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Friday, 28 November 2014

Monochromatic Birthday card...

Hey All,

Here is a birthday card I made for my dear sissy.

The image is a free digi from Penny Blossom. I had been holding it for a while now. This was the perfect occasion to use the digi.

Colored the Image using distress inks and letraset markers. The flower on the top is a clay embellishment. The sentiment is a digi again.

Entering this card into the following challenges:
1. Beyond Grey challenges - Monochromatic (Ends 30 nov)
2. Brown sugar challenge- Anything goes (ends 4 dec)
3. graphitmarkers - Two colors (Pink and orange ) (Ends 12th dec)
4. fabnfunky challenges - Anything with Diecuts (Ends 2 dec)
5. robynsfetishchallenge - Use a digi (Ends 30 Nov)
6. 4craftychicks - Diecuts (ends 3 dec)

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Mixed Media Clock

Hi All,

Am back with my inspiration for the current challenge –Out Of the Box.  Bored of creating your signature style stuff, Here is a chance to try something new. That means something unique, something different which you haven’t tried before… A chance to try a new fold, a new technique or a new style.

Am here with a clock I have created for the first time in my craft life. If you know me, You would also be knowing that I dont try layers. My creations are always CAS.I should admit that am still poor at loading the embellishments. So thought of giving it a try.Have used so many techniques and so should I call it Mixed Media????? I better leave the decision to you. Please let me know.

I have added a step by step procedure on how I created this.

I cut two circles out of a thick cardstock. Took a decoupage Napkin and separated the topmost single ply with the design in it. Covered one of the entire circles with the decoupage Napkin applying Modpodge. Hatsoff to people who do decoupaging...This tested my patience and yes, still there is lot to learn.

Took the second circle and cut another small circle from the center which will be the place for the dial. Wanted to add some texture to this. Added some lattice pattern with the modeling paste in random. Here I didn’t have a lattice stencil. So used a lattice diecut as a stencil.

Then sponged here and there with Distress ink-Worn Lipstick. Added a subtle shine o it with my Tattered Angel  Glimmer mist.  Couldn’t capture the texture and the shine in the pic properly.. 

Then I traced a clock dial in a white cardstock randomly sponged with Spun sugar and Tea dye Distress Ink.

Assembled in an order of Decoupaged circle frame, then the textured circle frame and inside the clock dial prepared.

Now the outline is ready for embellishing. Embellished with lots of flowers all handmade, ball chain, clay embellishment, Pielane metal butterfly, flourishes, stick pin and pollen flowers.

The biggest flower is created with Tim holtz tattered florals third piece (6 petal) and all other small flowers were created with a five petal punch.

And, The clock is ready to be framed.

Entering this into the following challenge:
1. craftycardmakers - A touch of charm (Ends 23 nov) 
2. 2cuteinkchallenges - Color challenge (Ends 22 nov)
3. dianamlarson challenge blog -Anything goes (ends 30 nov)
4. imagination-craftschallenges -Anything goes (ends 30 nov)
5. scraparoundtheworld -mood board(Bunch of flowers and vintage colors) (Ends 30th Nov)

6. thatscraftychallenges - Anything Vintage 
7. frillyandfunkie -A gift from the heart  (Ends 3 Nov)
8. countryviewchallenges -Bugs,Bees and Butterflies (Ends 30 nov)

Hope you all like it


Candle Light Holder - With a simple tutorial (Picture heavy post)

 Hi Crafty friends,

How are you all and how is the weather out there in your place? The slight chill in the climate tells me that Christmas is fast approaching. I simply love this time of the year as there are continuous festivals to celebrate, all the ‘big’ holidays are just around the corner and the year end is in sight. And, I love it for the family fun, get together, loads of shopping and yes, the Gifts….

With a countdown to Christmas, a bundle of Christmas cooking and craft projects are on the roll. 

Now on to my creation.

Am here to share a tutorial on how to gift the tea lights in a nice handcrafted box. Something common to both Diwali and Christmas. Followed the tutorial by Joann Jamieson to make this box.

  1. Took a piece of pink cardstock measuring 8 1/4” by 3 3/4”. Score at the longer side at ½”, 1 1 /8”, 7 1/8” and 7 ¾” and the shorter side at ½”, 1 1/8”, 2 5/8” and 3 ¼”. Make crisp creases.

  1. Cut out the ‘L’ shape of each corner as shown in the 2nd pic. Snip at all the four corners which will allow the little fold to flap up.

