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!