2016/11/18

Alcohol Ink Christmas Tag


I haven’t played alcohol inks for quite a long time. Were it not for a challenge hosted by Happy Little Stampers with the theme of alcohol inks, I wouldn’t have dug out my AIs and played! Viola. This is what I made. This is also the first Christmas artwork I made this year.

Tag Details

1. Stamp and stencil are by Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz.
2. Technique applied – Tim’s signature Alcohol Ink Agate Technique
3. The falling snow was covered by Pearlescent Embossing Paste.


I am happy to re-visit the old trick. Sometimes we just need a little motivation. Haha! Hope you like this tag. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered

1. Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge – Alcohol Inks
  
2. STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

  
3. Stamp & Stencil November Challenge – Tags/Bags/
4. Stamping with Loll – 12 Tags of Christmas
5. More Mixed Media Challenge, Anything Goes with Optional Black

   Grab our Badge
6. Love to Create Challenge #23, Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
7. Take it Make it November Challenge – Take a Stamp Anything Goes

8. Creative Artiste's Challenge 20 - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Edited on 12/18/2016
The tag was chosen as a Favorite by Happy Little Stampers November Mixed Media Challenge. Thanks, DTs.

2016/11/12

Million Thanks


Boy, I haven’t made any card since November which has the most beautiful colors in nature and is also time for gratitude. I happen to have some leisure time today and this is what I made.

Card Details

1. Text background is by Hero Arts and sentiment is by Winnie & Walter. Die cut is by Memory Box.
2. I combined Masking technique with Pattern-on-Pattern Watercolor Technique. I learned the latter from Watercolor for Card Makers – Intermediate Techniques Class arranged by Online Card Classes but have never practiced until now.


The card is inspired by the following challenges:
1. CAS Mix Up November Challenge – Stamping+Masking+Choice 

    My choices are watercolor and die cut.
2. CAS Watercolor November Challenge – Text


3. Happy Little Stampers November Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

    
4. STAMPlorations November Theme Challenge –Stamps & 3 of Anything 

    
  I have 3 colors – orange, brown and kraft, and 3 sequins on my card.
5. CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC160, Color Challenge – Orange, Brown and Kraft


6. Outside the Box Challenge #18 – Giving Thanks

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7. AAA Cards CAS Game #77 - Thanks/Thanksgiving

   
8. Addicted to Stamps Challenge 135 - BANNERS/FLAGS/PENNANTS
9. Stamp Ink Paper Challenge 73 - Grateful

  
10. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Thanks/Thanksgiving


I’m happy with the result and I'd like to give millions thanks to my life. How about you? Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.

Edited on 12/18/2016
I'm excited to find that this card was chosen as the Winner of My Memory Box Challenge #18. Thanks, DT, you made my day.

2016/10/31

Embossed Vellum Wedding Card


I made this card for a subordinate who will get married soon. Even though the card is clean and simple, it is indeed gorgeous as I added glitters to the white embossing powder, making it sparkle and shine. (It's a pity the photo did not do it justice!)
 

Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great week ahead.

Card Details
Flower background, die cut and texts are all by Hero Arts.  


Challenges entered:
1. STAMPloation October CAS Card Challenge
    
2. Just Us Girls #367- Make the Sentiment the Focal Point


3. CAS on Sunday Challenge #95 Flowers

4. Creative with Stamps Challenge #7 – Sentiment
  
5. Inkspirational Challenge #120 - Black + One Color

 
   The one other color I chose is white.
6. Alphabet Challenge - R for Recipe

    
    My take is Sentiment, Stamp and Embossing.
7. Less is More Challenge 300 - Celebrations and Festivals
8. Love to Craft Challenge #3 - October Anything Goes
9. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
10. Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #95 - Anything Goes



Edited on 11/12/2016
This card was chosen as one of the Honorable Mentions by Creative with Stamps Challenge #7. It is a happy surprise. Thanks, DTs.

2016/10/29

Grateful - Life is Good


I’m delighted to finish this mixed media tag which has lots of layers as I applied water stenciling, layered stamping and translucent embossing paste resist techniques. The glossy mosaic shine is really pretty and can be seen by the photo below.


I’m entering this tag to the following challenges:

1. STAMPloration Stencil Sunday #66 + October Mixed Media Challenge
  
2. Happy Little Stamper October Mixed Media Challenge – Nature

  
3. Love to Create Challenge 22- Anything Goes Creative/Mixed Media

   Premium Art Brands
4. More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes + Optional Orange
   Grab our Badge
5. Simon Says Monday Challenge – Autumn
6. Creative Artiste's Challenge 19 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
7. The Artistic Stamper Octobers' Creative Challenge- Patterns
8. Stamping Sensations October Challenge – Autumn
9. Hero Arts Holiday Card Making Challenge

10. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
  
11. Simon Says Work it Wednesday September Challenge - use the colors RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, and/or BROWN


Tag Details
Stencils are by The Crafters’ Workshop and Tim Holtz. Bird collage stamp is by Hero Arts, leave stamps are by Simon Says and text stamps are by Tim Holtz/Stampers’ Anonymous. Leave die cuts are by Simon Says.


I kind of like this tiny little artwork and I'm grateful for everything I have in my life.  Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great weekend.

Edited on 11/12/2016
This tag was chosen as a Top Pick by STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge. Thanks, DTs, you made my day.

