Christmas bauble card

Cards, Merry Little Christmas challenge, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers

MerryLittleC-challenge-blog-badgeHi all! I’m back today to share a Christmas shaker card I made for the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog. I’m really loving taking my time creating these cards and I hope you will too and share your lovely Christmassy creations with us!CC sparkly bauble die shaker card prodToday, I used this gorgeous diecut from Crafters Companion and made a shaker card with it. As its an intricate die, I made sure not to cut it from too thick a paper so that it would cut well. Once it was cut I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. To colour in the baubles, I fussy cut some marker papers to the size of the baubles, stuck it behind the baubles and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers.CC sparkly bauble die shaker card how toI then adhered a piece of acetate behind the diecut pane, placed some sequins onto the inside of the card and closed the front diecut panel with acetate onto it. So I didn’t add any foam tape to add depth, just regular adhesive strips.CC sparkly bauble die shaker card cuWell I hope you liked my card and that it inspired you to create something to share with us. All our challenges are “Anything Goes” so feel free to make any sort of home deco and not just a card.

I look forward to seeing your creations in the link-up here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!

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Sending you a hug in a mug

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers

addicted to stampsHi all! Its Wednesday so another challenge starts over at Addicted to Stamps and more and this week, the theme is “Make Your Mark” so we want you to show us your amazing creations using your markers, pencils, watercolours… and anything else you have that makes a mark!Doctor's helpers markersI decided to use my Tri-Blend markers  from Spectrum Noir I got afew months ago, but never really even opened some of them. I love the idea of having coordinated colours all in one pen, but I’m not so confident in my colouring with markers, which is why I don’t use them so often. But I followed a tutorial on Skillshare by Julia Henze and I have to say I am quite happy with my result on my stamped images from Create a Smile called “Doctor’s Helpers”. The sentiment was handwritten in.Doctor's helpers cuThis has given me more confidence in colouring with my markers, so I bought a few digital images to colour in (I don’t know why now as I have soooo many stamps I could have used…).

Well I hope this has inspired you to start colouring and I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations over at Addicted to Stamps and More. Do pop over to see what amazing creations my fellow teammates have created just to inspire you to join in the fun!

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

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I’m also sharing this with:

male room.jpgThe Male Room challenge – Stay CAS

AAAAAA cards – One layer without the optional twist for me

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday -Masculine card

Colourful Wednesday with Stamplorations

Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Stamplorations, Winsor and Newton watercolors, wonderful wednesday coloring

Hi all! I’m so happy to be back again this Wednesday to share some colouring projects I’ve been doing for the Stamplorations Wonderful Wednesday Coloring post as their guest designer. As with my first post for them, I tried using three different ways to colour, even if all I want to do is colour with my watercolours!

Happy Flowers stencil

For my first project, I used Stamplorations Happy Flowers stencil and Lukas transparent embossing paste, which I mixed with yellow and orange alcohol inks, and brushed it through the stencil with a paint brush. I feel the alcohol inks give the paste more shine and transparency, compared to watercolour or distress inks.  The Thanks diecut also comes from their Cutplorations series of dies. A splatter of red paint finished my card.


My second card uses the same colours but with watercolours this time, which I used to do a no-line watercolouring on Stamplorations Hummingbird stamp. I was influenced by Jean Haine’s loose watercolouring style, so I blurred the wings, to give an impression of movement. I added water around my Hummingbird and dropped in some blue paint in the background. I used the same Thanks die but this time in orange.

Be thankful

For my third card, I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers to colour the bucket of apples from Stamplorations Be Thankful stamp, and also create the grass around it. I used three different greens to create depth and dimension among the grass. The sentiment from Stamplorations Words of Gratitude stamp set, was stamped with Stazon black ink on vellum and cut with a stitched oval die from Spellbinders. The whole coloured panel was then cut with the largest of the three dies from Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle nesting die set, and matted onto a red card base.

