#652 – Dots and Solids

Hello! If you’ve been to my blog before, you’d know that I derive inspiration from a lot of other card makers. Today’s card is also inspired from this card made by Aga. I love how she has created a simple and unique background using simple solid stamps and lots of dots. I knew I wanted to create something similar as soon as I saw it!

So here’s what I made –


I used stamps from Avery Elle – Petals & Stems and Blossoms & Blooms, and stamped the images using some pastel like colors. I then used a black marker pen to add all the dots. It looks like a lot of work, but it really isn’t – barely took me 5 minutes to finish!


For the layer above, I thought of going with a simple BnW image, since I didn’t want it to distract the pretty background. I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony, stamped it using black ink, fuzzy cut it and foam mounted it on the card. Same for the sentiment, from Avery Elle Laurels stamp set.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Ellen Hutson August Mix It Up Challenge with Avery Elle

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

The Flower Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping


Paru’s Card Making challenge: Anything Goes


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#651 – Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Week 2

Hello and welcome to my second post as the Winnie & Walter Leading Lady!!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Badge

The products from the latest release are so fine, I just couldn’t stop making many many cards! And then I thought, how about thinking about making quick and easy cards. Not necessarily simple, just quick and easy. And I came up with this bunch. I guesstimate that each card could be completed within half an hour, provided you have all the supplies ready.

I did make a few cards, but I am featuring only 4 here – the selected 4! πŸ˜‰ So lets begin!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - All Cards

The main focus on these cards are the elements made using the Big Balloon Cutaways and the Happy Birthday to You stamp set.


For my first set of cards, I wanted to add some bling and shine. So, after stamping the birthday cake, I used silver foil on the mint cake (not sure why its looking gold in the image!) and silver glitter embossing on the pink one. Since I wanted this to be quick, I just used a 2-way glue pen for the adhering the foil, and embossing pen for the embossing. I then fuzzy cut them both.

For the spotty background for the blue cake, I used Mini Scenery: Spotty, then a washi strip, and banners cut out using Essential: Lana’s Cutaways.

For the pink cake, I created a background of scripts and stars, made using the sentiments from Sentimental: Birthday and stars from Happy Dance.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - Cards 3 & 4

For the second set of cards, I used the Big Balloon Cutaways with some pattern paper. Pattern paper is probably one of the easiest and quickest ways to add lots of fun and art to your card, without much work.

For the card with the big balloons, I cut the pattern paper using the two biggest balloon dies attached together, then adhered them on a scrap piece of paper which I cut using only the biggest die. Adhering them to the card then was really easy. The sentiment for this card comes from In a Word: Birthday and In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals.

For the other card, I adhered the pattern paper with some scrap card stock before die cutting. For the balloon strings, I used the leftover piece to cut a very thin strip, and adhered it to the card base directly. All the little sentiments come from Sentimental: Birthday, and are fuzzy cut (might have to spend a little time here ;)) I stamped the grey cardstock with the lines from Scenery: Stripes before adding the balloons and sentiments.

I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy cards! Leave a comment here for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced at the end of this month.

Winnie & Walter #30 Gift Card

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#650 – MFT Color And Sketch Challenges

Hello! Made these two cards to join the MFT Challenges.

You Are Loved

The first card is for the MFT Sketch Challenge #344.I watercolored the birds and the birdhouses using Zig brush markers. The rest of the supplies are listed below –

My Favorite Things Things With Wings
My Favorite Things Love & Adore You
My Favorite Things Ewe Are The Best (sentiment)
My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Mini Rectangles

Sketch Challenge 344 #mftstamps

My second card is for the MFT Color Challenge #74. I guess I sort of got inspired by the beautiful dark colors – I rarely make cards with the stencil background being the only focus, but I absolutely loved this one! πŸ™‚


I used distress inks for blending and clear rhinestones for embellishing. Other than that I used

My Favorite Things Chunky Herringbone
My Favorite Things Big Thanks
My Favorite Things Geometric Greenery (sentiment)

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#649 – Winnie & Walter Leading Lady

Hello! So so excited, that I am surprised I was able to keep it in all this while!! Last month, Shay contacted me and asked me to be Winnie & Walter Leading Lady for the month of August! How could anyone decline, of course it was a big big YES!!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Badge

I’ve been a fan ofΒ Winnie & Walter since a couple of years. It started with their World Card Making Day and Anniversary challenges – I loved all the challenges, and started pining for their stamps and dies… and I still do!

So, here’s the details of my first post as Winnie & Walter Leading Lady! I am using the In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals to make two cards, incorporating some kind of ‘shine’ into them, while trying to keep the making of the cards simple and easy –

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1 and Card 2

For my first card, I started with a watercolor panel. I drew a curved line using a pencil, stamped my images on the curve, heat embossed them white. I them colored them using Perfect Pearls. I then added a few splatters, after letting everything dry completely.

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1

Using Perfect Pearls is a very easy way of adding shine and style to your card. They are versatile, and the pigment forms a beautiful watercolored effect.. and the shine is simply gorgeous! They are perfect to color outline stamps, and In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals, which has beautiful outlined flowers is just perfect!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1 Closeup

Once I was done coloring, I die cut the panel using Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways, and foam mounted it on the card base. I then stamped the sentiment, from Party On, fussy cut it, then foam mounted that too.

