Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baby Announcement boxes

I've literally lost my mojo for crafting and hence the long hiatus from crafting. I am working on orders but I haven't really done something for myself..just for fun!! And that is going to change soon.

But for those who follow me on Instagram..if you don't you can follow me here..I had posted a couple of sneak peeks of what I was upto. And I thought it was time I posted something here too!! So finally I'm blogging...and hopefully regularly.So here's what I put up on my Instagram

This was my first ever attempt at a bulk order. I had never done one before and just to know how to do one, I took up this one!! As Richard Branson says....Say yes first and figure out how to do it on the way!! And that is literally how I did this!

 An image which I  hand cut..200 times!!
 Dual colored ribbon bows....

And double layered scalloped tags..stamped and embossed. These tags went on the chocolates inside the box...sorry don't have a picture of that!

And all of these finally combined to make these box toppers..
Its a little hard to see in the picture..but the blue label is embossed too...something to tie with the scalloped tags inside.
The green tags are printed at home, on my (FINALLY I HAVE A COLOR PRINTER) Epson L-120. anyone need a review??

And that's the long and short story of what I have been upto this whole month!! I'm planning to post a few posts a month..and then get back into the regular groove...

See you soon!
Much love,
Tejal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Getting to know me Bloghop

GOOD GOD!!! my blog has been inactive for 3 months!! That shows either I have been too busy or too lazy!! I think the latter!!! I think there are lot of changes that need to happen...starting soon!!!

Ok, so back to the topic of this blog post. Getting to know me!!! Sindhu tagged me for this fabulous little hop!! It requires me to answer a few questions about me...and in the process you get to know me..
And if you haven't checked her blog out, you have to!! She has mastered the art of CAS Cards...she has totally found her niche and I love her ability to explore and push her boundaries while still staying true to her style!! Drop by her blog and you will see what I mean...She can use a large background stamp or a Resin or a Charm or a tiny stamp and turn the card into something marvelous!!
Check this post for example....when you think of Die cutting, you would think ornate cards, and
over the top embellishments!! And see how she surprises you!!!

So getting to know me...
What am I currently working on?
Currently I'm in the middle of my first bulk order. I was more curious as to how the process goes..and when I got the chance I jumped and said "yes". Though it is extremely repetitive and once you have finalized the design, there is nothing but cut, copy, paste. More than the order or the work flow, I am learning more lessons in how to manage bulk orders. No one can teach you those!! And I will be happy to share those lessons with you!!!

Featuring some cards to break the monotony of just reading my essays!!! :D

Why do I write/create what I do?
Card making was just a silly hobby I had before I got married. Those days I was (still am, but rusty) a working Physiotherapist. Card making was an excuse to do something other than treat patients. Something Just for me.
Then marriage happened, cities changed and I didn't like the work options here. So picked up the hobby again, just to keep myself busy. Then a friend asked if I could do a scrapbook for her. And when she said she loved it, it felt like another door had opened. I've never looked back ever since.
And now I cannot imagine myself in a hospital or a clinic.
Being Creative and making beautiful things soothes my Libran spirit more than I ever knew. And also the joy of bringing a smile on the face of every recipient...that is what my soul craves for!


How does your writing or creative process work
 It begins with what I need to express with that card or scrapbook. Once I have that fixed, then I hop over to my Pinterest board to find sketches or color combos or even try to CASE cards. Even then, it takes me over a week to envision a single card....
Scrapbooks are easy ... most of the photographs give me the flow...I can make scrapbooks faster than I can a single card. My Scrapbooks have photographs as their main focus, not the embellishments that I own, or the dies I can pile on that page. If they complement the photo, I will use them. They have to convey a story, a message. Each and every photo. That is the basis of every scrapbook I make.



