Paradise Found Release Blog Hop


Hello there!  Welcome to Day 2 of the Paradise Found release blog hops!  I'm thrilled to be sharing some projects that I made with the newly released inks and products.

If you haven't gotten a peek at the new Spa ink line, here's some eye candy for you...


8 gorgeous colors!  Same beautiful coverage as the Party collection.  

The new release also included new stamps, dies and accessories.  My first project features the Winter Woodland stamp set and Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Juniper Mist and Royal Treatment inks.


This stamp set was love at first site for me!  I am head over heels for that deer.  I'm not usually drawn to whimsical images, but man, I love that deer.  

The Winter Woodland stamp set is perfect for scene building.  To create my scene, I used the snowdrift die from the Winterhaven die set to create a mask for the bottom of my card.  I sponged with Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Royal Treatment and Juniper Mist on the top edges.  I was careful with the blending between Mandarin Spine and Royal Treatment, as the two don't blend well together and I didn't want to wind up with mud brown ;)  Then I flicked the background with water.  Next I stamped all of the images using the MISTI and Midnight ink.  I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment. I finished the card by heat embossing some white snowflakes in the background.


My next card features the Plaid Background and Wonderful Time of the Year stamp sets a rainbow of Spa inks in Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea and Daydream.


A rainbow card for Christmas?  Why, YES!!!!  I channeled my inner Kristie while making this card.  Kristie is the queen of rainbows.  I started by stamping the ornaments on a white panel.  They look so cute all stamped out like this.  Initially I was going to stamp them in a straight row but I think this looks better like this, it's fun and adds flow to the design.

I thought I'd stop there and add the panel to a white card base but a rainbow Plaid Background is even better!  I find it easiest to lay the background stamps flat on my workspace and add the ink directly to the stamp.  I overlapped between colors and I'm thrilled with how they all blend together!

It's time for you two hop along now.  Two more items of business before you head out...
  • Not only are there new inks, stamps and dies in the store but the products from the Naturally Inspired collection have also released!  WOOT.  So if there was anything you wanted or you missed out on the collection.  It's available here.

  • You have through Friday, November 17th at 11:55am to leave comments.  3 randomly selected winners with get a $25 gift certificate to the store!
Happy hopping and shopping!

Maureen Merritt - YOU ARE HERE!

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77 comments:

Avra Williams said...

Stunning! Gorgeous colors!

Arianna Barbara said...

Simply stunning! Love all these combo of colors!!!

Mrs. Lowry said...

Wow! Beautiful cards! I love the color blending on the first card and your use of all the colors in the second card. I can't wait until those Winter Wonderland arrive!

Jo Ann Lovell said...

Cute and pretty! Love your cards!

Teri Smith said...

Love your colourful cards. If Kristie is the queen, I think you've become the princess of rainbow stamping.

Ashlyn D'Aoust said...

Both cards are beautiful, but that blended sky is stunning!

Colleen Balija said...

Hi Maureen! You're backgrounds are incredible! That Mandarin color, wow!

Rae Moan said...

I love your cards! Can’t wait for my order to arrive so I can start playing!

ann greene said...

I love your cards. The muted colors are gorgeous.

Connie Brooks said...

You did great blending the sky. I'm still learning to blend. All you designers are teaching me. Your cards are wonderful.

Vivian said...

I agree with you...the winter stamp set is so cute!

Theresa Knopf said...

Wonderful cards Mo! Love that blended one.

Barbara Yates said...

The blend of your ink colors are beautiful. Love the cards!!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

All those colors are just so yummy! Beautiful cards. Love the Winter Wonderland set a lot!!

Ellen C said...

Beautiful cards!

Judy said...

Wow! That purple and orange really pops. I love the plaid and ornament card as well.

loceanjo said...

Love that deer!!|Guess everyone does!

TheWinstonFamily said...

Love the plaid card. The colors are gorgeous.

Michele Strickland said...

Great cards love 'em

Z Sullivan said...

What a lovely scene! The blending is exquisite, and those critters are so adorable. That stamp set is high on my wish list. Thanks for the inspiration.

Marge Hurtig said...

You always do such an amazing job....live them all!

Julie Booker said...

Wow! All I can say is wow! What an amazing use of colour! Gorgeous!

Dee Earnshaw said...

wow the colors on these cards are amazing:)

Francine D said...

Wow.. such good timing to release these colors. They are so appropriate to fall (really any season) but they look just stunning behind these winter scenes. Beautiful designs

Nana Donna said...

Your scene card is awesome, I love the colors.
Can't wait to get my hands on those inks

Holly Graham said...

I love how you used the colour!

Mary Holshouser said...

The background on the first card
is spectacular.
Love the ornaments. Pretty colors.
thanks for sharing.

