Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

Oh I do like a good wreath! And what a stunning one in the new Clearly Besotted On Your Day set :D I will be peeking projects using the new sets over the next few days and the release will go live at 10pm UK time (5pm EST) on 05 March. You will be able to find the new sets when they release over at Clearly Besotted and Simon Says Stamp.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

The wreath is stamped twice on white card, once in Fog and once in Smoke and then cut out with the matching die. The two are then layered one over the other so a few Smoke leaves peek out from behind the Fog. I knew I wanted to include the gorgeous wheat heads in the wreath, stamping the large and small images in Sunshine, cutting them out with the matching die and tucking them in among the leaves of the wreath.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

To finish the wreath I simply added a couple of enamel dots and a twine bow before stamping the Congratulations sentiment in Slate ink on the top folding card base :D Oh one final, final touch was to add a few touches of a Gelly Roll glitter pen to the leaves (you can see this better in the top photo) :D

It’s been a while since I made something so true to CAS and boy this style still excites me!

Stephanie will no doubt have created a wonderful bunch of inspiration as well as having links to the rest of the Design Team and our guests for March –  Lucy Abrams, Jen NelsonJo Nevill and Nicole Picadura :D Please give them some Clearly Besotted love :D


Links will be updated after 10pm UK time on 05 March when the new sets go live :D

Stamps – Clearly Besotted on your day; Dies Clearly Besotted on your day; Inks – Simon Says Stamp fog, smoke, slate, sunshine Card – Neenah solar white 80lb, 110lb; Twine – Lawn Fawn cloudy; Sakura gelly pen; Enamel Dots

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Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

There’s a video later in this post – I know, quite the rarity around here at the moment LOL. I couldn’t resist though; have you seen all the deliciousness coming out of Waffle Flower recently?! Take, for example, this gorgeous Potted set; perfectly on the succulent/cacti trend and begging out to be watercolored! I took my colour inspiration from a Waffle Flower Blog Post which highlighted gorgeous ways succulents are being used at the moment. In fact this post is over on Waffle Flower too :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

This is such a simple card but the gorgeous image just takes centre stage and not a lot else is needed :D I used Versamark Ink to stamp on watercolour card and white heat embossed. Then it was a case of simply indulging in a little colouring time with the richly pigmented Gansai Tambi paints.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

I took a deep breath and hoped I didn’t mess up as I stamped the sweet ‘miss you’ sentiment from the set in Versafine Onyx Black. I added a few sequins and mounted the panel on a Fog card base. As a final touch I made a toning envelope too which hopefully brings out the colour of the terracotta pot :D


You can see more of the details in the video below :D


Stamps – Waffle Flower potted; Inks – Versamark, Versafine onyx black; Card – Tim Holtz distress watercolor card, Simon Says Stamp fog; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh springtime mix, 4mm pink peonies; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp white; Watercolours – Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Tools – EK Success powder tool, Fiskars stamp press, Martha Stewart score tool, 3M painters tape

  • Tanja - February 28, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    I would love to watch your video – but You Tube keeps telling me that it’s private – beautiful watercoloringReplyCancel

    • Debby - March 1, 2015 - 2:48 pm

      Hope you can see it now Tanja. It should be there …ReplyCancel

  • Celia Cawthon - February 28, 2015 - 12:16 pm

    Well, now I am completely in love with white heat embossing. The way it allows you to watercolor like this makes me want to stop everything I SHOULD be doing and STAMP!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - March 1, 2015 - 2:48 pm

      Stamping should always win in my book Celia!ReplyCancel

  • jan - February 28, 2015 - 1:49 pm

    FABULOUS! I love watercolors and your C & S style!ReplyCancel

  • Caralyn Karaitis - February 28, 2015 - 1:56 pm

    Wow! Well done. I’ve never been good at painting but watching this makes me want to try harder. How long have you been water coloring? Every time I see this technique I am floored by how beautiful it looks. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - March 1, 2015 - 2:50 pm

