Thursday, December 24, 2009

My First Big Layout!

This is my first attempt at a layout. I have always admired Yvonne's layouts and I know this one is not even close to that, but its a start...and now I can't wait to do more.......
I made this for my office newsletter, this month they requested for a hand written or hand made entry on an A4 size sheet. This is also my entry for the card making event at kalalayaa's artclub. This blog is by an extremely talented lady who is an expert in all kinds of crafts. Do check out her work here. I know I am extremely late for the event (I hope she doesn't mind!)

The cardboard flower and the alphabets are hand cut.

Merry Xmas!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

I made last weekend. Lots of corrugated cardboard, some ribbon and some stitching....
These cards are available at:
Sapna Book House
No. 2725, 80 Feet Road
(Opposite Chinmaya Krishna Temple)

Indira Nagar
Bangalore

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gift Tags

I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was baaaad, other than the fact that I met a friend after a long time. This weekend was one of those times when my weekend is more hectic than the weekdays. On Monday I am left with a terrible back ache and a dazed feeling which will last all through today, and possibly for a few more days (if I don't sleep well)........anyway enough of whining........I did make some Christmas cards, will be posting pictures of those soon. Till then here a few gift tags which I made some weeks ago.
Have a great week!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Life is Beautiful

This one is inspired by this week's challenge at Daring Cardmakers "Its polka-dot week! Lets bring some warmth to our cards with polka dots, but I don't mean spots or dots in a variety of sizes, it has to be specifically polka-dots (i.e. a pattern of dots of equal size, equally spaced). However, you can have whatever colour(s) you choose as long as your card doesn't look cold and wintry!!"

I have added some hand cut glitter flowers to add a bright touch. Thank you Yvonne for the dotted ribbon!
This is also based on this week's Card Patterns Sketch
Thanks for visiting!

Blue!!

It isn't never really cold in Bangalore, in fact at times it is quite hot during the day, but seeing so many wintry cards with snow flakes and snowmen.....I just had to make one. Well I didn't have snowflakes or snowmen so I used flowers ans a butterfly instead!

This is inspired by Card Patterns sketch #45.Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

No Flowers or Ribbons!!

I use flowers and ribbons on most of my cards. So here is one without either of these.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Black and White

Here's another card with my favorite color combo. This is inspired by Card Patterns sketch #44. The image is free clip art from Arthur's Free Clipart.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Say it in "Sepia"

This card is inspired by Daring Cardmakers challenge "Say it in Sepia". What they want is "Thank you" cards in brown/white or brown/cream, I forgot about this and made a "Season's Greeting" card instead :( (I hope the DT wont mind).
The base card stock is some beautiful handmade paper with real dried rose petals embedded in it.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Honey

I made these lovey-dovey cards last week. I used my favorite corrugated cardboard, 3-D stickers and wooden alphabets.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 4, 2009

My First Christmas Card

This design had been on my mind since I saw last week's challenge at Daring Cardmakers. But somehow I could only complete it last night. The challenge was to make a Christmas card in white with a hint of another color.
I have cut out the Christmas tree in golden corrugated cardboard (I have had it with me since a long time and could not figure out where to use it until now). I have used tiny pearls for the decoration (thanks Yvonne!). I got the golden bells from a craft and embroidery store in Jabalpur, I got some silver bells too, I just love them!
Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

You make me smile

This is inspired by Card patterns sketch #43. I flipped the sketch around. I loved this week's sketch cause it lets me use left over scraps. I like this sketch so much that I am surely going to make more cards based on this.The picture came out blurred. Will take another one and post it soon.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Black, White and Red

This is one of my favorite color combos, adds a dramatic effect to an otherwise simple design.
I have the Lady bugs from Jordan on this one, aren't they cute?

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 30, 2009

I'm Back!

I’m back in Bangalore after a relatively long break of almost 15days!! I had gone to Jabalpur (A town in central India where I grew up) to visit my parents and attend a friend’s wedding. The wedding went great, I got a chance to wear a couple of my own wedding sarees (which I had never worn before and I have been married for almost 2 years now!!).
My mum recently retired from her job as a college professor (she is a professor of Zoology). Her career spans 39 years (phew!) and she has no intention of stopping now, she will take up another job next month. So she is between jobs right now, which was great for me as I got to spend some quality time with her. Earlier whenever I visited home she was at work half the time.This is me with my Dad after my friend’s weddingThis is me with my mum(not great pictures cause they were taken with a cell phone at night)
Well I don’t have any pictures with my friend at her wedding, I guess will have to ask her for those.

