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Monday, 22 July 2013

A Color Challenge

The current color challenge at Dynamic Duos is very interesting with two bold colors to play with. Take a look at the colors here.

I loved the duos the moment I saw the post and came up with this card for the challenge (Dynamic Duos#62 - Coral Orange and Black with the option of Butterflies)

I stamped some flowers in orange on a black background and used some white color pencils to highlight some of the flowers. The use of butterflies was optional. The butterflies were stenciled and cut out from vellum. I found some orange beads in the butterfly centre and orange and white beads in the corner was the appropriate for the look. Completed the card with a "Wish Big" sentiment.

Here's a closer look:

Hope you liked the card and thanks for stopping by. Till next time, happy crafting.


Saturday, 20 July 2013

A Marathon Of Cards

It has been 12 days since my last post. The last few days were not so good with my baby and me both down with cold and fever. Hence crafting was parked aside. But I am back with a bang now. Such energetic has been this comeback that I was on a card marking frenzy last night. When I completed the last one I checked the clock and found it was 5.30 in the morning! The night had just flown!!!

Here are the cards I was working on last night. This first one is an inspiration from Case Study's latest muse. I adapted the colors and the circular structure from the card to come up with mine. I cut out some oval shaped dies and inked the edges. With the same ink color stamped a heart image on each of them. I chose the heart stamp as it was the only one which was fitting into the oval shape.Not to mention, have set it on an embossed background. This one will be linked to their current challenge - Case Study#150

The second one would also be playing for another challenge - CAS(E) This Sketch#37. The challenge was to draw inspiration from the following sketch:

And this was my version:

The concept was very direct.I have stuck to the hexagonal shapes, colored them with some water color pencils and placed a quilled flower of the same color on each of the shapes. I really love the effect it has created.

The next card is a simple stamped card using some washi tape.

Then there was this card which i made with some cardstock and just two cutting dies. No stamps, no inks, no color digis, no color pencils. Just two cutting dies - I wanted to see what could be done quickly without any frills in around 15 minutes.Of course to add some interest to the otherwise staid look, I added two feather embellishments.

The last one is a card where I used a lot of elements- die cuts, stencil, border punch, handmade paper flowers, pearls and a digi from Sarah Kay. It's kind of the polar opposite of the previous card.

Hope you liked the creations. Do drop in your comments and suggestions. The one I liked the most? - The CAS card with hexagons and quilled flowers turned out to be my favorite!


Monday, 8 July 2013

Butterflies in My Cards

Spent the last couple of days working on cards with butterflies. I really love this element in cards. They lend a touch of elegance. I am yet to own a cutting die for a butterfly. So worked with whatever I had available with me.

The first card is a very simple one and it straight away follows the following sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

The digi in it is from Artfire and I think its lovely! I will be linking this one to the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches #93 - A Sketch by Alisa.

I did the second one with a Crafter's Workshop stencil and some paint. This is also a simple card with some washi tape, a flower and butterfly cut outs to complete the look. Will be linking this one to the Challenge#48 at CASE Study.

The last one is also a one layer card textured with a medium (some homemade gesso). The gesso recipe was shared by Pooja from Reusing With Quilling and man it worked wonderfully! Would like to thank Pooja a ton for it. After the applied medium dried, I stenciled out the butterflies and colored them with water color pencils.

And here's a snap with the flash on to highlight the sheen on the gesso.

The color inspiration was from the following photograph from Beyond Grey Challenges.

The sketch inspiration is from the following sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.

Linking the card to the following challenges:
BGC#34 - Photo Inspiration + Anything Goes
CAS(E) this Sketch#35

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, 6 July 2013

A Weekend Fun Card

Had made some flowers a few days back and had been meaning to use them for a while. So came up with this card last night.

This is what I used:
The digi in the image is from Sarah Kay
The pink background on which the digi is based is made with scalloped scissors and a punch.
The white next to the digi is made by folding some thick thread.
The black and white digi paper peaking from the top is from Shery K Designs. I painted it with some hint of blue.
Rhinestones and pearls for some bling.
The charm used in top right corner is from an old earring. Right now I just cannot imagine having worn them....ha ha!!!
I made it a thank you card, this time for my Ma. She is a super energetic lady who explores stores in the remotest of areas to bring back great crafty stuffs for me. Her support is huge and this is a small token of gratitude!
It was a real fun to play with so many elements at the same time. I really enjoyed making this one. Here are some more close ups...

I wanted the card to align to the following sketch from Catchy Challenges:

With this card I will be participating in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Three Cards by 3

Last night I was awake till 3 in the morning trying to complete three cards all at the same time. At just around 3, my 7 month old woke up with a smile, sat up, embraced our dog who was sleeping at his feet and gently called to me, as if asking me to go to bed. Luckily for me, I was almost finished by then.

