Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Some More Crochet Flowers!!

I am back a week's break. Missed working on the CP sketch last week.
This is the sketch on which my card is based. I have used 3 crochet flowers with 3 layers in each of them. I got the instructions to make the flower from here. Here is a closer look at the flowers.I got a simple embossing set last week, I have tried to use it in this card (the bottom row, just below the sentiment), the results are not great. It seems the tool only embosses very thin and glossy paper. I stamped a bee, cut it out and stuck it with double sided foam tape.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Selling Handmade Cards in India

A local book store has agreed to sell my cards.....yippeeeeee. I am very excited..... In case you did not know this is a real big deal in India, at least in Bangalore because most people here have no clue about handmade cards.
I visited many shops with a few sample cards before finalizing on this shop, all the shopkeepers/managers loved the cards but had no idea about the craft so they offered very low prices.
The branch manager of the shop I decided on seemed interested in the craft so even though he also did not give me a very great price I decided to go with him.
I do hope people in Bangalore like my cards......
Everyone from Bangalore visiting my blog...plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz do visit
Sapna Book House
No. 2725, 80 Feet Road (Opposite Chinmaya Krishna Temple)
Indira Nagar
Ph: (080) 40455999
plzzzzzzzzz ask your friends in Bangalore to visit too......I am not asking you to buy anything......I will be delighted even if you just go and take a look....... :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crochet Flowers!!!!

I have been too busy this week. So won’t be able to try out this week’s card patterns sketch :( . I really look forward to working on a new sketch every week as it gives me an opportunity to try out something new each time, besides I absolutely looooooooooove to receive comments from all of you. I have the design for this week’s sketch all worked out in my head but have no time to put it on paper. I am going to try it out as soon as possible.
This week I will have to console myself by putting up some cards I had made sometime back. A couple of weeks ago Card Patterns weekly sponsor was Paper Blooms Etsy shop, which is owned by Leah Cornelius. Leah offers unique hand crocheted blooms in a variety of styles and colors. I fell in love with the pretty crochet flowers and decided to give it a try myself.
Making the flowers was easy I tried different colors and threads and found that flowers made out of pearl cotton look the best. I used wool to make bigger flowers. I am delighted with the results, now I can embellish my cards with different kinds of crocheted flowers.
This card has been made using paper from old wedding invitation cards. This crochet flower is easy to make, it takes me approx 10 mins to make one flower.
The red flower in this card is made of wool, it is easier to work with wool as compared to pearl cotton, but the pearl cotton flowers look more delicate. I have added quilled leaves and paper flowers also. The paper flowers have been made from folding punched circles in the middle and sticking them in the shape of a flower. I have placed a smaller crochet flower on top of a bigger flower to create a flower with 2 layers for this card. The bottom row of flowers has been cut out from a lace.
I have pasted a crocheted flower and some bling on patterned paper for this one.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

3-D Greek Window

I made this card for this week’s Card Patterns and Daring Cardmakers challenges. Required a lot of time and effort but it was all worth it in the end.
This week the dare is hide and seek in Daring Cardmakers. The Design Team at Daring Cardmakers would like to see a hidden message or element on your cards. So I decided to make a greek window which opens up to reveal a message. I love the bright blue of the windows set against stark white walls. I made the shutters by cutting and folding slits in the paper.
This is the Card Patterns sketch, I flipped the sketch for my card.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Apple of my eye

This is what I came up with for this week's Daring Cardmakers and Card Patterns card making challenges. Since I am visiting my parents this week, I was not sure if I will be able to participate this week, but I somehow managed.I discovered that my mum has a huge stash of ribbons and buttons, and all kinds of knick knacks from the time she used to make dresses for me and my sister when we were kids. I used 3 kinds of green ribbon and lace from her collection.
Daring Cardmakers dare was to make a fruity card so I drew an apple (well, my mom drew it, I am really bad at drawing) on some silk handmade paper, cut out 2 apples of the same size, stitched them together with some green embroidery floss and stuffed cotton in it to create a 3-D apple.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

This week's Challenge

This is what I came up with for this week’s card patterns and daring cardmakers challenges.

The dare in daring cardmakers was to make a card with a bunny or a chick in it. Since I don’t have either a chick or bunny stamp I decided to use a quilled bunny instead. I have still not got the hang of taking good snaps of quilled cards; somehow the lighting is never quite right!
I love to embroider but my work and card making leave no time for it. So I did some embroidery in my card itself! I did some chain stitch and stem stitch on the pink border ribbon. I stuck sequins along one edge of the ribbon.
I had no sentiment stamp to go with my bunny card so I used quilling strips to make the first alphabet of each word in the sentiment. I really love the effect, will definitely use it more often......