The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 1


Welcome to Day One of The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval blog hops.  Today myself and some of my favorite designers are sharing cards using the The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval collection!  If you haven't heard of the Stamp of Approval (SOA), where on earth have you been?  haha, just kidding!  SOA is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories created for Catherine Pooler.

The Perfect Reason SOA Collection will be released to the Wait List on February 8th!!  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!

I have two cards for you today.  I managed to use almost every product in The Perfect Reason Collection...Paisley Peacock stamps & dies, Everyday Mod stamp set,  Perfect Reason Stamp set and the Perfect Vines dies.


You'll bee seeing a lot of this gorgeous peacock in our SOA blog hops.  There are so many gorgeous ways to stamp it.  It looks amazing when you stamp it in a variety of colors using the Rock & Roll technique or just by tapping on different ink colors.  Here, I wanted to show you how it is just as gorgeous in black and white.  The stark contrast of the colorful stamped Everyday Mod background and the black contrast really makes the design pop.  I chose vellum for the Perfect Vine to soften the design a bit.

My next card is a bit softer and shows off the Perfect Reason stamp set and the Mod Squared stencil.


Sigh...I love these flowers so much.  Yes, I know I am obsessed with floral stamp sets.  These are so fun and different from any other floral set that  I have in my stash.  (Never, ever too many flowers!)

To make this card I stamped a ton of flowers and leaves on a piece of white card stock.  I honestly didn't know what I wanted to do with them, I was just playing.  I die cut all of the stamped images and then arranged them on my white card base.  I loved how they looked but it needed just a little something.  I added more color and grounded the design by sponging with Aquatini ink and the Mod Squared stencil.  I stamped the sentiment and some sequins to finish of this CAS design!

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 one of The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval collections 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
Melissa Miller
Maureen Merritt - {You Are Here}
Heather North
Justine Hovey
Emily Leiphart
Kelly Griglione

Supplies - Card #1

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Ingrid said...

OMG!!! Your projects are GORGEOUS my friend. I am in LOVE with those!!! :)

Justine Hovey said...

Beautiful cards! I love the colourful background, it makes the black and white peacock pop off the card!

NancyLynn said...

Wow! I wouldn't have thought to do the peacock in black. I really pops!

tara powell said...

I love the peacock in black! So much fun.

Sabrina said...

What fabulous cards and very pretty!! I am loving the sentiment!!!

Theresa Robinson said...

Wow - beautiful cards. The b/w peacock is amazing

Karen Kreider said...

The black & white peacock is so cool!!

Marianne said...

Love how you grounded your fresh flowers with the stenciled background.

Kelly Griglione said...

Both gorgeous, Maureen! Such a clever idea to have your background be super colorful, and then the peacock be black and white!

Sarah Greber said...

I love your designs. The black and white peacock on the colored background is stunning. Love!

battygirlrachel said...

Agreed... u can never have too many flowers. Love the sentiment too!

Wendy Kasper said...

Maureen your cards awe beautiful. Really like the peacock one. TFS

Debbie Bonczek said...

The color on these is stunning. Beautiful work, as always.

ann greene said...

I like how you used the little "wheels" for the background. And, that stencil will be used quite often...Love your cards.

Christy Borfitz said...

Both cards are gorgeous! The peacock is amazing and those flowers are different from any that I have seen!

Swimmom said...

Love your cards! The black peacock on the bright background is stunning!

Yvette S said...

Love your cards!

luv2scr@p said...

These are such beautiful cards!!!

Robin Monsos said...

Awesome! Love the color choices!

Janette said...

Love your cards Maureen absolutely beautiful.

AngelaB said...

so many possibilities!!!

Nana Donna said...

OMG your cards are gorgeous. Can't wait to get my hands on these stamps and use my CP inks

Linda said...

Awesome cards.

Susan White said...

Beautiful Cars Mel. I love flowers too!!

Dana said...

Wow!! Fabulous cards!! The colors are fabulous!!

Beverly Roachell said...

B&W peacock is awesome. The background brings in the color and who would ever thought to add the velum vine. Will use that velum vine on many more cards. It just adds a special touch as well as the B&W for the main focus (Peacock in this card).
Thanks for the inspiration... will definitely use these ideas on many cards to come.

Colleen said...

Outstanding color and design!

Denise Bryant said...

