Friday, February 27, 2015

One of a Kind

Hello friends,
I am back after a month long break as my son had his exams and after which my entire household fell sick one by one due to the flu going around ...But anyways all's well now and I have a card to share today which I have created for the Cheery Lynn DT call going on...I seem to have left it at the very last moment but luckily I am just in time :)..Here's a look at my card :

Front view of the card :

This time I have created a mixed media kind of card with soft spring colors and as usual all the flowers and  leaves on my card are created using Cheery Lynn dies. One of the reasons I love working with Cheery Lynn flower dies is that they have a strip of dies which cuts through five layers in one go, so it makes it so much easier to create sculpted flowers which require atleast 4-5 layers to complete the bloom! The added advantage is all Cheery Lynn dies cut very well and work perfectly with different thickness of paper and their leaves and foliage dies have an embossed impression, which really adds to the beauty of the finished product, so your work is already done for you in creating those special handmade flowery cards.

To make my card, I first took a 41/2"  by 51/4" watercolor card panel and did some stenciling using embossing paste mixed with Distress ink. I created the paint spatters using the wet brush technique. Then, I have layered my various die cuts using foam tape. The base doily is from Prima Marketing and the Cheery Lynn flower dies that I have used here are Daisy Strip, Medium Tea Rose, Gardenia Strip, Fanciful Flourish.
I have colored the flowers using Distress inks- Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon and the leaves using Crushed Olive. The sentiment has been stamped from an old MME stamp set and fussy cut and distressed.

Here are pictures to my few other projects which are made using Cheery Lynn dies. I especially love the Medium Tea Rose die and I'm so hoping the company comes with up with a Large tea rose die as well. These really make very, very beautiful blooms!!


Supplies used :
Base cardstock- Watercolor paper.
Dies- Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip, Cheery Lynn Medium Tea Rose, Cheery Lynn Gardenia Strip, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish, Prima Marketing Scallop Doily Die #1.
Punches- Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Butterfly Punch, EK Success Scalloped Scallop Border punch.
Stamps -My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing- Honey stamp set.
Inks- Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon and Crushed Olive), Versafine onyx black ink pad.
Hero Arts Arrow Pattern stencil, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing paste, Black Acrylic Color, Prima Marketing Platinum Glass Glitter, Pollens.

Challenges entered :
Cheery Lynn- Anything Goes
BGC- I was inspired by the colors of the cake and the glitter photo, and the flowers of course. My sentiment is stamped. ( Merit Winner! )
SSS-Anything goes  - Embossing ( I have used the Hero Arts Arrow pattern stencil to created my embossed background using texture paste )

Hope you like my card. Do leave me your feedback as this is my first ever attempt at a Mixed media card.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Winnie & Walter Birthday Celebrations- Part 2

Hello friends.
This is the part 2 of the Winnie and Walter Birthday Celebrations challenge. I have two more cards to share. The linky closes in just an hour, so this is going to be a very quick post.
My first card is based on the Gradient Challenge by Vanessa. Here's a look at what I have created :

To create my gradient, I have used different shades of yellow and orange Distress inks and stenciled the background using the MFT Moroccan Tile stencil. After I stenciled it, I sprayed the background with plain water to create the watercolor effect. I have done two-toned stamping on my flowers which are from the Winnie & Walter- The Big, the Bold and Extras set. The sentiment is from the Winnie & Walter- The Big, the Bold and You stamp set. The leaves have been colored using Inka gold after I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink pad. Everything has been popped on foam dots to give dimension to my card.

Supplies used :
Cardstock base- Campap
Die- Paper Smooches Dots and Dashes Borders.
Inks- Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, Distress inks- Squeezed lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold.
MFT Moroccan Tile Stencil, Inka Gold, Prima Epiphany Ephemera Pack, Sequins.

Challenges entered :
 Just us Girls challenge- Sentiment as the focal point.
 Crafts 4 Eternity- No pattern paper.
The Crafters cafe challenge- Make your own background.
SSS- Anything Goes

My second card is based on Lea's Mood Board challenge :

My take on the mood board :

I was inspired by the various elements of the mood board -The polka dot tissue, the scattered glitter and the soft pink gloves. To create the polka dot banner, I stenciled Inka Gold onto a vellum paper using a Heidi Swapp stencil. The woodgrain circle, I have die-cut and embossed using a woodgrain embossing folder. The doily behind, I have watercolored using Spun Sugar Distress re-inker, scattered some punched out glittered hearts and have placed a scalloped border behind the circle. The sentiment has been stamped and fussy-cut from the Winnie and Walter- The Big, the Bold and You stamp set which has been gold heat embossed and adhered to the card. I have coated the flowers and the background with Stickles Platinum, but unfortunately it doesn't show through the picture. The background has been stamped using a Hero Arts/Basic Grey background stamp using Spun Sugar Distress ink which is also not showing through. :(
I'm also entering this in Gayatri's CAS + Freestyle/ Collage challenge

