Saturday, August 31, 2013

Challenge # 4 Spread your wings with distress inks!!!

Posted by Rajni Chawla


Hello lovely ladies!!

This is Rajni here welcoming you all with a brand new challenge for the month of  September at your favorite Color Conception Challenge Blog.



Before I proceed further with the theme, let me thank you all  on behalf of our whole team for participating and showing interest in our challenges. We are really amazed to see such wonderful entries every month. Choosing a single winner  out of such lovely entries is sometimes very difficult. Our best wishes are with you all.

The winners of our last challenge Nail it down with textures will be announced soon. So keep connected.




"Spread your wings with distress inks"


Sounds interesting....right !!


Yes.....rightly guessed !! I am hosting a challenge on my favorite favorite topic distress inks. It was last year July end that I got my first set of Distress Inks in my hands. Today, I can't believe myself that just after one year I'm here hosting a Challenge as a Dt for Color Conception and that too.....on Distress Inks. The day I got them,I got the opportunity to spread my wings high with so many new ideas in my mind . Today,in this craft world...I think no one is unknown to these amazing inks.

Our this month's challenge is offering you an opportunity to spread your wings as high as you can with these inks.There is no restriction at all in what you make. Be it a card or a tag......a box or a wall piece. Anything of your choice...but the use is distress inks is must. Heavy inking or just a touch....all depends on the requirement of your project. Newer the idea....better the chances to win !! 

But do mention about the technique you used and the shades combined in your post. Isn't it easy enough!!


Our Dt team will try their best to inspire you with different ways to use the same.We will try to cover most of all the techniques with water,resist,creating flowers ,water coloring,stamping and many many more. More over in the coming posts I will be replying to most of the queries left on my blog regarding the distress ink techniques I use for my projects. So stay tuned...you will find your answers to your questions soon.
Do participate in my first blog giveaway and be a part of my celebration.   


To participate, please ensure, you follow the below rules
  • Be a follower of our Blog 
  • Link Fresh New Entries only. Back Dated entries not allowed
  • Link to the challenge specific post only and not to your blog url.
  • Link Back to our challenge..ie Place the url of this post in the post you make.
  • Leave a comment below after linking
  • You could participate in a maximum of 5 challenges including this
  • Maximum of THREE entries per person , please add (2) or (3) for your second and third entry against your name.
  • Lastly please remove word verification from your Blog to help our DT leave comments easily.
       The Top 3 Entries will receive a Challenge Winner badge and one of them would be honoured as a GUEST DESIGNER for our next Challenge.

      One random winner from the participants would receive a GIFT VOUCHER worth Rs 500, to purchase in our shop - www.thecraftshop.in.



To inspire you,  we have amazing projects from our Conceptualists. So here we go...



Our Dt Poornima decided to stun us with her lovely shadow box card this time. She used picked raspberry fired brick,mowed lawn,shabby shutter,vintage photo,walnut stain,spiced marmalade and broken china to color this lovely card. Oh......what an amazing list of colors....all my favorites Poornima :) Though I can't take my eyes off that naughty Odd Girl too. Others supplies used are Hero Arts Blossom flower, Kaiser Kraft butterfly, Memory Box Cherish Branch, Memory Box Madera Corner and Color Box Black Archival ink.

Our dt Tanvi tried her hands on her all time favorite crayon resist technique for inspiration she randomly created a background using distress inks. Stamped over it with versamark to emboss with clear powder. The BG was then colored with black soot to reveal those amazing multicolored flowers.
You have really tempted me to try this now Tanvi!!.





You are truly the best teacher to teach this......thanks for such a lovely inspiration  :)




Here is what Khushboo came up with her inspiration for this month.
Heat Embossing!!!

So simple.....yet so elegant !!
Isn't it??


She used  Technique Tuesday stamps....life is good and loving words with spiced marmalade,peeled paint and broken china distress inks.



Here is Priya's inspiration using crumbled distressed paper technique using Cheery lynn gear border die, Cheery lynn gears die, Memory box cycle, Darice Argyle embossing folder, distress ink - peacock feather, broken china, barn door, Fired Brick.



Love Birds...Another one by Priya using Mustard seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Memory box woodland branch, IO birds die, Hero Arts Blooming meadows, Pewter zing embossing powder black, colorbox pigment black with heat embossing technique
Fabulous Priya!!



And here is mine...
As you all know I started my journey of inking along with paper quilling. You have always wondered what color strips I use for my quilled flowers...... its all done with distress inks. I think none of my project is without these amazing inks.


Do you remember this project. This was my first big project. Look at the lilies and small fringed carnations.....all inked !!






