Thursday, 4 December 2014

A blushing 'Mr.Moose'!!


How are you all doing??

I'm trying to squeeze in some time to craft everyday but trying doesn't always mean success! 'Squeezing time' might sound to you like I'm pretty busy and so don't have time for anything else, but that's not true! I won't tell the truth though! :p

Anyway... I'm here with a card I made for 'CAS(E) this Sketch!' challenge. The sketch was so irresistible that I had to temporarily overcome my laziness and make some something!

 Here's my card....

I was so dumb to make my moose (which is a male here...See the antlers? A male moose has antlers and the female doesn't.) look girly! Excuse me, Mr. Moose, I am very sorry! I drew those eyelashes and thought I was being super creative! Darn! What I actually did was, to make a male look feminine! LOL! I added some blush too!

BUT...I love the way the card turned out.

Here are the steps to be followed o make this card-
1. Mask the whole card base except a small square where the moose could fit.
2. Sponge chipped sapphire distress ink.
3. At the bottom of the square, apply embossing paste and remove all the masking tape.
4. Cover with clear glitter embossing powder, heat set it after ten minutes.
5. On a piece of white card stock, stamp the image and color,
6. Fussy cut it out and place it on the sponged and embossed backdrop.
7. Stamp the sentiment.

Also submitting this to Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is CAS.

Hope you like the card..

Have a nice day..

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Love always...

Hi Everyone!

As always, I'm making a last minute submission to a challenge! I had been planning to play along Winnie & Walter's Playdate 4 challenge but I kept postponing it as I felt I didn't have appropriate stamps sets to do so. But finally, I decided to make do with whatever I had.

I used 'The Big, the Bold and the Happy' and 'The write stuff- Picture Perfect' stamp sets from Winnie & Walter . I also used Altenew's Hennah Elements stamp set.

Here is the inspiration picture.

I first wanted to make a holiday themed card as soon as I saw the inspiration picture and wanted to keep it all gold, silver and sparkly. But as I said, I don't have appropriate stamp sets. So the choice was easier to make....since there was no choice at all! :D

I looked at my W&W stamp sets and the frame in the 'The write stuff- Picture Perfect'  stamp set caught my attention. I immediately knew what I wanted to make. I love to combine stamp sets from different companies and Winnie&Walter and Altenew go along together so well that it's really a match made in heaven! 

***There is one more card I used stamp sets from these two companies together. Check it out HERE.

To make this card, I stamped the frame from W&W stamp set in a very light colored ink and the stamped all the elements from Altenew stamp set. I then stamped the same frame in Versamark watermark ink on the stamped frame and heat embossed in Silver.

I drew inspiration from both the colors from the color palette and the picture. Though I'm not a fan of glitter, I love subtle sparkly things... I mean I adore anything shiny but only shiny to an extent. :) So I wanted to add that sparkle to my card. so added the gold confetti and sparkly clear sequins. 

Once I heat embossed the frame, I colored the flowers with Prisma colored pencils and blended with gamsol. Once that was done, I stamped the bold sentiment on a piece of vellum with black archival ink and fussy cut it out and adhered to my card base and then stamped the sentiment 'always' inside the frame.

I made another card more than a week ago but couldn't take a good picture of it as unfortunately I smudged the card with oil by accident! :( To this day I'm not able to remember as to why I had oil on my fingers! So I had only the picture that nI took at night before the spoiled the card. 

I did a lot of masking and inking using a stencil on this one and used all the colors from the palette.

Right now, a sale is going on, on their website. Don't forget to check it out. I placed an order for a few stamp sets and a cutaway yesterday. Unfortunately a stencil that I so wanted went out of stock. :/

I would also like to submit these cards to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which is Anything goes!

Have a nice weekend people!

Take care!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Flowers and trees!

Hi everyone!

I'm here today to share a couple of cards and a tag that I made.

The first is the card I made for Altenew challenge.

The blue with white ink spatters in the inspiration picture caught my eye and I knew what I wanted my card to look like. Rare are those occasions when I actually plan my cards...this is one on them.

