Monday, 21 December 2015

New Challenge @ Craftyscrappers

Hello hello! ^__^

It's time for a brand new challenge at Craftyscrappers!

Theme - Challenge #4 - Black and white with a hint of color.

I made a CAS card for this challenge, using the pretty flower die-cut, Code - DC - FLW - 16.

I wanted a geometric, abstract look and what better to combine it with than a pretty flower?  

Steps :

1. The colors moving from black to grey are actually stenciled (Kaisercraft Quarters Stencil) using 3 different inks by Hero Arts. (Black, Charcoal and Soft Granite.)

2. The Flower Die-cut is by Craftyscrappers, Code - DC -FLW - 16 which I have tinted red and given a holo glitter finish.

3. Did a bit of masking using grey, black and red inks and added a couple of sequins after adhering the flower.

4. Stamped sentiment. (It's actually a larger sentiment, I inked only part of it because I only wanted Congratulations on my card.)
This stamp is called - "Congratulations on becoming a new" by So Suzy Stamps.

5. Lastly, added a white brad for the flower center and black glitter to sentiment!

So, I hope to see you participate, click here for the deets!

Till next time! *Hugs*

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Friday, 18 December 2015

What day is it today?

Seriously ladies, it's a friday, let's not slack!

Remember the Rainbow Challenge over at Craftyscrappers?

Wha... no? Click >>> Here 

It ends soon, so hurry and upload your entries, I am looking forward to seeing you there! ^__^

This is a little inspiration to get you started.

Call it whatever, a tag / bookmark / scrapbook insert, I deliberately made it flat so that it can be multi-functional.

Ah, but yes, there was no rule about sparing the glitter, right?! :D

Steps :

1. Matted white cardstock on red, trimmed and added lace at the bottom. (I think that lace gives the project an added something something, what say?)

2. Punched a hole on top and added sheer red and satin red ribbons. (I did seal the hole with an eyelet.)

3. The lovely sentiment is a die-cut from Craftyscrappers (Code : DC - PS - 42)

Check this picture out!

Yeah this is the die-cut that I used. I only wanted the love bit so I trimmed it! ^__^

4. Then I tinted it in two shades of red gave it a nice coat of glitter and adhered it to cardstock.

5. Punched out some pretty butterflies using my Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly paper punch in bright rainbow shades and adhered to cardstock.

6. After that stamped some pretty swirls in red using an old Inkadinkado stamp. (Sorry, I discarded the packing and have forgotten the name but it's a cling stamp.)

Of course I gave the butterflies and the swirls a generous dose of shimmer too!

And that's it! Don't forget to participate, incase you missed, here's the link once again >>>> Here.

Till next time, have an awesome day! *Hugs*

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

December ATCs

Here are some more ATCs that I made!  

A birthday themed one because it was my swap partner's birthday and an inspirational one for my other swap partner!

Kinda in a bit of a rush today so.. quickly, here are the steps :

Birthday ATC

1. Pattern paper top half and the lower half is stenciled background.

2. The stamp is a solid wood block stamp by Momenta cupcake rubber stamp bought from Itsy Bitsy, stamped and matted onto pink pattern paper.

3. Added white sequins to border and around cupcake and mounted that on the ATC base.

4. Added black ribbon and stamped the sentiment. (The sentiment is a So Suzy Stamp)

5. Added clear, black and red glitter to cupcake!

Boom! Done.

Inspirational ATC

1. Stenciled background in gorgeous copper ink by Tsukineko. (Sorry, I tried, but my camera just couldn't capture the subtle coppery shine.)

2. Micro-glazed it and added red rhinestones. (Getting into the Christmassy sprit!) ^__^

3. Added a red glitter border on top and a corner on lower LHS.

4. Stamped sentiment in red. (It's a So Suzy Stamp... yup I use them A LOT!)

5. Glitter coated the sentiment + added some sparkly red butterflies.

And that's it! Till next time dear friends!

P.S. Stencil used in both the ATCs is Tim Holtz - Flourish. (My current favorite stencil, so you probably will be seeing A LOT of that too!) :D

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Monday, 14 December 2015

An unconventional birthday card

Didn't I tell you that the maximum cards I make are Birthday themed? ^__^

Yup, here's another one, made using some of my most loved craft supplies.

Wait... what? You don't see a happy birthday sentiment on the card?

Who decided that there has to be a happy birthday sentiment on the card? Let's do something unconventional!

For this card, I just decided to wrap up all happy thoughts with a whole lotta flowers that will stay the same for years together! (And I micro-glazed the whole thing, so it's archival safe too!) ^__^

How'd I make this?

1. The entire background is hand-stamped, made using the super pretty Peony cling stamp by So Suzy Stamps.
I stamped the flower in 3 shades, pale pink, berry pink and bright red.

(Note : I masked off a portion of the card before stamping because that's where I wanted my sentiment to go.)

