#967 – Let’s Try Stitching!!!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday and the optional Topping this time, chosen by Barbara, is to ‘Use Faux or Real Stitching‘. Since the topping is optional, as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the party!

And here’s what I made –

I finally dipped my hands into cross-stitching!!! Yay!!! My sister was a major inspiration, after all, I’ve been seeing her use the needle and thread for years now! 🙂

I’m glad to also have used the Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel, for what I think, is the intended way of usage (no, I am not saying you can’t just just use it as a background, it looks wonderful either way!). On this, card, since I didn’t want to waste embroidery thread with my amateur stitching, I used normal sewing thread instead, since I had access to plenty of it from my mother’s stash! Also, I did choose colors on my own this time – I usually have a couple of colors in my mind and use my color inspiration board on pinterest to pick the rest of the colors – but this time, I chose all of them, and I am super happy that they worked so well!

I did have a great time stitching. I did all the amateur mistakes – felt so bad when I had to cut off a lot of thread because I didn’t pull it right, made the top stitch come out from the wrong side, stitched over one hole, measured wrong – the whole shots – but I truly did enjoy the experience. In fact, I would like to make more (and maybe use embroidery threads this time? What say sis?) if I am not time constrained!

All that story, since I didn’t have much to write about the card itself!!! 😀

Anyway, coming back to the card – Once I finished the sewing, I cut out 2 sets of the frames using dies from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and Waffle Flowers Nesting Squares, along with extra pieces from scrap cardstock to stack them for dimension. I then adhered these using liquid glue and then mounted that over a square Beige card base. The sentiment comes from Neat and Tangled Hand Stitched stamp set, which I thought suited the card to a T. I also added a thin strip of copper foil washi tape on the sentiment strip, since I wasn’t going to add any other embellishment – sorry you can’t see the shine here.

And I’m joining the following challenges as well –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #324: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #414: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

And that concludes my report of my new crafting adventure! 😀 Checkout more stitching inspirations from our Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and of course, our fantastic crafting team at the Seize the Birthday blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#966 – Watercoloring on Glossy Cardstock

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the optional Topping, chosen by JoAnn is to ‘Use Pastel Colors only‘. Of course, as it is optional, you are free to join with any birthday related project you’ve newly created.

And here’s what I made –

The cardstock I used was pretty different this time – it had a normal side and a glossy side. The glossy side was pretty unique – water or watercolor, wasn’t moving like how it would with either watercolor paper or normal cardstock on it. It was behaving kind of like when light gesso is applied on paper. Colors were not settling or drying quickly enough, but its not like I was able to reactivate once it dried either. Very unique indeed! And I used that to get a lovely effect for my background! In fact, that’s the cardstock I used for the whole card.

For the background, I smooshed the distress ink pad over a acrylic sheet, misted it with water and dropped the cardstock on top, moved it a bit before lifting it, and repeated the color-picking process until I was satisfied with the coverage. And I watercolored the flowers’ and leaves’ solid die cut parts using a simple thick brush. For the outlines, I die cut them out of the same cardstock, leaving them uncolored, of course, showing off the glossy cardstock. While adhering the pieces, I offset them a bit and adhered only the center areas, leaving the perimeters hanging. That helped in getting a bit more dimension as well.

For the background, I did add a small detail of white heat embossing using a Border Patterns stamp from Cloud9. I then trimmed the sides a bit before using a couple of scrap cardstocks for extra dimension and adhering it to a white card base. I then adhered the flowers and leaves, and then used white half-pearls to embellish. For the sentiment, I used the stamp set Playful Animal Friends 2, trimmed it and again used strips of scrap cardstock to add dimension.

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: All Things Feminine

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

The Paper Players challenge #556: Tic Tac Toe challenge from Jaydee (I’m picking the first column: Feminine – Birthday-Florals)

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge to checkout the cards made by our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and the rest of our creative design team!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#964 – Happy ‘Sketchy’ New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its pretty late in the year for New Year cards, but after forgetting to publish them in the beginning of the year, any time is just fine, I guess! 😉

I was very inspired by these set of cards that were made by Norine Borys. Love how she added her own ‘sketchy’ charm into simple stamped images. I mean, they would look so beautiful by themselves, but by adding the sketching, she added a beautiful charm of her own to them!

