Circle Christmas card/ The Flower Challenge #61 Reminder

Today’s project is a circle Christmas card that looks like a Christmas ornament.

Hello everyone,

We are halfway through the month of October. This month’s theme is “Use a Shape” I am sharing a circle Christmas card I created as a reminder to participate with us at The Flower Challenge.
This is our 5th birthday and there are lots of prizes to win.

So without further ado let’s get to my project.

I decided to create a circle card that looks almost like a Christmas Ornament. First I had to create a circle card base to begin with. Then I added a circle frame with vellum in the middle.

The decorating of the front of this card was so much fun. I had bought some of the Christmas release dies by Tim Holtz a couple of years ago which has all the Christmas elements but I had hardly used it.

I cut out a few Christmas trees, candles, presents and some foliage with pattern paper. Started adding all these elements on my circle frame, some with liquid glue and some with foam tape for dimension.

The last part was to add a sentiment on my card . I usually keep some extra stamped and embossed sentiments strips in a cup which I reach out when I need one. The warm wishes sentiment was perfect for my card.

This finishes my project. Hope this inspires you to pull out your hardly used stamps and dies to create some fun cards for Christmas. There’s still time to participate at The Flower Challenge and win awesome prizes.



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Spellbinders Garden Club Collection

Garden Club Collection dies from Spellbinders designed by Susan Teirney-Cockburn is just magical and a must have in your craft room.

Hello everyone!

As you all know, I love die cutting and especially die cut flowers, which is why I have been absolutely obsessed with Susan’s wonderful dimensional flowers.

Let’s begin!


The first card I’m showcasing today is this beautiful birthday card. I’ve used the Oriental Lily and Wellies die set from the Garden Club collection by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. Of course I had to watch Susan‘s how to videos a couple of times before even attempting to create these cards. So, I highly recommend watching her very detailed tutorials yourself so that you can create beautiful cards just like these.

I started by diecutting a bunch of floral pieces with orange card stock and the leaves with olive green card stock. What I found out was that 60 lb cardstock works better than the thicker card stock as you can shape them more easily with the ball stylus.
Then, I added some detail on the die cut pieces using copic markers by creating darker shades of orange in the middle of the petals and some dots with black multi-liner pen.

Shaping these flowers was probably the most tedious part of this process, but also the most fun! Again, I followed the instructions by Susan on her YouTube videos.

For the background, I decided to use pattern papers in gray and yellow combination as I knew it would complement my bright orange flower very well. The flowers and leaves were then arranged in a cluster. To add texture, I also added some extra foliage behind my floral cluster using two shades of the pale blue card stocks.

Lastly, it was time to add a sentiment. I wanted to use the small die of the month for September 2021 from Spellbinders which has a bunch of beautiful sentiments with shadow layers. For this card, I used a birthday sentiment.


For my second card I used another die set from this collection called Hybrid Tea Rose and Tea Pot, also by Susan.

For this card, I started by cutting the flower petals with pink and dark pink card stock and the leaves with dark green card stock. To add a little detail and depth inside the petals, I used copic markers. Then, I went ahead with shaping the flowers with the help of some tools and of course the video instructions by Susan.

I created a 8 1/2 x 3 1/2“ card base with white card stock and added some layers of pattern paper. The circle frame that you see in the background was cut with the Hemstitch Circle Die from Spellbinders. Then I arranged my flowers in front of the card.

For the sentiment I used the word happy from the small die of the month for September 2021. I used the same pink and dark pink card stock. And then I I embossed a word anniversary from an old stamp set from Spellbinders. Added the sentiment strip below the word happy to complete the sentiment.

As a finishing touch I added some pink gems in the group of threes across the card.


The third card features the Geranium and Antique wooden bucket die set from this collection .

This card I found was the most tedious as it has a bunch of small flowers and hence included a lot of die-cutting and shaping of the petals. But how this turned out is just amazing.

Since. I remembered finding the dark red geraniums mesmerizing . So. I started by die-cutting a bunch of dark red petals and some green leaves. Went ahead and added some shading on the edge of the leaves using red distress oxide ink.

