Gifts from the Crafty World

          Hi friends, I have been blessed like many of you to have a hobby that not only makes me happy but helps spread a little bit of happiness!! This post is  to share with all of you how generous the crafting community is and to say a big Thank you to each one of you.

Maria [aka Mia ] is a versatile crafter from Greece whom I became friends with recently. She is multi-talented  crafter dabbling in papercrafts, fabric crafts and a loooot of different styles of crafts.Mia has hosted a couple of amazing giveaways recently and I was the  lucky winner of a surprise parcel. I was so stunned to receive this big box of crafty treasure all the way from Greece . It has the most special handmade crafts , the cutest buttons I have seen, gorgeous rhinestones, felt embellishments, beautiful laces ,fabric pieces,beads, stamps and even metal embellishments. Thank you so much Mia....you don't know how happy your kindness has made me feel!!
From Mia
I bet most of you who visit me know Lisa....the mermaid crafter. Hehe yes I do tend to imagine Lisa to be a certain magical beautiful mermaid who is supremely kind and benevolent!! Lisa  not only makes the most beautiful projects but is so generous with spreading kindness by commenting on her friends' blogs. If you are a blogger you will know how precious a comment is! Love you Lisa for who you are!! And Thank you so much for the gorgeous giveaway gifts and special card.
From Lisa
I have a crafty friend , Sharada whom I have been lucky enough to meet a couple of times since she lives in Bangalore too. Recently she came back from an UK trip  and this is what she sent me.Everything handpicked for me including dies... I was speechless!!
From Sharada
         Many of you may remember I had a huge celebration last year when my blog viewership reached 5 million. 16 people won prizes and my blogger friend Priyanka Mathur was the lucky winner of a Big Shot machine!
A couple of months back I was struggling with many things in my life and feeling quite low and then... a huge parcel arrived from Priyanka and cheered me up no end! Money need not buy happiness all the time but yes kindness sure can make someone super happy!!!
From Priyanka
During the same phase when I was feeling blue....here is something special a dear blogger friend Pooja sent me! It made me feel so loved and happy. The power of a little something handmade sure is amazing!!
From Pooja
This year was  difficult for me during multiple phases and I had not been able to  craft or blog and visit all of you as much as I used to and wanted to.But I do treasure each comment, email , message and blog visit ....so much that it is difficult for me to put my gratitude into words and thank you adequately enough!Without perhaps realizing it ,each of you have given me a share of happiness...the most beautiful gift!!! Thank you so much my friends!

PS : Stay tuned!!
I am thinking of a giveaway soon...it wont be as grand as the one I had during my 5 million pageviews celebration....just a personalThank you giveaway for my crafty pals in blogland.


Travel Themed Masculine Card

Masculine Themed Card
           Hi friends so happy to share my first DT post for the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge. Most of you who visit my blog will know that I just loooove die cutting ! So when Jannie the owner of Cuttlebugmania Challenge blog invited me to be part of her DT team...I  just couldn't refuse her .The Cuttlebugmania Challenges focus on projects using a die cutting machine and the theme this month is masculine and titled "We Mustache you a Question"!
      Masculine cards are not an easy option for most of us I know!! My husband likes flowers and butterflies so I am not used to making the typical masculine project either!

In this post I am sharing how I made a travel themed card and how you can use the ideas to make any 3 D shape for your cards and home decor projects

I die cut hot air balloon shapes using a Spellbinders Contour Hot Air balloon die. This die is like the sizzix BigZ dies and can cut thin chipboard and fabric as well!
If you have a BigZ die or Contour dies[ from Spellbinders ] you can  cut multiple sheets of paper in one go and these are perfect if  you want to make 3 D shapes or make a lot of cards or party decorations quickly.
3 D Card Tutorial 
Use 5- 6 die cuts and ink their edges with matching ink. Here I used Distress Inks . Fold the die cuts...be as precise as you can in the folding! If you want to add the 3 D shape to a card...use a thick card stock for the base and stick the folded die cut shapes on top of it.
3 D Card Tutorial 
Take your time while sticking the adjacent halves to each other.I found that using an odd number of die cuts over the base gave a more fuller symmetrical look!!
3 D Card Tutorial 
Optionally trace an outline of your die cut shape on glitter foam and hand cut it leaving a border so that you get a nice glittering border around your 3 D shape.

