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Friday, June 1, 2018

Its Florals with a twist at The Twisted Challenges

Hi Everyone,

This is one of the mad hatter out of the team of three "The Twisted Challenges" team. We are a monthly challenge blog with our first challenge this month.



For our opening challenge we have florals as the theme..... but wait......did you think we would keep it as simple as that for you? Well no, we love challenges and hence we decided to add a twist to it. 

Theme for the month of June 2018 is :

So what kind of projects can you create...You can create anything...yes anything! No restrictions on what you create as far as you stay true to the theme and follow the rules of The Twisted Challenges

As a part of my Inspiration for the Challenge I have created two projects with two different techniques. Please also note that both the cards are aimed at men! One for a nephew who recently did extremely well in his 12th Boards and another one for my dearest Father on the occasion of Father's Day. Who said Floral cards were not for men....both the men in question love flowers and the addition of checks surely gave the masculine touch to it.

Project 1:


This is a simple card using the technique of layered stamping.



I have used a Kaisercraft Mini Background Stamp-Arty to create the checks on a white cardstock with the help of Catherine Pooler Ink and over that stamped a layer of Watercolor Roses from Hot Off The Press Stamps using the Versafine Onyx Black Ink.



I have die cut the sentiment "Congrats" from Winnie and Walter dies and adhered it to a strip of vellum. The strip of vellum allows me to give depth to the card along with maintaining the focus at the sentiment and yet allowing the stamped design to peep through the translucent sheet.



Project 2:


 
 This card showcases the double stenciling technique.


Step 1:

I have taken the Craftreat Layered Rose Stencil and with the help of a washi tape attached it over my white cardstock. I then traced the design with a pencil. 


Step 2:

I then layered my Memory Box Texture Mesh stencil over the first Craftreat stencil.


Step 3: 

With the help of Inks of my choice and daubers I starting dabbing over the Texture Mesh Stencil. Due to the rose stencil being below the texture mesh stencil, the inks created checkered patterns in the shape of the flower. 

Step 4:

I then created the leaves around it in the same way following the steps 1 to 3.


Step 5:

Using my 0.2 Black Uni Pin Fine line Mitsubishi Pen, I retraced the outline I had made with the pencil. 



Step 6:

I have then layered the colored cardstock (Craftreat Double Sided Cardstock) and pattern paper (Papericious) as per desire to create the card.

Step 7:

To complete the card, I stamped the sentiment on a black cardstock using Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with CTMH Gold Embossing Powder. 

I hope you like my inspiration. Please do not forget to visit the The Twisted Challenge blog to see what the other two team members have created and leave some love for them in the comment section. 

Also share your own creations in the Blue Linky tool provided at the end of the challenge blog. You could win a goody bag from our sponsor ...so what are you waiting for....grab your supplies and show us your crazy ideas on this month's challenge theme at The Twisted Challenge Blog

Lots of Love and Happy Crafting

Saumya

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Its all about Mothers feeling Special!!!

Hi everyone,

Long time ...really really long time.....though I have been crafting a lot ....I have not been blogging about it....and I thought  I should rectify that, so here I am with the promise that I shall not only bring all of you to speed with all my projects....I shall also be a regular  at blogging from now on. 


While I was away from the blogland, a lot of things have happened in life and I was burning myself with coping with them and their aftermaths.  From a steady growth in craft business start up, to a friend going through a major surgery to personal life crisis etc etc. But we shall discuss those stories on another sunny warm day over a cup of coffee....for now,  lets move on to the Mother's Day projects I bring to you today.

PROJECT 1:




The quote was the easiest to choose and went very well with the concept I wanted to showcase. She literally lights up my world. Be it our fights or our discussions or our gossip sessions....they light up not only my but my family's world too.

I have painted the glass jar with Mod Podge Sheer  Aqua Colour and allowed it to dry in the sun for a day. Post which I coated it with Mod Podge Sparkle and again a day of sun drying. While preparing for the project and its drying time, I had kept the quote cut in vinyl through the help of a dear friend ready. Post the Sparkle Mod Podge layer all dried up, I got the vinyl cut quote transferred to the bottle. The cap of the bottle is painted with black chalk paint and post a day of drying a layer of Mod Podge Sparkle was painted over it.  I then had a battery operated LED copper string of lights that I inserted into it to turn it into a mood lighting lamp. 


