Holiday Plaid


I'm a huge fan of plaids for the holidays.  Actually, I'm a huge fan of plaid any time of year!  So it only made sense that the Happy Plaids stamp set from Concord & 9th made its way into my cart.

Sure, I have other plaid sets, but what I love about the Happy Plaids stamp set is that I can build my own multi-colored plaid backgrounds with it.

I'm on a kick of making two or more cards using the same product lately, so I have two cards for you today using the Happy Plaids stamp set, along with Catherine Pooler Designs products!


I started by creating a plaid background using Rockin' Red, Sand Castle and Midnight inks.  I trimmed the background piece to 4 x 5 1/4", then I created a focal point using the Merry Label die, a sentiment from Hip Holidays and the Holiday Mittens stamp set.  I die cut the center of the background piece and set it aside to use on my second card.  I could have inset the label die but popped it up instead for added dimension.  I assembled all of the pieces and added them to a Sand Dunes card base.


This card uses the negative piece of the first card.  I again built my focal point on the label.  Though CAS, this card has lots of little details!  I love the country feel here!  I may have to do this again using greens for an more rustic result.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!

Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape


Back in September I attended In the MKNG at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts with Laurel, Catherine, Kristie and a few other friends from the CP Designs Creative Team.  I've been a bit out of the loop as far as new products on the market and had a great time seeing what's available.

My favorite product that I stumbled upon was the Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape by Altenew.  Creating backgrounds like this yourself is messy and time consuming.  After actually using this product, I'll never attempt to create a nebula or galaxy background again.  This washi is quick and easy to use and the results are perfect every single time.

I created two cards using the Watercolor Nebula Washi, two different occasions to show the versatility.


For my first card, I paired the Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape with the Winterhaven dies which were recently released at Catherine Pooler Designs.  I just added the die cuts, heat embossed the sentiment from Here We Come A-Caroling and added some Clear Sparkling sequins and stars.


For my second card, I paired the Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape with the Spot On stamp set and dies. Again, super simple, quick and easy.  This birthday card is perfect for guys or girls.  A great one to have on hand.

If you haven't gotten your hands on this product, or the other washi designs that Altenew has available, I highly recommend it!

Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout


If you've followed me for a while then you know that I LOVE stamping my own backgrounds.  Concord & 9th's Turnabout stamps just about blow my mind!  The concept is absolutely brilliant and it makes stamping backgrounds SO easy! 

Here I used the Snowflakes Turnabout to create two cards.  The first card I only stamped twice using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.


Using the Snowflakes Turnabout I was able to quickly create the perfect flow of snowflakes from top to bottom.  Do you know how long it would have taken me to get such perfect placement using individual snowflake stamps?  All I did was stamp once, turn, stamp again and emboss.  DONE!

For my next card I stamped the Snowflakes Turnabout the full 4 turns.


Again, this would have taken forever to stamp on my own.  Within minutes I had two gorgeous backgrounds for my cards.  Both only needed a simple sentiment and they were done.  That's my kind of holiday card making!

If you haven't gotten your hands on the Snowflakes Turnabout (or any of the Turnabout stamps) I highly recommend that you add it to your wish list!!  

Celebrate Friends & a Black Friday Sale!

Hello stamping friends!  
I'm popping in today to share some updates from Catherine Pooler Designs.


First, there's a Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale going on.  Select products are discounted up to 50%.  There is also free shipping on orders over $125.  

Check out the full list of sale products here.  

These are a few of my favorites from the sale. I think you NEED to add these products your stash ;)



The other big news is that the Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval collection is now available for individual purchase!


The Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Collection was available back in April of this year.  If you missed it then, it's available for you to purchase NOW!  WOOT!  

This collection is perfect for all of your coffee and tea loving friends.  It's a versatile collection that will allow you to make a variety of cards for all different occasions.  Consider purchasing for yourself or for a friend or co-worker for the holidays.

Here are a few cards that I made with the Celebrate Friends collection when it released.




Below you will find all of the products in the Celebrate Friends collection!

Enjoy the long weekend & happy shopping!!

All the Trimmings Blog Hop


Welcome to the All the Trimmings release blog hop for Catherine Pooler Designs.  The Creative Team has been sharing projects introducing you to the new products over the past few days.  If you've missed the Instagram and video hops, head to Catherine's website for all of the details!

We have new stamps, dies and inks hitting the store tomorrow.  Today I'll show you two of the projects that I made with the newest goodies.


Here I've used the little mug image from the new Holiday Charms stamp set to stamp my background.  This is a great way to use a line stamp for non-colorers.  I also used the new Nested Label die for my die cut sentiment.  


My next card also uses the Holiday Charms stamp set but this time I've also used the coordinating dies, the Santa Approved stamp set and the NEW Love, Doves and Poinsettias patterned paper.


