Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Butterfly card with a butterfly award :)

We'll talk about the  butterfly award later in the post, let me get down to sharing the butterfly card first.

Today's card is all about using the scraps (I am a miser when it comes to paper and save even the tiniest bits of paper :) ). I am not particularly proud of it and thought I share it anyways. (sorry for the bad pics, it raining here for the past 4 days and the weather is all gloomy and dark, not ideal for taking pictures)

 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: smART Works(butterfly), Skipping Stones Designs(Grunge);ink: Momento(Lady Bug), Distress Inks(Shabby Shutters, Broken China);embellishments: Pie Lane(Glitter balls, Self Adhesive crystals)

The outer fame is a negative from THIS card set and the circle was a scrap from THIS one. The butterfly is clear embossed and colored with distress inks. Did you notice the dimension on my pretty butterfly? Its ready to take flight :D
I started this card to show you the wood grain background technique but then I couldn't figure out a place for the camera to shoot the video from upside down and a photo tutorial won't work for well to show you this technique. So, you need to wait for the tutorial till i figure it all out :) This is my entry for the Lilypad Cards Challenge - Resist Technique.

Onto the butterfly award, not one but 3 people passed the same award to me today :) - Karuna, Khusboo and Tejal - A big THANKS to all of you!

There are some rules to follow so here they are:
Answer several questions. Award the 'Butterfly Award' to other bloggers
Contact the bloggers to let them know they have received this award
Put a link to the person who gave you the 'Butterfly Award' in the post.

Q1) Name your favorite color?  My favorite color keeps changing. I have a favorite for a few months/days and then I move on to something new :)

Q2) Name your favorite song? There isn't just one but I like soft, romantic, meaningful songs. I am a hopeless romantic :)

Q3) Name your favorite dessert?  I have a sweet tooth and I am always game for desserts. Sizzling Brownies with Vanilla Ice-cream is one among my all time favorites.

Q4) What worries you off at the moment? Nothing. I am a happy girl :)
Q5) Your favorite pet? I don't like keeping pets(have a tragic story to support that) but I love animals :)

Q6) Black or White? Black


Q7) Your biggest fear? I am afraid of lots of things - lizards(or reptiles of any kind), water, heights, the list is endless

Q8) Best feature? I think my smile and positive attitude :)

Q9) Everyday attitude? Varies everyday, I have my mood swings :)

Q10) What is perfection?  Giving your best at everything you do and keep trying until you succeed.

Q11) Guilty pleasure? Shopping, shopping and shopping. I never feel I have enough of anything :D
Q12) When you're upset you? I take a walk while listening to music. Nature calms me down.

 
So, thats me :) I am passing this award to everyone who reads my blog, most of you already have i.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

On your Wedding Day + Q&A(Friday Feature)

This post was supposed to go up yesterday with the Friday Q&A Feature, blame it on the rains and cloudy weather(all cloudy and rainy), I wasn't able to take a good picture of this card that I wanted to share.

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; pattern paper: Echo Park (Victoria Garden); embellishment: Hobby Ideas(Wedding Day Rub-on), Jenni Bowlin(button) 

So, I finally decided to give my stamps some rest. They were over worked and tired..LOL. I pulled out some of my favorite papers from the very beautiful Echo Park Victoria Garden Collection (and had a heart break putting scissors through them :( ). The inspiration for this card comes from the Square Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I loved the sketch and wanted to play along. Another challenge on my mind was the ICR#9 - celebration + no stamping. I always struggle with these challenges and these days I am all set to conquering my fears :D 

All the leaves are hand cut and hand stitched (it took me eons to complete that stitching :D ).

Hope you like it! 

