5 Cards with Butterflies and Flower Accents

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, General

With a stamp set that has a lot of coordinating images in it, you can get so many different looks when stamping them in different ways.

But with a stamp set that has one very large main stamp…you might think there are only a couple ways to use it.

Right? WRONG! There are tons of ways to use it! Let's get busy and create 5 Cards with Butterflies and Flower Accents!

Do you have a favorite?

Stamp the image on a 4 x 5-1/4″ card layer and mount to a card front. Add a couple coordinating stamped flower die cuts (popped up on foam tape, of course!) and a sentiment word die for a simple, yet striking card.

Choose several ink colors to ink up your stamp. Use an ink blending brush to soften the transition between colors. Add a sentiment embossed in White on Black Cardstock for another striking card!

Emboss the butterfly with White Embossing Powder and ink blend color over it. The White Embossing will resist the ink and stay white. What a stunning look this is!

Stamp the Painted Stripes Background Stamp, then turn your card stock and stamp again. This creates a great plaid pattern and is just the right pop of pattern to accent this card.

Another Emboss Resist card and some fun flowers…two more fabulous cards you can create with just this one stamp set!

All supplies are linked below. Thank you so much for taking the time to hang out with me on the blog!

We’re All in This Together Card Fronts!

Catherine General

You asked and we are happy to be able to make it happen! The We're All in This Together Download is now available as pre-printed card fronts!

Each pack includes 8 card front sized sheets each of 3 font sizes printed on 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ 100# card stock. Think of all the cards you're going to make!

In the midst of social distancing and self-quarantine, there are some unseen heros searching for new ways to help those in need. Due to COVID-19, the hunger crisis has increased in our nation.

As a pastor, our Brand Ambassador Daniel West, has been working with The Potter House to help feed those in need. We are in awe of those who are serving their communities in these ways from non-profit workers to civil servants, to medical staff.

Help us thank them and aid in helping to get more food to distribute to those in need. Profits from the sale of these card fronts will go directly to The Potter House. 

Create cards to send to people you know could use a pick-me-up today or look into groups in your area sending cards to front-line workers.

Your creations will help to continue our mission to spread joy not germs. What an amazing privilege to be a part of our crafty community and band together in these difficult times.

Thank you for your continued support of our small business and for all the ways so many of you are showing love, care, and kindness to your greater communities.

A special thanks to all of you who are also “front-line” workers. Those who are out there carrying on for the greater good. Thank you to our non-profit workers, churches, civil servants, military, and medical workers. We are all in this together…and we will make it through!

The Flutters & Blooms Collection is in the SHOP!

Catherine CP Designs

We couldn't be more excited because the Flutters & Blooms Collection is now available for you to shop away! We really enjoyed putting together this collection based off your requests for more floral inspired, all-occasion stamping stamps, dies and patterned paper!

At the heart of our collections there is always a color scheme that works beautifully and the Spa Collection Colors that we picked for the Flutters & Blooms Patterned paper are pretty much perfection! Grab your paper, your ink, your stamps and get creating!

The Blooming Essentials Bundle has the Big Thanks Sentiments Set. This one is destined to be a fan favorite. Just look how simple and yet eye-catching this sentiment is as the star of this card!

The butterflies are another key to this Collection of garden bliss. The Wings of Joy Stamp Set features a giant patterned butterfly and the Happy Butterflies Stamp Set has a variety of the natural winged beauties.

I love the details on the the Garden's Edge Border Die. It provides the perfect pattern and texture and will mix and match with any of the other products in the collection. On this card, two have been laid side-by-side, simple yet striking.

The Grace in Bloom Stamp Set is a wild flower lover's dream. Elegant and lovely, you can pop these on to so many cards and just add one of the encouraging sentiments.

The Trellis Cover Plate is another textural addition you will want to grab. I enjoy the white on white look…or go wild and try an inlaid die cutting technique!

Another sure-fire fan favorite is the innovative Outside Your Window bundle of stamps and dies. These layer together to create so many different scenes. What would you like to see behind those shutters? We can't wait to see what you come up with!

All products are now available in the shop!

Cards that BURST with Blooms!

