Elegant White Glitter Embossed Christmas Card

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Stamp of Approval, Videos

Our Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection is live in the shop!  You can hop over here and grab your box now.  Once you purchase your box, you'll receive an email with a Project Guide with more than 30 projects and the instructions on how to create them.  You'll be a whipping up holiday cards left and right!

This card was inspired by Eva…she was stamping last week and told me she wanted to make a card with sparkly white bows.  I told her to give it a try, but didn't have high hopes.  White sparkly bows on white cardstock…I didn't think it would show up well.

About 30 mins later, she came back with GORGEOUS stamped bells with white glittery bows.  (She still needs to get this video up on Instagram!). 

I was inspired and set out to make a white glittery embossed tree.  

The pictures do NOT do this card justice!  It's really hard to get a good photo….hopefully you can see it better in the video!

I used the Direct to Paper Technique to create Fiesta Blue cardstock, cut out my sentiment and adhered it to the card front.

Simple. Elegant.  Glittery.  

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you are inspired!

Hop Winners!

Catherine Winners

It's been a super fun release week and now we're ready to announce some fun for 7 lucky winners!

First, thank you to everyone that commented on the Creative Team (and my own!) blogs, videos and Instagram posts.  It means a ton to us when you leave us notes!

All winners, please email support@catherinepooler.com to claim your prize.

We have three $25 Gift Certificates from the Instagram hop:

  • @waterlily57
  • @flo_craft_studio
  • @nc_eliz


We have three $25 Gift Certificates from the Blog hop:

  • Paige Green
  • Brandy Duncan
  • Vicki Smith

And the final winner is from our video hop and will win the Home for the Holidays Collection!

  • Michele Christensen

Congratulations my friends!






Non-traditional Christmas Color Combo with Lisa

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Holiday, Stamp of Approval

Hi everyone, Lisa here!  I'm so happy to be invited back to Catherine's blog.   If you're like me you've been super busy working on your holiday cards.   I have around 50 to make and send each year so I start making them a couple months early.  

What better place to start than with this year's festive Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection?   For today's card I decided to set aside the traditional Christmas colors.  Instead of Rockin' Red and Grass Skirt I dialed it up a notch with It's a Girl and Lime Rickey.  Now those are some bright fun colors!

Card front:
I started by embossing a 4 x 5 1/2″ card front using the Cozy Borders stamp set, clear Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. I lined up four of the borders on my MISTI stamping tool to create a background stamp. There are so many fun pattern combinations you can make with these borders. After embossing I did some ink blending over the top using It'a a Girl ink. The clear embossing resisted the color and revealed a bright white pattern. It looks like a cozy warm sweater doesn't it? Next, I used the large 2 1/8″ circle die from the Sugar Cookies add-on die set to cut a circle over to the lower right hand side of the embossed card front.

Card base:
Using the finished piece as a template, I temporarily positioned it on top of the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ side folded horizontal card base. I traced the circle lightly with a pencil to use as a guide for my sentiment placement. I then stamped the “Jingle all the Way” sentiment from the Festive Trimmings stamp set inside the circle using Black Jack ink. I erased the pencil marks and then adhered the embossed card front to the card base using dimensional tape.

Now for the fun part!! That circle was just begging for a wreath so I stamped each of the two pine branches from the Festive Trimmings stamp set five times. Then I heat embossed the jingle bell 5 times using Versamark ink and silver embossing powder. I diecut all of these small images with the Festive Trimming's coordinating add-on dies then adhered them around the circle with liquid glue.

That's my card for today. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope to be back soon but until then, have fun with those holiday cards and happy stamping!

Collage Style Stamping with Chrissie

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Holiday, Stamp of Approval

Hi! Chrissie here today!  Christmas is in the air… Already! I always get excited about crafting for the holidays and the newest Stamp of Approval, Home for the Holidays, completely nailed it for me!

To start, trim a piece of Premium White cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11 inches, and score at 5 1/2 to make a top folding card. Trim another piece to 4 x 5 1/4. This will be the front panel we will work with!