I'm absolutely in love with the patterns in the new patterned paper pack; Love, Doves & Poinsettias.  Such a fun variety of patterns that work with so many different styles.  And now holiday patterned paper that coordinates perfectly with our inks.  WOOT!

The Holiday Charms stamp set has so many adorable little images that can be used as accents or focal points on your cards.  Having the candy canes turned in all direction here gives flow and the illusion that they are being poured out of a bag.  To make the sentiment from the new Santa Approved stamp set pop, I heat embossed it in white on Midnight card stock.

I hope you liked my projects today!  Time to hop along now.  Make sure you leave comments.  One luck commenter will win a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler Designs store.


Maureen Merritt  {You are here!}

SOA Home for the Holidays is now available!


YAY!  The Home for the Holidays SOA collection is now available for purchase!  Hurry, it's only available while supplies last.

Before you head off to the shop, I have one more card to share with you!


I had a blast building backgrounds with this collection!  Cozy borders stole my heart from the first time I saw it.  I see many Cozy Border backgrounds in my future :)  A lot of the Creative Team stamped Cozy Borders on Kraft card stock...love that!

Here I chose several of the border stamps and alternated stamping them in Rockin' Red, Twilight and Midnight.  The result reminds me of a comfy winter sweater.  To finish it off, I added a simple sentiment from Tiny Wishes on a Ting Tag die cut.

Time for you to go grab your SOA collection, before it's too late!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Blog Hop


Welcome to Day One of the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval blog hops.  Eeeek, holiday stamps, my fave!  If I had to pick one and only one occasion to stamp for it would be Christmas, hands down!

If you haven't heard of Stamp of Approval (SOA) it is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories created by Catherine Pooler Designs.  These collections contain everything you need to make a variety of cards without having to reach into your stash.

The Home for the Holidays collection will be released to the Wait List on September 19th at 9AM and the general public at 6:00PM!!  This is a limited collection that will only be available while supplies last, so make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.  StampNation members get early access on September 18th (a little perk of being a member!).

Now that we've gotten through all of the nitty-gritty details, it's time to take a peek at some projects!

I'm a HUGE fan of stamping my own backgrounds and this collection is PERFECT for that.  I've stamped the background of every.single.card I made for the release.  Once I started, I just couldn't stop ;)

The new products featured on my first card are:
  • Christmas Cookies Stamps
  • Tiny Wishes Stamps
  • Sugar Cookies Dies (Add-on)
  • Tiny Wishes Dies

Tiny Wishes is such a fun set with so many possibilities, as you'll see along the hop!  I first saw the Home for the Holidays SOA collection when I was visiting Catherine in Raleigh this Summer.  As soon as I saw the Tiny Tags stamp set I said, "I'm going to stamp a background with this!"  So that's the first thing I did when I created my cards.

To create my background, I started by lighting drawing a 1-inch grid onto a 3 3/4 x 5" piece of white card stock.  Then I stamped the images in Rockin' Red & Sand Castle where the grid lines met.  You can use any of the stamps in the collection and create a variety of backgrounds like this one.  You also don't need to draw the grid, you can stamp randomly too.  I let the inks dry for a bit before erasing my pencil lines.


Then I just stamped and die cut the sentiment and snowflakes from the Christmas Cookies stamp set and Sugar Cookies dies.  The pieces were assembled and added to a white card base, then embellished with two rhinestones.

My next card features:
  • Cozy Borders Stamps
  • Holiday Mix Stamps
  • Christmas Cookie Stamps
  • Merry Christmas Layered Word Dies
  • Christmas Cookies Dies (Add-on)

The Cozy Borders stamp set is RIGHT up my alley, perfect for all of your holiday creations.  Again, I've stamped an entire panel.  This time using Garden Party, Lime Rickey and Rockin' Red.  I adhered  the stamped panel to a white card base and then die cut the Merry Christmas Layered Word dies from Midnight card stock and added just the "Christmas" to the bottom third of my card.  The "Merry" from the Holiday Mix stamp was stamped in Midnight, several times using the MISTI stamping tool. I wanted to be sure the black ink really popped off of the stamped background.


I finished by stamping and die cutting the cute little label and adding it to the card with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!  I sure did have fun creating them.  I have more to share.  So, continue to check back.

Time to go hopping along now.


Don't forget to leave comments along the way.  THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day) to win a $25 gift certificate!

Winners will be announced on the blog on September 24th.

Catherine Pooler
Kelly Martin
Lisa Harrolle
Susan Powell
Karen Baker
Kristie Goulet
Maureen Merritt -You are here!
Tracie Pond - Go here next!
Allison Cope
Kelly Griglione


Happy Hopping!

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