#632 – Thank You

Hello! Finally posting a card I’d made and sent to a dear blogging friend.. I somehow missed posting about this card then, so here it is now! πŸ™‚

Thank You

Frankly, when I made this card, I had no idea where I was going – not even what stamp sets I would use – I just built it as it came.

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp set – beautiful large flowers, just perfect for some watercoloring. I wanted to watercolor this using Gansai Tambi colors, so heat embossed it in black, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the pigment washing out the flower’s outline. Like I said, I watercolored them, then trimmed the flowers and leaves, arranging them over a longish watercolor paper panel.. the dimension is not something I measured. I just wanted a longish card, and just went with what pleased my eye. πŸ™‚

Thank You

Once I finished with this, I painted the background, then used Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil with to add some more details to the background. I then adhered the flowers and leaves on top, trimming the excess and adhered the whole thing on a dark grey cardstock.

Then came the sentiment, a combination of Simon Says Stamp You die cut and Reverse Confetti All About You stamp. I added a few drops of Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold and Ebony Black for embellishing.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson June Pin Sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

July2017

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make You Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#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! πŸ™‚ 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!! πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜€ 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

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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! πŸ™‚

#628 – Reminder for Timeout Challenge

Hello! I had the opportunity to be Guest Designer for Timeout Challenge last week. This post is the reminder for the same challenge… You’ve still got time to join! And with such a fabulous inspiration picture, how could you not play! πŸ™‚

Home Sweet Home

The challenge theme is “Home Sweet Home”,Β sponsored by Happy Little Stamper, who are giving a $15 gift voucher for winner!

GD Badge

And here’s my second piece of inspiration – this time, I chose the two cushions on the left, with the pretty abstract flowery pattern. The colors in them are truly marvelous! I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps to create a background. For stamping, I used distress inks, since I didn’t want a clear image, but rather a sort of grainy, splotchy look… Well, I wasn’t completely successful, since I did some direct without any manipulation, but it was the look I wanted, and I am quite happy with it. πŸ™‚

Hello Beautiful

Once done, I die cut the panel using MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles, mounted the pieces on the card base, raising the center piece by placing foam underneath. Then came a piece of vellum with the ‘beautiful’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamped, and then the ‘hello’ die cut, which I layered with a few layers of cue cuts, from Winnie and Walter.

Hello Beautiful

I am also joining these challenges –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More Chalelnge #246: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Hope you liked my inspiration piece! Do stop by the Timeout Challenge blog – they’ve got some spectacular inspiration waiting for you! It was truly wonderful to join this team, even is just for two posts! Thank you so much for inviting me! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#626 – Wishing You Happiness

PE: Inspiring Stand Out at the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge!!

Inspired by All the Little Things - Weekly Standout Badge

Hello! I made a couple of cards for the Little Tangles challenge this month, as a DT member.. but selected only one for the showcasing.. this here is the other card I made –

Wishing You Happiness

I first stamped the flowers from the Neat and Tangled Scandinavian Prints set, and covered up the small spaces with the little stamps in the same set and in the Beary Merry stamp set. The colors are all from the current Little Tangles challenge.

Wishing You Happiness

Once done, I thought of adding a bit more texture, so I dry embossed the panel using Neat and Tangled Scalloped cover die… Well that became a bit too embossed, so rolled it in between the plates again, and that made the texture a lot softer. πŸ™‚ I then adhered this panel on the base at an angle. For the sentiment, I used the from Beary Merry, mounted it with a bit of silver string behind it.

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Clean and Simple on Sunday Challenge #109: Use a Repetition Image

CAS On Sunday - Blog

Inspired by All The Little Things Challenge #59

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#625 – Seize the Birthday – One Layer

PE: A Cut Above at the Paper Players challenge!

