#605 – Sending Well Wishes

Hello! I find so many inspiring card makers out there in this kind hearted community, that it is practically impossible to not want to try out the unique techniques of a few talented ones. The one I am talking about this time, is Laurajane. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out big time!

I love this particular coloring technique Laurajane uses. She adds colors in layers, but doesn’t allow them to blend, instead keeping the strokes to add a lovely look to her creations. I had tried this technique in the beginning of the year in this card, and was quite happy with the results. And I thought of trying it again…

Sending Well Wishes

Of course, my card doesn’t entirely look like how Laurajane makes them.. its in my style, after all! πŸ™‚

I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set, stamped the images in Antique Linen distress ink and then colored them using Zig brush pens. The sentiment comes from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 stamp set.

Sending Well Wishes

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Color Throwdown Challenge #437

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #236: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Fusion Challenge: Easter (I picked the picture part, with the yellow and red flowers)

Simon Says Stamp March Work It Wednesday: Spring has Sprung

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Inkspirational Challenge #132: Spring

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚


#590 – Off The Page

PE: Featured as a favorite in Color Throwdown 431!

Hello! I am posting another card for theΒ Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations. My main source of inspiration is Keren’s Off the Page Challenge. I never made a card with anything hanging off, thinking I’d never be able to mail it anyway. But I decided to at least give it a try this time – I was sure I would love it…and I did!! πŸ™‚


To make this card, I used one of the flower images from the In Bloom: Addie’s Garden stamp set, which has always given me a hard time with ideas; but seemed just perfect this time. I stamped the images on a scrap cardstock panel using MISTI, then used ink smooshing technique with distress inks. I then fussy cut out the images.


For the sentiment, I used partial die-cutting using the Hello die. I then ink blended the background using distress inks and Scenery – Madison Creative Screenings stencil. I then adhered the flowers and then some small silver sequins for embellishing.

Submitting this card goes to the following challenges from the Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations – Ink Smooshing with Heather H, Sequins Challenge with Kate, Stencil Challenge with Kelly, Off the Page Challenge with Keren, Ink Blending Challenge with Vanessa


Color Throwdown Challenge #431

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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#527 – The Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop with Altenew

PE: Caught by Altenew!! Can you imagine being selected from over 200 entries!!! Wow! πŸ˜€

Caught by Altenew

Hello! You must have heard of the The Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop with Altenew by now…if you are participating in any of these fantastic challenge blogs, that is…and I bet most card makers would have!! I am really happy to say that I’ve participated and even won, or at least got a mention in all except one of the challenges in this list – the one being 10 Minute Craft Dash by Pretty Pink Posh…for the simple reason that I don’t own any Pretty Pink Posh products…yes, that happens..:P

Altenew - Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop

Altenew - Ultimate Challange Blog Collage

So, I’ve decided to participate in this awesome event – after all, I do get totally inspired by all these challenges, get awesome inspiration from all the other card makers who play along…I really do appreciate that they pour hours and hours of work just for us!! Thanks to all you wonderful people!!

And now to my (first) card –

Thanks A Bunch

I stamped the flowers and leaves from Altenew Hannah Elements and heat embossed them black. I colored them using Broken China, Tattered Rose and Pumice Stone distress inks and fuzzy cut them. I then die cut a grey card stock panel using Reverse Confetti Edgar’s Confetti Cuts, then stamped some more using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then mounted the panel on the card base, then added the flowers on top.

Thanks A Bunch

The sentiment is from Altenew Label Love, which I used my MISTI to stamp – I am so happy I own this product at times like these!! πŸ˜€ Finally I embellished using some pearls.

Submitting this card to –

Color Throwdown Challenge #410

Bastel Traum Challenge #45: Thanks

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Thanks for stopping by!! πŸ™‚


#524 – So Happy For You

PE:Winner at Virginia’s View Challenge!!

Virginia's View - Top 10 Favorites

Favorite at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!!

CAS-ual Fridays - Favorite

Favorite at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies!!

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Favorite

Hello! I made this easy-to-make card this time. Little ink smooshing, a little die-cutting, and done!! πŸ˜€

Happy For You

I first used an acetate sheet to smoosh some distress ink on a card panel – I used Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed distress inks. Once dry, I die cut the flowers and leaves from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden. I then adhered the panel on my card base, and then adhered the flowers and leaves at just one point and when they dried, I lifted and curved the outlines.

I then added a few splatters of black Camel Drawing ink. I use this ink now-a-days while adding splatters, since they keep their color and vibrancy, no matter what is beneath.

