CCC May 15 Reveal

I am so excited to be part of another wonderful Colorado Craft Company reveal today! Every time there’s a new release, I feel like I fall in love with these stamps a little more. Lots of talented folks are participating in this release blog hop today and I’m excited that one of you lovely people will have the chance to win a $25 gift card if you leave a comment at each stop! Link to all the blogs are at the end of this post.

For today’s card, I decided to marry my love for photography and painting. I used Daniel Smith watercolors, a medium I am still quite unfamiliar with, on Arches Cold Pressed watercolor paper to paint this image from the “Watch This” stamp set.

As usual, I used my favorite Gina K Warm Glow amalgam ink for stamping the image, Princeton Neptune Brushes for the watercoloring and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils for some subtle shading in the nooks and crannies after the painting was done.

I also created my own envelope for this square 4.5×4.5 card using my handy envelope maker and used another dog image from the same stamp set (colored with a metallic gold pen) to bring it all together.

This time, I decided to stay away from giving this dog clothes, since I wanted to try coloring a more “realistic” painting…did I succeed?

Besides using my own photo from Cabo as a backdrop for this card, I also used “sand” texture from Liquitex to give this a little mixed media feel. I also loved using Dura-lar in place of acetate to mute out the photo in the back so the focus is on the dog. The Hang In There sentiment is from the citrus-berry cupcake stamp from Colorado Craft Company.

More Colorado Craft Company Releases

More than a missing sock

There is something so simple and yet so special about Anita Jeram’s critters and the sentiments Colorado Craft Company pairs with them.

The Creative Stretch: Be Playful

Day 4 prompt of The Creative Stretch was “be playful” and you all know that’s something that falls right in my wheelhouse. But there was a twist … Andrea and Minette invited us to play in a way we normally wouldn’t. I am very experimental in my art, combining media wantonly and following all of…

The Creative Stretch: Be Devoted

This was unexpected and became deeply personal really fast. I did not expect to go on the emotional roller coaster that the prompt (be devoted) from The Creative Stretch Warmup took me on. I hadn’t even given “devoted” much credence when I first saw the word…it didn’t “appeal” to me as much as intentional and…

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Since this is a giveaway blog hop, I trust you’re going to visit all these talented folks and leave them some encouraging comments:


Colorado Craft Company- Adrienne Kennedy

Debby Hughes

Jennifer Kotas

Kelly Griglione

Bibi Cameron

Angelica Conrad

Daniel West

Sandy Allnock

Mansi Bhatia <<<<YOU ARE HERE>>>>

Sara Torzullo

Kassi Hulet

Erin Thompson

Laura Volpes

Donna Hitz

Nichol Spohr

Koren Wiskman

Marci Snee

Emily Midgett

Amy Tsuruta

Jennifer Gross


Chris Dayton
Joe Syvath
Traci Jenkins

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

138 thoughts on “CCC May 15 Reveal

  1. Love the coloring of the dog and using a photo for the background- never would of thought to do that. So creative.

  2. Love that you made a dalmatian! I USED TO HAVE A LIVER SPOTTED! The kitty scratching at the door on Home Sweet Home is my favorite AND my real life! Lol

  3. I love your card! I’m really loving all the ways the dogs are colored too.

  4. Oh my, a Dalmatian!!!! So cute! Love all of the color/shading on the card. My favorite set is Home Sweet Home!

  5. I love how you changed the ball to a beachball! Watch This is my favorite set.

  6. Thanks for sharing a new take on this great new stamp set. Wow….a doggie play day at the beach, Your creativity showed a new way to use this adorable set.

  7. OK, THIS is fabulous! I love your little Dalmatian on the beach! Good work with your watercolor. It’s awesome!

  8. Wow! What talent w the water coloring! Such a soft yet bold look!! I’m def going to have to try this watercolor set!! Thank u for sharing your talent and amazing designs!! Such inspiration! The dogs are just so fun!!! 💕🐾💕

  9. Love your dalmatian at the beach. How creative! More wonderful Anita Jeram stamps in the new release. I’m torn between Home Sweet Home and Coffee Time. I guess I have two favorites.

  10. Love your use of mixed media! Can’t wait to make a purchase from this new Anita Jeram collection.

  11. I have always wanted to try using photos as a background but I am nervous about how to make it look cohesive.

  12. Love your take on this stamp set! That’s what I love about blog hops all of the individual designers take on using the stamps. I love all of the new sets by 3 C’s but my favorites are, Home Sweet Home, Hedgehog Day and Coffee House.

  13. I love the beach ball! The dogs are my favorite stamps from this batch of Anita Jeram, though I haven’t seen any of hers I am not in love with!

  14. Love your card! The use of a photo for the background and turning the ball into a beach ball and just the coloring of the dog is so WOW! Thank you for so many ideas.

  15. Great card and so creative! I love how you used a photo for your background!

  16. Oh Mansi you nailed it! It makes my feel so wanting for our annual trip to the beach. It’s like it could be anyone of our gorgeous beaches here in Australia.❤️

  17. I love dogs at the beach. What a wonderful scene you created. I love how you make the ball POP with color, and everything else is there but the Dog & Ball stand out.

