a2z Scrapbooking – To You with Love

a2z Scrapbooking, Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Hero Arts digital


Hi all. I’m over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog today featuring another flower from the Hero Arts Poetic Petals digital stamp, so I would love it if you popped over to see how I made this card with the very basic supplies I have here while I’m on holiday.

addicted to stamps

I also made this card for our challenge at Addicted to Stamps And More, where the theme is Make Your Mark, and I certainly did, lots of marks in fact! Join in the fun with any of your creations using pencils, pens, markers, paints, brushes… and link up till Tuesday 6pm Australian EST.

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We’re on vacation at my hubby’s family in Madrid as my sis-in-law is supposed to give birth on the 16th July, but as the baby decided to stay a little longer in his mum, we decided to stay longer than planned too. So I find myself having to make a card for a post that was not planned and I don’t have what I want. But that’s always the case isn’t it? Like with clothes, I have so many but never the right one for the occasion! So for this card, I scrounged around my mother in law’s stationary and made the card with what she had.

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Can you guess what I used to colour the Poetic Petals digi stamp? Pop over to my post at a2z Scrapbooking to find out if you were right!

Well thanks for popping by & I hope you’ll also visit & leave some love to my team mates over at Addicted to Stamps and More who’ve created some beautiful cards to inspire you for this challenge. Have a great day… and come back in a few hours to find out what I’ve been doing in Madrid the last month to occupy my time!


I’m sharing this card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – In my Garden

hand stamped.jpgHand Stamped sentiments – I was inspired by the blue palm tree and the pink & white tones

time out.jpgTime Out challenge – I went with the stripes but in pink!






Addicted to Stamps & More – Birthday celebration!

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Concorde & 9th

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Hi all, we’re celebrating our 300th challenge post today & 6 years in existence over at Addicted to Stamps and More and we would love for you to join us! So make a birthday card & link up and you stand a chance to win a prize from our sponsors Happy Little Stampers.  You have until Tuesday 17th July to submit your entries and the winer will be announced one week later.

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Unfortunately I forgot to bring my Happy Little Stampers stamps with me to Madrid where I’m on holiday for three weeks at my mother-in-laws place (luckily she’s very nice so it is a holiday…). So I made a card with the only Birthday stamps I brought with me, which lucky for me, fit the photo inspiration perfectly too! These are my new stamps from Concorde and 9th called Birthday Stacks and they come with coordinating dies too, but I didn’t bring my die-cutting machine, so fussy cutting it was!

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I first stamped the balloons and presents with Mustard seed distress ink and watercoloured them with Winsor and Newton watercolours. I l also gave a light purplish wash to the backgroun donce they had dried. I added the black balloon strings with a thin marker and used it for the strings on the boxes too. The details on the balloons and presents were added with Prismacolor pencils. To create the 3D effect, I made sure to leave a little tab at the end of both side when I fussy cut it and used double sided to tape to adhere these tabs to my card base. Both sentiments come from the same set

Well I hope you enjoyed my card and that you’ll join in our Birthday fun at Addicted to Stamps and More and celebrate with us. Be sure to stop by for my next post too where I have some exciting news to announce! Have a great day!


How far I’ve come

Cards, Prismacolor pencils

Today’s card is a personal landmark for me of how far I’ve come in my colouring capabilities since I started 6 months ago. I’m not celebrating the technical skills I’ve learnt, but rather the confidence I now have when I hold a pencil in my hand. The confidence to let myself go and be freer in the way I colour.

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I’m obviously still not happy with my lack of ability to colour a leaf so it bends the way I want it to, and not be swaying all over the place at the same time! I still have more shading classes to take, but overall I’m quite proud of the way I coloured this gorgeous stamp from Clearly Besotted with my Prismacolor pencils. I had around 5 different colour pencils in my hand at the same time, as I flicked them through each petal!

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Once finished, around 2h later, I stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine black ink, cut my panel with Sue Wilson’s rectangle stitched dies and carded up my drawing on yellow card stock and finally a white card base.

I chose this sentiment for Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker, to say a HUGE Thank You to her, as her 30 Day Colouring Challenge was what incited me to learn how to colour with a pencil/brush in my hand. Before that, I thought I couldn’t colour to save my life, and now its become a passion! So I will be eternally grateful to her for hosting this challenge. The last challenge just ended and I can’t wait for the next one already, which will probably in January.

Well I hope you liked the card and I look forward to hearing what you think cause all your comments really make my day!


I’m sharing this card over at:

Print Simon Says Stamp World card making day

global designGlobal Design Project – Grateful

addicted to stamps n more Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark

addicted to stampsAddicted to CAS – Favourite Stamp. I don’t have ONE favourite but this is one of favourites!

Shopping our Stash badge Shopping Our Stash – Give thanks

watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes as long as its feminine



Vielen Dank

Cards, Colour pencils, Heat embossing, Stamplorations, WoW embossing powder

While I was away, my kind neighbours looked after some Roses I recently bought when I was at a recent Rose fair here in Ulm, so I made a card with a rose on it to thank them for taking care of them so well.