Q&A


Q1  How do you get the perfect torn effect on THIS card ?              - Snehal Watwe Welde
A1  I will do a quick photo tutorial to give you a better idea. Its quite simple and you can do it in a matter of minutes :)

Q2 Tutorial on photography ?              - Priya Sivaraj
A2 I am novice at photography, still trying to learn everyday. Infact, apart from the zoom function and clicking the pictures I struggle with my camera everyday and that is also the reason you don't see much of videos from me. But here are the few things that I have learned on the way:

- Click your pictures in natural light(and not sunlight or inside the house). I often take my pictures on the terrace or near the window. This makes sure that the colors on your are projects come out natural.
- For bigger or longer cards, take pictures from a distance. It helps avoid the crooked pictures that we get if we try to take them from less distance. And then you can just crop your image to size.
- For close-ups, don't forget to turn on the MACRO option in your camera. That avoids the blurry pictures (Even after being reminded from my lovely friends again and again, I keep forgetting to do that :D)
- You can also use Photoshop to make your images sharper and crisp.

If any of you knows of any other photography tip, please leave it in comments :)

Q3 When will I use the burlap stamp?             Romina
A3 As an Ippity Chick , I know so many of you purchased the burlap stamp and I haven't seen any of you use it till now. What are you guys waiting for? Pull out the stamp and start creating! Although the size of the stamp is small, I can still see so many possibilities and will try to show you different ways of putting it to use in the coming days. I hope that'll help you get going :)

Q4 Don't know why I am so scared of stamping? My Hero Arts and Fiskars stamp sets are collecting dust..                                          Priya
A4 You have Hero Arts and Fiskars and yet you are scared of stamping? That isn't good. Just pull out your stamps girl! HA and Fiskars are few of the best in the industry. I would love to see what you create :)

Q5 How do you get that look on the circles? Torn and inked edges on THIS card?
A5 I used the same technique on the circles as on THIS card and will do a tutorial for it soon. As for the edges, they are very lightly sponged with Raw Sienna ink. 


Q6 How did you create the background on THIS card?         Karuna, Snehal, Tejal, Mansi,
A6 As Tejal said, I will do a separate post with a tutorial on this technique to give you all a better idea. But believe me its as simple a technique as can be :)



Advice1: Man you need to de-addict from this set!!! I can hear your other stamps crying in their box.  Tejal
A1 I know, all the other stamp sets are jealous and vying for my attention now.They feel ignored and are so hurt with my partial treatment. I had a good hearty talk with my stamps yesterday and assured them it won't happen again. And now we have cut out a deal of using the PTI set once a week :D


How about we fix a day in a week for tutorials since I get so many requests for tutorials these days? If you'd like that let me know in the comments section. Also, on topics would be helpful for you to cover as tutorials.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

XOXO :)

Today's card is simple and is entirely and outcome for my love of sketches. When I saw Teri's sketch at Skipping Stones Designs challenge#90, I knew I am gonna whip up a card for it for sure(but of course I tweaked it a bit:) ).

 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Skipping Stones(Grunge);ink: Jenni Bowlin(Brown Sugar), Unity Stamp Co.(Raw Sienna); Embellishments: Butterfly rub-on(Studio Calico), SRM Sticker
 
Can you tell that the beautiful wood grain background on this card started as a white card stock sheet? I love myself more when I do things like that..hehehe. The butterflies are rub-ons from Studio calico (available for purchase with me...just saying :) ) and the sentiment is an SRM sticker.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I promise...

...this is the last time I will use that flower at least for the this month :D

So, I told you in my last post that I wanted to play along LilyPad Cards Sketch Challenge and when I saw the Make It Monday#29-Free Style Copic coloring video, I immediately knew I wanted to give that coloring technique a try. This is also my second entry for Mel's Layering Challenge at Yvonne's Blog. Oh and, Did you see Lucy's Rainbow Challenge? I am all in for it :D


 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: PTI(Friends 'till the end);ink: Momento(Tuxedo Black); Coloring Medium: Faber Castell Markers

So I was in a up-cycling mood and found this sheet of corrugated cardboard from some packaging. I think it adds so much texture while layered on this card.  I also tried curving my sentiment for the first time and love how it looks. Here's how I interpreted the sketch: flower represents the oval and the leaves represent the small circles around and for the corners, I rolled them up :)

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Missing you!

