Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fancy fold and Christmas....

I remember that one of the first card that I ever posted to this blog was a tri-shutter card and after so many postings, I come back to it again.  The best things about these cards is that they look so complicated and yet so easy to make - just my kind of cards. Anyway, without much ado, here is my newest tri-shutter card

Pretty, ain't it ? The card has my favorite color combination - red and brownish green ( or greenish brown , may be) . And it also has my favorite stamped characters - Edwin and Tilda. I really enjoyed coloring Edwin and am especially proud of the lantern and how the light reflects on his pants.  Also, I kept this card embellishment-free ~ I have been paying too much for postage lately :(
But I think in the case, it works.

The sentiments next to Edwin are from Justrite while those next to Tilda are computer generated.

This is how the card looks completely open.The blank space on the central panel is for a message. The papers are all from DCWV.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

A sunburst card

As a card maker, I am not very good at complicated things and complicated instructions. But sometimes it is fun to try new things, so when the design team at ABC Challenges invited me to be their Guest designer this week, I delved in to a new kind of card. The challenge this week is to case a DT card from the past. I chose the sunburst card by DT member Danielle in the ABC 49 challenge

 As I had never tried a sunburst card before, I was a bit skeptical on how successful I was going to be. But I am really happy to report that it is so easy.This is what I came up with

I retained the basic pattern while changing it from a Halloween to Christmas celebrations. The papers are all from DCWV and the stamp is, of course, Magnolia Tilda- sitting angel. All the panels are distressed with Tim Holtz vintage photo distressing pad.

 The two layered stamps are both from Justrite Christmas collection. I love " The magic of Christmas" stamp and tend to use it way too often :)

 The inside is lined with DCWV Christmas collection paper and decorated with the Memory Box dies.

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The crafty bloggers network
Christmas Card challenges
Scrapbook blessings club
Crafty Little fairies
7 kids college fund challenge
Magnolia-licious challenge

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Another one....

As you can see, I am running out of titles for the Christmas card posts...and there are still so many more to go. Sometimes I wish I could be all alone with all my craft supplies and no can only wish.
Anyway, coming back to the card, what is funny is that I worked more on the inside of the card than the outside and you will see in a minute why. It is almost as if the front of the card was an after thought :)
So this is how the inside of the card goes:

The center ornament swings to reveal a different message on the other side. The ornament stamp as well as the sentiment are both from Justrite.

 And now for the front....the stamp is Magnolia Tilda ( I seem to be doing Magnolia exclusively for the last few to do something else soon).


The star on the left corner managed to twist itself just a bit. I did correct it but not before I had taken all the pictures, downloaded them on to the computer and packed away the camera. Once I realized the bent, it was too much of an effort to redo the taking image thing. Like most crafters, I love to create but hate to take pictures :(

Since the inside of the card is all used up, the back of the card has the only place to write a message - though I do think the recipient would not mind.

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Magnolia-licious Challenge
Top tip Tuesday Challenge
Craft your passions challenge
Die-cut-divas Challenge 
Scrapping 4 fun Challenges
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Same stamp...different look

It is always interesting to see how the look of the stamp is completely changed by the color and the embellishments on the card. For this card, I decided to use the same stamp one of my previous one ( see earlier post dated 17th Oct ) and try to make it look different. I am not sure that I succeeded too much 'cos I ended up sticking to the monochromatic theme :(
Anyway, here is the card

The big star on the right corner is a Memory box die which I seem to favor these days. The stamp is Justrite. 
The inside of the card is lined up with similar paper and has an ornament shaped die cut for writing sentiments.

And here is the close up of the magnificent Tilda.

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Creative moments Challenge
Aud Sentiments Challenge
Artistic Inspirations Challenge
ABC Challenge

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Blue and Brown Christmas ....


Christmas is just around the corner...which means, at least for crafters,  card-making at its speediest :)

For my Christmas card, I decided to go in the exact opposite direction from my previous one, focusing on this kind of vintage - shabby look. Which also meant choosing the colors blue and brown.


 So there it is, Tilda with a gift - looking as cute as ever. The card uses the Majestic Elements Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles Die for its shape and layering. The blue DP is from DCWV. The corner embellishment is a Memory Box die.

I had this image colored and cut, ready to be used for a really long time. So not really sure if I used only markers or a combination of markers and colored pencils here.

The inside of the card is similarly lined and heavily distressed. The deer are from the Memory Box die cut and the sentiment is Justrite.

