#657 – Altenew Inspired

PE: Caught by Altenew!! (from my Flickr account)

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Top Pick at Inkspirational Challenge!! πŸ˜€

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Hello! It feels like a break, to be working on something Altenew – I purposely didn’t touch these stamps for quite some time.. I mean I used to pick up Altenew products every time I wanted to create something, even though I have tons of other products, so I thought about not touching them for some time. But finally, I am giving in… I just couldn’t resist the latest Altenew challenge anymore! Here’s what I made –

Celebrate

One of those cards which is quite easy to make, and looks absolutely glamourous in the end. I used Dodecagram stamp to repeatedly stamp over a watercolor panel using sticky ink, and then heat embossed it in gold. I then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color, using lots of the pigment to get a good coverage. Once finished, I spritzed in some water again, so that the color is well immersed, blended and settled down more or less evenly. Finally, once it dried, I repeated the heat embossing, since the color had dulled a bit. This also gave it that extra good shiny look due to the double embossing.

Celebrate

Though my initial idea was to trim it, once I finished, I was loath to cut it down to a normal card size, so I kept it as is. I chose a dark brown card base, but it wasn’t the right color, so I blended in some Walnut Stain distress ink and layered a panel of some shiny gold paper that I have between the card base and the watercolro/heat-embossed panel. Then I foam mounted the sentiment, from Label Love, which I gold heat embossed over black card stock. I also added a few gold rhinestones for embellishing.

Absolutely in love with the beautiful colors that I achieved so easily with this. Like my sister said, it looks like one of those Persian glass artworks, albeit a little bit darker! πŸ™‚

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew Inspired Challenge for August by Erum. I could never color like this talented lady even if I tried, so I am just using the colors from her inspiration!

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

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Inkspirational Challenge #142: Oldie But Goldie (Dodecagram is one of the oldest Altenew stamps that I have!)

Bastel Traum August Challenge: Anything Goes

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Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday August Challenge: Using some favorite stamps

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Thank you so much for dropping by! πŸ™‚

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#655 – Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Week 4

PE: Runner up at Seven Hills Crafts Challenge!

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge Favorite!

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Hello and welcome to my last week as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady! Can’t believe its already the last week!! I had so much fun making these cards and posts, wish it would last longer!!

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For my last post, I am showcasing these cute little critters, so adorable, I just threw away any other ideas I had so I could use them on my cards! πŸ™‚

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 1

For my first card, I used the critters from Party On. I stamped them using a brown ink, then gave them a soft watercoloring using distress inks. I did the same with the flowers. For the background, too I used distress inks. And the grassy hill/ground – I die cut that using the Party On Die, too! The sentiment comes from Happy Dance.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 2

For my second card, I used the critters from Happy Dance. I colored these critters using Zig brush pens. I used distress oxide ink for the background, masking each area for coloring in, added a few splotches of water, then stamped a few stars from the same stamp set, for something extra. Finally added the sentiments from Sentimental: Birthday. I then trimmed the piece, adhering it over a black card base with glitter washi tape at the side.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 4 - Card 3

For my last card, I used the critters from an older set, Happy Owlidays – the owls are just totally adorable! I watercolored the owls using distress inks, fuzzy cut them. For the background, I created a galaxy background using watercolors, then tore up half the panel and mounted it on my white card base. I then added the branch and the cute owls, and also stamped the sentiment.

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So there are the three cards together! Hope you liked them!

Thank you so much, Shay for having me over! It really was fantastic working on so many creations, and brand new products! Absolutely!! πŸ™‚

Be sure to leave a comment here on or before the 30th for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced on Sep 1st.

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I am also joining these challenges with my cards –

Seven Hills Crafts: August Challenge (I chose the middle colors)

Happy Little Stampers: August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #256: Anything Goes

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Simon Says Stamp: August Work It Wednesday Challenge: Use some favorite stamps

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Bastel Traum Challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: August Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#649 – Winnie & Walter Leading Lady

Hello! So so excited, that I am surprised I was able to keep it in all this while!! Last month, Shay contacted me and asked me to be Winnie & Walter Leading Lady for the month of August! How could anyone decline, of course it was a big big YES!!

