Guest Designing for Sindu's Blog

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Hello !

My blogger pal Sindu Jay from Paperminty blog is celebrating 5 years of her blog anniversary  celebrations and I shared two cards as a part of my guest post.

Here's one of the cards:-


And hey, this card holds a surprise !! Do you wish to know what it is? Please click HERE to view both my cards and all the details.

Would love to know what you think about my cards.Thanks so much for stopping by.

Zig Zag fold Card with Sizzix flowers

Friday, 18 August 2017

I feel so good to be able to find time for blogging again. I realised that the reason why I kept pushing away blogging was my sluggish laptop I've been using since past five years. Actually, it was a netbook (a smaller version of laptop) with 1 GB RAM. Poor thing couldn't take too much of heavy pictures and files. Of late, editing a simple photo became a 1 hour task !! I simply couldn't afford 2-3 hours of writing one blogpost and uploading it and hence blogging took a backseat. My husband suggested me a few times to get a new laptop, but I kept procrastinating it, until I couldn't take it any more! Now I got a new laptop and I wish I had bought it before, it would have saved me so much time and frustration ;)
Hoping to visit your blogs more regularly now.

Enough of ranting. :P
 I wish to share a Zig Zag-fold card I made a few days ago featuring Sizzix Framelits Folk flower stamp and die set.



That script background was stamped (Impression Obsession -French Script background stamp) using versamark ink and clear embossed to give a subtle look to the background.
I had received a couple of stamp and coordinating die sets in my Sizzix kit last month. This one's called Folk flower and it is a beautifully detailed stamp. The pack contains a coordinated floral die that gives a perfectly clean edge with a margin of 1mm around the stamp. It contains a leaf die as well.
The florals were coloured using Zig clean color brush pens.

Looks quite dramatic !Would love to know your views about this card.

Linking this card to :-
CAS(E) This sketch challenge#235



Find out more inspiration on sizzix.co.uk :)

Products :-
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only(white and gray)(#660020)

Sizzix Framelits Die set 2pk w/stamp Folk Flower (#662165)

5-minute Upcycling Idea

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Hello  !!

Wishing all my fellow Indian bloggers, crafters and readers a very happy Independence Day. Our country has a huge amount of talent, much more than we realize and may we keep striving to build a developed and highly efficient country.

Thanks to the long weekend here, I got a chance to attend to my blog which is being neglected for quite a while now.

I'm sharing a simple and fun up-cycling idea today with the help of Sizzix dies.

I had this brown paper shopping bag in my cupboard which I had saved for reusing it for shopping or gift packaging purposes. But it looked rather dull and plain and I decided to give it a little makeover, just to add a fun, colourful touch to it.



This makeover took me just 5-minutes. Now I'm on a lookout for more stuff at home that need a creative makeover ;)

Products used:-

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only(white and gray)(660020)

Sizzix Thinlits Antique Doily (661720) 

Sizzix Thinlits Brush Capital Alphabet(661710)

Will be back with a new post soon.

Watercoloured Greetings

Monday, 24 July 2017

Hello again !
This is my second post for the day. To check out the previous post, please click HERE.

I'm kind of hooked to watercolouring these days. I'm watching a lot of videos on YouTube of various watercolouring artists working on their process and learning along the way. It's so much fun and inspiring too ! I'm still on the intermediate levels as of now and I am truly enjoying exploring this medium and making some cards along the way.

Here are some of the cards I made in the past few days by watercolouring. Hope you like my attempts and  please feel free to drop in any suggestions, tips or any feedback on my work. I'm still new so it would be helpful :)








Here are the links to the video tutorials that I got inspired from - 
 https://youtu.be/psrN-U5ftSk

https://youtu.be/25HwZzMraew

https://youtu.be/Y3S041mj1hk

Thank you for visiting me today. Will be coming up with more watercoloured cards soon. 





