Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Blog Hop


Hello there, are you excited? I know I am. It’s Stamp of Approval time again, yippieh πŸ™‚

The newest collection is called Love is in the Air and it is full of awesome adventure themed stamps and dies. Today’s blog hop is showing off some of the goodness that is waiting for you in just a few days. Are you prepared? If not, better sign up for the waitlist, so you know when it’s time to shop. The public release is on January 9th at 6pm EST, but sign up for an early note *winkwink*.
SoA Wait List

In case you don’t know what Stamp of Approval is, let me explain that real quick. Stamp of Approval is a quarterly collection full of stamps and dies that are exclusive for every release. All the goodies inside it are designed for this collection and are matching perfectly. If the collection is sold out you have to wait a couple of months before you can buy it in Catherine’s store and the SoA releases usually sell out fast πŸ˜‰

But now on to my projects. I created two cards for today’s blog hop. A few more are waiting for you on the release day.

Card one is an ink smooshing beauty. I used the CP inks to create the water color effect in the background and then stamped the world on top. I added a few more swirls all around it, stamped with the same CP ink colors. To emphasize some parts of the world a little more, I colored them in using Posca acrylic paint pens. Then I die cut it with the largest stamp die and adhered it onto a piece of black card stock and both onto a card base.
Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Blog Hop

All that was missing was a sentiment, so I added it to the inside including a few more of the swirls.
Introducing the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection

Card number 2 started with some ink smooshing as well, but instead of water color paper I used the CP premium white card stock. After I was done with the colors, I added a few patterns using several of the Stamp of Approval stamps. Then I stamped a sentiment onto a piece of vellum and wrapped it around the card front. I added two of the balloons and adhered it onto a grey piece of card stock that I die cut using the largest stamp die before.
Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Blog Hop

Love is in the Air Blog Hop Order

Don’t forget to hop along and check out all the Love is in the Air goodness πŸ˜€
Don’t forget to leave some love on your way, because one random commenter will win the entire Collection – woohoo! Catherine is announcing the winner on January 10th on her blog (If the winner already bought the collection, they will be issued a gift certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Visit Catherine’s blog again tomorrow for another Love is in the Air blog hop showing off more inspiration using the Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air collection.

Supplies Used

Close Ups

Introducing the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection

Introducing the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection

Introducing the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection

Introducing the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection


  1. Love both of your cards today! The color schemes are perfect.

  2. Gorgeous smooshed cards Josefine! I’m a smooshing addict too. Love how you used those swoops with the sentiment inside too!

  3. Love your ink smooshing Josefine! I’m an addict too. πŸ™‚ And the way you used the swoops with the sentiment inside, just brilliant! πŸ™‚

  4. I love how you added extra swoops to really fill in the map!

  5. Stampnation me be r here and you stole my heart with card 2. I love the spa inks.

  6. Your backgrounds are amazing, Josefine! Beautiful cards =)

  7. Oh wow! Your cards are beautiful, but I really love the second one the best. The colors are just so awesome!! I’m a Stamp Nation member.

  8. Beautiful cards! I especially like the card with the balloons. From a Stamp Nation member.

  9. Love that ink smooshing & the mix of colors you used! Great cards!

  10. Love the background on card #2!

  11. Jennifer Colacicco

    I just love your style – the color with the background stamping and the pops across the world are just beautiful and so different. Also I love the boldness of the black balloons, against the background. You’re so inspiring! Jenny x

  12. These are beautiful “smooshed” cards! I haven’t tried that technique, but with all the inspiration on this hope, I think I’m going to have to! I’m a SN member and Stamp Junkie and can’t wait for the new ink color to be revealed!!! I’m guessing it’s in the pink/purple range, but who knows!!

  13. Gorgeous cards Josefine!! Your backgrounds are fabulous!

  14. Fabulous cards and great color combinations!!

  15. Theresa Robinson

    Great color combos!

  16. Your backgrounds are absolutely amazing, and really showcase the stamps!

  17. Beautiful cards! I love this collection!

  18. What gorgeous backgrounds you’ve done for these stunning cards!! They sure make those fab new stamps stand out!!

  19. Obsessed! Love that orange

  20. Beautiful cards, love the colors

  21. Dorothy Breitenstein

    The second card is my fave! Thanks from a SN member.

  22. so vibrant

  23. Beautiful cards. I love the inky backgrounds!!

  24. The colors on these two cards are o different. I am loving that balloon card. Those colors are just fabulous together, and I love that you went with the black balloons on that background. Stampnation is buzzing with excitement over this new collection, as we do for every SOA release. Can’t wait to see what the membership does with this collection.

  25. Both cards are absolutely lovely and you color choices are fantastic!

  26. Oh! I love your use of color! So beautiful! Both cards are stunning! Can’t wait to see what else you create over on SN!