I created a 6 x 6“ top folding card base with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of pattern paper matted with brown card stock. I then started arranging my flower petals on the bottom left side of my card front.

Now I needed a sentiiment. I created red and white happy die cut and a stamped and embossed birthday sentiment underneath to complete the sentiment. For the stamens I glued some tiny beads in the middle of the flowers.

I think this card turned out so beautiful even without any extra embellishments.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use these dies and create beautiful cards like these.

In the past also I have created some cards using Susan’s dies. Don’t forget to check them out .



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The Flower Challenge #59 Reminder

Hello Everyone!

We are half way through the month and here I am sharing my project for the reminder post for The Flower Challenge #59.

In case you haven’t already don’t forget to check out the creating designer team’s creations using dies. This month’s theme is “Use Dies”

Here for my card today I have used the Altenew’s Craft a flower die of the month called California Giants. I used this die set and shades of pink cardstocks to create this beautiful flower. This flower is large enough to fill the most of the card front.

I used the simon says stamp embossing folder with some distressed oxide ink swiped on the embossing folder before sending it through the die cutting machine. This created this soft blue floral background for my card.

The sentiment die cut is also from the same die set from Altenew.

Hope this gives you some inspiration to play along with us at the Flower Challenge.



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Spots or Stripes/The Flower Challenge #58

Spots or Stripes are very fun to incorporate in a card design. This month’s theme for The Flower Challenge #58 is “Spots or Stripes”.

Hello Everyone!

Before you know it, it’s already July. The Flower Challenge design team have all come up with fabulous designs for this month’s challenge. My pick for the card I created for today’s post is “Stripes”. Stripes are fun. Even though black and white stripe is my all time favorite, today I am playing with bright colored stripes.

The Background

The background is where I wanted the stripes to be. I took a 4 and a quarter by 5 and a half inches panel of Bristol Smooth card stock and placed Altenew’s Classy Stripes stencil on top. Using Washi tape to secure it in place, I started ink blending. Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey colors of Distressed Oxide inks blended so well.

The Focus

The flower challenge #58

For the focal image of this card I wanted to use the Altenew’s new Craft-A-Flower die I received in my subscription for this month. It is Peruvian Lily layering die set. Although I have never seen a Peruvian lily in gray colors, I didn’t want a bright floral image on top of my bright background. So, I colored the layers of the die cut in W3 W5 and W7 colors of Copic markers. In your world of creations you can create any color flower you fancy, right?

The layers of the leaves are colored in YG13 YG17 and YG76.

The Sentiment

I had this old Simon Says Stamp called Big Birthday stamp set. I really liked the words on one of the stamps. In my brain I was debating between the idea of placing the sentiment on a strip of white card stock or vellum. Then, I came up with this fun idea of making a framed vellum window where I could stamp the sentiment. I used two dies from the Waffle Flower A2 layers die set and cut out a frame from Neenah card stock. I stacked two of them to make it sturdy and added the vellum layer at the back. Then, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Watermark ink and sprinkled white embossing powder and heat set it.

After that, I added this window panel on top of my striped panel with foam tape. I love how it softens the bright striped background.

I added the flower and the leaves on the vellum window using liquid glue. Also, I thought this card already had so much impact that it didn’t need any extra embellishment.

All I had left to do was to mount this on a A2 card base and pick a matching envelope, and my card was ready.

What do you think?

Now go ahead and check out all our talented designers’ project inspiration. And don’t forget to share your project with “Spots or Stripes” at The Flower Challenge!



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Cards for Mental Health Awareness

Altenew mini flower cluster

Hey friends! As you all know, May is the month of Mental Health Awareness. There’s a common misconception out there that mental health is something that only those with mental disorders have to be concerned about. But really, we could all use some more positivity, both in the way we treat others and ourselves. To share some of that positivity, I went and made a few cards with some messages that are sure to lift your spirits.

Some of our talented card-maker friends are joining along with me on this journey, and you are invited to follow along on our Mental Health Awareness Hop on Instagram. We hope that our creativity and talent will raise awareness about this critical issue and let people suffering mental health issues know that they are not alone.

