Since I started making cards 6 months ago, my inspiration and teachers have all been the different artists I come across in Blogland. Seeing all your incredible creations out there really motivate me to use new methods…and obviously products!

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This card was no exception. I have never made a card with a background die as I thought they made the card too “crowded”, but I decided to give it a try after seeing some fabulous creations out in Blogland.  So I ordered one, and I’m glad I did, as I am loving this die from Sizzix! I have also never made a green card but decided to try after seeing some beautiful cards over at Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday, where the challenge is to use the August Birthstone, Peridot. Unfortunately I had it in my mind that it was Emerald so the colour of this card is not really Peridot! Lol!

I first painted a cardstock with Brushos emerald green and leaf green, before randomly stamping it with Versamark and then heat embossing it with clear sparkly embossing powder, as I wanted it to sparkle like the gemstone. I then cut it with the background die and stuck it on another piece of white cardstock. I adhered it behind the front of my card which I had previously cut with a Sizzix rectangle die. The sentiment comes from Stamplorations and I layered it to make it stand out more.

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A secret I found to easily layering and sticking thin die cuts is to sandwich a cardstock with double sided adhesive tape and cut your die on this. That way you peel off the bottom of your die cut to stick it to the card and peel off the top to stick it to the upper layer of die cut.

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This is the inside left side of the card which has the background die on it. I coloured it with Brushos and stamped it with a Stamplorations sentiment, because I had used a scrap card which already had some colour on it and needed to hide that!

This is the Peridot gemstone from the Work it Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says Stamp

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I’m also entering it in:

Darnells’s NBUS (never been used stuff) challenge which I think I will visit often, as I have LOADS I have never used, and I’m glad to see I’m not the only hoarder and compulsive buyer!

Die cutting Diva’s – Anything Goes

HLS Anything goes with dies

Thanks for stopping by!

Blossom like a butterfly

I love making cards with butterflies. Its amazing and inspirational to me, that they start out as squirmy little slugs, before they one day just metamorphose into gorgeous butterflies. Its my favourite comfort line to my daughter when she’s feeling awkward with her body…but then I guess all teenage girls are in a hurry to become butterflies aren’t they? I know I was. But being a butterfly to me is more than being beautiful. Its to have this ability to flit merrily in life, without a care in the world. Appreciating the good things and accepting the inconveniences.  And I guess I still have a long way to becoming a butterfly, as I still can’t accept the inconvenience of doing housework!😉

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I made 2 cards with this beautiful butterfly stamp and sentiment by Stamplorations. For the sentiment . I first added brusho powder and water on a plastic surface and then wet my stamp with this mixture and stamped my card with it. I tested it a few times on scrap paper to make sure it didn’t stamp too watery. The faux gold ring die cut, from Simon Says Stamp, was cut from white card stock and heat embossed with gold powder.  For the butterfly, I stamped it with Versamark before heat embossing it with gold. I then added brushos again, spritz water and wiped off the access over the embossed areas. I fussy cut it and adhered it in the middle of the smaller ring, which also comes from the same SSS set, which was coloured using the leftover brushos mixture I used for the sentiment.

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I entered this card in:
Stamplorations CAS challenge  stamplorations CAS
Cards 4 Gals – Butterflies or dragonflies
Moving along with the Times – Clean and Simple
Stamplorations Always Anything goes  STAMPlorations-anythinggoes

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This card uses the same sentiment but a mask of a another butterfly from a punch. I first added the butterfly mask and the sentiment mask, which I made by fussy cutting the stamped sentiment and added brushos around it in a relatively organised pattern. Spritzed enough water on it to let the powders dissolve but not too much to avoid the ink running. I removed the masks and was so happy the inks did not run under my mask! I finished by stamping the sentiment with my MISTI. I forgot the word BLOSSOM had a “tatty” look so I just kept on stamping! Lol!

I hope you enjoyed both my cards… and continue blossoming!

I entered this card into:
HLS August CAS – Masking. Its my 2nd entry, as Valentyna’s DT card gave me the courage to try this masking again. Thanks!
Addicted to CAS – Silhouette
Just Us Girls – The flow of the colours inspired me jugs.png


To Have and to Hold

When it was certain that we were moving here from France, three years ago, I started gathering info on Ulm, the little city in the South of Germany where we would be moving to. During my on-line research, I met some wonderful people who spent time giving me information on the city, places to live and the German way of life. Soon, these new friends were waiting to welcome me and really made my integration into Ulm so much easier. I now try to do the same with newcomers to Ulm and I will always be grateful to these really special friends. So when one of them announced she was getting married, I just had to hold the hen party for her…and obviously make her an extra special card!

