#967 – Let’s Try Stitching!!!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday and the optional Topping this time, chosen by Barbara, is to ‘Use Faux or Real Stitching‘. Since the topping is optional, as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the party!

And here’s what I made –

I finally dipped my hands into cross-stitching!!! Yay!!! My sister was a major inspiration, after all, I’ve been seeing her use the needle and thread for years now! 🙂

I’m glad to also have used the Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel, for what I think, is the intended way of usage (no, I am not saying you can’t just just use it as a background, it looks wonderful either way!). On this, card, since I didn’t want to waste embroidery thread with my amateur stitching, I used normal sewing thread instead, since I had access to plenty of it from my mother’s stash! Also, I did choose colors on my own this time – I usually have a couple of colors in my mind and use my color inspiration board on pinterest to pick the rest of the colors – but this time, I chose all of them, and I am super happy that they worked so well!

I did have a great time stitching. I did all the amateur mistakes – felt so bad when I had to cut off a lot of thread because I didn’t pull it right, made the top stitch come out from the wrong side, stitched over one hole, measured wrong – the whole shots – but I truly did enjoy the experience. In fact, I would like to make more (and maybe use embroidery threads this time? What say sis?) if I am not time constrained!

All that story, since I didn’t have much to write about the card itself!!! 😀

Anyway, coming back to the card – Once I finished the sewing, I cut out 2 sets of the frames using dies from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and Waffle Flowers Nesting Squares, along with extra pieces from scrap cardstock to stack them for dimension. I then adhered these using liquid glue and then mounted that over a square Beige card base. The sentiment comes from Neat and Tangled Hand Stitched stamp set, which I thought suited the card to a T. I also added a thin strip of copper foil washi tape on the sentiment strip, since I wasn’t going to add any other embellishment – sorry you can’t see the shine here.

And I’m joining the following challenges as well –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #324: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #414: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

And that concludes my report of my new crafting adventure! 😀 Checkout more stitching inspirations from our Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and of course, our fantastic crafting team at the Seize the Birthday blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#965 – Magical Mermaid

Hello and welcome! The first of the month, and we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers. Its the Watercolor challenge, with the usual theme of ‘Anything Goes‘!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for your inspiration this month –

After making some Friendly Unicorns last month, I was inclined to get to some Friendly Magical Mermaids as well! For this scene, I used the images from the cute Waffle Flower Mermaid Mail stamp set. After stamping them in a light grey ink on CrafTangles watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Distress inks. To fill in the scene, I also drew some mountain-like boulders and the sandy base and fussy cut all the images out. For the background, I used a light touch of blue and green, then added lots of splatters.

Once everything was dry and ready to be put together, I thought I wanted to add a bit of dimension to a few of the images, instead of laying them down flat. I also didn’t want to add too much dimension by using foam tape or foam sheets. Instead I used 1-2 layers of scrap cardstock. This kept everything as flat as possible plus, made the tiny pieces a bit stronger, harder to bend. I used normal glue to adhere the layers together, and also to adhere them on the card.

For the sentiment, I used Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1, which I stamped in a dark brown ink, instead of black, to fit the rest of the scene.

My favorite thing in this card, that I absolutely had to mention, is that cute little sea horse, with its tail twisted around the sea weed, trying to keep itself anchored. I especially cut it out so that I could make its tail wrap around the sea weed, and I totally love it! 😀

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Double D challenge: Anything with a Tail

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hope you are inspired by this card. If not, or even if yes, you can still stop by the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#964 – Happy ‘Sketchy’ New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its pretty late in the year for New Year cards, but after forgetting to publish them in the beginning of the year, any time is just fine, I guess! 😉

I was very inspired by these set of cards that were made by Norine Borys. Love how she added her own ‘sketchy’ charm into simple stamped images. I mean, they would look so beautiful by themselves, but by adding the sketching, she added a beautiful charm of her own to them!

