#610 – Addicted to CAS – Guest Designer

Hello! I am really happy to day to be Guest Designing at the Addicted to CAS Challenge blog! Thank you so much for having me over! 🙂

ATCAS - GUEST DESIGNER

The theme this time is “Grunge”.

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Now, I am not someone who makes grunge cards, and the theme was pretty difficult for me.. but that’s what challenges are for – guest designing or not!! 😉 After pondering on it for a while, I came up with this card –

Miss You

The stamp set Adore You from Altenew is just perfect for a variety of techniques – starting from just outlining in beautiful colors, or coloring.. so why not make some grunge?…I thought.. So I mixed it with My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set to make this card. Of course, I used MISTI for great and perfect stamping, since the flowers are cut outs, foam mounted on the base, mounted to give dimension.

Finally, the sentiment, black base with heat embossed sentiment, came from Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set.

Miss You

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stamplorations April CAS challenge: Any Pastel color

The Heart Desires Challenge #11 : I went with the colors and the flowers

Addicted to Stamps challenge #239: Clean and Simple

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hop over to the Addicted to CAS blog for more amazing (and proper) Grunge cards, and join the challenge! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#609 – Seize the Bithday – No Toppings

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. The topping this time is Anything Goes, so feel free to join us with any type of card, as long as it is birthday themed!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s my inspiration for this time –

Happy Birthday

I made this card for a dear friend of mine, who celebrated her birthday just a few days ago.. so she already has this card with here. 🙂

I started with stamping the beautiful blossoms from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely stamp set using Antique Linen distress ink on Canson watercolor paper. I then colored them using Prisma color pencils, then watercolored them for a soft look. I then went back with my Unibal Signo black and gold gel pens to add the flower centers and a few dots here and there. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes stamp set.

Happy Birthday

I then die cut the panel using Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics, then mounted it on a pale yellow card base.

And here’s how the envelope came up. I stamped it with the same image, using Hero Arts Soft Granite, then only gave the flowers the least bit of coloring.

Happy Birthday

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #8: One Layer Card (this is not strictly one layered, but as mentioned in the challenge, so very flat, that it can be considered as not having multiple layers! 😉 )

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Timeout Challenge #82: Flowers with the optional twist of Kissing (I didn’t use the optional twist of Kissing)

Marker POP Challenge #119: Watercolor Florals

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Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: April showers bring May Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Do hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog to see more awesome inspiration from DT! And don’t forget to join us by linking your birthday cards to the challenge! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#608 – Love & Hugs

Hello! I made a CAS card this time… ugh that was soo hard for me…so tempting to add one sequin, add shimmer and glimmer.. very hard indeed!! 😀

Love & Hugs

I used the Geometric Blooms stencil from Neat & Tangled with distress inks. The sentiment comes from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand and Fiskars’ Basic Font stamp set.

Love & Hugs

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS On Sunday Challenge #106: Use A Stencil

AAA Cards Challenge: CAS Game #88: Stencil

Happy Little Stampers: April CAS Challenge: Blend

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#607 – Altenew April Inspiration Challenge

Hello! I love the Altenew Inspiration challenges, but somehow end up not playing so much… even when I see not just superb creations from the Altenew team, but even from the inspiring submissions! This time, I decided to take the plunge, and just make something..

Hello

I got inspired by the pretty colors.. lovely combination of yellow and blue and teal.. and I decided to try it on Peony Scrolls stamp set, which I hadn’t used in quite some time…

I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves in white and then colored them using Distress inks. The sentiment came from Painted Greetings stamp set. I used watercolor paper, and this turned into a one layered card (somehow, all my ideas now-a-days are turning into one layers, and I am starving to add layers!!)

My initial layers of colors made the background blue stand out more than the flowers, so I decided to turn it into a sort of messy, layered watercoloring, where I added a couple of layers of darker colors on the dried lighter ones.. This is sort of a new thing for me, so I am hoping that it looks good. 🙂 I am still a 50-50 on it, personally! 😉

Hello

I am submitting this card to –

Altenew April Inspiration challenge

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: April showers bring May Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#606 – Seize the Birthday – Two Pattern Papers

Hello! And it time for yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The topping this time is to create use two pattern papers in your birthday project. Just two. No more. No less. 😉

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

You still do have the choice of joining us with just a Birthday themed card, if you are fresh out of pattern papers (is that even possible?!?!) 😉

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ my inspiration card –

Happy Birthday

I chose pattern papers from American Crafts “Best of American Crafts” stack. I just love the papers from this! In fact I had quite a few matches to select from, and finally chose these two because of the colors – its been some time since I used green and black..(at least when I wrote this, it was! 😉 )

Happy Birthday

So, after adhering one of the papers on the card base, I die cut the other using Neat & Tangled A Lot To Say die. I then added the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Happy Birthday and the flower from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden, and embellished them with a couple of black rhinestones.

Happy Birthday

The white line you see around the die cuts is not your imagination or a photo glitch – I stacked the top black die cut on several layers of white die cut – just cuz I wanted to! 😀 A small change from the normal to jazz up the card? 😉

Hope you are inspired! Do come join the fun! There’s a lot more inspiration to be found made by the rest of the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Anita Bowden at the Seize the Birthday blog! 🙂

I am also submitting this card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers Challenge #237: Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Paru’s Card making Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge

Paper Smooches April Challenge: Showers (I don’t have any showers in my card, rather I was inspired by how the photo inspiration – grays surrounding a central bright color.. in may case, the newsprint and flowers surrounding the bright green)

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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#605 – Sending Well Wishes

Hello! I find so many inspiring card makers out there in this kind hearted community, that it is practically impossible to not want to try out the unique techniques of a few talented ones. The one I am talking about this time, is Laurajane. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out big time!

I love this particular coloring technique Laurajane uses. She adds colors in layers, but doesn’t allow them to blend, instead keeping the strokes to add a lovely look to her creations. I had tried this technique in the beginning of the year in this card, and was quite happy with the results. And I thought of trying it again…

Sending Well Wishes

Of course, my card doesn’t entirely look like how Laurajane makes them.. its in my style, after all! 🙂

I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set, stamped the images in Antique Linen distress ink and then colored them using Zig brush pens. The sentiment comes from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 stamp set.

Sending Well Wishes

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Color Throwdown Challenge #437

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #236: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Fusion Challenge: Easter (I picked the picture part, with the yellow and red flowers)

Simon Says Stamp March Work It Wednesday: Spring has Sprung

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Inkspirational Challenge #132: Spring

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#604 – Rainbow

Hello! I did proclaim in a previous post that I suck at making cards with rainbow colors. I thought I would give it another go, but this time by adding an actual rainbow in my card. Here’s how it came out –

Celebrate Your Day

I used Neat & Tangled Winter Wishes stamp for the scene, watercolored with with distress inks, then stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts. I then die cut this panel using Winnie & Walter Essentials Lana’s Cutaways, then adhered it over a cardbase on which I adhered some pages from an old book.

Celebrate Your Day

Seeing the card in retrospect, the rainbow is upside down..red is supposed to be on top – its even more irritating for me, since I actually looked it up…and still ended up coloring it like that!! Imagine!! 😦 And then I thought.. what are stars doing in this scene? It can’t be a night scene – there wouldn’t be any blue sky or rainbow…but, they aren’t looking bad even thought they don’t add any logic to the scene…I guess I’ll leave it alone for now! After all, I firmly believe in learning from mistakes! 😉 😀

I am submitting my card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

SSS - Monday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #80: When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #171: Rainbows

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