Saturday, January 6, 2018

SOA Love Is In The Air Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to Day One of the Stamp of Approval Love is in The Air Collection Blog Hops.



Haven't heard of Stamp of Approval (SOA) yet? 
Well let me tell you this is definitely something you're going to want to get in on.
SOA is a collection of hand-picked specially designed, brand new stamps, dies and 
accessories that are created exclusively for Catherine Pooler.

This collection will be released on January 9th to those that are on the Wait List. 
StampNation members will be notified first (one of the perks of being a member) and then
the rest of the Wait List will be notifiied. Previous collections have sold out quickly. They 
won't be available again for quite some time so get your name on that list so you can 
get your hands on all the amazing products.
There's a surprise ink color in this collection too!

I have two cards to share with you today.
My first card uses the World Awaits stamp set.


I used It's a Boy ink to stamp the background with the world map. Love that stamp! The
balloons are stamped in Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Daydream, Eucalytpus, Pepperming Scrub 
and Royal Treatment inks. I used the coordinating die to cut them out and then stamped the
baskets with Black Jack ink. The sentimen is stamped with Midnight. 
I love how the balloons turned out - they make me want to take off on an adventure!

My second card features the Bon Voyage stamp set, the Love die and the Postage Stamp dies.
I used the postage die to cut out the panel. I inked up the compass with veramark and stamped
it repeatedly onto the panel. Next I added some white embossing powder and heat set it.
I used Icing on the Cake and a little Black Jack ink to sponge over top for a distressed look. 
When you're done sponging be sure to use a cloth to wipe away the ink that sits on top of
the embossed areas. This will clean it up and make the white white again.
The love die was added onto some craft foam and then onto the card for some dimension.
A tiny sentiment with sponged edges finished it off.


Make sure you're on the Wait List so you don't miss out.

Did I mention there's a prize!
There's actually three prizes!
One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on 
January 10th on Catherine's blog. The winners will win their box and if they already purchased
one then they will be issues a gift certificate worh $100 towards a future purchase.
How cool is that!

Time to get hopping! Don't forget to leave comments along the way.

Susan - you are here

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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323 comments:

  1. Cool cards! Love how you used all the different colors for the balloons!

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  2. Awesome cards, Susan! Love the rainbow balloons and the distressed look on your second card! ♥♥♥

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  3. The balloon scene is fun! Love the dimension the foam added to your love sentiment!

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  4. Such beautiful cards! Love these!

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  5. Up, up, and away. Balloons are so fun. Thank you for these great examples.

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  6. Beautiful cards Susan! I love the combination of the spa ink balloons with the world map stamp, very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hi Susan, I was saying on another stop on the hop that those hot air balloons would look great on a background of the maps and here you have done just that. Your card is beautiful!!

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  8. Susan, love the color you did with the balloons, reminds me back home in the summer time when I see all the different colors of air balloons up in the sky. Like the second card also. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. Very creative cards, Thank you for sharing

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  10. So nice, the balloons really resonate with the different colors.

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  11. Love the balloons and the travel card. Thanks for sharing

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  12. Wow - these are great cards! I really like the hot air balloons over the world and that sentiment goes perfectly!

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  13. I’m a stamp junkie!
    I luv the balloons in the different colors of ink!

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  14. I am a Stamp Junkie and think the new color is a pinkish-purple shade. Your cards are wonderful. They showcase how versatile this release is going to be very well. Love them!

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  15. These are both great ideas and I love them both! At first I thought you had stamped the compass on kraft card stock and then realized you inked it with Icing on the Cake...either way, I love the distressed look of it!

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  16. Great ideas. Love the rainbow balloons. I'm a stamp junkie and I think the new ink color is magical purple.

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  17. OMG!!!! Awesome cards!!! I absolutely love them!!!

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  18. Great cards, love to see how everyone uses the same stamps its amazing.

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  19. Great cards Susan! I love the one with the balloons!

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  20. Love your cards and this new SOA Box. Adorable cards!!!
    I am a Stamp Junkie and I believe the new ink color is Calming Clear(an Embossing Ink)

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  21. The color combination of the balloons is perfect. They seem like they will float off the card at any time!

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  22. I loved the stamp sets. I loved your hot air balloon card. The colors used are so vibrant.

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  23. Love the spa collection! Very well done! Cards are awesome! I’m a stamp junkie and I feel the new ink color is a red pinkish color!

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  24. I’m a Stamp Junkie and I think the new ink is a rosy pink color that goes perfectly with the other spa inks. The way you’ve combined the hot air balloons and the world map is PERFECTION!

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  25. I like the "adventure begins" sentiment.

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  26. I am a Stamp Junkie! Love all of Catherine Pooler Designs inks, stamps, stencils, and blocks! Love your colorful hot air balloon around the world card!

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  27. Your cards are great! Especially love the hot air balloon card!