Summer-themed Cards With Sizzix Dies and Giveaway Winner

Hello bloggers and friends!

I'm back with a couple of cards I made using the Chapter 3 release die set from Sizzix Lifestyle-- Under the Sea. It's a lovely die set designed by Katie Skilton and it contains a total of 14 dies which can be mixed and matched to create some cute summer-themed or holiday-themed cards.


The colouring and the background building on both the cards is done with the help of Zig clean color marker pens. The sentiment in the above card is from My Favorite Things- Penguins in Paradise stamp set, whereas in the card beow, it's hand-written. I also doodled around the edges of the coloured die cuts to add some interest.


I'm linking this above card to :-

1. Less Is More Challenge - No Stamps (the above card uses no stamps, just dies and some hand doodling)






2. CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge#231-- 



3. CAS on Friday Challenge # 112 - Primary Colours (The card has Red, yellow and blue colours)

For your blog

Products used :-

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only(white and gray)(660020)

Sizzix Thinlits die set 14 pk-- Under the Sea(662099)

Sizzix Thinlits die set- Sticthed Rectangles (661189) 

Zig Clean Colour brush pens-24 set
Iris Sg Card stock
Sakura Micron Pen for doodling and writing the sentiment.

SIZZIX UPDATE :-

 Do you remember  had shared a news about the giveaway that was hosted by sizzix.co.uk last month? Well, the winners have been announced ! 
Please head over to the sizzix page by clicking on the link below to see if the winner is you :-

 https://www.sizzix.co.uk/designer-competition-winners

That's all from my end for today. See you all soon with something new. 
Hugs! 

One die,two ways

Friday, 14 July 2017

Hi friends!

I recently received my newest Chapter 3 dies from Sizzix Lifestyle and I even did an unboxing video giving you a closer look of these new dies. If you wish to see the video, scroll right to the end of the post, but kindly overlook the little technical mistakes you might notice and please be kind. :P .I guess it would take a little more practice to get a hang of making videos and all the technicalities involved in video editing. Hopefully will come up with better and more professional videos in future.

And now, over to my cards that I made using one of my favorite dies from the new release, it's Sizzix Thinlits Little Robin Die set. The first card below also features Sizzix Bigz die- Pretty Climber.
 


 I started off by stamping the French script over one side of a 5 by 7 inch card base.I used Memento London fog ink for the same. I die cut the leafy vine and the little birdie using water colour paper and coloured the bird die cut using Zig brush pens. The diecuts were adhered over the card base and the sentiment(from Impression Obsession stamps) was stamped using Versafine onyx black ink. I also sponged some distress ink(hickory smoke) over the left side edge of the card, to highlight the stamped script. Finished off the card by adding enamel dots.

 And the second card features the same little robin die set, but used in a different way.


The negative portion of the bird die cut was used as a stencil here, with the help of which I sponged some distress inks. I added the sentiment from Cas-ual Fridays stamp- Big Treble using Versafine onyx black ink. This ink dries slower as compared to other pigment inks, and that makes it suitable to use it for heat embossing as well. For my one-layered and CAS cards, I prefer clear embossing my sentiments, especially if the main focus of my card is the sentiment. So after stamping, I clear embossed it and added the pearls to complete my card.

Which one did you like more ? let me know :)

Here's the unboxing video I shared on my YouTube channel -


You can also view it directly on YouTube by clicking HERE
.
Products used :-
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine(grey and white only)
Sizzix Thinlits die set- Little Robin
Sizzix Bigz die set- Pretty Climber

White card stock- Iris sg
Water colour paper- Canson Montval
Inks- Versafine onyx black, memento london fog, distress ink- hickory smoke
Zig Clean color brush pens
enamel dots, pearls
Stamps-- Cas-ual Fridays stamp- Big Treble ; Impression Obsession rubber stamp.


I'm linking the cards to -:

Happy Little Stampers- July Anything Goes with Dies

 

 See you all soon!

