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Dress It Up April

April is here and so we are back with the new CoasteRide at Indian Craft Room. This month ICRCAPR17 brings a very interesting challenge- Dress it up!

So here is my inspiration for this challenge:

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So I dressed up my card with a dress πŸ˜€ I found this via Pinterest and had to try it. It was very easy…. just 1 print, cutting and folding. I found the template and directions HERE.

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The 3-d look makes it looks so real….and the design makes it versatile to use it on a card or decorate a bag… also it could be used for any occasion … birthday, wedding, friendship… πŸ˜€

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The paper I used to make the dress was part of a Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. It was white based embossed paper. I used some mustard seed distress ink and sponged the paper. The background paper also comes from a Simon Says Stamp Card kit. I did not add any sentiment right now…. will do when I use the card.

Making this card was fun and this challenge is as much fun too.

So join in the fun.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

New Home Congrats

Here is a quick card I made using Mudra Stamp’s House Is. I had to have this stamp because of all the sentiments it has. Stamps to create housewarming/new home cards are hard to find I think and one with sentiments like “Congrats on your new Home” …well, I haven’t found one…So this set is perfect for me πŸ™‚

Now my card:

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I used some distress inks and a cloud mask to create the background. Colors used- Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Evergreen Bough and Mowed Lawn.

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The house is also from the stamp set, colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. I decided to pop up the house and the cloud with the sentiment.

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I love this sentiment…the font especially. The words new and home are separate. With all the other sentiments.. this card can be used for many occasions.

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So this is all for today…

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Matchbook style Gift Card Holder

Today I have a set of gift card holders. This is not my original idea. I got this idea from Dawns Stamping Thoughts via You Tube. I did do some minor changes (not sure if you call call it changes :p) but I did add an extra layer as well as removed a layer. So here is my version of the card.

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Dawn’s idea of this gift card holder sits on a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ folded card.. so like card and gift card holder together… 2-in-1. That’s the layer I removed!! I like how it looks without the base and will perfectly fit in an envelope. Ofcourse giving it without envelope is the best way to give, but just in case if someone does want to put it in an envelope..it works well.

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While I used the same “best wishes” sentiment to keep the gift card holders general (to be used at any occasion), I did use 3 different stamps. The Best wishes on the top holder (rectangular) is from Mudra’s Purely Labeled set. The one on the middle (fun looking writing) is from. The one at the bottom (formal looking) is from a retired set of Stampin’ Up! The layer I added is the black in between the folded matchbook cardstock and the printed paper. I used Dawn’s dimension for cutting printed paper to cut out the black layer. So the printed paper on my GCH is 1/2″ x 2-5/8″ (strip) and 3-1/8″ x 2-5/8″.

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The inside of the flap is plain and has ample space to write a message. It is pretty easy to open and close, like a matchbook.

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The “For You” die cut is that from Lawn Fawn.I added some glitter with Wink Of Stella Brush pen and also some glossy accents to complete the look. Ofcourse the printed papers are from my stock of Simon Says Stamp Card Kits.

This is all for now.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting!

Cheers =)

Pop Up Gift Card Holders

Today I have set of Pop-up gift card holder. So this is not my original idea, I got it from a crafter on YouTube. You can check out the video HERE.

So here is my version:

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It is simple and easy to make. It is 3-fold and when opened, the gift card pops up. Hence the name “Pop-Up” card holder.

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I used Kraft cardstock as base and some beautiful printed papers from Stampin’ Up! The printed papers are pretty old… I had ordered 2-3 packs since I had liked it and use it with care πŸ˜€

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The sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Sunday Sentiments Stamp Set. I have it popped up on the band to give some dimension. Finally some sparkly enamel dots complete the look of these holders.

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I made 12 of these..a set. I also like how the printed papers look against the kraft cardstock- bright and cheery. I know all 12 have the same sentiment, this only makes them appropriate for any occasion πŸ˜€

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This is all for today. More gift card holders to come soon!!

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Pocket Tag Album

Today I have this album that I created as my yearly gift to my friend with her son’s (my godson) pictures. He turned 3 in december…yes the one for whom I made the Spiderman Punch art Birthday card πŸ™‚

The album today is inspired from this project over a month ago. It was a actually designed as a card… all I did was added some chipboard piece to make a sturdy base. You can find the original tutorial HERE.

