Stamp of Approval Blog Hop (Watercoloring + Embossed Die Cut)

Hello! Today I am part of the Stamp of Approval blog hop in honor of a fun and new something called the Stamp of Approval Box by Catherine Pooler. More information about that box + a giveaway can be found at the end of this blog post.

When I received the box, I didn’t know which stamp sets to use first so I reached out to the die cuts. I used the flower die cuts from CAS-ual Fridays to create watercolored flowers with Distress Inks.

Card made by Laura Sterckx using the Stamp of Approval box.

After die cutting the flowers, I knew I wanted to create something sparkly and something that would match with the colors of the flowers. A while ago, I received some beautiful new embossing powders from WOW and while I mostly struggle with yellow, I decided to use the Daytona Sands embossing powder. This is a gorgeous yellow embossing powder with silver glitter. So pretty! I created a die cut word with it using the Friend die cut from CAS-ual Fridays.



The Stamp of Approval box is a quarterly box filled with lots of products ( the first box includes 3 stamp sets, 4 die cuts, one stencil and one sequin pack) that can be used to create many different cards. You can combine these products with products you already own to create dozens of projects! The difference between this box and a card kit is that a kit usually comes with only one stamp set, paper, etc. This box comes with stamps, dies, a stencil and some embellishments. The products in this box are handpicked by Catherine and even helped design some of it.


Do you want to win a Stamp of Approval box? Simply leave a comment here! You can increase your chances by commenting on every stop of the hop. If you already purchased your box, you will be reimbursed. Comments close on Friday at noon EST and winners will be announced on Good luck! 🙂


Your next stop on the hop is ==> Jessica Frost-Ballas.



I already had the privilege to create with the brand new Stamp of Approval box by Catherine Pooler and now I am also thrilled to announce that I will be guest designing for the challenges over at StampNation. This month’s first challenge is called: Friends. That means that you have to make a card to send to a friend you haven’t seen in awhile. Here’s a sneak peek of my project. If you are a member over at StampNation, be sure to check out the challenge along with my full project and projects by the other talented design team members. I hope to see you there and that you will play along! xo


Multiple shops are linked. Click SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, HS for Hallmark Scrapbook. I am affiliated with Simon Says Stamp, Hallmark Scrapbook and Ellen Hutson. Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.

Stamps and dies used on these card are part of the Stamp of Approval Box. Click HERE to be directed to the sales page of the SOA Box. Be sure to get one the waitlist for the box. You will receive an email tomorrow when the box is available for purchase.


  1. Love that yellow friend – not a color I would do for a sentiment, but I LOVE the way it pops…hummm…. And that shaker card – stunning. 🙂

  2. Love the card, cute flowers and I like adding the fun foam backing! Thanks for a chance to win too.

  3. Love both cards, but my goodness – shaker flowers!

  4. Very cute card! The black and white really added a pop. Thanks for sharing.

  5. It just makes me want to hug someone!

  6. Talk about HAPPY MAIL! I would love to win!

  7. Glad to hear you will be guest designing on Stamp Nation.
    Your cards are always so perfect!

  8. It has been a while since I’ve thought about using Fun Foam – love your techniques and use of the items in the box!

  9. It’s cheery, yet elegant and simple. Love it!

  10. Pretty card thanks for sharing!

  11. That yellow sentiment is so pretty. Great colors and layout b

  12. Your card is beautiful. I love the fun foam behind the friend die cut – great idea, it adds so much dimension. I love your watercolor backgrounds, by the way 🙂

  13. The contents of the box is very versatile; I like that you didn’t “have to stamp” and that you could use the included dies to create your card; very beautiful

  14. Great card! I am excited about the box and the challenge you are in charge of.

  15. Such a happy card. Would love this stamp!

  16. These cards are making me itch to get my hands on a box! Lovely 🙂

  17. These are great cards! Love the friend diecut — and how you’ve used it on both cardsQ

  18. Such a cute use of the “Catherine” logo!! :o)

  19. I am really drawn to the use of the pastel coloring in your card! Laura, you make beautiful cards!!!!!! I will definitely be copying your technique!

