#612 – Mother’s Day Card

PE: Winner at Timeout Challenge!! 🙂

Time Out Challenge - Winner

Bastel Traum Bronze Award Winner!!

Bastel Traum - Bronze Award

Hello! Mother’s day being just a week away, I finally completed this card for my dear Ma a couple of days ago..

Happy Mother's Day

I used Altenew Magnolias for Her stamp set.. what beautiful set of flowers! The pink and aqua colors were just meant to be used with it! 🙂 I used Canson watercolor paper, over which I heat embossed the flowers using Wow! Silver Pearl embossing powder, then colored them using a mix of Zig Brush pens, adding the color, and Gansai Tambi Starry Nights White Gold for spreading the color.. it gives beautiful results so easily! I wanted to just keep painting!! 😀

Happy Mother's Day

For the sentiment, I initially thought of using the same silver pearl heat embossing, but suddenly remembered the silver foil I had with me… absolutely untouched! Glad I remembered it! 🙂 I used a Zig glue pen, then added the foil when it became dry and tacky.

Finally I trimmed the card and adhered it over Fabriano Elle Erre Brina card stock.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

Timeout Challenge #82: Flowers

Just Us Girls Challenge #392: Word Week: Mother

Bastel Traum Challenge #52: Card for Mother’s Day, for women/girls

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: May Challenge: Mother’s Day

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂



#607 – Altenew April Inspiration Challenge

Hello! I love the Altenew Inspiration challenges, but somehow end up not playing so much… even when I see not just superb creations from the Altenew team, but even from the inspiring submissions! This time, I decided to take the plunge, and just make something..


I got inspired by the pretty colors.. lovely combination of yellow and blue and teal.. and I decided to try it on Peony Scrolls stamp set, which I hadn’t used in quite some time…

I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves in white and then colored them using Distress inks. The sentiment came from Painted Greetings stamp set. I used watercolor paper, and this turned into a one layered card (somehow, all my ideas now-a-days are turning into one layers, and I am starving to add layers!!)

My initial layers of colors made the background blue stand out more than the flowers, so I decided to turn it into a sort of messy, layered watercoloring, where I added a couple of layers of darker colors on the dried lighter ones.. This is sort of a new thing for me, so I am hoping that it looks good. 🙂 I am still a 50-50 on it, personally! 😉


I am submitting this card to –

Altenew April Inspiration challenge

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes


Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: April showers bring May Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#512 – Thanks


First, some good news – I don’t usually put reports of my wins in challenges, but this one is a bit special. Virginia’s View Challenge is one of my favorite challenges – she just re-started the challenge after a break, and wow! There were so many submissions and so much of inspiration!! She announced the winners just yesterday, and I have my cards, not just in the Top 10, but also as an Honorable Mention – double the reasons to celebrate!!

So here’s my thanks to Virginia, the super lady – she’s an inspiration!!


A very simple card to make – and I think if the pink is replaced by blue, it can even make a standard (at least color wise) masculine card! 😉


Supplies used:
Altenew Painted Poppies
Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Sweet Blush, PTI Melon Berry, PTI Berry Sorbet, Memento Pear Tart and Crushed Olive distress ink
American Crafts Shimelle Woodgrain embossing folder
PTI Wet Paint

I made that silver paper myself by applying some silver acrylic paint on cardstock. Looks so beautiful, I love it!!

