AECP – Beautiful Details

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Card making Techniques, Cards

I made it through the 1st level of the Altenew Educator Certification program and got this wonderful badge on the right to show for it too! Now just 2 more levels to go consisting of 15 classes, about 75 videos to watch and tons of new techniques to learn! I’m as excited to continue as when I first started as the classes have such wonderful tips, techniques and ideas an I feel that my card making has gone to a whole new level because of them.

Markers on vellum

Today’s card, especially, makes me feel like I have finally reached the level I’ve been aiming for since I started 2 years ago. (By the way, card making is the only hobby I’ve taken up that still passionates me today as the first day I started!) It embodies everything I have seen & loved in other card makers cards. Clean and Simple with beautiful details, and it was made after watching the Beautiful Details class by the amazing Marika Rathu. This class is truly inspiring and I could just sit and watch her colour all day… in fact I will definitely go back to this class often as she is an amazing colourist!

I incorporated a little of each technique from the 5 videos in the class. I started by stamping my images on velum using Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set and light Momento ink colurs, then colouring the underside with fine strokes using my new Faber Castell PITT Artist pens for the first time. My daughter used them as hand lettering pens but kindly gave them to me. 🙂  I also coloured in the butterfly and leaf with my Spectrum Illustrator alcohol markers.

Markers on vellum products

I used a circle stitched die from My Favorite Things and popped up the innner circle on foam adhesive, added 2 white card stock on the front of my blue card base, leaving a little strip to be seen, just like on one of her cards she made for the class. My vellums images were fussy cut and glued onto the card with Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever. The little water drops are from my Goosebumps clear texture spray.

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I really love all the sentiments from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes set but I chose this one as we need to be reminded to never give up when we hit bumps on the road on our way to accomplishing our goals. Or do really bad colouring or paintings for the umpteenth time in the beginning when we are learning… Like Marika said, practise makes perfect and even if we don’t think we’re improving, we are! As proof, I took this course 1 year ago and I was so nervous about letting go and doodling on my stamps. Today, I’m still hesitant about letting go, but I have more confidence and with the courses from Altenew, I’m making the type of cards I really like!

Well thanks for stopping by and I love all the comments you take the time to leave me. Have a great day!



I’m sharing this card with:

altenew.jpgAltenew Inspiration challenge – Inspiration photo

Daily marker coloring challengeThe Daily Marker Coloring Contest – Advanced section

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Calling All Sistahs.jpgCalling all SistahsEncouragement challenge – photo inspiration



Inspired by…

Cards, Painting, Watercolor

So many things inspire me to make a card or paint. Nature, other people’s creations…and even once, a wall in a toilet in a mall!  Rarely though am I so moved by an image I’ve seen that I immediately sit down and create something. Well today’s card was that exception and here is the image that moved me.

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I love the tendrils of greenery hanging down from the bough of the tree, the stillness of the lake and even the lady in that ridiculous dress (did the poor thing have to wear that to a wedding I wonder…). There is something so peaceful about this beautiful image proposed by the challenge blog at Inkspirational and the simple pleasure of just sitting on a swing, and that is what I tried to capture in my card.

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I wanted to create a sunset scene so this beautiful stamp from Technique Tuesday could stand out as a silhouette and I decided to be brave and use my distress inks to do it.  I needn’t have worried at all cause it was SO EASY to create this scene. All I did was first streak Picked Raspberry onto 300gm watercolour paper, almost covering it completely. I then did the same with Mermaid Lagoon, again with Picked Rapsberry and finishing with Altenew’s Desert Night at the top. The bottom sunset was made with Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed. Make sure you don’t use your ink blender in circles but use the side of it to create lines.

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I then spritz water on the whole panel and let the water flow onto one side of the card. When it was completely dry, I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black a few times, with my Misti. I extended the flowers on the left with my black Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol marker. I loved the background so much that I decided not to add a sentiment to obscure the view but will add one inside that says, “Missing our times together”, even though I never played in the fields when I was growing up in urban Singapore, but I think my friend will know what I mean! Now if only I can recreate this with real watercolour paints on a larger canvas…

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card, let me know what you think. Have a great day!


I’m also sharing this at:

work it wednesdayWork It Wednesday – My 2nd entry to the Sunshine & Summer theme challenge

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers May Watercolour challenge – Without the CAS option

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations Challenge – Anything Goes

Inspire-Me-Monday-Button-1502Inspire me Monday – A new to me blog where we can share anything that inspires us, amazing!



The Sisterhood of Crafters – Magical

Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor


Hi all, I’m back again for my second post of the day to share our new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and Diane has chosen a Magical one! Its “Magical Fairy Garden” so use a fairy, or anything magical like a unicorn, rainbow.. gnome, etc… on your creations and play along with us!

