Altenew Educator Certification Program – Stencil technique

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Stencil

It seems a while since I posted but I’ve been busy learning new techniques, finishing paintings for gifts and my weekends have also been busy with parties, dinners…. The end of the school year is always quite hectic as we all try to cram and see each other before the 6 week summer break or say goodbye to those who are going back home or to their next adventure in a new country. Such is the life of an expat.

Colouring with Spectrum Noir

Today I’m sharing a card I made as part of my assignment for the Altenew Educator Certification program. I have 20 odd classes to create assignments for and this is only my 4th card but I hope to accelerate during my holidays when we visit my in-laws in Madrid for 3 weeks. Today’s assignment was to create a card using a technique taught during the Celebrations Stencil Technique course. There were so many techniques in that course so I went with the one I preferred the most, which was using embossing paste. As I wanted to use the colours in this month’s Altenew’s Inspiration challenge, I first coloured through the stencil using Momento’s London Fog before adding Lukas clear gel through it. I left the centre free of gel as I knew that’s where I wanted my flower to be.

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I removed the stencil and washed it immediately. While my card was drying, I took the outline stamp from Altenew’s Majestic Bloom & coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol Markers which I bought from Crafter’s Companion in the UK. I made a video to show how I blended the inks together and some tips on shading too. You can find the video at the end of my post. I also used my Prismacolor pencils to add more detail to the flower.

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See how the transparent gel shines in the light! I think this would be a great background for cooking type stamps too. So once the gel dried, I added my coloured flowers and leaves with Tonic Studio Funky glue stick. I stamped the birthday sentiment from The Project Bin on vellum, stuck it on with Scraperfect Best Glue ever which dries clear, and my card was finished!

As promised, the video of the colouring of the gorgeous stamp. Colouring with alcohol markers is one of the new techniques I’m learning as part of my personal challenge during the current 30 day colouring challenge hosted by Kathy over at The Daily Marker. Last year it was watercolours, so this year I decided to see what the hype was about alcohol markers. I wanted to get Copics but for the price of 10 Copics, I could get 24 Spectrum Noirs, so it was a no brainer and I’m soooo happy with them that I bought more and I now have 72, but just like clothes, its never enough!

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card. I would love to know what you think. Have a great day and create something today too!


I’m sharing this card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – I used Vellum, Use an older stamp, & Occasion

watercooler wed.jpg Watercooler Wednesday challenge – I went with Birthdays

my creative scoopMy Creative Scoop – Anything Goes with hand coloured image

altenew.jpgThe gorgeous pic from Altenew’s June Inspiration challenge


Spring come back!

Altenew, Card Challenge, Cards, Die cuts

The weather here has been, is and going to stay, in the negative for awhile and its the coldest winter I’ve experienced since moving to Germany 5 years ago. Theres snow everywhere and while its beautiful, I am wishing Spring will come soon. I never really liked the heat, coming from Singapore, its probably a strange thing to say, but we spend all our time avoiding the heat and 90% humidity that we never really get used to it I guess! So I never thought I’d say this, but now I really miss the heat! 3 months is a long time to be permanently cold.

So I decided to create Spring on a card of mine! This card was inspired by the challenge over at Altenew and I’m so glad I can play again, I have so many Altenew stamps now that I don’t really have an excuse for not joining in more often!

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I decided to do something I don’t do very often and see if I could make a nice card by just stamping my stamps, no water colouring for once! With the beautiful Flora Shadow stand, coordinating dies ad Altenew inks, it’s hard to go wrong though. I first stamped the frame from the Sweet Friend stamp set with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Wow’s white embossing powder. I die cut my white card stock with Stamplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch rectangle die and adhered it to a light pink card base with my Scotch ATC.

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I didn’t want to leave the background completely white so I flicked some pink splatters with my Zig clean color real brush (Yes I couldn’t resist using some watercolour in the end…). I stamped “XOXO”, which also comes from the Sweet Friend stamp set, with Versafine ink, then arranged my flower die cuts and adhered then on with UHU glue stick. To finish I added afew black Nuvo drops. Still haven’t got the hang of making perfect round dots, guess I should watch a few videos, LoL!

