Saturday 29 June 2013

New DT at Lulupu - Ruthie Lopez

Hi There!

Hope you all are having a great weekend. As promised we are back with announcing another DT for our team and this time its all the way from San Diego. Please welcome Ruthie Lopez. You can see her amazing talent at her blog My Hobby = My Art. We are very excited to have Ruthie as a part of our team and look forward for her to share her fabulous ideas! Ruthie will also be sharing her thoughts on cutting files and ideas for many of our fans who are using digital die cutting machine along with amazing cards, layouts and 3D projects! Isnt that exciting? Over to her

Hello, My name is Ruthie Lopez, I was born in California but I grew up in Mexico and a few years ago I came back to California. Currently I'm living in San Diego, Ca. I'm married to a wonderful man who supports me in everything I do, he supports me so much that he goes with me to craft shopping. We have a beautiful daughter named Andrea; she is 4 months old who had filled our lives with joy. With us also live two of my husband's Kids, Karen of 19 and Luis of 11.

Before getting into this hobby, I used to say that I didn't have imagination either creativity to do anything related to crafts. But 3 years ago, because a lovely friend I got into Scrapbook and Card Making. Now is my passion which I enjoy and helps me to release the stress of the daily life.

I started with Scrapbooking Layouts, then I found the card making which is my strongest now. I love to try new techniques, new products and new styles. I love CAS, but I'm in love of the Shabby Chick Style. But at the same time I'm not engage with a technique; I like to try them and have variety in my projects. Now I'm discovering the new world of the Mini Albums, but also I have made a commitment to come back to the Layouts since I have tons of pictures of my little Andrea.

I'm so exited to be part of Lulupu's Design Team!!!! I would never imagine that I could be part of a DT in the other side of the world; that's why I love technology!!  Thank you Karuna and the team for giving me this opportunity to get to know you, to learn from you despite you are in the other side of the world. 

Let me show some of my favorite projects. Hope you like it!!

Do Join us for our next challenge where our new team will share there amazing inspiration!

Monday 24 June 2013

New DT and some Good Byes

Hello Everyone,

As we near the month end its time to say farewell to our dearest DT Ujjwal, Snehal, Isha and Indira who have spent a wonderful time here with us at Lulupu.

We all enjoyed their amazing inspirations and some nerve wrecking crafty tutes! Its sure gonna be hard to not have them around anymore but we wish them all the very best for their future endevour and we hope to see them shine!

With some farewell's we also have a Good news. As promised we now will have new DT's who had applied for the DT call and were selected based on their interest and amazing work!

First among them is our very own Varshitha Nagarajan from She is very popular becasu of her beautiful stamps which she runs through A very talented crafter and a multi tasker who manages her work, home and a todller so very well! We are very excited to have her onboard and we hope you all welcome her with a big hug! Over to Varshitha :)

Hi, I am Varshitha Nagarajan from India, Currently living in Ossining, New York for my husbands work. I am Freelance Graphic Designer by profession - Stay At Home Mom of a naughty and adorable kid(3 1/2 years boy) and I am married to a amazing husband Nag who supports me in everything i do. 

Crafting was always my passion, which came from my mom who creates beautiful handmade items and that is what she gifts everyone, which completely inspired me to begin crafting. I discovered paper crafting and stamping when i came here to US, and I have been Crafting and blogging ever  since then and I am loving this world of paper crafting. I love to try my hands on different styles and i enjoy exploring new products, mediums and techniques. Stamping, Digital die cutting and playing with Pattern Paper, Inking are my always specials. My recent crafty passion are CAS, Florals, DIY embellishments, Mini albums, you can expect to see more of it... 

I am SO SO excited to be a part of Lulupu's Design Team! I am sure this would be a great place to showcase my crafty talent. Thank you Karuna and the team for giving me this opportunity :)
Here are few of my favourite crafty work and hope you enjoy these. I hope to keep you all inspired and learn from you too!


Thursday 20 June 2013

Its all about Gesso !!

Good Morning Lovely People

Hope you all are doing great and enjoying the month here at Lulupu with fabulous inspirations from our fabulous Design Team.

Before I kick start with my post on Gesso , I would like to take a moment to talk about something else and it really means a lot to me .
As you all know my term with lulupu has come to end and this is my last post . I would like to thank all the people associated with Lulupu. Karuna di thank you so much for giving this amazing and wonderful opportunity to be part of one of the most amazing design team ever . My fellow team members Nikita, Indira ,Snehal and Ujjwal di , readers ,viewers everyone thank you so much for all the love and appreciation.My journey with Lulupu was a beautiful ride and  will always cherish . 

Now coming back to my post on Gesso. What is GESSO ???

Gesso is an artist's primer. In other words, it's like a white chalky paint that makes a flat, or not glossy, tooth (or texture) on the surface of paper, canvas etc... Gesso is also referred to as a "ground." The flat finish it creates lets different mediums (inks, paints, etc.) stick to it. It used to made from animal glue (I believe  gesso is) but is now primarily acrylic based (Yeeyy for that). Many people use gesso in their art for lots of things other than priming though.

The really exciting thing is that gesso's acrylic-based nature changes the way inks & markers react with your cardstocks. I've discovered in my mad experiments that Gesso not only creates artsy texture really easily, but it also resists inks and gives you more drying time.
Applications: Use anything! You can scrape it on with cardboard, an acrylic block, a kitchen spatula... you can add it thickly & then stamp in it or roll a stamp wheel in it (that is SO kewl!) Lay lace or fabric in it & pull it off... For brushing it on: different brushes will give varied textures, so it's fun to experiment. It is a good to have one brush dedicated to gesso, since it's harder on them than paint is, but you don't need any brushes for this technique.
Clean up: Protect your work surface & wear work clothes. Gesso is a primer so it has staying power. You'll want to clean it off stamps asap, but it comes off okay.

