Counting Blessings SOA Blog Hop – Day 1

Mel's Card Corner | Counting Blessings SOA Blog Hop

Welcome to the kickoff for our big three day blog hop for the new Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Collection. You should have arrived here from Jennifer’s blog, but if you didn’t, don’t worry. I’ll have a full list of all the blog hop participants at the end of my post.

The Counting Blessings collection will be available for purchase on Wednesday, August 16. It will go on sale for people who are signed up for the wait list at 9am ET and to the general public at 6pm ET, if there is remaining inventory. So, if you want that 9 hour head start to order this amazing collection before it goes on sale to the general public, you might want to sign up for the wait list.

If you want to get an even bigger head start, join StampNation! There will be a special live pre-release PJ party on Tuesday night (August 15) at 10pm ET for StampNation members. Ordering for the new collection will open up for all StampNation members during the live party!

For those who may be unfamiliar with Stamp of Approval, it’s a specially curated collection of products designed to coordinate together and retails for $97 plus tax and shipping. It’s not a kit, so it doesn’t include card stock, envelopes, etc. It includes stamps, dies, accessories, etc. to making creating a snap! Once a collection sells out, it will not be available again as a full collection. However, the individual products contained within the collection will be made available for individual purchase at full retail price several months after the collection is released.

The Counting Blessings Collection (retail value of over $130) includes:

  • 4 stamp sets
  • 3 sets of dies
  • 2 stencils
  • a FREE clear acrylic block
  • a FREE surprise gift we aren’t revealing!
  • a FREE Project Guide PDF download filled with dozens of amazing card ideas

There will also be some add-on options available for this collection as well. They will be posted in the store when the collection goes on sale so you can add them to you order, if you want. There will be another set of dies which coordinates with one of the stamp sets in the collection, as well as additional sizes of the clear acrylic blocks.

I have a couple of cards I thought I would share for the hop. I created both cards using products from the Counting Blessings collection along with a variety of Catherine’s inks.

Mel's Card Corner | Counting Blessings SOA Blog Hop

The first card features the gorgeous maple leaf stamp from the Leaf Motifs stamp set and the rock & roll inking technique. I’ve paired it with sentiments from the Autumn Blessings stamp set. There isn’t a die for the blessings sentiment, so I fussy cut it for this card.

I’m generally more of a CAS (clean and simple) designer, but I went for lots of ink layering for this technique-driven card. I did some watercolor and splattering along with some stenciling using the Marching Leaves stencil from the collection. The sentiment was made using the Thankful die, also included in the collection. I also incorporated stamped images from the Leaf Motifs and Autumn Blessings stamp sets on this card.

As you can see, the collection is awesome for creating Autumn and Thanksgiving themed cards. However, the collection is so versatile, you can easily create cards to use all year round. Be sure to hop along all three days to not only see the amazing cards created by Catherine and the rest of the design team, but for a chance to win your very own collection, too!

Mel's Card Corner | Counting Blessings SOA Blog Hop

That’s right! One lucky winner will be randomly chosen from each day’s comments. Entries close on THURSDAY, August 17 at 9AM ET and the winners will be announced later that day on Catherine’s blog. The winners will receive the Counting Blessings collection for FREE! If the winner has already purchased this collection, they will be issued a $100 Gift Certificate to Catherine’s store to use for a future purchase.

Even though today is my only “official” hop day, I may share another card or two I’ve made using products from this collection over the next couple of days. I’ll also be back at 6pm ET on Wednesday with one final post to coincide with the general release of the collection. I hope you’ll join each day in addition to taking part in the official hop.

As promised earlier, here’s a full list of all the participants for today’s hop.

At any point during the three days of this hop, if you lose your way, you can always head over to Catherine’s blog to start over. Her blog will be the starting point each day.

Until next time …

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  1. Jayna Goins says:

    Your Blessings card is so awesome! I was drawn to the white space and was so impressed how it causes you to look deeper into the design!! Very nice Melissa!!!

  2. Christy Borfitz says:

    Gorgeous cards, Melissa! I just love the watercolor spatter card! The fall theme of this SOA is so versatile!

