December 31, 2011

Glittery card

Hi there! Just logged in to post my last card for the year. It is especially made for Pie Lane's first challenge. I had been thinking about it and finally managed to make something glittery.

Before decribing the card, I want to wish all of my dear blogger buddies a very Happy & Creative New Year ahead!! I had many fabulous moments on the blogland this year: got so many awards, prizes, RAKs, made lotta friends and learnt a lot from each one of you. Thanks a lot for all the love and sharing! God bless you all.

For this card I cut out the colored papers from an old greeting card lying with me. The sentiment is a digi. The quilled flower was in my stash waiting to be used. The butterfly and the flourish is from Pie Lane. And as you can see I have generously used lots of glitter from Hobby Ideas.
 I also made 2 matching bookmarks from the left over pieces and one more card, that I'll be sharing later.
Challenges entered:
Pie Lane Challenge #1: Glittery basics
Drunken Stampers - #80 Glittery Holiday
Sentimental Sundays - must include a Sentiment - Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum - Anything BUT a Christmas Card
Secret Crafter - #166 Anthing goes
Card Crafters Circle – Anything Goes

December 20, 2011

Quilled Wreaths

Hi!! Today I am sharing another version of my quilled wreath. I made this for the Christmas Special event at Jovi's blog. She has a BIG giveaway and some interesting events lined up. So do check them out.
Wreath with 3 poinsettias....
 Wreath with 2 poinsettias....
Hope you like my work!! Happy Crafting and have a wonderful holiday season!

Challenges entered:
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Hooked on Crafts - Christmas
Paper Pretties - Colours: Red, White and Your Choice
Ooh La La Creations - Anything BUT a Card
Victorine Originals - Christmas
Paper Sundaes - Celebrate
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum - Anything BUT a Christmas Card
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - #51 Anything goes for Christmas

December 13, 2011

Waterfall card for Christmas

Hi. This is my 2nd waterfall card made for Christmas. Thanks Neha Gala for sharing this link to Dawn's site. I never thought they were so easy and addictive!! The snowflakes are digis. I have used them in my other Christmas card here as well.
 When you pull the botton flap, where the ribbon is tied, the pictures start opening up beautifully :) Here's the second one..
 Third one...
 Last one... You can use the empty space on the inner side of the bottom flap to add a sentiment or any other surprise element. I did that for the first waterfall card that I made for my DH bday. Will share that one soon :)
 Really loved this technique. They are so much fun and quick to make.
Hope you like my card. Happy Crafting!

Challenges entered:
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Heart Song Inspirations - Snowflakes and/or Doilies
Hooked on Crafts - Christmas
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun
Moving Along with the Times – Last Minute Christmas
Dream Valley – Christmas
Squigglefly - Clean and Simple Holiday Theme
2 Sisters Challenge - Christmas
Card Makin' Mamas - Christmas
Lollipop Crafts – Christmas

December 10, 2011

Tin can luminaries for Christmas

Hi there! This is my project for Kavitha's blog: For the love of crafting. It is a tin can lamp, decorated with handmade flowers, which can be hung in the house as a decoration piece.
She insisted that I make a Christmas project other than a card, so I looked around the house and decided to make good use of this tin can. Since it already had a Christmas design on it, my work bacame a bit easier (alteast I thought so initially :), read along to know why not?)
 I drilled holes into the can in the shape of a star, keeping the Season's Greetings sentiment intact. I decorated the can around the sentiment. I drilled five such stars around the tin.
This is how it looked after the holes were drilled in. I never knew it was so difficult to do that. May be because I didn't have the proper equipments. I used a nail and hammer. It was easier to drill towards the bottom of the tin. My hubby helped me do the ones towards the rim.
Now the decoration part. I decorated the tin with poinsettia flowers made with satin ribbon. 
I have done a tutorial here on how to make these flowers.
This is how it looks when illuminated.
If you note, most of the stuff used in this project is reused, without any modern tools being used. The tin can was actually a cookie box and the beads and dried flowers are from my birthday bouquets. The ribbons for flowers and leaves had been with me since long.
The beads hung below are from an old necklace of mine.
Hope you all like my project. Do drop in a word to let me know :)
It'll really make me happy!!

Challenges entered
Crafty Catz – Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles – Christmas with lots of Embellishments
Inspire Me Fridays – Anything Goes
Raise The Bar – Christmas
Charisma Cardz - No Cards
AiFactory - Something Red
Crafty Ribbons - Traditional Colours for Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas

Poinsettia flower with Satin ribbon

Hi friends!! Today I want to share with you a tutorial for making poinsettia flowers with satin ribbon. I had learned this from a lady in Assam, when I was in Std X. I love the way these flowers look.
I had made this hanging flowers bouquet with this technique, long back.
Also see my tin can luminaries project posted today where I used these flowers.

