Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thank you Card !!

Hi friends,
I have a quick card to share today. A few days ago I was lucky enough to win a spot in the current Online WaterColor Card Class (Exploring Mediums) by the very talented Jennifer McGuire  and friends..They have such awesome teachers and I got to learn tons from this class.
My card is based on the Day 2 Class Homework which was exploring traditional watercolor mediums like Tube paint's, Distress inks and Watercolor cakes...For my card though, I have used the Altenew Dye inks to do my coloring and I have followed the technique that Jennifer Rzasa taught using Distress inks and solid image stamps ...Before I explain further, here's a look at my card :

 To begin with,  I did try out the stamping with Distress inks but found no success .. In the process also managed to spoil one of my  finished card panel's when I got clumsy with water  and brush  :(.... I have used the Altenew Lacey Scrolls stamp set for the solid image stamping ....The inks I used are Altenew Grapevine and Ruby Red for the flowers and the PTI Simply Chateruese ink for the leaves and foliage...Once I stamped the flower, I went in with a wet brush and blended the colors and kept adding a bit more of Grapevine ink which I had smooshed on my acrylic block. Finally ended my card with a few ink splatter's using the Grapevine ink and die cut sequins from the Mama elephant Confetti die..I really missed not having real sequins in gold to add to my card :(
My card colors and design are inspired from this time's Altenew challenge ..Here is a look at the beautiful  inspiration picture :
Also entering my card in the current Lulupu challenge Sparkle and Shine.
Hope you all like my card ...Do leave your views regarding it ...I love to hear from you :)
Have a nice day everyone !!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dream- Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, friends!
I am back again sharing a Mixed Media Canvas I have made using our Papericious's this month's release - "The Vintage Attire" and "The Golden Garden" collections. The Vintage Attire premium collection has some really beautiful prints, perfect for creating any backgrounds and all the Mixed Media fans would love the designs in this pack. I have used the Vintage Attire to create the base of my canvas design by doing paper tearing and layering these papers using Gel Medium, then I gessoed over it. Here's a look at it :

 Close-up of the sentiment and textures :

 To create the background of my canvas, I have layered strips of paper from The Vintage Attire collection by Papericious, then did stenciling using stencils from MFT and Tim Holtz using Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste in white. Once it dried, I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists- Hottie Pattotie. I have paper pieced some flowers and leaves from The Golden Garden collection by Papericious  and then embellished it using MDF pieces, a white resin frame and my handmade flowers, and some pollen fillers too.
The sentiment is stamped using Visible image stamp and heat embossed it using White embossing powder on a black cardstock paper. The word 'Dream' are alpha stickers from the Chickaniddy Crafts- Date Night collection which I have colored with Versafine Onyx black ink and added Glossy Accents over it.

My canvas was inspired by the this time's gorgeous inspiration photograph at the Scrap Around the World blog and it measures 10 X 10 inches. Here's a look at the beautiful picture :
I was inspired by the colors, the soft pink and the browns and the beautiful flower on the book and the script background. 
I'm also entering this in the PPS September challenge- Embossing. I've done heat embossing on the sentiment and on the MDF pieces.
I am entering this canvas for this month's STAMPlorations Mixed Media challenge - Sep  ( I have used  stencils on my background )
I have taken bits of the inspiration picture and included in my canvas. The quote is perfect with the theme of my canvas, too! Taking time to live life does, indeed inspire our work. :)

Hope you like my work. Your comments totally make my day, so do leave me your feedback.
Have a nice day everyone.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mixed Media' Celebrate' Card !

Hi friends!
I've been missing from the blogland for nearly 2 months now and I have really missed creating and sharing a lot, but a family emergency took precedence over my crafting commitments, but thankfully things are just settling now, so I'm here with my first post for the Papericious blog. This month Papericious has come up with 2 Premium Paper packs and Embellishment sheets with some really amazing and gorgeous designs. I am focusing on the 'My Golden Garden Collection'. It's a perfect shabby-chic collection and you will love these papers and their designs once you have them in your hand. So here's a look at what I've created! 

