Calling All Sistahs – Nov Encouragement Challenge

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, no line watercolouring, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

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Hi everyone! We have a new Encouragement challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and we have a gorgeous mood blog to inspire you to make a card which will cheer someone up. All you have to do is:

  1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
  2. Link up here by 12am EST on the 13th
  3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our challenge.

One person will win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store. All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize! Woah!! So I look forward to seeing your card on our challenge blog.

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I’m into water-coloured wreaths at the moment, if you hadn’t noticed… ;)! So I stamped the flower buds and leaves from CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami stamp set onto Canson 300g watercolour paper with a light Momento green ink in a wreath arrangement and water coloured it using my Winsor and Newton paints. It was my first time trying to “paint” white flowers and I did so by colouring around the buds in a darker shade so that the whiteness in the buds would stand out. To finish, I added some white and brown ink splatters.

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I then cut this panel with my craft scissors and adhered it onto a brown card base.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll hop over to the Calling All Sistahs challenge blog to see what other amazing cards my fellow “sistahs” have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Thanks for  stopping by and I love reading your comments each time!


Calling All Sistahs – July Encouragement Challenge

Calling all sistahs, Cards, encouragement challenge

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Its time for our 3rd Encouragement challenge over at Casual Fridays Calling All Sistahs challenge blog, where any style of cards are welcome, as long as its a card to lift someone’s spirit,  and this wonderful mood blog should help you to do so!


I was inspired by the hot air balloon and the blue sky in the mood blog make this card using CAS-ual Fridays Floating stamp set. I wanted to convey a message in my card, so I coloured a windy sky and a dark sea with my Distress inks with the hot air balloon seemingly being tossed about, but actually being blown towards brighter skies… Whew! You got all that with one look right?! 😉 :))

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Its true though, all those cliches; “Its Darker before the Dawn”, “When God closes a door he opens a Window”, “When you hit bottom you can only go up”… I personally have experienced it, many times… Yet after all those really tough times, here I am, living a dream, with a loving family, great friends and a passionate hobby obsession! So if you’re going through some tough times at the moment, hang in there! Reach out to your friends or family, your God, meditate… or leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll send you a card! 

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Be sure to go and visit my team mates over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and play along with us. Who knows, you might also win a $25 gift code to use on anything at the CAS-ual Fridays gift store!

Thanks for stopping by and keep looking up!


I’m playing along:

Classic DT Challenge  Classic Design Team Open Challenge – My 2nd entry to this Anything Goes challenge for any DT members

Mixitup badge.jpg Mix It Up Challenge – Anything Goes + optional twist of Distressing

stempelgarten Stempelgarten Challenge – Anything that can fly




Calling All Sistahs- Encouragement Challenge

Cards, Heat embossing, stamping, Watercolor

Its our second Encouragement Challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and we have this fabulous Inspiration pic to fire up your creativity!

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The idea of these monthly Encouragement challenges, is to make a card for someone who might need a little lift because they are going through a rough time due to illness, a loss or just cause life’s getting them down.

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Unfortunately this month I had to make a few Encouragement cards for friends due to losses in their family, but the card I am sharing today is for a friend who is going through a tough time adjusting to life as a full time stay at home mum. Like most of us expat wives here, she put her very interesting career on hold to support her husband’s career. And like many of us who have been defined by our jobs rather than who we are, she is now having to adjust to having all that time for herself and her family!  It sounds fabulous I know, but after years of spending time for your work and raising a family at the same time, its quite hard not to feel depressed cause we feel “useless” now or feel guilty when we do things just for ourselves.

Even me, I love making cards but I started a company to sell my cards so that I could justify spending all that time making cards! Lol

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So onto my card. When I saw our theme for this month’s challenge, I knew I wanted to make a paint splatter. So I first stamped the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays “BE” set with Versamark, sprinkled Wow embossing powder over it and heat embossed it with my heat gun. I then took out my Zigs Clean Color real brushes and acrylic paints and had fun!

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To create the splatter effects, I first squirted quite a lot of water with my water brush onto the water colour paper and added the paint or my Zigs to it. Theres a great video here if you want to see the method.

So I hope you’ll join in the fun over at Calling All Sistahs, and you might win a 25$ gift voucher to CAS-ual Fridays at the same time! If you want to know who won our very first challenge in May, click here.

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you thought of my card!


I’m also playing at:

AAAcards AAA card challenge – My 2nd entry for their Resist technique

Simply-Irresistible Simply Irresistible challenge – My 2nd entry to this challenge where you just have to make a card with the resist technique.

moving along with the times Moving Along with the Times – Embossing wet or dry. I went with heat!

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Emboss it

CAS Watercolour CAS Watercolor Challenge – Summer