#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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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#525 – Of Nature and Trees

PE: Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge Favorite!!

Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media Favourite Badge


So, I’ve got this small stash of embossing folders, which I really love, but haven’t used enough. And so, I decided to put some to good use. This time, I picked up Spellbinders’ Flora embossing folder.

I also wanted to use this technique, once again, adding distress ink on the folder, misting with water and embossing with it. Now, I had tried this technique before too, and like then, I just couldn’t stop at one panel. Yup, I made some 4-5 before stopping myself!! This is the card I made with one of those panels –


I used Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss distress ink with the folder. After it dried, I darkened the edges a bit by blending in Forest Moss and Black Soot distress inks. Then, I just adhered this panel on the card base.


The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp One With Nature, which I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I also added a a piece of doily and then some Studio Calico bird wood veneers.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #65:Inspired by Words “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year“-

Fusion Challenge (I was inspired by the picture – the green and the tree) –

Happy Little Stampers (September): Mixed Media Challenge: Distress

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#486 – A Few Cards Over the Weekend (2)

For my first card –

Some Bunny

A very simple one layered card – I used the stencil Mini Flower Frenzy from The Crafter’s Workshop and blended in Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose and Tumbled Glass distress inks. I then added a few water splatteres. Once it dried, I stamped the bunny and the balloon from My Favorite Things Some Bunny in MFT hybrid ink and watercolored it using Walnut Stain distress ink. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Some Bunny

Also submitting this card to One Layer Simplicity Challenge #28: Stencil, MFT Card Challenge: Color Challenge #46 andย Addicted to CAS #89: Petals

And my second card –

Just Because

For this card I chose flowers from Micia Full Bloom and Blooms of Mine stamp sets. After stamping them using MFT hybrid black ink, I watercolored them using blue distress inks and fuzzy cut them. I then positioned them on a card panel and stamped the leaves in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then foam mounted the panel on the card base before adhering the flowers – I adhered a few directly using glue, while foam mounting a few others.

Just Because

The sentiment, from Neat & Tangled Everyday Labels, is stamped using Hero Arts Field Green ink, trimmed and foam mounted. I used my MISTI here, since I had to stamp it several times, to get a clear print. ๐Ÿ™‚ I added a few transparent sequins for embellishment.

Submitting this card to Fusion Challenge: Something Blue, Addicted to Stamps #196: Anything Goes and CASual Fridays: Florals


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#444 – Lucky!

PE: Twinkler at Sparkle & Shine!!

Sparkle & Shine - Honorable Mention

Hello! Made two cards with clovers in them – count them as lucky! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the first card –

You are My Lucky

Very easy one. I chose Fabriano Elle Erre paper in Bianco and used Pine Needles, Crushed Olive and Old Paper to make the background. I don’t own any clover stamps; so I improvised. I used heart stamps! ๐Ÿ˜€

You Are My Lucky

I used the heart stamp from Neat & Tangled My Heart Sings, stamped them in Versamark and used Ranger Emboss It pen to draw the stems for the leaves and heat embossed them with Ranger gold embossing powder. I then used the same stamp and made another clover on spare card stock, filled it with the green watercolors, added someย Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold for some shimmmer and fussy cut it. I then stamped the sentiment, combining sentiments from Neat & Tangled My Heart Sings and Paper Smooches Alphadot, on vellum and trimmed it. I then stapled the vellum on the panel, adhered the clover on it, and after rounding three corners, foam mounted the panel on the card base to finish my card.

Submitting this to Sparkle and Shine #25,ย  Tic Tac Toe Challenge #5 (I chose Green, Gold and Photo Inspiration) and Freshly Made Sketches #226


For my second card –

So Lucky to Have You

For this card, I first smooched a variety of green toned distress inks on my waterproof panel (I actually use something I’ve made: a layer of chipboard, followed by white paper, followed by transparent plastic sheet, large enough to be taped behind the chipboard – I use it for all my watercoloring needs! :)) I then misted it just a little, so my stamp can pick up the colors. I then chose the hearts from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords and went ahead to stamping my clovers on plain white card stock. I used hearts of two sizes, the bigger one forming rows, and the smaller one filling up the space.

So Lucky to Have You

I then misted this surface so that the water flowed around a bit, heat dried it and then stamped the clovers again, where I had previously stamped them. It didn’t matter if the colors weren’t exactly the same, since I was going for a variegated look anyway. I also stamped the stems for the clover – I used the round bracket from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set! ๐Ÿ™‚

For the sentiment strip above, I first cut a stripe of plain white card stock, die cutting one side using Paper Smooches Borders 2. I then added a strip of silver glitter washi tape behind it. I then die cut a layer of fringe using My Favorite Things Fringe die and some paper (that I found between OHP sheets, that I use for making shaker cards…yup, I save everything for any use I can come up with for it later! :P) and adhered it behind the silver washi. Finally added some silver string behind. Before adhering this to the card base, I added the sentiment – the stamped sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold & You and The Big, The Bold & Party combined; the die cuts are from Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs, which I colored using Zig May Green brush pen.

