Friday 29 August 2014

How to make a Fairyland

Dear friends, Dr Sonia here to present to you the finale in my flower punch board tutorial series – a Fairy land diorama. Can you spot the elements made with the flower punch board ? If you had read my earlier posts [ Easy flower tutorial and Easy basket tutorial ] I bet you could !
The fairy house roofs, the fairy dresses and the fence enclosing the fairies fantasy world were all made using the flower punchboard!
        Built the fairyland on an old cardboard box [ a bit of recycling!] lined with pattern paper stamped with flourishes and embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder and sponged with green ink in patches.[ Its amazing how stamping and embossing can help you to make your own pattern papers to match any project!]
Fairy Furniture 2
Fairy furniture
 Made some fairy furniture using Spellbinders dies and added bits of Cheery Lynn  die cut grass all over the fairy homeland!
Fairy Furniture 3
Fairy furniture
The cute little teapots are from the latest charm collection at Crafters corner!
How to make fairy dresses
     These dresses are super easy to make and you can make dresses for tiny dolls and even big Barbie dolls using this tutorial ! You can see my little girl using the flower punchboard to make the fairy dresses!
We made dresses for these little dolls by punching out a 6 x 1 3/4 inch paper strip as you would for an XXS flower [ See Flower punch board tutorial  for detailed steps ]
DIY Fairy tutorial  1
Fairy dress tutorial
Accordion fold the punched paper strip and wrap around your doll like a skirt!
DIY Fairy tutorial  2
Fairy dress tutorial
If you wish add glue in the pleats to get a snug fit and finally glue the floral skirt like you did while making the flowers as shown in the Flower punch board flower tutorial .
Fairy tutorial  2
Fairy dress tutorial 
We embossed blue butterflies in parchment paper and added them as wings to our fairies!
Fairy House 3
Fairy dress tutorial 
This purple fairy has embossed and water-colored fairy wings. I made an arched doorway to fairyland using Spellbinders label dies and hung crystals on it. Added a tiny flower pot with magical handmade beaded flowers and silver glitter foam leaves!
How to make fairy Houses
Fairyland 3
DIY Fairy house
These fairy houses are super easy to make and by varying the paper strip size you can easily make houses in different sizes
Make the roofs first : Take a 9 x 2 1/4 inch paper strip [ measurements for a XS flower] . Punch and score verticals and diagonals aligning at the XS mark on the flower punch board. Fold and stick into a conical shape just like in the fairy dress tutorial  to get the fairy house roof. If you want you can add glue on the pleats or let it be for a tiled roof appearance. Add a crystal , bead or flower to close the small gap left at the center of the roof.
Fairy House 1
Fairy home
Make the walls:Make a cylinder using cardstock or corrugated paper [super easy as curves are easier to make] and stick under your roof using glue. If you want emboss the paper with wood-grain or tiles  before you stick to the roof. You could also cut out windows and doors
Tip :  A glue gun is easier and quicker to stick the wall and roof!
I added the houses atop circular discs placed on cylindrical pedestals and prettied up with handmade foam daisies and rosestutorial link  :Foam rose tutorial ]
Hanging sign
Made a sign board using the Tim Holtz Hanging sign die and added a cute bird nest charm and lots of mulberry flowers. My daughter wanted me to write something on the sign board but I couldn't really think of an apt caption!

More ideas to jazz up your fairy houses
  • Add lots of glitter
  • Add crystals and pearls
  • Add charms
  • Cut out windows and doors and add a tea light inside to light up your fairy house
Easy fence tutorial

Fences are one of my favourite elements to use in creating dioramas and scenic cards. You could use a fence punch or a fence die if you have one like the Marianne fence  I used around the pink butterfly fairy house or the Memory box fence I used around the purple house.
Fairy Furniture 1
Foam flowers
But regular fence punches and dies come in one size only --with the flower punch board you can make any size fence customized for your project! [Have I told you I love this product!!LOL too many times I guess]
Flower punch board tutorial  1
Fence tutorial 
I punched a paper strip aligning at XS to make the fence for my fairyland. You can emboss it in woodgrain texture and ink the fence and use the paper strip as such
Flower punch board tutorial  3
Fence tutorial 
Or you can cut out individual picket fences like I did!
Here is the fence with grass and foam flowers with stamped and Heartfelt creations die cut leaves and in the background you can see a cute mini metal harp  [ another charm] which I set on a flower table for the little fairies to play!
Fairy House 2
Fairy's Harp
The pink, purple and yellow daisy style flowers are all foam flowers made using the Cheery Lynn  Sunflower die [ tutorial link : Daisy tutorial ]
This post was actually supposed to go live this morning but I had sprained my neck on a flight last week and crafting had to be kept on hold.I could delegate all my ENT surgeries but who could I assign my crafty commitments to ? !!! This project was actually hurriedly put together in just a few hours with lots of help from my little girl!
I hope you enjoyed browsing through fairyland....input needed!

