Butterfly Beauty engagement card

We are in the final days of Sale-a-bration, and as is often the case in the final days of anything to do with Stampin’ Up!, I have yet to share some of my favourite cards made with some of my favourite Sale-a-bration stuff!

First up, a card that I made for some lovely family friends who announced their engagement last year. We caught up with them for lunch during the summer holidays in January and this is the celebratory card I made.

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Such a simple card really, using just a few items and not a single stamp set, but I just love the fresh combination of colours, and a watercolour wash with some splattery silver embossing is always a winner as far as I’m concerned.

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The final days of Sale-a-bration also means the finals days of snagging the delightful Butterfly Elements for zero dollary-doos when you place a $90 order. Or indeed any of the other exclusive Sale-a-bration bonuses - FREE with either a $90 or $180 order.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another of the proceeds of my recent play with the Dear Doily, so be sure to pop back then!

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Blogging Bonanza Day Seven and a half (a wrap up) - Watercolor Wings

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Here we are at the final Blogging Bonanza post and the final few hours of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue of 2016-2017 and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. I think I have posted more to my blog in the past seven days than I have in the entire past year, which sounds very dramatic and rather an exaggeration, but if I had the energy to check, I fear that it would not be far off the mark.

More about that later, but for now, a card featuring Watercolor Wings, which mercifully is carrying over into the new catalogue. Sadly, the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaron cardstock have both completely sold out, but this card is very reproducible in different colours and/or DSP patterns, so all is not lost! 

The trusty watercolour wash in the background of my main decorative element #predictable

A delicate vellum butterfly adds interest and dimension and softens the colouring of the butterfly in the background

So at the end of the most intensive week of my blogging life to date, what have I learned about blogging and whether or not I want to do it as an ongoing venture? Quite a lot, actually.

I have learned that although it takes time, it is not the all consuming, mammoth task that it sometimes feels like in my head. Mostly.

I have learned that I quite like format of sharing here, in conjunction with other formats like social media, as it affords me extra space for more detail and waffling.

I have learned that I don't mind the occasional waffle #newsflash

I have learned that I like the option to schedule some posts in advance and to publish some on the fly, and that that's ok, because it doesn't have to be an all or nothing, rigid process #phew

I have learned that there is an app for my blog platform and that I can get some of the content of my posts done in the regular five minutes windows that I have between school runs, extracurricular drop offs and pick ups, dinner preparation and in appointment waiting rooms #technology

So with less even less hours now until the end of the catalogue year (and the start of the new one!), I'm off to finalise my host code (you have a sniff of time to add your order to it if you're quick!), before I prioritise and re-prioritise my wishlist for the start of ordering out of the sparkly new catalogue tomorrow...

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Blogging Bonanza Day Six and a half - Crazy About You

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I'm running out of time to get all my posts featuring retiring products up on my blog, so it's time to start doubling down! Earlier today, I shared the card I sent to my gorgeous friend SJ, and I really hope she's received the package it came in by now, because the package also contained this card, so that's potentially two surprises I'm ruining in one day...

Early last month, we had an OnStage local event for Stampin' Up! demonstrators here in Perth, and having moved with her family to Melbourne mid last year as I mentioned previously, it was great to have SJ back on 'home turf' to share the event with us. Not only did she come to the event, she also did a brilliant stamping presentation, holding her poise admirably as the rest of us got misty eyed when she introduced herself and talked briefly about her recent relocation.

Despite her concerns about having done 'enough' for her presentation, in true SJ style, she ran out of time to finish sharing the incredible array of projects she had created using one of the new, upcoming stamp sets (#overachiever), and those of you fellow demonstrators in attendance will be able to attest to the amazing abundance and quality of her display. 

This is the card I sent to to let her know just how amazing I think she was (and is!)

A watercolour wash (just for something different!), with a touch of gold foil and an enamel shape to add some bling

Lots of lovely {pink!} layers, achieved by stamping the same flower image four separate times in Blushing Bride, then cutting out around the graduating white borders and stacking them on top of each other

The Crazy About You stamp set and co-ordinating Hello You Thinlit dies used on this card are more items on the retiring hit list. You can get them, and all the other retiring items from my online store, but only for just over another 24 hours from now...

Run! 

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Blogging Bonanza Day 5 - Flower Fair

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I'm a bit later with today's edition of the Blogging Bonanza, but I'm here now, so let's get this (garden)
party started...!

I loved the Flower Patch stamp set and co-ordinating Framelits on sight when they showed up in the Annual Catalogue a couple of years ago, and can hardly stand to see them making their way out of the current range as they retire with the outgoing catalogue in *sniff* two days from now.

The great news is that they're both still currently in stock and are also both significantly discounted, so it's the perfect (and final!) time to invest in some bold and beautiful florals for yourself.

