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Monday, 16 September 2019

Dance like no one is watching

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is a card I put together a few days ago. The guitar has been die cut from a fruit packaging carton. I popped it on foam dots for added dimension. The orangish coloured paper has been coloured with an egg yellow vegetable dye. I think the sentiment is a Penny Black one which I love, I have to say. The washi tape is from Typo, a very popular stationery store in town.



I will participate in the following challenges:

Happy cardmaking and happy everything,

Monica 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Ombre shombre

Hello beautiful bloggers,

Here is my 'oh so bright' card to show you today. The background has been made with watercolors that belong to my daughter. I used the reverse of a square nestie along with foam dots to achieve this arrangement. The butterfly has been recycled out of a pearly wedding card. 
I layered it with pink paper that is actually used for printing letterheads and it being thick really helped my butterfly. The smile sentiment completes it. I am sorry that I don't have the names of the brands of the butterfly and sentiment die handy.  I do like this simple beauty and hope you do too.




I will participate in the following challenges:


Happy card making,

Monica 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Sizzix -blue flowers

Dear bloggers,

Here is my card to show you which is part of the same order I mentioned in the previous post. The Sizzix wild flowers you see here have been die cut with water colour paper. The same paper was smooshed around using Camlin brush markers from India. The base paper has been embossed and I tied a ribbon around it which says it all. I sprayed water on the cardstock I was going to emboss as per a tutorial on You Tube thinking this rather flat embossing folder would become more prominent. 

Now to some good news - I have begun hosting meditation sessions for parents in my younger one's school. Today was the second session and I feel it went well. Ah, the joys of spreading the word of meditation are indescribable in words. I also run a small initiative called United World Sanctuary which is a platform for peace and goodwill. We meditate, listen to a talk on a positive topic and eat nourishing food. It is basically a mini retreat for the mind, body and soul.





I will participate in the following challenges:

https://paperminutes.blogspot.com/ - flowery and delicate
Arty Divas - anything goes
https://papercraft-challenges.blogspot.com/ - handmade/stamped flowers

Happy card making,

Monica 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Stamped roses

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is my card to show you which is for a very special lady who ordered four cards from me. As I may have mentioned I am raising funds for an abused women's shelter in Singapore.

This is an acrylic stamp from Kaiser craft and I have coloured it with Faber Castell water colour pencils. I did it while we were in Japan and found it very relaxing. The ribbon is from my stash and I chose a bright green envelope to add the brightness of the card.




I will enter this card in the following challenges:

http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes with flowers


Wish you peace, calm and card making,

Monica 

Friday, 6 September 2019

Poppies

Hello sweet peeps,

I am so chuffed because I have got an order from a very kind lady to make four birthday cards. This is one of them. The poppies have been stamped using a Penny Black cling set. I have coloured them with Faber colour water colour pencils. It was all done while we were holidaying in Japan. The red paper below has been coloured with Prisma pencils. I coloured a little more than the edges so that the paper with the image would sit nicely. The happy birthday ribbon is from my stash. Wow, I mentioned all the details - name of stamp etc for once.



I will submit this card for the following challenges:

http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/ - anything goes for ladies



Wish you much happiness making cards,

Monica

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Thank you card

Hello peeps,

I have been away from blogland as it was summer holidays and we were away to India and Japan. We did not do much site seeing in India (which I wanted to) however Japan was a delight. We went to Hokkiedo and we saw the most beautiful flower fields, sunflower fields, apple orchards, grape vines and peaches and plum trees. The lavender fields had dried up yet and we could literally feel the oil in our hands when we rubbed the flowers. It was such a pretty experience for me since I am a big fan of lavender. 
We also saw Lake Toya, which is 110,000 years old and it was formed from the eruptions of a volcano. Visiting the earthquake museum was amazing. We also walked all the way to see an active volcano yet it but it was cloudy so we could not see it through the clouds.

I learned so much from Japanese culture - how kind and courteous they are, how they help visitors, how the ladies smile and bow at every thing, how they live from one earthquake to another, how they are so resilient and how they look at the blessings of volcanos to be the rich land they possess. I noticed Hokkiedo has the simplest of buildings and the humblest of restaurants with the tastiest food. 

