Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christmas cards.....

I have a huge number of Christmas cards to make. I am sure all of you do too! Just got a bit panicky because, when I tried to make the card, I just could not get it right! My mojo for christmas cards left me! So I have decided to give up participating in challenges for a little while and focus on making Christmas cards. I have started making them. Here are the first couple of Christmas cards I made for this year.

I am not so very happy with them. Love the background part of the card but the focal panel is what I am not happy about.  But some of my friends liked it. And that gave me some confidence. So I made another set Hehe! Here are they...

I feel better about these ones. I am getting there, I think! Then I made these three...

I love these these. Just love the layers of stamped images and the ornament with the rhinestones look so much beautiful and festive. In total I have about 200 cards to make. Its a good start don't you think! I just need a few sketches to mass produce Christmas cards. When I find them, I need is make prototypes and then mass produce cards...

OK! I have to go now. My daughter is preparing to go for a sleepover at her friend's house. I have to make sure she has taken all she needs. I will miss her tonight at home. It will be a lot quieter. But I am sure she will have a lot of fun with her friend and just can't stop talking about it tomorrow morning. mmmm! lol!
Alright, see ya soon...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Embellish Challenge

This is my first time to participate in Embellish challenge. I liked the colors and background stamping of the challenge. Moreover I had some time to do this afternoon. So I made a card for the challenge. 
Here is the challenge:

Here is the card I made for the challenge.

I have used PTI's damask background stamp using Basic Gray ink from SU for the background. Distressed the edges and sponged gray ink on the edges too. Its such a beautiful color combination. Love it and thanks for the challenge.

Have a great long weekend! 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas bookmarks!

Previously I had made some bookmarks for my children's school library. You can find that post here. It was such a great hit that the librarian said she would like some more, if I had the time to make it. Since school holidays had started and today was a nice quiet day, I made a few bookmarks. Christmas coming so close and final term at school, I decided to make Christmas bookmarks. 

A few are modern and a few are vintage. There are 32 bookmarks in total. The stamps are from PTI's Tree Trimming Trio set (my fav) and Signature Christmas Greetings. Inks and ribbons from Stampin' Up!. I think my bookmark die has got the maximum use ever among all the dies I own lol! I can't wait for the tag die as well. Then I can make  Christmas tags too. I so enjoyed making these especially after a massive cleanup of my water logged muddy house and garden.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great sunday evening!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

PTI September Blog Hop

I thought I would not be able to make it for the hop this month. That was because last night our water main broke and it was a disaster. Water everywhere and the engineer was not able to fix it. We just had to shut the water mains off and pack and move to a hotel nearby. Never thought we will holiday in the same town we live in! Anyway, its all fixed now and we are back home and I was able to schedule this post.

" One of the most fun things about this hobby is the people you meet, whether in person or online, and the things you can learn from them.  Now is your chance to show off any skills you might have learned from a fellow stamper, and perhaps even give them a little shout out to thank them for the inspiration they have provided.  Create a project using one of your favorite learned skills and perhaps after a little blog hopping, we will ALL learn some new tips and tricks and continue to pass on the love of this hobby! "

Well, I have been stalking and admiring Sarah Martina Parker's blog -- Designs by Sarah Martina
for a very very long time. Love how she does shabby style cards. Just so pretty! "Your style is so so pretty, Sarah Martina! I particularly love the distressed and inked edges, layering stamped images and embellishments. Your work inspires me a lot". I have tried use her techniques and given a go for this month's PTI blog hop. Here is what I came up with...

I have used PTI's Cream cardstock as the base. The red vellum paper is from Webster Pages and the green paper is from Basic Grey, which are stamped with PTI Text Style II stamps and flutterby Friends, distressed and inked the edges and layered with lace, bakers twine, rhinestones and butterflies. This is a card inspired by Sarah Martina Parker! Hope I have done justice.....

Now off to hop and see everybody's project. I think its going to be interesting to see all the projects this month as the theme for this month can be interpreted in many many ways.
Happy Hopping and Have fun :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Just Add Ink #36

Edited: This card featured as one of the Top Five Picks for the challenge on JAI blog.
Thanks for choosing the card :)

 Second post today! I had time this afternoon and I made a card for Just Add Ink sketch challenge.
Here is the sketch


Although the sketch looks like a CAS sketch, I decided to do a vintage card instead. I like doing things different.... Atleast I try to. Not all the time its turns out well but this one definitely has! I am happy with it.
The designer papers are from Kaisercraft, the sentiments are from PTI and the image stamp set is from the new SU catty. Ribbon, Button and Hawaiian Shores cardstock is from PTI and the rest from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend :)

A big thank you....

Hello again everybody! Yesterday, my son came home from school and told me that his class teacher wants a big thank you card made for his assistant teacher who was leaving. Well, here is what I came up with...

I love this layout because its easy to do and give me the flexibility to use many stamp sets, textures and colors.

I so love the ruler ribbon and embossed script and the chalkboard effect on black cardstock.

I just folded the A4 cardstock in half and made the card. The "Thank you" sentiment is embossed green American Craft embossing powder.

I also made an envelope for the card using DSP.

The class teacher was so happy with it. The kids will sign today and give the assistant teacher the card with a little gift. Hope she likes it!
Ok, got to go and get the kids ready for school. Until next time....

Thursday, September 23, 2010


 We framed few butterflies this Wednesday in the class. I wanted to do a canvas project but could not find 10 canvas of the same size in any of the shops in my town. Duh! Anyway, I bought 10 frames instead and made this Butterfly frame art.

Each butterfly (SU butterfly punch) layer has 2 vellum butterflies, then one Real Red/Sahara Sand butterfly, followed by 5 vellum butterlfies and finally a embossed Real Red/Sahara Sand butterfly, all adhered using black brad. This butterfly layer is mounted on a layer of Real Red/Sahara Sand scallop circle cardstock and scallop vellum circle stamp with the Artistic Etchings medal stamp (SU Stamp). The centre butterfly has a tiny tag (SU punch) with "thanks so much" sentiment on it (also SU punch).I have removed the glass from the frame and added a Very Vanilla cardstock instead.
Looks a bit plain I think! Will twik a bit and post another photo later.
Weekend is nearing again! Gosh! days just fly by and before I know its another week. I am still hoping for my life to slow down a bit. School holidays start next week. Atleast no more taxi service and waking up early in the mornings and rushing. OK, Aditi are calling me for skipping since today is a gorgeous 24 degree day. Got to go now. Until next time...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stamp sets for sale!

I am having a purge of my craft goodies. Its about time I sort out my unused and not frequently used stamp sets so that they can go to a better home. I have many Stampin' Up! sets as well as some PTI sets and dies.
All of them come from smoke free and pet free home.

Here are the list.

Stampin' Up! sets for sale... All costs in Australian Dollars. Want to see these sets then google  the name of the set on images to see them.

1. Pun Fun (retired)--$52
2. Animal Crackers (Current) --$30
3. Upsy Daisy (current)--#30
4. A beautiful Thing (retired) --$25
5. Flight of the Butterfly (current)--$50
6. Lovely as a Tree (current)--$49
7. Always (current)--$56
8. Petal Pizzazz (current)--$59
9. Card games (retired)--$30
10. Seeing Spots (retired)--$24
11. Circle Circus (current) --$53
12. Tart & TAngy (current)--$18
13. All Aboriginal (retired)--$30
14. Wonderful Favourites (current)--$35
15. Please come 9retired) --$40
16. Organic Grace (hostess set)--$25
17. Bitty Birthday (retired0--$20
18. Best Yet (unmounted and new)--$25
19. Forest friends (current)--$20
20. Hello Again (retired)--$15
21. Punches Three  (hostess set)--$20
22. Whimsical Words (unmounted and new)--$20
23. Basic Phrases (retired)--$20

These are Papertrey Ink sets and dies. The costs for these sets are in US dollars. If you want to see these sets then go to Papertrey Ink website.

1. Wonderfully Whimsical ---$10 (SOLD)
2. Enjoy the Ride stamp set with the car die --$15
3. Up Up and Away stamp set --$20
4. The balloon and clouds die--- $10
5.. Friendship Jar Fillers stamp set (used only twice) --$20 

6. Jar die (never used) -- $8 (SOLD)
7. Up Up and Away sentiments (one one stamp used and only once) comes in a brand new CD case -- $6
8. Flower Garden Sentiments (never opened) -- $5
9. Out on a limb additions comes in a brand new CD case --- $6
10. YOF--Lilly of the valley--$10 (Pending!)
11.YOF Daffodils--$10 (Pending!)
12. Asian Fusion-- $20

I will ship them internationally too provided the buyer pays for the shipping charges. Within Australia, if you are buying more than one SU set or more than 3 PTI stamp sets then I will have to charge for postage based on the weight. I will be using padded bags for the safety of the stamp sets.
If you have any questions or if you are interested in buying stamp sets, email me at
Have a great week!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Missed out...

I missed out on another ColorQ color challenge!!!!! I made my project using the colors but just did not get the time to take photo and post the project. Now the linky is closed.duh! This is the second time... Life had just taken over for me. I am hoping by start of school holidays, things will settle down. Anyway, here is their color challenge #50

Here is my project.

Its a pillowbox purse. I have seen a few of these online and so wanted to try it out. So I used the colors from ColorQ challenge #50 to make it. Its made using SU's pillow box and Top Note dies. 
Thanks for stopping by...Time to pick the kids from school and then go swimming...
Have a great week :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Papertrey Dolls challenge

I like this week's challenge at Papertrey Dolls blog
Love Clean and Simple cards and lots of white. Loved the challenge immediately. So I had a go at it. Here is my take on the challenge.
 Woohoo! I loved the pop of color Melon Berry from PTI. Love the color.
Thanks for the challenge, Papertrey Dolls :)
Have a great weekend!


My first time doing Tuesday Trigger challenge. This week's challenge is Lipsylicious. Here is the photo, then you will know why its called so!

Glamourous and rich colors of these lipsticks --- love it. Here is my take on the challenge.

I wasn't sure about these colors on the card as I was making it. But I was determined to finish the card. Its so rich and I am actually like it a lot. Thanks for an awesome inspirational photo.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Some cards we made....

at my class with school children this week. A set of  4 cards. They wanted cards other than birthday cards.One of them wanted a thank you to give away, one wanted get well soon card, another congrats card... We ended up making a variety of cards.

Children had so much fun and their favourite is the red card. They want to make in different colors and different sentiments.Something to do for another class next term. I have the most lovely time at the class. Next week is butterfly week. Projects using butterfly stamps and punches. I want to use canvas and make some thing. I have a vague idea on what to do but will have to try first. Starting with getting!
Going shopping now... See you later today with a card I made for a challenge:)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pillow boxes

This is another project I made for Color Q color challenge. But I am a little late to enter I think!
Here are the colors:

 Here are my pillow boxes. 

I used each color cardstock and made pillow boxes. I embossed them using Finial Press Impressions Embossing folder and then punched heart shape window and covered with clear cardstock.  Cute aren't they? I am going to fill them with lots of punched shapes and gift to my class kids. They would love them. I am excited!
Got to go now and make dinner. Spinach and dhal curry with rice. Spinach is from my garden. That makes it very special. My tummy is grumbling for food. See you tomorrow!
Have a great evening!

JAI #34

I had been so so busy last 3 weeks. Aditi's birthday party went well on Saturday. She had a blast.I will show the lolly bags or rather bag, I made for her party. I did not take photo of all the bags but I have one left. So will take photo of it and share.
Anyway, I was able to do few projects on Sunday. But until today I did not have the time to edit the photos and write posts. This first project is a cute little bag I made for Just Add Ink #34 color challenge. Here are the colors:

So soft and pretty colors. I like the colors but not my style. Was a challenge for me :) Here is my project.

A cute little treat bag. Just enough for 2 chocolate nuggets. This bag is made using PTI's Favour Bag (got the name wrong) Favor it Box Die #1. Love its size and the colors look beautiful together. I don't have Crumb Cake yet so I have used Kraft instead.  I love how so pleasing the colors look together. Thanks for the color combination:)
Have a great evening. I am off to hop and see all the other projects using this color combo:)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birthday invitations....

Morning everybody,
Very nice day today. Getting warm here. Lovely to see sunshine everyday. I am preparing for my daughter Aditi's nineth birthday party. Here are the invitations we had made together.

I got this idea from here. Lacey Stephan's blog is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration Lacey.
Aditi wanted purple and green together and nothing "kidish" on her card. So no cupcakes, ponies...... Her choice was this Embellishment stamp set from PTI.So we together came up with the design. Sparkly things are a must for 9 year olds. So added rhinestones to the flourish. The actual invitation was made on the computer using basic shapes on word customed to the size of the purse. Purse is made using sizzix XL die.So the invitation was not too hard to make at all.

All the invitations are distributed now. 20 plus girls invited for the party. There will be a lot of giggles, screams, shrills.... Can't wait for saturday!
Got to make takeaway bags. All cut and kept. Will assemble them today and show you by tomorrow.
Now off shopping for the party. Have a great day!
See ya!