Sponge Rose Tutorial

Sponge Rose Tutorial
           Hi friends I hope your Christmas weekend was fabulous.Mine was a flurry of activity as I went on a mad house cleaning spree and cooking marathon as not only did we have a good doctor friend of ours visiting us all the way from Iran but I also invited an amazingly talented famous crafter home on Christmas eve[more about that in another post!]
Sponge Rose Tutorial
           Crafting with sponge sheets is a very old craft and I remember being fascinated with dolls handmade from sponge in my childhood in the 1980's! Sponge sheets are resurfacing in the shops and I had earlier too shared a super simple Sponge Rosebud Tutorial. This one too is rather easy to make
Materials Required to make Sponge roses
  1. Sheets of Sponge
  2. Scissors
  3. Wire - any wire would do ...you don't need jewelry quality wire and the thin cheap ones are even better as they are easy to twist and turn!
Sponge Rose Tutorial
        Cut freehand rose petals...you dont have to stress out on the shape...a rough tear drop would do. Sponge is super easy to cut and in fact you can layer several layers atop each other and cut too !
Sponge Rose Tutorial
        To make the central bud of the rose take a petal and roll starting from the tapered end as shown in the photos above and below.
Sponge Rose Tutorial
Hold the rolled petal in your hand and tweak the shape to whatever you feel looks good!
Sponge Rose Tutorial
             Add petals around this central bud. I added 2 petals to surround the central bud and then added 3 around that. The number of petals you add in each whorl would depend on the size of your petals adorable how full you want  your rose to look.
Sponge Rose Tutorial
While you add the petals it is easy to adjust their placing and height since you are just holding the sponge between your fingers and not hot gluing or using any kind of adhesive!
Sponge Rose Tutorial
I finished off the rose by adding 5 petals in the outermost layer.
Sponge Rose Tutorial
Since your petals have a tapering edge you will actually be holding the rose by the tapering part of all the petals as shown above. To make your rose take a thin wire and simply twist it around this pedicle!
Sponge Rose Tutorial
            Complete a loop or two with your wire and your rose is done! You dont have to tightly twist the wire as sponge will expand and give a nice tight fit and in fact if you are too tight with the wire twisting you can cut the delicate sponge!
Sponge roses
         The photo below shows the store bought decoration I altered by adding my sponge roses and giving a snowy feel with " whipped spackle"!
Store Bought Decoration
       The original decor item was too golden ....if you know what I mean!! I hope you like the altered version!
Sponge Roses Tutorial
I hope you liked my Sponge roses...do tell me how they are!
Supplies : Original plastic decoration, Sponge sheets - Big Market Sahakaranagar, Bangalore. Red pearl strings- Rainbowkraftykari, Whipped Spackle, Red Pollen bunches - Crafters Corner, White swirly pollen- Raja Market
Sponge Rose Tutorial 


Pinecones and Pine Leaves

           I am having so much fun playing with my new Winnie and Walter stamps! Used pine leaves and pine cone stamps to make this super simple card
Inka Gold and Glitter Foam
        Made the  pine cones shimmer by rubbing Inka Gold on the stamped pine cones! And of course I had to add  a bit of sparkle with silver glitter foam heart ornaments! The red berries are rhinestone stickers.
Supplies Dies :  Memory Box Precious Hearts, Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy New Year
Stamps Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Clear Stamp Set


Merry Christmas !

Glitter Foam Card
A Merry Christmas to all my  crafty friends !
       Sharing a card made by stamping pine leaves from Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Clear Stamp Set in different shades of green and distressing the edges with Artistry Ink pads[similar to my Festive Tag]
Glitter Foam Card
For a pop of red I added Memory Box heart ornaments cut in glitter foam and added a Memory Box silver deer leaping through the woodland!
It's a simple card but was super fun to make!
Supplies : Dies :  Memory Box Precious Hearts, Memory Box Leaping Deer
Stamps : Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Clear Stamp Set


Santa Express Choo Choo!

Stamped Santa Card
          Hi friends it's Christmas Eve and I bet Santa is zooming all over the world spreading cheer and happiness !
         Sharing yet another card featuring the cute Santa Express stamp colored by my daughter and made into a simple card with a little help from me!
Supplies : Dies :   Memory Box Precious Hearts ; Stamps :  Your Next Stamps Santa Express


Stamped Festive Tag

Poinsettia Tag
          Hi friends sharing a simple tag I made using a gorgeous Winnie and Walter stamp set I had won during World Card Making Day Contest. I die cut a tag and stamped tiny pine leaves from the Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora set  in 2 shades of green using Memento ink pads.
          Distressed the edges using Artistry inkpads [you can read about  Artistry ink pads here : Artistry Ink pads Review] .
Heat Embossed Poinsettia
               The gorgeous Poinsettia and leaves are from the same set and I heat embossed them in gold and colored it with Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens and later added them to the tag after fussy cutting .
Heat Embossed Pinecone
          The tiny pinecone which is also from the same stamp set was heat embossed in gold and colored with Distress Inks .I added Poppy Stamps pine leaves  cut in glitter foam to my  Pine cone which I had fussy cut and shaped with an embossing tool to make it convex and more dimensional.
         Its such a simple looking tag but can you believe I must have worked on it for more than an hour and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!
Supplies : Dies :  Poppy Stamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags , Poppy Stamps Pine Boughs 
Stamps : Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Clear Stamp Set 
Coloring Media : Distress Inks  ,Memento Ink Pads, Artistry Ink Pads, Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens 

Snowman Craft

Snowman Craft
         Hi friends Thank you so much for the warm appreciative comments on  my daughter's Santa Express Card. Here is another Christmas creation by my kiddo. My daughter is 9yrs but still very much a child at heart. She was so excited when she made this snowman  in her school and even boasted that she was one of the few children who got the snowman's nose right!
Snowman Craft
Hehe his nose does look cute doesn't it!
Snowman Craft
And that is my little crafter with her  snowman!



