Tuesday, 24 July 2018


I'm back with another card. After seeing all of the lovely tropically themed stamps and dies of the Stamp of Approval collection that was launched last week, not to mention all the wonderful inspiration by the creative team, I decided to dig up all of my 'tropical' supplies, some of which I had not or hardly used before.

That's why I decided to use pinks for my 'splash' watercolour background (DOI in worn lipstick and picked raspberry). Before adhering my pink panel behind the die cut peek-a-boo window (MFT), I stamped the sentiment in Versafine blak using my MISTI. I coloured my flamingo die cut (PTI, Some like it hot) using grey and black copics and glued it on top of another die cut flamingo in black cs before adhering it to my panel. My panel was foam mounted onto my white card base.

I'm playing at:

CAS Mix Up - Stamping, coloured die cut + watercolour

CAS Watercolour - Splash watercolouring

SSS Wednesday - Use a die and/or punch

Joyful poinsettias

Hello and welcome to the blog today. After a hectic few weeks, I started a much needed 3-week break from work. I spent the major part of my first week sleeping in and sitting out on the shaded terrace reading. After finishing my second book in a long time, I felt the urge to play in a few of my favourite challenges before the linky closes, so I have been spending the afternoon in my craft room.

I started by finishing a panel of masked and stamped poinsettia. I had started this panel a long long time ago (possibly 2 years ago) but never got around to finishing it. And then I put it away somewhere safe and could not find it again ... until recently. Anyway, the current challenge over at CAS Christmas was just the incentive I needed to finally finish it. I used my well loved poinsettia stamp by Winnie and Walter. For the colouring I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and the sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp. I used one of the lighter red SN markers to add colour to the sentiment. I adhered my panel to a red card base (SSS, Schoolhouse red).

I'm playing at:

CAS Christmas - Poinsettia

The Flower Challenge - #22 Monochrome

Allsorts -  #476/477 Flowers all over

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Guest Designing for Twofer #7

Hello and welcome! I'm super excited to be joining Darnell and the amazing DT at the Twofer Card Challenge this month.

Since I was selected as the 'Unconventional' winner for the May challenge (you can view my cards here in case you missed them of wish to admire them again lol), I decided I wanted to create a conventional + unconventional card combo for this month's challenge as well. Besides, it's fun to stretch your supplies this way. Here's what I came up with:

The prompt for this month's challenge is BEVERAGE.

The idea behind the challenge is to create two cards using the current prompt and following the challenge guidelines below.

For my first card, I used my stamp the way it was intended to create a Wedding card.

I started by stamping and heat embossing my NBUS Mosaic turnabout stamp (Concord and 9th)  in Silver pearl ep (Ranger) onto a square panel. Since I wanted to keep my design CAS, I only stamped the outer design twice, turning my card panel only once. I did some soft ink blending all around using Blush ink (Altenew) and then cut my panel to size. I stamped my main image (Cheers to You, Whimsy Stamps) onto a scrap of white cardstock in Antique linen first, so that I could use my Altenew markers to do my colouring before heat embossing the image in a greyish blue ep (Whisper). After fussy cutting my glasses, I decided I needed a bit more colour, so I blended a little Tumbled glass DI onto the bare glass parts. I used what was left on my blending foam to add a tiny bit of colour to the background behind my glasses as well. I stamped the sentiment (Bridal Bouquet, Clearly Besotted) in Black Jack ink (Catherine Pooler). After adhering the panel to my card base, I foam mounted my glasses and added a sprinkle of festive sequins.

For my second card, I stamped my image onto a scrap of patterned paper and fussy cut it so that I could use it as a party hat for my stamped and fussy cut panda (Cherry Blossom collection, Clear Impressions, part of a magazine/stamp set combo). I cut a slit into my glass-turned-hat so that I could slide the panda's head in. I did have to snip off the panda's ears, but I can assure you all that the panda did not suffer. For my background, I started with a white panel that was slightly smaller than an A2 (US) card size and stamped a string of party lights (line – Birdie Banners, Concord and 9th; lights – A little bit Oriental: Lanterns, Sheena Douglass) and then used a stitched rectangle die (SSS) to die cut the middle panel. I blended Tumbled glass and Cracked pistachio DI for a soft background and then coloured the lights using Prismacolor pencils, matching the colours from my party hat. The sentiment is also from the Birdie Banners set. I adhered my main panel flat onto my A2 card base and foam mounted my panda and outer frame.

So now it's up to you! I hope my cards have inspired you to go and check out the Twofer Card Challenge blog to see what Darnell and the other DT members have created and maybe play along.

I'm also linking up my Birthday panda at:

The Paper Players to help celebrate their 400th challenge!

Seize the Birthday - no toppings for me

and since I used snippets for my party hat and panda bear, 
I'm also joining the fun at Pixie's Snippets Playground #330