Tuesday, 25 February 2014

My love, My Life...

Hello Crafters,

It's the month of Love and I have an altered layout to share with you today which is very "special" to me cos it captures some candid moments between a brother and sister.
Yes, we had been for a family valentine dinner last week and this magical moment happened. Before telling you more about that, I need to share a bit about myself...I have 2 kids, a son and a daughter.
My son is a child with special needs and is 14yrs old and my daughter is all of 4yrs old!
As we were having dinner, we had this lovely moment...my daughter hops onto my sons wheelchair and lays her head on his chest and he in turn, had the most wonderful expression! I am soooo happy we could capture that and I wanted to frame that memory FOREVER!

The layout had to be different and decided to go with a style which is new to me...mixed media and shabby chic. The color palette is all muted and has white wash effect. It is a heart coming out of the  roll...which is all distressed, torn and curled. The base PP is handmade, using TCW- mini flowers stencil and distress inks. I have used the color palette from the Indian flag(blue, green, orange and white)...Thanks to a few challenges who din't want the reds and pinks!

There are peeks of orange where the PP is torn and have used Kaisercraft gears stencil and green acrylic paste to randomly create texture . The edges of the curls are all whitewashed with gesso and the corners have the ornate corner from Joycrafts.
I have created 2 mats for the photographs using denim cloth( torn from an old pair of jeans), frayed the edges and whitewashed it in patches using jesso. A cherry lynn doily(DL101), heavily inked in green and flowers made from cheery lynn Shasta die(B310) and sunflower die(DL121)(inked with green and orange distress inks) and the feathers(B369) complete the photo embellishment.
A few handmade roses and mums using Tim Holtz tattered florals die, gives dimension to the base of the curl.
There are random "love" stamped on the white heart which has branches and leaves on it...a few random sentiments too are stamped on the LO.
The header is partly stamped and partly hand written...The top part of the Lo is in orange and I have used the TCW mini bricks stencil and acrylic paste to give some texture.
That's pretty much the layout and hope to frame it soon.
 Thank you so much for stopping by and do let me know your views on this Layout.
This Lo is for all you lovely "mommies" out there and would love to dedicate this to "sibling love"...

Am linking this to....
http://avenue613.blogspot.in/ (India)

until then,
Happy crafting and re cycling.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Good old "Dressing Table"

Hello Crafters,

Today's project is an up cycled, altered 3D project. So what's new??? Well...it's a girls "best friend"...at least one of them! As little girls we have grown up watching ourselves in front of it and even now most of us would love to spend hours there!

Any guesses??? Yes, it's the good old "Dresser" or the "Dressing Table"...I saw this tutorial and have been wanting to make a reasonably good size which can hold a few of my crafty knick-knacks.

I have used the jumbo, empty match boxes(6 nos) to make this one. The PP is from Stack 8 and have inked it with distress inks, milled lavender and seedless Preserves.

It is quite a tedious job to lay them on top of each other accurately and measuring the sides, cutting the chip board and making the side panels, top and the bottom, sticking the PP, gessoing it... Felt like a carpenter...but the embellishing part just blew me away!

The pull outs of the drawer is made with jewellery findings and the legs are wooden pegs which I have spray painted in silver. The entire color scheme is purples and silver...was actually tired with the pinks and reds!

 I just looooooooooooved doing this up...come on...having grown up with this at home for so many years, it was time to give this little dresser its makeover!

I have used ONLY handmade roses here, in white, lavender, purple and wine. Hope you can see little dew drops on it using glossy accents.
 The head board is a separate piece made from Tim Holtz Ornate frame Back and has the scalloped oval as the mirror frame in silver, and on that I have attached the ornate corner from Joy crafts.

The simple "Love" quote and the birds (my fav this season)...i think I have them in most of my projects this month, was a gift from a crafter friend. I so love it.

The mat on the table is inked heavily with distress inks and the inspirational quote is from Inkadinkado.

The side panels have a silver cosmic border from memory box and some lace.
 I enjoyed every second of doing up this mini dresser...This one is for all you Lovely ladies, who (like me) love to take a secret glance every time you pass by this “companion” of a lifetime! A humble dedication to the Good old dresser from me...

Hope you all liked it. Do let me know your feedback. Am sure we would like to wake up every day, looking at this beauty in real, but as of now, this crafted beauty sits in my craft room inspiring me to do “more”...which is why I chose that quote.

Until then,

Happy Crafting and Re cycling.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Life is Beautiful...card!

Hello Crafters,
It's a hatrick for me this month, yes it's my 3rd card in a row! The challenges this month and the encouragement from my blogger friends has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am glad so bcos now I don't hesitate to "show off" my cards!

It is a lovely Tuesday morning in Bangalore today. The slight cool breeze, the birds chirping outside..and as I stand outside my balcony enjoying my view, I decided to capture this moment in a card!

It's a circular card with lots of layers...the outer most brown circle is distressed using the edge of the scissors.
 Tim Holtz bird cage is adhered with foam dots to give dimension. The banner stamp and the sentiment is from Micia(a gift from a friend) and the focal point is the modge podge mold frame! I have always wanted to use resin embellishments, and this was just perfect. I sprayed the molded frame in silver and had the word  "Love" stuck from behind .

The birds are IO dies and they fit so snugly in this picture along with some creepers, flowers made from cheery Lynn shasta die (B310), feathers(B369) and olive branches.

