Happy Little Stampers – Happy Watercolour challenge

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Hero Arts, Watercolor

May 2019 WC.pngHi all. Its the first of the month and I’m back to let you know that we have a new watercolour challenge over at Happy Little Stampers and this month’s optional theme is “Happy”! So show us your watercolour projects and if you want to, give it a happy theme either with bright happy colours or happy birthday, anniversary or just happy you’re around!art scrapI made a very quick card using one of my (many) watercolour failures attempts, like the one above.  I keep all my failed paintings, either to use the other side or as scraps for my cardmaking, that way I feel like I didn’t waste the paper!  I used Hero Arts Flower Garden fancy die, which is a large whole card die, and placed it in an area that would have all the colours so my diecut wouldn’t turn out too monotone. But honestly, this die is so beautiful, its hard to go wrong no matter what paper/design/colour you use.
Flower garden fancy die podgeI diecut a little circle in the middle of my flower diecut, so that I could stamp my sentiment from The Project Bin, which fit perfectly in the centre. I added the cake, also from the “Born Yesterday” stamp set from The Project Bin and coloured it with my Zigs. As my flower diecut was so delicate to adhere onto my card and I didn’t feel like adding glue to all the little pieces,  I decided to brush the whole card with the German version of Mod Podge which is a transparent glue/sealer/finish which adhered the whole diecut to my card nicely, and gave it a nice shiny finish too. I avoided the middle as I was worried it would smudge my freshly watercoloured cake. 
flower-garden-fancy-die-cu.jpgWell I hope you liked my card and that it will inspire you to join in our watercolour challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. I look forward to seeing your projects in the challenge gallery.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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I’m sharing this over at:

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – with the optional topping of Texture

time out.pngTime Out Challenge – Playful

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Happy Birthday. Happy 10th Birthday SSS!!!

DiesRUsDies R Us – Flowers


Smell the Roses

Cards, The Ton stamps, Watercolor, Zig clean color real brush

I bought three rose plants during the last Rose festival in Ulm that smelt so delicious and plan to plant them in the garden of our new house when we move next year. Strangely enough, all through summer their scent was hardly noticeable, even with my nose right up their buds (get it? 😂)… Anyway, once the cool weather came in, their perfume was heavenly and I’ve been wanting to paint them for awhile now.

Terrace rose

They say that anyone can paint roses as anything look like roses! Well I guess thats why my roses come out well then and probably due to the fact that I used the gorgeous background stamp from The Ton called “Rose Terrace” as a template too. This is the third time I’ve painted roses, but the first time that one rose didn’t fill up an A3 page… so I was quite nervous when I started, that I didn’t even bother filming it. So now I’ll have to do it again, as I loved the result and given my fast approaching dementia, I have to make a video soon before I forget how I did it! 😆

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Anyway, back to the card. It was quite easy really. I  first inked up parts of the beautiful Rose Terrace stamp from The Ton with Spun Sugar distress ink and pressed a sheet of Clairefontaine 250g Multi technique paper over it. I mixed afew pinks/reds from my Winsor and Newton watercolours and just added strokes over the stamped images. Once it was dry, I added the blue background with my Zig clean color real brushes. I still have a problem colouring in a smooth background, is there a good video out there or class to take for that?

Terrace rose blue

You notice that the bottom left is brown. Its cause I was testing if I should add brown or blue, I’m glad I went with blue! I cut a rectangle panel with my Sue Wilson stitched rectangle dies. These dies come in larger sizes than the normal rectangle dies which is great when I don’t want to lose too much of a painted card.

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I then stamped the beautiful sentiment from The Project Bin and adhered my panel onto a red card base and the card was finished!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it. Please let me know what you think!


I’m sharing this over at:

the tonThe Ton – I was inspired by the roses in the vase, the blues in the scarf and the fushia/reds I saw in the leaves

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – I went with Distress inks, Watercolour and die cuts.the flower challenge

CAS mix upCAS Mix up Card challenge – Its not very CAS but I wanted to share it anyway with stamping, watercolour wash, no line water-colouring and die cut.

time out Time Out Challenge -I just stopped at the word “Paint” of the inspirational quote: Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds Rather than its Feathers


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!

