Cheery and Bright Birthday

Hi everyone.  I’m back to share a couple more birthday cards to cap off my participation in Winnie and Walter’s 4th Birthday Bash challenges.

 

 

This was easier than it looks.  To start, distress inks in rainbow colours were blended with a Clarity brush through a Diagonal Grid stencil on a Mixed Media stitched panel.  A balloon was then die cut from it and vellum was adhered on the back to cover the opening.

 

 

Happy’ was die cut from a scrap of DIY black glitter cardstock.  ‘Birthday’ was die cut once from white cardstock and then four times from black cardstock to be stacked.  The string was die cut from white cardstock.

 

 

The assembled panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top fording card base.  Clear shimmer on the birthday die cut and clear sequins finished off the card.

 

 

I didn’t want the balloon cut out to go to waste, so I made a CAS birthday card.  Inlaid the balloon and used the hidden die cut technique for the ‘celebrate’ sentiment.

 

 

 

Too funny.  I actually had something different in mind, but I guess that’s the way it goes sometimes.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashUse Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashGrid Challenge with Keren
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday Bash — Die Challenge with Lydia
Fairy TaleBlack/White Rainbow
AAA Cards#109 Die Cuts Only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Birthdays

Hello there.  February is a busy birthday month here, especially in this final week of February with my hubby’s, BIL’s, FIL’s and SIL’s birthdays!   Two, of course, are on the same day since my hubby and his brother are twins.  So I have more birthday cards to share as I continue with the 4th Birthday Bash challenges from Winnie and Walter.

 

CARD 1

 

 

The colours from this photo inspiration are similar to this Color Combo and they matched a package of Pretty in Pink Sparkle Blends I received from my friend Amber… so it only made sense to create this shaker for my hubby (even though he’s not a fan of pink 😂).  To start, ‘happy’ was die cut from an A2 size Neenah piece of cardstock.  The inner pieces of the letters were saved for later.  Stamped the hat, masked it then stamped the bear (from the same set).  Masked her (she represents me 😉), then blended pink dye ink through a Peppermint Zone stencil.

 

 

Removed masks and coloured in the images with Copics.  Covered the ‘happy’ opening with acetate from the back then used the happy diecut as a guide to inlay the inner letter pieces, adhering them to the front of the acetate.  ‘Happy’ was die cut from fun foam and aligned from the back to create the shaker well. Filled the well with sequins, then adhered a pink inked piece of cardstock to close off the shaker.

 

 

Mounted the panel to a white top folding card base.  White heat embossed ‘birthday to you’ on a strip of gold cardstock.  Added clear shimmer to the stencilled spiral and some sequins to finish.

 

Entering this one to the following challenges:
Winnie and WalterJanuary Color Combo with Heather H.
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashShaker Challenge with Lea
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashInspiration Challenge with Gayatri  (used the colours)
Mod SquadAnimal Fun

 

 

 

 

 

CARD 2

 

 

This next card was inspired by another card from Kelly.  Circle dies were used to dry emboss the concentric circle background on a Mixed Media panel.

 

 

On another piece of Mixed Media paper, the rings of images/sentiment were white heat embossed.  Ink blended Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks (DI).  Wiped off excess ink with a tissue. Spritz with water and dried with a paper towel for a bit of texture.  Die cut out with a circle die.

 

 

Stamped the balloon image from the set with the same four DIs.  No matching dies, so they were fussy cut out.  A white gel pen was used to give the balloons highlights.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and foam mounted the circle and the balloons for dimension.  Adhered a black white heat embossed sentiment strip and added Crystal Glaze to the balloons to finish.

 

Adding this one to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashDie Challenge with Lydia
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashComeback Challenge with Taheerah
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashFour Challenge with Shay (4 DI colors + balloons)
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashWatercolor with a Twist Challenge with Heather  (watercolor spritzing + white gel pen)
Always Happy Birthday February 2018 CAS Birthday

 

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masculine Christmas

Hello everyone.  I know it’s February, but I’m easing you in to seeing more Christmas cards from me every month this year. 😉  So Winnie and Walter is celebrating their 4th birthday this month and I’m jumping in on the fun… a little late to the party, but I’ve finally recovered from two flus to be able to do so.  Winter Woodland was the first stamp set I bought from them and I decided to pull it out to make this card.

 

 

This card by Kelly was the jumping off inspiration for my card.  I also wanted to try watercolouring on color cardstock after seeing this done by Ishani.  To start, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Kraft cardstock.  The stag was white heat embossed first.  The tree ring was clear heat embossed next.