All the pink and the clusters of flowers made me add a bunch of them inside the shaker frame. I Couldn't ignore the gold in the inspiration picture, hence the gold confetti for my shaker elements.

I love how the blue background turned out. I first inked a piece of white card stock with chipped Sapphire distress ink and added white ink splatters with my paint brush. After it dried, assembled the whole card.

I just LOVE the Painted Flowers stamp set from Altenew. It seemed perfect for this challenge.

I made the shaker frame using Mama Elephant Femme Frames and Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 2 dies.

The sentiment is from Altenew 'Ori-kami'.

The next two are Holiday themed. A couple of months ago, I bought Mama Elephant holiday stamps sets. They are so adorable. One of them is 'Cozy Christmas'. The images in that set are super cute!

First, the tag. I cut the tag out of Pretty Pink Posh die and and masked the stitched area. I didn't want the ink on the stitched dimension.

I inked Tumbled glass distress ink very lightly. Then on a iece of white cardstock, I stamped the images, colored and fussy cut them out. The tree image was too large for the tag, so I cut off the bottom layer. Submitting both the tag and card to 'Mama Elephant and Me' challenge (Theme is Holiday cards and tags) , Addicted to Stamps and More ( Cue word is 'Holiday') and the tag alone to Create Something Catchy Challenge. The theme is 'Christmas tags'.

The last is the shaker card made using the same stamp and die as the above tag. On the card base, dis lot of masking and stamping. If it were not for the shaker frame, it would have been a one layer card!

The sequins are form Pretty Pimk Posh and the gold confetti was locally bought.

A close up of the cute couple!! :)

I hope you like what I made. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Have a big, bold, colorful happy birthday!!


I know it was not even a couple of days since I had last posted but I'm back! I'm just trying to be more regular.:)

I made a card for 'Little Tangles' challenge and wanted to share.

For this challenge, we are required to follow the color scheme and here it is...

And here is what I made...

I randomly stamped the tiny flower from the Neat and Tangled 'Gifts for you' stamp set in three different inks on a faux stitched die cut after masking the four sides so as to keep the stitched detail visible even after all the stamping. Inks that I used to stamp are Peacock feathers and Spiced Marmalade distress inks for teal and orange and Memento Desert sand for the kraft. 

After stamping the whole panel (second generation and third generation stamping also done for added interest.) with the flower, tiny hearts from the same stamp set were stamped.

After stamping was done, I was at loss at to what was to be done next! I wanted bold sentiment but not anything that dominated the background. So I stamped my dear 'happy' sentiment from the Winnie and Walter's 'Big, Bold and Happy' stamp set with Versamark water mark ink on a strip of vellum and heat embossed in white. But when I placed it on the stamped panel, the sentiment was not properly visible. So after a lot of thinking, I sponged the vellum with Peacock feathers and Spiced marmalade distress inks. The orange ink looks like yellow on the vellum but actually it is not.
I added a small white strip with the stamped sentiment for the same Neat and Tangled set and added some enamel dots.

Assembled everything.

Hope to see you soon again!

Thanks for visiting!

ETA- I just saw that the collection for that Little Tangles challenge has closed!! Can you believe it?!! Am I disappointed? Oh yes, I am! But I'm more amused at the way I handle things!! Could I not enter a bit earlier?! WOW!!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

flowers for you!

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday morning to you all!!

I have been pretty irregular with my bogging these days and I just cant seem to find time to write posts because of my laziness busy schedule! :D

I made a couple of cards and a tag in last two weeks. WOW! That's so unlike me as I used to craft everyday in the past.

OK...I'll stop here!

I've two cards to share with you today. If you are my friend on Face Book or follow me on Instagram, I'm sorry but you'll have to comment on the same cards you had seen there again! :D

I made the first card for Paper Smooches Sparks challenge. I used the Crystal Clear stamp set from Paper Smooches and 'Tree Friends' stamp set from Mama Elephant for the sentiment.

