Decoupaged Kitchen Set

Hi friends...my kitchen has cupboards with red and white flowers and so when I saw tissue papers with a poppy design...I just had to decoupage poppies to make a home decor set for my kitchen.

Here is how I made them...the  base is made from MDF which I picked up from a local craft store. Painted it with gesso and white acrylic paint and decoupaged the  poppies using Mod Podge.

The white are looked too bare...I didnt want to do stencilling but thought it could be cool to add little tendrils using Crealies  stamps!

I used Crealies  clear stamps and archival ink to stamp on to the  decoupaged surfaces.
Tip : Clear stamps are easier to stamp on curved surfaces than rubber stamps and if the  stamp is tiny you can mount the  stamp on your finger to stamp!

The ink is smudged in some areas but I left it as such as I think it adds to the  effect!

Decoupaging the  Utility stand was more tricky as I decoupaged flowers on the  inside too!!

The tissue box turned out the  most beautiful item in the  set.
This set is now proudly laid out in my kitchen! Hehe I am bragging today am I not!! But jokes apart...how do you think it looks?

Here is the  Crealies  stamp I used : Crealies  Bits and Pieces No.147


Handmade Floral Key Holder

Decoupage and Handmade Flowers

Hi friends sharing a project I made for our home....a Key holder in the  shape of a house with a decoupaged background and lots of handmade flowers. This project was given a generous dusting of glitter and varnished so that the  glitter  stayed put!
Handmade flowers
The flowers were made with Crealies  dies and to my surprise they matched the  daffodils in the  background perfectly!


Accordion Tag Albums in a Box

Accordion Tag Albums in a Box
Hi friends...I love making 3 D projects but often they take a lot of time. This project in contrast was a breeze to put together once I designed it!
Accordion Tag Albums in a Box
It looks like a tall rectangular box with a lid
Accordion Tag Albums in a Box
Once you remove the   lid, it opens out into a multi fold 5 panel spread out.
Accordion Tag Albums in a Box
There are 2 pockets which hold 2 accordion mini books/ albums.
Accordion Tag Albums 
The tags were die cut using Crealies  dies...they are pretty big in size! I gave a backing of foam for the  front and back cover of each accordion album to make it sturdy.
Accordion Tag Albums 
Each Tag album  is pretty simplistic in design but opens out into a beautiful accordion! You can add pockets, envelopes and jazz each page more with flowers and lace according to your taste!
Accordion Tag Albums 
You can add recipes, to do lists, notes, birthdays and photos inside these large accordion album pages. Here is the  other side of the  accordion album
Accordion Tag Album
And it all closes up snugly into a box design!
Accordion Tag Albums in a Box
I hope you liked this idea
I used Crealies dies exclusively for this project.
You can get Crealies  dies from : Crealies  


Teachers Day Gifts - Decoupaged Key Holders

Decoupaged Key Holders
       Hi friends, every year my daughter and I make Teacher's day gifts for my daughter's teachers. Over the  years we have gifted handmade photo-frames, pen-stands, tea light holders, note pad holders, post it note holders etc. 
This year I was short on time and ideas seemed to elude me! And we had to make 14 gifts so we chose a simple project - decoupaged Key Holders.
Decoupaged Key Holders
They were simple but turned out beautiful . It was time consuming but relaxing too to churn out these cute House shaped key holders!! And 2 pairs of hands are definitely faster as my kiddo helped in all the  painting and coating!
Teachers Day Gifts
The beautiful houses got several layers of Mod Podge and 2 final coats of a sealer so that they can even be wiped with a wet cloth
Decoupaged Key Holders
 I first debated making handmade flowers to add to the  design but finally decided that  " less is more"   is better for a functional project!
Teachers Day Gifts
 My daughter gifted them to her Teachers and yes I think the  teacher's loved them!
Teachers Day Gifts


Decoupaged Tissue Box

Decoupaged Tissue Box
Hi friends sharing a simple project I made for my kitchen- a decoupaged tissue box.
Decoupaged Tissue Box
I used gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 "Time to Flourish"
Decoupaged Tissue Box
The papers are so pretty that the box needed no further embellishing except a simple ribbon around it!
Decoupaged Tissue Box
I know you are used to seeing really elaborate projects from me but  sometimes a functional project needs to be kept real simple isnt it!


Birthday Reminder Book/Planner Pages

Birthday Reminder Book
Hi friends sharing some planner pages I created using pocket dies from Crealies  and gorgeous papers from Graphic 45
Birthday Reminder Book
I had been hoarding these papers for so long and finally I got the  perfect project to use them!

Birthday Reminder Book
The months are die cuts made with Crealies  dies and all the  tiny butterflies on the  various month pockets were made with Crealies  stamps
Birthday Reminder Book
The planner pages themselves are A 5 size and cut with Crealies  planner dies.
Birthday Reminder Book
Here are some of the  tags I made to add inside the  pockets.