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #15 (I chose Word Dies+Sparkle+Color Blocking) –

Happy Little Stampers: August Mixed Media Challenge: Metal

Altenew April Challenge


The Heart Desires Challenge #3 (I’ve used plant, metallic and woodgrain…and pink! ;))

Woodcraft Store: Clean and Simple: Embossing (The background has dry embossed woodgrain) –

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#507 – Celebrate

Hello! Recently, after seeing many card makers use Zig Brush markers – and use them fantastically, I thought of bringing out mine again. More so, when I took out my fresh stack of watercolor papers, which are a bit thicker than what I was using till now. And this is the result –


I first embossed the flowers, buds and leaves from Altenew Magnolias for Her using gold embossing powder. I then colored them all using Zig Brush markers. I used mostly yellow and pinks with a bit of orange for the flowers, and of course, greens for the leaves. I then fuzzy cut the flowers, going as near to the embossed borders as possible. Would you believe, I actually held these pieces for a week before finally making this card – I just couldn’t decide what to do with them!! 😀


So, I finally decided to use an embossed background – I used Elizabeth Crafts Flower Mosaic embossing folder to emboss a card panel, which I adhered on the card base. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love and Color Box Cocoa pigment ink and then embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder, and trimmed the little piece. I then added all the flowers and leaves and the sentiment using bits of foam tape. Finally embellished it with gold sequins.

Submitting this one to Altenew July Inpiration Challenge: Weddings, Bastel Traum #43 – Anything Goes, Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Altenew July Inspiration Challenge - Wedding Season!

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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#487 – A Few Cards Over the Weekend (3)

PE: Winner at Addicted to Stamps!!

Addicted to Stamps - Winner

And here’s the last card I made last weekend –

Happy Birthday

One of the cards where my plans and ideas went a complete 180! I actually wanted to make this a one-layered card, and the idea was to stack the flowers, to use masking, and getting some coloring practice. Since I couldn’t get a great coloring practice either, it’s a 50-50, I guess! 😉

So, I used Altenew Lacy Scrolls and MFY hybrid black ink for stamping and Derwent Inktense pencils for watercoloring. Once done, I added a bit of stencilling using Basically Essential Remember & Thanks stencil and Black Soot distress in. The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint stamp and die. And a bit of embellishment around the sentiment using some black rhinestones.

Happy Birthday

Submitting this to Altenew June Inspiration Challenge, SSS Wednesday Challenge: Mask It, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #11 (I used yellow, mixed alpha and garden) and Addicted to Stamps #197: Make Your Mark

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SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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Blooms and Watercoloring

PE: Fusion Challenge Honorable Mention

Hello! Couple of cards this time, with ways to use watercoloring with flowers.

For my first card, I used watercoloring to the flower –

Magnolias For HerAfter stamping the flowers from Altenew Magnolias For Her in Dried Marigold distress ink, I used Dried Marigold and Abandoned Coral distress inks to color the flowers. I then added some highlights using color pencils and also added the stem for one of the colors. The stripes come from Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Potter’s Clay inks. The sentiment is from Altenew Magnolias For Her, which I stamped in Memento Potter’s Clay. I then die cut two sides using a die from Paper Smooches Borders 2 and mounted it on a kraft card base. I then added some gold glitter stickles and a few gold sequins to embellish.

Submitting this card to Sovushka Slavia CAS Marathon: Phase 3: Zoology and Botany and Altenew September Challenge

8f76f-25d025bc25d025b025d1258025d025b025d1258425d025be25d025bdFrom Places Abroad UKFor my second card, I used watercoloring in my background, keeping the flower (die cuts) nice & pretty & white. Of course, I did add some glitter using Wink of Stella clear glitter. 😀

Blooms and WatercoloringAfter watercoloring, I added the flowers and leaves from Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms and added the glitter, sequins and the rhinestones. I then added the blue patterned washi tape behind (by first adding it to a strip of cardstock) and mounted it to a black card base. I had actually forgotten to stamp the sentiment and only did it after I mounted the watercolor panel – and since it didn’t stamp well, I had to go over the entire sentiment again with my black pen! 😀 Thankfully, the sentiment is big and I could do that easily!! 😛

Submitting this one to Fusion Card Challenge:Peacock Dynasty, Retro Sketches Challenge #182 and Essentials by Ellen September Pin-Sights Challenge

A44fe23ae25cec75fa1751d68a994d19Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