The Artful Stampers Blog Hop Challenge 3

Welcome back to another challenge from The Artful Stampers Team.

This week I set a colour challenge using 5 colours plus white or vanilla for the team.

Stipple Blossoms

Team 20th October-001

When I have this many colours to choose from, I LOVE to go to my 2-Step Stamp Sets, and my favourite is the Stipple Blossoms Set.

I’ve used Crumb Cake as biggest colour with the base, and then as I’ve added more colour, I’ve decreased the amount at which I use them, to give balance.

Rich Razzleberry takes up the next % of colour use with the 1st Step of the Blossom and the biggest piece of purple card, next is Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green, and then the lowest % of colour is Wild Wasabi with just the base of the Leaf image being stamped.

To create my card, I’ve stamped the large flower and leaves in all 4 colours, the lightest colour goes down first, then using your Stamp a Ma Jig, stamp your detailed image in the darker colour.  A little bit of fussy cutting, but well worth it.

I’ve stamped the layer of Crumb Cake with Dictionary and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets and have sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake Ink.

The next layer is Rich Razzleberry and then Blackberry Bliss.  The Blackberry Bliss was a piece of scrap lying on my table, which was 3cm wide, the perfect fit to cut a V into the end with the Hexagon Punch.

Hexagon Punch

I then punched a circle from Garden Green, and pricked holes around the edge.  Celebrate from Good Greetings was stamped onto Whisper White card with Blackberry Bliss Ink and given the same Hexagon Punch treatment  on the end.

The Blossom is popped up with Dimensionals as is the entire top panel.  I finished off my card with a few of those tiny tiny Basic Pearls.

All these product are from Stampin’ Up! and can be ordered in my ONLINE STORE.

So now it’s time to move on to the next creation by Annette Sullivan to see how she has used her 5 colours :)

How to Colour on Vellum with Blendabilities

This month for the Around the World Challenges we’ve been playing with products.  The first round was buttons, and this round is to use Vellum.

For my card I’ve embossed an image, and coloured it with Blendabilities.

Partridge & Pears

Here are the steps I used to create the image:

  • Stamp tree image from Partridge and Pears Stamp Set onto Vellum with Versamark Ink.
  • Emboss the image with White Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool.
  • Turn your image over and colour from behind with your Blendabilities.

You could colour the image from the front, but don’t forget that Blendabilities can also colour items such as buttons and pearls, so if you colour from the front, you’ll need to be very careful not to go over your white outline.  You won’t be able to buff the colour off like other inks.

I also found that you need to colour over the area a few times depending on how dark you would like your image, and allow time for your inks to dry on the vellum.  The image looks quite blotchy from behind, but lovely from the front.

Resting your vellum on a dark piece of card helps you to see your outline, but also have a piece of white card or paper so you can see what your image looks like from the front.

Colour Vellum with Blendabilities

The colours of Blendabilites I used were:

  • Old Olive
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Night of Navy
  • Coastal Cabanana

All these items can be found in my ONLINE STORE.

We’d also love for you to play along with us at Around the World Challenges.  Check out some of the amazing work other members of the Design Team have created.



The Artful Stampers Blog Hop – Challenge 2

I hope you enjoyed checking out our first Challenge that was set last Monday.  This week I’ve set the team a Sketch Challenge.

Here’s my card.

Christmas Bauble

And here’s the sketch, incase you’d like to play along too.

Team Challenge Oct 13-001

I’ve used the stamp Christmas Bauble for the circle in my sketch, coloured with Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities.  My card base is also Rich Razzleberry, with a double layer of Rich Razzleberry, the top layer has been embossed with the Stars Embossing Folder through the Big Shot.  The banner layer is Bermuda Bay as I find it gives a richness to the Coastal Cabana colour in the bauble.

After I’d finished colouring the bauble, I did go over the image outline again with a Black Marker, just to give it back its depth.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Good Greetings Stamp Set which is FREE until the end of October.

The next person on our team Blog Hop is Alison Barclay, the Queen of Clean and Simple!

Don’t forget to leave some comment love for the ladies, I’m sure they’d appreciate it :)


Perfect Peacock

This stamp WAS NOT on my wish list, until I started seeing card with it everywhere, then I just HAD to have it.

More fun playing with Blendabilities, I find it very relaxing (especially while hubby is cooking dinner!)

Perfect Peacock

No Embellishments either!!

I’ve used the Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities for the Perfect PeacockOld Olive for the leaves, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral for the flowers, and Wisteria Wonder for the Faux Layer behind the peacock.

I then stamped Celebrate from the Good Greetings stamp set in Bermuda Bay.

