#610 – Addicted to CAS – Guest Designer

Hello! I am really happy to day to be Guest Designing at the Addicted to CAS Challenge blog! Thank you so much for having me over! 🙂


The theme this time is “Grunge”.

ATCAS - code word grunge

Now, I am not someone who makes grunge cards, and the theme was pretty difficult for me.. but that’s what challenges are for – guest designing or not!! 😉 After pondering on it for a while, I came up with this card –

Miss You

The stamp set Adore You from Altenew is just perfect for a variety of techniques – starting from just outlining in beautiful colors, or coloring.. so why not make some grunge?…I thought.. So I mixed it with My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set to make this card. Of course, I used MISTI for great and perfect stamping, since the flowers are cut outs, foam mounted on the base, mounted to give dimension.

Finally, the sentiment, black base with heat embossed sentiment, came from Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set.

Miss You

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stamplorations April CAS challenge: Any Pastel color

The Heart Desires Challenge #11 : I went with the colors and the flowers

Addicted to Stamps challenge #239: Clean and Simple

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hop over to the Addicted to CAS blog for more amazing (and proper) Grunge cards, and join the challenge! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂



#568 – Paper Smooches Guest Designer (Part 4)

Hello! It is my last Guest Post over at the Paper Smooches blog. Do go and check it out for some snowman fun cards…here are the sneak peeks!

Paper Smooches GD - Christmas Wishes

Paper Smooches GD - You Melt My Heart

I really want to thank Kim for the having me over as the Guest Designer for this entire month and also sending me all these amazing Paper Smooches products..they were adorable, and totally fun to play with!! Thank you so so much Kim! You rock! ❤


#564 – Paper Smooches Guest Designer (Part 3)

Hello! Its the third week I am guest designing at the Paper Smooches blog! Kim had sent me products from the Paper Smooches December release and today I have a couple of cards featuring the Cozy Coffee die! Here are the sneak peeks of what you’ll get to see at the Paper Smooches blog –

Warm Wishes

Cozy Coffee

Please hop over to the Paper Smooches blog to see the complete cards! 🙂

And thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#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!


#560 – Paper Smooches Guest Designer

Hello! I am super excited to be the guest designer for Paper Smooches for the month of December! I absolutely love their products – and am a big fan! Unfortunately, the parcel Kim sent hasn’t reached me yet, so I had to use some of their older products – which are equally awesome!

Here are the seek peaks of the cards that are posted in the Paper Smooches blog

Season's Greetings

Happy Everything

And here’s a little bonus 😛

Season's Greetings

I used silver embossing and Gansai Tambi watercolors in two shades of blue and silver, and the stamp in focus is Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes (no snowdudes, only snowflakes! ;))

Season's Greetings

Now, pop over to the Paper Smooches blog to see the actual projects! 🙂

#547 – Guest Designer at Waffle Flower

Hello! Yesterday, another post of mine as Guest Designer went up at Waffle Flower Crafts. And today, I am posting the same content (more or less) over here, in my blog. 🙂

I tried making a few cards out of Waffle Flower Crafts Doily Circle. This is a die that I really love, but haven’t made many projects out of – so I challenged myself to use this die in a variety of ways – 3 ways in fact. So here goes –

Technique 1 – Aluminum foil

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Using aluminum foil might be an old techqniue, but it is new for me! 🙂 Moreover, since this is such an intricate die, I learnt a thing or two about using it as well. I used double sided, thin tape to adhere the foil.

  • I tried the technique twice – with some wider tape and then some thinner ones. I actually found the thinner ones to be helpful, since I could remove then bit by bit, adhering the die cut as I went along. It was a bit difficult to remove the backing partially, with the wider tape.
  • After adhering, if you find that it hasn’t stuck properly, or the foiling looks too wrinkled, don’t worry! Just roll it along your die cut machine, and flatten it out. It will look gorgeous! 🙂
  • If you die cut tears, don’t worry. Just stick it in the right place. When you flatten the whole piece, you won’t even see it. Same with a torn piece. If you can’t find the missing piece just save the negative pieces – you can cut it and adhere it in place. And no one will know!! 😉
  • Since the foil can be easily colored with alcohol inks, you can get make your own pretty colors to use!

Technique 2 – Cut it out

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All you have to do is do some careful fussy cutting, and you get two pretty die cuts for your crafty projects! 🙂

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You could trim the inner piece further and get flowers of 3 sizes to use in a project – an idea can be to color them in different or ombre colors and stack them, for a pretty look.

Technique 3 – Backgrounds using Gesso and Paints

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For my last technique, I die cut two pieces of the die cut, then used gesso to place and adhere the pieces on a card panel. Once this dried, I used some acrylic paint to add some color and splatters, and used this as a base to make my card. I the cut out the flowers and sentiment and adhered these on the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

#543 – Waffle Flower Guest Designer!!

Hello everyone! I am over Waffle Flower Crafts as a Guest Designer! I had won the August Waffle Flower Challenge with this card and was kindly invited to Guest Design! Yippie!!!

I have a couple of cards with the cute animals from Monochrome stamp –


I’ve used some custom made background paired with some pattern paper from Best of Heidi Swapp for these two cards. For the patterned background I created, I chose the smallest stamps from Waffle Flower Crafts I could find in my stash (I’ve used stamps from Monochrome, A Bunch, Congrats and Lacy Flower) and chose a series of at least 6-8 colors for each card and stamped them on two card panels.


Once I was done, I also stamped the cute animals, the speech bubbles + sentiments, and then fussy cut them all. I also added a piece of torn vellum for the card with the mice, since the critters themselves are too small to draw focus on them..and the vellum would soften the background and draw the line of sight.


Finally, I covered the card base with pattern paper, and then adhered my stamped panels on them before foam mounting the critters and the sentiments, along with some wood veneer embellishments.


Did you notice that the cards can easily be changed into masculine or feminine cards, based on the colors – for example, the mice card could be made to a Dad card, using the blues and greens instead of the pinks and reds! So easy!! 🙂


Thanks for having me over, Waffle Flower Crafts!! 🙂 I really had fun making these cards!!