Hello and welcome to the special blog hop for Stamp of Approval February Release! I am so excited to be a part of this fun occasion and glad that you are joining us to celebrate it. This blog hop is full of inspirations you won’t want to miss so make sure to hop along with us today! If you came from Joni’s blog, you are on the right track. You can also start from here and make a full circle, so no worries if this is your first stop.The newest Stamp of Approval box releases tomorrow, Feb. 3rd, 2016. Stamp of Approval is a unique product where you can enjoy exclusive products at a great price. There are lots of kits we can enjoy in the market, but I love SOA because you can’t get these products elsewhere. And you get to enjoy them early before they hit the retail market! If you haven’t done so, I highly recommend that you can on the waitlist.

Alright, so let’s get to the project for the day so I can share more sneak peeks of the new products you will get in the box! There is also a giveaway so don’t forget to scroll through the whole blog post.

I loved playing with the Ring in the Celebration Stamp Set from the box. You can do so much with it!! To maximize the use out of the smaller images from the set, I decided to create a background with them. It is a very fun and easy technique that anyone can do to create a one-of-a-kind background for their cards.


What’s the celebration without some shine? I wanted the sentiment to blend right in with our bold background, so I stamped the sentiment from the Young At Heart stamp set (from the box as well) with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder from WOW.

I also added couple touches to the card to bring out the centerpiece of the card, so make sure to watch the video tutorial above if you haven’t done so.

I hope you enjoyed my projects I had to share today! Next stop on the blog hop is Simon – make sure to leave some love for him. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, you could win this brand-new SOA box!!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click  SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!


You could be the lucky winner of this awesome box! Leave me a comment below to enter the giveaway. Giveaway closes on Thursday, Feb. 4th, 9am EST. Good luck!


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  1. Great example of how to use the images in a different way. I like the end result. Certainly could be a card for a man in your life. Wonder what the card would look like with red embossing for the sentiment. Too much red?

  2. Clever to use all these little stamps to make you own background. This would be a nice card for a guy too. Thanks Nicole for sharing this idea

  3. Such a clever use of those small stamp images. And getting the placement just so is a LOT of WORK! You’ve done a wonderful job. Thanks for the video tutorial, too. I’m just starting with my birthday card-making for this year. I’d love to use the SOA box of goodies!

  4. Super cute background stamping, and a great masculine card! Great card, and thanks for the video too.

  5. Very fun….I love black and white with just a pop of color like this. I like it in an outfit and I love it on this card!!! Yet another way to show us how amazing this box is!

  6. What a great idea for using your smaller stamps! I love your choice of red, black and white bold contrast colors. Thanks for your wonderful SOA collection sample and for the chance to win the new Kit release!

  7. I tend to ignore the small stamps in a set much of the time, so this is a good reminder to use them! Such a clever way to make a background and popping up the center as you did really adds to the card! Thanks for sharing!

  8. You used the smaller stamp to make a great background…also like the raised panel….well done

  9. Thank You Nicole for this reminder to use the smaller stamps for backgrounds. I LOVE this look but often forget to do it. Your card is amazing, so much so I HAD to pin it for future reference. I am already subscribed to your YT channel as I don’t like to miss your great videos. Thanks again!

  10. I love how the embossed message really stands out from the black and white background! Also, it looks like your have the background image with dimension? How did you get the pop up to match the back image so closely? Love how they add dimension to the card.

  11. I love how simple the card looks and the gold embossing really centers the card! I love it!

  12. Your card is truly amazing,just love it.
    My mind was going into overdrive thinking of all the different ways I could use that stunning background.
    Dawn from the UK

  13. I love, love, love black and white cards! Did I say LOVE? I hope you don’t mind if I case your card! Love it!

  14. this was amazing. I love the monotone look for mens cards and unisex cards to keep on hand. excellent! and great tip on the white pen!!! can’t wait to try it!

  15. I absolutely LOVE this card!! I have a whole set of little stamps that I just never use, but they’re perfect for this technique, so thank you for the great inspiration!

  16. Suzanne T.

    This card say, “Lets Party” it is very nice, and just love the techniques you use on this card! Awesomeness.

  17. Super cute background and enjoyed the video showing how you created it. Also love that you added the highlight to the balloons!!

  18. I love the black background images!! I have been slacking on scrapbooking and card making but seeing all these great ideas is getting me inspired!!

  19. Love this box! I didn’t buy the first two, but am for sure getting this one! Thanks for the chance to win! Great idea using the small stamps for backgrounds!

  20. I love the technique you used on your card. I will definitely CASE this idea. You did a great job.


  21. What a neat idea to make your own background! Love how the images continue from the background onto the piece with your saying.

  22. thanks for the video. Made the background stamping much easier.
    Love the card.
    Can’t wait to get my hands on the box.

  23. I have always loved this technique. I love the layers with matching stamped image patterns. Great job. Way to show off the set.

