Colourful Wednesday with Stamplorations

Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Stamplorations, Winsor and Newton watercolors, wonderful wednesday coloring

Hi all! I’m so happy to be back again this Wednesday to share some colouring projects I’ve been doing for the Stamplorations Wonderful Wednesday Coloring post as their guest designer. As with my first post for them, I tried using three different ways to colour, even if all I want to do is colour with my watercolours!

Happy Flowers stencil

For my first project, I used Stamplorations Happy Flowers stencil and Lukas transparent embossing paste, which I mixed with yellow and orange alcohol inks, and brushed it through the stencil with a paint brush. I feel the alcohol inks give the paste more shine and transparency, compared to watercolour or distress inks.  The Thanks diecut also comes from their Cutplorations series of dies. A splatter of red paint finished my card.


My second card uses the same colours but with watercolours this time, which I used to do a no-line watercolouring on Stamplorations Hummingbird stamp. I was influenced by Jean Haine’s loose watercolouring style, so I blurred the wings, to give an impression of movement. I added water around my Hummingbird and dropped in some blue paint in the background. I used the same Thanks die but this time in orange.

Be thankful

For my third card, I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers to colour the bucket of apples from Stamplorations Be Thankful stamp, and also create the grass around it. I used three different greens to create depth and dimension among the grass. The sentiment from Stamplorations Words of Gratitude stamp set, was stamped with Stazon black ink on vellum and cut with a stitched oval die from Spellbinders. The whole coloured panel was then cut with the largest of the three dies from Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle nesting die set, and matted onto a red card base.

Thanks for stopping by and do pop over to the Stamplorations blog to see the other amazing colouring projects the other guest designers have created just for your viewing pleasure! I do hope you enjoyed the three different ways I coloured my cards and that you’ll be inspired to do the same. What is your favourite way of colouring?

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I’m sharing the flower card over at:

Happy Flowers stencil shine

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – Add sparkle. Can you see it shine?

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Fall/Autumn card

DiesRUsDies R Us – Anything Fall related

back to basicsBack to Basics  & Beyond– Stencils or Masks

And the Hummingbird card over at:

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Shades of Autumn

2crafty critter2 crafty critter crazies challenge – Anything goes with animals

lemon shortbreadLemon Shortbread challenge – Anything Goes

The apple harvest card with:

House mouse.jpgHouse Mouse & Friend Monday challenge – I chose the Anything Goes with Autumn/Fall colours

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday October – Give Thanks

dare2beartzy.jpgDare to be Artzy – Fall



Masculine 50th Birthday card

Cards, Die cuts, Spellbinders, Waffle flowers

I don’t make many masculine cards and those I do are upon requests with a theme like hiking, golfing, wine… so I just create a digital image with my Silhouette Portrait and make a 3D card. But today I wanted to make a “normal” card which could be generic for any masculine birthdays and that I could use as a “template” for other masculine card requests.

masculine 50 cu

So I went through good old Pinterest for some inspiration and it inspired me with this design! Its relatively easy to put together. I started by cutting strips from an adhesive backed gold craft sheet with my Tonic Studios paper trimmer and adhered it onto my white card base. I die cut the black panel with a Spellbinders die and heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment with Wow embossing sparkle powder.

masculine 50 main

I then cut the leaves using Waffle Flowers die from a piece of gelli printed sheet I had done earlier. For the number 50, I didn’t have large enough number dies so I used a stencil. I traced the numbers with Versamark clear embossing pen, heat embossed it with gold WoW embossing powder and then ran it through my Brother scan and cut to cut it! I then assembled everything on my black panel using foam adhesive to create some dimension, and the card was done!

masculine 50 side

I really had fun making this card as I used quite a few different techniques to do it and you know how I love techniques! In the end I’m not quite sure if this particular card is masculine enough but I guess one can always replace the leaves with tools, golf clubs, wine bottles… according to the person’s interest so I’ll keep the template anyway.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think of my masculine card!


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

addicted to stamps n more anything goesAddicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

thru the craft roomThrough the Craft room door – Anything Goes

Inkspirational Photo Challenge.pngInkspirational Photo Challenge – I went with the gold and black

die cuttin divas.jpgDie Cutting Divas – I used Nov’s sketch

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.

galaxy ballerina

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!

galaxy ballerina cu

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.


Waste not Want not

Cards, Heat embossing, Hero Arts, WoW embossing powder

This was a very quick simple card to make so it will be a quick and simple post! I used the Perfect Card Making Formula which I talked about here, and scraps from a card I made which I wasn’t happy with in the end.

Feathers thank you cropped


I first die cut the intricate frame using Spellbinders Art Nouveau Floral Swirls die, stamped it with Versamark, poured gold Wow embossing powder over it and heat embossed it. While waiting for it to cool, I took the largest Feather die from Spellbinders Feather Etched die set and die cut two feathers from a piece of scrap card.

die cut scraps

Can you tell which Hero Arts stamp I used? Yes its the color layering Hydrangea set which I had previously stamped on watercolour paper with Altenew inks

Feathers thank you cu


I love the pattern it gives onto the feathers, don’t you? I stamped the sentiment, from Dixie stamps, onto a banner which was cut using a die from the MFT blueprint 20. I heat embossed the sentiment and adhered first the gold frame, the feathers and then the little Thank you banner.


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


I’m playing along at:

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

HLS AG with Dies Badge Happy Little stampers – Anything goes with dies

casology CASology – Fly

unicorn Unicorn challenge blog – For the guys. This card is actually going to my kids Drama teacher who is a guy.

a2z a2z scrapbooking challenge – Take shape. My shapes are all on the card!

Hot Pink Marbling

Cards, Die cuts, Marbling

Yes… another post on marbling, and its not going to be the last, so bear with me! What can I say, I LOVE the look of marbling. I love that you can use it as a background to create a beautiful scene like my previous post here, or as a flower pattern in a die cut here. Today’s card features a marbling effect created with nail polish and the method can be found here.


I normally don’t put a lot of die cuts on my cards but this card is going to a friend who likes die cut flowers so I did my best. I admire people who manage to layer it on in a fresh, clean and simple way. Today’s card was trying to achieve that effect and personally I am very excited by the result. I know, “excited” seems to be a strange word to describe how I feel when looking at a card. And frankly I rarely get excited when I look at my cards, LOL, although I do get excited when I think about a new design or layout! (Wow thats a lot of use of the word “excited”…) But today, while editing my photos, my heart beat faster every time I looked at my card!


Cause I just LOVE that vibrant marbling effect you can see in the Spellbinder’s die cut flowers and the softer marbling hues in the Stamplorations Cutplorations “Thanks” die cut. I painted the piece of white corrugated cardboard with Ranger’s Picked Raspberry Distress paint and added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish. Oh and that artistic squiggle on the bottom left made with my Zig clean color real brush, was actually to hide a stain I made, but it looks good doesn’t it? 😉

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got excited looking at it too!


I was inspired to make this card by the following challenges:

Stamplorations CAS – Anything Goes with Hot Pink option stamplorations

CAS Mix Up Card challenge – Corrugated cardboard, stamping and one other. I was so fixated on the challenge of adding “corrugated cardboard” that I forgot about the stamping bit. LoL! I wanted to share it anyway, because the whole layout started from that piece of cardboard. CAS mix up.jpg

Musemuse.jpg  I had this image in my head when adding the marbled sentiment on the pink background to try and blend in the text, and the flowers around.

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Young at heart, cause this card gets my heart pounding!

HLS Anything goes with Dies