Archive for November, 2011

Creative Scrappers #184

EDIT: This is the second post for today. Please scroll down for Creative Scrappers #181.

This is the sketch for Creative Scrappers sketch challenge #184.

And my page…………………

Papers and wordings are Crate’s Restoration and Emma’s Shoppe collections, the flower embellies are Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads. Used Lifestyle Crafts cookie cutter scalloped circle dies on the page too.



Continuing to play with more Creative Scrappers layout challenges. This one is #181.

And here is my layout.

I kept it very simple.  The orange pp with hearts on it is by Echo Park and was a scap lying on my table. Paired it up with another orange scrap of handmade paper. Layered some metal embellies from Making Memories (is at least 6 years old) and PTI’s Background Basics stamp set (to substitute for the chevron design on the sketch).

A close up of the metal embellies on the page:

The ‘you have all my love’ stamp is from MME’s Lost and Found 2 collection.

Also sending this layout for Frosted Designs ‘use metal on any project’ challenge.

This page is for my son’s album, hence the minimalist, CAS look. I know he will appreciate it if I dont load it up with embellies. No fuss-no muss kinda guy, so that is reflected on the page too.

Have a nice day, everyone.


ICR ATC swap

I am so sorry Preeti and Sri Swathi, that it took me so long to post pics of the pretty ATC’s that you sent me. It’s almost time for next months ATC’s to be posted, so I figured I’d better hurry up and upload the Oct ATC’s.

If its any consolation I did not take any pics of the four ATC’s that I made too. Completely forgot about it.

This first one is by Sri Swathi. She has carefully and painstakingly glued the swastika design on the front of the ATC. Thanks so much Swathi.

Preeti sent me the ones in the picture below. Not just one, she sent me three, with a personalised name tag to boot.

The intricate punch craft on the ATC’s had my jaw dropping to the floor. Here is a close up of all the details in the flower bouquets. Bet it took a lot of patience to put it together. Hats off to you Preeti.

Lucy Colaco sent me this beautiful Diwali card (I know, I know…..its almost time for Christmas and too late to be talking about Diwali, but I wanted to thank her for her beautiful card).

Now…this card is actually purple, not blue. I tried really hard to capture the real colour, even tried photoshopping, but dang it! the cloudy skies in Chennai (for the past five days, I might add) didnt help one bit. So instead of waiting for Mr.Sun to show up I decided to upload it as is. The diya is made of shimmer paper and that  doesnt show up either. Beautiful card with a personalised message inside. Thank you Lucy.


Basic Grey‘s this week challenge said to ‘Go Bold’ and that’s what I did, with this layout.

When I think of my daughter in terms of colour, then its all bright and bold and beautiful colours all mixed together. She is a very colourful personality. So, taking a cue from that I chose Basic Grey’s Lauderdale papers for the 12 x 12 base and used Sweet Threads papers and flowers as accents. This page is very, very bold, but I know she will love it for the colours in it.

Here it is…

That’s it for today.

Have a nice day, everyone.


Playing the ICR 12 challenge after a very long time. Seems to be a familiar refrain of late. I have been away from challenges for a while. Feels good to challenge myself once again and it is so much fun to create to a set of rules. Right now I am enjoying it. Could be a different story next month.

Dots and stripes and tag.

Here’s what I made…………….

So where are the dots and stripes………one might ask. Now, sometimes rules can be limiting. But I challenged myself to use dots and stripes in a very different way. I didnt want to use dotted and striped paper or stamps.

Here’s a close up of what I did.

The tag (Spellbinders die)  is front and centre on the card. It is layered on a panel which has strips of Basic Grey Ambrosia papers. I embossed the tag with the dots and stripes of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Notepad embosser. PTI’s Harvest Berries die cut adorns the tag. Kept it sentiment free so that it can be used for any occassion in a pinch.

Thanks you Asha, Tejal and Sudha at ICR. I had a blast coming up with different ideas for  challenges. Kudos to all of you for doing such a great job managing ICR. Sorry for not being able to visit and comment as often as I’d like.

