Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thank you for acknowledging me ......




Hello Everyone!!!

I'm really very excited today. I was going through a Indian Newspaper website and found that someone took inspiration from my Quilled Ganesha and tried to recreate it. I found that recreated art here.

This is what I have made



This is whats is recreated.



I'm happy that people are acknowledging my work and taking inspiration from it.

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-)







Friday, August 8, 2014

Handmade Rakhis & Rakhi Cards

Hello Everyone!!!
Today's post is really special & interesting. Its about 'Raksha Bandhan'. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters in India. Here's a little history for those of you who don't know anything about this festival. Back in the olden days, Rajput Queens sent Rakhi threads to rulers of neighboring states as a token of brotherhood. The rulers in turn vowed to protect them for life.  Today the festival symbolizes the same love and affection between brothers and sisters. While the sisters pray for the lifelong well being of their brothers, the brothers promise to care for them for as long as they live. People in India celebrate Rakhi with a lot of fun and enthusiasm.


I tie Rakhi to 5 of my brothers since childhood . When I was a kid, they would come to my place & we perfomed the ritual & when I was able to travel independently, I would try to go to their homes to tie them Rakhis. As I'm in USA since past 5 years I would either sent Rakhis through an online service or ask my mom to get Rakhis for them & hand it over to them. This year I decided to do something different & special for them. I decided to make Rakhis on my own. It was a very spontaneous thought that came to my mind 2 weeks back, but I decided to go with my gut. 

As the shipping was going to cost me I did not want to spend much on the material a lot so I decided to 'shop my stash' to see what material I can use before going shopping for anything. The thread for a Rakhi had to be colorful yet strong. I had some cross-stitch thread I had bought in the past. I decided to select bright colors, so I went with Yellow, Red & Green. Next I needed some kind of topper to decorate it,  I had a strand of pearls I had bought from A C Moore for 50cents, I decided to use few pearls from those. The best thing that would go with pearls would be Seed Beads. I did not have any,so I went to Micheals and picked up seed beads (Size: 6/0) in Gold & Purple.

After that came the difficult  part, that was to decide how to tie them. I had seen a couple of Friendship bracelet making tutorials on Youtube few years back, but they could be done in various patterns & none of the ones I saw had beads in them, so I had to do a bit of trial & error  there. After trying a couple of ways & discarding a lot of thread in it, I was satisfied with 1 method . I used 3threads, 2 of 1 color & 1 of a different color.Started off braiding the threads, then inserted beads, holding 1 bead at a time I followed the Friendship Bracelet Knotting technique & after achieving the required length to cover outside wrist I braided back the rest of the threads to match the other side. The outcome was beautiful & colorful.

I had to post these Rakhis, so to go with each of them I created a card. I kept the cards simple. Each card sized 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. I sprayed 2 colors of Rangers Dylusions Inks Sprays on a cardstock, Cut it to sizes to mat the front of the card base. Using Spellbinders label dies, die-cut labels for each of them. Wrote the sentiment by hand & embellished with rhinestones. to give the card some dimension , I popped up the sentiment label.

I packed each card & rakhi in a coordinating envelope & I was done. Here are a few snaps of the Rakhis & the coordinating cards 







I hope all of them like it. As Rakhi is on 8/10/2014, I wish each one of them a very Happy Raksha Bandhan.!!!! Love you all a lot!!! Also I hope everyone enjoys their Raksha Bandhan with their siblings

I know this was a really long post but I hope you all liked my cards & Rakhis. Do let me know if you wish to see how I made these Rakhis or even made the card backgrounds. 

Thank you very much for taking your time to notice my work. Hope to hear again from all of you soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 

Supplies used: 
Rakhi:
Cross stitch thread (Read, Green , Yellow), Pearls, Seed Beads -Size:6/0( Gold, Purple)

Card:
Recollections cardstock paper  8.5" x 11",  Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays (Cut grass, Lemon Zest, Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, London Blue, Postbox Red), Rhinestones (Pink, Yellow, Blue, Red), Spellbinders label die, Foam dots 


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Monday, July 28, 2014

For my friends wedding

Hello Everyone!