I created this card for a dear friend and team member of mine who was asked to do a business presentation at the Stampin' Up! OnStage local event last month. She jumped at the opportunity and delivered a cracking and professional presentation in front of no less than 170-ish excitable fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I was so proud of her and so loved seeing her rock the stage.

I'm all about the watercolour wash background at the moment, as are a good percentage of fellow crafters, so I've noticed (#ontrend), so there's a Pool Party wash forming the background of this card. From there, I combined some of my favourite bold colours for the floral arrangement.

I'm of the opinion that lots of layering and dimension add an extra little somethin' somethin' to a card, so there's a WHOLE LOT of somethin' going on with this one... #layersgalore

A white embossed greeting on dark cardstock is a great way to add punch, and some softness is achieved with a layer of lace trim poking out from underneath

As well as taking advantage of excellent retiring special and an upcoming new catalogue (THREE MORE SLEEPS!), now is also a great time to consider taking advantage of the demonstrator opportunity for a large array of reasons.

  • You get to hang out, both virtually and in real life with the most kind, inspiring, generous and talented group of gals that make up my stampin' team
  • You have access to the demonstrator only events, held twice per year (in April and November) where you can gather with fellow like-minded craft lovin' types
  • You can call on the vast array of inspiration and support provided by this most generous and giving company
  • You have the opportunity to get discount on your own stampin' supplies as well as being able to earn an income should you decide to head down the business building route as a demonstrator

There are myriad other reasons to consider the demonstrator opportunity for yourself, mostly because for minimal outlay, you can test drive being a demonstrator, with no penalties and nothing to pay back if you decide for any reason that it's not for you.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEMONSTRATOR OPPORTUNITY

Feel free to get in touch if you think you'd like to check it our or have any further queries, I'd love to chat with you to discover how this wonderful opportunity could fit into your life and family.

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Blogging Bonanza Day 3 - Beautiful You...

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Beautiful You. Such an apt name for this stamp set and the recipient of this card that I created with it. A dear friend of mine turned 40 last month and we celebrated with high tea at a revolving restaurant on the 33rd floor of a city building with views across Perth.

And I celebrated her with this card :-)

The image is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink onto a large-ish piece of Watercolour Paper, then coloured with Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter. I love how the soft colouring sort of fades into the background, it's one of my favourite effects when colouring on watercolour paper...

The entire base of the card is covered in the beautiful water image paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

More Designer Series Paper is featured in the image of the girl, paper pieced from a bit of Serene Scenery for her hat and Fruit Stand for her summery, polka dot dress. I added some shading and hopeful realism with Watercolour Pencils

A lovely little cluster for the birthday greeting is made up of some white embossing, a sliver of Linen Thread, a dash of doily and an enamel heart shape from the Subtles collection

It's a great time to grab any (or all!) of the Designer Series Papers (DSP) that I've used here. DSP never carries over, which is sad in one way, like when you have a special place in your heart for a particular design. Can you tell I'm speaking from (ten years of!) experience with these things..?! But it also makes way for brand new and gorgeous designs to take their place, so the hurt doesn't last for TOO very long.

Much...

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Thank yous, welcomes and congratulations | You're So Lovely

Hello! Happy Monday *grin*

We are in the first handful of days of first term holidays here at my place, so I have a quick post to share with you before the natives get restless/hungry/bored...!

I have found since working outside of my Stampin' Up! business more regularly than in it these past few months, processes and habits have become very important in order that anything gets achieved around here and the flying by the seat of my pants approach that I have favoured my entire life, whilst still my default mode, has had to take a backseat to order and organisation. An excellent but tricky lesson for folk like me...! 

One of my favourite regular processes is to create and send cards each month to thank my customers for their orders, welcome new team members and congratulate existing team members on various accomplishments.

Each month, I try to stick to a similar theme for all of the cards, thereby minimising required brain power and maximising the uses that I get out of that one idea.

Last month, the You're So Lovely stamp set from the current Occasions Catalogue was front and centre...

The stamp set co-ordinates with the very sweet You're So Lovely Project Kit, but also stands very well all by itself with the various greetings and imagery it contains.

Here are the cards that I made with it..

Stamps:   You're So Lovely   Paper:   Watercolor Paper   Ink:   Basic Black Archival, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder   Accessories:   Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes, Circle Collection Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: You're So Lovely Paper: Watercolor Paper Ink: Basic Black Archival, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder Accessories: Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes, Circle Collection Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

The greetings and images are all stamped in Basic Black Archival ink onto Watercolor Paper, then the pops of colour added freehand using an Aquapainter and various ink colours...

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I love the versatility of this stamp set - so many options for sweet messages with cute images and patterns!

And speaking of versatility, check out the oval shaped stamp in the last card above. Did you see that stamp in the stamp set image that I posted further up...? I'll wait while you scroll back...

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You've probably figured out that I squished the circular image into an oval shape... I needed a shape to fit the "The Adventure Begins" stamp and Oval Framelits, and being that photopolymer is completely malleable and sticks brilliantly to the clear blocks, it was easy to achieve with some minor manipulation.

Add some versatility to your stamp collection with the gorgeous You're So Lovely stamp set for sweet and simple cards! 

DON'T FORGET..!

  • Weekly Deals are on the way out to make way for a new promotion, so make sure to check out the current bumper selection of deals and score 25% off an amazing array of products
  • There's a new host code for the month, with a new gift on offer from me for April! CHECK IT OUT
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Simple and pretty | Birthday Blooms

True to my newly established Monday blog posting schedule, I have something new to share with you today. The fact that there is a public holiday that falls today here in Western Australia means that there are all kinds of fun distractions that are calling my name, but I have carved out some time to spend at the computer and my family is bustling around the house tidying and cleaning, so by the time we're all done, we'll be able to head out somewhere fun together and come home to a clean house and a completed blog post.

Works for me...!

Today I'm sharing a card that I absolutely love for its simplicity and prettiness. Sometimes I feel the need to go all out with the techniques and products on my cards, as if they can only be 'special' if they have a whole lot of stuff going on. It's taken quite some time to convince myself that this is not the case at all, and these days, especially with a busier schedule and trickier work/life balance, simple is definitely where it's at for me and card making...

The single technique I have employed on this card also happens to be my favourite one, and is one of my chosen ways to unwind and spend some mindless/mindful time - water colouring. See how I watercolour

Rather than use a black outline for my flower image, I elected to use a very light colour to stamp in - Sahara Sand - so that I could make out the edges of the image, but they weren't a huge feature of the finished, coloured flower. After colouring, I went in with my Basic Black Marker to add details that had been lost in the process of colouring.

I love how it turned out, and after cutting out and popping up with some Stampin' Dimensionals, it's just the pretty feature I wanted for my finished card.

Stamps:   Birthday Blooms   Paper:   Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Watercolour Paper   Ink:   Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive   Accessories:   Aquapainter, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Stamps: Birthday Blooms Paper: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Watercolour Paper Ink: Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Aquapainter, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

How do you keep it simple when you're craving creative time but don't have a bunch of it? Join the conversation! So far there are 0 comments...

Have you checked for the new host code for March yet? There's Stampin' Spoils to be shared around every month with your qualifying online order, so make sure you add the host code to your March order!

Weekly Deals are ongoing and this week's offerings finish up tomorrow! Be sure to jump on any bargains that catch you eye before they disappear and keep an eye out for a new batch of bargains on Wednesday!

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Creation Station blog hop - Endless Birthday Wishes

The fortnight has rolled around again, and I'm back with another project highlighting new products from the newly released Annual Catalogue, as part of the Creation Station Blog Hop.

This time around, I'm sharing a card that I made using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. Apologies to those stampers who might be visiting from North America or Canada - I understand that this set is not new for you at all, having been released as a promotional stamp set previously, if I'm not mistaken. For us here in the South Pacific, it's BRAND new and terribly exciting. Or perhaps that's just me, great big sucker for a stamp set with cute greetings that I am...

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Here's what I did with it on its maiden voyage in my craft room, a birthday card for my much loved sister-in-law...

Stamps:   Endless Birthday Wishes   Paper:   Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watercolor Paper, Pretty Petals DSP Stack   Ink:   StazOn Jet Black, Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate   Accessories:   Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Aquapainters, Tea Lace Doily, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dazzling Dimaonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watercolor Paper, Pretty Petals DSP Stack Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Aquapainters, Tea Lace Doily, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dazzling Dimaonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Hop around the rest of the stops to gather some more new catalogue inspiration! If you head backwards, you'll find Kathy Kartak, and forwards will take you to Dena Rekow.

Happy Hopping!

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New Sale-a-bration products, Blendabilities discontinued + birds and lemons...

I'm a bit delayed in updating you with a number of things, not least of which is the news that there are FOUR new Sale-a-bration freebies to earn as of this month!

Click on the above image for a detailed product flyer!

Click on the above image for a detailed product flyer!

As with the previous Sale-a-bration offerings, you get to choose one of the free items with every $90 in your order (prior to shipping).

You'll want to be quick though, as we're in the final weeks of Sale-a-bration, so make sure to get your qualifying order in before March 31st...


Blendabilities Discontinued

Last week, Stampin' Up! announced that they had turned off all of the Blendabilities product codes in the ordering system while they investigated a quality issue that had resulted in the return of an increasing number of sets of the markers due to drying out.

In a further update this week, due to the nature of the defect, Stampin' Up!  have concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction and product returns will only become more widespread.

The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin' Up! are certain would meet their high quality standards and provide them with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

Questions?

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. I am SO happy about this news - Memento has become my go-to black ink!

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. I have almost all of the sets and have never personally experienced a problem with any of them, and neither have I been alerted to any issues that my customers have had.

