Monday, December 15, 2014

Winners - September Challenge - Embossing

Hi All, 

Am starting with a apology for this B...iiiii...gggg delay in posting the winners for our challenge #4 - Embossing.... 

It was super fun and so informative going through all entries and we had enough confusions on which one to select. 

The Winner 

Entry No:1 Deepti Stephens 
Loved the color combination with Gold embossing on it...




Top 3 in no particular order are 

Entry No:3 Dr.Sonia

Love the elegant chariot and thank you for the tips and techniques on using dies as a stencil and heat embossing.




Entry No:11 Charu Joshi 

Lovely layout and the embossing on the flowers looks awesome


Entry No:9 Hussena

Lovely two color card... Simple but very elegant.


Congratulations all of you...

Please send an email to Mr. Aditya Gupta (adityastar@gmail.com) with subject as winner/ top3 of challenge#4 to claim your prize.


Hugs
Catherine 













Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Festive Galore...Christmas

Hello Everyone!!!

Christmas is around the corner and so is the mood for the new year!!!

We have a brand new festive challenge for this month here at IMAGINATIONS!!! It's all about Christmas.... You need to showcase your festive side and make anything related to Christmas in all it's true blue colors, ie. Red, Green and White. These should be the main colors in your creations!!! You can make anything except CAS Cards!!

Here's what I made for this months challenge. An Easel drawer box!!! I made this one for my nephew to be given to his teacher as his Christmas gift!! (and I do wonder if this will ever reach his teacher's hands!!!) I wanted to make something which his teacher remembered for a long time and also which could be something useful to her. So the drawer in this easel box comes handy for the teacher to keep some of her stuff!!! and yes, something like this makes a nice Christmas present tooo !!!
Here's what I made..



A closer look at the flowers. These have been made with the Joycraft flower die!!


The view with the drawer opened up!! It's fairly a nice area of 6*6 to keep some itty bitty stuff in!!


Another view of the box!!


Do not forget to take part in this months challenge, the details of the same can be found here.

Hope you all liked what I made.

Happy Crafting!
Hugs!
Manu


Monday, December 8, 2014

'Tis the season of giving

Congratulations to the winners of the October challenge. Keep looking - we are soon going to announce the winners of the September and November challenge.

Christmas is season of giving and sharing. So here's my little album that I have made with the theme in mind that can be gifted. This album can store pictures in the pockets. Its simple and quick to make and I am the receiver will love it. I sure loved making it.

Cover page
There is a belly band that goes around the album that helps as a closure.

Inside of the album
That's the inside. Has six pockets that have photo mats to stick pictures. The photo mats have little tabs on them.  Also, can slip in more pictures if you like.

I hope the receiver will like this.

Do leave some love in the comments.

Thanks and have a great Christmas.

Ciao,
Seema

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Winners of October Challenge!!

Hi All, 

We are so sorry for the delay with the announcement of winners for the October challenge #5 -Festivals... 

The Winner 

Entry No: 1 and 13 
For her Paper mache lantern and her cute time piece..

 




Top 3 in no particular order are 

Entry no. 11 : Poornima
Lovely Embossed set of cards


Entry no:2 Dr.Sonia
Love the Elegance of this Lantern 


Entry no. 3 : Shylashree
For her adorable Quilled Tealight holder 




Congratulations all of you... 
Please send an email to Mr. Aditya Gupta (adityastar@gmail.com) with subject as winner of challenge#5 to claim your prize.


Hugs
Catherine 












Monday, December 1, 2014

December Challenge - Christmas with Traditional Colors (Red,Green and White)

Hello everyone!
How are you all doing? First of all,Let me thank all of you those who participated in our November Challenge - OUT OF THE BOX. We loved see you returning over and again sharing your gorgeous projects. Hope you all enjoyed creating something unique than your signature style. 

And now onto the December Challenge - Christmas in traditional colors i.e the Red,Green and white combo... But the twist is No CAS... It can be a 3D,Box,Fancy folds..anything else other than a single layer CAS. 

And here is my take on the current challenge - A Star Christmas Card 



I have a simple tutorial on how I did that... 

I used a 30cm by 30cm square cardstock. Find the centre (15cm) on opposite sides of the square and make a mark . 
From the bottom right hand corner, measure 30cms to the centre line at the top. Repeat this with the bottom left hand corner.
You now have a triangle that is 30cms on all sides. Cut the triangle. 
Hope the picture explains it better. 






Now, find the centre point on all three sides of the triangle and join these points. 

