Inlaid die cutting of these gorgeous snowflakes with watercolored background. For more details please click on the following link:

Inlaid die cutting really shows your intricate dies off to their best don’t you think? To start I used Winsor & Newton Cobalt Turquoise Light and Daler Rowney Phthalo Turquoise to create the watercolored background panel. Then die cut this and also some glitter card with the beautiful Snowflake Block die. It was then a case of piecing these together on a white panel adhering with Multi Medium Matte.

Inlaid die cutting of these gorgeous snowflakes with watercolored background. For more details please click on the following link:

The sentiment from Warm Christmas Wishes is stamped with Versamark on Slate card and white heat embossed, trimmed out and foam mounted over the watercolored panel.
Inlaid die cutting of these gorgeous snowflakes with watercolored background. For more details please click on the following link:

I added a few sequins to finish this CAS card before mounting on a top folding white card base :D

Inlaid die cutting of these gorgeous snowflakes with watercolored background. For more details please click on the following link:

It’s October half term for us, I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by! We have lots of activities planned with the children but I do have a couple of projects already made to share with you this week while I dash around watching the young burn off their endless amounts of energy LOL.


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

  • Dori J

    So very lovely! I am really inspired by this gorgeous, sparkly card. Thanks, Debby! :-)ReplyCancel

  • So cheerful!! Love the combination of blue with the silver and glitter!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol D

    What a beauty, Debby!! The icy watercolors really show off the design.ReplyCancel

  • So pretty!!!ReplyCancel

  • So pretty, Debby. Fully agree with Diane lol.ReplyCancel

  • This is so simple yet incredibly gorgeous, Debby!! Wow.ReplyCancel

  • TK

    Beautiful! Wonderful watercoloring, and inlaid too!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    Oh to have all that energy…maybe you could bottle it. You’re so clever, you probably could manage that. Your card is simply gorgeous and elegant. Love the silver with the turquoise.ReplyCancel

  • This is breathtaking, Debby!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy s K.

    Beautiful card! I love the inlay and turquoise watercolors and silver.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie J

    This is so gorgeous, I can’t stop looking at it.ReplyCancel

  • katrine (treen)

    I love the turquoise colors you used. lol, Of course I wrote them down. My wc tubes are still not here yet. I might have ordered one of those colors. The white space on the card is so pretty. It really makes the gorgeous snowflakes stand out. The way you did the inlaid die cutting looks so classy. The glitter paper is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Have fun chasing around the young ones!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    It’s BEAUTIFUL, Debby! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773

    LOVE your watercolour panel, ADORE your SPARKLING snowflakes!!!ReplyCancel

  • cherie

    So elegant Debby – another lovely card. I love the non-traditional blue – so lovely – you inspired me to head to the art shop to pick up some more watercolours! Thank you :)ReplyCancel

I’m over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with my monthly look at stretching your supplies that bit further. My card takes the gorgeous Tattered Poppy die set and turns it into a butterfly with a stem of ginkgo leaves. Here’s a peek but please call by Simon for all the details :D

Repurposing dies - turning the Tattered Poppy die set in to a butterfly and ginkgo stem. Find out more by clicking the following link:


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

  • Just ONE of my favorite things you do, Debby … I am astonished this morning by your creation which is nothing short of brilliant! LOve the colors you’ve chosen! Off to SSS …
    =] MReplyCancel

  • Dori J

    Wow! Just stopped by SSS. This card is nothing short of ethereal! So lovely! Debby, you’re absolutely amazing! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Linda S.

    This is a beautiful card. It’s amazing to me how you saw a beautiful butterfly in a poppy flower. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • janet

    I just saw this over at SSS – absolutely stunning Debby, incredible creativity from the poppy die :-0ReplyCancel

  • Simply Beautiful!! Saw this over at SSS!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M ReplyCancel

  • Debby, I am in awe of your talent and ability to see beyond the intended. I love your card. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Mary W

    This card stopped me in my tracts. It appears 3D – especially the butterfly. Did you prop the wings up along with the flower petals? This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      There is one layer of foam adhesive under the butterfly but the wings aren’t popped up more than the body though. I did use the paint to give the impression of shadows :DReplyCancel

