December 12, 2018

Let it Snow!

I wanted to play with the DieCember release die  from Simon Says Stamp called Wrought Iron Border die. Love love the details on this die. But I was a bit bummed by how to use it creatively. This morning I had my bright idea light bulb glow in my head to make a gatefold card. Well, this is my first gatefold card. I don’t generally like elaborate cards because it is time consuming.

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I am super delighted to share this gate fold card. From start to finish, this card took me about forty five minutes. Seriously, from the time the idea popped in my head to finishing the card -45 minutes! Never ever has this happened and I am so happy with the outcome. Hope you like my card too.

The idea of used this die came to me when I went for a walk and saw this new house built with a gorgeous wrought iron gate. Ta da! That is what I am going to do with the die. But I wanted to use the die to make a holiday card with lots of gold glitter. Next I chose my colour combination. Should I go for rich dark colours or light fresh colour? While I pondered, I die cut the Wrought Iron Border die twice,  two of the Alicia and one of the Rylynn snowflakes dies using Simon’s gold glitter cardstock.  I stacked glued the snowflakes.

Then I trimmed a vellum cardstock to make two landscape card base. I trimmed the card front of the two vellum card base by 2.5″ Then the inside white panel is 4″ x 5.25″ made out of 80lbs neenah cardstock. I used the makeup brushes to sponged Cracked Pistashio, Evergreen Bough, Milled Lavender and  Seedless Preserve distress oxide inks. I love the soft and gorgeous blend the brushes gave me.

I adhered the white sponged panel on the vellum card base and the adhered this on the other vellum card base to make the gate fold card. I adhered the Wrought Iron die cut on the vellum flaps on the card. On the inside, I adhered the layered snowflakes on the top centre. The sentiment is stamped on a strip of cardstock sponged with Milled Lavendar and Seedless Preserve distress oxide ink. The sentiment is from Simon’s Tiny Words Christmas stamp set. I die cut the panel using the fish tail ended banner die from Nest Banner die and layered with the second banner die cut using gold cardstock. Finally I added some bling using Studio Katia jewels. 

This ends my explanation. Now make yourself some tea or coffee or a glass of wine or drink. I have lots more photos of this card to share. 

What do you think? Hope you love this card as much as I do. Let me know. All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.


Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog today.

December 10, 2018

Love is in the Air!

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was busy with lunch party to host and birthday party to attend. Plus watching India vs Australia first cricket test match on TV. It was tough to watch because the match was played between my home country and adopted home country. But whoever wins, I am happy. After a nailbiting finish, my home country won today. Next week they are playing my city and I am off next weekend to watch the match in person in our new stadium 🙂

Anyway, I have a bright and lovely card to share using Taylored Expressions new release products. Here is the card first.

I used the new Big Heart stamp to stamp using TE Oreo hybrid ink and colour using copic markers. Then I cut the heart out using scissors. Used black memento marker to go around edges. I picked the least used colour on the Big heart image for the background. That was yellow. Rainbow Bright pattern paper pack from TE has the yellow polka dot which I trimmed and used on the backgound. I adhered the heart on the pattern paper background using foam adhesives.

The sentiment is made using stacked Caps Lock LOVE die and Oreo cardstock. I brushed the top layer with clear shimmer.  I adhered this die cut sentiment on top of the heart. The secondary sentiment from Caps Lock Companion Love stamp set. I gold heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of Oreo cardstock. I used TE’s detailed gold embossing powder. I adhered this strip over the LOVE die cut sentiment using foam adhesives. The entire panel is adhered to white card base and embellished with white Nuvo crystal drops and white gel pen.

I just wanted to do a different colour combo for a valentine’s day card. Not the usual pinks and reds. Love the bright and cheerful yellow which makes the purple, orange and touch of pink colours on the Big Heart pop. All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.


Hope this card brings a bright start for your week. Thanks for taking the time to stop my blog. Appreciate it very much.

December 7, 2018

Simon Says Stamp DieCember Blog Hop Day #2

Simon Says Stamp’s DieCember is one of my favourite event on my calendar for the year. I look forward to the gorgeous dies Simon releases. I am so excited like a kid in the candy shop with the dies this year. I could not wait to play with them and share my creations.

