The count down is on!

The count down is on….the NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue will be available on the 1st June in 3 days time.

Order your copy today by contacting me! (Australia Only)

A sneak peek to a New stamp set…

‘Enjoy Life’ is a fun photopolymer stamp set with lots of silhouette images and some great sentiments. This makes a good stamp set to use on projects for male or female, young or old.

On this card I created a ‘Brusho’ background on watercolour paper.

Using the Stamparatus I was able to stamp the images on the background, going back and re-stamping until the image and sentiment was fully covered.

This is a simple card to create and I am sure you will enjoy using the ‘Enjoy Life’ stamps as much as I do.

Petal Passion Suite by Stampin’ Up!

 Stampin’ Up! have excelled themselves with the Petal Passion Suite, all the products blend together beautifully.

The card I have made today shows three products from the Petal Passion Suite.

Petal Palette Stamp Set 145785

Petals & More Thinlits Dies 145655

Or purchase together as a bundle and save 10%..

Petal Palette Bundle 145974 (c) 145973 (w)

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper 145589

This card is similar to the one made the other day but with added elements from the petal Passion Suite.

The Petal Palette Stamp Set 145788 (c) 145785 (w) is made up of 15 rubber stamps. Seven being the beautiful imagery of plants, a bird and texture stamp, along with eight great sentiments.

The Petals & More Thinlits Dies 145655 is made up of 10 dies, 4 of which match and cut the stamped images. There is a banner Die to use with some of the sentiments and 5 dies which compliment the stamps. You can purchase the stamps and dies individually or as a bundle and save 10%. I would suggest purchasing the bundle because they are so beautiful together and I think you would regret one with out the other.

The Petal Passion designer Series Paper 14589 consists of 12 sheets (2 of each), handpainted watercolour designs in shades of black and white.

How to make this card..

Products used..

Petal Palette Bundle 145974

Rose Wonder Stamp Set 140697

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) 145589 – cut at 12 x 8.2 cm

Whisper White Note card and Envelope 131527

So Saffron Cardstock 108611 – scrap approx 6 x 6 cm

Whisper White Cardstock – cut at 11.6 x 7.8 mm 106549

Vellum Cardstock 106584 – cut at 12 x 3 cm

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad 140931

Watercolour Pencils 141709 – Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzelberry, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Whisper White

Blender Pen 102845

*Note- the basics of this card is the same of similar to what I did on the last card (With Sympathy)

  • Stamp floral image onto Left-hand side of Whisper White Cardstock in Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad. We will be using the left over Whisper White Cardstock on the card so be careful to where you stamp the image.
  • Using the Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzelberry watercolour pencil colour in the flowers with the Rich Razzelberry around the edges. Blend with the Blender Pen, blending the two colours together and to get a water colour effect.
  • The leaves are coloured using a single colour Old Olive, place the colour at the base of the leaf and with the Blender Pen blend the colour out to the tips.
  • Stamp the bird image onto a scrap of So Saffron cardstock and colour using the Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Whisper White for highlights. Blend these together with the blender pen.
  • With the Thinlits cut out the flowers, making sure you take care with the Whisper White Cardstock. Also cut the bird image with the matching die.
  • Cut the lattice die in the vellum.
  • With the large branch/leaf stamp stamp image on the Whisper White cardstock
  • Attach the Whisper White to the DSP mat and attach to the card front.
  • Place snail on the back of the lattice and adhere to card front. Most of the snail is hidden under the flowers.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of flower element and offset (to show DSP coming through)
  • With snail adhere the bird sitting onto a branch.

Thank you for reading my Blog I hope you have enjoyed looking at my card. If you have any questions about the products I have used, please contact me.



Global Design Project 100 | CASE the Designer Celebration


Can you believe it Global Design Project is up to their 100 Challenge…

Here’s a link to Global Design Project so you can have a look at some of the work by the design team.


And this week we get to choose a card we want to CASE from one of the designers…..

This is such an exciting week…now who am I going to CASE….

I think I will CASE…Jessica Williams


I love Jess’s work so this will be fun.


I have Cased the simplicity of the layout, but I have used different colours and elements.

How to…….

I chose two of the new Stampin’ Up! In-Colours collection…Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. Love these two colours together, so vibrant and full of life.

 These two colours have been used as a waterwash on Shimmery White Cardstock. Letting each colour dry a little before adding the next colour, letting them blend together but not so much that they become muddy.

When that has dried I added some splatter’s in both colours Then let this dry completely or hit with a heat gun.

I stamped one of the swirl images from Stampin’ Up! Swirly Bird and emboss with Copper Embossing Powder.

The Mat for the card front is not the full length of card and allows a hint of colour to peak around the two sides.

Matallic Thread in Copper was wrapped around the card front and tied in a bow.

The mat was mounted onto a Soft Suede card base with dimensionals.

Leaf and flower elements were cut from Vellum from the Stampin’ Up! Flourish Thinlits and glue under the bow.

A very simple banner with Happy Birthday from Stampin’ Up! stamp set “That’s the Tag” (now discontinued) stamped in the Berry Burst and attached with dimensionals.

Hope you have enjoyed my take on Jessica’s card.

If you have any questions please contact me. Below I have added a link to all the products I have used, click on the image and it will take you to my store.

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Global Design Project 088 | Case the Designer

Welcome to Butterflys and Bows and to the Global Design Challenge #088

This week we are casing the Shawn de Oliveira.

GDP088_ShawnShawn has used the “Rose Garden Thinlits” in creating his  beautiful card and the sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set “Rose Wonder”

For my take on Shawn’s card I have used the Rose Wonder stamp set and used Stampin’ Up! Water colour pencils to colour the rose.

I had so much fun making this card …I made two of them.


The image was stamped onto Shimmery White card stock with the Archival Black Ink…make sure you leave this to dry or heat set with the heat gun before colouring.

The watercolour pencils are so soft and easy to use with the Blender pen….

The Yellow Rose I used the Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo pencils to colour the rose and Old Olive with a little Early Espresso for the leaves.

For the pink rose i used Melon mambo and added highlights with Rich Razzleberry, leaving some white areas. The leaves were also done with Old Olive and early Espesso but I also added a little Real Red into the leaves.

It is so relaxing sitting by the heater last night colouring, what a great way to release the days stresses.


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Sending Smiles Across the Miles

Welcome to Butterflys and Bows!

Today I have been playing with a card idea….

Using “Lift Me Up” Stamp set and some watercolouring.



  • For this card I stamped the Balloons onto a circle of watercolour paper with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder.
  • I sprayed the watercolour paper with water and then using an Aqua Painter, I painted the back ground with Soft Sky, Pool Party.
  • The large Balloon I used Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral
  • Smaller Balloon is in Sweet Sugar Plum.
  • Added more water to background and added more colour with Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim
  • Then while the background was still wet I added large salt crystals.

“Lift Me Up” can be found in the Occasions Catalogue.

This Stamp Set can also be purchased as part of a Bundle with the Up and Away Thinlits Dies with a 10% discount

REMEMBER you only have until the end of the month to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue

Spend $90 and choose an Item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue for FREE!

Here’s some NEW add-ons to Sale-A-Bration



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Watercolour Flowers – Colour INKspiration Challenge #CI03

Welcome to my Blog

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 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.…/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.