Thanks for stopping by and do pop over to the Stamplorations blog to see the other amazing colouring projects the other guest designers have created just for your viewing pleasure! I do hope you enjoyed the three different ways I coloured my cards and that you’ll be inspired to do the same. What is your favourite way of colouring?

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I’m sharing the flower card over at:

Happy Flowers stencil shine

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – Add sparkle. Can you see it shine?

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Fall/Autumn card

DiesRUsDies R Us – Anything Fall related

back to basicsBack to Basics  & Beyond– Stencils or Masks

And the Hummingbird card over at:

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Shades of Autumn

2crafty critter2 crafty critter crazies challenge – Anything goes with animals

lemon shortbreadLemon Shortbread challenge – Anything Goes

The apple harvest card with:

House mouse.jpgHouse Mouse & Friend Monday challenge – I chose the Anything Goes with Autumn/Fall colours

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday October – Give Thanks

dare2beartzy.jpgDare to be Artzy – Fall



AECP – Let It Shine!

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, WoW embossing powder

When I first started card making 2 years ago, a fellow crafty friend told me my signature was having some form of heat embossing on my cards. I didn’t realise it but it was true…and that was when I stopped heat embossing as I realised I needed to diversify. 2 years later, my signature today would be watercolour cards, I guess, but only cause I LOVE water-colouring and not because I don’t know how to do anything else as I have learnt so many different techniques since then. And with the Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program, I am learning even more, every single day, as I gave myself the challenge to finish the classes in this course in 30 days!

Glitter bouquet stencil main

Today’s course talked about the different ways to add shine to our projects so I brought out my Wow embossing powders and they were quite happy to shine again on my card! I used Altenew’s gorgeous “Watercolor Bouquet Stencil” which is a layered stencil, meaning you add the first layer of colour through the large flower, turn the stencil around and add a darker colour through the other part of the stencil.


Here you can see better what I mean. The top flower is where you put the base colour and the bottom part of the stencil are the highlights you add the darker colour on. I used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to blend in the colours that I had put down using my Zig clean color real brush pens and it works like water, blending the colours so well and adding a beautiful shine, which I tried to capture on camera but it doesn’t do it justice.

Glitter bouquet stencil cu

While the card was drying, I started on my gold embossed sentiment diecut from Stamplorations. I preferred to first heat emboss a strip of paper with Wow gold embossing powder and then die-cut it, rather than the other way around as its alot less finicky. Once everything dried, I cut this panel with Altenew’s “Cross Stitch Canvas” die and matted it on a rose card base, added my sentiment, and lastly added some clear water drops with my Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray. Instead of using the spray, I unscrewed the cap and just dripped afew drops where I wanted it and once dried, its hard and transparent!

Glitter bouquet stencil trial

To have a raised sentiment, I had cut a second sentiment to go under the gold diecut and I had used a spoilt card for it. But it was so nice & blended so beautifully with my water-coloured flower that I really couldn’t decide if I wanted to add the gold sentiment in the end! What do you think, which do you prefer?

Glitter bouquet stencil

In the end, my son decided he preferred the gold sentiment, and as today’s class was called “Let It Shine“, I decided to stick with the original plan. If I wasn’t a little hungover tired from a night out with friends, I would have made a second card and have both…

Well I hope you liked my card. I was really inspired by all the little extra details I learnt from Carissa Wiley during this course and I will be going back often when I need further inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

Paru.pngParu’s cardmaking challenge – Make a card or tag

tuesday throwdownTuesday Throwdown – Stencilling

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Watercolor

stamplorations.pngStamplorations Cutplorations challenge – They’re on holiday so its a Anything Goes challenge

die cuttin divasDie cutting Divas -Anything Goes

Pause dream enjoy.jpgPause Dream Enjoy challenge – Use stitched dies

watercooler wed.jpgWatercooler Wednesday challenge – Feminine Anything Goes





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!

Spectrum noir beach cu

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