#911 – Flurries of Happiness

Hello and welcome to the very first challenge of Seize the Birthday for the new year!! Following tradition, we have a new topping for you to work with. This time, our wonderful teammate Barbara was the one to choose ‘Snowy Background’ as the topping. If you’re not a toppings kinda person, wellโ€ฆ..you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes”Birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s what I made –

I’ve started trying to create my own backgrounds while watercoloring, and the topping felt like a good start. So, I just thought of going for it!

The cute little foxie is from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes, and I modified its birthday hat into a snow cap and added a muffler around its neck to help it with the cold weather. The rest of the image is drawn and watercolored.

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors with CrafTangles watercolor paper to create the entire scene. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler stamp set at the bottom in black ink. I then trimmed the panel a bit more and mounted it on a grey card base.

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #156

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #396: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Look for more inspirational and innovative cards from the rest of our DT and our Party Guest Julie Peddicord at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog! And don’t forget to play along and add a few more birthday cards to your stash! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#910 – Sending Love

PE: Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello!! Its the start of a wonderful new year! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! I’ve even got a happy news to share today – I’m joining the Happy Little Stampers Challenge Team for their Watercolor challenges! Yay!! Thank you very much Kylie, for the invitation!!

And now for the very first challenge of the year. The watercolor challenge has changed so that it is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge. So now, you are free to join in with any of your watercolor creation!! Yay!!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

I wanted to make something that could carry a message for the whole year. And of course, what better companions to that than flowers!

I used Altenew Magnolias for Her stamp set, and distress inks to stamp the images. I then added a hand drawn branch for the flowers and leaves to grow on. Then I watercolored the scene using distress inks.

Once everything was dry, I trimmed down the panel to a standard card size and adhered it on top of a white card. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Concord & 9th Painted Rose, with a dark grey ink.

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

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: Marsha’s Special 3-Week Anything Goes Challenge

Altenew January Inspiration challenge

Do hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog. We have plenty more fantastic inspiration from the rest of our fabulous design team! We have the Watercolor Challenge today, followed up with the other challenges coming up every few days! Take your pick and join the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#908 – A Merry and Bright Snowfall Scenery

PE: Winner at CrafTangles challenge!!!

Rocker at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Just a month till Christmas,

and I am finally posting a Christmas card! Its for the new challenge we have up a the Tic Tac Toe challenge. Following the November theme of ‘Seasonal/Holiday’ elements, we have a new board, created by Betty Keefe, for you to work with –

I chose the last row of Stars-Metallic-Snow. And here’s what I made –

I started with handmade watercolor paper from CrafTangles. This is the first time I am using this particular paper, so I had no idea how it would behave. Its particularly thick too.

So, anyway, without going too much into the performance of the paper… I first stamped all the images on the paper. The images are actually only two thought – the snowman from Purple Onion Designs called ‘Snow – Snowman with Broom’ and the fence + trees in the background, from Purple Onion Designs too, called Farm Horizon. I drew the stones and the frozen lake beside the snowman myself.

I then watercolored the piece using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once the watercoloring had dried, I splattered the ‘snow’ using white pigment ink. I also wanted a few stars on the scene. I stamped them from the stamp set Rustic Christmas from Lil Inker Designs, watercolored and cut them out, and adhered them on the scene.

Next came the sentiment. I die cut a couple of pieces using Winnie & Walter In a Word: Merry die. I then adhered red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and die cut that also using the same die. I then stacked the pieces together.

I also heat embossed the words ‘& Bright’ from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand stamp set in silver embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This, I cut out, and adhered it along with the die cut piece on the card.

At this point, I felt that the rest of the stamping was lacking depth, so went over the whole thing again with my Uniball fine liner pen.

And that’s how the card came about! I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Virginia’s Show and Shave November challenge (“Christmas” and/or “Hand-stitching”)

Virginia's Show and Share

CrafTangles November challenge: Festive Projects

monthly challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #299: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum challenge #95: Winter

Checkout the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog for more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

And thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#902 – Autumn with Birch Trees

Hello and welcome! It’s my favorite thing to post now-a-days! Because if I get to post this, it means that I’ve been practicing, and that, hopefully, also means that I’ve been improving with my artwork! Its my drawing/painting series!

This time is a piece with autumn/fall scene and I tried incorporating some Birch trees. Why Birch trees? Because I thought they would be easiest! And I still think they are the easiest now too, after having tried to watercolor them. At least, better than me trying to watercolor any other tree! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, here’s the piece –

I started out with drawing the ground at an angle, and then drawing a few trees and branches here and there, with some criss-crossing branches and all. But the final piece that you see here isn’t exactly the same – I would say some 90% is retained. That’s good for now! ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, I did somehow manage to retain my original idea of the trees, but couldn’t do that with the ground. I had wanted to make it look like there were a lot of fallen leaves, but I had to turn it to grass once one of my strokes went wrong…I thought of adding a little grass on the left end, but I ended up covering the entire ground with it. I also had thought of making it look like the floor where the trees are standing on, but this one looks like a bit of a mound or something next to the trees. Ah, well.. its still not that bad! ๐Ÿ˜€

I don’t know what watercoloring I’ll do next – I’ve nothing planned as of yet. But I plan to make a small booklet of out things like this. That’s a lot of watercoloring I’m looking to make! ๐Ÿ˜€

That’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#900 – Thanks with Pumpkins

Hello and welcome! Today is another day to be glad – I’ve been asked over to be the Guest Designer at the Retro Rubber challenge! This is a wonderful challenge where the main requirement is to use a stamp that is more than a year old in your creation – a great reason to get out those old stamps and put them to good use!

The theme for this challenge is a color theme – to use Black, Orange and White only, with the picture inspiration

And here’s what I made –

A fairly simple card to make! I first started with creating the pumpkins. I drew a rough outline and watercolored each of them. Once dry, I fussy cut them out. For the background, I used Concord & 9th Sketched Stripes stamp set and stamped it in Black Soot distress ink on a white card base. It didn’t stamp properly, but that ‘sketchy’ look was what I was going for, so that was perfect! ๐Ÿ˜€

Next, the sentiment came from Ranger Letter It: Thank You stamp set. I stamped this also in Black Soot and then fussy cut it. I foam mounted all the pieces on the card base. And that’s it – that’s my finished card!

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Global Design Project #263: Season of Thanks

CrafTangles October challenge: Masculine Projects

monthly challenges

Inkspirational Challenge #224: Picture Inspiration (Fall Photo)

Stamplorations October challenge: Stamps + Autumn colors

Thank you to the Retro Rubber team for having me over! Step over to the Retro Rubber challenge blog for more inspiration from their awesome team!

Thank you so much for stopping by as well! ๐Ÿ™‚