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I was inspired by Vijaylaxmi Siyal’s card at Stamplorations CASe the Designer challenge, but as I had recently made a similar card, I was wondering how to do the same but different. It hit me over dinner while I was staring at my daughter’s t-shirt (she started feeling quite uncomfortable, lol !) and I just left the table and started working on the card! (Luckily I had just finished my meal so I didn’t set a bad example for the kids!)

The Card base : I started by masking the card with washi tapes, brought out a stencil from Ideen Hertz and used my Versamark pen to trace the pattern. I covered it with black embossing powder (with the stencil still on the card), removed the stencil and heat embossed it. I then sponged Momento Tuxedo ink over it, and when it was dry I covered it with glaze to give it some shine. Only then did I remove the masks.

The “Flowers”: The flowers are actually the Seashell cosmo stamp from Stamplorations, which I first stamped in Versamark ink, heat embossed it with pink and blue WOW embossing powders to represent the bride and the groom. I coloured them in with Momento inks with my mini Ranger blender and then fussy cut them. The Sizzix leaf diecuts were cut from paper previously coloured with my Brusho powder paints. I added glaze on the leafs so that it would shine and a drop in the middle of each flower too.

The sentiment comes from JustRite and was stamped with my Misti with Momento Tuxedo ink, before heat embossing it.

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You get a better view here of the background stencil. I also wanted to intertwine the vines around the flowers to emphasise the “To Have and To Hold”.

I really love this card, cause as my hubby said, it looks simple but alot of work has gone into it. And thats about friendship too I guess. Thanks Sarah Jane for yours, and I hope you like this card. Thanks to you, my arrival in Ulm was so much more enjoyable!

Thanks for stopping by!

This is Vijaylaxmi Siyal’s card I’m casing: caseplorations.jpg

I also entered this card in:

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Masking. Theres alot of detail but I hope its still “clean” enough!
Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes
Through the craft room door – Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown – Make it sparkle
Wow Embossing powder – Flowers
Joy Clair – Inspiration photo joyclair.jpg
Stamplorations – Always Anything Goes STAMPlorations-anythinggoes

Shaving Foam Art!

I’m always on the look out for new techniques to create art and I just found the strangest one yet…using SHAVING FOAM! I discovered it over at The Male Room challenge blog and there are some handy videos showing you how to do it too. I do wonder though how it was invented. Probably some man cut himself shaving and a caring wife was beside him wiping off the blood, saw how the foam left a pretty blood splatter on the tissue and thought…hmmm this will make great art…?  The end results also remind me of my “pour and smear” art I make from time to time. Anyway its going to be a long post as I show you the method and some examples of what I did.

All you need is shaving foam, a flat plastic dish, alcohol inks/food colouring/liquid paint…, a flat spatula/ruler/window wiper and lots & lots of tissue! And if you use mint shaving foam, your cards will come out smelling nice and minty too!

  1. First spray shaving foam in your tray, then add your inks. I added both food colouring and alcohol inks. (top left pic)
  2. Use a stick ( I use old wooden chopsticks) to swirl your inks around (top right pic)
  3. Lay a piece of card stock, glossy paper gives a nice shiny finish, on the foam and press gently down
  4. Remove your card by lifting it or pulling it across the foam and place it on scrap paper
  5. Use your ruler/window wiper/spatula to remove the foam. Using tissue to clean off any foam leftover will not disturb the ink on the paper.
  6. Leave to dry before use

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This is what the end result looks like! Pretty isn’t it? I used it as a panel on an orange card stock and added the Sizzix butterfly which I hand coloured with my Tombow pens and painted on some gel to make it shine. I did the same with the Tim Holt’s “Celebrate” sentiment. As this card is for a boy, I added some paint splatters to make it look messy. They sparkle cause I went over the splatters with my Sakura gelly roll pen!