Catherine General

What can you do with layering flowers, shutter stamps, and some dies? Some pretty cool things, my friends! Let's create three cards with these products from simple to more elaborate. I'll share a fun technique for a unique window box and show lots of other samples to inspire you.

Introducing The Outside Your Window bundle from the Flutters & Blooms Collection! Create cards with working shutters and gorgeous overflowing window boxes to delight your friends and family!

From Clean and Simple to more elaborate, the Outside Your Window Bundle is going to have all your needs covered!

Use the layering flower blooms to create a gorgeous background, pop a simple sentiment on your card and add a few sequins.

Die cut the blooms and the flower box and add to your card layer. Stamp a simple sentiment from the Thoughtful Phrases Stamp Set under the flower box and add to a patterned paper layer.

Oh, you might want to add a few tiny flower sequins to the blooms, too for extra fun!

Pop that planter on top of the fabulous Garden's Edge Die!

Open those shutters, add the blooms and you've got a winner!

Hope you enjoyed the cards, my friends! StampNation Members can log into their shop account now and purchase the new products.

All new products hit the shop on April 29 at 9 AM for ordering. We are VERY excited about this release!

NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING: We usually have quite a shipping staff in the office for releases. Due to COVID-19, we are working with 1 or 2 people in shipping, so orders will take extra time to get out. We have also seen packages get stuck en route to our customers. Once your order leaves our warehouse, there isn't much we can do…just hold tight! Thank you for your patience!

#spreadjoynotgerms blog hop WINNERS!

Catherine General

Today is the day! We announce all the winners from the #spreadjoynotgerms Blog Hop extravaganza!

First off we'd like to thank ALL of our amazing sponsors and bloggers for making this hop a huge success. What a pleasure it has been to spread joy with you all. We all sincerely hope that by filling the internet with crafty creations, we have helped to bring a bit of a ray of sunshine into your days.

As many have said, we are all in this world wide struggle together and although we are not all effected in exactly the same way, we can all bond together with the common goal to see brighter days ahead and hopefully an end to this pandemic. In the meantime, please help us continue to do our part to stay home and make our best efforts to continue to spread joy with our craft.

Winners! Please email [email protected] to claim your prizes!

  • Elizabeth Monter – Catherine Pooler Designs $20 Gift Certificate
  • Amy Martin – Hedgehog Hollow- one month free sub box
  • Lisa Byers – CAS-ual Fridays- Win the new release – over $80 value
  • Judy Rozema – Heffy Doodle- £35 voucher for the store
  • Michelle (leftygirlmn) – Sassy and Crafty Stamps- $35 Gift Certificate
  • Jennifer Williams – The Ton- $20 Gift Certificate
  • Teresa Godines #6857 – Ellen Hutson- $35 Gift Certificate
  • Lisa Schneider-Golzbein – Polka Dot Orchard- $20 Gift Certificate
  • Justin Averill – Ink on 3- $35 Gift Certificate
  • TracyM#6773 – UK Gift Certificate WOW! Embossing Powder
  • Larissa Heskett – US Gift Certificate WOW! Embossing Powder
  • Mary Ellen Driggs – Trinity Stamps – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Karen Hoskins – Brutus Monroe – $50 GC
  • Larissa Heskett – Your Next Stamp – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Karen Letchworth – Taylored Expressions – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Katie Brooks – Pink and Main – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Belinda Garrett, Connie Johnson – Unity – two $25 Gift Certificates
  • Kellianne, Mary Holshouser, Teri S. – Greeting Farm – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Kelly Bertram – i-crafter – $20 Gift Certificate
  • Carla Hundley – Miss Ink Stamps – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Virginia Polson – Pear Blossom Press – $25 gift certificate
  • Kristina Hein – Artesprix – Getting Started Kit
  • Kim Thomas – Beacon – Product gift bag 
  • Juli Hisey. Karen Plumlee – Xyron – Mega Runner, Refill and 1.5 inch sticker maker
  • Aimee Phillips – Paper Sweeties – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Dorothy A (ayottedorothy) – Joy Clair – $25 gift certificate
  • Kim Klinkovsky and Dana Warren – Dina Kowal – $10 gift codes
  • Chandhini – dress my craft – $35 gift certificate
  • Lori Odom – Colorado Craft Company – All 3 new release stamp sets for April, $60 value
  • Jamie Moeckly – Dies to Die For

On the STAMPlorations blog, you'll find a list of the winners from all their Design Team Blogs.

