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. 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.

  2. Fran Weinberg says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Teri Smith says:

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.


  7. Chrystyna says:

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. Barbara B says:

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

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