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Distress watercolour flower garden

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

All older Hero Arts products today! I used the beautiful Flower Garden Fancy die which I coloured using my brand new distress watercolour pencils. I definitely need to practice more with them!

For the strip, I used a stamp from one of my older wood-mounted sets. I had to join up the stamped ribbon to make the strip a little longer. I’ll admit it took me a couple of attempts, but I got there!

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Farmhouse Wreath smiles

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Next up today I’m playing along with this week’s sketch challenge at the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge.

First I created a soft panel with regular distress inks and cut it with a rectangle die. I then stamped, coloured and cut the beautiful wreath from the Farmhouse Wreath set by Reverse Confetti. I’ve had this set for a while now but never got round to using it as it was a little smaller than I was expecting… but it’s absolutely perfect for the sketch this week!  To complete my card, I added a sentiment by Sugar Pea Designs.

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A die for all seasons

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with this week’s Color Throwdown challenge  which has a fabulous autumnal combo of orange, brown  and grey. I really liked the shade of orange in the inspiration photo and I used a blend of distress inks to get close to it!

Penny Black released ‘Making Spirits Bright’, their fabulous festive collection yesterday. There really is something for everyone in this massive collection – I am particularly delighted by all the dies. They are gorgeous! What’s more, so many of them can be used all year round. For my Color Throwdown card, I used Berry Sprig (51-719) and the branches from Nestled (51-722). The branches actually bend to the right rather than the left but I saw that Jill had used the reverse of the dies cut for a few of her cards in this release and I decided to do the same. I smoothed out the edges using a bone folder, and was very happy with the results! To complete my card, I added a sentiment from my current go-to autumnal set – Autumn is Calling (30-863).

Want to see the first card I made with Berry Sprig? Well, it’s a festive one – and here it is!

I paired this beautiful die with a sentiment from the Season to Believe set (30-868) and coloured it using a variety of watercolour paints, including my Twinkling H2Os.

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Memory Box Stems

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The theme of the Memory Box / Outside the Box challenge is ‘paint’ which had me stumped for a while because I was thinking of distress and acrylic paints. Then I realised the theme would also cover watercolour paints as well! So I pulled out all my recent Memory Box stem (Wildeflower Stems, Daisy Stems and Seed Stems) and got to work with my watercolours. I smooshed and splattered some Speckled Egg and Frayed Burlap distress oxide ink on my card base and then adhered the stems. I added the Memory Box Jotted Script Hello die to finish it off.

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Circles Collage

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Happy Monday! Today I’m playing along with the  Freshly Made Sketches challenge using another part of the fabulous Carabelle Studios Circle Collage background stamp that I used yesterday.

Using my MISTI, I inked up 3/4 of the stamp with Antique Linen distress ink. I then watercoloured the backgrounds of each circle before stamping the image again using Frayed Burlap distress oxide. Colouring the image this way means that the ink lines don’t get too blurry.

To complete my take, I added a sentiment by The Ton Stamps.

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