SOA Love is in the Air Blog Hop - Day 3


Hello and Happy New Year!  It's been a bit since I have posted but I'm thrilled to be back for the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval release!  Today is day 3 of the blog hops.  Be sure to head to Catherine's website for all of the blog hop lists and release details!

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.  These collections contain everything you need to make a variety of cards without having to reach into your stash.  

The Love is in the Air Collection will be released to the Wait List on January 9th!!  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!).

Now that we've gotten through all of the nitty-gritty details, it's time to take a peek at some projects!

My cards today feature The World Awaits stamp set.  I'm using positive and negative masking techniques on both.


To create my cards, the first thing I did was stamp the map images from The World Awaits on masking paper.  Then I fussy cut the images, saving both the positive and negative pieces.  Although all of that fussy cutting can seem overwhelming, you can save it to use again and again. (I stick mine right to the stamp set).  The results are well worth the effort!

For this card, I stamped the images on white card stock with Midnight ink.  Then I masked off the edges of the map (covering any open spots with post-it tape) and sponged in a rainbow of color.  Next I masked off the continents and sponged lightly with It's a Boy ink.  This helps the images pop a bit more.  I die cut the layer with the Postage Stamp dies and embellished with a scattering of sequins.


My next card uses the same general idea but I've added more layers and color!


I started this card the same way; stamping The World Awaits images in Midnight ink on a white panel. Using the same masks, I masked off the continents and sponged again in a rainbow all around the images.  The panel was then die cut using the Postage Stamp dies and added to a white layer that was cut with the same die set.  The sentiment was stamped and added, as well as the Love die that was die cut once from Black card stock and 3 times from white card stock, then layered together.  The design was embellished with hearts from the Bon Voyage Accoutrements die set.


There are so many possibilities with this stamp set and the rest of the Love is in the Air collection.  


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 January 10th 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.

Maureen Merritt {You are here!}



150 comments:

ann greene said...

Maureen, I love your cards. I like how you melded the different colors. Great job.

Kristie Goulet said...

EEEK! Love these! I had the same idea you did to mask and sponge, but never got around to doing it. I see that I am going to have to, to create some awesome cards! So happy to see you got some time to stamp. xoxo

clare barford said...

Wow you fussy cut that entire world stamp. That’s impressive. The cards are simply stunning as all you cards alway are. I love the colours and the idea on the masking. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jenn said...

Both cards are stunning, Maureen! I really love both of them. So happy you are part of the SN DT!

Karen Kreider said...

Wow! These are both gorgeous!! Bless you for all the fussy cutting! I don’t have the patience! Can’t wait to find out what that new ink color is!

Avra Williams said...

Your cards are stunning! Thanks for the tip on fussy cutting (and saving) the masks! I'm in Laurel's facebook cardmaking group - my ink color guess keeps changing! Haha! I"ll go back to yesterday's guess of Pretty in Pink.

Beth B. said...

You win the "Patience is a virtue" prize for fussy cutting those continents.

Tracie Pond said...

Love how these are the inverse of each other. Beautiful and full of happy colors.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Your cards are fantastic ! These magnificent colors are so joyful !
[margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

Jean Mervine said...

I always love your cards and these are no exception. Beautiful use of color. I'm a Stamp Nation member.

Rhonda Price said...

Love your color combinations and blending.

edejesus331 said...

Both cards are amazing! My fav is "Love...World go Round"!!! Stunning!

Diane Loughrey said...

You rocked this Stampnation member's world with your cards. Thanks for sharing. What a great blog hop this has been.

Dee Earnshaw said...

stunning cards - love everything about them from the color choices to the awesome sentiments:)

Donna Neal said...

Loved both your cards - you always turn out such beautiful & creative projects! Thanks for sharing your talent! :) (I'm a StampNation member)

Ashlea Crafts said...

I LOVE how your maps are the inverse of each other. So creative and beautiful Maureen!

Ellen C said...

Your cards are colorful, amazing and inspiring. I am a Stamp Nation member.

JD, Just Juris Doctoris said...

I can see some wedding cards coming out this set, combined with some other CP stamp sets. This is great inspiration! Thanks!

Jodie Ramdas said...

Gorgeous cards Maureen! Loving seeing so many rainbow designs! Can't wait for the PJ party to order my SOA!

Lynn Hardy said...

Your cards are stunning - so bright and cheerful! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

Susan Powell said...

It's so great to see you stamping again Maureen! LOVE your cards - that second one has me wanting to get inky today - love the sponging!!

D.Ann C said...

That map is so cool and I think it's extra stunning left in B&W with that gorgeous rainbow ocean!

