It’s a Party with Erika!

Catherine General

The Extra Frosting Bundle was calling Erika's name so she hit her craft desk to bake up some fun birthday cards! With inspiration from the Vintage Garden Patterned Paper color combo, Erika stamped a bunch of cupcake tops and wrappers.

She also inked up the Wonky Stripe Background Stamp and made several different backgrounds. Let's check out how they came together!

This wintery green pairing is so soft and pretty. Erika cut down her striped background and popped it up on the card with foam tape. The Party Tag Dies are stars on this card with the little direct-to-paper bunting pieces and the scallop and rectangle dies she cut and used to stamp her sentiment.

The Everybody Say Happy Sentiment Stamp Set has so many cute sentiments to chose from! This time, she did her background stamped vertically which creates a nice visual flow for the stacked cupcake and sentiment.

I especially love the WOW! Gold Pearl Embossed cupcake liner. So sweet!

This card was calling for a shaker element!! The Zermatt Sequins paired perfectly with her color combo. Using the Party Tag Dies makes shaker cards a snap!

Erika loves mint and chocolate so this cupcake's color combo felt like a must! She simply ink blended, spritzed and splattered her background to get nice texture and a bit of metallic shimmer. This would look great in any color combo you could dream up!

Which card idea will inspire yours with the Extra Frosting Bundle??

Let’s Have a Ball with Allison!

Catherine General

Brand Ambassador, Allison could not get enough of the Snow Day Bundle and these little happy snowmen! Let's take a look at a couple of her card creations from the Snow-rific Birthday Collection.

This card was done with a watercolor technique on watercolored card stock. She added texture and shadow on her stamped snowmen which really takes the images up a notch! She used our classic Postage Stamp Dies to create a layer for her scene over a piece of the Snow Day Patterned Paper. I love her Melon Ice stamped snowflakes on the background- such a cute choice with her red and green color combo.

A little creative cluster on this one layer card and there is a whole snow-party going on! Allison colored in her images with CP ink and a blender brush again on a watercolor card stock which adds a bit of texture. She also gave her card a little splatter with the Gansai Tambi Starry Nights watercolor paints to add a snowy effect.

This one is for times when we don't want to color!! Using the Slim Alphabet Dies and Melon Edge Dies, Ally created quite the snowdrift scene and her very own custom sentiment. This one is definitely snow-rific and CP approved!!

Snow-rific Projects by Amanda!

Catherine General

Brand Ambassador, Amanda, can work wonders with some patterned paper and she had a ball getting paper crafty with the Snow Day Bundle. The Snow Day Patterned Paper color combo is perfect for winter and holiday projects.

Amanda Fitterer

Amanda created this little fancy folds gift card holder. She added patterned paper to each panel in this project and created a card and an envelope in one!

Amanda Fitterer

Your recipient will love unfolding this card to reach the surprise inside. I love how she embellished the inside with all the little snow friends! …the Starbucks gift card is kind of exciting too!!

Amanda Fitterer

This project is a little booklet. Amanda added a snow flake focal point to the front with the Snow Many Flakes Dies. It's so nice to give someone a birthday greeting that is also a keepsake.

Inside there are more decorated pages. This one features the Frosted Window die with some soft ink blending on the background. There are more snow people inside celebrating the recipient! There's even room to add a photo from the occasion. Just snow ridiculously cute!!

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The Snow-rific Birthday Collection is in the SHOP!

Erika General

What do frosted cupcakes, snowmen and bouquets of flowers have in common? They are all the ingredients you need for a Snow-rific Birthday! Having a winter birthday myself, I have a special love for a winter themed birthday card. Especially those involving pink snowflakes!

Each year we curate a special birthday collection and this year is no exception. We've covered all the bases with three special bundles.

For a fun party birthday card, you'll need our cupcake-centric Extra Frosting Bundle.

For something more refined, the Tussy Mussy Bundle will do the trick with its beautiful floral options (I mean who doesn't love getting flowers?).

Lastly, for all the young at heart and winter babies, we have the Snow Day Bundle featuring a bunch of sweater clad snow-friends!

How can you go wrong? Winter cards are covered, no matter the occasion with the Snow-rific Party Collection. Snowflakes included!

Holiday Card Making Series Episode #3: Christmas Lattes

Catherine General

In Episode #3 of our Holiday Card Making Series, I'm using one of our wildly popular fall stamp sets for Christmas! Our Fall Calls for Lattes Stamp Set was a big favorite around here and I couldn't resist making some piping hot latte drinks- Christmas style!! Peppermint latte anyone?

I started with the Wrapped Patterned Paper, which made it really easy to grab Copic Markers in coordinating colors – check out this Youtube Video to see how to choose your own! The holly leaf from the Old Saint Nick Stamp Set was the perfect little somethin' to dress up my latte stamped and die cut image.

