Saturday, December 20, 2014

A couple more Christmas cards

Hey folks,

Sharing couple of Christmas cards I had made. These are one offs and does not belong to a set.

Red merry Christmas

I wanted white and gold combination with a splash of  Christmas colours. I die cut the scalloped panel using Mama Elephant die and two inner panels one from vellum hexagonal paper and one from white cardstock using the same Mama Elephant die. The reindeer and the wreath are from Essentials by Ellen. So is the sentiment die cut. I have used green and red glitter paper to die cut the wreath and sentiment. No stamping on this card. Only layering die cuts. Here is a closeup.

Red merry christmas closeup

For this second card, I have die cut the gold panel using Mama Elephant die, the inner panel again layered using vellum and white cardstock. The wreath is die cut using green cardstock and the reindeer using gold cardstock. The sentiment from Essentials by Ellen again die cut using gold cardstock. 

Merry Christmas1

I just love the use of enamel dots on the reindeers. Adds a nice touch. A closeup for you.

Merry christmas closeup

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas gold and glitz at StampNation

Hey everybody,

StampNation has weekly challenges to play along. This week's challenge is all festive with an inspirational photo. Lots of gold and glitz.

Here is the DT sneak peeks of the challenge. 

Here is my sneak peek card for the challenge.

Merry Christmas closeup

StampNation is an awesome online community with hundreds of tutorials, videos, gallery full of inspiration, challenges, discussions, discount and much more. Click here to register at StampNation. I am sure you will enjoy the online community experience.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Runway Inspired challenge #74

Hey everybody,

Welcome to the last Runway Inspired Challenge of 2014.

When I first saw this photo, I instantly loved it. I love Orange colour and love the abstract shaded orange on the dress with the red belt. Bright against the white background and the neutral shoes and clutch. I wish I had this dress. So my card for this challenge uses all of these. Here is my take on the challenge.

let's celebrate card1

I have used images from new Vintage Roses stamp set from Altenew to stamp in shades of orange and red. I left a lot of white space where I have stamped the sentiment also from Altenew. I then added a strip of neutral wooden plank paper on the bottom of the card front. Accented with a few glossy orange enamel dots.
This challenge runs until January 2nd 2015! Our first challenge for 2015 will start January 6th.

Check out Runway Inspired Challenge Blog for more DT inspiration and linky to link your card.

Aga * Jen * Karolyn Kristen * Lindsay *Mayuri * Taheerah * Tasnim

Come and play along.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Candy Cane

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

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We have a new sponsor, Avery Elle, for this challenge!  A randomly selected participant will receive a $20 Avery Elle gift certificate, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

Thank you so much Avery Elle for your generosity in providing DTs with a stamp set. I chose Merry & Bright stamp set. Here is my take on Candy Cane challenge using the stamp set.

Merry Christmas Avery Elle

I white heat embossed the image on watercolour paper and water coloured red. Then used the negative of the circle die cut from a cardstock panel over it. I added the floss from Pretty Pink Posh in aqua colour and also the babble lid in aqua. The rest of the sentiment is stamped on a strip of cardstock and added using foam adhesives. Finally embellished with rhinestones. I have simply used the colours from the challenge graphics to make my card. Hope you like it.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Card Series - Set #10

Presenting my final Christmas card set in this Christmas Card Series.
This is my 10th set. I cannot believe I pulled this series off. It was not planned ahead. I was making plenty of Christmas cards and I thought why not do a series and tutorial. Honestly I thought after a few I will be short of time and won't be able to continue. I am proud of my efforts. Next year, I will make  graphics and have a format going. :)

This set has five cards. Here is all of them together.

All together

For this tutorial, I picked the die and stamp set first and worked my way towards the layout. They are from Penny Black. The stamp set is called  Most Wonderful and the die is called Glorious.

most wonderful picture glorious picture

Here is how I made the cards.

PicMonkey Collage

This is the finished card.

Season's greetings triangle bg

I basically wanted some gold & blue/mint colours  with some woodgrain/music elements. So I collected five blue and mint coloured  pattern papers from my stash. I don't even know which collection or brand they are from. Sorry! The woodgrain  paper is from My Mind's Eye. Music and newspaper pattern papers also from various collections.  I love the different patterns on each of the background thereby making each card different. I have also tried to stamp the images from Most Wonderful stamp set either in gold or silver just to add variation. 

Here are the rest of the individual cards in the set. You can see how different they are yet they use similar colours, sentiment, die cut and sequins.

Season's Greeting dot bg1

Season's Greetings striped bg1

Season's Greetings small dots bg1

Diagonal striped bg

Hope you liked this set. I think this set probably is my favourite.

I  also wanted to show you my photography set up. 

Photography settings

I have a basket of props I pick up from discount stores. Some are neutral props and others are themed for various occasions. I also try and use some craft supplies like sequins, inkpads, washi tapes... The book base is my son's laptop. It is a laptop cover. This desk is next to sliding doors in my dining room. So there is plenty of natural light. My camera is on a tripod. I adjust the height of the tripod. For this series I have raised the height to have photos taken slightly above. This is because the gold foil of the die cut was glaring and looked faded in a direct shot instead of nice and golden. Normally I take at the eye level.  I take at high resolution photos  - one portrait, one closeup and one long shot. Then edit them. Shoot me if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for all your support and enthusiasm for this Christmas Card Series.
Thinking of introducing some mini card series next year. Email me if you have any particular theme or occasion in mind at I will plan and work out the logistic :)

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