SOA Winterhaven Collection Blog Hop



Welcome to Day One of the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval blog hops.  Today myself and some of my favorite designers are sharing cards using the the Winterhaven 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 by or for Catherine Pooler.

The Winterhaven SOA Collection will be released to the Wait List on October 10th!!  The past two collection have sold 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 get early access (a little perk of being a member!).


Today I have two cards to share with you.  The first uses the Ornamental Background stamp and the Joy Wreath & Good Times dies.


How gorgeous is this background?  I inked it up in It's a Girl, Party Dress and Rockin' Red ink and then I melted ;)  I just can't get over how stunning it is and I really wanted to highlight it on my card.  To make the ornaments pop just little bit more, I stamped a small dot in the center of each ornament.  This is such a fun way to alter the look of a stamped image.  As not to distract from the background I just added the Joy and snowflake die cuts in black to contrast the rest of the card.

My next card highlights the Here We Come A-Caroling and Add-on dies.



I love this scene building stamp set.  It has so many different images you can use to create your scene.  That dog is too cute, don't you think?  I stamped the trees in Melon Ice, Garden Party and Lime Rickey, for a bit of color.  Then stamped and die cut the images and placed them on a glittery snowbank that was all die cut from the Here We Come A-Caroling dies.

Time to go hopping along now.  Don't forget to leave comments along the way.

One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on OCTOBER 11th on Catherine’s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase

Catherine Pooler  
Ardyth  
Kristie 
Justine 
Maureen  (You are here!)

Enjoy!




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Ingrid said...

Those are great!!! Pink and black, love that!!! And I love what you did with the trees on the second. Great projects!

Kira N. said...

I love the ornamental background! It's so striking! Great cards!

NancyLynn said...

I really love that background! Both cards are just adorable!

Debbie said...

Cute! Great job!

Amy C. said...

Beautiful holiday cards! I really like the ombre look to your red card.

tneudorf said...

Beautiful

Marcia HIll said...

Two FABULOUS cards! Absolutely LOVE the background of your 1st card...totally going to try that! Thanks for the great inspiration!! :0)

Lila Taylor said...

Omg! Love that holiday background and the cards are so pretty!

Theresa Robinson said...

Beautiful cards Maureen! Especially love the ornament background card...so pretty. I can't wait to use that puppy on my cards!

The Bakers said...

Your cards are so creative. My favorite has to be those adorable carolers!

Karen Kreider said...

Love the color combo you used with the ornamental background stamp! Both cards are great!

Linda Peabody said...

Great cards Maureen. And the color combinations

Chris said...

Love the little carolers. Great ideas.

Lisa Harrolle said...

Bold and beautiful Maureen!! Loving the pink!!! Your second card is such a lovely scene. I hope that's in the project guide because I so want to CASE that one!!

ann greene said...

All of the cards in this blog hope are so great. I love your ombre background card. I also like how you have just two carolers Great cards, all. Maureen, thanks for sharing.

Marjorie King said...

O my word love the caroler card. I am also really liking the background stamp. Especial I can see it does not have to be used just for Christmas. Thanks for your work.

Nora N. said...

LOVE that caroler card but I think I like the ombre background even better!! Oh so COOL!!

Elise Smith said...

WOW! Both of your cards are fantastic! The ombre ornaments really pop and I love the carolers and shimmering snow :)

Nancy Salkeld said...

Super fun cards! The pink ornament background also makes me think peppermints. I like the array of greens in the 2nd, gives the card a refreshing, cool feel! Fabulous hop!

Joanne G said...

I love how you did the background stamp on the first card. I can picture using that with different colors of CP inks. The carolers on the second card are just too cute!

Sarah said...

Simply gorgeous!

Alicia Lutman said...

That background!!! OMG! Definitely CASEing that!

janice hilton said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the bright colours in the inks in particular. Thanks so much.

Becky Rohwer said...

Absolutely lovely cards. The pink and black really makes the card stand out.

Ann Cifaldi said...

Oh I can't wait to play!

Cindy Pryor said...

I really like both of your cards. The colors in the ornamental background are unusual for Christmas, but they are beautiful. I also like the carolers silhouette a lot. Thanks for the inspiration.