Supplies used :
Cardstock base- Campap, Paper Accents Vellum Sheets.
Dies- Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die, Paper Smooches Dots and Dashes Borders.
Punches- EK Success Scalloped Scallop Slim Edger, Jef 3 in 1 Hearts punch.
StampsWinnie and Walter- The Big, the Bold and You stamp set, Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and You stamp set, Hero Arts/Basic Grey Herbs and Honey tile background stamp.
Inks- Versafine Onyx black in pad, Distress re-inker - Spun Sugar, WPlus9 Flamingo Dye ink pad, Versamark Dazzle embossing ink pad.
Ranger Super fine Gold embossing powder. Heidi Swapp Medium Dots Stencil, Inka Gold, Gold Glitter Washi tape, Golden thread, Ranger Platinum Stickles.

Challenges entered :
Cut it up -Embossing ( I have done both dry and heat embossing )
Crafty Gals corner- I have tried this collage style for the first time and the W & W stamp set is being used for the first time.

I hope you like my cards. I would love to know your views on it.

Birthday Celebrations at Winnie and Walter!

Hello friends and crafters!
Sharing with you all a few cards I made for the Winnie & Walter Big Birthday Celebration challenges. I'm kinda doing this at the last moment, but I just had to play along with their awesome challenges for their first birthday. There is quite an array of challenges up and it was tough picking out the ones I wanted to play along with, but I stuck with six  of them. :D

My first card is based on the Sketch Challenge hosted by Joni. The sketch was a really easy one and I enjoyed making my card using the sketch. I've used the Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Extras set for this. So, here's a look at my card :

Another view of the card :

Here's the picture of the sketch :

To make this card, I first die cut a circle on a separate card panel, then I layered it with a scalloped circle die cut and popped it on foam dots. I have done stenciling on the centre of the card to create the chevron like background using Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink. I then stamped my flowers using Versafine Onyx Black ink pad and colored it using my Distress inks- Peacock Feathers and Crushed Olive. The sentiment is also from the same set.

Supplies used :
Cardsotck base- Campap
Stamps- Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Extras set.
Dies- Jags Circle die set, Jags Scalloped Circle die set.
Inks- Distress inks- Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad.
Hero Arts Arrow Pattern stencil Sequins, Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Mist.

Challenges entered :
Allsorts- Flower Power
Crafty Creations- Something old, Something new - ( The Hero Arts stencil is new, old is my scalloped circle die and Heidi Swapp gold mist. )
Tuesday Throwdown- Facets for crafting- I have used Sequins.

I'm sharing another card which is based on the Color challenge from Heather. She's asked us to use Mint/Aqua, Silver/Grey, Blue and White. I'm also submitting this card for Laura's Mood Board challenge. I was inspired by the color of the scarf and the candle holders.

The Mood Board picture :

This card also features the stamp set which I have used for my first card, The Big, the Bold and Extras. Ont the card panel, first I have created a dotted background using a Heidi Swapp stencil and Hero Arts Soft granite ink pad. Then, I have embossed the banner from the same stamp set using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I then stamped my sentiment on the banner from The Big, the Bold and You set. The flowers are stamped using Hampton Art Aqua color ink and the outline of the flower has been stamped using Soft granite ink from Hero Arts. I have heat embossed the leaves using Liquid Platinum embossing powder and colored it using both, Soft Granite and Peacock Feathers Distress ink. The stitched edge of my card panel has been created using my new Paper Smooches Dots and Dashes border die set.

Supplies used :
Cardstock base- Campap
Stamps- Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Extras set, Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and You set.
Die- Paper Smooches Dots and Dashes border die set.
Inks- Distress inks- Peacock Feathers, Hampton Art A-La-Mode Aqua inkHero Arts Soft Granite ink, Versamark Dazzle embossing ink pad.
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embbossing powder, Heidi Swapp Medium Dots stencil, Glitter Balls.

