Happy Little Stampers – Tropical

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

September 2019 WC.pngHi all! How are you doing this wonderful Sunday morning? I’m taking a much needed holiday break in London, after working like crazy all summer, following my 5 year “holiday”! Before I left though, I made a card for our new challenge over at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge blog where the theme is always Anything Goes. The optional theme this month is Tropical! Either because our challenge creator, Kylie, is from Australia so they’re coming out of Winter or we’re celebrating the last days of heat in the Northern HemisphereCC Wild & Free prodWhichever the case, I was really happy to break open my new stamp from Crafters Companion, called “Wild and Free”, and watercolour up this little parrot. I used watercolour markers from Spectrum Noir, which has a brush nib and a small marker tip nib on the other end, so I could add fine brush strokes to my ferns. This is really useful to add ink into the small corners on your flower stamps or creatures! Really handy for a beginner painter. The background was just done with Brushos watercolour powder and a spritz of water. All this on Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper. CC Wild & Free cuThe sentiment also comes from the same stamp set and was stamped with Spectrum Noir’s waterproof ink pad, and luckily so, as I didn’t realise my background was still wet when I stamped it and the ink didn’t budge at all!! I fussy cut my water coloured parrot and adhered it to my Brushoed background.

Well I hope I’ve inspired you to join in and I really look forward to seeing your wonderful creations! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time. Have a great Sunday and week doing what you love!


I’m sharing this over at:

Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 2.09.58 PM.pngJust Us Girls challenge – Splash something on your card. I splashed my Brushos!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

colour crazyColour Crazy Challenge – Anything Goes

3d Rose Bouquet card

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, spectrum noir aqua markers, Watercolor

June 2019 WC.pngHi all! Its the 1st of the month (and Wow! We’re already halfway through the year!) and another Anything Goes challenge starts over at the “Happy Little Stampers Watercolour”challenge blog. This month our optional theme is “Love” so if you like you can add a Love theme to your projects.3d rose bouquet productsI used one of my new 3D embossing folders I got over at Crafters Companion called Rose Bouquet and coloured it with Aqua and Aquatint, my water-based markers, on 300g watercolour paper, both from Spectrum Noir too. The definition of the embossing folder on paper is incredible as you can see below.3d rose bouquet embossing folderWatercolouring the image was really easy as I just drew on or in the grooves created by the 3d embossing folder and spread the paint with my water brush, as shown below.

Once I finished painting my image, I stamped in the sentiment from Altenew with Spectrum Noir’s Finesse waterproof black ink and cut down my watercolour panel with My Favorite Things scalloped rectangle die. I tried to show the 3d effect of the embossing folder in my photos but it’s not easy to see, but irl its pretty amazing!3d rose bouquet ccu.jpgWell I hope you’ve been inspired to join in our Watercolour challenge, which will end on 30th June, so you have plenty pf time to… MAKE LOTS! I look forward to seeing them in our challenge link up. Don’t forget to pop over to the blog to see the other wonderful watercolour projects by my amazing teammies!

 Have a really good weekend, doing things just for you! Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, 0aablog-signature

Hero Arts May Challenge – Celebrate!

A Blog named Hero, Cards, Hero Arts, Watercolor


Hi all! Its the 15th of the month and a new challenge starts over at “A Blog Named Hero”, Hero Arts official challenge blog. This month, we are celebrating Hero Arts 45th Anniversary so our theme reflects this. In addition, if you want to use an old Hero Arts favourite stamp, please do! You have till the 10th of June to enter your projects and be in the chance to win either a $25 or $50 gift voucher to the Hero Arts store!Stamp you own plant products.jpgFor this card, I used the very first Hero Arts stamp set I ever purchased, called “Stamp Your own Plant”. As I only started crafting with stamps 3 years ago, its not very old and comes from their 2015 Spring collection. They are perfect for creating a watercolour leaf bouquet, which is exactly what I did, by painting my stamps using the Watercolours dot palette from Daniel Smith specially chosen for Hero Arts. Yes, I added my watercolour paints directly onto the stamps with a damp brush and stamped it onto a 250g watercolour card base.Stamp you own plantOnce my paints were dry, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts December 2018 kit using Hero Arts black ink, onto a stitched circle diecut from Crafters Companion Gemini Happy Birthday die set and adhered it in the middle of my leaves bouquet. A few paint splatters and my card was done!

Well, thanks for stopping by and I do hope you will join us in this month’s challenge, and celebrate Hero Arts 45th anniversary! Do pop over to our challenge blog page and see what my amazing fellow design team members have created just to inspire you to join in! I look forward to seeing your cards in the challenge gallery.

Have a great day doing what you love!