  20. Great card Laura! Thank you for sharing and the chance to win a fun filled box of goodies!

  21. Laura, what a sweet card. You are so talented!

  22. Beautiful card Laura!! And I’m so glad you’re going to be a regular guest designer over at Stamp Nation. I love your work and your videos.

  23. Cute cards Laura! Love the shaker card you shared for the challenge.

  24. I love to watch your technique for watercoloring so I am not tired of seeing this in your videos! 🙂 Lovely card and I like the colors you used. Sure hope I can get one of these boxes!

  25. Love flowers, excited to use these die cuts!

  26. I love your card! I really like that daytona sands embossing powder. I am so glad that I accidentally found your site, you are so talented and I can not wait to see what you create next! I just joined stamp nation (found CP’s site because of your site, thank you for that!) and am so glad to hear I will be seeing more of your talent there!

  27. Awesome card! I am all about glitter!

  28. So bold – love it – everything is better with glitter 🙂

  29. Love this card – very clean and elegant.

  30. Very SWEET card, Laura. Great job !!!

  31. I, too, love watercoloring and I never get tired of seeing other people’s techniques. Keep up the great videos.

  32. Your talent is amazing, love this card rock on sistah!

  33. Those stripes are tape? How fun is that?? Great card today!

  34. I can’t wait to get this box, this is really pretty.

  35. Super-sweet and the perfect girly card! You can’t go wrong with glitter! I’m so excited about this new stamp kit releasing!

  36. Great card…and of course I would love to WIN! Thanks for a chance.

  37. Nice work! Love the circle backgeround

  38. Love your card. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Such a pretty card! I love everything about it!

  40. Such a wonderful colorful card…it turned out great
    I also like the blue card that you made.
    well done and tfs

  41. You are so talented. I love all your cards. Janet

  42. I truly think your card is beautiful! I really enjoy your blog and thank you so much for a chance to win!

  43. Great card, clean, simple yet elegant.

  44. Very attractive card–love it.

  45. Love your card Laura. I never get tired of seeing your watercolored creations.

  46. Don’t worry about it, I love the watercolor techniques ! TFS

  47. Wow, I’m impressed….such a talented young lady…and a video. Please don’t apologize for loving watercoloring… what you love.

  48. How fun to create cards from a mystery box that is delivered to your door! Simple and sweet.

  49. Very nice card, Laura. I love the watercolored flowers and that big, bold friend die.

  50. Great card…as always. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

  51. Great card love your design. TFS!!

  52. Laura, thi sis such a fun, sparkly card! (Actually they BOTH are!) Congrats on being a designer at Stamp Nation, too!

  53. Pretty card. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Keeping my fingers crossed that I win the box!

  54. This is such a cute card. Excited about this kit. Thanks for a chance to win.

  55. Love the stencil, the cut outs and the glitz…very nice.

  56. Such a fun card; clean look and very colorful- love the glitter.

  57. Love you card. I hope I get a chance to play with some of the items!

  58. Another great card and a hint!! I had been wondering if die cuts were included and whoopee! You mentioned that “friend” is an included die cut. Can’t wait to see the kit. Thanks, Gayle

  59. Such a sweet card Laura! Love the touch of silver in it. :o)


  60. Your shaker cards are so pretty. I have not made any in years but am now inspired to make some. Thanks for your videos.

  61. Laura, you always make such cute cards!

  62. I absolutely love your cards. You do such an amazing job and always give me great inspiration.

  63. I love the softness of the flower colors in contrast with the big bold yellow die cut.

  64. Love the shakes! Can’t wait for the box

  65. I love the way you watercolor and the colors you chose. I love your card, the touches of glitter and the wording of the stamp set. What fun this box is!!!!

