#439 – Happy Everything


Made this card for the latest Color Throwdown challenge. The colors are nice and soft and beautiful. Here is my creation –

Happy Everything

I first stamped the flowers from Altenew Persian Motifs using Hero Arts Black ink. I then watercolored them using distress inks – for the flowers, I used a mix of Victorian Velvet and Milled Lavender and Shabby Shutters for the leaves. Once dry, I added a splatter of brown using Brushed Corduroy.

Happy Everything

I then trimmed the card, and added the dotted lines using Paper Trey Ink Stitching Lines dies. I die cut the sentiment, Mama Elephant Happy, thrice from kraft card stock and stacked them. The stamped sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy, stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa. After adhering the pieces together, I added a few colored and transparent sequins as embellishment.

Submitting this to Color Throwdown #381, 30 Day Coloring challenge, Addicted to Stamps ##182: Make Your Mark, MarkerPOP Challenge #89: Anything Goes and Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday: Floral

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MarkerPOP! Challenge #89: Anything Goes


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#438 – Make A Wish

PE: A Cut Above at The Paper Players!!

The Paper Players - Honorable Mention

Hello! When I think of birthdays, the first thing that comes to my mind is balloons (yes! Not cakes, but balloons!) I loved balloons as a child – me and my sis would never miss a chance from buying one from a street seller! Fun times! 🙂

So, I made a birthday card with balloons in it –

Make A Wish

I used balloons from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and various distress ink. After inking up the stamp, I dabbed in water using a paint brush and stamped it. I then added/spread color from the same brush. I didn’t wait for the balloons to dry before I stamped the others. I also colored the background using distress inks.

Make A Wish

Once the watercolor panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment from Paper Trey Ink Good Times using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then trimmed the watercolor panel, added strips of black card stock and washi tape on the card base before foam mounting the panel on top. And since I just couldn’t leave it alone, I added Wink of Stella clear glitter on the balloons and then some gold glitter from Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint. Well, I stopped there! 😀

And take a look at this – I so surprised – I received this utterly adorable card from Kamila Routis!! Isn’t it sweet!? Those adorable little images (my guess, from Lawn Fawn) completely stole my heart! Thank you so much for snding me this Kamila!! Really made my day a very happy day! 🙂


By the way, I am submitting my card to The Paper Players #283 and to the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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#436 – Splash of Summer


I made another version of the Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden today – the way I like it – bright, colorful and cheery! 😀

Splash of Summer

I first stamped the flowers and leaves using Adirondack Ginger. Now, when I stamped I had no idea this ink actually reacts to water – I thought it doesn’t! But, since I actually liked the way the the card ended, I am perfectly happy! 🙂

Splash of Summer

Once I was done stamping, I used distress inks for doing a bit of fussy water coloring. I used Ripe Persimmon + Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilzed Amber, Cracked Pistachio + Peacock Feathers inks. Finally stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers using the same Adirondack ink. That’s my simple card! 🙂

Submitting this to the following challenges-

Tic Tac Toe #4

Addicted to Stamps #181: Anything Goes

The Card Concept #49: Floral Radiance

Inspired by Little Things #3 (not a challenge, in the first place – but the inspiration is definitely there! :))

CAS On Sunday #77: One Layer Wonder

30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker

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#435 – When Its Mostly Grey

Hello! I am not talking about the weather – cuz its pretty sunny here in Bengaluru. I am only talking about my card!

When I look at flowery stamps, I only think about them being bright, colorful and cheery – so this was quite a change for me – and I loved it! 🙂

When its Mostly Grey

The flowers and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden, which I heat embossed in white on a piece of vellum. I colored the flowers on the back of the vellum, using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I then die cut a piece of grey paper using Paper Smooches Borders 2 die, adhered it on a white card stock panel, as a base for the vellum piece. Before adhering this panel on the card base, I adhered a grey striped washi tape on the card base.

It was all ok, until I tried bending the vellum – it just wouldn’t bend. I’ll admit, my vellum just listen to me! I had a very hard time – I tried double sided tape. I tried Multi medium matte. No, the stubborn thing just wouldn’t stay down!! Finally, I tried that which I never felt like trying – staplers! Though I don’t really like how it looks, at least it stays down! 😀

Submitting this to Freshly Made Sketches #224, Color Throwdown #380 and 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker blog –

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#434 – A Wash of Color

PE: Stamplorations February Theme & Sketch Challenge Winner!!!

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Like a few of the products I have bought, I had difficulty to determine what to do with Camel Drawing inks – I had initially bought them thinking I could do some watercoloring with them. But I wasn’t able to do so very well. One reason might be that I am but a novice in watercoloring – I felt the inks dry too quickly, and I wasn’t able to give them a proper spread, even while using a wet-on-wet technique. On the other hand I just love the vibrancy of these inks. They might have fit calligraphy perfectly, only if I was actually going for it! Since I am not, I found, for the time being, one use of these inks.


I first applied a coat of gesso on normal card stock and then applied these inks like I was watercoloring. After it dried (I had to heat it a bit too, the inks were coming off a bit) it gave a beautiful marbled look. Loved it! Wish I had taken a photo too, but I went with the die cutting before I realized it.. 😦

So anyway, I used Paper Trey Ink Triangles cover plate to get these tiny triangles. I chose Paper Trey Ink Soft Stone card stock and arranged them and adhered each using foam dots. The sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint is stacked, with the die cut from black cardstock forming a shadow effect with the die cut from a white cardstock. I then added white Ranger Enamel Accents. Although the technique is very simple, it took a lot of time to finish this card. And even though the triangles are not exactly arranged very neatly, I still love the card! 🙂

Submitting this to Pinterest Inspired Challenge (February) and 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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My second card too uses the same technique. Except, I only added the color to a corner of my gesso-ed cardstock.

Thank You

Once the colors were dry, I stamped the flowers and leaves from Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden and Bold Blooms using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Of course, they didn’t stamp well (and I don’t own archival ink) so I traced over them again with my Uniball Signo black gel pen. And when even this wasn’t sticking, I heated the whole thing with my heat gun – and it finally stuck! 😀 I also stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Flower Sparks in the same way.

I then die cut the panel using Spellbinders Grate Effect. I then adhered the pieces together, on the card base, selectively not adhering a few pieces. There’s so much going on in this card, I decided not to add any embellishments. And that’s my card..

The You

Submitting this to Stamplorations February Challenge: Stamps & Triplets (3 of anything), ColourQ Challenge #329 and Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge #44

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