Friday, 17 October 2014

Blog Hop | Lulupu - Sparkle with Prima - Day 7

Hello Everyone!!!

Most of you must have reached my blog either from Jaya's blog or the Lulupu blog. Others, wow! I'm surprised you're here because I haven't posted since... let's see...August! Wow that has been looong. I am here today because of a reason.. Lulupu's Sparkle with Prima Blog Hop and today is Day 7. 

If you haven't reached here from Jaya's blog, click HERE to go to the beginning of the hop and then find your way back!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Blog Hop | Getting to know me

So Sharada from Quilts & Quills invited me to this 'Getting to know me' blog hop. She has shared her answers on her blog here, so you can get to know her.

I met Sharada only on Facebook and we have yet to meet each other in person, but I know her as an extremely enthusiastic, bubbly and active crafter and I recently discovered that we are somewhat related. Distantly, but we are. So yay!! :D :D So do visit her 'Getting to know me' post and check out her other creations too. Once you're done, come back here because I have some things to share about myself too. 

Are you ready then? :)

The questions for this blog hop seem to have been drafted for creative people in general and that's why they relate to writing and creating, and luckily for me, I can answer both. This was one of the reasons, Sharada said she tagged me and I am so so glad. I never miss an opportunity to talk about myself, and that's why the answers are quite long; longer than a normal person would write, but I am going to do this anyway. ;)

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Throwback Thursday #2 | Flutter by, Butterfly

Hellloooo folks!!

I am back with another Throwback Thursday post! Yes, I have new stuff to share, but I am working on a larger project not related to crafting and that's the reason I am letting the new ones hibernate for now. :)

So let me go back to an old one. I made this in 2012 for Lulupu's Shabby Chic Shaped Cards Challenge and when I made this, I had never ever tried shabby chic before. So it was a challenge.

I made a card in the shape of a butterfly.. Let's start with the peeks! :)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Throwback Thursday #1 | Quilled 30th Anniversary Card

I know, I know, it is pretty late, but I still wanted to get this done today.. I realised a while ago that there was a time when this blog was not active and though all of my stuff has made it to the Facebook Page, it never made it to the blog. Throwback Thursday posts will be a good way to bring them back to life and would give me a chance to blog about them.

So let's go back to one of the first cards I made. I made this in May 2011 for my in-laws 30th wedding anniversary. I had just bought a pack of patterened papers from Hobby Ideas, had one or two wood mounted rubber stamps (also from Hobby Ideas) and quilling supplies. I didn't even have my trimmer so I used a steel ruler, my craft mat and an exacto knife to cut the papers and over did the Quilling. It's like I made all the different kind of flowers I knew how to and put them all over the place! :P

Take a look...

Monday, 28 July 2014

Guest Designing | Lulupu Challenge #35 - Go 3D

Hello Folks!!!

I am Guest Designing for Lulupu - The Craft Lounge today. :D :D

Their current challenge is Go 3D and this is my first try at any 3D stuff. Still, if you want to check it out, click here to see the full post. And here's a sneak peek to get you a little curious! ;)

Plus, I may or may not have a tutorial for you. :P

See you at the Lulupu Blog! :D

Have a great week!

Nikita.. :)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Box Card | Lawn Fawn Stamps & Quilled Chocolates

So I have another box card for you which is one of the cutest we have made so far! This one marks one year since the couple first met. We did a little bit of a twist on the earlier box card that we made..

Here are the pictures...

Lawn Fawn Stamps (Love 'n Breakfast), PP from Kaisercraft's Save the Date Paper Pad,
some colouring with Faber Castell Watercolour Pencils 
and some distressing on the edges of the sentiment and the image
and this side was done..

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Scrapbook - Page #5: Honeymoon Travels

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Right at this moment, I am feeling so so sad. This is the last page of the scrapbook and I have waited so long to share it and now that I have done that, I have nothing to look forward to! :( But I am sure there will be more and I will love those pages even more, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel :P So yay! :D

Anyway, let's see this page. This one captures the couple's honeymoon and the pictures - even though there were just two - were so so gorgeous that I had no choice but to use the best papers and the best combination of embellishments. So I picked this grey wooden background (which, honestly, I was planning to use for my personal scrapbook. That is, if I ever get to making one :P) from Crate Paper's Flea Market Collection and I fell in love!

