February 16, 2018

Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!

Today a group of card designers have joined together to celebrate Winnie & Walter’s 4th Birthday with a blog hop. The theme for this blog hop is Celebrating Love and Friendship.

We at Winnie & Walter have been celebrating the birthday for this whole month. There are plenty of challenges to play along and also lots of giveaways as well. Check out Winnie & Walter Blog for more details.

For today’s hop, you should have come from Emily Leiphart’s Blog. But never to worry if you have not, I will give you the entire list of participants of the blog hop towards the end of the post.

So for the hop I have couple of cards. Here is the first one.

Last week, I shared an Eat Cake card. Here is the post if you haven’t seen the card. This card is a cooler version of the same card. Meaning I have used cool colours on the background. The background of the card is made using distress oxide inks and sealed with distress glaze to bring out the vivid colours and layers, similar to the Eat Cake card. I used normal glossy photo paper as this technique works best on glossy paper. Lighting is not that very good at the moment so the photo does not capture the colours and layer very well. You will see them in the closeup photos better.

I die cut the paper using W&W’s Essentials’s Audrey’s Cutaway. Love the small scallop edges. I also die cut a 4.25″x5.50″ size black glitter paper using the same die and used the negative of the die cut on the card front with the scallop panel inlaid inside to form card front.

I coloured the cupcake from Wish Big stamp set using copic markers and die cut usng the coordinating cutaway. I also die cut a vellum scallop circle from Ring in Celebration cutaway to layer behind the cupcake die. I adhered this on the top centre of the card.

The sentiment is from W&W’s In a Word: Birthday Tiles Cutaway die cut using the same black glitter paper and adhered below the cupcake. Finally black sequins to tie in all the black elements together.

Here are some closeups for you.

I am obsessed with this kind of background right now. Next is venturing into alcohol inks. All the stamp sets and dies used to make this card are available at Winnie & Walter store. The distress oxide inks and other supplies are available at Simon Says Stamp store.


My next card features Winnie & Walter’s newly released stamp sets: Dog-gone Cute, Scenery: Seeing Hearts and In a Word: Love.

This is a nearly an one layer card. I actually made one layer panel but I had to die cut the panel using W&W Essentials: Katharine Cutaway. Lol! I love diemension. There is a lot of stamping, masking, sponging and colouring in this card. I started with stamping the dogs and ball first as they are in the foreground, masked them and then using stamp positioner stamped the dog house and bowl. I masked the bowel and dog house as well, used the bone folder and burnished the masks. I then sponged distress oxide inks on the background. I used Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Tattered Rose and Abandoned Coral distress oxide inks. I added clear water spatters and dabbed the excess off with a cloth.

I removed the masks and coloured the stamped images with copic markers.I also added some details using Sakura white gel pen. with the copic markers, I added some shading to ground the images. Then back into the stamp positioner to stamp the falling hearts using W&W’s Seeing Heart stamp set and Abandoned Coral distress oxide on top of the panel. I love adding more subtle stamping on the background. They give more texture and interest to rather boring plain background.

While the panel is in the stamp positioner, I stamped the sentiment from In a Word: Love stamp set using versafine onyx black ink. Then used the individual hearts from Seeing Hearts stamp set to stamp couple of more hearts on top of the two dogs using Abandoned Coral distress oxide ink. That’s it! But I had to die cut this panel using the largest rectangle die from Katherine Cutaway and use foam adhesive to adhere on the white card base.

Here are some closeups of the card.

I love the images on Dog-gone Cute stamp set. There are coordinating dies for the stamp set too. All the stamp sets and dies used to make this card are available at Winnie & Walter store. The distress oxide inks and other supplies are available at Simon Says Stamp store.


Hope you enjoyed my projects today. Your next stop is to Amy Kolling’s Blog. But before you head there, make sure you leave comment below and every blog you visit. There will be 4 winners picked at random from the entire blog hop who will each receive $40 credit to the W&W shop. How cool is that prize? Deadline for leaving comments for the giveaway is the end of the month (February 28 11:59 p.m. CST).

