Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Blog Hop


Welcome to Day One of the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval blog hops.  Eeeek, holiday stamps, my fave!  If I had to pick one and only one occasion to stamp for it would be Christmas, hands down!

If you haven't heard of Stamp of Approval (SOA) it is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories created by Catherine Pooler Designs.  These collections contain everything you need to make a variety of cards without having to reach into your stash.

The Home for the Holidays collection will be released to the Wait List on September 19th at 9AM and the general public at 6:00PM!!  This is a limited collection that will only be available while supplies last, so make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.  StampNation members get early access on September 18th (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!

I'm a HUGE fan of stamping my own backgrounds and this collection is PERFECT for that.  I've stamped the background of every.single.card I made for the release.  Once I started, I just couldn't stop ;)

The new products featured on my first card are:
  • Christmas Cookies Stamps
  • Tiny Wishes Stamps
  • Sugar Cookies Dies (Add-on)
  • Tiny Wishes Dies

Tiny Wishes is such a fun set with so many possibilities, as you'll see along the hop!  I first saw the Home for the Holidays SOA collection when I was visiting Catherine in Raleigh this Summer.  As soon as I saw the Tiny Tags stamp set I said, "I'm going to stamp a background with this!"  So that's the first thing I did when I created my cards.

To create my background, I started by lighting drawing a 1-inch grid onto a 3 3/4 x 5" piece of white card stock.  Then I stamped the images in Rockin' Red & Sand Castle where the grid lines met.  You can use any of the stamps in the collection and create a variety of backgrounds like this one.  You also don't need to draw the grid, you can stamp randomly too.  I let the inks dry for a bit before erasing my pencil lines.


Then I just stamped and die cut the sentiment and snowflakes from the Christmas Cookies stamp set and Sugar Cookies dies.  The pieces were assembled and added to a white card base, then embellished with two rhinestones.

My next card features:
  • Cozy Borders Stamps
  • Holiday Mix Stamps
  • Christmas Cookie Stamps
  • Merry Christmas Layered Word Dies
  • Christmas Cookies Dies (Add-on)

The Cozy Borders stamp set is RIGHT up my alley, perfect for all of your holiday creations.  Again, I've stamped an entire panel.  This time using Garden Party, Lime Rickey and Rockin' Red.  I adhered  the stamped panel to a white card base and then die cut the Merry Christmas Layered Word dies from Midnight card stock and added just the "Christmas" to the bottom third of my card.  The "Merry" from the Holiday Mix stamp was stamped in Midnight, several times using the MISTI stamping tool. I wanted to be sure the black ink really popped off of the stamped background.


I finished by stamping and die cutting the cute little label and adding it to the card with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!  I sure did have fun creating them.  I have more to share.  So, continue to check back.

Time to go hopping along now.


Don't forget to leave comments along the way.  THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day) to win a $25 gift certificate!

Winners will be announced on the blog on September 24th.

Catherine Pooler
Kelly Martin
Lisa Harrolle
Susan Powell
Karen Baker
Kristie Goulet
Maureen Merritt -You are here!
Tracie Pond - Go here next!
Allison Cope
Kelly Griglione


Happy Hopping!

88 comments:

Diane Loughrey said...

Such vibrant cards. Thanks for sharing.

Nana Griffin said...

I love the colors used for these. Very nice.

Sheryl Brandt said...

Really like your cards Maureen! Love the more traditional colors you used.

Ellen C said...

Lovely and festive cards.

Marcia Rollins said...

I am loving the tiny images and the boarder stamps. Lovely ccards.

Linda Flens said...

Love your cards. I look forward to creating similar ones.

Beth B. said...

Such great backgrounds on both cards!

Jill D. said...

Great cards. Love all the choices with this set.

Rae Moan said...

I love both cards and your color choices. This SOA is fabulous and I can’t wait to get it.

Mrs. Lowry said...

I love both of your cards! I think my favorite may be the first one just because of the use of the rockin' red with the sand castle ink.

Avra Williams said...

Love these! Great colors!

Katherine said...

Fantastic backgrounds!

Karen Kreider said...

Love the color combos on both of these!

Brandy Duncan said...

I get so excited about the Christmas SOAs also. I love your designs. They are so fun and festive.

Loretta Gregersen said...

I love the sand castle ink and paper.

Becca Yahrling said...

These are just beautiful! Red, white & kraft are
one of my fave holiday color combos. But I am a
traditionalist at heart and love the 2nd card, too.

Donna Hawkins said...

Great cards! First card really pops!

Farley said...

Your backgrounds are fabulous. Very clever and cheerful holiday cards!

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Amazing backgrounds and colours choices, gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your ideas with all of us.

Roberta said...

Beautiful cards love the colors.

Tasha Dawson said...

Oh my goodness gracious! These cards are so amazing! You are so very talented! Cannot wait to recreate some of your ideas =)

Susam said...

Love the colours, they are all fun cards, cant wait to play!

Elizabeth Roberts said...

the snowflake card is right up my alley

Val p said...

