Sunday, September 28, 2014

Steampunk Mixed media canvas and a little announcement!


I am back after a long break. I have my usual list of excuses, but I will bore you with them in some other post. Today I have something a little more exciting (for me) to share.

Sometime back I found a blog called 'Anything But a Card" or ABAC and found out that they were looking for design team members. If you know me, you know my struggle with making cards, so I was intrigued and applied. I am thrilled to announce that I have been SELECTED! Yayy! I think it's a match made in heaven.:-).The challenge blog comes up with great themes every month and you can submit any type of project as long as it's NOT A CARD.:-)

This month's theme is called STEAMPUNKtember. Do check out the challenge blog and I would love to see you participate.

Steampunk Reverse canvas

Steampunk is not something that I really understand very well or have done too much of. My understanding is limited to the usual clich├ęs of machinery, gears, clocks etc. and that's what I did in my project.

I used the reverse side of a deep edge canvas for a shadowbox type effect. To create the background,I used some Cheery Lynn die cut gears and stuck them down using matt medium.

I also used the Tim holtz eye chart ,Crafters workshops Time Travel 6 by 6 and Art is stencil with Liquitex modelling paste for added texture.The coloring mediums were a mix of Ranger's Color wash and Lindy's sprays.

I used my all time favourite Tim Holtz's Reflection words stamps with Archival ink to add a little more texture.

The colourful heart ,which you can't see much of, is a hand cut chipboard piece, which I covered with embossed aluminium tape and then coloured with multiple shades of alcohol inks. The rest are embellishments from my stash.

That's about it. Hope you like the project.

Submitting for Simon Says Monday challenge : Stencils and stamps
The Mirror Crack'd -Anything goes


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

General rambling and a resolution

Hola people,

A blog post on two consecutive days. You must be shocked! Well as the title suggests, I do not have anything crafty to share today, just a confession and a brilliant idea that came to me.

I was as usual wasting time surfing on the internet and suddenly realized that I have a lot of issues/problems/ailments/maladies..

Malady #1 : I am a certified internet addict and much of my time is spent on reading other people's blogs, youtube and general surfing of random things. I just spent the last two hours looking at funny pictures and laughing all by myself.

Malady #2 : I have "Pin-itis".Yes my name is Pallavi and I am addicted to Pinterest .I am a hoarder collector of things. I obsessively spend hours pinning stuff if I find a good board. Just following someone is not enough for me.If I like one of their boards, I have to go and look at all the other boards of that person ,you know just in case I miss something fantastic.
Source : here

I have a lot of other ailments like analysis paralysis, the couch potato syndrome etc,but I won't bore you with those.:-)

Okay, now that we have identified the problems, we need to move on to the solution. That's where my brilliant and not so original idea comes into the picture.

I was thinking, that to counter all the above stated problems, all I need to do is create AND on a regular basis. No lounging around and spending countless hours " getting inspired" or waiting for my non existent muse to strike. This will keep me away from the computer and sort out both my problems. You know one stone ,two bushes ..or was it birds?

So, I have decided that for the next thirty days, I will create something every single day. It could be very simple and small or could be very elaborate. All I need to do is create one thing EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I was planning to call it "30 days of creativity" and was supposed to start from the beginning of the month, but of course ,this is me. So I will start from tomorrow.:-).Story of my life!

If you have any brilliant ideas for what I should call this, please let me know. We are talking about creativity after all.

If you would like to join me in doing this. raise your hand. If you won't, still raise your hands to the heavens and pray that this new found enthusiasm of mine does not fall flat like my other resolutions.


See you soon!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Altered Mini dresser


Happy 1st day of September to you! This year is going by so fast, isn't it? I can't believe that we are already into September.This time of the year makes me happy though,with all the big festivals and general jollity and fun to be had.

Shabby mixed media altered dresser

Remember,when I showed my mixed media mini dresser a few posts back, I had mentioned that I am working on something for a friend. Now that she has received it and thankfully liked it, I can show it here.

She wanted something in blue and I happily obliged. I really don't have much to explain what I did here. I used some modelling paste with stencils for texture and lots of glitter over the whole piece. I used some tiny keys as "pretend" pulls

I have to admit that I found it a little tough to embellish the top of the dresser. I wanted it to be nice to look at but still simple and practical.

 That's it for today. Hope you like this project.

See you soon!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Sketch-capades


It's Sunday ! The weather here is dark ,but not so dreary. A slight chill in the air and I am having fun wearing warm socks and enjoying a movie marathon curled up on my couch.

I know I missed the last two Sunday sketch-capades. Life was busy! It still is, but I did do some quick sketches. These were really really fast without placing any stress on getting to be too realistic..

Since its been raining EVERYDAY and heavily, I obviously had umbrellas and rain boots on my mind.

This one is still in progress

While reluctantly doing some general housekeeping, realized that I had a lot of animal and bird artefacts scattered around my house , so I decided to try sketching some of those.

I love this rooster.

 and isn't this hedgehog the cutest!:-)

Okay, I think I have made up for the last couple of weeks. Yay me! Time to go back to the couch.

