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!


  • TammyBeichner October 9, 2017, 4:17 pm

    Love these cards and the collection

  • Cherie October 9, 2017, 4:20 pm

    I Definitely want to CASE this one! So pretty Catherine! I will have to purchase the SOA first!

  • SHERRY THOMPSON October 9, 2017, 4:36 pm

    Such a pretty collection! I’ve love everything and you and team have done an impressive job showing it off!

  • Anita Agler October 9, 2017, 4:47 pm

    The heat embossing is gorgeous on this card! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Lynn October 9, 2017, 4:57 pm

    Love, these previews- especially the glittery one!

  • Amy McCue October 9, 2017, 4:58 pm

    I can’t wait for tomorrow!!!

  • Sharon Field October 9, 2017, 5:10 pm

    Your cards are amazing, as usual. What a creative way to use the wreath. Such talent!

  • Leanne in Cali October 9, 2017, 5:13 pm

    I love how you cut the wreath to make a swag! Gorgeous, as is your black, white and red card!!

  • Sherry October 9, 2017, 5:16 pm

    Lovely cards! I love how you cut the wreath and made a swag! Cannot wait for this set!

  • Susan Powell October 9, 2017, 5:17 pm

    love, LOVE, love that first card!!!!

  • Jina Winston October 9, 2017, 5:18 pm

    Both cards are beautiful.

  • Roberta Eldridge aka Roberta's Artistic Adventures October 9, 2017, 5:20 pm

    Catherine, as usual, your SOA collection is AMAZING and GORGEOUS and FUN!
    I’d LOVE to win as I don’t have any SOA collections…. yet!

  • Val p October 9, 2017, 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Sharon Nesvog October 9, 2017, 5:31 pm

    Catherine….your cards are so beautiful!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on this gorgeous collection!! :)

  • Cindy Daversa October 9, 2017, 7:38 pm

    I am so in love with the background stamp! Loving the entire collection!

  • Karen Roberts October 9, 2017, 7:43 pm

    I love the background stamp done in white!

  • Vickie Jo Buehler October 9, 2017, 7:48 pm

    Love the versatility of these stamps! Great cards! I really like the black and white chalk board card.

  • Kathy Doyle October 9, 2017, 8:00 pm

    Love your cards and your videos are always fantastic! The first card is so elegant and the chalkboard card is so cute. Loving that background stamp more and more with each blog hop stop!

  • Jill Stewart October 9, 2017, 8:04 pm

    Oh these are just beautiful. Hope I can get on tonight.

  • Mary Holshouser October 9, 2017, 8:05 pm

    Love the simpleness of the first card.
    the white boughs on the second are
    thanks for sharing.

  • Karen Sturdivant October 9, 2017, 8:13 pm

    I love the embossed background with the gold. What a neat idea to use the wreath along the border. So clever.

  • susan r wareham October 9, 2017, 8:40 pm

    The first card is your best one yet. both are very nice. congrats on you success with your Stamp of Approval.

  • Marjorie King October 9, 2017, 8:45 pm

    Thanks so much for your ideas. Love the cards you do and the designs you come up to for the stamp kits.

  • Patt H. October 9, 2017, 8:48 pm

    Both cards are so beautiful but the clean simplicity & elegant look of the first one really appeals to me. I love it!

  • Lynnea Hollendonner October 9, 2017, 8:51 pm

    I’m so excited for this collection! Christmas cards are my favorite to make! All the inspiration is incredible!

  • Joyce Spear October 9, 2017, 8:52 pm

    I did the blog hop backwards today and am ending here, and every single card and tag was outstanding!! Looking forward to the PJ party tonight! Woot!

  • Tracy October 9, 2017, 8:53 pm

    Love the sneak peaks, such cheerful cards!

  • Christy Borfitz October 9, 2017, 8:56 pm

    The Joy card is my absolute favorite card made with this SOA so far, Catherine! I love your creativity with the wreath! Amazing!

  • Pollyanna Roberts October 9, 2017, 9:13 pm

    Love simplicity yet elegance of this card. Can’t wait to have.

  • Barbara Brennan October 9, 2017, 9:15 pm

    I love the versatility that you’ve show with the wreath being cut to form garland and used to accent the border was genius. I’m always inspired by your card videos as your creative mind moves and redirects you as you design in the moment.

  • Linda L Rock October 9, 2017, 9:31 pm

    very clever use of wreath

  • Sophia Blair October 9, 2017, 9:34 pm

    I absolutely love the chalkboard look, its not something that would be the ‘normal’ christmas idea/design but it is amazing! I watched the video of the first card and knowing that its ok to copy some of the designers cards is such a relief, i’m newish to stmaping and have been learning a lot by following the different blogs and youtube channels. Thanks for the inspiration! Hopefully i can get my hands on this SOA!

  • Deborah Cieply October 9, 2017, 9:38 pm

    Just when I think I can not possibly like a card more, you go and top yourself. Thank you for all the beautiful cards and or tags along the way. I am so super excited for the holidays just so I can make my cards and decorations.

  • Karin W October 9, 2017, 9:39 pm

    Beautiful cards!!

  • Teresa Cherka October 9, 2017, 9:41 pm

    Beautiful cards, thanks for the inspiration!

  • colleen crawford October 9, 2017, 9:42 pm

    so excited to see the new collection!!

  • Michelle King October 9, 2017, 9:53 pm

    This blog hop is so inspiring – how can we choose favorites when there is so much talent to inspire us?

  • Theresa Robinson October 9, 2017, 10:08 pm

    Love the chalkboard card!

  • Beth Swisher October 9, 2017, 10:10 pm

    Both cards are so beautiful and so different.

  • Pam Wells October 9, 2017, 10:11 pm

    Beautiful cards! The white on white with the gold embossed elements and the swag is my favorite!

  • Robin M October 9, 2017, 10:29 pm

    I am in awe. I honestly don’t know what to even say. Just stunning!

  • DARCY L Shelstad October 9, 2017, 10:32 pm

    Love both joy cards thankz for,posting

  • Sue LD October 9, 2017, 10:33 pm

    Beautiful Joy cards.

  • Susan Nixon October 9, 2017, 10:36 pm

    Thank you for two more stunning ways to use these stamps! I’m really looking forward to getting my SOA.

  • SmilynStef October 9, 2017, 10:56 pm

    I am just lovin’ that ornament background

  • Trina Chaska October 9, 2017, 11:19 pm

    I really like the first card. Very striking.

  • Dawn Kloman October 9, 2017, 11:26 pm

    These are so great. Love them.

  • Barbara Woodard October 9, 2017, 11:36 pm

    awesome collection. very pretty cards congrats

  • Marjorie Dumontier October 9, 2017, 11:39 pm

    It was three great days of hopping ! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jodi October 9, 2017, 11:53 pm

    Love that white embossed background & the wreath poking out the side is so cute!

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