Archive for June, 2011

A card

A card…………………

Misc cs from my desk, embossed blue cs with Fiskars template, scallop nestie on the yellow, Autumn Leaves flowers stamped on blue cs and hand cut. The centre pp (Basic Grey I think, but dont hold me to it) was the inspiration for the colours used on the card. A little bit of sponging on the sides with black ink. Flower ribbon is from a local craft store and even with  its  addition, I think the card looks kinda masculine.



My husband just returned from a short trip to the US. He participated in the Ride the Rockies cycling event. Participants have to cycle over 600 km over a period of 6 days over mountains and plains in the beautiful state of Colorado. He has been training intensely for this event all summer long. He got back last week after successfully completing the ride for the very first time. We at home are immensely proud 0f his achievement.

Having gone all that way, I wasnt about to pass up the opportunity to get some lovely scrapbooking supplies. He didnt have any time to do any shopping since he went there just for the event. So I ordered the stuff that I wanted and had it delivered to his office address and he brought the package home.

Leah Killian designs the Scrapbook Nook kit every month and she is also a designer for Lifestyle Crafts. I have been a follower of her blog for a very long time. She had listed a bunch of stuff for sale on her blog and I ordered some Crate and Basic Grey pp, some Petaloo flowers and some dies. Eveything is lovely and i am still in the ogling phase……..the actual using phase will take at least another month.

Here are some pics………………………………first up Basic Grey— Hello Luscious, Sweet Threads and Lauderdale papers.

Next is Crate’s Toy Box collection (pic below) and Emma’s Shoppe (oops…forgot to take a pic).

And now here are the Petaloo flowers……absolutely gorgeous they are. Cant stop looking at them. I know that I have to bring myself to use them someday…..

This last lot of flower brads, pretty flower ribbon and organza flowers (pic below) was a gift from Leah. That was so kind and generous of her. Thank you Leah!

And these are the dies that are in my house right now………still cant believe it. That rose swirl die is something I have been coveting for the longest time.

I know its not a good pic to I’ll tell you what they are – there’s a cradle, a castle, flowers, rose swirl (small and big) and a set of five nesting flowers.

Most of the embellies that i  made this weekend (check yesterday’s post for pics) were using the nesting flower dies.

Now I am off to enjoy and create with my new goodies (except the paper….I cant bring myself to cut it yet)


Flower Embellishments

Spent the weekend making some handmade flower embellishments. Thought i’d share the pics with you.

First step is to cut out a bunch of flowers.

Next is to layer stuff (buttons, knick-knacks, more die cuts etc) on them and see if you like the look of them. The first pic shows you some of the layered flowers before the gluing process began.

The second picture shows all the finished flower embellies in their full glory. Oh! how I love looking at them. Tejal and Priya Sivaraj……can you spot the flowers that you sent me in this midst.

There is more of these pretties…..this is just half the lot. Been on a major mojo high and have been creating up a storm……..all connected to the surprise I was talking about. Will tell you all about it sssooooooonnnnnnnn!!!


Flowers from Niki Estes

I was on the receiving end of some flower love………Niki Estes sent me some gorgeous Prima flowers and here they are in their beautiful splendour. I sorted them into two colour families and have already started using them.

Thank you so much Ms.Estes. Your kindness is very much appreciated.

I have wanted Prima flowers in my studio for the longest time and I am so happy to finally have them.


Vacation mini album

We went to Hong Kong this summer for a six day break from the sweltering Chennai heat. I made a mini album in advance of our trip with the intention of documenting every single day. But then my best laid plans did not work. We were so tired by the end of each day that writing was the last thing on my mind. I did remember to save little memorabilia every day.

The easy part was that upon our return all I had to do was print our pics and paste them and the album was done. So it was a good idea to get the album ready beforehand after all.

Usually I am all about clean lines and straight stuff, but this time I decided to do things a bit different…….kinda like Ali Edwards christmas albums…….a very eclectic mix of papers and styles. This is not how I usually make my albums and this certainly is a trial…….very different from my usual style. But in the end I do kinda like it. Here are some pics.

The chipboard album is by Maya Road. I covered it with some coordinating papers by Anna Griffin. The blue ribbon is a local purchase.

