Wednesday, 25 September 2013

"Sunshine"..altered table top calender

Lately i have been making my own blooms and beleive me, it's sooooo addictive! So, when i got done with a few yellow flowers, i couldn't help but use it immediately!

I started by altering this table top calender( i love altering) and a lovely photograph of my daughter when she was a year and a half!
The background is layered with some brown paper, pattern paper and then some corrugated cardboard(my fav!) and then finally mounted the pic.
I heat embossed the large sunflower and the butterflies and then colored it and then worked with my handmade blooms to embelish.
I have used yellow burlap for the birdcage diecut and hung it from one of those leafy branches..(hope u can see it!)
A little secret about the 3D fence...these are chipboard remains of the birdcage diecut! I have gessoed it and inked it and held it together with twine. I just love the way it looks...

The sunshine label too is stamped and colored and have kept the embelishments in yellow and white only!

I enjoyed evety bit of making this and think my little doll will be happy and appreciate this a little later, she is just 4yrs old!
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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Masculine Tag

I love doing tags especially the one's with mixed media. Well, this one is inspired by the "denim man" .....denims, crisp linen and aqua deo! Ooooo...

The  background of the tag is using faded jeans, broken china and a bit of walnut stain and given a water wash. I have run one end of the tag thru basket weave embossing folder.Texture paste,granite texture and some random stamping completes the bg.

The musical diecut and the TimHoltz clock diecut in crisp white with blue distressing in the edges gives a cool look to the tag. Finally some "dad" sentiment and a Dad ribbon in one corner,with a few bottons and natural twine completes the embelishment.The tag is mounted on dark blue cardstock and the end result is a cool blue and white denimy tag for "DAD" !!!
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Friday, 20 September 2013


Mixed media, textures, layers, distressing....these are my favourites and with the BGC challenge, there was clarity for the colors.
So here's the tag with lots of textures...corrugated cardboard, canvas and handmade paper.

The canvas was gessoed and and emossed using Itsy Bitsy embossing folder.I have misted it with water and dropped the inks directly and went with the flow!A few random stamped butterflies completes the canves.
Have used chicken mesh and texture paste on the green tag and rubbed mustard seed distress ink directly on it.

Sandwitched a corrugated cardboard between the paper tag and canvas and frayed the edges. Embelished with some branch diecuts and TimHoltz flowers and the label sentiment "you're awesome" with the orange brads sits snuggly in the center.

Enjoyed every minute of making this as the textures and layers came alive!
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Palm sized mini

Well...this project is really cute and small and i love making these.
This is for all those of you who like to keep a picture of their loved ones in their wallets/handbags!
Yes...its s palmsized mini album and it can accomadate upto 5 photographs! You have to see it to beleive it...

I have used cardstock and cut out scalloped squares,folded them to form the pages of the mini. Then using paper scraps from my stash, have created a mat in a few pages, stamped images in some and also stuck a few flowers inside!

One such floweer is attached to a paper clip so that it can be moved around to any page that u like!
 The embelishments cant be too bulky for had to restrict myself!

The front and back cover is held together with ribbons and a few pearls and rhinestones add color to it.There are inserts too for journaling.
That's about it...pretty simple eh but such a stylish way of carrying your loved ones now!
Hope you all liked this cutieee mini...thanks for stopping by.
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The Palm sized mini,though small has a lot of P'sss...purple,pearls,pink flowers,pattern papers,polka dots, pinstripes,paper clips and the palm size ofcourse!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Altered "post-it" notes

I am one of those people who cannot find a piece of paper and pen when needed...and waste time searching for it. I hope to end that problem with this project and this one is for all of you out there who have the same problem!!!
So, here is the birh of the makeover for post it's.

 I thought i needed to do 2 types, one to carry in the handbag and one to be stuck near the telephone or on the fridge.
 Hence, made one with a flip open closure with provision for a pen/pencil on the top to be kept in my handbag! I have used paisley pattren paper and highlighted it with gold 3D liner and stuck some pearls too. The flower is handmade using the mini rose die.

 The other one is open and mounted on a TimHoltz die cut,Frame back,ornate#3 and embelished with hand made flowers using sizzix die purchased from Itsy Bitsy.

 The edges have been distressed and fixed an eyelet too and a ribbon to it so that the pencil/pen is secure! Pearls and purple bling add to the charm! I have stuck magnetic stips at the back so that it sits on the fridge. you can also put sticky tape and stick it near the phone.

 This is an excellent gifting idea and am thrilled to make more of these!
Hope it solves my problem!
Apart from pearls,pink flowers, pink ribbon,purple beads,purple rhinestone...i have also used Post-it's ,Paisley pattern paper,Pink washi tape and Pen/Pencil for the entire project!
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Friday, 13 September 2013

Birthday bunting

Preparations are on for my daughters bday this weekend.
Have a look at the handmade bunting. This is a for a 4yr old who has only "favourite colors" so...I made it multi colored.

