Naturally Inspired SOA Blog Hop

Mel's Card Corner | Naturally Inspired Blog Hop

In case you haven’t heard already, Catherine Pooler is releasing a new Stamp of Approval collection this week. The new collection is called the Naturally Inspired collection and today is the kick off of the big three day Design Team blog hop. You should have arrived here from Catherine’s blog, but if you didn’t, don’t worry. I’ll include a full list of all the stops for today’s hop at the end of this post.

Here’s the schedule of events for the release this week:

  • Sunday, June 4 – Blog Hop Day 1 begins at 9am ET
  • Monday, June 5 – Blog Hop Day 2 begins at 9am ET
  • Tuesday, June 6 – Blog Hop Day 3 begins at 9am ET
  • Tuesday, June 6 – StampNation Exclusive PJ Party SOA Launch begins at 10pm ET with ordering opening immediately after for StampNation members
  • Wednesday, June 7 – Ordering opens for the Wait List at 9am ET
  • Thursday, June 8 – If the collection hasn’t sold out, general ordering opens at 9am ET

If you aren’t familiar with Stamp of Approval, each box is an exclusive collection. The products included were designed specifically FOR each particular collection. These are brand new products and they won’t be available for individual purchase for many months. Each box contains a minimum retail value of $120 in product, but only costs $97 plus tax and shipping.

When I received this collection a few weeks ago to create my Design Team projects, I was SHOCKED by just how much stuff Catherine was able to pack into this collection. Here are a couple of cards I created using products from the new Naturally Inspired collection.

Mel's Card Corner | Naturally Inspired Blog Hop

For my first card, I heat embossed the flourish from the Birds of a Feather stamp set using the Wanderlust embossing powder. I used the Best Die to create a negative space word then added a pop of color behind it. I used words from the Simply the Best sentiment builder stamp set to create the sentiment banner.

Mel's Card Corner | Naturally Inspired Blog Hop

For my second card today, I created a shaker card using the Lattice Frame Die from the collection. I used three of Catherine’s inks to create the ink blended background for my card. I then die cut the lattice window out once from the ink blended background and a second time from a piece of white cardstock. I reserved the ink blended lattice panel to use on a future project since I didn’t need it for this design.

Mel's Card Corner | Naturally Inspired Blog Hop

After adhering acetate behind the opening on the ink blended background, I adhered the white lattice panel to the acetate inside the opening using Multi Medium Matte. To give the shaker a bit more of a festive feel, I stamped the pennant banner from Simple the Best then fussy cut it out to adhere across the lattice shaker window. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment using various words from the Simply the Best sentiment builder stamp set on black cardstock then heat embossed it in white to match the lattice window.

Mel's Card Corner | Naturally Inspired Blog Hop

My second card definitely ties in more with the whole Naturally Inspired theme of this collection. Flowers and foliage are the biggest sources of inspiration for me, so this collection is right up my alley. I absolutely love walking through a flower market or garden and taking photos of the flowers to use as color inspiration for my projects.

Mel's Card Corner | Naturally Inspired Blog Hop

What inspires you? Leave a comment below and let me know. Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a comment on all of them. Three randomly selected commenters, one from each day of the hop, will win their very own Naturally Inspired collection! Winners will be announced on June 9 on Catherine’s blog. If the winners have already bought the collection, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 toward a future purchase.

As promised, here’s a list of all the stops for today’s hop:

Don’t forget, this is only day one of our big three-day blog hop. Be sure to visit Catherine’s blog tomorrow, Monday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6, for days two and three of the hop.  Her blog is the starting point for the hop each day.  Be sure to visit all the stops each day and leave a comment for your chance to win!

I won’t be participating in days two or three of the hop, but will be back both days showcasing a card using the Naturally Inspired collection. I’ll also be back on both the wait list release day (June 7) and general ordering release day (June 8) with more designs to share. Basically, just plan to stop by pretty much every day this week if you want to see lots of design ideas for the new Naturally Inspired collection. 🙂

Until next time …

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  1. Karen K. says:

    Love your shaker card! I find inspiration from places online like Pinterest, Stamp Nation, You Tube videos, and Instagram. Can’t wait to get this SOA box!!

  2. Irene Garcia says:

    Beautiful cards! I am also into all the florals lately! both cards are gorgeous, but there is something about that first one that I just love! So simple, yet so pretty!!!! Thanks for all your inspiration!