Now to my card which I made some months ago. The green leaf has been die cut from packaging material and I water coloured it with Maya paints from Ikea. The sentiment has been die cut using recycled paper as well. The rectangular nestie paper is actually white and I really wonder why my camera decided to make it look this colour.



Sorry for such a text heavy post.

I will enter this card in the following challenges:



Happy card making,

Monica

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Yellow roses on acrylic background

Dear bloggers,

Here is my card to show you with an embossing folder that I have used umpteen times and still love it so. 
The roses have been coloured with distress ink which I stamped on the top flap of the folder. 
For the leaves, I have used water colours as well as distress inks which I dabbed on an acetate sheet and used a brush to colour the leaves. 
After the embossed card stock was dry, I cut it along the roses and leaves for added interest. 
The bluish green background is actually Sakura acrylic paints which I dabbed on to a water colour sheet. I hope you like my messy and shabby chic creation.


I will participate in the following challenges:

http://welove2create.blogspot.com/ - anything mixed media goes
Enjoy your card making,

Monica 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Water coloured roses at a workshop

Hello dear bloggers,

The roses on the is card were coloured in a water colour class I attended with both my daughters in July. It was meant to be a treat for my birthday. The black paper for the die cut sentiment has been die cut from a thick envelope. A square nestie was die cut on card stock and I stuck the roses and the leaves which have been die cut from cardboard. They have been coloured with water colours as well. The hand tied satin ribbon is from my stash. 




I will enter this card in the following challenges:
Arty Divas - anything goes
http://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.com/ - anything goes/monochromatic



Wish you happy card making,

Monica 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Distress oxides and partly recycled

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is my card to show you today. The leaf has been die cut from the lid of a Nestle yoghurt jar and so has the thank you sentiment. The background has been done with three or four distress oxides. This card looks much prettier in real life.

The backdrop for this card is handmade paper from Thailand which has been made from elephant poop. Lol. A close friend's daughter got it when she went on a school trip. My younger one (who was all of seven then) kept smelling it from time to time to check for poop smell only to be surprised that there was none. 





I will enter this card in:

simonsaysstampblog - make your own background


Wish you card making full of joy and fun,

Monica 

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Summer smiles

Hello dear bloggers,

We were off to New Delhi for two weeks as it is summer vacation here. It was a nice hot holiday with lots of yummy food. I saw some pretty sunflowers in the complex we were at as well as beautiful bougainvilleas at every nook and corner. It took me many years to realise that bougainvilleas grow in intense and very dry heat. I will try and post pictures of the flowers next time.

Now to my card which is yet another leafy die cut one. I have used the plastic bag technique similar to the one in my previous card. I seem to have lost the tiny dot on the i but my younger one said it looks fine so fine it is.




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See you soon,


Monica

Friday, 21 June 2019

Smile

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is another leafy card made today. The leaves were cut from super thick packaging material and as I shared in my last post, I marvel at how I kept running my Cuttlebug over and over again. Lol.

I coloured the kraft side of the packaging with water colours and a plastic bag which I wore on one hand like a glove and put colour on the palm. Water was sprayed on the paint and I went over the packaging sheet with this.  
Green, blue and a fluorescent yellow were used to obtain this result. I learned of this plastic bag technique on Pinterest. A zip lock bag is what was used in the tutorial but I chose to use a humble plastic bag as I did not deem fit to spoil a zip lock bag. I actually wash my zip lock bags and dry them before reusing them. That is how far my love affair with the environment goes. My children laugh at me but it is okay. Lol. Coming back to the card, the die cut black sentiment was also cut from packaging material. I used a square die to cut a window on the top layer. I quite like this simple beauty.



Ellibelle's corner  - summer scenes, treats or colours

See you soon,

Monica 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Thank you to a special teacher

Hello sweet bloggers,

Soon my younger one will go to Middle School and here is a card I put together for her class teacher. I also repurposed a box to house little tokens of gratitude. On this card is gold matte paper from India. I really like it's crushed texture and the white oval die cut was also packaging material in it's previous avataar. The sentiment is a die cut as well and I popped up the white nestie on foam dots and added a gold cord for interest. The cord goes all the way inside and ties into a pretty bow. This teacher was such a lovely and kind soul and I quite like how this simple thing came about.



