#720 – Guest Designing at Tic Tac Toe challenge

Hello! Today I have the pleasure of Guest Designing at the Tic Tac Toe challenge! I am so happy and so excited!!

Here’s the tic tac toe board for the challenge #33

Challenge Board

Though not in a single line, I wanted to include a kraft card base and use red in my card. The only solution? Use two lines! So, I’ve used both Sentiment-Die cut- Kraft and Red-Die cut-Vellum in my card. And here it is –

Celebrate - Its Your Day

I used My Favorite Things Flashy Florals and Distress Oxide Inks to stamp the images on a Kraft card panel. I die cut the panel using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 and foam mounted it on a black card base.

Celebrate - Its Your Day

The die cut sentiment is from Neat and Tangled, called Celebrate, and the stamped portion comes from Waffle Flower Congrats stamp set. I heat embossed the die cut sentiment in gold some 2-3 times, to get a bit of dimension before adhering it to its vellum counterpart.

I am also joining these challenges with my card –

The Card Concept challenge #85: Rustic Blooms

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

My Favorite Things: The Birthday Project: Celebrate

My Favorite Things - Birthday Project

Do stop over the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog to see more fantastic inspiration from the team! They are all amazing and very much inspiring!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


#670 – Hello

… and a lot of them too!

Sending Happy Thoughts

I first made the background by stamping the ‘hello’ from Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set in pastel colors, then die cut it using My Favorite Things Blueprint 27. The sentiment die cut is something that was left over from a previous project – I die cut Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 from some paper that I painted silver using acrylic paint, then stacked it with a few more die cuts. The smaller part of the sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped in black ink. I mounted the whole thing over a grey card base.

Sending Happy Thoughts

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Sovushka Slavia: CAS Marathon 2017: Stage 3 – to use sentiment/words/phrases’

Sovushka Slavia 2017 CAS Marathon

The Card Concept Challenge #78: Pastel Party

Inkspirational Challenge #144: Hello

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#630 – Seize the Birthday – No Toppings

Hello and welcome to a newΒ  challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time is a ‘No Toppings’ challenge, meaning, that you can go with absolutely any kind of project you want, as long as it is Birthday Themed! Isn’t that awesome! πŸ™‚

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s my inspiration for you –

Happy Birthday

To make this card, I first used ink smooshing with distress inks, choosing pink inks and made a gradient formation on a watercolor panel. Once I got the desired look, I let it dry. Once dry, I added some background using Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil, using the same distress inks, but going a bit darker than the underlying color, so that the texture stood out just a bit. I then trimmed the panel to size.

Happy Birthday

I then die cut the flower and leaves using Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms, gold heat embossed the sentiment, from Altenew Painted Greetings on vellum, then adhered it all on the panel, which I then adhered on the card base, I added a few drops of gold Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint, to add shimmer to the card.

I am adding my card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers: June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Ellen Hutson Pin Sights challenge (from which I borrowed the colors)

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge


Timeout Challenge #86: CelebrationsΒ  (I haven’t used the optional twist of one layer card)

The Card Concept Challenge #76: Romantic Roses (my roses are white, though!)

And that’s my inspiration for you! Check out more amazing inspiration in the Seize the Birthday blog from my very talented team mates, and our Special Party Guest, Cathy… stop by her blog and leave her some love too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚


#587 – Love & Adore You

Hello! I loved making the card last time, with flowers, made from vellum pieces stacked above each other; and thought of making another using the same idea. I also tried making it vintage, but this one ended up looking vintage-ish..hmm… but I really do love how it has turned out! πŸ˜€

Love & Adore You

I first heat embossed the heart and flowers with gold embossing powder on vellum, which I then colored using Zig brush markers. I colored the flowers underneath the vellum last time, this time, I added it on the top – any case, you’ll have to wait for it to dry anyway! πŸ˜‰ I then fussy cut them out. The sentiment, I cut from a cardstock, which I had painted with gold acrylic paint – it looks beautiful with the gold embossing – not too overpowering, but still shiny enough to stand out! πŸ™‚ I am glad I used it too! Well, I also did stack it with a few layers before adding it to the card. Assembly was mostly easy, once I knew where to place what!

Here’s the supply list:
Neat & Tangled Heart of Gold stamp
Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus stamp
My Favorite Things Love & Adore You die
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die
DCWV Fresh Floral Stack pattern paper

Love & Adore You

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #319

The Card Concept #66: February challenge: Love & Romance

Bastel Traum Challenge #49: Friendship/Love

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: February Challenge: Love

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#444 – Lucky!

PE: Twinkler at Sparkle & Shine!!

Sparkle & Shine - Honorable Mention

Hello! Made two cards with clovers in them – count them as lucky! πŸ™‚

Here’s the first card –

You are My Lucky

Very easy one. I chose Fabriano Elle Erre paper in Bianco and used Pine Needles, Crushed Olive and Old Paper to make the background. I don’t own any clover stamps; so I improvised. I used heart stamps! πŸ˜€

You Are My Lucky

I used the heart stamp from Neat & Tangled My Heart Sings, stamped them in Versamark and used Ranger Emboss It pen to draw the stems for the leaves and heat embossed them with Ranger gold embossing powder. I then used the same stamp and made another clover on spare card stock, filled it with the green watercolors, added someΒ Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold for some shimmmer and fussy cut it. I then stamped the sentiment, combining sentiments from Neat & Tangled My Heart Sings and Paper Smooches Alphadot, on vellum and trimmed it. I then stapled the vellum on the panel, adhered the clover on it, and after rounding three corners, foam mounted the panel on the card base to finish my card.