Q: What if I have purchased Blendabilities Markers that are defective?
A: If you purchased your markers through me, please get in touch for assistance. If your markers were purchased through another demonstrator, you will need to contact them.


Happier news - birds and lemons

Back in January, I shared some cards that I had created on the request of Stampin' Up! for inclusion in a Product of the Week showcase that would be running throughout Sale-a-bration. I have neglected to share a second set of cards that was part of the same promotion, this time using the A Happy Thing stamp set.

This is probably the last set that I would have chosen for myself, but the great thing about an assignment such as being asked to provide cards using a designated stamp set, is that it provides a shove out of your comfort zone like no other...!

I got out my trusty watercolouring tools for the first two cards and absorbed myself in layering (and layering, and layering!) colours using Watercolor Paper, Aquapainters and ink pads.

(Follow a tutorial on how I watercolour)

Stamps:  A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge  Paper:  Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper  Ink:  StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive  Accessories:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps:   A Happy Thing (SAB)   Paper:   Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Wa  tercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP     Ink:   StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,    Accessories:   Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,  Accessories: Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

For the final card (my favourite, incidentally), I did use Blendabilities, but a similar effect could be achieved with the watercolouring technique as outlined in my tutorial. As long as you can produce the light and shade that makes it look as realistic as possible, you're on a winner :-)

Stamps:   A Happy Thing (SAB)   Paper:   Soft Seude, Whisper White,      Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede   Accessories:   Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder,   Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' D  imensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Whisper White,  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just for fun, here's another technique that lends itself well to the A Happy Thing stamp set. Check out this video from Stampin' Up! on masking using this image...

Thanks for popping in today!

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Teacher cards 2013 - instalment #2

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Here is the second in the series of 2013 teacher cards that I created for my girls' lovely teachers, this one being for my small girls Year One classroom teacher.

I absolutely LOVE Year One.  For both of my girls, it was a massive year of growth and transformation in their education.  From the beginning of the year when they are just working out sounds, to the end of the year where they are capable of reading simple chapter books by themselves.  Watching them progress and having the words take on meaning for them is pure magic :-)

Both of my girls were blessed with the same incredible Year One teacher, who is so perfectly placed to be teaching this year level.  This is the card that I created for her...

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The theme of this card was inspired by the beautiful soft colours of the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paperwhich I also used to create the matching envelope that you can see peeking out underneath the card.

It's similar in style to yesterday's card, with the Postcard (wood/clear) background and grungy feel, but I replaced the butterfly with a floral embellishment instead.

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I love the detail on this one - a watercoloured flower from Flower Shop (wood/clear), perfectly cut out with the co-ordinating Pansy Punch (save 15% when you bundle the stamps and punch together - wood mount and clear mount options available!)  The centre is embellished with lashings of different sized Pearl Basic Jewels

So there you have number two in my series of teacher appreciation cards for the year. The next ones are quite different in style...

Which is your favourite so far..?  

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Stamps: Postcard, Gorgeous Grunge, Everything Eleanor, Flower Shop, Express Yourself (hostess) Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Naturals White, Venetian Romance DSP Ink: StazOn Black, Crisp Canteloupe, Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Accessories: Pansy Punch, Vintage Trim, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Meet my new friend, Eleanor...

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Recently I had the opportunity to choose six stamp sets from the new Annual Catalogue without having to pay for any of them.  How fun is that?!  The good part was that they were free.  The bad part was that I had to narrow down my extensive wishlist to just six...

One of the sets that I decided on was Everything Eleanor - a vintage-y floral set that falls slightly outside of the stamping zone that I would normally consider comfortable.  Being a clean and simple kind of gal, vintage-y floral required more than a little bit of bravery and a sense of adventure beyond what would usually be required of me during a stint at my stamping desk...

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The idea for the layout was borrowed from none other than the artist herself Teneale Williams - this amazing creations of hers to be precise.  I love how she overlapped the frame element in the background to form the horizontal strip.

Here is Eleanor in her entirety...

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SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • Don't discard the idea of a particular sheet of Designer Series Paper because it has a non-repeating pattern or image.  The piece I used in the background of this card has a large image of the Eiffel Tower and some flowers on it, but I just aimed my paper trimmer at the less busy part of the page and it fit my needs perfectly.
  • Be prepared to spend some time perfecting your watercolouring.  It's time consuming, but it's worth it.  Here's a link to how I do it.
  • The new Delicate Doilies Sizzlit is divine.  That is all.

Interested in how I managed to get six free stamp sets...?  It's one of the many perks of being a demonstrator - I earned them based on the performance of this fun little business of mine during Sale-a-bration earlier in the year.  The best part is, opportunities to earn such amazing rewards are available to anybody -by simply signing up to be a demonstrator, you open yourself up to these fabulous perks as well :-)

For further information on the demonstrator opportunity and joining my gorgeous team of stampers, visit the Join my Team page, or contact me for a chat!

