#643 – Birthday Wishes

Hello! I made a bright and bold birthday card this time –

Birthday Wishes

I used Altenew Vintage Flowers for the flowers. After stamping them, I wanted to make a fuzzy mask for them, something that would not perfectly cover the image, just provide a sort of border around it for me to stamp the background stripes. To make this, I took a scrap piece of paper, and holding it above the paper, held it against the light and drew a rough outline on the paper. I then fuzzy cut it out, and placed it above the card base, to stamp those stripes.

Birthday Wishes

Here’s the list of supplies used –
Altenew Vintage Roses
My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes
Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Day
Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

The Challenge #90

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Color Throwdown Challenge #451

Paru’s Card Challenge: July Challenge: Birthday

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#634 – Coffee Loving Friends

Hello! I am back with another card for the Coffee Loving Card Makers’ Summer Blog Hop 2017 (here’s my first card)! This time, I am using something I bought a couple of weeks ago, but hadn’t used yet – Waffle Flower Bear and Bird stamp set. Such a cute stamp set, I just loved it the moment I saw it!

Here’ what I made –

Coffee and Friends

I first die cut a watercolor paper panel using Paper Trey Ink Center Style: Femine die, then stamped my images using Antique Linen distress inks. I then colored it Prima watercolor pencils.  Finally came the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Clearly Sentimental About Coffee stamp set, which I stamped using Hero Arts Charcoal ink.

Coffee and Friends

I chose a pale yellow cardstock as the card base, and added texture to it using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders dies, then foam mounted the watercolor panel on top.

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Coffee Loving Card Makers Summer 2017 Blog Hop

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CAS On Sunday Challenge #110: Animals

The Challenge #88: Keywords (I used flowers, bright, watercolor)

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Hope you liked my card! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#631 – Father’s Day Card

Hello! Father’s Day was last week, and I’d kept this one here ready for a month now! If you know me, you know that I still give flowery cards to my Papa – I’ve got no new or old definition for ‘masculine cards’; I just make and give my Papa what I know makes him and me happy. Flowers are always the thing for us! 🙂 Here’s what I made –

Happy Father's Day

I used the Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp, stamped it on watercolor paper several times using MISTI, masking the image wherever needed. I used Antique Linen distress ink for stamping.

I then watercolored them using distress inks. I chose three inks for each color, waiting until one layer was dry before adding the next layer. Actually, I didn’t have to wait – coloring each of the flowers separately took sufficient time, so everything would dry by then!! 😀 Finally, I watercolored the background using Peacock Feathers distress ink.

Happy Father's Day

My initial idea was to trim the watercolor panel to a standard card size, but seeing that it came out better than I expected, I decided to keep the whole thing as is. 😀 I did however trim the sides a bit, then the bottom part, which was mostly white. I then added the sentiment, using Mama Elephant Calli Letters stamp sets.

Now, I usually add some kind of embellishment at this point, but I seriously had no idea what to add to this card. Pearls, rhinestones and glitter all seemed wrong. I was lost for a day, before it hit me – embossing! I used Emboss It pen to add embossing on select areas on the flowers and leaves, and clear embossed it. I also added the clear embossing on the letters.

[It was so hard to click this image – no matter what angle I shot from, the embossing wasn’t showing at all!! It was like it was totally shy of the camera, and didn’t want to show itself in the images!! But I was able to capture it finally!! :D]

Happy Father's Day

I chose a beautiful cobalt blue card base, then used the same stamp set on the card base also, clear embossing it, before foam mounting the watercolor paper panel on top.

The envelope too – used the same stamps with my MISTI, along with Memento Danube Blue ink.

Happy Father's Day

I am joining these challenges with my card –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

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Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make Your Mark

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Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes, with an optional twist of masking

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The Challenge #88: Keywords (I chose flowers, bright and watercolor)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#623 – Rainbow Butterfly Thanks

PE: Top Pick at The Challenge!!

The Challenge - Honorable Mention

Runner up at Seven Hills Crafts challenge!

Hello! First off, sorry about the grainy photos, I shot them at night, and couldn’t get a clear shot, no matter how much I tried… 😦

Made a rainbow striped card, totally inspired by a list of challenges (listed below, of course!)… and the butterfly.. simply because its been awfully long since I used one! 🙂

Thanks

I used Winnie & Walter Scenery:Stripes stamp set to stamp the rainbow stripes. I then die cut the butterfly from My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies, then the sentiment from Winnie & Walter: In A Word: Thanks die, then die cut the banner using My Favorite Things Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner.. the sentiment and the banner were a little overlapping, forming a sort of double die cut.

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Finally foam mounted the banner, and then adhered the butterfly directly on the card base. A few clear rhinestones for embellishing finished the card.

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Just Us Girls Challenge #396: Word Week: Die cuts

The Challenge #85: Inspiration: Celebrate

My Favorite Things: Wednesday Sketch Challenge #336

Sketch Challenge 336 #mftstamps

Seven Hills Crafts: June Challenge: Die cut a Die cut

Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #20: Scenery: Stripes

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#455 – A Bunch – Three Ways

PE: CAS On Sunday Favorite (Top 3)!!

