30.6.16

Galaxy Pop Up Card

Galaxy Pop Up Card 
       Hi friends the "galaxy" theme is very much in vogue in crafting circles and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to make using Distress Inks  !
       I layered a Winnie and Walter die cut over my galaxy background and added a "planet" [from Winnie and Walter True stamp set]too!
Galaxy Pop Up Card 
The sparkly Happy Birthday is a glitter foam die cut
Galaxy Pop Up Card 
On opening, this is a super fun Pop Up Card and  a folded 4 panel accordion strip swings up and opens out horizontally!
Galaxy Pop Up Card 
       It is a super fun mechanism to play with and I tweaked a tutorial by Kevin  to make this card mechanism! Kevin's tutorial may scare most of you away but I promise I"ll soon share my modified version which is easier and totally doable !
Galaxy Pop Up Card 
       I doodled on some stars and dots on my pop up strip for the galaxy theme. The stacked presents was made using a die from Poppy Stamps using the inlaid die cutting technique.
Galaxy Pop Up Card 
        Gold and purple look so good together and so my birthday  cake was heat embossed golden and water-colored purple .Also added a few more planets!
Galaxy Pop Up Card 
 And here is another view of the Pop Up Card to show how the card strip pops up!
Galaxy Pop Up Card 
I hope you liked my Galaxy themed Pop Up Birthday Card
Supplies : Dies :  Winnie and Walter Cover Model Multifaceted Cutaway , Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles ,Poppy Stamps Birthday Stack, Spellbinders Sentiments, Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday
Stamps :  Winnie and Walter True ,Itsy Bitsy Birthday
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28.6.16

Garden Center Step Card

 Center Step Card
        Hi friends though I  love making fancy fold cards this is my first attempt at a center step card  and though technically the card was easy  [I followed Joann's tutorial ], my mojo was at a low and boy did I struggle to embellish it ...my mind visualised something but my hands created something entirely different...if you know what I mean!
          And on more than one instance I was tempted to dump it all in the  dustbin!
 Center Step Card
         Made the central panel with a crackle stamp , sprays , Distress Inks  and stencilling with inka gold. The sparkling golden leaves were heat embossed using the Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set and the flower was made using Heartfelt creations stamps and dies.
 Center Step Card
The little bird and nest were made using lightweight air drying clay and molds
 Center Step Card
          The heart is from the  Winnie and Walter True stamp set- it was heat embossed in white and colored with Distress Inks.I smeared Inka Gold on the heart  and on random areas on the crackle background to give a golden sparkle.
         The two butterflies on the top sparkle as they were stamped on an  "Alcohol inks swirled" metallic card stock
 Center Step Card
          While I was making this card, my in house critique , my 10 yr old daughter ,told me bluntly that the side panels and the centre looked rather disconnected!Well I had to agree with her and I added pink ribbon roses and a twirling pink pearl string  across the central panel and side panels to try and bring about a coherence though am not sure how much I have succeeded!
What do you think my friends?
 Center Step Card

Supplies : Dies :  PoppyStamps swirly curl border , Poppy Stamps Weeping Willow Branches  ,Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Persian Accents , Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings die, Sizzix Hero Arts Die- Stamp Set 657773
Stamps : Winnie and Walter True , Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set ,Sizzix Hero Arts Die- Stamp Set 657773 , Crafty Individuals 213,Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose Stamp 
Misc Products : Whipped Spackle, Inka Gold, Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks  
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22.6.16

Interactive Magic Shutter Cards

Interactive Magic Shutter Cards
         Hi friends sharing 2 fun Interactive cards which I made to give to my daughter's friends.
         We stay in what is popularly called as a "residential layout" in India and my daughter gets invited to a lot of birthday parties !
       Over the months I realised that rather than my usual floral cards I needed to make kid friendly simple and fun cards!
Interactive Magic Shutter Cards
Sharing two cards which I am hoping will appeal to both boys and girls!
           The Garden themed card with froggies is an interactive gatefold card which on opening has a window magically appearing to reveal a sentiment!
Interactive Magic Shutter Cards
With the rainy season starting in Bangalore my garden has lush greenery and lots of croaking little and not so little froggies!
Interactive Magic Shutter Cards
Do you think boys will like this one despite the flowers?
Interactive Magic Shutter Cards
This short video shows how the Interactive Shutter Card works.

