Monday, April 15, 2013

Inspirations by our New DT

Hey all!!

Now our New Inspiration Parade begins....

Ready... Set... Go....  :D

Megha Jain made this lovely card using the keyword HOLIDAYS

Tanvi Shah made two stunning cards using the keywords HOT and HELLO respectively..

Smita made two beautiful cards using the keywords HELLO and HOLIDAYS respectively...

Hope we have inspired you enough.. What are you waiting for, go and Choose Your Keyword and make a CAS card and get lovely chance to win gift vouchers from Itsy Bitsy..

For more details kindly visit our DT blogs..

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Itsy Bitsy Inspiration for Catchy Challenges

Hi everyone, Sunehra here from Itsy Bitsy and I am thrilled to present an inspiration from Itsy Bitsy for current challenge here at Catchy Challenges. As you know the theme is to ' Make a CAS card choosing any one of the keywords given below.
1. Hot
2. Hello
3. Holidays.

I don't know about you but CAS or Clean and Simple Cards don't come that easy to me so I had to work really hard on this project. A couple of cards were rejected and now finally I have 3 to present, one for each of the keywords.

Here's my Hello Card. I used some adorable Portacraft cellphone stickers from Itsy Bitsy and their signature alphabet tags to make this card which I'm hoping looks like the keypad of a cellphone. I went quite literal with the keyword. Fun isn't it!

For my 'Hot' Card I wanted it to be a bright and sunny creation because that's pretty much what the weather is like here in Bangalore. Nothing says sunny  better than sunflowers so using my Itsy Bitsy Flower punch with some yellow punch paper I created the layered sunflowers and for the center of each flower, I added a brown foam dot from Itsy Bitsy.

The base layer is a lovely deep green and on top of that I embossed some white card stock with an Itsy Bitsy floral embossing folder. I've added a closeup of the embossing below. For the sentiment I took the words from the chorus of the song "I can see clearly now" which is quite apt for this card. It reads: "It's gonna be a bright bright BRIGHT sunshiny day".

Finally for my 'Holiday' card I decided to make it all masculine. I had recently got these amazing 'World Traveller' stickers from Itsy Bitsy and they were just perfect for this card. I used some paper from the DCVW Natural Stack as an underlay for each of the sticker embellishments you see. There is a plane, a suitcase, sunglasses, passport and a tour book. It's quite fabulous actually, the suitcase actually feels like leather. 

And here's the inside of the card - a simple message for anyone going on a trip: Happy Holidays! Now I really want to go somewhere!

I gotta say this challenge really got me thinking and I hope you like what my thoughts produced and that you're inspired to create something. So far the entries are looking really good! So all the best crafters and thanks so much for dropping by!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New DT girls!

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to announce my new Design Team.. :D yay!!

First of all let me clarify few things about Catchy Challenges.

1. Due to some reasons (because of my busy schedule) I made these challenges bi-monthly to monthly.
2. Every month we'll have 'An Itsy Bitsy Inspiration' by Sunehra. Thank you so much.. I really mean it.. :)
3. Itsy Bitsy is the premium sponsor for these challenges.
4. Poornima is our all time DT.. :D

Well.. Here's our new dynamic and rocking DT.. I'm so very happy to have them.. :)
Let's invite our girls.. Clap clap clap your hands.. :D

Hi, I am Megha Jain. I am a curious homemaker (SAHM in joint family). I call myself curious, as I soon get curious about things. I try to learn new things out of curiosity. I try to find and clear my concept each and every time. My family calls me crazy. However, I call myself a learner, as I feel that every second of our life we learn something new.
Crafting has been my passion since childhood. I don't remember from which age, but my mom recalls, that I have been drawing before I joined my preschool. In my school, I was almost always a first place winner in drawing. I used to make cards from childhood and gift on birthdays etc.

I keep changing my hobbies, I can't say what will keep me up to one hobby and till when. My kids have grown, and now I have a lot of free time.. which took me again to my favourite work. From two years, I am interested in paper crafting. I am loving every bit of it. I love making cards, envelopes, quilled projects, scrapbooks... any anything related to paper craft.

I am really thankful to my hubby and family who has always given me their full support. Happy I am here on catchy challenges.

Hi I’m Tanvi!
I began as a microbiology researcher, turned to education, then to the lab and it seems that I have finally found the love of my life.
Always had an artistic bend which was often reflected in my science journals & research projects as well! But I got wings for my passion to fly only now, which isn’t late by the way!!
I started crafting seriously quite a while ago but blogging was a slow starter for me.
However once it got started, I have not looked back. I have managed a decent collection of tools and paraphernalia relating to crafting. Having won a couple of challenges and DT invites has given me immense satisfaction & encouragement to pursue my passion.
Thank you Deepti, for this opportunity to be a part of the Catchy Challenges team J.