Look deeply at all the projects above. Don't you think colors add a zing and gives new life to all images. Sunrise....sunset....flowers in spring bloom of reds, oranges and purples are all music to my eyes. My list of colors goes on and on. Colors are the beauty of God's mind. I can feel music and rhythm in every shade. For me, the world would be silent without colors. 

Correct me....if i m wrong anywhere.



JUST FEEL AN ARTIST IN YOU !!



I think i have inspired you enough to give it a try.
 
So what are you waiting for??

Grab your favorite colors..... and spread your wings high!!! 

Let your creativity fly...!!
We at  The Craft Shop have complete range of distress inks along with all seasonal shades and all its resist mediums like versamark ink and embossing powders . For 

For any query regarding any craft supply u can contact Priya Sivaraj or u can mail her at priyacrafty@gmail.com.


Rajni
(Passionately Curious)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Be a part of my celebration....

Posted by Rajni Chawla




Hello all!!

To me creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen,and thinking what no one else has thought. 
To me creativity also means...... sharing. Once I posted on my wall....If u have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange our apples then u and I will still have one apple each. But if u have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. Isn't it true??

I love being creative, and could spend all my waking hours descovering and learning new things. I m always thinking of ways to  do things, writing down ideas that I would love to try. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day for me to try and put all the ideas which have come to my mind to practice.Sharing creative ideas and interests with others is a great way to develop relationships to start a craft group or make new friends.
Few days back I saw that my blog reached 100 followers. Though I'm not that regular on making posts  here  but I might get regular by celebrating my first blog giveaway. I had some plans for this giveaway but not the way all do….but in my own way.  Actually I wanted to celebrate my creativity knowing that it is not just for me but to share with others and be a blessing.  I do not want to give a giveaway to one or two or more but to….....maximum. Here again, I want to be creative and do not want to restrict myself but be unique......i want to celebrate it not for a day or two but for a  long time.

I have faced lots of problems learning different arts. Making your art a mode of your earning is not at all bad but not teaching enough in return for what we are paid is bad in my eyes. I have seen people facing the same problem what I faced so many times. But now a days we are so active on net and can avoid this problem. My children introduced me to this new world of surfing net when I came back home after my surgery. I’m thankful to Neha  Jain who introduced me to this new world of paper craft and blog world. I must say it is still new to me and will always remain new as every day  I sit on net  I find something or someone new.

Internet is a vast ocean of knowledge and I’m grateful to have learnt from various crafters & artists from all around the world. I’ve learnt by studying their work, watching their tutorials and reading their thoughts. And since I believe that knowledge increases by sharing, I have decided to start posting the work and tutorials of various people from whom I have learnt on my blog.

I would love to find and answer solutions to all your queries through videos and tutorials from internet. So I want to ask you all that about which craft form or art or technique should I start posting about? You can leave a comment here or on my post on facebook to keep me updated about your queries. So be a part of my celebration and also support me to help the newbies.

I don't know if you like my way of celebrating my first blog giveaway or not.....but i m happy that i m sharing all open heartedly what all i have within me.......with no rules to follow for participation.


  

(hugs)
Rajni Chawla.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Learning more with Studio Multi Medium..

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hello all !!

Hope you all enjoyed the beginning of this year's festive season with Rakhabandhan .This is my post as a DT for Color Conception Challenge Blog
As you all know our this month's challenge is on creating textured backgrounds for your projects.We are overwhelmed to see wonderful enteries in our current challenge and happy to see that you are enjoying having fun creating textures. 

Since,I have been given the topic to create textures with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium.....today I am here to discuss few tips and techniques using the same. Hope you liked my inspiration project using the same. If you have missed here is the direct link to my post.

Now on to the product.. 







1. It is a Ranger product and comes in two finishes....matte and glossy finish. 



2. Its basically a gel medium without pigment that's why it dries clear.You can use any acrylic based paint to make the paint into glazes.

3. It works as a resist to distress inks (any water based colors)... but you can easily play with all acrylic based and alcohol based colors.

4. It is acid free,nontoxic,non-yellowing and dries totally clear.Moreover it dries quickly depending on how much thick you have applied.You can even use your heat gun if you are impatient like me.

5. You can use it for gluing,transferring images,sealing and also for your decoupage techniques.The gloss is my favorite finish as it provides a nice and subtle sheen to my project.

6.This is available in 4 oz. jars and 1/2 oz.bottles.

7. It also serves as a paint extender when used with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints but as i was not having studio paints i tried it with my acrylic paints, glimmer mists and magicals and the result was awesome.

8.  Since these are water based you can wash your brushes under running water....it won't mess up your brushes at all.

Isn't it wonderful....so so so many techniques you can work on with this gel medium.



