#818 – Inspiration Station Challenge 03

Hello and welcome to the third Inspiration Station challenge!! This challenge is something my sister and I started, for us to have just another reason to get inspired and create, without the pressure of deadlines or rules. You can check out the what I created for the first and second Inspiration Challenge, if you like!

This time, I chose something from the products of the store Seedlings Cards, which I came across from Paper Crave‘s website. There are plenty of fantastic whimsical card designs on the website, but my sister chose this panel of cards, from which I extracted the color combo.

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I was completely inspired by the colors. I actually wanted to create something whimsical, but in the end, I gave up since I wanted to use this new stamp set I bought – MFT Gill Friends. I didn’t have any fish/sea themed stamps with me until now, and I couldn’t wait to try this!! So, I went with the look of the bottom right card featured in the picture. Sea and fishies..

Hey Gillfriend

I started with the background. Tried out the technique taught by Jennifer McGuire in this post. Adding plenty of watercolors from my Gansai Tambi set, I used some scrunched up plastic cling wrap on it, left it to dry before removing the cling to get this amazing texture.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 1)

For the fish and the underwater plants, I used the same method – I first heat embossed it using white embossing powder, then colored the pieces by blending in distress inks. I then fussy cut the images.

Combining everything – I trimmed the watercolor background, foam mounted it on a white card base. I adhered the water plants directly, but foam mounted the fishies and also the sentiment.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 2)

Hope you liked what I created! Hop on to this link to see what my sister has created – its a fantastic mixed media creation that was made specially for our dear mom!! Am I next on the list, sis?? ;P

Joining the following challenges too –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #337

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Fusion Card Challenge: Tropical Fish

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#684 – Brushstrokes with DOX Inks

Hello! I am getting addicted to DOX inks and coloring with pencils.. that’s what I’ve been using these past few days while making cards. (All of them won’t be posted soon, since some are DT projects.. the others too, I’ll have to wait until I snap some good photos 🙂 )

I thought of joining the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, where they’ve asked us to use the shades of the Concord & 9th banner. And such a cool looking banner it is! I love the cool blues and the brush stroke look, and decided to make my card as such. Of course, the beautiful sentiment in white is not to be ignored!

Thank You

I used the brushstroke stamp from Concord & 9th Painted Thanks stamp set with distress oxide inks. I stamped it with some 3-4 different blues, then applied water using a brush, stroking it in the vertical direction. Now, the images weren’t blending that well, but I didn’t worry. At places, I forced it to blend by using the brush, at places I left it alone. I also added a little more of the lighter colors by smooching the colors. I then left it to dry.

Thank You

Once dry, I added the sentiment and the flowers and leaves, from the same stamp set. I have heat embossed these in white; the sentiment has an extra layer of clear glitter – subtle enough to not show up in the photos (not like I didn’t try to capture it.. but you know how it is.. sparkle and photos just don’t go together! ;)) Finally added a few tiny pearls for embellishing.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge #14: Shades of Concord & 9th

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum challenge #58: Thanks

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#682 – You Are Incredible

Hello! At times, I feel like bringing out a coloring medium.. and then I keep going with the same thing, until I suddenly realize that its all I’ve been using. Happened this time with my color pencils. I suddenly realized that it’s been some time since I took them out, and started some coloring with them. And then I just kept using them, and no other media for coloring.. and then it hit me that I wasn’t using anything else! It’s a cycle that never fails to repeat.. and I already know what’s on my list next – Zig colro brush pens.. yup, its been a while since I took them out! 😉

Anyway, I digress. This is what I made using my color pencils.. Also, it had been some time since I took out these old favorites of mine – Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set. And it made just the most beautiful combination! 🙂

You Are Incredible

On some scrap cardstock, I stamped the flowers in a light kraft ink, then colored them using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I then fussy cut them. On a card panel I stamped the a few more images using the same ink, and colored only a few ares with a light grey color. I also stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, using a dark brown ink. I trimmed this layer, and foam mounted it on the card bas and also foam mounted the fussy cut flowers.

