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Ink.Stamp.Share May Blog Hop - New Catalogue Sneak Peak...

I am so excited to be joining the Ink.Stamp.Share May hop as this month we are showcasing some sneak peaks from the upcoming Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue which launches on the 3 June so not long to wait now. 

There are so many amazing new products to share and I have chosen a new stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers.  It is actually part of the Flowers for Every Season collection which I know you are going to love.

I was asked to make a birthday card for a dear friend of mine by her mum, the brief being bright, cheerful and she loves sunflowers so that was good timing!

I took my inspiration for my card from my beautiful craft room curtains made by our very own Laura.  I loved this fabric when Laura made some curtains for somebody else so when I moved home last year I knew exactly what fabric I wanted in my craft room.

So I started off with a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped one of the large sunflowers, began to colour and gradually built it up using the Beautiful Friendship stamp set (which I am very relieved to say is with us for at least another year) until I had a full sheet of loveliness.

I then set to designing my card, I opted for a gate fold card, a larger card than I would normally make to show as much of the beautiful colours as possible.

I couldn't waste any of this paper so I decorated the inside too, using virtually the whole sheet.

I absolutely loved creating this card and really struggled to chop it up but I am very pleased I did.

I am often asked about my colouring techniques.  I am not an artist in fact I cannot draw if my life depended on it but the amazing stamps from Stampin' Up! enable me to be creative and I love to share that with people so I have made a video (below) of how I coloured the sunflower which I hope you will enjoy and maybe offer some insight in to how I colour.

I am now going to pass you on to Gez who I am sure has something absolutely amazing to share with you today.

Happy Stampin'



  1. Oh my goodness! This card is so gorgeous! I can't believe you made the dsp. You've motivated me to try this. I already have the beautiful friendship set. I was on the fence about the sunflowers, but now I may make a purchase.
    I'm a SU demo in Akron OH. Thank you so much for your inspiratio !

  2. Fantastic colouring Jo. Thanks for the video instructions x

  3. Aw I love this and love how the Curtains and fabric inspired you, stunning card, love the sunflowers teamed up with Beautiful Friendship! and how spooky we both choose a gate fold card lol! two mind think a like hey! xx

    1. Great minds Hun I did chuckle when I saw your card especially as I don't do gate folds very often and thank you for my amazing curtains x

  4. STUNNING as ever Jo, wish we lived a little closer so i could have some blending lessons.

  5. Wow that hand stamped DSP is stunning. Love that you were inspired by your curtains!

  6. Oh just lovely - thank you for the video on your coloring technique.

  7. Absolutely beautiful card. I am going to have to watch your video as that is amazing colouring and I am a bit rubbish at that! Thank you :-)

  8. Amazing card! Love the way you made the dsp! You made such beautiful colour-combinations and left a nice amount of white. It makes it look happy, chic, fresh and yes.. professional!

  9. WOW! Awesome coloring and stamping. This should be marketed!

  10. The card is incredible and your sunflowers are INSANE!! Gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing how you colored them!

  11. STUNN👏🏻ING!👏🏻 Jo, you've absolutely knocked this one out of the park! I love finding stamping inspiration from different items. TFS!

  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I have serious colouring envy! I'm with Sue on this one, would love to go to 'Jo's demo school' to learn some Blends skills xx

  13. The card is fabulous and what talent for coloring!