Wishing you another Fabulous year!

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

January 2020 WC.pngHappy New Year everyone! Its the start of another year, another decade, another chance to do all the things you want to do in life! So what are you going to do this year?

I personally want to do more crafting & painting this year. Last year saw a temporary pause when I started a new job/vocation in June. But now that I’ve settled into my teaching role, I feel ready to get back into crafting again and what better way than to start with a new watercolour challenge over at “Happy Little Stampers“!Jan cu.jpgAs usual, its an “Anything Goes” challenge with an optional twist of adding die cuts. I used my Sizzix Floral panel which is my go-to when I’m rushing to make a card, as I had loads of family and friends staying till the 30th so I didn’t have a lot of spare time. I use the die to cut out a piece from one of many watercolour “practice” pieces, (as in attempts to create a beautiful piece that failed). Nevertheless, they do make great scraps for my die cuts, don’t you think?

The sentiment comes from Altenew and with it, I wish you all Another FAB year of being totally AWESOME!

Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up here. Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to 2020 doing something you love!


Never stop dreaming

A Blog named Hero, Cards, Hero Arts

challenge image.jpgHi all! Its the 15th of the month which means another challenge starts over at “A Blog Named Hero”. This month’s theme is “Muted Tones”, which just means softer colours.

My card was very easily created. I’m learning to watercolour so I have loads of “trys” which I’m not happy with. So when I’m short of time to make a card, I just take a cover die, like this Hero Arts Flower garden Fancy flower die and diecut it from one of my failed watercolour pieces, which is what I did here!Muted tones products

I do hope you’ll join in! There are 2 gift vouchers to the Hero Arts store up for grabs. You have till the 10th of November to enter. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

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Watercolouring with inkpads

Addicted to Stamps and More, Altenew, Cards, Spectrum noir, Watercolor

addicted to stamps n more anything goesHi all! Its Wednesday so another challenge starts over at Addicted to Stamps and More and the theme for this month is a favourite of most, “Anything Goes”! I look forward to seeing what you create for this theme.Watercolor with inkpads wmI did a little water colouring with my Harmony water-reactive ink pads from Spectrum Noir on Altenew’s beautiful stamp. The circle diecut behind the flower is an oldie but goodie diecut from Memory Box and I added a piece of card stock behind it to give it some interest.20191019_121813.jpgTo watercolour my image, I first stamped the ink pad onto an acrylic block and picked up the ink from there with my water brush. I then diecut the images and arranged them onto my card base.Altenew stampWell, I hope you’ll be inspired to play along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More and thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll pop over to my teammates’ blogs to visit their wonderful creations too!

Have a wonderful day doing something you love!

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Happy Anniversary

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

November 2019 WCHi all! Its the first of the month and so a new challenge starts at Happy Little Stampers! This month, our watercolour theme is “Animals” so we look forward to seeing your creations with animals in them.Frogs productsI used some stamps from Clearly Besotted, who make the cutest animal stamps, and my Spectrum Noir watercolour markers called Aqua. These are really great to paint small objects, notably the stamps we use for cardmaking! Because of their brush tip and marker tip, they can be controlled so much easier than normal watercolour brushes and paints. Frogs productsI first stamped my frog stamps from Clearly Besotted using Spectrum Noir’s pebble waterproof ink from the Finesse range. This will ensure that the outlines will not run when I start water colouring. I used Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper which is extra white. I then started adding colour by first outlining the areas where I wanted the darker shades to be and then with a water brush, I blended the colour in by bringing the colour into the white areas.

Now with the fine marker tip of my Alpine Green Aqua marker, I added spots to the frog, in areas where I first put down the colour, to add depth. The fine tip of this marker really allows you to go into small areas and corners of your stamped images. Then with a white ink gel pen, I added more spots, but to areas which I wanted to stand out so the images would be more 3D.

I next started colouring the little cocktail drinks I wanted to add behind these two frogs as this card is going to a pair of close friends who love hopping around town together tasting great cocktails! I decide to colour in their 2 favourite cocktails, Aperol Spritz and a Long Mint, which is like a Long Island Iced Tea but with lemonade instead of coke, and mint.

I used the same method as with the frogs, going in with my first colour, in this case, Flame Red, to the bottom of my glass and then blending into the white areas. For this image though, I wanted a gradient from red at the bottom to yellow at the top, so I added a little of Sunshine close to the Flame Red and when I blended it in, it turned orange and then yellow.

Once that was done, I started colouring in the Long Mint which has a light greenish colour to it so I used Alpine Green again to line the bottom of the glass and added Lime next to it, so that when it blended, it would give a lighter green. Once I finished water colouring my little cocktails, and they were dry, I used my white gel pen again to add the highlights on the glass of my cocktails and the fruits.Frogs cuI then fussy cut the 4 images and arranged them on to my card. For the Autumn coloured border, I first wet the areas I wanted to colour,  and then used the above-mentioned markers to drop in colour by simply touching the brush end tips to the wet paper. To finish I splattered black and white acrylic ink onto the border and stamped the sentiment with Spectrum Noir waterproof ink Noir Black, also from the Finesse range.

Well I hope you liked my card and I look forward to seeing your cards in the link-up. Do pop over to my fellow teammates’ blogs to see the awesome cards they created for you just to inspire you to join int he fun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!


Autumn is here

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Clean and Simple cards, Watercolor

Addicted to stampsHi all! Its Wednesday, so another challenge starts over at Addicted to Stamps and More and the theme for this month is CAS -clean and simple, meaning lots of empty space on your card!Watercolor resist prod wmI decided to go for an Autumn themed card as I just love the colours of the falling gold and yellow leaves everywhere. I used the stamp from Crafter’s Companion and did a watercolour resist with my Spectrum Noir water-reactive inks, on part of the stamped image. Which means I first heat embossed the stamped images and then watercoloured over them so that the embossed image will stand out as the colour just washes over it and doesn’t stay.Watercolor resist cu wm.jpg The diecut flower was cut from a piece of paper coloured with the same inks pads and cut with a Sizzix die. The “Thanks” sentiment from Stamplorations was diecut from white card stock.

Well, I hope you liked my card and that it will inspire you to join in our challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More! Don’t forget to stop by my fellow teammates’ blogs to leave them some love too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


I’m also sharing this with:

Flower challengeThe Flower challenge – CAS

Stamplorations CASStamplorations – CAS Challenge with the optional twist of Autumn shades

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Big sentiment

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Autumn colours