2016/10/26

Thanks


I made this card for the following challenges:

1. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
  
2. Memory Box Challenge #17 – Sequins

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3. Take it Make it Challenge – Autumal (or Fall) Creations
   The color scheme is the typical autumn colors so I think I can enter this challenge even though there are no leaves.
4. Try It on Tuesday – Handmade by You
   The ghosting (with another name of water stenciling) background paper is a handmade leftover (the other half) from a previous card. Please see the gorgeous background paper here.
5. Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 252
6. Love to Scrap Challenge #88 - Anything Goes

7. Time Out Challenge #68
8. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes



Card Details
Background text stamp is by Hero Arts. Stencil is by The Crafters’ Workshop. Text die is by Memory Box.


Die cut piece arranged in this way is getting popular. I’m glad I finally gave it a try. Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.

2016/10/15

Hope Your Day is Awesome


I made this card for the following challenges:

1. CAS Mix Up Stamping + Ghosting + Your Choice
I used the same technique as demonstrated by Loll, except that I made two background papers in one time by flipping the all-wet stencil over the second distressed background paper. It is fun and saving time. The two water-stenciling or ghosting background papers are shown below.


 
  My choice is watercoloring via wet brushing.
2. CAS Colours and Sketches #195

  
3. Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge – Nature
  
4. CAS Watercolor Challenge – Autumn



The watercolor butterflies were done simply by using wet watercolor brush to spread the distress colors.
5. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
  
  
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Totally Resistible

7. Take It Make It Challenge: October Inspiration Autmnal (or Fall!) Creations

Card Details
1.Stencil is by The Crafters’ Workshop. Butterflies are by Hero Arts and text is by Simon Says Stamp.
2.Text is heat embossed in white, then heavily covered by Distress Ink Black Soot, a typical Emboss Resist Technique.


Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by.

2016/10/04

Congrats on Your New Baby (Boy)



Here is another baby boy card for my subordinate. The card is also for the following challenges:

1. Fab Friday Challenge #97

2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
3. CASology Challenge Week #217 – Cute
  
 My baby card does not look cute. But a baby is cute by any standard. So I think the card is still qualified. :)
4. That’s Crafty – All of a Sparkle Challenge
The glitters sparkle like diamonds. It's a pity the photo did not do it justice.

Card Details

1. Baby clothes is by Stampin’ Up. Text and die cut are by Hero Arts. Stencil is by The Crafters’ Workshop.
2. Even though the card is clean and simple, I managed to applied embossing paste over a stencil, then sprinkled some ultrafine glitters over the paste. This made me feel artsy!

Hope you like this card. Thanks for stopping by.

2016/09/28

Life is an Adventure



This tag is for the following challenges:

1. STAMPlorations September Mixed Media Challenge
  
2. Take It Make It September Challenge - Take a Stamp Anything Goes
   Take It, Make It Challenge
3. A Blog Named Hero- Texture Challenge

 
4. Happy Little Stampers September Mixed Media Challenge – Distress

  
5. Simon Says Monday Challenges – Powder Power
6. Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #28 - Rustic


7. Creative Artiste's Challenge 18 - Anything Mixed Media Goes
8. Love to Create #20 Anything Creative/ Mixed Media Goes
9. More Mixed Media Challenge - "Anything Goes" + Optional Brown

   Grab our Badge
10. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday September 2016 - Use the colors RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, and/or BROWN

Tag Details

1. Mask and stencil are by Simon Says Stamp. Background and text are by Hero Arts.
2. I first stamped the background text, then applied several Distress Inks as background. I then sponged Distress Inks over the leave mask to create depth. I applied Embossing Paste over leave stencil, then covered with Distress Embossing Powder to create not just the texture but a rustic look.


When I was making this tag, I was thinking about my younger daughter who is a senior college student looking for a full-time job after graduation in next May. I could tell she has been under tremendous stress. “Life is an Adventure” is what I want to tell her. Hope the warm color scheme will warm her heart.

I am happy with what the tag came out. Hope you like it too.

Edited on 10/25/2016
I just found out that this tag was chosen as one of the Top 3 Honours by Love to Create Challenge DTs. This is indeed a happy surprise. Thanks so much.

2016/09/25

U Rock


This tag is for the following challenges:

1. STAMPlorations September Mixed Media Challenge
  
2. A Blog Named Hero- Texture Challenge
3. Happy Little Stampers September Mixed Media Challenge – Distress

  
4. More Mixed Media Challenge - "Anything Goes" + optional Brown

   Grab our Badge
5. Time Out Challenge #66

  
6. Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop with 18 Challenge Blogs + Giveaway
7. Take It Make It September Challenge - Take a Stamp Anything Goes
8. Simon Says Monday Challenge - Inspired by Music
9. Love to Scrap LTSCB #86 - Anything Goes!

10. Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday August 2016 - Use Stamps

Tag Details

1. Leaves and music background stamps are by Hero Arts. Text is by Altenew. Stencils are by The Crafters’ Workshop.


2. I first stamped background stamp, followed by sponging several distress inks over the stencil. I then applied embossing paste over another stencil. The leaves stamps were inked by distress ink and spritzed with water before stamping.


Hope this tag is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by.

Edited on 10/15/2016

I am thrilled that this tag won several recognitions. It was picked as September Mixed Media Challenge Top Picks by STAMPloration, Favorite by Happy Little Stampers Sep Mixed Media Challenge and it caught A Blog Named Hero DTs’ eyes.

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