Sending Big Hugs

Hi readers! Happy Sunday, and welcome to another creative uses post with the fantastic Debby Hughes! Her creative genius never ceases to amaze! Read on to see what she used to make this lovely card below.



Hello, Debby here with a look at stretching your supplies just that little bit further; this card takes one die and turns it into something completely different! The STAMPtember release had a bundle of fabulous dies and I thought the Tattered Poppy set had a lot of different options than the one intended. You can see a gorgeous example of the Tattered Poppy dies in a card Nichol Magouirk used for the STAMPtember blog hop – so pretty with its rich red colours.


However, one of the poppy petals reminded me of a butterfly in flight with the poppy stamens as antennae and some of the other petals looked like ginkgo leaves. I die cut the flower twice from Canson watercolor card and reached for my watercolors. Cutting the die twice made sure I had enough ‘leaves’ to create a simple ginkgo stem. I love this patchy watercolor style at the moment with areas of white left to show through for highlights.


I also loosely watercolored a panel of Canson card as the background and splattered spare paint and a solution of Perfect Pearls to give it a dreamy bokeh look. The sentiment is from the Big Scripty Greetings set stamped in Versamark and Silver heat embossed. All I added as an accent were a couple of sequins from the Little Things by Lucy’s Cards range.

Thanks for joining me today and perhaps you can take a second look at your new supplies for alternative uses?


Thanks for reading, and thanks to Debby for this gorgeous project!!


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  1. Adore your ‘loosely water colored’ panel Fabulous design – the placement of the sentiment creates beautiful movement towards the pretty butterfly and the flowers :)

  2. Gorgeous card, Debby you are amazing, love the simplicity and beauty you create. I really like that sentiment. SSS rocks.!!

  3. Beautiful card. I always enjoy your creativity in using a die in a way I would never have thought of – I wouldn’t have thought leaves when the die is a flower! Also really enjoyed the colors.

  4. Wow! I love ginkgo leaves and this is beautiful! Amazing how you spotted their shape in the poppies. What a fabulous repurposing.

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous card! I love that you took one die and turned it into two completely different things! Both the butterfly and ginko leaves are colored perfectly (in my opinion anyways). Just wonderful work! TFS

  6. What a very pretty card. The soft colors and the white background really make for a great combination. Thanks for sharing the tip on the stamps and dies.

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