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Valentines Round 2

I am a little late posting Round 2 inspiration for the February CoasteRide ICRCFEB17 at Indian Craft Room. It has just been a little busy around here. I was able to make a card in time for Round 2 atleast πŸ˜‰

So here is my card:

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Can’t tell the dimension?

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Yes the hearts are dimensional… punched out hearts are folded in half and layered on top of another in the middle. This is saw on a card somewhere..and thought this is perfect.

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The heart punches are from Stampin’ Up! I am not sure if they still sell these punches. I also added some wink of stella clear glitter to them. The background is watercolored with some gansai tambi colors. I used a heart stencil and some gold gansai tambi paint to create the hearts. Ofcourse watercolor and stencils don’t give the perfect image…but using a simple red fine tip marker worked out perfect with the painted hearts.

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The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful stamp set. It was part of a card kit. I like the writing of this sentiment.

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So this is all for today. Do join in the fun and win some awesome prizes.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

Pop-Up Valentines

February is here and so is the monthly challenge at Indian Craft Room. This month’s Coasteride is related to Valentines. Check out the challenge at ICRCFEB17.

So I decided to make my card have some 3-d element besides the usual popped up image. I made the whole card dimensional πŸ˜‰Β  The card design is inspired by Maymay Made It Crafts via You Tube. You can find the tutorial HERE.

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So the card front has dimension in form of the heart die cut that has been popped up.

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The inside pops up when the card is opened. A pretty easy mechanism to make I think. The 4 panels inside are either stamped or have stickers on them.

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The stamps, papers and stickers were part of Simon Says Stamp card kits. Honestly I don’t even remember which thing belong to which kit, except that they all are part of Valentine kits.

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The card ends up being fairly thick. So if mailing, it would require extra postage. But I can only imagine receivers excitement on getting a fun card like this πŸ˜€ I know I would love it.

This is all for today. Do check out the creations by other DT members.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Calendar Round 2

I am back with a Customized DIYΒ  Calendar for Round 2 of the January Coasteride at Indian Craft Room.

The challenge is to make a customized calendar… basically a DIY calendar…could be for wall or desk.

Round 1 we had some awesome inspirations and now for Round 2, there are some wonderful inspirations. You can check them out HERE.

So here is my creation for Round 2:

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Another desk calendar… simple and clean… some nice pattern paper from Stampin’ Up! (retired), paper doilies (from the same paper pack) and a wonderful matching calendar (fantastic coincidence.. more on it later.)

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So the previous calendar that I made (check it out HEREHERE), was made of just cardstock. This one uses chipboard. The triangular base is made of 3 pieces of chipboard- 2 pcs of 6″ x 6″ and 1 piece of 2″ x 6″. The three pieces are connected using cardstock hinges that measure 2″ x 6″ and scored at 1″. I got the idea for this base from THIS video. It was easy to make and stand nice!

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So now I had the pattern paper on and the base was ready. Started to google search, pinterest search for calendars. I can not remember how I reach this particular blog, but somehow remembered to copy the link πŸ˜€ So I found this calendar with doilies…except the orientation was different… and then I see recommended link to the calendar I used above. YAYY!! Perfect for my project! Do check out this blog Scrappystickyinkymess…she has some wonderful freebies. The calendar I used can be found HERE.

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Finally I added these stickers from Pink Fresh (was part of a Simon Says Stamp Card Kit)…pretty inspiring phrases I think. Some bling.. and my project was ready.

Making customized calendars was fun… my first time trying these… but totally enjoyed…so many tutorials out there … so many different styles to try ALAS!! Not enough time!! Hopefully you can find time to try one and join in the fun.

This is all for today,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

 

Teal Birthday

Today’s card is for 2nd round of inspiration at Indian Craft Room. The challenge ICRCMON02 is about One color!

So here is my one color card for the same:

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Teal all the way! I decided to create a card with this technique I used a lot before and had not used in a while – Dry Embossing and Wet Embossing combined. So I used this Damask Embossing folder by Stampin’ Up! (retired now), but before I put through the big shot, I rubbed the folder (the deep side) with versamark ink. This transfers the ink from the folder to cardstock. Sprinkle embossing powder and heat it.

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How much of ink you rub on the folder is how much will transfer to the cardstock. I did a light rub, mainly around the edges of the deep side of the image…hence I got a transfer that is right around the raised surface… hence the darker looking edges. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Sentiment Surprise.

