Sunday, 16 March 2014

March Challenge - Clean and Simple

Good Morning!

I am back with my take on clean and simple cards.. so buckle up and get ready to be inspired. *wink*


I've used Graphic 45 Secret Garden pattern paper here for this card and I am absolutely in love with this paper pad. The pretty daisies are from Pocket Book Paper Pad Flower set.

I have used some glitter alphas from my stash to match the glitter in those lovely blooms.


Yet another thank you card. This one I went crazy stamping my new butterfly stamp all over the white cardstock.


I colored the one in the center one using Mister Huey's mist in the color Ocean. I used my watercolor brush to give it the gradient effect. Must say, it was very easy to blend the mist with my brush.


This one is my favorite from the lot. Love love love the pink rose lace. These pretty trims are from Webster's pages Sweet Note collection.


Hope you got some ideas from my CAS cards and are motivated enough to enter our March Challenge.

That is all folks.

Until next time.

Happy Crafting!!
- Shruti

Supplies used:
Webster's Pages Sweet Note Trim Card Pack
Mister Huey Mist: Ocean
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Paper Pad
Pocket Book Paper Pad flowers
Crate Paper Little Boy Blue Thickers
Pink Paislee Portfolio Alphabet Sticker
Hero Arts Butterfly Stamp
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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'CLEAN AND SIMPLE' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album March Challenge: Clean and Simple
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Product Spotlight: Silhouette Cameo



Hi crafty friends,

This is Shruti here and I am here to share with you some of my handmade cards as well as layouts I made using my beloved Silhouette Cameo plus to share my views and experiences on this amazing product.

It's been over a year since I've been using my Silhouette Cameo and, I am going to state right off the bat that, I am absolutely in love with it. Unlike the Cricut, you do not need cartridges for cutting files on Cameo. All you have to do is either buy graphics/fonts from the Silhouette Online Store (which are as cheap as $0.99) or create/upload your own images onto the Silhouette Cameo software, resize the image to your liking and CUT! As simple as that! :-) Note: Silhouette online store offers a free downloadable shape every Tuesday, which is today, so make sure you grab them.

(The butterfly as well as the lace background used on the card is cut using my Cameo)

(The lace background, chevron pattern, the butterfly as well as the name is cut using my Cameo)

 (Flowers used on this project, again, is Cameo cut)

(cutting intricate doilies like the one used on this layout takes barely few minutes)

(lace circle background is Cameo cut)

It might take you some time to get a hang of the software but it is totally worth the time spent! One of the best features of the Cameo is the fact that it cuts a variety of materials apart from paper like cardstock, vinyl, fabric, foil, heat transfer material and so much more. All you need to do is adjust the blade depth and cut. The software does come with pre-set cut settings for all materials that you can cut with the machine but it does not always work. Sometimes you have to figure out your own settings based on trial and error, every time you cut a new material.What I do is I keep a post-it note next to my Cameo and jot down the settings that work best for the paper or card stock of different brands I use.The only con I can think of is the fact that the replacement blades and mats are slightly expensive. But if you use your blade and mat wisely then you can prolong their lifespan. For example, you can extend the usage of your mat by cleaning it regularly with a clean cloth dabbed in warm water and air drying it later. This also helps in removing the tiny paper pieces stuck to the mat. 

Anyhow, here is a card I made primarily using Silhouette's Adhesive Cardstock, and I must say this product makes your job so much easy especially when you are working on intricate designs.  



I have always faced issues in sticking intricately cut designs or small fonts onto my project which most often than not makes my project messy with glue seeping from everywhere. But, with this adhesive cardstock all I need to do is cut, peel it off the paper and stick it on to my project. 

On this particular card the background as well as the sentiment was Cameo cut on to Silhouette's white Adhesive cardstock and stuck. I colored the sentiment using my Mustard Seed Distress Marker.The card shape and background was bought from the Silhouette Online Store. It is one of my favorites. 

As for the butterfly, that was made using the Silhouette Print and cut feature which is freaking AH-mazing! But we will discuss more on that in another post. 

That is all from my end for today. I promise to come back soon with more Cameo projects and new ideas. Until then,

Supplies used:

Love,Shruti

Sunday, 9 March 2014

March Challenge: Clean and Simple

Gosh! How long has it been since I shared a scrapbook page here? I'am hoping to break the cycle with this challenge. 


I think my crafting style is predominantly 'clean and simple' and unlike the talented Donna and Ime, I struggle a lot with mixed media. That said, scrapbooking after months, especially for a challenge, is a challenge in itself. 

I printed out the photos, grabbed few supplies and got both the pages done in less than 15 minutes each.  That's all I have for crafting these days, few minutes.


This photo is an absolute favorite of mine. So I wanted to keep the page really simple to keep the focus on the photo more than anything else. 

Looking forward to seeing your submissions. 

Love
Neelu


Supplies Used:
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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'CLEAN AND SIMPLE' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album March Challenge: Clean and Simple
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS 

Another clean and simple inspiration

Hi all! Donna here again for another scrapbook page to inspire you in joining our current challenge: "clean and simple".

Just a couple of details, right and left side. It's that simple.
 I made here several rolled papers adhered together and tied with a paper twine.
hope you like my page!
Looking forward to your submission!


Supplies used:
Paper twine
Various scraps of papers from Crate paper, Amy Tangerine


A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'CLEAN AND SIMPLE' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album March Challenge: Clean and Simple
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS 


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Celebrate Everyday: FS1 School Yearbook






Hello ladies! Neelu here to share a Project Life School Yearbook Mini Album that I’am currently working on.