Purwa Singhania said...

These are so so great n lovely!

Sidney Baritz said...

Your cards are lovely Maureen! I love the simplicity of the second and the colors on both!

Cherie Criswell said...

Awe, the carolers are so cute! I like the addition of musical notes

Nana Donna said...

Super cute cards. I love that background stamp and the dots were a perfect touch

Clare Nemeth said...

Love your cards and those carolers are so cute!

Peggy McCullar said...

Oh my!!!!! I can see it now! I MUST have this collection! Beautiful cards!

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Gorgeous card loves the ornamental background the colors are awesome really like how you did your trees wow. Thank you for sharing and now can't wait to get my order in.

Avra Williams said...

Fantastic cards! Love your ornamental ombre background!

Vivian said...

Beautiful cards...Eli is the cutest caroler!

Jayna Goins said...

Great tip about adding to a background stamp! Can’t wait to get my SOA kit!!!

tara powell said...

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

ck d said...

love the background stamp and shades of pink. Beautiful cards!

Colleen Balija said...

Maureen I can't choose a favorite, they're both beautiful! I am liking those carolers and sentiments!

Ellen C said...

Your cards are lovely. I love the background stamp on the first one.

Jane M said...

I love how you used ombré stamping on the Ornamental Background stamp! Beautiful cards! The Winterhaven collection is looking pretty wonderful!

Janis said...

Beautiful cards!

Ida Cutler said...

Your cards are always beautiful! These are no exception. Love em!

Michele Strickland said...

Great card making Love It!

edejesus331 said...

Love the both!

Christy Borfitz said...

Gorgeous cards, Maureen! That ornament background stamp is so amazing and those carolers are adorable!

Susan Eliot said...

Absolutely love these cards!!

Sandy McAllister said...

Love the singers on the snow. Beautiful

Rae Moan said...

Great cards! I really like the glittery snow on the caroler card.

Lacey Willetts said...

Great cards! I really like the background on the first card. Thank you for sharing.

Shirley A. said...

Fabulous new things soon! Thanks for the sneaks!

Connie Brooks said...

Very pretty cards Maureen. I normally don't care for scene building sets, but gosh, I really need this one. It's so Christmasy. Your first card is very pretty with the ombré colors. I like that. Pink and black together was Elvis' favorite colors. Miss his voice. He really knew how to sing Christmas Carols.

Colleen said...

Both cards had me squealing! Those black snowflakes, fabulous! And those carolers, be still my heart.

Marilyn in Michigan said...

Love these cards! That background is spectacular! And the carolers are adorable!

Lynda said...

stunning. I can see how you 'melted' when the background came out like that.

Christine_sz said...

Lovely creations! I especially love the first one with it's fun, slightly non-traditional pink and black color palette. It's so fun!

Rhonda Price said...

I love all these ideas on the blog hop today. Love your reds and pinks and I love, love, love dots. I love your trees too. Bless all the designers with your great ideas.

Linda said...

Two lovely cards showcasing the SOA box. Can hardly wait to get mine.

Shelley Banghart said...

Loving that background stamp more every time I see a new project. Nice work!

Pam Wells said...

Such a fun new SOA! Cute cards!

Jill D. said...

Love the cards. Silhouettes, sparkles. What more could you want?

Barbara Brennan said...

The background stamp reminds be of the beautiful glass ornaments of Christmases past. Can't wait to use strips of this background to create border and accent pieces. Imaging the scenes to be created with all of those carolers...can't wait!

Jodi Wayman said...

Such beautiful cards! Love the colors you used especially with ornament background

Debrah Binard said...

The Joy to the world card uses a less traditional color scheme,and gives an upbeat modern feel of Christmas! Love it!

Mrs. Lowry said...

Great cards! I'm really loving the carolers.

JoAnn said...

The first card is very striking. Love the scene on the second card.

Ebrown said...

Love that background stamp - so many differs looks with the same stamp. And those silhouettes -- adorable.

Denise said...

Beautiful cards and I especially love the ornamental background stamp card.

Nana Griffin said...

Oh my these are really lovely! I just love how you did the trees in the second card.

Rose W said...

