Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dare to fly !!

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hello all...

Rajni Chawla again on the Dusty Attic Board with another new inspiration for February month. Hope you all are enjoying playing along the challenge each month. February month was pretty hectic month for me and I was totally blank for my second inspiration. I was not able to think what exactly to make. I m not too much into making lauout pieces but always want to make something thats useful and inspirational. I started up making art journal cover but ended up with a decoration piece....this generally happens with me most of the time. Hope able to inspire u again with my new creation. 


What a beautifull quote came into my mind when I saw Dusty Attic Indian Arrow chipboard. I was attracted to the beautiful carved feathers. Nature has blessed the human with unimagined power: the will to conquer the universe, the desire to know, and the curiosity of the unknown. The word impossible does not match with human nature. we have enough courage to face even our greatest fear....but only if we 
wish !!

Here is the February mood board. 

I worked with shades of blues n browns and mixed them with tones of greens to create something that can inspire me always and can match the above quote.

Feathers ,Flowers....more Flowers....and Birds !!

The blues depict the shades of sky and deep ocean, Shades of greens depict the green nature and browns depict our mother Earth. 
Here is what I came up with. 

I started a coat of gesso, then textures using DA Texture paste....lots of mixing and building layers with leftover chipboard negatives. heard it right. I have built  most of all the layers using my leftover negative pieces of chipboard that I used in my prior projects. 

Look at those small square and oval pieces....Do they look like they were waste pieces??
Actually No!!
Once textured,layered and colored they are no more waste for me. 
I try to take out maximum of what I have in my stash. Little hand fisted person I am.

I took Dusty Attic Indian Arrow charm as my main focal image for the concept. These are painted with Dusty in color, Gingernut, Dusty in Color Oceania, Dusty in color Crushed Olive and when dried painted with Dusty in color Clear Crackle medium. Little highlighting with Dusty in color Navajo White was enough to add more beauty on it. 

I have used Dusty in blooms and few bunches of Prima twigs and few flower metal charms to add  more of spring look. I have also used Dusty Attic Geometric Corners here and there. 

Another view....

Another close-up of Dusty Attic Indian Arrow. 

Few more angles showing different layers and texture. 

Can you see the negative of Dusty Attic Geometric Corners hiding behind Dusty in blooms and metal flowers. 

The chipboard piece on the edge again is the negarive of Dusty Attic Geometric Borders.m

And here is my handwritten message....yes, my son preferred and asked me to put hand written message on my project. I know my writing is not that good but not very bad too. 
 I used Black Archival 0.3 pen to write the message. 

Here is the complete list of all the Dusty Attic products I have used together. I have already linked all the products on the Dusty Attic website. For all my Indian fellow crafters, all the products are available on For more details of the products you can also personally contact Meetu Aggarwal.

Dusty Attic Indian Arrow chipboard
DA Texture paste
 Dusty in color, Gingernut
 Dusty in Color Oceania
 Dusty in color Crushed Olive
 Dusty in color Clear Crackle medium.
Dusty in color Navajo White 
Dusty in blooms 
Dusty Attic Geometric Corners 
 Dusty in color Cashmere
Dusty in color Raisin
Dusty in color Jungle Green
Dusty in Color Capri 
Dusty in color Mountains in Medow. 

If you have liked my work do leave some love and to see more of my work, you can visit my blog Passionately curious


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Heartfelt Creation Albums Taught in Mumbai

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Time to update my blog again. So many posts from facebook are still waiting for their turn to be blogged here. 5 months back I had an opportunity to organize my craft workshops in 4 major cities of India....Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. I was so excited as I got 9 spnsors for my workshops. Crafters were so excited and so do I. I also organized crafters meets in all the four cities. Meeting enthusiastic crafters, teaching them and replying to their queries was a big learning process for me. In this post of mine I m sharing my experience as a teacher with Mumbai crafters only. 

This post was already shared on my fb page and my timeline on 23rd of August 2016. 

Continuous 20 days and nights of hardwork has resulted in beautiful creations in Mumbai. This experience had been a great roller coaster ride. Working with like minded and hard working fellow crafters has ignited the already lit creative spark in me. These great minds helped me create projects with new themes and colour combonations. Never knew that I would fall in love with a city like this? Here's to MUMBAI. A city that has made me grow both as a student and as a teacher. And that's because of all the amazing and hardworking crafters I've met here. For the first time in my life, I was not alone when I was working on a craft project at 3:00 AM. I had 10-15 different minds working on it with me! When we started I had no idea how the end product would look! Thank you fellow Crafters for trusting me and believing in my work. 

