Hero Arts Holiday Houses

a2z Scrapbooking, Cards, digital stamps, Hero Arts digital

Hi all! Are you having a wonderful weekend? Last minute Christmas shopping? Running out of ideas for your family who have everything already… I know how you feel! Except this year, and for the first time in a loooong time, I’ve already finished all that and even sent out presents to my family/friends overseas! So I had time today to just enjoy a “feuerzangenbowle” with my friends at the local Christmas market in Ulm. I’ve shared a video at the bottom of this post to show you what it is.

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I also want to share a Christmas card I made over at the a2ZScrapbooking blog with Hero Arts Holiday Houses digital stamp which I got at the a2z Scrapbooking store. I hope this will inspire you with more ideas if you’re running out of Christmas card ideas.  Hop on over to the blog to see how I created it.

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If you haven’t joined in yet, do add your Winter themed cards to our challenge going on till the end of the month. This month’s prize is the Holiday Tags digital kit from Hero Arts, in addition, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, you will receive a $20 gift card to their store!I f you need any products, don’t forget to use my personal code Gwendolyn15% to get 15% off any order $25 and above at the a2z Scrapbooking store. And if they’ve run out of what you want, they also do custom orders!

Well, thanks for stopping by and as promised, here’s the video of my friends and I trying the German “fire bowl” for the first time!

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I’m sharing this over at:

a blog named hero.jpgA Blog named Hero – Winter

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Christmas

HLS Christmas.pngHappy Little Stampers Christmas challenge – with the optional theme of Snow



Hero Arts Winter Time Fun slider card

a2z Scrapbooking, Card Challenge, Cards, Hero Arts

Hello all, its December already, the last month of 2018!! Is it just me or are the months just flying by faster than before? Time to go chop down our tree, put up those decorations and as the German tradition goes, bake cookies for the 4 Sundays of Advent, although mine never get that far, so I have to bake double this year! Its also the start of a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking blog where our last theme of the year is “Winter Wonderland”. So I hope to see your wintery cards over at our blog and you might just win the prize this month which is the Hero Arts Holiday Tags digital stamps!

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So for this challenge I decided to make a fun slider card with Hero Arts Winter Time Fun stamp set. I first created the background by sponging in Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry & Mermaid lagoon distress inks and cut it with a rectangle die. For the snowy bit, I added white watercolour from the Prima Marketing metallic range so its nice and shiny! The snow hill was created using a white chalk marker. I then stamped all the little critters, the tree and the sleigh onto a white card stock and cut it with my Brother scan and cut. Next I coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers.

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All I had to do now was to stick the little critters on the sleigh and assemble the slider part which I did by cutting a little rectangle on the card and adding a foam tape between my sleigh and a coin. To see a video of how I create slider card you can see this post here. I adhered the fox and the tree on the card, adding some Nuvo crystal drops to create snowlike effect in the tree. To finish I adhered this panel onto my card base with foam tape so that the coin would have space to move between the coloured panel and the card base.

Here’ s a video of my slider card in action! if you liked any of the Hero Arts stamps in my post, you can get it from a2z Scrapbooking store and if they’re sold out, you can custom order it! Make sure to use my code Gwendolyn15 to get a 15% discount on any of your orders $25 and above.

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to make a fun Winter card for our challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I look forward to seeing your cards there!

Have a great creative weekend!

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Viel Glück!

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Watercolor

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Hi all! I’m back today with my second DT card for the challenge blog Addicted to Stamps and More and the theme is Photo Inspiration, and what a wonderfully elegant photo we have to inspire you! I was inspired by the gold and black, the tag and the reindeer in the photo. What will you be inspired by!

