Butterflies Box Card – AAA Birthday Challenge

Happy Monday! It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Birthday Challenge Blog and this month’s prompt is 3D and that’s truly a challenge for me. I am more of a coloring person, and occasionally try a shadowbox at the most. But, today I decided to step it up and go all out with a box card.

I recently got the cut files for the butterfly box card from SVG Cuts and really wanted to try it out. I was so intimidated by all the lovely butterflies, but then when I watched the tutorial and started out it wasn’t hard at all! And now I know how to make my own box cards without cut files too. But this one I made is using the cut files.

So this is how it works. I downloaded the cut files and used my Brother scan and cut machine to cut out all the individual elements. I used metallic copper Cricut cardstock for the box part and Bristol Smooth cardstock for the butterflies and regular 60lb black cardctock from Michaels for the 2nd layer on the butterflies. I ink blended Distress Oxides to color the butterflies and added details with a Sharpie Fineliner.

For the inserts on top and bottom I stamped the flowers and leaves form the Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers set and heat embossed with WOW Embossing powder – Perissa. I distressed these pieces with Antique Linen Distress Oxides to blend with the look of the card.

I put it all together with strong Scor tape, and yesss, it folds flat and can be inserted into an envelope!! I enjoyed the process and now have this grand creation for my friend’s birthday. Win win! I hope you are inspired to try something 3D this month and play along the AAA Birthday Challenge! Have a great day!

Circle of Hope – Rachel Vass Designs

Hello and welcome back to my blog!!! It has been 1 month since I posted to my blog and I just felt like saying hi to anyone kind enough to stop by. And of course to share links for the latest release by Rachel Vass Designs. Today’s release is called Circle of Hope. Click the image below to shop!

I printed the digi with a laser printer on hot pressed watercolor paper and cur it out using my Brother scan and cut. I colored this beautiful stamp using Tombow markers and mounted it on a panel with form tape with some copper thread in between. The panel was created by blending distress oxides and dry embossing with the Altenew Patchwork Kite stencil. Here are few pictures of my card for today.

I hope you liked my card! Have a wonderful day.

EDS/HSD Awareness Month – Instagram Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Hello friends! Today I am very proud to be a part of the amazing crafting community that has come together to help spread awareness about a crazy disorder – Ehlers Dalnose Syndrome. EDS/HSD are a group of connective tissue disorders that often go undiagnosed and unvalidated. I have a lot of information and resources lined up below that you benefit from or share with anyone you think might benefit from it. And to take this further, 43 card makers are posting their beautiful creations on Instagram and welcome you to hop along for some inspiration and load of prizes to be won. To read more about the story of how this hop started and the wonderful sponsors that have come forward with prizes to make it more fun please head to my friend, Natasha Davies’s blog. She is a brave girl fighting this disorder and the reason this wonderful hop is happening today. To hop along, just tap the image below –

For this hop we decided to have a theme – happiness! Flowers make me happy, and watercoloring flowers all the more so. I combined that with my newfound love for slimline cards and made my card for today’s hop.

This card features a slimline cut file from Jill Cameron Creations and the gorgeous Lily botanicuts from The Greetery. I watercolored the lilies with Peerless Watercolors and and come Copic markers and used Prisma pencils to add little details. I used a sentiment form Unity Stamp company that I felt best describes my lovely friend Natasha Davies, and several others like her that are kind and spirited despite the curveballs life throws at them.

Ok, so finally, I will leave you with a few links that you can check out for great information about EDS/HSD, and how you can benefit from it/contribute towards it.

  1. EDS Blog post by Natasha Davies
  2. Ehlers-Dalnos Society Website
  3. Just Giving link – Contribute funds directly to EDS.org

Last but not the least, I must mention that that the logo/watermark I used on today’s project was made using a beautiful ribbon with henna pattern designed by my friend Jyoti Adhikari – CardsNCraftsNYC. I think she did an amazing job with the ribbon to meet the zebra image which is the mascot for EDS.

