#632 – Thank You

Hello! Finally posting a card I’d made and sent to a dear blogging friend.. I somehow missed posting about this card then, so here it is now! πŸ™‚

Thank You

Frankly, when I made this card, I had no idea where I was going – not even what stamp sets I would use – I just built it as it came.

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp set – beautiful large flowers, just perfect for some watercoloring. I wanted to watercolor this using Gansai Tambi colors, so heat embossed it in black, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the pigment washing out the flower’s outline. Like I said, I watercolored them, then trimmed the flowers and leaves, arranging them over a longish watercolor paper panel.. the dimension is not something I measured. I just wanted a longish card, and just went with what pleased my eye. πŸ™‚

Thank You

Once I finished with this, I painted the background, then used Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil with to add some more details to the background. I then adhered the flowers and leaves on top, trimming the excess and adhered the whole thing on a dark grey cardstock.

Then came the sentiment, a combination of Simon Says Stamp You die cut and Reverse Confetti All About You stamp. I added a few drops of Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold and Ebony Black for embellishing.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson June Pin Sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

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The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make You Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#631 – Father’s Day Card

Hello! Father’s Day was last week, and I’d kept this one here ready for a month now! If you know me, you know that I still give flowery cards to my Papa – I’ve got no new or old definition for ‘masculine cards’; I just make and give my Papa what I know makes him and me happy. Flowers are always the thing for us! πŸ™‚ Here’s what I made –

Happy Father's Day

I used the Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp, stamped it on watercolor paper several times using MISTI, masking the image wherever needed. I used Antique Linen distress ink for stamping.

I then watercolored them using distress inks. I chose three inks for each color, waiting until one layer was dry before adding the next layer. Actually, I didn’t have to wait – coloring each of the flowers separately took sufficient time, so everything would dry by then!! πŸ˜€ Finally, I watercolored the background using Peacock Feathers distress ink.

Happy Father's Day

My initial idea was to trim the watercolor panel to a standard card size, but seeing that it came out better than I expected, I decided to keep the whole thing as is. πŸ˜€ I did however trim the sides a bit, then the bottom part, which was mostly white. I then added the sentiment, using Mama Elephant Calli Letters stamp sets.

Now, I usually add some kind of embellishment at this point, but I seriously had no idea what to add to this card. Pearls, rhinestones and glitter all seemed wrong. I was lost for a day, before it hit me – embossing! I used Emboss It pen to add embossing on select areas on the flowers and leaves, and clear embossed it. I also added the clear embossing on the letters.

[It was so hard to click this image – no matter what angle I shot from, the embossing wasn’t showing at all!! It was like it was totally shy of the camera, and didn’t want to show itself in the images!! But I was able to capture it finally!! :D]

Happy Father's Day

I chose a beautiful cobalt blue card base, then used the same stamp set on the card base also, clear embossing it, before foam mounting the watercolor paper panel on top.

The envelope too – used the same stamps with my MISTI, along with Memento Danube Blue ink.

Happy Father's Day

I am joining these challenges with my card –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes, with an optional twist of masking

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The Challenge #88: Keywords (I chose flowers, bright and watercolor)

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#620 – Happy Birthday Ma!

PE: Honorable Mention at Just Add Ink!!

Top at Lesia Zgharda!!

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Hello! This is the card I made for my dearest Ma.. which was just a week ago. If you’ve read this blog before, you’d know she loves flowers more than I do.. so its a no brainer when I need to make a card for her.. I just choose flowers.. every single time.. and she loves them! πŸ˜€

Here’s what I made for her this time –

Happy Birthday Ma

I stamped the flowers from Altenew Adore You stamp set (isn’t that perfect?! :)) using Antique Linen distress inks and colored them using Prima watercolor pencils…and watercolored them (these three words cover the effort of 3 days, by the way..).

Happy Birthday Ma

Once done, I trimmed the sides a little bit. I even added and colored leaves where I felt there was too much empty space. Until this point I had only thought of adding the sentiment directly on the panel. But now, I felt that the sentiment wouldn’t show up, amidst all the coloring. I didn’t want to cover those pretty flowers that I spent hours on with some die cut or a sentiment panel. So I went with the easiest solution – vellum.

Happy Birthday Ma

I used Spellbinders Persian Accent die to cut the top of a vellum strip, stamped the sentiment, then aligned and die cut the bottom bit, and finally trimmed the sides. This way, a corner die turned into a frame die! πŸ˜‰ I adhered this on the watercolor panel using Multi Medium Matte. Finally adhered the panel on the kraft cardstock. AndΒ  that’s my card!

I must mention, I am loving the Prima watercolor pencils. I was able to buy just two sets of these pencils.. and I love the colors in them…soft and muted colors which I find difficult to get from some other sets, which have bright and cheery colors.. But of course, you can always add more color and make these colors bright as well.. And also, I am only talking about the two sets that I brought, the other sets might carry brighter colors – I don’t know since I haven’t used them! (Disclaimer: I am not marketing them, I am just stating the fact that I like them)

I am submitting my card to the following challenges –

Just Add Ink Challenge #361: Just Choose Two: Flowers, Washi Tape or Watercolor (I chose Flowers and Watercolor)

Timeout Challenge #84: Flowers and Friends make life a garden

The Heart Desires Challenge #12 (Inspired by the colors and flowers)

Lesia Zgharda: Flowers

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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#617 – With Thanks

Hello! Made this card some time ago while trying out the fresh stash of products that Danielle had sent me.. I just love the curvy lines in the Topography stamp.. and it is so versatile! I can think of so many things to do with this stamp. And the dies in Flower Medallion Builder too..so pretty! Here’s what I came up with –

With Thanks

I first heat embossed the Topology background using silver pearl embossing powder, then colored each section using Zig brush pens. My idea was to try out the card with only coloring, and if I felt that didn’t look good, I could always add water and spread the colors to make it prettier.. as long as the colors didn’t clash, it would look great! And that’s what happened – the colors weren’t looking great just sitting there, so I heavily misted them with some pearl water (water + perfect pearls). I kept this aside to air dry.

