Stamp of Approval Holiday Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the last stop on the Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Blog Hop!  You should have came from Danielle’s (for Neat & Tangled)  blog (the full lineup is at the end of the post).

When Catherine asked me to design a set with holly and flourishes in it, I came up with Holiday Flourishes.  It’s such a versatile set with solid and outline images of holly leaves and berries.  I also included some vintage looking flourishes and whimsical dotty flourishes in the design.

For today’s fabulous hop, I created two cards using this set.  I stuck with nontraditional holiday colors (for some reason I can’t stick to the traditional red and green).

hop flourish card1 For this card, I stamped the images in black pigment ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment with gold glitter embossing powder.

hop flourish card2

It’s a graphic looking card but I really liked it because this was the image I showed Catherine when I was playing with designs (and she totally loved it!).  So I wanted to go back and recreate it in a card.  I finished off the card with some gold glitter washi tape at the top and bottom edges.

hop flourish card3

My next card is very clean and simple but I wanted to experiment and create grayish holly leaves.  I started out by stamping the leaves and then I stamped the coordinating outline images  of each leaf over the solid leaves with versa mark ink (they’re a perfect fit over each other).  I heat embossed the outlines with metallic silver embossing powder.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in a light gray pigment ink.

hop flourish card4

I heat embossed the solid berries with red glitter embossing powder (I LOVE glitter), fussy cut them and popped them up over the center of the leaves to give the card just a little bit of depth.  To finish up the card I added some silver glitter washi tape to the edges of the navy card base.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about Stamp of Approval, it’s a limited and exclusive collection of custom designed products for Catherine Pooler created for her by some of her friends in the stamping industry.  The first box sold out quickly so if you like what you’ve been seeing today, make sure you sign up for the wait list to get first notice of the sales link!

Two lucky/random people will have the chance to win one of these boxes and they’ll be chosen by the comments left in the blogs.

Here is the full order of the hop:

  1. Catherine Pooler
  2. Maureen Merritt
  3. Kristie Goulet
  4. Heather North
  5. Allison Cope
  6. Isha Gupta
  7. Laurel Beard
  8. Lisa Harrolle
  9. Kay Miller
  10. Jessica Frost-Ballas
  11. Lydia Evans
  12. Vanessa Mehorn
  13. Kelly Griglione
  14. Heather Pulvirenti
  15. Danielle Walls
  16. Effie Cho <—- You’re here! 

I hope you all enjoyed the hop! Thank you for stopping by!


369 thoughts on “Stamp of Approval Holiday Blog Hop

  1. Kim Collins says:

    OMG! The black, gold, and with flourishes were actually the color and look of my first Christmas cards that my husband and I sent out. Your design looked so similar I want to HUG you!! XOXO thank you for the memory this is why I just started getting into stamping and card making within this last month. I want to start sharing hand crafted cards with the world.
    Thank you,


  2. Flutterly One - De-De Hays says:

    These are simply beautiful. The grey was a really unexpected twist, and really popped with elegence. Thank you for sharing.


  3. TracyM #6773 says:

    EXCITING times Effie!!!
    Your holly card is DELIGHTFUL!!!
    As for your flourish card, all I can say is WOW wow WOW!!!
    The flourishes are GORGEOUS and your card STUNNING, such an ELEGANT design – LOVE IT ALL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION … and CRAFTY TEMPTATION, can’t wait to see MORE of these MUST-HAVE stamps 🙂


  4. Avigail RAphael says:

    This card is very beautiful as well as simple. The products of this holiday box is very versatile. This bloghop is very inspirational.


  5. TY Nabata says:

    Hi Effie! I love the elegant colour scheme and simplicity of the design in this lovely card that you shared with us! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the sharing! 🙂


  6. Shari says:

    I know I saw these the other day, but I can’t remember if I commented or not, so I just wanted to say how stunning I think these cards are.. I think the first one is my favorite, but both are just really beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


  7. Gretchan McDermond says:

    I looooove the vintage feel to this set! And on a side note, I never thought of using glitter washi tape underneath as an accent! 🙂


  8. Joyce Spear says:

    I’m sad to say that as much as I admire (drool over!) stamp sets by The Ton, Holiday Flourishes will be the first set of theirs I’ll have in my grubby little hands next week when my box arrives. I’m more of a color person, so I will be CASEing your CAS card with reds and greens and golds. Thank you so much for the idea!


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