#792 – Stamping on Alcohol Inked Background

Hello! I made a card from one of the sheets with alcohol ink applied – I had written a post on it some time ago. This is one of the backgrounds I had made then, but hadn’t used.

I adhered it to a piece of a light yellow card base, trimmed it and stamped the image from Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura using Archival black ink. Actually, my initial idea had been to use the ink to remove the alcohol ink. But that resulted in the image being so invisible, that I decided to do the reverse and stamped it in black ink.

Hello Beautiful - Partial Alcohol Ink Background

Since I was using my MISTI, I stamped the image once again on a light yellow card base. I also stamped the sentiments, from the same stamp set. I then trimmed the card base and also foam mounted the alcohol ink panel on top. Finally proceeded to add some multi colored gemstones for embellishing.

Hello Beautiful - Partial Alcohol Ink Background (closeup)

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson August Essentials Challenge: Alcohol Inks

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: September challenge: Clean and Simple

a2z scrapbooking challenge september 2018

Stamplorations Summer CAS challenge


Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #87

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#785 – You Make Everything Better

PE: Top 3 at A2Z Scrapbooking Monthly challenge!!

A2ZScrapbooking - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome!

Its been some time since I added these stamps to my stash, but I hadn’t created much using them, so I put them to use again. These stamps are from Simon Says Stamp – More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers.

You Make Everything Better

Since the design of these stamps are mostly similar, they gel well together. After stamping the images I chose using Versafine black ink, I used distress inks to do some watercoloring. Its messy, but a bit controlled, since I took care not to go outside the lines. I only used two colors on this – red and gray.

I let it dry and then added some splatters using red and black inks. But I still felt something lacking.. So, I thought of adding some messy coloring in between. I used some more distress ink, diluting it with water, then applied it on my card. Of course, this made some of the splatters wet again, and they got distorted a bit, but not too much. Again, I let it dry before adding the sentiment.

You Make Everything Better (close-up)

For the sentiment, I knew I wanted to use the Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ die, along with something stamped. While I was trying to decide whether white or black die cut would look good, I had accidentally laid the negative of the black die cut I was trying on the card – and I thought that looked a lot better. Strange how things work out sometimes!

But since this would end up covering a lot of area if I used it with a rectangular piece, I decided to cut the piece at places. Of course, before I cut it off, I stamped and white heat embossed the other part of the sentiment, which is from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs. I then added a lot of foam tape behind the piece and added it on the card.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Watercolor

SSS - Work It Wednesday

A2Z Scrapbooking August challenge: Anything Goes

a2z scrapbooking august 2018 challenge

Calling All Sisters challenge #16

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you have a great day! 🙂

#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


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!

#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


A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash


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!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


#765 – Hello in Monochrome

PE: Honorable Mention at CAS on Friday!

CAS on Sunday - Honorable Mention
Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge Winner!!

Hello and welcome! I made a card using some of my newest Reverse Confetti supplies. Mostly white, with just a little bit of color, and a few layers.

A Happy Hello

I used the following products –
Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms
WPlus9 Basic Banners
Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles
Tim Holtz Decorative Strip – Washer Border

I am also joining the following challenges –

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge: Hello/Just Because

Stamplorations 5th Birthday Celebration – CASE the Stampgirls challenge (I am CASEing this card from Helen Gullet)

A2Z Scrapbooking June challenge: Monochrome


CAS On Friday cchallenge #135: Tic tac toe (I chose Circle – Sequins – Flowers, but I’ve used rhinestones instead of sequins..if that’s not ok, okoease delete my entry)

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#744 – Happy Birthday!

PE: A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge Top 3!!

A2ZScrapbooking - Honorable Mention

Winner at Paru’s Card Making challenge!!! Yay!!

Paru's Card Making Challenge - Winner

Hello! I am posting here a card, I sent to my dear blogging friend, Pooja – it was her birthday earlier this month.. and I didn’t send the card on time!!! I somehow messed up the dates in my mind, and ended up sending it later than I wanted, ending in the card reaching her after her birthday. 😦 Sorry about that, my friend!!

But well, now that it has already reached her, and I know she liked it, in spite of me being pretty late.. guess I can publish it! 🙂

Happy Birthday

I used the gorgeous flower dies, Peony Dreams from Altenew. I watercolored the die cuts, using Gansai Tambi watercolors for the base colors, then using Gansai Tambi Starry Nights for some shine. I then adhered the pieces together and left them to dry while I prepared the card base.

Happy Birthday

I used Waffle Flower Layering Marble to create some beautiful marble patterns on the entire one side of the grey card base. Once done, I scored the paper, and adhered the die cut flowers and leaves, leaving enough space for the sentiment. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love, around which I drew an outline using a black pen. I trimmed this, and adhered it with several other pieces of cardstock, to achieve some dimension. For some sparkle and shine, I used Art Alchemy Opal Magic Vintage Silk on it. This, I adhered on the card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps challenge #286: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making challenge: April Challenge: Flowers

Happy Little Stampers: April Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

A2Z Scrapbooking April challenge: Flower Power

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#743 – A Vintage Hello

Hello! Here’s a card I made to say hello to a dear blogging friend, Pooja. I had already sent it to her.. like six months ago… and totally forgot to post about it..

Vintage Hello

I hadn’t started with any particular idea, just though of doing some no line watercoloring with flowers. I chose a combination of images from a couple of Honey Bee Stamps – Zen Bouquet and Zem Floral. After stamping out the basic design in a light color, I watercolored them using distress inks. The colors inadvertently turned out to be a vintage style.

Once done, I trimmed the panel. It was pretty big, and I didn’t want to trim too much, so I ended up with a piece totally different from the standard size. I also distressed the sides a bit, to enhance the vintage feel.

Vintage Hello

Anyway, I adhered this over an off-white cardstock. The sentiment comes from Memory Box Hello Script die, which I stacked a few times before adhering it on the watercolor panel. I also added a couple of lines in gold using my Uniball gold gel pen, both on the watercolor panel and just outside it, as a sort of a frame and added accent.

I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking April challenge: Flower Power

Challenge BadgeApr18

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