September 26, 2009

Laura’s sketch 35

Laura’s sketch 35 was a lovely sketch to work on. Once I knew what image I was going to use, the rest was a breeze :). Otherwise it takes me eons to decide what DPs I want in a particular card!


  • Stamps: Magnolia
  • CS and PP: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Prismacolor pencils, OMS, Sticker, pop dots, brads

September 21, 2009

CPS 134

Here’s my take on the CPS 134 sketch. This is card is a perfect case of when a crafter is so proud of something that an observer will not care about. What am I proud of in this card? I combined two different stamp sets seamlessly :), that’s what I would like to believe. The small flowers are from PTI Guidelines Two and the main image is from Inkadinkado Borders. I started with a red and yellow theme but when it became too hot a combo, I added some royal blue to cool it down.

DSC03759 All the stamped images are embossed with clear EP.

  • Stamps: PTI Guidelines Two, Inkadinkado Borders
  • CS and PP: Bazzill and DCWV
  • Versacolor inks, clear EP, grosgrain ribbon, fiskars lace corner punch, nestabilities.

September 17, 2009

SC06 – SCS sketch challenge

For those familiar with SCS would notice that this challenge is prefixed SC and not SCS, can you imagine how old this challenge must be? :) This sketch was really a challenge for me and I loved it!


  • Stamp: Penny black
  • PP and CS: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Prismacolor pencils, buttons, grosgrain ribbon, vellum, crop-a-dile, scallop scissors.

September 13, 2009

Partial Embossing using cuttlebug – a tutorial

I saw this card and wanted to make a card with a similar embossed border. Presently there is no existing die that I could use as it is. So I started scouring the internet to see if anyone had done this. To my dismay none had. However, looking at various other things that people had done with their cuttlebug embossing folders, I got an idea about how I could achieve this look. So I got working and lo and behold! The results were fantastic – I got the look I wanted! Here’s the card I made:


The center image is printed on gold shimmer cardstock and the base is also shimmer cardstock – don’t you simply love it?!?!? I do!!!!

Ok, here’s the tutorial.

What you need:

  • Some cardboard pieces – I cut them out of cereal boxes.
  • cutting knife/blade
  • Die-cut machine and its paraphernalia
  • Embossing folder of your choice


  1. Take 3 pieces of cardboard. The number of pieces will vary depending on the thickness of your cardboard. I’m using cardboard from cereal boxes so that should give you some idea. The size of each piece should be a little bigger than the embossing folder that you’re using. Other than that the dimensions are not so important. In the second photo is a side-by-side comparison of the size of the cardboard piece with the acrylic plate of my big shot.
  2. DSC03729 DSC03730
  3. Draw the outline of a front of an A2 card on one of the pieces. This means draw a rectangle of 4.25 X 5.5 inches on the cardboard such that the longer side of the outline aligns with the longer side of the cardboard. I use a piece of cardstock to draw the outline.
  4. DSC03731 DSC03732
  5. Cut a window in the center of this outline. This is the area that you do NOT want to emboss. Using this window as a guide, cut a window in the other two pieces too.DSC03733
  6. Glue all three pieces together – aligning the windows.DSC03734
  7. Now assemble the sandwich.
  8. DSC03738
    Multipurpose platform, with the cardboard thing we created in the step above, followed by the embossing folder with the cardstock inside.
    Note that the embossing folder is placed such that the cardstock aligns with the outline that we drew in step 2.
    DSC03740 Acrylic plate on the top  
  9. Now roll the sandwich through your die cutting machine.DSC03741
  10. Check the cardstock to see if the embossing was to your liking. I found that the embossing was lighter than I expected. DSC03742
  11. So I added a shim (another cardboard piece – it doesn’t need to have a window or anything). You can also use some cardstock pieces. So my new sandwich is: multipurpose platform, piece of cardboard, the glued cardboards, embossing folder, acrylic plate.DSC03743
  12. Roll it again through the die-cut machine.DSC03744
  13. If you want the frame look on the inner rectangle, just score lines there. I used my scoring blade to do it. If you don’t have one you could use a ball-point pen that’s NOT working.DSC03746 And you’re done!

