March 6, 2019

Hello Starshine, Just a Note!

I have been reading about 2019 colour trends lately. I am so drawn towards the earthy colour combination. Colours are mustard, warm purples, sage greens, dusty pinks and teals. The neutrals are either browns or greys. I just love earthy autumn colours. I decided to use a few of them to make a set of cards.

Hello lovelies, Gayatri with you today. My Altenew order arrived late last week. In there was the latest Artist Marker set D and Wonderland Stamp set and coordinating dies. I love the florals in Wonderland stamp set. Very stylish florals and the lines on the florals are perfect for colouring. So I used the earthy colour combination from Set D markers and a few older markers to colour these gorgeous florals to make these two cards.

For the flowers, I used the purple and brown markers from the Set D, couple of Orange markers from Set E and Set C and green markers from Set A. I die cut them using the coordinating dies.

The background colour was the hardest to choose. I didn’t want stark contrast, so black, white and brown was out of question. The choice came to grey, teal and sage green. The dusty pink was too warm with those purple flowers. I didn’t have muted teal. Bright teal was too bright for the background. Grey was dull. So I picked the sage green. The cardstock is Spearmint from Taylored Expressions. Its a beautiful muted sage green colour. I used Watercolour Stripes stencil and Altenew Volcano Lake ink to add tone on tone interest to the background. I made two such panels.

I clustered glued the die cuts on both the panels using glue and foam adhesives as shown in the picture. Using MISTI I stamped the sentiments also from the Wonderland stamp set using Altenew Crisp Black ink. I adhered these panels on card bases. Finally added a few white glossy drops from Nuvo to finish off the cards.

Here are photos of the individual cards and closeups.

Card #1

Card #2

All supplies are listed below:

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March 5, 2019

Chugging By to Say Hi!

Today has been super busy. Not done yet! Not only is it my birthday, it is also my daughter’s year 12 school ball. My birthday has taken a back seat as it is an important day for my girl. I have been driving her around for her hair appointment, doing make up, help her get ready, taking photos and taking her to the venue. Phew! That is stressful. Now that she is dropped off to the venue with her date, I am back home exhausted. But I did want to share this card with you. Blogging relaxes me. Cannot believe I said this. Lol!

Hello everyone, Gayatri here with you. I am sharing this cute birthday card with you today.

I used Taylored Expressions Love Train stamp set to make this card. This is a long card. I used the whole 8.25 inches in length of the cardstock and trimmed to 4 inches. I sponged Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade,Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold distress oxide inks for the background. I stamped the train tracks from the stamp set on the background panel using TE Oreo hybrid ink.

I stamped the train images a few of them using TE Oreo hybrid ink on Sugar Cube cardstock and coloured them using copic markers. Then using the coordinating dies, I die cut them all out. I used foam adhesives to adhere them on top of the stamped train tracks. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set on a strip of Sea Salt cardstock using TE Oreo hybrid ink and adhered on top left side of the panel using foam adhesives. I then used the clouds die from Little Bits Sun and Clouds die to die cut a few clouds using Sea Salt and Sugar Cube cardstock. I then glued a few down directly using the glue and a few using foam adhesive for dimension.

I adhered this panel to a Sugar Cube card base and added a few White Blizzard Nuvo drops and glossy accents on the hearts and traffic lights. to finish the card. Here are more photos of the card.

I love the train images in this set. Absolutely adorable. I have listed all the supplies used to make this card below.


Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by my blog. Off to eat dinner now and then pick up my girl from the ball. Yay!

March 1, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Dahlia Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey Lovelies, Welcome to my blog. Today I am excited to be part of Altenew’s new Build a Flower Dahlia stamp set and coordinating die blog hop.

If you have come from Joni Andaya’s blog, then you are on the right track. If not do not worry, I will list all the designers participating in the blog hop later in the post.

Well, here is the Build a Flower Dahlia stamp set and coordinating die.

This is such a beautiful set. I mean what do you expect from Altenew. They release such gorgeous layered floral stamp sets. Did you know Build a Flower is a monthly release and you can subscribe to it? Yes! There is a monthly subscription plan for our Build-A-Flower set. When sign up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99). Here is the link to the subscription plan: Altenew Build A Flower Subscription

I have not one but three cards using this new Dahlia stamp set and coordinating die. Here is the first card.

This card uses a lot of masking and stamping technique to create the background which looks like a 6×6 background stamp is used to make it. I have a video tutorial showing you how I made it. Also there was a little mistake I made while making this card and you will see how I fixed it.

Here are more photos of the card.


Next I have a set of cards using just the outline image of the flowers and leaves.

I watercoloured the white heat embossed outline images of Dahlia and leaves from the stamp set using Altenew’s watercolor pan set. Then I used the coordinating dies to die cut them out. On couple white panels, I spattered some black and gold metallic Altenew spray to add interest and texture. Then I clustered glued the Dahlia flowers and leaves to form two clusters and adhered using foam adhesives on the centre of the panel. The sentiment from the stamp set is stamped in Altenew Crisp Black ink on a strip of Hydrangea ink sponged cardstock to coordinating with the flowers. I adhered the both the panels to the white card bases using craft foam. Then a few white Nuvo glossy drops to finish off the cards. Here are the photos of the cards separately.


Details of the blog hop.

Altenew is celebrating the Build A Flower Dahlia stamp set and die release with a giveaway. Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and the other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 3/9/2019.

I too have a giveaway on my blog. One random lucky winner receives $20 Altenew gift certificate. So please leave a comment below to enter a chance to win. I will announce the winner on March 6th 2019.

Here are the list of designers participating in the blog hop today. Make sure you visit everyone and leave them some love.

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Laura Bassen

Therese Calvird

Kathleen Graumüller

Svitlana Shayevich

Kelly Griglione

Vicky Papaioannou

Patricia Roebuck

Virginia Lu


Emily Midgett

Nathalie DeSousa

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Anna Komenda

Heather Hoffman

Laurie Willison

Amber Rain Davis

Zinia Redo

Joni Andaya

Gayatri Murali (that’s me!)

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog post. Have a lovely weekend!