Christmas bauble card

Cards, Merry Little Christmas challenge, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers

MerryLittleC-challenge-blog-badgeHi all! I’m back today to share a Christmas shaker card I made for the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog. I’m really loving taking my time creating these cards and I hope you will too and share your lovely Christmassy creations with us!CC sparkly bauble die shaker card prodToday, I used this gorgeous diecut from Crafters Companion and made a shaker card with it. As its an intricate die, I made sure not to cut it from too thick a paper so that it would cut well. Once it was cut I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. To colour in the baubles, I fussy cut some marker papers to the size of the baubles, stuck it behind the baubles and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers.CC sparkly bauble die shaker card how toI then adhered a piece of acetate behind the diecut pane, placed some sequins onto the inside of the card and closed the front diecut panel with acetate onto it. So I didn’t add any foam tape to add depth, just regular adhesive strips.CC sparkly bauble die shaker card cuWell I hope you liked my card and that it inspired you to create something to share with us. All our challenges are “Anything Goes” so feel free to make any sort of home deco and not just a card.

I look forward to seeing your creations in the link-up here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!

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The Sisterhood of Crafters – Winter scene

Cards, Prima Marketing watercolors, The Sisterhood of Crafters


Hi all, I’m back again for my last card, as a design team member for The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog, as I step down from this fabulous “sisterhood” of amazing crafters. Even though I really enjoyed being on the team, I would like to concentrate more on my paintings in 2019, and sadly have to cut back on my design team responsibilities. I would really like to thank Darlene and the whole team for being so kind as to let me be part of the team for the last 18 months. So my last card is dedicated to those wonderful women on the team!

Christmas scene products

It is also their last challenge for the year and the theme is “Create a Winter Scene”. I decided to bring out a rarely used die from “Creative Expressions” called Christmas Scene background. It consists of 5 different dies but I only used 2 of them to make my shaker card. I first die cut the border silhouette die and middle circle die on watercolour paper and gave them a coat of paint using Prima Marketing’s grey metallic watercolour. I added a clear acetate panel under this border and stamped the German sentiment on it, which just means “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.  This was then adhered on top my pink water-coloured background with foam adhesive to raise it, enabling me to add the fake snow.

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Well I hope you liked my card and is inspired to create a winter scene for our challenge. I look forward to visiting your projects in the link up over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog. Have a great day!

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Pink and Main Coffee Christmas shaker card tutorial

Cards, Christmas Card, Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi all! How are you all this wonderful Monday morning? I love the start of a new week as it feels like a new beginning each time and I have a whole week to get to do things I love or a new chance to do what I couldn’t do the week before. This week, I’ll be concentrating on finishing my Christmas cards and making and sending Christmas presents. Hopefully they’ll get to all my family friends around the world in time!

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Today’s shaker card & tag was made for a guest feature over at Paru’s cardmaking challenge blog as I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the winners in her November “Thanks” challenge. I made it a coffee themed card so I could join in the 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop too!

watercolour embossing.jpgTo make my card, I started with the watercolour embossed background using distress inks to sponge up the flat side of the snowflake embossing folder by Darice and lightly spritzing water over it. I then put my card between the embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot machine. What you get is a beautifully blended background with white raised embossed parts, in this case, my snowflakes. While it was drying, I stamped my coffee cup from Pink and Main’s “Christmas Mugs” stamp set in black Versafine ink and coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers.

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I then started on the shaker part of my card. I first cut it with My Favorite things Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame die & adhered the coloured part of my card onto my white card base. I added foam tape all around the border of my card and added snowflakes in the middle, so that when I remove the adhesive, it won’t get stuck on it.

I decided to use a white frame so I cut another rectangle using the same MFT die. I adhered my coloured coffee image on a white heart diecut and a stitched sentiment strip I created, using the sentiment from the same Pink and main stamp set and a die from My Favorite Things blueprint 20 set, onto my clear acetate panel. This acetate panel was adhered under the white scallop frame and stuck on the foam tape, to finish. The sparkle of the fake snow really adds an extra festive feeling to this card!

