Sunday, September 30, 2012

Explosion box on order !!

So I have  been really busy with a lot of things happening around and I can't wait to share everything with you all but I guess that will need a separate post :D

Today, I am sharing my first ever explosion card made on order. I have always been scared of explosion cards simply because I hadn't tried one before this order came. Now I am so happy that I did because they are so easy and fun and have lots of space to go on a creative ride :)

Since I was doing it for the first time, I just stuck to one layer explosion box. I have used the gorgeous papers from EP For the Record 2 Tailored Collection.

I love the romantic and  shabby chic appearance of this box :)

 







Some journaling cards left blank for the client to write in their message :)



I had so much fun making this and I guess there will be more in the making, I might even give second and third layers a try :)

Entering this for the ItsyBitsy BiG 'B' Challenge (I have used bow, bling and brad) and Colleen's shabby chic challenge at Yvonne's blog.

Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

You are the best....

 ...FRIEND anyone could possibly have!

An all stamped card using the Skipping Stones Design Sketch#147 and the PPS September Challenge - Maximize your stamps.



Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano! stamps: My Mind's Eye( Miss Caroline Collection - Dolled Up ); inks: Jenni Bowlin (Bubblegum), Distress Inks(Mustard Seed),Momento (Tuxedo Black, London Fog); Embellishments: Lawn Fawn Trimmings, self Adhesive rhinestones 
I love how subtle and pretty this card turned out !

Hope you like it too! Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist - Please Vote for me!

I woke up this morning with a happy mail from Heartfelt Creations saying that I have been chosen as one of the semifinalist for their Design Team call and I am so happy. They have an amazing range of products and I would love to be a part of their design team, work with fabulous products and share my projects with you here.

Their DT selection procedure is a little different in the sense that I will need your votes to be a DT finalist. So if you like my work and if you would like to see my create some amazing projects using Heartfelt Creations products, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!

And what do you get when you vote for? You get to be in the running to win a 50$ HC certificate. How cool is that?

I had submitted some of my all time favorite cards to reach the semifinals and I am so glad that I made it till here.





Please vote for me :)

Thanks!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Aadya's Journal - Month 1 to 3!

As promised here are a few pages from Aadya's first year baby journal! You can see the album cover HERE. I am showing just a few glimpses of some of the pages to give you an idea of how easy and yet awesome it is :D

These pages are still Work in Progress but I am loving how they look right now!






I am using washi tapes to hold my pictures together and permanent ink black pen to do the journaling! Its is so easy and quick and so fabulous to look at :)

Are you inspired to create your own journal? Document your baby's life or maybe your own. I would love to hear from you!

See you soon again!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Prickley Pear Design Team Monday!

It's Monday and that means its time for Prickley Pear inspiration like always but today is special as it is my last post as a design team member at PPRS. It was so much fun working with all the wonderful products and a super talented and happy team. I am sure gonna miss them!

So here is today's card using PDCC# colors - Flamingo, honey, coffee. I followed the Gallon/Quart/Pint rule for the challenge in the Moxie Fab World. In my card gallon sized color is honey, quart sized is coffee and pint sized is flamingo.



Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!, Hero Arts Sunshine Layering papers stamps: Prickley Pear(  Sunflower with vines, Nature turns to gold); inks: Jenni Bowlin (brown sugar), Distress Inks(Barn Door); Unity Stamp Co.(Raw Sienna);embossing: Versamark ink, Hero Arts white 
embossing powder;


Don't forget to check the PPRS blog for more inspiration!

Have a good day!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sweet Baby Journal!

I finally managed to whip up a journal to record everyday moments of my 3 month old daughter "Aadya". This has been on my mind for a while now.

Although I have been trying hard to record every little moment with my little one in my memory, things have already started to slip off my mind. The fact is that I'm just so tired handling her most of the time , I can hardly focus on keeping everything in my memory and that is where the idea of maintaining a journal comes in.

