Paper Crafting & Beyond

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Die cuts, Watercolor

Hi all! Today I am here to share with you a card I made after I attended another excellent online course over at the Altenew Academy, called “Paper Crafting and Beyond”. This is part of my Altenew Educator’s Certification course and I’m already on the last level, Level 3! I have just 2 more classes to take, do the last assignment and hopefully be certified.Fantasy Floral product pinterestThis course was all about how to use our designer papers in many innovative ways to create beautiful house or party decorations, cards and scrapbooking projects. My card today was inspired by her very first lesson where she showed us how to make a flower wreath using Altenew’s beautiful watercoloured paper and their 3D dies.
20190502_160304.jpgUnfortunately, I didn’t have any of their paper, but I did have tons of my own watercolour pieces from my (failed) attempts to create loose florals. So in the true spirit of the origin of Scrapbooking, I used my scraps to create the flowers using Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D die set. I just love how they look once cut out from my failed paintings! I layered them and arranged them around the Sweet friend frame die from Altenew, which I had stamped and heat embossed with Rose Gold Wow embossing powder.Fantasy Floral cuThe sentiment comes from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes (I love every one of them!) and even though I used a stamp positioner to stamp it, it still came out bleary because I moved the card before I stamped it a second time 🙄. I tried to rectify it by filling in the double letters with a black pen but please forgive me if it still looks a little blurry. To finish, I added splatters with liquid watercolours and a little blue bauble.Fantasy Floral die pinterestI really enjoyed this class and I’m going to use the other ideas in this course to create party decorations and scrapbook layouts. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I look forward to reading them.

Have a Great Day! Hugs, 0aablog-signature

I’m also sharing this card over at:

altenew.jpgAltenew’s inspiration challenge 

DiesRUsDies R Us – Flowers

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower challenge – Embossing

Crafty friends.pngCrafty Friends challenge – use more than one die

AECP – Easy die cutting techniques

Altenew Academy, Cards, Die cuts

I’m home! After one month away in Madrid at my in-laws, its soooo good to be home, even though it’s still hot and humid here and I’m being bitten to death by mosquitoes… but its so nice to hang out with my friends at the lake again, and have all my crafting tools around me!

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I decided before summer that I was going to finish my Altenew Educator Certification program during summer, so I have 30 days to finish it, its not going to be easy as we have friends coming over in August and I’m away most September, but I do love a challenge! I also intend to go back on my detox diet & get regular exercise, so i’m kick starting my New Year resolutions after a little lapse.

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As I missed my die-cutting machine while I was away, my first card I made back home uses afew of the die-cutting techniques as shown by Yana Smakula during the Altenew Academy Easy Die cutting Techniques course.  I’m not much of a die cutter, preferring one layer cards, so I learnt so much during this course; like embossing with a die!

On my card, you’ll see that I first embossed the white card stock with Altenew Spring Shower Cover die, before I added the Floral Shadow die which I had stamped with Altenew inks, using the matching stamps. I don’t have an embossin gmat so I just folded a a thin foam mat I have & experimented. It worked out well the first time so I will certainly use this method more often! The sentiment comes from the same set and was stamped with Versafine black ink. This card was also sooo easy to make and it took me less than 10 minutes to make it!

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Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll be cheering me on as I try to finish the required courses before the end of August! Have a great week everyone and see you back here tomorrow. Hugs,


I’m sharing this over at:

Just us girls.pngJust Us Girls – Photo week

Inkspirational Photo ChallengeInkspirational – Took me only 5mins 20sec to make the card once I knew what I wanted to do, but figuring out the best design took me an hour and various different attempts which I threw in the bin! LoL!

just add inkJust Add Ink – My twist is the die I used for embossing instead of diecutting

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes


Altenew Rose flurries dies

Altenew, Cards, Die cuts, Watercolor

I purchased these gorgeous 3D dies not so long ago and once I received them, I took them out and diecut them straight away! But once I saw how many pieces there were, they just sat on my side desk for quite a few weeks…until I finally had the time today to put them all together. I found a system to work with them that made it all really easy and fun so I wanted to share it with you.



I had them all in a mixed pile so I decided to put them back in their negative space, it was like playing with a jigsaw puzzle, so fun! It helped that I numbered all the different dies on the package image and also on my diecut paper so I knew which one went where. I taped the back of each row, as you can see, with washi tape, so the piece would stay put when I coloured them.


