Peace, Joy and Peppermint Holiday Cards with the Catherine Pooler Jolly Holiday Release

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, it’s the best time of the year and it’s even better with two new ink colors DECK THE HALLS and CRANBERRY FIZZ from Catherine Pooler!! Two beautiful and rich colors perfect for the holiday season. With the addition of black ink for my sentiment, I only used these two ink colors and the CP Sweetest Season Stamp Set and Coordinating Die Set.

Candy Cane Wishes: The Sweetest Season stamp has so many peppermint images, it’s perfect for creating backgrounds. To create my backgrounds, I always start with the largest image which is the candy cane image. Then I added in some circle peppermints and then the little star image in the little nook and crannies. To complete the card, I added the Candy Cane wishes sentiment to a circle die cut, added the four dots under the sentiment (normally used as an accent on the wrapped candies) along with a little hint of green with the starburst image. The decorated card panel was then adhered to an Ebony Cardstock CardBase. 

Peace, Joy and Peppermint: One of my favorite Clean and Simple techniques is to stamp and die-cut several little elements and then stack and play with them to create a focal point on a card panel. My tip for this type of layout, is to create a faux triangle or diamond with all of your stacked image elements. This helps keep your images balanced with your white space into one focal area on your card. 

Tips to create added detail to Clean and Simple Cards:

  • For extra depth to the clean and simple design, I created a shadow effect with the Peace & Joy die cut by adding a white offset Peace & Joy to the three-layered black sentiment.
  • Add detailing to images: My favorite part of the Sweetest Season Stamp Set are all the extra stamps that you can add to the wrapped candies and circle peppermints. 
  • Use pops of color in fun ways to bring extra attention to your card. I did this by mixing and matching the Cranberry Fizz and Deck the Halls candies along with the little starbursts around the sentiment. 

So there we are friends, two clean and simple Holly Jolly Peppermint Themed cards. Added bonus: Once I have Clean and Simple patterns like this defined, they are super easy to mass produce which is perfect for the holiday card making season. 

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and it inspires you to use your ink, stamps and dies in fun new ways!

Big Paper Hugs,


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Mix it Up Monday with Trinity Stamps-Floral Birthday Balloon

Hi Friends and Happy Monday! Stopping by real quick to let you know I’m on the Trinity Stamps Blog with my Happy Birthday Floral Ballon Card. Be sure to stop by Trinity Stamps for all the cardmaking details. All stamps and metal dies are available at the Trinity Stamps Store and for Labor Day there’s a one day sale so now is the best time to grab some stamps and dies!! See image below for sale details:

Big Paper Hugs!


Quick Card Weekend: 1-2-3 S’More!

Quick Card Weekend is a monthly post sharing little tips & tricks and musings about pulling together “Pops of Paper” with limited time.

Hi Friends! Have you had your summer S’Mores yet? It was one of the first summer activities that we did this year. Yum! Using the cutest S’more the Merrier collaboration stamp set from Ellen Hutson and Lawn Fawn with the Ellen Hutson Hinged Numbers I have quick, easy and fun S’Mores Quick Reference Card for you.

Quick Card Details & Creative Process

Time: 20 minutes (most time spent on coloring) & 3 Steps

Timesaver: Stamp Positioner like the MISTI to arrange & place your dies and images.

1. Using a Stamp Positioner: Place the number dies on the card panel and position with low tack tape. Then arrange the S’More stamps around the numbers and stamp your images with Copic safe ink.

2. Run your panel with Hinged Numbers in place through a die cut machine.

3. Color images and add your finished card panel to a Neenah Desert Storm Card Bass. I used the following Copic colors: B14/16, BG11/32, E23/25/27/33, Y08/13/15/17, YR15, R000/30.

Coloring Tip: I used a cool gray Copic (C1) to outline my images so they popped just a little bit from the white cardstock.

So there we are friends a quick and easy summertime Yum Card. Big Paper Hugs!🤗

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Quick Card Weekend: Washi Tape Background with Big Impact

Quick Card Weekend is a monthly post sharing little tips & tricks and musings about pulling together “Pops of Paper” with limited time.

