Addicted to Stamps and More – Cactus

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Watercolor, Zig clean color real brush

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Hi all, I’m here with the first of my double posts today, to invite you to play along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More, where we have a beautiful photo inspiration of succulents. Feel free to join in with whatever inspires you in this picture, be it the plants themselves or the colours or the shapes and I look forward to see what you come up with.

Before I go onto my card I have to apologise for the lack of variety in my photos today as I gave away the card to my daughter’s classmate for his birthday, before I had the chance to take more pics, but I hope the quality of the card is enough ūüėČ .

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Onto my card. I recently purchased some stamps from Penny Black called “Happy Together” that had a row of succulents on it and I was so excited to use them for the first time for this challenge. I stamped them with Momento’s Tuxedo black ink and started colouring them in with my Zig clean color real brushes.¬† I even managed to add some detail on the first cactus from your left by adding darker vertical lines to create a multifaceted look to the cactus. I added some shading under and around the pots and splattered lots of black paint on the card. To finish, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew.

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Fun facts about Cactus’s. Did you know the spines on them are actually highly evolved leaves and they protect the plant by preventing them from being eaten by animals & by providing shade to the plant. So the next time your clothes get ripped and a bit of cloth stays on, know that you are doing your bit to provide them shade… ūüėÜ

Well I hope you were inspired by my card and that you’ll join in our challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. Do pop over to see the gorgeous creations my teammates have created just for your viewing pleasure and leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and see you in my next post… in a few hours… where I’ll show you how to create seaweed like forms with rubber bands!


I’m also sharing this over at:

penny blackPenny Black and More challenge – In the garden

penny black sat challengePenny Black Saturday challenge – Masculine

PCM-challenges-logo2.jpgParu’s Card making challenge – Masculine

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Anything Goes

sweet stampersSweet Stampers challenge blog – Birthday


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 РYellow                            Day 2 РOrange


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.


Calling All Sistah’s – August blog hop

Cards, Heat embossing, Watercolor

1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, so CHECK YOURSELF & Schedule your yearly mammography!

A fellow blogger, Michele Gross, of¬†CAS-ual Fridays Stamps¬†started an amazing campaign called “Calling All Sistahs”, after her discovery of breast cancer. The idea behind it is to remind all women to do their monthly self exams and yearly mammograms.


This month I am participating for the first time in their monthly blog hop, which happens on the 17th of every month, to remind you¬†to check yourself, get to see beautiful artwork AND a chance to win prizes! 3 $15 gift certificates will be given away to 3 people who comment on all the blogs, by 12:00am US eastern on the 19th August, or 6am CET on the 20th August. I’m soooo excited as this is also my first blog hop as a participant!

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These stamps and dies were designed by Michele while she was undergoing her cancer treatment, amazing right! AND 50% of all proceeds from the sale of this collection goes to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

I first stamped the sentiments and heat embossed it before I did the same thing with the ribbon. I then blended Stampin Up and Momento inks over it, spritzed it with water, added brusho powder and let everything blend. I cut the panel with My Favourite Things scallop die from their Blueprints 20 set and stuck it on a yellow card. I added self adhesive magnectic strips behind it and its ready for a friend’s fridge. This one is going to my¬†good friend Alexandra!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your next stop will be Archana Burke, who by the way is my good friend who taught me how to stamp when I started 6 months ago! And if you’re lost, heres the whole list! Happy hopping!

Gwendolyn Estrada < You are here
They’re also on Facebook so join us and help remind your friends to check themselves too!
I entered this card in:
The Mixed media card challenge – Rainbow
Just Us Girls – Watercolour
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She believed she could…


I have an eleven yr old marvellous daughter that I’m trying to raise to become a strong confident woman ¬†(and not the insecure mess I was until I turned 50, lol!) So I made another card for her that she can look at everyday to inspire her.

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I love this sentiment by Becca Crugar, and all the other quotes she has in her Stamplorations “Strong Women” stamp set. I first stamped this beautiful flower stamp called “Asian Women” from Technique Junkies with Versamark and heat embossed it with a clear pearly embossing powder from Aladine. I cut it into 3 panels and used Momento inks to sponge in the different colours. I spritz water onto them to give a watercoloured look and once they were dry, pasted them onto a white card stock.

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I used a heart die from Xcut to cut out the heart shape and then stamped the sentiment on a small seperate piece of white card stock, first with Versamark before heat embossing it with black embossing powder. I stuck this piece onto the green card before adding my coloured panels card. To finish, I used a smaller heart die from Xcut to cut out the small heart from felt and adhered it next to the large heart.

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I took this pic at night to show how the embossed flowers shine!

My daughter loved it…and I hope you do too!

The colours and layout of this card was inspired by the following challenges:

Mojo Monday’s 459 sketch contest¬†mojo monday

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Happy Little Stampers CASe the Designer¬†¬†HLS Case the designer¬†It was really such a pleasure to CASe Gloria Lee‘s card.

Simon Says Wednesday Fabulous Florals

CAS Mix up Stampin + sprays +…I added heat embossing

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