Newborn baby card

Cards, Simon says Stamp, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I’m on holiday in Madrid at the moment & I spent the last week showing my cousin & her family around town, eating & drinking till late into the night (early in the morning actually…) and attending my first art classes! After 6 months of being self taught, I took the opportunity of being in a country where I can speak the language well enough to understand the subtleties, to sign up to a few classes. I also found some time in-between to make a few baby cards for a friend, so my holiday has really started well!

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The first card is for the birth of a baby girl and I started by printing the letters of her name from The Floral Monogram workbook on Clairefontaine 250gm multi-technique paper. I then stamped with Mustard seed distress ink and masked and stamped and masked the flowers from Simon Says Stamp’s “Spring Flowers”. Once that was done, I coloured it with Winsor & Newton watercolours, in a rose garden in the centre of Madrid in-between two art classes…

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The water-coloured panel was then cut with my craft scissors & adhered onto a large card base I created from coloured card stock. This card measures around 25cm x 15cm! I made another card like this but for a boy so come back to my blog tomorrow if you want to see it!

Oh here’s the painting I did during my first formal painting class last week. My teacher told me to paint a picture and just go with the flow…which was really frustrating for me as I need precise instructions as to where to paint and what. “Go with your feelings” in painting is scary for me… which made this exercise particularly good for me I guess! At least I learnt how to paint white flowers.

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by & I really appreciate your thoughts on my creations. Have a great day!


I’m sharing this with:

SSS Wednesday-Challenge-Winner-01-300x300Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday June – The great outdoors

HLS watercolourHappy Little Stampers watercolours challenge – Anything Goes optional Birthday theme

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

card concept.png The Card Concept – I was inspired by the flowers and lettering in this beautiful image!





World Watercolour Month – Sunny Days

Painting, Winsor and Newton watercolors, World watercolor month

The yearly World Watercolour Month iniated by Charlie Shields at Doodlewash has started and I’ve decided to take my courage with both hands and join in for the first time! What is World Watercolour month? I added an explanation at the end of my post.  Charlie provided daily prompts to inspire us but it’s totally optional.

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The first prompt is “Sunny Days” & if you asked me afew months ago what comes to mind, I would have said sitting in a terrace in a café. But now i’m visiting my inlaws in Madrid and melting in the 35C heat, all I can think of is fans! So I decided to paint a Spanish “Abanico”- fan. I know there’s lots of improvement to be done & the dimensions are abit off but I’m proud of this painting as its the first painting i do that has nothing to do with botanicals…although I couldn’t resist adding flowers on it! I used Winsor & Newton watercolours with Raphael & DaVinci Kolinsky brushes. But here’s a pic of some traditional Spanish fans.


World Watercolor Month is an watercolour annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors is 31 Days! Yes!
That’s right, 31 days when artists around the globe come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolor and help raise awareness for arts education to get art supplies for kids who need them via The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

How To Join The Celebration

1. Post artwork on social media featuring watercolors (or gouache) in July
2. Add the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth each time you post

Addicted to Stamps & More – Stamp Collage

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Winsor and Newton watercolors

addicted to stamps

Hi all, I’m back today with a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More and the theme is “Make Your Mark”. We look forward to seeing your creations using markers, watercolours, colour pencils… anything you use to make YOUR mark in the gallery.

As we are just past the middle of Kathy’s “The Daily Marker’s 30 Day challenge” (where she challenges us to colour something a little everyday) and this month Kathy has asked us to use a few of our stamps to create a framable piece,  I decided to do just that, and hopefully inspire you to do the same! I made a video to show you how I did it and you can find it at the end of the post.

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I wanted a tropical theme so I used stamps from Altenew, Clearly Besotted, Create a Smile & WPlus9 and had fun stamping & masking and stamping and masking to create my panel. I first stamped them with light distress inks, except for one flower which I absentmindedly stamped in black but managed to camouflage it with my white gelli roll pen, whew! Below you see it before I managed to cover it & with the first wash of light colour. I made this first wash to decide if the colour combinations I had decided on would work well together. If not, I could still go in and change the colour scheme.

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But I was happy with it & so I added more hues and detail to bring the panel to life. I used mainly Winsor and Newton watercolours on 300gm watercolour paper, which I taped down with painter’s masking tape to prevent it from warping. My panel measures 28cm x 13cm.

