Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just Because...

Hi there,

Today I have a rather busy card to share with you. I have combined many challenges too (not something I usually can do!). Cutting short my blah-blah, here is the card:

Why do I call it a busy card - ah well! As most of my fellow Indian crafters know, we are finally getting some sort of embossing powder out here... I bought my first little jar over the weekend. If you look at my card base closely, you will notice that I have heat embossed flowers in the background (that's something 'new new new' for me!). Thanks to my good friend, Shalini, for introducing me to the method of heat embossing without a heat gun :-) a few months back. I've been trying it all day yesterday and did it again today :-). I also created a glitter strip inspired by the PTI Make It Monday Challenge. And I added some lace to outline the square PP panel.

The challenges I am submitting this card to, are:

1) Totally Hues Challenge #2 for the lovely colors (I tried getting the closest matches possible)

3) Make It Monday Challenge #3 - using a line of glitter
4) Incy Wincy Designs #82 - Use punches or dies

Supplies used:
CS: Fabriano (chocolate and aqua)
PP: Pebbles Inc
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Blooms II, PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Pretty Color (Hobby Ideas)
Others: beautiful flower brad (RAK from Yvonne), gorgeous lace from mom's stash, buttons from my stash, felt from local craft store
Tools: Dies from PTI and Spellbinders

ETA: FOR MY INDIAN COUNTERPARTS - Embossing powder is available at Hobby Ideas stores. How good or bad it is, I do not know coz I haven't used any other. the original Indian Stamping Queen aka Tejal may be able to help us with that :-)

See you around,


  1. what a pretty card Smita... love the background textures.. both for the brown and the blue piece...the lace around and the center flower is stunning!!!

  2. wow ...so much effort...loved the card....Kindly teach me also this method of embossing without heat gun

  3. pretty card Smita, as usual love your choice of colors, the flower is gorgeous.
    PS:where do u get embossing powder in India? not sure if I can get it in Bangalore :(

  4. Hi Smitha! Not been here for quite a while. Your card is lovely. Great to know embossing powders are available there. Do they have a heat gun too? Where at Mahaveer's? Do let me know so I can ask mum to send me some.

  5. Its gorgeous! I love the embossed flower on the bloom. Love your frame too.. very pretty :)

  6. Hey this is new, how does one emboss without a heat gun? I didnt know it could be done. Please enlighten. Lovely card, Smita.

  7. Wow! lovely card indeed. Loved the hues and the center flower. but how do you manage without heat gun and do you really get the embossing powders locally? wow! can you suggest me on that i dont mind picking few colours for my collection :P)

  8. Love your card...it is so very pretty....when I first started embossing, I didn't have a heat gun so I used a toaster:)

  9. loved your card Smita!!and the heat embossing rocks!!even i wanna try soon.

  10. Gorgeous colours :) and an equally gorgeous card :)
    As the other girls I am eager to hear where u got the embossing powder from :)

  11. Awesome textures..there are so many new things on your card..the toaster embossing, the felt boreder, the new dies..super super!!
    Gosh looks like everyone wants the embossing powder...!

  12. Pretty card with lot of textures!! Love it.

    P.S. I have also tried embossing in microwave :D

  13. Really elegant creation Smita! Love your quiet restraint of elements...the subtle embossing really adds interest and "white" space. :)

    P/s: Was that brad from me? Hmmm..should have kept that for myself...lol! ;)

  14. Tks for stopping by! :)

    Awesome card! Yes....lots of work but lovely touch(es) in the end!

  15. lovely card smita...embossing with a toaster now thats some news? do share the technique

  16. Just beautiful :)
    Thanks for Sharing at Incy Wincy this Week
    Hugs Nikki and the rest of the DT

  17. Lovely card! Thanks so much for joining our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.

  18. WOW, look at you combining all those challenges! Way to go, girl! Your card is beautiful. I only wish you could have easier access to PTI product 'cause you use them wonderfully!

  19. Hi Smitha.. Nice Card..
    Thanks for getting in touch..
    Would love to interact with more Indians :)

  20. Hey now that you've put me in charge of explaining everything..shoot me a quick mail on how you emboss it..will make another post on embossing using every weird method available.

  21. so beautiful - and well designed.

  22. Gorgeous, Smita! LOVE the mix of elements and pretty colors! xxD