  18. Love how you have made the Dog & Ball POP by coloring the BALL in bright colors. My favorite set though is the HOME SWEET HOME set.

  19. How creative! I really like what you did. My favorite set is the Hedgehog Days set.

  20. Beautiful background, it must have been a lovely trip! My friend had a dalmatian and that beachball would have lasted 5 minutes tops, a true wild child, tee hee. This was so fun to watch! Love the hedges and the doggo. Hang on there is a terrific sentiment for that big ball! Ya, Ms. Anita never gets old!

  21. LOVE your creativity with this stamp set! A Dalmatian on a beach ball… genius!
    My fave set are the crazy critters from the Coffee House set but this set is a close second!

  22. Love your card as it reminds me of a Dalmatian we used to have but didn’t live near a beach. He would have loved that. But I think the coffee set is my fave.

  23. What a great idea to use that stamped image to create a beach scene. So much fun. Like the idea of using a photo for the background, too. Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. I just love your adorable little scenes!! I have a soft spot for dalmatian dogs so fell instantly in love with your black and white dog!!!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  25. I love your beach scene and that you made a dalmation! These sets in the release are so fun. I’m loving seeing what you are all making with them.

  26. Your beach scene is terrific and I love how you made the dog look like a dalmation. That’s great!!! Another very fun release!!

  27. Wow!! I love that beach card! All of the details and texture looks amazing! You did an amazing job! Thank you for sharing!

  28. Love the colorful card and envelope using Anita Jeram’s new release. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Anita Jeram is my very favorite illustrator so I am always excited for her new releases. You do her stamps proud and I know she would be pleased with your inspiring cards! A spotted dog–first I’ve seen him done that way and I love it!!! Thanks

  30. I normally would pick the dogs but Mice making coffee with a French Press?? Oui Oui!

  31. Love your card Mansi! I love the spotted dog. Watch This is also my favorite set of the release. TFS.

  32. I am so impressed with your style of watercoloring that I’ve bookmarked your video so that I can rewatch at my convenience. You went the extra mile adding spots to the dog and your work is so colorful and eye-catching. I look forward to seeing more of your creations in future blog hops.

  33. Your work is do creative! I love how you “see” the stamps. I have two favorites in this release. Watch This and Coffee House.

  34. I’ve never seen the combined use of a photo and watercolor, mixed media on a card, but I may just be too sheltered. It’s wonderful and makes me think I should break somewhat from the status quo and tap into my core loves. My favorite set of this release is Home Sweet Home, but the Watch This! set will make it into my hands because I can see ways to combine the two. Thank you for sharing your creativity and giving me pause.

  35. Such a fun card, love that you turned the simple ball into an eye-catching beach ball!

    1. You definitely achieved the look of a painting in your card!! It is just lovely. I need to try watercoloring.

  36. Love your mixed media card and envelope. What a brilliant idea to use a photo as the background, wow! I will have to try that idea. Thanks so much for inspiring me.

  37. Adorable! I enjoyed your video, and appreciated your commentary. Thank you for the inspiration.

  38. Love your cards. I love these stamps. I can’t decide if the Coffee House or Home Sweet Home is my favorite.

  39. Very artsy card with the combination of a photograph and a stamped and watercolored illustration. Love your watercoloring and your beautiful envelop for this card. Fabulous !

  40. I absolutely love the fun in your voice! It sounds like you are enjoying yourself. That makes me so happy and ready to go right away to start painting! Thank you!

  41. Hi, Mansi – I believe this is the first I am visiting your site. Wow! I am hooked. You have such a great way of talking viewers through your work and a sensible approach about buying (I need to channel that!!). I adore this dog (my aunt had a dalmatian and now a good friend does – lovely dogs) and I enjoyed watching you paint. You gave me inspiration. I really appreciate your comments about DS watercolors since I do not own any of them and am intimidated to start with them.
    Good luck with a vacation this year – I hope you can manage even a short getaway.
    Lori S in PA

  42. Fabulous, creative card! Loved watching you paint and hearing your process! Thanks for all the inspiration. This is my favorite stamp set, and it is again new in the hands of an amazing artist.

  43. Beautiful card! Love the way you’ve colored with the DS paints, & the photo bkgrd turned out great. Can’t decide on my fav- the sweet doggies, or the coffee themed stamps. Love it all!

  44. A very fun beach scene with this cute pup and an amazing envelope to pair with it! Your beach side scene reminds me of a place in K-bay where we used to go to swim. 🙂 Couldn’t take our dog, but still a fun place. 🙂

  45. This is so cute! I love the beach scene and the way you turned the big ball into a beach ball! Making the dog spotted was also clever. I wasn’t crazy about this dog until I saw your version. I like the dog balancing the ball on his nose. Thanks for sharing.

  46. I absolutely love this dog stamp set and die. Your use of color really inspires me.

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