  27. Your cards are great. Thank you for sharing them. I’m so happy tho be apart is

  28. Great backgrounds. Really loving those hot air balloons.

  29. this is a collection I have to get.
    Love the continents and the hot air
    balloons. You used both so well.
    thanks for sharing.

  30. Great cards! Love the color combo on the second one using the Spa collection of inks! I need to go play with that combo now!

  31. Sharon Perehudoff

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards, they are gorgeous, love the colour scheme amazing. This collection is awesome!

  32. I love these color combinations so much! These cards are so unique and beautiful !

  33. Love, Love, love the 2nd background colors and design. Both cards are great.

  34. A lot of thought went into these cards and they turned out great.

  35. Very pretty!I’m in Laurel’s Facebook cardmaking group and my guess is Pretty in Pink!

  36. Your cards are amazing and I love the colors you used. I am a Stamp Nation member.

  37. Adoring those hot air balloon cards.
    “I’m a Stamp Junkie and I think the new color is white or ombre

  38. Gorgeous backgrounds really makes the stamping pop.

  39. I really like the background of your cards!!!

  40. Love the colors you used on your second card…gorgeous combination!

  41. Fabulous backgrounds and both cards would be perfect to give to guys!

  42. I’d love to see a video of how you made the background for the balloons card.

  43. Beautiful cards! You used all of my favorites in this set.

  44. Beautiful cards. In Love yet Again! I love the ink smooshing on both cards. Gorgeous! Love being a StampNation member. I love the Stamp of Approval collections because everything in it works so well together you don’t have to think about it. The cards practically make themselves. I love just how many different ways these products can be used together. Hard to choose a favorite product but I’m leaning really hard in the direction of those postage stamp dies.

  45. Marjorie DUMONTIER

    Your cards are simply awesome !

  46. I,’m a stamp Junkie, new color possibly desert sand, lovely cards

  47. Beautiful cards! Love the backgrounds you created!

  48. Wow these are gorgeous

  49. Nice alternative cards.

  50. I’ve got to try the smooching technique. It really looks awesome.

  51. Love your cards, the colors and style are fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Love the designs! Can’t wait to get my hands on this collection.

  53. love your technique – the backgrounds are just fabulous – thanks for sharing:)

  54. I’m loving this set. It looks like so much fun.

  55. Thank you for sharing really like your back grounds.

  56. Awesome cards! I really love this collection!!

  57. These are fantastic Josephine! I love the backgrounds that you created.

  58. I love how you created the backgrounds.

  59. Roberta Eldridge aka Roberta's Artistic Adventures

    I am a Stamp Junkie and a member of CardMaking Tips,Techniques and chats! I love your delightful and colorful cards, HolyLise! Love CPD products!

  60. I love your color combo on the balloon card. It is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  61. Josefine, I love the ink smooshing technique! The colors are great on the first card and stamping the world map in black makes it pop!

  62. Fun cards. Also love the way you stamped the backgrounds.
    I’m an SN member

  63. Fab backgrounds on your cards. Love the colours you chose for each.

  64. Your cards are beautiful. Your smooshing turned out great! I like having the sentiment on the inside of the 1st card because it puts all the focus on the beauty of the stamped image. I also really like the black balloons on the second card.

  65. Glenda Lee Nutting

    You are a fabulous ink smooshed! I LOVE these cards!

  66. I really enjoyed seeing what you created – love the backgrounds especially! Thanks for sharing!

  67. Gorgeous cards! That stamp set is wonderful and so versatile.

  68. Great cards and your color combinations are spot on!!!

  69. I love the way you use color πŸ™‚ Such pretty cards!

  70. Love the way you used this new collection, brilliant work!

  71. Wow – these cards are so cool! Love the smoosh technique – especially for its name! πŸ™‚

  72. It looks like you are an expert SMOOSHER! Your backgrounds are perfect, and the addition of a few stamps on each card really adds to their beauty.

  73. Love the smooshing!! I need to try that. Love how it looks.

    Stamp Nation Member

  74. Great job on smooshing. Thanks for sharing.

  75. Gorgeous ink smooshing! LOVE these!!! β™₯

  76. Great backgrounds!!! Thx…

  77. Beautiful cards! I love the backgrounds and the paisley map stamp.

  78. Your cards have so much depth to them, I really enjoy looking at them a seeing all those elements.

  79. murphysmom Linda miller

    Well I found my favorite card made with the SOA collection… it is the two hot air Balloons with blue back round. Of course blue is my favorite color for sure!!!! With cards like these it makes me glad I am a SN member.

  80. Both of your cards are fantastic with that background stamp and background die.
    Thank you for the inspiration and an opportunity to win one of the SOA box.

  81. Loving your color combos! These are going to be such wonderful stamps and dies! I’m a Stamp Nation member and am loving the inspiration!

