#932 – Purple Poppies

Hello and welcome! My sister had her birthday the last week and this is the card I made for her. I wanted her card to look like it was a frame out of a field of flowers. And here’s what I made –

The entire thing is free hand watercoloring. I wanted to make poppies, but didn’t want to use the well known red in it. So I chose purple instead. I drew the outline of the larger flowers in a light handed pencil, and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors. The paper is Canson XL.

Once everything was dry, I splattered a bit of green and brown, and once that too was dry, I trimmed the panel to size. Before mounting this on a black card base, that I had measured and cut out, I drew a frame using a Versamark pen and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then adhered the watercolored panel using double sided tape.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of black cardstock using a die from Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips and adhered them together. I then clear embossed the top a couple of times to make it shiny. This, I adhered to the card. I also added a few sequins to embellish and finish my card.

I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Just Add Ink challenge #549: Choose Any Two – I chose Leaves and Petals

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Inkspirational challenge #236: Grow

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#929 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Its the beginning of a new month, and hopefully spring is spreading/already spread all around! And we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, this is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

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

This card is supposed to go to a very dear friend of mine, who has her birthday today! Happy birthday, dear Pooja!! ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the things that I’ve been attempting lately is to free hand watercolor…whatever I can! I have plenty of inspiration, just need to search for it! When I thought of making this card, I thought of spring flowers and birds…at least, one bird. I started with the bird, making it as colorful as I could! ๐Ÿ˜€ Then free handed the flowers and leaves, added lots of splatters. And after letting it all dry, I then spent some time fussy cutting them all out. I then added a bit of shine on the bird’s eye and a few dots on the flower centers using Sakura black glaze pen.

Next, I had to make a background for the entire scene. My first attempt had too just of texture, my second was a tad too dark, and this is my third background, I smooshed some distress inks on a sheet of clear plastic, misted lots of water on and smooshed my cut out panel of cardstock on top. Once dry, I die it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I adhered this on a white card base. Then, before adhering the flowers and birdie, I die cut a few pieces for the branch using Memory Box Woodland Branch..which is all but invisible on the final card!! Anyway, I assure you its there.. behind all the flowers and leaves, which I’ve adhered it on. I did add dimension behind the bird and the flowers and a few leaves, using some foam and using Connect glue to adhere them on the card.

Finally, for the sentiment.I absolutely loved this glossy black cardstock that Jennifer McGuire showcased in her My Favorite Crafty Things videos. Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting those myself (too much to pay in the custom tax), I thought of another way. I took some photo paper, then used a black marker pen to cover the whole surface in black. Same beautiful look – black and glossy! I love how different it looked from a black heat embossed die cut.

So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die to die cut the photo paper, and then some scrap cardstock too. I adhered them together and then adhered it over my card. I didn’t add any extra embellishing to this one, thinking I wanted the bird to steal the show! ๐Ÿ™‚ And that’s it.

I’m submitting this card to the following challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #235

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #312: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Easter/Spring

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Pooja, I hope you like this card (when it reaches you), and I wish you a wonderful birthday!

Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to check what the rest of our talented DT have for you to get inspired! And don’t forget to join us!

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

#917 – Just Because…

Hello and welcome! We’ve already moved past the first month the year! And that means, we have a set of new challenges starting up at Happy Little Stampers. The very first being Watercolor challenge, and again we have the Anything Goes theme.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is my inspiration for you –

I had this one piece of die cut, watercolored flower leftover from a previous project. Thinking of using it in another one, I ended up with multiple pieces, and then pick and chose a few to make this card.

The die cut pieces are from multiple dies and companies – I used Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, Memory Box Flutter Vine and Memory Box Prim Poppy. After die cutting, I watercolored these pieces using Gansai Tambi watercolors and let them dry.

I then trimmed a piece of CrafTangles Vintage Jounal Decoupage Paper and adhered it on top of grey cardstock, covering it completely. I then adhered the flowers and leaves on top. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Well, Hello. I had a strip of leftover cardstock from another die cutting, with that stitched edge on top. I stamped the sentiment on that with black ink.

Before foam mounting it on the card, I added a length of looped silver string and placed it below the sentiment strip. Its barely visible, but makes its presence known just enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

And that’s my card! To get more inspiration, check out the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog. And stay tuned for the other challenges starting over the next few days too.

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

#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: Altenew January Challenge Winner!!! Yay for me!!

Altenew Challenge Winner

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™‚