Friday, 6 March 2015

Explosion Box with a 3D cake : Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

This is Manu here and I have another exciting project to share with you all today! This month is all about celebrations here at Lulupu as it has been '3' years since the inception of lulupu, your favorite craft store, and we are having a blast celebrating !! We would love you all to join us and see what amazing inspirations we have in store for you guys! Ohh, between Lulupu store has an amazing sale going on and all your favorite craft supplies are now available at an amazing discount. So hurry up and stock up your supplies, you can check the sale here.

Here's the theme for this month's challenge, it had to be all Birthday related as we celebrate Lulupu's Birthday!! There is a lovely moodboard to pick up inspiration for your projects and yes, your projects needs to be something related to BIRTHDAY!

Here's what I made!!

A little birthday love for lulupu!! And yes, Birthday's are kind of incomplete without a cake, so I have a cake as well, here's my yumm cake!

Looks yummy, right??? So lets check out on how I made this one up !!! The Cake is actually a part of the Explosion box, hence I have an complete tutorial for the same! 

Here's how my box looks like!

Here are the steps for making this pretty box!! and yes, they make an awesome gift to gift someone (I love that element of surprise in there, when the 4 flaps opens up to reveal the pretty cake inside, and not to forget the amazing look in the eyes of the receiver!)

PS: This box measures 4*4 inches

1. Take a solid cardstock measuring 12*12 inches and score at 4" and 8" from one side, now flip it to the adjacent side and score at 4" and 8" again. Cut 4 side flaps to make a plus shape of the remaining cardstock. This will form the base of the box. 
To make the flap, take a cardstock measuring 7*7 inches and score at 1.25" from each side. Fold the sides and make a small mark of 1.25" from all the 4 sides and paste this small flap inside to make it look like a box lid. 

2. Now cut out your pattern paper to embellish the box! I have a layer of solid black cardstock beneath each cut out Pattern paper. This gives a nice little outline to the pattern paper. Stick up these papers on the base and on the lid of the box!! 

3. Now comes my most favorite part of the explosion box and that is the Cake. I'm always excited to make this one as each time I make a miniature paper cake, I end up loving it and wish that I could eat it up too!! 
To make the 3-tier cake, follow these steps. 
Base layer: cut out a solid cardstock measuring 5*5 inches and score at .75" at all the sides. Cut along the edge of the folded sides from 4 ends and paste it all. You will end up with the BOX LID kind of lid. This makes the base layer.
Middle layer: Cut out a solid cardstock 4.25*4.25 inches and score at .75" from each side. Make a similar structure like the base layer.
Top Layer: Cut out a solid cardstock measuring 3.5*3.5 inches and score at .75" from each side. Make a similar structure as the base layer. 
You will end up with the cake as in the picture below.

4. Your cake is ready!!! Let your imagination take a soar and embellish it!! This is how my finished box looks like!

Very easy peasy!!! Right??? I have always loved making these boxes for they are soo versatile and they looks so amazing! 

Lets look at how I interpreted the moodboard

1. Techniques: Distress look, Embossing
2. Materials: Lace
3. Embellishments: Pearl string, flowers, leaves, pollens
4. Shapes: Square(Box), oval(die-cuts)
5. Others: calligraphic font!

Ohh yes, I made a 3-tier cake (3 cakes) to represent the number '3' which marks Lulupu's 3rd Birthday Celebrations!!

I hope that you all liked my little treat and will try one for sure!! Do join us in the celebrations! Remember to enter into the Birthday Raffle here, and also checkout all about the rules and guidelines to enter into the challenge here.


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Guest Designer: Shilpa Nagaonkar plus a tutorial

Hi Friends

It's Manu here and I'm so happy to have Shilpa back here today, being featured as our guest designer!! You all know her pretty well and she is someone who needs no introduction. I'm myself in awe of her very pretty creations and love love love her mixed media! We sure truly love her mixed media, right!!! And that not all, throughout this whole month we will continue getting a lot more inspired for we have more inspirations for you! 

