Monday, September 30, 2013

A Flag Book Album

Here is something which I had been postponing from a long time, and finally have completed it. Three cheers to me... and yes a pat on the back to my DH who was constantly on my back and left me with no choice than to complete this project. Don't we all delay our own projects. Phew!!! and I loved the outcome. !!

Well, this project is something which is very close to my heart as this album is all mine.. Yayyy!!! To be very frank I had no idea on how to go about with our post marriage trip pics(Me and him) and maybe this was the reason why it got delayed for this long. The other reason being, a lot of terms and conditions which were put forward by DH regarding the embellishments and not using a lot of other fancy crafty things.  Finally I found something which was best suited and compelled me to complete OUR album.

Here are the pics of the album, this is i guess my third handmade album and I totally love this one... infact i'm still drooling over it :)

Here's the cover page of the album.
I finally managed to convince him of adding some floral touch to the album :) I love flowers :) and then somehow I also did not wanted to add them on top, so what I did was, made a shadow box and then layered up the flowers along the four sides of the shadow box and covered it with an acetate sheet to stop the dust and all from messing with the design.





I clicked up some pics of the album before I adhered the pictures and this is how the album looks like when it's completely opened up!!


Different pages can also be viewed individually!!



 I kept the cover page pretty simple and instead of adding pattern papers, I distressed white cardstock with complimenting colors and adhered them !! This sure looks like a pretty box :) A lot of quilled roses is another thing which I love looking at :)


This is how the album look when the first page is turned !!!
Keeping it quite simple with minimilistic elements has helped a lot in bringing out the pictures !!


Did you notice the little yellow tags where I can jot down the memories ??? I soo love journaling!

the pages can be flipped like a normal book to check out the pictures on the individual pages and it can also be made to do a swish and swoosh to have that all-in-one-go look effect :)




The Flag book, the way it looks from the top !!!



This is probably my most loved view of the album, when I can pull apart both the front and the back cover and the pages comes yummily criss crossing each other !!! Ooo I sooo love this one!!




The last page of the album!!

 It still has some pictures missing and I'll soon go on the hunting spreee into my picture folders again to check out on which all pics can be a part of the album, I soo want all of them to be happily put up here, but then, if I do, it would become the size of a huge trunk!! Phew... so let me stick on to the number the album needs :)

Do tell me if you liked my new album :) coz I'm in love.. :)
Have fun crafting my friends!!! and thank you for dropping by!!! :)


Linking this project with a couple of challenges:
1) http://colorconceptionschallenges.blogspot.in/2013/08/challenge-4-spread-your-wings-with_5232.html [ used mustad seed and spun sugar for distressing the cover pages!]
2) http://dcamchallenge.blogspot.in/2013/09/challenge-2-shabby-is-chic.html [ shabby in the fact tht it's outta the style of the regular albums ]
3) http://lulupu.blogspot.in/2013/09/lulupu-challenge-17-fancy-me.html [ Fancy me: trying out different styles of handcrafted albums, I love making shaped albums amoung other special fold things]



Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Baby album

A few months as (yes months, precisely in March??) I got a call from a friend of mine and she wanted me to make a baby album for her daughter. It was supposed to have a lot of memories from her first year and her first year keepsake album too and I must say, I was pretty excited to start on the same.
But things got tumbled up and I ended up making the album in August( I know that's a lot of delay, but with me not well and stopping all my crafty adventures for a while, there was no choice )

and one good news is... I finally bought a BIGSHOT, the die cutting Machine :) and I'm sooper happy. Now i'm embarking on the journey to collect all my favourite dies :)

Finally, I completed the album before I embarked on my long due vacation back to both my homes, I delivered it and I'm sooper happy since it has been loved and liked by all :)

I have made a lot of flowers for this album as the album is all girlish and little girls love flowers :) I had a lot of them punched and embossed on the album cover. The other set of flowers inside the album were all stamped, heat embossed and fuzzy cut and I loved all of them :)

If you have been following my Facebook Page , you might have had already seen some glimpses of the same since the tit-bits from the album was the only postings on the FB page in a long time.
I'm putting up the complete album for view since it's completed now and is making the little girl very Happy :)

