Monday 30 September 2013

An easel box with drawer tutorial using pattern papers!

Hi everyone,
Welcome to the last post of this month. Today is the last day for entering our current challenge 3 2 1 set by our DT Mallika. If you have not submitted your take on the challenge yet, there is still few hours left to enter :) So, do share with us your take on our current challenge.
In the meantime, here is a very easy tutorial to create an easel card box with a drawer.But before I share a tutorial for it here's a look at how the finished project looks like (Please excuse my  photography it's been raining here for past 3 days and there seems to be no good sunlight  hence the dull photography ) :

This is how it looks when closed :                                                                              

Another view of the flowers :

Supplies needed :
1. 2 sheets of A4 size cardstock in any color of your choice. It roughly should measure 8 1/2 * 11 3/4 inches.
2. Your choice of pattern papers. You can either use ONE 12 X 12 inch sheet or TWO 6 X 6 inch sheets of the same pattern.
3. Fiskars Sure Cut paper trimmer.
4. Martha Stewart Scoreboard.
5. Tacky Tape/ Glue of your choice.
6. 2 Brads.

Now for the steps on how to make an easel card box with a drawer :-

1. Cut ONE piece of 6 X 6 inch cardstock and score at 1 inch on all four sides and cut a small slit on all four sides where the two score lines meet as shown in the picture below ( This will form your drawer )                                                                   
2. Now to decorate this drawer cut out EIGHT pieces of pattern paper measuring 3/4 of an inch X 4 inch size pieces and also TWO pieces of pattern paper measuring 4 inches by 4 inches.                                                                    
3. Now, to make the band that goes round the drawer cut a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/8 of an inch X 11 inches and score at 1 1/8 inch , 5 1./4 inch, 6 3/8 inch and 10 1/2 inch.
4. Now, cut TWO pieces of pattern  paper measuring 3/4 of an inch X 4 inches. This will go on the sides of the band as shown. 
5. Now, to make the handle of the drawer take a piece of carstock measuring 1/2 inch X 4 inch and score at 1/2 inch on each side of the cardstock as shown in the picture.
6. Now, place your drawer inside the band like this.
7. To make the easel part of your card take a  cardstock measuring 4 1/8 of an inch X 8 1/4 of an inch. Score this cardstock at 4 1/8 inch and 6 1/4 inch. This is the easel part to be placed on the top of the box.
8. Cut a square piece of cardtsock measuring 4 1/8 inch X 4 1/8 inch and glue this down on the easel part of your card.
Glue this square on to the easel part shown above and decorate the card and glue it to the top of the drawer as shown in the picture I have put above.

Supplies I have used to decorate my easel card box :

Punches - Daisy punch and Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Butterfly punch.
Stamps - Kaisercraft 75 Cents, Hero Arts Find Joy stamp set.
Inks :
Distress Inks : Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw.
Distress Stains : Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey.
Embossing powders :
Pearls and pollens.

Hope you all like my tutorial. Please do leave me your comments/suggestions. You know, I love to hear from you all :)
Have a nice day everyone! ( All craft supplies under one Roof )
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Sunday 29 September 2013

Scared of trying PPs?? :)

Hello dear friends,

How have you all been? I see lot of activity happening in blog world and on FB too... You all are busy making beautiful projects, aren't you? Talking about beautiful projects, have you all submitted for the on-going challenge? No? You need to hurry then, only a day left to play along. Click HERE for all the details.You don't want to miss the chance of winning some yummy goodies! :)

I'm here with some basic ideas to use PPs. This post is intended for beginners.

Sorry for the BAD, HORRIBLE pictures. I usually get to craft only in the evenings, so I don't get natural light to photograph things when I'm in the process of making things...

Now that I'm done with excuses, let me tell you what I'm here for today! :)

When I started card making, I couldn't imagine using these beautiful papers. I came to a conclusion that those were not for me. But I couldn't resist hoarding them. After all this time, I mustered some courage to put them to use and I must say, they are so fun to play with! :)

I'm here to inspire all you newbies who are reluctant to buy patterned paper. These simple tips and techniques will let you decide whether you like to use them in future or not! To all of those professional card makers, this post might look useless, please excuse me! :-p

I'll be showing either my finished cards or the techniques here for better understanding...

Let's start, shall we? :)

1. Using PP as it is- The most basic thing that you can use a PP is, use as it is! :-p cut it, used it on a card...very simple.

Here is my card I made for inspiration. This is one of the ways to highlight the PP you want to use.

Keep your embellishments to a minimum...

2. Using stencils on the PP- It's so easy to create a quick card with this technique. All you need is a PP, stencil and a coordinating ink.

3.Stamping on PP- 
 I used a script stamp to stamp on already beautiful PP. I wanted the design to be subtle, so I stamped with white ink.

See how pretty it looks to have your PP frame the sentiment? :)

For this, I stamped in such a way that the pattern is NOT subtle. Just few embellishments, die cuts and stamping, a pretty card can be done in just a few minutes.

.4. Die cutting PP- I loved the results... See it for yourself.

Don't they look pretty? :)

5. Distressing PPs- I absolutely LOVE distressing the edges of PPs.. I feel that distressing the edges of gives a 'soft' look to the project. You can also distress the edges of the die cuts of PPs. Trust me, they look beautiful!

