Sunday, July 17, 2011

Flower Power



I am finally back to Blog-land!! I had been travelling then there were some family emergencies... long story short all my craft stuff is packed i some how have opened just the basics as i just had had enough and was just dying ti craft!!
So, wen i saw this wonderful challenge at The Shabby tea Room !! i just couldn't resist they have a photo challenge this week. Here, is the inspiration Photo..

And at Daring Cardmakers the theme is pinterest and the photo i chose is

Aren't they absolutely divine, so, combining the two i decided to incorporate the first photo into my card and replicate the door and taking the color inspiration from the tulips for my flowers..lol.. atleast i tried, so its up to you guys to judge .
Therefore... tada... here is my card:-


I used ivory colored cardstock that had a selfembossed patterned all over it. I used the same paper to make the window. Using really thin dimensional tape i added dimension to the panes, and added acetate sheet for the glass.. Using white net lace i made curtains and adhered the whole thing together.

For the wreath i used some twine and then some wire added some leaves here and there. For the flowers i had a bag of cream colored buds (that i had forgotten i even had) so, i inked them wid some pink ink and added them. Using some ivory ribbon i created a loop and did some macarame weaving(u cant c it here), and added a bow!! For embellishments i added some butterflies and a lil' brad as a hook for the wreath and the oblong pearl for the door handle!!

Am entering this card for the following challenges:-


Ciao
Ash

Friday, June 3, 2011

Distressing Paper Techniques -DAY-VI

Oh, distressed edges! They look so neat but how do you create that effect? There are different ways to distress the edges of your paper so let's look at them. I have 6 different techniques for you guys yes thats right 6 different methods to distress your paper. I have classified them soo its easy for you guys to understand.

So, the methods are
  1. Inking the Edges
  2. Using water
  3. Tearing the Edges -I
  4. Tearing the Edges-II
  5. Distressing with scissors
  6. Burning the edges
MATERIALS NEEDED
  1. Pattern Paper/ Card-stock
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue Stick
  4. Ink Pads in assorted colors complimenting PP
  5. Water
  6. Paintbrush
  7. Tea candle
  8. Baby wipes
Watch the video for the rest its pretty self explanatory :-





If you have doubts or any requests pls drop it in the comment box!!

Enjoy

Ciao
Ash

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mini Wire hanger embellishments:- DAY-V


These are my mini wire hangers that i just love t make and they are so quick and easy anybody can do it!!
It takes only minutes to make them and the results are just awesome you will be surprised yourself!!
Aren't these just adorable and the possibilities for their use is just endless!! So, here is what ypu are gonna need to get started:-

MATERIALS NEEDED
  1. Wire
  2. Ruler
  3. permanent marker
  4. pliers
  5. crystal/pearls/beads
  6. glue
Watch the video and leave comments if you have any doubts:-




Enjoy

Ciao
Ash

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mini Ribbon and Lace dress Embellishment- Tutorial Day-IV


Sorry i could not have this video up yesterday!! i was having serious internet isuues the server was down :(( ! !
So, here you go--
A couple of weeks ago i had posted a Wardrobe card on my blog, and many had asked me how i made the little dress and the bag also the wire hanger. In this tutorial i show you how i made the dress and the bag. the tutorial for the hanger will follow next:-


MATERIALS NEEDED:-

  1. 1" satin ribbon about 7 inches

  2. lace about 7 inches

  3. String ribbon 10"

  4. glue stick

  5. fabric glue

  6. cardstock

  7. rhinestones or pearls or buttons for embellishing

  8. foam tape

  9. score tape




ENJOY


ciao

Ash




Monday, May 30, 2011

Really Reasonable Ribbon Giveaway!!




So, RRR are having a fantastic giveaway for their Blogoversary you guys should check it out!! Most of the thing in the candy are their own products which is amazing ou guys!! Lots of great ribbons, trims, adhesives and embellishments along with a Scor-Buddy Mini Scoring Tablet.

The Blogoversary Giveaway will be opened until 12:59 PM EDT on Friday, 6/17. The winner will be announced on this blog sometime on Saturday, 6/18.

Day-III:- Hat-Pin Advance Tutorial



In this tutorial i show you the different types of beads that you can use in terms of color,size, shape and type. I have tried to get as much variety as i could to bring to you guys as many different types of techniques i could combine.

Here, are all the pins you will learn to make in the video!!! I just love them!!



MATERIALS NEEDED
  1. 20 gauge wire
  2. wire cutting plier or jewelery making pliers
  3. assorted beads
  4. fabric glue



If you have any requests or queries drop them in the comment box!!

