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*Video: Stamp of Approval Blog Hop – Two Cards One Video

Welcome to Day 3 of the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Blog hop!  All the hoppers participating in todays hop are linked at the end of this post. And there are prizes! More on that in a bit!  Be sure to join the wait list so you can be notified right away when the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval collection is available for purchase. They sell out fast so I highly recommend you getting on that wait list. Release day is TOMORROW!  If you want to see what’s in this collection, Catherine has been sneaking (well not really, she is SHOWING) a few products each day on her blog

To recap for those that may not know – Stamp of Approval is a quarterly hand picked, exclusive collection of products that were designed just for the box. The stamps and dies in the Stamp of Approval Collections  won’t be released for individual sale for several months over at the Catherine Pooler store.    Be sure to subscribe to the Wait List so you will be emailed the purchase link when the collection goes on sale!

Onto my cards! I have two cards and one video to share. I’m using a gorgeous background stamp and stand alone die set for this card. I also did the iron off embossing technique. The benefits of iron off embossing is you can stamp directly onto your panel (where as if the embossing powder was there, it would resist any ink you put down) and it appears as if I hand painted the background because all of the embossing powder was removed.

You can watch the video here on the blog or by clicking HERE and heading to my youtube channel to watch in HD!

I added a few Nuvo drops to embellish the wreath. All ink colors are Catherine Pooler inks (exact colors below in the supply list).

My next card feature this adorable die set with little houses!!!! I combined it with another stamp set for the sentiment…

I added some texture with a snow marker and glossy accents…. Again, all colors used here are Catherine Pooler Inks! I adore these little houses!!!!! And the Merry Christmas font is gorgeous isn’t it? I heavily sprayed the entire card with a shimmer spray so it really sparkles!

Want a chance to win the entire collection?


One winner will be chosen at random from each day’s comments and announced on OCTOBER 11th 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.



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  1. Adorable cards! Love them!

  2. Great cards, Laurel!

  3. Tara Prince says:

    Beautiful background!!

  4. So happy to “see” you doing videos again. Miss you!
    Hugs and prayers.

  5. Karen Sanchez says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the little village!

  6. Those are so cool! That background stamp is awesome, it could be used year round.

  7. Charlene Baker says:

    The iron off technique was new to me and definitely makes me want to try that. Thanks for the video!

  8. Sharon O says:

    Laurel, I absolutely loved your video showing the wreath card! You have a really down-to-earth approach that matches my style and you shared lots of great tips. This SOA collection is pretty AWESOME.

  9. Great cards,Laurel. I am interested in the CP inks.

  10. Sarah says:

    Loving the non traditional colors! Lovely!

  11. Peggy mccullar says:

    I love your color choices! Very beautiful! Great job!

  12. Bonnie Sanche says:

    What a neat technique. I love how it does make it look “antique.

  13. Neudorf Terry says:

    I learned something new today . Thank u for sharing.

  14. Laurel I love those!!! What a fun little village – and the texture in the snow – awesome! Love the pink wreath – unexpected!!! 🙂

  15. Great to see you on video again lady! Love your cards! You’re a texture master!! 😉

  16. Colleen Balija says:

    Hi laurel, your cards are both beautiful!

  17. Nancy Kamrowski says:

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Karen Kreider says:

    I think I’m going to love this SOA box…especially that background stamp! So versatile!!

  19. Linda Gorman says:

    Love your cards and video! Thank you.

  20. Lacey Willetts says:

    That is a great technique to use the iron to get the shine off your card. You made some really nice cards.

  21. Jean Mervine says:

    Wonderful cards!

  22. Wow! Awesome cards and colouring!!!

  23. Laura Miller says:

    I like the second card best with your night countryside landscape.

  24. Love love love your cards! You are amazing!

  25. Two BEAUTIFUL cards…thank you for the inspiration!! :0)

  26. Tara Powell says:

    Beautiful cards Laurel! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  27. Elyse Brown says:

    Great cards, Laurel – as always!