There are also a bunch of prizes along this hop provided by our generous sponsors, as you can see below.

My friends Coleen Balija, Natasha Davies, Sandhya Iyer, Deborah Jack, Natasha Vacca and Myself and a lot of talented cardmakers have participated in this big event.

So let’s join our hands in epic event.

Without further ado, here are the cards.

First Card

This is the card I am sharing on the hop post.

Altenew mini flower cluster

Second Card

This one is also made with similar supplies but inked background.

The background on this one is ink blended a little bit.

The main supplies I used for this are:

Third card

This card is made using the ink blended panel to cut the layers of flowers instead of color card-stock.

This is one of my favorite as the colors turned out too pretty.

The main supplies I used to create this card are:

I think the Circular Element Die is so versatile. I will be using this die in a lot of my future projects.

Forth Card

The difference in this one is only the colors of the flowers and leaves and I used one of the large die from the Circular Element Die.

The Supplies used in this card are

  • Altenew Mini Flower Cluster Layering Die Set
  • Altenew Circular Element die set
  • Distressed Oxide inks for the flowers in Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar
  • Distrssed Oxide inks for the leaves and the background in Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass
  • Sentiments from Pink Fresh Studio You can Change stamp set

Fifth Card

Here’s another one in the same color combination as the forth card but used two of the smaller dies instead.

Supplied used

There is a free digital stamp available to download and use for you all at Sanju’s Creations. Or click this link :

You can listen to Colleen’s story here :



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Freesia Easter Card/ The Flower Challenge #55

Hello everyone!

It’s April already and it’s time for another flower challenge. The theme for The Flower Challenge this month is “Pretty Pastel”

Here is my take on this theme.

For my project, I decided to create the background with pastel colors along with the floral image.

This beautiful Freesia image is a digital stamp by Varada Sharma Designs. This is one of her march release. By the way Varada Sharma is our sponsor for this month.

I printed this image on a 80lb Neenah card stock and colored it using Copic markers. The flowers in V12 and BV00 and the stems using G99.

I then cut out the image using scissors.

For the background I used Gina Marie cover die. This is not a slimline die but I used a partial dye cutting method and extended this died to fit on the slimline panel. I used the shimmery white card stock for this.

Then I used the same die to cut up different pastel color card stocks in pink, yellow, blue and purple.

Then I used the die cut inlay method to create this colorful pastel background for my project.

I used another Gina Marie slimline rectangle die to cut the frame around the card with shimmery white card stock

The little white shimmery bow I have in the bottom of the card is made with a silhouette design.

For the sentiment of this card I printed out Easter wishes then I cut it out with waffle flowers additional circles die. I also double circle frameUsing two of the circle dies.

I hope my card inspires you to create something similar so let’s play along with us At the flower challenge and share your projects there.



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Circle of Hope Rachel Vass Release

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a card I created using Rachel Vass release called circle of hope.

For this card I had this idea with a Lot of layers and lot of dimension.

The Focus

For the Main focus of the card the floral image was one layer matted with a golden card-stock layered with slightly bigger than the floral image itself.

I colored the flower with Coppic markers in the warm grays. The darkest shade was double five then W2 and then blended with W00. I wanted the flower to be a neutral shade because there was a lot going on on this card design already.

The center of the flower was colored using the COPIC marker that matches the background and dotted the stamen with a gel pen and embossed with gold embossing powder.

The Sentiment

The sentiment on this card was another layer again baked with a layer of golden card stock. The sentiment that says life is tough but so are you is converted into white on back black.

I have a video explaining how I do that.

The Background

For the background of this card I decided do use a stencil with distressed oxide ink. The stencil I picked for this was from Altenew and the ink I used was tumbled glass. My stencil had a little yellow from the last time I used which I forgot to clean. That made the stenciling a little bit greenish shade. Then I sprinkled some embossing powder with the help of my fingers. The embossing powder I used was Seaglass from Wow embossing.

