Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Live the life you've imagined

 .....I want to take this message forward into the new year, might not be possible at all times but I guess it's worth trying.
Now onto the crafty stuff.....well this is my first attempt at a "mixed media"....I'm not sure if it is truly "mixed media", or for that matter what would qualify for "mixed media"? But I had loads of fun making it and I love the end result.
I started off with the black quote and border against a bright red and gold background. I covered this with a thick layer of Mod Podge only to realize that I don't like it at all! So I added the sunflowers and an MDF corner......now I liked it even less! Then I sprayed walnut stain ink over the entire canvas only to discover that Mod Podge is non-porous meaning that the walnut stain ink would only be absorbed by the sunflowers and MDF embellishments....so wiped it off the remaining canvas and rubbed on distress paint in "fired brick" with my fingers...added a metallic butterfly and some hand-made copper wire spirals to finish it off. 
I even added a homemade cardboard stand/easel to the canvas.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the quote and the border.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Handmade plastic straw snowflake tutorial

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I have always been fascinated by snowflakes, even more so probably because I haven't seen any in real life :(
I tried out these super easy (and inexpensive) plastic straw snowflakes and loved the results!
You will need:
  1. Plastic straws - mine were 8.25" long
  2. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Fevicol / Elmer's Glue
  4. Fine glitter / diamond dust
  5. Scissors
  6. Stapler
I began by flattening the straws in the center by stapling, this makes it easier to layer the straws.
Using hot glue, glue together 3 straws at their centers, making an angle of approx 60 degrees. The base of my 6 armed snowflake is ready.
Cut 12 1.5"  straw pieces and make angular cuts at the ends as shown below. 
Hot glue pairs of the straw pieces to make 6 "V" shapes as shown in the photo. Hot glue takes about 30-40 seconds to cool and set, you might want to lay the pieces together at the desired location, apply hot glue and let it set without disturbing.
Glue the "V"s between the arms of the snowflake.
Cut out 12 1/2" straw pieces and make angular cuts at one end.
Glue them to the snowflake tips and your snowflake is ready.
Cover the snowflake with any clear drying glue. I applied a thick layer of fevicol with a brush.
Pour glitter and let it dry....once dry, re-apply glitter over any left over patches.
I just loved how they turned out.
These would make lovely Christmas tree ornaments, since I don't have one, I covered part of my stairway wall with them, much to my husband's dismay and daughter's delight :).
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Season's Greetings

Here's my first Christmas card this season, this card looks so much better IRL....too bad the photo turned out so bad :(
I used my latest craft buys - Lindy's Stamp Gang star-burst sprays and an MFT chevron stencil for the first time on the circular panel. Haven't quite got the hang of it yet, but love the result, nevertheless.
Linking upto:
Color Throwdown #272
Scapper'sDelight Challenge #13 Christmas Time
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges #69 "It's Christmas"
Inky Impressions Challenge #138 - Christmas Ornaments

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wedding anniversary shadow box

Shadow boxes have been on my mind for long, last week I finally got around to making one. I made this for my parents who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this November.
I first painted the MDF shadow box black and added some patterned paper at the edges and inside the box partitions. Added photos in three partitions and covered everything with a generous layer of Mod Podge. I finally embellished the box with MDF, chipboard and metal embellishments.
Supplies used:

  1. 12x12" MDF shadow box
  2. Gesso and Black acrylic paint
  3. K & Company patterned paper
  4. Mod Podge
  5. Tim Holtz tattered floral die
  6. Tim Holtz distress paint
  7. Mdf embellisments from here and here
  8. Metal embellishments are from a RAK from Mallika
  9. Flower centers are from my stash

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Birthday

I've been extremely busy preparing for Kriti's second birthday party, which was yesterday...will be sharing pictures soon. I did manage to sneak in some time to make this card.....
The flower is a chipboard Tim Holtz tattered floral die-cut colored with distress paint. The base chipboard flower is layered on top with an organza die-cut with the same die.
Linking up to: CAS(E) this Sketch #55

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