Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Fluttering Wishes!

Hello ... Tejal here to entice you with some butterflies!! Some may call me crazy, some may call me mad, but my obsession with butterflies isn't likely to die...neither in my stamps nor on my cards....so don't say I didn't warn you! :) Without butterflies or bling, my card never seems complete!!

So what have I got for you today? I've got not one but two cards....Both have the same sketch to it, one is horizontal and one is vertical.
I had this sketch bookmarked for a very long time in my book....its a card by Lucy Abrams..She's a genius that girl!! Now when I see the card, I see the middle panel is leaning off to one side!! DARN!!

Those are some amazing papers from American craft's Hello sunshine collection! The ones I've used are Glow and Spree , The butterflies are from Hero Arts (Antique Engravings) and embossed with Versamark and Black EP(American Crafts Zing) and colored with Worn lipstick using Foam Daubers from Ranger.

I've used my Fiskars round squeeze punch...love it when I can see where I'm punching! The middle panel is popped up on dimensionals. And the border is punched using Apron Lace border punch..another Fiskars product. Sentiment is heat embossed with black..(Papertrey ink - butterfly dreams)

TIP - Do you see the pink strip along the green panel? Its the half inch strip that is at the bottom of your CS/PP where the name of the company is usually written...YES! I hoard those strips too...since usually they're in contrasting colors!

  
 Can you see the faint sheen of shimmer on the butterflies? Its the Stardust pen from Sakura...just enough bling..not too much! 

The second card now - 
This paper is from Fancy pants (Wishful thinking -Sprinkles) and Hello Sunshine (Gleam), and loved the slightly shabby tone to it...so decided to distress it using my Vintage photo distress ink...Butterflies are heat embossed...and the circles cut from the card above, are used in this card! :)

Sentiment again from PTI - Simple sunflowers.

Some more bling on the fluttering wings!! 

There's lots more in the Lulupu store...and new products are being added everyday....Register at the store and receive regular updates when new products get added!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Spring Tag!!!

Helloooo!!!

and a very Good Afternoon to all of you... Hope you are enjoying a relaxed Sunny Sunday!!!

It's gotten quite warm out here and feels like almost spring!!!

So, without further ado (since i am already delayed a bit ;))...

Meet today's Card... Well, actually a Tag!!! 

Manilla Tag, HA 3 Dotted Flower, Laces, Punchinella, Ribbon, Hat pins(a rak fm Tejal), Stampendous yellow embossing powder, Versamark, Heat Gun, Twine and Rhinestone.

The Punchinella background is totally inspired by Yvonne and her innovative use of off beat materials.

Isn't this Flamingo adorable!!! Love the colors of this gorgeous 12x12 sheet from Kaisercraft's Pina Colada Collection!!! It's fresh and vibrant with vivacious spring colors...

It's a double sided sheet and i wanted to use both sides... So, i stamped my HA  3 Dotted Flower stamp on the reverse of the sheet to form my flower... That way, you don't have to worry about finding the right color for the flower... 

The best part about double sided sheets in a pack is that the colors coordinate with each other really well and that really cuts down the botheration of finding the right shades that go together.

For this yummy paper collection and many such more stuff head over straight to the Lulupu Store now.


Products Used:
Kaisercraft Pina Colada 12x12 Coconut Cream
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
EZ Runner Adhesive

Thanks for visiting.
Would love to hear from you.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Your kindness warms my heart...

Hello people!!! This is Nikita here with another card using the fabulous patterned papers (and more) from the Lulupu Store.

But there are two things before we move on to that...
1. Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Gudi Padwa and Ugadi (for those who celebrate that!!!) I hope everyone has a great New Year and an even better rest of the year! :)
2. Did you see the fab tutorial by Shruti?? Did you know it was that easy to create a three-layered bow?? If you haven't you can check it out here!

Now, let's talk a little bit about what we have here today. I recently purchased the Sew Easy tool from the store and I really wanted to give that a try, so I tried to design the card in such a way that it could primarily incorporate a stitched pattern on it. The rest of the stuff is there just to complete the card, really :P

Since it was my first try at the tool, it wasn't as perfect as I wanted it to be because I had a little trouble creating the stitch pattern in a straight line. I had to change my base cardstock because I rolled the tool a little diagonally (it seems like "diagonal" and I have a special bond, what with the angular stamping that happened with my first card, and now this!)

