Wednesday, 28 December 2011

DT calling .............

What can be more exciting than to start  the new year with something new in your Kitty ... Well well well...... it doesn't have to be just a gift or something ..... It can be linked to one's creative side too ...... So thanks Pooja for giving everyone a chance to try to be a part of DT which will act as catalyst in enhancing the already creative superminds of one and all.


Am not sure if an amateur crafter like me can make it but still whats wrong in trying ??? : ) ....

Join in the fun.....

Happy crafting,
Meghna


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas ,

December was much much much hectic than I had thought it would be. My birthday, then hospitalization, then my assignments really kept me busy and away from crafting .

I was honoured ( : D ) by Jovita Serrao Dsouza  who invited me as a guest blogger for her Christmas Special... Thanks girlie for considering me worth . So then I thought to club this one with the ICRC 13 and Kalindi  blog anniversary contest.. Sorry Kalindi my assignments kept me busy to post this earlier :)

Now about the card..... The theme for ICR was to make a Christmas card with non-traditional colors ( NO REDS NO GREENS and and and NO WHITE BACKGROUND ...... :( )



Kalindi challenged us to make a card based on the theme " Unconditional Love " and and and no punches or any machinery to be used ....

I always feel Jesus Christ truly lived for the happiness of mankind and  even died for the same. Is'nt it a coincidence that Christmas falls exactly at the year end to give us happiness when one more year is slipping away from our hand ......What more can I say about his Love for mankind ........

Christmas in childhood meant 8 days vacation, party at a friends house and that yummy cakes to relish. With growing years I understood the true meaning of christmas. I remember making life size Santas for friends with Velvet papers and lots of cotton. I love creating crib as much as I love making the mud forts in Diwali . There's so much we can express with out words ...

I have tried to make layered easel card depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. ( Though my sheeps are well fed and too fatty  :D ) ... I had to do lots of planning for getting those figures perfect and YES everything is hand cut ( Except for the punch on cover page and sentiments ( Thanks Jovi for the lovely sentiment gift fromPie Lane )

 Thats my closed Christmas Easel Card. I loved the look the puching has added on to the black paper. Snce I was making this card keping the ICRC in mind I could'nt use Red, Green or White back ground ....( Rules dear ) The flowers are quilled :)


Thia is how the card looks when opened up..............



As the cover easel takes its place and all the layers arrange themselves , this picture comes in effect....

A close up of the quilled flowers :D


Close up of the crib... I  have used cotton and hay for stuffing... just to give it a little 3D effect... Actually had  wanted to use the golden glitter but couldn't find ( as usual ) so ended up using the Fuchsia instead ..But Golden would have looked much better I guess.....


Another close view....


And here.... This is the side view... The Orange gap you see is actually a pocket opening on readers RHS to insert personalized message ....

Ahhhhh Thats it .......

Let me know your views ...

Happy Crafting,
Meghna



Tuesday, 29 November 2011

ICRC 12

I think one day ICR will surely award me the latew entry award ....... Phew ........ All my entries are on last minute but am comparitively early this time :)

So now to the ICRC 12... The challenge was to use dots and stripes ... hold on guys thats not all :) ..... with a tag if possible :) ....

And then the inspirational crafts by the DT were just awesome.

I was in double minds whether to participate or not coz I wasn't getting any ideas. I didn't wanted to use the regular dots and stripes papers or stamps ... just wanted something hatke :) and and and .... the other day was just giong through the newspapers when an advertisement from some travel agency caught my eye. It was an advertisement for the African Safari and had theseTigers and Cheetahs pictures..... That was enough to inspire me but I just used Girraffe and Zebra ...:) .. So here's my take on ICRC 12 .... :)


This is a totally hand drawn nd hand cut card :). So friends howz my Dotty Giraffe and Stripy Zebra ????

Now.... Where is the tag???? Here's the twist ...



I concelled it behind the Girraffe. I made a box tag holder behing the black layer so that the giraffe doesnt stray here and there :P



a snap with the tag kept seprately ..... My whole idea in using the zebra and Girraffe was to convey the message that with out that person ( Girraffe ) one's life would be so dull ..... I don't know if I have done justice in sending the message across :)

Life without colors ................

 A close view of the hand made Girraffe and Zebra :)


Here I have used very thin peeled layer of ply ... Got it when the interior was being done .... Splashed it with some Acrylic colors to look it make colorful :) .. I think it gave a complete effect as a wooden signboard on the fence ... What do you think ???