Hugs, 0aablog-signature

Watercolour Kingfisher – Photo tutorial and giveaway

Cards, Photo tutorial, Spectrum noir, Watercolor

Hi all! What are you all doing today? I’m going to try and start painting again after a break of 10 whole days!!! Mind you I have been painting, but on my cards, using stamps and not freeform. In fact, since I’ve become a Brand Ambassador for Spectrum noir (no I cannot say that too often 😊) I’ve been trying out their watercolour markers and colour pencils as I’ve used their alcohol markers often, but never tried anything else they do, and they do so much more, as you can see from my first order I received!Product image.jpgI have to say that being a newbie artist, being accepted to represent a brand of art materials is just a dream come true, and such a validation of all the hundreds of hours I have put into learning the art of cardmaking and water colouring too. So in this photo heavy post, I’ll be sharing how I coloured the Kingfisher using only 3 of my Aqua water-based markers, red, blue and yellow, and in a very loose way.Loose kingfisher1I started by stamping the Kingfisher stamp from Sheena Douglas using “Straw bale” from Spectrum Noir’s Harmony range of water reactive die inks on Spectrum Noir 300gm watercolour paper. I use this colour ink as it will mix well with the colours I will be using on my Kingfisher. Yellow, when mixed with blue, becomes green, and with red becomes orange, so since I don’t mind having those colours on most of my flower or bird paintings, this colour is perfect for me.Loose kingfisher2I started by painting the head and wing of my Kingfisher using Azure Blue. These markers come with two nibs, a thin nib and a broader brushlike nib. I jused the broader nib in areas where the accents already were and blended and spread the paint with a water brush. Loose kingfisher3I then added Flame Red and as you can see, it blended with the yellow ink and became orange. To make it redder, just add more red paint on top of it after it dries.Loose kingfisher4You can see that I started going out of the stamp boundaries on the tail, which is necessary when you want to create a loose flow to your stamp paintings. I continued my colouring with its beak, by adding Azure Blue with the fine tip of the marker. This fine tip is perfect for nooks and crannies of small flowers too.Loose kingfisher5While I was waiting for the base layers of my first wash to dry, I started on the branch of the tree. As I don’t have the brown Aqua marker, yet, I created the colour by mixing my red, blue and yellow, directly on my paper as I was too lazy to mix it on my acrylic block! But after blending with my water brush, you can no longer see the individual colours.Loose kingfisher6Once the first wash had dried, I added more paint using large brush strokes with the broad tip of the markers, outside of the stamp outline and blended them in with the water brush. To create more flow in the paints, make sure your waterbrush is wet by squirting a puddle of water onto your acrylic block or crafting mat and dipping your brush into it before you start the blending. Loose kingfisher7To create fine details on the bird to give more accent to its feathers, I used the fine tip of the Aqua markers, let it sit for afew seconds, before blending it with my brush. This will allow for the strokes to be visible but still blended in. I drew in the eye with my black Artliner from Spectrum Noir and finished the painting with some paint splatters.Loose kingfisher8To do that, I just scribbled my marker onto my acrylic block, using the broad tip, and added a little water to it, picked up the paint with my waterbrush and tapped it against a stick or pen to allow the splatters to fall where I want it on my card.Loose kingfisher9 To finish, I added some highlights around the head and feathers of my bird with a white gel pen. And that’s how you do a loose painting of this Kingfisher stamp using only three Aqua pens from Spectrum Noir!Loose kingfisher products.jpgI hand wrote a sentiment from Rumi, a famous 13th-century Persian poet, who’s inspirational poetry I love.

Well if you’re still with me, thank you for following my post till the end and I would love to hear your thoughts on my tutorial. To celebrate my being Brand Ambassador to Spectrum Noir, I am giving away this Kingfisher stamp as I ordered two by mistake, and a small watercolour pad with embossed images which you can practise your water colouring on. Just make sure you’re a follower and leave me a comment to let me know. I will pick a winner on the 31st of May.

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


I’m sharing this with:

2crafty critter2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge – Anything goes

color crazyColor Crazy challenge – Anything goes which is hand coloured

ssswchallengeSimon says Stamp Wednesday challenge – For a special lady

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday April – Pet project



Paper Crafting & Beyond

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Die cuts, Watercolor

Hi all! Today I am here to share with you a card I made after I attended another excellent online course over at the Altenew Academy, called “Paper Crafting and Beyond”. This is part of my Altenew Educator’s Certification course and I’m already on the last level, Level 3! I have just 2 more classes to take, do the last assignment and hopefully be certified.Fantasy Floral product pinterestThis course was all about how to use our designer papers in many innovative ways to create beautiful house or party decorations, cards and scrapbooking projects. My card today was inspired by her very first lesson where she showed us how to make a flower wreath using Altenew’s beautiful watercoloured paper and their 3D dies.
20190502_160304.jpgUnfortunately, I didn’t have any of their paper, but I did have tons of my own watercolour pieces from my (failed) attempts to create loose florals. So in the true spirit of the origin of Scrapbooking, I used my scraps to create the flowers using Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D die set. I just love how they look once cut out from my failed paintings! I layered them and arranged them around the Sweet friend frame die from Altenew, which I had stamped and heat embossed with Rose Gold Wow embossing powder.Fantasy Floral cuThe sentiment comes from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes (I love every one of them!) and even though I used a stamp positioner to stamp it, it still came out bleary because I moved the card before I stamped it a second time 🙄. I tried to rectify it by filling in the double letters with a black pen but please forgive me if it still looks a little blurry. To finish, I added splatters with liquid watercolours and a little blue bauble.Fantasy Floral die pinterestI really enjoyed this class and I’m going to use the other ideas in this course to create party decorations and scrapbook layouts. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I look forward to reading them.

Have a Great Day! Hugs, 0aablog-signature

I’m also sharing this card over at:

altenew.jpgAltenew’s inspiration challenge 

DiesRUsDies R Us – Flowers

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower challenge – Embossing

Crafty friends.pngCrafty Friends challenge – use more than one die