#597 – A Beautiful Day

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Hello! I made this card to send to my crafty friend Helen Gullet quite some time ago, and now that she has received it, I thought of publishing the details in my blog! πŸ™‚


I wanted a sort of messy, sort of vague look for this card. Since the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set had a great combination of both solid and layer stamp (to give the suggestion of flowers), I used that. Of course, there are lots of other stamps like these, but this stamp set had the biggest flowers of them all in my stash. And I wanted to do lots of coloring too! πŸ™‚


So, I started with stamping the flowers, first with distress ink, since I wanted a splotchy look, and then with Versamark Watermark ink and then heat embossed them clear. Same for leaves. I then watercolored them using Zig brush markers. Once dry, I added a few splatters using my Camel Drawing inks.


The sentiments are from Avery Elle Laurels and Altenew Beautiful Day. I used the same stamp sets for my handmade envelope too.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #232: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: For a Special Lady

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: March Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge: Love and/or Friendship

Timeout challenge is celebrating their third year of running! A BIG Congrats!! πŸ™‚

The Flower Challenge #6: Anything Goes

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#572 – Diwali Cards

Hello! Posting all my new year cards reminded me that I had never published the Diwali cards!! And it has been months too!! Better late than never, so I am posting about these cards now –

Diwali 2016 Cards

As usual, I went with a “One Design Multiple Cards” approach. For these cards, I used a pattern paper base, with vellum on top, with heat embossed ‘diya’ and the sentiment on it.

Diwali 2016 Card 1

I first cut out the vellum pieces and drew out the ‘diya’ on each of them using a pencil. I then used Ranger Emboss It pen to draw on the sketch and then add gold emboss it. I also stamped the sentiment with the diya and gold heat embossed the same.

Diwali 2016 Card 2

The pattern papers are all from DCWV Serenity stack. I chose different patterns from this stack, trimmed each and after adhering them on the card bases, I cut out the vellum pieces to size, and used little bits really thin (yeah, very difficult to cut off!!) of double sided tape, then adhered them to the very edge of the vellum, and adhered it to my card. To cover up the tape, I used gold glitter stickles. πŸ˜‰ I also added the glitter to the center of the flames, just for a bit of extra sparkle.

Diwali 2016 Card 3

For the envelopes, I used the same stamp sets, but stamped them with a kraft ink – my gold ink pad had dried and I couldn’t use it.. 😦 But I did draw the diya using Unibal Signo gold pen, and added a strip of gold patterned washi tape on each envelope, since I really did want some gold on the envelope too! πŸ™‚

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#571 – New Year’s Cards

Hello! I usually post New Year’s cards I make for my family right on the first day of the new year..this time I am late since I was just plain lazy, carrying over the sloth to take photos of the cards to the new year.. please don’t mind me, I am pretty sure I’ll pick up in a few months! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

Here’s the set of cards I made –

New Year Cards 2016-17

I had a very simple design concept in mind – I wanted to do stamping, no other special techniques, just simple stamping followed by die cutting and inlaid die cut pieces in silver (I painted them silver using acrylic paint) for the sentiment.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Now that I had decided this, I of course, went for my favorite stamps – flower stamps to make my cards! The flowers came from different stamp sets, as you see, and once done, I die cut the panel, added the sentiment using some scotch tape and then mounted it on my card base.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Event the envelopes are all the same. I wanted the sentiment font to be as similar as possible to the one on the card, so I chose Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy stamp set. I stamped this in black ink first and then stamped it again using Memento Brilliant Galaxy Gold ink.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Before I stamped the sentiment, I used Hero Arts Leaves and Flowers background stamp on the envelope, stamping using Versamark watermark ink and then wiped some Perfect Pearls, each corresponding to the color or the envelope. However I was a bit unlucky with this, as the ink somehow didn’t stick to the paper and the neither did too much of the Perfect Pearls; and since I hadn’t used MISTI, I couldn’t stamp it again, without messing it up big time. But I thought it was still ok.. since the cards were pretty! πŸ˜‰

