Wishing you another Fabulous year!

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

January 2020 WC.pngHappy New Year everyone! Its the start of another year, another decade, another chance to do all the things you want to do in life! So what are you going to do this year?

I personally want to do more crafting & painting this year. Last year saw a temporary pause when I started a new job/vocation in June. But now that I’ve settled into my teaching role, I feel ready to get back into crafting again and what better way than to start with a new watercolour challenge over at “Happy Little Stampers“!Jan cu.jpgAs usual, its an “Anything Goes” challenge with an optional twist of adding die cuts. I used my Sizzix Floral panel which is my go-to when I’m rushing to make a card, as I had loads of family and friends staying till the 30th so I didn’t have a lot of spare time. I use the die to cut out a piece from one of many watercolour “practice” pieces, (as in attempts to create a beautiful piece that failed). Nevertheless, they do make great scraps for my die cuts, don’t you think?

The sentiment comes from Altenew and with it, I wish you all Another FAB year of being totally AWESOME!

Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to 2020 doing something you love!

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Tropical Buzz

Cards, Twofer card challenge, Zig clean color real brush

I’m dead tired as I’m writing this after a week of guests and a weekend of late nights partying, but I had this idea to make these cards for a few weeks now ever since I saw the theme at The Twofer Challenge was “Trees” and so I pushed my tired eyes to their limit to make the cards before the challenge ended tonight.

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I’m still in my tropical mood so I used the palm trees from WPlus9 “Flock Yeah” stamp set for both cards & my Zig clean color real brush pens to colour them. The first one has the pina colado from Clearly Besotted’s “Mix it Up” sitting on a leaf from Flora & Fauna’s “Tropical Vibes” set and the Party Time from Altenew’s “Birthday Bash”. Very appropriate at the moment as I seem to be non stop partying with end of school year parties & friends leaving to other job postings. Its always a bittersweet time in our expat life.

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The second one just has the same palm trees which I stamped in a frame with Momento’s New Sprout, before using gentle flicks of my hand with my Zigs to try & create a feathery leafy look to the leaves.  I then stamped “A little Progress” sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine Onyx black ink in my Misti, as I had to stamp it afew times to get good coverage. I truly believe in this sentiment as I see how my water-colouring has improved over the last 6 months with frequent practise. So much so that when I don’t watercolour, like this weekend, I start to suffer withdrawal symptoms so I’m glad I got my fix!

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Well thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear what you think of my cards. Have a great day!

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I’m also sharing the first card with:

Sunday StampsSunday Stamps – Tropical Hues

time out.jpgTime Out challenge – Warm

Just us girls.pngJust us Girls – Adore that fruit owl! I went with the pineapple

kreativeinkaufKreativeinkauf – The beginning of summer

And the 2nd leafy frame card with:

just add inkJust add Ink – Just add a window/frame

stamplorations.pngStamplorations – Casing Helen Gullett

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Summer

 

 

Addicted to Stamps & More – Stamp Collage

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

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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.

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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!

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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

 

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program – Stencil technique

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Stencil

It seems a while since I posted but I’ve been busy learning new techniques, finishing paintings for gifts and my weekends have also been busy with parties, dinners…. The end of the school year is always quite hectic as we all try to cram and see each other before the 6 week summer break or say goodbye to those who are going back home or to their next adventure in a new country. Such is the life of an expat.

Colouring with Spectrum Noir

Today I’m sharing a card I made as part of my assignment for the Altenew Educator Certification program. I have 20 odd classes to create assignments for and this is only my 4th card but I hope to accelerate during my holidays when we visit my in-laws in Madrid for 3 weeks. Today’s assignment was to create a card using a technique taught during the Celebrations Stencil Technique course. There were so many techniques in that course so I went with the one I preferred the most, which was using embossing paste. As I wanted to use the colours in this month’s Altenew’s Inspiration challenge, I first coloured through the stencil using Momento’s London Fog before adding Lukas clear gel through it. I left the centre free of gel as I knew that’s where I wanted my flower to be.

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I removed the stencil and washed it immediately. While my card was drying, I took the outline stamp from Altenew’s Majestic Bloom & coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol Markers which I bought from Crafter’s Companion in the UK. I made a video to show how I blended the inks together and some tips on shading too. You can find the video at the end of my post. I also used my Prismacolor pencils to add more detail to the flower.

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See how the transparent gel shines in the light! I think this would be a great background for cooking type stamps too. So once the gel dried, I added my coloured flowers and leaves with Tonic Studio Funky glue stick. I stamped the birthday sentiment from The Project Bin on vellum, stuck it on with Scraperfect Best Glue ever which dries clear, and my card was finished!

As promised, the video of the colouring of the gorgeous stamp. Colouring with alcohol markers is one of the new techniques I’m learning as part of my personal challenge during the current 30 day colouring challenge hosted by Kathy over at The Daily Marker. Last year it was watercolours, so this year I decided to see what the hype was about alcohol markers. I wanted to get Copics but for the price of 10 Copics, I could get 24 Spectrum Noirs, so it was a no brainer and I’m soooo happy with them that I bought more and I now have 72, but just like clothes, its never enough!

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card. I would love to know what you think. Have a great day and create something today too!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – I used Vellum, Use an older stamp, & Occasion

watercooler wed.jpg Watercooler Wednesday challenge – I went with Birthdays

my creative scoopMy Creative Scoop – Anything Goes with hand coloured image

altenew.jpgThe gorgeous pic from Altenew’s June Inspiration challenge

 

Addicted to Stamps and More – Cactus

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Watercolor, Zig clean color real brush

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Hi all, I’m here with the first of my double posts today, to invite you to play along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More, where we have a beautiful photo inspiration of succulents. Feel free to join in with whatever inspires you in this picture, be it the plants themselves or the colours or the shapes and I look forward to see what you come up with.

Before I go onto my card I have to apologise for the lack of variety in my photos today as I gave away the card to my daughter’s classmate for his birthday, before I had the chance to take more pics, but I hope the quality of the card is enough 😉 .

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Onto my card. I recently purchased some stamps from Penny Black called “Happy Together” that had a row of succulents on it and I was so excited to use them for the first time for this challenge. I stamped them with Momento’s Tuxedo black ink and started colouring them in with my Zig clean color real brushes.  I even managed to add some detail on the first cactus from your left by adding darker vertical lines to create a multifaceted look to the cactus. I added some shading under and around the pots and splattered lots of black paint on the card. To finish, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew.

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Fun facts about Cactus’s. Did you know the spines on them are actually highly evolved leaves and they protect the plant by preventing them from being eaten by animals & by providing shade to the plant. So the next time your clothes get ripped and a bit of cloth stays on, know that you are doing your bit to provide them shade… 😆

Well I hope you were inspired by my card and that you’ll join in our challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. Do pop over to see the gorgeous creations my teammates have created just for your viewing pleasure and leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and see you in my next post… in a few hours… where I’ll show you how to create seaweed like forms with rubber bands!

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I’m also sharing this over at:

penny blackPenny Black and More challenge – In the garden

penny black sat challengePenny Black Saturday challenge – Masculine

PCM-challenges-logo2.jpgParu’s Card making challenge – Masculine

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Anything Goes

sweet stampersSweet Stampers challenge blog – Birthday