Friday, August 30, 2013

Baby Wall Art!

And so I recently had a chance to make this adorable set of wall arts for the mother-to-be. She wanted to add a little touch to her room and get ready for the arrival of the baby. How sweet!

I had the most fun making these adorable little pieces. I used the stamps from My Cute Stamps and Paper Smooches, some pretty paper piecing and the clever thought of putting the baby elephant in the tub makes my heart go pitter patter each time I look at this :D

Here they are all framed and ready to go to their new home :)

Entering this for Itsy Bitsy "For the Kids" Challenge.

Have a good day my friends!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MDF Box !

Ever since I started working in association with Craftslane and their awesome MDF products, I have been in love.
Their MDF products have such wide range and of course great finish and quality. So, yes you will be seeing a lot of MDF gorgeousness on my blog and that too very often :D

This week I worked on this fabulous MDF square box which could be used for anything really - jewellery box, chocolate box, trinklet holder, gift box, just about anything.

I tried combining decoupage with stamping(have been missing it off late :)) this time and loved the results.

Here's the before and after of the project.

Is it gorgeous or what?  :D

Here are a few more pictures for you.

And here is how it all came together :)

1.  Start with the fabulous MDF box and give a coat of white. I used spray paint as I was feeling adventurous but acrylic works great too :)

2. Let it dry. Use sand paper and get some of the paint off the box and give it a more shabby look.

3. Use your favorite pattern paper(I am using this gorgeous paper from Fabscraps), cut it to size and cover the lid using mod podge (follow the over and under rule always :)). For the sides, cover them completely or cut stripes like I did for more interest.

4. To decorate, I used another beautiful paper from Fabscraps to white heat emboss some flowers and fussy cut them. I glued the first layer of flowers down using Mod Podge so it is flat of the box. Then I layered smaller flower to add dimension and give it a fuller look. Kaisercraft pearls complete the flower and make them prettier.

5. I also used a left over negative die cut for the lid after heat embossing it in black and a little bit of tulle for the dreamy effect.

I hope you liked it and will give decoupaging a MDF product a try soon! I am entering this for Crafters Corner Challenge#11- Anything Goes 

See ya!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Layout - Eating on her own!

Yes, yes, yes, I am on a scrapbooking spree and taking a break from everything else. Very determined to finish my baby's album :) And the sketch at C'est Magnifique are always so motivating. Go see the August Sketch and you will know what I mean.

I took these photos when my sweet girl started eating on her own and enjoyed it too. And I know I say this everytime but I love her pictures and the ones I am putting in her scrapbook are my favorties :)

I went through my Craftslane product stash and found this gorgeous paper from FabScraps that was perfect as a base for these sweet pictures of my baby. I then added some paint splatters to add more interest to the background. I used some scrap pieces of paper lying around from previous projects to matt the photos.

And then I went crazy with embellishments :D I used a mix of Echo Park Chipboard accents, american crafts flowers, Prima Flowers and Prima butterflies :)

The wonderful journaling tag "LOVE" is from Kaisercraft's English Rose Collection paper called Charlotte and you can find it in Craftslane store. It has some wonderful quote for family and friends.

And then there is some hand-written journaling, foam lilies and mulberry leaf :)

Have you shopped at Craftslane yet? I would love to hear your experience :)

See ya soon again!

Monday, August 19, 2013

"On The Farm" baby wall art!

This is long pending project something I made long time back but never got around to posting it. When I saw the current challenge at Itsy Bitsy - For the Kids  and I know this would be a perfect entry :D

This a A3 size wall art that took me so much time. All the elements other than the fence and the sun are hand-stamped, water-colored and fussy cut (even those little chickies & grass, so you can imagine :D). But the end result was so cute, that all the effort felt well worth it :)

I think this would look super cute in baby nursery or kid's room. And not only is it pretty and cute but it could also be used as a fun way to teach kids about farm animals.

I am also entering this for the Crafters Corner Challenge#11 - Anything Goes.

I love doing such projects. I hope you like it.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Layout - The Window Sill !

I am really pushing myself to finish my baby's first year book and I still have a lot of photos to scrap but at least I have the will now.

