#569 – Snowman Sweeties

Hello! I am re-featuring here the cards I made for Paper Smooches for the last Guest Designer post I had there. I had total fun playing with all the products that Kim sent me (thank you so much Kim!) And here, I am writing a bit more about the cards I made –

I used Melted Snowman die set and Winter Sampler stamp set on both cards. I even kept a neon blue + black theme for both the cards.

Paper Smooches GD - You Melt My Heart

For my first card, I simply die cut pieces using Snow Drifts die set, adhered them over a piece of neon blue cardstock I die cut using SSS Stitched Rectangles die. This could act as snowdrift or some wind – whatever you think it is! πŸ™‚Β  I white heat embossed the sentiment. I then assembled the snowman, colored it using Zig brush markers, covered it with clear Wink of Stella – it really is a shame it is not showing in the images, it looks fabulous! – and finally adhered this on the blue base.

Paper Smooches GD - You Melt My Heart

For the card base, I stamped the snowflakes from Paper Smooches Cool Dudes stamp set using Black Soot distress ink. And then I mounted the blue panel on it using foam tape. Finally, I added some silver glitter dots around the blue panel for embellishing.

And for my second card –

Paper Smooches GD - Christmas Wishes

I stamped the sentiments and images from Sentiment Sampler and Cool Dudes stamp sets and then die cut the frame using Paper Smooches Frame 2 die. I actually wanted to create a shaker with sparkly beads in it, but didn’t, since the vellum was dulling the beads. So instead, I added the glitter on the vellum itself! πŸ˜€

Paper Smooches GD - Christmas Wishes

So, once I created the window and adhered everything on the card base, I added the snowman. Again, I colored it using Zig brush markers and covered it with clear Wink of Stella. I finally added Nuvo Crystal drops in Aquatic Mist for embellishing.

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚


#562 – Paper Smooches Guest Designer (Part 2)

Hello! Super excited to be back again with another post on the Paper Smooshes blog as the December Guest Designer! I finally received Kim’s parcel last week (thank you so much Kim!!), and I found a treasure trove in it! Their December release products are just awesome and so inspiring!

Here are sneak peeks of what you can find in the Paper Smooches today –

Paper Smooches GD (Part 2) - Sneak Peek

Paper Smooches GD (Part 2) - Sneak Peek

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you stop by again next week for my 3rd Guest Designer post!


#559 – Snowflakes – Stamps and Watercoloring

Hello! I am still stuck with snowflakes, but stamps this time. I really wanted to do some watercoloring so, I just went with heat embossing with watercoloring to create these two cards, both with non-traditional Christmas colors –

Happy Holidays

For the first one, I colored a watercolor panel using my Gansai Tambi set, then stamped and gold heat embossed the snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes – I just love the multitude and diverse snowflakes in this stamp set. Once done, I trimmed the panel and added the sentiment from BoBunny Sentiments stamp set using MISTI and Black Soot distress ink (I am trying stamping using this ink now-a-days, since I am not using it so much for anything else! ;))

Happy Holidays

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

The Paper Players #324: Snowflake

AAA Card Challenge #79: CAS Game: Christmas

Merry & Bright

For my second card, I first stamped the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha and heat embossed it using silver glitter embossing powder. I used the same snowflake and same embossing for some smaller snowflakes around the sentiment. I then added stripes of gold watercoloring using Gansai Tambi Starry Colors – loving the gold colors in this!! Now, once done, I noticed that the embossing wasn’t done properly, so I had to go and do it all over again! That’s the reason some of the snowflakes are not that clean and crisp…:( But I do love the look of this, so I can definitely try it with something else! πŸ˜€

Merry & Bright

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays #162: Glitter & Snowflakes

Little Tangles Challenge #75: Silver & Gold

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚


#557 – Snowflake dies – Two Ways

Hello! I made a couple of Christmas cards using some snowflake dies.I am showing the first card here, and second card in my next post..or it would be too many photos in a single post! πŸ˜‰

I saw this post from Jennifer McGuire and thought it would be the perfect technique to try! πŸ™‚

Merry & Bright

I’ve added more photos than usual since the shine from the embossing is just barely visible, and no matter the angle, one or the other flake seemed to vanish! πŸ˜€

Merry & Bright

So, for my card, I made the background using Zig brush markers and water mixed with Perfect Pearls. I used Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flake dies and silver glitter embossing powder for the embossing. The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand. For more glitter, I added little dots of silver glitter here and there between the snowflakes.

