Monday, November 19, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #17...

Hi! I am almost at the end of the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level Two. I have really enjoyed my classes. Today's card combines lots of stuff that I picked up during this process.

Jennifer Rzasa, Debby Hughes, and Laura Bassen are three of my favourite crafters. So I was really looking forward to the Creative Watercolor Media class. And this class definitely didn't disappoint! I especially loved the idea of using reinkers as paints. I don't have any Altenew reinkers. So I used photo inks which are similar. Here is the card I created.

I started with a piece of watercolour paper. I used liquid masking fluid to draw a grid and then painted with yellow dye ink. Once the paper was dry, I added more masking fluid and used shades of blue and green to get a beautiful plaid pattern. I added some details with a very fine brush and dark blue and green dye ink.

While my plaid paper was drying, I took a scrap of yellow cardstock and stamped the outline and one layering image of the large bloom from the Peony Bouquet stamp set. I die cut it with the coordinating die. I stamped the leaves on watercolour paper and added drops of blue and green. I die cut the leaves with the coordinating dies as well.

I scored lines on a green card base. The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set. I stamped and heat embossed it with white EP. I die cut the plaid paper and arranged all the die cuts on the card base.

Here is a closer look at the card.

I hope you liked my take on pop art. Looking forward to hearing from you. Entering my card in the following challenges.

Creatalicious Challenge #151 - Anything Goes + Layer It Up:

I used the middle line. The Camlin dye inks are used are several years old, definitely more than 6 years.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Addicted To Stamps & More #318...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Addicted To Stamps & More blog. This week the theme is

I made a Christmas card as inspiration.

I used the Kaleidoscope technique again. The original technique is by Jennifer Mcguire and you can find the post here. Since I don't have the wreath builder template by Gina K, I made my own out of some sturdy file board. Then I dug out the Christmas Decors set by Mudra Craft Stamps and Warm Wishes Tia by Some Odd Girl. I used Altenew and Memento inks to stamp the snowflakes and created my own kaleidoscope background.

I trimmed the panel and die cut a window towards the top right corner. The sentiment is from the Christmas set my Mudra Craft Stamps. I stamped it with Memento ink and then heat embossed with Ranger's Holographic EP. The blue sequins are from my stash. I created the shaker and then mounted the whole thing on a bright blue card base.

Here is a closer look at the card.

I hope you are inspired by my card. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. Please do visit the Addicted To Stamps & More blog for more inspiration and to link your entries.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Rainbow Card Challenge - Design Team Call:
I am keeping my fingers crossed for this DT call! My style is very Clean & Simple. I love bright colours and messy backgrounds. I am a complete technique junkie and enjoy finding new ways to use my supplies. I love the idea of a colour challenge as it will make me stretch my boundaries. And I love the challenge graphic!

That's Crafty Challenge - Winter Wonderland:

Incy Wincy Designs - Christmas:


Monday, November 12, 2018

Make My Monday #84...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Make My Monday challenge blog. The theme this time is Winter Foliage. I decided to use the Kaleidoscope technique that Jennifer Mcguire shared some time back. You can find the original post here. She used the wreath builder stencil by Gina K to create her cards. Since I don't have it, I created my own template. Here is the card I made.

I used the Autumn Splendor stamp set by Sunny Studio and the Christmas Trimmings stamp & cut set by Hero Arts along with a bunch of inks from Altenew, Memento and Wendy Vecchi for the stamping. The process takes a bit of time and I had to figure out the placement etc. But once I got it, the stamping went pretty fast. And I love the results! I made another card today using the same technique which I will share later this week.

Here is a close up of the card.

The sentiment is from the Christmas Decors set by Mudra Craft Stamps. I first heat embossed with white EP and then added another layer with Ranger's Enchanted Gold to give it some shine.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the Make My Monday challenge blog for more inspiration from my talented teammates and to link your creations.

Entering my card in the following challenges.

Incy Wincy Designs - Christmas:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background:


Friday, November 9, 2018

Shake It Up!

Hi! I am here today with a birthday card that I made for a very close friend. Her daughter is turning 21 and she wanted a special card for her.

I decided to make a shaker card for her. I was very inspired by a card I found on Pinterest by Nicole Gavaldon for Lawn Fawn. You can find the original card here. And here is the card I made.

The starting point of my card was some pretty gift wrapping paper that I bought some time ago. It has some water coloured polka dots that I love. I adhered it to a piece of cream cardstock and then trimmed it to fit on a 4.25" x 5.5" card base. I die cut a panel from the same cream cardstock and also die cut a heart-shaped window towards the top. I used the Sweet Cakes stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the little table and the candles at the top of the cake with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger's Gold embossing powder. I inked the cake image with my Zigs as I wanted to get the same watercoloured look as the polka dots. I stamped it a couple of times to get some shading. I die cut the images with the coordinating dies.

The sentiment was also stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder. I used a mix of sequins from my stash to create the shaker element. I want to especially mention the liquid craft glue that I used from Itsy Bitsy to adhere the OHP sheet to the paper. This is a fantastic glue which dries clear, is super strong and works with almost any material!

I adhered the shaker panel to the card base and the die cuts over the shaker window. I punched out three small flowers and added them to the cake. To finish, I added gold sequins to the centres of the flowers.

Here is a closer look at the card.

I really loved this card. Waiting to hear from my friend now, after she gives her daughter the card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Less Is More Challenge #383 - Dimension:

Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #338:

Allsorts Challenge Week 492 - Pretty Papers:

Mix It Up Challenge MIUCB #19 - Anything Goes + Aperture:

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #362:


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Happy Diwali!

Hi! Today is Diwali, the festival of lights. I wish all of you a very happy Diwali and a fantastic year ahead!

I want to share a special card on this occasion.

This card is part of the set I made for my DT post on Mudra Craft Stamps

I inked a paper with distress oxide inks in red, orange and pink. I stencilled over it with dark brown distress ink through the Deco Pattern stencil by Mudra. I trimmed the panel to fit a standard A2 card and die cut a rectangle from the centre. I used the frame to make another card. The gorgeous sentiment die is the Cut3 Diwali die by Mudra Craft Stamps. I inked a scrap of paper with the same distress oxide inks I used for the main panel. I added some gold splatters for a more festive look. The base layer was cut from gold foil paper. I die cut the sentiment twice, once from black and again from the inked and splattered paper. I stacked them together and then adhered the sentiment to the inked and stencilled panel. The small sentiment is from the Diwali Decorations stamp set by Mudra. This stamp set coordinates perfectly with the Diwali die. So there are lots of options for your Diwali cards.

Here is a close up of the sentiment.

Love the way this card turned out!

This was the card I shared on the Mudra blog where I used up the frame left over after die-cutting. So I got two beautiful cards at one time.

I hope you liked my card. Entering it in the following challenges.

I used three colours that compliment each other - red, orange and pink.