Thursday, August 27, 2015

DIY BICYCLE USING RECYCLED MATERIALS

Hello friends, today's post is very special to me as its my first guest designing post for Lulupu Challenge. I made a tutorial on making a bicycle carrying flowers by recycling tissue paper rolls.Click here to read a short interview about me. 


For making this project materials needed are:

1. Empty tissue rolls (2)
2. Floral wire thin and thick
3.tissue paper
4. Hot glue gun
5. Paints
6. Crepe paper for making flowers
7. Materials for decoration like lace , pearls etc

Procedure:

Step 1: Cut two circular pieces from tissue paper rolls and wrap it with tissue paper.

Step 2: Twist two floral wires and cut them into small pieces such that it fits inside the circular piece. Wrap it with the tissue paper and glue it to the tyre.

In a similar way make three tyres.

Step 4 : Take a thick wire and join the two small tyres. Using the same wire make the handle and the front of the cycle ( as shown in the pic above)


Step 5: Glue the front portion of the bicycle to the front wheel. Join the front and back of the cycle using a thick wire.

Basket and flowers:

I made the basket by weaving 4 strips of paper.

For making flower I used crepe paper.


The flowers are hand cut as my punches doesn't support crepe papers.

Painting and other tips:

1.Since the bicycle is made of tissue paper use dry brush technique for paining it. I used fevicryl acrylic colors.
2.The bicycle cannot withstand weight so do not try to add more embellishments to it. If you want a more sturdy bicycle you can use empty tape rolls. But I felt tissue paper roll is easy to cut and hence I tried making with it.




3.For stability you can tie floral wire at the joints as shown in the above picture.



So a mini bicycle is ready to decorate your craft table!! Hope you all like my craft!!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WATERCOLOR FLOWERS CAS CARD

Hello Friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all my DT post for CSCC august challenge #3. I created a simple card using watercolors. 


For this week's challenge we have the theme " watercolor flowers" inspired by the picture below.  Click here for more details.  I got inspired by the yellow and brown flowers( right column second one). 

Initially I took a white cardstock and cut it into the shape of a banner. Then I drew the flowers using 2H pencil and colored them using watercolors. Then I stamped the sentiment using black DI. Finally matted the whole thing upon a brown cardstock and added a border using metallic gold quilling strip .

Hope you all liked my card... Do join us CSCC and have fun...




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CHOCOLATE FLOWER BOUQUET

Hello folks, Welcome to my blog!! Today I have an interesting and a sweet project to share with you all. When I saw the theme of CSCC August challenge # 2 being handmade flowers I wanted to try something new and different. As I googled upon I came across this edible flower bouquet. These bouquets are trending now and a blooming business in gift industry as you can not only relish the chocolates but also keep the bouquet as a remembrance.  So if you are looking out for a home business option then this post is for you as I have a short tutorial for making a simple bouquet at the end of this post. I dedicate this post to our very talented crafter/blogger who taught us innumerable crafts with her precise tutorials and also to make friends in this blogger land. Thank you Dr. Sonia for inspiring us. This post is my humble dedication to you. 


I made all the flowers using crepe papers which I had previously got from India. Actually there are 
different varieties of crepe papers ranging from thin streamer rolls to extra heavy paper.  I have used a medium quality paper for this project. Here I have tried with two type of chocolates - ferrero rocher for the sunflower and candy pop stick for the rose buds. You can use almost all type of chocolates but I prefer using candies as they are easy to wrap around the floral wire. 


For the vase I have used a paper cup filled with sand. I attached a handle using floral wire and covered the entire vase using green crepe paper. The white flowers and the leaves are hand cut using card stock. 


TUTORIAL:



Cut a long strip of crepe paper. Fold it into half. Then make another fold.  Cut it in the shape of a petal.


Take a petal and carefully stretch it by pulling both ends. This is little tricky as if you pull too hard
 the paper may tear. Then using a scissor bend the petal and twist its edges.

 Make similar petals as explained in the above process. Using green color crepe paper make leaves in a similar manner. Take a brown cardstock and cut it into a circular shape. The size of this cardstock must be such that it should accomodate the chocolate at the center.
Take a floral wire and make a loop in one of its end and glue it to the card stock using the hot glue gun.



