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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 =)

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 =)

 

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 =)

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 =)

Children’s Birthday Cards- 1

Today I have 2 birthday cards. One I finished last night, and 1 today. I am making these cards for an order… they are a part of 12 Birthday cards for children. Out of the 2 cards in this post, 1 is clearly for a boy and 1 for girl.

Card 1 is Lego card, something I had pinned and seen around a lot. However, never gave a thought about making it until now. It is easy and cute πŸ™‚

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Now I popped the little circles on the top with 3-d foam tape. I think laying them flat would work fine as well. The key I think is to color the edges. I used a shade darker than the cardstock to color the edges. It just creates 3-dimensional look.

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I love the colors… just makes for a bright and happy card…of course will be pleasing to a child πŸ˜€

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The simple sentiment “Happy Birthday” is from Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Bokeh stamp set.

Card 2 is a simple shaker card…a cute girly card I think.

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So I decided to start with the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Circle die. Once I had it cut, I went looking for a matching printed paper. I know blue does not specifically scream girly… but with the flowery background and the pastel colored sequins, it makes a perfect card for a little girl πŸ™‚

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I have the 2 circles intact, so I was able to make a shaker piece out of it. Even if the 2 circles were not attached, it could easily be done with some tape.

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The sequins are by Taylored Expression called Double The Joy. It adds the perfect girl touch to the card πŸ™‚

2 down, 10 more to go. Will keep sharing as they come along!

This is all for now,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers =)

Flower Bag

I am truly late with this, but like it is said- “Better late than sorry” πŸ˜‰ Today I have a project that is part of round 2 of inspiration at Indian Craft Room monthly challenge. This month’s challenge ICRCSPR01 was “Flowers with Tiwst-No to cards”

So my Round 1 creation for this challenge was a Heart Punch Wall Art, which was absolute fun to make. For round 2, I decided to create a bag…well alter a bag. This is one of the first crafting projects I learned- to you ready paper bags and alter them. Hadn’t made one in long time…perfect for this challenge. You can find plain white or colored bags in any craft store or dollar store as well. I buy mine from Michaels (with those lovely coupons ;D) So here is my creation…

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All these crafting companies are coming out with beautiful flower stamps.. Altenew on top… I must say, even though I am no fan of flower stamps, Altenew comes up with some awesome stamps! Everytime I come across one I like… I never can get my hands on them coz they are sold out 😦 Well never the less… I found this Winnie and Walter Big Bloom Stamp created specially for Simon Says Stamp. I just loved the big flower and saw some examples of it being used where crafters created layers of flowers-popping some up. So I knew I wanted to use that on my bag.

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I stamped the flowers in versamark ink and used white embossing powder over watercolor paper. Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Marker and Pentel Aqua Brush to color in the flowers. For the ones I wanted to pop, I also embossed them on a separate piece of water color paper and colored in. I just love how the yellow pops against the red,pink and orange.

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I think it turned out cute… and absolutely different from ready available bags. Yes, it would be hard to alter bigger bags, but this size and anything smaller would be very easy to create.

Don’t forget to check out Round 2 inspirations by the Design Team HERE. There is still time to play this challenge…so join in the fun!!!

This is all for today,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

Heart Punch Wall Art

We are back with a new challenge at Indian Craft Room. It is the first of the month, and it is time for a new CoasteRide …. ICRCSPR01. This month’s hostess came up with an amazing challenge…. actually made us work out of the box or should I say made me work out of the box. So the challenge:

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What is challenging about this project you ask ? THE TWIST….NO CARDS!!!! I mean I like other kind of projects, but usually I end up making only cards….so this NO CARD twist made me a little nervous. And add to that flowers… I am not a flower person… getting into it but lately…. so after some pinterest search… found some inspiration:

All done with folded hearts! Cool.: Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  White 3D Flower wall art

 

So I found the first image on Pinterest, clicked on it to see the details and found an interesting way to make flowers…. Using heart punches. Now i know its not a new technique….however new for me πŸ˜‰ and scrolling down I found the image with white flowers and loved the layout. So I decided to combine the technique with layout to create my wall art! Click on either of the pictures above to go to the original post.

My creation:

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I used an 8″ x 10″ canvas as a base, Yellow-Pink-Blue-Green Flowers, and some pearls to make this fun decor. Since we are moving into spring, had to create something bright and cheerful πŸ˜€ Like the layout in Pic 2 from inspiration I wanted to cover just the middle of the canvas and that’s why I started in middle and then loved the way it turned out, got carried away and covered up all but that one corner πŸ˜€

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Yess… these are made using heart punches…. I used heart punches and dies of various sizes to create all the flowers. I just punched out/ die cut plenty of hearts from each color…. then fold the heart in half (match the edges and use a bone folder for clean crease) I needed 7-8 hearts/flower to make a complete flower and used 4-5 hearts/flower for the flowers on edges/corners.