  66. Your cards are beautiful!! Would love to win this great new product:) Thanks for the chance!

  67. I really love this idea. Great card.

  68. Lovely friend shaker card. I would love to receive a card like that. Or the other one too.

  69. love the colors, love the second card that is a shaker going to have to try it

  70. As usual your cards are wonderful. I love the little shaker flowers.

  71. Love your card, and I too lover water coloring. Great job!

  72. Such a lovely card. Love the dimension you created with the pretty flowers.

  73. Great card, love all the glitter paper and embossing!! Thanks for sharing.

  74. I need to get my hands on this kit. Love the card

  75. Nice card…. Love clean lines. Thank you for the inspiration.

  76. I like the stripe it really makes the card pop.

  77. Love the yellow embossing powder with a glitter tint! Beautiful card.

  78. These are just beautiful!! I love the colors you used for the flowers in the first card! So many great ideas here! Thank you!

  79. Very pretty card. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  80. Making cards is fun especially with friends. I love both cards and the great ideas I got from your video.

  81. HEY friend (teehee) excellent card. great idea with the fun foam to pop up.

  82. Very pretty card! I like your use of the embossing and the glitter paper to accent it.

  83. I would love to win this box after seeing all these wonderful cards!

  84. Love those flower dies. Never thought of embossing paper and then using a die. Thanks.

  85. Very nice card. I love the watercolor flowers you made.

  86. Beautiful card, love the colors. Thanks for sharing your creativity and Stamp of Approval goodies

  87. I love clean and simple and I love the watercolor. I never thought about die cutting out of a piece that had been watercolored.

  88. wonderful card Laura and the peek at the Stampnation card looks fantastic too!

  89. Always enjoy your videos Laura. Keep watercolouring, I love it all!

  90. I love the black and white stripe with the floral…beautiful!

  91. Another great card, Laura. I love the colors and the use of the glitter to add bling to your card. Nice design and a super job! TFS

  92. This would be fun to be a part of. I love your card and your watercolor backgrounds.

  93. So many ideas for one product….thinking outside the box……

  94. Beautiful! I always enjoy your cards and videos! Congrats on working with StampNation! Well deserved!

  95. Water color is HOT right now. if it makes you feel good to do it, then do it. It is such an unpredictable medium that it is cool to watch over and over again.

  96. I always enjoy your cards – pastels are your signature! Thanks for sharing these projects.

  97. Such a sweet card, Laura. So pretty!

  98. So pretty!! Love the colours and sparkle:)

  99. Love the shaker card. Thanks for sharing

  100. I really like this card style. Need to copy the layout for sure! Very cute!

  101. Very cute card. Love the water color look. You can never use it too much.

  102. Great use of color! This is an awesome card.

  103. Great card. Love the soft look of the flowers and then the bold stripes. Perfect look

  104. Love it!!! I cannot wait to see all the goodies in the box!!!!! I “hope” I am lucky enough to get one before they are sold out!!!!

  105. Very excited about “The Box”! Lovely cards, Laura.

  106. I love the use of the yellow! I think that color is sometimes underused. Hugs

  107. Very very pretty! I can’t wait to get my hands on these supplies (hopefully by winning or being able to purchase a box, butI guess I can wait until they are released…if I HAVE to. =) Thanks for sharing!

  108. Thank you for your detailed video. Great idea for adding depth to the word die by putting the fun foam behind it for dimension.

  109. Who wouldn’t love to get these cards. Love them!

  110. Love your card Laura! Great job like always!!!

  111. Such a lovely card, thank you for the video, I had not seen the idea of using fun foam..sure makes it pop!

  112. could never get tired of your watercoloring. it always turns out so great.

  113. TFS Congrats on design team for SN.
    Lovely card – colors are beautiful

  114. Love your card. Stamp is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  115. Laura, I love your card, especially the word friend in the glitter embossing! TFS!

