#601 – So Very Thankful

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Hello! I’ve been away for quite some time – except for a few scheduled DT posts, I’ve been doing nothing! But not behind the scene.. I was busy making a few cards for my dear ones, who have birthdays and anniversary next month. And me, I had to make and re-make the cards a million times before I was happy… and that took a lot of time! πŸ˜€ And when I finally did make some cards I could post, I fell ill, couldn’t take any photos of my cards, and when I recovered, the challenges I had made them for were all over! Just my luck! But I am just posting them here, hoping they’ll be applicable for a few other challenges..

So Very Thankful

I made both my cards using Concord and 9th Lace Leaf stamp set. For my first card, I chose three shades of green. Stamped them using MISTI, then the messy background, spread it with a wet paintbrush. I then die cut the panel twice, a bigger rectangle and a smaller square. I then stamped the sentiment inside, then adhered these pieces on the card base, foam mounting the mid die cut. Finally, some Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White for embellishing to finish the card.

So Very Thankful

Submitting my first card to –

As You See It challenge: Spring has Sprung

Stampin’ Royalty challenge #366

Simon Says Stamp: National Craft Month –

National craft month

For my second card, I went with green, gold and black – so charming! πŸ™‚

So Very Thankful

The bottom most leaf was an experiment with FlitterGlu and foil, the second one, black ink on vellum, the third, gold embossing on vellum. To finish the card, I fussy cut the leaves and adhered them together using double sided tape, mounted the leaves and then the sentiment using foam tape. I then added some drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops Bright Gold, then added a gold line frame using Uniball Signo gold gel pen.

So Very Thankful

Submitting my second card to the following challenges –

CASual Fridays challenge #170: No Dies

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚



#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


SSS - Wednesday Challenge


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Pink And Black

And continuing with my pledge, I’ve used pattern paper again in this card too! πŸ˜‰

Pink & BlackRecently, I’ve come to love this color combination of black-yellow/gray-yellow. I thought about breaking away from this, and substituting yellow with something else. Pink? To my surprise (or not :P) this combination clicked pretty well too! πŸ™‚

Pink & Black (close up)Here’s what I used –

The flowers and leaves are from Petals & Stems stamp set from Avery Elle, which I stamped using Hero Arts Bubble Gum and Memento Tuxedo Black inks. I also used RV13 Copic marker to add a bit of shading.
The lace die cut is using Lacy Border (duh!) from Joy Crafts
The sentiment is from Avery Elle Laurels stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black
The pattern paper is from Christmas & Winter stack from DCWV
Finally, the label on which the sentiment is stamped is Spellbinders Label #4; and the sentiment itself is from Laurels from Avery Elle, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Colour Me Challenge #70

AEIheartU Challenge #24: Spring

Challenge 24

As You See It Challenge #86


Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

200 Blog Posts Celebration!

…which I didn’t notice till I had posted a couple more posts!! This is actually my 204th post!! Well, better late than never!!

Can’t believe I’ve already come this far – my 100th post was only in November last year!! Which means, in about half an year, I’ve published 100 more posts! Wow!! Hard to believe I’ve made so many cards!! πŸ˜€

So, here’s another card, from me, for me, by me πŸ˜‰ to celebrate my big occasion!!

200 Blog Posts!Well, I am still in love with watercolors – and also, I tried to use a technique I’ve wanted to try on a card for some time now – using gesso and then watercoloring.

So, I started with a Fevicryl stencil and using it I applied some watered-down gesso on a watercolor panel. After I let it dry, I added watercolor in yellow, blue and shades ofΒ  green. Once dry, I rubbed some paper across the surface to blend the leftover pigments better.

I absolutely loved how this turned out – wish I had taken a separate pic of this to post here…:(

200 Blog Posts! (close up 1)I then adhered three feathers to the panel and set it aside.

Coming to the sentiment, I cut out a strip of thick vellum, and added my handwritten sentiment on top. I traced this in green and blue glitter pens, but they were not drying – I got impatient and traced over them in Uniball Signo Black gel pen. Fortunately, this dried relatively quickly, while retaining the glitter under it! πŸ™‚

200 Blog Posts! (close up 2)I then adhered this to the watercolor panel be folding the edges behind the panel. I then foam mounted this over a white card base. I then added a few silver sequins as embellishment.

I am submitting my card to As You See It Challenge #80

As You See It Challenge #80Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

Playing with Ombre effects

I am back again…this time with a card I am quite satisfied with! πŸ™‚

I think my love for Distress inks has gone up a notch. I know that these inks are one of the best when when it comes to mixing colors, but the beautiful play of colors in this card made me fall in love with them all over again! πŸ˜€

Playing with Ombre effects
So, I started with applying a three shades of Distress Inks on my card base – I used Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters – to get get an ombre effect. I then splashed a few dots of watered down black acrylic paint on the opposite corners of the card base.