How do I become inspired or stay inspired?
Mostly my inspiration comes from all the new techniques that I read up or see on Youtube. Every night before I sleep I spend 10 mins ( I say 10 but it could be an hour too!!) surfing Pinterest.
Some say surfing too much Pinterest kills your mojo. To each his own I say. 
-> I bookmark some tutorials, I make a mock copy and then change something about it when I try it. ->There are some artists that inspire me on a daily basis, one of them being Jennifer Mcguire, Laura Denison, Kathy Orta, Gayatri, Yana etc.  I love surfing their blogs, their videos and I love how easily they share their talent and are generous. They are my main source of Mojo!
->I continue to learn. Everyday. If I find a term or technique that I don't know... I will read up on it!! That keeps me on my toes!
 


How does my work differ from the others of its genre?
Simplest to answer. I do not compare. Each one has their own style and method.

How long does it take to create a project?
Depends. I can make a scrapbook in one week and a card in 5 days. I'm a terrible terrible time-keeper. I can never keep deadlines, and I get bored very easily. While doing one project, I may get idea for another one...and I will ditch one to do the other...and it continues!! You get the idea!! :p


 What are my favorite things I love to create with at the moment?
Stamps, Stamps and more stamps. And If I talk of the most favorite brands, it has to be MFT leading the show, with Papertrey ink, Hero arts and Mama Elephant right now.
Then of course I love accent glitter...any kind of subtle glitter shimmer! Wink of stella, Stickles, and glitter embossing powders.
I'm hoping to go crazy with some textures soon...that's my next obsession.

 What is my signature style?
Style..none ...but signature element- Butterflies and glitter. I usually add them to every project.
As for style, I usually get bored soon of one style...so one year I will do CAS, then get bored and jump to over embellished cards, then get bored and just do scrapbooks. So there's isn't something that says, its my signature style! But butterflies and glitter should point you in my direction!! :D

Thanks for reading so much!! If you are still with me, thank you!! I do hope to post regularly from now on...
I have to Tag two more so you can get to know them....

Saumya... I have to tag her....she is someone you will love getting to know....I cannot describe her in one word, I need a whole dictionary to do that. I love her boundless need to know...similar to mine..and her willingness to try something new every time when it comes to crafting. Be it kiddy craft, be it bulk orders, scrapbooks or mixed media...she can do it all, with flawless ease!! Sound like a case of hero worship?? It is!! She is simply brilliant...head over to her blog next week to read about her!!

I will tag Khushboo but she is already been tagged, never-the less...I cannot go by without tagging you!! someone who made me love bold and bright colors...for that you have my eternal gratitude!

And you have to meet this crazy girl...Erum...I have known her since my early days of crafting, almost 8 years now!! (oh my gosh..)..this girl has a way of turning colors and rules upon their head....her sense of color is simply amazing...and can she play with textures??  Simply brilliant... Every card, scrapbook, Cardini she makes, I message and tell her...I'm going to copy that!!
You have to stop by her blog or her Facebook page and check out her work!!! I've finished all the adjectives in my dictionary when it comes to describing her work!!

So I'll stop here...and let you take a breath!! I tend to ramble when I start typing or talking. My phone bills are proof of that!! :D

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Going 3D with box of notecards

Today I'm sharing my project for Crafter's Corner Challenge - Go 3D. For this month, all month long, you shall be getting tons of inspirations and projects and tutorials using the WRMK punch boards.

I'm playing with the Envelope Punch board and can I tell you how much I love it!! Its simply fabulous.

I've made a set of note cards and the envelopes and A box to hold all the cards. It was made in a jiffy with the Envelope punch board. I can't believe I waited this long to get it!

 Here is the note card...with the envelopes and the box I made... it took me more time to cut the files on Silhouette!!
The card is completely silhouette made! The sun rays, the roses and the label. Only thing I used extra is stamps from Simon says and Avery Elle for the sentiment.

 I used an extra rose to create a stopper for the back flap of the envelope box. All 3 cards and 3 envelopes fit with enough room to move!


And here are the 3 note cards in all. All are 5x5 in size. I do hope you like them.

Do head over to the Crafter's corner blog to see what my fellow DT's have made...and join in the fun...

if you have any queries...feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Girly Photo Display Flip Album

..that is another mouthful!!! Hello and Happy V's day to all! Just popped by to share another Display Flip album. The last one was a total Masculine version...This one is as girly as it gets!!
Flowers, butterflies and pearls and swirls...its got all!!

