Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A simple Layout!

Hello people!! Popping in to share a simple layout I did using Sketchy Thursday Sketch and couple of good news :)

Lets cover the layout first. I scrapped my pictures from the college days yet again (those were the best days ever :) ). Did I ever tell you I am a complete nature girl? I love all things nature and it has a very calming effect on my senses. Whenever I am stressed/ tensed/angry/sad/upset, all I do is go to my terrace, take a walk, look at the sky and the scenery and everything just falls back to place :)

I used a mix of Studio Calico, Echo Park and Jillibean papers and stickers and kept it pretty simple.

 As for the news...good ones....I won the Kirsty's Crepe paper challenge at Do More With Less with my College days layout and now the same layout is getting published in Magazine.  Ohh yes..can you believe it? I couldn't! Because I am just starting out with layouts and I have a long long way to go :) So, its really an achievement for me.

And there is a fun giveaway going on at Lily Pad Cards

I became a Member of Lily Pad Cards today! Go become a member for a chance to win a collection of Hero Arts stamps. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 15!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rainbow & smile!

I love the rainy season and looking at the rain fall makes me smile and that is how I interpreted the current challenge at ICR#5 - Rain with the twist of decorating the envelop/inside of the card . I picked up the theme and colors from Embellish Magazine Rainbow Color Challenge and the sketch over at Lawnscaping challenge#12 and created this.

Here it is with the envelope 

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; Embellishments: Mulberry Roses, Twine from the Twinery, 

Love those mulberry flowers, they are a delight to look at :) The sentiment is handwritten.

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Just popping in to share a card I did for the Lucy's lovely lines Sketch Challenge at Lily Pad Cards using the colors from Color Cue{16} and the twist of Getting Edgy at CAS-ual Fridays#8

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Maya Road (Geometric Designs),PTI(Friends 'till the end); ink: Momento (Tuxedo Black, lady bug), Unity Co. (French lilac);  Embellishments: Buttons(American Crafts), Twine from the Twinery, Elementary Border Sticker from Echo Park, Pearls(Itsy Bitsy)

So I used the Maya Road Geometric Designs Stamp set and turned it into flowers..clever, huh! :D
I got my first PTI set{all thanks toTejal!} and I am loving it. Picked up the beautiful bold sentiment from PTI here. To finish it off, added some buttons, decorative borders from Echo Park and some twine

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Story of the empty treat bag!

The story goes like this - yesterday for the first time I made a window treat bag inspired by Ashley Newell's treat bag. I put a chocolate(last one we had in our home) in the treat bag and waited for DH to come home so I could show him. DH came,  looked at the treat bag and then lifted his eyes, made the most innocent face ever and said "Can I have that?" (He meant the chocolate :D . He loves chocolates to no end). Now who could refuse an innocent face so I said "OK, but let me photograph it for the blog first" and went to fetch my camera. And when I came back, the treat bag was empty and my DH was grinning from ear to ear :)

Morale of the story: Take all pictures before showing anything to DH and Never trust DH with chocolates :D

So here is my {empty} treat bag


Here is how it looks from the back side
Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; Papers: Studio Calico (Penmanship) Embellishments:Alpha Stickers from Echo Park, twine

I think they would be really cute to celebrate kid's birthday at school! You can fill them with candy or chocolates or even some cute little stationary items :)

This is my entry for Anita's window challenge and Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge#60 - Party Time.

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Altered Corrugated Album Cover!

So today I did something I had been planning to do for a long long time, I finally altered a corrugated sheet that came in packing to created an album cover for my 12X12 layout that I have recently started making.

I am not really an altered art artist or something and this is my very first try so please be gentle on me :)

 And here are a few close up shots

All the glitter is from Pie lane, Echo Park papers and stickers, Maya Road chipboard alphas, Studio Calico Wood Veener hearts, laces, hand made flowers, and acrylic paint.

So what you think? Do you think I have any future in altered art? :D
Let me know!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

You make me happy!

I know I have been flooding you with projects, projects and more projects for the past few days but it is my mojo that is to be blamed. It has been super active and makes me work on a project almost everyday :D
I hope I am not over doing it. Please let me know in case I am :D

Today's card is and will remain one of my favorites for a long time to come and that is because
- Its my first graphic card with clean lines
- I am in love with the Dots & Stripes Echo Park Paper line
- I love how that sentiment goes perfectly with the simple design
- I like the base cardstock and how to gives the card a soothing effect.