Christmas is in the air! What great cards. The Carolers win again. Just plain extra ordinary!

Joyce Spear said...

The Ornamental Background on your first card is just incredible! I think that might end up being my favorite stamp in the collection. Either that or the "handmade" one... or the champagne glasses... or -- oh, heck! Let's just say they're all my favorite! ;)

Elaine said...

Beautiful cards, that background stamp is so great

Kristine said...

I seriously love that ornament background! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration!

Donna Neal said...

Thanks Maureen for sharing these two cards - both are lovely! I really like your use of color and how you demonstrated the versatility of the stamps/dies! Makes me extra anxious to receive my SOA box! :)

Allison Cope said...

Sigh... I so wish I had an ounce of your talent Maureen! You have the keenest sense of design, colour and simplicity! Two amazing cards! Hugs!

Kristie Goulet said...

Two amazing cards, Mo! Love them!!!!

Sarah Greber said...

Both cards are nicely done. This collection is so great! So many options!

Karen said...

I lov both cards. I would never have thought to do a black snowflake. Love the ombré background.

Mary Edwards said...

Such pretty cards. This collection is going to be such fun to work with.

Kay Roose said...

Love your cards. The card using the background stamp gives me ideas for making other non-holiday cards. Thanks for sharing.

Jean Mervine said...

two fantastic cards!

Judy said...

These Carolers are calling my name. I need to find a craft corner as Mom is living with us in the craft room/office. Irma was not kind to Mom's neighborhood but she is safe and the house can be repaired or replaced. I miss rafting though😢

Sherry pappan said...

The background on the Joy card is beautiful

Nancy-Anne Rockwell said...

I can't wait to get my paws on that scene builder. So many possibilities!!

Vickie Buehler said...

Stunning cards, Maureen! They really catch the eye!

SmilynStef said...

Love the ornament background ... and the combination of greens on those trees.

Kris said...

Love that background stamp with the "Joy" die cut -- the musical notes and carolers, too! Thanks, Maureen.

kt said...

Love your use of bright color against the black. Im all about unconventional. Cant wait to play with this collection!

JmB said...

The hombre background using those ornaments is brilliant and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

tammejean said...

Love your cards

Jan Arnold said...

Love your cards! I'm excited to try to make the great background with the ornament! The carolers are so cute with the evergreens in the background! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Mary Polanco said...

WOWZA...how amazing are these cards? The green silhouette one is just simply gorgeous! I love how WOW you could make a clean and simple card!

Posh Kitty said...

Maureen I think red and black look amazing on a Christmas Card.

Karen said...

Love! They are so much fun. Great cards!

JD, Just Juris Doctoris said...

Beautiful cards! Love the background on the first card!

Natalie Godfrey said...

Really cute cards! Love the colors.
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kristen ozinga said...

That pink background is so pretty and great way to show a non-holiday use for that stamp!

Lori Walker said...

EEEK!!! I am so loving that ornamental background stamp!!!

Marge Hurtig said...

Fantastic cards Maureen!!

Rose said...

Lovely cards. The second one with the carolers is my favorite.

Beverly Roachell said...

Love them both. So different, but so wonderful.

Chrystyna said...

Thanks for sharing there great cards! Love the new background stamp, it's just awesome!!! The carolers stamps and dies will be fun to use on the Christmas cards this year. Always fun to check out the blog hop, so thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

Karen Rose said...

Beautiful blog post. I really love this SOA holiday collection. Thanks to the team for starting the Christmas season right!

Nancy said...

great cards!! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

Linda Gorman said...

Both of your cards are fabulous!!! I love this collection the best of all of the collections!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Denise Brafford said...

Great ideas. Love those cute carolers and those background trees. Perfect!

Woodmanor said...

your cards are amazing!! this release is so well thought out and all of the items I've seen so far go so well together

Four11Lady said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards. They are wonderful!

Cheryl L. said...

These stamps are so great!

Unknown said...

The silver snow is wonderful!
Debbie Burnham

Lori Warren said...

These cards are stunning!

cindybearj said...

I love your cards. The way you use so many ink colors is awesome. The pink ombre is especially beautiful.

Susie Moore said...