I tried applying my sketching skills with the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set. I first stamped the images on the cardstock using distress inks. Of course, I misted the inked stamps before stamping them, so that the colors spread and mixed a bit. These looks absolutely wonderful by themselves, of course. I had half a heart of leaving them alone, afraid of ruining it, but I went ahead with it.

When I was done, I realized that the final result was making me less than happy. They weren’t look great at all! I stared and stared trying to understand why – what was different between what Noris had done and what I had done… and no, I was not thinking about my sketching skills being the problem.. Then I realized it. I had white space between my stamping! I then picked up my brush, and watercolored some green leaves between all the white space, and voila! It started looking a whole lot better! 🙂

Finally happy with the results, I proceeded to add some splatters once everything was dry, and then the frame, and finally the sentiment. That came from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. I stamped the letters skewed, but mostly together. I felt it went with the ‘sketchy’ look of the flowers well. 🙂

And that’s my 2 cards done! I’m joining the following challenges with these cards –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s Challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamploration Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#963 – Red as a Rose

Hello and welcome! I am showing off today a card I made, with my sister providing the gorgeous, cross-stitched roses!! We gave this card to our parents who celebrated their wedding anniversary a few months ago.

We started with the cross stitching. I die cut a panel of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel die. Passed this over to my sister so that she could cross stitch as she pleased. She made this beautiful rosy panel and then my adventure started! 🙂

I thought of making the card a sort of frame. After discarding a couple of options, I thought of using this one, where I cut out a panel of Fabriano Elle Erre Bianca cardstock and then dry embossed it using Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares, by partially passing the cardstock through my embossing machine to get the rectangle. The texture of the cardstock added for some extra elegance. 🙂

I then adhered the cross stitched panel on a red card base, and foam mounted the frame on top. Since the my sister used wool than thread to cleanly use the larger holes, I need some extra dimension on the frame. Coming to the sentiment, I used red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and then die cut it using Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips. I used a strip of white cardstock to cover up the base of the die cut and again, used foam tape to adhere the sentiment on the card. Finally, I used some white half-pearls as embellishment.

I love this collaboration between my my sister and me! Its rare but fun for us to work on a single project! 🙂

And I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamplorations Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#958 – Unicorn Friends

Hello and welcome! Starting of a new month, and the first thing up is Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, it is an Anything Goes challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for this month’s inspiration –

I was, in fact making this card for somthing else, and in between I thought this would make a fine card for the Watercolor challenge instead. 😀

I started with the background. I used CrafTangles Handmade watercolor paper. When I bought this paper for just trying it out, I found it to be pretty and I wasn’t able to do any fine watercoloring on it. On the other hand, coloring for outdoor scenes was relatively easy, so I decided to use it here. I used my cheap watercolor cakes to color this. I had to color it thrice, since the colors weren’t bright or deep enough. And that much pigment on the paper started sticking everywhere on my fingers, making marks elsewhere on the card, so I added some fixative on top to seal the color off.

Next, the unicorns – I chose a couple of them from My Favorite Things Friendly Unicorns, stamped them using VersaFine black Onyx ink on Fabriano Accademia Disegno Drawing paper and colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos pencil, finally using paper stumps dipped in baby oil to blend the colors. Once done, I fussy cut them.

I then adhered the dried watercolor piece on a white card base. On top I die cut a few pieces of My Favorite Things Stitched Rolling Clouds Edges, a couple of each kind. After adhering the top pieces of the clouds, I stamped the sentiments on both bottom pieces of the of the clouds and then adhered them on the card. The sentiments came from The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments and Concord and 9th Lots to Say stamp sets. Finally, I adhered the stars of the card – the Unicorns, by using a couple of pieces underneath to get some additional dimension.

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

Timeout challenge #193: Inspired by Words

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anythings Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Step over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more watercolored inspiration from the rest of our DT! And don’t forget to join the fun – you have a month long!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!