How Do You Like Your Coffee? National Coffee Day Blog Hop


Here at Catherine Pooler Designs, we certainly are lovers of coffee! When it comes to creating product with a hot drink theme, we have a soft spot! I guess you could say we take our coffee with paper and ink. We were super excited to participate and sponsor the National Coffee Day Blog Hop.

These cards feature our Fall Calls for Lattes Stamp Set and Dies. We took the images and added some holiday patterned paper and stamped holly to create seasonal cards. The Holiday Cheer Sentiments Stamp Set worked great.

These cards also features the Fall Calls for Lattes Stamp Set and were done two ways. Using the same elements and color combo, Erika laid them out slightly differently. Which do you like best?

The Coffee Shop Stamp Set is another perk-y pick for your hot drink cards and projects. This set features big bold sentiments, a top view latte, and travel mug images. There are so many ways to mix and match the stamps.

A bit of ink and “coffee splatter” or a chalk board card with today's “fresh brewed” specials? It's fun to try different techniques with inks or embossing powder to get a different effect on your card. Both of these feature the same colors as well, but done in completely different ways!

Our newest coffee cutie is the Holiday Mug Shots Stamp Set! This one hit the shop this month and is just in time to celebrate National Coffee Day.

Santa, Rudolf and a Snowman- coloring the line art mugs is super fun with whatever medium you prefer and you can arrange them in so many ways. These two cards feature the Cookies for Santa 12×12 Patterned Paper on their backgrounds.

Thanks for stopping here as part of the National Coffee Day Blog Hop! Comment below by Thursday, October 5th at 9am Eastern with your favorite coffee set from for a chance to WIN that Stamp Set and the coordinating dies! A random commenter will be chosen and posted here on the blog, Friday, October 6th.

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Use Classic Products with NEW!


Hello friends! Erika here with another blog take-over! When the Holiday Mug Shots hit the Cluhouse, I couldn't wait to stamp, color and die cut them! I made a bag full and then got to my craft table to see what I could make!

I wanted to make a few tags and also some cards and went into my crafty CP stash to see what other products I thought might work well in upping my card and tag making game!

Party Tag Dies

The Party Tag Dies has a great sized tag die. This one worked great for my stripe tags. I cut paper strips with the Mod Strips Cover Plate and some on my paper trimmer and used the direct to paper method to color them. I added a lot of splatter with ink and metallic watercolor paint.

Ho Ho Ho Word Die & Holiday One Liners

Subbing out a mug for a “O” just felt like the right thing to do! The Ho Ho Ho Word Die has a background layer I cut from patterned paper. I found a little dot on my desk (from one of the tags I cut out) and made Rudolf his very own red nose! The sentiment from Holiday One Liners felt just perfect for this whimsical card!

Jack Frost Cover Plate Die

What goes better with snowmen than snowflakes? I ink blended a panel and cut it out with the Jack Frost Cover Plate Die. I added more splatter to help with the icy feel of this card's background.

Tree Trimmings Die

The Tree Trimmings Die makes a perfect wreath and focal point for your card. I was able to fit the sentiment from Seasonal Mix Stamp Set into the center which I embossed in WOW! Copper EP. I ink blended the back panel in With and Olive and popped up my die cut layer with foam tape to give some dimension. This olive green mug works perfectly for a cozy card full of comfort and joy!

Patterned Paper Holiday Cards with Ashlee McGregor


Creating holiday cards with patterned paper is always a winner! The Cookies & Milk Paper was made to work great with our Holiday Mug Shots Stamp Set and comes with a “built in” color combo to get you started!

Ashlee stamped and colored her Mug Shots images with colors coordinating with her inks. She used a piece of paper for her background and then simply added a layer with her sentiment from the Seasonal Mix Sentiments Stamp Set. This card layout is simple and great for multiple cards.

Using the same basic elements, Ashlee created this card with a different sheet as her background. This time she changed the layout to landscape and used three mugs to embellish her design.

Ashlee switched from a round focal point to using the Ruffles and Dashes dies to make oblong layers. She added in two layers of patterned paper and one of the larger sentiments.

On her last card, Ashlee kicked up the design by using two different patterns of paper and adding a tag and twine. She used the Party Tag Dies for her focal point. From super simple to a bit more pizzaz, these cards are all super cute and extra colorful, thanks to the Cookies & Milk Patterned Paper.

Baking Spirits Bright was Amazing Because of YOU!


We can't believe that after months of planning and preparing, our Baking Spirits Bright Virtual Retreat is over. All of the participants had a blast digging into their supply boxes and getting tons of inspiration and ideas from our instructor sessions.

Two people baking cookies in kitchen

BIG Thanks!

