Sunday, November 8, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 1...

Hi! Jennifer Mcguire, one of the most amazing crafters I have ever come across, has recently launched her Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. I am entering the bunch of cards that I made for Diwali.


Since I had several cards to make and little time, I kept the design very simple. 

The beautiful stamp sets released by Varshitha Nagarajan really helped. I absolutely love the sentiment stamp! I mixed a few embossing powders to get a color similar to the pattern paper. After that making the cards was a breeze.

So here are my Diwali cards, all ready to be posted and bring a smile on the faces of my family and friends.

I wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali & New Year as well.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Indian Craft Room is back!

Hi! The Indian Craft Room is back! ICR was the one of the first challenge blogs that I started following and holds a very special place in my heart! The ICR challenges are back and I HAD to participate!

The first challenge is interesting with a great story board for inspiration.

I decided to take my love for quilting & sewing and adapt it to paper. I started with a bunch of rectangles sized 1" x 2". I folded them and started layering them to form the Somerset Star, a traditional folded star quilting pattern from the UK. I used this great tutorial by Janet Kan who blogs at Stitch n Sing

The challenge says use more than three triangles. I ended up using a lot more. Well, 40 triangles to be precise!

Rest of the card was easy. I used some dark brown cardstock. The sentiment is from the Deck The Halls Tobie set by Some Odd Girl Stamps which I won as part of blog candy by Simon Says Stamp. I heat embossed it and add two scored lines for some definition.

Here is a close up of the beautiful Somerset Star.

I am entering this in the Indian Craft Room's ICRCAUT01 challenge.

Also entering it in Beyond Grey Challenges BGC #72 - Anything Goes.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

ICRD DT Auditions...

The Indian Craft Room is back & looking for new designers!

For details on the Audition, rush to ICRDESIGNER AUDITIONS  in the ICR CHALLENGES GROUP !!!

The last date to send in entries is September 30th!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Multi-step stamping...

Hi! Multi-step stamp sets are very trendy right now. I love looking at the gorgeous cards and marvel at how easy people make it seem. But I was not sure that I could do it! Part of the problem was that I felt I did not have the right inks to start with. I finally gathered my courage and existing supplies to make my first card with multi-step stamping.

The stamp set is Pretty Little Peonies by Wplus9. I stamped the blooms and leaves several times on white cardstock with different colors of distress inks. Then I die cut the best ones with the matching dies.

I used a top folding kraft card base and stamped a band of dots with distress ink Rusty Hinge and a stamp by Itsy Bitsy. I cut out a rectangle and layered it for added dimension. I arranged the flowers and leaves and adhered them with glue. The purple flower is mounted on foam tape. The sentiment is stamped with Amazon Trail, part of the new Artistry range of distress inks by Shilpi. Few sequins in gold and copper finished the card.

I was honestly surprised by how easy it was to use this stamp set! And the beautiful results are really easy to achieve.


Monday, September 21, 2015

August Challenges - Week #3

Hi! Week #3 of the August challenges at Create Something Catchy was hosted and sponsored by the super talented Gayatri Murali. You can check out her awesome blog here. The theme was watercolor and here is the inspiration board.

I decided to go completely CAS for this challenge.

I tried watercolor stamping demonstrated by the queen of techniques, Jennifer Mcguire. You can check out her original post and video tutorial here. Instead of the Aqua markers that she uses, I tried distress inks in three colors - Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Fired Brick. The stamp is from the Petals from Scratch set by Fiskars. The sentiment is heat embossed with white EP. I added a few dots with metallic gold 3D outliner by Hobby Ideas as a finishing touch.

Hope you liked my take on watercoloring. Also don't forget to check out the gorgeous entries for this week's challenge here!


A DIY Stamp..

Hi! One of my favourite type of stamps are the background stamps. I especially love the Impression Obsession cover a card range. But there is another, easy option if you don't have suitable background stamps. You can make your own out of fun foam! Here are two cards that I made with a DIY background stamp.

I used the Fancy Butterfly die by Impression Obsession to cut several butterflies cut from a sheet of foam and mounted them on a 7" x 7" piece of sun board covered with thin double sided tape. Here is the stamp.

For the other stamp I used a Cuttlebug die.

I covered the stamp with white acrylic paint and stamped on a piece of watercolor paper. Once the paint was dry, I smooshed the panel with pink and blue acrylic paints. I ended up with a panel large enough to make two cards.

Close up of the first card

And the second card

Both the sentiments are from the Persian Motifs set by Altenew. I heat embossed them with black EP on strips of vellum.

You can check out more examples made with my DIY stamps here

And here

And also here

Hope you enjoyed this post on DIY stamps and give it a try.


August Challenges - Week #2

Hi! The month of August was very special at Create Something Catchy Challenges. For we hosted four weekly challenges instead of the usual monthly challenge. Each challenge was different and exciting, sponsored by some of our favourite crafters.

Week #2 was hosted and sponsored by the our beloved Dr. Sonia! You can check out her awesome blog here.

The challenge was to create any project incorporating handmade flowers. Here is my inspiration project.

I love working with fabric and have a large stash of different varieties. I created two types of flowers. The small ones are made from circles of fabric. The large one is made from two strips of fabric. Here is a photograph of my daughter, wearing the large flower.

After she had worn it, her friends demanded more. So I ended up making three more bands!

Some more hair bands that I had made in the past are here

And here

Hope you enjoyed my creations! Looking forward to hearing from you!