September 22, 2018

Always in demand! Birthday cards!

Hello everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the weekend. This is a long weekend for me. Enjoying a relaxed Saturday gardening. I also made couple of birthday cards using Taylored Expressions mini birthday release products. Birthday cards are always in demand in my house. So the more I made the better. When I saw the gorgeous balloon stencil from Taylored Expressions and their new Happy and Celebrate dies, I wanted make couple of cards to add to my depleting stash.

Here is card #1

I used the Big Bold Balloons stencil from TE and distress oxide inks to sponge balloons all over the panel to created a layered balloon background. I used Milled Lavender, Cracked Pistachio,Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar distress oxide inks. Once dry, I used the Caps Lock HAPPY die to die cut the panel three times. I also die cut eleven more HAPPY using white cardstock. I stacked and glued two sets of three for the top happy and bottom happy and one five stack for the centre happy.

I trimmed the negative balloon sponged panel on a Sugar Cube card base. Then adhered the three stacked Happy sentiment in the top and bottom negative space on the panel on the card front. Then glued the postive happy diecuts on the top of the stacked inlaid diecuts. Similarly I glued back the five stack happy die in the centre of the negative panel with the postive die cut glued on top of it. Hence making eclipse sentiment card.

Then I white heat embossed the birthday sentiment from Caps Lock Companion Happy Occasions stamp set on a strip of the Oreo cardstock and adhered on top of the centre Happy on the card front. Finally some Nuvo white crystal drops to finish off the card.

The supplies used to make this card are listed below.


For card #2, I sponged the balloons using the Big Bold Balloons around the edges of a Sugar Cube panel.

 For the sentiment, I die cut the Celebrate Script Backer die using Earl Grey cardstock. The Celebrate Script die, I die cut using TE silver foil cardstock and adhered on top of the backer die cut.

Then I used the Celebrate Script Backer die to die cut right in the middle of the ballon sponged panel. I then trimmed the panel to 4″ x 5.25″ in size and adhered to a Sugar Cube card base. I then inlaid the sentiment created back into negative space on the background panel. The secondary sentiment from Caps Lock Happy Occasions stamp set is white heat embossed on to a strip of Oreo cardstock and adhered below the primary sentiment using foam adhesive. Finally, some white Nuvo white crystal drops scattered around the sentiment.


I love the use of pastel colours on my card. This is outside my comfort zone. The colours look so pretty. Don’t you think? Hope you are inspired.

Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend.

September 21, 2018

Yay! It’s Spring Season!

Oh Hello everyone.

Today I am sharing a spring card because I and several others in the southern hemisphere are in the spring season. After a few months of heavy rain, cold, windy and no sun whatsoever, its is awesome to see the sun out, warmth and lots of flowers around. To celebrate the season, I made this card using Winnie & Walter products.

I did some messy watercolour on the gorgeous tulip and leaves images from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden stamp set. I stamped the images on watercolour paper using Simon’s intense black ink. This ink is great for watercolouring. Then I used Zig clean clear brush pens to add the first two layers of the watercoloring on the images. Then I used the Migello Mission watercolours to add texture to the images. I let the watercolours dry. Then spattered with black and white Altenew spray and left the panels to dry. Once dry, I used the coordinating cutaways to die cut the images.

For the background, I did a blue ombre watercolour, dried it and spattered with black and white Altenew spray. After the panel is completely dry, I adhered the die cut tulips and leaves on the bottom of the background panel using glue and foam adhesive for dimension. 

For the sentiment I die cut the Spring using The Big, the Bold and Seasons cutaway using black glitter cardstock. This is my main sentiment. The secondary sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Seasons stamp set which I simply stamped on top and bottom of the main sentiment die cut. Finally a few white Nuvo crystal drops to finish off the card.


Hope you like my messy watercoloring and a very colourful spring card. Thank you very much for visiting today. 

September 20, 2018

Refresh Your Alcohol Markers Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there,

Welcome to Altenew Artist Marker Refills blog hop!

I love Altenew Artist Markers and am so happy they released the refills for them. I can get more out of the artist markers now. Artist markers are alcohol based markers, that means the refills are alcohol based inks. So I decided to treat them as alcohol inks and make gorgeous backgrounds using them. In this blog hop I have a video tutorial on how I made one of the cards I am sharing with you today. Hope you enjoy it.

If this is your first stop, then do not worry, I will list all the participants of the hop towards the end of the post. If not, you should have come from the very talented Erum Tasneem’s blog. Your next stop from here will be to the gorgeous talented Therese Calvird.

Here are my first project for the hop.

I created the beautiful background on this card using just two of the Artist Marker Refills. Below is the video on how I made this card.

This card can be used either as a portrait version like show above or landscape version like shown below.

I also used the Alcohol Lift ink to get subtle interest on the background.The subtle stamped image does not take away the beauty of alcohol ink background using Artist Marker Refills. Here are some closeups of the card.

I then created another background using Frayed Leaf, diluted Jet Black and Sea Glass artist marker refills. Using this panel I created this card below.

I trimmed the background panel and adhered it behind the negative Hang In There die cut panel so the refill background shows through the negative space of the die cut. Then with the rest of the background panel, I die cut the leaves and two layers of the Fantasy Floral die cut to make two clusters and adhered it on top and bottom of the card front. The base layer of the flowers are just white cardstock die cuts. The white helps the alcohol ink second and third layer pop more. I tossed between adding the jewels or not for this card. I cannot not add anything because the card looked a bit naked without the final touch. So I went ahead and added the jewels. Here are some of the closeups of the card.

I am in love with the backgrounds using artist marker refills. So pretty especially with the lighter colours. If you want to bright colours, then just choose the darker shades of the refills and make the background.

Hope you enjoyed my video and got inspired by my projects today for the blog hop. I have listed all the supplies used to make these cards below.

Now there is no hop without prizes. 

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, September 26th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/29/2018.

I am also giving away $20 gift certificate. The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments below. I will announce the winner on my blog on 26th of September 2018.

Here is the list of all the participants in this blog hop.

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Gayatri Murali

Therese Calvird

Kristina Pokazanieva

Laurie Willison

Rubeena Ianigro

TaeEun Yoo

Lydia Fiedler

Agnieszka Malyszek

Kelly Latevola

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zinia Redo

Laura Jane

Svitlana Shayevich

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey

Leigh Houston

Virginia Lu

Barb Engler

Enza Gudor

Norine Borys

Erica A-B

Lilith Eeckels

Michelle Short

Hop along and get inspired.

As part of the blog hop, Altenew is having a promotion on their Artist Markers.

Here are the Artist Marker Refills link:

Your next stop is to the gorgeous talented Therese Calvird.


Thank you for stopping by and Happy Hopping!