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A year in review 2016 + Giveaway!


As we step into the new year, I wanted to take a moment and reflect upon this past year which has been mostly amazing for me. 2016 was tremendous for me in terms of both professional and personal life. Yes, there were moments and events that I would not never like to experience again but today I just wanted to focus on the good and happy.

So today I am going to highlight my favourite projects and moments throughout this year. I also have a giveaway for you guys as a thank you for always being so supportive and appreciative. You always motivate me to do better and more.

I started year 2016 with this close-to-my-heart watercolor piece. This artwork is special because this was the first of the many! I fell in love with using stamps to build watercolor scenes and kept making them throughout the year.

This photo of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has so many lovely memories from our big family vacation this year. It was fun converting it into a watercolor piece. Also this was the first time I worked with Ken Oliver Color Bursts (and almost messed up :D)

When one of my lovely long time client asked for a pregnancy journal in year 2015, I was in a fix. I just didn't know where to start and how. So I asked her for some time to figure out and she agreed. Then I did some extensive research, looking for ideas and inspiration as to what to put into a pregnancy book and this format was the result. The client loved it and so did so many people. I ended up making so so many of these in the the past year and throughout 2016.

Before I left for my big vacation, I got an email from Impression Obsession Company saying that they like my work and asking if I would like to give their products a try. I was so excited to have a company appreciate my work. They also let me pick out a few of their amazing products. A definite high for me this year :)

(Sorry about the low quality photograph)

These cute bookmarks were made using one of my favorite stamp set "Fairy Friends" from Lawn Fawn(also one of my most favorite stamp company). It was a commission and these were gifted to teachers on Teacher's Day.

When I started my professional craft journey, I never thought I would one day design a stamp set. And then it happened! 
I designed and released one of my own stamps under Mudra Crafts Stamps and I am so thankful for the opportunity. 

To start a mixed media art journal has been on my mind forever and I finally took the plunge this year. This is where I opened up my heart and shared bits of my personal life with you. Being a private person, it was difficult for me share an issue that is very close to my heart. It has more meaning for me than you can imagine.

Although I have been painting all my life, this was the first time that a client trusted me enough to commission two of these canvases. I painted these with acrylics and the end result was so close to the real image that it gave me goose bumps :)  

It was one of those things that made me believe in "Dreams do come true". I have been working with Pretty Paper Studio as a design team member for over 2 years now and when they asked me if I would like to teach an online course, I was so excited. The poster was of course hand painted using Altenew Stamps and watercolors. 
To purchase this class, visit

Again it is one of those projects I couldn't get over. I loved, loved painting this couple's portrait on canvas as a 25th Anniversary gift from their kids. The original photo is 25 years old and wasn't high resolution, so it was really a tough job to bring out the details. This was a perfect project to end the year and a definite highlight for me.

As a thank you for being constant support and motivating me, I have a small giveaway (or two ;)) for you.

I have 2 boxes for 2 of you. Each giveaway box contains the following,

20 sheets 6"X6" Pattern Papers
2 Heartfelt Creations Stamp Sets (These were part of my DT kit for HC and might be used and/or retired)
1 die set / embossing plate
Mulberry Flowers & Leaves
Maya Road Chipboards
1 pack of Prima Flowers
2 packs of rhinestones
2 pieces of MDF embellishments
1 pack of Papericious Sequins
1 pack of Echo Park papers Ephemera
1 small Mudra Stamp Set
1 "Handmade with Love" card

Here is what you have to do to enter :
  1. Follow this blog and leave a comment saying what you expect to see more on this blog in 2017. 
  2. Like Handmade with Love on Facebook.  
  3. Ask your crafty friends to "like" Handmade with Love on facebook.
  4. Follow Handmade with love on Instagram and share the giveaway post and graphic.
  5. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and leave another comment. (If you already subscribe, you can leave a comment.)

You have until January 5th. 2017 at 12:00 am IST to enter. I will announce the winners here on the blog on January 7th, 2017 across all social media :)

Thank you for being a part of my journey till date and I look forward to seeing you in 2017 with lots of new, wonderful, crafty things!

Happy New Year !

Love Ujjwal


  1. Fabulous projects, Ujjwal. I follow most of your work on FB. I would like to see some 3D projects from you in 2017. Advance new year wishes. Have completed all the steps, thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Definitely looking forward to c more of ur beautiful creations love to follow ur art work dear and to c ur daughters video as well

  3. Hi ujjwal I really like ur work I like ur color combinations I must say ur all creations are creative n inspirational so I already following u like ur page n yes I did subscribed ur chenal too I wish u lots of more success in coming year thank u so much to inspire me with ur awesome work n I am looking forward to see lots for more amazing n creative work of ur as u do always I still member ur bright tags with lotus mudra stamps lots of ur work I still member thanks u for giving a chance to win amazing giveaway to n Happy new year in advance

  4. Beautiful creations. All the best for 2017. Would love to see technique videos for different styles of card making especially CAS cards.