Hope you had a great start to this week! I am just popping in to show you a card with my all time favorite technique-heat embossing which is also the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays#16 and Mark's Finest Papers#69
Did you see the new challenge is up at Young Crafters Unite which is all about coloring the stamped images and I think this card is a perfect entry :)



                  
 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: PTI(Friends 'till the end), Ippity(Bit of Burlap, Regal Greetings); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Chewing gum, Cough Syrup, Brown Sugar), Rangers Distress Inks(Barn Door, Shabby Shutters);embossing:Versamark Embossing inkpad, Rangers Super fine detail embossing powder(clear); embellishment: Pie Lane(Rainbow faceted crystals, self adhesive leaf)

Well, I started out with the LilyPad Cards Sketch but then while making the card I just went in an altogether different direction (a girl needs to let go sometimes..ha!) but I was playing with my favorite technique- Heat Embossing and I just wanted to enjoy it.

The Ippity background - Bit of burlap(available for purchase with me) looks amazing with this technique although I was a bit disappointed with its size. Its small as compared to other background stamps available in the market. Another thing I discovered with this card is that Jenni Bowling inks work really well for emboss resist technique. I have a very limited selection of distress inks, so I looked for alternative and tried Jenni Bowlin instead and Voila...they worked great. The flower you see is colored in with Jenni Bowlin inks. Got to love that :)

I also enjoyed doing some heavy distressing of the edges and love the torn and rolled look of them.

If you have any other questions, let me know! We'll have the answers in our regular Q&A feature on Friday :)
Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Birthday + Tips on stamping

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments the last few posts! I am glad  that you are enjoying the Q&A section and finding it helpful! Keep the questions coming, I love answering them :D

So, after my last two successful adventures with pattern paper, I am back today with my first love - one layer card which is also the challenge at Lawnscaping Challenge#16 . Its a simple one with lot of stamping and masking and also a feeble attempt at masculine cards(I am no good with cards for men :) ) because I wanted to play along the Wee Memories Challenge#64 - Masculine.




Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps:Lawn Fawn (Sew Lovely), Skipping Stones(Grunge); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Brown sugar,Cough Syrup), Unity Stamp Co. (french Lilac, raw sienna), Momento(Lady Bug),Distress Ink(Shabby Shutters);embellishment: Brads(Basic Grey),Twine

While making this card, I realized I was out of green ink and so the green ink on this card is a little worn out but it adds to the grunge masculine feel so I like it. To create the frame, I placed the brads first and then wrapped the twine around ending with a bow.

Sorry for the blurry close-up picture. Even after been  reminded to turn the Macro on for close-ups, I somehow keep forgetting  to do that :)

I hope you like it!

Tips on Stamping

A few of you asked for some tips on stamping and so I have compiled a few here taken from internet resources and my own experience. You might already be aware of few or all them but I just though I'd share.

1. Make sure you use a good quality paper and ink. Most of the times its a bad quality ink thats the culprit for poor stamping because it blotches/bleeds.I like using Momento, Jenni Bowlin, Unity, ColorBox pigment inks and there are lots of other good quality brands out there. Remember there are different kinds of ink that work best on different kinds of surface.

   A.  Dye based Inks seems to work best for most stamping, but it is water soluble, so it won’t work on a slick or glossy surface surface as there is no place for the ink to go.  It dries almost instantly.  Jenni Bowlin, Momento are some of the available dye-based ink brands.

    B.  Chalk Inks, like Dye based ink, dries fast and does not work well with the glossy or slick card stock.

    C.  Pigment inks take longer to dry and are good to use when you want to emboss the image after stamping it.  These work on the Glossy surfaces and will work well with embossing powders.  If not embossing, either heat set or give the project time to dry.

    D.  The Staz-On Inks will really stain your stamps and the quicker you clean them off, the cleaner they will become.  They are more permanent kind of inks that work on Acetate and any other surface.Unity Co. inks work almost like Staz-On

    E   Alcohol Inks are made to work on glossy surfaces, and work particularly well on Glass & Metals.

2. Different types of stamps require different amount of pressure while stamping. Try stamping on a scratch piece of paper first, applying different amount of pressure and with a little practice you'll know what works best for what stamps. Usually small, fine-lined stamps require little pressure and the big solid ones require more but it also depends on the stamp brand you are using (Hero Arts big stamps require much less pressure as compared to others).

