Saturday 31 May 2014

Mama and baby! :)

Hello dear friends!

How are you all doing? I can't take this scorching summer anymore...nor can I bear the power cuts for almost 9-10 hrs a day. Oh yeah, that's right, I'm in a complaining mode right now! :)

To cool it off a bit, let me show you what I have made for this post.

Let me whisper something in your ears... Have you heard the news yet? Well...There is a new, cute little addition to our Crafters Corner family. YAY!! Shalini gave birth to a baby boy! Isn't that an awesome news?

So, I decided to dedicate this post to Shalini and her new little prince! Congratulations Shalini! We wish you and your family lots of happiness and prosperity!

Shalini sent me an adorable Penny Black stamp named 'Jumbo Love' to work with. And then after a few days came out the news that we have a new baby boy in the family and it was too difficult to ignore all the sweet possibilities this stamp set offered to celebrate the special occasion.

Here is how the stamp set looks.

Jumbo Love

Isn't it super cute?

Here are my cards...

For the first one, I masked of the images of the little boy and girl on the elephant and stamped the image on a water color paper. After coloring with distress inks, I fussy cut it out. Did the same with baby elephant.

On a piece of water color paper sponged some distress inks to ground the images. Finished it off with few stamped hearts and a sentiment. I usually don't talk about my cards but this one made my heart happy! :)

I had to put in a lot of effort for the next one. I first masked the balloon part of the baby elephant, stamped on water color paper, fussy cut it out. Fussy cutting its tail was SO difficult. :)

The toughest part was the choice of colors for those solid dots from Hero Arts stamp set. I am absolutely in love with this stamp set. It offers so many possibilities. After lot of trials with various color combinations, my DH came to my rescue! We finally agreed on Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar and Tumbled glass distress inks. I stamped the biggest circle in spun sugar where I intended to place my focal image. I built the rest of the around the biggest circle.

I tried reverse stamping on the last one. Pls ignore my pathetic coloring on the baby elephant on right. my black marker bled when I colored the image with distress inks. Should have been more careful. :(

I placed the images in such a way as to make them look like they were holding the strings that tie the balloons. The balloon stamp was in my stash, so I used it. You could use any balloon stamp or even hand draw a bunch of balloons or even an umbrella and stamp a friendship sentiment. SO many possibilities like I said earlier. But I was too lazy to hand draw (read I suck at hand drawing :p)

I'll do a small tutorial on reverse stamping for you awesome people next month! :)

So that's it for today people! See you tomorrow with a brand new challenge!

Here are the list of supplies I used-

Hero Arts- Circles
Penny Black- Jumbo Love stamp set
Distress inks-
Mowed Lawn
Shabby Shutters
Weathered wood 
Pumice Stone
Barn Door
Spiced Marmalade
Ripe Persimmon
Peacock Feathers
Tumbled Glass
Other inks-
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Other tools-
Ink Blending Tool
Ink Blending Foam
Koi water brush

Thursday 29 May 2014

Sunshine Art Journal

Hello My Crafty Peeps...
This is Riti Poddar here today, with my last post for this month !!
It's almost the end of May & the Heat is on its peak...taking a toll on everyone's health. So beat the heat away...sip cool drinks & cool off with summer fruits !!
Most of you must have taken a vacay.. or must be on one !! I took a break & went for a Holiday too for a week...which was much needed! Now am back all refreshed !!
Today I have an Art Journal for you all....A Nice & Bright Page....full of Sunflowers !

Take a look..

Supplies Used :
DCWV 12x12 Paper Stacks - Four Seasons Stack
                                                        The French Country Stack
Tim Holtz Stencil - Rays
                      Distress Paints - Mustard Seed
                                                         Spiced Marmalade
                                              Rusty Hinge
                                               Peeled Paint
                                               Forest Moss
                                               Walnut Stain
                                                  Frayed Burlap
Distress Ink - Dried Marigold
                   Vintage Photo
                  Pine Needles
Studio Multi Medium - Matte
Koi Water Brush - Medium
Ranger - Mister Bottle
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starbursts
Design Memory Craft - Gelatos
                                                  Pitt Brush Pens
Rangers Stickles - Cinnamon
White Gel Pen - Uniball
Butterflies from my stash

Well now that's quite a Long list of supplies that I have used !!
Now I hope you all have taken our current challenge #16 S'omething Special'
If not then you still have time to Enter !! 
Please feel free to ask if you have any queries !
Also I'll be happy if you leave some love in the comment section below !

Thanks for stopping by
Have a Lovely Day !!

Monday 26 May 2014

No line colouring -with distress markers

Hi friends ,
I love magnolia's Tilda because of her innocence and sheer cuteness. It's actually very easy to colour her in with alcohol markers but I wanted to try few techniques with more affordable and available colouring tools.

