A Numbers Card!

Numbers Card
           Dear friends I am on a "Challenge entering" spree ...I am surprised that I have managed to post 16 times this month. Last month I was debating stopping blogging altogether [ you can read about that rant here : simple handmade flowers] and this month here I am blogging as if I have nothing else to do!! I do feel a bit crazy!! Has that ever happened to you too?
My winnings from Lulupu
          I have a bad habit of hoarding crafty goodies for months and sometimes years especially if I have won them or been gifted them! Now I have resolved to use at least part of my winnings/ gifts as soon as possible !
         The gorgeous paper used in this simple card  was part of my winnings from the Craft Shop Lulupu [ owned by the talented Karuna]for this project : Spinning Pop Up Ball Card . It was just the perfect paper for me to make a card to enter the All sorts Challenge themed " Numbers"
Faux stitching
            I wanted the numbers to signify dates and the sentiment echoes "celebrate everyday"
            I wanted to add something in the empty space and  my handmade bird clay embellishment just seemed to scream " add me, add me"!!! Sorry I do sound like a loony lady dont I! Well I was thinking of my hubby when I made this sort of masculine plain card and he loves birds and enthuses so much when he sees any feathered being!
Clay embellishment
Supplies : Dies : Spellbinders Curved Borders 2  , Spellbinders Jewel Fantasies,Itsy Bitsy Labels
Edited : This card was chosen top 5 at All Sorts Numbers theme Challenge


Gate Fold Card

Gate Fold Card
           Hi friends  one of the best things about having a paper-crafting hobby blog are the numerous fun challenges you can participate in. One gets to see so many inspiring creations, stretch one's one creative potential and if lucky ,win a prize too !!
Gate Fold Card
         This New Year Greeting Gate fold card is held closed at both ends by a band of ribbon on which I added a Marianne Border die cut, a little yarn bow, a few pearls and floral sequins .
Here is  the tutorial link on how to ink die cuts to maximize their potential : Fun with Dies
Gate Fold Card
            The Butterflies on the ribbon band and the flap of the card were stamped with a Hero Arts stamp, heat embossed with white embossing powder and colored with distress inks. They shimmer so beautifully in real...not able to quite capture it in the photographs!
Gate Fold Card
          On sliding away the ribbon bands the interlocking flaps of the card can be opened. I placed the stamped "Thinking Of You" [ another Hero Arts stamp- Sizzix die set] on one flap and the "Happy 2016" on the other flap and overlapped them slightly to form a sort of lock!
Gate Fold Card
         On the inside of the card I added  a Hero Arts - Sizzix stamp -die  flower , a heat embossed butterfly and a sentiment sticker on layered Spellbinders Labels 8 die cuts.
Gate Fold Card
Supplies : Stamp - Die Sets  : Hero Arts - Sizzix Flowers and Butterflies set code  657773  ,  Hero Arts - Sizzix Flowers- Thinking of you  657776  ,
Dies : Spellbinders Labels 8 ,Marianne Anjas Vintage Decoration , Marianne Anja Border , Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy New Year, Spellbinders Floral Oval 

3 D Flower making

3 D Die-cut Flower
Hi friends sharing the last in the series of 10 DIY pen stands we made for Teachers Day. This one has a huge 3 dimensional flower which is quite easy to make as you can see in the photo tutorial collage below.
3 D flower Making
Here is the Tutorial Link with detailed explanatory steps: Easy 3 D Flower tutorial
Handmade Flowers
Those white spirals were a find from my local market and though delicate I love how they look!
Thank you 
Since this Pen Stand was a gift for my daughter's teacher...we added a heat embossed " Thank you  " sentiment. I loved using the Memory Box Spring Border   in my series of pen stands...it gave a subtle uniformity to the series!
Die Cut 3 D flower
The leaves were made with the Heartfelt creations Botanical Wings stamp- die cut set. And of course I couldn't resist adding a tiny golden butterfly.
Cheery Lynn  Butterfly
Supplies : Dies : Memory Box Spring Border   , Spellbinders Asian Accents, Spellbinders Floral Oval ,Sizzix Flower Layers, Heartfelt creations Botanical Wings , Cheery Lynn  Butterfly, Marianne Designs Anja Leaf 1 
Linking to Memory Box Trees, Pixie's Snippets Playground week 196 [ snippets of gold paper used to make my butterfly and scrap paper to make my stamped leaves]


