Creativity Abounds Blog Hop – Online Exclusives

Welcome to Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.   We are a group of very keen Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from all around the world that are coming together to share our creative ideas with you.  We are happy that you can join us and hope that we can Inspire you to make creations of your own.

Our Theme this month is ‘Online Exclusives’ and we are all creating projects using those products. I have chosen to use the Hello, Irresistible Suite Collection. I have also added one of the embossing folders from the Basics 3D Embossing Folders.

Hello, Irresistible

With this card I want a fresh bright look….and I wanted to have some fun with the colour, or how I coloured the flowers.

The flowers and leaves I stamped onto Fluid 100 Water Colour Paper using white embossing powder and used a Floating Reinker Technique to colour them. (I have added a Video by Patsy Waggoner showing the technique)

The Re-Inkers I have used here are..

  • Highland Heather
  • Gorgeous Grape
  • Pear Pizzazz (I will be sad to see this go – but I can’t wait to play with all those new colours)

I created a textured back ground with one of the Basics 3D Embossing Folders and added a die cut over the top.

I added a circle of vellum and placed it under the large flower to separate it from the other flowers.

The inside of the card I added a strip of embossed cardstock across the bottom of the card with a trim of Highland Heather cardstock and an watercolour leaf.

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In the Moment

Do you like the look of water colours and haven’t given it a try…..Over the last few days I have been enjoying playing around with some water colouring and I thought I would share with you on some of the things I have learnt. The image I am using is from the In the Moment Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!®.

On my Facebook Live I show how I coloured one of the images from this set and how simple it can be. Below you will find the video and some tips, I hope you will find helpful.

In the Moment Stamp set by Stampin' Up! Watercoloured

Measurements Used…

  • Card Base Misty Moonlight: 10.5 x 29.9cm, scored at 14.9cm
  • Card Mat Pattern Party Designer Series Paper: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Front Strip Melon Mambo: 5 x 10cm
  • Water colour Panel Shimmery White: 10.5 x 14.9cm
  • Card Insert Shimmery White: 10.5 x 14.9cm


  • Use the right product for the project – Water colouring you need a paper that will with stand the water. Stampin’ Up! have two cardstocks for this Shimmery White and Fluid 100 water Colour Paper. It is also important to use the correct ink to stamp your image and that is Stazon Ink.
  • I have used lots of colours, you don’t need to. Start by using only 2 or 3 colours. By starting with a light colour you can build up the depth of colour by adding layers. Just let each layer dry dry a little before adding more.
  • I like to work on the side of my brush and use the tip for detail. When doing calligraphy you learn to push down on the nib to give broader strokes and lift to get finer strokes. It’s the same here..I work on the side of my brush and gently pushing down will give me that broader brush stroke, remember to keep it very gentle.
  • There are 3 brushes in the Water Painters…I like to use the finer one…work out which one works best for the job your doing.
  • Leave some white space, you don’t need to cover the complete image. If my brush has missed a spot then I leave it, white space is good.
  • Have a piece of paper towel handy – to clean your brush but to also blot out areas where you may have to much water or to remove colour

Here’s an Important Tip…..

  • LET IT DRY BEFORE MOVING ON …Allow your work to dry before adding another layer of colour…this has been my biggest hurdle as I like to get things done quickly. Slow down and allow your work to dry. Use a heat gun but be aware that it can warp your cardstock.
  • Try not to work on two areas next to each other. Ink will flow where there is water, so two wet areas next to each other colour from one will flow into the other. Example jeans and dog – if both areas are wet the blue can bleed into the brown of the dog.
  • Don’t worry if your work goes out side the lines a little. Water colour is about the flow of the colour and the softness
  • PRACTICE….practice. Play with it, have fun with it…You will find your own flow.
In the Moment Stamp Set By Stampin' Up!, also showing the inside panel of the card with a water wash under the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my Blog. I hope you have enjoyed my projects & that you’re inspired to get crafty!  

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Artfully Composed

On my FB Live I created a card using the Artfully Composed Suite and the Swipe Technique. I also showed an example of this technique using Designer Series Paper.

Artfully Composed Suite consists of- Artfully Composed Bundle with its Artfully Layered Bundle ( Artfully Layered Stamp set & Tropical Layers Dies) Stamp set, White Frayed Ribbon, Faux Sea Glass Shapes, vellum Layering Designs and Artfully Composed designer series Paper.

The cards I made uses the ‘Swiping Technique’, where you swipe the ink pad across your cardstock. The angel & pressure you hold the ink pad results in different textures. This is also a great way to add extra texture to a piece of DSP also.

Cards made using the Artfully Composed Suite by Stampin' Up! & the Swipe Technique.

Measurements Used…

  • Card Base Calypso Coral: 10.5 x 29.9cm, scored at 14.9cm
  • Mat Mint Macron: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Card front Basic White or Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper: 10.5 x 14.9cm, cut down after stamping 9.7 x 14.1cm
  • Card Insert Basic White: 10 x 14.4cm
  • Basic White scrap & Calypso Coral scrap for stamping & sentiment
  • Gold & Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper
  • Pale Papaya Ribbon approx 25cm

Here I have both the finished card fronts. The one one left I started with a Basic White Cardstock and swiped with the ink pads and stamped. The other piece on the right is a piece of Designer Series Paper that had mostly a white back ground and was swiped with the ink pads.

Colours Used for Swiping Technique:

Pale Papaya, Calypso Coral, Mint Macron, Pear Pizzazz

Colours in Stamping:

Old Olive, Evening Evergreen

Card fronts made using the Artfully Composed Suite by Stampin' Up! & the Swipe Technique.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my Blog. I hope you have enjoyed my projects & that you’re inspired to get crafty!  

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