Today I will be sharing few basic videos and a picture tutorial which I came across the you tube channel and followed while working with this product. I loved watching them and learnt few basic tips from these videos. Hope you also enjoy and learn something new.



Resist technique : Click here to see  how multi medium resists with distress inks.

I was not having foam to cut n make a stamp so i tried making a simple retro flower with potato....the same way we use to make when we were kids. It was hand crafted with knife so was not that perfect....but still love the result. I stamped the image and dried it using my heat tool and simply inked it with shabby shutter distress ink.Here is what I came up with...


Stencils multi medium resist technique : Click here how u can create awesome backgrounds using stencils. I simply took crafter's workshop template over the card stock and pulled the medium across using old gift card. Dried it with heating tool and then distressed with two different shades of distress inks.



In next tag instead of using card for pulling the medium I simply used flat brush....Same things used but in a slightly different way and u get different results. Its not that prominent in pic...but in reality its different. Just give yourself a try.



Spread little medium with knife and dab randomly. Stamp it with  black Archival and see the difference...



      
       
Gluing technique or Decoupage technique : Check here to see how simple is the way of gluing paper with medium.These were tried by my daughter under my guidance. Now a days I'm not keeping well. My kidney pain due to stones sometimes irritates me a lot. Hence I often ask my daughter for help. I try pushing her to help me while I'm working on something new and  sometimes literally wait for her to come back from school for her sweet little" WOW". I don't force her as.....she's a bit moody but when ever she tries on her own she does pretty well. Have a look what she created.
Isn't it cool !!
Very simple and very elegant. You can use it to make a card, a tag or can use it in your scrapbook page. I'm really really waiting for the time when my daughter will be able to join me in my craft completely. For so many years i'm working all alone but now need her support.



Another one where she tried little bit of mixed media techniques also.



Few days back while creating cards I  too made one with decoupage technique using same medium. I also added little shimmer to the flowers and gave another coat with the same medium. It depends on your choice to use either matte or the glossy finish.
Here is the pic..




Sealing and creating more textures : You can create background textures using burlap,tissue papers, fabric, laces, paper scrap,....anything you find about in your house.
You can use multi medium as a sealant also.....just like Mod podge. It dries clear. I tried creating textures with different laces with the help of multi medium. A coat of gesso, distress paints and few splits of Lindy's stamp gang can create an amazingly background for your projects.  


Isn't it easy !!



Check this one..

Here I created textures with regular tissue paper and sealed sequence with the help of medium gel.Note :  As said earlier always keep this in mind that multi medium acts as a resist to water based colors. You will have to either use alcohol based or acrylic paints. Water based colors won't work.

Few days back I tried my hands on Sospeso Transparent and created a background texture with minute glitter balls. I sealed them with  studio multi medium. If you have missed to see the complete project here it is.How awesome are the effects!!




Transferring image:     Check here  to see how you can transfer images on metal base. You can also transfer it on sticky back canvas or any grunge paper. I'm sharing the video but sorry was not able to try my hands on this technique due to health issues. I promise to come back soon with what I create as early as possible. 




Now a simple and a easy picture tutorial for you all....

Once surfing through net I came across this picture tutorial on Nancy Keslin's blog and added to my to do list. Today I'll be sharing her tutorial with u. The pictures and her step by step tutorial was too clear for anyone to understand....and hence picked the same from her blog. Thanks Nancy for this wonderful tutorial.

For her project she used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Scarlett, Ranger's Multi Medium in matte, a Crafter's Workshop stencil, an old gift card and some craft sticks. If you don't have mists you can also use magicals or any acrylic paint. I guarantee the result will be awesome with both. You will be in love with the glazed effects you get.


Place a dollop of multi medium on nonstick craft mat.



Spray glimmer mist onto medium.




Mix it well with craft stick




Position your stencil over the card stock





And pull across the medium mixture with old gift card.



And here is the result.



How cool.....Isn't it ??

There are lots and lots more but yet not tried. I myself restrict to only one basic rule in crafting....EXPLORE MORE N TRY MORE. If you explore and don't try it by yourself you won't learn. I m very much addicted to the videos available on net but unless n until I try them myself once or twice with my own hands I am not satisfied. We always stumble upon few more tricks while trying something new. If you have tried something else besides these techniques do share with me. I will love learning form you.Ending my  super lengthy post here wishing all the very best to those who have participated in our this month's challenge Nail it down with textures hosted by our Dt Saumya. Those who have still not tried their hands on textures still have time to do so.

