Friday, January 29, 2016

Mood Board Inspirations

Hello Friends ,

As you know about our current Challenge  # 2 - Anything Goes, where you can make anything you like, but it's gotta have a stamp and any 3 out of the following 4 colors : Saffron, White, Green and Blue. (Think patriotic this month :) )

Here's the first layout I made for the Travel album......

I have used the lovely Chrysanthemum stamp for the main decor of the layout,  and Quilted Love For Back ground from Peek-a-Boo Designs !!!

Hope you loved my creation and got some inspiration. 

I couldn't stop at one so here I have one more creation for you !
A Canvas Mixed Media Art

Do play along our second challenge which is based on a gorgeous Mood Board and yes, it's anything goes. Check all the details here.

That’s all for today. 

Happy crafting!

Sharada Dilip

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How to make your own background with the stamps!

Hello Everyone!!

A brand new week and January 2016 is almost over, just as in a blink of an eye!!! It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming a brand new year and time has come to welcome a brand new month in the new year as well!
I hope you remember this months challenge is which Anything goes! Read all about the challenge here
We have a lovely mood board as an inspiration and the only thing to be followed from the mood board is the colors. You need to atleast have 3 of the 4 colors present in the mood board!

I made a few bookmarks!! Very simples ones and I wanted to highlight the background stamps that peek-a-boo has released! Luckily I used both the background stamps and make 4 bookmarks! These are very easy peasy, and works great with distress inks!

Here are the bookmarks!

All I did was distress the panels with the distress inks and then use the same distress inks to stamp the background stamps! This creates a wonderful background! It's super easy to make and is sureshot fun!

Since I wanted to highlight the background stamps, I kept the foreground very simple and just added one flower from another gorgeous stampset and the sentiment from the same stamp set.

I hope you liked my simple bookmarks! Do play along in the current months challenge!!
Find all the details here.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Flower Background + Tutorial

Hello Everyone, A big hello to all of you. Today I have a Tutorial for some tricks and techniques. So without much chat chatting here we go.

For my first card I used Heat Embossing + Water Coloring technique and below are my supplies.

On a Neenah white CS, I heat embossed the lotus with Silver embossing powder. And then used Distress Ink to color the lotus. Also used green Distress Ink for the stem.

To give the card an extra dimension, I cut one side of the lotus and fussy cut two of the petals. The card measure 5.5 x 4.25 and the final card looks like something like this.


My Second Card for today is simple and has some masking technique and its not white. This one is also a flower card and below are my supplies.

I have used a masking tape to block the bottom part of the card stock and stamped the flower using a brown pigment ink. Later pulled off the tape and highlighted some of the petals using pro markers.

Used a White pen for a dashed line at the bottom, The sentiment is again heat embossed with white powder and embellished with pearls.

These cards are simple however with some tricks you can turn in into some beautiful cards.

We are seeing some beautiful creations on our blog for the current challenge Anything Goes and waiting for more.

Lots of Love

Friday, January 22, 2016

Background Stamps + Tutorial

Hello and good morning! ^__^

I'm Halak and today I'll be taking you through a tutorial for projects using one of my favorite background stamps by Peek-a-boo Designs, the Quilted Love.

This stamp is not only great for Valentine's Day projects and love themed ones but also makes a great background for casual and fun projects.

So, let's get to the steps for this card!

The first thing I did was take purple cardstock and stamp Quilted Love with white pigment ink, randomly.

After this, I took the same stamp and on white cardstock, using distress inks, stamped repeatedly. (I went kinda crazy here, was having fun mixing the colors!) :D

So this is what it looked like. Pretty cool huh? I definitely will be doing more of these colorful backgrounds in the future!

Then, I took the pretty Chrysanthemum, colored it up and adhered to my colorful background.

You can see that big bloom (this was before I coated some of the petals in fine glitter) in the above picture where I was also trying to figure out the layout et al.

After this, I added a die-cut and some washi tape bits for that extra pop of color. Boom. Done!

I also made another project, check it out :

Super simple and great for those who do not like coloring, the background is made of pink and blue distress ink smooshed onto paper with the help of acetate.

Here's a photograph :

It is the first layer, but I kept building on color as I wanted a darker background.

Once it dried, I stamped Quilted Love in versafine, trimmed it and matted it against white cardstock. This is what it looked like before matting :

After that, stamped a couple of blooms from Lotus Delight on white cardstock, fussy-cut them and adhered to project.

Stamped sentiment, added sequins and some colorful washi tape. You can also add glitter to the flowers to jazz them up a bit!

That's about it folks! Hope you liked  the projects and they inspired you to create something new!

