#753 – A Garden Birthday

Hello and welcome! I made a variation of a birthday card I had made some time ago.. using stamping under watercoloring using drawing inks. This card uses the same technique, but I tried to give it a more garden feeling this time.

Happy Birthday

I started by first stamping the flowers in a lighter version of whatever color I finally wanted them to be in. I then colored those flowers using drawing inks. Same goes for the leaves.. this time I used both yellow and green inks. Once I was done, there was a lot of gap between the leaves at the base. To cover this up, I used Zig Brush markers. I colored, spread it using water, picked up extra ink using tissue.. and repeated the process until I was satisfied.

Once it dried, I die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I layered this with another trimmed panel, then with another panel die cut using Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways. This, I adhered on the card base. The sentiment comes from Lesia Zgharda Happy Birthday, which I stamped in Versafine Black ink.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #292

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Timeout Challenge #109: Inspired by Words: Friends are the charming gardeners who make out souls blossom

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

The Card Concept challenge #93: Floral Centerpiece

Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend!

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#747 – Happy Anniversary

PE: Winner at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

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Hello and welcome! Today I am presenting the card I made for my parents’ anniversary –

Happy Anniversary

I was totally inspired by this card by Kelly Latevola, which she had made using Neat & Tangled stamps. I absolutely loved the look of the card, though I didn’t follow her technique. And, though also lacking the same stamps, I made this one using stamps from Simon Says Stamp – Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus.

I stamped the images in a light grey ink. I did this, since I wasn’t going for a complete no-line coloring – I wanted the lines to be a little visible, but also blend enough, so that it wouldn’t overlap or overwhelm other colors. Grey seemed like a good choice, but I guess brown would also work.

Happy Anniversary

Anyway, I used distress inks for watercoloring. I used two layers of watercoloring, air drying the paper in between – I think this is what Nina Marie Trapini calls under-painting technique. Lighter colored first layer under the vibrant top layer. Definitely looks pretty! 🙂

I then added a few splatters in yellow and dark brown. Once the panel dried, I added those X stitches using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die. After I mounted the watercolor panel on a dark brown cardstock came the sentiments. They are from a very old stamp set from The Craft’s Meow called Side by Side. I heat embossed it in white, fuzzy cut it. For mounting it on the watercolored panel, I added a couple of cardstock stripes underneath – I wanted dimension, but not too much.

Happy Anniversary

On the envelope, I used the same flowers and stamped them for a tone and tone look, and heat embossed the same sentiment, before adhering the sides. I die cut those stitched Xs using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders die, then rounded the corners.

My parents’ anniversary is due end of this month.. so I hope they like this card! 🙂

With this special card, I am joining the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring (there’s an optional one layer, but mine is not strictly one layered, so I am not choosing the optional element)

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Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not choosing the optional ‘Rainbow’)

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Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Flower Power

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Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#746 – Birdie Hello

Hello! I had made this card some time ago to send it to another one of my card making friend. She has long since received it, but I hadn’t written about it yet; so here it is –

Hello

I used stamps from Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie, and stamped the images in a light color on a watercolor paper panel. I then watercolored the scene using distress inks, trimmed the panel and stamped the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Whimsical Friends. Finally, I mounted this on a grey card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Inspired by the Little Things #83

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with the optional choice of Rainbow (this card has all colors of the rainbow!!)

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#745 – Vibrant Birthday

Hello! It is, once again, time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! As usual, the challenge is to create a birthday project, and you are free to go with or without the topping. And the topping this time is ‘Vibrant Colors’.

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And here’s what I created for inspiration –

Happy Birthday

I used three stamp sets for the background – WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers, Avery Elle Laurels and Avery Elle Petals and Stems. I stamped them on a card panel, then watercolored on top using Camel Drawing Inks. Once done, I added some more colors in the background using Zig Brush pens. I also added a few splatters of brown and yellow. I also embossed this panel using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder.

Happy Birthday

I then die cut the panel using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. I also die cut the ‘Birthday’ using My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet dies. I die cut the ‘happy’ using Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy die from gold foil adhered cardstock and stacked it along with some four more die cut pieces. I then adhered all the pieces on the card base.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

The Card Concept #90: Sweet Treats

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #287: Make Your Mark

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Timeout Challenge #107: Spring

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional choice Rainbow

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Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Kimberly Lackenbach, and join us with your own birthday project !

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

 

#740 – Seize the Birthday – Teal and White

Hello! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday, and everyone’s invited! While the challenge is more or less an ‘anything goes with a birthday theme’, we do have an optional topping. And the optional topping this time is ‘Teal or White’.

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And here’s the card I made –

Happy Birthday

I went with an ombre look, with a lighter and darker shade of teal. I first created the background using distress oxide inks, then added a die cut layer of white card stock, which I die cut using Lil Inker Designs Diamond Chevron. The sentiment panel is Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy and the flowers are from Lesia Zgharda Kvity’s Contours and Leaflets stamps.

With this card, I am also joining

The Flower Challenge #18: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Timeout Challenge #105; where they are celebrating their 4th birthday!!

Stamplorations March Challenge: All About Spring and Faith

I do hope you also stop over the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where you can see much more inspiration from our talented DT and our amazing Surprise Party Guest, Kimberly Lackenbach! And don’t forget to join the fun – remember you can choose to go with or without the topping, as long as it is a birthday project!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#733 – Timeout Reminder

Hello! Its time for a reminder post for the Timeout challenge, where I am guest designing. The current challenge is a Theme Challenge, with the theme being “Hobbies” and the sponsors are CAS-ual Friday stamps.

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Did you notice that there is an “Optional Twist”? Although I had seen that last time, I was too hyped while making my card and completely forgot about it then! So, I thought of trying to make a one layered card this time.

And what hobby? Card making, of course!! The whole reason for my blog!! 😀

You've Got Happy Mail

I made a card with a lot of critters exchanging cards between them. For what reason? I don’t know! Isn’t it enough that cards are getting exchanged??

Anyway, the critters are all from WPlus9 Happy Mail stamp set, and so is the sentiment. The flowers in the background are from Purple Onion Designs, named Blooms. I used a kraft card base and colored these critters using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

Hope you liked my card. Do checkout the Timeout challenge blog, where you’ll find even better inspiration from the DT! And don’t forget to play along!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#727 – Guest Designing for Timeout Challenge

Hello! So very excited to be Guest Designing at Timeout challenge! It feels wonderful to join the amazing ladies in this team!!

The challenge this time is a Theme Challenge, with the theme being “Hobbies” and the sponsors are CAS-ual Friday stamps.

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Now, I do have quite a few hobbies, but how do I represent them in a card?!?? Somehow I ended up picking up an easy one. Reading.

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I used to be quite an avid reader, but somehow that’s decreased to more than I like in the last few years. I am going to make a real effort to rising my “reading time” again this year, so wish me luck! 🙂

Coming back to the card – I used images from Waffle Flower Bird and Bear along with a stack of books that I drew by hand, colored them using distress ink and fussy cut them. For the background, I used double die cut – Lil Inker Designs Diamond Lace die along with Spellbinders Labels 24 die. The sentiment comes from Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder stamp. The card base is Fabriano Elle Erre paper.

Do take a time out and join the challenge – and do checkout the Timeout Challenge blog, the spectacular DT has some fabulous inspiration in store for you! 🙂

Joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Take Note

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Add a Die Cut

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Happy Little Stampers: February Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