many card designs for years to come!

Sentiment Sets

For me, you can never have enough sentiment sets! You love the Awesome & Wonderful Stamp Set designed to layer words and create a multitude of sentiment combos. It was made to mix and match with our Awesome and Wonderful Word Dies as well! The Layered Greetings stamp set (a Club Sursee exclusive) was also made to, well…layer! These simple phrases add the perfect pop to finish off you card.

Word Dies

Honestly, who doesn't love a good word die? In 2019 we upped our creative game with the Well, Hey There! Hexagon and the Hello Mini Cover Plate combining words with shape dies for added layering options.

The classic Hello Die is a top seller as are the Ways to Say Hey Dies which brought some everyday phrases attached to a line.

Other Favorites…

A few other favorites stood out as unique pieces. The Interlocked Die is a big bold mandala piece that was used in some pretty phenominal ways. You also loved the innovative Marble Swirl Stamp Set and the mix-and-match buildability of the Hex Marks the Spot Stamp Set and complimenting Cabana Tiles Dies.

Finally, the best seller from our holiday collection….drum roll please, The Man with the Bag Stamp Set! This adorable and whimsical set of Santa bears and hats with smartly placed sentiments was just oh-so-much fun to play with. Ho! Ho! Ho!

So that wraps up the top-sellers from 2019!! If you see something you didn't grab up, pop over the shop and get it today.

And for more card ideas and inspiration with these item and all of our awesome goodies, don't forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube! Find me @catherinepooler on all social media channels, see you there!

Bravo for the Next Term of the CPD Brand Ambassador Team!!

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Perhaps we are a bit biased but we think we have just the best batch of Brand Ambassadors a little stamping company could wish for! The team are magic makers and they take the stamps, dies, stencils and other goodies we create and turn them into card masterpieces.

For the January through July term of 2020 we are thrilled to have all of these gorgeous people representing the Catherine Pooler Brand:
Ashlee McGregor, Chrissie Tobas, Daniel West, Erica A-B, Erin Thompson, Ilina Crouse, Jen Carter, Karen Baker, Kristie Goulet, Laurel Beard, Lisa Harolle, Nanette Tracy, Natasha Valkovskaya, Sarah Greber, and Susan Powell!

We are pretty happy to continue another term with each of these shining stars and to welcome Erin Thompson as the newest member of the team. Thank you for joining me in giving them all lots of love!

2020 Canvo Bullet Journal Set Up

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling, CPD Ink

It's time to welcome a New Year! Hello 2020! This will be my third calendar year that I've been using a Bullet Journal and I absolutely love it.

My biggest piece of advice for any Bullet Journaler is to remember that this is for YOU. If you don't use it for a week or two or more, don't worry! It'll be there when you are ready to get back to creating and organizing.

If you don't stamp or draw or make every page pretty, No Worries! Just jump back in when you can!

If you make mistakes, PLEASE don't worry! I make mistakes all the time and either figure out how to cover my mistakes, or I leave them and move on.

Have fun with this and use it in the way that works for you.

In this video, I'll share my 2020 Canvo Bullet Journal set up! I'll create several spreads including a Future Log, Month at a glance, weekly spreads and tracker pages.

I'll also share a ton of stamping tips with you. Here is a bit of what's included in this video:

  • How to create a quick month at a glance calendar
  • Using your ink pads to color in images
  • Masking technique in two ways
  • Quick way to store and access your stamps
  • How to clean your stamps
  • How to stamp and avoid the spiral binding
  • Why I love pink snowflakes
  • Making quick to-do lists
  • Get various shades of a color from one ink pad

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite part of the video is and what you are doing for your 2020 Canvo Bullet Journal!

The Future Log page is great because I create my weekly spreads one or two at a time. If it's January and I have an appointment in April, I can fill it in on the Future Log! Decorate it with the Dangling Alphabet stamp set.

Keep it simple, or stamp images in each box for fun!

The Full Calendar (shown here, creates a full calendar on one page) and Half Calendar Stencils (larger boxes and the calendar is on two pages) makes it so easy to create month at a glance spreads!

This January weekly spread is so cute with that darling fox! Each month for 2020, our Canvo Stamp Sets will include a stamp perfect for weekly tracking. Choose what you'd like to track and color in one section of the scarf each day you achieve your goal!

Club Canvo Subscribers received the New Beginnings Stamp Set, the January Stamp Set (with three hand lettered “January” words), and the Future Log Stencil at the beginning of December.

Not a subscriber? You can find these products in the shop now.

But, you won't want to miss out on another month! We put the theme together for your spreads so you don't have to think about it. We include tons of images to decorate your spreads and a stencil that makes it easy to create weekly spreads.

