Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Post#75 Just Because Card

This card was made from just a handful of supplies....Using border stamps repeatedly is a great way to create a wonderful background for any card...

Here I used a zigzag stamp five times to create the background...and instead of repeating it with the same colour I used three shades of green and one each of purple and blue ink...I feel that gives a sort of brightness to the card...

The sentiment was stamped on a narrow piece of cardstock...I rounded two of the corners of that and the base piece as well..

It's a simple card...Hope you liked it...

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Post#74 Best Wishes Card

Today I'm sharing another simple card...

The cards base is plain white with a white top layer...on the top layer I have stamped a doily stamp twice in black StazOn ink...then I coloured it in with emerald shade of twinkling h2o watercolour....I coloured just a few sections on the large doily stamp and I think it gives a bit of stained glass effect...

The sentiment was stamped on a white strip of paper and one edge was punched using the banner punch...

Hope you liked this card...

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Post#73 Cross Close Box

For  quite some time I had been looking for a tutorial to make a box which did not need a ribbon,string or a band to close it......and luckily I found one by Elaine Jackson on her blog called Papercraft Button....She has shared measurements for a variety of sizes for this box she calls the Cross Close Box....I have added her tutorial video below as well if you'd like to learn how to make this box...

I used a very dark green cardstock to create the base and a green and white printed paper for the four panels on each side....

I also made a tag using the same papers...the base of the tag was made by punching both ends of the tag with the tag topper punch and threading a ribbon through...then added a square peice of printed paper with two of the edges rounded using the corner punch....and finally added the stamped sentiment on top....

I had a lot of fun making this box....Hope you liked how it turned out...

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Cross Close Box Video Tutorial by Elaine Jackson


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Post#72 Birthday Balloons Card

I love making bright colourful cards for kids.....and this card was made with a special little person in mind...

The card base is plain white and so is the top layer....there is a 2 inch strip of paper coloured in with distress inks placed on the center of the top layer....then I attached a die cut word 'happy birthday' near the base of the card...

Then I die cut three balloons in bright colours and attached a string on each of them and placed them on the card using adhesive foam squares...

Hope you liked this card...

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Post#71 Black and White Stamped Doily Card

I bought this vintage lace doily stamp set quite a while back and have since used them a lot....but what I never tried with them was a white stamp on black card...and I don't know what was more tricky.....making this card or taking a picture of this card... :)

The base of the card is black and I used another layer of black cardstock to stamp the doilies on...I think I should've used a glossy cardstock for a better result....the ink made the stamp stick onto the paper...so I started again...this time it worked....then I added a red sequin in the center of each stamp and the card was ready.....

I like this card...Hope you liked it too...

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Post#70 Giftbag and Matching Tag

I'm experimenting with Twinkling H2O watercolours and still haven't been able to use them properly....but they are so vibrant and glossy that my experiments aren't going to waste...I was able to use them in my projects quite easily....

Today I'm sharing two such projects.....The first one is a gift bag made out of two layers of the largest die from the eyelet scallop square die set...there is a tiny  box in the middle on which these die cuts get attached....I punched two holes in the box to thread the ribbons through...

To decorate the front of the box I die cut a scalloped square piece from the sheet of paper I had stamped using an embossing folder and twinkilng h2o's....on that I added three banners in various sizes and colours and rounded the straight edges...also added a few punched flowers and a button as embellishments...






The second project turned out a bit better when I used watercolours on the same embossing folder to stamp on the tag...it gives a very shimmery effect but sadly I am not able to show that in this photo....

I simply punched a banner and stamped the sentiment on it and attached it to the tag with the ribbons...I also added a few flowers with tiny rhinestones in the middle...

Hope you liked my creations...

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Post#69 Gift Tag with Stamped Acetate Layer

I am really enjoying using acetate in my projects these days....here is another one with an acetate layer...

I die cut an olive green tag and made a dotted border all around the tag with a white gel pen....then I die cut the same tag from the acetate sheet....I placed this on top of the green base tag....I also stamped the girl and boy holding balloons on acetate tag with white ink...

The ribbon holds both the tags together nicely so there was no need for any adhesives...

Hope you liked it....

