Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thank you card

A quick card over the blog today. 
I tend to keep some die-cuts ready in stock to be used when I need to make a quick card. Today this card is made using few die-cuts in my stash. This way the card did not take long to complete.

Here's my card.

I took a 6x4" base kraft cardstock. A white die-cut circle was mounted over it with foam adhesive. I stuck die-cut leaves from beneath this elevation. A stamped "Thank you" sentiment was mounted over the circle with foam adhesive. Next, I adhered few flowers around the sentiment on either side. Placed a double layered butterfly die-cut at the bottom of the circle. Added few sequins to add some elements in the open spaces. 

Few more pictures of the card.

Thank you for dropping by my blog. Do leave your feedback in the comments below.

Anila Dikay

I am entering this project into the following challenges -

AAAcardsblogspot - die-cuts
diecuttindivas - Anything goes 
STAMPlorations Spotlight Project Showcase - Thing with wing

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Latte Love

Today I have a beautiful coffee themed card over the blog. 

"Sending you a latte love...." I simply fell in love with this sentiment. 

Here's my card to go along with this sentiment....

To begin with

  • I embossed the purple strip using "Embossing folder love". 
  • Marked the lines where I wanted to place it on the base cardstock. 
  • Stamped the sentiment "Warm hearts" from the HOTP stamp set repeatedly across the line.  
  • Mounted the purple strip on the base cardstock. 
  • Next, I took a circle die-cut and mounted two cut pieces of coffee cups and a heart with foam adhesive. 
  • Adhered this Diecut over the purple panel. 
  • Lastly added a sentiment to complete the card.

(P.S. I did not have the coffee cup die/stamp set. I simply did some basic cutting and sticking of shapes to get the cups. Similarly, the sentiment is also printed and not stamped.)

Hope you liked my card. I enjoyed making it a lot. 
Kindly leave your valuable comments below. I love reading them through. 

Anila Dikay

Entering into the following challenges 
coffeelovingcardmakers - spring-coffee-lovers-blog-hop
thecardconcept.blogspot - Purple haze (My embossed panel) - text 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Magical Wand

Hello Crafters,
This is my first DT post for A Perfect time to Craft

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The digi I have used for my card is  "Rachel Ballerina" . Here's a link to the image.

I began with colouring the digi with some pastel pencil colours. On a Kraft cardstock, I first put a glitter washi tape and then mounted the coloured image. I printed a quote I found on the google (Source unknown). Mounted this quote with foam adhesive. Lastly, I added few star sequins to add to the magical effect of the wand.

Do hope over the blog to check out the inspirations by my other DT friends. 
And Do not forget to participate in the challenge.

Anila Dikay

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Altered bottle 2

Hello Crafters,

Altered art!!

Recycling is a noble cause and it is indeed a great pleasure when you can contribute to it in your own small way. 
I am addicted to collecting things which may be refurbished to form something beautiful. Though not all may go through the refurbishing process. Some keep lying in my stash waiting for their turn to come. 
Today one such lucky perfume bottle got the makeover for sure. 
It was a rebirth for the bottle, though this time round it became a decorative piece of art.

Here's a brief look with the before and after effect.

I began with painting the entire bottle with Chalk paint from Itsy Bitsy. Once the paint was dried I tied a paper rope to the cap of the bottle. I embellshied the bottle with doilies, flowers, lace, thread, leaf die cut and a mariposa butterfly.

There the bottle is ready to be showcased. :-)

Here are few more pictures of the same.

I am in the process of reviving few more Perfume bottles. Hope you liked my revived version of this bottle.
Do leave your feedback in the comments below.

Anila Dikay

Entering this project in the following challenges
ItsyBitsy blog challenge#3-2017 - Anything Goes using  Little Birdie  Matt Chalk  Acrylic paints
pennys challenges - Anything goes Anything goes
LTCCB # 8 - March Anything goes 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Birthday wishes

Yet another Birthday card on the blog today. 

This is one more card in black. Somehow I like the way all the other colours look completely contrast to the base black colour. 

This is a simple card I managed to finish within 10 minutes. 

I die-cut leaves in 3 bold colours (cut out small leaves off it.. they are visible in the pictures)
. Arranged and stuck them at the folded end of the card. Took a white panel around 2.5" wide and mounted towards the open end in such a way that it covered the leaf die-cuts partially. 
Next came in the "Happy Birthday" sentiment. Lastly added few enamel dots to add some elemnt to the card.

 Here's another look at it!

Thank you for dropping by. 

Do let me know how you like my card.