I will enter this card in:

Monica 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A very green hello

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is a very green card to show you today. The leaves were die cut using packaging material some of it so thick that I had to go over it a million times in my cuttle bug. To add to that there was lamination on the sheets so it took me even longer. I wish I was as persistent in areas where I need to be. Lol. 
I coloured the paper with water colours and an acetate sheet before die cutting it. I tried to be creative with the photo but I know there is too much empty space on the top. Too late now.



I will participate in the following challenges:

http://happylittlestampers.blogspot.com/ - anything goes with dies

Happy card making,

Monica 

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Partly recycled for a man

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is my card to show you that was made a few months ago. I have used a yoghurt lid to die cut the tools and the jagged edged paper is handmade from India and quite shiny in real life. It looks like coal, as my older one remarked. The birthday sentiment is a sticker. I quite like this simple piece of mine. 



I will enter this card in:
Happy card making,

Monica 

Friday, 14 June 2019

For a 96 year old


Hello dear bloggers,

Here is a commissioned card for a 96 year old. I have used pearly cream paper as the background and the heart has been die cut using hand made crinkled matte gold paper from India. I stuck very pretty crystals on the heart and the numbers have been die cut using the same matte gold paper. Very simple but much appreciated but by the person who bought it. It could have been a better picture if I had used another backdrop.



I will participate in the following challenges:




Happy card making,

Monica

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Peacock feather card

Hello dear bloggers,

I just completed an order of 21 cards in 10 days or so. First the lady ordered 15 cards and topped it up with more and more cards. This was the first time I had to make multiple cards with the same kind of design which was easy but not so creative. Anyway the good news is that I have begun to raise money for the abused women's shelter. So am feeling grateful.

This card was stamped with a peacock stamp with a pearlescent beige brilliance stamp pad. Over that I went over with my Sakura metallic green. For the centre of the feather, I used pop up fabric glitter glue and Sakura metallic pens in gold and blue. I also used glossy accents to give more interest to the feather. Finally the stamped white card was stuck on the crushed matte gold paper handmade in India. And yes, the customer was suitably impressed. She ordered two such cards and topped them with another three. 



I will enter this card in the following challenges:

http://craftygalscornerchallenges.blogspot.com/ - masculine (I hope it qualifies)


Happy card making,

Monica 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Sizzix wild flowers

Hello bloggers,

Here is my very bright and cheerful card done with water colours to show you today. 
It wishes you happiness, good health and plenty of laughter. 


I will enter this card in the following challenges:


Happy card making,

Monica


Monday, 10 June 2019

Yellow rose of Texas

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is a simple embossed card where the roses have been coloured with distressed ink while the leaves I have used a Derwent water colour pencil. The background is a water colour paper which I coloured with water colour pencils.



Happy card making,

Monica 

Friday, 7 June 2019

Leaves and more leaves

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is a card made with an embossing folder and coloured with milled lavender. The die is a Kaiser craft one and I did smoosh and many other techniques to colour the paper before die cutting it. The bright blue background is a canvas that Aleeza and I painted with acrylics. It is bright as you can see.



I will enter this card in:


Happy card making,

Monica 


Thursday, 6 June 2019

This is bright!

Hello bloggers,

Here is my card to show you today which has been die cut from one of my new Sizzix dies (which comes in a set) using a paper on which Aleeza made a design with her magic markers. The sentiment has been die cut with the same paper using Kaiser craft dies. The rectangular paper has been given a smoosh ombre wash. 



I will participate in the following challenges:


Happy crafting,

Monica 

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

For CAS watercolours - blue

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is my card to show you for CAS watercolours which is all about using blue and water colours. My background has been done with watercolours in various shades of blue and some amount of purple may have secretly crept in as well. The die is from Sizzix and I have been sitting on it for a while now. Simple card but quite effective I feel.




https://caswatercolour.blogspot.com - blue water colour background
http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://colouringinscrapland.blogspot.com/ - anything goes or water colours


Happy card making,

Monica

Monday, 3 June 2019

Colourful card with magic markers and acrylic paint

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is my card to show you today for which the credit goes to both my lovely girls. Zeenya who is 19 and in University made the purplish blue design with Hamley's magic markers. Aleeza made the design on the leaf with the same pens and I die cut the leaf with a Sizzix die. 
The green background for which you need really dark sunglasses has been painted by me with acrylic paints in yellow and green on water colour paper. On the sides of the green card, I have used magic markers to cover up for the green card. I am quite pleased with the way this card turned out.






