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Calendar Round 2

I am back with a Customized DIY  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:


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.)


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!


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 😀 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.


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 a  customized calendar. First time I heard about it, I was unsure what to do. Some more details and pics later… excitement to make one 🙂

So here is my creation:


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.


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 😉


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.


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 😀 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 =)

Embossing Blog Hop

Welcome to the end of the year Indian Craft Room Blog Hop. You have come to the last stop of this Blog hop and you would have landed here via Sharda’s Blog or the Blog Hop post at ICR. We are ending this year with a bang by having some of our past DT’s be a part of this hop.


The Hop is about embossing…wet or dry… well…I decided to create a card with both 😀 Here is my creation:


So I used an embossing folder (dry embossing), added versamark (wet embossing) on one side of the folder, put cardstock and ran it through my big shot. This not only embossed my cardstock, but also transferred the versmark ink. Then I added white embossing powder and melted it with my heat gun. Then started coloring with distress inks. The embossing folder Floral Frenzy was part of the SSS November Card Kit.


The distress inks color I used were: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Frayed Burlap (color combo idea from THIS POST at SSS Blog). With the round blending tool, I started to apply the colors. The white embossing powder resists the inks, while the open spaces pick the color.


I just love how the colors reveal the embossed background. I used to this technique a lot before..minus the distress inks. I would just use colored embossing powder. But I think I like the blended inks revealing the image better than colored embossing powder 😀 I did add some Nuvo Glitter Drops in the middle of some flowers for shimmer.


The sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Sunday Sentiments and it is white embossed. Since I wanted the background to shine, I kept the sentiment simple and small.

So this was my contribution to this Blog Hop. Do not forget to checkout the rest, incase you haven’t:









Shraddha – You are here!

So now that you have seen all the creations, time for you to join in…get embossing, link your creation on ICR blog post via InLinkz, comment on all posts. You definitely want to do so in order to win some awesome prizes by our sponsor Nagshri Arts.


REMEMBER– To be eligible for the prize, you need to participate and comment on all 10 blog posts.

I definitely can not wait to see what you create!!

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Spiderman Birthday

Today I have another fun card for a little boy… My nephew/Godson is turning 3 next week… time sure flew!! Last year I gave him a School Bus birthday card (he loved Wheels on the Bus as a baby). He is not so baby any more (sigh!!) and currently he is loving spiderman and wanted a superman cake… so I thought what could I, the crafty aunt, do!! Pinterest search Spiderman birthday cards and voila… a wonderful punch art tutorial by Natasha Hein at Diary of Two Crafty Girls. She shared on how to make the spiderman using punches. You can find her post HERE.

So on to my creation using her tutorial:


I love it…and hoping so does he!!! Since spiderman was the main focus…everything else is simple and basic colors.


The background was created using Stampin’ Up! Spider Web Embossing folder (retired). I used some Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink on the web. All the punched I used are from Stampin’ Up! too. My old collection 😀


The simple sentiment is from Mudra’s Purely Labeled Sentiments set. I white embossed it on black cardstock and layered on the red-blue spidey colors.


And the pirde and joy… Spiderman!! Simply loved how he turned out… and so easy to make… yes the same embossing folder needs to be used to emboss the body parts (remember he wears the striped costume). For the black lines, I used a black marker and went over the embossed lines…I liked it better than sponging as suggested by Natasha Hein.

As always, I like to keep punch art templates for future reference. This is how I saved this one:


All parts punched out and glued on a white cardstock, with necessary instructions. On the back I attach a sample, so I know how to go about gluing the pieces.



This is all for today… hoping my boy loves his card 😀

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Dinosaur Birthday

Today’s card is one I made for a little boy in my neighborhood. He turned 3 and loves dinosaur. With some ink blending, die cutting and Silhouette Cameo I came up with this:


I started with a 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of cardstock and started with distress inks – tumbled glass and broken china to make the sky. Then mowed lawn to make the grass. I did not like the plain look and decided to do some dimension like effect. I do not own any hill dies… going through my dies, found Simon Says Stamps Stitched Curved Edge die… and voila…we have hills!!