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Fan Fair Designer Series Paper Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, More Mustard, Island Indigo, Early Espresso Accessories: Delicate Doilies Sizzlit, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thinking warm thoughts with Sunny Fun...

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Sitting here next to the heater in my turtleneck, scarf and ugg boots, I'm currently about as far from Sunny Fun as it's possible to be, but in the interests of positive thinking, your thoughts influencing the universe and all that, I thought I'd pop up a card that at least has a theme of warmth and just maybe my fingers will thaw out in the process :-)

This is a card that I made in Summer this year when my small girl was invited to a birthday party for one of her little classmates.  The party was at a local water playground, so the Sunny Fun stamp set that I had recently acquired was just too perfect not to ink up :-)

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Watercolouring is one of my all-time favourite techniques, and although it can be time consuming to get the depth of colour and shading that you ultimately want, it's a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable time for me :-)

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • The right tools make all the difference when you're watercolouring, and the tools you need to make this technique work are StazOn Jet Black Ink, an Aquapainter and Watercolour Paper.  If you don't have these, contact me to get some, then head on over to my watercolouring tutorial to see the process I follow for this fun and effective technique!
  • Take a close look at your punch collection for shapes that you can use as a border.  I have used the edges of three Curly Label punch outs to create the Real Red border below my stamped image.
  • I've mentioned before how much I love the versatility of the Stripes Embossing Folder, and oh look - here it is again.  A seriously indispensable addition to your stampin' arsenal...
  • Embossing a greeting using White Embossing Powder onto dark cardstock packs some impressive punch!

If you have any questions about today's card - or any questions of a stampin' nature at all - please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Stamps: Sunny Fun, Bring on the Cake Paper: Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Versamark, Assorted colours for watercolouring (ie. I forget...!) Accessories: Stripes Embossing Folder, Aquapainter, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Curly Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Loads of thanks!

This card comes to you from back in November last year when we were forced to purchase a new car due to the sudden and untimely demise of the previous one.

The purchase of big ticket items always make me incredibly nervous and assume that I am going to get ripped off, but happily, the private sale that saw us take ownership of our zippy little two door couldn't have been further from it, so lovely was the lady that we dealt with.

Naturally, a hand made card was in order...

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For this card, I used my oldest stamp set - one that I got in my demonstrator starter kit - and it's still current after six years!

We didn't actually buy a truck, but seeing as I don't have any stamps with a Toyota Yaris (or any other car) on them, the fact that this had wheels was good enough for me ;-)

I spent quite a lot of time watercolouring the image (you can find a tutorial of how I like to watercolour ->HERE<-), and I was happy with the depth and colour that I managed to get :-)  Other than that, I kept it quite simple so that the truck was the hero of the card (I think I've been watching too many reality shows....)

What's your oldest stamp set, and do you still use it and love it as much as ever...?!

PS.  Wanna catch up on all the convention news from Canberra?!  CLICK HERE...

Stamps: Loads of Love, Trendy Trees (sentiment) Paper: Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Watercolour Paper, Neutrals Pattern Stack Ink: StazOn jet Black, Early Espresso, Various for watercolouring, Accessories: Hemp twine, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenge Chewsday - Blushing Crumbs

Two weeks in a row - I'm on a roll folks!  And you'll note that Challenge Chewsday got the nod from the majority of commenters (commentators?!) on the last post - not that I was taking a poll or anything, but since you offered your opinions, let's go with it!

This week I headed back to Inkspirations HQ and used the fabulous sketch on offer there...

Combined with this PRETTY colour combination from ColourQ...

And this is what I turned them into...

On Thursday just gone, our gorgeous across-the-road neighbours added a beautiful baby girl to their already sweet and lovely family, so as a heartfelt thank you for giving me a brand new baby to sniff, with a little bit of congratulations thrown in, this is the card I made for baby Lily, that we headed over this afternoon to give them.

I also made a little matching gift tag to hang from the bag...

So there you have my challenge entry for this Chewsday!  Hope you're enjoying my new blog feature - I certainly am!

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  • An oldie but a goodie - sponge the edges of your cardstock and paper for a lovely vintage look
  • Punch a strip of cardstock with a border punch, feed it through the Crimper, then concertina the straight edge together and stick it behind an oval or circle shape for a pretty border
  • Use a White Gel Pen in conjunction with watercolouring for some great highlights

"Happy Birth-Day Lily!"Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, Cherry Cobbler, In-color DSP stack, Ink: Versamark, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Ovals die, Eyelet Border Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Neutrals Brads, Crimper, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Bitty Buttons, Owl Punch (heart), Blushing Bride Stitched Poly Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Sponges

New blog feature - Challenge Tuesday!

I've been thinking for a while that I ought to have more in the way of a plan in terms of what goes up on my blog and when.  Although flying by the seat of my pants is my usual MO of choice, it's not really working for me anymore, so I've decided it's time to get myself a bit organised.

