#974 – Gardening Bear

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and this will be the last challenge for this year. We will, of course be back the next year with another challenge – after celebrating Christmas and New Year’s to our heart’s content! 🙂

The topping for this time is chosen by our wonderful team mate Lindsey, and she has chosen ‘Hobbies and Pastimes‘. Of course, as always, ‘Anything Goes‘ theme also applies, so you can join with any birthday project!

And this is what I created –

My hobbies are pretty varied – card-making (of course!!), sewing, cooking, watercoloring, mixed media, reading, gardening – I love a bit of everything that helps me stay at home, but still occupied! 😀 Of all of these, since I had just the right stamps for it, I chose gardening.

I used stamps from Waffle Flower called ‘Bear and Bird’ and ‘Happy Day’, stamped them in VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Hndmd watercolor paper. I stamped the bear partially, so the bird isn’t stamped, and drew a gardening hat for the bear – how handsome he looks!! 😀 I then did a messy watercoloring using Distress Inks. I also added dots here and there using the same Uniball black fineliner pen I used to draw the bear’s hat.

For the background, I used CrafTangles Argyle stencil. I shifted the stencil to when applying each of my three colors – blue, green and yellow. It came out pretty lovely – pity I had to cover most of it. So anyway, it didn’t look quite right to just add the trimmed watercolored on top, so I matted it with some plain white cardstock and foam mounted it on the card base.

Finally for the sentiment, I used one from the Waffle Flower ‘Bear and Bird’ stamp set. Before stamping, I covered the scrap white cardstock with a blue Distress Oxide ink and then stamped it. I then trimmed it and them foam mounted on the card.

And that’s my card! I’ll also be joining these challenges –

AAA Birthday challenge #31: Animals

Timeout challenge #201: Da Vinci quote

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration on Hobbies and Pastimes, given by our talented team and our Surprise Party Guest, Carol McFarland! And don’t forget to join the last birthday party of this year! 🙂

Thank you very much for stopping by!

#972 – Happy Diwali

Hello and welcome! So close to the end of the year, and we also have a major Indian festival just around the corner – Diwali! But before that, its the start of the new Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made-

I made a simple diya giving off light aginst a colorful background. The watercolor paper is from CrafTangles and I used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color it. I did draw the diya myself too. Since I was using so many colors , I first added an underpainting in soft yellow, then painted the diya in layers of colors, finally adding the brown-black part of the diya itself. Once things were partially dry, I added gold splatters from Gansai Tambi Starry Nights. I also colored the flame of the diya and its reflection in the oil with a little of the same gold.

Once dry, I trimmed the piece and glued it on top of a beige colored cardstock. For the sentiment, I die cut gold glittered cardstock using Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower Thinlits Die Set and a few extras from spare black cardstock, stacked them together and adhered them on the card. For some extra glitter, I added some gold stickels on the flame and its reflection as well.

And that finished my card! It goes to a dear friend of mine. But before that, I am also submitting this card to a couple of challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #251: Word Prompt: Cheer (Spreading the Diwali cheer)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

CrafTangles challenge Monthly challenge: Glitter or Ethnic

CrafTangles Monthly Challenge November 2021 1

Checkout more inspiration from the rest of our team at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge blog.

Thank you for stopping by!

#965 – Magical Mermaid

Hello and welcome! The first of the month, and we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers. Its the Watercolor challenge, with the usual theme of ‘Anything Goes‘!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for your inspiration this month –

After making some Friendly Unicorns last month, I was inclined to get to some Friendly Magical Mermaids as well! For this scene, I used the images from the cute Waffle Flower Mermaid Mail stamp set. After stamping them in a light grey ink on CrafTangles watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Distress inks. To fill in the scene, I also drew some mountain-like boulders and the sandy base and fussy cut all the images out. For the background, I used a light touch of blue and green, then added lots of splatters.

Once everything was dry and ready to be put together, I thought I wanted to add a bit of dimension to a few of the images, instead of laying them down flat. I also didn’t want to add too much dimension by using foam tape or foam sheets. Instead I used 1-2 layers of scrap cardstock. This kept everything as flat as possible plus, made the tiny pieces a bit stronger, harder to bend. I used normal glue to adhere the layers together, and also to adhere them on the card.

For the sentiment, I used Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1, which I stamped in a dark brown ink, instead of black, to fit the rest of the scene.

My favorite thing in this card, that I absolutely had to mention, is that cute little sea horse, with its tail twisted around the sea weed, trying to keep itself anchored. I especially cut it out so that I could make its tail wrap around the sea weed, and I totally love it! 😀

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Double D challenge: Anything with a Tail

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hope you are inspired by this card. If not, or even if yes, you can still stop by the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#961 – Inspiration Station Challenge #16

PE: Inspirational challenge Top Pick!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Watercooler Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! And we have another issue of Inspiration Station challenge! Somehow, even though my sister and I got our makes ready, we are a bit late in posting. Somehow. 😛

But here’s the 16th challenge! A Tic Tac Toe challenge given by my sister –

And here’s what I made –

This is actually my second attempt at this challenge. My first is this one, where I got the sequins wrong by using rhinestones instead. And since I already had an image of something like this in my mind, I guess that became a good excuse to work on some watercoloring! 😛

I had this image in mind of sea and a journeying whale jumping from the water in front of a gigantic moon. I thought of somehow adding the stripes in the waves. My image of the waves was a bit different with what I made in the end, but I am still pretty happy. And that whale needed a bit of working on its jaw (but there I disagree with my mother who said it looked like a bat!!!) But I have to admit I am pretty happy and delighted with my work this time! 🙂

I found most of my inspirations from Pinterest. And after drawing a bit using a light touch of a pencil, I used Gansai Tanbi watercolors on CrafTangles water color paper and Sakura white gelly pen to add the shine to the whale’s eye.

Checkout my sister’s creation this time! A simply spectacular usage of a die cut stencil with some skillful doodling. Her art journals are an inspiration! 🙂

I’m joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Summertime Blues

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #321: All Things Masculine

Inkspirational challenge #245: Journey

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#951 – Negative Watercoloring

Hello and welcome! We’re half way through the year!! Wow! Start of a new month and start of a new challenge at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As usual, any project which involves watercolor in some form or other is eligible!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I have for you this month –

Another one of my experiments from last year. I knew about negative watercoloring, but hadn’t applied it till then. Its a concept of watercoloring (which I might guess can apply for any kind of coloring) where an object emerges by coloring not the object, but the surroundings. So, if I want a leaf, I am not coloring the leaf itself, but around it, giving it form.

I was inspired by this fantastic piece of watercoloring by PearFluer in YouTube, and decided to give it a try myself. Of course, mine isn’t anything as impressive as hers, but I would pat myself on the back for a good first attempt! 🙂

I watercolored on Hndmd watercolor paper using Gansai Tambi watercolors.

And that’s all I have for today. Don’t forget to checkout more wonderful inspiration from the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge Design Team. And more importantly, watercolor, have fun and join the challenge!

Thank you so much for stopping by!