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I’ve been a fan ofΒ Winnie & Walter since a couple of years. It started with their World Card Making Day and Anniversary challenges – I loved all the challenges, and started pining for their stamps and dies… and I still do!

So, here’s the details of my first post as Winnie & Walter Leading Lady! I am using the In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals to make two cards, incorporating some kind of ‘shine’ into them, while trying to keep the making of the cards simple and easy –

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1 and Card 2

For my first card, I started with a watercolor panel. I drew a curved line using a pencil, stamped my images on the curve, heat embossed them white. I them colored them using Perfect Pearls. I then added a few splatters, after letting everything dry completely.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1

Using Perfect Pearls is a very easy way of adding shine and style to your card. They are versatile, and the pigment forms a beautiful watercolored effect.. and the shine is simply gorgeous! They are perfect to color outline stamps, and In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals, which has beautiful outlined flowers is just perfect!

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Once I was done coloring, I die cut the panel using Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways, and foam mounted it on the card base. I then stamped the sentiment, from Party On, fussy cut it, then foam mounted that too.

For my second card, I chose Nuvo Mousse for adding shine –

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 2

For this card, I picked a white card stock panel, stamped all my images, from In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals using normal dye inks. I also used the solid stamps this time, using darker inks to stamp the outlines, and lighter inks for the solids. Once done, I applied Nuvo Mousse Lemon Sorbet on top. Just look at that shine!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 2 Closeup

Now, my cardstock had a bit of texture to it, so the mousse wasn’t evenly applied.. but I did love the effect! πŸ™‚ Also ,the small stamps in In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals are perfect to create a pattern paper to create the base for applying mousse. In fact, I loved it so much that I just didn’t want to add anything on top of it!! But I had to, I was making a card, after all! πŸ™‚

So for the sentiment, I used Sentimental Birthday and die cut it using one of the label dies from Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways, then applied some more of the mousse on the edges, lightly. I wanted to stack the labels, but since there is only one die in the set, I simply marked a scrap card stock to mark the same die’s outer edge and fuzzy cut it.

Before stacking the sentiment and the shiny panel, I added some scored lines on the edges of the panel, then foam mounted everything on the card stock. I then added a few Nuvo Drops as embellishment.

I am also joining these challenges with my cards –

The Flower Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Add Sparkle

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The Heart Desires Challenge #15 (inspired by the colors)

Happy Little Stampers: August CAS Challenge: Flower

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Splatter It

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Hope you liked these two shiny cards! Leave a comment here for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced at the end of this month.

Winnie & Walter #30 Gift Card

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#648 – Tasseled Birthday Card

Hello! I love it when I make a card submit it to multiple challenges, and I also love making one card for my challenge DT – Its a new challenge at both Little Tangles Challenge and Seize the Birthday Challenge!!

Little Tangles August Challenge has a new theme of ‘Birthday’. Just perfect, since Neat & Tangled is celebrating 5 years now!

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Seize the Birthday Challenge this time has the optional topping of ‘Tie One On’.

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Its a wonderful co-incidence for me, that both the challenges are airing on the same day, and a treat, since I love making birthday cards!! πŸ™‚ So, here’s my tassled, sparkly gold inspiration for you –

Happy Birthday

I used all Neat and Tangled products on this one! I first used Topography stamp to gold heat emboss the background on a cardstock panel and trimmed a bit on the sides. This, I foam mounted on the card base. I then took another piece of cardstock panel, applied Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter distress paints, blending the two at the center to create a beautiful gradient (I just love the look it gives! :))

Happy Birthday

Once this dried, I die cut it using Doily Tag die, another of my N&T favorite, and tied my handmade tassel (first time I made one!! :D) on it, adhering the excess in the back. I then adhered this to the card, adding the adhesive in the center only, so that the sides rose a bit, giving it a bit more 3D look. I then added the sentiments – Happy Holidays die and mix and match of the letters in Faced stamp set, to create the ‘Birthday’ word.. since I didn’t own any other stamp set from N&T which said birthday and matched the die.. Well, it worked well, so I am glad! πŸ™‚ Finally added some sequins as embellishment.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Paru’s Cardmaking Challenge: August Challenge: Anything Goes

