Coffee & Spanish fish stew

Cards, Stamplorations, Zig clean color real brush

It’s my hubby’s birthday today and I wanted to make him a card that contained his favourite things and since last year I gave him a card with a guitar on it, this year it has coffee with the intensity of my lust love.  I’m not a gushy person when it comes to expressing my feelings so I’m only going to say I’m lucky to have a hubby like him, someone who cooks when I don’t feel like doing it, does the laundry when he & my son don’t have any clean clothes left, (funny enough my daughter and I never run out of clothes to wear…) walk the dogs, and always supports my time consuming passions.

Miguel's bday card

I used Stamplorations Coffee Cup stencil and 3 different inks for the contour of the cup. I squiggled in the heart of flames with my Zig clean color real brushes and stamped in the sentiment from Stamplorations Dark Coffee set that contains some really cheeky coffee related sentiments which I love. To finish I just rubbed some inks on the sides of the card.

Well its a short post as I have to prepare his birthday dinner with all his favourite foods. I got French oysters and I’m making Zarzuela de Mariscos, a seafood stew but I add fish too as he loves fish. Its a coincidence but this is my favourite Spanish dish too 😉

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


I’m also sharing this card at:

coffee-lovers-hop.jpgThis will be the first of 4 coffee themed cards I decided to make just for this blog hop!

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Masculine card

casology.jpgCASology – Squiggle

less is more.jpgLess Is More – One layer cards – Thinking of You

STAMPlorations-anythinggoesStamplorations Always Anything Goes with Stamplorations products




Unoriginal artist

Blog, Cards, Stamplorations, Twofer card challenge, Watercolor

This is going to be a very heavy post, loaded with photos and results of some soul searching. So you have now been warned and you continue at your own peril!

First, the cards I made for the Twofer card challenge, where I had to think up of different ways to incorporate the same butterfly on my cards. I say it each time but I LOVE this challenge! I made a photo tutorial instead of a video because I’ve lost my voice after a bout of tonsillitis…and talking too much while my voice was already strained… It’ll hopefully come back very soon but my hubby is enjoying the quiet I think, LoL!

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So for the first card, which is a Graduation card, I used the same Stamplorations “Happy Flowers” stencil and the same Cutplorations “Layered Butterfly” dies which I used on both cards. I first created the butterfly before stencilling in Momento’s “London Fog” dye ink through the flower stencl as I wanted the butterfly to stand out.

So I first drew the outline of the butterfly using the full die and watercoloured large spots with my Zig clean color real brushes. Using my Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen, I blended the colours a little before I diecut it using the 2nd detailed die. I then coloured the bottom full die with Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker nos CT2-Sunshine and CR11 Flame Red in the middle & around it. I wanted more shine & texture so I added Lukas’s Crystal gel on both butterflies and let them dry.

multicolor butterfly card cu

My 2nd card was influenced by Mayline’s beautiful pop up peony card but I used a butterfly instead and the colours from the photo inspiration at The Card Concept. I first sponged in Abandoned Coral distress ink in the middle of the two flowers on the left and then added Mustard Seed to the rest of the flower. The stems were coloured with Twisted Citron distress oxides. I then spritzed water on it to blend the colours a little more. The flowers on the right were coloured using the same method but with Seedless Preserves in the middle and Picked Raspberry distress Inks. The sentiment in the middle from the “Hashtag authentic” Bold sentiment stamp set was stamped with Versafine ink.

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So the theme at Twofers is butterfly, so where is the butterfly on this card? Yes, its on the inside of the card! To create this butterfly, I just diecut the detailed wings die and covered it with Lukas gel again and dusted some Wow Embossing glitters on it. To make sure no glitters would fall off, once the gel had dried, I went over it again but this time with a clear glue/lacquer from Marabu that dries non sticky.

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The full butterfly diecut was cut from some watercolour scrap I used to practise my blending (waste not want not!) and the sentiment from Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies stamp set was stamped with Versafine too.

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And these are all the products from Stamplorations I used to make both cards.

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I’m actually quite relieved I can’t post another video yet, as I had an awful experience afew days ago, when someone on a crafty Facebook group accused me of stealing ideas for my own profit. This was after I posted a video I made on ink blending. It was all unfounded and a company rep even came to my defense, but I find myself still affected by this incident a week later and I’ve been asking myself why.

It is probably that deep down, I do feel guilty of the fact that I rarely come up with original ideas and all the techniques I use have been created by someone else, so whatever I share, is not really “mine” to share. Even the rare times when I think I’ve discovered a new technique, I realise later that someone already thought about it.  I am always influenced by someone else’s card, whats on Pinterest, a painting, or even the theme of a card challenge. Being relatively new to this craft, I have learnt everything I know from someone’s blog, video, card-making classes and I do give credit when I remember where its from, so I always have the feeling that my work is not original. I wonder if others feel this way?

Anyway, my remedy for fear is to get back onto the saddle so hopefully I’ll be posting a new video soon when my voice comes back. My guilt will not stop me from sharing what I do as this is my way of giving back to the community that has taught me so much. I think my Asian sense of “payback” is stronger than my Christian sense of guilt…or they might be linked – do we give back due to our sense of guilt for taking? Ok… I think thats too much philosophy for one day. LoL!

Anyway, sorry for the ramblings and bravo to those who made it this far! It always helps me to write about my troubled thoughts, and I feel better already! As always I do appreciate your little hugs of encouragement through your comments, and I wish you a great day!