 Have used the sweetheart  die for the base and have cut out scalloped circles from old greeting cards and some from magazines too!  The alphabets are cut with spellbinders  donnas alphas in shimmering silver.

 My daughter loves roses and Butterflies, so did the rolled roses from magazine papers again and  misted it with Broken china and fired brick distress inks and and also distressed the edges.The butterflies have been cut,embossed and stencilled using the Itsy Bitsy die ,the edges have been distressed with walnut stain and some white bling too!

The whole appearance is sooooo girlie and my l'le one loves it...she was the one who chose the colors for the roses!
So what has been upcycled? The pink satin ribbon came with a huge teddy bear that was gifted to my daughter last yr! Some old greeting cards and magazine sheets have also been used.

Hope u all liked it...thank you sooo much for stopping by.
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Sunday, 8 September 2013

vintage mixed media altered bottle

Vintage and distess inks are my favourite techniques and this altered bottle was a tribute to my friends,old and new!

I gave the prima doll a very vintage look by coloring her in walnut stain and kept her hair dark with black soot. Next, I cut her dress form from in brown and black polka dots from DCWV stack8.Since I had only white lace in my stash, I misted black soot and created a trim for the hemline.

 I did not want any color on thebottle , so just tried to create some texture on it. Firstly I tore out a  paper from an old novel into bits and distressed the edges with walnut stain and randomly started sticking it on one half of the bottle with modge podge. For the other half, I scooped out some gesso with my fingers and dabbed it on the bottle to give it a nice texture. It was too white, so I just rubbed the excess walnut stain from the sponge and that gave a nice worn out, vintage look to the texture!
Keeping the vintage theme in mind, I stuck to black, white and browns for embelishing.
I wrapped some twine and tied a brown ribbon too on the neck of the bottle. On one side I mounted the doll and on the other side I mounted the friends sentiment tags from whimsy stamps collection.

I stamped a couple of friends sentiment on white hand made paper, distressed it and mounted it on corrugated cardboard scalloped square die cut. Fixed an eyelet and strung them all using the natural twine. The bottle was now fully coverd except for the top.
I realised that the entire look was too brown and black and decided to add a dash of red to brighten up the whole thing. I cut out the tim holtz tatterd floral die in white cardstock, colored it using fired brick and stamped some scripting on it and made a rose. This red flower I mounted on to a scrunchie flower made from black ribbon and stuck it to the the rim of the bottle and phew! My vintage, mixed media altered bottle .....a lovley tribute to " My friends" was ready!
 Hope you all friends (blogger friends too ) like it.
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Daddy's gift....

Look what my daughter gave her dad  last week!
This time I have recycled a  packaging tape roll (empty one ofcourse)!

I have used the brown striped paper from Dcwv stack 8. Painted the roll brown and distressed the edges of the paper and stuck it.
Tim holtz Visual artistry stamps and Weathered clock diecuts (have stamped the musical note on the die cut)are soooo perfect for men and stuck to browns as I wanted it vintage and formal as this pen holder would eventualy land up in his work station!

A tour around it will let you how lovely the stamps look and for the base I stuck this ribbon which has a beer mug and the dad sentiment...isn't that cool!
Daddy" liked the box more than the pen and now it has found a place in his office too! Need to go and see....
Hope u all like it...entering the greys challenge..."Gifting Love"
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Never give up....tag

Recently purchased the prima doll stamp and tim holtz weathered clock die from Diecuts and more and am super exited about it. Have been using either one of them in my projects.

This is my first mixed media tag and have not actually planned anything. I first stamp the doll image with archical ink and then started coloring with the few distress inks that I have. I have used walnut stain,fired brick and faded jeans for the doll and used my water brush for the first time too!

As for the tag, I just stamped mustard seed, peeled paint and wild honey on a acrylic sheet misted a few spritz of water and then just rubbed the tag for a lovley water color effect. Used my heat gun to dry it.
The back ground was ready , next I tookThe Crafters workshop template and randomly sponged fired brick on one corner of the tag. Next I took a stencil from itsy bitsy and using the granite texture paste and pallete knife created some texture and after that used the Kaisercraft musical stamp and randomly  stamped it.
The BG was finally complete and then I started layering the tag. I cut out a slightly bigger tag from red cardstock and mounted this tag and then stuck the weatherd clock die cut .
The prima doll stood proudly over the die cut as if watching all  work being done! I stamped a small sentiment from Leeza Gibbons...wishes and dream and distressed the edges with walnut stain and fixed it with a foam tab.
Finally for the embelishments, cut out some buttons using the die to match the color scheme on one end and a contrasting tim holtz tattered flower in black just above the sentiment.

