Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

Day three of Clearly Besotted sneaky peeks :D I think Clearly Besotted are the best at beautiful fine-lined flowers and my favourite way to stamp them is in Versamark and white heat embossed; the white I feel is much softer and elegant than a darker outline. And elegant certainly fits the Just Darling set with its lovely images and sentiments. I chose the Mother sentiment as, here in the UK, Mother’s Day is just around the corner :D

I debated which colouring media to reach for but then decided I haven’t used pencils on kraft for a while and I thought it would really suit a yellow daffodil. I cut a Stitched Rectangle of Neenah desert storm for the image, white heat embossing the flower and the sentiment in one go.

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I pulled out Prismacolor pencils and rummaged through my set pulling out all the shades of yellow and mustard for the flower and all the greens for the leaves and stem. I also added in white for the highlights and black and brown to add more depth to the shadows. I did add a coating of Wink of Stella and a sprinkling of enamel dots before mounting the panel over patterned paper and pegged on to a white card base.

I have another project for tomorrow before the new release goes live at 10pm UK time (5pm EST) over at Clearly Besotted and Simon Says Stamp :D In the meantime, for more fun peeks check out what Stephanie, the Design Team and our guests for the month have been up to over at Stephanie’s blog :D


Stamps – Clearly Besotted just darling; Dies – Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangles; Ink – Versamark; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp white; Pencils – Prismacolor; Card – Neenah solar white 110lb, desert storm 80lb; Paper – Heidi Swapp hello today, Teresa Collins nine & co; Accents – Zig wink of stella clear glitter pen, Signo uniball white gel pen, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots; Tools – EK Success powder tool

  • Celia - March 4, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    Okay, it’s official. Official official …. you are an ARTIST!!! Absolutely stunning coloring, the perfect balanced layout, and white heat embossing. The trifecta of perfection!ReplyCancel

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Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

How about a little tweetness for this Clearly Besotted sneaky peek?! The new So Tweet set is absolutely adorable and it had to be done :D A reminder that the these are just peeks of the new release which will go live at 10pm UK time (5pm EST) on 05 March over at Clearly Besotted and Simon Says Stamp :D

I started today’s tag with the So Tweet dies, cutting the birdhouse from Neenah solar white card, colouring with Copics and adding Zig wink of Stella over the main body of the house before dotting with White Enamel Accents. For the roof I used Glossy Accents to adhere Tim Holtz dry stickles rock candy glitter.

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The little bird is stamped in Audrey Blue and cut out with the matching die. I used a touch of Copic on the beak and a dot of Black Enamel Accents for the eye. The sentiment is stamped in Black on one of the Geometric Style shape dies acting a sign post on this occasion :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design

I used my all time favourite Clearly Besotted Rounded Tag cut from Lawn Fawn patterned paper to mount the little scene. The grassy slope is cut from more Lawn Fawn paper with the Tree Landscape die and the trees trimmed off :D The tag is strung with yellow twine from the American Crafts Basics collection.

That’s me for today but please call by and see Stephanie for more peeks at the new sets and also links to the rest of the Design Team and our guests for March –  Lucy AbramsJen NelsonJo Nevill and Nicole Picadura :D


Stamps – Clearly Besotted so tweet; Dies – Clearly Besotted so tweet, geometric style, tree landscape, rounded tag; Ink – Simon Says Stamp audrey blue, black; Card – Neenah solar white; Paper – Lawn Fawn let’s polka, hello sunshine; Twine – American Crafts basic collection; Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter pen; Enamel Accents black, white; Ranger glossy accents; Tim Holtz distress stickles dry glitter clear rock candy; Copics R22 R24 R27 R29 E21 E23 E25 E27 YR21

  • Michelle Short - March 3, 2015 - 10:14 am

    Aww, so cute! I love your little tag Debby! xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - March 3, 2015 - 10:48 am

    Superb little bird house scene Debbie.
    You are so talented – I NEED some enamel dots!
    They finish your tag so perfectly
    Sarah xReplyCancel

  • Nessa - March 3, 2015 - 11:10 am

    Beautiful tag! Love how you have given the house added interest-it looks fabulous :)
    Best wishes,Nessa xxReplyCancel

  • Jo Nevill - March 3, 2015 - 11:29 am

    Awwww so sweet. Gorgeous tag xReplyCancel

  • Connie G - March 3, 2015 - 11:55 am

    This tag is pure happiness!! So. Darn. Cute.ReplyCancel

  • Melodie Hunt - March 3, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    An adorable tag, Debbie … so many lovely details XxXReplyCancel

  • Celia - March 3, 2015 - 12:51 pm

    What a brilliant combination of products! This is absolutely adorable :)ReplyCancel

