Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Quiz Time!! - Day 3

hi Ladies.      
As we announced earlier it is celebration time for us, as our blog has received immense support & love from you all & we have crossed 100 followers .We have compiled a photo quiz for you. We have five questions each day which will be announced by my team on their personal blogs. So make sure you visit our blog to know who the host is for the day & remember you have time only until mid night to participate.

Remember this is just for FUN, we are not here to test your knowledge. So lets all play along in the right spirit. Exciting???  Well here are some points to remember
·         You must be a follower of our blog.
·         The decision taken by the DT will be final.
·         Please be as specific as you can with your answers.
·         Add your name to the linky below (EVERYDAY)  to let us know your participation.
·         The linky closes at mid night on that day. SO REMEMBER YOU HAVE JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS TO ENTER.
·         You are eligible to win only if you participate on all six days (so a total of 30 quetions).
Please mail your answers in this format to
Would love to answer any specific queries you have regarding  this.
So join in to have some fun over the next 6 days!!!!





5.      ONCE AGAIN….CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS TOOL (many of us may have it in our wish list)?

Use the linky below 

Friday, July 5, 2013

DIY- Interesting Patterns and Backgrounds using Washi tapes

Hello Lovely ladies,

                  I wanted to show some Yummy projects using the already Yummy washis and  that does not take much effort - Some interesting patterns and Backgrounds that can be created using Washi Tapes:)

This one is simple and easy way of creating BG.. Divide square cardstock into 4 and tape it horizontally and Vertically  - alternate.

Fill entire piece of paper with tapes, punch circles or any other shapes and arrange them as you like
Supplies used Washi tapes, Spellbinder Label 4, Oval and Mulberry flower

 Simply cover half of the card with tapes and leave the rest blank.
Supplies used Washi Tapes,Memories Dieverion Die,Nail art flowers

 Another simple(do I repeat this same word often? could nt help..really) Die cut flower arranged card

Draw lines using pencil(measure equal distance) and simple cover the area with the Tapes
Supplies used : Washi tapesNellie Snellen Doily circle set,PTI sentiment

For this I followed Bargello technique - Check out tutorial in my blog.

I love this card - It has quilt like effect.. I will be honest.It took me sometime to finish this card :)

Supplies used : Washi Tapes, Spellbinder label, PTI sentiment.

Tip: The color of the cardstock below the tape matters - for the kind of look you want to give your projects.. For happy color cards like the above, use white background CS , to see the colors pop out much brighter.

Hope you like these cards.. I am just curious to know which one you ppl like, do leave that in your comment.If time permits, I shall meet you back with more patterns :)

Thanks for visiting 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

8 different ways of using your Background Stamp

           How have you been doing? I did some crafting lately and here is what I came up with.. If u are my regular blog reader, you would have known, I like to make the best use of my available supplies.. I sat down with an intention to make as many as possible with a background stamp.I used this :)

Hero Arts Flourish Background

1.As a Background

 A Multi color Background.. Technique used : Multicolorstamping. 
A little smudge near purple.. my son touched with wet hands ;(

2.Stamp on strips of paper
3. Make flowers
               I used tone on tone stamping  for tech 2

                For Flowers, I stamped BG and used MFT layered rose

Entering the above 2 cards for catchy challenges 
 4.Use it to stamp half of the card 

         You could do this Vertically/Horizontally/Diagonally.Technique used Crayon resist with distress  ink


5. Mask your background at places

          I used washi tape as masks for this card and removed it after stamping. Technique used :Masking
 6.Use it on Tags
            Technique used : Stamping with water on Distress ink

7. Use it on Die cuts

Technique used : Emboss resist with distress ink

 8. Use it on the corner of the cards

                       I marked center on all 4 sides and drew a line with pencil. Using it as guide, I stamped on the corners. Drew lines with marker and erased pencil line.

I simply love this Impression Obsession Butterfly die!! I have added a monarch butterfly pic from google for comparision :)

Inks used : Colorbox colors, Distress ink Broken China, Peeled paint, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard seed, Worn Lipstick. Dies from Impression Obsession - Butterfly, Umbrella, Candy mini

Entering these cards 2,8 to Lulupu challenge13 and Casual Friday106

Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, June 1, 2013


          Color Conceptions , your favorite craft store in India, upgraded the store to a website last month . This would be your place to go for, when it comes to craft supplies!! Interested in learning crafts /Beginner / Experienced, we are sure, you would find something to cater to your creative desires!! Most items are imported and they are so pretty in their own way – which will help you make gorgeous projects!!

