Monday Make – Watercolouring Bird Banter

I completely missed pre-scheduling a post for today SO you get this weeks Monday Make video on the actual Monday!  It’s the school holidays here in NZ and my girls have enjoyed watching the Commonwealth Games the last couple weeks, so today they decided to create a LEGO Commonwealth Games!  They have recreated most of the venues and now are holding competitions – such great imaginations!  Their happy creativity has allowed me to still create a video for you!

I decided to feature the Bird Banter stamp set today because it is so cute and it will be disappearing in just a few weeks time – yes it is on the Last Chance list so if you love this set as much as I do you will need to get in quick to order it!

I realised in the weekend that since the Stampin’ Blends were introduced I haven’t really done any watercolouring!  I LOVE watercolouring so it was time to bring it back!  The combination of Watercolour Paper, Aquapainter and Ink Pads is definitely one of my most favourite things – I love the amount of control I can achieve with the colour, and the way it kind of just glides over the card!

I deliberately let my balloon head over the edge of the card base – it adds an extra dimension to the card and is just fun.  Don’t forget that you can also use the small images in this set as embellishments by colouring and cutting them out – popped up on dimensionals they add great coordinated detail!  The Designer Series Paper I have used is the Tutti Frutti Stack from the Occasions Catalogue and this is also on the Last Chance list so don’t miss out on it’s bright, fun sheets!

Watch how I do my colouring in this weeks video:

Stamps: Bird Banter
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Watercolour Paper, Tutti Frutti DSP Stack
Ink: Pool party, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Stazon Black
Other: Aquapainter, Glitter Epoxy Shapes




Beautifully Simple – Guest Artist Angie McKenzie

Today’s card is another stunner I received all the way from the United States – this time from Angie McKenzie.  I love how beautifully simple this card is – just embossing and a watercolour wash on lovely textured Watercolour Paper.  I shows just how effective a simple card can be – no fuss, no layers, no embellishments – just texture and colour!

Thanks so much for the lovely card and the warm wishes Angie!

Stamps: Floral Statements
Cardstock: Watercolour Paper
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party
Other: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter



Colouring on Crumb Cake Video

For this weeks Monday Make I shared a great technique for colouring on Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft Ink and Watercolour Pencils.  I love this technique as it lends the images an almost 3D effect:

This is such an easy card but I just love the combination of the bright images and the Daffodil Delight & Night of Navy together – it looks so dynamic and fun!  And of course it features my very favourite ribbon – Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon!

How cool does the colouring look in the Crumb Cake?  You could layer up a whole heap more flowers if you wanted an even more botanical look.  Have you noticed how much I have been using the Enamel Shapes lately?  I just love them and haven’t used them nearly as much as I should have so I am making up for lost time 🙂

Check out the video here

Both of the stamp sets I used on this project are on the Last Chance List so make sure you get them before they are gone!  You can find the full Last Chance List here

Stamps: Blooms & Wishes, Orange Blossom
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft
Other: Watercolour Pencils, Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Brights & Regals Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents



IT’S HERE and it’s your LAST CHANCE!!

It’s time to say goodbye to some old favourites from the Annual Catalogue and Occasions Catalogue!  These items are only available WHILE STOCKS LAST so don’t delay!


This year Stampin’ Up will undertake a full Colour Revamp of our Colour Collections to ensure we are totally on trend and offering you all the perfect coordination that makes Stampin’ Up! so great!  This revamp means 13 core colours are retiring in addition to the 2016-2018 In Colours – here’s what we are saying goodbye to:

If you love these colours and want to craft with them for years to come then stock up on your cardstock and reinker TODAY – these will be among the first items to sell out so don’t delay!



Artisan Inspired Sweet Pear

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend – I was lucky enough to enjoy a weekend with loads of crafty friends at our latest Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Auckland!  There is nothing else quite like spending creative fun time with like-minded people – we got to see the new Annual Catalogue and boy oh boy is it amazing!!  I can’t share any details with you just yet as it is all still under embargo, but I will share later this week – in fact I may even do a Facebook Live to share it all!

Today’s card was inspired by Artisan Design Team Member Susan Wong – she shared a card on Instagram with sponged embossed background using the Fruit Basket stamp set and I really loved how she had layered lots of different elements on the card, so this is my interpretation of her card!

I started by sponging a little Pool Party ink towards the centre of some Shimmery White cardstock before stamping some pears in Pear Pizzazz (funny that!) and also heat embossing some with the awesome Copper Embossing Powder (which I really need to use more often!).  Then I layered up several other elements including some Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper, cardstock strips, Linen Thread and of course a stamped focal point.  And did you see the little half circle notch onthe right side of the card for the thread to sit in – isn’t that such a cute detail – thanks for the idea Susan!

I really love the small relaxed style font of the sentiments in this set – it’s casual, fun and just seems to suit the fruit images so well!  The DSP circle was cut with the Layering Circles Framelit Dies and I like how just that little bit of scalloping adds so much more interest to the card than just a plain circle would – it’s all in the little details right?

Stamps: Fruit Basket
Cardstock: Pool Party, So Saffron, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Versamark
Other: Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1/2″ Circle Punch

The Last Chance list is out tomorrow – have you stocked up on these colours yet before they sell out?