Stencilled background over watercolored piece. Find out more by clicking here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/stencilled-background/

I must admit to crushing slightly over this stencilled background! It started as a watercolor piece with my favourite green and teal colours using Gansai Tambi paints on Canson card. Then I took the Big Words stencil and Olive ink and sponged the words lightly on top of the watercolor.

Stencilled background over watercolored piece. Find out more by clicking here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/stencilled-background/

I spritzed with a solution of perfect pearls and liked the highlights that added so went back in with the Big Words stencil and overlaid some of the words again but this time with White ink. While the white ink was out I added a few random dots with a rubber on the end of a pencil and smooshed them around with my fingers a little too.

Stencilled background over watercolored piece. Find out more by clicking here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/stencilled-background/

I die cut the Painted Enjoy from Olive card but then also sponged Olive ink on top to give variation and a deeper colour to stand out from the background. With this aim I also stitched a piece of vellum to the background for the sentiment die cut to sit on so that again helped to give separation.

Stencilled background over watercolored piece. Find out more by clicking here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/stencilled-background/

I paired the sentiment with one from the Happy & Smile stamp set, stamped in Slate and trimmed out, and a couple of sequins finished things off.

STAMPtember

I’m sorry things are a bit quiet around here this week, but the good news is that it will be crazy around here next week! Simon Says Stamp‘s STAMPtember is a month-long stamping extravaganza! Already I see the STAMPtember link set up on the web page which I’m waiting with anticipation to see fill up with all the new products! I’ve played with some of the new sets and can’t wait to share with you. I posted this sneaky peek the other day and I must dig my camera out and take a few more because you are going to love what’s coming in just a few short days!

STAMPtember peek

Supplies

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

    Oh my! I absolutely love, love, love this card! That background is seriously awesome and I can’t wait to try your amazing technique. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous card! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tess Hackett

    Love that card, wonderful technique for a masculine card. Very excited for Stamptember, I love that sneak peak I saw on Instagram. I probably should start saving whatever money I can for Stamptember.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    I love the look of this background. You did a great job getting the sentiment to pop off the card. Great design…good job! TFSReplyCancel

  • Lisaerica

    Debby, hello my crafty friend. I love your favorite colors, they happen to be mine too, lol! I can’t wait to see all the goodies either. Did your kiddos go back to school yet? My boy starts school on September 8th. It’s bittersweet as I love having him around but when he’s in school I get more time to myself to craft. Hope you enjoyed your summer.ReplyCancel

    • Debby

      In Scotland the schools go back mid August so we are on our second week back. I’m loving haveing the STAMPtember goodies to play with while they are in school ;)ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    I can see why you’re crushing on this background, it’s GORGEOUS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ericka

    Gorgeous card love the look of the watercolors.ReplyCancel

  • Amy s K

    Fantastic! When first seeing the photo of the card, my thought was – oooo, how did you do that? Thanks for sharing! And looking forward to seeing more of your amazing work in Stamptember!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    Ooooh…loving this color combo and all the work done on the background. Brilliant to us white ink over dye ink to create all that depth.ReplyCancel

  • Awesome card!!ReplyCancel

  • Troy Louise

    What a neat card! Thanks for explaining how you did that beautiful background. Cant’ wait to see all of the fun Stamptember goodness. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • TK

    OHHHH, I absolutely adore this one! Love the watercolored background, the stenciled words — it’s exquisite!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful stenciled project – love how it turned out… and that sneaky peek? You’re killing me!!ReplyCancel

  • Gini K

    Oh – your card is so artistic! I love it – and so appropriate, as it’s my birthday today – Thank You!!!ReplyCancel

  • Totally wonderful! Jo xReplyCancel

Layered stamping creates different colors where the stamping overlaps. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/layered-stamping-2/A quick and easy layered stamping card today. Often as not I add dimension to cards by die cutting the images and layering them over each other. However, every now and then it’s nice to mix things up and stamp the images over one another so that the layered stamping creates different colours where the layers overlap. This card uses the Birthday Bits stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit, and yes I’m still in love with the Pink Fresh Studio paper from the kit too!

Layered stamping creates different colors where the stamping overlaps. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/layered-stamping-2/

On a panel of Neenah Solar White card I stamped the large balloon in Mint and then Hot Lips followed by the small balloon in Sunshine. Once dry I offset the balloon outline in Smokey Gray and added the bow to the other two balloons before stamping the sentiment in Black.

