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.


  • Marty Harris August 15, 2017, 5:26 pm

    This is the best kit yet! It’s so very versatile.

  • Elizabeth G August 15, 2017, 5:35 pm

    Catherine you’ve amazed me with this collection (LOVE IT), and not just you but you design blog hop team too. so many lovely card designs shown. Thanks to each and everyone one of them and you :).

  • Judy August 15, 2017, 5:48 pm

    Love these! Love the whole collection. Showed some to Hubby to plea my case of why I needed this SOA box (as I do all of them) and he told me we live in New England and haven’t been up in the mountains leaf peeping in at least 15 years. This year we will go, thank you.

  • Vickie Jo Buehler August 15, 2017, 5:53 pm

    I’m loving these leaves! Can not wait until the PJ party tonight!

  • Pam Wells August 15, 2017, 5:54 pm

    I love all of these cards! Love, love, love this SOA collection!

  • Jan Arnold August 15, 2017, 6:02 pm

    Catherine – love your cards! The one with the embossing paste is fabulous!! Love the leaf dies! That card is so cute using the leafs as petals! This collection is amazing! Can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’m on vacation visiting my Denver grandkids, I travel with stamping supplies in one suitcase! I could never go that long without stamping. Plus, bonus, my friend that introduced me to stamping is here! We always spend time stamping (and laughing and talking and laughing, etc). I’ll be having this collection mailed to me here at my son’s house, cause I can’t wait for it! Thanks for all the inspiration – I love the blog hop! Thanks for sharing your creativity and talents!

  • Patti Bomgardner August 15, 2017, 6:18 pm

    I love how this card turned out. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Karen August 15, 2017, 6:25 pm

    I love the colors you used on those cards. This stamp set is very versatile and theres still many different cards that can be made from this wonderful package of goodies. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

  • Patricia Benger August 15, 2017, 6:34 pm

    Catherine, loved all of your cards. They are great and don’t need a lot of supplies to complete. Can’t wait to get my box!

  • Bette Manning August 15, 2017, 6:50 pm

    I love all the cards, can’t wait to order my kit!

  • Becca Yahrling August 15, 2017, 6:55 pm

    Such fun projects! I really love the leaves in this kit.

  • Charline Halverson August 15, 2017, 7:04 pm

    Love all the colors. Your cards are inspiring.

  • Tristan Goldsmith August 15, 2017, 7:32 pm

    Those leaves are so versatile, love your backgrounds and use of the twine.

  • Kleri F August 15, 2017, 7:43 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous projects!Love this sneak peak! :)

  • Julie August 15, 2017, 7:45 pm

    Great cards and techniques here. I love your blended blue background.

  • Sher August 15, 2017, 7:46 pm

    I love this SOA box of goodies. I especially love the leaves stamps and dies. Your use of these stamps, plus the watercolor and blending techniques are awesome.

  • Linda Dunnihoo August 15, 2017, 7:48 pm

    Wonderful! I love that last card, it sure shows the versatility of these products.

  • Marjorie King August 15, 2017, 8:06 pm

    I love your stuff. Thanks for all you do. I love all the samples you share to go along with the items you sell. I am such a copier, not good at coming up with my own ideas.

  • Lynn Fletcher August 15, 2017, 8:12 pm

    What more can I say, except, WOW! More great ideas with the leaves and tags in the Blessings SOA Collection. Love these cards, Catherine.

  • Ruth August 15, 2017, 8:13 pm

    Wonderful cards! So colorful!

  • Kleri F August 15, 2017, 8:14 pm

    These leaves are super awesome!Love them!

  • Sharon Salerno August 15, 2017, 8:18 pm

    Love, love, love these cards! So wish I could get this one. First one I have missed.

  • Lynnea Hollendonner August 15, 2017, 8:23 pm

    I am in LOVE with the leaves stamp set! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I have so many ideas!

  • JoAnneR August 15, 2017, 8:28 pm

    One more day. I can’t wait. I love this collection. The projects you made are gorgeous.

  • Sue LD August 15, 2017, 8:33 pm

    I like the backgrounds for your cards.

  • Dianne Smith August 15, 2017, 8:37 pm

    Love them all. !

  • Bonnie Sanche August 15, 2017, 8:52 pm

    I am adoring those Leaf Motifs Stamps and dies!

  • Melody M. August 15, 2017, 9:02 pm

    Lovely cards. I love how you use so many different textures on your cards. This is a great collection! Looking forward to creating with it.

  • Judy Parker August 15, 2017, 9:07 pm

    love love love it

  • Anne Aponte August 15, 2017, 9:11 pm

    Love theses colors together and all your ideas.

  • Karin W August 15, 2017, 9:12 pm

    I love the leaf motif set and those dies are amazing!

  • Debbie August 15, 2017, 9:26 pm

    Loving these stamps and techniques!

  • Phyllis August 15, 2017, 9:38 pm

    The ideas for this collection are awesome. Thanks

  • Rosemary August 15, 2017, 9:45 pm

    I love the embossing paste idea on the “you matter” card. These cards are gorgeous!!

  • Christy Borfitz August 15, 2017, 9:45 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! What else can I say? You always choose such wonderful color palettes, Catherine! I can’t wait to order this collection!

  • Donna Hawkins August 15, 2017, 9:49 pm

    Can not wait for this collection! Almost time!!!

  • Trina Chaska August 15, 2017, 9:50 pm

    Your cards are all really pretty. Love the backgrounds.

  • Glenda Lee Nutting August 15, 2017, 9:58 pm

    I am really loving these projects!

  • Mary-Anne V August 15, 2017, 10:04 pm

    Awesome cards…love the watercoloured ones!

  • Brandy Duncan August 15, 2017, 10:04 pm

    Gorgeous cards Catherine. I adore this collection. Can’t wait to play.

  • Laura Miller August 15, 2017, 10:07 pm

    Really like the watercolor look of background for the leaves. And with your midnight black leaves – – very striking. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Theresa Zanassi August 15, 2017, 10:27 pm

    I’m loving the different backgrounds. You’re giving me some interesting ideas to try.

  • Kathy Doyle August 15, 2017, 10:45 pm

    What a great collection! I love your color combos! CP inks make all the difference!

  • Sarah Greber August 15, 2017, 10:46 pm

    I was so excited about today that I forgot to comment on all of the wonderful blog hop projects. I like adding in the embossing paste for the background layer. And I will definitely be CASEing your last card with the leaves for sure. Maybe by this weekend! Love SOA week!

  • Leuri Zibetti August 15, 2017, 10:47 pm

    Love the blended backgrounds!

  • Kitty T August 15, 2017, 10:50 pm

    OK, you just need to STOP with the awesome products or I’m going to have to get a second job!! ;) and then I won’t have any play time with this collection! Another triumph Ms.P!!!

  • Jodie Ramdas August 15, 2017, 10:51 pm

    These cards are beautiful Catherine! So excited for this release!

  • Shelley Flaherty August 15, 2017, 11:00 pm

    Such a versatile set of stamps. Thanks!

  • koalabc/barb August 15, 2017, 11:46 pm

    Wonderful looking kit with many fun looking goodies in it..Thank you for your great videos..Awesome..

  • Stefanie White August 15, 2017, 11:48 pm

    Wow! That first card has inspired me! I just love it. Looking forward to day 3 of the hop. I just love this set and want to see everything your DT makes!

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