Let's get started with the peeks now!!

This is the top left corner of the page and I have used Golden Striped Washi Tape 
and Wood Veneer Chevrons.
The little blue cloud is is from Kaisercraft's Hopscotch Collection (as are many other pieces on this page :P)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Box Card | Paper Lettering, Butterflies and Heart Shaped Cake


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Hello everyone!

I am sharing another box card today and I am so, so proud of this one. It was requested by a guy for his fiancée's birthday and he wanted us to go all out and make the best one possible. He also wanted her name to appear somewhere on the outside of the box. So Moumita and I thought, this was the perfect opportunity to do some lettering with 3mm quilling strips! And here's what we came up with.

We picked two colours from the pictures - dark pink/red and green - and started with that as a base to pick patterned papers, and here's what we had.

The pink mixed media sheet is from DCWV's Mixed Media Mambi Collection.
The green printed sheet is from one of the 12x12 sheets that Karuna destashed. 
This one one in particular was Fancy Pants Designs, I think.
The solid CSs used for layering (both pink & green) are from DCWV's Scrapbook in a Stack 8x8 pad.

So let's see what we did here.

One side of the box said 'Happy.' 
We did that with red quilling strips and added a few butterflies on the side.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Scrapbook - Page #4: Big Fat Wedding

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Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new week!

Last week was so much fun!!! There was a wedding in the family and I have no idea how the went past!!! What's more is that I had to ensure that the posts didn't stop, so it took some extreme dedication and discipline on my part to finish them in advance and for the first time SCHEDULE them!! :P :P

Anyway, speaking of weddings, this page is all about the couple's wedding. An Indian wedding attire (especially for the bride) is traditionally in reds, maroons and pinks and this one was no different. So I chose a nice pink PP from Crate Paper's Flea Market Collection with pink hearts and all that bokeh effect with the hearts in the background. With the perfect paper in hand, I picked out all the matching embellishments and was ready to go! Let's start with peeks, shall we?

This is the top right corner of the page and aside from the washi tape, I've used two die-cut pieces
from none other than Kaisercraft's Hopscotch collection.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Girly Box Card With Black Mats

So this one was requested by my sister Ananya and her friend Navneet for their friend Komal's birthday!!! They're all childhood friends and have grown up together. Ananya was claiming her 'first one is free for family' voucher :P when she asked me to make a box card, I asked her if she wanted a theme and she told me to do whatever I wanted. I asked her if she wanted a specific colour and she said black. So I took it ahead from there.

For this box, I picked only one sheet of 12"x 12" PP (as opposed to two or three different ones that I usually use. Some cut downs for pro-bono work ;) ) from DCWV's Mixed Media Mambi Collection and this one in particular was a pretty busy pattern and went really well with the black CS layered underneath. Moumita worked on this one as well. I just assembled everything on the inside, as in, just glued them on the CS.

Let's take a look at the box..

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Scrapbook - Page #3: Arranged Dating

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I love the title of the page. Even more so because it didn't come from me. The couple wanted to call their courtship as Arranged Dating and I thought it was pretty cool and I went along with it.

Let me start with peeks from various corners and angels of this page before showing the whole thing to you.

The background paper is from Crate Paper's Flea Market collection. 
The blue chevron PP is from My Mind's Eye's Citron Paper Pad from the Indie Chic collection.
I have used the Spellbinders Edgeabilitles Scallop Die and Distressed it with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
I have used the following thickers/chipboard stickers for the page title:
a) ARRANGED - Glitter Foam Thickers, Sunny Banana
b) DATING - Campy Trails Wood Stickers - Forest Chestnut by American Crafts

Monday, 7 July 2014

Hanging in a Car!

Hello everyone!!!

Today's project is highly unusual. I was asked to make something that could be hung inside a car. It is exactly what it sounds. Also, it had to be flat and had to depict a pleasant scenery of a car driving along the hillside. That was easy! Creating such scenes was all I did during drawing period in school. All I had to do was replace paint with distress ink, add some layers of paper to make it look real and do some stamping. So I decided to make a smaller version of an unframed painting with a hole pierced through it and some twine from in between so that it could be hung.

Then I thought, this thing would move around, and that would mean the other (blank) side would also be exposed, unlike a card. So I would have to do the EXACT same thing on the other side as well. And so I did.