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Overview of Gelatos

Good morning Crafty Folks,

Tejal here with another video. Today I'm playing with Gelatos. In my last Mixed Media Canvas Video, I used these Faber Castell Gelatos and I got a few questions as to what they are and how they I thought of reviewing it for you and showing you how to use them...

I love that I know how smooth and creamy and buttery they are (and no calories at all!!) its just fun to use them..
You can use these on Canvas, Paper, Fabric, Veneers, MDF, watercolor papers etc..and it will give a beautiful result everytime!!

So hop on the Video and join me in exploring this wonderful art Medium.


Here are the close up's of the techniques  I showed in the Video.

 As always, if you have any questions or queries, please feel free to get in touch with us...or leave us a comment!

Much love

Products used in the Video
Tropical Gelatos
Metallic Gelatos
Mix and match set of Gelatos (full box)
Heat Gun
Anti-static bag
Clear embossing powder
Leafy Vines Stamp
Magical Background (dots) - not in stock at the moment
Leaf and Floral background
Water Brush
The Clock work stencil
The CraftersWorkshop Stencils

Saturday 23 August 2014

Creating Tiles!

Hello everyone!
Today I'm here to share a tutorial with all of you.
Well I am sure you all have a lot of scraps and tiny pieces of pretty pattern papers lying around so how about using them to make something pretty? 
Well today we will be making some tiles. You can use these tiles to make a wall hanging or add some magenets to them and use as fridge magnets or well use them in printer trays/shadow boxes, on cards and what not. So here's what I've made

 I started with cutting some pieces of chipboard and trimming down my scraps to the same sizes.
 Next I distressed the edges using the prima distressing tool. Its a lovely tool and give you a perfect shabby look. Its such a must have!
 I layered some pattern paper and stuck the pieces to the chipboard using tacky tape
Next i added this super cute die by marianne. I just loved the cute cupboard and mirror set. The little cupboard opens aswell! :D 

 I added some charms, lace and resin cameo. For the finishing I've a die cut by spellbinders and my favourite liquid perals. The charms add the perfect touch to it! And not to miss our store has recetly launched an awesome collection of charms! Do check them out!
Now for the remaining two tiles i decided to do some fussy cutting. I've used the super awesome parchment scissors for fussy cutting. I just love these scissors they help you cut the tiniest of the pieces and are excellent for fussy cutting!
 I did the same steps for the last 2 tiles aswell.

Hope you all liked the tiles and have fun making them for your projects!
Have a great day!
Anchal Sapra

La Tres Chic Paper pad
Eline's cupboard & frame die
Butterfly edge die
Corner and accents die
Angel wing charm
Clock charm
Scissors charm
Chandelier charm
Comb charm
Hanger charm

Thursday 21 August 2014

Prima Color Bloom Sprays

Hello everyone,

Its Tejal here...and today I'm reviewing the Prima Color Bloom Sprays. Absolutely gorgeous colors and oh the ease of spraying!! Nothing like it!!

Image Source - Prima Blog
Join me as I show you how to use these sprays, the whats and hows of these new sprays! 


And if that wasn't all, I have my very first Mixed Media Canvas to share with you.Please be kind in your comments.

 I made a very CAS Canvas, because I wanted to show that Mixed Media need not be tough or complicated, It can be very easy too!!
So having said that...I would love to see you try a simple canvas and share with us at Crafters Corner.
And have you checked out the awesome awesome new charms in the store? Check them here

I've kept the quote as my main focus and the rest is just to enhance the quote. So what do you think of my first effort??

And here's a small video showing how I made this. Its is in fast forward mode so its only music for today!!!


Leave your valuable comments and questions for me....Will surely get back to you.

Much Love

Soft Teal Color Bloom Spray
Vintage Gold Color Bloom Spray
Peony Color Bloom Spray
Tropical Gelatos
Metallic Gelatos
Tim Holtz Clockwork Stencil
Vintage photo Distress ink
Clock charm
Bird charm
Hero arts Definition Stamp
Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors
Heat Gun

Monday 18 August 2014

Peacock tag...

Hi friends ,
The month is so colourful,festive and with nature at its best….. I am so happy to tell you that our store is full of gorgeous dies and goodies...I picked up few tattered lace dies and they were just the most amazing intricate dies I ever had.
Since a long time I wanted to try my hands on Inlaid die cutting technique and this peacock was just so perfect for it.
I planned a tag with the peacock as it's focal point and created a background with pretty flowers and butterflies. I like things to be proportionate so I selected the embellishments and stamps which fit in perfectly :)
To start with :
Cut the die in four colours- teal, blue,green and purple. 
keep all the pieces carefully and start inlaying the pieces.
I took a sticky sheet and placed my outline die cut (in teal ) on it.Then started placing the first colour which was purple pieces in my case and then added the blue followed by green ones.

