SOA Lovely Notes Blog Hop

Lovely Notes SOA Blog Hop

Welcome to the Lovely Notes Collection Blog Hop – Day 3! What do you think so far…pretty amazing, right? Well I hope to add a little creative inspiration for you today with a few projects. I’ve been sharing a few projects over the past few days – this collection is so easy to create with, and I have so much more to keep sharing with you this week.

The Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes Collection is a curated collection of stamps and dies that work fabulously together or alone. Not only do you get a box FULL of amazing stamps and dies, but you’ll get a downloadable PDF Project Guide (for free!) with tons of project tutorials using them!

The stamps and dies in the Stamp of Approval Collections are brand new on the market and won’t be released for individual sale for several months. To find out how to get a box, you have to be on the wait list! Yes, these boxes sell out so fast – the last one was gone in 33 hours….so don’t wait. The wait list will find out before the public will. Click Here to sign up for the wait list and find out more.

Today I’m going to inspire you with several of the components of this collection. Specifically the Lovely Flowers, Lovely Flowers & Banners Dies, Lovely Lattice Background, Butterfly Notes, Wonderful Wreath – all by Catherine Pooler Designs, and Handpainted Thanks by Neat & Tangled. So let’s get right to it with a little Christmas in July, here are your tutorials!

Lovely Notes Project Tutorials

Wonderful Wreath

I was in love with this wreath the moment I saw it. It reminds me of olive branches – delicate and whimsical. To get this clean and simple look, stamp your wreath on white in Stampin Up Pear Pizzazz, the berries in Primrose Petals, hang some ornaments in Baja Breeze and tie it all up with an Early Espresso bow. It was that simple. This is a GREAT mass produced card.



For an elegant touch, emboss your greeting in Gilded Gold by Brutus Monroe – my new favorite gold. Add a few sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and a little simple paper piecing in the corners finishes it off.

I’m addicted to the tilt for the matte in the background (thanks Maureen!) – a little Early Espresso on a Pear Pizzazz card base. It’s that simple.

Thanks Friend

This awesome handpainted Thanks stamp by Neat & Tangled is my new favorite greeting – I love bold scripty greetings. I used this stamp just one way – did you know there are two others that layer for a multi tone effect! How cool is that?

You’ll want to stamp some of the Lowely Flowers and cut them using the coordinating Dies. I used the Stampin Up colors – Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Rose Red & Garden Green. On a large piece of white scrap paper – at least card front size, stamp the thanks towards the bottom center/right. Repeatedly stamp thanks in a light neutral tone, I used River Rock. TIP – alter where the word starts on each line so that it flows.

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Stamp the dots from Lovely Flowers in the middle 2/3 of the Soft Suede card base. I stamped it completely across so that the left and right side were even.

Cut your tag out using the large banner die from the Lovely Flowers & Banners Dies set. Try to place the Rose Red Thanks a bit off centered to the right at the bottom. You definitely want some neutral below as well. Stamp the word Friend from the Lovely Flowers Stamp set in Soft Suede on a piece of scrap and attach to your tag.

Pop the tag up using Foam Tape or Fun Foam and adhere your embellishments. TIP – The leaf branch has three sprigs – I cut mine apart to get it just right – sometimes just one or two.

That’s it – it’s a cute card – I had way too much fun with the Lovely Flowers stamps & dies as you’ll see tomorrow!

Bold Watercolor Greetings

If you’ve followed me for a while here, on YouTube or in an online class – you know I love to watercolor! This project takes some of the various greetings in this collection and puts them to good use. I wanted greetings that would stand out, so I used two from Lovely Flowers, one from Butterfly Notes and one of my new favorite Thanks from Handpainted Thanks. Here’s a video tutorial for you:

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To get this outline look, first stamp your images in versamark. Go back over them with a de-static tool and stamp again in Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Emboss in Black and heat set. Once cool, secure your project down with low tack painters tape on the upper and lower edges.

Smoosh some Distress Ink onto your craft mat or acrylic block – I used Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo. Grab some ink with a large wet brush and start painting onto your dry watercolor paper. You want your watercolor to flow together without getting out of control.

Handpainted Thanks - Lovely Notes Collection - Ingrid Blackburn

TIP – if your paper accumulates too many puddles or your colors blend out of control, gently dip the edge of a dry paper towel into a puddle to sop it up without removing color. Or use a thirsty brush (Not dripping wet). Water will naturally be attracted to a dry surface.

Once you have the look you want, heat set or allow to dry on it’s own. TIP – keep some lighter areas along with dark for a balance.

Stamp the Lovely Lattice Background stamp in Ground Espresso onto a folded Espresso card base. I just inked up the top and bottom. Quickly dip into clear embossing powder and heat set for a tone on tone look. If using a vanilla or white background, use Versamark ink for a watermark look. The key is not to compete with your watercolor, but rather support it.

It’s a pretty quick and easy project. I made four as I wasn’t sure of the look I wanted. Here’s a rainbow one too:

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I added a little dry embossed line to the top and bottom for a simple embellishment. No matter what color combination you choose, you’ll love this technique.

Now that you have some inspiration…time to find out just how you can win a free box!

Lovely Notes SOA Win

It’s your turn to hop along and check out what the uber talented Amy Tsutura has in store for you next! Here’s the blog hop list:

Catherine Pooler

Neat and Tangled

Kristie Goulet

Yoonsun Hur

Ingrid Blackburn – That’s Me * You are here*

Amy Tsuruta You’re next stop!

