#853 – Inspiration Station Challenge #08

Hello and welcome! I kinda feel that we are early on this time’s Inspiration Station challenge – I mean, we have definitely completed our projects earlier than last time, but still… feels more earlier! πŸ˜€

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This time, it was my sister’s turn to choose the challenge, and she prepared a tic-tac-toe board for us –

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I initially wanted to go with Green-Stamps-Stencils combination, but when my newly ordered Altenew Dare to Dream stamp set arrived, I changed it to yellow, since I wanted it to be a feature on my card. And here’s what I ended up making –

Sending Love & Hugs

So I chose a few shades of yellow, pink, green and kraft shaded inks, and stamped them. I confess I suck at aligning them all properly, so the gaps between the different patterns is all over the place. In fact, that’s the reason I didn’t stamp them horizontally and went for diagonal stamping instead.

Once done stamping, I trimmed the panel a bit, then die cut it with Paper Trey Ink Center Style Feminine die, then foam mounted the outer frame and adhered the inner piece using double sided tape.

Sending Love & Hugs (closeup)

For the sentiment I went to Altenew Bold Alphabets and used foam tape to adhere it to the card. The stamped piece of the sentiment comes from Altenew Adore You stamp set. I stamped it in black, trimmed it and then foam mounted it on the card.

Since the card was already loaded, I didn’t add any extra embellishments. And that finished my card.

Checkout what my sister created for this challenge – I must say, I get more and more amazed by what she creates with mixed media every time! I totally loved it, and I bet, so will you!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: With Love

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Altenew February Color Inspiration challenge

Timeout challenge #154: Affectionate

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#852 – STB: Creatures Great and Small

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. Cathy picked the topping this time, and it is ‘Creatures great and small’. Since the topping is optional, as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

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What I have for you is actually a card that I made quite some time ago, and completely forgot about. The other day, I was cleaning up everything and found this, and wondered why I never published it! But since it fit the theme very well, I thought it perfect to post it now. πŸ™‚

Creatures great and small - Comic Panel

The cute critters come from Penny Black Stuck on You stamp set, and the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. I also stamped little dots using almost dried up metallic pigment inks surrounding all the critters, and the bee. I don’t completely remember how I colored them all, but I think I water-colored them using distress inks.

Creatures great and small - Comic Panel (closeup)

Do you have something buried and forgotten too? You can still post about it, and of course, join the challenge if it is birthday themed! You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

#851 – Happy Birthday Friend

Hello and welcome! Somehow managed to make a card today – I wanted to make a shaker, since I recently bought some shaker sequins + beads mix! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Friend

On this card, I first applied a light coat of brown distress ink, then used the smallest polka dots stencil from the Simon Says Stamp Seeing Dots I added a bright blue ink. I used the same ink on a scrap strip of white cardstock also, to use for the shaker background. The critter is from Mama Elephant Three Amigos stamp set, which I watercolored using ink from my Zig Brush pens. I then fussy cut them all, and also die cut a strip of cardstock using the ‘Friend’ from My Favorite Things. I then made a shaker card using all these pieces. Pretty quick to make, I should say. πŸ™‚

I am joining the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Die Cuts

STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge

AAA Birthday challenge #9: A Shaker Card

Fusion Card Challenge: Critter

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#850 – STB: Stencil

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have Nancy choosing the topping, and she gave us ‘Stencils’ to work on!

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And here’s what I made –

Tie and Dye Stencil

I love stencils and have a ton of them in my stash, but somehow, never end up using them. So this was a great chance for me to get to use them. I wanted to make the stencil have a big impact on the card, so tried out various techniques and media on them. Finally I chose two, out of which I made these cards.

I have used the same stencil – Tie and Dye from CrafTreat – on both of these cards.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1)

Card one: I started with a panel of photo paper. I wanted the colors to stay as soon as they would be applied, so this was the best option. I used the stencil with brusho pigment powders, applying the powder, then lying the stencil on top and misting with water to activate the colors. Working things the other way round – placing the stencil, then sprinkling the powder then misting didn’t work as the stencil had smaller negative spaces. Applying the water first and then the powders didn’t work either, since the panel didn’t stay wet enough for long enough for me to apply the powders. My plan was to actually have colors only where the stencil had openings, but that didn’t work. And it ended with this ‘burst’ look.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1 closeup)

Anyway, once everything was dry, I removed as much extra powder as possible using a towel, and then trimmed the panel and adhered it on a white card base. The sentiment, which I stacked, is from My Favorite Things, called Birthday Wishes. I also added a few iridescent sequins for embellishing.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2)

Card two: I used alcohol inks with ink lifting… kind of. πŸ˜›

I used yupo paper as the base and applied a rainbow of alcohol inks in a sunburst. Once that dried, I placed the stencil on top, then used a felt applicator with a few drops of alcohol ink blender to apply darker shades of alcohol inks on top, basically, the opposite of ink lift. Why? Because, like my earlier plan, the ink lift didn’t look good, didn’t work well.

