August 15, 2019

Thank you So Much with a Bunch of Flowers!

How is your day? Mine has been good and a bit busy. I bought a few more houseplants and a few potting mix ingredients to make custom potting mixes for the houseplants. A few plants needs repotting since it has been two weeks since they came home. My house is starting to fill up with houseplants. I really need to stop buying them. Seriously, it is becoming an addiction. Do you have houseplant? If so, is it an addicting for you? Let me know 🙂

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I am Gayatri, if you are new here. I am a papercrafter. Today I have a floral card to share using the new stamp set from Taylored Expresssions called Fresh Picked Florals. I also used the coordinating die for this stamp set. For the sentiment, I used Handlettered Sentiment and it’s coordinating die. So all products used here are new products just released this month.

Thank you card

I used TE dye inks to stamp the florals from Fresh Picked Floral stamp set. This set is a layering set but in clear. So easy to stamp the layers. I will list the ink colours I used in the supply list below. Using the coordinating dies, I die cut them all out. Then I layered and made a large cluster of flowers and leaves on a Sugar Cube cardstock panel. Some of the leaves I glued down and rest I popped up with foam tape for dimension. I really love how colourful and dramatic the arrangement is. I roughed the edges of the white panel using scissors and adhered to a white card base using foam adhesives.

For the sentiment, I black heat embossed the sentiment from Handlettered Sentiment stamp set and die cut using the coordinating die. The coordinating dies from this sentiment stamp set is perfect to pop up the sentiment after making the entire card front or even layer the sentiment on the card front.

A few sparkly sequins from Snow Flurries sequins collection to finish off the card. The colours of the floral arrangement against the white background is so beautiful. Here are some closeup photos.

Thank you card closeup3

Thank you card closeup1

Thank you card closeup2


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today and you have a lovely day!

August 14, 2019

Couple of CAS masculine cards!

Hope you are having a lovely day! My day has been a bit eventful. Yesterday I went to my local indian shop. My nearest local indian shop is about 12 kms away. I bought my indian groceries, loaded the bags in my car, came home, put things away and went about doing my regular work at home. Until…., when my husband came home at night, turned the TV on to watch some cooking shows. Thats when I told him about my trip to indian shop and that I bought some paneer (indian cottage cheese) to make curries and parathas. At this time, I did not remember putting the paneer in the fridge. What??? I was not sure if I put them in the fridge and I forgot, or I still have a bag in the car boot which I have forgotton to bring inside!!! So I check the fridge, no paneer and the car boot, nothing there either. I panicked. Did I leave a bag behind? I have never forgotton anything in a shop in my life. Couldn’t sleep at night. Had a long wait this morning for the shop to open. Turned out I had left a bag behind. Unbelievable! I could not come to terms with it. When I went to the shop this morning to pick it up and it was not a small bag. It was a huge bag. How did I leave such a big bag behind is beyond my comprehension still. Thankfully they had kept my big bag of groceries and put the cool stuff in the fridge. I am still confused about what happened that I forgot a big bag. Cannot recall. Hope this kind of forgetting is one off. But surely an experience for me. Thanks for putting up with my rant.

Hello and Welcome, I am Gayatri. Today I have a set of masculine card which are clean and simple in style. All products used are from Simon Says Stamp. So here they are:

Frog cards

Frog Cards closeup1

Frog Cards closeup

I really didn’t know what to do with the Peeking Talking Frog die that I have from Simon Says Stamp. I love the die but what do I do with it? So I looked up inspirations using this die. I saw what Laura Bassen did with these kind of dies. She is a master of ink blending and her cards are gorgeous. One of her cards using these kind of dies were using strips of cardstock on the background. I was so inspired by it and wanted to give it a go. So my cards are heavily inspired by this card by Laura Bassen. Thank you very much for the inspiration, Laura!

I decided to do earthy colours inspired by interior design colour trend. I picked Teal, Deep Green, Burnt Orange, Mustard Yellow, Stone and Cream colour combo. My card base is Stone cardstock from Simon. The card front panel is Cream cardstock and so is Peeking Talking Frog die cut. For the strips of cardstock behind, I used the teal, orange, yellow and stone. I used four different dies from Sentiment Label dies from Simon to diecut all these coloured cardstock.

I butted different sizes of coloured cardstock strip vertically on one panel and horizontally on the other and glued them down. The panels are die cut using second die from Nested Rectangle die set also from Simon.

Peeking Talking Frog die cuts are my focal images. One die cut I made into a square and for the other, I used a stitched circle die to give a bit more detail. I adhered these using foam adhesives. Googly eyes adds interest to the frog die cuts. Sentiments are from Tiny Words Birthday stamp set. I stamped them using black ink on the leftover strips of yellow diecuts, trimmed and adhered as shown. I mounted the completed panel on the stone card base using craft foam. That is it. No embellishing. Surprise! I know. I always embellish. This is very unlike me.

Here are the photos of the individual cards and closeups.

Card #1

Frog Card #2a

Frog Card #2 closeup1

Frog Card #2 closeup

Card #2

Frog Card #1

Frog Card #1 closeup1

Frog Card #1 closeup2

Really love the clean and simple design. The colours makes a big impact. Now I want to make more of the clean and simple design cards. Lol! All the supplies used to make these cards are listed below.


Thank you very much to stopping by and have a lovely rest of the day!

August 12, 2019

A set of four masculine cards and a gift card holder plus a video

Hope you all had a relaxing and wonderful weekend. Mine was uneventful. I have sick person at home. So didn’t do much. But that gave me enough time to edit today’s project, video and write up this blog post. That brings me to today’s project share.

Hello and welcome. I am Gayatri. Today I have a set of five masculine cards and a matching gift card holder. These projects are part of Altenew’s Certification Program Level 2 final challenge. Yay! I am super thrilled with my projects and cannot wait to share. I hope you will share the same enthusiasm as me.

Here are all the fours cards together.

Altenew masculine card set#1

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Altenew masculine card set closeup

And here is one of the card with the gift card holder.

Altenew Gift card holder and card

Altenew Gift card holder and card1

And here is the video tutorial on how I made this card set and gift card holder. This is a pretty long video. So make yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

So the techniques I used on these cards are:

  1. Watercolouring using brush markers.
  2. Adding details and texture using brush markers
  3. Creating a texture background using stencil and embossing paste.
  4. Adding colour and layering without bulk using ink sponging.
  5. Adding details using spatters.
  6. Adding layering using die cut.
  7. Framing the focal image using die cut.
  8. Bright colour combination for masculine cards
  9. Adding texture and interest using scoring.
  10. Adding colour and layering using pattern paper.

Here are the measurements for the gift card holder.

Card holder panel: 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inch scored at half an inch on either side with 5 1/2 inch side face up on the score board. On the 7 1/2 inch side facing up on the score board, I scored at 2 inch and at 5 inch. After scoring there are three sections on this panel. Middle section and two end section. Once of the end section is smaller than the other. This smaller section is the flap. I trimmed the 1/2 inch scored area on either side from the flap and middle section. Then made a tiny triangle notch on the remaining flap. Fold and crease all the score lines, add adhesive to the flap and adhere to the middle section to make a pocket. Fold the flap and make the gift card holder.

The gift card catch piece(pattern paper piece) is cut to 3 1/2 inch by 3 3/4 inch. With 3 1/2 inch side facing up on the score board, I scored at 1/2 inch on either side of the piece. I folded each of the half inch in accordion style with the bottom score flap folded up and told score flap folded behind.

I really love this set and the gift card holder. They turned out so much better than I had hoped. So thrilled! Hope you like them too. Below are the photos of the individual cards, closeups and also the gift card holder.

Card #1

Altenew masculine card #1

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Altenew masculine card #1 closeup

Card #2

Altenew masculine card #2

Altenew masculine card #2 closeup

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Card #3

Altenew masculine card #3

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Altenew masculine card #3 closeup

Card #4

Altenew masculine card #4

Altenew masculine card #4 closeup1

Altenew masculine card #4 closeup

Gift Card Holder

Altenew Gift card holder

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Altenew Gift card holder inside

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Card with gift card holder

Altenew Gift card holder and card

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Hope that was not too many photos to go through. I love bright colours and I prefer to used bright colours for masculine cards as well. Also I really love the versatility of both the Hug Me as well as Label Love stamp sets. There are so many images on Hug Me stamp set to use. Similarly the sentiments on the Label Love stamp set are so varied, that they along with the image from Hug Me can be used to make a variety of cards. Other products like stencil, dies and pattern papers are used to add texture and layers and accent the focal image and sentiment. All the supplies used to make these projects are listed below.


Thank you very much to taking the time to visit my blog. Hope you got some inspiration from my projects today. Have a lovely day!