      This is such an easy technique to pick up Caralyn! I’ve only been watercoloring the last year or two and not all the time or anything, switching between different media as the mood takes me. Laying down that water layer first though really does all the work for you :DReplyCancel

  • Eileen L. - February 28, 2015 - 2:02 pm

    Beautiful watercolored card. Enjoyed watching how you painted this scene. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - February 28, 2015 - 2:52 pm

    Debby I just love how it came out…definitely keep adding that detail, it made a huge difference! :)ReplyCancel

  • Janet - February 28, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    Stunning – a Mimi masterpiece ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - February 28, 2015 - 4:13 pm

    Beautiful! I actually just ordered that exact stamp set. I had some ideas, but this is absolutely gorgeous. I am not going to rest till it come. I CAN’T wait.
    Thank you for the inspiration!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Francis - February 28, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    Debby, you are an amazing artist and a delightful person. What JOY to give to us all by sharing your art through your blog. THANK YOU! and God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - February 28, 2015 - 4:19 pm

    So enjoyed your video and watching you paint. Great tip on embossing the design 1st. Also liked your tip on “pre-stamping on scrap” to assure a fully inked stamp! Thank you for taking the time to share!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - February 28, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    Debbie, I have always loved your work and it was such a treat to see this video with the artist in action. Your watercolored card is so beautiful- wonderful for the recipient to get a piece of art through the mail. Thank you for sharing this inspirational card art!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Bowie - February 28, 2015 - 5:26 pm

    Such a gorgeous card Debby and great video! You definitely have a knack for watercolouring. I adore succulents and cacti and have been collecting both for the past 20 yrs…now I just need the stamps! Unfortunately they’re all sold out, you must have inspired lots of people out there ReplyCancel

    • Debby - March 1, 2015 - 2:51 pm

      Sold out already! It is a gorgeous set :DReplyCancel

  • conil - February 28, 2015 - 6:24 pm

    Jaw-dropping gorgeous. So glad you took it to the next level.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Ann D. - February 28, 2015 - 6:56 pm

    Love the video. Love the card! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - February 28, 2015 - 7:21 pm

    Stunning card and great video..loved to see you create!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Girl - February 28, 2015 - 11:37 pm

    I really enjoyed this video and you are motivating me to do more watercoloring.ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Goff - March 1, 2015 - 12:33 am

    Just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - March 1, 2015 - 2:24 am

    Absolutely beautiful card as all of you cards are! I really enjoy seeing your projects and your videos. In addition, I really enjoyed the music you played while painting. Do you mind sharing the artist and song title?ReplyCancel

    • Debby - March 1, 2015 - 2:52 pm

      Hi Linda, the music is I’m afraid simply called Piano Ballad in the video editing Apple software I use. Sorry not to be more help!ReplyCancel

  • MargR - March 1, 2015 - 4:37 am

    Awesome card Debby! The Gansai Tambi colours look amazing with this stamped image!ReplyCancel

  • donna mikasa - March 1, 2015 - 8:51 am

    Love those succulents–beautiful watercoloring!ReplyCancel

  • Jan B - March 1, 2015 - 10:01 am

    I so loved watching you in action. Great job on the painting and shading. I learned something. Hope to see more videos.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley - March 1, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Beautiful card! love the watercolor colors you selected for the card, and I always like watching your videos…learn so much, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Debs - March 1, 2015 - 11:12 pm

    Beautiful card. Thank you for the tutorial. I like the idea of printing the images for reference. If you could zoom in your camera a little closer it would help us see your technique better.ReplyCancel

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Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

I was delighted to be a part of the Winnie & Walter birthday celebrations and equally stoked to be joining them for their final week of month long celebrations and inspiration :D  A week to die for is the perfect way to end the month with a bang!