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  28. I love that first card with the hot air balloons all over it!

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  29. I absolutely adore your designs. THis collection blew me away. I’m already thinking of things to create, and I haven’t got my hands on it yet. One of my favorite collections thus far.

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  30. Really loving the hot air balloons. I really like the postage stamp die to.

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  31. Love your creations, Susan! I wasn't sure about those hot-air balloons, until I saw yours floating over the map of the world. A perfect combination! And I LOVE your Valentine-ish card. You're so good at taking products and making them suitable for the men in our lives. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  32. Awesome cards!! Especially love your rainbow colored hot air balloons with the world stamped lightly in the background!!

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  33. Great cards! Love all the balloons!

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  34. Your cards are beautiful, as always! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. Awesome cards! Hot Air balloons are a favorite of mine. Going up in one is on my list of things I want to do.

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  36. Great cards, Susan! I love your backgrounds!

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  37. Beautiful cards. Love the rainbow colored hot air balloons and especially love the second card too. Hard to pick my favorite.

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  38. Your cards are so fun! Love the use of the balloons and the map!

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  39. Your hot air balloon card is amazing! Both your cards are very creative.

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  40. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Awesome cards Susan! You really packed a lot of gorgeous color into that first card. And that second one! Totally in love with those postage stamp dies.

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  41. I love the cards, especially the second one! I'm a Stamp Junkie and I think the new color is a hot pink.

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  42. Great cards! Love seeing masculine valentines!

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  43. Great cards, Susan. They are quite different from each other, but both are wonderful. Love the vintage look on the second one!

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  44. Great cards, love the balloon one.

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  45. Fantastic cards! I really like that sky full of rainbow hot air balloons!

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  46. Your cards are lovely. I really love that compass one!!

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  47. Great cards, the compass one would make a great masculine card!

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  48. Susan, these are amazing! Fantastic job for your first hop.

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  49. Beautiful cards, Susan!!! So thrilled to be part of the new CPD Creative Team with you!

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  50. I'm just loving the hot air balloon!

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  51. I esp love the hot air balloons over the map image!! fabulous!

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  52. I'm from Albuquerque, so I love hot air balloons (hot air balloon capitol of the world). Your cards are wonderful!

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  53. Love the card using the postage dies. The simple background with the bright love up front is so much fun.

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  54. Fabulous card designs for the guys in our life!

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  55. HI, I’m new to your blog from Stamp Junkies. Your hot air balloon card is like going to an actual hot air balloon festival. It’s beautiful.

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  56. Your cards are fabulous, Susan! I love the distressed one and can see it used as a masculine card. Love the colored hot air balloons, they look great in the Spa colors.

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  57. Great cards, loving the use of Spa Colors. Let be the balloons! Reminds me of a balloon rally.

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  58. Beautiful designs! Love this collection!

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  59. These are fab. I especially love the distressed look on the second card. It's so subtle but awesome.

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  60. Susan, your cards are so much fun! I can't just pick one, they are both gorgeous!

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  61. I am a stamp junkie and I believe the new colour will be white. I just love the versatility of this collection.

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  62. Your first card is my absolute favorite use of the hot air balloons! It reminds me of the festival's where hundreds of balloons are in the air together!

    I'm a stamp junkie and I think the new CP color has gotta be a bright and pretty pink

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  63. I just love all of those pretty balloons, Susan. Oh, what a beautiful site that would be flying over top of the world in a hot air balloon. Great cards!!! =)

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  64. These cards are fantastic. I love that you used the map in the background of the first. Stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  65. Love the colorful balloons! Reminds me of a beautiful, spring day!

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  66. I just love that emboss resist technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  67. The first card does such a great job of showcasing these fabulous inks, and the second would make a great masculine Valentine! Awesome,

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  68. I already commented - but I am a Stamp Junkie, and my guess is Sunshine Yellow

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  69. Such awesome cards. I love all the hot air balloons. Soooo fun.

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  70. I love your cards but emboss resist is always one of my faves love the postage die you used as well!!!!!!

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  71. The layering of the balloons over the map design is so cool!

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  72. I’m a stamp junkie and I think the new colour is yellow! Thanks so much for a chance to win!! Belinda Wild

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  73. Love the cards and especially the hot air balloons

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  74. Great cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  75. Beautiful cards!! I love all the different colored air balloons!!

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  76. I'm going to have to expand my inks if I'm going to CASE your rainbow balloon card. Lovely colors.

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  77. I really like your cards, especially the balloon scene. Thank you for the inspiration!
    Smiles, Darby

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  78. Beautiful cards! I'm very excited for this box!!

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  79. Awesome cards Susan. Love how the postage stamp die frames the second card.

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  80. I’m a Stamp Junkie and I think the new colour is Passionate Pink. You have a very unique style, I might just have to use your creations for inspiration! Can’t wait.