Let's take a look! :D :D

A little glimpse of the sky, clouds and the mountains...

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Scrapbook - Page #2: Double Delight!

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All the pages in this scrapbook (so far, there are only five, including the cover. I am hoping I will get the opportunity to add more later) have a story to tell. 

Page #1 - Cover
Page #2 - When the couple's engagement was finalised/Roka done on her birthday (thus the page title)
Page #3 - Courtship
Page #4 - Wedding, and finally,
Page #5 - Honeymoon.

Now that I've explained the story behind the page title, let me reveal (again) that I was making this was around the time I had purchased a load of new craft supplies and Crate Paper's Flea Market collection was nothing like I'd seen before. To add to my delight and absolute craftasgmic pleasure, the die cuts from Kaisercraft's Hopscotch Collection co-ordinated so well with the papers that I am tempted to call this scrapbook the Flea Market Hopscotch Scrapbook. You know what, maybe I will! It's my creation, I get to call it whatever I want!!

And put those two together with some gorgeous washi tapes and wood veneers and we have ourselves a couple of fascinating pages! Here's one for sure.. Alright, I'll try and be humbler from this point forward.. :P

For this page, I used a teal coloured wood-grain background.
To the top of the page, I cut out a strip from on of the 12 x 12 sheets from DCWV's My Sunshine Paper Pad,
adhered it with only a little bit of glue and then and ran my Sew Easy tool over it.
So the upper section is actually stitched together by hand and will hold up even if the glue doesn't - not that it won't. :)
For the page title, I used two things...
a) American Crafts & Pebbles' Walnut Grove Thickers - DOUBLE
b) Studio Calico's Wood Veneer Alphabets - {DELIGHT}

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Box Card | Quilled Floral Paradise!


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So this box card was requested by Moumita's cousin and he wanted us to go all out with the Quilling an we did. This was a double box card - a box within a box card - so that meant double the fun!! :D :D As it was for Moumita's cousin, I thought it would be good practice for her to make the box on her own. So I haven't done a thing in this, except selection of the PPs, the design and size of the flowers, the colours of the Quilling strips etc. In short, I designed, she created. I didn't lift a finger and I loved it!! :D :D

Let's talk about the outer box first. The papers used for this were from DCWV's Mixed Media Mambi Collection - Sides and Lid. We did green on two sides and orange on the other two. The design had one large Royal Flower and two smaller Malaysian flowers with a bit of leaves on the sides. This design was a slight modification of the design used on the lid of an older box card (image below.)
Complete post of the above box on the Lulupu Blog here.

The design was exactly the same for the green as well as orange side...
We tried something new here... We did a black outline on everything Quilled... 
Almost everything

Glimpses of the Green Side... :)

Monday, 30 June 2014

Scrapbook - Page #1: You & I (Cover Page)

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I am so excited to be able to share this new scrapbook with you because with experience, this one has turned out to be waaay better than I expected. Also, I made this when I had just purchased some new craft supplies. Actually, some is an understatement; I had purchased a whole lot, and I used quite a bit of those in this scrapbook.

Here's a glimpse of all the yummy stuff I had bought!!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Quilled Photo Frame #1 - Spray of Flowers!

So I had originally intended to post this on Friday, but other things got in the way... I had to finish a few Thank You cards and as usual, I waited till the last minute and I had to go 32 hours without sleep because after I was done crafting I had a 2 hour lecture that I had to take, not attend (if it were the other way around, I'd have happily skipped it) then I had to go deliver the cards because it was too late to send by courier and by the time I was back home I was too exhausted to start the computer and post. Long story short, I've spent the past two days sleeping away to the point of being comatose. Enough said, let's get on to the project in question.

This one was requested by an old college friend who wanted a picture of her and her daughter to be framed so that her sailor husband could carry it with him when he was away. :) :)

So she sent me a really cute picture of the mother-daughter duo and I picked colours from the picture for the quilled design. Let me point it out here that all the Quilling (except a few scrolls in the end, made while assembling the flowers) was done by Moumita and both my sister and Yogita (My friend) were amazed by Moumita's neatness and perfection in the execution. And I was thrilled to hear that!!