Before I ask Shilpa to take over, I'm sure that you are equally excited as we are to celebrate Lulupu's Birthday bash! Check out all about the celebrations here and do not forget to follow all the guidelines to be eligible for your entry into the bumper raffle draw(I'm actually waiting for the month end eagerly to see all your lovely creations!) The Challenge for this month is 

Check out the lovely Moodboard at the link above and now lets see what Shilpa has in store for us!

Hello Everyone, Its great to be back here at Lulupu, yes, its for Guest Designer Post Today.
I've created Mixed Media Gift Box inspired by Moodboard for this month's challenge.

I loved to use Teal color from Mood Board...further have pink and Gold in my project.Theme is to use '3'. I've used 3 Colors, 3 flowers, 3 leaves. 

Here is the step by step to create mixed media work on box

Originally this was a thick Kraft box. I applied a coat of Gesso. To create texture, I adhered paper Doilies and Gauze at random places with Matt Modge Podge.

Next layer is created with Wendy Vecchi white Embossing paste and Memory Box stencil.

When Embossing paste dried completely, I spritzed Lindy's inks in Mint and blue colors, used my heat tool to dry them. As we have gold color in Mood Board, I buffed acrylic gold with my fingers on raised areas of textured box

Lovely frame is from Prima, I colored it in gold and also have used Ranger Crackle Accent. You will find beautiful crackles if you zoom in the photo. 

My 3 sentiment cards go inside the box. They have a background created with Lindy's sprays, text and texture stamps, gold acrylic and stencil. 

That's it for now!! Hope you liked my project and get inspired! 
Don't forget to enter your project for Lulupu challenge this month to win fabulous prizes.

What a lovely project Shilpa, Loved the colors, the turquoise feel to the whole box!! 
I hope you all have enjoyed the pretty makeover of the box and would love to make one for yourself!! Go, try it and do show it to us!! 


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Shadow Box Frame & Birthday Game#1 and Prizes and

Hello Friends,

Neha here, This is quite an exciting month at Lulupu, as this month Lulupu completes 3 fabulous years!!! Yes, you heard it right, Its Lulupu's 3rd Birthday and we are celebrating it in a very special way. Each DT member has planned some games, there is a Facebook contest and a wonderful monthly challenge as well for you all. You can win some  amazing goodies worth Rs. 3000 in Lulupu Facebook contest and also each game winner will receive a voucher worth Rs. 300 and a handmade project by the DT created for this month's inspiration. 

Theme- Birthday- Turning 3

I'm sure that you all will love this month's celebrations with us. We would love to see you all create Birthday related gifts and maybe surprise your loved ones too !!

The prizes are bigger and you are gonna love them!! 
So hang on and scroll down to see the yummy goodies up for grabs!!

Prizes for the winners in Category 1


Prizes for the winners in Category 2


Prizes for the winners in Category 3

I'm sure that you must have loved our prizes!! We love them too and will eagerly look forward to your lovely creations with them(of course, once the results are out!) So Bang on and join us in the celebrations!

For this month's challenge we have a fabulous board for you. Here's a look at what I have created for this challenge. It's a Shadow box frame and so suitable for our category 2.

Some close ups


I was inspired by the mood board in the following ways
1. colors (soft pastel shades and bright pink)- used in pp, banners, embellishments (flowers), pearls
2. lace, ribbon (pink flower is made with an organza ribbon)
3. embossing (sentiment and corner )
4. shape- square
5. flowers, glitter
I used a double sided PP for making this shadow box frame. The PP is from sweetest thing paper pad. Used a pink colored CS for photo mat and placed it using glue dots. Then embellished it using lace, flowers, die cuts, pearls, bottle charm, wood veneers etc. Sentiment and corner were heat embossed using golden EP. Took a piece of ribbon and glued its both ends on the sides of shadow box, so that it can hanged on the wall. I hope you like it!!


Now comes the game part. I have created a  MUMBLED JUMBLED game for you.

These are names of some famous craft brands which have been jumbled up. All you have to do is to find out the correct names and mail the list of the names to with subject "Game#1 - Your Name". One Random winner will be picked from the correct entries.
 I hope you enjoy the game. 
 So do join us in this month long celebration and participate in the fun challenge here. There are loads of prizes to be won and loads of inspiration coming up fro my other very talented team members as well. Have great day ahead!!!
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