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.…/Resourc…/Edge-Lock-Protector/

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 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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