I guess enough of blowing my own trumpet here :D Getting back to the card - this is my entry for the CAS-ual Friday#7 - color blocking using the colors at The Play Date Cafe Challenge#86

This is a long card 9" X 4" (which I have been wanting to create for a long time)and was so difficult to photograph. No matter how I took the picture, it always came out crooked. I tried this angle then

And then this angle
Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: American Crafts (); ink: Momento (Tuxedo Black); Papers: Echo Park (Dots & Stripes Candy Shoppe) Embellishments: Buttons (American Crafts)

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge#80

Happy Monday!! Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!I had a good one with a 6 hour drive to my sister-in-law's hostel with my DH by my side.  Had fun!

Today I am sharing a card made for the Skipping Stone Sketch Challenge#80. 

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Skipping Stones (Grunge); ink: pigment (blue,green, olive); Embellishments:twine, yarn, button, paper clip;

I had fun with this one with all the stamping,distressing and loved making the little embellishment too.

And in another happy news, I made it to Top 5 at  ICR Challenge#4 - Color Splash. So excited! Yay!!

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Echo Park Monthly Designer Call !

In May, Echo Park launched its fresh face campaign to chose monthly designers and I was so excited for the opportunity because I love them :) So I thought I will give it a try. To enter, we are required to create a blog post showcasing 3 of our best projects using Echo Park products. You can read all the details HERE. I am starting here with my most latest Echo Park project.

Project 1: Birthday Treat layout  (for original post and more pictures, click  HERE)

                        Supplies: papers: Echo Park Papers(Playground, Walk in a park, Little Girl, Spring Time);embellishment: Element stickers from Echo Park Walk in a park, Springtime, Playground; star button from Gauche Alchemy, rhinestone from Pie Lane

1. Start by choosing the picture and the coordinating papers for the layout
2. Cut stripes from different Echo park paper and place them side by side.
3. Add stitching and paint splatters for that extra effect.
4. Decorate and embellish using element stickers from different Echo Park collections.


Project 2: 10 Things I love about you!           (for original post and more pictures, click  HERE)

 Supplies:cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!;patterned papers: Echo Park Papers(For the Record);embellishment: Element stickers from Echo Park Springtime collection, Little Girl, For the Record, Walk in the Park, Twine from the twinery(charcoal)

1. Cut two pieces of cardstock - 8" X 5.5" and 3" X 5.5". 
2. Cut two pieces of your favorite Echo Park pattern paper just 2mm less than the cardstock pieces and  adhere to the card stock.
3. Decorate the front of the pocket using element stickers from Echo Park.
4. Align the smaller piece at the bottom of the large piece and stitch around the edges to create a pocket.

5. Use a small tag 1" X 1.5" and write the title "10 things I love about you" and with the help of twine, hang it at the right corner of the pocket
6. To create tags, cut 10 stripes of white cardstock 1.3" X 5". Adhere a strip 0.75" X 1.3" of Echo Park pattern paper on the top of the stripes.
7. Chop the corners and punch a hole in all the 10 stripes. Embellish with twine and number them from 1 to 10 using element stickers from Echo Park.
8. To finish the project, write/stamp the reasons on the tags and personalize it for the person you want to give it to.


Project 3: Multi-fold card    (for original post and more pictures, click  HERE)

Supplies: papers: Echo Park (Walk in a park, little girl);Embellishments: Satin ribbon(White),pearl pins,felt leaf(creative impression), handmade satin ribbon roses

1.  Pick you favorite Echo Park 12X12 pattern paper. Scor at 6" from both the side. Scor at one of the diagonal.
2. Fold the diagonals inside and the card will become a 6X6.
3. Using a scor tape, adhere the ribbon to hold the folds together.
4. To decorate the front, cut 9 (1.5"X1.5") squares from coordinating Echo Park papers and stick them leaving equal gap in between. Embellish the card as you like.

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Birthday Treat!

Happy Friday people!! I am just popping in to share a layout I created for the Sketchy Thursday July GDT challenge.
The challenge is to use the sketch and bits of inspiration from the pictures given. For my layout, I picked the fun and bright colors from the cool popsicles and cupcake treat from the patriotic treats.

 Supplies: papers: Echo Park Papers(Playground, Walk in a park, Little Girl, Spring Time);embellishment: Element stickers from Echo Park Walk in a park, Springtime, Playground; star button from Gauche Alchemy, rhinestone from Pie Lane

This is a picture of our group in college during the 4th semester of my Master's. We were out celebrating the birthday treat of Venus (wearing the birthday cap in the picture above :D). Birthday Treats and movies were the most popular source of entertainment and fun back then :D

Hope you like it! Thank for visiting!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

You are sew CrafTy!

Weekend is just around the corner and I am excited because the weather is great with the rain pouring in and weekend would be ideal for a small getaway with DH :)

Today I am sharing a card using the colors from Color Cue {16} and the inspiration comes from the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World. I was so excited those colorful spools of thread because I knew my recently purchased Lawn Fawn Sew Lovely set has a cute spool stamp :D

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Lawn Fawn (Sew lovely,Smitty's ABC),; ink: Momento (Tuxedo Black), Unity Co. (French lilac);  Embellishments: Maya Road Chipboards (Brackets),embroidery floss

For this card, I stamped the spool on craft paper, cut it out and wrapped the embroidery floss around them. Then I stamped the needle from the same set and inserted it in the spool. For the sentiment, I masked of lovely and used the alphabet stamp set to add Crafty.  To finish off the card, I added brackets from Maya Road.  And with all the spool of threads and a needle, this card fits perfectly for the I'm Sew Excited! Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
Here is a closeup of the lovely spools

And before I sign off, I wanted to thank all of you for the tremendous response on my Guest Blogger post at Do More With Less. Your feedback and appreciation really means a lot to me.

I would love for you to play along my challenge. Please remember that you can use any kind of embossing - dry or wet. And here is a small tip if you do not have embossing powder or cuttlebug, you can scor your paper to achieve embossing. Check out my card here using the same technique. I hope you got the hint. *wink*

Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

30th Anniversary!!

** This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down for the previous post.

Since I messed up my last entry for ICR Challenge 4, I really wanted to give it another try because I loved the colors :)

And when I saw THIS card by Danielle Flanders (I am huge fan of her work), I knew I wanted to case it and then I picked up the last row of the tic-tac-toe(button, flowers, twine) at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #6  to pull it all together.

Here is how it looks standing up

And here is a close up
Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Hero Arts (Speckled Ornaments),; ink: Momento (Tuxedo Black);  Embellishments: Echo Park element stickers (For the Record, Playground), Baker's Twine (Charcoal), Maya Road Chipboards (Tags mini, Philadelphia Numbers), Maya Road Iridescent Pearl Mist

For this card, I cut out a circle using my Xacto knife in the circle, stamped the image in black and hand-stitched around it with embroidery floss. I sprayed the chipboard numbers and the tag with Irudescent Mist to give them a silver sheen and added some element stickers to dress them. I had so much fun making those crepe flowers last time that I wanted to do it again :).
EDITED: This is also my entry for Virginia's Stamp your Hero HeART out Giveaway. If's fun with some awesome HA goodies. Do check it out!
I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Guest Designing at Do More With Less!

Hello people, I am super excited to share that I am guest designing over at Yvonne's blog Do More With Less for the next 2 weeks. I have a card, super quick tutorial and a chance to win a fabulous prize ( if you choose to play along. :) ) posted over there. Go check out!!

I hope you will like it and I would love for you to play along. Don't forget to let me know what you think of the tutorial. I would appreciate some feedback.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Yet another Thank you card...I can not have enough of them :)
Although this card is for a very special post tomorrow, I am sharing it today as I don't want to miss the challenge I kept in mind while creating it. Here is my entry for the Skipping Stones Sketch#79.

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Skipping Stones (Grunge); ink: colorbox white; Embellishments: Felt flowers, Embossing powder (Red Tinsel by Rangers);

I will post the details tomorrow so keep watching this space :) 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

College Days!

Hope you are having a terrific weekend!! As one of the winners of last challenge, today I am guest designing over at CraftyJC Challenge blog. The theme is Digi or Doodle and I though what perfect way to include doodle than a layout. So I picked up some of my college pictures, used the sketch over at Stretch your sketches challenge series #5 and did another fun layout. 