Let us start with a few glimpses of close ups of various flowers and pictures taken from different angles to show you the 3D or raised effect that Quilling has!! :D

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Scrapbook - Page #9: Always & Forever

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Finally, finally!! This is the last post in this series!! I am so excited because I can now start sharing pictures from the next scrapbook :) Okay, but before that, let's talk about this one. The last and final page... Sigh!! I can't believe we're here already... :)

This page is pink too, because of the pictures.. 
and like most of the pages, I did the title of the page using Memory Box's Lower Case Alphabet dies
on white CS so that the white stands out.

For the sub-title, I used alphabet stickers from Echo Park's This & That Graceful Collection.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Box Card | For Birthday - with Quilled Corners

What's up, people? I am back with another box card, also Quilled.. a little bit. This one was made for one of my friends' fiancée's birthday, with no specific instructions. So I picked a couple of 12x12 sheets that Karuna destashed and got this box started. 

Let's move to the pictures straight away then.. :)

On one of the sides, I cut out a piece of card stock using the large labels die, embossed it and distressed it using Crushed Olive Distress Ink before stamping the sentiment from the Words2color stamp set in Rich Cocoa Ink. And I did not colour the words :P

Friday, 20 June 2014

Scrapbook - Page #8: Love Completes Life!

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I am back with the second last page of the scrapbook!! :)

Like most of the pages for this scrapbook, I have used a 12"x12" sheet from DCWV's Mixed Media Mambi Collection for the base. The top of this sheet had some pattern that was irresistible.. as in I could not stop myself from stitching along the lines. So I ran my Sew Easy tool over it and just did a simple stitch all along the entire top section of the page.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Micro-Quilled Henna Designs


You won't believe how excited I am to share this today. This project started for my Mom's 50th birthday (which was in October last year!) and then was finally completed pretty late - a lot of client projects, give-away projects, my laziness and a move from one end of the city to another got in the way. Because this was a personal project, it also got neglected and because my mother didn't know I was making this, she wasn't bothered about the delay.

Anyway, this was my first proper experiment with Micro-Quilling and all other projects that I've shared 
{1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5... There are more that I haven't shared yet} 
were a result of the things I learnt from making mistakes in this one.

I would have loved to show you day-wise updates but then it would be... wait, how many days is seven months... 7 x 30, but some months have 31 days, so.... a lot of days I am guessing. So I am showing you pictures in Phases. Let me elaborate. :)


October 26 - 31, 2013

The outline on the base CS.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Scrapbook - Page #7: Garden of Love!

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Third last page, two more to go!! Woo hoo!! I think we'll be done with this scrap book this week and I can start sharing the next one... :D :D

I picked a pink colour Mixed Media Mambi page for this layout because it matched with the pictures and even though the page was already busy I couldn't not embellish. I used one of my favourite fussy-cut embellishments - butterflies from a 6" x 6" sheet from Jillibean Soup's Blosson Paper Pad and Flowers from one of the 12" x 12" sheets from Echo Park's Sweet Girl collection. Take a look.. :)

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Rainbow Mini Album

I made this album way back in December last year. This was a gift for someone's birthday and the whole message could be done in seven pages. Seven pages = Seven colours = Rainbow Colours and that's how the album came to look like a rainbow - One colour each page :D :D

Without further ado, here are the pages..

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Scrapbook - Page #6: A Gorgeous Background and Minimal Embellishments!

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The page I am sharing today was one of the easiest and one of the hardest. Easy because the page, by itself, already has so much going on that it didn't require any embellishment and looked so gorgeous! Hard because picking embellishments that wouldn't make it too much, was tough. So I decided to start simple.

I picked neutrals and light greenish-blue shades of scrap PP (based on the colours on the page) and cut out circles using a circle punch and some banners. I alternated between the banners and half-circle and made a clothesline sort of embellishment and stuck a Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bird on it. I did this in a couple of places.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Valentine's Day 2014 | Project - The Last One(s) - Box Cards with Paper Lettering

Alright people,

I am finally sharing the last of my Valentine;'s Day 2014 Collection. After the tweaked card, the accordion card and easel card, I made three identical box cards. As I was leaving for Goa that very evening (as in I packed in the last 30 minutes that I had after my friends from college who requested these, picked them up from my house) I had no time to click pictures and I had to request them to give the cards/boxes back for a day just so that I could click pictures. But these boys took the longest to get the box to me... three and a half months!! And even then, I got only one of three back. Their excuse - they all look the same. Bah!