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  81. Love the way you used the map for the background - super cool!

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  82. The balloons stamped in the spa collection of inks tie so beautifully with your stamped map background

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  83. I love that balloon card. The balloons look as though there is depth to them with the way the colors coated. Very nice. I’m a Stamp Junkie and I think the new color is Magical Magenta....whatever it is, I love it!

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  84. These are fabulous, Susan. Love how you combined the balloons over the map. Such a fun collection.

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  85. OMG those balloons hovering over the map is genius. And the colours just pop! Love love love this collection.

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  86. I love the balloons over the map...really nice...

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  87. I love he hot air balloons arrangement! I looks just the way they look when they are first taking off. The subtleness of the world stamp escaped me at first; great card!

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  88. Great cards! I love your use of colors. Your balloons look 3-dimensional!

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  89. The hot air balloons is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  90. Great cards I'm a Stampnation member

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  91. Hi Susan! I'm a Stamp Nation member. Your cards are great, love the balloon card the most!

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  92. The balloons are so fun and beautiful!

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  93. I love the balloon card, thank you for sharing!

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  94. I think your balloon card is my fave of the hop. So excited for this collection and to see what else you ladies cook up in 2018!!

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  95. Love how you have combined the world map and hot air balloons! FAB inspiration. Hugs Bev x

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  96. Love the cards especially the first one with the hot air balloons!

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  97. I love the combining of stamps in your first card!

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  98. Hi Susan, This is my first visit to you. I love the balloons and compasses. So many ideas already. I will be back but first I must HOP!

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  99. Love both of your cards! Thanks for sharing

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  100. Thanks for sharing these ccraftabulous inspiration!!!

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  101. Love the bright,colorful balloons flying all over the world. Great card.

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  102. Such great cards to send to kids in college

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  103. Love how you mix all the sets in the collection!!!

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  104. Great cards and so many great ideas! Can't wait to get this kit.

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  105. Great looking cards! Love the directional/map icon! so fun! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  106. I understand chunky and think the new color is khaki. I like the hot air balloon card.

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  107. So cool!!! I Love your designs, colors, and patterns. I love the balloons and all the colors you used. And I love that love compass stamps. Just lovely. Happy New Year!

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  108. Love the multi colored hot air balloons!

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  109. Your one card makes me think of an air balloon festival! A great job on both.

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  110. Cool cards! I love how you used the compass image for the background. I'm a SN member and thank you for sharing so much great inspiration!

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  111. Fantastic cars, this I’d very exciting!

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  112. I love the balloon card. The Love card says it all. Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. Wonderful job on these cards......love the one with the balloons over the map images......

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  114. I also love the balloon card. I live in Az. and we have lots of hot air balloons floating around. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  115. I like the pink against the brown background it makes it stand out and the dimension is wonderful on a card.

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  116. Hi Susan,
    Love your cards. They are both very different from each other. Great ideas that I will incorporate.

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  117. Very nice cards. Keep up the good work.

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  118. Nice job on your cards! :-) I'm a junkie and I think the color is either magenta or white

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  119. I really like the way the hot balloons look like they are lifting off the card! The second card almost has an old world look to it. I love them both!

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  120. Wonderful cards! The dimension on the hot air balloon card is fabulous! Looks as if they are floating. Love the vintage feel of the second cards - and the pop of pink is a real eye catcher!

    Samantha Jackson-Houp aka Sammibug aka Sammi

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  121. Forgot to add that I'm a stamp junkie!

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  122. Love the nautical themes, since I live by the Pacific Ocean. Your hot air balloons were awesome too. You did great and thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

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  123. Loved the first card because I just love the world stamp - as well as the colorful balloons. But I also liked the pop of color that appeared as I scrolled down to see the second card.

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  124. The postage stamp die frame really sets off the card -- great idea!

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  125. Hi Susan! I'm a STAMP JUNKIE and I think the new color is Fruit Punch

    Samantha Jackson-Houp aka Sammibug aka Sammi

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  126. First time with you all. It feels quite exciting. Can't wait to see the whole thing. I've always wanted to ride in a Hot Air Balloon and your card just reminds me I should do it before my time is up.

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  127. Your cards are awesome. The hot air balloons over the map reminds me of the balloon festival in Quechee VT and going over the gorge. I am also loving that compass more and more with each card.

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  128. Love the hot air balloons placed over the background of the continent stamp! Also the way you made the second card look distressed & aged & then put that Wow pop of pink on top was brilliant.

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  129. You've inspired me to want to hop in a balloon and travel! Love both cards.

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  130. L-O-V-E to all parts of the world!! Great idea. Let's take a Balloon ride to spread the L-O-V-E.

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  131. Forgot to mention I'm a Stamp Nation Member too. Ready to spread the L-O-V-E

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  132. I really like your first card. I like all of the colors of the balloons and the use of more than a couple.

