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Life is a beautiful thing + Q&A

So Its my favorite day of the week today and I am in good mood :) I made something which is so not my style and yet I like it *grin* 
I kept my promise from the last post to show more love to those pretty papers sitting idle and Oh yes, my obsession with the PTI "Friends till the end" set continues  :)

 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: PTI(Friends 'till the end), WPlus9(Magical Moments); ink: Unity Stamp Co.(French lilac, Raw Sienna);embossing: Versamark Embossing inkpad, Rangers Super fine detail embossing powder(clear); embellishment: wooden button, twine

I am not sure if I have told you this before but lilac is one of my favorite colors. There's something about it that draws me to it and yes if you check my wardrobe you will find lots of lilac color dresses there :)
So when I saw the Jay Gee's Nook Challenge#10, I was inspired. I had my mind filled with so many ideas(just a hint, there are more cards coming inspired by this challenge picture :))
The second challenge that inspired me was Melissa's Layering Challenge at Yvonne's Blog . I am a one layer card girl and this challenge was out of my comfort zone and hence a real challenge for me. But I loved layering papers on this card.

Updated : I forgot to mention that I used Teri's sketch (upside down :D ) at Skipping Stone Challenge#89. That was actually the starting point of this card and I don't know how I forgot to mention it here. Silly me!!


Q1  How did you get both pink and white stamped image on THIS card?              - Snehal Watwe Welde
A1  I call this technique "highlighting the stamp image" and although it looks sophisticated,its quite simple to do. I first stamped the flowers in white and then outlined them with pink marker, easy peasy :)

Q2 Did I use regular sketch pens for highlighting in THIS card?                            - Tejal
A2 Yes, I used the Faber Castell sketch pens.

Q3 What white ink do you use? and do you stock it?                    - Jaya Christina
A3 I use Color Box FROST WHITE ink and I love it. I do not have it in stock at the moment, but if you would like to purchase it, drop me an e-mail and I will get it for you.

Q4 Do we really need these die-cut machines, when we have the best tools with us...10 fingers and one good scissor?                                                                                           - Tejal 
A4 To tell you all the truth, each time I start making a card or any other project I wish I had some of those fancy tools to make life a little easier. But then when I finish making a card, I am always so proud of myself for having done it without any tool :D 

Q5 What does shabby chic mean?                                                       - Snehal
A5 I don't have the exact definition for you but as far as I know it's a mix of vintage and distressed along with a soft and feminine feel. Use of pastels, distressing, a worn out look, floral prints, vintage lace, classic and pretty,  they all add up for the shabby chic appeal.

Q6 Tips on Sewing. What thread I use? Do I poke holes before I start sewing?     -Tejal
A6 My tips:
  -  Poke holes before you start sewing on your card
  -  Poke holes from the wrong side of your card stock, that makes it easy and you are saved from the trouble of rubbing off the pencil marks
  - I use a big size needle and and foam pad as a cushion when poking holes.
  - use embroidery threads (I use anchor threads, easily available in India). They have a good texture and are available in ample colors
  - A standard embroidery floss has six strands of thread. Vary the number of threads (use 2, 3, 4, 6) and get a different look each time
 - Hand Sewing might take some time. Have patience and watch your favorite program or listen to your favorite song and enjoy sewing :)

Advice1  Join a design team to spark up the mojo and keep you going.          - Yvonne
A1 You know, each time I think about joining a design team, the questions that comes to my mind are " Am I ready for it? Am I good enough to be on a design team? Will I be able to inspire all those wonderfully talented people out there? What if I go blank when working in a timeline?
And I never get those questions answered, so end up not applying for the design team positions. But I guess I need to give it a try and that's the way to get all the above questions answered :)


  1. Lovely card Ujjwal. Ha Yvonne nailed you:) I had the same reply for so its nice to read how I felt and wrote;))

  2. Lovely card Ujjwal! And Loving the Q&A. Thank you so much for the useful info.

  3. very bright and nice card.. thanks for sharing the info through ur Q&A session on fridays. its very useful :)

  4. WOWA Ujjwal GORGEOUSSSSSSS I NEEED to get inks!!!!

  5. Beautiful card the colours...purple is my fav colour as well and I am just drawn to it:)
    I too agree with Yvonne, that u should join a DT :)
    Love your QA section...feels good to have questions answered :P

  6. Gorgeous card Ujjwal. I love the way you have curled the petals on the flower and your use of patterned paper. Thanks so much for joining us at Jay Gee's :)

  7. beautiful card! loved the bloom! looks elegant

  8. I love this one....firstly for the rich colour and secondly for the flower...I love them...each and every card of yours with these is fab.Thanks for answering my queries.Regding the DT thing I think you are not only ready but very gifted and should def try and get on one of the DT.How did you color this flower and the leaf? did you stamp it or did you emboss it? I am very curious.Alright I know I am writing too much but one last thing I WANT THAT COLOUR BOX FROST WHITE INK whenever you have it.And did I mention that I love your q and a section every week.proud of you my friend.Keep inspiring us always

  9. Beautiful creation Ujjwal. Luv the QA section. Even I don't have those fancy die cutting machines. I usually cut different shapes by my own as I m blessed with drawing skills then why should I buy those machines.

  10. Lovely card, Ujjwal! The bluish/purple flower is so beautiful! Also interesting Q&A, many useful info there!

  11. wow what a lovely card Ujjwal! love love love that flower!

  12. Loved the flower and the coloring..Keep them coming!:)

  13. Very striking colors,beautiful:)

  14. This looks awesome Ujjwal! I love the colours and the layers! :)

  15. I did look up twice to be sure it is your post .You have done such a good job on this card though I do admire your clean and simple style. This is exactly the way I like it.

  16. Fabbie card!.. WOW!.. I am loving your patterned papers!.. Ther are soo gorgeous!..
    And high 5 for lilac! :D
    The Q&A session rocks! :D

  17. Hi
    Sweet flower. Your card is gorgeous! ♥
    Lovely details!!

    Hugs, Gry

  18. This is gorgeous, Ujjwal! The Wplus9 sentiment looks wonderful with that PTI flower.

  19. Very nice card! Thanks for playing along with us over at SSD!

  20. This card is gorgeous! Those flowers are amazing and I love all the distressed edges! thanks for playing along with us this month ... cheers Ange

  21. Loving everything about this card!! The colors are so refreshing!!


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