Here is the peek to fe of the creations taught in Mumbai Workshop. 
Besides the albums that I made as a sample many more new albums were created. From construction of the album to decoration and all inside flip folds and flowers were made on the spot by crafters. No ready kits were provided in the workshop. 

Creating similar products is easy compared to what I experienced this time. Different eyes viewed various themes...they all had different color combos in mind and differnt which was challenging but lots of fun. Thank you God for blessing me with this creative mind and for surrounding me with innovative Crafters. Once again, I would like to thank every one in Mumbai for helping me make my workshop a great success.

If you are new and hunting for various craft supplies at best prices in India,you can contact Meetu Aggarwal  or check her website Here  and Priya Sivaraj or check her website Here 


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Semifinalists for Heartfelt creations announced.

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hi all....

I m among the top semifinalist at Heartfelt Creations 2016 Design Team Call. Thank you so much all for your blessings and love. Thank you Heartfelt Creations   for giving me an opportunity to one -up my creativity. Now all that I need to make it to the finals is your love in the form of a vote. So head out to on this link to vote out for me and four other designers HERE .

Here are the three of my qualifying projects.

For complete detailed pictures and instructions of Calender Cum Album....pls click HERE.

For this Photo booklet- "Have A Wonderful Day" HERE


Let Love Bloom...For this card click HERE

I hope you liked my creations. Do leave some love. Each single vote is precious for all the five designers you vote. Thank you for taking out time. 



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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blazing Poppy !!

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hello all....

Just sharing my experience and my new creation today....

Someone asked me yesterday.....Are these handmade?
U made these..??
Oh...yes yes...these are handmade. 
Are these Heartfelt-creation Flowers?
Off Course these are Heartfelt Creation Flowers. 
Oh...I m in love with these beauties and u....and she hugged me tight. 
What an amazing feeling it is when someone appreciates you this way.

Picure credit goes to my son Shray. 
Oh...I love your clicks dear. 

If you are new and hunting for various craft supplies at best prices in India,you can contact Meetu Aggarwal  or check her website Here  and Priya Sivaraj or check her website Here 
Thanks for stopping by . I would appreciate if you leave some love .
((Hugs ))


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Let Love Bloom !!

Posted by Rajni Chawla


Showcasing my third and final project that I created for initial design team application. As my earlier two projects were elaborated with lots of details I tried to keep this one little simple. In this card I am featuring HC Botanical Rose Stamp. I love this stamp. Its beautiful etched gives me inspiration for painting....perfect for any type of water coloring oand heat embossing. Here is my try with you all. 

Supplies from Heartfelt Creations :-

Black Archival Ink, Distress inks- Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstic, Rusty Hinge, Pealed Paint and Scattered straw, Mini Mister, water color brush, Spellbinders die A2 curved border-1, Spellbinders Classic circle die, perfect pearls, scoring board, glue dots, enamel dots, natural color twine and paper. 

Instructions  :-

The front panel is 5" by 6 1/2" . Squeeze down Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstic and Rusty Hinge on craft sheet. Sprinkle little water using mini mister ,roll the paper in and  heat set. You can repeat the step if not satisfied. Once you are satisfied sprinkle little pefect pearl mixed water. Again heat set. Stamp few images with black archival rendomly using HFC Botanical Rose stamp. I love this technique of mine for creating backgrounds. Lift the color back with watercolor brush from the stamped images. This will create a beautifull monochromatic background. Cut the panel using Spellbinders Die A2 Curved Border-1. Adhere an extra cut piece with same die on the base of cut panel and fix the panel using glue dots on on white card stock which is already scored at 1/8"every time.  
Stamp an image with HFC Botanical Rose stamp using black Archival, Paint it using Spun Sugar, Scattered  Straw, Worn Lipstic, Picked Raspberry and pealed paint and then fussy cut. Nest 3rd and 4th dies from Spellbinders Classic circle and cut out frame in white cardstock and adhere the fussy cut image using glue dots on the card panel. The sentiment banner is simply cut  n layered on white cardstock and it is from HFC Butterfly Medley Collection. Butterfly is simply stamped, fussycut and hand painted with distress inks. Complete a card by tying a bow with natural twine and a small flower from HFC Botanical Wings Die and HFC Botanical Rose stamp. The flower is shaped using HFC Delux Flower Shapping kit. 

I tried catching the shimmer which was made by simply misting water mixed with perfect pearl in this close-up. i avoided giving much details on butterfly too. 

I just ended up my card using few enamel dots which are beautifully filling the empty space and without sodisturbing the focal image of the card. 

With darker background....

All the 3 prrojects together !! 

