A Splash of Thanks

Today I have been playing with my Altenew A Splash of Color stamp set to create a card for the Altenew May Challenge.


I created the watercolour background using the stamp set and Tim Holtz distress inks. The thanks word was gold heat embossed and nestled between the two triangle corners spattered with the matching inks.

thanks end

thanks side

Supplies used:
Stamps: Altenew A Splash of Color, Altenew Halftone Thanks
Dies: Stitched triangles
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks- spun sugar, picked raspberry, antique linen, shabby shutters
Other: Watercolour paper, textured white card, sequins

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wish You…

Today I have been inspired by the Altenew Inspiration Challenge April 2017 to create a card for my Mum Mothers Day.Altenew April Challenge

Using the inspiration colour scheme, I began by creating a pale yellow watercolour background. I then used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks to create smooched blue and green backgrounds for the flowers and leaves. They were then white heat embossed, fussy and die cut, then brushed with clear Wink of Stella.


Supplies used:
Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day and Altenew Adore You
Dies: Altenew Beautiful Day, Couture Creations Art Deco Lace Frame
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Broken China and Faded Jeans, Memento Black, Versamark
Other: Watercolour paper, white glitter card, washi tape-glitter and stripe, Wink of Stella Clear brush, White embossing powder, glitter embellishment

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day.


Whilst my DH was watching the Australian F1 Grand Prix today I decided to have a play with my new WPlus9 Feathers and Florals Stamp and Die set and create a CAS card.


Using a Zig brush marker I began by creating a blue smooshed watercolour splatter in the centre of the card. I stamped the sentiment several times using my Misti. The floral images were stamped twice, die cut then assembled in 3 layers with foam tape.

Materials used:
Stamps: WPlus9 Feathers & Florals, Reverse Confetti Paper Crane
Dies: WPlus9 Reathers & Florals
Inks: Altenew Mango Smoothie, Peach perfect, Lavender Fields, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades. Memento Black
Other: Zig brush marker cornflower blue, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm clear droplets, white enamel dots, watercolour paper

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day.

I am entering this card in the HLS March Watercolour and HLS CAS March Diecut Challenge.


Happy Day

Today I have been inspired by the Altenew Inspiration Challenge, March 2017.

Altenew March 2017_InspirationChallenge

It is such a “HAPPY” image, both in subject and colour, so I decided to use the word happy with Altenew’s Doodle Blooms using the challenge colours of yellow, orange and red.

Happy Day low

I first created some watercolour papers using my new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks and used these behind the happy negative word die cut and also to stamp the flowers. I drew some white gel pen doodles on the flowers. I added some “movement”, reminiscent of the dancers, to the white background with ink splatters and the stitched strip die.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Altenew Doodle Blooms, Lawn Fawn Lets Bokeh
Dies: Altenew Doodle Blooms, Die-namics Stitched strip, WPlus9 Happy Trio
Inks: Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks-Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick; Memento black
Other: watercolour paper, coloured rhinestones, white gel pen, black & white washi tape

Thanks for stopping by and “Have a Happy Day”.

Oceans of Fun

Today I have been inspired by the gorgeous mood board at the Scrapbook Boutique February Challenge. I  loved the colours and the definite beach mood that it conveyed.


I began by creating a sea background by clear embossing the MFT Whimsical Waves background, then sponging 3 ombre effect layers of colour using Altenew inks which were then spritzed with water. I die cut a  curved border strip to convey the image of sea foam as the sea hits the shore and then coated this with Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter paste. The three stamped images were coloured with Zig brush markers, fussy cut then coated with glossy accents to create dimension as well as to convey the glassy feeling of sea water. To create the effect of sand grains the chipboard letters were painted with Tim Holtz broken glass distress paint then ombre effect layered with 3 colours of ultrafine glitters before coating with glossy accents. Once the card was assembled I added water drops using Nuvo crystal clear.


I now just can’t wait to spend another day at the beach.

Supplies used:
Stamps: MFT Whimsical Waves background, Clear Impressions Sea Breeze, Flourishes Sea Side Life
Inks: Altenew Sea Glass, Ocean Waves and Caribbean Sky, Memento black
Dies: curved stitched borders, stitched rectangle
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents, Zig brush markers, watercolour paper, Nuvo Crystal Morning Dew, clear embossing powder, Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter paste, dark blue, mid blue and aqua ultrafine glitters, chipboard letters for Beach word, Tim Holtz Broken Glass Distress paint.

Thank you so much for stopping by.



Luminous Freesia

Thank you Aga for your gorgeous bright and colourful  Bougainvillea photograph for this month’s Altenew challenge. Each day I enjoy driving past an exact same coloured Bougainvillea on a wall near my home- so reminds me that I live in the sub tropics.One of the things that most inspires me about Bougainvillea flowers are that they have an incredibly luminous quality. So my response to this challenge was to create a card not only using the colour pallette but to also capture and convey the luminous quality of this flower.


I began by creating a water coloured background in the yellow green. Once dried I painted the entire surface with a mixture of gum arabic, white pearlex and water, whilst it was still wet and sticky I sprinkled splotches of white pearlex powder and lightly brushed these out. This created a textured luminous backround.

I then created a beige mother of pearl lace piece using a silicone mould and Mother of Pearl Viva creme.

The Altenew Fresh Freesia stamp was coloured with Zig brush markers, then coated with Wink of Stella clear.


Each layer of the card has a different type of luminosity, which unfortunately, the camera fails to pick up.

Materials used:

Stamps: Altenew Fresh Freesia, Hero Arts sentiment
Ink: Versafine black onyx, Memento black
Other: water colour paper, watercolours, Zig brush markers- fluro pink, pink, dark pink, yellow green, olive green, mid green, Pearlex Macro white, gum arabic, silicone lace mould, Viva modellier creme Mother of Pearl, Wink of Stella clear, foam tape for mounting freesia, pink card, imaginisce crystals.

I really enjoyed my journey in making this card and thank you for stopping by.

Altenew January 2017 Inspiration Challenge


I was inspired by this gorgeous photo to create a card using colours that took me out of my normal comfort zone, in addition, Santa so generously bought me some new Altenew toys for Christmas. Here’s what I created.

Sending Hugs and Happy Thoughts


Materials used:

Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day and Tiny Hearts background. Dies: Altenew Beautiful Day, Hearts strip, DF3413, Marianne designs, hearts nesting die set. Inks: Altenew Buttercream, Warm sunshine, Dark chocolate. Card: White, dark craft. Other: Ultra fine gold embossing powder, Polychromos pencils to colour small foliage pieces, sequins, Wink of Stella clear sparkle pen for frame.