So to get the ball rolling, I thought I would start simply, adding just one new thing to my blog schedule, or rather starting a blog schedule altogether, with a feature I'm going to call Challenge Tuesday.

For purposes of alliteration and perfectionism, I was half tempted to call it Challenge Chewsday but thought better of it.

The idea is that I will seek out some fun challenges to take part in, thereby possibly even alerting you, dear reader, to some challenge blogs and websites that you may previously have been unaware of.  Occasionally I may even throw in a home grown one, just for fun...

To kick things off, I have actually completed no less than FOUR challenges over the weekend, combining some sketch and colour challenges.

First up is the Pals Paper Arts PPA79 - Celebrity Colour Challenge...

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...combined with the Clean and Simple Stamping Fall to Layout #126...

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...for the following result:

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It's not a combination of colours I would ever have thought to put together on my own,  and I've left this card on my desk so that I can keep sneaking peeks at it to decide whether or not I like it...

  • Use the Colour Spritzer to create a slight textured background on an otherwise plain cardstock base
  • Use part of a Big Shot die instead of the whole thing for a different look and greater product flexibility

"Pals Paper Arts PPA79 + Clean and Simple Stamping FTL126"
Stamps: Growing Green, Occasional Greetings
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery, Watercolour Paper, Lover Letter DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery
Accessories:
Colour Spritzer, Rich Razzleberry Marker, Circle Scissors Plus, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals

For challenges three and four, I went with the combination of  Inkspirations Colour Challenge #56...

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...and Sweet Sunday sketch Challenge 103...

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and came up with this:

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I rather like this one, although again, the colours are unlikely to have made it onto the same project of mine without the prompting of a challenge, which after all is the whole idea of challenges I guess.

I encourage you to give some a go if you need to step outside of your stampin' comfort zone a bit :-)

  • A fine border of white or black cardstock is great for breaking up solid colours and adding definition to your layout
  • Invest in one (or all!) of the packs of DSP  Patterns Stacks, that way you'll have a DSP in all of your favourite colours

"Inkspirations Colour Challenge #56 + Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 103"
Stamps: Apple Blossom (L2 hostess)
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Patterns Stack, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze
Accessories:
Circle Scissors Plus, Stampin' Dimensionals

So there you have it, the first of what I hope will be many Challenge Tuesdays, although I should warn you right up front that they are unlikely to all feature more than one challenge at a time. I guess I got a bit carried away with the idea for this first one...

Just add an extended absence and a crazy rumour....

So if you've visited me here at all in the past four weeks, you'll know that there's a new catalogue out :)

And that will be about the extent of your knowledge at the hands of me, since that's all I've had to say here in the past month...

Certainly not through lack of wanting to blog, I have just had a bunch of  bits and pieces requiring my attention - a catalogue launch, a birthday party, some 'real' work, workshops, classes and life in general - you get the idea :)

What I do need to do however, is put to rest the "bigger and better things" rumour that started as a result of my resigning from the Just Add Ink design team!

After receiving some messages and emails about my supposed upcoming "bigger and better things" and realising that my absence from blogging was probably adding fuel to that particular fire, I thought it best to clarify that my departure from JAI was due to nothing more than wanting to simplify my commitments a little and make room for someone who had the time and energy to give their all to the wonderful experience of being part of such an awesome team.

That's it.

I almost wish I did have some exciting news to share, but truly, that's all there was to it.  I felt that I was putting in last minute substandard work that wasn't fair to anybody and so I made the long put off decision to step down.

I absolutely loved being part of the JAI crew and want to thank Danielle and Amanda for giving me the opportunity to be on my first ever design team.  The gals on the team are all gorgeous and SO very talented and it was a delight to get to "know" them all a bit better.

For old time's sake (and because I love the sketch that is the current challenge over there, I have a tidy craft desk with new stuff to play with and school holidaying poppets that are so divine at playing together and entertaining themselves...), I thought I would whip up a quick entry to Just Add Ink Challenge #36.

Here's the sketch...

...and here's what I did with it...

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I am completely in love with Awash with Flowers and also the DSP Patterns Stacks that are available in the all new colour collections.

Then there's the new In-color Poly Twill - the one here is in Pear Pizzazz, the gorgeous new green In-color - love that too.

In fact there's a whole lot to love in the new catalogue and I have much to share, from my launch projects to other bits and bobs that I have been creating with my new and exciting gear.

Now that we're on school holidays here, I can't specify a time frame, but I will be back soon with more to show.

Promise ;-)

"Just Add Ink Challenge #36 - Sketch" Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Apple Blossom Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Watercolour Paper, Brights Patterns Stack Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Poly Twill, White Gel Pen, Aquapainter, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers

Treats for my sweets!

I think I may have mentioned on a previous occasion or two that I have a folder on my computer named 'to blog'.  This folder contains images of projects completed over a good long while that are stored there so that I know I need to put them up here for you all to see.