6. Highlighting a portion of PP with glossy accents- This is such a fun thing to do and you wont regret trying.

I highlighted few polka dots... similarly you can highlight a part of design on the PP you want to use...see the gloss???

7. Fussy cutting elements from a PP- I like fussy cutting, especially when I find pretty things to add on my cards! Look at this...

I have cut all these elements from a PP from Mambi 12X12 Mixed media paper pad. Isn't it cute? :)

Here is the PP..

The papers from this paper pad are AWESOME! I am thoroughly in love with each and every sheet of this book. They are perfect for scrap-booking. How I wish I were capable of making a scrapbook! :p

8. Rosettes- Rosettes in my view are one of the prettiest embellishments. It's been ages since I made rosettes. It was the first hand made embellishment I used on my cards when I was pretty new to card making! :)

If you haven't tried them, here's the link of a youtube video...make pretty rosettes from your PPs or even PP scraps.

9. Stitching on PP- Stitching on any paper is a nice addition to your project. I found stitching on PP even better. Stitching adds more beauty to your shabby chic projects.

I used my mother's sewing machine to do the stitching. Excuse my super bad stitching! :) I tried it after many, many years! :) The finished card looks much better....

You can use sew easy tool to add stitching on your cards...

10. Make boxes and pouches- You can make pouches and boxes directly with your PPs, especially when you have no time. Here is one I made long ago...

I had made this in less than fifteen minutes!

And here is the bow I made for the shabby chic card above...

Don't you think such a box enhances the beauty of the card inside??

11. You could also try heat embossing on PP. I haven't tried it yet but I'm planning to... :)

Well....that is all I have got to show you for today.

Supplies used from the store-

Mambi Mixed media 12x12 paper pad
Prima Fairy rhymes paper pad
Distress paints- picked raspberry, mowed lawn, fired brick
distress inks- vintage photo, tumbled glass
colour vibe paper pad
Kaisercraft's texture clear stamp set- 'Confidence'
Zephyr paper pad
Colorbox frost white ink
Ranger jet black jumbo archival ink pad
Red mulberry flowers are from crafters corner too. Contact Shalini if you want some...

So...that's all from me, any queries about the products, drop a mail to Shalini at

Friday 27 September 2013

Wondering how to make a Star Album ?? Here's How !!

Hello Friends....
It's me Riti Poddar once again...and I'm here with a Picture Tute on How to Make Your Own Star Album... Well I had made my first star album way back in 2005 & I'm here again with another Shabby Chic Album for you all !!
I had a blast making this for my Hubby...
You can use them as albums or as a decorative element as well. I had also made these in mini sizes & hung them on to my Christmas trees as ornaments.
Ok...enough of my blabbering.. take a look at the pictorial & you'll know what I'm talking about.

CAUTION :It's a Very Long post filled with sit back, grab your fav. Beverage/Snack & Enjoy !!

Supplies Used :
A4 Prima Paper Pad - Lifetime Collection
                                    Divine Collection
DCWV : Pastels Stack
Distress Inks : Peeled Paint
                        Tumbled Glass
                        Gathered Twigs
                        Walnut Stain
                         Iced Spruce

Memento Ink : Tuxedo Black
Prima Chalk Ink : Old Rose
Doilies : from my stash
Liquitex : Modelling Paste
TCW Stencils : Mini Bricks
                          Mini Art Is
                          Love Birds
Prima's Stencil 8x8 - Lattice
Lace & Trims : from my stash
3x5 Journaling Notecards by Prima - Delight Collection
                                                           Romance Novel Collection
Prima - Ingvild Bolme's Distressing Tool
Prima - Mulberry Flowers in White
Prima - Fairy Rhyme Flower Vine In Light Pink
Prima's Wooden Die Cuts - Clock
Marianne - Bicycle Die 
MFT -Dienamics - Eiffel Tower Die
Dienamics - Fence Die
Lawnfawn - Banneriffic Die
Porcelain Flowers - from my stash
Stamps : Simply Gorjuss (for the sentiment - ...on top of the world)
Simon Says Stamp : Expressions for You Set
Justrite Stamps - Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty
Magnolia Stamps : Tilda with a Dotted Bow
                               Tilda with a Hiding Heart
MDF - Frames (from my stash)
Kaiser craft Die Cuts : Miss Empire Collection
                                     Bonjour Collection
Heart Safety Pin & Sewing Machine Charm : Crafters Corner Store
Scotch ATG : 
Martha Stewart : Doily  Lace Border Punch
Prima : Say It In Crystal Frames
Adhesive Backed Pearls

I hope you all enjoyed watching it as much as I enjoyed making it !!
Please feel free to leave your precious Comments/Queries below. I'll be happy to answer them.
I hope you guys know what your comments mean to us crafters....Yes we get motivated & encouraged to bring in better projects for you all.

I hope this post inspires you to make one for your loved ones ! I'm sure they will cherish it !

P.S. September is almost over !!
So please check out our current challenge 3-2-1 & enter to win some exciting prizes !!

Happy Crafting & Have a Fun-Filled Weekend !!
Signing off with a Promise to bring in some fab projects next month !!

Smiles & Giggles,