The hills are colored in with distress inks too and glued on one top of the other…to create a scene type effect. I like how it ended 😀 The dinosaur is a Silhouette Cameo cut out… I printed it and used the registration marks to cut the outline. Perfect cutting!!


The balloon is from Simon Says Stamp Balloon Die set and the number 3 balloon is from Avery Elle’s Numbered Balloon set. I used wink of stella clear glitter pen and glossy accents on both the balloons.

Easy and fun card. Hopefully the little boy it was meant for enjoyed it as much!

This is all for today,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Mix Media December

This month on Indian Craft Room Coasteride, our host Akshma has created a fun challenge. Something to get you out of our comfort zone (that is if it is something you have not tried before). Mix Media Project!!! Check out the challenge HERE.

I like Mix Media, but always wonder where to start… I mean I know there is no specific way to do it. Sky is the limit… so an sort of OCD like me, who likes to plan out what needs to be made etc… this is hard at times… but I still like doing it. I have done it twice before this one… so I enjoyed making for this challenge. Forgive the photography… but we have had some dull gloomy days… HELLO WINTER!!!


So here is my creation. I used a frame backing to create this (I used the front for some other project). I started with adding Mix Media cardstock (Strathmore Brand) and coloring the background with distress inks. I used Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Rusty Hinge -to match the cups. In between the colors I also applied Ranger Glue and Seal to seal the layers. I also used it to glue down the images and words.


The cup was what started this project. The cups were part of a pattern paper, that I fussy cut and glued down. The color combination and the quote came from the cups.


I used Tim Holtz Stencil and some Dreamwaver Embossing paste to create the background. Since it was embossing paste, I added stardust embossing powder and used heat gun to melt the powder.


The quote is a combo of wooden letters (colored with distress inks) and stamped letters- Lawn Fawn’s Owen’s ABC. Wink of Stella glitter pen and glossy accent give a nice touch to the die cut letters. I also added glossy accents to some parts of the cup. Ofcourse there has to be some distressing to the edges and the images and words to make them pop…that was done using Faber Castell’s Pitt Brush Pen-Dark Sepia (bought from local craft store).

So this is all from me today. Be sure to check out the other inspirations and join in the fun.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Children’s Birthday Card- 6

With this post, we come to the end of the Children’s Birthday Card Series. While these cards were made for an order I received… making them has been fun! I enjoyed every bit of it…I think I shall continue making cards for children 🙂

So my 2 cards for today are interactive cards…I mean we are talking about children, they would enjoy receiving fun stuff like this.

Card 1: Step Block Card


This is a card that can lay flat and be made to stand. A very easy card to make, just scoring and cutting out some parts.


Once you create the base, the front, top and back can be decorate as you like. Make it for birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby…. many versions possible. I made mine a Birthday card with balloon, banner and present. All the images are from Simon Says Stamp’s Baby Party Animals.


I put a strip of white or cream cardstock on the back in order to write a message. If you do not want to do that, you can add square pieces to decorate like the others.


I have seen videos where crafters talk about using the inside space to insert a gift card- so you can do so if you want, since it folds flat. This card measures 6 x 4-1/2. so I had to make a special envelope to fit this card.


The envelope was made using We R Memory Keeper’s Envelope Punch Board. I used the A3 card size envelope measurements for this one.

Card 2: Scratch Off Card

Yes I finally made one of those… used supplies from Simon Says Septmeber Card Kit. It has a cute Birthday stamp set- It’s No Secret and some Scratch Circles by Inky Antics. A perfect combo for kids card. So here is my card:


The colors I used here were also in the kit… Archival Inks… love the bright colors!!


I simply love the scratch off circle… genius invention!! I intend to use more of these to make cards.


While stamping the sentiment, I was heat embossing with clear ink. Well, the arhcival inks hadn’t dried just yet and hence some clear embossing occurred on balloons too!! I liked how it looked…so I went back on other balloons and did some clear embossing 😀

So with this we come to an end on this series! To catch on other posts from this series, click on following links

Children’s Birthday Card 1

Children’s Birthday Card 2

Children’s Birthday Card 3

Children’s Birthday Card 4

Children’s Birthday Card 5

This is all for today!