Leaving you with the pictures...lots of products used...will list out most at the end, if you want to know anything...leave me a comment! Here is the link again to the tutorial... I kept the dimensions same...the smallest page is 4x5 and the largest is 10x5.

It has the same base stand that I made in this album.


 The little blue tab is a hidden sentiment.


 The best cut sentiment ever....love it!!from the silhouette store.

Supply List
Paper - Floral stack- DCWV
Dies - Rose creations, Tessatina Border, Floral flourishes, Fleur di lis squares, label 17 spellbinders
Stamps - Fiskars - Memory 8x8, Hero arts, kaisercraft.
Flowers - local plus some RAK's
Butterfly - again a gift. 

See you soon!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Musical Birthday Card

This is the last of my backlogged posts...that never got done....This project was made way back...In August...and I didn't blog it....Gaah!!

It was to be for a guy who loved music...and it had to be huge!! so This is a A4 size card...yeah..bigger is always better...or so the clients seem to think!!

Each piece of the guitar is hand traced and cut from a free image on Google.

Background was made with my favorite sprays .. Mistries From Die Cuts and More.
The music stamp is from Kaisercraft..one of their texture stamps...

And I did use real wire for the strings! some beading wire.



The Happy birthday and Rockstar is a die cut...from cuttlebug baby face alpha set.


And the stars are glittered and topped with glossy accents!! The whole guitar has an outline of silver glitter pen!!

Hope you liked this Larger than life card....Do let me know if you have any questions!

See you without any more backlogs! :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Stencilled..Bonus Class

I'm taking this AWESOME Online Card Class called Stencilled...and it is amazing...beyond amazing...
I have always been intimidated by stencils...and this class makes it look so easy!!

I love the fact that they are willing to share so much of their knowledge... and its not just in classes...even on her regular blog..Jennifer inspires and teaches so much on each and every post.

No one can inspire me like she can....I have to give an example of their large heartedness.... the class runs for 4 days...and most of the videos were shot before the CHA happened. Yet, because there were new products that would work with this class, Jennifer made a bonus video just to share that info..  Show me one person here who has that big of a heart. Anyway...that is digressing from the point...

Here is the first card I made coz, I just had to. Its Jennifer baby...she inspires and I create! This is a CASE of the card she showed on the class today. I wanted to make cards for day 1, and 2 but being a weekend, I just don't find the time!


I just have two stencils...and this is one of them....and I love how the card came about...and its so easy to mass produce!!  After clicking the picture, I saw that the heart was a bit wonky!! ah..what the hell...its handmade!! :D The perfectionist is taking a back seat for a while!!

Base is 6x6 from a card kit on sale at Hypercity!!  Of all the places...200Rs. kits from Itsy bitsy being sold for 40Rs.!! With envelopes! Score!!



I am absolutely in love with my new Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen....this is with the glitter and a layer of glossy accents on top!

To give a faux chipboard look and feel to the die cut, I have layered 5 layers of the die cut...I think you can see under the B, S, O.



Any questions...shoot below!! See  ya soon!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Home Decor Project - Hanging Photo Frame

Having posting everything to Facebook these days, I often forget that I've not posted it to my blog.

This is the second Hanging Photo Frame I have made! This was made in December and I still haven't  posted the first one as yet on my blog...but it is up on my Card Shop Blog...you can check it out there...and if you have any queries, feel free to email me or leave a comment. (if you leave a comment, please make sure to leave your email address else I cannot get in touch with you! )

This was a custom order for a friend.

Individual pictures.
I have loved using my Perfect Layers Rulers in this project...As I love having the perfect mats!!  And this tool didn't disappoint!
Loads of supplies have gone into it...so if you need something specific....please email me...


This was soo much fun to make...and I'm glad I was able to send some sunshine and smiles to someone!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Standing Flip Photo Display Album..

,,,phew!! That was a mouthful of a title!!