On another piece of Premium White, add some Easy-Cut Adhesive to the back. Do the same with the Midnight cardstock. If you don't have that (or Stick-It or any type of sticker-maker paper), this is not required! Don't sweat it. You can just add adhesive after we die cut. I add it before to the thinner and intricate dies, but you can use liquid adhesive or whatever works for you! Die cut “Merry Christmas” out of both the Premium White and Midnight cardstock, then set aside.

It's time to stamp! Start stamping, to create a holiday ‘collage!' Stamp the holly, evergreen, heart, poinsettia, sprigs; all of it! Cluster it together, to get it the way you want.

Now it's time to add those beautiful die cuts to the panel. Add the black piece first. This is a very thin die cut, so I used my tweezers to help me hold it in place and get it in the right spot on the panel. Add the white die cut, just a hair off of the black. We want the black to show through, just a little bit, to pop that white and really show it off!

To complete the card, adhere the panel to the card base.

That's it! Easy peasy!

Thank you so much for having me today Catherine!!!!


Clean, Simple & Mass Producible with Kristie

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Holiday, Stamp of Approval

Hi everyone, Kristie here sharing a card using goodies from the Home for the Holidays SOA release.
The Cozy Borders & Holiday Mix stamp sets are fun, staple stamp sets to have in your stash to create amazing Holiday cards.
My card is clean, simple and easy to reproduce for mass production.  To create my card, I stamped the three different borders onto my card panel.  Then I trimmed the panel down and added a strip of glitter card stock to the side and attached it to my card base.
The sentiment was stamped and white heat embossed onto a circle that was die cut using the Sugar Cookies die set.  I popped this up using dimensional adhesive and trimmed off any that hung off the side.
This versatile design can get you through all of your seasonal card making.  Change out the sentiment for holiday thank you cards, winter birthdays or even Valentine's Day.  
Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Home for the Holidays Video Hop

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos

The Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection is in the shop!  Click here to order.

We are sold out of a lot of our new goodies and add-ons, but restock orders have been placed, so let's cross our fingers for a quick delivery!

We had a video hop this week, did you catch it?  Here is my video…

CLICK HERE to visit this video on Youtube and hop along.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel and click the little bell next to it for updates and notifications when we add new videos and go live!

Have a great day, friend!

Home for the Holidays Blog Hop Day! Stamp of Approval Release

Catherine Christmas, CPD Ink, Stamp of Approval

Welcome to our Creative Team Blog Hop celebrating the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection!

This hop is FULL of fabulous products using the stamps and dies in this collection on our blogs.  Be sure to read through to the end, then hop along leaving comments on the blogs for your chance to win!

If you've missed our product reveals, click here to view the Youtube Live episodes and videos to see all the products that will arrive on your doorstep tucked in our special SOA box and wrapped with care.

The Home for the Holidays Collection includes stamps with folk-inspired ornamental icons, Christmas cookies, classic knit-feel borders, an elegant Christmas tree, bells & bows, along with staple, go-to holiday sentiments for all your holiday trimings:

  • three 4 x 6 stamp sets
  • one 4×6 sentiment stamp set
  • one 4×6 border stamp set
  • one set of tag dies
  • one layered word die
  • three exclusive embossing glitters (when you purchase your collection, you can also add extra glitters to your order if you are planning a very sparkly holiday!)

We also have two sets of “cookie cutter” dies for the decorated cookies and the Christmas tree sets that you can add on to your collection.

Those that purchase the collection can also add additional jars of Embossing Glitter to their order.  Can I hear a WOOHOOO?

ORDERING:  Our collections sometimes sell out really quickly, so be sure you are on the WAIT LIST so you can grab your collection Wednesday morning!

Oh, by the way, it's Erika, here!  

When I saw CP's cards she made for today, I could hear jingle bells…all the way! (What does that mean, anyhow??) I grabbed two cards off of her desk and just went nuts!  I always loved a good compare and contrast assignment in school, so she let me come in to share all about these beauties.

