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Dress It Up April

April is here and so we are back with the new CoasteRide at Indian Craft Room. This month ICRCAPR17 brings a very interesting challenge- Dress it up!

So here is my inspiration for this challenge:


So I dressed up my card with a dress 😀 I found this via Pinterest and had to try it. It was very easy…. just 1 print, cutting and folding. I found the template and directions HERE.



The 3-d look makes it looks so real….and the design makes it versatile to use it on a card or decorate a bag… also it could be used for any occasion … birthday, wedding, friendship… 😀


The paper I used to make the dress was part of a Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. It was white based embossed paper. I used some mustard seed distress ink and sponged the paper. The background paper also comes from a Simon Says Stamp Card kit. I did not add any sentiment right now…. will do when I use the card.

Making this card was fun and this challenge is as much fun too.

So join in the fun.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

Embossing Blog Hop

Welcome to the end of the year Indian Craft Room Blog Hop. You have come to the last stop of this Blog hop and you would have landed here via Sharda’s Blog or the Blog Hop post at ICR. We are ending this year with a bang by having some of our past DT’s be a part of this hop.


The Hop is about embossing…wet or dry… well…I decided to create a card with both 😀 Here is my creation:


So I used an embossing folder (dry embossing), added versamark (wet embossing) on one side of the folder, put cardstock and ran it through my big shot. This not only embossed my cardstock, but also transferred the versmark ink. Then I added white embossing powder and melted it with my heat gun. Then started coloring with distress inks. The embossing folder Floral Frenzy was part of the SSS November Card Kit.


The distress inks color I used were: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Frayed Burlap (color combo idea from THIS POST at SSS Blog). With the round blending tool, I started to apply the colors. The white embossing powder resists the inks, while the open spaces pick the color.


I just love how the colors reveal the embossed background. I used to this technique a lot before..minus the distress inks. I would just use colored embossing powder. But I think I like the blended inks revealing the image better than colored embossing powder 😀 I did add some Nuvo Glitter Drops in the middle of some flowers for shimmer.


The sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Sunday Sentiments and it is white embossed. Since I wanted the background to shine, I kept the sentiment simple and small.

So this was my contribution to this Blog Hop. Do not forget to checkout the rest, incase you haven’t:









Shraddha – You are here!

So now that you have seen all the creations, time for you to join in…get embossing, link your creation on ICR blog post via InLinkz, comment on all posts. You definitely want to do so in order to win some awesome prizes by our sponsor Nagshri Arts.


REMEMBER– To be eligible for the prize, you need to participate and comment on all 10 blog posts.

I definitely can not wait to see what you create!!

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

October Moodboard

It has been a while I have posted something… Things surely get busy with a baby… and if not busy with him, then trying to organize the craft space. Had a light bulb moment few days ago…baby boy is growing up so fast… in no time he will be crawling, pulling things off shelf (aaaagh!!!) My OCD kicked in… right time to get working… to baby proof my craft space. Well, while that work is in progress, I managed to make a DT inspiration for the challenge at Indian Craft Room. This is round 2 of the challenge. I could not participate in Round 1. You can check out Round 1 inspirations HERE.

So this month’s challenge ICRCOCT16 is by our new DT member Akshma. She has come up with this festive moodboard. The Hindu festival of Diwali is right around the corner. So Akshma came up with this beautful moodboard that allows for many card design possibilities.

The gold, the diyas, the mandalas… all so festive… Now with the time crunch I had, I decided to pick the colors from the mandala on top right and the bokeh pattern. I would have loved to add a diya, but did not have enough time to print, color and cut!!


I started by creating the background. Simple distress ink blending. I used Barn door, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Lucky Clover. I love this color combo.


Creating this Bokeh was too easy with my Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh set. Although I have seen it being created by regular circle stamps too… inking and rolling the stamp on paper. But this stamp set cut the creation time in half and gave perfect bokeh’s 🙂 I used Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink to create the subtle gold bokeh’s.


Technically a “Happy Diwali” sentiment would make it perfect for the occasion… nevertheless, this Shine Bright (in the Let’s Bokeh set) fit perfect with the background I thought. Sentiment is stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Gold embossing powder.