But I have the pictures now, so that's the silver lining. :D Anyway, this was made when we were still excited about lettering after we made this card and as my friends wanted it in their boxes too, we got to work. 

As the boxes were made for Valentine's Day, we stuck with the red and added some beige for contrast. We used red polka dotted paper from DCWV's My Sunshine Paper Pad on two sides and a beige PP from Echo Park's Paradise Beach 12x12 Collection on the other two. We did the lettering on the beige PP - 'Happy Valentine's Day' (I did this part) on one side and 'I Love You' (Moumita did this) on the other. Here are a few glimpses when we were still making the boxes.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Scrapbook - Page #5: Holiday Fun!

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Yay, another page from the scrapbook!! I am so excited that I am posting frequently now and clearing the backlog... I am so so glad about that!

Anyway, back to the page I am sharing today; this one has pictures from their vacation(s) so we had a nice holiday theme going on and I used a lot of stickers from Echo Park's Paradise Beach collection. For the background, I used a 12x12 sheet from DCWV's My Sunshine collection. It was beige and ruled and there was so much I could do with it.

So on the top, I added border stickers and below that, I added the page title, cut out from alphabet dies on various left over PP cut-outs. I added some more stickers round that... 
a cocktail glasss, a pair of sunglasses and some flip-flops.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Quilled Birthday Card for Mom

I am really really embarrassed to admit when I made this card. It was September last year. I don't know how I forgot about it - like I forgot about countless other projects that I made - but I did. And thanks to this vow that didn't allow me to share any pictures till I edited all of them, I unearthed all of my long forgotten projects and I am ready to share them, even if it means it a (almost) a whole year later.

Anyway, this one was for one of my school friend's mom. He only told me the colours - blue and maroon - and that it had to be quilled. Moumita had just joined and her first assignment was to learn and make Royal flowers and husked petal-ed flowers. And she did amazingly well.

We also tried to make quilled flourishes with multiple strips in various colours and even though it didn't turn out to be quite the way we expected, we liked it! :)

Here are glimpses of the card. :)

Instead of the usual solid coil centres, we decided to add medium sized pearls.
We stamped the sentiment in the centre of the card and adhered one cluster of flowers to the top left (seen below) and the other to the bottom right.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Scrapbook - Page #4: Tulips, Hearts and a lot of Love!

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The next page from the scrapbook is one of my favourites for numerous reasons. This page has pictures from the couple's wedding and reception. The colours in the pictures were so amazing that this blue-green mixed media paper was the best thing that would go along with it. Also, I tried something new with this, so all of those things make this page really special.

Let's start with the glimpses. :)

The page had a lot of white polka dots, so I stamped large hearts in Barn Door Distress Ink  and stitched through the center. It was a slight word play on the page title "Hearts Knit Together."
I couldn't knit, so I stitched. :)
I also stamped little hearts in Memento's Lady Bug. :)

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Flip Flap Thank You Cards

Today I have not one, but five cards to share. Why am I sharing them all together? It's because they were all requested by one girl for five of her friends and they all look exactly the same, except for their colour scheme and the pictures used. In short, it's the same design in different colours. So let me get started.

When we were getting the design details straight, she requested specific colour schemes for each of her friends and when I saw that the colours co-ordinated with the pictures she gave me I was thrilled. Finally, someone who thinks like me!! :P

Anyway, as a flip flap card has a lot of area to cover, I thought why restrict the design to just one patterned paper per card? So I picked out a bunch of them and made a note of other details on a post it and sorted them using binder clips. I also picked put matching washi tapes but didn't end up using them. Here's a glimpse of the papers neatly grouped together with the colourful tapes. :)

Monday, 26 May 2014

Scrapbook - Page #3: Bright on Black!

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This may seem odd but it has kind of become the norm for me. I post ALL my projects late and this one, in particular, has been neglected for far too long. I finished and couriered this scrapbook way back in October first week, last year. I shared two of the pages (out of nine) and then newer projects grabbed my attention.

But a week or so ago, I decided I had to take a stand and I vowed to myself that till I am done editing and watermark-ing ALL my older projects, I wouldn't share a single thing. Now that it's all finally done, I can breathe, so to speak. :)

I may have mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. For this scrapbook, all pages barring one, are from DCWV's Mixed Media Mambi Collection.