September 9, 2009

Penny black parade

I’m trying to devote one week to one stamp set so that I ink as many stamps as possible. Let me tell its very hard – the feeling that you’ve to stick to just one stamp set in one week!! I’m trying…:)

So here’s another hedgie from Penny Black for 2S4Y challenge. I made the border of the circle using the tiny flower punch and added a white dot topped with stickles to the flower centers. I think that was the most time taking part of the card! LOL!


  • Stamps: Penny black
  • CS and PP: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Prismacolor pencils, OMS, flower punch, ribbon, stickles.

September 7, 2009

caardvarks challenge

Caardvarks has some lovely sketches for their challenge! If you haven’t seen them check them out at caardvarks challenge.

This is what I made for their challenge, its based on sketch #1. I popped the feet, the scallop circle and the sentiment on dimensionals and the gift is paper pierced.

DSC03690Hmm…looks like I’m going for the soft look these days!

  • Stamps: Penny black
  • PP and CS: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Prismacolor pencils, ribbon, white gel pen, rhinestones, pop dots.

September 6, 2009

Angels and Fairies; and CPS 131

This stamp is extra special to me as it was given by my DF – a non-stamping DF at that. I’d been looking for a way to use it: it seemed too fine for my coloring skills and embossing seemed to be the perfect way. I also want to try paper piercing with it. It looks awesome when embossed as you can see in the card below. So this is my entry to the PWC “Angels and Fairies” and CPS 131.

It was after such a long time after which I was using a rubber stamp as opposed to a clear stamp. It sure felt good!


  • Stamps: Dunno as its a gift
  • PP and CS: Bazzill and Wasau
  • Silver EP, Sheer ribbon, flowers, dew drops.

September 3, 2009

Kazan’s sketch 34

My affair with Guidelines two continues. I’ve liked almost all the cards I’ve made with it but I’m still waiting for my “Aha!” moment :). Somehow I’ve been unable to beat my imagination. Anyways…this card is based on Kazan’s sketch 34. I wish the red ink in the background would’ve been brighter and the brown, a deeper shade like chocolate brown. That was my imagination. This is my creation; but in the end I like it though its not exactly the image I’d started with.

DSC03656 The sentiment is clear embossed and so is the pattern on the semi-circle as well as the focal image. There’s a tiny rhinestone on the focal image adding that elegant touch.

  • Stamps: PTI Guidelines two, Flourishes Flourished words
  • CS: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Nestabilities, brads, clear EP, rhinestone, white gel pen.

August 30, 2009

My handmade light-box

Some time back I’d read on somebody’s blog “There’s a difference between home made and hand made”. Since then I’ve been careful in using the right qualifier :)

So I made a light box; its only functioning as a background provider right now because I don’t have the appropriate lights but still I would say its doing its job! I don’t worry about the light while taking teh photo and later just fix it using Windows photo gallery. I must say the software does an awesome job with just one-click! Look at the photos for yourself.

This is a fusion of Nichole Heady and Becca Feeken style and I love the way it turned out. There are stickles on the centers of the green pendants which are probably not visible in the photo. Guidelines two is my first and only PTI set, when I started making this background today I’d to trash the first attempt and re-start. In my second attempt too it seemed that the images were not aligning exactly. I was so frustrated and regretted buying this set. However, when I finished it I realized that the mis-alignment was not glaring in the eye.


  • Stamps: PTI Guidelines two
  • CS: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Versacolor dark green and orange ink, nestabilties, sheer ribbon, stickles.

August 29, 2009

Laura’s sketch #33

Here’s my entry for 2S4Y Laura’s sketch 33 challenge.


There are tiny rhinestones on the flowers and piercing all along the scalloped border. Maybe I should’ve colored the bird brown and that would have been appropriate with the color scheme. I’m into using my PPs these days because I have way too many!!

  • Stamp: Unity
  • CS and PP: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Prismacolor pencils, flower sticker, rhinestones, white gel pen, piercing needle, scallop scissors, cuttelbug embossing folder.

August 15, 2009

Super woman!

