#584 -Doggy Love!

Hello! I love critter cards! And its even cuter when its about two cute doggies –

I <3 All of You

I wanted to try soft and messy watercoloring once again.. wasn’t completely successful, since I tried some darker inks, but the messy watercoloring came out pretty good.. and I even managed to keep the card clean! πŸ˜€

I <3 All of You

Supplies used:
Paper Smooches Fancy Frames & Labels
My Favorite Things Top Dog
Purple Onion Designs Bloom No.2
Distress inks for stamping and watercoloring and pencils for additional shading.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #227: Make Your Mark

Just Us Girls Challenge #379: Word Week: Dogs

Addicted to CAS Challenge #104: Pets

CAS Watercolor February Challenge: Love

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#576 – Seize The Birthday – Dashes or Doodle

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! And this time the Topping is Dashes or Doodle. Of course, you are also free to choose to go without the topping, as long as you make a birthday themed card.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Rejoining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Rahmat!

I, of course, have used the topping to make my card!

Happy Birthday

I chose Inkadinkado Thoughts for the Day stamp set to make the background. These flowers look very hand drawn and doodle-y πŸ˜› I just stamped the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored it using Zig brush markers. Once done, I trimmed the panel a bit, and added texture using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders dies. So, there’s a bit of dashes too! πŸ˜‰

Happy Birthday

The sentiment comes from Reverse Confetti Happy Pretty Panel die plus the Whole Lotta Happy stamp set. I punched a hole in it and used it as a tag here. I then foam mounted the whole thing on a white card base. A few pearls for embellishing finishes my card.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stamplorations January Sketch Challenge (I’ve flipped it) –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #225 (flowers are the inspiration) –

Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog and see lots more amazing inspiration from Rahmat the rest of the DT! And don’t forget to play along!

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#571 – New Year’s Cards

Hello! I usually post New Year’s cards I make for my family right on the first day of the new year..this time I am late since I was just plain lazy, carrying over the sloth to take photos of the cards to the new year.. please don’t mind me, I am pretty sure I’ll pick up in a few months! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

Here’s the set of cards I made –

New Year Cards 2016-17

I had a very simple design concept in mind – I wanted to do stamping, no other special techniques, just simple stamping followed by die cutting and inlaid die cut pieces in silver (I painted them silver using acrylic paint) for the sentiment.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Now that I had decided this, I of course, went for my favorite stamps – flower stamps to make my cards! The flowers came from different stamp sets, as you see, and once done, I die cut the panel, added the sentiment using some scotch tape and then mounted it on my card base.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Event the envelopes are all the same. I wanted the sentiment font to be as similar as possible to the one on the card, so I chose Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy stamp set. I stamped this in black ink first and then stamped it again using Memento Brilliant Galaxy Gold ink.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Before I stamped the sentiment, I used Hero Arts Leaves and Flowers background stamp on the envelope, stamping using Versamark watermark ink and then wiped some Perfect Pearls, each corresponding to the color or the envelope. However I was a bit unlucky with this, as the ink somehow didn’t stick to the paper and the neither did too much of the Perfect Pearls; and since I hadn’t used MISTI, I couldn’t stamp it again, without messing it up big time. But I thought it was still ok.. since the cards were pretty! πŸ˜‰

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Here are the details –
My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet
Altenew Layered Lily
Altenew A Beautiful Day
Altenew Watercolor Wonders
Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus

Submitting my cards to the following challenges –

Card 1 –

CAS-ual Fridays: Celebrations

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Card 2 –

Happy Little Stampers: January Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes (I misted the stamps with water after applying distress inks, spreading the colors using a brush whenever required, so that’s a bit of watercoloring!) –

Card 3 –

Paru’s Card Challenge: Anything Goes (Congratulations on First Anniversary!!) –

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Just Us Girls Challenge #375: Word Week – New – (Altenew A Beautiful Day is a new stamp for me; plus, the card itself is for a new year!!)

Card 4 –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: Something New with a New Product

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#557 – Snowflake dies – Two Ways

Hello! I made a couple of Christmas cards using some snowflake dies.I am showing the first card here, and second card in my next post..or it would be too many photos in a single post! πŸ˜‰

I saw this post from Jennifer McGuire and thought it would be the perfect technique to try! πŸ™‚

Merry & Bright

I’ve added more photos than usual since the shine from the embossing is just barely visible, and no matter the angle, one or the other flake seemed to vanish! πŸ˜€

Merry & Bright

So, for my card, I made the background using Zig brush markers and water mixed with Perfect Pearls. I used Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flake dies and silver glitter embossing powder for the embossing. The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand. For more glitter, I added little dots of silver glitter here and there between the snowflakes.

Merry & Bright

Once everything was done and dried, I trimmed the panel, sponged the borders using Dusty Concord distress ink, and among the snowflakes, just to bring out the shine a bit more. I even added Wink of Stella (my pen has dried out and I revived it using water…sigh, need a new one!!) Finally mounted it on a white card base.

Merry & Bright

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #71:Β Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer –

Just Us Girls Challenge #371 (I am inspired by the colors, purple and silver, and the Christmas theme) –

Happy Little Stampers: November Christmas Challenge: Watercolor

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#514 – Happy Birthday

PE: Honorable Mention at Just Add Ink!!