I used a black page for this and added some bright and colourful elements for contrast and loved the effect.

I stamped flowers and leaves in Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Barn Door and Peeled Paint - and Fussy Cut them. For the flowers, I have layered three of them to add dimension and added a little pearl in the centre and some stickles on the sides.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Beehive Quilling!!! First try and some Christmas Quilling!

The Quilling bug caught me sometime last year. Quilling has always been at the core of most of my creations as my journey into Crafting began with Quilling, but there was a phase where I was making projects without Quilling and it was mostly because of time constraints. But towards the end of last year, especially after Moumita joined, I began to add Quilling to most of my projects and that led me to experimenting with new techniques. I had done a Micro-Quilled Frame for my friend, so I urged Moumita to try it and she stunned me with her work and while she was grasping the finer details of that, I experimented with the beehive technique.

It is so much fun and the easiest way to fill spaces in lesser time!! I am a fan of this technique.

For my trial, I started with something simple - the word LOVE. I used 3mm paper strips and alternated between red and baby pink for each alphabet. For the outline, I used off white.

Here are glimpses of each alphabet. :)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Valentine's Day 2014 | Project 3 - (My First) Easel Card

Hello everyone!!!

Today I am sharing the third project for this year's Valentine's Day and I am really excited about it because I have tried something new. I tried an Easel Card!! Hurray for me!! :D 

The card measures 6"x 6" and I've used a whole lot of red on this card (I had refrained from using red on the other two cards - Card 1 | Card 2

I've used patterned paper from Crate Paper's DIY Shop paper pad and on the top, I used white Fabric Tape.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Scenic Birthday on the Beach! ;) With cake and roses, at sunset..

I'm back with another card I made way back in January this year. What I liked about this card was the specifics I was provided with before I began. This card was made for someone's wife's birthday and he wanted sunset at the beach or at Marine Drive (I figured making a beach would be easier :P) and two figures - a boy and a girl - the girl smiling shyly while the boy hands her a cake with a bunch of roses hidden behind his back!

Extremely specific, I know. And that's what made creating this card easy and the most difficult as well. For one, the answer was obvious - I had to distress to create the scene and even though I had always dreamed of making something on these lines, I had never actually done it.

It took about five tries to get the right tone of pink, lavender, purple and orange - Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord and Wild Honey for those who speak "Tim Holtz" and only then I was satisfied that this was something I could show other people.

Once the sky was done and ready, I used The Craft's Meow's stamp set called 'Vintage Rides' and stamped a banner and the sentiment on watercolour paper and stuck it in the sky. Let me start giving you glimpses at the card.. :)

This post is picture heavy and has extremely detailed notes. :)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Valentine's Day 2014 | Project 2 - Love-ly Card

Hello all!

Today I am sharing the second card I made for Valentine's Day 2014. This card request was through a referral through another crafter. Our very own Pooja Khupse (of the BGC fame) recommended me for one of her husband's colleagues who wanted to send a Valentine's Day card to his wife in India. It was extremely nice of her to recommend me and I was really happy to make this for their friend's wife!

After he saw a couple of pictures of my work, he wanted a tweaked version of this kind-of-vintage anniversary card that I had made. I got pretty specific instructions regarding the tweaks I had to make so it didn't involve too much thinking on my part. Also, as this was for a lady, I could go heavy on pinks and reds!! :D :D

So, before I show you the original card that I tweaked, here are a few peeks of certain elements on the card. :)

Monday, 21 April 2014

Anniversary Card with Paper Lettering

Hi everyone,

I'm here with a quick post on a card I made in January. Moumita and I have been obsessed with Quilling lately and we've been experimenting with traditional quilling techniques, micro-quilling, typography and cursive lettering with paper. Yes, you got it! We just did't do an outline on a bold thick font, we wrote with paper. 

We used a nice and curly font and printed it on PP in Dark Brown as that's the colour of the paper we were using. We wanted any mistakes to be hidden by a colour camouflage, but turns out, Moumita did this so well, that a camouflage wasn't required at all. :D :D

I printed the sentiment on a beige colour Echo Park PP from the Sweet Girl collection with a subtle print that easily blended with the intricate quilling on the card! I also distressed the edges of the card with my favourite Tea Dye Distress ink :D :D

This card was requested by an ex-colleague for her parents' anniversary! 