             We are happy to announce the launch of our new Challenges .We will be having a monthly challenge beginning from the month of June. With our new Design Team in, you are going to enjoy this space as much as we do!!  We have got the most talented designers in the block, who will be rocking your senses with their amazing DT works and their most fabulous tutorials and product reviews. This space will ignite your crafting passion or rekindle it to bring the best out of you!! There are loads of fun lined up this month! So keep checking the challenge blog often.

          I had been a little busy with this new venture.. with the store and this challenge blog, so I could nt craft much . From now on you would be seeing regular posts in this space and there are gonna be some tute posts too!! I am happy that we are working as a team to inspire and bring out to bring out the best talents in you!!And we are having fun too!

            This blog hop is designed for you to hop on all DT members’ blogs and end in the challenge blog. Make sure you visit all of them!

               This would be fresh and new start to you and to us. Would nt be apt to have a related theme for this month? So here we go!                 

             Challenge #1 :         A new Beginning and use Bakers Twine.

 Here is a sneak peak of my inspiration for the challenge. Full view of the project in Challenge blog!

Sneak peak of my Birthday card below!!

Loads of Twine,a mixed set of PP from Echo Park, PTI Signature Greetings for sentiment

  Another  card using twine - this time baby theme

Loads of twine, baby Embellishments and PTI Signature Greetings again

 Rules to  the bloghop:·        

  • Like our Facebook Page here.·     
  • Follow our Challenge blog.
  • Leave a comment on all the 6 DT blogs.
  • Leave a comment in the Challenge blog saying you have done all the above.

 One lucky winner is entitled to win a pack of Making Memories 5th Avenue Elizabeth Die cuts 112 pieces.

Blog Hop Order
Priya  <= You are here

To visit next blog in the bloghop, click here.

Thanks for taking time to celebrate with us. Have Fun!! All the best!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Just a hi!!

           Just peeping in to say hi!!This space had been ignored for quite sometime by me.. I am sorry for that.. From now on you could expect posts from me often..Will keep you bugging ;)

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Some Proud Moments :)

hi Peeps!!

            I am writing this post to share with you some accolades I won or how do I call it? say my proud moments :)

           An article was published  in Tamil Weekly magazine Kungumam about my scrapbooking. It had 4 pages , featured some of my works and I was received well :) Many friends and relatives, who did not know I am into paper crafts, called up and congratulated me !! :) Here is a photo of my article

My 9 ways to use your scraps effectively post was featured in the Craftziners magazine - this month edition. Here is the link to the  

And I was featured in Paperie Design Studio - Fascinating Friday:) Thanks a lot Noor for this wonderful opportunity. I really enjoyed answering the interview :).Now please chk out my interview in    Paperie Design Studio and leave some love to Noor.. Pretty please :)

And that is it for now.See you soon!!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tips for good stamping


         Thanks for your support and encouragement on my previous posts on Must Knows of Ink pads and Must Knows of stamps.As promised, I am back with tips for good stamping.

I again have a feeling of writing school essay :)These are the things to consider, before you start your stamping.

       Make sure you select the best inks , based on your stamping needs and inks properties.
  • You are free to use any good quality ink with Photopolymer stamps.
  • Keep in mind that the Silicon/Acrylic stamps repel water based inks and it is best to use Pigment or Archival ink with them.
  • Dye inks fade over long time.That is why they are not recommended for scrapbooking. Archival inks should be your choice for scrapbooking

    There are different varieties in papers based on thickness, texture, absorbency..etc.
  •  Papers with more than 180 gsm is suitable for stamping. And those over 240 gsm- 300 gsm for watercoloring. 
  • Always use papers with a little or no texture for stamping
  • Most of the papers absorb dye ink.Thats is why they fade.Those papers with less absorbency will keep the color intact.
  • Glossy cardstocks have less absorbency and requires heat setting.

I recommend using Fabriano Elle Erre for stamping and Fabriano Brusto for watercoloring.