See those sea shells I used for the photo props? I LOVE THEM! I collected them on the sea shore with my hubby when we were in Vizag! They are so beautiful!
I was very much inspired by the wooden panels in the inspiration picture and tried to replicate them on my card. I also used the colors in the picture on my card in the form of stamped images and enamel dots.

To make this card, I first cut strips of wood grain card stock from Simon Says Stamp and sponged them very lightly with Vintage photo distress ink. Then, adhered them on the card base. The vase from 'Crystal Clear' stamp set and some flowers and leaves from the same stamp set were stamped on a piece of white card stock and fussy cut and assembled. 

Stamped the sentiment and finished the card with some enamel dots.

The next card is for Virginia's View Challenge which this time happens to be 'All things metallic'. 

Now, I'm no a great fan of metallic look. I don't know why but whenever I use metallic elements on my cards (except gold pearls of course! :)) something seems to be wrong! But I really had to give this one a try, especially after seeing Nichol Magouirk's card. It screamed elegance and I fell instantly in love with it... Love at first sight that is! :) The gold on white look was magical and I had to try it my way.

So, I die cut three Memory Box snowflake ornaments and applied Versamark ink and heat embossed them in gold. 
On the card base, I applied Versamark ink to all four edges and heat embossed in gold. You don't really have to be very accurate with applying ink as you are anyway going to layer the top of the card base with more layers of card stock. 
I then die cut two panels of white card stock using Mama Elephant Femme Frames die. Adhered the stitched die cut on the scalloped one. The embossed die cut ornaments were then adhered on the stitched layer and the string was hand drawn with Prisma gold colored pencil. 
Then, the part of the die cut that makes the tails of the bow from Mama Elephant 'Dainty bows' was added on the top of the ornament and a gold metallic pearl was added on each of the ornament.
Then I felt something was not complete and after a few seconds, it occurred to me that the ornaments were too plain. So I added small white pearls to the ornament and felt satisfied.

Now for the little tip- 
Have you noticed how the ornaments have the 'Worn out gold look' ? The gold on some parts of the ornament looks 'old' and 'vintage'. Well...that was a result of a happy accident! :) I was erasing little dried up glue on the card just adjacent to one of the ornament and I tried to remove it off with my eraser (normal eraser that you would use to erase pencil lines). Fortunately, I happened to rub on the die cut as well. after I was done, I noticed that the gold on that part of the die cut got dulled. I was so happy with the little accident that I had to make it look intentional! OK...Now it's no more a secret! :p

That's it for today peeps!

Thanks for visiting, means a lot to me!


Friday, 31 October 2014

A match made in heaven!!

Hi everyone!

As always, I have found it convenient to enter challenges in the last minute! I had made a card for Altenew challenge like a week ago and posted on Facebook and Instagram. Was too busy to write a post. BAD habits!

But here I am with the card finally.

Here's the gorgeous inspiration picture that I couldn't resist. I used all the colors in the picture on my card.

I recently bought Persian Motifs and Hennah Elements stamp sets and I must say I'm totally in LOVE with them!

I think Altenew and Winnie & Walter is a match made in heaven. I just LOVE how the big bold sentiment coordinates with those gorgeous bold flowers!

Steps I followed to make this card-
1. On a sturdy card base, using the mini 'Art is' stencil, I applied embossing paste and let dry.
2. While the embossing paste dried, on TimHoltz water color paper, I stamped the two images in Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed in white.
3. Colored the images with distress inks and fussy cut them. These were pretty hard to fussy cut and I don't think I did a decent job.
4. I stamped the sentiment from Winnie and Walter 'Big bold and Happy' set on a piece of white card stock and adhered it at the center of the base.
5. The fussy cut images were adhered with foam tape and finished off with dull gold pears.

That's all for today. Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

'for you, mom!'


It's me again!

I've three more cards to share and here they are...

I'll edit this post in a couple of days to include all the step by step instructions to make these cards. I'm now in a hurry to submit all these to Paper Smooches 'SPARKS' challenge!

I used Paper Smooches 'Crystal Clear' stamp set and coordinating dies and the WPlus9 'Fresh Cut florals' stamp ( I bought the set with the Gift Certificate I won on Khush's blog. :) Thanks so much baby, you are a sweetheart!! :)) on all three of these cards. These two stamp sets coordinate so well with each other and was a pleasure to use them together.

