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

Catherine CP Designs, Gallery, Projects, Stamp of Approval


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 MotifsUsing 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 Leaves1Seriously 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 LeavesThe 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.

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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.


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