First Xmas card

Cards, Happy Little Stampers

Hi all! Its the 1st day of the last month of the year!!! Can you believe that? Already!! It’s also our last challenge of the year over at Happy Little Stampers. As always its “Anything Goes” but with an optional theme of Christmas so if, like me, you haven’t started on your Christmas cards, its a good opportunity to get crackin’!watercolor xmas cu.jpgThis card was relatively easy to do. I first created the blue watercolour border and once it was dry, I stamped in the sentiment from Clearly Besotted and added my die cuts from Crafters Companion which come from one double-sided die! Yes, each die has two cutting sides, so you get 2 different patterns with just one pass through your die-cutting machine!

Well, I hope you were inspired by my card to join in our challenge. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great December & Happy Holidays!

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Happy Anniversary

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

November 2019 WCHi all! Its the first of the month and so a new challenge starts at Happy Little Stampers! This month, our watercolour theme is “Animals” so we look forward to seeing your creations with animals in them.Frogs productsI used some stamps from Clearly Besotted, who make the cutest animal stamps, and my Spectrum Noir watercolour markers called Aqua. These are really great to paint small objects, notably the stamps we use for cardmaking! Because of their brush tip and marker tip, they can be controlled so much easier than normal watercolour brushes and paints. Frogs productsI first stamped my frog stamps from Clearly Besotted using Spectrum Noir’s pebble waterproof ink from the Finesse range. This will ensure that the outlines will not run when I start water colouring. I used Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper which is extra white. I then started adding colour by first outlining the areas where I wanted the darker shades to be and then with a water brush, I blended the colour in by bringing the colour into the white areas.

Now with the fine marker tip of my Alpine Green Aqua marker, I added spots to the frog, in areas where I first put down the colour, to add depth. The fine tip of this marker really allows you to go into small areas and corners of your stamped images. Then with a white ink gel pen, I added more spots, but to areas which I wanted to stand out so the images would be more 3D.

I next started colouring the little cocktail drinks I wanted to add behind these two frogs as this card is going to a pair of close friends who love hopping around town together tasting great cocktails! I decide to colour in their 2 favourite cocktails, Aperol Spritz and a Long Mint, which is like a Long Island Iced Tea but with lemonade instead of coke, and mint.

I used the same method as with the frogs, going in with my first colour, in this case, Flame Red, to the bottom of my glass and then blending into the white areas. For this image though, I wanted a gradient from red at the bottom to yellow at the top, so I added a little of Sunshine close to the Flame Red and when I blended it in, it turned orange and then yellow.

Once that was done, I started colouring in the Long Mint which has a light greenish colour to it so I used Alpine Green again to line the bottom of the glass and added Lime next to it, so that when it blended, it would give a lighter green. Once I finished water colouring my little cocktails, and they were dry, I used my white gel pen again to add the highlights on the glass of my cocktails and the fruits.Frogs cuI then fussy cut the 4 images and arranged them on to my card. For the Autumn coloured border, I first wet the areas I wanted to colour,  and then used the above-mentioned markers to drop in colour by simply touching the brush end tips to the wet paper. To finish I splattered black and white acrylic ink onto the border and stamped the sentiment with Spectrum Noir waterproof ink Noir Black, also from the Finesse range.

Well I hope you liked my card and I look forward to seeing your cards in the link-up. Do pop over to my fellow teammates’ blogs to see the awesome cards they created for you just to inspire you to join int he fun.

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


Happy Little Stampers – Botanical

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

October 2019 WC.pngHi all! Its the 1st of the month so another watercolour stamping challenge has started over at Happy Little Stampers and our theme is as always “Anything Goes” with an option and this month’s option is “Botanicals”!October calendarI was so happy when I saw the theme for this month as I love botanicals, which by the way means anything plant-related so not just florals. It was also an excellent theme for October in my hand-made calendar. I used my watercolour markers from Spectrum Noir called Aqua on 300g watercolour paper. I started by first drawing a circle where I wanted to put my Autumn wreath and chose the colours I wanted to use. October calendar product.jpgThe stamps I watercoloured comes from Crafters Companions Crocus Collection and I just inked up parts of the stamps I wanted,  using Spectrum Noir water-reactive inks and stamped them around my circle before colouring them with my Aqua markers. To finish I added little spots of black in clusters using the black Aqua marker.October calendar midWell I hope you’ve been inspired to join in our watercolour challenge and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creation in the link-up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Happy Little Stampers – Tropical

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

September 2019 WC.pngHi all! How are you doing this wonderful Sunday morning? I’m taking a much needed holiday break in London, after working like crazy all summer, following my 5 year “holiday”! Before I left though, I made a card for our new challenge over at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge blog where the theme is always Anything Goes. The optional theme this month is Tropical! Either because our challenge creator, Kylie, is from Australia so they’re coming out of Winter or we’re celebrating the last days of heat in the Northern HemisphereCC Wild & Free prodWhichever the case, I was really happy to break open my new stamp from Crafters Companion, called “Wild and Free”, and watercolour up this little parrot. I used watercolour markers from Spectrum Noir, which has a brush nib and a small marker tip nib on the other end, so I could add fine brush strokes to my ferns. This is really useful to add ink into the small corners on your flower stamps or creatures! Really handy for a beginner painter. The background was just done with Brushos watercolour powder and a spritz of water. All this on Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper. CC Wild & Free cuThe sentiment also comes from the same stamp set and was stamped with Spectrum Noir’s waterproof ink pad, and luckily so, as I didn’t realise my background was still wet when I stamped it and the ink didn’t budge at all!! I fussy cut my water coloured parrot and adhered it to my Brushoed background.

Well I hope I’ve inspired you to join in and I really look forward to seeing your wonderful creations! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time. Have a great Sunday and week doing what you love!


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Little Hummingbird

Card Challenge, Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

July 2019 WC.pngHi all, its been a while I know, but my daily intensive German classes coupled with my new job plus going back to fulltime parenting, albeit to teenagers(!), is throwing off my regular schedule and I’m having a hard time adjusting to my new routine. But my German classes will end in a month when I sit for my certification exam, the kids will be away on holiday visiting their friends around Europe, so I won’t have to be their daily chauffeur and personal chef for afew weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being with my son these last 2 months when he was home studying for his exams, which is why I didn’t mind chauffering him daily to the gym, to school and after his exams to his internship and concocting high protein/carb meals for him. I got a chance to pamper him and be with him and have very interesting conversations together, during a time when most teenagers are on the other, dark, side of the moon 😉Hero Arts hummingbird prod.jpgAnyway, I managed to squeeze off some time to watercolour this little Hummingbird from Hero Arts Hummingbirds stamp set, with my Spectrum Noir watercolour markers called “Aqua”, for our latest Watercolour challenge over at “Happy Little Stampers” challenge blog, where the theme is “Wings”.Hero Arts hummingbird cuI look forward to seeing all your wonderful watercolour creations in the challenge link and you have the whole month of July to do so!

Have a wonderful week!

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