Always look on the bright side of Life

Cards, Spectrum noir

Hi all! Its nice to get back into crafting more regularly again and even though it took a while for me to find my creative mojo, it’s back and I intend to cultivate it again. I know that the more I do, the more the ideas come so I’m not worried. Its more difficult for me to organise myself between my new job and crafting!pink-fresh-studio-smooshed-bg-1.jpgAfter 5 years of not working with people, as in face to face and not through blog land or social media, I was seriously missing the business chitchat! But what could I do in Germany, when I didn’t speak the language very well? Well, teach English as a foreign language of course, like most foreigners in my position do… To be honest, I used to look at this job as a last resort kind of thing, and not really a real profession. I do have loads of respect for teachers in schools and institutions, of course, they chose to do this and were trained to do it.  But just teaching a language cause you’re a native speaker, didn’t seem very professional to me. Now that I’ve done it though, even if it’s only been 2 months, I feel the weight of the responsibility! People are paying me to get better at something and I can’t just “wing it” through each lesson.

Luckily my 25 years in business communication has prepared me to train professionals in Business English and I love preparing for my classes, interacting with my clients, and even after a tiring non-stop 6h teaching day, I don’t want to stop after my last lesson of the day. And I must be doing something well, cause the offers are pouring in… So maybe I’ve found another new passion in my life, together with crafting and painting!Pink Fresh studio smooshed bg blogSpeaking of which, I made this card using the smooshing technique, which is to put down some water-reactive inks, like my Spectrum Noir Harmony die inks, on an acrylic block, spritz it with water and just slide my card stock over it. I also brushed over some light blue watercolour with my Aquatint marker. The only difficulty in this method is to know which colours to choose from! The diecut comes from Pink Fresh Studio and as it is such a delicate diecut, I brushed over Art Potch (like Mod Podge?) directly on the diecut on my smooshed background. It gives a shiny finish, which is not very noticeable, but you might want to brush over the whole card if you’re a little fussy.

Well thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend doing something you love! I know I’ll be doing a weekend of marathon crafting to prepare for a HUGE event in September. It’ll be Spectacular!

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Addicted to Stamps and More – Holiday

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Christmas Card

addicted to stamps

Hi all, I’m back today for the first of three posts! Yes three! That’s what happens when all the design teams you’re on have their posts scheduled for the same day by coincidence! So I hope my cards will be different enough to overcome the over-blogging I have to do today!

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My first card is for our “Holiday” theme over at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and I decided to make my first Christmas card of the year. Yes, a little late but I’m not known to be early… 😉 I used a stamp from Pink and Main’s Christmas Mugs set, which really have such cute mugs stamps for Xmas, and coloured it with my Faber Castell PITT artist pens. I then masked it and stamped Pinkfresh Studio’s little mistletoe stamp from their December Days stamp set to llok like the mug was nesting on a bed of mistletoes.

Pink fresh studio mug cu

To create a real feeling of whipped cream on the hot chocolate, (which I am not allowed being lactose intolerant) I used my Nuvo Crystal drop and when it was dry, coloured brown dots to resemble chocolate chips! The sentiment is one of the really great “Christmas Verses” set from Pink and Main too & I decorated it with little stamps from Pinkfresh Studio’s “December Days”. To finish, I cut the edges of the panel with my craft scissors, as I couldn’t used a die on it because of me “whipped cream”, and adhered it to my red card base.

Well I hope you’ll be inspired to join us at our “Holiday” challenge with your festive cards and I look forward to seeing them in the link up! Thanks for popping by and have a great  day!



I’m also sharing this with:

HLS Christmas.pngHappy Little Stampers – Christmas challenge & optional twist CAS

paper shelterThe Paper Shelter – Christmas is coming

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – I went with the CAS style

Winter wonderland.gifWinter Wonderland – What you love to do at Christmas…its drinking and eating for me of course!!


Addicted to stamps and More – CAS card

Addicted to Stamps and More, alcohol inks, Cards, Pink Fresh Studio

Addicted to stamps

Hi all! Its Wednesday so time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week we have a CAS – clean and simple theme, so show us your cards with lots of open space and minimal embellishments.

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The card I made today to inspire you is not very Clean but its simple to make. I just covered a piece of Yupo paper with my Spectrum Noir illustrator alcohol markers, using Cobalt, Lilac, and Hydrangea colours. I then added a few drops of alcohol hand gel randomly on my paper and moved it around with a dry wet wipe I had on hand, to mix and blend the colours. I then die cut it with the beautiful die from Pick Fresh Studio called “Bright side of Life”.

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To add a little more detail on my card, although I know I should have left it at that to make it CASer…, I stamped one of the stripe stamps from Winnie and Walter’s “Scenery Stripes” stamp set all down the left side of the card with distress oxide inks and went over it with a water brush to have graded looks on each line.