Hugs,
Jasleen.

Friendship Card Using Peacock Die | Sizzix

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

One of the dies that I had received in my second DT kit from Sizzix was this thinlits die set - Peacock designed by Pete Hughes. I have been procastinating big time putting this die to use. I was kind of intimidated to use this die all this time, don't know why, maybe because it is so beautiful that I had some doubts if I would be able to do justice to it. :)  But last week, I decided to give it a go and see how my card turns out with it.

Here's how it looks:-


I wanted to keep the card very clean and simple, especially so with this die cut, because it looks so beautiful in itself. Cluttering the background would take away the spotlight from the peacock ! 
This die set contains a total of 7 pieces of die- One main body, three sizes of wings, two varieties of tiny feathers and one eye die. We need to assemble the die cut pieces together to form a peacock. 
I decided to die cut the pieces using Canson Montval water colour paper and then add colours of my choice using Zig brush pens to get a lovely watercolor look. If you are in a hurry, you can even die cut these from the coloured card stock.

The left-hand side corner of the card base was inked using distress ink- spun sugar and the sentiment( from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps-Big Treble) was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I LOVE that sentiment !! 
I wanted the sentiment to look more prominent, so I quickly poured some Zing Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat embossed it. This is a great way to make your sentiment look more prominent. 

The assembled die cut peacock was then adhered over the card base and added some musical notes by doodling them next to the peacock. 

That's all. I love the way it has turned out.

Linking the card to :-
1. Addicted To Stamps and More Challenge#249- CAS
 

2. AAA Cards Challenge# 93-  Words Take Centre stage
 

Products used:-
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine Only(White and gray)(#660020)

Sizzix Thinlits die set 7 Pk - Peacock by Pete Hughes (#661707)

Sentiment stamp- Cas-ual Fridays clear stamp set - Big Treble
Distress ink- Spun Sugar
Card stock- Iris Sg
Water colour paper- Canson Montval
Zing Clear Embossing powder
Versamark onyx black ink
Zig clean color brush pens-24 pk

Reminder :-

Sizzix is offering a chance to win Big Shot Plus Machine along with a beautiful collection of dies.
 
 Have you entered the Sizzix giveaway yet?  If not, you still have time uptil 14th of July 2017, 10 A.M BST.(2:30 p.m. IST)

To enter this giveaway, click on the following link :-

https://goo.gl/SteF45

That's all for today. Have a great day ! 
Hugs !
- Jasleen.

SuperGirl Cards | Guest Post for CrafTangles

Monday, 3 July 2017

Hi friends !
Hope you all are doing well.

I'm guest designing today at CrafTangles official blog (blog.hndmd.in) and I made three cards featuring their
SuperGirl stamp and co-ordinated die set.

I’m very impressed with their amazing and detailed designs. And the co-ordinated dies fit perfectly well with their respective images and give a clean cut with a perfect edge. It’s for the first time an Indian craft manufacturing company has come up with a stamp and co-ordinated die set. They also have a Super Boy stamp set and die as well as patterned papers in the same theme too.

Here’s my first card:-


The image was stamped using versafine onyx black ink on Iris Sg card stock and coloured using Faber Castell watercolour pencils. It was then die cut using the co-ordinating die. I wanted to keep this card very CAS and I’m happy with the way those colours look against the light grey background. Sometimes, substituting a white card stock with some other neutral colours adds an interesting appeal to the whole look and at the same time, keeps the card clean and simple.


Second one:-


I started by drawing a cloud on a scratch piece of paper and fussy cut it to use it as a mask for sponging distress ink. That skyline die is from Sizzix and I stenciled some distress ink over it to add some interesting texture. This super girl image is the second one from the same stamp set and it was also coloured using Faber Castell watercolour pencils. It was die cut using the coordinating die and then popped up on the prepared scene using double sided foam tape.


