Addicted to Stamps and More – Garland party

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Hero Arts

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Hi all, its Wednesday so another challenge starts over at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week, we have a pretty photo inspiration for you to help you create something new for our challenge. I can’t wait to see your wonderful creations!


I was inspired by the garland of flowers around the chipboard and the lovely pastel colours to create my Thank You card, using only the small flowers from Hero Arts Mouse Tea Party stamp set which I stamped with distress inks and coloured in with a water brush. The sentiments came from Hero Arts Thank You stamp set.

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 So, a very easy and enjoyable card to make and I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!

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Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, WoW embossing powder

This is going to be a quick post for a quick card I made. Took me all of 15 minutes I think, and when my teenage daughter saw it, she said, “Mum that is the nicest card you’ve ever made…” and when I think of the hours I slaved over some of my other cards, especially the watercolour or interactive ones, her favourite is one that took me 15 minutes and required no real talent to do it!!

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All I did was stamp the beautiful stamp from Casual Fridays with Versamark clear ink on a red card base, heat embossed it with Wow’s Opaque bright white embossing powder and then blended in Aged Mahogany distress ink on the edges to bring out the centre image even more, sprinkled some white acrylic paint and that was it! Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great creative week!

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I’m sharing this with:

CAS Christmas.jpgCAS Christmas

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Make a Christmas card

CASual fridays.jpgCASual Fridays – Inspiration photo. That red caught my eye and all I could only think of was that!

Christmas-Card-Day_1080-01.jpgSimon Says Stamp – Christmas card day

Never stop Exploring

a2z Scrapbooking, Cards, Hero Arts

Hi all, I’m on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today to showcase the latest Hero Arts stamp I got from their Etsy boutique here. I really love this stamp set as it will make great masculine cards either for a graduation, farewell or retirement.

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It also reminds me of our wonderful visit to the Grand Canyons 2 years ago, on our family road trip on the Route 66! So this card was inspired by the sunset I saw there, and the cowboy is from the Texas show we saw in Paolo Duro canyon. If you haven’t seen the show I highly recommend it!

Well I hope you’ll pop over to the a2z Scrapbooking blog and see how I made this card. You will also find there my personal code to get a 15% discount from the store and if you can’t find this stamp or any other you would like, they take custom orders too!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great creative day!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

work it wednesdayWork It Wednesday – Celebrating Stamping & STAMPtember

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


AECP – Seasonal Scene Building

Altenew Academy, Cards, Distress inks, WoW embossing powder

Whew, I’ve made it to the end of the 1st level of my Altenew Education Certification Program! Actually not “phew” at all as I SO enjoyed every single day of it. Learning new techniques everyday, creating something from what I learnt, & “teaching” it (well, sharing my method of making it here), is one of the ways of expanding your brain power, according to Jim Kwik, internationally acclaimed brain performance coach & trainer. I’ve been listening to his masterclass & pep talks lately and it must be true, as the more I learn & create, the more the ideas keep flowing! It also takes me half the time to create a card now, compared to when I started 10 days ago, with my personal challenge to finish all my AECP courses by the end of August. I still have 15 classes to go and 3 “tests”, but all I have to say is… Bring It On!

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Today’s card was made after watching the 6 video lessons of the “Seasonal Scene Building” course, which shows you how to create different scenes to showcase your stamps. As usual, after watching all the class videos, I just wanted to make a card for each technique taught as they’re all so inspirational! Unfortunately I only have 24h in a day and even though making the card takes me not more than an hour or so, taking pics, editing, blogging about it, sharing it on social media…takes up most of my day! LoL!

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I decided on creating a galaxy scene to surround my stamped image, inspired from the “Background Building Scene” class, using stamps from Altenew’s “Happy Dreams” set. I first stamped the sentiment with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed it with clear WoW embossing powder so that when I added my distress inks, they wouldn’t “pollute”my sentiment. I then stamped the stars, which came in a cluster set. I didn’t want them grouped together on my card, so I masked the stars I didn’t want, directly on the stamp. I could have cut them apart but I was afraid of losing them later! Tip: Remove your masks before you stamp, if not the ink on your masks will transfer to the paper, which defeats the purpose of having the masks! 😉

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I  stamped the stars with Versamark clear ink on my card and poured the “Glow in the Dark” embossing powder by WoW that I’m using for the first time, and melted it with my heat gun. Now I was ready to create the galaxy background with the distress inks & the heat embossed images will resist the colours I put down. You can use any colours, but blues, purples, pinks and yellows are nice choices. Once the colours I wanted were blended on my card with a sponge tool, I went over it all with Momento Tuxedo black ink. To finish, I splattered some water, then white acrylic ink over the whole card. Only once your card is splattered with white ink will it look like a galaxy, before that, it just looks like a badly blended card! Well mine always does anyway, LoL!

To create the “glow in the dark” effect for the “Be A Dreamer” words, which are the negative part of that stamp, I used my Versamark pen and went over the text on the card. I even drew in a comet where the arrow is, so when you switch off the lights…voila!


Isn’t that cool? I love it and I hope the boy I’m giving it to will think so too!

Wow, almost 2h has passed since I started this post, see what I mean… but sorry its so long. I could have just shortened it by saying “I made this card with distress inks and embossing powder. Thanks for stopping by” and it would have taken me 2 minutes! But I always remember when I first started, and I wasn’t familiar with the methods and the tools, detailed posts helped me so much. Even now when I see a card I like, I’m always curious as to how it was made. So this is for all the beginners & avid learners out there, I hope this post was useful to you. For the rest, I hope you enjoyed the pics at least!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments light up my day…and nights! (Yes pun intended!)

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I’m sharing this over at:

Wow embossing powderWow Embossing Powder – Rainbow

Cards in Envy BadgeCards In Envy – Something new. My “Glow in the Dark” embossing powder is new.

the male roomThe Male Room – My 3rd entry to their Birthday challenge

Fashionable stampingFashionable Stamping – Use those inks

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Make your own background



Newborn baby card

Cards, Simon says Stamp, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I’m on holiday in Madrid at the moment & I spent the last week showing my cousin & her family around town, eating & drinking till late into the night (early in the morning actually…) and attending my first art classes! After 6 months of being self taught, I took the opportunity of being in a country where I can speak the language well enough to understand the subtleties, to sign up to a few classes. I also found some time in-between to make a few baby cards for a friend, so my holiday has really started well!

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The first card is for the birth of a baby girl and I started by printing the letters of her name from The Floral Monogram workbook on Clairefontaine 250gm multi-technique paper. I then stamped with Mustard seed distress ink and masked and stamped and masked the flowers from Simon Says Stamp’s “Spring Flowers”. Once that was done, I coloured it with Winsor & Newton watercolours, in a rose garden in the centre of Madrid in-between two art classes…

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The water-coloured panel was then cut with my craft scissors & adhered onto a large card base I created from coloured card stock. This card measures around 25cm x 15cm! I made another card like this but for a boy so come back to my blog tomorrow if you want to see it!

Oh here’s the painting I did during my first formal painting class last week. My teacher told me to paint a picture and just go with the flow…which was really frustrating for me as I need precise instructions as to where to paint and what. “Go with your feelings” in painting is scary for me… which made this exercise particularly good for me I guess! At least I learnt how to paint white flowers.

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by & I really appreciate your thoughts on my creations. Have a great day!


I’m sharing this with:

SSS Wednesday-Challenge-Winner-01-300x300Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday June – The great outdoors

HLS watercolourHappy Little Stampers watercolours challenge – Anything Goes optional Birthday theme

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

card concept.png The Card Concept – I was inspired by the flowers and lettering in this beautiful image!