An Ombre Hello Card

Hi there!  Today I have a very simple card to share with you based on this sketch from Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Challenge Blog:

And here is my take-on:


I’m in loving with watercolouring recently, and especially Gansai Tambi paint – so creamy and easy to work with.  So I started off with 2 pieces of watercolour paper cut down to a standard C6 size, and a 3/4 flat brush from Ranger, some clean water and 2 shades of blue/teal paint colours.  I gave both pieces of paper a generous coat of clean water using the flat brush, and used wet on wet technique brought in the colours. The piece on the right I wanted to use it as a background, so I went really light-handed, and for the piece on the left, I wanted to die cut shapes from that, so I used more paint and made it darker.


I left them over night, and in the morning when they are completely dried, they looked like this:


I ran the lighter one with We R Memory Keepers’ Next Level Embossing Folder through my big shot, and oh my, don’t you just LOVE the dimensions!


For the darker piece, I stamped Neat and Tangled Faceted stamp with clear embossing ink and white embossing powder, then heat set it.  I also die cut lots of hearts from this piece using MFT Die-namics pierced heart stax.


I also die cut a Hello die from MFT Die-namics (dis-continued) on a piece of black foam and black card as the sentiment.

The rest was pretty easy and quick. I adhered everything with either foam tape or liquid glue, I also added a few sparkly clear sequins from PPP to finish off the card.


I hope you like the card.  Most of the supplies that I used for this card are linked to Seven Hills Crafts store in case you are interested.

Have a wonderful Easter.



Yiming x


Watercoloured flowers

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day!

I shared this photo (below) over on my instagram page, I thought I would share it here on my blog and also working progress-how it came together. 

So here is the finally piece. I spent quite a long time working on it and also waiting for it to dry.

 I started off by stamping the large floral image from Wplus9 Kind Soul set on a piece of watercolour paper using Distress Ink in Old Paper, I chose this colour because it’s very light, perfect for no-line colouring. 

I used Gansai Tambi watercolour paint as my media and a no.2 round brush. I wanted to create different depths and shades, so I used hardly any paint (mainly red) as my base colour. And I coloured different sections each time, to allow the previous petel to dry properly.

Watercolour always drys 2 or 3 shades lighter, so I went back and forth a few times to add depths. I also brought in dark brown and purple to add shading. I’m not an expert on watercolour, but I watched Dawn’s YouTube tutorial on this particular stamp and it’s really helpful! 

Anyways,  I could have added more colours, but I know myself-hard to stop, and always overdo something. So I decided to leave it as is.

I like the result, obviously I need more practice to get better at it. This is a new technique for me, and I enjoyed the process.

If you haven’t tried watercolouring or no-line colouring before, I encourage you to do so as it’s so fun. 

 Thanks for dropping by, hopefully I will see you soon with another project!

Rainbow unicorn


Today I have an easy and very colourful card to share with you that I made for a little girl who will turn 5 next week. She loves anything magical so this card is just perfect for her.

So for this card, I stamped Avery Elle Pegasus Duo Unicorn stamp on a piece of watercolor card using a mini misti, and I stamped a few times to get a dark and sharp image.

Then I painted all the images with blue masking fluid.

You need to make sure you let it dry completely before you work on the backgroud. In my case, I used water colour. I gave the paper a wet wash with clean water and used Gansai Tambi watercolour paint in rainbow colours painted the backgroud.

Watercolour always dries a few shades/degrees lighter, so I went back and forth a few times to get a bold look, but I made sure the paper was completely dry between each wash.

I left my final coat to dry overnight, then carefully peeled off the masking fluid, then added a few sequins to give an extra sparkle.

So that is it. Easy but quite time consuming, and you need to be very patient with it. I’m entering this month’s Tic Tac Toe challenge over at Seven Hill CraftsSeven Hill Crafts (animal, watercolour, bold).

I’ve linked up some key supplies that I used for the card to Seven Hill Crafts store.

Hope you like the card and thank you for stopping by. See you soon!

Home is where the heart is

Hello all!

Thanks for coming back.  Today I’m sharing a one layer card with you.  Quick and easy to do.


You only need just a few supplies for this card, it did take some time as I had to cut out many masks for the houses, however these images are quite simple and easy to cut.


I stamped these buildings (MFT London Mouse) onto some post-it notes and cut several layers at once to save time as I knew I would need quite a few masks.

