I have another card to show you from our stamping weekend.  I don’t have this set ‘Bella and Friends’ but when I saw Leonie’s card I had to CASE it. I made mine in Peekaboo Peach.  It is very cute. 🙂


It is a very simple card.  The ‘Stylized Birthday’ stamp was stamped directly on to the Peekaboo Peach card base.  You can be very nervous doing that in case it doesn’t stamp right but hey! it is only card right.  Just do it again!  Which I ended up doing anyway but this was the first one I stamped and it was better.

I cut a strip of the ‘Playful Palette’ DSP Paper Stack and punched it with the Banner Punch on the end.  Then I cut a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits from Watercolor paper after I stamped Miss Bella on it.  This cute puppy was coloured with the Aquapainters and inkpads and I coloured the small sections with the markers.

When I was colouring the background I placed the Scalloped Circle Framelit back on the piece. Then I coloured the area with a light wash using the Aquapainters and inkpads again. I had seen this around my blog travels and was keen to try it.  I was pleased with the look and it seems like it is layered but it isn’t.

The piece was then adhered to the card with Dimensionals and all finished with a White Baker’s Twine bow and a little bling with a Rhinestone on her collar.

What do you think of Miss Bella??

Thanks for visiting me.  See you soon with some more projects.


cards, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


Yesterday was my Mother-in-Law’s birthday.  As she makes cards herself the pressure is always on when I make a card for her.  I thought for the card I would ink up the ‘Best Birds’ set that I have had for a few weeks and have not been able to use yet. I played around with watercolouring it.  I will show you the card and then share a few tips in making this.

Rose Red Birds

I chose Rose Red as the base card as that is my Mother-in-Law’s favourite Stampin’ Up! colour.  Well any of the reds!  (TIP#1) I used a piece of Watercolor paper and firstly washed over the card in the centre area with the aquapainter to lightly dampen the card  I have discovered recently by wetting the card it allows the ink to spread much easier creating a more washed look.  I used Blushing Bride on the left, then Rose Red in the middle section and Cherry Cobbler towards the right end.

(TIP#2) For regular watercolouring you can use the Thick Whisper White card or Shimmery White but if you are creating a washed look you MUST use the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor paper. (TIP #3) You need to be patient and let it dry.  Either you can use a Heat Tool or leave it for a few hours.

I stamped the bird, the branch and the flowers on watercolour paper too Black StazOn and watercoloured them.  (TIP #4) When colouring the bird I gave a light watercolour with the Rose Red and added highlights of Cherry Cobbler.  On the wing I washed over it with Crumb Cake and then highlighted it with Soft Suede.  The branch was coloured with Soft Suede for the branch and Old Olive for the leaves. The flowers were coloured with Rose Red and then darker highlights added in the centre with more concentrated Rose Red.

These were all then cut with the matching ‘Birds and Blooms’ Thinlits.  Too easy with that. No hand cutting necessary!! 🙂

I was going to cut the washed piece with the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits. I left the framelit on the card ready to cut in the morning but when I looked at it then I thought it might look OK to have a frame over it.  I cut the frame from Crumb Cake with the 2 largest ‘Lots of Labels Framelits’.  I am really pleased I went that way with it. I stamped the hatch pattern from the stamp set in Rose Red in the middle of the piece and stamped the sentiment in Memento Black.  Then it was all put together and a couple of flowers stamped around the edge to finish.  I was pleased with the finished result – and I think it received approval when I gave it to her today. 🙂

I hope you found these tips helpful when you create your next watercoloured card.  Let me know how you go.

Have a great day,


cards, Classes, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


A few weeks ago for Onstage I didn’t have an opportunity to make swaps to share with other demonstrators.  Life has been a little busy. 🙂  I did make a card for the Display boards though where you can add your swap cards or samples.  They are always so inspiring and is a big part of why I love to go.  It’s like a live Pinterest board!!!! 😉

I thought it was time to show you the card. This is a technique I have been playing around with recentlly. I don’t really know what the name of the technique is but I call it the Water Spritzed technique. I will show you how to do this below so read on.

This is my card I made for the board.


You can see the little “splodges” in the ink where the colour has lifted. It creates a cool motley effect.  Here is how it is done.


1. Using Thick Whisper White or Shimmery white cardstock, heat emboss your images.  On these I embossed the coral and the fish with white Embossing powder.  I stamped the seahorse with Black Stazon.  It is important to emboss or to use the Stazon so the ink on the images don’t run when you spritz.

2. Use your first colour and sponge in patches over the card. I have used Bermuda Bay here.


Then add your 2nd colour.  I have used Daffodil Delight.


