#908 – A Merry and Bright Snowfall Scenery

PE: Winner at CrafTangles challenge!!!

Rocker at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

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 –

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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! 🙂

#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!! 😀

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!

#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.

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And here’s what I made –

Seize the Birthday - 1,2,3

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.

Seize the Birthday - 1,2,3 (closeup)

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!

#895 – STB: Use Your Scraps

PE: Top Pick at the Inkspirational Challenge!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Hello and welcome! Another three months left in the year…the months seem to pass both quickly and slowly..as always! And as always, we have a new challenge up at the Seize the Birthday challenge! This time, it was the turn of our wonderful teammate Lindsey to pick the topping and she chose ‘Use Your Scraps’.

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And here’s what I created –

Using up Scraps

The scrap – or something that I made and just didn’t use – is the top panel. I don’t even remember when I had created that panel, but I remember being ridiculously frustrated about it.

When I made it, I used the perfectly wrong cardstock. It just refused to listen to anything! I couldn’t stamp, couldn’t emboss, the ink just would evaporate as if it wasn’t paper at all! Somehow I struggled and got some embossing on it – I used verdigris ep. And then I watercolored it using some distress inks. Thankfully, that didn’t evaporate! 😉 But it still wasn’t looking that good, so I misted it with some water mixed with Perfect Pearls hoping it would save the piece.

Now, I wasn’t really impressed with the end result then, so I ended up just pushing it my ‘dunno what I should do with this‘ stash. But this time, I thought I could make some thing from it.

Using up Scraps (closeup)

I first cut the panel diagonally, and traced it over my white ard base. I then die cut a piece of white cardstock using Paper Trey Ink Triangles die, and adhered it directly on the card base by aligning it with the line I drew earlier. I also trimmed the excess. Following that, I foam mounted the panel.

For the sentiment, I used Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Day die. For the shadow die cut, I experimented some more with Brustro Iridescent gold metallic paper. I cut out a piece and colored it with Zig brush marker pens. I colored in layers, wiping the color in between – the paper acted somewhat like vellum, partially retaining the color so that the rest could be wiped away. I then die cut this sheet and also some white cardstock for the sentiment, adhering the pieces together, which I then adhered to the card. I embellished the card using a few sequins.

That is my card! Glad I could finally put that troublesome piece to good use! 😀

I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #292: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Inkspirational Challenge #223: Angle It

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make it Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

For more inspiration, checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest Angie Cimbalo and our wonderful design team!

Thank you for stopping by!

#893 – Tic Tac Toe Challenge!!

Hello!! I’ve got exciting news to share!! I’ve been generously asked by Felicita to join the Tic-Tac-Toe design team and I’ve humbly accepted!! Today’s my first day being a part of the challenge as a part of the DT!! Looking forward to an exciting journey with this wonderful team!

Well, coming to latest challenge! Here’s the Thank You/ Fall board created by Joanne:

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I chose the first row – Plaid, Pumpkin and Thankful. And here’s what I made –

TTT84 - Pumpkin Thank You

I created the plaid in the background by using CrafTrat 2 Step Plaid stencil. This is really a stencil that I’m super happy with!! Since I also wanted to add a touch of black, I took my black gel pen and added criss-crossing lines over the plaid.

For the pumpkins themselves, I used CrafTangles watercolor paper, stamped the set of pumpkins from Verve’s Bountiful Harvest stamp set in Antique Linen and watercolored it further using Gansai Tambi watercolors.

TTT84 - Pumpkin Thank You (closeup)

Once dried, I trimmed the panel, I stamped it with the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and You stamp set. I then matted it with black cardstock and foam mounted it on the plaid card base.

I must say, the watercoloring this time turned out better than I expected! So happy with it! 🙂

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Retro Rubber Challenge #144: Anything Goes (I’ve used Verve Stamp Bountiful Harvest which was release in 2010)

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Watercooler Wednesday challenge #291: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Just Add Ink challenge #525: Thank You

Do step over to the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the team! And don’t forget to join!! And thank you so much for stopping by!