Stenciled Rainbow Chevron with Chrissie

Catherine CP Designs, Encouragement, Gallery, Projects

Hi everyone! Chrissie here today! The Counting Blessings Collection has truly gone down as one of my favorite collections. Not only do I love all of the Autumn inspired stamps and sentiments, the positive sentiments make me so happy. I love making random cards for friends, family and co-workers for no reason at all. It can really make someone's day to give a card to say hello or to give a bit of encouragement. With this collection, there are so many options to do just that!

Since I wanted to make a bright and happy encouragement card, I went with a rainbow theme.

Chrissie Post

By using Catherine's inks along with the Geo Trio stencil, I created a beautiful chevron rainbow! I secured the card panel down (trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches) onto a protected surface with washi tape. Then I placed the stencil over it and also secured it down. You may also want to add a sheet of typing paper to protect the rest of the card. Since the ink should only stay in the stenciled chevron area, it's easy to accidentally blend all over the place and get ink on the white parts of the panel.

I blended from top to bottom, using a circular motion, in this order:  Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Grass Skirt, Fiesta Blue, and finally, Flirty Fuchsia.

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Once I was satisfied with the rainbow, I stamped the sentiment in Midnight ink. Remember, when using Midnight, just give your stamps a love tap. The ink is really juicy and covers incredibly well. It will stain your stamps, but I am perfectly fine with that. That way, I don't lose them on my desk!

I simply assembled the card by creating a card base out of Black Shimmering Cardstock. I trimmed it to 4.25 x 11 inches and scored it at 5.5 inches. This made a top folding, standard-sized card. I adhered the front panel onto the base using a strong tape runner.

Thanks for stopping by today and thank you to Catherine for having me guest! Have a great day, everyone!!!

Party and Spa MIXED! Clean and Simple Card Making

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A simple hand made card to tell someone you think they are “simply the best” can be quick and easy with the right supplies.

For this card, I think the focus is the color palette. Bright and vivid colors will make the recipient happy as soon as s/he opens the envelope!

This quick video shows you how it was done.

The Catherine Pooler Ink line is made of two color palettes:

Party – highly saturated colors that scream FUN!

Spa– muted tones with a sophisticated feel.

I don't often mix them…but you CAN! I felt that the deep, golden Sauna color looked pretty amazing with Fiesta Blue and Samba. What do YOU think?

If you are looking for more color inspiration, be sure to download my free Color Combo Guide and hop on our newsletter list HERE.

I hope you are inspired with my Clean and Simple Card today!

Masked & Sponged with Melissa Miller

Catherine CP Designs, Gallery, Projects

Hi everyone! It's Melissa from Catherine's Creative Team.  I'm honored to be guest posting for her today. I wanted to share a card I created using products from the All That Jazz release.


To recreate this design, start by cutting a panel of white card stock to 3-3/4 x 5″. Mask off a rectangle in the middle of the panel using your favorite masking paper, tape, etc. Using an ink blending tool, sponge the top third of the rectangle using Seafoam ink, the middle third with Skylight ink, and the bottom third using Spruce ink. Continue adding ink until you achieve a smooth transition between each color.

Once the ink blending is done, remove the mask. Use a straight edge and fine tip black pen to draw a simple frame around the rectangle. Mask off and stamp the “You Are” words from the You Are Loved sentiment in the Grateful Hearts stamp set just below the halfway point of the rectangle using Midnight ink. Set the panel aside for now.

Using white card stock, die cut the Awesome word die five times. On one of the die cuts, sponge some Seafoam ink on the top half of the word.

Next, apply some VersaMark ink on the lower half of the word. To avoid having too harsh of a line, lightly tap the upper edge of the VersaMark ink with a sponge dauber or your fingertip. Apply gold embossing powder, then heat set. Adhere all of the word die cuts together finishing with the embossed layer on top.


To help set the die cut words off from the background, create a shadow layer using Catherine's absolutely AMAZING new vellum card stock. If you've ever searched for a super heavy weight vellum, look no more! This is the heaviest vellum I've ever used and I LOVE it!

Create the shadow layer by placing the Awesome word die on the vellum and tracing around the outer edge with a pencil. Fussy cut the outline then erase any remaining pencil marks. Adhere the stacked die cuts to the vellum shadow.

To assemble the card, adhere a piece of patterned paper from the Black Tie Gala paper pad to a top-folding card base.

