#853 – Inspiration Station Challenge #08

Hello and welcome! I kinda feel that we are early on this time’s Inspiration Station challenge – I mean, we have definitely completed our projects earlier than last time, but still… feels more earlier! ๐Ÿ˜€

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This time, it was my sister’s turn to choose the challenge, and she prepared a tic-tac-toe board for us –

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I initially wanted to go with Green-Stamps-Stencils combination, but when my newly ordered Altenew Dare to Dream stamp set arrived, I changed it to yellow, since I wanted it to be a feature on my card. And here’s what I ended up making –

Sending Love & Hugs

So I chose a few shades of yellow, pink, green and kraft shaded inks, and stamped them. I confess I suck at aligning them all properly, so the gaps between the different patterns is all over the place. In fact, that’s the reason I didn’t stamp them horizontally and went for diagonal stamping instead.

Once done stamping, I trimmed the panel a bit, then die cut it with Paper Trey Ink Center Style Feminine die, then foam mounted the outer frame and adhered the inner piece using double sided tape.

Sending Love & Hugs (closeup)

For the sentiment I went to Altenew Bold Alphabets and used foam tape to adhere it to the card. The stamped piece of the sentiment comes from Altenew Adore You stamp set. I stamped it in black, trimmed it and then foam mounted it on the card.

Since the card was already loaded, I didn’t add any extra embellishments. And that finished my card.

Checkout what my sister created for this challenge – I must say, I get more and more amazed by what she creates with mixed media every time! I totally loved it, and I bet, so will you!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: With Love

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Altenew February Color Inspiration challenge

Timeout challenge #154: Affectionate

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#850 – STB: Stencil

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have Nancy choosing the topping, and she gave us ‘Stencils’ to work on!

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And here’s what I made –

Tie and Dye Stencil

I love stencils and have a ton of them in my stash, but somehow, never end up using them. So this was a great chance for me to get to use them. I wanted to make the stencil have a big impact on the card, so tried out various techniques and media on them. Finally I chose two, out of which I made these cards.

I have used the same stencil – Tie and Dye from CrafTreat – on both of these cards.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1)

Card one: I started with a panel of photo paper. I wanted the colors to stay as soon as they would be applied, so this was the best option. I used the stencil with brusho pigment powders, applying the powder, then lying the stencil on top and misting with water to activate the colors. Working things the other way round – placing the stencil, then sprinkling the powder then misting didn’t work as the stencil had smaller negative spaces. Applying the water first and then the powders didn’t work either, since the panel didn’t stay wet enough for long enough for me to apply the powders. My plan was to actually have colors only where the stencil had openings, but that didn’t work. And it ended with this ‘burst’ look.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1 closeup)

Anyway, once everything was dry, I removed as much extra powder as possible using a towel, and then trimmed the panel and adhered it on a white card base. The sentiment, which I stacked, is from My Favorite Things, called Birthday Wishes. I also added a few iridescent sequins for embellishing.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2)

Card two: I used alcohol inks with ink lifting… kind of. ๐Ÿ˜›

I used yupo paper as the base and applied a rainbow of alcohol inks in a sunburst. Once that dried, I placed the stencil on top, then used a felt applicator with a few drops of alcohol ink blender to apply darker shades of alcohol inks on top, basically, the opposite of ink lift. Why? Because, like my earlier plan, the ink lift didn’t look good, didn’t work well.

So anyway, I moved the stencil a few more times and redid the technique, to cover the whole panel more or less equally with patterns.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2 closeup)

Once done, I adhered this over another card panel, since this yupo paper wasn’t thick enough. I then foam mounted it on a white card base and trimmed the excess. The sentiment is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies. I die cut them thrice and stacked them before adhering them to the card. I also used a couple of sequins for embellishing.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #372: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use a Stencil

Just Add Ink challenge 488: Celebrate. And they’ve turned 10 too!! Congratulations!!

Stamplorations January Stencil challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration from our DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg, in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Also, don’t forget to join the party!

Thank you for stopping by!

#848 – Inspiration Station Challenge 07

Hello and welcome! Finally, after a long delay, we are up with the next edition of the Inspiration Station Challenge!

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This time, it was my turn to choose the topic, and I chose two patterns; the challenge being getting inspired by one of them –

PatternChoice

The source, via Pinterest: for the pink one here, and the grey one here.

And here’s what I made for this challenge –

Inspiration Station Challenge #7

I wanted a penstand to store my new soft bristle brushes for crafting. This seemed like the opportune time to make it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used a packaging cardboard, which was already cylindrical, adhered a cardboard base, covered the while thing with kitchen paper, then white gesso.

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I then added some texture paste via CrafTreat Arabic Pattern stencil. I then cut out some diecuts and got some moulds from MFT, Spellbinders and Prima to stick on. I also added a few art stones here and there. Finally, I colored it with some greyย  and black acrylic paints and then used Prima wax for some shine.

Inspiration Station Challenge #7 - Closeup

My sister has created a mini book. That tiny thing is adorable and also so well made! I totally loved it!! Check it out here.

And I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Rust It Up

Stamploration January Stencil Challenge

And thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#847 – Happy New Year!

Hello! I am already almost half a month away, but I think I can have the whole of January to wish someone a Happy New Year, so there! ๐Ÿ˜€

These are the cards I made for the family this year.

Happy New Year!

As I do for every year, this time too, I have common theme and design. This year, I planned to

  • Use colored cardstock as my card base
  • Use layered flower stamps as the focal
  • Use dies for the background
  • Have some kind of a different fold than the usual.

For these cards, I made the card open in between. The bottom half is tucked in between the foil strip and the colored card base. So, one has to kinda pull the bottom half of the card towards themselves to open the card.

