Saturday, March 26, 2011


Its been a long and silent fact the whole Indie blogland is seemingly silent. Did that AWIC really wipe us out? I'm itching to make cards and yet previous commitments have given me no time. Or rather, I don't give it time..if I sit to make cards, my scrapbook album will be late (its late by 4 months already!! gasp!!)

I just wanted to share new post that went up on craft supplies blog and also ask if anyone was willing to help post on that blog. Since quite a few of us have been shopping, I would love it you could get in touch with me, if you want to help out.
Help will involve posting your new goodies, where you got it from, what was the shipping paid etc..any customs..
A few stores that I want to cover are Simon says, Global Ebay (Mallika, if you got the time, please help in) JoAnn's, etc.
Here's just a snap shot of my tiny haul from Etsy..(first time ordering from there) All pics from Closeoutgirl's shop.

Splash dance collection from Imaginesce
Let's roll collection from Imaginesce
Baby girl from 3 bugs in a rug. 
Check out the post for more details.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Embossing Challenge winner

Thanks everyone for your comments and applauds for the Embossing post. I'm glad in some way I was able to help..
And thanks to all who took up their embossing tools and powders to create something fantastic.

Here are the entries,

and drumroll please..The winner is


Congrats girl..wait for you surprise package in the mail soon! It could be anything..or you could whisper in my ear what you really want  and I'll make sure to pick it up for you!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AWIC-2 Day 7

My internet has been playing spoilsport since a few days..and yesterday it was at its worst behavior..I just hope I'm able to finish posting this before it goes kaput again. Hate BSNL.

Just a simple card..loads of masking...coloring, background stamping (for lack of good paper) and some glossy accents!
I don't know the artist, but here is the card I CASEd.
I wish I had the red pp, maybe I should have embossed the dots and covered in red..anyways..this is my attempt..mind was not at ease..My hubs had a health scare, which thankfully turned out to be nothing!! phew!

Here's a close up of the gloss on the cupcakes..glitter on the cherries..

So that winds up day 7 of the AWIC. Thanks Jaya for an awesome idea..and thanks to this, I have around 10 cards on hand.
And now I'll be going off in hibernation for a while, have to get down to some work which I had procrastinated. I have to finish it by the end of this month. I should be posting sporadically, and of course I will be back to post the winner of the embossing challenge..Thank you so much for stopping by today....

Sunday, March 13, 2011

AWIC-2 Day 6

Today only one card...Also this is my entry to the Butterfly blog Linky Party!! Love love butterflies...and so sad to say, I don't own a single butterfly stamp..all I use are internet downloads! (insert a pouty mouth)

This card as CASE from Lucy Abrams..and she can make CAS cards look soo darn the way she uses digital elements straight on the CS.. I could never do that..You should check out her flickr gallery..what cards!! go to her first cards..they're still the same...awesomeness guaranteed!!! 

There's a lot I've changed in my card. There is a vellum overlay over the stamped background, to soften the background. I wanted a text background, didn't have it, used sentiment sets repeatedly...distressed the vellum with Angel pink ink..brads to attach the vellum to the base.
Butterfly printed on vellum, colored with sharpies, a touch of silver glitter. And the card is done!

Adding some eye-candy for all the butterfly lovers who are stopping by from the Butterfly Blog Linky Party!
some of my previous cards!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

AWIC 2 - Day 5

This is very late..but can't help it...its hubby's day home and I get only the weekends to spend with him. Finally finished the card..actually again its two cards..two different artists and two different CASEs.

First up is Jennifer Mcguire. Who doesn't know her..who doesn't want to be like her or rather be her?
 I do..
This is one of her very old cards..the utter simplicity of this card is stunning...and Shalini, thanks a ton for those bling I keep saying to can never have enough bling in life! :)

The colors might be dull..that's what I get for taking pics at 9 pm!!This Valentine sayings set from Hero Arts is fast becoming my fav..(actually its the only one I have, so has to be)

Now what do I do with that punched out heart? I use it in my next card..Now this is one artist you will love..I love looking at her bright cards...super super inspiration..also quite a few CAS cards. She is .Laurie Wilson. Linked is the card that I adore..And here's my CASE..loads of foam tape..I love dimensionals..all the layers are popped up, including the heart.

The colors look a bit off on this card..might get better photos in the morning...
The distressed stripe is a stamp Art Warehouse stamp, Sentiment hero arts, fiskar texture plates for embossing, Memento inks, and bling on the heart.

Just had to show the bling. I hope you're enjoying this journey of meeting my favorite bloggers! I would love to meet your favorite bloggers too...

Friday, March 11, 2011

AWIC 2- Day 4 and OLW#44

Wow!! Did I miss so many OLW challenges? Quite a few I guess. Today's entry is very mediocre by my standards..maybe because I've not been able to photograph them well...I could try a lighter background to get better pics, but my back's not upto it. New bed and new mattresses have made life hell for my already broken back. And the fact that it took me 5 tries to get the cards done. Let's not vent over here.
 Also my entry for AWIC day 4.

Anyways, this week's OLW is to find inspiration from Marta Dansie's pinterest. I'm on Pinterest and its addicting.
Here's my inspiration photo, followed by my cards..
I loved this set..for its colors, its design and for the fact that I had all the supplies to make this.