Nice cards. That sweater stamp is a real must have!

kathylnorthup said...

Love the red snowflakes!

Sandra W. said...

Love these. Great colours.

Leanne said...

Wow! So beautiful.

JmB said...

These cards are so gorgeous and bright. Getting inspired!

Wanda Radler said...

Such beautiful cards - love the bright colors!

Aunt Mary said...

great cards. Love the bright colors on the second one--very eye catching

MezzoKat said...

Can't wait to get my Holidays SOA and try out your ideas! Love these!

Jennifer F said...

All you is love and cookies! Yum :)

Phyllis Sinclair said...

Fun designs.

Colleen said...

Love your designs!

Marcella Halverson said...

Live the colors and bold colors! Great cards and inspiration!

Peggy M said...

Beautiful cards & ‘All you need is love’!

Wendy said...

Very effective use of the border stamps.

Karin W said...

Beautiful and bold!

Amy Lemmon said...

Gorgeous cards! I especially love your first card. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Carol Hardie said...

Love both of your cards. The cookie card looks edible!! The second card with the sweater look just pops with the black accents. Great layout!

canadian_liner said...

Great graphic designs on both cards. I really like your sugar cookie card! Love the stamped background design.

Patty Cappello said...

The use of vivid colors make the cards pop out - can't wait to try this.

Elizabeth nceliz said...

Oooooolala!!! Love your cards!!! Awesome colors!

Barbara Brennan said...

OOOooooooooooooooo love those greens and Rocking Red for a nice traditional holiday color card.

Nicole England said...

All you need is love makes me think of Love Actually. Gorgeous cards. Thanks

Theresa Turri said...

Both cards are awesome. My fave is the snowflake card. I love how you used 3 different kinds of snowflakes and the color scheme gives a cozy feeling.

KO said...

Beautiful cards! So cheerful

Marjorie King said...

Very nice

Retired Librarian said...

It would be hard to decide which of these awesome cards I like best.

Lisa Harrolle said...

Gorgeous cards Maureen! So bright and cheerful!

Janice Woll said...

Love the red card!

Kathy Doyle said...

Love your cards! They are so bright and cheerful! So many great ideas!

Jill said...

Wow. I really love both your cards. Simply beautiful.

Shirley Myles said...

great cards, love the borders one especially

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I love these, you did a great job with these goodies!

Nance said...

Two fabulous cards, I can't pick a fave. Those border stamps are fantastic!

Amy McCue said...

The background is lovely!

Janette said...

Beautiful, love the colors.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the sweater card.
People make fun of them but
I'd wear one if I had one.
The red snowflakes are
beautiful. Great cards.
thanks for sharing
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Denise Mlady said...

Love these fun cards. The backgrounds you made are so cool!

Helen Gullett said...

Maureen, those cards are absolutely beautiful and festive for Christmas! LOVE LOVE LOVE the backgrounds, colors and the sentiment word die cuts. Thank you for the inspirations.

Jeanne Beam said...

Such beautiful Christmas cards.
Thanks so much for sharing...

Kim Heggins said...

fabulous CHRISTMAS CARDS, love those sweet cookies.

Cheryl said...

Love the red and green combo on the border stamps, just beautiful.

Heike K. said...

Love the colours of your cards.

Cheribella said...

I like to make my own backgrounds too. These are perfect Stamps for such a use. Both cards are great...this border set is most definitely a keeper as far as I’m concerned.
Thanks for such great ideas

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love the Christmas colors on your cards - so seasonal:)

Cheryl Fleming said...

I love that you make your own backgrounds. I’m just starting to do that!! Love both cards!!

Marcia Rollins said...

Snowflakes and vellum, what a great combination!

Denise Bryant said...

Delightful cards! I love those Christmas Cookies!

Ret said...

Maureen, I absolutely love your cards! so pretty and makes me think of Christmas at home!

mlwm7 said...

Your cards are so cute, Maureen! I dont know which I like best. Thanks for sharing your adorable ideas!

Lisa K said...

Love your backgrounds! Both are spectacular.

bevyb said...

Really liking the border stamps...there is so many possibilities with these. Love the use of the border stamps on the second card

CyndyC said...

Beautiful cards! I love the Rockin Red and Sand Castle combination.

Sue D said...

Cute and colorful backgrounds.

Trina said...

Beautiful cards.

Jean said...

BEautiful cards!

Laura Miller said...

Really nice, colorful cards. I'm really loving the sweater background.

Jodi Wayman said...

Love these cards! So much fun stamping your own backgrounds!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

I like the colors you chose for your awesome cards.

Penelope said...

Love those border stamps!

Laurie said...

Such cute cards!! I love the one with the cozy borders!! The colors are so fun!

Dana M said...

Amazing cards! I absolutely love the red, white and craft card - amazing. The Merry Christmas card is so fun and festive.

Marianne said...

Fun cards, Maureen!

Christy Borfitz said...

Both cards are fantastic! Beautiful!

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