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The little flowers were punched out using a tiny flower punch. Then using the back of a pencil and a piercing mat, I pressed the middle of the flowers to make the petals lift up and added a pearl to the middle. These tiny flowers make perfect space fillers. πŸ™‚

It was absolutely fun to make this project….did not take too long and was very exciting throughout. My husband actually thought it looked nice (he always says he has no creativity so he does not know if a project looks good or bad hahaha).

Well, don’t forget to check out the challenge post and the wonderful creations of all the DT members at ICRCSPR01. This challenge has brought out some amazing projects :D.

Wait for the next round of inspirations in mid March. Until then, join in the challenge and try creating something with us!

Until next time,

Happy Krafting,

Cheers

Waterfall Album

Almost 2 weeks ago I made this Brag Book Album for my godson’s parents.. a memory keeper of his 2nd year. They loved it… we discussed on how nice it would be to have 1st year book too… so I got working. I wanted to try this Waterfall Folio by My Sisters Scrappers. Absolutely love all of her work and all the albums she creates. I came across her tutorial for this album on You Tube and had to try it out. Absolutely easy and fun to make. So what best than to make 1st year album for my godson.

Absolutely love the cover. The paper collection I used in this album is by Mambi Sheets- Baby Boy (bought it from Michaels). The cute little monkey is from Simon Says Stamp’s Baby Party Animals- Stamp and Die Set. I stamped, die cut and colored using Copic Sketch markers. The number balloon is Avery Elle’s Numbered Balloon Set. I stamped, fussy cut and colored using Distress Inks. Both the Monkey and Number balloon are layered with some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen and Glossy Accents. The balloons in the background are die cut using Simon Says Stamp’s Balloon Dies. They too have been colored in with distress inks and layered with Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.

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The book holds 15 pictures and also has a side pocket that can hold tags or more pictures or could be made into multiple pockets to hold tags/pictures. The waterfall look is so easy to achieve and is well explained in the tutorial.

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I decided to add some stickers to most of the pictures… hence my waterfall album is a little bulky, but there is plenty of space and it closes very well. In Hindsight I could have added a closure- ribbon or magnet tab. But without any closure too it stays shut well.

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I added 2 tags which I die cut using Stampin’ Up!’s Tag Scallop Combo #2 (retired). I cut 2 pieces for each tag- 1 pattern paper and 1 cardstock. Using some rub on letters I wrote a simple quote and Birth Stats.

It turned out to be a beautiful album… looks wonderful… easy to make and in the end bringing joy to the ones who receive it. Ginger from My Sister’s Scrappers has a wonderful Video Tutorial that can be found HERE.

On to another album shared by her πŸ˜€ (Will make it soon!!)

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

Flag Colors Blog Hop

Today I have a little mix media type wall art piece for the second Blog Hop at Indian Craft Room. This is a special blog hop as we are celebrating Indian Republic Day that falls in this month. January 26th was when India’s constitution came into force. So for the blog hop, our host Sharda decided to do something with the flag colors with a twist of Textures.

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Just in case you are not sure what the Indian Flag looks like…..

Saffron, White, and Green with a Blue wheel in the middle. Each color has its own significance. Saffron stands for courage and selflessness. White signifies peace, honesty and purity. Green signifies fertility, prosperity and faith. Finally, the Blue wheel aka Ashoka Chakra stands for dharma and motion (that the country will not oppose change and move forward with modernization).

Now that we know a little history ( can you tell I love history :D) …lets move on with our blog hop. The challenge….It sounded fun…and I truly enjoyed making my project…however, it was challenge trying to make a card with this…so I went with a mix media wall art.

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It has been a while I did some mix media work…so I decided to make one, using a quote I found and loved. So I started with using My Favorite Things Stencil – Abstract Petal and Ranger’s Texture Paste. Once it was dry, I used Tim Holtz Distress Stain– Spiced Marmalade and Crushed Olive- to create the flag like look.

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The letters were the hardest decision… use stickers, chipboard or diecut…what size…. phew!!! Finally after a lot of thinking, I decided to use Stampin’ Up!’s Little Letter Thinlits Die. I wanted to bring the blue from the wheel in, so I first worked on how the words would be laid out. Once I had the placement, I used Blue cardstock to cut the words that would sit on the white part.

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I knew I wanted to use flowers for embellishment…. so I started to work on some paper flowers…then remembered these little flower my friend/ Business partner had saved from something and left behind. So I decided to use them. Perfect tiny addition!!

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In the end, I still felt it did not look complete and decided to put some orange-green rhinestones…. eh!!! Then sudden click …how about tiny white pearls??Perfect!!! A completed project!!!

Mix Media projects are always fun!!!

Well don’t forget to check out all the DT projects for this blog hop:

Sharada
Sathya
Paru
Bhavana
Gopi
Priya

REMEMBER to comment on the original blog post and comment on each DT blogΒ  in order to qualify to win a prize!!!

This is all for today,

Until next time,

Happy Krafting

Cheers =)

 

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