3 D Card Tutorial 
I used a gorgeous Spellbinders rope embossing folder to form a background for the  hot air balloon
Travel themed Metal embellishments
I wanted to  highlight the gorgeous travel themed brass charms so made a background for each one using squares of pattern paper mounted on scallop squares of glitter foam.
Travel themed Metal embellishments
I used glossy accents[ clear and quick drying] to stick all the beautiful metal charms.
Acrylic discs
I used clear acrylic discs over circles of pattern paper to create the embellishments above.They look like candy if you see them in real!!
Masculine Themed Card
Creating a typical masculine themed creation was difficult for me but I hope you liked my card and do try to participate in the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge using projects made with a die cutting machine.

Supplies : Dies :  Spellbinders Contour Hot Air Balloon ,Sizzix Framelits Squares,Couture Creations Scallop Squares. Embossing Folder :Spellbinders Need a Rope 3 D Embossing Folder
Papers : Bob n Betty Voyager


Hanging Shaker Ornament Tutorial

Shaker Ornament
        Hi friends sharing a simple handmade gift set I made recently for a friend. When you have to make something for someone who is the owner of one of the most amazing craft stores in India it is something of a mammoth challenge ! My crafter friends from India would have guessed I am talking about Shalini Mittal, the owner of Crafters Corner!
I had many nervous self doubting sessions.... after all what do you make for someone who deals with the most talented crafters from all over the world day in and day out !!
Well finally I decided to make a set using the gorgeous "Hydrangea Lawns papers " Shalini  had recently launched under her own brand " Dress my craft"!
I made a set of bookmarks, a shaker ornament and a simple card all featuring the beautiful hydrangeas and I fervently hope she liked it!
Handmade Card
Now for my readers...I had earlier shared a simple Shaker Ornament Tutorial
This tutorial  is a more refined version to show how to make a more  sophisticated and neater shaker ornament!
Acetate- I used OHP[Overhead projector transparency sheets]. You can recycle bits of transparent packaging too
Glue - Good quality glue which is not too runny and doesn't take ages to dry. I am currently in love with Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.
Shaker elements- beads, sequins, glitter balls, paper bits anything small and lightweight!
Foam- Use the thickest craft foam you can get your hands on.
Shapes - Base and Frame- I used dies...You can hand-cut also
Pearl Strings/ Thread/Rope- anything to attach to your ornament so that you can hang it.
Cut your base [ my base is circular] from pattern paper and thick card stock and adhere the pattern paper to the base.
Also cut the same shape from clear acetate [ hard to see in this picture as it is very transparent!]
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Cut 3 or more circular frames from thick foam. I used an MFT circle frame die so it was super easy.
Adhere the circle frames atop the base and layer  the frames on top of each other using a good glue. Avoid  the hot glue gun as it can be lumpy , more messy and difficult to control.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Allow enough time for the frames to dry as otherwise your shaker elements can stick to them.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial

I used a mixture of blue and green and white shaker elements[ sequins, glitter balls , little hearts and pearls]
Shaker Ornament Tutorial
In the picture below you can see the advantage of using foam to easily make a deep shaker !
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Stick on the acetate to another circular frame .
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
If you are really particular of not wanting your shaker elements to stick to your acetate give the acetate a light dusting with an embossing buddy / talcum powder like the one shown below.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Be sure to give just a light dusting as otherwise your acetate can become foggy from too much powder!
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Now stick the acetate onto your shaker and you are ready to now add a few finishing touches!
I cut a few flowers from the same pattern paper and added it to the glitter foam frame.
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
To form a decorative frame for the shaker you can use a doily or a beautiful die cut like the Tonic Trellis die I have used in this project.
Shaker Tutorial 
To form a matching base I used  another sheet of pattern paper from the same set and  sponged "peeled paint" distress inks   for a touch of green so that it matches the rest of my shaker. Layered the white die cut trellis circle atop it. 
When making such ornaments be sure to make your base thick and sturdy so pattern paper alone wont be sufficient.Layer the pattern paper atop thick card stock 
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
And here is how you can make a hanging dangler...take a wire or string...a wire is easier in some ways and thread beads or tassels on it...twist the wire. 
To attach this to your base...either you can punch a hole on the frame and twist the wire / tie the thread or add a glue dot and stick it to the back of your frame.
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Use glue dots /washi /any sticky tape to position a string of pearl onto the back of your frame. You may have to adjust the position of the string till you are happy!

  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
For the final finishing touch hot glue a big disc of glitter foam [which is the same size or slightly smaller than your frame] on the back ...this will hide the attachment of the pearl string and the dangler and give a neat finish to your project.
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
And here is how it looks.
Shaker Ornament
I hope Shalini liked this little  handmade birthday gift set! And I hope the ideas will be useful to you my dear friends!
Hydrangea Set

Supplies : Dies :  Shaker Ornament : Tonic Trellis Circle Base Die, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax,Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame,Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday
Bookmark:Spellbinders Filigree Bookmark Tag Die
Card : Tonic Mixed Scalloped and Straight Cut Oval Layering Die Set,Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Filigree Delight
Papers : Dress My Craft Hydrangea Lawns
Linking to  Word Art Wednesday 308 and 309


Shaker Ornament Tutorial

Shaker Ornament
Hi friends, sharing a Christmas themed Shaker Ornament with a leaping deer on Chrismtas themed pattern paper and glittery handmade poinsettias.
Shaker ornaments are such fabulous little pieces of home decor and would look lovely anywhere in your home and I think the would make cute handmade gifts too.Shakers are so much fun but time consuming to make and sometimes a bit tricky...sharing an easy way to make shakers which will save you time and help you churn up a dozen to gift or sell.
Acetate- I used OHP[Overhead projector transparency sheets]. You can recycle bits of transparent packaging too
Glue - Good quality Glue which is not too runny and doesn't take ages to dry.
Shaker elements- beads, sequins, glitter balls, paper bits anything small and lightweight!
Foam- Use the thickest craft foam you can get your hands on.
Shapes - Base and Frame- I used dies...You can hand-cut also

Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Use a circle/other shaped die to cut a sturdy base for your shaker ornament. I layered pattern paper on thick card-stock and an additional layer of foam to form the base. Cut the same sized circle from acetate also.
The Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax dies and the Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame dies give perfectly fitting base and frames. Many a times shape dies from the same company dont complement each other so I was pretty thrilled with this one! [ I later bought the dienamics single stitch circle frame and sadly it does not coordinate with the radial stax so what I mean to say is if different sets of nesting dies coordinate...it's luck!]

Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
 Cut frames from craft foam. If you have thick craft foam you can quickly and easily build up the shaker using just 2 or 3 layers.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
 Dont use the glue gun but use thick good quality glue to stick the foam layers. [ used Aleene's fast grab tacky glue].Hot glue can leave strings and create uneven bumpy areas unless you are super precise and careful!
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Tip : Allow time for the shaker well to dry nicely before you add the shaker elements as otherwise you will get sequins , beads and what not sticking to the glue on the sides.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Once you have added your shaker elements, you can stick the acetate circle directly on the top foam frame and then add another foam /paper frame on top. 
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Tip: If your shaker looks a bit uneven...put the whole shaker under a heavy book or box for some time and allow time for the glue to dry.
Use the left over bits of inner foam to help stick the pearl strings/ tassels etc...Her you can happily use the hot glue gun.