On the Whimsy Blog, you'll find a list of the winners from all their Design Team Blogs.

On the Rabbit Hole blog, you'll find a list of the winners from all their Design Team Blogs.

The Catherine Pooler Designs Team had $20 Gift Certificates up for grabs on their blogs. The winners are:

  • Elizabeth Roberts – Allison Cope
  • Anne Sturgeon – Nanette Tracy
  • Bonnie Peffer – Karen Baker
  • Kathy Dippner – Ashlee McGregor
  • Becca Yahrling – Susan Powell
  • Connie Johnson – Erica A-B
  • Jennifer Darpel – Erin Thompson
  • Lynn McAuley – Melissa Andrew
  • Karen Hoskins – Victoria Calvin
  • Carol Wortman – Daniel West
  • Roberta Stevenson – Ilina Crouse
  • Karen Letchworth – Kristie Goulet
  • Beverly Jordan – Natasha Valkovskaya

Thank you so much for hopping along with us…your comments and blog visits mean the world to these creators. You are appreciated and You make a difference!

If you haven't downloaded your “We're All in This Together” FREE download, it's still available.

I created these two cards with some fun stamps and backgrounds. You can view the replays of our Facebook Live Streams. We've been hopping on most days of the week at Noon Eastern for some fun and distraction. I hope you'll join us!

WOW! Embossing Powder and CPD Collab Blog Hop

Catherine Embossing, General

Who is up for another fantastic collab blog hop with our favorite Embossing Powder friends at WOW!?!?

During our Forever 13 Collection release, we were excited to add the Forever 13 Embossing Trio featuring the All that Jazz, Be Mine, and Grape Crush Embossing Glitters! A few of our Brand Ambassadors and WOW's Creative Team members decided to team up and create with CP stamps, ink and their favorite WOW EPs!

Here are a few of my favorite projects using WOW Embossing Powders and products from the Forever 13 Collection!

White or Clear Embossing with Ink Blending over the top is a long time favorite technique of mine…it's called Emboss Resist and gives a fabulous result every time.

Stamp your image in Embossing Ink, pour White or Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat. Then ink blend over the top. The embossed image will resist the ink and stay white. This technique is always a winner!

Black embossing on black cardstock is another stunner. Stamp your image in WOW Embossing Ink and pour Black or Clear Embossing Ink over the image and heat. The result is really sophisticated and I love the look!

You can never ever go wrong with Embossed Word Dies! Erika created this card and the “Friend” die embossed with Rose Gold Embossing Powder looks fabulous here!

Come Hop along with us and comment at each stop for a chance to win a $25 Gift Card from WOW! or a $25 Gift Card from CPD! Let each of the bloggers know your favorite things about each of their cards.

Thank you for joining the hop, I hope it brings you a smile!

Outside Your Window Reveal…the final bundle

Erika General

Introducing the Outside Your Window Bundle!

Inspired by European cottages with flower boxes in the windows, the Outside your Window Bundle is ready for it's card making debut. 

These innovative stamps and dies were designed to be used together to create cards bursting with floral goodness. 

Try various color combos with The Boxes of Blooms Stamps and shutters in the Outside Your Window set.  Layer the pieces and create cards that will open up and reveal the surprise of whatever you stamp inside!

The Outside Your Window Bundle includes:

  • Boxes of Blooms Stamp Set
  • Boxes of Blooms Dies
  • Outside Your Window Stamp Set
  • Outside Your Window Dies
  • Thoughtful Phrases Stamp Set

Purchased these products in the shop on April 29 individually or in bundles (at a discount!). View these products up close in this Facebook Live Reveal.

Join me Sunday at 8 PM Eastern for my next YouTube Premiere! I'll share more cards with the Flutters & Blooms Collection. See you then!

Garden Bundle Reveal

Catherine General

Introducing the Garden Bundle! From the natural and wild images in the Happy Butterflies and Grace in Bloom Stamps to the architectural form of the Trellis Cover Plate, these stamps and dies will bring every element of the garden to your cards. 

