Addicted to Stamps & More – Frohe Pfingsten!

Addicted to Stamps and More, Altenew, Cards, Distress inks, Watercolor

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Hi all, I’m back for the first of 2 posts today, you’re all so lucky aren’t you… :), and I’m starting with a watercolour card for the challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and the theme is “Holiday”.  There will be a video at the end of the post to show how I water-coloured this card, using only distress inks!

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(If you noticed that “desperate” is spelt incorrectly on my name chain, Bravo! This was given to me by the organisers of  a craft fair in Munich so I wasn’t complaining!)

I made the above card for my German neighbour to wish her a Happy Pentecost (Whit Sunday/Monday) as its a public Holiday here. And as Peonies in German are also called “Pfingrosen”, I chose a peony to put on her card.

The techniques I used on this card were learnt during a course called “Irresistible Inking Techniques” at the Altenew Academy, as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program. I’m really learning a lot and so happy to be part of this program! The first technique is called Stamp Block inking, which I have actually never done before. It simply consists of covering your stamp block with ink and using it to stamp your card. I used a wavy stamp block to create more interest and only 3/4 of it. I stamped the outline of the peony and proceeded to watercolour it with Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade distress inks. Make sure you use inks whose colours are complementary to your background ink, as the new inks will blend a little with the inks already in the background

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I coloured the edges by rubbing the distress ink cubes directly along my borders and finished the card with a few splatters of Evergreen Bough distress ink & a few drops of Goosebumps textured spray to resemble water drops. As I didn’t have any appropriate stamps for the sentiment, I just hand wrote it in.

As promised the video showing how I water-coloured this card using only distress inks. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to hearing your comments. Please do pop over to Addicted to Stamps and More & leave my team mates some love too!

Thanks for dropping by and Have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this card at:

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Close to Nature

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Pink and Main.gif Pink and Main – Anything Goes

Stempelsonnenbanner blog.gifStempelsonne – Anything Goes with a hand coloured stamped image

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Magical

Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

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Hi all, I’m back again for my second post of the day to share our new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and Diane has chosen a Magical one! Its “Magical Fairy Garden” so use a fairy, or anything magical like a unicorn, rainbow.. gnome, etc… on your creations and play along with us!

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I don’t have many magical or fairy images in my collection as I’m not really a “cute” card person even if I try my best to do some. I was never a cute girly type of person even as a child… anyway I only have this set from Craftin Desert Divas called “Magical Wishes”, and one other unicorn stamp I had already made a card with, so I went with this NBUS.

I first stamped the unicorn in Versamark clear ink, poured WoW gold embossing powder over it and heat embossed it. I then used my Zig clean color real brushes and painted just the mane and tail of the unicorn. I created the border by first water-colouring broad rainbow strips onto water colour paper, let it thoroughly dry before die-cutting it with My Favorite Things Rectangle scallop die. The sentiment also comes from the same set and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

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Well I hope you liked my card and you’ll be inspired to create something magical/fairy- like and join in the fun. Do go over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog to get more inspiration from my Sistahs and leave them some love too!

Have a Great Day!

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I’m sharing this card at:

CAS Watercolour.jpgCAS Watercolour card challenge -Rainbow

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations Challenge – Anything Goes

crafty addictsThe Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog – Anything Goes

2crafty critter2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes

Pain before Pleasure

Blog, Everyday Watercolor, Painting, Watercolor, Winsor and Newton watercolors

Who would want to put pain before pleasure you might ask but many of us actually do it. I’m not talking about anything sexual here, just life in general. Some do it out of necessity, like having to go to work so that they can afford to do what they love. Or others like me, have to take care of daily stuff, like housework, before being able to craft or paint. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and say I’ll put the pleasure before the pain, I’ll paint or craft before I do the housework but then I look at the dirt on the floor and know I won’t have peace of mind until I clean it. Am I OCD you might ask, no I’m just governed by guilt.

I once went AWOL for a week and didn’t cook or clean and just crafted and painted and binge watched my favourite series till late at night. And I slept in, instead of waking up to make my hubby’s coffee and say goodbye to the kids. (Its ironic that since I stopped working to follow my hubby’s job here, I wake up earlier than I used to then when I was working!) Anyway my week of respite didn’t last long as my hubby got upset and called me a “footballers wife”, meaning living the easy life.  He’s since felt bad about what he said and tells me to stay in bed but I’ve felt so guilty ever since that I don’t sleep in unless I’m ill!

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I’be been a housewife for 5 years now but I’ve never been able to get used to it. I’ve tried to psyche myself into making housework enjoyable, counting it as gym workout, trying to enjoy the satisfaction of having a clean house, although with 2 dogs and kids, that lasts for about an hour, LOL! My life isn’t even all about housework and kids. I go to the gym, have lunch with my friends, joined the PTA, started making cards and painting, run a book club, have parties, go out with the girls… so yes I lead the life of the Desperate Housewives of the named series!

Why then do I focus all my attention on the one detail in my life that doesn’t make me happy when theres so much more going on in my life? Why do I let that one aspect over shadow everything else I have thats good. I’ve been happy with this life until now, so whats happening?  I guess I’m probably going through my mid life crisis, at 52 I’m due for mine and it’ll pass.