Submitting for the following

 Stamping For the Week
Fashionista Challenge
Magnolia-licious Challenge
Crafty Little Fairies
ABC Christmas challenge

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

It is good to be back

It has been a while since I published anything on the blog and a big reason for that has been a move across continents. But it is good to be back and doing my favorite thing - stamping, coloring, cutting, and glueing :)
For my first card, I decided to go with a Christmas card, since I need to make a lot of these and I have barely made any. But instead of the traditional red and green, I decided to go with black and white ! I like the effect though.


It is a Z card, done only in black and white - except for the two red gift boxes. I just couldn't resist that .....
This is how the card unfolds

A place to write .....

And on the other side

And now for the essentials
The stamp is magnolia tilda (of course), the stars are Spellbinders and the star banner in the front panel bottom is a memory box die.

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ABC Christmas challenge
Addicted to stamps and More!
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Christmas in April ????

So as you know I am contributing as GD at the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog this past month and this week the theme is "anything but a Birthday card". So I decided, why not a Christmas card? I know it is a bit early, actually insanely early but then again, I am always running and trying to finish all the cards in December so head start is good, right?
Anyway, this is the card I came up with - my first Christmas card for the year 2013

 It may be hard to think of Christmas when the weather is just about warming up but how can one not fall in love with Jingle Jangle Tilda. At first I was planning to make her the focal point of the card but when I cut these stars from Memory Box dies and layered them, I knew they have to get the sweet spot. The topmost star is from Spellbinders.

 The papers are from DCWV and the sentiment is Justrite stamps. The three little ornaments are cut from Spellbinders die Heirloom Ornaments - the smallest die in the group. Tilda is colored using alcohol markers incl. Copic, Faber Castell etc. ( I really should start writing down the exact markers used).

 The inside of the card is lined with the same papers. The sentiment on the right is written on the computer and printed. I decided to add another Tilda stamped image inside - after all, it is my first Christmas card.
Here are a few close ups

And the other side

And before I end, I would like to thank the team at Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog. It was fun and so easy being a GD for them - so well organized and helpful too. Thank you, ladies.

Along with submitting this at Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog, would like to submit for the following

Christmas Stampin All year Long

Stampin For the Weekend

Crimbo Crackers

Addicted to Stamps and more

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Polka dots, bows and buttons..

The theme at Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog this week is Polka dots, bows and buttons. When I sat down to make the card I was still not sure which route I wanted to take - the sweet card or the fun, sassy card - and then my eyes fell on this Wee Stamp Silver Fairy image which I had colored a while back and never used. And well, the decision was made - I collected the papers and the ribbons and the......and here is the card

The papers are from DCWV stack and so is the "ADORE" sentiment.  The gold organza ribbon for the bow is actually a recycled item - I recently won a gift basket at my son's Choir benefit auction and it came with this beautiful ribbon tied up all around it. Definitely worth keeping :)
The Spellbinder die cut creates the border between the two papers.

 The tag was made using Lifestyle Crafts die. The end stamps are from the Justrite -Noel Christmas ornament collection.The sentiment is Inkadinkado.
 Along with submission as GD for Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog , submitting for the following:

Addicted to stamps and more

7 kids challenge blog

Flutter by Wednesdays

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Hey you....

So if you haven't guessed by now, let me state it - Magnolia Tilda stamps are my all time favorite stamps ( and really, I ain't even getting paid to say that !!! ). I just adore all the images and they look wonderful whether done in soft pastels or bright colors - I know I have tried possibly ever color :)
So when I was told that the theme at the Sweet Stampin Challenge blog was Pastel Colors, who else could I go to but my trusted Tilda?
I started with the sketch over at Crafting Life's little pieces blog

And this is what I came up with

 I decided to keep the card primarily pink - not something that I often do. The stamped image is Tilda with little pocket ans she is minimally colored with a combination of Copics, Faber Castell and a pink prisamacolor pencil.

The papers are all from the same DCWV stack - the Princess collection. I love the pattern on these but they are a bit thick to be matted before layering so I went with the clean look - just a lot of faux stitching on the margins. The layered butterfly is Martha Stewart. While the bottom one is liberally glittered, the top one is shaded in pink and then just slightly glittered.

 The inside of the card is relatively simple - remember the thickness issue? The single flower though is shaded and covered with glossy accent to give a rich, shiny look. Tons of liquid pearls and glitter finish up this card.

Along with a submission as Guest Designer at Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog, submitting for the following:

Crafting Life's little pieces

Papertake Weekly Challenge  - Bingo

Marvelous Magnolia Challenge

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