  3. Priscilla says:

    Your maple leaf Autumn blessings card is beautiful. Fussy cutting the word blessings was so worth it for this card!!! Looking forward to the PJ party in a fee days…

  4. Lynn Fletcher says:

    Love the leaves on both cards, Melissa! The one with blessings is my favorite, because it reminds me of autumn here. 🙂

  5. Sarah Greber says:

    Cool cards! I really like that first one, and the rock n’roll technique on the leaves! CP’s collections are always awesome.

  6. Jan Arnold says:

    Great cards! The card with the maple leaf is definitely my favorite! Such a great stamp! Love the color scheme and it’s great to know you can fussy cut that sentiment – although dies would be a great add on! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  7. Karen White says:

    Your cards are beautiful. I will enjoy working with all this great product. Many more cards to be discovered by these beautiful stamps and dies. Love them. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you

  8. Maggie B says:

    Hi Mel ~ Your cards are simply lovely and I love the way the maple leaves look like they’re falling. You’re always so inspiring with your techniques; thanks for sharing. ~HUGS~

  9. Theresa says:

    Wow! The Leaf Motif set is rocking my world! I am loving the large sentiment stamps from the Autumn Blessings stamp set. Awesome cards!

  10. Leanne in Cali says:

    Love your cards and this kit! I especially like your second card with the beautiful background and great thankful die cut!! Thanks for sharing on the blog hop. Can’t wait to see more of what you’ve made.

  11. Jodie Ramdas says:

    Mwlissa I love these cards! The rock and roll technique on the leaves is amazing! And… your fussy cutting looks perfect.. just saying 😉 thanks for sharing!

  12. Cynthia Pryor says:

    I love the fact that you made two totally different cards using stamps from this latest SOA collection. Very beautiful colors! Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Nora says:

    What STUNNING fall cards!! I adore the first one with the leaves. The second one is totally cool with all those layers. Great design!!

  14. Kitty T says:

    I Love the mixed media vibe of your second card! Looks like Ms. Pooler (+team) has put together another AWESOME collection! Can’t wait to play!!

  15. Donna Neal says:

    I really like how you did something you don’t normally do – this inspires me to go beyond what I usually do! 🙂 The result is magnificent, by the way. Loved both of your cards – thanks for sharing!

  16. Teresa Rawnick says:

    Wow! You cards knocked my socks off! I really LOVE them. What a great collection. I can’t wait for the pajama party.

  17. Beverly Roachell says:

    Love both cards. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that I can win this SOA, so want it, can use it for so many things all year!

  18. Debra says:

    In addition to the color choices of the first card, I just love the texture of the leaves. Great ink layering on the second card.

  19. Sharon Nesvog says:

    Melissa….I love how you created these autumn cards with the new SOA collection! They’re beautiful!! When I started looking at the 1st card….I was trying to figure out what the design was!! LOL You know those books you can look through…and if you settle your eyes you can see many different patterns? Well….I had to do that…and then I saw your beautiful maple leafs!! lol Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  20. Amber says:

    Absolutely LOVE your maple leaf card, Mel (and being Canadian, maple leaves are near and dear to my heart 😉)!

  21. Joyce Dyck says:

    So much warmth! I wish fall was already here so I can go jump in to a pile of leaves! I love how you create a desire to be there inside your cards.

  22. Teresa Cherka says:

    Love the card with the leaves. It is beautiful, the color of the leaves and the pattern on the leaves are so different. Great job!

  23. Linda Anderson says:

    The maple leaf card makes my heart happy because I am Canadian and I love the patterns on all of the leaves, giving them great textured looks. A gorgeous stamp set that would be so fun to stamp with.

  24. Tammy Hanson says:

    Ok I’m REALLY loving the font on this stamp set of sentiments. But you really must add dies to match. That would really seal the deal!

  25. Sher says:

    Wow, what fun and beautiful cards. I admire you for fuzzy cutting the blessings, amazing. Sometimes I like to fuzzy cut and it relaxes me. Most times I am just too spoiled. Love the cards. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Cheryl Jones says:

    I love both your cards. Great job. I can’t wait to get the box. The leafs with the patterns are going to be fun.