As You See It Challenge #155: How Do You Get Your Mojo Back? (I made this card by using the challenge themes, and using for inspiration all those cards that I’ve pinned in Pinterest for inspiration… that’s my mojo! πŸ™‚ )

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge: Add Sparkle

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Hope you are inspired by this card, and join the fun with both the challenges! Head to the main blogs of both the challenges to get more inspiration from the DTs, and our Seize the Birthday Surprise Party Guest Lindsey!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#633 – A Cup of Love

Hello! Its been a long time since I made something coffee/tea themed, and since the Coffee Loving Cardmakers’ Summer Blog Hop is going on, I thought it the perfect opportunity to get going! πŸ™‚

A Cup of Love

Following the sketch from the latest MFT Sketch Challenge, I first colored the base using My Favorite Things Chunky Herringbone stencil and Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood distress inks. I hadn’t yet decided on the layer in between, so I decided to go wit the coffee cup instead. I die cut My Favorite Things Cool Cup out of white cardstock twice, and trimming out the mid piece in the second piece, I stamped the flowers and leaves from My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms, then applied a bit of Tumbled Glass distress ink on the open sides. I also die cut the lid and straw out of blue colored vellum, and then adhered all the pieces together.

A Cup of Love

Now, I came to the frame. I had this piece of die cut square frame with vellum adhered on the inside, left unused from a previous project, I thought it would fit well. I stamped this frame using the same Mini Modern Blooms flowers and leaves, then adhered this over the base. I then foam mounted the cool cup, then added the sentiment from My Favorite Things cup of Tea stamp set. I added a few dots of Nuvo Drops for embellishing.

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #338

Sketch 338 #mftstamps

Summer Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop

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Simon Says Stamp: June Work it Wednesday Challenge: Summer Icons

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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#615 – Seize the Birthday – Creatures or Animals

Hello! And it time for yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The topping this time is to create useΒ Creatures or Animals in your birthday project.

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You still do have the choice of joining us with just a Birthday themed creation..

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Here’ my inspiration card –

Happy Birthday

This is the card I actually made for my sister’s birthday last month.. It is a tri-fold, window, interactive Birthday card. I am actually pleased with the card, since it is the first time that I actually tried making any of those, and combining them all was really fun! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

I used die inks for stamping and then used Prima watercolor pencils for coloring the bunnies. Here’s the supply list –

Mama Elephant Honey Bunny
Mama Elephant Calli Letters
My Favorite Things Pretty Posies
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle dies
Reverse Confetti Edger’s Confetti Cuts (to create the tags)

Happy Birthday

I made the envelope using a pattern paper, stamping it using the same sentiment and critter stamps, and colored them again using Prisma watercolor pencils.

Happy Birthday

You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday blog, created by the fantastic DT and also our Surprise Party Guest Cathy! Hope you’ll join the challenge with your own birthday themed creation.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #241: Anything Goes

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Bastel Traum Challenge #52: Mother’s Day, card/ project for women or girls (My card is for my sister’s birthday)

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Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday April Challenge: April showers bring May Flowers

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Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#614 – Happy Wedding Anniversary

Hello! This month and last month are two months when I need to make quite a few cards for dear ones – 3 birthdays, an anniversary and of course, Mother’s day.. makes a girl quite busy! πŸ˜‰ My parent’s anniversary was last month and I made this card for them –

Happy Wedding Anniversary

If you are thinking that this card is quite similar to the one I posted a couple of days ago, which I made for Mother’s Day, then yes, they are quite similar… very similar. I used the same layout, heat embossing the flowers with silver pearl embossing powder, and the same coloring formula – Zig brush pens + Gansai Tambi starry nights. What can I say, I just got addicted to the superb results! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Happy Wedding Anniversary

I used Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus stamps along with My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet dies on the Canson watercolor panel, then foam mounted it on a white card base. I then used little drops of Nuvo Glitter Drop White Blizzard for some embellishing.

For the envelope, I used pattern paper from K & Company, over which I stamped the same flowers, and colored using Zig brush pens, and added a bit of shimmer using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: A Hint of Pink

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Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: April showers bring May Flowers

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Lesia Zgharda: Flowers

Happy Little Stampers: May Watercolor Challenge

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Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes With Dies challenge

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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