#632 – Thank You

Hello! Finally posting a card I’d made and sent to a dear blogging friend.. I somehow missed posting about this card then, so here it is now! 🙂

Thank You

Frankly, when I made this card, I had no idea where I was going – not even what stamp sets I would use – I just built it as it came.

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp set – beautiful large flowers, just perfect for some watercoloring. I wanted to watercolor this using Gansai Tambi colors, so heat embossed it in black, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the pigment washing out the flower’s outline. Like I said, I watercolored them, then trimmed the flowers and leaves, arranging them over a longish watercolor paper panel.. the dimension is not something I measured. I just wanted a longish card, and just went with what pleased my eye. 🙂

Thank You

Once I finished with this, I painted the background, then used Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil with to add some more details to the background. I then adhered the flowers and leaves on top, trimming the excess and adhered the whole thing on a dark grey cardstock.

Then came the sentiment, a combination of Simon Says Stamp You die cut and Reverse Confetti All About You stamp. I added a few drops of Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold and Ebony Black for embellishing.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson June Pin Sights Challenge

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The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make You Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#631 – Father’s Day Card

Hello! Father’s Day was last week, and I’d kept this one here ready for a month now! If you know me, you know that I still give flowery cards to my Papa – I’ve got no new or old definition for ‘masculine cards’; I just make and give my Papa what I know makes him and me happy. Flowers are always the thing for us! 🙂 Here’s what I made –

Happy Father's Day

I used the Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp, stamped it on watercolor paper several times using MISTI, masking the image wherever needed. I used Antique Linen distress ink for stamping.

I then watercolored them using distress inks. I chose three inks for each color, waiting until one layer was dry before adding the next layer. Actually, I didn’t have to wait – coloring each of the flowers separately took sufficient time, so everything would dry by then!! 😀 Finally, I watercolored the background using Peacock Feathers distress ink.

Happy Father's Day

My initial idea was to trim the watercolor panel to a standard card size, but seeing that it came out better than I expected, I decided to keep the whole thing as is. 😀 I did however trim the sides a bit, then the bottom part, which was mostly white. I then added the sentiment, using Mama Elephant Calli Letters stamp sets.

Now, I usually add some kind of embellishment at this point, but I seriously had no idea what to add to this card. Pearls, rhinestones and glitter all seemed wrong. I was lost for a day, before it hit me – embossing! I used Emboss It pen to add embossing on select areas on the flowers and leaves, and clear embossed it. I also added the clear embossing on the letters.

[It was so hard to click this image – no matter what angle I shot from, the embossing wasn’t showing at all!! It was like it was totally shy of the camera, and didn’t want to show itself in the images!! But I was able to capture it finally!! :D]

Happy Father's Day

I chose a beautiful cobalt blue card base, then used the same stamp set on the card base also, clear embossing it, before foam mounting the watercolor paper panel on top.

The envelope too – used the same stamps with my MISTI, along with Memento Danube Blue ink.

Happy Father's Day

I am joining these challenges with my card –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes, with an optional twist of masking

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The Challenge #88: Keywords (I chose flowers, bright and watercolor)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#625 – Seize the Birthday – One Layer

PE: A Cut Above at the Paper Players challenge!

The Paper Players - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! The challenge this time has the topping of ‘One Layer’. But, you can also choose to go with any kind of birthday card, and join the fun! 🙂 Joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Cathy!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s my one layer inspiration-

Sending Birthday Wishes

For this card, I chose My Favorite Things Pretty Posies, stamped and heat embossed the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper and heat embossed them with black embossing powder. I then colored the panel using distress inks. Finally stamped the sentiment, a combination of Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes and Hero Arts Its Your Day.

Sending Birthday Wishes

I am also joining these challenges –

The Paper Players Challenge #347: Theme Challenge: Birthday

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from the DT, and don’t forget to join the challenge with your birthday creations! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#622 – Little Tangles June Challenge: Color Combo

PE: Favorite at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge!!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Favourite Badge

Hello and welcome to the Little Tangles June challenge. The challenge this time is to use the color combination from the inspiration image below –

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And here’s my inspiration for you –

So Very Blessed

For this set of colors, since there was a green in it, my obvious choice was to go with flowers. Scandinavian Prints stamp set immediately came to my mind… but since I had used it in one of the previous challenges, I thought I would like to use something else. I then chose the birds.. My Heart Sings is one of the first birdie stamp sets that I’ve bought.. I still love them, though I use them a little less then some other critters.. but they are still really cute! And the variegated colors of pink was just the right color! 🙂

So Very Blessed

I chose the flowers from Hand Stitched to form a partial wreath for the birds to frame.. and then got stuck on the background. I tried some 3 backgrounds, until I finally (phew!) like the one I made using the Pentagon stencil. I used distress inks to color everything.. watercoloring for the birds and flowers and ink blending for the stencil…they are such versatile inks after all! 🙂

The sentiment comes from Gardenia Blooms Journalling Card stamp set. To finish, some mixed color sequins..and that’s my card for you! 🙂 Do stop by the Little Tangles Challenge blog for more inspiration from my fantastic team mates!

