#929 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Its the beginning of a new month, and hopefully spring is spreading/already spread all around! And we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, this is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I’ve made for your inspiration this month –

This card is supposed to go to a very dear friend of mine, who has her birthday today! Happy birthday, dear Pooja!! 🙂

One of the things that I’ve been attempting lately is to free hand watercolor…whatever I can! I have plenty of inspiration, just need to search for it! When I thought of making this card, I thought of spring flowers and birds…at least, one bird. I started with the bird, making it as colorful as I could! 😀 Then free handed the flowers and leaves, added lots of splatters. And after letting it all dry, I then spent some time fussy cutting them all out. I then added a bit of shine on the bird’s eye and a few dots on the flower centers using Sakura black glaze pen.

Next, I had to make a background for the entire scene. My first attempt had too just of texture, my second was a tad too dark, and this is my third background, I smooshed some distress inks on a sheet of clear plastic, misted lots of water on and smooshed my cut out panel of cardstock on top. Once dry, I die it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I adhered this on a white card base. Then, before adhering the flowers and birdie, I die cut a few pieces for the branch using Memory Box Woodland Branch..which is all but invisible on the final card!! Anyway, I assure you its there.. behind all the flowers and leaves, which I’ve adhered it on. I did add dimension behind the bird and the flowers and a few leaves, using some foam and using Connect glue to adhere them on the card.

Finally, for the sentiment.I absolutely loved this glossy black cardstock that Jennifer McGuire showcased in her My Favorite Crafty Things videos. Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting those myself (too much to pay in the custom tax), I thought of another way. I took some photo paper, then used a black marker pen to cover the whole surface in black. Same beautiful look – black and glossy! I love how different it looked from a black heat embossed die cut.

So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die to die cut the photo paper, and then some scrap cardstock too. I adhered them together and then adhered it over my card. I didn’t add any extra embellishing to this one, thinking I wanted the bird to steal the show! 🙂 And that’s it.

I’m submitting this card to the following challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #235

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #312: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Easter/Spring

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Pooja, I hope you like this card (when it reaches you), and I wish you a wonderful birthday!

Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to check what the rest of our talented DT have for you to get inspired! And don’t forget to join us!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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!! 😀

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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 –

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.

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! 😉

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#866 – Watercolored Wreath

PE: TGIF challenge winner!!

TGIF - Winner

Winner at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Winner Badge

Hello and welcome! If you’ve known me, you know that I absolutely love watercoloring. I mostly love coloring florals, but I’m also working on improving my critter coloring…and then some. But, until now, it was mostly stamp and color. Lately, I’ve been interested in some free hand watercoloring, and was pretty happy with my very first attempt at it, when I watercolored some eucalyptus leaves. Since then, I continued my experiments, mostly learning by watching YouTube videos by Shada Campbell, and this time I’ve tried my hand at free hand watercoloring florals – a simple wreath for now:

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors, along with watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles. I just drew a simple circle, watercolored. For watercoloring, I used primarily a shade of purple, and along with it, I mixed a couple more colors, mixing brown for the leaves and wine red for the roses. This keeps the monochrome look, while bringing in plenty of shades. Finally, I let everything dry and then trimmed the paper. I also added a few splatters.

To bring the card together, I stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I foam mounted the watercolroed panel onto black card stock, tucking a strip of dotted washi tape in similar colors on the bottom of one side.

I am so very happy with my trials! I’ll keep working on more of these free hand watercolors from now on..

Linking my card with these challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #271: All About Occasions

TGIF Challenge #264: Technique challenge: Watercolor

The Flower Challenge #44: Monochrome

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

craft monthly challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#863 – Birthday Wishes!

PE: Designer’s choice at Tic-Tac-Toe challenge!

Tic Tac Toe - Winner

Hello and welcome! My sister’s birthday came around a month ago and I had made this card for her –

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Since I usually make some florals, I thought of going for critters this time. And with a window too (since I wasn’t completely happy with my last attempt of having a window card with critters in it).

So the first thing I did was stamp all the critters and watercolor them.
I used stamps from:
My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes
My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes
My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles
My Favorite Things Scene Builder
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits
I used watercolor paper from CrafTangles. After doing some no-line water-coloring using colors from Zig Brush markers, I added some accents to a few potions, like the cake and the party accessories and the balloons using sparkly colored gel pens or clear sparkle pen. Finally, I fussy cut all the images out.

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Next to the card base. I first masked off a portion for the ground and then blended in the blue lightly and then used the Mudra Brick brick stencil on top to add more color. I used some makeup brushes, which I newly bought – and oh, wow, do I love them! I’ve never achieved such lovely blending! For the ground, I blended in the grey and then added some lines using a grey marker to indicate wooden flooring.

I used a single die from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to die cut the three windows.

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The inside of the card is more water-coloring, for which I used a separate watercolor panel. This time, I used distress inks. Also, the wooden porch where the darling piggy is standing is brown shaded and another piece. Both the water-colored background and the porch are adhered directly on top of the inside of the card.

Finally, I heat embossed the sentiments, from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, both inside and outside the card, using white ep. Finally, I adhered all he fussy cut critters on top, along with the cake and decorations.

And that’s my card for my sister!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #387: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #269: Anything Goes

Hndmd/CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #62 (bottom row, clouds-animals-layers)

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#862 – STB: Food and/or Drink

PE: Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention at the Addicted to Stamps & More challenge!

Addicted to Stamps - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge. Every Challenge is always Anything Goes and a special Topping is included for extra fun.  And this time’s topping is chosen by Glenda ‘Food and/or Drink’.

And here’s what I made –

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I had first chosen some cupcakes, but then my sight fell on these ice-cream dies, from Reverse Confetti Love and Ice-Cream dies, which I hadn’t used in forever!! I did a search on my Pinterest boards, and figured out that watercoloring might be my best option to show off some delicious ice-cream. So I cut out everything, watercolored them, let them dry.

For the card base, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, whose name I’ve forgotten. I swiped some distress oxide ink across the folder, misted it a bit, then embossed the card base in it. I then added a later of vellum to soften it a bit and foam mounted the ice creams on top.

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The sentiment pieces are from Winnie & Walter In a Word: Birthday and Winnie & Walter In a Phrase: Hugs & Kisses dies. I cut out three of each, colored one of the hugs die cuts and adhered them all together. I then adhered this on my card.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #268: All About Occasions

Addicted to Stamps & More challenge #386: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Stars

Happy Little Stampers: April Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing instance of creativity by the rest of the design team! Also joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry!

And thank you so much for stopping by!