I tried applying my sketching skills with the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set. I first stamped the images on the cardstock using distress inks. Of course, I misted the inked stamps before stamping them, so that the colors spread and mixed a bit. These looks absolutely wonderful by themselves, of course. I had half a heart of leaving them alone, afraid of ruining it, but I went ahead with it.

When I was done, I realized that the final result was making me less than happy. They weren’t look great at all! I stared and stared trying to understand why – what was different between what Noris had done and what I had done… and no, I was not thinking about my sketching skills being the problem.. Then I realized it. I had white space between my stamping! I then picked up my brush, and watercolored some green leaves between all the white space, and voila! It started looking a whole lot better! 🙂

Finally happy with the results, I proceeded to add some splatters once everything was dry, and then the frame, and finally the sentiment. That came from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. I stamped the letters skewed, but mostly together. I felt it went with the ‘sketchy’ look of the flowers well. 🙂

And that’s my 2 cards done! I’m joining the following challenges with these cards –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s Challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamploration Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#963 – Red as a Rose

Hello and welcome! I am showing off today a card I made, with my sister providing the gorgeous, cross-stitched roses!! We gave this card to our parents who celebrated their wedding anniversary a few months ago.

We started with the cross stitching. I die cut a panel of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel die. Passed this over to my sister so that she could cross stitch as she pleased. She made this beautiful rosy panel and then my adventure started! 🙂

I thought of making the card a sort of frame. After discarding a couple of options, I thought of using this one, where I cut out a panel of Fabriano Elle Erre Bianca cardstock and then dry embossed it using Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares, by partially passing the cardstock through my embossing machine to get the rectangle. The texture of the cardstock added for some extra elegance. 🙂

I then adhered the cross stitched panel on a red card base, and foam mounted the frame on top. Since the my sister used wool than thread to cleanly use the larger holes, I need some extra dimension on the frame. Coming to the sentiment, I used red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and then die cut it using Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips. I used a strip of white cardstock to cover up the base of the die cut and again, used foam tape to adhere the sentiment on the card. Finally, I used some white half-pearls as embellishment.

I love this collaboration between my my sister and me! Its rare but fun for us to work on a single project! 🙂

And I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamplorations Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#957 – Berry Sweet!

Hello and welcome! Time or a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this is going to be my last challenge as a part of the Design Team. Thank you so much, Felicita and the rest of the team for all the great time!

We are continuing the theme of ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings‘ and this time JoAnne has created this board for us –

Chooing the diagonal from top left – Fruit – Pattened Paper – Shaker, I made this card –

My idea of using the fun strawberries for shaker came from this shaker card created by the fantastic Julie Ebersole, which actually has cute cupcakes for the shaker. It’s so much fun! I thought of using berries instead, thinking they would be perfect for the summer theme.

So I started with the berries from the Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Florals stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I used an extra die for the berry itself, to add a bit of support and dimension. For the pattern paper, I used Recollections Blossoms & Bliss paper, adhered it above the entire card base.

For the shaker’s frame, I used Neat & Tangled Scalloped dies, cutting a few white cardstocks using it. I adhered them all together for the frame. Since I wasn’t going to use any foam tape, with the pattern being so thin at places, I didn’t want to take any chances. I adhered this on the card base and then added the sentiment from Honey Bee stamps Pearfect Sentiments

Finally, I added a few sequins, beads and the fruit die cuts, adhered the transperency using double sided tape and then placed the top frame, which I cut out from Fabiano Elle Erre Belle card stock, which has a little bit of striped texture to the card. And that finished my card!

Joining the following challenges with my card –

Addicted to Stamps and More #410: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #321: All Things Masculine

Stamplorations Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration on the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog, where you can see creations from the rest of the DT and our guest designer as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!