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




Newborn baby card

Cards, Simon says Stamp, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I’m on holiday in Madrid at the moment & I spent the last week showing my cousin & her family around town, eating & drinking till late into the night (early in the morning actually…) and attending my first art classes! After 6 months of being self taught, I took the opportunity of being in a country where I can speak the language well enough to understand the subtleties, to sign up to a few classes. I also found some time in-between to make a few baby cards for a friend, so my holiday has really started well!

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The first card is for the birth of a baby girl and I started by printing the letters of her name from The Floral Monogram workbook on Clairefontaine 250gm multi-technique paper. I then stamped with Mustard seed distress ink and masked and stamped and masked the flowers from Simon Says Stamp’s “Spring Flowers”. Once that was done, I coloured it with Winsor & Newton watercolours, in a rose garden in the centre of Madrid in-between two art classes…

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The water-coloured panel was then cut with my craft scissors & adhered onto a large card base I created from coloured card stock. This card measures around 25cm x 15cm! I made another card like this but for a boy so come back to my blog tomorrow if you want to see it!

Oh here’s the painting I did during my first formal painting class last week. My teacher told me to paint a picture and just go with the flow…which was really frustrating for me as I need precise instructions as to where to paint and what. “Go with your feelings” in painting is scary for me… which made this exercise particularly good for me I guess! At least I learnt how to paint white flowers.

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by & I really appreciate your thoughts on my creations. Have a great day!


I’m sharing this with:

SSS Wednesday-Challenge-Winner-01-300x300Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday June – The great outdoors

HLS watercolourHappy Little Stampers watercolours challenge – Anything Goes optional Birthday theme

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it Make it challenge – Anything Goes

card concept.png The Card Concept – I was inspired by the flowers and lettering in this beautiful image!





The Sisterhood of Crafters – Give Thanks

Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters, The Ton stamps, Watercolor, Zig clean color real brush


Hi fellow crafters. We have a new challenge starting today over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and our theme for the next fortnight is “Give Thanks”. So come join in and make anything showing Thanks, a Thank you card or something you are thankful for.

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I just got these stamps from The Ton and I know they’re going to be a favourite of mine! Today I just did a quick Thanksgiving card by first stamping the Banner and Peony cluster stamps with Versamark clear ink, then heat embossed them with rose gold WoW embossing powder. I water coloured everything with my Zig clean color real brushes, which are filled with vibrant inks that are so easy to blend with water, to create a watercolour look on my cards. Its important to use watercolour paper though so I am using Clairefontaine 250g multi technique paper here.

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I stamped the sentiment which comes with the Banners Basics stamp set with Versafine black ink, cut my water coloured panel with Stamplorations Crazy running double stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a grey card base.

Well I hope you’ve been inspired to make your own card and it would be great if you hopped on over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog to give my other “sistahs” some love too. I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations in the link up!

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you think of my card!


I’m sharing this card over at:

the tonThe Ton November challenge – Holiday. I chose Thanksgiving

the flower challengeThe Flower Challenge – CAS

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolour Card Challenge – Holiday



Water colouring with Derwent graphik pens + Video

Altenew, Cards, Derwent graphik line painters, Distress Oxide inks, Watercolor

Hi all! As promised here’s a post & video to show you how I use my new toys, the Derwent Graphik line pens, to watercolour my flower stamps on a dark distress inked background. I also compared these markers with other pigment/dye ink markers I have. AND I just received the whole 20 colour box set so you’ll get to see all the colours they come in too! Here’s a short video of the unboxing.

 I ordered it on Amazon in Germany and it cost me 47€, so about 2,47€ a pen. But today I’ll be showing you how I water coloured with 3 of the first 4 I got, as I made the video the day before I received the whole set. I used Altenew’s Tulip stamp set in today’s card and Wilted Violets Distress Oxide ink for the background, as I wanted to show how the markers showed up against a dark background. I wasn’t really thinking about colour coordination but it somehow came out ok no?

Derwent tulip.jpg I used Paradise, Snow and Fingers (really Fingers?? who’s fingers are green??) pens on the tulips. The sentiment comes from Stamplorations and it was cut from scraps of my try outs with the marker pens! The oval panel was diecut using Sizzix oval dies. Unfortunately I can’t write straight to save my life so the hand scripted “you’re” is all lopsided… I should have used a stamp… but as a dear friend once said: “As least we know its hand made!” LoL!

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Here’s a close up of the card where the water reacted with the distress oxide background when I spritzed it, but left my tulips untouched. You can blend them when they’re wet but once these inks are dry, they don’t react to water!  The ink sprays in the background were made with these markers too.

So here’s the video of the painting of the tulips using these markers. This is not a lesson in water colouring as I’m no expert, having just started just a few months ago. I’ll just be sharing with you another way I found to watercolour with it.

So I hope you liked my card and the video tutorial and please give it a “thumbs up” and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so already.

Thanks for popping by today and I would love to know what you think of this method!


I’m sharing this card over at:

Altenew Altenew inspiration challenge – I love the colours and image Sveta chose this month!

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – I went with Distress inks, watercolour & diecuts

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Stamp It…which I did!

my creative scoop Color Inspiration Monday – Create anything hand coloured




Watercolouring with Distress Oxide inks + Video

Cards, Distress Oxide inks, Watercolor

Sometimes you want to make a card that doesn’t take 2h but still comes out looking good, and with this card I think I managed to do just that. Apart from the drying time, I think it only took me 15 minutes to make, a personal olympic record in card making for me! And I didn’t resort to using scraps either. 😉 I made a quick video to show how easy it was to make this card and you can find it at the end of my post.

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I had just received my new distress oxide inks, which I had waited 3 weeks to receive… so I was really impatient to use them! I just sponged Mustard seed, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint inks over the heat embossed magnolia from Clearly Besotted and sprayed a generous amount of water over the whole card. I then blended in the inks with my water brush.

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The sentiment comes from So Suzy Stamps called “Gift Of You”. I really love all the sentiments they have, but this one has to be my favourite. Isn’t it beautiful? This card is for my daughter… just because.

Well I do hope you enjoyed the video and gave it a “thumbs up” and subscribed to my channel, if you haven’t done so already! Thanks for coming by and your comments really make my day!


I’m playing over at:

HLS watercolour Happy Little Stampers – Watercolour challenge

stamping sensation Stamping Sensations – My 2nd entry to their Anything Goes challenge

muse The MUSE card to CASE – I was inspired by the flowers and the pinks and greens although I went pastel on mine.

cardsundmorelogo_challengeblog_bannerCards Und More – Anything Goes

addicted to stamps Addicted to Stamps and More – Make your mark