#876 – Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card I made for my parents’ anniversary..which was more than a couple of months ago. Yeah..I forgot to write about it. But I finally remembered! So, here it is!

Happy Anniversary

The lovely sunflowers are from Right at Home, a stamp set called ‘Sunflowers’. The leaves from that stamp set, however, I found to be a little smaller than I wanted, so I borrowed them from Altenew’s Beautiful Day and Peony Bouquet stamp sets. I stamped all the images I wanted and they fussy cut them.

Happy Anniversary (closeup 1)

For the background, I used alcohol inks in shades of blue, yellow and green, trimmed it and mounted it on a dark green cardstock. I also added a strip of gold foil cardstock on either edge. Finally came the sunflowers themselves.

Then came the sentiment. I wanted some dimension and sparkle on the them, so on the ‘Happy’ die cut, which is from Neat & Tangled Happy Holidays die, I stacked a few of them, heat embossed them in white first, adding a few layers of the powder to get them the nice round look. I then inked only the lower half and this time added gold embossing powder, using the heat gun to both melt and move the powder a little bit to mingle the colors in the middle. The ‘anniversary’ came from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint stamp set, which I heat embossed in gold, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. The die, I adhered only beneath the ‘y’ and the ‘h’, to keep the rest of it floating.

Happy Anniversary (closeup 2)

To add some extra glimmer, I also added a few dots of gold embossing on the center of the flowers and also applied some Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold, to give it some golden glittery shine. And that’s done!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #279: All About Occasions challenge by Helen

The Flower challenge #46: Summer/Winter

Virginia’s July Show and Share challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

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#875 – Red, White and Blue

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. JoAnn picked the topping this time, and it is ‘Red, White and Blue’. Since the topping is optional, as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

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And here’s what I made –

Red and Blue!

I started with the flower and leaves die cuts. The dies I used are from Altenew Peony Dreams and Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. I first die cut them, adhered the pieces with the layers and water-colored them once they had dried. Finally, I added a lot of white splatters on all of them, using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink.

Red and Blue! (closeup)

Coming to the frame – I didn’t have any cardstock with the shade of blue that I wanted. I thought of swiping the ink pad on white cardstock, since I had the right shade, but that would end up wasting a lot of the ink. Instead, I dabbed the colors on an acrylic surface, then watercolored the cardstock, using as less water as possible. I then dried and watercolored again, repeating the process a few more times to get the desired opacity. Once dry, I die cut the frame using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

Finally, on the white card base, I added some splatters of the same shade of blue. Once this dried, I foam mounted the frame and assembled the rest of the pieces on the card. The sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

And that’s my card. You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months, Jennifer Wills have tons of inspiration for you!

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#874 – Just a Note

Hello! Its again been some time since I created a non-DT card. Being totally out of it is slowly becoming a norm and I wanted to break it desperately. Thankfully, this idea that appeared in my mind clicked!

Just A Note

I started with making watercolor panels of blue and brown using Brusho powders. I first used water mixed with perfect pearls and then used plain water to mist the panels, and dried them using my heat gun. With this I had 2 panels of brown, one a shade darker and 1 of blue. I then die cut the lighter of the brown panels and the blue panel using Altenew Doodled Lace die. I also cut out the flower and leaf pieces from the die cuts.

To make the background framed panel, I die cut the darker brown piece with my Memory Box Rectangle Basics, creating two pieces – the frame and the panel inside. I cut a few more pieces to adhere them only behind the frame, to raise it a little. I then positioned this on my card base, stamped the sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in copper.

I then adhered the frame-panel over the cream, rustic card base. I also adhered the flower and leaf pieces that I had cut out earlier – some raised with foam tape and some directly adhered. Finally, for embellishing, I used a few brown colored clear gemstones. To add a bit more sparkle, I went through the flowers and the frame with a glitter brush pen.

With this card, I am also joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #45: Navy + One Other

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Altenew June Inspiration challenge

Altenew June 2020 Inspiration Photo

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#873 – Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome! We’re back with another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by our leader Nancy, is ‘Watercoloring’. Now, that’s my favorite!! 😀

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I made this card for a dear crafting friend, who had her birthday a quite a while ago. But I wasn’t able to send her the card due to the lockdown… Hope to send it out soon!

