#880 – Inspiration Station #12

Hello and welcome! Finally, its time for yet another Inspiration Station challenge! Its challenge #12 and the theme is chosen by my sister.

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And here’s the picture collage that she chose – it is a beautiful collage of various Dimensional Polymer Clay Journal Covers that she found on Pinterest.

Pinterest link to each project at the end of the post

And here’s what I made –

My inspiration came from the designs, the florals in the right most image in the middle row, and of course, the colors.. although the colors in the card are a bit more vivid than the ones in the inspiration! πŸ™‚

To make the panel, I used some texture paper I’ve long had in my stash (earlier used here and here). I used Spellbinders Flora embossing folder, smudged one side of the folder with distress inks, misted it and then, keeping the paper in between, embossed it. With this, the color transferred and I got some cool colors also on the paper. I had to repeat a few more times to get some good coverage – and even then a few bits and pieces were still left colorless – which I let be.

After it dried, I used black soot distress oxide ink pad to swipe the raised portions. My plan was to add gold embossing, giving it a distressed look, but that didn’t work, since the embossing powder stuck too well. So I used a brush to flick powder off here and there, and heat embossed it.

Once done, I moved to the flowers and the sentiment. The flowers from Altenew’s Persian Motifs are gold heat embossed, and colored using zig brush marker pens. The same for the sentiment from My Favorite Things Sweet Hello. I then foam mounted them on the panel, which I then adhered to a black card base. I debated about adding a few black rhinestones, but let it be in the end.

So that’s my card! Check out what my sister has made. An enchanting mixed media tag – it even includes a crocheted flower that she made herself!

And thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Sources (row-wise top-left to bottom-right)

#865 – Inspiration Station challenge #10

Hello and welcome! My sister and I are up with a new creative challenge for our Inspiration Station challenge – the 10th challenge between us sisters to create something from a prompt that one of us has come up with!

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It was my sister’s turn this time and she picked this photo, that she had clicked. It features a sheet of aluminium foil that I had used alcohol inks on. I don’t remember how I used it or if I used it at all!


Here’s what I chose from this snap –
The alcohol inks, in shades of blue and green
The beautiful shine of the aluminium foil
The wood base

And here’s what I made –


I first made that bright blue-green background. I took a piece of white cardstock panel, painted it with Unicorn paint from Prima. Its got a beautiful shimmery sparkle with a mix of gold and silver..mostly like platinum. And I totally love it!

So anyway, this was the base for me to apply my alcohol inks. Due to the paint, the surface becomes non-porous and good to apply alcohol inks. I picked a couple of inks in shades of blue and a single shade of green, used the felt applier with the Alcohol Blending solution and applied it on the painted panel in an ‘S’ shape.

This dried very quickly too. I then used one of the Woven embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers on the panel and set it aside.


Next I started making the paper for the woody portions. I chose a few shades of brown and yellow, dabbed it on a clear plastic surface, misted it with water and used my fingers to dab the colors on a watercolor paper panel. Once the entire panel was covered, I let it air dry. I then used a flat brush with a little bit of water to slide across the panel and spread the colors a bit. I again let it air dry. Thanks to the really hot weather, it dried very quickly! πŸ˜€

I used this panel to cut out the beautiful bird, from Spellbinders Nordic Floral die set and also the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Simply Thanks die. I also die cut a few more pieces of the sentiment from kraft cardstock and adhered them together.

To assemble the card, I first trimmed the alcohol ink panel a bit, and foam mounted it on the kraft card base. I then adhered the sentiment and then foam mounted the bird on top. I believe there wasn’t any need to add any more embellishing, since the card was pretty flashy as it is! πŸ˜€

And here’s what my sister has made – a pair of beautiful, shimmery charming earrings! Love that rainbow shimmer on them…so very beautiful!!

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Fusion Card challenge: Thank You

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Dies and/or Punches

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Thank you for stopping by!

#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!

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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.


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


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!

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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 –

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!


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.


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!