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