Spring Birthday Wishes

I wanted to make this a spring themed one….Doesn’t look very springy? I had initially though of adding some nice bright colors, but then thought – hey, that’s what I always do! So, I thought of reducing the brightness a notch by choosing some darker colors. Adding a bit of grey-green around the image reduced the brightness a notch more. I should admit it was a notch more than I wanted, but I did like the overall effect. Its kinda like taking a vignette photo of those spring flowers! 😉

So here’s how I made it. I started by stamping the florals from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers stamp sets in a light grey color. I used the watercolor paper from CrafTangles. I then water colored these using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once dry, I added a lot of splatters of black, brown and white. Setting this aside, I set to work on the rest of the card.

Spring Birthday Wishes (closeup)

For the background, I used a brown cardstock. I used the leaf stamps from the same two sets and using Platinum ep to heat emboss them. I also added the least bit of brown color on all the edges, by gently blending them into the cardstock.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of ‘Wishes’ from the My Favorite Things Best Wishes die, adhered them together and then heat embossed them with the same Platinum ep. I also white heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set. I then trimmed the piece to size.

To assemble, I fuzzy cut one side of the watercolored piece, and trimmed it on the other sides, and then foam mounted it on the kraft card base. I then adhered the sentiment pieces on top, with the black piece getting foam mounted too. And that finished my card!

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Jo Avery!

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#872 – Inspiration Station #11

Hello and welcome! We have a new post of Inspiration Station challenge today! Can’t believe we’ve stuck around for more than 10 challenges.. and still loving it!! 😀

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

The challenge this time was chosen by me. Its this awesome room decor I found in Pinterest

There are plenty of elements for inspiration, but what stuck me the most was that wallpaper in the background! I really loved the florals and foliage, colors in hues of magenta and blue. Although I initially thought of covering my card using that as the focus, I thought there are too many other things that I didn’t want to miss either. So I improvised to include a couple more things – the poppies and a bit of the wood from the wooden chair.

And this is what I finally created –

Inspiration Station - You Are So Loved - Poppy watercoloring

And, what’s more, I am happy that everything on this card, except for the sentiment is without using stamps! 😀

Coming to how I made the card. First I made the background. Like I mentioned, my focus then was on the wallpaper. I took a page from a drawing pad I had bought ages ago, and using my Zig brush marker pens, tried to draw some sunflower like florals. I didn’t cover the entire paper, instead left a bit of space on the right blank.

Inspiration Station - You Are So Loved - Poppy watercoloring (closeup 1)

I then painted those poppies. And wow, I had such a hard time trying to get the red opacity, while still keeping a transparency/fading away effect.. guess it was impossible for me! So, I made do with what I could make! 😀 The leaves were easier, comparatively! Once they had all dried, I fussy cut all the pieces.

For lying these pieces on, I wanted a pillar…a strip of something. I initially made a strip of plaid, using light navy blue, like the carpet, but that was getting completely hidden behind the flowers, and I couldn’t even make out it was there, so I instead replaced it with this wood like piece. .

I cut out a strip of cardstock, inked it completely by running Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft ink through it. Then, when it was still wet, I used a few darker shades of brown Zig brush marker pens to draw the layers of bark and let it dry completely. I even tried to add in the shine of the brass from the picture by embossing using We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder and adding a bit of metallic wax on the raised areas…which ended up not showing either!! Well, I made do with what could show! 😉

Inspiration Station - You Are So Loved - Poppy watercoloring (closeup 2)

I then arranged all the pieces on the card base. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Tall Alpha in two shades of brown to get an ombre effect to stamp ‘Loved’. The ‘you are so’ is from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set. I trimmed the panel and foam mounted it on the card.

And that, finally, finished my card! I am so happy with this one, even after the repeated ‘not working’ factors! In fact, I feel that I am happy with every project I made for the Inspiration Station challenge! Probably because we take so much time, easing into what we want to make and take our time to make it. I end up happy with the end product too! Which is the purpose of this challenge, so that’s great!! 😀

Check out what my sister has made here. This time, she’s made an incredibly charming flower garden mixed media piece, which gets visited by friendly butterflies! I totally loved it!!

I am also joining the following challenges with this card –

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

Virginia’s June’s Show and Share

CrafTangles June Challenge: Use Watercolors

Craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + optional Layers

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