Guest Designer for The Alley Way Stamps

Hi everyone,

Coming back from a long hiatus , I m back with writing this post . I was lucky to get selected to be a guest designer for The Alley way stamps for the month of May. I will be sharing projects made with some of the new stamps.

I was lucky to get to play with the beautiful stamp set called phraseology. How many of us try to find the right sentiment or words to fill in a handmade card? This stamp set is quite versatile as it can be used for variety of cards. Its like a word puzzle which you can choose and make your own sentiment.

You can find the stamp here : http://www.thealleywaystamps.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=phraseology

For the first card :

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The phraseology was stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder in a small rectangular black cardstock and foam mounted onto a red cardstock with stars stencil embossing paste background. Brads were fixed to give a mounted feel. White gel pen was used to circle the selected words. This makes for a birthday card.

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For my second card, I used the stamp set along with a journaling die cut . I made small journaling cards and blended distress inks squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, spiced marmalade barn door and  pickled raspberry for top panel. For the base journal card, I blended distress inks tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans and peacock feathers. I splattered some water and misted these cards to give a water color effect. Rounded off the words with a micron pen and foam mounted them onto black cardbase.

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For the third card , I kept the design really simple since the phrases speak for themselves. Card base was embossed with cuttlebug tiny hearts embossing folder, Black and white cardstock were cut and shaped and a red twine was attached with a bow. The stamp set was stamped with versafine black ink and the sentiments were rounded with a red gel pen to give a romantic color feel to the card. Stickles added to selected hearts on embossed paper. This makes it a romantic masculine card.

What I really love about the phraseology set is that you can make birthday cards, romantic cards, baby cards , get well soon card,thanks and various sentiments in just one set.

Please check the guest post in the alleyway stamps blog :

http://www.thealleywaystamps.blogspot.com/2015/05/may-guest-designer.html

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Vidya

Valentine’s day Teddy bear for you

Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Have you thought of a gift for your sweetheart yet? You can take a classic route with chocolates, flowers and teddy bears. Nothing is cuter and more standard than giving your loved one a Valentine’s day Teddy Bear! This card is made from one such adorable bear.

The bear is made from whimsiedoodles digital stamp! It’s such a cute one having heart strings.

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Doesn’t he make you go Awwww!

Supplies:

Stamp: Whimsiedoodles heart strings bear (http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html)

Paper: Neenah solar white cardstock, Cotton candy bazzill for cardbase, Tim holtz spun sugar cardstock , vellum, patterned paper ( hearts backdrop) from Joanns

Ink : Copics RV13, RV10

Misc: Twine, Tiny hearts cuttlebug embossing folder, spellbinders circle nestabilities die cut, sanding block, alphabet stickers, tim holtz mini attacher, glossy accents for hearts, foam dots , Liquid applique for bear

To create the sherpa fur effect on the white valentine bear, I used white liquid applique and heated it to give it that furry effect. Turned up cute !

Love

Vidya

Golden heart

Hi

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I m going to make today’s post quite short. Things have been crazy as a family member is on the mend . The card for today is a  favorite of mine and I totally loved it.

For the first time, tried my hands on sequins for cards and I was happy with the outcome . I wanted to create a love rain with sequins and thats what I tried to achieve. It goes perfectly with Love abby stamp from whimsiedoodles.

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Isnt she adorable? With a hearty rain over her and the a heart garland she is carrying in her hand and the whole image looks like hearts falling from her hand . ( I wish the camera took a better shot bec the sequins were made matte)

Supplies :

Paper: Neenah solar white cardstock, gold foil cardstock for edges

Stamps : Love Abby from whimsiedoodles (http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html)

Ink: Copics

Misc: red woodgrain washi tape from freckled fawn, Gold heart sequins from pretty pink posh

I’m enrolling this card for http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/ and http://blog.markerpop.com/2015/01/26/markerpop-challenge-61-valentines-day/

Bye for now

Vidya

Fluttering hearts

Hello darlings,

Today I’ m showing off another card made with love Abby from whimsiedoodles. I m not very good with clean and simple cards . This card, I was so happy when it was completed, I could say, this is my best card so far I have made in clean and simple format. This is the third of the card I m making with love Abby.

Tried the technique of ombre coloring and embossing paste for the first time. Yippeee! Finally exploring after a long time!

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Isn’t she a cutie?