The Garden Bundle includes:

  • Happy Butterflies Stamp Set
  • Happy Butterflies Dies
  • Garden's Edge Die
  • Trellis Cover Plate Die 
  • Grace in Bloom Stamp Set 
  • Grace in Bloom Dies

Purchased these products in the shop on April 29 individually or in bundles (at a discount!).

We love the Grace in Bloom Stamp Set for its simple line art blooms. It's a fairly simple image to color and makes a statement on card making projects!

If you've missed any of these product reveals on our Facebook Live Streams, grab a cuppa or a glass of wine and view the replays here.

The Garden's Edge Die will add great texture to your cards as a white on white element, or add ink blending behind it, or get fancy and try the Inlaid Die Cutting technique with it.

If you are a lover of reading a good book in the grass, you will love the Garden Bundle. Hits the shop on Wednesday, April 29 at 9 AM Eastern!

View the replay of this bundle reveal on Facebook Live. Daniel West was with us sharing his mad coloring skills, it was great!

StampNation Members!! The second FREE stamp set in the series will be available for you under the “StampNation Perks” section of our shop on Monday when early ordering opens.  Add it to your cart for FREE!  

Just one of the perks of membership….learn more here! Subscribe here!

Bloomin’ Essentials and Flutters Bundle Reveals

Erika CP Designs

Just in time for Spring we bring you the Flutters & Blooms Collection.  You'll find four bundles of products in this collection and today we introduce two of them: the Blooming Essentials Bundle and the Flutters Bundle.

These products can be purchased in the shop on April 29 individually or in bundles (at a discount!).

In the Blooming Essentials Bundle, you'll find a must-have Thank You Stamp Set, a Word Die Set, a gorgeous flower Cover Plate and a set of Layered Tag Dies.

These useful add-ons will work perfectly with the other products in this collection and will make great craft room staples.  This one is a must have!

The Bloomin' Essentials Bundle Includes:

  • Flower Burst Cover Plate
  • Big Thanks Stamp Set
  • Layered Tags Dies
  • Happy Thanks Word Dies

View all these products and card making projects on THIS FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM!

How about this giant butterfly stamp from the Wings of Joy Stamp Set!? It's GORGEOUS! Not only does it look amazing stamped with ink to paper, but it's begging to be used with various inking techniques. You can bet there will be a video coming exploring all the ways to use this fabulous stamp.

The color scheme from our Spa Collection is an easy jump off point and you'll love embellishing your creations with the coordinating Mission Sequins. 

If you are a pattern and butterfly lover, this bundle is for you!

The Flutters Bundle includes:

  • Wings of Joy Stamp Set
  • Wings of Joy Dies
  • Beehive Background Stamp 
  • Painted Stripe Background Stamp
  • Flutters & Blooms Patterned Paper
  • Layered Blooms Dies
  • Mission Sequins

Join us Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Facebook Live to see all the products up close!

Thanks for joining me for the reveal festivities…it's great to have something to look forward to, right? Sending hugs! CP

Introducing the Flutters and Blooms Collection!

Catherine General

Flowers and Butterflies…we can't get enough of them! They are fans favorites for card making and offer a great deal of versatility for your projects. 

Naturally, we thought this spring would be a perfect time to offer a whole collection centered around flowers and butterflies! Images like this are perfect for words of encouragement or just to say hi which is perfect during this time.

Introducing the Flutters & Blooms Collection

Product Reveals

Over the next few days, we will reveal all the new products with wrap ups and lots of great project photos here on the blog. Mark your Calendars for:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Noon Eastern join us on Facebook for our Live Stream Reveals.

Sunday, April 26 at 8 PM Eastern– Join us on for our weekly YouTube Premiere video.

Monday, April 27 Noon Eastern- Early Ordering opens for StampNation Members.

Monday, April 27 Noon Eastern- Live-a-thon Card Making with Catherine and our Brand Ambassadors on our StampNation Community Facebook Page

Wednesday, April 29 at 9 AM Eastern – ORDERING OPENS!!!

We hope this product release will offer hope and smiles to you during this tough time. We're All in This Together, my friends!

Sending Hugs from the CP Designs Team!

Time to get Stamping with Sursee!

