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Did you know it’s World Watercolouring Month?? A month of celebrating and sharing all things watercolouring.

I’m no expert at watercolouring. But I have picked up some tips along the way. And practice makes perfect right. ūüôā

There are lots of different ways to watercolour and different mediums to use. I shared a video recently on using Watercolor Pencils. In today’s video I’m using the Ink Pads and Water Painters to create a watercolour wash and more detailed watercolouring.

I pulled out the Painted Poppies Stamp Set. I haven’t used this in a while.

Check out the video below.

This card was inspired by one in the current Annual Catalogue on Page 29.

I hope you pull out your inkpads and Painters and get watercolouring.

Have a great day,


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Welcome to Watch It Wednesday #5 edition.¬† I have been playing a little with watercolouring lately.¬† (still much to learn!).¬† I have had a few questions from customers asking what the difference is between the Blender Pens and the Aquapainters.¬† I came across this video from Stampin’ Up! so thought I would share it with you.¬† Perhaps it will help you too with your watercolouring.¬† Don’t miss the fun tip at the end.

NB: If you receive this blog post update via your email the video link may not show up.  Just click on the blog post title in your email and it should take you to the blog post and you can view it there.

What did you think??  I liked the tip with the Reinkers.  Must try that sometime.  I think the effect looks great.

What do you prefer to use when you are watercolouring?  I prefer the Aquapainter but it also can depend on what you want to colour and how you want it to look.  The Aquapainter gives a lighter, washed look whereas the Blender Pen gives more a look of colouring with Markers.

Just a note too:¬† In the video she stamped with Stazon.¬† Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry Stazon any longer.¬† You could use the Black Archival ink pad.¬†Be sure to let that dry a bit or give it a blast with the Heat Tool. Also, she suggested stamping on Watercolour Paper.¬† That is very important to stop pilling but you can also use the White Shimmer paper or even the Thick Whisper White if there is not too much water used.¬† I mostly use the White Shimmer paper.

The Aquapainters and the Blender Pens are available in my store now for your watercolouring.  The Aquapainters are $20 for 2 available HERE.  The Blender Pens come 3 per pack and they are dual ended (even more value).  They are $21 available HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by today for this week’s edition of Watch It Wednesday.¬† If there is something particular you would like to know about or to see a video of then drop me a comment and I will see how I go.


cards, Catalogues, Christmas


Following from the card I shared yesterday I have 2 more cards to show you with the Christmas in the Making set.

I do love the images in this set.  Very retro! I am not sure of the colours I have used though and the colouring is not great but I was pleased with the finished cards.

For both these cards I have used the Merry Little Christmas DSP again on the black side this time.

The mailbox image for this first card was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock and coloured with the Inkpads and Aquapainters.  It was then layered onSilver Foil sheet and Real Red cardstock.

The image for the next card was stamped on Thick Whisper White and coloured again with the Inkpads and Aquapainter.  The sentiment was stamped and then cut with the Stitched Circle Framelits and layered on a Real Red scalloped circle using the Layering Circle Framelits.  I wrapped around some of the thin Real Red Solid Ribbon before adhering the paper to the base card.

I wanted to do something a little different.  Have a close look.

I stamped the image again on Thick Whisper White, coloured just the gifts, the bow and the girls collar and cut them out.  They were then raised up off the card with Dimensionals giving a 3D effect.  The white gifts were coloured with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Here are the 3 cards together for you.

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Thanks for visiting today,


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Of all the new stamps I recently ordered from the Holiday Catalogue I pulled out this set first; Christmas in the Making. ¬†I was looking at doing some watercolouring so I thought I would have a go with it. ¬†I must say in advance I am not great at watercolouring. ¬†But as I tell my daughter you can only get better at something if you keep trying. ūüôā ¬†Anyway, apologies in advance.

This is the first card I made with one of the images in the set.

The image was stamped with StazOn on Thick Whisper White card. I coloured the lady with the Watercolor Pencils and blended it with the Aquapainter.  I will show you a close-up of the skirt.  I coloured that with the Clear Wink Of Stella brush.  It is a little hard to see in the photo.  It gives it perhaps the look of Organza fabric, very soft and shimmery.  That was the effect I was going for anyway.  I went over the ornament too with the Wink of Stella to give it a sparkle.

I used the Olive side of the Merry Little Christmas DSP pack (p 12). I don’t think this paper is shown so well in the catalogue but it has some really lovely prints and I think will be versatile for occasions other than Christmas. ¬†Have a look at this below. It comes in 12″ x 12″ sheets.

To finish the card off wrap around some of the fine Real Red Solid Ribbon.  For the sentiment I stamped it on a strip of Whisper White and angled the ends.  It needed something so I added some Silver Glimmer paper.

This is the stamp set, Christmas in the Making if you had missed it in the catalogue. (p 16)

W $44   C $31

Tomorrow I will show you cards with the other 2 images.




cards, Christmas


I wanted to colour the other day. ¬†I haven’t done a lot of colouring especially that Blendabilities aren’t around. I pulled out the ‘Christmas Cuties’ stamp set that is available in the Holiday Catalogue. ¬†There are some really cute images in this set and I played around with different mediums. I will show you these over the next week or so.

Now I did say I haven’t done a lot of colouring! ¬†I wanted to pull out my watercolour pencils that have sat dormant for so many years. ¬†I hadn’t played with them a lot before that anyway. ¬†SO, here is the end result with them. ¬†I put together this card. ¬†I am not completely happy with the colouring BUT¬†I like the card. The layout is based on the CAS challenges (Colour and Sketch for Clean and Simple cards). ¬†You can find the blog post¬†Here.


Isn’t this angel sweet?? ¬†I stamped this on the Thick Whisper White Cardstock and it was then matted on Smoky Slate card. The base card is Marina Mist. The greeting and the “splodges” (from ‘Gorgeous Grunge’) are heat embossed with silver Embossing Powder. ¬†It is hard to tell though. ¬†I finished it off with a silver doily and Silver cord.

There you have it.  A little play with my watercoloured pencils again.

Thanks for visiting,




I made this card a few weeks ago and forgot to show you. ¬†This is using the stamp set ‘Happy Watercolor’. ¬†The card was CASED from Pinterest from Allison’s¬†blog here.



I stamped the “splodges” from the set in Coastal Cabana onto Whisper White and then stamped the flower and the dots in Soft Suede. ¬†The greeting is from ‘Simply Sketched’. ¬†I stamped the flower again on scrap white card. I¬†coloured the flower using Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight ink using¬†an aquapainter and inkpads. ¬†Just squeeze the ink pad a couple of times when it is closed then you can pick up the ink from the pool of ink on¬†the lid. I cut the flower out and adhered this over the flower on the White stamped card after I had adhered this to the Tangerine Tango base card. To finish this off I adhered a few gold sequins randomly over the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. ¬†Have a happy day ūüôā