3. When you go to use stamp, press it straight down on the paper. Press down with several fingers but don't rock the stamp or move it - this causes the halos. Then lift the stamp straight up off the paper. The easiest way to insure you are always going straight up and down is to stand up when you ink and stamp your images. 

4. Keep a Mouse pad/ Cutting mat/Magazine under your card stock while stamping.It provides a cushion and enables better stamped images.

5. Make sure your surface is stable and not wobbly. Use a good table that can take pressure when you stamp. Don't try stamping in your lap (I have been there, done that and it doesn't work :D )

6. If you are just starting out with stamping, don't stamp on your card base directly. Instead try stamps that you can cut and layer on your card. There are less chance of spoiling your card base this way.

7. Don't be hard on yourself. It's OK to make mistakes. Don't give up if you don't get it right the first time, practice and learn and once you are there, you won't be able to stop stamping.

I hope this post was helpful for you and you will pick up a tip or two. If you put these tips to use, don't forget to let me know your experience and if any of it was helpful.

Have fun stamping !

Friday, August 19, 2011

Life is a beautiful thing + Q&A

So Its my favorite day of the week today and I am in good mood :) I made something which is so not my style and yet I like it *grin* 
I kept my promise from the last post to show more love to those pretty papers sitting idle and Oh yes, my obsession with the PTI "Friends till the end" set continues  :)








 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: PTI(Friends 'till the end), WPlus9(Magical Moments); ink: Unity Stamp Co.(French lilac, Raw Sienna);embossing: Versamark Embossing inkpad, Rangers Super fine detail embossing powder(clear); embellishment: wooden button, twine

I am not sure if I have told you this before but lilac is one of my favorite colors. There's something about it that draws me to it and yes if you check my wardrobe you will find lots of lilac color dresses there :)
So when I saw the Jay Gee's Nook Challenge#10, I was inspired. I had my mind filled with so many ideas(just a hint, there are more cards coming inspired by this challenge picture :))
The second challenge that inspired me was Melissa's Layering Challenge at Yvonne's Blog . I am a one layer card girl and this challenge was out of my comfort zone and hence a real challenge for me. But I loved layering papers on this card.

Updated : I forgot to mention that I used Teri's sketch (upside down :D ) at Skipping Stone Challenge#89. That was actually the starting point of this card and I don't know how I forgot to mention it here. Silly me!!

Q&A

Q1  How did you get both pink and white stamped image on THIS card?              - Snehal Watwe Welde
A1  I call this technique "highlighting the stamp image" and although it looks sophisticated,its quite simple to do. I first stamped the flowers in white and then outlined them with pink marker, easy peasy :)

Q2 Did I use regular sketch pens for highlighting in THIS card?                            - Tejal
A2 Yes, I used the Faber Castell sketch pens.

Q3 What white ink do you use? and do you stock it?                    - Jaya Christina
A3 I use Color Box FROST WHITE ink and I love it. I do not have it in stock at the moment, but if you would like to purchase it, drop me an e-mail and I will get it for you.

Q4 Do we really need these die-cut machines, when we have the best tools with us...10 fingers and one good scissor?                                                                                           - Tejal 
A4 To tell you all the truth, each time I start making a card or any other project I wish I had some of those fancy tools to make life a little easier. But then when I finish making a card, I am always so proud of myself for having done it without any tool :D 


Q5 What does shabby chic mean?                                                       - Snehal
A5 I don't have the exact definition for you but as far as I know it's a mix of vintage and distressed along with a soft and feminine feel. Use of pastels, distressing, a worn out look, floral prints, vintage lace, classic and pretty,  they all add up for the shabby chic appeal.


