#821 – Missing You

PE: Top 3 at A2ZScrapbooking challenge!!

A2ZScrapbooking - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its been quite some time since I actually made a card in between my DT projects. So I am really happy to have found some time in between to make this one! 🙂

Missing You

I was totally inspired by the card that Aga had made for the latest Altenew Inspiration challenge. I picked a few main elements – like white embossed texture over a grey background, a little pink in the focal floral element and a clean bold sentiment in black.


For my card, I first stamped the flowers from Altenew Painted Florals stamp set using Versafine Onyx ink, then the coloring layers in shades of grey for the flowers and a darker, subdued shade of green for the leaves. I also water colored a little bit it grey and green using distress inks in the gaps in between the images. Once it dried, I fuzzy cut the trailing side of the image and kept it aside. I also stamped a few more flowers separately, stamped them in pink and bright green and fussy cut them.

Missing You (closeup)

I then used Prima Magnolias stencil and embossing paste over a grey cardstock and let it dry. Once it dried I mounted the previous piece on top. Fro the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love and foam mounted it with the pink flowers.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #341: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Altenew Inspiration Challenge: May Challenge

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

A2Z Scrapbooking May challenge: May Flowers

Challenge Badge May

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: For a Special Lady

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Spring Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


#816 – Spring Birthday

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The optional topping this time is “Spring”. Just the perfect theme for the weather we are having right now! 🙂

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The card I made also goes to a very dear friend, and I really hope she likes it! Here it is –

Spring Birthday

I started with a bright white paper, Fabriano Elle Erre Bianco. I had initially thought of using watercolor paper, but since it was a little off-white, I changed it. And since this wasn’t watercolor paper, I used Zig Brush pens for coloring, and then a little bit of distress ink for watercoloring the greens later. Just kept the water minimal, so that the paper wouldn’t warp.

Spring Birthday (closeup)

To start with, I stamped all the images, from Altenew Peony Scrolls, Altenew Golden Garden and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Addies Garden using Versafine Onyx ink. Once this was completely dry, I started coloring them. I also stamped the flowers separately, colored and fussy cut them, to adhere them on top of the piece.

Spring Birthday (with envelope)

The sentiment comes from Reverse Confetti Banner In Bloom. The design on the base cardstock comes from Ranger/Tim Holtz Boundless Flight stamp set – something I have in my stack since God knows when! I am glad to have used this beautiful stamp here to add a bit to the otherwise plain background.

I am also joining the following challenges –

A2Z Scrapbooking March Challenge: Color it In

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge: Spring Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

So, that’s it from me. Stop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our talented Party Guest Tenia Nelson and from the rest of our amazing team!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#813 – Seize the Birthday – Make us Laugh!

PE: Top Pick at Inkspirational Challenge!! Yay!!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Favorite at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Favourite Badge

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘Make us Laugh’, chosen by our teammate Lindsey.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This one might have been my toughest challenge yet! I was completely stumped when I saw ‘Make us Laugh’ as the theme! But I did take it upon myself to deliver, and boy, am I glad I did!

I Baked a Cake...

As happens with cards I usually find difficult, I didn’t have anything in the stash for this. So, I went with my best source of inspiration. I searched for a funny sentiment in Pinterest and found this one. I then thought of using critters along with it, to make a funny card. I think having critters in my card made it easier!

I Baked a Cake...(closeup)

I guess our critter friends were a little too hungry to wait for their friend – they ate up the cake! Instead, they’ve brought all sorts of presents, balloons and flowers – so maybe they’ll be forgiven! He he!

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Inkspirational Challenge #181: Designer’s Choice: Use Your Stash

Timeout Challenge #130: Unique (unique for me for being my first ever humorous card)

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking March Challenge: Color it In

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

I hope you are inspired by this card, and try to make a funny card, even if it is out of your comfort zone. Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Beech! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Supplies used –
Waffle Flower Bear and Bird stamp
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and Gifts of Love stamp sets for the balloons and presents
Hero Arts Its Your Day and Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder stamp sets for the sentiment
Zig Brush markers for coloring & watercoloring

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#802 – Thanks with Stripes and Gold

Hello and welcome!!

Experimenting with photo paper this time. I learnt that photo paper holds color as soon as it is put on – nothing to move it once it is done. While it maybe a bit scary, it really works well on some fronts. I wanted to try adding stripes with color variegation, and the photo paper turned out to be my best option to do that. And I combined this with one of the easiest way to add some glam into a project – gold heat embossing –

Thanks a Bunch

I used Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers, die cutting the two flowers 4 times from normal cardstock, then heat embossed them in gold embossing powder, with which I had mixed some fine gold glitter – extra bling! These two flowers along with a few gold sequins are the main focal point of the card.