The Paper Players - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! The challenge this time has the topping of ‘One Layer’. But, you can also choose to go with any kind of birthday card, and join the fun! πŸ™‚ Joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Cathy!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s my one layer inspiration-

Sending Birthday Wishes

For this card, I chose My Favorite Things Pretty Posies, stamped and heat embossed the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper and heat embossed them with black embossing powder. I then colored the panel using distress inks. Finally stamped the sentiment, a combination of Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes and Hero Arts Its Your Day.

Sending Birthday Wishes

I am also joining these challenges –

The Paper Players Challenge #347: Theme Challenge: Birthday

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from the DT, and don’t forget to join the challenge with your birthday creations! Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#613 – MFT Sketch and Color Challenges

Hello! I was rearranging some MFT related Pinterest boards the other day and got super inspired by all the cards I had pinned there.. I mean, their DT has always created the most adorable, beautiful and charming cards – how could one not get inspired. More reason to make them – the MFT Sketch and Color Challenges!

I usually make a single card for both the challenges. But this time, I thought of separating the two.. more cards to make, right?! πŸ˜€ Here’s what my inspired self created –

You Are Amazing

For my first card, the inspiration comes from three sources, actually – thee sketch from Stamplorations, the colors from MFT Color Challenge and the layout from The Flower Challenge. I chose distress inks to stamp and color the flowers from MFT Modern Blooms stamp set, using a brush to lightly spread the colors to show off the texture of the paper also. I used normal inks for the leaves, and distress inks again for the stencilled background.

Here’s the supply list –

My Favorite Things Modern Blooms stamps
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals stamps
My Favorite Things Wonky Chevrons stencil
My Favorite Things Geometric Greenery stamp (partial sentiment)
Stamplorations Amazing die
clear rhinestones

You Are Amazing

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

MFT Color Challenge #68

Stamplorations May Challenge (I used the sketch and stamping)

The Flower Challenge #8: CASE The DT Member – I chose Karren’s card. I love the stencil background.. partially done, and then the flowers stamped on top. Such a simple beauty!

And here’s my second card –

Friend, Sending you Hugs

For my second card, I used a bit of no line watercoloring. I must say, the image for this card came pretty immediately as soon as I saw the sketch. I’ve completely used distress inks on this card, including the background stamping and the sentiment.

Supply list –

My Favorite Things Some Bunny stamps
My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass die
My Favorite Things Friend die
My Favorite Things Scattered Surface background stamp

distress inks

Friend, Sending you Hugs

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

MFT Sketch Challenge #331

Sketch Challenge 331 #mftstamps

CAS-aul Fridays #173: Birtday Card + 6 of the same item (I used 6 of the small flowers…he he.. )

Stempel Garten Challenge #61: Wildlife

Happy Little Stampers: May Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#597 – A Beautiful Day

PE: Winner at Addicted to Stamps & More challenge!!

Addicted to Stamps - Winner

Winner at The Flower Challenge!! Yay!

The Flower Challenge - Winner

Happy Little Stampers Winner!!! Triple yay!!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Winner Badge

Hello! I made this card to send to my crafty friend Helen Gullet quite some time ago, and now that she has received it, I thought of publishing the details in my blog! πŸ™‚

Hello

I wanted a sort of messy, sort of vague look for this card. Since the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set had a great combination of both solid and layer stamp (to give the suggestion of flowers), I used that. Of course, there are lots of other stamps like these, but this stamp set had the biggest flowers of them all in my stash. And I wanted to do lots of coloring too! πŸ™‚

Hello

So, I started with stamping the flowers, first with distress ink, since I wanted a splotchy look, and then with Versamark Watermark ink and then heat embossed them clear. Same for leaves. I then watercolored them using Zig brush markers. Once dry, I added a few splatters using my Camel Drawing inks.

Hello

The sentiments are from Avery Elle Laurels and Altenew Beautiful Day. I used the same stamp sets for my handmade envelope too.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #232: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: For a Special Lady

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: March Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge: Love and/or Friendship

Timeout challenge is celebrating their third year of running! A BIG Congrats!! πŸ™‚

The Flower Challenge #6: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!Β  πŸ™‚

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