#931 – Floral Hugs

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Tic Tac Toe challenge. This time the theme is Mom/Feminine/Encouraging and the board, created by Felicita this time is –

And here’s what I made –

I started from the background. I recently got into making patterns using a gelly plate and so I thought of making a clean background as well. I used distress inks and dabbed of some color here and there using a tissue paper, to get a sort of wispy pattern.

I cut out the flower base layers using pattern papers, which I adhered on some cardstock for strength. I then adhered this to the outline die cut layer which I cut out using white card stock.

I adhered a middle layer, which is a black and white pattern paper with pretty flowers printed on it, on the blue card base, and then adhered the flowers and leaves on it. Finally the sentiment, which is a SSS+CZ Design product – I cut out a few layers of them and adhered them together and assembled it on the card too.

Joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Layer It

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Checkout the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog where you’ll find even more inspiration to work on the board!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#929 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Its the beginning of a new month, and hopefully spring is spreading/already spread all around! And we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, this is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

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

This card is supposed to go to a very dear friend of mine, who has her birthday today! Happy birthday, dear Pooja!! 🙂

One of the things that I’ve been attempting lately is to free hand watercolor…whatever I can! I have plenty of inspiration, just need to search for it! When I thought of making this card, I thought of spring flowers and birds…at least, one bird. I started with the bird, making it as colorful as I could! 😀 Then free handed the flowers and leaves, added lots of splatters. And after letting it all dry, I then spent some time fussy cutting them all out. I then added a bit of shine on the bird’s eye and a few dots on the flower centers using Sakura black glaze pen.

Next, I had to make a background for the entire scene. My first attempt had too just of texture, my second was a tad too dark, and this is my third background, I smooshed some distress inks on a sheet of clear plastic, misted lots of water on and smooshed my cut out panel of cardstock on top. Once dry, I die it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I adhered this on a white card base. Then, before adhering the flowers and birdie, I die cut a few pieces for the branch using Memory Box Woodland Branch..which is all but invisible on the final card!! Anyway, I assure you its there.. behind all the flowers and leaves, which I’ve adhered it on. I did add dimension behind the bird and the flowers and a few leaves, using some foam and using Connect glue to adhere them on the card.

Finally, for the sentiment.I absolutely loved this glossy black cardstock that Jennifer McGuire showcased in her My Favorite Crafty Things videos. Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting those myself (too much to pay in the custom tax), I thought of another way. I took some photo paper, then used a black marker pen to cover the whole surface in black. Same beautiful look – black and glossy! I love how different it looked from a black heat embossed die cut.

So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die to die cut the photo paper, and then some scrap cardstock too. I adhered them together and then adhered it over my card. I didn’t add any extra embellishing to this one, thinking I wanted the bird to steal the show! 🙂 And that’s it.

I’m submitting this card to the following challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #235

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #312: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Easter/Spring

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Pooja, I hope you like this card (when it reaches you), and I wish you a wonderful birthday!

Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to check what the rest of our talented DT have for you to get inspired! And don’t forget to join us!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#919 – Hearty Hugs and Kisses

Hello and welcome! Its second month of the year, where we celebrate love, but with a new challenge up at the Seize the Birthday challenge, we celebrate birthdays! However, the Topping for this month, selected by our charming leader Nancy, is ‘Hearts‘! So, maybe we can mix things up a little bit too! However, if you are not for the topping, you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes” birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s what I made –

I started with making the hearts background. I had a couple of ideas, but I wanted something colorful. Winnie & Walter, which I am naming Seeing Hearts (it’s very similar to their actual Seeing Hearts stencil), which I received for free when they closed shop (:() I aligned this stencil on a white card panel and used distress oxide inks and a few pigment inks to add color in rainbow order to each of the little hearts, taking care to not place colors next to each other. I then set this aside to dry.

I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to use this panel directly on the card or go for another background. Finally I decided to go with one of the bright cardstocks that I have. This one is kind of a bright yellow ocher color (yeah, I suck at naming colors, though not using them 😉 !!). I stamped the plaid using The Stamp Market Striped stamp set in black ink. I then trimmed the hearts panel..one strip of hearts on each side..and then foam mounted it on the card base.

Finally the sentiment. I had this leftover piece, which I didn’t use on another project, which used the Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas dies to die cut and some grey watercoloring on it (yes, watercolored die cut, not inked!). I thought it suited it, but then once I mounted the hearts on the yellow background, felt that it was not showing up as much. So I watercolored over around 3/4th of the pieces with black, left it to dry and then adhered that on my card. The second half of the sentiment comes from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs, for which I used the same cardstock as my card base, trimmed it and then foam mounted it.

And that’s my card! I am also joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Love/Hearts

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Love is in the Air

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #398: Birthdays

CrafTangles February challenge: Love

Monthly Challenge

AAA Birthday challenge #22: A Large Sentiment

Stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more wonderful, heartful inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from Carol Mayne, who is our Surprise Party Guest starting today for the next two months, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#912 – Poinsettia for non-Christmas card

Hello and welcome! I made this card inspired by a few challenges.. and also the fact that I made a new purchase in December which I was itching to put to good use! 🙂

I first die cut the poinsettia using Altenew Poinsettia 3D dies, watercolored them using distress inks and adhered them. Then I started with the rest of the card. I embossed a card panel using We R Memory Keepers Geometry embossing folder and adhered it over my card base.

I then adhered two strips of washi tape, one with grey stripes and another which was an antique silver-like over scrap cardstock, trimmed it and adhered it over the embossed piece. I also adhered the sentiment, from Avery Elle Petals & Stems stamp set, trimmed it, then foam mounted it on the card. I finally adhered the poinsettia. Then I added a few pieces of silver and white dots of Nuvo crystal drops for embellishing.

And that’s my card. I don’t remember making a quicker and easier card than this! Fun too! 🙂

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: New/Unused product

SSS - Monday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #303: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #403

Color Hues challenge #9

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#909 – Snow-scene with Joy

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge we have up at the Tic Tac Toe challenge! We have a new theme for December, being ‘Winter/Birthday/Thank You’, and this is the board –

I chose the mid row, with the elements of House, Snow and Tree. And this is what I made –

I started with the framed scene. On a suitable size of scrap cardstock, I used the Rustic Christmas stamp from Lil Inker Designs, stamped the images in MFT Hybrid Black ink and then used my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils to color the scene. Then I blended in the colors only in the sky using baby oil, to get a cleaner look.

I then die cut the frame using Paper Smooches Frame 2 die, backed it with another piece of die cut and adhered the scene behind it. I adhered this in almost the center of a white cardstock and then stamped ‘Joy’ using My Favorite Things’ Alphabets & Numbers from Birdie Brown.

And that’s it! That finished my card. And I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Global Design Project #271: Winter/Holday

Inkspirational Challenge #228: Snow

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Ice Cold

SSS - Monday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #302: Anything Goes

Step over to the Tic Tac Toe challenge to get more inspirational cards from the rest of the DT and don’t forget to join in your self!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