PROJECT 2:



This project is a Pinterest inspiration and what attracted me to it is the use of actual buttons. My childhood has been all about wearing the stylish frocks that my mother stitched after getting inspired from the then hottest selling english magazine "Women's Era". In the 1980-1990's, they featured a lot of English Ladies and their dressing styles which got my mother attracted to their styling. She not only stitched my frocks but also took care of my school uniforms/school cardigans/ scout and guides uniform/ my odissi dance costume etc etc. I hardly knew a tailor in my life. My mother was my go to tailor and knitter. So buttons and frills where a special part of her stitching and knitting journey. Hence, this project was close to not only her heart but mine too. And its true, Mothers do hold us together like 'BUTTONS' ...

I first got a customised box frame made and then inserted a nice but subtle pattern paper which would not take away from the beautiful colorful buttons which were then put together from my stash collected over the years. After putting back the frame together I put the quote (vinyl cut, thanks to a dear friend) over the front of the glass frame and coated it with some Sparkle Modge Podge. Now you may wonder when there's vinyl why coat it again with Mod Podge. Well, for two reasons.

1. Too obvious, I just wanted it to be doubly secured as I was to ship it out and didnt want to take any risks in case the vinyl peeled off.

2. The coat of Mod Podge helped blurred the contrast of the moving buttons behind. Due to glass the colours and shapes of the buttons were too distinct and distracted my line of sight/focus from the quote. And while the buttons are an integral part of the project, I didnt want the focus to go from the quote and this step helped me with that cause at hand.

PROJECT 3:



This picture is special, very very special. This was taken in the December of 2017. The entire family was assembled together after 5 long years since my marriage in December of 2012. (We three brothers and sister stay in different parts of India and World and manage to tag along sometimes but someone or the other is always missing  -be it the spouses or the kids or one entire lot of family). So I decided to not only do a layout for it but do a layout that can be framed and kept on a table top for easy access rather than on a wall hanging at a distance. 

The Layout is done entirely from the Craftreat's new release paper pack called 'LIVE TODAY' and the frame is a market bought wooden frame which I have painted with Home Decor Chalk Paints and Crackle Medium. 

If you want to see the step by step making of the layout, here is the link below. This was a project I did as my DT Post. 

Back to Basics  (Link for Step by Step Procedure)


PROJECT 4:









This is again a simple card I put together with the same paper pack to write a short and sweet message to my Mom and tell her how much she is loved and thought of by the whole family. 


PROJECT 5:




I loved making this and this was a real fun project  too. I have been eyeing this design for ages now and many people in my social media friend list have attempted it before I could and for different art forms but that did not deter me from going forward with the execution of this project. I asked my family members to recall a word that they would associate with Mom and send me back on message and then I put it together with their names below . Yes, every mom is a supermom and they should believe in their superpowers (their attributes ...their kids and their grandkids) That's what this project is all about. 

I stamped this super girl image from Craftangles (HNDMD.in) and die cut it. There was another image of a flying supergirl, I used that image to partially stamp it to create the fist movement behind the popped up super girl ( with the help of a double tape).  The paper used is Canson Watercolor Paper and the images have been colored with Zig Clean Watercolor Brush pens. 


Hope you enjoyed the projects as much as I did making it and blogging about it. Do share your links in comments if you have a Mother's Day project too. I would love to visit your blog and read your stories and see your projects. 

Happy Crafting 

Saumya






Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Being a reader of 'Our Idea Book'

Dear All,

Am blogging after ages and must say the motivation to do a blog post was actually India's Premier Art and Craft magazine- Our Idea Book.




The Magazine invoked a hell lot of emotions in me first as a Crafter and second as a voracious reader who has a reading range on 'anything under the sun' ..yes, you heard me right! I love reading any topic from religion, spirituality, fiction, non fiction, self help and even young adult and kids books including magazines ranging from fashion, politics to crafts and kids again!!

There is a disclaimer to this post- anything that may appear negative or a rude remark needs to be considered a passionate call for the magazine publishing team to understand it and if possible take in the suggestion if they want. Am not here to pull down the efforts they have put in. Believe me being in the media industry I know what goes behind to bring in front a good looking product and in no way will I pull it down just for the sake of it.


Lets start with the detailed review.

