Monday, October 28, 2013

Something Special for Someone Special

Deepa....She is like my daughter but more like a friend. 

 She had got a puppy, whom she named Lassie, and seeing Lassie, my second son too wanted a dog. So we went for a German Shepherd, like Lassie.  I remember when I got the dog, Deeps, (that's what I call her lovingly),  carefully wrote down the do's and dont's of taking care of dog. She is a sweetheart and I wanted to gift something special for her b'day and here is what I came up with.

Here is the card I made for her.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My best friend ever.

I don’t want words to express….
I don’t need tears to shed……
I don’t need to ask for a smile…..
Or a hand to hold me…..
All I need is
To be your friend, forever!

Beautiful words on friendship... 
My dearest friend has been a a source of support, fun and a shoulder to cry on. We both had similar wavelength, be it music, sports or books. I remember we both had learned cycling after the age of 40!!!!! I cherish the time we spent playing badminton with other friends of ours.

Imagining wildest situation and laughing over it was a good refreshing medicine for us!!! Both of us enjoyed a good joke with heartiest laugh and we were known for our laughter. 

I am reminded of the times we spent together and I feel grateful that I have a marvelous friend. Though we are separated by distance we are just a phone call away. Thank you Lord, for giving me such a wonderful friend and all the memorable moments we had together.  

It was her birthday and I wanted to make a special card for her. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

a card in a jiffy....

A call from my loving invitation for a wedding anniversary celebrations today night. It is the couple's first anniversary. He suggests that I make a card for them.... in few hours??? Well I had a few flowers made but I had not applied varnish. Luckily I had Camlin varnish which dries very quickly but you don't get the gloss. I set to work. My husband encourages my attempt in this craft work but always demands projects in a short time, that is a few hours!!! Here is what I came out with. I luv challenges!!!

I wanted to add a heart but one didn't look okay. I thought, marriage is union of two hearts. So I added two hearts. 

Hey! I read somewhere best time to take pictures of art work is in daylight, but what the hell! I start by afternoon and have to give it for dinner party. Whatever, hope the pictures are as good as under daylight...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A card made in a few hours....

Saturday a'noon. I just remembered that we had a small gathering as a farewell party to a junior in our organization. Damn!!! I had almost forgotten. I have been making cards for many occasions and how could I not think about one for Praveen too. ( The party was for him.) He had completed his Masters in Engineering in flying colors was transferred to another site. I sat down to work. I had few flowers made for another project. 
I couldn't apply varnish properly but came up with a simple but elegant card.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013



I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. 

I have always been fascinated by the poem 'Daffodils' by William Wordsworth. I could imagine the yellow daffodils swaying in the breeze in my mind when I was a child, though I had never seen a daffodil before. So when I searched the net I was surprised to see even white daffodils too. Here is my attempt to create them....

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Inspiration...

I have been bragging about my new found passion and my projects. Before I go any further I should mention my two greatest inspirations - 

Pritesh Dagur


I searched the net to know more about quilling and found that this art was more prevalent in Russia, Europe and America. I was awed by the these two Indian quillers whose works are awesome. The tutorial videos by Pritesh are informative and very easy to follow. 

A big Thank You to both...


One more card in making, for my friend, colleague at the school I was working and like a daughter to me.

A busy September...

Teacher's Day - Sept. 5th.
A simple card to a teacher...

A few earrings I made...

A Birthday Card for my brother...

Another card on my friend's Birthday

Here is a Thank you card I made.

A busy September indeed! Whew!!!

Phone call....

Its a Sunday and we (obviously me and my hubby) were returning after attending a marriage and my phone rings.... hey! Its my son - Abhilash! After all the blah blah.... he comes forth with a demand for a card for his friend's marriage. Sweet! Don't I luv him. Another project to keep me occupied!! and I make a special card for his friend.....

I almost forgot! Its my friend's wedding anniversary in September. So I get busy with an awesome card for her with a personalized cover.

Monday, October 7, 2013

I luv.... marriages!!!

Mid-August.....Yay!! another wedding in sight! I get deep into my work, since I get only a few days to make the card !! And Man! I came with a wonderful card, perfect for the occasion. 

A personalized cover for the card.
 A personalized cover too...


Month of July - No weddings so no cards to make... :( But then Rakhi was nearing.. So, Why not quilled rakhis I thought. So I got into the act and made few rakhis, made attractive with stones and beads. 
By the way, for people who are new to Indian festivals, Rakhi is a festival which bonds brother and sister. On this day, sister ties rakhi ( a decorated wrist band) on her bro's hand and brother in return gives gifts and promises to protect her.  
So here goes.......


Sunday, October 6, 2013

So continuing with my new found passion I got opportunities to make cards for wedding and personalized covers. I took ideas from the net and modified it into my version. Enjoy.

Personalized cover.
Card for a couple on their marriage and its cover below.

My tryst with quilling.

I was just going through facebook updates, when I saw a cute pair of earrings made of paper. Paper ??? and it said 'quilled earrings'!! I searched for quilling and my! my! what creativity with strips of paper. Quilling  is 'paper filigree'. You have rolling, curling, and fringing, and a whole lot to delve into. I tried it with a small strip of paper and fell in love with this art and now its my passion. I am still a novice in this field. Here is a glimpse into my attempts in this wonderful art.

My first quilled flower.

 Inspired by the beauty of the first flower I made, I made a personalized card for the engagement of my best friend's daughter.

Mixed Media layout

 Hello, Today I am sharing my DT inspiration post for Splashymix Challenges. I have made a layout measuring 8"x 8". The mood board...