I’m not so fond of Bellas because they don’t give me ample playground for coloring and I love to color! Most of these I get through image swaps. Somehow for this bella I’d a catchy saying so I was motivated to make this card. In fact I’d been thinking of making it for mother’s day with the saying “for the super-mom” but never got a chance so here’s what I did…


I was so keen on using eggplant CS for this and just couldn’t decide what PPs would go with it. After spending couple of hours on just picking the right paper, I think it wasn’t a bad choice :).

The trailing hair and cloak is popped on pop dots. I created the sentiment using MS alphabet set and then clear embossed it.

  • Stamps: Bella, MS alphabet set
  • CS and Paper: DCWV and Bazzill Smoothies
  • Nestbailities, Prismacolor pencils, ribbon, white gel pen, pop dots, clear EP.

August 13, 2009

Red and green

This was my second attempt at Guide Line Two and I really love it! The alignment is just right. This stamp set if beautiful but its a lot of hard work! <a href="" title="Free Smiley Courtesy of"><img src="" border=0 alt="Free Smiley Courtesy of"></a>

DSC02699The rhinestones added the perfect elegance to the card. Not sure if its visible but there are scored lines between the ribbon strips.

  • Stamps: PTI Guide Lines Two, Inkadinkado sentiment
  • CS and PP: DCWV
  • Versacolor fresh green and dark green ink, rhinestones, ribbon, nestabilities.

August 8, 2009

Two in one

…that’s what this card is – one card for two challenges: A spoon full of sugar – Challenge 63 and CPS 127. The SFOS called for lots of flowers and CPS had a sketch. There’s no dearth of flowers here: we have tulips, daisies and what not! :)



Doesn’t it look beautiful?!?!? The bright colors were once again achieved using blending with the pencils rather than OMS. The only place where I used the OMS is the face and hands.

  • Stamp: Magnolia
  • CS and PP: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Prismacolor pencils, OMS, daisy punch, dew drops.

August 6, 2009

2S4Y #42

After reading Becca Feeken’s blog I got inspired to make a card with the sentiment as the focal point. She has such beautiful cards with that concept. And I wanted to be all in one soft color. One after the other everything fell into place leading to the creation of this beautiful card. To think of it, the background paper that I used here, whenever I’d looked at it I’d always wondered how in the world am I going to use this! In this card, it seems I couldn’t have used any other :). I printed the sentiment on white CS.

Its based on Kazan’s sketch 42.

sketch 32DSC02938 

  • CS and PP: DCWV, Bazzill and Wasau
  • Rhinestones, flowers, scallop scissors, white gel pen, pop dots, grosgrain ribbon, fiskars lace corner punch.

August 5, 2009

Friday sketchers 63

I made this card using the sketch for Friday Sketchers 63 challenge. I’d colored this image sometime back when I was trying to see how sponging with inks worked. It had been lying in my stash since and calling out to me every time. This sketch seemed the perfect time to use it.

  Sketch Week _ 63


DSC02936 The sentiment is embossed with clear EP and can you see the faux-croc technique on the blue band? Doesn’t it look nice?!?! I’m not much of a technique person, meaning not that I don’t like techniques but that I suck at them! However to my pleasant surprise there didn’t seem to be much that I could mess here.

I’ve been making almost a card every day!! If you don’t know then yeah it’s a lot by my standards :) and this is getting so addictive!

  • Stamp: image from image swap, JustRite stamps
  • PP and CS: DCWV
  • Nestabilities, eyelets, clear EP, versacolor pigments inks, crop-a-dile

August 4, 2009

Shadow box and Paper pierced challenge

I’d been reading so much about this shadow box that I HAD to make one. Looked up the tutorial on SCS.

DSC02915 Can you see the butterflies hanging in mid air?!?!? I was so happy to see myself come up with this bright idea :D. They are stuck on acetate strips!

I’ve done a lot of paper piercing here – the napkins and the paper cup. I think they look much better than they would with coloring. So it is just right for the Paper piercing challenge at Stamp Something!

  • Stamps: Penny black
  • CS and PP: DCWV and Wasau
  • Nestabilities, Prismacolor pencils, OMS

August 1, 2009

A spoonful of sugar

I love the name of this blog, it’s so sweet! So I worked on one of the challenges by Caryn, Challenge 62

The past week I’ve made a lot of cards but didn’t post any of them. Well it was very hot (read 100 F!) and making cards helped me get distracted from the heat but posting it wasn’t easy. So like an assembly line, I kept making them and putting them in my card box. It was fun and oh! I was so glad to use up my supplies! The more you use, the more you buy :D. Nah! Just kidding! My goal is not to buy any craft supplies (except adhesive, of course!) till Nov. at least.