Third One:-



This one’s my first attempt at making a pop-up card.  I have kept it quite simple. I stamped the ‘bang’ on the outside of the card in versamark watermark ink and silver embossed it. I die a cut a few stars from a Sizzix framelits Star die set using golden and silver glitter paper and mounted these using 3D foam tape. Added a few star-shaped sequins here and there. Have a look at the picture below to see how it looks on the inside :-



I've also shared a small video clip to help you see better how the pop-up card looks like on opening up:-

I had a great time making these cards. Hope you liked these!

To view my post on the hndmd blog, please visit this link HERE and I'm sure you'd also love to have a look at many more inspiring posts by the other talented crafters and the design team of HNDMD.

Thanks a lot for your visits, likes and comments on my work. :)
Love,
Jasleen.

Floral Card- Altenew Challenge

Sunday, 25 June 2017


Hi friends !

How's your weekend going? As for me, I managed to make a card to play along a challenge after ages, so yes, my weekend is going great ;) 

June 2017 Inspiration Challenge – White On White Focal Point
I loved  June month's Altenew Inspiration Challenge picture and decided to make a card inspired the gorgeous floral bouquet of deep pink and light yellow coloured flowers against the light gray backdrop.


 


 The design of this card was inspired by Ardyth's card I saw here. I'm a huge admirer of Ardyth's work and there are so many of her cards I wish to CASE.

The flowers are from Altenew Hennah Elements stamps set ( I can never get bored of this stamp set) coloured using my newly bought Zig brush pens. Now I know why everybody is crazy about Zig pens.;) They are so amazing to work with.
The sentiment is from Mudra Craft Stamps- Butterfly wishes.

I'll be sending this card to a friend and decided to go with yellow envelope. Do you think this envelope goes well with the card or should I go with the one that looks less brighter? 

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 
Hugs !

- Jasleen.

Sizzix Giveaway

Friday, 23 June 2017

Hello friends !

Have you heard about the latest giveaway at sizzix.co.uk ?


Sizzix is offering a chance to win Big Shot Plus Machine along with a beautiful collection of dies.

To enter this giveaway, click on the following link :-

https://goo.gl/SteF45

If this is not HUGE, I don't know what is !! 

 Last date to enter this giveaway is 14th July 2017, 10 A.M. BST.

I would love to see two of my crafty pals win this, you might get lucky this time so do not miss this. ;)

Love,
Jasleen.

Guest Designing For AAA Card Challenge #92

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Hello bloggers!

I'm so happy to share today that I'm guest designing at AAA Cards Challenge blog for their Challenge # 92- Emboss Resist. I was a winner of their Challenge #87  and I didn't think twice when I was asked if I would like to guest design for one of their challenges. I have always enjoyed their fun themes. Thank you, Jane, for giving me this opportunity.
Emboss resist has been one of the most popular techniques amongst all the cardmakers. If you haven't tried it yet, you can do that now.

Here's my inspiration for the challenge:-


I started off by stamping the sentiment from My Favorite Things- Brushstroke Birthday stamp set in Versamark ink on a Brustro watercolour paper panel. I then heat embossed it using Ranger's white embossing powder.Then, I sponged different colours of distress inks over the embossed sentiment. Heat embossed areas resist distress inks and watercolours, and that's why the sentiment won't take any colour from the inks. Just to make it look more prominent, gently swipe over the sentiment using a soft cloth or a baby wipe to wipe off the inks over the embossed areas.
 Just to add a little interest to the card, I decided to die cut two hearts from one end of the sentiment and pop up one heart die cut over the letter 'J'.

Although I did have an urge to 'just add a little something more' to the card, I'm glad I resisted it because I love how effective this looks in all its simplicity. What do you think? :) 

Please do visit AAA Cards Challenge #92 and check out the beautiful inspirations from the design team members. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great Sunday !

