Using Watercolour Pencils on Black Cardstock – All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us for this exciting December blog hop with the All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team! We are thrilled to be showing you our work today. You may be starting here or have come from Erica’s blog. You’ll find a list at the end of each post so you can continue around the world to see all these amazing designers’ blogs. You can purchase our brand new tutorial bundle TODAY! It includes 12 incredible designs using products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. Click on the Buy Now button below. Or how would you like to receive the November bundle ABSOLUTELY FREE? Simply place a minimum $50 order (before tax and shipping) this month using the Host Code for December in my online store* and I will send you the bundle as a gift for shopping with me. You will receive the tutorial bundle PDF via email. * When you log in to my online store, please make sure that my name is at the top right of the store page and check the box that allows me to contact you, otherwise I won’t know where to send your free Tutorial Bundle!

I’ve used the same die that I used in my tutorial bundle project to make today’s card – Happy Birthday Thinlits. I used the large flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set to create a gorgeous background using Watercolour Pencils on Basic Black cardstock. I stamped the image in VersaMark ink and gold heat embossed it before colouring. (I also used an Embossing Buddy to prevent powder sticking where I didn’t want it to.) If you love colouring, this is a relaxing technique, and so stunning! I chose to use Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base, but you could also use Thick Whisper White or any other colour.


I die cut the happy birthday sentiment from Whisper White Cardstock and simply adhered it to the background using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive. I added a few gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to finish off the design.

I hope you enjoyed this project. If you would like to follow my blog by email, click here so you don’t miss a single blog post. Next up is the amazingly talented Jacque Williams with some inspiration for you.

What I’ve Been Up To, Holiday Catalogue Shares & Week 2 of Special Offers

WOW! What a week it’s been! There have been so many exciting things going on during the past week. My daughter had her 18th birthday yesterday, and there’ll be a joint birthday celebration later this month too as my niece is turning 21. And my niece and her fiancé have set the date for their wedding! How exciting! So I of course offered to make the wedding invitations, and I’m happy to say Emily was absolutely thrilled with the way they turned out! Phew! Here’s a pic:


I designed them from the ground up, including the text layout which has been printed on vellum. There was a bit of experimenting with the colours, but Emily gave her final “stamp” of approval (see what I did there?) to the purples! I made 40 all up, and all watercoloured by hand!

I’ve also got some exciting news for you about my 2016 Holiday Catalogue Shares. For a limited time, anyone who orders these shares will also receive an extra gift – a package of gorgeous die cuts from the Holiday Catalogue. Woo hoo! We all love freebies, and the shares are already such good value, you won’t want to miss these!


To order yours, click here.

On to other news – Week 2 of Special Offers! This week’s are FANTASTIC! Included are two framelits sets and a punch. You’ll want to hurry to grab yours before the offer runs out on Wednesday (September 14). special-offers-wk-2

Don’t forget to use the Host Code for September – NSRH7Q4Z – when you place an order of $250 or less in my online store. I share the rewards between all those who have shopped with me each month to say thank you. And you’ll also receive a handmade card from me. This is in addition to points you can earn with my Loyalty Rewards Program. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Botanical Builder Gift Set for GDP033

posted in: 3D Projects, Birthday, Boxes, Cards | 10

I love making boxes, and when it’s an unusual one and comes with a matching card, even better!  I took up the challenge for this week’s Global Design Challenge.  I really like colour challenges and this one is lovely because it has some of my favourite colours!  Click on the image below to see what the design team has come up with and all the inspirational projects that have been entered.


My inspiration for this box comes from Jessica Winter’s Diamond Box.  Jessica is an Artisan design team member.  To see her post, click on the image below.

Jessica Winter Diamond Box

I’ve adapted Jessica’s design to make a tall box, and I’ve included a co-ordinating card to go with it.

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I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, and really went to town!  It is a bit OTT but I was having so much fun!  What do you think?

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I decorated the lid as well as all around the box.  The sentiment is from the Honeycomb Hello Stamp Set and the tag from Tags & Labels Framelits is threaded with Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

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For the card I used the sentiment from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set.  Both sentiments were white heat embossed.

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I love the unusual look of the box and how, even though this it’s tall (a whopping 18 cm), it still sits flat and is very stable.  You could fit lots in it too!

If you like these colours, please feel free to save and share this colour snapshot.  You can find more colour inspiration on my Pinterest board here.

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Here’s the picture with all the products used.

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I hope you like my Botanical Builder gift set.

Here’s some more sneak peeks from the upcoming Annual Catalogue to feast your eyes on.



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You can purchase the products to make today’s project from the supply list below.  Just click on any image to go to my online store.  Remember to use the current Host Code BAQND3W3 if your order is less than $250.  And don’t forget NOW is the best time to join – get $235 of product for only $169 and get to order from the new catalogue before it’s released.

I love hearing from you, so if you have any thoughts about today’s post please leave me a comment.  Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!








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Birthday Blooms Dear Friend Card for GDP028

posted in: Cards, Friend | 25

  Team_Project_Highlight_Banner Today’s post is a special one because I’m so excited to be casing a fellow Aussie demo – Jess Williams – in this week’s GDP challenge AND the lovely Kylie Bertucci is highlighting some of the Crazy Crafters’ projects on her blog tonight (7.00pm Queensland time) including this one!  Woo hoo!!  So you can click on the GDP image below to view all the amazing and inspirational projects over there, and be sure to check out Kylie’s blog to see the awesome Crazy Crafters’ projects and vote for your 3 top faves by clicking on the banner at the top of this post.  I hope mine will be one of your faves! GDP028 I took inspiration from Jess’s card and included a soft and pretty floral image as well as embellishing with a trim.

Birthday_Blooms_Dear_Friend_Card-1 You can never have too many friend cards on hand ready to pop in the post and this one is so sweet. It uses an image and sentiment from one of my favourite Occasions Catalogue sets (of which I have many!), the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  The images are absolutely gorgeous and just beg to be watercoloured (so I did!).  But the sentiments in this set are also soooooo pretty with their curly font style.

Birthday Blooms Stamp Set © Stampin’ Up!®

I started by making a mask from the Decorative Label punch for the sentiment and then embossed the images using clear embossing powder.  Because the watercolour paper I used is not a bright white, I didn’t want the image outlines to look harsh.  I used Blushing Bride and Rose Red for the petals and Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  A dash of Daffodil Delight in the centre of the main image looks so pretty!  I then took the negative of the mask and sponged inside with Crumb Cake so the sentiment would stand out on the card.  It wasn’t quite defined enough so I traced around the edge with a Crumb Cake marker. I think these colours are perfect for soft and pretty watercoloured blooms.  Feel free to download and save this image.

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  Birthday_Blooms_Dear_Friend_Card-2 A few of the dotted image from this stamp set stamped in Crumb Cake and some of the clear sequins from the Metallics sequins pack sprinkled around filled in the white space nicely.  The finishing touch was some Very Vanilla thick baker’s twine wrapped around the panel before it was adhered to a Rose Red base. Before I go – just a reminder:  Don’t forget time’s running out to get Sale-a-Bration FREEBIES!  Get one FREE with every AU$90 you spend!   This promotion finishes on March 31 – that’s 6 days away!  Click on the Shop Now button in the sidebar and don’t forget to use the Hostess Code at the top of this page to receive an extra gift from me!  Happy shopping!Sale-a-Bration_Freebies I hope you like today’s project.  Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!  Thanks for stopping by. XOXO Gail