Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Sketch-capades


It's Sunday ! The weather here is dark ,but not so dreary. A slight chill in the air and I am having fun wearing warm socks and enjoying a movie marathon curled up on my couch.

I know I missed the last two Sunday sketch-capades. Life was busy! It still is, but I did do some quick sketches. These were really really fast without placing any stress on getting to be too realistic..

Since its been raining EVERYDAY and heavily, I obviously had umbrellas and rain boots on my mind.

This one is still in progress

While reluctantly doing some general housekeeping, realized that I had a lot of animal and bird artefacts scattered around my house , so I decided to try sketching some of those.

I love this rooster.

 and isn't this hedgehog the cutest!:-)

Okay, I think I have made up for the last couple of weeks. Yay me! Time to go back to the couch.

Have a happy ,cheery Sunday.


Submitting for
August he Art party
Paint Party Friday Week 25
The Artist's Play Room #121


Friday, August 29, 2014

"Getting to know me " Blog hop

Hello friends!

Today is a non project post.A couple of weeks back I had a chat with one of my crafty friends and ex DT colleague Priya from Priya -n-papers and she asked me if I would like to participate in a unique blog hop. This blog hop is a nice way of introducing yourself . Priya is a fantastic crafter and I have always loved her style. Her projects are fresh, vibrant and trendy. Nothing is over the top and her projects always turn out to be striking. She has started blogging again after a brief hiatus and is experimenting with cards and I have loved each and everycard that she has posted recently. Do check out her blog here.
Okay, now on to me.There are a set of questions that one needs to answer and I shall try my best.I will also be a copycat and add some pictures of my previous work. :-)

1. What am I working on?
Umm, the answer is .....nothing specific really. Lately I have been bitten by the card making bug and in a moment of weakness bought some amazing AND expensive stamps.( I do have regular "moments of weakness").I now have to justify my purchases, so I plan to make some cards using those.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I really don't think my work is any different from all the other crafters worldwide. I feel that I am still in the early stages of my crafting career. I like to try out various things. Some I am successful at, others are a royal fail. If I had to pick ,I would say working with paints, textures, inks ,canvases etc really floats my boat and I spend a lot of time learning techniques and trying them out. I have also been obsessed with sketching and painting lately, so I have a lot to keep me occupied and I keep jumping from one project to another.:-)

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Well I create because it gives me happiness.The process of having an idea and executing it and seeing the end result gives me a high. I personally do not consider myself very talented ,so when something I make turns out half decent, its always a pleasant surprise and a little bit of shock to me and I thrive on that feeling.:-)

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

Hmm...I have never really sat down and thought about it.I guess I am inspired by pinterest ,you tube,other crafters' blogs.One thing that is consistent with me though, is that I never can plan or visualize the end result of my project.I generally wing it 90% of the time.It's a highly inefficient way of working, I know, but it works for me.

Another thing that I really try to avoid is getting swayed by what is 'in ' just because its trendy,I will not invest into a product or concept unless I personally find it pleasing or interesting.For me trends really don't matter and most of the time I am not even aware of them.hee hee.

Okay,I think that's enough and hopefully you were not too bored.Unfortunately,everybody that I know in the crafting world has already been tagged and done this bloghop,so I would like to tag everybody who reads this blog.Please do write about yourself.I love reading and knowing about you.

Last but not the least, thank you to Priya for tagging me.:-)



Monday, August 25, 2014

Case Study Anniversary Blog hop


Case Study is has completed 4 years and to celebrate, they are holding a blog hop with a lot of awesome designers and beautiful projects. I am not much into blog hops but this is so much fun. Now that I am trying to polish my card making skills,this blog hop was truly inspirational.

I have been meaning to participate in the challenge that is hosted with the hop but I am so slow! I missed the last two, but this time I am determined to get my entry in time.

We were supposed to pick up one of the designer's project and CASE it. Well, I was so inspired ,that I could not stop at one.Let's say I am making up for being a slowpoke.:-)

My first card is inspired by Debbie Hughes.I fell in love with it the instant I saw it. Look how pretty it is!

Here is my card.Boy,I really did mess up the splattering.Will you laugh if I tell you that I made two cards exactly the same and messed up both of them with my horrible splattering.At least I was consistent in that.:-)

Sorry about the awful pictures.Not enough time to fix them.:-)

Since I had my watercolours out,I decided to also case Jocelyn Olson's card.

I liked the white die cuts against the rich watercolours.I heat embossed the whole panel with Wow silver pearl embossing powder. I love the subtle sheen that this powder provides.

That's it for today.Hope to see you soon.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Something I made for myself

Hello !

A while back, I had a request from a friend to alter a mini dresser for her. I had some spare MDF so I got it constructed by a local carpenter. Unfortunately,the finishing of the product was not so good and I couldn't give it to her.I altered a store bought one for her (will be showing it soon). This meant.that I could keep the dresser for myself and do whatever I wanted to do with it. You know me and my love for mixed media ,so this dresser got a lot of artsy love.:-).No flowers on this one.Yay!