For the next set of score lines, make a mark at the point that is 1/6th of the length of the side of the main triangle. HEre 1/6th is 5cm.. so I marked at a point that is 5cm on all the sides from the edge.. that is from the pointed sides of the triangle. Now join them. 


Score and fold along all the lines.. The inner triangle lines are valley fold and the outer ones are mountain fold. 

Fold and close the card overlapping each point of the star to make it a star. 

And it is ready to embellish it pattern papers and we are done. 


Hope you all liked it. 

Have fun creating a lot of projects and remember to link it up here.


Please find the general rules for participating in the challenge
1) You need to be a follower of our blog.
2) You can enter a maximum of 3 times  in the challenge.
3) The projects needs to be made after the challenge announcement date. No past projects please, and no back-linking.
4) You can create anything, as long as it relates to the festival month. 
5) You need to have a blog and link up the challenge post only, and not the complete blog address to be eligible for the challenge non bloggers can add there projects on imaginations facebook page
6) Above all, have loads of fun!!!

Hugs
Catherine 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

 Hey Peeps,

Here's another inspiration for the current theme challenge at the IMAGINATIONS blog- OUT OF THE BOX!!! We have had some amazing entries this month, do check these pretties at this link.
This post of mine was scheduled to be out on 25th, but due to illness, I was not able to make this earlier, well, better late than never!!!

So here's what I made for the inspirational post, there's a long tutorial with it too so you might want to grab your fav cup of coffee and enjoy it while you enjoy this tutorial also.

This is prob my second attempt at making MIXED MEDIA, my first one can be viewed here .
Here's what I made !!


This is exactly  what I had in my mind before I started on this one and I'm very happy that it came out this nicely and very much the way I had imagined.

Lets see how was this pretty thing created. Here's a step by step process.

1. I took a MDF frame that I had and since I only had the outer frame structure, I used an thick cardboard to fit inside. I had the cardboard covered with Gesso and also painted the frame with the shade of blue I wanted.
Then I randomly stuck some torn pieces of paper with Mod podge on the cardboard to give it a little rugged look. After that, I had the cardboard painted with the shades of blue and green and then had it stuck up firmly on the inside of the MDF frame that I had.


 2. I then applied a little homemade texture paste to give it a little dimension. You can check out that pretty looking stencil design. After that I randomly dropped some droplets of green color and have it run down the length of the frame by holding it upside down, you can see that little seepage of the green color within the stencil frame.


3. Then came a coat of orange color to add more color and vibrancy to the frame and I kind of loved the way the yellow shows from beneath the orange color. I then added a little lace at the bottom to give a little more depth and more feel about the green in there which should be associated with the flower bed. I also added a little light green color over the lace to give it a little more bright and shaded look. Then came a little Lindy Mists which I sprayed randomly on my frame. So far, so good :)



4. For the flowers I used the circle die to cut out circled of 4 different circles with an alternate of paper. I wanted a little pink shade, so I used the pink plain pastel sheet and another Pattern paper for the same. Spritz the circles with a little water and let the paper soak in a little water. Then scrunch up the circles. After giving it that little rough texture, I layered them over one another.



5. Once the circles are layers in the correct sequence, I added little beaded circles to make the center of the flowers. For the stems, draw random lines on the green color paper and use some charcoal pencil to give a little of that black lines. For the leaves I used a leaf die and seperated all the leaves and again used a pen to define the lines.


Now, is the time to put up everything together. Ohh yes, I needed a SPARKLY message, so what could be better than 'Dont let anyone ever dull your Sparkle'. I had it stamped in big bold letters and then distressed it with yellow and brown shades.

Ohh yes, before I glued on everything together, it's very important to see if your placement of all the elements combined togehter goes fine, So put it out all together and see is all goes well.

So here's my first and final try of how I wanted all my elements to go together.
Satisfied with the results, I glued them all and then sprayed a little Lindy mists all over.
Ohh yes, I added a few butterflies tooo ...


Here's a little more closer look of the sentiment, which also happens to be one of my fav ones :)



I hope you all liked my second attempt at making mixed media!!! Do not forget to enter into out challenge here http://blog.imaginationsonline.com/2014/11/challenge-5-out-of-box.html

Happy Crafting !!
Manu 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

More than just an envelope punch board

 Hey crafty friends,

Today I wanted to share with you my favourite envelope punch board.


I just love it. I use it to make envelopes, box envelopes and even boxes :). This punch board is so much fun and I can't live without it. I use it even to give a round edge to my pages (can never find the regular edge puncher of mine and this is so handy).

