#818 – Inspiration Station Challenge 03

Hello and welcome to the third Inspiration Station challenge!! This challenge is something my sister and I started, for us to have just another reason to get inspired and create, without the pressure of deadlines or rules. You can check out the what I created for the first and second Inspiration Challenge, if you like!

This time, I chose something from the products of the store Seedlings Cards, which I came across from Paper Crave‘s website. There are plenty of fantastic whimsical card designs on the website, but my sister chose this panel of cards, from which I extracted the color combo.

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I was completely inspired by the colors. I actually wanted to create something whimsical, but in the end, I gave up since I wanted to use this new stamp set I bought – MFT Gill Friends. I didn’t have any fish/sea themed stamps with me until now, and I couldn’t wait to try this!! So, I went with the look of the bottom right card featured in the picture. Sea and fishies..

Hey Gillfriend

I started with the background. Tried out the technique taught by Jennifer McGuire in this post. Adding plenty of watercolors from my Gansai Tambi set, I used some scrunched up plastic cling wrap on it, left it to dry before removing the cling to get this amazing texture.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 1)

For the fish and the underwater plants, I used the same method – I first heat embossed it using white embossing powder, then colored the pieces by blending in distress inks. I then fussy cut the images.

Combining everything – I trimmed the watercolor background, foam mounted it on a white card base. I adhered the water plants directly, but foam mounted the fishies and also the sentiment.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 2)

Hope you liked what I created! Hop on to this link to see what my sister has created – its a fantastic mixed media creation that was made specially for our dear mom!! Am I next on the list, sis?? ;P

Joining the following challenges too –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #337

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Fusion Card Challenge: Tropical Fish

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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#782 – You Are Loved

PE: Honorable Mention at Create Something Catchy Challenge!

Hello and welcome! I am back to my old watercoloring self! The next few posts are all going to be watercolors… I think!! 😉

Anyhow.. this time, the main source of inspiration is the Ellen Hutson Color Trend challenge. All pinks and purples.. dull colors. Not my type. But I still did want to try it.

You Are Loved

I used normal cardstock this time, but this one is a little better for watercoloring than some. I stamped the images from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia using MFT Hybrid black ink and then watercolored them using Distress Inks.

You Are Loved (close up 1)

Once dry, I added a few splatters in dark green and black, I added the sentiment, which is from Ellent Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1. Then came the embellishments – a mix of gemstones in white and silver sequins.

You Are Loved (close up 2)

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson July Color Trend Challenge: Quietude

Color Trend July Quietude

Fusion Challenge: Rustic Flowers

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Distress It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge
Create Something Catchy August challenge: Watercolor

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#763 – Thanks with a Glittery Heart

PE: Addicted to CAS Top 3 Favorite!!!

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Fusion Card Challenge Honorable Mention

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Hello and welcome to another easy card making session post! This time I am joining Stamplorations in their birthday celebrations, and CASE-ing one of their ultra talented DT – Maria Fisher! Here’s what I made –

Thanks From the Bottom of My Heart

The glittery heart is something I had in my stash – it comes from Winnie & Walter From the Bottom of My Heart stamp set. I used my MISTY to set the stamp, dabbed the inks from a few distress oxide inks using a sponge dauber, then stamped the image. This helped me get a clean, blended image. I then added double sided sticky tape on top, added clear glitter. I used the co-ordinating die cut to cut it out. This gave me glittery thankful heart!! 😉 By the way, the smaller words are not clear in the image, since the glittery sparkle gets in the way, but it is clearly visible in real life.

For the rest of the card – I embossed a white panel using Itsy Bitsy Garden Flowers, trimmed the edges and foam mounted it on the card base. On this, I added two strips, a thinner black one and a striped one, which I got using the MFT Pinstripes stamp. Once I adhered these on, I foam mounted the glittery heart. I then added a few gemstones in rainbow colors.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Fusion Card Challenge: Floral Cupcakes (I followed the sketch)

Stamplorations 5th Birthday Celebration – CASE the Stampgirls challenge (I am CASEing Maria Fisher’s this card)

Addicted to CAS challenge #138: Rainbow

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#694 – Thanks For Everything

PE: CAS(E) This Sketch Favorite!!

CASE This Sketch - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its been some time I last worked on Kraft base cards, and somehow a ‘thanks’ theme with kraft seemed like the perfect fit.

Thanks for Everything

I made this card using the three basic and simple basics of card making – stamping, embossing and die cutting. I used the images from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds for stamping everything in tones of brown, die cut the sentiment ‘Thanks’ using Neat & Tangled Jounaling Alphas, the rest of the sentiment stamped from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint, finally the embossing in the background is using We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder. Very simple, but looks complicated. 😀

Thanks for Everything

Joining the following challenges with my card –

CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #247

Fusion Challenge: Grateful

Paru’s Card Making November challenge: Thank You

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Stamplorations November CAS Challenge: Anything Goes + Brown

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#647 – Marbled and Flowery Hello

Hello!! 🙂 I’ve been a bit busy creating things which will only be posted next month.. A little too busy to keep current posts coming, I realized. So I decided to take a break and create a card I can post about now.. its nice, after all, when I can just create something because I want to, than ‘have’ to! 🙂

Hello

I used a new stamp set in my stash, another one that I absolutely wanted as soon as I saw it – Waffle Flower Layering Marble. Now, I know that the color combination is somewhat unusual for a marble, but I thought it would look good with the card..

Hello

The flowers are from My Favorite Things Bold Blooms, and the sentiment is from Memory Box Hello die. I added a strip of triangle pattern washi tape as it matched the rest of the card so well.

Joining the Fusion challenge: Hello Cards and the My Favorite Things Color Challenge #73

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#627 – A Good Day to be Happy

PE: Honorable Mention at Fusion Card Challenge! 🙂 It had been so long since I played this challenge – happy I won! 🙂

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Honorable Mention at Addicted to Stamps!!

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Sovushka Slavia Top 3!!

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…especially since it is not a Monday! Whoever agrees, raise your hand! 😛

Well, I just wanted to use this pretty stamp set that I recently got – Happy Day from Waffle Flower! And what more motivation than having challenges which are just the right combination! 😀

A Good Day to be Happy

This card completely evolved from the initial image – not changed, evolved. That’s because the original image is still the same, all the changes came on top of it! 🙂

I started with stamping only the bear and the butterfly, using Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I wanted to color the bear blackish-grey, hence the color choice. In fact, the original idea was just to have the bear and the butterfly in the card.. you can see how that ended up!

A Good Day to be Happy

Anyway, I colored everything using my Faber Castell color pencils. Once done, I realized the plain white background wasn’t looking good, so I added the soft blue background, then I realized the other side of the card was looking too empty, so I ended up adding more plants there.. you see how it went.. the evolution?? 😀

Finally I ended up with this card. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I added a few splatters before adding it to the panel and adding it to a grey card base.

Submitting this to the following challenges –

Global Design Project #91: Wheels

Fusion Challenge: Tulips on the Bike

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #246: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch Challenge #71

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#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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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