The first one of the cards is inspired by the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch. I made a quilled flower for he focus of the card and some buds and swirls to accompany it.With it I will be playing along their current challenge.

The next card's been made to participate in the current challenge at Dynamic Duos. In this challenge one had to make a card in grey and any other color of one's choice. I chose teal and this is what I came up with.

The last one is a simple thank you card with some hand-painted flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you liked my creations. Till next time, happy crafting!


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A New Month

This is my first post for the month of July. This month I am aiming to do a lot of handpainted flowers for my cards. In this card, I tried some of my floral painting on triangle shapes (inspired by the current inspiration at Case Study Challenge). I also added a "Thank You" sentiment and dedicate it to my husband, Sudhir, who has been a constant support to me in all my endeavors. His encouragement and criticism keeps me going. The swirls were made from some glossy ribbon pieces. Overall it is quite a simple card and I have kept the embellishments to a minimum.

With these cards I will be playing along the following challenges:

Case Study Challenge#147
Crafters Corner Challenge#10; "Thank You So Much"

See you soon,

Friday, 28 June 2013

A Smorgasbord of Crafty Stuff

This card has a lot going on. I myself kinda lost track by the time I completed it (ha ha, kidding). This is like the lasagna of crafts - full of layers and toppings.

Here's what I used:
2 digital papers from Shery K Designs and one from The Paper Shelter.
The digi is also from The Paper Shelter.
Used some die cuts for the purple corner and the leaves.
I had the piece of lace in my stash.
Some pearls, stones and buttons for embellishments.
The flowers in the lower left corner have been hand-painted by me.

With this card I will be participating in the following challenges:

Crafting with Dragonflies; Challenge#5 (Card Challenge- Vintage with layers and lace)
Sentimental Sundays; Challenge#160: For the Girls
Eclectic Ellapu; Recipe Challenge
Heck of a Challenge; Play Bingo (lace/die cuts/buttons)
Sparkles Monthly Challenge; Steampunk or Vintage
Country View Crafts Challenge; Die Cuts
Pile it On; Challenge#25 Vintage or Shabby Chic

Take care till next time,

Nocturnal Creations

It is becoming increasingly difficult to work in presence of my 7 month old. He is in that experimental phase of his infant-years where he's grabbing everything he could and placing them straight into the mouth. Wow! Quite a difficult situation for a crafter who has her embellishments all over while working. And dangerous too. So these days I am primarily nocturnal, sticking to all my crafty work at night only after my baby is asleep.

I have been meaning to play along the current challenge at Beyond Grey Challenges for a long time now. The challenge involves creating an argyle in your project which I found very interesting - so I came up with this card last night.

Some newly acquired water colour pencils were put to good use to create the argyle background. Thereafter some die cut layer and then some quilling completed the card. And lastly have sprinkled three random diamonds with silver glitter. Here are some more close ups:

Hope you enjoyed the creation. This one will be participating in the challenge#33 at Beyond Grey Challenges.


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Quilled Elegance

Quilling flowers of various types is something I enjoy a lot. In fact I love flowers of any kind - quilled, or paper, fresh or dry, anything. Flowers just make me happy. And so many like me would agree. What is it in flowers that make them so endearing? Is is their colours or shapes or the fragrance? Not sure, but I am glad flowers exists on earth or God created flower (the statement changes depending on one's philosophical bent of mind). They bring out the craftiness in me. They really are a crafter's inspiration.

Last night I crafted this quilled card with oranges as the colour scheme. I used a bit of pearl and some beads as embellishments. The beads are from an old bracelet that I had long given up wearing (upcycled item) Most quilled cards I see are mostly devoid of any embellishments. However, I like to be opulent  with embellishments even if I am making a quilled card. Its interesting to experiment a combination of the various card making techniques with quilling.

The flowers are pretty simple. I have pinched them with some swirls.The colour scheme is inspired by the latest challenge at Dynamic Duos. I loved the way it turned out. I could totally use this card as a wedding invitation!

I will be playing along the following challenges with the card:

Dynamic Duos#58-Monochromatic Deep Oranges
LESSology Challenge#26: Feel the Bead!

Take Care,

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Just Saying Hello

With today's card I have tried another way of weaving quilling strips to create a mesh effect.

I first embossed a white card stock and then die cut an oval from the centre. Thereafter used two toned strips to weave the mesh. Then covered the back of the mesh with another oval die cut to give it a background. To highlight the emboss, have sponged some pearl acrylic (sky blue and white) paint on the two diagonal corners. I am in love with these pearl acrylics from Camel Fabrica and extensively use them in my works.

The digi in the card is from Sliekje's Digi Stamps. The site has some cute animal digis. The three big yellow flowers in the upper right corner are handmade while the smaller ones are punched. Signed off white a "Hello" sentiment.

With this card I will be playing along the following challenges: