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


Altenew Academy Watercolor Basics and Beyond / Video

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Watercolor

Hi all, today I’m excited to share a card I created after taking the “Watercolor Basics and Beyond” course at the Altenew Academy. I made a video to show you my painting process and you can find it at the bottom of my post.

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As I passed my Level 2 assignment and went up to Level 3, this is the first of the last 5 courses I have to take before hopefully becoming certified as an Altenew Educator! I was eager to take this class even though I have been watercolouring for the last 2 years, as I know I always learn something new during the courses at the Altenew Academy, and this course was no exception. I learnt that you can use your watercolours like inks and create beautiful loose watercolour cards!

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I have been meaning to paint this loose watercolour bouquet ever since I got it as an assignment during a watercolour course at my local community centre, but I never got round to it as it was too loose and messy and I didn’t know where to start! But watching Jennifer Rzasa create those loose watercolour cards during her course inspired me to finally create the bouquet, using stamps as guidelines. In fact, I think using stamps is a great way to learn how to watercolour for those afraid to start with a blank page.

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I used Altenew Versatile Vases for the vase and Altenew Majestic Bloom, Wallpaper Art and Perennial Beauty for the flowers and leaves. My watercolours are from Daniel Smith and I painted on Arches 300g cold press watercolour paper.

As promised, the video tutorial where I share how I painted this loose bouquet using the stamps from Altenew. If you like it please give me a thumbs up over at Youtube and subscribe to my youtube channel if you want to see more of these videos.

Thanks for popping by and have a great day!

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I’m sharing this over at:

altenewAltenew Inspiration challenge – I went with the colours

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – April showers bring May flowers

Crafters Castle challenge – Anything Goes

Altenew Blooming Bouquet

Addicted to Stamps and More, Altenew, Cards, Watercolor

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Hi all, its Wednesday, so another challenge starts at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog! This week it’s “Make Your Mark” so bring out your pencils, pens, markers, watercolours… anything that will leave a mark on your project, and link it up here.

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I used my favourite colouring medium, my watercolours of course, and did a type of painting that’s apparently on trend at the moment, according to my Skillshare class “Watercolor trends 2019” by Irina Trzaskos, which is to paint a dark background to your florals. I started by stamping Altenew’s Blooming Bouquet stamp set with light grey ink, which I find is the best colour for a no-line water-colouring. I proceeded to paint the stamp with a light colouring as I knew the dark background would really make it stand out, so there was no need to overpaint it. I used 300g watercolour paper as then it wouldn’t buckle when I painted the background.

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I prepared alot of dark blue paint for my background by mixing Indigo Blue and Payne’s Grey. (Sidenote: did you know that original jeans used Indigo Blue as it impregnated the cotton really well, but unfortunately they now use synthetic Indigo Blue made from petroleum and metals and really pollute the planet…) Back to my card, to create a homogenous background, my brush had to be loaded with alot wet paint so that it wouldn’t leave too many streaks. I also tried not to go over the background again as it would either remove some paint or leave marks, so it wasn’t really easy to do but I really really enjoyed it! Using a really sharp pointed brush really helped me get in between the flowers.

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The sentiment comes from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes stamp set, which I stamped with Color Box Frost white pigment ink as its so creamy and thick that it still stands out even after being a little absorbed by the paint. I cut it with Hero Arts infinity rounded rectangle dies and matted it on a white card base, which I had painted pink on the edges.

I gave this card to a friend who wants to do so many things, like me, but doesn’t have the time to do it all, I’m sure you all relate to that! So I really do appreciate you taking the time to come and visit my blog and I love all the comments you leave me. Do pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and leave my teammates some love too, as they have created wonderful cards to inspire you to join us in this challenge.

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I’m sharing this over at:

sisterhoodThe Sisterhood of Crafters – Ladies/Girls

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – “Whatever the weather”…its always a good time to craft!

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Anything Goes

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take It Make it challenge


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




Letting Go…

Blog, Painting, Watercolor

I’ve been away for a month, back in France, to resign from my old job in the aeronautical industry. I was on a sabbatical leave until now, you see, and since my company wouldn’t extend my leave (its only been 5 years…), I had to resign from the company I spent 21 years with. As they did not expect me to resign, I stayed a little to help out while they looked for my replacement, and earn my first salary in 5 years!

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I did not expect letting go of my job to be so difficult, after all, I had spent the last 5 years doing something different, and was quite happy most of the time too. Nevertheless there was always this fallback solution of my job waiting for me, if anything went wrong for me here. I also couldn’t help comparing the (substantial) salary I got at work for doing so little, compared to the 8-10h I put in daily for my card and painting “hobby” and getting no financial gain out of it. Additionally, knowing that the kids will be going to universities in 2 and 4 years, my added salary would have been very handy to finance their expenses without us having to make any sacrifices. I would also get to spend more time with my eldest son who stayed in Toulouse.

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So to my surprise, I was tempted to stay. But by the end of the month, being away from my younger kids and my crafting (I didn’t bring anything with me apart from my paints) was making me miserable. And when painting, which was something enjoyable to look forward to, became a pressing need by the end of the work day, I knew giving up my desk job would be the right thing to do.


So now I’m back home with my family in Ulm, the month I spent in Toulouse seems like a dream, like it almost never happened. I knew this would happen, that the minute I got back, everything would feel ok again. But this time, I no longer have the fear of letting go, because I let go, and without regret.

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Something wonderful happened with my painting too, while I was in Toulouse. I don’t know why, but I simply let go too. Maybe because I didn’t have much internet to look up references or inspirations and I didn’t bring my books with me either, so I was left to painting what I saw in nature… and felt in my heart. I painted without caring if it was good or bad, and even soldiered on if the painting started out as a disaster, as with the painting above.

So is it because I closed a chapter in my life that my new one can finally take flight? I don’t know, but I certainly look forward to every step of discovering it as I know I’ll have tons of fun and pleasure along the way.

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