I have used the 3D Dome sticker, and the Circular Collage Sheet - Blue Dreams (1 Inch circle) to create a gorgeous epoxy sticker. I have layered the epoxy sticker on the 1.5 Inch- Vintage Time Circular Collage Sheet. Here's a look at what I have created :

I have created a shabby, mixed media card and I'm sharing a tutorial on how I created the card base and the floral embellishment on the Papercicious blog. These papers have some really beautiful flower images and also neutral designs like dots, hearts and my very favorite, chevrons and it's quite easy to paper piece the images to create any project.

I'm entering my card into the SSS Wednesday challenge (I have used a Prima Marketing Doily die as well as Cheery Lynn Sophie's heart Mini doily die).

After I finished my card, I went ahead and created a mixed media tag too using The Vintage Attire- Labels embellishment sheet and My Golden Garden paper collection. 

Hope you like my projects..Would love to hear your views on it. :)
Have a nice day everyone!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Celebrate your day !

Hello Friends,
I am back again with a card again but before I get into the details regarding that, I wanted to take a moment to wish all my Muslim friends a very Happy Ramadan Kareem. The holy month of Ramadan has started and so has the fasting, prayers and the festivities surrounding it. This month is really hectic for me and if you don't see me drop by all your blogs, please bear with me as my energy levels are quite low. Will make up to all of you soon :)

Well, that said, let me dive right into what I have to share today..Ofcourse, its a card...No surprises there :D, but this time I am trying something quite new to me as I try to CASE the creative genius Jocelyn Olson and her style of card making, which is totally unique and quite brilliant.

Here's a look at my card :

Taheerah, at the Winnie and Walter blog has invited Jocelyn for this time's Gossip Column challenge and she has challenged us to create a card based on Jocelyn's style of card making. For my card, I have been inspired by Jocelyn's card below. The way she has used soft colours, unusual card design and various elements is fabulous. I would have never thought of trimming my card panel to an angle and adhering an embossed panel over it..To me, thats sheer genius!
 Here's a look at Jocelyn's card :
I have used my very fave set from Winnie and Walter- The Big, the Bold and Extras to create the entire card. This set not only has fabulous flowers and leaves, but some of the best sentiments too! I have been inspired by the design and the colors and have incorporated various elements from Jocelyn's card in my card. Hope you all like my take as this loose eclectic style of card designing is quite new to me.

Supplies used :
Iris White cardstock.
Dies/embossing folders- Spellbinders Floral Ovals, Paper Smooches Dots and Dashes, Spellbinders Standard Ovals, Die Versions Sweet Wordlets Celebrate die, Mama Elephant Confetti die, Cuttlebug/ Provocraft Foundry embossing folder, Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves die.
Stamps- Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and Extras.
Inks- Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, Mama Elephant Fresh Mint ink pad, Memento Dandelion ink.
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold Lame mist, Viva Decor Inka Gold, Pretty Pink Posh/Winnie and Walter First Birthday Bash Sequins.

I am entering this card in the Winnie and Walter Gossip Column challenge, Catchy Challenges ( I have been inspired by the soft yellow and blue color from the moodboard), Beyond Grey Challenges and Simon Says Stamp challenge. (My favorite techniques are dry embossing, spattering and die cutting).

Hope you like my card do leave your comments/suggestions. Would love to hear from you :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Floral Thanks

Hello, hello friends!
So, I'm back again with another card and this time I have played with the Altenew Vintage Flowers set. Totally, totally in love with this set and if my budget did allow me, I could have very nearly bought all of their stamp sets :):)
Anyhow,  here's a look at what I have created :

Because this stamp set is so beautiful, I have kept this card pretty simple just to highlight the stamp itself!
I won't lie. The layered stamping is definitely tricky and it takes a lot of practice before one gets perfect results and mine is nowhere near perfect. :/ After lot of trial and error, what I found is Dye inks work best for the layered stamps. I have used a combination of Memento and Mama Elephant inks for my pink flowers where as for the yellow flower I have used Hero Arts Shadow inks along with Memento inks.
The background is embossed using an embossing folder from Darice. I love the contrast of the woodgrain against the soft flowers. I have lightly inked the panel using Black Soot Distress ink. Some random ink splatters and PPP sequins completes my card. The sentiment is die cut and is my ever favorite SSS die.

