Happily Ever After

I have a soft spot for critters but as you know, if you follow me, I’ve not really had the confidence to paint them without any clothes on. Fur intimidates me. So, I was thrilled when I saw the new “Happily Ever After” stamp and die set from Colorado Craft Company’s June Release. These characters already came with clothes!

As I stamped them on to my Fabriano Watercolor Paper, I knew I needed to turn this into a story. A friend had recently surprised me with these Daniel Smith watercolor sample cards and I was itching to try out all the 238 colors, so making a mini book seemed a perfect fit!

As I started imagining the love story between two girls and their dream to spend a lifetime together, I started borrowing images from previous stamp sets in the Anita Jeram Collection.

Specifically, I used stamps from the following sets:

Given that it is Pride Month it seemed appropriate to introduce some rainbows into the mix. To be honest, I just need an excuse to paint rainbows at all times. Lol.

I got to test out most of the watercolor shades! I now know which ones I absolutely will purchase! I watercolored each page of this mini-book except the wedding page since I wanted that one to stand out…almost like a moment frozen in time.

It wasn’t the original plan, so you can see how I traced over the archival ink stamping with a metallic gold pen throughout. As I was finishing up the mini-book with some stitching details, I decided to make the couple stand out with a black glaze pen outline. I hand-wrote some words and stamped others as needed to bring the story together.

I hope you enjoy this interpretation.

I am no longer on Instagram or Facebook, so please know that the comments you leave here are my only way of connecting with you and I so deeply appreciate your taking the time!

If you’re participating in the blog hop, you arrived here from my coloring idol Sandy Allnock’s blog and your next stop is the extremely talented Kassi Hulet.

Colorado Craft Company is doing a generous giveaway again to accompany the June release. If you’d like to be included in the drawing for one set of the new stamps, you’ll need to leave a comment on each blog in the blog hop. You can enter your comments up until midnight Eastern Time on the 16th and winners will be announced on the Colorado Craft Company blog on June 17. 

Blog Hop Order

  1. Colorado Craft Company- Adrienne Kennedy
  2. Jenn Gross
  3. Bibi Cameron
  4. Jennifer Kotas
  5. Kelly Griglione
  6. Angelica Conrad
  7. Daniel West
  8. Caly Person
  9. Sandy Allnock
  10. Mansi Bhatia <– you are here
  11. Kassi Hulet
  12. Erin Thompson
  13. Melissa Andrew
  14. Donna Hitz
  15. Nichol Spohr
  16. Emily Midgett
  17. Amy Tsuruta

Instagrammers

  1. Joe Syvath
  2. Traci Jenkins
  3. Marci Snee

Thank you so much for being here and I hope to see you again, soon.

Related Colorado Craft Company Releases

Watercolor a Scene with Colorado Craft Company

I showcase how you can combine different stamps and use your imagination to watercolor a scene that is unique.

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“Amazing Mom” with Colorado Craft Company

A process video showing how I use distress ink reinkers to make these Anita Jeram storybook characters come to life.

Keep reading

CCC May 15 Reveal

Creating a scene by marrying my love for photography and watercoloring for today’s Colorado Craft Company reveal!

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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.

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Nadine Bontatibus
Nadine Bontatibus
1 month ago

Love the rainbow colors. What a different look to the cards.

Kathy Corbeill
Kathy Corbeill
1 month ago

Your cards are absolutely beautiful!

stephanie serrano
stephanie serrano
1 month ago

Fantastic work!

Lauryne Cunningham
Lauryne Cunningham
1 month ago

What a sweet mini book! Great idea!

Laurie G
1 month ago

How delightful to combine images from previous releases & weave a story!

Sherry Shumay
Sherry Shumay
1 month ago

Love the watercolors

Dawn Bradford
Dawn Bradford
1 month ago

What an absolutely awesome story you have created! Love the paintings

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Linda Gorman
Linda Gorman
1 month ago

Your cards are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing another great release by CCC!

