Clean and Simple Encouragement card

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Spectrum noir, The Ton stamps

addicted to stampsHi all! Its Wednesday so another challenge starts at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week’s challenge theme is “CAS” – Clean and Simple. So lots of empty spaces on your card and not too many layers! I know its not simple for most, me included, so I hope my attempt will inspire you to create a card for our challenge!The Ton resistThis card was created using the beautiful background rose stamp from The Ton and coloured with the amazing new pigment inks from Spectrum Noir called Harmony Opaque inks and some heat embossing using clear Wow embossing powders. If you’re interested in the method I used to make this card,  come back to my blog on the 12th of September, for a very special event that Spectrum Noir is hosting! There will be loads in store for those joining in this event, so stay tuned! The Ton resist cuIn the meantime, I do hope you’ll join in our Clean and Simple challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. I look forward to seeing your cards in the link up!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!


I’m also sharing this card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Midsummer Blues

CAS mix up.jpgCAS Mix Up Card challenge – Paper Towel ( I used them to remove the inks to create this effect) – heat embossing +stamping

wordartWord art Wednesday – Anything Goes

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it Make it challenge – Anything Goes

Soft Blooms

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, The Ton stamps, Watercolor

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Hi all, Its Wednesday so you’re in for a card marathon treat! 😅 For the first of 5(!) cards I will be sharing today is a relatively simple watercolour flower card I made for our challenge over at “Addicted to Stamps and More” where we have a beautiful photo Inspiration for you. I hope this inspires you to get creating and I look forward to seeing your beautiful projects in the link up.

I know it must be strange to see this photo in the middle of winter, I know I was surprised, but then I remembered our coordinator Kylie is from Australia, so its summer over there. And how nice for us here in the Northern Hemisphere to be reminded of flowers in bloom again when all we have to see out our windows are skeletal trees & a grey dark landscape (beautiful in its own way of course). So I loved the photo and was inspired to do a soft pastel water-colouring on a flower bowl stamp I got from The Ton called “Peony Bouquet” but was too intimidated to use until now.

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As I didn’t want to spend my usual “4h to paint” my stamp, I just wet a page of watercolour paper and plopped in some pink, violet & green paint in areas and once it was dry, I stamped the bouquet and then the bowl, sprinkled some Wow embossing powder over it and heat embossed them. Easy Peasy! To finish, I fussy cut them and arranged them on a card panel I had diecut using My Favorite Things scallop rectangle die and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment which is also from The Ton.

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To create a more blended look, I also added some watercolour onto the scalloped card base, before I added my flower bouquet and bowl, this whole panel was then adhered onto a light teal card base from Hero Arts Pool collection.

Well, I hope my card has shown you that water-colouring does not have to be difficult to create a beautiful effect and I look forward to seeing what you came up with from that gorgeous photo inspiration. Do pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More blog and see the other wonderful interpretations my talented team mates have created just for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for popping by and have a great creative day!



I’m sharing this over a:

crafty addictsThe Crafty Addicts – Anything Goes with an optional theme”make it girly”

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations – Anything Goes

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

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:

PCM-challenges.pngParu’s cardmaking challenge – Thank You

cuttlebug.gifCuttlebug mania – Thank You

Inkspirational Photo Challenge.pngInkspirational – Photo challenge

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Thanks/Thanksgiving





Beautiful Magnolias

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, The Ton stamps, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I stamped these beautiful Magnolias from The Ton almost 2 months ago, to watercolour them, but never found the right time and state of mind to do them till now. Then I was preparing a card for our “Anything Goes” challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, and I don’t know why, but knowing the theme was “Anything Goes”, I gave myself “permission” to create whatever I liked.  Strange isn’t it?