Supplies : Dies :  Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles 
Papers DCWV Mariposa
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Simon Says Wednesday Animal Magic
Simon Says Monday Pattern Paper

Interactive Magic Shutter Cards
I went with a theme which will appeal to little boys ...cute smurfs bowling and playing golf and generally goofing about!
Interactive Magic Shutter Cards
Linking my smurfs card to
Simon Says Monday Pattern Paper

If you want a tutorial...there are several around and my Pinterest Board has the ones I followed to make these fun cards which go by various names such as peekaboo card, shutter card, magic window card etc : Card tutorials

21.6.16

Garden Pop Up Card

Garden Pop Up Card 
         Hi friends though I stay in Bangalore which is a busy metropolitan city we are lucky to have a home away from the hustle and bustle of usual city life!
Garden Pop Up Card 
        Birds are regular visitors to our home not only because of the fruit and vegetable garden my hubby grows but  because our darling doggies [Snowy, a Lhasa apso and Goldy, a cocker spaniel] let the birds drink and eat right from their dishes!
Snowy and Goldy
      And as you can see from the picture above of our doggies  eating from one bowl [ yeah they never ever fight!!], they are rather messy eaters and the birds literally have a buffet spread everyday!
Garden Pop Up Card 
Now coming back to my card I used a special twist up pop up mechanism to pop up parrots on the center of my card and added butterflies and yellow flowers galore to my garden!
Garden Pop Up Card 
The yellow butterfly is a Hero arts stamp heat embossed and colored with Distress Inks  and I added a green and golden twine trail to it!
Garden Pop Up Card 
I love Poppy Stamps dies and here I have used 2 of my favorite dies to create the  lattice and hanging vines for my garden!

Garden Pop Up Card 
In the picture above you can see how the pop up mechanism is . It's a rather tricky mechanism which I learnt from a book on Pop Up Cards. I have seen a die for this type of Pop Up Card on my friend Alice's blog .
Here is the short video showing the pop up mechanism.



And sharing a few pictures which inspired my card ...... the photo below is the  view from my window and you can see a lone parrot relishing the Sapota fruits!
Parrot on Sapota tree
The picture below was taken after a few minutes ...and can you guess how many more  feathered friends joined the feast....
Mynah Birds and Parrots on Sapota Tree
Hehe yeah there are 3 parrots and 2 mynahs!! What a delight they were to watch!
Lilies in our garden
And I cant resist showing off my hubby's Lilies!
Bee eater
And that is the "Bee eater" , yes quite a ferocious sounding name but such a beautiful cute bird and a common visitor to our locality!
Spring Onion
      And the picture above is from our vegetable patch...its the flower of the spring onion plant and below is the more artistic version of it taken by hubby  [ I dont have the blurring background trick level of photographic skills!]
Spring Onion
I hope you enjoyed the peek into my garden and reading about our garden visitors!
Supplies : Dies :  PoppyStamps Meso background ,Poppy Stamps Weeping Willow Branches Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles , Memory Box Spring Border   Sizzix- Hero Arts  Stamp- Die Set Flowers and Butterflies 657773
Papers : DCWV Mariposa
Edited : This card was featured by Di at her Pixie's playground----Thank you so much  Di its an honour !

20.6.16

Happy Heart Card


Lattice Heart Card
         Hi friends  I was feeling quite down in the dumps yesterday and  decided to make a colorful "Happy " card  to chase away some of those blues!
And yes I have photographed this "Happy Heart"card on our terrace garden!

Details : The lattice is a Winnie and Walter Die cut in shiny gold and white card stock and dressed up with pearls using my Crystal Tanto pick up tool
The heart is from the Winnie and Walter True stamp set and was heat embossed in white, fussy cut and sponged with Distress Inks  .
The background was sponged using mowed lawn, abandoned coral and wild honey Distress Inks  and white dots made using a white gel pen.
The Happy as 3 layers staggered using foam tape.