One of the best things of our SOA collections is that we work hard to make the pieces compliment each other, so you can mix-and-match 'til your heart's content!  The Home for the Holidays Collection is no exception.  These stamps, dies and extras all together, make beautiful carols together!

These two cards use stamps from Festive Trimmings Stamp Set, Christmas Cookies Stamp Set, and the Holiday Mix Sentiment sets.  Catherine also used the thinnest cut-out from the Merry Christmas word die cut from Midnight Card.  

This is where it gets HOLLY and JOLLY!  Using different techniques and ink colors produce two completely different looks!  One is traditional, classic and beautiful (that's the holly) where the other is modern, sparkly, and has a non-traditional color twist (yep, the jolly)!

On this card, she just used the “Christmas” die cut and mixed in a stamped “Happy” from the Holiday Mix Sentiment Set.  Using a classic palette of Lime Rickey, Rockin' Red, Grass Skirt, and some Melon Ice pops; Catherine created a cool angled decorative background with floral elements from the Holiday Trimmings Set.

How about that sweet little border at the bottom?  So cute!  It's from the Cozy Borders Stamp Set from this collection as well.

Can you even with that little bird?  As a Christmas cookie, he is precious, but color him in and he takes on a whole other personality.  Here he feels folky and sweet, don'tcha think?


On the second card, Catherine went for a different take.  Seriously, I cannot decide which I like best!

On this card she created a watercolor technique background with Party Dress, Lime Rickey, and Aquatini.  The tone-on-tone effect with the snowflakes is so pretty and who doesn't love ink splatter?  The die cute Merry left from the card above, fit in here perfectly.

For the background, she edged the card stock with Versamark and embossed with Wanderlust to create her own faux glitter paper.  All the white space with those pops of a bright, alternative color scheme give this card it's modern feel.

Aren't they both so pretty?!  No matter which is more your style, holly or jolly, you can easily take the elements from the Home for the Holidays SOA and make holiday magic!  

So tell me…which one is YOUR favorite??  

Leave a comment for the chance of winning one of 3 random winners chosen to receive $25 Gift Certificate to the shop. 

Winners announced Sept. 24th right here on the blog.


Have fun!

Home for the Holidays Product Reveal Day #3: Christmas Cookies!

Catherine CP Designs, Holiday, Stamp of Approval

FRIENDS!  Today is the last product reveal day!

If you've missed any of the fun, reveals, peeks and products:

  • CLICK HERE for the YouTube Playlist where you'll see everything
  • CLICK HERE to see the Pinterest Board for samples


Here are the products I'm revealing today:

  • Holiday Mix Sentiments Stamp Set *included in the collection
  • Christmas Cookies Stamp Set *included in the collection
  • Rockin' Red Embossing Glitter *included in the collection
  • Lime Rickey Embossing Glitter *included in the collection
  • Something Borrowed Embossing Glitter *included in the collection
  • Sugar Cookies Dies Add-on
  • Large (LARGE!) acrylic block

CHRISTMAS COOKIES!!!  I am head over heels for this stamp set and coordinating dies!  The images can be used alone, or stamped like they are icing on a Christmas Cookie!  I think it's pretty genius.

Gingerbread Cookies:  Stamp in white or white emboss the images on Chocolate cardstock.

Sugar Cookies:  Stamp them in color on Sand Dunes cardstock and leave as-is, or pour Embossing Glitter over the images and heat set.  This will give the look of colored icing and with the glitter, you'll have glitter icing!  How FUN!

EMBOSSING GLITTERS!  Wooot!  Our amazing friends at WOW embossing matched 3 special embossing glitters to our fabulous ink.  You'll find these glitters in our shop in 2019, but now purchasing them in the collection is the only way to get them.

If you are purchasing the Stamp of Approval Collection, you'll be able to add additional glitters to your order.

Stamp the images in color and use as a background or die cut and add to a card.  On this one, I stamped twice before reinking.  This gave the look of using two different shades of the same color ink – also called Second Generation stamping.

Stamp the images in black on watercolor cardstock and color in with Blender Pens or Water Brushes.

