Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Shalini!

Hello and Welcome to this BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP for Shalini
Shalini is a wonderful crafter and a very dear friend who has always been so supportive of me. I am so glad to be a part of this blog hop and I wish her all the good things in life!

Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Shalini!

I made this little number for her and I hope she likes her :)

So, all you have to do is HOP ALONG! :D

Here's the Blog Hop Order:
Ujjwal  (You are here)

Leave a comment on each blog and hop on to wish Shalini { } for a chance to win FAB prizes { sorry, details not enclosed! *wink* } "
I hope you have fun along the way! Thanks for visiting!

LOVE Express

** I have a BIG Giveaway open till 20 Oct. Click picture on side bar for details.

This is the third and the most admired card that I did for the Lily Pad Guest Design Post. You can find the supply list and the instructions to make this card HERE.

Its a 41/4 X41/4 mini and I am in love with it. It is based on the All Things Unity#40 - One Layer and Unity Monthly Challenge - leaves. Can you imagine I used 3 different Unity/Ippity Stamp set on this tiny card?

Please visit Lily Pad Cards to see all the details and maybe get to know me better.

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Friends are special treasures!

Thank you so much for the overwhelming response on my GD post at Lily Pad Cards. I feel so wonderful to be surrounded by such loving and supportive people :)

So I thought I would share a few more pictures of the cards that I made and the challenges I based each card on. So for this first one, I took the sketch from the Stampendous September Sketch Challenge and the colors are from Hero Arts September Challenge.

You can find all the details and instructions to make this card HERE on Lily Pad Cards.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guest Designing at Lily Pad!

I hope you all are having a great week. I have been a bit busy with a lot of things going on all at once and hence my blog absence. This is going to continue for a little while but I will make sure, I pop in now and then and share some crafty-ness with you all.

First up, I am in the Top 4 (called Hoolalas) at Wee Memories for the Scrappy Saturday#68 Challenge. I am loving it.

Second, Today I am guest designing at Lily Pad Cards. If you do not know already, I love those girls (Deborah and Vicky) and it was an absolute honor when they invited me over for guest designing. I already feel like a celebrity..LOL.

I would love for you to visit me there and say hi and read a little bit more about me and yes there is some crafty goodness to soak in too :)
Here is a little sneak peak of what you will find there

To see the projects in full glory and know the instructions of making them, please Lily Pad Cards.

And last, I could not leave you without showing a project - lets call it a bonus project  :)

   Supplies: cardstock: Hero Arts Sunshine Layering Papers; stamps: Little Yellow Bicycle; ink: Rangers Distress Ink(Walnut Stain),Jenni Bowlin(Brown Sugar); pattern paper: My Minds Eye (Stella&Rose); Embellisments: Pie Lane(Pixie Dust Glitter), Maya Road(Crown chipboard), Maya Road(Vintage lace)

This last picture was taken in sunlight just to show you how that Pie Lane Pixie Dust Glitter rocks :D

I also have another great news to share with you in just a few days. Stay Tuned :)

Hope you like what you see there! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Guest Designing and a Recycled Project!

Happy Weekend! I know, I don't normally post on Saturdays but today is a special day. I have been chosen as the guest blogger of the month at Kalalayaa's Art Studio and I have a sweet little interview over there. I would love for you to stop by and say hi and let me know what you think :)

Another reason is that I wanted to share another recycled project that I worked on a while ago and forgot to post about it here. And since its the last day to enter CraftyJC Challenge#9-Recycling, I thought I would do it today.

After recycling, old CDs, cereal boxes, packing cardboard, this time I went on to recycle egg trays :)

It started out with these - Egg Trays

Cut and painted with acrylic colors

And after adding beads and Pie Lane buttons, turned to door hanging. (Okay, my curtain rod is a little lose and needs repair :D)

So what do you think? I think they are pretty cute, you can make them as long or as short you like, hang them alongside your curtains and they will give a completely new look :)

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sending lots of Happy Thoughts your way! + Q&A (Edited)

Edited: I completely forgot its Friday and day for out regular Q&A feature. Looks like I really am soaked up in work :D Added the Q&A at the end of the post :)

** I have a BIG Giveaway HERE

I will make this post a quickie because I have lots of pending tasks in my To Do list and I also wanna try to make Walnut Banana Muffins. I hope I get them right the first time :)

Today's card is based on the sketch at Lily pad cards Sketch Challenge, using my all time favorite technique of emboss resist which is again for the Lily Pad Cards Resist Challenge. I picked the colors from current Hero Arts Challenge and also attempted a window card :) And since it has no pattern papers, I am entering this to Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge#68

 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Hero Arts(Speckled Ornaments, Live life), WPlus9(Magical moments); ink: Rangers Distress Ink(Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed), Versamark Embossing ink; Rangers Clear Embossing Powder

If you have any questions, please let me know and I will make sure I answer them all.