Now, onto the tutorial (P.S. This is a picture heavy post)
1. Take the broad satin ribbon which we easily get in craft stores. The effect with the double shaded ones is much better, but since I wanted to make poinsettias, I have used bright red color.
2. Trace the petal shape onto the ribbon and cut them. You will need 7 petals for one flower.
3. Make lines on the petals using hot knife.
4. Take craft wire and wrap it with green tape. Cut the wires a little longer than the petals and glue them to the back of the petals as shown.
5. Once the glue dries, take 7 flower centers, and fold them. Take one petal at a time, bending them backwards and start adhering them around the flower center, one by one with thread.
6. Tie 3 petals at first, for the top layer. Then layer the rest of the petals below them.
The wire makes it easy to bend and place the petals in any form.
Use the flowers for decoration or as embellishments for your projects. You can make leaves also in similar way with green ribbon.
Hope you like the tutorial :)
Please drop in a comment in case you have any queries regarding this. I will answer them in this post later.

Happy crafting!!

Challenges entered:
Southern Girls - Ribbon
ABC Christmas Challenge - Christmas - anything goes
Cooking It Up With Katie - # 86 anything goes
Create Me Pink Challenges - #5 Christmas Colours
Creative Belli - #132 winter/Christmas
Digistamps 4 Joy - #33 Christmas, no animals
Decorate to Celebrate - #13 Christmas party decoration
Inky Impressions - #26 ribbon
My Mum's Craft shop - 35 traditional Christmas
Penny's Paper-Crafty - #68 Merry Christmas
Paper take weekly - Anything goes

December 7, 2011

CAS Christmas Card

Ok so here is my CAS card for Xmas. The sentiment is a digi. The holy leaves are handcut from handmade paper. The special element of this card is the border that I have used. Can you guess what it is??
Well, have you seen this design on a certificate? Yes, it is cut out from a certificate, somewhat like the one here...
I didn't cut any of mine, but I found one in office lying as scrap.
I loved the border and used it on my card :)
Challenges entered
Partytime Tuesdays - PTT #45 Holiday Greeting
Heart Song Inspirations - Christmas and /or Red, Green, White
Kaboodle Doodles - Christmas colours
Hooked on Crafts - Winter Wonderland
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun

December 5, 2011

Christmas Ornaments card

Heya!! I am on a Christmas cards making spree especially with my newly purchased PPs.
I loved these Xmas ornaments on a card I saw on net and wanted to make my version of them. I didn't have any cutter or punch of this shape, so I roughly drew on a paper scrap and altered the shape till it was as I wanted. Then used it as a template for the main one for the card.
Hope you like the card. Isn't the li'l penguin so adorable!!
 Another view...
Challenges entered
ICRC13 - Christmas Non-traditional colors
The Pink Elephant - Snowflakes and Sparkles
Whoopsi Daisy - Snowflakes
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Non Traditional Christmas Colours

December 4, 2011

Christmas card

Hi! Here is a simple card I made based on Mojo Monday Sketch #217.
The snowflakes are a digi image. The Chrysanthemum flower is made of quilling paper.
Another view

Challenges entered:
Mojo Monday - Sketch #217
Clearly Inspired - Christmas
Fairy Tale - Christmas
Jingle Belles - Christmas
Poodles Parlour - Christmas
Raise The Bar – Christmas

December 1, 2011

Happy Holidays

Its 1st Dec today and the holiday season has set in :) So here is my holiday card.
The colors and not the usual christmas colors and that's why I liked the card a lot. The PP was a RAK by Paru, The snowman and sentiment are digis. The snowflakes are punched. The laces are from my stash. I colored the snowman using Faber Castell watercolor pencils.
 Hope you like my card :)
Challenges entered:
Crafty Creations - #146 Christmas + sentiment
Divas by Design - #16 anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky - #101 Anything goes
7 Kids College Fund - Christmas, non traditional colors
Stampotique Designers' Challenge - #43 Christmas, non traditional colors
Shopping Our Stash - C12 #28 Digi Images &/or Sentiments &/or Recycle

November 30, 2011

Spiral roses Birthday card

Hey All,
Just here to share a card I made yesterday. I had purchased this background stamp from Kavitha's store and was tempted to use it. I had even stamped it on this card stock and kept for future use. Yesterday while going through my stash I realised that these flowers go so well with the bg and the sentiment added to the look. So the card was ready in no time :)
Challenges entered:
Craft Room Challenge - Make your own Flowers
Fab 'n' Funky - #101 Anything goes
Divas by Design - #16 anything goes
Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown - no glitter - use a digi
Paper Shelter Challenge - #42 anything goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Free For All Week
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes

November 27, 2011

Bird house

Hi! Today I am sharing a bird house that can be hung anywhere. I found the template on net and I printed it on cardstock. I then cut it and decorated it with quilled roses (my favorite) and punched leaves and a butterfly.
I used some craft scraps in the form of the negative part of border punch as the flourish and stems for leaves.
 I made a scalloped roof for the hut. Here is a close-up of it.
Hope you like it :) Here is the link for the birdhouse template, in case you wish to make it.