  28. Mary Laffin says:

    love your card and tag. I love the look of the iron off embossing but have yet to try it. Maybe this is the one to inspire me to do it,.

    The tag is so cute. I love the way the background looks with the shimmer spray

  29. CONNIE BROOKS says:

    I for one am glad you are back creating. Your card is amazing. I learned something from you today ( you’re always teaching), the iron-off technique I’ve never seen before and I love it how it looks. The SOA collection is so versatile from elegant to trendy.

  30. Nana Griffin says:

    Great ideas for this co!!ection.

  31. Melody Moore says:

    Very pretty cards! Thanks for showing the iron off technique in your video. Very cool!

  32. great texture snow technique share, thank you

  33. Interesting color combos

  34. Colleen Pepper says:

    Lovely cards! I adore those houses! The card really has a snow globe feel to it.

  35. Brandy Duncan says:

    Love you’re Designs. The ornamental background looks great in turquoise, and every other I’ve seen it in. What a great background stamp. I love how you made your snow banks so realistic. Great job. I can’t wait to get my hands in this collection of goodies.

  36. Elise Smith says:

    Wow! Your cards are so unique and fun!

  37. Joanne Guarino says:

    I love your cards. The iron off technique is very cool!

  38. Jayna Goins says:

    Love your background and masking on the second card.

  39. Nicole says:

    Love your cards!! The snowy village is perfect!!!!

  40. Donna Neal says:

    Laurel, I really enjoyed your video & all the tips you shared. It’s magical to watch a card come to life – love watching the creative process! I really like both of your cards! I learned about a new product, too, – a snow marker. The texture was fabulous! Thanks for sharing your designs! 🙂

  41. Shelley Banghart says:

    Love these cards!

  42. Vicki Smith says:

    Very colorful holiday cards!

  43. Great cards. I love the iron off technique!

  44. Donna Hawkins says:

    Wonderful video and beautiful cards as always!

  45. Jo Ann Lovell says:

    Love both your cards, beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  46. I love the cards. I’ve never seen the iron off technique. That’s so clever. The wreath is just stunning. And, I’ll have to “thump the mess” the next time I use drops (cute). Thank you for sharing.

  47. Great cards, Laurel! I really love the wreath and “joy” dies. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Vivian says:

    Love your videos…glad you are back! This collection will be fun to play with!

  49. Alicia Lutman says:

    Great twist on the village color. Awesome cards, as usual.

  50. Very festive holiday cards and I love your tip about ironing off the embossing powder!

  51. I love the second card – I want to CASE that one! Glad you’re a part of the hop!

  52. Jane M says:

    Great cards, great collection! Thank you for the video. Love your technique with the Ornamental Background stamp.

  53. Sarah Greber says:

    I’m glad I watched the video part… pretty cool that you can get the look, take off the shiny emboss, and then you could stamp on top again, if you wanted. I don’t love ironing, but I could start to love it to try this. hahaha. Thanks for the tips!

  54. Laurel I love your beautiful and festive cards. Thanks for the video.

  55. Fun, Fun, Fun that’s what this stamp of approval set is!!

  56. Nancy Allen says:

    I really like this collection, the cards you made are beautiful.

  57. Priscilla Steele says:

    I’ve got sooo much to learn. I had never heard of the iron off technique. Love to see your process of changing the color of the Joy die cut. Makes me feel confident knowing that the end result is sometimes better than the original idea.

  58. Magnificent so excited

  59. Jill Duplessie says:

    Laurel, love your work. Thank you for sharing the iron off technique. That was totally new to me. I love when I learn new things.

  60. Marise Nyberg says:

    Love these little building shapes! The purple card is really special.

  61. lilola66 says:

    Love these cards! They are absolutely stunning/

  62. Your second card is so pretty with the lovely background sponging! And I totally love the ornamental background stamp!