Subscribe here.

Here are a few more spreads for inspiration!

Over the past year, we've grown an extensive line of products for Bullet Journalers that we are really proud of! Let us know if you have any questions and if you haven't started yet, check out the links below for inspiration, information and products!

Happy Stamping and Bullet Journaling!

4 Cards with 1 Snowflake Mini Cover Plate

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Thank You, Videos

Hello my friend! Thank you for popping in! This video tutorial walks through how to create four hand made cards using the Snowflake Mini Cover Plate.

All four cards use the Mini Cover Plate in different ways, which one is your favorite?

Add the “Let it Snow” from the Winter Word Dies and adhere from behind to make it look like the sentiment is part of the die! Add a piece of acetate to the frame, add dimensional foam tape, add lots of sequins and a backing piece for a fun shaker card!

Use the “Santa Spoiled Me Again” sentiment and top it off with a Santa hat! I love adding the Santa hats to just about every holiday card. A small piece of plaid patterned paper on the side, a sequin in the middle of the snowflake and you've got a really fun thank you card with a twist!

Ink blend the Mini Cover Plate die, add a strip of patterned paper and some cute mugs and you've got another super cute thank you card!

The Snowflake Mini Cover Plate was made to work with the other Mini Cover Plates in our line. Here, I used the Sprinkles Mini Cover Plate, trimmed off the snowflake from the Snowflake Mini Cover Plate and inlaid them together for a fun look. Try coloring, ink blending or embossing the frame or cut it out of patterned paper for different looks.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you are inspired!

Six Cards with Snowflake Mini Cover Plate Video Tutorial

Catherine CPD Ink, Thank You, Videos

The brand new Snowflake Mini Cover Plate is FREE with all orders of $50 or more placed from December 26 through 29th.

No promo code needed!  Every order over $50 (before shipping and tax) will automatically receive this gift.

Orders placed during the freebie promotion will ship after January 2nd.

This cover plate is so easy for mass producing Thank You Cards – which you'll need lots of for after the holidays!

View the video to see how these cards are made as well as two bonus cards.

Do you have a favorite?

When I make multiples of the same card, I struggle to make them all the same, I always want to change things up! Try direct to paper to color your die cuts, or heat emboss them. I think these would look GORGEOUS embossed in silver or gold as well!

Creating a watercolored background is easy with Catherine Pooler Inks. I used Ken Oliver Watercolor Paper, a lot of water, a 1″ paint brush and Something Borrowed Ink.

Cut just the corner of the cover plate and add an additional snowflake to the other corner for another look!

After the free promo, this Mini Cover Plate will be available in the shop as a regular item.

I hope you will join me next week on YouTube at 8 PM Eastern, I'll have another video go up sharing several more cards using this cover plate.

Have a great day!

Boughs and Berries Last Minute Holiday Card Ideas

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If you are in the Christmas countdown, like me, you may be trying to knock out a few last minute cards! I thought a little inspiration post might be just what Santa ordered! How about we look at a few cards all featuring one stamp set- Boughs and Berries.

From this year's Holiday Collection, Boughs and Berries is a great set full of greenery and elements that you may put in your holiday wreath. And they look great on a card front!

Nanette stamped the greenery and poinsettia around the border of this card and then layered a box of patterned paper from the Lumberjack Paper pack over top. Pop on the Jolly word die and this card is ready to go!

Ilina left a lot of negative space on this beauty but created so much interest by stamping and die cutting a number of the elements in the Boughs and Berries Stamp Set. Laying out the pieces before gluing is a great way to build a balanced swag. Also, using symmetry, like she did here, ensures a balanced cluster. What a great result!

Another one from Nanette here…and this one has a twist! She stamped a background using the Boughs and Berries elements and then stamped the Sandy Background mandala and embossed it in gold. She cut that out with the coordinating dies to create the medalion piece. She layered it partially on the card and then cut off the excess. What a show stopper!

Smart cookie that she is, she embossed the Jolly word die in gold and then cut it taking away the “LL's” and glued it down on Midnight Card Stock to create the word “Joy”!

This last one from Ilina is so bright and beautiful. Stamping your sentiment in the center of your card front is a good idea when you want to create a fully stamped panel. She then stamped the other elements around the sentiment from the inside to the outside edge to create a fab pattern. This single layer card is so eye catching. A couple sequins for embellishment and it's done!

Hope these cards make you feel inspired to make some last minute cards!

Four (QUICK!) Holiday Tags to Make

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink

As we get closer to the holidays, it's time to create hand made tags to dress up all those packages and make them pretty!  