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Here are the details –
My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet
Altenew Layered Lily
Altenew A Beautiful Day
Altenew Watercolor Wonders
Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus

Submitting my cards to the following challenges –

Card 1 –

CAS-ual Fridays: Celebrations


Card 2 –

Happy Little Stampers: January Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes (I misted the stamps with water after applying distress inks, spreading the colors using a brush whenever required, so that’s a bit of watercoloring!) –

Card 3 –

Paru’s Card Challenge: Anything Goes (Congratulations on First Anniversary!!) –


Just Us Girls Challenge #375: Word Week – New – (Altenew A Beautiful Day is a new stamp for me; plus, the card itself is for a new year!!)

Card 4 –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: Something New with a New Product

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#522 – Color Layering Hibiscus

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Hello! I had shared a card I had made for my Papa’s birthday, for my Ma to give him. This is another card I had made, for me to give him! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

I used Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus, with a few smaller flowers from Altenew Vintage Flowers, then Altenew Painted Greetings for the sentiment. I also added a few dots using a black pen.

Happy Birthday

I didn’t want too much embellishing, so I added a bit of black and multi-color glitter stickles in the flower centers.

Happy Birthday

For the envelope, I used the same stamp sets, but with black and grey inks.

Happy Birthday

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stempel Garten Challege #53: Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes (or no topping)-

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Stamp It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Work It Challenge: Stamping

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#488 – Happy Father’s Day

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I delayed making Father’s day this time so much, I started thinking I might never get it done on time! My cards usually consist of flowers or critters – and when I look at the cards claimed to be masculine, I never saw them in it. OK, critters sometimes, maybe, but not flowers.. Most of them were had fishing, sailing, tool kits.. you name it! But no flowers. I have nothing against those cards, but I couldn’t connect them with my Papa. He doesn’t do fishing/sailing, or any of those.. and I became a little skeptical as to what to create.. which in turn made me take a lot of time to make a card.

And I ended up with using flowers in my card! Frankly, when I sat down and thought about it, I couldn’t see what was wrong with using flowers in a masculine card. I mean, my Papa doesn’t have anything against flowers! With this thought, I made this card –

Happy Father's Day

I chose Fabriano Elle Erre Ferro card stock. I used my MISTI to position and stamp the flowers from Altenew Persian Motifs, since I needed to stamp the flowers twice, before and after coloring. Once I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink, I colored the flowers using Prismacolor black and white pencils with Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils in grey. Once I finished coloring, I restamped the image, since some of the lines were obscured during the coloring.

Happy Father's Day

Once this was dry, (I got a small smudge from the fresh pigment while I was coloring, so I waited till it was dry after that) I stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy in the same pigment ink. Keeping the card simple, I didn’t add any other embellishments.

Happy Father's Day

For the envelope, I used black color paper and stamped the sentiment first and then the same two flowers, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink all over the paper and the then folded and adhered the sides of the envelope.

So that’s my ‘flowery’ masculine card. How do you like it? πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to Paru’s Card Making Challenge: June: Father’s Day, As You See It Challenge: #136: Dad, SSS Wednesday Challenge: Father’s Day/Card for a Guy, Stampin’ Royalty #333: One Layer Cards, Word Art Wednesday #234-235 – Anything Goes andΒ CropStop Linky Party #17: Anything Goes


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#479 – Happy Birthday Ma!!

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Its a fine co-incidence that my Ma’s birthday falls in the same month as Mother’s day. πŸ˜€ I had said in my post with the Mother’s day card for my Ma that she loved flowers. She absolutely loved that card. I thought of another flower garden card for her birthday too! πŸ™‚ And what better stamp set than the Altenew Golden Garden for the job! πŸ˜€

Happy Birthday, Ma

Since I was doing very light watercoloring, with little water, I chose normal cardstock, but since I wanted a little texture, Fabriano Elle Erre Bianca was the perfect choice.

