Saturday, 30 March 2013

My first try at distressing!

Hey guys,

How is the weekend coming along for you people. I have a messy desk and a truck load of work to get over before I can heave a sigh of relief and take a break.. :(

Yesterday I made a notebook on order for my cousin to gift to her friend... I made an A4 size note book...

The front and back cover are card stock and inside are 150 white printer sheets which I then got spiral binded locally...

This is a very special project as I tried distressing of such a large area for the very first time.. Completely inspired by Tejal and Erum (fantastic crafters the two of them) They possibly do some of the best distressing I have seen so far and am truly trying to learn by observing closely the things they do with that small ink pad cube...

I shall just go and show you the pics...

I absolutely love love love the distressed BG I created (talk about boasting.. *wink*)

A close-up of the sentiment.. The pearls were white.. I turned them red by coloring themw ith my BIC markers.. 

A close-up of the image... 

the washi tape covered alphas....

Loved making this one.. Getting inky was so much fun although my arms ached after the whole distressing thing got over..LOL

Supplies used:-
Cardstock=> black locally purchased, brustro for distressing
Printer sheets for inside pages locally purchased
Distress inks=> worn lipstick, peeled paint, tumbled glass purchased from Khyati and dusty concord purchased from crazee daisy
Ink blending tool purchased from Imaginations
Fiskars sentiment=> just friends purchased from Jovi and the small design stamp is from make a wish which I purchased from imaginations
Ink=> Hero arts neon pink from Varnas and rich cocoa from crafters cormer
Spellbinders lacy circles and MFT flourish
Pearls from stash which I have colored using my BIC markers
digi image is from Sarah Kay
Flowers made using jeff punches
Washi tape purchased from Rachana
Staedler water color pencils

Entering this for the following challenges:=
Brown sugar=> flowers
hotshot crafts=> anything but a card
for the love of crafting=> seasons stories (spring)
crafters corner=> stamping

Thanks for dropping by.. Your comments are highly valuable for me.. Have a fantastic weekend!


Friday, 29 March 2013

Multi-folds day #5=> flapped card

Hey guys,

my last and final post of the cards I made for the last swap at swap central... This was actually supposed to be a six-fold card but I managed to do some mismanaged cutting and ended up with a four fold card... nevertheless looks cool and quite fun to make... :D

I have unfortunately forgotten to take pictures of the insides...

cardstock=> Locally purchased & brustro
PP=> Studio calico
Spellbinders Decorative label 8
Digi is from anne bodil
jef flower punch and leaf
Staedler water color pencils

card stock=> Locally purchased
PP=> Paper Mania
Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Jeff punches
Cherry lynn fanciful flourish
bling from stash
tea dye distress inks

Card stock=> Locally purchased
PP=> Paper Mania
spellbinders heart square die
Digi is from the itnernet
Steadler water color pencils
Button was a RAK from Saumya
crochet thread from my mum's stash.. :D

card stock=> Locally purchased
PP=> RAK from Shruti
spellbinders heart square
Paper smooches chubby chums stamp
Unity Noir Ink
staedler water color pencil
Carl star punch
wooden button from stash
Peals from stash
uniball isgno white get pen for faux stitching

A consolidated picture of my four-fold cards

It's a wrap for the multi-fold note cards... Will be back soon with an album or order and some cards too... 

Thanks for dropping by guys and have a fantastic and crafty weekend...

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Multi-fold note cards day #4=> Squash card

Hi All,

Hope you guys had a great Holi... Today am sharing the squash cards I made for the multi-fold swa. They are a great card to give for someone special as they have enough space to scribble...

 the outside

the insides

Card stock=> Fabriano Elle Erre
PPs=> Studio Calico & DCWV
MICIA stamp set
Unity noir ink
MS deco shells punch
Pie lane zig-zag border strips
spellbinders label 17 traced and hand cut.
Staedler water color pencils
Heart rhine stones from ICR swap.
Ribbon from stash

the outside

the insides

card stock=> Fabriano elle Erre
PPs=> studio Calico
spell binders heart circle die
darice honey comb embossing folder
jef butterfly punch
HA flourished BG stamp and Antique engravings
Unity noir an Memento tangelo ink
Ribbon from stash
MS doily lace punch

the outside

the inside

card stock=> fabriano elle erre
PPs=> Hobby Ideas and RAK from Saumya
MFT chevron die and spellbinders decorative label 1
Darice woven basket embossing folder
Jef medium and small flower punch
bling from stash
ribbon from stash.

the insides

the inside

card stock=> fabriano elle erre
PPs=>Paper mania, studio calico and scraps from various brands.
Bling from stash
MS doily lace stamp
flower from stash
ribbon from stash.

