Sep 30, 2013

Altered box

Wanted to share an altered box.

Top view:

Side view of the box:

This is the old cartoon box which i have upcycled.

For the base, i embossed the white CS with darice embossing folder and distressed completely with spun sugar. Scalloped oval dies of 2 different sizes are taken and distressed it with victorain velvet, Sentiment is then stamped on the smaller die and placed at centre around which the added big blooms and smaller flowers, few fancy flourish diecuts and olive leaves diecuts. The scalloped oval is accented with few white pearls. MS butterflies are added in purple, white colors as embellishment with few pink pearls.  Around the edges and to make it seamless, added baby pink washi tape and covered the flap wholly to insert inside the box.

Have decorated the sides of box with base white CS and on it decorated border stickers are added in purple and pink around the sides. Now ready to be filled with Candies.

Do leave your comments as this is my first try at upcycling ideas :)

Supplies :

Bigblooms,smaller flowers, border strips, Scalloped oval die - Itsy Bitsy (won their blog candy)
White CS,pearls - Nupur Priya
Darice embossing folder, Fanciful flourish - Priya Sivaraj
Spun sugar, Victorian Velvet - Florishes (won at Noor Nahdi blog)
Sentiment stamp - Inspired by Stamping store (Big wishes set)
pink washi tape -Lulupu (won at birthday bash contest)
MS butterfly punch,Ranger black Archival ink - Gift from sis


Lessology - birthday party
Itsy Bitsy - P challenge (My P's are pearls, purple flowers, pink flowers, punched butterflies)
DCAM - Shabby is chic
Inspired by stamping customer gallery (used big wishes stamp set)
Simons says stamp - Anything goes

Sep 25, 2013

Second Blogoversary and Quilling tutorial !!!

Am very happy as today is my blog's second blogoversary and addd to it, this is my 100th post!! Yippiee!
Thank you all visitors, blogger pals whose continuous support by visiting, commenting has driven me to this stage of mine...My heartfelt thanks to all of you.

To mark this day, i love to share a quilling tutorial which got published in UK Quillers Today magazine of Summer Edition. Very many thanks to this offer by Editorial team who saw the quilled bird and cage work and asked for tute to share in their magazine. Was super happy that moment. An year gone as a member of UK Quilling guild and one more year to go and after which have to go through Accreditation process to become Accreditated Member of UK Quilling Guild. Awaiting that day soon :)

Tutorial: Here we go!

Strips used :3mm width, 29 cm length
For the cages - 3mm,1mm,1,5mm strips hand-cut from 120gsm black cardstock.

Birds (make two)
The body of each bird is made from one full length strip. shaped into a teardrop.
Wing: half a strip,shaped into a teardrop.
Eye: 2cm strip. rolled into a tight coil.
Legs: make from 2cm brown strip, folded.
Beak: Take a 0.5cm length of brown strip, fold in half and cut corners in a pointed way to resemble a beak.

Heart in cage:
Use two full length red strips to make teardrop shapes and glue together to form a heart shape.

Hearts around bird (make several):
Make closed loose coils from 4cm, 5cm,6cm,7cm lengths of red strips and pinch them to form hearts on various sizes.

Cage containing heart:
Use two half length strips to create the cage shape and add cross bars made from quarter length strips. Use one full length strip to make the open ring coil at the top of the cage.
Make closed loose coil and tight coil decorations using quarter length strips.

Opened cage:
Use one half length strip to make the cage shape.
Add horizontal cross bars made using half length strips.
Add vertical cross bars made using 1mm and 1.5mm width strips.
Use one full length strip to make the open ring coil  at the top of the cage.
Make closed loose coil and tight coil decorations using quarter length strips.
Use three-quarter length strips to make the borders of the square cage entrance and door, with a small 2cm swirl as a door knob.

Assemble the card using picture as a guide.

Many thanks to Philippa Reid, for the cogent compilation of the tutorial and for this great offer for publishing this.

And....Special thanks to Daydreams - Suganthi Mohan,without whom i would not have been into Quilling or in this blogoland. She is such an inspiration, encouragement and great support at all my steps in this Quillers World.


Yet another simple card for today with Silhouette Stamping.

Took cream and brown cardstocks, matted one on top and added a punched scrap on middle. Scalloped oval too matted and stamped few silhouette stamps.

