#604 – Rainbow

Hello! I did proclaim in a previous post that I suck at making cards with rainbow colors. I thought I would give it another go, but this time by adding an actual rainbow in my card. Here’s how it came out –

Celebrate Your Day

I used Neat & Tangled Winter Wishes stamp for the scene, watercolored with with distress inks, then stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts. I then die cut this panel using Winnie & Walter Essentials Lana’s Cutaways, then adhered it over a cardbase on which I adhered some pages from an old book.

Celebrate Your Day

Seeing the card in retrospect, the rainbow is upside down..red is supposed to be on top – its even more irritating for me, since I actually looked it up…and still ended up coloring it like that!! Imagine!! 😦 And then I thought.. what are stars doing in this scene? It can’t be a night scene – there wouldn’t be any blue sky or rainbow…but, they aren’t looking bad even thought they don’t add any logic to the scene…I guess I’ll leave it alone for now! After all, I firmly believe in learning from mistakes! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

I am submitting my card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

SSS - Monday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #80: When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #171: Rainbows

Thank you very much 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™‚

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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™‚

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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.

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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

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#583 – XO

PE: Top at Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge!!

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Hello! The card this time is inspired by the season of love. I made a card with the pretty combination of pink and gold, with a little black to add contrast. I saw this combination in quite a few creations recently, and was very tempted to try it. And here’s what I created –

XO

Supplies used:
Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha
My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet
My Favorite Things Hip Clips

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch Challenge #66

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color of Love

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: XOXO

Timeout Challenge #76: Inspired by words: “Friends are connected heart to heart, Distance and time can’t break them apart” –

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#568 -Celebrate New

PE: Chosen as Simon Says Stamp Card of the Week at Instagram!!

Hello! Just now am I receiving all the crafting goodies I purchased during the Thanksgiving sales..imagine having to wait for a month!! That’s my usual story! πŸ˜₯ But the wait is totally it when I open the parcels and find awesome steals! And then I can’t wait to get crafting!! πŸ˜€

And when I received the parcels last week, I set aside two products specifically, so I could combine them and create a card. I had to wait a week before actually making one..somehow couldn’t make one before this! But I got the chance today! Now, keep in mind that these products aren’t exactly new, but they are definitely new for me! πŸ™‚

Celebrate

I combined Neat and Tangled Doily Tag with the Simon Says Stamp Gift of Love stamp set, added some watercoloring, and added the sentiment from Paper Trey Ink Good Times. Combined this with a card base embossed using Spellbinders Paisley embossing folder and some slimmer and sequins for embellishing, and you get this pretty card! πŸ™‚

Celebrate

I am really happy with this card – the doily tag makes such a beautiful combination with the embossing – love it!! πŸ˜€

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #73: Inspired by Words: With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning

Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Party Time

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday December Challenge: Something new

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#557 – Snowflake dies – Two Ways

Hello! I made a couple of Christmas cards using some snowflake dies.I am showing the first card here, and second card in my next post..or it would be too many photos in a single post! πŸ˜‰

I saw this post from Jennifer McGuire and thought it would be the perfect technique to try! πŸ™‚

Merry & Bright

I’ve added more photos than usual since the shine from the embossing is just barely visible, and no matter the angle, one or the other flake seemed to vanish! πŸ˜€

Merry & Bright

So, for my card, I made the background using Zig brush markers and water mixed with Perfect Pearls. I used Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flake dies and silver glitter embossing powder for the embossing. The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand. For more glitter, I added little dots of silver glitter here and there between the snowflakes.

Merry & Bright

Once everything was done and dried, I trimmed the panel, sponged the borders using Dusty Concord distress ink, and among the snowflakes, just to bring out the shine a bit more. I even added Wink of Stella (my pen has dried out and I revived it using water…sigh, need a new one!!) Finally mounted it on a white card base.

Merry & Bright

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #71:Β Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer –

Just Us Girls Challenge #371 (I am inspired by the colors, purple and silver, and the Christmas theme) –

Happy Little Stampers: November Christmas Challenge: Watercolor

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#549 – More Aluminium Foil

PE: Top 3 at Sovushka Slavia!

