Water colour Thank you

Cards, Heat embossing, Watercolor

I made some thank you cards for one of my customers using a water colour wash background technique. I’ve been dying to try it out and finally put brush to water using Stampin’Up inks and normal acrylic paints. I followed this technique by Scraps and Stamps and even though my result is nowhere as nice as hers, I rather do like them! I apologise in advance for the poor quality of the photos but it was dark when i finished and as they had to be packed straight away, I couldn’t take better pics.

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I first stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Technique Junkies with Wow embossing powder. I then wet the area where I wanted to paint with a wet brush and used the brush to paint the background with my Stampin Up inks. The paper is still a little warped in this pic but i’ve since flattened it under a heavy marble slab!

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This next one was done using normal acrylic paints and as you can tell the colour is more vibrant. watercolour-acrylic-black

Unfortunately it sort of made my stamped sentiment go grey so I had to go  over it with my Tombow marker. I cut the panel with MFT scalloped rectangle die and adhered it to a chipboard.

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I’m not 100% satisfied with what I did but its not bad for a first try I think!

Thanks for stopping by!

I’m playing along at:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers – Watercolour callenge

4 Crafty chicks – Watercolour

Bling bling

Cards, Die cuts, Interactive cards, Marbling

I’m finally able to blog today. I have missed it. I thought about it all through December, while I was frantically preparing orders I received for my shadow box cards, once I told people I had opened my Etsy store. I didn’t expect so many orders, but I was obviously very pleased and excited. My cards are now sitting in someone’s house in Canada, USA, India, Italy and Germany! I thought about blogging all this week while I was preparing my new shadow box card designs (sometimes till 4h!) for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. I don’t know how the other bloggers do it, making cards daily, blogging, filming, posting…and holding a full time job for some!! As it is, I’m lucky my hubby is on holiday this week and he took over the cooking and the kids!

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I made this card after I went through all the amazing creations of the fabulous designers during Altenew’s “A year in review” blog hop. Everyone had such gorgeous cards but I was especially inspired by Natalia’s cards. Her shaker cards and spinner cards are just stunning! Do checkout her blog if you don’t already know her. I was also inspired by the colour of the flowers in the inspiration board over at The Card Concept.

The Altenew flowers and leaves were coloured using the shaving foam technique, then stamped over using one of the layers in their Peony Bouquet stamp set. The leaves were left unstamped, just cut with the coordinating die cuts in the  set.

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I really love how the colours turned out! With just one plate of shaving foam, I made quite a few sheets and I used the dies to cut them all so I now have them handy to make other cards for Valentine’s Day!

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 Aren’t they beautiful?  I tried to use up every inch of each sheet!

The shaker heart was made using foam adhesive and the only ones I had were these! LoL. Was a pain to get them all down but I am expecting proper foam tape next week!

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This is the first shaker card I’ve made using foam tape and I hope it adheres better than the other shaker cards I’ve made where the glitter just fell out after a few days!

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The beautiful sentiment comes from Technique Junkies. The glitter paper is a thin self adhesive paper I just received over Christmas. I’m normally not a “bling bling” type of card maker but my daughter, who’s a self proclaimed “dark person” loved it, so it can’t be that bad!

I hope to make more of the same this week so come back soon!

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Oh Oh I just found out that I’m the lucky winner to receive a card from Natalia Zubkova and its the one that I was CASEing! I’m so pleased!

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My first challenges of the year will be over at:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – New Something. The glitter paper is new and also the type of card is new for me

The Card Concept – Pretty things. I’m not sure what my style is. There wasn’t a “bling” category! LoL

In the Pink – Anything Goes

Mod Squad – Anything but Christmas

Chocolate Baroque – Colour challenge. I don’t have any of their stamps but hopefully I will soon! 😉  cholate-baroque

Geek is the new Sexy!

Cards

Is it because I am a mum to a geek and I’m married to an engineer that I think being a geek is actually cool and that geeks do/will rule the world? I really do hope so as the geeks I know are kind, obviously very intelligent because they are curious and constantly analysing and trying to improve things, and also quite humorous! My first encounter with a geek was actually my own younger brother and he is exactly that kind of person. I am also constantly surprised at the things my 13 year old son tells me and I can honestly say that I learn one new thing from him every day. Obviously it hurts when I know kids make fun of him at school and they call him weird, but I didn’t exactly feel like the most popular girl in school either, and I wasn’t a geek! I was just a young teenage girl.

