Tuesday, February 20, 2024

XO Monogram Cards

Hi peeps. One of my favorite card maker is Yana Smakula and my cards today are inspired by her creations HERE. For me, her cards always so eye catching, so inspired by her monogram cards, I created the cards below showcasing more of Spellbinders Every Occasion Floral Alphabet.

First up is the Floral X

For this one, I used white ink pad for the press. Then since the result only soft white and I want it to pop more, I decided to do white embossing. The white embossing definitely make it popped more against the black background. Then, I decided to use my pastel to add some color. I simply rubbed the pastel chalk on the flowers and get this beautiful result. For the flower, I used Blooming Heart Large Die.

I really love the way this card turned out. Now, if my 1st card is bold, the next one I went with softer design, to showcase Floral O.

This time, for the flower I used Four Petal Thank You Floral Etched Die and finish the card by adding some mix size rhinestones.

I hope you enjoy today's cards and may you always find some times to do things that brings you joy.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Monogram Cards

Have you try Spellbinders BetterPress, yet? I am a fan of them, so am pretty excited when I saw their new alphabet collection, Every Occasion Floral Alphabet BetterPress plates collection. Below are some of the cards I made using some of the plates. 

For my cards I used monogram that closer to the end of the alphabet list. First up, is the Floral U.

I inked up the plate and run the cardstock and the plate through the BetterPress machine. I always love the crisp look of the result. Once done, I die cut the piece using one of the arch die from Essential Arches Etched Dies set, I watercolor the flower and added strips of glittery paper to the bottom of the arch. Adhere the arch piece to card base and finish by adding some sequins.

On to the next card, am showcasing the Floral Q. For this one I used gold ink and since the color not quite as dense as I want, I use metallic watercolor to make it denser.

Last but not least for this post, am showcasing Floral W. Of course, I choose this monogram because W also happened to be the initial of my family last name. On this one, I did soft watercolor wash for the background and once that dry, I watercolor the flowers.

That's all I have for today. I have more monogram cards to share, so, stay tune! Happy Mondal all.


Monday, February 12, 2024

Carnation Thanks

Growing up, my 1st flower bouquet was a bouquet of carnation from my dad. I remember my mom got the roses and I got the carnation. Now, my dad wasn't good at these kind of thing, so getting the flower was very special for me and since then carnation have a special meaning for me. So, when I received this Spellbinders Carnation Etched dies, I was pretty excited to play with it.

When you click on the Spellbinders Carnation Etched dies link, you'll also see the video of how to put together this flower. For my card, I decided to paired it with Floral Archway 3D Embossing folder. I love, love this embossing folder. I consider it as one of the prettiest 3D embossing folder from Spellbinders. For the greenery, I used Winter Evergreen Foliage dies and Towering Blooms dies. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from Sending Sentiments set and die cut it using the Coordinating Sending Sentiment die set and added some mix size rhinestones.

Hope you enjoy today's card and may your week starts off wonderfully. Cheers....

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Kaleidoscope Garden

Hi peeps. I am enjoying some crafting time this weekend and excited to share a couple of the cards that I finished. It's been a while since I played with Spellbinders Better Press plate and am happy to get back to it. I made a couple cards using Kaleidoscope Garden set that was released this January.

This set reminds me a lot of those coloring book. It's quite therapeutic to color. After I pressed the image I took the time to watercolor the image for the card above. For sentiments, I stamped the sentiment from Sending Sentiments set and die cut it using the Coordinating Sending Sentiment die set

Now, for my next card, I took the easy way. I simply did ink blending on the background panel before doing the letter press.

 I am using the same sentiment set as on the first card to finish it. I do like the easy way of the 2nd card and I think it would be fun to create the gradient background with green or blue hues. Well peeps, that's all I have for today. Hope you're enjoying a good weekend.

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Spellbinders Stitched Floral

Hi friends. Happy February. I want to pop in today to share this card I made using Spellbinders' February Stitching Die Club kit, This month's kit is a beauty!

I used my favorite soft blue cardstock from Spellbinders called Glacier to die cut the background and used teal and green thread for the leaves and circles. As someone who loves soft colored cardstock, I try to keep several sets of this Glacier cardstock in my stash. Once I am done with al the stitching, I adhere all the pieces to the card base. For the sentiment, I hot foiled one of the sentiment from More Sentiments Hot Foil set. The complete the card, I die cut one of the flower from Four Petal Thank You Flower set a couple times and tucked it behind the sentiment.

Am pretty happy with the way this card turned out. That flower is a un one to stitch as you really can stitch it in different pattern. Here's hoping I'll get to do more card with this set. 

