Wishing you another Fabulous year!

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

January 2020 WC.pngHappy New Year everyone! Its the start of another year, another decade, another chance to do all the things you want to do in life! So what are you going to do this year?

I personally want to do more crafting & painting this year. Last year saw a temporary pause when I started a new job/vocation in June. But now that I’ve settled into my teaching role, I feel ready to get back into crafting again and what better way than to start with a new watercolour challenge over at “Happy Little Stampers“!Jan cu.jpgAs usual, its an “Anything Goes” challenge with an optional twist of adding die cuts. I used my Sizzix Floral panel which is my go-to when I’m rushing to make a card, as I had loads of family and friends staying till the 30th so I didn’t have a lot of spare time. I use the die to cut out a piece from one of many watercolour “practice” pieces, (as in attempts to create a beautiful piece that failed). Nevertheless, they do make great scraps for my die cuts, don’t you think?

The sentiment comes from Altenew and with it, I wish you all Another FAB year of being totally AWESOME!

Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to 2020 doing something you love!


Paper Piecing with Background die

Cards, Die cuts, Sizzix

I’m getting back in to my groove now, crafting almost everyday and blogging more often, and learning new techniques! Its been awhile since I’ve come across a new to me technique and I found this one over at The Flower Challenge blog, where this month’s theme is Paper Piecing. I’ve never heard of it and I still didn’t quite understand what it is so I hope what I did corresponds! It was also a good opportunity to use my stack of patterned paper which I NEVER use!

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From what I understood, you just have to put patterned paper or paper you coloured, over part of your image…so I did just that. I first took a card base I prepared from an A3  card stock and die cut the front of the card base, by running it through my Big Shot Plus with Sizzix’s Floral Panel background die. I inlaid the die cut panel back onto the card base by gluing it onto the bottom part of the card base.


I then sprayed it with a soft pink glimmer spray, and while it was drying, I die cut a designer paper from Folio, using the same background die. As its a very detailed background die, I find using the Sizzix Brush and Foam pad essential for cleaning out all the small pieces of excess paper. You just put your die together with the die cut panel onto the foam pad and roll the brush over it and when you lift your die, the unwanted pieces stay on the foam!

I proceeded to fussy cut certain parts of the designer paper die cut panel, which I glued on top of the first panel. The whole panel was then glued onto a red card base and to finish, I added the Hugs die cut from Stamplorations.


So is this Paper Piecing? In any case I had fun fussy cutting and piecing it back onto the card and I hope you like the card.Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always so encouraging to me.


I’m also sharing it over at:

card concept.pngThe Card Concept – Old Fashioned love. I think my style here is Clean and layered

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

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Paper Piecing

crafty hazelnut.pngCrafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Anything Goes with patterned paper

ssswchallengeSSS Wednesday challenge – Add a die cut




Galaxy background card 2

Cards, Derwent graphik line painters, Die cuts, Watercolor

Hi all. Today I’ll be sharing another card in my series of water coloured background galaxy cards. You can find my first one here. Today’s card was inspired by a painting created by the amazingly talented Melanie April. If you haven’t seen her work yet, you should go have a look! I love how she creates a scene around her galaxy paintings. I also wanted to CASE Jeanne Jachna’s card for the CAS-Fridays challenge to CASE a Girl Friday.

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This card was made up of mainly “recycled” pieces, like the flower die cuts made from my failed cards! To create the green background on my galaxy painting, I used my new Derwent markers to paint over the watercolours. Only a tiny blop of paint from 2 different greens markers was enough to create each layer! They are really thick pigment inks. The little white spots that show through the grassy area I painted are from the acrylic white paint I used to create splatters on my galaxy, so I now know my Derwent markers do not cover acrylic paint!

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Once the green grassy area I painted was dry, I stamped the beautiful Ballerina silhouette from Casual Fridays from the Tutu stamp set with Versafine ink a few times with my Misti. The floral die cuts comes from different companies. The large flowers comes from Spellbinders, the greenish/blue leaf comes from Waffle Flowers and the little green flowers come from a cut out of an A2 background die from Sizzix. The sentiment Happy Birthday is from Hero Arts and the smaller sentiment below it comes from The Project Bin. Whew! If there was a challenge to use as many different company products on one card, I think I would win it don’t you think? 😁

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you think of this card!


I’m sharing this over at:

DiesRUs Dies R Us – Handmade die cut flowers

tuesday throwdown Tuesday Throwdown – Use dies or punches

Shopping our Stash badge Shopping Our Stash – On trend. I used a galaxy.

art&stamps Art & Stamps by Star – Use 2or more diecuts

Pixie’s Snippets Challenge – A new to me challenge where we have to use our scrap, or thats what I’ve understood by snippets!

case girl friday.jpgJeanne Jachna’s beautiful card.




Since I started making cards 6 months ago, my inspiration and teachers have all been the different artists I come across in Blogland. Seeing all your incredible creations out there really motivate me to use new methods…and obviously products!

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This card was no exception. I have never made a card with a background die as I thought they made the card too “crowded”, but I decided to give it a try after seeing some fabulous creations out in Blogland.  So I ordered one, and I’m glad I did, as I am loving this die from Sizzix! I have also never made a green card but decided to try after seeing some beautiful cards over at Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday, where the challenge is to use the August Birthstone, Peridot. Unfortunately I had it in my mind that it was Emerald so the colour of this card is not really Peridot! Lol!

I first painted a cardstock with Brushos emerald green and leaf green, before randomly stamping it with Versamark and then heat embossing it with clear sparkly embossing powder, as I wanted it to sparkle like the gemstone. I then cut it with the background die and stuck it on another piece of white cardstock. I adhered it behind the front of my card which I had previously cut with a Sizzix rectangle die. The sentiment comes from Stamplorations and I layered it to make it stand out more.

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A secret I found to easily layering and sticking thin die cuts is to sandwich a cardstock with double sided adhesive tape and cut your die on this. That way you peel off the bottom of your die cut to stick it to the card and peel off the top to stick it to the upper layer of die cut.

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This is the inside left side of the card which has the background die on it. I coloured it with Brushos and stamped it with a Stamplorations sentiment, because I had used a scrap card which already had some colour on it and needed to hide that!

This is the Peridot gemstone from the Work it Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp

work it wednesday

I’m also entering it in:

Darnells’s NBUS (never been used stuff) challenge which I think I will visit often, as I have LOADS I have never used, and I’m glad to see I’m not the only hoarder and compulsive buyer!

Die cutting Diva’s – Anything Goes

HLS Anything goes with dies

Thanks for stopping by!