#886 – A Vintage Thank You

PE: Winner at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge! So unexpected for me!! Yippie!!

CASE This Sketch - Challenge Winner

Winner at Color Hues!!! Wowzers!!!

Color Hues - Challenge Winner

Retro Rubber challenge Top Pick!! Wow, is this card proving to be lucky for me!!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Hello! Most of us already know about a new challenge – conceived and hosted by my dear friend Nancy – Color Hues challenge! A BIG congrats to Nancy on starting this!! Of course, I couldn’t miss the very first challenge!

Thank you In Yellow and Vintage

The first challenge is to use Yellow and Green. I used some old stamps, that I hadn’t used in some time and did some watercoloring using my Prisma watercolor pencils.

First, I stamped the images from Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus using Pumice Stone distress ink, then watercolored them using my Prisma watercolor pencils. Of course, since I stamped with distress ink, the outlines were diluted while watercoloring. So, I redrew some of the outline using a Copic grey colored marker. I also added a few splatters in green and grey colors on top.

Thank you In Yellow and Vintage (closeup)

I then distressed the edges and mounted it over watercolor paper – I liked the look of consistency of color and texture with the watercolor cardstock. For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp Nutty Over You. I then fussy cut it, foam mounted it over the card. Of course, I didn’t add any extra embellishments, since I wanted to keep it pretty simple. So, that finished my card.

I am joining the following challenges –

CASE this Sketch challenge#338

Color Hues challenge #1

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Stamp

SSS - Monday Challenge

Retro Rubber Challenge #143 (I believe the stamps I used on the images were released at 2014 and 2016)

RRCB 143

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#871 – STB: All About Summer!

PE: Winner at the Timeout Challenge #163

Timeout challenge winner

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time, chosen by our teammate Colleen, is ‘All About Summer’. However, if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!


And here’s what I made –

You Make Everything Shine

I am not completely sure if this is qualified for a Summer theme, but there is a sun in it….:P

Making the card was pretty straight forward – Stamped the images from My Favorite Things ‘Things with Wings’ stamp set, colored them using my Zig brush markers. I used distress inks for the grass and sky, and cut the grass using My Favorite Things Grassy Fields die. The whole panel was cut using Mama Elephant So Sew die. I stamped the sentiment after the assembly of the top panel, and it is a combination of Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp sets.

You Make Everything Shine (closeup)

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Jo Avery! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps & More challenge #392: Make Your Mark

CASE This Sketch challenge #375

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#788 – Distress Oxide Inks on Kraft

Hello and welcome!

I have this set of dark kraft cardstock. The quality is good, but because it is so dark, I am unsure of how to put it to good use (other than as a cardbase). I thought of using some Distress Oxide Inks on them, since, having pigment property, they would show up better than other options.

DOX on Kraft + Turnabout Stencil

I wanted the background to be in focus, and I used one of my latest additions to my stash – Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout stencil. This is so much fun! I had tried it on a couple of other colors of cardstock, which I haven’t used on any cards yet, but the Distress Oxide Inks showed up very well on the dark kraft, using this stencil. For the centers, I used clear embossing and silver pearl embossing. Just look at that shine! 🙂

DOX on Kraft + Turnabout Stencil (Closeup)

Once done, I was again lost – what do I do with it?! In the end, I decided to just go with a simple card, with only the addition of a sentiment. I used Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs die cut, stacking the part with the kraft die cut, and adding glossy accents for the top most thinnest layer. I also added glossy accents to the hearts.

And the color palette that I used –


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With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge #24


CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #286

Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#758 – A Happy Hello

Hello! After a long time of “lost mojo” mode, I decided to just make something, whether I liked it or not. The card yesterday and today are results of that thought. And, as it turned out, I did like the cards I made.. And hopefully, they’ll help me come out of this slump too.. 🙂

Anyway, here’s the second card I made –

A Happy Hello

To make this card, I first stamped a brown card base with the leafy images from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds, followed by a small flower image to cover up the gaps. I also added a few small dots to fill up smaller spaces. I then die cut this piece in the center using Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics 2. I also mounted this on the card base, using foam tape to mount the center. I also added a dotted line on the raised piece

A Happy Hello

I then die cut a circle from white card base, embossed it using a circular die from Winnie & Walter Ring in the Celebration, and stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy. I then used some flowers – that I had stamped and cut god knows when – from Reverse Confetti Garden Bunch and leaves from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers.

After adhering these flowers on the circular sentiment piece using liquid glue, I added foam tape behind the whole piece and mounted it on the card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #274

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge: Hello/Just Because

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#748 – Birthdays are a Hoot

Hello and welcome! Today I have the honor and pleasure to be present at two challenge blogs.. Its a new challenge at Seize the Birthday, and I am also Guest Designing at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge!

At Seize the Birthday, we have ‘Anything Goes’ challenge, which means any birthday themed project goes! And here’s the sketch for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge –


Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Birthdays are a Hoot

I used the cute little owls from Lil Inker Designs Hootie Patootie stamp set. They are just so adorable!!! I colored them using Faber Castell oil pastels, fuzzy cut them. I cut out a panel of olive green card stock using Neat & Tangled Scalloped die, which I then embossed using Spellbinders Flora embossing folder. I then foam mounted the panel over a white card base, then foam mounted the critters, clouds, balloons, and sentiment on top.

I hope you enjoyed my card. And I hope you find time to join both the challenges – they are totally fun. You can find more inspiration at the CAS(E) This Sketch blog and the Seize the Birthday blog, where we are joined by our Surprise Party Guest, Kimberly Lackenbach!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