For my second card, I chose Nuvo Mousse for adding shine –

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 2

For this card, I picked a white card stock panel, stamped all my images, from In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals using normal dye inks. I also used the solid stamps this time, using darker inks to stamp the outlines, and lighter inks for the solids. Once done, I applied Nuvo Mousse Lemon Sorbet on top. Just look at that shine!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 2 Closeup

Now, my cardstock had a bit of texture to it, so the mousse wasn’t evenly applied.. but I did love the effect! πŸ™‚ Also ,the small stamps in In Bloom: Coralina’s Florals are perfect to create a pattern paper to create the base for applying mousse. In fact, I loved it so much that I just didn’t want to add anything on top of it!! But I had to, I was making a card, after all! πŸ™‚

So for the sentiment, I used Sentimental Birthday and die cut it using one of the label dies from Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways, then applied some more of the mousse on the edges, lightly. I wanted to stack the labels, but since there is only one die in the set, I simply marked a scrap card stock to mark the same die’s outer edge and fuzzy cut it.

Before stacking the sentiment and the shiny panel, I added some scored lines on the edges of the panel, then foam mounted everything on the card stock. I then added a few Nuvo Drops as embellishment.

I am also joining these challenges with my cards –

The Flower Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Add Sparkle

SSS - Work It Wednesday

The Heart Desires Challenge #15 (inspired by the colors)

Happy Little Stampers: August CAS Challenge: Flower

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Splatter It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hope you liked these two shiny cards! Leave a comment here for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced at the end of this month.

Winnie & Walter #30 Gift Card

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#648 – Tasseled Birthday Card

Hello! I love it when I make a card submit it to multiple challenges, and I also love making one card for my challenge DT – Its a new challenge at both Little Tangles Challenge and Seize the Birthday Challenge!!

Little Tangles August Challenge has a new theme of ‘Birthday’. Just perfect, since Neat & Tangled is celebrating 5 years now!

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Seize the Birthday Challenge this time has the optional topping of ‘Tie One On’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Its a wonderful co-incidence for me, that both the challenges are airing on the same day, and a treat, since I love making birthday cards!! πŸ™‚ So, here’s my tassled, sparkly gold inspiration for you –

Happy Birthday

I used all Neat and Tangled products on this one! I first used Topography stamp to gold heat emboss the background on a cardstock panel and trimmed a bit on the sides. This, I foam mounted on the card base. I then took another piece of cardstock panel, applied Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter distress paints, blending the two at the center to create a beautiful gradient (I just love the look it gives! :))

Happy Birthday

Once this dried, I die cut it using Doily Tag die, another of my N&T favorite, and tied my handmade tassel (first time I made one!! :D) on it, adhering the excess in the back. I then adhered this to the card, adding the adhesive in the center only, so that the sides rose a bit, giving it a bit more 3D look. I then added the sentiments – Happy Holidays die and mix and match of the letters in Faced stamp set, to create the ‘Birthday’ word.. since I didn’t own any other stamp set from N&T which said birthday and matched the die.. Well, it worked well, so I am glad! πŸ™‚ Finally added some sequins as embellishment.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Paru’s Cardmaking Challenge: August Challenge: Anything Goes

As You See It Challenge #155: How Do You Get Your Mojo Back? (I made this card by using the challenge themes, and using for inspiration all those cards that I’ve pinned in Pinterest for inspiration… that’s my mojo! πŸ™‚ )

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge: Add Sparkle

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Hope you are inspired by this card, and join the fun with both the challenges! Head to the main blogs of both the challenges to get more inspiration from the DTs, and our Seize the Birthday Surprise Party Guest Lindsey!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#647 – Marbled and Flowery Hello

Hello!! πŸ™‚ I’ve been a bit busy creating things which will only be posted next month.. A little too busy to keep current posts coming, I realized. So I decided to take a break and create a card I can post about now.. its nice, after all, when I can just create something because I want to, than ‘have’ to! πŸ™‚


I used a new stamp set in my stash, another one that I absolutely wanted as soon as I saw it – Waffle Flower Layering Marble. Now, I know that the color combination is somewhat unusual for a marble, but I thought it would look good with the card..


The flowers are from My Favorite Things Bold Blooms, and the sentiment is from Memory Box Hello die. I added a strip of triangle pattern washi tape as it matched the rest of the card so well.

Joining the Fusion challenge: Hello Cards and the My Favorite Things Color Challenge #73

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#646 – Mixed Media Box

Hello! No card this time.. its time for some ‘etc.’! πŸ˜‰

Mixed Media Box

I had made this mixed media box some time ago.. high time I posted about it! I used a simple cardboard box which came as a container for some mail as a base, covered it with some thick paper, applied gesso, then used all those media…

Mixed Media Box

I first used Time Holtz Lace stencil with some embossing paste, both on the top and the sides. I then started adding all my little pieces and flowers. The two main pieces (they are starting to look like drawer handles to me now!! :D) are moulded using Prima Markting Moulds Object Labels 1 and Escutcheon 2 and Prima Paper Clay. I painted these using acrylics, then adhered them using 3d Matte Gel. I then added all the flowers and the pearls and stones around it. I also added some Art Stones.

Mixed Media Box

I then used Color Bloom Spray, misting it with water, spreading it using a brush, until I was satisfied with the look. I then applied some Nuvo Mousse and some gold paint, where I wanted a things a bit shinier.

Mixed Media Box

Submitting my creation to Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge: July and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Get In Shape

SSS - Monday Challenge

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