The Sisterhood of Crafters – Poppy Field

Cards, Distress inks, Hero Arts, The Sisterhood of Crafters


Hi all, I’m back again today as its a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and the theme for the next fortnight is “Poppies For Memorial Day”. As I was not brought up in the European culture, I had to look up why poppies are used as the memorial symbol for those who died during the wars, and what I discovered was really interesting.

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In fact, Poppies have long been used as the symbol of sleep, death and peace. Sleep because the opium extracted from them is a sedative, death because of the red blood colour of the red poppies, and probably because they were the only flowers to grow on the barren battlefields, often among the bodies of the dead. These fields of red poppies also influenced a Canadian doctor to write the now famous poem called “In Flanders Field” , for the burial service of his friend who had died in the war, which launched the poppy as a memorial symbol.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below…” (John McCrae)


So after I got to know the memorial symbolism of the poppy, I had to make a card with a poppy field.  I used Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy stamp and different Distress, Stampin Up and Altenew Inks to stamp the 4 layers of poppies. The leaves come from Altenew’s Peony Bouquet set and the green grass was made with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol marker. There was obviously a lot of masking done to give the grass a continuous feel! I didn’t feel like adding a sympathy sentiment even if it would have been the most appropriate, so I chose a sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it in Versafine black ink. To finish I added a red washi tape strip at the top and coloured the top edge with Stampin Up’s Real Red ink.

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My card was also inspired by the photograph I am using to paint my first acrylic painting. As you can see, its not finished so my poppies look like UFOs! I started this a month ago, at a craft fair where I learnt to use acrylics for the first time. I hope I manage to finish this… one day!

Well I hope you enjoyed my post. Your kind feedback is always like a warm blanket hugging me on a cold Winter’s Day ! Please pop over to The Sisterhood of Crafter’s challenge blog and see the other gorgeous cards they have created just to inspire you to do create a poppy themed card.

Thanks for stoping by and have a great day!


I’m also sharing this card at:

Shopping our Stash badge.jpg Shopping Our Stash – April Showers bring May Flowers

time outTime Out Challenge – My 2nd entry

world wide design teamWorld Wide Open DT Challenge – Anything Goes

work it wednesdayWork It Wednesday – Summer Inspired projects

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Use more than one stamp. I used 3 different stamps for the card.



Masculine Birthday card

Cards, Katzelkraft, Zig clean color real brush

I was invited at the last minute to have some cake at a really good friend of ours to celebrate his birthday, so I didn’t have much time to make a card. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to challenge myself to make it in 10 minutes, inspired by a challenge I can’t remember where now! LoL! Anyway I set my timer and started my card and as you will see, it is a really easy card to make.

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As I didn’t have any pre-cut card bases and I didn’t want to waste time cutting them, I just pulled out a cream Hero Arts already folded card and coloured it with Stampin’ Up inks and my roller.  I just rolled over the lightest coloured ink pad first and then rolled over my card. Easy Peasy! Tip – I wiped a little ink off my roller on wet wipes before rolling over the next ink pad. I flicked a little black ink on the background and stamped my sentiment from Technique Junkies with Versafine ink.

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For the little birdie from KatzelKraft, I stamped it on a piece of Clairefontaine multi technique 250gm paper with Versafine black ink and cut it with my Brother scan and cut. I then coloured it with my Zig watercolour brushes and stuck it on the card. And that was it! How long did it take? I don’t know cause somehow my timer didn’t start! I know it wasn’t long though.

Well I hope you like my quick masculine card and I would love to know what you think of it!


I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

just add inkJust Add Ink – Just add “H”. My H is the happy Birthday stamp of course

cute cut thursdayCute Card Thursday – Cute Critters

seize the birthdaySeize the Birthday – Without the optional tea or coffee topping



Sisterhood of Crafters – All About Christmas!

Cards, Stamplorations, The Sisterhood of Crafters


We have a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and this fortnight’s Agata is our host and she chose the them “It’s all about Christmas”, so join in with any Christmas themed card by the 24th of December.

I have to say that this Christmas season is unusually hectic for me as I participated in my first Christmas market here, luckily a very small one, but I made 60 shadow box cards for it in the 2 weeks before the sale! We are also moving houses in the 1st week of January and I’m in the middle of boxes boxes and boxes… and not all are under the Xmas tree!

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Luckily I still have time for my cards but they have to be relatively quick and easy to make! So for today’s card, I just stamped this beautiful Poinsettia by Penny Black Stamps with Stampin’ Up ink mainly on the edges and in the centre and left some parts of the flower without ink. I then heat embossed it with transparent Wow embossing powder. I then coloured the background green with my Zig clean color real brush. This panel was cut with My Favorite Things rectangle scallop die cut.

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The die cut sentiment comes from Stamplorations and I cut it from red card stock and also a beige one to give it some dimension. I then adhered the whole panel onto a green card base.

Well I hope you liked my simple card and that you’ll hop along to the Calling All Sistahs challenge blog and leave my other Sistahs some love too and join in the fun! You will have until Sunday, December 24th to enter. Winner’s will be announced on Tuesday, December 26th.


