Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More #233...

Hi! This week the theme of the challenge is 

You can make projects inspired by your favorite holidays.

I have made a card celebrating the festival of colors, Holi.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and used the reverse smooshing technique to color. I started with a bunch of distress ink cubes that I pressed on my craft sheet.

I then sprayed the watercolor paper generously with water and pressed the paper over the ink. The result was a richly colored panel. I let it dry completely and then splattered some gold acrylic paint on top. The panel looked so colorful and beautiful that I decided to leave it as is. I just added a strip of translucent paper towards the bottom. The sentiment is a die from Stamplorations which I cut several times from black and gold paper. I mounted the panel on a black card base.

Here is a closer look at my panel.

I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. Please do check out the ATSM challenge blog for some more fabulous inspiration by my fellow DT.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

HLS March Watercolor Challenge:

HLS March Anything Goes with Dies:

HLS March CAS Challenge:

Stamplorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge:

Inkspirational Challenge #130:


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #41...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Make My Monday challenge blog and the theme this time is - Colors of the Rainbow. You need to use at least three colors from the rainbow.

I made a card using red, orange and green.

I was very impressed by a card by Jennifer Mcguire made from left over scraps of distress oxide backgrounds. You can find the original post here. I started with a panel of hand made paper that I cut with my DCAM Double Stitched Rectangles die. Next I cut long strips of handmade paper. I got several sheets of these papers from The Paper Shoppe by Naheed Hafiz. She has the most beautiful handmade papers at extremely reasonable rates. I simply wove the strips like a mat and then glued the whole thing on my panel. The sentiment die is by Simon Says Stamp. I cut it several times and then layered the die cuts for added bulk. The top most layer was from some gold foil paper. I die cut one last layer from the cream handmade paper and adhered it slightly offset over the gold paper. Here is a closer look at my card.

To finish I mounted the panel on a kraft card base. I am very pleased with this clean and simple card. Do visit the Make My Monday blog for some more amazing inspiration by my very talented team mates.

Entering my card in the following challenges:

The Paper Players: PPP334
I used the Painted Happy Birthday die by Simon Says Stamp for the sentiment and my scissors to cut the strips of handmade paper to create the background.

Cut It Up Challenge 116 - Birthday Cards

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make your own background
I created a mat for my sentiment by weaving together strips of paper. I hope this qualifies for the challenge.

Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C374 - Use Your Words


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More #231...

Hi! The new challenge #231 is up at the Addicted to Stamps and More and this is the week for

Which means you can go wild and create anything that your heart desires!

I decided to go way out of the box and create something that has been on my mind for a long, long time. 

My brand new visiting cards, with a special artistic touch! A huge thanks to my husband who designed and printed the cards for me. And an equally large thanks to my Stampaholic which enabled me to stamp 100 cards in well under two hours. I used the Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set and a mix of Altenew and Memento dew drop ink pads for the stamping.

Here is a closer look at one of the cards.

I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the challenge blog to link up your creations and also check out the fabulous inspiration by my fellow DT.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #40...

Hi! The current Make My Monday Challenge #40 is up and the theme is Birds. So you can create anything to do with birds, feathers, nests, eggs, flying etc.

I honestly struggled with this theme. Though I have I few stamps with bird images, I couldn't think of anything to make. One of my favorite things to do when I am stuck is to go through Pinterest. I was doing this the night before the challenge was due when I came across this beauty by Bhavana Kesarkar. You must check out her blog Blending Art And Craft which is full of amazing creations. So I decided to CASE her card and here is what I came up with.

I started with a piece of white card stock that I cut with DCAM's Double Stitched Nested Rectangle dies. I blended some purple, pink and peach distress inks in the middle. I used the Script texture stamp by Kaisercraft and lightly stamped with Artistry Lavender Dash ink. I then added some splatters with silver pink acrylic paints. I stamped the bird image from the Winnie and Walter You've Got Love Mail stamp set with Picked Raspberry ink and heat embossed it with Ranger's Holographic EP. The sentiment is also from the same set and I stamped it thrice with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The only reason I got such crisp stamping was because of my trusty Stampaholic.

Here is a close up of the panel.

I mounted the panel on a kraft card base that I had lightly stamped with the same Script stamp by Kaiserkraft. Some sequins from my stash finished the card.

Hope you like my card. Do check out the Make My Monday challenge blog for more fabulous inspiration by rest of the DT.

I am entering this card in the CAS(E) This Sketch #209


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More #229...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Addicted to Stamps & More challenges this week and the theme is 

So we want to see all your creations that use clean and crisp lines, minimal or no embellishments and lots of 'white' space. 

This is also my favorite theme since I am very much a CAS girl.

I created a rather masculine card this time.

I started with a panel of white card stock that I cut with my DCAM Double Stitched Rectangle dies. I did some ink blending at the center of the panel with distress inks. Then I used my Gina Marie Stitched Star die to cut out a star. I wanted to 'dress up' my star a bit. So I stamped Script stamp by Kaisercraft with the Bronze metallic ink by Encore. I love this ink since it is very rich and has a beautiful shimmer. I distressed the edges a bit for more definition. Here is a closer look at my star.

I stamped the sentiment from the Let's Party stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used the Stampaholic to get the perfect placement of my sentiment. I finished the card by adhering the star directly to the kraft card base and mounting the panel on some foam tape to pop it up.

Hope you like my clean and simple card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the ATSM blog for some amazing inspiration by my team mates. Looking forward to seeing your creations in our challenge gallery.

I am entering this card in the current HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Also entering it in the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #157 - No Pattern Paper. Thanks Julie for the suggestion.

Friday, February 10, 2017

First post for Nagashri Arts...

Hi! I am on the Nagashri Arts blog with two cards made with the Vintage Leaf dies, which are proudly made in India.

Visit the blog for a quick tutorial on how I made these cards. And don't forget to visit the Nagashri Arts store for all your craft needs. Because any body can craft!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Addicted To Stamps & More #227...

Hi! The new challenge at Addicted To Stamps & More is up and this week it is 

You can make your mark with pens, markers, pencils etc.

Here are the two cards that I made

And here are the steps that I took to make them.

I started with a piece of cream drawing paper on which I had stamped the Justrite Floral Stiched background couple of times. I often do this and give the sheets to my kids to color. I used Faber Castell sketch pens to color the background. These are simple sketch pens that come in a pack of 50 shades.

After I had finished coloring, I cut the paper into two panels with the Double Stitched Rectangle dies by DCAM. These are my go to dies for panels since they cut like butter and add a lovely stitched detail to the outside edge. 

Rest of the cards were simple. I mounted the panels on some kraft cardstock cut with the same dies since drawing paper is very thin. I then mounted the completed panels on kraft card bases. here is a closer look at the completed panel.

The sentiment is from the Happy Day stamp set by Craft Tangles, an Indian brand. I really love the font in this set. I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Metallic Pink EP by Wow! on a strip of black paper. I mounted the sentiment strip on some foam tape as well.

I hope you like my cards and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please link your creations here.