Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp

My card from yesterday came together in a lickety split; happily stamping away and liking things as they came together. I’ve been meaning to do more videos for my blog but never get around to it. So I thought, you know what, lets just set the video camera up and film my next card for better or worse. No preparation as I do for classes, just sit down and see how things go. And yup, you guessed it, I jinxed myself LOL. My original plan was to try a technique demonstrated by the fabulous Jen Rzasa in the last Online Card Class, Watercolor for Card Makers - water colouring a panel and then laying a stencil over, weighting it down and leaving to dry. I loved the example Jen showed in class where the watercolours pool in the gaps in the stencil and leave a cool pattern.

I knew the stencil I wanted to use, I had been dying to use the gorgeous Ledger Drops since I saw the This Is The Life release from Simon Says Stamp. I really wanted to create a soft water coloured rain drop look with it. I also knew that it was perhaps a bit too ‘open’ for the technique I was going to try but hey I didn’t let that stop me! I set to and with stops for letting things dry … stops for family stuff … stops for house stuff … more stops for letting things dry … a bit of lunch thrown in there somewhere … reworking things as I went along … well you get the drift! So for a ‘real life’ view of making a card and perhaps gives you a good look at why I can be such a slow crafter here’s the video :D

I used Winsor & Newton watercolours on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor card and then placed the Ledger Drops stencil on top and weighted it down. The result was a subtle but rather too indistinct pattern. So I replaced the stencil and splattered some paint with a paint brush. I was really starting to like the watercolour at this point but you wouldn’t really say there were any raindrops. I started with a fresh piece of card and water coloured through the stencil. OK, I didn’t like this one so much but the smudgy raindrops were cool looking. So I reverted to my original water coloured piece and painted through the stencil in blue, then white then squirted some Shimmer Spritz because, well, why not LOL. At last I was beginning to feel this had the look I was going for. Finally I drew around the edge of a couple of the drops with a Weathered Wood Distress Marker and softened the lines with a damp brush. In the end the watercolour did have a very layered and soft watercolour raindrop look so I suppose I got there in the end just in a rather round about way!

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp

I die cut a Tag from the piece, strung with Grey Twine and layered Vellum clouds cut and embossed with the Chevron Clouds die (another of the new products which was top of my hit list), a second Tag stamped with a partial sentiment from Bring The Sunshine and some Silver Glitter Card die cut Hearts. A few Sparkling Clear sequins added to the raindrop look and everything was mounted onto a Fog panel and then onto a White card base.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp

Phew! OK, so if this hasn’t put me off doing more videos, I do plan to set up the camera every now and then and make these ‘hey this is how it rolled’ type of videos. I’m all for keeping it real!



I mentioned Online Card Classes above, well the next class is almost here and I am so honoured that Kristina & Jennifer asked me to join in the fun! Having seen peeks from the other class participants it really is jam-packed full with awesomeness!

Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina WernerJennifer McGuireDebby Hughes, and friends, to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content and can view it anytime. It is not necessary to take Stretch Your Stamps 1 first.

I have 3 spots in the class to giveaway! Leave a comment here by Friday 11:59pm EST for a chance to win :D


Stamps – Simon Says Stamp bring the sunshine; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp ledger drops; Dies – Simon Says Stamp chevron clouds, frames, medium tag, large holiday shapes, Wplus9 timeless tags 2; Ink – Simon Says Stamp smoke; Card – Simon Says Stamp fog, Tim Holtz distress watercolor, Bazzill vellum, Neenah solar white, DCWV glitter; Twine – Lawn Fawn cloudy; Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear; Distress Marker weathered wood; Shimmer Spritz – Imagine Crafts silver; Brushes – Claudine Hellmuth; Watercolours – Winsor & Newton

  • Jo - July 29, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Just discovered your amazing blog… and I’m thinking how has it taken me soooooooo long??? Your work is fabulous, simply stunning. I’d love to take this class but am not sure I can justify the cost, so thanks for a chance to win, Jo xReplyCancel

  • Thordis - July 29, 2014 - 11:02 am

    I loved watching your video and I hope you will make more of them. Your card is stunning, like always…
    I have taken a few classes before, and they always amaze me, so I would love to win a spot in this one. Thank you so much for the chance :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan - July 29, 2014 - 11:21 am

    Awesome and helpful video! I loved watching work through what you did not like! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Efrat - July 29, 2014 - 11:27 am

    Beautiful!! Thank you for the chance to win an OCC spot. Love those classes.ReplyCancel

  • Tesa - July 29, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Oh, i would love to win a spot:) Three of my favourite designer in one place❤ReplyCancel

  • Small T - July 29, 2014 - 11:52 am

    This class sounds amazing! I can’t wait for it to start! Thanks for the chance! :-) xoReplyCancel

  • Lena - July 29, 2014 - 11:58 am

    The card is very amazing. I like it :)!
    Thank you for the video and the chance to win.