 

 

The tree ring was then watercoloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  Had to be careful not to use too much water to avoid pilling since this was regular cardstock. A brown color pencil was used to shade around the stag to give it some depth.

 

 

The pine branch was stamped repeatedly around the image — first with Versamark and white heat embossed, then with Early Espresso dye ink.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of Early Espresso cardstock.  The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base to finish.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashComeback Challenge with Taheerah
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashWatercolor with a Twist Challenge with Heather
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashRepetitive Stamping Challenge with Crystal
Watercooler WednesdayHelen’s Masculine Anything Goes
Jingle BellesA-Coloring We Will Go

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #363 One Layer Card Cute

Hello there.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I was one of the unlucky ones who started off the new year with the flu. 😝  I’m happy to report that I am on the mend and am slowly getting my energy back.  I am here today with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are looking for Cute one layer cards this fortnight.  Our sponsor once again this month is Skulls and Cross Buns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELATED BIRTHDAY

 

I have too many cute critter stamps to choose from, but the first image that came to mind was this little cutie, which I made a Christmas card with.  He is from a Christmas set, but I wanted to stretch my stamps so I created a Winter birthday card.  Look at him, he’s so ashamed for forgetting. 😂  Not much to explain here as this was pretty straight forward.  On a white top folding A2 card base created from Mixed Media paper, the penguin and sentiment were black heat embossed, and then watercoloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  Added the three dots after sorry wth a black marker.  For a little sparkle, added clear shimmer to the rainbow colour background (hard to tell in the photo) to finish.

 

Linking this one to the following challenges:
CAS WatercolourJanuary 2018 Birthday
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping One Layer
Moving Along with the Times  #63 CAS
Mod SquadRainbows
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Silver

 

 

 

 

 

MISS YOU

 

So I wanted to stretch this stamp further and ended up creating a missing you card too.  On another top folding card base made from Mixed Media paper, the penguin was black heat embossed then masked.  A heart reverse mask was hand cut from copy paper and Cherry Blossom inks (new) were blended with a mini blending tool for an ombré look.  For some texture and shimmer, splattered Gansai Tambi Starry gold paint (new) mixed with water.  Masks were removed and the image was coloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  The sentiment was gold heat embossed to finish.

 

This one’s heading over to the following challenges:
Winnie & WalterJanuary 2018 Color Combo with Heather H.
Freshly Made Sketches#320 Sketch by Kim
Uniko – #45 Something Old, Something New (2 old stamp sets, new Cherry Blossom inks + new gold paints)
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Theme Stamps and Curves

 

 

 

 

And as a duo, I’m entering them in:
Twofer Challenge – #1 Feathers (penguin feathers are short, overlapping and densely packed – who knew? 😂)
SSS Monday ChallengeBirds of a Feather

 

 

 

That does it for me, but click HERE to check out the fabulous cards my team has created to inspire you.  Hope you will join us this fortnight.  Can’t wait to see those cute creations.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #362 Purples

Hello there.  We are back with our first challenge of 2018 at Less is More (LIM).  How fabulous was that extra week in our last challenge?  Hope you liked it because going forward, our challenges will run every two weeks / fortnight!  The challenge rotation remains the same.  So kicking off the year is our colour challenge and the colour is Purples.  We welcome our talented November winner, Wei of Handmade Card by Wei, as our guest designer.  We also welcome a brand new sponsor this month — Skulls and Cross Buns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 

 

Yes, more Christmas cards because living in Canada, orders from the US take a while to arrive, leaving no time to use the products in time for Christmas. 😉   So in keeping with my resolution to use NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff), I made a Christmas card to add to this year’s stash.  Stamped the bear on a scrap of X-press It paper with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics and die cut out with the matching die.

 

 

Die cut happy from white cardstock three times to stack for dimension.  Ombré coloured one using a mini blending tool and Wilted Violet DOx ink.  Covered it with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  It’s very sparkly IRL.  Stamped holidays with Wilted Violet DOx ink on a white strip.

 

 

Blended Wilted Violet DOx onto a white stitched panel for the background.  Mounted the panel onto a white top folding card base before assembling.  A few clear sparkly sequibs finished off the card.

For more inspirations from my team and our guest Wei, click HERE.  Hope you will join us.  Looking forward to seeing your creations.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Merry Monday#271 Embossing
AAA Cards#105 Sparkle
Watercooler WednesdayWWC151 Feminine Anything Goes
CAS-ual Fridays#190 All that Glitters
Simply Create TooEmbossing
SSS MondaySomething New  (Sweet Holiday stamp)
SSS WednesdaySomething New   (Sweet Holiday stamp)
edited to add: Addicted to Stamps and More#273 Holiday