The Tree of Love

Hello and welcome! As always, we start the month with the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!! It is an ‘Anything Goes‘ challenge and the optional theme this month is ‘Die cuts‘.

And here’s what I made –

I made this card using one of the die cut pieces sent by my friend and our Party Guest this time, Hilary!! Thank you for sending me these beautiful die cuts, Hilary – I’ve finally put one to good use! 😀

I first die cut the watercolor paper using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I then separated the die cut pieces and colored them using water & distress inks. I then adhered the positive die cut onto another piece of die cut rectangle I had cut out of scrap cardstock and then adhered all the inlaid pieces. Thankfully, I didn’t lose any of them!

I then used an off-white cardstock to adhere the center piece and the frame and added the sentiment from Altenew Label Love and backed it with a couple of scrap cardstock for dimention and then adhered it on top.

This one looks so lovely with that die cut tree, I didn’t want to add anything extra at all!!

Hope that inspires you! Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to check out what the rest of our DT made for the Watercolor challenge. And join the fun with your own watercolored projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1031 – Vitamin Sea

Hello and welcome! We’re finally starting with the Happy Little Stampers challenge!! Yay!! As always, the watercolor challenge comes up first, on the first of the month! And this time, there is an optional theme ‘Wings‘.

However, this time, I didn’t go with the theme and went with the ‘Anything Goes‘ option. And here’s what I made –

I went seawards! I thought the mermaid would be fun to watercolor after such a long time. She’s from Waffle Flower Mermaid Mail stamp set, and so are all the other images. I stamped them in light toned inks and then watercolored them using distress ink. The watercolor paper is from Hndmd. Once everything dried, I added a few splatters of blue and purple, but dried them off with paper towel before they dried completely. This ended up showing off the splatters without the colors being too deep.

For assembling, I used a white card panel to cut out a window using the MFT Watercolor Wash, then adhered it over the watercolor panel. I had thought of adding the sentiment in the watercolored panel, thought after adhering the frame, I felt that there was too much space below, so I ended up stamping the sentiment on the top. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Be a Mermaid stamp set, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

And that’s my card! Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to check out what the rest of our DT made for the Watercolor challenge. And join the fun with your own watercolored projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1028 – Celebrate with Candles

It’s still January and we’re already to our second challenge of the month at Seize the Birthday! This time, the topping was chosen by Colleen to be ‘Candles‘. Anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme. But, if you’re a toppings kind of person you can add a little extra.

And here’s what I made –

I started with the background. I used MISTI to position one of the candle images from Simon Says Stamp Candle stamp and colored it using Zig Brush Markers. I then misted it a couple of times at a distance and then stamped the image onto Linen Textured white cardstock. I then colored in the flames and also drew in the wicks. I then stamped quite a few stars and dots from the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits stamp set and then die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.

For the sentiment, I used Concord & 9th Lovely Letters stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then fussy cut it. I also cut out another piece of scrap cardstock to adhere beneath it. The sentiment below that is from My Favorite Things Well, Hello stamp set. I stamped this on a leftover piece of cardstock, then trimmed it to size before adhering it on a couple of scrap cardstocks. I then adhered both the pieces on the card. For embellishing, I used a few different colored sequins.

And that’s my card! Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout what the rest of my team mates and our Surprise Party Guest Stephanie Lanzalotto has created!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1027 – Things with Wings

Hello and welcome! It’s the first Seize the Birthday challenge of the year!! Last week, a few changes in the rules were updated in the challenge blog. And today we’re starting with the challenges. And the very first Topping (which is still optional) for the year, chosen by Cathy is ‘Winged Things‘.

And here’s what I made –

I started with the background. I first stamped and heat embossed the image using Simon Says Stamp Botanical Split in white. I then used distress inks to color the background. I went light first – applying the colors on an acetate sheet, misting it water and smooshing the watercolor panel on it, dried it using heat gun, and then went back to add a couple more layers using the leftover colors on the sheet. I then trimmed the panel and adhered it over the card base,

I then used Kaiserkraft Periwinle Birds stamp (very old stamp!) to stamp the image in black over a panel of Fabriano Elle Erre Briana cardstock die cut using My Favorite Things Stitched Wonky Rectangle die. After foam mounting this over the card, I stamped the sentiment from Waffle Flower Essential Celebrations on a scrap piece of the same cardstock, fussy cut it and then foam mounted that too over the card.

And that’s my card! Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout what the rest of my team mates have created and since we have two guest designers from this time as well, that’s just extra extra fun to the party!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1024 – STB: CASE a Seize the Birthday Designer

Hello and welcome! This is the last time of the year at Seize the Birthday challenge. It’s always ‘Anything Goes‘ challenge with an optional Topping. It’s Barbara‘s turn to choose the Topping and she chose to ‘CASE a Seize the Birthday Designer‘.

And here’s what I made –

I CASEd this card from Shirley. She had made such an amazing card – those colors on the ice cream are so awesome!! Scrumptious!! I just had to CASE this! 🙂

I used watercolors on my card instead of pencils/markers. I picked the same colors and swapped the ice cream cone to Simon Says Stamp Soft Serve Cone Wafer. I die cut the pieces from watercolor paper and then watercolored them using Gansai Tambi. Once it was dry, I added splatters of the same color, but darker, and let all the pieces dry completely. Once dry, I adhered the pieces together

For the background, I watercolored a panel of watercolor paper with a pale green and added splatters of water to get some texture and color variegation. After it dried, I trimmed the panel and embossed it using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder and adhered it to the card base.

For the sentiment, I cut a piece of pink cardstock using the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy die and I chose the sentiment from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp set, heat embossed it in white on kraft card stock and curved the sides using a punch. I then assembled the card and added a bunch of enamel dots using the Nuvo Drops in white and buttercream colors.

And that finished my card! Thanks to Barbara for giving this awesome chance and to Shirley for the inspiration!!

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to find who CASEd whom and more inspiration from the team and our Surprise Party Guest Åsa Johansson! And don’t forget to join this last party of the year!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