After her wedding I traveled to Jordan to join my husband who had gone there for work. This was one of my best holidays ever! Jordan is a really beautiful country.....we visited loads of places there......I don’t have the patience to write about them and I’m sure you’ll find better descriptions elsewhere.
We took loads of pictures too.......here are 2 of those.This is me looking tiny and insignificant beside the gigantic roman pillars of the temple of Artemis in Jerash (Jerash is known for the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, and the site is acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world.).This is me and Aridaman (my husband) standing in front of the grand south gate entrance to Jerash.This is the famous Blue Mosque of Amman (I’m the tiny spec in front)

I also managed to do some craft shopping there. I was roaming in the streets of downtown Amman and I chanced upon shops crammed till the ceiling with craft stuff, well most of the stuff was made in China, but what the hell!!I got these small plaster of paris teddy bears and laby bugs, and also some cute white picket fence.I got these from another shop; these are painted wood alphabets and some wooden clips with bright colored flowers on them.

I did manage to some crafting over the weekend. Will post pictures soon!

Have a great week!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Burning the midnight oil

I literally burnt the midnight oil to complete this card. This is inspired by Card Patterns sketch #40 and Daring CardMakers. Got back from work + gym after 9pm last night and couldn't start work on this card till almost 11pm. Was drop dead tired by the time this finished....
Have cut out the bigger corrugated cardboard flower from some old packaging.Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Another traditional card

I have not been crafting as much I want to these days :(. I usually make atleast 4-5 cards every weekend, but I was at work on both Saturday and Sunday so this the only card I made this weekend....
I have used some more of my kundan work motifs.....I love their bright colors. I have also used some embroidered saree border on this....I guess this would look great as a wedding invitation too, what do you think?
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A traditional Indian Card

This is my first traditional card since the Diwali cards. I love the rich and royal look of this one.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A quick Card


I am really tied up at work these days. I reached home after 9pm last night and was up till 12am making this card. Did not turn out exactly as I wanted it to......anyway. have used some 3-D stickers, corrugated cardboard for the vase and have tried to create a pleated ribbon effect. I have used a dovecraft floral designer brad on the bow(the bow is hardly visible as the ribbon is almost transparent).
This is inspired by card patterns sketch #39

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Something Different

I made my first pull-out pop-up card. It is not only a pop-up card it is also a pocket card.....both the techniques had been on my mind for long.....It took me almost half a day to plan and make. "Dadu" means Grandpa in Hindi.I just love the little 3-D ant stickers, ain't they cute?
Here is a great video tutorial on how to make pull-out pop-up cards. This style works best for smaller sized cards.
This card is inspired by Daring Cardmakers challenge, which is "This week I want you to join with me and make a card, any type, any theme but it n
eeds to use your latest craft punch purchase. If you haven't bought any punches for a while or don't own any at all your latest craft purchase will be quite acceptable."
Since I haven't bought any new punches lately, I used my latest craft purchase (the 3-D ant stickers) and also tried out a new style!!
Thanks for looking!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

2 reasons to be happy!!

I have 2 reasons to be happy on a Monday!! Mondays is usually the worst day of the week for me. Infact I become grumpier and grumpier as Sunday evening progresses....but this Monday turned out to be different.......I made to the super six at card patterns this week.........yippee!!!!!! Here's the proof :P
And I also got this cool blog award from Yvonne.......Thank you Yvonne.I have to answer the following questions with one word answers (I'll try)
1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Your hair? Straight.

3. Your mother? Multi-talented
4. Your father? Workaholic
5. Your favorite food? Home-cooked by Mum
6. Your dream last night? That my wedding ring melted (yeah I actually dreamt that!)

7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? to travel around the world
9. What room are you in? Office
10. Your hobby? Crafting
11. Your fear?
Not spending enough time with my parents
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? With my family
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something you aren't? Aggressive
15. Muffins? Chocolate-chip
16. Wish list item? The new Samsung Corby Phone
17. Where did you grow up? India
18. Last thing you did? chatted with a friend on gtalk
19. What are you wearing? Jeans n tee
20. Your TV? Is almost always switched off
21. Your pets? pigeons on my window (unwanted, they always disturb my sleep with their cooing)
22. Friends? All over the world
23. Your life? Interesting at times
24. Your mood? Content
25. Missing someone? Mum
26. Vehicle? my cycle
27. Something you're not wearing? make-up
28. Favourite store? Itsy-bitsy
29. Favourite colour? Pink
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Too personal to tell

32. Your best friend? Makes me smile
33. One place I go to over and over? Water cooler at office
34. Facebook? Too old for it
35. Favourite place to eat? Anywhere with my Mum


I would like to pass this award onto Rachana, Anuradha, Divya, Shalini and Spardha

Have a great Week!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pink and Blue

I made this for a colleague who wanted to gift it to her mother in law. She wanted a cute card in pink and blue, it took me some time to figure out what to make. In the end I landed up using all my favorite stuff, lace, butterfly, corrugated cardboard, foam flower and some stitching!!
I have stitched the blue lace to the card stock to create a frilly effect.......
This is what the inside of the card looks likeThanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

These are a Few of My Favourite Things

I loved this week's challenge at Daring Cardmakers which is to make a card using atleast 5 of your favorite papers, embellishments, tools and styles etc.
I have used my favorite corrugated cardboard, 3-D stickers, stitching, butterfly, and lace on these.

Happy Crafting!!