  3. Monica K says:

    I love this time of year.. hearing the birds and seeing them at our feeders inspires me…
    I love your cards… the lattice is awesome….😊

  4. Sharon O says:

    Your cards are fantastic! I love both of them and can’t wait to get my own box to play with! My inspiration comes from all the wonderful work other people share, as well as the wonderful products from CP!

  5. Priscilla Steele says:

    What a creative way for using the negative space. Can’t wait to get my hands on n this collection.

  6. SHaron Gullikson says:

    I’m inspired by things I have seen other people make on blogs, websites and in magazines, as well as nature. I make a lot of cards with flowers and animals. They are my favorites!

  7. Julie Curwen says:

    I totally LOVE the shaker card!! I love the sparkly swirls in the first card as well. Great techniques!

  8. canadiancaroline says:

    Wow, beautiful, impactful cards, Melissa. I really like your clean and graphic style. Might that blue BEST be the new surprise colour in this collection??!!
    I, too, am inspired by the colours of nature. I am fascinated by all the different shades of the sky at different times of year, and times of the day.

  9. Beverly Roachell says:

    Both cards are fantastic. In the first one the soft flourish just makes the “Best” pop out with the color background. Many uses for this, not just birthday. And the shaker card is great. Love the lattice panel. This is a must collection to have!

  10. Elise Smith says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the colors you chose! The shaker looks like fun 🙂 I’m inspired by other card makers as well as things in nature (flowers and birds are my favorite).

  11. Cindy says:

    Oh my gosh. These are fantastic. Wow. I love that lattice. And the pretty glittery looking swirls. I’m drooling. Lol.

  12. JuliaP says:

    Lovely cards! I get my inspiration from the blog hops, so many talented people. Can’t wait to get more inspiration from you in the upcoming days!

  13. AlanaMar says:

    I like your creative use of the Flourish as a background, stepped up by embossing. Also using the negative space of the Best sentiment with a pop of that beautiful blue green
    underneath. The curves in both the stamp and die go well together. The lattice makes an elegant and exotic shaker front. I’m inspired and frequently amazed by the creative expressions of other paper crafting artists.

  14. Ruth Ann Smith says:

    Love the background on the Best card and the shaker card is very nice. I have never done a shaker card but this inspires me to try.

  15. clare says:

    Beautiful cards Mel thanks for the inspiration with the lattice shaker. I love the die but was struggling to see ways to use it so thanks for the ideas.

  16. Connie Brooks says:

    Mel, your cards are lovely. I too, am inspired by flowers..the scents and colors and shapes. Just yesterday I was parking at my local supermarket nearby a patch of Roses. Of course I had to smell them as the old saying goes ” Stop and smell the roses”.

  17. Kathy Doyle says:

    The shaker card idea would be great for my granddaughters birthday coming up in a couple weeks! I love the pop of color for the best die-cut with the embossed flourishes! I love both of your cards! Great inspiration and will have to check out your blogs coming up.

  18. SusanME says:

    Love these cards! Especially the one with the pennant over the lattice die – I love this! As for what inspires me? All of you wonderful design team members!

  19. Kara Stainbrook says:

    Ohhhhhh my goodness. I absolutely love the best bday wishes card. It looks fancy but simple. Well done Melissa!

  20. Theresa says:

    Melissa, i just loved your cards. The first one is just stunning. I loved the embossing and the negative diecut just pops. The 2 lattice cards are so much fun. I love how the ink so smoothly blends.

  21. Barbara Brennan says:

    Love the lattice die cut as used in your beautiful shaker card. I agree with you. I find inspiration in the color of the flowers as seen in the Annual Philadelphia flower show!

  22. Judy says:

    Both cards are wonderful but I love the shaker card. I have a weakness for shaker cards. I think this would also be fun in fall foliage colors. Not that I am trying to rush the summer that has yet to arrive in New England.

  23. Ellen says:

    Melissa your cards are lovely. I love the swirls on the first one and the colorful lattice on the second. Nature inspires me.

  24. Mary Laffin says:

    Beautiful cards. Love soft blended background and can’t wait to get the lattice die.

    I love the simplicity of the first card and am always inspired of how it’s the simple things of life that inspire the best emotions. Driving along the ocean each day is one example of all that is great.

  25. Michelle King says:

    Beautiful card! I love that soft background, just gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my hands on this box! Especially the dandelion stamps lol, I’ve been wanting dandelion stamps for so long so I am so excited that they are in this box

  26. Sue McRae says:

    Love the simple elegance of the first card and the lattice die makes a fab shaker card! I too am inspired by nature, especially from the colors of flowers!