Justine Hovey

Be sure to leave a comment on each designers blog for a chance to win a Lovely Notes Collection of your own! There’s a giveaway for all three days of the hop! If you missed out on any of the Blog Hops – start at the beginning with Catherine’s Blog and Day 1.

And stop by tomorrow for more inspiration –


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About Ingrid Blackburn


  1. Sheri Waddell says:

    The wet on dry watercolor resist technique is beautiful!

  2. Michelle Lotan says:

    Thank you so much for your video! Loved the technique, I’m going to have to try it very soon.

  3. Judy Bennett says:

    The brown card is my favorite, but all are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and giving us such wonderful inspiration.

  4. Love your video on the watercolor card. My favorite is the dark colors.

  5. Ingrid!!!!
    Love the video on the brown card. I love it. I love brown. It just had like a western appeal to it… Like the stamps were “branded” into the card panel. All your cards are awesome. I liked that painted thanks card too. TFS! I subscribed on both!

  6. Cati Ballard says:

    Your watercolor technique is beautiful! I love the cheer & joy the colors bring! Fantastic job on creating these beautiful cards!

  7. Cheryl (angelbug56) says:

    Wow! All the cards are so pretty. Thank you for inspiring me. God Bless

  8. Lynn MT says:

    Ingrid, thanks for sharing your cards. I love the floral thanks. It’s also so nice to see a more masculine-style card.

  9. Carolyn S says:

    All the cards are wonderful. I especially like the rainbow watercolor. I appreciate the video with the great tips and suggestions. I also love how you showed the versatility of the collection. It really helps..

  10. Sue Bouch says:

    Cute cards… Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  11. Loving the bold thank you card

  12. Love love love the wet on dry water colouring!

  13. That “Thanks” stamp is just awesome. The more I see it the more I love it!

  14. Love the colors you used. The rainbow one is spectacular but I also like the brown ones for guy thank you cards.Very hard to find those! Love this kit!!

  15. Barbara Green says:

    I watched your video and give you a thumbs up. The use of the brown colors are totally awesome, I am sure I will try this. Awesome cards, Thank you for sharing.

  16. Trista S. says:

    A very informative video with wonderful examples. I love the stamps in this new collection and how you used them. I liked the brown, neutral colors you selected–probably wouldn’t have made those choices myself but loved how they turned out and I loved that you shared all your attempts so we could learn from your mistakes 😉 I agree completely with the add pop that the black versafine ink AND black embossing powder offers. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Julie H in MN says:

    Very nice cards…..would love to receive one of these beauties 🙂

  18. Cathy P in AZ says:

    Striking cards with unusual colors – love them!

  19. JoAnn K Delery says:

    love love what you did. fun technique and ‘coffee’ feel of the background.

  20. Awesome cards! Thank you sooo much for sharing and being such a wonderful inspiration. 🙂

  21. Arianna Barbara says:

    Oh wow! Beautiful cards! Really gorgeous! <3

  22. Barbara S says:

    Love your cards. I really liked the wreath. The addition of the little “ornaments” was so cute. I also like the holes poked in the corner.
    Thanks for sharing

  23. KT Fit Kitty says:

    Wow, Wow, Wow! All of your cards look amazing! It’s so hard to pick a favourite – I think the second one is my pick – love how you tucked the flowers behind the banner – such a nice design! Thanks for sharing how you made all of these cards! This SOA collection is AWESOME!

  24. Amazing cards, thanks for sharing a great technique too!

  25. Kathy Czygan says:

    Your cards are all so lovely Ingrid! Thank you for giving us a video to see that wet on dry watercolor resist! Great job!

  26. WOW love the cards, great job.
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  27. Wow beautiful cards, great job.

  28. Wow I love them all.

  29. Thank you for sharing your tips on watercolour. Love your cards. Happy day and stamping

  30. Nana Griffin says:

    Love them all especially the last thanks ones.

  31. Holly King says:

    Very much enjoyed your cards and the video. Thank you.

  32. Four beautiful cards, Ingrid, but I love the last one the best…love the colors and what you did with this design!

  33. Kerry Lowe says:

    Love the repeated thanks card on the delightful die cut

  34. great cards using the new kit

  35. Thank you so much, can’t wait to try the set out myself.

  36. Enjoyed seeing your designs & like that you also shared a video! 🙂

  37. Julie Curwen says:

    I love the rainbow card the best!! I’m totally excited to get this kit!!

  38. Susan B. says:

    Love your cards! Hope to win, but if not can’t wait to order and receive my box. thanks for sharing.

  39. Linda Ford says:

    I love your colour wash backgrounds they really make the cards pop

  40. wendy scarrott says:

    so lovely! very creative

  41. Marcia Hill says:

    Beautiful, beautiful cards…thanks for all the inspiration! :0)

  42. Nicole Ligaard Jensen says:

    I like the cards, they are unique and very creative 🙂

  43. Nicole Ligaard Jensen says:

    I really like the cards… nice techniques 🙂

  44. Just amazing samples. All of them are just fabulous.

  45. Lisa McDonald says:

    I love all the creations…so much packed in the box and I am really excited they are so easy to mix and match.

  46. Your rainbow card with all the sentiments is AMAZING!!! 😀

  47. Fell hard for the watercolor card using the rich dark colors. Usually watercolor is associated with soft shades. Your take is very refreshing. Thank you for the great video and sharing your talent!

  48. Craftygirl83 says:

    Very nice cards, thanks for sharing!

