#760 – Spring Butterflies

Hello and welcome! Since it has been quite some time, I wanted to play along the MFT challenges. My card here combines the two challenges from MFT – the sketch and color challenges –

Bright Spot

I started with the butterflies. I first picked a light yellow cardstock, blended in a peach color on the bottom and die cut the butterflies. I did the same with a few pieces of vellum. I used MFT Flutter of Butterflies, both the Lace and solid dies. I then adhered the pieces using double sided tape in the center.

For the background, I used MFT Bold Blooms, trimmed the card panel and rounded of two corners. I foam mounted this on the card base. The sentiment comes from MFT Cup of Tea. I stamped this on a white strip, cut off one side at an angle, added two black lines and foam mounted it, along with the butterflies, on the card. I also embellished the card with a few white pearls.

Bright Spot (closeup)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #388

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #94

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: All Things Bright & Beautiful

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Summer Inspired Projects

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂


#747 – Happy Anniversary

PE: Winner at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

SSS - Designer Spotlight 2

Hello and welcome! Today I am presenting the card I made for my parents’ anniversary –

Happy Anniversary

I was totally inspired by this card by Kelly Latevola, which she had made using Neat & Tangled stamps. I absolutely loved the look of the card, though I didn’t follow her technique. And, though also lacking the same stamps, I made this one using stamps from Simon Says Stamp – Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus.

I stamped the images in a light grey ink. I did this, since I wasn’t going for a complete no-line coloring – I wanted the lines to be a little visible, but also blend enough, so that it wouldn’t overlap or overwhelm other colors. Grey seemed like a good choice, but I guess brown would also work.

Happy Anniversary

Anyway, I used distress inks for watercoloring. I used two layers of watercoloring, air drying the paper in between – I think this is what Nina Marie Trapini calls under-painting technique. Lighter colored first layer under the vibrant top layer. Definitely looks pretty! 🙂

I then added a few splatters in yellow and dark brown. Once the panel dried, I added those X stitches using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die. After I mounted the watercolor panel on a dark brown cardstock came the sentiments. They are from a very old stamp set from The Craft’s Meow called Side by Side. I heat embossed it in white, fuzzy cut it. For mounting it on the watercolored panel, I added a couple of cardstock stripes underneath – I wanted dimension, but not too much.

Happy Anniversary

On the envelope, I used the same flowers and stamped them for a tone and tone look, and heat embossed the same sentiment, before adhering the sides. I die cut those stitched Xs using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders die, then rounded the corners.

My parents’ anniversary is due end of this month.. so I hope they like this card! 🙂

With this special card, I am joining the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring (there’s an optional one layer, but mine is not strictly one layered, so I am not choosing the optional element)


Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not choosing the optional ‘Rainbow’)


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Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Flower Power

SSS - Monday Challenge

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#736 – Thank You Very Much

PE: Honorable Mention at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge!!

CASE This Sketch - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to my second post of the day!

Thank you very much

A clean card using Altenew Build a Flower: Rose stamp and Bold Alphabet die and MFT Blueprints 27 for the stamped panel.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Altenew Inspiration Challenge, February

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: In My Garden

SSS - Monday Challenge

CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #260

Happy Little Stampers February Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#735 – Embossing and Zig Brush Pens Coloring

PE: Winner at Just Add Ink Challenge

Just Add Ink - Winner

Team Pick at Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Tic Tac Toe - Honorable Mention

Winner at TGIF Challenge!

TGIF – Favorite

Hello! I just decided to make this card since it has been a while I combined embossing with coloring, and since I used my Zig brush pens.


The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus, which I white heat embossed on a watercolor base. I didn’t use much water here on this card. I mostly used the lighter colors to blend in my darker ones; but I had to use water on the Ranunculus themselves – after applying color, I used a brush to quickly move/blend the colors all around, then immediately removed the excess water using a tissue.


Its basically a one layered card, except the sentiment. The stamped portion comes from the same stamp set, and the die cuts come from Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs dies.

I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: In My Garden

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Just Add Ink challenge #397: Just Add “H”

TGIF Challenge #148: Masking

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #36 (I used Embossing – Green – WildFlower)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#727 – Guest Designing for Timeout Challenge

Hello! So very excited to be Guest Designing at Timeout challenge! It feels wonderful to join the amazing ladies in this team!!

The challenge this time is a Theme Challenge, with the theme being “Hobbies” and the sponsors are CAS-ual Friday stamps.


Now, I do have quite a few hobbies, but how do I represent them in a card?!?? Somehow I ended up picking up an easy one. Reading.

Enjoy the Little Things

I used to be quite an avid reader, but somehow that’s decreased to more than I like in the last few years. I am going to make a real effort to rising my “reading time” again this year, so wish me luck! 🙂

Coming back to the card – I used images from Waffle Flower Bird and Bear along with a stack of books that I drew by hand, colored them using distress ink and fussy cut them. For the background, I used double die cut – Lil Inker Designs Diamond Lace die along with Spellbinders Labels 24 die. The sentiment comes from Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder stamp. The card base is Fabriano Elle Erre paper.

Do take a time out and join the challenge – and do checkout the Timeout Challenge blog, the spectacular DT has some fabulous inspiration in store for you! 🙂

Joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Take Note

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Add a Die Cut

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: February Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

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#726 – No Whites

Hello! I didn’t realize until I finished the card, but this card has no white cardstock in it – all colored cardstock! That’s definitely a first for me!! And I am so delighted!! 😀

You Make Me Smile

I did, however have to add some color to a couple of the card bases (the pink and blue), to get the exact color I wanted. My blue and pink cardstocks are a few shades lighter, and I used distress inks to get the color I actually wanted. Also, I felt that it was easier to get the color I wanted on these colored card bases, since they have the base color ready anyway – it was only a matter of darkening them. 🙂

You Make Me Smile

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp on the blue card base, and stamped the images in black. I then used Uniball UniPaint marker to color some areas of the petals. Next, I used Hero Arts Night & Day Flowers to stamp the flowers on the pink and yellow card stock scraps, then fussy cut them out. The sentiment comes from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages. I finally adhered the pieces together and added a few sequins to embellish.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge with Hero Arts

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

Global Design Project challenge #125

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Take Note

SSS - Monday Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#709 – Plaid Background

Hello! I missed making cards for, I think, any of the color challenges from Heather at Winnie & Walter. I’ve really wanted to join all the while, but for one reason or another, I’ve not been able to. This time, even though the challenge ends tomorrow, I thought I’d make something. Also, I wanted to make my card have a plaid background, for which Winnie & Walter has a perfect stamp set! Also, I used my all new Altenew inks – love the colors and the crisp ink!

Wishing You A Sweet Holiday Season

I made the background plaid for this card using Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes. The adorable kitty is from Winnie & Walter Sweet Holiday; also is the sentiment. I trimmed the front panel using Paper Smooches Border 2 die, add a couple of stitched borders using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. Finally a few sequins to complete the card.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Winnie & Walter December Color Combo with Heather H

Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #273: Holiday

Addicted to Stamps - Holiday

Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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