Monday, 16 January 2017

Big hugs

The Less is more challenge this week is one layer with favorite drinks or beverages.
I don't have stamps for that, so I ignored that bit ;-), either I don;t enter or I ignore lol

I made my one layer card by die cutting the My Favorite things big hugs die from the card base and from a watercolored panel.
Oh that has water in it, that's a beverage ...haha....never mind..
I placed the hugs onto the panel so to get the most variations, blue purple, blue again, but I wanted it straight on my card, this one's just a bonus card, and I love that.
But for the challenge it needs to be one layer, so I adhered sticky tape on the inside and inlaid the word with the watercolored word. Then I prettied up the inside with a panel of printer paper, just so you don't see the innards, but so it's still one layer on the front...does that make sense?

Added a few enamel accents from Ranger.

For the other panel as it was a panel I stuck it on the card base.

For more information on the Less is More challenge, see this

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: square.
The AAA cards Challenge is: hello.

I've combined the two in this square hello card.
To make it I used a piece of Schut Watercolor paper and ink smooshed on Distress inks Wilted violet and picked raspberry, I diluted it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in the frost variant instead of water, I wanted this nice sparkly panel. I ordered two of these shimmer spritzes frost and sparkle. It's the first time I used them and I didn't know which to choose, but I'm happy with this frost look.
I then diecut the Simon Says Stamp painted hello from the panel and from black cardstock and inlaid it into the panel.
Raised the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the card base.
I diecut some butterflies from "normal" cardstock as in not watercolor paper.  For these I swiped the inkpads across the paper, spritzed them too with the shimmer spritz and then die cut some butterflies out of it.
I think it's a die from Olba, but I'm not sure got it second hand from a Facebook group.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this
For more information on the AAA cards challenge, see this

Sunday, 8 January 2017


Whether you need a thank you card or are sending out thank you cards for all those Christmas cards you got, any occasion is good to say thanks.

The card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: something new showcasing Simon Says Stamp products.
The Simon Says Stamp  Monday Challenge: start afresh,
and for the Less is More Challenge: ombre

I used the heart of flowers die and the painted thanks die, both from Simon Says Stamp and both came in today's mail..woot!
So new for sure ;-)

I diecut the heart from a cardpanel and mounted it with foamtape.
I diecut the thanks from black cardstock with doublesided adhesive on the back, so it becomes a sticker.
I painted a watercolorpaper panel with Ecoline (318) and faded it towards the bottom to get the ombre effect.
Mounted it all together and adhered it to the cardbase.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: see this.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this
For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Superhero card

For my nephew, who's turning 12 next week I  made this card.
I'm entering into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: start afresh.

I got the Uniko (explosion) stamp in earlier this week and the My Favorite Things stamp (superhero boy) today!
I was quite anxious about it getting in in time, so I started the cardbase yesterday, I stamped all the words and graphics from the stampset with Memento dewdrops in fun and bright colors, I hope boy colors, but I'm not an expert on 11 year old boys, lol.
Anyway for the superhero I stamped him with My Favorite Things hybrid black ink onto Schut watercolor paper and used Talens Ecoline to color him, then cut him out and then I went around the edges with Memento black marker and mounted him with foam tape to the cardbase.
I didn't include a sentiment on the front as it's quite busy as is ;-)
Though about a black strip, but decided against it.
I've used fixative off camera to set the image.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Thursday, 5 January 2017

A rainbow hurray

The challenge at Less is more this week is: dimension.

So for my card I used a Hoera (hurray) die from Nellie snellen and Distress inks.

I started by masking of a part of a cardpanel, inkblended on: candied apple, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, mermaid lagoon.
Then immediately brushed on Perfect Pearls in the pearl color and set it with a mist of water.
Let it dry.

Then I diecut the hoera from the front and four more times out of white card and stacked it all together and inlaid it back in.
Added the panel to the cardbase and added some enamel dots.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this

Friday, 30 December 2016

Weird? please, I'm a limited edition...

That sentiment made me laugh so hard I fell off my chair, almost, lol.
It's from the Riley Company, and I got it from Simon Says Stamp store.

The Wednesday Challenge is anything goes showcasing Lindy's stamp gang.

