Blog Hop Day 3: Chalkboard Holiday Cards and Watercolored Wreath

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Winterhaven_BlogHop Here we are…the final day of blog hops!  Thank you for hanging out with us all week during our release festivities!  It’s always so much fun, right?

TONIGHT is our PJ Release Party at StampNation!  We always have so much fun during these Live Streams.  We’ll chat, answer questions, have some trivia questions for you guys, stamp and open ordering early.  If you’re not a member yet, now is a perfect time to join (especially since we are still celebrating World Card Making Day over there!).  Click here to learn more.

If you are new to Stamp of Approval Collections—

The video here says it best...but in a nut shell, we design a collection of products that come in one fabulous box and provide a free Project Guide download with step-by-step instructions for dozens of hand made cards using the collection!

Our very first collection premiered August 6, 2015 and was such a hit that we sold out in 1 hour and 1 minute.  Then we oversold, flipped out (just a bit…lol), scrambled, figured it out and we were all happy in the end. We’ve grown a lot and we’ve learned a lot and it’s been an amazing ride!

Each quarter, people from around the globe tell me what a difference Stamp of Approval makes for them.  To some it might just be a box of stamps.  But to others, it’s a creative outlet.  It’s a way to gather with friends and bond.  It’s the perfect way to send messages of love to friends and family.

To this community, it also bring us together.  SOA fans are like kids on Christmas morning (me included!!!) and as an adult, it’s not often that we get to feel like that!  And how much fun is it to share in that TOGETHER?

Just look at these happy ladies!!!

Stamp of Approval Thank you ladies, for sharing in this amazing paper crafting ride with me…you all make it SO MUCH FUN!

SOA Winterhaven Watercolor Wreath 2

When a wreath isn’t a wreath…and faux metal accents in this Holiday Card Making video tutorial!


The Joy and the strip were dipped in Versamark ink, covered in Metallic Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.  I did this twice to get good coverage.  You can also do it with Gold or Silver without the sparkle.  When I do that, I usually do 3 or 4 layers of embossing powder to get a shiny, gorgeous Faux Metal accent piece.

The wreath from the Joy Wreath die was die cut in watercolor cardstock, then colored with Lime Rickey, Rockin’ Red and Grass Skirt.  I cut the wreath in a few places and added it to the card base as a swag.

The Ornamental Background Stamp was stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I love the elegant look and feel of these elements!

SOA Winterhaven Watercolor Wreath How about a black and white Chalkboard look?  I was perusing the interwebs and I came across a printed card very much like this…so I CASED it! Why not?  Right?

I stamped the pine boughs from the Tis the Season stamp set in Versamark ink, then poured on white embossing powder and heat set.

I die cut the Joy from White Cardstock and added it to the card.  I used direct to paper to run my Rockin’ Red ink pad on white cardstock and die cut the red cardstock with the circle dies from the Tis the Season dies (add-on item for this collection).  I adhered them to the card and lickety split!  I was done!

SOA Winterhaven Joy Chalkboard

If you missed the first preview days, check these posts out:

How does ordering work?

We’ve seen all the products included in the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection…1 background stamp, 3 stamp sets, 3 sets of dies…and we’ve seen TONS of ideas using those goodies.  I know you are excited to get your hands on this collection.

Our Stamp of Approval Collections are while supplies last and when they are sold out, they are sold out.  (You will be able to purchase the items individually later in our shop.)

Monday, October 9 (TONIGHT!) at 9 pm eastern:  PJ Party Release for StampNation Members. We’ll share some fun and open ordering early for you guys.  Members click here for the registration link!

Tuesday, October 10 at 9 am eastern:  WAIT LIST members will receive their link to purchase the collection.  Our last two collections sold out just to the wait list, so make sure your name is on it so you don’t miss out!

Tuesday, October 10 at 6 pm eastern: if the collection isn’t sold out yet, general ordering will open.

SOA Winterhaven Joy Chalkboard 2 WIN the Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection

THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day). The more blogs you comment on, the better your chance in winning!

