Calling All Sistahs – Send an Encouragement card

Brushos paint powder, Calling all sistahs, Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Watercolor

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Hi all, its time again for the Encouragement challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs Blog and this time we have a lovely mood board to inspire you to create a card for someone who might need a little encouragement. AND on top of sending someone some love, you could also win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store. You can use any products on your card, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize!!! Woah! Thats a $50 gift voucher to spend at CAS-ual Fridays, which will certainly put a smile on your face too!


This card went through afew corrections to get to this! I actually wanted a watermark of the Sunbeams from CAS-ual Fridays Sunbeams stamp set. So I first stamped it with Versamark on Clairefontaine 250g multi technique paper. On hindsight I should have heat embossed it with clear embossing powder as I forgot that a watermark looks better on a dark background!

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As you can see, after I added my Brushos paint powders, added water and swirled everything around, the watermark could hardly be seen, even after I re-stamped it with water hoping to lift some ink with it. As the card was meant to convey that beautiful things are coming out of the dark times, I had to make sure the “beautiful thing” on the  horizon was nice and bright!

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So I went over the sunbeams with an orange Zig clean color real brush and now the orange splashes over the water look like rays of sunshine seeping into the dark waters of despair… trying to save my sentiment from the same stamp set, which was heat embossed with Wow white embossing powder, except I think some clear embossing powder got mixed into it, which is why it looks like its being eaten up by the darkness of disappointment & discouragement… But the sunlight of hope & happiness is arriving soon!

Well I hope you got all that just by looking at my card ;), and that you’ll hop on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to leave my “Sistahs” some love and play along with us! If you want to try for the $50 prize but don’t have any of our stamps, use the code below to get a discount when you purchase them!

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Thanks for stopping my and your comments really make my day!


I’m sharing this over at:

HLS watercolourHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – Anything Goes with Spritz, and i certainly Spritz alot of water here! LoL!

thru the craft room.pngThrough the craft room door – Anything Goes

Create and makes challenge – Anything Goes

Cardz for Guyz – Nature

StampArt Papel – Anything Goes




Sisterhood of Crafters – Oh Boy, what next…

Calling all sistahs, Cards, Galaxy, Zig clean color real brush

Its a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and the theme this fortnight is “Oh Boy, what next…”.  Its a fun theme chosen by Agata, and you could make a card for a Boy or something masculine,
or something fun, or a declaration of pregnancy, or…. its up to your imagination!sisterhood

I immediately thought of using my little wizard from Craftin’ Desert Diva’s “Adventure Awaits” stamp set to create a scene with an element of mystery, where he uses his crystal ball to see whats coming next!

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To put this together, I first adhered a piece of the the water-coloured galaxy I painted before, onto my white card base. I then added some embossing paste through the “Small brick wall” stencil from My Favorite Things. I wanted to create the illusion that the wall disappeared into the galaxy  while he’s doing his magic so I made sure to add light touches of paste at the bottom of my galaxy panel too. Once that was dry, I stamped on the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versafine black ink, and Versamark for the word “Magical” then heat embossed it with Wow Embossing powder.

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To finish I just glued on my little wizard and the books, which I had coloured with my Zig clean color real brushes and fussy cut with a scissors. The books images actually come from Santoro Gorjuss “New Heights” stamp which I partially stamped to get only the books. I used a small Versafine ink cube so I could get ink only to the places I wanted and not the whole stamp.

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Well I hope you like what I created for this theme and I look forward to seeing what you thought of it! Please hope over to our challenge blog to link up your entries and leave my Sistahs some love too!

Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to reading your comments.


I’m also sharing this over at:

Artastic Challenge Blog – A new to me challenge and I love the idea of being inspired by paintings! I was inspired by the warm fuzzy colours in this painting by Peter Graham Artastic

Mixed Media World – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Anything Goes with your favourite stamps – I’ve used this stamp set 3 times now, so thats 3 times more than I use any stamp… so it must be a favourite! 😉

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Its written in the Stars, my theme exactly!

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Magazine – Anything Goes

Water Shaker Card -Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge

Calling all sistahs, Cards, encouragement challenge, Watercolor

Its time for another Encouragement challenge over at CAS-ual Friday Stamps Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge Blog. Were you the winner of our challenge last month? Check it out here!

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This month we have this serene water scene to help you cling on to the last days of Summer.  All you have to do is:
1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
2. Link up by 12am EST on the 13th
3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our new challenge blog!

You might just win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store. All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize!!!

