inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

Inky Paws Challenge #126

Sneaking these cards in for the Inky Paws Challenge hosted by Newton’s Nook Designs right before it closes! Talk about calling it close! Mom life, right?

This challenge was a sketch, something that I have a harder time working with, so I was definitely challenged!

These are the three cards that I came up with, I tried to play around with the background and ‘circle’ to make a variety of cards!

For the first card, instead of a ‘circle’ I decided to go with a vase, I used the Lovely Blooms stamp set, and stamped and colored the mason jar, along with the hydrangeas and some leaves with copic markers, and fussy cut them out. To complete the card, I used a piece of pattern paper to create the card front, and stamped and embossed a sentiment from the Floral Fringe stamp set on to a strip of matching green card stock. I adhered my colored images using foam tape to add dimension. As a finishing touch I added a Nuvo drops.

For the second card, I started by stamping the wreath from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set and coloring it in with copics, and fussy cutting it and stamped a sentiment from the Floral Fringe stamp set in the center of the wreath. To create the card front, I stamped the same wreath image on a piece of pattern paper multiple times, and embossed with white embossing powder. I added a ribbon and then the wreath image with some foam tape. Like my first card I added a Nuvo drops to finish off the card.

For my third and final card, I started with stamping the mixer image from the Made from Scratch stamp set, and colored it in with copics and fussy cut it. I die cut two circles, and ink blended them in blue and red. Lastly, I created the background by stamping all the remaining images onto the A2 size white card stock, with versamark watermark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I ink blended the card front with yellow ink. Finally to finish the card, I stamped the sentiment on a white strip of paper, and assembled the card. And yes, my circle is chopped off and my sentiment was longer than I thought OR the circles were larger than can fit on the card front after the sentiment. Either way, I thought it still works with the sketch hence sharing!

As always, thanks for stopping by and here is a list of products that I used :

Lovely Blooms stamp set
Floral Fringe stamp set
Happy Little Thoughts stamp set
Made from Scratch stamp set
Nuvo Drops
Copic Markers
Distress Oxides Inks
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
Copic friendly black ink
White embossing powder

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

Gina K Designs, Guest Post

CAS floral cards (with Gina K designs)

Guess what! I’m a guest designer with Gina K designs for their June release. Seeing as Baby R came early I only just got to creating with the Nature’s Touch card kit. It was the perfect kit to get started on making some thank you cards to send out to friends and family for their gifts and treats to celebrate Baby R, from a distance of course!

Making CAS cards is a challenge for me as I love going overboard with the layers and embellishments, but CAS cards are perfect for bulk cards, just change up the color for variety!

To create these cards I started by stamping the floral image from the The Best Flowers stamp set with copic friendly ink onto heavy weight card stock. I colored them in using different color combinations (I will list them below). After I was done coloring I embossed the sentiment in gold onto the card base. To assemble the card I trimmed down the colored card stock, layered it with a card stock to match the floral image, and finally glued it down to a card base. That’s it! 30 mins and you have 3 cards!

Copics used : Flower : Y35, Y15, Y13 and Leaves : YG67, YG17, YG03
Paper used : Gina K Wild Dandelion
Copics used : Flower : V17, V15, V12 and Leaves : YG67, YG17, YG03
Paper used : Gina K Wild Lilac
Copics used : Flower : R39, R24, R05 and Leaves : YG67, YG17, YG03
Paper used : Gina K Coral Reef

As always, thanks for stopping by and here are a list of supplies that I used :

Gina K Designs Nature’s Touch card kit
Gina K Designs Island Dream paper pack
Gina K Designs Prime Time paper pack
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold
Hammermill heavy weight white card stock

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

Pretty Pink Posh

Surprise!

Popping in with a short post to explain my disappearance! Little Baby R joined us 9 days early! We have been enjoying new baby cuddles, washing lots of bottles, changing diapers and adjusting to being a family of four in quarantine.

I’ve been wanting to break into my pretty pink posh baby collection for a while, and it finally happened 😆 took me over 3 days to make this card and 3 more trying to photograph and write up this post!

