Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More blog candy

Here is some more blog candy up for grabs! Do check out Sally-Ann's adorable creations too.


2S4U Sketch # 22


My take on Laura's sketch #22 at 2S4U. I am taking part in this awesome weekly challenge after a really long time. I have not added any sentiment to this card yet, because I am still not sure whom this is for. No birthdays or anniversaries coming up soon!! :-) I am glad I was able to make a card without the inspiration that I usually need for making anything.
My card recipe:
CS: Pink shimmering textured CS from DCWV paper stack, the purple paper is decoupage paper from Hobby Ideas, yellow CS is textured paper from a local store
Stamps: All stamps (flower vase and butterflies) are from Hobby Ideas
Others: Fevicryl 3D outliner, Staedtler water color pencils
I have tried to give the card a 3D effect by layering the vases one over the other and mounting the butterflies on foam tapes.


Monday, March 23, 2009

My little prince

This post is about my darling son, Aaryan. We both had been out for lunch today, and we had a blast. We went to the mall... he played for a while, and then we had pizza and garlic bread for lunch. He was a little reluctant about going in to Pizza Hut at first, but later I guess we both had a good time. :-)
And yes, we both went crazy at Hobby Ideas!! They have a new lot of patterned papers now, and I am so happy that I almost bought everything!! ;-) Aaryan liked a few sheets of stickers and other stuff and insisted on buying them; but ofcourse, Mamma was strict and she didn't let him buy anything. :-( The boy is so so fond of stickers that if I buy him one strip of stickers, he won't ask me to buy anything else for him that day! :-))))
It was the Annual Day at Aaryan's school on Saturday. He had taken part in a couple of dances. He was dressed as a sailor/boatman and they danced to one Hindi and one English song (not entire songs, of course). Here are a few pics.

The guy with the blue cap on, right in the middle (front) is my little prince.

Aaryan is on the extreme right with the oar in his right hand.

My handsome young man!! :-) Isn't he adorable?!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Never seen sweeter candy than this

Susie is offering some marvelous candy. Oh I have never seen candy that is sweeter!! I must tell you to keep a glass of water handy before you see this picture...just to prevent you from fainting off!!

Yummy Easter blog candy

Jennifer has some gorgeous candy up for . Don't believe me? Well then... check this out!!!

She will draw the winner on Easter Sunday. So don't just sit here gaping at the candy... run!!! Go check out her lovely creations.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Lots to write about but no pics to upload...

Yeah, I know that is terrible! I have been creating a few cards over the past couple of days, but I didn't get to click any pictures, and thus I have nothing to show...

But I can describe the cards. I tried a new technique. The card is called a 'File folder card' and I got the tutorial from here. At first glance, I thought it was very very easy and that I should definitely try making it. Oh by the way, did I just forget to mention the best bit?!! I got hold of a scrapbooking magazine... The Scrapbook Magazine... at a book fair. It was an old 2005 edition, but still in its original sealed packaging. It contained a few sheets of free patterned papers from Chatterbox Inc. I don't know if you have heard of the company, but the papers are great.

Coming back to the card. I used this beautiful striped sheet (pink, blue, brown and other stripes) with plain chocolate brown cardstock. I have been wanting to try this pink and brown combo for ages now, but never got the right papers. This time, I loved the technique and the colors. It wasn't very easy for me to make, but it turned out fine. I also added an insert containing the note. It was a Thank You card that my mom wanted to send to somebody.

The other card was for my Dad. For this card I used the Notecuts template from Shortcuts. I folded the template in 2 to create a card that looked like a pair of curly braces. It turned out quite to my liking. I will ask Papa to click pictures and send it to me, so that I can upload those.

Tomorrow is the much awaited Annual Day at Aaryan's school. I am looking forward to seeing him dance!!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Holi

Happy Holi!!!! Today is the Hindu festival of colors and Spring - Holi. People all over the country are drenching their friends and family in colored water, music is in the air, and everyone is generally having a great time! We didn't play Holi this time (well, we usually don't); Aaryan played in school so I didn't actually take him out today... Holi is also a time when we have delicious food made at home - sweetmeats, kanji wada (a popular delicacy in Marwari households like ours) and a lovely milkshake called Thandai.

Today is also my parents' wedding anniversary. I haven't yet posted their card here, but I will do it soon. I gave it to them when I went visiting yesterday.
Nothing more for now.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ah yes...

The inspiration for the accordian card in my previous post came from here:

Now, you don't expect me to be better than Amy, do you?!? :-) Her card is fabulous!! And I just was inspired to make one for my DH!!!!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

A little spice, a little romance...

I know I have these terribly long intervals between two posts these days. I have been a little busy with other things. Aaryan had not been keeping too well over the weekend, and though I was able to craft, I hardly had the time to take pictures and put them up.
Coming back to the cards. Two cards are for the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge hosted by Sankari and Brooke. I have been meaning to participate in their challenges since long but somehow haven't been able to. And this week, the challenge is not so difficult and I could have done a better job than what I have done... :-( I am a little upset. This week's theme was the movie, Bride & Prejudice. I have seen the movie... and the Indian element should have made it very easy for me to create a nice card. I am also a lover of bling and have loads of it in different formats in my stash (ribbons, laces, rhinestones, paints... everything....) but all I could come up with was these two.

The blue card (with the cake on it) is for my DH. It is his birthday on Monday and I made this one to match with the gift... he he... I am not revealing that as yet.. I am sure he will peek in here to see what I have been writing ;-).

Cardstock: Silver CS from the DCWV metallic stack, blue handmade paper, parchment paper
Rub-ons: From Hobby Ideas
Other: Ribbon and bling from local craft stores; 3D outliner from Fevicryl (used to fill in the hearts)

Our friends are celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary tomorrow. This card is for them. I am also hoping this qualifies for the 2S4U challenge- Kazan Sketch # 21.
Cardstock: Gold and copper CS from the DCWV metallic stack; red and yellow textured handmade paper
Others: Lace and eyelets, rub-ons from Hobby Ideas

And a sneak peek into another card for Vineet. This is my favorite... I loved how it has turned out and have made a matching post-it note holder for him. Hope he will like it. I love the brown leather textured paper from the Paper Company (yeah, I am going international ;-) ). I found the tutorial online and now I have forgotten where.... I will post the link as soon as I remember. I have written a poem inside that I found to be one of the most romantic ones I have read... It begins with 'Lay thy hand in mine, dear...' . Try to read it online if you can... I will post the entire poem after the 9th. :-)


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hit it!!!

I have finally added a Hit Counter to my blog! Time to set targets I guess. I had just been too superstitious about it till now because I thought I might just stop blogging after I added it... But now I think I need it. And I also need to make more cards and participate in more challenges if I want to be a known name in the card making world in general. Phew!! Too many goals, huh? But what to do... this part-time hobby is growing on me now... and I am all the time thinking of new patterns and new techniques for my cards... Touch wood.

I am hoping that the few people who follow my blog pray for my success!! I need your prayers and best wishes...