Just Stamping around

Cards, stamping, Versa Magic ink

I just realised that I don’t do much simple stamping on my cards. Meaning I mainly colour my stamps with colour pencils, watercolours, marker pens, alcohol inks… so today I decided to make a card just by stamping inks onto it!

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I used Tsukineko’s Versa Magic dew drop inks to stamp my black card as these pigment inks show so well on dark card stock. They give a beautiful chalky finish to my Hero Art stamps. As I only have 4 of their colours (for the moment), to create more nuances on afew of my petals, using my Misti, I first stamped my flower with Pixie Dust (don’t you love the name of this pink ink!), then stamped a darker pink, Momento’s Rose Bud over it.

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I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts with Versamark transparent ink and heat embossed it with Wow embossing powder. To finish, I added pearl dots with my pearl pens, let it dry and then carded it onto a lilac card base.

Well I hope you liked my simple stamped card and your comments really make my day! Thanks for stopping by.

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I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Thinking of you

crafting with friends Crafting with Friends – Anything Goes

Simply create tooSimply Create Too – Favourite colour combo

a blog named hero.jpgA Blog named Hero – Calling all critters

 

 

 

 

Galaxy background card 1

Cards, Die cuts, stamping, Watercolor

Today will be the first in my series of ways to use water coloured Galaxy backgrounds on my card. The reason why I’m doing this is because I practised painting galaxies last month with my new Winsor & Newton paints and they were so sad just lying around feeling neglected and lifeless… (Get it? Lifeless…Galaxies… oh well I tried. 😁)

This card was inspired by the Silhouette challenges over at the CAS Watercolour card & Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenges. Its been awhile that I’ve made a CAS card and it was good to go back to clean and simple… although there was nothing simple in painting the galaxy… LoL! It was very quick to make, which was good, as it was for a birthday for my daughter’s classmate and she only told me a few hours before!

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The silhouette die cut was made with a die from Dixicraft, a made in China die, but I couldn’t find any silhouette dies made in Europe or US so if you know any, please let me know! The sentiment comes from Stempendous and its my first sentiment stamp I ever bought, which was 2 years ago but it must be older than that I guess cause its getting harder to stamp with it, and I use it a lot too!

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Well just a short post today, but I hope you liked my card. I really do love it when you stop by and leave a comment so THANKS from the bottom of my heart!

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I’m also sharing it at:

city crafterCity Crafter Challengecity crafter.png I chose the violet & blues

CAS Watercolour

HLS CAS

 

 

 

Auf Wiedersehen

Altenew, Cards, stamping

Today was the last day of school for the kids and they had an assembly to say goodbye to teachers and friends who are leaving. This year it was harder for my daughter as she had to say goodbye to her Israeli and Danish friends, friends she has known and loved for the last 4 years and a year respectively. Just as we make friends and get closer to people much faster here as we know we are not here for long, so do the kids, and so farewells are that much harder for them. But today, not only did the kids shed tears for their friends, so did we, as their friends were like our children too. We were all their parents, taking each others kids home or picking them up from activities when one of us could not. Countless sleepovers, birthday parties, vacations… spent together.

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I made this card for my dear Israeli friends. Dalit is especially close to my heart as we both discovered a passion for crafting here in Germany and we visited many craft fairs together, sometimes driving to a fair in Frankfurt (300km away) just for a day! She introduced me to blogging, with her own successful blog My Piece of Craft and taught me how to network on Facebook and Instagram. I will always be grateful to you for that Dalit and for the friendship we shared in Ulm, and will continue to share over the kilometres.

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This card was made with Altenew’s Hennah Elements which I had fun stamping  with Versafine black ink all over the card, but then left it on the side as I didn’t really know what to do with it.

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And one day I saw a similar layout somewhere and the inspiration photo from The Card Concept and I knew what I wanted to do! I “tore” a corner of the card and adhered it on this card, coloured just one flower with my Zigs, stamped the beautiful sentiment from Stampendous with red Versafine ink, and the card was done!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card.

Auf Wiedersehen – See you again.

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I’m playing along with:

AAAcards AAA Cards – Words as the focal point

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – Romantic Roses. The redness of the roses and the black n white of the paper inspired me to just paint one flower red and leave the rest in black n white.

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

Cas on friday CAS on Friday – Flowers

 

 

 

To Sir with Love

Cards, stamping, Watercolor

“The time has come, for closing books and long last looks must end.. how do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume…” Who remembers that movie and that amazing song! I’m listening to it now and it still does something to me…

Yes its the last week of school and as an International school, there are always teachers and students leaving to other schools in other countries. So its time to make farewell cards for teachers and friends. Today I’m going to show two cards I made for teachers.