        Sometimes your stamped images looks crooked. There are some tools like stamp-a-magic for this purpose. But if u cannot own them, our hands and eyes are our best tools right?
  • Set your stamps straight on the acrylic block, with equal spacing on all 4 sides.
  • Acrylic blocks with grid lines help in aligning the stamps easily.
  • Hold the acrylic block on all 4 ends firmly while stamping.
  • Press the block on paper and take off.Do not shake or move

Stamping Surface
       Stamping surface also matters, to get that perfect impression you need.
  •       Always stamp on a flat surface.
  •       Some prefer to stamp on the craft table.But it is always good to use a stamping pad below the paper you stamp on.It acts as a cushion and absorbs excess pressure, you apply.
  •        If you do not have stamping pad, no problem. You can substitute with thick mouse pad or embossing pad

         Finally, Of all things, this is the step , taken most lineantly.
  • Different stamps require different pressures. 
  • As it is difficult to measure pressure for each stamping, it is to be gained by experience only.That is why, if u get used to one type of stamp, you feel at ease with them, than others.
  • Stamp on a scrap paper for 2 or 3 times, before you do your original stamping. This helps in getting used to the right amount of pressure for that stamp.
  • Also, it depends on the designs. Solid designs require more pressure and thin designs require much less pressure.
Hope I have covered all the items for getting a good stamped impressions. If you have any doubts, please feel free to ask me.

Thanks for reading my post the past 3 days.Would love to hear from you!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Must Knows of stamps!!


           I am back with yet another post on stamps today. Since many of you requested, following yesterdays post on Must Knows of Ink Pads,  I am writing this sequel!!.

DISCLAIMER: All the views expressed in this post are based on my personal experience and views.Readers might have a different opinion.

       Now some of you might be wondering/worrying/confused, why after buying some good stamp brands from the industry, the stamped impressions are not clear or perfect.This post will try to answer all your question. If it does nt , pls mail me. I shall try my best to answer.

        I have a collection of different brands of stamps. While using them, I found some differences in their quality.That basically depended on the material , they are made of.

 Stamps are broadly classified into 2 groups - those that are made of Acrylic/Photopolymer 

would nt even give a close to perfect image , after lots of preparation..!!Frustrating!Arrg
crisp images, with just inking and stamping
Loses Stickiness after using a few times
Regains its stickiness, after cleaning the dust over them
Not stinky
A little stinky, when new                               
Less porous, so does not take ink well.Can stain too but not as readily as polymer.
Porous, so stains easily and takes up ink well
Softer material that may spread while being stamped
Firmer material that tends to give cleaner impressions
 Works only with certain brand inks like colorbox, archival
 Works well with most ink brands

        Which classifies photopolymer stamps to be superior over the acrylic stamps and obviously costlier.I generally find ,that the stamps made in China are made from silicon and those manufactured in USA, UK, India are made of polymer.Some of the stamp companies mention the material in the pack . But others do not. I tried to comprehend a list, based on their stamping properties

Photopolymer Stamp brands

Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn, Stampavie,Flourishes,Verve, Peachy Keen Stamps, 
Hero Arts,My Favourite Things, Paper Smooches, Stampendous

Acrylic stamp brands

Recollections,Studio G ,Fiskars,Martha Stewart, Prima, 7Gypsies , Inkadinkado, Kaisercraft,Pink Paislee,Making Memories,Scrappy Cat,Doodlebug Designs

        Now that you know in advance , the stamps and the material they are made of, and therefore what you will be able to expect from them, you can take informed decisions on what stamps you buy!

         Store your clear stamps in a light-free container. Even indoor light may discolor and eventually harden your clear stamps. These stamps are made of a light sensitive material because they are developed using a light process.

       Storing stamps in DVD/CD cases is the best method I have come across so far.Here is one idea from CraftyStorage to store your stamps.She has some amazing storage ideas!

            Since most of the inks stain the stamps, you need to clean them,just after you use them.Staz on requires a special cleaner, you must buy from the market.Other ink stains could be cleaned easily with Kitchen Cleaners like Mr Muscle! :)

         I still could  hear some of you cribbing abt stamping. Dont worry, I understand your needs perfectly. So will be back with another post tomorrow - for tips on stamping.

      Hope this post was useful for you! Would be happy to read,what you have to say about this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

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