But when I tried it on another piece of cardstock (the one that made it to the final card,) it was way better than my first try (even though my actual first try was on a piece of scrap paper, and THAT was perfect; can you believe that???) It's not perfect on the final card, but it's manageable.

Apart from the Sew Easy tool, I have used the Stamp Press, the Corner Chomper, the Cuttlebug, and many other tools.

Enough writing, now for the card!! Here it is...


Now, one thing I learned while making this card is that, even though Twine is a great embellishment and looks wonderful when just tied around cards in bows, it's not that great for stitching, and let me tell you why.

It's because the whole running and being pulled through the holes on the paper make the threads un-twine. So if you notice the stitch lines on the top and bottom of the card (especially the bottom), you will see that when the stitches start off from the left, you can see both red and white threads tightly wound up together.But as the stitch progresses towards the right, the threads become loose.

Nonetheless, it was a good first try for me and most of you might have already known what I learned today, but it was new for me. So just thought I should share what I learnt! :)

If you thought this was it, then you're so wrong. I have a start to end video for this card; yes I do. I think apart from writing super long sentences and posts; (on my personal blog) videos have now become my 'thing'; because this is my third post and all three of them have videos! :P

Anyway, enough bragging. Here's the video. Questions, suggestions, criticisms and of course, praises and compliments are welcome!! ;)



And finally, here's the list of Supplies!!


1. Card Stock:
   a) White - Purchased from Creativita Store
   b) Brown - Elle Erre Fabriano (Marrone), purchased from   
       Landmark

Supplies from LULUPU (or Crafting Queen Store)

3. Paper Trimmer - Fiskars




7. Ink
   a) Dye Ink - Rich Cocoa, Memento
   b) Distress Ink - Antique Lenin & Vintage Photo, Tim Holtz

8. Blending Tool - Inkssentials, Ranger

9. Stamp Set - Latte Love, Fiskars




13. Cuttlebug  & Accessories - Provo Craft

14. Dies:
   a) Standard Circles Large - Spellbinders
   b) Classic Scalloped Circles Large - Spellbinders

15. Embossing Pads - Spellbinders

See you all next time!! Happy Crafting!!

Love,
Nikita...

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Ribbons: Three layered bow tutorial - 1

Hi!!

Whats cooking crafters?? This is Shruti here and I am back with yet another card for Lulupu.

Today's card was supposed to be a CAS card.. but like always whenever I sit down make one I land up adding more and more elements to it.. and it turns out to be anything but a Clean and a Simple card. I guess I have had enough of trying to do something I am not good at. So, I have decided to take a chill pill and just sit back and enjoy watching the CAS gurus, like our very own Tejal, swing their magic wand..

Anyhoo without digressing anymore.. Here is what I have for you today..


A very simple and an easy to make card. I love the combination of pink and grey and that is what I have done here.. using a grey Fabriano card stock and some pink elements.. :)


I also have a quick tutorial on how I made that cute little bow there.. its one of my favorite ways of tying a bow!! :)

Supplies required:

Ribbon, scissors, glue dots and an exacto knife to pick the glue dots.

Measure the width of your card and cut the ribbons accordingly. I have a 24 cm, 18 cm, 12 cm and a 5 cm long ribbons cut and arranged.

Now take the longest ribbon and adhere the glue dots on the both the tips of the ribbon like I am demonstrating in the picture. Note: the glue dots are to be placed on the back side of the ribbon.


Now tie it around the card like I've done in the picture. As for the other ribbons.. glue both their ends together to form a circle.

Now place the other two ribbons on top of the longest one like so and tie it up with the smallest ribbon we had cut. What I do is tuck one end of the ribbon underneath and secure it with a glue dot and cut off the excess.


Voila!! And there you have it! A perfect three layered bow!! :) There may be many ways to make this but I find this the simplest way to make one.. :)


Supplies used:

Supplies used are available at from Lulupu store
Die cut from - Summertime Cardstock Cute Die Cuts 12 by 12 sheet
Pattern Paper for Butterfly - Fashion District - Custom Value Pack
Love Tag - Journal Cards - Life is Good Double sided Cardstock 12 by 12


Other Supplies:
Ribbons, pink twine and the pin from my stash
Martha Stewart Double Arches punch (a RAK from Piyu)
Fabriano grey cardstock

TIP: Dab your pink distress ink over a white twine incase you do not have one handy... atleast thats what I did! ;)

Hope you guys liked the tutorial.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and we will make sure we answer them :)

Until next time.. Happy crafting!!

