Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – March 2017 – Watercolor- Smoosh

 Welcome back to Happy Little Stampers’ Watercolor Challenge. We are very excited about this challenge and are guessing by the number of you who joined us last month that you are too!

This month’s challenge:

As always at Happy Little Stampers’ challenges……..we have a prize for you!

We would like to welcome our Guest Designer, Linda, for this challenge!

Here’s my card using Mix Mash, HLS Doodled Flowers and Butterfly Birthday.img_6196_edited-1

To start, I “smooshed” some blue and green paint onto the card front with my stamp press.


Then I created a “background stamp” of sorts by adhering lots of stamps fromMix Mash, Doodled Flowers and Butterfly Birthday onto my stamp press all at once.

I love this stamp press! So much so, that I have 2.

I have to give a shout out to Fiskars. I had an issue with one of the presses (some of the hardware, little rubber O-rings, got stretched out and went missing) and after telling them about it via their website they sent me a new one! I did not have to return the one with the problem.

 img_6177_edited-1Using my “background stamp” I stamped the butterfly and flower images all at the same time, making 4 cards for a private challenge while I was at it. img_6163_edited-1These cards remind me of The Secret Garden, the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Image result for the secret garden black and white imagesWith loving, tender care the children in the book, with the help of an elderly gardener, discover the joy of caring for a neglected garden. They see life flourish in the garden, and in themselves, as they spend time there nurturing it.

My family and I enjoy listening to an Audio Drama version of the book. Here’s a link in case you’d like to check it out.

The Secret Garden (Audio Drama), Focus on the Family Radio Theatre

After smooshing and stamping, I added the fussy cut flower, the sentiment, and some white gel pen accents.

img_6193_edited-1I love how these cards turned out! Try making your our “background stamp” and let me know what you think.


All of our Happy Little Stampers’ Watercolor Challenges are Anything Goes with an optional twist. The only rule is that you use water coloring or a watercolor technique on your entry. You may enter as many times as you like and you do NOT have to use HLS products to enter.


My teammates and I are excited about this monthly watercolor challenge and we sure do hope that you are going to enjoy joining in too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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Butterfly Birthday

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20 thoughts on “Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – March 2017 – Watercolor- Smoosh

  1. Pingback: Spotlights and Winner for the Based on a Book Challenge - Simon Monday Challenge Blog

  2. Lovely card, the stamps are so pretty and love the blue watercolor. The secret garden is my favorite book, so fun that you were inspired by that too. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  3. Hello, Melissa! What a stunning card. I love the colors, and the sweet butterflies and flowers. It turned out beautifully. God has certainly blessed you with amazing talents. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by Word Art Wednesday and play along in our challenges. It’s such a blessing to have you join us and I hope you will visit again soon and often. Have a wonderful and creative week.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

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  4. This is a beautiful card, Melissa! I loved the idea of lots of stamps and the “smooshed” color so much that I made a birthday card for my husband today using a combination of SSS and Reverse Confetti birthday sentiment stamps in black. My attempt at “smooshing” wasn’t so great, but I liked the effect of blending blue and green water color marker ink on the stamp press as the color background (without the water). Thanks so much for sharing these ideas! (Gave each of my granddaughters a copy of The Secret Garden to read over the summer last year!)

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  5. Melissa, your card is lovely! The touch of the small raised flower is the perfect ending note to your “secret garden”. Thank you so much for playing along at Word Art Wesnesday!
    Misty D.

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