Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Scrapbook - Page #3: Pinwheels, Speech Bubbles & Washi Tapes!

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See previous pages here...
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I was planning on posting yesterday, but turns out it was my turn to post on the Lulupu Blog and as much as I love blogging, I can only handle one post in a day. :P So anyway, today I am here to share the third page of the 5th Anniversary Scrapbook that I made in the beginning of this month.

For the base sheet, I used yet another pre-printed page from the My Sunshine 12x12 Paper Stack from DCWV; it made my life very easy :P There were two pictures that needed to be used on this layout and I adhered them with Tombo, and added Washi Tapes on the sides as accents. I also stamped geometric shapes (like in did in the previous page) and stamped them in Richo Cocoa and Tangelo.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Explosion of Coffee, Photography, Golf & Poker!!!!

So, I had said yesterday that I will be sharing the detailed Exploding Box Card that I made, and I am ready to do that now. I made this card for my school friend, Kamya who wanted it for her fiance. Kamya is currently in Arizona, USA, doing her PhD. During one of our Skype/Google Hangout sessions sometime in April this year, she realised that she had never got anything made from me, which, considering the fact that she is one of my oldest friends, was surprising. So she ordered not just one, but THREE things from me. The first one was for her Dad's Birthday in May, the next for Mother's Day and one for her fiance's birthday in August!!!

Now sending the cards to her parents was very easy because they live pretty close by. But her fiance is in Arizona as well. When I asked her how she was planning for the card to reach halfway across the globe, she said she was planning a trip to India in mid-May and she would take it back with her when she left mid-June. So, I made this two months ago, but couldn't share it until now. :D :D

She wanted a Double Box - a box, inside a box - so I suggested that we add some themes, instead of just using random embellishments. So she gave me four of Shekhar's favourite things/pastimes - Coffee, Photography, Golf and Poker. She also had four photos to add which actually made things perfect. We used two themes and two photos on each of the boxes. :)

Time for some pictures now!!! :D :D

Thursday, 22 August 2013

BGC #37 - Latte Love!

I'm baaaaack!! :D

Today I am going to share a card that I made for BGC #37 - Latte Love. I was hosting this challenge and when I was asked to come up with a theme, I put two of my most favourite things together and that made the Challenge Theme for the fortnight as...

"Latte Love"
In case you wanted to play along, Here's what you have to do...
1. Make any project.. Card/LO/Tag/Box, etc. inspired by Coffee (something I love and enjoy) either the colours OR the sentiments OR a cup of coffee on your project as well. But...
2. You have to add stitching (also something that I really try to incorporate in my projects) to your project. We would love to see real stitching using SewEasy Tool or a sewing machine or even by hand without any tools. However, if that's not possible, we will allow Faux Stitching as well.. :)

You would think that because I set the challenge, it would have been a breeze for me to make something, but I had the hardest time!! I started out with drawing a sketch of a card and while I was executing it, it looked weird. So I had to start all over again and I decided, if I was having a hard time, simple would be good, less would be more. And this is what turned out...
I started with creating a Washi tape background on the card base. For that, I vertically aligned five colour-coordinated tapes next to each other, in varying lengths. Then, I ran my SewEasy tool along the centre of each tape and stitched it up with an off white coloured crochet thread.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Scrapbook - Page #2: Sun, Birds, Clouds & Hexagons :)

This post is the SECOND post in a series. To read all posts in this series, click here.

See first (cover) page here...

Hello Everyone!!

After being in hiatus for a few days with all the holidays and festivities going on, I took a craft & blog break. But I am here now and today I am going to share with you a page from the 5th Anniversary Scrapbook that I had promised. It is one of the 15 Pages that I made. So far, I've only shared the cover page.

{I originally wrote this post on the Beyond Grey Challenges Blog as a part of the "What's Up Crafty?" Segment. So basically, this is just a copy-paste with a little bit of editing to suit this blog :)}

Warning: Picture Heavy :)

This page was made to record the couple's move to Pune from Mumbai. If you know me and my posting style, you would know that I don't show the project just like that. I generally give sneak peeks of the project from different angles because I like to build the suspense :P and then when I have just about exhausted every possible angle, I show the final picture. I hope you have the patience... :P

Anyway, when I was planning the LO, I first decided what I was going to use as the Base Sheet. I selected one of the Pre-Printed Sheets from the My Sunshine 12x12 Paper Stack by Die Cuts With A View and that made the layout way easier than a blank page would have.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Lulupu Challenge #15 - Weather or Not!


I know I said somewhere that I won't post this often, but there's a huge backlog that needs to be cleared. So for a few days, there will be frequent posts; please bear with me.

