Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Magnolias for Her

Hello my dear friends!

I just got back from my vacation to Rome. What a lovely city. We just wondered around the little streets, ate a lot of ice cream and pizza. We also visited Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. I was so mesmerised by that beautiful art there. So amazed by the talent they had and how they were able to build those beautiful, huge buildings with the equipment they had in those days. This trip was a our first vacation just the two of us, my hubby and me, and we decided that no crafty blogs for me and no work emails for him. So, I am a bit behind visiting you but I'll come visit you soon. 

One amazing thing happened here in blogland while I was in Rome. I started my blog in last August but I had followed through Youtube some crafters prior that and one of those persons is Therese. I loved here tutorials already back then she is one of those first blogists that I started to follow. I adore her cards, they are so cleverly designed and her colouring is amazing. What comes to my colouring skills, I am not trained in any way, I've just watched many tutorials from the internet and tried on my own and I believe I've seen every video Therese has made. So big thanks along many others goes to her. I saw this amazingly wonderful card in Pinterest that she had made for her mom, you can see it here. And when I went to visit her blog today and leave her a comment, I was so blown away that MY IDOL had been inspired by my colouring. What an honour Therese, thank you! And how amazingly, I also have some magnolia cards to share here today that I made for my mother and mother-in-law. :) 

So, today it is my turn to host Altenew blog and I share these two cards of mine and a colouring tutorial how I coloured these magnolias with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours. 

Well, I don't know what it is but every time I turn on my camera and start filming, everything starts to go wrong as you can see in the video. Too much pressure I guess. After several attempts to try to put that second card together, I finished it but I still felt that something was wrong about it but I couldn't figure out what it is. Luckily I have this awesome crafting friend, we chatted and she pointed out to me what was wrong about the card. Thank you, Kelly! You are the BEST! 

Here are my cards:

Stamps used: Magnolias for Her

Stamps used: Magnolias for Her

Here is the colouring tutorial if you wish to see me colour this.

Stamps: Magnolias for Her by Altenew
Inks: Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours: No.20, 34, 44, 46, 53 and 61.
Card stock: Canson watercolour paper 180gms, WHSmith Linen Effect Paper 150gms
Card base: Papermania A6 300gms

Thank you for visiting and have a good day!



  1. I am glad to know that you had an awesome trip to Rome :) a time off from crafty world is always good. Love the beautiful magnolias !

  2. Your cards are wonderful. Thanks so much for showing your process in the video. I love your water colouring!

  3. Thanks for sharing the link to Therese...another colorist I can study too:)
    Today's card are as lovely as ever! Must find time to watch the video!
    Glad your eyes could see Rome's beauty first hand...I'm sure the influence will be seen in your future projects:))

  4. Marika............without a doubt your cards are stunning!!!!

  5. Markia-both these cards are so beautiful. These magnolias look so delicate. I want these on my wall. Amazing, amazing, amazing!!

    Your trip to Rome sounds wonderful. My husband and I want to go there on our next "big" trip!!

  6. Wow Marika I think I would of framed these so so beautiful thank you so much for the video love love loved it your talent is art museum quality:)

  7. Sounds as if you had a great time in Rome, Marika!!!!
    Thank you for taking the time to do another video!!!! I have to try my hand at watercolouring some time - you make it look so easy!!! Your magnolias are simply stunning and your cards are beautiful!!!
    I'm off to visit Therese!!!
    Have a great day!!!!

  8. This definitely has the wow factor Marika and I love the colours of these Kuretake watercolour paints. Thank you for the video which was lovely to watch, and glad you had a great time in Rome. x

  9. Happy to hear you've had a marvelous vacation! Rome?! I cannot imagine it - how wonderful! I'm just as happy to have you home again though, Marika! I've missed the many wonders that come from your craft-room! These Magnolias are beyond stunning!! You gave me a memory of an attempt at painting them myself long ago... thanks for sharing - and welcome home!
    =] Michele

  10. Again such a fantastic card that showcases your jaw -dropping coloring skills, Marika! Thanks so much for the video. I love to see how you work. What a brilliant idea to use a small cutting mat as a base when watercoloring. And I love the pallette I saw in your video. I only have a very small one and I'm dieing to get a larger one like yours.

  11. Welcome back Marika, sounds like you had the most incredible time! Thanks so much for your kind words, I love that we are all able to inspire and learn from each other, this truly is a wonderful and generous community that we have. Speaking of which, I can't wait to see your new video, I'm so glad that you started recording as you create (even if things go 'wrong' lol). Hugs my friend x

  12. Another wonderful card and video. You truly understand light and it shows in your coloring. I'm glad you had a great holiday in Rome, but I'm also glad to see you back in Blogland :)