Monday, July 14, 2014

A blog hop with a difference !

Hi crafty friends
Like my blog title suggest's today I am sharing a blog post with a difference ..Well to begin with, a few days back I was approached by a crafty friend and my fellow teamie at Lulupu  Jaya Raghuvanshi to be a part of a blog hop wherein we had to share some details about our  work and our creative process. So in accordance with the tag, I am posting a few details about myself and my work.
But before I do that let me share a few details about Jaya and her work..Jaya has a blog by the name of My Craft World and she creates some of the most amazing Layouts, cards and mixed media projects.I always find her style to be innovative and her attention to detail just fascinating .She is relatively new at layout making and has about 6 layout to her credit but if you see her work I am sure you will be astounded at her skill, she is what one calls a 'natural'when it comes to layout making. Her work is so gorgeous and looks effortless though if you read her post you will know its anything but :) Needless to say, I am definitely one of a big fan of her work and want to Thank her for this opportunity to be a part of such an unique hop.

 Getting to know me process :)

1.What am I working on right now?
Well the sad answer is nothing much!! I am in what one calls a creative slumber :) And though, I avidly like to see and appreciate all my fellow blogger's work I have nothing new to contribute right now.The only new thing which I am going to start working on is my DT work for Lulupu blog.

2.Why do I write/create what I do ?
Hmm!! I have really thought about this for sometime now and well honestly more than writing I think creating something new is what attracts me the most and I do it because I just love to try new things and the crafty field is so diverse that there is always something new to explore.

3.How does your writing/creating process work?
For me the starting point of any creative process is a visual inspiration and I am constantly inspired by the work of other crafter's, their different styles and mediums. Recently though  I have become quite addicted to Pinterest and whenever I am logged in there its like a "Alice in Wonderland " like of experience for me So many beautiful things all in one place... Well who wouldn't love it :)

4. What is my Signature style?
Well I don't really think I have a definite signature style, though I do lean towards soft shabby chic colors and work and yes almost all my projects tend to have handmade flowers in them as I love to create my own flowers :)                                

5. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Actually I don't think that there is all that much difference between my work and that of other's of the same genre as I usually see many crafter's and artist who create shabby chic projects tend to lean towards similar soft palatte and flower arrangements such as I do.

6. What is my current favorite trend to follow ?
Hmmm...I think it has to be  the water coloring trend and also the stenciling trend ..I see it all over the blogland and basically everywhere. These mediums are pretty much new to me and I would love to explore more about them.

Well that's about it from me :) ..I know this has been a lengthy post but please bear with me, I have tagged two of my bloggy and crafty  friends  who will be sharing their post with you on the coming Monday which is the 21st and the two wonderful people are :
                                                                  Sindhu and Kripa

Sindhu: Well, Sindhu is a very good friend and fellow crafter who I was lucky enough to become friends with online. We have known each other for two years now, just around the time she first started blogging.Over a period of time, I have seen Sindhu evolve as a crafter and artist from the time she started  and I think she has finally found her niche in the CAS style and I see her creating some of the most brilliant and beautiful CAS cards.She is definitely my inspiration and someone who I aspire to be like in creating CAS cards and projects as CAS is not a style I am very comfortable with. You can check her beautiful one of a kind creations HERE.

Kripa: I  have got to know Kripa quite recently as my teamie at Lulupu blog .Her work is always unique and so different from what I do that I always have a Wow feeling when ever I visit her blog or get to see her latest creation ..She does a variety of things like creating layouts,cards and even albums to name a few, her work has a softness and a ethereal feel about it which definitely captures one's attention .You can check out Kripa's blog HERE.

Would love it if you would check out Jaya's, Sindhu's and Kripa's and leave them some leave. Thank you and have a nice day everyone :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A gift box !!

Hi friends!
Today, I am sharing with you all a giftbox that I have made from scratch using cardstock and some beautiful pattern paper . The measurements of the box and the method on how I made it, I have referred to the youtube video of an international crafter that I found on Pinterest. HERE's a link to it if you are interested in making this.and keeping in mind the current Lulupu challenge which is to use 'Minimum 4 colours from the Lulup logo + create banners or pennants . This cute, little box can very easily hold a small sweet treat or an accessory like a bracelet or some pretty earnings. This could make a perfect party favour gift too! So, here's a look at what I have made :

To make this box, I have first cut and scored the cardstock, then measured and cut the pattern paper from the DCWV Fresh Floral Stack accordingly, and then covered all the four sides and the top of the box with it. Then, I created a small handle on the lid to make it easy to open and decorated the front of it using a die-cut panel which I have distressed on the edges using Crushed Olive Distress ink. I stamped the sentiment in the centre and also stamped, colored and fussy-cut the flowers and leaves using the Lawn Fawn Blissful Botanicals and Flutter By sets. Added the banners on the two sides of the box and a punched lace using the Martha Stewart Doily Lace which was then colored using Distress inks- Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters and Tumbled glass.

