#598 – Have A Beautiful Day

PE: Top at Lesia Zgharda Texture Challenge!

Lesia Zgharda - Top

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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#556 – Thanks..with Alcohol Inks

PE: Highlight at The Mixed Media Challenge!!!

The Mixed Media Challenge - Honorable Mention

I am still experimenting with alcohol inks. This time, I wanted to somehow get the effects that are so easily created using Yupo paper. I just love how it looks like colors have burst and go boom when you use that paper – just awesome! And since I don’t have any similar paper, I went with a piece of clear plastic instead. Its not exactly the same, but the results are pretty awesome!


After adding drops of alcohol inks on the clear plastic piece, I blew it using a straw, added more blending solution, blew it, adding ink, blew it…and so on, till I got this look.


I thought of directly adhering this on a card base, but since there was quite some space where I hadn’t added any ink, I thought of adding some texture there. I used American Crafts Shimelle Woodgrain embossing folder on a card panel, then adhered the clear (now not so clear) plastic using double sided tape. The tape isn’t exactly invisible, but since there is texture and ink covering it, it was no problem. πŸ™‚

I then trimmed the panel. I used Ellen Hutson Wild Garden dies on a special paper I had – grey woodgrain paper, on which I swiped black ink – and adhered the flower and leaves using more double sided tape. Then finally came the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint dies – I used the negative of the die cut that I had saved – cut from acrylic silver painted paper.

And that finished my card! I had super fun making this – don’t think I’ve used so much of mixed media in quite a while!! πŸ˜€

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson November Pin-sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

November Pin-Sights Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful


Mixed Media Challenge #29: Thanksgiving

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#552 – Thanks..in Black and Gold


I recently got a set of Gansai Tambi watercolors, and tried it out in my previous card…and loved it! I love how rich the colors are, and smooth. And the best part – I don’t have to worry about lines. I owned a set of Camel watercolors till now, and the one complaint I had was that they dry quickly, and once set, I was completely unable to set the colors in motion again. I would see the lines/borders of the previously dried color, and had no idea how to get rid of it. No amount of water would move it, adding more color would not work..I was completely lost. So, I had to try and finish coloring while the colors were still wet..not losing any time at all. But I don’t have this problem with Gansai Tambi. And there’s the bonus of having such a variety of colors, including gold and silver – simply wow!!


Ok…moving on from praising the watercolors … and coming back to actual action.. I made this card using the darkest brown, the black and gold colors from the set. I first stamped the flower from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia using MFT Hybrid black ink using my MISTI (had to stamp twice, since the tooth of the paper wouldn’t let proper stamping the first time) and set about coloring. Once the panel dried, I stamped the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha, twice, once using Black Soot distress ink and then again using Memento Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink. I even added splatters of the gold from the watercolor. I then trimmed the edges and mounted it on white cardstock. That finished a quick and easy card – barely spent half an hour on it, even with the drying time. πŸ˜€


Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up challenge (Honey Bee Stamps)

CAS(E) This Sketch #198

Woodcraft Store: Clean and Simple: Black & White

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#518 – Ellen Hutson August Pin Sights Challenge

PE: Winner at Stampin’ Royalty!!!

Stampin' Royalty Winner

Favorite at CAS-ual Fridays!!

CAS-ual Fridays - Favorite

Hello! I made this card a couple of days ago for the Ellen Hutson August Pin Sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge


Pairing in a new stamp I got in my stash, from Lesia Zgharda, with my oldest Ellen Hutson stamp. I did want to add a bit more pink in it, to go with the photo inpiration, but I couldn’t get it in.. But I do like this look with a blend of nature and geometry.. πŸ™‚


Supplies used:
Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia – I used vellum to white heat emboss the flower and then colored the back using oil pastels.
Lesia Zgharda Rombo Trikutniki
Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 (I used card stock painted with silver acrylic paint, and then black foam die cut behind it. The stamped sentiment uses Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink)


Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stampin Royalty #343: Birthday

Seize the Birthday (no toppings; Anything Goes)

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

CAS-ual Fridays #155: Black and White with a Pop of Color

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#513 – Happy

Hello! Made a card for Ellen Hutson August Mix It Up Challenge with Winnie and Walter.