Enjoy

Ciao
Ash

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day-II :- Using Fabric for ur craft projects


Today's project is very different i don't think u guys must have seen this elsewhere. This is a technique i invented a couple of years back . I am going to show you guys how to use fabric on ur craft projects be it cards, flowers, scrapbooks, tags, ATC's etc.
There are a wide variety of fabric that u can use like cotton, brocade, velvet, synthetic and cotton blends. Just as long as the material is a little thick and not too porous like chiffon, Georgette, satin and silk cannot be used as u will not get the same result.
So, here are the two projects u will learn in the video:-

Fabric Covered Card

Fabric Covered Tag

MATERIALS NEEDED:-
  1. Computer printer paper
  2. Fabric glue
  3. Desired fabric
  4. Scissors
  5. Tags, Chipboard Pieces, scrapbook page etc
  6. Cloth Iron
Watch the video for the method :-




If you have any queries and requests leave them in the comment box and i will definitely ans them!!

ENJOY

Ciao
Ash

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day-I :- Coffee Staining Technique and Antiquing paper


I have been asked to do this tutorial many times but due to time constraint i couldn't do so , now i am compiling all the tutorials that were requested.

This is a very popular method to achieve n antique or aged look for any type of paper you can do this to pattern paper, computer printing paper even card-stock your only limited by your imagination!!

So this is the final result!! Doesn't this look absolutely awesome?? So, watch the video to see how i made this:-


MATERIALS NEEDED



  1. 1 tbsp coffee

  2. 3 tbsp water

  3. a small bowl for mixing

  4. a paintbrush flat or round but should be more than no.8

  5. old newspaper or craft sheet to protect work surface

  6. Blow dryer

  7. Pattern paper, computer printing paper or card-stock

  8. a tea candle

  9. Nail buffer

  10. steel plate(large)

  11. baby wipe

For the method watch the video its pretty self explanatory:-








For, more tutorial kindly leave requests in the comments box also if u have any queries or questions.

Enjoy

Ciao

Ash







Friday, May 27, 2011

May ATCs received


I received these wonderful ATCs today oh my i love them !! they are so so gorgeous!! dont words to express my excitement!! They are for a monthly ATC swap i am part of Crazy about ATCs

Thank u Rachna for these lil beauties i will always cherish them !!

Ciao
Ash

Thursday, May 26, 2011

TUTORIAL WEEK ANNOUNCEMENT !!


hi guys

Starting tomorrow i am going to have a tutorial week for all you guys. I am going to be doing Tutorial videos of all the requests i have received. So, every day there will be new video tutorial that will go up on my blog as well as my YouTube channel and i will try to cover as many techniques and projects that i can manage.
So, i hope you guys join me every day and i am also open for any requests for tutorials in case you have any. Kindly visit me everyday for a new video each day. And drop in the comment box any feedback. Remember this is going to last an entire week starting 28 th May and ending 4thJune.

Ciao
Ash

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dhin Chak Dhin Card

The title is so fun. I usually dont do this particular color scheme on my projects but with this particular challenge i made an exception it was hard for me to find the right paper because i dont usually have anything this bright i am talking about the photo challenge at ICR. Here, take a look-
And we were also supposed to make our own embellishments so i had a lot of fun trying to figure out what i wanted to do as there are not 1 but 4 photos in there !! So, i finally decide to take the colors as my inspiration and hence i have taken ORANGE, BLUE & PINK as my color scheme for my card.
Also at flutter by Wednesdays this week is a sketch challenge:-


So, combining the two i have made my card and although i do say so myself i am really happy with the end product. Here, is what i created:-



i have also done a video tutorial of me making the card so to see how it came to be just watch below:-





Am entering this card for the following challenges



Enjoy

Ciao
Ash

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spiral Rosette Tutorial


I made some spiral roses and a hat-pin for my latest card that i am gonna be submitting for the latest ICR challenge. As for the current challenge you have to make your own embellishments as well as there is a photo inspiration also. So, i thought of making a video tutorial to show you guys what i did and how i did it no better way than this..

Here, is a photo to give u guys an idea:-



And here is the tutorial



I am also going to make the tutorial for the card so stay tuned because thats gonna be the next post.

Enjoy


Ciao
Ash

Friday, May 20, 2011

Brocade Trifold Card




So, here is a card i made using brocade fabric instead of pattern paper . I shall do a how to video later to show you can use almost any kind of fabric on ur projects. but for now here is the card.


