Bloomin’ Flowers

Card Challenge, Cards, Clearly Besotted Stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters


Hi all. I’m back again today to invite you to come play in a challenge I am hosting over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog. For this challenge, I decided to choose the theme “Bloomin’ Flowers” as I have fallen in love with flowers since I started card making and painting. So if you’re like me and love flowers too, I hope to see you link up all your projects with flowers there! You have till Sunday September 2nd 8pm EST.

I took a course recently at Altenew Academy, as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program, called “Beautiful Details” and its all about how we can go outside the box and add those little details that make our card stand out from the norm. I’ve also been wondering lately, what type of painter I would like to be and maybe go back to my roots (or rather my grandparents) and give Chinese painting  a try.

Chinese painting products

So with this card I tried to emulate the style of the Chinese traditional painters by using my stamps from Clearly Besotted in a different way and incorporating tips I learnt from the course. The “Calming Carnations” stamp set consists of 2 layered stamps and I first took the full carnations stamp and coloured it with my light grey  Zig clean color real brush, spritz it VERY slightly with water and stamped it. I then did the same thing twice more but each time with a darker colour. The darker flower at the front was stamped after I stamped the two behind.

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Yes it looks awful at this stage doesn’t it! Luckily I had a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted to do, if not I would have given up at this point! I stamped the little buds in pink and started doodling on my flowers with my Sakura Koi grey colouring Brush pens which I just got. I’m not a natural at doodling but afew reference pics from internet on Chinese paintings helped alot. At this point I felt the flowers were all concentrated too low on the card, so I added two lilies from the same stamp set, but this time using only the detailed part of the stamp and then doodled in.

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I added a frame as I still felt it was too flat (can you tell I’m not comfortable with “free-styling”) by cutting 2 rectangle frames using Sizzix stacked rectangle dies. I propped the frame on double sided foam and finished by writing in the sentiment in Chinese, which means “May all your wishes comes true” as I’m gave this card to a friend for her birthday.

Well I hope you liked my card, I would love to know what you think. Do pop on over to “The Sisterhood of Crafters” challenge blog and see what my “sistahs” there have created just to inspire you to join in the fun and leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!


I’m sharing this with:

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Use your current favourite stamp. My current, past and future favourite stamp will always be a flower one!

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations – Anything Goes

Creative Moments – Anything Goes without the optional twist of music

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Anything Goes


AECP – Let It Shine!

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, WoW embossing powder

When I first started card making 2 years ago, a fellow crafty friend told me my signature was having some form of heat embossing on my cards. I didn’t realise it but it was true…and that was when I stopped heat embossing as I realised I needed to diversify. 2 years later, my signature today would be watercolour cards, I guess, but only cause I LOVE water-colouring and not because I don’t know how to do anything else as I have learnt so many different techniques since then. And with the Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program, I am learning even more, every single day, as I gave myself the challenge to finish the classes in this course in 30 days!

Glitter bouquet stencil main

Today’s course talked about the different ways to add shine to our projects so I brought out my Wow embossing powders and they were quite happy to shine again on my card! I used Altenew’s gorgeous “Watercolor Bouquet Stencil” which is a layered stencil, meaning you add the first layer of colour through the large flower, turn the stencil around and add a darker colour through the other part of the stencil.


Here you can see better what I mean. The top flower is where you put the base colour and the bottom part of the stencil are the highlights you add the darker colour on. I used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to blend in the colours that I had put down using my Zig clean color real brush pens and it works like water, blending the colours so well and adding a beautiful shine, which I tried to capture on camera but it doesn’t do it justice.

Glitter bouquet stencil cu

While the card was drying, I started on my gold embossed sentiment diecut from Stamplorations. I preferred to first heat emboss a strip of paper with Wow gold embossing powder and then die-cut it, rather than the other way around as its alot less finicky. Once everything dried, I cut this panel with Altenew’s “Cross Stitch Canvas” die and matted it on a rose card base, added my sentiment, and lastly added some clear water drops with my Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray. Instead of using the spray, I unscrewed the cap and just dripped afew drops where I wanted it and once dried, its hard and transparent!

Glitter bouquet stencil trial

To have a raised sentiment, I had cut a second sentiment to go under the gold diecut and I had used a spoilt card for it. But it was so nice & blended so beautifully with my water-coloured flower that I really couldn’t decide if I wanted to add the gold sentiment in the end! What do you think, which do you prefer?

Glitter bouquet stencil

In the end, my son decided he preferred the gold sentiment, and as today’s class was called “Let It Shine“, I decided to stick with the original plan. If I wasn’t a little hungover tired from a night out with friends, I would have made a second card and have both…

Well I hope you liked my card. I was really inspired by all the little extra details I learnt from Carissa Wiley during this course and I will be going back often when I need further inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

Paru.pngParu’s cardmaking challenge – Make a card or tag

tuesday throwdownTuesday Throwdown – Stencilling

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Watercolor

stamplorations.pngStamplorations Cutplorations challenge – They’re on holiday so its a Anything Goes challenge

die cuttin divasDie cutting Divas -Anything Goes

Pause dream enjoy.jpgPause Dream Enjoy challenge – Use stitched dies

watercooler wed.jpgWatercooler Wednesday challenge – Feminine Anything Goes





AECP – Stamp Layering Majestic Blooms

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Card making Techniques, Cards

Second day of my personal challenge to finish the Altenew Educator Certification program by the end of August and today’s card show’s off what I learnt during the “Stamp Layering 2” course, featuring the gorgeous Majestic Bloom stamp from Altenew. This online course is great as it goes through many of the stamp layering sets Altenew has and shows the best way to stamp them.