Catherine General

We shared a little sneak of the April Sursee but now that the Club Members have started to receive this month's bundle of goodies, I thought I would share the cards I made with it…I had so much fun with this one!!

The Fun Forest Stamp Set is the heart of the April Sursee and features two layer tree stamps that are 100% right up my alley! Each one has a solid geometric stamp and then patterned second layer. On this card, I decided to mix it up and just use only circles along with the patterned stamps in a contrasting black. I think it's pretty festive!

The My Favorite Sentiments Stamp Set is a wonderful mix and match set. On this card, I made the large “favorite” stamp the star of the show by inking it in a rainbow of colors. The tree on the bottom adds a fun pattern and I just love the black and white with a pop of color look!

This one is a more traditional take on the Fun Forest stamp set. How cute is this simple little card? So bright and cheery and I love the tiny sentiment. You could send this card to so many people…right now, a great choice!

Most of my cards were made with the Basic Sursee but this one I kicked up a notch to the Deluxe version and added in the Favorite Word Die.

This hand-scripted, big and bold word die is a great addition to mix in with the My Favorite Sentiments Set. I used the one solid circle stamp and created a completely different look.

So many possibilities with these stamps and dies. I am sure you will enjoy using them too and don't forget to share with us on social media with #clubsursee.

Oh, and one more thing, basic members, if you want to get your hands on this word die, you will be able to soon! Keep your eyes peeled in the special Club Sursee members only area of the shop and you can pop that in to your next order. (while supplies last)

Not a subscriber yet? Jump in now and get May's shipment! The upcoming Sursee coordinates perfectly with our Forever 13 Collection. You're going to LOVE it!

LYLAS! Composition Sentiments and Background Stamp

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink

Oh, the memories of doodling all over school notebooks…slipping notes to friends in class and signing them with all of the mantras of our youth…LYLAS!! Love you like a sister!!

This was the inspiration for the Composition Sentiments Stamp Set and Composition Background Stamp.

Made to finish off the composition book look, the Composition Sentiment Stamp Set has a ruled line label to pop over the Composition Background Stamp.

Choose the classic black for the background stamp or choose a more modern twist. These notebooks now come in a variety of colors which can be so much fun for your card front!

Each sentiment font is designed in just the right size to fit on the lines of the label, creating a cute message for a friend. The Spiral Notebook Border Die adds a fun touch with that “fresh-from-the-notebook” look!

The coordinating Composition Label Dies are also a handy addition to this bundle of goodies for card making perfection. If these images bring you fond memories, you will love sending cards made with them to friends from your youth. I have several people in mind who would really get a kick out of one of these…friends forever!

Cards that POP! with We’re All in This Together Download

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, General, Shaker Card

We're All in This Together…I have been using this sentiment on just about every card I've been making lately! If you haven't grabbed it yet, it's a FREE download in our shop right now. Add one to your cart, download it to your computer and print it at any size as many times as you'd like.

In this YouTube Video, I made five more cards with the download and used colors and images that POP! I had a lot of fun and hope you are inspired!

Do you have a favorite from these five cards?

I LOVE this pineapple with the tropical flowers! Try ink blending on the stamp to create interest. I love the bright colors on this card!

I love the color palette on these cards, it really POPS!! Samba, Coral Cabana, Tiara, Melon Ice, All That Jazz, Something Borrowed.

Two of the cards were stamped following a light pencil line I drew on the card using a circle die and our round block as a guide.

Thanks for visiting the blog today, I hope you are inspired!

Check out these Ink Pads!

Catherine General

Catherine Pooler Inks come in 58 colors in three Color Collections:

  • Party Collection- highly saturated, vibrant colors
  • Spa Collection – sophisticated, muted colors
  • Neutrals Collection – black, greys and browns

Shown here are some of our gorgeous Party Collection Colors. Our inks are perfect for many techniques such as Ink Blending, Direct-to-paper and Water Flicking.

They also ink up easily, just a couple taps on the ink pad will give you great coverage and a fabulous stamped image.

Did you know we have ink swatch downloads? You can find them here:

Purchase the inks individually or in one of our color bundles for a discount! Don't forget your ink refills, too!

Grab some of our fabulous inks, a pack of our super bright white, smooth cardstock and get stamping!