  49. Kirsty Georgia says:

    Love them, especially with rusty hinge. Takes courage to do those darker backgrounds, too intimidating. Yours are fabulous!

  50. Joyce M says:

    Beautiful colors and awesome in-depth water color tutorial! Thanks!

  51. Chrystyna Bryndzia says:

    Lovely cards!!! Thanks for the technique video. It’s definitely something I would like to try. Thanks for sharing and providing great inspiration for us.

  52. Chris Owens says:

    Great ideas – I think you showed me my Christmas card this year! Lovely all of them.

  53. Great cards Ingrid, I love the rainbow inked one the most, great set of cards to showcase the box!

  54. Valerie Headrick says:

    The browns and the black are really refreshing! This is by far one of my favorites in the this blog hop!!!

  55. Christine Piechura says:

    Love the colts you used! Beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win.

  56. Molly K Barry says:

    Love your pretty cards and especially like seeing one done in several differences….very inspiring!

  57. Molly K Barry says:

    Pretty cards; thank you!

  58. Great cards. Love the emboss/resist technique. One of my favorite techniques! Cant wait to try my hand with this new SOA box.

  59. Thank you for the awesome video. Comparing the embossing powders was really helpful. I subscribed. 🙂 Can’t wait to see more.

  60. Teresa McKiearnan says:

    Very pretty cards.

  61. Nancy-Anne says:

    I’m loving the”word”tend. Having the weird stamped all over with one that sticks out. Such a great way to personalize a card. Lovely lovely cards!

  62. Diane Durbin says:

    Awesome cards. Love the Handpainted Thanks more every time I see it.

  63. Dianna Lanfer says:

    Love your cards!

  64. Love the water coloring and tips. Thanks for sharing.

  65. Awesome tips Ingrid, thanks. I always learn good stuff from your videos. Can’t wait to play with this collection. I have my fingers crossed that a box will come my way

  66. Sebrina Bendel says:

    Very cool cards.

  67. Thea Turnley says:

    All your cards are lovely, but my favorite is the Bold Watercolor!

  68. Adriana Duff says:

    What?! An outlined look on stamps that don’t have outlines is brilliant!! I’m going to have to hop out of bed for this one!

  69. Nancy Smith says:

    Water color cards are so goid!!

  70. Angie Williams says:

    Beautiful cards and beautiful colors. Tfs Ingrid and the chance to win the giveaway

  71. Awesome cards! Beautiful box set

  72. I love your cards!

  73. Michele Zinser says:

    Thank you for the Video. And I love your watercolor card using all the different words and the earth colors. I will be trying this card!

  74. So many inspirations, thank you for sharing your ideas!

  75. Judy Humphrey says:

    Great cards….Wonderful kit!

  76. mary nelson says:

    Wonderful cards, so many beautiful elements! I love the two cards with the all the sentiments on the front!

  77. Michelle says:

    Lovely cards, good use of color and stamps

  78. Patricia Benger says:

    Ingrid, Four great cards! love them all!

  79. All your cards are great. My fav is the wreath followed by the thank you under it.

  80. Cynthia CrusanNoble says:

    Gorgeous kit and beautiful cards

  81. Darby Whittier says:

    I love your arrangements, I can’t wait for tomorrow.

  82. I love the technique on your last card and the video was great. You’re a good teacher as well as a talented designer! I love watercolor and I loved both of those cards but I see what you mean about the black. It is so much glossier with the black on black. Thanks for the tips and the great cards!

  83. The watercolor card = lovely!

  84. Anna Kluytmans says:

    Hi Ingrid, Love all your cards, but the brown one is my favourite. Cheers Anna.

  85. Sherry Lowmaster says:

    beautiful watercolor card! I never know what colors to use, lol

  86. Trina Chaska says:

    I really like your cards. Thanks for the video.

  87. Anna Kluytmans says:

    Hi Ingrid, I love your cards, my favourite is the brown one, cheers Anna.

  88. Teresa Andrews says:

    This card is a winner – the colors blend well together and provide a nice background for the sentiments. You come up with such beautiful designs!

  89. Maureen Reiss says:

    Really fantastic cards!!

  90. Love the card in the video with all the sentiments. Cool idea

  91. Karen Roberts says:

    I couldn’t wait to she what you did with this set. I love your cards, as usual.
    Love, love , love it!

  92. SHARON RYAN says:

    Great cards! Thanks for the watercolor technique ideas.
    Always looking for some new color combos to use,

  93. These are ALL gorgeous Ingrid! The second one is my favorite! Thank you for some great ideas!!!!

  94. Marilyn in Michigan says:

    Great cards! My favorite is the wreath card.

  95. Jodie Ramdas says:

    Lovely cards Ingrid! Thanks so much for sharing!

  96. Brandi R says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the designs ♥

  97. WOW, thanks for the tutorial! Love the cards!

  98. Fabulous cards and very unique and creative way of using the sets and dies from the SOA box!

  99. Love the card in the video with all the sentiments. This is stunning.

  100. love your cards and great use of the stamp! Thanks for the tutorial on a beautiful technique too.

  101. Spotlighting and mixing up the sentiments and fonts! This is great taking two techniques and applying them to a new set. Love it!

  102. Sharon Field says:

    I like ALL of your cards, but my favorite is the one with the wreath…… delicate looking.

  103. Sally Ann says:

    Lovely cards and great techniques! Great use of stamps and dies from this collection of amazing creativity!

