04-06-2017

Heat Embossed & Vellum Birthday Card

Hello, all!

Today I am back on my blog after almost a year. I had promised myself I will be more regular here and be more active on my social media too.  To be honest, I have done quite a bit of craft and artwork. You could see bits and pieces of it on my Instagram.

Anyway without further ado, here is a simple card I made using minimal supplies.

The yellow cardstock is trimmed and scored at 4×5 inches. The Kraft Cardstock is trimmed at 3.75×4.75 inches. I went ahead and stamped the leaves by Altenew’s Doodle Blooms stamp set on the cardstock randomly with my favorite white embossing powder from Wow! by American Krafts and Rangers Versamark.

The fuzzy cut poppy stuck on top is from the Painted Poppy stamp set by Alternew. The poppy was also stamped and heat embossed and colored using Zig Watercolor Brush pens.

Then I placed the Kraft cardstock on top of the yellow cardstock using Scotch’s double-sided foam tape. I also placed a vellum trimmed at 2.75×3.75 inches. The sentiment on vellum is stamped and embossed similarly as well.

Do check out my very first video tutorial on my Youtube channel. Please do like and subscribe if you like what you see.

Thanks!

05-14-2016

Stencils using Silhouette Cameo | Photo Tutorial | Mixed Media Canvas |

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Hello!

I am back with yet another tutorial featuring  Silhouette Cameo. This time I show you how to make your own stencils using vinyl and acetate sheet.

So without further ado, lets get started with the tutorial.

I first started with making a vinyl stencil. Here I am using Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl in the color white.

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While using Vinyl make sure you always choose the option ‘load media’ on the Cameo.

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I decided to cut out this really pretty pebble background stencil.

I adhered this pebble vinyl stencil on to a canvas,

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Here I am using the Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture paste all over the stencil to create an embossed effect.

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This is how it looks once the stencil is peeled and dried. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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I repeated the steps on an another canvas of the same size and went ahead and painted both of them in a color of my choice. You can see how the dry brush technique gives a really pretty look to the dried texture paste.

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I left the canvas to dry and hopped on to the next step. I cut out a silhouette image of Lord Buddha, using my Silhouette Cameo, onto a really thick cardstock as well as a wood-grain pattern paper.

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I glued them together using a really strong glue and distressed the edges of the cut out image using a Distress ink in the color Vintage Photo

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My next step was to cut out yet another stencil but this time using an acetate sheet. Here I am using Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets.

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Here is a closer look at the shape I chose to cut on the acetate sheet with the help of Cameo

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Here is how it looks when I used it on the pattern paper using the same texture paste. If you are wondering about the color, I just mixed it with some Gold acrylic pain before smearing it through the stencil.

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I cut out a round shape on burlap and painted it gold.

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I also added some fine gold glitter powder in the center of it using Mod Podge. It takes a while to dry.

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Now going back to the cut cut out Lord Buddha image. I backed it with lots and lots of foam tape so it has a bit of a risen effect when stuck on to the canvas.

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Finally, I put them all together for the final look.

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I decided to keep it simple like always.

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Before I end this post I have to say that Silhouette Cameo truly is a versatile product. There are numerous ways you can use it depending on your creativity. It is definitely a must have for any one who loves to craft!

Supplies Used:

Silhouette Cameo

Canvas

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture Paste

Silhouette Premium Adhesive Vinyl 9″ White

Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets

My Mind’s Eye – Miss Caroline – Living Everyday 12×12″ Patterned Paper

Prima Marketing Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique Gold Rush

Burlap Page 100% Jute 12″X12″ – Natural

Mod Podge

Challenges Entered:

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That is all from me for today.

Ciao!

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03-06-2016

Easy DIY Vellum Flower Party Lights | Tutorial

vellum-party-lights-11I’ve seen some really pretty vellum flower party lights in Gifts and Craft shops here in Dubai and they’ve always caught my fancy. It is only when I made one myself did I realize how easy it was to put one together.

So let us get on with it.!

To begin with, you need some wire lights. I went for these really thin ones I got from a craft shop. you could use any type.vellum-party-lights-2Apart from that you need some Vellum, a ball tool to make flowers, Crop-a-dile and some glue.  That is it!! Can you believe it?

Start off by cutting out some flowers in four different sizes. I used my Silhouette Cameo. You could use flower punches in 4 different sizes or simply cut using scissors.vellum-party-lights-3Use a ball stylus tool to gently mold and form a cup shape to each petal. If you don’t have one, you can use the rounded back of a paintbrush.vellum-party-lights-4Glue them together. I used the Glossy accent so that it dries clear and it does not see though the vellum when lit up.

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Now push the front end of the bulb though the punched hole. In this case, the size of the hole was perfect for bulbs to sit in snugly.vellum-party-lights-6Finish up by covering all the bulbs with the vellum flower.vellum-party-lights-7Voila! You are done! How easy was that?!IMG_0798It looks so pretty even in the daylight that it works as a great home decor accessory.vellum-party-lights-8I urge you to try it out! I am sure you will love it!!

Tell me if you have ever tried one of these yourself. If yes, then I would love it see it. Share it with me on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account.

That is all from me today.

Toodles,

– Shruti

Supplies:

Silhouette Cameo

Wire Lights

Vellum

We are Memory Keeper Crop-a-dile

Ranger Inkessentials – Glossy Accent

Flower making Ball tool

10-04-2015

Krisha turns 2! – Birthday party ideas

So last month, my darling little daughter turned 2. (Phew! I am still in shock!) She has grown up faster than I can imagine! It has been a roller coaster ride!! But the best part of being a parent in these 2 years is waking up to Krisha’s smile and snuggles every morning and witnessing the many milestones she has achieved in these two years. I simply love her to bits!!

Anyway, I had an amazing time organizing a small birthday party even though in a very short time. To be honest, I had no intentions of throwing her one because I wasn’t sure if she would really enjoy it. Krisha wasn’t very social and did not really like being around a lot of people. But lately, I noticed she was mingling better with the other kids and was getting better at her social skills. So it was only 2 weeks before her birthday did I decide to arrange a little birthday party. I wanted to make it really special for my little girl.

It was a must for me to have almost everything at this party to be handmade (All thanks to Pinterest for the last minute ideas)!!. It took me days of sleepless nights but was worth it all!

I decided to go with Owl as a theme because just like her mum she loves them too.

I started off making handmade invites first.IMG_9649IMG_9669

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IMG_9676The color scheme chosen were pink, blue and gold/kraft. So, I cut and colored the birthday banner to go with the theme.IMG_9679

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IMG_9744The next in line was to finish the party favors.IMG_9700These personalized frames were made for all the little guests coming for the birthday party.IMG_9701I also added some candies and other goodies into their goody bags.IMG_9714Here is how I finished packing each one of them, in these cute paper bags altered to look like an owl.IMG_9762I bought some some lanterns and altered them as well to go with the theme.

Here is a look at one of them.IMG_9681I painted it gold and gave it some eyes and wings.IMG_9765Here is a full view of her birthday table.IMG_9742

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IMG_9793This altered letter K was my favorite piece on the table.IMG_9805I baked some chocolate walnut cookies and decorated it with chocolate chips and jelly beansIMG_9756I made some cone cakes topped with some whipped cream and sprinkles. IMG_9761As for snacks, the menu included wholewheat pizzas, spring rolls and corn cheese bites.

And finally here is the my birthday girl gorging on to some pizzas!!IMG_9843

Dear Krisha,

When you grow up and if you ever read this, I want you to know that I love you with all that I am and with all that I have!! Your ‘dada’ and I love you beyond measure!!

I highly doubt you will remember anything about this day but I am glad I am able to document your second birthday here as the Internet is forever!!

God Bless you!! May you grow up to be a wonderful girl and I am sure happiness and success will follow you.

Happy Birthday, Krisha!

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