Felt Christmas Ornaments

Felt Christmas Ornaments
           Hi friends....surprised to see a Christmas Project so early on my blog..? Well I chanced upon a gorgeous blog Scraps of Life by ScrappyMo with a Challenge to post a Christmas project and what I especially liked about the challenge was she encouraged bloggers to comment on other blogs.
      Some time back there was a Challenge blog called MIM which encouraged blog comments and I loved it very much since I had made so many new blogger friends through that blog. So I was super thrilled to find a Challenge encouraging us to make blogger friends!
Felt Christmas Ornaments
I made these simple felt Christmas tree ornaments by cutting a Sizzix Ornament die in cardstock, layering the same die cut in felt on top and embellishing with foam die cuts.
I made the felt poinsettias by hot gluing "leaf " die cuts! Yes I dont have a poinsettia die and had to improvise!
Felt Christmas Ornaments
I hardly ever sew as you can see by my amateur sewing attempts on this one
I hope you liked these simple handmade Ornaments
Supplies :Sizzix Bigz Ornament Die, Spellbinders Lacy Heart, Provocraft leaf


DIY Woodland Pen Stand

Foam Craft Pen Stand
          Hi friends, sharing another Teachers Day Pen Stand and this one was made by my daughter! We removed the paper cover of the tin can shown below and lined it with corrugated paper.
Recycling Craft
Most of the die cuts using in this project were cut from foam and my kiddo painstakingly glued on every piece!
Foam Crafts DIY Pen Stand
The Memory Box Spring Border   was colored by her and it does look cute with the little bunnies doesnt it!
Foam Crafts
Lots of glittery flowers and leaves on this one and of course a sliver cloud too!
I hope you liked my daughters gift for her Teacher!

Supplies : Dies : Memory Box Spring Border   , Memory Box Leafy Branch , Memory Box  Cloud , Cheery Lynn  Olive branches , Cheery Lynn  butterfly, Provocraft Flowers, Dee


Easy Flower Making Tutorial and Tips

Easy Flower tutorial 
         Hi friends a special Thank you to all my friends who have been dropping in and writing such sweet comments on the  Pen Stand posts...I know it might be getting monotonous but still you are so kind to leave lovely comments!
Paper Flower tutorial 
          This recycled tin can pen stand has a  blue color scheme . I used a DCWV paper as the background and added rhinestone borders , a lacy blue ribbon and my favorite Memory Box Spring Border   die cut.
Glitter Foam Butterfly
        The blue butterfly was cut from glitter foam and the gorgeous white butterfly in the photo below  is very special to me as it was part of my giveaway win from the supremely talented Pamelia! Pamelia, your butterfly has found a good home as this Pen Stand was gifted to my daughter's teacher as a Teachers Day Gift!
These are all the yummy goodies Pamelia sent me all the way from Canada. Thank you so much Pamelia!!I feel like hoarding everything!
From Pamelia

Now on to the Flower Making Tutorial and Tips:

If you have been following my blog you will know I love making flowers! Making handmade flowers usually takes time but knowing a few tricks can help speed up the process when you are in a hurry as I was here!
Paper Flowers

