Monday, 27 March 2017

Altenew Sketch Challenge

Hello Friends!
Welcoming you all to my blog after a brief hiatus with a card I made using the current Altenew Sketch.

Altenew products used are Beautiful Day stamp set & red cosmos and tropical forest mini cube set.


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Decoupage Clock with Crackle finish

Hello Friends & welcome here again!

It is decoupage again today!
To decoupage this clock, I first painted the base with ITSY BITSY chalk paints - lemon chiffon & drift wood (the base), followed by gluing the napkin. After blending the background with chalk paint once again, I applied the first component of the two step crackle medium all over the surface, followed by the second medium after the first dried. As the layer dries the cracks appear. 



To for an aged look & to highlight the cracks I buffed brown acrylic paint into the cracks.


For the base I worked on a distressed look. 


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Decoupage Kitchen Caddy & Coasters

A quick post to share some decoupage work!
I have used chalk paints & the same tissue in both the projects & loved how each has a different look.
First is a kitchen caddy painted with chalk paint (Prima - antique pink) & decoupaged with these yummy cupcake paper napkins. 




Next is a set of coasters painted with chalk paints, a very soft pink (pink ballet) from Itsy Bitsy. This time I carefully fussy cut the cupcake images on the napkin & decoupaged these in one corner of all the six coasters. Stamped my new coffee image from Stamplorations, making sure I overlap a bit on the cupcake image. I loved the contrasting black & white stamped image & the colorful cupcake image. 



This is a fridge magnet I shared in my previous post here, again using the same paper napkin!







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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Undeniable Chemistry

Hello!
A quick card share using the adorable MFT - Undeniable Chemistry stamp set.
I starting by creating a blended background with distress inks - fired brick & abandon coral & stamped the benzene ring image. I thought adding hearts to the rings & background made sense to the  heat embossed sentiment "Our Chemistry is undeniable".


Added a vellum panel & diecuts to complete the card. The shimmer on the glassware & hearts is the Wink of Stella effect!


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Fun with Itsy Bitsy Chalk Paints

Hello Crafty Friends!
Today I am at the Itsy Bitsy blog with an inspirational post for the newest addition to the Little Birdie family - CHALK PAINTS!
Available in 14 shades, the consistency of these paints is perfect for use with either a brush, sponge or brayer. The matte finish gives a chalky appearance & is used to created an aged appearance, distressed or shabby look to projects. Can be used on glass, wood, ceramic, metal, walls & more.  These paints are Made in India & being lead free are also eco friendly.


Sharing a number of projects today, so sit back & enjoy!
I could not resist using the paints as soon as received them & here is a quick project - a small wooden decorable decoupaged with rice paper & chalk paint (butternut saquash) . My first attempt with chalk paints & I was in love with the coverage & matte finish - fantastic!



Next I wanted to try the paint on glass. Here is a candle jar decoupaged with a tissue napkin. Used two shades here - fortune cookie & & dabbed them over the bottle. Please note I have not used a primer or base coat in any of my projects here! TIP - Chalk paints dry quickly, so remember to wipe off the extra paint on the mouth of the bottle before closing, else the paint dries over the mouth making it difficult to open. 





I had a metal tray, slightly worn out with use & this is how I salvaged it using chalk paints! For the background I used tattered lace and  forest moss chalk paint & Mont Marte 3D gold for the edges. What a transformation! Do you agree?



 

Drift wood is such a yummy shade in the family, it reminded me chocolatey cake! This led to my next project, a fridge magnet -



If you are a fan of chalk paint like me, you are going to love the "charcoal". The matt finish is by far the best I have ever seen! A ceramic pickle jar got such an elegant make over with minimal stencilling -


And finally I have a shabby frame. For this one I first gave a base coat of charcoal black, rubbed a candle randomly on the surface & painted over it with fortune cookie. Chalk paints are easy to distress because the paint can be easily removed just where you want it  with a sanding sponge or sand paper. Once dry, sand it lightly to reveal the base coat & viola you get the best distressed & shabby look.



Can you guess what material is this frame made of?


 Now will believe this was a plastic frame! 


I enjoyed playing around with the chalk paints & had to stop here, to publish this in time!
Thank you Rashmi love, love , love these paints & hoping we have some more shades and larger packs too!

Supplies from the store –

Candle jar
Glass bead

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Love Struck

Crafty friends, welcome to my blog!
It is the season of love & how can a cardmaker not make a card! With so many challenges with this theme I decided to play along too, with 2 cards. 

The first one is a simple card but with loads of techniques - 

  • for the front of the black card panel I created a embossed heart pattern using the Gina Marie stitched heart dies
  • the heat embossed arrows from the Paper Trey Ink set - Cupids Arrow are inlaid on the focal heart die cut


This card reminds me of the Twilight series my daughter read!


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My second card is a quick & easy shaker card using sequins & stickers from Itsy Bitsy. The bokeh designer paper is a new release by Papericious. 



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Friday, 3 February 2017

Decoupage - Book Box

Welcome Crafty Friends!

You all know my love for decoupage, I have shared some of my recent work in the posts here, here & here.

I am hoarding a couple of items I picked for decoupage from my trips to Bali & the famous Chatuchak market, Bangkok. 

One such was this book box - 




Briefly here is how I worked on the box - 

1.   Unscrew all hinges & locks on the box.

2.   Lightly sand the decoupage base to smoothen the surface.

3.   Apply a coat of Black Gesso & let dry. Sand the primed surface.

4.   Next paint only the edges of the box & sides (which will not be decoupaged, in this case the inner sides of the box). Once dry, sand again to get a smooth finish.

5.   Select coordinating patterns from the paper stack (I used Antiquities Paper Pack) & trim to the required size.

6.   Glue the papers on the box using Itsy Bitsy Decoupage Glue, one side at a time & let dry. Take your time & press the paper gently using a sponge, avoiding air bubbles. Seal with another layer of Decoupage Glue over the paper.

7.   I wanted to give a metallic finish to the box so as to coordinate it with the gorgeous colors of the paper I chose. For this I buffed Mont Marte Metallic copper on the edges of the box.

8.   Apply 2-3 coats of Itsy Bitsy Decoupage Glue to varnish the box. Sand between two coats for a smooth finish & let dry between each coat.

9.   Assemble the box by screwing back the hinges/locks etc. & you are done!








Another book box I made for a dear friend, who is a 'no flowers' girl! These papers by Tim Holtz were perfect to give the book box a makeover. 








I have shared a few book boxes earlier. Hop over to the posts here & here, if you missed them.

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