Q1 How did u sprinkle that color?Is it water color on THIS card?                Bhavana
A1 I use acrylic paint, little diluted with water. Then I just drop some of this diluted acrylic paint using my brush where ever needed. You can also use mists with a paint brush for the same effect.

Q2 Did you ink the rose with yellow pigment ink on THIS card?                       Snehal
A2 No, I didn't. I had these two tone flowers as is it. But you can always add color to white flowers using mists or pigment inks.

Q3 Can you tell me how to video?                                  Anita
A3 Did I tell you I am just learning? I am really bad at videos and more than making them, I actually hate editing them. I just use my web camera to shoot the video and then edit it using Windows Movie Maker. Nothing special :)

Q4 How to make the flower in THIS card?                          Snehal

A4 Its a simple gathered flowers with two layers. You can do it in minutes :) I will do a tutorial as soon as I get time.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The BIG Giveaway!

** This giveaway is now closed

I had been planning a good BIG giveaway for quite some time for celebrating the success of my little craft store. For those of you who don't know, I have a little store for craft supplies and handmade cards which I manage through e-mails and Facebook since the online store is not up yet. We are working on the online store and that should be up and running pretty soon. But still we are proud to say that we have completed 250 orders to about 50 customers in the last 6 months. And I want to share this success with you all.

After a lot of thought, I came to the conclusion that since we are celebrating the store success, it should be exclusive to the customers who are the actual reason for the success. 

Here is what you can win
  • September/October Issue of Paper Crafts Magazine
  • 25 6"X6" Sheets of Pattern Papers(Echo Park, Basic Grey, My Minds Eye, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico, etc)
  • 1 Unity Itty Bitty Stamp
  • 2 Packs of Pie Lane Glitter strips
  • 2 Packs of Pie Lane Rainbow Lustre Crystals
  • 4 Packs of Glitter balls
  • 20 Pieces of Maya Road Chipboard Numbers Jumbo
  • 25 Buttons (mix pack of Pie Lane, American Crafts, etc)
  • 2 pack of 10 Mulberry flowers
  • 1 Yard each of 5 ribbons, a total of 5 yards (Maya Road, May Arts)
  • 2 Custom hand-made cards of your choice
A giveaway with a value of over Rs. 1500 !!

To enter this giveaway:

1. It is open only to my lovely customers. So if you have placed an order in the past, you are eligible. If you haven't, place an order now to be able to enter. It doesn't matter how big or small the order amount is. 

2. Like me on Facebook HERE and post about the giveaway on your wall to spread the word. 

3. Subscribe to my Youtube Channel HERE

4. Follow my blog HERE.

5. We would love to increase our customer base. So we would love for you to spread the word. Let more people know of our little store. Let them know what we sell - handmade cards and craft supplies. You can do one or all of the following:
 -  Forward this e-mail to people you know
 -  Blog about it
 -  Post on FB
 -  Twitter 

Let me know which ones you did. If a person you recommend places an order with us, you get an extra entry. The number of customers you bring is the number of times your name is entered in the drawing.

6. Once you have completed all the steps, please e-mail me at that you did.

SIX simple steps to enter to win some wonderful goodies. If the number of people in the drawing goes above 150, I will add a Paper Smooches Stamp to the prize. Cool, huh!

So get cracking and enter now! This giveaway is open till 20 October.
** This giveaway is solely sponsored by me and not by the companies I retail. Its just a way to say thanks to all you lovely people.

Monday, September 19, 2011

When you laugh a little!

