Monday, April 30, 2012

Prickley Pear Design Team Monday!

** I have a giveaway running HERE. Its ends tomorrow!

Its Monday and time for another PPRS inspiration post! Today, I have some fun mini cards to show you that I did from all the scraps collecting at my desk. I am not only a paper lover but a complete miser when it comes to paper, I hate throwing away pretty paper :)

So I had to do something with all the negatives of die cuts and card stock strips lying around from my previous projects. And here is what I did. I created some ultra cute mini cards (that can very well be used as gift tags) to use them for my orders. I like to add a little handmade notecard or tag to all my orders and that is when these will come in handy.




Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!;  stamps: Prickley Pear(  Flowers Clear Stamps Set, Mini Butterflies Clear Stamps set and Mini Butterflies Die.); inks:Jenni Bowlin (brown sugar); embellishment:  Pie Lane Self Adhesive Crystals; coloring medium: Faber castell markers

I used the left over negatives of all the die-cutting I did last week and adorned them with some PPRS stamps as embellishments and some pretty Pie Lane self-adhesive crystals. I hand wrote the sentiment :)

Do check out PPRS Blog for more information!

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by today!





Friday, April 27, 2012

Birthday Favor Bag Contents - Day#4

Hey ya, I am back today continuing with the contents of the birthday favor bag contents. I have already shared the  common goodies that went into each bag and so now its time I share the exclusive custom items I did for each kid.

First is the DIY Scrapbook for 2 kids in the age group 2.5 and 3 years. Its something they can do with their moms and have fun with the pictures and spend quality time together.


Here is the cover done using Studio Calico Papers and Echo Park Playground Collection Stickers


And here are a few inside pages,



   Cupcake image is an Ippity stamp

 

I used some fun Paper Smooches stamp for the tags and the "My Favorite" sentiment has also been created using Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. Love the font :)

And thats the last page :)

This 10 page Scrapbook was a lot of effort because I wanted it to be fun but still have lots of empty space for the kids & their moms to play around with.

The kids and their parents loved it at the party. What do you think about it? It was my first time creating a DIY scrapbook for kids :D

Hope you like it! See you soon again!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Another album on order + Giveaway!

Hello people, today I am interrupting the Favor Bag Content Series post to share an album I made on order recently. I based the cover on the Pretty Paper Studio Layout Sketch Challenge#3 and I did add the title of the album before I shipped it but I forgot to take the picture of the final thing :D

I am also playing along the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge#166 - Bingo. I chose the second row - pink, ribbon and die cut.




The inside pages are left blank as the client wanted to decorate/embellish them herself! I just made the skeleton for the album :D

I used a lot of different papers and embellishments from Echo Park collections (Your Truly, For the Record, Happy Days, etc).

I hope you like it! And do play along the Challenge#3 at PPS, its fun :)

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And now for the giveaway, well I just saw that my last post was my 300th post on this blog. Its a milestone and thought celebration was in place :) So I do not have the picture of the giveaway items ready yet but I am gonna give a sweet little bag/box filled with craft supplies to one lucky winner. Items will include stamps and embellishments and a little something handmade from me :)


So just leave me a comment here to be included in the giveaway. Giveaway is only open to my blog followers and Facebook Fans. I will pick a winner next week.

So go on now and enter the giveaway!

See you soon again with the other contents of the favor bags :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Birthday Favor Bag Contents - Day#3

Next up is the third common thing that went into the Favor Bags and that is a candy pack. After all whats a birthday party without candies...right??

So in went these pillow candy bags filled with some yum chocolates, mint and sweet treats.







I used Studio Calico papers, Ippity Stamp (Sucks to get old), Faber Castell Markers and some glitter glue to jazz up those stamped candy sticks :D

Linking this to the Friends With Flair Linky Party!

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Over at Pie Lane Blog!

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a fun new post and tutorial..ooohhh...a video tutorial up on the Pie Lane blog. Here is a sneak peek of what you will see there.



Hope to see you there and don't forget to leave your precious comments and feedback :)

Birthday Favor Bag Contents - Day#2

So the next common item that went into the favor bag was pens/pencils and ofcourse they had to have a handmade feel. My client didn't want the plain store bought ones. And can you imagine, this became the most challenging tasks of all. I was clueless as to what to do :D

I tried a couple of things (pattern paper, masking tape, etc) which didn't work out for me before I had my light bulb moment in the middle of the night :)

And so here's what I did. I took these boring black and grey pencils,



And turned them into these bright and cheerful ones with a felt topper to keep their tips cozy :D




And here are my cute little felt toppers. They just make me happy :D



I wrapped the pencils with some fun kids print tape that I received as part of my birthday present from Tejal last year. All the felt toppers are hand-stitched :)

This is one of my favorite items in the favor bags! Will be back again soon with the next one!

See ya soon!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Birthday Favor Bag Contents - Day#1

Continuing with the birthday favor bag contents, I decided to show off the common goodies in each bag first.

First up are the keyrings that I got made for the kids. The theme of this party was "ball" because the birthday boy loves playing with ball these days :D

Since I had never tried jewellery making before and with the amount of work I had to do for this order, I decided to delegate this task to a very talented Jewellery designer, Divya N. She has a blog called Jewels of Sayuri  where she displays her extra-ordinary art of jewellery designing. I was so glad that she chipped in and helped me out on this one.

To go with the ball theme, we decided on using soccer/foot ball on the key rings and here is what she came up with.



One side has the soccer/foot ball image and the other side has the initial of each kid. Aren't these just lovely?

