Sunday, 24 April 2011

Blog Candy Winner

Sorry for the delay in announcing the blog candy winner. These past few days have been very busy. The winner is Tehzin nijas. Congratulations Tehzin. Mail me your address so that I can post your candy :)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Butter Box Recycled into Tea Bag Holder

This is a butter box which I covered with yellow card from Kanban. I stamped the lid with a leaf stamp from lake city craft. The box is stamped with a flower border stamp that came with a card making magazine.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Mothers Day Side Step Card

I am hooked to craft magazines these days. There are so many which are my favorites i.e. Papercraft Inspirations, Quick Cards made easy, Creative Cardmaking, Simply Cards and papercraft and Crafts Beautiful. I made this Mother's day card using free papers from Papercraft Inspirations issue 84. This is my first attempt at making side step card.I am adding it to my gift list for India trip :)I have tried to keep the color of the card in pastels to coordinate with the papers. Made the fringed flowers by cutting 10mm strips. The felt leaves are cut using sizzix die. For matting I used marianne dies. The label on the second step has been hand cut. The sentiment on top step is from TPC Studio's All in the Family set.

Friday, 1 April 2011

A Bookmark

This time I want to share a bookmark that I made. It's an embroidered bookmark inspired by Erica Fortgens. I have a lot of Erica Fortgens card and bookmark making kits, but never got around to making anything. Then I found a book written by her and made an embroidered heart card. The instructions were very simple and easy.
This week creative craft challenge is holding a challenge to make a bookmark. I thought of using one of the bookmarks from the kit as template. I used a yellow card for embroidering the pattern then cut it. Stamped a white card with a star like foam based stamp.Again cut 2mm strips of yellow card and glued them around white card to make outline. Then pasted the embroidered design and added some flat backed sparkly flowers.

I am entering the bookmark for following challenges:
creative craft challenge: bookmark
YNS Challenge: Stitching
Paper Pretties: Bling

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Redecorated Fire Place

When we moved in our new house, it had an electric room heater ( the fire place type with artificial wood). We got it removed as my son is always trying to get on things and it was wobbly. The plumber fixed a wooden board to cover the empty space. The wood certainly looked out of place. So I thought of covering it with quilled flowers and swirls. But then changed the plan. My son would have peeled them off in minutes. I covered the board with white A3 papers and then stamped on it with a medallion stamp from papermania. I couldn’t put enough pressure no matter how much I tried. As a result most of the images were not stamped properly. I had to draw the lines with sharpie marker. I wanted to color the images, but my husband asked me to leave it as it is.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

A gift List and a Blog Candy

It is time for another trip to India and to make another gift list. I have already bought most of the gifts for friends and family. Last time I made a notebook for my sister and a Calendar for my father. Ours is a literary kind of family. My father is a surgeon by profession and poet by heart and social activist by passion. He writes Ragini ( Haryanavi poems). He is very active on facebook .My sister used to write shaiyri before her marriage. She is a deep thinker. And my mother is very fond of literature of Premchand, Sharatchandra, Bankim Chandra etc. She cultivated in us the love for literature. And our father encouraged it. Whenever he went on trips, he would always bring books for us. He also used to gift us a diary and a pen on new year.( Still does if we are visiting during Christmas).
So here are my handmade gifts:
1.This time I have made a notebook cover for my mother. She can use the notebook for keep her household bills/expenses upto date.

2.A calender page for my father.
3.A pen holder for my nephew.
4.A reciepe book for my sister. ( I will post photos later)
5.A gift tag for a wedding which we will be attending.

6.A baby money holder for another newborn baby.
Now about the candy. I have been blogging for four years ( on and off). But I have only recently discovered some new trends in crafting world of blogosphere. Two of them being "blog candy" and "Card making Challenges". While I like the idea of blog candy and have been thinking about starting a monthly or bi monthly candy, I am not comfortable to ask others to follow me.If anyone wants to follow my blog they are always welcome, but it is NOT necessary to enter the blog candy.So here is my deal:
1. Post the candy in your blog's sidebar and link it to this post. Then comment on this post.
2. The candy is open to all. I will post internationally.
3. The candy will run till 14th April 6 pm.
4. Each new comment on later posts ( between 31st March and 14t April) will be counted as separate entry. You can comment only once on a post.
5. I will write all the names on slips, a winner will be drawn on 15th April by Ananya from a basket.
6. Please bear with me if anything is not clear. This is my first candy,you know :)
Now about the contents of the candy:
1. A wedding scrapbook kit: 1 sticker sheet 8x8, 10 designed paper sheets 8x8, 30 pieces of diecut shapes, frames and borders, ideas to create your own scrapbook page : NOT in original packing
2.1 pack of 6 Assorted glitter tubs
3.1 pack of 4 Butterfly embellishments
4. 1 pack of shimmer foam flowers & butterflies die cuts
5. 1 sticker sheet: sparkly fish
6. 2 flower fairies chipboard die cut tag sheets ( one sheet has 2 loose tags). sheet 1 contains: 8 tags, 2nd has 9 tags

