#776 – Greys and Blues

PE: Honorable Addict at Addicted to Stamps and More challenge!!

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Hello! Been thinking of using stamps/dies that I haven’t used in a long time. In fact, the last few posts have things that I’ve not used for quite some time now.. tee hee!

XO - Sending Love and Hugs

I used florals and leaves from Altenew Adore You stamp set, stamped the images using Versafine black ink and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder. I water colored them using Zig brush pens and fussy cut them and arranged and adhered them on a grey card base. I then added a few splatters of black ink.

The sentiment is die cut from Altenew Bold Alphabet. I then masked it at an angle and heat embossed it a few times using clear embossing powder. I adhered this, along with the rest of the stamped sentiment, using foam tape. I also added a few black gemstones for embellishing.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew July Inspiration challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #302: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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#775 – Mixed Media Ganapathi Wall Art

Hello and welcome! Since my card making wasn’t going well lately, I thought a change of pace might be good – perfect time to try some mixed media!

I have been thinking of making this project since last year – a wall art with Ganapathi – using mixed media. And though I had gathered all the necessary materials, I never got down to actually working on it until last week – well over 7 or more months of stalling!! 😉 But here it is, finally –

Mixed Media Ganapathi Wall Hanging

Mixed Media Ganapathi Wall Hanging (closeup 2)

The focal point, the Ganapathi are from CrafTangles Ganesha stencil. Mostly used other stencils, along with embossing paste, along with a few other elements like paste mixed with sawdust, stringed pearl, flowers, broken wooden buttons, a strip of aida cloth (that’s used for cross stitching), art stones and molds made from paper clay. Finally everything got a coat of black gesso. I then added colors in shades of blue and dark green, along with gold here and there – all acrylic paints.

Mixed Media Ganapathi Wall Hanging (closeup 3)

Mixed Media Ganapathi Wall Hanging (closeup 1)

This is one of two wall arts that I wanted to make. The other one also has a focal Ganapathi, though with a different design. It is still in the planning stage and I plan to make it using different color and hopefully different media too. Hopefully, I will be able to finish it soon and put up the pair for my visial delight very soon! 🙂

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#774 – Hello Beautiful

Ok, so it seems like my mojo has gone flying off yet again… and I’m not so much in love with this card as I would like to be. But I would like to share it – after all, its not all about my glory days! 🙂

Hello Beautiful

This card uses the Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set, with leaves and the little flowers from Altenew Beautiful Days and Build a Flower: Rose stamp sets. The panel was then die cut using Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways. I then used Altenew Inline Alphas and Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp for the sentiment. It was still looking pretty bland, so, I used black glitter stickles at places to spice it up a bit.

I am joining the following challenges –

Altenew July Inspiration challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #301: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

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#773 – Of Stripes and Zari Saris

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Stripes’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made –

Birthday Wishes to You

I had thought of many ideas for a card with stripes, but finally, I was reminded of a zari sari my mother had – though this one was plaid, the colors were absolutely breathtaking – a mix of purples and pinks, in the darker shades. Sigh…they just don’t make it that way anymore!! I used the image in my head of that beautiful sari, turning the plaids into stripes to make this card.

The stripes are from My Favorite Things Pinstripe bacground stamp, which I used to gold heat emboss on a white cardstock panel. I used Zig pens in purple and pink to add color alternatively, then trimmed the sides and rounded the corners. This, I foam mounted on a white card base. (By the way, the tapered stripes are an unexpected look, which happened because I ended up pressing the stamp on that end a little more than the other end).

I then die cut several pieces of Spellbinders Floral Corner 1 – one of the dies that I’ve never once used – stacked them, then gold heat embossed them several times to get the effect of a metal embellishment. I adhered this on the striped panel. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ die and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals stamp. I stacked the die cut before adhering it and foam mounted the stamped part to adhere it. I then added a few gemstones over the floral piece and outside, to embellish it further.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #301: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Inkspirational challenge #165: Word Prompt: Birthday

A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash

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I am totally in love with this piece and I hope it serves as an inspiration to you as well! To join the challenge party, you can either go with the topping ‘Stripes’ or even choose to go without it – just as long as you make a birthday project! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#772 – Heat Embossing and Coloring

PE: CAS-ual Fridays Favorite!!

CAS-ual Fridays - Favorite

Hello! So I finally got out of series of ‘quickie’ cards and spent a little more time on the card this time. I took the inspiration from the Ellen Hutson Color Trend challenge and thought of trying out all the colors from the palette, if possible. The idea was to use the lighter color (i.e., yellow) on the flowers and the rest of the them to create the background.

Sending Lots of Love

I chose the Mondo Sakura florals from Ellen Hutson – it is a latest addition to my stash and I couldn’t wait to try it out! 🙂 A search for a suitable background led me to this Stiched Circles stamp from JustRite – a background stamp I had bought ages ago. And it was kinda fun mixing this old stamp with the new one! 🙂

Sending Lots of Love

I stamped the flowers first, then masked the image and stamped the background image, and heat embossed the whole panel using gold embossing powder. I used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the whole panel. And then I die cut the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. Looking back, I should have left it as is, and covered the whole front of the card with the panel – that was my initial idea, and I think it would have looked better too. Anyways, I added the gold heat embossed sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sending You stamp set. Then I added a bunch of gold sequins in the flower centers.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson June Color Trend Challenge: Verdure

Preview-full-Color Trend June Verdure

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #203: Heat Embossing

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Just us Girls challenge #449: Trend week: Watercolor Background

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#771 – Sequin Party

…well not exactly..

That’s the the new topping at the new challenge at Seize the Birthday – Sequins!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Its Time to Party

I first stamped those cute lil animals from Pink Fresh Main Playful Animal Friends 2 in black ink, trimmed the panel. I then stringed the sequins, which I got from various sources, using a pale gold string, knotted the two ends of the string and taped it behind the panel. I then kept the panel aside.

Its Time to Party (closeup)

I then prepared the pink background using WPlus9 Background Builders Knit. I used two shades of pink, swiping the ink pad across the stamp, instead of pouncing it, to get this look. I trimmed this panel too, and adhered it to the card base. The two stripes below the critter panel are washi tapes, which are adhered together and foam mounted on the card base. The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Party stamp set.

The Paper Players challenge #400: Celebration

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A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash

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I hope you are inspired and join the party. You just have to make a birthday project, if you don’t want to use the sequins! Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

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#770 – Celebrate

Hello and welcome! I am making one last post for the CASEing challenge celebratiing Stamplorations 5th Birthday! The celebrations have gone a month long, but I wish I had longer – I haven’t really made as many cards as I wanted!! 😀 Nevertheless, I did enjoy whatever I could make and it felt great to join these wonderful ladies in their celebration.

Coming back to my card –

Celebrate

I used the Stamplorations Bloomtangled 1 die, which I just received by mail the other day. I cut it from a piece of dark grey cardstock and also embossed it on a piece of white cardstock. I then colored portions of the white one, and then fuzzy cut it, just short of the actual die cutting lines. After that, I adhered this piece behind the dark grey one, and used foam tape to adhere it on a light grey cardbase.

Actually, if I had given it a bit more thought, I would have used more die cut pieces instead of foam tape – it would have been more stable!! As it was, I was in a hurry, and this card felt more like an experiment of an idea than the final piece – well, I do like the colors though! 😉

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Stamplorations 5th Birthday CASEing challenge – I am CASEing this card from Karola Rehnstrom –

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamplorations Cutplorations Summer challenge

Stamplorations Anything Goes challenge

Stamplorations - Anything Goes

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