#908 – A Merry and Bright Snowfall Scenery

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Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Just a month till Christmas,

and I am finally posting a Christmas card! Its for the new challenge we have up a the Tic Tac Toe challenge. Following the November theme of ‘Seasonal/Holiday’ elements, we have a new board, created by Betty Keefe, for you to work with –

TTT#092

I chose the last row of Stars-Metallic-Snow. And here’s what I made –

Merry & Bright

I started with handmade watercolor paper from CrafTangles. This is the first time I am using this particular paper, so I had no idea how it would behave. Its particularly thick too.

So, anyway, without going too much into the performance of the paper… I first stamped all the images on the paper. The images are actually only two thought – the snowman from Purple Onion Designs called ‘Snow – Snowman with Broom’ and the fence + trees in the background, from Purple Onion Designs too, called Farm Horizon. I drew the stones and the frozen lake beside the snowman myself.

Merry & Bright (closeup 1)

I then watercolored the piece using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once the watercoloring had dried, I splattered the ‘snow’ using white pigment ink. I also wanted a few stars on the scene. I stamped them from the stamp set Rustic Christmas from Lil Inker Designs, watercolored and cut them out, and adhered them on the scene.

Merry & Bright (closeup 2)

Next came the sentiment. I die cut a couple of pieces using Winnie & Walter In a Word: Merry die. I then adhered red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and die cut that also using the same die. I then stacked the pieces together.

I also heat embossed the words ‘& Bright’ from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand stamp set in silver embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This, I cut out, and adhered it along with the die cut piece on the card.

At this point, I felt that the rest of the stamping was lacking depth, so went over the whole thing again with my Uniball fine liner pen.

And that’s how the card came about! I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Virginia’s Show and Shave November challenge (“Christmas” and/or “Hand-stitching”)

Virginia's Show and Share

CrafTangles November challenge: Festive Projects

monthly challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #299: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum challenge #95: Winter

Checkout the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog for more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

And thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#907 – STB: Sparkle and Shine

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

Virginia's Show and Share - Winner

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! πŸ˜€

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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 –

Birthday Wishes with Colored Foil

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.

Birthday Wishes with Colored Foil (closeup)

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! πŸ™‚

#896 – Diwali 2019 Cards

Hello! This post has been long overdue!! Like more than an year!! I know I had taken a long time just to click some photos of the cards I had made almost 3 months before I wrote this post… because this post was written then, and I wrote that I took 3 months!! But, better late than never?? πŸ˜€

So, anyway, here are the Diwali cards I had made for my family and friends the last year!

Diwali 2019 Cards (1)

As is the case with my New Years cards, I follow a theme for my Diwali cards as well – as is glaringly obvious in this case! For these cards, I first chose a color of shimmer paints from Prima to paint a card panel. Depending on the color of the paint, I either chose a cream or a white card base. I trimmed the panel to size and die cut a circle window from the panel and a piece of scrap paper of the same size. I then used the scrap paper to die cut the circle window from the top of the card base too. I also heat embossed the painted panel in metallic colors using either Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp.

Diwali 2019 Cards (2)


Love the shine on these cards!  

I then die cut a set of circular frames using the same circle die I used earlier plus another die one size larger. These I painted either gold or silver, to go with the color of the painted panel. Finally, I adhered all these pieces together.

The diya itself, also painted in the same color as the panel, comes from a die from Ranganjali, called Ornamental Diya. I used the leftover circular pieces from earlier to cut them out. I actually made a pop up feature from inside, to adhere this diya on top of, following this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire, but that didn’t really ‘pop up’ pretty well in this card for me!

Anyway, coming to the sentiment, I used Neat & Tangled Jounaling Alphas for the dies and the ‘happy’ comes from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

Diwali 2019 Cards (3)

Coming to the envelops – I used the same stamp as I used on the panel. Then choosing grey for the white card based cards and brown for the cream card based cards, I stamped the pattern as a gradient. I then used the combination of Altenew Beautiful Lady and My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Alphabets & Numbers stamp set to stamp the sentiment on top.

I’m joining the following challenges with my set of cards –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make it Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #145: Tic Tac Toe – I’ve chose the last column, Metallics-Masculine-Embossing, and the two stamps that I’ve used, being Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp are both from September 2017 Stamp-tember release.

RRCB 145

Virginia’s Show and Share October challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

And that’s it from me! Glad I got around to finishing and publishing this post finally! πŸ˜€ And thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#887 – STB: Die cuts Only

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Virginia's Show and Share - Winner

Hello and welcome! We have a great new challenge starting today over at Seize the Birthday! The topping is something that I love, but don’t do much of. Suggested by our lovely team mate Cathy – “Diecuts Only‘. Of course, she has also added that you can use stamps when it comes to your sentiment. But if that still doesn’t please you, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! πŸ˜€

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So for my card, I did mostly use diecuts, but I chose to use a little bit of stamping for the sentiment. And here’s what I made –

Scandinavian

I used dies from Neat & Tangled Flower Medallion Builder and Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies, cut them out from normal cardstock, and colored them using Zig brush pen markers. I then adhered them on a white cardstock panel, which I then mounted on a grey cardbase.

Scandinavian (closeup)

For the sentiment, I used Altenew Simple Alpha to die cut several pieces of white and a single set of black cardstock, which I stacked together. When I went to adhere it on the card, I found that it was kinda getting lost over the other die cuts, so instead of adhering it directly, I first adhered it to vellum, which I fussy cut to form a sort of a shadow die cut piece. Then I adhered that to the card. The stamped sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals. Once it was all done, I felt a lack of shimmer and shine..so..yes.. gemstones from Lucy’s cards were perfect for this!

And that completes my card! Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more Birthday+Diecut inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our new Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo!

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

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #288: All About Occasions

Virginia’s Show and Share August challenge: Optional Rainbow

Virginia's Show and Share

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#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! πŸ˜€ Well, since Ma loves flowers, especially roses, I can say she was happy with the card. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Ma

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! πŸ˜‰

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.

Happy Birthday Ma (closeup 2)

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.

Happy Birthday Ma (closeup 1)

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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Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