Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 3: Stencil and Watercolored Backgrounds

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We are on Day 3 of the Counting Blessings Blog Hops!  WOW!  What incredible inspiration we’ve had over the past few days.

I know you all are just itching to order your collections so you can start creating cards of your own (or CASEing ours!).  We can’t wait, too, because that is the Icing on the Cake…when you guys get your collections and start creating.

THAT is why we do what we do…and to see y’all’s excitement over this collection makes us so happy! We work for months on these to make sure they are just right…all the products compliment each other and and take the guess work out of putting products together for you.

I just had a friend of mine put a “capsule wardrobe” together for me and you know what?  The Stamp of Approval Collections are kind of like that!  Think of it as capsule wardrobes for your card making projects for different seasons and occasions.  ;)

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I’m really pumped about this card.  It’s one of those times where I had an idea in mind and it came out better on the finished card than what I had in mind.  WOOOT!

View the video to see how it came together and the techniques and products used.

  • Bloomin’ Bouquet Stamp Set
  • Marching Leaves Stencil
  • Tags, Etc. Die
  • Leaf Motifs Stamp Set


White Embossing Paste on White Card Stock makes a subtle, yet stunning statement.  Top it with a tag, a great greeting and some fun watercolored leaves and you’ve got a great hand made card to send to a friend or loved one.

Counting Blessings Leaf Motifs Using the Direct-to-paper technique, swipe your ink pad across the card stock (be gentle when using CP Designs Foam Pads), spritz with water, dry, stamp with Midnight Ink and cut out.  What a great pop of color this adds!

What other color combinations would you use?

Counting Blessings Fallen Leaves1 Seriously love the fun looks you can get with the Fallen Leaves Dies!  The DT has used them on all sorts of card making projects, but here I wanted to use them as parts of a flower.

I die cut them out of white card stock, then used the positive and negative and arranged them on this fun rainbow background in the shape of flowers.

I also used the “Thankful Die” and trimmed off the “ful”.  Love the versatility!

The products used for this card are:

  • Thankful Die
  • Autumn Blessings Stamp Set
  • Fallen Leaves Die
  • Tags, Etc. Die


Click here for our Facebook Live where we did a similar background and talked more about this card.

Counting Blessings Fallen Leaves The same technique of Direct-to-paper and swiping the ink pad over the cardstock was used for all three cards.

On the second two, I added a TON of water, so I used watercolor card stock.  On the first card, I just spritzed on a few drops, so I used CP Designs Card stock which was able to handle that amount of water.

Counting Blessings Leaf Motifs 3.1

Products used for this card:

  • Leaf Motifs Stamp Set


(WOW!  that’s IT???!!!)

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NEW PRODUCT ALERT!!!  Each SOA box will include the small square block for FREE to celebrate the launch of our new custom Acrylic Grid Stamping Blocks.

These are our definition of the perfect block because:

  • the indentations fit your fingers perfectly
  • the grids to help you line up your stamps
  • three sizes we use the most
  • lightweight for their size


Three sizes will launch with this SOA Collection:

  • Small Square Acrylic Stamping Block  1.5″ x 1.5″
  • Small Rectangle Acrylic Stamping Block 1.25″ x 3.5″
  • Large Rectangle Acrylic Stamping Block 3.25″ x 4.25″


Ordering your Stamp of Approval Collection

Our Stamp of Approval Collections are while supplies last and when they are sold out, it will not be available as a complete collection, with the Project Guide, at a fabulous price and in the awesome box again.  (You will be able to purchase the items individually later in our shop.)

Tuesday, August 15 at 10 pm eastern:  PJ Party Release for StampNation Members. We’ll share some fun and open ordering early for you guys.

Wednesday, August 16 at 9 am eastern:  WAIT LIST members will receive their link to purchase the collection.

Wednesday August 16 at 6 pm eastern: if the collection isn’t sold out yet, general ordering will open. Our last collection sold out just to the wait list!  So make sure you put your name on it!