Picture heavy post!

So we started with a simple 'Happy Anniversary' and just glued brown paper strip over it. 
We have used 3mm paper strips on this project! :)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Valentine's Day 2014 | Project 1 - Accordion Card

Hello people!

I am back after a really long time. It's two months late, but I am now sharing the projects that I made for Valentines' Day. Sadly, I didn't make any for my husband. :(

Anyway, this one is an accordion card and was requested by one of my friends from school for her husband, and in a rare occasion today, I am going to type less and get straight to the pictures. Lesser than normal, I meant. :P

When I was making this, I was still in love with the Quilled Creations Rose Die and I thought I'd use them here. :)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Scrapbook - Page #16: The last one!! :D :D

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Yay!! Finally, finally, we are here with the last page of this scrapbook (unless Deval decides to add some more later :P.)

So for this page, Deval wanted to add a few pictures from the trip they were taking for their 5th Wedding Anniversary (to Jaipur) and since this scrapbook was made for said anniversary, obviously the pictures weren't there when I was working on this. So I just embellished and left loads of space for some pictures as well as journaling.

As Jaipur is also known as the Pink City, with Deval's permission, I decided to go all Pink on this one!! :)

The base PP used for this page is from Grace Taylor's Brights Collection. I loved how the Pink Polka dots were subtle to allow embellishments to pop as well as to allow journaling directly on it.

On the top left, I used banner stickers from Echo Park's This & That Graceful Collection and added some twine on top.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Scrapbook - Page #15: Chipboard, Chipboard and some more Chipboard :D

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Wow, we're almost done with this series. I am kinda feeling overwhelmed!! :P I really am.. I was looking forward to sharing all the pictures and now that I am almost done, I am a little sad. However, the fact that I have two more (and I am sure by the time I am done sharing those, we'll have a few more) scrapbooks, is the thing that makes this all better.

Quite honestly, ever since I finished the Valentine's Day cards (and that was February 12th) I haven't crafted at all, not even the mess on my crafting table back in it's place. I am behind on Design Team projects (I've even missed a few and I don't feel like creating at this moment, and that's why older projects are what keep me going, what keep this blog from going idle. :)

Enough about that, though. Let's talk about this one. This page. The second last from this scrapbook.

I made this one pretty simple. Embellished with lots of MME's chipboard elements and a few PP ribbons, this page was done! It's clean, simple and elegant (I think) mostly because the background was sooo amazing that I wanted it to be visible. So without much jibber-jabber (again) let me show this to you. :)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Scrapbook - Page #14:Fussy Cut Flowers and Doilys, Stitched Borders and Washi Tapes | Inspired

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Good morning, all!

Another one of my beloved pages from the scrapbook. Without any jibber-jabber (words of Judge Sanders of the Boston Legal fame :P), I'll get straight to the point.

This page has pictures from the couple's engagement and at another wedding. As the base, I've used a 12" x 12" sheet from Echo Park's Paradise Beach Collection. Let us start with sneak peeks.. Here's a glimpse at the top right corner of the page.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Scrapbook - Page #13: Twine, Rosettes, Stitching & some Negative Space

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Alright, I am back! (Not in the KJo way, but back with another post.. :D :D)

After sharing a page with pictures from her birthday, here's a page with pictures from his. :) The base PP for this page is from Echo Park's For The Record 2 collection.

For this page, decided to make rosettes as embellishments. I used 12" long strips. For larger rosettes, the were 1" wide and I think 3/4" or 1/2" inch wide for the smaller ones. For the center, I punched out circles using the 3/4" EK Success circle punch and adhered twine underneath to make them look like they were floating.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Scrapbook - Page #12: Thickers, Paper Ribbons, Buttons & Twine

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So, Good Morning, again... :)

Another page from my 16-page scrapbook.. Can't believe there are only 4 more to go after this! Phew! Finally.. Deval must be so relieved that I am finally (almost) done sharing these. It has been long due, since August last year :)

Anyway... This page captures a few pictures from Deval's birthday! And so, I decided that the word 'Birthday' with a smiley, would be apt as the page title :) For this page, I have used a double sided 12" x 12" sheet from Echo Park's For The Record 2 collection.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

BGC #45 - Sweet Tooth | Candy Makes Everything Better!

Hello crafty people!!!