My idea of giving some time for myself is to spend time with paper,glue,my tools and now jewellery supplies.I love experimenting and learning new crafts and to be frank I design my stuff when I go to sleep or when I am cooking.As a child I was always keen in making cards for friends and family.I used to find new techniques to make others feel special on their day.Always wanted to be a good Artist and crafter.With the support of family I have been making time for my passion with 2 kids around..
I enjoy Rangoli making,sketching,painting(on my to do list),jewellery making,polymer clay,glass painting,paper quilling and last but not the least cardmaking/scrapbooking/

Stamping.I hope in future as well I continue to learn and experiment with new crafting techniques everyday.
-Smita Satish

Sunehra Koshy ( An Itsy Bitsy Inspiration)

Poornima (Our all time DT)

Deepti Stephens (Creator)

Haaaa.. :) Kindly visit their blogs and leave some love..

We would love to see your beautiful entries.. so kindly play along 'Choose your Keyword Challenge'

See you soon with more new DT inspirations.. :)

Have fun ;)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Using the keyword 'Hello'


Yes! As promised I'm back with a 'hello' card. Here is the card!

I've stamped the 'hello' with Scrappy cat alphabetical stamps in different Momento inks. I also stamped the fuax stitch line from Prima rose and the butterflies (paper pieced) are from Inkadinkado stampsets.


Scrappy cat, Prima rose, Inkadinkado - Priya
White CS - Itsy Bitsy
Momento Inks - SSS

Hope you all like this card and kindly play along the new challenge Choose your Keyword.

Thank you..

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Blue and Brown Challenge Winners!!

Hello Hello people!

How's the weather out there?? It's too hot here.. Ufff.. Anyway! Take care of yourselves.. :)

Well.. we had many beautiful and rocking entries. Thank you so much for taking your time..

New DT has been selected and I'll announce the 'girls' shortly. I'm so happy to have them in my team and trust me we are just like a family working hard for these challenges.. :D

Yeah!! No more talking!!! 

Here's the Top 3 in no particular order

Yeah! now it's time to announce our two random winners!!!

Congratulations ladies! Kindly grab your respective badges from the side bar. Komala and Preeti kindly send a mail to to claim your prize..

New challenge, Choose your keyword, has been launched, Hope you would play along! Thank you so much.. :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hot and Holidays!!

Hello everyone!

I thought of posting my cards tomorrow (still one card is pending). But I'll be busy tomorrow attending a meeting. I have chosen HOT and HOLIDAYS as my keywords.. :)

I've colored the girl with my water color pencils and added diamond stickles.. :D


CS, PP (doodlebug), Koi water brush, Scrappy cat alphabets - Priya
Digi is a freebie
Vellum - Itsy Bitsy

I've distressed the BG with chalk colors, just a beach scene, and fuzzy cut the stamped images..

CS, umbrella stamp - Priya
Girl stamp -  SSS
EK success chalk colors - crafters corner
Sentiment - hand written

Will post a card with HELLO tomorrow or day after tomorrow...

See you soon!

Thank you!

Choose your Keyword!!

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to another challenge. Thank you so much ladies for your wonderful entries. Many rocking creations ofcourse the color scheme itself rocked.. :D :p

Well... Let's move on to our next challenge.. very easy one!

Make a CAS (clean and simple) card choosing any one of the keywords given below..
1. Hot
2. Hello
3. Holidays

What is Clean and Simple?
A design of card with clean lines, minimal elements, areas of white space and few or no embellishments.

Hope this is clear!!

Well.. We have two Special Guest Designers this time. They are most talented and very sweet and smart ladies I met in this blog world.

Let me take the pleasure to invite Bhawana Singh from Unveiling Crafts

Currently I am a stay-at-home mother for a 3.5 years old toddler. I am an MCA from JNU in New Delhi, and worked in IBM and Oracle for 1.5 years. When I conceived, I decided to take a break from my job, and since have been a full time stay-at-home mom to my little one. Meanwhile I started a food blog and the last few months has seen the interest in crafts taking over.
I do believe in ‘live as if tomorrow never comes’ and I abide by this. I try hard not to waste a single second. 

She made two beautiful cards choosing the keyword HELLO

So beautiful!!! Thank you so much Bhawana.. :)

Let me take the pleasure again to invite Pooja from Lightbox Creative Ideas

Hi everybody its Pooja , many of you know me as PJ and those who dont well hello !!
Like all of you here I love to craft and making cards as well as floral embellishments has been my passion since the past 3 years !
My recent addiction is journaling and CAS Cards !
Well i truly am honored to be a GD at Catchy Challenges. I love new challenges and was happy to play along this one.

She too chose the keyword HELLO
Very sweet card! Thank you so much Pooja. Kindly visit her blog she made a video too yay! 

Poornima made two cards choosing HELLO..:D
I don't know why they all choose 'hello'.. May be just saying hello to all of us.. :D :D

Wow!! Lovely as always. Thank you so much.. :)

Oh yeah!! we'll select two random winners and the winners will receive Rs.500/- gift vouchers from our very sweet and lovely sponsor ITSY BITSY

"Itsy Bitsy is India's leading hobby and craft supplies retailer offering over 10,000 craft related products all under one roof. You can shop with them at any of their physical stores in Bangalore and New Delhi or online at

Please do visit tomorrow for more inspiration from me. I'll be posting three cards using the three keywords!

Hope you would play along.. Thank you!!