Welcome to the first day of the Perfect Reason SOA blog hop! You were most likely just wow'd by the fabulous Emily Leiphart, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Catherine.
If you're not familiar, the Stamp of Approval box is a collection of products which are all exclusive to Catherine Pooler designs, so you won't be able to purchase them anywhere else. They also are only available as a whole collection and won't be offered individually for several months. If you need to start playing with these goodies, I would recommend that you subscribe to the wait list at Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval so you're the first to know when it's available. You don't have to pay anything to subscribe, you're just billed if and when you decide to buy the collection. Historically, the collections have sold out rather quickly.
Now onto the projects!
I'm not going to lie, I really love this card. It makes me happy. I still have it out on my desk even though I finished it last week. There are two reasons why: 1) the stamps, and 2) the inks. The highly detailed and stylized design is so unique, I'll go out on a limb and guess that you probably don't already have anything like this in your stash of stamps. The image is broken up into different stamps to allow you to easily use different colors (could you imagine if this were just one stamp, how different it would look?)
Also, the new Catherine Pooler ink is out of this world. Crazy good. I've been using it almost exclusively for over a month now and I don't see myself stopping any time soon. The colors are nice and bright, and the coverage is simply amazing. There really are no gaps in coverage. No pesky white spots to tear your hair out over.
And, I did not use a MISTI, at all. Each stamp is one and done.
This card uses the same stylized seed pod flower, in different colors, to give pizzaz to the sentiment. I love mixing fonts, and this collection has quite a few options, including a basic "sending" (which works with just about any sentiment ... sending birthday wishes, sending thanks, sending sympathy, etc.) and a lovely scripted "congrats." As well as mixing fonts, I like to stamp them in different colors, usually black and a pop of color.
The stencil works well to add something extra in the background. I blended some Tiara and Lime Rickey ink right over the flower and sentiment.
A few drops of gold glimer mist and I called it done. Bonus that it's completely a one-layer card.
You've made it to the end of today's hop, but there are still two more days of hopping. There are a ton of stamps, dies and stencils in this collection to keep you busy for quite a while; you will love it all!
PRIZES: Comment on all the blogs in the hop to be entered to win the entire box (you get refunded if you've already bought the box). Winners from each of the three days will be announced on Catherine Pooler's blog on February 9th
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
7. Kelly Griglione <- you are here