Waterfront with a Castle

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today’s card is from Barb Gourlay and it uses the stamp set Waterfront as well as a retired castle stamp of unknown vintage. Barb always surprises and delights with a card that has a very personal detail added to it. I love it!!


Waterfront with Castle Card


Let’s take a look at Barb’s beautiful creation. She did something very simple but very spectacular with the Stitched Nested Label dies. Very impressive! Barb added the castle in the background because I had just spent a weekend in Rudesheim in Germany looking at castles. If you ever get to chance to travel there, I highly recommend it.


Waterfront card with Castle


From what I can tell, Barb used two Stitched Nested Label dies and cut out an opening and a frame. The frame is popped up with mini dimensionals. Needless to say, Barb did all her stamping before the cutting. Here is a closeup so you can see the detail.


closeup of Waterfront card


It’s All in the Details


Do you see how Barb placed the dock die so that the bird is sticking out over the edge This little detail really makes the card stand out. There are also three strategically placed rhinestones on the card. Try to use an odd number when you are using accessories, it is more pleasing to the eye. Thank you Barb for this stunning card. Here is a blog post that I did with the Waterfront stamp set quite a while ago, but it is always nice to get more ideas for a stamp set.


Chatham, Ontario


Barb comes from Chatham, Ontario which has also been my hometown for the last 32 years. This creative and talented woman is also on my team and she is a retired nurse, mom and grandma. Chatham is home to Retrofest and RM Autos which is famous world wide for their classic car restorations and auctions. The owners of RM have invested in revititalizing the downtown by restoring some of our old buildings. The Retrosuites is a boutique hotel which they own and it has themed rooms and a fantastic restaurant called The Chilled Cork.






Doesn’t Chatham look pretty? My Airbnb is booked until the end of October but after that it will be available. I am strongly considering also offering a bed and breakfast in my home specially geared to card makers. Here is the link to learn more about Chatham.




Thanks for joining me on my blog today and also to Barb and everyone else who has sent me happy mail in Holland. It makes my heart sing!! On Wednesday I will share more photos from my Dutch adventures. Don’t forget that if you place an online order in August, I will send you a FREE paper sampler from the Holiday catalogue. You must use the current host code AGR97TCJ to qualify  for the free gift If you placed an order in July, this is a reminder to use your bonus bucks coupons this month. If you need help, please let me know. I hope you have a super day.


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By The Dock Bundle (English)

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Watercolouring with Waterfront

Hello stampers. Not all stamps are created equally. Some stamp sets are just super versatile and can be used in many more unexpected ways than they were originally intended for. Thankfully there is the internet that harnesses the creativity of so many people and makes it easy to get your own creative juices flowing. Waterfront is one such stamp set. I fell in love with it because it works so well with watercolouring and with creating a scene. It is amazing how easily you can change the mood of your scene by switching up your colour palette. I had a lot of fun playing around with it this afternoon. It’s too bad that I had so many other things that I needed to do as well or I could have spent a lot more time with it. Let’s take a look at what I did.


A tropical scene watercoloured with Waterfront on watercolour paper.


This was my first attempt at watercolouring with Waterfront on watercolour paper. Mistake number one:  stamping the sentiment with Memento black. It isn’t waterproof. I should have used Stayzon. Mistake number two: I should have lightly spritzed the watercolour paper before stamping. After stamping you can spread the colour around with an aqua painter to soften the look. I do really like the colours I chose though: bermuda bay, pool party, pear pizzazz, lucky limeade, soft suede and flirty flamingo. The saying I used on this is from the February Paper Pumpkin. I think it deserves to be framed. If you want to get more of these exclusive stamps, you might want to consider treating yourself to a Paper Pumpkin subscription. Just click on the red box at the bottom of this post!


Framed art using watercolouring with Waterfront.


This art piece also has a story to tell. I didn’t mess up on the words this time. I chose to stamp in versamark and emboss with black emboss powder. Then you can colour wash right over top and it looks great. But I accidentally stamped my shore line in soft suede instead of pear pizzazz. I didn’t want to waste my watercolour paper so I stamped over top of it with pear pizzazz. It  doesn’t look too bad. My mountains are a little darker than they should be. When I was trying to create a shadow by stamping with gray granite off set over the soft suede, I accidentally inked up in early espresso. Do you think maybe I was rushing a little? No worries, it is interesting to see how the different colours look together.


Watercolouring with Waterfront on this narrow note card. Inspired by the artisan blog hop.


This card and the following two were all inspired by an Artisan Blog Hop from a little while ago. I love this saying and it is so very true.


Artisan inspired card using Waterfront.


This card shows how you can use Waterfront in a totally different way. The polka dots were made using the “sun” image. I love this playful card.


Watercolouring with Waterfront


Isn’t amazing what you can do with ink and a sponge? Love the tropical colours of this card. The front of the card is only 2 1/2″ high, I cut the rest off so that the scene will “pop” when you open the card. I love the inspiration that we get from our Artisan Team.


We will be making these projects at a class next Wednesday April 17 at 1pm and 7pm. Class is $30 including the stamp set for three cards and a frameable art piece, or $20 if you already have the set. Be sure to check out my Facebook live video as I talk about these cards.


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