** Did you know Vicky from is having a $25 giveaway? Just click here and find out!”

I missed making cards in the past week but I enjoyed doing all the altered projects and the storage video! And I have a confession to make. I am not so organized all the time. When I started getting requests to show my supplies, I was so embarrassed with the mess that I had piling up everywhere and that is when I started sorting it out :D

Anyways I have a card to show you today and its a pretty one.
*Cuteness Alert*: Notice the little pearl necklace :D

Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Lawn Fawn( Smitty's ABC, Sew Lovely), Hero Arts(Live life); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Brown Sugar), Momento(Dandelion);  embellishment: Pearls (Hero Hues), Mulberry flower

I took the inspiration from the lovely picture at Jay Gee's Nook Challenge#11. The text background was created using Smitty's ABC for the challenge#18- Getting Texty at Lawnscaping blog. And I am also entering this card for the Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge#68 - No Pattern Paper.

P.S. I have a my Facebook page HERE now. I would love to see you there and would love it even more if you like me there :D

I hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekend Video : Storage Solution#1

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. A lot of you asked how I store my craft supplies, so I thought I'd share a bit of my own versions of storage solutions for you. You like any idea, pick it up and make it you own :)
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I hope it was useful for you in some way. If you would like to see videos on any particular technique, idea or product, please don't forget to let me know in the comments.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Guest Designing at ICR + Q&A

Happy Friday! Today is the first time I am guest designing over at Indian Craft Room and I am loving it. The challenges are now one month long and that gives you all the time to enter your creations.
This time around we have a Sketch with a twist...and this sketch has been designed for ICR by Piali Biswas...and the twist is to add felt/fabric.

And here is what I did with it :)

 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Ippity(A bit of burlap); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Brown Sugar); pattern paper: Echo Park(Dots & stripes Candy Shoppe) ; embellishment: Pie Lane(Rainbow Lustre Crytals, Wooden Stitched detail button, Self-adhesive flower sticker); 

Remember the chiffon sleeve from a dress on THIS project. I used the same here to make the flower. I have the hang over from the last 3 days of re-cycling and was thinking on the same lines :)
I love that Pie Lane Stitched details button in the center, its just the perfect accent. The pattern papers are from Echo Park Dots & Stripes. Love that collection for its versatility.

P.S. Another way to use your "Bit of burlap" stamp.

And its time for our regular Friday feature. I missed it last week for the lack of questions. But here it is back with the bang.


 Q1 Have you tried glossy accents for the wings on THIS card?                                               Tejal
A1 I love that we think alike on so many levels :) I was in a hurry to post the card and enter some challenges and didn't have the patience to wait for the glue&gloss to dry. But I did add glossy accents on the wings later and love it.

Q2 Can you please share how to store stamps and scrap papers?                                            Anita
A2 I would love to show you but I am not very fancy on my organizing skills. I would rather buy more stamps and supplies than storage solutions. Yup, I am greedy when it comes to stamps :D . I
already showed you one non-expensive way of storing paper scraps, sticker, etc HERE. Maybe I will take some time and show you other bits & pieces of my storage soon.

Q3 Is that real candy on the card on THIS card?                                                                  Christine
A3 Oh I wish!! But it isn't a real candy. These are the donuts from Pie Lane. Anybody interested in purchasing, contact me :)

Q4 How on the world you get ideas like this for recycling?                                                Priya Sivraj 
A4 OK, this one is easy. I have been crafting long before I discovered blogging and all the awesome supplies and tools available. So I am used to re-cycling right from the beginning. But I won't take all the credit alone. I also browse various other blogs and sites and pick up ideas that I like and then add my own and come up with something unique.

Q5 How did you punch the hole in CD??                                        Khushboo, Shalini, Bhavana, Jovita  A5 Remember how I keep telling(read "cribbing") you all, that I do not have any fancy tools. Well, I do the same to my husband, telling him how I am so poor on my craft tools and supplies. So on my last birthday, he got the hint and bought a crop-a-dile for me. Love that tool, cuts through anything like butter :)
But you can try any other hole punching tool on a waste CD. I am sure that will work too.
Moral of the story: Cribbing does work on husbands sometime, especially around birthdays..LOL..Give it a try!

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!                   

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Recycled Project Day#3 - A File Folder

Here we are with the third and final project of our 3 days of recycled project series. I feel happy to have turned something of no use to something to cherish forever. I hope you liked this series as much as I did :)

Today, I recycled a cereal box into a pretty file folder - perfect for tucking away all those paper scraps.

So I started with a box like this

I forgot to take the picture of the actual box. I picked this up from net, just to give you an idea.

And turned it into this super pretty file folder :)

A little post it note to label the folder, by color, brand, type or any other category you like.