I’m sharing this over at:

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Christmas/Winter Holidays

CAS mix upCAS Mix up card challenge – My 2nd entry to their stamping and 2 other media challenge. I chose die cuts and watercolor

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolor challenge – Anything Goes

tuesday throwdownTuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes

penny black sat challengePenny Black Saturday Challenge – Winter or Christmas

Watercolour layering + video

Cards, The Ton stamps, Watercolor

Hi all! Its officially Autumn here in Germany but the weather decided otherwise and we’re having a really sunny warm weekend! So I thought it was a great time to try a new to me water colouring technique called Watercolour layering. As you all know, I love trying new techniques so when I discovered this method after watching a few different Youtube videos, I just threw myself into it! I also made a video to try and explain the technique but as I’m not an expert watercolorist nor an instructor, please bear with me!

This technique consists of adding layers and layers of thin watercolours onto your paper, but letting each layer dry before adding the next one. I did it beside an open window, but on cooler days, you could just use a heat gun or hair dryer to dry each layer if you don’t want the whole process to take 3h. Lol!

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My first attempt, which took 2 and a half hours (!!), was ruined after I didn’t like the colour of the backwash I gave it. But I enjoyed the process so much that I immediately started on my second attempt! I think the reason why I love it, is that there is no need to shade or add dimension to the flowers, as the dry on dry layering technique creates it for you! Make sure you use thick watercolour paper for this technique  as you’re going to be putting down alot of water! I used Canson 300g watercolour paper.

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The Ton’s Fresh cut Anemones, which I’ve never used before, was also perfect for this technique, as it has a few layers of petals hidden underneath which I coloured whole, so you could see a hint of them underneath the top layers of petals, which is the whole idea of this technique. I kinda ruined the buds though, as I had forgotten to paint in the stamen until after I had finished, so I had to add more layers of paint on top of them and the effect is heavier than what I was going for.

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Another reason I love this technique is also cause it shows hints of colours you used to mix your paints to achieve the colour you were going for. For eg; I created the violet /blue with pink and blue paints and the pinks shows through my blue paint when I took away the excess paints! The effect it creates on my water-coloured flowers is just beautiful don’t you think? I can’t wait to try it using reds made with blues, oranges and pinks, I wonder what colours will show through.

Well I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial and if so, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so already, that would really make my day!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you liked my card!


I’m sharing this over at:

nbusNBUS Challenge #12 – Anything Goes.

CAS mix up CAS Mix Up Card Challenge – Its not very CAS but I’m sharing it anyway!

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps – Stamp a background

love to create.jpgLove to Create challenge Blog – Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes

addicted to casAddicted to CAS – Flowers


Its summer in Ulm!

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, mixed media, stamping, Stencil, Watercolor

Yes! After the long cold winter, summer has come early to Ulm! Since the beginning of June, we have been having sun and temperatures up to 30deg C! I’m already so tanned just spending late afternoons swimming in our neighbourhood lake, after the kids come out of school. Heres a pic of me and the kids… lol!


Yes we share the lake with a family of swans and they can get quite aggressive! Have a look at a funny video I took of them here.

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So warm temperatures and blooming flowers inspired me to make this “mixed mediums” card, along with the gorgeous inspiration picture from the challenge at Time Out. I call it mixed mediums cause it has stamping, stencilling, heat embossing, embossing paste, die cuts, water colouring…!


If you follow my blog, you know I’m not really a mixed media person, but I have been looking at my own bookmark creations above, which have been sitting on my crafting table ever since I made them for my book club 2 months ago, and they are a constant reminder that my few attempts at it didn’t turn out too badly 😉  So I decided to try a mixed media card with as many mediums as I could fit in without it being too “heavy”!


I used the Stamplorations “Bloom Boldly” stencil. To colour in the leaves I used a sponge dauber and Stampin’ Up inks, and gold embossing paste for the flower. As I didn’t mask the leaves when adding the paste, I wasn’t able to get a smooth finish on the flower, but now it just looks like light reflecting off the petals… 😉 The dabs of pinks were added in by my Zig clean color real brushes.

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For the Hummingbird, also from Stamplorations, I first stamped it on watercolour paper with Versamark and heat embossed it using Wow embossing powder. I then had a lot of fun colouring it with my Zigs! I fussy cut it and stuck it onto my card.

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The “Love you” die cut from Xcut added the balance I think it needed on the left, along with the pink sequin.

So I hope you like my “many mediums” card and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought! Hope its heating up where you are too.


I’m playing along at:

time out Time Out Challenges – Isn’t the inspiration pic gorgeous?

mixed media card challenge.jpg Mixed Media Monthly challenge – Its their 3rd birthday and they’re asking us to use one of their past challenges as an inspiration! I went with #32 Put a stencil on it.

STAMPlorations-anythinggoes Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Lets take a vacation…to a tropical place! I want to go home! 🙂

artistic inspiration Artistic Inspirations challenge – Anything goes with option of stamps or stencils…and I have used both!

dare2beartzy Dare2beArtzy – Summer