I’m still in the middle of my house move so I made a really quick card and the first in my new craft room! :))) I first die cut a black card stock with a Spellbinders die and painted the stripes with my Metallic Accents from Prima Marketing watercolours. Doesn’t it shine! While it was drying, I stamped the reindeer and the trees, which were part of a larger stamp from Indigo Blue and a NBUS, onto a Kraft tag with Versafine black ink and dotted it with a gold felt pen. This card is for a friend’s colleague who is leaving the company so I added “Good Luck” in German on the tag and stuck a pencil on the card, as inside the card it will read “Write your own future”!

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I’m sorry for the short post but I still have loads of boxes to unpack, especially in my new craft room. I’ve already unpacked my inks, stamps, dies, stencils, sprays, pastes, paints, various machines, card stock, paper.. .but I still have 6 boxes left to unpack!!! I think I’ll end up just leaving them in the boxes and after 3mths, if i don’t need anything in them, I’ll just give them all away!! 😉 Before I go, I wanted to share a way I found to store my block stamps. I don’t have many so this works perfectly for me. Its normally a jewellery organiser! The hanger was painted by my daughter when she was six btw.

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Well I hope you’ll be inspired by the photo to create something and I really look forward to seeing it in the gallery! Do drop by the blog Addicted to Stamps and More and see what my fellow DT members created to inspire you too.

Thanks for dropping by and your comments really make my day!


I’m also sharing this over at:

tagplorations.pngStamplorations Tagplorations challenge

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge without the option

PCM-challenges.png Paru’s cardmaking challenge – NEW. My stamp has never been used before and I made it in my NEW craft room!




Creative with Stamps – Happy New Year 2018!

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Watercolor

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy and Creative 2018!! What are your resolutions for 2018? Do you still make resolutions? I stopped doing them but this year I decided to make a few and you can read about them at the end of my post!


I am so glad to start 2018 with a card for our challenge at Creative with Stamps. This month’s challenge is “Snowflake” so make anything with snowflake images on it, as long as you have stamped somewhere on your card. I made a simple card with a water coloured background and coloured chipboard snowflakes.


I used Prima Marketing Metallic accents gold and bronze colours to create the wash on the background of my card and silver to colour the chip board snow flakes. You can’t see it but the whole card sparkle and shines! I then splattered the background with white acrylic paint. I didn’t plan to use the snow flakes on my card, I actually ordered them to hang as Xmas decorations. But as I didn’t pay attention to the size when I ordered them, I landed up with 70 tiny chipboard snowflakes that didn’t work for my original idea, so they went on my cards. 🙂

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 I stuck the snowflakes on with double sided tape. The sentiment in French comes from a new stamp I got from Simply Graphic and it means “Happy New Year. Happiness and Prosperity”.  They were stamped with Versafine ink on a die cut stitched tag using Sue Wilson rectangle stacked dies. They’re actually the only New Year wish stamps I have. I have to find more for next year, any tips on where to get them?

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So my resolutions for this year is:

Be more organised in my crafting. My typical crafting time is housework, pause, craft, pause, do something else, pause, craft, pause, do something else…so I could spend 6h crafting and land up with nothing finished!! This is partly due to the fact my craft table is in the living room so I get distracted. This will soon be resolved as we move in afew days to a new house where I’ll get my own craft room! CAN’T WAIT!!!

Spend more time with my kids. Or rather, as they’re teenagers, force them to spend more time with me! 😉

Get back into sports. Since I started crafting “seriously” I’ve stopped regular sports so I intend to restart my weekly yoga and swimming sessions, but not together! LoL! Although swimming is a form of meditation when you’re doing laps for an hour… Especially as I have a waterproof ipod and I listen to music while I’m swimming.

Well, thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear what your resolutions are for 2018 in the comments. Do hop over to Creative with Stamps and leave my team mates some love for the New Year and I hope to see your wonderful creations in the link up too!

Before I go I want to leave you with my favourite New Year quote:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. Neil Gaiman

All My Love for 2018.


I’m sharing this over at:

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Something new

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – Without the optional twist of sequins

PCM-challenges.pngParu’s Cardmaking challenge – NEW

AAAcards.jpgAAA Card challenge – Sparkle





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