I used some of  their embossing powders: Hyacinth blue jade, Imperial crown purple gold and Silver moon turquoise. Then also some Wow! embossing powders: chartreuse, blue topaz and Parma violet.

To Make the card I die cut a Simon Says Stamp die called feathers out of a card panel. 
I've left these two dies together as I always seem to use it like this, attached.
I then stamped the sentiment with Versafine black onyx ink and the WRMK precision press.
Heat set the sentiment, to be safe ;-)

I traced the opening of the feathers onto the card base and then smooshed my Versamark ink pad to cover the area, bit more is better than too small a space.

I then sprinkled on the embossing powders in different areas, I call it camouflage embossing, not sure that's the right term though.

I included a video where I also used that technique.
I mounted the panel with foam tape.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Saturday, 24 December 2016

twinkle twinkle little star

This little girl holding a string of sparkly stars was just the inspiration for both the Monday challenge (party time) and Wednesday challenge (make it sparkle) over at Simon Says Stamp. Showcasing Hero arts products...
The Less is More Challenge : children

Apart from their ultra stamp cleaner I'm afraid I didn't use any Hero Arts stuff....sorry.

The little girl is from C.C. Design and called Star.

I used My Favorite Things Hybrid black ink to stamp her and the sentiment with the WRMK precision press tool.
I got it for my birthday this week and was keen to try it. So far so good.
I also got the portrait box with 6 Illustrator markers from Spectrum Noir. Also used the black Spectrum Noir markers  for the rest of the colors.
I used Crafter's Companion ultra smooth Neenah solar white card stock as my base.
After coloring I adhered the panel onto my card base with tape runner.

I used Wink of Stella on the stars and then covered the stars with glossy accents for shine and sparkly stars.

I thought the sentiment could go for loads of occasions, even Christmas because of the stars, but you could reinforce this on the inside with Happy birthday etc. I didn't yet as I'm not sure when I will send this out...too late for Christmas, but good for a birthday. graduation of some sorts etc.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this
For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this

Friday, 16 December 2016

Gift it!

Gift it is the theme over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, showcasing Mama Elephant products.

I have no Mama Elephant products though :-(

I made a little gift box for a stack of three scented tea lights.
you need a piece of paper 7" long and 5 3/8 high. Take note that the design has to be horizontal is it has a direction. I used a poinsettia paper and as they're round they can go up in each direction, but a tree or a Santa or alike image might end up sideways, so just a tip for you there ;-).

Cut your paper to 7 by 5 3/8
Then score on the long side at: 1 5/8, 3 1/4, 4 7/8 and 6 1/2 inches.
Score on the short side at: 1 5/8, 3 1/4 and 4 7/8 inches.
Burnish your scorelines.
Then cut as shown in the pattern (thicker lines) and remove the \\\\\\ bits.

I chose a purple and gold ribbon to show what color candles are inside. You might not want to give a girlie color to a bloke ;-). Of course you could use colored paper instead.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Watercoloring Art Impressions Christmas cheer penguin, with video

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: let it snow.

I started my card by die cutting the word "snow" from Schut watercolor paper. I used Lawn Fawn Finley's ABC, used my grid mat to line them up and taped them in place, sadly the N still moved, but hey, it's handmade so I left it.

I then partial stamped a sentiment from Avery Elle let is snow set and only used the "let it" to complete my own sentiment.
To stamp this I used My Favorite Things Hybrid black ink and I also used this to stamp the penguin from Art Impression Christmas cheer set.

I used Distress inks to watercolor my critter : mowed lawn, barn door, salty ocean, mustard seed spiced marmalade, hickory smoke and black soot.

What I should have done now instead of when I did it was to splatter white Ecoline from Talens on the card as if it's really snowing.

Instead I mounted the foam tape already as I had forgotten the splatter and when I heat set the splatter to prevent boo boos on the front I created one on the back as the glue melted and messed up the foam tape. Fixed it though ;-)

I cut a piece of glitter paper to go behind and below the watercolor panel, so it would make the word snow pop. If you like you could use a lighter blue or white as if real snow, but I kind of like the bold blue behind the panel.

Mounted the watercolor panel on top and that's the card done.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Saturday, 10 December 2016

new, improved and updated Wow! embossing powders swatchlist


welcome to the new, improved and updated Wow embossing powders swatchlist.