  • Robin in WA

    Love how you can see “outside of the box.” Love your card! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel


    You use lots of sequins…… what is the best to hold them to a card?ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      I use Ranger Multi Medium Matte – a good strong hold and if any glue does squidge out then it dries matte and you don’t see it :DReplyCancel

      • Parker. O

        I’m getting that product today. Thanks a ton for the reply. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, how fabulous! Just bought this die for my mom’s Christmas present… might have to borrow it! Jo xReplyCancel

  • katrine (treen)

    Oh Debby, I am speechless. This is a wonderful example of how you used paint to give the impression of shadows. I am really stunned. This card is drop dead gorgeous. Its so lovely. I love how you used the dies for different looks. Its genius! I get such a sense of peace when I look at it. The colors you chose are so perfect. Do you have a sense of peace when you are working on it? Or is it a struggle? Wow, I don’t see how, but you seem to be improving. Its amazing to me. I get such a feeling of hope when I see what you do.ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Bless you Treen. I am really enjoying the watercoloring at the moment. The prospect at getting out my paints really lifts me. I find it so relaxing Glad you are liking the results ☺️ReplyCancel

  • Agnoyul

    Its simply delicious….
    I loooooove it
    The color, the design, the softness,
    The delicatess, the artistic look…
    Love it
    Oh my god ur a real artist; like my daughter would tell me when she love my workpleaze do continu inspiring us

  • stacey

    I was wondering where that butterfly came from!! How clever!! I really love your card, it is gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.

    Wow! Your card is just stunningly beautiful!ReplyCancel

Loosely watercolored fall wreath with lots of layering and dimension. For more please click on the following link:

I’ve got a video to share today of this loosely watercolored fall wreath. I want to produce more videos and I get a lot of requests for videos too so spurred on I thought I’d share what I can only term as my ‘messy videoing’ style. If you like planners, you may hear people from the planning community talk about ‘pretty planning’ with stickers, stamps, washi etc or ‘dirty planning’ which is more on the get-it-done style of keeping things practical without the frills. I did think of terming this videoing style as ‘dirty videoing’ but then I thought that would perhaps attract the wrong type of viewer LOL so I’m sticking with ‘messy videoing’! Messy videoing for me was inspired by my crafty friends trying out Periscope. If you’ve not had a look at Periscope I thoroughly recommend it. It’s a live streaming app for your phone where you can watch your friends live video whatever they want to share with you. Of course being live, there are lots of bloopers of pens not working, video screens being flipped sideways and is very much a more real-life experience. It got me thinking, that life isn’t perfect and that I’d rather share a video where things aren’t perfect than not share one at all. So below you will find my video below where I stumbled over my words (lots of umms in there), the beautiful sun shining through my window caused all sorts of crazy shadowing and color changes and yes, it’s not perfect but it’s there :D

Loosely watercolored fall wreath with lots of layering and dimension. For more please click on the following link:

OK, so back to this card. I’m very much enjoying watercoloring at the moment and currently am exploring some new to me tube watercolors, in the main, from Winsor & Newton. I started out on this watercolor journey with tube watercolors, digging out a couple of old and dry ones I had on hand and have since explored pan watercolors, Gansai Tambi paints, Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and of course the ever adaptable Distress ink and marker range. It’s interesting to me that I’ve come full circle and have now bought some new tube watercolors! I love all the mediums I’ve listed, each has its own character and style and I think it is just that I am enjoying watercoloring so much that I’m happy to keep experimenting :D

Loosely watercolored fall wreath with lots of layering and dimension. For more please click on the following link:

OK, I’m rambling again! So I loosely watercolored the background panel in a teal colorway before painting the die cut leaves from the Stitched Leaf Wreath die in a rainbow of autumn colors. I went with a very loose style with white areas still showing – a simple swoosh of one color then back in with some deeper tones to add interest. After which I spritzed and splattered everything with a Perfect Pearls solution and then added an equal amount of spritzing and splattering to the leaves with Heidi Swapp color shine in gold.

Loosely watercolored fall wreath with lots of layering and dimension. For more please click on the following link:

When everything was dry I ran the background through my die cutter with the Stitched Leaf Wreath die, layered the panel on a top folding card base and then added the leaves with lots of foam adhesive. The sentiment is the Happy Birthday die cut from DCWV glitter card and adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I’ve recently replenished my enamel dots supplies and the ones I used today were from Simple Stories along with some gold sequins.