Geometric Shaped Dies- Card #2

Monday, 5 June 2017

Hello,
I'm back with my second card of the 'geometric shaped dies' series(you can check out my first card here), and this time my card features Sizzix Framelits die set 2 pk- Tiny Stars Mini.


The most difficult and time-consuming part during making of this card was the alignment of the stars in a straight line. I hope they do look aligned though. Do you like making such cards too?

Will be coming up with more ideas soon.
Thanks for visiting :)

Geometric Shaped Dies- Card #1

Friday, 2 June 2017

Hey friends!!!

How're you all ?

In my last kit from Sizzix, I got a few tiny geometric shaped framelits dies such as circle, hexagon, triangle, scalloped circle and star dies. So, I have challenged myself to come up with some card ideas using only these geometric dies in the next few days ! I hope I manage to complete my own challenge. Great way to get my lost mojo back on track, don't you think ?

So here's the first card of the series :-



Father's day is just round the corner so I thought it would a nice idea to have few such cards in my stash. ;)

So, for this CAS card, I made use of Sizzix Framelits little bunting and Sizzix Framelits small  Scallop Circle die sets. That sentiment is hand-written, as you might have already guessed ;)

And if you are looking for some interesting patterned papers to help with your Father's day makes, there are some free paper downloads available at sizzix.co.uk

Here' the link where you can download these free patterned papers -
https://www.sizzix.co.uk/fathers-day-2017

Will be coming up with more cards soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Linking the above card to :-
1. CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #175- Use Pattern Papers



2. Uniko Challenge- Masculine with an optional twist - Father's Day ( I don't know really if my card falls under the masculine category, but it sure does for father's day, so anyway didn't want to miss entering here. )
 

Products Used :-

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine(White and Gray Only) (#660020)

Sizzix Framelits die set 2 Pk- Little Bunting(#661780)

Sizzix Framelits die set 2 pk- Small scallop circles (#661779)

White cardstock- Iris Sg
Grey Cardstock(for making the ice cream cone)- Locally bought
Patterned papers - Lawn Fawn
Distress Ink- Salty Ocean
Micron003 Pen- For writing the sentiment and for doodling .
Googly eyes- Locally bought.



Mother's Day Cards | Sizzix Post

Saturday, 13 May 2017


We are observing Mother’s Day in India on the 14th of this month and I came up with a couple of last minute mother’s day card ideas featuring the newly released dies from Sizzix—Butterfly Meadow by Debi Potter and the Sentiment Words Thin by Tim Holtz.

First One:-





Although this one was quick to put together after planning the design, it took a lot of time and brain-storming to finalize the card layout. Yeah, guess that happens when you’re low on creative ideas. I usually find it difficult to incorporate patterned papers on my cards. But I have a huge stock of pretty patterned papers kept in the drawers unused and it hurts me to see them getting dusty. So I challenged myself to try using PPs onto my card.  That beautiful die cut is a single piece with the butterfly, flowers and the leaves. I sponged the die cut using different colours of distress inks with the help of sponge daubers.

And now over to the second one:-


For this card, I wanted to try out a stenciling technique with my distress inks. I started by sponging three colours(abandoned coral, scattered straw, evergreen bough) of distress inks on a 4 by 5 ¼ inches sized Iris Sg card panel.


Then I chose my stencil I wished to use, sprayed some water over the stencil and placed it over the sponged card panel. I saw this technique in one of the recent card-making videos by Jennifer McGuire.
That gave me a beautiful background. The reason why this technique works so beautifully with distress inks (or even distress oxides) is the unique tendency of these inks to react with water.
And because I already had a colourful and striking background, I decided to keep the butterfly meadow die cut uncoloured.



How do you like these cards? Would love to know. :)

Products used:-





Love,
Jasleen.

Triangular Gift Boxes| Sizzix

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hello friends !! 