(**HINT: Since most of the patterned paper is going to be covered anyway, use a rectangle die to cut out the center of the panel to save and use on another project. Just be sure to use a rectangle smaller than the size of the white panel!)

Add the white panel centered over the patterned paper using a dimensional adhesive then adhere the word die cuts just below the You Are stamped sentiment. For a final bit of bling, add some Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen to the upper half of the die cut words. The sparkle looks so great next to the embossing!

I really hope you've enjoyed my card today.

Making Images POP with Maureen

Catherine CP Designs, Floral, Gallery, Projects

Hi there, it's Maureen here highlighting some of the products from the Naturally Inspired collection.


Sometimes (most of the time in my book!) simplicity is best.  Stamping the images from the Wildgarden stamp set in black and contrasting with just a little color is sure to make your design pop, just like I've done here.  

Usually I'd use just a little color with black and white, but this time I sponged an entire card base with Melon Ice, Lime Rickey, Aquatini and Fiesta Blue inks.  I really wanted the Lattice die to pop.


The rest of the card was just stamping in Midnight ink and die cutting with coordinating dies.  I die cut and added the vellum behind the white lattice just for a little more added detail!

I hope you've enjoyed my project today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Made for Awesome with Ardyth

Catherine CP Designs, Gallery, Projects

Good morning! Ardyth here with a vibrant, happy rainbow card using some of the products from the All That Jazz release, as well as products from the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Collection- all are available in the shop for individual purchase.


I started by embossing the new Music background in white on a white panel, then I used sponge daubers to apply ink in rainbow order to each line of music, making sure that each colour blended with the next, by overlapping them a little bit. I rubbed the embossing with a dry paper towel to make sure that there was no ink left on the white music and then I trimmed this panel to 4×5.5 to fit on my white card base.

I cut the large tag from white card stock for my sentiment panel and created a dramatic topper with one of the patterned papers from the Black Tie Gala paper pack. I did this by placing the tag die on the edge of the patterned paper and centering the hole of the tag on the paper, so that both edges would end in the black stripes. I adhered this topper to the tag with glue tape.

I masked and stamped a sentiment from Good Things, and substituted a bold, black die cut Awesome, allowing the edges of the word to overhang the tag.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Watercolored Grateful Heart with Ilina

Catherine CP Designs, Embossing, Floral, Gallery, Projects, Techniques

Hi everyone, Ilina here, taking over Catherine's blog today! If you are like me and love coloring, then you love the Grateful Heart stamp set! This is a 6″x 8″ set full of awesomeness.

IMG_0777For my card today I started with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of watercolor paper and stamped the florals on the top and bottom with Versamark ink. Using Catherine's 2 1/2″ x 6 1/8″ grid block makes lining up of the images a breeze! Once stamped I used Wow! White embossing powder.

I used All that Jazz, Black Jack and Lime Rickey inks to color the image. I made my palette by smooshing some ink on acrylic block and then picked it up using a water brush. When I was done coloring I set my image aside to dry (you can use heat tool to speed up the process, but I didn't want to mess with the embossed images).

IMG_0774Once it was dry I used Midnight ink to stamp the sentiment and quickly applied Wow! clear embossing powder and heat set it. I added Mustard Nuvo Drops and set it aside to dry (again).

Once my watercolored panel was completely dry, I used piece of fun foam to adhere it to a Sunshine note card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Inlaid Die Cut Shaker Card Love Connection

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Ink Blending, Shaker Card, Thank You

The Love Connection Dies are more than meet the eye!  Each ring is made from connected hearts.  If you leave your dies attached and cut them all together the negative piece gives you circle die cuts with a zig zag edge!  Don't you just love getting more mileage out of your stamps?!


Die cut your Love Connection Dies and sponge a rainbow of color on them!  In the video I show you how to use a piece of acetate, dimensional adhesive and sequins to create a fun shaker card.

I can't wait to see how YOU are going to use your Love Connection Dies!  I'm off to my craft room because I've got lots of ideas swimming around in my head for other projects to make with these great dies.

Links below to check out all the goods in the shop, thanks for being here!



Thank You Card Set with Josefine

Catherine CP Designs, Gallery, Projects, Thank You

Hi everyone, today I’d like to share a set of “Thank You” cards with you using stamps from the Wild & Wonderful release. They are super easy to create in bulk, so you always have some on hand.

I started by stamping the BFF background stamp with Versamark onto a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ piece of cardstock and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I picked the Limoncello ink as well as Tiara, Tiki Torch, Orange Twist and Tutti Frutti and blended them from light to dark onto the paper.

