#645 – Seize the Birthday – Splatter

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday!! This time you have a topping of ‘Splatter’. It is an optional topping, meaning it is still ok to go with a Birthday project of any kind, if you don’t like adding splatters to your project! Its your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Of course, I chose to add splatters to my inspiration birthday card! Plenty of them, in fact!

Celebrate Its Your Birthday

To make this card, I watercolored a watercolor panel with my Gansai Tambi watercolors. I was not sure whether I wanted the whole card or a portion of the card to be colored, so I initially colored aΒ  complete panel. But once dry, I decided to trim it out, tearing off the base portion, for some added texture.

Celebrate Its Your Birthday

Well, I die cut the leaves (?) out of Concord and 9th Layering Leaves die out of the same watercolor paper. Since this is offwhite, I chose the card base also to be off white. I then added the splatters on both the watercolored panel and the card base. Once everything was dry, I added the leaves, then the die cut sentiment from Die Versions Celebrate die, and the stamped sentiment, which is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3.

Also joining these challenges with my card –

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #251: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Paru’s Cardmaking Challenge: July: Birthday

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Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Timeout Challenge #88: ‘Inspired by Words: ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely’ (my card reminds me of beautiful sunshine in a wheat field! :))

Hope you are inspired by my card to add some splatters to your project! πŸ™‚ Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog to see more amazing inspiration from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Lindsay!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#640 – Color Blending with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello! Feel like its again been some time since I blogged, and its becoming a norm!! But the weather is not agreeing with me, and I am falling sick again and again.. sigh, I am just glad I could finally take some snaps and finally blog!! πŸ˜€

Anyway, I made this one layer CASΒ  card, using just blending and stencil – you know hard it is for me to limit myself, and this card went through the same ordeal I have every time I make something CAS – stopping myself at CAS!! πŸ˜‰

Thank You

To make this card, I first blended distress oxide inks – Peeled Paint, Broken China and Wilted Violet – the blending also generated in-between colors (like the dark blue, which is very visible!) on kraft cardstock. I then placed my stencil, Mini Flower Frenzy from The Crafter’s Workshop above, and misted with pearlized water. After a second or two, I quickly removed the excess water using some tissue. And magic happened!! πŸ˜€

Thank You

For the sentiment I used Altenew Adore You stamp set, which I heat embossed in white.

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #249: Clean and Simple

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Just Us Girls Challenge #401: Trend Week: Blending

AAA Card Challenge #94 in collaboration with Less Is More Challenge #336 & #337: One Layered + Colored Card Base

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#632 – Thank You

Hello! Finally posting a card I’d made and sent to a dear blogging friend.. I somehow missed posting about this card then, so here it is now! πŸ™‚

Thank You

Frankly, when I made this card, I had no idea where I was going – not even what stamp sets I would use – I just built it as it came.

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp set – beautiful large flowers, just perfect for some watercoloring. I wanted to watercolor this using Gansai Tambi colors, so heat embossed it in black, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the pigment washing out the flower’s outline. Like I said, I watercolored them, then trimmed the flowers and leaves, arranging them over a longish watercolor paper panel.. the dimension is not something I measured. I just wanted a longish card, and just went with what pleased my eye. πŸ™‚

Thank You

Once I finished with this, I painted the background, then used Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil with to add some more details to the background. I then adhered the flowers and leaves on top, trimming the excess and adhered the whole thing on a dark grey cardstock.

Then came the sentiment, a combination of Simon Says Stamp You die cut and Reverse Confetti All About You stamp. I added a few drops of Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold and Ebony Black for embellishing.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson June Pin Sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

July2017

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make You Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#631 – Father’s Day Card

Hello! Father’s Day was last week, and I’d kept this one here ready for a month now! If you know me, you know that I still give flowery cards to my Papa – I’ve got no new or old definition for ‘masculine cards’; I just make and give my Papa what I know makes him and me happy. Flowers are always the thing for us! πŸ™‚ Here’s what I made –

Happy Father's Day

I used the Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp, stamped it on watercolor paper several times using MISTI, masking the image wherever needed. I used Antique Linen distress ink for stamping.

I then watercolored them using distress inks. I chose three inks for each color, waiting until one layer was dry before adding the next layer. Actually, I didn’t have to wait – coloring each of the flowers separately took sufficient time, so everything would dry by then!! πŸ˜€ Finally, I watercolored the background using Peacock Feathers distress ink.

Happy Father's Day

My initial idea was to trim the watercolor panel to a standard card size, but seeing that it came out better than I expected, I decided to keep the whole thing as is. πŸ˜€ I did however trim the sides a bit, then the bottom part, which was mostly white. I then added the sentiment, using Mama Elephant Calli Letters stamp sets.

Now, I usually add some kind of embellishment at this point, but I seriously had no idea what to add to this card. Pearls, rhinestones and glitter all seemed wrong. I was lost for a day, before it hit me – embossing! I used Emboss It pen to add embossing on select areas on the flowers and leaves, and clear embossed it. I also added the clear embossing on the letters.