  82. Great cards, some very good inspiration.

  83. That is so neat how you did the back round in the hot air balloon card.

  84. Both of your cards are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing them!

  85. Wow. I absolutely love these cards. The colors you used are fantastic. The new collection is just fabulous.

  86. Awesome cards😍

  87. Elizabeth Roberts

    Your hot air balloon card made me decide I really wanted this set. That is so my style.

  88. Josefine, your cards are so lovely! Love the techniques you’ve used and also the colors! Great job!

  89. Stamp Nation Member. I love the way you did the backgrounds on your lovely cards! Thanks for the ideas!

  90. Love the watercolor look of your cards!

  91. Beautiful smooshing and stamping. Gotta do this! Thank you.

  92. SN sister here. Your designs are so cool. The map stamp is so unique,and I love how it represents all the members of our SN family. I was floored more and more each day a new item was revealed. I can’t wait to get my hands on these goodies. TFS

  93. Ink smooshing… love it! Simple technique and use of the stamps, but an awesome outcome!

  94. I love your backgrounds!!!!! Your color combo is awesome. Love your cards.

  95. Phyllis Sinclair

    I want to know more about your backgrounds. Ilove them.

  96. Both of your cards are amazing. I really like them. Thanks for sharing with us.

  97. Love your cards. They Are Beautiful.

  98. I just adore the background on your balloon card! ❀❀❀

  99. Love you watercolor technique. Great cards!

  100. StampNation member and I love your cards, especially the ink smooshing!

  101. Love the grungy look of the balloon card big thumbs up

  102. Love both of your cards. Can’t stop looking at the balloon card. It is fabulous.

  103. Wonderful cards. Love the ink smooshing – I’ve tried it and mine never seems to come out looking that great! Both of your cards are so pretty – Love the colors you’ve “smooshed” together.
    I’m a stamp Junkie and I think the new ink color may be Fruit Punch!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

  104. Really love the smoosh card – great color combo! Thanks for sharing!

  105. Ink smooshing with the blues ink! Beautiful
    Also , love the sentiment on the vellum

  106. Such beautiful cards. These stamps can be used in so many different ways just by adjusting the colors. Great job.

  107. I love the smooshed backgrounds, they work perfectly on these cards. Your cards are so pretty, I may have to try it again.Thanks for sharing! I am a SN member.

  108. Love watercolor use especially on card 2.

  109. Both cards are awesome. I love how in the second card you used different stamps in the background which actually made the baloons and sentiment pop. Great job. I am a SN member.

  110. Awesome cards. Love the ink blending.

  111. I am a StampNation member and I just love this new SOA. My favourite though would be the postage stamp die. I am also excited about the new ink colour being released to add the the full collection I got for Christmas. I just love your Background on the β€˜long live snail mail card’

  112. Loving both cards Josefine! The inked backgrounds are so cool! If I had to pick a favourite it would be the 1st card just because I love the red/orange/yellow colour palette. Looking forward to Stamp Nation pj party! I’m also a Stamp Junkie:)

  113. Lovely background smooshing and used of added stamps to create a unique background for your card designs! #2 is my fav in color and design

  114. Wonderful cards. I love the backgrounds. I am a Stamp Nation Member.

  115. Am excited about the world map Stamp. Am SN member

  116. Love your ink smooshing technique. Gorgeous!

  117. Love your ink smooshing technique. Gorgeous!

  118. Yes, yes! As a new Stamp Nation member, I’m very excited for this box!!

  119. Gorgeous Cards! Love both of them. I’m really loving the world stamp set even though I never would have imagined that I would. I am a Stamp Nation Member. Can’t wait to be able to play with the new products.

  120. Marcia L Rollins

    I must try the ink smooshing technique! The results are stunnig!

  121. Lovely cards. Sentiments are great. I am a SN member.

  122. Your colors and techniques make these cards so appealing to the eye. Love the way the colors pop with the black…….great job!

  123. Awesome job on your backgrounds. Your cards are adorable.

  124. I really adore your second card! Great Job and thanks for the inspiration! (SN Member)

  125. Your bright and cheeful cards are lovely!

  126. Fun cards. I think smooching is such a fun technique. Even though you used smooching on both cards, the backgrounds look so different. Good job

  127. These cards are so terrific! Really loving all this fabulous inspiration!

  128. The use of vellum is really nice. Great sentiment too. Thank you for sharing.
    Stamp Nation member

  129. Wow more incredible cards. This whole blog hop has been so inspiring. Thanks for your inspiration.

  130. I just love hot air ballon sand I just love the colors you used, it made it look like a real postage stamp.

  131. Great cards. Love the ink smooshing! πŸ˜‰

  132. I loved the color you used on your cards today….very nice job.

  133. Michelle Allison

    I love the ink smooshing! Your cards are beautiful!