- Shruti

Monday, 19 March 2012

Child's play

Hey guys,

Welcome to a brand new week and I am back with another card... This is actually inspired from Tejal's notecard for Lulupu.. You can check her card here.. What can I say.. Am a huge fan of her work and I thought let me try something inspired from her note card putting in a bit of me... :D...

So without wasting much time.. Here is my INSPIRED note card...



I am going through a No-Sentiment phase... I am keeping my cards general and sentiment free... So that I can use them in any which way as the occasion requires.. (very smart of me I know.. *wink*)...

Well.. I love making pinwheels.. Or should I say I made so many of them at one point of time that it's stored in my memory FOREVER and they do look cute... :D

A close-up of the Pinwheel...


Here is it guys.. A quick and simple card....

The supplies used are:_
black cardstock=> Fabriano elle erre
Embossed sheet from my stash
Hello Sunshine Double-sided 12"X12" cardstock-Gleam
Scor pal
E-Z Runner
White Signo gel pen and Green glitter pen.
Epoxy sticker for pinwheel center

Happy Crafting guys...

Hugs,
Khushboo

Saturday, 17 March 2012

The Stamp Press... in review

Hello everyone!!! After a nice round up by all the talented ladies showcasing their pretty pretty work, it's now time to talk about the awesome tools that help make it all seem like a piece of cake.

I'm sure you've all got great tips on how useful the Scor Pal is and how many different things you can do with that one tool. It's now time for me to present to you another great tool...

...The Stamp Press by Fiskars.


It's a wonderful addition to all the goodies I already had and it does make life easier when... wait, let me not just write about it; let me show you!!

Presenting, a video by yours truly on the Magic of the Stamp Press. And as promised, this one has better lighting and (wait for it....) an even better angle compared to the last video I did. I'll admit it, even I got tired of looking at an upside down video that made my head spin. So I went ahead a bought a tripod!! Let me not say any thing else and let the video speak for itself (myself??? :P)

 

The Stamp Press (large size) is available at Lulupu - The Craft Lounge

Click here to buy it now!! And visit the store for more goodies!

Thanks for visiting and hope you had a great time!!

Keep Crafting,
- Nikita.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Presenting.... "Scor Pal"

Hey There


I always thought I could carry on forever with my ruler and the non-sharp side of my scissors to cater to my score and fold needs… 

But only till I laid my hands on this wonder product called ‘Scor Pal’. Well, honestly I must admit that owning one of these beauties has been on my agenda forever but probably stamps and punches always took over my greed J

It was this birthday that my awesome bunch of craft friends gifted me a Scor Pal… and oh boy, could I be more addicted. Honestly, I am a little in awe of this product and have even wondered what was I doing without it till now!!!


Scor Pal has become my must have tool in my craft kitty. It’s super slim and lightweight. It’s very very handy!!!

Comes with an Instruction manual and a self secured bone folder.

The 12" x 12" size of the board enables any size of the paper to fit in comfortably…. A must have feature for making envelopes and boxes, else you have to keep adjusting the paper to fit into the groves!!!



Before the Scor Pal, I usually had a tough time scoring thicker card stocks as it would leave me with cracked seams… Not any more!!! Scor pal leaves you with absolutely professionally crisp lines.

The score lines are ample with marking at every 1/8”, ¼”, ½”, 1” and in between markings too… The lines are deep and wide enough for the folder to fit in snugly. 


Also, if you are an absent minded crafter like me, there’s no way you can misplace your bone folder now in the huge heap of crafty mess on your table J… 

The board has a built in space to hold the bone folder in place. Also the bone folder easily pops out with the push of a button so that you don’t have to dig your fingers into the holder groping around for the folder…  

It’s shape ensures a comfortable hand grip and it glides through those groves on the board very smoothly.


Another fun thing that I discovered by accident recently(this is what happens when u read the manual ;p) was that the top header of the Scor pal has a magnetic are to hold onto metal objects like your teeny weeny embellishments, etc thereby preventing them from getting misplaced. 

Now, isn’t that clever!!!




Here'a fun versatile Grid Background i created with the Scor Pal... it was so super quick and easy with no intricate measuring required.