On YouTube, I created four different hand made tags with a simple formula….tune in to see what the formula is and how I then broke the rules (how could I NOT?  lol)! I also ended up having some boo-boos to cover, that's always fun!

Thank you for joining me! If you are interested in any of these products, they are linked below. Have an awesome day!

The Perfect Creative Outlet for the Busy Holiday Season

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling

Holiday concerts, dance recitals, get-togethers with friends, gift buying, and work keep me so busy during the holiday season. I know you can relate!

Time to get creative can be such a blessing and grabbing my Canvo Bullet Journal and stamping out some colorful pages is such a good way to help me feel revived.

Creating a monthly cover page is so much fun. For December, just grab a favorite image set from your holiday stamp stash. Here Hanna used the Wonderful Time of the Year stamp set and stamped out some ornaments in bright and cheerful colors. She then hand lettered in a December and drew the strings in with a ruler- and her page is done and decorated!

Here is another easy option for a header page. This one used the ‘Tis the Season Stamp Set and an assortment of Spa ink colors in various greens to create a wreath. It is simple to achieve this effect and so gratifying to see the finished result.

Pull out the Calendar and Boxes Stencil and you will find a small grid that lines up on the pages of your Canvo to give you a quick template to create a mini month-at-a-glance. Stamping the 'tis the season sentiment added a cute little detail to this simple page.

Once you start creating your artsy mojo usually kicks off! I find making a couple of simple pages really feels good. Helps me clear my head all while getting me geared up to get more organized. I call that a win win!

The Full Calendar Stencil, one snowflake stamp and two ink colors….how cute is this December Calendar Page? You could totally do this same spread for January. I think it would be cute for any winter month.

One more simple idea for a weekly spread…the embellished tree stamp in the Festive Trimmings Stamp Set really added a lot of interest to this weekly spread. Stamping in the days of the week with a little stamped accent made this page quick and easy yet really cute!

I hope this post inspires you to make a little you down time and get creative in your Canvo! The result will be a win win for you too!!

4 Ways to Use Sunflower Stamps Video Tutorial

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Floral, Shaker Card, Videos

For the past 4 weeks, I've premiered a new video tutorial on my channel on Sunday night at 8 PM Eastern. A premiere let's us watch a new video tutorial for the first time together and talk, ask questions and hang out together in the chat box.

I have been SO enjoying these Sunday nights together! Sometimes life gets crazy and out of control, things get in the way and I can't stick to a schedule. I'm going to try really hard to continue this because I've had an absolute blast with it! Will you join me next Sunday night?

This week's video was using the Shine On Sunflowers Stamps in four different ways.

The Shine On Sunflowers Stamp Set is a layering set to create two large sunflower blossoms. Simply stamp them on cardstock and create a card, or try one of the fun ideas in this video tutorial!

Let's take a look at each of these.

A sunflower shaker? YES, Please!!! I {heart} this shaker so much!

It was pretty easy to make…basically you're making a sandwich.

Create a frame with a stamped flower with circle die cut out of the center, adhere acetate cut from the flower die to the sunflower frame. Add dimensional adhesive, add sequins, adhere the large flower shape and BAM! You have a shaker sunflower!

I could make 50 of these and probably giggle and laugh just as much as the first time because I think it's oh, so cute!

This sunflower is stamped in Shea Butter Ink, the center is Icing on the Cake stamped twice, then the seeds stamped Midnight Ink with Clear Embossing Powder over it.

You can also use the Midnight ink without adding embossing powder. Or, try an Embossing Ink and pour gold, copper, or another color of embossing powder for a shiny finish.

You can stamp all three layers on the same piece of cardstock, or stamp and die cut the center to add dimension. Glue the center straight on the flower or pop it up with dimensional adhesive for more fun.

The background was created by swiping Skylight and Seafoam Ink on Watercolor Paper, then spritzing with water. Let it dry and add cover plate die cut over the top. Adorn with flower and greeting.

Use a rainbow of colors with the circle stamp and stamp three times to get three different shades of each color.

Die cut the Skyscape Mini Cover Plate with the largest rectangle die inside to create a frame. Cut a scallop border layer piece from acetate and adhere pieces together. Add dimensional adhesive to the perimeter, add sequins, add shaker frame and a die cut sentiment. Then shake, shake, shake!

Which is your favorite? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know!

All products are linked below, thank you for stopping by!

Prickly Pattern Paper and Santa Fe Sequins

Catherine CP Designs

Did you know that all of Catherine Pooler Designs Patterned Paper and Sequin Mixes coordinate with the colors in our ink line? Coordination. Made. Easy!

That's what our products and collections are all about.