  27. Marilyn in Michigan says:

    I’m inspired by your beautiful cards today! The flourish card would be perfect for a wedding, too.

  28. Susan Powell says:

    Beautiful cards Melissa!! I especially love the sponged background of the shaker card. I’m always inspired when someone takes a product and uses it in a way that it wasn’t intended. I have a hard time doing that and it amazes me what ideas people come up with.

  29. Linda says:

    Love your cards! Love the versatility of this Stamp of Approval box. I too am inspired by nature, I love to grow things. I am seeing that lattice with a landscape background… like a window. I am looking forward to getting this set. I love the blog hops, they inspire such great ideas.

  30. Donna Neal says:

    Your cards are very different and both stunning! Thanks for sharing various techniques that made both of your cards a sight to behold!

  31. Linda Kaucher says:

    Melissa, I absolutely love your lattice die shaker card! Thank you for posting this and for the inspiration to do so much more! I can’t wait to receive my SOA box and start creating!

  32. Marilyn Martin says:

    Such beautiful cards. This box has so many wonderful stamps and dies. I love the lattice die and the way you used it on your shaker card; beautiful.

  33. Laurie says:

    I love the simplicity of the first card but it also looks so elegant with the glitter embossed swirls. And the second card is amazing, the colours, the die cut and the banner all look great together.
    Thanks for sharing your designs, Melissa!

  34. Glenda Lee Nutting says:

    I’m also inspired by beautiful flowers. And I love you shaker card! That lattice dye is so cool.

  35. Lori Sauers says:

    Mel, thank you for sharing with us all. You make beautiful cards. I really like the Best Birthday wishes. You make card making fun and exciting.

  36. Lisa K says:

    Your cards are so lovely and creative! What inspires me is the world around me. The birds singing when I wake up place me in a good mood and makes me ready to start the day.

  37. Melinda Lowry says:

    Lovin’ your cards! I especially like the shaker card using that grid and that pop of color on your second card. Great ideas!

  38. Judy Medrano says:

    When I retired two years ago I needed to start a hobby. I always had an interest in crafts. I did tee shirts with my daughters as well as cardmaking. Back in the late 80’s, we didn’t have much. I did that for 6-7 years. So, I decided to see what was out there now. WOW, was I surprised! Catherine’s videos were the first ones I saw. She made it look fun, interesting and challenging. I liked her upbeat spirit and her attitude about making a mistake. We are all “human”. So, here I am two years later having the greatest time. I make cards for my grandsons teacher and school staff, neighbors, friends and family. I’m not the most artistic person but I’m having Fun Fun Fun doing what I’m doing. Thanks for the new chapter in my life.

  39. Mary Nelson says:

    Your cards are amazing!! I definitely get inspiration from you and all the amazing social media artists. Also, from my oldest sister who has been fighting like a girl for four years now with metastatic breast cancer. She is strong, positive and just amazing!!

  40. Colleen Balija says:

    She really does pack the goodies in each collection, doesn’t she? I love that first one with the flourishes!

  41. Vickie Buehler says:

    Love both of your cards, Mel, but especially the lattice shaker card. I don’t usually like too many shaker cards, but this one is one I just might copy! I am inspired by all the colors of nature, all the different shades of color in nature just amazes me.

  42. Joyce Spear says:

    While I really like your first card, I am swooning over your shaker card. So gorgeous!
    I am inspired by so many things, but especially the StampNation design team and members. The hardest part for me is narrowing down ideas and figuring out what I want to put on paper.

  43. Gail Hislop says:

    Hi Mel, love the shaker card and haven’t seen anything like it. Also like your first card which is very elegant. Thanks for the inspiration.

  44. Jean Purpura says:

    Love your ideas…..I really like the first card with just a Pop of color….The Lattice shaker card with the blended background is stunning.

  45. Cindy Roman Daversa says:

    I’m inspired by different things, moods and people. Depending on what I need to make, I look at nature, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, so many places! I’m inspired right now by your beautiful cards!

  46. Pamela Stadler says:

    Going to Catherine’s website and the links to her creative team inspire me to try and make cards as beaitiful and creative as the ones You all make.

  47. Deb Luther says:

    I’m inspired by the colors green and blue — love how you’ve used them here. And the Best die is, well, the best!