Sentiment is stamped on a cream circle diecut which again matted with the white cs. Few gold pearls added as a final touch.

Hope you like it!

Sep 24, 2013

Shabby Chic Card

Wanted to share a card which i made today and its an inspiration from pinterest.

Straight away to card :)

Am super happy by the way the flowers turned out in the card. Pink purpley Chrysanthemum kind and small roses are handmade by me using the sunflower and Fancy petals flower dies.

Card front, squares are digi pp freebies. Scratched their edges with scissors and distressed with Rich cocoa momento. Squares are made using the Cuttlebug square dies. The chrysanthemum diecuts edges are distressed using victorian velvet and spun sugar and the flourish are cut from pp and distressed using shabby shutters. Roses are made distressing with spun sugar distress ink and  assembled using glossy accent.

Inner central scalloped oval is diecut from a digi pp and distressed using rich cocoa. The flowers , flourish, are arranged on it making it a focal point and Sentiment is stamped using Rangers black archival ink.

White pearls, butterfly, rhinestones are added as a final touch to the card along with the diecut butterfly which is distressed using tumbled glass and Danube blue momento inks.

Hope you like it!!!


White cardstock,Baby pink CS, embossing tools - Sudha
Glossy accent, Sunflower die, Shabby shutter distress ink - Crafters corner
Fancy flourish and IO butterfly die - Colorconception Craftshop
Fancy petals - Diecuts and more
Scalloped oval Conture die,Cuttlebug Square dies - Itsy bitsy,
Victorian velvet, spun sugar - Flourishes
Pattern Papers - Digital freebies

Challenges entered:
Cheerlynn Designs- Use diecut flowers (cherrylynn Sunflower die used along with Dienamics fancy petals die)
Lulupu - Fancy me (Layering, Distressing and Shabby chic style are recent fancy ones to me)
DCAM - Shabby is chic (Made it toTop 3)
Itsy Bitsy - P challenge ( pattern papers,pearls,pink)
Crafters corner - 321 ( 3 embellies - pearls, rhinestones, butterfly,brad, flowers; 3 digi pps; 1 sentiment)
(Made it to Top3)
Color conception - Distress inks (flowers (spun sugar, victoran velvet), butterfly (tumbled glass)are distressed)
Inspired by Stamping - September Customer Gallery (Sentiment used from small fancy labels 18)
Vintage stamp collection - Anything from garden (used flowers, butterfly)

Sep 23, 2013

Crayon Resist Technique

Wanted to share a card with crayon resist technique.

Followed a color scheme of BGC here.

Stamped the flowers on a white CS and on it colored the petals by using a white crayon randomly. Then the CS is distressed using yellow pigment ink and wild honey distress ink. And rubbed the flowers with a tissue paper to take off the colors on crayon coated layer.

Flowers stayed as white where crayon stayed, rest CS got changed. This is mounted on pp and various CS layers. Wound few layers of Raffia and added a wooden button, rhinestones as embellies. Sentiment in added on a banner and popped up using ds tape on Raffia.

Hope you like it!


White, Kraft, Olive green CS, rhinestones - Nupur Priya
PP - Papermania -Sunshine pack
Wooden button and Raffia - Stash
Sentiment - Fiskars - Jovi
Stamp - Kaisercraft - Itsy Bitsy
Ranger balck Archival Ink - Jo Ann


Cardz Tv-Colors of Fall
WHW#117 - Fall/Autumn theme
October blog hop - Holiday theme

Sep 22, 2013

Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving card

Wanted to share you a card. Followed a sketch and a color scheme from 2 different blogs. And ofcourse a tute too from here:)

White CS is distressed at edges by crushed olive and on it matted a Kraft CS. Then as per sketch followed the elements to be placed. Punched leaves are stamped with artistic flourish stamp, just to give texture and distressed at edges by frayed burlap. Raffia bow is tied at centre of a wooden button.

 Used baby breath punch to make a doily and on it stamped the sentiment and kept on a satin ribbon which flows between the card.

This is my first try at autumn colors. Hope you like it!!!


White CS, Kraft CS, orange rhinestones - Nupur
Baby breath punch - Khusboo Banka
Artistic florish stamp - Jo ann store
Leaf  punch, ribbon, rhinestone, button, Raffia, handmadepaper - Stash
Sentiment - Small fancy lables 18 - Inspired from stamping store

Challenges entered

Paper secrets -


September - Customer gallery (used sentiment from Small fancy labels 18)
October blog hop - Holiday theme (Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving card)
Crafty ribbon challenge -Anything with ribbon
CardzTv - Colors of fall

Sep 18, 2013

Make a wish :)

A quick CAS card again with this latest sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.

