Retro Sketches #158

Hello! I am back with another post – I just finished making this card, and couldn’t wait to publish it – I just love it!

The inspiration for this card comes by another Laura Bassen masterpiece here. I just loved all the colors that are filled up in the neat rows of triangles; I just had to try it!!

Retro SketchesI started with, of course, the triangles. I picked a normal white card stock panel and stamped the triangle from Trendy Triangles from My Favorite Things. I then filled them up with watercolors, mixing two colors, achieving a gradient effect in all triangles. I then trimmed the piece into a square – I really ended up trimming up a lot – the initial piece was normal, standard card size; when I finished trimming it, it was a square with each side of 3.5 inches – sigh…I miss all those triangles I cut off!! 😦

Retro Sketches (close up 1)Anyway, I then adhered a paper doily on top of it at an angle. I also die cut a (rather thick) vellum piece using a die fromΒ  Labels #24 from Spellbinders. I then stamped the sentiment from Hello/Thank you from Sizzix using Hero Arts Black ink on the vellum and then stapled the piece to the watercolor piece.

The thick vellum covers up most of the triangles, you can barely see it. But, the peeking colors really give a great effect! πŸ™‚

Retro Sketches (close up 2)I finally foam mounted the panel on a white card base, trimmed to a square with sides 4.25 inches. I thought of adding a button next to the sentiment, but left it since the sentiment already had a cute flower with it – I felt any extra embellishment (button or something else) would just overload the card. πŸ™‚

I am submitting this to the Retro Sketches Challenge #158
Thanks you for stopping by! πŸ™‚


Colour Me #64

PE: Color Me…Connoisseur!

Colour Me Card Challenge #64 Connoisseur

When I first saw this card from Laura Bassen, I just fell in love with the simple layout and the beautiful colors. That lady is a goddess of card making!! I didn’t think of it then, but when I saw the card for a second time, I thought I would like to CASE it (try is the key word here :P)

Colour Me #64I started with stamping the flowers on the background using Tide Pool from Hero Arts and Turquoise from ColorBox.

Setting this aside, I punched out a few leaves and also die cut a few from Folk Art Floral Die from WPlus9. I then watercolored these using Rhubarb Stalk and Lady Bug from Memento.

Colour Me #64 (close up 1)I then die cut the frame using Timeless Tags from WPlus9 and Labels #4 from Spellbinders. I then stamped the sentiment using stamped from Basic Font stamp set from Fiskars using Soft Granite from Hero Arts and then outlined it using Uniball Signo Black gel pen.

Colour Me #64 (close up 2)I then foam mounted the frame, adhered the leaves using liquid glue and foam dots. I then adhered a few clear rhinestones as embellishment.

So I win the CASE challenge? πŸ˜› Dunno! But, I am submitting this to Colour Me Challenge #64 – it’s been quite some time since I participated!

Colour Me #64Thanks for looking!! πŸ™‚

Penny Black Divine

Hello! I made this card a couple of days ago, and was too lazy then to blog about it πŸ˜› I just wanted to make something out of a new stash I got just recently – and the Penny Black Divine stamp was one of them. I just rushed this card –

Penny Black Divine StampI first colored some scrap cardstock with red acrylic paint and left it to dry. I then started with making the background – I picked Texture Mesh stencil from Memory Box, laid it flat on a cardstock panel and watercolored it in blue, grey and black colors. Some of the color seeped in, but that was the exact effect I was looking for. πŸ™‚ I then set it aside to dry.

As the acrylic paint piece was dry, I stamped the flowers on it using Hero Arts Black ink. I then fuzzy cut the flowers and outlined it again using Uniball Signo black gel pen.

Penny Black Divine Stamp (close up 1)I then adhered some black script washi tape around the border of another card panel. I then rubbed the (now dry) watercolor panel using a scrap piece of paper – this helped in spreading the excess pigments on top of the paper. I then trimmed this panel and the washi panel to size. I then adhered the two pieces.

Penny Black Divine Stamp (close up 2)I stamped the card base using Dahlias from Penny Black on the card base using Hero Arts Black ink. I then adhered the earlier panel on the card base. I then foam mounted the flowers in their place. I also added a few white dots on the flowers using Uniball Signo white gel pen.

And that finished my card! Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

RIC #80: Nonoo

Hello….again! πŸ™‚ This time is a card for Runway Inspired Challenge #80: Nonoo.