  48. Jina Winston says:

    Loved both cards. The Best card so elegant. I can see it used for a Wedding card. What is inspires me is Spring and Summer seasons. The colors of nature fresh and exciting.

  49. Teresa Rawnick says:

    I find inspiration all around me but when it comes to the SOA it’s so easy because you give us inspiration on a silver platter. Always such beautiful cards. Love that lattice die & the new SOA.

  50. Ann Celino says:

    I’m inspired by graphic designs and vivid colors. Love the lattice work and the shaker card you made with it.

  51. Christy Borfitz says:

    I am also inspired by florals. Your cards are amazing and I am really looking forward to getting this collection.

  52. Elizabeth Roberts says:

    Love both of the cards. The shaker card is so unique. Can’t wait to make my cards with this awesome SOA!

  53. Jodie Ramdas says:

    Mel, Thank you for sharing your projects with us! your card designs are beautiful! I especially love the 2nd one!

    WOW! those flowers are gorgeous! You are so lucky to have such beautiful flowers at the market.

    One thing that inspires me is going for walks to my local lakes with my son and my two dogs. I love exploring new parts of the lake that I haven’t walked to before. Being in the fresh air and seeing all the wildlife inspires me to create.

  54. Leanne in Cali says:

    Oh wow, beautiful! I love your cards and the flowers and lovely pictures like that definitely inspire me!!

  55. Suzanne T. says:

    H; Tennesee girl your ideas of each card are beautiful, which makes me want the SOA box NOW PLEASE? Oh is it June 7th yet?

  56. Lynn says:

    So inspiring – I am enjoying all of the previews and can’t wait to get my hands on the actual products!

  57. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Gorgeous cards, that lattice shaker is so awesome! I LOVE walking through a garden or flower market too! It really helps me see some awesome color combos!

  58. Karen Sturdivant says:

    I so agree with you. This collection is right up my alley also. I love the lattice die and what a great idea to use it for a shaker card!!!!

  59. Sarah Greber says:

    I couldn’t wait to see how you and the DT would use this collection. I love that first card, with the swirls being glittered and the ‘best’ negative cut out. I can understand how you are inspired by flowers. For crafting, I’m inspired by nature as well. There is a street I take every day to pick up my kids and it’s lined with trees that create a canopy over top. I appreciate the beauty of it every day and it is on my list to create a card with that feel to it.

  60. Clare says:

    When I am creating a card, a piece of jewelry, or working on a canvas I am inspired by things around me. So I usually have several things on my worktable to inspire me.

  61. Z Sullivan says:

    Great cards, Melissa. The shaker card is fantastic and inspiring. I find my crafting inspiration in a variety of ways; materials, mediums, other crafters, and of course, nature. TFS.

  62. Marlene says:

    I love that white lattice panel. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and see what I can make.
    Thanks for sharing some cute ideas.

  63. Maggie B says:

    Hi Mel ~ I knew your cards would be glorious!! I was SO right. I find inspiration from all over, mostly from cardmakers like you that I follow online but also from unusual places. Once I saw a paper plate at the grocery store that had a lovely color combination and floral design, so I bought the pack and headed home to CASE the design. lol Thanks for sharing and inspiring! ~HUGS~

  64. Michelle Allison says:

    I’m inspired by flowers, too. Sometimes I just search pictures of flowers, or landscapes, or paintings for inspiration. And I love playing with color!

  65. Lynn Fletcher says:

    Melissa, your cards are just so fabulous! I love the embossed flourishes on the first card, but the lattice shaker card really is the best!

  66. NCDonna says:

    Love your shaker card with the color on the outside and iridescence in the white space!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  67. Diane Durbin says:

    Both cards are great. But I love the close up picture of the shaker card because you can see how beautiful the blended inks are with the iridescent sequins in the shaker.

  68. Marcia Fellner says:

    Love all your cards. The shaker card with the lattice die cut is my favorite of them, but they are all fantastic. Excited for the new kit.

  69. Kimberly says:

    I am like you and I get inspired by the nature around me period I love looking at the sun sets and the clouds and flowers. I also like to look at my friends clothing period if they have a design on their shirt I like to look at the colors and then at them to my cards period your cards are beautiful thank you for sharing

  70. Christine H says:

    Love, love love the lattice die! So many ways I could think of to use it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful inspiration!

