Saturday, October 24, 2020

#AutumnDecor Video Hop & Giveaway...

Hi! Today I am happy to be part of the #AutumnDecor Video Hop & Giveaway. I hope you will check out all the beautiful projects that we have created celebrating the season.

I used the faux watercolor technique to create a background and incorporated a poem that my daughter, Saee wrote.

The stamp set is Autumn Splendor by Sunny Studios.

You can watch the video here or on YouTube by clicking here

Please remember that you need to visit all the blogs and comment on the videos to be eligible for the giveaway! Here is the whole list:




Mary Ellen


Nandini - You are here! 



Entering this project in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Not A Card:

Yes...Virginia October Show & Share:

I added some gold splatters on the background and gold embossing on the edges of the vellum.

STAMPlorations October Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #463:

Splashy Mix Challenge #22:




Saturday, October 10, 2020

On A Stampage 1000 Subbies Video Hop + Giveaway...

Hi! I am participating in an exciting video hop celebrating the growth of Mynnette Kitchen's channel On A Stampage. She completed 9 years and crossed the 1000 subscribers mark.

We’ve got some wonderfully amazing sponsors and fun projects to share today, so make sure to visit each stop along the way! You can also use #OnAStampage2020 to find all of the videos in this hop in order to maximize your chances of winning one of our grand prizes!

I created a bold background with my Brushos. And then used it to make a card with popup panels and partial die-cutting.

You can watch the video here or click here to watch it on YouTube!

Some of the crafters are might be offering prizes on their channels so be sure to pay attention for details. At the end of this hop, we will have grand prize winners drawn from those that watched and commented on ALL hop videos. The grand prize drawings are open internationally.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

I was fascinated by the curved panels. Mine are pop-up panels with some partial die-cutting.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge - Smoky Slate...

Hi! Welcome back to the Rainbow Card Challenge. I am here with my inspiration for the October challenge.

This mood board is so lovely! It has a sense of mystery and elegance that I love. The colors also reminded me of marble. So I decided to pull out my NBUS stash and used the Layering Marble stamp set by Waffle Flower for the background. I love this stamp set. But it is very difficult to line up. Of course, the results are amazing. So I guess the effort is well worth the end result! Here is the card I created.

I started with a piece of white cardstock and used three shades of the Warm Gray mini ink cube set by Altenew for the stamping. I also used the same inks to ink up some scraps of paper that I cut with a wreath die. Here is a closer look at the background.

I trimmed the stamped panel and adhered it to a light grey card base popped up on some foam. I layered the wreath die cuts over some vellum and added the element to the card. The sentiment is from the Stitched Greetings stamp and dies set by Pink & Main. I used grey ink for the stamping and added the panel to the card front, using some foam to pop it up. I also used a corner rounder to shape the corners of the panel.

Here is the finished card.

Here is another look at the finished card.

I hope you are inspired by my card and create something beautiful. You can visit the Rainbow Card Challenge blog for more inspiration from the DT and link your creations. I look forward to seeing you in our gallery!

The Waffle Flower Layering Marble stamp set is around 3-4 years old. And this is the first time I managed to line it up correctly and create a beautiful background.

Retro Rubber Challenge #144:

I used the Waffle Flower Layering Marble stamp set which is around 3-4 years old.


Papercraft Challenge #32...

Hi! Welcome back to the October challenge at the Papercraft Challenge blog. I hope you are all doing well.

The theme for October is Interactive Cards. If you want some inspiration, do visit us at the Papercraft Challenge blog where the DT has a great array of fabulous creations for you. You can also visit the Papercraft Business site for some great tools that can help you take your papercraft business to the next level. Like the awesome Papercraft Business Planner that helps you keep track of your favorite challenges!

Don't forget the great prizes we have for the winner every month. October Challenge Prize is the cute Winter Alpaca Stamp by Lawn Fawn.

Here is my inspiration card.

This card is very special because I made it for my mom's 75th birthday. I wanted to make something intricate for her and this Inside Tunnel card fit the bill perfectly! The original card and tutorial are by the queen of techniques, Jennifer Mcguire. You can check out her blog post and video here.

The card fits into a regular A2 sized envelope. 

I used the Layered Cake die by Spellbinders to create the card. The windows were die-cut using the oval dies by Itsy Bitsy. The colored cardstock is from Paperum by Mudra Craft Stamps. I also used the Lanthenay stencil by Memory Box.

The sentiment is from the Floral Banner stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps.

Here is a final look at the card.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. I look forward to your entries in our gallery.

You can get more information about Papercraft Challenge Planner here. It is an invaluable tool for all crafters who love taking part in challenges. The Papercraft Business site also has tools that can help you take your business to the next level.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Casology Week 375:

The Spellbinders Layered Cake die set is around 3 years old. And this is the first time I am using it.


Monday, September 28, 2020

Quilt Style Hexagon Background with Layered Stamping...