That's it was super easy and I created this pretty tag with this peacock.

Hope you like  it and give this super cool technique a try.
For any doubts feel free to contact me and I will be more than glad to help you...
lots of love

List of supplies:
mdf branch
Copic markers
prima tags

Sunday 17 August 2014

Bows- tutorial

Hey everyone!

Happy Sunday morning to you all! Sindhu here with a fun tutorial on how to make different kinds of bows with My Favorite Things Dainty Bows die set.

I love this die set as there are so many possibilities with it. You could make many types of bows and I'm going to show you four different kinds of them and also the assembling of the basic bow.

Let us start with the assembling of the bow...

Please click on the pictures to read all instructions...

I am not good with words and names, So I have no idea what to call these bows... First I thought I'd say 'Type 1 bow, type 2 etc. but I realized that it would be super boring! So I decided to name them even if the names don't fit!

So here is the first one.

The double bow- 

The layered bow-

The criss-cross bow- (Ahem! Sorry for the weird name!)

The triple layered bow-

So that is it for today. I hope you like these bows and will give them a try. 

Thanks for visiting! See you soon!

Friday 15 August 2014

Flower Basket Tutorial

Flower Basket
           Hi friends, Dr Sonia here with another post showcasing the versatility of the Flower Punch Board.First of all Thank you so much for the awesome support on my Flower Punch Board tutorial -- it was my first DT post and I was ever so anxious but your comments assuaged all my fears!!
        Often when I get a new craft toy I obsess about it [ do you do that too?] and try to cook up different ways to use it.7 -petal Flowers made with the Flower punch board tend to stand upright and that gave me the idea to make flower baskets with them.
Floral bouquet
These Paper Baskets are quick and easy to make and will look good as home decor or party favours. I can just imagine filling up the baskets with little trinkets or candy as return gifts!
How to make easy Flower Baskets
If you missed the Easy flower making tutorial do read it first as I don't want to repeat the basic steps of how to use the flower punch board again.
Flower Basket tutorial 
Punch and accordion fold a  5 inch flower [S ]flower and 3 inch [XXS ]flower
Flower Basket tutorial 
Make a 7 petal flower from the  5 inch flower folded strip and curve out the edges using the shaping tool included in the Flower punch board
Flower Basket tutorial 
The flower can stand upright like a basket but to make it  sturdier  you can add a cylindrical base for your flower basket .Fold a 7 x 1 1/4 inch paper strip in half lengthwise[ you don't have to exactly follow this measurement-- I liked the shape this set of measurements gave!]. Glue the ends of this strip to get a circular shape and glue it on to the undersurface of the flower.
Flower Basket tutorial 
You need to be quite generous with the glue in this step and be patient to let the glue dry while holding the parts!
Flower Basket tutorial 
Make a 7 petal 3 inch diameter flower following the Flower punch board tutorial  and stick it inside your larger flower. If there is still a gap in the center add a punched circle to the center.
Flower Basket tutorial 
Make a handle using matching card stock - again no hard and fast rules about the measurement [I used 11 x 1 inch strip] and taper the ends as shown in the pictorial above to allow easy gluing into the basket.
Flower Basket tutorial 
I inserted the tapered ends of the handle under my smaller flower [ you can actually glue on the handle before you glue on the smaller flower!]
Flower Basket tutorial 
The picture above shows the Flower basket on its stand. I couldn't resist adding a Resin flower on the handle of my flower basket!
Resin Flower
Adding the resin flower tended to make my basket topple over [Oops!!!]
Resin flower
So salvaged the project by adding a bouquet of flowers to the basket!
Foam flowers Mulberry Flowers
Poked foam flowers, mulberry flowers and pollens [ these are normal pollens dressed up with floral tape] into play-dough [ instead of floral sponge!!] and added them inside the flower basket.
Flower Basket
Using the same tutorial steps you can make baskets as large as 12 inches in diameter !Here are a couple of  Flower Baskets I made- The photo shows 2 versions - one is quite roomy and can hold your pretty trinkets or party favours.The big flowers on the handles of the baskets were also made with the flower  punch board.
Flower Basket tutorial
I hope you enjoyed the easy basket tutorial tell me how it is.
If you have not got bored of the flower punch board tutorials I can also share how to make the roomier basket drop a comment!
I hope I am tempting you to get the Flower Punch Board which is on sale right now at Crafters Corner!