My tag was ready and I punched a hole and fixed an eyelet and slipped a yellow ribbon. The final tag eneded being so colorful and the prima doll was a faint replica of my 4yr old daughter with the short hair,hair band, tunicfrock and black shoes and so I call this " the sakshi tag". Hope you enjoyed reading this....thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Handmade card and Envelope

I love crafting with recycled materials and one of my top favourites is the corrugated cardboard!
So for the Catchy challenge...
I decided to work with my good old fav corrugated cardboard and paper scraps that i had. I am planning to meet my friend from school days after a really looong time and so i thought i will make this opportunity to make a small note card for her with a matching envelope.
Next i decided on the colors...since the CC is naturally textured and brown...i decided to have a mix of bright colors like purple, pink and light blue.

I first made a tag with the sentiment "friends forever" from We R Memory Keepers.I then mounted the tag on to a mini card in purple and now the entire card measured a perfect 3X3.

Next,for the envelope i thought it should not be the regular one from cardstock and that is when i decided to go with the same color scheme of the card and voila! the birth of the corrugated cardboard envelope!!! I rubbed the walnut stain ink pad directly on the CC to give it the worn out look.I just loved myself for the idea but was a little skeptical how it will look.Nevertheless, went ahead with my turned out to be just fab.What say???

  Since the CC is heavily textured i thought the embelishments wshould be light and the idea of a "stamp sentiment" came to my mind.

I again made layers just like the tag and stamped the sentiment"Hello old friend" from whimsy stamps. Just like the regular mail stamp,i mounted this one too on the right hand corner of the envelope and added little blue bling on the front and back to match the butterfly! To the flap i fixed a purple button die cut with a pink bow and the note card just slipped in snugly into the envelope.

I loved making this for my friend,thanks for the opportunity and hope my friend likes it too.

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Circle of love

I am here today with another recycled project and going with the theme of shabby is chic also participating in

I have done a mini shadow box project out of the empty foam tape ring! Firstly painted the entire ring in white and stuck pattern paper inside the ring. Made a base for it from corrugated cardboard and covered that too in PP.

Next i took out an old photograph of me and my mom..i guess i was about 10mns old in that! Loved the vintage look of the photo and decided to go shabby chic with laces and subtle coloring.I decided that the sentiments will get the importance here as it was a dedication to MY MOTHER.

I took the Whimsy stamps(family sentiments),i purchased from Diecuts and more and and stamped the sentiments in handmade paper and distressed the edges with walnut stain. Cut the photograph using the scalloped oval die and placed them all in the circle and added some bling around the photo.

Next used the scalloped rose diecut and cut out some white flowres. I just colored the edges with the micia inks...there are some lovely pastel shades. I just wanted a light burst of color and not too much. Attached a few leaves to it and my Circle of love was ready.

I am totally in love with the Timholtz weathered clock die and realised that it can be used in so many projects. This diecut fits the mouth of the ring sooo perfectly and i stamped the musical note on it. Before fixing this to the ring, i sealed the box with tranparent sheet and then the clock die cut. gave the look of "going back in time".

Well how can shabby chic be complete without laces??? So i took out this pure white hacoba lace and pleated it to fit the back of the ring and sealed it with hot glue. Next i went around the ring with some pastel pink satin ribbon and attached a few flowers and leaves on the top too.

My Lovely dedication to "amma" was ready. Hope you all liked it.
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Altered bottle.

I have always wondered how other fellow crafters manage to create and put all those creations on the blog. I am new to blogging though i have been crafting for sometime now...this whole process of loading and linking your work sounded too complicated and hence refrained from this...

I happened to see the
 and could not resist sharing my creation for the shabby is chic...topic!!
So here it goes...have been collecting old bottles for sometime now and when i got my prima doll stamp from Diecuts and more...came up with this lovely idea of altering the bottle with a tag!

Firstly colored the bottle with nice blue acrylic spray paint...and since it's shabby chic decided to go with lots of pinks, laces, bling and all girlie stuff!
Then took out all my laces from the stash,had a white one which i misted pink and added the black lace trim for the prima doll's hemline. Then went about coloring the doll in distress inks and cut out the dress form from pink patterned paper.All through this my 4yr old daughter was watching it...and was quite thrilled with the overload of pinks that was coming!

I stuck some pink bling on the hair band and realised that the other side of that bottle was empty and suddenly came up with the idea of adding "sister sentiment" to it. Who better than a sister will understand, though do not have one of my own have always been close to my cousins. So decided to dedicate this one to all of them!

I used the scalloped circle die and cut a circle on a tag so that it slips thru the neck of the bottle. Then stamped a sister sentiment which was also part of the purchase from Diecuts and more. I distressed the edges with pink micia inks and realised that once i pressed down the tag on the bottle it looked like a collared top! so added some pink buttons to it. I covered the base of the bottle with pink lace and stuck the stamp cut out with foam tabs,slipped a weather clock die cut behind the image too and made hugs and love,handwritten sentiments in pink paper , attached it to a pink string and stuck it.

Then coming to the top of the bottle...i used my Tim holtz tattered floral fie and some pink fabric that i had and made a flower with pearl centers and covered the top. So now my bottle was all shabby chic and pink from head to toe!

I loved doing this as mush as my daughter enjoyed watching the whole process. Hope you all enjoyed it too.
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