Zentangle Garden and Video

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum noir

Hi all! Today I’m very excited to share something I’ve never done before…Zentangling! Do you know what “zentangling” or rather drawing Zentagles is? If you don’t, neither did I before I took the “Zentangle for Cardmakers” course by Amber Davis at the Altenew Academy.Hennah ElementsI don’t even know how to doodle, or rather I never doodled, even when I was a child. Unless you count writing my future husband’s name to see how it looked beside mine…lol! But after this course, I was able to create afew tangle patterns on my drink coasters and a card using stamps to start with. I made a video to show you how I did the card and you can find it at the end of this post.zentangle-drink-coasters.jpgWhat is Zentagles? The official definition of Zentagles by the person who patented the method (I won’t say created, cause patterns and tangles existed before) is as follows: “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles.” So it’s just doodling but in a more structured form, which fits me perfectly as I’m not very good at aimlessly drawing anything!

So I was very excited to take this course and I learnt so much from it. Drawing different zentangles has allowed me to be more creative and I found myself doodling on my zentangle patterns to create new patterns! Word of warning though, it’s so meditative that you shouldn’t do it when you’re tired as you’ll be nodding off mid tangling, like I did!Hennah Elements cuAmber Davis shows how to draw the different zentangles really well and it was easy to follow. So after practising on my drink coasters, I was confident enough to create a card with my newly learnt tangles from the course. I first stamped my base elements using Hennah Elements from Altenew, and started drawing zentangles with a size 01 black marker from Spectrum Noir’s Art Liner series.Hennah Elements pinterest.pngOnce I finished drawing all the zentagles and adding shadows with a grey Spectrum Noir ArtLiner brush, I stamped a sentiment from Altenew’s “Beautiful Quotes” in red with Versafine ink and splattered red ink all over my card using liquid watercolours.

Well here’s a short video showing my process in a speed up form. I hope you enjoy it and that it will inspire you to start tangling too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this over at:

addicted to cas.jpgAddicted to CAS – Contrast

HLS CASHappy Little Stampers CAS challenge – One Layer

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes




Altenew Academy “With A Twist”

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Watercolor

If you haven’t noticed, I love taking creative classes. At the moment, I’m enrolled to no less than 5 art classes, 3 online and 2 in real life! I have a thirst for learning new things that’s unquenchable at the moment. 😉 I’m also listening to podcasts while I’m making my cards, painting, or when I’m in the car. I have to admit though that once the lesson/podcast is over, I tend to forget most of what I learnt… that’s my Alzheimer’s settling in I think.🤣

Altenew Tulip product

They do say though that the best way to remember something, is to practise it and then teach/share it to someone else. Which is why the Altenew Academy courses I’m taking as part of my certification course is perfect. Not only do I learn tons of wonderful new techniques, but I also have to make a card out of them and share them with you here.

Today’s card uses 2 of the 6 techniques I learnt from Therese Calvird’s “With A Twist” course. I used Altenew’s Tulip layering stamp set in a different way than what it was intended for and used an unusual colouring scheme to watercolour my card. I first stamped a single tulip in grey, using the outline stamp, as I was going to do a no line water-colouring. I then used the “layering” part of the tulips stamps, which normally add detail to the stamp and used them as grass instead!

As you can see, I partially inked these stamps, with Peeled paint distress ink, so they would appear like grass instead of tulip buds. I then proceeded to watercolour in the rest of my tulip, using my Daniel Smith watercolours followed by Prismacolour pencils once it dried. I was influenced by the colours in the inspiration post in Altenew’s March challenge but combined them in unusual ways. You can see that I painted the tulip red and orange, but also added a hint of light blue. For the leaf, I painted it green but added some orange and blue too. I then went crazy with the paint splatters! I finished the card by stamping the sentiment from the same stamp set, using Versafine ink.

Altenew Tulip cu

I really enjoyed this class and will try to incorporate the other techniques I learnt in my future cards. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know if you think those colours go well together!

Have a great day! Hugs, 0aablog-signature

I’m sharing this over at:

Inspiration challengeAltenew March Inspiration challenge

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Anything

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take It Make challenge – Anything Goes

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Feminine/Girly

time out.pngTime Out challenge – Celebrating their 5th birthday! Congratulations!

Be My Valentine

a2z Scrapbooking, Cards, Hero Arts

feb mood board

Hi all! I’m back today to share a card I made to inspire you to join our latest challenge over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog. We have a wonderful love theme mood board to inspire you to make a card celebrating love…for your partner, your family, your friends, your pets or food! 🙂

Be my valentine heart

So pop on over to the a2z Scrapbooking blog to see how I made my card, using no less than 5 different Hero arts stamp sets I got from the a2z Scrapbooking store! If you want to purchase any of them, don’t forget to use my personal code Gwendolyn15 to get a 15% discount off any purchases $25 and over. If they don’t have what you want in the store, just request for a custom order and you can still use my personal code! What more can you ask for!

Be my valentine cu

 I look forward to seeing your gorgeous projects in the challenge link up here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this card over at:

AAAcards.jpgAAA Cards – One layer with the optional love theme

a blog named hero.jpgA Blog named Hero – Love is in the Air

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Use your latest stamps or dies…I used 3 of my latest stamps!

CAS Watercolour.jpgCAS Watercolour challenge – Red and Pink

creative with stamps.jpgCreative with Stamps – Love

Yes Virginia.JPGYes Virginia’s Show and Share




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.

tropical foliage cu

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 – CAS Gull

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Clean and Simple cards, Create a Smile

addicted to stamps

Hi all! Its time for another “Clean and Simple” card challenge over on the “Addicted to Stamps and More” blog so we would love to see your CAS cards in the link up. Just a reminder, the definition of  Clean and Simple is – clean and crisp lines, minimal or no embellishments and lots of ‘white’ space should be used.
(* White space does not need to be ‘white’. It can be any colour. White space is a term used for the area of your card with no stamping, embellishments etc.)

create a smile gull products

I personally have a problem with making clean and simple cards. Even though my cards are mostly one layer and rarely have any embellishments on them, every time I make a card with just one image on it, I feel I have to add something else. For example, I think my gull from Create a Smile “Gull Gang” set would have been fine without the clouds behind him in the end.

create a smile gull cu

I water-coloured this card with my Daniel Smith watercolours on Clairefontaine Paint On  250gsm multi media paper. They come in an A5 block so all I have to do is remove one, fold it in half to get a card base ready to be water-coloured. This card was made for my hubby’s colleague who broke his two arms! I thought the gull with his wings folded looked armless…I hope he finds it funny…

Well I look forward to seeing your clean and simple cards in the link up here. Do pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog to see what my my team mates have made to inspire you and leave them some love too!

Have a great creative day and Thanks for all your kind comments!

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P.S By the way the title “CAS – Gull” when pronounced in French “casse geule” means breakable, risky…get the pun?🤣

I’m also sharing this card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Clean and Simple

week2b3272b-2bcloudyCASology – Cloudy

2523102The Male Room – Anything Goes

wwc2042b-2bgail2527s2bmasculine2banything2bgoes2bchallengeWatercooler Wednesday – Masculine Anything Goes