The front panel is layered on black cardstock to give a tiny border and the card base is Neenah Solar White.

I am also linking this card to Paru’s Card Making Challenges:

This was fun to do, especially after a small break.

Check out the challenge and join in the fun.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting =)



Telescoping Image Tutorial

This month at Indian Craft Room instead of regular CoasteRide we are doing tutorials… SEPTORIALS!! We were in transition of selecting new DT’s hence the parent team worked on posting tutorials.. 1 tutorial each week … this being the last week of September, it is my turn.

I decided to make a card with Telescoping Image. It is an old technique…but I decided to revisit the technique for this CoasteRide.


Stamp of your choice/ *Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetingsa

Cardstock for image and card base/ *White and Black

Inks of your choice/ *Versafine OnyxBlack, Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers

Nested Dies (4 consecutive sizes)/ *Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles

Die Cut Machine/ *Big Shot

Glue/ *Tape Runner and Foam Tape

*Embossing Powder and Heat Gun (I am using it for this card since I am watercoloring)

*products I used on my project


  1. Stamp your image twice. A bold background stamp or bold image works best. I created this background with multiple stamps. When doing so remember you want both panels to look similar, if not exact. I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing powder. I colored my images with Zig Real Clean Color Watercolor Markers and Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen over the flowers.


2. Next take 3 of the dies starting with biggest. Place them on your image nested, like pictured above on the left. Try to keep it centered as much as possible. Tape down 1st and 3rd dies and remove the 2nd You could also put all the 4 dies for proper centering and remove the 2nd and 4th die. Run it through the die cut machine.


3. On the 2nd stamped image, starting with the second biggest die, nest the 2nd, 3rd and 4th dies. Tape down 2nd and 4th dies on the image and remove the 3rd die. Run it through the die cut machine.


4. Now you have 4 pieces of die cut pieces. Add some foam adhesive to each of the pieces. On the first 2 with the middle cut out, you put the adhesive on the edges as much as possible. Foam adhesive adds dimension that gives it the telescope effect.


5. Now that all your pieces have foam adhesive on it, you can start putting it together. I added a black piece (optional), just because I like the black edging on my cards. Start by putting the biggest, outermost piece down. Then keep adding the other pieces on top. I just took picture of the 1st and 2nd piece together


The completed card:


Since the background was made with several small stamps… getting both the images to look same would be hard. The hello die cut is by Simon Says Stamp. I brushed it with Clear Wink of Stella.


Hence using 1 big bold image (Medallion by Stampin’ Up!) is important like I did in the following card:


So here was my tutorial with a technique. I hope I have inspired enough for you to try this technique.

Head over to ICR to check out the other tuts

  1. A Lil more of Stamps by ASH
  2. Emboss Resist and Ink Smooshing by Bhavana
  3. Scratch and Sniff Technique by Gopi

This is all for today.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting!

Cheers =)

Hello Painted Rose

My card today has been in making for over a week…. well it started by wanting to make a birthday card for someone…so I started by creating this background… now I ran out of texture paste…so had to get innovative 😉 I used some acrylic paint with stencil to create this….


So it did create some texture….ofcourse its not like how the texture paste would have worked, but not too bad!! So now the colors…google search took me to this post on Simon Says Stamp blog about Distress Ink Combos I used recipe #4 which has-Broken China, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain distress inks. Here is the complete card:


So I love how the 4 colors look together…. it turned out nice and subtle..not exactly what I wanted for Birthday card… so I kept it aside to use another day. Then came my Altenew Painted Rose Stamp set 😀 so I ended up using the background for this card.


Love the set!! I used some Stampin’ Up! inks- Peach Parfait, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango for the rose and Pistachio Pudding and Old Olive for the leaves. It does not show well, but I did run my Clear Wink of Stella pen over the flowers and leaves and the die cut hello which is by Simon Says Stamp.


In the end, the card turned out pretty good. In love with the Altenew stamp…my first Altenew stamp…all worth the money!!!

This is all for today!!

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,


April Card Kit- Hello Friend

It has been a while I did post on the Simon Says Card Kit.. Infact the last few kits, I have not been able to work with..So when I got the April 2016 kit, I decided I was going to make atleast 1 card using the kit. So here is my creation:


The stamp set included in the kit- Birthday Flowers … has cute flowers and plenty of greetings. Besides the stamp, it also has these cute paper clips… to be used on another project.


