#606 – Seize the Birthday – Two Pattern Papers

Hello! And it time for yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The topping this time is to create use two pattern papers in your birthday project. Just two. No more. No less. πŸ˜‰

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

You still do have the choice of joining us with just a Birthday themed card, if you are fresh out of pattern papers (is that even possible?!?!) πŸ˜‰

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ my inspiration card –

Happy Birthday

I chose pattern papers from American Crafts “Best of American Crafts” stack. I just love the papers from this! In fact I had quite a few matches to select from, and finally chose these two because of the colors – its been some time since I used green and black..(at least when I wrote this, it was! πŸ˜‰ )

Happy Birthday

So, after adhering one of the papers on the card base, I die cut the other using Neat & Tangled A Lot To Say die. I then added the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Happy Birthday and the flower from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden, and embellished them with a couple of black rhinestones.

Happy Birthday

The white line you see around the die cuts is not your imagination or a photo glitch – I stacked the top black die cut on several layers of white die cut – just cuz I wanted to! πŸ˜€ A small change from the normal to jazz up the card? πŸ˜‰

Hope you are inspired! Do come join the fun! There’s a lot more inspiration to be found made by the rest of the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Anita Bowden at the Seize the Birthday blog! πŸ™‚

I am also submitting this card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers Challenge #237: Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Paru’s Card making Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge

Paper Smooches April Challenge: Showers (I don’t have any showers in my card, rather I was inspired by how the photo inspiration – grays surrounding a central bright color.. in may case, the newsprint and flowers surrounding the bright green)

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Save

Save

#603 – Little Tangles April Challenge: Watercoloring

Hello! Time for the April challenge at Little Tangles. The theme this time is ‘Watercolor’.

2017-04 Badge

And here’s what I made for some DT inspiration –

Hello Friend

I chose to go with a card with different dimension. This one is 3 3/4″ by 7″. I wanted to try something with a long-ish card dimension for quite some time now, so I was pretty happy with this! πŸ™‚

Hello Friend

Now to the card – I first stamped the sentiment. Following this, I started with stamping a few of the flower centers and then watercoloring them, stamping a few more flowers/leaf centers, watercoloring some more..and so on. I also added more color to the already dried ones, wherever I felt it was needed. I only stamped and watercolored them in steps, since I wasn’t getting a sense of how much space would be needed to watercolro each flower/leaf, else I could have stamped them all, and watercolored them all at one go. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I used MFT Hybrid ink, which is waterproof, for stamping and Gansai Tambi watercolors for, of course, watercoloring.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: Spring has Sprung

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Stempelgarten Challenge #60: Colorful Spring

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #236: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair April Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge

Hope you join us at the Little Tangles challenge! Thank you for stopping by!

Save

#587 – Love & Adore You

Hello! I loved making the card last time, with flowers, made from vellum pieces stacked above each other; and thought of making another using the same idea. I also tried making it vintage, but this one ended up looking vintage-ish..hmm… but I really do love how it has turned out! πŸ˜€

Love & Adore You

I first heat embossed the heart and flowers with gold embossing powder on vellum, which I then colored using Zig brush markers. I colored the flowers underneath the vellum last time, this time, I added it on the top – any case, you’ll have to wait for it to dry anyway! πŸ˜‰ I then fussy cut them out. The sentiment, I cut from a cardstock, which I had painted with gold acrylic paint – it looks beautiful with the gold embossing – not too overpowering, but still shiny enough to stand out! πŸ™‚ I am glad I used it too! Well, I also did stack it with a few layers before adding it to the card. Assembly was mostly easy, once I knew where to place what!

Here’s the supply list:
Neat & Tangled Heart of Gold stamp
Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus stamp
My Favorite Things Love & Adore You die
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die
DCWV Fresh Floral Stack pattern paper

Love & Adore You

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #319

The Card Concept #66: February challenge: Love & Romance

Bastel Traum Challenge #49: Friendship/Love

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: February Challenge: Love

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#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

096a8-14711092_1262458703778277_1157704617133370382_o

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!!) –

55279-jan2b20172bchallenge

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

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Save

#570 – Seize The Birthday – No Topping

PE: Winner at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!! How’s that for the first win of the year!! πŸ˜€

CAS-ual Fridays - Winner

Hello! The very first Seize the Birthday challenge of the new year is here!! Yay! And double yay, since it is with no topping .. which means absolutely anything goes as long as it is birthday themed!! How’s that for a new year present!? πŸ˜‰

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Also joining us as our Surprise Party Guest is an amazing friend – Rahmat!! She’s an amazing creator and I bet you’ll be very inspired her creations!

For now, here’s my inspiration card for you –

Happy Birthday

Since it is the new year, I decided to try something new – a new technique! I used Altenew Hannah Elements, and followed this pretty technique, presented by the amazingly talented Laura Jane, to color my flowers. I just love the effects!!

