#693 – Thanks

PE: Winner at Paru’s Card Making challenge!

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Winner at Altenew challenge! Yippie!!

Winner at Stamplorations CAS Challenge!! Yay!

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Hello! Made this card with the current Altenew challenge colors. Mostly using oranges and browns, with a splash of yellow in an otherwise earthy colored card.

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I used Altenew Watercolored Wonders with distress inks. The sentiment comes from Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha. I added some dots using gold pearl pen.

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Joining the following challenges with my card –

Bastel Traum challenge: Thanks

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The Flower Challenge #14: Clean and Simple

Paru’s Card Making challenge: November theme: Thank You

Altenew November Inspiration challenge

Stamplorations November CAS Challenge: Anything Goes with browns

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#682 – You Are Incredible

Hello! At times, I feel like bringing out a coloring medium.. and then I keep going with the same thing, until I suddenly realize that its all I’ve been using. Happened this time with my color pencils. I suddenly realized that it’s been some time since I took them out, and started some coloring with them. And then I just kept using them, and no other media for coloring.. and then it hit me that I wasn’t using anything else! It’s a cycle that never fails to repeat.. and I already know what’s on my list next – Zig colro brush pens.. yup, its been a while since I took them out! 😉

Anyway, I digress. This is what I made using my color pencils.. Also, it had been some time since I took out these old favorites of mine – Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set. And it made just the most beautiful combination! 🙂

You Are Incredible

On some scrap cardstock, I stamped the flowers in a light kraft ink, then colored them using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I then fussy cut them. On a card panel I stamped the a few more images using the same ink, and colored only a few ares with a light grey color. I also stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, using a dark brown ink. I trimmed this layer, and foam mounted it on the card bas and also foam mounted the fussy cut flowers.

You Are Incredible

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew October Inspiration Challenge

Ellen Hutson October Mix it Up Challenge with Altenew

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The Flower Challenge #13: Use Your Favorite Flower. They are celebrating their first birthday – yippie yay yay!! And like Aileen says in her blog, it’s pretty difficult for me too, to choose my favorite flower stamp, but this one is definitely an old favorite! 🙂 (Oh, and I would love to have the Neat & Tangled Bloom stamp & die set, if I win!)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#665 – CAS and Quick Watercoloring

PE: Top Pick at Sovushka Slavia Stage 1!

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Hello! I made a CAS card this time, inspired by a couple of CAS challenges –

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I first stamped the flowers & leaves from Altenew Adore You stamp set on a watercolor panel using kraft ink, then watercolored them using Prima watercolor pencils. For this dotty, scratchy like appearance, I first drew the lines using the pencils, then applied the watercolor, just enough to spread some color, then left it at that. This shows off the tooth of the watercolor paper, which forms a great texture along with the scratches of pencil lines.

Celebrate Your Day

Once done, I fuzzy cut the bottom of the card, then trimmed the sides to fit my grey card base and then foam mounted it. The sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts, which I stamped using grey and kraft ink.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Sovushka Slavia: 2017 CAS Marathon: Stage 1: Stamp and Flowers

Sovushka Slavia 2017 CAS Marathon

Altenew September Inspiration Challenge

The Flower Challenge #12: Tic Tac Toe (I am using the vertical left-most – Sentiment, CAS, Blue)

Clean and Simple on Friday Challenge #116: Color Me Pretty

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#657 – Altenew Inspired

PE: Caught by Altenew!! (from my Flickr account)

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Top Pick at Inkspirational Challenge!! 😀

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Hello! It feels like a break, to be working on something Altenew – I purposely didn’t touch these stamps for quite some time.. I mean I used to pick up Altenew products every time I wanted to create something, even though I have tons of other products, so I thought about not touching them for some time. But finally, I am giving in… I just couldn’t resist the latest Altenew challenge anymore! Here’s what I made –

Celebrate

One of those cards which is quite easy to make, and looks absolutely glamourous in the end. I used Dodecagram stamp to repeatedly stamp over a watercolor panel using sticky ink, and then heat embossed it in gold. I then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color, using lots of the pigment to get a good coverage. Once finished, I spritzed in some water again, so that the color is well immersed, blended and settled down more or less evenly. Finally, once it dried, I repeated the heat embossing, since the color had dulled a bit. This also gave it that extra good shiny look due to the double embossing.

Celebrate

Though my initial idea was to trim it, once I finished, I was loath to cut it down to a normal card size, so I kept it as is. I chose a dark brown card base, but it wasn’t the right color, so I blended in some Walnut Stain distress ink and layered a panel of some shiny gold paper that I have between the card base and the watercolro/heat-embossed panel. Then I foam mounted the sentiment, from Label Love, which I gold heat embossed over black card stock. I also added a few gold rhinestones for embellishing.

