The Sisterhood of Crafters – Winter scene

Cards, Prima Marketing watercolors, The Sisterhood of Crafters


Hi all, I’m back again for my last card, as a design team member for The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog, as I step down from this fabulous “sisterhood” of amazing crafters. Even though I really enjoyed being on the team, I would like to concentrate more on my paintings in 2019, and sadly have to cut back on my design team responsibilities. I would really like to thank Darlene and the whole team for being so kind as to let me be part of the team for the last 18 months. So my last card is dedicated to those wonderful women on the team!

Christmas scene products

It is also their last challenge for the year and the theme is “Create a Winter Scene”. I decided to bring out a rarely used die from “Creative Expressions” called Christmas Scene background. It consists of 5 different dies but I only used 2 of them to make my shaker card. I first die cut the border silhouette die and middle circle die on watercolour paper and gave them a coat of paint using Prima Marketing’s grey metallic watercolour. I added a clear acetate panel under this border and stamped the German sentiment on it, which just means “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.  This was then adhered on top my pink water-coloured background with foam adhesive to raise it, enabling me to add the fake snow.

Christmas scene cu

Well I hope you liked my card and is inspired to create a winter scene for our challenge. I look forward to visiting your projects in the link up over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog. Have a great day!

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Autumn Wreath

Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters, The Ton stamps


Hi all! Welcome to my 2nd post for today and this card was inspired by our mood blog above, which was chosen by our sistah Darlene, over at “The Sisterhood of Crafters” challenge blog. There are so many things you can choose from to create your project so I look forward to seeing what inspired you.

Photo inspiration

I was immediately drawn to the Autumn leaves in the picture with the turkey and my original card was just full of them. But after 4h of painting, once I cut it down to make my card, I didn’t like it and with great disappointed, I chucked it! So I had to quickly make another card and this time I was also drawn to the roundness of the tail of the turkey.  I used a flower stamp from The Ton called “Watercolor Wreath”, quickly painted it using Daniel Smith’s paints, namely Gamboge and Permanant Alizarin Crimson for the flowers and Green Gold for the leaves, fussy cut it and adhered it with foam tape to create dimension.

The sentiment comes from Stamplorations and I stamped it in the middle of the rectangle diecut from My Favorite Things which I diecut with my Big Shot plus. The border was also adhered with foam tape to raise it. The diecuts were then adhered onto a turquoise card base, from Hero Arts, which was inspired by the blue shade on the bottom right image.


Here is the original card I had spent 4h painting, using The Ton’s stamp again (sorry there’s no name on the package), its beautiful isn’t it? I was so upset to ruin it.

Well I hope you’ll be inspired by our mood board and that you’ll also pop over to “The Sisterhood of Crafters” challenge blog to see the other amazing cards my team  mates have created especially to inspire you too! Thanks for popping by and I look forward to reading what you think of my card.



I’m also sharing this over at:

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Blow & Spit…

Cards, So Suzy stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor


Hi all, I’m back this Wednesday to invite you to join us for a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters, where the theme for the next two weeks is “Humour.” So I hope you grab your funny or snarky stamps and make a card to make someone laugh, or just yourself, while you’re putting it together!

I have quite afew funny stamps, as I can’t help buying something that makes me laugh, but then I’m at a loss as to who I can give them too, as some of them are quite snarky! So I was really happy when I found this over at “So Suzy Stamps”, my favourite place to get humorous stamps, as its funny but still appropriate to give it to anyone, even kids… or rather especially kids! I put it together with this diecut from Spellbinders called “Joyous Celebrations” as I thought it funny to show a whole line of kids rushing after the birthday cakeOct Humour

The diecut was cut from one of my many watercolour practise sheets. This one below was to learn about coordinating colours. I rarely throw any away as I like to look back and see how far I’ve come… or sometimes see that I was better in the beginning! LoL!


