Sunday, July 27, 2014

GETTING TO KNOW ME BLOG HOP

Hello Friends, Am very happy to take part in this interesting blog hop " GETTING TO KNOW ME". Radhika of hobby crafts is my inspiration to start a blog. I love her creations and like to try her craft ideas. She uses simple objects to create beautiful projects without much supplies. Most of her crafts are handmade which impresses me the most about her crafts. Some of her projects which I like are coconut shell box, belt earrings, pistachio shell jewlery , blush card etc. I am very happy that such a talented crafter has tagged me for this blog hop. Thank you very much Radhika. 

GETTING TO KNOW ME

1) WHY DO I CRAFT/ BLOG?
        "I have been an creative person right from my childhood. I used to make cards for every diwali and new year and send it to all my relatives. Then as I grew up my studies took precedence over crafts. While I was in college I used to craft in my freetime and will gift my friends on birthdays. After marriage I came to US. To overcome my boredom, I started crafting again. I loved it. I thought some of ideas I have used to create my crafts would help budding crafters. Hence I started a blog."


2)WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES OF CRAFTING/BLOGGING?
    "When I craft I enjoy myself and feel satisfied when the creation turns out as I wished.  Crafting absorbs all the stress of everyday life and keeps my mind relaxed. So it always makes me think positive. When I post my creation in my blog , it increases my self confidence and gives me satisfaction that I am  spending my time usefully and also learning something new everyday. 


After I started to blog and participating in different challenges I have learnt many things right from new techniques, new materials that can be used, different varieties of crafts, photography tips , blogging tips etc. In specific I have learnt about card making, mixed media layouts , art journals , flower making , digital painting , altered art, jewelry making and i would go on and on."

3)WHERE DO I GET MY INSPIRATION FROM?
    "Inspiration is everywhere. When I see a craft work I say wow and immediately want to try it out. So the inspiration basically comes from the craft itself. For mixed media layouts I will refer to gabrielle polloco's tutorials. For the placement of flowers and for the colour combination for the cards I used to refer to my fellow bloggers like hussena , nupur priya , Jaya raghuvansi , pooja etc. 


For jewelry making, I take inspiration from the different designs displayed in fancy stores, or the jewelry worn by somebody or sometimes google images. "


4)WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CRAFT GENRE?
    "I like earring making and I  love to wear my handmade earrings . I love to make clay crafts and altered items. I always enjoy upcycling an old item and creating something new out of it. "



5)WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?
    "The passion in crafting makes me to look everything through creative eyes. When I craft, the enjoyment I get in the creative process cannot be equated to anything else. To taste that enjoyment again again I craft. This makes me to go on and on. The happiness that I get when I wear my own creation is also one of the reasons that keeps me going. Also when somebody comes to my home and see my creations and appreciate it, it encourages me to create more and more. "  


6)WHAT NEXT?
   "I wanted to improve my skills in jewelry making and be able to make all kinds of jewelry. Recently mural relief work grabbed my attention and you can see a post soon on it." 

Thank you for reading patiently and now its my turn to tag one of my blogger friend .
I would like to tag one of my fellow bloggers who is new to this blogging field but creates amazing projects. She makes beautiful layouts, cards altered items etc. 

Neha Upreti of creative crafting blog : She is  from Delhi and a doctorate by profession. I wonder how she manages her time between her profession and passion.  She loves to do all kinds of paper crafting and some of my favourite projects of hers are listed below. Do drop in by her blog to see her beautiful creations.

Altered jar


Shabby chic gift box






Thursday, July 24, 2014

URAD DAL BEADS EARRINGS

Hi all , Welcome back!! After seeing many beaded earrings on pinterest I too wanted to make one. Since i dont have much beads with me I thought of using something alternative that will give the same look as coloured beads. While i was cooking,  the idea of using Urad dal instead of beads striked me . So made these earrings using cardboard as the base , urad dal beads and acrylic paints. 






Initially I started off by taking a think Cardboard sheet and cut it to the desired shape of the earring. Then I applied glue all over the cardboard and placed the ural dal layer by layer ( outer layer first then inner layer). Finally I painted using acrylics and applied a coat of varnish.

The colours of the above earring are inspired from earrings everyday inspiration picture.


This is the inspiration Picture and i was inspired by the colours of this picture.

Submitting to
Earrings everyday



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BEYOND THE SEA POP UP CARD

Hello friends, Today am posting a pop up card of the theme beyond the sea. This is my first attempt in making a pop up card. I made this card based on my favourite movie "Finding nemo" . The song "beyond the sea" from this movie is very close to my heart so created a card with all the beyond the sea creatures.