You are an amazing artist! Your cards are sheer perfection!

KO said...

Love the carolers with the doggie....and the lamppost!

Lynn Fletcher said...

Maureen, both cards are fabulous. Love how you used the background stamp in the first card and the trees and carolers in the second card!

Cynthia Simpson said...

Thsnk you for sharing. Love the ornaments background and how you did the black centers. Both cards are beautiful.

Mary-Anne V said...

wonderful cards...love the pretty pink ombre and the wonderful silhouette images.

Kelley H. said...

Nice projects. Love the use of the background stamp.

jandbspiegel said...

Wow - beautiful creations. I really like the red to pink and black, that background stamp is awesome. The carolers though are classic Christmas great design.

sunnicherry said...

Very nice cards. Really merry and bright

Michelle Wallace said...

WOW Maureen, you have really showcased that background stamp! Gorgeous cards!

Jill said...

This collection is so fun! Cannot wait until Monday.

BeverlyBL said...

Cool cards. I could almost hear the music from card #2. Love all those little silhouette people.

TheWinstonFamily said...

Love the cards. The pink and black is very pretty.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Very cute and very sweet! Happy World CardMaking Day!

Nancy young said...

Beautiful cards, that background sure is a winner!

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

Happy World Card Making Day! Your cards are so pretty! That background stamp is so amazing! Lovecthecpink and black!

Cindyloohoo said...

Your cards are beautiful. Love this new collection.

JenC said...

I haven't cared for the use of black so much lately, but wow!! I think you just might have converted me!!

Mary said...

Love your color combos , nice deviation from traditional colors,

goaliemom36 said...

Love the background stamp. The cards are beautiful!

Sue Smith said...

Oh my, what terrific cards. I love the carolers and their friendly little companion (dog !!) The ombre coloring is awesome. What a fabulous SOA box for Christmas. Would love to win it!! :)

Jo Ann Lovell said...

Both cards are a joy....love them!

Theresa Knopf said...

Love, love, love!
Clean simple and stunning!

Sheila H said...

Love your cards!

Mary Nelson said...

LOVE!! Two completely different looks, yet both so creative and classic!!

Judy said...

Oh my goodness. That background is amazing. Tfs and God bless

Sharon Nez said...

Hi Maureen! I love both your cards...but my fave is the 1st one you made!! That background stamp is stunning!!! And the colors you used for your blending is so magical!! The simplicity is breath-catching!! I was also hoping I would see that hyphenated line in use on a card....and I love how you introduced it to your card. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

Lindy said...

The dots on the background stamp really makes it pop! That's my favorite but love them all.

Kathy Doyle said...

Great cards! Love the pink and black together! Love the added black to the background stamp on your first card and the sparkly snow on the second card.

Sherry said...

So beautiful!

Michelle Allison said...

I love the non-traditional colors of the first card - and the sweet silhouettes in the second! Beautiful.

Cathy Morris said...

I love the background, too. Your color selection is perfect. Thanks for the ideas!

canadian_liner said...

Those little carolers are SO cute. The scene you created is sweet, snow and trees and all. The possibilities with that red rubber background stamp are AWESOME! Love the ombre look of your card. JOY-ful, indeed!

Jennifer Louthan said...

Ooohhh I need to work on a pink card for my Christmas cards. I'm loving the vibrancy of your ornaments.

Jill said...

Great cards!!!!

Tracy said...

Awesome cards, love the color combo on the first!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful cards -the Ornamental background card is stunning and the wintery scene of silhouettes is so festive too!

Dee-Ann Gniewek said...

Love, love, love the ornamental background!

Robin Monsos said...

Such a simple design but so totally elegant looking. I love your style!

desertskyquilts said...

Wonderful inspiration. I just love that first card and the second one is also great. Thank you for your ideas and for the chance to win the box. Did you shade under the figures on the green card? dezertsuz at gmail

Craftydancer said...

I love your caroling card. I can't wait to stamp with this set. I am so excited.

Trina said...

Wonderful cards. Love this SOA box.

Colleen said...

WOW WOW, the ombre background is stunning and especially with the black sentiment and snowflakes! Awesome card!

Virtual Teacher said...

