Happy New Year – 2016

Hey. Happy New YearΒ  πŸ™‚

It’s been a really long time since I posted here.

Life has been very busy, and this translated into me not making any blog posts. I have a toddler who has started to run(not walk). After work it’s pretty much two to three hours before she goes to sleep. And there is a ton of household work to be done after that. So I’m pretty much zonked during the weekdays.

I have been crafting then and there during the weekends, and I have been shopping as well. LOL.

I recently made a bunch of cards for New Year for my friends. Here is one of them

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I stamped the Lily with Berry Sorbet(2nd generation), Berry Sorbet, and Pure Poppy on my card front. The leaves were stamped(after masking the flower with a mask made from an old envelope) with Limeade Ice and Simply Chartreuse.

The sentiment happy was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black. The sentiment “NEW YEAR” was put together using the LF Milo’s ABCs set, and stamped using versamark. I then heat embossed the sentiment “NEW YEAR” using Wow Pearl Embossing powder on a piece of white cardstock, and then wiped my onyx black ink over it. (I lost my HA white embossing powder, and don’t have black cardstock) Mounted the sentiment using foam tape, and then mounted the entire panel onto a card base.

I used the MISTI stamping tool for alignment and mass producing purposes.

As a final touch, made a few splatter with simply chartreuse to balance out the card, based on Tejal‘s suggestion. Hope you like the card πŸ™‚

Entering this card into a new challenge in town – Paru’s card making challenge.

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Supplies:

Cardstock – Say Hello to Neenah Solar White πŸ™‚ Finally I have found decent cardstock in India.

MISTI – Yay for the MISTI. Again, another new purchase.

Stamps – Altenew Layered Lily, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABCs , Mama Elephant Happy Everything(All stamps are New)

Inks – PTI Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, Limeade Ice, Versafine Onyx Black

Embossing Powder – Wow Pearl Embossing Powder (New)

So almost everything except the inks are NEW. Technically these(MISTI,Altenew Layered Lily, Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABCs)Β  are not new because I used them on my daughter’s birthday invitations but they are new to my blog so πŸ™‚

Here’s my daughter’s first birthday invitation in case you were curious. Sorry for the poor picture. That is all I have of it 😦

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I’m hoping to be more regular on my blog(Since I’ve cleaned up my craft closet and gave away unused stuff to the kids in my neighbourhood)Thanks for stopping by, and checking my blog even if I was MIA πŸ™‚

 

A fridge magnet

I made a fridge magnet this weekend, and it took me three days to post it πŸ˜€

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Here’s a more clear picture

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Base – Pepe Jean’s tag (took a pic of all supplies in another cam. Will upload it soon)

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Magnetic Sheet – Sundar Metals, Pinking Square – Wplus9 – I love it.

Black CS – would not recommend it anyone else. Hey, does anyone buy really smooth Black CS?? One that folds well?

Flowers – Ranganathan St. Chennai.

PP was a RAK from Priya

Peeled Paint DI – Priya’s Store again.

Inkssentials Clear embossing Pen – Priya’s Store. I was hating the black CS showing through so much, that I embossed the corner with white embossing powder.

Pink washi tape was my wedding gift from Priya again!!

Here’s what happened:

I placed an order for my most favourite thing from her store and a new item on my wishlist.

20 sheets of white super-smooth-stamping-good-CS and a pink washi tape.

And she delivered the order, and notified me that it was my wedding gift. I seriously did not expect that. It was so very sweet of her. Thanks a lot Priya!

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I really really appreciate the gesture πŸ™‚ Thank you so much. I love the fact that you remembered my wedding more than the white CS even πŸ˜€
Entering the magnet into Color Conception Challenge #2 – Trash to Treasure using washi tape.

A visit to Color Conceptions

I visited Priya’s(Priya Sivaraj from Color Conceptions) home this weekend and I felt like a kid in the candy shop. I had to exercise so much self-control to not go berserk over her supplies.

I had done some extensive research over the past few days, and the die I wanted desperately was available at the cheapest rate with her. So I mailed her regarding that, and she’d replied saying I could drop by that evening.

After getting lost in the city I’ve lived for the past 26 years, I reached her home(more like she picked me up from where I got stuck – Thank you Priya).

As I said, I reached her home and the first thing you notice is huge racks full of craft supplies! She offered me a vanilla cake that she had made, and I took a bite out of it. It was yummy, but I did not want to gorge, so I kept it to a couple of bites.

Then we got down to business, she got me the die I had asked for, and then the embossing kit for making handmade flowers. These are the only two things that I really needed to buy. But then I saw her distress inks, and I realized that I was a couple short – a good yellow and green.

Since the sale on the distress ink pads at Crafters Corner is over, Priya has the cheapest rate on Distress Inks by a huge margin(her 275 to others’ 325)! Imagine what that would do your wallet when you purchase, say 10 distress inks – a whopping 500 bucks! So, I went ahead and grabbed mustard seed and peeled paint.

Then, I asked whether she had more dies. And she brought down a big box full of dies. She has all sorts of Flower dies, Cute sayings, and so many others. Also, the totally swoon-worthy Nellie Snellen Beaded Hearts die is back in stock. She has so many pieces of it, so there is one for each one of you πŸ™‚ And she retails it just for 800 rupees. I was so tempted to buy it, so I kept it aside before making my final purchase.

She also has the lowest rates on embossing powders. The Hampton arts embossing powder is just as good as the Ranger ones, but they are 0.5 ounce containers and that is why they come at a lesser price. She also has… Washi Tapes!!

We spent quite some time talking, and I learnt a lot from her, including color schemes, and fancy folds.

I also grabbed a few more things, namely – An A6 acrylic block(Rs.160), 3 packs of self-adhesive multicolored rhinestones and white pearls(Rs.50 each), and 10 sheets of white A4 cardstock(Rs.75).

The thing to note about Priya’s Store is that even though she has her supplies listed in a blog, rather than a website(ahem.. ahem..perhaps in the future.. I’m not hinting :P) she has the means, the storage space, and more importantly diverse craft stuff to qualify her as one of the main craft supply retailers in India. Believe me, I did not realize that before I visited her home.

Also, she has the cheapest rates on most supplies, especially the imported ones. Before you make a purchase, don’t just visit her blog, and assume she doesn’t have the item in stock. Because, understandably, updating a blog when you have so many(really many!) supplies is really a tedious job. So, not always does her blog reflect what she really has in store. So drop her a mail, before you splurge on stuff.

She can also get you particular stuff on request. But give her 2 weeks as turnover time.

Am I vouching for her store? Definitely!

I really would have splurged more at her place, but keeping my wedding expenses in mind, I left the Nellie Snellen die with a very very heavy heart. Perhaps next month πŸ˜‰

 

EDIT:

Priya has opened her very own online store! Yay!! Now, shopping at “The Craft Shop” becomes much more easier πŸ™‚