#1018 -Wishes For a Great Day

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers and we are starting with the Watercolor challenge. Its always an ‘Anything goes’ challenge, so you can join us with any project you’ve made as long as you’ve used water in some form to color it.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

Here’s my inspiration for this month –

I wanted to make a distress ink smooshed background with some bright colors. I also wanted the ink to spread on the paper so instead of using watercolor paper, I used drawing paper, which is actually not for watercoloring. On this paper, the water, and hence the color, would get absorbed and spread. I thought this would also bring about better blending of colors. Happy to report that the paper did deliver to my hopes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Once done and dried, I trimmed the piece and backed it with scrap cardstock to give it strength and mounted it on white card base. I then used My Favorite Things Pierced Fancy Flourish die and Pink & Main Wishes stamp and die for the embellishing and sentiment, backing each of the die cuts with die cuts using scrap cardstock to get a little bit of dimension. I used gold foil to cut from the wishes die and the same cardstock as the card base for the rest of the die cuts.

And that’s my card. Checkout more inspiration from the rest of the design team at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#980 – New Year Wishes

Hello and welcome! As is tradition, I made New Year’s cards for my family this time as well. I wanted to make an interactive/shadow box kinda card for quite some time now, and thought this would be an opportune time for it. The technique is better described by Jennifer McGuire in this video, where I learned it from.

Anyhow, these are the cards I made –

I used a combination of stamps from different companies which worked well together. I shall list them below as well. However, the sentiment on the top of the cards are all the same, from Winnie & Walter Wishing You stamp set. I used Faber Castell Oil pastels to color all the images, and mineral oil to blend them.

For this card, I used My Favorite Things Scene Builder except for the little butterfly, which I hand drew. I used Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout stencils for the background. I added the dots and lines using a grey fineliner pen and Sakura clear glitter pen.

For the inside, I used My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles, My Favorite Things Scene Builder and Purple Onion Designs Blossoming Perch stamps.

For my second card, I used Purple Onion Designs Blooms 2, the butterfly from Waffle Flower Happy Day and the background Simon Says Stamp Botanical Split. I went over the flowers with a red pencil from Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, then highlighted some areas with a grey fineliner pen, then the flower centers with the glitter pen.

Within the card, I used My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes, Purple Onion Designs Blooms 2 and Birch Tree Background, butterflies from Waffle Flower Happy Day.

For the last card, I used stamps from My Favorite Things Gill Friends and Waffle Flower Mermaid Mail stamps, pairing it with bubbles from Simon Says Stamp Be a Mermaid. I had to add another stamp for the bubbles since they weren’t big enough, and then I drew over them with the fineliner along with the reflected light and the little fishes.

For the inside, I paired the stamps from My Favorite Things Gill Friends and Waffle Flower Mermaid Mail stamps. For the giant sea weeds and those waves in the background, I didn’t have any stamps, so I hand drew them.

I must say, the finishing isn’t the best in all these cards, I had a hard time getting the right measurements for the supports, and then adhering them properly so that they stood up when the card was opened. It definitely wasn’t a total failure, but I felt I could do better with practice. I kept the coloring at relatively low levels, so I could concentrate on the rest of the card, so I wouldn’t feel exhausted, and I must say that was a good decision I made! ๐Ÿ˜€

But I am really happy to have tried them. They came out well and I have a good idea on how to make further cards if I want to.

I’m joining the following challenges with my cards –

Wishing every one a wonderful new year! Hope this year brings in plenty of new and happy for everyone!

Thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#911 – Flurries of Happiness

Hello and welcome to the very first challenge of Seize the Birthday for the new year!! Following tradition, we have a new topping for you to work with. This time, our wonderful teammate Barbara was the one to choose ‘Snowy Background’ as the topping. If you’re not a toppings kinda person, wellโ€ฆ..you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes”Birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s what I made –

I’ve started trying to create my own backgrounds while watercoloring, and the topping felt like a good start. So, I just thought of going for it!

The cute little foxie is from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes, and I modified its birthday hat into a snow cap and added a muffler around its neck to help it with the cold weather. The rest of the image is drawn and watercolored.

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors with CrafTangles watercolor paper to create the entire scene. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler stamp set at the bottom in black ink. I then trimmed the panel a bit more and mounted it on a grey card base.

And that finished my card! And I’m joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #156

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #396: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Look for more inspirational and innovative cards from the rest of our DT and our Party Guest Julie Peddicord at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog! And don’t forget to play along and add a few more birthday cards to your stash! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#846 – Seize the Birthday – Layer It!!

Hello and welcome!! Its just the second day of the new year, so I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!!

And to make it a crafty new year too, we have a new challenge, the very first of the new year, at Seize the Birthday challenge! You should check out the new look of the blog!! The topping this time is picked by me – ‘Layer It!

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You can choose to add layers however you like – using stencils, stamps or die cuts – even layers of cardstock! But even still, if you don’t like layering, you can choose to go without the topping and join us with any birthday themed project.

And here’s what I made –

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Though it is a new year, I am mostly using supplies that I’ve had with me for a long time. I just felt like using them, you see! ๐Ÿ™‚

I first stamped a white panel with Tsukineko Delicata gold ink using Penny Black Roman Surround background stamp. After it dried, I mounted this on a navy blue card base. I then tore another piece of the same navy blue cardstock, blended in some black soot distress oxide ink on the untorn sides and adhered it on top.

I then die cut the butterflies from navy blue and white cardstocks, using My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies solid and lacy dies. I also added three layers of gold heat embossing on the body of the insect and adhered all the pieces together. I then arranged and adhered it on the card.

For the sentiment, I chose Penny Black Sentimental stamp, which I gold heat embossed thrice, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. For embellishing, I used gold and blue sequins.

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I am also joining the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #470

Pop over to the Seize the Challenge blog to checkout (we have a new look now!) what the rest of the DT has made. We are also joined by our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg! So, you’ll get to see lots of fantastic inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

#838 – Birthday Hedgehugs!!

Hello and welcome!! Its been such a looooong time since I made a card to join challenges…too long! So, I finally finished all my DT duties, and after recovering from my week-long fever, having a couple of holidays, I thought of making something to make me happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ A couple of cards are the results of this, the first one being this –

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I took out some stamps from My Favorite Things, one of the companies that I have a lot of stamps from. I used Geometric Greenery, Happy Hedgehogs and a ladybug from Things with Wings. I colored them all using Zig Brush marker pends, fussy cut them. On my cardstock, I stamped a gray gradient of Etched Tribal, cut out two pieces of Pinking Edge Square, foam mounted them, and adhered all my fussy cut pieces. Stamped the sentiment, a combination of sentiments from Happy Hedgehogs and Top Dog, trimmed it and foam mounted it too.

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Something that took a bit more time than normal, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process!!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #128

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #461

AAA Birthday card challenge #6: Color Palette

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!