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #84: Inspired by Words: “Flowers and Friends make life a garden”

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge (Anything Goes)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#621 – A Magnolia Birthday

Hello! I made a mini Magnolia card – using only the inner flower image in the Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia stamp.

Birthday Wishes

Ellen Hutson challenges are something I really want to join every single time, but I am somehow not finding enough time to create now-a-days.. I have no idea why time flies so quickly!!

Anyway, coming back to the card… I carefully inked and stamped only the inner portion of the Mondo Magnolia, masking each flower as I stamped the others. I then colored them using distress ink and added some additional shading using color pencils. Finally used a black pen to draw the centers.

Birthday Wishes

I then trimmed the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die cut, mounted it on a white card base, then added the sentiment. The sentiments are stacked some 4-5 times, and they come from Memory Box Birthday Script and Winnie and Walter In a Word: Wishes dies. I love how these two dies blend together so well.. I think I’ll use them again for another card! 🙂

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

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Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies

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Just Add Ink Challenge #361 – Just Choose Two – Flowers, Washi-tape, Watercolour (I chose flowers and watercolor)

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Timeout Challenge #84: Flowers and Friends make life a garden

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#614 – Happy Wedding Anniversary

Hello! This month and last month are two months when I need to make quite a few cards for dear ones – 3 birthdays, an anniversary and of course, Mother’s day.. makes a girl quite busy! 😉 My parent’s anniversary was last month and I made this card for them –

Happy Wedding Anniversary

If you are thinking that this card is quite similar to the one I posted a couple of days ago, which I made for Mother’s Day, then yes, they are quite similar… very similar. I used the same layout, heat embossing the flowers with silver pearl embossing powder, and the same coloring formula – Zig brush pens + Gansai Tambi starry nights. What can I say, I just got addicted to the superb results! 😀 😉

Happy Wedding Anniversary

I used Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus stamps along with My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet dies on the Canson watercolor panel, then foam mounted it on a white card base. I then used little drops of Nuvo Glitter Drop White Blizzard for some embellishing.

For the envelope, I used pattern paper from K & Company, over which I stamped the same flowers, and colored using Zig brush pens, and added a bit of shimmer using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: A Hint of Pink

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: April showers bring May Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Lesia Zgharda: Flowers

Happy Little Stampers: May Watercolor Challenge

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Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes With Dies challenge

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#613 – MFT Sketch and Color Challenges

Hello! I was rearranging some MFT related Pinterest boards the other day and got super inspired by all the cards I had pinned there.. I mean, their DT has always created the most adorable, beautiful and charming cards – how could one not get inspired. More reason to make them – the MFT Sketch and Color Challenges!

I usually make a single card for both the challenges. But this time, I thought of separating the two.. more cards to make, right?! 😀 Here’s what my inspired self created –

You Are Amazing

For my first card, the inspiration comes from three sources, actually – thee sketch from Stamplorations, the colors from MFT Color Challenge and the layout from The Flower Challenge. I chose distress inks to stamp and color the flowers from MFT Modern Blooms stamp set, using a brush to lightly spread the colors to show off the texture of the paper also. I used normal inks for the leaves, and distress inks again for the stencilled background.

Here’s the supply list –

My Favorite Things Modern Blooms stamps
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals stamps
My Favorite Things Wonky Chevrons stencil
My Favorite Things Geometric Greenery stamp (partial sentiment)
Stamplorations Amazing die
clear rhinestones

You Are Amazing

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

MFT Color Challenge #68

Stamplorations May Challenge (I used the sketch and stamping)

The Flower Challenge #8: CASE The DT Member – I chose Karren’s card. I love the stencil background.. partially done, and then the flowers stamped on top. Such a simple beauty!

And here’s my second card –

Friend, Sending you Hugs

For my second card, I used a bit of no line watercoloring. I must say, the image for this card came pretty immediately as soon as I saw the sketch. I’ve completely used distress inks on this card, including the background stamping and the sentiment.

Supply list –

My Favorite Things Some Bunny stamps
My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass die
My Favorite Things Friend die
My Favorite Things Scattered Surface background stamp

distress inks

Friend, Sending you Hugs

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

MFT Sketch Challenge #331

Sketch Challenge 331 #mftstamps

CAS-aul Fridays #173: Birtday Card + 6 of the same item (I used 6 of the small flowers…he he.. )

Stempel Garten Challenge #61: Wildlife

Happy Little Stampers: May Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