These lattes are so cute they really could be the star of the show for my card. Try stamping out several of the drinks/mugs from the stamp set, color, and then mix and match with sentiments from the Merriest Sentiments Stamp Set.

How about just die cutting with patterned paper? I used the to-go cup die and then did a little fussy cut magic to create a patterned cup and sleeve. I added the top of the to-go cup and it's like coffee magic! The Holiday One Liner Sentiment “time to jingle and mingle” felt like the right fit with this coffee on the go card!

Erika couldn't let me have all the fun as a java junkie herself! She used inspiration from my cards and most of the same supplies but went with an alternative holiday color combo. How fun it this?

She made her card in two slightly different ways and used strips of paper from the Mod Strips Cover Plate. That color combo just might need to be used again…hmm…ideas BREWING!

Who Doesn’t LOVE Extra Frosting?? Snow-rific Birthday Collection

Catherine General

The Snow-rific Birthday Collection hits the shop on Wednesday, October 12! This collection has products for all year long, from birthday snowmen to layering flowers and now…CUPCAKES!

When it's time for baking up some birthday cards, the Extra Frosting Bundle's got all the right ingredients! From the cupcake themed Extra Frosting Stamp Set and Dies, the tone is set for cuteness.

Extra Frosting Bundle

  • Extra Frosting Stamp Set
  • Extra Frosting Dies
  • Everybody Say Happy Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Party Tag Dies
  • Wonky Stripe Background Stamp

Add in the Wonky Stripe Background Stamp for texture and pattern and the Party Tag Dies for layering elements. The Everybody Say Happy Sentiments Stamp Set includes all the sentiments you need for stacks of Birthday cards to use all year round!

Lisa Harrolle

Lisa created a PARTY on this card by stamping the Wonky Stripe Background Stamp at a slight angle in a rainbow of bright colors. She also used the confetti die in the Party Tag Dies set to make loads of color matched confetti!

Use one cupcake and create a colorful stack of frosting…you can't go wrong with this adorable stamp set. I love all the bright colors our Brand Ambassadors used!

Lisa Harrolle

Adding some extra elements to your cards with the Party Tag Dies is a total winner. This versatile set of dies will give you lots of layers and pieces to chose from.

The Extra Frosting Bundle is sure to please for birthday and celebration cards this winter and year round!

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A Sweet Little Tussy Mussy! Snow-rific Birthday Collection

Catherine General

The Snow-rific Birthday Collection includes a variety of

Make a bouquet of flowers with the Tussy Mussy Floral Stamp Set and Dies. This beautiful multi-step layered stamp set features a variety of blossom and stem stamps. This set coordinates with the classic Bold Blossoms Stamp Set for tons of bouquet options!

Tussy Mussy Bundle

  • Tussy Mussy Floral Stamp Set
  • Tussy Mussy Dies
  • Tiled Up Stencil
  • Inside Out Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Vintage Garden Patterned Paper
  • Zermatt Sequin Mix

Purchase these products in the bundle at a discount or individually!

Add just one or create a lovely cluster for cards for any occasion. This 6×8 Stamp Set has lots of elements to add interest to your flowers and allow you to layer up colors. What a great way to send flowers to someone you love!

Our Inside Out Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set has you covered for what to stamp INSIDE your card!

A gorgeous mix of florals and snowflakes, the Vintage Garden Patterned Paper is a must-have. A winter themed floral pack, Vintage Garden is great for all your winter cards and scrapbook pages. Grab some Zermatt Sequins for a perfect combination!

photo of patterned paper and ink pads

Hello Vintage Garden Patterned Paper and Zermatt Sequins! Grab your inks and get ready to create:

  • Clay Mask
  • Terracotta
  • Apricot
  • Wintergreen
  • Seafoam
  • Buttercream
  • Macchiato

We just love this peek-a-boo card by Jen. She stamped one of the Inside Out Birthday Sentiments inside her card and created a cut-out so you can read it from the outside, too!

hand made floral stamped card with patterned paper
Jen Carter

The Inside Out Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set was designed with thoughtful sentiments to stamp inside of your card creations. This sentiment set features a modern pairing of script and block fonts and are perfect for inside and out!

hand made floral stamped card with patterned paper
Ilina Crouse

Ilina's pop of Vintage Garden Patterned Paper makes this card a winner. She built little floral clusters with the die cut Tussy Mussy Images.

hand made floral stamped card with patterned paper
Ilina Crouse

Here are a few more beauties featuring the Vintage Garden Patterned Paper. Use it as a full background or just an accent. Either way your results will be beautiful with our Color Made Easy Ink matching. Just stamp with the coordinating inks and you are good to go!