Now glue the petals onto the card stock as shown in pic 11.  Finally glue the leaves. At the center paste the ferrero rocher chocolate. 


For the bud I have used a candy pop stick. 

THE BUSINESS IDEA:
I find this to be a great business idea as the making cost is cheap but you can sell it for a good profit. Cost of crepe paper ( high quality) : $ 4.00 ( 8.2 ft) you can make 50 to 60 flowers depending on the size of the chocolate.
If you can get candies from a wholesale dealer then the making cost is very cheap. You can sell it for a minimum of $ 25 depending on the number of flowers and chocolates. 
Here are some of the useful links:
wholesale candy store:http://www.candyfavorites.com/


Hope this post will inspire you to try out something new. Don't forget to link back to our challenge hosted by the talented crafter Dr.Sonia... 








Saturday, August 1, 2015

COLOR SPLASH - MIXED MEDIA TAG

Hello Friends, Well its the starting of the new month so at CSCC we have a brand new challenge . This month is very special for most of our catchy girls so we decided to celebrate it by having a new challenge every week - which means we will get the opportunity to craft more. Crafting more is always fun. So let's welcome this month with a color splash tag. 

For the first week's challenge the theme is " Create any project based on the inspiration picture below" .You can see the full details here. When I saw the picture the splash of colours caught my attention. 
This is actually a recycled project. Will reveal what I have recycled at the end of this post. I started by applying thick coat of gesso to the canvas paper. Then used distress inks and acrylic sprays. Added random textures using chevron and star shaped stencils.  The sentiment is a print out.
I made a black frame using packaging boxes and pasted some handmade flowers and buttons upon it. Then with the hot glue gun I made the paint flowing effect. At the center of the frame I stuck a small piece of burlap and added a heart dangler. Finally tied a blue ribbon and finished off the tag. 
Here is what I have recycled:


The packaging cardboard of the cup cake liners looked like a beautiful tag. 

Do join us at CSCC this month. Have a nice weekend!!


Friday, July 31, 2015

BEACH DAYS - MIXED MEDIA LAYOUT

Hello Friends, Welcome back to my blog. Hope you all are doing good. Still I haven't recovered from my vacation fever. For this year summer vacation we had been to Florida as my sis in law lives there. So it was a fun filled family time plus little sightseeing.  We spent most of our time chatting, watching movies , playing with kids etc. It was indeed a great relaxation for us. 
Florida is the home for amazing warm water beaches. So we visited  beach almost everyday. Each one was different and special in its own way. One day we visited the beach at the morning to take bath . The warm waters, cool breeze and gentle waves made it a memorable experience. We all played at the beach, made fun of each other and took lots of pics.
All the shells found in this LO are collected from a place called Barefoot beach at Naples  When I  expressed my wish of crafting using these shells, everyone joined me in collecting some similar and beautiful shells. All these shells carry their love and care for me. Am happy to get such a family by marriage. I wanted to preserve these shells and make something nice that reminds me of  this wonderful trip. So created a beach themed mixed media layout. 
I started off by giving a thick coat of gesso to the canvas . Then used home made sprays of blue and green color. I kept on adding layers till I was satisfied with the result. Then with a stencil applied gesso randomly. Used 3D out liner to to make hexagon shaped net. Made a frame using packaging cardboard and plastic sheet ( recycled from packaging cover) The image is a print out. I made the starfish and the small white balls ( inside the frame) using air dry clay. Embellished using handmade flowers. Finally decorated using glitter foam sheet , pearls and rhinestones.

Like these glittering leaves and branches I pray to god that our lives and relationship should shine forever. Looking forward to our next family reunion.

Entering this LO to the following competitions:

1.4 crafty chicks - Challenge #257- "Anything goes"
2.Country view challenges - " On your travel" - I created this Layout inspired by my vacation to Florida
3.The craft place challenge blog - " Words"
4.Shopping our stash weekly challenge blog - " Diamonds are a girl's best friend"
5.Mixed media monthly challenge blog -"Summer days"
6.We love to create challenge - " Anything mixed media/creative/inky
7.The mirror crack'd - " canvas" -- I have used distress inks, color shine sprays and stencils on my canvas.