This is the 2nd time in 3 yrs that I'm using this stamp set. Got any of those? This is a Sassafrass lass Flip-a-roo stamp. Which means, you can use both the sides of the stamp..the pink is stamped with reverse of the grey image. Don't know if I'm making any sense!
Hobby ideas dark grey ink and memento Angel Pink dew drop.

Since I'm on a 2 card roll, I couldn't leave the r.s.v.p alone. I had to use that to make another card..its 3x3 tiny card..finally used my new Unity Burlap background. Honestly, its too tiny to classify as a background.

Loads of masking..use the post it's to mask the layers before stamping. This card is try no.3. Annabelle stamps again for the sentiment.
Maybe I should have used the darker pink. This is barely visible. Eh! as I said, bad day..couldn't do it more again.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Scrappy Scrap Challenge

This is my second post of the day...please scroll down for my AWIC day 3 card..

Shalini had organized a scrappy scrap challenge. She mailed out papers, embellishments to all of us and we were to make cards. No extra DP, no images, only one sentiment stamp allowed..she made it as hard as possible!!
It took a while to decide on the theme of the card..but I settled on friendship.
What is more warming, more comforting than the quilt of friendship..and thus I found the perfect sentiment and knew that it had to be a quilt. Picking up colors from the DP, it was go from there. There was acetate, I only used a bit, in the center behind the flower.

Here are the scrap that I got for the challenge

And here's my card..I've distress all the edges with brown ink, every square had been distressed to give that vintage look.

I hope you like it. If you do, hop over to Shalini's blog to vote for it. Its not going to be easy..have you seen the other gorgeous creations? It took me ages to vote...Thank you thank you girl for letting us push the boundaries of creativity!!

AWIC-2 Day 3

Hey all, Welcome to day 3 of A week in cards...half way there..4 days more..what is it that makes me not decide on one card? Yeah, I've got two cards to show today too..and they're my favorite things...butterflies. Not much of stamping today..just punches and stickers and bling!!

 Today's inspiration comes from Toni. Although her blog is in Bulgarian, you don't need English to find inspiration. I love her clean style and the fact that she loves butterflies too!! Here is the inspiration for my first card..
There isn't much about this, except that the sentiment banner is I know how to draw straight lines!! I didn't like that the butterflies in her card were military straight, I had to let them ready to fly away!! Stickers are silver printasticks.

And since I could not stop at one...punching butterflies with Classic butterfly punch is nothing too hard..I made another card. Here is Toni's inspiring card. And here's my CASE..
If I could I would make it bigger..its a 4x4 card. Thankfully the picture looks better than the card does IRL. I do love the sentiment. Just the right size. From Annabelle Stamps, Tree-men-dous set.
 Here I've used vellum and Dorso colors to give it a blue tinge. And pearls.

So that's it from me today..should be back at night to post my Scrappy Scrap challenge card. Thanks Shalini for this challenge..sure was fun..btw, what's the prize? If its a big one, I could beg for votes properly!! :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

AWIC- Edition 2-Day 2.

Hey all, welcome to day 2 of 2 and I'm already stressing what to make in the forthcoming days!! Eeks!! I'm a control freak, and if I don't know what I'm doing in the next few days..its enough to drive me crazy!!
Anyways, let me introduce you to my inspiration for today..Ayana..I'm sure most of you do visit her blog. I love the bold bright colors that she uses. There's never pastels or soft colors in her cards.

Here is the inspiration for this card.. The stamp is an old PSX stamp..Rak from Michelle. Colored with Inktense watercolor. Love the clean look of this card.

Two cards? What was I thinking..and next time, remind me to pick an easier leaf to fussy cut..took me almost an hour up to cut these leaves!! Here is the inspiration for this card. As I said, Copics would have been awesome..but..Sharpies to the rescue.

I used a page off Vogue magazine..if you look closely, its an interview with the head of Burberry!! :D
Leaf stamp is from Hobby of the many clear leaf stamps they used to have!!
Thanks for the new stamps Anita!

Sending this to the Simon says challenge.
So that's it from me today. Hope you like the splash of brights today..Now off to think, what do I make tomorrow!! Heeeeelp!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Week in Cards-Edition 2- Day 1

A Week in Cards (AWIC) The idea is to make cards each day for 7 days. Good work for lazy bums like me.
There won't be much of chit-chat from me..just introducing you to some of my favorite crafters whose cards I plan to CASE.

First up is Karen Dunbrook. True CAS diva. Here's her flickr gallery..You should check it out.
And this is the card that I CASEd.

ETA- Did a bit of masking..its just one flower.

Also entering this card for the Less is more- color challenge- Pastels.

Stamps- Inkadinkado. Sentiment- Stampin Bella, Flourish stamp -Studio G dollar stamp.
Watercolor paper, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils,
SU! Dazzling diamonds ( on the flower centers)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Secret Sweetheart Swap-Pictures

Just a small note to remind everyone to drop in and have a look at the stunning swaps that were sent out for the Secret Sweetheart Swap. Here's the link to the post.

And thank you all for the wonderful comments on the Embossing post. I'm glad I was able to help anyone.
p.s. I'm still waiting for entries to your embossing on cards!!

Will be back soon with another card..
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