Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Addicted To Stamps And More Challenge #374...

Hi! I am here today with some fresh inspiration for this week’s challenge at the Addicted to Stamps & More challenge blog. The theme this week is my favorite

My card today is simple but striking.

This card was a quick make. I found a piece of background that I had made a long time ago in my stash. I had kept it aside as I didn't get the look I was aiming for. But it was too pretty to discard. I had heat embossed the flowers from a very old stamp set by Itsy Bitsy on some white paper with white embossing powder. After that, I used dye inks to color the paper. Here is a closer look at the panel.

I simply trimmed the panel and popped it up on a bright orange card base with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment under the panel with black ink. To finish, I rounded off the bottom corners.

Here is another look at the card.

I hope you liked this card and are inspired to create something beautiful. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. Please visit the Addicted to Stamps and More blog to link your creations and also get more inspiration from my talented teamies.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

White-on-white Elegance...

Hi! I recently finished the Mission: Inspiration class by Altenew Academy. The instructor, Nicole Watts, is an amazing teacher and the class focused on where and how to find inspiration. It also included several tips on organizing the inspiration and converting it into actual cards. If you are like me and end up spending a lot of time surfing on the net, this class is for you.

I made two white-on-white cards with loads of texture. This is the first card. I will post the second next week.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and the Foliage stencil by Altenew. I used the Mixed Media Paste by Little Birdie instead of inks or paint for the first layer. Made by Itsy Bitsy India, the Mixed Media paste is a great product. Applied directly it works as texture or embossing paste. It can also be diluted with water and used as gesso. After the panel was completely dry, I used the Sparkle Paste, also by Little Birdie for the second layer. Here is a closer look at the panel.

I trimmed the panel and mounted it on a top folding ivory card base with foam tape. The sentiment is from the Cross Stitch Flower stamp set by Altenew. I stamped it with black ink on a strip of dark orange paper.

The sentiment strip is also popped up on foam tape for added dimension. Here is another look at the completed card.

I just love the gentle shimmer of the Sparkle Paste and the pop of the sentiment strip.

Hope you liked my card. I would love to hear from you.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Yes, Virginia January Show & Share:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - All Loved Up:

Timeout Challenge #153 - Wardrobe:

I was inspired by the beautiful Chikankari Kurtis that I have. Chikankari is a form of traditional Indian embroidery that is done on thin cotton fabrics in white. The fabrics are generally white or very pastel colors. Here is a typical example.

As You See It Challenge #217 - Love is in the Air:



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Papercraft Challenge #25...

Hi! I wish you a very happy new year and welcome you to the January challenge at the Papercraft Challenge blog. As you know, we have a new challenge starting on the first of every month. I am here today bringing you some mid-month inspiration. Do visit the Papercraft Business site for some great tools that can help you take your papercraft business to the next level. Like the awesome Papercraft Business Planner that helps you keep track of your favorite challenges!

The theme for January is the easiest and most popular – Anything Goes

The winning prize: Magnolia - Jingle Jangle Tilda

My inspiration today is a set of cards I made for the holidays.

I started with the BAF Japanese Mum stamp set by Altenew and a bunch of inks from Altenew, Mudra, and Memento. I stamped the large flower from the set with various inks on a set of ivory panels. The whole process went very fast due to my stamp positioner. Here is a look at the stamped panels.

The sentiment is from the A Tree For All Seasons stamp set by Winnie & Walter. I also masked the flower and stamped the leaves from the Christmas Poinsettia stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps around it.

To finish the cards, I stamped the Ornate Background stamp set by Simon Says Stamp on top folding, ivory card bases in inks that matched the flowers. Finally, I adhered the flower panels to the card bases.

Here is another look at the cards.

You can get more information about Papercraft Challenge Planner here. It is an invaluable tool for all crafters who love taking part in challenges. The Papercraft Business site also has tools that can help you take your business to the next level.
Looking forward to hearing from you.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Happy Little Stampers January Challenge...

Hi! I hope the new year has started with a bang for all of you! Today is the first challenge of 2020 at the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies. You can create anything, as long as you use dies.

My inspiration today is an easel card I created for Christmas. Though with a simple change in the sentiment, you can use this design for any occasion.

The card can be propped open and displayed on the mantle or your desk.

I started with a square piece of ivory paper which I die-cut with the Mexican Tile die by Cheery Lynn. This die has been in my stash for years, but I never really got the hang of using it. Since it is extremely intricate, you need to use a thinner paper and make several passes through the machine. I was extremely happy that it worked this time. 

Here is a close up of the die-cutting.

I added a small square of pink paper under the central tile and also used the same paper for the matting. The flowers are from Itsy Bitsy. Here is a closer look at the flowers.

The sentiment is from the Christmas Poinsettia stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps.

Here is another look at the card front.

I hope you find my card inspiring and pull out your dies to play. You can check out the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog for more inspiration and also link your creations. Looking forward to seeing your cards in our gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenge:

CAS(E) This Sketch #353:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fun With Florals:

The Flower Challenge #40 - Shaped Cards:

Allsorts Challenge Week 553 - Soft Pastels:

Watercooler Wednesday: WWC253:
Pop of pink adds a feminine twist to the card.

Use Your Stuff #389:
I used a die that has been in my stash for years. The flowers too are a freebie that I got couple of years ago.

Edited – 10-06-2021

Creative Creases Challenge #8


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge - Wonderfully White...

Hi! Welcome to a brand new year. I am here today with the first challenge for 2020 at the Rainbow Card Challenge. Here is the inspiration pic.

My inspiration card for this challenge is very special to me as we celebrated our Silver wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve. I presented this card to my hubby who was really happy and most appreciative! I used a combo of white and silver and created a Z fold card.

Here is the front view of the card.

A view of the opened card.

I used this tutorial for a Z Fold card at Splitcoaststampers. I used ivory cardstock and some wrapping paper with silver polka dots. For the front left panel, I used the sentiment from the Together Forever stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps. I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Black Sparkle embossing powder by Ranger. 

For the right side, I stamped with the Spring Flowers stamp set by Simon Says Stamp and heat embossed with the Metallic Silver embossing powder by Ranger.

For the inside panel, I die-cut the numbers two and five with Quinn's 123 dies by Lawn Fawn out of a scrap of dark silver paper.

I also randomly stamped the bloom from Spring Flowers stamp set on a narrow strip of paper and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I adhered it along the bottom of the card. 

Finally, I adhered it to a card base. Here is the bottom view of the card.

Since the card is a bit bulky, I made a box envelop using my 123 punch board by We R Memory Keepers. I decorated it with a little stamping with the Spring Flowers stamp set.

Here is the card and the envelope together.

And a view of both standing up.

This card was a true labor of love and I am very pleased with it. I hope you find it inspiring and look forward to your creations in our gallery. Please do visit the  Rainbow Card Challenge for more inspiration and to link your cards to the gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

I used some wrapping paper on my card.

Edited – 10-06-2021

Creative Creases Challenge #8