  24. What a great idea and way to use those small cute graphic stamps that come in almost every stamp set. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Great video. Love the color combination of your card as well as the design (like how you popped up panel). I really like how you used the stamp set to pretty much make your own designed paper.

  26. Great clean and simple card! I love how you used many of the smaller images to create your own “background.” Thanks for sharing!

  27. A great way to use these smaller images that may get overlooked in a stamp set. Great idea! Love the card!

  28. I love the use of the little extra stamps that always come on the sets! What a great look, putting them all together!.. Then when you cut out the frame and popped up the center, it looked great! I will certainly use this idea!

  29. Wow…this card is so totally different from what the other artisted created, but I love it. Could be a great card for a guy because of the kack if fussiness and pastel colirs!!

  30. You always make it look so easy!! I can’t wait to look through my stamp sets and fine one that has small stamps:). I am also locating my white gel pen. Thank you

  31. This card is so imaginative, Nicole! I especially like the use of the gold embossing powder! Your talent is amazing! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

  32. So funny don’t do as I do do as I say!! Love your card. I really need to try making background paper. I will with these awesome stamps!

  33. Great idea for using smaller stamps to create a background! Love the crisp black & white with the pop of color!

  34. Great use of itty bitty stamps that are easy to forget and making a beautiful card! Thanks for the video.

  35. Nicole, great tip on how to get more miles out of smaller stamps. The background paper turned out adorable. Love the layer that you added. You can never go wrong with black/white and red color combo. The white gel pen around the outside really made the background you created the focus of the card. Thank you so much. Loved it.

  36. great use of all the small images to make your own background. Love the use of layers that I didn’t even see in the first pic. Glad you posted a close up

  37. It looks
    Like patterned paper! Imagine the color possibilities!! (My other comment submitted before I could fix my email!)

  38. Very cute and totally unexpected with the black and white! Also love the layering that looks like it was stamped only once. 🙂

  39. Absolutely love the design! Using all of the small stamps to make a pretty and happy background!

  40. Just LOVE how you made that beautiful background with the small images. Just lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.

  41. Nice card design, I like the colors you used and the repetition of the stamps. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  42. Oh wow, lots of great small stamps to create a background in these sets! Your card is awesome.

  43. Hi Nicole ~ I always love making my own “background” paper and love how you broke it up with the stitched die (which I CAN’T WAIT to get!). The white on the balloons and around the edges of the red card base tie everything together in a neat little package. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent and for adding a video ~ I ALWAYS love a video tutorial!!

  44. I would never have thought to use all the small stamps to make a background. I will have to have another look at my stamps. Thank you for sharing

  45. I love creating my own backgrounds so this tutorial and card was perfect! I like the bold look created using the black ink with the small stamps from the stamp set. Popping up the center panel was great!

  46. Very cool card. Unique technique that I would love to try with some lighter colours. It is amazing how well you cover the card uniformly with a variety of each stamp and a variety of stamp positions. This card would be a fantastic masculine card!

  47. Interesting background…think it is cool how you managed to get all the elements stamped in there and it is evenly spaced. Mine would be a disaster!

  48. What a wonderful idea for using the smaller stamps & I love the black and white background.
    Great for the guys in my life as well.

  49. I really liked the way you made the background and then cut out the rectangle center and popped it up with foam tape. Gave the dimemsion to make it pop.

  50. Such a fun card! Thanks so much for taking the time to do a video. I really enjoyed seeing you make this card.

  51. Thank you for sharing your idea of using little stamps to create your own background. Using one colour ink helps when you have limited supplies!

  52. I love your background. It is a great way to use all the little stamps. I always struggle with this, but you did a great job!

  53. Love the way you made all the little images come to life. Great card. I’m so glad your part of the blog hop. I love your videos

  54. I really love this technique, helps you use all those little stamps from your sets. I never thought of popping up part of it though, that a great idea.

  55. Love your card. Seems simple but I have tried and harder than looks. I think my OCD tendencies want everything aligned perfect. Great job on this card and thanks or sharing.

  56. Hi Nicole, love your card and your use of black, beautiful background, very effective. This is a great blog hop and giveaway, thank you so much for sharing.

  57. Such a cute and fun background! You could definitely do this two-toned and get a really awesome effect. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Like the idea, but feel the sentiment gets lost. Sorry. Maybe these eyes are too old to pick it out right a way. Thanks.

  59. I like the texture you created with the extra layer! It makes me think of a hidden message behind a door, and now I’m wondering how to add hinges to the layer without it hanging open. Velcro maybe? Great graphic design!

  60. Great idea to make a background with the tiny stamps! I usually neglect the little guys…not anymore! Thanks!!

  61. Great use of the little stamps. I love seeing the many different looks using the same stamp sets. Anxiously awaiting for my box to arrive!

  62. i am a first time buyer and am excited to receive it. i was a little hesitant at the price but then looked around my craft room and saw how much money i have invested in my craft obsession already.