Playing with Ombre effects (close up 1)
I then cut out a couple of hearts using Lawn Fawn Hearts die from an old book (I am using this die lots now-a-days!!) and colored them in Weathered Wood and Old Paper and then colored the edges a little with Pumice Stone. Keeping these aside, I adhered washi tape on a strip of card stock, cut it to length (or should I say width??) and cut one end in a diagonal.

Playing with Ombre effects (close up 2)
After determining the layout with the pieces, I picked up a couple of black pearl headed needles and pierced the washi tape right behind where I was gonna add the little heart. I then adhered the washi tape using foam tape and the hearts right above it using liquid glue.

I then stamped the sentiment, fromΒ  Hero Arts All Occasions stamp set using Hero Arts black ink. I then colored some sequins black using Copic marker and adhered them randomly on the card base. This finished my card!

I am submitting this to a few card challenges –

NBUS Challenge (my washi tapes and the pearl pin heads are new and never used before)

CASology Week 129 – NBUS

Fusion Challenge:Two Hearts

Inkspirational Challenge (Ombre)

As You See It Challenge #70 (popped up washi tape and hearts, 3 colors & the hearts and the sentiment forming a diagonal)


Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Two Hearts

Hello! Somehow,Β  sometimes, even if I am pumped up to make cards, and even get the ideas, the end product is not as brilliant as it would be when I imagined it. And this is one of those times… But I am still going forward and posting about it πŸ™‚ This card was primarily inspired by a pin that I found – I loved the gold embossed doily and thought of adding one to a card I create myself.. Jenchapin cp CHA (16) Gold embossed doily!!! I started with making a frame and colored with dark green with Copic marker. I then die cut a heart from a piece of Vellum using a die from Lawn Fawn Hearts die set and colored it in Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe Shadow Ink. And then, using the same die as a reference, I drew and cut out a bigger heart from scrap paper. I then used this heart to outline on another piece of vellum, I die cut a bigger heart and stamped the stripes using MFT Stripes stamp and the same ink. I then added the lines around the hearts using Uniball Signo gold gel pen (love this pen!) Two Hearts Keeping the vellum pieces aside, and coming back to the main frame, I stamped the sentiment, which came from Winnie & Walter Big Bold You in second generation ink and traced over it in the same gold pen. I also cut out two small pieces of the same dark green colored card stock for the ‘i’. Two Hearts (close up 1) I then die cut the doily using a die from Spellbinders’ Delicate Doily set and gold heat embossed it. For the card base, I stamped the horizontal lines using a stamp from WPlus9 Country Charm stamp set using Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow ink. I then adhered the doily directly on the card base. Two Hearts (close up 2)I then adhered a small piece of fish tailed pink ribbon behind the frame, stapled down the hearts on the frame and foam mounted it on the card base, along with the ‘i’. I then added a few pearls as embellishment. This finished my card!

I am submitting this to Retro Sketches Challenge #149, Fusion Card Challenge:Two Hearts and As You See It Challenge #70 (I’ve used 3 colors (green, soft pool & soft cantaloupe) and popped up the frame). 070

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Playing with Stencils & Colors

And I am back again with another card!

I keep mentioning that stencils are one of my favourite tools to operate on – and this time I chose one I had in my stack for some time, but haven’t used in quite some time!

Playing with Stencils & ColorsThis is such an easy card! I picked up my Tim Holtz Stripes stencil, Salty Ocean & Moved Lawn distress inks, picked up a piece of sponge, and placing the stencil at an angle, started dabbing the first ink on. I then reversed the direction and dabbed the second ink on. While inking I took care to ink heavily on the side, and lightly while moving to the center. I placed the stencil over a couple of times to achieve the coverage I wanted. Also, I was able to achieve a look of inter-crossing to a degree..:)

Playing with Stencils & Colors (close up)I then punched out a butterfly from my orange texture paper. I then stamped the sentiment from BoBunny Sentiments stamp set in Memento Tangelo ink on a strip of scrap card stock and cut it out. I adhered this using foam dots on the card base and did the same with the butterfly. I then added a pearl on the butterfly. That finished my card!

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Β CAS(E) This Sketch #106

Just Us Girls Challenge #276

As You See It #70 (I’ve used diagonals , 3 colors and (if that counts) popped up the sentiment!)


Thanks for looking!