I started off by taking a white cardstock and painted it blue using gelatos .Then I printed some pics of nemo and under water creatures.  Using small pices of folded papers I created that pop up effect. I followed the tutorial of jojo to create this card. Click here for the tutorial. This card is very very easy to make as it involves no measurements.


I kept the front of the card very simple.




Submitting to

Beyond grey challenges - "Lets get Kiddish"
create something catchy challenge - "Pop up Cards"
4 crafty chicks - " Inspired by a song" - I created a card inspired by the song " beyond the sea"




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FLORAL CARD

Hi all , Today am posting a floral card made for a few challenges.I felt happy and excited while doing this card as it involved lots of new techniques like stamping in fabric, using dies for the first time, learning a new method of flower making and also trying out a new colour combo which I have'nt done before. Hope you all like it. 


I started off by painting a cardboard sheet with raw umber + black colour. ( coffee brown colour) I had this recollections pattern paper in my stash for a long time but now only got the opportunity to use it on a card.

The colours on this card are inspired from create something catchy challenge inspiration pic and lulupu challenge palette. 


The flowers are handmade and coloured using distress inks. For the center of the flower I used some urad dal. 


I used Martha Stewart lace die for cutting the center black cardstock  and the pattern paper. I sprayed pink mist on a oval shaped canvas cloth and stamped the sentiment on it. Then I made a banner out of sattin ribbon. The smudging effect on the ribbon is due to marker.


I wanted to display my card on a photo stand so that i can get a better picture. Since  I did not have a photo stand I used a hair clip to display my card.


Submitting to

Create something catchy challenge - Wedding and floral inspiration - Created a card with flowers and wedding theme. The colours are inspired from the picture.


Lulupu Challenge - Inspired by the new lulupu logo - I have used the colours blue , yellow , orange and pink. I have used yellow colour banner in my card. 

Beyond grey challenge - "Stamping and misting challenge " - I have used pink mists on the fabric and stamped the sentiment upon it. 

Kraftzone challenge - " Anything goes with dies and pattern paper" - I have used martha stewart lace die and pattern paper.  

Imaginations - "Anything goes with distress inks" - I have used distress inks to colour the flowers and leaves. 
Kraftyhands challenge - " floral fancy" - Created a card with flowers

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NECKLACE AND EARRING DISPLAY TUTORIAL

Hi all, as mentioned in my previous post am presenting the tutorial of making necklace and earring display using cardboard. I always wanted to display my handmade jewellery using a necklace stand similar to that of the jewellery shops. I feel the stand enhances the look of the set . So when I googled upon to shop for such a stand I found a tutorial on DIY necklace display. I modified it a little bit and made my own version. It came out very well that I wanted to make a display for my earrings too. Here is a step by step tutorial on making jewellery display by recycling waste cardboard.



MATERIALS NEEDED:
  1. Cardboard ( Cereal box , packaging materials can be used)
  2. Pen knife or bone folder for making crease
  3. Pencil
  4. Inch tape or scale
  5. White paper
  6. Cello tape and glue
STEP BY STEP:



Take a cardboard of 24 cms wide and 20 cm long.


Mark the centre of the cardboard and draw a line. From the top mark 1 cm and 2 cm in the centre line. Mark 3cm to the left and right of 1cm point.

Draw an ellipse like this.

On both the edges of the cardboard mark 1.5 cm and draw a line joining the other corner.

Cut along the line drawn on both the edges. 

Mark I cm from the bottom of the ellipse and draw a line.

Mark 6 cm to the left and right of the line drawn.

Join the ellipse and the marked points like this.

Draw another line 0.5 cm below the previous line.

Draw a curve like this.

Mark 1 cm down on both edges of the curve.

From the bottom mark 2 cm up and draw a line. Mark 6 cm to the left and right of this line.


Using a pen-knife or bone folder  to crease along the red dotted lines.

After creasing along the dotted lines it looks like this.

Tape the flaps at the back like this. 



Cover it with a white sheet or black sheet. White display will suit dark colour jewellery and black display is suitable for light colour jewellery. 

EARRING DISPLAY:


Cut a piece of cardboard of size 14 cm by 8 cm.


Mark the centre point and draw a line. Mark 4 cm from the top and bottom.


Mark 2 cm to the left and right of the centre line drawn. 





Cut a small piece of cardboard to the above dimensions for giving support to the earring stand.


Paste the supporting cardboard as shown above using hot glue ( glue gun). 


I tried my level best to avoid any ambiguity while explaining the steps. Hope this tutorial is helpful to you all.