  63. Tasha Dawson says:

    Sooo pretty. Thank you for sharing.

  64. Linda Steinbaugh says:

    Love your creative colors!

  65. Ann Cifaldi says:

    Wonderful cards. Can’t wait!

  66. Rose W says:

    Creative twist on the cards. Thanks for sharing!

  67. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!!

  68. I love the first card with the non-traditional Christmas colors. So pretty!

  69. Michele Strickland says:

    I just love your videos and cards; thank you for sharing

  70. canadiancaroline says:

    Fabulous cards, Laurel! Great reminder re: the possibilities of ironing-off the embossing powder. It makes the surface almost look like batik. And i LOVE your little Christmas village scene. So sweet and snowy. Bet you are preparing for that this year, now that you live “up North” 🙂

  71. I live the colors, the second one makes me feel like a batik Christmas.

    1. That should read, “love the colors”.

  72. Heike Kirmse says:

    Wonderful cards.

  73. I absolutely love your beautiful creation!

  74. Melinda Lowry says:

    Thanks for showing us the iron-off technique. It’s new for me. Love your cards!

  75. geraldine homenchuk says:

    What a great colour combination, Laurel! Just happens to be a personal favourite of mine, so you had me at “colour!” already, but the whole card has turned out just beautifully. Love the background, love the wreath, love it ALL Thanks for inspiring!

  76. nancy y says:

    the little scene is so great! And that background is awesome!

  77. Sue Smith says:

    WOW ! Fabulous dies in this SOA box. I love the village scene and makes me want to start my cards for this holiday season. Great cards. 🙂

  78. Nancy-Anne Rockwell says:

    Lovely cards th hat I will case for sure!

  79. I love all these cards I am seeing. I can’t seem to think outside the box the past few months so seeing all these vibrant colors for the holidays is putting some bounce back in my step.

  80. Your cards are always amazing Laurel.

  81. You always make such beautiful cards!!

  82. Charlene Francolla says:

    I love the little houses too!

  83. Love your colour scheme on that first card

  84. Love the card with the village. Adorable!

  85. So pretty. So excited about this SOA box.

  86. gertrude61 says:

    I love your unique color combos!

  87. Ashlyn says:

    I love the village you created!

  88. Chrystyna says:

    Thanks for the great video on making the wreath card with lots of good tips. Love the background stamp that is included in this collection. It is great no matter which color you stamp or emboss it in. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards with us.

  89. Rhonda Price says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I specially love your village, and your colors.

  90. Chris Thomason says:

    The colors you used are great. Love the pink.

  91. Love your little village card!

  92. Rosemary says:

    These are so pretty. Love the color choices for the village house card!!

  93. Diane Kannawin says:

    Great cards!

  94. Susan Crook says:

    Nice cards and great ideas

  95. Tammy Beichner says:


  96. JanetB says:

    Thank you for the fun video full of tips and tricks. Your card turned out beautifully. I really love that little village.

  97. Anita Aglet says:

    The little Christmas town is great, very festive. I love the background.

  98. Amy McCue says:

    That background is so pretty. The cards are gorgeous. I love the wreath!

  99. Leanne in Cali says:

    Loving this new collection and your ideas for cards! Thanks for sharing on the fun blog hop!!

  100. Sherry says:

    Loved your cards. Thanks for sharing

  101. Love your cards Laurel!!

  102. Thank you for sharing, beautiful cards.

  103. Love the cards and the textured snow! Would love to win!

  104. Sharon Field says:

    Both cards are terrific. Thanks for sharing the iron off technique………..guess I will have to give that a go. Loved the video!

  105. Val p says:

    Cards are beautiful. Thanks for inspiring me!

