#784 – Happy Birthday Papa!

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday, and this time, the cake comes without toppings again! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The card I made is for my Papa’s birthday, which comes in a few days. Its a bit funny, cuz I had posted my Ma’s birthday card for the last ‘Anything Goes’ challenge! 😀

So, anyway, here’s the card –

Birthday Wishes

For this card, though I was going to watercolor, I chose to go without watercolor paper, but a normal carsdtock, which was a bit more resilient to watercoloring than normal cardstock. Of course, it wouldn’t be as good as watercolor paper, but it served by purpose, as I wasn’t going to use too much water while coloring.

Birthday Wishes (closeup 1)

First, I gold heat embossed all the images I wanted separately. The flowers are from Altenew Magnolias For You, the tinier ones from Altenew Beautiful Day and the leaves are from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony. Once done, I watercolored the images using Gansay Tambi colors, and once dried, I fussy cut the images, leaving just the least bit of cardstock on the outlines to show.

Birthday Wishes (closeup 1)

For the base, I chose Neat & Tangled Art Deco background, and gold heat embossed the image. I then heat embossed the sentiment, which is from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, twice (since the lines on the scrip are absolutely thin, I wanted it to be a bit thicker). I also added some color, by watercoloring using Zig Brush pens, around the perimeter, leaving the center, where the sentiment is, completely uncolored. Once this dried, I also added lot of splatters using Camlin Drawing ink. I then trimmed this panel and adhered it on the card base. I then foam mounted or directly adhered the fussy cut images, around this design.

Birthday Wishes (with envelope)

And for the envelope, I went with pattern paper. The sentiment is the same as the one I used for the card, and I added a few hearts from the same stamp set.

I am also joining the following challenges –

Altenew August Inspiration challenge

Simon Says Stamp: July Work it Wednesday challenge: Watercolor

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Create Something Catchy: August challenge: Watercolor

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Happy Little Stampers: August Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Flowers

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Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

 

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#776 – Greys and Blues

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

Addicted to Stamps - Honorable Mention
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!

#768 – I Smile…

PE: Caught by Altenew!!

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Hello and welcome! Another one of those quicky cards up here on my blog today! 🙂

I Smile

I stamped the flowers and leaves from Altenew Layered Lily in shades of violet/purple. I also added a few smaller flowers from Beautiful Day stamped in grey ink. I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment also – the ‘i Smile’ is from Mama Elephant Calli letters, while the rest is from Altenew Build A Flower: Rose. I die cut this panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and mounted this on grey cardbase.

Submitting this very simple card to the following challenges –

Altenew June Inspiration challenge

Timeout Challenge #112: Warm

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Calling All Sistahs challenge #14

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#756 – You Are…

Hello! One more day to the weekend!! I made this card in a rush today.. just got the idea, for a couple of challenges, and one of them has the deadline coming up… So, it was pretty much a rush job. Didn’t even have time to see/decide whether I truly liked it enough! But here it is –

You Are...

I used the stamps from Altenew Hannah Elements, stamped them on a white cardstock using pigment inks, then clear heat embossed them. I then colored them using Zig brush pens and fussy cut a little out. I then foam mounted this on a dark green cardbase. The sentiment die cut is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies, and the stamped portion is using Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder.

I am joining the following challenges –

Altenew May Inspiration challenge

Timeout Challenge #110: Home Sweet Home

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#736 – Thank You Very Much

PE: Honorable Mention at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge!!

CASE This Sketch - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to my second post of the day!

Thank you very much

A clean card using Altenew Build a Flower: Rose stamp and Bold Alphabet die and MFT Blueprints 27 for the stamped panel.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Altenew Inspiration Challenge, February

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: In My Garden

SSS - Monday Challenge

CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #260

Happy Little Stampers February Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#734 – You Inspire Me

PE: Caught by Altenew!! Yay!!

Altenew - Caught by Altenew

Hello! After trying to use my color pencils on a non-white card base for so long, and every time obtaining unsatisfactory results, I was finally able to get something satisfactory. The problem with for me was that the card base color would always end up showing through little dots, no matter how much I tried. Trying to cover it by added more strokes just never worked, and I started wondering if it was my fault or the paper’s!!

You Inspire Me

This time, I first stamped the image in dye ink before coloring. This, I found, somehow helped spread the pencil coloring better. Not sure how; maybe it was only this cardstock; but it did. Now, these images are solid, and I don’t think I can use the same trick on any the image I want to color (when they are outline images).

You Inspire Me

The images are from Altenew Lacy Scrolls, which I colored using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. Once I was done coloring, I trimmed the gray panel and added a few scored lines in the background. I then adhered it over a black card base, and added the sentiment, from Altenew Label Love along with a few black gems.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Altenew Inspiration challenge for February

The Card Concept challenge #87: Freshly Brewed

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