Happy New You!

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Hello There!

Butterflies have always fascinated me. I fondly cherish my childhood memories of happily running after butterflies in the parks, being completely mesmerized to watch them land on flowers and spread their colorful wings. I was completely awe stuck when i learnt for the first time as a child that caterpillars turned into beautiful butterflies. How did those pretty wings mysteriously appear, i would ask myself! Well, that’s the magic of self transformation, isn’t it.

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I am on one of my own metamorphic journeys as well. I have always been on the chubby side since childhood, which later grow into obesity, and now this seems to be weighing me down in life, even effecting me mentally. I have pledged to change this and am working towards a healthier me.  One day i too will fly 🙂

I am dedicating this card to all those who are on their journey towards a happier you! A shout out for all the efforts and struggles. For bouncing back after every failure.

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And now let me tell you about my card.

Its a new year and i wanted to try something new. This is one of my first cards with alcohol inks . I used Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks & mixatives. By the way, I made a DIY alcohol blender by mixing surgical spirit with just few drops of glycerin. This seems to be working well for me. The inks are addictive to play with as the results are very unique each time and the process is super fun.

I die cut the butterflies from an alcohol ink panel. I tried a splatter of silver mixative on black card stock – I have to tell you, it felt good doing it (please note that the mixative takes quite some time to dry). I then adhered only the body of butterflies, leaving their wings free for dimension, before adding with foam tape the white heat embossed sentiment on match black card stock strips. To finish the card, I adhered the card panel at angle for added interest and just to try out something new.

 

Playing along with :

Time out challenge #99 – New Beginnings

Always Fun Challenges – something new

The male craftroom challege #76 – New Beginnings

Simon says stamp Monday Challenge – Something new

Simon says stamp Wednesday Challenge – Something new

a2zscrapbooking challenge – New to me

Animal friends challenge – New Beginnings

Die-cut-divas – Something new

Dies R Us Challenge #88 – Anything goes

heart2heartchallenges – Something new

thehousethatstampsbuilt – Things with wings

Paru’s cardmaking challenge # Jan 2018- New

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Do let me know what you think about the card by leaving me comments.

Wishing you Happy new days and Happy new You!

Kindness – Guest Designer at CASology

Hi there,

I am playing along as the Guest Designer at CASology Challenge this week and I am on cloud nine. CASology is one of the challenges where my work has been acknowledged on several occasions by the talented DT members and i am forever grateful for their constant encouragement and support.

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The cue word this week is Kindness. The challenge is to make CAS style cards, so do check out the CAS guidelines from their website.

So here’s my take on the cue word – A bit of dimension, glitter and gloss make a CAS card extra beautiful against the white space. I feel being kind is supper cool and hence i went with cool colors. Also to match the word difference in the sentiment i went with a  unique die cut pieces.

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The clean and simple way of making a card always highlights the message and the feeling of happiness / kindness that we show each other by giving handmade cards and items.  This is the perfect opportunity to spread some kindness around.  Thank and acknowledge others for their kindness.

 

I hope my card inspires you to play along CASology challenge and gets you crafting to spread kindness around. Do visit their blog for more inspiration from the super talented Design Team. Many thanks to the lovely ladies at CASology for the honor.

Hope you liked my card. Do let me know by leaving me comments. I really love reading them.

 

 

 

 

Sparkle – Guest Designer at AAA Cards

Hello There,

What do you do when you get asked to guest design at one of your favorite challenges – you jump with joy and accept the lovely opportunity. Well that’s exactly what i did.

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I am very excited and greatly honored to play along with AAA Cards challenge as Guest Designer for the Game #105 with the theme – Sparkle. The challenge is to make CAS style cards, so do check out the definition of CAS from their website by clicking HERE.

I love CAS style cards because its made with a few striking elements to compliment the contrasting white space for achieving a stunning look and there is nothing better than adding sparkle to a CAS Card. So here’s my card for the game.