A consolidated picture of my squash cards

I had a lot of fun making these...These look super cute and are really amazingly versatile...

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog... I shall see you tomorrow with the last bit of my note cards...

Till then happy crafting and have a nice day..


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Multi-fold note cards day#3=> double dutch fold card

Happy Holi everyone.. Wishing the colors of holi bring a lot of joy and prosperity into your lives...

today am sharing with you the third installment of my multi-fold cards... Today am sharing my double dutch fold cards....

Card stock=> Fabriano elle erre
PPs=> Paper Mania and EP
Bling from stash
OWL die-cut was an RAK from Yvonne...

card stock=> locally purchased
PPs=> DCWV and Itsy Bitsy
PTI butterfly die
MS doily lace punch
Bling and pearls from stash
jef flower punch

card stock=> Locally purchased
PPs=> Crate paper which was an RAK from Snehal
spellbinders label 1 die cut traced and hand cut
peeled paint and tumbled glass distress inks
recollections love birds stamp set
memento ink=> ivy and tangelo
BIC amrkers and steadler water color pencils
Jef flower punch
bling from stash

card stock=> locally purchased & brustro
PPs=> DCWV and Bo Bunny
spellbinders heart circle die
Fiskars latte love stap set
BIC markers
glossy accents
vintage photo distress inks

A consolidated pic of my double-ducth fold cards

Thanks for dropping by... Will see you tomorrow with the next set..

Have a great day and have a safe holi....


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Multi-fold note cards day #2=> Pocket cards


Back with round 2 of my notecards... The second type am sharing is the pocket fold note card. These cards look gorgeous and are just so adorable... I find them really cute and fast to make especially when am in a hurry...

So without further ado, sharing the pictures

Supplies used:-
Cardstock=> Fabriano Elle Erre
PPs=> Studio Calico and the bottom one was a RAK from Piali
Spell binders heart circle die
Penny black party time stamp
Unity ink
Vintage photo distress ink
SDI corner rounder
MS doily lace punch
Pearls from stash
Staedler water color pencils.

Supplies used:-
Cardstock=> Fabriano Elle Erre
PPs=> Street lace by DCWV and American Crafts
Maya roads doily stamp
Unity noir and memento tangelo ink
Bling from stash
Fevicryl 3-d glitter

card stock=> Fabriano Elle Erre
PP=> Itsy Bitsy, EP and RAK from Saumya
Digi was found on Pinterest
Pie Lane butterflies
Staedler water color pencils
Heart square die
Fevicryl 3-d glitter glue

This one's my absolute favourite. Love the simplicity of it

Supplies used:-
Card stock=> Fabriano Elle Erre
Button from stash
Bling from stash

A consolidated pic of all my pocket note cards.

Thankd for dropping by. Your comments are very valuable for me...


Monday, 25 March 2013

multi-fold note cards day #1=> Easel cards

Hello everyone,

The last swap at swap central India saw up swapping multi-fold notecards, 4 cards of each of 5 different folds and each card had to be different.

To say it was a mammoth task would be an understatement. I wasted so many card stocks and finally one fine day, the brain started working and then there was no stopping it.

I will be posting each fold as a separate post instead of making one big post. This way I will also have things regularly being updated on my blog.. LOL

Today I will be sharing my easel cards with you.. I absolutely love making easel cards. They are just so versatile and there are endless possibilities as to how you can incorporate different elements to do up your easel cards.

I tried all the various types and wasting enough paper to realize that it is best to keep it simple...