I hope you enjoyed all the 3 projects and I was clear with all insttructions. 
Thanks for stopping by!!
I would appreciate if you leave some love. 


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Have a Wonderful Day !!

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hello all....

"Participate in your dreams today. There are unlimited opportunities available with each new day. Take action on those wonderful dreams you've had in your mind for so long. Remember, success is something you experience when you act accordingly.” 

Here I am with my next project with a wonderful day card. Hope a gift of new day is always devine  for you all. 


Heartfelt Creation supplies used :-

Other supplies used :-

Die cutting machine, Spellbinders Wonkey rectangles die, Spellbinders Fancy Lattice die, Spellbinders 5"x7" Mystical Embrace die, spellbinders Fancy Tag 2, fussy cutting scissors, clear rock candy glitter, Elezabeth double sided adhesive sheet, glue, glue dots, seamed binding ribbon, 3 shades of distress inks Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves, Scattered Strw, Peeled Paint and Aged Mohaghany, Plum And black archival inks. 

Instuctions :- 

Front panel of the card :- 

I have used Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die as a base for the front panel of my flip fold card booklet.Mat a diecut with designer paper from Cascading Fuschia Collection and fussy cut neatly. Cut out two frames using spellbinders Wonkey rectangle and adhere elezabeth craft double sided adhesive sheet in between. Sprinkle clear rock candy glitter and dust extra. Burnish a little with your fingers for extra shine.Don't forget to chk the close-ups pics of the same. I promise you will fall in love with these. 

Layered flower :- 

For the main focal image stamp the image from HFC Fuchsia Cluster 6 times. Visualize the image , paint separate parts of the image taking the complete image as your first layer and top leaves and sepals of the flowers as final layer. Adhere all the layers with glue dots. You can use any medium to color the image. I have used various shades of distress inks like Spun Sugar, worn lipstic and Picked Raspberry for flowers and Peeled paint, Scattered Straw and Aged Mohaghany for leaves. 

Card base :- 

For the card base I have used 7" x 21" panel from HFC Pocket and HFC Flip Fold Inserts B - White kit. I adhered an extra panel of 6 1/4" to the back and kept it open from the top so that it can be used as an  additional  pocket to hold larger pictures. A die cut from HC Regal and Pocket die is attached on the top of the tag which can hold 2 pictures. All the inside panels are layered with HFC CascadingFuchsia  Designer Pattern Papers. . I have added an extra dimensions to the front fold of the album with fussy cut images from the designer paper itself. 

3 -dimentional Fuschia flowers : 

 I have  made these flowers using HC Fuschia cling stamp and HFC Cascading Fucshia die. The images are first stamped with plum archival ink and then aligned to cut through cutting machine using Cascading Fuschia die. For full instructions on how to shape Fuschias follow Emma Lou Beechy's video HERE.  

Ribbon : 

Squeesh Seedless Preserves and Spun Sugar Distress Inks on the craftsheet, roll seemed binding ribbon, mist it with water and heat set it. Adhere the ribbon below front fold panel in the front and below the back panel. 

Here is the card how it looks from the front. 

This pucture shows the complete detailing of different layered Fuschias. Little patience and practice can make you get these results. I have adhered readymade pollens in between the layers. Also chk the beauty of clear rock candy glitter layer in between the diecut layers. 
I promise its more beautiful if seen in person. 

Top view showing all the dimensions. 

A fussy cut layer from the designer paper is adding extra dimensions behind 3D Fuschias. 
Oh....I love these. 

Few more pics to show you all the layers that I have created to the top panel  and between top panel and front fold of the booklet. 
Yes...I love my fussy cutting and love doing it too. 

The butterfly and the sentiments are fussy cut from designer paper itself and are adhered using glue dots. 

Here is the pic to show how it opens. 
Did you notice something ??
I have adhered an extra half die cut of Mystical Embrace on the back of the top panel. Its adding an extra neatness on the back of my card too :) That's something that I never avoid. 
On the inside pages I have attached die cuts from Fleur Borders and Pocket Dies To hold extra photo mats. 

The inside 3" panel has 2tags hanging down with a natural colour twine. 

Few more close-up shots!! 

Aren't these ??
I loved this die. 

Back side of the card booklet. 

It has a pocket to hold extra photo mats. 
The sentiment from HC Moments For You Cling stamp is stamped on designer paper with Plum archival and adhered on the tag from Spellbinders Fancy Tag 2 die. 

Chk the close -up 

Another sde view...

This is how the photo mat comes out from the top. 

I hope I was clear with all the details given on the project. 
Also I hope that you enjoyed your visit here today. 


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