Since the base itself was so ornate and the structure was so complicated i kept the embellishments to minimum .I just simply used a Peacock zari embroidery Piece on the front and a tassle to give it some interest. Here is the card when u open it up:-

The card standing up :-


I also created an envelope also with the red brocade and added the tassel to complete the look. And lastly added some golden zari ribbon. Perfect for a wedding theme!!!
Enjoy!!

Ciao
Ash



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vintage Bird ATC's


So, finally after my long dry spell without crafting here are my little projects. Nothing very fancy but two ATC's for my monthly ATC swap at Crazy about ATC's. The theme for this month is Animals or Birds. i love birds and i looove vintage so here is a marriage of the two:-

To begin with i layered them with some vintage book page pattern paper and inked the edges with black ink.




For the first one i used a thin ribbon to make it look like an electric wire . I cut out the bird from a piece of black card-stock and used pop dots to add dimension.
With this one i did some paper piecing to create a fence, and then i cut out the owl silhouette from some crepe paper in black leftover from another project and again used dimensional dots to raise it. I just love how they turned out...

hugs
Ash

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WINNER!!! Vintage Findings Giveaway!

Hey i haven't posted in a long time i have been so so busy these past couple of weeks haven't even found the time to craft and i have missed blog-land!! and all u guys!! and blog-walking ....
I am so happy with all the response i got and the wonderful comments just encouraged me so much. i am planning an even bigger giveaway once i get home!!

So, without further adieu here's the winner---


Congratulation!! I hope you have a lot of fun creating vintage projects with the goodies i am throwing in some extras(other than that was there in the list) for i was just overwhelmed with response.
Kindly email me your full postal adress so that i can have it in the mail ASAP. And do upload your projects for all of us to see..

Ciao
ASH

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vintage Findings - Blog Candy Giveaway-CLOSED!!

##THIS POST SHALL REMAIN ON TOP TILL 11TH MAY FOR LATEST POST JUST SCROLL DOWN##


Hey guys!! it’s going to be almost a year since I started blogging. I really appreciate all my followers & I would like to thank you all for all your kind words! They are truly inspiring and I'm so glad to be a part of the Blogging Community!!

So, all of you know my love for vintage, altered and distressed. So, here is a BLOG CANDY dedicted to all the lovers of vintage!!


I am naming this giveaway VINTAGE FINDING BLOG CANDY!

Here’s what I have put in the GOODY BAG:-

Metal flowers(medium) -12pcs

Metal flowers(large) - 5pcs

Metal leaves – 12pcs

Circle tags(1.5”) - 5pcs

Metal bookplates - 2pcs

Bling black - 1pack

Tiny metal hangers – 5pcs

Hat Pins – 4pcs

Tags – 2pcs

3 pages from an old book

Safety Pins(black) –5pcs

Safety Pins(Golden) - 2pcs

Copper zardozi wire – 36”

Black Lace- 36”

White lace - 36”

To get a better look at what is up for grabs check out this video as some of the things are so tiny I thought a video of the goodies would give you guys a better idea.



Al l you need to do to get a chance to win this GOODY BAG is to follow the simple rules bellow:-

1. Become a follower if you aren't already!

2. Please post about this giveaway along with the Candy's pic on your blog or sidebar.

3. Leave a comment below telling me why you love all things vintage!

I will keep this candy open till the 10th of May 2011. And announce a randomly chosen winner on 11th May 2011.



Many thanks

Ash

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Take a Chill Pill ATCs!!




Hey guys.. This month over at Crazy about ATCs they had a super "cool " theme.. You had to create ATCs using the Cool colors on the color chart.. So fun!!

Blue is my fav color i am an Aquarian.. and water is my fav element even most of the clothes i buy are blue !!! Hence, i loved working with blue but, i added a a little bit of my vintage twist to my ATCs(as usual). here, i have actually used clothes tags for the base(so theres recycling for you). So, here they are my little beauties....


I layered first the novel page and then inked the edges with blue ink, it is so beautifully vintage and already distressed lol. I made a little paper pieced umbrella and i embellished it with little flowers i made by punching out and layering. I then popped pearls for the center and some velvet leaves.

For this one i layered some blue pastern paper and inked the edges. I used a little mask i bought form The Pie Lane Shop while i was in pune and used blue ink pad to get that look. I think it turned out super. For the flowers i punched out flowers from the novel page and and layerd them and added black pearls!! I added a little piece of ribbon i inked first using some black staple pins.

I hope whoever receives them enjoys them as much as i did making them. Thats all for now keep dropping by.