Have a happy ,cheery Sunday.


Submitting for
August he Art party
Paint Party Friday Week 25
The Artist's Play Room #121


Friday, August 29, 2014

"Getting to know me " Blog hop

Hello friends!

Today is a non project post.A couple of weeks back I had a chat with one of my crafty friends and ex DT colleague Priya from Priya -n-papers and she asked me if I would like to participate in a unique blog hop. This blog hop is a nice way of introducing yourself . Priya is a fantastic crafter and I have always loved her style. Her projects are fresh, vibrant and trendy. Nothing is over the top and her projects always turn out to be striking. She has started blogging again after a brief hiatus and is experimenting with cards and I have loved each and everycard that she has posted recently. Do check out her blog here.
Okay, now on to me.There are a set of questions that one needs to answer and I shall try my best.I will also be a copycat and add some pictures of my previous work. :-)

1. What am I working on?
Umm, the answer is .....nothing specific really. Lately I have been bitten by the card making bug and in a moment of weakness bought some amazing AND expensive stamps.( I do have regular "moments of weakness").I now have to justify my purchases, so I plan to make some cards using those.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I really don't think my work is any different from all the other crafters worldwide. I feel that I am still in the early stages of my crafting career. I like to try out various things. Some I am successful at, others are a royal fail. If I had to pick ,I would say working with paints, textures, inks ,canvases etc really floats my boat and I spend a lot of time learning techniques and trying them out. I have also been obsessed with sketching and painting lately, so I have a lot to keep me occupied and I keep jumping from one project to another.:-)

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Well I create because it gives me happiness.The process of having an idea and executing it and seeing the end result gives me a high. I personally do not consider myself very talented ,so when something I make turns out half decent, its always a pleasant surprise and a little bit of shock to me and I thrive on that feeling.:-)

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

Hmm...I have never really sat down and thought about it.I guess I am inspired by pinterest ,you tube,other crafters' blogs.One thing that is consistent with me though, is that I never can plan or visualize the end result of my project.I generally wing it 90% of the time.It's a highly inefficient way of working, I know, but it works for me.

Another thing that I really try to avoid is getting swayed by what is 'in ' just because its trendy,I will not invest into a product or concept unless I personally find it pleasing or interesting.For me trends really don't matter and most of the time I am not even aware of them.hee hee.

Okay,I think that's enough and hopefully you were not too bored.Unfortunately,everybody that I know in the crafting world has already been tagged and done this bloghop,so I would like to tag everybody who reads this blog.Please do write about yourself.I love reading and knowing about you.

Last but not the least, thank you to Priya for tagging me.:-)



Monday, August 25, 2014

Case Study Anniversary Blog hop


Case Study is has completed 4 years and to celebrate, they are holding a blog hop with a lot of awesome designers and beautiful projects. I am not much into blog hops but this is so much fun. Now that I am trying to polish my card making skills,this blog hop was truly inspirational.

I have been meaning to participate in the challenge that is hosted with the hop but I am so slow! I missed the last two, but this time I am determined to get my entry in time.

We were supposed to pick up one of the designer's project and CASE it. Well, I was so inspired ,that I could not stop at one.Let's say I am making up for being a slowpoke.:-)

My first card is inspired by Debbie Hughes.I fell in love with it the instant I saw it. Look how pretty it is!

Here is my card.Boy,I really did mess up the splattering.Will you laugh if I tell you that I made two cards exactly the same and messed up both of them with my horrible splattering.At least I was consistent in that.:-)

Sorry about the awful pictures.Not enough time to fix them.:-)

Since I had my watercolours out,I decided to also case Jocelyn Olson's card.

I liked the white die cuts against the rich watercolours.I heat embossed the whole panel with Wow silver pearl embossing powder. I love the subtle sheen that this powder provides.

That's it for today.Hope to see you soon.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Something I made for myself

Hello !

A while back, I had a request from a friend to alter a mini dresser for her. I had some spare MDF so I got it constructed by a local carpenter. Unfortunately,the finishing of the product was not so good and I couldn't give it to her.I altered a store bought one for her (will be showing it soon). This meant.that I could keep the dresser for myself and do whatever I wanted to do with it. You know me and my love for mixed media ,so this dresser got a lot of artsy love.:-).No flowers on this one.Yay!

 I was planning to work directly on the dresser but then chickened out and created my own pattern paper (would you call it that?) with Kraft cardstock, Tim Holtz tissue paper, washi tape, stencils and lots of spraying and splattering.

I used some clay butterflies made using mod melts moulds (that's a mouthful!) and painted them black. I also used Tim Holtz's ornate plate for the middle drawer.

The front pieces are darker than the sides because I did not seal the surface before adding Mod podge and that made the colours run a little bit, but I don't mind it too much.

The sides are a bit brighter

I have yet to decide what to use it for.I am happy that I made something for my craft room.:)

That's all for now.See you soon!


.Submitting for Simon says Monday challenge :Anything goes
The Artistic Stamper challenge : Anything goes
The mixed media monthly challenge : Stencils with modelling paste
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