Grab your favorites from the Collection on Wednesday, October 12th!

Let’s Have a Snow Day with the Snow-rific Birthday Collection!

Catherine General

The Snow-rific Birthday Collection hits the shop on October 12! With three different birthday-themed bundles, you'll be covered for this important card making occasion.

For birthdays or general winter shenanigans, Snowmen are the way to go! The Snow Day Bundle features the Snow-rific Party Stamps and Die with happy little snow people.

Snow Day Bundle

  • Snow-rific Party Stamp set
  • Snow-rific Party Dies
  • Snow Many Flakes Dies
  • Frosted Window Die
  • Snow Day Birthday Patterned Paper

These products are available in a bundle with a discount, or choose your favorites, a la carte!

Use the Frosted Window Die and Snow Many Flakes Dies for added layering possibilities when using these adorable snowmen images. The Snow Day Birthday Patterned Paper rounds out the bundle with the perfect color combo and patterns for stacks of adorable winter cards!

Hello Snow Day Patterned Paper! Grab your inks and get ready to create:

  • Rockin' Red
  • In the Park
  • Minted
  • Tranquil
  • Oh Boy
  • Something Borrowed
  • Twilight
Amanda Fitterer

How sweet is the Snow Day Patterned Paper paired with these delightful guys? I love this winter themed birthday card. I could see making this for just about anyone on my list!

Allison Cope

Allison created this interactive card that is too cute for words! This guy on the sled glides back and forth over the “snow”. He is definitely having a ball!

Allison Cope

The Frosted Window Die is the perfect element for spotlighting an image. You could add any of the snowmen, creating the perfect visual focal point.

Amanda Fitterer

Oh my goodness…look at this cute from Amanda! The strips of paper pieced together make such a fun background and I love how she integrated the Snow Many Flakes Dies for added interest.

Don't forget a shaker! The Wintergreen Sequin Mix is a classic in our shop and works perfectly with the Snow Day Patterned Paper. This mix is a classic, grab a jar or two with your favorites!

Join in tomorrow, Friday October 7th, for more bundle reveals in the Snow-rific Birthday Collection! Can you guess what will come next?

Monday and Tuesday, October 10 and 11, join us live on Facebook at Noon Eastern for lots of card making with the Snow-rific Birthday Collection!

Wednesday, we'll be on Youtube at Noon for our Release Party.

See you then!

Holiday Card Making Series Episode 2 : Mass Producing Cards with Watercolor Backgrounds

Catherine General

The ombre ink blended background, the water flicking, the contrast of the white embossed sentiment on red and the Tree Trimmings Die cut out of this card make it a show stopper!

In this video, I'm going to show you how to create this card by Lisa Harrolle and create 4 at once! I'll also share tips for mass producing cards for the holidays!

When creating several cards at once, do each step for all the cards at once, assembly line style!

Catherine Pooler Inks are water-based, dye ink and they are water reactive! They are easy to blend and when you spray or spritz water on them, they react to the water. The color will move and blend and if you spritz water droplets on your project, the color will be “bleached out”, creating a really cool technique piece!

Thank you for joining us for Episode #2 in our Holiday Card Making Series! New videos premiere every Sunday at 8pm Eastern and Wednesday at Noon Eastern during October. Be sure to head over to Youtube and subscribe to the channel so you don't miss a thing!

Check out the links below to see the products used on these cards in the shop. Thanks for joining us!

Holiday Card Making Series Episode 1: Coloring with CP Inks and Copic Markers

Catherine General

When working with line art stamps for your holiday cards, you have options for coloring from simple to multi-shaded masterpieces!

In my first video for the Holiday Card Making Series, I demonstrating coloring techniques using both Copic Markers and Blender Pens with CP ink. Coloring the images in the Old Saint Nick Stamp Set has been endlessly enjoyable this year!

Check out the video to see all the tips and tricks for coloring with CP inks and Copic Markers as well as adding details with embossing powders!

With Copic Markers, choose your main color and then use shades a few levels lighter and darker to add highlights and shadow to your image. Just adding some darker lines around the edges of Santa's coat brings so much life to the image. A little detail of embossing is also a great addition.

You can also match to your stamping and patterned paper by choosing to color with your coordinating CP Inks. Tap some ink on an acrylic block or mixed-media surface and use blender pens to color away! You can still build shadow and interest by layering up your ink color. (look at that White Puff embossed trim!!)

No matter what medium, style or skill level, coloring your holiday creations can be a lot of fun.

October is Packed with Excitement from the CPD Clubhouse!!!

Catherine General

October in the CPD Clubhouse is going to be out of sight!! We have lots of excitement planned so mark your calendars and check out all the haps…

$5 and Under Sale

Let's kick off the World Card Making Weekend with a SALE! September 30 through October 2nd, select items will be on sale for $5 and under! This is one you don't want to miss.

