Sunday, August 26, 2012

Monogram Challenge

Entering this in the Quilling Me Softly's First Blogoversary Giveaway & Challenge.

I am a great admirer of Pritesh's work and have always found her creations inspiring. I have used her beehive technique in this project. I also want to thank Pritesh for setting such a tough challenge. It definitely made me stretch myself.

Here is what I came up with.

The frame is made for my daughter Saee. I will put up the details later. Just want to thank my wonderful husband who not only created the beautiful monogram template, but also put up with his wife working like crazy on a Sunday. I also want to thank my daughter Saee who put up with Mama's bad temper and my son Neel who was a little angel, playing by himself. So thanx guys! This wouldn't have been possible without you.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Origami Heart Box - Snehal's Creation's challenge

A late, late post tonight...

The deadline for submitting entries for Snehal's Creation's challenge is tomorrow morning. So here I am sitting up late after everybody is fast asleep (thankfully!).

The challenge is interesting - make a box, any kind of box. Right up my alley, as I love making boxes. I originally planned to make a Pentagonal Gift Box; I had demonstrated this box on one of the episodes of Mogara Phulala on Mi Marathi in the Kala-kaushalya segment. But the concept wouldn't gel in my mind. So I tried another. And this is the result...

This a Heart Box made with origami. I have used simple chart paper in a pretty shade of turquoise. There is nothing except paper folding used. No glue, no scissors. You can find the fabulous tutorial by Jo Nakashima on YouTube.

The major challenge was making a bigger box, as the original box is made using A4 sheet and turns out to be rather petite. However, some trial and error yielded good results. My husband had just one suggestion. He said keep it simple, so that nothing takes away attention from the beauty of the box itself.

So I decided on a simple quilled motif. This also gave me a chance to break open my new mini shredder, which I have been just waiting to use!

I think this box is a good idea for Diwali, to give sweets or chocolates. Also a good idea for presenting little trinkets.

I am sure I will be making many more of these in the days to come.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CAS Card - Beyond Grey Challenge

Happy Independence Day everybody.

A quick little post today. I am entering my card in the Case Study Challenge (BGC#14 -Case Study) 
at Beyond Grey. The Card for inspiration is this...

A really lovely card by Romina.

My take on this card is...

I bought this beige textured paper ages ago because I liked the texture. Unfortunately I could never think of a place to use it. Till I saw this challenge! The base card is dark brown card stock.

The quilled Royal  flower I had made sometime ago from the tutorial by Alfardh on YouTube. The pretty ribbon is part of the freebie from A1 Craft Supply last month. 

I stamped the sentiment using dark brown sketch pen.

I brushed the paper with some Brown shimmer paint by Fevicryl with a sponge. A dashed line around the sentiment, to pick up the white hearts by a Uniball white pen, and a white gem on the flower completed the card.

Hope this card meets the criteria of the challenge. I had fun making it in any case.

P.S. Also entering the card in the For the Love of Crafting Challenge# 9 - CAS Card and the Paper Shelter Blog Challenge # 77 - 'Clean & Simple'.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tangling with Zentangle


When I came across this word some time back, I was intrigued. The images I saw reminded me of doodles as well as intricate mehndi designs. I started experimenting with it and thinking of ways to incorporate it into paper craft designs.

The applications are endless. The beauty of this technique is that no two designs are ever alike. Here are some articles I have made using this technique.

My first zentangle project. The card is made using red card stock and computer paper. The heart is made from a scrap of white handmade paper and doodled with a black micro-tip pen.

Pale green handmade paper layered with a darker green paper. This time I sketched out the flower and leaf shapes. Then filled them with zentangle doodles.

I wanted to try colouring with water-colour pencils and got the idea of combining it with zentangle designs.

I started with doodling on a scrap of white chart paper with a black glitter pen. then I filled in the pencil colours along one side and shaded with a wet brush.

When the piece was done, I mounted it on  piece of navy blue handmade paper. A silver eyelet and some pale lilac ribbon completed the bookmark.

My daughter, who has recently started reading Enid Blyton novels, loved it so much that she immediately laid claim to the bookmark.

I made two more book marks. One for myself. And another for my husband.

This time I coloured using sketch pens and mounted on red card stock.

I am sure I'll end up making more of these. They are quick and easy to make and will make great gifts to give along with books. What do you guys think?