Using the 2 Way Glue Pen and Glass Slipper Glitter gave a fabulous sparkle to this darling angel!

Let's talk about this bird.  Seriously.  I love him SO much and after I made about 15 cards with this collection, I realized I added him to 5 of those cards!  He goes with everything.  

and he's really fun and really easy to color!  

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  We are coming down to the wire here and the release is VERY soon!  SQUEAL!!  Here is the rundown of the rest of the pre-release festivities.

Instagram Hop on Sunday – begin on my Instagram account

Blog Hop on Monday – begin right here on my blog

Video hop on Tuesday – begin on my YouTube channel

Pre-release Party and early ordering with StampNation Tuesday, 9 pm Eastern– we seriously have so much fun and we'd love for you to join us!   There's still time to become a member and get in on the party.  Click here for info on Membership.

Wait List Ordering Opens Wednesday, 9 am easternclick here to add your name to the list.

***Catherine Pooler Designs is headquartered in Raleigh, NC and Hurricane Florence has paid a visit.  Above is the anticipated schedule.  Shipping may be delayed, depending on damage and flooding situations in central NC.  We'll keep you posted!

Thank you so much for all your well wishes, we love our Tribe!  xoxox

Home for the Holidays Product Reveal Day #2: Tiny Tags and Cozy Borders

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Stamp of Approval

It’s almost time!  Only FIVE more sleeps until the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval goes on sale to the wait list!  (if you aren’t on the wait list yet, click here to grab your spot!)

If you’re a StampNation Member, you are invited to join us the night before for our Pre-Release PJ Party on Tuesday at 9 pm eastern…lots of stamping shenanigans will be had, along with games and prizes.  

That's not all!   We’ll also open ordering early that night for members.  SQUEAL!!! Not only do they get to order early, but we make sure to ship them out first which is a great perk for our members!

Before ordering opens, we have lots of inspiration following our product reveals.  Today and tomorrow we'll reveal the products you haven't seen yet, then we'll have fun with:

  • Instagram Hop on Sunday
  • Blog Hop on Monday
  • Video Hop on Tuesday

Ready for more product reveals?  Let me introduce you to:

  • Cozy Borders Stamp Set
  • Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
  • Tiny Tags Dies


How much do you LOVE the Sand Castle Ink stamped on Sand Dunes Cardstock?  It's GORGEOUS and gives a rustic feel to your holiday card making.  The little stamps in the Tiny Wishes Stamp Set are so darling and there are tons of ways to use them.  

This card is simple with a Grass Skirt layer and three simple borders stamped in the center.  I used selective stamping (just inked part of the stamp) and finished it off with a cute Tiny Tag and “joy” from the Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

I love the traditional red and green with a pop of Aquatini at the bottom.

The next card says Holiday Sweater and nordic lodge all at once to me!  I want to curl up in front of the fire with a blanket that looks like this, are you with me?

I stamped three different borders in Rockin' Red across the white cardstock, added a strip of Sand Dunes Cardstock and finished it off with a sentiment.

What?  You haven't seen those sentiments before?  You're right…stay tuned tomorrow and I'll show you where those came from.  You're gonna love it!

The last card has a festive bough stamped with stamps from the Festive Trimmings Stamp Set that you met yesterday.  This was stamped on a 3-1/2 x 4-3/4″ layer adorned with a  Tiny Tag and that cute little bird in the heart.  I love this look!

Are your creative wheels spinning?  When your collection hits your doorstep, you're going to have so many projects to make, your family may not see you for a while!  Don't forget your Project Guide…it will be emailed to you after you purchase.  You're welcome!  🙂

until tomorrow…

Home for the Holidays SOA Product Reveal Day #1: Festive Trimmings and Merry Christmas Die

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, Embossing, Stamp of Approval

Welcome to our first Product Reveal Day!  We are proud to introduce you to the following products:

  • Holiday Trimmings Stamp Set 
  • Merry Christmas Layered Word Dies
  • Holiday Trimmings coordinating Add-on Dies 


The first Christmas card has a very traditional feel with our Sand Dunes Cardstock, Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter and a die cut sentiment in Chocolate.

