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:
- Home Sweet Home
- Coffee House
- Make a Wish Mini
- Better Together
- Anniversary Mini
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
- Colorado Craft Company- Adrienne Kennedy
- Jenn Gross
- Bibi Cameron
- Jennifer Kotas
- Kelly Griglione
- Angelica Conrad
- Daniel West
- Caly Person
- Sandy Allnock
- Mansi Bhatia <– you are here
- Kassi Hulet
- Erin Thompson
- Melissa Andrew
- Donna Hitz
- Nichol Spohr
- Emily Midgett
- Amy Tsuruta
Thank you so much for being here and I hope to see you again, soon.
Related Colorado Craft Company Releases
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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…Keep reading
CCC May 15 Reveal
Creating a scene by marrying my love for photography and watercoloring for today’s Colorado Craft Company reveal!Keep reading
124 thoughts on “Happily Ever After”
Love the rainbow colors. What a different look to the cards.
Thanks for your appreciation of my mini-book, Nadine!
Your cards are absolutely beautiful!
Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your kind words about my mini book ❤️
Many thanks, Stephanie!
What a sweet mini book! Great idea!
Thanks a lot, Lauryne!
How delightful to combine images from previous releases & weave a story!
Thanks, Laurie. All the stamps from this Anita Jeram collection are too precious to use just once 🙂
Love the watercolors
Many thanks, Sherry!
What an absolutely awesome story you have created! Love the paintings
Thanks so much, Dawn!
Your cards are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing another great release by CCC!
Absolutely delightful story!! Love your interpretation Mansi!
Thanks so much, Sandhya!
I loved how you used the images in a sweet little book. So beautiful
Many thanks, Barbara!
Awesome cards! What a fun release! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks a lot, Linda!
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! 🙂
Thanks so much, Helen!
Your card with the rainbow is absolutely stunning. Beautiful cards!! Thank you for your inspiration.
Thanks for your appreciation of my mini-book, Lisa.
Very unique approach to the the release. Well done!
Thanks so much, Cathy. I try to introduce some pause into the scrolling 😉
Beautifully painted – and a wonderful way to add a rainbow to this lovely little story! Nice to meet you, Mansi!
Thanks so much, Michele. I appreciate your being here.
Love your idea of creating a book with your pretty painted images, Mansi. A cherished keepsake, no doubt about it.
Thanks so much, Debbie!
Such a sweet mini book! Love the rainbows!
Many thanks for your kind words 🙂
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..
Oh you’re too kind! Thank you!
WOW! Your coloring is amazing!!!! I love these!
Oh you’re too kind! Thank you, Meghan!
Love your creativity with this darling images.
Thanks so much, Tanya!
This was very cute. Different from what i make but that just makes me want to try things out.
Thanks, Viviëne! That’s what I love about these blog hops — so many amazing ideas to keep the inspiration going.
Very clever to create a storybook…love your added details.
Thanks so much, Donna!
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!
Thanks so much, Teri!
A booklet? What an inspired idea. Gives me lots of ideas!
Yay! Hooray! I am so happy to hear it’s making your gears spin. My job is done 🙂
Love the rainbow background and how you customized the stamps to tell a love story. Thank you for sharing.
So glad you liked it. Thanks so much for your kind words <3
Absolutely darling and so fun!
Thanks a lot!
Really nice cards!
Thanks for your appreciation of my mini-book, Vivian 🙂
Fabulous coloring and design, love this.
Thanks so much, Holly!
Many thanks, Renee!
Thanks for your appreciation of my mini-book, Kelsey 🙂
Wonderful idead to combine different
sets into a story book. Love the
rainbow couple. thanks for sharing
Thanks so much for your kind words, Mary.
Beautiful book and colouring
Thanks so much!
Love how you made it into a story book.
Thank you so much!
Thanks a lot, Connie!
Love your storybook scenes and the beautiful colors!
Thanks a lot, Denise!
Such a beautiful use of the stamps telling a love story. ❤️🧡💛💙💚💜
Thank you so much, Margie. I appreciate the rainbow hearts 🙂
Very, very cute!
Thanks so much, Marlene!
Simply amazing work. A storybook! I love it. And your painting is so lovely and delicate and fits these images perfectly.
Thanks a lot, Mary Ann!
Such a great idea to make a mini book with the stamps. Well done.
Many thanks, Jade!
What a great story. I remember you dressing the critters previously.
Thanks, Julie. It’s so fun to give them personalities!
Anita Jeram has such cute critters.
Absolutely! Love all of the critters in the collection.
Love your cards. This is my first time on your blog.
Thanks so much, Alma. Appreciate your being here and your kind words.
love your rainbow cards. adds to the happy feel. thanks as always for sharing.
Aww, thanks, Theresa! Rainbows are the best 🙂
Thanks a lot, Jeanne!
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.
Thanks, Roxanne. I actually didn’t have anyone in mind but I know it meant a lot to my daughter to see inclusivity 🙂
Your first sentence cracked me up.It almost sounded like you couldn’t paint animals in the nude. OMG I’m still laughing. Okay, anyway your work is beautiful and I love how you incorporated the rainbows in.
I really can’t, Bunny. Too much pressure to get it right. Clothes are good…and I can make them fancy. LOL. In all seriousness, though, thanks so much for your kind words.
beautiful use of watercolors
Many thanks, Dena!
SO SO CUTE! Love what you did with AJ stamps!!!
Thanks so much, Brenda!
Love your little story book! I bet your daughter loves it too!
Thank you, Vanessa. She and I had some interesting conversations as a result of this mini-book…she had painted her own set of characters and she promptly went and changed hers into two females as well. When I asked why she traded the tuxedo for a bridal gown, she said, “I like that people have the choice to be with who they want to be with,” she said. So, yes, she loved and embraced the ethos and the creative interpretation 🙂
A wonderful release and gorgeous cards!
Thanks so much, Jean. I’m glad you liked my mini-book 🙂
I love the way you painted these images and the mini book you have created using them. I love all the images in this release, but Happily Ever After is my favorite. Thanks for sharing your talent with us..
Thanks so much for your kind words, Jeannie. I’m glad you enjoyed my interpretation.
Mansi, believe it or not, when I saw so many mice wearing clothes in this set, I immediately thought of you! You are always so brilliant with your animals’ wardrobes! I love the license you import to these happy characters.
Compiling an album to commemorate the Happily Ever After story is adorably spot on!
My personal favorite in this release is “A Fox’s Life.” Wouldn’t it be fun to dress up the foxes on the shore?
Thank you for sharing your joy and talents!
Oh my gosh, Kathleen! You made my day! Thank you so much for plastering that smile on my face. Thank you so much!!
The colors are so pretty and dreamy! These stamps transport you right into a story every time.
Thanks so much, Carol. These stamps by. Anita Jeram are just so charming!
Your watercoloring is just wonderful!
Wow! I LOVE all your rainbow coloring with these stamp sets!
Love the new release and the stunning ideas of how to color them – thanks!
What a wonderful idea! And it is so pretty and creative.
Good project shares for the sets.
I really loved the story card, which I want to try one day with the stamps I have in my stash. Very inspiring!
Love that you created a story!
Love the storyline and these absolutely charming critters. I have to admit that I laughed at your relief that the mice have clothing in these sets!
Beautiful rainbow mini booklet! Thanks for sharing your watercoloring of these designs, lovely.
Thanks so much, Pat! Appreciate your stopping by 🙂
Such beautiful scenery! Love the rainbows!
wow, absolutely stunning!