Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A quick card using a stencil

Here's a birthday card I did a while back using a memory box stencil. This pattern is called 'Rhapsody' and I love love love it! :D

At that time I did not have any branded inks or ink applicators so just used a locally available light blue colored ink with a foam square to apply it. My first try at stencilling too, had the stencil secured to the paper using a washi tape! :)

The sentiment, flower etc. are from itsy bitsy and the odd pearls and rhinestones, a local buy.

Have a happy day! :)

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Mr. & Mrs.

I just can't seem to get over the mega die-cut phase... :)

Love, love, love glittering them up...

The background is created using friskars 'Just Married' stamp set. The second picture shows the interior. I even coordinated the envelope to go with it.

I have kept the remaining pretty simple, by using red and black cardstock instead of one. Maybe using dual colors adds a little pop to it? :D

That is it for now, thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Ink blending tools - what to pick for someone new to distress inks?

Hello! :)

I just started using the distress inks, which are awesome for blending, stencils etc. and thought that writing about the various blending tools available out there would be helpful for others like me for whom these inks are new..

Ranger has its own version of ink blending tools. Alongwith that there are other blending tools available that are made by other brands, like Tsukineko sponge daubers. Lastly, it is the humble makeup sponge wedge.

I started with the ranger blending tool for blending inks but it kinda proved difficult because I would end up applying way too much pressure.
Ditto with the sponge daubers..  also because of the dauber's small size, they covered a lot less area.

The makeup wedges worked best for me, they are all sponge and super light so they help in even distribution of ink without me ending up exerting too much force.. they not only helped blend color easily but were also awesome with stencils! Also at (INR) Rs. 350/- for a pack of 24 wedges, the most pocket friendly too!

I know many crafters are fans of the ranger and other branded ink blending tools, but seriously guys, give the makeup wedge a try... :) you will not be disappointed!

Have a happy day!

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Distress Inks! (Mini kit 1)

Like I said, I had purchased distress inks for the first time this diwali, I decided to put them to use.

It was tricky at first and after a failed attempt, I managed to put together a decent card the second time around. :)

Also used some die-cuts by pink paislee, tiny pearls, brads, a paper clip and a big die-cut word... "love" (yeah, its pretty obvious and kinda out there, but I tried to make it subtle!)

Have a happy day and thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, 21 November 2014

A simple stamped card

Yes, I know this post and card is too simple et al after a hiatus.

But the next post is bound to surprise you!

For now, lets get to the card at hand.

This is my version of a gorgeous inspiration from the book called 'The best of Stamp It!'

Took blue cardstock, stamped a generic design (locally bought stamp of cherry blossoms) on it using light blue ink, then used a Tim Holtz stamp (from the set Regal flourish) and stamped over it in violet ink.

Added two different colors of ribbon, a sentiment and voila! :)

Thank you for stopping by! Have a happy day!

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

A super quick, fun card! :)

Here is a card I put together super quick, using red and green cardstock, some green ribbon, a 6" x 6" pattern paper sheet, some paper punch outs and colorful rhinestones.

The design in the centre is placed on a thin foam sheet  to add height and interest.

I had so much fun making this, I even duplicated the pattern onto the envelope to coordinate it with the card.

Hope you liked it! :) Have a happy day!

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Friday, 31 October 2014

You can never have too many cupcakes :)

So many cupcakes.. and all it took was a mixed size circle stencil and scallop edge scissors!

Also sprinkled some super fine glitter on all of them and added some red rhinestones to the smaller ones... afterall who doesn't like a cherry on top!

Stuck a few of them onto the envelope to go with the card.

And the blue bling borders... hmm :) what can I say... I am a bling fan!!

Hope you liked it. Thanks for stopping by and happy day / evening to you!

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Friday, 24 October 2014

A little sliver of happiness...

What a month! The Indian festival of lights, a.k.a Diwali has arrived and with it have the crazy discounts at the various craft stores...

Here is my little purchase (it was tough to keep in check and not go overboard... )

Some items are a first... wink of stella clear and distress inks! Can you believe it... I have been into stamping for well over a year and this is my first ever set of distress inks?! :)

Going to watch tutorials and videos and experiment a bit till I don't get the hang of it.

On that happy note, I wish you and your families a very Happy Diwali!

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

How could I miss this! BLOG CANDY!!!

The kind folks at imaginations are celebrating the third birthday of their online store.

And...... they are giving away some super yummy blog candy to one very lucky person!

Check it out here :

It is open only till 23rd October 2014, so... all I'd say is.... hurry!!! :D

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Friday, 17 October 2014

A simple one raised layer card

Green is one of my favorite colors... :) It is so versatile, looks good with purple and at the same it can totally rock a festive green, pink, gold kinda theme...

In this card, I have used a beautiful Inkadinkado rubber cling stamp, glitter coated, and added some punched flowers with rhinestone centers. Also added a few rhinestones onto the design. (A little extra bling is always good, right?!)

The sentiment is stamped using a Micia alphabet stamp set and stuck with a piece of foam. :)

Thanks for looking, happy day everybody!

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

One stamp, 3 cards

This is my first Magnolia stamp and I was super pleased when I managed to grab this last piece during a sale at a craft store!

It is also one of my favorite stamps probably because I like the whole princess theme going on with the pretty dress et al... but this stamp is called 'Tilda in a cotton dress' wonder why....

So, this post is like a blast from the not-so-distant past... three cards that I made featuring the same stamp this year.

The first one used paper piecing technique for the dress. A few rhinestones a beautiful purple flower-shaped button, a sentiment stamped vertically and there you have it. Simple, but I kinda like it.

In the second one I used neon pink (gasp!) for the very first time... :) Not digging Tilda's yellow colored outfit though... added some punched flowers, a star shaped charm and pearls to complete it.

The third one I think I have managed to color well... :) Used some tiny rhinestones, buttons, twine, mulberry flowers, a washi tape and voila!

I hope you liked looking at them.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Charmed :)

A bunch of charms that I had ordered last month just arrived.

Plan on using them for cards and mixed media projects, but wasn't happy with the sizes... some too tiny and some too chunky..

Ah well, like they say, c'est la vie! I do have a few ideas... let's see. :)

For now here's a picture of the pretty trinkets that I bought.

Have a happy and bright day!

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Black, white and shades of crimson...

Black, white and crimson... isn't it a  perfect color combination?

Another photo card... (I seem to be making a lot of these oflate!)

I created the birthday themed pattern paper (extreme right) on the card using Hero Arts birthday themed stamp set.

I don't know if pictures are clear enough, but I also glitter coated a few of those stamped words in black and red glitter onto the hearts of the pattern paper used in the center to add a little interest.

A matching sentiment stamped in black onto the envelope and the project was complete.

I hope you like it. Have a pleasant day and thanks for stopping by! :)

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Another Photo Card

This card was made for a super cute one year old. :) The purple ribbon that you see is a regular satin ribbon, all folded by hand and heavily glued!

Die-cuts from K & Co. and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from a stamp set by Hero Arts. Thanks for visiting!

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A birthday card.

Made this card by working the background around the photos. :) Simple layout, the interior has been done using a kaisercraft birthday themed stamp. Do let me know what you think!