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Post#68 Sticky Notes Cover

I may never know who came up with the idea of covering a sticky notepad but I think its a really good one...almost everyone uses sticky notes as they are really handy to put up reminders....and since its usually one of the staple stationery item, making it look pretty sitting on a desk or next to the phone is a great idea for yourself or to give as a small gift to someone.....

This is a sticky notepad that my younger daughter picked out for herself....hence the cute owl print....it measures 3"x 3" so I took a plain cream coloured cardstock to create the base layer which covers the notepad at the top,one side and base....so that its easy to flip open....

After the base was ready, I attached a pink top layer...to decorate I added a few different sized die cut scalloped circles in pastel colours and a banner layered under the stamped owl image...

My daughter likes it a lot...Hope you do too...

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Post#67 Bright Gift Box

I have seen so many pins on Pinterest where crafters have used the Stampin Up Tag Topper Punch to create a whole lot of projects..it is quite interesting to see, learn and create all these things...

So I made a box using the WRMK 1 2 3 Punch board...once that was done I took a piece of paper 2" wide and 12'' long and punched it on one end using the tag topper punch...then starting on the top I wrapped it around the box and creased it at every corner...I marked the point where I wanted to punch on the other end and then punched it....I then looped a ribbon through the two ends and tied it into a bow...

This was one of the simplest projects...and a great way to create a band to close a gift box......I will definitely look into trying out some more things with this punch or even coming up with something of my own...

Thanks for visiting my blog...

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Post#66 Vellum Flowers Thankyou Card

Spring is here and the first sign of the season is all the bright colours of the new leaves and flowers that we see everywhere....so I sat down to make a card with flowers and colours in it...

I started with a 5''x7'' card base as I wanted to add more than a couple of flowers to the card...

The only thing that took time in this card was cutting out the heat embossed vellum flowers...these flowers were added to the top layer of the card which I had already coloured in using a few different distress inks....

The last thing to do was to adhere the big die cut word onto the top layer...and the bright flowery card was ready...

Hope you liked this card...

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Post#65 'Made With Love' Rectangular Gift Box

Coming up with dimensions for a gift box is not as easy as it seems...I took a pretty long time to get things right with this box.....So hats off to anyone and everyone who has managed to create a box or a gift bag from scratch with their own dimensions...

The aim was to make a long rectangular box to fit in a good amount of goodies inside...and so after a lot of tries I finally came up with dimensions for this box...The final box is about 7" long and 2" wide and 2" tall..

Since I chose a printed cardstock for the box, I wanted the print to be seen and not covered up by decorations and paper bands...so I chose a small gold doily as the only decoration and closed the box using a gold stretchy string....

There is also a stamped tag on the box which has been die cut out of acetate and stamped with StazOn white pigment ink...

Hope you liked this box...

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Post#64 'Believe' Encouragement Card

I haven't made many encouragement cards,and I wanted to try one where the sentiment is the focal point and the stamping or embellishments do not overshadow it...

I chose a lime green card base and a plain white top layer....and on the white paper I stamped a leaf stamp with electric lime dye ink...then stamped again on top of the stamped image with Twinkling h2o watercolours...this was my first try with these watercolours...they did not stick on the stamp very well but once that colour was transferred onto the paper they looked really nice and shiny while giving the overall stamped image a great effect...

I then stamped the sentiment near the base of the card with Memento Ink called Rhubarb Stalk...

Hope you liked this card...

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Post#63 Gift Wrapped with Newspaper and Coloured Paper Snowflakes

From time to time I like to share something on my blog that non-crafters can try easily....this is one of them...

I really don't like how we waste wrapping paper and keep thinking of alternative gift wrapping ideas....using a newspaper tops that list.......and here I have used coloured paper snowflakes to decorate ...simple but effective as it takes the focus away from the newspaper...

This idea took shape when I was making paper snowflakes with my daughters for Christmas decorations last year...we used white copy paper for those...there were a few extras which I attached to one of the presents...and it did look good...so this time I tried the same with three 6"x 6" coloured paper...they look like flowers in coloured paper so it's good for any occasion...

I stuck these flowers/snowflakes on the newspaper using a basic glue stick...and tied a couple of coloured strings around the package...