Sending it across to ICRC 12

Happy Crafting,
Meghna


Friday, 25 November 2011

Mixed Bag :)

Well as the title suggests this one is going to be a mixed bag ... I mean mixed post . Reason you can say I am really fed up of the power cuts here ... No timings at all... Lots of time the moment I sit to do a write up BLING .... there goes the electricity .... and secondly I have become a bit lazy :)

I recently bought a lot of Pie Lane goodies from Jovita ... I absolutely loved their stencils and have been crazily making cards with them :)



I made this quick card for my sweet sis-in-law. She plays kabbaddi for the Western Railways and was to leave for their matches.... Stencil and the glitter balls are from Pie Lane ...



That's the inside. Again the stencil ,glitterballs and the Flower are from Pie Lane. The silhouette is hand drawn .

Last week was full of surprises for me. Before I compile my post let me say sorry to all the below senders for posting it so late ... Lazy me :(

It all started with my receipt of long awaited parcel from Ujjwal . I had won a candy from her which was organised marking her 100 followers on Facebook and I had also ordered few cardstocks from her.. Then our Indian Speed Post :) After numerous rounds and arguments finally got my packet :)


I won a set of Unity Stamps .... Thanks Ujjwal for the lovely stamps ( though I have to use it yet ) and also the small thank you card you sent along ....

Then came my second surprise ... TADa..... A small packet in my post box.... Wondering what it was ???/ and my joy knew no bounds when I opened it.. It was my second ATC for October from Priya Venkat ... She is my inspiration for scrap books and mini albums.


These cards have an signature of her style ..... Clean nd perfect in every aspect. Thanks Priya .

Well guys this was not the end of surprises .... Another day.. another card :) ... This one was  our anniversary ,came on behalf of ICR from our lovely Sudha :)

Thanx a ton ICR and Sudha :)

Happy Crafting,
Meghna


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Anniversary card :)

Last week was a bit tiresome ... Celebrations on sunday .. Ya.. it was our 2nd anniversary followed by traditional ceremony to mark first death anniversary of my sweet ma in law .... Lots of guests .....

So now a quick post on the anniversary card I made for my hubby before I am off for a weekend break :) .... I really need one ...

Now on the card.... as usual made in the umpteenth hour ............

This time I made a box card ... that can hold two temptations ( two to mark the two years of our togetherness with two roses ) Card stock is a local buy. All the background wordings are handwritten ... ( can u see a portrait at the extreme end??? Thats a charcoal painting of  my DH made by me :) )

A close view ...


This is a Black silhouette ( hand drawn n cut )  placed on a White sheet overlapped by Red Parchment Paper .. I loved the romantic effect it added to the card .....


For the first time I used Foam .. I just hand wrote the wordings with Rotring pen.. I loved the fluffy effect it gave to the card.


That's the inside view. I couldn't decorate it much becoz of the time constraint .... 

The flap opens up to giving me ample of space to scribble my never ending thoughts :)


Hand written tag holder :)


And that's us with our sweetheart ( broad awake at 12'O clock mid night ) bringing in our second anniversary .

Happy crafting,
Meghna





October ATC's

Well I know its bit too late for posting these but I was actually awaiting my second ATC which never came :(...

Firstly let me thank Shobhana for her awesome ATC ... This one is special since its my first ATC :)..... and THANKS once more for the lovely anniversary card she sent along with.. Its sweet of her to remember and send it .

I have always appreciated Shobhana for her simple but elegant cards. She has her unique style . She doesn't need to decorate the cards but her simple cards speak  lot about her creations.


Her ATC is so simple but speaks a lot about celebrations. Paisleys which are my personal favourites is considered as a traditional motif. Its a must have in celebration articles then may it be in henna design or a traditional saree.... Thanks Shobhana once again :)

And here are my two ATC's which I posted ...

Thanks Kalindi for your post on the ATC .............

Happy Crafting,
Meghna


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Scrap Book :)

I love doing scrapbooks .... Though they require a lot of effort the end results make u smile .... This is one of the reasons I absolutely adore Priya for !!! She makes scrap books with so much ease and all her creations are just way different from each other .......


I gifted this one to a friends daughter on her first birthday . I am happy with this one not only because I made it but rather because I winded it up in flat 24 hours :)



This is the cover page with a cute lil girl :)... Though I was unhappy with the wordings ... Looks too empty but didn't had time to rectify :(



Second page . The two blang tags are to for her pictures with a tag at side showing her birth details .
Page 3 - Space for more snaps :)


Page 4- Some more tags for messages nd snaps



Page 5 - The LHS folded card opens to become a big square giving ample of space for snaps nd messages inside. The RHS has 3 inserts above while the bottom part can be flip opened having 6 pages one inside another.