Absolutely in love with the beautiful colors that I achieved so easily with this. Like my sister said, it looks like one of those Persian glass artworks, albeit a little bit darker! 🙂

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew Inspired Challenge for August by Erum. I could never color like this talented lady even if I tried, so I am just using the colors from her inspiration!

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

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Inkspirational Challenge #142: Oldie But Goldie (Dodecagram is one of the oldest Altenew stamps that I have!)

Bastel Traum August Challenge: Anything Goes

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Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday August Challenge: Using some favorite stamps

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Thank you so much for dropping by! 🙂

#612 – Mother’s Day Card

PE: Winner at Timeout Challenge!! 🙂

Time Out Challenge - Winner

Bastel Traum Bronze Award Winner!!

Bastel Traum - Bronze Award

Hello! Mother’s day being just a week away, I finally completed this card for my dear Ma a couple of days ago..

Happy Mother's Day

I used Altenew Magnolias for Her stamp set.. what beautiful set of flowers! The pink and aqua colors were just meant to be used with it! 🙂 I used Canson watercolor paper, over which I heat embossed the flowers using Wow! Silver Pearl embossing powder, then colored them using a mix of Zig Brush pens, adding the color, and Gansai Tambi Starry Nights White Gold for spreading the color.. it gives beautiful results so easily! I wanted to just keep painting!! 😀

Happy Mother's Day

For the sentiment, I initially thought of using the same silver pearl heat embossing, but suddenly remembered the silver foil I had with me… absolutely untouched! Glad I remembered it! 🙂 I used a Zig glue pen, then added the foil when it became dry and tacky.

Finally I trimmed the card and adhered it over Fabriano Elle Erre Brina card stock.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

Timeout Challenge #82: Flowers

Just Us Girls Challenge #392: Word Week: Mother

Bastel Traum Challenge #52: Card for Mother’s Day, for women/girls

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Paru’s Card Making Challenge: May Challenge: Mother’s Day

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#607 – Altenew April Inspiration Challenge

Hello! I love the Altenew Inspiration challenges, but somehow end up not playing so much… even when I see not just superb creations from the Altenew team, but even from the inspiring submissions! This time, I decided to take the plunge, and just make something..

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I got inspired by the pretty colors.. lovely combination of yellow and blue and teal.. and I decided to try it on Peony Scrolls stamp set, which I hadn’t used in quite some time…

I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves in white and then colored them using Distress inks. The sentiment came from Painted Greetings stamp set. I used watercolor paper, and this turned into a one layered card (somehow, all my ideas now-a-days are turning into one layers, and I am starving to add layers!!)

My initial layers of colors made the background blue stand out more than the flowers, so I decided to turn it into a sort of messy, layered watercoloring, where I added a couple of layers of darker colors on the dried lighter ones.. This is sort of a new thing for me, so I am hoping that it looks good. 🙂 I am still a 50-50 on it, personally! 😉

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I am submitting this card to –

Altenew April Inspiration challenge

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers

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Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: April showers bring May Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#512 – Thanks

Hello!

First, some good news – I don’t usually put reports of my wins in challenges, but this one is a bit special. Virginia’s View Challenge is one of my favorite challenges – she just re-started the challenge after a break, and wow! There were so many submissions and so much of inspiration!! She announced the winners just yesterday, and I have my cards, not just in the Top 10, but also as an Honorable Mention – double the reasons to celebrate!!

So here’s my thanks to Virginia, the super lady – she’s an inspiration!!

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A very simple card to make – and I think if the pink is replaced by blue, it can even make a standard (at least color wise) masculine card! 😉

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Supplies used:
Altenew Painted Poppies
Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Sweet Blush, PTI Melon Berry, PTI Berry Sorbet, Memento Pear Tart and Crushed Olive distress ink
American Crafts Shimelle Woodgrain embossing folder
PTI Wet Paint

I made that silver paper myself by applying some silver acrylic paint on cardstock. Looks so beautiful, I love it!!

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #15 (I chose Word Dies+Sparkle+Color Blocking) –

Happy Little Stampers: August Mixed Media Challenge: Metal

Altenew April Challenge

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The Heart Desires Challenge #3 (I’ve used plant, metallic and woodgrain…and pink! ;))

Woodcraft Store: Clean and Simple: Embossing (The background has dry embossed woodgrain) –

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