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For this challenge I made a CAS Christmas card and the theme – Sparkle was just perfect to play with all the shiny goodies in my craft stash. To make this card I used red Glimmer paste for the strip on the left, gold heat embossing powder for the sentiment as well as for completely covering the elegant snowflake die cut, a golden thread to hang the embossed snowflake, some clear sparkling sequins and green metallic card stock as card base.

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I hope my card inspires you to play along AAA Cards challenge and get crafting to spread some sparkle around. Do visit AAA Cards challenge for more inspiration from the super talented Design Team. Many thanks to the lovely ladies at AAA Cards for having me.

Hope you liked my card. Do let me know by leaving me comments. I really love reading them.

Entering this card to

Challenge at addicted to CAS for the theme sparkle

149 Challenge at inkspirational inspired by the golden embossing n sparkle in the photo

HLS anything goes with dies challenge as the snowflake die cut is the focal point of the card

House of cards Challenge – inspired by the sparkly ornaments on the Christmas tree in the photo inspiration

 

1 Stamp Set – Many possibilities

One of my personal challenges is to make as many cards and designs as possible from a single stamp set. To give my stamps the maximum love i challenged my self to make at least 10 cards from a stamp set. The MFT’s Space Explorer stamps are so cute and  the sentiments are so versatile that one could just keep on going…

To check these images on Instagram follow #1stamp10cards or click HERE

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The first thing I did was to stamp, color and fussy cut all my images. I think i have a few images from Lawn Fawn’s Out of this World stamp set as well (I like to mix brands for more fun). I also coated all the images with my wink of Stella glitter pen, because the fact is that there is huge amount of glitter in the space and that’s what makes the sun, moon and the stars shine… lol

CARD #1

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For this card i blended Distress Inks on watercolor paper and flicked some white paint on it to make the galaxy. I love how the galaxy came out on this card.

CARD #2

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This card is a Clean And Simple one. All i did was brush the galaxy with water colors, adhere the images and black heat emboss the sentiment. Vola! a card is ready.

CARD #3

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I just love how this astronaut is floating amidst so many planet and stars. The oval die cut background symbolizes the expanding galaxy. The galaxy is made with distress oxide inks and clusters of stars have been die cut to add interest.

CARD #4

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My Gansai Tambi watercolors arrived and i had to rush to my craft table to make a galaxy using those. The intense pigment gives a rich look to the galaxy and helps the images colored with copic markers pop against the background.

 CARD #5

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When i saw that sentiment “today the world revolves around you”, all I could think of was a spinner card. In this card the world literally goes around the cute astronaut . How cute is that!

CARD #6 & 7

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After floating about in the space for quite sometime, those astronauts landed on some new planets. I wish they discover a planet where crafting burns most calories. I will turn skinny in just a few days…

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CARD #8

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I just can’t get enough of the pop up box card. There’s something really charming about how a flat card pops open into a dimensional box card. The floating astronaut is just perfect for these types of cards.

CARD #9

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This astronaut image is particularly best suited for a spinner card as it has the same shape in the front and back (one need not stamp a mirror image).

CARD #10

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Shaker’s gonna shake – shake – shake – shake – shake

I just love making a shaker card. Well truth to be told, i have seen so many crafters on Youtube heat emboss an acetate sheet that i was fooled to think it was easy. Well my first two acetates warped so much i just could not stop laughing at myself. Third time definitely is a charm and i managed to get it right.

 

Thanks for visiting this page. Hope you had fun reading it. Have a great day!

A big hello

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Hi there,

Today I am sharing a card that I made inspired by the sketch at CAS Color and Sketch challenge #251, colors at Color Throw Down Challenge #471, Embossing technique at Crafters Cafe Blog Challenge #186

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I am really happy how the black border around the die cut n in laid ‘Hello’ word looks between the two gold heat embossed panels. The foam under the die cut ‘Hello’ word adds more interest.

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I really enjoyed planing the inlay design and the die cutting for this card. Hope you like it too.