  • JOAN SMITH - March 3, 2015 - 1:07 pm

    Awww your tag is simply so Tweet and adorable. You really did an outstanding creative job. Love your little scene definitely a tag to be displayed… a reminder to keep your home
    tweet and loving. Lucky person who gets it.
    YOU so ROCK!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Phillips - March 3, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    Debbie Your tag made me smile ear to ear with its lovely color, dimension and cheerfulness! TYFS!!ReplyCancel

  • Craftyfield - March 3, 2015 - 1:49 pm

    LoOve your tag, the way you’ve done the bird house is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • caryn - March 3, 2015 - 3:14 pm

    So cute – love the colours xxxReplyCancel

  • conil - March 3, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    You are the Tag Queen…never fail to stun me with your designs. This one is so stinkin’ cute it makes my teeth ache.ReplyCancel

  • Judith - March 3, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    Oh, I am in love with this tag! Such bright colours and a lovely scene!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H. - March 3, 2015 - 6:41 pm

    How adorable! Love this sweet tag.ReplyCancel

  • Anita - March 3, 2015 - 10:27 pm

    Debby, this has got to be the cutest thing I’ve seen in ages! It’s totally gorgeous…LOVE! xxReplyCancel

  • Celeste Goff - March 4, 2015 - 12:08 am

    What an adorable tag Debby! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Nora - March 4, 2015 - 12:29 am

    This is simply adorable!! I LOVE all your coloring on this. FABULOUS!!ReplyCancel

  • KatieP - March 4, 2015 - 4:00 am

    Debby, Love everything about this tag!ReplyCancel

  • Toni C - March 4, 2015 - 10:55 am

    Not just a gorgeous tag but beautifully photographed as usual!ReplyCancel

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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

  • Jo Nevill - March 2, 2015 - 10:08 am

    Stunning Debby. I love the soft colours you have used xReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - March 2, 2015 - 10:38 am

    Absolutely stunning Debby.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Short - March 2, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Absolutely stunning, Debby! I love the colours! xReplyCancel

  • Pia Larsen - March 2, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    Gorgeous CAS card!ReplyCancel

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  • Michele F - March 2, 2015 - 1:30 pm

    Gorgeous… and doesn’t Stephanie just use THE most wonderful fonts?
    =] MicheleReplyCancel

  • Caralyn Karaitis - March 2, 2015 - 1:59 pm

    Very nicely done. Simple yet elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Kay Miller - March 2, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Oh this is so stunning Debby! Your choice of colors is just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner - March 2, 2015 - 5:34 pm

    This is so pretty! I love the softness and the colors!ReplyCancel

  • conil - March 2, 2015 - 5:45 pm

    Oooooh, my favorite color combo…and a new wreath. Heaven! S lovely.ReplyCancel

  • maxine - March 2, 2015 - 6:32 pm

    Lovely colours Debby, & a really nice card xReplyCancel

  • Darlene Gabriel - March 2, 2015 - 7:37 pm

    Gorgeous CAS card…… these soft colours.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - March 2, 2015 - 9:25 pm

    Simply gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie J - March 2, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    Gorgeous card, love the grey and yellow combo.ReplyCancel

  • Taunya Butler - March 2, 2015 - 10:07 pm

    I have been to your blog before and I must say that you always amaze me with your beautiful, gorgeous, stellar cards and creations!! You seem to have some knack, or magic touch with everything you create!! This card is ethereal in its’ beauty and I love the soft, trendy colors you have used!!! So super amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc - March 2, 2015 - 10:56 pm

    Gorgeous card; I love those colors.ReplyCancel

  • Anita - March 3, 2015 - 10:30 pm

    Just beautiful, and that colour combo is one of my favourites…why don’t I ever use it?! xxReplyCancel

  • KatieP - March 4, 2015 - 3:57 am

    Love your card.ReplyCancel

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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

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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

  • Darlene Gabriel - March 2, 2015 - 7:53 pm

    Wow – what gorgeous watercolouring and such a beautiful finished card. I really enjoy watching your videos. Thanks for all the extra tips you put into this one too. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into doing these for us.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - March 3, 2015 - 4:24 am

    Debby – This is absolutely gorgeous. Stunning. Lovely. Ethereal. I love it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Anita - March 3, 2015 - 10:45 pm

    This looks so beautiful, Debby. Thanks for all your tips throughout your video, I certainly want to try more creations with watercolours, you made that look so easy! xxReplyCancel

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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.

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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!

    Snoopy :DReplyCancel

  • Nora N - March 2, 2015 - 10:03 pm

    These are beautiful!! Love the fun shaker tag!!ReplyCancel

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