Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A Birthday Layout

Hi! :)

I made a layout... my first actually so I am pretty excited..
This was made using gelatos and distress ink.

I have used purple and blue metallic gelatos alongwith peacock feathers distress ink.

Created base with gelatos and the crafter's workshop stencils. Added some foam roses and butterflies alongwith some pearls and acrylic dots.

The die-cut coated in black glitter is interesting... as you can see in the second photograph, the die-cut on the right is in its original size. I didn't want that big a design on my layout so I trimmed it...

This way you too can alter your die-cuts and get the maximum benefit out of your dies. :)

The stamp set that I have used to add sentiments is by wplus9.

I am entering this layout in Lulupu Challenge #47 :  lulupu.blogspot.in/2015/03/challenge47-lulupus-3rd-birthday.html?m=1 

I have used from the moodboard, the colors purple, blue and black in my layout.
Also, a whole lot of 3...
3 colors, 3 foam roses, 3 black butterflies (one big foam one and two tiny ones), 3 pearls and lastly, 3 acrylic dots!

I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Watercolored gloss!

I got the perfect opportunity to use my new Hero Art's large open flower cling stamp. A birthday card for a friend who loves colors.. :)

I colored it with my trusty Staedtler color pencils, used some of that gorgeous washi tape from my stash (bought from Priya's store), punched out some colorful butterflies added a few rhinestones, some acrylic dots et voila!

I don't know if its visible in the photos, but the flower on the card after watercoloring has been coated in glossy accents. (The glossy accents and the large open flower cling stamp are from Meetu's Store)

I loved how the colors blended on the flower, so I mimicked the design on the envelope too.

Thanks for stopping by! :) Have a bright, chirpy day!      

I am entering this card in Lulupu Challenge #47.
I have used the colors red, yellow, blue, purple, green... :) well pretty much all the colors from the lulupu moodboard since its such a colorful card... and for the interpretation of 3, I have used 3 acrylic dots in 3 different colors on my card. (In green, purple and blue)

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Dreamy Wishes

I was really inspired with the theme at this month's Catchy Challenges...

The photograph that was put up as an inspiration was gorgeous... whimsical with a beautiful blend of colors...

I thus decided to create a dreamy birthday card using just two colors, blue and white.

I have used a couple of shades of blue alongwith the classic white.

On the plain light blue cardstock, I created a pattern, using a blend of these 4 stencils :
Mini Cubist and Art is... by The Crafter's Workshop
Gothic by Tim Holtz and lastly,
Rhapsody by Memory Box.

The die-cut sentiment Birthday Wishes, is a gift by a friend, and the other die-cut that you see in the card is Garden Branch (Marianne Creatables Die).

Added a few blue pearls and tiny paper butterflies.

Out of the remaining piece of blue cardstock, I cut out a square and made a co-ordinating envelope to go with the card.

The die-cuts alongwith the butterflies are coated in fine white and peacock blue glitter respectively.

I am entering this card in CSCC #12 : catchychallenges

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

"Sweet Day" Wishes

Hello! :)

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Here is a card that I whipped up, using the oh-so-pretty "Sweet Day" stamp by Penny Black.

I have colored it using water color pencils. (Staedtler Lunas)

I usually pick cool colors and pastels or solid colors like black and red, but this time I picked bright yellow cardstock and layered a yellow pattern paper (bought locally) just to portray summery, happy weather...

The plastic flower button and the tiny plastic charms are from my stash. The tiny bit of ribbon on the extreme top left of the yellow cardstock is a grossgrain ribbon.

I am entering this card in the Lulupu Challenge #47. :) I have used primarily the colors Yellow, Blue, Purple and Pink from the mood board, and interpreted the number 3 by adding three chevron washi tape pieces (blue and pink) to three different sides of the stamped image. I have also used most of the beautiful pastel macaroon colors in the form of small plastic charms attached to the top left of the stamped image with a brad.

Alongwith the washi tapes that I am in love with oflate, colorful U clips have also become my favorite! So economical (100 pieces in a box for around INR 20 - 25) and they come in so many colors.... brights, pastels and metallics! I love them!

I have used the blue chevron washi tape alongwith a Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch to make a quick color co-ordinated envelope.

Thanks for dropping by!

 Lulupu Challenge #47 

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Friday, 13 March 2015


I recently bought a Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch, and I am beginning to think that it is one of my best purchase decisions ever...

I love the beautiful detailed butterfly punch-outs from it. :)

I have used those, (after glitter coating them) alongwith my favorite  Art is... stencil.

I had a beautiful butterfly charm among my stash of charms (which is growing dangerously by the day might I add...) which I thought complemented the card well, so I added it on there. A few acrylic dots, some rhinestones and voila!

Oh, almost forgot to add, the U clips are a local buy and the gorgeous washi tapes (chevron pink and blue) are from thecraftshop.in (Priya's store). Sentiment = part of word phrase set from Itsy Bitsy. :)

Thanks for fluttering by to check it out! :) Have a great day folks!

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A Birthday Card

One of my favorite stencils is called Art is... by  The Crafter's Workshop. :)
Love that definition of Art.... so aptly defined...

So, I used that stencil, alongwith some embellishments (buttons, acrylic dots, rhinestones etc.), chevron washi tape and a die-cut sentiment colored and glitter coated.

Also made a co-ordinating envelope using the same stencil.

Hope you liked it!

Thanks for stopping by! :) Have a great day!

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The humble craft sheet

Apologies for my feb hiatus, but with it being the month of love et al, I am pretty sure the internet must have had an overload of love...
Jokes apart, :) I am back, refreshed and inspired to continue writing, and this post, as you guessed, is about the craft sheet.

What is a craft sheet you ask?
I have been crafting for years, and yet, I got to know of it only recently, so no worries, better late than never.
Its a thin sheet that provides a non-stick surface over which you can work with various materials like glue, clay, (nail polish even!) etc. etc.

Why do I need one?
Well, till I didn't have it, I used to end up spilling paint, glue etc. on the floor, the furniture, my cutting mat... you get the picture...
Not like I couldn't ever clean it up, but the problem was that it was pretty difficult and time consuming removing the stains.
After I got it, I still made a mess, but on the craft sheet.
Let me tell you, cleaning the sheet was a breeze, stuff peeled right off it. I even washed it in water, the water droplets rolled right off it and it was dry and as good as new in less than 30 mins.

I know what you are thinking....
It must be expensive...

Well when I initially looked around, I saw some that were really expensive which made me want to reconsider as I didn't want to be stuck with an expensive one if I didn't like using it. (Yes, despite reading quite a bit about it, we crafters do have our own quirks and sets of likes and dislikes.)

Luckily, I found one which fit my budget... I bought mine from here : www.thecraftshop.in/distress-ink/304843-Non-Stick-Craft-Sheet.html

I was skeptical when it arrived thinking I might never use it, (the sheet is huge, covers my A3 cutting mat easily and leaves some extra room too!) but boy oh boy, how wrong was I..

I totally love it and use it all the time... even if sometimes glue gets to the wrong side of paper, I don't have to worry about tugging at the paper and the project being ruined, because the glue peels off the craft sheet so my paper stays intact, without damage. :) I sometimes also use it while painting my nails... like I said, nail polish too peels right off it... super easy.

I am not saying you must buy one, but I do recommend it, it is one of those essential products that reduce your cleanup time post crafting.

Hope this was informative enough! Happy crafting!

Disclaimer : The views expressed are of my own and I was not influenced by anybody to write this post.

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