#737 – Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes

Hello and welcome to an all new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have a topping-free challenge, which means you can join us with any new Birthday theme project of yours!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I, as usual, have made a card –

Sending Warm Wishes

I used a cover plate die from Lil Inker Designs called Geometric Snow to cut out various colored cardstock. I then adhered the pieces over a gray cardstock – which is totally not visible in the final product ;), layering only the positive die cut piece, while keeping a single layer of the negative pieces. Once done, I added the sentiment from Pink & Main Wishes stamp and die. I did debate between adding some jewels, but decided against it at the end.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Green

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Addicted to Stamps challenge #281: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Card Making Challenge: March challenge: Color (as it is mostly the die cut’s texture and colors that make up this card)

Do checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more dazzling inspiration from the team and out wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Kim Lackenbach! And I hope you take time to join us too, who doesn’t need to create a birthday project, after all! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂


#730 – Pink in Love

PE: Top 3 at A2ZScrapbooking Challenge!!

A2ZScrapbooking - Honorable Mention

Hello! I am back with another project for the Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash challenges.

I’ve been wanting to try this out for quite some time now, but didn’t really get the idea right in my mind. I wanted to achieve the look of some the stamps now-a-days which, so charmingly, combine words with flower images. I think I am half there – since I’ve used dies to achieve this look, and not stamps! 😉

Love You

Here’s how I made it – I first die cut the letters, then laid them back in place using temporary tape from behind. I then stamped the flowers, added all the dots. Then, I separated the die cut letters and colored portions of the die cuts using a black Zig brush pen.

Later, I die cut the panel and turned it to a shaker card using silver sequins, and mounted it on a pink card base.

Love You

The only thing I would change about this card, is to not make it a shaker, and keep the levels of the letters same as the rest of the card. Somehow the effect I wanted is not showcased well in this card 😦 But, since I did partially did get what I wanted, I am gonna say I am happy! 🙂

Products used on this card include (all Winnie & Walter products) –
Typecast Cary Letters
In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers
Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Celebration challenges – Shaker challenge with Lea, Die Challenge with Lydia, Four Challenge with Shay (4 die cut letters make up the shaker window)

Paru’s Card Making challenge: February Challenge: Love

Happy Little Stampers: February Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Its a Love Thing

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#707 – Happy New Year!

PE: Designer Spotlight (Winner) of Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!! Yay!!

SSS - Monday Challenge Winner

SSS - Designer Spotlight Badge

A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge Top 3!

Hello and a very happy new year to everyone! I now I am a day late.. I was out yesterday and didn’t have time to click the snaps and post it yesterday. Well, a day late is still ok, isn’t it? 😛

I am presenting here four cards that I made for my family this year. Its kinda become a tradition for me to make four cards during New Year and Diwali for the family, following a single theme of design/technique/both. (Check out the cards I made for 2017 and 2016 New Year’s)

And here are this year’s cards –

Happy New Year

After making a couple of vintage looking cards, I kinda started liking the look of them, and decided to make that the theme this year. Also, a big reason to make this true were the Prima watercolor pencils I got sometime last month. I had already owned a couple of sets of these pencils and absolutely loved them, and I ordered all the sets I could when they went on sale. I love the soft colors that these pencils give, which is just perfect for making vintage looking cards.

I chose a common design for making all the cards and the envelopes. I used outlined flower and leaf images from various companies, watercolored them using the Prima watercolor pencils. I used Canson watercolor paper. The sentiment on all of them is from the Mama Elephant Calli Letters and Calli Uppercase Letters stamped using Versamark Onyx Black ink. The envelopes are self made.

After trimming the watercolor panels and adhering them on grey cardstock, I added a couple of lines using silver Unibal Signo gel pen, to give the panel a sort of a frame. Since I wasn’t going for any additional embellishment, this would provide my cards a sort of ‘finished’ look.

Now lets go to the details of each card –

Happy New Year

I used Altenew Peony Bouquet and Altenew Beautiful Day stamp sets.

Submitting this card to –

Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Happy New Year

On this one, I used Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp set.

Submitting this card to –

Global Design Project challenge #119: Home for the Holidays


Paru’s Card Making Challenge: January challenge: New

Happy New Year

On this one, I used Summer Garden, Sketch Ranunculus and Look for the Miracles stamp sets, all from Simon Says Stamp.