  106. Margaret says:

    I love the little town so old time Christmas

  107. So fun to watch you create. Thanks a million!

  108. Love the tips you share . Wonderful cards.

  109. Wonderful card Laurel!! Love those stamp and dies!! And inks! And….Oh! I just love all of CP’s products!! 🙂

  110. Kay Roose says:

    I always get lots of ideas from your videos. Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

  111. Elizabeth G says:

    Stunning, lovely ideas. Great work thanks for sharing.

  112. lovely color choices your mini scene is divine.

  113. Love your cards Laurel!

  114. Enjoyed the video – your cards are an inspiration!!

  115. Georgia Hatt says:

    Love the village can’t wait to get my SOA box.

  116. Wonderful card, Laurel. I forget about that iron off technique. Thanks for reminding me.

  117. Kathy Doyle says:

    Fabulous cards! Loved all the new tips in your video! I will have to try the iron off technique and your thumping idea is so cool! CP inks are the best!

  118. Kim Botello says:

    Loved you video, lot of wonderful techniques & ideas. Very fun & unusual Christmas card. Great job.

  119. Oh the village silhouette card is so sweet! Aren’t CP inks amazing!!!!

  120. Karen Roberts says:

    Fun village and I love the look of the snow marker made.

  121. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the mix of colors on the first card.
    Both are great.
    thanks for sharing.

  122. Vickie Jo says:

    Love your cards Laurel, I believe you about the shimmer! I love those little houses, too!

  123. Jill Stewart says:

    Beautiful cards. Very exciting release.

  124. Karen Sturdivant says:

    Cute cute cute. Love the village

  125. Sue LD says:

    I like the pretty colors and card designs on our cards.

  126. Susan Wareham says:

    Great card designs love the snow!

  127. Joyce says:

    Nice cards! I especially like the colors you chose for the second card… very non-traditional, just my style!

  128. mjmarmo says:

    So very pretty!

  129. Marjorie King says:

    Thank you for sharing your ideas. Loving these stamps.

  130. Your cards are gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration!

  131. Fabulous holiday cards!

  132. Christy Borfitz says:

    Amazing cards, Laurel! I really love the village scene card!

  133. Teresa Cherka says:

    Love the cards, thanks for the inspiration.

  134. Sophia Blair says:

    The little houses are absolutely adorable! These products are so amazing! So much inspiration from all of the designers, THANK YOU!

  135. Karin W says:

    I love your village scene card!

  136. so excited to see the new collection!!

  137. I love that your cards are not what we would necessarily expect. They are gorgeous!

  138. Theresa Robinson says:

    Beautiful cards..thanks for the video!

  139. Patt H. says:

    Awesome cards! Love the wonderful background stamp & your great design. The wreath is so beautiful! The cute little village is adorable & the card is one of my faves from the hop.

  140. Pam wells says:

    Such a creative way to use the little village! So cute!

  141. beth swisher says:

    Love both cards. Great colors.

  142. LOVE THE,CARDS thanks for posting

  143. Robin M says:

    Love it Laurel! And if you don’t like the peaks, just thump it!

  144. dezertsuz says:

    What great inspirations. I’m so glad I’m getting this box – there are SO many things to do with it!

  145. smilynstef says:

    Lots of lovely inky goodness

  146. Kitty T says:

    I’m loving your inky background on the houses! I haven’t tried the inks but they look amazing in every video I’ve seen… May have to purchase with my collection this go round. Can’t wait to play!

  147. These are two great cards!! I didn’t know the iron off embossing technique. Thanks for sharing.

  148. Trina Chaska says:

    I really like both cards. Thanks for the video.

  149. Dawn Kloman says:

    I just can’t believe your talent. I love everything you do.

  150. Barbara Woodard says:

    Love your cards. thanks for sharing your video on the embossing technique

  151. Super cute cards! Love that you made the houses shiny black

  152. Teresa McKiearnan says:

    I’ve got to try that iron off technique ! Beautiful cards.

  153. Jane Sirak says:

    Great cards!