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I just love how the combo of both dry and wet embossing gives such a unique look to a card, especially when doing monochromatic cards.

This is all for now…do checkout the other DT inspirations (linked above)

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

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Purple Birthday

Today’s creation is for the Coasteride challenge at Indian Craft Room. The storyboard for ICRCMON02 is as follows:

Monochromatic sounds so simple…yet is so complicated when you start to think about what to create…atleast that’s what I feel.

For 1st Round of inspiration, I decided to go Purple.

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So I used 3 shades of Purple… Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder-all by Stampin’ Up! I used the lightest (Wisteria Wonder) as card base, medium (Perfect Plum) as card front and darkest ( Elegant Eggplant) to make the flowers.

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The flowers are cut using Stampin’ Up!’s Floral Fusion Die (retired). I cut out several flowers, layered some and used some on their own. Each flower is decorated with a purple rhinestone and Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen. Then sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Handwritten Floral Greetings which was part of their July 2016 Card Kit.

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I did want to do something to the background, but decided not to and let the flowers shine. It might not be a color I would send for sympathy… but definitely a good design to bring some spirits up!

This is all for now. Do check other DT inspirations at ICRCMON02.

Until the next inspiration for this challenge,

Happy krafting,

Cheers =)

 

Shaker Challenge Round 2

So here is the second inspiration forΒ  Shaker challenge at Indian Craft Room.

The challenge is simple…make something with shaker element and 3 pattern papers. At the start of the month I shared 1st take on this challenge…find HERE. So here is take 2:

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This time around I decided to make something besides card. So honestly I started out by making this as a tag!! It all worked out well… except… I forgot to make hole for ribbon/thread to pass through (sigh!!) Never the less… I had this ready….I could have easily adhered it to a card front… but instead decided a bag would be cute!

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I used patterned papers that were part of one the Simon Says Stamp Card Kits (can’t rem what month/yr). The “Happy Birthday” is a die cut by Simon Says Stamp. The sequins are the ones graciously sent to us by Sudha Kalra from Crazy Crafter. In the 1st take I used flower shaped sequins. This time I used conical sequins. These have a subtle cone shape and just like the flower sequins are bright and colorful. Again the colors complemented well with the pattern papers I had, so they worked out perfect for this shaker panel.

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Yes I used a ready paper bag and altered it πŸ˜€ I love doing that as I can create my own gift bags….and ofcourse I love shaker element…have always just used on cards.. love it on the bag….and definitely going to try a tag …this time not forgetting the hanging hole!!!

This was my inspiration… check out the other DT inspirations HERE

This is all for now,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Shaker Challenge

After a long break, I am back with a fun card for challenge at Indian Craft Room. This month’s CoasteRide ICRCMON01 is creating something with shaker element, the twist– use 3 patterned papers!!

I love making anything with shaker elements… I have done multiple shaker cards and even a shaker frame… so I absolutely love this challenge.

I have not been able to do much… cross that… any crafting with a new baby in the house… while little one came way early…and had to spend some time in NICU… my fighter came home much earlier than expected and has kept us busy… hence I have not been able to use my Simon Says Card Kit. Hence this challenge was perfect!!

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So I decided to use the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit.. The stamp set is pretty and so are the patterned papers. The papers and the sequins matched perfectly. So the kit worked out perfect.

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Little bit about the sequins- these are graciously sponsored by Sudha Kalra at Crazy Crafter. They are not only bright and colorful…. I love the color shades of the sequins–pastel shades. Also the shapes… she sent us some flower shaped and some conical… very different looking!! Can’t wait to use the conical shaped sequins.

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The bold sentiment in the middle adds to the look of the card… that is why I love this stamp set… the bold sentiment and the flower images are perfect by them self to create a background on card or make your own patterned paper.

So join in the shaker fun and get creating!!

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

Mr. and Mrs. Layout

This month for ICR Story Scraps Challenge at Indian Craft Room, we have this simple, flowery layout made by yours truly. Well, let me correct myself… simple, flowery layout re-created by me, inspired by a page I saw on Pinterest. The original layout had 3 pictures, and plenty more flowers and leaves… Flowers and Me don’t really do well… so I had to cut some down….but it turned out decent…I think!!

Here is my inspiration for the layout:

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My friend got married over a year ago… and I had been meaning to make a page to add to my friend’s album. Finally with this sketch, I got it done!

