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Inspired by Loll - CASE 7

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Hello everyone,

I am writing this post while sitting in God's own country - Kerala. The Southern most state in India. But I had made my Inspired by Loll card before starting for this little vacation.

A little about this CASE. I have admired this technique since the first time I saw it and also The flower challenge had it as their challenge, but I had not tried it. This snail card by Loll was too cute to resist trying Paper piecing .


Loll's cutie snail is the reason I took out my pattern paper from hndmd called Super kids for paper piecing this Comforting hugs Cactus by Paper Smooches . If you ever try paper piecing, use a black marker (or the colour you stamp with) to colour the edge of the paper for a cleaner look. Then I took a bright pattern paper by Papericious for the card base.

Here's a closer look at the paper piecing. I was unnecessarily getting intimidated by it, I think it's as easy as fussy cutting and the effect is awesome.

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CIC 446 - Vellum floral cluster

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Hello everyone,

Have you played at the Cupcake Inspirations - pastel challenge yet? I have another card with pastels for you .. this time in a floral arrangement. I did the similar hand drawn flowers like in my previous card 1 and card 2 (here with tutorial), but this time on Vellum. I also used the Originally Organic flowers from Uniko to fill in my cluster of flowers. And the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.



Five more days left before the linky closes. Join in at Cupcake Inspirations and get a chance to win a gift certificate sponsored by Stamplorations

Hope you liked my card.
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Inspired by Loll - CASE 6

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Hello ladies and gentlemen,
I am glad you stopped by at my little crafty corner. It's time to get inspired by Loll Thompson again and this time the card am going to CASE has a super cool texture and the technique is very addictive. The technique is called Tissue paper watercolouring. The card I'll CASE is this and a lovely video where you can learn how to do it is, here. Loll has a page dedicated to techniques, if you'd like to see and learn, here's the link.


Isn't it a beauty? Loll's card has gold details too, I skipped that part and only used two layers of tissue paper and Distress inks in Wilted violet, Festive berries, Picked raspberry and Spiced marmalade in top to bottom sequence.
Here's my take on Loll's card- more of a Silhouette card.

 Here's the close up of the Panel.. look at that texture.. and that watercolour effect!

I hope you like it and would try this cool technique yourself too. 







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Caution : Butterflies fluttering by!

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Hello everyone,

I recently got a Butterfly stamp from an indian stamp company - Mudra stamps and this beautiful creature has been getting a lot of love lately. I have always wanted to participate in Twofers challenge but then.. yes.. I made excuses! No excuses for the butterfly challenge this time.

For the first card, I used this lovely butterfly from Mudra stamps from my work last week on the crayon panel. I fussy cut it and.. then thought of playing with the card. I chose a sentiment from Lawn fawn - You colour my world.. and planned to heat emboss it on a black card base in white. So "my life's pretty colourless.. but YOU - my beautiful butterfly- color my world".

Card - 1

And my second card was done using some masking and coloured with Tombow markers. I think they look pretty in those colours too. I was very apprehensive as they might not look very pretty in only one shade for one butterfly.

Card - 2

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Kitties hug

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Hello there,

I am glad you stopped by. I have had a busy week and no crafting days. But today, I had to do something and I visited few blogs to get some inspiration. Mother's day is over, but I just wish if I could hug my mother anytime I wanted. My son is a cuddle ball and I thank God for this precious child and his love.

I saw Tracey's adorable Elephant on Muse and I wished I had an elephant too.. but then I could use what I had. I had these super cute kitties..  hugging, just like a mom would hug her kid. So inspired by the grey of the elephant and the cuteness, I made this card.


The Kitties stamp and the sentiment is Comforting hugs from Paper smooches and the rays are from a stencil from Craftyscrappers. When I thought of using grey (Grey brown) , another challenge popped up in my mind where I knew the challenge has grey - Less is more. As this card was going to be CAS, I thought of adding some yellow for the background. Some interest with stars like Tracey's  and my…

CASology- Guest designer- Copper

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Hello everyone,

I am so thrilled and honored to be joining the CASology team, as a guest designer this week.


  I have a card to inspire you to join us for this week's cue - Copper.


Well, I am sure you'd be as clueless as I was, or may be less, as to what can be Copper? My research for Inspired by Loll series, had me discover the way Loll Thompson uses Copper, but I live in hinterlands, we have nothing around (except my limited stash). So a little brainstorming and Finally.. getting to use all the Chemistry I studied in college.. Copper.. Cu.. C U soon.. Yayyy!  I am sure my Chemistry professor would be proud of me (hehe).