No line colouring is the new buzz and as I said its easy to do it with copics.
All u need to do is stamp the image with a very light inkpad instead of black and do the rest of the colouring.

I did the same technique using distress markers and I was very happy to get similar results .

Today's tutorial is a picture heavy post so sit back and follow me....πŸ˜‰

Step 1- stamp the image with desert sand ink on a water colour paper.
(Guys please zoom in to see the impression's

Step 2-  with the help of a thin brush colour all the skin with Tattered rose .
Use inward stokes so the colour lightens up towards the nose.

Step 3- add the pink blush on her cheeks with spun sugar.

Step 4- colour the hair keeping in mind her curls and shadows.

Step 5- colour the dress with two shades of purple. Add pumice stone for her pants.

Step 6- add black soot to add more depth in her pants and chef cap.
Colour the shoes with vintage photo.

Step 7- finally do the cake

Gr8!!! It's done .... Wasn't it easy friends?
To bring some glow and interst I added few faux stitched lines with white gel pen and wink of stell over her cap , shirt and cake. 
But then as usual I wasn't satisfied 😝and I loaded it with glossy accents and my latest black enamel accents (by ranger) for her eyes.

Here is the final card I created using this adorable image ...

That's all from my end and I hope u have entered in the challenge# 16- Something Special hosted by my dear friend Anchal.
See ya soon...
Happy crafting!!!

List of supplies :
Tombow multi glue
Magnolia doily die
Brustro water colour paper

Sunday 25 May 2014

Candy Box punch board Review + Tutorial!

Hello everyone!
Today I am here to talk about a product I recently used. Its an ideal product for making return favors Any guesses? I am talking about the We are Memory Keepers Candy Box punch board. I really loved working with it. It makes such adorable boxes which are oh so perrfecttt for return favors, to gift sweets.
You can make any size candy box using this board. I have made 3 different sizes with the board to show you all. You can use pattern papers or cardstock. It has a good punch which can easily punch out a thick cardstock so you dont need to worry about using thin papers for making the candy box.

Here are the candy boxes I made. Aren't they cute? You can decorate them any way you like.

Now moving on what else can you make using this board? Think! Well do you remember I posted a jar using this board last month! I got requests to do a tutorial for it. So you wish is fulfilled I will now be sharing a tutorial on how the make a jar box using the same candy box punch board!!! YAYY!
Here's the jar we will be making today!

1) Cut a piece of cardstock/ pattern paper measuring 6*10-1/4

2) Score this at 1-3/4, 4-1/2 inches

3) Aligning it at 10 1/4 and keeping the 1-3/4 side on the top begin scoring and punching.

4) Using scissors cut between the 1-1/2 inch score lines and trim off the corner piece as in the picture.

5) Rotate the paper and punch it to give it a neater look.

6) Now add tacky tape to the corner and stick it together.

7)Pop all the creases.

8)For the bottom flaps I used 2 circles one on the inside and one on the outside to give it a neater look. I've cut the circles using the spellbinders circle die.

9) Decorate it as you desire. In my first jar box I used lot of dies and stamps and the very cute dove embellishment from the store. For my current jar I've used a Spellbinders die which i have distressed with walnut stain distress ink and added this cute key charm. The jute rope is from my stash.

Hope you all enjoyed the tutorial below is the list of the products i used.
Dont forget to take part in our current Challenge #16 Something special!

1)We are Memory Keepers- Candy Box Punch Board
2)Martha Stewart - Scoring Board
3)Prima- Divine Paper pad A4
4)Tacky Tape
5)Tonic Scissor
6)Tonic paper trimmer
7)Spellbinders Luscious Labels 1
8)Justrite For all you do stamp
9)Distress ink pad- Walnut stain
10)Ink blending tool
11)Ink blending foam
12)DCWV Tattered Time Paper stack
13)Rose key metal charm
14)Resin- Dahlia flower
15) Resin- Bird with nest

Thanks for stopping by!
Anchal Sapra

Friday 23 May 2014

'Hero Arts'- Hero of the day!!

Hey everyone!

Sindhu here. Hope you are all doing good and getting some crafty time. Summers are always fun, aren't they? (That is if you ignore the heat I mean! :p)

Well, I have serious internet problem at the moment, so I'll just show you what I made for this post. This is gonna be a bit long as I choose to give you all the details of how I made these cards.

The Hero Arts stamp sets that Crafters Corner has are SO awesome and few sets are totally my type! ;)

I'll link up all the products at the end of the post.

Here are the images of the stamp sets I used. You'll get a better understanding if you know how they look like.


The first card is my favorite. Click on the picture to get a better view of the details.