The Counting Blessings Collection includes:

  • 4 stamp sets
  • 3 sets of dies
  • 2 stencils
  • a FREE clear block
  • and a teensy little surprise gift that will be revealed when you open your box!
  • FREE Project Guide download


We will also have add on “cookie cutter” dies for the Bloomin’ Bouquet Stamp Set.


WIN the Stamp of Approval Naturally Inspired Collection

THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day). The more blogs you comment on, the better your chance in winning!

Entries close on THURSDAY, August 17 at 9AM EST and will be announced right here on my blog later that day.

If you have already purchased a box, you will receive a $100 gift certificate towards your next purchase.



The Dream Team  members have projects ready for you using the supplies from the Counting Blessings Collection…click Taheerah’s name to visit her blog, then find the hop list on her blog, click the next name…and so on.  

Don’t forget to leave comments along the way!

  1. Catherine *You are here!
  2. Taheerah Atchia
  3. Lydia Evans
  4. Ingrid Blackburn
  5. Kimberly Wiener
  6. Jill Dewey Hawkins


StampNation Members – join us for the PJ Party early release tonight at 10 pm eastern!  Can’t WAIT! Click here for the registration link (be sure to log in, then click the link to be directed to the correct page).

Not a member yet?  This is a great time to join!  Click here to learn more.


  • Cheryl Jones August 16, 2017, 12:04 am

    Fun cards. I like the last one you showed with the leaf die positive and negative made into flowers.

  • Susan August 16, 2017, 12:15 am

    LOVE your green and blue card it totally rocks!

  • Leuri Zibetti August 16, 2017, 12:39 am

    I have already left a comment, but I just have to say I was so excited about this collection that even though I was at a Political Victory Party for our Local Mayor turned Congressman during the PJ Party, I kept switching screens on my Tablet from the election results to the PJ Party. I couldn’t hear a thing because of the noise, but I waited for the link and ordered as soon as the link went live (along with the two latest ink colors I had been waiting to order!). Thanks for such a great collection, I haven’t ordered one in awhile, but just couldn’t pass on this one!

  • Barbara S August 16, 2017, 12:54 am

    OMG – I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection!!! Love the cards

  • Mary H. August 16, 2017, 12:55 am

    I just love the components of this collection. I can’t wait to start creating. I really like your cards and I can’t wait to get the stencils so I can start using some of my embossing paste!

  • Heidi Varden August 16, 2017, 1:38 am

    Lovely cards as usual.

  • Joanna Brovertz Karlsson August 16, 2017, 3:19 am

    Love that flower made with leaves!!

  • Ozpom August 16, 2017, 3:53 am

    Love this collection even more and these cards are awesome. TFS. Happy day

  • Sharon Nesvog August 16, 2017, 4:10 am

    Hi Catherine! These cards are amazing!! Love the CAS design….but they both pack a punch!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

  • Dawn T August 16, 2017, 4:15 am

    Love the watercolour look to the backgrounds. Great cards Catherine. And yes, I’ve ordered my box!

  • Becky R. August 16, 2017, 4:33 am

    Great cards. Love the many ways the stamps, dies and stencil can be used.

  • Kira N. August 16, 2017, 6:12 am

    What amazing products in this SOA!

  • Cassie D August 16, 2017, 6:41 am

    This looks awesome. I’m loving the graphic look of the leaf stamps!!!

  • Ishani August 16, 2017, 7:05 am

    Gorgeous cards.. loved the lively video! The backgrounds are so pretty.. I have to try it :)

  • Kara August 16, 2017, 7:53 am

    I absolutely love how the stencil background came out. You make me want to get stencils out and make backgrounds. What a great box!!

  • Erin M August 16, 2017, 8:20 am

    Love the leaves in this collection. So excited to get this collection!

  • Cati Harris August 16, 2017, 9:53 am

    Love your cards! Great job! This collection rocks!

  • Nancy-Anne Rockwell August 16, 2017, 10:09 am

    I love how you used the leaves in the Thank You card

  • foleysfriend August 16, 2017, 10:18 am

    Your cards are GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to play with my SOA box.

