Watercolour Flowers – Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI03

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Thanks for joining me again today, hope you will enjoy my card.

The card I have for you today is a card I have entered into the 3rd Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI03 and this fortnight it is a beach theme.

16508773_10207375924871262_6247849161172652504_nThese colours are so beautiful together,…..can’t you hear the waves crashing on the beach.

For this Card I used a watercolour technique called “Smooching”.

Earlier in the week I did another card with a very simlar technique where I put colour onto an Acrylic block sprayed with water and then placed water colourpaper over the top and pressed down.

The paper was larger than the block so I got a boarder around it. As you can see in the photo below.


This time it was done a little differently…

To colour my background I had a piece of Window sheet larger than the watercolour paper.

I added colour with the Stampin’ Write markers to the window sheet and spritzed with water, until the water and ink beaded.

Then very carefully and quickly flip over and place onto of the watercolour paper.

Rub the window sheet moving the colour around a little.

I did a practice run on a scrap of watercolour paper to make sure the colours mixed well…you don’t want to end up with “MUD”.

You can’t really see but I used Peakaboo Peach at the bottom and Marina Mist at the top.

Once dry I layered stamps from different stamp sets on top.

In Soft Sky I stamped the ink splatter from Awesomely Artistic..as the Marina Mist has been watered down with the water colouring the Soft Sky shows up.

I had one idea in mind when I started but have ended up with something very different.

This is where my ideas changed ….at this point I decided to add some flowers and I wanted a watercolour look to them.

I used the Penned and painted Stamp set for the flowers. This is a 3 step stamp set but I didn’t used the outline stamps. I wanted a soft watercolour feel.

I inked up the first stamp and stamped off before stamping the first part of my flower and then inked the second part in full strength  I did this with all the flowers and leaves.

Once that was all completed the edges were sponged in the Soft Sky and then in Marina Mist.

The Birthday Sentiment was taken from Balloon Adventures from the Occasions catalogue and Stamped in Soft Suede. the framelit was from the Rose Garden Thinlits and sponged around the edges in soft Sky and marina Mist. With a bit of Bakers Twine wrapped around and the sentiment sitting on top held up with Dimensionals.

The card is in Marina Mist with matting in Peakaboo Peach and Whisper White.


This was a fun card to make and I didn’t have to be a watercolour artist…

Stampin’ Up! did for me.


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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 #026 | Sketch Challenge

It’s “Sketch Challenge Week”, love Sketch Challenge’s

because someone else has come up with the card design and I just have to add my design elements to it.

Well…..I can play around with it, its the inspiration.

This weeks Challenge was designed by Teneale Williams.

Sketch Challenge.Really like this one….so much you can do.

Here is my take on Teneale’s layout.


I have kept it very simple as I wanted the Water Colour to be the focus.

I have done this technique before and really love it, because you don’t know what you are going to end up with.

I  used a product called ” Frog Tape”, delicate surface , a painters tape which I purchased from “Masters”

My edges didn’t come out as crisp as I would have liked ..but I’m not worried as I think it adds to the beauty and flightiness of the butterfly.

It is a little fiddly cutting the masking and then placing it on the card stock, but I made my join down the middle to make it easy.

I love the richness of the colours and they worked well with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.

Hope you enjoy…

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Flowering Fields

I saw this stunning card on Pinterest and I had to give it a try……it is CASed from Tracy May. Whose Wed site is called “Bedlam and Butterflies” (Click on Bedlam and Butterlies to see Tracy’s Blog)

Which I think is pretty cool considering mine is Butterflys and Bows”….we both must have a love of Butterflies.

Anyway I loved the simplicity of the card….the Flowering Fields is a very simple yet delicate stamp set and is set off with the water colour back ground.

The background was created with Stampin’ Write Markers coloured onto the acrylic block, then spritzed with water and stamped down onto water colour paper.

The trick to this is to hold it down for a few minutes until the water is starting to be absorbed into the paper and when you lift have a tissue or paper towel handy to dab the water.

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The stamp was then coloured with the Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped.

I’m really pleased with the way this has turned out.

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Gum Leaves and Gumnuts

I am always looking for new ways to use products to give me different effects.

The other day one of my Stampin’ Up! colleges posted an article about using Painters tape as a mask, but it was a special type of tape.

  It was called “Frog Tape”,anyway I did some research as this tape can only be bought through Masters and I don’t have one near me.