  134. These are beautiful. I love all of the colours.

  135. Josefine your cards are beautifully created! The way you used subtle tones for the background of your second card adds fabulous elements but doesn’t overshadow the balloons in the fore. Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you have a wonderful week.

  136. Marieanne Honsberger

    Love the smooching! It’s great how you get two different looks . Great cards.

  137. Wonderful cards, Josefine! Love the smooshing done on both the world card and the hot air balloon.

  138. Love this ink smooshing technique, your cards are so cool!

  139. Very cool cards. Love the background behind the balloons. I am a SN member and so excited for this release!

  140. The backgrounds are stunning.

  141. Beautiful smoosh! Makes my heart happy looking at it; cant wait to try it!

  142. Beautifully done Josefine. The backgrounds are really pretty and really make the rest shine.

  143. Beautiful cards! Especially like the “snail mail” card.

  144. Wow! The background on these cards are incredible !

  145. The smooshing technique in the first card is very pretty. I really like the background of the second card because it reminds me of batik fabric. Very smart design!

  146. Excellent Josephine.

  147. Linda Steinbaugh

    Great cards!

  148. Lovely cards, you have to love a bit of ink smooshing. There is something so fun and satisfying about the process.

  149. I love black & white on a card, and your card is so pretty with the added color. GREAT job.

  150. Beautiful and I love how you used the products together! Thanks for sharing in this fun SOA blog hop.

  151. Absolutely LOVE the backgrounds! Love this collection!

  152. Jennifer Archambault

    Your colors are amazing! I really enjoyed your cards. They are inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  153. Jennifer Meister

    Awesome cards cannot wait to get this SOA box!

  154. Really love the first card…. So many times I either forget about placement of images and don’t leave enough space for a sentiment. Or I don’t want to cover up what I spent so much time working on. The card feels “naked” until you reveal an awesome sentiment on the inside. Beautiful color combinations.

  155. Your world is so colorful, love it

  156. Love those backgrounds. What a fun and colorful technique.

  157. The ink colours are gorgeous…love the combos.

  158. Great “smooshing” samples. You know what you accomplished??? That 2nd card – – you chose the colors to actually create “green earth” under the balloons. Looks like the ground from an airplane. Really cool.

  159. So happy to see you creating for the CP SOA collection! I love your projects. The products look gorgeous in more muted colours and shabby-chic style. Just shows how versatile the stamps and dies are. I hope your cards are in the Project Guide–can’t wait to try and recreate/CASE them πŸ™‚

  160. Melissa Friedrich

    Beautiful swirly map cards, love the ink smooshed backgrounds and the extra stamping in similar colors is a nice detail to the backgrounds.

  161. Great set of cards! I love the colors on the backgrounds!! Love the smooshing effect!

  162. I love your backgrounds, especially how you added stamped enhancements to the ink smoothing. Beautiful cards!

  163. Both awesome cards!! I love the background on both, but thinking that second one is my favorite!!

  164. Colleen Crawford

    Love your creative approach! Thanks for sharing your talent!
    I’m a Stamp Nation sista!!

  165. Beautiful pattern on the globe set. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards.

  166. Great creations, Holy. I like the shabby chic style. That postage stamp die has me swooning all over the place. I see you like it too! πŸ™‚

  167. Card 2 looks like a stormy affair love the different ideas

  168. Oh wow! Awesome cards!!! Love them!!!

  169. Stunning Backgrounds of your cards. The CAS card is so cute too!

  170. i love you putting the only sentiment inside. I always forget that is an option and I don’t have to make a way of it fitting on the front!

  171. Awesome cards! I especially love your The World Awaits card, the few highlighted elements on each continent are great additions!

  172. I love these cards. The style and colors are beautiful.

  173. Lovely cards. I like how the SOA releases their product all coordinated and this plans so you aren’t stumped.. such a great idea.

  174. I often gravitate more towards cool colors, but I’m really in love with your red/orange/yellow world. I think it might be because it pops so amazingly with the postage stamp die against the black, and I love how you emphasized different sections. It’s just so eyecatching and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these beautiful ideas with us!

  175. Both cards are very nice, love the backgrounds!

  176. So pretty – love the hot air balloos.

  177. Cool cards. I am glad you showed the close ups! So colorful and just really cool layering. I love that. The swoops are my favorite! I like how you added them to the sentiment on the inside of the card. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and inspiring all of us!

  178. Fabulous! I love that set!

  179. Beautiful cards – I love the colors you used!

  180. Lovely cards! I love the background designs!

  181. Oh my, I’m so close to tears (happiness tears, promise). I love all your comments and your support means so much to me. Working with Catherine’s products is a dream come true! And I’m so glad that you guys like the way I use them, messy πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to share more projects with you and spread the love for Catherine’s products!!!

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