Pootles SpringWatch 2017 Swan Lake Watercolouring

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles SpringWatch 2017 Swan Lake Watercolouring

SpringWatch Giveaway for today – Swan Lake Stamp Set – details on how to enter at the bottom

How pretty is this card? I loved making it and knew that I had to share just how easy it is to watercolour, or in fact, colour in, with the Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen. However, in true Pootles Style, I made an error that I then fixed. I don’t believe in editing my errors, so when I made a spectacular one with the final bit of stamping, I think I redeemed myself with a pretty nifty fix!

I love the simplicity of stamping, blobbing a messy bit of colour on, then smoothing it out. I’m not a quick crafter for nothing! And how easy is the Stamp a ma Jig to use? There are other stamping aids out there, but for they’re more for mass producing cards rather than the speed and ease that this provides when you’re stamping just one card.

The wink of stella on the beautiful swan isn’t easy to photograph, so I’ve dulled down my photo so you can see it. It’s perfect to make her appear set off from the card.

I hope you like my project, and don’t forget to enter today’s giveaway!

S xx


Pootles SpringWatch 2017 Giveaway

New Gift Every Day!

2 ways to enter

  1. Leave a comment here on my blog or on the YouTube video related to this project, get 1 entry into the draw *no purchase necessary!*
  2. Place an order with me and receive 5 entries into the draw

Orders can be placed from the following 5 countries – The UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria.

I can only send the product gift to the following 5 countries – The UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria, as per my demonstrator agreement

If you live outside those locations, please feel free to enter by leaving a comment. Should you win, I will send you a selection of handmade goodies made by me!

  • *winners drawn at random
  • *winner notified by February 15th 2017
  • *You can enter every day should you wish
  • *multiple orders on the same day will each receive 5 entries into the draw
  • *prizes are supplied by me – Sam Hammond Donald, Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator
  • *all purchases will automatically get my wonderful goodie pack that I send each month

I hope you enjoyed this project, please do use the hostess code to get free product! (hostess code shown in the top right of my blog for the current one!) Learn more HERE. If your order is over £150, please do not use this code as You become the hostess and get the Rewards!



Sam Hammond

#1 Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

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  1. Lynn Milewski says:

    I love reading your blog as soon as it hits my in box! And yes, I have made many of your projects. Your directions are easy to follow for this old lady! I to always seem to mishaps with my stamping.
    Thank-you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  2. As always, a “simply” beautiful card!

  3. I came over to check the photo of the card, the video didn’t do the swan just, it does look gorgeous. 🙂

  4. Must admit that stamp set hasn’t grabbed me but I like your card. Keep up the good work.

  5. Lynda Arnall says:

    I had been thinking about purchasing this stamp and think it would make a nice Easter card.
    Very pretty.

  6. Très belle carte !
    Bonne journée.

  7. Moira Hart says:

    Beautiful card , thanks for showing how easy it is to use the watercolour pencils and blender pen . Love this card .

  8. Andrea Smedley says:

    Beautiful card! Your an inspiration, I love it when the notification comes through, keep up the fab work xxx

  9. What can I say, my daughter booked tickets last night for the st Petersburg theatre production of swan lake as an early Mother’s Day present, how fitting is that to go with the stamp set, gorgeous.
    Love all you do Sam

  10. It’s nice to begin the day with a video from you.
    I like the Swan stamp set because the name of my sister is Swannette.
    Have a nice day and Love from the netherlands

  11. Daggi Mosler says:

    So nice! I really like the card! And a great way to cover up a mistake (although it did not look so bad when it wasn’t corrected!) … another stampset that I would like to use…..

  12. Janice Laird says:

    Love how easy this card is to make. I’ve not ventured into colouring in but definitely going to do it now x

  13. Love the swan, can be used for so many occasions. Pretty cards with the easy coloring, tfs!

  14. Lovely!!

  15. Linda Ford says:

    Your card is gorgeous, what a great set of stamps.

  16. Winifred Kennedy says:

    Love swans. Would love to be picked. Thank you

  17. Jennifer Neumann says:

    Beautiful. Swans always remind me of my late mother in law, they had swans. I had an amazing mother-in-law .

  18. Christine Bettany says:

    You have ‘Sold’ me on this set Sam.
    Love how you demoed the Stampamajig as I haven’t used mine much. Good tip for cleaning it once you have finished using it.
    Love how you have coloured and the Swan is Gorgeous.
    Christine xx

  19. Very pretty 🙂

  20. Sam, am loving your spring watch cards. Love how you have managed to get colour into this swan card without taking the focus away from the swan…..great.
    Thanks for all your shares of talent.

  21. Lee Allison says:

    Love the swan stamp, cheery card ❤️ X

  22. What a beautiful cards thanks for sharing

  23. Another very nice card Sam and the water colouring idea is something I need to try. Thank you

  24. Marthea from Western Australia says:

    Lovely card. Great colouring in. Would be just my style.

  25. Denise Wisdom says:

    Thank you for showing the use of the stamp a Majin. I always need a refresher. I think I will now go outside my box and do some water colouring. Great video!

  26. Helen Wainwright USA says:

    Beautiful card!!!!!! I love the watercolor pencils, so easy to use with beautiful results. Love your videos, watch everyday.

  27. Nannie Annie says:

    Lovely card Sam. I have just started with Watercolour pencils so was goid to watch you on the video. Thank you.

  28. Nicky Levy says:

    As so often happens, seeing this stamp in use makes me want it! Thanks for sharing this lovely card, simple but effective – just like me! xx

  29. Whoops,we all make mistakes,brilliant idea you came up with ,love the card

  30. Lisa M Sylvia says:

    Very pretty card, love the way the swan glimmers.

  31. Faith Marlowe says:

    Love the swan card. I am in Lakeland, FL. As the name indicates we have a lot of lakes. The icon used for our city is a “swan”. Love your design of this card.

  32. Great cards. Since a word stamp has slipped more than once for me, it was nice to see how you fixed it.

  33. Gorgeous card Sam, as always x

  34. Donna Golby says:

    Beautiful card effective yet simple.


  35. Lovely card, clean and crisp.

  36. Lovely card Sam, clean and crisp

  37. Denise Bryant says:

    Lovely card!

  38. Thank you so much Sam for using the watercolour pencils. Mine came on Friday. I’ve not had chance to use them yet and I’m a bit apprehensive. After seeing your video I’m feeling a bit better about doing so. Many thanks Sam. Take care.

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