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The original has 10 pockets, I created one with 8 pockets. 10 would have been fine too, but technically I was going to do only 12 pics (6 pockets), but while working on the pictures, I found some other ones I wanted to put as well…so made a 8 pocket album.

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The tags have pictures on both sides, so there are 16 pictures in total. I love how easily you can increase decrease pockets. 8 pockets made the pockets a little loose…so if I added embellishments, it would have taken the bulk. I did not add any tag holders…I think the tags were easy enough to pull out since there are only 8 tags.

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Since it is mostly about the picture memories…I did not add any embellishments inside. also kept the outside simple.

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I used My Favorite Things Stitched Banner Alphabets Dienamics for the word memories. I also added circles to give a camera lens look. The 3 is a wooden piece that I colored with Distress paint. All of it including the cameras on the paper are coated with glossy accents.

I like how it all turned out…hopefully my boy’s parents like it as much πŸ˜€

this is all for today,

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 =)

 

New Year Calendar

Happy New Year to everyone. The New Year has begun and with it starts a new month and a new challenge at Indian Craft Room. A very apt challenge too.

In lieu with the new year, our host created a fun coasteride. ICRCJan17 is all about creating aΒ  customized calendar. First time I heard about it, I was unsure what to do. Some more details and pics later… excitement to make one πŸ™‚

So here is my creation:

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A desktop calendar with drawer to hold post it notes. This is not my original idea. I found the inspiration from You Tuber The Crafty Spark-Lea Denton. Pretty easy to make, this DIY calendar is perfect addition to an office desk.

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The drawer is decent size and will hold a big sized post it note or 2 small ones and there is enough space to even put a pen. The papers on this project are from Stampin’ Up! It is from an old paper stack of theirs. But I love this stack due to the elegance they add to a project. So I had stocked up on them πŸ˜‰

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I used some chipboard numbers and colored them orange, added some subtle glitter with Wink of Stella and glossy accent to give it a finished look. The quotes are from Pink Fresh’s Up in the clouds sticker sheet. They are rub on stickers, so I put them on black cardstock and finished them off with glossy accents as well.

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The calendar–I had first thought I would make my own, but a baby does not allow for everything from scratch! So a little google search and I found the right size one for my project. I printed it on cream cardstock and used Mama Elephants Fine Trimmings die to create perforations on the calendar so I could easily tear out the month once it is done.

For first time making a calendar, I did pretty decent I think πŸ˜€ Hopefully I can create round 2 inspiration as well… until then, check out the other DT inspirations (linked above) and join the fun.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Rakhi Cards

Rakhi or Rakshabandhan is an Indian festival celebrating brother sister relationship. Usually it comes around in the month of August. The celebration is symbolized by a hand tie/bracelet/sacred thread known as Rakhi that the sister ties on the brother’s wrist. By tying the Rakhi, sister seeks her brother’s well being, while brother vows to protect the sister.

Some Rakhis. Courtesy: Google

So while I do not have brother of my own, I do have plenty of cousin brothers…although I only manage to personally send rakhis to all the cousins in U.S. mother dear takes care of cousins in India. So every year for cousins here, I make cards and send my rakhi for them with it. This is my creation for this year:

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So the image I used is not exactly rakhi types… it actually is a flower…from Handmade Floral Greetings stamp set which was part of their July Card Kit. I will be honest, I would never think of using this flower stamp to create a rakhi. But a crafty friend shared this card she made using stamps by a company called Mudra.

So there is an actual stamp set for this occasion, but alas, unavailable here. So when I saw this card, I thought of the flower from the July Kit and thought, it shall do πŸ˜€ You can check the stamp set and the post by Priya HERE.

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So I heat embossed the image with some glittery gold powder. Then used Zig Clean Color Markers to color in the image. A simple pearl in the center, and some coordinating twine completes the card.

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The sentiment is stamped using Sweet Shoppe Alphabet stamp set by Stampin’ Up! (retired)

So my sweet simple card is ready…for all brothers to receive, of course with an actual rakhi inside πŸ˜€

This is all for today,

Until next time,

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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