Sovushka Slavia - Top 3

Honorable Mention at Timeout Challenge!

Time Out Challenge - Honorable Mention

Happy Little Stampers Favorite!

Happy Little Stampers - CAS Favourite Badge

Hello! I first used foils in a guest post for Waffle Flower Crafts (and here in my blog). And I thought I definitely wanted to use this technique again – in fact, I wanted to use it with alcohol inks, color them, and use them.

And I had more than one reason – I just bought a stock of alcohol inks last month, and its the still the time to make fall and Christmas cards! I fell to temptation! πŸ˜€ And here are the results –

Thanks

Although both the cards involve alcohol inks, the application method is just a little bit different. For this card, I first adhered the foil on scrap card stock, applied the alcohol inks and then used Itsy Bitsy Leaf thincuts to die cut the leaves. I then used a felt applicator and some Blending ink to spread the colours.

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I then used the leaves on my card – a kraft card base, and another layer of kraft panel die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Thanks.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #69: “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch #61

Bastel Traum Challenge #46: Fall/Halloween

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Paper Smooches: November Challenge: Giving Thanks

And the second card –

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Here, I applied the alcohol inks on just the foil, without adhering it to anything first. While the inks were still wet, I scrunched up the foil, so the inks would blend and spread. I then carefully unfolded it, pressed it using my die cut machine, then adhered it on scrap card stock, and finally used this for die cutting.

By the way, check out this snap my sister took of the foil just after I had pressed it – I just love it! πŸ™‚

Peace & Joy

Well, once the inks were dry, I used Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flakes to die cut some snowflakes. I used the same die to cut out some pieces using plain white cardstock. I also die cut the ampersand using Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand, stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Butter Bar and Memento Rose Bud inks. I used a panel of watercolor paper, painted it pink and yellow and once dry, adhered it over my card base. I then added the snowflakes and the sentiment on this.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #218: Holiday

Happy Little Stampers: November CAS Challenge: Metal/Faux Metal

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#532 – Faux Hydrangeas

PE: Top Pick at Marker

Marker POP - Top 3

Hello! And a happy World Card Making Day to all the card makers out there!! Big cheers to all us card makers!!! πŸ˜€

I have been seeing this awesome hydrangea dies from Simon Says Stamp around blogland, and been wowed one too many times..I thought I just had to try adding some in a card. Now, I don’t own the fantastic die, but I did have something similar with me – A Bunch of Flowers die from Elizabeth Crafts. One set of these flowers look so much like hydrangeas, I think I’ll call them faux hydrangeas! πŸ˜‰ And here’s what I made –

You Are Amazing

One more reason – I just good a bunch of Zig brush markers!! I had them in a bit darker colors, and was longing for some lighter shades.. and I just bought them from SSS, and couldn’t wait to put them to good use! And wow!!! Really amazing product – I couldn’t love them more – totally worth the investment!!

So here’s what I did – I first die cut a bunch of flowers…from the Bunch of Flowers dies ;). Then I colored them, pretty shabbily, using the Zigs, misted them, let them air dry. I re-colored some which I thought were lacking color or cover. Well, the water did most of the work, so I mostly did just a tiny bit!

You Are Amazing

For the background – I just placed the (dried) flowers to get a placement, then stamped the leaves from Micia Blooms of Mine – these leaves were the most like hydrangea leaves (yes, I did some homework!) using Antique Linen distress ink. Then I colored the background using Zigs, used a brush to spread and mix the color around, heat-dried it, then misted it some more with water, and then heat dried it again, and finally added water splatters to get that dreamy look. Once this was dry, I added outlines to the leaves using Zig Cool Gray 1, since the veins had become almost invisible.

Finally, I added the flowers, then stamped the sentiment – a mix of Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha & Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia – using Memento Tuxedo Black. At this point I realized that I hadn’t added any splatters that I had wanted to add..so I added them, covering the flowers (but I still got some ink on one of them).. Finally I added some silver stickles to the flower centers.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Marker Pop Challenge #104: For the girls

Timeout Challenge #67: Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship (plus, I’ve used pink; no embossing though..)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch #60

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