  104. That was a great technique in your video. Thanks for sharing with us. The sentiment stamps in this collection are going to be fun and to work with. Hope a can win them. Cheryl

  105. Really like the one with the double stamping that created the white shadow. They are all beautiful.

  106. Natalie Godfrey says:

    Awesome job on your cards. Love the technique you shared.

  107. Great card, great technique, great stamp set! I can’t wait to get the set so I can try this new technique. Thank you!

  108. Maggie B says:

    Hi Ingrid ~ Watercoloring is one of my very favorite techniques and you always do it so beautifully, as you’ve shown here. As I was looking at your Christmas card I was thinking how perfect it would be to mass produce. And then BINGO, you said the same thing. I think it adds such a fun element to any card when you tilt one of the layers. Thanks for sharing and adding more inspiration to my day! ~HUGS~

  109. Melinda Ferraz says:

    Great cards so creative.

  110. Penny Reed says:

    Your videos are great – you are a good teacher. The cards you made are so interesting. Love the watercolor variations!

  111. Such a cute wreath! And the watercoloring on the other cards make such a great background! Beautiful cards!

  112. Claudia M. says:

    This collection is amazing! I really enjoyed the video tutorial. Thanks for the great ideas! 🙂

  113. Jan Barrie says:

    The cards in the video are amazing. I especially like the the one with the
    ‘error’ stamping

  114. Marlene says:

    I love your video and how cool the water coloring turned out. I can’t wait to try this technique.

  115. Teresa Doyle says:

    These are really beautiful Ingrid. I really enjoyed your video, it was well done and explained the process very well. Love the brown’s!

  116. Anne K. Aponte says:

    I can see how the wreath can be used for a Christmas or a winter card. Thank you for sharing.

  117. Fran Weinberg says:

    Very nice cards! I love his the look changed just by changing up the colors.

  118. Sandra Kersting says:

    Love the wreath, can see it as a Christmas card.

  119. Jane Sirak says:

    Very nice. A good lesson in blending distress inks
    I really liked the end result.

  120. Your bold watercolor greetings are just out of this world!!

  121. Karen Kreider says:

    Gorgeous cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

  122. Jodie Lynn Marabella says:

    I loved the fact that you showed two different color palettes for the same card. I will definitely try watercolor now! This blog hop has been great for ideas and new techniques and the prize box is outstanding. I would LOVE to win. Thank you for sharing your ideas and talent.

  123. Marjorie King says:

    Love thanks for the video on how you made the one card.

  124. Love your designs; they’re beautiful!

  125. Jannette Davis says:

    Love your work! The video was great. Thanks for your inspiration!

  126. Paula Fuller says:

    All of your cards are great. Thanks for the technique video. Very helpful.

  127. Marge Hurtig says:

    Love your cards! I wonder when I will leave my craft room after my new SOA arrives….🤔😀

  128. jennifer K says:

    Really fantastic cards, they are all so pretty!

  129. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says:

    Great cards! Thanks for sharing an awesome technique!

  130. Beautiful cards….all of them

  131. Teresa Rawnick says:

    Great cards. Love all the products and am anxiously awaiting the SOA release tomorrow. Teresa Rawnick

  132. Lynn Fletcher says:

    Ingrid, I am always amazed by your creativity and I just love all the neat things you did on all of your cards. 🙂

  133. Tracy Ross says:

    love your cards

  134. Marilyn Falcone says:

    Great video – you explain everything so clearly! Love your watercolors!

  135. Very pretty cards

  136. Kathy Doyle says:

    Loved your watercolor tutorial with all the great tips and suggestions! Great cards

  137. Sharon Ditzler says:

    I really like your watercolor technique. This is something I haven’t tried and I really like the results. Pretty, pretty cards.

  138. The box looks so exciting.

  139. Linda Kennedy says:

    Awesome cards! Love the video showing how you created these and I love how the black embossing powder turned out on these! Very pretty! And the rainbow colored card was gorgeous also! Thanks for sharing!

  140. Carrie Galindo says:

    Great video. I love the shadow effect of the double stamping!!

  141. Fabulous cards – all of them!

  142. sharon mesdag says:

    Hi, the cards are great but Thank you so much for the video. Backgrounds are beautiful, what I really appreciate is the idea of all the script on the card front.

  143. Stacy O'Dell says:

    Very pretty and unique cards! Great Job!!!

  144. Love your video card. It is amazing, to me, the different background looks you can get even when you are using the same inks!

  145. Lisa Rutherford says:

    Love the different versions of the Bold Watercolor Greetings cards!!

  146. Amante del Papel says:

    my goodness your cards are amazing, so beautiful!!!

  147. Kathy D says:

    Love them all … Your use of distress inks never ceases to amaze me! Creative classroom student!!!

  148. Thanks for the inspiration. Can’t wait to get my hands on SOA box!

  149. Ruth Spencer says:

    Fabulous cards, and now I’m thinking about those colors I normally wouldn’t use:-)

  150. Beautiful cards! Thanks for the video.

  151. Ann Gibbins says:

    You guys are awesome. Love your cards and the technique with the distress inks is awesme. Thank you so mych. This is a great collection that has been highlighted magnificently by all the participants on the blogs.

  152. Linda Ogburn says:

    Love this so very much!!

  153. EEK! I am so excited for this collection!

  154. Fabulous cards and brilliant video too, thank you! xxx
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  155. Jodie Lynn Marabella says:

    Great cards and great ideas! I loved that you showed the different watercolor palettes for the last card. I am inspired to try some of your techniques. This blog hop is so much fun. I would love to win the prize box. Thank you for sharing your cards/art.