While making the card I learnt that coloring tiny images is not my thing! Next time I’ll probably ink blend or try another technique! Once my letters were colored (I used polychromos colored pencils) and die cut, I die cut an extra set of letters, and ink blended them to create a shadow. To create the background I used a heart stencil and again ink blended in rainbow order using the same colors as the ‘shadow’ letters. To finish off the card, I foam mounted the letters to the background and added some nuvo dots.

As always here’s a list of products I used :

Pretty Pink Posh Baby stamp set
Pretty Pink Posh Baby coordinating die
My Favorite Things Staggered Heart stencil
Distress Oxide Inks
Taylored Expression Blending Brushes
NUVO: Crystal Drops in Morning Dew
Faber-Castell Polychromos
Memento in tuxedo black
Hammermill heavy weight white card stock

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll hopefully be back soon with more cards and creativity! Till then subscribe to my blog and follow me on Instagram!

Stay safe, sane and crafty,
Farhana

inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

Inky Paws Challenge #125

In case you missed my little announcement, you can read about it here. And that’s the reason that these were never posted on time! But I enjoyed making them and loved the results I figured I’d share anyways! Maybe inspire you to make some summer themed cards. I used the color scheme from the Ink Paws Challenge over at Newton’s Nook Designs.

I got a little excited, and ended up making three cards. Believe it or not, I’d had these sets for years and they were brand new, proof that I need to buy less and use more!

I found the perfect paper pad from Doodlebug Designs in my stash that matched the color scheme, so I used that to make some CAS cards, and one detailed one, cause if you know me, then you know I need to go a little extra on my cards!

For the first and also most detailed card, I started by stamping ALL the images from the Summer Scoops stamp set in watercolor friendly black ink on to heavy weight white card stock. I used my derwant inktense colored pencils to color in the images, trying to stick with the color scheme. Once the images were dry, I fussy cut them. To assemble the card, I started to create the background with some ink blending using a strips stencil. You can always use pattern paper, but I have been enjoying practicing my ink blending lately. To finish the card I adhered the fussy cut images using foam tape and glue to add layers to create dimension. Finally stamped a sentiment from the same set in black ink and added a few nuvo drops.

For the second card I used the Party Pops set (which is retired), and stamped and fussy cut the images. Using some pattern paper I created a card front and foam mounted the stamped images. I finished off with a sentiment from the same set along with some nuvo drops.

For the last card, I only stamped the sentiment! The rest is just diecutting, very unusual for me, right? I used the same pattern paper pack for the card front, and also die cut the balloons from the Balloon Shaker Die Set, I left one as it, and made the second one a shaker with the help of some foam tape and acetate. I stamped the sentiment on the back of the shaker from the Uplifting Wishes and filled it with Summer Sequin Mix from Pretty Pink Posh. After I adhered the balloons to the the card front I added the string die cut along with a few more sequins.

And that’s it’s! Thanks for stopping by and as always, here’s a list of products I used:

Newton’s Nook Designs Summer Scoops
Newton’s Nook Designs Balloon Shaker Die Set
Newton’s Nook Designs Uplifting Wishes
Derwant Inktense colored pencils
Pretty Pink Posh Summer Sequin Mix
Gina K Inks
VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad (Onyx Black)
Acetate
NUVO: Crystal Drops in Morning Dew
Hammermill heavy weight white card stock

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

BRI Mood Board, Butterfly Reflections Ink, Neat and Tangled, Pretty Pink Posh

#BRIMoodBoard Color Challenge

What a week? Definitely one for the books! While my blog and Instagram may not show it, I’ve been having many one on one conversations and trying my best to make small changes, so do your part no matter how small it is. That aside, I decided that I need to craft a little to distract myself, but had zero ‘mojo’, so decided to use the Butterfly reflections Ink Mood Board that Jane from Papercraft4fun shared with me!

Using this color combination along with a Neat and tangled stamp set, Floral Frames (and coordinating dies)that I have been hoarding for so long, I came up with these two cards.

I started with only the shaker card in mind, but ended up with extra colored die cuts, which I didn’t want to waste of course!

For the first card I used the main stamp at the focal point, I colored (with copics) and die cut and created a shaker using some acetate and Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Enchanted Garden (in 4mm and 6mm). I added the sentiment to a piece of wood print pattern paper, added the acetate shaker piece, and added it to a card base.