Heidi Sullivan said...

I love stamping and the world stamp is just wonderful for back or focal. I think your cards are super.

Laura Miller said...

You do such a fabulous job with sponging color -- and then to make a rainbow affect. I haven't yet been brave enough to try it -- but your cards give such great inspiration. I'll have to try!

Jennifer said...

Awesome cards cannot wait to get this SOA box!

Lacey Willetts said...

Your cards are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Kara Stainbrook said...

Super duper cute cards!!! So many options for this box..

Stamp Nation Member

Mary Reiner said...

Your cards are stunning! "Love makes the world go round" is my favorite. Thanks for giving us so much inspiration.

Jennifer Archambault said...

Super cute cards! Love your coloring too! Thanks for sharing!

lynn said...

Great colors..love the script of the word love!!

Wanda Radler said...

Wow - these cards are awesome. They are so colorful. I love that world map stamp and cannot wait to use it. These are just more ideas to create with. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

sue lorio said...

The creativity never ceases to amaze me. thanks!

bethany koubsky said...

I love the black and white continents and showing the diffference when they are colored in! These are beautiful cards! thank you Maureen!!

Rae Moan said...

I love both your cards!!

Scraplea 1 said...

Love your wonderful, colorful cards! Thanks so much for sharing with us on this great SOA blog hop.

Elizabeth Roberts said...

Love both card ideas. They are both very colorful!

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Maureen, your cards are so amazing, they are both pretty and colourful. Thank you so much for sharing, Love is in the Air for sure in this SOA collection.

Lorie Brunner said...

Your cards turned out spectacular!! As a new stamp nation member, I'm very excited for this box!!!

Sue D said...

Very clever and colorful world card designs.

Debbie Selby said...

Great cards. The amazing colour and design knocked this kit into the must have category. Well done.

Nana Donna said...

Wow, wow, wow I love your cards and all the beautiful colors

Colleen said...

Both cards are gorgeous, but the rainbow background with white continents is really stunning.

Theresa Knopf said...

Amazing cards Mo!
Love the simplicity and color.
This SOA is going to never get put away.

Clare Nemeth said...

Love your cards Mo!! Miss seeing your face. Have always loved your designs!!!

Mrs. Lowry said...

I wasn't too sure about the world stamps until I saw all the great ideas from these blogs! Love your card!

Priscilla S said...

The second card is my absolute favorite!!! This card will be CASED for sure and I will make sure I give credit where credit is due. I'm a nut about fussy cutting... truth be told it's a little therapeutic LOL

Nouveau Chef said...

I really need to try that masking technique - thanks for the inspiration. I can't wait to participate in my first SN member PJ party tonight!

Teresa Cherka said...

Love the cards, the colors are spectacular together.

Michele Strickland said...

enjoyed your cards I got to see a lot of different ways to use the world stamps!

Michelle Allison said...

Maureen, this is a simple technique, but it packs a punch! Love the flow of color! Oh, and I'm a StampNation member.

Karen said...

Love your cards as always. This world stamp is rocking MY world and seeing all the different ways it is being used is awesome. Thank you for sharing as always.

Linda Anderson said...

At first look, wasn't sure about the postage stamp die but I have grown to love each and every card made with them. They create such a presence on the cards that really stands out. Thanks for all of the creative options shown on this blog hop. The design team ROCKS! I am a SN member.

Jane M said...

Great cards! Beautiful colors and blending. Thanks for the masking technique tips! I am a Stamp Nation Member.

Jo Ann Lovell said...

Love your cards. Colorful and creative. Thanks for sharing!

JmB said...

Gorgeous cards with those fabulous map stamps. Thank you for sharing how you masked to create these stunners. Very inspirational.

Marcia Rollins said...

Leaving the would white with the colored background is so cool! It's beauty is brought out with this technique.

Mary-Anne V said...

Such awesome rainbow cards...love them.

Lori Walker said...

I just love your cards - they are stunning! Thanks for sharing your talents!

Tasha Dawson said...

so pretty! Your cards are wonderful!

Nicole said...

Love that world stamp set. It will make so many cute cards.

Joanne G said...

Great cards, Maureen! The world map stamps are great as is everything in this SOA! Can't wait to get it. Thanks for sharing.

Denise Kasbohm said...

Wow. Thank you for your tips on masking. I love how your blending of colors gives it softness although they are very colorful. The blue "water" blending looks great.

Jill D. said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques. Love the cards especially the 2nd one.

Mary Nelson said...

I'm in Laurel Beards fb group and I think your cards are so stunning. I love your fun colors on the world map, so pretty!!!