Holly said...

Wow! I love the background colors on the first one, gorgeous!

Nouveau Chef said...

Always love a rainbow! I love the plaid background - can't wait to get my hands on it!

Tinstar said...

That ornament card is super fun- love the topsy turvy look you've created.

Sue LD said...

Fabulous colors on your cards.

Rhonda Price said...

I am loving these colors! I love your plaid and the ornament, beautiful.

JanetB said...

Love, Love,Love your bunny and deer card!

tara powell said...

Wow! So fun love your cards.

Donna Hawkins said...

Cute cards! Love your creativity!

Jill D. said...

Love the cards. I,m with you the whimsy of the woodland set is just darling and I absolutely am in love with that ornament.

Susan said...

Two wonderful cards to round out my day. Thank you for sharing. I like the alternating direction of the ornaments.

sharon g said...

The sky is just amazing. I am going to try that!!

Melissa Friedrich said...

LOVE your ink blended background for the super cute deer and the rainbow plaid and ornaments are AMAZING! Beautiful cards, so festive!

Christy Borfitz said...

Maureen, I just love your cards! The rainbow plaid card is amazing and I the deer card is so cute!

Deborah Kaye said...

Great cards! Love your deer card! That background and those stamps. Awesome!

SmilynStef said...

Your ink-blended sky is amazing

Renee O'Donnell said...

Love the deer card, very cute! Especially fond of that plaid background stamp and the card you made with It!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! Love that spectacular winter scene... amazing colors!

Four11Lady said...

I like the plaid one with the ornaments, but the one with the blended sky and that cute deer is my favorite. Well done........

Annie C said...

Love to see your playful side with the ornaments! However, the winter woodland scene is stunning.

Barbara Brennan said...

Great job on your winter scene development of the woodland creatures. SO SWEET and cute. The beautiful plaid background is a delightful behind the scenes base for those colorful ornaments.

Dawn Turley said...

Beautiful cards Maureen. I really can't wait for my stamps and inks to get here so I can play

Trina said...

Beautiful cards.

Andrea Hastilow said...

Loving the cards you made, the colour mix of those baubles are stunning x

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Gorgeous cards. That deer is amazing, inks are fantastic, Wow!

Nana Griffin said...

A lovely job on both cards. Your blended sky is gorgeous!

Melody said...

Very eye-catching cards! The colors are so vibrant and your blending is gorgeous.

Sebrina Bendel said...

Beautiful cards. Very eye catching. The first one is super adorable. I really love that set.

Heike K. said...

Wonderful cards. Love the new colours.

JmB said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the sunset in the first card. So beautiful in the new ink colors.

Dee-Ann Gniewek said...

Rainbow ornaments, yes!

beth said...

Very nice! That plaid stamp is great.

Donna Neal said...

Love the way you created the night sky & the stars - very nice! And your rainbow plaid - wow - I think that may be the first thing I try when it comes in the mail. :) Thanks for sharing!

Veronica Klatt said...

Your cards are always so pretty - I love the way you did the plaid background

Deb said...

Love the background- fab cards

minnesotabackyard said...

Maureen, love your cards, especially how you used the plaid background.
Linda SS

Mary Nelson said...

Fabulous cards! Can't wait to play with my new inks and that incredible plaid background stamp!!!

jandbspiegel said...

Again, those beautifully blended backgrounds!! Love, Love Love these colors

Tracy A said...

Wow. I love the sky you created on the woodland card. Stunning.

foleysfriend said...

Beautifully blended background on your Winter Wonderland card. Love the whimsy of your second card. Gorgeous!

Phyllis Sinclair said...

The critters made me smile.

Jodie Ramdas said...

Both cards are stunning Maureen! I love the blended backgrounds!

Joyce Spear said...

Maureen, your cards are wonderful! They both make me sad, though - sad that I didn't order those two stamp sets on Tuesday when I placed my ink order. Guess what will be on my next order, though...!

Laura Miller said...

I am so in love with those woodland creatures and your evening sky is GORGEOUS. But your second card is actually my favorite - - gorgeous colors and I agree the up and down stamping of the ornaments gives a great sense of whimsy. As always - well done!

Posh Kitty said...

The card with the deer and the bunny is so cute

Localeyez said...

Vibrancy wins!!!

Nancy Salkeld said...

Fabulous cards! Love those rainbow ornaments!

Daria said...

I love your bright and beautiful cards. I'm already drooling over the Winter Woodland stamp set; I also love that deer and the rabbit too.

Thank you for sharing these.

Craftydancer said...

Nice job. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Barbara Edwards Staradumsky said...

Both cards are stunning! Love the color blending! Love Love Love how you arranged the ornaments...So Creative!

Teresa Cherka said...

Love the cards and the new colors!

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