I stamped the flowers and leaves using Stampin’ Up! Inks- Strawberry Slush (retd.), Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry , Old Olive and Coastal Cabana (retd.) For the middle of the flowers I used versamark ink and the Wow Ebony Embossing Powder included in the kit. I used White Gel Pen and made some faux stitches on the flowers.


The sentiment is from the stamp set in the kit. The kit has a pack of Simple Stories Life in Collection printed paper. It’s a nice pack of paper… I used the blue watercolor like paper and attached it to the base white card base. Both the printed paper and the front panel are cut using Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Die- Largest die of both the Large and Small set.


So I thought I was done, until I felt that there were still plenty of open space. So I use the small circle in the stamp set and some Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up! retd.) ink …BLAH!! So I took some purple rhinestones and added them… GOODNESS TOO MUCH BLING!! Finally I thought about Stickles and found Lime Green Stickles …YESS!! That is it! So went over the purple stamped circles with the stickles. Matched the leaves and color combination and added the right amount of sparkle 🙂

So that was SSS April Card Kit.

This is all for today,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)




Celebration of Colors

Once again it is a festive month. This month celebrates Holi- the festival of colors. Hence it was natural that our Indian Craft Room BlogHop this time revolves around the same. A wonderful Bloghop by hostess Sathya. The theme- Celebration of Colors with twist of sparkle/shine and only cards 😀 Simply superb! (My comfort zone ;D)


You should have arrived from Pratyusha’s Blog and now it is my turn to share my creation for this challenge:


Maybe I went overboard with the colors 😛  As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew I wanted to use distress inks. It’s the way they blend that makes them perfect for using. I googled distress inks combo and found this one – Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Peacock Feathers. I love how the blue and pink meet o make purple, the yellow and blue make green… adding some more color in the already colorful background 😉


Sparkle/Shine for me means embossing and shaker card 🙂 The gold outline around the circle was made using Simon Says Stamp’s Sparkle and Shine Set. It was part of their December 2014 card kit. The sentiment inside was a part of Color and Sunshine Kit (March 2014 card Kit). I used some Martha Steward Glitter for the shaker bit.


Ofcourse when I was done… I thought it needed something and hence the addition of the 2 hearts. The hearts are from Simon Says Stamp’s Hello Beautiful set (part of February 2016 Card Kit). I started trying to gold emboss, but it did not work for some reason (Absolutely unsure why???). Since I had stamped the hearts using versamark ink, the impression remained. I decided to use Ranger’s Gold Stickles Glitter Glue.


So this was my creation… Next, visit Bhavana’s Blog , check out her beautiful creation and leave a comment.

Also check out the awesome creations by the rest of the Design Team- HERE.

REMINDER: Don’t forget to visit all blogs, leave a comment on the blogs and at the starting post at ICR in order to qualify to win some goodies!!

This is all for now,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Tic-Tac-Toe Mandala

First of the month, and I am back with a card for the Indian Craft Room CoasteRide Challenge 😀 Another exciting and challenging challenge. Yes!! Every challenge  I do I think it is challenging….. the Design team at ICR outdo each other when it comes to creating challenges. Simply Superb!


So many options and the TWIST… MANDALA….. For those not aware… Mandala is circular shaped design with intricate patterns. With the new adult coloring trend, you will see a lot of books with these designs. Nevertheless, for this challenge we are accepting doilies and medallions as simpler versions of Mandala designs! So here is my creation for this challenge!


So I went vertical with Sparkle/Bling-Watercolor-DieCut. The stamp set I used is a Retired set by Stampin’ Up! named Delicate Doilies. I stamped it with Versafine Black and Clear Heat Embossing powder. Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color in the doilies. Bright!!


Some clear rhinestones add to the bling!!


The hello die cut is by Simon Says Stamp. It was part of one of their card kits. With all the bright colors, I decided to adhered the hello to a black strip, just to add some interest.


This card was way out of my style, but thoroughly enjoyed making it. Check out the other DT Insights at ICRWIN01.

This is all for now,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting!