For the second card, I decided to make a wreath with the leftover colored pieces. I used a Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Circles Dies and used it too build the wreath. I used the same sentiment as the first card from the Floral Frames stamp set, this time embossed in gold. Added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Enchanted Garden (in 4mm and 6mm) as a finishing touch.

One last look at the pair of cards, along with a list of supplies that I used below :

Neat and Tangled Floral Frames
Neat and Tangled Floral Frames coordinating dies
Simple Stories – SNAP Studio Basics Collection – 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Circles Dies
Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden sequins (in 4mm and 6mm)
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
Gold embossing powder
Black embossing powder
Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by! Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

Inky Paws Challenge #124 (3)

Confession : 90% of my stamp collection is floral! I finally figured out how to shade and color them, and I am obsessed, I have a handful of critters and should probably challenge myself with those BUT florals are so much more fun! What are your favorite type of stamps to use?

That being said, with the current Newtons Nook Design challenge, I had to sneak in one last card before it closed as the theme was perfect for me!

I decided to try out the new trend of slimline cards using my new dies from Mama Elephant, which make layering so much easier! I stamped the floral wreath from the Happy Little Thoughts stamp set three times with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on watercolor paper. Then I (practiced) watercoloring using my gansai tambi watercolors. After the coloring dried I embossed a sentiment from the Floral Fringe stamp set in middle of card.

As usually, here’s a list of products that I used;

Happy Little Thoughts stamp set
Floral Fringe stamp set
Gansai Tambi watercolor
Watercolor cardstock
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold
RANGER: Embossing Powder | White
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
White card stock, Gold paper
Party Jewels Mix

Thanks for stopping by, till the next time; stay safe, stay sane and keep crafting!
Farhana

Facebook Weekly Card Sketch, Pink Fresh Studios

Pink Fresh Studios Weekly Card Sketch (#9)

Time to make 2 cards : 30 mins.
Time to photograph/edit : 40 mins.
Time to clean up craft space for next project : 3-5 business days!

Yup that was my afternoon yesterday, I really needed to disconnect and what better way then to craft! But now I am left with a HUGE mess to clean up! Good thing its cleaning day, right? I wanted to craft, but I couldn’t think of anything to make, zero “creative mojo”! That’s when I remembered the PinkFresh Studio Facebook Card Challenge, this sketch ended yesterday, but I still wanted to share the cards on here, but a new one should be out later today.

Using the sketch above I created two cards! Couldn’t decide which one to share so shared both! Will let you know next week if that’s allowed or not!

If you know me then you probably know by now that my favorite color combo’s are gold and black and rainbows! We could all use a little brightness in our lives so I think rainbows are a necessity these days!

For the rainbow card I embossed the background stamp in white embossing powder, before ink blending I used a circle die cut to create the cut out pattern to match the sketch. I set aside the diecuts and ink blended using a set of distress oxides with my blending brushes, I went back and forth between the colors to avoid harsh lines. Once I was done, I used a microfiber clothe to rub off the access ink and expose the white embossing. I adhered the background to a white top folding notecard, and added the circle diecuts back using some foam tape to add dimension. I finished off using a sentiment embossed in white on black cardstock that I trimmed down and adhered in the middle of the card.

For the second card, I used a different background stamp, but this time embossed in gold. I cut out the circles in the same way as first card, but this time I discarded the diecut circles and adhered the background to a black notecard with some foam tape. I embossed the sentiment in gold on to black card stock and double foam taped it on to the center of the card. I really wanted to add some gold jewels, but couldn’t find mine, so I used some nuvo drops instead!

Thanks for stopping by and as usual here’s a list of products that I used;

PinkFresh Studio Floral Background (discontinued)
PinkFresh Studio Lined Floral background (discontinued)
PinkFresh Studio Word Series THANKS
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold
RANGER: Embossing Powder | White
Distress Oxide Inks
Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes
White card stock, Black card stock
Nuvo Drops (bright gold)

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

Pretty Pink Posh

Cloud and Rainbow Cards (with Pretty Pink Posh)

Happy Monday and Happy June! Can you believe its June! LIKE WHAT! Wasn’t it March like yesterday! Well when life turns into an endless loop, its hard to track days as they all just mush together. At least we have some sunny days and the potential of seeing people to look forward to these month, and that made me think its the perfect time to share this set of rainbow cards!