Here it is without papers, I just covered it in pretty pretty paper and kept the embellishments to the minimum.

And woohoo, filled with all scrap papers :)

And a close up of the beautiful handmade yarn flower :)

Thank you so much for being here for the past three days when I shared my passion of re-cycling and its so awesome to see fellow crafters coming up with their own version using my tutorials. That makes me feel that I am doing something right :)

Entering this for Lynn's recycling challenge at Yvonne's blog and CraftJC Challenge#9 - Recycle (Khushboo, I hope this is the last one :D )

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Recycled Project Day#2 - Birthday Reminder Book

**I am on Facebook now. I would love to see you there**

Welcome to the second day of our recycled project! I know I am a bit late(or a day late) in posting and I have a genuine reason for it. Hubby had taken a day off yesterday to take care of some pending stuff and hence my crafting plans were all trashed. We went out for a movie, had a burger in Mc'Ds and had a fun relaxing day instead.

Onto the project, it isn't something new but its my first attempt to re-cycle CDs. I have seen them converted into albums all around the blog but I decided to do it my way and instead made it into a birthday reminder book.

It started with this-some waste CDs and gorgeous Studio Calico Papers(circles are hand-cut :))

 And after a couple of hours of hard work :D , turned into this- a beautiful Birthday Reminder Book  :)

Some of the month names have been cut off from an old calender and others done with alpha stickers
 I think it would be a great birthday/return gift for someone who forgets your birthday :D. Just mark your birthday on the book before giving it out. FUN!

If you have any questions, don't forget to leave it in the comments. I would answer them all this Friday.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Recycled Project Day#1 - A box of batteries & charger

Happy Monday people! Hope you all had a great start to this week. I have been in a mood to recycle off late and thought I'd share 3 days of recycled project here on the blog starting from today.

Having a tech-savvy DH means a house full of wires :D - chargers, cables, batteries and what not. And that also means a cribbing cleanliness-freak wife aka me.
Today's project started when my DH decided to test my creative skills and gave me the assignment to make a box that will keep all the re-chargeable batteries and chargers in place and that will also mean a happy wife aka me again :D He had his requirements clear:
  • make it sturdy
  • have separate compartments for different batteries (charged/not charged/re-chargeable) and chargers.
  • make it pretty

And so my search started to find a sturdy box and then I stumbled upon this - a sturdy crockery box !
The front
The Inside

And my search ended. I first worked on making it pretty.
Covered in pretty Studio Calico Papers to match the color of the room :)

Additional piece of cardboard to the bottom for the sturdiness(ignore the mess on my table :))

Felt strips with eyelets for all the four corners, for more sturdiness

labelled the box with alpha stickers from Echo Park to say "Chargers, Battery and stuff"

Inside with an additional compartment and all the stuff that was meant to be :)
And ta-da :D
DH is a still a bit critical but I am happy with some of the wires put away :)

Hope you liked this little project of mine! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

ICR DT Call + Candies + Award!

Hope all of you are enjoying the weekend! We have a long one here in Pune for the Ganesh Festival. So the roads are blocked and the market is shut down and we don't really have anything to do :)


I don't feel like crafting either because the weather is gloomy(cloudy and rainy) and I am not at my creative best without sufficient natural light. So I thought I would share a few tits & bits with you today.

First. Did you the see the number of comments on my last post? It is 119 and still coming. Oh, I love blog hops :)

Second. The first ever DT call is up at Indian Craft Room - the first and the only Indian Crafter Community. Applications from all around the world are acceptable and you can read all the details HERE. Don't forget to give it a shot.

Third. A few candies - I want to give a shout out to. There is one by Amy at A thousand sheets of Paper.
She is giving away 1000 sheets of paper along with awesome stamps and there are so many chances to win. So make sure you stop by at her blog and enter. Wanna see how 1000 sheets of paper look stacked up together? Its yum-yum-yummy!

Second one is from Mallika and she is celebrating her first job. First job is always awesome. I can still remember my very first interview, the excitment after being selected and the feeling of being at peace on such an incredible achievement. I wish her all the luck and success.
You can enter her candy HERE.

Fourth: Onto the award. Dr. Sonia passed on this wonderful award sometime back and I never got around posting it. I am not good at posting the awards back and I hope I haven't missed any of those. If I have, please let me know. Thank you so much!

