#964 – Happy ‘Sketchy’ New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its pretty late in the year for New Year cards, but after forgetting to publish them in the beginning of the year, any time is just fine, I guess! 😉

I was very inspired by these set of cards that were made by Norine Borys. Love how she added her own ‘sketchy’ charm into simple stamped images. I mean, they would look so beautiful by themselves, but by adding the sketching, she added a beautiful charm of her own to them!

I tried applying my sketching skills with the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set. I first stamped the images on the cardstock using distress inks. Of course, I misted the inked stamps before stamping them, so that the colors spread and mixed a bit. These looks absolutely wonderful by themselves, of course. I had half a heart of leaving them alone, afraid of ruining it, but I went ahead with it.

When I was done, I realized that the final result was making me less than happy. They weren’t look great at all! I stared and stared trying to understand why – what was different between what Noris had done and what I had done… and no, I was not thinking about my sketching skills being the problem.. Then I realized it. I had white space between my stamping! I then picked up my brush, and watercolored some green leaves between all the white space, and voila! It started looking a whole lot better! 🙂

Finally happy with the results, I proceeded to add some splatters once everything was dry, and then the frame, and finally the sentiment. That came from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. I stamped the letters skewed, but mostly together. I felt it went with the ‘sketchy’ look of the flowers well. 🙂

And that’s my 2 cards done! I’m joining the following challenges with these cards –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s Challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamploration Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#963 – Red as a Rose

Hello and welcome! I am showing off today a card I made, with my sister providing the gorgeous, cross-stitched roses!! We gave this card to our parents who celebrated their wedding anniversary a few months ago.

We started with the cross stitching. I die cut a panel of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel die. Passed this over to my sister so that she could cross stitch as she pleased. She made this beautiful rosy panel and then my adventure started! 🙂

I thought of making the card a sort of frame. After discarding a couple of options, I thought of using this one, where I cut out a panel of Fabriano Elle Erre Bianca cardstock and then dry embossed it using Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares, by partially passing the cardstock through my embossing machine to get the rectangle. The texture of the cardstock added for some extra elegance. 🙂

I then adhered the cross stitched panel on a red card base, and foam mounted the frame on top. Since the my sister used wool than thread to cleanly use the larger holes, I need some extra dimension on the frame. Coming to the sentiment, I used red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and then die cut it using Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips. I used a strip of white cardstock to cover up the base of the die cut and again, used foam tape to adhere the sentiment on the card. Finally, I used some white half-pearls as embellishment.

I love this collaboration between my my sister and me! Its rare but fun for us to work on a single project! 🙂

And I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamplorations Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#959 – Rainy Day’s Smile

Hello and welcome! Today I have the honor and pleasure of being the Guest Designer at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge!

And the challenge this time is one of my favorites –

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Since I am getting into pencil coloring these days, I thought this would be the perfect time to try something out. I wanted to try coloring in a small scene for myself. And here’s what I created –

I wanted to color on something darker, non-white, basically. I have this sheet of kraft paper that I had initially bought for making envelopes, but there’s so much of it, and the texture being just right, I thought I could use it for some coloring as well. I chose the cute piggy from My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles and the cute doggo from Purple Onion Designs Puddles Dog, stamped them using a dark brown ink.

I had to make a small mofication to the image, since the umbrella that the piggy carried was too small to shelter both of them. I stamped it the spine of the umbrella, and then leaving the rest of the umbrella, I stamped the tip of it, then I drew the umbrella’s shade, exanding its coverage a bit to cover both the animals. I colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

Once done, I drew the fence behind them, stamped the puddles as well, and colored them both. I thought of adding a tree and a windmill in the background, but then decided aginst the windmill, since I wanted the scene to be relatively small. I drew the tree only instead, which, lets face it, didn’t come out as well as I hoped. Anyway, I can learn how to draw a beautiful tree in time! 😀

In the end, I colored and drew some grass. I then trimmed this sheet and added it on a kraft card base. Finally I stamped the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Well, Hello stamp set in white pigment ink.

And that’s my card. Do stop by the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog to see more wonderful creation from the DT – they always manage to inspire me! Thank you Kylie for having me over!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#958 – Unicorn Friends

Hello and welcome! Starting of a new month, and the first thing up is Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, it is an Anything Goes challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for this month’s inspiration –

I was, in fact making this card for somthing else, and in between I thought this would make a fine card for the Watercolor challenge instead. 😀

I started with the background. I used CrafTangles Handmade watercolor paper. When I bought this paper for just trying it out, I found it to be pretty and I wasn’t able to do any fine watercoloring on it. On the other hand, coloring for outdoor scenes was relatively easy, so I decided to use it here. I used my cheap watercolor cakes to color this. I had to color it thrice, since the colors weren’t bright or deep enough. And that much pigment on the paper started sticking everywhere on my fingers, making marks elsewhere on the card, so I added some fixative on top to seal the color off.

Next, the unicorns – I chose a couple of them from My Favorite Things Friendly Unicorns, stamped them using VersaFine black Onyx ink on Fabriano Accademia Disegno Drawing paper and colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos pencil, finally using paper stumps dipped in baby oil to blend the colors. Once done, I fussy cut them.

I then adhered the dried watercolor piece on a white card base. On top I die cut a few pieces of My Favorite Things Stitched Rolling Clouds Edges, a couple of each kind. After adhering the top pieces of the clouds, I stamped the sentiments on both bottom pieces of the of the clouds and then adhered them on the card. The sentiments came from The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments and Concord and 9th Lots to Say stamp sets. Finally, I adhered the stars of the card – the Unicorns, by using a couple of pieces underneath to get some additional dimension.

And that finished my card! I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Timeout challenge #193: Inspired by Words

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anythings Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Step over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more watercolored inspiration from the rest of our DT! And don’t forget to join the fun – you have a month long!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#957 – Berry Sweet!

Hello and welcome! Time or a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this is going to be my last challenge as a part of the Design Team. Thank you so much, Felicita and the rest of the team for all the great time!

We are continuing the theme of ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings‘ and this time JoAnne has created this board for us –

Chooing the diagonal from top left – Fruit – Pattened Paper – Shaker, I made this card –

My idea of using the fun strawberries for shaker came from this shaker card created by the fantastic Julie Ebersole, which actually has cute cupcakes for the shaker. It’s so much fun! I thought of using berries instead, thinking they would be perfect for the summer theme.

So I started with the berries from the Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Florals stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I used an extra die for the berry itself, to add a bit of support and dimension. For the pattern paper, I used Recollections Blossoms & Bliss paper, adhered it above the entire card base.

For the shaker’s frame, I used Neat & Tangled Scalloped dies, cutting a few white cardstocks using it. I adhered them all together for the frame. Since I wasn’t going to use any foam tape, with the pattern being so thin at places, I didn’t want to take any chances. I adhered this on the card base and then added the sentiment from Honey Bee stamps Pearfect Sentiments

Finally, I added a few sequins, beads and the fruit die cuts, adhered the transperency using double sided tape and then placed the top frame, which I cut out from Fabiano Elle Erre Belle card stock, which has a little bit of striped texture to the card. And that finished my card!

Joining the following challenges with my card –

Addicted to Stamps and More #410: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #321: All Things Masculine

Stamplorations Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration on the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog, where you can see creations from the rest of the DT and our guest designer as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!