Here are some projects i created using the Scor Pal: Click Here, Here and Here.


The packaging says, it’s a ‘Paper Crafter’s Dream Tool’… it truly is one!!! 

Getting those crisp lines, making envelopes, boxes and other 3D stuff could never get easier than this…

Just don’t think much… go ahead and grab one for yourself… you will most definitely never regret this one purchase.  

It’s money well spent!!!

I just love my Scor Pal and I am sure you will too J

If You want one fr you, head over to the Lulupu Sore for this and many more mouth watering products.

Thanks for Visiting!!!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

You make my world that much brighter - Video Tutorial

Hello and welcome!

This is Karuna from the Lulu Pooh Design team :)

Thanks to our awesome team for the amazing and gorgeous inspirations and tutorials all through March! We hope you have enjoyed the journey so far......

Am here with my first inspiration as a Lulu Pooh and my first ever video tutorial so please bare with some of my errors and mistakes ;) i promise to work on my skills and make better videos soon!

I have used strip of pattern papers from the Hello Sunshine Collection by American Crafts. With the onset of summer these colours feel just perfect. The tutorial is a guide for making an easy A2 card with left over pattern papers and border punches, a ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

We are making our tutorials for very easy and basic cards for beginners who would love to pick up card making and scrapbooking as their hobby and maybe passion :)

Here's a pic of my card. You can view the video tutorial for this card on our very own Channel Lulupu TV on Youtube! Do subscribe to get email updates or new videos!


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used from the Lulupu Shop:

Hello Sunshine double sided cardstock 12X12" Glow
Hello Sunshine double sided cardstock 12X12" Gleam
Hello Sunshine double sided cardstock 12X12" Gleam
Hello Sunshine double sided cardstock 12X12" Radiant 
Hello Sunshine double sided cardstock 12X12" Zippy 
Scor-Pal Scoring Tool
Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z Runner
Crop a Dile Corner Chomper Tool
Technique Tuesday Ali Edward Clear Stamps.

Please do email us all your queries and feedback on the DT work at Lulupoohs@lulupu.com :)


Cheers
Karuna

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Papers Galore

Hi Guys,

So have you all been blinded by the beauties shelled out by the amazing team this past week.. I for one have been floored by the perfection of the creations... And I picked up a few healthy tips too.. :D

Now it's my turn to take over the blog.. I made a very simple card showcasing the gorgeous papers available at Lulupu... Doing my first tutorial so please be kind and gentle..

Warning: Picture heavy post

I have done something which is called the starburst technique and I find it one of the best techniques to show off your patterned paper.. So this is a must do for a PP loving people (including me)..

So to start off you need a 4" by 5.25" card-stock for your base and three to four pieces of coordinating patterned paper cut to size 1.5" by 4.5"


Now you have to cut each patterned paper diagonally so that you get 6/8 pieces of the patterned paper.


Here are my 6 pieces of patterned paper... You can distress the edges to give it a more finished look...

Now it's time to arrange your patterned paper over your base card-stock.. make sure you roughly align your papers before sticking them so that you can get the feel of the basic outline of your layout..

While adhering the patterned paper onto the card-stock.. do not glue the tips and the edges.. just put some glue to the center of the patterned paper and arrange it in the way shown in the picture below..


As you can see I decided to change the color of my base card stock to black while in the planning stage ( crafter's prerogative to change her mind)


This is how the card-stock would look once your have stuck all the patterned papers.. 

Now we have trim off the tips of all the patterned papers.. It's OK if you are not very neat.. We just need to give it a very flattened look... 



You sunburst is ready.. Now you can embellish your base using flowers, die cuts, stickers, etc.. Options are many.. Unleash your creativity...

My finished card...


 Supplies used:
Card stock=> Fabriano Elle Erre(my stash)
Embellishments=> Die cut flower, button, die cut border, flower beads (from stash)
Surecut Deluxe Paper Trimmer 12"
E-Z Runner
Hope you liked the tutorial.. Do drop your comments and queries and will get back to ASAP!!


Hugs,
Khushboo

Friday, 9 March 2012

It's Paper Folding Time...

Hey Everyone...
 a very Good Morning to all of you!!

Hope you guys had a fabulous Holi and played with colors to your hearts content!!!