Well I hope you liked my card today and that you’ll pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog to admire my teammies cards and leave them some love too! Have a great day!


I’m sharing this over at:

Calling All Sistahs.jpgCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

DiesRUsDies R Us – Springtime

papercraftPapercraft challenge – Clean and Simple



Using My Stash – Pink Fresh Studio Shaker card

Cards, Distress Oxide inks, Pink Fresh Studio, Prima Marketing watercolors, Stamplorations

I’ve been a little MIA lately , sorry about that, but I was preparing for my first Christmas market sale this weekend! More of that at the end of my post.

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I didn’t really stop making cards though, just lagged a bit about writing about them here. You can find all my cards, as soon as I make them, here on Instagram. Today I’m continuing with my series of cards made from my stash as I slowly go through them, before I’m allowed to put them away! I used a die from Pink Fresh Studio and die cut it with my Big Shot Plus, from a card stock I had previously  coloured with my distress oxide inks. I then stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine ink.

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For the shaker part, I cut out a piece of acetate from Hero Arts and glued it behind the                       diecut. I then put double sided foam adhesive under this panel, flipped it over so that the coloured panel was facing downwards and added the sequins. I carefully placed my card base onto the foam adhesive and my card was finished!

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This is a pic of  me at the Xmas market to sell my shadow box cards. It was a small affair, in a little 15th century chapel, with beautiful Frescos on the walls… but luckily with floor heating! No the Germans were not THAT advanced during the Middle Ages, the flooring was redone I was told, which is lucky for me as I’ve attended a few concerts in beautiful old cathedrals and chapels, freezing my toes off at the same time!

Anyway I digress. I had spent the last month preparing for this market and I really didn’t know what to expect and how many cards to make. So I ended up doing 70 cards, which if I didn’t sell, could easily be sent for Xmas gifts and my online sales. I even created a few special cards to show the sights of Ulm, the German city I’m living in! The card on the left shows the typical transport boat called the “Ulmer Schachtel” which was used to transport goods on the Danube River. It was made of wood and once the merchants sold their goods, they dismantled the boats, sold the wood and went home and made new ones!

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It was a 2 day affair, the first day lasting 10 hours, but I didn’t mind as it was a really good excuse to just sit and make crafts and paint without having to make meals for the kids…! ;)) It also didn’t hurt that I was provided free really good gluhwine!! People also liked watching me make the cards and paint my gift boxes.

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I used Prima Marketing Metallic accents paints to paint the Kraft boxes and you can see how they shine here! If practise makes perfect, I think I ‘m now an expert as I painted 30 of these boxes!!

Well thanks for stopping by and bearing with me until the end! I would love to hear your comments too. Have a great week!


I’m sharing my card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

just add ink.jpgJust Add Ink – Just add glitter. I hope my sequins count are glittery enough?

world wide design team.jpgWorld Wide Open Design Team Challenge – Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge – Anything Goes

Creative with Stamps Challenge – Shoes

Cards, Colour pencils, Creative With Stamps, Watercolor, Zig clean color real brush


Hi all, its a new month and a new challenge over at Creative with Stamps! This month’s theme is “Shoes” and it was a difficult one for me as I don’t really like shoes. WHAT! Don’t like shoes??? I can hear all you ladies out there yelling in shock and disbelief! Well to be more precise, because of a back problem and arthritis in my knees due to a ski injury, I can no longer wear heels or any shoes that are not 200% comfortable. So only sneakers and certain low heeled shoes are possible for me 😭 . So I don’t own any shoe or shoe related stamps either as its too painful for me to look at beautiful shoes knowing I can’t wear them!

flower shoe

So I did something I never do, I looked for digis, and came upon a site called Buzzle, which has free printable colouring pages. When I saw this beautiful flower shoe, I fell in love with it, printed it and started colouring it immediately with my Prismacolor pencils and Zig clean color real brushes. I then fussy cut it and adhered it to a light blue Hero Arts card base and proceeded to stamp the little flowers from Pink Fresh Studio Unicorn Dreams stamp set with VersaMagic pigment chalk ink.

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Isn’t the Flower Shoe gorgeous? I stamped the sentiment, Beautiful, which comes from Altenew Perennial Beauty stamp set, with Versamark and heat embossed it with Wow’s blue embossing power. You can’t see it in the pic but it really shines!

Well I hope you’ll go over to the Creative with Stamp challenge blog and leave my fellow DTs some love too, and join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments.


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

Just add inkJust Add Ink – I was inspired by the sprigs of herbs in the drink

Classic DT Challenge Classic Design Team – Anything Goes

Perfect Time To Craft A Perfect time to craft – Anything Goes