Pastel Love

Sometimes I really struggle for inspiration and sometimes inspiration comes at the craziest of times. My daughter Mia is currently studying Art as part of the option set she chose for GCSE and their current material of choice is watercolour. It was one of her recent pieces of work that inspired this card and the colour choices.

Copyright: Mia Pickard

Whilst I didn’t do watercolour myself, I went with three similar colours to blend a background going for the more subtle pastel type shades. These were applied using the blending brushes from the Mini Catalogue, which allow you to blend onto card much more evenly that daubers or sponges do.

Mia decided to use a black outline for each focal point – the eye. However, I felt I didn’t need that due to the muted shades that I chose for my background. So simply punched out a Basic White heart and popped it up on dimensionals with a die cut sentiment.

My final touch was a few of the pearls from the Hydrangea Suite – gorgeous!

Where do you go when you need inspiration?

Best Wishes,

Colours Used:


Penguin Fun


I love cute stamp sets, especially ones that I can colour in with my blends alongside my children. When the Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue went live for demonstrators, my children flicked through the pages and immediately chose the ‘Freezin’ Fun’ stamp set used on this card as well as the ‘Have a Hoot’ and ‘Warm & Toasty’ stamp sets. They all have gorgeous outline images of animals which we can colour to our hearts content.

This card uses a great technique for creating your own backgrounds without the need for Designer Series Paper (DSP). Now don’t get me wrong, I love DSP – but sometimes you want to use something else or the papers don’t quite suit what you’re wanting to achieve.

The background was achieved by choosing 4 different inks – on this occasion it was differing shades of blue to create a snow flurry sky effect. The snowflake stamp I used comes from the ‘Snowflake Wishes’ bundle, using versamark to stamp them randomly before embossing them with white powder.

The ‘Freezin Fun’ stamp set forms part of the ‘Freezin’ Fun’ Bundle, which I absolutely adore as it means I can die cut each of the images to use on my projects. This card allowed me to showcase them perfectly against the blended ink background. The die set includes the stitched edge which forms the snowy hill on the background.

I absolutely love it and have made differing version already, one of which is shown in my video below. Hope you enjoy!

Best Wishes,

Colours Used:



  • Card Base = 41/8 x 111/2 inches, score at 57/8 on the long side
  • Background Layer = 37/8 x 55/8 inches
  • Stitched Snow Layer = 37/8 x 2 inches
  • Scraps of Whisper White for stamping.