First Xmas card

Cards, Happy Little Stampers

Hi all! Its the 1st day of the last month of the year!!! Can you believe that? Already!! It’s also our last challenge of the year over at Happy Little Stampers. As always its “Anything Goes” but with an optional theme of Christmas so if, like me, you haven’t started on your Christmas cards, its a good opportunity to get crackin’!watercolor xmas cu.jpgThis card was relatively easy to do. I first created the blue watercolour border and once it was dry, I stamped in the sentiment from Clearly Besotted and added my die cuts from Crafters Companion which come from one double-sided die! Yes, each die has two cutting sides, so you get 2 different patterns with just one pass through your die-cutting machine!

Well, I hope you were inspired by my card to join in our challenge. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great December & Happy Holidays!

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Happy Anniversary

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

November 2019 WCHi all! Its the first of the month and so a new challenge starts at Happy Little Stampers! This month, our watercolour theme is “Animals” so we look forward to seeing your creations with animals in them.Frogs productsI used some stamps from Clearly Besotted, who make the cutest animal stamps, and my Spectrum Noir watercolour markers called Aqua. These are really great to paint small objects, notably the stamps we use for cardmaking! Because of their brush tip and marker tip, they can be controlled so much easier than normal watercolour brushes and paints. Frogs productsI first stamped my frog stamps from Clearly Besotted using Spectrum Noir’s pebble waterproof ink from the Finesse range. This will ensure that the outlines will not run when I start water colouring. I used Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper which is extra white. I then started adding colour by first outlining the areas where I wanted the darker shades to be and then with a water brush, I blended the colour in by bringing the colour into the white areas.

Now with the fine marker tip of my Alpine Green Aqua marker, I added spots to the frog, in areas where I first put down the colour, to add depth. The fine tip of this marker really allows you to go into small areas and corners of your stamped images. Then with a white ink gel pen, I added more spots, but to areas which I wanted to stand out so the images would be more 3D.

I next started colouring the little cocktail drinks I wanted to add behind these two frogs as this card is going to a pair of close friends who love hopping around town together tasting great cocktails! I decide to colour in their 2 favourite cocktails, Aperol Spritz and a Long Mint, which is like a Long Island Iced Tea but with lemonade instead of coke, and mint.

I used the same method as with the frogs, going in with my first colour, in this case, Flame Red, to the bottom of my glass and then blending into the white areas. For this image though, I wanted a gradient from red at the bottom to yellow at the top, so I added a little of Sunshine close to the Flame Red and when I blended it in, it turned orange and then yellow.

Once that was done, I started colouring in the Long Mint which has a light greenish colour to it so I used Alpine Green again to line the bottom of the glass and added Lime next to it, so that when it blended, it would give a lighter green. Once I finished water colouring my little cocktails, and they were dry, I used my white gel pen again to add the highlights on the glass of my cocktails and the fruits.Frogs cuI then fussy cut the 4 images and arranged them on to my card. For the Autumn coloured border, I first wet the areas I wanted to colour,  and then used the above-mentioned markers to drop in colour by simply touching the brush end tips to the wet paper. To finish I splattered black and white acrylic ink onto the border and stamped the sentiment with Spectrum Noir waterproof ink Noir Black, also from the Finesse range.

Well I hope you liked my card and I look forward to seeing your cards in the link-up. Do pop over to my fellow teammates’ blogs to see the awesome cards they created for you just to inspire you to join int he fun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!


Foil la la la

Cards, Foiling, Spellbinders, WoW embossing powder

I’m on a roll! Not only have I made all my DT cards in time, I have sent most of my Christmas cards out already and I still have time to make cards just for the pleasure of it! This card is one of the just for fun ones and I combined my iCraft Emerald deco foil & WoW Embossing powders to make it.

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I just covered my Spellbinders “Seasonal” diecut with embossing glue, placed the foil on it, pressed hard and pulled off. Easy Peasy! I then added a little more glue to some areas, sprinkled some of what I call my “Merry Christmas” WoW embossing glitter cause its red and gold (its real name is “Heart Throb”), did the same with gold WoW embossing powders in other areas and heat embossed it.


The foil on its own is just beautiful but the embossing powders add that extra bling! The centre sentiment from Clearly Besotted was stamped with Versamark clear ink and heat embossed with the same “Metallic Gold Rich” Wow embossing powder.

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Well I hope you liked my card and that it gave you some more ideas for your Christmas cards. Let me know if you mix foil and embossing powders too as I would love to come visit. Have a great creative day!


I’m sharing this over at:

47183831_1940475376007472_7695715245557284864_o.pngWow Embossing – Gold or Silver

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Warm Winter Wishes

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

time out.pngTime Out – Joyful

foiled wreath products.jpg

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.

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