Here are the cards-

The fist is a shaker card...

The next one a layered card... Layers and me!! I hope it's not too bad! :)

The last one is a pretty simple one that I made to submit to Fusion Cards Challenge and Addicted to stamps and More but was too lazy to write posts! (You can curse the Instagram before you pass a judgment on me! ;D)

So, that's it for today peeps! Will see you soon!

In my heart!

 Hi everyone!

How are you all?

I'm enjoying life which is devoid of the regular 9.00 to 6.00 job! I'm having to do lot of chores but that's fine with me as the monotony hasn't set in yet! :D

I've been crafting regularly, almost everyday since we relocated to Hyd. To be honest, I get a lot of 'Me' time here as I get to be all alone after hubby leaves for work. :)

Coming to the cards I made, I want to make two separate posts.

This post has all the Mama Elephant and Pretty Pink Posh and Neat and Tangled goodness. I also have deviated a bit from my natural style of CAS and I'm loving it. Dies and patterned papers beckon me as soon as I sit down to craft these days! I just LOVE the Pretty Pink Posh and Mama Elephant Femme Frames dies SO much that I rarely make a card without using either of these.

For my first card, here are the steps I followed.

1. Die cut a piece of white card stock with Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 dies to make a background for your images that  would be adhered later. (The windows die can be continuously cut to make as many windows as we please which is why I LOVE it! The video tutorial by Paulina on how to do it can be found HERE.)

2. Cut a patterned paper of your choice in the size of the card base and  adhere it to the base. Here, I used a very pretty patterned paper from Echo Park 'Splendid Sunshine' 6X6 stack.

3. Add the die cut window frames background on the patterned paper and place back three windows in place where you want the images to be placed. (Before you adhere the die cut window frame background, cut frames off  in the center, to make place for the sentiment.)

4. Stamp the images from Mama Elephant 'In My Heart' stamp set on a piece of water color paper and color them with the medium of your choice. I used distress inks and a water brush to color them.

5. Fussy cut or use coordinating dies to cut around them. Adhere them in place.

6. Stamp the sentiment on a piece if white card stock and cut around it so as to make it fit in the center.

Steps to be followed to make the second card-

1. Stamp the 'Sunburst' from Neat and Tangled in Versamark water mark ink and heat embossed with WOW clear glitter embossing powder.

2. Sponge distress inks on the image.

3. Die cut the image with Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duos 2 dies (A stitched frame comes in the die set.)

4. Stamp the  image from Mama elephant 'In My Heart' stamp set on a piece of white card stock, color it with colored pencils or markers and cut with coordinating die.

5. Cut the center of the sunburst image with the same coordinating die where the die cut image can be placed.
NOTE- If you don't have the coordinating dies, nothing to worry. Just fussy cut the image and adhere it at the center of the sunburst image using foam adhesive or just use glue which would give you the same result. Since I have the dies, I went along and achieved an inlaid die cut effect.

6. Cove the entire base of the card with preferred patterned paper and adhere a stitched panel in white. I used Mama Elephant Femme Frames die.

7. Now place the sunburst panel on it and adhere the die cut image if the little girl.

8. Stamp the sentiment.

The last card is pretty simple.

1. Stamp the image from Mama Elephant 'In My Heart' stamp set four times on a piece of white card stock, color and fussy cut them.

2. Die cut white card stock with  Pretty Pink Posh 'Film Strip' die and cut off the vertical strips in the center to add sentiment.

3. Adhere the die cut on the base card stock and then the images with foam adhesive for dimension.

4. Do a little masking and stamp the sentiment as seen on the card. (Originally, the sentiment is long and in two lines.)

5. Cut around it in a square shape and apply versamark water mark ink and heat emboss with clear glitter embossing powder.