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I used some felt and flower dies by Stampin’ Up! to create the big red flowers. The center is decorated with a big pearl and some tiny pearls. The yellow flowers are punched out using the 5-petal flower punch by Stampin’ Up! The small green flowers are something I found in the dollar bins at Michaels.

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The yellow flowers are again from the dollar bin at Michaels and the leaves were punched out using a punch by Stampin’ Up! All the red-greens and yellows pop well on the red background. The background paper is actually embossed…. something I had bought long time ago from Micahels.

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Finally for the title, I used my Sillhouette Cameo to cut out the title. This is the Monotype Cursive Font which is already installed in the software. I cut 3 of each letter and glued them together. Finally some Wink of Stella clear brush pen adds the perfect shimmer.

So this is my creation for today… remember the challenge runs May 5 to May 29. Join in the fun and create a book full of memories by the end of it.

This is all for now,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

May Pocket Letter Challenge

It is time for the monthly CoasteRide at Indian Craft Room πŸ™‚ This time I am hosting the challenge.

All the design team members are so talented and come up with such unique challenges. So continuing with that trend, I decided to do a Pocket Letter Page Challenge πŸ˜€Β  Pocket Letter Page is usually something you create and mail to someone. But I decided to use Pocket Letter Page to create a keepsake.

For those who don’t know what Pocket letter Page is, it is a way to send and collect penpal letters. Originally Created by Janette from Janette Lane Blog, you use 9 pockets page protector, fill each pocket with creativity and mail it to someone. Find more info on it HERE.

Keeping in mind that May is International Mother’s Day, the challenge today is about creating a keepsake Pocket Letter Page with Mother theme. Here is the challenge:

So you fill each pocket as specified in the above story board. I call it keepsake because you could either frame it or mount it on something sturdy and hang it on wall.

So here is my creation:

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I have used stamps, dies, stickers, rub on stickers, sequins, rhinestones, punches,Β  washi tape, white and black gel pens and twines.

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Each pocket is filled as per the description/directions in the story board.

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Yes that is a picture of me and my sister when we were little with out beautiful momma πŸ˜€ Brought back memories!!

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Honestly where I live, finding 9 pocket page protector is very easy… however, I decided to create my own using the We R Memory Keeper’s Fuse Tool. It comes with a cuttingΒ  and a fusing tip. So you can easily cut out and fuse edges to create pockets in a plastic page protector. I made a picture tutorial for the same.

To make your own 9 pocket page with fuse tool you need,

Clear Plastic Page Protector (mine was 8-1/2″ x 11″ STAPLES BRAND)

Piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock

Ruler (preferably steel)

Grid Paper (you could use plain paper. Grid Paper just makes for easy line drawing)

Washi Tape

Glass/Cardboard/Fuseable mat- to protect your table. (I used a cardboard piece)

Fuse tool (ofcourse) with cutting and fuse tips.

Plug in the fuse tool and let it heat up while you do all the work in step 1 with the cutting tip inserted. Letting it heat for good 10-15 minutes makes it easier to work with.

STEP 1:Β  Use your page protector to create the end lines on the grid paper so lining up the page protector becomes easier when cutting and fusing. Next use a ruler to measure and create Cut and Fuse lines.

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I started from the bottom and marked 3-1/2″, 3-3/4″, 7-1/4″ and 7-1/2″. With the helps of grid lines I was able to create straight lines and did not have to make marks on both sides. 3-1/2″ and 7-1/4″ marks are where I made the cut lines (straight line) and 3-3/4″ and 7-1/2″ are where I made the fuse lines (dotted lines). I did tape down my grid paper on the cardboard base before I started all the work.

STEP 2: Once you have the lines, put the cardstock inside the page protector. Line up the page protector with the 2 end lines and tape it down using washi tape.

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Once everything is well taped down, use your fuse tool and ruler to start making the cut lines. Only run it through the straight lines…which you should be able too see on the edges. Gently fluff up the pocket using hour hands or ruler to ensure it cut well. I inserted little card stocks to show how 2 cut lines make 3 big pockets.

Once you have the cut lines, with the help of pliers or tweezers or thick towel, remove the cutting tip and screw in the fuse tip. BE CAREFUL!!! the tool is going to be hot. Let the tip heat up well. Remove the cardstock, and with the help of ruler run the fuse tip over the dotted lines to fuse the edges and create pockets.

