SOA Candy Cane Lane Blog Hop


Welcome to Day Three of the Stamp of Approval Cane Cane Lane Blog Hops.  Today myself and some of my favorite designers are sharing cards using the Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane Collection!  The Stamp of Approval is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories hand picked by Catherine Pooler.  I've been sharing some projects for the past few days, so be sure to check those out HERE and HERE.

The Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane Collection will be released to the Wait List tomorrow!!  And, by the looks of the Wait List, it's going to sell out quickly.  This is a limited collection that will only be available until they are sold out, so make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.  StampNation members that are on the Wait List will be notified first (a little perk of being a member!) and then the rest of the Wait List will be contacted!  The collection will release to the general public on the 22nd (IF there are boxes left!)

Today I'm sharing two cards, both rustic Christmas, my favorite to make!


I don't usually gush over my own cards, but this one...THIS is what Christmas cards should look like.  I definitely favor traditional color combinations for my holiday cards and anything with a rustic flair!

This card was also easy to make and if I decide to mass produce some cards this year, this will be it!  Just stamp the card base with the Merry & Bright boughs,  Then stamp and die cut the stag and bird from Hip Holiday.  Die cut the Merry Labels die, sponge and assemble.

My next card uses the same basic idea of randomly stamping images, but this time I did it on a panel and used more of the images from Merry & Bright Boughs.


This is another super simple card to mass produce.   I started with a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of Oatmeal cardstock.  Then I stamped the top of the panel with a variety of images from Merry & Bright Boughs and Hip Holiday.  There are so many fun little accents hidden in these sets, they make background stamping and embellishing a blast!  The "Merry Christmas" sentiment from Hip Holiday is definitely going to be my go-to for my holiday cards, inside & out.  To finish this card, I tied the top with Linen Thread and added the stamped panel to a Cherry Cobbler card base.

That's it from me today!  It's time to start hopping along.

Make sure to leave a comment on each blog because Catherine is giving away a Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane Collection for EACH day of the hops.   That is 3 boxes!  The more times you comment, the more chances you will have of to win! (If the winner has already purchased a box, they will be refunded!)




You've got until Thursday at 9:00AM EST to get those comments in. The winner will be announced on Catherine Pooler's blog!  Good luck and happy hopping!

Catherine Pooler
Julia Altermann
Maureen Merritt - {You Are Here}
Yoonsun Hur
Allison Cope
Ingrid Blackburn

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Marianne said...

I can see why you are so taken with your first card: it's rustic and playful at the same time, and so gorgeous. And that little birdie is too cute!

Ingrid said...

Such cute projects Mo! That stag - he's a looker.... Love the color scheme. :)

Bonnie Sanche said...

love love LOVE your cards!

Anita Anita said...

Great cards,nice backgrounds

Donna Hawkins said...

I love these cards. They just give a warm and rustic feel to the cards. Great designs and love the color combinations!

Clare Barford said...

Oh Maureen I always love seeing what amazing cards you come up with and this time you have again delivered some truly fabulous cards. Beautiful.

PapersNstuff said...

Love the cards!!! They look so elegant! I love this kit too!!

Faye Smith said...

These cards are awesome!! Love the colors!

Marilyn in Michigan said...

Love the richness of these cards.

Dena Schaufele said...

Great cards worthy of a little gushing.

ann greene said...

Keep on gushing Maureen. These cards are adorable. I absolutely love the first and the red on the label puts it over the top.

Cindy Pryor said...

What a great idea to use the smaller images to create a fun design. I enjoyed seeing your cards.

Fran said...

Great cards. Just love the new SOA!

Dayna Audirsch said...

Just BEAUTIFUL cards! Love the deer! Great job!

Cindy said...

Lovely cards! This collection is great. Thanks for the inspiration.

Happy Stamper said...

LOVE the rustic and old-fashioned look of these cards..especially the first one!!! Thank you for sharing! I'm definitely trying this one!!!!

-Irene
mrsirenegarcia@yahoo.com

Tamara said...

Soo beautiful cards. Love the deer and the little birdie <3

Ina Nelson said...

I love these cards. Just the kind of card I like to make.

The Bakers said...

Love the traditional colors and use of the little wee stamps for the backgrounds!

Ashlyn D'Aoust said...

The touch of sponging on the first card really makes the card. Great rustic look.

Michelle Pink said...

What can i say ....im definately gonna case these cards for xmas this year.love love love it xx

Swimmom said...

Beautiful cards!

Colleen Balija said...

