Let me Out!

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, spectrum noir aqua markers, Watercolor

april 2020 WCHi all! Its the 1st of April…wow, where did March go?! Well, its time for another watercolour challenge over at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog and the theme for this month is “Stars”. I created this card for all of you stuck indoors and looking out. Don’t look at the empty streets, but at the beautiful sky, which in some countries, are clearer now than ever before…Stars prodI just received this stamp set from Crafters Companion called Peek-a-boo Cat and when I saw that the theme for this challenge was “Stars”, I knew I wanted to make a card with him looking through the window up into the sky. I watercoloured the sky with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers Prussian Blue, Hot Pink and Black. I made a little tutorial and you can see it at the bottom of this post.Stars cuTo be honest, while I was making this card, the only sentiment I wanted to put on the card was “LET ME OUT!” We’ve been in lockdown in Germany for 2 weeks now. Luckily, or not, for the kids, they still have school online with virtual classes and homework to hand in, so the “I’m bored, mum” has been minimal. Unfortunately for me, I now have more cooking to do & chasing after them to make sure that they are actually studying and not cutting classes, along with my online classes I am taking and giving. StarsBut for the moment, except for eating out, I’m not really missing not going out. I have countless online meetings for work and with friends, that I don’t feel I’m missing the social aspect of things.  So in the end, I decided on “Thinking of You”, as this was more relevant to how I was really feeling. Thinking of friends who are cooped up alone at home, away from their family and friends. Don’t stay isolated! Reach out virtually through Facetime, Hangouts, Houseparty, Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp videos, Facebook, … the technology to do so is endless today!

And speaking of which, as promised, here is my process video of how I made this card. I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to hop on over to the blog to join in the fun and stop by teammies blogs to see what they made just to inspire you too.

Have a great day doing something you love, and remember… this too will pass.

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When I count my blessings…

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Crafters Companion, spectrum noir aqua markers

addicted to stampsHi all! Its Wednesday so another challenge starts over at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week’s theme is ” Holiday”. I decided to go for “Thanksgiving” even though I’m not American or living in America, but I made a card for a very close friend of mine, who is American.thanksgiving main (1).jpgWhen I saw this sentiment over at Crafters Companion, called “Count my Blessings” I immediately thought of my friend and I was waiting for Thanksgiving so I could make the card for her.

The diecuts were made from dies I got from Crafters Companion too and I coloured them with my Aqua watercolour markers from Spectrum Noir.

Well I hope you were inspired by my card to create one for our challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More and I look forward to seeing your creations over at the challenge link up.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, spectrum noir aqua markers

challenge 360Hi all! Its Wednesday so another challenge starts over at Addicted to Stamps and More. For this week, we have a wonderful Photo inspiration above and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!August calendar productsFor me, it was a chance to use the butterfly stamp from Crafters Companion, for the first time, and it was also such a pleasure to get a little water-colouring done, as I haven’t had much time since I started working again, and I really missed it! Using stamps also saved me at least an hour as I always take such a long time to draw my images as I’m not very good at it. I did a little photo tutorial below so grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy!tutorial1

I started by stamping the butterfly with Spectrum Noir water-proof ink on 300g watercolour paper






tutorial2I used the Prussian Blue Aqua marker and just added a short stroke from left to right beside the body of the butterfly, then used a water brush to bring the colour to the rest of the wing







I did the same on the other wing, being careful to leave some blank spots to fill in with my turquoise Aquatint brush from Spectrum Noir. This brush gives very vibrant colour.

I then added the black edges to my butterfly using my black Spectrum Noir Aqua marker



To add my flowery wreath, I first drew a circle around my butterfly and then stamped in the flowers using flower stamps from Hampton Art.

To get the water-colour look, I pressed the stamps into my water-reactive ink pads from Spectrum Noir, lightly sprayed water on them and stamped it around my butterfly. Easy Peasy!


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Well, I hope my little tutorial was helpful and that it will inspire you to join in our challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this over at:

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Masculine Birthday card

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, spectrum noir aqua markers

challenge 350.jpgHi all, it’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This week, we have an interesting photo board to inspire you for our photo inspiration challenge! I look forward to seeing what you will make out of it.Masculine bday card productsI was inspired by the wood panels and the roundness & wooden feature of the clock in the inspiration photo to make a clean and simple masculine birthday card. I used a woodgrain embossing folder for my background and the Happy Birthday diecut from Crafters Companion. Masculine bday card markersTo get the ombre look on my diecut, I simply drew broad lines of different brown shades using my Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolour markers and blending it a little with a water brush. The stitched circle also comes from the same die set and I stamped the sentiment in the middle with Crimson red Versafine inkMasculine bday card cuWell I hope you were inspired by my card and the photo inspiration board over at Addicted to Stamps and More,to create something and I am really looking forward to seeing it!

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

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3d Rose Bouquet card

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, spectrum noir aqua markers, Watercolor

June 2019 WC.pngHi all! Its the 1st of the month (and Wow! We’re already halfway through the year!) and another Anything Goes challenge starts over at the “Happy Little Stampers Watercolour”challenge blog. This month our optional theme is “Love” so if you like you can add a Love theme to your projects.3d rose bouquet productsI used one of my new 3D embossing folders I got over at Crafters Companion called Rose Bouquet and coloured it with Aqua and Aquatint, my water-based markers, on 300g watercolour paper, both from Spectrum Noir too. The definition of the embossing folder on paper is incredible as you can see below.3d rose bouquet embossing folderWatercolouring the image was really easy as I just drew on or in the grooves created by the 3d embossing folder and spread the paint with my water brush, as shown below.

Once I finished painting my image, I stamped in the sentiment from Altenew with Spectrum Noir’s Finesse waterproof black ink and cut down my watercolour panel with My Favorite Things scalloped rectangle die. I tried to show the 3d effect of the embossing folder in my photos but it’s not easy to see, but irl its pretty amazing!3d rose bouquet ccu.jpgWell I hope you’ve been inspired to join in our Watercolour challenge, which will end on 30th June, so you have plenty pf time to… MAKE LOTS! I look forward to seeing them in our challenge link up. Don’t forget to pop over to the blog to see the other wonderful watercolour projects by my amazing teammies!

 Have a really good weekend, doing things just for you! Thanks for stopping by!

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