#662 – Hello

This card has long been sent to a blogging friend of mine.. and I am publishing it, I think, months after. But even now, I still love the way it looks (in the photos, of course) as I did the day I created it! Right on top of the list of watercolor pieces I’ve created that have come out good! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hello

When I made this card, I had just bought the Waffle Flower Enveloper Birthday stamp set, and was so excited to play with it. I wanted some no-line coloring on the card, so I stamped it with a light ink, then colored it using distress inks. The sentiment comes from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia stamp set.

Hello

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to CAS Challenge #118: Friends

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Clean and Simple on Friday Challenge #115: One Layer Wonder

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

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#661 – Winnie & Walter August/September 2017 Release Day 4

Hello and welcome to the final and Premier day 4 of Winnie & Walter August/September 2017 Release! Its the last day and the whole Winnie & Walter team+myself are showcasing the Wish Big with Evelin T Designs stamp set and cutaways. And here’s what I made –

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 01 Sep Cards

For the card on the right, I stamped the cupcakes in a light kraft ink and colored it using Zig brush pens. For the background, I lightly watercolored distress inks and added black splatters. The grey cardbase has some light texture, to create which I smeared white pigment ink, directly from the ink pad. After mounting everything on the card, I added some Nuvo Drops in Gloss White and Silver Lining. I also applied some glitter sparkle on the cupcakes, which are totally not visible in these photos, but they look lovely on the card! ๐Ÿ™‚

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 01 Sep - Card 1 Closeup

For the card on the left, I first blended in Pumice Stone distress ink around the boundary and Scattered Straw from within, then added splatters using Camel Drawing ink the matching colors. I then stamped the sentiment and candles in a light grey color on top. The cupcake is colored as a no line watercoloring using distress inks, which I fuzzy cut and adhered right on top the sentiment.

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 01 Sep - Card 2 Closeup

If you’ve not seen the Winnie & Walter blog, by any chance, you should, cuz the DT has some amazing inspiration to show you! ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all from my side! Thank you so much Shay for having me over, and for all the products you’ve sent me – so so thankful to you!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Winner of Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Commenter Gift Certificate

Hello! I am here to announce the winner of the #30 Gift Certificate, for commenting on my Leading Lady posts last month, that Shay has generously provided.

Winnie & Walter #30 Gift Card

Thank you so much for everyone who left such kind and sweet comments in my blog!!

And the winner is…[Big Drum Beats!]

Janis In ID

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Congratulations, Janis!! Please email me at ashwini dot rao dot u at gmail dot com to claim your prize!

Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#660 – Seize the Birthday – Ocean Colors โ€“ Blue, Green and Aqua

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we have a color challenge for you – to go with ocean colors โ€“ Blue, Green and Aqua. Of course, you can choose to go without the topping and just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ the card I made inspired by the pretty ocean colors –

Make A Wish

To make this card, I first stamped the Simon Says Stamp Emma stamp on watercolor paper, then heat embossed it in white. I then colored it using Zig brush pen. I wasn’t too careful during coloring, since I planned to spray it with some perfect pearls mist later. Giving it a good spray, I left it aside to dry.

Make A Wish

Once dry, I fuzzy cut the outline, then mounted it over watercolor card base. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes using black ink on a scrap cardstock, trimmed it and foam mounted it on the card base. No embellishing necessary, right?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do join the fun with your own birthday projects. Get more inspiring projects over at the Seize the Birthday blog, from out amazing DT and also our Surprise Party Guest Lindsey!

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

#659 – Winnie & Walter August/September 2017 Release Day 3

Hello and welcome to yet another day of Winnie & Walter August/September 2017 Release! Today the whole Winnie & Walter team is showcasing Ring in the Celebration stamp set, Mini Scenery: Round and Round stamp set and Ring in the Celebration Cutaways.

For my cards, I’ve used Ring in the Celebration stamp set and Mini Scenery: Round and Round stamp set along with some other W&W products –

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 31 Aug - All Cards

For my first card, I used the Ring in the Celebration stamp set. I heat embossed the images in white, and applied distress oxide inks. The sentiment comes from In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals.

