Pumpkin π

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Watercolor


Hi all! Its the 1st of the month which means the beginning of another challenge over at Creative with Stamps, and the theme this month is “Pumpkin”. So I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations featuring pumpkins and you have a whole month to create them!

Pumpkins products

I love pumpkins, something about their full roundedness really appeals to me. They are also a sign that fall is here and I LOVE fall! Who cannot love all those gorgeous orange, gold and red hues. I think my favourite fall memory will always be the one where we were driving through Shirley on the old Route 66, after visiting the Funks Grove Pure maple sirup farm. The stretch of road lined with trees bursting with the colours of Autumn, was just breathtakingly gorgeous, and that scenery will forever be etched in my memory.


So I tried to recreate these colours in my Pumpkin card, which was cerated using 2 different pumpkin digi stamps from Pattie’s Creations and QKR Stampede. I also drew in afew pumpkins to fill in the gaps. Can you tell which ones they are? I used my Winsor and Newton watercolours to paint them and when they were dry, I cut the panel using My Favorite Things scallop rectangle die and matted it on a mauve card base. The beautiful sentiment comes from CASual Fridays.

Well I hope you liked my card and I would love to hear your thoughts on Autumn. Do pop over to the Creative with Stamps challenge blog and see what my team mates have created just to inspire you, and leave them some warm Autumn love too!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great creative month… and maybe make some pumpkin pie (π) too!

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I’m sharing this with:

PCM-challenges-logo2.pngParu’s cardmaking challenge – Anything Goes

Calling All SistahsCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – Anything Goes without the butterfly option

Pattie's creations.jpgPattie’s Creations – Anything Goes



Creative with Stamps – Flag

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Patty's Creations, Zig clean color real brush


Hello all and its already the 1st of July, well into the 2nd half of the year already! Where does the time go by? Its also the beginning of a new challenge at Creative with Stamps and the theme for this month is “Flag”. We have prizes from our sponsor Pattie’s Creations so we hope you will join us and we can admire your amazing creations in the link up!

Flag zigs

As you are reading this, I am somewhere in France, on our way to Madrid, where we will be spending all summer to visit my hubby’s family. I brought my Mac, my watercolours, colour pencils & all my Never been used stamps, so that I won’t have a choice but to use them!

Anyhoo, for this post, I created it in advance, using a digital stamp from Pattie’s Creations called “Beach Cabana Trio”. I know being July and the theme being “Flag”, most Americans will create something to celebrate their Independence Day , which did you know was actually voted by Congress on the 2nd of July…. But since I’m not American and I don’t live in America & don’t come from or lived in countries who’s citizens are very patriotic (I think France & Germany only sing their National Anthems during football matches, so quite alot at the moment, although not so much for Germany anymore ;)…) I decided to use a beach flag!

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I printed the digi stamp directly onto Clairefontaine 250gm watercolour paper & created a beach scene with my Zig clean color real brushes. I had so much fun giving the Cabanas a badly painted look, even though one small part of me was screaming in protest when I made the paints run down the roofs, LoL! I also wanted them to look old but the Zigs are so vibrant it was quite difficult.

I chose the sentiment from The Ton’s “Wishful Wildflowers” set as I felt there was something poignant but happy at the same time about this scene. How does this card make you feel?

Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you’ll stop over at Creative with Stamps and see what my team mates have created for your inspiration and leave them a little love too. Happy Summer everyone! (& Winter for those down South)




Creative with Stamps – Terry on the Beach

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers


Hi all, its the 15th of the month and I’m back to remind you of our challenge going on at Creative with Stamps where the theme is “Cute Animal”. I hope you’ve joined in the challenge with an animal themed project, and if not you have until the 30th to join in, and who knows, maybe win a prize that I’m sponsoring this month!

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Today I’m really excited to share this card with you as its the first time I’m creating a background scene with alcohol markers, namely my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I made a video to show you exactly how I did it and for the first time, its a video with me talking in real time and not a voice over! You can find it at the end of this post. I also used stamps from Wplus9’s “Flock Yeah” set, Flora & Fauna and Clearly Besotted’s “Cool Dude” as Terry the turtle couldn’t resist going to the beach while I’m slaving away here in Germany…

Spectrum noir beach products

I used Ultra Smooth Solar White Ninah card stock which I got online from Crafter’s Companion in the UK. You’ll learn all the techniques I used to create this scene here are the important ones.