You can download ther pdf here

I'm using another server as I don't know how to upload pfd files to Blogger, not sure it's possible, if so I can;t find it ;-).

Friday, 9 December 2016

Happy National Christmas card day

Simon Says Stamp is celebrating this day with a call to showcase your work.
I'm totally in love with the scripty Merry Christmas from Simon Says Stamp.
And with Talens ecoline watercolors and some Distress re-inkers and Wow! embossing powders I made a ton of them in a short period.
I used Schut watercolor paper 140lbs and Versamark ink to stamp everything and coats everything in embossing powders (white, silver and gold) and then heat set erything.

I used a variety of splendid vibrant colors
that I find Christmassy

adhered the watercolor panel with foam tape and filled in the gap with some Washi tape.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp call, see this

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Ice inspiration

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Ice inspiration showcasing My Favorite Things.

I made a shaker card.
To make the window I used a Spellbinders die and cut it out a cardpanel.
Stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Tings (MFT) Beast friends with MFT hybrid black ink.
Then I stamped the yeti on Copix xpress it card also with the MFT hybrid black ink and colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers. Cut him out, went around the edges with a Memento marker and stuck him to the cardpanel. To ground him I colored some shadows beneath him, very lightly, just a hint.
 I chose a more vibrant red and green than the inspiration photo and as I wanted the yeti to stand out I chose that beige in the photo as my yeti color, Or there would have been too much white I think.

I built up the shaker compartment with two layers of foamtape.
then filled it with white and blue glitter and star confetti.
Adhered another layer of acetate.
For the background I used Bristol smooth paper as an experiment to watercolor with Distress inks and Winsor & Newton Iridescerent medium, I  had some left over from my Monday Challenge card, so you  know waste not, want not ;-)

Let that dry then applied Wendi Vecchi embossingpaste through the SSS falling snow stencil, let it dry again.

Adhered everything to a cardpanel.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

watercolored gift box for Ikea Omtalad candle, with video

The simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Christmas Gifts. Showcasing SSS own brand.

I picked up this candle in a glass at Ikea yesterday for the challenge, it’s called Omtalad.
There’s also a smaller version, but that came in a three pack, and not so pleasing scents ;-).
But that one would be easier to make a box for.

For this one you need a piece of cardstock or in this case watercolour paper  of 13”x9”
So a 12x12”paper is too small,sadly.

You can download the pattern, by clicking on the picture.

I made on yesterday with 160grams of Canon copy paper which I have in A3 size. But I found it flimsy and although I knew the Spectrum Noirs and Copics would seep through, and that was Ok, but then I made a few errors and had a few inky fingers, I hid
under enamel dots...the love affair was over.

So this morning I started again with a 300grams or 140lbs piece of watercolour paper.
I never made a box with this paper, but it works well, I was afraid it might tear and break, it didn’t.

Score on the long side at: 3”, 6”9”and 12”
Score on the short side at 3”, 6” all the way and at 2”and 7”up to the second score line, Make sure the thins strip is at the top, that
will form your lid.

Cut and notch as shown in the video or on the pattern.
Decorate at will, as per the challenge requirements I used a few SSS sets, Secret Garden for the Believe, Birthday Balloons for the stars, Gifts and presents for the stars and snowfall.
I considered used the birds from Springtime critters to color them as red robins, but as my paper is so very bumpy I didn’t want to lose detail. So I chose solid stars, dots and a snowflake, knowing very well they might end up looking a bit distressed.

That Distressed look prompted the use od Distress re inkers and for shine I added Winsor & Newton’s Iridescerent medium, but Perfect Pearl would also work, you just need more and I find my PP very precious.

I heat embossed all the images with Versamark and Papermania superfine silver.

Then I applied the Distress inks liberally, mixing them with the iridescerent medium.
The medium will make your water coloring look a bit streaky, also more distressed I guess, but keep that in mind if you use it.
To assemble the box I use a hot glue gun as it’s kind of liquid and sticks almost immediately in a very strong bond. Just be careful when you press the papers together, it gets hot, but it holds so much better that taper runner or double sided adhesive and you don’t have to hold it for ages as with liquid glue.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.