How exciting... looks like an awesome collection!
Beautiful cards! Love the colorful background for the pretty peacock, and the lovely flower card!

neff1944 said...

OMG. I know which stamp I will use first. That peacock is gorgeous.

Linda Peabody said...

Amazing cards

JD, Just Juris Doctoris said...

So I'm not a huge fan of die cutting because I don't like the edge around the ink, but seeing your cards makes me feel a little more okay with it. Beautiful cards!

JuliaP said...

Wow, that peacock is stunning on the color background! I have to agree with you, one can never have enough flower stamps!

Michelle DeSaro said...

Beautiful cards! This set looks awesome!

Colleen said...

Love the peacock in the black with all the vibrant color behind.

Ellen C said...

Beautiful cards. I love the mod stenciled background.

Sue McRae said...

Love how the black and white peacock pops against the colorful background!

loceanjo said...

I LOVE, love, love both of these cards! That peacock is to die for!!

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

Awesome cards! The bright colors make my heart sing.

Jodi Wayman said...

Your cards are amazing! Love how you used such bold & bright colors on one and soft fun colors on the other

Linda Gorman said...

Your cards are stunning!!!! I love the black peacock on the colored background!!!

Sharon Salerno said...

Love the black and white peacock on the colorful background! Both of your cards are awesome!

Donna Hawkins said...

Love the cards and these amazing colors!!! This is an amazing set of dies and stamps. Can not wait to get them in my hands!!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love your cards and the vibrant color scheme you used:)

Jan Crissman said...

Oh I love the peacock in black..so unexpected! I love doing stencils like you did on second card.
Great cards!

Teresa Cherka said...

Great designs, thanks for sharing.

Teresa Cherka said...

Great designs, thanks for sharing.

Heather North said...

It's so great to see you stamping again, Maureen! I love how you can pile on the elements and yet still achieve a clean look. You are the master of CAS always!

Marilyn Falcone said...

What fun cards! Thanks for sharing.

Jo Ann Lovell said...

Wow..would have never thought to do the peacock in black..beautiful. Great use of all the stamps!!

Bonnie Sanche said...

Your peacock card is AMAZING!

Lorie Brunner said...

Your cards are gorgeous!!! Inspires to get out of my comfort zone as this stamp set wouldn't have been one the I chose!

Jan Monforton said...

Both cards are awesome Maureen. I too love flower stamp sets.

Lorie Brunner said...

Your cards are gorgeous!!! Inspires to get out of my comfort zone as this stamp set wouldn't have been one the I chose!

Suzanne Mastrorilli said...

I absolutely love these ! Beautiful!!

Heike Kirmse said...

Beautiful cards.

Amber Smith said...

Great cards! Especially love the playful nature of the second card. Both the placement of your stamps and the colours that you used are so enticing! Nicely done!

Brandi R said...

Love your cards! That peacock is so sweet ♥

Scraplea 1 said...

Wow! Very nice. I love flowers too and your cards are wonderful!! Thanks for sharing on the blog hop.

Beth Duell said...

Very beautiful cards the peacock is amazing, we think of it as a colourful bird but yours is unique

Theresa Knopf said...

Fabulous cards Mo. Love that peacock!

Chris said...

Flowers, peacock hard to pick just one. I like them both.

ck d said...

love the cards, the peacock is fab.

Dawn Kloman said...

Your Peacock is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

Deb K said...

Yes, you can never have too many floral stamps! Love the card with the flowers! Beautiful!

Fran said...

Great cards. I love the Peacock stamp set, really beautiful.

Deana Benson said...

Gorgeous cards! Boy does the second one show off Catherine's inks!

TerriLynn said...

Gorgeous cards. Love those vivid colors & the new stamps. That stencil is going to be a favorite.

Preety said...

Wowzers!! Love your cards. So pretty and vibrant! That peacock and the colors. Stunning! Thanks for sharing :)
Cheers
preety

Marj said...

Sooooo pretty! Love these cards, especially the second one!

Colleen Balija said...

Hi Maureen! You always make stunning cards. I really like how you showed the peacock in black, and Catherine's was in Ombre. They both make that peacock look incredible. You're second was just lovely with the soft background and those bright flowers using Catherine's new inks. Another winning set!!!

Mrs. Lowry said...

Beautiful cards! That stencil makes a perfect shading background for the bold flowers.

