Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Back after a loooong break...

Hi! I am back after a very long break. Though I have been doing crafty stuff, not gotten around to clicking pics and posting them.

So today I start again. And with a card I made for couple of challenges.

I finally bought heat embossing tools some time back. One of the most fascinating techniques I found was stamping and embossing on acetate. So I decided to use this technique for my first card.

The base is white handmade paper. I stamped and heat embossed flowers in white on the acetate and in black on the handmade paper. I coloured the large flowers using Camlin Drawing Ink in green and yellow. The satin ribbon is from my stash.

The bit of paper that shows through the acetate was originally white. I dipped it in water and sprayed Camlin Drawing Ink in green and yellow. I blotted it slightly to blend the colours. The sentiment is stamped on the same white paper in black. I also put a scrap of the inked paper below the sentiment. I punched out two leaf shapes from dark green and some pattern paper. Some half pearls finished the card.

I am entering it in the following challenges:

Color Conceptions Challenge #6 - Stamping Techniques
I have used Stamping on Acetate & Heat Embossing

Lulupu Challenge #22 - Cook It Up
Looks like I ended up using all 5 ingredients! The flowers are stamped images, I have punched out a scrap of pattern paper, I used inks to create a background and finally I used satin ribbon and pearls as embellishments.

Mojo Monday 326
I have used the square sketch, though I tweaked the placement a bit.

Runway Inspired Challenge ric #50
I was really inspired by the beautiful colours and the pretty white flowers on the jacket.

So that's all on my side today. Wishing you all a happy new year.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ornate tags swap...

Hi! Last month I participated in the Swap Central India's Swap #13: Ornate Tags. It was a fairly easy swap as we were required to make only three tags.

I was very keen on trying my hand at the more layered look. I do love looking at all the beautiful vintage style creations that people keep posting. But ultimately I made only one tag in that style. You can see the post here. By the time I finished that tag, I was mentally exhausted! Also, I realized that the tag fulfilled the requirements of some of the current challenges, and decided to enter it.

P.S. Good decision to enter as my tag won the Beyond Grey Challenge #37 - Latte Love!

For the swap I decided to stick to my fav style, CAS.

The first tag is probably the simplest.

Supplies used are cream cardstock and printer paper in red, orange and yellow.

I really love the clean, simple lines of this tag. The tutorial for the technique is available on Splitcoaststampers. It also gave me a chance to use my new Chloe Stem die by Memory Box which I recently purchased from Die Cuts & More.

For the second tag, I wanted the lovely texture and colour of matty canvas to be the focal point.

Supplies used are hand made paper in red and cream, matty canvas and scraps of light green printer paper.

I used a bit of embossing on one layer and made the flower using the tea bag folding technique. A white half pearl, some stitching lines and hand cut leaves and stem from light green paper completed the tag.

The last tag is probably my favourite. I went back to a kiddie theme, which I seem to use a lot. Might be because I design so many craft projects for pre-schoolers!

The original inspiration for this came from this great project by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet. I gave it my own twist and made it into a tag that will brighten anybody's day.

Supplies used are hand made paper in white, blue and yellow and a bunch of satin ribbons in rainbow colours.

The sun and clouds are sketched,  hand cut and pieced together. The sentiment is from Micia stamps - Happy Days, stamped using a light blue sketch pen. The stitching lines are done with glitter pens.

Here are all three tags together.

I had a lot of fun making these tags. Hope my partner likes them as well. Looking forward to hearing your reactions now.


Friday, August 30, 2013

A vintage tag...

Hi! Super, super quick post today.

My first attempt at vintage style; something that I have been wanting to try for a long time. I hope I have been somewhat successful!

The base is a piece of file board. I textured it with acrylic paints in Dark Brown, Black, Metallic Gold and Metallic Bronze, applying the paints with a balled up piece of newspaper.

The corrugated sheet is recycled from an old box. The doilies, white embroidery floss and flower were stained with coffee. The flower is constructed from five scalloped circle die cuts. Buttons are from my stash.

The sentiment stamp is from Micia, stamped with a black Faber Castell ink pad. The flourish die is from Die Cuts and More.

The final touch was the butterflies which I had punched out and coloured with glitter for my Butterfly Card.

You can check out the post here.

Entering my creation in the following challenges:

DCAM Challenge Blog - Challenge #1 - Anything goes with a handmade flower

Crafters Corner Challenge #11 - Anything goes

Beyond Grey - BGC #37 - Latte Love, since I used coffee for aging effect and the dark brown base.

Indian Craft Room's ICRC31 - Butterflies and brads / buttons.

Would love to hear your comments on my first attempt at making a vintage tag.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CAS cards swap...

Hi! This is one post I have been waiting a while to upload! In July, I participated in Swap #12 - Clean & Simple cards (CAS cards) by Swap Central India. Each participant had to make 10 CAS note cards. I was very excited as CAS has always been my style. I decided to use this as an opportunity to experiment with as many different techniques as possible.

For my first card I used stamping and crayon masking techniques.

Supplies used are handmade paper in white and purple. Here is a close up.

I used white crayon as a mask and watercolour pencils by Faber Castell to create the background. The basic tutorial for crayon masking is available at Splitcoaststampers. There is another excellent tutorial available at Stamp TV by Gina K. The stamping was done using a Micia stamp set and purple ink by Faber Castell. I used the same ink to stamp a sentiment.

For the second card, I again used stamping.

Supplies used are handmade paper in white and green. Stamping is with Micia stamp set and black Faber Castell ink pad.

Once again I used the crayon resist technique and combined it with die cutting.

My third card was the last one I used stamping on.