I had the opportunity to watch a three days’ workshop of Becky Higgins on Creative Live some time in November last year (Live workshops are free on Creative Live and then have to be paid for later). Becky shared so many wonderful ideas and this album was inspired by her. 

Talha is currently in Year 1 at school. His academic year starts in September and ends in June. Like all school going children, Talha also brings home a lot of artwork, classwork, homework and books to read. I used to slip all his work in an A4 clear file. I love going through those files as they never fail to remind me of some forgotten memory of Talha when he was younger. However, this is the first time I've made a scrapbook as such. 

Today, I'am sharing few pages of his yearbook and also some tips on how I organize photos and school work. 


How do I organize photos?
As a mother of two, I take a lot of photos of my children. But how do I organize them? For me, the easiest way is to use Dropbox or Google Plus. Thanks to Google Plus, my photos are automatically uploaded to my account from my phone. And they are organized according to the dates they were taken on. So, even if I fall back on Project Life, I have my photos organized according to date and time. 



How do I organize school / class work?
Since this album was something I started to do in late November, I didn’t have a lot of photos from his schoolwork for September or October. So I limited those months to one page each.

Now, every time Talha brings an artwork or classwork home, I quickly note down the date on it and put it in a pile next to my desk. When I get the time, I scan each of them and organize in folders called January, February, March and so on. Once they are scanned, they go into an A4 clear file (can be found in any local stationery shops).


When Iam ready to do Project Life, I print these scanned images and slip them into pockets. There usually are tones of scanned images from each month. Normally, I make a collage of chosen ones and discard the rest.

As you can see, I have used very few supplies and kept it very minimal. The reason behind this is to make sure I continue with it and not fall behind or give up. 

Love

Neelu
PS. We have a lot of Project Life Themed Card, Mini Kits and other items coming in with our new stock. (Patience, Neelu, patience!!)

Supplies Used


Monday, 3 March 2014

A clean and simple approach - photo tutorial


Hi folks! Donna here for a simple step-by-step tutorial of my "CLEAN AND SIMPLE" version of a layout. I REALLY struggled with this one :) BUT I had to stick to this month's challenge theme. Neelu wanted us to go out of our comfort zone, so excuse my feeble attempt, this is the "cleanest" it could get lol! 

See what I came up with some strips of papers, few cards cut out from a patterned paper, tissue paper (yes I love using this lately, for build up..you'll see later), and some few embellishments.

1. I gathered my photos and the materials I wanted to use for my layout. I kept it really simple and few. No BIG flowers and no gesso/textured paste this time. Since it's quite simple, I opted for a blend of bright and cherry colors.
 2. I adhered the strips at the top and bottom part of the white cardstock.
 3. I added a dash of gold by placing half doilies at the top and bottom too.
 4. Then added the the last strips for both the top and bottom.
 5. I arranged/layered the cut up papers, cards and photos in the center of the layout. I slightly passed through a bit of ink around the papers.
 6. Before adhering with double-sided tape, I used some crumpled tissue paper first. This will serve as build-up for the layers, it will add dimension and soft cushion for the layers above it.
7. And the final layout! Clean and simple!!! Woot!!! :D
A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'CLEAN AND SIMPLE' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our albumMarch Challenge: Clean and Simple
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS 

Supplies used:
Canson white cardstock
doilies
tissue paper

Happy crafting!

February Challange Winner

We are please to announce the winner of our February Challenge: All About Love


Rupa, we absolutely loved how you altered matchboxes to make a dressing table. A gorgeous one too! Please email us within 72 hours to claim your prize: ppsuae at gmail dot com. 

You can find more info and read about Rupa's process on her blog.

Thank you every one for playing along and bombing the gallery this month!

Love
Neelu


Sunday, 2 March 2014

March Challenge - Clean and Simple

Hi everyone! Ime here to share two layouts for Pretty Paper Studio March Challenge "Clean and Simple".

Here is my first attempt on a clean and simple layout. 


I tried my best to make it simple=)


Some close-up shots.
                                          
The arrows are Websters stamp inked with wild honey distress ink. I mixed it up with some wood veneers and sequins.



I just love this camera stamp also from Webters inked with momento. I fussy cut them then traced the white portions with wink of stella then distress the edges with walnut stain. I also added glossy accents on the lens of the camera.



This cute chippie is from blue fern studio primed with gesso then inked with salty ocean. While it's still wet I sprinkled gold embossing powder on random areas.



This cluster of flower is from prima I added some gesso to make it shaby chic. Underneath the flowers are some layers of pattern paper from mme.



Here I used mini peacock stencil from TCW. Watch out for a photo tutorial on how I did it=)



Here's my second layout.

I made this layout under 2 hours. The background is all stamped with distress inks using different sizes of acrylic blocks.


A close-up on the background plus some wood veneers that are inked with brushed corduroy distress ink.


This is a blue fern chippie, the color was quite dark to begin with so instead of inking it with distress inks I painted it with cream acrylic paint.


Here is the strip of cameras stamp set from websters stamp set.


That's all for now. Thanks for dropping by!!!

Happy crafting everyone!!!

A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'CLEAN AND SIMPLE' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album March Challenge: Clean and Simple
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS 

Supplies Used:
the crafters workshop stencil- mini peacock feathers
MME papers- all is bright
wood veneers- hexagons
websters pages stamp-allison kreft cameras and arrows stamp
distress ink pad - wild honey and salty ocean
blue fern studios- good vibes and doddle frame chipboard set
embossing powder- metallic gold
Glossy Accents
wink of stella