#849 – Another New Year card!

Hello and welcome! Here’s another new year card. I made this one to send to a dear blogging friend of mine. Hope she liked it! 🙂

I was totally inspired by this card made by Jennifer McGuire (the last card in the series). I don’t have any such die, but I wanted to achieve a similar effect. So instead of a single die cut, I used many!! 😉

Happy New Year

Of course, as you can see, I made the card a more-or-less tone-on-tone, rather than colorful, as I first intended to. I kinda liked this look! 🙂

I first started with a card panel – 6″x4″. I used MFT Flutter of Butterflies and die cut a few of the butterflies from the panel. I then used the flower and leaf dies from Paper Smooches Flowers and Flowers 2 dies, and die cut from the gaps in between the butterflies. I also added a few dotted swirly lines using Paper Smooches Stitched Flourishes 2 die. I retained all the die cut pieces, to use them later in my card.

I first adhered the die cut panel on a cream colored cardstock. I then started adhering the die cut pieces, layering a few and finally embellishing a the butterflies and flowers with cream half pearls.

Happy New Year (closeup)

Finally coming to the sentiment. After finishing the card base, I had no idea how to proceed. I finally settled on using the happy die from Mama Elephant along with a strip of stamped sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy. I first die cut three pieces of the die and stacked them. I added some liquid glue behind both the die and strip and just laid them on the card – no pressure, so that they would appear floating on top of the butterflies.

And that finished the card! With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Just us Girls challenge #514 – Trends Week: Create Dimension

Global Design Project #223: Celebration

Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Just Add Ink challenge #488: Celebrate! A BIG congrats on completing 10 years of the challenge! Wow! What an achievement!!

Thanks for stopping by!

#811 – Inspiration Station Challenge 02

Hello and welcome to the second Inspiration Station challenge. This is something my sister and I started, just as another reason to create, another way to get inspired, but, of course, without the pressure!

The second inspiration are pictures of Electroformed Crystal Bowls, which we found at the website, This is Colossal.

Inspiration Station Challenge #2

And this is what I made –

Big Thanks

I took my inspiration from the picture in the center, and the colors too, of course. I didn’t get an idea of adding the crackle texture on my card, instead I added the foam mounted background die cut, by coloring them in similar colors. The flowers, I colored in the two shades of blue – but it looks like a single color in the images here. I added a single silver gemstone in the center of each flower after adhering them on the card.

Big Thanks (closeup)

Then came the sentiment. I swiped the colors using a cream chalk ink on a pale yellow cardstock, then swiped a gold pigment ink pad to create stripes and then silver pigment ink pad to create some more stripes. Before this completely dried, I rubbed the ink a bit, so that it blended a bit. I used this to die cut the ‘big’ word. I stacked the die cut alphabets on kraft die cuts and added it on top of three layers of circle die cuts. I then added the small ‘thanks’ on top.

Supplies used –
Lil Inker Designs Diamond Chevron for the background die cut
Elizabeth Designs Bunch of Flowers
Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles and Itsy Bitsy Scalloped Circles behind the sentiment
Altenew Bold Alphabet dies and Winne & Walter Sentimental: Thanks for the sentiment

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Global Design Project 175: Theme Challenge: Down the Garden Path

The Flower Challenge #29: Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies

Also checkout what my sister has created! Like the last time, love the textures in her creations!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#764 – Happy Birthday, Ma

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, and this time, the cake doesn’t have any toppings! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

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For my DT card… or rather.. I wasn’t thinking of STB when I was making this card.. I was thinking of my Ma, and if she would like it, since it was for her birthday!! 😉

Happy Birthday Ma (with envelope)

I used the images from Altnew Peony Bouquet. Simple stamping, nothing special. Once I was done stamping the images, I used another stamp set to add the tiny black dots/circles – Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus. I also added more dots using some metallic gel pens.

While stamping, I made sure to leave some white space where I would eventually add the sentiment.

Happy Birthday Ma (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut several pieces using Altenew Bold Alphabet dies. For the topmost layer, before removing the pieces, I masked off a portion of the cardstock, blended in the same lightest ink I had used for the flowers. After removing the mask, I used a gold gel pen to add a single straight line, right at the edge of the blending. Finally, I stacked all the pieces, then adhered it on the cardbase. The stamped portion of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Happy stamp set.

Happy Birthday Ma

I have some cardstock which seemed too thin to me to make cards from. I instead used them for my envelope. I used the same stamps, and dies, this time choosing colors which are closer to the color of the envelope. This made the envelope a lot closer to the design of the card. 🙂

I know for sure that my Ma liked the card, since her birthday is long over! And I hope you liked it too!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #21: One from the Previous Challenge (I chose Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping)

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Global Design Project challenge #143: Theme challenge: Live it, Love it, Share it

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bright & Cheerful

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Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Sonja K! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

 

 

#755 – Going CAS

PE: Honorable Mention at The Card Concept!!

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Winner at Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge!!

