A few days ago (Wednesday) was the release date of the latest Stamp of Approval quarterly collection curated by Catherine Pooler. This collection is called Young and Heart and is all about birthdays. As soon as I saw some of Catherine’s sneak peek videos showcasing some of the products in the collection, I knew I wanted it!
Since I’m a member of Catherine’s StampNation community, we receive a bonus perk of being able to order the collections an hour before they go live to everyone. As soon as I received the purchasing link via email on Wednesday, I immediately purchased the collection. Amazing, it arrived on my doorstep yesterday even with having to make a cross-country trip. Thank you, USPS!! Here’s a peek at the goodies included in the Young at Heart collection.
Since I know you can’t see everything clearly, here’s a more detailed list. I’ll start with the back row of items and go left to right.
- 6×6 Harleen stencil from Winnie & Walter
- 6×8 Ring in the Celebration stamp set from Winnie & Walter
- 4×6 Young at Heart stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (Stamp of Approval exclusive)
- 4×6 Bring on the Cake stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs
- Birthday Wishes word dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps (Stamp of Approval exclusive)
- 4×4 HB2U stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs
- Birthday Journal Card die set from Sugar Pea Designs (includes coordinating dies for the Bring on the Cake stamp set)
- As an added “party favor” in the collection, Catherine included a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen from Crafter’s Companion.
I decided to jump right into the collection yesterday by creating my first card using the new products. I absolutely LOVE everything in this collection, so I had a very difficult time trying to decide what to use first. I initially decided to just keep things fairly simple for this card, but as I got into it, I ended up using several different techniques – stenciling, ink blending, heat embossing, and die cutting.
I created a card base using 110 pound Neenah Solar White card stock. Using some Wilted Violet Distress Ink, I added the diamond background using the Harleen stencil. For a little added shine, I added some VersaMark over the Distress Ink and then clear embossed it.
Between the rows of diamonds, I added some streamers from the Bring on the Cake stamp set using Pink Gumball dye ink from Ranger. To make sure I kept the streamers nice and straight, I used my MISTI stamping tool for that step.
For the focal point on my card, I used stamps from the Ring in the Celebration stamp set. I stamped the two rings on some 80 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock using VersaMark ink and then heat embossed them using some Wow! Fairy Dust embossing powder. I then added the small present icon stamp using the Pink Gumball ink again.
Once I had the stamping and heat embossing completed, I die cut the piece using a Nestabilities circle die on my Big Shot. For a bit of added “pop” on my card, I also cut another circle using the next size up in the set from some 100 pound black card stock from Simon Says Stamp. I adhered the two circles together using some tape runner and then added them to the card base with some foam tape for a bit of added dimension.
I did make one slight change to the card after I took my photos. I decided to add some of the clear Sparkle pen to the pink present for a bit of shimmer and that finished my card.
If you are interested in the Stamp of Approval collection, as of this writing, it’s already more than 90% sold out. Most of the products included in the collection will be available to the mass market at some point in 2016/2017. The two products I marked above as Stamp of Approval exclusives will only be available from Catherine.
I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at the new collection and seeing the first card I’ve created using it. As much as I love these products, I’m sure it will only be the first of many to come.
Until next time …