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 31 Aug - Card 1 Closeup

For my second card, I used Mini Scenery: Round and Round stamp set. I used a creamish card base, on which I used masking and heat embossing in gold to get the lovely circles across the whole width of the panel. I then fuzzy cut one side of it. The sentiment on the black card base comes from Sentimental: Gift, which I heat embossed before mounting the circle embossed panel on top, along with a strip of gold and copper leafing.

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 31 Aug - Card 2 Closeup

Hope you liked my two inspiration cards. Hop over to the Winnie & Walter blog for more amazing inspiration from the Winnie & Walter DT! Thank you so much for stopping by today, and hope you’ll come back tomorrow for the last release Premier Day!

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#658 – Winnie & Walter August/September 2017 Release – Day 2

Hello and welcome to another day of Winnie & Walter’s August/September 2017 Release. Today, the whole Winnie & Walter team are showcasing Happy Birthday to You stamp set, In Bloom: Shirleyโ€™s Blooms stamp set, Sentimental: Gift, Happy Birthday to You Cutaways and In Bloom: Shirleyโ€™s Blooms Cutaways.

And I am using the In Bloom: Shirleyโ€™s Blooms stamp set with some other W&W products in the two cards I am presenting today –

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 30 Aug - All Cards

For my first card, I simple used distress inks to cover up the background, stamped the sentiment from Sentimental: Gift, then stamped the pretty flowers and leaves from In Bloom: Shirleyโ€™s Blooms stamp set in black ink. I then trimmed and adhered this over a white card base and used a few black rhinestones for embellishing.

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 30 Aug - Card 1 Closeup

My second card uses a sort-of retro looking flowers. I stamped the flowers using different inks, and colored the background using Zig Brush marker. The sentiment comes from Wish Big From Evelin T Designs stamp set, which we will showcase tomorrow. When I stamped the sentiment first, in brown ink, I guess the background was still a bit wet, so it ended up spreading a bit, and this formed a sort of shadow/halo around the black ink, when I stamped it over after waiting till it was completely dry. Happy accident! ๐Ÿ™‚

W&W Aug-Sep Release - 30 Aug - Card 2 Closeup

I also added a few dots on the flowers and here and there, and added some sparkle using a glitter pen on both the flowers and the sentiment. I then die cut this panel using Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways, then mounted it at an angle on a black card base.

For more inspiration using today’s products, you can hop over to the Winnie & Walter blog! Thank you so much for stopping by today, and hope you’ll come back tomorrow for the release Premier Day 3!

#657 – Altenew Inspired

PE: Caught by Altenew!! (from my Flickr account)

Altenew - Caught by Altenew

Top Pick at Inkspirational Challenge!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Inkspirational - Winner

Hello! It feels like a break, to be working on something Altenew – I purposely didn’t touch these stamps for quite some time.. I mean I used to pick up Altenew products every time I wanted to create something, even though I have tons of other products, so I thought about not touching them for some time. But finally, I am giving in… I just couldn’t resist the latest Altenew challenge anymore! Here’s what I made –

Celebrate

One of those cards which is quite easy to make, and looks absolutely glamourous in the end. I used Dodecagram stamp to repeatedly stamp over a watercolor panel using sticky ink, and then heat embossed it in gold. I then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color, using lots of the pigment to get a good coverage. Once finished, I spritzed in some water again, so that the color is well immersed, blended and settled down more or less evenly. Finally, once it dried, I repeated the heat embossing, since the color had dulled a bit. This also gave it that extra good shiny look due to the double embossing.

Celebrate

Though my initial idea was to trim it, once I finished, I was loath to cut it down to a normal card size, so I kept it as is. I chose a dark brown card base, but it wasn’t the right color, so I blended in some Walnut Stain distress ink and layered a panel of some shiny gold paper that I have between the card base and the watercolro/heat-embossed panel. Then I foam mounted the sentiment, from Label Love, which I gold heat embossed over black card stock. I also added a few gold rhinestones for embellishing.

Absolutely in love with the beautiful colors that I achieved so easily with this. Like my sister said, it looks like one of those Persian glass artworks, albeit a little bit darker! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew Inspired Challenge for August by Erum. I could never color like this talented lady even if I tried, so I am just using the colors from her inspiration!

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Inkspirational Challenge #142: Oldie But Goldie (Dodecagram is one of the oldest Altenew stamps that I have!)

Bastel Traum August Challenge: Anything Goes

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday August Challenge: Using some favorite stamps

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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