Challenges entered :
Kraft Zone- Dies with Pattern paper.
A Creative Romance- Anything goes with Happy Birthday!

Hope you like my box. Do leave me your comments/suggestions. 
Have a nice day everyone! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

You fill my thoughts !!

Hiya Friends ,
This is going to be a quick post as I am leaving for a short break starting today, have lots to do and very little time to complete :) Today I am sharing a card I made for the Lulupu blog where our current challenge is 'Inspired from the Movies' with the added twist being to use dry embossing on our projects.I have made a card based on the movie 'PS : I Love you' and here's a look at it :

My card was inspired by the beautiful love story between the husband and wife in the movie and how even after his death the husband manages to surprise his wife with secret gifts and messages. I have used this sentiment and whole scene to  recreate the feel of the movie:)
For the embossing part, I have embossed the tree trunk using a woodgrain embossing folder and inked it using Distress ink Vintage Photo and the grid like pattern on the background was created using a Martha Stewart Scoreboard I have shared the details about it on the Lulupu blog ..Do check it out for a fun tutorial I have shared there !
Hope you like my card ..I would love to hear your views on it ..Please do leave me your comments/suggestions.
Have a good day everyone :)

Supplies used :
Base cardstock- Campap
Martha Stewart Scoreboard.
Embossing folder - Darice Woodgrain embossing folder.
Dies :
Memory Box Nestled Bird, Memory Box Wrought Iron gate, Simon Says 'You' Stamp and die set.
Inks :
Distress inksVintage Photo, Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Shabby Shutters.
Distress stains : Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn and Wild Honey.
Versafine Onyx Black ink pad.
Unity Stamp, Punch Bunch 3 in 1 Hydragena punch and Pie Lane Glitter balls.

Challenges entered :
Color Conception : Dry or wet embossing
Crafter's Corner : Something special ( Made it to Top 3! )
BGC : Bingo (Last line : Birds,Black,grid,Sentiment)
Simon Says Stamp - Die Crazy!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

You are the Best !!

Hiya friends ,
I have a card to share today. I made it for the inspiration of the current challenge at Lulupu blog which is to make Feminine cards using Border punches & Flowers. This card would be perfect for Mother's Day as well as any special occasion. My colours are soft and I have kept the background a bit on the dark side to contrast against the flowers. So, here's a look at what I made :
Another view :

I got to play with my new Simon Says Stamp and Die set on this card :D I am so in love with it and I think this must be  first time that I have used so much glitter, all at once on my card. I know many of you have admired the blooms I made on this card on my facebook page, these were made with the newly bought Tim Holtz/Sizzix Flower Garland die. I really, really like this flower die, as it gives you an option of three different flowers and leaves. Totally worth the money I spent on it. You all will be seeing much more variety of flowers I make using this die :D

Supplies used :
Base cardstock -Kraft.
DCWV Pattern papers.
Embossing folder -Cuttlebug/Provocraft Textile folder.
Punch -Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch.
Dies : Spellbinders Fluer De Lis Square die, Spellbinder's Classic Squares die, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Flower Garland die, Simon Says 'You' Stamp and Die Set, MFT Die-namics Scrolled Flourishes, MFT Die-namics Fancy Flourish die.
Inks : Distress Inks -Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw. Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, ColorBox Frost White Pigment ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad.
White Pollens, Pie Lane Chevron Stickers, Itsy Bitsy Glitter Sheet.

Challenges entered :
Crafter's Corner -Something Special.
Dies R Us -Anything Goes. ( Made it to Top 3 )
Frosted Designs - I have used Flowers, Green and Yellow.
SSS -Anything Goes.
SS Work out Wednesday- Use Pattern Papers ( I have used pattern papers to punch out the border lace).

Hope you like my card. Please leave em your comments/suggestions. I would love to hear from you :D
Have a nice day everyone!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Memories! ...

Hi friends!
We, at Lulupu have a very interesting challenge for this fortnight which is Vacation/Travel/Holidays - Only LO Theme for our Challenge #29. With this month nearly coming to an end, you just have two more days to join in the fun.
Here's what I have created for our current challenge :

And, you know what ? This is my first ever layout. and I was quite nervous about creating it but once I got the right pictures to scrap about, and, the sketch from Once upon a ..Sketch Challenge, I was all set. And, this is what I ended up creating :
My LO is based on my parent's first international trip to the U.S.A to meet my brother and his family. My brother and me were so excited and nervous at the same time as my parent's were travelling alone. But, by God's grace, everything went quite smoothly and they really had a very good time in California where my brother is put up. The photo that I am scrapping about was taken on a water-front near Milpitas and it was really cold there as my parent's had traveled during the winter's.
Sadly, this was my father's first and last trip to U.S as he is no more with us. I really, really miss him a lot. So, this layout has a special significance for me. Since, this trip was one of the big events of my parent's life, in a way, it was even mine and my brother's.