Supplies used are red handmade paper and cream cardstock. The red DP is from Chimanlals

The stamp set is Micia and I used red Faber Castell ink pad. A length of off white satin ribbon from my stash completed the card.

Since I had already done three cards with stamping, I decided to take a break and use a different technique. So I tried my hand at paper cutting. This is something I have been wanting to try for a long time.

Supplies used are cream cardstock, handmade paper in orange and golden yellow.

I traced the rose from an old Hobby Ideas stencil and cut it with my craft knife. Then I die cut the circle and layered it with a scalloped circle cut from orange paper. A length of golden yellow satin ribbon completed the card.

For the fifth card I used my old Cut 'n Tuc stencil.

Supplies used are handmade paper in pale pink and brown.

For added interest, I die cut a circle after mounting the cut medallion and stamped the sentiment inside the card.

Since I didn't have a coordinating ribbon in my stash, I cut a thin strip of the brown paper and added it at the bottom. Some pretty rhinestones in pink completed the card.

For the sixth card, I decided to go for a radical change. Normally CAS cards are associated with a white or light base. I used black and gold instead. And I used a technique with sequins that I have used extensively when I used to make gift envelopes and tags for sale.

Supplies used are cardstock in black and gold and a scrap of the red DP. I drew vertical lines on a piece of gold paper with an orange glitter pen. Then I stuck red and green sequins for a festive touch.

The red DP was punched with a border punch and placed below the gold panel. I used the Faber Castell red ink pad to stamp the sentiment. The final touch was rounding the corners.

Since I was happy with the look of sequins, I decided to use it on my seventh card as well. But this time I wanted a more subtle look.

Supplies used are handmade paper in red and antique gold. This time I alternated scored lines with red glitter pen. The sequins are almost the same shade as the paper and give a lovely look.

Some quilled flowers and punched leaves placed atop a green satin ribbon completed the card.

For my eighth card I decided to go back to my old favourite, teabag folding. I had used a similar design previously in this card.

You can find that post here.

This time round I used a more subdued palette.

Supplies used are handmade paper in cream and red. The red DP is, of course, from Chimanlals.

I used the arrow fold and six squares of paper to construct the fan. Half pearls in gold and a bit of cord completed the fan.

The sentiment was stamped with Faber Castell's red ink pad.

The idea for my ninth card came from this beautiful card by Angela Maine that I saw on Pinterest.

My take on it is this.

Supplies used are handmade paper in white and blue.

Luckily I had the same Cuttlebug die. To make the card pop a bit more, I used blue rhinestones from my stash. I drew the stems with a green gel pen. The sentiment was stamped with a green sketch pen.

The tenth and final card is my favourite. I cased another fabulous card. The original is by Brigit, who does really amazing work!

Isn't it gorgeous? You can find her blog here.

My take on it is this

Supplies used are orange handmade paper and cardstock in green and cream.

I used my Itsy Bitsy embossing folder on the orange paper. I cut away the cream paper to reveal the green paper underneath. The flowers were punched out of cream cardstock  I outlined them with an orange sketch pen for more definition. The white half pearls were the final touch.

I used a green sketch pen to ink and stamp the sentiment.

With that I come to the end of this loooong post! Here is a pic of all my cards

I had a lot of fun making these cards. It was great trying out new techniques as well as revisiting some old ones.

Hope all of you liked the cards as much as I did. Looking forward to listening from you.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A digital layout...

Hi! A quick post today.

I made a digital scrapbook layout for the Indian Scrappers 2013 Scrapbook Challenge #5, hosted by the talented Banu Honnavara.

This time it was a sketch, which I love making.

I used the colours from Dynamic Duos Challenge blog - DD#65, warm pink and soft green.

And my take on these two challenges is this

The kit I used is Tourbillons de Calins, a freebie I downloaded ages ago from Digital Crea.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

A thank you card...

Hi! I am back with a challenge card.

I was very inspired by the colours of the current Dynamic Duos #62 - Orange and black with the option of butterflies

I decided to use the sketch by CAS(E) this Sketch #37

So my take on these challenges is this.

Supplies used are handmade paper in cream and orange. I stamped the letters on the orange paper in black. Then I die cut the circles out and used the same die to cut circles out of the card base.

While the die was still in, I did stitching lines with a black glitter pen on both cream and orange papers.

This is what the card looks like inside

Rest of the sentiment was hand written with a black sketch pen.

Since this card is meant for my husband, I decided to forgo the butterflies.

I am also entering this card in the Crafters Corner: Challenge 10 - 'Thank you so much!!'

This card is meant for my hubby who very patiently puts up with a crafty wife and is very, very encouraging! 

Hope you also liked this clean and simple card. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Top 6 at Itsy Bitsy...

Hi! I am so excited that I made it to the top 6 at the Itsy Bitsy - All that Glitters challenge.

Here is my entry

For more details please do visit the blog post here.

Thanx team Itsy Bitsy for liking my card. You guys rock!


Monday, July 15, 2013

My entry for Freshly Made Sketches #94

Hi! Super quick post today.

My entry for Freshly Made Sketches #94.

I liked the idea of the sentiment on a slant. And the slant led me think of a steep hill. So this is my take on it

Supplies used are handmade paper in white and green, scraps of black and yellow card stock.

I created the sky and the sun with Faber Castell watercolour pencils. After the paper was dry, I sponged white acrylic paint with a circular sponge dauber to make the clouds.

I mounted the green handmade paper and the car on foam pads. Two black buttons became the wheels of the car. The sentiment was handwritten with a white gel pen.

The funny thing is, while I was making the card, my nephew called up to say that he had got admitted to the college of his choice. So now this card is going to him!