When I first saw the pic, I thought I wouldn’t participate – I had absolutely no idea, even with my considerable (for me) amount of stamps and stencils and dies (and other stuff) in my stash…I was stumped. Frankly speaking, I am still not sure whether I want to submit this card I made, but I hope no one is going to kick me if I do :P…. so here goes nothing! πŸ™‚

RIC #80: NonooI first die cut the lattice using Fancy Lattice from Spellbinders and watercolored it in 2 shades of blue, black and grey shades. I then trimmed the sides to give it an un-finished kinda look. Once dry, I adhered it on the black card base using dots of liquid glue.

RIC #80: Nonoo (close up 1)Then, counting the number of negative pieces needed for the heart, I colored them red using Copic marker. I then foam mounted them on the card and added some shiny glitter using Wink of Stella clear glitter brush-pen.

RIC #80: Nonoo (close up 2)For the sentiment, I cut a strip of card stock, slided some Memento Teaz Zeal ink over it and stamped the sentiment from Bo Bunny Sentiment stamp set using Hero Arts Black ink. I then tore the edges before foam mounting it on the card.

I then added some blue and Copic-colored-red rhinestones as embellishment.

And that’s my card. Hope you like it! πŸ™‚

RIC #80: NonooRIC #80: NonooThanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

CASology Week 139: Style

Hello! One moreΒ  card – sure no one will mind!! πŸ˜›

The theme from CASology this time – Style – well, I understood the word alright, but what to make of it? No damn idea!! All I could think of was models at the time, and I don’t own a single stamp with a person on it, let alone something ‘stylish’!!! Then, thankfully, my bran made a few links – like this –

Models -> Runway -> Lights & sparkle & shine πŸ˜€

‘Nuff said??

CASology #139: Style

So I made this very easy to make, simple, one layer card. This card is inspired by the very talented Mayuri’s card here.

To make this card, I chose the Bokeh Time stamp set by Just Rite – it has every element you need!! I just had to chose the inks now – Butter Bar and Black from Hero Arts and Canary from ColorBox – and start stamping.

CASology #139: Style (close up)I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Hero Arts Black ink. After I was done, I just added the washi tape at an angle on the top, trimmed the excess. And that’s it!! Oh, do I love this card!! I wish there were more challenges I could submit it to!! πŸ˜›

CASology #139: StyleThanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

CAS(E) This Sketch #116

PE: CAS(E) This Sketch Favorite!! CAS(E) This Sketch #113 Favorite

Time Out Challenge Honorable Mention!! πŸ˜€Time Out Challenge Honorable Mention

Hello! Back with another card today – this time for CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #116. This card is inspired by this beautiful card by Birgit here. CAS(E) This Sketch #113I started by stamping using Luminous from Penny Black – on the card base, and on two seperate card stock panels. I used Hero Arts Black and Soft Granite inks. I then trimmed the card panels to the same size, ensuring that the image between the two also aligned. CAS(E) This Sketch #113 (close up 1)I then painted the flowers using Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Black Soot distress inks. I also painted the edges of the darker flower using Black Soot. I then cut out strips of the card panel with ligher colored flower and adhered it in place on the other card panel. CAS(E) This Sketch #113 (close up 2)For that extra shine (;)), I smeared some silver glitter in the flower’s center and I then foam mounted it on the card base. I also stamped the sentiment from You Are Special stamp set from Micia using Hero Arts Black ink. I then added some gold and silver sequins as embellishment. And that finished my card! πŸ™‚ CAS(E) This Sketch #116 Also submitting the card to: Uniko Studio Challenge #19: Uniko Studio Challenge #19Time Out Challenge #27: Clean and simple; With the optional twist of one color Thanks for looking!

Muse Challenge #110


I am here today with a card, which I created for the Muse challenge this week –

Muse Challenge #110I started with a kraft cardstock panel, stamped the image Leafy Vines from Hero Arts and heat embossed it with gold EB. I then flicked some black using Black Soot distress ink. I then set it aside.

Muse Challenge #110 (2)I cut out another strip of the kraft cardstock, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it using clear EB. I stamped the other sentiment on some thick vellum, and heat embossed it using white EB. Both the sentiments came from Its Your Day from Hero Arts. I then splotched Black Soot & Memento Tuxedo Black on the kraft piece.

I then stamped on a strip of paper (its really thin and translucent – I have it from quite some time, but I dunno what it is called) using a stamp Backgrounds & Borders from WPlus9 and Memento Tuxedo Black ink (yes, I used black ink; I dunno why it looks blue here! 😦 ) I then adhered this piece at an angle on the stamped cardstock and trimmed the excess.

Muse Challenge #110 (close up)I then stapled the sentiment pieces, and foam mounted the panel on the card base. I then adhered some copper and gold sequins for embellishment.

The card in the challenge is by the very talented Tenia Nelson –

Muse Challenge #110Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