Well I hope this card has brought a little Spring into your lives if you’re under snow too. Thanks for stopping by and your comments warm my cold days!


I’m also sharing this card over at:

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge – My 2nd entry

AAAcardsAAA Cards – Die cuts only

cardz4galsCardz 4 Galz – Stamping

Southern Girls.jpg Southern Girls Challenge – Nature

altenew.jpg The inspiration pic from Altenew



Back again

Cards, Derwent graphik line painters, The Ton stamps, Watercolor

Its been awhile since I blogged, did you miss me? OK, so its only been a week, but after blogging almost daily, it feels like forever! Perhaps some of you thought it was nice to have a break from my posts, I know my hubby does! I asked him the other day if he reads my posts, and he replied “…but there are so many!” So I could actually rant and rave about him here as he does’t read by posts, but that would be unjust, as he is so supportive of my passions, even cooking and doing the housework while I am deep into painting or card making, oblivious to the mess in the house or the kids dying of hunger… (luckily my mil doesn’t read my posts or she would throw a fit…).

The reason I’ve been a little absent from blogging is that I’ve been working! I was swamped with orders for cards, (I sold 34 cards last week!) and I think its going to get worst busier as Christmas approaches. But I delivered them all yesterday and I could finally get down to making cards for myself. I’m also taking part in an art challenge called 7 days of color wheel. Its the 1st time I’m taking part in a non stamping art challenge and I’m really discovering a lot of great artists and discovering my own style. Scroll to the end of my post to see what I’ve done so far.

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I’ve been dying to enter The Ton’s card challenge ever since they posted this month’s gorgeous mood blog, but I pushed the pleasure of creating with their gorgeous stamps (I’m a huge fan of their stamps and their amazing designers…) till now. I guess because I’m always afraid I can’t do their stamps justice. I’m really happy with today’s card though and its mainly due to my Derwent Graphik line painters. I used them to colour everything you see on my card and the inks are so vibrant!

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I first stamped the coffee pot from Prima Marketing “Tales of You and me” with Momento’s London Fog ink, and added a little bluebell(?) from The Ton’s “Wishful Wildflowers” into the centre of it. I then stamped the large flower cascade also from The Ton’s “Wishful Wildflowers” to look like it was poured from the coffee pot. I love this stamp set as the way they’re designed, its so easy to colour in. I first traced the outlines of each flower and added in some lines in each petal, with the darker blue Derwent Graphik line painter called “Paradise”. I then coloured each petal in with the lighter blue called Minted, using light strokes. Before they completely dried, I went in with my water brush to blend the light blue

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The beauty of these pens is that once they dry, they’re completely waterproof, so when I went in to blend the light blue ink, the dark blue didn’t blend and neither did the light blue completely, so some strokes are still apparent, which is what I wanted. I added in some more strokes of the dark blue and used the magenta pen called “Tickled” to colour in the centre of each flower. Once I finished colouring all the flowers and leaves the same way, I added some paint splats also using my Derwent line painters. When everything dried, I coloured in the background with a grey Zig clean colour real Brush. I didn’t have to be careful as the inks were not going to blend or bleed. I then cut out the panel using a pair of craft scissors.

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The sentiment from Hero Arts was heat embossed with Wow silver embossing powder. I used foam tape to stick on the panel to my grey card base to add some dimension, and finished the card with a few paint splatters from my pen. So I think I managed to do those beautiful stamps justice, what do you think?

As promised, here is what I’ve created so far for the 7 Days of Color Wheel art challenge. It goes on until the 17th of November so jump in and create some art using the color prompt of each day.

Day 1 – Yellow                            Day 2 – Orange


Day 2 – 2nd entry for Orange. I’m particularly proud of this one as its the first painting I’ve done where I didn’t have a reference or was inspired by another artist. So its all me! I even created my own signature, which is my surname in Chinese.


Day 4 (today) – Pink. I’m cringing as I look at this one as the poor butterfly looked like he got squashed… but its the 1st time I painted a butterfly so… it’ll probably be my last too though! Lol!

Well thanks for making it to the end and I would love to know what you thought about my card and my art!


I’m also sharing my card over at:

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – My 2nd entry to their Birthday celebration challenge!