  156. Beautiful cards! So many ways to use this exciting collection. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  157. Michelle Daigle says:

    Awesome cards! I love what you did with the Thanks stamp by Neat & Tangled. It came out great!

  158. Roberta Kublin says:

    So nice, love the colors! Can’t wait to try all these ideas!

  159. Totally wonderful cards!

  160. Heather Parry says:

    Great cards and I especially liked watching the watercolour technique in your video. Thanks!

  161. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Gorgeous cards, love the watercoloring technique and all the color combos!

  162. Mary Guikema says:

    I especially like the Thank you card in the brown colors. So nice for a thank you for a man.

  163. I would love this for a masculine card. The colors are great.

  164. Great cards Ingrid. I love how you did the shadow stamping. I just can’t wait to play with all this richness.

  165. Debbie Burnham says:

    Beautiful cards. I hope these ideas come with the set!

  166. Great cards. Thank you for the video.

  167. Ingrid these blog hops have been fun and yes, this SOA collection is amazing. Your cards are really nice. Thanks for showing these techniques.

  168. Michelle King says:

    Wow those cards are beautiful! I especially love the repeated thanks card! So pretty! And the distress/vintage looking card with all the sentiments is awesome too!

  169. Debbie Bonczek says:

    Wow . . . never really thought about water coloring with earth tones. I definitely will put this on my try-it list. Beautiful stuff!

  170. Great cards. I can’t pick a favorite.

  171. Sharon Nesvog says:

    Ingrid…these are beautiful cards!!! At first, as I was watching the video, I wasn’t so sure about the 1st card. I’m not so much into browns and neutral colors…but you really made this card ‘pop’ and it’s beautiful! Of course, I always love the rainbow effect on anything!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great creativity!! 🙂

  172. Scrapper69 says:

    Simply lovely! Wonderful card creations!


  173. So many ways you can use this new collection. Thank you for the inspiration

  174. Marianne Maxwell says:

    Beautiful cards and another great instructive video.

  175. Wonderful tutorial, LOVE the look. Great use of the new kit, thanks for the awesome inspiration!!

  176. Laura Manning says:

    So many variations! I like them all.

  177. Gorgeous cards, Ingrid!! They really show how much versatility there is in this collection.

  178. Great cards, thanks.

  179. karen sanchez says:

    Love this collection! Great cards!

  180. Your stamping is awesome either way. The colors are awesome. Can’t wait until the goodness of the products is released.

  181. Melissa Reed says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I love the watercolor!

  182. Sandra Johnston says:

    Ingrid, great cards and video. My favorite card is the wreath, but the brown sentiment watercolor card was a close second favorite. I didn’t realize what a difference the black embossing powder gives the card. I usually use clear powder over the black ink, but I think it is definitely worth the extra time brushing off any stray powder to get that striking look of the black powder. Very cool look!

  183. Wow, I really love how you got the shadow effect on the last card. Great examples!

  184. Doris W. says:

    Love your wreath card!

  185. Beth Duell says:

    I loved that you used so many sayings the cards are beautiful and seeing the difference between black and clear embossing powder was great. Thank you

  186. Ruth Aubertine says:

    Beautiful cards! Love your water coloring!!

  187. All lovely cards! I think that rainbow one is my favourite though – such gorgeous colouring.

  188. Jamie Bartley says:

    The more I see that painted thanks the more I love it!

  189. Bette Manning says:

    Love the watercolor card, the others are great too!

  190. Bette Manning says:

    Love the water color card…the others are great too!

  191. Beautiful cards, loving your watercolour, perfect idea for a masculine card

  192. I like all the cards you made. The one that really popped out to me was the brown/kraft with the black dots on the background and the tag die with the repeated “thanks” in different colors on the tag. Very very nice. I would love to be a winner of the Lovely Notes collection! Thank You.

  193. Shona Austin says:

    Wow great watercolors. Each sets a different mood. Thoroughly enjoyed your video and thanks for the inspiration.

  194. I loved them all but the last two sentiment cards were so fun!

  195. Jodi Wayman says:

    Such creative cards & cool techniques, beautiful work!

  196. Cindy Roman Daversa says:

    I love to play with distress inks! I love the Browns you used! Thanks for the inspiration!

  197. barbara brennan says:

    Your use of the various shades of brown reminds me to be more adventurous with the less used colors of my inks. this would make a fantastic fall thank you card!

  198. Like the watercolor technique and creativity of the cards.

  199. Great cards. Love the wreath and those stunning sentiments

  200. Ingrid, these are all fabulous! I absolutely love the wreath!
    Thanks for the instructional tips video too.

  201. Great cards, thanks for sharing!

  202. Amy McCue says:

    Your wreath is just beautiful!

  203. Debbie McKelvey says:

    Ingrid, All your cards are beautiful. I love the wreath and flower cards, very pretty. I am in awe of the watercolor cards with the thanks, clever idea to stamp the words like that. Thanks for the Versamark and Black Embossing powder tip; I will try that. I love how you got the shadow effect on the light color one. I am going to try the browns, never would have thought of those color combos…THANKS!

  204. Pamela Costello says:

    Busy and bright cards, love them!

  205. You had fun with these products!
    I like your first simple cards-the pure joy of stamping pretty images to make something beautiful come together. Great way to showcase the versatility of the SOA collection.
    The watercolour cards are also lovely, but versions.