I’ve used pocket pages in between for hiding personal journaling. Also tucked in some plain cardstock in between the chipboard pages for more journaling.

On the left page is the Disney entrance ticket which we saved and incorporated as an extra embellishment on the page.

I added an envelope too. This is for storing the one page essay that my kids wrote about their HK trip.

This time I decided to print out smaller sized pics so that they would fit inside this small mini. It was a good idea but an expensive one. Who knew that smaller pics cost more to print than larger ones.

On the left page is a pic i took and on the right is the Peak Tram ticket and a small pic i cut out of a brochure.

A pocket page on the left with more journaling about the trip.

An MTR route map cut out from a much larger map. I made a mistake on the right and i am yet to cover it up. This album is only 80% done. When i add the finishing touches to it I will cover the mistake with a sticker or an embellishment.

My husband’s fav Starbucks- picked up an extra cup holder from Starbucks and used it here to hold tags (sorry didnt take pics of the tags). On the right is a piece of napkin from the restaurant with the name on it. Another authentic touch!

Actual luggage tag that was attatched to our suitcase. And another pic cut out from a travel brochure.

There’s a lot going on in this album- lots of colours and patterns. As I said before its a big deviation from my usual style…….but in the end its all about documenting ones memories and this one does that very well. I am happy with the end result.

If you lasted till the end of this post, then you certainly deserve my gratitude. Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to read through this post.

Have a great day!


Best wishes card

These were some of the papers I received from Lucy during the ICR DP Swap. The paper was lovely with glittery flower swirls on it and was double sided too. Thanks Lucy for the lovely papers.

I’ve also used my new Tim Holtz embossing folder on the brown tag. Inked it up a bit with some pink ink. Flowers are PTI dies.

Keep watching this space for some news soon………..cant tell you what it is yet, but feel free to guess.


Fellow blogger friend, Priya Sivaraj, stopped by my house on Sunday. She brings her son to the skating rink thrice a week and the rink is very close to where I live. Last time I met her at the rink and this time I requested her to stop by my place. She did, but for only a few minutes. Next time hopefully the meeting will be longer.

She also brought along with her some wonderful goodies. And here they are………

That’s quite a lot of stuff. My daughter was jumping with joy and has already placed her requests for some flowers, stickers and butterflies. She brought some candy for my children too.

Thank you Priya, for stopping by and for the generous gifts.


In Bloom

Ok there…….finally back with some posts. Sometimes life just takes over and you have to let it. Made this card  inspired by the Less is More ‘frame it’ challenge. I am late to post for the challenge but thought I should show you the results.

Whole bunch of PTI goodies on this one- In Bloom stamp set (the flowers were stamped on pp and hand-cut), Turning a New leaf and Signature Greetings. The last two are on loan from Shobana- the best sharer in the world. Currently I have on loan her entire stash of PTI dies……..mind you….she hasnt used them yet and still she gave them to me to try out. That’s what I call a good friendship. Thanks Shobana.


The frame is hand drawn.


Today marks the last day of vacation for my children. They get back to school tomorrow. I am going to miss having them around. Sure it meant lots less crafting time and a lot less blogging during the summer, but it also meant lotsa hugs and bonding time. I love having my kids home. We are not big on going out for entertainment so we end up spending a lot of time indoors (helps handle the heat too). Its not like its all hunky-dory lovey-dovey all the time…..there’s lotsa fights and arguements and frustrations and defiance….but that is a part and parcel of growing up.

The backpacks are packed and new uniforms and shoes have been set out. Our family tradition is new uniforms from head to toe on the first day of school. There’s a thrill in that. And the kids look so spic and span…not to mention adorable in crisp cotton uniforms and blemish-less pure white shoes. The shoes stay that way for only a day coz the red sand in their school makes the shoes brown within a week. The shoes are never the same again.

My children have told me what they want to eat for lunch on their first day and it will be made tomorrow. I have the camera all charged and ready……to take the ever important first day pics.

Have a great day tomorrow A and A. We love you.

I wasnt going to leave you without any pictures…..and here they are. These pages were very easy to put together as they use a lot of ready made embellies.

The family pic was taken five years ago at a studio.