Well here’s the video. I hope you enjoy despite its ‘messy videoing’ style! Oh and don’t forget to check out Periscope – lots of lovely crafting friends on there :D


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support.

  • Lisa N.

    Love the “messy video” style….so glad to see more videos I love watching your process!!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for sharing this messy video, Debby. Love how it turned out and enjoyed seeing your process.


  • I think you did a great job Debby!! Thanks for taking the time to make a video! :) Do you think you could do a video of how you take pictures of your cards? I have been struggling with that lately and always think your photos are gorgeous!


    • Debby

      It would be something new for me Lizzie but I will keep it in mind :DReplyCancel

  • Wonderful, amazing birthday card!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiina

    Beautiful Card. I love your videos.ReplyCancel

  • Tess Hackett

    I very much enjoyed your video. ( I didn’t think it was messy at all certainly better than I could have done.) I love your card it’s beautiful and I am certain your sister will love it too.ReplyCancel

  • katrine (treen)

    Dear Debbie, this is a lovely card and a wonderful video. I loved it. It was delightful. I have really been enjoying periscope also and I find it comforting to know that such talented card makers have struggles too. I loved the shadows from the lovely sun, it helps me see the difference from when you control the light. I have to say, i’m loving the creative live photography class that you recommended. I loved it so much that I bought it so I could refer back to it. I don’t think you have a clue how much you have helped me. if you hear a strange strangled panting sound behind you, its me trying to catch up to you. lol I also love it when you “ramble”. well, you keep going and i’ll try my best to catch up (lol) i’m not sure I will keep up, but im going to keep trying. I cant wait to see where this journey is taking us. have fun, treenReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Glad you enjoyed the video and as for the photography class I loved it too Treen although I didn’t get to see it all (I was falling asleep as it was evening time here) so will probably buy it so I can watch it anytime too :D

      Have fun too and keep me smiling :DReplyCancel

  • Jamie Vanskiver

    Oh thank you so much for the video! I enjoy watching you work! This card turned out beautiful, your sister will love it! :)ReplyCancel

  • katrine (treen)

    I had a question about your video. when you started painting the individual leaves you made a statement about liking one type of red color instead of regular red. I could not understand the word that you used about the red that you prefer. thanks in advance for the answer, treenReplyCancel

    • Debby

      Hi Treen, the color I was describing was Raspberry rather than true Red so more of a deep pinky red. I think that is lovely in fall leaves :DReplyCancel

  • Dolly

    I think your video is just fine Debby (I think you are far too critical on yourself!) I also think that no matter how rough the video could be….seeing it done is ALWAYS far more inspiring than pictures only. :D
    Even if I am doing inking and I watch say Watercoloring I still find it inspiring. So keep up the great work!! and TFS!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Allin

    Such a gorgeous card! I always love your creations with the soft colors. Enjoyed the video and would love to see more!!ReplyCancel

  • Amber McGary

    This video was great-I’d love to see more. I am becoming more of a fan with every video I see!ReplyCancel

  • TK

    Loose watercoloring, loose design, loose video — love it all! Very prettyReplyCancel

  • Robin in WA

    Love your video!! I’m hoping if I watch enough watercoloring videos that, by osmosis, I’ll get better at watercoloring!! Thank you for sharing your precious time with us!!ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      LOL, I think this when I watch Dawn of Wplus9 hoping the vibes pass through the screen to me :D

  • tHanks for the video, just love that you do a “messy” style, it really works. Love this card and hope your sister does too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie – thanks so much for the video – know they must be time consuming but love them. For a spur of the moment video it came off as very well organized and your sister must have just loved her card – it was truly beautiful. Thanks again for sharing all your artistic talent.ReplyCancel

  • Shari

    Lovely card, and wonderful video. Thank you for taking the time to do one. Very enjoyable to watch.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Brooks

    Messy videoing….NOT! I enjoyed your video. Keeping it real…I like that Debby. Would love to see more of yours. Your card is lovely…very autumnal…and your Sis will love receiving it. The shadows, your calm voice, the sound appropriate, your supplies at the ready, voice over….all making a good video. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Stefani DiMauro