  154. Very cute cards! Love the technique on the first one and the adorable houses on the second one.

  155. Robyn Harris says:

    Lovely cards

  156. Susan Thomas says:

    Love the embossed houses!

  157. Laurel – as usual, you’ve created beautiful cards. Love that you made the wreath pink! I always like having some cards in non-traditional colors and I love the Wreath-Joy die set! Love your village in black so it’s definitely a silhouette. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  158. Samantha says:

    Love the colours you’ve used in these cards

  159. Lovely cards. I appreciate the tips you shared in your video. Thanks,

  160. Elaine Johnson says:

    I love what you did with the background.Sorry I couldn’t see this until Tuesday AM. Don’t know why it’s so late getting here. MAybe next release Catherine could start the blog hop a day earlier. No matter, I got my SOA!!!

  161. Fun cards, Laurel. Love this new collection.

  162. I love your video. You’re so fun! And that background stamp is fabulous!

  163. That Iron Off technique looks interesting – I’m just gonna have to give it a shot! Great looking cards!

  164. blaing74 says:

    Love your little village card Laurel!

  165. Liz mca says:

    Love those little houses

  166. Barbara Brennan says:

    I love your card making style Laurel! OOOhh’d and AAahh’d over the hometown village with snow foreground.

  167. Lisa K says:

    Love your cards! Always great ideas coming from you.

  168. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Lovely cards!! Great box!

  169. Barbara S says:

    Great cards – I love the iron off (forget about that but it is such a nice technique. I also love those little houses. Can’t wait to get this

  170. melissaf123 says:

    Beautiful cards, I love the ironed off embossed look and your sweet village card too!

  171. Cheryl Jones says:

    Hi Laurel,

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I love the way you used the border die to put the division in your card.


  172. Oh, Laurel, these cards are stunning! I absolutely love that background on the first one and that little village is so ca-ute! This SOA is definitely a winner!

  173. Cynthia Pryor says:

    My favorite card is the one with the little houses. You made it very sparkly and festive!

  174. Connie Hinkle says:

    Always love your videos and cards 😊

  175. Beautiful creations and awesome work

  176. Dee Earnshaw says:

    beautifully designed cards – thanks for the ideas:)

  177. Karen Byerly says:

    Thank you for the great ideas! I love this collection!

  178. Mary Nelson says:

    Fabulous cards! I have never seen the iron off technique, very cool! Thanks for sharing it.

  179. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the background and wreath on your 1st card! Your 2nd card is beautiful too!
    Loving this awesome kit! I am trying to squeeze in the hop while we are on a generator… no power since Sun night due to fires in our area! I am on evacuation advisory, but things are looking to be improved with the fire status!

  180. Love your cards and video! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  181. Denise Mlady says:

    I love how you used the houses and trees and that the houses are black instead of white.

  182. Brandy says:

    I love your color combos! Great cards! Can’t wait to get my SOA collection! 🙂

  183. Carol Hardie says:

    Your card layouts and color combinations are so unique. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  184. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Wonderful cards using the different techniques.

  185. Jill A says:

    Great cards!!!!!!!!!

  186. Love your cards; inspired by your work.

  187. Cati harris says:

    Love the techniques used! Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!

  188. Hi Laurel, it is always a pleasurable moment watching and listening to one of your videos and this video is no exception. My favourite technique is iron-off embossing and you have given me another idea to play with. Both cards are, once again, bold and a delight. Looking forward to a delivery of a SOA collection box.

  189. Donna C says:

    I have not been stamping much but this collection really caught my eye. I love the images and the DT has really brought it all to colorful life.

  190. lisascreativeniche says:

    These are beautiful! I especially love your color combo on the top card!

  191. Fran W says:

    Another gorgeous wreath from this collection. The design possibilities seem endless. And that little nighttime village scene is so well done. Thanks for the inspiration!

  192. Christine says:

    Like the use of non-traditional colors.

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