For the background, I used photo paper, and stamped the stripes using My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes. I dabbed a few variations of pink distress inks, misted them and stamped them. Since the photo paper hold the colors steadfast immediately upon stamping, there wasn’t any blending after the stamping (even when I misted it with water) and I achieved the variegation that I wanted. Also, the glossy paper matches the gold embossing pretty well. 🙂

Thanks a Bunch (closeup)

I die cut one side of the glossy paper using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches before foam mounting it on a white card base. I then adhered the flower die cuts directly on it. The sentiment comes from Altenew Label Love. The stamping didn’t end up perfect, so I retouched it with a white gel pen. Added a few gold sequins for embellishing and my card is done!

This card goes to –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #121: Inspired by Words

The Paper Players challenge #417: Theme challenge: Give Thanks

A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Give Thanks

a2z scrapbooking november challenge

Hope you liked this card, and do stop by again!

#792 – Stamping on Alcohol Inked Background

Hello! I made a card from one of the sheets with alcohol ink applied – I had written a post on it some time ago. This is one of the backgrounds I had made then, but hadn’t used.

I adhered it to a piece of a light yellow card base, trimmed it and stamped the image from Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura using Archival black ink. Actually, my initial idea had been to use the ink to remove the alcohol ink. But that resulted in the image being so invisible, that I decided to do the reverse and stamped it in black ink.

Hello Beautiful - Partial Alcohol Ink Background

Since I was using my MISTI, I stamped the image once again on a light yellow card base. I also stamped the sentiments, from the same stamp set. I then trimmed the card base and also foam mounted the alcohol ink panel on top. Finally proceeded to add some multi colored gemstones for embellishing.

Hello Beautiful - Partial Alcohol Ink Background (closeup)

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson August Essentials Challenge: Alcohol Inks

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: September challenge: Clean and Simple

a2z scrapbooking challenge september 2018

Stamplorations Summer CAS challenge


Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #87

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂




#785 – You Make Everything Better

PE: Top 3 at A2Z Scrapbooking Monthly challenge!!

A2ZScrapbooking - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome!

Its been some time since I added these stamps to my stash, but I hadn’t created much using them, so I put them to use again. These stamps are from Simon Says Stamp – More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers.

You Make Everything Better

Since the design of these stamps are mostly similar, they gel well together. After stamping the images I chose using Versafine black ink, I used distress inks to do some watercoloring. Its messy, but a bit controlled, since I took care not to go outside the lines. I only used two colors on this – red and gray.

I let it dry and then added some splatters using red and black inks. But I still felt something lacking.. So, I thought of adding some messy coloring in between. I used some more distress ink, diluting it with water, then applied it on my card. Of course, this made some of the splatters wet again, and they got distorted a bit, but not too much. Again, I let it dry before adding the sentiment.

You Make Everything Better (close-up)

For the sentiment, I knew I wanted to use the Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ die, along with something stamped. While I was trying to decide whether white or black die cut would look good, I had accidentally laid the negative of the black die cut I was trying on the card – and I thought that looked a lot better. Strange how things work out sometimes!

But since this would end up covering a lot of area if I used it with a rectangular piece, I decided to cut the piece at places. Of course, before I cut it off, I stamped and white heat embossed the other part of the sentiment, which is from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs. I then added a lot of foam tape behind the piece and added it on the card.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Watercolor

SSS - Work It Wednesday

A2Z Scrapbooking August challenge: Anything Goes

a2z scrapbooking august 2018 challenge

Calling All Sisters challenge #16

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you have a great day! 🙂

#773 – Of Stripes and Zari Saris

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Stripes’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made –

Birthday Wishes to You

I had thought of many ideas for a card with stripes, but finally, I was reminded of a zari sari my mother had – though this one was plaid, the colors were absolutely breathtaking – a mix of purples and pinks, in the darker shades. Sigh…they just don’t make it that way anymore!! I used the image in my head of that beautiful sari, turning the plaids into stripes to make this card.

The stripes are from My Favorite Things Pinstripe bacground stamp, which I used to gold heat emboss on a white cardstock panel. I used Zig pens in purple and pink to add color alternatively, then trimmed the sides and rounded the corners. This, I foam mounted on a white card base. (By the way, the tapered stripes are an unexpected look, which happened because I ended up pressing the stamp on that end a little more than the other end).

I then die cut several pieces of Spellbinders Floral Corner 1 – one of the dies that I’ve never once used – stacked them, then gold heat embossed them several times to get the effect of a metal embellishment. I adhered this on the striped panel. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ die and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals stamp. I stacked the die cut before adhering it and foam mounted the stamped part to adhere it. I then added a few gemstones over the floral piece and outside, to embellish it further.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #301: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Inkspirational challenge #165: Word Prompt: Birthday

A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash


I am totally in love with this piece and I hope it serves as an inspiration to you as well! To join the challenge party, you can either go with the topping ‘Stripes’ or even choose to go without it – just as long as you make a birthday project! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!