Tuesday, July 28, 2015

VIOLIN SHAPED CARD TUTORIAL

Hello Friends, welcome to my blog!! As promised in my previous post am here with the details on making the violin shaped card.

I made the entire card using canvas paper. They are not only sturdy but  they also have a nice texture on them.


Mixed media work.:
Here are the steps I followed in creating a mixed media effect on the card:
1. I started off by applying a thick coat of gesso all over the violin.
2. Then using a modeling paste and stencil I created random textures.
3. Once its dried I used my homemade sprays ( acrylic paint+water+rubbing alcohol). 
4. Then I distressed the edges .
5. I applied blue glossy acrylic paint all over the sides of the violin.  



I was actually making a jewelry the previous day I made this card. So all my jewelry findings lay near me when I was embellishing this card. So you can see  many of my jewelry supplies being used in this project. The thread used for strings is a waxed cotton thread which I generally use for terracotta jewellery. And for the fine tuner knobs I used my oval shaped terracotta beads. 

The flowers are all handmade using recollections punches and decorated using small golden beads ( again from my jewelry stash...)The leaves are all handcut and distressed using yellow and green inks. 

I altered a shopping tag by distressing it with brown and green inks. Added a binder clip and wrote the sentiment using marker. For the upper bout section of the violon( top right ) I added a butterfly and a small heart shaped tag . I wanted to add some danglers , so once again used the  jewellery beads to make one. 
Finally added a bow using white ribbon. 

Tutorial:

1. Draw a shape of violin in a card stock and cut 2 pieces one for the top and the other for the base of the violin.
2. Measure the length of the curve using a thread. For convenience I have divided the violin into 3 sections. 


3. Measure the length of the first curve using thread and scale method. Let it be x.
4. Cut a strip of paper measuring 4 cm by x cm( the length of the curve). 
5. Mark 1 cm up and down on the cut strip and draw a line. 

6. Make a fold on the marked lines.
7. Cut small slits on the folded portion. 

8. Glue the slits to the base of the violin. The slits make it easy to follow the shape of the base. 
9. Similarly measure the length of the curve 2 & 3.and repeat the same process ( steps 3 to 8).

10. Glue the top portion of the violin to the upper slits.
11. Draw and cut the shape of the finger board. You can use card boards to make it sturdy. 
12. Now stick the fingerboard and the tailpiece to the body  of the violin. 



Hope this post is helpful to you !! Do leave your comments/suggestions.

Entering this project to the following competitions:

1.Lulupu challenge blog - " Anything but square and rectangle - " I have created a violin shaped card
2.Beyond grey challenges " Dimensional project"
3.Scrap around the world challenge
I was inspired by the colors and flowers.
4.We love to create challenge - " Anything mixed media"



Friday, July 24, 2015

A SURPRISE ROMANTIC PROPOSAL

Hello , Welcome back to my blog!! Today I have a romantic project to share with you all.
Well the month of july is the month of my husband's birthday.I wanted to make something special for this special person of my life as he loves my handmade gifts. Usually I will plan in advance but since we went to Florida for a vacation I was left with three days to make a gift. That was when I saw a cliche proposal scene on a commercial. The guy plays a guitar and sings a song praising that girl. Then he kneels down and proposes to her with a rose. Suddenly a thought struck me - How nice it would be if I propose to my husband in a similar way on his birthday. My brains got into work and finally I tried to create a proposal scene with my crafting skills. 



I don't have a guitar nor I don't know to play it. So made a mixed media violin shaped card using card stock

I don't grow roses at my home. So made a red foam sheet rose.



Instead of singing a song I wrote a poem for him and framed it using tree branches.



I arranged all the elements of proposal upon a  box ( altered laptop box)and covered it using a wood grain paper. For the backdrop I recycled packaging card boards and wood grain paper. Finally decorated using lace and t lights. 


Hope you liked my creation !! Come back soon for my upcoming post on the details of making violin shaped card.   I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!!

Entering this project to the following  :

city crafter challenge blog -  " Hemp cord or twine will be fine"  - I have used ribbon and twine in my project.
Lessology challenge  - " Wood grain" - I have used wood grain paper and wooden branches for frame.
Anything but cute - " Summer romance"
Anything but a card Challenge