  116. This is so pretty! I just love your watercolored flowers! I don’t normally mix gold and silver, but adore the way yours turned out! (Will be trying something new now.) Thanks for the amazing chance to win a box too! 🙂

  117. Your cards are always so fun. Your videos are easy to follow and always have such great tips. Thx for showcasing this great release.

  118. Lovely card that looks just like a Laura card!

  119. Love the soft colors…beautiful card

  120. I love your card and the colors you chose!

  121. I am a first time blog hopper on the net. Enjoying all the talented ladies.

  122. I like both of your cards. The both turned out awesome.

  123. I love the colours you choose for this card it is so pretty and bright Shannon

  124. I like the colored embossed images – – works really well to add some bling

  125. Laura, your card is so pretty. Love those lovely flowers. Thanks.

  126. Wonderful!!! Thank you for a chance!

  127. Love this card and can’t wait to see the box

  128. Gorgeous! So many fabulous products in this box. I really hope I can get a hold of one!

  129. As a subscriber to your YT channel, there’s no surprise that I love your card! It’s fun to see you participating in this hop. 🙂

  130. Love the Sweet colors and clean design 🙂 my little girl and I have been learning do many techniques from all of you fabulous designers! Fingers crossed for tomorrow:) xoxo

  131. I hope to win this box! I have an icky feeling that after the stamp nation members order this, there will be non left for non-stamp nation members…

  132. I love this. The flowers are really cute

  133. Great cards, especially love the challenge shaker card. Thanks for sharing more sneak peeks. Can’t wait for the release. p.s. Congrats on Guest Designing for Stamp Nation!

  134. Beautiful design work. I really need this box, I really NEED the circle stencil! lol

  135. simple yet very beautiful , thanks

  136. Such a pretty card. Thanks for providing another video on how you make your cards.

  137. Cant wait, can’t wait, for this very important date….8/6/2015 great card…wish i could afford the StampNation, but am on too fixed of income

  138. Love your card…colors are beautiful and I really like the friend die.

  139. Laura, this is such a beautiful and clean card. I love the simplistic elegance of it with the finishing of the glittered die cut. 🙂

  140. Beautiful card Laura, love the gold friend and the great idea of using foam behind the words.

  141. LOVE your card, Laura!!! Thank you for sharing your technique video! I’m so impressed with the idea of using fun foam to raise the die cut sentiment and will definitely try that soon!!!

  142. clean and pretty. I love your style Laura. Thanks for being with SN. Love ya, sistah!

  143. What a wonderful card!! Love your blog and videos too:)

  144. omg so young and so create already. love it!

  145. I love that you used the watercolor piece to diecut the flowers… so there’s little pops of watercolor 🙂

  146. Just beautiful! The pastels are simply beautiful!

  147. What a nice card with beautiful soft colors. Thanks for a chance to win!
    Carole Lovill

  148. I love your card style and the products you used.

  149. What a cute card!!! I like the little bling paper and the dies. This is a very sweet card that I would appreciate receiving any day. Thanks for sharing.

  150. I’m going to break Pinterest with pinning all of these cards! So fun!

  151. Well done…. the bling of silver at the bottom of the card really makes it pop…thanks for the supply list

  152. I love the different colors and textures — the black and white diagonal, the glitter paper, and the softly colored flowers..

  153. What a beautiful cheerful card! You have such a good eye for colors and style!

  154. Love the water color flowers and every element of this card! Simple and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  155. Wonderful card. So bright and cheerful. Great job on the word “friend”.

  156. what a fun card and I love that friend die

  157. Such sweet cards… LOVE the shaker!!

  158. Laura, your videos are always so well done. You explain your process perfectly. Your card is lovely!

  159. What a beautiful card Laura! I love the flowers and that little touch of silver sparkle at the bottom of the card!

  160. such a sweet card, love this TFS 🙂

  161. This card is simply adorable! Love the sparklies!! 🙂

  162. I learned some new things, never thought about embossing and then die cutting.

  163. Love both cards but the shaker card – WOW! Love it!

  164. I love the mix of soft colours and glitter!

  165. Congrats again on 7000 subbies, it’s soon to be 8000 wow! Your such a nice and talented young lady. Love the soft water colored flowers, The Eva’s dies are awesome, such a variety. I love seeing how different all you girls use the same supplies, it’s really neat. I would love to win, I’ve been checking my emails 50 times a day to make sure that I don’t miss when it goes on sale, lol. Thanks for inspiring and the chance to win.

