November 26, 2014

Turt-ally awesome!


I created a mask using the copy paper and then sponged the sea bed using Antique Linen Distress ink. Moving the mask down, I then sponged the water using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Stamped various critters and colored then using Spectrum noir markers. Stamped the sentiment on vellum.

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABC, Waltzingmouse Stamps Wild West
  • Glossy accents, Distress inks, spectrum noir markers, Papertrey Ink cardstock, vellum, Stickles.

November 19, 2014

Make up or travel pouch/bag


I made a bunch of these small bags using the tutorial at Moda Bake Shop. The tutorial is very clear and crisp and the bags turned out to be very neat and beautiful! I embellished them with hotfix rhinestones using a Bejeweller tool.


November 18, 2014

Clean and Simple sketch 312


I saw this sketch on the Clean and Simple blog and got motivated to make a card on it. The card is pretty simple:

  1. Stamped the music background in Antique linen distress ink.
  2. I colored clear rhinestones in three different colors using my spectrum noir markers.
  3. Using a scale, I marked the line 1/3rd the distance from the right edge. Then I marked the centers for each rhinestone. I did the same for the next two rows.
  4. Using the marked centers, I glued the rhinestones.
  5. Cut Happy Birthday using KNK Zing. Adhered it to the card panel using foam tape.
  6. Covered the sentiment in glossy accents.

Putting intricate images like the sentiment on foam tape requires a lot of patience! Very happy with the card, especially the rhinestones Smile

  • Stamps: Impression Obsession cover a card music
  • Rhinestones, Glossy accents, spectrum noir markers, KNK Zing

November 12, 2014

Using gel pen in KNK Zing


I made these cards by using a Sakura gel pen in the KNK zing. Since the gel pen is quite thin, I created a shim using fun foam. Taped it using scotch tape. And voila! I had a pen holder. For the first card I used silver gel pen and then added some rhinestones. The flourishes as well as the “thank you” – both are drawn using KNK Zing.


For the above card I used white gel pen with some adhesive pearls. I really like how they turned out!

  • KNK Zing, MTC, gel pen, rhinestones, adhesive pearls

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

September 1, 2014

The journey


I love all the sentiments from this stamp set (Tim Holtz Thoughts and Prayers). I used versafine ink to stamp the sentiment. If you’re looking for an ink t hat gives good coverage with solid stamps then look no further – versafine is DA ink!


I loved this sponged look – look at how the colors have blended! Whenever I want to sponge a sky background, I search for images on the internet for sunrise and sunset photos and pick the color combinations from there. The stamps are from a Technique Tuesday stamp set – I forget the name. I stamped some grass using second generation stamping too.

August 25, 2014



Remember this card? I figured I could make good use of the leftover circle from that card. For the sentiment, for the first time I cut out my sentiment stamp!!! Surprised smile I always saw jennifer mcquire do it but was always scared. However for this card I took a bold step and glad that I did!

Cut out always using Zing and then covered it with glossy accents. Colored clear rhinestones using sharpies to make them match the glitter colors.


  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Thoughts and Prayers

August 18, 2014

Congratulations on your new home


This is a gate fold card.


I was looking for a wreath SVG file when I found this. I used the base wreath from there, designed my own door, leaves and flowers. Dotted the center of the flowers with liquuid pearl. It was quite a pain to adhere all the tiny leaves; but it made me happy! Printed the sentiment on vellum.


August 11, 2014

Things that matter most…


The design of this card took a different turn midway. My original idea was to mask an oval and have the flowers and the sentiment in the same layer. With the masking done, I thought it would be nice to emboss the oval using the nestabilities. That my friends was not a good decision. While embossing the oval die was not perfectly centered over the masked oval. So I decided to just cut out the oval. Still happy with the results!

Colored the flowers using spectrum noir markers and white embossed the sentiment.

  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Thoughts and Prayers, Hero Arts Blossom Art
  • White embossing powder, Memento tuxedo black ink.