Please be ready for a really long post today.

Last Saturday a very good friend of mine Pranjali got married to love of her life  & I was very fortunate  to attend it. When she invited  me, I started to think about what to gift her..... Giving it a good 15-20 days of thought , I decided to gift her something specially handmade. What would have been more better for their new beginning than specially handmade Lord Ganesha. I decided to make her a Quilled Lord Ganesha. I knew she would like it.

I started exactly 1 month before the wedding date to search online for a good Lord Ganesha picture. After going through various beautiful images I finalized this one


I was not sure whether I will be able to recreate it exactly, but wanted to give it a try anyways. The image was 8 inches x 8 inches in size, I took a printout of it & got it enlarged to fit in a 12 inches x 12 inches cardstock. To keep the trunk of Lord Ganesha in the correct direction I had to trace it from back side using a tracing paper & then using the traced image drew on the cardstock to match the original image.

The next thing that came to my mind was about framing the finished product. I went hunting 12 inch x 12 inch size frames at various craft stores near me. Initially I thought that I would make the entire thing & get it framed from a professional, but I was not sure how many days I was going to take to complete it & whether I could get it framed if I got late on completion. Recently my mentor at work Mona created a art piece with paper flowers & had it framed in a shadow box, I remembered that & went hunting for a shadow box. I found something in wooden finish in brown color in A C Moore near me.

I already had some quilling paper in various colors to at least begin the project. I decided to order more only if required. After gathering all that was needed I finally started doing the actual quilling part 3 weeks before wedding date. The most crucial part was doing the outlines in black, as I had never done anything like that before. Here are a few shots of my initial progress .





Making the outline stand was the most difficult part & in addition to that I volunteered for more DIY stuff. Once while speaking to Pranjali about her wedding preparations, she mentioned that for the engagement ceremony she needed to prepare a decorated box/dish called the 'Sakharpuda'. Its a part of a Hindu engagement ceremony. I volunteered to make it. It wasn't a hard task but needed some thought process & creativity. Thinking about the Sakharpuda stopped my quilling  work on the Ganesha idol. I knew I was going to use the Bee-hiving technique in quilling for bigger areas, but there were smaller areas for which I had not thought about yet.

After giving a lot of thought & doing research about that a Sakharpuda is (Thanks to mom), I had a clear idea about how I was going to make the Sakharpuda. I picked a candle bevel, 2 tealight holder & a pillar candle holder from A C Moore. Stuck them to each other using Super Glue. I was going to decorate the entire tray with paper flowers, leaves , glitter & rhinestones. The initial product before decoration was as below


Then came the 4th July long weekend & I went to visit my relatives for 1-2 days. After ocoming back I realized that I have only 15 days in all to complete both the projects. I started with the Sakharpuda tray 1st. Decorated it with paper roses , leaves , rhinestones. Still it looked incomplete. So my friend Shakti suggested to add colorful patterned paper at the bottom of each candle holder. I did that & also added some Rangers Stickles glitter at the edges of all the parts. The finished product came out really well.

  

Then I started working on the Ganesha idol, but with office work & other preparation for my wedding trip, I was getting tired. But I stretched a bit everyday. Stayed till late night & finally on the day of my flight i.e. 1 day before the wedding I completed giving my last touched to the Quilled Lord Ganesha idol. Just placed it in the shadow box & I was done. Here are a few snaps for you to see my art.



 Pranjali & her husband Prasad and everybody else present at the wedding liked both my handmade gifts. Prasad complimented saying that 'It looks really Professional'. I was just happy that they loved it. 
 