Look at all that detail on the tree!
The Festive Trimmings Stamp Set has some gorgeous sentiments in it as well, or you can use the gorgeous hand lettered Merry Christmas Layered Sentiments Die.

I used the little bits and pieces we included in the Festive Trimmings stamp set to create this wreath.  First, I traced one of our Round Blocks, then stamped a simple wreath around it with a bough and a poinsettia.

Spruce and Peppermint Stick Inks make this a rustic, traditional feeling Christmas Card. (and yes, the photo above has a sneak peek of another set from this collection!)

We're going from a traditional Christmas Card straight into a very non-traditional Christmas Card!  I used Be Mind, Limoncello and All That Jazz, ran them across watercolor cardstock, then spritzed and let it dry.  This created a really cool blended rainbow backdrop for the fabulous scripty Merry Christmas! (yeah, I snuck in another sneak on this card, too!)
I hope you enjoyed this look at the first few product reveals!  Tomorrow I'll share more!  

Be sure to hop on the Wait List here…adding your name does not commit you to purchase, but it will ensure that you stay up to date on all the happenin's, the creativity and the link to buy on Wednesday!


SOA Theme Announced: Home for the Holidays!

Catherine CP Designs, Stamp of Approval

When I started the wish list for this year's collection, it began with the traditional folk feel of a European Christmas market.  We ended up with a collection of products that are charming and whimsical images right along traditional holiday icons.

If you're new to the SOA Collection concept: Stamp of Approval is our quarterly box of exclusive stamping supplies that is delivered right to your door.

We work for months creating each collection and making sure all the pieces coordinate together to delight you and the lucky recipients of your cards.  Each collection contains stamps and dies (and sometimes other wonderful things – stay tuned…this box has a very special wonderful thing!) that work together to create polished hand made cards and projects.

Our collections usually sell out quickly, so pop your name on the Wait List to be the first to order yours!

The only stampers that get to order before the wait list are StampNation Members.  If you haven't joined us over there yet, click here to learn more.

Over the next three days, I'll show you every product that comes in this quarter's collection.  Once we've revealed all the products and shared some projects, we have three days of more inspiration coming your way.  Be sure to join us for:

  • Instagram Hop on Sunday
  • Blog Hop on Monday
  • Video hop on Tuesday

Tuesday evening we have our traditional Pre-release Party with StampNation Members where we stamp, play games, give prizes and have a whole lot of fun!

Here is our live stream theme reveal, housekeeping, hurricane update and some stamping with Home for the Holidays goodies!



We had a Live Stream with StampNation Members this afternoon.  We shared more product peeks and I made this fun card.  I was thrilled with how it came out!  

Click here to learn more about membership benefits – there's a ton! and you can sign up for a month-to-month subscription (cancel at anytime) or save a bit of cash with a quarterly or annual subscription.

Members- click here to visit the post with the video and photos of my project.

Thanks for sharing in the excitement with us, my friend!

Stamp of Approval is coming!

Catherine Stamp of Approval

The most exciting time of the quarter has arrived!  It's time for our next Stamp of Approval release!

This quarter, we are ready to help you celebrate the holidays in a special way with this fabulous collection of stamps and dies.  (Oh and another product that we'll keep a secret at the moment!)

Here is the Schedule of Events, mark your calendars!

Sept 12 – Theme announcement (and some stamping!), 11 pm eastern on YouTube Live

Special Live Stream with StampNation Members for special peeks – there's still time to start your membership, click here to join.


Sept 13 Product Reveal Day #1 on YouTube Live (2 pm eastern) and the blog

Sept 14 – Product Reveal Day #2 on YouTube Live (2 pm eastern) and the blog  

Sept 15 – Product Reveal Day #3 on YouTube Live (2 pm eastern) and the blog   


Sept 16 – INSTAGRAM HOP – NOON Eastern 

Sept 17 – BLOG HOP – 9 am eastern

Sept 18 – VIDEO HOP – 9 am eastern


Sept 18 – 9 pm eastern – Pre-release Party from the Clubhouse and early ordering with StampNation Members

Sept 19 – Release Day – 9 am for Wait List Members – click here to get your name on the list

– 6 pm eastern general ordering opens

Sept 24 – winners for all hops announced on the blog

This week is going to be FUN!!!  (assuming the hurricane lets us!)