At this point they would more aptly fit in a folder entitled 'what the heck are you waiting for?!'

If not for the fact that the computer doesn't like anything other than letters and numbers in its folder names, I may well have had a go at changing it.

So anyway, I've decided that it's time to clear the backlog, what with colour collections being renovated and only just over a month until stamps and all sorts start retiring and all.

So herewith, my first offering from the aforementioned folder.  Blow the dust off if you will :)

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This is a card that I made for my sweet niece Izzy, who turned 11 in December last year.

See what I mean about backlog?

Moving on...

I just had to have a go at the Sweet Treat Cups when they first appeared back in the previous mini and LOVE how they jazz up  a card.

The fact that you can fill them with mini M&Ms or other small chocolatey treats is a definite bonus, particularly where an 11 year old girl is involved.

You may have noticed in the flower to the right that there is also a small protrusion...

See?!

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When I first laid eyes on the Sweet Treat Cups, they reminded me instantly of a class that I saw offered by a co-worker at a local craft shop where I worked momentarily a few years ago between children.  It involved using objects found around the home in your crafting and card making.

Can anybody tell me what I've used here for the smaller flower?

Petal Pizzazz would have to be one of my absolute favourite and most-used stamp sets from this current catalogue and I always get nervous around this time - a month or so out from retiring lists appearing - that one like this will retire.

I REALLY hope it sticks around and heads will not have to roll.

I'm just sayin'.....

As it turns out my nephew, Izzy's little brother Harry has his birthday exactly a week before his big sis, so he got a Sweet Treat Cup on his card too.

No girly flowers here though....

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...just a rocket!

This idea came from my super-clever and delightful sis-in-law Janny who is part of my stampin' team.

She came up with the oh-so-awesome idea to fill the STC with blue and green mini M&Ms, thereby creating Earth for the rocket to blast off from.

Is this not the coolest idea for a boy card you've ever seen?!

Whether or not Harry paused to appreciate the artistry and inventiveness of this idea prior to tearing it apart to get to the M&Ms, I can't honestly recall, but one can remain hopeful.

In fact, for both of the cards, I installed a handy little flap behind the STC using a scrap of cardstock and the slit punch so that getting at the contents doesn't require complete annihilation of the card itself...

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Again, whether or not Harry noticed this thoughtful inclusion is another thing entirely.  Let's just say its a good thing he's my favourite nephew ;-)

The Sweet Treat Cups are perfectly designed to work with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch, both of which are available in the current Autumn/Winter mini catalogue.

If you'd like to grab some of these to have a play with for yourself, don't hesitate to get in touch!

"Izzy's Sweet Treat Flowers" Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Short & Sweet Paper: Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Eyelet Border, Word Window, 1/2" & 1-3/4" Circle Punches; Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Harry's Sweet Treat Rocket" Stamps: Pun Fun, Big Bold Birthday, Season of Joy (stars) Paper: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Night of Navy, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy Accessories: Scallop Border, Word Window $ 1-3/4" Circle Punches; Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Haiku, you-ku, we all should ku...

It's not super often that I stamp just for fun and without a specific reason or recipient in mind, but this afternoon I did just that and had SO much fun!

I had received the gorgeous Asian Artistry Level 2 hostess set from the Autumn/Winter mini a good few weeks ago, and hadn't even got around to mounting it, so I rectified that today, pulled out some of the very small amount of Haiku DSP that I have remaining in my stash and made this...

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The next thing I plan on rectifying is the amount of Haiku DSP that I have in my stash, which coincides nicely with the fact that it's part of the current Deal of the Week, but only until tomorrow night, so if you'd also like to build your stash of DSP to the tune of more Haiku, Raspberry Tart, Pink Flamingo, Tea Party or Sweet Slumber, then you'd best be contacting me asap to make sure you get it at its current awesome price!

Here's another Haiku creation that I don't believe I have shared here yet...

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This one also uses the awesome Two-Step Bird Punch, which is such good fun and has loads of possibilities for use.

The thing I think I love best about Haiku is the colour combination.  It's not one that I would likely have come up with on my own, but it works so well and has become a bit of a fave.

It's Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, So Saffron and More Mustard for those of you wishing to play along at home :)

If I haven't managed to sway you in the direction of Haiku yet, check out some more projects I have posted previously -->HERE<-- and -->HERE<--, then make sure to order yours before the Deal finishes tomorrow night!

Asian Artistry Haiku Card" Stamps: Asian Artistry Paper: Haiku DSP, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Aquapainter, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Haiku Bird Card" Stamps: Sanded, Trendy Trees (greeting) Paper: Haiku DSP, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Ink: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Two Step Bird Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Top Note die, Tangerine Tango Striped Grosgrain, Clear Buttons, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Come hopping with us!