Birthday Reminder Book

Birthday Reminder Book
You can use this idea of pockets on your planner pages/ journals to tuck in reminder notes, important dates or even special photos.
Birthday Reminder Book
I used the  same Crealies  pocket die I used to create the pockets in the  Mini Album Purse
Birthday Reminder Book
I kept the  pages fairly flat without embellishing!

I hope you liked this idea.
All dies and stamps from Crealies  


Expanding Mini Album Purse Tutorial

Expanding Mini Album Purse
Hi friends sharing a fun new project- a Purse which holds a planner/ mini album that expands out in concertina style and can be displayed on your desk!
Expanding Mini Album Purse
Here is how the  Purse looks on the  outside...I didn't go overboard in embellishing it ...adding just a glass cabochon and a pretty handle with tassels but I think you can make it utterly feminine with lots of trims and lace and flowers!
Expanding Mini Album Purse
And here is what you see when you open it....a cascade of mini pockets! 
The accordion of pockets can be folded and made to fit back inside the  purse using tiny magnets hidden on the  front pocket.
Expanding Mini Album Purse
Each pocket is labelled with days of the  week and you can organize your daily reminders and notes day wise! You can adapt the  design to use as a Birthday book or maybe just use it as a good old traditional mini album for photos.
Expanding Mini Album Purse
This is how you can open it out and display it on your table! Cool isnt it!!
Hehe I do sound pretty pleased with myself isnt it...well this is one project which looks stylish and complicated but is pretty easy to make.
I used dies from Crealies  [ linked bellow] to  make all the  pockets and the  beautiful borders. Though you don"t strictly need any dies to make such a project , having specialized dies makes your creative time really fun !


Interactive Spinning Ball Card Tutorial

Spinning Ball Card
Hi friends, Thank you so much for the  warms words of welcome in my last post on a Beach Ball Spinner Card. Sharing another version of the  Spinning Ball Card...this time I added sneakers and a T shirt and stenciled on a net and some bricks. Once again I have used dies, stamps and stencils from Crealies  .
Spinning Ball Card
I this would make a fun Birthday card..what do you say friends?
Spinning Ball Card
The dimensions are slightly different from the  Beach Ball Spinner Card but the  Tutorial is nearly the  same and here is the  video showing the  Ball Spinning

Supplies : Stencils , Stamps and Dies from Crealies
Linking to    Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Play Ball , DL Art Aug Link, Audsentiments For a Child ,Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes


Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial

Hi friends , it feels so good to be back on my blog after a long sabbatical. My daughter had vacations in April - May and life was even more busier in June that blogging took a backseat.

We went for a vacation to an island resort in the  Maldives and it was simply the  best holiday ever with lots of fun on the beach and in the  water, swimming and snorkeling and really being in tune with nature as the  pristine waters of the  Maldives are simply fabulous for marine life.

This card reminds me of a lovely beach holiday and it is a special interactive card.

I used the  big ball die from Crealies  and lots of other Crealies  dies to make this fun interactive "Spinner Ball" Card.

The embellishments are all buttons I had hoarded for years waiting for the  right project!

The Beach ball on the  card spins on a wooden skewer stick!

And in the  picture below you can see it horizontal.

I had shared a Tutorial to this Spinning mechanism long back : Spinning Card Tutorial
And here is an updated version specifically to make a Spinning Ball Card
Here is how you can make the  spinning card mechanism:
Materials Required
Crealies Ball Die Cardzz No .14 
Cardstock : One A 4 card- fold in half, 2 pieces of 1 x 1 inch card, One card 8 x 4 inches
Craft Knife/Scissors
Skewer stick- at least 2 inches longer than the  ball
Adhesive : Liquid Glue, Adhesive tape
Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 

You need 2 ball shapes...my beach balls are made with Crealies  dies[Crealies  Ball Die Cardzz No .14] and are pretty big.

Fold an A 4 card in half and place the  ball [half the  ball]on the  folded edge as shown above.
Mark the  semicircle around the  ball.
Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Die cut or hand-cut out an aperture on the  folded edge of the  A 4 card in such a way that there is at least a 1/4 inch margin around the  ball when you place it as shown above
Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Glue a skewer stick in the  center of the  ball using adhesive tape and strong wet glue.
Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Stick the  other ball on top and hold with clips till the  glue dries
Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Open the  folded A 4 card and place the  ball with the  stick in the  center of the
aperture so that the stick lies in the  groove of the fold. 
Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Score and fold the
two 1 x 1 inch card strips every 1/4th inch to get an M shape.

Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Stick the  outer arms of this "M" on either side of the  skewer stick in such a way
that the stick can move freely inside the  groove.
Do this on both sides so that the  ball can swing and spin freely.

Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Optionally add a base using an 8 x 4 inch card scored and folded every inch.
Fold in such a way as to get a W as shown above and stick the  2 outer arms of the W
on the  base of the  folded A 4 card as shown above and below
Spinning Beach Ball Card Tutorial 
Decorate as you wish and your Interactive Spinning Ball Card is ready!

I hope you liked this card.
Supplies used : all the  dies are from Crealies   and you can buy them here : Crealies
 Linking to  Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Play Ball
Edited : This project got the  Top 3 Award at Sisterhood of Crafters
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