Q6 Tips on Sewing. What thread I use? Do I poke holes before I start sewing?     -Tejal
A6 My tips:
  -  Poke holes before you start sewing on your card
  -  Poke holes from the wrong side of your card stock, that makes it easy and you are saved from the trouble of rubbing off the pencil marks
  - I use a big size needle and and foam pad as a cushion when poking holes.
  - use embroidery threads (I use anchor threads, easily available in India). They have a good texture and are available in ample colors
  - A standard embroidery floss has six strands of thread. Vary the number of threads (use 2, 3, 4, 6) and get a different look each time
 - Hand Sewing might take some time. Have patience and watch your favorite program or listen to your favorite song and enjoy sewing :)



Advice1  Join a design team to spark up the mojo and keep you going.          - Yvonne
A1 You know, each time I think about joining a design team, the questions that comes to my mind are " Am I ready for it? Am I good enough to be on a design team? Will I be able to inspire all those wonderfully talented people out there? What if I go blank when working in a timeline?
And I never get those questions answered, so end up not applying for the design team positions. But I guess I need to give it a try and that's the way to get all the above questions answered :)
 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Celebrate LIFE!

To tell you all the truth, I am going through a really weird phase these days in terms of crafting. I have loads and loads of idea going around in my mind whole day long but when I actually try to work on them, I feel lazy..in fact very lazy :) and so those ideas stay in my mind and then the next day I keep reminding myself so that I don't loose those ideas (yeah, I am lazy even to jot those ideas down :) ) Does that happen with any of you too? Any ideas for getting rid of this crafting laziness ??? :D

Today's card is one of those cards that has been doing rounds in my mind for a long time and then I saw a few challenges that finally made me make the card :D.
The first one is ICR Challenge#9 - Celebration + No Stamping. Then the Lily Pad Cards fabric/ felt Challenge and then Fabulous Felt Challenge at Moxie Fab World and finally the Sketch at Card Patterns Sketch#128 

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; Embellishment: Pie Lane - Glitter Strip(red), glitter balls; SRM stickers, Echo Park Stickers, felt

I wanted to try doing something different from my usual clean-and-simple-mostly-stamping style and ended up making a shabby chic card :) Another reason for making this card was the mounting stack of pretty pattern papers in my cupboard. My new goal is to put these pretties to use more often.

I am not sure which pattern papers(6X6) are those (I think Basic Grey) because I got them loose as part of a blog candy. All the felt shapes on the card are hand cut and then hand embroidered. Loads of hand stitching. 

Any questions about techniques, tools or supplies used...leave me a comment and I will make sure I answer it in tomorrow's Q&A Section :)

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friendship Day Secret Buddy Swap !

There was a fun swap organized at Indian Craft Room for the friendship day and it was such a fun thing to put together. I had so much fun making those mini 3X3 cards and tags. I hope my secret swap buddies liked it :)

I am sharing all the yummy-ness I received via this swap today :D

This pretty set was sent by Indira. I loved the way she used her pattern papers and the white and lavender combo is one of my favorites :)


This one is from super sweet Shalini. I love all the textures she has added with embossing and look at that darling image..so cute :)

And this final one is from Shobana. I love all the neat stamping and distressing. They are so pretty to look at :) And that tag is such a darling. I love it!

And here is the pic of candy I received from Anita (I won her blog anniversary celebration candy)
She has sent me lots and lots of die-cuts, fabric motifs, bling, handmade cards, tags, ribbons and that super awesome photo frame :) Thank you so much Anita!
Thank you everyone for sending such wonderful things my way. Big Hugs!!


Friday, August 12, 2011

You're a true FRiEnD + Q & A!

Hey its Friday, my favorite day of the week and I have decided I will do the Q&A section every Friday because thats the day I am happy and relaxed and at ease and answering questions is easy..LOL

Today's card is one of those it-didn't-turn-out-the-way-I-had-planned cards. I am sure, once in a while we all make such cards :)
I am playing along the Skipping Stone Sketch Challenge#88 (It's Teri Anderson's sketch and I love her style :)) and wanted to combine it with PTI Make it Monday technique - custon copic stip ribbon.


 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: PTI(Friends 'till the end); ink: Momento(Tuxedo Black), Jenni Bowlin(Cough Syrup);embellishment: American Crafts(ribbon)

Clearly, pink is not my color :) Because I really struggled with this card. I thought the pink was too bright and wanted to balance it with something neutral. But I love the stitching and the ribbon treatment on this card (at least there's something to be proud of here :))


And if you have any questions, leave me a comment here.

Q&A

Q1  Can you give a few tips on stamping and are the flowers stamped in THIS card?        -Anita
A1  Sure I can give you a few tips or maybe more :) I will probably do a separate post for it. And yes the flowers on the card in question are stamped and clear embossed and worked with inks on top.