I used watercolor panel for the background panel – and actual color card stock for the die cuts – I usually do the coloring myself, using distress inks or watercoloring, but this time, I practically forced myself to use some card stock – imagine that! πŸ˜€


Here are the supplies I’ve used:
Ellen Hutson Wild Garden
Winnie & Walter Scenery:Stripes
Black Soot and Pumice Stone distress ink
Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy
Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink
Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder
And a few buttons from my stash for embellishing!

Also submitting this card to the following challenges –

ColorQ Challenge #354

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes With Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

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#508 – A Glittering Hello

Back again! I tried something new – new to me that is. Glitter! I do love using it in a project!! For the longest time, I was struggling with the right medium to use them with – I just didn’t have a strong tape in my stash, and anything else was totally not working. I finally got clear double sided tape from Elizabeth Craft some time ago..and finally made a card using some fine, clear glitter today.


To tell the truth, I hadn’t thought about glitter when I began. I started with one of the mini stencils from Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils – Patterns set, and dabbed, not blended the chevron pattern using Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire distress inks. It is not that apparent, but it does give a bit of a texture with a dotty look. I love it! I then trimmed the panel using MFT Pinking Edge Rectangle. Yes, this was before I thought of using glitter. So, when I added the double sided tape and added glitter, I had to go back and do the die-cutting again! Thankfully, I got it right the first time! πŸ˜€


So, I cut the flower, from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden and the the sentiment, from Memory Box Hello from some red, dotty pattern paper from Best of K & Company. I did some in-laid die cutting of the sentiment on the glittery panel. Finally adhered the pieces together and mounted it on the card base, on which I had adhered some stripes pattern paper that I designed myself. Finally added some colorful glitter stickles on the flower and red and white rhinestones for embellishing. So, totally, the card shines a lot!! πŸ˜‰

Submitting this to Ellen Hutson: July Pin-sights Challenge



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#501 – CASEing Yoonsun Hur

PE: Spotted by My Favorite Things!!

My Favorite Things - Spotted

Honorable Mention at The Heart Desired Challenge!!

The Heart Desires - Honorable Mention

Its been quite some time since my last post! I actually made these cards a week ago, but am posting them only now….And as the title denotes, I am CASEing a couple of cards by the amazingly talented Yoonsun Hur!


My first card is a CASE of this card by Yoonsun. If you’ve seen my posts from beloew, you’ll know I love bold and bright colors – and Yoonsun’s card, where she combined this bold look with the muting kraft – just stunning!

For my card, I used flowers and leaves fromΒ  My Favorite Things Modern Blooms and a variety of inks, then using another flower center stamp, stamped the dots in black and grey. I also added the dotted lines using Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes. Finally came the sentiment – I used Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs dies for the sentiment.


Did I mention that I really loved the bright and bold look? πŸ˜€ Anyway, I did add a bit of embellishing using some gold and bronze sequins.

This card is made especially for My Favorite Things challenge, who are celebrating 10 years – what an awesome achievement!! πŸ˜€ The challenge isΒ 10th Birthday Celebration Bonus Challenge, where we are to include 10 in some way in our creations. In my card, I’ve used 10 stamped elements (including flowers and leaves) and the sentiment carries 10 letters too! πŸ˜›

I am also submitting the card to the following challenges –

Virginia’s View (Summer Challenge) #22: All About Colors


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Flora & Fauna

SSS - Monday Challenge

The Heart Desires Challenge #2 (I’ve borrowed a few colors from the theme, and the flowers look quite tropical!)

For my second card, I was inspired by this card of Yoonsun. Now, I really love watercoloring – and watercolor backgrounds are just awesome – more so when done my a coloring genius like Yoonsun.. but I degress..

You Are My Person

The only mistake I made in this card’s watercoloring – I chose the wrong watercoloring medium – I used watercolor cakes – I should have used inks.. but anyway, the end result is not so bad… and the lesson is learnt! πŸ˜€

So, for this card, I used mostly solid or thick-outlined stamps from Neat & Tangled Paper Cut Flowers and Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms and used Zing white embossing powder. Unfortunately, I did somehow end up smudge up the embossing, even after embossing twice, to avoid the exact thing! Talk about ironic! πŸ˜€

The sentiment, from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. Finally the card is embellished using some silver sequins (which are looking black in the image).

I am submitting this card to Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge: Neat & Tangled and Seven Hills Crafts July Challenge: Color Challenge –

Seven Hills Crafts

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