Calling All Sistahs – Nov Encouragement Challenge

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, no line watercolouring, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

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Hi everyone! We have a new Encouragement challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and we have a gorgeous mood blog to inspire you to make a card which will cheer someone up. All you have to do is:

  1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
  2. Link up here by 12am EST on the 13th
  3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our challenge.

One person will win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store. All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize! Woah!! So I look forward to seeing your card on our challenge blog.

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I’m into water-coloured wreaths at the moment, if you hadn’t noticed… ;)! So I stamped the flower buds and leaves from CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami stamp set onto Canson 300g watercolour paper with a light Momento green ink in a wreath arrangement and water coloured it using my Winsor and Newton paints. It was my first time trying to “paint” white flowers and I did so by colouring around the buds in a darker shade so that the whiteness in the buds would stand out. To finish, I added some white and brown ink splatters.

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I then cut this panel with my craft scissors and adhered it onto a brown card base.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll hop over to the Calling All Sistahs challenge blog to see what other amazing cards my fellow “sistahs” have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Thanks for  stopping by and I love reading your comments each time!

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Water Shaker Card -Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge

Calling all sistahs, Cards, encouragement challenge, Watercolor

Its time for another Encouragement challenge over at CAS-ual Friday Stamps Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge Blog. Were you the winner of our challenge last month? Check it out here!

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This month we have this serene water scene to help you cling on to the last days of Summer.  All you have to do is:
1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
2. Link up by 12am EST on the 13th
3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our new challenge blog!

You might just win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store. All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize!!!

If you don’t have any CAS-ual Friday Stamps yet, you can use my discount code below to get 15% of all stamps and dies! But you don’t have to use our stamps for the challenge, all products are welcome!

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I was inspired by the inspiration photo to make this Water shaker card. Yes there really is water in my card! I made a photo tutorial to show you how I did it too, so sit back with a cuppa and enjoy!

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I first cut an oval shape on the front of my kraft card, using my Spellbinders oval die. I then coloured a white card stock with Salty Ocean distress ink and cut it with the same oval die, before gluing it onto the inside of a kraft card.

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I took a 15cm x 10cm (5,9′ x 3,9′) ziplock bag and filled it with just a little water and some blue sequins. I carefully squeezed all the air out of the bag before zipping it shut. I then adhered this on top of my blue coloured oval with double sided tape.

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The end of the bag was taped underneath the card with double sided tape AND a large sellotape to ensure it was well sealed!

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I then sealed shut the top of the card with double sided tape again, making sure there was tape around the oval shape too.

I cut a strip of vellum and stamped  a sentiment from CAS-ual Friday’s Mon Ami stamp set, with StazOn black ink. I added this on top of the card, securing the ends underneath the card with double sided tape. All I had to do now was colour my flower, which also comes from CAS-ual Friday’s Mon Ami stamp set, using distress inks and a waterbrush. I die cut it using the co-ordinating die and glued it onto the bag and vellum using UHU glue stick. I wanted it to look like a lotus floating on water.

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I then stuck the whole panel onto another kraft card and my card was finished! Have a look to see how the sequins swirl and flow with the water below.

I would love to know what you thought of my first water card, so please leave me a comment below. Do go over and see the beautiful designs of my talented team mates over at the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge too and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

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I’m also playing along at:

Shopping our Stash badge Shopping Our Stash – Chillaxin’ and Relaxin’

stempelgarten Stempelgarten Challenge – Summer Time

HLS AG with Dies Badge Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

stamping sensation Stamping Sensations– Anything Goes

 

 

 

Calling All Sistahs- Encouragement Challenge

Cards, Heat embossing, stamping, Watercolor

Its our second Encouragement Challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and we have this fabulous Inspiration pic to fire up your creativity!

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The idea of these monthly Encouragement challenges, is to make a card for someone who might need a little lift because they are going through a rough time due to illness, a loss or just cause life’s getting them down.

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Unfortunately this month I had to make a few Encouragement cards for friends due to losses in their family, but the card I am sharing today is for a friend who is going through a tough time adjusting to life as a full time stay at home mum. Like most of us expat wives here, she put her very interesting career on hold to support her husband’s career. And like many of us who have been defined by our jobs rather than who we are, she is now having to adjust to having all that time for herself and her family!  It sounds fabulous I know, but after years of spending time for your work and raising a family at the same time, its quite hard not to feel depressed cause we feel “useless” now or feel guilty when we do things just for ourselves.

Even me, I love making cards but I started a company to sell my cards so that I could justify spending all that time making cards! Lol

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So onto my card. When I saw our theme for this month’s challenge, I knew I wanted to make a paint splatter. So I first stamped the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays “BE” set with Versamark, sprinkled Wow embossing powder over it and heat embossed it with my heat gun. I then took out my Zigs Clean Color real brushes and acrylic paints and had fun!

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To create the splatter effects, I first squirted quite a lot of water with my water brush onto the water colour paper and added the paint or my Zigs to it. Theres a great video here if you want to see the method.

So I hope you’ll join in the fun over at Calling All Sistahs, and you might win a 25$ gift voucher to CAS-ual Fridays at the same time! If you want to know who won our very first challenge in May, click here.

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you thought of my card!

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I’m also playing at:

AAAcards AAA card challenge – My 2nd entry for their Resist technique

Simply-Irresistible Simply Irresistible challenge – My 2nd entry to this challenge where you just have to make a card with the resist technique.

moving along with the times Moving Along with the Times – Embossing wet or dry. I went with heat!

ssswchallenge Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Emboss it

CAS Watercolour CAS Watercolor Challenge – Summer