Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge.

I thought I'd join in with the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge this month, which has the optional twist of hearts.
I started off by drawing round the outside of a Tattered Lace Essentials heart die in pencil on some watercolour card. I then used the Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers set to stamp the flowers in black archival ink to fill the heart. I then masked off the flowers and I filled the gaps using one of the leaf  stamps from the same set.
I used my zig clean colour pens to colour in the heart. I applied them direct to the paper and used a wet paint brush to draw out the colour. Once dry I added in some dots with a white gel pen. I die cut the heart using the original die and also die cut a frame from pink card to go round it. I glued it into place on a 6x6 card blank and added various different types of nuvo and glitter drops to the centres of the flowers and left to dry, for some reason the purple glitter drops look almost black on the photo.
I stamped the word love on the card without the use of a safety net (or stamping platform!) in black ink, I think it was a from a Winnie & Walter set, but I may have made that up. Rather than leave it at that, I'd stumbled across the Simon Says Stamp Sending word die in my stash and so die cut that out of black card and added a white die cut offset behind it to make it stand out more on the heart. I'm afraid I gVe in to my habit and added some faux stitching to finish.
Can I be cheeky and ask for some good thought and vibes for tomorrow (Wednesday) please? Willow bunny is going in to be spayed tomorrow morning. Bunny anaesthesia has improved greatly, but is still a higher risk than for a cat or dog. It needs to be done though now she's old enough and then we can find her a new bunny companion to snuggle up to. Of course I couldn't ask for vibes without sharing a quick picture of her x


  1. Sending lots of positive vibes for cute Willow x Didn't know the operation was a higher risk than cats and dogs x What a marvellous card Cara. Those wonderful and colourful flowers look great framed by the heart. Well done on free styling and stamping the Love sentiment. Always good to see a little faux stitching on your cards. The white gel pen is also very effective, as is your colouring x

  2. A really lovely card and love the design and the gorgeous flower stamp, super colours too.
    Poor little thing, she looks gorgeous, really hope all goes well.

    Kath x

  3. Hi Cara,
    what a excellent card and your work as usual is excellent.
    I love this wonderful card and all those flowers are gorgeous.
    Beautifully coloured also.
    Sending big postive vibes for that sweet bunny, and I do hope all goes well.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. This is so beautiful Cara! That image is gorgeous, my oh my, it must have taken forever to colour all of those flowers and leaves! Love how the image is framed by a heart, what a lovely romantic design!

    Willow is such an absolute doll face! I'm sending all my wishes and good vibes to her for a smooth operation and a quick recovery!! Hugs :)

  5. Wow your card is beautiful Cara, the design with the heart is fab and the addition of the white dots on the gorgeous flowers really make them pop.
    Hope Willow's op goes well, she is so cute :)
    Hugs Kaz xx

  6. Wonderful colored heart and design Cara. Love the super cute bunny picture.

    Hugs Diane

  7. This is such a pretty card! Your nuvo drops look wonderful here with these pretty stitched flowers and leaves.

    Hope all goes well for this sweet bunny.

  8. Hi Cara, gorgeous card. I shall be thinking about Willow and hoping everything goes well for her. Look forward to welcoming her new friend too. Angela xXx

  9. Hello Cara, absolutely sending good vibes for Willow Bunny, I hope the procedure goes well.
    Gorgeous card, beautifully desined and coloured, Kate x x

  10. Love these beautiful blooms, so pretty and vibrant.
    Hope all goes well for Willow and she's soon home being pampered!

  11. Fabulous card, Cara, I love how you've used these flower stamps. Just by chance the postie delivered a set of these stamps today, all the way from Australia. Thanks for the inspiration of how I can use them.

    I missed this post when you posted it, so I'm too late to send Willow positive vibes for her little procedure, but sending best wishes for a speedy recovery. xx

  12. Beautiful flowers - love how you colored them - so vibrant! Thanks so much for joining us this month at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge!

  13. Hi Cara
    How spooky.......I just asked about Willow on my previous comment lol!!!
    Smashing card. Very cheery and bright.
    Hope all went well for Willow.
    Ang x

  14. Wowee your floral heart is a stunner Cara! Love how you added all the little white highlights too, mine always look a bit rubbish when I try that! Great Willow pic!

  15. oh wow.......... You have created a brilliant card. I LOVE how you have used the Doodled Flowers set. The heart, the masking, the colouring - all perfect! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

  16. Well as I'm late with my comments I know that all went well with Willow Bunny's little op. She does look very happy in the above picture and I hope she'll soon be completely well and ready for a new friend to live with.

    Your card is beautiful Cara and I love the colours. Barbxx

  17. Sorry I didn't get to send happy vibes at the time, but I'm sending them to you now, you can keep them as spares :) I love your card, all the beautiful dots and white gel additions are so pretty. You are so good at that. Cx

  18. I have this set of stamps Cara and I love, love, love how you've used them here and you've inspired me too! Thank you sweetie, hugs to Willow, happy to see she is well xx


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