2. Stamped sentiment (from a Heidi Swapp clear stamp set) in wine red color.

3. Micro-glazed the whole thing to make it waterproof and after that added a tiny punched out red butterfly and some beads.

4. Also added a thin red glitter strip at the bottom and mounted the piece onto red cardstock.

5. Coated all the flowers (other than the pale pink ones) + the sentiment in fine glitter dust.

I loved working with this stamp so much I went ahead and made a matching envelope too!

I'd love to hear what you think! Here's a cool close-up!

Till next time dear friends! Have a lovely day!

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Rainbow of wishes at Craftyscrappers

Hello hello! ^__^

I have some awesome news to share with you, I will be working with Craftyscrappers as a Guest Designer for the months of December 2015 and January 2016!

Craftyscrappers is the craft shop to visit if you want beautiful custom die-cuts and embellishments. They make the die-cuts in high quality white cardstock so you can jazz them up with the colors you like!

The cool thing is that Craftyscrappers also has a new challenge every week where fantastic prizes are to be won... so, what are you waiting for!??

The challenge this week is... Rainbow!

Here's what I made...  

A birthday card! (Yup, you can never have enough of those!)

Steps :

1. Took a stencil (Tim Holtz - Flourish) and created my background using the colors blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

2. Next, I took a die-cut from Craftyscrappers (Die-cut Code - Happy Birthday - DS - 02) tinted it black with archival ink and glitter coated it.

3. Punched out a purple butterfly using Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch and glitter coated that too.

4. Adhered the die-cut and butterfly to the card and added twine.

5. Finally added a couple of black sequins.

And that's it!

Don't forget, the theme for this challenge is - Rainbow!

To participate, read deets etc. click here.

Also, if you feel stuck and out of ideas, I highly recommend going through the amazing work the other DT members have put up as inspiration for this challenge!

Looking forward to your participation, till next time! *Hugs* 

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Friday, 11 December 2015

My first ever International swap!!!

Yeah I am quite a regular with them exclamation marks but today.... super psyched!!!

I participated in my first ever International Exchange for papercrafters wherein we had to make a Card (minimum 4 inches by 6 inches), an ATC (standard size of 2.5 by 3.5 inches) and an Inchie (a small tile or circle measuring 1 inch by 1 inch).

So now that my swap partner has received it, here is the happy mail that went from India to US! ^__^

The Christmas card.

Steps :

1. Applied a ready-to-use lace on the cardstock.

2. Layered with a damask design pattern paper. (I distressed the edges using a paper cutter)

3. Stenciled a Christmas Tree, using Tim Holtz Flourish stencil with a little home-made mask.

4. Added beads to the tree + golden star and added white and clear sequins to the edge.

5. Added ribbon and a brad on top RHS.

6. Stamped Happy Christmas, cut it into a small tag and adhered it to the card using a jump ring and ribbon. Also added a tiny star charm to it.

Here's the ATC and Inchies... I admit... I got carried away and made multiple inchies because I was having so much fun!

The ATC and inchies are made using the same color scheme and elements that are used for the card.

I did use some rhinestones, beads, snowflake punch outs, mica flakes and glitter dust on these and jazzed them (ATC + inchies) up a bit. ^__^

I'd love to know what you think!

My style is not exactly vintage chic so I did do a fair bit of research before designing this but I am glad the way the projects turned out and absolutely stoked that my swap partner loved them!

Have a lovely day folks! *Hugs*

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Card for a friend

Here's a card I made for a friend using a fancy ribbon, the usual suspect... stamps and.... some mixed pink beads! (Think I am gonna get into a bead obsession phase!)

What's different is that I made a side fold card! After AGES!!!! I opt for top fold cards so often, this side fold was a refreshing change! ^__^

Since this is a CAS card, here are the deets :

1. Stamps are : Mindscapes by Inkadinkado and Strictly Sentiments by Wplus9.

2. Ribbon, white half-pearls (used on ribbon) and beads are from my stash.

3. Inks are by Altenew.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome Sunday!

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

An ATC with Papericious!

Hello and good morning! ^__^

Here's an ATC I made for November using some of my favorite stamps with my favorite paper!

Steps :

1. Took a sheet from Papericious - Vintage Attire paper stack.

2. Stamped branch and flowers from Altenew Vintage Flowers set.

3. Stamped sentiment - Don't Give Up from So Suzy Stamps.

4. Added a tiny sparkly blue butterfly punched out from Vintage Attire paper stack and adhered it to sentiment.

5. Adhered the sentiment to ATC and added glossy accents to flowers and black glitter to branches.

6. Lastly, added a red & white striped washi tape border.

And there you have it!

P.S. I actually did graded stamping on them blooms which got diluted because of the layer of glossy accents, so if you want to give a color gradation, choose extreme colors because glossy accents will dilute the effect. Or use mild colors without glossy accents!

Have a lovely day! *Hugs*

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