Beautiful You – Global Design Project 069 | Colour Challenge

Talk about leaving things to the last minute… is the last day for this challenge. Luckily I knew what I wanted to achieve…

something simple and elegant.

I knew what stamp set I wanted to use but some of the components I needed I didn’t have.

Its amazing sometimes what you can come up with if time is running out…LOL, but its not something I recommend doing, can also be a bit stressful.

Welcome to the Global Design Project #GDP069 – Colour Challenge

GDP069“Here is our colour challenge this week the fun part is you get to choose one of the colours to add in.”


The stamp set I’m using is called “Beautiful You” by Stampin’ Up! and it is found in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue.

If you don’t have a copy and you live in Australia let me know and I will get one to you ASAP.

This set is becoming a favorite for many but as soon as I saw it I loved it and for many reasons.

  • Its beautiful
  • stylish
  • Simple
  • Fun
  • quotes are awesome and could be used on so many different cards

This list could go on and on……but for me one stamp meant more than to me than the others. It reminded me of a drawing I have and love.

It was done by Grandmother and it was done when my father would have been a child.

IMAG2194Pencil Drawing by Gladys May Harris (nee – Duncan)

“The cloche hat or simply cloche is a fitted, bell-shaped hat for women that was invented in 1908 by milliner Caroline Reboux,

especially became popular from about 1922 to 1933. Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for “bell”.”

A more in depth history on this hat can be found here –


So of course I card is of the elegant lady wearing a Closhe….“life looks beautiful on you” or on her!

The colours for this challenge are Delightful Dijon, Silver and one other of your choice. I just went with “Black” as I wanted to keep this looking very elegant, slightly formal and simple.


This stamp is a simple “outline” stamp with another stamp that gives you a stylized wash for the dress.

I have added a  layer on the black of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate using the silver side (gold on other side).

Very simple and easy to do, a stamp set I real recommending you getting..

Keep Stampin’


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Global Design Project 066 | Sketch Challenge

Welcome to Butterflys and Bows…

i hope you are enjoying my Blog as much I have in bring it to you.

Please feel free to leave a comment, love hearing what people think of my work.

This week Global Design Project have given us a Sketch Challenge.


To get a bit of an idea to what you could do with this sketch check out what the team has done. Also have a look at some of the other entries….maybe you could give it a go.Click on the Sketch above and it will take you to this weeks Challenge page at GDP.

You don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator to give this a go, use the link above and have a look at the Guidelines.

Now…my card for this weeks challenge.

I have fallen in love with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils that will be available in the coming Occasions Catalogue. Don’t forget to contact me to receive your free copy plus the Sale-A- Bration catalogue.

These Watercolour pencils are in our Stampin’ Up! colours unlike the ones we had a few years back. So they match all our products beautifully, just one of those wonderful things that Stampin’ Up! is known for……………….There co-ordination!


The image I have stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock with Memento Ink. The Shimmery white card stock can be used for watercolouring …I have found that you need to let each layer dry a little before adding more colour and blending. As it can still pill a little if the area has been over worked. So I always do a small part at a time then come back and add more colour.

Also sometimes I will use 2-3 colours of pencil in one area before coming in with my Blender Pen…the colours will mix a little and blend in well.

I hope you have enjoyed my little card as much I have in making it.

Contact me to find out more about the Watercolour Pencils..they are a must and will make any watercolour project so much easier to achieve.

Below you will find a list of all the products used, just click on them and it will take you directly to my Stampin’ Up! Store. The only product not shown below are the Watercolour Pencils as they won’t be avilable to purchase until 4th January…so I’m sorry you will have to wait…but it will be worth it!

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Global Design Project 065 | Colour Challenge – Hey, Chick!

I couldn’t resist it!

I really enjoyed working this this weeks Global Design Project Colour Challenge #065, so much I had to do another card.


I had this card in mind the other day but I hadn’t received my pre-order for the Occasions Catalogue as yet, so I had to wait.

Well my order is here and so is the stamp set I so wanted share it with you.

Now this stamp set is one that has had to grow on me. At first I didn’t really like it that much but then seeing what others had done , it very quickly became a “I MUST GET”.

The stamp set is called “Hey, Chick”, it’s a Sale-A-Bration set and you can get this stamp set FREE when you spending $90.

Its a fun and it will be interesting to see how its going to be used. I think it will also be good for a “Hen’s Night”, what do you think?


