Monday, September 17, 2018

Home for the Holidays SOA Collection Blog Hop


 Hello Folks! I'm thrilled to be asked to participate in the Catherine Pooler Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval release!! You should have arrived from the fabulous Allison Cope, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with none other than Catherine Pooler.

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. All the products in the collection were designed to compliment each other. 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!

Home for the Holidays ... doesn't the name of this collection alone just make you want to hibernate in your craft space for the weekend with festive music while you stamp out a few early holiday cards?


Well, that's kinda what I did : ) I ended up making a set of cards following the same basic formula: Sentiment from the Holiday Mix Stamp Set plus a watercolored focal point from the Christmas Cookies Stamp Set make up the panel. Then add a border from the Cozy Borders Stamp set.


Here's a super simple card, with that exact formula. There are so many different sentiments to mix and match, with such cute fonts! I love that they are separate stamps so you can easily change the colors.
 

Let's talk about how cute that sleigh is, right?! It's embossed in white and then watercolored with Party Dress ink. I'm big into details, and totally fell in love with how the tail of the "g" fits in the seat of the sleigh. A subtle background from Cozy Borders is stamped on the card base.


How cute are those cozy trees stamped as a border around the card? And so simple too.

The candy cane is the focal point here, but I did want to criss-cross them so I die cut a second cane and just flipped it over.


This card features the angel cookie watercolored in several soft colors. I masked off the outer 1/8" of the panel and sponged ink on the ends.


The border is stamped in purple Sweet Sixteen, but do you see hints of lime? I stamped a small snowflake in the center of each purple design. You can't tell there's a snowflake there, but I do like the hints of lime color you get peeking through all the purple.


I love that the Christmas Cookie images are broken up so you have specific areas to color. This totally takes the guess work out of how to color them! Just fill each section with a different color, like on this bird. No need to do any shading if you don't want to.


This one is probably my favorite. It's got a couple different sentiments, in a couple different colors, with some holly leaves and berries from a fourth set, Festive Trimmings. I love that there are stamps from FOUR different sets on this card, yet they all work seamlessly together.



It was fun picking different colors to watercolor the cookies with. I think the cards all look different enough, yet by having the same formula they come together fairly quickly.

PRIZES
There will be 3 random winners chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to the shop! To enter, please leave a comment on this post. The winners will be announced on on Catherine Pooler's blog on September 24th.


Your next, and final, stop is the very lovely Lydia Evans who always has the most beautiful creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly

Here's the complete list of stops in case you need them:
Kelly Griglione <-- you are here!

77 comments:

  1. Such soft, peaceful cards. I'm still not sure I could do these color combos, but maybe I'll surprise myself once I get the collection.

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  2. Oh my! Each card is so different and beautiful, love each one! Thanks

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  3. What a wonderful selection of cards.

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  4. The little bird is going to get as much use as the little angel! Lovely cards!

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  5. Kelly, what great cards! I love your formula idea. I can see how you could make a number of these cards at once! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Beautiful cards! Loved how you used the tree border all around the card. I doubt I would thought of it, but it is a great idea!

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  7. The sweet angel card is my favorite.

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  8. I love how you used the same formula for your cards. As I scolled through each of the cards I kept saying, “this is my favorite”! Needless to say they are all my favorites.

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  9. Wow! So much creativity in one spot! I think my favorite may be the cookie cutter tree.

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  10. These are all very pretty! I love the soft colors!

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  11. Beautiful colors. I would have never thought to use pastel colors for Christmas, but it definitely works. Your cards are so sweet, and the entire set makes me happy.

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  12. They are all just gorgeous! I love the angel and
    the birdie best. So pretty!

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  13. Love the softness of these cards! Great designs!

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  14. Beautiful cards, loving the soft color theme.

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  15. Love your collection of cards they are beautiful and the soft colors is amazing. Sure can make so many holiday cards with this SOA collection. Thank you for sharing and being a part of this amazing blog hop.