Singapore is an amazing place, where all festivals are celebrated with much fanfare. On Wednesday, is the Muslim festival of Hari Raya and down below is a decoration of the chocolates bought for the staff in our complex. 16 families got together to contribute and I put it all together. I loved it!



I will enter my card in the following challenges:


Happy card making,

Monica 

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Strawberry nice

Hello dear bloggers,

This is a card that for which I have to give credit to Aleeza. She hand drew the strawberries as a background on white paper and coloured them with pencils. When I asked her if I could use them on a card, she generously let me and even fussy cut them for me. This is what I made with them. The oval nestie has been die cut using a paper that was sent to me nine years ago by Terry. Terry doesn't blog anymore but she is one of the kindest people I know in blogland. I miss her and her lovely comments.

This card is for Less is More and CAS on Sunday but I maybe late for the former.




I will also participate in the following challenges:
https://colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com/ - always colouring and anything goes
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.com/ - always anything goes


Happy card making,

Monica


Saturday, 25 May 2019

For less is More

Hello sweet bloggers,

As some of you may know, I run an initiative on meditation, wellness and all things positive. This month we celebrated three happy years and now the focus is to share this further. 
Coming back to my card, I have used used florist paper to die cut the flower. The inner flower was made many years ago and a tiny gem was put in the centre to complete it. I embossed two nesties together and stuck the flower on it.

I will enter this card in Less is More where the theme is embossing.


Beside Less is More, I will also enter this card in:

https://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes with optional twist - monochrome


Happy card making,

Monica 

Friday, 24 May 2019

Fluorescent feather

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is a card that I made for an order of 12 cards. The funds will go to support a shelter for abused women.
Yaay! I am so happy. I created the background with  fluorescent pink from Maala and the red was a Sakura acrylic tube. I did a smoosh with them and it was great fun. The sentiment was die cut from the same paper and I used a brick embossing folder. The embossed paper has been propped up on foam dots for added dimension.





Down below are rest of the cards in almost similar design.



I will enter the cards in the following challenges:

https://creationsinpink.blogspot.com/ - anything goes in pink



Happy card making,

Monica 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Colourful card

Hello dear bloggers,

I have been busy with an order for 12 cards from a kind lady in our complex. Hence I could not be too active on the blog. I will surely show off the cards in my following posts. I am raising funds for a shelter for abused women in Singapore as I may have shared earlier.

Here is a card that Aleeza designed and stamped. The colourful paper is actually soft tissue paper that we coloured many years during an experiment with milk, vegetable colour and liquid detergent. I quite like how it turned out and tried to get creative with the photo as well though I think the vases may be bigger than the focal point. Lol. 





Happy card making,

Monica 

Monday, 6 May 2019

White on white for CAS on Sunday

Dear bloggers,

Here is a card I have made for the challenge at CAS on Sundays which is white on white. I do like white on white challenges - easy and so elegant as well. The Kaiser craft fern die cut is my new buy from Spotlight while the frame has been die cut using two square frames. The sentiment is a die cut as well. 



I will enter this card in:


Happy card making,

Monica 

Sunday, 5 May 2019

For CAS(E) this Sketch

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is my card to show you today which I made a few months ago. The bee has been hand drawn on a scrap piece of paper and the inspiration was a video on Youtube. Aleeza made her bee and I made mine and we had loads of fun colouring it with colour pencils. The outlines were done with a black Sharpie. I quite like the way mine turned out. The flourishes have been made from die cuts and I had to add them to follow the sketch.




I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Happy card making,


Monica

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Appreciate the little things

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is my card to show you which I made a few weeks ago with dies. The flowers are handmade by yours truly and coloured with distress inks. The leaves have been coloured with distressed ink too and the swirls were die cut out of paper smooshed with food colours. 

The sentiment is a wooden rubber stamp which I love. It is a reminder for me to remember to be grateful for all the mercies I am blessed with instead of looking at the challenges. Blessings and not lessings!


