#703 – Warmest Wishes

Hello! I decided to make another card for the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop. Since my last card was something I had made an year ago, I felt I had to make something fresh and join again. Moreover, I haven’t really made that many Christmas cards either, so here goes –

Warmest Wishes

I stamped the plaid on a kraft card panel using pigment ink, die cut the wreath and mounted it on a white card base. The coffee cup is colored using distress oxide inks, with a little bit of splattered water. I combined products from a lot of companies here, and that makes me happy! 🙂 Here’s the list –

Cool Cup from My Favorite Things
Lots of Snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp
In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery from Winnie & Walter
Scenery: Stripes from Winnie & Walter
Merry Kisses from Neat & Tangled (for the sentiment)
Pigment inks from ColorBox
And last but, definitely, not the least, a clear rhinestone!

I am joining the following challenges –

Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop

Coffee Loving Cardmakers - 2017 Winter Blog Hop

Color Throwdown

Happy Little Stampers: December Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Christmas/Winter Holidays

SSS - Monday Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#676 – Mixed Media Bangle Box

Hello! Couple of months ago, the mixed media bug bit me, and I started craving for some projects I could make. The need for a bangle box came because of this itch! 😀

I am still a total amateur in mixed media, but i am pretty happy with how this one turned out. I made this bangle box, completely from scratch. Since I wanted the box to be of a specific dimension, and I didn’t have any box of the desired size at hand, I used some cardboard pieces that come from packaging, to create the box.

Bangle Box

I used tissue paper for the base – absolutely loved the texture it provides, and how easy it made the colors spread and blend! I also used stencil and acrylic paints for more texture and coloring.

Bangle Box

Bangle Box

The flowers are both store brought and handmade. I even used my sisters seed beads and scrap polymer clay pieces on this project! That strip of brown lace is something I have with me from such a long time ago – I had wanted to use it in some sewing project, but it has ended up here! 😀

Bangle Box

Bangle Box

Since I wanted the project to be as flat as possible, I didn’t use too many pieces that would give dimension. It’s now just perfect to store all my bangles, till the time comes to wear some of them! 🙂

I am joining these challenges with this amateur project of mine –

Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Not a Card

SSS - Monday Challenge

Stamplorations October Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes (+ stencil)

Stamplorations - Mixed Media Challenge

Mixed Media Palace: September Challenge

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#646 – Mixed Media Box

Hello! No card this time.. its time for some ‘etc.’! 😉

Mixed Media Box

I had made this mixed media box some time ago.. high time I posted about it! I used a simple cardboard box which came as a container for some mail as a base, covered it with some thick paper, applied gesso, then used all those media…

Mixed Media Box

I first used Time Holtz Lace stencil with some embossing paste, both on the top and the sides. I then started adding all my little pieces and flowers. The two main pieces (they are starting to look like drawer handles to me now!! :D) are moulded using Prima Markting Moulds Object Labels 1 and Escutcheon 2 and Prima Paper Clay. I painted these using acrylics, then adhered them using 3d Matte Gel. I then added all the flowers and the pearls and stones around it. I also added some Art Stones.

Mixed Media Box

I then used Color Bloom Spray, misting it with water, spreading it using a brush, until I was satisfied with the look. I then applied some Nuvo Mousse and some gold paint, where I wanted a things a bit shinier.

Mixed Media Box

Submitting my creation to Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge: July and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Get In Shape

SSS - Monday Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#604 – Rainbow

Hello! I did proclaim in a previous post that I suck at making cards with rainbow colors. I thought I would give it another go, but this time by adding an actual rainbow in my card. Here’s how it came out –

Celebrate Your Day

I used Neat & Tangled Winter Wishes stamp for the scene, watercolored with with distress inks, then stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts. I then die cut this panel using Winnie & Walter Essentials Lana’s Cutaways, then adhered it over a cardbase on which I adhered some pages from an old book.

Celebrate Your Day

Seeing the card in retrospect, the rainbow is upside down..red is supposed to be on top – its even more irritating for me, since I actually looked it up…and still ended up coloring it like that!! Imagine!! 😦 And then I thought.. what are stars doing in this scene? It can’t be a night scene – there wouldn’t be any blue sky or rainbow…but, they aren’t looking bad even thought they don’t add any logic to the scene…I guess I’ll leave it alone for now! After all, I firmly believe in learning from mistakes! 😉 😀

I am submitting my card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

SSS - Monday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #80: When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #171: Rainbows

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#598 – Have A Beautiful Day

PE: Top at Lesia Zgharda Texture Challenge!

Lesia Zgharda - Top

Hello! I am steadily getting into the mixed media vibe now-a-days. I’ve been looking at quite a few videos, and loving it. Although most of these involve scrapbooking, it is relatively easy to incorporate the same techniques into card making too (duh) and am thinking trying out a few techniques I learnt like that here and there in my cards.

The card I am featuring today, has a small amount of mixed media. Although, the main focus when I made the card was the pretty texture in the background, I am a little afraid it is lost in the sentiment and the frame and flowers.

Have A Beautiful Day

Actually, I had made the textured background quite some time ago, meaning to use it for another challenge, but never did. I used embossing paste, created a circled and swirly look. I added some watercolors on this. Then stamped it with the leaves from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony, then foam mounted the frames and flowers from Paper Smooches Scalloped Frames and Dainty Flowers. The sentiment from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony is stamped on acetate, layered with some green tone washi tape strips, strung together with an eyelet and a string (bow), and foam mounted.

Have A Beautiful Day

I just love the swirly background, just wish I could have shown it off a bit more. But the card in itself looks fine, I guess. 🙂

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Paper Smooches March Challenge: Pantone 2017 Color

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge: Paper Smooches

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Monday Challenge

Lesia Zgharda March Challenge: Texture

Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday: Green

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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#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! 😉 😛

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! 😉

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

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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!!) –

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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! 🙂

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#570 – Seize The Birthday – No Topping

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

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!? 😉

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! 🙂

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