AWOW Blog Hop – Never Ever Grow Up

Hello and great to have you join me in sunny, windy, doesn’t-know-what-it-wants-to-be kind of day in Melbourne. It’s been beautiful but not great for allergy sufferers. Welcome to another Around the World on Wednesday blog hop. Whether you’re a child or a child-at-heart, our team have projects to inspire the child in each of us.

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Each month, on the 2nd Wednesday, we share a worldwide hug creating projects inspired by beautiful Stampin’ Up! products.Here’s our fabulous team from ‘around the world’. So excited to have some new members join us too so make sure you check out all the inspiration both on our blogs and Instagram.

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When I think of children I always think of how much fun they love to have and especially at birthdays and Christmas – it’s always fun to have a surprise. So with that in mind, I made a Pull Tab Slider Card. This has a secret message, moving element, some glitter and a cute balloon bearing bird. Not just suitable for a child, I think any adult may love to receive this fun card too!

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To create the balloons, I inked up the image from the Celebrate with Tags stamp set and then pounced a Stampin’ Write Marker in a contrast colour. After this I spritzed the stamp and stamped on Fluid 100 Cardstock to create the watercoloured balloons.

I added a secret message under the slider section which was decorated with party images from the Taco Fiesta stamp set. The sweet bird flies through with a bunch of balloons to reveal the Happy Birthday.

I will be creating a video to show how to create this card, which will be uploaded this weekend. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be notified when new videos are posted.

Thank you for stopping by and I’d love for you to leave me a comment as you pass through to see what my friend Cheryll Miller has created today.

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Mermaid Kisses with a Fun Watercolour Background

It’s been a while folks. Sickness got me and I’m still not doing the best. Hope this winter weather doesn’t get you down with colds and nasties.

Cassidy celebrated her 16th birthday last week as well. It’s been lovely celebrating this special young lady who brings so much joy to me. She is filled with so much love and kindness and has a generous and forgiving spirit. Cassidy got a fun makeover with highlights in her hair for the first time so that was very exciting and she had some friends over to celebrate and enjoyed a fun time last weekend. Here she is all dressed up and getting a bit of a photoshoot done.

Cassidy 16th birthday photoshoot

The background for this card was created by Cassidy. One day I was creating a water colour wash and she thought it looked like fun. So she asked if she could make one too. Of course I said she could. She picked her colours and created this lovely background on Shimmery White cardstock. Isn’t it beautiful? Then she said ‘Mum, you can use it on one of your cards if you like’. So I liked and here is the card I made using it.  

Watercolour Wash on Shimmery White cardstock in Ocean hues

The water colour wash was created with Highland Heather, Blackberry Bliss and Coastal Cabana. This time Cassidy used Clear stamp blocks to ink up the colour. You could also use this technique with ink refills. Then then using an aqua painter she made the colours runny and easy to apply so no harsh lines appeared. 

I thought this mermaid was ideal for this background with the water colour background and it’s lovely colours. Instead of just leaving the panel of cardstock as it was, I cut it in half and die cut the edges and added an embossed Coastal Cabana panel behind it. The Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder looks like bubbles in water – perfect for my mermaid.

To colour her in, I combined several Stampin’ Blends and really worked all the colours in together. I started with Light Highland Heather and then blended the darker colour. When it came to adding Lovely Lipstick, after colouring it in, I then went over it with Highland Heather and Flirty Flamingo to blend the colours in. A brush of Wink of Stella over her skirt adds the mermaid shimmer to it. 

Mermaid Wishes Stamp set by Stampin' Up! create a handmade little girl card

I stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardstock as I wanted to keep it fairly simple and let the background and mermaid stand out. Every little girl would love some Mermaid kisses for their birthday, I’m sure. 

The Stamparatus is very useful when stamping on Shimmery White cardstock or Watercolour paper. As it is more porous, I find that the ink doesn’t take straight away and may leave you with a half-stamped sentiment. Using the Stamparatus gives you the option of re-stamping again and again. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Cassidy-Rochelle creation and definitely give this watercolour wash a whirl. It’s a lot of fun.

Magical Mermaid handmade Children's card

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