We had so much fun from start to finish with this event! I want to thank my team for all their hard work in planning each detail. There was so much love in designing our Stamp of Approval-inspired box of goodies. The team took such care in packing up the boxes- all the way down to the custom packing tape from our friends at Sticker Mule!

We want to send a HUGE Thank You to all of our talented and creative instructors! Every session was packed with ideas, even Erika and I learned so much. During the sessions, I made lists on post-it notes of the things I learned and I just about went through an entire pack! Watching other folks walk through their creative process step-by-step is a great way to pick up on great tricks and learn new techniques.

graphic with photos of instructors for a virtual event

Most of all, thanks to all of YOU, who participated and for all your excitement and encouraging feedback. From the packing and shipping to the learning and making- this retreat was “baked with love” from start to finish!

Holiday Mug Shots with Coffee Queen Amy Tsuruta!


Amy Tsuruta, host of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog, is all about creating with hot drink stamps and dies so we just had to send her the Holiday Mug Shots Stamp Set to try!

This stamp set and coordinating dies also works great with the Cookies & Milk Patterned Paper. Using the paper color combo is a fun place to start when coloring your images.

Amy pulled in her Notecard Frames and Tags Dies and the Scallops and Dots Dies to make layers for this card. She used the NEW With an Olive Ink Pad and On the Lake Ink Pad on the frame and her sentiment. Super cute trio of mugs!

On this card, Amy also pulled her Marquise Slimline Cover Plate Die into the mix. I like the texture and interest it adds to her card. The plaid from the Cookies & Milk Patterned Paper is festive as the background layer!

Go pink! The pink snowflake pattern was a must in this paper pack! Cutting a variety of circles from the paper, Amy created a wreath motif for this card. Amy used the Seasonal Mix Sentiments and embossed it in the center as a perfect greeting.

Do you love making holiday drink themed cards like these? What's your favorite hot drink for the season? Tell us in the comments below!

Hot Foil Must-Knows with Carissa Wiley!


Guest Designer Carissa Wiley knows Hot Foil! We called upon her to take some of our newest Hot Foiling Products and create this super educational Youtube video sharing the Must-Knows about Hot Foil!

Carissa used our Let Us Adore Him Hot Foil Plates and Dies to create beautiful Christmas images and sentiments. These images will look stunning in a variety of foils, so you can customize the colors and textures on your foiled images.

She demonstrates how to make these two cards for the holidays. I loved watching her directly Hot Foil the entire Holy Branches Cover Plate Die by using the Large Rectangle Hot Foil Plate. What a gorgeous effect!

Carissa used vellum and ink blending to create a lovely ray of light focal point on her nativity card. She combined the Let Us Adore Him Stamps with the Hot Foiled manger and star.

To see the whole step-by-step video and learn all the “must-knows” of Hot Foiling, check out the video tutorial over on my YouTube Channel here!

Holiday De-Lights is Now in the Shop!


Fill your card making and holiday project season with De-Lights! The Holiday De-Lights Collection is available now in the shop to purchase all your favorites!

Don't forget to check out our bundle options for easy mix and match crafting and to save! The “I Want it All” Bundle is a $26 savings this month- which basically means your NEW With an Olive and On the Lake Inks and Refills are FREE!

Now, that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit!

Check out our Holiday De-Lights InstaHop going on now for card making inspiration and a chance to win a $50 gift card to the CPD shop just for following the hoppers and commenting along the way! You can start @catherinepooler Instagram page and see the full list of hoppers!

CLICK HERE to head over to the shop and see the full Holiday De-Lights Collection!

Holiday Cards Call for HOT FOIL! Holiday De-Lights Collection


Create a Nativity themed Christmas cards this year with the Let Us Adore Him Bundle. Make elegant cards with the Holy Branches Cover Plate and nativity characters in the Let Us Adore Him Stamp Set and dies. This pairing is perfect for creating batches of cards to send or gift to a friend. Foil lovers add the coordinating Holiday De-Lights Foil Bundle for more mix and match options.

Let Us Adore Him Bundle

    • Let Us Adore Him Stamp Set  6×8
    • Let Us Adore Him Dies
    • Holy Branches Cover Plate Die 
    Kristie Goulet

    The Let Us Adore Him Stamp Set and Dies features patterned shadow stamps depicting Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus, the three wisemen, shepherd and an angel. Here, Kristie used the Holy Branches Cover Plate with her embossing sandwich on her die cutting machine to emboss the image.

    Kristie Goulet

    The shadow images look beautiful against this blended night sky. This beautiful Christmas stamp set also includes sentiments with lyrics from some of our favorite carols.

    Holiday De-Lights Hot Foil Add-on Bundle

    • Let Us Adore Him Hot Foil Plates and Dies
    • Dotted Frames Hot Foil Plates
    Carissa Wiley

    Guest Designer, Carissa, created a fantastic tutorial foiling video with this bundle which will premiere on our YouTube later this week. She will give you all the tricks and tips for adding foil details and taking your holiday cards to the next shiny level!!