Hello and welcome to Simon Says Stamp DieCember Blog Hop.

This is day #2 of the hop. The first hop was on the first of DeCember when the dies were released. You should have arrived here from the talented designer Anna-Karin Evaldsson’s blog. Don’t worry, if this is your first stop. I will list all the designers participating in the hop later in the post.

I have two projects to share today. Both are holiday cards. The first card uses the new Holiday Knit Border die.

Holiday Knit Border Die

I used this die not as a border but die cut repeatedly to cover the entire panel like a cutting plate. I didn’t realise there was a cutting plate released as well when I made it. Nevertheless, I love the versatility of this border die.

 For the background, I used distress inks to add colour. I masked and sponged Barn Door, Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron. All of which is traditional Christmas colours. I then adhered the Holiday Knit die cut panel on top to reveal the colours through the knit die cuts. I adhered this panel on card base made of Ivory cardstock using craft foam.

For the sentiment, I used Simon’s Merry Christmas die. This is an older die from Simon. I die cut this die three times with white cardstock and once using Simon’s gold glittery cardstock. I stacked and glued with the gold glitter die cut on top.  I adhered this stacked sentiment on a vellum panel and adhered on top of the card front.

To finish the card, I added few gold sequins with gold stickles inside the sequins. Here are some closeups of the card.

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


The second card showcases the new Picture Book Pup die along with the Nested Banner dies. I love picture book dies and I love puppies. So this one especially with the Santa hat is adorable. I made a wobbler card using it.

I die cut the Picture Book Pup image using Neenah Solar White 110 lbs cardstock as well as Simon’s silver glitter and Crimson glitter cardstocks. To adhered the pieces together, I first embossed the image on a white cardstock and trimmed the outline. The embossing makes it easy to piece the die pieces in its place.With so many tiny pieces, this trick works like a charm. I coloured the ears and eye patch using C8, C6 and C4 grey copic markers and eyes using E25 copic marker.

Now for the sentiment, I silver heat embossed the sentiment from Tiny Words stamp set from Simon on to black cardstock. I die cut this using the smallest of the fish tail ended banner die from Nested Banner die. I layered this banner on to red banner die cut using the second fish tail ended banner die and then layered on top of the pattern paper banner die cut using the largest of the fish tail ended banner die. I used foam tape for each layer. 

On the red card base, I used an old Christmas pattern paper to cover the entire card front. This pattern paper is from a Kaisercraft Christmas pattern paper pack. The I used the second largest stitched circle die from Simon’s Stitched Circle die set to die cut a white rectangle panel trimmed to 4’x5.25′ I adhered this panel to the card front using foam adhesives. Then used a wobbler on the back of the Picture Book Pup to adhere inside the circle. The sentiment layer is adhered below the circle. No embellishment needed as it is already an interactive card. You can see the wobbler action below.

wobbler video

Here are some closeups of the cards

My daughter took this  card immediately after I made it and given away to her friend already. I had to quickly take photos first before she took it. Anything dog related walk out of my craft room faster than any other card I make. It is either taken by family members or friends. This card was no exception. 🙂 All the supplies used to make this card are listed below.


All the new DieCember release dies are available at Simon Says Store. Simon is also celebrating the DieCember release with $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from your blog comment section. We’ll choose your winners over the weekend and post on our Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday, the 12th of December. 

There is also a special promotion with the release. See details below. The promotion is valid until 12/9 at 11.59PM ET or while supplies last.

Here is the list of all the designers participating in the blog hop.

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Debby Hughes

Amanda Korotkova

Yoonsun Hur

Amy Rysavy

Vicky Papaioannou

Karin Äkesdotter

Marge Yoon

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Gayatri Murali (that’s Me!)

Elena Salo

Emma Williams

Ankita Gupta

Olga Direktorenko

Hope you enjoyed my projects and got inspired. You next stop is to the gorgeous Elena Salo’s Blog.

Enjoy your hop and have a lovely weekend.