  1. Apply glue on the shaded part in the pic and glue down the outer flap towards inside as seen in the 3rd pic.

  1. Apply glue in the shaded part as shown in the 4th pic and glue it down together.

  1. Apply glue to the snipped ends and fold them to hold the box together.

  1. The box to hold the tea lights is ready.

  1. Now I took my Tim Holtz on the Edge die.

  1. Cut out 2 pcs of pattern paper and 2 pcs of the same pink card stock. Adjusted their heights and stuck them to the box.

Now, Embellish as you wish and the handcrafted cute Tea light holder is ready.

This is fairly simple to do and goes really fast.

Along with this, I made a Christmas tree treat box and a Luminary holder with a LED tealight inside.

Hope you all liked it.

Now that you have seen what I did with the theme, Its your turn! Create any project based on the above theme and link it up here. Add that personal touch to your gifts this festive season, Share it with us and you have a chance of winning a gift from the Imaginations Online store.

Not to forget, Please let me know how you liked this idea in a comment.

Supplies Used:

Handmade paper (Pink)
Linen paper
Mulberry paper flowers
Snow flake punch 
Timholtz On the edge die -Ornate 
Fiskars All that glitters stamp (On the Luminary)
Pattern papers

Catherine Joseph 

Cards made for Diwali (the festival of lights in india)

Hi peeps,

Here are the cards I made for Diwali, the festival of lights in India. This is the time of the year for lots of fun,crackers and gifts...

In the first card, the pink background is Distressed Background the image is Fiesta stamp is heat embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.

Entering these cards into the following challenges:

1. aurorawingschallenge - Anything goes (Closing 13 dec)
2. thatcraftplaceblog -Anything goes (22 nov)
3. dreamvalleychallenges -Anything goes (28 nov)
4. partytimetuesdays -Anything goes (23 nov)
5. creativefingerschallengeblog -Anything goes (20 nov)


Friday, 7 November 2014

Sneak peek !!!

Hey All,

Here is a sneak peek of what am gonna share on my DT post on the Imaginationsonline blog tomorrow...

To have a detailed view of it, Pls hop on to the Imaginationsonline blog tomorrow.

Thank you.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cards with water coloring technique

Hi friends,

This is a post to show my trial with water coloring technique.

I had been wanting to try cards with water coloring technique. When i saw the month's challenge at create something catchy challenges, i decided to try my hands on it... There were a lot on my list to try, here i am showing three cards i tried among those.

1. Watercolor pencils + Vellum + Dry Embossing

I dry embossed a vellum sheet with an embossing folder, highlighted the flowers and leaves on the reverse side with water color pencils. And here is the result

2. Water color + Vellum + Heat Embossing -Stained Glass Technique

I Stamped an image with Versamark ink, Heat embossed it with black Embossing powder, then colored it with water color on the reverse side.

Entering the above two cards into Imaginations online Blog challenges - All about Embossing

3. Water color + Glue 

Stamped an image with white pigment ink and then outlined it with glue.. Let it dry. And then filled the insides with watercolor.
And, here is the outcome. 

Entering these cards into the following challenges:

1. Create something catchy challenges - Water colors 

Friday, 5 September 2014

Teacher's Day Card (No:1)

This is a simple Teacher's Day card  I did for my daughter's School teacher...

I followed this sketch from Crazy for CAS challenges

Entering this card into the following challenges:
1. Crazy for CAS - Sketch 52 (Closes 12 Sep)
2. thecuttingedgechallenge  - Inspiration pic

Hope you all like it...


Guest Designer post at LULUPU!!!

 I was so excited when I saw my card as the winner at Lulupu Blog (Inspired by Lulupu logo challenge).  To play along with the latest challenge – Go 3D, I decided to make a MDF frame and a coordinating handmade box on New Baby Boy theme.  

And here are step by step.. 

1. I have taken a Baby theme MDF frame. I like all my MDF items to be painted with acrylic or gesso before I start working on it. Here I painted the frame with blue acrylic paint. 
2. For the Borders, I chose a lovely  yellow pattern paper, cut them according to the measurements and glued them down with Mod Podge .

3. Just to highlight the theme, I decorated the header(BABY) with Pearls.
 4. The baby image is a stamp from Crafter’s companion. Coloured the image using distress inks. Added few sentiment stamps on distressed background and adhered them to the columns
5. There are rooms for two photographs which I have filled with a lattice background.
6. Finally I sprayed a coat of acrylic spray to make it water resistant.

Now, for the Gift Box part, 
1. Take two pieces of heavy gsm cardstocks in white.2. Begin by measuring the size of the frame – the length, width and depth(including the projecting bits). I decided to leave a lil space around the frame when it is inside the box.3. Score the cardstock with the help of the score board. Then snip each corner on the red line. (Refer pic) This creates the glue tabs needed to assemble the box. 