August 4, 2014

You rocked it



This was quite a simple and fun card to make! For the chalboard effect, I stamped the sentiments in white pigment ink and then went over them with a white pencil. To highlight one sentiment of all, I embossed it in white embossing powder. Then doodled some stas with white pencil.

  • Stamps: LLD Document It – Rock On, Impression Obsession Music background.
  • Distress inks, white embossing powder, white prismacolor pencil, white pigment ink.

July 28, 2014

It’s time to say…


To create the background: dab salty ocean and tumbled glass on Honeycomb embossing folder. Spritz it with water. Emboss a watercolor cardstock using the embossing folder.

Clear embosssed the cuckoo clock. For the alarm clock, stamped it in black on white cardstock and then colored it with Spectrum noir markers. Stamped the sentiment on vellum using Milo’s ABC.

  • Stamps: Hero Arts Cuckoo, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABC
  • Papertrey ink cardstock, vellum, distress inks, versamark, memento tuxedo black

July 21, 2014

Western themed goodbye


The background was created by sponging barn door, pickled raspberry and dusty concord.

For the sentiment, I cut it out using Zing and then double embossed it in clear embossing powder. Stamped the moon in white pigment ink and went over it with white gel pen. Stamped the cowboy in black and the cactii in walnut stain. Tore same random strips from brown cardstock to create the desert.

  • Waltzingmouse Way out west
  • Zing, Distress Inks, clear embossing powder, white gel pen, white ink

July 17, 2014

Thank you card


To create the background: I sponged the card with Antique Linen first. Then stamped music background with Antique Linen and finally sponged around the edges with Walnut Stain.

Stamped the thank you on brown cardstock and embossed it in gold embossing powder. Distressed the edges using a ruler. Punched a hole and put in an eyelet.

  • Stamps”": Impression Obsession cover a card music, Waltzingmouse Say it loud
  • Distress inks, Papertrey Ink cardstock, gold embossing powder

July 7, 2014

Flip it card



I’ve been seeing a lot of flip-it cards so decided to give them a try. It was so much fun making this card and I love how it came out. In fact I want to make more of these flip-its. Probably with different shapes flipping.

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn Admit One
  • Papertrey cardstock. spectrum noir makers, memento tuxedo ink, white gel pen, aged linen distress ink, white embossing powder.

June 30, 2014

Hope your birthday is a blast


Stamped the astronaut on a piece of white cardstock and colored with spectrum noir markers. Splattered various blue colored distress inks on a white cardstock. To splatter, impress the stamp pad on a craft sheet or other non-porous surface and then use a brush/water brush to flick ink on the cardstock. Sponged the cardstock with tumbled glass ink. Stamped and colored various space images on the base cardstock. Stamped the sentiment on vellum and added it to the cardstock base using vellum tape.

  • Stamps: Technique tuesday
  • distress inks, papertrey ink cardstock, spectrum noir markers

June 23, 2014

Another version…

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Here’s another card using the same technique as I used in the previous card. In this case, the edges of the oval were a little rough due to some “accidents” and so I added a oval outline using black cardstock. Like they say “every mistake is an opportunity to embellish” Smile

  • Stamps: Stampendous greetings
  • Papertrey ink cardstock

Glittered sentiment


This card follows the same technique as my last card.

Cover your cardstock with double sided adhesive tape/sheet. Die-cut the sentiment, with the die on top of the side with the liner (for the double sided adhesive tape). In my case I die cut the sentiment using Zing, my electronic die cutter. While die cutting make sure that you don’t cut all the way through. In fact you just need a light enough impression that it cuts through the liner of the double sided adhesive tape.


Remove liner for C, N, R and T.  Alternate letters in “CONGRATS”


Pour purple glitter on it, burnish it with a bone folder and then clear away the excess using a painting brush with soft bristles.


Do the same for gold glitter.


And lastly with the background, silver.


After finishing all colors, pour some glossy accents on your craft sheet. Using your finger spread it over the glitter. This will seal the glitter and you wouldn’t have the recipient having glitter all over them.


Stamped the Damask background using Aged linen.


And finally add the glittered panel to the base using some foam tape.