Wednesday, July 10, 2024



This week's Colour Creations blog hop is all about Blackberry Bliss.  I was inspired when I saw on Pinterest this colour combination, suggested by Mary Fish:

I had a lot of fun working with these colours, that I wouldn't have thought to put together!  Using Stampin' Up!'s Country Birdhouse bundle, I came up with these two cards, that I love.

CARD #1:

I went through the whole process (hours, as it turned out!) of making this card, and photographing it, without noticing that I had glued the bow on backwards.  Ah well ... the imperfections of handmade, hey?!

On the background paper, from the Country Lace DSP pack, I stamped the splatter pattern in Basic Beige and Blackberry Bliss inks.  

The birdhouse was stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink on another piece of Designer Series Paper from the same pack, and a third Country Lace patterned paper was used for the scalloped portion of the roof.  The striped and leafy Blackberry Bliss papers, used for the birdhouse roof and base, are from the Neutrals 6"x6" DSP pack.

I sponged Basic Beige ink around the edges of the Basic Beige papers, and Blackberry Bliss ink around the edges of the Blackberry Bliss paper pieces.

The bird and flowers were stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, in Stazon Jet Black ink.  I then watercoloured the images, using Summer Splash and Basic Beige for the bird, and Blackberry Bliss and Basic Beige for the floral pieces.  When I die-cut them, I also cut some little leaves from Basic Beige card.

Blackberry Bliss Transparent Adhesive-Backed Dots were added to finish off the design.

Here's a close-up of the stamped sentiment, created with the new Everyday Greetings stamp set (an Online Exclusive item, that doesn't appear in a catalogue).  I used the same DSP as for the main part of the birdhouse.  After stamping the sentiment, in Basic Beige and Blackberry Bliss inks, I cut it out using a Deckled Rectangles Die.  I sponged the edges with Basic Beige ink, then adhered it to the Unbounded Beauty Designer Series Paper strip (also sponged with Basic Beige ink).

CARD #2:

Again I've used papers from the Country Lace and Unbounded Beauty DSP packs.  The sentiment on this card is from the Country Birdhouse stamp set.  I stamped the first part of the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink, on a piece of Basic White card.  After cropping it with a Deckled Rectangles Die (running it through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine a second time, moving the die, to custom-size it), I sponged the edges with Basic Beige ink.  The second part of the sentiment was stamped in Basic Beige ink directly onto the Designer Series Paper.  I was intentional in making the second part a little more subtle, but it perhaps is too subtle!

A very thin strip of Blackberry Bliss card divides the two patterned papers used in the background.

The birdhouse, bird and flowers were all stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, using Stazon Jet Black ink.  I watercoloured the birdhouse in Blackberry Bliss ink, then, when dry, stamped the woodgrain pattern on the roof and base using Blackberry Bliss ink.

I adhered a piece of the Basic Beige DSP behind the two cut-out circles on the birdhouse.

Blackberry Bliss Transparent Adhesive-Backed Dots were used to embellish this card, too.

Because this card base is Blackberry Bliss, I added a Basic White panel inside.  I stamped the floral outlines in Blackberry Bliss ink, and when sponging the edges of the panel with Basic Beige ink, I smeared some ink with my finger.  In an attempt to minimise the effect of this "oopsie", I randomly stamped the splatter image in Basic Beige ink!

Next up on tonight's blog hop is Rachel Palmieri:

If you come across any broken links, or would like to see a full list of participants in this week's blog hop, head over to Catherine Proctor's blog.  Cathy does a fantastic job of co-ordinating our Colour Creations shares each week.

Listed below are all the products I used to make my cards.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below. 

Stampin' Up!'s Bonus Days are here, for the the month of July.  For every $90 you spend on product this month, you earn a $9 voucher to use in August.  Vouchers will be emailed to you, so make sure you keep them to redeem next month!

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  1. Two amazing cards, Christine, with a fabulous colour combination! I would never have noticed the backwards bow or if you hadn't pointed it out and I cannot see the smeared ink either - splatter stamp for the win!

  2. Two wonderful cards, Christine. I love the switching of colours between the two. Adore your watercolouring of the birdhouse and the bird. Don’t worry about the bow being backwards - it isn’t noticeable. Splatters are a great way to hide smudges. xxx

  3. Rachel Woollard11 July, 2024 03:57

    You have been busy Christine, two amazing cards. Fabulous colour combination, I wouldn’t have thought to put these colours together either. I think the first is my favourite, I love the Summer Splash bird popping out of the birdhouse. I wouldn’t have noticed the backwards bow if you hadn’t mentioned it, these things happen in our creative process ;) And you always seem to get the positioning of your embellishments, this time the Adhesive Dots, in just the right place, love it!

  4. Theresa Gerrard11 July, 2024 08:55

    Two absolutely beautiful and cute cards. You do know if you wouldn't have highlighted your error and oopsie no one would have been the wiser! Such a beautifully soft colour combination. The Summer Splash seems to soften the boldness of Blackberry Bliss.

  5. Love those splashes of Summer on the first card :)
    Great colour combination Christine, and I really like the Country Flowers stamped along the window box - beautiful cards xx

  6. Two beautiful cards, Christine, I adore this suite of products and how there are so many possibilities to create with them. Summer Splash is a gorgeous colour to pair with Blackberry Bliss, but I especially love the effect of the watercoloured birdhouse on card 2!

  7. How cute are those birdhouses! I particularly love the scattered flowers adorning the birdhouses and the colours you have used.

  8. Great cards and what oops! There is none!

  9. Rachel Palmieri13 July, 2024 09:33

    Both gorgeous cards, Christine. Summer Splash is a great addition to lift the mood of Blackberry Bliss.