4. Fold the cardstock into a box shape. Be sure the glue tabs are on the inside. Glue the tabs to the sides of the box.
5. Create one more box following the same procedure a few centimetres bigger on all the sides so that it acts as a lid.
 6. Now, decorate this with pattern papers. I have used punched cutouts as borders, added sentiment, flowers, and a Ribbon with a Black circle tag where the sentiment  is heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.

Hope you like my project!!

the link to my GDT post

Catherine Joseph

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Happy Dance- Am guest designing at Lulupu Blog!

Am so happy to share with all you Blogger friends that am Guest Designong at LULUPU blog. This is my first ever GDT post at Lulupu.

Here is a sneak peek of what am sharing in my GDT post.

Can you guess what the theme is.... Keep guessing till I go live on the LULUPU blog tomorrow...

Thank you for all your support and thanks Team Lulupu...


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A Birthday card for a lil Boy!!

Hi friends,

Here is a card I created for my friend's son. The stamp is from Simon Says Stamp. Colored it with Distress inks. Added few die cuts. Assembled them over Pattern papers. Finally embellished the card with few pearls and I am done.

Distress Ink used :
Tea Dye (Hair), Spun sugar(Body), Evergreen Bough and Mustard Seed(Boy's outfit), Gathered Twig(Mouse), Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick (Cake)

Hope you all like it. 

Entering this card into the following challenges:
1. Imaginations Online Blog challenge - BINGO 
    Used Pattern papers , Dies and Pearls 
3. Pennys challenges - Anything goes  -Closes 22nd Jul
4. Twisted Tuesday challenge - Layered card with pearls -Closes 20th Jul
5. Crafting from the heart challenge - Anything goes - Closes 20th Jul
6. artisticinspirationschallenges - Anything goes -Closes 20th Jul  

Saturday, 28 June 2014

A Birthday card for a Special Friend!!

Hi all,

This is a card I created for a very good friend of mine.

I wanted to use a Prima doll I colored with Distress Inks sometime back. I wanted to use the colors from the lulupu logo.

Those who are with me would be now knowing my obsession towards Distress inks.. I am not feeling like using any pattern papers and I love to create Backgrounds with distress inks. All my diecuts are cut in white and colored with my favorite inks. Cut the colored image and added some diecuts and my card is done.

Here is the final result:

Entering the card into the following challenges:
1. Imaginations online challenges- Anything goes with Distress inks 
    Doll colored with distress inks - Peeled paint and Evergreen Bough
    Background created with Tumbled glass
    Flowers colored with a mix of Dusty concord and Picked raspberry
    Fence diecut colored with Gathered Twigs
    Pippi butterfly colored with Spiced marmalade
    Banners colored with Mustard seed and Picked Raspberry
2. Crafters corner - Stamp-Color-Cut
    Prima Dolls stamped, colored with distress inks, fussy cut and adhered to the card

3. Lulupu challenge - Inspired by new Lulupu logo -Have used the blue in the background and the doll , Yellow and Dark pink in the banner, Orange in the Butterfly

Sunday, 22 June 2014

A Tag with Prima Doll -coloring wit distress inks!

Hey all,

Am back with a tag. I loved the Prima dolls at first sight and I colored a few with distress inks. The coloring is a trial and am still learning with practice. I colored the doll picking up inks from the distress ink pads.. Gave a shimmer to the outfit with some glitter pens. I colored them two months back and I never got a chance to work with it. Finally this morning,  found some time to incorporate the image into a tag.

Took a piece of white cardstock, created the background with Spiced Marmalade and a light mustard seed shade. Stamped a flourish border at the bottom, Cut a piece from the Honey comb diecut and added it on the top as an embellishment. Now, I wanted a bold sentiment n the Kaisercraft one matched perfectly. Used the Memory Box stencil to create a sunshine on the left top and added few embellishments and am done with the tag.

Distress ink used - 
Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Spun sugar(Skin) and Vintage photo to color the doll
Tumbled glass for the sunshine, Gathered twigs to color the honeycomb diecut and Stazon black to stamp.

Entering this card into the following challenges:

1. Imaginations Online - Anything goes with Distress Inks
2. Little Miss Muffet Challenges -Anything goes

Saturday, 14 June 2014

My First trial with a Waterfall card !!

Hey Folks,

This is a card with Waterfall technique I did for Hubby's Birthday...

All the favorite male in my life (My Hubby, My lil Bro n My smart Nephew) had their Birthdays in the month of May and had the toughest time creating for them. I wanted it masculine so I used a Red,Blue and White combo.

Loved the outcome. But couldnt capture them in the photos.