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The first one is for a friend’s grade 3 teacher so I tried to make a cute critter card. I think this must only be the 2nd time I’ve made one of those in my short life as a card maker as I don’t think I have a single cute bone in my body! I love when others do it though so I’m giving myself a new challenge to learn how to make cute cards!

I used a light card from Hero Arts and first created the sky with Distress inks and sprayed some water on on it to create the clouds.  I then tried to colour in the sun but obviously I should have done it before I coloured the sky…next time…, so I had to die cut a scallop to cover up my mistake! 🙂

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I used the mice stamp from Penny Black’s “Hugs” set and stamped it in 3 different colours with Versafine inks and coloured it in with my Zigs. I finished by stamping the sentiment from Hero Arts “Thank You messages” also with Versafine.

I playing along at:

penny black Penny Black and More challenge – Anything Goes

The Cutie Pie challenge – All creatures great and small

2 Crafty critter crazies – Anything Goes featuring a critter

Crafty Animals – Anything Goes

macarons merci

My next card is another first time card, as I’ve never made a “food” card before. I actually think these Macaron stamps from Avery Elle, are the only food stamps I have! For a foodie like me, its quite shocking! 😉 This was a relatively easy and fun card to make. I stamped the macarons with Altenew inks, then coloured in the filling with my Zigs, adding Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen in the middle to make it look more delicious! I fussy cut the orange macaron and stuck it on the top. I then stamped the border stamp, which was a very old yet NBUS!

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Don’t they look yummy? I was craving for macarons after I made the card! The sentiment which was stamped in Versafine ink also comes from the same stamp set.

This card is going to my kids’ French teacher and i hope she’ll like it. Did YOU like my cards? Let me know if I should continue with cute cards. Thanks for stopping by!

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Its also playing at:

stempelgarten Stempelgarten challenge – CAS

Just us girls Just Us Girls – I was inspired by the colours of the deck chairs

 

 

With this ring I thee wed…

Altenew, Brushos paint powder, Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, stamping, Stencil, The Ton stamps, Watercolor, WoW embossing powder

I attended a friend’s wedding this weekend and it is so nice to have 1.Young enough friends & 2. Friends who still believe in marriage! ( I guess those 2 go together…). During the marriage we were asked to write notes they would read 1 year later and I was struggling to try and write some words of wisdom that would help them have a better marriage. Most of what I could think of would have been advice too late; like “if you love his faults too then he’s the one for you…” or “marry your best friend…”. General advice like “Don’t go to bed angry” didn’t seem genuine as I’ve gone to bed angry a hundred times and got up feeling none the worse. 😉 Or, “If he loves you, everything else can be forgiven… like, are you kidding! So in the end I just wished them a marriage full of love, laughter… and lots of patience!! 🙂

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I made 2 cards for them, one from me and one for a friend who was invited to the same wedding. The one above was done in colours she loves and I had a lot of pleasure colouring those beautiful The Ton stamps again with my Zigs. I first stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed the Wow embossing powders I sprinkled on top. The sentiment comes from Justrite “Wedding wishes vintage” collection.

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I die cut the centre with a Spellbinders die and layered it so it stood out.

I’m entering this card at:

theton  The Ton challenge – This will be my 2nd entry and just realised I made the same layout!

Inkspirational Photo Challenge Inkspirational Photo Inkspiration challenge

addicted to stamps n more Addicted to Stamps & More – Make your mark

always playing with paper.jpg Always playing with paper – Keyword challenge. I went with flowers and watercolour.

time out Time out Challenges – without the option of one layer since I added a few layers underneath my die cut oval centre piece.

 

The next card was made by first adding a pearl embossing paste through the Altenew “Halftone stencil” and letting it dry. I then created the coloured background by sprinkling my Brusho paint powders on the card and spritzing it with water

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I then used a heart die from XCut to cut out the beautiful heart, adhered it on the card and then added the die cut poenies from Altenew, which I had first stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow embossing powder.

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I didn’t really have a suitable wedding sentiment to add on the top so I hand write “Together forever” with a gold pen.

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This is the first time I stamped on Vellum and I must say I love the results!

Thanks for stopping by and I would really appreciate it if you let me know what you thought!

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This card is playing at:

Altenew Altenew June inspiration challenge – White  on white. I love Debbie’s inspiration photo she took herself!

sisterhood The Sisterhood of crafters – Use you imagination (Was too late for this challenge in the end!)

HLS watercolour HLS June Watercolour challenge, without the masking option

double d Double D challenge – Anything Wedding

Abit more time to craft  A bit more time to craft – Anything Goes