Thumps Up:

1. As a crafter I love that someone came up with a craft magazine in the first place from my own country. The efforts that must have gone into it is incredible.

2. The cover was interestingly designed to pique a crafter's interest.

3. The pricing is awesome making it a moderate expense for a beginner or a veteran to subscribe to it.

4. The magazine selflessly promotes a lot of Indian Craft Sellers (understanding that the publishers are also craft sellers and seeing the cat fights that happen daily on social forums this was the most positive feeling that I got as a mere crafter)



5. The craft store listings across India towards the end of the magazine was a  superb effort. Now one can even check out stores in other cities and town when on a casual trip.

6. Adding a digital pattern page at the end is the highlighter moment.


Thumbs Down:

1. Too many topics with no cohesiveness in theme.

2. Fonts vary throughout the magazine which is a big no no for me as a reader as I have to adjust my reading range of eyes to accommodate the font sizes and dimensions. (Headings and important quotes etc have been excluded while considering this point).

3. Tutorials have a long list of instructions with NO photographs to support the process. The process in art and craft are intricate and talking about it makes no sense unless one sees the effect of the process. Also the supply list can have a consolidated photograph of the supplies so its easier for crafters to connect instead of the listing being so long.


A few CU of the cards being made would definitely help any person wanting to learn the process involved in it.
Too many instructions and written material make a reader of a magazine loose interest. Specially if it has a process involved that needs to be seen and learnt.


Distressing is a tough process and cannot be understood with only instructions and one sample photograph which not even points out which part of the tag is done with what steps.



4.Grammatical and Sentence Formation printing errors are a big put off for a true reader.

5. Some articles had old creations of crafters which cannot be considered as fresh and current content.

6. The book binding photograph in the cover piqued my interest as a crafter but I felt cheated as the inside instruction was just a basic process. :(

7. The interviews of crafters had overlapping questions and overlapping information in the answers which could have been edited to be more interesting.

8. Some Indian and rather very Mumbaite language for headings are a big no no when you have International Crafters also participating and showcasing their works.

9. A simple border to Photographs would look neater and not clash with the original craft that needs to be the highlight.



10. The Digital Pattern Paper was clashing with the craft store listings. In case one decides to use it they would have to let go of the listings information. :(



Having listed my "Thumbs Up" and " Thumbs Down", would like to say that the downs are mere technicalities that can be modified if considered by the team and is not to phase out the magazine all together. The Ups of the magazines are definitely heavier than the Downs for me and I would definitely recommend a subscription to the magazine.


Love

Saumya


















Monday, March 13, 2017

Create Your Own Planner Dashboards

Hi Folks

Am back with my second video! This video is all about creating your own dashboards from scratch....as usual these dashboards can be made for any planner you are using.

Click on the link below to see the video!

Create Your Own Dashboards


Hope you like the idea and create your own dashboards. Thanks for watching


Love

Saumya

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mini Happy Planner Pocket Pages

Hi All

I have been MIA for the longest time ever and my return to the blogging world is thanks to my new addicting to Planners!

I have been crafting too but have not been active on blogs and I promise to change that.

Today am here to share a video tutorial (My FIRST ever) on how to make pocket pages for Mini Happy Planner. These of course can be adapted and resized for any size and kind of planners in the market. If you know me and follow me, you know I have been making a lot of Birthday Planners and selling them in my exhibitions for close to 4 years now. I have taken the same process and adapted it to fit my Mini Happy Planner.

As this is my first video, there is a lot that could have been better and I personally felt there is a hell lot of scope for improvement but I feel I need to start from somewhere and the improvisation can be a part of my growth! 

My husband has been very sweet and patient with me to edit this video as I was nervous. He has spent some sleepless night to get this going to the best of his ability...not to forget tried his best to cover up my flaws in the video too.

Hope you guys like it and find it useful! Enjoy seeing the video and have fun making the Pocket Pages on your own!

Scrap Your Idea Youtube Channel


Love

Saumya

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Planning the Planner!!!

Hello folks….Its good to be back on my Blog!!! I have been MIA for a long time now but have been crafting a lot behind the scenes…

Just to fill you up on what I have been doing all this while:

1. I did the show Beintehaa on Colors TV
2. While on a full time hectic Indian Televison job I also did my first Mumbai exhibition which received a fabulous response (even long after the exhibition I have got orders, exhibition offers, online deals etc)
3. Started kids workshop at my home on every weekend (will share pics on that soon on a separate post)

Phew…thats all but loads of planning…patience and efforts went into all this…and today am here to share a fetish of mine…STATIONARY and PLANNERS….I survive on fancy stationary and this is pretty evident to people who know me very well …evident also to first timers who come to my house….they find stationary in every nook and corner of my house :P

Planners are another weakness but thanks to Happie-Scrappie I have found another passion….customising my planners…and today am here to share what I have done inspired from Happie Scrappie …I had made up my mind that I would not buy or use anything new in my stationary stock to customise my planner…so except the Planner everything has been lying in my cupboard/drawer for more than 3 months!!!

But first I shall share my stock of pens and other cute stuff that I usually use…please note this is just a fraction of my stock ….hehhehe






This is for easy DOODLING….my new addiction….and my new venture to learn and research on!!!




That almost completes my pen series…I have loads of pencils too..but lets leave that stock for sometime latter….


Post its…I can't have plain square yellow post-its ever…I need fancy stuff!!!

Paper Clips…my collection from Hong Kong, Japan and Antalaya….




Highlighters..some may say…whats so great about these…the Flair Highlighters are wax tip….and have a crayon effect when you highlight…but very pastel in the colour effect…the other one is a regular felt tip but  is special thanks to its size and design!!!


My correction tape..mini stapler…and mini glue tape runner for some quick and easy sticking!!


My Flash Card booklet for quick jotting of websites…blogs…ruff notes and at times online magazine subscription passwords …

So these are my regular essentials that I always carry with me to my office…coffee shops…anywhere and everywhere…..

Now its time to have a look at what I have done with my Planner…

Front
Back
Open Form 
I have had this plastic folder for donkey years and so I thought of putting it to some good cause…and what best than use it in my planner….I wanted to use the quote with the three friends…as I mostly have group of threes in various friend circle of mine….Tejal, Khush and me..Prieti, Harshada and me….Ishany, Rhisha and me….Antara, Pujita and me….Dharmesh, Garima and me…so it somehow summarised my friend circle……so I chopped it off to size in order to be the first page in the planner…and act up like a dashboard!!!




What a happy feeling it gives to see this first page…reminding me of all my fun friends who have stood by my side through thick and thin!!!!


This is what I meant when I said Dashboard…stick the post it on the back ….easy to use…the next page I need to write a note on myself…on my dreams…my aims and inspiration so its still blank!!!


Another set of shaped post its and flag post its….just punched holes and have inserted it there….


 This is a plastic folder I bought at Japan Disneyland ages back…actually meant to hold fancy writing paper with matching envelopes….punched holes and inserted to hold some nick nacks of papers that I may want….


In the open form…


My first divider….for the Inspiration Quotes section…


When you open the flap…space either to stick a few favourite/memorable pics or to have post its put for easy reference without making it look untidy ..as it would close up…or push in small chits of paper with the help of paper clips…


Again the back of the divider can be used for post its or pics…this Inspiration section has some coloured fabriano card stock ….space where I may pen down some inspiring quotes similar to or important for me to read on regular intervals to be motivated towards my aims!!!



The second divider is more colourful as it involves my Idea Section…….


Again open space for pics and post its….


As I said…I don't like plain stuff…so I tore off all pages from a writing notepad I had bought long back…punched holes and inserted it here ….


My third section is for my Workshops…



Again tore of another writing notepad to punch holes and fill it here ….


 Another Disneyland folder meant to hold writing paper with matching envies...


In open form….


The back of the folder…and few sets of post its again….


Few more Post its….


My last section…this divider I made into a pocket for pushing in slips of bills or paper with quick notes….This is a regular daily planning section…consisting of the original pages of the planner when I bought it recently…



This is the only plain page section …I left it as it is as I need the dated pages to jot down my daily plans and schedules….


I got an after thought…for a few of my fancy paper clips…in dog bone shape….



I love the way the paper clips hang in there...


The closed planner …..

I am feeling happy about the space I have created to plan my projects and ventures and am sure if the space is exciting me so much…what I write in it will surely be exciting and will inspire and motivate me to do better each time and innovate better!!!

Thanks for being a part of my excitement…do leave your feedback of my work…..