Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, WoW embossing powder

This is going to be a quick post for a quick card I made. Took me all of 15 minutes I think, and when my teenage daughter saw it, she said, “Mum that is the nicest card you’ve ever made…” and when I think of the hours I slaved over some of my other cards, especially the watercolour or interactive ones, her favourite is one that took me 15 minutes and required no real talent to do it!!

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All I did was stamp the beautiful stamp from Casual Fridays with Versamark clear ink on a red card base, heat embossed it with Wow’s Opaque bright white embossing powder and then blended in Aged Mahogany distress ink on the edges to bring out the centre image even more, sprinkled some white acrylic paint and that was it! Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great creative week!

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Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Make a Christmas card

CASual fridays.jpgCASual Fridays – Inspiration photo. That red caught my eye and all I could only think of was that!

Christmas-Card-Day_1080-01.jpgSimon Says Stamp – Christmas card day

Shanah Tovah Umetukah

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Clearly Besotted Stamps, Watercolor

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Hi all! It’s a “Holiday” theme at Addicted to Stamps and More and we would like to see any holiday theme card or images of your holidays in the link up.  As Rosh Hashanah is just in afew days, I though I’d make a Jewish New Year card to wish my Jewish friends and all my Jewish readers, “A Good and Sweet Year”!

I will always be grateful for my dear friend Dalit, who is only one of two Jewish friends I have, for inviting me into their homes when they celebrated their Jewish holidays and enlightening me with their traditions and meanings… and the delicious foods made during this period! So this card is especially for her and I took great pleasure in painting it.

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Apples and Honey are a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal to symbolise the hope for sweetness and blessings in the year ahead. I created my scene by stamping the apples from Clearly Besotted in red or yellow distress inks on Guardi Artistico 300gm watercolour paper. To create the half apple, I stamped on only half of the whole apple stamp. The (oversized, sorry I’m really bad with proportions) honey dipper was drawn in by me and the whole scene painted using Winsor and Newtown watercolours and a Raphael Maestro no 2 size brush.

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I love how the texture of this paper provides a natural textural background to my card. The sentiment comes from CASual Friday stamps, and I really like the font they used for these sentiments.

Well I hope you liked my watercolour card and I appreciate the time you took to stop by and I look forward to reading your comments. Do stop over at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and see what my teammies have created just for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!


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Cards in Envy BadgeCards in Envy – the Fruits of your labour

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge – Celebrating Stamping & STAMPtember

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Stamp on it

Shopping our Stash badgeShopping our Stash – Crazy for colouring

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Hot Air Balloon

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Zig clean color real brush


Hi all, I’m here today to share a new challenge we’re having over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and for the next two weeks, our top sistah Darlene has chosen the theme “Something you might find in the SKY”. When I saw this theme, it was a no brainer for me and I reached straight for my hot air balloon stamp from CASual Fridays stamps “Floating” set.

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As I was going to do no line water-colouring, I first stamped my balloon with Mustard seed distress ink on watercolour paper that I had previously cut with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitch, but never used. I wanted to create a soft watercolour look for the flowers but my Zigs clean color brushes are so vibrant that it came out stronger than I would have liked, but I’m still quite pleased with the results.

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The sentiment tag comes from My Favorite Things blueprint 20 set which I found in my scrap box & the sentiment comes from the same CASual Fridays set and I think it would be great for a graduation card. I also love the thought that whimsy little flowers can float you up into the air and bring you to greater heights, there’s something feminine and powerful at the same time in that image for me.

Well I hope you liked my simple card and that you’ll pop over to “The Sisterhood of Crafters” blog and leave my “sistahs” some love.  Have a great day!


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addicted to casAddicted to CAS – Girl Power

less is more Less is More – My watercolour card panel and the sentiment tag comes from my scrap box

Calling All SistahsCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge – I was inspired by the flowers.

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes



Calling All Sistahs December Encouragement Challenge

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, encouragement challenge

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Hi all! I’m back with a new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Calling All Sistahs” Encouragement Challenge and it will also be my last post as part of this Design team, as I have decided to step down after a wonderful year creating with my talented “Sistahs”! It was a very enriching time as it was my very first design team experience, and I will always remember and be grateful for the opportunity! Thank you so much to Michele and Heather for your support and hard work in organising this new challenge and you won’t be seeing the last of me, as now I can participate in the challenges!

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For our last challenge of the year, we have a wonderful mood board to inspire you. You can go with anything on the mood blog, the stripes, the colours, the round chair, the marble of the table, the plants in the background… anything that inspires you to make an Encouragement card. And if you use any products from CAS-ual Fridays, you could win a $50 gift voucher to the store! If you don’t have any products from the store yet, enter anyway and who knows you might win $30 of their beautiful stamps and dies!

For todays’s card, I first embossed it with an embossing folder from MFT and then adhered a snowflake diecut, from the Flurry die set, which I had previously gone over with clear sparkle Spectrum Noir marker to make it glitter! For the “Joy” sentiment, I used the beautiful stamp from the Joy stamp set and stamped it in red on a piece of vellum. I used Versafine ink and it took ages to dry! I really have to get Stazon inks in other colours than black! I wrote “to the world” freehand with a black pen and adhered the vellum to the card with double sided tape.

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I added a red ribbon and to finish, added some sparkle gems onto the middle of each snowflake.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll pop over to the Calling All Sistahs blog and leave my Sistahs some love AND play along with our challenge. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link up!


Calling All Sistahs – Nov Encouragement Challenge

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, no line watercolouring, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

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Hi everyone! We have a new Encouragement challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and we have a gorgeous mood blog to inspire you to make a card which will cheer someone up. All you have to do is:

  1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
  2. Link up here by 12am EST on the 13th
  3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our challenge.

One person will 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! Woah!! So I look forward to seeing your card on our challenge blog.

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I’m into water-coloured wreaths at the moment, if you hadn’t noticed… ;)! So I stamped the flower buds and leaves from CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami stamp set onto Canson 300g watercolour paper with a light Momento green ink in a wreath arrangement and water coloured it using my Winsor and Newton paints. It was my first time trying to “paint” white flowers and I did so by colouring around the buds in a darker shade so that the whiteness in the buds would stand out. To finish, I added some white and brown ink splatters.

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I then cut this panel with my craft scissors and adhered it onto a brown card base.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll hop over to the Calling All Sistahs challenge blog to see what other amazing cards my fellow “sistahs” have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Thanks for  stopping by and I love reading your comments each time!