#668 – Sending Hugs

Hello! Somehow I’ve been making CAS cards lately, and been happy with the lot of them, especially since CAS comes hard for me.. I always tend to think that the card ‘needs a little more’ and so, nothing ends up CAS! πŸ™‚ Here’s another one I just made last night –

Sending Hugs

I created the background by first stamping the ‘hugs’ using Honey Bee Stamps Hand Written Alpha, then stamped all the other images, from Honey Bee Stamps Zen Floral. Keeping this case, I heat embossed in black the flower from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony on watercolor paper and then watercolored it using distress inks, then fussy cut it.

Sending Hugs

Before adhering the flower, I stamped the ‘sending’ part of the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder stamp using Fossilzed Amber distress oxide ink. And that’s my card!

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Mix it up Challenge: with Honey Bee Stamps

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The Flower Challenge #12 (I used Embossing, Distress Inks, Sentiment)

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Tic Tac Toe Challenge #15 (I used Monochrome, Yellow, Get Well)

Addicted to CAS Challenge #120: Florals

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple

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#663 – Say Hey to Coffee

Hello! I made a couple of cards, both of which I made yesterday –

Hey Friend

For my first card, I used Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden stamps set, heat embossing the images in white, then colored the images with Zig brush markers. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Friends and Paper Smooches Hello dies.

Hey Friend

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson August Pinsights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

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Addicted to Stamps Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Inkspirational Challenge: Designer’s Choice Challenge #142: Olie But Goldie (I’ve used my earliest EH stamp set in this card)

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Onto the second card –

Coffee

My second card carries the coffee cup from My Favorite Things Cool Cup, which I colored using distress oxide inks. The panel in the background is also ink blended distress oxide inks and stamped with My Favorite Things Crosshatch background, which I stamped using white pigment ink. Other supplies include

Studio Calico Circle Graph Mask
My Favorite Things Clearly Sentimental About Coffee
My Favorite Things Hip Clips.

Coffee

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #348

My Favorite Things - Sketch Challenge

Sketch Challenge 348 #mftstamps

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #76

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#652 – Dots and Solids

Hello! If you’ve been to my blog before, you’d know that I derive inspiration from a lot of other card makers. Today’s card is also inspired from this card made by Aga. I love how she has created a simple and unique background using simple solid stamps and lots of dots. I knew I wanted to create something similar as soon as I saw it!

So here’s what I made –

Hello

I used stamps from Avery Elle – Petals & Stems and Blossoms & Blooms, and stamped the images using some pastel like colors. I then used a black marker pen to add all the dots. It looks like a lot of work, but it really isn’t – barely took me 5 minutes to finish!

Hello

For the layer above, I thought of going with a simple BnW image, since I didn’t want it to distract the pretty background. I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony, stamped it using black ink, fuzzy cut it and foam mounted it on the card. Same for the sentiment, from Avery Elle Laurels stamp set.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Ellen Hutson August Mix It Up Challenge with Avery Elle

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The Flower Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping

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Paru’s Card Making challenge: Anything Goes

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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

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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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#630 – Seize the Birthday – No Toppings

Hello and welcome to a newΒ  challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time is a ‘No Toppings’ challenge, meaning, that you can go with absolutely any kind of project you want, as long as it is Birthday Themed! Isn’t that awesome! πŸ™‚

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s my inspiration for you –

Happy Birthday

To make this card, I first used ink smooshing with distress inks, choosing pink inks and made a gradient formation on a watercolor panel. Once I got the desired look, I let it dry. Once dry, I added some background using Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil, using the same distress inks, but going a bit darker than the underlying color, so that the texture stood out just a bit. I then trimmed the panel to size.

Happy Birthday

I then die cut the flower and leaves using Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms, gold heat embossed the sentiment, from Altenew Painted Greetings on vellum, then adhered it all on the panel, which I then adhered on the card base, I added a few drops of gold Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint, to add shimmer to the card.

I am adding my card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers: June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Ellen Hutson Pin Sights challenge (from which I borrowed the colors)

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

July2017

Timeout Challenge #86: CelebrationsΒ  (I haven’t used the optional twist of one layer card)

The Card Concept Challenge #76: Romantic Roses (my roses are white, though!)

And that’s my inspiration for you! Check out more amazing inspiration in the Seize the Birthday blog from my very talented team mates, and our Special Party Guest, Cathy… stop by her blog and leave her some love too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#621 – A Magnolia Birthday

Hello! I made a mini Magnolia card – using only the inner flower image in the Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia stamp.

Birthday Wishes

Ellen Hutson challenges are something I really want to join every single time, but I am somehow not finding enough time to create now-a-days.. I have no idea why time flies so quickly!!

Anyway, coming back to the card… I carefully inked and stamped only the inner portion of the Mondo Magnolia, masking each flower as I stamped the others. I then colored them using distress ink and added some additional shading using color pencils. Finally used a black pen to draw the centers.

Birthday Wishes

I then trimmed the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die cut, mounted it on a white card base, then added the sentiment. The sentiments are stacked some 4-5 times, and they come from Memory Box Birthday Script and Winnie and Walter In a Word: Wishes dies. I love how these two dies blend together so well.. I think I’ll use them again for another card! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

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Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies

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Just Add Ink Challenge #361 – Just Choose Two – Flowers, Washi-tape, Watercolour (I chose flowers and watercolor)

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Timeout Challenge #84: Flowers and Friends make life a garden

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#598 – Have A Beautiful Day

PE: Top at Lesia Zgharda Texture Challenge!

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Hello! I am steadily getting into the mixed media vibe now-a-days. I’ve been looking at quite a few videos, and loving it. Although most of these involve scrapbooking, it is relatively easy to incorporate the same techniques into card making too (duh) and am thinking trying out a few techniques I learnt like that here and there in my cards.

The card I am featuring today, has a small amount of mixed media. Although, the main focus when I made the card was the pretty texture in the background, I am a little afraid it is lost in the sentiment and the frame and flowers.

Have A Beautiful Day

Actually, I had made the textured background quite some time ago, meaning to use it for another challenge, but never did. I used embossing paste, created a circled and swirly look. I added some watercolors on this. Then stamped it with the leaves from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony, then foam mounted the frames and flowers from Paper Smooches Scalloped Frames and Dainty Flowers. The sentiment from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony is stamped on acetate, layered with some green tone washi tape strips, strung together with an eyelet and a string (bow), and foam mounted.

Have A Beautiful Day

I just love the swirly background, just wish I could have shown it off a bit more. But the card in itself looks fine, I guess. πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Paper Smooches March Challenge: Pantone 2017 Color

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge: Paper Smooches

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Monday Challenge

Lesia Zgharda March Challenge: Texture

Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday: Green

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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