#576 – Seize The Birthday – Dashes or Doodle

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! And this time the Topping is Dashes or Doodle. Of course, you are also free to choose to go without the topping, as long as you make a birthday themed card.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Rejoining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Rahmat!

I, of course, have used the topping to make my card!

Happy Birthday

I chose Inkadinkado Thoughts for the Day stamp set to make the background. These flowers look very hand drawn and doodle-y 😛 I just stamped the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored it using Zig brush markers. Once done, I trimmed the panel a bit, and added texture using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders dies. So, there’s a bit of dashes too! 😉

Happy Birthday

The sentiment comes from Reverse Confetti Happy Pretty Panel die plus the Whole Lotta Happy stamp set. I punched a hole in it and used it as a tag here. I then foam mounted the whole thing on a white card base. A few pearls for embellishing finishes my card.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stamplorations January Sketch Challenge (I’ve flipped it) –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #225 (flowers are the inspiration) –

Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog and see lots more amazing inspiration from Rahmat the rest of the DT! And don’t forget to play along!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂





#573 – Coloring with Color Pencils

Hello! Its been some time.. I’ve been a bit busy with work and such.. and even coloring took such a long time – I’ve been coloring just these two cards for two weeks now!! But finally I had some time, and I was able to finish these –

Just Saying Hello

For this card, I stamped the flowers from Hero Arts Night & Day flowers using Memento Dandelion ink, then colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. I also added lots of dots between the flowers, it was looking too plain otherwise.

The sentiment is die cut using Paper Smooches Thanks die, after which I just trimmed it along the sides and adhered it. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages using Potter’s Clay, trimmed and adhered it. I then mounted the whole thing on kraft card base. For embellishing, I used some pretty yellow and blue flower sequins.

By the way, both this card and the next one have a bit different dimension – the front panel is a bit less than 4″x 5.25″, the base being a bit more than 4″x 5.5″. So, the top panel overhangs just a bit from the base.

Just Saying Hello

I am submitting this card to The Flower Challenge #4: Blue and Yellow and A2Z Scrapbooking January Challenge: Anything Goes


For my next card, I chose kraft card stock and white embossing for my pencil coloring –


I combined stamps from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers and Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles – I just knew as soon as I saw them that these two stamps would work wonderfully together! So, I stamped them on a lighter kraft cardstock and then heat embossed them with Wow! white embossing powder, and then colored them.

The sentiment comes from Stamplorations Celebrate die cut, for which I used a darker cardstock. I used another piece of black foam to mount it on the panel, and then mounted the panel on the same dark kraft card base. I added a few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops Bright Gold around the sentiment for embellishing.


I am submitting this card to Stamplorations: Anything Goes Challenge (not sure of using only the sentiment die cut counts for this challenge; if not, please delete the entry!), Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes Challenge and SSS Work It Wednesday: Something new with a new product (The SSS Stamp and the sentiment die are new in my stash!)

Stamplorations - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes Badge

SSS - Work It Wednesday

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂



#555 – Thanks..with One Layer and Flowers

PE: Noticed by Neat & Tangled!!

Noticed by Neat and Tangled

So I finally got out of my black and gold cycle! I really love one layer cards, though I make very less of them…since I am not that good with them. But this one was easy to keep as a one layered, CAS card! Super easy! 🙂

Thank You

I used Neat and Tangled Paper Cut Flowers with Memento inks Grape Jelly, Danube Blue and Rhubarb Stalk. Since my inks were a bit dry, I used MISTI for stamping, otherwise, alignment is eye-balled. Once done, I added the dots using gel pens and sketch pens.

Thank You

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Little Tangles Challenge #74: CAS

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful

Stamplorations: November CAS Challenge: Purple

The Flower Challenge Challenge #2: A Special Occasion

Thanks you for stopping by! 🙂


#551 – In Purple

PE: Winner at Cupcake Inspirations!!

Cupcake Inspirations - Sweet Six

Hello! I am back with another card. A simple to make, but packing a punch card. 😉

Believe in Miracles

I just picked a watercolor panel, colored it with two tones of purple and then a bit of black at the top. Once it was partially dry, I sprinkled a few drops of water, to get small gaps where I could add stars. Once the panel was dry, I stamped the trees (from an alcohol inks kit I brought recently) and the sentiment from JustRite Bokeh Time and embossed it in gold. I also added dots for the stars using embossing pen, which too, I embossed in gold. I then added a second set of trees, behind the gold embossed ones using Black Soot distress ink.

Believe in Miracles

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS(E) This Sketch #197

Addicted to Stamps #218: Holiday


Cupcake Inspirations #383: Trees

One Layer Simplicity Challenge #33: Peace Be With You

Stamplorations: November CAS Challenge: Purple

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂



#545 – One Stamp; One Design; Two Ways


I tried making these two sets of cards, with the same stamp set, same design, with the only difference being the coloring –

Sending Love

The flowers and sentiment are from Altenew Beautiful lady stamp set, which I colored using Zig Brush Pens. I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp them. Normally I wouldn’t use this ink if I was watercoloring, but I did – since the coloring was less, there would be minimal contact with the pens and the black ink, and so, there wouldn’t be much leaking.