So without further rambling, here goes...

I love the ric-rac in rainbow colors... I did add pearls to the punched card stock on the base later on so they are not here. Added them as an after thought.
Supplies used:-
Card stock=> white 300 gsm paper locally purchased and fabriano scraps for die-cutting
Polka dotted Washi tape on the border
PTI ric-rac die. Spell binders floral ovals for the oval cut
MS 3-1 butterfly punch and Deco shells
Bling from stash.

Finally understanding the concept of the use of negative space, love the outcome of this card. Looks like the giraffe is peeking inside a window.. :D

Suppleis Used:-
card stock=> Locally purchased
Digi was found on Pinterest
negative space of floral ovals die
Black pearls RAK from Spardha (Thanks girlie)
MS doily lace punch
Staedler water color pencils for coloring.

Lots of stamping and some fussy cutting on this easel card.

Supplies used:-
Card stpck=> Locally purchased and fabriano elle erre
stamps=> recollections love bird and HA Playful Animals
Inks=> Unity Noir and Memento
Itsy Bitsy boutique flower inked using tea dye distress Ink

This one if my favorite of the lot. Love the heat embossed vellum butterfly against all that black and pink.

Card stock=> Locally purchased
Darice interlocking circles embossing folder from Priya's store
Spell binders heart circle die
HA antique engravings stamp set
Versamark embossing ink
zing white embossing power from crafters corner
MS doily lace from crafters corner
bling from stash
worn lipstick distress ink

A consolidated pic of my four easel cards.

Thanks for dropping by... Your comments are very important for me... Have a great day


Saturday, 16 March 2013

friendship at it's best- This one's for you Piyu, Shalini and Shruti

My last and final post for my truly inspirational friends who I have had the privilege to meet in the blog land...

Priyadarshini or Piyu as she is fondly called everywhere is known for her quilling but I love all her work which even doesn't have quilling... Her eye for color and neatness spurs me to try and maybe reach her level...Someone who is always there to just talk and have fun... :D

Shruti or Maddo is a crazy whack... Her style is totally unique and well I could not emulate her even if i wanted too.. Just do not have my brains working the way hers does... :D

Shalini is more than EVERYTHING to me and her friendship is now beyond the realm of just blogger or crafting...

So this is my dedication to them... The tute for this card was found on Pinterest and I had noted it down so sorry I cannot link it bk to the original...

After ages am back with a PICTURE HEAVY POST \m/

the closed look

a close-up of the image

ribbon untied

the insides

left panel

right panel

a close-up of the faux letterpress technique and my VERY glittered flower

the insides

close-up left panel

right panel with insert
pocket panel with insert


This was an amazingly fun card to assemble and really quite simple.... Although it took me ages to assemble... I now take care while working.. LOL

Supplies used:-
Cardstock=> locally purchased, fabriano elle erre and brustro.
PPs=> Authentique which was an RAK from Jovi, Crate paper which was an RAK from Snehal, DCWV bought from Mansi and Studio Calico purchased from Ujjwal.
Stamps=> Penny Black party time, Fiskars just laugh and friendship sentiment sets purchased from jovi.
Ink=> Unity Noir purchased from Ujjwal, cantaloupe purchased from rainbow Craftykari
Distress inks=> Vintage photo, tea dye, tumbled glass and peeled paint from Khyati
Dies=> Spellbinders heart circle, heart square and floral ovals purchased from jovi. Label 1 has been traced and handcut, tim holtz tattered florals purchased from crafters corner
Embellishments=> Basic grey brad, ribbon from stash, Pie Lane butterflies, bling an punched flowers from stash, pearls from stash
Darice embossing fodlers, honeycomb and interlocking circles from Priya's store.
MS doily lace punch purchased from crafters corner
Coloring medium=> Staedler water color pencils and BIC markers from crafters corner.
silver signo gel pen.

