#499 – CASometry Challenge 2: Final

Its finally time for the last entry for the CASometry Challenge 2: Make 5! Its a little different for the last round – Anna has asked us to CASE any card from this Pinterest board, which carries a few selected cards from the earlier submissions to the CASometry Challenge #2. Also, did you see that Anna has actually CASEd this card of mine?! Its beyond belief!! I couldn’t be happier or more proud! 😀

Well, getting past that (or this post would never be posted!!).. I chose to CASE this card of Anna’s (no surprises there! :D). I love the pretty colorful, splattered background – and the bunny looks like she’s thinking about someone too!

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And here’s my card –


My first thought was to make this a one layer card, but that didn’t turn out very well, so I changed gears and it turned to this card. 🙂 Well, the idea still remain the same – the bear has received a ‘Happy Mail’ and is wondering which one of his friends has sent him the mail… he’s got loads of friends! 😀

To make the card, I first blended the background using PTI Melon Berry, Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw distress inks. I then sprinkled water on it – love that splattered look! Once it dried, I stamped the cute bear and then positioned and die cut the windows for the little critters, using We R Memory Keepers Quickutz Nesting Circles.


I then stamped the critters on scrap cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored them all using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils and fuzzy cut them all. I then positioned the panel on the card base, and adhered the positive pieces of the circles on the card base, and adhered the little critters using foam dots.

I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black, added the tiny circles, representing the thought bubbled, and mounted the panel on the card base. I then added the bear using more foam dots. And that finished my card! Love how this turned out! 🙂

By the way, the cards I made for my previous submissions are here, here, here and here.

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I am also submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #365 (inspired by the colors, though they do not look as paste – and I used teal/mint on the envelopes instead of green, without realizing it..) –

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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#492 – A Sketchy Critter Show

Its time for the next round of CASometry Challenge #2 – or rather, for my submission to the challenge 😛 If you don’t know about it yet, its this wonderful CAS challenge run by Umichka, where she has 5 rounds per challenge. And the challenge this time is Make 5 – make 5 CAS cards using a single stamp set. And the plus point – you can join in any time!

I actually made this card even before I made the last card (by the way, you can see my previous submissions here, here and here) but I had decided that it would be my 4th card. So, here it is –


For this card, I got heavily inspired by this card made by this card by the amazing Lydia Evans (I think she has made a few more, using the same technique, but I don’t have the links right now). Its really amazing, how the image goes from stamped to sketched. I wanted to try something similar for a long time, but didn’t know which stamp set/image to select. WPlus9 Happy Mail seems like a pretty good choice! 😀


Using a plain white card stock panel, I stamped the critters and the banner using Memento London Fog and sketched everything using grey and black color pencils from my Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils set. I then drew the sticks holding the banner up, the ground and grass and then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages using the same ink, and again went over it using the pencils. I then trimmed the panel and mounted it over a gray card base.

Conclusion: I am really happy I tried it!! I’ve always liked drawing and sketching and I like how this one has come out…hmm.. but yeah, I have to work on the lighting – the lights and the shadows a bit. 😀 In this card, the light is supposed to be on the top right corner – can you make it out??

Also submitting this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Animal Magic

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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#481 – Thanks For Being So Wonderful


Even though I have essentially decreased my card making time, there’s one challenge that I don’t want to miss – CASometry Challenge from Anna (Umichka). I’ve already submitted two cards (here and here) and I absolutely didn’t want to discontinue. And its an awesome challenge too – Make 5 – making 5 CAS cards using the same stamp set.

The stamp set I chose is WPlus9 Happy Mail. Its time for round 3 from the CASometry: Make 5 challenge, and here’s my submission for this time –


Since the challenge called for using one stamp set for all cards, I thought to try and use all of the images in the stamp set (except the sentiments – I usually end up using those in some card or other.. :P) For the last two takes, I had already used most of the critters in the stamp set, except for the birds. And that was the main focus time time!


I paired Penny Black Birdie Bungalows stamp with the tiny birds. The technique is kind of an inverse of what I did last time – this time, I colored most of the elements, and left just one element uncolored – two in my case – the bird houses and the flowers.

Coming back to the card – I stamped all the images and the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored everything using my Faber Castell oil pastels, using baby oil to smudge the colors and blend them. I love the effect – I feel like they are cherry blossoms, even though I haven’t colored the flowers at all! 😉


Once I had done the coloring, I drew the line on which the birds are standing using Copic 0.3 Multi-liner and also reimposed some of the stamped images, which were obscured due to the coloring. I then die cut the panel using My Favorite Things Pinking Edge Rectangles and foam mounted it on the card base.

Also submitting my card to SSS Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Just Us Girls #313: Just Add ‘B’ (I’ve added birds, branches and bird houses) –

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

On a side note, I guess many of us have a practice of testing our ideas on scraps before making the actual card? I made one just to test my idea for this card, and couldn’t help feeling that the scrap was looking better than the actual version!! (By the way, I don’t always try the entire design – I just did this time since I wanted to check the coloring using the oil pastels). To tell the truth, even after making the entire design, I trashed two cards before and changed it from a vertically aligned to a horizontally aligned card.. 😀


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#476 – CASometry Challenge #2: Make 5


Have you known about the CASometry Challenge from the blog of the fabulous Anna Kossakovskaya? Its only the second challenge. I missed the first challenge, and really felt that I should participate in the next one, if she ever held it. The challenge this time is Make 5, i.e., to make 5 CAS cards using a single stamp set (of course, mixing in other stamp sets is allowed, but there needs to be one stamp set in common among all the 5 cards). Here’s my first card I made for the challenge… and today’s post carries the second one. 🙂


I got this idea from a few cards I saw – the idea is to keep no colors at all on the main elements – here the critters – and make it a color splash of sorts – here the balloons. I kinda liked the idea and wanted to try it out. Here are a couple of other ideas I stored in my Pinterest board (here and here), and a couple more, with minimal coloring (here and here).

For this card, I chose Fabriano Elle Erre Bina card stock. The critters are from the same stamp set as earlier – WPlus9 Happy Mail. For the flowery background, I used Purple Onion Designs Blooms, along with a couple of flowers from Happy Mail. The sentiment is from Sizzix Phrases stamp set. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp them all.


The balloons are cut using dies from XCut Ballons set. For these, I first colored pieces of vellum using Faber Castell Oil Pastels, spread the color using baby oil (which didn’t spoil the vellum ;)) and then die cut them. I used three shades of color, mixing dark color in lighter areas to get some streaking, thus adding a bit of texture to an otherwise plain card. I drew the string’s lines on the balloons using Copic Multi Liner and then used Multi Medium Matte below them to adhered them to the card. The critters are fuzzy cut and foam mounted to the card.

I am also submitting this card to Just Us Girls Challenge #343: Vellum, Creative With Stamps Challenge #2: Clean and Simple , The Paper Players #295: Wild, Addicted to Stamps #194: Wild and Happy Little Stampers May Challenge: Anything Goes With Dies


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#470 – Critter Calls 2

PE: Winner at Cupcake Inspirations challenge!!

Cupcake Inspirations - Sweet Six

Global Design Project Winner!!

Global Design Project - Winner

Hello! Back with more critter CAS cards! Think I am on a roll? I don’t think so – I just finished all the critter ideas I had, and I don’t think I’ll be getting any more in the near future! 😛 In the meantime, I am also celebrating 2 years of blogging! I never even remembered until today! 🙂

Well, setting that aside, here’s my first card –


I used only WPlus9 Happy Mail for this card. After stamping the critters in Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft, I watercolored them using Dried Marigold + Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone and Seedless Preserves distress inks. I then trimmed the panel, rounded the top corners, stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black and foam mounted the panel on the card base.

Submitting this to Global Design Project #34: Sketch Challenge, Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #358 and CASometry Challenge #2: Make 5

For my second card, I actually went back and forth three times before coming up with the final version –


I realized the best way to make these cards involving critters in CAS is to confine the stamped space to a small area – spreading it all over the card just wasn’t working for me! Coming back to the card – I first cut out a panel using My Favorite Things Pinking Edge Rectangle, stamped the doggie from My Favorite Things Top Dog using Memento Tuxedo Black and die cut the kite, from Paper Smooches Kite. I also die cut the kite from some plaid pattern paper from DCWV Floral Stack. I then sponged in the sky and grass using Mowed Lawn and Cracked Pistachio distress inks and colored the heart and the little doggie’s scarf using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. After stamping the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black I also drew the kite’s string using Copic Multi-liner 0.3 pen. I then used a scrap piece of card stock to adhere the kite and the card panel and foam mounted the while thing on the card base using foam tape.

Submitting this to Less is more #274: Pattern Paper, Addicted to CAS #87: Plaid, Happy Little Stampers: May CAS Challenge: In-laid Die-cutting, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #9 (I chose Birthday, Sponging, White Space) and Paru’s Card Making Challenge: May Challenge: Summer

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