AECP – Let It Shine!

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, WoW embossing powder

When I first started card making 2 years ago, a fellow crafty friend told me my signature was having some form of heat embossing on my cards. I didn’t realise it but it was true…and that was when I stopped heat embossing as I realised I needed to diversify. 2 years later, my signature today would be watercolour cards, I guess, but only cause I LOVE water-colouring and not because I don’t know how to do anything else as I have learnt so many different techniques since then. And with the Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program, I am learning even more, every single day, as I gave myself the challenge to finish the classes in this course in 30 days!

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Today’s course talked about the different ways to add shine to our projects so I brought out my Wow embossing powders and they were quite happy to shine again on my card! I used Altenew’s gorgeous “Watercolor Bouquet Stencil” which is a layered stencil, meaning you add the first layer of colour through the large flower, turn the stencil around and add a darker colour through the other part of the stencil.


Here you can see better what I mean. The top flower is where you put the base colour and the bottom part of the stencil are the highlights you add the darker colour on. I used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to blend in the colours that I had put down using my Zig clean color real brush pens and it works like water, blending the colours so well and adding a beautiful shine, which I tried to capture on camera but it doesn’t do it justice.

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While the card was drying, I started on my gold embossed sentiment diecut from Stamplorations. I preferred to first heat emboss a strip of paper with Wow gold embossing powder and then die-cut it, rather than the other way around as its alot less finicky. Once everything dried, I cut this panel with Altenew’s “Cross Stitch Canvas” die and matted it on a rose card base, added my sentiment, and lastly added some clear water drops with my Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray. Instead of using the spray, I unscrewed the cap and just dripped afew drops where I wanted it and once dried, its hard and transparent!

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To have a raised sentiment, I had cut a second sentiment to go under the gold diecut and I had used a spoilt card for it. But it was so nice & blended so beautifully with my water-coloured flower that I really couldn’t decide if I wanted to add the gold sentiment in the end! What do you think, which do you prefer?

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In the end, my son decided he preferred the gold sentiment, and as today’s class was called “Let It Shine“, I decided to stick with the original plan. If I wasn’t a little hungover tired from a night out with friends, I would have made a second card and have both…

Well I hope you liked my card. I was really inspired by all the little extra details I learnt from Carissa Wiley during this course and I will be going back often when I need further inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

Paru.pngParu’s cardmaking challenge – Make a card or tag

tuesday throwdownTuesday Throwdown – Stencilling

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Watercolor

stamplorations.pngStamplorations Cutplorations challenge – They’re on holiday so its a Anything Goes challenge

die cuttin divasDie cutting Divas -Anything Goes

Pause dream enjoy.jpgPause Dream Enjoy challenge – Use stitched dies

watercooler wed.jpgWatercooler Wednesday challenge – Feminine Anything Goes





Nail Polish Art

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, Marbling

I love trying new techniques, which is one of the reason I enjoy making cards so much as there are so many techniques to put ink on paper, who knew! This card was made using nail polish of all things. I first saw it over at Winnie & Walter’s The Gossip Column with the amazing Taheerah Atchia, and I was intrigued. Then I saw it again at Rahmat’s blog and so I definitely had to try it… and I love the results! It gives a shinier effect then with shaving foam, but next time, I’ll do it outside, as the house smelt of nail polish for days!

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This is one of the 4 panels I made with the blue/green/turquoise nails polishes. Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love how it looks like some beautiful ocean from the sky.  And its really easy to do.

  • Just grab your cheap leftover nail polish you don’t want anymore
  • Fill a basin with a little water, but BE CARFUL, its very hard to remove the nail polish afterwards (I used a round cake baking tin I will keep just for this as I don’t bake anymore)
  • Remove all the caps from your nail polish
  • Start pouring them in the water
  • Use a stick to move the nail polish around in the water
  • Place your paper over it, I used photocopy 300g paper, and slide it off the water.
  • Place it on a piece of paper or cloth to dry

Easy peasy! Make sure you put lots of paper under your basin as the nail polish will stain your table… as I personally found out…


Once the above panel was dry, I used Stamplorations Cutplorations crazy stitched rectangle die to cut a piece from it, I then cut out the inner panel using Sizzix rectangle die this time.  I  adhered it to the white card stock and stamped the sentiment from CASual Fridays in the middle with Versamark clear ink before heat embossing it using Wow embossing powder. I tried to create ink drops with grey Memory Box ink, but it just landed up looking like water splotches! If someone has a tip to do good paint drops, I will be eager to have it! A few enamel dots I found lying on my table finished the card.

Here I wanted to show you how it looks in natural light on the left, and on the right, how it glimmers under a lamp!

Now with the negative panel that was cut out to make this card, I simply added my new Jellyfish die cuts which comes from Altenew’s new collection. I loved it so much, I ordered it the very minute I saw it during the release blog hop and broke my “no paying shipping from US” rule for the first time! I have since broken it again with another company…thank goodness I have a friend going to the States soon as I have a long list from all the new releases going on ..! Lol!

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I made the jellyfish with orange, yellow and gold nail polish and just added it to the panel. I wanted to make it look like a painting or like we were watching them at an aquarium, so I put it into a frame I just happened to have lying around.


I stamped the sentiment which also comes with the Jelly fish stamps, very carefully on the frame so it wouldn’t smudge, with Versafine black ink.

I just LOVE the result and I hope you did too and you’ll give it a try!

I’m playing along

The first card with:

My Favourite Things – Color challenge mft-color-challenge

Time out – Inspired by words challenge.‘Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can’t break them apart’.  The text I chose for my card echoes the words in the challenge I feel since I think often of my friends back in France and around the world.

