#859 – Inspiration Station #09

Hello and welcome! We managed to make it relatively quickly this time with the Inspiration Station Challenge – a challenge where my sister and I come up with a prompt to excite our creative juices!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

It was my turn to propose the challenge this time, and, following my sister last time, I made my own tic-tac-toe board –


I had initially had some other idea, but that didn’t work, so switched gears and made this one instead. This uses two lines – layers-embossing-tearing and layers-one image-pattern paper.

Inspiration Station #09

I made a few pieces of pattern papers in tones of pink, mint and yellow. I used various stamps (listed below) to create the patterns and also my blending make-up brush to blend in color for the background. Once done, I chose a few out of them for my card, tore one of the edges, and adhered them on a white card panel. I trimmed this down and adhered it on the card base.

I used the following stamps:
My Favorite Things Geometric Grid
Technique Tuesday Lots of Dots
Lesia Zgharda Kvity’s Contours
Neat & Tangled Landscape Textures

Inspiration Station #09 (closeup)

For the focal image, I used a few stamps from the Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1 stamp set and heat embossed them in black glitter ep and trimmed this panel. I then used Memory Box Rectangle basics dies to die cut a few pieces for the frame, adhered them together and heat embossed it using an embossing powder mix that I made. I then adhered the frame onto the floral embossed panel I created earlier and adhered it on my card.

For the sentiment, I used My Favorite Things #Captions die. I die cut several pieces, adhered them together and heat embossed them with the same embossing powder. I adhered this also to my card.

And that’s my card! Checkout what my sister has made – its a beautiful art journal page featuring some lovely poppies!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Pink Fresh Studio March challenge:

Thanks for stopping by!

#848 – Inspiration Station Challenge 07

Hello and welcome! Finally, after a long delay, we are up with the next edition of the Inspiration Station Challenge!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

This time, it was my turn to choose the topic, and I chose two patterns; the challenge being getting inspired by one of them –


The source, via Pinterest: for the pink one here, and the grey one here.

And here’s what I made for this challenge –

Inspiration Station Challenge #7

I wanted a penstand to store my new soft bristle brushes for crafting. This seemed like the opportune time to make it. πŸ™‚ I used a packaging cardboard, which was already cylindrical, adhered a cardboard base, covered the while thing with kitchen paper, then white gesso.

Inspiration Station Challenge #7 - View 2

I then added some texture paste via CrafTreat Arabic Pattern stencil. I then cut out some diecuts and got some moulds from MFT, Spellbinders and Prima to stick on. I also added a few art stones here and there. Finally, I colored it with some greyΒ  and black acrylic paints and then used Prima wax for some shine.

Inspiration Station Challenge #7 - Closeup

My sister has created a mini book. That tiny thing is adorable and also so well made! I totally loved it!! Check it out here.

And I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Rust It Up

Stamploration January Stencil Challenge

And thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#835 – Inspiration Station Challenge 06

Hello and welcome to the newest edition of the Inspiration Station Challenge!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

Its the 6th challenge and my sister chose the theme this time. This is one of the shots that my sister took from her supply of beads –


Isn’t it gorgeous! I love those arrays of pearls and beads, all so all with that silvery sheen and shine!! I made my card to reflect those rows and rows of colorful semi circles!

Just Because It's Laced

I didn’t have anything semi-circular that would work with my idea, instead I used this lacy die, to imitate the colorful rows. I used Lacy Border die from Joy Crafts on several pieces of pattern paper I picked using the colors from the pic as the reference. Since I wasn’t able to do partial die cutting to ensure that I get a larger area on the top, I stuck the two pieces together using some cellophane tape on the back. I did this to get an extended area which I could use adhere each piece with dimension.

Before adding these on the card, I blended in some Antique Linen distress ink to the bottom of the card base. I wanted to get a slanted dimension with the die cut pieces. To achieve this, I used little strips of foam tape near the side with the pattern and glue on the upper end, which had the extended piece of pattern paper adhered. After doing this for each piece, I then adhered them one by one on the card.

Just Because It's Laced (closeup)

I then came to the sentiment. Its from The Stamp Market called Scripty Sentiment. I stamped this on a scrap piece of cardstock and then mounted it on the card using foam tape. I then added a thin strip of cardstock, which I painted using a silvery sparkle paint. Finally I added a few pearls to finish the card.

Checkout what my sister has made! This time, she has made a stunning piece of mixed media with a sea theme. It looks absolutely fantabulous!!

And thanks for stopping by!

#828 – Inspiration Station challenge 05

Hello and welcome!! Finally posting the next edition of our Inspiration Station challenge! And we have brand new logo!! Hurrah!!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

It was my turn to issue the challenge, and I’ve come up with another moodboard. And I must say, I went through hundreds of images in Pinterest before I came up with this!