Submitting this to Fusion Challenge: Lucky Days, The Card Concept #50: Shamrock, Patterns & Green and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

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#417 -Love You

PE: Honorable Mention at Fusion!

Fusion - Honorable Mention

Hello! Made a couple of cards using Neat & Tangled Heart of Gold Stamp. Such a cute stamp!

Love You

I had so much fun coloring these! I used distress inks – I have more control with them. I also used some thick card stock – I didn’t want warping during the heat embossing or the watercoloring.

Coming to how I made the card – I first stamped and heat embossed the hearts using Ranger gold embossing powder mixed with gold glitter (I wanted some glittery embossing! ;)). I then used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks for the lighter hearts and Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral distress inks to color the darker heart.

I then trimmed a card stock panel, added the hearts in a cascade, adhering only the centers, and trimmed off the excess. I also stamped the sentiment, using Paper Smooches Alphadot and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I adhered washi tape on the card base and then mounted this panel using foam tape. Finally added a few gold sequins for embellishing.

Submitting this card to –

Fusion Card Challenge: Paper Hearts

Just Us Girls #329: Word Week: Valentine

The Card Concept: #48: Sweet Hearts

Me second card came from an extra heart I had colored, just in case, for the first card.

Love You

I used smooshing technique for the background, using Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers distress inks. For the sentiment, I used a mix of stamping and my own handwriting – the ‘love’ is from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords and ‘u’ is what I wrote. I love they they don’t look so different! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I heat embossed them using the same glitter added gold embossing powder, this time adding a little more glitter. I also swiped my Versamark watermark ink pad on the edges, and added more (normal this time) gold embossing.

I then added some more gold (yes, I couldn’t get enough gold on this card!! :P) by splattering diluted Tarnished Brass distress paint. This wasn’t sparkling when it dried (of course, it wouldn’t!!), so I added Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold on some of the larger dots.

Once the whole thing dried, I added the heart and adhered the panel to the card base. Finally done!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Submitting this card to –

Little Tangles Challenge #65: Watercolor

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #3 (I used Love, Add Shimmer, Hearts)

30 Day Coloring Challenge (Day 8)

Kathy Racoosin - The Daily Marker - Color Challenge

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#408 – Smile!

PE: The Card Concept Winner!! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Card Concept - Challenge Winner


Made this card late last evening. This is one of the cards that came out better than I thought… and totally love the monochrome –


I first cut out a card panel using a die from Mama Elephant So Fancy. I then stamped My Favorite Things Lacy Background using Antique Linen distress ink, after misting it with a little water. I then stamped the flowers from Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden using Hero Arts Cup O’Joe, Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft and Hero Arts Soft Granite inks. I also stamped one each of the flowers and a few leaves on a scrap piece of card stock and die cut them using the co-ordinating dies.

After mounting the flowers, I came to the sentiment – both the stamp and the die are from the Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 stamp and die combination. For the die cut, I swiped Hero Arts Cup O’Joe on a scrap piece of card stock and then die cut it. For mounting it, I first thought of using black foam, but decided against it – I thought it would disturb the ‘sepia’ harmony, and instead I went for stacking die cut pieces from my watercolor paper, which is off white. The second, smaller sentiment is stamped using Hero Arts Cup O’Joe too.

Finally adhered a few copper sequins as embellishment. And that’s my card. Submitting it to the following challenges – Just Add Ink #296: Just Add Nature, Fusion Challenge: Woodgrain Neautral and The Card Concept #47: Floral Elegance

By the way, I also made another card using the same stamp for a friend’s birthday. This card is inspired by this card by the awesomeย Nina Marie Trapini.ย  I used Hero Arts Its Your Day for the sentiment. I used white pigment paint from Camel drawing inks and usedย Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in silver to color the flowers’ center –

Birthday Wishes (Card)

And of course, the handmade envelope too. I used Memento Tuxedo Black for stamping and Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold to color the flowers’ center –

Birthday Wishes (Envelope)

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#395 – Hello


Made this card inspired by the current Fusion Card Challenge. They are celebrating a grand second year! Its so great!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just had to celebrate with them in this wonderful occasion!

I usually try to go for the fusion, and include both the sketch and get inspired by the photo too. Here’s my card –


For my card, I used pattern paper I created as base for the card. The pattern was just perfect, with the yellow color! ๐Ÿ˜€ I then added a strip of grey-striped washi tape, die-cut the frame using Paper Smooches Frame 4, out of black and white card stock, stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and adhered it to the card base. I then stamped the flowers and leaves from Altenew Layered Lily, using Memento Rose Bud and Lilac Posies for the flowers, Memento Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy for the leaves along with Memento Tuxedo Black, and fuzzy cut them. I then adhered them to the card, curving the petals just a little bit. I finally added some sequins in pink and gold to embellish my card.

A big congrats to the Fusion team and here’s looking forward to many more superb challenges!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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