Hi Friends!! Welcome to the weekend! Today, I’m sharing a quick CAS card using Doodlebug Rainbow Stripe Washi Tape as my background and the big bold sentiment from Essential by Ellen Thank You For Being a Friend stamp set. I absolutely love this block lettering sentiment from Brandi…I find myself humming the Golden Girls theme song each time I work with it 🙂

Essentials by Ellen Thank you for Being a Friend Stamp Set

Quick Card Details & Creative Process

Time: 10 Minutes & 3 Steps

Timesaver: Washi Tape and Bold Sentiment Stamp

  1. Place several diagonal rows of washi tape to your card panel. Meet each row at the seam and try not to overlap the washi tape for a smooth background paper look.

Tip: Just fold your washi ends over your card panel and tear the washi from the roll. No need to pull out your scissors.

  1. Stamp your bold sentiment with black ink on a white card panel and die cut the sentiment using the Essentials Circles Designer Dies. This design die is AMAZING because its a ”two-for” it gets you both a circle sentiment and a perfectly sized thin circle border. To highlight the sentiment with a little extra pop, I colored the thin border with a Copic marker (RV55) that matches the Washi tape.
  2. Adhere your bold circle sentiment to your washi background and you’re all set! Easy Peasy!

So there we are friends, a quick & easy card for those times when you need a little something and you’re short on time. Hope you enjoy and Big Paper Hugs!

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Camp Wanna Stamp Ellen Hutson and Avery Elle Collaboration Blog Hop

Hi Friends! Welcome to Pops Of Paper and thank you for joining me on the third Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping Release Blog Hop. We’re sharing inspiration with the most adorable EH Exclusive Avery Elle Stamp set: Peek-a-Boo Camp Wanna Stamp.

If you are stopping by while on the Summer Of Stamping Blog Hop, you should be arriving from the Ellen Hutson blog where you can find the entire hop list. Blog Hop Giveaway Details and the entire hop list are at the end of this post. Next on the hop is the awesome Amy Kolling from the Avery Elle Design Team!

Product Release Info: Camp Wanna Stamp is sold as a Stamp/Coordinating Die combo or stamp-only (dies are not sold separately).

For my projects today, I have two cards combining all cuties canoeing from Camp Wanna Stamp and the EBE Constellation Background Designer Die. I also snuck in a little paper piecing on the bear’s red bandanna using the plaid stamp from the EBE Plaid Maker Stamp Set. All of my images were stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and colored with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Another Year of Adventure

It’s so much fun to build little scenes with these critters. For my background, I ink-blended the Constellation Background with Blue Distress Oxide Inks and then spritzed with Sparkle Shimmer Spray. For a extra pop, I added star embellishments from my stash and little white gel star polka dots. Everything was adhered inside a rectangle frame using foam tape and liquid glue. 

Written in the Stars

With the sweet sentiment, I thought it would be cute to have the bear catching a couple stars alongside his bunny friend. I created the fishing line using silver metallic thread and used glue dots to attach the double-sided stars to the fishing line. 

So there we are friends, two adventure under the stars cards using the ADORABLE Peek-a-Boo Camp Wanna Stamp Collaboration Stamp Set. I hope you enjoyed my projects today, and it inspires you to stretch your stamps and metal dies in fun new ways. Have a fun time on the hop and enjoy all the inspiration from all the talented designers. Big Paper Hugs! 🤗

Blog Hop Details

Hop Prize Info: We’ve got a super fun prize!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! And don’t forget to comment here too for a bonus entry! Comment before Saturday, July 25th at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email.

Blog Hop List:

EH Blog 

Emily Mydlowski (you are here)

next on the hop—>Amy Kolling 

Elena Roussakis 

Ashley Marcu 

Heather Campbell 

Kelly Griglione 

Katie Gehring 

Sandy Allnock 

Jamie Gracz 

Carly Tee Minner


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