Altenew Blooming Bouquet

Addicted to Stamps and More, Altenew, Cards, Watercolor

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Hi all, its Wednesday, so another challenge starts at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog! This week it’s “Make Your Mark” so bring out your pencils, pens, markers, watercolours… anything that will leave a mark on your project, and link it up here.

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I used my favourite colouring medium, my watercolours of course, and did a type of painting that’s apparently on trend at the moment, according to my Skillshare class “Watercolor trends 2019” by Irina Trzaskos, which is to paint a dark background to your florals. I started by stamping Altenew’s Blooming Bouquet stamp set with light grey ink, which I find is the best colour for a no-line water-colouring. I proceeded to paint the stamp with a light colouring as I knew the dark background would really make it stand out, so there was no need to overpaint it. I used 300g watercolour paper as then it wouldn’t buckle when I painted the background.

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I prepared alot of dark blue paint for my background by mixing Indigo Blue and Payne’s Grey. (Sidenote: did you know that original jeans used Indigo Blue as it impregnated the cotton really well, but unfortunately they now use synthetic Indigo Blue made from petroleum and metals and really pollute the planet…) Back to my card, to create a homogenous background, my brush had to be loaded with alot wet paint so that it wouldn’t leave too many streaks. I also tried not to go over the background again as it would either remove some paint or leave marks, so it wasn’t really easy to do but I really really enjoyed it! Using a really sharp pointed brush really helped me get in between the flowers.

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The sentiment comes from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes stamp set, which I stamped with Color Box Frost white pigment ink as its so creamy and thick that it still stands out even after being a little absorbed by the paint. I cut it with Hero Arts infinity rounded rectangle dies and matted it on a white card base, which I had painted pink on the edges.

I gave this card to a friend who wants to do so many things, like me, but doesn’t have the time to do it all, I’m sure you all relate to that! So I really do appreciate you taking the time to come and visit my blog and I love all the comments you leave me. Do pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and leave my teammates some love too, as they have created wonderful cards to inspire you to join us in this challenge.

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I’m sharing this over at:

sisterhoodThe Sisterhood of Crafters – Ladies/Girls

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – “Whatever the weather”…its always a good time to craft!

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Anything Goes

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take It Make it challenge


2019 A Year of Opportunities

Painting, Watercolor

Hi all. It feels like I haven’t blogged for ages and its not for a lack of desire but I’ve been working on my painting and I started 2019 with a few orders for my handmade cards and another project for a German charity group, so busy busy! I’ve decided that 2019 will be a year of opportunities for my paintings, which means I will sell them and I will improve my techniques by daily online lessons. Hopefully I will also find my style in the process or at least find what and how I love painting the most!

flowers in a stream

Flowers on a river – a Jean Haines inspired painting


At least I’ve put together a palette made with colours which I love, actually I made 2 palettes, one for floral paintings and one for scenery as I just started taking a “real” physical painting class at my local community college, called the Volkhochschule in German. Online classes are great for the variety and the instant access, but nothing beats the real time feedback from a professional while I’m painting and all my other more experienced class mates are so supportive and helpful too.

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Colour overload – trying my new palette in full force!

The theme for this class is “Light and shadows” and this is the result of the first class. In the process of painting it (afew times), I started out with just trying to paint the colours, before I realised I needed to understand what I was painting and once I did, it got better! Sounds logical doesn’t it but we all see paintings in different ways I guess and I see colours before shapes!

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I also decided to refurbish my Etsy store and stock it with paintings instead of my pop up cards, even if they were selling really well. In fact Etsy said I sold better than 75% of other shops and my shop was Number 2 in Germany because of them, but I hated making the same design over and over again and they took alot of time. Whereas if I sell my paintings, once they’re painted, they can sell as prints or to be printed on products, so more time for me to paint!

I’ve been researching on how to do this and decided to use Etsy, linked with a print on demand website, mainly for my American customers, and Zazzle which is a website for customised product with designs from Independant artists, like me, for my European fans! 😉

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Its hard work trying to do all this though and I never seem to have enough time… and I feel a little guilty my housework is getting very neglected… Anyway, I just feel very lucky my family is very understanding when the house is less than perfect and the food is on the table late, although they should be used to it by now! My friends are actually calling me too, to see if I’m still alive…😂

On that note, I do have to go get some laundry done cause there might be a little riot if they have nothing left to wear! Happy Monday everyone and I hope you do a little of what makes you happy this week.