Coming back to my card…



  • Stamp: from an image swap
  • CS and PP: DCWV
  • Brads, ribbon, piercing needle, wave scissors, scallop scissors

Papertake Weekly Challenge #20

Here’s a card for Dawny’s sketch #20. There were lots of iterations on this card. I really wanted to use this sketch because it looked so awesome but somehow the material that I had refused to fit in. Finally I settled on what you see below.

ptw sketch _20

I put some stardust stickles on the patterned paper and that made it look very fancy! Then I added some to the flowers too. I hadn’t realized that I haven’t used stickles in a long long time! :D


  • Stamps: Penny black
  • CS and PP: DCWV, K & Co
  • Ribbon, Stardust stickles, crop-a-dile, scallop scissors

July 16, 2009


Yippee! One more challenge done! This card took me a really long time, actually not the card but the image. I’d colored it about a month back but I just wasn’t sure what sentiment to attach with it. First I thought “I’d flip for you” but that didn’t make sense to me, then I found “king of the grill” but that wouldn’t be too useful in my family as we don’t do BBQ…another one that came to my mind - “Have a smoky day”…finally settled on “Lets’ Celebrate”. It seemed universally applicable :).

Oh and I made it for the CPS124 challenge. It appears that I’m into flipping sketches these days!


DSC02715How is it for a manly card? I think I’m getting more comfortable making manly cards since I shred my stereotypes that manly cards should be in earthy tones and yadda yadda yadda. The sentiment is embossed with clear EP. Something new that I tried with this card – I didn’t use OMS blending instead I blended using the pencils itself. That brings a bright touch to the coloring.

  • Stamps: from an image swap
  • Paper: DCWV – Taj Mahal paper stack and DCWV CS.
  • Black ink, clear EP, Prismacolor pencils.

July 15, 2009

2S4Y challenge

One more card for a challenge, I seem to be on a roll! New supplies and a long vacation from stamping have totally re-energized me! I can talk, eat and drink stamping! :D. Since I got my guide lines two set, whenever I see a sketch all I want to do is try to fit that stamp set into the sketch. So here’s another take using this stamp set. It is for the 2S4Y Challenge 30. I worked a really long time on this card, initially there was no embossing and no brads; but the way the card looked didn’t make my happy. So in came the brads and quite some time was spent on deciding whether golden would be better or copper. Sometimes all that glitters is not better, so copper was the popular choice. Still something seemed missing and my eyes were stealing a glance at the cuttlebug folder and hence the big shot started rolling. Alls well that ends well – I’m happy with the card now! :)




  • Stamps: PTI Guide Lines Two, Inkadinkado sentiment, Martha Stewart Alphabets for the brackets
  • Paper: DCWV and Bazzill
  • Versacolor Orange and Fresh Green, copper brads. scallop scissor, nestabilities, white gel pen, cuttlebug embossing folder.

July 12, 2009

Another challenge…

No posts for two months and now two in a day :). Wanted to post this as a separate one so that I could link it in the challenge. This is for Friday Sketchers 60. This uses another new item that I bought yesterday – Sizziz Garden Delight alphabet dies!!! They were on sale at Michaels for $10 (originally $150). I’d gone there to buy just an acrylic block but my DH pointed out that there were some Sizzix items on sale and I thought I might just look at them – I’ve never bought any dies except nestabilities. When I saw these alphabet thingies I couldn’t resist and bought two of them – the Funky brush and this one. I’d long wanted ONE such alphabet die set but since they were so expensive, they never went up my wish list. Long story short – here’s the card :). Simply love the dies and the way the card turned out!! It looks much better than I thought it would.


  • Stamp: None
  • Paper: Bazzill, DCWV and patterned paper from K & Co.
  • Sizzix Garden Delight alphabet set, ribbon, prismacolor pencils, white gel pen, piercing needle, pop dots.

