Muse Challenge #106

As always, the Muse challenge this time is compelling. I knew I wanted to participate as soon as I saw the card! Still, I got quite delayed with my submission. I did try a few ideas through the week, but none were passing through my filter of being ‘good enough’. Sigh! But finally, here’s something that I feel is good enough! πŸ™‚

Muse Challenge #106The stamp set I used is Thoughts For The Day by Inkadinkado. I started stamping the various flowers in Hero Arts Soft Granite ink – I didn’t stamp in black since I was aiming for a softer look. I then started coloring the flowers in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac. I wasn’t aiming for a strict within-the-lines look, and so let the brush just flow! πŸ™‚

Muse Challenge #106 (close up 1)Once I finished painting the flowers and leaves and it had dried, I added Weathered Wood between the spaces, and on the empty space on the left.

I then switched to the top panel. I first thought of just trimming the top panel to size, but then thought better and I fuzzy cut it in a ‘}’ fashion. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in Hero Arts Charcoal ink. Then stamped the flower and the butterfly in Soft Granite and colored them in the same distress inks.

Muse Challenge #106 (close up 2)And that finished my card. I kept it simple, adding no extra embellishments – love the soft look! πŸ™‚

And here is the Muse, Shona Chamber’s card –

Muse Challenge #106Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚


Colour Me Card Challenge #60

A third card for the day! Feels good ;P

This card, is inspired by – I dunno – lots and lots of cards I’ve seen. They have all carried almost the same design of a chevron pattern at the bottom – upright or inverted. And so, I thought of adding one such card to my bag…:)

Colour Me Challenge #60I first marked my card with the chevron pattern (my engineering skills do sometimes play a part in my card making! :P) using a pencil and scale…and some careful measurement! I then picked up some distress inks – Peacock Feathers, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and started painting! I painted a second layer once the first was dried for additional effects.

Colour Me Challenge #60 (close up)Once this dried, I splotched some water on top, creating that beautiful effect you can create only with DIs. I finally splattered the same three inks on top.

I finally stamped the sentiment, from Avery Elle Laurels using StazOn black ink and also added the glitter hearts – I had got them from Itsy Bitsy free for a purchase I had made – and they fit perfectly (no pun intended!)! And that finished my card!

I am submitting this to Colour Me Card Challenge #60

Colour Me Challenge #60Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

Color Throwdown Challenge #331

And back with one more card!

I started with heat embossing the flowers and leaves from Penny Black Dahlia stamp set on the card base. I then die cut a card panel I had adhered brown paper on using Chevron Stripes from MFT. And heat embossed the same flowers on the brown panel. I also heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set.

Color Throwdown Challenge #331I then started coloring using Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Moved Lawn. Once everything was dry, I foam mounted the brown panel on the card base.

Color Throwdown Challenge #331 (close up 1)That finished my card! It took a lot of time to watercolor, since I was air drying it between adding more color. πŸ™‚ Between the process I also started wondering whether I should have made the whole thing on kraft paper or the brown panel…maybe next time! πŸ˜›

I am submitting this to Color Throwdown Challenge #331

Color Throwdown Challenge #331Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

Runway Inspired Challenge #78

Hello! Back with another card!

This time, in RIC, the model’s dress is really fabulous! I was smitten by the stripes, and more so, by the color. But even so, I wanted to create a card without stripes being the main focus! (makes any sense??) But I was completely lost as soon as I had that thought.

Inspiration sometimes comes from the weirdest places – this time it was a couple ofΒ  card stock panel left over from die cutting! πŸ˜€

Runway Inspired Challenge #78I had a couple of card panels left over from an experiment, which I colored in Aged Mahogany, Salty Ocean DIs. I then adhered them to each other at an angle and after lying them on top of the card panel (didn’t adhere them yet) I marked the excess and trimmed them…and laid them aside.

Runway Inspired Challenge #78 (close up 1)I then colored a portion of the card base with Aged Mahogany using Tim Holtz Stripes stencil. And then I foam mounted the die cut panel on top. I then picked a flower I had left over from a previous project and colored it in the same Aged Mahogany, covering the underlying red.

