Stamplorations Blossom Sprays Thank You cards

Cards, Stamplorations, wonderful wednesday coloring

Hi all! Are you all recovering from the festive eating and in a food coma now? I know I am, especially from cooking a sit down Christmas dinner for 20 people last night, something I’ve never done before! But having friends and family stay with us has been so helpful as they’re the perfect guests, cooking, cleaning and they’re also such fun people to be with!

Nevertheless its so nice to just be able to relax now and as all the shops are still closed, and its cold outside, I can justify staying in to share some cards I made over at the Stamplorations blog where I’m guest designing for the last time for their Wonderful Wednesday Colouring. It has been such a pleasure challenging myself to find different ways to colour using their stamps dies and stencils and for my last post for them I decided to try and colour the same stamp 3 different way! I used their beautiful Blossom Sprays stamp as lilies are my favourite flowers, and made Thank You cards as I now need thank you cards for all those wonderful presents I received.

As usual I’ll start with the easiest card I made which I did by first adding watercolours to the background of my card using Prima Marketing metallic watercolours and once it was dry, I just stamped the whole image on it, followed by the Thanks sentiment that came from Stamplorations “Thank You” stamp builder. Isn’t the shine on the card amazing?

My second card looks a little more difficult, using just greys from my Koi coloring brush pens that I got awhile ago but have never used, but it really wasn’t that hard to colour. I first used the lightest greys and built up to my darkest greys where I wanted to give some depth like the inner and outer parts of the petal. I then added the “thanks” diecut from Stamplorations and coloured it with watercolours too but adding a little sparkle by brushing it over with my Spectrum Noir sparkle pens. Yes those specks of “white paints” are actually the sparkle in the light!

For my last card, I wanted to do a more realistic botanical style water-colouring using only 2 colours for the most of the flower and a touch of red for the buds. I have to admit though that the paints I used, Green Gold and Cascade Green by Daniel Smith, have a tinge of other colours in them, a little yellow in Green Gold and a little blue in Cascade Green, so I wasn’t using only two colours. I tried to create dimension in my painting by making some leaves much darker than my flowers so that the flowers would stand out. Finally I splattered some “Goosebumps” on it to create “water droplets”.

Well I hope you enjoyed the different ways I coloured my cards as much I enjoyed colouring them and being a guest designer over at Stamplorations. Thanks so much Shery for having me these last three months! It was also great to design beside my talented co-guest designers Vinita & Renée. Don’t forget that if you comment on my blog, over at Stamplorations and on the other guest designers blog, you stand a chance to win a gift voucher to shop at the Stamplorations shop!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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I’m sharing my green watercoloured lilies card with:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

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watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

And my monochromatic card with:

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Do something new

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Christmas cards

Cards, Stamplorations, wonderful wednesday coloring

Hi all, I’m back today for my last post of the day (whew!) to share three Christmas cards I created as a guest designer for Stamplorations Wonderful Wednesday Colouring. As usual I will be creating three completely different cards using stamps, dies and stencils that you can get from the Stamplorations shop and if you comment on the Stamplorations blog, here and at the 2 other fellow Guest Designers Renee and Vinita, you get a chance to win a $15 voucher to the Stamplorations store! You have until the 11th December to leave a comment so I look forward to reading them!

Poinsettia Row

For my first card, I stamped the beautiful Poinsettia Row with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed it with what I call my “Christmas special” embossing powders from Wow as they’re a mixture of red and gold. (They’re actually called “Heart Throb”). I then simply coloured them with my Cobalt Green Faber Castell PITT Artist pen which looks more like a teal than a green… The “Peace Love Joy“sentiment diecut is from the Artplorations range and was cut from apiece of water-coloured panel I had prepared with red paint & Prima marketing gold Metallic accent watercolour. Don’t you just love that shine? I diecut this panel with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle border die. Afew drops of Nuvo crystal drops finished my card.

swirly blooms mo

My second card uses the “Swirly Blooms” stencil and I wanted to create a card that would remind you of peppermint canes so I first coloured through the stencil using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers before adding a layer of clear gel. That makes them really shiny too! The Merry Christmas diecut was cut twice, in black and gold so that the gold sentiment would really stand out.

swirly blooms

For my third card, I did a watercolour background to accompany the beautiful Nativity diecut which I cut from black card stock. I used my Daniel Smith watercolours, and believe it or not this is the first sky I’ve painted and I’m quite proud of it! 😊 I wanted to depict the heavens opening up at night for the birth of Christ. My hubby didn’t get it as he said there’s no sun at night and I replied “artistic license”! 😂

Nativity painting

But once I added the diecut, he said it made sense. I didn’t want to put a sentiment, hoping that the image speaks for itself…

Nativity card

Well I hope you enjoyed my cards and that you’ll be inspired to do some colouring too! All products can be purchased at the Stamplorations store here. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading your comments.


I’m sharing the Nativity card over at:

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday – All About Holidays

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

three muses.jpgThe Three Muses challenge – Illustrate a quote, mine isthree muses quote

Wonderful Wednesday Colouring with Stamplorations

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Hi all, Its the 2nd Wednesday of the month so I’m guest designing for another Wonderful Wednesday colouring post over at Stamplorations where we show off share our colouring skills on the wonderful products from Stamplorations, to show you the many versatile ways they can been used.