Challenges entered:
For the love of crafting: #1 Hanging out
LESSology: #6 Hanging/Mobile
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything
Secret Crafter: #162 Borders & Flowers (Have used borders for the roof)

November 25, 2011

Bottle shaped card

Hey there! Today I want to share a card that I made for my dad's ex-boss on his retirement.
My mom and dad wanted me to make a card in a different shape so I came up with a bottle shaped card.
Here it is...
 As you can see I also made a matching envelope with the card.
 My dad had sent me the wordings for the card, so I stuck the greetings on the right inner side and made a tag for the left side.
 The tag can also be used as a bookmark later.
A close-up of the front side...If you see carefully, the flourishes are actually the negative part of the punched border used for the envelope, which we normally discard. Also the little stars added on the greeting inside is from the punched border.
Challenges entered:
ICR Challenges: ICRC12 - Dots & /Stripes + tag
Card Makin' Mamas - Sentiments
Rainbow Lady's - Cards for Men
Stampavie and More - #156 anything but square

EDITED: Sharing the template I used to make this card.

November 18, 2011

Baby Card

Hi friends!! Today I have a cute little card to share.
Lots of baby news doing the rounds so I thought why not make a baby card. Also I thought the theme at ICR for this month's challenge suits a baby card very much.
For this card I have used paper scraps from my Triple Easel card.
I cut strips of left over paper and used them for topn and bottom borders.
The dots are punched out from a paper punch. The tag is hand-cut.
The baby stamp is from Hobby Ideas. The ribbon is also reused from candy wrapper.
I traced the elephants and hand-cut them.
 I really loved the tag. Here's a close-up!
Challenges eneterd:
ICRC12: Dots &/ Stripes + Tag
Color Conceptions: Use paper scraps
Do You Stack Up? - Inspiration Picture* Splash of Blue
Sir Stampalot - Blue & Green 

November 9, 2011

Quilled Magnet - Floral

Hi. Today I am sharing another Quilled magnet that I made on order for a friend.
The sentiment is handwritten. I added dimension to the sentiment by adding double sided foam tape at the back.
Hope you like this! Do let me know :)
See my other Quilled magnet - Retro here.

Challenges entered:
Anything Goes Challenge - #53 Stitches Real or Faux
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Sentiment as Main Focus
Heart Song Inspirations - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Stitching (faux or real)
Incy Wincy Designs -  Stitching
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Reel - Color Inspirations* Hot Pink, Turquoise and Cream

November 7, 2011

Top 3 and DT at Crafty JC

Hey folks!! I am delighted to be chosen among the Top 3 at Crafty JC's Recycling Challenge for my recycled tin can project.
This also means that I get to be the DT for their next challenge. This time we have a color palette to choose from, and my card is based on palette #2.
I made this card for my mom's birthday. The layout is based on card patterns sketch 138. 
The card stock, glitter balls and silver butterfly stickers are from Pie Lane. The ribbon is from Archies. I had found this colored digi from internet and it was lying with me since a long time. The purple and green paper and the star were part of a scrapbooking kit I purchased from Hobby Ideas. 'You are a star' sticker is from Ms Elizabeth, again bought from Hobby Ideas.
 Another view....
So, do play along and have fun! See you at the Crafty JC Challenge #11.

Challenges entered:
So Artful Challenge: Gypsy Spirit - Picture inspiration
2 Sisters - #64 Ribbon
Di's Digis Designs - 1stW Ribbons and Bows
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Stampalot Challenge - Blue and Green
All Sorts Challenge Week 128 - Anything but Square

October 29, 2011

Triple Easel Card

It is that time of the year when I make a special card for the most amazing couple in my life! Yes, it was my mom & dad's anniversary on 13th Oct. I sent the card to them and they absolutely loved it. They are the ones who have always appreciated my talent and given me the courage to tread my way.

Since the card had to be extra special, I wanted to try something different. So, here is my first try at the Triple Easel Card. I printed the wordings for 'Mom' & 'Dad' and hand-cut them. All the flowers are punched. The white pearls are from a local shop. The wordings on the lower panels are also printed on card paper. I added silver glitter balls (from Pie Lane) to decorate and emphasize 'Happy Anniversary'. The heart-shaped blue-colored stones act as stoppers.
 When laid flat...
 Top left panel...
 Top right panel...
 Top center panel...
Lower left panel... 
Lower right panel...
Lower center panel...

Hope you like my first attempt at a triple easel card. I hade made one easel card earlier (See here).

Challenges entered:
ICRC11 - Easel Card + Basic shapes
Paper Shelter Challenge - #37 Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge - #52 To The Letter (add lettering)
Partytime Tuesdays - PTT #38 Anything Goes

EDITED: I am sharing the template I made for this card. Please link back to my blog if you use it. To download the template, right click and Save As.
These are the top 2 panels.  
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