HOW TO COMMENT:  Scroll to the end of the blog post to find the comment section.  If you don’t see a comment section, but see another blog post, scroll back up and click the title of this post. Scroll down and you’ll see the comment section.

Entries close on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11th at 9AM EST and will be announced right here on my blog later that day.

If you have already purchased a box, you will receive a $100 gift certificate towards your next purchase.

Winterhaven_CommentToWin THE BLOG HOP

The Dream Team  members have projects ready for you using the supplies from the Winterhaven Collection…click Ardyth’s name to visit her blog, then find the hop list on her blog, click the next name…and so on.  

Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win!


  • Donna Hawkins October 9, 2017, 12:13 pm

    As always I am ine total awe! You and your team are amazing. These cards are fabulous and this collection is going to have so many possibilities. I can not wait to get this in my hot little hands! I am feeling like Christmas cards are in my near future!

  • Jane October 9, 2017, 12:18 pm

    Love the card and background stamp!

  • Sarah Greber October 9, 2017, 12:20 pm

    What an exciting day in the land of SOA. I like how you showed an alternate way to use the beautiful wreath cut. Awesome!

  • Nancy Allen October 9, 2017, 12:47 pm

    Love this SOA, looking forward to getting one. Beautiful cards.

  • Marise Nyberg October 9, 2017, 1:13 pm

    Love these cards, so classy. This box is shaping up to be amazing!

  • Valerie October 9, 2017, 1:14 pm

    So creative Catherine! I would never have thought to use the wreath as a swag! And the gold embossed strip was the perfect addition to complete the card!

  • Tasha Dawson October 9, 2017, 1:18 pm

    Your cards are always so stunning. Counting down the hours until release time!

  • Colleen October 9, 2017, 1:19 pm

    Amazing cards, Catherine! You always come up with unique and stylish designs!

  • Ann Cifaldi October 9, 2017, 1:22 pm

    I love the black and white!

  • Joanne Guarino October 9, 2017, 1:24 pm

    Love your cards, Catherine. I especially love the chalkboard look on the 2nd one. I am so looking forward to this SOA!

  • Ruth Ann Smith October 9, 2017, 1:33 pm

    You are so clever, love that you cut apart the wreath for the swag. So very pretty.

  • Rose W October 9, 2017, 1:41 pm

    What wonderful cards. Thank you for sharing. Christmas already has a wonderful start.

  • Nancy ELrick October 9, 2017, 1:46 pm

    I am in love with that ornament background!

  • Michele Strickland October 9, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Love the chalk board look; its fun and elegant.

  • Caroline B October 9, 2017, 2:00 pm

    The inspiration and ideas just don’t stop! More elegant cards today. I agree with you re:CASE-ing. You learn so much from copying and adapting others’ designs. Looking forward to the pj party.

  • Ginny October 9, 2017, 2:05 pm

    Love, love, love all the cards. quick question…do you girls ever get brain freeze with all the ideas popping in and out of your heads?

  • Darby Whittier October 9, 2017, 2:11 pm

    Very festive, the wreath is beautiful as a wreath or a swag.

  • Melinda Lowry October 9, 2017, 2:13 pm

    Your cards are so full of joy! I really like the second card done in darker colors. I tend to lean toward the colors on white, so I may have to branch out more!

  • Heike Kirmse October 9, 2017, 2:15 pm

    Great cards. Love this Collection.

  • Kirsty Vittetoe October 9, 2017, 2:15 pm

    These creation are fun and fabulous!

  • Susan Asselin October 9, 2017, 2:23 pm

    I agree Catherine, love your card today. Can’t wait for tonight.

  • geraldine homenchuk October 9, 2017, 2:28 pm

    Stroke of brilliance, by using the wreath as a border trim … LOVE that wreath so much! The background stamp with the white on white is absolutely gorgeous too! LOVE how the whole card has come out, Catherine. Absolutely exquisite!

  • Jenn October 9, 2017, 2:36 pm

    Gorgeous! I think this is my very favorite SOA collection! I only wish I could purchase it…

    Love that ornament background stamp. Very swoon worthy!

  • Nancy-Anne Rockwell October 9, 2017, 2:38 pm

    I love the wreath as a swag. This opens up a whole new dimension for that die! !

