Watercoloured Christmas Birds

Watercolouring would have to be one of my favourite techniques to use with papercrafting. So I was quite thrilled when I saw that the challenge for Day 20 of Martin Stone’s #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge was to use Watercolouring on a project.

While I await delivery of my next lot of Christmas goodies, I thought I could use one of my non-Christmas stamps to create a seasonal card. I pulled out a favourite, Free as a Bird stamp set and set out to create Robins with my ink refills. I have previously done some watercolouring with this same set of birds. You can see that card here.

I used a combination of Real Red, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue and Basic Gray to paint them. Watercolouring is such a relaxing technique and gives you such effective results.

I chose the Pinewood Designer Series Paper to coordinate with the Pinewood Embossing Folder.

Some Gold Foil poinsettias with their centres dotted with gold gems make this a more festive card. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set which has so many great sentiments.

If you haven’t given watercolouring a go, get yourself a pack of Water Painters and some ink refills and enjoy this wonderfully relaxing and fun technique.

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Welcome to my blog on this Mother’s Day. I hope you are enjoying your day, celebrating in whatever capacity you can. I am enjoying my day with my daughter Cassidy who has made some lovely scrolls this afternoon and is also preparing dinner for me tonight. Can’t wait! It’s nice to be spoiled isn’t it?

As it’s Mother’s Day, I chose the Music from the Heart stamp set in remembrance of my mother who used to be a music teacher and conducted choirs.  I would have given this card to her with a Mother’s Day sentiment instead of the one I’ve chosen and I know she would have loved it.

I watercoloured the images from the Free as a Bird stamp set and fussy cut them. Then I arranged these together with some flowers from the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit and copper leaves from the Flourish Dies.  I just love the felt embellishments in the embellishment kit as they add so much texture to a project. 

For the final touch, I stamped the keyboard in Gorgeous Grape and fussy cut it, laying it on top for my musical themed , bird song card..

I hope you have enjoyed my project and if you have been inspired by it, I would love for you to leave a comment. All the products I have used on this project are listed at the bottom of this post. Several of these items are on the retiring list so you are going to have to hurry so you don’t miss out.

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Ink. Stamp. Share. Blog Hop – Colour Challenge

Hi friend,

Welcome to Stamping Flair on this ANZAC day. We have freedom because of the sacrifice made by so many. On ANZAC day 34 years ago, I migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka and I truly am blessed to be in this country. 

I’m taking part in the Ink. Stamp. Share blog hop with a colour challenge. I kept looking at these colours to work out what I was going to create.

Ink Stamp Share Blog Hop April 2020 Colour Challenge

The more I looked, it just reminded me of spring and Easter and I couldn’t do an Easter card as that was past and spring, well, it’s getting a bit chilly here! However, my favourite In-Colour from last year was there – Rococo Rose. I picked my stamp set to work with first and then built my card around it. 

I started off by stamping the birds in Stazon ink on Shimmery White cardstock and watercoloured the image using Rococo Rose, So Saffron and Granny Apple Green ink refills. The panel behind has been watercoloured with Highland Heather. Then I coloured the flowers with the Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Marker as I wanted it to be a little bit brighter. 

Free as a Bird stamp set, Handmade card with watercolouring


I wanted a strip of black and white Designer Series Paper under my image. My favourite Botanical Prints Medley had sold out and I wanted to use products that were available so I created my own DSP. I stamped a strip of Whisper White cardstock with the leaves from Very Versailles stamp set to create a custom black/white paper. (Note: Don’t delay getting your favourite items on the retiring list as they do tend to sell out).

I layered Best Dressed DSP and one of the die cuts from the Peaceful Poppies Elements to create the border. 


If elements that are hidden behind images don’t fit across your project, cut them up and adhere the 2 halves to fit on each side. This is what I did with the black Peaceful Poppies die cut border. It was a very short strip but I ‘extended’ it by cutting it in half to just show on the two ends.

Birds watercoloured with Stampin Up ink refills


My card has been inspired by the sketch challenge Just Add Ink and All About Occasions Challenge at WaterCooler Wednesday Challenges

I hope you have been inspired with the project I have shared. Colour challenges do get you thinking! I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a comment. All the products used to create this card are listed at the bottom of this post so you can create this card at home.

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Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop – Favourite Designer Series Paper

Hello Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today. Today I’m taking part in the Stampin’ Dreams Monthly Blog Hop.  It’s my first time participating and I’m really grateful for the opportunity. This month’s theme is Designer Series Paper. 

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop July Designer Series Paper

Stampin’ Up! has given us a beautiful range of paper to create with including 12″x12″ and 6″x6″ papers.  There are papers in all our Classic and In-Colour ranges plus all the beautiful patterned papers we have including specialty papers such as foil and vellum. See the entire range HERE.

Fancy fold cards are a great way to show case Designer Series Paper. I have chosen my favourite, Bird Ballad paper to work with today. With so many designs of birds, feathers, bird cages, flowers and images that are perfect for fussy cutting, this paper can be used in so many ways. 

Create a Fanfare Fold card with Bird Ballad DSP

I have created a fun fold card to show off this pretty paper. This card was adapted from one which Lyssa Griffith Zwolanek had created and is called a Fanfare Fancy Fold. The original didn’t stand upright so I got rid of one layer to enable it to stand up. I then modified it to create this version. I love the simplicity of this fold yet it is fun and interactive with the concertina fold opening up to show the different layers.

Fun Fold card with feathers and birds

I used various sheets of this DSP. The card base displays the paper beautifully. The centre image of the birds has been fussy cut from one of the sheets. 

Pigment Sprinkle leaves with Birds

To create the leaves, spritz a piece of Shimmery White cardstock with water and then sprinkle with the Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles over it. The new pigment sprinkles are a fun product to work with, giving you completely different looks each time.

Leave this to completely dry. Then die cut the leaves using the Magnolia Memory Dies. 

To add some extra dimension and depth to this panel, I stamped, coloured and fussy cut a few extra flowers and added the leaves. Both the flowers and leaves have been curled using a bone folder

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Finally, I stamped the sentiment and added a flower which has been fussy cut out of DSP to complete the card.

Bird Ballad card with feathers and Hello greeting

Cardstock Measurements:

    • Daffodil Delight card base – 29.5 cm x 14.8 cm. Score on the long side at 4 cm, 8 cm, 14 cm and 20 cm. (Folded in Mountain, Valley, Mountain, Valley)
    • Early Espresso 
      3.5 cm x 14.4 cm
      5.4 cm x 14.4 cm
      9.1 cm x 14.4 cm
    • Designer Series Paper
      3.1 cm x 14 cm
      5 cm x 14 cm
      8.7 cm x 14 cm
    • Calypso Coral for Stiched Label Die and circle
    • Whisper White for Stitched Label Die, circle and scraps
    • Shimmery White piece for leaves

I hope you have been inspired to get your Designer Series Paper out and use it up. Have fun trying out this Fanfare Fold.

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