#606 – Seize the Birthday – Two Pattern Papers

Hello! And it time for yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The topping this time is to create use two pattern papers in your birthday project. Just two. No more. No less. 😉

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

You still do have the choice of joining us with just a Birthday themed card, if you are fresh out of pattern papers (is that even possible?!?!) 😉

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ my inspiration card –

Happy Birthday

I chose pattern papers from American Crafts “Best of American Crafts” stack. I just love the papers from this! In fact I had quite a few matches to select from, and finally chose these two because of the colors – its been some time since I used green and black..(at least when I wrote this, it was! 😉 )

Happy Birthday

So, after adhering one of the papers on the card base, I die cut the other using Neat & Tangled A Lot To Say die. I then added the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Happy Birthday and the flower from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden, and embellished them with a couple of black rhinestones.

Happy Birthday

The white line you see around the die cuts is not your imagination or a photo glitch – I stacked the top black die cut on several layers of white die cut – just cuz I wanted to! 😀 A small change from the normal to jazz up the card? 😉

Hope you are inspired! Do come join the fun! There’s a lot more inspiration to be found made by the rest of the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Anita Bowden at the Seize the Birthday blog! 🙂

I am also submitting this card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers Challenge #237: Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Paru’s Card making Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge

Paper Smooches April Challenge: Showers (I don’t have any showers in my card, rather I was inspired by how the photo inspiration – grays surrounding a central bright color.. in may case, the newsprint and flowers surrounding the bright green)

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂




#598 – Have A Beautiful Day

PE: Top at Lesia Zgharda Texture Challenge!

Lesia Zgharda - Top

Hello! I am steadily getting into the mixed media vibe now-a-days. I’ve been looking at quite a few videos, and loving it. Although most of these involve scrapbooking, it is relatively easy to incorporate the same techniques into card making too (duh) and am thinking trying out a few techniques I learnt like that here and there in my cards.

The card I am featuring today, has a small amount of mixed media. Although, the main focus when I made the card was the pretty texture in the background, I am a little afraid it is lost in the sentiment and the frame and flowers.

Have A Beautiful Day

Actually, I had made the textured background quite some time ago, meaning to use it for another challenge, but never did. I used embossing paste, created a circled and swirly look. I added some watercolors on this. Then stamped it with the leaves from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony, then foam mounted the frames and flowers from Paper Smooches Scalloped Frames and Dainty Flowers. The sentiment from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony is stamped on acetate, layered with some green tone washi tape strips, strung together with an eyelet and a string (bow), and foam mounted.

Have A Beautiful Day

I just love the swirly background, just wish I could have shown it off a bit more. But the card in itself looks fine, I guess. 🙂

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Paper Smooches March Challenge: Pantone 2017 Color

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge: Paper Smooches

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Monday Challenge

Lesia Zgharda March Challenge: Texture

Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday: Green

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂


#549 – More Aluminium Foil

PE: Top 3 at Sovushka Slavia!

Sovushka Slavia - Top 3

Honorable Mention at Timeout Challenge!

Time Out Challenge - Honorable Mention

Happy Little Stampers Favorite!

Happy Little Stampers - CAS Favourite Badge

Hello! I first used foils in a guest post for Waffle Flower Crafts (and here in my blog). And I thought I definitely wanted to use this technique again – in fact, I wanted to use it with alcohol inks, color them, and use them.

And I had more than one reason – I just bought a stock of alcohol inks last month, and its the still the time to make fall and Christmas cards! I fell to temptation! 😀 And here are the results –


Although both the cards involve alcohol inks, the application method is just a little bit different. For this card, I first adhered the foil on scrap card stock, applied the alcohol inks and then used Itsy Bitsy Leaf thincuts to die cut the leaves. I then used a felt applicator and some Blending ink to spread the colours.


I then used the leaves on my card – a kraft card base, and another layer of kraft panel die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Thanks.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #69: “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch #61

Bastel Traum Challenge #46: Fall/Halloween

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Paper Smooches: November Challenge: Giving Thanks

And the second card –


Here, I applied the alcohol inks on just the foil, without adhering it to anything first. While the inks were still wet, I scrunched up the foil, so the inks would blend and spread. I then carefully unfolded it, pressed it using my die cut machine, then adhered it on scrap card stock, and finally used this for die cutting.