I have used the same technique  with this card as I did the last one, stamping  the image with the Early Espresso Ink and used my blender pen to move the ink about. But this time I have used some Real Red on her breast, head, tail and Crumb Cake on the feathers as well. After doing this I still felt this little chick needed some sparkle to bring her to life…so why not a bit of bling. Us girls can never have too much “BLING”, can we!

So there is just a touch of Gold Wink of Stella!

The back ground of this card I stamped with all the Chick images…now she looks like she is talking to one of the other girls.

To keep to the earthy country feel to this card (with Bling of course) I wrapped the card front with Real Red Bakers Twin and Linen thread.

Anyway hope you like my card, have a great day!

Global Design Project 065 | Colour Challenge

Good Morning…

Welcome again to my Blog.

Its Global Design Project time again and this week is a

“Colour Challenge”



What a great colour combination with 2 very strong colours.

As soon as I saw this I knew what I wanted to do and these colours work with this seasons Christmas papers from Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).

My favorite stamp for this Christmas has to be the Merry Mice…they are just so adorable.


This card is a very simple and quick card to put together.

What you require is…

Base – Crumb Cake 10.5 cm x 29.6 cm (1/2 A4 cut length wise), scored 14.8 cm

Early Espresso 10 x 14.4 cm

Candy Cane Lane DSP 9.5 x 13.9 cm

Crumb Cake 5 x 13.5 cm

Real Red 8 x 10 cm

Shimmery White 8 x 10 cm

The little mouse was so easy to do..

  • Stamp image on Shimmery White and using the Early Espresso Ink Pad
  • With the blender pen gentle draw out the colour from the stamped image to give him some highlights
  • Using the Oval Layering Framelits – cut the largest scalloped framelit in the Real Red, then with the size smaller in the straight edge framelit cut out the mouse. This will sit perfectly on top of each other. Adhere these two pieces together, I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue as gives me the extra movement to get them both in the correct place
  • Use the banner Punch to cut a banner from the Crumb Cake and stamp your sentiment in Early Espresso
  • Layer the Early Espresso cardstock and DSP and adhere to the card front.
  • Glue the banner onto the card lining the top of banner with the top edge of DSP.
  • Add Dimensionals to the back of the mouse and adhere on top of the banner

Anther simple card to be sent to someone special for Christmas.


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Global Design Project #064 | CASE the Designer

At last a day I could sit down and make a card…

this week has been one of those weeks driving the boys around.

This week we are CASE-ing Connie Collins.

Have I ever told you that Blue is my favorite colour and its so fresh looking teamed up with the yellow.

I have wanted to do something in this combination for a while now and teamed with the spots reminds me so much of a country garden.


So today I’m going to Case this great colour combination…


The Stampin’ Up! stamp set is called “Baby Bear” and this is the first time I have used it. Its one of those “WOW” stamps and I loved the way it came out.

The Bear is a three step Stamp, this means you have 3 stamps you layer on top of each other to achieve the finished effect.

You can either  stamp off your stamps to get lighter tones of one colour or do as I have done and used three different yellows, starting with the lightest and working up to the darkest. The bow I stamped off and then stamped full strength with the second stamp (only a two step)

I used the largest scalloped square from the Layering Square Framelits, as he only just fits. I then cut a large square to go under him..

I think he’s so cute….don’t you!


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Global Design Project #63 | Theme Challenge – Adventure

We are going on an ADVENTURE!

What type of ADVENTURE would you like to take?

Would you go some where or do something different?

Would it be a BIG adventure?

When I saw the challenge that Global Design Project gave us this week, it sent me in a spin.



I have no Adventure stamps….

but I was thinking of those really BIG ADVENTURES like….

  • Climbing mountains
  • Traveling to other countries
  • White water rafting
  • plus more

All those once in a life time experiences

Then there was those everyday LIFE ADVENTURES

  • Having a new Baby
  • Going on a family holiday
  • Taking your children to the Zoo
  • Starting something NEW

There are so many…

So I had to bring myself down from the mountains and look at my life

and those smaller ADVENTURES I experienced with my children.

When my boys turn 7, my husband takes then away for a one on one holiday


They decided that when they turned 10, I would get to take them away.

Its their choice where we go as long as its only a 2 hr drive and

we stay over night.

When Robert turned 10, he wanted to go to Sydney…..

that was his BIG adventure.

He wanted to go to the Aquarium, Zoo and Bondi Beach.




And here is my card, reminding me of the


Robert and I shared.


How, did I do this card?

