Totally Inspired!

PE: Muse Challenge Honorable Mention!


Inspiration comes from many places – and my cards this time are from two different sources –

My first card, is inspired by the beautiful card made by Carol Mayne over at the Muse Challenge.


I used Hero Arts Feathers stamp and the Flip-it stamping technique to make the card. The after using Rock-n-Roll technique to ink up the feather with Memento Tuxedo Black, I stamped the feathers in a row and then used Memento inks Memento Danube Blue, Lady Bug, Potter’s Clay, Teal Zeal, Dandelion on the back of the stamp to add colors to the feathers. The sentiment, from Micia Butterflies in Spring, is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I finally retraced the spine of each feather in Uniball Signo black pen. That made a whole lot of difference – you wouldn’t believe the impact the feathers made before and after the spine change! 😛

Here’s the Muse inspiration –

My second card is inspired from this beautiful sari that I found in Pinterest

Picture of Charming Yellow and Off White Color Designer Saree: Picture of Charming Yellow and Off White Color Designer Saree

I used the triangles from Winnie & Walter: Its A Wonderful Pennant and the lines WPlus9 Country Charm to stamp the pattern in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. My first idea was to keep the card as flat as possible and so I adhered my yellow color paper directly on the card base, but I didn’t like it. So I adhered the color paper on card stock before adding it on the previous layer using foam tape. I then cut out the sentiment using Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint, one piece from black and the others from white card stock. Adhering them together with the black one topmost kinda gave a pretty look, with the white peeking from the sides. 🙂 I also wanted a bit of gold, from the sari’s borders, so I added layered white and gold sequins as embellishment.


I am a lover of geometry in card and I love how this card has turned out! 🙂 Submitting this one to Virgina’s View Challenge: Geometric Patterns

The Gossip Column with Taheerah: 2: Geometrics

Hello! Have you been to a the Winnie & Walter blog, where Taheerah has started The Gossip Column? Taheerah gives such fantastic unique inspiration! You should stop by!

I was not able to participate in the last one, and so wanted to submit a few cards this time. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to so far, and I am ending up submitting my one and only card for the race!


I started with stamping the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Big Bold & Party in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then picked Winnie & Walter’s Scenery: Its a Wonderful Pennant, and chose the two solid triangles for my card. I stamped the teal triangles using Memento Teal Zeal, stamping twice to get the darkest shade and then second and thirds generation stamping to achieve the gradient effect. But when I picked Memento Tangelo, I didn’t get the generation as dark as I wanted, so I picked up Memento Potter’s Clay and Hero Arts Orange Soda for achieving the gradient.


I then trimmed the card panel at an angle and traced it over the black card base. I then added the gold glitter washi tape. Before I adhered the panel on top, I embossed it by drawing lines using a embossing tool and scale (can be seen a little in the second image). And that finished my card! 🙂

I was inspired by this image from Pinterest

Don't stumble

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Pinspiration #11

And I am back again with a new Pinspiration! It’s a pretty colorful image I got from Pinterest here! And what inspired me most were the colorful triangles –

Pinterest image - Modern Christmas TreesThe only change I made was to limit the colors, and the make the image a background, instead of using it to create a shape. 🙂

I started with normal cardstock. I then started drawing triangles using my Inktense pencils. While coloring in, I added more color to certain corners of the triangle making them converge to certain points – this is where the coloring becomes denser (I would later make it darker); and also, I left the centers of the triangles color-free.


I then picked up minimal amount of water in my brush and started coloring the triangles, starting with the lightest color. While coloring, I stared in the center, pulling a little color from the side, then moved to the edges, pushing the color to define the edges of the triangle.

After everything was dry, I added a little black on the edges of the triangles, where I wanted some shadowing and also softened the color using a little water. This brought out more of the shadows in the image. 🙂


I then trimmed the piece a little and adhered it to the card base. Next, for the sentiment. I cut out the pre-printed vellum, which I got from DCWV Scrapbook Kit In A Stack. I then picked up a scrap piece of paper, splattered a few drops of water colors on them. I then cut both the pieces to a tag shape and stapled them together. I then glued only the top to the background piece I prepared.

Finally, I added a few star shaped wood veneers, a couple of them colored black with Copic marker. That finished my card!

I am submitting my card to the Color Throwdown Challenge #327.

Color Throwdown #327Thanks for looking!

PE: Winner!


Pinspiration #10

Since my interest in card-making, I have come to add quite a few related boards in Pinterest. One of them being inspirations of patterns and designs. Now, even after creating this board, I found that I rarely made many cards from them. Finding that one of the card makers I follow has an explicit series dedicated for cards made from Pinterest inspiraitons acted as a trigger and I thought that I should maybe try to make a few cards, at least now and then, picking inspirations from that exact same board I reserved for that purpose!