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Children’s Birthday Card-5

I apologize for not being able to quickly go through this series. But here is another post continuing with the Children’s card series. Today I have 2 cards- 1 simple and quick, other one simple too, but a fancy fold card. Few days ago I shared Joy Fold Card, so the 2nd card is using the fold but made to please a child.

First card is simple, and quick one. Patterned paper, fun image and sentiment and done!


The pattern paper is from one of the Simon Says Stamp card kit (I think the July one) and the circle is also actually pattern paper. The shiny stars are not showing up well in the picture (sigh!!)


The image and sentiment is from Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies. I used copic markers to color the dog.


The pun sentiment is heat embossed using white powder. I can imagine a child receiving this card and enjoying the funny sentiment!

Moving on to the 2nd card, the Joy Fold Card.


The pattern paper is a retired set by Stampin’ Up! and the word Celebrate was cut using A.Muse Studio’s die. I cut it in the card base color and black and adhered both off centered to make it look like the top word had a shadow (idea seen in 1 of Jennifer McGuire’s video).


The cute sock monkey is from Ellen Hutson’s Sock Monkey Surprise. Ofcourse used copics to color the monkey and his hat. I also used Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and add glossy accents to it. I do not have the coordinating die, but I fussy cut the image (it was pretty easy to cut)


On the inside I stamped a sentiment. This is optional, but I wanted to. In the end, a fun card for a child. While I made this card for an order, I also am submitting this card on Paru’s Card Making Challenge for the November Challenge which is about making a card or tag for children.

So these are the 2 cards for today. I have 2 more left. If you want to check the previous cards in this series then follow the links below:

Children’s Birthday Card 1

Children’s Birthday Card 2

Children’s Birthday Card 3

Children’s Birthday Card 4

This is all for today,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Fancy Fold Card Round 2

So I am back with Round 2 inspiration for the November CoasteRide on Indian Craft Room.


So the challenge this month is to use ribbons and pearl..BUT it has to be a fancy fold card. For Round 1 I made a Z-Fold Box Card. Click HERE to see the other DT inspirations.


This time I made a card using Joy Fold Technique. A very easy to make technique with a fun end result.


I used some fun pattern papers for this card. A simple image and sentiment complete the card. Since there are flaps there is plenty of space inside to write personal message. I decided to stamp Happy Birthday inside.


The cake image is from Let’s Party by Mudra Stamps. I colored it with copics and fussy cut it since I wanted to pop the image. I like the whimsy look of the cake and the circles in the image were perfect for the pearls required for this challenge.


There is still time to participate in this challenge. So try some new fold and join in the fun!

This is all from me today.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting!

Fancy Fold Card

Today I have a card I made for the November CoasteRide at Indian Craft Room.

ICRCNOV16 is a fun challenge… Use RIBBONS AND PEARLS with a twist of FANCY FOLD CARD.


When the challenge was put out, I realized, I have never made a fancy fold card!!! I have made nearly 400 cards in past 6 years but never a fancy fold!! WOW!!! I started making box pop up card, but never completed it… so I was excited about this one. For round 1 I went with Z-Fold Card, box style.


The card base is a Z-fold card,but with some cuts, you can make it a box card. Actually, the box part can have some pop out elements if you like 🙂


The patterned paper is a retired set from Stampin’ Up! I had loved this paper, so had bought few packs of it. I love the orange blue combo of this particular one, hence I use orange cardstock for the base fold. The blue flower is from a pack I found at Michaels and the orange is cut out using a Stampin’ Up! die (retired now). Tiny pearls on the flower and all over the card give it a classy look I think 😀


The “Happy Birthday” is a Simon Says Stamp die. Finally a cream ribbon gives the perfect finishing touch. Simple and elegant and yet fancy thanks to the fold.

So this is all from me for this card. Head over to ICR and check out the wonderful inspirations by the other DT members (link in the beginning of the post).

Until next time,

happy krafting

Cheers =)

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