The entire card has a lively feel to it and I would like to Thank all my blogger friends who have encouraged me to do more cards, This is for you all!
Thanks for stopping by and as always, do take time to leave your comments.
Until then,
Happy crafting and Re cycling,
Am linking this to...
(Micia banner stamp and Modge podge mold ,new from my stash)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Sweet love..with a surprise twist!

Hello Crafters,
It's valentines day today and everywhere it's all about love, roses, pink and red!
I decided to make a valentine card from a mom to a daughter which is why I named it "Sweet Love" and yes by the end of the post, you will see the surprise and this is a twisted easel card!
Pink, red and white are dominant colors here and I have used a cute image from Micia as the focal point here. The main panel has 3 layers of PP from DCWV and have distressed the edges off the white CC and inked it with vintage photo.
 Colored the image with distress inks and given it a lovely frame using Cheery Lynn Cuties (B151) and inked it heavily with fired brick! There are 24 flowers in total!
The ornate corner is from Joy crafts. I have made heart windows on the main panel, the center one is a die cut from memory box and the smaller hearts are punched. Behind the window , I have stuck vellum. Very soon, you will know why!
The base panel has 2 layers, CC and yes, the surprise...an altered envelope! I have covered the envelope(an old invite cover) with PP from DCWV and distressed the edges. For the flap I adhered a decorative border die cut from Memory box.

An ornate label with the "love you" sentiment is embellished with mini hand made roses and yes a cute little inkpot and feathers from Cheery Lynn(B369). Oh! I soooo love this, it actually makes it very special and it is an indirect hint that you can write some love notes,somewhere with the quills...but where???
The next surprise is when the flap of the envelope is opened, there is a small heart booklet with pages for journaling!!!The cover for the booklet is made with empty cereal cartons.

Ready for the final surprise....
have a look, the reason for the vellum is.....

Some more pics to do the talking!

Hope you all liked it, do let me know. These are my amateur steps in card making and I rally would appreciate feed backs for improvement too.

Thank you sooo much for stopping by.
Until then,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling,
Am linking this to...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

50th wedding Anniversary..

Hello crafters...
I recently altered a layout  and gave it a much needed makeover. My Aunt and uncle were celebrating their 50yrs of wedded bliss and I gave then this gift.
This is probably my shortest post cos all the details of the makeover and the pictures are here!

Yes...please do visit and am waiting for your valuable feedback. I love going through your comments and would always like to improve too!
Thanks for stopping by.
Until then,
Happy Crafting and recycling.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Tea and biscuits, card!

There is a sweet little challenge going on at BGC and though it is not my comfort zone to make cards, I just couldn’t resist this one!

As I was relishing my evening cuppa tea….I always have mine with a few biscuits! Am sure there are lot of you out there who love to dip their biscuits into steaming hot tea and then take a bite…PRICELESS!

I cannot trade anything in this world for that single cuppa and biscuit….well that’s my inspiration for this card!

Just like me and my cuppa are inseparable, I think a cup of Tea and biscuits are “FRIENDS FOREVER”…what say?

That’s what the card says so to…

Have a look and enjoy your cuppa next time, bite by bite!

This card is dedicated to all you(like me) who can’t miss your evening cuppa for ANYTHING!


Thanks so much for stopping by, would love to know your feedback on this. Cards are just not my cup of tea!

Until then,

Happy Crafting and Re cycling.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

"LOVE"..Book Photoframe

Hello Crafters....
This project is a total dedication to the flavor of the season...LOVE ! It's all about the red, blacks, white and roses and all the lovie  dovie messages!
 I have re cycled some old envelopes lying at home, some from my daughter's first bday invites and some from online shopping of the dies! In total I have used 2 big envelopes and ! medium sized to make the photo frame.

Firstly, I inserted cardboard from packaging into the big envelopes and slipped in the flaps to form a book cover. Later covered the front and back with black PP from the DCWV stack. For the frame, I slipped in chipboard from  an empty cereal box into the envelope and used a heart die to cut out the window . The frame is in white and the heart is embellished with red bling and have used the flourish stamp from Hero Arts to do up this panel. The cheery Lynn doily heavily inked in fired brick and black soot peeps out from the frame. A small label at the bottom says it all.

The 2nd panel is what I enjoyed doing the most. The Triangular bunting with the cute alphabets makes this page so special with the heart in the center(the die cut from the window of the other panel) being the focal point. I have used an unbranded stamp here some love birds and inked the heart with fired brick and black soot. A few handmade roses and buds laced with glitter, baker's twine bow, cheery Lynn olive branches and flourish completes the embellishment in this panel!

I love how both the panels look together, the black and white contrast with the flash of red is just perfect for the current theme.

The front cover of the photo frame had me thinking for sometime! I have a mini had made envelope with a bling flap and has Velcro fastener below it. when you open the flap....aaaaa! there is space to write up that personal note for your loved one! It has some cherry blossom blooms and heart stamped from Hot Of The Press.The mini site on a doily from cheery Lynn and have heat embossed to ornate ovals in black which can hold mini photographs!

Finally, have you heard of "raining hearts" ???...Well, look at the back cover...that says it all!

Hope you liked my creation for the valentine theme and this is totally inspired from the current challenges am linking this project to....
(all of it except the lace and trim!)
(inspired by the colors and triangles)

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your valuable comments.
Until then,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.
Cheers to Love.