Twisted Sunburst Rainbow with Ardyth

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement, Geometric, Stenciling

Good morning! It's Ardyth and I'm excited to be here on Catherine's blog with this card using stamps dies and the stencil from the latest release.  I love this Twisted Sunburst stencil – you can use it to get so many looks – you can go subtle with a tone-on-tone background, or use versamark with embossing powder, or embossing pastes – or you can go vibrant like I did!



I started by creating my rainbow panel with the stencil and lots of the Party Collection inks. I taped the stencil over my 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 panel and blended outward from the centre, letting it fade towards the edges a bit. I wanted to give it a 3D look and this simple method really makes it look dimensional! I moved around the circle, going back and forth between colours to make sure that I got a good blend. When I was finished, I cut the panel down to 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 and adhered it to a black mat that was cut to 4×4.

On a separate piece of white cardstock, I used midnight ink to stamp the word star before using the matching die to cut it out. I positioned it on my rainbow panel and placed the You're and A stamps where I wanted them before using my MISTI to stamp it.

I popped up the ‘star' using foam tape and stamped the smallest star several times to create some movement.

To finish my card, I glued the completed panel to a white 4 1/4 x 4/14 card base.

I hope that you're enjoying all the new products in this new release – the possibilities are really endless!

Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval is in the shop!!

Catherine Christmas, Stamp of Approval

Christmas has come early! The Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection has been released in the shop!

All week we've been live on Youtube revealing the contents of this collection which includes folk-inspired, traditional, Christmas bits from bitty birds, to adorned boughs.  There are cookies, trees and all the trimmings making this a collection you will come to year after year!

You can follow all the fun by looking through the last week of blog posts –click here to scroll through.

Every Stamp of Approval Collection includes:

  • Holiday Mix Stamp Set
  • Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
  • Tiny Tag Dies
  • Christmas Cookies Stamp Set
  • Cozy Borders Stamp Set
  • Festive Trimmings Stamp Set
  • Merry Christmas Layered Word Dies
  • Embossing Glitter in Rockin' Red, Lime Rickey, and Something Borrowed


The following add-on products are sold out (EEEEP!), have been reordered and are expected to be back in stock the beginning of October:

  • Sugar Cookie Dies
  • Festive Trimmings Dies

Click here to view all the new products in the shop!

Here are some projects from my blog and youtube channel this week – all cards using the stamps and dies from this collection

Click here to grab this collection in the shop!

Sassy Birthday Card to make for a Witchy Lady

Catherine Birthday, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Halloween & Fall

Do you have any friends with Birthdays in October?  My oldest will turn 19 in October…hmmmm…she'd get a kick out of this card!  I hope she's not reading this blog post.  I might have to make a few more, because I have several friends that would appreciate the humor as well, even though they don't have October birthdays, I think it would be appropriate any time of the year for the right recipient.

I had a blast creating this card and pulled out the Chevron Cheer stamp set which I hadn't used in a while.

The Chevron oval stamp makes a fabulous backdrop, or anchor for the hats and boots and I love the contrast in color with the light blue (It's a Boy) and Flirty Fuchsia.

The boots and hat were stamped in Midnight ink (which is waterproof) on Watercolor Paper.  Then I smooshed Flirty Fuchsia, Grape Crush and Black Jack ink onto an acrylic block and used a Blender Pen to color them in.

Dimensional adhesive gave them a great pop and the card was finished off with the fun spider and Nuvo Drops.

Once I finished this card, I seriously ran around the office and made every single person here look, ooh and ahhh over it!  lol…then I ran back to my office and hopped on Facebook Live and made another card with the layered roses from Rose Garden Stamp Set and spa colored inks using the same layout idea.

Hope you are inspired, thanks for hanigin' with me!