In the meantime, I’m going to get a maid! I’ve felt guilty (that again) getting one since I’m free and physically able to do it. Nevertheless I’ve decided that I shouldn’t keep something in my life that causes me so much pain. I’m going to try and live a life doing only what makes me happy! I’ll be racked by guilt for awhile I’m sure but we should all try and put pleasure before pain when its possible.

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These paintings above gave me alot of pleasure and are part of my ongoing learning process with watercolours using Jenna Rainey’s Everyday Watercolor book. The Bird of Paradise is the most complex painting I’ve done so far and for the first time I tried to paint after a photo of a real flower. I used Winsor and Newton’s professional watercolours: Cadmium Orange, Opera Rose, Scarlet Lake, Sap Green and I can’t remember the names of the purples and blues as I have them in cakes.

Thanks for stopping by and reading the ramblings of a spoilt desperate housewife, but I hope you put some pleasure in your life today and do something that makes you happy too!

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Back to Painting

Blog, Everyday Watercolor, Painting, Watercolor

Its been 3 longs months that I haven’t painted! The house move killed my mojo I think and although it was always at the back of my mind that I should get back to it, it wasn’t till I started feeling a little depressed this week, that I knew I had to get out my paints and brushes. Even though I just started painting, it has become my zen place, even when I don’t paint. Its the place I go to in my head when I’m upset or stressed and it instantly calms me down.

But this week, when I was suddenly hit with a bad case of the blues, (I cried while watching an especially emotional episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race…yes thats how bad it got! LoL!), I knew I had to sit down and paint again.  A close friend told me its because I’m detoxing… I have too much energy, I get bored and then depressed. Even going to the gym 4 times a week didn’t help. It was like a drug. I would get high on the exercise, but after the euphoria was gone, I was still left with the blues…and painful butt and thighs!

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So after a morning of moping around feeling depressed, I said “Enough”! I got up and did the housework, which depressed me even further, but at least the house was clean and I didn’t have to deal with the extra guilt of not cleaning! I wasn’t try to avoid feeling the blues, I just let it wash over me. It helps that I know it won’t last. And every bout of depression (about once every 5 years now…) is like a wake up call for me, telling me I have to change something. When I was in my early twenties, I think I was bi-polar as I would be high one week and so low the next. During that period, I changed my haircut every month as I couldn’t change anything else! Since then I’ve changed friends, countries, jobs & life situation afew times, my perspective to life… and now I’m not sure what I should change. Everything is as perfect as it can be…or so it seems…

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In the meantime, I started painting again and it has helped calm me down. I’m still following  Jenna Rainey’s “Everyday Watercolor” book. Its a “Learn to paint in 30 days” type of book…its been 6 months since I started! The day I finish the book will be one of celebration! The next lesson is to paint a fruit and I can’t wait to get started as I want to be a food painter I think, since I’m such a foodie! Especially since I just discovered Charlie O’Shield’s blog Doodlewash. I love his paintings and the way he writes. His last post about diets, or rather not dieting, and trying to find a balance between doing what we love and life’s obligations, was especially relevant to me at the moment.

Well thanks for sticking till the end of an unusually emotional post. Its helped to write it down, although I haven’t had the “aha” moment while writing, but I’m sure it’ll come… or not, I’m not really stressing about it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Sisterhood of Crafters – All About Christmas!

Cards, Stamplorations, The Sisterhood of Crafters

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We have a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and this fortnight’s Agata is our host and she chose the them “It’s all about Christmas”, so join in with any Christmas themed card by the 24th of December.

I have to say that this Christmas season is unusually hectic for me as I participated in my first Christmas market here, luckily a very small one, but I made 60 shadow box cards for it in the 2 weeks before the sale! We are also moving houses in the 1st week of January and I’m in the middle of boxes boxes and boxes… and not all are under the Xmas tree!

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Luckily I still have time for my cards but they have to be relatively quick and easy to make! So for today’s card, I just stamped this beautiful Poinsettia by Penny Black Stamps with Stampin’ Up ink mainly on the edges and in the centre and left some parts of the flower without ink. I then heat embossed it with transparent Wow embossing powder. I then coloured the background green with my Zig clean color real brush. This panel was cut with My Favorite Things rectangle scallop die cut.

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The die cut sentiment comes from Stamplorations and I cut it from red card stock and also a beige one to give it some dimension. I then adhered the whole panel onto a green card base.

Well I hope you liked my simple card and that you’ll hop along to the Calling All Sistahs challenge blog and leave my other Sistahs some love too and join in the fun! You will have until Sunday, December 24th to enter. Winner’s will be announced on Tuesday, December 26th.

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I’m sharing this over at:

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Christmas/Winter Holidays

CAS mix upCAS Mix up card challenge – My 2nd entry to their stamping and 2 other media challenge. I chose die cuts and watercolor

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolor challenge – Anything Goes

tuesday throwdownTuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes

penny black sat challengePenny Black Saturday Challenge – Winter or Christmas