If you don’t have any CAS-ual Friday Stamps yet, you can use my discount code below to get 15% of all stamps and dies! But you don’t have to use our stamps for the challenge, all products are welcome!

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I was inspired by the inspiration photo to make this Water shaker card. Yes there really is water in my card! I made a photo tutorial to show you how I did it too, so sit back with a cuppa and enjoy!

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I first cut an oval shape on the front of my kraft card, using my Spellbinders oval die. I then coloured a white card stock with Salty Ocean distress ink and cut it with the same oval die, before gluing it onto the inside of a kraft card.

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I took a 15cm x 10cm (5,9′ x 3,9′) ziplock bag and filled it with just a little water and some blue sequins. I carefully squeezed all the air out of the bag before zipping it shut. I then adhered this on top of my blue coloured oval with double sided tape.

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The end of the bag was taped underneath the card with double sided tape AND a large sellotape to ensure it was well sealed!

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I then sealed shut the top of the card with double sided tape again, making sure there was tape around the oval shape too.

I cut a strip of vellum and stamped  a sentiment from CAS-ual Friday’s Mon Ami stamp set, with StazOn black ink. I added this on top of the card, securing the ends underneath the card with double sided tape. All I had to do now was colour my flower, which also comes from CAS-ual Friday’s Mon Ami stamp set, using distress inks and a waterbrush. I die cut it using the co-ordinating die and glued it onto the bag and vellum using UHU glue stick. I wanted it to look like a lotus floating on water.

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I then stuck the whole panel onto another kraft card and my card was finished! Have a look to see how the sequins swirl and flow with the water below.

I would love to know what you thought of my first water card, so please leave me a comment below. Do go over and see the beautiful designs of my talented team mates over at the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge too and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!


I’m also playing along at:

Shopping our Stash badge Shopping Our Stash – Chillaxin’ and Relaxin’

stempelgarten Stempelgarten Challenge – Summer Time

HLS AG with Dies Badge Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

stamping sensation Stamping Sensations– Anything Goes




Calling All Sistahs – July Encouragement Challenge

Calling all sistahs, Cards, encouragement challenge

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Its time for our 3rd Encouragement challenge over at Casual Fridays Calling All Sistahs challenge blog, where any style of cards are welcome, as long as its a card to lift someone’s spirit,  and this wonderful mood blog should help you to do so!


I was inspired by the hot air balloon and the blue sky in the mood blog make this card using CAS-ual Fridays Floating stamp set. I wanted to convey a message in my card, so I coloured a windy sky and a dark sea with my Distress inks with the hot air balloon seemingly being tossed about, but actually being blown towards brighter skies… Whew! You got all that with one look right?! 😉 :))

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Its true though, all those cliches; “Its Darker before the Dawn”, “When God closes a door he opens a Window”, “When you hit bottom you can only go up”… I personally have experienced it, many times… Yet after all those really tough times, here I am, living a dream, with a loving family, great friends and a passionate hobby obsession! So if you’re going through some tough times at the moment, hang in there! Reach out to your friends or family, your God, meditate… or leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll send you a card! 

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Be sure to go and visit my team mates over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and play along with us. Who knows, you might also win a $25 gift code to use on anything at the CAS-ual Fridays gift store!

Thanks for stopping by and keep looking up!


I’m playing along:

Classic DT Challenge  Classic Design Team Open Challenge – My 2nd entry to this Anything Goes challenge for any DT members

Mixitup badge.jpg Mix It Up Challenge – Anything Goes + optional twist of Distressing

stempelgarten Stempelgarten Challenge – Anything that can fly




Calling All Sistahs – Check Yourselves!

Breast Cancer prevention, Calling all sistahs, Cards, WoW embossing powder

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Its that time if the month again ladies, time to check yourselves! Breast Cancer is not contagious, but you can catch it early… if you check yourself monthly and go for regular check ups. This reminder was started by the amazing Michele at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, after she was diagnosed with Cancer. You can read her story here.

Since then, a bunch of us Sistahs make cards as a fun way to remind you to feel em up! You can see their cards over at the CAS-usual Fridays Calling All Sistahs blog.

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Today I made a simple Shaker card using the stamps from the Calling All Sistahs collection, which I heat embossed using Wow silver embossing powder. The sequins came from a limited edition of Pretty Pink Posh. I added Washi Tape as a border and the card was done!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow where I’ll be sharing my card for the 3rd Encouragement challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs blog, in the hopes that you’ll join in the fun!


I’m playing along at:

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Use plaid

craft rocket Craft Rocket Challenges – Anything Goes

Crafting with an attitude.jpg Crafting with an attitude – Anything Goes