Oh Maureen, I always love your classy cards. You make it look so easy,girl! Beautiful work, as usual.

Kara Stainbrook said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I'd totally CASE both cards!

Lisa K said...

Both cards are wonderful! I like the clean look and that they are easy to mass produce.

Diane Kannawin said...

I love the background Stamping! Pretty cards.

NancyLynn said...

So nice! I love making our own backgrounds with the stamps

Colleen said...

I really like both cards. They both have that country log cabin Christmas feel. I may have to borrow this idea.

Ebrown said...

These two cards are sooooo cute!!! The Merry and Bright Boughs set I think is going to be my favorite - but that reindeer is a close second! Awesome job Maureen.

loceanjo said...

Love this stag!! TFS!

Teresa Doyle said...

Maureen, I think you are 'aloud' to gush over a great card! LOL (AND, I don't blame you!) They are both "gush-worthy!" Just beautiful work!

Sharon N said...

Thank you you have confirmed I want the collection. I totally love todays cards, they are my style. Ty

Cynthia Cole said...

Love your cards!

Rose said...

Really like your cards. Would be easy to duplicate.

Lisa Harrolle said...

These are so beautiful Maureen! They have a great country Christmas feel to them. You have created two very beautiful backgrounds with those little stMps.

Lisa Harrolle said...

These are so beautiful Maureen! They have a great country Christmas feel to them. You have created two very beautiful backgrounds with those little stMps.

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

love the background you created withthe twigs!

anna said...

Hello,

It seems, as if, I know you by the way you make your cards. I just love this because of the way you make it look, as if, the wind is blowing and the ornaments on the trees are blowing through the air! Love this and what a really cute idea.

Suzanne T.

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful cards! I especially like your first card...rustic but oh so fun too! That little birdie on the antlers just makes me smile!! :0)

Valerie Breingan said...

Wow!these are beautiful.I'm a sucker for rustic.There's just no limit to this collection

Sue D said...

Very cute. I like how you used these stamps to make the backgrounds.

Marie said...

Wow what a versatile set! Background and focal points all in one!

Arianna Barbara said...

Awww!!! Your cards are absolutely lovely!!!

Sherry said...

As always I love your cards!

Scraplea 1 said...

Awesome cards! I too love the traditional holiday colors. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Jill said...

Love your cards--what a great kit!!!!

graham Brand said...

Love both cards. They seem relatively simple but look gorgeous.

Sen72 said...

Awww I'm loving these rustic Christmas cards! The color combo is perfect! Love, love them!

Sen72 said...

Awww I'm loving these rustic Christmas cards! The color combo is perfect! Love, love them!

Cheryl Fisher said...

Great cards.

Karen said...

Love your stag card, Maureen. The backgrounds are lovely. Can't wait for my birthday present tomorrow.

Happy Grandma said...

My kind of cards! They're traditional and gorgeous! The stag with the plaid is my favorite...handsome!

Valerie Breingan said...

Wow!these are beautiful.I'm a sucker for rustic.There's just no limit to this collection

luv2scr@p said...

Great cards! Thank you for sharing!

Mary Ellen Lounsbery said...

Love these cards especially the stamped backgrounds and the tag with the red on the bottom!

Melody said...

Beautiful cards and yet so easy to make. This collection will be so fun to play with!

Ellen Carlson said...

These cards are simple and elegant, and definitely gush worthy.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lovely cards.

Elaine said...

This is a wonderful kit....love what you created with it!

Linda said...

Lovely cards with those twigs and berries.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards! Love the greenery and ornament stamps... so versatile!

Sabrina said...

So stunning and very elegant!!

Mary said...

Love both cards Mo...that birdie on the stag...how fun. You're right these two would be awesome to mass produce.

Sarah Greber said...

I love the classic look of your cards. I really like how you cut the extra red piece of the frame, to add the extra pop of color and detail. Beautiful!

Susan Eliot said...

Love, love, LOVE the rustic reindeer!! Thanks!

Patti said...

I agree - these are truly Christmas cards! I love your designs and color palette. You made great use of this tremendous kit.

Joy Blonska said...

Love your first card to pieces! Brag away!

tara powell said...

Gorgeous cards! I can't wait to get my hands on this box😄

Linda Pekrul said...

Beautiful cards! I have fallen in love with the deer and the little bird!!

Elainej said...

Maureen , your cards are so you. Absolutely perfectly your style. I love the way you created the background.

Cathy P in AZ said...