  5. already subscribed, liked and expecting more coloring tutorial from your side.. thanks for the chance would love to win

  6. and would like to see some step by step drawing tutorials for beginners

  7. Awesome Ujjwal!! May you grow from strength to strength!!

  8. Would love to more of mix media on ur blog

  9. Hi..I happened to see your work from instagram via ppsuae.the very same day I started following you at instagram and YouTube .Love your watercolor work and theme cards .I would like to see if you could teach pencil sketching and cards with use of glitters .Thank you so much

  10. Ujjwal, I always enjoyed all of your videos with all new techniques! You showed them so beautifully with all steps so clearly! You are very talented and creative! Wishing more crafty success in your journey ahead! May you grow more day by day!
    Would love to see more of Mixed Media techniques!

  11. Hey Ujjwal..I loved your watercolored Images..And wish to see more in this New Year..Thanks a lot for such an awesome giveaway..would love to be a part of it..

  12. You are an amazingly creative person and I follow you everywhere..I would love to see more of heat embossing and watercolouring technique to make cards or background..
    Happy New Year 2017

  13. Hi ujjwal.. Would like to see tutorials from you so that we too can learn to make like you. Keep rocking.
    Riddhi Shah

  14. Hi Ujjwal,love your work !! its a pleasure to see happy happy colors on your blog always !! would love to see more mixed media creations !!

  15. Lovely projects u r done!! I love couple canvas portery its so Elegant :)
    I love to see in mixed media

  16. You are an amazingly creative person.i following fb, youtube, ..and i would like to see more of heat embossing and watercolouring techniques to make background and cards..
    Happy new year 2017

  17. Beautiful projects Ujjwal...I am already following you...I would love to see more mixed media,stamping techniques and water color techniques....thanks for the yummy giveaway...

  18. I love all your work ...I feel inspired to try something new from your work ...I would love to see some alter projects from you ... Happy new year to you and your family....

  19. Definitely looking forward to see more from ur creations
    love to follow ur art work
    Provide a step by step tutorials for the beginners

  20. Great work Ujjwal g!! I always admire your work... especially the water coloring ones. That couple one is just wow.. it has been done so beautifully. Also that bullet one. In simpler sense, I like all your work and yes, m your follower everywhere :D Love you!! You inspire me so much :)
    In 2017, I would like to see more of your water color art!

  21. you are amazingly talented ujjwal. love all your works. i am more interested in your watercolouring projects and would love get more tips from you this year

  22. Hi Ujjwal
    First wish you and your family a very happy new year
    Thank you loads for the awesome videos you post and I must say I have learnt so many. I always watch a lot of album making videos but never have got the guts to try one. It was your video which helped me overcome and I'm trying a album now, will post pics soon
    I would like to see a lot of simple card making stuff, some craft room tours and tips of organising things, what are the must haves things for a crafter, water colour technique and lastly how to keep a toddler occupied while we work 😊😊😊😊 I have a daughter of 3yrs and very difficult to occupy her and craft . I wonder how you craft so much with a Kutty by your side 😊🎉❤👍

  23. Hi dear, I just love your work... Very eager to see more tutorials from you.. n would you to design more stamps for Indian festivals

  24. Beautiful projects Ujjwal! I'd like to see more mixed media and watercolor techniques. Thank you for the giveaway. I'm following your blog, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

  25. Wow! Always loved your work. Would like if you share more tutorials n would definitely wish you to design more stamps

  26. Hey! Your projects are just all lovely �� I would love to see more of watercolor and mixed media and thanks for the opportunity!:)

  27. Hey Ujjwal, one of your most demanding and picky clients here!
    What I'd like to see is how and why you choose a certain colour/technique/pattern for any particular project, so that we understand the working mind behind an artist. More insight on how you translate your emotions to art (and also balance that with a client's expectation and perspective when needed).

  28. I tried the watercolour backgrounds with salt,plastic wrap , rice ! And they are my favorites! I would love to see watercolour more , like backgrounds , florals ��

  29. I loved each and every canvas of yours Ujjwal!! I would like to see more of water colour scene creations from you as you are just too good at them ! And this giveaway looks crazy awesome :)

  30. Love you work your mixed media so much..they are very uniqie and colorful...Enjoy your videos..All the best for your future endevour..hugs..Deepti

  31. Hey Ujjwal..last person to enter your giveaway! But glad I could remember before missing the deadline :)
    Love your bright and colorful creations.. Would like to see more water coloring creations.. Followed all the steps.. I am not on Instagram.. Cheers!


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