Sandhya Iyer
1 month ago

Absolutely delightful story!! Love your interpretation Mansi!

Barbara Taylor
Barbara Taylor
1 month ago

I loved how you used the images in a sweet little book. So beautiful

Linda Gorman
Linda Gorman
1 month ago

Awesome cards! What a fun release! Thanks for sharing!

momentsofcrafting
1 month ago

I love the idea of a little story book incorporating these wonderful new sets! This is so sweet with wonderful colours and cleverly designed pages! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

Lisa Byers
1 month ago

Your card with the rainbow is absolutely stunning. Beautiful cards!! Thank you for your inspiration.

Cathy
Cathy
1 month ago

Very unique approach to the the release. Well done!

Michele F
1 month ago

Beautifully painted – and a wonderful way to add a rainbow to this lovely little story! Nice to meet you, Mansi!
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Debbie Kaste
1 month ago

Love your idea of creating a book with your pretty painted images, Mansi. A cherished keepsake, no doubt about it.

bernietk
1 month ago

Such a sweet mini book! Love the rainbows!

pepita933
1 month ago

How you take a fear and turn it into something as spectacular as the grooms robes, amazing! You are so humble. I really love your cards Mansi..

Meghan Kennihan
1 month ago

WOW! Your coloring is amazing!!!! I love these!

Tanya A
Tanya A
1 month ago

Love your creativity with this darling images.

Viviënne Swager
Viviënne Swager
1 month ago

This was very cute. Different from what i make but that just makes me want to try things out.

Donna Walls
1 month ago

Very clever to create a storybook…love your added details.

Teri Smith
1 month ago

Such a superb idea to make this little booklet into a story line of a couple falling in love & then getting married. This is for sure a gift that will surprise them & touch their hearts. Very well done!

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Mary Ann Merrill
Mary Ann Merrill
1 month ago

A booklet? What an inspired idea. Gives me lots of ideas!

gspresser
gspresser
1 month ago

Love the rainbow background and how you customized the stamps to tell a love story. Thank you for sharing.

beccab33324
beccab33324
1 month ago

Absolutely darling and so fun!

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

Really nice cards!

Holly Flores
1 month ago

Fabulous coloring and design, love this.

Renee Rodriguez
Renee Rodriguez
1 month ago

Great coloring!

Kelsey Thomas
Kelsey Thomas
1 month ago

Cute cards!

Mary Holshouser
1 month ago

Wonderful idead to combine different
sets into a story book. Love the
rainbow couple. thanks for sharing
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heartofcraftblog
1 month ago

Beautiful book and colouring

natgodfrey
1 month ago

Love how you made it into a story book.

Connie
Connie
1 month ago

Lovely work!

Denise Bryant
1 month ago

Love your storybook scenes and the beautiful colors!

Margie McWilliams
Margie McWilliams
1 month ago

Such a beautiful use of the stamps telling a love story. ❤️🧡💛💙💚💜

Marlene Miller
Marlene Miller
1 month ago

Very, very cute!

Mary Ann Reilly
Mary Ann Reilly
1 month ago

Simply amazing work. A storybook! I love it. And your painting is so lovely and delicate and fits these images perfectly.

Jade C.
Jade C.
1 month ago

Such a great idea to make a mini book with the stamps. Well done.

Julie
Julie
1 month ago

What a great story. I remember you dressing the critters previously.

Marisela Delgado
Marisela Delgado
1 month ago

Anita Jeram has such cute critters.

Alma Dirpaul
Alma Dirpaul
1 month ago

Love your cards. This is my first time on your blog.

Theresa M Petermann
Theresa M Petermann
1 month ago

love your rainbow cards. adds to the happy feel. thanks as always for sharing.

Jeanne Beam
Jeanne Beam
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!

roxanne tellini
roxanne tellini
1 month ago

It is so cool you have made a whole book from the images. I hope you had someone in mind when you made this because I think they will treasure it.

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