Thats the Ulmer Munster in the background, the cathedral which has the tallest steeple in the world! The yellow and pink rose in the photo gave me the inspiration to colour my roses for this card.

Stamplorations rose on red

The beautiful stamped rose comes from Stamploration’s “About a Rose” set, and its surprisingly the first time I’ve used it! As I was inspired by the challenges at AAA Cards and Less Is More to create a one layer card on a coloured card base, I wanted everything I stamped on it to stand out. So I first stamped the rose with Versamark clear ink, sprinkled Wow embossing powder over it and then melted it with my heat gun. I coloured in the rose with my Prisamacolor pencils as I knew they work well on the dark base. You have to use a sharp pencil though to really get in right beside the embossed areas but as my eyesight isn’t that good, I still missed some areas! Lol! But don’t those colour pencils just pop?!

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To get the ombre look for the sentiment from Efco, which means “Thank you very much”, I stamped it in Versamark too, then first poured the white Wow Embossing powder on the bottom half, heated it, then poured the gold embossing powder over the top half. To make it pop even more, I added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush over the rose. See how it shines in the light!

Stamplorations rose on red shine

I added a few clear sequins to it and the card was finished. I do hope you liked it and I would love to hear what you think of my card!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Weekend!


I’m also playing along at:

stamplorations CAS.png Stamplorations CAS – Its an “Anything CAS Goes” while they’re on Summer

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – My 2nd entry to their Embossing heat/dry challenge and I’m going with heat embossing again!

Wow Embossing Powder – Multicolour embossing



Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Where in the World

Cards, Shadow box cards, Silhouette portrait, The Sisterhood of Crafters


I am so happy and proud to announce that I am now part of the Design Team for a great Challenge blog called The Sisterhood of Crafters! Woohoo! I was in the car on my way to France for our first beach vacation in 3 years, when I received the email from Darlene to inform me that I was picked to be one of their 4 new DT members! It was great but frustrating at the same time, as all I wanted to do was turn around and head home to make a card for my first challenge with them! Lol!

Memories from Ulm

But that was the first thing I did do once I got home! The theme for this fortnight is “Where in the World” and we have to make anything that represents the part of the world, country and/or state where you live. It wasn’t that easy for me as I didn’t have any stamps representing Germany, so I decided to create a cut file with my Silhouette Portrait and make a box card.  The above image is the silhouette of Ulm from the other side of the Danube River.

As I made a card about where I have been living for the last 4 years, I should maybe tell you something about it too. Ulm is a small city (pop 123k for 119km2) between Munich and Stuttgart, but it is situated in a very rich part of Germany; Baden Württemberg and Bavaria, with an unemployment rate of 3,4%. It is the place where Albert Einstein was born, and it also boasts the tallest steeple (161,53m) in the world, on the Ulmer Munster Cathedral (which was incidentally financed by the citizens of Ulm, and not the Church).

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The boat you see on the Danube, which I coloured blue with my Prismacolor pencils, (and by the way I have never seen the Danube blue and I’m wondering which part of the Danube is blue to have merited the song about it…) is a typical flat bottom boat called “Ulmer Schachtel” – “box of Ulm” -from which it was built, during the 16th Century. It has a flat bottom so as to carry heavy loads and transport goods, by floating with the current downstream to the communities of Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, and the Black Sea. Once it arrived at its destination, it was dissembled and the wood was sold off, and the merchants walked back and built a new one!!

If you look at the tower on the right which is leaning a little, there is a funny story about that. It seems some butchers were jailed there for having sold bad meat and as they were all very heavy and crowded in one corner of the tower, the tower started leaning on its side!

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I coloured the sky with my new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz, flicked some goosebumps and water on it, added a few stars and the background was done. I stamped the word “Mitbringsel” using Karten Kunst stamp with Versamark clear ink, poured some silver Wow embossing powder on it and melted it with my heat gun. “aus Ulm” was handwritten by me with a silver marker. Together they mean something like “Memories from Ulm” and I intend to give this to a friend who is leaving.

So I hope you’ll join in the fun and make something that represents where you’re from. I can’t wait to see your creations!

Please remember to follow these few simple rules:
  • No backlinking
  • Three (3) entry limit
  • Must follow challenge theme to qualify for prize (when one is available)
  • Direct link to your challenge entry … not your entire blog.
  • We would certainly appreciate you turning OFF the word verification.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll go over and visit my new team members over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and leave them some love too!


Note: The stand in metal, which is propping up my card, is of the Ulmer Munster Cathedral & holds a stone from the cathedral itself. This was specially made by some friends of mine at their company Sailer for our kids school’s find raising event.

I’m also playing over at:

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Distress It

Just us girls.png Just Us Girls – Ink Blending

Classic DT Challenge.png Classic Design Team Open Challenge – An Anything Goes challenge for any design team members

kreativeinkauf Kreativeinkauf Challenge – Special Shape card