Its been awfully quiet around here. I’m on vacation and I haven’t been crafting at all. I do miss it but I’m also enjoying this break……..a paradox really.
Kids have my undivided attention right now. We have been doing some fun things together- both my kids tried indoor sky diving, explored a cave ( rumoured to have bats in it), went up a mountain 14100 feet above sea level, played with snow, walked on a rickety wooden bridge above a 1000 feet deep gorge—- some of these required a lot of courage from those that are scared of heights ( not naming names here) but we did it anyway. We have a lot more adventures in store for the next few weeks too.
We walk a lot every day, see new places everyday and learn a lot every single day. This was a well deserved break for all of us.
I also got the chance to visit my fav crafting stores and dare I say I’ve stocked up on supplies. No stamps though……… Can you believe I did not buy one single stamp. Lotsa papers and more papers coz that’s my weakness.
Well, this is what I’ve been doing. What’s going on with all of you? Enjoying your summer break?
This is the first time I’m participating in PTI’s MIM challenge. I have always wanted to…..seeing that I have so many PTI products……..but somehow I never have. Well….there’s always a first time for everything.
The challenge is to make a ‘die-cut flower using a non-flower die’. Here’s my project……………….
This is not a card, but its a cover page of a mini album that I am working on. I havent made cards in such a long time. And since the challenge says ‘project’ and not card, I was very happy. I’ve used the Doilies die to make the flower.
A few close ups……………I’ve cut five die cut doilies using pink paper, inked the edges with brown and black inks, staggered them one on top of the other after snipping off one ‘petal’ for each layer. Added a big ‘ol black button for the centre, some pearls, ribbon and was done.
The paper was white on the other side and I felt that the contrast was too much, so I inked it brown.
Off now to complete the album.
How are ya?
I’m good….I’m good.
Many thanks to those who enquired about my absence.
I appreciate it.
More than you’ll know.
I was feeling a bit of blog-burnout and I had to back away for a bit lest I get burnt.
But I am back now. This break was good for me.
I never took a break from crafting though. (As if that’s possible)
Been working on some album orders. Will show you those soon.
In the process of taking a blogging-break, I actually had some free time (imagine that!) which I put to good use. I cleaned up my scrap area. I found a lot of things that I know for sure I will not be using anymore. So…….I need to find a good home for my goodies.
Now….some of the stuff is brand new, unopened even……and a lot of the stuff is not-new but not-used either. There ‘s papers and embellies and stickers and stuff. I’ll post pictures soon, so you can get an idea about what’s in it.
I am giving it away.
I am working on how to actually do it, since this will be my first giveaway on this blog.
Stay tuned for more news. Right here……….SOOOOOOON!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.
My Mind’s Eye has been a favourite company of mine for the longest time (since the old Wild Asparagus and Kaleidoscope days). After a long time I was able to get my hands on some beautiful MME papers- their entire Lime Twist collection- ENTIRE!!!!!……..and when I say ‘entire’ I mean all the designer papers, embellishments everything. This is the first time I’ve ever purchased any collection as a whole and I am just drooling over the products.
So……as I was browsing thro MME’s blog I noticed they had a layout challenge posted.
So……I decided to participate. My first ever layout challenge. I loved the sketch and I had the perfect picture to go with it.
Here is the sketch……..
And here is my layout………………….
The great thing about MME is that a lot of their lines coordinate with each other. Take this layout as an example: the 12×12 paper is Lime Twist; brads are from the Fine and Dandy collection; sentiment die cuts, transparency behind the tag and the tag itself are Stella & Rose; the stamps (banner, dress form, butterfly and the scallop design) are Lost and Found 2— and they all fit together perfectly.
One rule for the challenge was that we had to use brown- so I’ve used brown cardstock to mat the photo, brown ink for all the stamping, vintage photo distress ink to distress the edges of the 12×12 dp and the die cuts. Brown and pink Petaloo flowers, and brown striped ribbon from Maya Road complete the page.
Aditya Gupta has a new craft and book store and he is looking for a design team. I am submitting this project for the DT call.
Have a great day y’all.
My friend, Shobana’s card is featured on PTI’s Make It Monday challenge. Just wanted to take this chance to congratulate her on this achievement. She is an awesome crafter/baker/crochet-er and and even awesome-er friend. (If you are not on facebook or twitter, then you can check out her card on her blog.)
Kudos to you Shobana. I am thrilled for you. CONGRATS!
What a start to this Diwali week.
Here’s wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali. Have fun but please stay safe.
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.
These were the ribbons that I sent to Lucy Colaco for ICR’s ribbon swap. From left to right 1, 2 and 5 are from Michaels Craft Store in the US. 3 and 4 are from Luxe Designs (sadly this company closed down). Number one is wire edged ribbon and will hold the shape of the bow very nicely. I hope Lucy liked it.
Also…apprearing for the first time on this blog…….my left hand…….a nice round of applause please!
These are the ribbons that Jovita Dsouza sent me along with the cute envelope. Thank you Jovita, I love my new ribbons and I cant wait to use them.
Looking forward to more such swaps……………..(hint…hint…Ashalatha and Tejal).
This is my second post for today. Please scroll down for a card based on Unscripted Sketches challenge!
This is the sketch this week at CPS.
Here is my card. I wanted to make a card with minimum embellishments, with just the pp and cs doing most of the work. I did use my stamps though. A ribbon and a die cut was all that I allowed myself to use. Turned out very masculine and I like it. I could add a few flowers to pretty it up, but I decided against it. It is not very often I make cards for the men, so I let this one be as it is.
PTI mat stack 4 stamped with Embellishment stamps and Big and Bold Wishes (the sentiment). Patterned paper is mounted on brown cs the sides of which have been swiped with cream ink. The kraft cs on the base has been stamped with two leaf stamps from PTI’s Turning a New Leaf (I have to thank Shobana for this one. That stamp set is on loan from her). Mounted everything on foam tape. Ribbon is from a local craft store.
Here is the sketch for FTL#131. Quite a simple but stunning layout as sketches go. I wanted to play immediately and for once I had a clear mental picture of how I wanted this card to turn out. The end result did not disapoint me.
The flowers are made of a very thick felt. I bought it at a craft store, where it was sold as window decorations. The flowers were all strung together and I cut them apart to use as embellishments.
So what do you think?