#907 – STB: Sparkle and Shine

PE: Outstanding at Virginia’s Show and Share challenge!!

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Hello and welcome! We have a great new challenge starting today over at Seize the Birthday. Its the last challenge for this year, and the topping is something that is just perfect for a birthday. Suggested by our lovely team mate Cathy – “Sparkle & Shine‘. Of course, if that doesn’t suit your mood, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! 😀


So for my card, since it had been so long, I focused on simple stamping, without any special techniques but added some sparkle for the sentiment and then embellishing. Here’s what I made –

I used the stamps from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds stamp set around the edges of a white card panel. Once done, I trimmed it on the wider edges, then adhered it over a light brown cardstock.

For the sentiment I wanted to add some sparkle, so I used some foil. Of course, I don’t have that many colors in my stash, I had to improvise. So I used Copic marker – a dark orange one on a silver foil. This isn’t end up with an even color, but that didn’t matter much, since I was die cut would have thin lettering. I die cut this using My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die, and some more pieces, which I adhered together, and then adhered to the cardstock.

Finally, I added a few dots of glittery gold Nuvo drops here and there for some extra subtly shimmer.

And that completes my card! I’m joining the following challenges with it –

The Flower Challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

Retro Rubber challenge #148: They Said It’s Your Birthday (my old stamp is the Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds, which is from the 2016 release)

RRCB 148

Virginia’s November Show & Share

Virginia's Show and Share

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more sparkly inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#904 – Seize the Birthday: 1, 2, 3!!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. And our fun teammate Glenda picked the topping this time, and it is ‘1, 2, 3’. Basically, you’ll need to use 1 die cut or punch, 2 colours (excluding neutrals), 3 embellishments (same or different) in your birthday project. But if you don’t want that, since the topping is optional, if your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

And here’s what I made –

I started with a white card panel. I added a soft blend of ink shades of pink and cloudy blue using makeup brushes. And then I used Altenew Halftone stencil and first laid it on one side of my panel and ink blended it with a darker shade. I then moved it to another side of the card panel, aligned it with the previously shaded dots, and added another darker shade – in fact, I switched to another shade of pink, since it wasn’t dark enough.

Then, I die cut the panel using one die from the Simon Says Stamp Crocus Flowers dies. I then ink blended the darkest shade I could on top. I also cut out a couple more die cuts from scrap cardstock. I then adhered the pieces together, while keeping one set of the negatives at hand.

Finally, I covered a piece of printing paper with double sided tape and adhered it underneath the stencilled panel. I then adhered by die cut on top, and then adhered my negative pieces, in place. I had to trim the panel a bit. I then foam mounted this panel on top of my white card base. I also added a ton of Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle brush pen for extra shimmer.

For the sentiment, I used the stamp from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Floral’s, stamped it on white cardstock, trimmed it to size. I then used some silver holographic foil washi tape – I recently bought a set of these, and oh wow, do I love them!! – which I adhered over some scrap cardstock, trimmed it and adhered my sentiment on top. This, I foam mounted on the card as well. Finally I used a couple of double colored sequins and a single white one to embellish the card.

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Thinking of You

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Bastel Traum challenge #94: Background

The Flower challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Peddicord have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

#888 – Beautiful Hibiscuses

Hello and welcome! Today I have something different!

Hibiscuses are flowers with so many variations in their colors – so it was really great when I got these digital drawings from my dear friend Rahmat Gouse – which are her own creations too!

I wanted to make 2 cards out them. What is so convenient about digital images is that one can resize them to whatever size needed. In fact, for both of these images, I’ve used the same single hibiscus, in two sizes. Also, since the local printers here refuse to print on anything thicker than copy paper, I had to go with tracing instead of getting the actual print. But, well, it worked out ok in the end, 🙂

For my first card, I wanted to try a ‘digital illustration’ look. But that’s now how it looks at all! But i did like the strokes forming the flowers, so I decided to go ahead and turn it into a card.

Well, I traced the image on normal cardstock and used my Zig brush marker pens to color it up, then finally using black to give some outline to everything. I then trimmed the sides, and after adding a strip of washi tape, adhered it directly on top. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Budding Poppies.

For the second one, I went for a softer look. I wanted a very soft, no line watercolored look for the flowers. Well, they are not exactly as soft as I wanted, but they turned out way better than I imagined, so it actually turned out opposite to the earlier one, making me quite happy! 🙂

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd and Prisma watercolor pencils for watercoloring. Some of the pencil lines from tracing are still visible, but I left them as is. To finish, I trimmed the panel to size, and used Copic multiliner to draw a frame. The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Happy Mail stamp set.

Joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #48: Brown & Pink (the image looks green, but it is actually a greenish brown – I couldn’t get the image to show that properly!! 😦 )

CrafTangles September challenge: Feminine Projects

monthly craft challenge - September 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#882 – Rosy Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome! Funny how I make cards, but then forget about posting about them! This is one card I made for my Ma’s birthday – which was in May – and I only just remembered about it now! He he! 😀 Well, since Ma loves flowers, especially roses, I can say she was happy with the card. 🙂

I dunno – do you think its a bit overly done.. so many flower pieces, stamping, then sequins.. I hadn’t thought so then, but somehow getting that feeling now, looking at it after a couple of months… Well, never mind now! 😉

So, this is a three-fold card. I die cut a window on the top panel, through which the sentiment peeks through, using My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle die. The sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Greetings, I stamped with black ink on the second panel. I then stamped the leaves from Altenew Floral Shadow in two shades of grey, using my Misti to stamp them in the same place and color on the inner and outer panels.

Setting this aside, I worked on the flowers and leaves. I used Altenew Rose Flurries to die cut each piece using watercolor paper and adhere them. I then watercolored them, taking care to get variance in the shades for each layer. This was, I think easier for me, than to color each piece and then adhere them. I also die cut a frame using the same die and colored that too.

Finally, I adhered the frame, and all the pieces of flowers and leaves. For embellishing, I used a few pieces of sequins, and then also added some shimmer on the flowers and the frame using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush pen. And that finished the card.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #47: Add Sparkle

Virginia’s Show and Share challenge for August

Virginia's Show and Share

Shopping out Stash #427: Pile it On

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#876 – Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card I made for my parents’ anniversary..which was more than a couple of months ago. Yeah..I forgot to write about it. But I finally remembered! So, here it is!

The lovely sunflowers are from Right at Home, a stamp set called ‘Sunflowers’. The leaves from that stamp set, however, I found to be a little smaller than I wanted, so I borrowed them from Altenew’s Beautiful Day and Peony Bouquet stamp sets. I stamped all the images I wanted and they fussy cut them.

For the background, I used alcohol inks in shades of blue, yellow and green, trimmed it and mounted it on a dark green cardstock. I also added a strip of gold foil cardstock on either edge. Finally came the sunflowers themselves.

Then came the sentiment. I wanted some dimension and sparkle on the them, so on the ‘Happy’ die cut, which is from Neat & Tangled Happy Holidays die, I stacked a few of them, heat embossed them in white first, adding a few layers of the powder to get them the nice round look. I then inked only the lower half and this time added gold embossing powder, using the heat gun to both melt and move the powder a little bit to mingle the colors in the middle. The ‘anniversary’ came from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint stamp set, which I heat embossed in gold, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. The die, I adhered only beneath the ‘y’ and the ‘h’, to keep the rest of it floating.

To add some extra glimmer, I also added a few dots of gold embossing on the center of the flowers and also applied some Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold, to give it some golden glittery shine. And that’s done!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #279: All About Occasions challenge by Helen

The Flower challenge #46: Summer/Winter

Virginia’s July Show and Share challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

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