Today I am sharing a card that I made for Beyond Grey Challenges' Challenge #45 - Sweet Tooth! This challenge was running from February 1st to February 15th of this month and as usual, I am a little late in posting this! :P

As a part of the challenge, we had to create a card that has the following two things:
   a. Something sweet on it.. Like an ice-cream or chocolate or a cookie on it. I decided to go with Candy!
   b. At least three colours from this palette.. I used almost all of them :)

Monday, 24 February 2014

Scrapbook -Page #11: Scallops, Hearts, Owls and a whole lotta Love..

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So here I am, back with another page from the scrapbook that captures moments from Valentine's Day. For this, I have used the same base PP as the previous page from Echo Park's This & That Graceful 12x12 collection... this one

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Happy Birthday, Boss! | Quilled Birthday Card

Good morning folks!

Today I am sharing a card that I made way back in September last year and then totally forgot about. It is a birthday card made for someone's boss. It is colourful, fun and quilled. So as usual, I will start with showing you peeks from various sections of the card and then I will reveal the whole thing. If you've been a regular here, you would know how this works :)

So here's the first peek. The card needed to have a few two pockets on the card front so that small messages written on tags could be inserted into them. So we made two pouches one below the other and embellished them with party favours like gift boxes and party hats (we’ve stamped, coloured and fussy-cut them before adhering them on the pouches.)

Friday, 21 February 2014

Scrapbook - Page #10: Banners, Butterflies, Labels & Pink

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Hello people! 

It has been really long since I posted and I realised that I fall behind in posting on this blog only because I am creating new stuff every week and editing pictures is a pain!! So, as a remedy, I edited all the pictures of this scrapbook - watermark and all, and what's even better is I have all posts ready and scheduled all the way till up to March! Woo hoo!!! I am loving it! :D :D

It requires mention here that I finished this scrapbook by August 10 of LAST YEAR so I have been really slow in posting pictures. And between then and now, I have finished two more scrapbooks, so I really need to speed things up. Something needed to be done and I am glad I have figured it out :)

So without further ado, let's get on to this particular page that captures pictures from the couple's wedding. :)

For the base, I have used this sheet from Echo Park's This & That Graceful 12x12 Collection. (I've used the other side as well; that's the next page in the scrapbook :D)

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Layout on a Card: #1

Today's card is the first one of it's kind I have made. Sure I've seen such designs elsewhere, but I haven't had the opportunity to try it.. that is, until now.

One of my ex-colleagues wanted a scrapbook but she wanted only one page. So I suggested that we make a smaller version of a one-page scrapbook and did a layout on a card! :) It wasn't that difficult considering I've been making LOs for a while now, the only hitch would be to fit those embellishments (that normally go on a 12x12 page) on a 6x6 card. But I did it anyway and loved the result! :)

I was itching to use these Rose dies from Quilled Creations (destashed by Pratiksha) and what I thought it would be perfect for scrap pieces of PP.

I was soooo excited about making the roses, that I ended up making loads of them in all three sizes and placed them in clusters on three different areas on the card. I also cut out leaves (from the same dies) and distressed them with Crushed Olive & Peeled Paint.

I also quilled some swirls using Brown 3mm strips and placed them around the flower clusters.

The papers for the flowers, the layers, the background and the roses are from My Mind's Eye's Miss Caroline Dolled Up 6"x6" Paper Pad. Lovely papers!!! Yummy!!! :)

As usual, let's get started with sneak peeks, shall we?

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Quilled Monogram #1

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So a while ago, I started experimenting with Micro-Quilling, and as I was teaching it to Moumita (Have you met her? If you haven't, you can get to know her here. :D), we decided that she would make a Monogram with the alphabet 'M'. It's slightly complicated and does not involve the use of the slotted needle at all, unless you choose to add coils and swirls to your project. It's all about knowing how to work the paper strips and you have to have the precision of a surgeon when you handle the tweezers. And to my delight, I discovered that Moumita mastered this easily because all I did  on this project was start the outlining. Everything else - EVERYTHING - is Moumita's work.

So here I am, proudly presenting to you, in detail, the making of our first Quilled Monogram!! :)


We started with printing the outline of the alphabet on a 8"x8" Cardstock 
and once we had picked our colours, we she made the outline frame. 
The strips used here are 5mm in width. Take a look.