Here is the list of all the participants of this blog hop!

W&W blogRubeena IanigroKelly Griglione, Jessica Frost-Ballas, Lea Lawson, Laura BassenHeather HoffmanCheiron BrandonVanessa MenhornAmy TsurutaLaura Sterckx Isha GuptaTaheerah AtchiaMiriam Pratner Keren BakerEmily LeiphartGayatri Murali (that’s me!),  Amy KollingKate CapperLaurie Willison, Crystal Thompson and Evelin Tee (instagram)

Happy Hopping!

February 14, 2018

Simon Says Add a Die!


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge


Thank you for joining us for the It Must be Love Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Add A Die Cut

We are showcasing Penny Black Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 gift voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


Well, I just cannot add one die cut to my card, can I? Especially Penny Black dies. I added two of them on m card for the challenge below.

Here is how I made the card:

1.Card base is Simon’s Fog cardstock. My favourite neutral colour cardstock next to white.

2. On a black cardstock, I clear heat embossed the new SImon’s Cosmos background stamp. Love tone on tone embossed background.

3. I then brushed the images with some Nuvo clear shimmer pen and die cut the background using the largest of Simon’s stitched rectangle die. I adhered this background panel on the fog card front using foam adhesives.

4. I die cut heavy vellum paper using the one of the die from Simon’s Nested Talk Bubbles die set.

5. Then using Simon’s Gold glitter paper, I die cut Penny Black’s Lots of Love die and adhered on the vellum talk bubble die cut.

6. To add colour to the card, I die cut the Flinches birds from Penny Black using white cardstock and sponged distress inks Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon. I layered the die cut and adhered on top of the die cut gold sentiment as shown.

7. For the eyes, I added Ebony Nuvo drops and when it dried, I added a touch of white using sakura gel pen.

8. Finally embellished with onyx sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Here are some closeups of the card.

I love the tone on tone background with embossing and the pop of colour from the birds.

All the supplies used to make this card are listed below for you.

So now it’s YOUR turn to take out your crafty supplies and join in!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out.

Simon Says Stamp

You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

New creations only, please don’t link projects published before the start of the challenge, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw.


Here is the pin image for your Pinterest Board.

Thanks for stopping by and I cannot wait to see what you make for the challenge.

February 11, 2018

May Your Joy Be Multiplied!


If you had read my TE sneak peek post Wednesday last week, I mentioned I made another card using Taylored Expressions Big Blooms Daisy die which I said I will share later. Well, I am sharing that card with you today. Here it is:

Here is how I made this card.

  1. I used a large piece of Sugar Cube cardstock and did distress oxide ink smooshing in rainbow colours. I used bright colours like Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Spice Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feather, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean.
  2. I dried each layers before smooshing more. I repeated the process four times till I was happy with the result.
  3. I also spattered clean clear water and copic opaque white on the panel and left the panel to dry.
  4. Once dry, I stamped Big Blooms Daisy images on the panel. I used MISTI because the daisy image is large and I wanted even crisp image. I used TE Oreo ink and stamp atleast twice suing MISTI.
  5. Then I used the new Big Blooms Daisy die to die cut the images out.
  6. On a 4″x5.25″ Oreo panel, I adhered the die cut daisy flowers and leaves using foam adhesives. I trimmed the excess off.
  7. This panel is adhered on Oreo card base suing foam adhesives.
  8. I then spattered more Copic Opaque white on the panel especially on the Oreo panel. This will tie together the spatters on the flowers.
  9. The sentiment is from Squishy Hugs stamp set which I white heat embossed on a strip of Oreo cardstock and adhered on the bottom middle of the card front.
  10. Finally embellished with TE sequins.

Here are some closeups

Love the contrast of colours against the black background. I now need to try this technique using alcohol inks background. I think hard and soft edges and layers of alcohol inks on florals will be amazing.

All supplies used to make this card are listed below.

These dies are available for purchase at TE store.