Ciao
Ash

Saturday, April 23, 2011

ENTERIES FOR QUICK QUOTES DESIGN TEAM CALL



QUICK QUOTES DESIGN TEAM CALL

If you love creating unique, quality projects with top-of-the-line products-our design team may be perfect for you!
· Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company is looking for 7 ad
ditional design team members to showcase innovative creations using Quick Quotes products.
· The term will last 6 months, beginning May 1, 2011 and ending October 31, 2011.
· Sharp photography skills are a must. Photos should be taken with high resolution in clean, crisp backgrounds using excellent lighting.
· You must have and regularly maintain a personal blog.
WHAT WE EXPECT:
· Provide at least 4 projects per month. Projects can be layouts, cards, altered items or home d├ęcor, using primarily Quick Quotes product.
· Abide by all deadlines given.
· Promote Quick Quotes whenever possible, including posting in online galleries, forums and blogs.
· Respond and interact with participants and followers of the Quick Quotes blog and Facebook page.
· Enter your monthly projects in at least 2 online challenges. (We will provide suggestions at your request).
THE BENEFITS & PERKS:
· You will receive a welcome package from us, including EVERY color of ink that we manufacture.
· Ample Quick Quotes products to create with.
· Your name and bio listed on our Designers page.
· Access to an exclusive Design Team board to share and learn tips, tricks and techniques.
· Your blog will be listed on our main page!
· Quick Quotes sponsorship of 1 contest or challenge of your choice during your term.
· A specially designed badge/blinkie for your blog.
· Scrappers status and bragging rights that you made a fabulous Design Team!

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING BY APRIL 23rd to brynn@shopquickquotes.com :

· Full contact information, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail and personal blog address.
· 4 examples of your BEST work using up to 10 photos. Projects need not be newly created or use only Quick Quotes product.
· A short bio. Of yourself and why you’d like to be considered for this position.
· Previous/current commitments (such as other Design Teams, etc.) and experience.
· An e-mail link to this exact post on your blog showing the photos. If you have previous po
sts highlighting Quick Quotes products, please provide those links as well.
The announcement of the 1st Quick Quotes Design Team will be made on Monday, April 25th!

Here's what i am putting up.. i am so so nervous:-


SHABBY CHIC SLIDER CARD




PARCHMENT CRAFT CARD



WINDOW PAPER PIECED CARD WITH PUNCHED FLOWERS




WARDROBE CARD WITH MINI DRESS AND
PURSE USING SATIN RIBBON


Ciao
Ash

Swap ATC


Hey guys.. feels like i havent posted in a long while.. But not that i am not crafting quite the opposite of it i am crafting almost 24 x 7 . I will surely post the pics of my latest project in a bit but right now this is a quick update to show you the lovely little ATC i received from the ATC swap i have joined recently..
Oh!! i was so excited to get it just look at how pretty it is love love love it and all the fun colors and all the little details...

Thank you so so much Priya for all your effort and thank you Rachana and Shalini for the opportunity!!!
You cn find the swap group at Crazy about ATCs.

Ciao
Ash

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hat Pin Tutorial



Hey guys.. it feels like its been a long time since my last post!! Actually i have so many projects going on at the same time i am super busy!! Its the story of every wife i guess lol!!

So today i want to share one of my latest projects with you guys!! It is an idea i had been toying with for a while now but never actually got around to really try it..But here i have a little more time on my hands and not to mention you get the best supplies for this thing.. so i couldn't help myself anymore---

So here it is TaaDaa!!!!



Aren't they just out of the world although i do say so myself. I always found hat pins so elegant and stylish and they make the projects look so chic!! They are so versatile you can use them anywhere . The best part about them is you can make them yourself with just a few supplies and they take virtually no time at all. And you can make them in any shape color size and with any variety of beads that you fancy and can get your hands on..

And here is how i made them

Supplies used:
1> 20 gauge wire
2> assorted beads
3> Glue
4> Wire Cutter




Hope you guys enjoyed the video.. Do give me feedbacks!!
Ciao
ASH

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tutorial Draft-II


This is the second part of the video here u see me attaching all the embellishments . Also, i show here how i made the punched flowers


As you can see i have tried different colored flowers for this one as i made it or mother's day and will be sending it to momma. I think the mauve wid the mauve butterflies looks gorgeous... i didn't even know there were mauve butterflies,in the video u see me adding the peach ones late i took them out and put the mauve ones..


Enjoy!!
Ash

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tutorial Bird House Card Draft - I


OK!! So, finally i am doing a video tutorial!! I have been asked so many times for tutorials but i haven't found the opportunity to do them but i promise u guys i am going to drown u all in tutorials it will be a post a day !! lol !! atleast i will try.