5. Adhere the cut sentiment at the center of the die cut piece and you are done.

I'm submitting all the cards to 'Mama Elephant and Me' 'Anything goes' challenge

Also submitting my second card (with sunburst on it) to Little tangles challenge. I CASEd DT member Tracy's card in post HERE. Here's her card-

I hope you like the cards. Thanks for visiting today! :)

Monday, 20 October 2014

Diwali bloghop

Hello everyone!!

Welcome to Diwali Bloghop hosted by Chaitali from Cuts, Crops and Creativity blog! We are all blog-hopping today to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights! Join in and participate in the hop to learn more about the festival and see some beautiful ethnic creations!

I was thrilled when I received a mail from Chaitali inviting me and other fabulous ladies to join the bloghop and there was no way I could say no!

I would have made my post a bit longer if I had more time. If you follow me on FB, you might have been aware that I recently moved to Hyderabad and the whole shifting process is SO tough.

Enough of my complaining, here we go...

For the first card, I used Altenew 'henna elements' stamp set.

Since I dow't own Diwali theme stamps, I had to go with whatever I had and do my best to make it look traditional! :)

The next two cards were made with inking a stencil, and adding MDF cut cuts.

The tag die is from Pretty Pink Posh. MDF Diyas from Craftslane. Stencil too is from Craftslane, designed by Divya.

I love the next card...the colors and the overall look of it, makes me happy.

Hope you like the cards...

Don't forget to hop along for more gorgeous projects. Here is the hop list....

Sindhu (you are here)

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Playing with new stuff!

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday morning to you all! I hope you're having a great weekend.

It's been ages since I touched my craft supplies! I've been travelling like never before in my life. Major changes lie ahead of me and it's going to be very stressful. Oh no, I'm not pregnant!! :D Major relocation  to a different city happening.

So, I hadn't had time to play with my new goodies for a while but I couldn't let this go any longer. So I sat down yesterday and made four cards to submit in various challenges. YAY!!

I am submitting all the four cards to four different challenges hosted by Winnie and Walter as a part of World Card Making Day. How could I miss the fun?! There is just over an hour to submit but I'll make it this time!

The first card is for Kelly's 'Unexpected stamping' challenge. We are required to use a stamp in an unexpected way. Wondering what I used in an unexpected way??  Let me show you.... The stamps are from Mama Elephant- Carnival Cupcakes and In my heart.


So the cupcake doesn't have to be eaten! It can make a pretty li'l girl's dress! :) I just love how this card turned out! I used Femme Frames die  and Pretty Pink Posh Stitched duo 2 die.

The circle images are from Winnie and Walter's Big Bang Confetti stamp set. LOVE that set!

Also submitting this to Mama Elephant's October challenge that is 'Anything goes' and Virginia's View Challenge.

For the next card, I used Winnie and Walter's 'The write stuff- Picture Perfect' stamp set. I stamped the 'happy' sentiment from the 'Big, Bold and Happy' stamp set in Memento ink in the back ground. I then stamped the small images from 'Big Bang confetti' stamp set to fill in the white space beteen the sentiments.

The camera image was stamped on a piece of card stock and paper pierced. Added washi tape on the card base and adhered the image to the base. Finished the card with some pretty enamel dots and the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.

Entering this to Lea's 'On trend' challenge and Virginia's View Challenge. Virginia's card and the happy colors inspired me. :)

The next card uses Pretty Pink Posh's Stitched duo 2 die. I LOVE this die set! SO many possibilities with it. I must confess that I'm not happy with this card. Too many colors and not my type.

To make this one I started out by stamping the images from Big Bang Confetti stamp set randomly on card base in different colors. I then die cut the panel and added to the base. Fussy cut the bold 'happy' sentiment and stuck on the die cut panel.

Entering this to Shay's Patterned Play challenge.

For the last card, I used Altenew 'Persian Motifs' stamp set and and colored the images with prima colored pencils. The flowers were colored in Blush Pink and Peach. The leaves with gold pencil. Added gold enamel dots. Stamped the bol 'Love' sentiment from Winnie and Walter's Big, Bold Confetti stamp set.

Submitting this to Gayatri's color combo challenge.

I hope you like the cards. See you peeps!