Anyway, I already shared a sneak peek of this card two weeks ago, and even though this has appeared on the Lulupu Blog, I want to share this here as well. So I am copying everything I wrote, but I'll make a few changes as necessary. :)

As I said earlier, I made this card for Lulupu's Challenge #15 which required us to... {I am just pasting the rules here...}
1. Create a card, layout, altered project, tag, 3D project... absolutely anything, that depicts the weather
It may be the weather you are currently experiencing or you could choose to show Summer, Spring, Winter, Autumn, or the Rains, on your project. You could also create a view of some place like the beach or the mountainside with a sparkling river and boats on them or a clear starry summer sky. {Enough ideas from me. I need to shut up!)

2. However, the project must show a scene and not just one element of the weather
For example, one snowflake on your project, will not equal a winter scene. Similarly, one umbrella, will not equal a rainy scene. Paint a picture for us (so to speak).. think of your project as a canvas and go crazy.
Now, ever since I made this card for BGC's The Sky is the Limit Challenge and I outlined the clouds witStickles, I wanted to make a 'Every Cloud has a Silver Lining' type of a card. And with the rains pouring down here in Mumbai for the past few weeks, bam, I could mix both and make a card for this challenge.

I think this is the first sad card I have made and I hope I don't have to use it ever, but I think it's cute enough to actually cheer someone up if they are feeling low. :)

I made a sky background on my card using a cloud stencil that I made out of card stock and instead of making the clouds bright, I made them dark using Pumice Stone Distress Ink instead of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I then cut out some clouds using the cute Puffy Clouds Memory Box Die and outlined EVERY SINGLE CLOUD with Stickles. How else could I justify the sentiment??? :P

Just the clouds with the silver lining would look empty and not a 'scene.' So I added a few more things in the mix.. Quilled Raindrops, to start with.. :)

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

BGC #36 - Hello, My Fruity Friend!!

Alright, I didn't mean "fruity"when I wrote the title. You'll know what I mean when you see the card.

You probably are aware that I design for a Challenge Blog called Beyond Grey Challenges that hosts two challenges every month - one on the 1st (that runs till the 15th) and another on the 16th (that runs till the end of the month.) The first challenge for August - Challenge #36 set the following rules...

Make a window card with single or multiple windows. It has to be inspired by your favourite fruit (colour, shape or both) and the word 'friend' or 'friendship'should be included somewhere in the card.
So here's what I did.

Even though my favourite fruit is Mango, I thought of taking my inspiration in an Apple (I love Apple Inc. :P) So I made a circular card that looked like an apple (though my husband said it resembled a pomegranate. That's a fruit too, so technically, apart from the misrepresentation of the name of the fruit, I wasn't breaking any challenge rules.) I used the largest circular die, scored and folded the CardStock and then cut a circle out leaving the folded part out.

I cut out a circle (a window) in the centre and stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card. Obviously, it had the word 'friend' in it.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Scrapbook - Page #1 - Cover Page :)

This post is the FIRST post in a series. To read all posts in this series, click here.

Until I made this scrapbook, I realised I had never really made anything close to a scrapbook. Yes, I made one for a colleague's farewell; yes I made one for my teacher's 9th Wedding Anniversary and yes, I've made 3 pages of my own Pre-Wedding (but still incomplete) Scrapbook; but I now realise that they were something else.. And here's why..

With the Farewell Scrapbook, the design was required to be minimalistic with more focus on the content and images. Also, I had close to a week to do those 16 pages, so I decided not to make it like a Scrapbook-Scrapbook, but more of a memory book. And what I ultimately made, worked for that.

With the 9th Anniversary Scrapbook, I was working blind, sort of. Since I was making it for my teacher, she was hesitant to share photos and the content for the pages because they were too personal and I kind of understand that. But that made things very difficult for me because I only knew how many pictures I needed to leave space for. So, I put photo cards and wrote down what size the photo should be, but I was clueless as to what the colours on the photo were (which would help me decide the colour scheme and choose my embellishments) or how much or how little she wanted to write on the pages, which left me no choice but to guess how much space to leave for journaling. It was tough, but what I made was passable. In short, still not a real scrapbook.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Lulupu Challenge #15 - Sneak Peek :)


Another Lulupu Challenge goes live about the same time this post does. :D :D

Hop on to the Lulupu Blog to check what this challenge is all about and what you can do to play along and win!!! Here's the link to the Challenge Post.. Although I cannot reveal much here, I can give you a sneak peak of what's coming up... And here it is..

See you at the Lulupu Blog!!