Challenge entered :
Crafts 4 Eternity- No pattern paper
PolkaDoodles- Flower power
Little Red Wagon- Winter blues ( Featured )
SSS- Anything goes

I hope you like my cards. I know it's a very long post, so please forgive me for it. I would love to hear your feedback on them. :)
Have a nice day everyone!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DIY Round Gift Boxes

Hello everyone,
I'm here to share some gift boxes this time. These are totally made from scratch using dies as a base. I have a small pictorial on how I went about creating them. These are pretty easy to make once you have practiced with atleast one of them. For the tutorial on how to make them, I googled it and found a quite easy video on YouTube though the lady in the video used SVG cut files to make hers. The process is same. Here's a look at my boxes :

My second box which I made :

 Closer view of the box :

The first box I made was in White :
How it looks when opened

A close up of the details :

A small pictorial of the dies used to make the box :
The strip is handcut and it measures approximately 10 inch by 3 inch. I have scored at the half inch mark and cut small slits to make it easy to adhere it on the round base.

I ended up making not one, but two of these boxes as the first one was my practice go and the second one, my finished product. Though, as it is usual, I ended up loving the first one more than the other  which is the White and pink box.

To make the base of these boxes, I die cut 4 circles, mine are 3 inches in size and you will need two doily dies for the upper and lower halves. (This is totally optional). You will need an approximately 10 inch by 2 inch paper strip for the base and for the lid you can use a 10 inch by 3 inch paper strip as the lid of the box has to be a bit larger than your base for your box to fit/close properly.

The flowers on my boxes are handmade using two of my favorite dies from Cheery Lynn- Medium Tea Rose and Gardenia Strip and the two doilies that I have used are also from Cheery Lynn - Sophie's Heart Mini die being my all time favorite!
While one of my box is made using a kraft colored cardstock, the other one is totally pastel with soft colors and a splash of hot pink!! 
Do let me know which one is your favorite among the two. ;)

Supplies used :
Kraft cardstock- Darice, White cardstock- Campap.
Pattern papers- DCWV Fresh Florals Stack.
Dies : Cheery Lynn- Medium Tea Rose, Cheery Lynn Gardenia Strip, Cheery Lynn French Pastry doily die, Cheery Lynn Sophie's Heart Mini doily die, Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish die, Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf strip die, Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterflies (Small), Cheery Lynn BAF Embellishments #3 die, Jags Circle dies, Papertrey Ink Filigree Border die.
Embossing folder- Provocraft Swiss Dots folder.
Inks- Distress inks- Picked Raspberry, Vintage Photo. Distress Stains- Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Distress Stain Spray- Picket fence, Lindys Stamp Gang Hottie Patottie Hot Pink spray.
Golden and White Pollens, Leaves, Hat pins, Rose buds, Tulle, Pearls, Golden strips.

Challenges entered :
Cheery Lynn- Anything goes ( Winner! )
Lulupu- 3D with Dies ( Made it to Top 3 )
SSS- Anything Goes
613 Create Avenue- Anything Goes with Twist ( I have used Patterned paper, die-cut, dry embossing, flower and ribbon (tulle).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Layered, Shabby Card !!

Hi bloggy pals,
I have a card to share today which I have created for this week's Cheery Lynn Designs challenge where the theme is 'Sweethearts'. For my card, this time I decided to play with some texture and layering so I created the background of my card using patterned papers from Kaisercraft and Graphic 45. These papers are so gorgeous!! I had a tough time cutting into them. Here's a look at what I've created :

To add some texture to my card, I die cut some corrugated cardboard paper from my heart dies and added some Gesso and Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain on it and die cut another scalloped heart from a watercolored paper and colored it lightly using Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. I added a few drops of the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine mist. I even misted the upper half of the card using it.
The flowers are made from the Tea Rose Medium die by Cheery Lynn and colored using Worn Lipstick Distress Stain again and I painted Picket fence Distress Spray on the flowers using a brush! The leaves are also from this die and colored using Evergreen Bough and Mowed Lawn Distress Stains . The foliage was made using Tropical Flourish die by Cheery Lynn and layered the Sophie's heart Mini Doily die cut behind my hearts. The tiny flowers are die cut from the BAF Embellishments #3 die set by Cheery Lynn to which I have added some pollens.

Supplies used :
Cardstock Base- Campap.
Pattern papers- Kaisercraft Tea Break paper pad, graphic 45 Kraft Reflections pad, Chickaniddy Crafts Date Night paper pad.
Cheery Lynn Tea Rose Medium die, Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish die,  Cheery Lynn BAF Embellishments #3 die, Cheery Lynn Sophie's Heart Mini Doily die, Nellie Snellen heart dies.
Inks- Distress Stain Evergreen Bough, Distress Stain Mowed Lawn, Distress Stain Worn Lipstick, Distress Spray Stain Picket Fence, Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Mist.
Clear rhinestones and Pollens.