Passing it all those wonderful people who never fail to visit this little place of mine and leave some wonderful comments that make happy :)

Thats all from me at the moment- all this blabbering has taken away some boredom. I hope I didn't pass it to you though :)
September is a busy month for me and I have lots of guest designer posts in pipeline. It is going to be so much fun!

Have a happy weekend!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lawnscaping Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Lawanscaping Blog Hop!  So glad you’re here!  You should have come to me by way of Chari.  This month's theme is magical Holiday projects!! The hop runs from Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11th! Make sure to comment on all of the blogs because there are LOTS of prizes to be won! All the details can be found on the Lawnscaping home page.

So I picked up Valentine's Day as my magical holiday theme. I picked my favorite technique -emboss resist and combined two challenges Lawnscaping Challenge#17- embossing and Lily Pad Cards Challenge - Resist technique.

 Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!; stamps: Lawn Fawn(Smitty's ABC, Sew Lovely); ink: Jenni Bowlin(Cough Syrup, Chewing gum), Momento(Tuxedo Black), Versamark ink ; embellishment: Pie Lane(Rainbow Lustre Crytals, Wooden button, Donut); 

 I went quite crazy with the ink on this one. I didn't want to blend the ink too much, and wanted the ink strokes to be visible. I like it that way somehow on this card. The sentiment is build up using Smitty's ABC and stamped on masking tape. The card is then embellished with buttons and crystals.

Next head on to Paulina's blog. If you've gotten off track, don't worry! Head on back to Lawnscaping to see the complete list of designers.

Have fun hopping!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday Tutorial#2: Recycled Notebook

So I have finally decided that Thursday will be a tutorial day here on this blog. I have lots of tricks, tips and  techniques that I want to share with you and I think one tutorial a week is a fairly good idea. And I am not limiting myself to just videos here. There will be picture tutorials, DIYs, product demos(on request) and ofcourse videos. So keep the tutorial requests coming :)

I already shared the very first video tutorial in the series last Thursday on woodgrain background. Check it out if you haven't done it already :)

Today I have a picture tutorial on the recycled notebooks I shared HERE. They are super easy and fun to make and the best part is that they are recycled :)

I have always loved recycling but these days I have been super-inspired to recycle because of some of my loved challenges. First is the newly started LESSology Challenge#1 - The Altered Book (I love the talented people on the team there), second is the Recycle with Lynn Challenge at Yvonne's blog and third is the CraftyJC Challenge#9 - Recycle. I already have so many ideas to recycle on my mind but lets get started with this one first :)

Tutorial: Recycled Notebooks

Step 1: Pick up a cardboard ready to be recycled(we often get new clothes packed with cardboard pieces in between). I picked up one from Jockeys

 those boxers are the most comfortable piece of clothing to sleep in :D 

Step 2: Pick up some pretty pattern papers and cover the cardboard piece.

                  The Front                                                         The Back

Step 3: On the back side, adhere a eyelet (It will be used to keep the book tied together). I used a flower in addition, just to pretty things up :) The notebook cover is almost ready. Keep it aside.

Step 4: For the inside pages, use any kind of papers that you want to (lined, plain white printer paper, etc). Since I was recycling, I used some project file papers from college time that had been lying around the house for almost 6 years now. Fold them in half and using your paper trimmer/ Xacto Knife, cut them to size of the notebook cover.

Step 5: Now we are ready to bind our little notebook. Using a hole piercer./big needle, make 2 holes in the center and bind the pages along with the cover using embroidery floss/twine/burlap or anything else that you like.
I continued with my recycling bit and tore of a strip of chiffon cloth from an old dress sleeves. It was a perfect match for my notebook color and I love the texture it adds.

Step 6: Embellish/decorate the cover as much or as less as you like. I kept it simple with an journaling card attached to the center.
Add a button towards the edge of the front cover. I prefer to stitch it for more sturdiness but you can also use hot glue, if you'd like.

Step 7: As the last step, tie one end of the embroidery floss/twine around the eyelet that we added in step 3. and wrap the other end of the embroidery floss/twine loosely to the button on the front. And now you have a string to keep your book closed together.

And there you have it, a wonderful little notebook to cherish :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you come up with your own version of this notebook, don't forget to leave me a comment on this post. I would love to visit and take a look.

If you have any questions or specific tutorial requests or product demo requests, let me know.

And yes, join me tomorrow for Lawnscaping bloghop. It is going to be real fun with lots of inspiration and prizes :)

Thanks for visiting today!