Archive for August, 2011


The PTA at my childrens school requested for four decorated A4 sheets to be used for Teachers Day invitations. The actual invitation would be printed on yellow handmade paper and glued in the middle of the A4 sheet. So I got cracking……..

Presenting the red..

Here’s a close up of the 3-D embellies…

The green………

The bottom looked too empty after I saw this pic. So I went ahead and added a one inch punched out decorative border (Martha Stewart…if you must know) at the base of the A4 pp. The handmade embellishment on the green is made out of fabric (satin and tulle). I’ve been making a whole bunch of these fabric flowers. Will have to do a post about them soon.

The blue…..

And finally the beige/orange……….(sorry, really bad pic on this one)

Just a little ditty from me…..for today.

Catcha later everyone……

Priya

Chennai crafters meet…

Priya Sivaraj organised the Chennai Crafters meet last week. It was agreed to meet at the Coffee shop on the first floor of the Ispahani Centre in Nungambakkam. It was a small and cozy get together as only four of us were able to make it on the said date. Here are Priya Sivaraj and Varshitha along with cutie-patootie Rakesh, Priya’s son.

And that’s me on the right and Shobana on the left.

Priya came prepared with  a tutorial on making a mini book out of one sheet of A4 paper. She also showed us some creative way to use scalloped circles. My favourite was a pretty dress made out of scalloped circle. I must ask her to show it on her blog. Her little boy was such a darling. He was so well behaved and so sweet…….all this despite giving up his afternoon nap. I think he was more eager to show us the little box of scalloped goodies……coz he helped his mom make them.

Here’s the little one…..

Shobana and I put together a little goody bag for Priya and Varshitha. I hope they liked the stuff. Maybe next time more Chennai crafters will be able to make it to the get-together. That would be really nice. A great way to meet new people and share ideas.

Priya

Prima flowers and more…

Remember I told you about the Prima flowers that Niki Estes sent my way. Made some layered flowers out of those and here they are for your viewing pleasure………

All the brads seen here are from my old, old stash. Most are by Making Memories (bought way back when brads were all the rage) and I have them in quite a few colours.

And then……………….have a look at these luscious beauties below. Shobana recently ordered some felt through Neha and she was kind enough to share some with me. I immediately got out my Lifestyle Crafts flowers dies and made some pretty flowers. The felt cuts through like buttah!!! Love it. I did have to run it through the bug about three times though. It was a tad difficult to cut the littlest flower too, but I didnt mind coz I was only interested in the bigger flowers.

Nice na!!! Cant wait to layer them up and use them on projects.

Priya

Girlfriend mini

I have been on a mini album making kick once again. Cards dont satisfy my hunger for creating as much as minis do. Maybe that is why I havent been inspired to participate in many challenges of late. I would rather spend the time creating a ten page mini from start to finish. I had a whole lot of them that I hadnt taken pics of yet and they have already found a new home (was so busy during the exhibition that I forgot to take pics of them individually)

Here’s one that I just completed. Its a simple one that would be appropriate for giving to a friend. Not very heavy on the embellies as the paper is lightweight. I do have to pretty up the cover page yet. I have to add on some bling and some ribbons.

A very, very simple album.

Priya

Boy oh boy!

I made this album for a little boy using a whole lot of Echo Park papers and a few Papermania papers. This was a special request album. Sharing a few pics here…

A whole bunch of PTI dies and stamps were used in the making  of the embellies of this album. I loved working with this line of papers from Echo park. Shobana had ordered them thro Ujjwal and they were a major hit.

The red paper on the right with lines on is by Jenni Bowlin. Shows up as pink here, but I assure you its red.

PTI’s airplanes matched the ones on the paper perfectly. I love it when such coincidences happen. Oh I was in airplane heaven!!!!!!!!!!!

The last page had a pocket for tucking in some memorabilia.

Beyond thrilled with how this album turned out. Hope the person receiving it likes it too.

Priya

Baby album

This baby album was made on request for a lady whose friend was in her third trimester of pregnancy. Since she did not know the  gender of the baby she wanted me to avoid pinks and blues. So I made an album with muted greens and aqua. I think she liked it. Here are the pics. Papers are an assortment from my collection over the years. They are from many different manufacturers too.

I’ve used an old Stampin Up baby stamp set throughout this album.

So there it is………………

Priya

Secret Swap

Recently I participated in the ICR Secret Buddy Swap where each of us had to make a set of three 3×3 cards and one tag/bookmark for three secret buddies. It was a lovely experience. The surprise and wait was really hard though. Days spent wondering who my swap buddies were and also worrying if the cards I sent were liked by the people who received them.

Here are the secret swap 3×3 cards that I received:

This one above is from Ujjwal. I have to say that the twine candy card is my fav. Thanks Ujjwal.

In the midst of her admissions, Spardha still found time to participate in the swap and here are her cards and bookmark. The purple card wth the mush is just so cute. Thanks Spardha.

Piali sent me this beautiful collection. The bookmark with the beads at the end….super cute.

Thank you ladies for sharing your art with me. I totally enjoyed the experience. My secret swap buddies were Tejal, Asha and Jovita.

Tejal and Asha…thank you very much for organising this swap.

Priya

Exhibition pics!

Hi there,

Its been a while since I posted. Sometimes its just nice to let life take over and bask a little. I have been having a lot of fun with family and extended family in town for the summer. So blogging took a back seat. Then there was the exhibition that Shobana and I had to get ready for. Tons of products to make and showcase. It was a good two days at CP Art Centre, though tiring. We learnt which products were a hit and which werent and frankly, I was very surprised at what I found out. We also got orders that we are working on fulfilling  right now.

All in all, a good start. Here are some pics.

 

That’s the two of us. Shobana did a live quilling demo. People who walked into the exhibition were very impressed with how fast she was churning out those perfectly quilled motifs.

PTI’s Favor It boxes put to good use. Perfect for tucking in those little gifts —a pair of earrings, few Ferrero Rochers, or even a gift card.

Handmade embellies for decorating gift boxes and sealing gift envelopes. At the bottom of the pic are post-it note holders.

We also had lots and lots and lots of greeting cards and mini albums for sale.

Gita and Prashanti 0f VASTRAAKAR  displaying their colourful embroidered salwars, sarees and Kurtis. Very innovative in their design ideas Gita and Prashanti are truly masters of their craft and yet remain  very humble.

Kavitha Sridharan of CHINGARI jewellery displaying her gorgeous handmade and unique jewellery pieces.

So there, I finally posted some pics. I am already looking forward to our next exhibition.

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to encourage us (many of them read this blog).

Until next time…….

Priya