Creative with Stamps – Cute Animals

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Spectrum noir


Hi all, its the 1st of the month and I’m back to inspire you to join us for a new challenge at Creative with Stamps and this month’s theme is “Cute Animals”. You have until the end of the month to share your animal cards with us and make us go “awww…so cute” and maybe win a My Favorite Things “Hooray” die, which will go to one random winner, which I am giving away!

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I’m not a cute card person…or a cute anything person but the inspiration of this card descended upon me like a ton of bricks and so I clawed my way from under, just like my little kitty when she fell into my coffee thinking there were more fishes in it, not just those swimming around the saucer, and made the card in no time at all.

I started by stamping the coffee cup and saucer from Concord & 9th’s “Let’s Chat” & coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers. I’m still new to using them and always forget they don’t blend like my water-color brushes. I then partially stamped the kitty from Clearly Besotted’s Fluffly Furball, drew in his paws hanging on for dear life to the rim of the coffee cup, and coloured him and the coffee. The fishes were also stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black & coloured in with my Spectrum Noirs.

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Since he spoilt my coffee, he decided to give me a treat when my birthday comes around. The birthday sentiment comes from Hero Arts.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll pop over to my teammies at Creative with Stamps and leave them some love too. Thanks for popping by and your comments are like soft purring to my ears!

Have a great day!


I’m also sharing this at:

AAAcardsAAA Card challenge – 4th Anniversary birthday hop

coffee lovers hop2018 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog hop

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Anything Goes without the topping

show us your pussies.pngShow Us your pussies cat lovers challenge – Anything Goes

Espressoing my gratitude

alcohol inks, Cards, Hero Arts, My Favorite Things

I’m not a coffee drinker but my hubby loves it and for our housewarming, our friends bought us a Nespresso machine. We already had a coffee machine with an integrated grinder but as our new house has three floors & 2 kitchens (yes so much to clean…), I mentioned in passing to a girlfriend that it would be nice to have another machine for our 2nd kitchen. I forgot about it myself but my friend didn’t, so you can imagine our surprise when we got one, with 200 capsules along with it!

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Since then I’ve been meaning to make coffee themed Thank you cards but I didn’t have any coffee themed thank you stamps so when I saw the “Perk Up” stamp set from My Favorite Things, I got them straight away as they were just perfect for the occasion! I also got Concord & 9th’s “Let’s Chat” coffee stamps and I was ready to make my thank you cards.

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I first stamped the coffee cup and saucer from Concorde & 9th in Altenew’s Dark Chocolate then stamped and masked Hero Arts layered hibiscus stamps around the saucer. I used Altenew inks to do the stamping. I wasn’t going for that colour combination, it was supposed to come out fuschia instead of red but I guess that’s what it looks like when you stamp on yellow first! Oh well I’ll know the next time. You can’t see it but I went over most of the petals with Spectrum Noir glitter markers so they really sparkle in real life.

So now I just have to make 5 of these…! Now I’m thinking I should have made an easier pattern as each card takes 2h to make, but my friends are worth it.

Well thanks for stopping by and I can’t “espresso” how happy I feel when you leave me your comments! Have great day!


I’m sharing this over at:

coffee lovers hopSpring & Summer Coffee Lovers bloghop – My 2nd entry

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

pinspirational.jpgPINspirational challenge – Photo inspiration

thru the craft roomThrough the Craft room door – Anything Goes

time outTime Out Challenge – My 2nd entry


Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program

Altenew, Cards, Ink Blending, Watercolor

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Hi all! I’m so proud to share with you that I’ve been accepted in the Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program and I’m so thrilled to be among the 80 or so members chosen so far! You should know by now that I love learning new techniques and new ways to improve my card making, so being part of this group is really a great motivation to increase my crafting knowledge!

As I have at least 20 courses to do before I can be qualified, I started straight away with my first course! Since I’m pretty bad at ink blending, I decided to start with “Easy Ink Blending Techniques” with Amy Lee, and I’m so glad I did as I found out why I’m so bad at ink blending! I also followed her advice to make ink swatches and I made 40 of them in one go…(not advisable for anyone with a tendency to get tendinitis in the wrists…LoL…) and a video sharing what I learnt while making these swatches, which you can find at the end of my post. In it there is also a close up side view of how to ink blend…and the reason why I was so bad at it before!

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This is now up on my wall in my craft room and it was really handy for today’s card, when I needed to decide which blue would be the best one to coordinate with my blue flower on my card! I know it will come in handy when I’m thinking of colour combinations or different effects too. It was definitely the most useful thing I learnt from Amy’s class, among the other really useful tips and advice she gave. She’s such a good teacher too. While making my ink swatches with all the inks I have, I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that Altenew inks blend really well too so I will be using them for more than stamping now.

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I have only taken that one course, for the moment, but I feel I have improved so much in my card-making already and I hope this card shows it. The water-colouring aside, which was not taught in this lesson, the idea to have an interesting border and using inks to create a personalised coloured card base, with flecks of water, all came from this course. I think it really made my card more beautiful don’t you think? Normally I would just have left it one layer or matted it on a coloured card base. I would never have thought of inking my card base. I love the idea that I can now create a card base that will coordinate with any ink colour I have used on my stamps!

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Now to the card itself. The flowers from Altenew’s Botanical Garden stamp set was first stamped with Altenew inks on 300g watercolour paper and water-coloured with Winsor and Newton paints. I tried to follow the colour scheme in Altenew’s May Inspiration photo challenge. The sentiment comes from Altenew Bamboo Rose set and I chose it as I’m going to send this card to someone who has shown so much strength fighting against a health problem she has. This water-coloured panel was then die cut at the top with one of the dies from Concorde and 9th Birthday Stacks die. I blended the top of the card base, cut from Neenah Classic Crest card stock, with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink and flicked some water on it, then removed it with tissue to lift some ink from it. The water-coloured panel was then adhered to this distress inked card base and my card was done!

As promised here is my YouTube video about making ink swatches and the lessons I learnt from doing so. If you’re new to ink blending or like me, need to improve your ink blending skills, you might find my video quite helpful.  I would also highly recommend Altenew Academy’s “Easy Ink Blending Techniques” if you want to improve your basic ink blending technique, or learn great ideas to use ink blending to bring your card making to another level!

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear your thoughts about my card and video. Your comments always make my day!

Have a great week!

0aablog-signature2-1altenew.jpg Altenew’s inspiration challenge image – And I just realised I didn’t use the right blue for my card base! Next time I also have to put the inspiration image right next to my ink swatches!!

I’m also sharing this over at:

Crafters castle.jpgCrafter’s Castle – A new to me challenge blog with an Anything Goes with the optional topping of our favourite technique. This card has both my favourite techniques, water-colouring, and now ink blending!

Inspired by all the little things.pngInspired by all the little Things – I love this image and especially the bouquet of flowers

time outTime out Challenge

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – without the CAS optional twist

papercraftPapercraft challenge – Flowers

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stampers magazine – Take it Make it challenge