And so, I present one more card from the “Pinspiration” series! 🙂


This card is inspired by this pin

margaret berg

I picked up a few flower stamps that had a striped design on them. Now, I didn’t have stamps which would substitute the solid flowers, so I made some using the same flowers I chose. I learnt making my own stamps from dies from this video from Yana Smakula. I applied the same technique, except this time the stamps are cut by hand. By the way, the stamps came from Blooms Of Mine and Full Blooms stamp sets from Micia; and one more stamp set, whose name I don’t remember 😦

Before I started stamping, I cut out a heart mask from scrap paper, and stuck it to one side of the card. I then started stamping using Memento inks Dandilion, London Fog, Grey Flannel and Tuxedo Black.


Once I was done stamping, I added a couple of dashed outlines to the heart using sketch pens. I then adhered washi tapes to scrap cardstock and cut out stripes of it and cut out the ends to a fish tail and a diagonal. I then cut out another strip of of cardstock and cut a fishtail to an and, to add the sentiment – from Hero Arts All Occasions Messages. After first stamping it in Tuxedo Black, I stamped it two more times at an offset in Dandelion ink, making a shadow. I then adhered and foam mounted all the stripes on. Finally, I adhered this whole panel to the card base, on which I had already adhered some dark grey color paper.

And that finished my card! Hope you liked looking at it as much as I loved making it! 😀

Pinspiration #9

So, I came across this pin in Pinterest, and it caught my interest – I thought I might try watercoloring with distress inks stamping with this as inspiration. I actually came up with 3 cards!

I’ve used a few things as common – for the card base, I’ve used color paper on the card base, watercolor paper for making my inspired piece, the stamp set – Joyful Flutters by Micia, the distress inks – Fired Brick, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Pumice Stone, Black Soot.


For the first card, to make the watercolored piece, I first applied a coat of water all over the watercolor paper, and directly stamped my distress inks on top. I misted with paper again with water whenever it got a little dry. This method provided distinct stamped image, and the water flowing around spreads the colors a bit. Hmm..not the right way to replicate my inspiration, but good enough! ;D


So, after I was done with the piece and everything was dry, I distressed the sides and also the front using Prima’s Comfort Craft Distressing Tool. This gave the paper a beautiful striped texture! Love it! I then directly adhered this on the card base, glued in a pink and a black feather.

For the sentiment, I first adhered some dark grey color paper on a strip of cardstock, trimmed it and cut out fishtails on both ends, finally stamped the sentiment, which BoBunny Captured stamp set in Hero Arts white pigment ink – I adhered this piece also directly on the card. I then added a few sequins with added pink rhinestones on top and some pearls as embellishment.


For the second card, I changed the method of watercoloring. I misted the stamp with the distress ink before I stamped on the watercolor paper – I add no water on the paper itself. This achieved the effect I desired. 🙂 The images look like they are watercolored and they are not exactly perfectly stamped due to the texture of the paper, which I liked.

I cut this piece into two, and like with the first card, I distressed the sides before using them.


Now coming to the actual card, I drew some (not so perfect) stripes on a spare cardstock using Pink Copic marker and cut a side to in a diagonal. I then cut another strip of cardstock and adhered black flowered washi tape on it. I then adhered these two on the pink (color paper adhered) card base. I then foam mounted the watercolor piece on top.

I cut out the ‘Hello’ from black cardstock using Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs and adhered it directly on the card base. The trick to lying them out straight, which I learnt from Jennifer McGuire, is to first align them and adhere a portion of the front of the dies to masking tape (or some temporary tape) – then we can easily add the adhesive and place them wherever we want on the card! Easy-peasy!

Well, then I proceeded to add the clear-rhinestone topped sequins randomly on the card.


Now coming to the card – I cut up a couple of pieces of a doily, and on the bigger one, I added some silver acrylic paint here, inked it up using Hero Arts Cantaloupe Shadow ink, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries and sprayed water on it to let the inks spread and mix and finally sucked up the extra on some scrap paper. I then adhered these on the card base and trimmed the excess.


I then used Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics to cut out a frame and stamped it using MFT Pinstripes & Memento Rose Bud ink. After adding a black eyelet to the watercolor piece, I stapled the frame on top at an angle. I also added a butterfly to the side, which I cut from Tattered Lace Butterflies dies, after sponging in some Spun Sugar distress inks to the sides.

I finally added the sentiment which came from the Joyful Flutters stamp set from Micia using Hero Arts white pigment ink. I finished this with some pearls on the card base and one on the butterfly.

Whew!! That finished my looong array of cards, and even longer explanation!! Thanks for sticking up till now! 🙂