HLS February CAS challenge – Blue hls-cas

613 Avenue Create Challenge – Blue, CAS and sentimental. I think my card follow all three!

CAS on Sunday – Color challenge cas-on-sunday

For the picture frame:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Young at heart, cause my son always tells me to just “go with it” mum and this “tableau” reminds me to do just that…

Thanks for stopping by.


Watercolour Thanks


This Card was made at 2am, during the Christmas holidays. I was browsing on my phone before I went to sleep…when the urge to play with a new technique hit me! So I got right up and made this card!


I was inspired by a few posts I was reading, especially the latest CAS Mix Up Card challenge where they posted a video on the baby wipe technique. I love the videos they post, I have learnt many techniques through them. Susan’s colourful ice creams, over at Less Is More’s Ombre challenge, gave me the idea to use coordinating colours that blended, which I started out doing, but decided to shake it up a bit for these feathers. Not sure if its considered ombre anymore lol!

To get the effect on the feathers, I inked up my baby wipe with re-inkers I just bought from Stampin Up, and started using a few different stamps to see the effect. These feathers from Stamplorations gave the best effect, but I think stamps with fuller surfaces would be even better.


Isn’t it beautiful? Its also the first time I’m using these feather stamps and I love them! I cut out the sentiment using Cutplorations die and my Big Shot. I die cut the beautiful linen paper I got online from a German store called Faltekarton, with Cutplorations “Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies” using the largest die 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ die, and adhered it on the aquamarine card stock.

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By the time I stamped the feathers into the inked baby wipes, it was probably the 10th stamp I used on it. So a little ink goes a long way… and all over my fingers, as I tried colouring a card stock with the ink on the baby wipe too!

By the way, don’t you just love that white feather? It comes from the local swan (below) that hangs out at the lake where I swim. I picked a few off the grass last summer and kept them hoping to incorporate it into one of my cards…well at least its now in a photo with one of my cards!


Thanks for stopping by!

I’m also playing along with:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – New something. I used new stamps, new inks and a new technique!

Stamplorations CAS card challenge without the optional colour twist


Stamplorations Always Anything Goes challenge




I wish I could paint like a real painter… with brushes and paint. I’m sure if I started learning how to, I might be able to draw/paint something which remotely resembles what I had in mind… but since I don’t have the patience to go through hours of painting lessons, making cards with stamps and inks satisfies my inner artist craving and also gives me the courage to maybe one day start learning how to paint properly! Lol!

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I really love this stamp from Hero Arts, but as its a negative stamp (only the surroundings of the image gets colour) I’ve been at a loss of how to use it on a card. But when Addicted to Stamps came out with their photo challenge of an image of white text on a watercoloured background, I knew this stamp would be perfect, if I could give it the water-coloured background I had in mind. And I managed…after 8 failed attempts…to finally stamp it with the colours and definition I wanted!

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This colour came from a combination of different Momento dew drops inks, Lemon Brusho and Tombow pens, added directly on the stamp. I spritz the stamp with water before stamping it on my card. The sentiment from Stamplorations new Cutplorations die cuts, was cut from one of my many failed attempts, but still good to use for die cuts!

Heres the photo inspiration from Addicted to Stamps  addicted to stamps

I also entered this card in:

Casology Watercolor challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Fabulous Florals

I had so much fun with it that I decided to make another card, but with pink!

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I coloured it with my pink Tombo pen, lined the edges with the black Tombow pen and gave it a spritz of water before stamping it on my card. I had a small piece of felt that was lining a jewellery box and used it to cut out my sentiment!  The whole panel is mounted onto a black card stock.

I really love that the same stamp can give two completely different looks! Which do you prefer?

I entered this card in:

Altenew Flamingo challenge – I unfortunately don’t have any of Altenew’s beautiful stamps yet (I did hint for some for my upcoming birthday!) but I tried to imitate Flamingoes with the tall thin stems in my card!

Stamplorations Sketch and theme – i decided to follow the theme of using stamps and markers stamplorations sketchn theme

The House that Stamps Built – housethatstamp built I chose to go with pink

Rubber danse stamp challenge – rubberdanse.jpg

Watercolour cards


I decided to try my flower shading skills again to see if I have progressed, although I don’t see why I would have, as I still haven’t started my water colouring lessons that I have waiting for me on Creativebug! But there is this beautiful lily in my garden that has been calling out to me for days now, so here I go!

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Luckily I have this lily stamp from Stamplorations, which I stamped 4 times with my Misti, as I wanted to participate in the Less Is More Repetition challenge and I only used orange as I wanted to join in the Stamplorations CAS challenge too! I tried a different form of colouring for each Lily. For the first top right hand flower, I first coloured my stamp with Tombow markers, spritz water on it and stamped it on the card but I didn’t like the effect and ended up using my Tombow pens and water pen to colour it in. The top left flower was stamped with Stampin Up ink, coloured in and I went over the edges with my red Tombow pen to give a little more definition than the one on the right. The bottom left flower was also stamped with Stampin Up inks but the bottom left is a little messy as I tried mirror image stamping, but the ink didn’t transfer back to the card! The bottom right was simply coloured with my Tombow markers and stamped as is. My sentiment is a wafer thin die cut from Stamplorations, cut from a card stock coloured with Brushos. Stamplorations just came out with die cuts and they’re fabulous! I added a little sparkle onto my sentiment with my Sakura transparent gel pen. I wish I had some clear sequins or half pearls to decorate, but I only had my pearl pens which unfortunately left blotches instead of beautiful drops of pearls! Sigh…

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I hope you like the card anyway!

I also entered this card in:

SSS Work It Wednesday – wafer thin dies challenge

The paper players – Watercolors  paper players challenge

CAS Mix up – Stamping + Markers +… I chose water colouring CAS mix up.jpg

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