Love your cards! The reindeer card is so whimsical-LOVE the plaid on him!

Jo Ann Lovell said...

If these were my cards, they would be out on my table for all to see. They are both so cute, gorgeous, and shout Merry Christmas....love, love, love them. Thank you for sharing1

Cassie said...

Love both of your cards! I can't wait to get my box!!!! Less than 24 hours now!!!

Nicki Wong said...

Your card is wonderful. I love the stag on it.

Lauralee said...

You ladies are so talented! I love seeing the same stamps used different ways.

Super Stick Chick said...

Love how you did the background stamping, so festive.

Jane Sprando said...

I like how you used similar elements to create 2 different looks. Thanks.

Debbie Reemtsen said...

Love the background you created!

Denalee Standart said...

Both cards are so "Christmassy". My fav is the deer card...we have deer in our yard and I can just imagine a bird landing on an antler!

lynnl said...

Love the reindeer & label card! Cute collection!

Sue McRae said...

Such charming and festive holiday cards. Love that stag!

Amy Ames said...

Hi Maureen!! Love your beautiful cards!! Thanks for sharing :)

Janice Spaulding said...

Love your use of the branches stamp set to make the background on the first card with the deer! Thank you for sharing!

jandbspiegel said...

I know why you "gushed" over your card - it is beautiful. I like the "windswept" look on the second card - that's how it strikes me. Thanks for sharing.

Jane M said...

Love your cards! Really like the background and colors! Thank you for the inspiration!

Karthikha said...

Classy Christmas cards, with the traditional colors :)

Sandra Johnston said...

OMG!! I was on the fence about purchasing the collection at this time since I already have quite a lot of Christmas stamps and dies, however your stag card pushed me over the edge! I absolutely love everything about it. The design is so perfect for all recipients. The warm rustic feel just says it all! I love both your cards, but the stag card is beyond perfect!

Wendy Kasper said...

Maureen your cards are to die for. I might have to try to recreate the first one you created. TFS!!!!!

Aunt Mary said...

Love these cards. the use of smaller stamps to make a background is genius!

Peggy Pride said...

Love these cards! Love these stamps and dies!

Robin Kuppens said...

This year for sure will be the year that I mail out some cards! I even started early lol I can't wait to CAS this card!

Penelope said...

I really like both of those cards! They feel like the woods.

Jenn said...

I love CAS cards, but I'm not fond of rustic. That being said, I absolutely love the second card! I like the first one too, but that second one is fantastic! Makes me like rustic just a tiny bit more :)

Nancy-Anne Rockwell said...

I just love making my own background too and this set will make lovely ones liked you've already done!

Heidi V said...

So beautiful, thank you for sharing your talent. I wish tomorrow would get here. Just love this set!

Kim Goodman said...

Great cards, love the background!!! May CASE these!

Charity Chamberlain said...

Beautiful card! So elegant! I also love the font of the Merry Christmas sentiment!

Jan Monforton said...

Love the card. So many great ideas!! Can't wait until tomorrow.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love how you made your own background paper.
the second card with the stamping at the top
only is great.
Both cards are wonderful.
thanks for sharing.

Jean Mervine said...

Both cards are great! I really fell in love with the reindeer, though!

Beth Karschnick said...

Hey Mo, I have seen some wonderful cards, beautiful cards, in fact, BUT I have to say that I like...LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards the best!! I love the simplicity and the designs! But your color combo is so YUMMY!!!! It's so rich and really makes for a perfect rustic card! I'm bummed because I am not able to purchase this collection but I am going to try and case your cards with what I have in my stash. Truthfully, and I hate to admit it, but I have some holiday stamps that have never seen a stamp pad...lol!! Guess I best go rummaging through my stash! BUT, there is one thing I will have to splurge on when it becomes availably...the candy striped background stamp. That is yummy!!!!Thank you , MO for sharing!! Good luck and happy hopping everybody!!

mycraftysmell said...

Beautiful cards. Love the colours you have used. Melanie x

Vickie Buehler said...

Just love what you do with paper! Love your style and how clean and simple your cards are! TFS!

Amy Seigler said...

Love the background you've made! Both cards are Awesome!

Carolyn Steele said...

The traditional look and feel of both your cards just scream Christmas! The holly is just gorgeous and it looks like the second card could be mass produced! Thanks for some great ideas

Michelle DeSaro said...

Beautiful cards. I can't wait for the stamp of approval box!

Melissa Flieg said...

Lovely cards. Love has traditional they look.

Card Cropper said...

