If you know me you know that I love all things bee related. So I couldn’t resist joining in on the Simply B progressive colouring challenge for March. It was this wonderful image and sentiment, which I just loved. I coloured it with my Polychromos pencils and flowed the challenge recipe – patterned paper, embossing, ribbon, black white and yellow – and the image of course!

You can see a side on of the card for the embossing and colouring here. There is some shimmer on her wings and the wings of all the bees, which you can just make out in this side on view.

I hope you like the image as much as I do. These progressive colouring challenges are really making me work on my colouring and getting me doing more and pushing me outside of my comfort zone, which is great!

Just Bee You

Hi All,

Nicole here to share a fun Easter card.  I show how I made this card, step by step, including fixing a silly little mistake along the way over on the Papermilldirect blog.  I used a really fun Bloobel stamps image on this card that ties into their progressive colouring challenges also, and it made it even more fun, working with such a quirky image!

Hope it gets you in the mood for those Easter celebrations!


Celebrate Fun!

Hi All,

Nicole here to share a mothers day card made using Papermilldirect products, along with some fun water colouring on a Stampingbella stamp. I used the Mason Jar of Flowers image, and I love this as it can be so versatile. I did some pretty basic water colouring to match my card and papers used on my card. I used my Kuratakai Gansai Watercolours for this. I really love these as the colours and mixing of colours in them makes using them so easy! I added some simple detail on the navy card using my Martha Stewart scoreboard.  I have more information up over on the Papermilldirect blog on how I did this.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you spoiled your mum’s on Mothers Day, or if you are a mum that you were spoiled!


Water Coloured Florals

Hi everyone,

I have some fun spring inspiration up over on the Papermilldirect blog showing you how I made this fun card to welcome in the Spring. Head on over to see how I made it. Super simple, and a great one for using up those scraps – you know that is my favourite crafty past time!

Spring Chicks

Hi all,

I have this fun card up over on Papermilldirect blog, sharing some inspiration for the latest challenge.

For this card I used the adorable Tropical Squidgie image from Stamping Bella. I am being encouraged by a friend to challenge myself to colour more this year so I am breaking out the pencils more and getting more colouring onto my projects. I am even entering a few progressive colouring challenges! For this card I used my Polychromos Pencils, using the following colours:

  • Hair: Green Gold / Brown Ochre / Burnt Sienna
  • Glasses: Earth Green Yellowish / May Green / Cobalt Grey IV
  • Pineapple Girl: Van Dyck Brown / Sanguine / Cadmium Orange
  • Coconut: Brown Ochre / Van Dyck Brown
  • Skin: Burnt Sienna / Medium Flesh / Light Flesh

I made this a bright and fun card to fit in with the challenge, but also the image is just fun and calls out for bright and cheery!


Here is a bit of a close up of the colouring. I added glossy accents to the glasses to make them really stand out and look like some really fun shades!pineapple-spring-card-nicole-small-2

Anyway thanks for stopping by today, have a great day!


Tropical Fun