I hope you like them and do visit Divya's blog Jewels of Sayuri for some great Jewellery inspiration and dont forget to let her know that I sent you :D


I will be back again tomorrow to share the next item that went in the favor bag!

Till then, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Birthday Favor bags on order!

So I have been telling you this a lot lately, that I have been busy(actually very busy) and today is the day(since the order has been shipped) I will share where and why :D

A month back I got an order to make 1st birthday party favors for 9 kids with different age groups. I had to make them unique, useful and not to mention pretty (thats what we do...right??)

Kids age group was from 2.5 years to 15 years and it was a challenge to actually think of things to put in the favor bags keeping in mind their age and their likes and dislikes. So after long discussions with the client and helpful inputs, here are some of the things we came up with.

Mini Scrapbooks for kids of age 2.5 yrs and 3 yrs
Story Book for a kid with age 6 yrs (already posted on blog, check it out HERE)
Birthday Reminder Books for girls aged 9, 12 and 15
and we couldn't really think of something for boys in the age group 12 and 14, so we decided on some store bought video games, etc :D


Other than one unique gift in each favor bag, we decided to put some common goodies too and agreed on a key ring, candy pack and pen/pencil. And of course these had to be customized with the handmade element/feel to them :D

So if you haven't guessed by now, it was a huge task to accomplish for me (with my in-laws visit around the same time and me not being well) but I am so glad I managed to pull through.

Since there are a lot of things to share, I will break them in different posts...hope you won't mind :)


So first up are the favor bags done from scratch. I hand-embroidered each kids name before stitching up the bags and then tied them up with some pretty ribbon and thank you tags.





And the thank you tags


The good thing is that the bags are of a decent size and can be reused later by the kids! I will be back sharing the rest of the items from the order soon. But don't forget to let me know what you think of my maiden attempt at the favor bags.

And since I mentioned that I sew the bags, I have to tell you that my super awesome husband gifted me a sewing machine this month, something that has been on my wish list for quite some time. Happy Days!

I got the Singer Merritt 1409 and have been having some fun with it! Guess I will try quilting next :D


Image credit - Singer Website


Have a great day! See you soon again!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ippity April Release Day + A story book on order!

Hey ya people, how have you all been? I know I haven't been around much, have not been commenting on your creations and have been completely out of touch and that is because I have been a little busy at the home front with in-laws visiting and lot of orders to complete. But I will be around and active on the blog soon and will be visiting you guys more often :)

I have a project to share today that I did on order. Its a little journal for a 6 year old boy who likes writing his own stories. I thought that it was pretty cool for a kid that small to have imaginations and thoughts to write stories. Don't you?

Today is a also an Ippity Release Day, which happens on 2nd Thursday of each month. And this release is so awesome, you are gonna drool over it for sure :D

I used the sets releasing today to create the cover for my journal on order. And I am so loving it :D





The inside is personalized with the kid's name :)

I used all the new Ippity stamps releasing today(except the rainbow on the top left corner which is from an older release) on the cover and I just heart this release. The stamps are so big and beautiful. Love that girl image :D

I used watercolor paper for the base and first made the background using watercolors. Then stamped the images in collage style all over it in different color inks to add more interest. The title is done using Maya Road chipboard pieces(Olivia Aphabets & brackets) which were colored with acrylic paints.

Here are the images of the sets releasing today.





To celebrate the release, there is a blog hop happening HERE and a big giveaway happening HERE.

You can purchase these sets from the Unity Website and don't forget to choose me(Ujjwal Gupta) as your Ippity Chick while placing the order :)

Have fun shopping!

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pretty Paper Studio - April 2012 Kits Video

Hi there, did you enjoy the PPS blog hop? If not, there still time to hop and be in the chance of winning some awesome products.

When I received the card making kit from PPS, I was so delighted with the contents and the money value of the kit that I decided to make a video and show them to you.

Have fun watching this little clip :)



And the owner of PPS, Neelu, also did the video showcasing the other two kits of the month. Watch it out here



And here is another good news for the Indian crafters: Neelu is visitng India early next month and she is willing to bring your orders to India so that you can save on international shipping. How cool is that?

So if you haven't placed your orders yet, now is the right time :)

See you soon again! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pretty Paper Studio Blog Hop!

I am here to welcome a brand new kit club called Pretty Paper Studio which was launched yesterday.

Pretty Paper Studio (PPS) is a monthly scrapbooking + cardmaking kit club based in UAE but they will also be stocking all the basic paper craft supplies at affordable prices. How cool is that? And wait till you see the contents of their very first kits....I will just say they are awesome :D

Ready for a little peak at their kits for this month



Didn't I tell ya...they are awesome :)


You can purchase their kits at subscriber prices (AED 205) until April 15th.

To celebrate the launch, we are having a blog hop with chances to win some amazing prizes!  Leave a comment here and other blogs on the hop to win Pretty Paper Studio’s Project Kit called ‘Spring Break’. Two Lucky winners will be selected from all the comments received to win the kit. More comments you leave will give you more chances to win. Winners of Blog Hop will be announced on April 18, 2012



You should have arrived here from the very talented Tejal's blog, if not you might want to start from Donna's blogAnd you can always go to the PPS blog, if you get lost on the way :)

This is my first time working with kits and I was so surprised at how easy it was to create cards when you have everything already coordinated for you :) And here is what I created using the card kit of the month
 
                  


It was so easy to create these beautiful cards in such less time with PPS Card Making kit! I hope you like what you see and if you wish to purchase the kits, you can visit the PPS Store Website.

Hope I am able to inspire you in some way! Don't forget to leave some love along the hop to be in the chance of winning some awesome-ness :)

See ya next time!