I even use it to give a decorative edge to pockets, file folders. Just line the edge of the paper at the center of the punch and voila.



If you punch at regular intervals, you can get a decorative edge to the paper.


Punching at an interval of 1" gives you a result like this.


Punching at an interval of 1/2" gives you a result like this.


Punching at an interval of 1/4" gives you a result like this.


Don't you think this board is so versatile. That's the reason I love this. 

Hope you liked the above quick tutorial. Do leave some love in the form of your comments and don't forget to participate in the current challenge. 

Till next time. 

Ciao,
Seema..

(Pls excuse the cutting mat - has been used really extensively :) )



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quilled Butterfly Tutorial....

Quilled Butterfly Tutorial....

Hello again,
I'm all excited to post my first tutorial..Today I will sharing with you how to make the quilled butterfly..I have used this butterfly in my big quilled panel..
soo lets get started...]

All we need is 

1.Quilling strips (colour of your choice)..
2. Basic print out of  butterfly..
3. Fevicol
4.Ohp sheet
5.Quilling comb (optional).






first of all we make loops we can either use quilling comb or can simply do it freehand. But remember we need to study the picture 1st..Like for the one I have used  I decided to use four colours..I had marked the colours before starting..

Then make the loops..For loops we need to measure the size keeping the picture as reference..













Now we need to trace our design on OHP sheet..Then start sticking the loops by applying fevicol on the wrong side. After sticking the loops we fill the remaining areas with loose coils.Once it is dried then we peel our wing from the sheet..now we wrap the wing with the darkest shade..( so that it holds all the loops together)

Similarly we make all the wings..Remember while you make the opposite wings do not forget to turn your OHP sheet..(or else you will land up making the same wing twice..)













For the body I have just used basic 3d quilling technique..
Tentacles we need to fold the strip and make coil from both ends this helps us form a V shape..
Eyes use normal permanent marker..:)

and now finally the full project where I have used them.

  












Hope you guys liked it..Do let me know if there is any doubt..Would love to answer all your queries ..:)

Hugs 
khusboo 

My first trial with Tri shutter card!!!

Hi, Am back with an another inspiration for the current challenge -OUT OF THE BOX

If you know me already, you must be knowing that I am more of a CAS, simple, one layer card person. Thanks to the team for such a challenge that it gave me a chance to try all new things. Last time, I tried Mixed media on a clock and it was actually a hit according to me.

With that courage, I tried a fancy fold this time -a tri shutter card and the challenge personally here was I wanted it Masculine...

This is the view of the closed card


When the ribbons are opened



The First open

I used a lot of quotes, colored La la land Birthday Marci with Distress inks, attached a ribbon to hold them all together from the back and am done.




Full open view 


Hope you all like this one. 

There is still more time left to participate in the current challenge.  Try new things and link them up here.

Supplies used:

Kaisecraft Texture stamps
Marianne Anja's Large Oval
Fleur De Lis Square

Hugs
Catherine 



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mixed Media Monogram: CHALLENGE #5 Out of the BOX

 Hey Peeps,

I hope that you all had a lovely festive season!!! Winters have started to set in with the departure of all the festivals and it's getting colder day by day, and in this weather, all you need is one hot cup of coffee and some music and and... lots of crafting!!! Crafting is an essential part which is not to be missed and also since we are eagerly awaiting your creations made specially for our this months theme, OUT OF THE BOX!!!  You can check out all the details here!!!

Here's what I have made for this months challenge!!! I have always been in awe with the mixed media and here's my take on the mixed media!!! I have made an monogram letter with this technique!
and yes, it also doubles up for a nameplate and I've made this one for my little one who recently turned one a couple days ago.





I hope you all liked my attempt at mixed media and we would love to see your 'Out of the box' creations. You can link up your enteries here: http://blog.imaginationsonline.com/2014/11/challenge-5-out-of-box.html.

Happy crafting!
Manu

Monday, November 10, 2014

A flip album

 Hello peeps. Hope you are all doing fine.

My latest craze is making albums. Have been making a lot of pages - trying all sorts of permutations and combinations. And hoping now to put all of this together and start making albums. I am simply loving this.

Here is my first ever album - a flip album.I loved making this. Its a 6 x 6 album.

Here's a closed view


And this is a view when open.


Hope you will like and do leave some encouraging comments.

And yes, please do participate in our ongoing challenge of "Out of the box".

Take care till next time. 

Ciao,
Seema

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