    xoxo LenaReplyCancel

  • Kara - July 29, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    can’t wait to watch your video. i’d love a spot in the class:)ReplyCancel

  • Neha - July 29, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    I would love…love to win a spot in this classes. You are my one of the biggest inspiration. Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Anita in France - July 29, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Thanks for such a great video, Debby … love to see how your gorgeous cards evolve! Thanks for a chance to win a spot at class … would love to! Anita :)ReplyCancel

  • Hanny - July 29, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    Beautiful card.. Thank you for the chance to win a seat :) i woulf really love to be in the class..ReplyCancel

  • Anika F - July 29, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Beautiful card as always, thanks for the great giveaway. Would definitely love a chance to win a spot.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - July 29, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    I have never done an on-line card class before but this one looks gorgeous, so I would love to win a free spot!ReplyCancel

  • Katie {choc0holic} - July 29, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    I do hope that you will do many more videos. I really liked how you showed the process. So often in the videos I watch, the card/project is preplanned. That’s not how I roll, and I loved watching this gorgeous project come together. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the OCC class!ReplyCancel

  • Karen King - July 29, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    Great to watch “the process” on your video. It’s nice you finished in a day. I often have to come back the next day, but luckily an idea has popped into my head by then on how to finish my card. If I won this class, maybe the ideas wouldn’t take so long to pop! I love your card.ReplyCancel

  • Jayell - July 29, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    I’m so happy that you are an instructor on this online class and can’t wait for it to start.ReplyCancel

  • Anja - July 29, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    OCC are a great source of inspiration, a fantastic place to learn and share! That’s why I would LOVE to win a spot in the upcoming class! Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - July 29, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    This is so beautiful. And thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • maria f. - July 29, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    Love it, Debby. Thanks for sharing with us. I’m all about detours in cardmaking! Thanks for the class chance too – sounds like a great topic and one of your fortes.ReplyCancel

  • Judyt - July 29, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    I love your card Debbie and all the wonderful elements to it. Thanks for sharing your video and a chance to win a spot in the upcoming OCC.ReplyCancel

  • Jean K - July 29, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    I am so glad you are teaching this next class! My fingers are crossed that I win a spot.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Doggett - July 29, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    LOVE the card…I’m such a big fan! I am all signed up for the class!! Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • joy meadows - July 29, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    love this card and your video was so fun to watch, Debby! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class.ReplyCancel

  • Dana W - July 29, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Fabulous card!! Awesome way to use a stencil and i love how you cut a tag from the panel!!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie Sharp - July 29, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    I really love this card. The greys and blues work so perfectly together!ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Clearly Besotted Stamps, Simon Says Stamp inks

Teens are awkward little devils aren’t they! All those hormones rushing around, don’t want to be treated like a child but don’t want to be forgotten either LOL. Hopefully this card will hit the mark for a teen back to school card – not childish or even typical colours but a nod to the occasion and just letting them know that they are being thought of :D

I used three different apple designs from Clearly Besotted Stamps’ An Apple A Day set, stamped in Simon Says Stamp’s Mint, Sunshine and Fog – love these colours together. The little leaves were given more definition stamped in Smoke. The sentiment is from July’s Journal It set stamped in Versamark on Slate card and White heat embossed. A little washi and enamel dot help to make a subtle cluster of interest meanwhile the Diagonal Stripes stamped in Smoke ground the panel.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Clearly Besotted Stamps, Simon Says Stamp inks

We still have three weeks left of the summer break so it feels good to be ahead of the game! For now though it’s time to grab the suntan lotion and make the most of this uncharacteristically gorgeous summer we have been having :D Oh I think I might indulge in an ice lolly too ….


Stamps – Clearly Besotted Stamps an apple a day, journal it, diagonal stripes; Inks – Simon Says Stamp fog, smoke, sunshine, mint, Versamark; Card – Simon Says Stamp slate, Neenah solar white; Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white; Washi – Simon Says Stamp/Kelly Purkey; Enamel Dot – Basic Grey

  • conil - July 28, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Have a ice lolly on me…you deserve it for making this great card. Perfect for any hormonal teen…I find they appreciate them even though they are basically noncommunicative.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - July 28, 2014 - 5:01 pm

      Oh we have non-communicative in spades at times Conil LOL. Heading to the garden now to make the most of the last of the sun for the day :D

  • Troy Louise - July 28, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    This is so fresh & fun, I’m sure your teen will appreciate it. You are such a good Mom! I love the colors you used. Enjoy your nice weather. I personally could use a little cooler weather right now. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - July 28, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • caryn - July 28, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Love this Debby – gorgeous colour combo – can’t get enough of that lovely grey!
    Hope you’re keeping well??
    Caryn xxxReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - July 29, 2014 - 12:06 am

    Such a great idea, and I love the color combo, Debby! A really thoughtful card for a team, too…Love it!ReplyCancel