Here's the link for a photo tutorial on Martha Stewart's website - How to make paper snowflakes

Hope you will try these out and have a lot of fun making them...

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Post#62 Circle Tag

Now this is one of those projects where I was trying out something and it turned out to be something else....happens with me a lot somehow... :)

Anyways....I was trying to use the clear acetate sheet, that came with one of my newly purchased stamp set, and create a circle shaker tag.....but turns out that the acetate was too thick to use with the fuse tool...and by then I had already stamped the acetate with white pigment ink ...embossed it with a stitched circle die....and die cut it with a larger circle die...

So this is where I cancelled the shaker tag idea and went ahead with creating a see through tag...

I die cut two circle frames from kraft cardstock...and then attached the stamped aceate sheet between the two frames...punched a hole at the top of the tag and threaded a brown string through it...

Hope you liked it....

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Post#61 Pink Butterflies Card

I think that adding a butterfly element to any card or craft project makes it a little bit more cheerful....Here I have done that by using stamps and dies...

On a light pink card base,the plain white top layer has been stamped with butterfly stamps in bubblegum dye ink...In the middle of the card I have attached three die cut butterflies...the top layer is in deep pink,the middle layer in embossed vellum paper and the bottom one from the same cardstock as the card base....

The sentiment is stamped and attached using adhesive squares....and just a few pink sequins have been added as embellishments..

Hope you liked this card...

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Post#60 Huge Giftbag

Thanks to the tutorial by box making/designing queen Sam Donald,this bag turns out perfect every single time I make it....I stopped buying giftbags from stores long back...and this one is a great size - 9" height 7" width & 3"depth...and since it is made from cardstock,it is very reliable and sturdy....

Here is the link for the tutorial Extra Massive Bag Box Tutorial by Sam (Pootles.co.uk)

I chose grey textured cardstock(2 sheets) to make the bag....then I used the WRMK Flower Punch board to make 2 large flowers for decorating the bag....A stamped and clear embossed sentiment was adhered to the center of the flower....

Instead of using one ribbon for the handles I used two...I think that makes it look a bit more fancy.... :)

The one thing I added to this box were the two circle punched pieces 1/2" and 1" to the spot from where the ribbons are threaded...that is because if the things inside the bag are a bit heavy then there is a chance that the ribbons might not hold the weight and rip the paper...

Hope you liked this bag....

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Post#59 Colours Of The Rainbow

I am not sure whether this technique is called the sunburst or starburst but it has been very popular for a while...it is an excellent way to use your scrap paper too...and that is exactly what I did...and luckily I had scrap papers in all the colours of the rainbow.... :)

I started with eight bits of paper 1&1/2' x 4" and cut them all diagonally from top left point to bottom right point....these were perfect for making two cards....for making one card I would've used just four strips....

I then adhered the triangular sections to a piece of card and cut off all the extra bits...this was glued to the top layer of the card....added a ribbon or paper strip to hide the section where it meets the top layer....attached the die cuts and sentiments...put on some sequins to decorate and the cards were ready...

Hope you liked these cards...

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Post#58 Notepad Cover

Today I'm sharing a simple notepad cover with you....these notepads are usually sold three or four in a pack in most stores that sell stationery and even dollar stores and are very handy for making those all important 'lists'.....I am a 'to do list-maker' myself.....so I have quite a few notepads for my own use...what I don't like is that they look very ordinary and anyone can see what you have been writing on them...so it is a good idea to put on a cover and make them look beautiful and private at the same time...

Sam Donald on Pootles.co.uk  has a tutorial on how to measure and cover any notebook and its a great tutorial to understand the basics....but now after making quite a few notepad covers,I don't do too many calculations etc....I just measure the length and width of the notepad before starting out...

The length of the paper has to be a good few inches longer than the notepad...then I just pinch the sides and crease them to accommodate the thickness/height of the pad...the leftover flap of paper at the back has to be glued to the back cardboard of the notepad...

I have used a Kraft cardstock for the base and a printed Kraft cardstock for the top layer....and to decorate I've simply cut a square peice of plain kraft cardstock and rounded the corners...layered another square and stamped that with black ink....then added a banner with 'Just a note...' stamped on it....