Alex Syberia Design Blog Hop and Giveaway

Happy Sunday and welcome back! I am very excited to share a few projects I made using the beautiful new digital stamp release by Alex Syberia Design for this blog hop. While I always admired and enjoyed her floral stamps, this time she included some super cute Japanese Kokeshi dolls that are fun to color.

To celebrate this release, Alex is giving away 7 $10 gift certificates. Please leave a comment on each of the participating designers’ blogs/IG accounts in this blog hop by 05/22/2020 for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs/IG accounts listed below and will be announced on Alex’s blog on 05/23/2020. Without much ado I will share my project below. But first, I would love for you to check out the new relese by clicking the image below.

I started my doll projects by printing my dolls on Neenah cardstock and cut them out using the Brother Scan n Cut machine. I colored my dolls with copic markers and added few hihlights with a white gel pen. For my projects today, I decided to paint some fun oriental backgrounds for my dolls using watercolors and framed it using dies form Gina Marie Design. Here’s my first card in black white and red. The sentiment is form an Altenew set from my stash.

For my 2nd card, I went with a gradient wash using watercolors and painted some silhouette structures using watercolors. You can always doodle these with a marker of fineliner too. I chose a gray kimono with red flowers for this doll and added a sentiment from a Unity stamp set.

For my 3rd card, I doodles a cherry blossom tree on black cardstock using opaque markers by Recollections. I added some flower embellishments and added a die cut form The Stamp Market for my sentiment.

Finally I couldn’t stop without coloring up the beautiful peony form this release. This one is a copic colored and popped on a dry ebossed panel matted with some pattern paper form Unity. The sentiment is from Rachel Vass Designs.

Thank you for stopping by. I would love to know what you think of my projects today, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog if you would like to see more of my work. You should have arrived form Colleen Balija‘s blog and the next stop in the hop is Deborah.

If you are lost or would like to start form the beginning, here’s a list of all the stops in the hop –

Alex Syberia

Amber Rain Davis

Hannelie Bester

Nora Niskanen

Ilda Dias

Natasha Vacca


Jenny Colacicco

Yasmin Diaz

Tina Wilstrup

Rebecca Rapanaro

TaeEun Yoo

Jyoti Adhikari

Colleen Balija

Sandhya Iyer – (you are here)


Nicoletta Porcu

Sharon White

Elena Cazares

Bonnie Crane

Melissa Goodman

IG Stops –

Joe Sysavath

Maura R

Enna Adams

Tracy Ware


Romantic Ruffle – Rachel Vass Designs

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Today I am very excited to be sharing two cards I created using the brand new Romantic Ruffle digi released by Rachel Vass Designs. I fell in love with this ginormous floral image and had a blast coloring her up. If you like floral stamps, you better check her out –

So I went with a simple design for both my cards as I wanted all the attention on my flower. I printed the flowers with a laser printer on Fabriano hot pressed watercolor paper (90lb). I cut them out using my Scan n Cut machine. For my first card, I did some very controlled watercoloring using Arteza real brush pens.

And for the 2nd I smooshed my flower into a few drops of liquid watercolors from Pinkfresh Studios. I love the drama created by this technique and the effortless messy artsy look it creates.

I printed sentiments form Rachel’s collection on Neenah Desert storm and added a subtle background using a Stampendous stamp. I adhered the flower and attached it to an A2 card base.

I hope you liked my cards today! Have a good weekend!

Things With Wings – AAA Birthday Cahllenge

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Today I am sharing a DT inspiration card for the new challenge starting on the AAA Birthday Challenge blog –

I first stamped and copic colored several butterflies from the Unity April KOM. Then I played with alcohol inks in matching colors to create a background. I added scraps of stamped images from the Unity stamps – Possible not easy and a Faithful letter to add interest.

I printed my sentiment from a Gracielle Design set and foiled in rose gold. I popped the butterflies with foam tape amd put together my card.

