#906 – Diwali Cards!!

Hello and welcome! My yearly series of Diwali cards has continued for the seventh year now! I was actually majorly delayed in posting my last year’s Diwali cards… like 1 year late! But this year, I am posting on the day of Diwali itself! I’ve improved!! πŸ˜€

And here are the cards –

Happy Diwali!!

I have actually veered from my traditional sparkly shiny cards which I usually make for Diwali. This time I kept them simple. Yeah.. one of those few times when I don’t even add any sentiment on the card! I think the conveyed blessings and well wishes are apparent by the focal of the card – God Ganesha!

I was very lucky to find these beautiful laser cut chipboards from one of my favorite shops – The Craft Shop, just in time for the occasion – especially since I make my cards really early! So, I used them in combination with some cover dies.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 1)

The center top has background made using Pink Fresh Studio Fancy Floral dies. The bottom left has two layers of Lil Inker Designs Pointelle die cuts, behind which I used a layer of gold metallic paint from Prima. The same paint is used for the card on the bottom right, but the die cut, I changed to Lil Inker Designs Diamond Lace die, though two layers again. For the top-most layer, I used three layers of Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, to get some dimension to even out the height of the chipboard. I used the die itself to trace an outline of the frame, using metallic gel pens in gold and silver from Uniball.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 2)

On these two cards, I used dies from Spellbinders called Grate Effect (left) and Fancy Lattice. I used two pieces of die cuts, offset them before adhering them on the card base. The frame die cut on top uses Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles, below which I used the same gold metallic paint. Again, I added two layers of scrap cardstock below the frame to even out the height of the chipboard.

I am joining the following challenges with my cards –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #297: All About Occasions

Timeout Challenge #174: Festivals

CrafTangles Monthly challenge, November Challenge: Festive Projects

monthly challenge

Inkspirational Challenge #226: Frame It

I am so happy with these cards – I hope the recipients feel the same too! Wish you all a very happy Diwali, everyone!! May the lights of this sparkling season bring joy and peace to every heart and every family! And thank you for stopping by!

#872 – Inspiration Station #11

Hello and welcome! We have a new post of Inspiration Station challenge today! Can’t believe we’ve stuck around for more than 10 challenges.. and still loving it!! πŸ˜€

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

The challenge this time was chosen by me. Its this awesome room decor I found in Pinterest

There are plenty of elements for inspiration, but what stuck me the most was that wallpaper in the background! I really loved the florals and foliage, colors in hues of magenta and blue. Although I initially thought of covering my card using that as the focus, I thought there are too many other things that I didn’t want to miss either. So I improvised to include a couple more things – the poppies and a bit of the wood from the wooden chair.

And this is what I finally created –

Inspiration Station - You Are So Loved - Poppy watercoloring

And, what’s more, I am happy that everything on this card, except for the sentiment is without using stamps! πŸ˜€

Coming to how I made the card. First I made the background. Like I mentioned, my focus then was on the wallpaper. I took a page from a drawing pad I had bought ages ago, and using my Zig brush marker pens, tried to draw some sunflower like florals. I didn’t cover the entire paper, instead left a bit of space on the right blank.

Inspiration Station - You Are So Loved - Poppy watercoloring (closeup 1)

I then painted those poppies. And wow, I had such a hard time trying to get the red opacity, while still keeping a transparency/fading away effect.. guess it was impossible for me! So, I made do with what I could make! πŸ˜€ The leaves were easier, comparatively! Once they had all dried, I fussy cut all the pieces.

For lying these pieces on, I wanted a pillar…a strip of something. I initially made a strip of plaid, using light navy blue, like the carpet, but that was getting completely hidden behind the flowers, and I couldn’t even make out it was there, so I instead replaced it with this wood like piece. .

I cut out a strip of cardstock, inked it completely by running Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft ink through it. Then, when it was still wet, I used a few darker shades of brown Zig brush marker pens to draw the layers of bark and let it dry completely. I even tried to add in the shine of the brass from the picture by embossing using We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder and adding a bit of metallic wax on the raised areas…which ended up not showing either!! Well, I made do with what could show! πŸ˜‰

Inspiration Station - You Are So Loved - Poppy watercoloring (closeup 2)

I then arranged all the pieces on the card base. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Tall Alpha in two shades of brown to get an ombre effect to stamp ‘Loved’. The ‘you are so’ is from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set. I trimmed the panel and foam mounted it on the card.