If you've been playing or following along at Just Add Ink for a while now, you would be aware that each week there is a new challenge posted.  Well this week there's a fun twist on our regular challenge, and I'm sure you're going to love it!

Before I get into the details of the challenge and my own entry, here's a little how-to on the whole blog hop scenario in case you're as new to this as I am....!

There are ten stops on the hop - all of the Design Team members and the Just Add Ink site itself - and it's arranged in a loop, so it doesn't matter where you start, just follow the links at the end of each post so that you get around the whole lot.

Chances are you've come here from Amanda's blog or perhaps you've just popped in on the off chance that there's something new to see.

Either way, it's great to have you here :)

You're going to want to make sure you see everything, as at each stop there is a technique tutorial!  The challenge from Just Add Ink this week is to incorporate a technique from one of the tutorials into your challenge entry!

I told you this was going to be fun!

Alrighty, let's get started shall we...?!

My tutorial is all about a technique that I just love and never get tired of...

Watercolouring

The cast of characters

The cast of characters

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

Stamp image using StazOn Jet Black ink

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

To create a 'palette' of ink in the lid of your ink pad, squish the closed ink pad...

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

...and you will have transferred some of the ink to the lid, from where you can pick it up to colour

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

For the first layer of colour, just grab a small amount of ink from the edge of the puddle

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

The first layer is just a base to build on - keep it light!

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

For the second and subsequent layers, make your ink a little bit darker by grabbing it from the centre of the ink puddle

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Lay down a line of ink towards the edge of the image

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Clean the excess ink from the aquapainter by brushing it on scrap paper

Blend the colour out into the image&nbsp;with your&nbsp;clean brush

Blend the colour out into the image with your clean brush

Continue with a third layer and further of the same colours, each time using more ink and upping the saturation of the colours

Fourth layer

Fourth layer

Fifth layer

Fifth layer

I also like to colour the background of my watercoloured images to add more depth and realism to the picture, so making sure that your previous colouring is completely dry, let's move onto the background....

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

Same as for the stamped image, keep your first wash of colour light

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

As before, a line of darker ink at the edge of the image, followed by blending out with a cleaned brush

The finished process will result in this!

The finished process will result in this!

...and this!

...and this!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

It will also result in this, which makes it all worthwhile, yes...?!

From this....to&nbsp;this!

From this....to this!

Here's a quick frame by frame to compare each step in the process....

For the final card, I wanted to keep to a fairly simple layout, so as to keep the focus on the watercoloured image and not end up with anything too busy...

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I used my brand new Tiny Tags set with the matching Jewelry Tag Punch for my little greeting, but as it is so tiny, I felt that attaching it with a standard brad would be a bit overpowering, so I made my own, slightly smaller one...

Using the smaller of the two Crop-a-dile hole punches, I punched out a tiny bit of Chocolate Chip cardstock and stuck it in place using Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Then I squeezed a drop of Crystal Effects onto it to make it shiny and brad-like.

It's actually still quite cloudy and not quite dry here (in fact not dry at all!) as I was too impatient to wait to take the photo's and get started on my tutorial.

Should you  have a go at making your own brads, you will notice that they do end up a nice shiny version of the colour of the cardstock underneath, as opposed to the murky, cloudy whitish/brown number that you can see above :)

So there you have it, my contribution to what is a bumper week of tutorials!

Don't forget once you've finished the hop, your challenge is to choose one of the tutorials, make a project using it as your entry and link it up over at Just Add Ink.

I've seen a few of the projects already and my guess is you won't be able to stop at just one...!

To continue on the tour, just click the image below and keep on truckin'!  Next up is Delys...

Enjoy!

"Just Add Ink Watercolouring Tutorial" Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Tiny Tags Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Patterns DSP - Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip, Watercolour Paper Ink: Staz On Jet Black, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White (sponged around edge of Kraft) Accessories: Aquapainter, Jewelry Tag Punch, Crop-a-dile, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just Add Water{colouring}!

Over at Just Add Ink this week, we have a colour challenge for you!  I chose to bust out my Aquapainter and Watercolour Paper this week, hence the title of my post.

Here are the colours...

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And here is my card...

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I had no idea where I was going with this, I just sat and watercoloured while my small girl played Dora games next to me on the computer.

Aside from the occasional utterance of some Spanish phrase or other from the little one, we sat mostly in companionable silence doing our thing.  Such a nice thing to be able to do :)

If I'm not back before Sunday, which at this stage is a fairly likely scenario, Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely mums out there.  May your day be filled with lovely things that hopefully don't include a bunch of kitchen appliances from the department store catalogues that always appear at this time of year.

Seriously, can we not have something frivolous and whimsical instead of white and practical for Mother's Day?!

Although having said that, I'd change my tune quite happily for a Thermomix....

"Just Add Ink Challenge #16" Stamps: Embrace Life, Trendy Trees Paper: Watercolour Paper, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Button Latte, White Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder Punch, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Kitchen String