#856 – STB: Touch of Green

PE: Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

SSS - Designer Spotlight Badge

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Touch of Green’, which is given to us by Vicki. Of course, as usual, you are free to skip the topping and join us with any Birthday project, as long as it is new.

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This year, I one of my goals was to improve my watercoloring. I’ve never tried free style coloring – I usually stamp and watercolor. So I am trying to learn it. This challenge was perfect to try painting leaves, so I gave it a go. And after I was satisfied (at least, for the time being) with my attempt, I made a card out of it.

Watercolored Green Leaves

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles, and Gansai Tambi watercolors. I basically was aiming for a shade like Pthalo Green, so its a bluish-green tinge (and not a photo mistake πŸ˜€ ). This is supposed to be a branch of eucalyptus leaves, but I am not really sure if it is looking as much! But I am sure I liked how the watercoloring itself turned out, so that’s ok, I guess! πŸ˜‰

Watercolored Green Leaves (closeup)

Once everything dried, I added a few splatters and then once that too dried, I added the sentiment, trying to go for the same ink color as the painting. The stamp set I used is Winnie & Walter In a Word: The Big, the Bold and Party. I then trimmed the piece a bit on the sides, and mounted it on a black card base.

I hope you are inspired by my card!I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: A Bit of Green

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use some Green

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers March CAS challenge: Use Your Favorite Technique (Mine is watercoloring)

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (haven’t used the optional ‘Flowers’)

CrafTangles March challenge: Anything Goes (And I’ve used their watercolor paper)

Monthly Challenges 2020 March

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry! And don’t forget to join the party! πŸ™‚

#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!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

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. πŸ™‚ I used a packaging cardboard, which was already cylindrical, adhered a cardboard base, covered the while thing with kitchen paper, then white gesso.

Inspiration Station Challenge #7 - View 2

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 greyΒ  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! πŸ™‚

#847 – Happy New Year!

PE: Honorable mention at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge!

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Favorite

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! πŸ˜€

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 setΒ  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

Virginia’s Show and Share for January. Thank you Virginia for hosting it!!

Thank you for stopping by!

#833 – Seize the Birthday: Its just a Number!

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Its just a Number’, which is given to us by Colleen. Of course, as usual, you are free to ignore the topping and join the fun with any Birthday project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I, of course, went with topping, and here’s what I made –

STB: Its Just a Number

After a long time, I turned back to my favorite technique and had some relaxed time watercoloring. Didn’t last too long though – I think I completed this, quite unexpectedly, within an hour!

Anyway, I stamped the images from Waffle Flower Enveloper Birthday and Enveloper Little Birdie on watercolor paper using Distress Ink Antique Linen and then used Gansai Tambi watercolors for coloring.

Once it dried, I masked off the girl, then added a few splatters. I trimmed this to size and kept it aside.

STB: Its Just a Number (closeup)

While I had a basic idea of what I wanted, didn’t think too much about it before the watercoloring and I was stuck on which sentiment to use and how and where for quite some time, until I came across this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. I stamped it in vellum, trimmed the piece and after folding the top half of it, tucked it on top of the watercolor panel and then foam mounted it on top of a grey cardbase.

I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional ‘Tropical’ (I haven’t gone with the optional)

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Anything Goes

Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp It

SSS - Monday Challenge

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Annie!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#814 – Dots & Stripes

Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge at Seize the Birthday! To join the challenge all you have to do is create a fresh, new birthday project. You have an optional choice of using a ‘Topping’ in your creation, and this time, this topping is ‘Dots & Stripes’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I chose to use the topping in my project. And here’s what I made –
Dots & Stripes

I first made the backgrounds. On one piece of cardstock I used My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes stamp with Versafine Onyx black and on the card base, I used Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Spotty stencil using Black Soot distress ink to apply. I then trimmed a part off the diagonal stripes piece and foam mounted it on the dotty background.

For the flowers, which are die cut from Altenew Peony Dreams, I used photo paper and watercolor on top. These are cheap watercolors I used, but they worked pretty well. Since the paper is not made to absorb ink, spotty patterns formed when I watercolored on them. So pretty! I then adhered them, piece by piece.

Dots & Stripes (closeup)

After adhering the flower and leaves on the card, I added the sentiment – from Altenew Label Love and Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3, and foam mounted them on top. I added some gold sequins scattered around the card and in the flower’s center, for some embellishing.

Joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Feminine/Girly

SSS - Monday Challenge

The Flower Challenge #30: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #131: Inspired by Words: Hugs, Kisses and a lot of Birthday Wishes – where they are also celebrating their 5th Birthday!! Yay!! Congrats to Sandy and the fabulous DT!!

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

I hope you are inspired by my creation! Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our amazingly talented Surprise Party Guest, Tenia Nelson, and join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#793 – A Leafy Mandala

Hello and welcome! I got totally inspired by the recent ‘Wreath Builder’ ideas from Jennifer McGuire. There have been 3 videos in the series so far, and each one of them has been so inspiring! So, I got around to making my own stencil (using plain cardstock) for this purpose, and using a MISTI for my assistance, I made this card –

A Leafy Mandala

Its completely a CASE of Jennifer’s card! I used the little leaf stamps from Simon Says Stamp Nutty About You stamp set. All the colors are either brown, red or green. I just stamped without thinking much, just filling space however I felt. Initially my idea was to make the shape seem like a flower with 6 petals, but as I kept stamping, it turned out into a more of a Mandala. So, mandala it is!! πŸ™‚

A Leafy Mandala

Once I finished the mandala, I trimmed the card panel, stamped a few dots in yellow, added dots of gold on them and lines in black on some of the leaves. I foam mounted this on a cardstock, on which I had blended some dark red ink. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf. I stamped it, then trimmed the small strip and added a frame around it by blending ink, then adding frames of gold and black by drawing lines using gold gel pen and a black fine marker pen. For embellishing, I used three colorful flower sequins – they shine red, gold and brown! So pretty!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp it On

SSS - Monday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps challenge #308: Holiday

Addicted to Stamps - Holiday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it for STAMPtember

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #117

As You See It challenge #184: Back to Basics

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#778 – A Beautiful Day with a Yellow Birdie

PE: Winner at Winnie & Walter Color Combo with Heather H!!! Yippie!!

Hello! This time I tried making a card with a birdie, with a little scenery to suite. Its sitting amidst blooming yellow flowers on a tree branch –

Have a Beautiful Day

Past cards carrying critters/birdies, I haven’t tried much to create my own scenic background – it was mostly stamping, so I thought of giving it a try this time. I stamped the bird first, and then the branch in a very light grey, then stamped the flowers and then the leaves (with the flowers masked). I then added brown to the branch, so that it would fall behind the flowers and the birdie.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the birdie and the larger flowers separately. Before adhering them to the panel, I trimmed it and die cut it. At this point, I thought there was still a lot of white amidst the branch and leaves and everything – wasn’t exactly looking like a tree. So, I added some more greens by dabbing color using Zig brush pens – actually, I scribbled off some ink off an plastic sheet, then watercolored it, so that I could alter the shades to soft or darker. I still left quite some space – wonder if I should try to cover that too, the next time?? Anyway, after letting the whole thing dry, I adhered it to a yellow card base.

Products used –
Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Ashlee’s Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans
Winnie & Walter Happy Owlidays
Altenew Vintage Flowers (for the branch)
Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders
Paper Smooches Borders 2

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter July Color Combo challenge with Heather H.

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Wild Things

SSS - Monday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