The background stamp must have had some ink left on it, so I ended up having some pink areas on the background. Also, the embossing powder didn’t set perfectly crisp. I like it when things don’t turn out perfect as it gives them a grungy look and because I love mixed media type cards, I actually loved the result.

Catherine's inks blend beautifully, so I didn’t need to go back and forth several times to make the colors blend together. Once was more than enough.

After I was done, I cut the piece of card stock in three identical sized pieces.

For the first card, I adhered the strip on the left side of the long edge and stamped the “THX” from the “Note of Thanks” stamp set to the bottom right. I also added a few of the leaves and stars from the same set around it.

A black strip of paper added a little contrast to the second card. I adhered the second piece to the bottom and stamped “a note of thanks”. Then I wrapped some black bakers twine around it.

Card number 3 needed a little sparkle, so I decided to heat emboss the “thank you” in white, adhered it with the colored strip of paper to the bottom of the card and added a little, shiny heart next to it.

These are just a few ideas on how you could decorate a set of thank you cards. Of course, there are a lot more options, including the use of different colors or adding more texture to the background.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and can use the ideas for your own creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

One Layer Medallion Mix-up with Lydia

Catherine CP Designs, Stamp of Approval

Hi there everyone! Lydia here with you today and I'm sooo exited to be sharing with you a project using the Medallion Mix Up Stamp Set.

SOA Medallion Mix Up Lydia Evans 3 - Copy (2)

I used a few of the amazing Catherine Pooler Inks for this one layer card- Garden Party, Lime Rickey, Mint To Be, All That Jazz and It's A Boy.

I stamped many of the different sizes of the medallions and then stamped inside these medallions with smaller sized medallions. I kept stamping medallion into medallion until they were filled apart from one. This one I stopped at 3 layers and stamped a sentiment from the same set into the centre of it using Midnight CP ink.

SOA Medallion Mix Up Lydia Evans 2 - Copy

I love that you can create any sized piece of patterned paper with these images, be that wrapping paper, cards, tags or layouts. I think these images would even look great stamped in fabric ink onto clothes!

Thank you so much for joining me today! And I hope this may have inspired you!

Hugs, Lydia xxx

Rainbow Rock Star with Lydia

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink

Hello everyone! It's Lydia here and I'm soooo excited to be with you here on Catherine's blog! Today I have a fun, bright, nearly one layer card to share.


I started with a white card base and the very cool Starlights Stamp Set. I took one of the larger star images from the set and stamped this 7 times across the bottom part of the card base.

For this rainbow color combo I used Flirty Fuchsia, Party Dress, Rockin' Red, Orange Twist. Tiara, Lime Rickey and Aquatini, I have to say that this is one of my favourite color combos of all time! I then took one of the smaller stars and stamped these around the stars using the same rainbow colors. To create a little more contrast I took the smallest star and stamped this around using Midnight Ink.


For the sentiment, I stamped part using the Starlight Stamp Set but added to this using the Star Word Die cut from black cardstock. To make the ‘rock' stand out a little more from the background I went around it using a white gel pen.


How cool does this card look?!?!? I love the fact that this will work for many different occasions and that it would also work for guys and girls alike!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you again real, real soon!

Hugs, Lydia

Un-“Mistake”-able Wild and Wonderful Cards with Nanette

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Geometric, Thank You

Hello all! Nanette here. I’m so excited and honored to be on Catherine’s blog today featuring some fun-to-make cards that I created using supplies from the Wild and Wonderful Collection by Catherine Pooler Designs!

The projects I am featuring today are un-“mistake”-able. In other words, these cards are made from my mistakes.

The inks I used for all three cards are from Catherine’s Life of the Party Collection along with Grape Crush and Limoncello. Plus, of course, my all-time-go-to ink, Midnight.

Here’s mistake card number one:


I had first masked, with Purple Tape, in a diagonal on to my white card panel and blended the inks on the left half. After that, I stamped the BFF Background stamp in Midnight.

Then—mistake number one—I had taped off my design in a slightly askew manner, thus making it necessary to cut the entire middle of the card from corner to corner off.

This created one blended corner and one black and white corner, which I adhered to a Midnight card panel. Then I used the Circle dies to create the framed sentiment. The sentiment is from the Focus on the Good Stamp Set and adhered with some dimensional adhesive foam. I finished it all off with a few rhinestones.

