#709 – Plaid Background

Hello! I missed making cards for, I think, any of the color challenges from Heather at Winnie & Walter. I’ve really wanted to join all the while, but for one reason or another, I’ve not been able to. This time, even though the challenge ends tomorrow, I thought I’d make something. Also, I wanted to make my card have a plaid background, for which Winnie & Walter has a perfect stamp set! Also, I used my all new Altenew inks – love the colors and the crisp ink!

Wishing You A Sweet Holiday Season

I made the background plaid for this card using Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes. The adorable kitty is from Winnie & Walter Sweet Holiday; also is the sentiment. I trimmed the front panel using Paper Smooches Border 2 die, add a couple of stitched borders using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. Finally a few sequins to complete the card.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Winnie & Walter December Color Combo with Heather H

Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #273: Holiday

Addicted to Stamps - Holiday

Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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

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

Challenge BadgeJan2018

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!

#706 – Celebrate! Happy New Year!

Hello! With the new year just a couple of days away, I thought of making a few new year’s cards… And also, I wanted to experiment this new cardstock I got.

Since I live in India, its difficult for me to get my hands on some quality cardstock – and I wouldn’t like to make orders from abroad for this basic crafting supply. I tried a lot of stores, before coming across the CrafTangles cardstock. I like the basic colors they’ve got, and the quality of the card stock too – it withstood heat embossing very well and the stamping looks great on it… so I tested some more – I tried my Zig brush pens on it…


…with mixed results. When I was coloring them, I felt that the colors were blending well, and was happy. Only when they dried did I see that the colors were kinda sucked by the paper – so there was less of the colors, and also, the blending wasn’t looking as good as before. 😦 Well, it still wasn’t bad enough for me to discard the whole card, so I continued with it.


Coming back to the card.. I used Altenew Hennah Elements and gold heat embossed the images on this beachy brown cardstock. I then colored it with Zig brush pens. The sentiment is two part – the die cut is from Neat and Tangled, called ‘Celebrate’, which I die cut and heat embossed twice in gold. It is layered on top of vellum, die cut using another die from the same set – the second part is stamped, using Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy stamped in black ink.

I am joining the Altenew Year Review Inspiration Challenge, my colors inspired by the August challenge colors –

Global Design Project challenge #119: Home for the Holidays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Now off to experimenting some more!! 😉

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#703 – Warmest Wishes

Hello! I decided to make another card for the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop. Since my last card was something I had made an year ago, I felt I had to make something fresh and join again. Moreover, I haven’t really made that many Christmas cards either, so here goes –

Warmest Wishes

I stamped the plaid on a kraft card panel using pigment ink, die cut the wreath and mounted it on a white card base. The coffee cup is colored using distress oxide inks, with a little bit of splattered water. I combined products from a lot of companies here, and that makes me happy! 🙂 Here’s the list –

Cool Cup from My Favorite Things
Lots of Snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp
In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery from Winnie & Walter
Scenery: Stripes from Winnie & Walter
Merry Kisses from Neat & Tangled (for the sentiment)
Pigment inks from ColorBox
And last but, definitely, not the least, a clear rhinestone!

I am joining the following challenges –

Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop

Coffee Loving Cardmakers - 2017 Winter Blog Hop

Color Throwdown

Happy Little Stampers: December Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Christmas/Winter Holidays

SSS - Monday Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#699 – Gift Bags

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Little Tangles, and this is also the last challenge of the year! Last challenge for me too, as part of the Little Tangles DT! Makes me so sad.. I’m going miss this team! 😦

The theme this time is ‘Gift Giving’.

Well, I’ve never made anything specifically with this theme in mind. Of course, I’ve made lots of cards and stuff, but nothing else. Now, since it is the last time as DT, I thought of creating something that I’ve never made before. I made some simple gift bags 🙂 –

Gift Bags 1

I’ve not used a die here, just made my own bags here – they are relatively simple to make – just the least bit of measurement, scoring and cutting and glue! I’ve used Neat & Tangled products exclusively on these.

Gift Bags 2

This first bag uses Landscape Textures on the base, on which I adhered a layer of vellum on which I heat embossed some sparkling black embossing powder using the image from Warm Wishes stamp. I trimmed the vellum piece and added clear/white rhinestones on the top and bottom.

Gift Bags 3

On this second one, I again used Landscape Textures for the base, alternating the striped pattern with pinks and grays. I also added some tacky glue on some of the pink solid parts, then added some copper leafing.

On this, I added a layer of Doily Tag die cut, the Happy Holiday die cut, which I cut from pink cardstock and added a partial layer of copper leafing, and also a leaf from Flower Medallion Builder, which I heat embossed using copper embossing powder. I also added a few pink pearls along the side.

Gift Bags 4

On this last one, I used distress inks in various shades of green to stamp the tree images from both Winter Wishes and Landscape Textures. I used Winter Wishes combined with the sentiment from Art Deco, which I heat embossed using Verdigris embossing powder. I then trimmed the vellum panel using one of the Scalloped dies and adhered it on.

Gift Bags 5

I loved these small gift bags – in fact, they have inspired me enough to not buy any bags anywhere, and try to make them myself if I ever were to use one for gifting!! 😉 So, I hope they inspire you too!

I am joining the following challenges with these gift bags –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #271: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Lesia Zgharda: December Challenge: Gift

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Gift It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Lastly, a big shout out to Heather and Danielle for having me over as part of this fantastic team, and to Agniezska and Shona, my wonderful teammates over this past year! It was definitely a great experience, and something I’ll never forget! Thank you so much!!

Hop over to the Little Tangles blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the very talented DT!

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you come b again!

#687 – Happy Winter

Hello and welcome!

So I had to use this leftover plaid frame I had from this card. Well, that basically sums up the reason I made this card! 😀

Happy Winter

For the card base, I used distress inks, then added the MFT Winter Waves background, embossed using Ranger Sea Foam White embossing powder. On top, I added the city scene, which I die cut using MFT Skyline Border die and added the snow using MFT Stitched Snowdrifts die, on which I blended in a bit of blue. The sentiment comes from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler.

Happy Winter

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #356 (I’ve turned the sketch upside down)


My Favorite Things Color Challenge #80


Happy Little Stampers: October Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#686 – Oh Happy Day

Hello and welcome! Like I said in a previous post, I am swooning over distress oxide inks now-a-days. For making this card as well. Here, once again I used the property of the inks to layer colors without ending up with muddy mucky colors.

Oh Happy Day

I initially colored a watercolor panel with yellows and pinks, dried it, embossed on it the sentiment from Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms and the flowers from Mondo Magnolia, which I overlapped with each other, using copper embossing powder. Once done, I added another layer of blues on top.

For coloring the panel this time, I added colored the panel by adding the ink directly on the paper by swiping the ink pad on the paper. Of course, I don’t totally cover the paper, since the ink can color quite a large surface. Once I smoosh all the inks, I use a brush loaded with water to spread it around. If more color is needed, I used ink smooshed on a non-sticky surface.

Oh Happy Day

You might see a bit of yellow here and there, but that’s not the layering, but because I added too much water while sprinkling water to get a bit of texture…yeah, too much water can do that! 😀 Once everything was dry, I added another layer of clear sparkle embossing on top of the sentiment.

I must admit, I am totally loving layering these inks like this – Never known another medium (and I am talking about watercolor mediums or the like) which I could layer, so I am truly happy with this! 🙂

So, anyway.. I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Pin Sights October challenge (inspired by the colors!)

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

Pin-Sights Color Trend October 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge


Happy Little Stampers: October Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