Cross stitched rose

Hello friends,

The MFT summer school 2018, was very inspiring, but I couldn't join in as much as I'd like. But carrying the lessons along I made a Birthday card, doing something I dread, One Layer Card. I want to improve and running away isn't a way, right? So I tried to give in all the attention required for this tricky piece.

The cross stitch stamps are indeed very tricky and take in a lot of concentration. But they are a blessing for people who are not much into needle craft. I used Waffle Flower's Stitched rose and had seen their video when I had got this stamp, on how to use it. After 2 attempts.. of cross stitch overlapping, this is the third attempt and I was happy! I used complimentary colours for this card. Shades of Olive and Orange.. (My geography lessons remind me of Spain)! The sentiment is "Happy day" from Indian brand - CrafTangles from hndmd. It was a tough decision but then I .. didn't put any sequins or drops.. no.. none!

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IQCG #49 - Quilled sunflower

Hello sunshine,

Have you joined in at Indian Quilling Challenge this month? Here's my card as a reminder and will hopefully inspire you to join us at IQCG #49.

I am a lover of CAS, clean and simple designs. I used a die cut window and placed a bright turquoise paper as the base. Quilled my flower with 3mm strips and used a crimper for the centre of the flower.
Most of the times it's simple designs that make my heart sing.

Get your strips out and woo us over with the interpretation to this colour board. Hope you'll join us.

Mandala - Thank you

Hello friends,

Now that I took release from Indian Air force, my coursemates thought that I could do them proud by making cards for their instructors. They are undergoing a course and were on a visit to my city, when I went to meet them and deliver the cards too.

I knew I have to do multi copies of this card, so I chose a design that would look pretty and also not take much amount of time. I made this card - each step in batches and hence could get them in the short time they wanted in.

I used vellum envelopes from the Indian craft store Letzcraft for it. This was the first time I did cards for someone and it was so stressful. I think I enjoy creating without the pressure!

I hope their instructors like it and you like these too. Well I learnt something from this -  it was stressful and I realised it's not my cup of tea! Crafting got stressful.. I never thought it could.
Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting.
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CIC #450 - Over the moon

Hello dear friends,

We have a colour challenge up at Cupcake Inspirations, this fortnight. I adored the colours and our kind sponsors Kitty Bee designs have perfect stamps for this challenge.

I used their Cow barely over the Moon digi for this card. I coloured it with Tombow markers and water brush and fussy cut it. As it was a moon, the cow was stuck on, I thought of adding a starry night. I used splasj watercolouring technique with Distress inks - black soot, hickory smoke and blueprint sketch (that I had learnt during my Inspired by Loll series). I added layers and dried them in between, which I did almost two repeats of each colour. Some acrylic paint drops, stars with white gel pen and few yellow stars. I chose to do handlettering for the sentiment, I'm over the moon..

for you.

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CFC- 203 - Heat embossed flowers

Hello everyone,
I am so thrilled about this card I am sharing today as the DT at CAS- ual Fridays. I am sure you also participate in the CAS-ual Fridaychallenges, so when you get selected as a DT for it.. it’s exciting beyond words. Personally, I also feel the Cancer awareness that the brand is associated with, is such a wonderful thing to do!

The challenge this fortnight is Heat Embossing. As I await the CAS-ual Fridays goodies to reach, I tookmy Emboss-it pen and did some doodling for this card. For the background I heat embossed the card with white EP and for the main flower I used Rose Gold. I used the distress inks in Picked Raspberry and squeezed lemonade for my smooshing, to make the embossed flowers shine. I coloured the main flower with Zig Clean color brush markers, mounted on foam dots, an encouraging sentiment from my stash and voila.. here it is

Some close ups.

I hope you liked it and are inspired to give your heat gun some love. Waiting to see you join us with your heat…

Lesson 1 - White space

Hello everyone,

Now that I am a full time crafter, I thought of taking some lessons. What could be better than MFT’s Educational series, Summer School 2018. Though I don't own many MFT products, I'll use whatever I have. Also, I am a bit late for the challenge there, but not late to learn.