Supplies used :
Cardstock- White Iris Cardstock.
Stamps- Altenew Vintage Flowers.
Dies- Simon Says Stamp Thanks Craft die.
Inks- Memento Angel Pink, Mama Elephant Piggy Bank, Avery Elle Raspberry, Hero Arts Soft Blossom, Memento Dandelion, Hero Arts Butter Bar, Hero Arts Orange Soda, Distress ink Black Soot.
Darice Woodgrain embossing folder, Black acrylic paint, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins.

I'm entering this card in the Cardabilities Sketch challenge, Beyond Grey Challenges, A Blog Named Hero- Favorites (I have used my absolutely fave stamp set here), Create Something Catchy -CAS and Inspired by the moodboard. (I have been Inspired by the flowers ), SSS - Love of plants.

Hope you like my attempt at layered stamping.  I would love to hear your comments/suggestions on my card.
Have a nice day everyone!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Guest Post at Card Makers Corner !

Hello friends!
Rahmat of Cards and Cooking Corner blog had invited me for a fun interview session which she has created on her blog. She is a very talented card maker and her CAS cards are just wow! Would love it if you could drop by her blog and leave me some love :)
You can check out the interview HERE .

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ombre fun

Hello friends!
Today I have a card to share which I have  made especially for the Sparkle and Shine challenge. Their inspiration picture is so gorgeous that one look at it, and I was very sure that I wanted to create a card based on it :)
Also, the DT inspiration was really awesome out there. You really need to check it out HERE.

Here's a look at my card based on the inspiration picture :

This was clicked in artificial light and the colors seem much lighter here!

To create my card, I first took a 41/4 X 51/2 inch piece of watercolor paper and using Distress ink - Cracked Pistachio I watercolored my layers by masking each layer with washi tape. Once the ombre layer was created, I found it a bit dark so I heavily spritzed the panel with water. This softened the colours and really enhanced the ombre look more.
Using Wendy Vecchi White embossing paste and a Heidi Swapp stencil, I created the embossed bubbles. The cake is from the Winnie and Walter Sugar Rush set. It's actually a two tired cake, but I wanted a three tired one, so I stamped and embossed the cake image twice and fussy cut the top tire from one of the cakes and paper pieced it on the main cake image. The cake and the flowers are watercolored using Cracked Pistachio Distress ink.
Then, I stamped the cake stand which is also a part of the set using Mama Elephant Fresh Mint ink and fussy cut it. I just used part of the image on my card here! The banner and the sentiment is also from a W & W set- The big, the bold and extras. The flowers were punched out using the MS 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch and I have added Platinum Stickles in the centre of the flowers.

Supplies used :
Fabriano White Elle Erre, Brustro Watercolor paper.
Die- Paper Smooches Dots and Dashes.
Stamps- Winnie and Walter Sugar Rush, Winnie and Walter The big, the bold and extras.
Inks- Mama Elephant Fresh Mint, Distress ink Cracked Pistachio, Versafine Onyx black ink, Versamark embossing ink.
Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Pretty Pink Posh/ Winnie and Walter Birthday Sequins Mix, Ranger Platinum Stickles, Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil, Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch, Wendy Vecchi White embossing paste.

Challenges- Sparkle and Shine, PPP Watercolor Blog hop, Virginia's View Ombre challenge.

I hope you like my card. Please do drop me your comments/suggestion. I love to hear from you :)
Have a nice day everyone.