Thursday, 29 January 2015

Hope-Strength-Courage MM Canvas + tutorial

Hello friends,

Today I have a tutorial to share and a project that I've become very very fond of. When I took to paints and brushes two years back, it was to help me relax and cope with the flurry of events in my life. But, I never really got to pen (paint) what I was going through at that time - probably didn't have the courage. I remember then, the prettiest of flowers couldn't make me smile, all I saw were the thorns. I prayed everyday that God give me the strength to accept what was happening, the ability to make the right decisions and the courage to go through with them.
Beautiful prima flowers, papers, resin, sugar dots and finnabair mediums, mica, glass beads, glass glitter make up this canvas. The sketch is inspired by the January Prima BAP. Also joining Finnabair's Sparkle and Shine challenge.
The colours and texture are inspired from this moodboard at Sassy Scrappers - glass glitter from the S, pinks from the H, crackle and green from the I, blues from the N, flowers from the E and finally something shiny - gold paints, glitter glass, beads, mica and sugar dots.  Actually, the flowers, angel and some of the stamps are from a happy shopping spree on their store.  
The base of my project is a 5x7 canvas covered with a layer of lace, prima princess paper and a couple of strips of washi tape.
 Over it I've applied clear crackle texture paste through a Prima stencil and once dry start adding more colour - the first later of colour was distress inks and watercolours
Then collage strips of leftover paper from Prima Princess using gel medium. Once dry cover with a thin layer of clear gesso. In some areas use white gesso to tone down the print on the paper. One dry, stamp using Prima stitches, script and other stamps.
 Some subtle touches of blue and teal using mists and watercolour pencils then apply texture paste through same stencil. Allow to dry.
More blue and pinks added using watercolours, silks and watercolour pencil. Gold paint on some of the raised areas of texture paste. A little bit more stamping and paint splatter.

Mix mica flakes, glass glitter and glass beads individually in gel medium and apply in an almost cross pattern. Basically I want it to peek through from below the main layering. Once happy, assemble the rest of the layers on top of this base.

 Final touches of more colour, sugar dots, beads and glitter so everything ties in together as one piece. Finally some sunshine today after days of rain, so was able to photograph in natural light.
Thank you so much for visiting me today. Have a lovely day.

Monday, 19 January 2015

3D with Silhouette Cameo

Hello friends,

Happy Tuesday to you all. I hope you found some crafting time this weekend to join us in

Lulupu Challenge #45

3D with Dies (or a die cutting machine)
Click here for all the details and rules

Tanvi Shah presented us with a beautiful shadow box + tutorial last week. If you haven't already started making your submission, I hope my project inspires you to try.

This project is another first attempt for me - traditional scrapbooking technique - paper piecing and layering. No inks, or stamps just paper and glue. Also, my first big project using the Silhouette Cameo. Here is a close up, any guesses?

Its a carousel which also doubles up as a cupcake holder. All papers have been cut using the Silhouette cameo -  plain, textured, glitter and pearl cardstock . Its definitely a dream machine, I could never have created this project without this die cutting machine. The cut file for the carousel is from

There is place for 8 cupcakes and the horses are meant to be cupcake toppers. If you look closely, you can see that the horses have been temporarily fixed to the cupcake wrappers using washi tape. They can easily be removed later and inserted into the cupcake.
The top of the carousel can also be removed, there is enough place for a card and a light weight gift.
The biggest challenge I faced was what glue to use. After some trial and error, I used a combination of dry and wet glues. Just curious - what glue and brand do you use for projects like this?
I hope this post made your Tuesday a little more inspired 
So, dust those dies or cutting machines, take a leap of faith like I did and share your creation here with us.

Supplies from the Lulupu store

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Happy New Year & Lulupu Challenge #44

Hello friends,

Hope you have all had a great start to the New Year.
I had a nice long break over the last couple of months.... and when I got back home was itching to try something different and the current challenge offered just that.
Challenge #44 - Fancy Folds card + punches
Click here to read the full post and challenge guidelines.

If you've seen my work, I hardly ever leave a pattern paper as is. I have to alter it in some way, stamps, gesso, paints. So, this time I decided to stay away from any wet medium. It was very difficult, but an hour later this was born. Its a slider card, with place for two hidden messages. This is what it looks like closed.

Lots of measuring, scoring and lining up edges, couldn't have done it without  Martha Stewart Tools Scoring Board. Pull the tab and the images slide up like so. The Welcome Baby Boy banner is glued only on the edges and the baby image on pop dots so that the tag can easily slide in and out.
View from the top. There is place for another short message on the top too. These papers are a combination of Kaisercraft Bundle of Joy and Pitter Patter Kaisercraft Paper Pad 6.5"X6.5" 40/Pkg. Not only do you get both pink and blue pattern paper in the same pad, there are also 4 sheets of die cuts making it very easy to embellish a project. My favourite though are the sheets with cute vintage baby images - have fussy cut the crane from it.

 This slider has been mounted onto a pearl 6inchx4inch cardstock with lots of room for a personal message to the new parents.

I have few more projects to share but now I'm off to visit all of you dear readers who I haven't visited these last few weeks.


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