#793 – A Leafy Mandala

Hello and welcome! I got totally inspired by the recent ‘Wreath Builder’ ideas from Jennifer McGuire. There have been 3 videos in the series so far, and each one of them has been so inspiring! So, I got around to making my own stencil (using plain cardstock) for this purpose, and using a MISTI for my assistance, I made this card –

A Leafy Mandala

Its completely a CASE of Jennifer’s card! I used the little leaf stamps from Simon Says Stamp Nutty About You stamp set. All the colors are either brown, red or green. I just stamped without thinking much, just filling space however I felt. Initially my idea was to make the shape seem like a flower with 6 petals, but as I kept stamping, it turned out into a more of a Mandala. So, mandala it is!! 🙂

A Leafy Mandala

Once I finished the mandala, I trimmed the card panel, stamped a few dots in yellow, added dots of gold on them and lines in black on some of the leaves. I foam mounted this on a cardstock, on which I had blended some dark red ink. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf. I stamped it, then trimmed the small strip and added a frame around it by blending ink, then adding frames of gold and black by drawing lines using gold gel pen and a black fine marker pen. For embellishing, I used three colorful flower sequins – they shine red, gold and brown! So pretty!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp it On

SSS - Monday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps challenge #308: Holiday

Addicted to Stamps - Holiday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it for STAMPtember

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #117

As You See It challenge #184: Back to Basics

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#790 – You Are Amazing

Hello! I made this card to send to a dear crafting friend, Sandie and now that it has long since reached her, I am sharing it! Such a charming lady filled with drive – that’s what I felt after just a few mail exchanges. And I made this card to suite that feeling I had.

I tried to make it a bright card, so, tried making it with lots of flower/leaf layering.. and I am quite happy with how it has turned out! … and I hope she liked it too!! 🙂

You Are Amazing

I kept the images ready by stamping them with distress inks, misted with water. The flowers and leaves are all from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers. I had shared another card which used the leftovers from this project earlier here.

You Are Amazing (closeup 1)

Once I decided how to arrange the florals, I proceeded to the base… which took a long time.. a very long time. In the end, I die cut the pieces using Lil Inker Designs Pointelle die and used distress paints Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass. I like how the texture and mix of color makes it look like wood, but still will carry some shine with it. Once dried, I adhered it directly over the card base, then adhered the flowers on it.

You Are Amazing (closeup 2)

For the sentiment, I used stacked up die cut pieces, which I die cut using Altenew Inline Alpha dies. The other part of the sentiment is from Avery Elle Laurels, which I heat embossed with two layers of copper embossing and one layer of clear sparkle embossing.

And extravagant card in the end..

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge with Heather H: Anything Goes (and this is the color palette I chose)

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Inspired By Challenge: Rustic Summer

Calling All Sisters challenge #16

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Stamplorations Summer Theme & Sketch challenge

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Addicted to Stamps and More challenge 307: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon! 🙂

#789 – A Visual Triangle

Hello and welcome!

One of the tricks for a visually appealing card design is arranging in odd numbers – for card making it is mostly 3, since that would be the ideal, without making things look overcrowded.

I didn’t start my design with this, but with a color palette, but this is the second thing I thought, once I had decided on the colors and supplies I would use.

Happy Wedding Day

The flowers and leaves are from Reverse Confetti Blooms ‘n Buds, the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy, the white panel s die cut using Reverse Confetti Edgar’s Confetti Cuts and the background is Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout. I fussy cut the images, foam mounting everything before stamping the sentiment.

Happy Wedding Day (closeup

Once again, I took the help of a color palette –

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I should also mention that I have an entire Pinterest board worth of color palettes.. and lately I’ve been depending on them to decide on some good color combinations – yeah, I am bad at choosing something other than the normal combinations.. he he 😀 So, feel free to go choose some colors from there if you like!

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge #3

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #306: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch challenge

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#787 – Wedding Wishes

Hello! Another small-stamp-stamped-background today. Well, they aren’t actually small stamps, more like stamps with small images. But, that works too, for me! 😉

Wedding Wishes

I have a few colored cardstocks in my stash now, and I thought of using one here. Its a light yellow or ivory colored cardstock. I first stamped the images from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom stamp set across the panel in a dark grey ink. I then cut off a part of one of the stamps, which carried teeny tiny flowers to stamp them in between the spaces left behind. Once everything was to my satisfaction, I used Zig brush pens to color the images. This, I foam mounted on a white card base.

Wedding Wishes (closeup)

I also stamped the same images a few times on white cardstock, and also used the same colors of Zig brush pens to color them. I then fussy cut them. I die cut a piece of oval using My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Oval. After stamping the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Simply Sentiments, I arranged the flowers on top and adhered foam tape to the back, which I then used to mount on the card. Embellishments are black gemstones and white pearls. I also used black gems on the centers of the three large flowers, but they aren’t exactly visible here.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge #3

Timeout Challenge #116: Bright

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #306: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch challenge

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#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

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#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’.

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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

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Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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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!