I feel sorry that this little space of mine is being neglected since quite a while now. I haven't been upto the mark in keeping my blog active with my posts of late. I'm juggling with a number of things at the moment and  I try to squeeze in atleast half an hour everyday for myself, when I can simply create something on my craft table .  Blogging(for me, it includes taking pictures of my work, editing, writing posts) is something I'm struggling with. Need to organise my timings better.

Okay, now moving on to sharing what I made from the new Sizzix Thinlits Die set 5 Pk- Triangular Gift Box(661688)


These gift bags are one-of-a-kind due to their shape. They would make a fantastic choice as party favours. 

Here's how I made them :-



This pack contains a total of 5 dies. We need two die cuts from the main rectangular die, which forms the 'body' of the gift bag. The obtained die cuts have pre-scored lines on them, and we simply need to fold along the scored lines to get our box together.

The other four dies comprise of a scalloped border die(we need 4 die cuts from it), a leaf die, a heart and a tag die. The latter three are helpful for embellishing the box.

Check out the pictures above. I think they would explain better.


Products used :-



Patterned paper- Lawn Fawn;
Wooden Clothespin, Baker's Twine for embellishing.


hope you liked these cute little 'Samosa' shaped boxes ;)   
Thanks for visiting me today. Have a great day !

Rise High- Wall Decor | Sizzix

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Hello friends!
Hope you all are doing great.

Last week I tried my hand at an artsy wall decor with the help of the newly released die- Sizzix Thinlits die set- Cityscape, Skyline(#661810) and Sizzix Thinlits die set- Brush Capital Alphabet (661710)



I'm not a professional artist when it comes to watercolouring. I'm still very much a beginner. But that shouldn't stop you from creating an artsy wall decor for your home, should it ? ;)
So if you are like me and still if you wish to create a watercoloured wall art, I'll share a simple technique I followed to make this one with the help of dies. ;)

Here's what I did:-



  • I die cut the skyline using my Big Shot Plus Machine from an Iris sg card stock.
  • I sponged the die cut in different colours of distress inks, making sure they are well blended and even.
  • Then, I arranged the negative die cut of the 'skyline' on a suitably sized sheet of watercolour paper upside down in such a way that it looks like a mirror image of the die cut when placed(see the picture to know what I mean)

  • When I was happy with the positioning, I temporarily adhered it using washi tape.
  • Using this die cut as a stencil, I first applied water through the stencil and then started adding different colours of Gansai Tambi Watercolours. Your watercolours will not be confined entirely within the stencil space and will flow easily across, but that's how we intend them to be here. This is what gives an artsy look, keeping the skyline silhouette intact.
  • Then I adhered the skyline die cut over the watercoloured image edge with the help of 3D foam tape.

Now my idea to do this technique was to make it look like a blurry reflection in water. Doesn't it look like one? 
I hope I've inspired you to try watercolouring art with the help of die cuts. Would love to know your views.

Products used :-




Water colour paper- Canson Montval 300 gsm

Iris Sg card stock

Watercolours- Gansai Tambi

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day ! 

Hugs,
Jasleen.

Butterfly Shaker Card

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Hello ! :)


Quickly sharing a clean and simple shaker card idea made using the newly released Sizzix thinlits die set 4 Pk- Detailed Butterflies, Mini (#661802)



The stamps are from Mudra craft stamps- Butterfly wishes.





I love making shaker cards. They add such a fun element to a simple card ! That detailed butterfly die cut on the envelope is also from the same Sizzix die set.


Products used :-

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine only(white and gray) (#660020)

Sizzix thinlits die set 4 Pk- Detailed Butterflies, Mini (#661802)



For more such ideas, visit sizzix.co.uk

Linking the card to :-

1. AAA Cards- CAS game#87- Shiny Spring

2. Addicted To Stamps and More#236- Anything Goes

3. Happy Little Stampers April Challenge- Anything Goes with Dies
  


That's all from my end today. Hope to see you soon.
Hugs ,
Jasleen.
 
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