And that, finally, finished my card! I am so happy with this one, even after the repeated ‘not working’ factors! In fact, I feel that I am happy with every project I made for the Inspiration Station challenge! Probably because we take so much time, easing into what we want to make and take our time to make it. I end up happy with the end product too! Which is the purpose of this challenge, so that’s great!! πŸ˜€

Check out what my sister has made here. This time, she’s made an incredibly charming flower garden mixed media piece, which gets visited by friendly butterflies! I totally loved it!!

I am also joining the following challenges with this card –

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

Virginia’s June’s Show and Share

CrafTangles June Challenge: Use Watercolors

Craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + optional Layers

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#871 – STB: All About Summer!

PE: Winner at the Timeout Challenge #163

Timeout challenge winner

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time, chosen by our teammate Colleen, is ‘All About Summer’. However, if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!

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And here’s what I made –

You Make Everything Shine

I am not completely sure if this is qualified for a Summer theme, but there is a sun in it….:P

Making the card was pretty straight forward – Stamped the images from My Favorite Things ‘Things with Wings’ stamp set, colored them using my Zig brush markers. I used distress inks for the grass and sky, and cut the grass using My Favorite Things Grassy Fields die. The whole panel was cut using Mama Elephant So Sew die. I stamped the sentiment after the assembly of the top panel, and it is a combination of Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp sets.

You Make Everything Shine (closeup)

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Jo Avery! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps & More challenge #392: Make Your Mark

CASE This Sketch challenge #375

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#858 – Birthday Bouquet

Hello and welcome! I made a card after looking at some challenges I wanted to join. I’ve been having a bit more free time due to you know what.. but somehow the crafty cogs are not rotating.. I could come up with this card, and then things started to click. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday to You! MFT Stamps

This one came together really quick. I stamped the images from My Favorite Things Buildable Bouquet and Things with Wings on watercolor paper using Adirondack Earthtones Ginger ink, which is a water reactive ink. I then painted it using distress inks. Of course, some of the ink I stamped the images with also blended in, but that’s what I wanted. Anyway, after it dried, I fussy cut the images.

On a panel of white cardstock, I stamped the My Favorite Things Scattered Surface using the same ink and then used water and a flat brush to spread and lift some color off the panel. Once this dried I trimmed one edge of it at an angle and then cut cut it off for a diagonal panel piece.

Happy Birthday to You! MFT Stamps (closeup)

To bring the card together, I foam mounted the diagonal panel, then adhered a die cut piece of Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles. I then adhered the fussy cut pieces on top. For the sentiment, I used a combination of My Favorite Things Alphabets & Numbers by Birdie Brown and Ewe are the Best stamp sets.

I was inspired by the sketch from the MFT Sketch challenge #481. Unfortunately I was just a couple of hours late in submitting to this challenge! 😦

But I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #42: Anything Goes

Timeout challenge #157: Birthday

AAA Birthday challenge #11: Flowers

MFT The Birthday Project March challenge: Flowers

My Favorite Things - Birthday Project

Watercooler challenge #264: All About Occasions

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#854 – STB: Show Me Your White Space

PE: Honorable Mention at Timeout Challenge!

Timeout Challenge - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! For this challenge, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme, but, if want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.Β  This time, the topping, chosen by Barbara is ‘Show Me Your White Space.’

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And what Barbara has mentioned about white space –
“The idea of white space doesn’t refer to a primarily white card (though often, as is the case, but rather, the idea of leaving a significant portion of your design open, free from embellishment, allowing your focal point to truly shine.
(Taken from MFT Summer School 2018)”

Thank you! And so, I haven’t used a white card base!! πŸ˜€

Happy Birthday to You

I started with a dark blue card stock. I added the scattered gold dots in the background using the dotted stamp from Simon Says Stamp Falling Backgrounds stamp and heat embossing it with chunky gold ep. Since I used chunky ep, I got a splattered effect instead of round dots.

I then stamped the flower from Altenew Persian Motifs and heat embossed it in gold twice, to get some dimension. I also stamped, gold embossed a few pieces of leaves. I then fussy cut all of them.

Happy Birthday to You (closeup)

The stamped piece of the sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, which I stamped in a mix of inks to end up with a color near to the cardstock’s color.

I also die cut a few pieces of white cardstock scraps usig the MFT Elegant Rectangle and Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ dies. I then colored one of the ‘You’ red using my Zig brush pen. Of the framed diecuts, I trimmed of one end of each diecut. I then adhered all of the pieces.

Finally, I adhered all the pieces together, added a single gold sequin for embellishing…. and there you have it! That’s my card for the challenge, all ready! πŸ˜‰

I am also joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #258: Occasion

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #376: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #155: Inspired by Words

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg!

Thank you so much for stopping by!