Challenges entered :
Cheery Lynn- Sweethearts
Create Something Catchy Challenges- Use the word' Happy'. ( Made it to the Top 4 )
C.R.A.F.T - Recycle (The corrugated paper is from packaging which I have die cut and used ). ( Made it to the Top 3 )
SSS- Incorporate a Heart.
IBSIC - I have chosen the inspiration picture of Hearts.

I hope you like my card. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
Have a nice day everyone!

Friday, January 16, 2015

A DIY Snowflake and card

Hello friends,
I am sharing a card today based on this weeks challenge theme at Cheery Lynn which is 'Snowflakes'. To tell the truth, I do not have any snowflake dies in my stash let along Cheery Lynn ones so I had to do a bit of an improvisation ad created my won snowflake using a paper punch and Cheery Lynn Olive Branches die. Before I show you how I made the snowflake, here's a look at my card :

 Here is the small tutorial on how I created the snowflake. I first punched out a medium size snowflake using white cardstock and colored it with Distress ink- Broken China. Then die cut 6 of the Cheery Lynn Olive branches leaves and cut them into half and stuck them on the base of the snowflake, thus creating the snowflake embellishment which then I blinged up by using a Silver Glitter Washi tape and punching out a snowflake through it !!

 This is how the snowflake embellishment looks like once its completed. You can distress it with any color ink.

To create my card, I first made two layers of these snowflakes and punched out the centre of it using silver glitter Washi tape. I layered it on Sophie's heart die and to create the frame, I die-cut the two 3 in 1 Corners (F) from Cheery Lynn again using silver washi tape and placed one each on the top and bottom. Then placed it on a DCWV pink polka dot patterned paper and added Anastasia Lace border.
Inked the edges of the lace using Distress ink- Spun Sugar. I distressed the edges of the card using Distress ink - Peacock feathers, added some rhinestones and made a bow using Seam Binding ribbon.

Supplies used :
Card base- Campap
Patterned papers- DCWV Fresh Floral Stack, Papermania Vintage Notes paper pack.
Dies :
Cheery Lynn Sophie's Heart mini doily die.
Cheery Lynn Olive Branches
Cheery Lynn Anastasia Border die,
Cheery Lynn 3 in 1 Corner dies (F)
Punch- Jef Snowflake punch.
Inks- Distress inks- Spun Sugar, Peacock Feathers and Broken China
Seam Binding Ribbon, Silver glitter Washi tape, Rhinestones and Twine.

Challenges entered :
Cheery Lynn - Snowflakes
Pinspirational Challenge- Snowflake (Made it to Top 3)
Craft Dee Bowz- Anything goes with a handmade bow

Hope you like my card. Do let me know your views regarding it. Would love to hear from you.
Have a nice day everyone!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Watercolored Hello

Hi friends and fellow crafters!
I have a card to share today using the new Altenew stamp- Doodle flowers which I recently laid hands on. LOVE, love, love these stamps !! 
I decided to play along the Runaway Inspired challenge this time as the inspiration picture really called to me.  The bright neon pink and that jeweled neckline from the Ralph Lauren collection is gorgeous and here's my take on it :

I was inspired by the color and the layered skirt. To recreate that, I took a piece of watercolor paper and just smooshed my Picked raspberry Distress ink pad on it very unevenly and I then I heavily spritzed it with water and let it dry.
I was also inspired by the neckline and tried to recreate it on my card by stamping and gold heat embossing the Altenew Doodle flowers stamp set on vellum and fussy cutting it. Placed some blue and yellow rhinestones in the center of the flowers. as well as scattering them on the sides,
I die cut my sentiment on a piece of black cardstock, used the negative of it and placed gold washi behind it to incorporate the belt.
I wanted to incorporate the yellow shirt on the right side of the picture on my card so I stamped a striped panel and placed it on the bottom of my card.
I know I went quite literal in my inspiration of the picture but I guess thats how my mind works, stuck on details. He he! :D

Supplies used :
Base cardstock- Watercolor paper, The Paper Accents Vellum and Campap
Dies- Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One,  WRMK Albums Made Easy Text dies.
Stamps- Altenew Doodle flowers, Bo Bunny To the Point stamp set.
Inks - Distress ink Picked Raspberry, Hero Arts Butter Bar ink pad, Versamark Dazzle Embossing ink pad.
Ranger Super fine Gold embossing powder, Gold Glitter Washi tape and rhinestones.

Challenges entered :
RIC - Photo Inspiration ( Made it to Top 3! )
Jo's Scrap Shack- Bling it up
STAMPlorations- Stamps & inks
Little Red Wagon - Sparkle and Shine

I hope you like my take on the inspiration picture. I'm not 100% sure about this card so would love to hear your view on it.
Have a nice day everyone!