Well, it’s been a little crazy around here just recently. We went away for a few days as a family to Italy – love, love, loved it! I’ll have to share some photos soon when I get them downloaded from my camera :D Add in lots of kids exams, end of term stuff and getting ready for summer work and I don’t think I’ve stopped recently, and there’s more to come until the end of the month. After which I’m anticipating a quiet Scottish summer with just my youngest home with us while the older two work away in England.


I’m trying to catch up a little here, and one of the things I’ve missed telling you about is the recent release of the July Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. Here’s what is included in the kit:

I picked up my kit from the post office today and can’t wait to delve into those cute bee images!


I’ve not had much time to sit down and create, but I have been keen to follow Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Colouring Challenge. I love Kathy, and her Colouring Challenges are fabulous! The idea is to carve a little time into each day for some therapeutic colouring. I’ve recently discovered the joys of gouache – an opaque watercolour. You know how I love watercolour! Well, gouache is watercolour, but it behaves a little differently to traditional watercolours and so to improve I plan on joining Kathy for the colouring challenge and so practice with gouache!

I’ve been sharing on social media – pick your favourite from Instagram (mainly sharing in Instagram Stories), Facebook and Twitter and here’s how I’ve been getting on so far. I’ve been using the book by Philip Boelter to guide me – he has fabulous tutorials showing how to sketch and paint simple florals. Perfect for a few minutes practice each day. Check out his work on Instagram here.

Day 1 – Gloriosa Daisy Wildflower

Day 2 Thistle

Day 3 Poppy

Day 4 – Wisteria

I think the Poppy is my favourite so far! If you want to check out the book by Philip Boelter, you can do so here on Amazon US and here on Amazon UK.

I’m using white gouache mixed with watercolours at present, but I have on order a couple of sets of gouache from American Crafts to try out – their Paper Fashion set 1 and set 2. I’ll let you know how I get on with them when they arrive.

OK, that’s all from me today. I have a card and matching envelope to share with you as soon as I can get photos taken etc. …. and it uses gouache! Hope to see you here then.

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