Monday, April 29, 2013

Altered Gift box and Decoupaging !!

Hi Friends,
 Today I am sharing an upcycled gift box I have made using Mod Podge.. And one of the common technique using Mod Podge is 'Decoupage' where in you apply Mod Podge on any surface and cover it with color paper and in My case pattern paper and then apply Mod Podgeover it again to seal it.. I have up-cycled/.recycled an old gift box by covering it with white cardstock first then layered it with pattern paper with stamping on it done with Her Arts Flourish Background Stamp and then embellished it using various dies..Here's a look at My box :-

And a look at how it looks on the sides :


And a look at how it opens and a front view :


And if you have noticed I have used the local Handmade paper to make my flower's and all the greenery is also cut from Handmade paper I really liked the subtle glitter this paper gives and its so easy to cut through these paper's using dies ...They do get stuck with punches but with dies it cuts smooth as butter :) ..And all the small flowers are punched from plain white card stock and colored with distress inks..Don't they look so pretty :) !!!
                                                  The color's for my box were inspired by the Itsy Bitsy Color challenge  where we were asked to create any project using Greens and blue's with a neutral color and this is my take on it ...:)

Hope you all like my box ...Please do leave me your comments/suggestion's would love to hear from you :)

Supplies Used :-
Mod Podge : Matt finish
Pattern Paper : Stash
Stamp :Hero Arts Flourish Background
Martha Stewart Border Punch : Doily Lace
Punch Bunch Bell Flower(Small)
Dies :
Spellbinders Label 3 ,Cheery Lynn :Lace Deco F , Olive Branches , Fanciful Flourish ,Small Exotic butterflies , MFT :Tessatina Border,Layered Rose
Inks :Distress Inks : Tumbled Glass ,Shabby Shutter's And Ranger ink Blending Tool

Challenges Entered :-
Itsy Bitsy : Color Logo Challenge (Winner!)
Inspired By stamping : WHW #98 : create a tag or box based on  the tutorial .
Eclectic Ellapu : Anything Goes ( Top Five)
That Craft Place :Altered Item Challenge
Allsorts : Anything but a card
Make My Monday : Anything but a card

Monday, April 15, 2013

Guest Designing for LESSology # 24 -Your'e a Cover Girl! :-)

Hi Friends,
I am so happy to share that i have been invited to do a GD post at LESSology for their current Challenge Are you a Cover Girl!....For this challenge you can get creative with covers by making the cover of  a box, a jar ,a book etc...Totally up to you and use one upcycled item in your project!...So I decided that I would go with the cover of a box..And here's what I come up with :-

And this is how it looks when it is opened :-

  And a few different views :-
This is  the box looks before it was upcycled :-
 To upcycle this box I first peeled out the original paper then I Mod Podged it with plain Tissue paper... To do this I took plain white tissue paper and covered the box entirely with it and coated it with Mod Podge...This helped to stick the tissue paper thoroughly and also gave a nice texture..Then I painted the box in a light creme color both  inside and outside and then I measured up the sides,bottom and top and cut out my pattern paper,distressed the edges using Scattered Straw Distress ink and glued it..Then I embellished with various dies ,ribbons and flowers!...

Supplies Used :-
Box -Stash
Papermania Pattern Paper
Dies -Memory Box Tessatina Border,Cheery Lynn Lace Deco Corner(F),Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish,Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish,Cheery Lynn 3 in 1 Exotic Butterflies (Small)
Punches : Punch Bunch 3 in 1 Hyrda-cluster, Jef 5 Petal Flower
Pink Gingham Fabric Tape ,Crotchet lace -Candy from Shraddha!
Pink Gardenia Flowers ,Pie Lane Glitter Balls,Mod Podge.

Challenges Entered :-
Crafty ribbons : Pink and green
Hanna and friends :Anything but a card
Crafts and Me : Lace and Pearls
Simon Says Stamp: April showers /Spring flower's
Creative Craft Challenge : Alter it
Party Time  Tuesday : Anything but a card
 UnstampaBelles : Anything but a card

Hope you all like my altered box ...Would love to hear from you ..Please do leave me your comments/suggestions :)


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mini-Notecards! :)...

Hi everyone,
Today I am sharing with you note-cards made using dies!..Though I do not have much of Nestabilities/Label dies in  my stash..In fact own just two of them...But,I was quite keen on making these note-cards based on the tutorial which I came across at the IBS WHW #95...Their DT member Kendra has shown a lovely tutorial on how to use label dies creatively!...Here's a look at my cards based on the tutorial...I have made two of them :-
Since the dimensions of these cards are really small there is not much scope to embellish them...So I have kept my work fairly simple!..On the first card I have stamped the bird-cage and heat -embossed it and then created the small flower cluster on the bottom...For the second card I have used my newly purchased Lawn Fawn stamps...The flower is colored with Steadler water color pencils and then I have applied Glossy Accents to give it a nice shine and texture...Done the same with the butterfly too...!!            
I really liked the way both these cards have turned out...Though creating on such a small scale is a bit difficult for Me :P...  