I’m also sharing the 1st card at:

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolour Challenge – Rainbow

stamplorationsStamplorations Cutplorations challenge

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Stencil It

and the 2nd card at:

stamplorationsStamplorations CAS challenge – Things with Wings

Wow embossing powder.jpgWoW Embossing Powder Facebook challenge

AAAcards.jpgAAA Cards – Inspired by Nature

card concept.png The photo inspiration from which I got the colours for the 2nd card.



Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes with Stamplorations

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Stamplorations, Watercolor

addicted to stamps n more anything goes

Hi all, its Wednesday and I’m back with another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More and the theme this week is “Anything Goes”! Its always a popular theme so I’m sure I’ll see many of you in the link up!

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I had alot of fun making this card for 2 reasons. The first being that I LOVE the digital stamp from Stamplorations, and second because we were asked to show our colouring skills for an application to be a guest designer on their blog for a few months. If you haven’t noticed by now,  I love colouring, especially with watercolours, so I decided to whip out my Brushos for the background using the “Stained Glass” stencil also from Stamplorations, and my Zig clean clear real brushes to watercolour the flowers and cup. I  then fussy cut the digi image and propped it on foam tape.

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Well I hope you liked my card, (I got one of the GD position by the way, so I’m over the moon..) and that you’ll pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More Blog to admire my team mates beautiful creations and leave them some love too!

Have a Great Day!


I’m also sharing this at:

Calling All SistahsCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge.

papercraftPapercraft challenges – Flowers

try it on tuesdayTry it on Tuesday- Use stencils/diecuts

Artastic.jpgARTastic Challenge – Inspired by the blues and the flowers in this beautiful painting by Cathy McClelland called “Tap Dancer”

paper players.jpgThe Paper Players – Tea Party – its says coffee on the stamp but I’m actually a tea drinker and I think that looks more like a tea cup!





The Sisterhood of Crafters – Leaves

Cards, Stamplorations, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor


I’m back again today with another card challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters and I’m really excited, as this will be the first time that I am hosting a challenge! I chose the theme of “Leaves” as Spring is finally here, and all those little shoots are appearing on trees and bushes. So I look forward to seeing your projects with leaves on them.

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Over here in the south of Germany , we went straight into summer with temperatures ranging between 25 to 30 deg C! I’ve been busy planting flowers in my new garden as ever since I started making cards and painting, I’ve fallen in love with flowers. So I bought hydrangeas, peonies, roses and tons of lavender and I’ve been busy planting them in our new garden!

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I made this card with a stencil from Stamplorations called Botanical Lush. I first taped Clairefontaine mixed media 280gm paper down on my work space, with painters tape, and then taped the stencil on top of it. I used a light wash of Opera rose watercolour paint over all the flowers and a light wash of Winsor green on the leaves and removed the stencil.

I then went over the flowers and leaves again with darker colour paints for the highlights and left it to dry. Once dry,  i cut the sentiment using Stamplorations cutplorations die and gave it a light pink wash before adhering back onto the card but layering it so it would stand out. I then matted it on a red card base.

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Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll go over to The Sisterhood of Crafters and see all the other leafy cards my team mates have made just to inspire you to join this challenge!

You have until the 6th of May to link up your creations and I’ll be picking a winner on the 8th of May. Looking forward to seeing your cards in the link up!

Have a great day!


I’m sharing this over at:

stamplorationsapril2018challengeStamplorations Use a sentiment

STAMPlorations-anythinggoesStamplorations Always Anything Goes

Mod squadMod Squad Challenge – Floral water-colour

Papercraft crew.jpgPaper Craft Crew Challenge – Flowers


New Discovery – Shimmerz Paints!

Cards, embossing paste, Shimmerz Paints, Stamplorations, Stencil

Hi all! You know how I’m always looking for new products or new techniques to make my cards with, well today I’m so excited to share a range of products I just bought from Shimmerz Paints. They are a company that make watercolours, sprays and pastes, and so far I am incredibly happy with the products I’ve used! In fact, I so regret not having ordered more products.


In today’s card, I used the green “Don’t Citron Me” non vibrant spray called Colorinz, through a snowflake stencil from Stamplorations. The colour is really intense and I was quite surprised by that. This card doesn’t show it very well, but I’ll be making a scrapbook page this weekend to show off the vibrancy of all the sprays, so make sure you come back! Todays’ card is more to show off the incredible texture of their paste called Texturez.


Once the spray ink had dried, I used another Stamplorations stencil and added the gold Texturez paste called Mari-Gold Digger through it. To create the “craters” like texture, I just lifted my spatula when I was smoothing on the paste. I just LOVE the effect this paste creates and it really shines too!

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I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black with Versafine ink, cut the edges of my panel with craft scissors and adhered it to a green card base.

Well I hope you like my card and I look forward to reading your comments. Do come back soon to see what I created with the other products from Shimmerz.


I’m sharing this card with:

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGETake It Make It Challenge – Anything Goes

stamplorations sketchn theme.pngStamplorations Theme and Sketch – Stamps and Gold

STAMPlorations-anythinggoes Stamplorations Always Anything Goes with Stamplorations products

CAS mix up.jpgCAS Mix Up Card Challenge – Use stamps and 2 others. I used stencilling and embossing paste

HLS Christmas.pngHappy Little Stampers Christmas challenge – With the optional twist of using a Stencil

PCM-challenges.pngParu’s Cardmaking Challenge – Christmas