The first class is of white spaceand the Video tutorial by Laurie Willson was so inspiring, I had to use the elements learnt there, in my homework. As my embroidery hoop die was still out, I thought of making a card incorporating the lessons. I have two boxes of my crafty bits, a small and a big one. I came across this beautiful scrap piece from my inspired by Loll series cards attempts. I knew it will look prettybehind the cross stitched heart.

I die cut the circle and the heart and the sentiment - hello from white cardstock and craft foam. I embossed horizontal lines with my paper trimmer on the front panel. Using the rule of thirds – assembled the card, some floss in a bow and nuvo drop…

So grateful

Good morning dear friends,

I wanted to start crafting at the new carfty nook I made for myself. It's raining non stop here and electricity is playing hide and seek. So what better than crafting in this beautiful weather?

Inspired by Anita Bowden's beautiful card at the Muse, made me want to make one, I chose the colours at the CAS colours and sketches for the look of the evening sky.

I varied the technique and used block colour smooshing with three different Distress inks for the background. Some silhouette stamping in black and clear embossing it with a Thanks sentiment and voila- super quick card.

Hope you like my Clean and simple attempt.

Here's a view from my window, when it wasn't raining.

Can you spy a lake hidden behind those trees?

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Embroidered with love

Hello friends,
We just shifted to a new city. And though I love moving, seeing new places, packing - unpacking gets stressing. I have been missing my time with papers too. So as soon as I have got most of my home functional, I unpacked my craft stuff. 
What a perfect opportunity to create what I love - a quick CAS card. I have been checking Instagram and knew what challenges are on.. and I was thinking all this time - how'll I play these challenges.
I had bought a gold mirror finish paper, which was kept for - you know - special projects! I had used most of the paper to cut this wonderful Paper Smooches - Embroidery hoop, which I had planned to use in my first Inspired by Loll series card. But then - for that card.. the gold frame was too blingy in my opinion and I had this piece cut in my bit box (the inside circle was used to cut the diecut word). I also thought it was perfect for the frame at AAA! And cross stitched - With love - from Waffle Flowers - Stitched roses.. sequins …

Joining CAS-ual Fridays Challenge team!

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to share with you that I am joining the fabulous company and their amazingly talented challenge team, that works with a cause behind it - CAS-ual Fridays.

It indeed is an honour to be part of this lovely team. Thank you Michele Gross for this incredible opportunity, I hope I keep up to your expectations.
and I hope - you'll join us at CAS-ual fridays Challenge, coming friday. See you there!
Happy Crafting :)

Pearly Congratulations

Hello again friends,

I love pearls ... love them! So the pearl challenge at CASology and Geometrics at AAA cards made me think of using my pearl embellishments (spheres/ hemisphere..geometry? )  I thought of a simple design for this Congratulations card. I love to accessorize a saree with just a pearl string. that's it. A plain saree and a string of pearls is as elegant as it can get. Why not the same for a card.. ?

I used a grey cardstock, die cut it with my scalloped rectangle as the base of the card. Then I heat embossed a die cut sentiment with Liquid platinum embossing powder and used a black diecut as a layer under it to get a distinctness from the background. I used two size of pearls at the corners and tadaaa... I love how pretty it looks. This has to be the most feminine card submitted for a geometric challenge :P I hope you like it too!

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Pearly Lily

Hello everyone,

I have been too busy to craft but I thought I'll make a card or two inspired by the Muse card club where Tracey's lovely card made me think how to color kraft cardstock. My regular pencil colours were not very opaque. I also recently got perfect pearls so I thought let me use that, even CASology has pearls as a cue.