I cut a 2.5 inch X 5.5 inch strip of white cardstock and ink blending with pickled raspberry distress ink to create the ombre panel of pink. On it, placed the heidi swapps confetti stencil and used white embossing paste selectively to create the hearts on the pink panel. Love Abby image was printed after flipping and colored with copics and attached to the card using foam dots. hello darling sentiment is from mama elephant .

Supplies: Neenah solar white cardstock

Ink: Copics B26, B24, B21, E21, E00, RV13, 0,100, C6, C3, C1, pickled raspberry distress ink

Stamp: Love Abby (from http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html) , sentiment from filigree mama elephant ( http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html)

Misc: Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste, heidi swapp confetti stencil ( http://www.heidiswapp.com/items/6-x-6-confetti-stencil/)

To check out my other cards that I m guest designing for whimsiedoodles, go to

http://whimsiedoodles.blogspot.com/2015/01/cuties-from-our-guest-artist.html

All the cute images are available in http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html (january release)

Have a nice day

Vidya

Love of lace and doilies

I m back to share another card for Whimsiedoodles ( http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/)  . With valentine’s day around the corner, I drew inspiration from a doily in my dining table. Isn’t there something about love of lace and doilies when women relate to romance or weddings? I used the love Abby image from whimsiedoodles . I really aimed at getting a subtle look for my card this time from my routine bright colors.

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No sentiment was added as I wanted this to be a birthday card for a relative (which happens to fall on february 14). Perfect wouldn’t it be to receive a card with lots of hearts on it?

For a change I flipped the image before printing onto cardstock and then colored her with copics.

Supplies:

Paper: Neenah solar white cardstock, Patterned paper from lawn fawn

Stamp: Love Abby from whimsiedoodles (  http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html )

Ink: Copics E21, E00 (for skin). E37, E35, E27, E25 (for hair) , RV13, RV10 (for cheeks and pink hearts), R29, R25 , 0 (for red dress and shoes ), C6, C3, C1 (for cardigan and socks)

Die : My favorite things doily die

Misc: pink satin ribbon, heart enamel accents, stickles (cotton candy)

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Love

Vidya

Hearty for you

It’s the third card I’m making this month for Whimsiedoodles. I adore the january release of Whimsiedoodles which has the cutest images. This girl reminds me of a soft girl , so I tried to capture that clean line , pastel with a pop of color . I really love coloring this image (or any other whimsiedoodles images ) with copics . For this card, I die cut and colored the embossed die with distress ink spun sugar and added pink twine with a bow and mounted the panel with foam dots . To finish off I added tiny enamel hearts which seemed to fit the theme and colors well.

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Trying hair techniques with copics has paid off this time! Love the silky hair effect on Abby.

Here’s a close up :

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As usual I couldn’t stay away from stickles!

Supplies:

Paper: Bazzill cotton candy cardstock,neenah solar white cardstock, patterned paper from Joann

Stamps: Whimsiedoodles love abby (  http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html )

Ink : Copics RV13, RV11, RV10 for pink  , E21, E00 for skin , E37, E25, E27 , E40 for hair , BG13, BG11 for cardigan , Distress ink spun sugar

Misc: Spellbinders nestabilities labels 4, pink twine, stickles cotton candy, heart enamel dots

I m enrolling this card for this challenge : http://www.kitandclowder.com/challenges

Pop in tomorrow for another cute card!

Love

Vidya

Flu season is here

Hi

Achoo!!! That’s me sneezing now! Grrr…. How long does it take for a flu to go away? Its been four days and tons of tissues and tired nostrils already! I took the flu vaccine and still end up getting it every year (like a repeating gift). I wish there was a quick remedy for flu. Today’s card would seem perfect if someone was sick only with a Get well soon sentiment. But I really needed a happy birthday card with a doctor on it (to give to a physician in the family) It’s a quick post to share a simple card I made today.

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I used the following to create it :

Stamps : art impressions stamps ( http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4099) lawn fawn ( http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4099 ) for the dialogue lawn fawn ( http://www.artimpressions.com/Product.asp?Sku=4099) for the happy birthday sentiment. Ink : Memento tuxedo black ink. Colored the image with copics, Distress ink broken china for dialogue Paper: bazzill blue cardstock, Neenah solar white cardstock ,patterned paper Misc: Glossy accents for the spectacles ,spellbinders circle die cut, tiny bubbles embossing folder, foam dots.

Hope to get better soon.

All those staying in east coast and Midwest, Stay warm and travel safe!

Vidya

Birthday = Cake

Cake , candles and confetti . All these terms are synonymous with any celebration. But the most common of its birthdays!

I m going to share a card that involves a birthday cake! I have tried my hands on baking a cake which turns out perfect . Icing the cake, I m not really sure. Last time I did roses on top of the cake, they looked like melted candle in the shape of roses. I’m going to stick around with icing mini cupcakes!

A friend of mine wanted a custom made card with a name mentioned on it! Here it is :

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The image is a digital image (not sure where I found it ; Wish I could give credit ) colored with copics

E40, E21(skin), N1, C3, C6, E27(shoe

s) , B26, B24 (jeans), Y15, Y13 ,E27, E25, B 21 (cake and towel) , 100, R24 (shirt), N1 (apron)

Stamps: Lawn fawn a birdie told me for dialogue , lawn fawn claire’s abcs (oscar), sentiment penny black party time

Papers used: Peppermint bazzill card stock, plaid patterned paper (digital print), neenah dessert storm cardstock , neenah solar white card stock for image .

Dies –  spellbinders circles

Embossing folder – Happy birthday cuttlebug

Misc – white embossing powder, foam dots.

Forgot to add glossy accents; would have given the rich chocolate ganache look.

Have a good day

Vidya

My first holiday card for this year

Hi

Now that Halloween is over, Its looking a lot like Christmas (even though there’s thanksgiving in the midst) . We had our first snow on Halloween night in Michigan . I love winter and the snow but I get jitters thinking of really cold winter days. Its lovely to see the whole white and red colors everywhere and definitely lifts up my mood.

For today, I m posting my very first holiday card.

What better way than to start with red and white colors?

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Isn’t this a pretty cute image ? Sharing gifts on a snowy day is beautiful right?

Here are the steps to make this card?

Supplies: Neenah solar white card stock, Red embossed paper from Joanns

Stamp: Penny black jolly friends ( http://shop.pennyblackinc.com/p/jolly-friends )

Dies: Nestabilities scalloped circles

Ink: Memento tuxedo black ink , Copics E27, E25, B21, C6, R29, R24, E21, Y14,YG17 , Tumbled glass distress ink

Misc: red and white twine, Foam dots, Stickles frosty lace

Steps:

1. Cut an A 2 size card (4.25 X 5.5 ” ) from white card stock

2. For card panel – cut 4 inch X 5.25 inch red embossed card stock . String the twine three times around and attach the panel to card base.

3. Cut spellbinders die and blend with distress ink around corner. Stamp the penny black stamp . Color with copics. Use stickles for snow on ground and on umbrella.

4. Attach it to card panel with foam dots. Use any sentiment for Christmas on inside.

I m posting this card for this challenge –

http://festivefriday.blogspot.com/2014/10/ffc43-mid-challenge-inspiration.html

Hope you enjoyed the Christmas feel! Have a good day .

Vidya

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Hi everyone, I’m not familiar with Halloween traditions as I’m from India. But it seems so much fun. Love the whole costume stuff, the trick or treats and the haunting effect by decorating the home. Last week I saw a witch sitting in a chair on the patio of a old home and I was scared for a moment. It took me a moment to realize its just decoration. I was fooled and I was laughing at myself. I wanted to do a witch card but couldn’t get the time.

For this post, its about vampire  — oooohhh ! The blood, the fangs, the red and black and the damask effect of the old European age! That’s what came to my mind. Here it is –

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He doesn’t scare you , right? You wouldn’t mind this vampire coming into your house , lol. He’s showing a thumbs up as well.

I m gonna make another vampire card soon with a pumpkin treat bag. Wait for it.

Supplies:

Paper: Red cardstock, neenah solar white cardstock, damask pattern paper.

Stamps: http://www.whimsiedoodles.com/whats-new.html

Ink: Distress ink – vintage photo, Copics – 100, R29, 24, C6, C3, C1, colorless blender 0

Dies: Spellbinders labels four nestabilities

Misc: Foam dots, Enamel dots, red ribbon

Steps:

1. For cardbase, A 2 size cardstock (4.25″ X 5.5″ ) from red cardstock

2. Glue a damask patterned paper (4 ” X 5.25″ ) after attaching a red ribbon vertically

3. Print the vampire image . Color with copics. Use wink of stella clear pen for the cape . It makes it look like satin .

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4. Die cut the printed white cardstock from spellbinders die. Blend distress ink over it . With foam dots attach over cardpanel

5. Attach enamel dots on the right upper end.

Happy Halloween again!

Vidya

(Appreciate in advance for comments )