These are simple but beautiful. Your use of color is wonderful. I may have to follow your lead.

Marge Hurtig said...

You really out did yourself this time! Your cards are amazing!!!!

Marge Hurtig said...

You really out did yourself this time! Your cards are amazing!!!!

Tonya said...

Your cards are perfectly wonderful! The first card I ever cased was one of yours. <3 Thanks for sharing.

Kim Daniel said...

The first card is great. It could be used for to send to a man.

Michelle King said...

Oh I just LOVE the colors on your card! Kind of a vintage feel. Catherine nailed it with this collection :)

cghundley said...

Fabulous cards,
very pretty and
simple.
Carla from Utah

JuliaP said...

Love your cards especially that very cute stag!

Michele Strickland said...

I really like this card! Thank you for sharing

Marilyn Falcone said...

I love these cards - especially the deer! Thanks for sharing

SharonNez said...

Hello Maureen....I feel like I just keep repeating myself as I hop along this blog today!! :P But your cards are just gorgeous!!!! I love the CAS design....the colors you've used...everything is just SO lovely!! That little birdie on the antlers of your stag look SO cute!! I predict that this little birdie is going to add an 'ahhhhhhhhh' factor to many many Christmas cards this season!! ☺ Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!!

Susan White said...

I love the traditional feel of these colors on your cards!!

Abby said...

Great, elegant cards.

Michelle Daigle said...

LOVE your cards. I agree, that first one is so perfect. Nicely done! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your creations!

Melissa (Mel's Card Corner) said...

These cards are amazing, Maureen!!! I love how quickly they could be mass produced, too, especially the second one. Beautiful!!

Parker said...

This deer stamp is THE BEST I've seen on the market. It is whimsical with the curly-cue antlers, but elegant at same time. You've made a gorgeous rustic card for the upcoming holidays. Hope I'm on your Christmas mailing list. :-)

Denise Brafford said...

Love the rustic look of the first card. I'm always looking for a card that's a little unusual.

Linda Levan said...

Love what you did with the background. Great job. love the cards thanks

Sharon Salerno said...

Beautiful cards! I love your CAS style! Can't wait to play with this collection!

Sharon Tate said...

These two cards are beautiful. Love the colours used.

Sande said...

Very pretty cards and love the stamp set. I've always loved the rustic look and these are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

bethany koubsky said...

So beautiful! The reindeer looks amazing!

Patty said...

Super adorable cards. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Cherka said...

Love the design, thanks for the inspiration.

Debbie said...

CASE for sure, love it

Donnadoll said...

I love how elegant your card with the twine is. Fabulous job, and a fabulous set!

Laura Manning said...

Honestly, I wasn't sure how I felt about the stag stamp, but this card sold me! This is a card you should mass produce. Both of them are lovely.

mplsbetty said...

Lovely card - really love how it shows off the beautiful elements in this stamp set.

Judy Woodland said...

Beautiful cards. Love the treatment on the deer, the plaid is GENIUS!!!

sunflowerlori said...

i feel like i may steal some of your ideas. So nice!!

Mrs N said...

Simply gorgeous love the merry Christmas one in particular

Mrs N said...

Simply gorgeous love the merry Christmas one in particular

Julie said...

Gorgeous cards....my favorite is the Merry Christmas card.

Kerry Lowe said...

Gorgeous cards as ever. Who can resist that stag?!

Mary Nelson said...

Your cards are soo beautiful! The backgrounds are very pretty, they look like pattern paper. Fabulous job!

Urana Stanley said...

Cute Card

Jeanne Packard said...

You had me at the bird in the antlers. Great job

Cindersnow555 said...

Love these cards Mo! I like that you used the oatmeal card stock. Combined with the rich traditional Christmas colors it gives a nice aged look.

Sherry Lee said...

Loved your cards! Those little images make a great background. Can't wait!!!

di said...

These are great cards! They just made me sigh! I too love a rustic looking card and these certainly fit the bill.

Russell Productions said...

Great cards. Christmas will be here before we know it!

Sally Clum said...

Love your cards, Mo! Didn't think I'd like the stag much but you all are showing me he can be a great addition to any card. Love the second one as well. Looks to be an easy one to reproduce to make multiple cards at once. Thanks!

Kay Roose said...

Love your rustic backgrounds. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Vasel said...

I love the backgrounds you created.
The colors you chose are so festive and homey!

Pat Roth said...

Loved the backgrounds!

Nance said...

I really love your homemade backgrounds with all those little nature pieces and that deer head is just fabulous!

