#906 – Diwali Cards!!

Hello and welcome! My yearly series of Diwali cards has continued for the seventh year now! I was actually majorly delayed in posting my last year’s Diwali cards… like 1 year late! But this year, I am posting on the day of Diwali itself! I’ve improved!! 😀

And here are the cards –

Happy Diwali!!

I have actually veered from my traditional sparkly shiny cards which I usually make for Diwali. This time I kept them simple. Yeah.. one of those few times when I don’t even add any sentiment on the card! I think the conveyed blessings and well wishes are apparent by the focal of the card – God Ganesha!

I was very lucky to find these beautiful laser cut chipboards from one of my favorite shops – The Craft Shop, just in time for the occasion – especially since I make my cards really early! So, I used them in combination with some cover dies.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 1)

The center top has background made using Pink Fresh Studio Fancy Floral dies. The bottom left has two layers of Lil Inker Designs Pointelle die cuts, behind which I used a layer of gold metallic paint from Prima. The same paint is used for the card on the bottom right, but the die cut, I changed to Lil Inker Designs Diamond Lace die, though two layers again. For the top-most layer, I used three layers of Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, to get some dimension to even out the height of the chipboard. I used the die itself to trace an outline of the frame, using metallic gel pens in gold and silver from Uniball.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 2)

On these two cards, I used dies from Spellbinders called Grate Effect (left) and Fancy Lattice. I used two pieces of die cuts, offset them before adhering them on the card base. The frame die cut on top uses Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles, below which I used the same gold metallic paint. Again, I added two layers of scrap cardstock below the frame to even out the height of the chipboard.

I am joining the following challenges with my cards –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #297: All About Occasions

Timeout Challenge #174: Festivals

CrafTangles Monthly challenge, November Challenge: Festive Projects

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Inkspirational Challenge #226: Frame It

I am so happy with these cards – I hope the recipients feel the same too! Wish you all a very happy Diwali, everyone!! May the lights of this sparkling season bring joy and peace to every heart and every family! And thank you for stopping by!

#857 – A Sympathy Card

Hello and welcome. This time I’ve made a card, that most card-makers would prefer not to make – a sympathy card. I’ve sent it out to a very dear fellow blogger, Monika, who recently lost her young son in an accident. My heart aches for her – what a terrible thing to go though.. 😦

Sharing in Your Sorrow

To make this card, I first used the dies from My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather and Pretty Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, watercolored them and kept them aside to dry. On the card base, I embossed using one of the die cuts from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered the die cut pieces and then stamped sentiment from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom using MFT Hybrid Black ink.

Sharing in Your Sorrow (closeup)

I hope Monika finds solace soon.

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Inkspirational challenge #208: Designers’ Choice: Animal: Real or Magical

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Stamplorations March CAS challenge: Anything Goes with optional color twist Light Blue

Perfectly CAS challenge #7: Die Cuts (I’ve used the center of the 3/3 grid)

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #381: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by.

#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! 🙂

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!! 😉

Happy New Year

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! 🙂

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.

Happy New Year (closeup)

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!

#737 – Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

PE: Featured in Lil’ Inker Designs You Made it Monday!! Yay!!! 🙂

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Hello and welcome to an all new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have a topping-free challenge, which means you can join us with any new Birthday theme project of yours!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I, as usual, have made a card –

Sending Warm Wishes

I used a cover plate die from Lil Inker Designs called Geometric Snow to cut out various colored cardstock. I then adhered the pieces over a gray cardstock – which is totally not visible in the final product ;), layering only the positive die cut piece, while keeping a single layer of the negative pieces. Once done, I added the sentiment from Pink & Main Wishes stamp and die. I did debate between adding some jewels, but decided against it at the end.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Green

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Addicted to Stamps challenge #281: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Card Making Challenge: March challenge: Color (as it is mostly the die cut’s texture and colors that make up this card)

Do checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more dazzling inspiration from the team and out wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Kim Lackenbach! And I hope you take time to join us too, who doesn’t need to create a birthday project, after all! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#641 – Foiled Butterflies

Hello! Yup, I made a couple more cards!! Who could stop themselves when they get to add some pretty butterflies – and with foiling to boot!! Not me!! 😀

Happy Birthday

My first card, I used gold foil from DecoFoil. The butterflies are from Tattered Lace, which I mounted over a die cut panel, which I embossed using Altenew Sketched Lines stencil, and mounted over a white card base. The tag sentiment is from Neat and Tangled Birthday Tags die.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #177 – Tic Tac Toe (I used butterflies, add a tag, add texture)

Stempel Garten Challenge #63: Anything that Flies

Happy Little Stampers: July CAS Challenge: Birthday

For my second card, I used aluminium foil – I adhered it to some scrap card stock using double sided tape and die cut both the butterfly and the sentiment from them. The butterfly is from My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies and the sentiment is Paper Smooches Warm Wishes.

Warm Wishes

For the colorful background, I used Paper Trey Ink Triangles cover plate die. I die cut several colorful cardstock, then pieced them together to the pattern I found in the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. Somehow I found that creating the pattern for the background to be easier than creating some random pattern for it – then I would have had to ensure that not too many similar pieces are together.. so tiring!! 😉

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #229

Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

The Heart Desires Challenge #14

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