  71. Sharon Nesvog says:

    Melissa…your cards are beautiful! I can’t even pick a fave…cuz they’re both so beautiful in their own way. Great job!!! TFS! ☺

  72. Anita Falcone says:

    Your cards are beautiful. I’m so excited about about the new stamp of approval. Can’t wait!!!


  73. miriam gault says:

    Inspiration abounds everywhere. Be it the people in your lives, your animals, your natural surroundings. It is so easy to forget to stop and look around at all the little individual elements that make up a vista in front of you.

  74. carol says:

    You’ve translated your love for flowers into gorgeous cards; the shaker, especially, has me swooning. I also find flowers inspiring, as I do many things in nature…leaves, trees, animals….Thank you for the wonderful showcases today!

  75. Susan Wareham says:

    Great card designs, I guess I get a lot of inspiration from the internet blog hops like this one. So much talent in the world its hard not to be inspired.

  76. Arianna Barbara says:

    Wow! Awesome cards!!! I love so much the shaker!!!
    I’m inspired by nature around me and by my beloved partner!!! He always supports me!!! He’s the best!!!

  77. Debbie Rumpza says:

    I love your shaker card! It’s so cool to see the lattice over the window and sparkles behind. I love this idea!

  78. Julie Edwards-Finley says:

    I love the cards. The shaker card is really different from other shakers I have seen. Thanks for sharing

  79. Pam K says:

    I love the ink blending and your use of the lattice die to make a window…it’s a stunning card and a clever use of that die!

    Thank you for sharing!

  80. Brandy Duncan says:

    I am truely inspired by my Mom who suffers from Huntington’s disease. Usually people only live around 10 yrs. after being diagnosed, and she was diagnosed around 15 yrs. ago and is still hanging on. This disease has taken away so much, her ability to do anything for herself, her ability to say more than a few words at a time, her ability to walk, and so much more, but it has not taken away her spirit and her love for her family. I thank God for my Mom every day.

  81. Erika DeJesus says:

    I absolutely LOVE flourish stamps! My very first stamp was a flourish. Great job! Shaker card is fun, too!

  82. Margaret says:

    As always, I love all your cards and your style. That lattice die is so pretty. I think this is my favorite item in the collection.

  83. Mary Holshouser says:

    the shaker with the lattice is beautiful.
    The sequins are pearlized and really
    glow. the first card is simple but
    very pretty. Love the swirls.
    I’m inspired by the blogs that
    I visit everyday. I need to start
    paying more attention to nature
    and the things around me.
    thanks for sharing.

  84. Fran Weinberg says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the flourish card, especially, because it would make an ideal wedding card.

  85. LINDA SMITH says:

    Beautiful cards . I haven’t tried doing a shaker card yet but you have inspired me to try. I just retired so I now have all the time in the world. Thanks for the inspiration.

  86. Teri Smith says:

    I really like your cards & the background die you used for the shaker card is an “I really want that!”

  87. Susan Nixon says:

    The beautiful birds of E TN inspire me – we are having a bumper crop of cardinals this year. Thanks for sharing your cards. I like the lattice a lot! dezertsuz at gmail

  88. Cheryl Jones says:

    Melissa, I am inspired by flowers too. My dad used to tell me to never miss an opportunity to stop and smell the roses. But I love all nature so I am excited for this collection. Your cards are perfect.


  89. Chrystyna says:

    Super cards!!! Love the die in the second one and the first birthday card is lovely!!! Thanks for sharing!

  90. Ishani says:

    Such Beautiful cards.. The embossed flourish background is what I am also going to do next.. and that lattice shaker card is just amazing!

  91. Laura Miller says:

    Love the shaker card. I too love to walk thru the garden store and see the gorgeous range of colors and shapes and textures. Need to head out an plant a few newly purchased items.

  92. JoAnneR says:

    I am in love with this kit. Your cards are gorgeous. I love the blending. I am so excited to try the CP Ink that is included in the kit. I’m sure I will quickly be afflicted with Full Set Syndrome.

    I am naturally inspired by all of the wonderful ideas of amazing designers like yourself.

  93. Lorna C says:

    Nature is also one of my biggest inspirations, I absolutely love looking at gardens for ideas! Love your cards, the shaker is awesome!

  94. Barbara B says:

    I love love love that lattice die. Inspiration: nature, Asian art, and anything swirly! thanks so much for your inspiration

  95. Liz McAllister says:

    I am inspired by my beautifl back yard. My husband works so hard at making to perfect! I get to work all day from my office and look at it!

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