  27. Carolyn S says:

    What perfect fall cards! It looks like this box is fabulous for all seasons and all occasions. Can’t wait to see the rest

  28. Chrystyna says:

    Great cards!!! I love the leaf stamps and the blessings stamp. Too bad there isn’t a die to go with that, but it doesn’t seem to be too difficult to fussy cut around it. Thanks for sharing!

  29. JoAnn K Delery says:

    both cards are STUNNING! i love the clean and simple and the layered look so much. i’ll be looking for more cards from you using this collection. thanks so much!

  30. koalabc/barb says:

    Adorable cards here..I liked the Blessing and how great you did with “fussy cutting” looking at it could of been from a die..Thank you for sharing..I’m new to this..

  31. Lisa Russo says:

    Awesome cards Melissa!! Especially the card with the leaves! That one is my Fav! You did a beautiful job with all of your cards, though! I can’t wait to see what else you create on Stamp Nation! Thanks for sharing! ~Lisa R

  32. Carol Godfrey says:

    Beautiful card very colorful. I’m in love with this collection I’ve been wanting to try cp products I’ve heard awesome things about her inks would be such a blessing to this stay at home mom to win

  33. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Melissa, your background on these cards are awesome, love the colors Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your cards. They are a Blessing.

  34. Paula Fuller says:

    The backgrounds on both of your cards are stunning. I can’t decide which on I like best, but the “blessings” card really caught my eye. So beautiful. This blog hop gets better and better!

  35. Cathy P says:

    Wow! Such beautiful cards! I absolutely love the maple leaf! I love fall & watching the leaves change, can’t wait for the release of this collection!

  36. Roberta Eldridge says:

    Wow!!! I love your autumn card with the leaves and acorns! Love the color combination! I didn’t realize there was an acorn stamp in the collection!

  37. Fran says:

    I enjoyed your cards. Especially like the multi-layered background on the second one. Hoping to win a collection since I can’t purchase this time.

  38. Becca Yahrling says:

    Gorgeous cards! I love Fall and all it’s earthy tones. I never would’ve known you fussy cut “believe” if you didn’t tell us. It’s perfect & looks die cut.

  39. Mary Holshouser says:

    After several weeks of 100 degree weather
    we’ve gone into more of a fall feel.
    These cards are so appropriate.
    Love both of them.
    thanks for sharing.

  40. Teri S. says:

    Your cards are gorgeous! The background of the second one reminds me of all the different colours of leaves laying on the ground in the fall. Just beautiful! These inks looks amazing too. I’m going to have to start saving… 🙂 And it is so wonderful to see such a good maple leaf stamp, considering that is what is on our CDN. flag. Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. nancy y says:

    Both cards are really great – the second one really intrigues me! I love all the color and layering going on in that one.

  42. Avis C Patterson says:

    Love your cards! Layered and dense is my style….Thankful, blessed/blessings, & grateful ( & GRACE) are my personal bywords, and having them available to stamp, repeatedly & forever, is an opportunity I won’t easily pass up!
    I became one of the newest members of Stamp Nation just last week, & I hope to be able to purchase the collection on Wednesday!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards & inspiring us all.

  43. Melissa Rico says:

    Can’t wait !
    Just thinking how excited when my Box arrives 🤗 If you don’t buy for yourself buy as a gift. Plant a seed 🌱 sit back and watch it bloom🌳
    Everyone has there own kinda 🌹
    Much Blessing Everyone
    Good luck 🤗

  44. Denise Shepherd says:

    Hi Melissa
    I adore the Leaf Motif stamp set it is my favourite of all the collection. And wow what wonderful cards you created. You said you prefer cas cards but I always think I need something more for CAS cards and they definitely are not my strong point.

  45. Fran Weinberg says:

    I really like both cards. The colors on the first one are fabulous. I’m always looking for new techniques to use, so please keep them coming!

  46. Laura Miller says:

    WOW — the Blessings card with the maple leaves – – when I first glanced at it – the background looked like some fancy geometric design. Really cool and great use of rock-n-roll. The other card is also quite wonderful and lush – – like walking thru the forest in fall!

  47. Barbara S says:

    I really like all the white space on the first card, it gives a very interesting look.
    I can’t wait to put my order in and get my kit!!

  48. Tammi P says:

    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.

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