Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Birdday :-)

Hi friends,

Today's weather is simply fantastic! It's warm and sunny outside, and my card today coincidentally reflects the warmth & beauty of early summer (yep, that's what our weather is notorious for - a jump from winter into summer with half a day of spring :-)

Today's birthday of my dear friend Annie K., so this card is for her. Happy BirDday, Annie! May warmth & sunshine be with you always :-) And this is the bluebird of happiness that just dropped by to wish you the same :-)

Thanks for dropping by and have a fantastic weekend!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Enjoy this lovely day :-)

Hi friends,

I have neglected my blog for a while, hope I'll have a bit more discipline posting & participating in some fun and exciting challenges in the cardmaking world :-) Today I'm sharing my very impromptu card that was made in a spur of a moment :-) I guess all crafters go through experimenting with inks, papers, stamps, and a number of cool techniques, and I think this free-flowing experimentation mode is what attracts me the most here...

My card today is a result of a number of  my past experiments with various things I learnt in the last couple of years :-) At some point, I had a new embossing folder on my desk that I just opened and was itching to try out with a piece of some scrap cardstock. I ran the paper through the machine, loved the image, but could not figure out how to use it. So I put it aside. For, like, 6 months... Then I was browsing through Make It Monday challenges over at PaperTrey Ink and found a fun technique with scraps that I immediately needed to try out too. I pulled my bag of scraps, diecut them into nice triangles and made a neat quilt-like circle, which, once again, I had no idea how to use on a card. Aside it goes for another couple of months... Then I was playing with the Wet Paint words (oh, I'm TOTALLY addicted to the WetPaint collection!!!) and was looking for some background layer that would take those diecut words nicely. That's when the long-forgotten embossed piece of paper came to light! I pulled it out, ran some Distress inks over the top to emphasize the embossed image a bit, then decided to add a bit of metallic rub-on inks on top to make it..well...fun & irresistibly shiny, then recalled my guilt-like circle, and all these random pieces started coming together for a fun & colourful card :-) I also had some "unsuccessfully colored" binding seam cuts, stashed in my "put-away-and-forget-it-ever-happened" box - you see, I had my share of play with Glimmer Mists at some point... Well, one of those pieces actually worked out absolutely great for this card! I love the end result, though it took about a year (maybe even longer!!) to make the card lol :-)

Thank you for dropping by, hope your day brings you joy and sunshine! Our weather is finally improving, with a ton of sunshine & warmth in the last few days, the spring is here, yay!!!

I'm posting the card for Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is 'anything goes' this week.