Q2  Have you stamped the image twice on THIS card?              - Snehal
A2  Yes, the image has been stamped twice once with a light color and then a dark color. It kind of goes well with the whole grungy feel on the card (I think :)).

Q3 Is it hand-stitching on THIS card?                                       - Priyadarshini
A3 This card is completely hand-stitched and it actually took me quite a lot of time :)

Q4 Doilies stamp from Maya Road don't stamp well?               - Tejal, Khushboo
A3 You know what, even the Geometric Pattern stamp didn't work for me in the beginning. I tried it a lot of times before actually getting it right. Please try using a good ink(for me Geometric Pattern gives best result with pigment ink) and try not to apply too much pressure while stamping. These stamps are delicately designed and too much pressure makes them blotchy. I hope this helps.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

hello FRiEnD!

Hi, I am back again with another card today but before I show you that I just want to thank you for your wonderful response on my previous 2 posts. Its so overwhelming to know that I am appreciated and supported by so many of you out there. And yeah, today I noticed that I crossed 200 posts..WOW...I never thought I'd go that far. Thank you so much!! 

Since I got a very positive response on Q&A section, I have decided to continue with it and make it a weekly feature :) So feel free to leave any question(or suggestions or tutorial requests) that you might have about my projects and I will surely come back and answer that.

Alright then, lets get started with the today's card. Its a delightful one :D
  

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Maya Road(Geometric Patterns), PTI(Friends 'till the end); ink: Momento(Tuxedo Black, Dandellion) , Ranger's Distress ink(Shabby Shutters), Unity Stamp Co. (french Lilac), Colorbox Pigment Ink(blue,white);embellishment: Wooden Button(Pie Lane)

I have seen those block put together in this way quite often from other crafters and I really wanted to give a try. The ICR sketch challenge along with sewing was perfect to try them on. Although I struggle a lot with ICR challenges, they seem simple in the beginning but when I actually start to create an entry for it, I almost always black out :) Am glad that I made this in time for the challenge.


I love long cards(9"X4"), there is something elegant about them and this time it perfectly fits the Mark's finest Paper  Challenge#67 - Anything other than a 41/2" X 51/4" card. The card stock blocks are stamped with geometric patterns from Maya Road (Available for purchase with me, please email me if you'd like to order) and tons of stitching :)

I hope you like it. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 8, 2011

You're sew lovely!

Today's card is for all my lovely blog friends, followers and readers (aka lurkers :D)! Thank you so much for all the fabulous wishes yesterday on Friendship Day. My phone has been a real spoil sport and I wasn't able to reply to any of your messages. It kept showing some network connection error(hate it when that happens!).
But I hope you all had a great day and to compensate for not wishing you in time, I made a card just for you :D


Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps:Lawn Fawn (Sew Lovely); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Cough Syrup,Chewing Gum), Unity Stamp Co. (french Lilac),Faber Castell (black dye ink) ;embellishment: Pie Lane(Self-adhesive flower, Glitter Balls),

You might remember the dry brush technique I used on THIS card sometime back. I used the same technique to create the distressed look in today's card but instead of acrylics, I used the inexpensive Faber Castell dye ink. It leaves such a lovely effect. The swirls are hand-drawn and created using silver glitter balls from Pie Lane (Available for purchase with me, you can e-mail me to place an order).

This is my entry for the Lawnscaping Challenge#15 - Distressing Mania.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Friends + Q&A

Another friendship card to show you today for a very dear friend from college times. You might know her because I talk about her often and have also shared a few scrapbook pages with our pictures together :) This is my second entry for CraftyJC Challenge# - Friends are Forever. The challenge requires us to send the card in the mail and this one is surely going to my sweetest friend :)

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Hero Arts (Speckled Ornaments), Kaisercrafts(Friendship Sentiments), Little Yellow Bicycle(Girl); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Brown Sugar), Ranger's Distress ink(Shabby Shutters, Barn door, Spice Marmalade), Unity Stamp Co. (Raw Sienna, french Lilac), Pigment Ink(blue, green);embellishment: Rainbow lustre Rhinestones(Pie Lane), Ranger's clear embossing powder