 I was planning to work directly on the dresser but then chickened out and created my own pattern paper (would you call it that?) with Kraft cardstock, Tim Holtz tissue paper, washi tape, stencils and lots of spraying and splattering.

I used some clay butterflies made using mod melts moulds (that's a mouthful!) and painted them black. I also used Tim Holtz's ornate plate for the middle drawer.

The front pieces are darker than the sides because I did not seal the surface before adding Mod podge and that made the colours run a little bit, but I don't mind it too much.

The sides are a bit brighter

I have yet to decide what to use it for.I am happy that I made something for my craft room.:)

That's all for now.See you soon!


.Submitting for Simon says Monday challenge :Anything goes
The Artistic Stamper challenge : Anything goes
The mixed media monthly challenge : Stencils with modelling paste

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Sketch-capades


How was the long weekend? I went for long drives and enjoyed the lush greenery and the rains. Took a lot of pictures for possible sketching projects. Let's see how many I can actually work on.

I missed my Sunday sketch last week owing to a bad bout of flu. I was determined to make something for this week, but boy, this was not a good week for me. I tried three watercolour paintings and all of them were real disasters. I have almost lost hope in my ability to handle the medium.:-(

This was my first project and I don't think its finished. I like some elements of it but overall it seems juvenile to me. I did like the splatter background though.

After this, while dejectedly browsing Pinterest for some easy watercolour projects, I came across the blog of watercolour artist Pat Howard. She is a wonderful artist and very generous in sharing tips and techniques. If you are a newbie like me, you should check her blog out. It's a goldmine of information and her tutorials are fabulous.

I followed her negative painting tutorial and here's how mine looks. Again, not very good, but I had fun learning about the technique.

That's all I have for today. Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014



I have been trying real hard to stick to my resolution of making more cards and participating in challenges.

This card is for the Runway Inspired challenge -Louis Vitton

I have basically taken inspiration from almost all the elements in the picture.:-).I used the color inspiration from her trousers and the lacy element from her shirt for the first panel .
There is a little bit of blue embellishing on her shirt,so I heat embossed a tiny tag and inked it with Broken China distress ink..If you look carefully, you can see some pink under her sheer top, which I incorporated in the form of the tiny hearts on the tag.

Her shoes are silver and that led to the strip of glitter cardstock peeking out from under my main panel and also the heat embossed sentiment.
It was pretty tough taking a picture of this card.Everything appears so washed out which annoyed me no end.:-)
That's it for today. Hope to see you real soon.

Submitting to
RIC Challenge #65
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Make it Sparkle

Friday, August 8, 2014

Card for Mojo Monday #357


How is the weekend going for you? I just plan to watch movies, read and enjoy the rains this weekend. How about you?

Mojo Monday challenge card

Remember how I mentioned that I plan to practice making more cards in my last post. Well, I am keeping to my resolution and this time the card is based on the wonderful sketch provided at the Mojo Monday Blog .

I have been sorting out my craft supplies and doing some much needed organization. I found quite a few die-cuts packs ,so I  decided to make a card using just those.

I am pretty happy with the card except a few boo-boos I made. See the bottom of the card? I accidentally used my sticky fingers while adhering the elements. Anybody know how to get rid of that ugly spot?

Also, I have a hard time understanding the various card styles. I don't much believe in labels, but just for my information, what would one call this type of card? I don't think it will qualify as CAS. What do you think? Do let me know.

Till then,


Submitting for Mojo Monday contest 357

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In the mood for cards


I realized recently that one of the areas where I severely lack practice and maybe even skills, is card making. I have to admit, I find making them overwhelming and maybe a bit scary. All the cutting , measuring, precise stamping etc. I does not help that I can never come up with designs without some guidelines.

The best way to get over my phobia is to just start doing it I guess. I figured that an even better way is to participate in challenges where you are already provided a framework to work with in the form of sketches.It was a light bulb moment for me and that's what I am going to attempt.

For this card,I used the sketch provided at the Cardabilities Sketch challenge.

I used modelling paste with a damask stencil from Prima for texture, various shades of Gelatos for colouring and a mixture of glitter and silver embossing powders.Love the sparkle that I got over the texture

I have also stamped over the background with white pigment ink,but due to low light conditions here, not much of it is seen.

The clock die cut is also stamped and heat embossed with Clear sparkle embossing powder

Card with texture and Faber Castell Gelatos

Hope you like this card.


Submitting to

Cardabilities Sketch Reveal #104

Simon Says stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make it Sparkle

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge : Stencils with modelling paste


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Sketch-capades


I am back again with a new Sunday sketch. This time I decided to sketch a dream catcher. I love dream catchers and the story behind them. I had made one some time back and loved it, so I decided to try sketching one.

This was done using Derwent inktense pencils and Sigma micron pen .I love the splatters on the background. The photos are not great as unfortunately by the time I got done, the sun had already gone down. Hopefully the next time, I will plan things better and not do my sketches at the very last minute.:-)

Happy Sunday to you. See you soon!

Submitting to
The Artists Play Room #117
Paint Party Friday Week 21
Dion Dior : Friday Sketches Week 22
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