Page 6 - The LHS is one of my favourite pages. The topmost part opens upward ... then the cards below those opens on left side , The next pack opens down ways nd then the last one opens towards right side ... Ample of space for snaps .... The RHS page has total of 4 inserts .....

Thats It...... Can anyone please suggest the ways of packing the scrapbooks for gifting ????

Happy Crafting,
Meghna





Monday, 31 October 2011

ICRC 11

I am way too late to post this.... :( ... Don't know hoe this skipped my mind though I had been visiting the ICR often ( Signs of agening ????? )

Anyways this is one of the superquick cards I have made. I am just posting the front angle card ....... Message inside too personal :D


The ICRC 11  was to make an Easel card with basic shapes and her's my take on it .....



Well the wording on the circle reads University of friendship, Love and Marraige :)..... and it goes to my hubby :)

Happy Crafting,
Meghna

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Celebrate with Simplicity - 4

My Fourth and final card on the festive themes using Warli .....

I made a lot of cards using these themes. I kept the basic four designs and then interchanged the back grounds or the colors . Some I used on the envelopes, some on the cards .... I remembered Probability chapters :) ( I am glad I can use them practically :)



Again for Crafty JC Challenge - Simplicity

Happy Crafting,
Meghna

Celebrate with Simplicity - 3

My third Post :) :) :)

I made all these cards long back but am posting them now as the next few days will be too busy .........

Again my favourite Warli theme :)




Again my third entry for Crafty JC Challenge - Simplicity

Happy Crafting,
Meghna

Simplicity - 2

My second post on simplicity :)

Again Warli :) .......................and a pinch of color to it ..... Madhubani designs are also something I love because of the use of bright colors in them.... They just set your mood ...... Bright and colorful .... I made the background with simple Black and White warli motifs and then added a small patch of handmade paper to it decorated it with bright Orange and Yellow patch work .............




This goes for Crafty JC Challenge - Simplicity

( The bit curved edge is the handi work of my lil one - I can't understand how she manages to lay her hands on my stuff :) )

Happy Crafting,
Meghna

Celebrate with Simplicity - 1


Crafty JC's challenge for this month themed Simplicity made my mind work amply.... Lots of ideas but something or else kept me busy ...

Finally I sat down to make a few cards with simplicity in mind ..... since the mood around is so festive I decided to work around the same.................. Celebrate with simplicity :).... 

I am too fond of the Warli paintings.. rather crazy ....... I personally feel those simple paintings are so much simple but elegant......... What say????



 This goes for  Crafty JC Challenge - Simplicity

This is just one of the few cards I made........... More to follow........ Till then Happy Diwali ..........

Happy Crafting 
Meghna :)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

My Candy arrived :)

 Last week was quite hectic. First my lil one was down with viral and then me :) ..... How much I hate taking the medicines :( but thanks to Sudha whose timing to send my ICR candy was just perfect :)

This Is what I won ..................

Sudha .... The Printed papers are just amazing ... so are the doilies nd the crochet flowers and the stickers ...... in short everything

Thanks Sudha and Thank you ICR .......

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Win at ICRC 10

Well I never imagined I could win ... that too with my first ever entry :)

Thanks ICR ... Its a big thing for me ... This has fuelled me to take crafting seriously....

And Thank you Sudha for the wonderful Candy u sent me... Will be uploading the pics soon .....

P.S. I also won at Ujjwals give away :D ......

Happy Crafting,
Meghna

Friday, 30 September 2011

My First ICRC challenge :D

Though I had signed in as member for ICRC long back , I didn't try their challenges ..... ( I used to just visit the blog and try to understand the different styles ........ ) and finally here I am posting my first ever entry in ICRC.

I would like to extend my thanks to all the talented ladies there who inspire me everyday.........


This is the sketch provided for guidelines .....

And here goes my card ( Well I don't know if I am on the right track...... )

Well the twist in the challenge was to use fabric/felt along with the sketch.......


And here's my take on the twist... my dancing queen in red satin one piece.......
I first glued the satin on a card sheet and then cut it after it had completely dried.... 


The sentiment................... so incomplete without you..............
I have tried to showcase the sentiment in the card.......

Would love to hear your comments...

Happy crafting :)
Meghna




Wednesday, 28 September 2011

My First Easel Card :)

I was in love with this card type the moment I saw it on Juhi's blog.... Its so simple yet has a 3 D effect ............
So here's my take ..............


I had come across a similar dancing silhouette in a dancing course advertisement and I loved the feel.... But It took me quite long than I guessed to get those curves sketched .....


Here is the close view ... Also I tried to make the paper rose ( I have used the double sided crepe paper purchased from Neha )


That's my dancing couple .....

Await your comments.....

Happy crafting,
Meghna



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