Entering this card for the following challenges:-
 For the love of crafting=> seasons stories ( I created a complete spring scene)
Avadares=> Spring or easter ( I go for spring)
Dilly beans=. Friendship
MAWTT=> Spring is in the air
penny's paper crafty=> ribbons & die-cuts
Crafty Sentiments=> Hello Spring
Papertake weekly=> 1-2-3 ( 1 ribbon, 2 images, 3 sentiments)
Card Mania=> Lots of layers
crafters Corner=> stamping
Tim Holtz blog=> using the tattered floral die

Thank you so much for dropping by... Your comments are highly valuable...


Friday, 15 March 2013

This one's for you Saumya

My next card.. for someone I truly admire.. She is mad to the point of being ridiculous but who says I like normal people.. We are kindred souls for we take no BS from anyone...

My association with Saumya has been awesome.. she is like beyond awesome... I fall short of words because the words I want to use for her I cannot use here so shall tell you over BBM... :D

This is what me made for you Saumya...

The red flower reminded me of you.. the first time I actually saw you, you were in red... *wink*

open view

the sentiment

I just realized that the sentiment is crooked... *rolling my eyes*... But this holds so true for you Saumya.. That day the amount I laughed is unreal.. I hadn't laughed so much in ages... I associate smiles with you and lots of  giggles... ;)

Thank you for being such a  beautiful part of my life...I just want you to know that you really are a HUGE inspiration... my cards sucked till you came back to life on my BBM again... *cheesy* I know but the darn truth.. Live with it... and be prepared to be bugged out of your life... :P..

Cardstock=> Fabriano elle erre
Papers=> Studio calico purchased from Ujjwal and authentique which was an RAK from Jovi (thanks girl)
Sentiment=> Fiskars laugh purchased from Jovi
Ink=> Unity
Dies=> Tattered florals from crafters corner... The label 17 on the inside is traced and handcut...
Jef punches for flowers.. MS doily lace purchased from crafters corner
bling from stash.

Entering this for Tim Holtz's tattered floral challenge

Thanks for dropping by.... Your comments are very valuable...


This one's for you Tee!

So what do you do when a friend makes a suggestion and we turn it into a full-fledged card making drive.. Aaah well, the joys of friendship.. One never says NO to any idea.. Just tweak it around to make it more appealing...

The woman's day inspirational card idea was Tejal's and it appealed to me immensely... It does make sense to make something for a crafter friend who has inspired you in some way and what better way to show appreciation than do a post about it...

So, I start off with probably my most fav person... Tejal... Doing anything for her is a pleasure as well as a very daunting task... but what the hell, she is now used to my eccentric behavior and has accepted the fact that I am beyond repair... :P

This card is dedicated to you Tejal- for all you have done... taught me everything I know so far about stamping... My masking class over the BBM was epic... and all the photographs back and forth each day just teaches me something new.... An honest opinion about my work and not worrying whether I would feel bad about it ( I do not feel bad... pushes me to try better and impress you... tough ask but am up for the game.. :D... SO thank you so so so much for all you do.. not just for me but for a lot of people... I know there are a lot of us who have greatly benefited from your help...

So, I made an all stamped card for Tejal  no surprises there), Used butterflies on it (cheeky grin)... and used glitter (uncontrollable laughter).... Oh yes I am quite predictable that ways... :P but how could I not incorporate the three things which Tejal is known for... :D...Tee I am awaiting a comment for this one....

So, for the very first time I tried triple layer stamping... I have been wanting to do this for ages but I guess got the correct motivation now....

the card standing


glittered butterfly

I loved how this card came about and pretty quickly too. I did waste some paper because I could not find the right stamp for it.. Finally went for my BG stamp... and this is it... :D

Supplies used:-
card stock=> Fabriano elle erre, Fabriano brustro for the butterflies and locally purchased 
stamps=> HA flourish BG stamp and Antique engravings
Ink=> Unity Moulin Rouge which I got from Ujjwal.
Fevicryl 3-D glitter glue.

Entering this for the following challenges:-
4 crafty Chicks=> Clean & Simple
Happy Campers=> Flutterby Butterfly
Flutterby Wednesdays=> winged creations
Anything goes=> Seeing double
LEJ Designs=> Things with wings
Card Mania=> Lots of layers

Thanks for dropping by... Your comments are very valuable to me.. Have a superb Weekend...