I hope you all alos liked my quilled Ganesha. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice my work. Sorry for the bad photography, will try to take better pictures in future. Hope to hear again from all of you soon. Till then take care. :)


PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-)



Supplies used:  
Quilled Ganesha idol: Quilling strips 1/8' (Pink, Purple, White, Black, Orange, Moss green, Bright Yellow, Melon, Magenta, Dark Pink), Tacky glue, Rhinestone (Red, Green), Shadow box frame

Sakharpuda Thali: Candle bevel, Pillar candle stand, Tea light holders, Super glue, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies Foliage,  Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies - Spiral Blossom 1, Ranger Stickles, Rhinestones (Aqua Blue)




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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I have a new Cuttlebug !!!!


Hello Everyone!!!

Hope you all are doing well in your lives. I know you all are upset that I keep disappearing on you. But now I'm back & try not to disappear. But even though I was not blogging I have been actively crafting past 2-3 months & I have some news for you. I purchased a CUTTLEBUG!!!!!! yayyyy!!!
I was so happy when it came. I already had 3-4 embossing folders but I purchased some more & now I have a handful collection of those. All of them produce beautiful designs.  I'm also very excited because with Cuttlebug along with embossing I will be also able to do Die-cutting. My scope of card making has increases 10 times because of this. Well, enough of my bragging. I have a few cards to show you that I have created in the past few days using my Cuttlebug. I will mention all the materials used below each card.

 Supplies used:  Recollections cardstock paper  8.5" x 11", Magenta cardstock paper, Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folders-D'vine Swirl, Quilling stripes (1/8"): {Light green, Green, Magenta}, American crafts primio solid satin ribbon: Brown, PTI stamp set:Communique Sentiments Mini Stamp Set , Rhine stones, Foam dots

Supplies used: Recollections cardstock paper  8.5" x 11", Purple cardstock, Spellbinders Moroccan accents, Spellbinders Beaded ovals, Lattice die, PTI stamp set:Communique Sentiments Mini Stamp Set, A.C. Moore ribbon, pearls, Foam dots


Supplies used:  Recollections cardstock paper  8.5" x 11", Crate Paper pattern paper  6" x 6", Magenta cardstock paper, Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folders- Damask Decor embossing folder, Spellbinders Moroccan accents, Spellbinders Picot edges, Spellbinders Heart circles, Jolee Flower sticker, PTI stamp set:Communique Sentiments Mini Stamp Set. Ranger Archival black ink, Foam dots

I hope you all like my cards. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice my work. Hope to hear again from all of you soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 


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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Digital Doodles - Part 2

Hello everyone!
The digital doodles I posted last week were a great success. Many praised saying they look like doilies. I have decided to continue posting doodles every week. Today's doodle is here for you.


This image is for free use to anyone. Please to link back to my blog if you use it in any projects.
Did you all like it? I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 

Supplies used:  Fujitsu LIFE BOOK T902,GIMP


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Digital Doodles

Hello Everyone!

I know that it has been really a very long time since my last post. But lots has changed. As I mentioned in my previous post, this year started with new opportunities career wise, so I got a little busy settling in & adjusting. I gave in a little bit of time each weekend , but did not get time to share with you all.

Today I have a few goodies for you. For a long time I have been thinking about buying a tablet computer or one of those Wacom tablet, but I was not sure which one to buy. Recently I got a chance to play with a Fujitsu laptop which had touch screen & handwriting and drawing capabilities. So I had to doodle a bit on it. Its my friend's laptop, so I spend ample amount of time testing & playing with Gimp on it. I'm proud to present my creations with you all.








I tried different brush sizes & had a lot of fun. I think I may buy one of those tablets in near future. These images here are for free use to anyone. Please to link back to my blog if you use it in any projects.

Did you all like it? I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)


PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 



Supplies used:  Fujitsu LIFE BOOK T902,GIMP


 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tangled Landscape

Hello Everyone!!!
Hope you all are doing great!