So...(do I begin everything with Soooo!!?)  I have challenged myself to blog everything I make before I post pics on facebook...and also to go and comment on at least 10 blogs in a week...more is better....
I feel no one reads blogs these days....its the world of just "Liking" everything and leaving everything else unsaid. I realized that just "likes" don't boost the confidence of a crafter...its the little comments at the end of the post that mean the most....Sure it will take effort on my part...but I'm going to blog more...encourage others to blog more....its more than just sharing your creations...its about sharing who you are and where your creativity comes from!!
Phew...I wanted to say these words since soo long...laziness came in between...not anymore!!

This Photo Display Stand is made from a tutorial from Marla at Lake Avenue Designs..check here for the complete tutorial..  No ribbons, no butterflies, no flowers and no laces... would that make it easy or hard....!! You decide!

I have changed a few things.... My pages measure 6 inches across instead of 5 in the tutorial...I wanted more space...And I made my own base to keep it standing...pics to follow..


This is how the Album will stand...I adore the sentiments....They are from Technique Tuesday..Incredible...I love Ali Edwards beautiful handwriting fonts!! The main happy birthday is a file from Silhouette store...and the background shape..Couture Creation die from IB Store...Cupcake from PTI

So each page flips over to reveal a photo under it...

Here's the first flip....I've kept the embellishments, the extra nonsense to a minimum...bcoz I wanted the pictures to be the highlight of the album... not my supplies or my dies!

 And this is where the arrow points too..I wanted a cheeky way of saying the sentiment, but hiding the main word at the same time!! I don't know if that makes sense to you!

I loved creating this page...cutting the letters out with my new toy...Silhouette Cameo!! It is awesome!! I mainly wanted it for the titles...I used to get fed up of not having the perfect font dies or the time I would waste in cutting individual alphabets one after the other....This baby is so worth if only I ever cut out alphas all my life!! :p

This photo was so adorable, that it needed its own Polaroid frame...so this frame is handcut! yes..I do use the scissors now and then!! :p
Stamps from Lawn fawn..my silly Valentine....Stars from MFT- Stackable stars


Again embellishments to a minium....the photographs speak a thousand words...and I wanted them to be the focus... The Say Cheese is again cut from the Silhouette Cameo... The red Tabs are MFT bracket die...the are small pullouts for secret messages (wink wink!)
And the last back page....
I wanted something cute and whimsical on the last page...this is the back page. The banner is a SC cut file.. Stars again MFT...bike is a Lawn fawn stamp - Cruising through life.

This is where I made my own changes....The tutorial had a ribbon stand...I made it my own way....

I made this stand and this is how the album will stand.... if you need a tutorial...leave a comment..and I will make one for you...

So this is how the whole album came about...In 3 days...its a record of sorts for me!! :D

Any queries about any supplies or for making it...leave a question with your email...I can't answer if your email isn't connected to your blogger account!

See you with more backlog posts!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Obsessed with mosaics and butterflies!!

I truly am!! Obsessed...with the beauty of Mosaics and fluttery butterflies!! If I wasn't I wouldn't whip up 3 more mosaic cards featuring butterflies! hehe!!

So here they are!!

 This card had me in knots...I wanted opposite contrasts in each aspect of the card....the red panel on the left...has a black mat..and a black wing...but the inside of the butterfly is red...
And similarly on the right side...
It took me a  while to figure out how I wanted to do it...and then..it just came along fabulously!!

Sentiment is from a Technique Tuesday stamp...By Ali Edwards!!


These two are another that I whipped up....You can see and read step by step how to make these on the Crafter's Corner blog...Click here for the card on the left....and here for the card on right!

Hope you enjoy these crazy butterflies of mine!!

See you soon with some more madness!! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mosaic Butterfly

Hello people. Its been so long that I made a card for no reason at all. And after making one today...I really feel so glad. I wonder why I never took the time to do so.
I just watched a wonderful video from Jennifer mcguire. She made one with an outline die and one solid die. The only die that I had which could match those requirements was a butterfly one (huge grin :D)

So this is that card.
The shape is cut from reverse wonky rectangles.
Butterfly dies are memory box
Sentiment penny black.

Love the embossing of the frame. And the stain glass or mosaic look of the butterfly.
So what do you think? Do leave your comments. 
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