The new release dies are all so gorgeous I didn’t know which way to turn, but the classic Katharine Cutaways won my heart – tags, banners, panels with edge details ….. so many options packed into this one set :D I cut the tag from watercolour card, stamped and masked a couple of the images from The Big, The Bold & Party set in Versamark and gold heat embossed. I used my favourite Gansai Tambi watercolours to give a loose teal watercolour wash behind and a pop of pink and orange for the details of the paper lanterns.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

I used one of the large rectangle dies with pierced edge detail to cut some patterned paper and mounted the tag on top. By this point I’d threaded the tag with American Crafts twine and added some of the Pretty Pink Posh speciality mix sequins specially designed for Winnie & Walter’s birthday :D I used a little of the paper to cut a banner and stamped the greeting from the Sugar Rush set in Hot Lips mounted it over the tag and then placed everything on a Fog card base :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

For my next card I wanted to use the negative space of the In A Word Happy Cutaway – such a fabulous die to add to any project but also the die leaves this great negative space to play with and in that space I wanted to pile in more of those gorgeous sequins :D I backed some patterned paper with white card to give support and then cut the In A Word Happy Cutaway from it. I’ve kept the positive part of the die to use on a future project. The remaining negative portion was a little too big for the Katharine Cutaways tag die, however, by partially cutting the tag, shifting it along and cutting again, I was able to create a larger tag to fit :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

I added an acetate layer and foam adhesive edge before filling the shaker with the sequins. A second white tag enclosed the shaker; you can see the tag at this point on my Instagram feed where I couldn’t resist giving it a workout! After which I mounted it on patterned paper die cut with the Katherine Cutaway and in turn mounted on an Audrey Blue card base. I added the extra little banner in Doll Pink card using one of the sentiments in The Big, The Bold & Party to stamp in Versamark and white heat embossed. The tag is strung with a little ribbon scrap and more of the American Crafts twine :D

I hope you get the chance to look over the new Winnie & Walter release. You can find the new products at both Winnie & Walter and Simon Says Stamp.


Watercolour: Stamps – Winnie & Walter the big the bold and party, sugar rush; Dies – Winnie & Walter katherine cutaways; Card – Tim Holtz distress water colour card, Simon Says Stamp fog; Ink – Versamark, Simon Says Stamp hot lips; Paper – Heidi Swapp hello today; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp gold; Watercolours – Kuretake Zig Gansai Tambi; Twine – American Crafts basics; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh – Winnie & Walter 1st birthday bash mix

Shaker: Stamps – Winnie & Walter the big, the bold and party; Dies – Winnie & Walter katherine cutaways, in a word happy cutaway; Card – Simon Says Stamp doll pink, audrey blue, Neenah solar white 80lb; Paper – Lawn Fawn let’s polka, hello sunshine; Ink – Versamark; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp white; Ribbon; Twine – American Crafts basics collection; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh Winnie & Walter 1st birthday bash

  • Holly Saveur - February 27, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    great cards!ReplyCancel

  • Michele F - February 27, 2015 - 1:30 pm

    I love using the negative cut from these fabulous word dies… you’ve done wonders with this happy.. I doubt it could be MORE Happy!! I’ve had a bit of play-time with the Cheers cutaway this week … love to have you stop by… tea?
    =] MicheleReplyCancel

  • kate - February 27, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Just fabulous projects Debbie )
    Kate xxReplyCancel

  • conil - February 27, 2015 - 5:41 pm

    Aha…this Katherine cutaway is the bomb. So much in such a compact package. The tags and cards you created look fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Shay - February 27, 2015 - 6:39 pm

    You have made magic with w&w products as usual, Debby! Everything you touch is so lovely. We are so blessed to have you joining us for our A Week to Die For! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Goff - February 28, 2015 - 12:06 am

    What awesome cards! Love the watercoloring and tag on the first card and that awesome shaker element on the second!ReplyCancel

  • Snoopy - February 28, 2015 - 6:50 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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The winner of the Simon Says Stamp Hop To It blog hop is …….