Runway Inspired Challenge #78 (close up 2)I then cut out a couple of strips of card stock and stamped the sentiment from Big Bold You from Winnie & Walter using Memento Rich Cocoa ink and adhered it on the card, and then adhered the flower.

That finished my ‘complex’ card! πŸ˜› This card is something totally new for me, since I’ve rarely made cards showing so much geometry till now. Mixed feelings about it πŸ˜›

I am submitting this card to RIC #78

Runway Inspired Challenge #78Runway Inspired Challenge #78

ColourQ Challenge #281


I recently bought this die of cityscape and I couldn’t wait to use it on a card. This challenge was perfect –

ColourQ Challenge 281For this card, I first die cut a piece of black card stock using Skyline Border by Die-namics. I started painting the backdrop for the cityscape using distress inks Dried Marigold, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn.

ColourQ Challenge 281 (close up)I then stamped the sentiment from Lace Vintage Labels #3 by JustRite using StazOn black ink and foam mounted the die cut piece on top.

That finished my card! Simple and easy! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I am submitting this to ColourQ Challenge –

ColourQ Challenge 281Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

Dry Embossing With Stencil

PE: Retro Sketches Rockstar!!

Hello! I believe I haven’t tried this technique before – I had seen it in a video some time ago and thought of using it in my next card – but then completely forgot about it till today! πŸ˜€ Dry Embossing With StencilTo make this card, I picked a normal white card stock panel, and used the Butterfly Vine stencil from Memory Box to dry emboss the stencil partially. I then picked up Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers and added colors in randomly. After this dried, I polished the surface very lightly using Pumice Stone, to bring up the embossed areas. Dry Embossing With Stencil (close up 1)I then added a few splatters of Faded Jeans. I also colored the edges a bit with Pumice Stone ink. I then adhered the panel on the card base using foam tape. Dry Embossing With Stencil (close up 2)Keeping this aside, I stamped the sentiment from The Big, The Bold & The Happy from Winnie & Walter using Hero Arts Charcoal and Soft Granite inks on a piece of vellum and trimmed it and gave one side a fish tail. I wanted to staple this vellum piece on the card panel, but since I had already adhered it, I didn’t want to disturb it and so I adhered it using liquid glue. I finally added some wood veneer stars as embellishment. And so finished my card! πŸ™‚ I am submitting this to Retro Sketches #154 and Waffle Flower Challenge – this is my first ever submission to Waffle Flower Challenge!! So excited! πŸ™‚ Retro Sketches #154 Waffle Flower Challenge (Feb 23-Mar 8)Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

ColourQ Challenge #280


Its been quite some time since I used my embossing folders – for its original purpose of embossing, that it! πŸ˜€ And today, I finally had a chance to do so! The card I made this time is perfect for a embossed background! πŸ™‚

ColourQ Challenge #280I started with the butterflies first – I first cut out some pieces of card stock and colored them inΒ Dusty Concord, Fired Brick, Shaded Lilac, stamped and heat embossed them in gold and diecut them – the stamp and die cut came from the same set – Butterflies, Papillons & Mariposas from Sizzix/Hero Arts (I think!!)

ColourQ Challenge #280 (close up 1)I then embossed the card base – I don’t remember the name of the embossing folder though 😦 – and added some gold to the flowers and the leaf veins using Uniball Signo gold gel pen and gold marker. Since the folder was a little smaller at the sides, I trimmed the sides a bit to fit the embossed area. I then adhered the butterflies on.

ColourQ Challenge #280 (Close up 2)For the sentiment, I first die cut a panel (I don’t remember the name, but I remember it is from Sizzix) and then stamped the sentimentΒ from Micia Butterflies In Spring in two parts and gold heat embossed it. I then drew the frame around using my gold pen and finally foam mounted it.

And that finished my card! I am submitting this to ColourQ Challenge #280

ColourQ Challenge #280Thanks for looking!