Have a lovely day! *Hugs*

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hope Your Day is Amazing !!

Hello Friends .. Very Good Morning !! 

It's Vijaylaxmi (Shalu) here and I am super duper excited today to share my very first post as a Design Team member of Peek-a-Boo Design !! This is so special to me and i am very honored to be here !!

As you know about our current Challenge  # 2 - Anything Goes, where you can make anything you like, but it's gotta have a stamp and any 3 out of the following 4 colors : Saffron, White, Green and Blue. (Think patriotic this month :) )

Here is the beautiful Inspiration pic -

We do have a few additional rules so don't forget to check those out - Here.

I made two cards based on the challenge theme and to hopefully inspire all you lovely folks to participate and win some cool stamps!!!

So here is my First Card -

For This card i Picked almost all the colors with little variation in shades from our tri-color mood-board !!
Firstly i created my base but adhering white & Navy blue strips in horizontal fashion...then added a silver strip vertically for more interest .

I used  Lotus Delight Stamp Set this project !! Stamped & heat embossed the lotus in silver EP on water color paper & then Colored it with Nirmal Watercolors .Added some silver thread and green sequins for some texture !! Sentiment is again from the same set  Lotus Delight  which is heat embossed in white !! And yay ..its done !! i totally loved the output and beautiful water-colored lotus.

Check this closer look -

Now to the Second Card - 

 For this card I Used gorgeous CHRYSANTHEMUM stamp for Flower & Quilted Love For Back ground from Peek-a-Boo Designs !!
Back ground is heat embossed in White EP & then distressed with Tumbled Glass DI.
Stamped the flower on white CS & Colored it using Watercolor Pencils..the center is covered with glossy accents & a pinch of glitter!!
Before adding fuzzy cut flower to the base i splatter the base with some green & golden watercolor for more interest & also added a golden scalloped strip & sequins for final touch !!
Sentiment is from You and Me Stamp from Peek-a-Boo Design !!

Closer look of the flower -

All Together - 

I hope you liked my creations !!
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your love !!

Do play along our second challenge which is based on a gorgeous Mood Board and yes, it's anything goes. Check all the details here

Have a Fantastic Day !!
Vijaylaxmi (Shalu)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Canvas Art with Peek - a - Boo Stamps with Tutorial

Hello Friends ,

I'm Sharad Dilip here today and I'm so glad to be a part of the amazingly talented team here at Peek-A-Boo Designs!!! 

I have a pictorial for you today !!

Canvas Art  with Peek - a - Boo Stamps 
Here are my cards with the newly launched Valentine's Collection. Since Valentine's is just around the corner, stamps related to valentine's were a must!

1.I started with  applying Gesso on the 8X6 canvas and stamping the background stamp.

2. Using 3 colours of distress paints I started playing with the colors on the Canvas 

3. After drying the free flow colours on the canvas I started stamping the sentiments randomly in a L shape 

4.Once I was happy with what I have created I stamped a sentiment on a black card stock piece and Heat embossed it 

5. I framed the black board sentiment with resin embellishments frame


 6. Further I added flowers and a key to the project

I took up this project to use all my sentiment stamps and create magic with these this Valentines !

I really love how my canvas turned out. 

Hope you loved my creation and got some inspiration. 

Stamps used here 


Do play along our second challenge which is based on a gorgeous Mood Board and yes, it's anything goes. Check all the details here.

That’s all for today. 

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Hi friends

Stamps are one of the most favourite item for any crafter and one cannot have enough of them. The greed for stamps never ends and the market is flooded such amazing brands and designs that one just goes crazy yearning for them. Be it rubber stamp or clear stamp, these are most prized item for any crafter and for me at least each of my stamp is very dear to me.

Since we all love stamps and stamping so much; have you ever wondered what little effort can we do increase the life of our stamps. Since they are inked over and over again, how should one look after or take care of the stamps so that they remain free from damage and continue to give good images for years together.

I have been crafting since last ten years and have taken lot of care of my stamps and so even mu first stamp bought many years ago is still as good as new.
Over the years, I have gathered many tips and advice from expert crafters and friends and teachers all over the world. There are many posts on stamp care all over the net so what I am sharing is nothing new. Its just my own experience that I am putting down here and the effort that has helped me and now you can benefit for this post too.

As you all know stamps come in few varieties--Clear or Photopolymer and Rubber stamps. Rubber stamps can be again cling mounted or wood mounted.

                                                                         clear stamps

wood mounted rubber stamp

                                               foam cling stamp
So how does one take care of stamps.

First--LOVE YOUR STAMPS--YES!!!!!!  Its very important to love your stamps for each one of them has been bought with lot of thoughtfulness, love and of course your money!!

