October 20, 2014

Diwali Bloghop 2014

Yay! It’s time for another diwali Bloghop! Thanks to Chaitali for organizing it! For those who’re here for the firs time, here are diwali bloghops for 2012 and 2013.
Diwali, is popularly known as the festival of lights. To the curious mind, the question arises – what led to it being a festival of lights? Diwali is celebrated on the day when one of our exiled Lord, Lord Ram, came back to his kingdom. After 13 years of exile. In jubilation the people of the kingdom, lighted up the whole kingdom and decorated it up in all its glory! So that is why on Diwali we decorate and light up our houses.
DH and I love adding lights to every part of our house – inside or outside, could be electric lights or tea lights. The preparations for diwali from cooking special food to decorating the house, brings me in a complete festive mood. We typically try to make some Indian sweets and give it to our neighbors and then gather with friends to celebrate the festival.
Without much ado, here are my creations for the bloghop. I started with one card but couldn’t stop there. So bear with me Smile
This card is inspired from this rangoli design

I recreated the design in MTC and then using a white gel pen in my KNK Zing, drew the design on the cardstock. Then colored it with Prismacolor pencils. Oh it’s been so long since I used them! I really enjoy coloring and I had so much fun doing this (that’s why I couldn’t stop at one Smile). Added some rhinestones. I used the “happy” stamp from one of my birthday greetings. The “Diwali” was cut out in black cardstock using KNK Zing and then added glossy accents to it. Love the glossiness it adds! You can see a close-up here:
Another twist to the same design:
For this one, I used a silver gel pen to draw the design and double embossed “diwali” using silver embossing powder and instead of rhinestones added some pearls.
And the last one:
Very similar to the first card, instead of the rhinestones I used liquid pearls.
So you see, how versatile this design is! You can give it so many different spins! if you would like the MTC file, let me know and I would be happy to share it.
Now off to what the other lovely ladies have in store for you! Here’s the order of the bloghop and you’re at hop #4!
  1. Chaitali
  2. Gayatri
  3. Mayuri
  4. Smriti (<—You are here)
  5. Deepti
  6. Indira
  7. Piali
  8. Sindhu
  9. Isha
  10. Tasnim
  11. Shilpa
Supplies used:
  • KNK Zing, MTC, Prismacolor pencils, White and silver gel pens, adhesive pearls, rhinestones, liquid pearls, glossy accents, Papertrey Ink cardstock.

October 13, 2014

Love you more than ice cream


I’m very proud of this card. Why? Because I used a tiny stamp from a stamp set as the focal point and created my own sentiment.

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Admit One, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABC (love them!)
  • Papertrey ink cardstock. spectrum noir markers, stickles, distress inks, tuxedo black memento ink

October 6, 2014

Nexus 7 tablet case with stand


I saw this tablet case and wanted to make it for my hubby’s nexus 7 tablet. I really like how it turned out and how simple it was to make. I’d to adjust the dimensions from the original tutorial but once I did that, it took me not more than 2 hours from start to finish!


How cool it looks all closed up!


Here’s a side view to show how thick it is.

Apart from the dimensions, I made a few other changes from the original instructions. On the inner fabric (that would be in contact with the tablet) I added fusible fleece to give the tablet some cushion. Also of the 4 chipboard pieces specified I only used 3 of them. I skipped the one on the fold (the fold on the other side of the elastic). You can see in the photo above where I skipped the chipboard. One of the reasons why I skipped it was I was falling short on the fabric – if I was going to put that chipboard in there wouldn’t be much fabric left for closing the other end. I guess it was because I added some fleece. So it might be a good idea to increase the length of the fabric if you’re going to put in some kind of cushioning.

The fabric dimensions can be calculated as follows:

  1. The width of the fabric = 1” + the longer side of the tablet
  2. For piece 1, the length is approximately 3 X the shorter side of the tablet
  3. For piece 2, the length is 2 X (shorter side of the tablet) + 0.5”
  4. For piece 3, the length is shorter side of the tablet+ 0.5”

For nexus 7 here are the dimensions of the fabric:

  • Piece #1: 9” X 14”
  • Piece #2: 9” X 9.5”
  • Piece #3: 9” X 5”

The chipboard dimensions can be calculated as follows:

  1. Width of the fabric  = longer side of the tablet + 0.5”
  2. Piece 1, length = shorter side of the tablet
  3. Piece 2, 0.5”
  4. Piece 3, length = shorter side of the tablet + 0.25”
  5. Piece 5, length = (shorter side of the tablet ) / 2

For nexus 7 here are the chipboard dimensions:

  • 1 – 8.5” X 4.5”
  • 2 – 8.5” X 0.5”
  • 1 – 8.5” X 4.75”
  • 1 – 8.5” X 2.25”

September 29, 2014

You make my world go round


For the background:

  1. White emboss ticket stamp on watercolor cardstock
  2. Sponge various distress ink ink pads on a craft sheet
  3. Spritz water on the watercolor cardstock till its all wet.
  4. Press the wet side of the cardstock onto the craft sheet.
  5. Stamp with herringbone background stamp.

Rest of the card is fairly straightforward. Stamped, colored and fuzzy cut the carousel and balloons. Stamped the sentiment on white cardstock. The carousel is popped on foam dots. The strings for the balloon are hand drawn using a black pen. On and the sentiment – it was in two lines so I cut it out. Yes I was scared but there were no casualties Smile

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Admit One, Impression Obsession Herringbone cover a card
  • Watercolor cardstock, distress inks, spectrum noir markers.

September 22, 2014

Berry sweet


I’ve been trying to create my own sentiments these days and this is a good example of that. The “berry” word is from one stamp set and the “happy birthday to you” from another. They’re white embossed on vellum.

For the strawberries, I stamped them in distress inks and embossed them with clear embossing powder. After the first embossing while the powder was still hot, I embossed it again with the clear powder to give it more dimension. I think I’m pleased with how it turned out!


I masked the card panel using masking tape and then stamped herringbone background in weathered wood. Cut a thin strip of red cardstock and added it to the border. Added the sentiment and then popped the strawberries using some foam squares.

  • Stamps: Waltzingmouse berry sweet, Stampendous birthday greetings, impression obsession herringbone background
  • papertey ink cardstock, distress inks, white and clear embossing powder

September 15, 2014

Life is what happens


Ooh I love what I did with this sentiment stamp Smile. You would be surprised to see how it looks originally!!! I cut out Life using Zing and then covered it with glossy accents to give it a… well glossy look! Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment on paper and cut out the words randomly depending on how they would fit. You don’t even need a stamp for this, you could print it out using your computer and then cut out the words.

A close look at how glossy “life looks:


For the background I sponged mustard seed, orange marmalade and dusty concord. Then stamped a flourish using dusty concord.

  • Stamps: tim Holtz Thoughts and Prayers, Studio G flourish
  • Papertrey ink cardstock, Zing, glossy accents.

September 8, 2014

You’re so sweet!


I wanted to give a watercolor effect in this card. So I rubbed distress ink pads on my craft sheet and then I got the ink on my stamp from the craft sheet(instead of using the ink pad) , slightly misted it and stamped it onto watercolor paper. Then using my watercolor brush I picked up some ink and doodled a boundary.

The sentiment was created using Milo’s ABC. That stamp set has come in very handy – I can create my own sentiments when I want to. I’m now tempted to get the Claire’s ABC set which has lower case letters too!

  • Waltzingmouse Berry Sweet, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABC
  • Strathmore 140 lb watercolor paper, distress inks, watercolor brush