I got a little carried away with while creating the backgrounds, as I was testing out a few different brushes, so why not use them all since I gave so many products that will work well with cloud background! All products I use will be listed at the end of the post.

For the first card, I diecut a stitched rainbow and stitched it using floss in rainbow order. To finish off I stamped a simple hello sentiment in black ink. I trimmed it down a little before adhering it to a A2 size card base.

I almost threw this card out as I messed up with cloud diecuts that were TOO BIG! But after a little encouragement and searching through my stash, I found some smaller diecuts to hide my mess, cause who want to throw away a jewel rainbow! I finished this card the same as the first using a simple hello sentiment in black ink.

Using the cloud die cut from the Fly a Kite was a fail for second card above, I decided I’m going to instead use the kit images, colored in rainbow order instead! I made a similar card a while back and loved the finished product! I finished off the card with matching sentiment stamped in black ink.

What’s better than rainbows and butterflies? Rainbow butterflies, of course! For this card, I stamped one of the images from the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set repeatedly and colored them to create a ‘rainbow’. Once colored, I adhered them to my background adding foam tape to a few to add a little bit of dimension. Finished off the card with a matching sentiment from the same set and some nuvo drops.

For the last card I used a ‘vintage’ Pretty Pink Posh stamp set from 2015! It was a limited edition so unfortunately not available anymore, which is a bummer as I never got the dies back then as I didn’t have a diecutting machine back then! BUT fast forward almost 5 years and this set was still brand new and unstamped, that is why I don’t need to buy more stamps! Just like the butterfly card I colored the images in a rainbow pattern, and fussy cut them, before adhering them to a cloud background using some foam tape for dimension. At which point I realized I didn’t add a sentiment! So I used a leftover vellum cloud, and heat embossed a sentiment onto that!

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for following along! As promised here is a list of all the supplies that I used :

Darling Friends
Beautiful Butterflies and coordinating dies
Fly a Kite and coordinating dies
Sparkle Dot Patterns 1
Layered Clouds Stencils
Floral Wreath
Castle Scene Builder Die Set
Dotted Rainbow Die
Embroidery Floss
Distress Oxide inks in peacock feathers and tumbled glass
black ink, heavy weight cardstock, blending brush

Thank you again for stopping by! Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

Inky Paws Challenge #124 (2)

Y’all clearly I’m on a roll! I decided to finally start embracing quarentine/lockdown/social isolation and give this whole ‘homebody’ thing a chance. So far I’ve made whipped coffee, banana bread, pretty awesome chocolate chip cookies, and brewed my own cold brew. I’ve also read a few books and finally started binge watching ‘The Resident!’ AND I have also been making way more cards than I did before all this happened. Probably cause I have actually unpacked my crafting supplies, and has nothing to do with me being stuck at home as the 4 year old keeps me on my toes!

But one thing I have been struggling with is creative ‘mojo’, inspiration is hard to come by for me this days, so I decided it was time to start card challenges again! Here’s the first card I made for the Inky Paws Challenge by Newton’s Nook Designs, but I couldn’t stop at one given the floral theme! Y’all know I love florals! So here’s a second card inspired by the challenge, using a technique shared by Heather from House Built of Cards.

My color choice resulted in a brighter than I expected card, next time I want to try with more pastel colors. I won’t do into details of the technique, as you can watch this video. I’ll link all the products and colors I used at the end of the post, as usual!

I used a heat gun to speed up the drying, then I trimmed the card panel down and adhered it to a card base along with a strip of gold glitter paper to match the gold heat embossed sentiment on a scrap piece of black paper, that I added to the card with some foam tape to add a little dimension.

Thanks for stopping by! As mentioned before, here is a list of products that I used on this card!