Second-- Keep a good supply of stamp cleaners, a good rag free from fibers preferably a lintt free cloth so that fibres are not stuck in the grooves of stamps while cleaning. Baby wipes that are alcohol and aloe free --although many crafters swear by it, but I avoid using them on stamps as they leave a wet residue on my stamp amd then I have to pat them dry really well, but for removing your ink quickly, this is good. 
It is also very important to wash your stamp with warm soapy water once in a while as this will add life to your stamp and also help in re gaining the stickiness which diminishes with frequent use.
You can use Aleenes tacky glue over and over again to get the stickiness back. Just clean the back of your stamp and apply a thin film of tack over and over again glue and let it dry and you get your sticky stamp back.

These are various stamp cleaners and their usage depends on the type of inks used on stamps. So lets discuss inks .


This is a very strong ink for stamps and often leaves a residue of ink behind, hence your stamps look stained even after you thouroughly clean it. So I highly recommend the use of Stazon Cleaner to clean your stamps if you use this ink for stamping. 
First stamp on a scrap piece of paper till all the ink comes off the stamp then clean with a soft rag with this cleaner. Pat dry and store. 
Other inks that are frequently used are Archival, Memento, Hero arts etc . These inks may leave your stamps a little stained and it might look as if there is lot of ink on the stamp, but that is fine. After cleaning if the stamp looks stained , you need not worry.

Another stamp cleaner that I really use again and again is the Hero Arts Ultra Clean...So far the best stamp cleaner I have used and I will tell you why. See both the images below . The first picture shows the stamp that is stained with ink with repeated use and the second picture shows the cleaned stamp. So you can make out the difference and understand why I swear by Ultra Clean,. Its a must have for all stamp lovers. 

So my stamp is cleaned off all the old ink stains.

There are many stamp cleaners in the market and also are many stamp cleaner scrub pads where in you can clean your stamps and you can choose according to your need. 
Before you begin stamping, it is needed that you rub the surface with a normal eraser. This will prepare the stamp for crisp clear image . Rubbing with eraser removes the film of oil on the surface of the stamp that prevents from getting a clear image. /but once done, it gives clear image.
Next what we need to clean is an important stamping accessory and that is ACRYLIC BLOCKS.

Cleaning of your acrylic blocks is very important because this is the base onto which you adhere your stamps. So if they are dirty or stained , the stamp might not stick to the block and then keep falling off it. For cleaning them, you can use soapy water or any good stamp cleaner. It is very much advisable to clean your block after every usage.

Now we need good storing space for our lovely stamps. 
For this always and I repeat----ALWAYS keep your stamp back once you have cleaned it and into its original acrylic backing sheet . Sometimes some rubber stamps have a waxy paper as backing. Never throw it . Place it back on the stamp after using it as it prevents the stamp from getting damaged and lose its stickiness.
Always keep another sheet of OHP sheet on top and slip it into a poly plastic zip lock bag or into its original package. It is also advisable to store stamps in standing postion like books and not stack one top of each other as sometimes the delicate design on stamp gets damaged.

Keep your stamp in closed boxes or baskets upright to store them.
this is how I store my stamps in clear plastic lock sleeves

Nowadays various types of plastic sleeves of many sizes are available and one can store stamps in  them according to your stamp size.

So the basic rules are to stamp, clean and keep 

I hope I have missed out anything. Please do not hesitate to share your own tip with us to help us to be better. Now beautiful designs and stamp cleaners are available at

So do check this store and I hope I have been of some help to all stamp lovers. Last but not the least the best care for stamps is LOVE YOUR STAMPS AS YOU LOVE YOUR DEAR ONES.

Keep smiling and keep crafting.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Let's get Pinspired #2 With Create Something Cathy - The Challenge Blog

Hello everyone to a pleasant Tuesday morning..

We Have a cute little challenge going on at Create Something Catchy which is being Sponsored by us.. Yes you heard it right .. And you could win an awesome Valentine stamp set ..

Let's Get Pinspired #2
The challenge is to create a card inspired by the below pic. 

Challenge Guidelines

1. Create a card, yes! please, only cards are allowed.
2. Use atleast 3 colors from the inspiration pic
3. Stamping is must on your cards, you can use any stamp set of your choice
4. Challenge ends on 22nd of Jan, 2016.
5. Have fun :) 

Peek-a-b00 Designs and Deepti Stephens (owner of CSCC) have teamed up and made the following cards for inspiration :

indly click on the pics to go our respective blogs.
I hope you liked our creations. Kindly link up your cards below and have fun :)

Do take part in the Challenge.