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I guess with all the “obligations” I have at the moment – being on design teams, painting 75 cards for a charity event, even learning new methods of painting… I run out of time to do what I really want. Don’t get me wrong, of course I enjoy doing all the above, and no one forced me to do them, nevertheless, I have an objective in doing every one of those things, a purpose, so it was nice to just paint my magnolias, because I wanted to paint them. Anyway, sorry about rambling, I’m writing this at 22h30 with meditation music in the background, after afew glasses of wine, so…

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Back to my card. It was stamped with Altenew’s Soft Lilac and painted with Winsor and Newton watercolours, with my new favourite brush, Raphael 8408 with the extra pointy tip. I cut the water-coloured panel with Sue Wilson’s stitched rectangle die, then used My Favorite Things scallop die to cut the window for my sentiment, which comes from “So Suzy” stamp, and mounted the outer frame on foam adhesive, to give it some dimension. A little (or alot) of Spectrum Noir sparkle pens over my magnolias finished the card. I really love how it shine!

In the end, even my Magnolia card has a purpose, to incite you to join us in our Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. So what do you feel like making today?


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

watercooler wed.jpgWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes





Faux Impasto oil painting

Cards, Shimmerz Paints, The Ton stamps

For those of you who are following me, you know I took afew oil painting lessons in Madrid during my vacation last month. I’ve been wanting to try this medium for a year now but put it off as I heard it was really difficult. So being in a country for a whole month, that produced Picasso, Dali, Miro, Goya, El Greco…& hundred other amazing artists, I thought it was a good time to start learning it. I enrolled myself in DeCinti Villalón Academy of Painting and spent 16 hours learning to paint in oils. To my surprise, I found oil painting much easier than watercolours as its controllable and so forgiving! If you don’t believe me, look at the pics at the end of my post. I also love the impasto effect it gives where you can see the strokes of the brush & the 3D look.

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Now I’m back home, I was wondering if I could replicate the impasto effect on my cards using my embossing pastes & sprays from Shimmerz Paints… and as you can see I think I succeeded! I am so loving it, the texture, the shine and how easy it was to create this faux oil painting with them. I made a video, which you can find below, so you can see exactly how easy it was. Especially if you use stamped flowers as a guideline, as I did with the roses & leaves stamps from The Ton.

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I painted with some cheap brushes I had lying around and you can also use your watercolour brushes as it washes right off.  The paper was just the underside of one of my watercolour scrap paper, and even if it is a little stained, the pastes covers them up as you can see in my video. You can also paint on any other paper you use when adding embossing pastes on your cards.

Once the card was dry, I finished it with the sentiment from The Ton’s “Fresh Cut Poppies” set stamped with Stazon on vellum paper as I didn’t want to cover up any of the beautiful roses.  One suggestion, make sure you cut your card to the size you want and also add the double sided tape behind the painted panel, BEFORE you start painting with your pastes. This way you won’t flatten the raised effect.

As promised, here’s the video. I hope you enjoy watching it, if you do, it would be so great if you gave me a thumbs up & followed me on YouTube.

So these are the 2 paintings I did using different mediums to show you how much easier oils are. The left one is done in oil and the right in watercolours. I started out trying to create the same painting in water-colours but really messed it up! The oil painting is only my 3rd painting done in oil, after a week of lessons, while I’ve been water-colouring for 6 months now! I also discovered water-soluble oil paints by Winsor and Newton in their Artisan range, so it doesn’t smell and washes off with water. Oils do take much longer to dry, which is also why its so forgiving, as you can rework over it if you mess up!

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I’m not too much a fan of realism painting even though I admire the skill involved in making a painting look as real as a photograph, but its not something I want to hang in my house. Nevertheless, this painting, which is the first (and only so far) which approaches a more realistic look, (I was copying a photo) really helped me to learn the basics & how to blend with oils. My hubby really loves it though, so I guess I’m going to have to hang it in the house after all… :)) Anyway, I’m not giving up on watercolours as I still love them!

Well if you made it this far down, thanks for your patience and I hope you found it worth your time. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving me such kind comments as they’re always such a joy to read. Have a great day!

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I’m sharing the card with:

Daily marker coloring challenge.jpgThe Daily Marker colouring contest – I entered myself in the advanced section even though I don’t think I’m very advanced in colouring, but this will push me to excel myself even further!

Fusion.pngFusion card challenge – Rustic Flowers. I just used the photo inspiration

color crazyColor Crazy challenge – Anything goes with hand coloured images

creative artist.jpgCreative Artist Challenge – Anything Mixed Media goes

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it Make it challenge – Anything Goes