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I took 5h to make this card! No it didn’t take that long to stamp everything, I just couldn’t decide on the colour combinations or the layout. Some days I have an idea and after 1h the whole card is done, and some days, like today, I have no idea what I’m doing! I have to say though, that due to the tips given during the course, every single stamped flower was perfectly aligned! And after stamping the flower 9 times in multiple colour combinations, I think I could do it with my eyes closed now!

Majesttic bloom cu

In the end I decided to use Altenew mango smoothie, Ranger’s Abandoned coral distress ink and a touch of my Zig clean color real brushes for the darker accents on the flower. For the leaves, I used Altenew’s Ocean Waves, Dusk and Desert Night. A tip I discovered, after stamping so many times: To get a good clean stamped image, it helps to hold down the stamp firmly for 10 seconds at least, this gives the ink the chance to spread into each other and avoid blotches.  The sentiment comes from the Perennial Beauty set from Altenew too.

Majesttic bloom side

I mounted the panel onto an orange card base, offsetting it a little to balance the colours. To finish I added 3 gemstones from The paper Studio but in the photo it makes my flower look really creepy, like a tiny alien is peeping out from under the petals…

Well I hope you like my card and are having a good start to the week. I am pretty happy as I managed to start my detox diet and swim 1km in the lake yesterday AND make cards, and today was the same, just hope I can continue till the end of August too!

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I’m sharing this over at:

Creativ fusion arts.jpgCreativ Fusion Arts – A new to me challenge blog and the explosion feeling I get from looking at the photo inspiration kinda resembles my card too I think.

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Without the stripes optional topping

Fashionable stampingFashionable stamping – Use those inks anyway you want. I chose to simply stamp with them, something I actually rarely do!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes


Addicted to Stamps and More – Cactus

Addicted to Stamps and More, Cards, Watercolor, Zig clean color real brush

addicted to stamps & more

Hi all, I’m here with the first of my double posts today, to invite you to play along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More, where we have a beautiful photo inspiration of succulents. Feel free to join in with whatever inspires you in this picture, be it the plants themselves or the colours or the shapes and I look forward to see what you come up with.

Before I go onto my card I have to apologise for the lack of variety in my photos today as I gave away the card to my daughter’s classmate for his birthday, before I had the chance to take more pics, but I hope the quality of the card is enough 😉 .

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Onto my card. I recently purchased some stamps from Penny Black called “Happy Together” that had a row of succulents on it and I was so excited to use them for the first time for this challenge. I stamped them with Momento’s Tuxedo black ink and started colouring them in with my Zig clean color real brushes.  I even managed to add some detail on the first cactus from your left by adding darker vertical lines to create a multifaceted look to the cactus. I added some shading under and around the pots and splattered lots of black paint on the card. To finish, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew.

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Fun facts about Cactus’s. Did you know the spines on them are actually highly evolved leaves and they protect the plant by preventing them from being eaten by animals & by providing shade to the plant. So the next time your clothes get ripped and a bit of cloth stays on, know that you are doing your bit to provide them shade… 😆

Well I hope you were inspired by my card and that you’ll join in our challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. Do pop over to see the gorgeous creations my teammates have created just for your viewing pleasure and leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and see you in my next post… in a few hours… where I’ll show you how to create seaweed like forms with rubber bands!


I’m also sharing this over at:

penny blackPenny Black and More challenge – In the garden

penny black sat challengePenny Black Saturday challenge – Masculine

PCM-challenges-logo2.jpgParu’s Card making challenge – Masculine

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Anything Goes

sweet stampersSweet Stampers challenge blog – Birthday


Coffee & Spanish fish stew

Cards, Stamplorations, Zig clean color real brush

It’s my hubby’s birthday today and I wanted to make him a card that contained his favourite things and since last year I gave him a card with a guitar on it, this year it has coffee with the intensity of my lust love.  I’m not a gushy person when it comes to expressing my feelings so I’m only going to say I’m lucky to have a hubby like him, someone who cooks when I don’t feel like doing it, does the laundry when he & my son don’t have any clean clothes left, (funny enough my daughter and I never run out of clothes to wear…) walk the dogs, and always supports my time consuming passions.

Miguel's bday card

I used Stamplorations Coffee Cup stencil and 3 different inks for the contour of the cup. I squiggled in the heart of flames with my Zig clean color real brushes and stamped in the sentiment from Stamplorations Dark Coffee set that contains some really cheeky coffee related sentiments which I love. To finish I just rubbed some inks on the sides of the card.

Well its a short post as I have to prepare his birthday dinner with all his favourite foods. I got French oysters and I’m making Zarzuela de Mariscos, a seafood stew but I add fish too as he loves fish. Its a coincidence but this is my favourite Spanish dish too 😉

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


I’m also sharing this card at:

coffee-lovers-hop.jpgThis will be the first of 4 coffee themed cards I decided to make just for this blog hop!

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Masculine card

casology.jpgCASology – Squiggle

less is more.jpgLess Is More – One layer cards – Thinking of You

STAMPlorations-anythinggoesStamplorations Always Anything Goes with Stamplorations products