The base card is also Bermuda Bay, with a 5mm strip of Wisteria Wonder under the Whisper White.  (can you believe that’s the first time I’ve use Wisteria Wonder?)

On a side note, we’re almost a third of a way into the Pick a Pack of Paper Promotion.  If you’d like more information on joining my awesome team please feel free to EMAIL ME

The Artful Stampers Challenge Hop

This week I set a challenge for my team.  I’m hoping we can do one each week, and blog about it.

I had those butterflies that I had coloured so set the challenge around the colours I used.

Here’s a look at my card.

First Edition Butterfly

The colours I picked were

As I mentioned in a previous post, the butterflies are from a My Digital Studio Stamp called First Edition Butterfly

I resized them in MDS and then printed them out, coloured them in with the Blendabilities and then cut them out.

The layout is kept fairly simple.  Daffodil Delight is my base and is cut long ways instead of a regular A5 size.  The layering panels are Bermuda Bay, with the top layer stamped with Dictionary and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets.  I then sponged around the edges of the top layer with the same ink.  The smaller layer is Coastal Cabana, it has been stamped with the FREE Hostess Stamp Good Greetings in Memento Black Ink.  To finish the card off, I placed a few Coastal Cabana Sequins around the butterflies.

I’m hoping to be back with a video to show you how I coloured the butterflies.

Now being a Blog Hop Challenge, your next stop will be Tamsin Adams from Tassie :)

I hope you’ve had fun checking out our creations, and feel inspired to have a go at the colour challenge too.

First Edition Butterfly

I think I may have mentioned before, that you can print off MDS stamps and colour them with your Blendabilities.

I’ve had a little forced downtime this week, so what better rest is there than colouring in *grin*.  I’ve printed out the Butterfly from the First Edition MDS Digital Download and have just played.


You’ll have to excuse my photo, it was just taken on my phone.

The colours I’ve used are:

  • Coastal Cabana Light
  • Coastal Cabana Dark
  • Daffodil Delight Light
  • Smokey Slate Medium

The bottom image I’ve not added the Smokey Slate, I think you can see that the top image has a bit more depth to it.

Can’t wait to play a little more.  And then I’ll need to make cards from all these coloured images :)

Holiday Catalogue Ribbon Share


It’s time for this month’s Ribbon Share which will feature Ribbons and really nice thick twine from the Holiday Catalogue.

The Cost is just $15.50 which includes Postage.  You’ll receive a 1/4 of each roll of the following:

  • Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon
  • Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon
  • Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon
  • Natural and Olive Two-Town Trim
  • White and Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim

Sign Up for the Ribbon Share will end on the 28th September, I’ll order on the 29th September.

Thank you, now closed :)



I’ve been having a little more of a play with Stampin’ Up!’s Blendabilities, this time I’ve tried blending with colours from different packs.

The blends come out differently depending on which markers you use.

For this one, I’ve used the light marker from the Calypso Coral pack and the medium and dark markers from the Melon Mambo pack.


I’ve started with the darkest marker first and worked my way out to the light shade.  Where the Calypso Coral and the Melon Mambo met, I blended with very little circles.

The centre is made up of Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral markers, with coloured Basic Pearls


I’m really happy with the way the colouring turned out, and can’t wait to try some more blends.

Let me know what you think, and whether you’ve tried blending of this kind before.

Around the World Challenge

It’s time for another Around the World Challenge, and can you believe it’s our 1st Birthday!!

Here’s the challenge for the second half of September.


It’s time to say Thank You to you all for playing along with us this past year.

I decided to go with a clean and simple look this time, something I don’t always do or do well.   hmmm!

I’ve created 2 cards this month, same layout, but with a slightly different look.

The first one, I’ve used the Little Letters Thinlits to cut into the white panel, and put my coloured piece behind the word Thank.


In my second card, I’ve cut the word Thank straight from my coloured piece and used the Transfer Sheets (really sticky) to adhere them to the white panel.

For both cards I used a stamp set from Yippee-Skipee but just coloured the YOU with a Black Marker.


And then I realised (when taking the photo) that I stuck my N on upside down!!  Oops!

And now it’s your turn to create a Thanks card, and upload it to our Around the World Challenge blog.  We even have a surprise this month!

We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with.

Stamp by Mail Sneak Peek for September

Here’s a little sneak peek of what my Stamp by Mail ladies are creating this month.


This round uses the Flower Patch stamp set.  We have one more month left of this cycle, and a new one will begin in November.  If you’d like to know more details as we get closer to November, make sure you’ve signed up for my Stampin’ Up! Newsletters.