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Hello! Using another new stamp set from my stash – Waffle Flower A Bunch. The fact that the stamp has flowers with outlines with large space inside along with the solid stamps makes way for lots of possibilities.. and I explored a few –

Love You A Bunch

For my first card, I used both the outline and the solid stamps. I started stamping the outline flowers using Paper Trey Ink Fine Linen ink. I then stamped the stems and leaves, masking the flowers wherever necessary. I then stamped the solids of the flowers and leaves using Hero Arts Butter Cup, Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Paper Trey Ink Melon Berry and Memento Bamboo Leaves. I then added a grassy ground of sorts using the little patterns stamps in Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and Memento Bamboo Leaves.

Love You A Bunch

I then cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and cut the window using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. I then stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, within the window using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then foam mounted the outside panel and then adhered the inside panel on the card base.

Submitting this to Timeout Challenge #52 where we are CASEing Marjan (I got inspired by the layout and the concept of flowers), The Challenge #65 (flowers + colors) and The Paper Players Challenge #287: Clean and Simple: Celebrate Spring

For my second card, I used the outline stamps only –

Thinking of You

I stamped the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black and a bit of masking. I also stamped two flowers on a separate panel. I then colored them all using Oil Pastels. I then fuzzy cut the whole bunch. My initial idea was to have a single panel, but I ended up smudging the paper where I didn’t want it, so I had to cut out the whole bunch out – and it worked will, since I cut right beside the outlines. I also colored the edge of the cut out using Zig brush pen in Black.

Thinking of You

Once done, I drew the bouquet (I felt the bouquet in the stamp set was a bit small for the big bunch of flowers) and colored it too. I then adhered the bigger panel of flowers directly on the panel, trimmed it, distressed the edges using Prima Comfort Craft Distressing tool, stamped the sentiment from Micia Butterflies in Spring using Memento Tuxedo Black and foam mounted the panel on the card base. I then adhered the two extra flowers using foam dots.

Submitting this to Inspired by the Little Things #7 and Muse Card Club Challenge #158

For my third card, I used only the solids, along with some other stamps –

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I wanted each element of the design to be intermingled and overlapping. I first made the zig-zags, using Heidi Swapp Chevron stencil and Tattered Rose and Mustard Seed distress inks. I then stamped the loopy lines, from Neat & Tangled Little Tangles using Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the solid flowers and leaves around it using the same ink.

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I then trimmed the panel, and mounted it to a side of the card base. Love the graphic design in this card! 😀

Submitting this to CAS(E) This Sketch #164, Addicted to Stamps #186: Anything Goes and CAS On Sunday #79: Stencil it

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#437 – Guest Designer at The Challenge!

Hello! Can you believe it! Guest Designer at The Challenge! Wow!! So excited to play with some seriously talented people!!

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This time, the challenge at ‘The Challenge‘ is an inspiration photo –

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Awesome inspiration!! I got my inspiration from the wood, the color blue, the white flowers and the green leaves. And here’s my card that I have mixed these concepts into –

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I first cut out the pattern papers – the wood one is from DCWV Textures and Patterns and the teal one is from K & Company. While adhering these, I lifted the open ends of the papers and adhered a few stripes of card stock beneath them to give them a just a little dimension – I didn’t use foam tape, since it would stand up too much; looks great in real life! 🙂 I then cut out the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves from white paper and adhered it on the card, cutting off the excess. Then came the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint, die cut from white foam and card stock.

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Make sure you stop by at the The Challenge blog – I am sure you’ll be inspired by the amazingly talented DT! And make sure to participate! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#411 -Friends Like You

PE: Winner at The Challenge!!! (Yay!!)

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One Layer Simplicity Challenge Winner!! (double yay!)

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Hello!

Fine day for coloring! 🙂 I stamped this pretty flower from Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden in Hero Arts Black ink, repeatedly, and using masking. I wanted to do some water-coloring on it, hence the Hero Arts ink instead of my usual Momento Tuxedo. I used Fabriano Aquarelle watercolor paper – fantastic thing, even though I did really light coloring – I could feel it! 🙂

Friends

I used distress inks for coloring, choosing inks for a softer palette. I went with Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Mustard Seed (very light coloring with this) for the flowers and Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn for the leaves (again, very light coloring). For the background of the flowers, I initially went with a light mixture of Pumice Stone and Brushed Corduroy, but thinking that there was no contrast at all, I re-colored it with black.

The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black (yes, I just had to use that ink! :P) Finally added a dashed line around the card using Uniball Signo black gel pen.

Submitting this to a variety of challenges –

One Layer Simplicity Challenge #24: Friends

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The Challenge #59: Sketch Challenge

Inspired By All The Little Things #2: Flowers (not a challenge, but I really wanted to add)

The Daily Color Challenge (Day 3)

Kathy Racoosin - The Daily Marker - Color Challenge

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