Anila Dikay

Entering this card into the following challenges -
paruscardmakingchallenges - 3 colours 
Happy little stampers - CAS challenge
Happy little stampers - Anything goes with dies
AAAcards - Die-cuts
timeoutchallenges - CASEing (Inspired by the leaf dies)
Cutecardthursday - Spring colours
Pinkandmainchallenges - Spring
getcreativechallenges - favorite colour combo
stamplorations - cutplorations-march-challenge (3 girls walking same path.....3dies same direction and also the spring colour combo)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

DIY shadow box

Hello Crafters,

This is my first GDT with Rainbow Craftykari. I thank Maninder and RC team for giving me this opportunity. It is indeed a great pleasure to be a part of this talented team.

We all know finding gifts for any occasion is a big task, especially if the gifts are for kids and with our own kids around we struggle for their birthday return gifts. Today in this Teaching and Learning program I am going to show some simple ways of making Shadow boxes which make as excellent piece for home décor or for return gifts. These can be modified and decorated in various themes and sizes.
Let’s Begin!!
Take a cardstock of size – 12” x 8”.
(Note – 12”x8” size of cardstock makes a shadow box of size 8”x4”, you can modify the size as per your requirement keeping in mind the 2” scored lines that fold in from all four sides)

On the 12” side of the cardstock score the paper at ½”, 1”, 1 ½” & 2”.

Next score the paper at 10”, 10 ½”, 11”, 11 ½”.

Turn around the paper. Now on the 8” side of the paper score the paper again at ½”, 1”, 1 ½” & 2”. Next score the paper at 6”, 6 ½”, 7” & 7 ½. Your paper will look like this.

Now cut along the lines and cut-off the overlapped portion as shown / marked in the picture below. Cut all the squares except the two unmarked squares.

 Separate the two squares. (Check picture below)

Repeat this step for all the 4 sides. The cardstock will look like this now.

Fold the paper (longer side) on all the score lines as shown.  Fold in and stick the first strip on the base, to form the box wall.  Do it on both the sides.

Fold in and stick the squares over each other as shown in the picture. Trim the smaller sides as shown in the image. The first two score lines are trimmed in line with the wall and the third strip is cut in slant so that when it folds in, it over laps the longer side wall.

Now fold in the scored lines of the smaller sides and stick it on the base to form the smaller wall. While doing so apply little glue on the squares (shown in the picture), this will give it additional support.

Once all the sides are folded in the base of the shadow box is complete.

Now take two pieces of the same cardstock, around 1 ½” x 1 ½”,  punch a hole on them and stick them from the backside of the box.  Apply generous amount of adhesive here as this part is going to bear the entire load of your shadow box. Tie a matching satin ribbon through the holes to use it for hanging.

Now comes the decoration part. Stick a patterned paper on the inside of the box and decorate it as per the theme.

Here I have made a few shadow boxes with different themes.

Shadow box 1
This is in a “Baby girl” theme. It is decorated using some Baby stickers like baby clothes, booties, socks, an elephant. The name of this baby is mounted on white coloured die-cut circles. Washi tapes are on the borders.

 Shadow box 2

The next one is for a home décor. Here I have used flower, leaves and chipboard decorations.

Shadow box 3
It can also be made to display inspirational quotations / sayings. This is a smaller sized shadow box.

Shadow box 4
Here it is made as an intial art with floral arrangement.  This is a little different shadow box it is covered with a plastic sheet.  (When you make a closed box you can even have 3D/ standalone decorations)

Shadow box 5
A Jungle safari Shadow box. For this shadow box I have used a double sided patterned paper with animal print. Embellished it with die-cut flowers, animals and birds stickers, butterflies, some smiley buttons.

Shadow box 6
This is an Aquarium Shadow box. It has been decorated with some fine stones, shells, fish stickers etc. There are endless possibilities.

It was real fun making them all. Did you like them? Which one is your favourite?

I am listing the materials used for them below
Materials used:
Plain cardstock
Satin ribbon
Patterned paper
Washi tapes
Sticker embellishments
Alphabet stickers
MDF alphabet
Animal / bird stickers
Fine stones / sand
Shells, stars etc.
Fish stickers

I hope you liked and enjoyed my tutorial and that I have inspired you enough to try it out soon.

Visit many exciting tutorials and do participate in the ongoing challenge.

Anila Dikay

Entering in the following challenges 
inspirationdestinationchallenge - Anything goes - Anything goes

LTCCB #8 - March Anything Goes! 

cards galorechallenges  - Anything goes - Anything goes - Anything goes
craftingfrom heart - Anything goes
craftingwithanattitude - Anything goes

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Birthday shaker card!

Here is a fun shaker card!

I have used a purple coloured circle die cut and a black coloured cardstock base. Using foam adhesive I mounted the circle die cut with an acetate window, on the cardstock. Used the colourful sequins as the shaker elements. 
Stamped and Heat embossed the sentiment. Added few sequins around the card. 
Stamped and heat embossed a butterfly. Coloured it with distress inks and fussy cut it. Lastly mounted this butterfly on the shaker window. 

Here is a close-up look..

Thank you for dropping by my blog.

Anila Dikay