Hello! I tried making something other than a DT card or a card for the family or to send to someone after a long time.. And somehow, I ended up making CAS cards – these are difficult for me to make, but, I ended up pretty refreshed! 🙂

The first is a floral card –

Thinking of You

I made this card by heat embossing the flower cluster from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely stamp in white. In fact, I stamped the image twice, but misaligned a bit the second time, which is making the lines appear so thick. Anyway, I colored them using Zig brush pens, then fussy cut them. The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers. I have adhered both the florals and the sentiment using foam tape for some dimension.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Global Design Project challenge #139: Just a Note

The Card Concept challenge #93: Floral Centerpiece

Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge 21: Floral

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The second card carries some cute lions –

Happy Birthday

Those cute lions are from Reverse Confetti Leapin Lions stamp. I stamped them using Versafine black ink and colored them using Zig brush pens. I also die cut the grass using MFT Fresh Cut Grass die, 3 pieces, for varying shades of green. The foremost layer contains the sentiment, a combination of sentiments from Reverse Confetti stamp sets – A Whole Lotta Happy and Love & Ice Cream. I then mounted all the pieces using foam tape.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge: Birthday

CAS On Friday challenge #133: Birthday card

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #200: Birthday Celebration

AAA Card Challenge #116: Birthday

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#726 – No Whites

Hello! I didn’t realize until I finished the card, but this card has no white cardstock in it – all colored cardstock! That’s definitely a first for me!! And I am so delighted!! 😀

You Make Me Smile

I did, however have to add some color to a couple of the card bases (the pink and blue), to get the exact color I wanted. My blue and pink cardstocks are a few shades lighter, and I used distress inks to get the color I actually wanted. Also, I felt that it was easier to get the color I wanted on these colored card bases, since they have the base color ready anyway – it was only a matter of darkening them. 🙂

You Make Me Smile

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp on the blue card base, and stamped the images in black. I then used Uniball UniPaint marker to color some areas of the petals. Next, I used Hero Arts Night & Day Flowers to stamp the flowers on the pink and yellow card stock scraps, then fussy cut them out. The sentiment comes from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages. I finally adhered the pieces together and added a few sequins to embellish.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge with Hero Arts

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Global Design Project challenge #125

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Take Note

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#707 – Happy New Year!

PE: Designer Spotlight (Winner) of Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!! Yay!!

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A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge Top 3!

Hello and a very happy new year to everyone! I now I am a day late.. I was out yesterday and didn’t have time to click the snaps and post it yesterday. Well, a day late is still ok, isn’t it? 😛

I am presenting here four cards that I made for my family this year. Its kinda become a tradition for me to make four cards during New Year and Diwali for the family, following a single theme of design/technique/both. (Check out the cards I made for 2017 and 2016 New Year’s)

And here are this year’s cards –

Happy New Year

After making a couple of vintage looking cards, I kinda started liking the look of them, and decided to make that the theme this year. Also, a big reason to make this true were the Prima watercolor pencils I got sometime last month. I had already owned a couple of sets of these pencils and absolutely loved them, and I ordered all the sets I could when they went on sale. I love the soft colors that these pencils give, which is just perfect for making vintage looking cards.

I chose a common design for making all the cards and the envelopes. I used outlined flower and leaf images from various companies, watercolored them using the Prima watercolor pencils. I used Canson watercolor paper. The sentiment on all of them is from the Mama Elephant Calli Letters and Calli Uppercase Letters stamped using Versamark Onyx Black ink. The envelopes are self made.

After trimming the watercolor panels and adhering them on grey cardstock, I added a couple of lines using silver Unibal Signo gel pen, to give the panel a sort of a frame. Since I wasn’t going for any additional embellishment, this would provide my cards a sort of ‘finished’ look.

Now lets go to the details of each card –

Happy New Year

I used Altenew Peony Bouquet and Altenew Beautiful Day stamp sets.

Submitting this card to –

Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Happy New Year

On this one, I used Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp set.

Submitting this card to –

Global Design Project challenge #119: Home for the Holidays

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Paru’s Card Making Challenge: January challenge: New

Happy New Year

On this one, I used Summer Garden, Sketch Ranunculus and Look for the Miracles stamp sets, all from Simon Says Stamp.

Submitting this card to –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Something New

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Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: New Stamp set or Tool

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Happy New Year

On the last card, I used Altenew Adore You, with Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus, both from Simon Says Stamp.

And with this card, I am joining –

A2Z Scrapbooking January challenge: New to Me

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Wishing everyone a grand new year! Here’s to all the old crafting friends, lots of new crafting friends and all the wonderful crating times!! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#706 – Celebrate! Happy New Year!

Hello! With the new year just a couple of days away, I thought of making a few new year’s cards… And also, I wanted to experiment this new cardstock I got.

Since I live in India, its difficult for me to get my hands on some quality cardstock – and I wouldn’t like to make orders from abroad for this basic crafting supply. I tried a lot of stores, before coming across the CrafTangles cardstock. I like the basic colors they’ve got, and the quality of the card stock too – it withstood heat embossing very well and the stamping looks great on it… so I tested some more – I tried my Zig brush pens on it…

Celebrate

…with mixed results. When I was coloring them, I felt that the colors were blending well, and was happy. Only when they dried did I see that the colors were kinda sucked by the paper – so there was less of the colors, and also, the blending wasn’t looking as good as before. 😦 Well, it still wasn’t bad enough for me to discard the whole card, so I continued with it.

Celebrate

Coming back to the card.. I used Altenew Hennah Elements and gold heat embossed the images on this beachy brown cardstock. I then colored it with Zig brush pens. The sentiment is two part – the die cut is from Neat and Tangled, called ‘Celebrate’, which I die cut and heat embossed twice in gold. It is layered on top of vellum, die cut using another die from the same set – the second part is stamped, using Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy stamped in black ink.

I am joining the Altenew Year Review Inspiration Challenge, my colors inspired by the August challenge colors –

Global Design Project challenge #119: Home for the Holidays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

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Now off to experimenting some more!! 😉

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