Thanks to all who take the time to stop by. I will return the favour for sure.


Missed this one by a whisker. Got the card ready, got the post all done……but just as I was ready to link up Mr.Linky shut down on me. I was late.

Here’s the Card patterns sketch #142

This is what I made. I turned the sketch over on its side.

Once again the papers are Crate’s Portrait collection. Beautiful papers. I’m down to the last few 12 x 12 and a few scraps.


Lily Bee Designs and Maya Road got together for a lot of scrappy fun. And when they have fun, they inspire us to have fun too.

Lily Bee had a sketch on their blog that I really liked and wanted to try.

This is their sketch:

And here is my interpretation of it.

I’ve used Lily Bee’s ‘Stationery Cotton Candy’ papers with a little bit of ‘Happily Lost’ and ‘This and That’ thrown in. The embellies are all from ‘Happily Lost’.

I’ve also used Maya Road’s microfelt stars, and the Luxe Stoney Island sheer alphabet. To mimic the dots on the page, I used small dots of liquid glue to stick the sheer alphas so that when dry you could see the dots (normally I dont like glue showing through and I use staples to adhere sheer stuff, but this time I wanted to go for the ‘dotty’ effect.)

The ‘7’ is hand drawn and hand cut. The pink flower ribbon is a local craft store find.

Here’s another picture…..

Now…I decided to take the Lily Bee sketch challenge a little further. Using the pictures from the same event (my daughter’s seventh birthday)  and using this same sketch I decided to do another layout. WHY??? You ask. ‘Coz I really like the sketch. You can go any way you want with it. The page above had a lot going on. The page below is simpler and less emblishment heavy.

And I love both the pages.

I havent used any Maya road on this page. Just Lily Bee’s products. I stayed true to the sketch on this one. The chipboard embellies used on this page are by S.E.I. (its a very old one, from my stash)

These past few days I’ve been  having a lot of fun playing so many challenges. Guess I sound like a broken record now………..I suppose this is what ‘to get you mojo on’ means. I love it. It’s almost as if my brain is swimming with ideas and I havent enough hours in the day to get them all done.

Have a nice day everyone and thanks so much for stopping by.


Edit: Scroll down for some more challenges posted over the weekend.

A layout challenge again.

Toldya I was on a challenge roll.

Played with the Creative Scrappers sketch # 183.

I combined the sketch challenge with Crate’s Everyday challenge— “Who would you like to say thank you to?” was the prompt.


This is my layout. Other than the black cardstock every single thing on this layout is by Crate. I love the embellies that came with this collection of papers (Portrait Collection, in case you wanted to know)

I really am so thankful for this photo as it was the last one we ever took of my father-in-law. My husband and son had just returned from the temple after Avani Avittam celebrations (that’s why they are shirtless) and before they could change I asked them to sit on the couch for a quick photo. Little did we know that in 15 days my FIL would be in the hospital and would be gone from the world within one and a half months of clicking this picture. He does look really old and tired here.

Father. Son. Grandson.

So thankful to have this ‘three generations’ photo.


………………..I’ve been bitten by the challenge bug……..for now.

Cardabilities sketch#43 was the next sketch that I wanted to try out. Well…….Crate’s Portrait papers were on my table, the embellies were right next to it. This card came together quite fast. I chalk it down to the wonderful papers for inspiring me to try out three challenges in two days.

Here’s my take on it.

This line of papers by Crate is actually wedding-themed. But this is the first project I’ve made that uses the papers and embellies for the purpose it was intended. I thought the colours were perfect for masculine pages and I’ve made quite a few scrapbook pages for my son’s album using this line. A lot of the embellies are also pretty apt for a boy/man page.

Thanks for stopping by.


I thought I’d try out some layout challenges as well, as long as I am playing challenges…..

Here’s sketch #28 put up by Frosted Designs……

And here is my layout…….

All products used on this page are by Crate Paper ‘cept for the white cardstock.

Loved how this turned out.