  • Use the proper paper for markers
  • To cover streaks, go over it again with your marker
  • To avoid streaks, go over your darker colour with your lighter colour while the first colour is still wet.
  • If you don’t have exactly the right colour, put down the darkest colour on your acrylic block and pick it up with your lighter colour to create a smoother blend.

I have many more tips to share with you in the video, tips which you can apply with your Copics as well,  so I hope you’ll join Terry at the beach by clicking on the link below. I will list the colours I used at the end of the post.

Well I hope you’ll pop over to the Creative With Stamps challenge blog and see what the other ladies have created for your viewing pleasure. Have a great weekend!


Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers used: (from darkest to lightest)

Beach – RB2, RB1, MB2, MB1     Sea – TB9, TB7, TB5, TB3, TB2. TB1 & IB1      Sky – TB3 & TB1      Coconut Trees – Leaves: AG3, LG4 &CG1   Trunk: RB2, RB1 & blender pen     Terry – DG4 DG2, CG1  Shell: GB9 & RB1

I’m also sharing this card over at:

cute cut thursdayCute Card Thursday – Sea Sun or Sand

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Beachy (inside the card it says “On your Birthday”)

thru the purple haze.pngThrough the Purple Haze – At the Beach

time outTime Out Challenge – Holiday


Creative with Stamps – Cute Animals

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Spectrum noir


Hi all, its the 1st of the month and I’m back to inspire you to join us for a new challenge at Creative with Stamps and this month’s theme is “Cute Animals”. You have until the end of the month to share your animal cards with us and make us go “awww…so cute” and maybe win a My Favorite Things “Hooray” die, which will go to one random winner, which I am giving away!

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I’m not a cute card person…or a cute anything person but the inspiration of this card descended upon me like a ton of bricks and so I clawed my way from under, just like my little kitty when she fell into my coffee thinking there were more fishes in it, not just those swimming around the saucer, and made the card in no time at all.

I started by stamping the coffee cup and saucer from Concord & 9th’s “Let’s Chat” & coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers. I’m still new to using them and always forget they don’t blend like my water-color brushes. I then partially stamped the kitty from Clearly Besotted’s Fluffly Furball, drew in his paws hanging on for dear life to the rim of the coffee cup, and coloured him and the coffee. The fishes were also stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black & coloured in with my Spectrum Noirs.

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Since he spoilt my coffee, he decided to give me a treat when my birthday comes around. The birthday sentiment comes from Hero Arts.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll pop over to my teammies at Creative with Stamps and leave them some love too. Thanks for popping by and your comments are like soft purring to my ears!

Have a great day!


I’m also sharing this at:

AAAcardsAAA Card challenge – 4th Anniversary birthday hop

coffee lovers hop2018 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog hop

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Anything Goes without the topping

show us your pussies.pngShow Us your pussies cat lovers challenge – Anything Goes

Creative with Stamps – Come play with us!

Cards, Creative With Stamps, mothers day card, Zig clean color real brush

Hi all, its the 15th of the month so I’m sending out a friendly reminder that you can share your cards with us at Creative with Stamps, until the end of the month, if you have made a “Mother” themed card.

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I was a little enthusiastic about stamping the little flowers from Pink Fresh Studio’s “Unicorn Dream” stamp set. So instead of having whimsical flowers artfully strewn around, it looks a little like a mess of overgrown wildflowers! Lol! Anyway i love this funny stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called “Mother’s Day Zingers” and I’ve used the sentiments from this set in most of my Mother’s Day cards this year, to give to my daughter’s friends. I stamped the black strip from Winnie & Walter on the right cause I realised my whole card was too much to the left…. oh well adds some contrast I guess!

Well I hope you enjoyed this card and that you’ll join us in this challenge. Thanks for your comments, they’re like little hugs to me!

Have a great day!