#918 – Inspiration Station #14

Hello!! And we’re back with the Inspiration challenge! We took a long time this time – what with our long year end break.. we really wanted a break from everything!! 😀

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But the wait is over, and me sister and I both have our projects ready! This time, the below collage, chosen by my sister is the inspiration –

So wonderfully colorful!! 🙂 And that’s what I wanted in my card –

I started with the colorful panel. I chose a couple of colorful washi tape and a gold and a copper foil washi tapes. I then adhered them alternatively and diagonally on the panel. I then trimmed it to size and adhered it on my card base.

I then die cut white cardstock and two pieces of vellum using the Altenew Dog Rose panel dies. Adhered them together over another layer of vellum, which I then cut to size. I foam mounted this over my washi card panel. Finally came the sentiment from Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips, which also I foam mounted.

And that’s my card! Check out what my sister made -a gorgeous bracelet! I think I would choose a dress to wear along with this sparkly one (not choose the bracelet after deciding what to wear), if not for the fact that I have nowhere to go right now!

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#899 – Clothified!!

Hello and welcome!! We – my sister and I – are up with another Inspiration Station challenge!!

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There’s been a bit of a gap this time, and that was because of the theme I chose for the challenge this time – “Focus on Abstract and/or No Paper“. I didn’t think much before picking this theme.. but I definitely took a long time just to choose what to do!! Finally, I chose to use this piece of fabric from my sewing stash. Bright blue with flowers in pinkish red.. it looked really beautiful, before I became lost once again… I had absolutely no idea what to do with it!

This card that I finally came up with is just something that just put together, because I thought if I don’t then I’ll probably never come up with anything at all!! 😀

Well, I first adhered the fabric over some cartridge paper to make to retain it form, and so that I can use tape to adhere it on my card. I used some soft gel to do this task. Once dry, I die cut the sides using Paper Trey Ink Stitching lines die. I thought adding some sewing edges might look good. So I used some thick off-white thread that I had with me to handstitch this… first time I’ve done that on a card! 😀

I did get lost a few more times, but finally, I decided on added the ‘hello’ from Paper Smooches Hello dies. I added Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink on a white scrap piece of cardstock and die cut it and a few more pieces of scrap cardstock using the die and adhered them together for dimension. I then added heat embossed it with clear ep a few times to get some additional dimension and also make it glossy so it looked like an enamel accent. I did the same with the small round heart stamped piece – I used a stamp from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint to stamp it and die cut it with a circle die before heat embossing.

I had a brown card base on which I had applied some darker brown, but had left it unused. I used that to foam mount the cloth panel and then added the sentiment and the rest of my embellishing along with a fun button that I found in my stash, which matched the rest of the card perfectly.

And that’s my card! With a focus on fabric background and a button to embellish. She’s been creating beautiful pages of art work in her art book… which is not yet a book, since she’s still needs to stitch all the art pages together to make a book out of it. And a book needs a cover, doesn’t it? Head over here to checkout what my sister has created!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#880 – Inspiration Station #12

Hello and welcome! Finally, its time for yet another Inspiration Station challenge! Its challenge #12 and the theme is chosen by my sister.

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And here’s the picture collage that she chose – it is a beautiful collage of various Dimensional Polymer Clay Journal Covers that she found on Pinterest.

Pinterest link to each project at the end of the post

And here’s what I made –

My inspiration came from the designs, the florals in the right most image in the middle row, and of course, the colors.. although the colors in the card are a bit more vivid than the ones in the inspiration! 🙂

To make the panel, I used some texture paper I’ve long had in my stash (earlier used here and here). I used Spellbinders Flora embossing folder, smudged one side of the folder with distress inks, misted it and then, keeping the paper in between, embossed it. With this, the color transferred and I got some cool colors also on the paper. I had to repeat a few more times to get some good coverage – and even then a few bits and pieces were still left colorless – which I let be.

After it dried, I used black soot distress oxide ink pad to swipe the raised portions. My plan was to add gold embossing, giving it a distressed look, but that didn’t work, since the embossing powder stuck too well. So I used a brush to flick powder off here and there, and heat embossed it.

Once done, I moved to the flowers and the sentiment. The flowers from Altenew’s Persian Motifs are gold heat embossed, and colored using zig brush marker pens. The same for the sentiment from My Favorite Things Sweet Hello. I then foam mounted them on the panel, which I then adhered to a black card base. I debated about adding a few black rhinestones, but let it be in the end.

