Celebrate Friends SOA Blog Hop – Day 2

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Welcome to day two of our big blog hop for the new Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval collection which will be released on Tuesday, April 24. If you aren’t familiar with Stamp of Approval, it’s the brainchild of Catherine Pooler who curates a collection of stamps, dies, stencils, etc. each quarter which are specifically coordinate to work together. These products are designed exclusively for the collection and won’t be available for individual purchase for several months or more.

Normally, there is a single collection and everyone gets the same products. Catherine has decided to shake things up a bit this time. You have OPTIONS!! That’s right, there are actually THREE variations of the Celebrate Friends collection from which you can choose.

The Celebrate Friends Collection includes:

  • WooHoo (6×8 stamp set)
  • Punctuated Party (4×6 stamp set)
  • I Eat Cake (4×6 stamp set)
  • Celebrate Die (word die)
  • Hooray Die (word die)
  • Sweet Die (word die)
  • Scattered Circles Stencil
  • A new Catherine Pooler Designs ink pad in a surprise color!

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You will then select one of the following options to go with the main collection:

  • Celebrate Friends with TEA ($97) – all of the collection products PLUS the Cuppa Tea Stamp Set and Bordering Sweet Border Dies


  • Celebrate Friends with COFFEE ($97) – all of the collection products PLUS the Perfect Blend Stamp Set and Morning Joe Border Dies


  • Celebrate Friends with Coffee AND Tea ($127) – all of the collection products PLUS both the Cuppa Tea Stamp Set and Bordering Sweet Border Dies AND the Perfect Blend Stamp Set and Morning Joe Border Dies

There will also be four additional sets of add-on dies released in Catherine’s store at the same time as the collection. These dies will coordinate with the Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval collection, but aren’t included in the collection box.

  • I Eat Cake Dies
  • WooHoo Dies
  • Perfect Blend Dies
  • Cuppa Tea Dies

As part of the Creative Team, I received the Celebrate Friend with Coffee collection. Here are a couple of cards I created which use products from the core part of the collection which will be included in both themes. Full details of how I made these cards will be available in the downloadable Project Guide included with purchase of this collection.

Mel's Card Corner | Celebrate Friends SOA Blog Hop

For my first card, I used the following products from the collection:

  • Scattered Circles Stencil
  • WooHoo Stamp Set (and optional add-on WooHoo Dies)

The other products I used for this card which aren’t part of the collection include:

Mel's Card Corner | Celebrate Friends SOA Blog Hop

For my second card, I used the following products from the collection:

  • Hooray Die
  • Morning Joe Dies (included with the coffee theme)
  • WooHoo Stamp Set

The other products I used for this card which aren’t part of the collection include:

The best way to get one of these boxes before the collection sells out is to sign up for the waitlist. This will give you early access to the sales link before it goes live to the public. These collections often sell out VERY fast, sometimes not even making it to the public launch, so definitely get on the wait list!

What Happens When?

  • Monday, April 23 (9pm ET):  PJ Party Release for StampNation Members. Not only will it be a fun online party with conversation, stamping, and more, but the ordering link will be opened up exclusively for StampNation members during the party.
  • Tuesday, April 24 (9am ET):  The ordering list will be sent to WAIT LIST members to purchase the collection.
  • Tuesday, April 24 (6pm ET): If the collection hasn’t sold out already, general ordering will open to the public.

Mel's Card Corner | Celebrate Friends SOA Blog Hop

Be sure to hop along with us today and leave a comment at each stop in the hop. Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $97 gift certification to Catherine’s store to purchase this collection. Winners will be announced on Catherine’s blog at 6pm ET on Monday, April 23.

Until next time …

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  1. Melissa Truhn says:

    Love how you did the Hooray card! Also, thank you so much for explaining how the Stamp of Approval works. That was very helpful to those of us just hopping on the SOA bandwagon.

  2. Joanne Guarino says:

    Such cute cards, Mel. Love the combination of Mint To Be and Aquatini on the first card. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Melinda Lowry says:

    You always have such great cards! I especially like the Mint to Be card. Those scattered dots are a must-have!

  4. Teresa Rawnick says:

    Love that confetti stamp & all the colors you used to stamp with it. The hand-lettered dies are my favorites and make creating a card really simple. And those new border dies are AWESOME! A great collection & great cards.

  5. Judy says:

    Very cute cards. Love the color combinations on both of them. I think I may need to keep my Gemini on my work space with all these new dies. So excited for this kit.

  6. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the greens in the first card.
    The confetti at the bottom of the
    second is a fun idea.
    Great cards. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. FD91354 says:

    Oh, your card is so beautiful! Love those colors you choose. These inks have such bright and beautiful colors! Love that new stencil too!

  8. Lori A Walker says:

    I am loving the underlying circle theme with this SOA. It makes it so much fun! I love your cards – and the stencil will be a must have!

  9. Theresa says:

    Awesome cards! I love how the first card is all the same color family and how the cake and celebrate just pops. The confetti and hooray just makes me smile. Great job!

  10. Teresa L says:

    Wonderful cards. Love the colors you used and oh that stencil will get a lot of use – very versatile. Thanks for sharing your talents

  11. Sarah greber says:

    I’m enjoying both of your cards. I really like how you stenciled more than once on the first. Cute! And I do love the confetti stamp.

  12. Patricia Dunbar says:

    love the inspiration…I would just love to win a box….would make my year for sure!
    the PaperTemptress

  13. Samantha Booth says:

    I really do love that confetti stencil! I can see it getting g a lot of use! Thankyou got sharing your wonderful cards!

  14. Jellie Bean says:

    Morning Joe die over the confetti – Nice! Looks really good that way. Good color choices, too. I especially like the rainbow confetti.

  15. Sharon Nesvog says:

    Such pretty cards Melissa!! What’s not to love about polka dots?!?!? 🙂 They just bring ‘happy’ to any card! Thanks for sharing!! ☺

  16. Mel Hughes says:

    Hi Mel, These cards are gorgeous. I love the confetti stamp and those word dies. I love the sentiments. I love it all! Can’t wait to get my collection and re-create some of these awesome projects! Thanks for sharing your creations. 😀


    WOW !! Love your green cake, spot card, great look, and the bright card really pops in your face, love the spots as they change colours down the card, brilliant.
    Coffee team, is that a favourite for you or are you a tea person ?

  18. Donna Neal says:

    Anybody receiving one of your cards would be one happy camper! Thanks for the bright clean designs. Looking forward to making these cards!

  19. Annalisa says:

    I like how you did both a monochrome and a rainbow card. I love both versions, and now I just want to make a bunch of hooray cards for all my friends. Thanks for sharing!

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