The Colour of Passion

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Brushos paint powder, Cards, Watercolor

… and I’m not talking about the telenovela. I just took another on-line class at the Altenew Academy called “In the mood for Color” and it reminded me that colours can evoke feelings and communicate a silent message. So I tried to apply it to today’s card, and I hope that even without looking at the sentiment, you will able to tell what type of card I’m making.

rose card

Yes, it’s Passion! Passion in two senses. The first is the passion I feel for my craft. I woke up really tired today, but as soon as I entered my craft room and started my course, I felt alive and enthusiastic! And I also felt so lucky that I have this creative outlet in my life. The second is the card itself.  I made it as a special request from a dear friend for her husband for their wedding anniversary and she wanted it to convey the love she feels for him.

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I’ve never really used colour to this effect on my cards as I normally used colours that I just felt like using, and the sentiment would be to fill the space that was left or that would accompany the object on my card. I never used red on a card to communicate love or blue for a calming effect… so this class was really an eye opener for me. So much so, that after going through all the courses in this class, I wrote down the different colours and the type of cards I could make with them, as shown in the class videos.

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I used Altenew Fantasy Floral dies in this card and coloured the rose with a combination of Brushos and my Royal Talens liquid watercolours. In one of her videos, Stephanie Klauck used a panel of stamped leaves on the side of her card and I loved the idea so much that I created a panel of leaves too but with inlaid diecut leaves instead. The sentiment was chosen by my friend once I made the card, and it comes from Penny Black. I now see that I should have added 2 roses to go with the “us” in the sentiment… oh well. To finish, I added a strip of washi tape at the top and afew little jewels.

Well, I hope you felt the love coming from my card and I thank you for the love you’ve shown me by stopping by my blog. Have an amazing creative day!

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I’m sharing this with:

die cuttin divas.jpgDie Cuttin’ Divas – What Makes you Happy – making cards for friends!

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

AECP – Relax, and go with the flow

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, WoW embossing powder, Zig clean color real brush

Today’s card is my assignment, at the end of the Level 1 of Altenew’s Educator Certification program, to see if I can implement techniques I learnt from 3 of the courses out of the ten I took onto one card. This card will also determine if I can go on to the Level 2 of this program. I could be stressing out but decided to, literally, relax and go with the flow! I also made a video to show you my technique to create the luminosity and glow on my card and you can find it at the end of this post.

jellyfish glow

After learning so many techniques, (I watched around 50 video classes!) and being mega inspired by all the incredible creators who taught these lessons, I was now brimming with ideas in my head! In the end, I decided to use the ideas of creating a background & a frame to create my aquarium from the “Seasonal Scene Building”, using my markers and embossing powders from the “Let It Shine” course, and the emboss resist from “Easy ink blending technique” to create the jellyfishes, from Altenew’s “Painted Jellyfish”, which is a layered stamp set with 2 sizes of jellyfish.

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This card is relatively easy to make but the results are incredible! You have to first heat emboss one of the layers of the jellyfish, with the “Glow in the Dark” Wow Embossing Powder, blend in the distress inks onto your card, then colour the larger jellyfish stamp with the pink Zig Fluo brush pen, spritz it with water, stamp to lift the ink from the card and colour in with the same Zig brush in the areas where the ink was lifted. I then used a paint brush to lift more ink from the paper to to create air bubbles. The sentiment, which comes from the same stamp set, was stamped in Versafine Onyx black ink.

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I love this pic as the glow of the powders in the bottle are incredible! There are more  pics of the incredible jellyfish glow on my card in the video below.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll try the techniques I showed. If you do, please let me know and I’ll come over and visit. Thanks for stopping by and your comments leave a warm glow in me too!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Distress it

Just us girls.pngJust Us Girls – Beach (Well you often find jellyfish washed up on beaches…)

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it make It challenge – Anything Goes

country view.pngCountry View challenges – Sun, sea and sand.

kreativeinkaufKreativ Einkauf – Underwater world


Foil Flowers

Addicted to Stamps and More, Altenew, Cards, Clean and Simple cards

Addicted to stamps

Its time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week’s theme is “CAS”. You have until Tuesday 10pm Australian Eastern time to link up your Clean and Simple cards with us.

Foil flowers

I made a very quick & simple card following the tips from Altenew Academy’s “Clean and Simple Boutique Cards” course, which I am taking as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program and I gave myself the challenge to finish the first 2 levels by the end of August! So far I have finished 9 courses and I have 11 more to go!

Foil flowers cu

To make this card I simply stamped these flowers from Altenew called “One of a Kind”, using Deco Craft’s Transfer gel from iCraft. I let it dry and then created a sandwich with my card, the foil, parchment paper and a folded card and put it through my laminator. You can see Gina K’s video on using Transfer gel to do foiling. Don’t you just love the shine on the flowers? I coloured afew petals with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens & to finish, stamped the sentiment on vellum with Stazon black ink and adhered it onto the card with Scrap Perfect’s “Best Glue Ever”.

Well I hope you like my card and that you’ll pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog to visit the CAS cards my team mates made just to inspire you to join our challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creations in the link up!

Have a great day!

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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.

Glitter bouquet stencil cu

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!

Glitter bouquet stencil trial

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?

Glitter bouquet stencil

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





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…

baby card cu

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!