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Anything Goes

my creative scoopColor Inspiration My Creative Scoop

the ton.jpgThe beautiful mood blog from The Ton. I went with the flowers and the coffee theme.


How far I’ve come

Cards, Prismacolor pencils

Today’s card is a personal landmark for me of how far I’ve come in my colouring capabilities since I started 6 months ago. I’m not celebrating the technical skills I’ve learnt, but rather the confidence I now have when I hold a pencil in my hand. The confidence to let myself go and be freer in the way I colour.

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I’m obviously still not happy with my lack of ability to colour a leaf so it bends the way I want it to, and not be swaying all over the place at the same time! I still have more shading classes to take, but overall I’m quite proud of the way I coloured this gorgeous stamp from Clearly Besotted with my Prismacolor pencils. I had around 5 different colour pencils in my hand at the same time, as I flicked them through each petal!

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Once finished, around 2h later, I stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine black ink, cut my panel with Sue Wilson’s rectangle stitched dies and carded up my drawing on yellow card stock and finally a white card base.

I chose this sentiment for Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker, to say a HUGE Thank You to her, as her 30 Day Colouring Challenge was what incited me to learn how to colour with a pencil/brush in my hand. Before that, I thought I couldn’t colour to save my life, and now its become a passion! So I will be eternally grateful to her for hosting this challenge. The last challenge just ended and I can’t wait for the next one already, which will probably in January.

Well I hope you liked the card and I look forward to hearing what you think cause all your comments really make my day!


I’m sharing this card over at:

Print Simon Says Stamp World card making day

global designGlobal Design Project – Grateful

addicted to stamps n more Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark

addicted to stampsAddicted to CAS – Favourite Stamp. I don’t have ONE favourite but this is one of favourites!

Shopping our Stash badge Shopping Our Stash – Give thanks

watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes as long as its feminine



Smell the Roses

Cards, The Ton stamps, Watercolor, Zig clean color real brush

I bought three rose plants during the last Rose festival in Ulm that smelt so delicious and plan to plant them in the garden of our new house when we move next year. Strangely enough, all through summer their scent was hardly noticeable, even with my nose right up their buds (get it? 😂)… Anyway, once the cool weather came in, their perfume was heavenly and I’ve been wanting to paint them for awhile now.

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They say that anyone can paint roses as anything look like roses! Well I guess thats why my roses come out well then and probably due to the fact that I used the gorgeous background stamp from The Ton called “Rose Terrace” as a template too. This is the third time I’ve painted roses, but the first time that one rose didn’t fill up an A3 page… so I was quite nervous when I started, that I didn’t even bother filming it. So now I’ll have to do it again, as I loved the result and given my fast approaching dementia, I have to make a video soon before I forget how I did it! 😆

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Anyway, back to the card. It was quite easy really. I  first inked up parts of the beautiful Rose Terrace stamp from The Ton with Spun Sugar distress ink and pressed a sheet of Clairefontaine 250g Multi technique paper over it. I mixed afew pinks/reds from my Winsor and Newton watercolours and just added strokes over the stamped images. Once it was dry, I added the blue background with my Zig clean color real brushes. I still have a problem colouring in a smooth background, is there a good video out there or class to take for that?

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You notice that the bottom left is brown. Its cause I was testing if I should add brown or blue, I’m glad I went with blue! I cut a rectangle panel with my Sue Wilson stitched rectangle dies. These dies come in larger sizes than the normal rectangle dies which is great when I don’t want to lose too much of a painted card.

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I then stamped the beautiful sentiment from The Project Bin and adhered my panel onto a red card base and the card was finished!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it. Please let me know what you think!


I’m sharing this over at:

the tonThe Ton – I was inspired by the roses in the vase, the blues in the scarf and the fushia/reds I saw in the leaves

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – I went with Distress inks, Watercolour and die cuts.the flower challenge

CAS mix upCAS Mix up Card challenge – Its not very CAS but I wanted to share it anyway with stamping, watercolour wash, no line water-colouring and die cut.

time out Time Out Challenge -I just stopped at the word “Paint” of the inspirational quote: Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds Rather than its Feathers