  166. Lovely card – the flowers are so pretty!

  167. Love the kit contents and what you have done with them!

  168. Looking forward to little surprises in each box. Thanks

  169. Great card – love all the different colors

  170. What a refreshing card. The colors are so cheery.

  171. hi there… laura…. gr8 decorating tech as usual… love that artist who lives on this blog… all the best to u now and always..:)

  172. LOVE your cards and video. You are so talented.

  173. Love the watercolor flowers,great idea.

  174. I like the color combinations. They look really good together.

  175. Gread card…so pretty.

    Tink from SN

  176. I really love your cards, Laura!! TFS

  177. So happy to visit again and see your great work, love the sparkle in your card and I never get tired of water color. Thanks for sharing.

  178. Sweet, sweet card! Love the die cut flowers! Thanks for the opportunity to win this box!

  179. Laura, love the watercolor technique that you used on the die cut flowers to create this very friendly card! Looking forward to hopefully being able to create with this wonderful new collection. Thank you for sharing!

  180. What fun! The glittery band at the bottom is great! I love the flower cutouts too. This is a fun card.

  181. Just love the flower shaker card. What a lovely idea! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  182. Lovely card, as always! Love how you used the die cuts!

  183. Gorgeous card! I love what you did with the flowers. I will stop by Stamp Nation and see your cards. The challenge sounds like fun.

  184. Nice card. A chance to win a box of goodies? Fantastic. Jody V

  185. Cute cards, thanks for sharing your talent!

  186. Loved how you layered the friend die cut – and the glitter was perfect. Lovely card

  187. I’m so loving this ‘stamp of approval box’. Wonderful card! Thanks for the chance to win.

  188. Lovely card and your watercolor flowers are beautiful and look very delicate. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  189. Beautiful Card. Thank you for sharing.

  190. Beautiful card. Love the pop of black . . . it really sets everything off.

  191. Ohhhh. That card just screams spring, bright, and happy to me. How fun would that be to receive in the mail!

  192. I can fussy cut but I like die cuts better. Love your card. All you gals are really making me want this box of goodies.

  193. Super cute! Looks like it is going to be boxes full of crafty goodness!!!

  194. Very nice looking card and great layout.

  195. Hey Laura, you are already a seasoned cardmaker/crafter at the ripe old age of 18!! You have a wonderful gift, always use it for good and stay sweet! Your cards are so fun and yet elegant and beautiful!!!! Everytime I watch your videos I learn something new. You are the MASTER at shaker cards!!! I had never seen someone do more than one cutout for the shakers until I first saw your cards. It’s amazing!!! I really love them and I plan to try out making one soon!!! Thank you for sharing your gift!!! Keep on giving…..

  196. Keep up the great work! You bring smiles to many faces!

  197. What a great color choice with the WOW embossing powder!

  198. Your card is really neat and I love the little die cut flowers…TFS…xx

  199. Love the card you did….Thursday can’t get here soon enough!!!!

  200. I am so glad you are part of this blog hop… your cards are always so fresh and happy. From this card, no one would ever know you struggled with yellow. I am looking forward to all the wonderful creativity that will spill forth once this product is released. Thank you for sharing!

  201. Beautiful card! Water coloring is so beautiful. I can’t get enough of it. I wish mine looked as good as yours all put together. Please keep inspiring.

  202. Beautiful and charming card – love the sweet colors on it and it is just so lovely!! What an exciting thing for you to be a part of!!

