Inspired by another crafter challenge

A Blog named Hero, Cards, Hero Arts, Watercolor

092019_InspiredHi all! Its Gwendolyn here and I’m over on the “A Blog named Hero” today to share another “Inspired by another crafter” card, which is also the theme of our challenge this month. The challenge ends tomorrow the 10th so you still have a full day to create something which was inspired by another crafter.Venetian cling productDo pop over to the blog to see who inspired me to create this watercolour background card.Venetian cling cuWell, I hope you liked my card and that you’ll join in our challenge. There are 2 generous gift vouchers to the Hero Arts store, to be won, so what are you waiting for?!

Have a wonderful day!


I’m also sharing this over at:

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Hero Arts May Challenge – Celebrate!

A Blog named Hero, Cards, Hero Arts, Watercolor


Hi all! Its the 15th of the month and a new challenge starts over at “A Blog Named Hero”, Hero Arts official challenge blog. This month, we are celebrating Hero Arts 45th Anniversary so our theme reflects this. In addition, if you want to use an old Hero Arts favourite stamp, please do! You have till the 10th of June to enter your projects and be in the chance to win either a $25 or $50 gift voucher to the Hero Arts store!Stamp you own plant products.jpgFor this card, I used the very first Hero Arts stamp set I ever purchased, called “Stamp Your own Plant”. As I only started crafting with stamps 3 years ago, its not very old and comes from their 2015 Spring collection. They are perfect for creating a watercolour leaf bouquet, which is exactly what I did, by painting my stamps using the Watercolours dot palette from Daniel Smith specially chosen for Hero Arts. Yes, I added my watercolour paints directly onto the stamps with a damp brush and stamped it onto a 250g watercolour card base.Stamp you own plantOnce my paints were dry, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts December 2018 kit using Hero Arts black ink, onto a stitched circle diecut from Crafters Companion Gemini Happy Birthday die set and adhered it in the middle of my leaves bouquet. A few paint splatters and my card was done!

Well, thanks for stopping by and I do hope you will join us in this month’s challenge, and celebrate Hero Arts 45th anniversary! Do pop over to our challenge blog page and see what my amazing fellow design team members have created just to inspire you to join in! I look forward to seeing your cards in the challenge gallery.

Have a great day doing what you love!

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Happy Little Stampers – Happy Watercolour challenge

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Hero Arts, Watercolor

May 2019 WC.pngHi all. Its the first of the month and I’m back to let you know that we have a new watercolour challenge over at Happy Little Stampers and this month’s optional theme is “Happy”! So show us your watercolour projects and if you want to, give it a happy theme either with bright happy colours or happy birthday, anniversary or just happy you’re around!art scrapI made a very quick card using one of my (many) watercolour failures attempts, like the one above.  I keep all my failed paintings, either to use the other side or as scraps for my cardmaking, that way I feel like I didn’t waste the paper!  I used Hero Arts Flower Garden fancy die, which is a large whole card die, and placed it in an area that would have all the colours so my diecut wouldn’t turn out too monotone. But honestly, this die is so beautiful, its hard to go wrong no matter what paper/design/colour you use.
Flower garden fancy die podgeI diecut a little circle in the middle of my flower diecut, so that I could stamp my sentiment from The Project Bin, which fit perfectly in the centre. I added the cake, also from the “Born Yesterday” stamp set from The Project Bin and coloured it with my Zigs. As my flower diecut was so delicate to adhere onto my card and I didn’t feel like adding glue to all the little pieces,  I decided to brush the whole card with the German version of Mod Podge which is a transparent glue/sealer/finish which adhered the whole diecut to my card nicely, and gave it a nice shiny finish too. I avoided the middle as I was worried it would smudge my freshly watercoloured cake. 
flower-garden-fancy-die-cu.jpgWell I hope you liked my card and that it will inspire you to join in our watercolour challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. I look forward to seeing your projects in the challenge gallery.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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I’m 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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Addicted to Stamps & More – Birthday celebration!

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Concorde & 9th

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Hi all, we’re celebrating our 300th challenge post today & 6 years in existence over at Addicted to Stamps and More and we would love for you to join us! So make a birthday card & link up and you stand a chance to win a prize from our sponsors Happy Little Stampers.  You have until Tuesday 17th July to submit your entries and the winer will be announced one week later.

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Unfortunately I forgot to bring my Happy Little Stampers stamps with me to Madrid where I’m on holiday for three weeks at my mother-in-laws place (luckily she’s very nice so it is a holiday…). So I made a card with the only Birthday stamps I brought with me, which lucky for me, fit the photo inspiration perfectly too! These are my new stamps from Concorde and 9th called Birthday Stacks and they come with coordinating dies too, but I didn’t bring my die-cutting machine, so fussy cutting it was!

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I first stamped the balloons and presents with Mustard seed distress ink and watercoloured them with Winsor and Newton watercolours. I l also gave a light purplish wash to the backgroun donce they had dried. I added the black balloon strings with a thin marker and used it for the strings on the boxes too. The details on the balloons and presents were added with Prismacolor pencils. To create the 3D effect, I made sure to leave a little tab at the end of both side when I fussy cut it and used double sided to tape to adhere these tabs to my card base. Both sentiments come from the same set

Well I hope you enjoyed my card and that you’ll join in our Birthday fun at Addicted to Stamps and More and celebrate with us. Be sure to stop by for my next post too where I have some exciting news to announce! Have a great day!