#664 – Little Tangles September Challenge

Hello! Its September already! And we are on to a new challenge with the Little Tangles Challenge #84 – it is ‘Add details inside card or to Create a matching envelope’ – so you do have an option there.

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For my card, I chose to go with adding details to the card’s inside. In fact, my card continues on from the card front to the inside..

Warm Winter Wishes

I used a watercolor paper for the card base and actually started with the inside of the card. I first made the watercolored sky, coloring using Zig Brush markers and a brush loaded with water. 🙂 Once dry, I stamped the trees from Scandinavian Prints Christmas using distress inks and then proceeded to the card front.

Warm Winter Wishes

Once I completed coloring the sky and stamped the trees, I stamped the falling snow and also the little houses from the Winter Wishes stamp set, then finally stamped the sentiments from the same stamp set on the outside and the inside.

Warm Winter Wishes

I am also joining these challenges with my card –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #258: Holiday

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Bastel Traum: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: September Watercoloring Challenge

Check out the Little Tangles Challenge blog for inspiration from the DT. And hope you join the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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#655 – Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Week 4

PE: Runner up at Seven Hills Crafts Challenge!

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge Favorite!

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Hello and welcome to my last week as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady! Can’t believe its already the last week!! I had so much fun making these cards and posts, wish it would last longer!!

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For my last post, I am showcasing these cute little critters, so adorable, I just threw away any other ideas I had so I could use them on my cards! 🙂

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 1

For my first card, I used the critters from Party On. I stamped them using a brown ink, then gave them a soft watercoloring using distress inks. I did the same with the flowers. For the background, too I used distress inks. And the grassy hill/ground – I die cut that using the Party On Die, too! The sentiment comes from Happy Dance.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 2

For my second card, I used the critters from Happy Dance. I colored these critters using Zig brush pens. I used distress oxide ink for the background, masking each area for coloring in, added a few splotches of water, then stamped a few stars from the same stamp set, for something extra. Finally added the sentiments from Sentimental: Birthday. I then trimmed the piece, adhering it over a black card base with glitter washi tape at the side.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 3

For my last card, I used the critters from an older set, Happy Owlidays – the owls are just totally adorable! I watercolored the owls using distress inks, fuzzy cut them. For the background, I created a galaxy background using watercolors, then tore up half the panel and mounted it on my white card base. I then added the branch and the cute owls, and also stamped the sentiment.

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So there are the three cards together! Hope you liked them!

Thank you so much, Shay for having me over! It really was fantastic working on so many creations, and brand new products! Absolutely!! 🙂

Be sure to leave a comment here on or before the 30th for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced on Sep 1st.

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I am also joining these challenges with my cards –

Seven Hills Crafts: August Challenge (I chose the middle colors)

Happy Little Stampers: August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #256: Anything Goes

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Simon Says Stamp: August Work It Wednesday Challenge: Use some favorite stamps

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Bastel Traum Challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: August Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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!

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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

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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!!

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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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2017-06 Little Tangles Color Combo Inspiration

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! 🙂