I have 12 sections for each month of my baby's first year in this jounal which I labelled using tabs. Lots of gorgeous Echo Park - For the Record(Documented) Collection papers, Fabriano cardstock, some gorgeous handmade sheets from Jaipur(I have been saving these for quite some time now) and 12 envelopes(one for each month) to hold more pictures or other memorabilia. 

My plan is to jot down anything and everything that I would want to remember and look back later. Since I get my photos printed online, I plan on getting them printed monthly and adding them to the album at the end of each month. That way I see myself to be more organized :)

NOTE: Since my photos for the past months haven't arrived yet, I will update this post with a couple of inside pages when I have completed them. I just want to show you how well this idea works *wink*




I used the color scheme from For the love of crafting Challenge#10 - color bingo (I chose row 2 - blue, green and neutral) and the shabby chic style for Colleen's Challenge at Yvonne's blog with pearls and lace.
I also kept in mind The ItsyBitsy Big B Challenge(I used beads, bling and bow) which I had now wanted to play along with for quite some time.


I think this would be a great gift for a new mom or mom-to-be and a wonderful gift for baby showers :)

Hope you liked it!
Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, September 21, 2012

This used to be, a kitchen towel roll !

I don't know how long it has been since I recycled something and oh boy, I missed it so much. So when I saw the challenge at Lulupu blog and the It's a wrap challenge at Lessology, I knew what I had to do.

I picked up a kitchen towel roll tube from the HUGE pile that I have been saving to recycle and turned them into these cute birthday favors. They will be so perfect for a space themed birthday party :)





The idea isn't my original and I had seen these somewhere on the net, most probably at Marth Stewart's site and I had been wanting to try making these. They are super simple to make, easy to produce in bulk and can be used in so many different ways. I have shown you these has candy favors but use them as party decorations, table place cards, use them to display table numbers or how about label your food with these. The possibilities are endless.

And I am so excited to think of all the things to do with these rockets, that I am secretly hoping for my daughter to ask me for a space themed birthday party in the future :D

Hope you'll give these a try!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What's for lunch today?


So here is something I wanted to do for a long time, share my food adventures here on the blog.
So lets just say I am a foodie and I love good food, well who doesn't?
I am fond of cooking and experimenting but please don't expect recipes here because I rarely cook by measurement(except when I try baking :) ). I cook by what looks right and feels right :D
I will, though try and share the ingredients list for sure whenever I can.

Today's lunch was


A layer of mayonnaise, fresh lettuce, potato spread, freshly chopped tomatoes and onion, grated cottage cheese and tomato ketchup!

YUM!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Aadya" says, Thanks!!

So, my 2.5 month old daughter "Aadya" wanted to say Thanks to all of her sweet Uncle and Aunts who have sent her so much love and wishes since the day she was born and her mom(aka me) is equally overwhelmed to receive so much love.

This post has been sitting in the drafts for quite some days now just because I didn't know where and how to begin saying thanks to all you lovely people out there who thought about me and my daughter in the past few months and sent us so much love and good wishes. We are truly blessed!!

I was so overwhelmed to see that even when  I wasn't blogging, all you people kept in touch with me through e-mails and messages, a lot of you even visited my blog daily, and I even found some new followers of my blog. How amazing is that? So I just wanted to say THANK YOU and give you all a BIG hug for being around.

I wanted to share all the little gifts and cards I received from my blogging as well as non-blogging pals.

The first card that arrived was from Rachana and she was so thoughtful to send it out at my in-laws address right after the delivery. I couldn't take the picture of the card but all I can say is it was so pretty and I was so delighted.


Second package of thought and kindness arrived from Jovita. She sent me this cute little kitty hood blanket, a wrist rattle and a gorgeous card. Her act of love and affection left me speechless.



And here are some gifts from our non-blogging pals. They were all so excited to see our little daughter :)

   Some cute little clothes


      Ultra sweet pink basket full of tiny little things


    And the very useful Johnson's baby kit


Again a big THANK YOU to each one of you for your wishes!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Prickley Pear Design Team Monday!