Hi! I am here with another card I made for some challenges. This is a new technique I tried, inspired by a card by Yana Smakula. You can find the original card with a video tutorial here.

I started by cutting a bunch of shapes with the Hexagon Quilt die by Spellbinders out of watercolor paper. I bought this die a few years ago and never got around to using it. I am so happy that I finally used it! I played around with the shapes until I was happy with the pattern. For coloring the pieces, I used distress inks in shades of rust, blue, and teal. I just smooshed some ink on my media mat, sprayed water, and dunked the pieces into it. Once the pieces were dry, I started putting the card together. 

The floral bouquet is from the Magnolia stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps. The sentiment is from another stamp by Mudra called Critter Party.

I put both stamps in a stamp positioner and stamped on a light cream card base with VersaFine Black Onyx ink. While the base dried, I prepared the die-cut pieces for stamping. The Stamping Mask Sheet by Mudra Craft Stamps was an invaluable tool in doing this. I simply trimmed a sheet of the masking paper to A2 size and arranged the die-cut pieces over it. The masking sheet ensured that my pieces didn’t move while stamping. I stamped again with the black ink. I had to do this couple of times as the paper was textured.

The rest of the card was very easy. It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. I popped up the pieces with foam tape and aligned them with the stamping on the card base.

The whole process of putting the card together actually went much faster than I expected! Here is another look at the completed card.

I hope you liked this card. Please do let me know if you want a video of the process in the comments.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Mudra Craft Challenge #35:

Yes...Virginia September Show and Share:

NBUS Challenge #18:

I used the Spellbinders Hexagon Quilt die for the first time.

Retro Rubber Challenge #144:

The Magnolia stamp set was released by Mudra Craft Stamps in April 2018. It was part of my DT kit. It is also one of my favorite stamps from Mudra.

Color Throwdown #612:



Thursday, September 24, 2020

Slim-line Card | Watercoloring with Dye Inks

Hi! I am here today with my very first slim-line card. Slim-line cards are such a hot trend right now! I really enjoyed working with different proportions for my card.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper measuring slightly more than 3” x 8”. I stamped the flowers from the Fresh Cut Roses stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps with Versamark and heat embossed with Sea Foam embossing powder by Ranger. I smooshed Lemon Yellow and Tangerine Orange Mai inks on my mat with some water and pressed the watercolor paper over it.

Once the paper was dry, I used the Mai inks to watercolor the flowers. These were the inks I used – Flamingo Pink, Fuchsia Pink, Ruby Red, Lilac, and Ultra Violet. For the leaves, I used a mix of distress inks and watercolors.

The sentiment is from the Wishing You stamp set by MudraCraft Stamps. I stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx ink. I used a black marker to extend the lines across the width of the card.

To assemble the card, I cut a piece of foam slightly smaller than my water-colored panel and adhered the two together. To finish, I popped up the piece on a dark green card base measuring 3½” x 8½”. The card base is from the Paperum range by Mudra.

Here is another look at the finished card.

I had fun making this card and look forward to making more slim-line cards in the future.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Mudra Craft Challenge #35:

Yes...Virginia September Show and Share:




Saturday, September 19, 2020

Happy 80th Birthday Elena - Blog Hop

Hi! I am here today with a very special card for a very special lady. My fellow teamie from the Rainbow Card Challenge, Elena Chamberlaine, is celebrating her 80th birthday! Many happy returns of the day Elena!

All of us at the Rainbow Card Challenge agreed that this momentous day deserves a blog hop! So here we are, the DT of Rainbow Card Challenge celebrating Elena's special day. You must have arrived here from Katy's blog. I have the whole list below for your reference. You can also visit Elena at Elena's Ink Spot and enjoy her beautiful work.

I believe one of Elena's favorite colors is blue. So here is my blue card for her. The original card is in the mail and winging its way to her right now.

I used the Altenew Cross Stitch Flower stamp with the Glacier Caves mini ink cubes set for the flower. After stamping, I used the coordinating Cross Stitch Flower die. This die is a bit unusual. Instead of cutting the outline, it pierces little holes in the flower reinforcing the cross-stitch feel of the design. Here is a closeup.

I just love the added texture that this die gives. This is the first time I used the Cross Stitch Flower die and I am very happy to get it out of my NBUS stash.

I used nested circle dies to cut the stamped panel and also a speckled blue paper. I adhered the blue circle to a navy blue card base and added the stamped panel over it popped up with some foam.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Words die by Spellbinders. I cut it thrice out of white card stock and stacked the die cuts to get some dimension. I also added a heart instead of the tittle dot over the "i".

To finish, I added some sequins from my stash and rounded the bottom right corner. Here is another look at the card.

I hope you liked my card. I look forward to hearing from you. You can continue the hop by visiting Sue N next. I also have the whole list for you below.

Rainbow Card Challenge
Nandini - You are here
Sue N
Sue T

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Yes...Virginia September Show and Share:

NBUS Challenge #18:

I used the Altenew Cross Stitch Flower die which I bought a long time ago.