Winner at Seize the Birthday!! πŸ™‚

Seize The Birthday - Challenge Winner

Top 3 at Stempel Garten!! πŸ˜€

Stempel Garten - Top 3

Hello! My Papa’s birthday is just a couple of days from now. Now, we have a habit of giving cards on birthdays in our family (giving cards is a little rare in India). We used to always buy our cards, until we started making our own (my sis makes some awesome digital cards using gimp and my Papa makes them with word art, adding a special touch of his own, and Ma and Papa give it together (of course!!))

And this time, for Papa’s birthday, when my Ma asked me to make a card for him, so she could give it to him – I was super surprised!! Its the first time she has asked me to make one, so you can see my delight! πŸ˜€ So, I set to work immediately, and came up with this card –

Happy Birthday

I used WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones with distress inks for this card. I misted the stamp after inking it before stamping it on paper. Here’s the distress inks combination I used –
Antique Linen (base stamp) + Dried Marigold + Picked Raspberry
Antique Linen (base stamp) + Milled Lavender + Picked Raspberry
I also used Crushed Olive for the stems and leaves.

Once it was dry, I lightly blended some of the Crushed Olive just where the leaves are.

Happy Birthday

Finally came the sentiment – from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then added a few splatters using Camel drawing inks…and done! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

No, wait..there’s still the envelope! πŸ˜‰ I used the same stamp set, and this time, I used white pigment ink to stamp the base, and then Dried Marigold, Milled Lavender and Crushed Olive to stamp on top.

Submitting this card to the following challenge –

Addicted to Stamps #206: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Just Add Ink #324: Photo Inspiration

JAI #324...Inspiration!

Just Us Girls #356 : Watercoloring

Seize The Birthday : Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Stempel Garten Challenge #52: Flowers and Plants

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#476 – CASometry Challenge #2: Make 5

Hello!

Have you known about the CASometry Challenge from the blog of the fabulous Anna Kossakovskaya? Its only the second challenge. I missed the first challenge, and really felt that I should participate in the next one, if she ever held it. The challenge this time is Make 5, i.e., to make 5 CAS cards using a single stamp set (of course, mixing in other stamp sets is allowed, but there needs to be one stamp set in common among all the 5 cards). Here’s my first card I made for the challenge… and today’s post carries the second one. πŸ™‚

Its Your Birthday

I got this idea from a few cards I saw – the idea is to keep no colors at all on the main elements – here the critters – and make it a color splash of sorts – here the balloons. I kinda liked the idea and wanted to try it out. Here are a couple of other ideas I stored in my Pinterest board (here and here), and a couple more, with minimal coloring (here and here).

For this card, I chose Fabriano Elle Erre Bina card stock. The critters are from the same stamp set as earlier – WPlus9 Happy Mail. For the flowery background, I used Purple Onion Designs Blooms, along with a couple of flowers from Happy Mail. The sentiment is from Sizzix Phrases stamp set. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp them all.

Its Your Birthday

The balloons are cut using dies from XCut Ballons set. For these, I first colored pieces of vellum using Faber Castell Oil Pastels, spread the color using baby oil (which didn’t spoil the vellum ;)) and then die cut them. I used three shades of color, mixing dark color in lighter areas to get some streaking, thus adding a bit of texture to an otherwise plain card. I drew the string’s lines on the balloons using Copic Multi Liner and then used Multi Medium Matte below them to adhered them to the card. The critters are fuzzy cut and foam mounted to the card.

I am also submitting this card to Just Us Girls Challenge #343: Vellum, Creative With Stamps Challenge #2: Clean and Simple , The Paper Players #295: Wild, Addicted to Stamps #194: Wild and Happy Little Stampers May Challenge: Anything Goes With Dies

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#452 – Easter Wishes

PE: Winner at Friday Mashup!

Hello! I just got a few new additions to my stash – this sweet little set from Mama Elephant named (so aptly) Oh Happy Birds, being one, my itchy hands couldn’t wait to make something out of them! πŸ™‚ I was also terribly wanting to make something like this absolutely adorable card from the Waffle Flower blog. This stamp had the perfect little tiny birds for me to try the layout! Double the happiness!! πŸ˜€

Easter Wishes

The video tutorial was so helpful – I followed the steps just as Nina has shown. I drew the pencil line grid, cut out a square mask, stamped the birds using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the background using Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar. I then cut out the panel using My Favorite Things Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner and then stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Fanciful Swirl and Memento Tuxedo Black.

Easter Wishes

I then cut out another panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and the decorative lines from Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. For the card base, I applied Shaded Lilac distress ink and stamped the dots from Technique Tuesday Lots of Dots using the same ink. I then adhered all the panels together using foam tape. I love how beautiful the pastel colors suit the technique so well!

Submitting this to AAA Card Challenge #60: Easter, Just Us Girls #335: Color Challenge and Friday Mashup Challenge #245 where I’ve used the theme (Easter theme or Chicks & Bunnies) and the sketch. This is the last challenge over at Friday Mashup. I haven’t played a lot of their challenges, but its always sad to see a challenge wrap up. I wish them luch in whatever endeavour they choose to go on! πŸ™‚

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