I hope this inspires you to create something fun for this month’s challenge! Have a blessed day!

New Stamp Release at Unity Stamp Company

Hello and welcome back to my blog! I know I have been ignoring my blog for a while now but believe me it is for a good reason. I have been super busy creating art for new stamps and also many many cards to share for inspiration. I am thrilled to announce today that I’m officially a stamp designer as well as a design team member at Unity Stamp Company (cue : whistles and clapping)

Today is a very special day because it is the 12th birthday of Unity Stamp Company and also my first release with them. Click on the link to check out the new releases today and look for red rubber floral stamps designed by me as well as digital stamps.

I am including below pictures of several cards I created for this release. I would love to hear your feedback at any suggestions or designs that you would like to see in future in red rubber or digital. Thank you all for the love and support. Make sure you tag me in all your social media posts when you use my designs. I would love to share them (and toot my horn 🙈🙈).

Spread Joy Not Germs Blog Hop + Giveaway!

https://sassyandcrafty.com/blogs/sassy-crafty-blog/spreadjoynotgerms-official-blog-hopHappy Friday! I am so excited to be a part of a an awesome blog hop filled with inspiration from over 150 other fellow crafters that have come together to spread joy and thank you people for staying home to prevent the spread of germs. You should have come here from Sassy and Crafty, if not, you can always start from here and go till the end before checking the complete list on the Catherine Pooler Blog or the Hedgehog Hollow Blog. So here I present to you my card filled with happy colors using the Vintage Floral Background stamp form Brutus Monroe.

I heat embossed the floral stamp on Neenah 80lb using Raven embossing powder. This embossing powder is really glossy and gives great results, as you can seen in the image below! I colored using copic markers and trimmed it down to 4″X5.25″.

I double embossed the sentiment from the Super Sentimental stamp set also form Brutus Monroe. A few black gems to add some dazzle and I am done.


Brutus Monroe is giving away a $50 gift card and we also have 30 other sponsors and prize winners will be randomly drawn from all comments across the blog hop. Take your time and hop through the list over the weekend, through April 24th. Psssst…. there are also additional freebies and discounts hidden along the hop, so make sure you don’t skip anyone! If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating blogs as well as list of prizes on the Catherine Pooler Blog or the Hedgehog Hollow Blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by. If you are being good and staying at home, you certainly are my favorite! So leave a comment below to let me know what you have been doing since the world turned crazy and I will send this card to one of you!! Then hop on to Tricia Barber’s blog for more inspiration and fun!


New Floral Stamps – Alex Syberia Design

Hello and welcome back!! This is the first of my two blog posts for today! I am so excited to be guest designing for the new digital stamps release by Alex Syberia Design. Click the image below to visit her Etsy shop and get these gorgeous digis!!

As soon as I saw the Madam Dahlia, I had to foil and color it first! I started with a nice blown up image and foiled it in gold. I used Danile Smith Watercolors for a vibrant pink color and cut it out using my scan and cut. I sprayed a black panel with Heidi Swapp gold color shine spray and heat embossed my sentiment in gold. I also added a few gold foil accents using the Deco foil glue pen.

For my second card, I recolored the Abstract Flowers to a light gray and printed on Arches Cold pressed paper for no-line coloring. Again I water colored and then die cut it using a Gina Marie Designs Die. I heat embosses with silver over the die-cut sentiment and stacked a few together, I blended distress oxides and stencilled a background in blue. I put it all together and added a few silver sequins to complete this card.

Finally, for the Spring Frame, I watercolored with Arteza real brush markers and mixed in glitter ink in my water. While its not visible on a photo, this card is shimmering and looks so cool when it catches the light. I added a gold frame and heat embossed the sentiment from Altenew Paint a Flower – Iris. I used the Brutus Monroe – Stencil of the month for the background with white pigment ink. I put it all together and added some sequins to finish off!

Thanks for joining me here today! I will be back with another new release post in a short while!