Submitting this card to –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: New Stamp set or Tool

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Happy New Year

On the last card, I used Altenew Adore You, with Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus, both from Simon Says Stamp.

And with this card, I am joining –

A2Z Scrapbooking January challenge: New to Me

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Wishing everyone a grand new year! Here’s to all the old crafting friends, lots of new crafting friends and all the wonderful crating times!! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#705 – Merry Christmas (2)

Hello! And welcome! 🙂 I am posting here the second of the two cards I made using the Stamplorations Christmas Flower stamp, which is a very pretty image of a poinsettia. (Scroll down to see the first version!)

On this card, too, I did some watercoloring using Zig Brush pens, just with different colors. Also, I replaced the heat embossing with stamping.

Merry Christmas

I stamped the image twice on a watercolor panel using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then used my Zig Brush pens for coloring. I went with light pinks and green-grey colors this time, as opposed to the rich reds and greens from last time. I love how varied the effect is! 🙂

Merry Christmas

Once done, I added a few splatters of green-brown Camel drawing ink. I then die cut the sentiment – from Winnie & Walter In a Word: Merry die set – from the panel. I also stamped the ‘Christmas’ from Neat & Tangled Merry Beary stamp set. Then I adhered the panel directly on black cardstock. I stacked the die cut sentiment a few times with a few more die cuts, then mounted it a bit off the negative, to show off the black cardstock underneath (also gives a shadow effect).

Merry Christmas

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: December challenge: Christmas

Happy Little Stampers: December Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + XMas


Happy Little Stampers: December Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

Stamplorations - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#694 – Thanks For Everything

PE: CAS(E) This Sketch Favorite!!

CASE This Sketch - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its been some time I last worked on Kraft base cards, and somehow a ‘thanks’ theme with kraft seemed like the perfect fit.

Thanks for Everything

I made this card using the three basic and simple basics of card making – stamping, embossing and die cutting. I used the images from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds for stamping everything in tones of brown, die cut the sentiment ‘Thanks’ using Neat & Tangled Jounaling Alphas, the rest of the sentiment stamped from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint, finally the embossing in the background is using We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder. Very simple, but looks complicated. 😀

Thanks for Everything

Joining the following challenges with my card –

CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #247

Fusion Challenge: Grateful

Paru’s Card Making November challenge: Thank You


Stamplorations November CAS Challenge: Anything Goes + Brown


Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#693 – Thanks

PE: Winner at Paru’s Card Making challenge!

Paru's Card Making Challenge - Winner

Winner at Altenew challenge! Yippie!!

Winner at Stamplorations CAS Challenge!! Yay!

Stamplorations - CAS Challenge Winner

Hello! Made this card with the current Altenew challenge colors. Mostly using oranges and browns, with a splash of yellow in an otherwise earthy colored card.


I used Altenew Watercolored Wonders with distress inks. The sentiment comes from Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha. I added some dots using gold pearl pen.


Joining the following challenges with my card –

Bastel Traum challenge: Thanks


The Flower Challenge #14: Clean and Simple

Paru’s Card Making challenge: November theme: Thank You

Altenew November Inspiration challenge

Stamplorations November CAS Challenge: Anything Goes with browns

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#652 – Dots and Solids

Hello! If you’ve been to my blog before, you’d know that I derive inspiration from a lot of other card makers. Today’s card is also inspired from this card made by Aga. I love how she has created a simple and unique background using simple solid stamps and lots of dots. I knew I wanted to create something similar as soon as I saw it!

So here’s what I made –


I used stamps from Avery Elle – Petals & Stems and Blossoms & Blooms, and stamped the images using some pastel like colors. I then used a black marker pen to add all the dots. It looks like a lot of work, but it really isn’t – barely took me 5 minutes to finish!


For the layer above, I thought of going with a simple BnW image, since I didn’t want it to distract the pretty background. I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony, stamped it using black ink, fuzzy cut it and foam mounted it on the card. Same for the sentiment, from Avery Elle Laurels stamp set.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Ellen Hutson August Mix It Up Challenge with Avery Elle

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

The Flower Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping


Paru’s Card Making challenge: Anything Goes


Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