Happy New Year! Card 1

For the first card, I used navy blue cardstock, added pieces die cut from Simon Says Stamp Clustered Flowers die. On this I added a strip of silver mirror card stock. I then adhered all the leaves and flowers in layers. The focal flower comes from Hero Arts Flower Layering Hibiscus stamp set, and the other pieces are from other stamp set.

Happy New Year! Card 2

For the second card, I used Spellbinders Doily Circle dies, die cutting cream and yellow cardstocks and alternating them between each circle when adhering. I used a gold mirror cardstock strip on this one, and the focal rose is from Altenew’s Build a Flower: Rose.

Happy New Year! Card 3

For the third card, I used Stamplorations Bloomtangled 1 die with a strip of silver mirror card stock. The flowers are a stamp setย  from Right at Home called Sunflower.

Happy New Year! Card 4

For the fourth card, I used Altenew’s Doodled Lace die cut, a strip of gold mirror cardstock and then Altenew’s Layered Lili as the focal point.

On all of these cards, I used the sentiment which is a combination of Lil Inker Designs’ Rustic Spring and Reverse Confetti’s Whole Lotta Happy stamp sets. I used the same on the self made envelops as well. This time I used Fabriano Tinta paper to make the envelopes.

With these cards, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Something New

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Fun with Florals

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: January Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Virginiaโ€™s Show and Share for January. Thank you Virginia for hosting it!!

Thank you for stopping by!

#843 – Sending Christmas Greetings

Hello and welcome! This post features the second Christmas card I made to send out to a friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Holiday Greetings (Shaker Card)

This time I made it a shaker card. The background is another print from the CrafTangles Elements pack, Christmas Animals. I lightly watercolored it a bit using distress inks, since the white background was looking a bit too bright in white. I also added glitter on the elephant’s and rabbit’s caps’ white bits and the baubles and star on the Christmas tree. I also added glossy accents on the baubles and star on the Christmas tree. I let it dry completely before proceeding further with the card. I also adhered a few pieces of silver star sequins on the tree and here and there on the piece.

To make the shaker, I used Moss Green cardstock from CrafTangles to cut out a window frame. I used a white card base, adhered the cut out ‘Elements‘ picture, added a few shaker elements and then adhered the window frame, to which I had already stuck a clear plastic sheet.

Holiday Greetings (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die-cut a few pieces of Simon Says Stampers Sending die. For the top most piece, I first heat embossed in silver the scrap piece of cardstock that I was going to die cut. After heat embossing a couple of times to get a good coverage, I then die cut it, and adhered all the pieces together. The stamped piece of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Wishing You stamp set. I then adhered them both on the card using double sided red tape.

At this point, I felt that the white of the cardstock was too bright, compared to what I could see from the window. So I colored it the same colors as the shaker panel, lightly. And finally I was done. ๐Ÿ™‚

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Interactive Christmas

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day

Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes

CrafTangles Monthly challenge #12: December challenge: Christmas

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#842 – Christmas Wishes

Hello! I’ve been thinking of sending Christmas cards to friends who celebrate, but wasn’t able to for the last few years. This year, I finally was able to plan properly and send them out on time – so they will hopefully receive them before the festival! But I hope they do forgive me for publishing it before they receive it!

So here’s card number one –

Warm Winter Wishes

{Pardon me for the grainy, blurry images, but I had to send all the cards and was in a hurry to take the photos, and the cloudy weather outside was not being my friend!}

To make a quick card, I made use of the pretty prints from the Elements pack from CrafTangles, called Christmas Animals. The animals are totally adorable, and the prints and paper are of a good quality too. I cut this particular deer in a bauble by hand, and foam mounted it on a grey toned cardstock on which I had splattered some Picket Fence distress paint.

Warm Winter Wishes (closeup)

I thought of adding a little green and red to the card by imitating the flowers on the little rabbit’s head. I used leaf dies from Pink Fresh Studio’s Dainty Blossoms and the flower dies from Paper Smooches’ Flowers to die cut water color paper, water colored them and then adhered them on the card. The sentiment, from Neat and Tangled Winter Wishes stamp, came in the end.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day

Timeout Challenge #150: Merry & Cheerful

Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes

Stamplorations December CAS Challenge: Anything CAS goes with optional twist of Christmas Colors

CrafTangles Monthly challenge #12: December challenge: Christmas

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

#839 – Merry and Bright

Hello! Continuing from the post yesterday, this is the second card I made during my free time yesterday. I got inspired by the Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge which is hosted by Heather. The colors are beautiful this time too!! But before that, here’s what I made –

Merry and Bright

I started with stamping the images that I wanted to use – they all came from In Bloom: Victorias Very Merry Flowers, plus a few die cuts from In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery. I used dye inks, misted them and then stamped them, giving them a watercolored look. Once they dried, I fussy cut them. On the die cut piece, I blended in a bit of green tinted distress oxide inks.

Merry and Bright (closeup 1)

On the card base, I adhered a piece embossed using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder and trimmed the sides from. On this I adhered all the fussy cut and die cut pieces, foam mounting a few of the flowers, some of them partially even.

Coming to the sentiment – I used In a Word Merry Co-ordinating dies. I cut the shadow using vellum and white cardstock using the word die, which I then colored a bright red using Zig Brush marker, which I adhered together. The stamped piece of the sentiment comes from In Bloom: Victorias Very Merry Flowers, which I stamped and then fussy cut. I adhered the all the pieces using foam tape.

Merry and Bright (closeup 2)

For embellishing, I added a few tiny drops of Nuvo Silver Lining crystal drops on the center of the flowers and also added sparkle using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. This finished my card!

I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Winnie & Walter October Color Combo challenge with Heather H

Happy Little Stampers November Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional ‘Animals’ (I haven’t used the optional here)

Thank you so much for stopping by!