Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Precious Moments

With the last year of school coming to an end, it is time for this lovely group of friends to take on bigger challenges in life. Though they might not be in the same class room, or institute, or get to meet each other everyday, the Precious Moments spent together will always be cherished.

That was basically the idea behind this diary, which was meant to hold lots of love shared amongst these parting friends.

For this project, I mainly worked with the Tales of You and Me collection by Prima. Added texture using stencils and stamps, and shimmer with Twinkling H2Os.

Entering this into:
My Time to Craft, Challenge 318: Girlie
Through the Purple Haze, Challenge #98: Flowers

Scrapbook: Frozen

A couple of months back, I had the pleasure of making a Frozen themed scrapbook for little Zaynab. For the cover I decided to add a picture of all the characters, with a snow topped plaque, that reads Zaynab.

Tried to capture the slight shimmer added to the snow, but failed miserably. (PS: the "snow" might look soft and foamy, but it actually is pretty hard and long lasting. Happy with my recipe)

Below I am sharing some of my favorite pages:

Keeping her age in mind, I added a little photo wallet, accordion style photo mats, and tit-bits which I felt she would enjoy.

 Keeping in theme with frozen, and snow, I covered the edges of the box with snow too.

Chipboard picture frame added to the box, so Zaynab can add in here picture there too.
She loved the album, and so did all her friends at school. 
Her aunt shared a picture of the name banner I had made for her when she was tiny, hehe, she still has it up in her room. <3

I love the colorful seabed too!
Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Foil and Flowers

Its spring! Let the flowers blooms <3

The theme for Artful Crafting Challenge 11 is Flowers, and so my project has lots of flowers on it.
I begin with my super fabulous Kit (and speaking of Kit, AC has started its Kit Club and the Spring Kit is up for grabs)

I was so excited to see the Thermoweb Rainbow Deco Foil, and the Thermoweb Deco Foil Adhesive in my Kit! These are so easy to work with and the results are simply amazing.

For the background I stenciled the Thermoweb Deco Foil Adhesive onto an off white base. Now before you start using the adhesive, please unscrew the top and remove the seal.

I layered the Tim Holtz Dot fade stencil onto the cardstock, and applied the adhesive over it with a painters knife.

I spread the adhesive evenly over all the required area. Once done I removed the stencil carefully, and soaked it in water immediately. To ensure that the stencil does not get spoilt, wash it immediately.

Once done, the adhesive needs to dry. As per the instructions, it dries in an hour, but in my case it dried in 10 minutes. I believe the weather, and thickness of the adhesive layer, impacts the drying time.

It is worthy to note here, that unlike other adhesives, the Thermoweb Deco Foil Adhesive stays sticky after it dries, and it is the stickiness that adheres the foil to the design. Each tube of Thermoweb Rainbow Deco Foil contains 5 sheets, and these are pretty thin sheets, so to be safe, when you take one out check ensure its just one and not two.

Next, I covered the adhesive base with foil, as seen above. When adhering the foil, please be sure that the bright shiny side is facing you. Then, gently rub over the foil to ensure it adheres well. I would not advice anyone to use a ruler, or a scoring at this stage, and avoid pressing down too hard on the foil, as it would make the adhesive spread and spoil the design.

Once satisfied, I gently peeled off the foil. Now, if you feel that some areas haven't foiled properly, just rub the foil over it again. As long as the adhesive is sticky, the foil with cover whatever area is left.

I was happy with how it turned out! its so simple and easy.

Now for the Gerbera Daisy, I used the spellbinders die which too was part of my kit.

Using the die, I cut out 16 petals each, 4 large and 2 small petal bases, and 2 centers. These dies make the task of flower making super simple. Just take each petal and push it through each slit, the large and medium petals go in the large base, while the small ones go into the small base. You can add glue to the tab on the bases, and stick the petals down as you push the petals in.

This is what they should look like. By the way, I cut the petals out of MME Look At This, and the petal bases and centers from  American Crafts Banana, textured cardstock.

Next, I shaped the petals lightly, which isn't necessary but I like shaping them. I simply flipped the layer over and shaped the petals with inward strokes. Did the same for the centers to curl them up. Next, I just stacked the layers one on top of the other and glued them down.

Last but not the least, I selected 2 purple Lillies, 1 pink Lilly,  2 pink rosebuds, and 3 leaves from the bunch of amazingly beautiful mulberry flowers, and arranged them over a decorative frame cut out of MME This Moment, which I adhered to the foiled base. Next I added a sentiment to finish it off.

A couple of close ups below:

Supplies Used:
Thermoweb Rainbow Deco Foil
Thermoweb Deco Foil Adhesive
Spellbinders Gerbera Daisy
MME Look At This
MME This Moment
American Crafts Banana
Purple Lillies
Pink Lilly
Pink rosebuds

Hope you enjoyed reading this post, looking forward to your entries to Challenge 11

Happy Crafting!
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