So that’s my card! Check out what my sister has made. An enchanting mixed media tag – it even includes a crocheted flower that she made herself!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

Sources (row-wise top-left to bottom-right)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33636328441426509/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337770040773046066/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/514536326150506000/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/260857003387319560/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/447193437998331372/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/527132331359759058/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/451978512581015195/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/435512226449258146/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/544583779914959577/

#872 – Inspiration Station #11

Hello and welcome! We have a new post of Inspiration Station challenge today! Can’t believe we’ve stuck around for more than 10 challenges.. and still loving it!! 😀

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The challenge this time was chosen by me. Its this awesome room decor I found in Pinterest

There are plenty of elements for inspiration, but what stuck me the most was that wallpaper in the background! I really loved the florals and foliage, colors in hues of magenta and blue. Although I initially thought of covering my card using that as the focus, I thought there are too many other things that I didn’t want to miss either. So I improvised to include a couple more things – the poppies and a bit of the wood from the wooden chair.

And this is what I finally created –

And, what’s more, I am happy that everything on this card, except for the sentiment is without using stamps! 😀

Coming to how I made the card. First I made the background. Like I mentioned, my focus then was on the wallpaper. I took a page from a drawing pad I had bought ages ago, and using my Zig brush marker pens, tried to draw some sunflower like florals. I didn’t cover the entire paper, instead left a bit of space on the right blank.

I then painted those poppies. And wow, I had such a hard time trying to get the red opacity, while still keeping a transparency/fading away effect.. guess it was impossible for me! So, I made do with what I could make! 😀 The leaves were easier, comparatively! Once they had all dried, I fussy cut all the pieces.

For lying these pieces on, I wanted a pillar…a strip of something. I initially made a strip of plaid, using light navy blue, like the carpet, but that was getting completely hidden behind the flowers, and I couldn’t even make out it was there, so I instead replaced it with this wood like piece. .

I cut out a strip of cardstock, inked it completely by running Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft ink through it. Then, when it was still wet, I used a few darker shades of brown Zig brush marker pens to draw the layers of bark and let it dry completely. I even tried to add in the shine of the brass from the picture by embossing using We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder and adding a bit of metallic wax on the raised areas…which ended up not showing either!! Well, I made do with what could show! 😉

I then arranged all the pieces on the card base. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Tall Alpha in two shades of brown to get an ombre effect to stamp ‘Loved’. The ‘you are so’ is from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set. I trimmed the panel and foam mounted it on the card.

And that, finally, finished my card! I am so happy with this one, even after the repeated ‘not working’ factors! In fact, I feel that I am happy with every project I made for the Inspiration Station challenge! Probably because we take so much time, easing into what we want to make and take our time to make it. I end up happy with the end product too! Which is the purpose of this challenge, so that’s great!! 😀

Check out what my sister has made here. This time, she’s made an incredibly charming flower garden mixed media piece, which gets visited by friendly butterflies! I totally loved it!!

I am also joining the following challenges with this card –

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

Virginia’s June’s Show and Share

CrafTangles June Challenge: Use Watercolors

Craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + optional Layers

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#865 – Inspiration Station challenge #10

Hello and welcome! My sister and I are up with a new creative challenge for our Inspiration Station challenge – the 10th challenge between us sisters to create something from a prompt that one of us has come up with!

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It was my sister’s turn this time and she picked this photo, that she had clicked. It features a sheet of aluminium foil that I had used alcohol inks on. I don’t remember how I used it or if I used it at all!

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Here’s what I chose from this snap –
The alcohol inks, in shades of blue and green
The beautiful shine of the aluminium foil
The wood base

And here’s what I made –

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I first made that bright blue-green background. I took a piece of white cardstock panel, painted it with Unicorn paint from Prima. Its got a beautiful shimmery sparkle with a mix of gold and silver..mostly like platinum. And I totally love it!

So anyway, this was the base for me to apply my alcohol inks. Due to the paint, the surface becomes non-porous and good to apply alcohol inks. I picked a couple of inks in shades of blue and a single shade of green, used the felt applier with the Alcohol Blending solution and applied it on the painted panel in an ‘S’ shape.

This dried very quickly too. I then used one of the Woven embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers on the panel and set it aside.

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Next I started making the paper for the woody portions. I chose a few shades of brown and yellow, dabbed it on a clear plastic surface, misted it with water and used my fingers to dab the colors on a watercolor paper panel. Once the entire panel was covered, I let it air dry. I then used a flat brush with a little bit of water to slide across the panel and spread the colors a bit. I again let it air dry. Thanks to the really hot weather, it dried very quickly! 😀

I used this panel to cut out the beautiful bird, from Spellbinders Nordic Floral die set and also the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Simply Thanks die. I also die cut a few more pieces of the sentiment from kraft cardstock and adhered them together.

To assemble the card, I first trimmed the alcohol ink panel a bit, and foam mounted it on the kraft card base. I then adhered the sentiment and then foam mounted the bird on top. I believe there wasn’t any need to add any more embellishing, since the card was pretty flashy as it is! 😀

And here’s what my sister has made – a pair of beautiful, shimmery charming earrings! Love that rainbow shimmer on them…so very beautiful!!

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Fusion Card challenge: Thank You

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Dies and/or Punches

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

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