I was intimidated by the kraft base of Tracey's card, but then the perfect pearls looked so pretty when I tried on a scrap kraft piece, I decided to do it. This card is my second attempt as earlier I used smaller flowers but the look wasn't as pretty. So I took out this gorgeous Lily stamp by Uniko and embossed it in white and used perfect pearls to fill in the petals.

The pictures don't do the justice to the sheen. I hope you like my attempt!
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Inspired by Loll - CASE 10 - Saturated watercoloring

Hello everyone,

This is my last card in the Inspired by Loll series and though it feels just yesterday that I mailed Loll for seeking her permission, am so glad to get the opportunity to learn from the best. And if you want to know how much I have learnt, the best evidence is the amount of wins and recognitions I have had in the last two months.. most of them CASEs of Loll. So I needn't say anything, just that she's the best and the kindest soul I have come across and I feel blessed to get her blessings!

One of the tutorials on this technique I had seen and felt  'oh so easy' that I wanted to give it a try. But I didn't have the required supplies till now. I just received Catherine Pooler inks along with reinkers by Ardyth Percy Robb, for winning a prize at her blog. Yay.. so now I had waterbased reinkers for the saturated watercolouring! I also loved the pearl look Loll gets by her faux mother of pearl look, but I couldn't try the exact technique as I did not…

Time out Challenges- Gentle Reminder

Hello crafty friends,

As a gentle reminder, for the Time out Challenges I have a card for you, with a different take.  The challenge is Holidays with an optional twist of One Layer Card.

To tell you the truth, when I was introduced to the challenges on the blogland and I saw 'Holiday' as a theme, I always thought going on holiday! So this time I thought why not play.. "going on a holiday". Here's my cute couple - off for holiday.. - Happy Holidays guys!

I used a cute stamp by Brutus Monroe, called Love Suitcase for the couple, hand drew the grass and  used flowers from Jane's doodles- retired stamp called - Garden friends.

 I used Zig clean color brush pens for coloring and done some glossy accents for the dude's glasses. No matter how many OLCs I do, they still intimidate me.

Here's my take on the Holidays, what's yours? There is still time to join in, where those who twist with us will get a chance to get in the random draw and one lucky winne…

CIC #448 - Pink lily card

Hello everyone,

There is a new Colour challenge up on Cupcake Inspiration Challenges  for this forthnight. Join us with PINK, YELLOW  and GREEN creations. I  wanted to do a floral card as soon as I got to know the colours of the challenge. The daily marker challenge has made me take concious efforts to try to colour better. I have been watching videos of different artists and one particular video of Yana Smakula, for Altenew stamps, inspired me to CASE the layout/sketch, here's the video link of her tutorial.

 I heat embossed my Uniko - Lily Stamp with Rose Gold Embossing Powder. Then I coloured with Zig markers and did some detailing with pencil colours and a fine point pen. I used the same embossing powder to heat emboss the die cut frame for the background.

Pink lily is said to symbolise lomg lasting love and romance, so I chose Happy Anniversary  as I thought it would be more meaningful.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to make a card with these colours. Hope to see yo…

Inspired by Loll - CASE 9 - Stenciling

Namaste dear friends,

Thank you for stopping by at my Inspired by Loll series post. 9th post?? Omg.. orgs going to be over!! This CASE is of Loll's recent card. Though I have tried this technique before (here), when I saw Loll's recent Christmas card, I just couldn't resist to try it again!

Here's Loll's Card
I used a mandala stencil from an Indian brand Craftangles and Faber Castell glass bead gelfor the dramatic look like Loll's. For a little encouragement I used You wafer die from SSS and the sentiment from All about you from MFT. I put glossy accents on 'You' for added interest.

Here's a close up of the card. The glass beads look like a shining starry sky, the pictures just do not do the justice to the shimmer and beauty of it!

I hope you like my take on Loll's play with glimmer paste. I have lately started loving the drama and the elegance Black card panel creates. Hope you'll play with your stencils too!

Loll learning from You - made …