Beautiful Blossoms Stamp Set
Blooming Botanicals Stamp Set
Gold paper
Black cardstock
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
RANGER: Embossing Powder | Gold Tinsel
Distress Ink Pad (Spiced Marmalade)
Distress Ink Pad (Festive Berries)
Distress Ink Pad (Mustard Seed)
Water color paper and a paint brush

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

Pretty Pink Posh

Floral bouquets and stenciled backgrounds (with Pretty Pink Posh)

Hi there! Do you make multiple cards using the same supplies? Since I don’t have all the time in the world to craft, I tend to get a little carried away using the same supplies as I love coloring on the go! I originally planned to make 5 cards with this Mother’s Day Stamp Set from Pretty Pink Posh, but got a little carried away and ended up with 7 cards!

I stamped the same image multiple times on heavy weight card stock as I wanted to try out all the water color mediums I have been hoarding (unfortunately I forgot which one is which!) I will list/link them all at the end of the post in case you are interested.

Told y’all I got a bit carried away, so this is going to be a LONG post, scroll through if you must, I myself have a very short concentration span these days!

For the first card, I created a background using the leaves stencil, along with distress oxide ink in shabby shutters and Fresh Ink in paper white. I started with ink blending the green on to a heavy weight card stock, then adhered the stencil using some washi tape and blending white pigment ink on to the green. After drying it with a heat gun, I finished off the card with a heat embossed sentiment, one of my vase images and some nuvo drops.

On the second card I created the background using distress oxide ink in shabby shatter, and then without removing the stencil I added a layer of Glitz Glitter Gel (in White). Remember to remove the stencil and clean it immediately! I’m not really sure what’s the minimum time for the gel to dry as I left it overnight, and assembled my card the next day. For this card I embossed the sentiment on vellum, and added a border using the scallop oval dies. I die cut multiples to add some dimension and finally added a colored vase image with foam tape to finish off the card.

For this card I dry embossed using the stencil. This is similar to embossing with an embossing folder on your die cutting machine, you just need to add a silicon embossing pad to your sandwich. I heat embossed the sentiment on to vellum for this card too and hiding the adhesive behind the colored image, which I added using some foam adhesive. For a final touch I added some ribbon, also from Pretty Pink Posh, from way back when! Who remembers when they carried ribbon?

Using the same stencil I created a basic background for this card using one color of distress oxide ink. I also ink blending the same color on some scrap card stock to die cut the sentiment from. I also die cut a few sentiments out of white to add some dimension. When putting the card together the background and sentiment looked too busy, so I added a little vellum to ‘dull’ the background. Finally added my colored image along with some nuvo drops.

For the last card using the vase image, I ink blended over the stencil using regular distress ink in shabby shutter this time. Before removing the stencil is used a wet paint brush to soften the color and add a little ‘watercolor’ look to the background. To finish the card I heat embossed the sentiment on to a banner tag die cut, added a strip of ribbon along with the colored image.

Anyone else love the ‘extra’ that come along with a stamp set? I tend to use them more for creating my own backgrounds, but this time I decided to put in the effort to color and cut them! For the first card I wanted to use the leftover ‘hugs’ sentiment that I created using the hugs shaker die along with some vellum that didn’t work with the vase image. I used the same stencil for a quick ink blended background, and created a partial wreath around the sentiment.

For the second card I ink blending the center of the card in a circular motion using distress oxide in worn lipstick and stamped the sentiment on to the card base directly. I added a border around the sentiment using the circle die cut from the beach scene die, cut multiple times for added dimension. Same as the previous card I added the floral images to create a half wreath and finished off with some jewels.

That’s it for today! If you follow along and made it all this way, thank you! I really appreciate it! And before I forget here is a list of supplies that I used :


Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100lb
Mother’s Day Stamp Set
Mother’s Day Coordinating Dies
Scallop Ovals Dies
Window Frames Dies
Beach Scene Die
Stitched Hexagons Dies
Thinking of You Script Die
Stitched Labels 1 Dies
Hugs Shaker Die
Tropical Birds Stamp Set
Peacock Friends Stamp Set
Simple Sayings: Life Stamp Set
Glitz Glitter Gel (White)
Leaves Stencil
Derwent Inktense Pencils
ZIG/KURETAKE: Gansai Tambi
Nuvo Watercolour Pencils – Brilliantly Vibrant
Ranger Distress Inks
Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana