Thursday, September 11, 2014

Light and dark: Bella Grace blog hop & giveaway

 
Welcome to the Bella Grace Blog Hop! Bella Grace is the newest addition to the family of fabulous magazines from Stampington. You can find the inaugural issue right here. If you are new to my blog, another hearty welcome to you... so glad you came to visit!

 
Bella Grace is about life's beautiful adventures. It's about noticing the beauty and grandeur of simple things and making them a part of daily observations, inspirations, adventures, creativity, gratitude, and more. You have to read the beautiful articles of this magazine to really know how they touch your heart.
 
I have always been fascinated by light. As a child, I spent hours looking at black and white family photos. Took a while to know that I loved the play of light in those photos just as much as the people in them. Loved how the soft light came through the East-facing windows in the morning and how the balcony lit up in a fiery dance of light every evening in our Calcutta apartment. I have always loved Monet, loved how he captured light in his paintings. I was never fond of the dark. But when I started getting migraines after my son was born, I began to appreciate darkness. The dance of light and dark took on new meaning since. It wasn't just natural, but very personal as well.
 
I love to make art journals. I love mixed media. Whatever touches me, I express the feelings through my art journals. The spread below is about light and dark centering around a quote by Walt Whitman.
Light and dark are a miracle and a mystery to me.
 
 
 
You can win a copy of Bella Grace, thanks to the generosity of Stampington. Leave a comment to this post by 9/14 telling me your thoughts about light and dark. And don't forget to check back on 9/15 to see if you won. Good luck to all of you :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Decor


Here's a wreath created with Fall-themed stamps and Distress stains, paints and crackle paints by Tim Holtz. You can find all the details on Tim's blog.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

My new online classroom

 
is now almost ready for launch :) I have worked on the idea slowly but steadily for some time now. So excited and happy to see it all coming together finally.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A sketch and a layout

 
This is the sketch and below is my take on it...
 
You can find more on the October Afternoon blog.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

An Itty Bitty Book with Sizzix

Hi there! Today I'm going to share with you an itty bitty book I made for my daughter. You can make this for anyone you love.


 
Here's a list of the supplies I used to make this project:
Others: Watercolor paper, Twinkling H2O Watercolors, Black journaling pen, adhesive, bone folder
 
Now, let me show you the steps.
 
 
Lay Mini Heart Album die blade side up on an extended cutting pad, lay watercolor paper on the Mini Heart Album die, lay the other extended cutting pad on top to create a sandwich. Pass the whole thing through the Big Shot machine to diecut the mini album.  

 
Fold along the crease lines and make a clean fold with a bone folder.


 
Color the front and back of each section using watercolors.

 
Lay one standard cutting pad on the Magnetic platform, lay out the Thinlits dies of your choice, blade side up, on the cutting pad, lay paper on top and lay the other standard cutting pad on top. The Magnetic platform will keep the dies secure in place as you pass the sandwich through the Big Shot machine. Color the diecut pieces with watercolors to make embellishments for the mini album. 

 

 
Attach the embellishments to the mini album.
 

 
Add photos (2" x 2" each) behind the windows. Write encouraging messages on the embellishment pieces to finish.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would give this cute little mini album die a try. You can also diecut multiples of this album and attach them together to create a longer accordion album.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Take the Challenge, September 2014 at Design Memory Craft blog

Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the ninth Take The Challenge of 2014! 
 
If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
 
Once school is back in session, life gets really busy around here because of the school routine and various extracurricular activities. So, crafting time is premium. That's where this month's creative challenge comes in. In the past, I have done product challenges, theme challenges, inspiration challenges, etc. -- this month, my challenge for you is a time challenge. Create any project in 30 minutes or less.
Here's my take:

In my project, I used - 

Here's are close-ups:

 
Instead of doing a photo tutorial, I did a video this month to show you the techniques. I hope you enjoy!
 
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 9/12 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: One tub of Gel medium each.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 9/15 to see if YOU won!
Good luck to all!