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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 =)

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 =)

 

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 =)

October Moodboard

It has been a while I have posted something… Things surely get busy with a baby… and if not busy with him, then trying to organize the craft space. Had a light bulb moment few days ago…baby boy is growing up so fast… in no time he will be crawling, pulling things off shelf (aaaagh!!!) My OCD kicked in… right time to get working… to baby proof my craft space. Well, while that work is in progress, I managed to make a DT inspiration for the challenge at Indian Craft Room. This is round 2 of the challenge. I could not participate in Round 1. You can check out Round 1 inspirations HERE.

So this month’s challenge ICRCOCT16 is by our new DT member Akshma. She has come up with this festive moodboard. The Hindu festival of Diwali is right around the corner. So Akshma came up with this beautful moodboard that allows for many card design possibilities.

The gold, the diyas, the mandalas… all so festive… Now with the time crunch I had, I decided to pick the colors from the mandala on top right and the bokeh pattern. I would have loved to add a diya, but did not have enough time to print, color and cut!!

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I started by creating the background. Simple distress ink blending. I used Barn door, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Lucky Clover. I love this color combo.

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Creating this Bokeh was too easy with my Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh set. Although I have seen it being created by regular circle stamps too… inking and rolling the stamp on paper. But this stamp set cut the creation time in half and gave perfect bokeh’s πŸ™‚ I used Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink to create the subtle gold bokeh’s.

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Technically a “Happy Diwali” sentiment would make it perfect for the occasion… nevertheless, this Shine Bright (in the Let’s Bokeh set) fit perfect with the background I thought. Sentiment is stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Gold embossing powder.

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The front panel is layered on black cardstock to give a tiny border and the card base is Neenah Solar White.

I am also linking this card to Paru’s Card Making Challenges:

This was fun to do, especially after a small break.

Check out the challenge and join in the fun.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting =)

Cheers.

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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 =)

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

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 =)

 

New Year Thanks

Happy New Year to all. May this New Year bring all good things your way! With the New Year setting in, it is time for new challenge at Indian Craft Room.Β 

Here is the challenge:

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Sounds easy…doesn’t it…. but if you are someone who works with layers and colors … this can be challenge. CAS stands for Clean and Simple… so basically you have a lot of open space. Then add to that minimum embellishments…. and twist of using something new!!! Yes it can be challenging.

Nevertheless, it was fun to create. With some new purchases done around Thanksgiving, this card was perfect to break out one of the stamps. Here is my creation:

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The new stamp I used is Technique Tuesday’s Budding Poppies. I stamped it with Versafine Black Ink and Heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Clear powder.

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Let me tell you, I stamped the image 3 times!!! First time did it on watercolor paper, colored the flowers in, decided to use distress inks to do the background and realized…. where is the Clean part?? 😦 So stamped it again, this time on 80lb cardstock… but the coloring was not turning out smooth, so 3rd time is charm… this time..went on watercolor paper AGAIN… but just coloring in the flowers…. no background!

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I love how the coloring turned out… used Zig Real Clean Color Brush Markers. Absolutely love how smoothly they blend, especially on watercolor paper. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

So this is my share of this challenge. Check out all the creations by the DT members and a Guest Designer by clicking on the CoasteRide image above.

Until next time,

Happy krafting!

Cheers =)

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