Craft Stamper Feb Guest Designer

Cards, Create a Smile

Hi all. I’m so honoured to share a card with you that I made as a guest designer over at Craft Stamper’s Take It Make It challenge blog, as a prize for winning December’s challenge. My winning card will also get a feature in their Craft Stamper magazine! I’m so excited as this is my first feature in a magazine.

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As I’m a little fed up of the snow and cold here in Germany I decided to make a warm tropical card with stamps from various companies with no line water-colouring. The flowers & monstera leaves come from Create A Smile’s “Aloha Spirit” which I stamped with distress inks. I really love their stamps and I’m so glad that there is a German company here that makes such great stamps.  (I don’t work for them or anything, but I just have to tell you that international shipping from Germany costs less than in the US, around 3,70€, so if you like their stamps, don’t hesitate!) OK enough of the free publicity! The flamingo and ferns come from Flora and Fauna Tropical Vibes set.

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So after stamping and masking and stamping and masking, I proceeded to watercolour my flowers using my Daniel Smith watercolours from my floral range of colours which I had put together in a palette after trying many different colours. I painted on 200gsm watercolour paper using my Raphael 8408 extra sharp pointed brush so I get easily get into all the little areas of the stamps. To finish I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Birthday Messages set with Versfaine black ink and my Misti and added some water droplets using Goosebumps clear texture spray, but instead of spraying, I just drop them onto the card.


Well, thanks for dropping by and I hope you liked my card and that it warmed you just a little too!

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I’m also sharing this with:

create a smileCreate A Smile – Friendship

seize the birthdaySeize the Birthday – Anything Goes without the black and white optional topping

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Use your new stamps and dies. The Flora and Fauna stamps are one of afew stamps in my “new to be used” pile that I keep on my table to remind me to use them before I’m allowed to buy new stamps…

thru the craft roomThrough the Craft room door – Anything Goes




Addicted to Stamps & More – Stamp Collage

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Winsor and Newton watercolors

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Hi all, I’m back today with a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More and the theme is “Make Your Mark”. We look forward to seeing your creations using markers, watercolours, colour pencils… anything you use to make YOUR mark in the gallery.

As we are just past the middle of Kathy’s “The Daily Marker’s 30 Day challenge” (where she challenges us to colour something a little everyday) and this month Kathy has asked us to use a few of our stamps to create a framable piece,  I decided to do just that, and hopefully inspire you to do the same! I made a video to show you how I did it and you can find it at the end of the post.

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I wanted a tropical theme so I used stamps from Altenew, Clearly Besotted, Create a Smile & WPlus9 and had fun stamping & masking and stamping and masking to create my panel. I first stamped them with light distress inks, except for one flower which I absentmindedly stamped in black but managed to camouflage it with my white gelli roll pen, whew! Below you see it before I managed to cover it & with the first wash of light colour. I made this first wash to decide if the colour combinations I had decided on would work well together. If not, I could still go in and change the colour scheme.

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But I was happy with it & so I added more hues and detail to bring the panel to life. I used mainly Winsor and Newton watercolours on 300gm watercolour paper, which I taped down with painter’s masking tape to prevent it from warping. My panel measures 28cm x 13cm.

Here’s the video I promised. I added some water-colouring tips in it too so I hope you find it useful. Let me know in the comments what you though of it. All in all I’m quite proud of the overall result even though I know the individual flowers could have been better painted. My hubby says I should put a print of it on a t-shirt which he would proudly wear! He’s too nice.

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Well, I hope you liked my card and that you’ll pop over to the Addicted to Stamps & More challenge blog to see what my teammies have created just for your viewing pleasure. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


I’m also sharing this at:

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – Anything Goes without the option

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Bright & Cheerful

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – Use a previous challenge – I chose “Anything Goes”

world wide design teamWorld Wide Open Design team challenge



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