***This is a picture heavy post ***

The album cover, I simply love all the flowers.. they make the album look soo pretty!! Ain't it??
The Frame holding the picture(which of course is blurred) has been learnt from Inna Dorman's tutorial on how to make paper frames which can be viewed here , she has some amazing tutorials :) and a big hug and thanks to my crafty pal Catherine for showing me tht tutorial :)



Close up of the flowers, They are are all punched and them embossed to give them shapes.
Did you notice the little mulberry flowers??? they are all handmade too :)



Here are the snapshots of the inside pages of the album. Since there were a lot of pages (12 to be precise), I ended up collating the adjacent pages in picasa to lessen the length of the post and make it look more appealing :) 
I have hidden all the pics to protect privacy !!














Here are some of the closer look of some of the pages/tags I love to the core :)


This includes an insert with 7 tags to document and note down all the lovely dovey habbit of the little one which she did during the first year :) Now isn't that a sooper cool way to keep track of some of the most cute and to die-for moments???
I simply loved this idea!!!









I hope you all liked the album and enjoyed viewing it too.
I had a blast making this album and cannot wait to start on the next one (which again is a long long due one ... phew ) which is to be made of our post marriage trip.. and DH is waiting eagerly for that one ;) (of course with a lot of terms and conditions )..

c ya soon!! with the new album :) which again i'm too eager to start on!!!

Love Manu!!!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Gond painting

I have been eyeing the gond art from a very long time now, the only thing pulling me down from trying this amazing art form was time and now that I have ample of it, I loved making this beauty.

I have tried my hand at making madhubani painting earlier and a preview of the madhubani inspired magnets can be viewed here.

Gond paintings are native to gond tribal community which hails mainly from the areas in central India. India has such rich and amazing forms of art that it's truly wonderful to see and try some of them.

Gond paintings are amazing to look at, truly intricate yet very very simple. The designs are basically evolved from everyday life yet the intricate dots, dashes and lines which fill up these everyday life inspired art form are amazing to fill up.

Here's what I made






Made on Stretched canvas with Acrylic paints.


I hope you all liked my humble attempt at making these.
Custom orders for making these paintings are open. I will be happy to make one for you. For details, information, I can be reached at manu.ahandfullofart@gmail.com. 


PS: If these posts inspire you to bring out the creative best in you, that would be the bestest thing that will happened to you, and I'll be flattered. But, kindly do respect the hard work and thoughts that goes into these works and please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks!!!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A circle Zentangle!!

As you all know that I have been bitten by this zentangle bug.. I keep on making something and then filling up the empty spaces with all what I can come up with to make some cute zentangles...
Here's wht I made with a circle.. a circly zentangle :)


I hope you all like this one

Love
Manu

PS: If these posts inspire you to bring out the creative best in you, that would be the bestest thing that will happened to you, and I'll be flattered. But, kindly do respect the hard work and thoughts that goes into these works and please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks!!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DT MEGHA- BLOG HOP

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGHA- A BLOG HOP!!!


Welcome to our Birthday Blog Hop for our own DT Member Megha…

Now, Together , Sing
1…...2…….3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MEGHA
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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Our Team at KUKIES BASKET want to wish our
Wonderful, Highly Talented, The Creative Crafter
MEGHA JAIN
A Very Happy Birthday
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A Successful Year Ahead…


If you follow the hop and leave a Happy Birthday comment for Megha
on all the blogs you have a chance at winning a goodie bag of diecuts from Kukies Basket…

Here is the blog hop Blogs order just in case you get lost along the way

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(you can leave a Happy Birthday comment anywhere in her blog)

Here is the card I came up with for Dear Megha…




All you need to do is leave a Birthday comment Here
And then 
pop on over to 
 Megha's blog and 
follow the links, enjoy the hop…
You have till Thursday,the 18th to leave your comments.

We are very sorry that currently this small candy is for Bloggers with Indian Addresses only. Thank u for Understanding..

Have a Great Day….