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For my tag, I just embossed a piece of white card stock with the same Darice embossing folder and cut out a tag using Casual Friday Stamps Funky Square tag die. I also added a clear acetate on top of this tag so that I could stamp my sentiment with Stazon Jet black ink on it, and add the candy cane stamp I coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers, and then fussy cut. Both come from the same Pink and Main stamp set. They were adhered on with Scrap Perfect’s “Best Glue Ever”, which dries clear. Afew drops of Nuco crystal drops finished my tag.

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Its the first tag I’ve made this year and I don’t really make that many either, but this was so much fun I know I’ll be making more to accompany my gifts this year! Well thanks for bearing with me through this tutorial but I hope it has been useful to you.

Have a great creative week!

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I’m also sharing my card over at:

blog hop image2018 Fall/Winter Coffee lovers blog hop

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – I was inspired by the colours to make my Mixed Media card

paper players.jpgThe Paper Players

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Winter Sparkle

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp – Anything Goes challenge




Creative with Stamps – Mid month CAS reminder post

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Patty's Creations, Watercolor

creative with stamps

Hi all, Its the 15th of the month, so time for me to remind you about our challenge over at Creative with Stamps where the theme is CAS + sentiment. We’re also celebrating our 2 years anniversary since Monika and Lilian started up this challenge blog, so today’s card is especially for them. Well done ladies and I’m so happy and honoured to be on your challenge team!

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First of all I have to apologise that this card is neither clean or simple for our CAS theme. I was so concentrated on making a congratulations card that I forgot about the challenge theme! And to make up for it I will add a photo tutorial on how I made the shaker bit!

I first started with painting my wine glasses so I printed the digi stamp, from Pattie’s Creations who is our wonderfully generous sponsor this month, on Canson 300gm watercolour paper. I taped it down with painter’s masking tape so it wouldn’t warp while drying.  I then added clean water around the glasses with a size 6 Raphael brush and dropped in some Opera Pink and Permanent Mauve paint from Winsor and Newton professional watercolour series. I then added a mix of these two paints in the wine glasses and splattered a mix of Opera Rose and Scarlet lake once the panel was dry. The sentiment comes from Winnie and Walter’s Sketchy Thoughts stamp set.

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To make the shaker bit around my main panel, I first die cut the stitched border with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitch rectangle die using the some watercolour scrap paper as I needed the colour of the paper to match my main panel. I also cut a piece of transparent plastic from cheap plastic folders with the same die. for. I then cut a piece of rectangle card stock that would go behind my painted panel. The card base was also cut and scored. Now that I had all the pieces I needed, it was time to assemble my card.

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I first placed the transparent plastic rectangle under my border. To do this, turn the front of your card around and have it face downwards on the table, then adhere the plastic sheet on it.

As I needed the front of my card to be raised to add my sequins, I added foam tape behind the border, directly on the plastic sheet. I then added the rectangle piece that would go behind my painted panel on foam tape too, in the middle of the plastic sheet.


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This is still the view of the back side with the sequins added and the top of the foam tape removed, ready to be adhered to my card base. I also added adhesive onto the small rectangle piece in the middle.

To add the card base, to prevent the sequins from falling out, I had to place it on top of the underside of the card. Meaning I placed it on top of the area you see in this photo.


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This is the front part of the card with my card base attached. The white area behind the sequins is part of the card base. You can also see the foam tape I used on the back side of the small rectangle panel I cut from scrap paper, through the transparent plastic.

Now all is needed is to add my painted panel on top of the area where you can see the foam tape.

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Well I hope you like my card and that the photo tutorial wasn’t too confusing! A video would have been easier to understand but I still need to get my video set up done! If you need more explanations, I will be happy to answer any questions if you leave it in the comment section of this post.

Do pop over to the Creative with Stamps challenge blog to admire the other cards my team mates created to inspire you to join in on our challenge and leave them some love too!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a great day! I’m going out for lunch now with my girlfriends to enjoy the beautiful warm weather we’re having here now!


I’m sharing this card over at:

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – Anything Goes, without the optional rainbow theme.

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – I don’t have a sweet tooth but I love my bubbly so I just went with the colour sceme.

just add inkJust Add Ink – Shaker

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