By the way, check out this snap my sister took of the foil just after I had pressed it – I just love it! 🙂

Peace & Joy

Well, once the inks were dry, I used Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flakes to die cut some snowflakes. I used the same die to cut out some pieces using plain white cardstock. I also die cut the ampersand using Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand, stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Butter Bar and Memento Rose Bud inks. I used a panel of watercolor paper, painted it pink and yellow and once dry, adhered it over my card base. I then added the snowflakes and the sentiment on this.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #218: Holiday

Happy Little Stampers: November CAS Challenge: Metal/Faux Metal

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂




#538 – Paper Smooches Challenge

Hello! I am trying today this ingenious technique by Jennifer McGuire (really, which technique by is her is not!?!) And this is the card I made –


Although I had the links and video, I made this card by memory, and made a tiny mistake. Instead of letting the card air dry between colors, I heat dried it – this didn’t let the colors blend, and instead of a pretty color imbibed kinda look, it became dotty!! Not what I wanted!! I had to mist it before proceeding to add more color, since the misting blended the inks a little too much! 😉


So, anyway, the stamps I’ve used in this card are Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords, Calico and Twiggy Florets, and heat embossed them in clear. I then used distress inks for this technique – Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Pumice Stone, Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain.

Finally I added some Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold in all the ‘holes’ and then added a few dots of gold stickles like enamel dots. Again, maybe I shouldn’t have added the dots in the flower centers.. 😀

Conclusion: I love the technique – I absolutely don’t mind getting my fingers inky, more so when I know I can easily get it off!! So, I am definitely going to try this one again!! One more thing – it looks even better if the paper used has some toothy texture – mine was less toothed, so there’s not much texture – you can really see the texture in Jennifer’s cards – they are just fabulous!!

I am submitting this card to the Paper Smooches October Challenge: Fall Color Story

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#519 – A Butterfly Hello

PE: Featured Player at Paper Smooches Challenge!!

Spotted by the PS Patrol!! This is what is double bonanza!! 😉 😀

Hello! I suddenly came up with this idea last night, and just had to try it, and make a last minute submission to Paper Smooches challenge –

Hey Buddy

I first made the background, using MFT Simply Circles (stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black) and Lacy Background (stamped using Antique Linen distress ink). I then took another panel of white cardstock, stamped the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Simply Said at the bottom using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then added some Antique Linen on the top. I then adhered this panel on the card base.

Hey Buddy

I cut a few butterflies from the Best of Heidi Swapp pattern paper stack using Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet dies. I adhered these on the panel and added a small pearl on each of them for embellishing.

Submitting this card to Paper Smooches August Challenge: Friendship and Bastel Traum Challenge #44: Mask/Stencil/Die-cutting

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂



#945 – Paper Smooches June Challenge

PE: Spotted at PS Patrol – August!!

Made a card for the Paper Smooches June Challenge: Layers.

I love using pattern papers in my cards – and Paper Smooches DT provide some awesome inspiration for using them. I got inspired by the many cards made by Savannah, in fact she has provided loads of inspiration for the current challenge too!

Now and Forever

The pattern papers in this card are from The Best of Heidi Swapp and The Best of American Crafts. I cut out the frames using Fancy Frames dies, and the flowers from Dainty Flowers. The sentiment is from Simply Said, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I couldn’t resist creating a small shaker behind the flowers. 😉 I’ve also tried stitching, for the first time, in a card! I think I am going to try it more.. 🙂

Now and Forever

Once everything was in place, I added the enamel dots using Enamel Accents in white and added the dashed line in the side.

That’s my card! Thanks for stopping by!


#427 – Blossoms


Using Paper Smooches products today. I’ve made two cards using only the Twiggy Florets for the blossoms. I’ve changed the paper and the coloring mediums slightly, just for experimenting..

For my first card –


I used Fabriano Elle Erre paper for this card. After stamping the blossoms in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I colored the image using oil pastels and baby oil. I then trimmed the panels and stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler. I then picked another panel and added pattern paper from K & Company on it. I then die cut one border using Paper Smooches Borders 2, added a twine bow around it and foam mounted it on the card panel. I then mounted the colored pieces on top.

Submitting this to Paper Smooches Challenge: Fun and Cute and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge over at The Daily Marker blog –

Kathy Racoosin - The Daily Marker - Color Challenge

For my second card –


I first drew lines, an inch from the top left adjacent sides, very lightly using pencil. I then stamped the same flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored then using wax crayons and baby oil (unlike the oil pastels, I colored directly on the paper and used the oil to smudge the lines and spread the color). I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black. Finally drew a couple of dashed lines where I had drawn the lines using a scale and Uniball Signo black gel pen. That’s my one-layered card.

Submitting this to Simon Says Stamp: One Layered Challenge (featuring Paper Smooches) and Addicted to CAS: Blooms

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