Beautiful Promenade

Its been ages since I last inked up Beautiful Promenade. For this design, I decided to watercolour the gorgeous intricate die cut from the Beautiful Layers dies, with bermuda bay and crushed curry, and the brighter green tones you can see are where the two colours crossed over.

I wanted my flower to make an impact, and love how well the berry burst flower contrasts with the background yellows and blues.

My ‘Sending Love’ sentiment comes from the Well Said Bundle. I’m such a fan of die cut words and keep finding reasons to use these dies on all my projects! This bundle is such a great investment and with so many word and phrase combinations, the possibilities are endless.

Though this design is a bit different, it’s definitely growing on me and I like how all the colour on the card is contained within that die cut frame.  Next, to try different colour combos! xx

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Tropical Chic Watercoloured Background Panel

I have been playing with watercolour techniques all week and to be honest, I have struggled!! Somedays, my watercoloured backgrounds are just as I intended, other days it’s almost as though I shouldn’t have bothered 🤦🏽‍♀️.

After several failed attempts at the ‘smooshing’ technique, I was left with a lot of watercoloured panels that I thought were pretty much unusable.

Then I remembered the pretty leaf patterned square die from the Tropical Thinlits Dies and realised these pieces of watercoloured cardstock could be repurposed!

The variation and tone in the watercolouring really stands out beautifully once die cut. 

I wanted to make the watercoloured panels the main focal point, so I opted for a white mat and base, and I absolutely love the font of that sentiment from Tropical Chic.

I was pleased with the end result and with how the cards turned out. Just goes to show that there really aren’t any mistakes in crafting, just unique creations 😉 xx

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Farewell to Blended Seasons

Blended Seasons was one of those bundles that grew on me – the more I saw it, the more I knew I needed it 🤦🏽‍♀️!

But I’m so happy that I took the plunge and bought this bundle. It is such a timeless and all occasions kind of set.

Sometimes I don’t have the time to colour in for hours on end, but this card shows that even white uncoloured flowers can still be gorgeous! I kept things simple with a crumbcake outline, and a blend of granny apple green and garden green leaves, with crushed curry in the centres of my flowers.  This set has also got me using my watercolour pencils again. I’d forgotten how fun they were to use and the limited edition second phase of colours that was released with this bundle are so beautiful!

The frosted and clear epoxy droplets are a sneak peak from the brand new holiday catalogue which goes live on 5th September.

These dies are so unique – can you see the double stitching on the inside and outside of the label? Such a gorgeous effect!

Tomorrow is the last day you can purchase this beautiful bundle, so don’t miss out (just click on the picture of it below to go straight to my online shop or above on ‘shop now’) xxx

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Blended Seasons Rainbow Leaves

Everyone knows I love a rainbow, and when I saw the flurry of leaves stamp in this set, I immediately knew I wanted to make some rainbow leaves!

I used a spectrum of watercolour pencils and an aqua painter to achieve this effect.

The green watercolour pencil I used is lemon lime twist, and I nabbed it from my Lots of Happy card kit!

My black accent leaf was die cut from sparkle glimmer paper and coloured using a basic black blend pen. This is a brand new blend colour which will be available in the new holiday catalogue when it goes live on September 5th!

Love love love the Blended Seasons bundle – remember to purchase it by 31st August before it’s gone for good! xxx

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Springtime Impressions

The Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies are so beautiful and intricate.

For my first play, I decided to watercolour the large floral die cut. My watercolouring is a bit rusty, but the result was still pretty on the watercolour paper. This paper is pricier than some, but has a gorgeous thick textured finished which is so elegant, especially for special occasions.

I adhered my floral die cut onto more watercolour card and added the copper foiled butterfly with mini dimensionals.  I just love the richness of the copper foil, and am a little copper obsessed lately as you’ll see from my upcoming projects!

I brushed over the floral die cut with wink of stella once it was dry.  What do you think of the colour combo? I quite like the mix of the fresh soft sea foam and coastal cabana with the rich gorgeous grape and fresh fig xx
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Floral Statements

I fell in love with the Floral Statements Stamp Set as soon as I spotted it in the Annual Catalogue. The big bold images are so gorgeous! I watercoloured my rose in berry burst and the leaves in pear pizzazz and old olive before fussy cutting it out and popping it up on dimensionals to my card front. I added some elegant old olive sheer ribbon and a few glitter enamel dots to embellish and attached my shimmery white card front to a berry burst mat and crumbcake card base.

Happy Birthday Thinlits Die

When you’re looking to make a quick, simple card, look no further than the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  No stamping required and such a bargain at £18.00! I watercoloured some gorgeous watercolour paper with pear pizzazz, soft sky and so saffron.  This paper is so elegant and the texture really adds another dimension to a card.  My ‘Happy Birthday’ was cut from some fabulous soft sky Foil Frenzy DSP.   I cut out my leaf mask using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies and softly sponged my leaf images on the card.  Just love how easy a card can come together with this fantastic die – just add some background interest and embellish and in moments you have yourself a beautiful birthday card.

Paisleys & Posies

I was asked to create an anniversary card and my immediate thoughts went to the gorgeous Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies which never fail me.  But as you know, I like to keep things fresh.  So I decided to create my own heart base using the Sweet & Sassy framelits dies and, taking inspiration from the catty, I stamped and clear heat embossed images from the stunning Paisleys & Posies stamp set over the heart.  I then watercoloured over my heart with the pretty colour combo – flirty flamingo, sweet sugarplum and peakaboo peach.

My sentiment comes from Best Birds, and I gold heat embossed this over vellum to keep the elegant look of the card.  To finish I decided to cut some gold accents out from gold foil sheets using the Paisley framelits Dies and attach my card front to a flirty flamingo mat on crumb cake base.  Here is my finished card.

Overall I was pleased with the finished result although if I had white heat embossed my images instead of clear heat embossing them, this would have made my paisley images really ‘pop’ against the watercolour.  Which look do you prefer – soft or sharp? Would love to hear your thoughts x

Birthday Blooms for Mum

It’s my mum’s birthday today and I wanted to create something gorgeous and unique – a bit like her 😍! 

I wanted to achieve a fresh look with Birthday Blooms and I love it paired with the gorgeous Sheet Music background stamp. Oh how I love each and every one of my background stamps!

I watercoloured my flower in stunning berry burst, which is fast becoming a favourite for me. I used pear pizzazz for the leaves and sponged soft sky ink onto my musical label, before adhering the images to some gorgeous berry burst Color Theory DSP.  The label itself was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits dies.  My sentiment was stamped from the Beatiful You stamp set and the ‘mum’ was created from the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  My mum really is a gorgeous mum in every way so I hope her birthday is as fabulous as she is! 😘

Climbing Orchid – Three ways

The Climbing Orchid stamp set and matching Orchid Builder framelits are so beautiful and are currently available in a discounted bundle at 10% off in the current annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Whilst I was excited about using these stamps, I was also a little overwhelmed with the number of stamps in this set! You can achieve so many looks and can also keep layering the Orchid petals to create a real 3D effect.  

As you can see, I created three ‘stepped up’ cards with this stamp set and the possibilities are endless.  To create my orchids, I firstly clear heat embossed them on shimmery white cardstock.  I then painted over the heat embossed images so that the colours could blend together. I love the colour combination of berry burst, fresh fig and lemon lime twist.  The watercolour backgrounds offset the orchids beautifully, but I also love the simplicity of the floating orchids on crumb cake background.  With this set, anything goes but if you love orchids as much as I do, it’s a must!