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The Big Project Revealed

We will be going to India next week. So now is the time to reveal the big project I talked about Here. My brother and sister in law were blessed with a daughter last December. We have a tradition called "Chatti". It is celebrated on the birth of a son. My family decided to celebrate Avishi's birth. So they will be having a function in April. When I heard of the program, I thought of making invitation cards. I discussed it with my brother and we decided to keep quiet about it ( in case I am not able to finish the cards in time).I completed 60 cards all decorated with quilled/fringed flowers at the front and different stamped borders inside. They have already reached their destination :) Unfortunately I took pictures of the first two cards only and later forgot to snap other cards. Each card is different from other. I am really proud of myself in getting it all done before time :)

Monday, 21 March 2011

Diamond/ Spring card

Another first for me. It's a diamond card, I think. I found this card on my quilling inspiration Inna's blog. Who had found the tutorial at Stamping geek. OK so I now know, it is called Spring card. Anyways, here is my take on spring card.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:
Creative craft challenge: Lace
Elephantastic: Butterfly
Papercutz: Any project

Material Used:

Lace: Marianne creatable circle doily
Butterfly peel off: From my stash
Quilled roses: Handmade
Base card: Kanban

Sunday, 20 March 2011

A Calender

I have made a calender for the month of April. I made this calender to enter a number of cardmaking challenges. Now I will gift it to my father. I have already made a 2011 calender for him. He has it in his office. I wonder where he will hang this one :)

I am submitting this calendar to:
Craft barn: Concertina flower
The cuttlebug spot: Twine
Squigglefly: Spring
Southern Girls: Flowers
The Pink Elephant: Spring Time
Alota: Green

Stamp: Squigglefly
Concertina flowers: Handmade
Quilled roses: Handmade
Base paper: DCWV
Twines: Green quilling paper, garden twine string
clover and flower punches

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Shutter card

This is the first card that I made after moving house. This is also my first shutter card. It is is double fold shutter card. I found instructions on the net for trifold shutter card. But the size ( 5 1/2") and width of the front panel ( 2") was too short. So I changed the size ( 7") and made it double fold so that I have a 4" front. I made this card specifically for sirstampalot challenge which is yellow, green and pink.

Material used:

1.Base card: Anna Griffin scrapbook card stock

2.3 mm JJ quilling papers for quilled flowers and swirls.

3.Pink paper to make roses

4.Whispers word stamps

5.Flower stamp from QVC

6.Butterfly peel offs which I colored with promarkers.

7.Marienne creatables circle for matting and flower die

8.In2craft Epoxy corner stickers

9.Green paper for matting from creative cardmaking magazine's previous issue

10. Yellow handmade paper with puffed up flower pattern

11. Spellbinders butterfly die

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Lots of Goodies!

Yesterday I got a parcel from Angela and it's filled with lovely candy. I took this picture in a hurry, as I wanted to post it here. Angela is a scrapbooker, stamper,dressmaker. She and her family have recently moved to UK. I like her stamping techniques and get inspired to use some on my cards.
Her tutorials on scrapbooking and paper piecing are very easy to follow. The candy she has sent me consists of prima flowers, lovely white feathers, a chipboard album, lace and ribbon, beautiful ATCs, decoupage pics, diamante, glitter and an Anna Griffin 12x12 specialty paper pad. I don't think I am ever going to use these papers. They are sooooo lovely. She also sent a beautiful stamped card for me :)
Thanks Angela.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Another Quilled Frame

Made another quilled frame today. I used 7mm pink strips for flowers. Handcut the fringes. Centre of the flowers is 3mm strip, while the swirls are 5mm. This is the first time that I quilled using measurements.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Quilled Picture Frame

I made a quilled frame today. I had bought this photo frame months ago, but never got around to working on it. Yesterday I got some new red and light brown/cream strips. I made different quilled flowers. I didn't think that I will be able to finish the frame today. But then I remembered that Ananya's holidays are starting from tomorrow, and I may not be able to complete it for next 2 weeks. So I finished it in one sitting while my son was sleeping.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Finally........... Something

In the past few days, I have discovered card making challenges. My first one was at Jaya ji's blog. I was so excited to  make the card. It was as if a child was given a candy. I couldn't wait to finish it.
I found Sir Stampalot challenge blog through Brenda's. The topic for February is " All creatures big and small.
I did a lot of thinking to make something for this challenge. I wanted to use quilling. So thought of making a quilled butterfly. But it was a disaster. Then I used spellbinders butterfly die and made this card.
But I wasn't happy with it. I like it, but it's not upto the mark to enter a challenge.So I decided to make a quilled peacock.

I used another quilled peacock , which I had made long time back,as a guide. But then I surfed the other entries in the challenge and was so much awed by the talent out there that I dropped the idea. I thought of making an origami box and made a quilled bee to decorate it.

I used Nanncy Watt's paper from Making cards magazine.

But it didn't click with me.
So I made a pen holder ( or tool holder) from Pringles can. I got this idea from one of the entries. It is a super cute purse/bag made out of pringles can. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of blog. But I will try to google it later.

Supplies for the pen holder:
Pringles can

1.quilled flower: 7mm strips pale yellow and pale blue
2. quilled butterfly: 7mm strips orange and yellow ( I made another one after the first fiasco)
3. Two stamped flowers for decoupage

4. Two stamed butterflies ( Anita's) for decoupage
5. Backing paper from creative cardmaking magazine
6. quilled bee: 3mm strips black, yellow, white
7. Letraset promarkers : yellow, brown
8. Shrpie: yellow,red, orange
9. Fabrico marker:yellow

I am entering this pen holder ONLY for Sir Stampalot challenge because, this challenge inspired me to better myself.