We at The Craft Shop have the huge range of all texture creating mediums,the complete range of distress inks,distress paints and alcohol inks.Afresh new range of stamps have been added. For any query regarding any craft supply u can contact Priya Sivaraj or u can mail her at priyacrafty@gmail.com.
Hoping to see u soon with fresh new challenge for the next month and the winners of our ongoing challenge.


(hugs)
rajni chawla
passionately curious












 

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Monday, August 19, 2013

My first try at Sospeso Transparent.

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hi all !!


My wait for Sospeso Transparent is over now.
I wanted to try this technique also but the raw material available in India was very expensive. One of my favorite student Meetu and her sister Neha made it possible for me to try my hands on this technique.My this particular post is to specially thank these two pretty ladies for making it possible not only for me but also for other passionate crafters of India to try their hands on Sospeso.

Now let me give u a little introduction to this art.This is also called Volume Decoupage, created and patented by Italian decorator Monica Allegro. This technique allows you to make volume decorative elements from special paper (napkins and decoupage cards) in very easy steps.One of the main materials used in volume decoupage technique Sospeso Trasparente is a special film. It is absolutely safe and non-toxic while heated.


When I sat and started working, lots of new craft supplies were in my mind. I worked with new textures...Lindy's Stamp Gang , my new range of distress stains andddd off course Sospesso. Today I 'm sharing my two projects on Sospeso. One of them is a frame using S3-10 and the other one is wall piece using paper veil 03,05 and 08. I preferred making my second project a wall piece as i wanted to save my creation of these delicate flowers from dust. Here are the detailed pics.

Frame using S3-10





This was my second try.I used paper veil 03,05 and 08

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For Sospeso Transparent supplies u can contact Meetu Aggarwal (9899275495) and to keep yourself updated regarding supplies join her on her page and her group.

All my creations really really wait for your valuable comments.
Linking my second project with Crafter's Corner Challenge #11 anything goes

Hoping to see u soon with another creation of mine.
Till then...Happy Crafting :)

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Planting Love..

Posted by Rajni Chawla


hello !!

Making another post to give my third entry for Justrite stampers Challenge #102.I did it in my previous post but could not enter the same url. I am new for participating in any challenge....will learn soon.Here is my third entry.





The poppies are hand painted with distress inks using koi brush.

Supplies used are:
Spellbinders Imperial Gold die set
French pastry doily from Marrainne
Spellbinders adorning Squares
Justrite Floral Flourish Background stamp
Justrite Poppies Label Twenty NIne stamp set.
Distress inks



Entering :Justrite Stampers Challenge #102.
Crafters corner challenge 11...qny thing goes

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You are in my garden of friends...

Posted by Rajni Chawla






hello !!

Making a fresh post to give my second entry for Justrite stampers Challenge #102.I did it in my previous post but could not enter the same url. I am new for participating in any challenge....will learn soon.Here is my second entry.



You are in my garden of friends.


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This one is my favorite. It took lots of time . I was totally confused about what paper to use for the center. It led me to an idea of making it on my own. I was having decoupage napkin and I used that to make the center of my card. I did decoupage by adding little glitter to the flowers and die cut with Labels 17.


Other supplies used are :


Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17 Seventeen.
French doily (Marraine )
Justrite Floral flourishes Backgroud stamp
Justrite Poppies Label Twenty nine set
Spellbinders Imperial Gold set
Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles
Spellbinders elegant label four
Distress inks


Entering Justrite Stampers Challenge # 102 

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Justrite stampers Challenge #102

Posted by Rajni Chawla



Hello !!




I don’t know about you but one of my favorite parts of crafting is collecting fun supplies.Especially stamps and dies. But then these need to be used properly. The day I organized my stamps and dies I was amazed to see my collection. But they were worth nothing if I couldn't use them. Its an year now that I have been into paper craft...watching so many crafters participating in various challenges. Even I wanted the same but lack of time and my health problems did not allow me to do so for long. 



The other day scrolling down my facebook page I visited Justrite stampers and came across their Friday Challenges and promised myself to participate this time. I hardly have few of justrite stamps but tried hard for this Justrite Challenge #102 Color Inspiration.I just loved working with these stamps and wish to add many more to my stamp collection. I came up with these three cards.Here are the pics of the cards with their details.

 Card 1
Have a fabulous day




Supplies used..
Core'dination paper
Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One
Joy Craft Rectangle Frame
Justrite Background Stamp Garden Gate
Justrite Celebration Labels One and Bracket One
Sunfluer Kissed Stamp and die set from Heartfelt Creations.
Distress inks.


Look at that sweet butterfly. It is first stamped with Justrite Floral Furnishes Background Stamp and then fussy cut. I made it from the scrap I was left while making another card. Isn't it cool !!