    All of these products hit the shop Wednesday, September 13th! Your holiday card making season is going to be fabulous!

    Create a Jar Full of Joy with the Holiday De-Lights Collection


    It's time to get into the holiday spirit with the Jar Full of Joy Bundle. This bundle, from our Holiday De-Lights Collection coming 9.13, features the Jar Full of Joy Stamps and dies along with the Piping Practice Borders. Use the border stamps along with the cookie and candy stamps to create sweet holiday treat cards. This bundle is also perfect for tags for holiday baked goods gifting!

    Jar Full of Joy Bundle

    • Jar Full of Joy Stamp Set 6×8
    • Jar Full of Joy Dies
    • Piping Practice Borders Stamp Set

    Purchase the bundle and get a discount!

    Ilina Crouse

    The Jar Full of Joy Dies gives options for creating shaker cards as well as fun layering options like Ilina did here. She nestled all of the sweet confections inside the jar and popped the layer on top giving depth and interest.

    Ilina Crouse

    Here she made a traditional shaker and even used some of the candy and cookies with the Lapland Sequins as shaker elements.

    Ilina Crouse

    Get creative! Ilina used a cookie stamp and the marshmallow to make this cute snowman card! The Piping Practice borders are the perfect addtion.

    Ilina Crouse

    Use just the secondary image elements in the stamp set as your main star! This color features our NEW With an Olive and On the Lake Ink colors and is a great design!

    Now is a great time to join StampNation! Members get to order a day early, and with this release, we'll pop a free jar of sequins into every order placed during early ordering! wooot! Learn more about membership benefits here.

    No Shaking!! Santa is Watching- Holiday De-Lights Collection


    Holiday tag making is in the bag this year with the No Shaking Bundle! This bundle of tag-making supplies are also perfect for cards and other paper projects and works perfectly with the Mug Shots Stamp Set we revealed yesterday.

    No Shaking Bundle

    • No Shaking Sentiments Stamp Set
    • No Shaking Tag Dies
    • Holiday De-Lights Patterned Paper
    • Lapland Sequin Mix

    Start with the No Shaking Sentiments Stamp Set and No Shaking Tag Dies and add in the Holiday De-Lights Patterned Paper and coordinating Lapland Sequins and let the holiday projects begin!

    The No Shaking Tag Dies are the perfect shapes and sizes for embellishing your holiday packages or also can be cute additional elements for cards. These dies coordinate with the No Shaking Sentiments Stamp Set but on their own, are super cute! This set of 5 tag dies feature a tree, package and ornament shape.

    Amanda Fitterer

    Why not use the No Shaking Tag Dies to make a shape on your card front and go tag-free! This card by Amanda is just perfect and the icon stamps from the No Shaking Sentiments tops it off just right!

    All products go in the shop on September 13 at 9am and we'll be live this week on Facebook and Youtube at Noon Eastern, see you then!

    Hot Drinks For Everyone! Holiday Mug Shots Bundle


    It's release week at Catherine Pooler Designs, and our Holiday Collection for 2023 has something for everyone on your card making list! Today we're revealing the products from the Cookies & Milk Bundle which goes on sale on September 13 at 9am Eastern.

    If your favorite part of the holiday season is hot drinks and baking cookies, then the Cookies & Milk Bundle may be your favorite! Featuring the Holiday Mug Shots Stamp Set and dies and the Cookies and Milk Patterned Paper, this bundle is ready for stacks of holiday cards.

    Cookies & Milk Bundle

    • Holiday Mug Shots Stamp Set
    • Holiday Mug Shots Dies
    • Seasonal Mix Sentiments Stamp Set
    • Cookies & Milk Patterned Paper
    • Patagonia Sequin Mix 

    Purchase the entire bundle and have fabulous products that were created to work together and you'll get a discount! Or mix and match and choose your favorites. The choice is yours!

    This holiday themed mug stamp set features all your favorite winter friends- Santa, Rudolf, Snowman and even the Gingerbread man. This super cute stamp set is perfect for cozy cards and projects. The Seasonal Mix Sentiments round out the bundle perfectly.

    Don't forget to leave out the Cookies & Milk for Santa!  The Cookies & Milk Patterned Paper pack is a sweet mix of holiday patterns and prints. From sugar cookie patterns, sweater patterns and even the sprinkles- this pack has a great variety. Cookies & Milk coordinates with our Patagonia Sequin Mix!

    Amanda Fitterer

    Pop one of the mugs over a patterned paper background for a simple layout. You could easily mass produce this card for the holidays and interchange the paper patterns and mugs!

