#698 – Sending Joy

Hello! And here’s the last of the trio of cards I had made (first one here and the second one here)..

Sending Joy

On this card too, I tried making the background using pretty, shiny acrylic paints. But instead of using foil, I used embossing powder. In fact, I thought that the embossing powder might also stick to the paper like the foil did, but no suck luck.. guess the stickiness is not as much! πŸ˜› So, I had to use Versamark ink, as per usual.

Sending Joy

Anyway, on this card, I used Art Alchemy Metallique Mermaid Teal. This didn’t spread/apply as clearly as the Rusty Red paint, so I could see stripes of dark and light (I brushed the paint on using vertical brush strokes), but this is mostly covered by the embossing and further by the vellum. Of course, it did look pretty even otherwise, and went well with the variegated look of the Verdigris embossing powder.

Anyway, I used Neat and Tangled Rice paddies stencil along with Neat and Tangled stamps Winter Wishes and Art Deco for the scene and sentiments, with Neat and Tangled Scalloped die for diecutting the vellum panel.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Bastel Traum challenge: Christmas/ Winter/ Stardust


A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Winter

Merry Monday challenge #267: Color Combo: Green, Blue, White/Silver/Vellum

Global Design Project challenge #115: Theme Challenge: Christmas Joy

Hope you liked my card! Do stop by again! πŸ™‚


#627 – A Good Day to be Happy

PE: Honorable Mention at Fusion Card Challenge! πŸ™‚ It had been so long since I played this challenge – happy I won! πŸ™‚

Fusion - Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention at Addicted to Stamps!!

Addicted to Stamps - Honorable Mention

Sovushka Slavia Top 3!!

Sovushka Slavia - Top

…especially since it is not a Monday! Whoever agrees, raise your hand! πŸ˜›

Well, I just wanted to use this pretty stamp set that I recently got – Happy Day from Waffle Flower! And what more motivation than having challenges which are just the right combination! πŸ˜€

A Good Day to be Happy

This card completely evolved from the initial image – not changed, evolved. That’s because the original image is still the same, all the changes came on top of it! πŸ™‚

I started with stamping only the bear and the butterfly, using Hero Arts Charcoal ink. I wanted to color the bear blackish-grey, hence the color choice. In fact, the original idea was just to have the bear and the butterfly in the card.. you can see how that ended up!

A Good Day to be Happy

Anyway, I colored everything using my Faber Castell color pencils. Once done, I realized the plain white background wasn’t looking good, so I added the soft blue background, then I realized the other side of the card was looking too empty, so I ended up adding more plants there.. you see how it went.. the evolution?? πŸ˜€

Finally I ended up with this card. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I added a few splatters before adding it to the panel and adding it to a grey card base.

Submitting this to the following challenges –

Global Design Project #91: Wheels

Fusion Challenge: Tulips on the Bike

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #246: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch Challenge #71

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚


#482 – Dazzler

PE: Global Design Project Winner!!

Global Design Project - Winner

Woodcraft Store Top 3!!

Scrapulechki - Top 3


Am back with another card for today! Its not a ‘dazzler’ but made using Penny Black Dazzler stamp set. πŸ™‚


I actually tried a couple of varieties – learning from my mistakes from each of those cards, before finishing with this one. Very simple to make, but I took too much time to decide where to stamp, how much to stamp, and even what to stamp – I had actually gone for Altenew Hannah Elements before deciding on this one. πŸ™‚


The technique I followed for the colored stripes is, I believe, quite well known now, coming Jennifer McGuire (here and here) – and I followed the ink blending method instead of the stamping one. I used Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Tattered Rose and Scattered Straw distress inks and PTI Melon Berry along with Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. Embossing is using Wow! copper embossing powder. And the sentiment is from Paper Smooches Thanks die. I used an orange foam for the base, adhering it below a die cut from white card stock.


And that’s my simple card! πŸ™‚ Submitting this to Woodcraft Store: Clean and Simple: Ornament, CAS On Sunday #84: Sparkle and Global Design Project #38 (sketch challenge)

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚


#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! πŸ˜› In the meantime, I am also celebrating 2 years of blogging! I never even remembered until today! πŸ™‚

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

You've got Happy Mail

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 –

Birthday Wishes

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

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#467 – STAMPlorations Guest Designer – Reminder


This is the second post as STAMPlorations Guest Designer for the month of April (Sketch & Theme) (you can see my first one here). The challenge offers an option of using the sketch or the theme, or using both, if you are up for it! The theme for this month is Stamp & Splatters and here’s the sketch –

Stamplorations Theme & Sketch April SketchStamplorations Theme & Sketch April Sketch

And here’s my take on it – I used the sketch only this time, and I flipped it –

Sending Love & Smiles

This card uses digi stamps that I humbly received from the Shery. The stamp is called Sketched Rose Bouquet. And, like the last time, I had to use normal A4 paper, to get a printouts and use them on the card.

Wondering why you can’t see the print? No, I didn’t make the whole card digitally, nor is the print in a super light color – its just invisible! πŸ˜€

Sending Love & Smiles

When I had my initial idea, I thought of use splatters too – but I quickly abandoned this idea after multiple unsuccessful attempts. I then chose simple coloring, since the sketch was there anyway. I colored everything using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. After finishing, I was about to adhere the piece on to the card base, when I realized the color had seeped though the paper, and also that the back was looking better than the front! And that’s what I used – I used the back instead of the front – and that’s why you don’t see any prints! πŸ˜€ What an awesome accident!! πŸ˜€

Well, once I was done, I stamped the sentiment from JustRite Lace Vintage Labels #3 using My Favorite Things hybrid black ink. And that’s my simple one layer card!

Hope you find time to play in the challenge! For more inspiration, check out the Stamplorations post – the designers have given us plenty of impressive inspiration! πŸ™‚

I am submitting my card to CAS On Sunday Challenge #80: Flowers,Β Virginia’s View: Link-up Party, Paru’s Card Making Challenge: Anything Goes and Global Design Project

Thanks for stopping by!