You Are Incredible

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew October Inspiration Challenge

Ellen Hutson October Mix it Up Challenge with Altenew

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

The Flower Challenge #13: Use Your Favorite Flower. They are celebrating their first birthday – yippie yay yay!! And like Aileen says in her blog, it’s pretty difficult for me too, to choose my favorite flower stamp, but this one is definitely an old favorite! 🙂 (Oh, and I would love to have the Neat & Tangled Bloom stamp & die set, if I win!)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#669 – Autumn Palette Watercolor Washes

PE: Top at Lesia Zgharda!

Lesia Zgharda - Top

Honorable Mention at CAS Mix Up Challenge!

CAS Mix Up - Honorable Mention

Hello! I made a couple of cards, with CAS and watercolor washes in mind and using an autumn color palette –

Autumn Watercolor Wash

For my first card, I went with the traditional full panel wash, after with I added a few splatters on the wet watercolor. Once it dried, I trimmed it a bit, then stamped the leaves from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles. The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Happy Mail. I mounted this panel along with a black one underneath on a kraft card base using double sided tape, making it a pretty flat card.

Autumn Watercolor Wash - ThanksSubmitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stempel Garten Challenge #65: Fall

For my second card, I went a bit more modern. I made the wash look more like brushstrokes, but went with the same color combination. Once this dried, I stamped the little images from Simon Says Stamp Nutty For You, along with the sentiment, from the same stamp set. I then die cut the panel using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27, then mounted it on the card base.

Autumn Watercolor Wash - Autumn Wishes

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS Watercolor September Challenge: Silhouette

CAS Mix Up September Challenge: Stamping + Watercolor Wash + your choice

Happy Little Stampers: September CAS Challenge: Silhouette

Lesia Zgharda: Golden Season

AAA Card Challenge #99: Autumn Colors

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#655 – Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Week 4

PE: Runner up at Seven Hills Crafts Challenge!

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge Favorite!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Favourite Badge

Hello and welcome to my last week as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady! Can’t believe its already the last week!! I had so much fun making these cards and posts, wish it would last longer!!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Badge

For my last post, I am showcasing these cute little critters, so adorable, I just threw away any other ideas I had so I could use them on my cards! 🙂

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 1

For my first card, I used the critters from Party On. I stamped them using a brown ink, then gave them a soft watercoloring using distress inks. I did the same with the flowers. For the background, too I used distress inks. And the grassy hill/ground – I die cut that using the Party On Die, too! The sentiment comes from Happy Dance.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 2

For my second card, I used the critters from Happy Dance. I colored these critters using Zig brush pens. I used distress oxide ink for the background, masking each area for coloring in, added a few splotches of water, then stamped a few stars from the same stamp set, for something extra. Finally added the sentiments from Sentimental: Birthday. I then trimmed the piece, adhering it over a black card base with glitter washi tape at the side.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 3

For my last card, I used the critters from an older set, Happy Owlidays – the owls are just totally adorable! I watercolored the owls using distress inks, fuzzy cut them. For the background, I created a galaxy background using watercolors, then tore up half the panel and mounted it on my white card base. I then added the branch and the cute owls, and also stamped the sentiment.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - All Cards

So there are the three cards together! Hope you liked them!

Thank you so much, Shay for having me over! It really was fantastic working on so many creations, and brand new products! Absolutely!! 🙂

Be sure to leave a comment here on or before the 30th for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced on Sep 1st.

Winnie & Walter #30 Gift Card

I am also joining these challenges with my cards –

Seven Hills Crafts: August Challenge (I chose the middle colors)

Happy Little Stampers: August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #256: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp: August Work It Wednesday Challenge: Use some favorite stamps

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Bastel Traum Challenge: Anything Goes

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Happy Little Stampers: August Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