  206. Wonderful card designs! I especially like the water color card, the colors and design make it a perfect masculine card.
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  207. I really liked the antique looking card. I would never have thought of that.

  208. Terrific cards – absolutely love the wreath!

  209. Great cards. Love the colors.

  210. Lovely cards Ingrid!

  211. Loved the cards!

  212. I love anything with distress ink add this box of goodness and I think I am in craft heaven.

  213. Ingrid, I always love to see what unique cards you produce with the SOA collections and these don’t disappoint. You are so clever and talented and I love your unique style.

  214. Taasha B says:

    Oh my gosh your cards are gorgeous. I am so inspired.

  215. Stunning cards! Love the watercolouring

  216. karenladd says:

    All of your cards are beautiful but that wreath design especially appeals to me. Fresh colors and a simple design make a big impact.

  217. Jane Sprando says:

    Cool cards and technique tips !o

  218. Great cards Ingrid . I must admit I would not have thought to use those colours for the thank you card but it is stunning . Thank you for sharing your wonderful cards.

  219. Love you video, thank you for the great technique

  220. Very cool….thanks for the technique instruction….love this. Can’t wait to try

  221. Charlotte Lisberg says:

    Love your cards. Love the colors.

  222. Love your tips on your video with embossing and stressing water coloring. Wonderful cards. Thanks

  223. Cristina says:

    These are beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

  224. Cristina says:

    Beautiful cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

  225. Lesley S says:

    I really appreciate ideas for Christmas cards that are quick and easy to mass produce. This is a winner.

  226. Carol Hardie says:

    Oh Ingrid …….. love your cards. The wreath has to be my favorite. And I know it seems so silly, but I can’t wait to use that little wonky dots for the Lovely Flowers set. It’s those little details that make a card special. Thank you for sharing your watercolor video too …….

  227. Very nice cards. Fun technique

  228. Joanne Limoges says:

    Wreath card was lovely.

  229. Cortney Kitchens says:

    Those are cool

  230. Allison says:

    Love the wreath card!!

  231. Great cards! Thanks for sharing!

  232. Vicki Smith says:

    Great cards with wonderful techniques. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  233. Fantastic cards!! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  234. Carolee McCaslin says:

    Your cards are wonderful!!!

  235. Alicia Havranek says:

    So lovely and unique!

  236. Pat from sd says:

    Oh, this hop has been a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

  237. Gorgeous colors and designs. So inspiring.

  238. Thanks for the tutorials! You make it look SO easy. Watercoloring is something I like but struggle with! Beautiful cards!

  239. Krissie says:

    Oh wow, I especially like your last two cards where you used the distressed inks as watercolor!

  240. Super cute cards.

  241. Theresa says:

    I love how clean and simple the first card is. I also love it when there is a video of the way a card was put together. Thank you.

  242. Barbara J Sabo says:

    Wonderful!!! Two unique cards, same stamps. The browns would be wonderful for a masculine card and maybe even a stencil with some gold watercolor… I LOVE them both! Thank you for sharing!

  243. Barbara J Sabo says:

    Whoa!! Two unique cards, same stamps. The browns would be wonderful for a masculine card and maybe even a stencil with some gold watercolor… I LOVE them both! Thank you for sharing!

  244. Jo Ann Usey says:

    Wow – thanks for the video showing that resist technique – so cool!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing Lovely Notes Collection!

  245. Jean Mervine says:

    Awesome cards! Love your work!

  246. Thank you for the great video – so clear and concise instruction! Like your cards also!

  247. Leanne S says:

    Lovely cards! This box has some awesome goodies.

  248. Michele W says:

    Thanks for a great video! I love learning new techniques and the tips you gave about the embossing powder and picking up excess water I’ll be using with my other watercolor projects.

  249. Great cards, Ingrid! I enjoyed the watercolor tutorial and your tips!

  250. Becky Thomson says:

    Very unique cards and so pretty. Love the rainbow and the flower tanks cards.

  251. Beautiful card designs and techniques.

  252. Donna Gibson says:

    Lovely cards! My first time on a SOA blog hop! Hope I can get the collection and use some of these great ideas!

  253. Janell Singer says:

    Love love these cards. Thank you for the awesome video as well.

  254. Beautiful cards and thank you, thank you for sharing tips on your technique by comparing several of the same stamped text. Thank you.

  255. Angharad says:

    I love the wreath card

  256. Elyse Brown says:

    Love your cards and your instructional videos!

  257. Carla Hundley says:

    Awesome work on all
    of your cards! Love
    the little hearts you
    added with the wreath.
    Carla from Utah

  258. Karin W says:

    Thanks for the video of your technique! Beautiful!

  259. Beautiful cards and thanks for sharing techniques and tips by comparing several of the same stamped text. Love the Thanks card. Thank you.

  260. Jan Monforton says:

    Great selection of cards, I especially love the colourful background card at the end. Beautiful!

  261. Love all the cards. OMG I can’t wait to get my hands on this box…..

  262. Laurie Schlichter says:

    Love the happy accident of the double stamping.

  263. I love this technique! Would never have thought to put all those sentiments together and watercolor the background. Love this new collection!

  264. Laurie Schlichter says:

    Love the happy accident of the double stamping!

  265. Danielle Keys says:

    That water color technique is so smart!!1 Great cards! Can’t wait to play with this kit – so many options! ~Danielle

  266. bobbiebluegill says:

    Thanks for reminding me how fun and effective it is to just use words sometimes. Great cards.

