#1000 – A Stitchy Sort of Birthday

Hello and welcome to my grand 1000th blog post!! Yay!! πŸ˜€ And I’m celebrating it with my post of a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge. This time, the topping is chosen by Shirley to be ‘Faux or Real Stitching‘. The topping is optional and as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the challenge.

And here’s the card I made –

Frankly, I made this card in a hurry. In one night. Which is very, very rare for me. And this, after I proclaimed while commenting in Nancy’s post that I am taking months nowadays to make my cards. Yes, it just had to happen.

So anyway, after blanking out on what to create for a long time, I ended up making a card that I wasn’t only not satisfied with but also which just wouldn’t look good in its photo – how uncooperative. 😦

I made this one above in a hurry, since that card just wouldn’t do, and this came out quite well. I must however, admit that I was CASEing this gorgeous card in The Greetery blog.

I even used die cuts left over from previous projects (flowers from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms and colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and sentiment from Die-Versions Celebrate die), which made the process faster. I just had to stamp the faux stitched panels – both of which I did using dies from Mama Elephant So Sew – so aptly named – and then stamping on the top panel using CrafTangles Old Newspaper and Stampendous Blossom Spray stamps. I added a strip of black washi tape which had designs in matte gold for the smallest embellishing, and I was done!

I sure am glad this card worked, else I would have taken off for this challenge! πŸ˜‰ But I think you’ll find my teammates did a much for trustworthy and wonderful works than mine – and of course, so did our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Lorraine A! Check their creations out at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by and do come by again! πŸ™‚

#849 – Another New Year card!

Hello and welcome! Here’s another new year card. I made this one to send to a dear blogging friend of mine. Hope she liked it! πŸ™‚

I was totally inspired by this card made by Jennifer McGuire (the last card in the series). I don’t have any such die, but I wanted to achieve a similar effect. So instead of a single die cut, I used many!! πŸ˜‰


Of course, as you can see, I made the card a more-or-less tone-on-tone, rather than colorful, as I first intended to. I kinda liked this look! πŸ™‚

I first started with a card panel – 6″x4″. I used MFT Flutter of Butterflies and die cut a few of the butterflies from the panel. I then used the flower and leaf dies from Paper Smooches Flowers and Flowers 2 dies, and die cut from the gaps in between the butterflies. I also added a few dotted swirly lines using Paper Smooches Stitched Flourishes 2 die. I retained all the die cut pieces, to use them later in my card.

I first adhered the die cut panel on a cream colored cardstock. I then started adhering the die cut pieces, layering a few and finally embellishing a the butterflies and flowers with cream half pearls.


Finally coming to the sentiment. After finishing the card base, I had no idea how to proceed. I finally settled on using the happy die from Mama Elephant along with a strip of stamped sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy. I first die cut three pieces of the die and stacked them. I added some liquid glue behind both the die and strip and just laid them on the card – no pressure, so that they would appear floating on top of the butterflies.

And that finished the card! With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Just us Girls challenge #514 – Trends Week: Create Dimension

Global Design Project #223: Celebration

Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Just Add Ink challenge #488: Celebrate! A BIG congrats on completing 10 years of the challenge! Wow! What an achievement!!

Thanks for stopping by!

#500 – Celebrating 500 posts!!!

Hello!! Yup, its the first big one!! So happy about this!! Its been a little over two years since I started this blog, and little more since I came across card making.. and its been a fantastic experience!! πŸ™‚ I can see for myself where I stand now, when compared to when I started – I see even how and where I improved, and I am pretty happy about where I stand now.

To mark this small celebration of mine, I made this card for myself – I’ve combined quite a few of my favorite things here – color blending, sparkle and shine, embossing..I even thought of making it a shaker card, but refrained.. Of course, I like clean and simple as much as I like colors and bling now, but since this was a celebration, I went with the latter! πŸ˜‰


I’ve used some new and some very old supplies here – the newest being the goody bag from Simon Says Stamp. This is the first time I am using it – I had received April 2015 card kit – and the stamp set in it – Big Birthday Wishes – seemed just perfect to make this card!

And the oldest one – Memento Brilliance inks. I know there are some better metallic inks out there now, but these are one of the first supplies I have brought for card making. I had assumed that they had dried up – imagine my surprise and delight that they were very much not dry!! πŸ˜€ I used them to my heart’s content here!! I love the subtle shine it adds – so beautiful! πŸ™‚


I am just listing the supplies used here, instead of going about the details, as I usually so (also, the card is pretty straight forward, no hidden techniques used!)