I know it is no secret that I am huge fan of Vicky's work and every single card she makes inspires me in some way or the other. This one is inspired by THIS card from her. An excellent way to use up all the scraps of cardstock :) This is my  entry for Lily Pad Cards Inspirational Challenge#4.
I also kept the Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge#63 - Dare to color in mind while making this card. I do love some colors on my card :D

This one has a lot of embossing and distressing going on. I recently acquired my first ever distress inks and wanted to give them a go and they are really amazing. I know I still need a lot of practice to perfect the blending but again I am happy with this card anyways :)

Q&A

I have been receiving a few questions and requests through comments lately and since I haven't set my blogger to send them as e-mails, I do not normally get to reply to each one of you individually. I thought it would be better to share them here just in case you might have common questions :)

Q1 Are the rhinestones on THIS card adhesive or non-adhesive?       - Khushboo Rathi
A1 They are non-adhesive rhinestones or better known as kundan stones in India. I bought mine from a local store. Not only are they in-expensive but also work really well to add a traditional Indian touch.

Q2 Tutorial on Notebooks?        - Shalini Maskara
A2 I will try to come up with a tutorial(maybe a video) soon, girl! Waiting for my knee to be all set although its much better than before now. Find me wierd but I do my crafting standing :D

Q3 Are the scallops on THIS card punched or hand cut?                    - Tejal Shah
A3 The scallops are hand-cut as are all my shapes and labels(even the cardstock). Again, it might sound weird but I do not own any punches, trimmers, cutters or as a matter of fact any fancy scrapbooking tool (not even a heat gun yet though it has been on my wishlist for a long long time). I just get by with easily available alternatives :D

Q4 Is it a pattern paper on stamping on THIS party trio?                 - Priya
A4 It is stamping all the way. It is called tone on tone stamping(I used a yellow ink on yellow paper). Not even a single pattern paper in use on this party trio. Even though I love my pattern papers, stamping gives me immense joy(because I have worked hard for a long time to get it right  :D).

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rakhi Cards..finally :)

So finally I am getting around posting the Rakhi cards I made for my 2 sweet and caring brothers :D (Don't know where all that love is coming from because we fight most of the time..and that too over nothing :D Maybe I am just getting into the festival feeling..LOL)

So I wanted to add some traditional Indian touch for these cards and decided to pick some bright colors, block prints and rhinestones to start with.

Close up of the coloring details and rhinestones

And here is another one, I just changed the colors and kept the design same.

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: WPlus9(Magical Moments), Lawn Fawn(Smitty's ABC); ink:Jenni Bowlin(Brown Sugar);  Embellishments: Rhinestones(local)

I picked up the block design from the Magical Moments set by WPlus9 and stamped it 4 times in brown ink to create the focal image. The sentiment has been constructed using Smitty's ABC by Lawn Fawn. I think they turned out pretty, What do you think?

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Notebooks!

Happy Monday! Wishing you all a great week ahead! I know my blog hasn't been as active as it used to be but that doesn't mean I haven't been crafting. I am busy making a painting right now and also thought I will try submitting for publications this time around...even though I know I have a long way to go :)

*This is a picture heavy post*

Anyways,I just wanted to share an up-cycled project I did a few days ago and never got around posting it. I up-cycled some clothes wrapping card-board and turned them into these super cute notebooks. I love them because:

- they were super quick and fun to make
- they were made using my favorite Echo Park papers
- they are cute, I think super cute :D
- they will come in real handy for people like me, who have a memory of a gold fish and keep forgetting anything and everything
- They can be used as birthday/anniversary reminder book, pocket sketchbook(for us, crafters), grocery list (add a magnet to the back and stick it your refrigerator), or just a To Do list...so many possibilites.
- They will almost never end, because more paper can always be added inside once you run out of existing ones.







What do you think? Do you like it? Can you think of any other uses of these notebooks? Let me know, I would love to hear your feedback :)

This is my colorful entry for Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge #63 - Dare To Color.

I have finally started making Rakhi cards, and will back soon to share them with you.

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