Maybe more than a few…


The best part was to lift up all the masks to reveal what’s behind…


If I didn’t mess up with one of the masks, I would have left the card as is.  However, I forgot to put one mask down (the top left house and the middle left house) before I stamped the other image, there was a bit overlapping and it bothered me quite a bit (Usually this doesn’t bother me, however this was the second trial, as I made the same mistake when I made the first one! Unbelievable!).  So I had to cover it up by colouring in all the roofs with black prismacolor pencil.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Stamps, one of their early stamp sets, retired now (sorry), but there are similar ones on the market.

So there you are, hope you like it.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Yiming x






Hello again.  Just popping in to share a card with you that I made based on the middle colour combo.

I have always loved grey and yellow together, they just like salt and pepper- the perfect match.  So here is my take on.


For the background, I stamped these triangles stamp (My Favorite Things) repeatedly on a piece of fog cardstock from Simon Says Stamp, using Altenew grey inks (in the shades of Lava rock, Moon rock and Evening gray) for an ombre look.

Then I cut a piece of thick vellum to be just slightly longer than the cardstock, and foled the top over and adhered the top from the back.  I stamped some peonies from Altenew  Peony Scrolls on the vellum with embossing ink and Hero Arts white embossing powder, then heat set it.  I coloured the peonies with my Prismacolor pencils in two yellow shades.


I also white embossed my sentiment HUGS (Wplus9 – That is all set), and currently this sentiment stamp set is my favourite, I use it on most of my cards, I just love the hand painted bold font.


I added some sequins in the end, and adhered the front panel on to a cardbase.  That finished the card.



A question for you, how much stuff/how many tools do you use to make a card usually?  Well, these are the stuff I used to make this card (cardstock and vellum aren’t included):


I often laugh about myself and my obsession for craft supplies – why spent £2.50 to buy a card from a shop when you can use your £100 crafting tool to make one?!

Anyway, hope you like this card, see you soon on blogland.


Yiming x


challenge:  Seven hills crafts monthly challenge.




Hello there!

Today I’d like to share a card with you using my favourite technique – embossing resist.  First thing first, the card:


To start, I used Altenew Capture Moments stamp set (link takes you to Seven Hills Crafts Online Store), stamped the camera image randomly on a piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb card with embossing ink, then sprinkled white embossing powder all over it and heat set it.  I did this in stages to make sure I didn’t overlap the images.

Then I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and my mini blending tool, heavy-handedly covered the entire card with the ink, I even went back and forth a few times.  I then sprayed the panel with water, let it sit for a few seconds then dabbed off with a dry kitchen towel.  I love the water mark look almost bokah effect of the background.



I die cut some letters (say cheese )on a piece of orangy/redish card, I thought this sentiment would go quite well with the card.  But those letters were rather big, so I adhered ‘say…’ with some foam adhesive on the card front, then ‘cheese’ on the inside.  I coated all the letters with my shimmer pen, LOVE the subtle sparkles.

Thank you for stopping by today.  As a reward (lol), I’m going to show you some background that I’ve been working on, heavily inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s recent cards, can you tell (haha, so original…).


Hopefully very soon, these will be turned into cards.

That’s all for today.

Take care.




challenge: SevenHills Monthly challenge




From a hot mess to a beautiful galaxy

Hello there, and welcome back.  Today I would like to share a ink-blended galaxy background card with you using Distress inks.  This technique isn’t new, but I had never tried it.  Besides, my husband bought me some distress inks for Christmas (I still don’t know how he knew I wanted those distress inks so badly) and I thought it’s time for me to come out of my comfort zone and try something new.

First let me show you the card:

img_20170126_102024_870I used Neenah Solar White card (nice and smooth for ink-blending techniques) and distress inks in these colours (see below), I brought in a purple from Altenew because I don’t have any purple distress ink at the moment.


And I just started piling colours on, I put on the colours quite heavily, and went back and forth a few times so the colours could mix and blend into each other.  When I finished, the piece looked like a hot mess, I almost trashed it.


To cover up the mess, I brushed on some Perfect Pearls in Pewter, well, that made a big change.  The paper looked like metallic paper but with a subtle shine, and the powder eased some of the harsh blending lines off, suddenly it looked very smooth.


I wanted to write a sentiment on the card but my handwriting is poor.  Thanks to Mama Elephant Calli letters set, I was able to fake it.  I stamped my sentiment in embossing ink, so I could trace it later with a white gel pen.


I then splattered some white paint all over the card, they looked like stars.


I cropped the piece to be just a little bit smaller than a A6 card then glued it onto the cardbase.

That’s it.

Hope you like this card and give this technique a try.  I really enjoyed the process and trying new things.

Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day!