Our collections of products are designed to mix and match beautifully, to make it super easy for you when it comes to card making.

Try a fun statement background with a large word die, add a few sequins and you have a simple, fun and coordinated project!

Look at all these patterns you have to choose from in the Prickly Patterned Paper Pack! Our Patterned Paper is printed on 80# cardstock so it's sturdy and is great for layering on cards and other projects.

Another card design with simple patterns and a sentiment.

Die cut two frames out of our patterned paper to create a shaker card.

Use a strip of patterned paper to ground your main image.

Use a simple stripe for a layer to add just a punch of pattern!

All these products can be found in the shop, links below. Thank you for visiting today!

Using Stamps for Backgrounds and Main Images

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I had so much fun making this card with our StampNation Members last week! Here's one of the cards I made with them. It was pretty quick and easy to do!

Stamp the cacti and planter randomly on the background and add a cute Rockin' Red flower on a card layer, add to a card base. Then emboss the “Miss You” sentiment with Clear Embossing Powder several times, sprinkle on a bit of glitter while the embossing powder is still warm and wet for some sparkle!

Here's another card using main image stamps for a background! How fun is this by Karen Baker?

She used stamps from the Mountain of Thanks and the Dream Big Sentiment Stamp Sets to create the two different backgrounds and the Wanna Hug Stamp Set and Dies for the centerpiece.

Since our collections are carefully curated around a theme, you can easily mix and match stamps and sentiments from different stamp sets in the same collection!

One last card using the cactus as a main focal point of the card. How cute is this with lights added to it for an instant Christmas Card? Add the Miss You and it's an extra special card for friends and family you won't be with at the holidays.

Hope you enjoyed this inspiration today using stamps from the Out West Collection!

Card Making with the Out West Collection

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The Out West Collection is full of images, patterns and sentiments with a Southwestern flair, so mixing and matching products throughout the collection is a breeze!

If you've been around for a while know that I LOVE patterns. Mountains with patterns? Yes, PLEASE!! The Mountain of Thanks stamp set is the perfect mix of pattern, images and great sentiments. Pair it with the Dream Big Die and Sentiment Set for hand made cards to give anyone support and encouragement!

We had a great time reviewing all the products in this collection and creating some fun cards in this live stream Youtube video.

I love the denim feel you get from stamping the Sketch Plaid Background Stamp in Stone Blue ink.

The Shine On Sunflowers Stamp Set has fabulous shapes to build and create sunflowers for your card creations. Layer them on the Skyscape Mini Cover Plate over the Sketch Plaid Background Stamp in Stone Blue Ink for a denim feel.

Be sure to join me on Sunday for my next Youtube Video Premiere! I'll share four ways to use the sunflower stamp from this stamp set.

The Out West Collection is Now Available

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My friends, the Out West Collection is now in the shop!

From the Prickly Patterned Paper to the Santa Fe Sequins, this collection is full of Southwestern flair. All the products were made to coordinate together which makes card making easy for you!

Pull your color palette from the Prickly Patterned Paper, use any of the main images, create a background, layer it with the cover plates and finish it off with a sentiment and sequins.

Products can be purchased individually, or enjoy discounted pricing when you choose one of our bundles or the “I Want It All” Bundle.

If you missed any of the reveals, you can find them on Facebook as well as this video where I share all the products and lots of samples created with them.

All the new products can be found HERE IN THE SHOP.

Thank you for trusting us with your paper crafting needs!

Out West Collection: Dream Big Bundle Reveal

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Today we shared our final bundle in the upcoming Out West Collection, the Dream Big Bundle. This one is packed with inspiring and encouraging sentiments like the hand lettered sentiments in the Dream Big Stamp Set.

This bundle got it's start around the Mountains of Thanks Stamp Set. If you've hung around here long enough, you know I'm a sucker for pattern!

Fun, geometric patterns on mountains? Yes, please! I love these stamps and the fun theme of overcoming struggles and adventure that they evoke.

With the dies for the mountains, trees and clouds, there are so many fun scenes you could build with these or just add a pop on a patterned background.

Speaking of patterns, the Aztec Border Die is such a fun element for your card front! It cuts the pattern out to add a great detail. If you are adventurous, you may even want to try a bit of an inlaid die cut technique with this one!

To finish it all off, we have the Explore and Dream Big word dies. They work perfectly with all the sentiment stamps and are in modern block style fonts. Don't you just love how it all fits together?

You are going to reach the peak of card making greatness with the goodies in the Dream Big Bundle!

Available in the shop December 11th!!

StampNation Members will enjoy early ordering on December 10 when the products magically pop in their shop accounts at Noon Eastern! Join us here.