Sending Love

I am submitting the first card to the following challenges –

Sovushka Slavia CAS Marathon: Stage 5: Creating a Background


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Think Pink

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

And the second one to the following challenges –

Inkspirational Challenge #120: Black + 1 color

Stamplorations: October CAS Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much stopping by! 🙂

#521 – Marbling with Nail Polish!

PE: Top 3 at Sovushka Slavia!! 🙂

Sovushka Slavia - Top 3

Hello! So, I am trying something new today. I had tried marbling before, and with nail polish..and ended up with some terrible looking paper. I completely gave up the technique then. Its been more than a year, I think, and I am re-attempting it now. As such, it is still something new for me, having never successfully created any marbled paper..or indeed used it!

I used the same set of cheap nail polish I had bought (thank god they hadn’t dried yet!! ;)) and using a portion of the paper, I was able to create this card –

Spread Happiness

One more thing is the coloring. I had used a similar..should I say patter..before, where I color only one element in the card (in this card). I really love this technique in a card. And it seems balloons keep getting all the attention, seeing that I have colored only the balloons in both the cards.. 😛

Spread Happiness

Well, coming back to this card, I used We R Memory Keepers Quickutz Nesting Circles to die cut my marbled balloon, Mama Elephant Up & Away for the cute little foxie and the sentiment, which I stamped in MFT Hybrid Black ink. I also added a bit of Cracked Pistachio distress ink at the bottom of the panel and splattered some water, just for some additional color.

PE: A few things about marbling using nail polish –

  • The technique is exactly the same as using any other alcohol medium. Add a few drops in a tub with water and dip the card stock panel on top and remove it to get the marbled look..
  • …however, be careful when retrieving the panel. Nail polish isn’t at all like alcohol inks (if you are used to that). Once separated from water, it becomes extremely sticky. So be careful not to stick it to your hands
  • If the nail polish spreads outside your card panel, be careful when you pick it out. It forms strands, which are, of course, sticky. The first time I tried, a few strands stuck to the portion I had just marbled. <insert very very angry and very very frustrated emoticon here>
  • Last, but not the least, be careful how you dispose the leftover. Like I said (and I’ve not said it enough times) nail polish becomes sticky as soon as it looses contact with water. This means it can stick to the tub, your hands and even the sink if you are disposing it there. For cleaning up, you can, of course use a nail polish remover, or even any alcohol solution (I had paint thinner at home, so I used that)

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge #58 (well, I didn’t exactly like what I had last submitted ;P) –


CAS Mix Up Challenge: September: Stamping, Marbling + Your Choice (I’ve added die-cutting and just a bit of inking with the distress inks)

Addicted to Stamps #209: CAS

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Stamplorations September CAS Challenge: Anything Goes

AAA Card Challenge #72: New to you Technique

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂


#500 – Celebrating 500 posts!!!

Hello!! Yup, its the first big one!! So happy about this!! Its been a little over two years since I started this blog, and little more since I came across card making.. and its been a fantastic experience!! 🙂 I can see for myself where I stand now, when compared to when I started – I see even how and where I improved, and I am pretty happy about where I stand now.

To mark this small celebration of mine, I made this card for myself – I’ve combined quite a few of my favorite things here – color blending, sparkle and shine, embossing..I even thought of making it a shaker card, but refrained.. Of course, I like clean and simple as much as I like colors and bling now, but since this was a celebration, I went with the latter! 😉

Make A Wish

I’ve used some new and some very old supplies here – the newest being the goody bag from Simon Says Stamp. This is the first time I am using it – I had received April 2015 card kit – and the stamp set in it – Big Birthday Wishes – seemed just perfect to make this card!

And the oldest one – Memento Brilliance inks. I know there are some better metallic inks out there now, but these are one of the first supplies I have brought for card making. I had assumed that they had dried up – imagine my surprise and delight that they were very much not dry!! 😀 I used them to my heart’s content here!! I love the subtle shine it adds – so beautiful! 🙂

Make A Wish

I am just listing the supplies used here, instead of going about the details, as I usually so (also, the card is pretty straight forward, no hidden techniques used!)

Supplies used:
Stamps: SSS Big Birthday Wishes, SSS Birthday Bits, Winnie & Walter Scenery: Stripes
Dies: Mama Elephant So Sew
Heat Embossing: Zing white embossing powder
Inks for background blending: Scattered Straw distress ink, PTI Melon Berry and Hero Arts Neon Purple inks. Stamping with Memento Brilliance Platinum
Inks for candles: various Memento Inks and Hero Arts Inks
Inks for flames: Hero Arts Neon Sunshine and Neon Orange, Memento Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Dots around the flames: Scattered Straw and Memento Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Embellishing: Champagne sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards, Silver stickles

Make A Wish

I am also submitting this card to a few challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More #200: Birthday… Challenge #200 & 4th Birthday…Yay!! More celebrations!! 🙂

Stamplorations: 3rd Birthday.. and even more celebrations!! Congratulations, Stamplorations! 🙂

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: July Challenge: Birthday……Happy Birthday (month??) Paru!!

Seize the Birthday (no toppings for my card!)

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Finally, thank you, my family, my blogging friends, and each and every person who has stopped by my blog, for the support and encouraging comments – I couldn’t have done without them!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