Stamp Set- Seaside Shore

Techniques- Watercolour, Faux Watercolour

  1. Using water colour paper I gave the background a wash of Pool Party, Island Indigo and Pacific Point – let dry
  2. Using the stamp that looks like a row of large dots I randomly stamped vertically with Pool Party ink. Then went over with the Aqua Painter for a Faux Watercolour look.
  3. When that had dried I stamped the Seaweed with Island Indigo (stamped off) and again went over with Aqua Painter.
  4. Stamped bubbles in Smoky Slate
  5. Coloured in the shells with Stampin’ Write Markers  Large Watermellon Wonder & Smoky Slate,                                                                                          Small- Calypso Coral & Daffodil Delight
  6. Masked the shells and stamped starfish in Tip Top Taupe


The Fish I stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock using Basic Black stamp pad and coloured with the Stampin’ Write Markers. Using colours- Crush Curry, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight. Hand cut and mounted with Dimensionals.

The sentiment I variegated the colours through each row of words using the Stampin’ Write Markers in colours Pool Party, Island Indigo and Pacific Point, then breather onto the stamp and stamped down.

I love the look of cards that are matted or with layers, so I have used two layers of matting.The cardbase is in Island Indigo with the next layer in Pool Party. The water colour paper was matted onto a piece of Pacific Point Cardstock with Fast Fuse and dimensionals attached to back, then this attached to the card front.


Thanks for reading …please leave me a comment as I love to hear what you think…have a beautiful day and enjoy life’s ADVENTURES!

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Global Design Project #062 | Sketch Challenge… Joy to the World

Joy to the world
The lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing

This is a song we sing at Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus…..

It is a song that brings JOY to my heart at the thought

of the coming of our King.

Christmas is not only about gifts and food

its about the JOY in knowing Jesus Christ was Born.


The challenge by Global Design Project this week is a Sketch Challenge.


My card today I have kept very simple.

 I love plaids in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack

(it must be the touch of Scottish in me).

And this card needed only a simple statement

“Joy to the World”.

  This stamp can be found in the Tin of Tags Stamp Set..

it is such a wonderful set which I have used a number of times.


I have kept the colour palette to the same colours as in the plaid,

using the black to add pop to the Garden Green and Crumb Cake.

The Dazzling Diamonds adds that bit of BLING!


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Global Design Project #057 | Colour Challenge

Here are the colours we are playing along with this week – such gorgeous colours!


“Spring is in the air” and you can really tell when you drive around the Southern Highlands.

Main street Robertson in springtime, Southern highlands
Main street Robertson in springtime, Southern highlands

The colours in this weeks challenge are reminiscent of these Spring Time Blooms.


Using a simple water colour technique, I stamped tree image’s from the Totally Trees

Stamp Set onto water colour paper.Then with an Aqua Painter going over the image with water.

The tree trunks and the sentiment from Laying Love has been stamped in Basic Gray Ink.

  The edges on the paper was sponged with Rich Razzelberry Ink.

“Enjoy the Little Things” such as spring and new growth.


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Global Design Project #053 | Colour Challenge

This week we are being inspired by colour.

Colour is something Stampin’ Up!® is very well known for and it is wonderful that we have

so many products that co-ordinate with one another.

The Design team this week have give us 3 beautiful colours to work with….

Gold, Night of Navy and Watermellon Wonder….


I have really enjoyed working with these colours and here is what I have come up with.


The Flourishing Phrase Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits are part of a Bundle,

buying these as a bundle gives you a 10% discount.


The Flourish in the back ground has been stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Sentiment also from the set I stamped with Night of Navy Ink. The Velum leaves soften the card and

 goes with the elegance of the card.

I love these beautiful Thinlits, they are elegant with the feel of old world yet still modern and

whats a card like this if it wasn’t finished with a bit of “BLING”.

I have added Dimensionals between the Watermellon Wonder and White matting to give depth

to the finished card.

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Global Design Project #052 | CASE the Designer

What a week…..

I have been sick all week with end of winter Flu/Tonsilites

but the best news of the week has been ….

Robert (my No: 3 son) has been chosen to be the next School Captain.

So proud of him.


But to the task at hand……

This week Global Design Project have given us another Challenge “CASE the Designer”

and it’s none other than the talented Teneale Williams.

I just love her cards…they are so beautiful.


I really like the layout of this card, so I have taken my inspiration from there.


For this card I have used the Cookie Cutter Bundle.

A great set for adults and children…a great way to get them involved in making this years Christmas cards

for family and friends.

Its a simple Stamp Set with some great images for Christmas and includes a Builder  Punch, which makes cutting out so easy..

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