Layered stamping creates different colors where the stamping overlaps. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/layered-stamping-2/

The white card base is covered in the lovely Pink Fresh Studio paper and the panel foam mounted over the top before adding sequins to finish – such a quick and easy card :D

Layered stamping creates different colors where the stamping overlaps. Find out more by clicking on the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/layered-stamping-2/

You can subscribe to this (no obligation) card kit of the month program for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Kits can also be purchased individually at Simon Says Stamp store for $29.95 plus Shipping and Handling where you can also buy many of the elements of the kit separately. Clicking here takes you directly to this September edition of the kit :D

Supplies

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.

   
  • Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    I love this card. Clean and simple but oh so lovely. I like how the inks blend to add a couple of different colors. Paper is lovely and I love sequin bling. Great job, great design. TFSReplyCancel

  • barbara lassiter

    Lovely card. Your cards are always an inspiration!ReplyCancel

Glossy die cut sentiment - how to make your sentiment more of the design than an afterthought. Find out more by clicking the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/glossy-die-cut-sentiment/

So how do you make the sentiment become more of the design? This tag uses the Heartfelt Wishes set from Mama Elephant and the combination of being able to die cut the stamped sentiment and then adding a layer of Glossy Accents, à la Jennifer McGuire, really makes the sentiment stand out and become part of the design rather than an after thought.

Glossy die cut sentiment - how to make your sentiment more of the design than an afterthought. Find out more by clicking the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/glossy-die-cut-sentiment/

Melania Deasy has revived my love of misted/splattered backgrounds with her ink blended and watercolor splashes so I started with a Large Tag cut from white card, blended in Sea Glass and Lake Shores inks and then splattered with Gansai Tambi paints. I stamped the ‘thanks’ sentiment from Heartfelt Wishes in Hero Arts Ombre light to dark pink ink and die cut with the matching dies before giving that thick coat of Glossy Accents. Once dry I foam mounted it on the tag with the matching sentiment stamped in black below.

Glossy die cut sentiment - how to make your sentiment more of the design than an afterthought. Find out more by clicking the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/glossy-die-cut-sentiment/

The perfect accompaniment to this sentiment had to be one of the little dogs from Playful Pups; he’s stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, die cut with the matching dies and colored with Copics.

You can find the new Mama Elephant sets both Mama Elephant and Simon Says Stamp.

Supplies

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.

   
  • Cindy H.

    Awwww, this is just darling! Beautiful coloring and I love your paint spatter, it’s so soft. I like using Glossy Accents but I hate waiting for it to dry :) I just used it the other day on a small balloon for a card and I couldn’t stop looking at it and wishing it would dry…soon!ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.

    What a beautifully colored tag! I love the little doggie!ReplyCancel

  • Such a cute tag! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Baker Cox

    So cute!! I love the coloring on this!! Looks just like a Schnauzer!ReplyCancel

  • Sooo cute!! Love the sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • conil

    That puppy looks right at home and adorable on you tag.ReplyCancel

  • Millie

    Absolutely adorable!!
    Have a blessed day,
    Millie
    Crafting With Creative M ReplyCancel

  • Brithzi Sandy

    This tag is so cute. Love the puppy. Liked how you did the “Thanks” sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • Outstanding! Love everything about this!ReplyCancel

  • So sweet and so beautifully done.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    Thanks for sharing this adorable tag. I love the glossy sentiment and the great background. That little pup steals my heart each time I see it. Lovely job!ReplyCancel

This balloon shaker is inspired by the gorgeous confetti filled balloons I

Oh I do love a good shaker! Make it a balloon shaker and it’s even more fun LOL. I was inspired by these confetti filled balloons I saw on Pinterest along with the gorgeous script sentiment from the new Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes set.
This balloon shaker is inspired by the gorgeous confetti filled balloons I

I started out by blending Sea Glass and Lake Shores inks on the front of a white card base and lightly splattered with some Gansai Tambi watercolours in toning colours. I’ve picked up this idea from the fabulous Melania Deasy and I just can’t stop using this fun technique :D Once the inks had fully dried I stamped the greeting in Versamark and silver heat embossed.

This balloon shaker is inspired by the gorgeous confetti filled balloons I

All that was left was to cut a Balloon die from a panel of white card, back it with acetate and foam mount it on the card front where I’d added a gorgeous Phosphorescence sequin mix from Lucy Abrams. I finished off with a twine bow and of course a good shake-shake-shake test run!

You can find the new Mama Elephant sets at both Mama Elephant and Simon Says Stamp; check them out they are such fun :D

Supplies

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.