  267. Lovely cards! Fantastic techniques! Your cards are always filled with cleverness and beauty!

  268. Jan Martin says:

    Gorgeous cards! I love the techniques. Thanks for adding a video…love seeing creativity in action.

  269. Teresa Cherka says:

    Lovely cards, thanks for sharing.

  270. Thanx for the video.

  271. Betty Bunch says:

    Love your cards. Thanks for sharing your video tutorial!

  272. Teri Smith says:

    Thank you for that great tutorial video! I bookmarked it. Your cards are
    so wonderful.

  273. Claudia Lawler says:

    Love your cards, as usual. Thanks for sharing them!

  274. Melissa McGuire says:

    I love the last 2 thank you cards! Those are beautiful!

  275. Lisa Tatem says:

    Great cards with great new products! I especially like the second card – the brown is a nice choice to make the colors pop, and also like the repeat sentiment stamping to make a background, with different color to make one stand out. Want to try! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  276. Denalee Standart says:

    Love these cards and am eager to use the technique featured in the video.

  277. Michelle Daigle says:

    Gorgeous wreath and I love what you did with the thanks stamp! Very creative! Awesome collection

  278. Martha A Miller says:

    Love your cards. Thanks for all the ideas and techniques. I’m going to be having so much creative fun!

  279. Joy Blonska says:

    So pretty. Just love your creations. Wish I had one-half of your talent for creativity. Thanks for posting so I can copy. Can’t wait to try these out too.

  280. Great cards. Love the wreath stamp.

  281. Martha A Miller says:

    Wonderful cards! Thanks for all the inspirations and techniques. This SOA set is going to keep me busy!

  282. Priscilla Steele says:

    Wow!!! Love, love, love the colors… Looking forward to purchasing this collection.

  283. Wonderful cards, Ingrid! I’m off to watch your video and learn something new. 🙂

  284. Just lovely! Watercolor backgrounds are great!

  285. Love everything about these cards. Loving the great backgrounds too.

  286. Cheryl Fisher says:

    Great job! Very pretty.

  287. Ingrid, wonderful cards and tips. Thanks for sharing.

  288. Valerie Breingan says:

    I love your tag.Its Fantastic.

  289. wonderful cards, Ingrid – love all the different ways of creating with these stamps

  290. marlisse light says:

    Can’t wait! So beautiful!

  291. Liz McAllister says:

    That tip for removing water from the brush is great!

  292. Janice Spaulding says:

    Love your watercolor technique! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  293. ROBIN KUPPENS says:

    I think so far your cards are my favorite! I’m going to be a new email and youtube subscriber!

  294. Fabulous video Ingrid, you covered a lot of detail there.

  295. Love your cards. I am on a watercolor kick right now too so I am off to check out your video. I love the SOA collection this time and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  296. Ingrid, your cards today are AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL! Love each of them… Thank you for the inspirations!

  297. Jean Purpura says:

    Great cards!
    Your video inspired me to try again to use this watercolor technique…..I haven’t quite mastered the amount of water to use and usually end up with a muddled mess…..This time I will not give up and I will conquer my fear of watercoloring.

    • Email me anytime Jean – ingrid (at) thecreativegrove (dot) com. I’m happy to help. Water can be your friend or enemy…lol. If too much water is the culprit, try removing a little from the heel of your brush, or when I actually paint – I dip my brush, then once onto a round sponge then put into ink/paint. That helps control it from the start. Remember you can always dip a thirsty brush over it to sop some up or the edge of a paper towel. Just keep at it – practice makes perfect. 🙂
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  298. I always love learning new techniques and getting creative ideas from you. You are one of the best video instructors I have seen. Thanks for sharing your creativity. I can’t wait to try the watercolor technique with these stamps. Great masculine card.
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  299. Mary-Anne V. says:

    wonderful cards and thank you for the great video that had so many great tips.

  300. Thank you for sharing your cards are amazing!

  301. Dee Earnshaw says:

    Awesome cards and wonderful video with so many great tips. thank you for sharing your talents with us:)

  302. Sue Fetherlin says:

    Absolutely loving the color pallet of the 1st card. Will definitely be trying that one. Thank you!

  303. Sue Fetherlin says:

    Ohhh … absolutely loving the colors in the 1st one. Definitely will be trying that combo. Thank you!

  304. auntbubbels/janetgillen says:

    I love the darker colors you used on the watercolor card. I never mix those colors together and am looking forward to playing with them. I am loving all these stamps and dies.

  305. Carol McGregor says:

    Love what you created with this SOA release. Thanks for sharing.

  306. Karen Sturdivant says:

    Great watercolor technique. I haven’t done much of that sort of thing, But I am going to try it now. I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection.

  307. Holly roper says:

    Love the rainbow and dark on dark look! Do you have a blog I can follow?

  308. Karen Sturdivant says:

    Great water color technique, something I have not done much of but will definitely try it now. Hope to win this collection. It is awesome.

  309. Great cards and some great tips. I love the look of the off set mat.

  310. Laura Casselman says:

    The wet/dry watercolor resist card is beautiful. I could use it for a lady or gentleman. Thanks for the video!

  311. So pretty. Love the wreath card.

  312. Colleen Balija says:

    I especially love the last two cards, using sentiments for a background. And trimming it in white gives it such dimension!

  313. Nancy Kamrowski says:

    Love the watercolor backgrounds. I don’t do it enough

  314. barb macaskill says:

    Your quartet of cards are quite lovely but my favorite is the watercolored one from the video!! Absolute perfection!! TFS!