Thank you for lifting me up

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Hi there ,

Today i am sharing an interactive gate fold card. Its about being thankful day and night – today and everyday for all the things both big and small in our lives that lift us up and cherish each and every moment of life. Living with the attitude of gratitude is the best way to lead a happy and contended life.

I am so thankful for everyone and everything in my life. I consider myself truly blessed for my family and friends. I am so very thankful for the loving crafting community for all the love and support that they provide. Thank you all for lifting me up and encouraging me to pursue my passion for crafting.

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Picture2.pngTo make with card i stamped the images from My Favorite things – Growing up stampset with memento black ink on neenah solar white card stock and colored those with my copic markers. I added the white highlights with a white gel pen. The images were then cut using the coordinating dies.

Then i made a white gate fold card base ready by scoring a 6 x 10 white cardstock from both edges.  Using the coordinating die for the image of the big hot air balloon, the window aligning both the folds was cut in such a way that it matched the placement of the hot air balloon in the center panel inside the card.

Next I took three white cardstock panels and die cut these with a stitched rectangle die. I inked the first panel to create a scene with a night sky by ink blending distress oxide inks and then adding white splatters with gesso. I cut this night sky panel to match the window and the gate fold cut on the card base and stuck it to the form the front of the cardbase after adding the sentiment and sticking the colored die cut images.

Picture3.pngIn the next step i ink blended some clouds with distress oxide ink on the remaining two panels to create a day scene. One of the panels was cut to match the inside of the window and the gate fold card base and stuck it on inside of both the folds of the card base. The remaining panel will form the center for the inside of the card. On this panel i first black heat embossed the sentiment and then die cut the gap for slider action. I then added the big hot air balloon in the slider panel in such a way that it fit the window that was already cut in the gate fold card and stuck this panel using foam tape. There are many tutorials online on assembling slider cards, you may want to check out those.

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Once the slider was working, I added the grass landscapes that i had made by die cutting ink blended pieces with different green distress oxide inks. To finish the card i added cute little images that i had colored and die cut earlier.

I am playing along with a couple of challenges with this card:

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Paru’s card making challenge – November 2017

Take time out challenge – #97 Inspired by words thankful today and everyday. Hence made the card with thank you sentiment with both day and night scenes.

Cupcake inspirations challenge – #432 Thankful

Always fun challenges – #33 Thanks giving

Use your stuff challenge – #289 Thankful

Cas-ual friday Challenge – #187 Gratitude with  Attitude – My elaborate and interactive card depicting thankfulness day and night shows the attitude of gratitude 

HLS Dies – Anything goes with dies – In addition to using dies for cutting the inking panels with a stitched edge, i have used the coordinating dies for cutting the images as well as the window in the gate card. The coordinating die was used to cut the window in the inked inside and outside panels on both sides. The grass landscape edges were also cut with the dies that add more interest to the scene. The interactive slider was also cut using a die. I really don’t think it would have been so easy to make this card without the dies.

Little miss muffet challenge – #176 Anything goes

Crafty creations Challenge – #355 Anything goes

Creatalicious challenge – #127 Anything goes
I really enjoyed making with fun card and i hope you liked it too.

Thank you for dropping by and do leave me a comment letting me know your views.

Have a great day.

Watercolors – CAS Flower card

Tried my hands on watercolors with one of my favorite flower stamps. This stamp is from altenew beautiful day stampset.

To make this card I first stamped the flower n leaves on a water color card stock with versafine onyx black ink. I then colored the images with water colors. After the images dried I die cut the images with coordinating dies and stuck them on my card front. I white heat embossed the sentiment on a black card stock n stuck in place. To finish the card I added the black, blue and violet mats and stuck everything on a card base.

Hope you like this clean n simple water colored flower card.

Thanks for dropping by.

Entering this card into :

Always fun challenges- #31 water colors

That’s crafty challenge – Forever more Floral

Cupcakes inspiration challenge # 430

The flower Challenge #CAS Flowers

Crafty Creations challenge #353