'Black is the new White Space'
I hope you like my card.. and the idea! So, bring in your bling and sheen for this week's  COPPER challenge at CASology.



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Gir Lion- IQCG #47

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Hello dear friends,

Have you entered your quilling at Indian Quilling challenge for the month of May? I have done a non traditional quilling for this month's Inspiration post.

The idea to do this came from the AF unit I am based at.. We are called the Gir Lions. Gir Lions are found in the western most corner of India.. And we are found there too! So I thought, why not make a Quilled project that I can present to the Unit ... And what can be better than gifting a Lion..by one of the Lionesses (wink).

This image is a picture that adores the doors of the Officers' mess.. and that's all about the inspiration. Now that IQCG has the colour scheme that I could use, I got an opportunity to do this.. big task.



I used 5 mm strips of paper in orange and brown  for this project and it's done on an A3 sized paper.



Join in at IQCG with your take on the colours for the month and also see the beautiful inspiration the Design team has put together for you. 


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CIC #446 Summer Pastels

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Hello friends,

We in India are getting scorched in the summer heat. So the new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations, where the theme is Pastels only reminded me of the chilled mocktails and drinks! We have Stamplorations as our kind sponsor this fortnight and their lovely design team is showcasing their projects too, have a look here!

I have not used their product though, as my my order went missing. But I will also use this opportunity to Thank Shery for being so kind to offer to resend it to a friend of mine at USA, so sweet of her. So, now that I'll get them later I chose Jane's Doodles Cheers stamps for my Blue lagoon!

Some background water splashing and Gansai tambi watercolours for my mocktail.. and here's how you beat the summers in the tropical heat.




I hope you like my card and will join us with your Pastel creations at Cupcake Inspiration Challenge 446.


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Inspired by Loll - CASE 5

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Hello crafty friends,
What have you been doing this weekend? I have been CASEing Loll Thompson and also doing some other cards. This week I am CASEing Loll's that card which she CASEd from Colleen who had CASEd Kimberly . Now, this is learning- my guru learning from others and well, I do the same.  I am so touched to see everyone giving credits to each other. How supportive and encouraging this community is!
Here's Loll's  card


This technique is called Water reactive colouring. Doesn't it look cool? I had to try this tone-on- tone look.. and I also had Distress oxide to play it with. I loved this technique! I did a little masking for the design to be on my top half of the card, then, I used Lawn Fawn's Rose gold embossing powder to emboss this beautiful stamp called Floral zen from an Indian company, Peek - a - boo designs. And did emboss resist with Candied Apple Distress oxide ink. Hand lettering for my sentiment.. and tadaa.. here's my card! 


For my mother.…

Blue florals

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Hello everyone,

When we were kids, we always used to put the new words we learnt in use. This card is similar to those days, this time as a student of card making. I had started with quilled cards, then I thought having stamps and dies makes a card better. But now I think it's not how many products you have but it's how you put your products to use. This is surely because of the confidence I have gained seeing all the lovely artists make card and learning from them.

After almost a week with no time for cardmaking I went through few of the challenege blogs I follow to get some ideas and inspiration and decided to make this card.


I used a scallop circle die and cut a scalloped window from the masking paper. Masking my card panel I blended the distress inks in the shades of blue . After it had dried I used Persian Elements from Mudra stamps and stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink and  heat set it using Wow clear gloss Embossing powder on it. OK.. I was really scared to die cut t…

Blessings of Goddess Laksmi

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Namaste friends,
I am a devoted Hindu, a God fearing person. And though it's not very common in other religions but we Hindus associate few special things with different Gods. Today I have a card of Goddess Laksmi, using a beautiful stamp from Craftangles designed by my dear friend Radhika. I had bought this specially because there are many occassions in the Hindu community when I can use this stamp.
A little about Goddess Lakshmi - also spelt Laxmi. Lakshmi is depicted in Hinduism as an elegantly dressed, embellished with gold ornaments, prosperity-showering Goddess. She typically sits on a lotus pedestal and holds lotus in her hand, a symbolism for fortune, self-knowledge and spiritual liberation. She also means good luck to Hindus. 
So here is my goddess of wealth, prosperity, of both material and spiritual. I didn't choose to put a sentiment as it can be used as per the occassion, like on Hindu festival Diwali or for new home or to wish good luck.

I used masking for the stenc…