How to make Quick and Easy Handmade Paper Flowers

Paper : I have often seen new crafters ask "what type of paper should be used to make flowers" ---the  simplest answer to this is  any type! Using different types of paper will give you different looks and for some flowers some papers look better! The key is EXPERIMENT !
For this easy fluffy flower I was looking at the easiest and quickest technique and hence considered the pliability and flexibility factor while choosing the papers.
Let me try and explain : 
For the Outer petals : I used thick Ivory Card [ available at local stationary stores as huge sheets] to die cut the outer layer of flowers since I wanted the outer layers to hold the shape and remain stiff with just a little embossing [ time saver!] . 
If my flower making was going to involve a lot of embossing and texturing I wouldn't choose the super thick ivory card but choose a paper of average thickness like normal card stock or even regular chart paper [You can see examples of both these papers in the Handmade Flower tutorials page]
For the Center : Since I was making my center a fringed flower [ I used the memory box fringe border die]  I needed a paper which was pliable and easy to bend so I choose thin handmade paper.
If however I was going to hand-cut the fringed paper I would have used a paper which is easier to cut [ handmade paper has a lot of fiber and is not the quickest or easiest paper to fringe]
Adhesive : If you want to quickly make flowers the most obvious adhesive choice would be the glue gun but there are 2 things which you have to keep in mind while opting for the glue gun
1. Hot gluing can leave unsightly glue strings which are a pain to pick out especially when you are in a hurry!
2. Hot gluing thin paper especially on steps requiring you to shape the petal as you glue can leave your fingers sore from the burns! And though I did purchase the protective Mod Podge finger caps to save my fingers from hot glue...I hardly ever use it while flower making as I find it very bulky and it slows me down!
Coloring Media : Though there are so many coloring media you can opt for , if you are looking to quickly add colors to your handmade flowers , options are
1. Use colored paper for different parts . A crafter friend Devika recently generously sent me some beautiful die cuts in white since she had seen me use a lot of white in my creations ...well yes I find using white very liberating as you can ink it to colors you want, leave it pristine white or elegant etc etc  but actually  the main reason I use white so much is because I dont own a lot of colored card stock!![He he LOL]
Paper Flower Tutorial
      For the flowers in this project I used 2 Cheery Lynn  sunflower die cuts  and 2 Memory box fringe border strips [ sorry picture shows only one but you need 2 to get a fluffy fringed center]
2. Ink Pads - believe me they are the easiest way to add a dash of color! And for this I prefer some types such distress ink pads rather than memento or archival ink !
Paper Flower Tutorial
You can ink just the petal tips and not waste time inking the center as the center is going to be hidden by the fringed flower.
Paper Flower Tutorial
Make a long fringed paper strip by die cutting , hand cutting etc [ I have written a detailed post on fringing here : Simple Flower tutorial ], grab one end with a forceps , apply adhesive and roll! For this flower I joined 2 fringed strips before rolling as I wanted a full and fluffy center.
Paper Flower Tutorial
Dont roll your paper strip too tightly or too loosely ! It looks cool "un fluffed" but since we are talking about quick tips...the quick way to get a full looking center is to fluff out your rolled fringed strip!
Paper Flower Tutorial
You can keep the fringed flower un inked or quickly add some color to it - again 2 quick tips:
1. Use a sponge to dab on some color just to the top of the fringed flower or
Paper Flower Tutorial
2. An even quicker option --- grab the fringed flower and directly twirl it on your ink pad...it takes just seconds to ink your flower!!
Paper Flower Tutorial
In this flower I only embossed the center part of the flower and didnt bother about the petals. Since I was using really thick paper as explained it held its shape well.
Easy Paper Flower Tutorial
Stagger and glue 2 flowers and hot glue the fringed flower to the center!
Easy Paper Flower Tutorial
        And you are done!  Add one more un embossed flower base if you want a fuller flower!Its not the  most sophisticated looking flower but its a super easy and fun one to make!
Paper Flower Tutorial
Do tell me how you like it 
Supplies Dies : Memory Box Spring border , Memory Box Fringe Border  , Provocraft Butterfly , Marianne Designs Anja Leaf 3,Cheery Lynn  Butterfly , Cheery Lynn  Sunflower, Heartfelt creations Botanical Wings


Beach Theme Recycling Craft

Foam Craft- Palm trees
            Hi friends I hope you are not bored of seeing all the Pen Stands we made for Teachers Day! This Beach themed Pen Stand was designed and created by my daughter ;I only had to help in the hot gluing part to speed things up!
Recycled Tin 
We needed a big tin for a beach scene so we chose to recycle this Cherry Tin!
Foam Craft- Palm trees
        We cut the palm/coconut trees using a Spellbinders Paradise Palm die and added thermocol balls for the coconuts! The clouds are Memory box die cuts embossed with an Itsy Bitsy swrils embossing folder
Embossed Clouds and Foam sea horse
        When I first bought the Big Shot in 2012 ,my daughter and I made a similar Ocean themed project and this one took us down memory lane! Owning a die cutting machine sure has been fun!
Anchor charm, Sea Shells
        The sandy beach was hand cut by my daughter and the blue sky was embossed with a Darice cloud embossing folder.I had been hoarding the anchor charm for so long and this was the perfect project for it!
Foam Fish
The sea horse and fish are foam die cuts we had picked up long ago. The brown sea weed is a Memory box die cut and the little green plants were punched using a Jef punch.
Memory Box Leafy Branch
I hope you like this simple project!
Supplies : Dies : Memory Box Clouds, Memory Box leafy branch , Spellbinders Paradise Palms. Embossing folders : Darice Clouds, Itsy bitsy swirls
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