Merry & Bright

Once everything was done and dried, I trimmed the panel, sponged the borders using Dusty Concord distress ink, and among the snowflakes, just to bring out the shine a bit more. I even added Wink of Stella (my pen has dried out and I revived it using water…sigh, need a new one!!) Finally mounted it on a white card base.

Merry & Bright

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #71:Β Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer –

Just Us Girls Challenge #371 (I am inspired by the colors, purple and silver, and the Christmas theme) –

Happy Little Stampers: November Christmas Challenge: Watercolor

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚


#405 – Guest Designer at Merry Monday!!

Hello! I was granted the opportunity to feature as Guest Designer over at Merry Monday Challenge after I won one of their previous challenges.

The challenge this time is to make a one layer Christmas card.

Merry Monday Challenge Graphic

And here’s mine –

Merry & Bright

To make this card, I first stamped the falling snow, using the stamp from Paper Trey Ink Good Times mixing Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool inks. I then stamped the happy snowman, from Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes, using Antique Linen distress ink and then colored him using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. I also colored the snow he’s standing on using the pencils. I finally stamped the sentiment from Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis The Season using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Merry & Bright

Finally I added a bit of sparkle using Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen. I touched a few of the falling snowflake dots, the sentiment and the snowman. A little glitter looks really awesome (yeah, it doesn’t show at all in these images, but it really is beautiful IRL)! Made me think that there really was snow on the card! πŸ˜‰

Well, that’s my card! Very simple, very easy! πŸ™‚

Please do pop over at Merry Monday challenge – they’ve got some fantastic inspiration for your Christmas cards! And don’t forget to participate! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#403 – Guest Designer at One Layer Christmas Challenge!!

PE: Honorable Mention at Merry Monday Challenge!

Merry Monday - Honorable Mention

AAA Card Challenge 3rd Place

AAA - Top Three

Hello! I am so happy to be featured as the Guest Designer at One Layer Christmas Challenge today!! Wow! πŸ˜€

The twist this time is — no twist!! Anything goes, as long as it is one layered and Christmas theme! So, go ahead and participate!

And here’s my card as the GD –

Warm Wishes

This is one card that came out better than I had imagined! πŸ˜€

I first stamped the Neat & Tangled Warm Wishes, centering as much as possible, and heat embossed it in silver. I colored usingΒ Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I then added a circle frame using two circle dies from We R Memory Keepers Quickutz Nesting Circles. I also created a mask by cutting scrap paper using the smaller circle and used the negative to sponge some Tumbled Glass distress ink. I then stamped the stars fromΒ Just Rite Bokeh Time on top and bottom and also heat embossed it in silver. And that finished my card! πŸ™‚

Hope you liked the card as much as I did, real easy to make too! πŸ™‚ Also, do stop by the One Layer Christmas Challenge – you are sure to get inspired by the fabulous DT there! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to CAS On Sunday Challenge #74: Winter, Merry Monday Challenge #188: Hot Bevvies and AAA Card Challenge #56: Winter Wonderland

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#396 – Snowflake Joy

PE: Winner at Merry Monday Challenge!!!

Merry Monday - Challenge Winner

Hello! Back with another card today.

It is kinda rare for me to use card base with color other than white – I do use pattern papers over the card base, but changing the color is something that doesn’t occur to me much. Neither does stamping the sentiment in any color other than black. That is even rarer – in fact, it almost feelsΒ  like I’ve got some brilliant idea when I stamp the sentiment in a non-black color! πŸ˜€ So, this card, which includes both, is pretty rare –

Snowflake Joy

For this card, I tried making a partial plaid pattern on the red card base. I used Winnie & Walter Scenery:Stripes along with Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Soft Granite and Hero Arts Unicorn inks, and mostly restricted the criss-crossing only in the upper right – I don’t think its so apparent in the end – but its ok πŸ˜›

Once I was done, I cut the snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flakes from white card stock and also card stock with I had painted with silver acrylic paint – this gives a beautiful metallic look – love it! πŸ™‚ I then cut another piece of white card stock for the sentiment, cutting the top to a curved edge. The sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis The Season is stamped using ink from Faber Castell red stamp pad. I then adhered the pieces together and added some clear rhinestones over the snowflakes – what are snowflakes with out rhinestones on them! πŸ˜›

Submitting this to Christmas Card Challenge #6 – Anything Goes, Merry Monday #187: Plaid and Just Us Girls #325: Metallic

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