Entering this into the following challenges:
1. gloriadesignschallenge - Fold it (Water fall technique)
2. thekraftjornalchallenge - Just for him 
3. sassystudiodesigns - Its all about the Man
4. mimchallegeblog - For the males in your life 
5. tuesdaythrowdown - Special Man 

Please leave me your motivating comments....


Friday, 13 June 2014

Happy Father's Day - Trying to be masculine !!

Hey, I know am not that good at Masculine cards. But had to make a Card for Father's day. I didnt have much pattern papers for Masculine theme.

Two days, I went through Pinterest and saw lots of ppl creating for Father's day.

Got some Inspiration n searched my stash for some pattern papers.

Finally, What I could come up with was this...

Entering this card into the following challenges:
1. oldiebutagoodiechallenge - Father's day / Masculine  (Closing 23 June)
2. scrap-creations challenge - Father's day
3. Papertakeweekly - For the Boys
4. tuesdaytaggers -One for the Boys (Closing 23 June)
5. themaleroomchallengeblog. -Father's day  (Closing 24 June)

Hope you all like this...


A Quick card using Memory Box Stencil!!!

Here is a card I made in a jiffy using my new Memory Box stencil. I think I almost made it in less than half an hour.

I loved the sentiment a lot. Am wondering why am not able to complete any of my project without my distress inks. The stencil was sponged with Spiced Marmalade and Mustard seed Ink. Added a lattice background and stamped the sentiment and ta...da...Am done....

Here is the card

Hope you all like it.

Am entering this card into the following challenges:

1. Imaginations Online - Anything goes with Distress Inks
    Sponged the stencil with Distress inks, And a white lattice diecut is colored with Fired Brick distress inks.
2. Paper crafting challenge - Anything goes (Closing 25 June)
3. Crafty girls challenges - Anything goes (Closing 25 june)


Sunday, 1 June 2014

An explosion box for a Boy!!!

Hi Blogger Friends,

You must be wondering why I have been missing in Action for the past three months. Am happy to share with you that I delivered my second Baby girl this feb and since then couldnt find time for blogging. I have been yearning to get back and am slowly trying to... I might be less active in the blog for sometime more coz am still managing to get used to things with two cutie pies around.

But still I have been creating few simple cards n Explosion boxes here n there just to quench my thirst for crafting.

Here is the explosion box I made recently. It is for a fourteen years old boy and wanted it to be a little masculine except for the cake.. Used Kaiser craft stamps for the sentiments inside the box.

Here is the box

Hope you all like it.

I would like to enter this one into a few challenges:

1. Itsy Bitsy challenge - Anything but a card

2. scribblesdesignschallenge - let-them-eat-cake
    Use food/ food related items - Cake
    Color palette - Almost all colors used as ebellishments, paper,cake

3. ladybugcrafts - Something for the boys and/or use your dies
Pls leave your comments and suggestions.



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Valentine's Card!!

Hi All,

Here is a Valentine card I created a week back. I always fancy different fold cards.I dont know why. I always end up making simple cards.

And with the very limited tools I have in my Mother's place (Am missing my paper trimmer a lot. I just use scissors for cutting which has always been a difficult task for me).

Here is the card I made for my Hubby for this Valentine's day and hope liked it too.

Entering this card into the following challenges:

1. liastampz challenge- Challenge # 59 - Add a Heart 

2. Cute card Thursday Chellenge- Clever cutting
    MS punch for the sentiment board, Diecutting -Precious hearts Die

3. totallypapercrafts challenge - Valentine / Love 

4. feelingcraftychallenge.- Dies and/or Punches 

5. simon says stamp Blog - Work It Wednesday  - Use Something New 
Have used my new MS punch, New stamp from Krafters Kart

Please leave your valuable comments.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

A Anniversary Card!!!

Here is a card I created for my dear Husband on our 4th Anniversary few days back. I have always noted him liking me making simple cards.

So I decided to do a simple card but wanted a lovely sentiment as the center piece of the card. Have been searching for a perfect stamp and finally liked the one from MFT. Love this stamp set a lot.

Took a card stock, Attached a Heart diecut in the centre and then distressed it, removed the heart diecut and stamped the sentiment in the centre. Added a few Butterflies from Bo Bunny Stamp set colored with water color pencils.

This is the end result and am happy with the outcome. Pls leave your comments. That encourages and motivates me.

Entering this card into the following challenges:

1. Itsy Bitsy - Picture Bingo  - Inks (Distress Inks), Free Space and Clear Stamps

2. craftycatzweeklychallenge- Anything goes 

3. inkyimpressionschallenges - Someone special

4. sirstampalotchallenge -Wings,Fantasy and Fiction 

5. craftycalendarchallenge - Love is all around