Have a Java Christmas!


Hi all, It’s time for another Christmas card challenge over at the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog and as you know, it’s always Anything Goes as long as you make any type of Christmas craft project.

I decided to make a watercolour card centred around a coffee mug stamp from Pink and Main. I coloured the stamp with my SpectrumNoir watercolour markers and spritz it with water before stamping it onto watercolour paper. I then masked it with masking fluid and painted my background.

Once everything was dry, I flicked white acrylic paint on it to create the snow flakes. The sentiment also came from the same “Christmas Mugs” stamp set.

So, thanks for stopping by, I look forward to seeing what you create for this challenge! Don’t forget to visit my teammies blogs too, to see the amazing creations they did just to inspire you!


I’m also sharing this over at:

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas challenge – Anything Goes

Simon say Stamp Monday challenge – Create your own background

Thank you Kylie!


It’s the 1st of the month and another Watercolour card challenge starts at the Happy Little Stampers blog. This month’s “Anything Goes” challenge with the option of layers, will also be the last for awhile, as Kylie, the organiser for this challenge, and many others, is taking a much deserved break.

So I decided to make a “Thank you” card for her, to thank her for being so patient and helpful with us the DT’s, and for allowing us & thousands of crafters, to express our creativity through her challenge blogs.

I used the Crafter’s Companion double sided layered dies to create this card in no time at all, as these dies cut both sides, so to create the 4 layers of each flower, I only had to pass the dies through my Gemini electric cutting machine only once! And since I used my watercolour scraps to make this card, I didn’t even have to spend much time painting the diecuts. When I needed to darken a spot, I brought out my Spectrum Noir Aqua brushes and touched up my diecuts. I found this method not only efficient but it allows me to recycle my practise or failed painting attempts, in a beautiful way, don’t you think?

Below you can see how each die cuts. To cut the 2 sides at the same time, you just add the die in-between 2 pieces of card stock.

I’m just in love with these dies and I’ll definitely be getting more! If you have them, I look forward to seeing how you use them. In any case, I look forward to seeing your interpretation of this “layered” theme in the link up here.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the blogs of the other DT’s who have created amazing watercolour cards just to inspire you! Have a great day doing something you love!


I’m also sharing this at:

Crafty Catz – 2 or more layers

Art Impressions – All layered up

Aud sentiments challenge blog – Flowers + sentiment

Coronavirus self-portrait


In the delirium caused by my raging fever and fatigue mind, I somehow managed to sketch and paint a self-portrait, with my self-made mask, that actually resembles me!

No, I didn’t have the COVID19 virus, well not that I know of anyway, but the doctor said it was a minor virus, bronchities, it seems. So I suffered without the glory, or even the advantages of having the COVID19. What advantages you say? Well not suffering as much, for a start, and 14 days of self isolation! I have to say I was tempted to tell my family that I could not cook for them, nor wait on them hand and feet for the next 14 days, and just put my feet up and relax… especially since I must have got the bug from them, as I’m the only person in the family that hasn’t left the house in the last 2 weeks!  But my mother instinct got the best of me, and instead I popped some pills and went home to cook them dinner.COVID selfportrait prod wm

Well back to the self-portrait, I think there’s something about being mad with fever or other madness (think Van Gogh, Goya, Beethovan…) that maybe stops some part of the brain from functioning (the part that holds you back) and lets you just get on with creating, cause I never thought in a million years that I would be able to paint myself!

This is the original photo I took of myself. Apart from giving myself a white forehead, I think I managed to capture some likeness don’t you think? I guess having a mask covering up half my face makes it easier to paint myself too!original photoWell, I hope you liked my self-portrait. I’m going to try and sketch something else, now that I’m on the road to recovery, to see if it was a momentary flash of talent, or hopefully, that I am becoming a better artist!

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Wishing you love

Cards, Crafters Companion, Happy Little Stampers

may 2020 WCHi all, its the first of May (Happy May Day!) and so another watercolour challenge starts over at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog and as usual its an “Anything Goes” challenge but with an optional theme of “Emboss”.Embossed watercolor roses prod wmI decided to do a card with the gorgeous 3d embossing folder “Peony Corner” by Crafters Companion, but first colouring the inside of the embossing folder using the Aqua markers from Spectrum Noir. I then sprayed it lightly with some water and ran the embossing folder, with my card in it, through my new electric Gemini machine. Embossed watercolor roses 3dThis embossing folder is truly gorgeous ad gives an amazing raised effect on the card. I splattered some paint some the card and then stamped the sentiment, from So Suzy stamps, using the black waterproof resistant ink from Spectrum Noir too.Embossed watercolor roses cu wmThis card didn’t take me more than 10 minutes to make, but yet gives a beautiful effect, don’t you think?

Well I hope you liked my card and that it has inspired you to join in our watercolour challenge. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up here. Please hop over to my fellow teammates’ blogs to give them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, doing something you love!

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100 day watercolor challenge

Cards, Watercolor

I’ve started a Skillshare challenge which is to paint something every day for 100 days. The paintings don’t take not more than 5 minutes and the style is one I’m not very good at, which is whimsical. So hopefully by the end of the 100 days, I will be more comfortable with it! This gallery will grow each day so I hope you will enjoy coming back to see my latest additions!