My take on this Sketch with little bit change in orientation.

Stamped the flourishes, butterfly stamp and the sentiment . Added few rhinestones of different sizes and mounted on a Yellow CS. Tadaa!! Card is ready for the Photo shoot :)


White CS- Nupur Priya
Artistic Flourish clear stamp, Ranger black archival ink -Jo Ann
Butterfly stamp, Sentiment stamp - From Butterfly wings,Big wishes sentiments (Inspired by stamping)
Wild honey Distress ink, Tombow monoliquid glue - Crafters corner
Rhinestones,Yellow CS- stash

Challenges entered:

Wordart wednesday - Anything goes
CAS(E) this sketch

Inspired by stamping - September Customer gallery

Sep 17, 2013

Distressed card

A quick simple card to share with you. Did few techniques such as Sponging, Stamping off and water splotching.

Made a panel by sponging Tumbled glass distress inks and did water splotching, though its not seen much in the pics. Stamped various snowflake stamps using Danube blue momento ink and Tumbled glass and did few  times stamping off techniques too.

Few blue rhinestones on snowflake centres Embossed  horizontal lines using bone folder just below the panel. Finished card by stamping sentiment in Danube blue momento ink.


White CS - Nupur Priya
Danube blue Momento ink and Fiskars Year round cheers -Jovi
Tumbles glass - Jo Ann store
MS scoreboard, Distress blending tool - Mansi
Rhinestones - Stash
Sentiment - Inspired by stamping- Winter wonderful

Challenges :

IBSIC - customer gallery - September
Inspired by stamping -September bloghop
Color conceptions - Spread your wings with inks

Sep 16, 2013

Just for you!

A card with a rare combination. These color combos hasn't fascinated me until i tend to make this card.
But when things fell in place, i started to like it :)

White embossed card is taken and distressed with yellow pigment ink at the corners leaving a central portion. And french pastry doily diecut is taken in halves and placed at top and bottom.

Victorian panel diecut is made from a white crepe paper, added to the centre of card. Sunflower die,olive branches, Small exotic buterflies #1 are from Cherrylynn designs. Few pearls and rhinestones are added. Sentiment is  inspired from stamping store and a portion of victorian panel die is used to cut the sentiment diecut.

Then the whole card is matted on a black handmade paper, which is added to white cs.

Hope you like it!!


White and Yellow CS - Nupur Priya
Black handmade paper, Victorian panel die - Itsy bitsy
French pastry doily diecut - Kavitha
Swirls Embossed card  -  Priya Sivaraj
Sunflower, Small exotic butterfly, Olive branches - Crafters corner
Sentiment - Small fancy labels 18 - Inspired by Stamping
Tuxedo black momento ink - Jovita
Yellow Pigment ink, pearls, rhinestones, white crepe paper - Stash 

Challenges entered:

Cherrylynn designs - Things with wings (used butterfly)
IBSIC #66 - White , black , yellow (used green color for leaves which taken from pic inspiration) 
IBSIC - Customer gallery contest - September
Cutrain call challenges - Sunflower surprise

Sep 15, 2013

Shabby is chic!!!

A quick card to share here...Shabby chic card!

Colors of the card are the pic inspiration from IBSIC.

Pale blue and floral pp are the digital freebies. Both these are given a rough edges by sanding it with scissors. Tessatina border from grey cs is matted on pale blue dp and on it a small floral dp is matted. Fancy flourish diecuts are taken from grey cs and added below the pale pink mulberry flowers.

The central flower is made from a pale pink frill trim and on to it, a fabric flower is kept. A beige butterfly, few pearls are added as embellishments.

Sentiment is from Inspired by Stamping. Just loved the set. Sentiment banner is punched at a corner with MS decoshell punch.

Hope you like the card!!