Supplies used :-
Base CS- Campap and Fabriano Elle Erre!
 Best of K &Company  Pattern Paper pack.
Dies : Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 3, Itsy Bitsy Fancy Venetian Die.
Stamps : Prima Stamps ,Lawn Fawn Flutter By,Lawn Fawn Blissful Botaniclas,Hero Arts Good Friends,Krafter's Kart.
Inks : Versafine Onyx Black,Memento Rich Cocoa.
Blue Mulberry Flower -Candy from Shraddha!
Small white flowers and Pearls

Challenges Entered :-
IBS -WHW # 95 (Winner!)

Hope you all like my cards!...Would love to hear from you!...Please do drop in your comments/suggestions!
Have a nice day everyone!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My First Ever Flower Pot Card...!! :)

Hi  Friends,
Today I am sharing with you all a flower pot card I have made... This is my first time making this paticular shape card ..I have seen so many different version's of flower pot cards over the net but never tried my hand at it but when I saw this time's IBS color challenge my first thought was these colors would so work for a  pot shaped card I just loved the elegance of these colors and the picture inspiration to go with it and here  is my interpretation of these colors in this shaped card ...Please have a look :) ...
  And here is how it looks when the tag is pulled apart from the base :

I have selected a sand color for the base pot and punched out the two border's using MS border lace punch the flowers are punched out from Navy color cardstock and embossed to give the full bloom look then I have made the centre's of these flower by embossing the punch bunch hydra cluster flowers.. I have used the largest flower in this set ...The leaves are all die-cut using Cheery Lynn Olive branches die  in sage color cardstock ..The sentiment is a digital freebie ..And I have blinged up the butterfly using the micro mini gemstone's from Pie Lane ..Sticking them on the butterfly and making its trail really required a lot of patience these gem stones are soooo tiny ..But I just loved the end result ...Don't you ??..Oh and since I could just work with 3 colors on this card I wanted to jazz up this card so have added glitter glue on the flowers too ...It looks amazing in real life ..But I was not able to capture the essence in this picture....:(
                                                     Here's a look at the IBS Color inspiration :

Supplies Used :
Base CS,Sage CS ,Navy Blue CS.
MS Doily Lace Punch.
Cheery Lynn Olive Branches.
Punch Bunch Hydra-cluster .
Jef Daisy Punches.
Butterfly -RAK from Devika.    
Pie Lane Miny gemstones.

Challenges entered :
IBSIC -Color Inspiration.
Flutter by Wednesday -Flowers (Winner!)
Pile it on- Handmade flowers ( Made it to the Top 3)
Sentimental Sundays -Shaped cards (Winner!)

Hope you like my card...Do leave your comments./suggestions...I love to hear from you! :)
Have a nice day everyone!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Inspiration for Crafter's Corner # 7! :)...

Hi everyone,
Sharing with you a hand-made frame today which I have made for the inspiration at Crafter's Corner where our this time's challenge is -Bingo set by ME :)..Do check it out HERE....So here's a look at My frame :-

And a closer look at the flowers ...This particular orange flower I had made along with the flower in my THIS Trellis card...But after making it I found it too dark an orange so was not able to use it on the card!...But when I sat down to make this frame I thought this color contrasted very well with my background pattern paper for my frame....

All the small flowers with the stamen in the centre I have punched out from a hand-made paper and colored it with Distress inks...Infact all the leaves ,the flourishes and even the flowers all are colored using Distress inks!...These inks are so bright and they blend in so well with all kinds of paper and the advantage is by using Distress Inks you can create any color cardstock of your choice....And once after coloring if you find the color too bright you can always tone it down by just spritzing water over it!.

Supplies Used :-
Hand-made paper frame -Candy from Devika.
Patter paper- Papermenia Joyeux Noel.
Dies : MFT Layered Rose,Cheery Lynn Olive Branches,Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish,Cheery Lynn tropical flourish,Cheery Lynn Mini French Pastry doily,Cheery Lynn Lace Deco corners(F),Cheery Lynn Exotic 3 in 1 butterflies..
Punches : Punch Bunch Hydra-cluster,Jef punch.
Inks : Distress ink Ripe Persimmon,Shabby Shutters,Memento Pear Tart.
Mod Podge for sticking the pattern paper to the base of the frame!
Pearls -Stash

Challenges entered :-
Cheery Lynn- Back to Nature (Winner!)
OLLCB -Orange and Green (Made it to the Top 3)
UnstampaBelles -Anything but a Card
Brown Sugar -Flowers

Hope you like my work..Please do let me know ..Love to hear from you! :)..
Have a nice day everyone!...