  • […] card from yesterday came together in a lickety split; happily stamping away and liking things as they came together. […]ReplyCancel

  • maria f. - July 29, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Absolutely love this CAS design! I have the three pack of gray tone SSS inks waiting for me at my folks’ when I get there next month. Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - The Alley Way Stamps, Simon Says Stamp & Hero Arts inks

Seriously is it the end of July already? The summer is just flying by, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise as it always does! With this being the last Sunday in July it is also my last post as Guest for The Alley Way Stamps :( I have really enjoyed playing with these fab graphic sets and it was the lovely graphic feel to one of the leaf images from the Pick One set which got me stamping a repeat pattern on a piece of white card just to see what it looked like. I chose inks in Fog, Smoke, Fresh Peach and Soft Brown and although I did clean the stamp between colours there was at times a little colour mixing going on which I actually quite liked :D Once I’d stamped the pattern, it was a case of deciding what to do with it. I could use it as a background on a card …. I do love my tags, so I could cut one of those … and then I remembered the new Bookmark It dies from Simon Says Stamp – perfect :D

I cut the main bookmark panel from the stamped piece and then the hole reinforcer from some Slate card. I like how clean, graphic and totally flat this bookmark is. Although I was tempted to embellish more, I actually like a bookmark to be flat so it sits nicely within the book pages and doesn’t damage them.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - The Alley Way Stamps, Simon Says Stamp & Hero Arts inks

I made the tassel from some Lawn Fawn twine using Stephanie Klauck’s easy to follow video to help me and tied it onto the bookmark. To keep things tidy I used a thick needle to thread all the ends through the centre of the tassel so the binding kept everything together. This is such a simple project but one I have already had a lot of use out of :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - The Alley Way Stamps, Simon Says Stamp & Hero Arts inks

I want to thank so much Alison and Chrissie for inviting me to guest this month – ladies, you are awesome :D


Stamps – The Alley Way Stamps pick one; Dies – Simon Says Stamp bookmark it; Inks – Simon Says Stamp fog, smoke, Hero Arts fresh peach, soft brown; Card – Simon Says Stamp slate; Neenah solar white; Twine – Lawn Fawn

  • Kristie - July 27, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    Love this!! I thought it was patterned paper, not a stamped design. Wow! I will have to dig through my stamps to see if I can do something similar.ReplyCancel

  • conil - July 27, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    This turned out beautifully. Really impressed with the pattern you’ve created. Clean, graphic and colorful. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - July 27, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Love this beautiful bookmark, Debby! Awesome pattern and colors!ReplyCancel

  • Martye - July 27, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    That turned out so pretty. Love the peaceful colors you chose — they work so nicely together. Would you have the dimensions of the cut bookmark. The SSS site doe not list the dimensions of their dies.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - July 28, 2014 - 5:00 pm

      Hi Martye, the bookmark measures just over 4 inches tall by a tad under 1.5 inches wide (4 1/16 x 1 11/16) Hope that helps :D

      • Martye - July 28, 2014 - 6:01 pm

        Thanks do much.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - July 28, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Beautiful bookmark, Debby! I love the graphic pattern and the color combo is so pretty!ReplyCancel


For the first time ever, you can take any (or all) past Online Card Classes at a discount! We’re offering $5 off each of our previous independent card classes — no coupon code needed, just register for the classes of your choice. Tell your friends! Now is the perfect time to stock up on inspiration! Visit Online Card Classes to join us.

Yep, you read that right, Online Card Classes are having a sale this weekend :D Seriously if you have ever thought about trying a class, or already have and know what great value these classes are at their normal prices, well you really should head on over there! Such a fabulous offer :D On top of that Jennifer and Kristina always work so hard to bring quality classes jam-packed with videos from a range of different artists in a range of different styles, they really are in a class of their own (pun intended LOL).

I’m over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with a creative uses post inspired by my recent vacation! Here’s a sneaky peek of one of the cards over there :D I hope you will take the time to stop by.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp This is The Life


Island Vacation: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp paw prints on our hearts, life’s journey; Dies – Simon Says Stamp vacation word strips; Inks – Simon Says Stamp sea glass, audrey blue, green apple, smoke, Versamark; Card – Neenah solar white, Simon Says Stamp slate, Bazzill 40lb vellum; Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white; Sequins

Safari Inspired: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp life’s journey; Dies - Simon Says Stamp vacation word strips; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp waves; Card – Neenah solar white; Ink – Distress Inks black soot, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, Versamark; Embossing Powder – Ranger super fine detail gold; Wood Veneer – Studio Calico stars

  • conil - July 23, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    Saw them. Can you say gorgeous? Great vacation cards you clever, clever girl. Paw prints for islands…that’s just ingenius but then you turn the wavy stencil and make zebra stripes. Good lord, I wish I had your brain.ReplyCancel