I found that 3M put out a “Blue Painter Tape Edge Lock”, it comes in different widths and different tackiness.


So I purchased the Advanced Multi-Surface Tape as it comes in wider width. Not cheep $15 – $20 per roll
I wanted a solid shape that would fit inside the tape width so used the Feathers Edgelits (discontinued).

I decided to used Glossy paper (also discontinued) to make my mask on and put through the Big Shot. The Big Shot pressed the two together a bit firmer than I would have liked but nothing I could do about that. I hoped that because I used the gloss paper it would pull apart OK, it did stick and tear paper a little but with gentle perspiration I got them apart.

Once I had the mask made I attached to some Shimmery White, this card stock is great with water colouring.

So using the Aqua Painter and inks..this is what I came up with. It bled a little and didn’t give me the clean lines I was hoping for.

But that may have been I was too eager to take mask of.
Very pleased with out come.


The center leaf was painted on another piece of card stock and then cut out with the Edgelits. I made the Gumnut using the Acorn Punch from the Seasonal Catalog and

is still available in the New Occasional Catalog.



Global Design Project #GDP018…..Is in the Air……

Time again for a Global Design Project….

and this week it’s another fantastic sketch made by Teneale Williams!

GDP018When I first started out in stampin’ Up! I played around with colour on the “Clear Blocks” and using that as a stamp.

It gives you a “Water colour Background”,I love the different effects you can get.

So I decided for this layout that’s what I would do.


To get this effect you do have to work quickly so have every thing ready…


  • Card stock, in this case Shimmery White, it will give that little bit of extra sparkle and will handle the water used.
  • Spritzer bottle filled with water
  • Stampin’ Write Markers, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermellon Wonder..(don’t you love the colour names…I do)

Using the Stampin’ Write markers I coloured in the block starting with the lighter colour at the top

and working down to a darker colour at the bottom.

Then a light spray with the Spritzer onto the block and stamp down onto card stock. I held it there for approx 2 minutes, just to let the colour spread.

Carefully lift the block, you may have a pooling of ink just blot any excess ink with paper towel or tissue.

When dry stamp your image on top…here I embossed the floral heart from “Bloomin’ Love” and embossed with white embossing powder.

Triple mounted…added some pearls and a sentiment just under frames.

Give it ago…would love to hear how you went with this great technique.

Keep on Stampin’ Up!

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Choose Happiness and Global Design Project #GDP009

This week is a colour challenge!

GDP009 ChallengeEvery time I see these colours I tend to go toward the same stamp set…….but this time I’m going to try something a little different.

Recently I have been playing with watercolour paper and I love how the colours move and blend.

The stamp set I used is Choose Happiness, a beautiful set and one I have not used much.

My idea for this card just grew as I worked…made mistakes..no restarts, just kept working and letting it takes its natural course.


The flowers are embossed in clear, masking and stamping until I had 3 flowers.

Then after I gave the water paper a light coating of water I started adding the Watermellon Wonder to the flowers using the Stampin’ Write Markers and moving the ink around with a wet brush.

Adding more colour as I went to give more depth and allowing the ink to flow beyond the flowers.

Once dry I added the leaves and embossed those as well….adding  water to the area I painted the leaves in Mint Macaron and highlighted them with Tip Top Taupe.

The background started as a wash of Tip Top Taupe around the flowers to give depth and then a wash of Mint Macaron across the page.

but this still looked too clean…so I added the lace boarder, stamping off on scratch paper before stamping on my page.

I went over it with a large wet paintbrush to make it look blended and aged. To add to the effect I sponged the edges with Tip Top Taupe and with Mint Macaron.

This card is full of little mistakes that I worked over the top of and added to until I finished with something I am really pleased with….

I hope you are too.

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Best Thoughts


I’m finding that this is becoming one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sets.
Here I have stamped on water colour paper with black Stazon Ink and water coloured the flower with Ink pads and blender pen. I have used a combination of colours in the flower petals and leaves and to give it a little more depth I have lightly coloured around the flower.
I didn’t want this to be a card so it has been mounted in a frame and finished with lace and linen thread.
This stamp set is a Hostess Set that you can earn when you have a Workshop and sales over $250.00. So book a workshop today and you could also have this beautiful Stamp to play with
Keep on Stampin’

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