The background piece was again layered with a gold card stock.

I usually design my card layout silhouette studio. That makes it easier for me to size the image perfectly and create cutlines around the images and matting layers which are slightly bigger than the images.

I then adhered everything on a top folding landscape A2 card base.

This completed my card. Hope this inspires you.



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Romantic Ruffle Card and Rachel Vass Release

Card made using Rachel Vass release called Romantic Ruffle

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a beautiful floral card to share with you. I created this card featuring Rachel Vass latest release called Romantic Ruffle. This digital stamp consists of a beautiful loose peony flower and a few sentiments.

Here’s my card for today:

Card made using Rachel Vass release called Romantic Ruffle

For the main focus of this card I layered the flower one on top of another slightly in an angle so it looks like two flowers facing away from each other.

I printed it on a mixed media paper. Because I wanted to watercolor these flowers using distressed inks. Unfortunately my printer doesn’t feed heavyweight watercolor card-stock so I have to compromise and use mixed media paper which is a 95lb weight.

I taped the panel on a hard board using some washi tapes on all sides and started coloring it using Tim Holtz’s Distressed Inks in color Worn Lipstick and Peacock Feathers.

For the center of the flower I used some gold metallic watercolor for extra interest.

Once my watercolor painting was dry, I cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant. This die is exactly the size of an A2 card front. I use this die a lot.

Then I adhered this panel on a top folding landscape A2 card base made of Recollection Heavy weight card base in white.

I hope you get inspired by this and will create something similar.

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Hello Friend Card And Rachel Vass Release

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card to share with you which features this beautiful digital stamp release by Rachel Vass Designs. It’s called Dancing Delights. These flower images are just too adorable.

The Focus

The main focal image for this card is a cluster of these lovely flowers and buds. I colored the flowers using Copic colors in Y17 YR12 and YR15. The leaves and the stems are colored using G99 and G07. Nothing fancy coloring, but still these flowers look so pretty.

Arranged the flowers in a bunch and added with foam tape on a strip of metallic paint splattered black cardstock.

The Background

I ink blended the background using the new stencil by Fun Stampers Journey called Starburst Lines. I used distressed oxide inks in colors Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and, Blueprint Sketch. With the help of the blending brushes by Taylored Expression, I was able to achieve a crisp stencil image.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp. This is stamped on a black piece of cardstock with sticky embossing ink and embossed with detail white embossing powder and heat set.

Finally embellished the card with the Nuvo Drops in Yellow and some shimmering pen over the flowers.

I hope you get inspired by this project.



Here’s another card I created using Rachel’s stamp

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Thinking of You Card And Rachel Vass Release

Hello Everyone.

Today I have two cards to share with you. I created these cards using the latest release by Rachel Vass Designs called Doodle Flowers. It’s a beautiful stamp for someone who likes to color.

First Card

The Focus

For my first card, I colored these flowers in Copics. I decided on the purple and green combination for the flowers I started coloring the center with dark purple and shaded with a lighter shade on the outside. Blending the purple with the green was a little tough but I managed to create a smooth blend. The outside of the petals I wanted it darker green shade.

This is almost a one layer card. But I wanted something fun and not so simple. So I traced the center of the flower with my sparkly silver gel pen. Added some gold pearls to finish off this card.

The Second Card

The Focus

For the focal image of this card I just wanted a simple ink blended look. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time coloring these images. Not because it isn’t fun to color these beautiful images, but because I wanted this one to be a quick card.

I started ink blending the image with distressed oxide inks in colors Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Broken China in almost rainbow colors. Then I used a metallic watercolor in color gold carefully painted the stamens with it to give it a sparkly look.

I actually intended to make a fun fold card with these images were a little too big for that design I adhered with some foam tape one nest to another on a slimline card base again blended with distressed oxide ink in color Wild Honey.

Finally, I finished off the card with some gold sequins adhered with the help of art glitter glue.

I hope you liked these cards and get inspired to create something like this. Tag me on social media if you create something similar. I would like to see what you come up with.

Let me know in the comment how you like it.



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