Category: Challenge cards


This is the first time I’m participating in PTI’s MIM challenge. I have always wanted to…..seeing that I have so many PTI products……..but somehow I never have.  Well….there’s always a first time for everything.

The challenge is to make a ‘die-cut flower using a non-flower die’. Here’s my project……………….

This is not a card, but its a cover page of a mini album that I am working on. I havent made cards in such a long time. And since the challenge says ‘project’ and not card, I was very happy.  I’ve used the Doilies die to make the flower.

A few close ups……………I’ve cut five die cut doilies using pink paper, inked the edges with brown and black inks, staggered them one on top of the other after snipping off one ‘petal’ for each layer. Added a big ‘ol black button for the centre, some pearls, ribbon and was done.

The paper was white on the other side and I felt that the contrast was too much, so I inked it brown.

Off now to complete the album.



ICR 13

These were the rules for ICR #13 challenge. I’ve used CPS’s sketch no.246 for my card. I liked the sketch a lot and even though the deadline for CPS is over I still wanted to play with their sketch.

Surprinsingly using non-traditional colours for christmas cards wasnt very difficult at all. I think I’ll make some more………..

Very happy with it.


Indian Craft Room #12

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.


………………..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.


For a change…’s a card

I decided to participate in a card challenge after a looooooong time.   The time for the challenge is almost up and I think I’m going to make it by the skin of my teeth.

Here is the sketch for the CPS #245


I flipped the sketch  around and here is my creation…………….

The papers and embellishments are all from Crate Papers Portrait Collection. Lovely papers and I’ve used up almost all of it.


ICR #3

Hello there,

I am so sorry for not posting this earlier. I was away on vacation and I just got back.

So here’s the dish about the latest challenge at ICR. Please check it out and participate. I will be making a card inspired by the challenge photo soon… soon as I get vacation laundry outta the way and all my stuff unpacked. I absolutely dislike seeing suitcases lying around in my room. So first things first and then time for crafting.

Another thing about this challenge is that I am sponsoring the prize package this time.

The prize package includes a mini album, a companion micro-mini album and four sheets of embellishments (three on each sheet). I am enjoying looking at all the creations at ICR. So…what are you waiting for….head on there and get creative.



I made two projects for the Indian Craft Room’s first ever challenge ICRC1. The first one is a card made with the colour hues suggested by ICR for the challenge- yellow, green and a dark red.

Here is the card…..very CAS and very simple. We also had to interpret the letters IC and R any which way and incorporate that into the card as well. Here is my interpretation- Indian ribbon, Cuttlebug flower, Red button.

I am back to scrapbooking full -ishtyle after a loooooong gap. So I made an embellishment for my scrapbook page using the same colour combo.

Above is the embellie and below is the page……………………..

The journaling is kinda personal so I intentionally blurred it. Here is the interpretation of – Interesting sentiment, Cuttlebug flower, Ric-rac.

I’ve used the same green ric-rac for the stems of the handmade magazine paper flowers on the left of the page. This pic is the most recent family pic of the four of us taken on my daughter’s birthday.

EDIT: The pp used in the scrapbook page is Studio Calico which Shobana got from Ujjwal and was kind enough to share with me. I havent had the chance to order from Ujjwal as yet but I do have to tell you that the Studio Calico papers and Echo Park papers (which Tejal sent me a whole pack of) are just fabulous and fantastic. Thanks Ujjwal for taking the initiative to make these lovely pp available for us in India.



PDCC#75 calls for us to use pink, blue and silver.

Decided to go CAS for this card. Here it is………

I made a window using the nestie scallops and square dies, mounted the stickers on foam dots for dimension and used the silver ribbon that Shobana gave me (Thanks much, Shobana). Interesting bit about the silver ribbon is that the ribbon underneath it (blue satin in this case) can be changed to any colour. Nifty, isint it? The cs window is also popped up and there is a bit of silver glitter on the sticker too (doesnt show up in the pic at all).

Here’s a close up…..

I dont remember where Shobana got the ribbon from…….maybe she will leave the name of the place in the comments section. Thanks once again, S.

Thanks Play Date Cafe for a lovely colour challenge.


Little bitty mini cards——–is what the challenge is at Waltzingmouse sketch this week. So I made not one….not two…..not three…but 8 cards in all. Makes a nice set. Would be a nice gift in itself, wouldnt it.

Unfortunately I dont own any Waltzingmouse stamps (this situation might have to be remedied asap). So I used PTI stamps instead. This is their sketch…

#41 Sketch

Edit: Thank you Ujjwal for suggesting the Wee Memories WMC50 colour challenge. The colours on these pencils look so vibrant. I think my cards would fit perfectly with this challenge. This would be my first time playing at Wee Memories. I’ll scoot right away to admire their Flickr gallery.

PTI’s Sign Language stamp set is Shobana’s and she has very generously let me borrow it for a while. There are just so many pretty little images in it with cute little sentiments that fit perfectly inside the banner image. I had an idea to make a rainbow of cards and here they are……………………..

Would be nice to give a whole set as a gift to someone special. I was so kicked to find that I had matching ribbons and cardstock and stamps to make the set of cards. Some of the stamp pads are on their last leg and I had to squeeze some juice out of them. I did finish the set and glue the red and yellow scallop squares on their white bases. Just forgot to take a separate pic of them. It looked like a good way to stage the pics with the red and yellow lying on the table.

There are so many more ideas floating in my brain and I cant wait to try them all out. Be prepared to see more of this stamp set on this blog. All thanks to you Shobana for ordering it. I wasnt sure I liked this set that much. But now that I’ve used it, I like it a lot.

Make sure you pop by at Waltzingmouse blog to see the amazing work of the DT. Such cute little bitty cards by everyone. I spent the better part of today browsing their blogs. Great inspiration.