I then water-coloured them with the help of the colouring guide, to know which ones to add a softer wash. This felt like colouring with numbers :)). Once the watercolour paints were dry, I took them out and adhered them together according to the numbers. As the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp was Sparkle and Shine, I used a shiny lacquer to glue them together AND added Wow embossing glitter while the lacquer was still wet.

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You can see the glitter but unfortunately you can’t see the shine of the lacquer. Well I hope you liked the card. Its a short post today as we have a problem with our internet at home so I’m using my phone’s mobile data…and my kids need it too to do their homework… so thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great day!


I’m also sharing this at:

altenewAltenew April Inspiration challenge – my 2nd entry.

Inspired by all the little things.pngInspired by all the little things – I was inspired by the pastel colours

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Flower Power

HLS watercolourHappy Little Stampers – My 2nd entry to their Watercolour challenge

city crafterCity Crafter challenge – CASeing Char’s beautiful card Caseing Char.jpg



Spring come back!

Altenew, Card Challenge, Cards, Die cuts

The weather here has been, is and going to stay, in the negative for awhile and its the coldest winter I’ve experienced since moving to Germany 5 years ago. Theres snow everywhere and while its beautiful, I am wishing Spring will come soon. I never really liked the heat, coming from Singapore, its probably a strange thing to say, but we spend all our time avoiding the heat and 90% humidity that we never really get used to it I guess! So I never thought I’d say this, but now I really miss the heat! 3 months is a long time to be permanently cold.

So I decided to create Spring on a card of mine! This card was inspired by the challenge over at Altenew and I’m so glad I can play again, I have so many Altenew stamps now that I don’t really have an excuse for not joining in more often!

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I decided to do something I don’t do very often and see if I could make a nice card by just stamping my stamps, no water colouring for once! With the beautiful Flora Shadow stand, coordinating dies ad Altenew inks, it’s hard to go wrong though. I first stamped the frame from the Sweet Friend stamp set with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Wow’s white embossing powder. I die cut my white card stock with Stamplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch rectangle die and adhered it to a light pink card base with my Scotch ATC.

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I didn’t want to leave the background completely white so I flicked some pink splatters with my Zig clean color real brush (Yes I couldn’t resist using some watercolour in the end…). I stamped “XOXO”, which also comes from the Sweet Friend stamp set, with Versafine ink, then arranged my flower die cuts and adhered then on with UHU glue stick. To finish I added afew black Nuvo drops. Still haven’t got the hang of making perfect round dots, guess I should watch a few videos, LoL!

Well I hope this card has brought a little Spring into your lives if you’re under snow too. Thanks for stopping by and your comments warm my cold days!


I’m also sharing this card over at:

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge – My 2nd entry

AAAcardsAAA Cards – Die cuts only

cardz4galsCardz 4 Galz – Stamping

Southern Girls.jpg Southern Girls Challenge – Nature

altenew.jpg The inspiration pic from Altenew



Paper Piecing with Background die

Cards, Die cuts, Sizzix

I’m getting back in to my groove now, crafting almost everyday and blogging more often, and learning new techniques! Its been awhile since I’ve come across a new to me technique and I found this one over at The Flower Challenge blog, where this month’s theme is Paper Piecing. I’ve never heard of it and I still didn’t quite understand what it is so I hope what I did corresponds! It was also a good opportunity to use my stack of patterned paper which I NEVER use!

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From what I understood, you just have to put patterned paper or paper you coloured, over part of your image…so I did just that. I first took a card base I prepared from an A3  card stock and die cut the front of the card base, by running it through my Big Shot Plus with Sizzix’s Floral Panel background die. I inlaid the die cut panel back onto the card base by gluing it onto the bottom part of the card base.


I then sprayed it with a soft pink glimmer spray, and while it was drying, I die cut a designer paper from Folio, using the same background die. As its a very detailed background die, I find using the Sizzix Brush and Foam pad essential for cleaning out all the small pieces of excess paper. You just put your die together with the die cut panel onto the foam pad and roll the brush over it and when you lift your die, the unwanted pieces stay on the foam!

I proceeded to fussy cut certain parts of the designer paper die cut panel, which I glued on top of the first panel. The whole panel was then glued onto a red card base and to finish, I added the Hugs die cut from Stamplorations.


So is this Paper Piecing? In any case I had fun fussy cutting and piecing it back onto the card and I hope you like the card.Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always so encouraging to me.


I’m also sharing it over at:

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – Old Fashioned love. I think my style here is Clean and layered

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies challenge

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Paper Piecing

crafty hazelnut.pngCrafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Anything Goes with patterned paper

ssswchallengeSSS Wednesday challenge – Add a die cut