Patty Cappello said...

Love the use of colors - so brilliant. Can't wait to start.

Cindy said...

Love your cards and color combinations!

Ruby's Game Reviews said...

Love the color in your cards, so bright and vibrant......

nfabbri said...

What a great end to the blog hop!!!! The postage stamp die is amazing and I cant wait to start using it!

Sabrina said...

Both cards are absolutely stunning and so beautiful!!!!

Amanda said...

I love your use of colour on both of these cards! very lovely! :)

Cynthia Simpson said...

Beautiful cards. Very colorful. Stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Heike K. said...

Wonderful cards.

Phyllis Sinclair said...

Fun to see the plain world on colors. Probably the way I will use the stamps. Thanks.

Linda Yang said...

I've always loved your cards! They're just so beautiful! Can't wait to get the SOA kit.

JazzyH said...

Love the colors! Great cards!

anna said...

How amazing this stamp set is, just imagine giving the card to a newly married couple who are going on s honeymoon around the world, because these colors highlight the countries, they are going to, and to, by using this card, they will never get lost. What a wonderful memory.

Sue T.

Heidi Rees said...

Wow such great colors! Beautiful job on these cards!

Dawn Kloman said...

Love rainbows. These are magical!!!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Very pretty cards using this awesome new kit
and some beautiful colors.

Craftydancer said...

I love this stamp set. It is so unique. Not like anything out there. It is a must have. Thanks for highlighting it.

Nanette said...

These are so very pretty :) Can't wait for the SOA party tonight!
StampNation Member

Jodi Wayman said...

Your cards are so BEAUTIFUL! Love your inking/masking with that map it's just fabulous!

Tiffany Born said...

Love this stamp and the possibilities!

Wendy said...

I am a StampNation member and think this SOA is amazing! My favourite thing in this collection is the postage stamp dies. I am also excited about the release of the new ink colour. I just love the dimensional effect you did with the love die cut.

Theresa Robinson said...

Beautiful cards - you are right there are so many ways to use the map stamps. Can't wait to try them out!

Lindy said...

It is so amazing to me to see each person come up with yet another idea with the same set. I especially like your mask and sponged card with rainbow world. I am a stamp Nation member who is thoroughly enjoying the challenges and inspiration there!

Jayna Goins said...

Beautiful color choices!!

Dorothy Breitenstein said...

The design team is amazing for sharing their talents to a SN member. Love these cards. The second one is my favorite. Thanks!

Nana Griffin said...

Both cards are nicely done.

Pat Benger said...

Maureen, love both of your cards! Very creative! Thank you for sharing!

Dianne Smith said...

Very nice, love the brightness!

Samantha Buse said...

I love the rainbow effect on both these cards, they’re so happy and bright

canadian_liner said...

You've certainly sold me on the utility of making the masks for the map stamps, Maureen. Can't believe how different and effective both versions are! There is so much to LOVE in this collection... Thanks for the inspiration!

Joni said...

Lovely colors. Both cards are a work of art.

Vickie Buehler said...

Maureen, your cards are gorgeous as always! Love how you've fussy cut and masked the world stamp.

Marlene Ashbeck said...

Such cute ideas using the world stamps.

Sharon Stewart said...

So colorful! Love the script font.

Retired Librarian said...

Your cards were last on the hop, but far from least! Loved both of them.

kerry myers said...

I just love that large love sentiment and die!!!

Heather M said...

Gorgeous cards!! I love the rainbow on the map pieces. Using the masks behind the map pieces and creating the rainbow for your second was stunning.

Susan White said...

Amazing cards Maureen!! I love The World Awaits stamp set!! I would be happy with just that one set but Secretly hoping I have some luck and win a SOA box!! But if not I will impatiently wait for this set to become available the Catherine's store later this year!!

Elizabeth Drake said...

Great cards

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful cards, love the mask and sponge techniques on this awesome map stamp -so effective, these cards are stunning!

Marjorie King said...

thanks for sharing

TerriLynn said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful cards!! Loved the way you double-masked & then gave us a little tutorial on how to do it. Thank you. In Love yet Again! Love being a StampNation member. I love the Stamp of Approval collections because everything in it works so well together you don’t have to think about it. The cards practically make themselves. I love just how many different ways these products can be used together. Hard to choose a favorite product but I’m leaning really hard in the direction of those postage stamp dies.
Terrilynn

Queen-of-Cards said...

Love your creative approach! Thanks for sharing your talent!
I'm a Stamp Nation sista!!

Debbie Bonczek said...