Kathy Doyle said...

Both are gorgeous cards and especially love the flower card! So cute and colorful!

Michele Strickland said...

Your cards are always so neat to look at .... very colorful and elegant

sunflowerlori said...

Not sure which I like better, both are SO so pretty and cute!

Michelle King said...

Omg Mo, your cards are gorgeous! Catherine has outdone herself with this box! I am so in love with how gorgeous it is!!!

Julie M said...

Your cards are awesome. Can't wait to get my Stamp of Approval box.

Cindy McDonough said...

Such creativeness....love your cards...love the peacock in the solid color..

Melissa Friedrich said...

Gorgeous and cheerful cards, love that black/white peacock with the rainbow background, and the subtle stenciled background for the flowers is soooo pretty!

jeanietootoo said...

Beautiful cards! I love he peacock done in black on the colorful background.
I would not have thought to try that. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Marjorie King said...

Love your cards. Really like how you used so many of the stamps and die cuts on one card. Love the color choices also. Thanks for sharing

Michellew said...

WOW Maureen, I love the peacock in black and white! Gorgeous cards.

Rosebud said...

Great cards, thanks.

Elaine said...

Stunning cards....thank you for sharing!

Lucie Aspirot said...

Wow! those are great cards, so glad you're back to creating again. Just love this SOA collection. Thank you.

Katherine Metcalf Davis said...

The peacock, oh my! I can't wait to get my hands on it. I think I'm in bird heaven. And the flowers? Wow!!

auntbubbels said...

That peacock is gorgeous.

Mary Nelson said...

Wow, the more I see this awesome collection and the beautiful cards the dt has made, the more excited I am getting! Your cards are absolutely stunning!

di said...

Awesome cards. I do love the peacock in black too. Very striking against the colored background. Can't wait for the slumber party.

Mary Nelson said...

Wow, the more I see this awesome collection and the beautiful cards the dt has made, the more excited I am getting! Your cards are absolutely stunning!

Lee Owens said...

Cute, cute cute, cannot wait to buy this collevtion

Kara Stainbrook said...

Oh those flowers!!!! So pretty

godzillagamer awsome said...

Catherine Pooler has knocked it out of the park with this collection! I love the black peacock against the bright colors, really makes all the images pop. Cannot wait to play with these products!!
Kitty T

Janet Kohler said...

Great cards.

Nouveau Chef said...

Wow! What a great combination of colors! Just the thing for the grey weather here in Seattle. Thanks for sharing!

jandbspiegel said...

I love those wonky flowers - so colorful

spelsue said...

I love the peacock with the paisley wing. Beautiful colors and graphics behind the bird. I love bright colors and tend to use them most but Your more subtle card is my favorite.

Lynn Fletcher said...

Maureen, you nailed both of those cards. Just love what this new collection can do! Great to see you doing cards again! :)

Veronica Hunt said...

Wauw, I was debating if I should buy the set or not but your cards made the decision for me. I love them, love the design and love the colors.

Diana Hults said...

Lovely!

Shirley A. said...

Your color choices are fab! Love the card ideas.

anna said...

Hello,

The new SOA box of goodies are amazing type of art, that makes your world of creating art magical.

dlm said...

Beautiful cards! So excited about this box.

Cindy said...

Love your cards and great inspiration!

Jodi Lick said...

Love the circles for the background!

Ebrown said...

I love the stencil background. Great cards. The peacock in black is awesome.

Jayne said...

Wow, wow, wow. Your cards are beautiful. Love the peacock in B&W. Love this collection and the perfect reason why I have to order...lol. Thanks for sharing. Happy day

Peggy Gottschau said...

WOW! The black and white peacock is amazing! You're always so inspiring with your designs!

Nora N. said...

I LOVE that peacock!! The way you used it with black and white against the color is stunning!! I LOVE that background!! Beautiful cards!

Trina said...

I love the black peacock, it really pops against all that color. The second card, the colors are very pretty.

Darla Holdstock said...

Wasn't too sure about the peacock stamp set but it does look amazing in black and white.

Cati Ballard said...

Loooovvvveeee the colors and creative design with your cards! This SOA collection is fantastic!

Natalie Godfrey said...

WOW! Awesome job on your cards. Love the color combo and how you combined everything.
natgodfrey4@gmail.com

Susan Powell said...

