Pumpkin π

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Watercolor


Hi all! Its the 1st of the month which means the beginning of another challenge over at Creative with Stamps, and the theme this month is “Pumpkin”. So I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations featuring pumpkins and you have a whole month to create them!

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I love pumpkins, something about their full roundedness really appeals to me. They are also a sign that fall is here and I LOVE fall! Who cannot love all those gorgeous orange, gold and red hues. I think my favourite fall memory will always be the one where we were driving through Shirley on the old Route 66, after visiting the Funks Grove Pure maple sirup farm. The stretch of road lined with trees bursting with the colours of Autumn, was just breathtakingly gorgeous, and that scenery will forever be etched in my memory.


So I tried to recreate these colours in my Pumpkin card, which was cerated using 2 different pumpkin digi stamps from Pattie’s Creations and QKR Stampede. I also drew in afew pumpkins to fill in the gaps. Can you tell which ones they are? I used my Winsor and Newton watercolours to paint them and when they were dry, I cut the panel using My Favorite Things scallop rectangle die and matted it on a mauve card base. The beautiful sentiment comes from CASual Fridays.

Well I hope you liked my card and I would love to hear your thoughts on Autumn. Do pop over to the Creative with Stamps challenge blog and see what my team mates have created just to inspire you, and leave them some warm Autumn love too!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great creative month… and maybe make some pumpkin pie (π) too!

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I’m sharing this with:

PCM-challenges-logo2.pngParu’s cardmaking challenge – Anything Goes

Calling All SistahsCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge

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

Pattie's creations.jpgPattie’s Creations – Anything Goes



The Sisterhood of Crafters – Pink October

Cards, Distress Oxide inks, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, and over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog, my “sistahs” & I are making it a “Pink October” challenge to support this very important theme. For our challenge, you just have to make anything pink!


I’m hoping this month will remind you to get that all important breast examination, or to send a card to someone who is fighting cancer.

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I made a very simple card for this challenge using the stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Breast Cancer Awareness products. Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays, designed these while she was battling her own breast cancer and you can read her story here. I first covered a piece of white card stock with Washi tape and cut it with the Hope ribbon die. I sponged some distress inks onto a water colour paper and sprayed it with pink glimmer mist. You can’t see it in the photo but the whole panel just shines!

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Once that was dry I cut it with MFT Blueprint 20’s rectangle scallop die and glued my Hope ribbon onto it. I then stamped the sentiment from Calling All Sistahs stamp set and adhered my panel onto a white card base and the card was done!

So I hope you liked it and that it’ll remind you to check yourself, it may just save your life! Now hop on over to The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and see what amazing pink creations my Sistahs have made just for your viewing pleasure, and I hope to see your pink creation in the gallery too!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always sooo appreciated!


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Thinking of You

unicorn Unicorn challenge Blog – Perfectly Pink for Breast cancer Awareness

cutie pieThe Cutie Pie Challenge – Think Pink


Water Shaker Card -Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge

Calling all sistahs, Cards, encouragement challenge, Watercolor

Its time for another Encouragement challenge over at CAS-ual Friday Stamps Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge Blog. Were you the winner of our challenge last month? Check it out here!

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This month we have this serene water scene to help you cling on to the last days of Summer.  All you have to do is:
1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
2. Link up by 12am EST on the 13th
3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our new challenge blog!

You might just 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!!!

If you don’t have any CAS-ual Friday Stamps yet, you can use my discount code below to get 15% of all stamps and dies! But you don’t have to use our stamps for the challenge, all products are welcome!

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I was inspired by the inspiration photo to make this Water shaker card. Yes there really is water in my card! I made a photo tutorial to show you how I did it too, so sit back with a cuppa and enjoy!

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I first cut an oval shape on the front of my kraft card, using my Spellbinders oval die. I then coloured a white card stock with Salty Ocean distress ink and cut it with the same oval die, before gluing it onto the inside of a kraft card.

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I took a 15cm x 10cm (5,9′ x 3,9′) ziplock bag and filled it with just a little water and some blue sequins. I carefully squeezed all the air out of the bag before zipping it shut. I then adhered this on top of my blue coloured oval with double sided tape.

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The end of the bag was taped underneath the card with double sided tape AND a large sellotape to ensure it was well sealed!

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I then sealed shut the top of the card with double sided tape again, making sure there was tape around the oval shape too.

I cut a strip of vellum and stamped  a sentiment from CAS-ual Friday’s Mon Ami stamp set, with StazOn black ink. I added this on top of the card, securing the ends underneath the card with double sided tape. All I had to do now was colour my flower, which also comes from CAS-ual Friday’s Mon Ami stamp set, using distress inks and a waterbrush. I die cut it using the co-ordinating die and glued it onto the bag and vellum using UHU glue stick. I wanted it to look like a lotus floating on water.

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I then stuck the whole panel onto another kraft card and my card was finished! Have a look to see how the sequins swirl and flow with the water below.

I would love to know what you thought of my first water card, so please leave me a comment below. Do go over and see the beautiful designs of my talented team mates over at the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge too and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!


I’m also playing along at:

Shopping our Stash badge Shopping Our Stash – Chillaxin’ and Relaxin’

stempelgarten Stempelgarten Challenge – Summer Time

HLS AG with Dies Badge Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

stamping sensation Stamping Sensations– Anything Goes




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




Wishing You Happiness

Brushos paint powder, Cards, Heat embossing, Watercolor

I made this card for my kids favourite teacher, who left the school to further her studies at Harvard. I wanted to make a card that  resembled her, bright, cheerful, young and enthusiastic about teaching! So Ms Martinez, I hope you liked it!

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I first stamped the pretty lotus from CAS-Usual Fridays Mon Ami set with Versamark clear ink, sprinkled white Wow embossing powder over it and heated it with my heat gun until it melted and created a resist for my water colouring.

I took my beloved Zig Clean Clear Real Brushes, that are already filled with water based dye inks, and work really well on water colour paper, and started colouring the Lotus itself, blending with a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle brush.

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Don’t you love the shine! To create the background, I first took Goosebumps texture spray from Tsukineko and flicked some liquid on the card to create resist spots. This spray is also very good to create a starry sky. I let it dry before I started to colour my background

I then took my Brushos paint powders, another of my favourite ways of water colouring, and sprinkled lightly around the flower, sprayed water on them and helped moved the colour around with my water brush. I stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine, cut the panel with the scallop die from the MFT Blueprint 20 and adhered it onto a yellow card from Hero Arts.

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So I hope you liked the card and I look forward to your comments! Thanks for stopping by!


I’m playing at:

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything goes
 Happy Little Stampers

Classic DT Challenge  Classic Design Team Open challenge – Anything Goes as long as you belong to a Design Team

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – Embossing, I chose heat embossing

double d.jpg Double D Challenge – Pastel Party. Not sure if my colours are too dark for pastel but i wanted to join in the party anyway!