You completely rock that postage stamp die. These are fabulous. So excited to be a StampNation member right now . . . with release today, the creations will be flowing in from members. Can't wait to see it all.

Dawn Turley said...

Totally awesome Maureen. Your use of the maps is amazing

Janis said...

I always love to see the same stamp set used differently - both of your cards are outstanding!

Patty said...

Wow...both these cards are beautiful!! Can't decide which I like the best! I love the rainbow colors on your first card, but the background inks on your second is equally beautiful & looks awesome with the map uncolored!!

Posh Kitty said...

Wow you did really good with this collection

Stacy White said...

Love your cards! They are beautiful!

Kathy Doyle said...

Amazing, colorful cards! The die cuts really add to the dimension of the cards!

Ingrid said...

OH WOW. I am SO glad you wrote how you did this Maureen - I was trying to figure out how you so PERFECTLY shaded those areas! LOVE, love, LOVE your cards. They make me happy. :)

Sue McRae said...

Your use of color is magical in these card designs!

Rita C Jackson said...

I don't know which card I like better. I love color so I believe that's why me decision is so hard. I guess in the end I like them both and can't wait to try my own version of your techniques. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila H said...

Your designs are awesome and your color combos are just fabulous!

sammi said...

Great masking and I love the sponging! Such awesome talent and inspiration in this hop! Cannot wait for the ink color reveal!

Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

F. Andre said...

It's great to see the same stamp used in different projects. The results are gorgeous with those vibrant inks. Thanks for the inspiration.

Donna Hawkins said...

Fabulous cards. I love the shading around the first card to look like the ocean.

Christy Borfitz said...

Amazing cards! I love how colorful they are!

Lindar C said...

Fantastic cards! I love these ink colors.

Lynn Fletcher said...

Maureen, you haven't lost your touch with making cards pop! I have missed your cards. My most favorite is the first card with the coloring and the placement of everything including the accents with the sequins. What fabulous cards, you rock Maureen!

Sharon Salerno said...

Maureen so nice to see your cards! They are gorgeous especially the black and white one.

Melody said...

Both of your cards are beautiful.

beth said...

Great map cards. Love the colors.

JoAnne R said...

You do such a fabulous job. I love these cards and the color combinations you chose.

M said...

HI Maureen, I ALWAYS love your cards! You really know your stuff when it comes to design and your cards always look perfect. As usual you have knocked it out of the park. Thanks for sharing your spin on this collection. :)

Jax W said...

Love your work Maureen. Great products. Can’t wait for release. Hope I get on list as I’m in NZ so won’t see till 12 hrs or more later although I am on wait list (I hope)

Trina said...

Awesome cards.

Nancy-Anne Rockwell said...

Don't the CO inks make for fantastic looking cards? They're so vibrant and wonderful to use. Your combinations are awesome!

Nancy-Anne Rockwell said...

CO inks! I meant CP inks are the best! Silly autocorrect lol

Melissa Musick said...

Seeing all the colors, and me saving for the inks, eeeek want them more

imacraftydiva said...

Love the coloring!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Gorgeous cards!!!

kathy ness said...

Perfect cards for those stamps. Love them both.

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

My very favorite part of your cards is the color! Such masterful technique and eye-catching cards. Thanks for sharing!

duncan620 said...

Amazing cards. I can’t get enough of the world stamp. I especially love how you used rainbow order on it. This collection is so dreamy. Great job Catherine. WY to go DT.

Lagene said...

Awesome cards! I love this stamp and both of your versions!

coolcowsmoo said...

Beautiful cards! Just love the colors in both of them!

michiganderintexas said...

Not a fussy cut person, but the effects are wonderful

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the colors!

Terri Mansfield said...

Beautiful ink colors and I LOVE that map stamp!!

FD91354 said...

Lovely cards. I like how the SOA releases their product all coordinated and this plans so you aren't stumped.. such a great idea. I hope I might be able to get a kit!

Annalisa Young said...

These would make such a nice gift set: an inside out and outside in rainbow world! It must be hard to be at the end of a bloghop, but I really appreciate your designs and creativity. Thanks for sharing with us and giving us a chance to win this fantastic kit!

Iris said...

So pretty - love the colors.

Marianne said...

Beautiful cards, Maureen. I 'm sure I will see many more cards using this stamp at StampNation.

Sarah Greber said...

Really beautifully done. Great idea to save the cut-outs to use again and again. These just look so perfect. What a great SOA!

Alaska .Kris said...

I do so love that world stamp set! So versatile!

Kate B said...

I'm sure the fussy cutting took a while, but it was so worth it! Gorgeous cards!!

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