Santa Express !

Santa Express
           Hi friends sharing a super cute card made by my 9 yr old daughter ! She stamped, colored and fussy cut the Santa Express stamps from Your Next Stamp, an adorable stamp set I had picked up for her when I visited my friend Priya's craft shop.
Supplies : Dies :  Memory Box Frostyville border
Stamps :  Your Next Stamps Santa Express  

DIY Mobile Tutorial

Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
          Dear friends I hope you will agree when I say there is something so charming about mobiles that they appeal to all ages! ! And who is not fascinated by the beauty of snowflakes!
          This DIY snowflake mobile was actually made for my daughter's Frozen themed Birthday Party but I am blogging about it this festive season since Glittery Snowflakes seem perfect for the season!
          And it's also my Guest DT project for Unstampabelles theme Sparkle and make  someone smile......I hope my sparkly mobile can make you smile!
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
           My DIY Mobile has glittery snowflakes  die cut in blue and silver glitter foam and thick card stock[ ivory card] with  beads and dangling crystals.
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
          The delicate snowflake designs were stuck on  glitter foam- card stock circles and has alternating silver and blue patterns.I threaded tiny crystals and acrylic snowflake patterned stars on to metal jewelry pins and rings  and dangled them on holes punched on each snowflake!
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
         Shown above is the large snowflake in the center of the mobile- I used 3 different dies to make it and added a big blue rhinestone to its center.
         Though I used dies to make my snowflakes for my mobile you can use whatever you fancy. Here are some ideas on what you can use to make a  mobile:-
  • Quilled Designs
  • Felt Designs
  • Ornaments
  • Toys- as  seen in a school project my kiddo and I once  did on reptiles : Reptile Mobile 
Once you have your mobile elements ready you can dive right into hanging them to make a mobile
Materials Required to make your own DIY Mobile
  • Embroidery Thread- to hang your snowflakes or whatever you want to hang
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic Ring or Bangle
  • Glue Gun - optional
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
           You can use any kind of sturdy ring you have at home but I guess the easiest and most easily available sturdy ring would be an embroidery hoop. You just need to use the outer ring of your hoop. Tie a ribbon across the center of your embroidery hoop.
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
Tie another one across it at right angles. If your ribbon knots are not very tight you can use a glue gun to prevent your ribbon knots from sliding across the embroidery hoop.
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
         Wind a ribbon or lace or whatever else you fancy around the hoop to jazz it up a bit.In our Dinosaur mobile I had camouflaged my ring with foam grass!
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
       Its easiest to stay symmetrical if you tie ribbons in between the ribbons you had tied earlier---that way you can make a mobile which hangs beautifully and doesn't look too lopsided!
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
          I tied the 4 ribbons to a ring [ you can use a bangle] adjusting the ribbon lengths so that my embroidery hoop stays horizontal and is not pulled up on one side !
Snowflake Mobile tutorial 
            That was super easy wasn't it ....! Well it is rather easy but tricky too!
The tricky part will be adjusting the lengths of the ribbons and I would advise you to cajole someone into helping you in that step as judging ribbon lengths and keeping the hoop horizontal while you tie the ribbon can be tricky without a helper!
Ornaments Mobile
           Here is another mobile we made using silver and blue Christmas tree ornaments!
Ornament Mobile

Here is a super short video lasting just seconds showing how the mobiles swing in the wind!

Both these mobiles were a big hit at my home and I hope you like them too!

Supplies : Dies :  Sizzix Frame Layers and Flower 2, Sizzix Card front Winter , Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles 


Stamped Poinsettia

Poinsettia Tag
              Hi friends I never knew decorating a tiny piece of paper would give so much joy! If you haven't tried making a tag...do give it a go...its fun , its quick and soooo satisfying!
              I stamped , heat embossed , colored and fussy cut the Winnie and Walter Poinsettia and its leaves and added them to a snowflake embossed tag. I got the vibrant colors by using the Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pen set my friend and craft shop owner Priya had gifted me when I had visited her a few days back. I added tiny golden glitter balls to the center of the poinsettia.
           The Merry Christmas is a stamp I won in a giveaway from Lulupu when my friend Jaya tagged me on facebook[ It is so heartwarming when crafty friends think of me and winning such goodies from time to time adds to the charm of craft blogging]
Supplies : Dies :  Poppy Stamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags , Memory Box tiny bow, Cheery Lynn Build A Flower Embellishments 3 
StampsWinnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora, Pink Paislee Merry and Bright
Embossing Folder : Sizzix Snowflakes


Warm Wishes Tag

Coffee Tag
             Hi friends I visited my friend Priya Sivaraj in Chennai recently and had an amazing time shopping from her craft shop. Shopping from a physical store can give you such a high and when the shop is owned by a knowledgeable crafty friend the experience is simply heavenly!!
          The Poppy Stamps tags die I used to make this tag is part of my huge crafty haul from Priya's shop and so is the gorgeous Kaisercraft Tea Cup stamp!
Stamped Cup
            I added chipboard snowflakes and glitter foam snowflakes to make my tag suitable for the season. I do not usually enjoy coloring but had so much fun coloring my tea cup and heat embossed leaves using the Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pen set Priya had gifted me!Supplies : Dies :  Memory Box Frostyville border  , Poppy Stamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags , Poppy Stamps Pine Boughs
Stamps : Leaves from Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora set, Tea cup from Kaisercraft Tea Party Clear Stamp set
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