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Watercolour Christmas Wreath

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Create a Smile, Watercolor

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Hi all! I’m back today for the first of three posts to inspire you to start making your Christmas cards if you haven’t started, or share more ideas if you’re running out of ways to make them! My first card is for our “Make Your Mark” challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, so get your markers, pencils, paints and show us  what you can do with them!

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For our last challenge of the year, I wanted to make an extra special card using… my watercolours of course! So to create this wreath, I just stamped and masked and stamped and masked… the mistletoe stamp from Create A Smile’s “Festive Foliage” set. I then set out to watercolour it with my Daniel Smith’s watercolours, using Green Gold for the first layer and Green Apatite Genuine for the darker areas and Quinacridone Red for the berries. I used Raphael’s 8408 no 6 brush which has a an extra fine point, really great to get into those small areas.


I have to say I’m quite proud of my water-colouring here. ☺️ I realised while painting it that I’ve improved in adding depth and dimension, something I’ve always had problem with. This is coming to me quite naturally now… after 1 year of painting, it was about time!!

I didn’t want to add a sentiment, just stained the edges a little, added a bow and the card is ready to be sent off! Well thanks for stopping by and I do hope you’ll pop over to my teamies over at Addicted to Stamps and More to see what wonderful projects they have created just for your viewing pleasure! Have a great creative day, and I look forward to seeing what you have left your mark on.

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I’m sharing this over at:

create a smileCreate A Smile challenge – Winter Time

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Christmas

PCM-challengesParu’s Card making challenge – Christmas

museMuse Challenge – Free for all

Beautiful Magnolias

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, The Ton stamps, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I stamped these beautiful Magnolias from The Ton almost 2 months ago, to watercolour them, but never found the right time and state of mind to do them till now. Then I was preparing a card for our “Anything Goes” challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, and I don’t know why, but knowing the theme was “Anything Goes”, I gave myself “permission” to create whatever I liked.  Strange isn’t it?

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I guess with all the “obligations” I have at the moment – being on design teams, painting 75 cards for a charity event, even learning new methods of painting… I run out of time to do what I really want. Don’t get me wrong, of course I enjoy doing all the above, and no one forced me to do them, nevertheless, I have an objective in doing every one of those things, a purpose, so it was nice to just paint my magnolias, because I wanted to paint them. Anyway, sorry about rambling, I’m writing this at 22h30 with meditation music in the background, after afew glasses of wine, so…

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Back to my card. It was stamped with Altenew’s Soft Lilac and painted with Winsor and Newton watercolours, with my new favourite brush, Raphael 8408 with the extra pointy tip. I cut the water-coloured panel with Sue Wilson’s stitched rectangle die, then used My Favorite Things scallop die to cut the window for my sentiment, which comes from “So Suzy” stamp, and mounted the outer frame on foam adhesive, to give it some dimension. A little (or alot) of Spectrum Noir sparkle pens over my magnolias finished the card. I really love how it shine!

In the end, even my Magnolia card has a purpose, to incite you to join us in our Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. So what do you feel like making today?


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

watercooler wed.jpgWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes





Shanah Tovah Umetukah

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Clearly Besotted Stamps, Watercolor

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Hi all! It’s a “Holiday” theme at Addicted to Stamps and More and we would like to see any holiday theme card or images of your holidays in the link up.  As Rosh Hashanah is just in afew days, I though I’d make a Jewish New Year card to wish my Jewish friends and all my Jewish readers, “A Good and Sweet Year”!

I will always be grateful for my dear friend Dalit, who is only one of two Jewish friends I have, for inviting me into their homes when they celebrated their Jewish holidays and enlightening me with their traditions and meanings… and the delicious foods made during this period! So this card is especially for her and I took great pleasure in painting it.

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Apples and Honey are a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal to symbolise the hope for sweetness and blessings in the year ahead. I created my scene by stamping the apples from Clearly Besotted in red or yellow distress inks on Guardi Artistico 300gm watercolour paper. To create the half apple, I stamped on only half of the whole apple stamp. The (oversized, sorry I’m really bad with proportions) honey dipper was drawn in by me and the whole scene painted using Winsor and Newtown watercolours and a Raphael Maestro no 2 size brush.

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I love how the texture of this paper provides a natural textural background to my card. The sentiment comes from CASual Friday stamps, and I really like the font they used for these sentiments.

Well I hope you liked my watercolour card and I appreciate the time you took to stop by and I look forward to reading your comments. Do stop over at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and see what my teammies have created just for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!


I’m sharing this over at:

Cards in Envy BadgeCards in Envy – the Fruits of your labour

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge – Celebrating Stamping & STAMPtember

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Stamp on it

Shopping our Stash badgeShopping our Stash – Crazy for colouring