    Hi Debbie, I think this video is PERFECT! I always wait patiently for your videos as I love them but long for more. I thought this looked very professional and up to your beautiful standards so keep them coming! Ps gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    I do like this more casual video style. You look like you’re having fun. However, I wouldn’t call it messy. I don’t think “messy” is in your DNA. The card is really beautiful. The way you layered your leaves and embellishments is perfect. Your sister’s going to love it.ReplyCancel

  • I really enjoyed the video, Debby! I will watch Any video that you post as I love watching you work and listening to your comments and tips. I bought this SSS wreath of leaves and have enjoyed it immensely. Please continue to make these videos when you are able! Thanks so much!

  • Diane

    I agree with what others have said, ANY video that you make I will watch. Love and admire your work SO much and I thought this video was great!ReplyCancel

  • deanna

    This is an excellent video — and such a beautiful card! I love things that are organic and real, that’s what your video says to me. I also just love your style. Keep on keeping on!ReplyCancel

  • Sue H

    Lovely card! I love watching your videos and always wished you would do more. I hope to see more videos from you. I love watching you work on cards.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie J

    I love a wreath. I love anything with a leaf on it. Add in soft, watercolor-y fall colors and it just couldn’t get any better! I enjoy any video you produce and the ‘messy’ style is just fine. Looking forward to more.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Reynolds

    I love your “messy” video, Debby. Your cards are always beautiful and it’s a special treat when you share a video with us. Besides, I could just listen to your accent all day! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for a brilliant ‘messy’ video, Debby … really enjoyed the casual, easy going style … perfect with that gorgeous card! Anita :)ReplyCancel

  • As I said on You Tube Debby I LOVE this video because it’s not perfect. Life isn’t perfect and the crafting process isn’t perfect so thanks for keeping it real for us. Big Cheers! xLReplyCancel

  • barbara lassiter

    This is lovely and I’m so glad to see watercolors still being used. I love the look of watercolor and recently bought a new folding palette so that I could get out my tube watercolors and use them, too! I didn’t find your video to be “messy” at all and learned some new techniques. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • janet

    Exquisite card! Look forward to watching the video.
    And, “ramble away” Debby – very interesting :-)ReplyCancel

  • Mendi Yoshikawa

    Such a beautiful card. Loving the bright, whimsical feel with your watercoloring. :)ReplyCancel

  • stacey

    Love the card and the video. This video, looks as good as any other, so I would say “messy video” works and run with it!!! Hope to see lots more!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy s K.

    Your video was well done, and great to watch. Please keep sharing them when you can. I can tell you still put time and preparation into it too. Thanks!ReplyCancel

lime-light-logoCraftsy Basics Of Digital Photography

I’m so glad you found my recommendations for photography classes helpful. As a result, Craftsy have offered my readers 50% off the Basics Of Digital Photography course – good deal! Just click through this link and you will be taken to the course page with the offer. However, this offer is only live for the next 7 days, expiring on 14th October at 11.59pm MT.

Craft Photography Fundamentals

In addition I am hoping that my time stays clear to catch the live (and free) showing of Candice Stringham’s Craft Photography Fundamentals at Creative Live. This is a two day class starting tomorrow (08 October). I think it’s fabulous that this class is aimed at crafters. You may know Candice from her impressive CV within our industry and currently as Marketing Director of one my favourite brands; My Mind’s Eye. Not only that but her photography CV is equally impressive so I am very much looking forward to this class too.

Yup, I’m still the eternal student LOL but I love to learn and try to improve :D

  • conil

    This is really awesome. Thanks for the head’s up.ReplyCancel

  • I was wondering if you would recommend this course for me as I have a bridge camera not quite a DSLR.ReplyCancel

Clearly Besotted October release

Original posts here, here, here and here

The October Clearly Besotted release is now live at Clearly Besotted and Simon Says Stamp and as this month is a bumper month I thought I’d show you the release in full :D

  • Andrea A

    Wow, so many lovely dies and stamps. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    Oh my goodness! What great stamps and dies. So many beautiful things to choose from. Where to start….I love them all. Your samples, Debby, are absolutely adorable. TFS!ReplyCancel