Friday, April 13, 2012

CardMaking Meetup 4-11

Yesterday as another meetup where we got together with Jennifer, Stamping Up Demonstrato to make some cards. Every time it is fun to meet others who are interested in the same things and she makes it easier on us by making everything ready for us to make cards.

Yesterday, we made three such cards. Here they are. All of them are pretty clean and simple cards but I like the simplicity in these.Of course, no need to say, we used all the Stamping up products, especially, the new Summer collection paper.

Couple of things I learnt yesterday - making a bow like you see in the third card and the punches for the little flowers you see in the first card used with coordinating buttons. We glued them together with crystal light transparent glue. I loved the colorful fabric brad in the second card as well.

My first easel card

I saw the easel card that Chaitali made at the crafts booth and since then, I wanted to make one. Today I got a chance to do just that. Today was one of my friend's birthday and I wanted to make a card for him. He is an avid hiker and he climbed Mt. Rainier. 

I wanted to convey something that immediately comes to your mind, when you think of him.  know him as a great volunteer, a friend, always there to help and always there to answer any questions, very patient and sensitive. But I cannot depict all of it on a card, can I? Everyone here knows him as a hiker/climber. So that's what I chose. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mini notebooks

I had made one journal notebook and few mini notebooks. This was all trial and error. These were all pretty easy to make, within 10 mins. It was all about which designer pattern paper you want to use and which stamp to use, more than anything else. By this time, I at least got 2 punches, though not all that Kim had mentioned for bookmarks. But PTI's All Booked Up were the perfect stamps for the 1 3/4" punch and 2" punch. These are kinda inspired by Kim's post on post-it notes.Pretty basic ones but easy make n takes or gifts to give away.

Chaitali had some of the magnetic notepads. I am yet to try those. :)

Desktop Tear off calendars

These calendars were inspired by Chaitali's post on Desktop tear off calendars post. I followed her instructions but she used a 2013 calendar from Taylored Expressions which I thought folks at this event might not be interested. But we found 2012 calendar templates from SplitCoastStampers, thanks to Chaitali for forwarding that to me again. I just printed it and cut it out into equal sized pieces, pasted them using Tacky glue. Instructions for that can be found here.

Instead of making a card, however, I made a desktop calendar instead. As per Chaitali's idea, I used 4x6 acrylic photo frame. Then I used pattern paper and digital stamp, colored with water colors. I had made 5 different variations of the same thing. Here they are. The one that got sold was the one above, so it got the spotlight. :)


I thought I should give a vote of thanks to Kim O'Connell from Paper Perfect Designs. While I was searching for "how to make bookmarks", I ran into some bookmarks made by Kim on Pinterest. I visited this link which had listed everything that she used to make those bookmarks. Then it was a matter of me getting all the stamps needed from Paper Trey Ink and then I got to work. It took a lot of time for me as I did not have the punches she mentioned.  I think each one took about 15 mins and I made about 16 of them. So it was time consuming.

I can totally see how it would be easier to use punches for these. I did a mix and match of color palette to make all these bookmarks, so they won't look the same  Also I made slight variation here. I used silk thread while she used ribbon. I was trying to make a tassel but didn't turn out to be a tassel but still looked good.

Here is another closeup with just two.

I used different designer paper sheets from 6x6 designer paper pads. I used Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point, Chocolate chip, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry inks from Stamping up for inking these stamps.

I made another variation from an idea that I found on Pinterest too. But I didn't save that link and I improvised it totally based on the idea. These were much simpler to make as I just used a stamp and then used stickers for the flowers and butterflies.I used Old Olive from Stamping up.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Paper Crafts Booth at Geetanjali

I had started this card making hobby after I saw Chaitali and Pooja last year at the same event Geetanjali, at "Cards for a Cause" booth that they had set up. I really liked the idea of turning your hobby into supporting a social cause. Since then I have followed Chaitali's blog and I am truly inspired by how much passion she has towards these paper crafts. This year, I joined hands with them and we had the same "Cards for a Cause" booth this year at Geetanjali. We made a total of $109 at the event which will be donated to Asha tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                We had actually planned to make 25 cards each and remaining paper crafts, we thought we will split the work.
Chaitali made those M&Ms you see in that mug, those long magnetic notebooks, candy boxes you see in the picture. Pooja made gift envelopes with Indian touch, which are not seen clearly in the picture but were a great hit. Also she made amazing pocket scrapbooks which could be folded and put in a purse.

 I made some calendars that are in the view, some bookmarks that were behind those calendars and some notebooks.

At the beginning of the event, things were slow but the sales picked up at break time. I know it is much less than any craft fair but given the event and the audience, we thought we did pretty good. Now we have a team going and we are called the "Three Musketeers":). We plan to learn from each other and make great things and teach others too.  Few parents have asked us already to do a workshop for their kids.

Back to blogging after Geetanjali

It's been a week that I am off my blog and it already feels like ages that I have not made a 365 card. But I had signed up for too many activities to support the event Geetanjali that I did not have time for anything else. In my last post I had mentioned about stage decorations for Geetanjali. Here is how they looked at the event. We heard good things about how the stage decorations looked gorgeous. Feels good when someone appreciates your effort, isn't it? :)

As you can see it blended into the background. If the background was darker, the decorations would have stood out even more. But in a way it looked like it was by design. You can see the orchestra there. There so many young talented kids playing different instruments and also great vocals. It was a great concert to be part of. Kudos to Asha volunteers for making it happen and the great band too.