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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.


No line Water colouring with Altenew Vintage Flowers + video

Altenew, Cards, no line watercolouring

I’m in the midst of learning a few techniques, like making slider cards and creating galaxy backgrounds. Here are 2 backgrounds I created. 1st one is with distress inks and 2nd with watercolours. The 3rd was done by my 12 yr olds Ines who looked at my efforts and said: “Mum let me show you how its done”… and proceeded to do just that… with cheap paints and sponges! Sigh life is not fair… :)) I should have video taped her process though as I love what she did! If you would like to see what I did with my galaxy backgrounds, come back on the 1st of August and you’ll see the full card… and for some exciting news too!

Anyway, I suddenly got the urge to go back to water colouring some flowers. Its sort of like a therapy for me now, as I go into a zone and just concentrate on water colouring. Its also very frustrating when my attempts don’t turn out the way I wanted, like these.

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Looking at them now I just realised they look like a tutorial on how to darken your watercolour shades! Lol! Even though I was disappointed, I received so many encouraging remarks from the Altewnew Fan club Facebook page that I will try to make a card with them soon. I’m so thankful for those amazingly supportive crafters on social media!

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For today though, the card I actually want to show is one I made for Altenew’s July inspiration challenge. Its a bit late, but better than never I always say! I also made a YouTube video below showing how I water coloured the flowers.

I used Altenew’s Vintage Flowers and water coloured them using my new Winsor & Newton watercolours on watercolour paper. I first stamped the flowers using distress inks and the leaves with Color Box pigment inks as they both can be water coloured to blend in.

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Once it was done, I die cut the water coloured panel with MFT Blueprint 20 scallop rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment from The Project Bin onto a vellum sheet I cut using my craft scissors. Stazon is the best ink I use for stamping on Vellum, as it dries quickly and doesn’t smudge, but its hell to take off my stamps!

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I flicked some vintage brown water colour on it, added some sequins and adhered the panel to a fuschia card base and it was done!

I do hope you liked it and I would love to know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!


I’m also playing along at:

addicted to stamps n more Addicted to Stamps and More – Make your mark

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Anything Goes

stamping sensation Stamping Sensation – Anything with Flowers

Altenew.jpg The Altenew inspiration pic


Watercolour Tissue art!

Cards, Die cuts, Watercolor

As most of you who follow me know by now, that I love learning new techniques! Apart from Jennifer McGuire from whom I’ve learnt tons of techniques, another blog I love where I’ve learnt many strange-to-me techniques, is the CAS Mixed Media card Challenge blog.  Making a clean and simple mixed media card is always a challenge, as mixed media in itself normally means an overload of paints, embellishments and layers! I so enjoy it though as I always learn new techniques, and I love a double challenge!

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So this card was made using this technique by Loll Thompson. It was really easy to do and this is what my tissue paper looked like after I had soaked up all the wet distress inks. As you can see I didn’t realise my tissue was patterned until after, which could be quite interesting if you wanted to create a scene with it.


I made a die cut from it, once it was very dry, using my new to me Marianne Oval flower border die. Gluing it on the card was the most difficult bit, but I used a liquid glue meant for tissue art, and brushed it on with a small paint brush. I stamped the two borders from Winnie & Walter’s Scenery Stripes set, in black Versafine ink. I then stamped the sentiment from The Project Bin, which I recently discovered has great sentiments!

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A little splatter of black ink and the card was done! Simple and quick, but I do love the colours on my tissue flower wreath!This is going to a friend for her birthday.

watercolour tissue

Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments!


I’m also playing over at:

uniko Uniko challenge – Flowers

seize-the-birthday Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes with the option of splatter

time out Time out challenges – Be inspired by the words: ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely’

CAS mix up I went with stamping, tissue paper and splatters.