   
  • oh Debby – this card is so fantastic – love it – thanks for the tip on the background technique too!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy M

    Gorgeous shaker card! Oh I want to make one just like it. Those sequins are fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    This is beyond beautiful! I love your art style and this card is just so lovely!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Absolutely GORGEOUSReplyCancel

  • Shari Arbogast

    So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • This is really lovely! I am such a fan of your work!ReplyCancel

  • TamiBabs

    Wow Debby that is fabulous! Love that sequin mix and the font on that Happy Birthday – whoa! I had to have that one too! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Dori J

    Love, love, love this balloon shaker! So perfect for anyone.ReplyCancel

  • ann

    Oh sooooo prettyReplyCancel

  • conil

    Gorgeous…and fun. Lucy’s mixes are so lovely and this one is perfect for your balloon.ReplyCancel

  • Troy Louise

    So pretty! Love the colors & that giant balloon is adorable. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • tonilea

    I love this.ReplyCancel

  • TREEN

    Oh Debbie. this is lovely. its so soft and elegant, but so much fun. this really has the Debbie Hughes touch. I use so so many of your ideas when I make cards. I am not getting many of the up on my sites, but I will. in the meantime, I really am so happy when I get the email that says you have created another wonderful creation for us. thank you from the bottom of my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Hope S

    how pretty! I love shakers!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie J

    Debby, leave it to you to make a shaker card–a balloon shaker card– that is beyond elegant. Wow! The color palette, the background layer, and that Happy Birthday stamp that just might be the prettiest happy birthday stamp in all the history of happy birthday stamps. Perfect card!ReplyCancel

  • Josee

    Debby ~ Everything you create is gorgeous–soft and elegant! I truly admire your work. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H.

    Love your beautiful shaker card! It’s soooo elegant and fun!ReplyCancel

  • I love shaker cards and this one is really beautiful! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Schulte

    Absolutely love this!ReplyCancel

  • Millie

    I love this!! Beautiful!!Have a blessed day,
    Millie
    Crafting With Creative M ReplyCancel

Using an offset focal point to draw the eye and create a more interesting focal point. For more please click the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/offset-focal-point/

I must admit the mice in the Meowlloween Extras set from Mama Elephant might be my favourites. They are just so darn cute! An offset focal point and lots of white space on this card make me happy too. For me, setting a scene off centre draws the eye and creates a more interesting design and where ever possible I do try this technique.

Using an offset focal point to draw the eye and create a more interesting focal point. For more please click the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/offset-focal-point/

I stamped one of the mice from the Meowlloween Extras set along with a pumpkin from the Meowlloween set and the banner from the Charmed set in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out with their matching dies and coloured with Copics. I’ve a video coming up at the end of the month colouring more of these mice and pumpkins so keep an eye out for that :D I also stamped and die cut the speech bubble from the Meowlloween Extras set and the sentiment too on the Charmed banner. Isn’t that sentiment perfect with this cute mouse LOL.
Using an offset focal point to draw the eye and create a more interesting focal point. For more please click the following link: http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/08/offset-focal-point/

As a backdrop for the scene I blended Lakeshores ink on the side of a top folding Neenah Solar White card base and then added the elements with foam adhesive. Really I should’ve added detail to the blended ink before mounting things on top so instead of splattering the card with a solution of Perfect Pearls as I usually do, I had to drop a couple of dots of the solution here and there around the scene instead. Finally I added a couple of sequins and some Wink of Stella :D

You can find all of the new release Mama Elephant products at Mama Elephant and also at Simon Says Stamp.

Supplies

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.

   
  • Kit

    This card is even more adorable than the kitty one. The offset is really cool.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Baker Cox

    This is adorable. I love the colors and the simplicity of it. Beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Super cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Marasigan

    Love this! How could I possibly be afraid of the cutest little mouse? Adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Larelle-Susanne Thoms

    Love this it is adorable, super big hugs doing the hop! Larelle-SusanneReplyCancel

  • conil

    have a serious crush on these ME mice…have to have them. Really love the layout of this card with the offset focal point. Adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dacy

    This card is definately a winner. That little mouse is so stinkin’cute….and scary…not. Great colors on this card and I am going to try to offset an image next time I get into my craft area. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • My goodness! That is such a cute card! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Mendi Yoshikawa

    So sweet! Love how the stamps look set against your soft aqua background–It’s perfection! :)ReplyCancel

  • I love your Copic coloring, Debby! The card is so cute and playful! Perfect for Halloween without looking too dark and creepy lol!ReplyCancel

  • Even DH is super impressed this morning – with your two Halloween cards actually. Love your sense of humour – it goes beyond the sentiments in the set.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H.

    So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Millie

    Totally cute & fun!! New follower.
    Have a blessed day,
    Millie
    Crafting With Creative M ReplyCancel

  • Julie B

    You are amazingly talented! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel