The Sisterhood of Crafters – Hot Air Balloon

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Zig clean color real brush


Hi all, I’m here today to share a new challenge we’re having over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and for the next two weeks, our top sistah Darlene has chosen the theme “Something you might find in the SKY”. When I saw this theme, it was a no brainer for me and I reached straight for my hot air balloon stamp from CASual Fridays stamps “Floating” set.

casual fridays flower balloon

As I was going to do no line water-colouring, I first stamped my balloon with Mustard seed distress ink on watercolour paper that I had previously cut with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitch, but never used. I wanted to create a soft watercolour look for the flowers but my Zigs clean color brushes are so vibrant that it came out stronger than I would have liked, but I’m still quite pleased with the results.

casual fridays flower balloon cu

The sentiment tag comes from My Favorite Things blueprint 20 set which I found in my scrap box & the sentiment comes from the same CASual Fridays set and I think it would be great for a graduation card. I also love the thought that whimsy little flowers can float you up into the air and bring you to greater heights, there’s something feminine and powerful at the same time in that image for me.

Well I hope you liked my simple card and that you’ll pop over to “The Sisterhood of Crafters” blog and leave my “sistahs” some love.  Have a great day!


I’m sharing this over at:

addicted to casAddicted to CAS – Girl Power

less is more Less is More – My watercolour card panel and the sentiment tag comes from my scrap box

Calling All SistahsCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge – I was inspired by the flowers.

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes



Twofer Pet challenge

Cards, My Favorite Things, Twofer card challenge, Zig clean color real brush

Happy Monday everyone! Has your week started well? Mine has because I started crafting as soon as I got up! I usually clean the house on Mondays but as my mother in law is here and she likes to sleep in, I didn’t want to disturb her with the vacuum cleaner… good excuse no? 😉 Its also raining so I can’t do the gardening either, so all the conditions were perfect just to craft! Even better, when I finally finished my card and popped upstairs, my mil was cleaning the house! I’m really so lucky to have her here.

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I know I say this each time, but I LOVE the Twofer challenge where you have to make two different kinds of card with the same stamp. Its a great way to use my new stamps twice at the same time. The theme this month is Pets and as I just bought a new stamp from My Favorite Things called “Furever Friends”, this was a good opportunity to use it. This time I followed the rules exactly, using the same stamp and not just using the same stamp set, AND I remembered to make two different theme cards too!

April18Furever friends challenge

My first card was inspired by the color challenge at My Favorite Things. I first stencilled the background using MFT’s abstract stencil and sponged in Picked Raspberry and Mustard seed distress inks and then sprayed water on it. Once it was dry, I diecut it with the scallop rectangle die from MFT’s blueprint 20 set and in the middle I cut the scallop window also from MFT and cut it again in black and just used the black border on my card. I matted this scallop rectangle panel onto a white card base.  The pet stamp was cut with my Brother scan and cut and coloured in with Zigs clean color real brushes. The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped with Versamark onto a small black rectangle card stock and heat embossed with white Wow embossing powder.

Furever friends dog n cat

The second card just came about on its own. All I knew was that I wanted them to be in a field of flowers, almost hidden by it. I stamped the pet stamp directly onto Clairefontaine multi-technique 250gm paper and proceeded to colour it with my Zigs again. This time though, I tried to colour in the dog after my Jack Russell, Lola. You can see below if I came close…

The field of flowers was created using 2 block stamps I bought when I first started stamping, so 2 years ago, but theres no brand on it. I coloured the stamps with Zigs and distress inks and stamped them onto my card and coloured in with my zigs again. I then sponged in Twisted Citron distress oxide for the background of my prairie. The cloudy sky was created with cloud masks I created myself and Mermaid lagoon Distress oxides. I then added the sentiment from Winnie and Walter onto a tag and hand drew in the little plane pulling it.




And this is my little Lola who modelled for me. She looks really cute but in reality she a real terror! Even though she only arrived 5 years ago, she’s the alpha male and doesn’t let our Belgian Shepard, Paco, ever forget it!

Well thanks so much for stopping by, I do hope you liked my cards. Wishing you a wonderful week! Mine just gets better as I’m off to London on Friday for a long weekend and I’ll be stuffing myself with all my fav Asian dishes!


twofer.jpgThe Twofer challenge image this month

I’m sharing the first card over at:

MFT_ColorChallenge MFT Color challenge
sweet stampersSweet Stampers challenge – Too Cute

crafty animalsCrafty Animals – Anything goes featuring an animal

2crafty critter2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes

And the 2nd card at:

Inspired by all the little things.pngInspired by all the Little Things
work it wednesdaySimon Say s Stamp Work it Wednesday – Use inks

Love to scrapLove to Scrap challenge – April showers bring may Flowers

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Pink October

Cards, Distress Oxide inks, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, and over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog, my “sistahs” & I are making it a “Pink October” challenge to support this very important theme. For our challenge, you just have to make anything pink!


I’m hoping this month will remind you to get that all important breast examination, or to send a card to someone who is fighting cancer.

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I made a very simple card for this challenge using the stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Breast Cancer Awareness products. Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays, designed these while she was battling her own breast cancer and you can read her story here. I first covered a piece of white card stock with Washi tape and cut it with the Hope ribbon die. I sponged some distress inks onto a water colour paper and sprayed it with pink glimmer mist. You can’t see it in the photo but the whole panel just shines!

Cancer month cu

Once that was dry I cut it with MFT Blueprint 20’s rectangle scallop die and glued my Hope ribbon onto it. I then stamped the sentiment from Calling All Sistahs stamp set and adhered my panel onto a white card base and the card was done!

So I hope you liked it and that it’ll remind you to check yourself, it may just save your life! Now hop on over to The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and see what amazing pink creations my Sistahs have made just for your viewing pleasure, and I hope to see your pink creation in the gallery too!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always sooo appreciated!


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Thinking of You

unicorn Unicorn challenge Blog – Perfectly Pink for Breast cancer Awareness

cutie pieThe Cutie Pie Challenge – Think Pink


Calling All Sistahs – Check yourselves!

Breast Cancer prevention, Cards, Distress Oxide inks, WoW embossing powder

Its that time if the month again ladies, time to check yourselves! Breast Cancer is not contagious, but you can catch it early… if you check yourself monthly and go for regular check ups. This reminder was started by the amazing Michele at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, after she was diagnosed with Cancer. You can read her story here.

calling all sistahs

Since then, a bunch of us Sistahs make cards as a fun way to remind you to feel em up! You can see their cards over at the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs blog. This month I made a quick & easy card as I have started my intensive German lessons again, 4h every day…, so my brain is a “little” foggy from all that senseless interesting grammar (why does the article of a chair have to change depending on whether you’re walking by it or sitting on it…).

breast cancer post

Anyways, I started by stamping afew sentiments from the “Calling All Sistahs” stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps with Versamark clear ink and then heat embossed it with Wow silver embossing powder. I then sponged in Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink, making it a little darker around the word “Girl”. I used the scallop rectangle from MFT’s Blueprint 20 die set, to cut my panel and adhered it to a silver card base.

breast cancer post cu

I stamped & coloured the lotus from the “Mon Ami” stamp set with my Zigs clean color real brush and die cut it with the coordinating die. To create the blue strip, I just sponged a piece of scrap paper with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and used a silver marker to draw two lines on it before cutting it into a strip. I stuck the strip onto my card and the lotus onto it and my card was finished!

Well I hope you’ll remember to feel em up and if you need an extra reminder, I’ll send this to you! Just leave me a comment and let me know. Pop over to my Sistahs at the Calling All Sistahs blog and remember to join in our Encouragement challenge which starts tomorrow 18th September!

Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments!


I’m sharing this card over at:

Wow Embossing Powder Challenge – Resist Technique

ITD’s Creative Playground – Anything Goes

crafting with friendsCrafting with Friends – Anything Goes




Easy Embossing Paste with Stencil technique + Video

Cards, Stamplorations, Stencil

Quite a few things inspired me to make this beautiful card using distress inks, a stencil and clear embossing paste. The first was Gayatri’s gorgeous card she made as DT for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. I loved the effect so much I had to try it myself. The second were the beautiful colours in the inspiration post at Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog.


This was a very simple card to make and I made a video tutorial of it which you can find at the end of my post. Apart from the drying time, I must have taken only 30 minutes to make it! I started by sponging distress inks through my stencil from Stamplorations called Swirly Bloom and then added a thick layer of clear Kristall acrylic paste over it. Once it dried completely (overnight), I cut it down to the size I wanted and adhered it to my card bases.


I decided to add my sentiment from Hero Arts, onto vellum, as I did not want to hide the beautiful embossed background. A few gems and my card was finished!

Here is the video tutorial I made and if you like the video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my new channel if you haven’t done so already.

Thanks for stopping by, and your comments always make my day!


I’m also playing along at:

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – where the focus is on background stamping… and writing this I just realised stamping was required in the background… sigh, I’ll share it anyway!

work it wednesday Work it Wednesday July – Add sparkle

Cas on friday CAS On Friday – Birthday

just add ink Just Add Ink – Just add stencils

ssswchallengeAdd a sentiment

addicted to stamps & more The beautiful photo inspiration whose colours I did not really do justice I think!