Here is how I made this card-
1. I inked up the envelope back ground stamp with Vintage photo distress ink and sprayed a lot of water. I didn't want a defined BG, hence a lot of water.
2. Wiped off the ink and water from the stamp with a paper towel, inked it up again with the same ink and this time, without spraying water, stamped it again on the already stamped BG. Don't worry about perfection! :)
3. On a piece of water color paper, I masked the stem part and stamped only the flower with Vintage photo. With my water brush, I carefully picked up the color from the stamped image and colored the whole flower.
4. Since the color got diluted and the image looked lighter than I wanted i to be, I stamped the image again with the same ink over it. I loved the result.
5. I repeated the same steps for the stem and leaves part too.
6. Finished the card with the beautiful sentiment .

I like the simplicity on the second card. I love how a single stamp set can be used and still get good results.

I stamped the flower image twice with different inks, colored them the way I did on my first card, stamped the sentiment. for the last card... The way this card turned out made me HAPPY!! I absolutely love the stamp sets used on this one. The envelope background and the 'Circles' stamp sets.

Steps to make this one-
1. On a piece of water color paper, Stamp the envelope BG with versamark watermark ink. Heat emboss in white.
2. Spray the whole panel with LOTS of water (the water gets trapped in the space formed after heat embossing), pink up inks of your choice with your water brush from distress ink pads (or dab them on your craft sheet and pick the ink) and just touch the water on the image. The water will do your job in spreading your ink. Just be sure that there is enough water before you add different colored inks.
3. Once you have finished adding colours, use your heat gun to dry it or let it air dry.
4. Once dry, take different sizes of solid circle images from the stamp set, stamp onto the panel with distress inks. 
5. All you now need is a bold sentiment which this set already has. Stamp the sentiment with black archival ink on vellum and you are done!

So that's it for today folks! See you again soon!

List of supplies used-
Hero Arts Envelope pattern BG stamp
Hero Arts Things we love stamp set
Hero Arts Circles stamp set
Ranger white embossing powder
Ranger heat it tool
Vintage photo distress ink
Picked raspberry distress ink
peacock feathers distress ink
mowed lawn distress ink
Ripe persimmon distress ink
Jet black Archival ink
Koi water color brush
craft sheet
Ranger ink blending tool
Ranger ink blending foam
Mini misters
MS Score board

If any product is out of stock in the list, pls contact Shalini and she'll let you know when it's back in stock.

Monday 19 May 2014

Goodbye Static Pad - Review

Hello, Tejal here today with another review for you ...

If you are like me and love Embossing....then today's product is a must-must-must have for you. Today I'm talking about the Goodbye Static pad...or also called the Anti-Static bag.

What is it?? Its a anti-static powder in cloth bag..which when used before any heat embossing, use of glitters, perfect pearls etc..eliminates static. So your powders stick only where they are meant to and not anywhere else.

Have you ever embossed and found random stray dots here and there...especially if you are heat embossing with white on a Dark Card-stock?? This is the solution.

Join me for a step by step demo of how to use it

Here I am ready with my supplies for heat embossing. My Versamark, American Crafts or Ranger White embossing powder, Heat gun, Stamp set and The Goodbye Static bag

Lets get started..
Your Anti static pad comes in a re-useable ziplock bag..keep it inside always when you are not using it.

Get your Cardstock ready....and get your Anti static bag out of its ziplock bag.
You can either pounce on your cardstock or wipe the surface with it.
 For me pouncing works better.

Cover the whole area where you are going to be embossing.  No need to cover the whole card if you are going to emboss only in the corner.....

 This is what your CS should look like after swiping with Anti static bag. I'm doing two with Anti static bag, one I can show the difference in the embossing.

 After you've pounced the anti static powder on the not touch it more than necessary.  Else you shall get finger prints again on the CS, which will nullify the effect of the anti static pad.

Now ink your stamp with Versamark and stamp it on your Card stock

I kind of forgot to take a picture of the next step....Just add your embossing powder....tap off the excess and Heat set it.

 After your embossing has cooled down a bit, take a piece of misted cloth or even just a dry rag will do....rub it over your embossed piece to remove any excess Anti static powder that remain after embossing.

And you're done!

To actually see the difference I am talking about...ZOOM out this pic on another tab and see. 

1. The one with Anti-static pad has one or two random spots of white embossing powder...the 2nd piece ... it has a million..
2. See the embossing on the word "Special". The one without Anti static pad has cracked in places, while the one with the Anti static pad, is very very smooth. 

And this one pad will last you a long long if you love embossing, this is one tool you need to have in your kitty!! 

You can also use it when you are embossing with Glitters, Perfect pearls, etc. 

As always, if there are any doubts or queries, feel free to leave a comment or email me. 

Click over the links below to buy your products...
Hero Arts Birthday sentiment (I'm linking to another equally cute set)