Even if you are not a crafter,you can easily try covering notepads with whatever paper and/or decorations you have...

Hope you liked my notepad...

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Post#57 Square 4x4 Card

I remember when I bought my first few packs of cardstock.....they were all printed ones....and I loved making cards from them....but I slowly moved on to plain cardstock when I realised that my designs stood out better on them...but still every now and then I keep trying out printed cardstock for a card base....

This card has a very nice geometrical pattern in grey white and black and also has silver glitter lines on it.....so I went with the theme and punched out four squares from silver cardstock and rounded two sides only....then I stamped and heat embossed three of those squares with silver embossing powder....the fourth one I left blank and put sentiment 'Hello' embossed with black embossing powder...

Hope you liked it..

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Post#56 Paper Bag

I have made these paper bags from notebook pages when I was in school(and that was the last century..!!)....so when I saw this paper in one of my printed paper pads I just had to make one...

So I glued the two ends of the rectangular paper lengthwise/landscape and creased the paper...then I scored 1'' from each side...at the bottom I scored at 2&1/2'' and 3&1/2"....of which the side need to be folded into triangles that makes it look like flaps.....these flaps will overlap each other when you fold them towards each other and glue them to seal the base of the bag...

I have used a wooden peg to close the top of the bag....and a cut out printed sentiment to decorate it...

Hope you liked this simple paper bag...

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Post#55 Red and Gold Card

I forgot that I had quite a few of the stamping gear cogs,wheels and stamps nicely stored in a container at the very back of my craft cupboard....and once I got those out, I had a few ideas going in my head...the first one was this red and gold card that I'm sharing with you today...

On the gold card base I added a cream top layer on which I stamped using the stamping gear with red ink and then gold pigment ink(not visible nicely in the photo somehow)....In the center I stamped and punched a flower with sentiment and adhered it using adhesive foam squares...I also added a couple of hearts punched from gold paper to finish the card...

Hope you liked it.

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Post#54 One Sheet Origami Style Gift Box - No Cutting Required

This box is made from a 12x12 sheet of paper and as the title suggests, there is no cutting and no wastage...and you get a box with two flaps closing on top as a lid....

Once you make all your score lines,you just need to fold it almost like an origami box....there is no glue required either....It just needs a paper band around it to keep the flaps closed...

It is much easier to make this card with a DSP than cardstock due to all the folding involved...I did try one with Kraft cardstock and it was definitely harder to fold than the DSP

I learnt to make this box from a tutorial on Frenchiestamps.com...If you'd like to make this box then please click on the link for the details and tutorial video - One box with One Sheet of 12x12 designer paper

Hope you liked these boxes....

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Post#53 Bright And Colourful Birthday Wishes

I looovvveee how this card turned out....and also how quickly I was able to make it...must be some kind of a record for me...I was even tempted to make another just like this one but decided not to as I wanted this card to be one of a kind... :)

I used a bright lime green coloured cardstock to make the card base and chose a white top layer on which I stamped a present stamp in bright colours repeatedly....to fill the white spaces I used various tiny confetti stamps...

Then to add the sentiment I used a vellum paper and stamped the sentiment using white pigment ink and then clear embossing powder for heat embossing....but it didn't show well as the top layer of the card was also white...so instead of starting all over again with another colour,I improvised...I coloured the back of the vellum paper with my green alcohol marker...added a few rhinestones...and attached it to the card...

Hope you like this card as much as I do...

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Post#52 You're Fabulous

I had received a stack of beautiful papers from the Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft magazine a very very long time back as a prize for the letter of the month and I have not been able to get myself to use them until now...they are a sort of printed pearlescent paper...I can't remember the brand name...

For this card I picked my card colour and design layout from the printed paper that I used....I used a bright blue card base so that the printed paper shows nicely...on that I added a 1&1/2" strip of paper on which I used a hole border punch on both sides...then following the circle theme of the print I punched out 3 red circles and one white(with stamped sentiment)and attached those to the blue strip.....

I liked how this card turned out and I hope I will be able to finally make a few more things from my precious papers... :) 

Hope you liked the card.

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