  315. Ingrid, you did it again! You really wowed me with your watercolor cards. The way your colors blend is magical! I loved how you used so many of the sentiments on one card. Whoever receives these are sure going to feel special. And that wreath….LOVE!!! Way to go my friend!

  316. Christy Borfitz says:

    Lovely cards! I love them all!

  317. Therese Arsenault says:

    Ingrid, love your watercolor backgrounds. Thanks, you’re lovely, you’re amazingly amazing, and thank you for sharing your creativity.

  318. Gorgeous cards! Your wreathe is just gorgeous.

  319. These cards are great!

  320. The script thank you is going to be very popular and I will use it often. All of your cards are creative.

  321. Ingrid all of your cards are wonderfully amazing! I LOVE those watercolor ones the best! Can’t wait to get my little hands on this SOA box! Only 1 more day

  322. Gorgeous! I love the rainbow one.

  323. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome cards! Love the look of that pretty wreath!

  324. SusanME says:

    Love these – especially the scripted thanks one! Thanks for sharing!

  325. the background water color is fab!! Video please!!

  326. Gorgeous cards!! Love the products!!!

  327. Such fun cards. I especially love the look of the brown card (says the lady who doesn’t like brown). Such a bold and unexpected but beautiful look!

  328. Patricia says:

    I love the unique backgrounds and color combinations.

  329. Hi Ingrid, I too am loving that bold scripty “thanks”….as always your cards are inspiring

  330. Beth Ackerman says:

    Love how you used the Thanks stamp – so creative

  331. Jennifer S says:

    Wow! All the cards are fabulous! Love the bold background!

  332. Judy Bennett says:

    All of your cards are beautiful. The copper Thanks card is my favorite. Love your wonderful creativity.

  333. So beautiful!! Absolutely love to see how everyone designs

  334. Judy Bennett says:

    Beautiful cards. Some really unique designs. Thanks for sharing.

  335. Sarah BEVERLY says:

    Love all the different styles you made!

  336. Laurie Page says:

    Great cards. I especially like the scripty thanks stamp. And the ama,ingly amazing one. That is a really cool sentiment .


  338. Oh I just love your cards! The sentiment/fonts are amazing!

  339. Marcia Harrington says:

    Great ideas!! Love the different designs and colors you used.

  340. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Love all your cards. My favorites are the ones with the blended backgrounds… but they are all great!

  341. We are all being so spoilt with all this inspiration. Roll on tomorrow

  342. Jeannette says:

    Cool cards! Love them all!!!

  343. Linda gagne says:

    Really love all the cards!

  344. Such wonderful creations! Love the wreath card!!

  345. Mary Holshouser says:

    Fantastic cards.
    I love the wreath – it is so pretty.
    The Thanks cards are all different but
    have vivid colors. Great idea to make
    your own background paper on the one card.
    thanks for sharing

  346. Heidi varden says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful cards.

  347. OMG, what great cards you have created. Great job of showcasing the different components. Wonderful.!!

  348. Your cards are wonderful.

  349. Laura Miller says:

    I like the way you used the THANKS as background and then in red as the focal point. I need to CASE.

  350. Wendy Kasper says:

    Love all the creativeness that is shown here on your site today. TFS Ingrid

  351. So, so pretty! I just love that simple Christmasy card with the gorgeous wreath.

  352. Debra Young says:

    Just love all of your cards. Very talented. I am also subscribed to your channel.

  353. Your cards are all awesome. The colors you chose are perfect.

  354. Sharri Reeves says:

    Very pretty. I love the versatility of the wreath/sprig stamp for creating all kinds if designs.

  355. Nice cards, love the wreath card.. The colors are beautiful

  356. Ann Celino says:

    I am so excited to get this collection. Your cards are so inspiring!

  357. All of these cards are awesome! I’m drawn to the one with the fall colors.

  358. Nancy Sue says:

    This new SOA kit makes these cards happen.

  359. You can never have enough Thank you cards, these are perfect!!!

  360. I love your ord cluster cards and your eye for layering. You have incredible talent!

  361. All your cards are great—such a wonderful kit!!!!!!

  362. Awesome card! I loved the thank you cards! Very Nice!

  363. Senora Stockton says:

    Great job! I love the colors and the watercolor cards.

  364. Wow – an amazing collection of cards!

  365. MichelleW says:

    Beautiful cards Ingrid!

  366. Denise Mlady says:

    I love the way that you used all the words on one card. And the wreath card is simple yet elegant. Thanks!

  367. Jan Petersen says:

    The thank you card is very pretty as is the watercolor card.

  368. Beautiful! Very creative.

  369. I love the cards!

  370. Very sweet cards! I love the spotlight stamping!

  371. Beautiful cards, Ingrid!
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  372. Kathy Serrahn says:

    awesome cards, love the colors

  373. All your cards are unique..and GORGEOUS! WOW!

  374. Cindy Miller says:

    Faulous cards, I really like the look of the rainbow watercolor, very pretty!

  375. Cindy Haffner says:

    All so so pretty!

  376. Bonnie Sanche says:

    Your Bold Greetings card is WOW!!

  377. Lori Bergschneider says:

    love what you did with the wreath. Very delicate!

  378. Avra Williams says:

    Love these cards! Very unique and creative!

  379. Nancy Briscoe says:

    Just love your old water colour greetings card!! Love the use of colour and sentiment!

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