3. Fill in with your 3rd colour.  I have used Marina Mist I think.  It’s good to have 3 co-ordinating colours. Once you have sponged the colours on, use a tissue to wipe off the ink where the images are embossed.  This makes the embossing shine.


4. With a spritzer with water or I use an old Stampin’ mist bottle, hold the bottle a little away and lightly spray the card.  You don’t want to soak the card just lightly mist.  You will see some of the colour start to lift.  Mist until you are happy with the coverage.  Keep the card level or you will start to have runs from the water running down. Leave the card aside on the table for a few minutes.  The longer you leave the card, the more effect you will get.  Finish off drying your card with the Heat Tool lightly.  You don’t want to melt your embossed images any more.


You can now finish your card as you like.

Here is the first card I made using this effect. I have used Rose Wonder set. Thank you to my friend Leonie for showing me this technique.  We made this card at my last technique class too. I have heat embossed the images in white,  The inks I have used are Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay.


I made another card that day but I didn’t leave the water sitting on the card for long so it doesn’t have as much mottling.  I was a little disappointed with the colour combination. I used Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron I think and Lavender Lace. I thought I would show you the card anyway. This is using Birthday Blossoms.


So how about you have a try at this technique.  Each time you do one it will turn out different. It’s fun.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have a wonderful day/night.


cards, Classes


Watercoluring  is all the rage in the crafting world, have you noticed? We are focusing on 2 fun watercolouring techniques in our class this Saturday.  I hope you can join us.

Here are the details.


We will make 2 fun cards with different watercolouring techniques.  Here is a sneak peek for you.

Please RSVP by Thursday 7th.

COST:   $15

BYO: Scissors and Adhesives.

I hope you can come. 🙂

cards, Challenges, Stampin' Up!


I know I am in the middle of sharing my stamping weekend projects with you but I have been so busy with Christmas cards and making projects for the upcoming fairs that I wanted to break out and make something else today.  I thought maybe a challenge!!!!

Challenges are great to take part in as they really extend your creativity and makes you think and try new things.  What challenge to do though??? I had the Global Design Project email fresh in my Inbox so why not have a go!! I haven’t had a chance to play along with these challenges at all yet – so TODAY WAS THE DAY!

This week’s challenge was a Colour challenge with the colours – Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.  Well that takes care of the colours but you still have to work how what to do for the card.  What stamps? What techniques??  So many options.  You could choose another challenge to join in with as well if you like but I wanted to do some watercolouring. Here is my card that I came up with.

peacock - Copy

I dusted off my ‘Perfect Peacock’ stamp. Do you know this was the first time to ink this up.  (Don’t tell anyone!).

I washed over the Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder inkpads with the Aquapainter on to Watercolour paper. When that was dry I stamped the peacock in Versamark and then Gold Embossed this.  The greeting from ‘Petite Pairs’ was embossed in Gold Embossing Powder too.  I didn’t want to add too much to the card as it would take away from the beautiful detail in the peacock. So I just added some little banners in Gold Foil and the Gold Vellum from the ‘Winter Wonderland’ Vellum Stack.  I finished this off with a bow from the Gold Cord. I pierced some holes in the bottom right corner too as it looked a little bare. It was all adhered to a Watermelon Wonder card mat and Mint Macaron card base.  (They look so much brighter though in the photo!).

I hope you like it?? Now I will just head over to the site to add this. Pop on over HERE to the site and you can check out all the other cards that have entered – and why not have a go yourself!!!!

I will be back with more Weekend creative projects next time.




I shared my cute angel card a few posts back.  If you missed that you can head to that post HERE. The day I made that one I coloured a few images from this ‘Christmas Cuties’ stamp set.  I was in the mood for colouring!  I am not a colourer usually (is that even a word??) but sometimes it’s relaxing just colouring away. That must be why colouring books are such the rage now. Anyway, back to these cards. Firstly I will show you the images as I coloured each one with a different medium.  Then I will show you the cards.


The angel (the one shared in a previous post) is coloured with watercolour pencils.  The middle elf is coloured with watercoloured pencils.  The next elf is coloured with the aquapainter and inkpads.(Don’t look too closely at the colouring!). As you can see though you end up with a different intensity of colour.  I will show you the finished cards now and I will show you one coloured with the Stampin’ Write markers too.

The watercoloured pencil elf.