So, this is the tutorial for my latest birdhouse card. I will be sending this one to my mum for Mother's Day. Its pretty self explanatory.. I apologize for the qulity of the video i promise the next one will be better. I am still trying to get to know of my camera.

This video shows how i made the fence and the bird house. The flower and the branches plus the leaves will follow soon. keep visiting and tell me what you think!!




hope you enjoy...

ciao

ASH

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bird House Card


So, since i received so many wonderful comments and all the love from u guys for my window card i was inspired again to make another one on the same line using the same techniques.
This here is a little bird house card and guess what i will do a step by step video of how i made it . So, for those of u who are interested keep checking in i will upload it soon.

Here, is my card -


Istnt it cute although i do say so myself. I just love birdhouses and i knew i had to do one and its so easy as u all will see when i do the video. The dimension of the card is 5"x 6" and the card stock is white and so are the rest of the pieces of the fence and the bird house.
I have used foam tapes to create the layers. For the vines that you see i used this new product Paper cords that i just purchased and i love them they were perfect for the branch effect . I could have used wire but it would have made the card bulky.
I punched out the flowers , shaped them and layered 5 punches to create one flower. I added the leaves and the butterflies and viola!!!

The Challenges this card is gonna be up for
Gingerloft Challenge - Got the blues
Simon Says Challenge - Spring Colors
Flutter By Wednesday's - Open Challenge
The Shabby Tea Room - Spring color challenge

Hope you guys like my card. If u do do drop me some love . Its my motivation to do even better and better .
ciao
Ash

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wardrobe Birthday card!!


You all must have see this type of card.. i just liked the look of them a lot!! So, for my sister's birthday i decided to make this card. This is such a pretty card, and since my sister is very retro chic (no pinks for her) i thought the color was perfect. Here it is--



Its paper piecing again i dont know why lately i am totally into it. So, i drew a rough template free hand and then cut out the pieces with the pattern paper and use foam tape to add dimension. I added the LBD as my sis is the LBD kinda gurl! and the black clutch to match its so her.
I made the dress and the clutch he same way , i drew out the dress and cut t out of a black card-stock and then glued 1" black satin ribbon over it then added the black lace to make the skirt portion. I left the top as is. Added the cream ribbon around the waist to give it some shape and added the flower ( which is originally an earing).
For the clutch i cut out a lil' rectangle and added some foam tape to the front and then wrapped the satin ribbon around it. I then cut a 2 inch piece of the ribbon and folded one end like u make dog-ears to pages to get that triangle shape. And glued to the top to make a sort of flap and added the bling.
I also made the tiny metal hanger you see its pretty easy and actually takes a minute to make!! i promise i will show it to you all how i did it!!to finish the card i added some beads which actually luked like knobs i was very happy i had those in my stash.. And lastly stuck on the clutch and the LBD and it was done>

I am planning to put up this card for the following challenges


Hope you guys like my little card!!
ciao
Ash

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Window Box - Spring Card!!


Hey guys ... this week almost all the challenges had something to do with flowers and butterflies.. So, i left my vintage style to do something quite the opposite.
For a while now i wanted to a window box card and since i am into paper peicing these days i though why not.. So, before you see my card i will show a pic i d/w from the internet as my inspiration, because i wanted to do a really real looking window and window box!!



Isn't this absolutely gorgeous!! And here is my card.....



So, every detail you see is hand cut. I designed a template for myself and then cut up the pieces all free hand, the drawing and cutting!! I justused dimensional tape between each layer. And used an acetate sheet for the glass pane. I used some beautiful lace for the curtains and just messed around till i was happy with the look and taped them down.



To construct the flowers i punched them out and shaped them and layered them. The leaves you see are bought they are simple velvet leaves with stems. I shaped the leaves and had them glued first. Then i filled it up with the flowers i added the vines in the end.. The butterflies are actually bought from a local sewing store, they are plastic, so i just folded them at the center and glued them wherever i liked.. I just loved the butterflies they were perfect with the color scheme of this card.
I have to say i had a lotta fun making this card but it has a lot of skill involved and it took me an entire day to get done..
I just love this card, its definitely one of my favorites and it does look like that window doesn't it???

So, here are the challenges this baby is gonna be up for :-

The Shabby Tea Room - Flower Palette
Ellephantastic Challenges - Beautiful with a butterfly
Scrappy Frogs Challenge - Flowers and Lace
Totally Gorjuss - Spring is sprung
Alota Rubber Stamps - St. Patrick's Day

I hope you all like my card, if you do, do drop me some love.....

Ciao
Ash

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