Here’s the video I promised. I added some water-colouring tips in it too so I hope you find it useful. Let me know in the comments what you though of it. All in all I’m quite proud of the overall result even though I know the individual flowers could have been better painted. My hubby says I should put a print of it on a t-shirt which he would proudly wear! He’s too nice.

Stamp wc collage

Well, I hope you liked my card and that you’ll pop over to the Addicted to Stamps & More challenge blog to see what my teammies have created just for your viewing pleasure. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


I’m also sharing this at:

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – Anything Goes without the option

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Bright & Cheerful

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – Use a previous challenge – I chose “Anything Goes”

world wide design teamWorld Wide Open Design team challenge



Being a perfectionist

Botanical watercolors, Painting, Winsor and Newton watercolors

When I started this painting a month ago, I was obsessed about learning how to get movement in my leaves by using shading and tones. I also thought it was time I stopped copying from my guidebook or other people’s drawings and learn to paint from a “live” subject (well my plant is a a living thing…) After all I started painting almost 6 months ago so I should be able to, right?

So instead of painting one leaf, I decided to paint a whole pot of leaves, yes why do easy when you can do complicated, I always say… its also a great way to get really frustrated and give up halfway, which I did. I left it aside for 3 weeks and finally finished it yesterday. By that time, I was completely lost among my leaves and just gave a few washes over the unfinished leaves and with wild abandon, did the background! It was scary but exhilarating to paint the background with no structure and even blending it with the leaves I had spent so much time trying to get the shading right. It’s still not right but at least now my brain understands it and my hands just need to catch up.

I guess, as a new friend just pointed out to me, I’m a perfectionist at heart. I know I was one growing up, but thought I lost it for good after raising 3 kids. Its very frustrating to be a perfectionist and wanting to be a semi-abstract botanical artist at the same time. Nevertheless I’ve decided to embrace my need for perfection by mastering the basics and knowing all the rules, before I go about breaking them! I signed up to tons of online drawing lessons and I’ll continue copying other people’s art and hopefully one day, in another 6 months 😉 , I’ll have the confidence to paint something of my own and really like it too!

In the meantime, thanks for supporting my mediocre art with your kind comments, it is more appreciated than you can know.

Have a great day!

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Two with One

Card Challenge, Cards, Spectrum noir, The Ton stamps, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I made these two cards with one stamp set to play along at Twofer Card challenge. This challenge is fun as you have to think of two different ways to use the same stamp set. For today’s card, I used the Fresh Cut Poppies from The Ton as I wanted to play along at their March Spring challenge too.


For my first card, I tried some water-colouring as I’ve been continuing with my watercolour lessons with Jenna Rainey’s book “Everyday Watercolor”. The book is supposed to teach you to watercolour in 30 days but as I’m not disciplined enough to watercolour everyday, its taking me 6 months! LoL! If you want to see my latest progress click here.

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 I’m sorry I don’t have a process of my painting but my video set up is still not in place in my new craft room. I hope my written explanations will be enough. I started by stamping the poppies with Momento’s Rose Bud ink and the leaves with Versafine’s Spanish Moss ink. I gave a very light wash of a mixture of Winsor and Newton’s Opera Rose & Scarlet Lake on each petal. I then added a darker version in the places I wanted to add shade. While waiting for it to dry I painted the leaves with a mixture of Sap Green and Vandyke Brown. The middle leaves also had some lemon yellow added to the mixture.

Once the poppies were dry, I accentuated the lines which are already on the stamp, with my Prismacolor pencils. I gave a yellowy wash behind the flowers and splattered some paint once this was dry. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine black ink and I matted this panel, cut with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle die, onto a pink card base.

spectrum noir poppies

Since my first card was quite long to make, I decided to create a very simple CAS card for my 2nd card. I wanted to join in the fun at AAA Cards challenge which asked us to use only 1/3 of the card. So I masked the bottom 3rd of the card with a large post it and just stamped my poppies and leaves over it. The colouring of the leaves was done very simply with my Spectrum Noir sparkle brush pens and Zig clean color real brushes.

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See how it sparkles! I added 2 lines with my Zigs for some detail. For the wavy sentiment, I just twisted it a little before stamping it with Versafine again. I was finished until I remembered that we were supposed to make 2 completely different themes as well for each card so I added the Birthday… Oh well, I hope its different enough!

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Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you think of my cards. Which is your favourite?

Have a great day!


I’m also sharing the first watercolour card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolor Card Challenge – Garden

the ton

And the 2nd card at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Floral Frenzy

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple