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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07-22-2014

Silhouette Cameo Premium Vinyl : How-To & Product Review

Good Morning!

I am back with a quick review and an easy tutorial on the Silhouette Premium Vinyl from Silhouette.

Silhouette’s Vinyl comes in two different sizes; Premium (9″ x 10″)and Standard (12″x6″).

It comes in 14 different colors, plus chalkboard, frosted glass, gold and silver. Two of the specialty versions, i.e. frosted glass and chalkboard, come in shorter rolls as compared to the other standard colors. These vinyls are manufactured for indoor and outdoor use and is said to be easily removable from most smooth surfaces, which I found to be true while working with it. I must say it turned out to be extremely easy to work with.

So, Pretty Paper Studio sent me some Frosted Glass Vinyl (which comes in only 9″ width and 4 feet long) to try out and I LOVE it!! Trust me, when I tell you this, that you will never need etching creams once you lay your hands on this particular Vinyl roll. It is just a perfect and a non-messy way to fancy up your glass ware. Plus, if you do end up making an error, you can scrape it a bit and peel it off without ruining your glassware.

So, let us just jump on to our tutorial.

Step 1.

Take a glassware that you want to spruce up. I have here, one of my candle holder from a set of three.

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Step 2. Select a design you want to dress your glassware with. I chose this quatrefoil lattice background from the Silhouette Online Store.

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Step 3: I cut the vinyl at 12″ length to fit my cutting mat.

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Note: You can cut your vinyl directly without placing it on the cutting mat but make sure you press ‘Enter Media’ when you feed your vinyl inside the machine.  I chose to use the mat. Also, you can feed the entire 4 feet vinyl directly into your Cameo without chopping down the size if you plan to make a bigger project. All you need to do is adjust the length and width of your page on the software and continue

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Step 4: Adjust your settings on your Silhouette Studio. This quatrefoil design file comes in two sizes; 12×12″ and 11×8″. I chose the latter and adjusted the size furthermore to fit the size of my vinyl.

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As soon as you select Vinyl under medium, it will automatically adjust the speed to 8 and thickness to 9. This works perfectly for the vinyl I am using here. Now, hit the CUT button.

Step 5. Unload the mat and you will have something that looks like this.

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Step 6: Once you take your Vinyl off the cutting mat, peel off the vinyl that you do not need for your project. I initially wanted only the outline for my project but I later changed and decided to use the shapes instead.

Now, you might need a transfer paper to transfer the image on to your glass but here I just went about individually sticking each shape by hand.

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In the end you will have something like this!

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I went ahead and did the same for all the three candle stand from the set and this is the final product! Honestly, I can’t imagine how lovely these turned out for my first ever Vinyl project. I am sure I will get better as I work with them more.

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 I am loving it!! What do you guys think?

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Love,

Shruti

02-12-2013

DIY Decoupage Tag – Tutorial

Good Morning, crafters!

Yes, its time for another fun tutorial! 🙂 This tutorial is a part of PPS’s Tutorial Mondays! Do stay tuned to the PPS blog as this month on we’ll have a lot of new and fun projects coming up with not one.. not two.. but three new designers joining the team!!

So getting on to my project.. I had bought a decoupage medium from an art store not very long ago.. and have been wanting to give it a go! If you wanna know how I used it.. do scroll down and check the tutorial out.. 🙂

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How pretty is my cute little LOVE tag?!

Now.. lets get started with the tutorial

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I used the Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Craft Tag for this project. This particular one in the size #8.

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And I’ve used this MME stamp set from Miss Caroline Story collection for this tag. How pretty is this stamp set?!!

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I used my new stamp pad for this project.. the Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Butter Bar mid-tone. I think this color really compliments the soft color of the tag.

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I stamped the flower on to the bottom of the tag overlapping each other using the masking technique. What I did was, I stamped the image onto a masking tape.. cut out the shape.. and then placed it on an already stamped flower…  Later.. I went ahead and stamped another flower overlapping it.. Its one of my favorite techniques!

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I then fuzzy cut the bottom of the tag..

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I also randomly stamped little flowers on the tag, from the same stamp set.

Now.. lets get on to the FUN part! 🙂

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I used the Daler and Rowney decoupage medium and some yellow wool felt to create a rough and glossy texture to the tag. This particular medium dries glossy which gives the tag a very pretty finish.

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(sorry for the messy hands!! :P)

I first brushed enough decoupage medium on to the tag and then randomly spread and placed the wool felt on top.. Later I put another coat of the medium on top of the wool. Since the Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Craft Tag is pretty tough and heavyweight it stands up to all wet techniques and does not leave behind bubbles.. which is why I just love this craft tag! 🙂

Give it enough time to dry.. I used my heat tool to help the medium dry quick.

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I stamped the same flowers and fussy cut them to give my card a three dimensional effect.

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Howzzat look?? 🙂 Am liking it so far..

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The swirls again are from the same stamp set that I stamped and fussy cut.

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Add some pearls and a sentiment.. and there you go.. my tag is ready!

Easy peasy, eh! 🙂

I hope you like this fun tutorial.. if you do then do drop in some love in the comments below.

Until next time..

Love,

Shruti

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