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  16. Love the lightness of color on the cards. Nice twist on classic colors.

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  17. All of these cards are great! Love the colours

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  18. So many cards, but the sleigh one is the best!

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  19. Wow! You really got a head start on your Christmas cards! Very nice.

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  20. Holy stamp of approval! Each is better than the next!

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  21. Very beautiful cards. I love this release.

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  22. Fantastic layout using the 3 different sets. Nice set of cards

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  23. Like the use of the border stamp with the angel

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  24. Such cute holiday cards! Thank you for sharing!

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  25. Love the pastels and non traditional colors! Beautiful!

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  26. I love all of your layers. The angel cookie card is my favorite!!

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  27. I love how soft and pretty they all are.

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  28. Your beautiful cards showcase how amazing this SOA is.

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  29. OK, you are not playing fair. This is a stunning card set. Love them all... gonna CASE them for sure. Thank you for sharing these beauties with us.

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  30. Love the soft colors and mellow look of our cards. So pretty!

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  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pops of pink!!! Beautiful!

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  32. Kelly, I’m absolutely swooning over your designs & color combos!!! Wow!!! Love......!!!

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  33. Wonderful cards and wonderful colors. I'd like to receive all of them!

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  34. Omgosh Kelly! These are all so soft and beautiful. You did a great job showcasing those cookies!

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  35. Love the unique colors. Especially like the peace on earth dove

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  36. What a great set of cards! Love the softer colors that you used.

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  37. What a fabulous pack of cards. I love how they all look.

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  38. such beautiful cards, love the delicate more gentle take on these designs

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  39. Wonderful set of cards, Kelly! You've been busy! Great designs and colors! Those cookies are making me hungry!

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  40. What a great idea. Simple but beautiful.

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  41. What can I say - you've done it again, Kelly! You know just how to show off stamp sets to their best advantage with such creative ideas. I bet the first stamping of the lime between the lavender snowflakes set your heart aflutter but the look is terrific.

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  42. Love the layering on your cards.
    the row of trees around the
    candy cane is great. thanks
    for sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. Great idea to to use one basic layout but make many different cards. I have so many Christmas stamps and never seem to get to use them all.

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  44. Such a wonderful set of cards. All of them are amazing.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  45. What an amazing collection of cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  46. what a beautiful collection of sweet christmas cards!

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  47. Awesome cards. I could not pick a favorite. So pretty!!!

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  48. Your cards are amazing!
    Love your use of all the sets together.
    I think you have just sold me on this SOA kit

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  49. Awesome collection of cards!! Love them all!!

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  50. I love the single use of the cookie and simple framing with the borders. It calms my eyes down so that I see each stamp for its' beauty!

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  51. Lovely cards! I love the gorgeous, soft colors you used on these pretty designs!

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  52. Love your sweet colors, creativity, and details! Thanks for sharing your adorable ideas!

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  53. Hi kelly! I absolutely LOVE alllll your cards! Such clever cards,beautiful! Make s me think about being back home for the holidays!y

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  54. Wonderful selection. Love your formula and it makes such lovely cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. Very beautiful cards, thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  56. Every card is beautiful to many to choose a favorite thankyou for sharing you ideas and crative talentšŸ¤©

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  57. Gorgeous cards! I love the colors you chose.

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  58. Sweet variety of cards. I like the tree border.

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  59. great example of using one layout and mixing it up with images, etc. Love the the more subtle coloring.

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  60. I really like all your cards, they're all so happy and cheerful.

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  61. I like the simplicity of your pretty cards.

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  62. Your cards are beautiful!! I love the pastel colors! They are so soft and pretty! Gorgeous!

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  63. Beautiful collection of cards! I love your soft color palette and clean designs.

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  64. Lovely cards! I love your use of soft pastel colors. They make a nice change from more traditional colors! :)

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  65. Looks like someone has been having fun with this new collection. Love the soft colours as well!

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  66. Amazing cards! I just love all the Christmas cookies!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly