A Beautiful Friend – HLS May 23

Namaste, welcome to my blog and its that time of month where we start new challenge at HLS die challenge. Its Anything goes with dies. So what are waiting for lets get crafty and enter HERE.

I bought these spellbinders die few months back and never had a chance to use them. So thought will use now. They say these mini slimline dies but the card is of slim card. Thats of bit surprising for me. Yes i did check product description still didnt think it will this big. Anyway i loved the card at the end of the day and that what matters. Isnt it?

I started with the sentient and then worked my way out to finish the card. I really took long time to finish this card as such layered card is not my place.

I embellished the card with tiny flowers from spellbinders. Love how those tiny flowers add so much interest to the card. I also dry embossed the white panel in the background with spellbinders embossing folder.

For every blue layer i added a golden die cut to add shadow and interst to the card design.

Did you like my new style in cards? let me know..

Thank you

Chemistry with MFT for HLS water colour challenge – April 23

Namaste, welcome to my blog for April 23 water colour challenge. The theme of the challenge is Die cut. I actually wanted to use this cute set so made 2 cards. For more information on challenge and rules please visit here.

I loved these cute images from MFT and i coloured them with Zig markers. I wanted to keep the card simple with minimal layers. Used co-ordinating card base and didtress inks to blend on front panel. Sentiments are from Unenviable chemistry, i used essential speech bubble die for sentiments.

I also added few die cuts and stamped few images on the card front for texture and interest.

Thank you for visiting.. Let me know which one you liked among the two..

Birthday cards #46 AAA BIRTHDAY

Namaste, welcome to my space and i am here to share my cards for AAA BIRTHDAY challenge for february. Please make note that AAA birthday challenge is now monthly challenge it starts on 1st of the month. The theme is to use stencil. For more details visit here.

I literally struggled to make tjesecards. My plan was to ink blend but most of my inkpads are dry so i couldnt as i didnt get the right colour combination i wanted. So at the end i used embossing paste and embossing powder to make my card front.

I used wow embossing powders for the cards. Btw i have those die cut pieces which for sure you will see son in my posts on Instagram. @thedreampages1021

After joining AAA BIRTHDAY challenges i have kept few birthday sets in my reach so i can grab them quickly while making cards.. Thats why you see few sentiments again and again..

Hope you liked my cards, let me know which colour combination you liked. I hope you will join us at AAA BIRTHDAY challenges. Stay safe and keep crafting.

Thank you

CAS cards with dies – GD Crealise

Namaste, Swapna here with my next post for Crealise, First let me share something about crealise dies. They add so many extra inner dies so it becomes so easy to do die cutting fun. When you buy any interactive dies you will realize it.

Lets talk about my today’s post. Cards are self exploratory so not much photos.

Card 1

I used the sentiment Happy, horizontal one with the frame and ran through die cutting machine with different colour card stocks. Glued them on a panel diagonally. And before gluing the took sentiment printout and that was a task for me as a person who doesnt like computer works. Added few enamel dots for accent.

Card 2

I used vertical sentiment with inner die for this card. I used smaller panel for this card and kept gluing the sentiments, I actually ran out of die cuts so on the last line i added plain die cut so it gives enough space after sentiment. I scored diagonal lines on card base to added some texture and break all those vertical lines going on. Added few enamel dots as accents.

Card no 3

It’s the simplest as I had lot of plain die cuts I just arranged them on a panel and cut the panel in circle shape. And I took print out of sentiment on a coloured card stock and die cut it out to put on the panel.

Thank you so much for dropping by hope to see you soon again with another post soon..

Thinking of you – HLS dies challenge

Namaste, welcome to my blog. Here I am with anew card for Happy little stampers dies challenge. For more details n inspiration about the challenge visit here.

I am really challenging myself for using more and more dies in my card designs and less of stamping. I made a layered card for this month’s challenge.

I used spellbinders dies for background design. Flowers and flourishes are from Heartfelt creations. Sentiment from Hero arts.

Did you like my take on the challenge. Let me know in the comments.

ATSM #395 – Photo prompt

Hello. friends..
Swapna here and its time for new challenge at Addicted to stamps and more. This is my last post too for ATSM. Our new challenge is up on the blog and the theme is PHOTO INSPIRATION. Click here for more details on the challenge and more inspirations from other DT members.
Coming to my take on the challenge
  • I first secured a water colour paper on a card board o avoid warping as I had planned to use lots of water.
  • I stamped a background image with versamark ink and gold heat embossed the image.
  • Then I scribbled few colours on the panel with my zig markers.
  • Then I sprayed water so that colour moves and blends of its own.
  • Left the panel to air dry.
  • Then trimmed the panel into two card fronts.
  • Foam mounted panel on a red card base.
  • Heat embossed sentiment and die cut it out.
  • Matted it with one size big Vellum circle and foam mounted on the card.

Hope you liked the card.
Thank you

HLS June Water colour challenge – Layers

Hello everyone, Swapna here this month at Happy little stampers we have new challenge and the theme is Layers with water colouring. And here is my take on the challenege. Dont forget to visit blog for more details and inspiration from other DT memebrs. Click here to visit challenege blog.

  • I took a white card base and used distress inks to create clouds with a stencil.
  • Kept the base aside and worked on the other elements needed for the card.

  • I die cut rainbow layers from a white panel and coloured them with my zig markers .
  • I applied aqua shimmer to each layer.
  • I arranged and glued each piece on a copy paper to form my rainbow.
  • Then I added a thick coat of glossy accent to the rainbow and left it to air dry.

  • I die cut a few clouds from same panel.
  • Arranged the rainbow and clouds on the card base.
  • Finished card with sentiment from Your next stamp.

Hope you got inspired by my card. Dont forget to visit the blog for more details.
Thank you


Hi friends…

Firstly I want to apologise for such a long post. 
Today i have post on boring but very important topic. Every person need some sort of organisation. I was always concerned about organising as i cant work in messy place. 
I agree as we start working the area get messy. In my view ORGANISING means, easy to put back the things in their place and finding them easily when you need. If you have to search or break your head to remember were you kept then I am sure you wont use it again and forget about it.

Here is my small effort to share my ideas on organising things, hope you like it.

Organising is not an easy task to accomplish and maintain unless and untill you know what you have and how much place you have. First and formost i categorised what I have? What are my different hobbies so that I can keep the respective items together. 
My first concern was my embroidery books, clothe( Matti cloth for Kasuti-Karnataka Kasuti which is the traditional embroidery of Karnataka). 

Then came the paper crafting items, items to be organised are more so i categorised them on type like papers, stamps, dies, inks, embellishments. 

In this i kept all my embellishments like sequins, enamel dots in one box. 
All papers in their repective covers and i have plain 12×12 papers from Reena Gupta and for card base and other purpose I buy in local market (get them cut in printing press, score and fold them which saves lot of time and space).

Then came stamps and dies

Selection of pockets – Here the first thing i did was searching for poskets to store them.
I was not at all convinced by the typical stamp storage pockets which many use. They are costly because they are imported. go for imported if you wont get in local market.
I bought 1kg of plastic covers in local market in which i got nearly 150 covers. I sat and made flaps (sounds crazy but not as crazy as spending lots of money on imported stamp pockets) for them as they wont come with ready flaps. These are 9″ long covers so you can adjust the height of the cover ;). For most of the dies i used CD covers.

Then came labelling 

Selection of label – I first thought of printing all label on A4 sheet cut them and stick with tixo tape. It didnt work for me. Then i thought of buying label maker but the cost of that and refill made me drop the idea. Then i saw a label sheet on ebay and bought the pack of 100 sheets for 350/- which is lot cheaper(in money wise) than labelling machine and refill. The label is Novajet self adhesive label .

In that i used 84L label. It has instructions inside to type and print labels. I printed labels for dies,stamps, embossing folders.

Ink pads

For ink pads i felt these are perfect labels. If you want you can trim a little bit but they worked fine for me. After attaching labels to ink pads I realised that I forgot to stamp on them with respective colour. So when you want to do this please stamp and them attach. I have not organised them in any particular order. All die, pigments are together exceptions being black n white inkpads.

I have distress mini so i store them in transparent box. along with 4 memento dew drops and few color box chalk inks..

Stamp storage

I was bit worried about storing stamps. Because IF I WONT SEE I WONT USE. So i took this idea from Jennifer McGuiere. I soon realised that the pockets can fit two stamp sets in them. So i placed two sets in one pocket which will help me in future(I already saved lots of space for upcoming stamp sets).  For few stamp sets i trimmed the plastic backing they come with so that they can fit in the cover. The few larger stamps i placed one in one pocket. These pockets are right for big sets like Altenew rose/flower sets too.

For sets which had matching dies i made a red dot on the label itself so that i can make out which set has matching die.

I kept smaller stamps like these in cd cover.

For background stamps i didnt do any packing. I just attached the label on their backing sheet.

Die storage

It was bit difficult to store dies for me. First i used to store them with magnetic sheets. As the collection increased it became difficult for me to look at them because of the weight. Then i switched to CD covers. But there were few sets which needed magnetic sheets for them i am using magnetic sheets.

These are the above stamp covers but i trimmed them to the size of  5×6″ so that they can fit exactly to the set.

This is the original size of the cover without any further trimming. For dies like these i use magnetic sheets. But i have only two sets like this.

Embossing folders

For embossing folders i didnt do much as they are strong enough to hold themselves. I put the label and thats it.

That is it. This is my organisation. to sum up every thing. Dies and background stamps in one container.

Stamps and embossing folders in another. 

Hope you liked it. If you liked please comment bellow.

Thank you for being with me till the end.