Holly background

As usual, I made 3 different projects ranging from very easy to a little more complex using the stamps, dies and stencils from Stamplorations, and I’ll start with what I consider the easiest. For this card I first diecut it with the largest die from the Crazy double running stitch rectangle nesting die set of 3 dies BEFORE adding the paste so that it won’t flatten it after. I firmly placed the “Holly Background” stencil on watercolour paper and just spread some gold embossing paste over it. The paste is just some cheap paste I got at a local supermarket but it spreads and hardens really well. Once dry, I added the “Merry Christmas phrase” die onto a red card base and my card was done! Don’t you love how it shines!

feathers main

The 2nd card uses the “Feathery” Stamp and I wanted to experiment with a new technique. I first stamped it in transparent gel before stamping it on my watercolour paper and let it dry and harden. This then creates a resist and wonderful texture when, you add watercolour. To create a more vibrant look, I used my Ecoline liquid watercolours. The sentiment, which comes from the “Fond Expressions 2” stamp set, was stamped with Versafine black ink. I cut the water-coloured panel with the same stitched rectangle die as above and matted it on a turquoise card base.

xmas scene mo

My third card was a little more complex to make as I used the “Stitched winter landscape” die along with 2 of the “Stitched snow hills” dies together and I wanted to colour them before they were separated into 3 diecuts. So what I did was to use the dies together and ran them through my Big Shot plus, making sure the edges of the dies did not extend out of the paper they were on, as shown above. I then proceeded to create my scene with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers. Once I was happy with the colouring, I diecut it with the same stitched rectangle die as for the 2 cards above.

xmas scene

I then splattered white acrylic paint over it and even brushed some paint over the “snowy hills” to make it more realistic. I used Nuvo crystal drops to create the snow on the top of the hills and the house. I just realised I forgot to colour the paper behind the house window, so now it just look like its a well! Any way I hope I still managed to create a peaceful scene to support the “Peace on Earth” sentiment diecut I used.

Well thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll also stop by the blogs of the other fellow guest designers who used their amazing colouring skills to inspire you to get colouring! I look forward to reading your comments…and if you also leave comments on the Stamplorations blog and on the other guest designers too, you stand a chance to win a $15 gift voucher from Stamplorations!

Have a great creative day! Hugs,


I’m sharing the gold stencilled card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – All that glitters is gold


Colourful Wednesday with Stamplorations

Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Stamplorations, Winsor and Newton watercolors, wonderful wednesday coloring

Hi all! I’m so happy to be back again this Wednesday to share some colouring projects I’ve been doing for the Stamplorations Wonderful Wednesday Coloring post as their guest designer. As with my first post for them, I tried using three different ways to colour, even if all I want to do is colour with my watercolours!

Happy Flowers stencil

For my first project, I used Stamplorations Happy Flowers stencil and Lukas transparent embossing paste, which I mixed with yellow and orange alcohol inks, and brushed it through the stencil with a paint brush. I feel the alcohol inks give the paste more shine and transparency, compared to watercolour or distress inks.  The Thanks diecut also comes from their Cutplorations series of dies. A splatter of red paint finished my card.


My second card uses the same colours but with watercolours this time, which I used to do a no-line watercolouring on Stamplorations Hummingbird stamp. I was influenced by Jean Haine’s loose watercolouring style, so I blurred the wings, to give an impression of movement. I added water around my Hummingbird and dropped in some blue paint in the background. I used the same Thanks die but this time in orange.

Be thankful

For my third card, I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers to colour the bucket of apples from Stamplorations Be Thankful stamp, and also create the grass around it. I used three different greens to create depth and dimension among the grass. The sentiment from Stamplorations Words of Gratitude stamp set, was stamped with Stazon black ink on vellum and cut with a stitched oval die from Spellbinders. The whole coloured panel was then cut with the largest of the three dies from Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle nesting die set, and matted onto a red card base.

Thanks for stopping by and do pop over to the Stamplorations blog to see the other amazing colouring projects the other guest designers have created just for your viewing pleasure! I do hope you enjoyed the three different ways I coloured my cards and that you’ll be inspired to do the same. What is your favourite way of colouring?

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I’m sharing the flower card over at:

Happy Flowers stencil shine

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – Add sparkle. Can you see it shine?

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Fall/Autumn card

DiesRUsDies R Us – Anything Fall related

back to basicsBack to Basics  & Beyond– Stencils or Masks

And the Hummingbird card over at:

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Shades of Autumn

2crafty critter2 crafty critter crazies challenge – Anything goes with animals

lemon shortbreadLemon Shortbread challenge – Anything Goes

The apple harvest card with:

House mouse.jpgHouse Mouse & Friend Monday challenge – I chose the Anything Goes with Autumn/Fall colours

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday October – Give Thanks

dare2beartzy.jpgDare to be Artzy – Fall



Goodbye Melissa

Cards, Stamplorations

Today’s post is not an easy one. It is to pay tribute & say goodbye to a fellow crafter, a loving wife and devoted mother, Melissa Lane, who suddenly left us recently. If you knew Melissa of Honeybee Lane, either personally or just through her amazing cards & kind words left on your blog, please feel free to join us in this tribute by making a card for her and linking it up over at Stamplorations.  You may also send her family cards, through Shery, owner of Stamplorations and friend of Melissa’s.

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Melissa loved butterflies and the colour red, and she was also a very talented mixed media artist, so I made a card that incorporated all those elements. The butterflies are made from acrylic skins and I water-coloured the wreath. The hand written sentiment comes from her blog and is part of PSALM 139: 7-10.


We are so sad that you’ve left us Melissa, but comforted to know that you are in the presence of the Lord whom you love so dearly.

To her husband Chris and her 4 children. We are so very sorry for your loss.

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