Pink, Yellow and Green

Yes its been a long time since I posted anything – my family was here! We’d lots of fun and I learnt a couple of things from my mom like stitching and crochet –mainly so that I could crochet those little flowers for cards :). Will post their photos soon. Now that everybody’s gone, I’m back to my crafting frenzy. Here’s a card I made with my new (and first) PTI stamps “Guide Lines Two”. Its for the Stamp Something challenge “Pink, Yellow and Green”.

DSC02695I’m not too experienced with stamping using colored ink so I had no idea how yellow would look on pink CS. I guess there’s always a first time. Did you notice the little butterfly charm?!?!? I got a packet of 6 for 20 cents or so :D.

  • Stamp: PTI Guide Lines Two
  • Paper: Bazzill
  • Inks: Versacolor canary yellow and fresh green
  • Ribbon, charm, pop dots

April 27, 2009

Dress Card – NO STAMPS!

I was inspired by this dress card on SCS. I wanted to try the same design as well as a different one that came to my mind, primarily because this is the kind of dress I used to my friend’s daughter in and she would look soooo cute! So I thought the card would be too and it does, not as cute as her though :). I was finally able to use a ribbon that I’d kept from a packaging – that’s the one at the waist. It was double the width that I needed, so I simply folded it :).

DSC01888 DCWV paper, satin ribbon, Stickles Stardust, Crop-a-dile, Scallop scissors.

April 22, 2009


…I was able to make a masculine card to my satisfaction. I hope it does look masculine to others too :). It also fits in with the Something yellow, blue and green challenge at Stamp Something.

I created the background paper using some ol’ forgotten foam stamps that I had and which I thought I would never be able to use :). Can you believe it – this is the first time I’ve used Versamark?!?! I’ve been stamping for over a year now and had never used Versamark ?!?! Which world was I in :-?. Then I created the sentiment using another set which I didn’t have any hopes of being money-well-spent; it does have a weird “r”, almost looks like a “z”.


  • Stamps: SU! Angler, CTMH amore lowercase, Summer cuties
  • Paper: DCWV
  • Prismacolor pencils, OMS, brads, clear EP, heat gun, versamark

April 19, 2009

Ismaki Challenge

The moment I saw this week’s sketch at Ismaki, I knew I wanted to make a card on the sletch – it is so beautiful and different! Totally fell in love with it.

The sketch:

Ismaki The card:

DSC01872I liked the way it came out and did you see what I did with the leaves of the palm trees?!?!? Instead of popping the leaves exactly on the image, I interleaved it to give a richer foliage.

  • Stamps:  Riley
  • Paper: DCWV and Bazzill
  • VersaColor Orange ink, prismacolor pencils, OMS, Stickles stardust, Nestabilities, Crochet thread, crop-a-dile

April 13, 2009

Butterfly stamp sets

Yeah I know I haven’t posted a creation in a long time and in this post too there won’t be one. For one I haven’t been making too many things, I did make 4 cards in last 2 weeks but couldn’t take a photo of them as all of them had to be posted in a haste. Hopefully I should get back in full swing soon.

Lately I’ve been so fascinated with butterfly stamps that I decided to hunt one for myself; but there is such a mind-boggling variety that I haven’t been able to make up my mind. Since I’d spent so much time and energy looking around that I thought I should post my findings to enable those who have a similar dilemma :)

Here are all the sets.

Hero Arts Designer ButterfliesHero Arts Designer Butterfly Clear Stamp Set  - $15

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Butterfly stamp set 

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Butterfly stamp set - $15

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Butterfly stamp set - $15

Stampendous Perfectly Clear Butterfly stamp set - $15

CHF Vintage Butterflies

CHF Vintage Butterflies - $15

Gel-a-tins Butterflies are free

Gel-a-tins Butterflies are free $22

Gel-a-tins Butterfly Love

Gel-a-tins Butterfly Love $14

PTI Butterfly  Kisses

PTI Butterfly  Kisses - $22

CTMH Butterfly Wings

CTMH Butterfly Wings - $23

TAC Butterfly Swirls

TAC Butterfly Swirls - $20


Phew! What do you think of that lineup?!?!? Which is your favorite – whether or not its listed here?