  • nancy y October 9, 2017, 2:43 pm

    I’m really loving every little thing we’ve seen so far for this SOA. The background stamp alone is to die for! Can’t wait to order

  • Judy October 9, 2017, 2:49 pm

    I am excited for the pajama party tonight. I had to move a lot of Mom’s belongings so I could get to my computer for tonight’s happenings. Hubby set up a crafting area on the porch for me so hopefully it will stay 60-70 degrees in New England until Mom’s house in Florida is repaired.

  • Donna Cervantez October 9, 2017, 2:59 pm

    Catherine your cards are fabulous. I too am a lover of your SOA boxes. I bought my 1st one in April 2016 and remember how hesitant I was, but once I got it I have been hooked since. They are the greatest things ever.

  • Charlene Francolla October 9, 2017, 3:12 pm

    I love the idea with the wreath “not a wreath”! Quite out of the box!

  • Wanda Radler October 9, 2017, 3:13 pm

    These cards are beautiful! I really like this whole collection. Too bad I just bought the foundations box and I have a bunch of Christmas stuff! Have fun everyone!

  • Stefanie White October 9, 2017, 3:18 pm

    The ornamental background stamp is so enticing. I want to ink that stamp up so bad! Your beautiful inks make it even more awesome!

  • Gail October 9, 2017, 3:19 pm

    I would love to win your newest box! All of the cards are fantastic!!

  • Bonnie Sanche October 9, 2017, 3:20 pm

    Faux metal! Black, white and red! Your cards are stunning!

  • Linda S. October 9, 2017, 3:22 pm

    So elegant and beautiful. So excited about this SOA box.

  • Donna Dunnagan October 9, 2017, 3:24 pm

    Gorgeous! LOVE the swag idea! And…and…and…can’t keep up with all the great tips and tricks. I liked the water pen idea of coloring the wreath/greenery. PRETTY!

  • Kitty October 9, 2017, 3:26 pm

    Love the white on white embossing with the background stamp. Very classy.

  • Tristan October 9, 2017, 3:28 pm

    I love how you creatively used that wreath – inspired.

  • Denise October 9, 2017, 3:31 pm

    I love both of those cards. The gold sparkle glitter emboss is so pretty. The black and white one is so unusual. I like it a lot!

  • Sheila H October 9, 2017, 3:32 pm

    Beautiful designs and great stamps!

  • Ashlyn October 9, 2017, 3:38 pm

    I’m thrilled with the variety of card ideas we’re getting from the DT with just this collection!

  • Chrystyna October 9, 2017, 3:39 pm

    Love your cards!!! The first one with the white heat embossing and the swag created from the wreath die is lovely! The black joy card is eye catching! Thanks for all the hints and tips. Always fun to see your lovely card creations.

  • Rhonda Price October 9, 2017, 3:45 pm

    Beautiful! I’m enjoying everyone’s creations.

  • Elizabeth Knehans October 9, 2017, 3:49 pm

    Everything is so festive and beautiful. Can’t wait for this kit.

  • JanetB October 9, 2017, 3:52 pm

    I love what you did with the background stamp and the wreath, beautiful!

  • Sabrina Radican October 9, 2017, 3:54 pm

    Gorgeous Collection and very beautiful cards!!

  • Dorothy Newell October 9, 2017, 3:55 pm

    I really loved the silver and gold embossed powder for Christmas cards.
    Love your work. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rosemary October 9, 2017, 4:01 pm

    I love the way you cut the wreath to create a swag. Great for a card edge or border. So pretty with gold embossed joy die cut!!

  • Chris Thomason October 9, 2017, 4:01 pm

    You gave the best kits. They are very useful. You can really use the products over and over, not just use up the product and your finished. Thanks.

  • Cynthia October 9, 2017, 4:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Love love love the white joy card.

  • Mary Nelson October 9, 2017, 4:07 pm

    So beautiful! Both your cards are amazing. Love watching your videos. I miss your weekly videos, I enjoyed getting new inspiration every week!

  • Diane Kannawin October 9, 2017, 4:10 pm

    Pretty cards!

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