Michele F – February 20, 2015 – 1:50 pm
Loved the sneaky-peek, but the finished product is too stunning for words.. =]

Congratulations Michele! Simon will be in touch :D

So I’m a little behind at the moment. Ok, that’s stretching the truth slightly, I’ve been a little behind since Christmas! However, I’m feeling more energised and getting on top of things; maybe it’s the thought of spring just around the corner :D I’ve got a couple of projects to share later in the week (here’s a sneaky peek of one in progress), but for now, how about a few links to inspire and enable ;)

  • I’m having great fun with the Hop To It release from Simon Says Stamp. What’s your favourite?
  • Did you see Jennifer’s review on the different ways to add foil to your projects? Foil was all the rage at CHA :D
  • I love the new release from Wplus9; isn’t this set adorable!
  • Talking about cute, how about the new Lawn Fawn! Not only are some of the stamps and dies going in my basket but also this and this paper pad :D
  • Snoopy - February 25, 2015 - 4:52 am

    Congratulations Michele! Woohoo for you. My favorite so far was when Jennifer McGuire used the laser printer, gold foil and heat laminator. That totally blew me away. Needless to say the laminator is now on my project list at SSS …lol.

    Snoopy :DReplyCancel

  • Michele F - February 25, 2015 - 1:44 pm

    I couldn’t have been more pleased, Debby… to win is wonderful, but to win from your blog? the very best!!
    =] MicheleReplyCancel

  • sue brannan - February 25, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Congratulaions Michelle and also to you Debby, this is the best blog ever, so inspirationalReplyCancel

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Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design #copic #card #party

I’m definitely in therapeutic colouring mode at the moment! There are so many cute images in the new Hop To It release from Simon Says Stamp :D Today’s card uses the Slumber Party set with matching Girls’ Night dies which are so absolutely adorable! I stamped the little girl in Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic coloured her in the image of my daughter – green eyes, auburn hair and she loves purple so the PJs had to be purple! It was interesting with her hair, I’m not sure on the correct way to colour auburn hair but when you look closely at my daughter’s hair it has so many colours running though it to create the overall shade. I enjoyed experimenting and started with some warm YR colours as a base and then layered deeper browns in the E55-59 range over the top. The result is quite close I think so I was happy enough. I did add some Wink of Stella over her hair, partly to replicate the way the sun catches the colours in auburn hair and well, if you are having a slumber party then a bit of sparkle never goes amiss! Pictures never capture Wink of Stella very well so I took a video on my phone and shared it on Instagram.

I also experimented with the PJs, once they were coloured and shaded purple, I added some colourless blender to a paper towel and dabbed it on the PJs. This gave a little fabric-like texture and was fun to do. I stamped, cut out and coloured the moon and star images and gave those a dose of Wink of Stella. The sentiment is stamped in Black on a Greeting Block die cut from white and then everything was mounted with foam adhesive on patterned paper cut with the Stitched Rectangles dies.

I’m just wondering which set to delve into for my next card …. perhaps the Rejoice set as I love the stylised fish in that one …. or maybe the Umbrella Shaker – that would be fun … or ….


Stamps – Simon Says Stamp slumber party; Dies – Simon Says Stamp girls’ night, greeting blocks, stitched rectangles; Card – Neenah solar white 80lb, 110lb; Paper – Heidi Swapp hello today; Ink – Memento tuxedo black, Simon Says Stamp black; Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter pen; Copics colourless blender refill, 0 E50 E51 E53 E55 E57 E59 E31 E33 E37 R12 YR18 YR21 YR24 YG93 YG95 YG97 V12 V15 V17  W0 W1 W3 N1; Ranger glossy accents

  • Shelly - February 23, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    Soooo cute!ReplyCancel

  • conil - February 23, 2015 - 6:03 pm

    You’re spot on with the auburn colour of her hair…and that sweet expression on her face. The fuzzy p.j.’s also look terrific.ReplyCancel

  • Snoopy - February 23, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    Fabulous card! I love the added texture and sparkle.

    Snoopy :DReplyCancel

  • Dori J - February 23, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    Your cards always make me smile and this one is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Goff - February 24, 2015 - 11:48 am

    Great card Debby and you did an amazing job on the Copic coloring!ReplyCancel

  • Gini K - February 24, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    Debby – your experiment was a rousing success – love your little girl’s auburn hair! And thanks for the reminder to use things like paper towels for a little bit of texture – I needed that.
    Great card!ReplyCancel

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