Some more views of the layout with a little bit of journaling done :

Here's a close-up of my flower cluster :

 And a close up of the removable Tag on which the journalling is done :

A little bit about how I made this. For the base, I first took a 300gsm white cardstock and stuck my DCWV pattern paper over it. Then, I used the Sakura Modelling paste and TCW Hexagons Stencil on the two corners of my LO to create the hexagon background. Most of the bright, cheerful die-cuts used on my LO are from the Simple Stories Travel Snap! cards which I have fussy-cut and stuck on my LO with 3D Foams tabs to give it a little bit of dimension. The flowers are all die-cut using Spellbinder's die and I have used brads on the centre of my flowers. Added a little bit of journaling on a removable tag!

Supplies used :
Base paper : Local Cardstock
Pattern papers : DCWV, Pebbles Basic Cardmaking paper pad, My Mind's Eye..
Dies : Spellbinder's Rose Creations, Memory box Fabulous Phlox dies.
Punches : Martha Stewart Doliy Lace border  punch.
 Travel Snap! cards from Simple stories
Distress Stains : Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean,Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn.
Distress Inks :Tumbled Glass,Spiced Marmalade.
The Crafter's Workshop Hexagons Stencil, Sakura Modelling paste, Washi tapes,Basic grey Brads,Studio Calico Tiny Stars Wood Veneers, Twine, Pearls.

Challenges entered :
Once Upon a Sketch -Sketch Challenge.
Scrap Around the World - Mood Board Challenge ( I was inspired by the colours and the background from the inspiration picture).
Color Conceptions- Anything but a Card.

Hope you like my first attempt at making a layout. Please leave me your comments/ suggestions. I would love to hear from you :)
Have a nice day everyone!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Summer fun at Lulupu!

Hi friends!
Today I am sharing with you all a CAS card based on summer theme which is our current challenge at Lulupu. I have used some really bright, happy colours for my card. And, here's a look at what I made :

I have chosen to work with Light pink, Dark pink, Yellow and Orange colour form the photo inspiration and on a embossed kraft base of the card I have placed a white embossed panel and created an ice-cream cone. Isn't it the perfect summer treat to cool off ?! :)
My sentiment banner is created with a piece of vellum strip on which I have heat embossed the sentiment using two different stamp sets and coloured it using Mustard Seed Distress ink, then secured the base of it using brads.
The scoops of ice-cream, I have created using three different colored cardstocks and a circle die for the upper round part but you can also use punches for this and a scallop square die/square punch for the bottom part and after I cut out those shapes, I embossed it with the Provocraft/Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and voila I got three different flavoured scoops of ice-cream on to my cone :D

Challenges entered :
Allsorts- No flowers
SSS -Happy Birthday
Brown Sugar -Clean and Simple
Moving along with the times -Sweet treatsMade it to Top 3 )

I would love to hear your thoughts about my card as CAS is so not my forte so I would really appreciate it if you could do drop in a line! :)
Have a nice day everyone!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Glittered and Stenciled Congrat's!

Hi friends!
I am back again :D And, this time I am sharing another stenciled card today. Stencils are SO in trend right now and there are so many different options of using them. The Pinterest board seems to be full of different types of stenciled card and projects and I was really inspired by Jennifer McGuire's recent post on using stencil embossing paste and embossing powders to create a glittered background. This is such a quick and easy way to make an ornate background for the cards. I really loved it a lot and this is my first try doing it. It definitely needs a lot of improvement but I just wanted to share my first trial here :)
So, here's a look :

Since, I wanted to keep the background as my main focus,I have limited my embellishing to just that one flower and a few pearls and of course the glittered strip bordering the stenciled background and the black cardstock. I  have also stamped and embossed my sentiment using silver embossing powder. The flower is handmade using punches and I have also distressed the embossed piece with Scattered Straw and Antique Linen Distress inks to co-ordinate with the golden embossing powder!

Supplies used :
Base cardstock -Fabriano Elle Erre!
MFT Fancy Flourish, Jef punches.
Stencil -Memory Box Rhapsody stencil, Sakura Acrylic Modelling Paste.
Versamark Dazzle Watermark stamp pad, Ranger Super Fine Gold and Silver Embossing powders.
Distress inks- Festive Berries, Scattered Straw, Antique Linen.
The Paper Company All Occasion messages stamp set.
Pearls and glitter strip.

Challenges entered :
Color Conceptions -Glam with Glitter ( Made it to Top 3 )
PPS -Clean and Simple
Moxie Fab World -Styling with Stencils

Hope you like my attempt at a CAS card. Any comments/suggestions are welcome :D
Have a nice day everyone!