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I don’t have many magical or fairy images in my collection as I’m not really a “cute” card person even if I try my best to do some. I was never a cute girly type of person even as a child… anyway I only have this set from Craftin Desert Divas called “Magical Wishes”, and one other unicorn stamp I had already made a card with, so I went with this NBUS.

I first stamped the unicorn in Versamark clear ink, poured WoW gold embossing powder over it and heat embossed it. I then used my Zig clean color real brushes and painted just the mane and tail of the unicorn. I created the border by first water-colouring broad rainbow strips onto water colour paper, let it thoroughly dry before die-cutting it with My Favorite Things Rectangle scallop die. The sentiment also comes from the same set and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

Craftin desert diva unicorn main

Well I hope you liked my card and you’ll be inspired to create something magical/fairy- like and join in the fun. Do go over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog to get more inspiration from my Sistahs and leave them some love too!

Have a Great Day!


I’m sharing this card at:

CAS Watercolour.jpgCAS Watercolour card challenge -Rainbow

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations Challenge – Anything Goes

crafty addictsThe Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog – Anything Goes

2crafty critter2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Birds

Card Challenge, Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters


Hi all! I’m back for my 2nd post of the day to tell you its time for another challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters and our team leader Darlene has chosen the theme “Birds” for you! So come and join in the fun with any creation that has birds on it!

Feathered bird

I ordered a bunch of different coloured feathers recently and I wanted to make another card with it. This was going to a friend to thank her for her dinner invitation. I always feel that I have to make a 3D card for non card makers who don’t realise the work and technique that goes into making a card unless it pops!

So to make this card, I first created the wall background by spreading some white paste through a stencil from My Favorite Things on Clairfontaine 250g multi-technique paper. While it was drying I sprinkled some Brushos paint powder and a little water on it, so the powders would dissolve but not too much that the paste would loose its form. I left it aside to dry and started colouring my bird from a Katzelkraft stamp set with my newly acquired Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. As you can tell I’m just a beginner at colouring with alcohol markers!

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I cut my stamped and coloured bird with the Brother Scan and Cut, and luckily today it decided to co-operate and scan my images! I adhered the bird on my dried stencilled background and added the feathers with Scrap Perfect “Best Glue Ever” transparent glue. The “Thanks” sentiment comes from Technique Tuesday and was stamped with Versafine on a MFT scallop diecut.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s 2nd post too and that you’ll pop over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog and leave my Sistahs some love too! Thanks for stopping by and do let me know what you thought of my card.


I’m sharing this card over at:

HLS Mixed Media challenge.pngHappy Little Stampers Mixed media challenge

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps Challenge – Thank you

love to createLove to Create challenge – Anything Creative/Mixed media

Shopping our Stash badgeShopping our Stash – Put  a bird on it

cardz 4 guysCardz for Guyz – Anything with a tail

Creative with Stamps – Thankful challenge reminder post

Altenew, Cards, Creative With Stamps, Die cuts, Watercolor


Hi all, I’m here to remind you that we’re halfway though our challenge at Creative with Stamps where the theme is “Thankful”. So come play with us with any crafty creations which has the theme “Thankful” and maybe win a prize from our sponsor Pattie’s Creations!Pattie's Creations

For this reminder post I decided to create a card inspired by all the beautiful yellowy golden leaves I see on all the trees now. The beauty of Autumn reminds me often how beautiful it can be to let go and although my son always says “They’re dying mum” I prefer to see it as letting go so we can be reborn again, but my Chinese name does mean “phoenix” (reborn from the flames) so I guess i would think that!

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To make this card, I used the leaves & inks from Altenew’s beautiful Floral Shadow stamp. I first stamped the branches with Altenew Chocolate mini cube inks, the leaves with Mango Smoothie and added a little of their Peach Perfect for highlights, on Canson’s 300g watercolour paper. To make them shiny I went over all the leaves with Prima Marketing’s metallic highlights paints.

Altenew leaves

See how they glitter! The sentiment was also stamped with Altenew inks Dark Chocolate and Peach Perfect, which I also used to watercolour the edges of my card. I added afew die cuts of the same leaves using the accompanying dies and I then cut this panel with My Favorite Things scallop rectangle die and adhered the whole panel to a chocolate card stock.

Altenew leaves side

Well I hope you liked what I created for this challenge and please hop over to Creative with Stamps challenge blog and leave the DTs some love too. I look forward to seeing your creations there!

Thanks for stopping by and I really enjoy reading your comments.


I’m sharing this card over at:

altenewAltenew Inspiration challenge

CAS mix up CAS Mix Up challenge – My 2nd entry using Stamping, glitter, die cuts and watercolour

ParuParu’s cardmaking challenge – Thank You

Rubbernecker-Banner-1Rubbernecker Stamps challenge – Autumn Glitz