Inspired by…

Cards, Painting, Watercolor

So many things inspire me to make a card or paint. Nature, other people’s creations…and even once, a wall in a toilet in a mall!  Rarely though am I so moved by an image I’ve seen that I immediately sit down and create something. Well today’s card was that exception and here is the image that moved me.

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I love the tendrils of greenery hanging down from the bough of the tree, the stillness of the lake and even the lady in that ridiculous dress (did the poor thing have to wear that to a wedding I wonder…). There is something so peaceful about this beautiful image proposed by the challenge blog at Inkspirational and the simple pleasure of just sitting on a swing, and that is what I tried to capture in my card.

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I wanted to create a sunset scene so this beautiful stamp from Technique Tuesday could stand out as a silhouette and I decided to be brave and use my distress inks to do it.  I needn’t have worried at all cause it was SO EASY to create this scene. All I did was first streak Picked Raspberry onto 300gm watercolour paper, almost covering it completely. I then did the same with Mermaid Lagoon, again with Picked Rapsberry and finishing with Altenew’s Desert Night at the top. The bottom sunset was made with Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed. Make sure you don’t use your ink blender in circles but use the side of it to create lines.

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I then spritz water on the whole panel and let the water flow onto one side of the card. When it was completely dry, I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black a few times, with my Misti. I extended the flowers on the left with my black Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol marker. I loved the background so much that I decided not to add a sentiment to obscure the view but will add one inside that says, “Missing our times together”, even though I never played in the fields when I was growing up in urban Singapore, but I think my friend will know what I mean! Now if only I can recreate this with real watercolour paints on a larger canvas…

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card, let me know what you think. Have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this at:

work it wednesdayWork It Wednesday – My 2nd entry to the Sunshine & Summer theme challenge

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers May Watercolour challenge – Without the CAS option

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations Challenge – Anything Goes

Inspire-Me-Monday-Button-1502Inspire me Monday – A new to me blog where we can share anything that inspires us, amazing!

 

 

Rubber band card

Cards, Rubber Band technique

I’m always trying to find out how to make CAS cards which have a maximum of technique concentrated in a small area. I’m in admiration of those who succeed to make clean and simple cards but are spectacular at the same time. One place I know I can find CAS cards with mixed media techniques is over at the CAS Mix up challenge blog. I always learn something new and today’s card is no exception. Who knew you could make a card with rubber bands! And its so simple too.

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There are a few videos over on their blog to show you how to do it, but essentially the idea is to wrap one or more rubber bands around your ink bloc or a roller like I used here, tap/roll it on your ink pad and then tap/roll it on your card stock. I used a soft roller instead of a hard roller, so I also got ink transferred from the spongy areas of my roller instead of just the lines from the rubber bands.

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I think they look a little like seaweed growing in the sea don’t you think? The different thickness of the lines come from the different rubber bands I used and also because I twisted them on my roller. I used distress oxide inks – Twisted citron first, then picked raspberry and mermaid lagoon. The die cut comes from Simon Says Stamp called Flowing Vine Collage and the sentiment comes from Technique Tuesday.

Well I hope you enjoyed today’s card and let me know if you tried the technique yourself, I would love to come visit. Have a great day!

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I’m also sharing this over at:

casologyCASology – Parent. This is to thank my mother in law who has been a great help around the house these past few weeks while I’m busy “redesigning” our new garden.

AAAcardsAAA Cards – Perfect day. Its when I learn a new technique to make a card!

less is moreLess is More – Bring Something back… for me its a CAS card which I haven’t made for quite awhile! The die itself dates from 2016 too so…

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The Sisterhood of Crafters – Birds

Card Challenge, Cards, The Sisterhood of Crafters

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Hi all! I’m back for my 2nd post of the day to tell you its time for another challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters and our team leader Darlene has chosen the theme “Birds” for you! So come and join in the fun with any creation that has birds on it!

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I ordered a bunch of different coloured feathers recently and I wanted to make another card with it. This was going to a friend to thank her for her dinner invitation. I always feel that I have to make a 3D card for non card makers who don’t realise the work and technique that goes into making a card unless it pops!

So to make this card, I first created the wall background by spreading some white paste through a stencil from My Favorite Things on Clairfontaine 250g multi-technique paper. While it was drying I sprinkled some Brushos paint powder and a little water on it, so the powders would dissolve but not too much that the paste would loose its form. I left it aside to dry and started colouring my bird from a Katzelkraft stamp set with my newly acquired Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. As you can tell I’m just a beginner at colouring with alcohol markers!

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I cut my stamped and coloured bird with the Brother Scan and Cut, and luckily today it decided to co-operate and scan my images! I adhered the bird on my dried stencilled background and added the feathers with Scrap Perfect “Best Glue Ever” transparent glue. The “Thanks” sentiment comes from Technique Tuesday and was stamped with Versafine on a MFT scallop diecut.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s 2nd post too and that you’ll pop over to The Sisterhood of Crafters blog and leave my Sistahs some love too! Thanks for stopping by and do let me know what you thought of my card.

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I’m sharing this card over at:

HLS Mixed Media challenge.pngHappy Little Stampers Mixed media challenge

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps Challenge – Thank you

love to createLove to Create challenge – Anything Creative/Mixed media

Shopping our Stash badgeShopping our Stash – Put  a bird on it

cardz 4 guysCardz for Guyz – Anything with a tail

Life is good

Cards, Heat embossing, Watercolor

I’ve just started on a 21 day meditation journey with Oprah and Deepak’s “Getting Unstuck and creating a limitless life” to help me achieve my potential. Even though its only been 3 days, I have learnt so much. Like in today’s centering thought “I always have access to my inner creativity”, the notion that creativity does not only belong to artists and musicians. As Chopra says “We are all creative as we have free choice to react to any moment in life exactly as we want to.” Its really changed my view towards being creative.

One of  my free choices today was to create this card. Even though it might not be “fashionable” in the card making world today, this is how I feel at the moment. In the recent past, I had chosen to let certain situations stress me out and get me down, but I have now decided to change my outlook, with help from my daily yoga and meditation sessions…and life is good again!

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I first masked the card and stamped and heat embossed this beautiful stamp from Technique Tuesday. To create the sunset, I started sponging in mustard seed distress ink in the centre followed by spiced marmalade around and a little of Momento’s Rhubarb stalk to add a reddish tinge. I drew in the bird (to cover a streak actually!) and added a little sparkle with my Sakura jelly roll. The sentiment is also part of this stamp set and I used my Tombow markers to colour in the “good”.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope life is good with you too!

I’m playing along with:

Just Us Girls – Sponging jugs

Stamplorations CASEplorations July challenge.caseplorations.jpg I cased the sponging behind the image.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Create a Scene

Country View challenges – Have fun with circles

Fairy Tale Challenge – Summer special

Time Out “Inspired by words” Challenge – And the words are so beautiful, especially since I made this card while it was cold and rainy here in Germany!

 “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine” Anthony J. D’Angelo