I love the background stamp from the SOA!!It can be used for many different types of
cards.

Melody said...

Wowza! I just love that background stamp, and you really allowed it to shine. And your carolers made the song come right into my head as if I was hearing it from them. Great cards and ideas! Thanks for inspiring us all.

Susan Wareham said...

Fantastic card inspiration love them both

Rosemary Lettieri said...

Oh wow! The colors are so unique and fabulous! Loving these ideas!!

Sophia Blair said...

I love the idea that you can build your own scene! Just seeing some of the other designers use the stamps in a different way demonstrates the versatility! So beautiful Maureen, thanks for the inspiration!

Karin W said...

Love those carolers! Got to get those dies too!!!

Cathy said...

Maureen, I love everything you do! So cool!

Diane Kannawin said...

I love your cards!

Sherri said...

I love the ornament background card.

Donna Hawkins said...

Amazing color combinations and cards! Love this collection.

Linda Anderson said...

WOW! Amazing cards. I love the pink and black combo and I just can't get enough of those sweet carollers. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Sue LD said...

Wonderful cards you created.

Deborah Walters said...

Omg I just love that background and the cute little dog and carollers are amazing.

Sylvia L said...

Wow. The joy to the world with silhouettes are incredible. Great job ladies and Mrs. Pooler.

loceanjo said...

I love the background stamp from this collection!! It is so versatile.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the carolers. Silhouettes
are always so pretty.
The shading on the first card
is wonderful.
thanks for sharing.

Brandy said...

Love the colors you used! Your cards are beautiful!!

Anita Agler said...

Beautiful cards! I love that background stamp.

beth said...

Love the background stamp with the three colors. Also the trees and carolers are cute.

Deborah Mitchem said...

Stunning Work! Love the colors

Deborah Mitchem said...

Stunning Work! Love the colors

Ellen Fisher said...

Can't decide which I like better - it's a tie. Love them both!

Joyce said...

That background stamp is gorgeous!

Cheryl Ellison said...

Love how clean and simple these are, love the colors.

Fran said...

I can’t decide which is my fave out of all the products, but I think that little “Eli” image is winning ; ) I absolutely adore your pink and black card Mo, a very classy and French look. Thnks for sharing such great cards with us.

Scraplea 1 said...

Beautiful! Your cards are amazing!! I can't wait to get these products--this collection is so fun. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Melissa Miller said...

Your cards are absolutely stunning, Maureen!! Love that pink & black card!!

Alaska .Kris said...

Love your colors!

Samistic Cards said...

Love your cards!

Heike Kirmse said...

Wonderful cards.

Priscilla Gotham said...

Your silhouette card is my favorite! All the sparkle speaks to my Heart. 😀

Marise Nyberg said...

Loving this background stamp. My head is swirling with thoughts of how to use it! Thank you for the great ideas. Can't wait for the new collection.

Priscilla S said...

My husband stopped in his tracks when he saw the ornamental background card... He knows this is a must have collection.

Sabrina said...

Very cute cards!!

Tracey Landt said...

Fabulous ideas, thank you for sharing!

Lisa K said...

Both lovely cards. I like the carol one a lot. It looks like they are singing! Your pattern with the all over background is quite lovely.

Amy McCue said...

I love that background! Beautiful cards!

jcappetta said...

Love both of your cards. The addition of the black dots on the background is just perfect!

Beka L said...

Love both of these cards!

Elainej said...

I just love your CAS style. Your ornament background could pass for Catherine's "pink" Christmas card this year.
Of course I love the carolers. This card takes me back to when I was a kid and the retro look of cards from the 50's.
Thank you.

Debra Rumpza said...

Great holiday cards... I love the carolers.

Carol McGregor said...

Love your cards. This Winterhaven kit looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Betty McDougal said...

Cannot wait for the release.

Fe Orot Mejia said...

I like the simplicity of your cards ... beautiful.

Bonnie Sanche said...

Pink and Black on a Christmas card -- absolutely stunning! (I actually said, "Wow!" out loud.) Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Bernie Juracek said...

I love the joy card!!! The Pink ombre background.... WOW! I really like the carolers card too! Thank you for sharing!

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