Monday, May 3, 2010

I'm going crazy....!!

"Ok, I think I won't post a thing for another 2 days now... I'm going crazy!!" ... My mind almost went blank while crafting; my head was spinning and I thought I'd die!!! Relax, I told myself... nobody dies while making a card... and so I am here fit and fine.

** This is going to be a long post... so if you are sleepy, don't bother ;-) **

A old school friend of mine asked me to make Mother's day cards for her mom and granny yesterday. Since she stays far away, I was almost in a fit. I panicked not knowing how I'd be able to live up to her expectations! I didn't do a thing yesterday. Finally sat down to the cards in the afternoon, itching to use the CPS sketch but not knowing how...

Finally, these are what I came up with:

Here is the story behind this card. I had wanted to make a flower pot card... I've made quite a few already so I thought it would be quick and easy. But I saw Kathy's card here and thought I'd attach my card to an easel card; I did't know how to make it like her, so I decided to have a little garden for granny  ;-) Well, right from the beginning everything went wrong. I made an inverted easel [if you need to know how to mess up an easel card, you know whom to contact!!]. Then I started all over again and came up with this one. Propped the butterfly on a piece of acetate inspired by Chhavi's ideas. (Thank you Kathy and Chhavi.) The pretty orangish lace is from mom; everything else is either punched or handcut...

I am submitting this for the Daring Cardmakers challenge - Easel does it. The closed card: (5" square)

Where the frame rests:

The second card follows the CPS sketch #62. Nowhere close to the gorgeous DT work, but here's my take:

I'm also submitting this one for:
> The Cuttlebug Spot - favorite flowers
>The Pink Elephant challenge - Mommy, I love you

I've again die-cut, embossed, and inked vellum here. The faux blanket stitch (ok, I'm not an embroidery expert, so whatever that v-shaped stitch is called) was done with a Signo gel pen. 'mom' are alpha stickers from Itsy Bitsy. And the reason why I chose this sketch.... the flowers... I loved them.. they are inspired by Betsy. I just had to try something from her tutorials!! They are sup fab. Mine is nowhere close.... wish I had some colored felt in hand!!! The pom-pom lace is from my stash... the gorgeous patterned paper is Heidi Grace (from Donna of course!).

Hope you enjoyed my little post ;-)

PS: My hubby hates pompoms! :-( And he didn't like them on this card either.

Signing off...



  1. You've done a great job with the flower pot card Smita - it looks really pretty - and the curly grass is inspired! I wish I'd thought of that. The butterfly is the perfect finishing touch.
    Thanks for sharing your card with the Daring Cardmakers!
    The second card is lovely too, I like the flowers (well I do like flowers....hehe) and the pompom edging is really cute

  2. Make as much you want, love the cards you showed today and your post!

  3. I liked ur second card a lot :) Nice choice of colours...and ur card looks too nice...ur friend must have been very happy :)

  4. oh my god!.. so much going on with u.. nw u hv gotta chill.. :)
    the cards srsly luk grt as usual.. maybe nt the way u thot they r gonna turn out.. bt hey! only u know wt ws in ur mind rite?!.. so for us.. these are the usual wonders! :D

  5. What wonderful cards. I love the grass on your easel card! thanks for playing along with DCM this week:)

  6. Oh how fun Smita! Love the idea of a flower pot as an easel and the extra touches like the curled up grass is inspired. LOVE the second card as well! Thanks for the links, I viewed the tut and will be making some of those fab flowers myself. This is just gorgeous and I love what you did with the sketch! Now relax a bit. All that Kreativity can be taxing. LOL Big hugs! xxD

  7. Cute, cute, CUTE! I think your little ribbon flowers turned out fabulous!! And I love pom-poms... :-)

    Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
    Betsy Veldman

  8. So cute cards!
    Thanks for joining us at Card Patterns)

  9. Gorgeous Smita! I love the fringed grass on the first one. I can just see you sitting there cutting it all by hand, too!

  10. These are gorgeous cards Smita! I love all the textures and sweet details!

    Sometimes it can be overwhelming to create especially when you have so many ideas swimming in your head and expectations to live up to...I find that stepping back helps (stop blog surfing and just create from the heart). :)

  11. You've done a fantastic job, both the cards are super.
    big hugs
    Enfys x

  12. Hii Smita...both the cards are awesome.. greta work yaar...loved both the cards..

  13. Thank you for your encouraging comments, everyone.

  14. Loved the mom card.. And Love the pompoms too :D

  15. Gorgeous!
    The MOM card is wonderful too :)
    You are getting just better and better with very post Smita :) Great going!

  16. Great Mom card!! Love all the fun embellishments!! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week!!
    Sheri-TPE DT

  17. Oh, the flower embellishment are great! I love your card. Thank you for joining us this week.
    Silvia ~TPE DT