HEAD TO THE SHOP

StampNation

StampNation members are invited to a Zoom-style Quick Holiday Cards with Patterned Paper Class on October 4th! We will be hanging out and kicking off our holiday card making together in this fun class. If you haven't joined SN, nows the time to get in on the fun!

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Club Sursee

The October Club Sursee is making my heart happy! This week, I snuck this bundle of goodies on my Monday and Wednesday livestreams. To get in on these goodies, join Club Sursee by October 14th.

We also have a special subscribers only coupon coming later in October AND the November Deluxe shipment will include a bonus die! That's a lot of savings and stamping goodness!

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Holiday Card Making Series

Join us on Youtube every Sunday at 8pm and Wednesday at Noon Eastern for a new premiere video.
In this series, we'll share tons of inspirational ideas to get you ready for the Holiday Card Making Season!

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A Jolly Week of Holiday Card: Holly Jolly Christmas Collection

Catherine General

Since our Holly Jolly Christmas Collection hit the shop, I've been in a holiday card making frenzy! I've been creating with all the new bundles of holiday goodies and mixing and matching too. This collection will have you singing “jingle all the way” to the craft room!

The Christmas Critters Bundle is ready for all the card mischief. How cute is that little naughty kitty?

The Better Not Pout Bundle is great for bringing the holiday nostalgia. I adore this patterned paper.

Here, I went wild and mix and matched various products together. How about all that pink for Christmas? I am here for it!

This was a two-for-one deal playing with the Belly Laughs Cover Plate Die. What a fun layout for any images you want to highlight!

The Jack Frost Cover Plate is an instant classic. How gorgeous does it look just white on white??

The Holly Bundle is a show stopper and fan fave! Embossing the Holly Jolly Word Die in gold makes a beautiful centerpiece for this Party Green holly card. I don't know which one is my favorite!! How do you chose?

Stamped and Die Cut Holly Leaves with Jolly Holly Stamp Set!

Catherine General

The Jolly Holly Stamp Set was designed with two-step stamping in mind! This versatile set can be used in a variety of ways so let's check out what some of our team have made!

Erika Post

Erika started off with some clever masking over a piece of Matcha Cardstock which was created with the Direct-to-Paper Technique. She then ink blended Eucalyptus over the masked leaves, peeled back the masked leaves, then stamped her patterns in Spruce. To add more interest, she added solid stamped die cut holly and berries. Don't forget a flick of gold metallic watercolor to keep it all festive!

Erika Post

This simple design was created with a little garland out of the smallest stamped and die cut leaves and berries. Using the patterns and leaves in two colors from the same color family gives such a pretty look. I like the wintery blue-greens in the mix!

Ilina Crouse

Ilina's card has a mix of spa greens and blue-greens, too. I love her addition of the red beads from the Vienna Sequin Mix to the sweater print leaves. This card is so clean and simple and would be perfect for making a batch of holiday cards.

The Jolly Holly Stamp Set is a must-have this holiday season for cards, tags, and gifts, too! Check out all the products in the shop using the links below. Thank you for visiting!

Ink Blending and Flicking- Holiday Style!

Catherine General

Catherine Pooler Inks blend like a dream and you can create so much drama and interest to a simple card with these techniques.

Ilina Crouse

Ilina created this pair of gorgeous cards. She started by blending the top of her card panel on this one with Fiesta Blue and Cummerbund Inks. By letting it soften to white, you get a beautiful glow around the stamped and die cut gifts from the Tied with a Bow Stamp Set. She created a snowy texture by flicking on white Acrylic Paint.

Ilina Crouse

I love the interest lina created with the scored edged on the white cardstock layers! I'm definitely going to add that detail to some of my cards! The stack of gifts is a perfect focal point for this winter scene.

All the products are linked below, check them out in the shop!

This Holiday Paper Project is a Wrap!

Catherine General

Our 6×6 Patterned Papers are perfect for cards and scrapbook spreads but there are loads of other holiday projects you can create. Brand Ambassador Amanda, made an adorable little holiday booklet featuring the Wrapped Patterned Paper.

All tied up with twine, this little booklet is just so cute! The Party color combo of It's a Girl, Rockin' Red, Melon Ice, Lime Rickey, Mardi Gras, and All that Jazz makes us so happy!!

Tucked inside are little tags and pockets, which are great places for adding notes or holiday photos.

Amanda did it up right by adding stamped and colored images from the Naughty List Stamp Set. Look how she used the Tree Trimmings die as a focal point for this stamped sentiment.

What a precious and creative little project! Anyone would be over the moon to receive this gift and why not add photos of your holiday with the pets? I don't know about you, but I am ready to try one of these myself!!

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