  203. Nice card. Thanks for the chance to win.

  204. Laura, your card is very creative. Love that yellow embossing on the word “Friend” it makes the wow factor on your card with the flowers. Gorgeous card! 🙂

  205. Laura–beautiful card. Thanks for sharing

  206. Both cards are so pretty…love watercolor and the challenge cards looks to be a shaker with another cool background.

  207. Love the Cheery Flowers!!!! Can’t wait to see this in Person…


  208. Very nice and simple! This set looks amazing!

  209. Love your watercolor flowers. Thanks for the inspiration.

  210. So pretty! Love your card, so sunny and fun!

  211. Cool cards, Laura. Can’t wait to see the whole box!

  212. I really loved the simplicity of your card. The sparkle added so much. Thanks for the inspiration.

  213. Beautiful Cards Laura. I’m with you…I reach for the dies first! Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the sneak peek at the kit contents. Setting the alarm to be in line for purchasing first thing!

  214. Great cards! I like the pink amd yellow combo!

  215. love the watercolour flowers Laura. Very beautiful card you have created. Thanks for sharing with us.

  216. DELIGHTFUL card Laura!!!
    PRETTY watercolours and a splash of SPARKLE are part of your STYLE and I ALWAYS enjoy watching you CREATE with them!!! I really need to be more adventurous and try it more, along with adding bold black & white stripes!!!
    PS – CONGRATULATIONS on being Guest Designer on the Stamp Nation Challenge Blog 🙂

  217. Your card is so beautiful & simple even with the glitter. Thanks for the inspiration and the fantastic blog hop.

  218. So sweet. I love the water colored flowers and the glittered friend die. Just gorgeous.

  219. You are certainly a very talented young lady Laura. So pretty.

  220. Your card is adorably simple. Great colors.

  221. What a sweet card my daughter would love to make one like that to give to a friend. I would too.

  222. Laura, wonderful job on your card! LOVE the watercolor you did for the flowers using the Distress inks.

  223. Your cards are both very pretty, I love the little shaker flowers. Great idea!

  224. Please don’t stop water colouring on my account, since I love it. Also love how your card turned out.

  225. Thank you for sharing this! It’s so cute! And I can’t wait to get my box now!

  226. That is just SO super cute! Love the yellows – good choice 🙂

  227. Super cute cards! love the colors and love the addition of the shiny strip at the bottom of the card!

  228. Such pretty cards! I adore that shaker card! Fantastic job!

  229. Beautiful card. Love the watercolor flowers

  230. I want to be the one in 10,000 that wins this box. Your card is super! Thank you!

  231. Your card is very pretty and I love the colours and dies.

  232. Very cute card. Any friend would be happy to receive it.

  233. I like knowing that this box of approval will have dies in it as well. Good job on your Friend card.

  234. Your cards are always so pretty, and you can do water color as much as you want. It’s always so pretty. ^_^ Your little shaker card is beautiful.

  235. Love the simple fun card. Thank you for the video.

  236. Thanks for the great shaker idea. Love both color combination.

  237. Always love your cards and this was no exception!

  238. Laura, your card is SO SWEET! I always enjoy your videos as well. Good job. Would love to win this!

  239. I love watercolor backgrounds too, but this is another good idea to try (die cutting out of it) Thanks

  240. Hi Laura!
    Wow! I just ADORE your cards! Your colors and design elements are so BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  241. Lovely card. Such warm happy colours with just the right amount of sparkly bling.

  242. Your card is so simple and so beautiful! I love it!

  243. I love the flowers and the friend. Love the soft colors

  244. Keep Doing watercolor if you want. You do it so well. Looking forward to the Stamp of Approval box.

  245. Such a pretty card and love the sparkle of the embossing powder. And congrats on being Guest Designer at StampNation, thats awesome!!!

  246. I love tgebackground on the second card and the graphic nature of thefirst!

  247. I am excited to get my Stamp of Approval box in Sept. It looks like there are a whole lot of amazing cards I will be able to create. I love the softness of the card you made with the little water colored flowers that you die cut. So pretty.

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