Inspired by My Mind's Eye August Challenge - Document your summer, I finished another page last night :)

This is when my baby was 8th months old and had just learned to stand with support. She loved the living room window sill and would immediately stop crying if we'd let her stand there. She was always all smiles, calling out to birds and fascinated with the sunshine. We loved spending our summers with her on the window sill :)

Look at her expressions. Kids are so cute, love them to bits :D

I used a lot of MME supplies and bits and pieces of other things. Here's the supply list

12X12 Paper - MME Fine & Dandy Collection  (Base Paper)
6X6 Paper Pad - MME Howdy Dowdy Collection (Sun cutouts , base for the sentiments and scattered circles)
Rhinestones - MME Follow Your Heart "Be Happy" Rhinestones
Buttons - MME Follow Your Heart "Be Happy" Buttons
Stamps - MME Dolled Up "Favorite" Stamps
Stickers - SRM (Hello Sunshine, celebrate life)
Thickers - American Crafts Felt (title)

Oh and I know it's a bit difficult to see in the pictures but I added a bit of hand stitching to the sun and rays :)

Have a good Sunday!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gift Tags Galore!

I have to say this. I love making tags. They are pretty little things that are quick to make and give any gift that personal edge. Who wouldn't want that?

I have made a lot in the past and here are a few that I made quite recently.

All the accents have been made from scratch, no pattern papers, only stamping and a bit of quilling :)

Aren't they a treat for the eyes? {heart}

Entering these in "For the love of crafting" - Tags Challenge.

See ya!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mixed Media MDF Tray!

Hey ya good people! How have you been?
I am all good and really having fun spending time with my 13 month old daughter. She is at this stage when she understands a little of what I am saying and does completely the opposite :D
It's fun watching her grow up and do all the naughty stuff.

But yes, with all the playing that has been happening around my home, I am really struggling to find time to blog about all that I have been creating. Hopefully I will get around to doing that soon. I know I keep saying this but well I have to keep the hopes up for this blog :D

A big thank you to all you people out there who visit and leave such appreciative comments. You guys really motivate me!

Today, I am sharing a fun yet different project, something I haven't done a lot in the past but it has always intrigued me. I tried my hands at a full fledged mixed media project.

Ever since I got this MDF straight tray from Craftslane, I have been in thinking mode of how to alter it. Finally mixed media seemed like the right choice :)

image from Craftslane

And this is what I turned it into *feeling proud* :D

Pretty, eh?

Here are a few close ups of all the pretty details and textures.

I couldn't help myself while clicking pictures, it's just so pretty :)
Alright, here is the last one, I promise :)

So now that the pictures are over, here are the steps that I followed to make it.

1. Paint the MDF Tray from Craftslane with 2 coats of Golden Yellow acrylic paint using the awesome paint brushes from Craftslane. Let the paint dry between coats.

2. Using Mod podge (under and over), I stuck an old printed packaging paper on the tray to give it more character. The fabulous foam brushes from Craftslane make this part real easy. Do not worry about the wrinkles, they actually add some wonderful texture to your project.

3. Go crazy with acrylic paints with your awesome Craftslane paint brushes. I used these three colors - Aqua Green, Scarlet, Portrait Pink. Let the paint dry.

4. While the paint is drying, draw a peacock body free hand on a card stock. Pull out your paper scraps and adhere them randomly to cover the peacock body using Mod Podge. Again, follow the "over & under" rule when using Mod Podge for better results.

5. Once the paint is dry, stick the peacock body to the tray as desired using Mod Podge. Using turquoise acrylic paint,  add color to the body.

6. For feathers, punch out some circles or hand cut them from scrap pieces of paper. I used the EKSuccess 5/8" circle punch and adhere them for feathers using Mod Podge. Paint as your heart desires.

7. Use a charcoal pencil to outline some parts of the image to give it more depth and character.

8. Seal your masterpiece with acrylic sealer.

Here's a peek at some of the supplies I used.

Can I tell you a secret? I don't think I will ever come around to the idea of serving tea or any other thing for that matter in this beautiful piece of art :D

I guess I will use it as a display, a centerpiece on my dining table or nail it down above my crockery unit(when I have one :)). But definitely will not be serving anything on it :)

Entering this for Crafters Corner's Anything Goes Challenge.

Stay blessed!