Tuesday 1 August 2017

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge - August

Happy August everybody!! Yes, its the 1st of August today which is the birthday of all horses in the Southern Hemisphere and also my birthday month, which is rather fabulous.

When I was a little girl I was desperate for a horse as many of my friends had them. We couldn't afford it at all so I could only dream and immerse myself in everything 'horsey' instead. The 1st of August always brings back those memories for me and I even still have the first horse book I purchased with my pocket money way back when. Now I just dream of owing a craft store........

This month for the Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge we have the optional twist of 'Bloom'. With so many flower stamps and dies out there I can imagine that this will be a popular challenge!!

And don't forget that the winner of this challenge will win a $20 voucher to spend at the Happy Little Stampers shop!!

For my card I wanted to have another go painting a particular floral stamp image and try to mix different colours together:

I stamped this image on some watercolour CS with Versafine black ink and immediately heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then grabbed Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry/Worn Lipstick for the bigger flowers, Mustard Seed/Spiced Pumpkin for the smaller flowers and Twisted Citron/Mowed Lawn for the leaves. My painting is VERY SLOWLY getting better but I still need a lot more practice!! And skill! And technique!!!!

Once the image had dried, I fussy cut it out and put it aside. I added a strip of black CS to the card front along the bottom and then a strip of white CS along the top, sitting on some foam tape. This way when I adhered the flowers into place on the white strip, they sat above the black, giving lots of dimension and shadow.

To finish off I white heat embossed the sentiment, added Wink of Stella to the middle of each flowers and glued on some co-ordinating sequins. Pink and yellow together always makes me happy!!

The image and sentiment are from WPlus9 'Kind Soul' and the sequins are from Neat and Tangled.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Uniko Studio Challenge # 42 

Southern Girls Challenge # 165 (Flower Power) 

You have until Thursday 31st August (the whole month!!) to link your projects to the Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge and if your needing any inspiration or encouragement, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have put together just for you. Can't wait to see all the flowers in the Gallery!!

Take care


  1. Your watercoloring is perfect as evidenced by this amazing card. Thought you said you needed more practice? I don't think so.

  2. Gorgeous card Shona! It's so pretty and the colours are really striking.
    Thanks for joining us at [url=http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/]Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge[/url]
    Mandy x

  3. This is just beautiful Shona! The black and white background gives such a dramatic look to the pretty flowers.

  4. Really lovely Shona. Fabulous spray of blooms set off to perfection with the black and white background. Thanks for playing at Uniko.

  5. Exuberant blooms - they are great highlighted against the black too x

  6. Lovely florals - so pretty with the darker centres on the yellow flowers - lovely card!
    Alison x

  7. Beautiful card! Love your card design and watercolouring.

  8. your watercolouring looks fine to me! You are doing very well :) I love the design of this card. The blooms are so sweet and they really pop off the black! xx

  9. Beautiful Shona, the monochrome base card really sets off the amazingly coloured bouquet of flowers. Thanks so much for sharing, inspiring and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. Hugs Bev x

  10. So pretty Shona! I think your watercoloring is great. This is such a bold color combo. I love the black , the colors pop brilliantly against it. Jenny x

  11. Oh wow, these flowers are so pretty and they really pop against the black! Nicely done. Thanks so much for playing along with our flowers challenge at Uniko! Deborah, DT.