Archive for March, 2011

Told ya!

This is my fourth post for today, and second one for the Less is More challenge. Please do scroll down and view the other posts. Thanks much.

Didnt I tell you I was going to try the Less is More -week 8 challenge again. I did. So proud of myself. Deciding to keep the layout CAS was the key and it helped me make two cards that were tall and thin. Both have been usurped by my daughter for her teachers. Next week is the last week before summer vacation and she wants to give ‘Happy Holidays’ cards to all her teachers.

The blue card was a snap and the pink one was quite the opposite. The green grass fringing took quite some time. The flourish stamp is by Autumn Leaves and the red felt flowers are from my local craft store so’s the peacock and ribbon. Beautiful Blooms die used on the blue card to frame the peacock.

Here they are……………………..the sketch and the cards………………………

Didya notice the tiny beads on the three bigger red flowers……they are barely visible, I know. ‘Hello’ sentiment is by StampinUp!
Off now to make some more cards for my daughters teachers.



This is the sketch at Simply Less is More- week 8. The stipulation this week was to make a tall, thin card where the length is twice the width. Believe me, this was a challenge in itself. I dont make cards that size at all. But then a challenge is a challenge and here is the card I made.

Not only was the size a challenge, I choose colours totally outa my confort zone. That centre flower die was the starting point……I found pp, ribbon and cs to match as best as I could. The green silk leaf is store bought and I inked it up with brown ink to kinda dull the brightness of the green. I was so pumped up at completing the card that only after uploading this pic did I realise that I hadnt stamped any sentiment on it.  I think I will have another go at this challenge, I might will myself to make another card.


Edit: This is my third post for today.

Edit: Turns out I am too late for submitting this card. I had it ready but couldnt post it in time. Lesson learnt! Also this is the second post for today.

JAI has come up with a wonderful challenge—– to make a card using just stamps and cardstock…..ONLY. I couldnt wait to try this one. As I have confessed many times  I just love my pp collection and love to use it on my cards. Well……I couldnt touch it this time. Not only that……we are not allowed to use punches, or die-cuts, or ribbons, or buttons, or anything else except stamps and cs…………………just a whole bunch of No’s.

So I stamped my card with flower stamps from PTI’s Beautiful Blooms and the swirly leaf from Turning a New Leaf (on loan from Shobana). The Hello sentiment is by StampinUp! Here it is…………

After taking this picture, I felt the card looked kinda bleh! I felt it needed something to give it some dimension. Now I cant use my trusty circle nesties or punches…… i improvised. I used the lid of two medicine bottles and cut two circles out of them in blue and white. And since my cutting wasnt perfect, I used my scissors to distress the edges. Here is the completed card which I like much better……………………….

Here is a close up of the circles. I stamped the swirly leaf on a scrap piece of white sc and cut it out for extra dimension.

I enjoyed making this card. I had to repeatedly stop myself from reaching for my ribbons and buttons and embellishments. Made me think. I like that.


This is the sketch this week at Clean and Simple stamping– FTL #133. The idea is to use a 3-d element where flowers are shown on this sketch.

And here is my card nestled among my Tulsi plant.

The chipboard flowers are from Itsy Bitsy, pp is really old, and stamp is from PTI’s In Bloom.


Get Sketchy #80

Playing along with the Get Sketchy sketch #80…………………….


Here’s my modest interpretation.

Papermania pp, PTI Embellishment stamps- the flourish is stamped in orange and hand cut, PTI Text Style stamped in Versa Mark on beige cs, sentiment is also from PTI, ribbon from Maya Road.


I had this piece of doily in my stash for a long time. I’ve been wanting to use it for an even longer time too. This sketch at Card Patterns was just right for it.

I flipped the sketch and here is my card………………………….

The pp is by Papermania, ribbon is from my local craft store, PTI dies (Butterflies and Limitless Layers), Scallop Nestie die and PTI stamp set ‘Life’. I’ve inked the edges of the doily with brown ink.




This is my third Sasya post in two days and the second post of today. Please scroll down for the other two Sasya inspired cards.

I made another card for Sasya’s bonus sketch #9. I think I really like this sketch. I went with rainbow colours for this one. I’ve taken a few liberties with the sketch this time. Instead of four blocks in the centre I went in for 6. I also tucked in the sentiment in the gap created by the flowers. Since the sketch was the inspiration for this card I’ve decided to enter it for the challenge

Flowers have been die-cut with PTI’s Beautiful Blooms dies. Sentiment is PTI’s Out on a Limb Sentiments and leaf is Turning a New Leaf—- I stamped it in darker green, hand cut it, then sponged light green ink all over it to hide my imperfect cutting.

Thanks Sasya for two lovely sketches this week.


I wanted to try my hand at Sasya’s bonus sketch……here is the sketch

And here is my card…………………………..

The stamps are PTI’s Sign Language (on loan from Shobana—thanks so much). I was trying to make a Birthday card for a boy. I think I succeeded. Very happy with the results. The Happy Birthday sentiment is also from the same set. PTI’s small rick rack die was used to make the border. I inked the stamps very lightly with the red and blue ink so as to get a distressed look. The four squares have been popped up on foam dots.


Sasya Sketches #55

This is my second post for today. Please check out the previous post  too.

Decided to play along with Sasyas Sketches today.

And here is my card……………………


Really like how the card turned out. The flowers are from Itsy Bitsy and came already blinged up and distressed. The silk leaf is from a local craft store. I distressed it a bit with brown ink coz it was too bright green for my liking. The pp is by Papermania.


Two more cards for you. Both birthday themed and very basic and simple. No jing-bang-shebang at all.

The kids have ten days of break before they start the next grade. So I might actually participate in a few challenges this week. At least the intention is there, whether or not I am able to……….we’ll see.

Chennai is starting to get hot and the AC’s are on in full swing.  Cant think of stepping out in the day time. Thankfully the evenings are still cool and pleasant. That’s it for today.