The Alley Way Stamps | Monster Crossing

Cards, Halloween Card

Hello beautiful crafty friends. I hope your weekend if off to a fabulous start. Today I’m back over on the Alley Way Stamps blog to share another cardmaking video.

I’m still on my Halloween card binge, but this week I pulled another TAWS set to create a little costumed penguin scene. The Penguins on Parade set was released earlier in the summer and it is one of those all-around sets that you can use any time of the year. It seemed too perfect not to use at least once for Halloween. I still wanted to pull in a little overt Halloween ambience, so I also used the Ghoul-Friend set. You can watch my video below, or on my YouTube channel.


I just knew that I had to dress these penguins up at least once for Halloween. I used my mini watercolour pallet and started by painting each penguin the base “penguin colours” and then went back to colour in my accessories. The whole process was made very easy because when I stamped the images, I also heat embossed them with clear powder at the same time. I love to heat emboss before using watercolour because it helps the paint stay contained so it doesn’t run.

That’s it for today. Happy haunting!


Until next time,



Congrats New Home | Spectrum Noir & Distress Ink


Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with my crafty mojo recently. Good news: it seems to be on it’s way back!

Last week I created a congratulations on a new home card and I just let the creative juices flow. I didn’t really have any distinct direction when I started the card, so I just let myself enjoy the process and tried not to overthink it.

I let the camera roll as I created and I’m so glad I did because it turns out that there was a lot to share. You can watch the video below, or over on my YouTube channel.


Before I sign off, I just want to thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. It’s because of you that I’m back into the swing of things!


I’ll be back on Wednesday with another Colour Me! card that I’m so excited to share! Until then,



Watercoloured Alien Love Note

Cards, Techniques

I haven’t done any watercolouring for about 15 years. It’s a huge trend in the crafting world, so I finally broke out my Staedtler watercolor pencils and gave it a whirl. I wanted to make a little note for my nephew so this one had to be special! I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Watercolour Alien Love note My watercolour pencils came from my childhood craft box so the packaging is different, but they are the same product as the Karat Aquarell sold today. After 15 years they still worked perfectly.

I used watercolour paper for the background and touched the tip of the pencils to my wet brush and then applied it to the paper. I did try once by applying the pencil directly to the paper and then blending but I preferred the the softer look of applying the colour to the brush instead. I started with the darkest colour and faded it out over the sheet and then repeated with lighter hues and a little yellow to finish the effect. I dried the paper with my heat tool and then cut the orange piece into two sections for the landscape and adhered the landscape to the background using foam tape.

The alien shapes were left over from the birthday card for Danny. The paper wasn’t ideal for watercolouring since it was a thinner cardstock, but it worked out fine in the end. For the aliens, I started with my lightest colour and then blended in the darker.

Assembling my watercoloured aliens.

Assembling my watercoloured aliens.

I didn’t think googly eyes would work for the serene look of this card so I made my own using small black embellishments, a silver marker and glossy accents. I adhered the black embellishments in place and then made tiny silver dots on each eye to give the aliens some life. Finally, I covered each eye with glossy accents and let them dry. I finished each alien with a tiny red heart and adhered them to the background with foam tape.

The sentiment did not come out perfectly, but I think that it’s mostly due to the uneven texture of the watercolour paper. The first time I tried to stamp, it turned out even worse so I had to redo the background. This was my second attempt with the stamp I felt it was good enough. Stamping onto textured paper is something I will have to practice more for a better result.