Happy Monday!! Hope you all had a great start to the week. Since its Monday, it's time for another Prickley Pear Monday card :)



 Supplies: cardstock:American Crafts!;  stamps: Prickley Pear(  Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamps Set, Daisy Cluster); inks: Jenni Bowlin (brown sugar), Distress Inks(Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain); pattern paper:My Mind's eye, Echo Park


So if you haven't noticed yet, I made a stamping boo boo on this card. Somehow clumsy ME managed to stamp a perfectly straight sentiment tilted, and then sheepishly tried to cover that with straight lines. Yep, that's me :D (It was a perfectly good card and I didn't had the heart to throw it away, so the amendments :) )

And don't forget to check out what the PPRS Design Team has in store for you today!

On another note, PPRS has a Design Team call open now! That sadly means my term is coming to an end this month. I had such a great time with a fabulous team and great products!

You can read all about the Design team call on the PPRS Blog HERE and if its something that suits you, go ahead and apply!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thanks!

So I have another card to share with you today! I have been missing out on playing along some of my favorite challenges and I wanted to change that :)


So I picked up the colors from this month's Hero Arts Challenge theme, sketch from Lawnscaping Challenge#41 and the technique from CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 69 - Embossing and created this little CAS number.




Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!;  stamps: Hero Arts( CL520 - live&laugh, CG330 - Flower Dot Pattern, CG311-Small Sweet Petals); inks: Jenni Bowling (brown sugar), Versamark, Distress Inks(Barn Door, Spice Marmalade); embellishment: Mulberry leaves, Rhinestone; pattern paper: MME - Stella & Rose; embossing: Hero Arts White Embossing Power, Rangers Clear Embossing Powder

I absolutely love the way the flower turned out. I first stamp the flower with brown ink and then stamped the flower dot background with versamark ink. Clear embossed the background and used distress inks(had missed these so much when I was away :D) to color in the flower. love the effect it creates. The sentiment is also white heat embossed. And the MME paper is so perfect for this card. {LOVE}

I am so glad to be creating again :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I crafted.....finally :)

So I had been struggling to find time to craft with my home needing cleaning & organizing (being away for 3 months isn't fun that way), my younger brother visiting, maid being on leave for a couple of days in between, whole lot of laundry waiting to be done and not to forget a 2 month old, very active baby around who wants complete attention when she is awake :)
I finally crafted yesterday when she slept and I was so happy to craft after more than 3 months (feels like ages). I desperately needed the "ME" time.

As I was browsing some of my favorite blogs, I saw this weekend challenge: Mini Cards over at Penny Black and I knew it was the kind of start I needed. Nothing too big, just small mini cards :)

And here is what I made.



Supplies: cardstock: Elle Erre Fabriano!;  stamps: Penny Black(Hello Friend); inks: Jenni Bowlin (Brown Sugar);

Super fun tag shaped mini cards which can be used for any occasion from Birthday to Christmas.

I used "Hello Friend" PB clear set, lots of watercolors, some stickles and braided yarn string to enhance the home made effect.

I am also entering this to the current Paper Issues Challenge - Tag, You're it.
See ya around soon (I hope :))

Monday, September 3, 2012

Baby Album on order!

So here is the album I talked about sometime back here. This was my first baby scrapbook and I did it for a client who provided very specific details and photographs to work with.

Album Cover


                                                                 Page 1

                                                 Page 2 with pocket inserts and birth stats


 Page 3 for family picture with a fun waterfall sequence(My Favorite part of the album :)) to hold photographs


 A pocket insert for special picture with Mum & Dad


  Journaling tags in a pocket


Stitched pocket to hold kid's pictures


Monthly growth captured through pocket inserts


    The months are all pull out tabs to add journaling


And the kid turns ONE :)



Party Pictures


 An envelop to hold notes and letters and other little memorabilia 

And the back cover

This was one hell of a project for me to do in my 8th month of pregnancy but I had so much fun making it and it will always remain one of my favorite albums in years to come.

In case you have any questions or you would like to own/gift a customized album like this, you can mail me at ujjwal.handmadewithlove@gmail.com for details.

Hope to see ya soon!