Bloomin’ Flowers

Card Challenge, Cards, Clearly Besotted Stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters

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Hi all. I’m back again today to invite you to come play in a challenge I am hosting over at The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog. For this challenge, I decided to choose the theme “Bloomin’ Flowers” as I have fallen in love with flowers since I started card making and painting. So if you’re like me and love flowers too, I hope to see you link up all your projects with flowers there! You have till Sunday September 2nd 8pm EST.

I took a course recently at Altenew Academy, as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program, called “Beautiful Details” and its all about how we can go outside the box and add those little details that make our card stand out from the norm. I’ve also been wondering lately, what type of painter I would like to be and maybe go back to my roots (or rather my grandparents) and give Chinese painting  a try.

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So with this card I tried to emulate the style of the Chinese traditional painters by using my stamps from Clearly Besotted in a different way and incorporating tips I learnt from the course. The “Calming Carnations” stamp set consists of 2 layered stamps and I first took the full carnations stamp and coloured it with my light grey  Zig clean color real brush, spritz it VERY slightly with water and stamped it. I then did the same thing twice more but each time with a darker colour. The darker flower at the front was stamped after I stamped the two behind.

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Yes it looks awful at this stage doesn’t it! Luckily I had a clear picture in my mind of what I wanted to do, if not I would have given up at this point! I stamped the little buds in pink and started doodling on my flowers with my Sakura Koi grey colouring Brush pens which I just got. I’m not a natural at doodling but afew reference pics from internet on Chinese paintings helped alot. At this point I felt the flowers were all concentrated too low on the card, so I added two lilies from the same stamp set, but this time using only the detailed part of the stamp and then doodled in.

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I added a frame as I still felt it was too flat (can you tell I’m not comfortable with “free-styling”) by cutting 2 rectangle frames using Sizzix stacked rectangle dies. I propped the frame on double sided foam and finished by writing in the sentiment in Chinese, which means “May all your wishes comes true” as I’m gave this card to a friend for her birthday.

Well I hope you liked my card, I would love to know what you think. Do pop on over to “The Sisterhood of Crafters” challenge blog and see what my “sistahs” there have created just to inspire you to join in the fun and leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

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I’m sharing this with:

stamping sensationStamping Sensations – Use your current favourite stamp. My current, past and future favourite stamp will always be a flower one!

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations – Anything Goes

Creative Moments – Anything Goes without the optional twist of music

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Anything Goes

 

AECP – Easy die cutting techniques

Altenew Academy, Cards, Die cuts

I’m home! After one month away in Madrid at my in-laws, its soooo good to be home, even though it’s still hot and humid here and I’m being bitten to death by mosquitoes… but its so nice to hang out with my friends at the lake again, and have all my crafting tools around me!

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I decided before summer that I was going to finish my Altenew Educator Certification program during summer, so I have 30 days to finish it, its not going to be easy as we have friends coming over in August and I’m away most September, but I do love a challenge! I also intend to go back on my detox diet & get regular exercise, so i’m kick starting my New Year resolutions after a little lapse.

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As I missed my die-cutting machine while I was away, my first card I made back home uses afew of the die-cutting techniques as shown by Yana Smakula during the Altenew Academy Easy Die cutting Techniques course.  I’m not much of a die cutter, preferring one layer cards, so I learnt so much during this course; like embossing with a die!

On my card, you’ll see that I first embossed the white card stock with Altenew Spring Shower Cover die, before I added the Floral Shadow die which I had stamped with Altenew inks, using the matching stamps. I don’t have an embossin gmat so I just folded a a thin foam mat I have & experimented. It worked out well the first time so I will certainly use this method more often! The sentiment comes from the same set and was stamped with Versafine black ink. This card was also sooo easy to make and it took me less than 10 minutes to make it!

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Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll be cheering me on as I try to finish the required courses before the end of August! Have a great week everyone and see you back here tomorrow. Hugs,

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I’m sharing this over at:

Just us girls.pngJust Us Girls – Photo week

Inkspirational Photo ChallengeInkspirational – Took me only 5mins 20sec to make the card once I knew what I wanted to do, but figuring out the best design took me an hour and various different attempts which I threw in the bin! LoL!

just add inkJust Add Ink – My twist is the die I used for embossing instead of diecutting

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

 

Two Tone layered stamping

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Two Tone stamping

I took another card making technique class at the Altenew Academy called “All About Layering” and I learnt the best way to stamp my layered stamps. I don’t have many as I prefer just stamping the outline and water-colouring, but the ones I have are not the easiest to stamp together, so this class was really useful.

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I used the Vintage Flowers set which comprises of at least 40 different stamps of roses and leaves, and I think I used 35 of those stamps to make this card! I also wanted to add a little more interest to the roses by mixing the colours I stamped with, directly on the stamp, and spritzing water on the stamps after inking them up so that I would get a softer two toned more natural water-coloured look. I made a video to show you how I did it which is at the end of my post.

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In this close up pic above, you can see that I mixed blues and purples in each layer of stamping for the roses. I think they look kinda dreamy don’t you? To finish, I mounted the My Favorite Things scallop frame onto foam tape and added a piece of acetate on the top, after I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Hero Arts with Stazon on the acetate.

As promised the video of the making of, and I hope you enjoy it. There is still no voice over as my voice hasn’t truly come back from its vacation while I was sick. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this over at:

time out.jpgTime Out challenge – I was inspired by the riot of flowers on the wall!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Use more than 1 stamp…well I used 35!!

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Use vellum or acetate

altenewAltenew Inspiration Challenge – My 2nd entry