Since I have been making cards for all the previous challenges, I thought of making some mixed media work this time. Came up with a pen stand – which I am actually going to use to hold my hair combs. πŸ™‚

Pen Holder (1)

I used tissue for the inside and the outside, a cloth-lined envelope which I adhered inside out, then added black gesso, added the molds, then painted it with acrylic paints. Finally added the orange-red paint with Prima waxes, for a sort of a patina look.

Pen Holder (closeup 1)

Pen Holder (closeup 2)

The air dry clay I was using was almost dry, and so, it wasn’t easy to make the shapes. They were breaking even as I was taking them out of the mould! I, however, managed to keep the pieces together and paste them properly. It wouldn’t make much of a difference once everything was done! πŸ™‚

Pen Holder (2)

But I must admit, it has been a pain to get the color right in the images. Somehow all the photos were showing a bright blue, whereas they are a mix of blue, peacock color and black. Even the highlights are a mix of copper, gold and red. It doesn’t look right even after I modified the images using Gimp! Sigh! My photography is a failure!!

But checkout what my sister has created! I think she has done more justice to the board than I. She has created a beautiful sheet of art! Totally love it!

If you would like, feel free to make something with this moodboard, and leave a link in the comments below – I’ll make sure to stop by and leave a comment!

Thank you for stopping by, and hope you stop by next time too!

#824 – Inspiration Station Challenge 04

Hello and welcome! Today my and my sister are playing another round of Inspiration Station challenge. Its our 4th challenge, and you can checkout the previous ones here, here and here.

This time, my sister was the one to choose the theme. She chose ‘green‘, ‘stripes‘ and ‘polka dots‘. And here’s what I came up with –

Thanks - Inspiration Station Challenge 04

I had trouble coming up with something. When I make cards, I usually think of the focus and then think what I want surrounding it. But that wasn’t working this time, so I switched my thinking. I just made the backgrounds first, and then came up with the rest of the card. That made the process a little easier this time.

The background is made of two different components –
I made then polka dotted background by using Simon Says Stamp Seeing Spots stencil on brown cardstock, pounced Versamark sticky ink on top, then used Rose Gold embossing powder and heat embossed it.
For the stripy background, I used Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes to stamp many stripes of various shades of green ink.

Thanks - Inspiration Station Challenge 04 (closeup)

I then trimmed die cut the striped background, right in the center with Memory Box Flutter Vine, cut the remaining piece diagonally, replaced the diecut negative with a fresh piece of white die cut and finally foam mounted it on the polka dotted one.

I also die cut another piece of Memory Box Flutter Vine and a few pieces of leaves from the Pinkfresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, painted them in shades of green. Once dry, I adhered them over the die cut. Finally came the sentiment – two pieces of die cuts from Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks dies and the stamped portion from Altenew Adore You stamp set.

Checkout what my sister has created for this challenge right here! Some beautiful textures, that I absolutely love (wish I could create something like that to use in my cards… or maybe I’ll just steal the ones she made for myself!! :P)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamplorations June Mixed Media challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#818 – Inspiration Station Challenge 03

Hello and welcome to the third Inspiration Station challenge!! This challenge is something my sister and I started, for us to have just another reason to get inspired and create, without the pressure of deadlines or rules. You can check out the what I created for the first and second Inspiration Challenge, if you like!

This time, I chose something from the products of the store Seedlings Cards, which I came across from Paper Crave‘s website. There are plenty of fantastic whimsical card designs on the website, but my sister chose this panel of cards, from which I extracted the color combo.



I was completely inspired by the colors. I actually wanted to create something whimsical, but in the end, I gave up since I wanted to use this new stamp set I bought – MFT Gill Friends. I didn’t have any fish/sea themed stamps with me until now, and I couldn’t wait to try this!! So, I went with the look of the bottom right card featured in the picture. Sea and fishies..

Hey Gillfriend

I started with the background. Tried out the technique taught by Jennifer McGuire in this post. Adding plenty of watercolors from my Gansai Tambi set, I used some scrunched up plastic cling wrap on it, left it to dry before removing the cling to get this amazing texture.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 1)

For the fish and the underwater plants, I used the same method – I first heat embossed it using white embossing powder, then colored the pieces by blending in distress inks. I then fussy cut the images.

Combining everything – I trimmed the watercolor background, foam mounted it on a white card base. I adhered the water plants directly, but foam mounted the fishies and also the sentiment.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 2)

Hope you liked what I created! Hop on to this link to see what my sister has created – its a fantastic mixed media creation that was made specially for our dear mom!! Am I next on the list, sis?? ;P

Joining the following challenges too –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #337

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Fusion Card Challenge: Tropical Fish

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#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! πŸ™‚