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So when I saw the challenge for “The Male Room” was Science, I immediately started making this card even if it was already 22h30 on a school night! This is for my son’s friend for his birthday next week.

I stamped the sentiment from Technique Junkies with Versamark and heat embossed the red Wow embossing powder I had sprinkled on. The Shirt stamp comes from Inkadinkado and was first stamped with Momento’s black ink and heat embossed with Wow’s clear sparkling powder so the shirt would dazzle! You can’t really see it but it does sparkle in the light. I added the black and white striped washi tape to the top and bottom before cutting it with my stitched die from Sue Wilson.

Heres proof that geek is the new sexy! I especially love the pic of my son in the leather jacket. He was only 9 when that photo was taken, but for me its like getting a glimpse into the future and seeing my son when he’ll be a man.

I’m also playing along with:

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS

Inkspirational – Photo inspiration. Inkspirational Photo Challenge.png I went with the black background and the splash of red

Kisses Birthday card

Cards

I made this card late one night, when my daughter came to me and asked for a birthday card for her friend, who was having her birthday the next day! And oh by the way, can she have a card with lips on it! So I left my comfy spot on the sofa and made this. When she saw it the next morning, she loved it and asked me if I had done it by kissing the card! LoL!

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I would have if I didn’t already have a lips background stamp called Lipstick Kisses from Technique Junkies, which I had never used before, so I was really happy to finally have the occasion to try it. I coloured the stamp with different red and pink inks and stamped it on a white card stock. I sprinkled clear WoW embossing powders on it and heat embossed it to create a nice glossy sparkle to the lips.

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You can’t see it sparkle so well in this (blurry pic) but the lips do shine! I cut the panel with the stitched rectangle from the MFT blueprints 20 set and adhered it on the card. I used Stamplorations die to cut out the Birthday sentiment on the card and a piece of thin cardboard, and together inlaid it back again so it would be just a little raised from the card. The Happy comes from Hero Arts Happy die and stamp set.

Hope you liked this simple card and sorry for the bad photographs!

I’m playing along with:

Sparkle and Sprinkle challenge – Always anything goes using glitter, embossing powder or flocking

Blessing Ink – Amusing challenge – Anything Goes

Card making process

Cards

This card took me more than a week to finish. It is also only my third attempt, I think, of creating a mixed media card. The reasons it has taken so long are:

1-I had no idea what I wanted to do with it.                                                                                          2-I had no time to think about what I wanted to do!

Making a card doesn’t come easy to me; as in, I sit down to craft and “bang” an idea comes straight into my head and I know exactly what I want to do. It is a long process that normally involves visiting many blogs to get inspiration from some really creative artists out there, or from the challenges. (Funny how I never think about opening my Pinterest page to look at all the fabulous pins I’ve pinned to give me inspiration…) Or it could be from colours I see in a shop or paintings on the wall. Unfortunately all I see at the moment are German verbs in a drab classroom and my head is filled with accusative or nominative cases…

But this Sunday I decided I was going to dedicate my whole Sunday to making cards AND finish this card I started 10 days ago!

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 I started out by sponging in the leaves from Stamplorations stencil with Stampin Up inks. I then went over it with yellow SU ink to finsh the background. I cut the panel with a die from Spellbinders radient rectangles collection and adhered it on the shiny bordeaux card. I stamped the sentiment from Technique Junkies on vellum and heat embossed with WoW gold embossing powder before cutting it with a stitched die from MFT Blueprint no 20. To make the words stand out more. I coloured the background with my Zig brushes.

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The flower was cut using a Spellbinders flower die, from acrylic skins I had created using this method. I added a ribbon…because I had it on the table and my card was finally finished! This card is not my usual style but I do love the text.

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I entered this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Halloween inspiration board. I chose to go with the autumn colours
Uniko challenge – Autumn
Happy Little Stampers Mixed media– Nature
Stamping Sensation – Autumn

Thanks for stopping by!