Happy Birthday, Ma

Once I stamped the flowers from the stamp set in Versamark inks, I heat embossed them using Wow! Silver Pearl embossing powder. I then colored the panel using distress inks and Paper Trey Ink inks. Once the panel dried, I added splatters of Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold.

Happy Birthday, Ma

Coming to the background. My initial idea was to have the flowery panel on the whole card, but somehow I ended up die cutting it, and then not liking the idea of adding it on a plain card base. I thought of q few ideas, and in the end went with a gold painted striped background. I used Fevicryl Sparkling Pearl colors acrylic paint in gold – such a beautiful sparkling gold, you wouldn’t believe it! πŸ™‚ Loved it. So, once the background was dry, I foam mounted the flower garden panel.

Happy Birthday, Ma

For the sentiment, I used the Happy die cut from Mama Elephant, cutting it from the same card stock and then from some white foam. I used Zig two way glue. I usually use liquid medium for adhering, since I am not good with alignment. This time I chose this because, one, it is like a spongy stick and there were no chances of the glue seeping out and two, it is a pretty good glue. I think I’ll be using this glue for adhering little die cut sentiments from now on! πŸ˜€

And before I forget, as I am prising my new glue stick, the stamped and embossed in white sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink.

Happy Birthday, Ma

And finally, my handmade envelope. I made a different kind of envelope this time. The kind you get if you use We R Memory Keepers’ Punch Board. I cut out a template for myself this time, so its easy to make more.

So, I used PTI Classic Kraft ink to stamp the flowers on the envelope, along with the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then added a few dots and also colored a few of the flowers using my Unibal Signo gel pen in gold.

So that’s my card for my Ma’s birthday! Hope she likes it! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges – Seven Hills Crafts: May Theme Challenge: Embossing, Seize The Birthday: Dimension, Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday: April: Flowers

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#471 – Mother’s Day Wishes

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Hello! And a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!

Made this card to my dear Ma – she’s the best in the world!! πŸ˜€ I made her a flower-themed card, since she is really fond of flowers! Quoting her – “flowers always look good, no matter how you make them!” I couldn’t agree more! πŸ˜€

Mother's Day

I chose Paper Trey Ink Rustic Cream cardstock to make this one-layered card.

Mother's Day

The flowers are from Hero Arts Flower Garden, My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms and WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers. I used Milled Lavender DI, PTI Winter Wisteria, Mustard Seed DI, Spiced Marmalade DI, Tattered Rose DI, PTI Melon Berry, Cracked Pistachio DI, Memento Bahama Blue, Evergreen Bough DI, Shabby Shutters DI, Crushed Olive DI, Memento Pear Tart, Memento Bamboo Leaves, PTI Classic Kraft inks for stamping. I then stamped the dots using Shabby Shutters DI and PTI Fine Linen ink. The sentiment is from Fiskars Celebrate Family, which I heat embossed in gold.

Mother's Day

Instead of adding lots of glitter and/or sequins, as I mostly do, I decided to keep it fairly clean, and opted to use my Uniball gold gel pen. I just added a few dots, in the flowers’ center and along with the rest of the dots surrounding the flowers.

Mother's Day

Of course, I had to make an envelope to go with it. After making so many cards, I am happy to report that I can make a fairly good one without any mistakes – and I am happy since I am not using any tools other than my trusty pencil, scale and scissors! πŸ˜€

Well, for this one, I first stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Sally’s ABCs and the flowers from Hero Arts Flower Garden and drew over them using Uniball Signo silver gel pen. I am glad it came out so nice and bright on the paper! πŸ™‚

I am also submitting this to One Layer Simplicity Challenge #27: Fruit Smoothie (I used some inks with fruits’ names in them), The Card Concept #54: Spring FlowersThe Card Concept #54: Spring FlowersThe Card Concept #54: Spring Flowers and Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday (April): Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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