-KUKIES BASKET TEAM

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Butterfly Zentangle

I have been making zentangles these days whenever I get some time.. You might have seen my earlier attempts here.
Here's a butterfly zentangle I make sometime back :) and I'm pretty happy the way it has turned out to be.
What do you think??



I hope you liked it... it's an pleasant site seeing a butterfly since seeing them in Metro's these days is a miracle!!!

Manu!

PS: If these posts inspire you to bring out the creative best in you, that would be the bestest thing that will happened to you, and I'll be flattered. But, kindly do respect the hard work and thoughts that goes into these works and please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks!!!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

For the Love of Zentanlges

I have been dormant for quite a while and sadly this is gonna continue for a little more while & I miss crafting too.. Well with my current state, I'm back to one of my fav pastime of doodling and making Zentangles.. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. for more information on Zentangles you check check out here :) 

I remember my college days when I used to make random drawings and back then I did not knew that there is a specific name for it. I always made them to relax and have fun and all the time doing something creative too :) 
Here's what I made .. I hope you'll like them :)


Here's one done in black gel pen :)



I decided to go with a colorful tone on this one :) and I'm glad with the results. I thinking of making one on a canvas now


I hope you liked them all :)

Happy Crafting !


PS: If these posts inspire you to bring out the creative best in you, that would be the bestest thing that will happened to you, and I'll be flattered. But, kindly do respect the hard work and thoughts that goes into these works and please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks!!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Framing Memories


I was asked by a relative to make a photoframe to be presented to her husband on his birthday, the only condition was I had to make the flowers like the one's I had made in my 'Love is' Explosion boxes which can be seen here and then we decided to make the flowers in the shades of blue and it came out to be exactly to be like the picture I had visualized :) and this made me very Happy

and yes I forgot to tell, the photoframe is handmade too :) It's made out of a thick cardboard and then wrapped up in white sheet.

This is when I saw up the color challenge on Itsy Bitsy and decided the team the blue with a green :) and this is how it turned out to be



I distressed another white sheet of paper with Green color and stamped it up with the swirls and placed some cute rhinestones



Here's a corner pic of the arrangement on the bottom left corner


The top right hand corner looks like the above pic :)




I added a li'l bit of lace and a charm to allow my creation for entry in the Crafter's Corner challenge for this month which is a BINGO :D
I have used up the first vertical line there of Distressing, Pearls/Rhinestones, Ribbon/Lace and it can also go up with the first horizontal line which says  distressing/Flowers/Charms


 This is something which I loved making and I hope you guys liked it too!!!

Entering it for the following challenges:
1) http://itsybitsyindia.blogspot.in/2013/04/the-itsybitsy-logo-color-challenge.html
2) http://crafterscornerindia.blogspot.in/2013/03/crafters-corner-7-bingo.html


Love!
Manu


PS: If these posts inspire you to bring out the creative best in you, that would be the bestest thing that will happened to you, and I'll be flattered. But, kindly do respect the hard work and thoughts that goes into these works and please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks!!!



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Desk Caddy

I love Organizing things(even thought things gets messed up often ), and to do the same for my every increasing craft supplies I did a Desk Caddy smtime back which can be found here.
I made this on a custom order, and the requirement was, it should be a girly one and quite sturdy!

So I used up good quality cardboard, cutted it per my requirements and then stuck on with a sooper powerpacked glue !!

Here's what I made
I used a cute PP all full of butterflies for a cute angel..


Added up a lot of punched and embossed flowers.


Added a super cute butterfly :)





I loved making this one.. I hope you all liked it.

Linking it to the following challenges:
1) http://unstampabelleschallenges.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/unstampabelles-challenge-22-anything.html
2) http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.in/2013/04/inky-impressions-105-punchesdies.html
3) http://foreverfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.in/2013/04/challenge-59-diecutspunches.html
4) http://shellysimagesblog.blogspot.in/2013/04/ttt-challenge-april-showers-bring-may.html

PS: If these posts inspire you to bring out the creative best in you, that would be the bestest thing that will happened to you, and I'll be flattered. But, kindly do respect the hard work and thoughts that goes into these works and please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks!!!

Happy Crafting!
Manu

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