Here’s card number two:


I started this card pretty much the same way as card number one, except I used the Kaleidoscope Background Stamp. Then came my mistake – I smudged some spots in the blended area. So from a second white panel stamped with just the background stamp (btw, that layer was also a mistake which is why I used it to fix this card), I cut and adhered two of the patterns out to cover the smudges on my first panel. (You still with me?) J

On Midnight cardstock, I white heat embossed the sentiment from A Note of Thanks Stamp Set, trimmed it down to fit the panel, adhered it with dimensional adhesive foam and added a few rhinestones.

And here we have card number three:


Awww… You’ve heard it all before… Blend, stamp, smear and smudge. Then just cut out the remainder of the pattern in a single, amazingly un-smudged row and adhere it to a white card panel. The black layer is the Postage Die from Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection. I stamped the sentiment from the Focus on the Good Stamp Set and added a few rhinestones.

I have created multiple cards with the Wild and Wonderful Collection and still have dozens of new ideas to make with this set! I love it and know you will, too. We’d love to see your creations, so be sure and show us what you’ve got!


You are Awesome with Justine

Catherine Floral, Patterned Paper

Hi Crafters,  Justine here with a new card idea for you.


This is quite simple to create. On an A2 card base, glue down a piece of patterned paper from the Black Tie Gala Paper Pack that measures 4×4 inches in the centre. Grab a separate card panel that measures 4 x 5.25′ and cut out a diagonal area in the centre. Adhere the top and bottom pieces with foam tape. Now you have the background to work on.


Next is just the embellishments. Die cut the Awesome die in silver glitter paper and vellum. Additionally, stamp out the flower from the Grateful Hearts stamp set (you can stamp it on the centre piece you cut out to prevent any waste). Die cut it using the coordinating dies. I coloured my flower very simply without a lot of layers using Copic Markers.

Thanks for having me as a guest on the blog today! If you're interested in more ideas and video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel!

Adoring You SOA Hop Winners!!

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Thank you to everyone who followed along, liked, commented and generally spread SM love during our three days of Hops for the Adoring You Stamp of Approval. We are you biggest fans!

Without further ado, the winners are:

Video Hop-
Anita Falcone & Angel Arce

Blog Hop-
Colleen Beamish & Wanda Radler

@waterlily57 & @rachi9_2000

Contact [email protected] to claim your $25 gift certificate for the shop. Congrats!

Marching Leaves with Kristie

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement, Floral, Ink Blending

Hi everyone! It's Kristie here with a guest post to brighten up this winter day!

Kristie Kristie SOA CountinblessingsCPblog

The Marching Leaves stencil is one of my favorites with it's fun and graphic feel. I started my card by blending colors in rainbow order over the stencil. I then used the scallop die in the Tags, Etc. dies set to cut out the sponged panel. I also cut one of the scallop dies out of black card stock to add as a layer under the sponged panel.

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I decided to keep the rest of the card pretty simple with black and white. I stamped and die cut the flower & leaves from the Bloomin' Bouquet set in black and heat set the sentiment in white on black card stock. Added a few sparkly clear sequins to finish off my card.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! Thank you for having me Catherine.

Adoring You Stamp of Approval- NOW Available!

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Hello Everybody!

The Adoring You Stamp of Approval Collection is now available to purchase in the shop!  This collection is full of elegance and warmth with a touch of nostalgia.  I keep finding myself taken aback with what our Creative Team and guests have been doing with this collection.  The versatility is amazing as well- one card with Party Colors and another with Spa Colors can create a completely different feel.  Festive or romantic…there are loads of possibilities!

Erika and I used the two different color families on during the StampNation PJ Party on Tuesday night.  I did some cutting and inlay play with the Adore Die and Carnivale Colors. This architectural element is fun to clip and use in loads of different ways.  With the simple addition of a sentiment and little embossed key, this card has a bright and cheery feel.

She grabbed a couple of Spa Colors and focused on creating subtile contrast by layering ink blended pieces behind the Backsplash Dies that she cut out of Sand Dunes Cardstock. The Love Notes Background stamp creates a beautiful textural element to the card. 

Looking for some more fabulous Adoring You Stamp of Approval Inspiration??  Check out what some more of our crafty peeps have been doing with theirs…


Amy Tsuruta 

Kimberly Rendino

Nancy Salked

Nancy Salked

Nancy Salked

Nanette Tracy

Kimberly Rendino

Melissa Miller

Nancy Salked

Marion Emberson

Jenny Collins