STEP 3: Next we will work on the vertical fuse lines. This is something I could have easily done in step 1 but did not think about it when I was making the lines then. So feel free to do this step in the beginning.

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The vertical lines are something I would highly recommend you measure on your own, depending on the width of your page protector and the size of pockets you want to create. Now to calculate the measurements for the vertical lines, I started measuring from where the white 3 ring panel ends. So I marked the grid paper at 2-7/8″ and 5-3/4″ which gave me 2 equal pockets and 1 a littler smaller pocket (not sure if it is the measurements or the way I fused it that made the last column smaller) With the help of ruler fuse the lines.

STEP 4: Next I created the card inserts. Since my pockets did not turn out equal… I had to cut 6 card inserts measuring 3-3/8″ x 2-3/4″ and 3 card inserts measuring 3-3/8″ x 2-5/8″

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So the 9 Pocket Letter Page is ready to be decorate any way that you want. I did end up cutting out the white 3 ring panel (leaving it there allows you to decorate it with washi tape or ribbon or stips of paper). In my next pocket letter I would surely leave it on and decorate it.

Ofcourse I got the idea to make my own pocket letter page through THIS video on Youtube by Beverly. Easy instructions on how to do so.

NOTE: WHILE I HAVE MEASUREMENTS FOR HOW I MADE MY POCKET LETTER PAGE, BUT I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING YOUR OWN MEASUREMENTS AND WORKING WITH THAT. ABOVE MEASUREMENTS ARE ONES I CREATED USING MY PAGE PROTECTOR AND ARE NOT THE SAME AS THE ONES IN VIDEO.

Now that you have seen my Pocket Letter Page and know how I created it, you might want to check out the DT inspirations. Check them out at (INSERT LINK TO COASTERIDE POST).

Hope I have inspired you to create a keep sake Pocket Letter Page. A perfect gift for mom on Mother’s Day πŸ™‚

This is all for today,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

Waterfall Folio Album

Recently I participate in SWOP Circle at Indian Craft Room. The Swops are back on ICR πŸ™‚ and this was my first time participating. Usually I have always seen pocket letter swaps… the SWOPS at ICR are different…. they are project Swops!! Totally different… create assigned project, once the project is ready, send a sneak peek and you get an email with the name and address of person you need to send your creation and then wait for you to get one from someone. πŸ˜€

Easy, fun, exciting because you do not know who is sending you their project and how it looks, also how is the receiver of your project going to like the project πŸ˜€ Phew… It was truly a fun experience. You can find the APRIL SWOP HERE. Check out the Swop Project and also the creations in the comments section under the discussion post. April Swop was inspired by My Sisters Scrappers Waterfall Folio Album

So what did I receive? An absolutely cute and personalized album to save pictures of my little man when he arrives πŸ™‚

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So my gracious sender Gopi P sent me this absolutely personalized album… personalized with the color and theme for my baby’s room and his name πŸ˜€ Loved it completely. Love the wood veneer elephant…with the little circles all around it. Makes the cover looks so cute. I stared at the cover for a while before I looked inside!!!

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The inside is equally cute…loove the papers she used. Also love the tags and the little elephant charms. Again the wood veneer Hello adds such a cute look to the inside. I can not wait for my little man to arrive and start putting his pictures in the album πŸ™‚ It is going to be hold monthly pics of his 1st year πŸ™‚

Now that we saw what I received, here are pictures of what I sent. I had to send my creation to Gopi P (since we both are here in the states..it was easier for them to pair us I think).

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I tried to create a shaker circle on the cover with Gopi’s daughter’s initial (how alike are our brains, we both made something for each others babies :D). The paper I used on the cover is from Stampin’ Up! .. a very old collection that I had bought few packages of, because they had some cute baby paper. The letter stamp is also a retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The sequins are from Simon Says Stamp card Kit ( I think the March one).

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On the inside I continued with the same paper collection… see why I like this collection… absolutely cute printed papers.

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On the opposite side is a pocket that has a little quote, sticket embellishment and holds 2 tags- to journal or add pictures. The printed paper on the tags are form Becky Higgins Project life Kraft edition.

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Was complete fun to make the album and receive one. While this Swop is done… the MAY SWOP has already been announced… so if you want to participate, sign up and join in the fun!

This is all for today…

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

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