I had tried this technique at an earlier time, without success. This time, I tried using a darker kraft ink, and that lead to beautiful flowers indeed! Of course, I need some more tries to perfect the look, but this technique is something I wanted to try for such a long time, so I am pretty happy!

Happy Birthday

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #164: Celebrations

Paru’s Challenge: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

I hope you are inspired by my card! For more inspiration pop over to the Seize the Birthday blog, and then, take some crafty time off the participate!

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Save

Save

Save

#500 – Celebrating 500 posts!!!

Hello!! Yup, its the first big one!! So happy about this!! Its been a little over two years since I started this blog, and little more since I came across card making.. and its been a fantastic experience!! πŸ™‚ I can see for myself where I stand now, when compared to when I started – I see even how and where I improved, and I am pretty happy about where I stand now.

To mark this small celebration of mine, I made this card for myself – I’ve combined quite a few of my favorite things here – color blending, sparkle and shine, embossing..I even thought of making it a shaker card, but refrained.. Of course, I like clean and simple as much as I like colors and bling now, but since this was a celebration, I went with the latter! πŸ˜‰

Make A Wish

I’ve used some new and some very old supplies here – the newest being the goody bag from Simon Says Stamp. This is the first time I am using it – I had received April 2015 card kit – and the stamp set in it – Big Birthday Wishes – seemed just perfect to make this card!

And the oldest one – Memento Brilliance inks. I know there are some better metallic inks out there now, but these are one of the first supplies I have brought for card making. I had assumed that they had dried up – imagine my surprise and delight that they were very much not dry!! πŸ˜€ I used them to my heart’s content here!! I love the subtle shine it adds – so beautiful! πŸ™‚

Make A Wish

I am just listing the supplies used here, instead of going about the details, as I usually so (also, the card is pretty straight forward, no hidden techniques used!)

Supplies used:
Stamps: SSS Big Birthday Wishes, SSS Birthday Bits, Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes
Dies: Mama Elephant So Sew
Heat Embossing: Zing white embossing powder
Inks for background blending: Scattered Straw distress ink, PTI Melon Berry and Hero Arts Neon Purple inks. Stamping with Memento Brilliance Platinum
Inks for candles: various Memento Inks and Hero Arts Inks
Inks for flames: Hero Arts Neon Sunshine and Neon Orange, Memento Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Dots around the flames: Scattered Straw and Memento Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Embellishing: Champagne sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, Silver stickles

Make A Wish

I am also submitting this card to a few challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More #200: Birthday… Challenge #200 & 4th Birthday…Yay!! More celebrations!! πŸ™‚

Stamplorations: 3rd Birthday.. and even more celebrations!! Congratulations, Stamplorations! πŸ™‚

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: July Challenge: Birthday……Happy Birthday (month??) Paru!!

Seize the Birthday (no toppings for my card!)

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Finally, thank you, my family, my blogging friends, and each and every person who has stopped by my blog, for the support and encouraging comments – I couldn’t have done without them!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Save

#488 – Happy Father’s Day

PE: Winner at Stampin’ Royalty!!

Stampin' Royalty Winner

Winner at As You See It!!

As You See It - winner

I delayed making Father’s day this time so much, I started thinking I might never get it done on time! My cards usually consist of flowers or critters – and when I look at the cards claimed to be masculine, I never saw them in it. OK, critters sometimes, maybe, but not flowers.. Most of them were had fishing, sailing, tool kits.. you name it! But no flowers. I have nothing against those cards, but I couldn’t connect them with my Papa. He doesn’t do fishing/sailing, or any of those.. and I became a little skeptical as to what to create.. which in turn made me take a lot of time to make a card.

And I ended up with using flowers in my card! Frankly, when I sat down and thought about it, I couldn’t see what was wrong with using flowers in a masculine card. I mean, my Papa doesn’t have anything against flowers! With this thought, I made this card –

Happy Father's Day

I chose Fabriano Elle Erre Ferro card stock. I used my MISTI to position and stamp the flowers from Altenew Persian Motifs, since I needed to stamp the flowers twice, before and after coloring. Once I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink, I colored the flowers using Prismacolor black and white pencils with Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils in grey. Once I finished coloring, I restamped the image, since some of the lines were obscured during the coloring.

Happy Father's Day

Once this was dry, (I got a small smudge from the fresh pigment while I was coloring, so I waited till it was dry after that) I stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy in the same pigment ink. Keeping the card simple, I didn’t add any other embellishments.

Happy Father's Day

For the envelope, I used black color paper and stamped the sentiment first and then the same two flowers, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink all over the paper and the then folded and adhered the sides of the envelope.

So that’s my ‘flowery’ masculine card. How do you like it? πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to Paru’s Card Making Challenge: June: Father’s Day, As You See It Challenge: #136: Dad, SSS Wednesday Challenge: Father’s Day/Card for a Guy, Stampin’ Royalty #333: One Layer Cards, Word Art Wednesday #234-235 – Anything Goes andΒ CropStop Linky Party #17: Anything Goes

AYSIChallenge136

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

 

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Save