Hello and welcome to my blog! I am Ashwini, a software engineer by profession, and a card-maker by hobby.

I am based in Bangalore, work in a software company and hold a BE degree in Information Science. I have loved crafts since I was a little girl, when we used to cut paper into dolls and make garlands! Its amazing how many forms paper can take, with folding, cutting and coloring! I used to make flowers out of paper and plastic, which my Ma used to collect just for me, to decorate vases in my house! And my love for paper only increased in the last few years, as I started card making.

My sister introduced me to Pinterest in 2013, which is when I came across scrapbooking and card making. After trying a little, bit of scrapbooking, I realized that it was not for me – we took photos so rarely in my family, that it was impossible to scrapbook!! But I wasn’t to be let down – I tried a little bit of art journaling, making tags, and then came across card making. Now, that was just the thing for me!

I began card making late late 2013, started this blog in May 2014, when I thought to share my little talents. Although, most of the cards I’ve made are for challenge submissions, I do make cards to share with friends and family on those special occasions :). For me, it is really fun and relaxing!

The ‘etc’ in the blog title is for my other crafty projects – a mixed media Art Book, stitching, and wall arts to name some.

I hope you find something interesting or even inspiring in my blog! Please feel free to leave a comment if you find anything you like! Thanks for looking around!


4 thoughts on “About

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  2. Hi Ashwini; I just love your #566 Coffee and Warm Wishes card…..especially your ‘homemade plaid paper’. Would you mind sharing the process of how you made that paper? I would love to make some of my own for cards. It is so nice. I can only imagine the many color combos you could come up with for plaid paper. Thanks much. Take care. (PJ)

    • Thank you for taking time to leave your comment here, PJ!
      It is actually very simple to create the plaid. I used Zig brush markers, but I think even other markers might work (can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried any other). Just choose the colors you want, then draw the lines, one after the other, right next to each other.
      Don’t worry about overlapping, or drying time. I even drew the criss-crossing lines without waiting for anything to dry.
      Just make sure that your paper will hold all that color – thicker paper would be good, since this will leave a lot of juice in the paper.
      Hope this helps! I’ll try to make a mini video (haven’t made even a single video till now, so I really don’t know how to!)..hopefully! 🙂

  3. I’m always sad when a kind note – like yours – arrives in my inbox and I see the phrase ‘no reply blogger!’ Ashwini, thank you so much for your kindness – I’m sure I haven’t any secrets at all! Just luck most times, to have the right supplies! xx

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