I will enter this card in:

Happy card making,

Monica 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Hello Spring - partly recycled

Hello dear bloggers,

Here is yet another recycled card to show you made with a brochure I found in a hotel as a give away. I have used Vibe II papers under the brochure which I cut carefully to fit on the designer paper. The flowers are handmade using shiny paper. The bead in the centre is actually a natural lentil like nut which grows on a tree. I just love this nut or whatever it is called.

I am also feeling grateful to the school shop at my younger one's school for accepting to sell my cards. I am hoping they do well. The staff at the shop is so kind and I always bless them from the bottom of my heart. 


I will enter this card in the following challenges:



Happy art and craft,

Monica 

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Aleeza's owl card inspired me to make one too


Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is a simple card that Aleeza made with very sweet owl toppers which we picked up while we were in Spain a few years ago. 
She completed it with a Happy Birthday stamp and sparkly washi tape. 


Down below is my card which came about as a result of inspiration from her.



I will enter this card in the following challenges:

http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/ - mother's day/feminine


Happy card making and happy everything,

Monica 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

It is always spring here

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is my card to show you which was made last summer. The die cuts have been coloured in with water colours. My cards are more saleable when there is no sentiment on them hence the reason why I leave them this way.

I may have mentioned earlier that I have had a sale of 2 cards in the school shop so far and I am so happy. Every little drop counts as they say.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:


Happy art and cards,

Monica 

Friday, 29 March 2019

Partly recyled

Hello dear bloggers,

I have great news to share. As I may have mentioned in one of my previous posts, the school shop allowed me to place my cards there and two cards sold. Yes, two and I am very grateful for it. They do take a mark up yet I am happy that I have a platform to sell. I will also find out more about bazaars and take a table there to make my presence felt. Beside, I am thinking of opening a dedicated face book page talking about my recycled as well as other cards. Lots to do and much excitement too.

Back to my card which is partly recycled. I cut out the image from a birthday card that is 20 years old and popped it on foam dots. The flowery strip you see has been cut from the card as well. Under the strip is another nestie that I cut with a paper cutter.  

The crushed pearlised paper below is handmade from India. I stuck it on white card stock covering it totally. I am telling myself to hoard less and use more. This paper has been with me for 15 years and only a card maker would realise what I am talking about. Lol. 



I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:



Happy card making and happy everything,

Monica 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Baby boy card

Hello sweet peeps,

Here is a card I have made for CAS on Sunday. The theme is baby. I think the blue pot seems to have taken over the entire photograph. I have used two kinds of ribbons and that is pretty much it. I hope you like it. 



I will also enter this card in:
https://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.com/ - anything goes / monochromatic

Happy everything,

Monica 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Bee happy

Hello dear bloggers,

You know I really miss my old followers since the time I began blogging in 2010. I have come across such a lovely community of people here. So kind and so generous and so encouraging and so loving and so so so. It could go on and on. I am grateful for my friend, Aparna who suggested I start blogging when I lost my dad and I was facing some personal challenges. 

Back to this card - the bee has been hand drawn and coloured by Aleeza, who is 11 now. She made it on printer paper and I had to give it much backing to make it suitable for a card. But use I had to since the bee is so cute. I wrote a hand written sentiment some 10 times only to give the idea as a sentiment did not fit with the layout. I have popped the embossed background on foam top as well as the nestie with the bee. The washi tape on the left completes the card. I doubled it to make it look more striking.

The background here has been water coloured on water colour paper by me.


Down below is the same card on a black and white background - which one do you fancy?


I will enter this card in the following challenges: 



Happy card making,

Monica 

Monday, 11 March 2019

Yellow rose of Texas

Hello sweet peeps,

Here is my card to show you today which was embossed and coloured with chalks a few weeks ago.  

The yellow ribbon is from my stash and I have used pop up foam dots to adhere the layer with the roses on to the card.


I will participate in the following challenges:



Happy crafting,

Monica

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Hello toucan + good news

 Hello sweet peeps,

I have some good news to share today - the shop at my younger one's school agreed to keep my cards. So I handed them 33 cards in all. 

Now to the cards below. The first one was made by me while the second one was done by Aleeza. The green strip on the left was coloured with food colouring while the Sizzix die cut was painted with water colours pencils.





Down below is Aleeza's card. The strip on the left was done by Aleeza with acrylic paints. The die cut was painted with water colour pencils.





Happy card making,

Monica