[It was so hard to click this image – no matter what angle I shot from, the embossing wasn’t showing at all!! It was like it was totally shy of the camera, and didn’t want to show itself in the images!! But I was able to capture it finally!! :D]

Happy Father's Day

I chose a beautiful cobalt blue card base, then used the same stamp set on the card base also, clear embossing it, before foam mounting the watercolor paper panel on top.

The envelope too – used the same stamps with my MISTI, along with Memento Danube Blue ink.

Happy Father's Day

I am joining these challenges with my card –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes, with an optional twist of masking

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The Challenge #88: Keywords (I chose flowers, bright and watercolor)

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#628 – Reminder for Timeout Challenge

Hello! I had the opportunity to be Guest Designer for Timeout Challenge last week. This post is the reminder for the same challenge… You’ve still got time to join! And with such a fabulous inspiration picture, how could you not play! πŸ™‚

Home Sweet Home

The challenge theme is “Home Sweet Home”,Β sponsored by Happy Little Stamper, who are giving a $15 gift voucher for winner!

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And here’s my second piece of inspiration – this time, I chose the two cushions on the left, with the pretty abstract flowery pattern. The colors in them are truly marvelous! I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps to create a background. For stamping, I used distress inks, since I didn’t want a clear image, but rather a sort of grainy, splotchy look… Well, I wasn’t completely successful, since I did some direct without any manipulation, but it was the look I wanted, and I am quite happy with it. πŸ™‚

Hello Beautiful

Once done, I die cut the panel using MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles, mounted the pieces on the card base, raising the center piece by placing foam underneath. Then came a piece of vellum with the ‘beautiful’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamped, and then the ‘hello’ die cut, which I layered with a few layers of cue cuts, from Winnie and Walter.

Hello Beautiful

I am also joining these challenges –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More Chalelnge #246: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Hope you liked my inspiration piece! Do stop by the Timeout Challenge blog – they’ve got some spectacular inspiration waiting for you! It was truly wonderful to join this team, even is just for two posts! Thank you so much for inviting me! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#627 – A Good Day to be Happy

PE: Honorable Mention at Fusion Card Challenge! πŸ™‚ It had been so long since I played this challenge – happy I won! πŸ™‚

Fusion - Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention at Addicted to Stamps!!

Addicted to Stamps - Honorable Mention

Sovushka Slavia Top 3!!

Sovushka Slavia - Top

…especially since it is not a Monday! Whoever agrees, raise your hand! πŸ˜›

Well, I just wanted to use this pretty stamp set that I recently got – Happy Day from Waffle Flower! And what more motivation than having challenges which are just the right combination! πŸ˜€

A Good Day to be Happy

This card completely evolved from the initial image – not changed, evolved. That’s because the original image is still the same, all the changes came on top of it! πŸ™‚

I started with stamping only the bear and the butterfly, using Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I wanted to color the bear blackish-grey, hence the color choice. In fact, the original idea was just to have the bear and the butterfly in the card.. you can see how that ended up!

A Good Day to be Happy

Anyway, I colored everything using my Faber Castell color pencils. Once done, I realized the plain white background wasn’t looking good, so I added the soft blue background, then I realized the other side of the card was looking too empty, so I ended up adding more plants there.. you see how it went.. the evolution?? πŸ˜€

Finally I ended up with this card. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I added a few splatters before adding it to the panel and adding it to a grey card base.

Submitting this to the following challenges –

Global Design Project #91: Wheels

Fusion Challenge: Tulips on the Bike

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #246: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch Challenge #71

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#617 – With Thanks

Hello! Made this card some time ago while trying out the fresh stash of products that Danielle had sent me.. I just love the curvy lines in the Topography stamp.. and it is so versatile! I can think of so many things to do with this stamp. And the dies in Flower Medallion Builder too..so pretty! Here’s what I came up with –

With Thanks

I first heat embossed the Topology background using silver pearl embossing powder, then colored each section using Zig brush pens. My idea was to try out the card with only coloring, and if I felt that didn’t look good, I could always add water and spread the colors to make it prettier.. as long as the colors didn’t clash, it would look great! And that’s what happened – the colors weren’t looking great just sitting there, so I heavily misted them with some pearl water (water + perfect pearls). I kept this aside to air dry.

With Thanks

I then die cut some watercolor paper using the Flower Medallion Builder dies. I used watercolor paper, since the technique would require some thick paper, and the watercolor paper is the thickest and sturdiest I’ve got. After determining the arrangement, I decided which parts required the embossing, then heat embossed the pieces with copper embossing powder three times, making the pieces look metallic (learned this from Jennifer McGuire!). This, paired with the off-white color of the other diecuts looked really pretty! πŸ™‚

Finally, I trimmed the dried watercolored base, adhered it over the card base, then trimmed the excess from the sides. I then adhered the flowers and a pearl in between. As for the sentiment, I did the same 3-times copper embossing, and also foam mounted it on the card.

Although it is pretty hard to capture this on the image, the brilliant metallic shine of the copper embossing and the soft sheen of the pearl water in the background look pretty well matched.. I really liked this combination.. and the off-white die cuts provide a nice contrast against the two colorful and shiny surfaces.. all in all, I am happy with the results! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #242: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Seven Hills Crafts: May Color Challenge (the set of colors in the last image)

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Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