Ann Gibbins said...

Awedome cards, love the background, great use of smallers images. Great collection.

Shirley N said...

Both cards are so pretty! I love your reindeer and that cute birdie!

Jennifer said...

Love how you added the bird in the antlers too cute. Thank you for taking the time to create these cards for us to see! I'm loving Candy Cane Lane SOA box can't wait to get mine!!!

Deb Kerns said...

Lovely cards Maureen, I would be the happy recipient of either!

Amber Smith said...

I love both of your cards, Mo! The colour palette is great and the rustic theme isn't too rustic for me. Simple, easy to put together and beautiful - a great combo!

Joyce Spear said...

I love these two cards, which surprises me because I'm usually into bright and bold designs. I guess I hadn't really been too excited over the boughs set, but I'm starting to see that it has a lot of possibilities. And Maureen, the bird in the antlers is just too cute!!

Diane Bakehouse said...

Two beautiful traditional cards. I like how you used similar products to create different cards.

Tinstar said...

Love these 2 cards - those boughs are so versatile

Denise Fonda said...

I could easily do these cards. My husband is a hunter so I know he would love the card with the deer. Hope you don't mind I might be copying you!!! Great cards.

Theresa Knopf said...

Amazing job Mo!

flip said...

Great cards! I love the "country" look. I hope you don't mind if I CASE these. What a great collection.

Marjorie King said...

I really love your cards. They give me great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Without people like you that share your designs I would not be making cards, because I am bad at coming up with my own ideas.

Posh Kitty said...

I love the cards you made for Christmas. Very creative how you used the little sprig

Gayle said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the rustic look with the reindeer and your second looks so effortless and lovely.

Mary Reiner said...

Your cards are adorable!

Barbara Green said...

Your cards are so lovely. I really love all the cards I have seen so far. This is such a amazing collection. Thank you for sharing.

Andrea Dulaney said...

I am really loving the reindeer and branches! The first card is my favorite! Thank you for showing us this card.

Kris said...

I am usually not one to use animals of any kind in my cards, but your first card has inspired me! I love the traditional colors of both cards, and the simplicity of the second card is so perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Doyle said...

These are great cards to mass produce! Love the colors of the stag card!

Tracy Brown said...

I would be gushing too! These cards are adorable!

Linda Rauch said...

Beautiful cards. Can't wait to use these stamps.

Jodi Wayman said...

Wow! These are gorgeous! Love the colors you chose.

Natalie Godfrey said...

Awesome job your cards are adorable.

Jeanie said...

Love your card! Thank you for the inspiration!

DarbyW said...

I love the rustic, warm quality to your cards.

Maxine Dumser said...

That reindeer is so cute. The second card is simple enough to make a bunch for friends and family.

Amy McCue said...

I love how you made those backgrounds!

Laura Buehler said...

Lovely cards. I really like the background with the boughs.

Nancee Purdum said...

Oh what great cards! Simple, yet very cute! :)

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful cards, love the color combo and the stamped backgrounds.

TerriLynn said...

Oh my Goodness that's gorgeous. These cards just keep getting better & better. Thanking my lucky stars for the PDF because I'm sooooo casing your cards!! Beautiful! Love them!!

TerriLynn said...

Can't find my comment so if it doesn't appear just know that I was gushing over your cards. I'm so casing you.

Nickolaus Cave said...

I love the deer!

Katie said...

Love both of the cards.

Retired Librarian said...

Love the backgrounds. And love the little bird perching in the reindeer's antlers!

Cynthia said...

Love the random stamping - both cards!

Robin Monsos said...

I really like both cards, but that first one with the reindeer is just over the top! Love it!!

The Gift Diva said...

The rustic cards are great!

Karen Kreider said...

Love the rustic look!

Mary Beth Krakowski said...

Really love both cards, thanks!

Queen-of-Cards said...

really love your cards! the rustic look suits my taste as well

Queen-of-Cards said...

love the cards you have created!

jeanietootoo said...

Love that you created these rustic cards....makes me want to give this style a try.

Leuri Zibetti said...

I have to agree, I prefer traditional colors as well. I like the simple nature of the Merry & Bright stamps. Yes, these would be fun to Mass Produce.

Trina said...

Awesome cards. I can't wait for this SOA to go on sale.

Lynn Fletcher said...

I agree with you, Maureen. Your first card really speaks rustic Christmas. I love the boughs and berries stamped all over the background of the card.

Nana711 said...

Great cards - the red berries really stand out.

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