The die was adhered to a yellow card base and black paint splattered all over, to reenforce the idea of spit.. although I think I went too far! Well I hope you enjoyed my card and had a laugh in the process. Do pop on over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog and see the cards my team mates have made to give you a laugh too!

Thanks for popping over. Oh, and if you thought my title meant something else… all I can say is shame on you… 😆 Have a great day!

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Sisterhood of Crafters – Cozy Plaids

Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor


Hi all! Its the 2nd Wednesday of the month so another challenge begins over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and our sistah Diane has chosen the theme “Cozy Plaids”, so you have until Sunday 23rd September to share any creations with plaids on them!

Clearly besotted cats bowl

I almost opted out of this challenge as I didn’t have any plaid images, but then I decided to just paint in a plaid using my watercolours. I was too lazy to draw in lines beforehand so they are a little wonky, but I know I’ve come a long way since I started water-colouring a year ago as I can now paint an (almost) straight line! LoL! While my watercolour plaid was drying, I chose the two tabby cats from Clearly Besotted’s “Nom Nom Kitties” set as they would create a cosy image as they sit sharing their Ramen on the plaid, and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers.

Clearly besotted cats bowl cu

It took awhile to look for a sentiment for this card as I wanted a general foodie sentiment, of which I have none (if anyone knows where I can find some, I would love to know!), but luckily I found this among a Hero Arts stamp called “Color Layering Hydrangeas” and I think it goes perfectly with the image don’t you think?

I mounted the tabbies onto foam adhesive on a panel I had cut using Stamplorations “Crazy Double Running Stitched” die and that panel onto my plaid and the plaid onto a white card base and my card was done!

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear your thoughts on my card. I look forward to seeing your plaid creations on the link up over at The Sisterhood of Crafters, where you can also find more inspirations from my “sistahs”. Have a great crafting day!


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Bloomin’ Flowers

Card Challenge, Cards, Clearly Besotted Stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters


Hi all. I’m back again today to invite you to come play in a challenge I am hosting over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog. For this challenge, I decided to choose the theme “Bloomin’ Flowers” as I have fallen in love with flowers since I started card making and painting. So if you’re like me and love flowers too, I hope to see you link up all your projects with flowers there! You have till Sunday September 2nd 8pm EST.

I took a course recently at Altenew Academy, as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program, called “Beautiful Details” and its all about how we can go outside the box and add those little details that make our card stand out from the norm. I’ve also been wondering lately, what type of painter I would like to be and maybe go back to my roots (or rather my grandparents) and give Chinese painting  a try.

Chinese painting products

So with this card I tried to emulate the style of the Chinese traditional painters by using my stamps from Clearly Besotted in a different way and incorporating tips I learnt from the course. The “Calming Carnations” stamp set consists of 2 layered stamps and I first took the full carnations stamp and coloured it with my light grey  Zig clean color real brush, spritz it VERY slightly with water and stamped it. I then did the same thing twice more but each time with a darker colour. The darker flower at the front was stamped after I stamped the two behind.

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Yes it looks awful at this stage doesn’t it! Luckily I had a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted to do, if not I would have given up at this point! I stamped the little buds in pink and started doodling on my flowers with my Sakura Koi grey colouring Brush pens which I just got. I’m not a natural at doodling but afew reference pics from internet on Chinese paintings helped alot. At this point I felt the flowers were all concentrated too low on the card, so I added two lilies from the same stamp set, but this time using only the detailed part of the stamp and then doodled in.

Chinese painting cu

I added a frame as I still felt it was too flat (can you tell I’m not comfortable with “free-styling”) by cutting 2 rectangle frames using Sizzix stacked rectangle dies. I propped the frame on double sided foam and finished by writing in the sentiment in Chinese, which means “May all your wishes comes true” as I’m gave this card to a friend for her birthday.

Well I hope you liked my card, I would love to know what you think. Do pop on over to “The Sisterhood of Crafters” challenge blog and see what my “sistahs” there have created just to inspire you to join in the fun and leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!


I’m sharing this with:

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