So anyway, I moved the stencil a few more times and redid the technique, to cover the whole panel more or less equally with patterns.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2 closeup)

Once done, I adhered this over another card panel, since this yupo paper wasn’t thick enough. I then foam mounted it on a white card base and trimmed the excess. The sentiment is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies. I die cut them thrice and stacked them before adhering them to the card. I also used a couple of sequins for embellishing.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #372: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use a Stencil

Just Add Ink challenge 488: Celebrate. And they’ve turned 10 too!! Congratulations!!

Stamplorations January Stencil challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration from our DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg, in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Also, don’t forget to join the party!

Thank you for stopping by!

#849 – Another New Year card!

Hello and welcome! Here’s another new year card. I made this one to send to a dear blogging friend of mine. Hope she liked it! πŸ™‚

I was totally inspired by this card made by Jennifer McGuire (the last card in the series). I don’t have any such die, but I wanted to achieve a similar effect. So instead of a single die cut, I used many!! πŸ˜‰

Happy New Year

Of course, as you can see, I made the card a more-or-less tone-on-tone, rather than colorful, as I first intended to. I kinda liked this look! πŸ™‚

I first started with a card panel – 6″x4″. I used MFT Flutter of Butterflies and die cut a few of the butterflies from the panel. I then used the flower and leaf dies from Paper Smooches Flowers and Flowers 2 dies, and die cut from the gaps in between the butterflies. I also added a few dotted swirly lines using Paper Smooches Stitched Flourishes 2 die. I retained all the die cut pieces, to use them later in my card.

I first adhered the die cut panel on a cream colored cardstock. I then started adhering the die cut pieces, layering a few and finally embellishing a the butterflies and flowers with cream half pearls.

Happy New Year (closeup)

Finally coming to the sentiment. After finishing the card base, I had no idea how to proceed. I finally settled on using the happy die from Mama Elephant along with a strip of stamped sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy. I first die cut three pieces of the die and stacked them. I added some liquid glue behind both the die and strip and just laid them on the card – no pressure, so that they would appear floating on top of the butterflies.

And that finished the card! With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Just us Girls challenge #514 – Trends Week: Create Dimension

Global Design Project #223: Celebration

Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Just Add Ink challenge #488: Celebrate! A BIG congrats on completing 10 years of the challenge! Wow! What an achievement!!

Thanks for stopping by!

#848 – Inspiration Station Challenge 07

Hello and welcome! Finally, after a long delay, we are up with the next edition of the Inspiration Station Challenge!

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This time, it was my turn to choose the topic, and I chose two patterns; the challenge being getting inspired by one of them –

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The source, via Pinterest: for the pink one here, and the grey one here.

And here’s what I made for this challenge –

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I wanted a penstand to store my new soft bristle brushes for crafting. This seemed like the opportune time to make it. πŸ™‚ I used a packaging cardboard, which was already cylindrical, adhered a cardboard base, covered the while thing with kitchen paper, then white gesso.

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I then added some texture paste via CrafTreat Arabic Pattern stencil. I then cut out some diecuts and got some moulds from MFT, Spellbinders and Prima to stick on. I also added a few art stones here and there. Finally, I colored it with some greyΒ  and black acrylic paints and then used Prima wax for some shine.

Inspiration Station Challenge #7 - Closeup

My sister has created a mini book. That tiny thing is adorable and also so well made! I totally loved it!! Check it out here.

And I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Rust It Up

Stamploration January Stencil Challenge

And thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#847 – Happy New Year!

PE: Honorable mention at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge!

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Hello! I am already almost half a month away, but I think I can have the whole of January to wish someone a Happy New Year, so there! πŸ˜€

These are the cards I made for the family this year.

Happy New Year!

As I do for every year, this time too, I have common theme and design. This year, I planned to

  • Use colored cardstock as my card base
  • Use layered flower stamps as the focal
  • Use dies for the background
  • Have some kind of a different fold than the usual.

For these cards, I made the card open in between. The bottom half is tucked in between the foil strip and the colored card base. So, one has to kinda pull the bottom half of the card towards themselves to open the card.

Happy New Year! Card 1

For the first card, I used navy blue cardstock, added pieces die cut from Simon Says Stamp Clustered Flowers die. On this I added a strip of silver mirror card stock. I then adhered all the leaves and flowers in layers. The focal flower comes from Hero Arts Flower Layering Hibiscus stamp set, and the other pieces are from other stamp set.

Happy New Year! Card 2

For the second card, I used Spellbinders Doily Circle dies, die cutting cream and yellow cardstocks and alternating them between each circle when adhering. I used a gold mirror cardstock strip on this one, and the focal rose is from Altenew’s Build a Flower: Rose.

Happy New Year! Card 3

For the third card, I used Stamplorations Bloomtangled 1 die with a strip of silver mirror card stock. The flowers are a stamp setΒ  from Right at Home called Sunflower.

Happy New Year! Card 4

For the fourth card, I used Altenew’s Doodled Lace die cut, a strip of gold mirror cardstock and then Altenew’s Layered Lili as the focal point.

On all of these cards, I used the sentiment which is a combination of Lil Inker Designs’ Rustic Spring and Reverse Confetti’s Whole Lotta Happy stamp sets. I used the same on the self made envelops as well. This time I used Fabriano Tinta paper to make the envelopes.

With these cards, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Something New

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Fun with Florals

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: January Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Virginia’s Show and Share for January. Thank you Virginia for hosting it!!

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