With Thanks

I then die cut some watercolor paper using the Flower Medallion Builder dies. I used watercolor paper, since the technique would require some thick paper, and the watercolor paper is the thickest and sturdiest I’ve got. After determining the arrangement, I decided which parts required the embossing, then heat embossed the pieces with copper embossing powder three times, making the pieces look metallic (learned this from Jennifer McGuire!). This, paired with the off-white color of the other diecuts looked really pretty! πŸ™‚

Finally, I trimmed the dried watercolored base, adhered it over the card base, then trimmed the excess from the sides. I then adhered the flowers and a pearl in between. As for the sentiment, I did the same 3-times copper embossing, and also foam mounted it on the card.

Although it is pretty hard to capture this on the image, the brilliant metallic shine of the copper embossing and the soft sheen of the pearl water in the background look pretty well matched.. I really liked this combination.. and the off-white die cuts provide a nice contrast against the two colorful and shiny surfaces.. all in all, I am happy with the results! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #242: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Seven Hills Crafts: May Color Challenge (the set of colors in the last image)

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Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle

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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#615 – Seize the Birthday – Creatures or Animals

Hello! And it time for yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The topping this time is to create useΒ Creatures or Animals in your birthday project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

You still do have the choice of joining us with just a Birthday themed creation..

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ my inspiration card –

Happy Birthday

This is the card I actually made for my sister’s birthday last month.. It is a tri-fold, window, interactive Birthday card. I am actually pleased with the card, since it is the first time that I actually tried making any of those, and combining them all was really fun! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

I used die inks for stamping and then used Prima watercolor pencils for coloring the bunnies. Here’s the supply list –

Mama Elephant Honey Bunny
Mama Elephant Calli Letters
My Favorite Things Pretty Posies
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle dies
Reverse Confetti Edger’s Confetti Cuts (to create the tags)

Happy Birthday

I made the envelope using a pattern paper, stamping it using the same sentiment and critter stamps, and colored them again using Prisma watercolor pencils.

Happy Birthday

You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday blog, created by the fantastic DT and also our Surprise Party Guest Cathy! Hope you’ll join the challenge with your own birthday themed creation.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #241: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Bastel Traum Challenge #52: Mother’s Day, card/ project for women or girls (My card is for my sister’s birthday)

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

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

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#614 – Happy Wedding Anniversary

Hello! This month and last month are two months when I need to make quite a few cards for dear ones – 3 birthdays, an anniversary and of course, Mother’s day.. makes a girl quite busy! πŸ˜‰ My parent’s anniversary was last month and I made this card for them –

Happy Wedding Anniversary

If you are thinking that this card is quite similar to the one I posted a couple of days ago, which I made for Mother’s Day, then yes, they are quite similar… very similar. I used the same layout, heat embossing the flowers with silver pearl embossing powder, and the same coloring formula – Zig brush pens + Gansai Tambi starry nights. What can I say, I just got addicted to the superb results! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Happy Wedding Anniversary

I used Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus stamps along with My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet dies on the Canson watercolor panel, then foam mounted it on a white card base. I then used little drops of Nuvo Glitter Drop White Blizzard for some embellishing.

For the envelope, I used pattern paper from K & Company, over which I stamped the same flowers, and colored using Zig brush pens, and added a bit of shimmer using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: A Hint of Pink

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Lesia Zgharda: Flowers

Happy Little Stampers: May Watercolor Challenge

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Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes With Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#612 – Mother’s Day Card

PE: Winner at Timeout Challenge!! πŸ™‚

Time Out Challenge - Winner

Bastel Traum Bronze Award Winner!!

Bastel Traum - Bronze Award

Hello! Mother’s day being just a week away, I finally completed this card for my dear Ma a couple of days ago..

Happy Mother's Day

I used Altenew Magnolias for Her stamp set.. what beautiful set of flowers! The pink and aqua colors were just meant to be used with it! πŸ™‚ I used Canson watercolor paper, over which I heat embossed the flowers using Wow! Silver Pearl embossing powder, then colored them using a mix of Zig Brush pens, adding the color, and Gansai Tambi Starry Nights White Gold for spreading the color.. it gives beautiful results so easily! I wanted to just keep painting!! πŸ˜€

Happy Mother's Day

For the sentiment, I initially thought of using the same silver pearl heat embossing, but suddenly remembered the silver foil I had with me… absolutely untouched! Glad I remembered it! πŸ™‚ I used a Zig glue pen, then added the foil when it became dry and tacky.

Finally I trimmed the card and adhered it over Fabriano Elle Erre Brina card stock.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

Timeout Challenge #82: Flowers

Just Us Girls Challenge #392: Word Week: Mother

Bastel Traum Challenge #52: Card for Mother’s Day, for women/girls

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: May Challenge: Mother’s Day

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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