Card 2
You are in my garden of friends





This one is my favorite. It took lots of time . I was totally confused about what paper to use for the center. It led me to an idea of making it on my own. I was having decoupage napkin and I used that to make the center of my card. I did decoupage by adding little glitter to the flowers and die cut with Labels 17.

Other supplies used are :


Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17 Seventeen.
French doily (Marraine )
Justrite Floral flourishes Backgroud stamp
Justrite Poppies Label Twenty nine set
Spellbinders Imperial Gold set
Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles
Spellbinders elegant label four
Distress inks


Card 3
Planting Love



The poppies are hand painted with distress inks using koi brush.

Supplies used are:
Spellbinders Imperial Gold die set
French pastry doily from Marrainne
Spellbinders adorning Squares
Justrite Floral Flourish Background stamp
Justrite Poppies Label Twenty NIne stamp set.
Distress inks



I would love to  enter all the three cards for Justrite Stampers Challenge #102.

I am entering my first card title "Have a fabulous day" to DCAM cHALLENGE 1 ANYTHING GOES WITH HANDMADE FLOWER


 CMC #26 Summer Blooms/Summer flowers

Crafter's Corner challenge 11...anything goes.

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Happy Friendship Day...

Posted by Rajni Chawla


Hello everyone !!

Wishing you all a great friendship day!!
Don't you think I'm really working hard to be regular in making posts here.Believe me....I am !!!

To make this day little special with all my special blog friends today I am sharing my latest creations.I will be sharing four of my cards together using one single stamp (Papermania urban cling stamp ) and also with one single paper collection by Core'dination. I have used lots of different dies, washi tapes and Crackle medium by Ranger.





My daughter has put two white quilled flowers in my last card...she did nothing but still wanted to take full credit of making it by adding those two little bits :P
For the third and fourth card i used Sunkissed fluer die from heartfelt creation.

Hope I can inspire you to make something beautiful.Do leave some love by commenting if you like my work.
I will be back soon with  my another creation....
till then...stay blessed :)




Entering....Crafters Corner 11 anything goes

I am entering third and fourth card with handmade washi tape flower and the red bloom in....
both made using Sunkissed fluer die by heartfelt creations.
DCAM Challenge 1....anything goes with a handmade flower


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Thursday, August 01, 2013

One perfect day..

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hi..


The clock kept ticking.....the hours n days are going by....and one more year passed without you.

We never can just stop time. Or take moments back.
Life doesn't work that way, does it???
I still can’t believe that he is gone, and perhaps I never will. I never thought that I would be alone, and in my mind, I know that being alone is the hardest thing that I will ever have to do.
It will be completing 5 years on 7th Aug without him. My friends and family assume that I am moving on.  Little do they know that there are days when all I do is think about him, days when all I long for is to see his smile, and feel his touch just one more time.  Little do they know that after five years there are nights when I still cry myself to sleep.


AHHH !!!
 “time heals all wounds.”  I want to tell people that the wound in my heart remains open, and that time will never heal it.  But, they wouldn’t understand.  Time for me has only led to a form of acceptance.  A form of acceptance that comes and goes as it pleases, because there are days when you cannot accept the loss.  Yes, there are days when grief washes over you in uncontrollable waves of sadness.

I somewhere read.... “Our wounds run deep, our undying love is forever, and staying connected beyond the veil brings us comfort.”
Today the waves of pain are less frequent but no less intense. I cry unexpectedly and then feel better.  I’ve learned to live without him but not to forget him; to honor the memory of what was, while functioning in the world that is.

Today I am sharing this project to welcome the sadness that keeps us connected .This picture has captured a moment that has gone forever....but will always remain alive in my heart. If I could, I would live forever in this moment. But no one can live in a moment, and time moves......on.
This is my DT project for CCC Blog's Nail it down with textures Aug month challenge.Hop on to see some more fabulous creations from rest of our DT's.

Lots of textures...Multi medium ,Lyndy's sprays,UTEE....so many things to learn.



Most of the embellishments are handmade


Super lovely quote that suits my project and my feelings too!!!
This is Forever Memories from Technic Tuesday stamp set.



Stamped and then embossed with UTEE......really in love with it.


Now these are ready made....hun!!


Look at the yummy texture....all done with Studio Multi Medium ,Lyndy's sprays and distress paints..


 Isn't it mouthwatering???
Don't you want to try ??



Flowers....all hand made using Sun kissed fluer die n stamp set and coloured using distress inks....







All little things used in this project are available at The Craft Shop.

Hope I inspired you again.
Keep moving with love and also keep preserving your memories with your crafting.
I am linking this project with...



((Hugs))

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