Happy For You

I had the ‘happy’ leftover from a previous project – they come from the Happy panel from Reverse Confetti. I adhered this, then stamped the other portion of the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Finally I embellished the card with some white rhinestones. And that’s it – so so simple to make!! πŸ˜€

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Color Throwdown Challenge #409

Virginia’s View Challenge #23: Spray, Mist and Splatter

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #156: Dimension & Bling

Happy Little Stampers (September): Anything Goes With Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

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#503 – A Happy Hello

PE: Runner Up at A2ZScrapboooking Challenge!!!

..and a colorful one too! πŸ˜‰

A Happy Hello

I made this one layer, watercolor card a couple of days ago, using distress inks for watercoloring. I first stamped the little images from Hero Arts Flower Garden using MFT Hybrid black ink, then added some loose watercoloring using Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord and Fossilzed Amber. I then added a few splatters using Camel black drawing ink. And when it all dried, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black.

A Happy Hello

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Color Throwdown Challenge #401

CAS(E) This Sketch #181

A Blog Named Hero: Masculine

A2ZScrapbooking July Challenge: Anything Goes

The Paper Players #304: CAS + Watercolor

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#491 – Leafy Greetings

I had the stamp set – Autumn Leaves from WPlus9 – from quite some time in my stamp, completely unused. And I got a great opportunity to use them.. πŸ™‚

I made two cards and I used distress inks and and the same die set for both the cards too!

Thinking of You

For my first card I used the stamps with both the solid and the outline stamps. I used a watercolor panel and started stamping the solid leaves on the top left side of the panel using Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Fossilized Amber and Crushed Olive distress inks, misting them with water. Once I stamped the solids, I stamped the outlines using Adirondack Ginger and Memento Tuxedo Black inks, stamping the same place twice.

Thinking of You

I then die cut the panel using SSS Stitched Rectangles and then die cut the ‘you’ using Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Avery Elle Laurels using Memento Tuxedo Black and then foam mounted the panel on a kraft card base.

Once done, I found the stamping to be a little lacking (that’s becoming a habit now.. :P) And so, I blended in the lighter greens and yellows. I also stamped a few more leaves on the bottom right and finally added a few brown ink splatters on the card. That satisfied me! πŸ˜‰

Submitting this to Color Throwdown Challenge #397 and Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

For my second card, I went CAS.

I used only two colors, Shabby Shutters and Mustard Seed, and stamped them directly without misting them with water. Once done, I added big globules of water on the card, hoping to get the color off on most place – that, spectacularly, didn’t work as I had hoped – you can barely notice some of the color come off – a complete failure!! So, picking myself up, I added splatters of the two distress inks and some more black ink splatters only around where I wanted the sentiment.

You Make Me Smile

For the sentiment, I first stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages in Memento Tuxedo Black and then picked the left over die cuts from my previous card, and adhered it above the stamped sentiment.

You Make Me Smile

Once done, I added a few flat, white sequins as embellishment.

Submitting this to Lesia Zgharda Challenge: Leaves

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#472 – Wishing Some Happy


My second post for today…Β  and I have couple of cards with flowers – one using stamping and another using die-cutting. But they have a couple of things in common – I have used plain watercolored, brushstroke background for both, and the main focus of the cards, the flowers are also watercolored.

For my first card –

Happy Birthday

I first colored the background using PTI Tropical Teal and a few scrap pieces of watercolor paper with my watercolors with the desired colors. After they dried, I used Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms to die cut the flowers and leaves. I then stamped the sentiment, from Altenew Label Love, using Memento Tuxedo Black, on another piece of scrap cardstock – thank god for my MISTI, I had to stamp it twice to get good coverage, and I wouldn’t have gotten good results without it! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

I then trimmed the background panel and foam mounted it to the card base. After adhering the flowers, I added some gold string before mounting the sentiment. I also added a few transparent sequins for embellishing.

By the way, the rose on the top right is supposed to be pink – my photo editing software just wouldn’t get away from the red shade, no matter what I tried! 😦

Submitting this card to ColourQ Challenge #340, CAS-ual Fridays #147: Birthday Girl and Seize The Birthday: Coloring

For my second card, I used stamping as the focus –

Happy Anniversary

I first colored the background a light peach. Once this was relatively dry, I stamped the clustered flowers from WPlus9 Watercolored Anemonies using PTI Sweet Blush, after stamping it off once, on a watercolor panel. I then colored over this using PTI Hibiscus Burst, Spiced Marmalade and Tumbled Glass.

Happy Anniversary

Once done, I trimmed the edges and added the doilies. I stamped the sentiment from The Craft’s Meow Side By Side in Memento Tuxedo Black on a scrap piece of watercolor paper, trimmed it and mounted it with some gold string sandwiched between the sentiment and the panel. I used a mix of sequin + rhinestone to embellish.

Submitting this card to Color Throwdown #391 and Freshly Made Sketches #235

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