#1002 – Inspiration Station Challenge #18

PE: Color Throwdown Featured Stamper!! Yippie!!

Welcome to Inspiration Station Challenge #18! It was my sister’s chance to come up with the challenge this time.

She made this Tic Tac Toe board, which turned out to be a little difficult for me. Any line I chose, two were in favour, one, not so much. I then had a flash of inspiration and used the middle column to make my card.

And here’s what I made –

I started with making the mosaic background. Helping me were CrafTreat Arabic Pattern stencil and my trusty Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. After coloring a white card base using them, I set it aside to work on the frame.

The flowers are from Altenew Delicate Clusters and the sentiment is from Concord & 9th Painted Peony. I added gold leaf to a frame cut out using Paper Smooches Frame 4 die and adhered it to a few more pieces of die cuts to get some dimension.

I was going to just adhere the floral frame on the card and maybe add a twine with a bow, but then I had a flash of inspiration – something I had seen a few card makers do – I used the twine to make it look like the frame was hanging like a portrait on a mosaic wall. Loved it instantly! 🙂

I’m joining these challenges as well –

Color Throwdown challenge #694:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #430: Stencils and/or Die cuts (I’ve used both)

And that’s my card! Checkout this gorgeous tag that my sis has created for this challenge! I love how she’s used washi tape to create that gorgeous background (I wanna copy that technique!!) and that glittery flower die is just muah!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#983 – Inspiration Station Challenge #17

Yay!! Finally, finally, challenge #17!!

This time, I was the reason for delay – my sister finished her piece so long ago, but I got into the longest slump! Holidays didn’t cure it, lazing about didn’t cure it, browsing inspirations didn’t cure it. Finally, feeling a little active and ‘in the mood’ than other days, I just started making some backgrounds, and was finally able to complete a card using one of those backgrounds last Sunday.

I digress. It was my turn to choose the challenge this time, and I chose this:

And here’s what I made –

In my card, I’ve used Leaves, Blue, Altenew Adore You, Simon Says Stamp Botanical Split and Carabelle Studio stencils. I had, of course, started with the background. I used a gel plate to apply color and to make the prints. I used both the stencils and the stamps in this process. I don’t remember the specifics, though, since I was just doing whatever I felt like.

When I picked it up again, I thought of this design. I used the leaf stamps from Altenew Adore You with a blue ink, fussy cut them and arranged them to make it look like they were falling on either side of the sentiment. The sentiment die cut is from Simon Says Stamp + CZ Designs Hugs die cut. I added a few silver gemstones to embellish.

And that’s my card. Checkout what my mixed media master sister created here! I love the paper piecing look she has created. 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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! 😀

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! 😀

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

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#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:

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