    Amanda Fitterer

    Add an extra touch with a tag! Coloring the mugs is so much fun and can be done with blender pens or your favorite markers. Use the color combo from the Cookies & Milk paper for inspiration!

    Amanda Fitterer

    Don't forget the secondary stamps! The little cookie stamps in this set are perfect for building a background. Amanda used one of the large sentiments from Seasonal Mix as the focal point for this one-layer card.

    We'll see you right back here tomorrow with another bundle reveal!!!

    Don’t forget the Cookies for Santa! NEW 12×12 Paper


    Every year, we dive deep into our holiday spirits and put together a collection with a mix of themes for every card maker. This year, the over arching feeling was to fill your hearts (and tummies) with all the joys of the season.

    The Holiday De-Lights Collection is about delightful elements like holiday baking and decorating, sharing a hot mug of your favorite holiday drink, carefully wrapping up your gifts and remembering the reason for the season.

    Want to create custom holiday gift bag or boxes that coordinate with your holiday cards? Excited to scrapbook pages with your holiday photos? Then let us introduce Cookies for Santa 12×12 Patterned Paper! With patterns of gingerbread men and cutters, ornaments and rolling pins and whisks- this pack is bringing the holiday spirit!

    Our 12×12 pack features 2 sheets each of 12 unique designs and uses the festive color combo of Cotton Candy, Rouge, With an Olive, Sea Glass, Tranquil, and On the Lake. This pack was designed to coordinate with the Cookies & Milk 6×6 Paper Pack with its holiday baking and decorating theme.

    Stay tuned to the blog this week for the reveal of the coordinating products for our Cookies for Santa and Cookies and Milk Patterned Paper Packs! We'll also share inspiration and projects on Facebook and Instagram (see the Catherine Pooler accounts). We'll be live on Facebook and Youtube Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    All new products hit the shop on September 13th!

    It’s Christmas! New Ink is Coming!


    I don't know about you, but nothing gives me that Christmas morning feeling more than breaking open a brand new shade of CP ink! That first swipe is so exciting as the color reveals itself and soaks into the paper. It just never gets old for me.

    New for the Holidays 2023, Introducing With an Olive and On the Lake!

    These two NEW Spa Inks are gorgeous and the perfect additions to the Spa Family Color Wheel! We can't wait for you to get your hands on them on September 13!

    With an Olive is a gorgeous, muted yellow-green that falls between Lemongrass and Green Tea on the Color Wheel. With an Olive will give you more options for layered stamping and is a trending color you're going to love!

    Serene, cool and as blissful as your favorite lake-side view!  On the Lake is a close cousin to Stone Blue. This Spa Blue is a lightly muted shade that coordinates beautifully with just about any color.  Ink blend between with Tranquil and Juniper Mist for a lovely ombre effect.

    With new inks, we also needed some new Embossing Glitters! Check out the With an Olive and On the Lake Embossing Glitters from WOW! These custom blends were made to coordinate with the inks and will look amazing embossed over the ink or just directly on your cardstock.

    New products go on sale on September 13 at 9am Eastern. Product reveals will be here on the blog each day and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for project ideas and inspiration!

    StampNation Members get to order early on Tuesday, September 12 at Noon Eastern. All early orders on 9/12 will also receive a FREE jar of sequins! Learn more about membership here.

    New Ink Coming Soon!


    Our last ink release was in May with Cotton Candy! It's our lightest pink in the Party Collection of inks and has been oh-so popular!

    You may be wondering when our next ink release is going to be…well, friend, you don't have long to wait! On September 13, our 2023 Holiday Collection will hit the shop and is going to showcase TWO new ink colors! We'll be saying hello to gorgeous shades that will fit into our line perfectly and you'll be able to purchase the Full-Sized Ink Pad, the Ink Refill, AND the Mini Ink Pad in both colors!

    Stay tuned to the blog, Instagram, and Facebook for all the reveals! We'll share Sneak Peeks of the colors on Instagram and encourage you to guess the names. Add your guess and be entered to WIN both colors (pad, refill, and mini!).

    Join us on Wednesday, September 6 for the reveals of our new colors and the first looks at a few of our upcoming Holiday products. We'll be giving away more ink on this Youtube live stream, hope you'll tune in! Can't WAIT!!!!

    Check out the How-To for these Feeling Fall Cards!


    I was on a card making roll with our Feeling Fall Collection! Erika and I created a bunch of cards using a variety of techniques on Facebook. Take a look at what I made and click the links for the full how-to!

    These featured Copic coloring and some Hot Foil accents!

    I created these patterned paper beauties here!

    This pair of quick cards with Bushel and a Peck Patterned paper were super fun!

    See these two step-by-step here!

    Visit the shop to see all the new products for Fall and Halloween, or check the links below for specific products.