Supplies used:
Stamps: SSS Big Birthday Wishes, SSS Birthday Bits, Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes
Dies: Mama Elephant So Sew
Heat Embossing: Zing white embossing powder
Inks for background blending: Scattered Straw distress ink, PTI Melon Berry and Hero Arts Neon Purple inks. Stamping with Memento Brilliance Platinum
Inks for candles: various Memento Inks and Hero Arts Inks
Inks for flames: Hero Arts Neon Sunshine and Neon Orange, Memento Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Dots around the flames: Scattered Straw and Memento Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Embellishing: Champagne sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, Silver stickles


I am also submitting this card to a few challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More #200: Birthday… Challenge #200 & 4th Birthday…Yay!! More celebrations!! πŸ™‚

Stamplorations: 3rd Birthday.. and even more celebrations!! Congratulations, Stamplorations! πŸ™‚

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: July Challenge: Birthday……Happy Birthday (month??) Paru!!

Seize the Birthday (no toppings for my card!)

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Finally, thank you, my family, my blogging friends, and each and every person who has stopped by my blog, for the support and encouraging comments – I couldn’t have done without them!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚


Blog Anniversary Celebration!

Its actually been a year since I started blogging about my cards – one year!! Wow!! Seems like a lot of time – I’ve ended up adding more than 200 posts to this blog – there are some which I absolutely dislike, and some which I still love…

Now, before proceeding with the rest of the post, I would like to thank all my followers, and all the people who left comments. They encourage me a lot…a lot!! Thank you, to each and everyone of you!

Now, coming back – I wanted to create a card, CASEing the ones I had posted for the first time (here) I chose the second card I made for CASEing. I remember that I had liked the first one very much, but not the second one (I still posted it! :P) I thought I would try to make it better at a later time, if I ever got the chance – what better time than now!

Here’s the card –


I used the same stencil – Garden Fronds from Memory Box – and the color scheme – reddish brown, yellow and gold.

I stared by sponging Aged Mahogany and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks through the stencil, on a card panel.


I then adhered some vellum behind the frame (left from another project), cut from white cardstock using Deckled Rectangles from Spellbinders. I then adhered some gold glitter washi tape on a scrap card panel and die cut the leaves and the sentiment using Die Flower from Sizzix and Celebrate from Die Versions respectively.


Finally, I adhered everything together using glue and foam tape. I then mounted this on the card base, to which I had already adhered the gold glitter washi tape at the sides. As embellishment I added a few dots of gold glitter stickles.

And that’s it!! I love how this has turned out! Let’s see if I am gonna case this again next year! πŸ˜€

Here’s to more blogging and more card making!

100 Posts Celebration Card!


I am so excited to announce my 100 posts (actually, this post is my 101th post). I can’t believe I’ve already posted so much in my blog, in a period of merely eight months! I am surprised and proud! πŸ™‚

To celebrate my success, I am making a card for myself (should I be happy or sad about that?!) –


I started with one of my favorite techniques to get a background – distress inks on embossing folder. I picked Old Paper, Weathered Wood, Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord and the Spellbinders ‘Regal’ embossing folder. I splotched the ink in random over the embossing folder,Β misted it with some water and embossed my card panel. After it dried, I adhered this directly on the card base.


I then die cut a piece of white card panel using Spellbinders Lables die. And I also cut off about 4 pieces of the ‘celebrate’ sentiment from another piece of card stock using the Die Versions Celebrate die. I then stacked and adhered these together and added some Glossy Accents on top.


I wanted to stamp the ‘100’ in the same colors as the background. So I smushed the same inks on my craft mat, misted it just once, mounted my stamp on my acrylic block, inked it using the ink on the craft mat and then stamped it on the die cut label. Whenever I found that the stamping didn’t apply enough ink, I re-stamped it after picking some more ink from the craft mat. I stamped in reverse, making sure that the number was kind of off to one side. By the way, I used Kaisercraft ‘Numbered’ stamp set.

I finally adhered all the pieces. I foam mounted the label panel. I also adhered the ‘celebrate’ sentiment on directly on top using some liquid adhesive. I also added a few black rhinestones for some embellishment.

And that finished my card! Thank you all for supporting my through my 100 posts! Here’s looking forward to another hundred! πŸ™‚