It's been a fun week here with some awesome tutorials by the team... Hope you've found them useful...  If there is anything specific you would like us to share, pls feel to let us knw:)

Hi, It's me Shalini and i am here with my card and my first ever tutorial!!



I am sharing with you a step by step process of how this was made... 
*Warning*: this is a picture heavy post, so grab a cuppa and sit back and relax :) 

What You'll Need:
a 12x12 cardstock, loads of pattern papers, candles, embellishments, ribbon, scissors, glue and ruler. 

Step 1:


Cut out a 12"x5.5" from your Cardstock. Score it at 3", 5 5/8", 6 3/8".
I have used a Scorpal from Lulupu.com here but in can easily be done without it too using a ruler.

Step 2:


Cut out the Pattern Paper for the base of the card(my base is approx 5.5" x 5.5", so i cut my Pattern Paper for the base a little smaller from all sides)... Then cut the Layers, you would like for your card... they cud be any shape, sizes... just the way you want them to look... 

In mine, the Layer 1 is approx. 5.5" x 3"
Layer 2 approx 4" x 3"
Layer 3 approx 1.5" x 2.75"
Layer 4 is a Life is Good Journal Tag


Step 3:


Stamp the image of your choice on the Layer 4/Top Layer. 
Color in. 
I added some Glossy Accents to the Balloon and set it aside to dry for a while.


Step 4:


Now we will make the Candle Box. Cut a piece of Cardstock measuring 3 1/4" x 4 1/4".
Align the shorter side(3 1/4" side) with the top of the scoring board and score at 1/2", 7/8", 2 3/8" and 2 3/4".

Step 5:


Now, Turn the Cardstock 90degrees, aligning the bigger side(4 1/4" side) of the cardstock with the top of the scoring board. Now score at 1/2", 7/8" 3 3/8", 3 3/4".

Step 6:

                                      

Cut the edges as shown above. Here, make sure the top of the box part is long enough for your candles. I have used these usual thin ones available locally at any store.


Step 7:


Cover the box with strips of Pattern Paper of your choice. Here, i have only covered portions which will show from the top. :) 
Then, cut a small window from the top of the box. Your candles will peep out from here :D You could use your cuttlebug to cut out a differently shaped window too... 

Step 8:



















Fold up the box, put in the candles and decorate with the ribbon of your choice. 
You candle box is ready.

Step 9:


Next up we'll make the Cake. Cut a strip of Pattern paper measuring 9" x 1 1/4".
Make small slits at one end... small v-shaped slits like in the picture.
Fold along the thin v-shaped line so that all the v-slits bend inside.
This is the base of the Cake.

Step 10:

Cut out a circle from another Pattern Paper with diameter approx 2 1/2".(this measurement could vary depending on how big you want your cake to be.) You can use a punch if you have one or use any circle cutter.

Punch holes to fix in candles. You could make as many as your number of candles. I made 8 here.


Handy Tip:
This is something that i did to ensure uniform punches on the front. The pic on the right is the back side of my circle.

I made vertical cross cutting equi-distant lines and then a small circle with about 2" diameter.

The points where the circle and the line intersect are the points where i need to punch. Voila, turn over and you will get perfectly placed holes. :)








Step 11:


Roll the strip of Pattern Paper made in Step 9 and stick the edges to form a circle with the exact diameter as the circle cut in Step 10. Stick the rolled strip to the bottom of the circle.

Now it's time for the 'Icing on the Cake'.. :)
Decorate the cake as per your wish... you could use rhinestones, 3-d liners, etc... I used White Flocking powder to do the edges and 3-D liner for the insides...



Handy Tip:
Another fun thing i added was the Martha Stewart Loop punch around the cake... Doesn't it give the feeling of the drooping yummy cream ready to be licked off:)











Step 12:


We're almost there :) Just for some final touches...

Assemble the card. Embellish with your choice of buttons, laces, swirls, pearls, punch outs, etc.



Handy Tip:
Add a strip of Ribbon each in the center of both the ends of the Card. This will help you in tyeing the ends together so that the Card can be posted easily.











I hope you found this useful. In case of any questions, pls feel free to ask...
we will be happy to answer them!!!

Products Used:
Glossy Accents, PB Party Time Clear Stamp, Paper Smooches Word Up, Momento Ink, MS Loop Punch, Laces, Ribbons, Pearls, 3-D Glitter, Rhinestones.

Thanks for visiting. 
Would love to hear from you.
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