I hope you liked this simple Tutorial .
Don't forget to churn up a Christmas project for Maureen's Rudolph Days Challenge  which runs from 25th to the end of this month.

Supplies : Dies :  Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax , Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame,Memory Box Leaping Deer,Marianne Design Poinsettia LR0435.


Floral Card and Tag Set

Handmade Floral Card
 Hi friends...I am back to my usual style of crafting...floral cards with layers and lot of embellishments...even attempting the CAS style was challenging for me!! Though I confess this card did start out with the intention of making a CAS one!
I wanted to use the gorgeous Graphic 45 floral image  and created a stenciled textured and ink smooshed background for it.
Handmade Rose
Used the MFT weave stencil with texture paste and one dried ,smooshed it over distress ink sprayed on my craft mat.The rose was made using Spellbinders Rose creations dies using this Tutorial : Easy Rose Tutorial 
Handmade Magnolia
And I had to add my favorite Magnolia too!
Supplies used to make the Card: Dies :  Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways ,Spellbinders  Curved Matting Basics, Spellbinders Rose Creations  , Spellbinders Magnolia,Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip,Memory Box Pippi Butterfly  . 
Stencil : My Favourite Things Weave Stencil
Papers : Graphic 45
Linking the Card to
WCMD 2017 Stencilled Challenge with Kate 
WCMD 2017 Background Building/Pattern Making Challenge with Mayuri - made the background with a stencil, texture paste and distress ink smooshing
WCMD 2017 Lovely Layers Challenge with Keren
Word Art Wednesday

I made a matching tag featuring beautiful Graphic 45 papers and my favorite handmade Magnolia.
Graphic 45 Tag
Supplies used to make the Tag : Dies : Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags , Spellbinders Magnolia,Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip,Cheery Lynn  Flourish 13,Magnolia Doohickeys Vintage Box Lacing Coffee
Embossing Folder :Spellbinders Need a Rope 3 D Embossing Folder 
Papers : Graphic 45
Linking the Tag to
WCMD 2017 Anything But a Card Challenge with Kelly
 Here are some of the projects I made during the Winnie and Walter  World Card Making Day Challenges. It's cloudy here in Bangalore  so please forgive the dark picture of my craft table all tidied up for the "craftie"
Craft Room Craftie
Linking to   Winnie and Walter WCMD 2017 Craftie Challenge

Easy Diwali Card and Decoration

Diwali Card
 Diwali is a colorful fun festival ! My daughter made this rainbow colored festive card using glitter foam . The background was made using rainbow colors of Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  over the TCW Mini Solace stencil and smooshing Gansai Tambo Starry Gold over it.
This card is a variation of another Diwali Card shared earlier  using the same stencil and rainbow color

Here is the matching Diwali Decoration made using the negative from the diecut Diya used to make the card.
Diwali Decoration
Supplies used : Dies :  DCAM Diwali Die ,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax,Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame ,Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways
Linking the Card to  
Linking the Decoration to 

Quick and Easy Diwali Card

Diwali Card
Sharing an easy Diwali card made by stenciling rainbow colors of Distress Inks  through the TCW Mini Solace stencil and die cutting it using an MFT Circle die. Added a glitter foam Diya on it. Layered it atop a background made by smooshing Gansai Tambi Starry gold onto white card stock.
Supplies used : Dies :  DCAM Diwali Die ,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax

Handmade Diwali Card

Handmade Diwali Card
Sharing a Diwali Card made in rainbow colors! Made the background by stenciling texture paste through TCW Mini Solace stencil and once dried brushed Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  in rainbow colors. Got the ink smooshed shimmery effect by smooshing Gansai Tambi Starry Gold on to it.
This card is a variation of this Diwali Card shared earlier- made the background using Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  and smooshing with water and Gansai Tambi Starry Gold

: Dies :  DCAM Diwali die, Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways

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