Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #376 Color Challenge


If you’re coming from the Cupcake Inspirations blog challenge, Welcome ūüôā

I’m so excited being a Surprise Sweetie ¬†for Cupcake Inspirations Challenge # 376. I’m happy to join you all and share my take in this week’s color challenge.

First up, I colored my image from Newton’s Nook Birthday Bash stamp set with distress ink pad. I recently purchased mini distress ink as I find them great for watercoloring.

I fussy cut the colored image after filling in the colors and also added a very light purple background color in the circle die cut.

For my card base, I added some texture by embossing some circles using my circle die cuts. I also put some sequins to complement the colors I used in the stamped image.


Surprise Sweetie Badge


Color chall

detail circle


Have a great day and I hope you join us in this week’s challenge. Have fun ūüôā

Until then!


Stamped packaging

Hello every one!

Have you sometimes wondered how to get plain packaging pouch to look more encouraging than a plain white paper to put things in?

I’m sharing a packaging project at a2z¬†Scrapbooking blog¬†today addressing this thought. Here’s a sneak peek of what I did so visit the¬†a2z¬†Scrapbooking blog¬†to see¬†how I¬†packaged a card and some sweets. It’s a great way to mass produce too to use in party favors. Go can go here for more details.


Remember, as a reader to my blog, A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store.  Just use the code RIA15 at checkout. No limit at this time to use the code so go visit the A2Z store for more Hero Arts products.




Stamping and Inking

Finally tried resist inking using distress inks. I have a limited collection of distress inks but happy to use them from time to time. I should be exploring this medium more.

For today, I used Sarah Hurley‘s stamp set of floral including the bird. ¬†I white embossed the flowers and start to build coloring from green, red, orange to yellow. I also silver embossed the bird in the vellum then added some silver pearls. The sentiment is from Sarah’s Sentiment stamp set.

My card sketch inspiration is from Freshly Made Sketches # 145.

FMS Final 145-001




I’m also entering this card to Through The Craft Room Door, Anything goes challenge July 15-21.


Watercoloring in cards

The art medium “Watercolors” are just so popular in card making right now. There are a number of ¬†supplies you can use to do a watercolor technique and some of them that I already have are watercolor pencils, distress inks and pigment inks.

When I started with card making, the watercolor pencils are the one I used often to color my images since ¬†they have ¬†variety of colors available. At the time, I don’t have alcohol markers and some few distress markers came only later in my supplies.

So for today, I’m glad I had the chance to try the watercolor look in my card project. there are a lot of great watercolor card inspirations that I see online and I must be trying out this technique before another technique madness comes ūüôā

I initially used the Prang watercolors but later moved to use the distress inks (for today I settled for Peacock Feathers distress ink).


I tried the red too and other watercolor sheets just to play around.

sample distress

I used watercolor paper and dip the paper to the wet distress ink to fill the background. I love the color of the Peacock feather so I continued to fill the background with more coats as it dry.

The stamps I used are from Sarah Hurley Butterflies stamp set.


For the butterflies, I fussy cut them after stamping, then run a wet brush all over the edges to create a watercolor too, that can also achieve using pigment inks.

I then stamps the rest of the butterflies and do the same watercoloring around it.

stamped butterfly

And my final output..


A closer look at those butterflies..

close up lay

Note, the current challenge for this month at Sarah Hurley’s blog is¬†Anything Goes. There’s still time to play so go ahead and try something out like water coloring.

I’m entering this card in VSC Challenge #23, Distress (I used Peacock feather distress ink to create my watercolor background).