  • Christine Szekeres August 16, 2017, 10:36 am

    It’s been a wonderful 3 days! I had a blast at the pj party last night and snapped up my collection. Now to wait for that shipping notice…

  • Regina Stinnette August 16, 2017, 10:38 am

    Beautiful cards again today!

  • Charlene Myers August 16, 2017, 10:52 am

    I LOVE the products in this set. I’ve purchased the Stamp of Approval kits in the past and LOVE them!! Excited to see this one.

  • Laurie August 16, 2017, 11:14 am

    Beautiful cards! I love the leaves. The backgrounds are gorgeous!

  • Rose August 16, 2017, 11:32 am

    I erroneously put the comment I meant for this blog hop on yesterdays blog. I like all the leaf motifs in this collection and loved the way you used them in your cards. My favorite is the first card with its many layers.

  • Kari S August 16, 2017, 12:12 pm

    I adore your creative process. You are very addicting to watch. I like that you bring stamping back! Thank you for all your inspiration. I really enjoyed the colors you used on these cards. I cant get enough of your rainbow card! Well done

  • Elizabeth Bielicki August 16, 2017, 12:52 pm

    More amazing cards!!!

  • Helen Gullett August 16, 2017, 12:53 pm

    Catherine, they are another STUNNING cards you created with the new SOA kit. LOVE each of them. Thank you so much for sharing them to inspire me.

  • Christine Smith August 16, 2017, 1:46 pm

    Awesome cards – gorgeous ink colours – wow! xxx

  • Mary Holshouser August 16, 2017, 2:37 pm

    Love the shading in the background of the
    first cards. All of the cards are so pretty.
    Great new box of goodies.
    I’d be thrilled to see my name as the
    thanks for sharing.

  • Ivana Pekova August 16, 2017, 3:37 pm

    I love leaves cards.

  • Barb Oliver August 16, 2017, 5:10 pm


    I love these three cards; but am so upset & disappointed that the SOA has sold out already, so quick!! I wasn’t able to attend PJ Party last night as we had a special family function.


  • Judie Attard August 16, 2017, 5:12 pm

    Wow gorgeous creations! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Tammi P August 16, 2017, 5:13 pm

    I love this box! I feel very fortunate that I am able to budget in purchasing the SOA every quarter. I typically do not comment on the blog hop, because I hope the winner is someone who may not have that financial luxury; however, this morning was a bit crazy and when I went to purchase, it was SOLD OUT! The blog hop is my last chance at owning one of these boxes…fingers crossed…I’ve owned every one from the beginning.

  • Diane M August 16, 2017, 5:31 pm

    Another great addition!

  • Cynthia August 16, 2017, 8:19 pm

    Love your cards. I can’t wait to get this collection.

  • Lori Ritchie August 16, 2017, 8:36 pm

    Both cards are lovely Catherine, thinking of joining Stamp Nation – it looks like so much fun!

  • Lynn Milewski August 16, 2017, 10:36 pm

    I love the leaf card!!

  • Rosemary August 17, 2017, 12:19 am

    I love All the designs!!!!!!

  • Kavita August 17, 2017, 1:28 am

    Lovely cards and thanks for sharing the tutorial as well.

  • Joyce Spear August 17, 2017, 2:27 am

    I may have been quiet but I thoroughly enjoyed the slumber party last night… and now I’m stoked about getting my collection soon!! I thought the last collection was the best ever, but this one certain rivals it! I’m glad I saved my pennies! P.S. The cards you yourself have been making this time around have been out of this world! (Ummm, just in case that’s a Wisconsin expression, that means really great, lol!)

  • Deb August 17, 2017, 7:57 am

    Love your cards and the direct to paper watercoloring. Your second card is so lovely with the rainbow colors and the use of leaf dies to make flowers. Thank you for another great SOA box…mine is on the way!

  • Beverly Roachell August 17, 2017, 7:58 am

    Gosh, can’t be better!! So many ways to use the collection and thanks for sharing so many wonderful ways to do so. Have no fav., love them all!! You are a real inspiration for stamping, thank you so much.

  • Susan E Guzy August 18, 2017, 6:12 pm

    can’t find the winners.

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