Friends, that's all I have for today. Till next time.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Spellbinders January Stitched Die Club Kit

Hi friends. I've been doing some stitching this weekend and want to pop in to share this card I made using Spellbinders' January Stitching Die Club kit,

How adorable is this kit? This bee is a fun one  to stitch. And, if you're not into stitching, you really could just draw line with fine tip colored marker to create faux stitching. I happened to enjoy stitching, so I went for it. For the body I used double threads and for the wing to create a delicate look, I only use a single thread. Once I am done with all the stitching, I assemble the body and the wings and put aside.  For the background, I die cut the flower stems several times. I estimate where I want to adhere the bee and only added the glue on the body part at this point. This way, I can arrange the flowers all around it. Only once I am happy with all the flower stems placement that I added glue to the bottom wings and foam adhesive to the top wings for extra dimension.

Hope you enjoy today's card.  And, be sure to check out my Instagram account HERE as I posted more cards there than on the blog. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers....

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Whale In A Bottle

My intention for 2024 is to create more using sets that are brand new to me. They might have been an older sets that were released last year or even 2 years ago, but they're still new to me because I haven't use them. Well, this set here, Spellbinders Whale In A Bottle, I got back in August 2023. 

I remember when I saw this set, I was like I have to have it right away. I can't wait. And yet, it sat on my box of sets to use for months. Whether it's work or other stuff, this set just sat there till this past weekend! I finally get to use it. Yay!

I had so much fun playing with this set. Whale is one of my favorite animal and quite a few of the Instagram account that I follow are whale related accounts. I am so thrilled for the way this card turned out and definitely am planning to create more with this set.

Hope you find some time to create this week. See you next time. Cheers....

Sunday, January 21, 2024

More Hummingbirds

Hi friends. This past couple of weeks, I've been enjoying crafting for the sake of crafting. It's not for any assignment. I find it as quite liberating and I've been making a bunch of cards. On my last post I shared a project using Spellbinders Hummingbird and Lily Dies from Bibi Cameron. Today, I am sharig another card I made using the same set, just changing the color theme and the sentiment.

For the next card, I am using just the lily from the set & paired with this super adorable Memory Box  Layered Hummingbird. I am pretty picky on the kind of bird set that I love and this one just went to the top of my favorite because it's so cute and I can make a bunch of them in short amount of time. 

To finish the card, I used a sentiment from old Papertrey Ink set. And, I am not kidding when I said old, but it's one of those set that I just adore.

Well peeps, that's all for today. We're getting ready for a downpour tomorrow on our neck of the wood and I have a feeling that I'll be spending quite a bit of my time in my craft room. Till next time.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Hummingbird Love

Hi friends. Happy 2024! As we enter this new year, my goal is to spend more time using sets that I purchased but haven't really used. I am sure you all been in my position, where you see sets that you just have to have and then once you get them, they sat in your drawer for the longest time unused. Well, I am challenging myself to change that. At least every 2 weeks, I want to create using set that  is brand new to me. They might be released a year ago or longer, but they still brand new in their package, so, new to me. :)

Not only I find this challenge refreshing, it also give me freedom to just use any sets and combine sets from various different company.

And with that in mind, I want to start this year with this gorgeous Spellbinders Hummingbird and Lily Dies from Bibi Cameron. I love hummingbird and lilies are among my favorite flowers, so when I saw this set, I just had to buy it. And, yep, it sat unopened for the longest time and other new release becomes priority, etc. Well, now I am happy that I actually get to use it!!

I am seriously in love with this set. I actually made 3 cards with this set and will share the others soon. Anyway, with this one, I just die cut everything from white cardstock and then ink blending various inks for the flowers and the bird. Splatter the card base with some gold watercolor and splatter the flower and the bird with some white ink. Finish with sentiment from and old, old set from Papertey Ink.

The way the color come out on the hummingbird makes me happy. So, friends, what do you think of this challenge? Care to play along just for fun? I hope you will and create just for the sake of create. For fun. Not an assignment, just creating because that's something you enjoy. 

May this 2024 be filled with many creative moment and joy for you all. Cheers!!

Monday, December 25, 2023

Sending Hugs

Hi friends. Hope you're all enjoying this holiday season to the max. Am popping in just to share this cozy card featuring Spellbinders' House Mouse Snuggle Up set. Here at my neck of the wood, it's definitely not a white Christmas and this year, it's not super cold either. But, when it' cold, snuggling up is absolutely my favorite thing to do.

As someone who loves critters, when I saw this set, I was immediately drawn to it. It's cute & give me that cozy vibe, so am excited to play with it. I simply stamped and colored the image with Copic markers. Then I frame it using Nestabilities Hemstitch Rectangle Etched Dies Venise Lace. All in all this is a pretty quick card and I finished by adding some enamel drops. 

That's all I have for today peeps. Wherever you are and whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish that joy of the season be with you and your family.

XO Monogram Cards

Hi peeps. One of my favorite card maker is Yana Smakula and my cards today are inspired by her creations HERE . For me, her cards always so...