Incredible! That peacock card looks amazing!! I love the softness of your flower card too.

Phyllis Sinclair said...

Maybe on the peacock. I like the black, though. I'll need lots of ideas for it.

Carol Held said...

Wow, Wowzers, and a big Wow wee. What beauty is set before my eyes this evening Maureen. You are so the "Queen" of Clean......oh yes, and simple cards. hahaha I am still staring at them.

Marcia said...

Pretty awesome how CP ink colors just pop off the cards. Great layouts.

Sue LD said...

Very pretty colors and card designs.

MaggieB1983 said...

Hi Mo ~ The black and white peacock looks gorgeous on that colorful background and the leaves add just the right "something, something." I knew you'd create a beautiful card with those wonderful floral stamps and I was right. The stenciled background is the perfect backdrop for them. Thanks for continuing to inspire me in so many ways. ~HUGS~

claudiamtz said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing! :-)

bethany koubsky said...

The peacock is just so much fun!!

Deb said...

The black peacock against the colorful background is amazing. As for the second card...the softness of the colors are so pretty...loving the background stencil.

Localeyez said...

Very clever! The peacock, which usually stands out because of colour, still takes centre stage without it!

Sandy said...

So happy to see you back! Love you CAS style...and the colors are so summery!

Mary Beth Krakowski said...

Your peacock just blew me away, it was so amazing to use black and the colors in the background! Both cards were beautiful.

Anne said...

I love the flowers, too.

Vickie Buehler said...

Wow! I always your cards! The way you made the peacock pop against the colors is fantastic! I NEED this SOA box!

It's just Rebecca said...

i love your flower card, its so simple yet stunning - beautiful. (i really like the first card too!!)

Crafty_Judy said...

Beautiful Cards! Agree with you, the flowers are amazing!

Theresa Turri said...

The composition of both cards is just stunning. I love how you set off the b&w peacock with the colors behind it. So cool!

T Blevins said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the black peacock against the colorful background.

cghundley said...

Your cards are both
gorgeous and I love
the Peacock!
Carla from Utah

Lisa Harrolle said...

Look at you go girl!! I think there's some serious mojo in the room now! Your cards are fantastic Maureen. Love what you did with that peacock. WOW!

Melissa Miller said...

Wow! I think my jaw literally dropped when I saw your cards. They are GORGEOUS!!

Lorre-Anne Archibald said...

I love your cards...The colours used are fantastic x

RW Douglass said...

These are so beautiful!

Kirsty said...

Cannot decide which of the stamps I am most excited about-okay probably just ALL pf them. Love your CAS layout

Dawn Turley said...

stunning cards Maureen. Just love the pop of the black peacock against the bright flowers.

Beth Karschnick said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! These card SO MAKE ME SMILE! And I can't stop smiling, either!!!! I think I'll be smiling the rest of the week!!!!

clare barford said...

Wow these are amazing cards. I love how the peacock is black with the colour coming from the background. It's really cool.
Thanks

Julie said...

Love the peacock....it's gorgeous! The floral stamps are so super cute....I'm addicted to floral stamps too lol! Beautiful cards....thanks for sharing 😀

Samantha Buse said...

So pretty thank you for sharing

Samantha Buse said...

So pretty thank you for sharing

loulou said...

Great cards. I really like the B&W peacock against the rainbow mod background - it looks fabulous. Those flowers definitely are fun.

Madame Doudou said...

Thanks for the chance!

Heather Parry said...

Beautiful cards! I live the colour combinations and really like the black and white peacock focal image.

Leanne said...

Beautiful cards!!

Elly Nikoden said...

Hey Maureen!! I love your card with the peacock die!! And I am really liking these ink colors!!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Wow beautiful cards. I like the backgrounds.

Penelope said...

I love all of the flowers!

Debbie said...

I really like your second card. Those flowers are so pretty!

Betty McDougal said...

Very interesting, cannot wait to see the entire package.

canadian_liner said...

Your black-and-white peacock card is brilliant as well as ironic. And i think i could play with those flower stamps all day, too, creating so many different looks. I love how you grounded the bouquet with some soft stenciling.

Brandy Duncan said...

I would have never thought to stamp the peacock in black. Thanks for the tip. Your cards are fabulous. This collection is superb.

Beastybunny said...

Fabulous cards! This box looks amazing!

Mary Kay Werry said...