I think in this new year I'm going to get of my incomplete work done. Lots of new things are happening in life. Also in terms of my artwork I have completed a few of my incomplete projects from last year. Today I have one such project to show you.

I saw an image on Pinterest & I liked it so I pinned it. Later I went to my Pinterest board for inspiration & used it to inspire me to create the one below. I jsut was curious to see how the tangle would appear if I colored them.



Did you all like it? I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)


PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 


Supplies used: Paper, Pencil, Eraser, Sakura Micron
pen, Acrylic colors


Friday, January 10, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!!!

Hello Everyone!!!!!
Hope that all of you enjoyed a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Celebration. I know I'm a little late... but as its said "Better late than never" .

It is already 2014 & 2013 went by so quickly. In 2013 I did not do any kind of paper crafting, but this year thanks to Pinterest I got the learn a lot about doodles, art journaling & zentangles. Got some hands on experience in it too. I hope I get to use all that I have learnt in 2013 to create something new & innovative this year.

Even though there is only so much that I have created this year. I would like to share it with you in a recap through this video below.

Thanks so much for all you who visited my blog and lovely comments last year.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing all a Very Happy and Healthy New Year 2014 once again.
May God bless you all!!!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Out came the frustration....

Hello Everyone!
I know that, I disappeared again. I have been working really hard on my job applications.... No luck yet, but I'm sure something is going to turn positive very soon. Well, enough of my bragging... Today's post is to show you something that I created last Friday, but before you can see what I made, I would like to tell you the story behind its creation.

Last Friday wasn't so good at work , so I came home all frustrated & wanted to pent it out somewhere. I tried working out for 30 minutes but it did not help. Then I freshened up & sat with my journal in lap. I stared at the empty page, but did not know what to make. Just imagine, I'm already having a bad day & then zero inspiration. I even went thru a few pin on Pinterest, but no.... nothing.... nada...... I was about to give up & go to sleep, when I remembered that I had bought some generic acrylic paint bottles from Walmart long back & did not get to use it. So I decided that whatever..... lets just check out how these colors work, so I randomly picked a sea green color from the colors I have & painted the entire page in it. After 2 coats of paint I liked the coverage.Then I stenciled butterflies on it in white, which I regretted immediately after, so I painted them colorful. Now I added flowers to it, random colors, colored in leaves & grass & went ahead to tweak to butterflies more using metallic & neon gel pens. The entire thing that came out of it looked good. But there was some empty space which made it look incomplete.

After giving it a long look of 5 minutes, I made up my mind to fill that space with a beautiful quote. I keep a list of quotes in a separate book. It must be having at least 100 quotes, which I knew would overwhelm me, hence I decided to take a little leap of faith & pick a random quote closing my eyes.I know what you all are thinking, even I felt childish doing this, but I did it even then. Closed my eyes & placed my finger in a quote & opened my eyes. When I saw the quote I selected, I was amazed, so I immediately wrote it down beautifully. You must be like what was the quote, so... I'm not gonna tell you here. You can have a look for yourself below.



You see what I meant, I was frustrated, had no inspiration, did everything randomly & see how Luck pointed me towards Faith. Since this day I feel that my faith is newly revised & I feel that finally its all going to work out for me.


Hope after reading this you too keep faith in yourself & push harder towards your goals. Let me know if you all liked it. Also you can post back if you get some inspiration to run free & create something new. I  would love to see what you have create & hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 


Supplies used:
Apple barrel acrylic paint, paint brushes, Stencils, Metallic & Neon gel pens, Paper, Pencil, Eraser, Sakura Micron
pens,



















Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tangled Spree.....

Hello Everyone!
Hope you all are doing great!
Lately I have been getting very inspired from the different zentangle boards on Pinterest. It also led to creating some on my own. Have a look.



Did you all like it? I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)


PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 


Supplies used:  Paper, Pencil, Eraser, Sakura Micron
pens