 Supplies: papers: Echo Park Papers(Playground);embellishment: Thickers from American Crafts Element stickers from Echo Park Walk in a park, Sprintime, Playground

These pictures are from my graduation days, year 2004. We were a naughty bunch of girls then who were always onto something. And now we are all married and one of us is even a mother to a handsome son :)

How time flies!!

I am also entering this layout for Kirsty's Crepe Paper challenge at Yvonne's blog. I made those beautiful blooms with crepe paper. It was my fisrt time using crepe paper and loved how those flowers came out.

Hope you find this project inspirational and go on play along the CraftyJC Challenge because there is a fabulous sponsor too :)

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You are sew lovely!

A quick post to share a card before I miss some more deadlines of my favorite challenges :)

This is a card inspired by Vicky's gorgeous card for the Lily Pad Inspiration Challenge#2. I am also following the Clean & Simple approach for Lawnscaping challenge #11 and using the colors from Color Cue {15}. 
I am also entering this for Wee Memories Challenge #59 - Anything Goes

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Maya Road (Geometric Designs), Lawn Fawn(Sew Lovely); ink: Unity Momento (Tuxedo Black), Colorbox (white); Papers: Echo Park (Dots & Stripes Candy Shoppe) Embellishments: Pie Lane (self adhesive flower), Baker's Twine (Lemon drop)

Updated: The idea for the twine frame is from my good friend Emily of Art from the Heart. She is so inspiring and full of new ideas.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 6, 2011

You are SPECIAL!

Happy Monday people! Hope you all had a great start to the week. For me, although I am back from vacation, my mind and mojo refuse to return back from vacation :D

But then I wanted to play along a few of my favorite challenges so I started browsing blogs for a mojo kick off and stumbled upon a lovely card from my dear friend Romina and decided to case it for Kavitha's Inspiration Challenge (for which I have missed the timeline :( ).

I pulled out the laundry day chipboard set by Maya Road and the super cute twine from the Twinery and mixed it with the latest Echo Park Dots and Stripes Candy Shoppe Collection and look what I got.

Supplies: papers: Echo Park Papers(Dots & Stripes Candy Shoppe);embellishment: Element stickers from Echo Park For the Record collection, Twine from the twinery(Charcoal, Caribbean Blue), Maya Road Laundry Day Chipboard;stamps: Lawn Fawn(Smitty's ABC);inks: Momento Tuxedo Black; Embossing: Ranger's Sea Form White Embossing powder.

I followed the sketch over at CAS-ual Fridays#5 and the color scheme from ICR Challenge #4.
This is also my entry for Anita's Friendship Card Challenge and my card is for Shraddha who will be celebrating her b'day on 15 June :)

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 3, 2011

...And I'm back (with a winner!)

Hello people, I am so happy to be back..not that I didn't enjoy my vacation but there's no place like home and ofcourse I was missing you all :D

Lot of things...lot of happy things happened while I was gone and I want to share them with you today.

First up I won the Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge#56 with my "10 Things I love about" card and I was so happy when Tejal messaged me to tell the happy news..thanks sweetie :)

Next I won Alice's stitching challenge at Yvonne's blog with my "Walk in a park" Layout. How cool is that? Thanks Alice for selecting me to be the winner :)

Wondering what's next? Well, next are all your awesome cards and sweet little gifts you lovely people sent me for my birthday. I felt like a small girl opening up so many presents and brimming with excitement :D

In no particular order..
                             Super cute dimensional flower card sent by Bhavana. She was so thoughtful for
                             sending it in advance because she knew she would be out of town on my birthday.

                            Fabulous birthday card along with a gorgeous quilled frame sent by Kavitha

                           Beautifully embossed card accompanied with a fun little mini album sent by Spardha

                            Wonderfully colored card on behalf of ICR and DPs along with a lovely tag sent
                              by Sudha (Tag has already found its place in the book I am currently reading :))

     Stunning card along with lot of bling goodies sent by Tejal. I love the fact that she planned it in such a way that I received the package on my birthday ya girl :)

Super fabulous card and goodies from my super talented friend Emily. Love the way she wrote my name on the envelope :)

Not only this but I want to thank all of you for sending me emails and messages and wishing me on FB. This was the BEST BIRTHDAY ever  :) Big hugs to all of you.
Winner of the birthday treat is.............

Priya Mohan

Congratulations!! Please e-mail me at to claim your prize.
I will be back soon with some crafty share...I promise :)

Thanks for visiting!