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I was inspired by these challenges when making this card:

the male room The Male Room – Technique – Shaving Foam. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful technique!
Freshly Made Sketches – freshly made sketch
MFT Color challenge – MFT color challenge

For the next card, I used the same foam, flattened it a little and used a Kraft card to catch the ink. The result gave a nice soft background! I stamped a rose from Stamplorations, painted it in with my water pen and the white ink left on the stamp, and outlined it with my transparent Sakura glitter gelly pen. The sentiment comes from Impressions Obsessions and it is stamped on an oval stitched die cut from Spellbinders. I added 2 drops of gel/glue to look like dew drops.

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I entered this card in:

CASology – Dream
Addicted to Stamps and more – Make Your Mark
Just Us Girls – Color Week jugs.png

Last card (for this post) is actually the first card I made with this technique using pinks and greens. I used the border die and sentiment from Memory Box, which was cut from the same piece of dyed paper. I mounted it all on a green card.

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This card goes into:

Simon Says Wednesday – Make For the Border
Cards and More – Color combo pink and green
Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes seize the birthday.png

Before I go, here are some other cards I “painted”. Apart from the pink background ones, the others were made with the same shaving foam of my 1st two cards above. Trick is to start with light colours and add darker ones after. The brown/blue and raspberry/ green, was made after I had already used the same foam three times, so you don’t have to keep on using new foam for very card.

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I also found a great video here to create some gorgeous art through stencils using shaving foam too! Hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to create with shaving foam too!

Thanks for staying through this long post and have a great week!





Shabby.. chic?

I didn’t plan on making a shabby, maybe chic, card today and its not my normal style either. But I wanted to combine three challenges, using the colours in House of Cards, the sketch in Mojo Monday and using a doily for DiesRUs. So this is what it ended up looking like, and I was surprised that it turned out quite beautiful, unfortunately  I couldn’t get the photo to do it justice!

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I first sprinkled my Brusho powders on a paper doily and spritzed it with water. I then stuck it on the card and brushed glue/gel over it to stiffen it and give it a shine. I added the gel around the doily thinking it might give it some contrast but it just made it look messy! I added a strip of kraft ribbed paper across and cut the scallop circle with my Sizzix scallop die. I stamped the sentiment from artSTAMP (love that song!) on it and coloured in the edges of the circle before sticking it on the carton strip with foam tabs.

This was what inspired me:

mojo monday the sketch from Mojo Monday

house of cards I went with the colours from House of Cards. I now see that what I thought was brown is actually dark purple! Ooops!

DiesRUs and I used a doily for DiesRUs

UnikoChallenge Uniko Challenge – Inspired by a song title

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I needed a quick birthday card for a friend as Facebook forgot to remind me that it was her birthday the day before…😉 and I was taking her out to lunch as a treat. I usually take a long time to make a card as I like playing with inks, stamps…but I didn’t have time so I pulled out my stash box and tried to make a card just with them.

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Although they were cut afew months ago, I still remember that the scallop and butterflies are Sizzix and the Lawn Fawn birthday greeting came from paper previously painted with Brushos. I don’t really know where the flower comes from. I added 3 pearl dots with my pearl pen, which actually took longer to dry than for me to make the card. Lol!

Hope you enjoyed this equally quick post!

I played along with:

Creative Corner challenges – Three layer card

Jo’s scrap shack – Anything Goes

Mod Squad challenge – The die’s the thing – definately is in my card!

Make a joyful noise!

There is a very talented 16 year old violinist called Mathea Goh, who also happens to be my niece🙂, who has just won a prestigious award in Singapore! This award is given yearly to a violinist or string player who has shown a consistent track record of outstanding musicianship and performance. I am so proud of her and I made this card to congratulate her.

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I first coloured this beautiful stamp from Our Daily Bread designs “Just a Note” set, with different coloured Tombow markers, lightly sprayed the stamp with water and stamped it on my card. I then masked off a rectangle in the card and coloured around the mask with my Brushos. I removed the mask and cut the panel with My Favourite Things rectangle stitched die. I adhered it to a violet cardstock and it was done!

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Heres a close up. The words read “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” as I know my niece plays also for the Lord!

Hope you enjoyed this brief interlude!

I played along at:

Simon Says Wednesday – Make for the border

Addicted to CAS – Music addicted to CAS

Your Next Stamp challenge – I used the colours in the challenge to make this card.Your next stamp