Supplies : Dies :Winnie and Walter In a Word Happy Cutaway ,Winnie and Walter Cover Model Multifaceted Cutaway  ,Spellbinders Shapeabilities Persian Accents
Stamps : Heart from Winnie and Walter True Stamp Set 
Tools : Crystal Tanto
Distress Inks :mowed lawn, abandoned coral and wild honey 
Linking to  
  1. Peekaboo designs Challenge - New is the Winnie and Walter Cover Model Multifaceted Cutaway die. Old is the Winnie and Walter Happy Cutaway die
  2. Winnie and Walter Rerun 11 - True
  3. Addicted to Stamps - Have used bright summer colors
  4. Virginia's View Challenge 

16.6.16

Cats and Dogs Accordion Birthday Card

Accordion Card
        Hi friends Thank you so much for the sweet supportive comments on my daughter's felt charms! Sharing an accordion card I had made as a birthday card for my daughter[ the Pom Pom Bunny Card shared earlier was made for my mum to give my kiddo!].
Accordion Card
My daughter loves cats and dogs so I could make a simple interactive card by using some cute feline and puppy stickers .
Accordion Card
We have 2 dogs at home...one is a Cocker Spaniel and the other is a Lhasa Apso and I was thrilled that the  doggy stickers I used looked somewhat like our own fellas!
Accordion Card
Well the puppies and kittens need a garden to play in so added a floral themed pattern paper  and simple punched florals and Itsy Bitsy flowers.
Accordion Card
The lacy border atop was made using a Spellbinders die and subtly shaded with Distress Inks  to match the pink of my flowers.
Accordion Card

        It looks like such a  simple card but this was made on the eve of her birthday after a long day of baking, preparing party food   for the birthday party , racking my brain for party games and of course all the  cleaning and decorating so it felt like a mammoth undertaking!!
Oh Yes we did have a themed party this year too...my daughter seems to have the idea that a birthday is grand only when it has a theme!! 
Ooh the pressures of modern day motherhood!!

Supplies : Dies :  Spellbinders Shapeabilities Persian Accents,Elizabeth Craft Designs Karen Burniston Oval Accordion,Spellbinders Sentiments
Itsy Bitsy Flowers, Itsy Bitsy Kitten Stickers
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13.6.16

DIY Felt Handbag Charms / Keychains

DIY Felt Handbag Charms
           Hi friends , many of you know that my daughter loves to craft!Well in this post my 10 yr old is donning the DT cap for  Crafters Corner and demoing 2 super cute DIY felt key chain/ bag charm kits in a You tube video .

 Many of us dont have patience for videos [ myself included] but please do check out the first few seconds of the video as it includes a classic "faux pas" and which my little one agreed to include hoping it will make you smile!
Felt Butterfly Charm/ Keychain

What I love about these DIY  kits is
  1. It includes all the materials to make the keychains/ charms including high quality felt, stuffing and a fabulous plastic needle which is especially cool and we have saved it for use in future projects too
  2. Level of difficulty : It is not too easy and not too difficult to do  so good for adults or children who are dextrous enough to handle threading and tiny embellishments
  3. Versatility- the owl and butterfly can be used as a  keychain or to add to a bag or simple as a decorative item
  4. Economic to gift crafty souls
Felt Owl Bag Charm
So here is the cutie owl my kiddo made . My daughter is learning french this year and has named her little owl " Hibou" which is french for owl!
Hibou is hanging  happily on her school bag and goes to school everyday!!

I hoped you liked my kiddo's DT work and if you can spare a few seconds ...do give her video a thumbs up!!
Love 
Dr Sonia

Supplies : DIY Felt Owl Kit and DIY Felt Butterfly Kit from Crafters Corner



9.6.16

Pom Pom Bunny Card

Bunny Card
           Hi friends my daughter celebrated her 10th birthday in May and since I had house-guests I was awfully busy and managed to make just a simple card adding a single cute element which I knew she would love-- the pom pom bunnies!
Bunny Card
      This card was actually made for my mom to gift to my kiddo.
Since I didnt have a lot of time to work on it kept it as a simple garden scene with a sparkling cloud  ,a floral pattern paper background and a lovely gate!
Bunny Card
The pink heart is a sparkling rhinestone I had been hoarding for quite some time and my daughter loves bling!
Bunny Card
The bunnies' garden has a hanging vine with tiny flower sequins and some teeny weeny pink ribbon roses.
Bunny Card
    Not the best of my creations and I feel quite guilty for not having made a more elaborate card though the bunnies frolicking on the grass did make my daughter squeal in delight!
Supplies : Dies :  Poppy Stamps Weeping Willow Branches, Spellbinders Guilded Gate,Memory Box Marshmallow Clouds,Cheery Lynn Grass Border
Pom Pom Bunny- Itsy Bitsy
Pattern Paper - Papericous
Ribbon Roses and Flower Sequins- Local Fancy Stores Sahakara Nagar
Linking to  
  1. Poppy Stamps Challenge - used top row flower , ribbon and sparkle
  2. Simon Says Monday
  3. Word art wednesday

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