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  133. Hi! I'm a Stamp Junkie. Just wanted to stop by and check out your cards. The cards are so cute. Love your style, using the dies on your cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  134. I think your cards are both wonderful examples of the versatility this SOA Collection. I love how you used the balloons flying over the map, great idea!

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  135. Gorgeous cards!! Those compasses are so fun. Thank you for the great inspiration. I can't wait to use them.

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  136. Love the colors on the hot air balloons! Makes me wish I could go on a hot air balloon adventure! Also love the distressed look of the second card! So much versatility in this collection!

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  137. I really like that compass stamp. It seems so versatile. Your cards are great!!

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  138. Wonderful cards! I love that sentiment in the world awaits stamp set. I also love the understated grunge of the postage card with the compasses. Great look paired with that "love"-ly die.

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  139. Love the adventure card! So many people I know to make that one for!

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  140. I love these cards, the distressed looking card is fabulous.

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  141. Love the rainbow balloons! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  142. Such pretty cards! Such nice work :)

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  143. I love the colors you used on the hot air balloons. Your second card has such a fun vibe, love the brown with the pop of pink. Thanks for sharing your cards.

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  144. Gorgeous cards, Susan! Thanks for sharing!!

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  145. Lo e the map and balloons. The compass card color combo is very attractive.

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  146. love every stop along this blog hop; they all different; very inspire. thanks

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  147. Ok seriously gonna have to get that balloon die! Just love it and your cards are awesome!

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  148. Love them both, the balloons are awesome!

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  149. Cool cards. I really like your compass stamp card.

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  150. I love these cards....the Love one especially.....Good one for my Husband of 40 years.. As a new SN member I am soaking it all in.. Ready to get started.

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  151. Stunning cards, Susan! Love the vintage feel of the 2nd one.

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  152. I like the colorful balloons and the embossed compasses.

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  153. Worldwide Hot Air Balloon lift off! LOVED this card!

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  154. Fabulous cards! The new collection looks amazing.

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  155. I love these cards, Susan! This SOA is awesome!

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  156. I'm a Stamp Nation member. I wasn't excited about the balloon stamp until I saw your card! Beautiful!

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  157. Amazing Cards! I love the way you used the balloons with the swirly globe!

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  158. I like how you used the compass as a background, great idea.

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  159. I am a StampNation member and my favourite product in this SOA is the postage stamp die set. I am also very excited about getting a new ink colour for my collection. I really like the way you used the new ink pads with all those balloons.

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  160. just discovered your products, they seems to be really fun to use. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  161. I am a SN member. I really like the second card.

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  162. I love these delightful cards Susan - such details.

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  163. I love both of your cars. The hot air ballons are so cute and I like the compasses on kraft cardstock with the splash of pink Love.

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  164. Love how detailed these cards are, they draw you in with their creativity........love them.....

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  165. Great cards, love that postage stamp die and all the hot air balloons.

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  166. LOVE both your cards. I love the pop of color on top of the muted doodle world map & then the second card with the pink against the kraft. Just 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. Hard to choose a favorite product but I’m leaning really hard in the direction of those postage stamp dies.
    Terrilynn

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  167. Your cards are so beautiful Susan!! ☺ If I had to pick a fave...it would probably be the 2nd card with the mariner compass and the 'love' sentiment, however, they're both such beautiful cards!! Thank you for sharing!! ☺

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  168. I really like both your cards... but the hot air balloon card makes me want to go on an adventure!!!

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  169. Nicely done. I am definitely going to mimic your cards. Thanks.

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  170. I'm a stamp junkie and I hope the new ink color will be gold! Wow, I'm so in love with your balloon card! It's so incredible!!!

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  171. Love the adventure begins card. Such great colors!

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  172. I like the bold colours on the first card, and soft colours on the second one. The first card has such dimension.

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  173. Loving both the compass and the hot air balloon awesome cards Dxx

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  174. Oh that first card is AH-MAZING!!! Love the second card too! This Stamp Junkie StampNation member is so very excited to get this collection!

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  175. Love the balloons and the world stamps together....great designs.

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  176. Love the distressed card, beautiful. Looks like it takes a lot of time, thanks for sharing.

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  177. I love the hot air balloons, as well as the Stamp! I’m a Stamp Junkie and can’t wait to see the new ink color!

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  178. This is a great hop, loving everyone's cards and especially your mariner's compass card. <3

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  179. Love your cards. Let the journey begin.

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  180. Absolutely love your 2nd card. I love the look.. The postage stamp dies look to add such a great look.

    Stamp Nation Member

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  181. I love your designs of the cards. The hot air balloons over the background map stamps is a great touch with the "adventure" stamp. The white embossed compasses with the distressed look is a great masculine card if you traded out the pink "love" words for maybe red foil. Lots of ideas seeded!

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