The base card is Mossy Meadow and I have adhered a piece of ‘Home for Christmas’ DSP to the base.  The rest of the card was made up of “bits” left lying on my table. The greeting I decided not to use on a previous project. I had heat embossed it in White Embossing Powder.  I added some Silver Glimmer Paper behind it.  Then I raised up my little elf on this.  It was a bit plain at the top so I punched out a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper with the little Banner punch.  I added a silver metal button and some silver cord.  I kinda liked this cute card. 🙂

The next one coloured with the Aquapainter and inkpads.


I embossed a piece of white card with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder and added this to a Real Red Card base. Then I simply layered a red and a white oval and raised up my little elf with dimensionals.  The greeting is cut from silver foil sheets from the ‘Christmas Greetings’ Thinlets. What a happy chappy he is!  I thought I would add a little dazzle and add some Dazzling Diamonds to his hat.


Now I will show you another card I made a bit earlier than these cards.  This card was made for a recent Stamp A Stack and was inspired by one on Pinterest.  On this elf I coloured him with the Markers. The colour is a bit more intense.


That’s all for my little Christmas cuties.  Check out these cute images. They are available for $40 wood or $30 clear mount.  You can order them directly through me or at my store HERE.


Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you can have some fun colouring soon too.

Stop by and visit again soon,


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,


Stampin' Up!, Techniques


Wednesday again which means it is WEEKLY DEALS time.  I love these deals.  There have been some great deals lately to save you money.  I have a reminder too on the retiring list and Clearance Rack so you can check about that but before you leave here today you have to see this cool technique video I have posted below.

Here is this week’s deals.

May 19

Punches and Big Shot dies are always great! How can you get these??

Contact me directly to place your order


Order Online at my store HERE.

Have you checked out the RETIRING PRODUCTS (see Here) OR THE CLEARANCE RACK (see Here)??? Items are selling out fast.  Check them out and contact me to place your order or Order online. (Australian residents only and if you haven’t got a current Demonstrator). 🙂

Of course, I can’t leave without sharing a project.  Check this fun technique out using Watercolouring and Spritzers. I love the effect!



When I first got my Tag Topper Punch I thought it would look cool to make a fold out card with it.  I had seen a couple around my blog travels but wasn’t sure how to go about it.  Well I made one AND I have put together a tutorial just for you so you can make one yourself.


Here is some close-ups.



Now on to the Tutorial.


1. Cut your base card to 14.8cm x 21cm. (I used Baked Brown Sugar). On the 21cm side score the card at 7cm and 14cm.

2. Slide the edge of your card (long side) in to your Tag Topper Punch. It takes a little wiggling but you can get the card in and line it up in the first scored section in to the punch.  You can roughly line the card up between the rectangle shape on the top of the punch where the image of the punch is on.  See the photo.


Punch the card.  Then move it along to the next scored section.  Line it up and then punch again. Repeat for the last section again.


Trim off the excess tabs to level them off.


NOTE: The card does get a little bent when you punch it out but just press over it and when you add the card to the front you don’t notice it.

3. Cut your card mat pieces and whisper white and DSP (designer series paper).

Card mats (I used Crisp Canteloupe)  measures 6.6cm x 12.2cm  (3 in total).

Whisper White (x2) and DSP piece(x1) 6.2cm x 11.8cm.  The DSP is from Venetian Romance.


I stamped one of the Whisper White pieces with the flower from ‘Happy Watercolor’ in Baked Brown Sugar and coloured it with the Aquapainter and inkpad.

To finish the card off I sponged the white card pieces and the DSP with Crisp Canteloupe ink and adhered them to the card. I added some Gold Washi Tape and also  some gold sequins over the card (still not sure about these???). Then I tied some Crisp Canteloupe Ruffled ribbon through the holes and tied them off with Linen Thread.

Here it is again – the finished off card.


Do you like it????? Why not go and make one for yourself.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me in your day.  I do appreciate it as I know your time is precious.  I hope you are inspired.

See you next time.

Jenny x




At our team meeting on Wednesday night Sarah showed us how to create this card using ‘By The Tide’.  As usual I didn’t finish it then but managed to finish it today.  (Fancy that not only do I finish I card from a team meeting BUT I post it the day I finished!!!). The base card is Midnight Muse and it is all stamped on Marina Mist card.  The coral is stamped in versamark and embossed with white Embossing Powder. The “sand” edges are torn strips of Crumb Cake and sponged over with Soft Suede.  I added a little extra sponging around the edge of the card with Midnight Muse and added a couple of seahorses in the background stamped with Marina Mist. The fish are stamped in Stazon on Whisper White card and coloured with a blender pen and inkpads. I added the tag from the set too punched out with the 1″ circle punch and some burlap style trim.

You did good Sarah 😉

Thanks for stopping by,