Great card designs as always. I love the way you have used the florals, and such bright colors. So much fun to play with.

June Sefscik said...

Love the flowers too! and so fun that you used all the new sets. Can't wait to get mine

Pamela said...

Gorgeous! I cannot wait to play with this new collection.

Susan Wareham said...

Cool Cards great new collection.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Beautiful cards!!! Love the stunning colors!!!

Karen said...

I am loving this collection. A the peacock is great. I love your color combinations.

Betty McDougal said...

What beautiful cards with beautiful colors

Patti Krauss said...

Beautiful cards - love the new products!

Sher@SistersInk said...

As usual, great cards with good techniques and great layouts. I love the floral card and how you laid out the arrangement and use of color.

Karen Grba said...

The cards are awsome! Love all the colors!

Jane M said...

Beautiful cards! I love that peacock! Your colors are fantastic!

Sherry Lee said...

Loved your cards! I really like the partial stencil background!

Maureen Peterson said...

Love your cards. Would never have thought to do the peacock in black. It is gorgeous!!
Love SOA :)

nancy y said...

simply beautiful! I love the peacock in black with the bright background.

Carol Hardie said...

Maureen ..... 2 cards that are completely different yet equally beautiful. Love the colorful flower card. I agree, never too many flower stamps. But, the peacock card. Never in a million years would I have thought to stamp it in Black. You are a genius!! Seriously, with the bright background .... just stunning.

Carol Hardie said...

Maureen ..... 2 cards that are completely different yet equally beautiful. Love the colorful flower card. I agree, never too many flower stamps. But, the peacock card. Never in a million years would I have thought to stamp it in Black. You are a genius!! Seriously, with the bright background .... just stunning.

Marianne B in AZ said...

My very first thought...WOW! I don't think I would have thought to stamp the peacock in black, but against the colorful background it's gorgeous!

Kim Goodman said...

Beautiful cards!!! It's true you can never have too many flowers!!

Patti Bomgardner said...

I love the bright colors and the black peacock just POPS! Great card!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Woo Hoo! cant wait to see the whole kit! Looks great!

I2BZ2W8 said...

Love your cards and all of the colors..I just received my new colors..cant wait to try them all.

Diane said...

Love the bright colors with the black. It really makes the images pop! Beautiful,

Barb Oliver said...

Maureen, You,ve done it again. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards. Can't wait to get my S.O.A. box and to see what you create tomorrow!

Barb

Rhonda R said...

Love the vivid, bold colors!

Sue R said...

Love your "Don't need a reason" card.

Nancy-Anne Rockwell said...

I really like how you made the mod square background fade out. Nice touch!

D Golly said...

Love the cards. So adorable. I especially like the one with the peacock. So vibrant.

Debbie Reemtsen said...

The black peacock is beautiful!

Kathy M. said...

Love the flower card with the stencil print in the background!

ladyj said...

Oh wow! I love your peacock card. It's so beautiful And I love the flowers. They're so vibrant.

ladyj said...

Oh wow! I love your peacock card. It's so beautiful And I love the flowers. They're so vibrant.

Beth L. said...

I love your peacock card with the contrasting black and colors. Beautiful cards.

Angie Self said...

Beautiful cards! I love the flowers!

Laura Miller said...

That black peacock against that colorful background - GENIUS. Great job.

Abby said...

Nice cards!

Cynthia said...

love your color choices!

DarbyW said...

Beautiful cards, I especially love the peacock in black on the colored background.

Jill said...

Very pretty cards!!!!!!!

Nandini said...

Both cards are really gorgeous. So fresh and colorful!

Miznez said...

Maureen...both your cards are so beautiful! But I have a real fondness for florals and soft and bright colours...so I think your 2nd card is my fave!😉 Love CP Ink and the colour palette! And this new SOA collection? Oh my!! ❤️

Di said...

Gorgeous cards, love the floral myself and the colours are beautiful.

Tamara said...

So cool cards.

Linda Anderson said...

Love your cards! You have a knack for layering and acheiving a polished look. The colors are beautiful and the flowers are so versatile! Thanks for sharing.

Ana Matias said...

Hi, great cards. Looking forward to becoming a member here.

Jenjen said...

The peacock in black stands out with such pretty colorful background. Love it.

Carol TM said...

OMG! The I don't need a reason Card is AWESOME! Love it!

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