The Sisterhood of Crafters – Spring Flowers

Card Challenge, Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

sisterhood

Hi all! I’m back again today to let you know we have a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters for the next fortnight and our Sistah Debbie has chosen a wonderful theme – Spring Flowers! If you’ve been having a long cold winter as we’ve had here in Germany, I’m sure, like me, you can’t wait for Spring to come and with it the beautiful spring flowers!

Altenew wc flowers.jpg

I went all out with the colours on my card as I can’t bear the grey here anymore! I even bought loads of bright coloured clothes of yellow and green and started wearing them to cheer myself up! This card was relatively easy to make as the “Fantasy floral” dies from Altenew take the guess out of how to colour them. Each flower is 3 tiered so I started by water-colouring one of the flower bases a dark pink, the middle layer a lighter pink and the final top layer a darker pink. The other flower was coloured the same way but I started with a light pink base. For the bottom flower I just used the top layer by itself.

Altenew wc flowers cu.jpg

The leaves were painted just light blue and I added dark blue to the tips and a few strokes on one leaf to add more detail. I used Winsor and Newton professional watercolours. The pink is called Opera Rose and I love the vibrancy of the colour as much as its name! I stamped the sentiment from Altenew as its going to be a Mother’s Day card for my mum. To finish, I added afew Nuvo drops.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll pop over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog and leave my other Sistahs some love. Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments, so I hope you’ll let me know what you think of my card, or anything else you have on your mind!

Have a great day!

0aablog-signature2-1

I’m also sharing this card over at:

altenew.jpg

Altenew Inspiration challenge – I think the pink I used is stronger than the one in the pic but I hope the blues and kraft I used are enough to qualify!

HLS watercolour.png

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge

Cards in Envy Badge

Cards in Envy – No patterned paper

Inspired by all the little things.png

Inspired by all the Little Things – Spring

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

Two with One

Card Challenge, Cards, Spectrum noir, The Ton stamps, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I made these two cards with one stamp set to play along at Twofer Card challenge. This challenge is fun as you have to think of two different ways to use the same stamp set. For today’s card, I used the Fresh Cut Poppies from The Ton as I wanted to play along at their March Spring challenge too.

 

For my first card, I tried some water-colouring as I’ve been continuing with my watercolour lessons with Jenna Rainey’s book “Everyday Watercolor”. The book is supposed to teach you to watercolour in 30 days but as I’m not disciplined enough to watercolour everyday, its taking me 6 months! LoL! If you want to see my latest progress click here.

watercolour poppies cu.jpg

 I’m sorry I don’t have a process of my painting but my video set up is still not in place in my new craft room. I hope my written explanations will be enough. I started by stamping the poppies with Momento’s Rose Bud ink and the leaves with Versafine’s Spanish Moss ink. I gave a very light wash of a mixture of Winsor and Newton’s Opera Rose & Scarlet Lake on each petal. I then added a darker version in the places I wanted to add shade. While waiting for it to dry I painted the leaves with a mixture of Sap Green and Vandyke Brown. The middle leaves also had some lemon yellow added to the mixture.

Once the poppies were dry, I accentuated the lines which are already on the stamp, with my Prismacolor pencils. I gave a yellowy wash behind the flowers and splattered some paint once this was dry. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine black ink and I matted this panel, cut with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle die, onto a pink card base.

spectrum noir poppies

Since my first card was quite long to make, I decided to create a very simple CAS card for my 2nd card. I wanted to join in the fun at AAA Cards challenge which asked us to use only 1/3 of the card. So I masked the bottom 3rd of the card with a large post it and just stamped my poppies and leaves over it. The colouring of the leaves was done very simply with my Spectrum Noir sparkle brush pens and Zig clean color real brushes.

spectrum noir poppies cu

See how it sparkles! I added 2 lines with my Zigs for some detail. For the wavy sentiment, I just twisted it a little before stamping it with Versafine again. I was finished until I remembered that we were supposed to make 2 completely different themes as well for each card so I added the Birthday… Oh well, I hope its different enough!

twofer challenge

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you think of my cards. Which is your favourite?

Have a great day!

0aablog-signature2-1

I’m also sharing the first watercolour card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolor Card Challenge – Garden

the ton

And the 2nd card at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Floral Frenzy

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple

AAAcards

 

 

 

Twofer

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!

dragonfruit ew.jpg

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.

Bird of paradise ew

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!

paint signature base

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!

cactus ew.jpg

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…

montera ew.jpg

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!

paint signature base

 

Wishing you Love and Laughter

Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters, The Ton stamps, Watercolor

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who didn’t read my first post! Wishing you love and laughter today and everyday for the rest of 2018! For my 2nd post, I’m sharing a card I made for our challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters where the theme is “A Banner Year” so join us with any card that features banners, pennants, flags…

The Ton wildflowers main

To make this card, I first stamped the banner from The Ton’s “Basic Banners” stamp set, and then stamped it again on a large post it note and ran it through my Brother’s scan and cut to have a mask. I placed the mask over the stamped banner and then stamped the flowers from Wishful Wildflowers from The Ton again, with Versamark and heat embossed it with Wow’s white embossing powder.

In the banner I wanted a custom sentiment for a New year’s card, so I got my daughter to write in it for me, as she’s so good in hand lettering! Here she couldn’t really show off her talent as the space was so narrow so I’m sharing one of her other letterings.

ines hand lettering

This is something I’m always telling her so it must have stuck!

The Ton wildflowers cu

The flowers were painted with Winsor and Newton paints by first adding water using a watercolor brush and then dropped in a splotch of paint, which just spread out where there was water. To finish I added paint drops on random parts of the card. I couldn’t film it as my video set up is not ready yet in my new craft room but I’m sharing a video of the same process to show you how easy it is to do this type of water colouring!

Well, thanks for dropping by and I hope you liked all I shared. Do pop over to see my team mates wonderful cards over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and join in the fun! Have a great day full of Love and Laughter!

0aablog-signature2-1

I’m also sharing this card over at:

the tonThe Ton Feb challenge – My 2nd entry

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – My 2nd entry to their Anything with Flowers challenge