Submitting this to Sparkle and Shine #25,Β  Tic Tac Toe Challenge #5 (I chose Green, Gold and Photo Inspiration) and Freshly Made Sketches #226


For my second card –

So Lucky to Have You

For this card, I first smooched a variety of green toned distress inks on my waterproof panel (I actually use something I’ve made: a layer of chipboard, followed by white paper, followed by transparent plastic sheet, large enough to be taped behind the chipboard – I use it for all my watercoloring needs! :)) I then misted it just a little, so my stamp can pick up the colors. I then chose the hearts from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords and went ahead to stamping my clovers on plain white card stock. I used hearts of two sizes, the bigger one forming rows, and the smaller one filling up the space.

So Lucky to Have You

I then misted this surface so that the water flowed around a bit, heat dried it and then stamped the clovers again, where I had previously stamped them. It didn’t matter if the colors weren’t exactly the same, since I was going for a variegated look anyway. I also stamped the stems for the clover – I used the round bracket from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set! πŸ™‚

For the sentiment strip above, I first cut a stripe of plain white card stock, die cutting one side using Paper Smooches Borders 2. I then added a strip of silver glitter washi tape behind it. I then die cut a layer of fringe using My Favorite Things Fringe die and some paper (that I found between OHP sheets, that I use for making shaker cards…yup, I save everything for any use I can come up with for it later! :P) and adhered it behind the silver washi. Finally added some silver string behind. Before adhering this to the card base, I added the sentiment – the stamped sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold & You and The Big, The Bold & Party combined; the die cuts are from Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs, which I colored using Zig May Green brush pen.

Submitting this to Fusion Challenge: Lucky Days, The Card Concept #50: Shamrock, Patterns & Green and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#436 – Splash of Summer


I made another version of the Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden today – the way I like it – bright, colorful and cheery! πŸ˜€

Splash of Summer

I first stamped the flowers and leaves using Adirondack Ginger. Now, when I stamped I had no idea this ink actually reacts to water – I thought it doesn’t! But, since I actually liked the way the the card ended, I am perfectly happy! πŸ™‚

Splash of Summer

Once I was done stamping, I used distress inks for doing a bit of fussy water coloring. I used Ripe Persimmon + Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilzed Amber, Cracked Pistachio + Peacock Feathers inks. Finally stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers using the same Adirondack ink. That’s my simple card! πŸ™‚

Submitting this to the following challenges-

Tic Tac Toe #4

Addicted to Stamps #181: Anything Goes

The Card Concept #49: Floral Radiance

Inspired by Little Things #3 (not a challenge, in the first place – but the inspiration is definitely there! :))

CAS On Sunday #77: One Layer Wonder

30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker

Kathy Racoosin - The Daily Marker - Color Challenge

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#417 -Love You

PE: Honorable Mention at Fusion!

Fusion - Honorable Mention

Hello! Made a couple of cards using Neat & Tangled Heart of Gold Stamp. Such a cute stamp!

Love You

I had so much fun coloring these! I used distress inks – I have more control with them. I also used some thick card stock – I didn’t want warping during the heat embossing or the watercoloring.

Coming to how I made the card – I first stamped and heat embossed the hearts using Ranger gold embossing powder mixed with gold glitter (I wanted some glittery embossing! ;)). I then used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks for the lighter hearts and Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral distress inks to color the darker heart.

I then trimmed a card stock panel, added the hearts in a cascade, adhering only the centers, and trimmed off the excess. I also stamped the sentiment, using Paper Smooches Alphadot and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I adhered washi tape on the card base and then mounted this panel using foam tape. Finally added a few gold sequins for embellishing.

Submitting this card to –

Fusion Card Challenge: Paper Hearts

Just Us Girls #329: Word Week: Valentine

The Card Concept: #48: Sweet Hearts

Me second card came from an extra heart I had colored, just in case, for the first card.

Love You

I used smooshing technique for the background, using Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers distress inks. For the sentiment, I used a mix of stamping and my own handwriting – the ‘love’ is from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords and ‘u’ is what I wrote. I love they they don’t look so different! πŸ™‚ Anyway, I heat embossed them using the same glitter added gold embossing powder, this time adding a little more glitter. I also swiped my Versamark watermark ink pad on the edges, and added more (normal this time) gold embossing.

I then added some more gold (yes, I couldn’t get enough gold on this card!! :P) by splattering diluted Tarnished Brass distress paint. This wasn’t sparkling when it dried (of course, it wouldn’t!!), so I added Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold on some of the larger dots.

Once the whole thing dried, I added the heart and adhered the panel to the card base. Finally done!! πŸ˜€

Submitting this card to –

Little Tangles Challenge #65: Watercolor

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #3 (I used Love, Add Shimmer, Hearts)

30 Day Coloring Challenge (Day 8)

Kathy Racoosin - The Daily Marker - Color Challenge

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