May 10, 2019

A 85th Birthday Card!

My friends’s father in law was in my home for a lunch party sometime last month. He saw my studio and cards I made and wanted me to make a birthday card for his boss and best friend. My friend’s father in law is in his 80s and he wanted to send his best friend who is turning 85 a birthday card. How adorable is that? Of course I said yes and here is the card I made.

Now when I set to make the card, it was difficult. I did not know what to use?  What would a 85 year old man like? Flowers? Cupcake? Balloons? Confetti? Birthday cake?…… What set to use? Will he like bright colours or muted colours? Should I make a masculine card? OMG! I had so many questions and confusion in my head.  I asked my friend’s father in law and he said whatever you like. You make beautiful cards. That didn’t help me! I realised that it is easier to make cards for friends and family you know well. Otherwise when I have a new product, I just make birthday cards based on that stamp set or die.  But for a senior who I do not know, I found it very hard to design. I decided to use birthday themed images on the background with bright colours as Indians generally love bright colours and gold. Balloons are neutral so I decided to use them. For the focal image, I used numerals.

 Simon Says Stamp’s Birthday Numbers stamp set was the choice to make my card. For the background, I sponged distress oxide inks in Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Worn Lipstick. Then I used distress inks in the same colours to stamp cupcake, gift and other smaller images from the stamp set to get tone on tone effect. I sprayed the entire panel with shimmer. I then used a slightly darker shade of the three colours in copic markers and added shading only to larger images on the background panel. This make the images pop a bit on the background panel.

I stamped the balloons and the 85 numerals and coloured them using copic markers. Then using the coordinating dies, I die cut them out. I adhered them in the centre of the panel using foam adhesives. I stamped the sentiment in black below it. Using gold glitter cardstock, I die cut a rectangle frame using two of stitched rectangle die from Simon and framed the centre focal point. A few confetti all around to finish off the card.

I was a bit sceptical when I took the card to him. I also took a few more cards I already had with me incase he did not like this one. Thank god he loved it. He was happy and it was a relief for me. Then he tells me that this card is going to his boss (retired of course) who was one of the brains behind a very very famous hospital in Kerala in India. Thankfully he did not tell me this in the beginning because I would have lost my mind overthinking.:) I was proud to make this card for him and proud to make couple of seniors happy. It was an absolute pleasure.

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


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May 9, 2019

SSS April Card Kit card set!

Card kits are great for everyone. I normally do not get card kits. That is because I really don’t work with pattern papers very much. I have loads and loads of pattern papers and it is not used at all. If any of you in Perth want pattern paper, please email me and we can arrange a time for you to come in and take them. In this kit though, the pattern papers attracted me so much. Apart from that I LOVE the stamp set and alcohol pearl inks. So ta da, the Simon Says Stamp April card kit came home to me in my mail.

Hello and welcome to blog. Hope you day is as beautiful as you. I have a set of four cards to share using Simon’s April card kit. I really enjoyed making these. They turned out pretty.

I love floral cards. So making these cards were really enjoyable. I started with stamping and colouring a few of the images from the stamp set in the kit. Then I fuzzy cut them all out. No dies at the moment. Hoping May release will have dies for this set. I added some white highlight details on the flowers using white gel pen.

Then I trimmed all the pattern papers to 4.25″x5.50″ in size. The card front size is more realistic to work with because the patterns on a bigger size generally overwhelm me. I learned this trick from Yana Smakula. Thank you Yana.

I drew few sketches on a paper and picked out four out of them I liked to use. Now using the sketches as guide, I assembled all the cards. For the sentiment, my plan was to stamp them directly on the pattern papers on the card front. I did that for one of the cards. But then I found, stamping on strips of pattern paper, trimming and adhering was easy and I didn’t have to worry about messing stamping directly on the card front even if I have to use MISTI. A few Nuvo white drops to finish off the cards.

A bit of warning: Below is the individual photos of all the four cards and their closeups. So it is photo heavy. Make yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

Card #4

Hope you like them? So pretty right? I am normally a bright and geometric pattern kind of girl. But these delicate pretty florals and soft colours also catch my eye. There are more pattern papers and glitter paper and alcohol pearls and of course the stamp set left in the kit to use. I can still make another set of four cards using the pattern paper and stamp set like this one. Use the stamp set and alcohol pearls to make another set of cards. Then glitter paper and alcohol pearls to create backgrounds for another set of cards. So this kit is great value for money. I really really love this kit. You can buy card kits at Simon Says Stamp store one off (you got to be early because they sell out super fast) or subscribe to the card kit and you will receive them every month at a discounted price or if you like just the stamp set or the pattern paper or any of the individual items in the card kit, you can buy them at the store too.


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May 8, 2019

You’re the Best Dad!

So how did you like my project for yesterday? I love love Dadism stamp set from Taylored Expressions featured yesterday. Today I have another card for the father but this time it is playful. Hope you like this one too.

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Hope you are having a lovely day. This project I am sharing today uses another new product. This is a stamp and die combo called Little Monsters.

How cute are these monsters? The best part is they come with the dies as well. So a great set to have especially to make masculine cards. I combined this set with Dadism stamp set and Caps Lock DAD die to make my card.

I stamped the monster images using TE Oreo hybrid ink and coloured using copic markers. Then die cut them using the coordinating dies that came with the set. I also die cut the Caps Lock DAD using TE Granny Smith cardstock and sponged Mowed Lawn distress ink on the bottom to get an ombre look to the die. I adhered this on the top centre of the Sugar Cube panel, stamped the sentiment from Dadism stamp set using Oreo hybrid ink on the top left of the die. Then adhered the monsters as shown in the photo. Love the pops of colours against the neutral white background.

Then I did the inside of the card as well with a sentiment in the middle and a little monster on the bottom.

I am loving the cute monsters and the pops of colours. Hope you like them too.


Little Monsters Stamp & Die Combo
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Caps Lock – Dad
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TE Premium Cardstock – Granny Smith
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TE Premium Cardstock – Sugar Cube
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tim holtz distress mini ink – mowed…
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TE Premium Ink – Oreo – Full Pad
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MISTI – Precision Stamping Tool
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Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Copic Markers
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Foam Tape Roll – 1/8″ Thick
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Head over to Taylored Expressions Blog to see inspirations from Taylor and other designers. You can find the May mini release products at Taylored Expressions store.

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