#919 – Hearty Hugs and Kisses

Hello and welcome! Its second month of the year, where we celebrate love, but with a new challenge up at the Seize the Birthday challenge, we celebrate birthdays! However, the Topping for this month, selected by our charming leader Nancy, is ‘Hearts‘! So, maybe we can mix things up a little bit too! However, if you are not for the topping, you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes” birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s what I made –

I started with making the hearts background. I had a couple of ideas, but I wanted something colorful. Winnie & Walter, which I am naming Seeing Hearts (it’s very similar to their actual Seeing Hearts stencil), which I received for free when they closed shop (:() I aligned this stencil on a white card panel and used distress oxide inks and a few pigment inks to add color in rainbow order to each of the little hearts, taking care to not place colors next to each other. I then set this aside to dry.

I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to use this panel directly on the card or go for another background. Finally I decided to go with one of the bright cardstocks that I have. This one is kind of a bright yellow ocher color (yeah, I suck at naming colors, though not using them 😉 !!). I stamped the plaid using The Stamp Market Striped stamp set in black ink. I then trimmed the hearts panel..one strip of hearts on each side..and then foam mounted it on the card base.

Finally the sentiment. I had this leftover piece, which I didn’t use on another project, which used the Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas dies to die cut and some grey watercoloring on it (yes, watercolored die cut, not inked!). I thought it suited it, but then once I mounted the hearts on the yellow background, felt that it was not showing up as much. So I watercolored over around 3/4th of the pieces with black, left it to dry and then adhered that on my card. The second half of the sentiment comes from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs, for which I used the same cardstock as my card base, trimmed it and then foam mounted it.

And that’s my card! I am also joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Love/Hearts

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Love is in the Air

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #398: Birthdays

CrafTangles February challenge: Love

Monthly Challenge

AAA Birthday challenge #22: A Large Sentiment

Stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more wonderful, heartful inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from Carol Mayne, who is our Surprise Party Guest starting today for the next two months, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#918 – Inspiration Station #14

Hello!! And we’re back with the Inspiration challenge! We took a long time this time – what with our long year end break.. we really wanted a break from everything!! 😀

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

But the wait is over, and me sister and I both have our projects ready! This time, the below collage, chosen by my sister is the inspiration –

So wonderfully colorful!! 🙂 And that’s what I wanted in my card –

I started with the colorful panel. I chose a couple of colorful washi tape and a gold and a copper foil washi tapes. I then adhered them alternatively and diagonally on the panel. I then trimmed it to size and adhered it on my card base.

I then die cut white cardstock and two pieces of vellum using the Altenew Dog Rose panel dies. Adhered them together over another layer of vellum, which I then cut to size. I foam mounted this over my washi card panel. Finally came the sentiment from Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips, which also I foam mounted.

And that’s my card! Check out what my sister made -a gorgeous bracelet! I think I would choose a dress to wear along with this sparkly one (not choose the bracelet after deciding what to wear), if not for the fact that I have nowhere to go right now!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#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. 🙂

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! 🙂

#916 – A Tweet Hello

PE: Winner at Inspired By challenge!! Yay!!

Inspired By - Challenge Winnter

Hello and welcome! I was craving to make something yesterday, and as usual, card challenges are an excellent source for my inspirations!

To make this card, I started with the tweet birdie. I drew and watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors, and then after it dried, fussy cut it out. Setting it aside, I die cut the flowers and leaves using Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers dies and Simon Says Stamp Eucalyptus Leaves using the same watercolor paper I used for the birdie. I then watercolored them too.

I then started working on the background. I stamped the wood design using Concord & 9th Barnwood Background and a light gray ink. I also wanted to use a strip of grey cardstock. I die cut them both using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I then assembled my card using the same grey cardstock for my cardbase. The sentiment, from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts, I stamped on scrap white cardstock, drew a bubble around it, and fussy cut that. I then foam mounted it on my card.

And that’s my card! Checkout these challenges that I got inspired by and I am joining with this card –

CASE This Sketch #405 The last challenge (boo hoo!!) I just couldn’t not join!!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #306: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Inspired By Tweet Messages

Color Throwdown challenge #627

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#915 – Hugs & Kisses

Hello and welcome to a new challenge up at the Tic Tac Toe challenge! Continuing the theme for January, being ‘Winter/Birthday/Thank You’, and we have a new challenge board for you –

And here’s what I made –

I started by painting the acrylic red and silver colors on some cardstock. The silver paint is almost a champagne-silver color and also very sparkly, so the color in the image looks a bit off…almost gold like.

Well, after the paints dried, I die cut the two panels using the Pink Fresh Studio Fancy Floral die. I adhered them on my white card base.

For the sentiment, I die cut the Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs from vellum and a few pieces of scrap cardstock. The thinner piece, I again painted using the same champagne-silver paint. I adhered them together and then on the card. The sentiment also comes from the same company and had the same name. I trimmed the strip of cardstock after I stamped on it and foam mounted it on my card.

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

CrafTangles January challenge: Trash to Treasure (I reused the painted cardstock)

monthly challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #306: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Step over to the Tic Tac Toe challenge to get more inspirational cards from the rest of the DT and don’t forget to join in your self!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