Base white cardstock - Sudha
Pale blue and floral pp - Digital freebies
Mulberry flowers - Crafters corners (RAK for the purchase)
Tessatina border,fancy flourish - Color conceptions
Beige butterfly, pale pink fabric flower - Itsy Bitsy (Blog candy package)
Pearls pink, white - Stash
Sentiment - Inspired by stamping store - Fancy trendy sentiments set

Challenges Entered:

Inspired by stamping - IBSIC#64 - Pale blue,pale pink and grey
Penny's challenges: - Anything goes
Vintage stamping challenges - Anything from garden  (Butterflies, flowers)
DCAM challenges - Shabby is chic
Customer gallery -Inspired by stamping - September
Crafters corner - 321 (3 embellies - pearls, butterfly, tessatina border, fancy flourish, rhinestone , 2 digi pp,1 sentiment)

Sep 11, 2013

Silhouette Stamping

Here's a quick card using Silhouette images. In love with the stamp set -Wildflowers. Card made here is much influenced by tips and  tutes which Heather of Bits and Pieces has generously shared. Have been following her blog for quite sometime and she always left me in awe seeing her creations.

Centre panel is made by masking the portions and thereby created the sky-land.  Grassland is made distressing with shabby shutters and crushed olive and even for stamping grasses.  Sky made using Tumbled glass distress ink. Wildflowers, insects are stamped using Black soot. This is then added to the embossed base cardstock. Sentiment banner is added.

Its just an amateurish way and need to improvise a lot :) 

Hope you like it!! 

Thank you all so much for the comments and wishes for earlier post. This keeps me driving 


Base cardstock, panel - Sudha
Shabby shutters, Crushed olive - Crafters corner
Tumbled glass,Black soot - Florishes
Technique tuesday - Wildflowers Stamp - Diecuts and more
Sentiment tag- Itsy bitsy

Challenge entered:

Anything goes challenge : In the garden, add some butterflies
Color conceptions - Spread your wing with Distress inks
Cuttlebug mania - Back to nature
All sorts challenge - Butterflies
CASology - Silhouette

Sep 10, 2013

Thank U Card :)


Am back after a loooong vacation at India...This "Thank you" is for all the hearts who peeped into this little crafty space of mine, though i didnt publish new posts...

And to my blogger pals who generously shared about the diecutting machine, Bigshot and to invest on which dies...Thank you Sonia, Hussena, Sindhu, Nupur Priya. am a proud owner of Bigshot :)

Coming to my card....The large rose is handmade using the super giant punch bunch Begonia and distressed with spun sugar. The flourish is distressed using Crushed olive. The pattern papers are matted on the centre of white cardstock and the flowers are kept as focal point. Large butterfly diecut is distressed with tumbled glass and added with few pearls and brads. Sentiment is stamped in versamark ink and embossed with black ep using my new Heat it tool.

Pictures are taken from my new Samsung Galaxy in love with these clear crisp images :)

Hope you like it!!

And happy news to share...oh yes...i sent my 2 of my entries for 30th Quilling competition held at Liverpool, UK on August 9-10, 2013. Am so happy to be a participant in this grand celebration of Quilling.
Many thanks to Philippa Reid and Josie Jenkins,who generously received my competition entries, submitted and sent back safely.

Made a quilled butterfly and added on this quilled frame which i made for my granny :) This is my first big monarch butterfly!

Photos taken on the event by Josie Jenkins, and she was so kind enough to send my entry pics on the same day. Heard from her that its well appreciated among the crowd. Few for you

This is kept as competition entry and was given a lot number for public voting.

This was done by me 2 years back as  a beginner in quilling and this old project is kept in General Display section.


White Cardstock - Sudha
Pattern papers - DCWV and black ep- Kavitha
Supergiant Begonia punch, Flourish die, crushed olive - Crafter corner
Small flowers - Nupur priya
Central border strip - Itsy Bitsy
Sentiment - Small frame labels 18 (Masked n used a portion) - Inspired by stamping
Butterfly - IO die - Priya Sivaraj

Challenges entered:

Pretty paper studio - Anything goes
Color conceptions- Spread your wings with distress inks
(distressed the big rose(spun sugar), flourish(crushed olive), butterfly(tumbled glass)
Crafters corner - 321 (3 embellies - flowers,brads,pearls,diecuts  2 pattern papers,  1 sentiment)
All sorts challenge - Butterflies
Cuttlebug mania -  Back to nature
Try it on tuesdays- Make ur own flowers
Vintage stamp challenges- Anything form ur garden
Itsy Bitsy - Pretty with P (My P's are Pink colors, pattern papers, posy, pearls,pink central border strip)