Cheers =)

Flurries Of Love

It is time for Round 2 of inspirations at Indian Craft Room’s January CoasteRide Challenge. Click HERE to check out all the DT inspirations. The challenge was to create a CAS project using something new. For 2nd round of inspiration I made a snowy love card:


For this card, I used Simon Say’s Stamps Cute Snowflakes stamp set. This set is a part of the January 2016 Card Kit. It has a snowflakes in variety of sizes, some cute doodle lines and tiny sentiments…. a cute set. I received the card kit right around the time I was to make the 2nd set of inspiration. So this set worked out perfect. I also used the Doodlebug sprinkles, in the middle of snowflakes, that are included in the card kit. Very cute little shiny enamel dots.


Then I used the tiny heart in the stamp set to fill in some empty spaces. I think they give a completed look to the card.


So this is all for today. Don’t forget to check out the other inspirations (linked above). Get inspired and join in the fun.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)


Welcome to round 5 of the ICR BLOG HOP!!!

BLOG HOP NOV 2015You should have arrived here from MV Pratyusha’s Blog! If not make sure you begin the HOP from the INDIAN CRAFT ROOM!

Well so now that you are here 🙂 here is my creation!

BlogHop01To start any watercolor project, you want to make sure you have a good quality watercolor paper. In my card I used Ranger Water Color Paper. So I started with using Distress inks to color the background. I used Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed with water to paint…. let it dry (or use heat gun for quick drying) and went back with some more color to darken shades at places. Once I was satisfied how it looked, I decided to use this technique I saw another crafter use.

BlogHop02So the technique involves a stencil and a wet cloth/baby wipe. I used a baby wipe. So I laid my stencil on the watercolored background and dab the baby wipe on each heart for atleast 30 seconds… since distress inks react with water even after drying, pressing the wet wipe through the stencil picks out the the color leaving this watermark! Easy Peasy!!!

BlogHop03The Heart is from Simon Says Stamp I See You which I stamped and embossed with Gold embossing powder. I colored them using Zig Clean Color Real Brush and fussy cut the heart. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  Finally I finished it with some Taylored Expression Sequins. To complete the card I stuck the front panel on a black cardstock slightly bigger and layred it on white card base. Bright and Cheery card 🙂 Sure to bring some spirits up!!



WHEN & WHERE: The Blog Hop starts on November 15th @ 6:00 pm, IST at ICR. However you have until November  28, 11:59 pm, IST, to accomplish YOUR HOP by following all the rules to the Blog Hop which can be found HERE

WHY:  To be inspired by a new & a FIRST TIME theme for your project blog post submissions & to stand a chance to WIN PRIZES & surprises by the end of the fortnight fun…
PRIZE: The Color Conceptions Sponsored Prize which is a Rs.500 Gift Voucher to their Online Store


AND ICR sponsor prize: If we have over 50 hoppers every designer would induce a personal CANDY TREAT your way!


1)      Starting from ICRFORUM BLOG POST , hop on to all the participating blogs as they unveil their projects on their blog space, each day & leave some love to all including ICR BLOG POST
2)     Once you have hopped & commented on all the blogs including the last reveal you would go back to the ICRFORUM BLOG POST {where you started which is here} & leave a second comment saying so….
3)     And if you have participated with active crafting {created a project based on any of the water coloring methods opted by the designers on their projects } & have posted your project on your blog space, then kindly link up your name in the inlinkz on ICRFORUM BLOG POST, with a link to your blog post of the project….
4)  Spread a word to this blog hop all over social media that you access… so that…. IF The Water Color Blog Hop has over 50 hoppers then the designers would be instigated to offer a personal blog candy on our respective blogs… WIN WIN!!!


6) Socialize with us on social media to catch up with extras on “Fun & Frolic”


ICRCPREWIN01 would continue to run till November 30th as it has turned monthly & is being sponsored by Color Conceptions again… So do not miss on an opportunity to shop your favorites from their store…And we hope you are all excited as we are, about this hop!

So now that you know all about the blog hop and have seen inspirations, it is time to check DT member Bhavna’s creation. Just click on the blog hop button below:
NEXT BLOGHappy Hopping,

Until next time,

Cheers =)

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