I have made two cards using gesso. Have a Look.

First Card - How to use Pattern paper to create textured surface.

I totally loved the outcome. Okay I am in Love with these gorgeous TCW Stencils. These are super awesome ,easy to use and can add lots of layers and pretty textures to your piece of work.

So , How does my card look ?

For this card I have simple fussy the pattern paper and pasted it on the base CS. And these cute little gorgeous butterflies is also fussy cut and die cut is all from the Tiger lily paper pad ( I love this paper stack).

Second card - Stamping and Masking 

For this card , I have covered the base CS with Washi tape and covered with Gesso , so that I am able to add colors over it .

As you can see I have applied Gesso over Washi Tape with help of paper towel/tissue.Once it was dry , then I have layered the TCW stencil over the bg and Distressed . Voila your base is ready to decorate . Here is my finished card- 

The second technique used on this card is stamping with Gesso. I have used these cute little Micia Love birds for this. I have simple placed this stamp over my left over gesso and stamped it . It is just the same way  that we do when stamping with Inks . All you have to be careful is with the cleaning of stamps. I have covered the stamp birds with glossy accents to add so more dimension.

Hopefully was able to inspire you all. 
Have you join the fun challenge in Lulupu challenge #13 Lady- stamp- lot.


Supplies used -

Monday 17 June 2013

Stamping Technique: Rock n Roll

Hey guys. 

How are you doing. It's Indira here and hope you are enjoying making your cards for our Challenge #13

As you know for the second half of the month we are focusing on various stamping techniques. So I have chosen one very interesting and really simple technique -'Rock n Roll'.

Thursday 13 June 2013

Guest Designer for June - Poornima Jain

hi friends

While the DT are busy cooking for some new ideas and techniques we have yet another Guest Designer for June! I'snt that so kewl! And its yet again Poornima Jain, one of Lulupu's avid participant and super awesome crafter. Poornima has a very elegant and versatile style. She always comes up with intersting projects and today she will be sharing her inspiration on our Lulupu Challenge#13 - Lady Stamp-A-Lot. Please vit her blog to see all her other lovely creations.

Over to Poornima

Hello All !! I am Poornima from Ajmer, Rajasthan and i love to share my crafty works at my blog -

I am a computer instructor and programmer by profession. Crafting is something I am very crazy about. I used to craft a lot during my childhood . Even during my college times, I was involved in some or the other kind of crafting. And now when I am working full time, I continue to follow my passion and this has encouraged  me to start my very own blog one and a half year ago. 

The blogworld  opened all the doors of ideas, techniques to me. I love to make shaped cards and Paper Jewelry . I do not have any specific crafting style, I just make what I am eager to try. 

Thanks to Lulupu for inviting me for guest designing.

I have used the very pretty Hero Arts - Blossom Arts " stamp set to create two cards for this challenge.

My first card shows some paper piecing technique

and here is my second card where i have used some Stamping, coloring and then embossing.


I hope you like my inspiration. I would love to see your creations too. Link up your entries HERE

Monday 10 June 2013

Guest Designer for June - Riti Banka

Hello everyone!

Hope you are enjoying the lovely inspirations by the DT and trying out your hands at stamping! We are happy to have Riti to showcase her inspiration for Lulupu Challenge#12. Riti is a very talented crafter with great craft colour aesthetics and fabulous creativity!

Friday 7 June 2013

Simple Stamping

Hey Crafters

Hows it going? After a long gap am happy to post some inspiration again for Lulupu! It didnt start with the challenge initially. I made one card using my favourite Micia Stamp  and  then i wondered what more can one do with such big flower? And yes that was a challenge for me. I have not been stamping much offlate so this one was sure was a bummer. After few attempts and wrecking my brains for a day i came up with my second card too and just in time to share with you all :)

Wednesday 5 June 2013

My Silly Valentine

Good morning, Crafters!

This is Nikita here and today, it's my turn to show you the two cards I made using the same stamp set. I have already used the Micia Stamp Set  from my DT kit (Joyful Flutters) last year. So I thought I'd go with one of the other stamps I bought from the Lulupu store. When I was going through the stamps, this cute stamp Set called 'My Silly Valentine' from Lawn Fawn, caught my eye. I stared at the stamp set for twenty whole minutes before I could come up with two ideas using stamps from just that set. Sometimes, it can be hard, you know :P But when I had made up my mind, I got to work.

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Winners of Lulupu Challenge #12

Hello Folks!!

We all made some wonderful creations for our Dad in the past month and we had a great time looking at all of your fabulous work!! A big Thank You to everyone who participated. :)

But, before we announce the winners of this challenge we would like to reiterate, please please please, read the challenge rules and requirements. Challenge #12 - My First Love, My Dad! required you to make masculine CARDS for your DAD. Now, we didn't want you to make only Father's Day cards; you could make cards for any occasion, but they had to be for Dad. Some of the entries we received were not cards and so, even though they were gorgeous, we couldn't qualify them. Secondly, quite a few of the cards that were great in design and used masculine colours and embellishments, did not feature the word "Dad" or "Father" or "Papa" (you get the idea) anywhere on them. Again, there were some amazing creations that were made as a part of this challenge, but we could not consider them.

Monday 3 June 2013

Fun with Stamping !!

Good Morning Beautiful Crafters!

How are you all doing?  It's a new month with a new Challenge here at Lulupu which is all about stamping. I personally love stamping. It is so much fun and one of my favorite things when it comes to crafting as it gives altogether a new definition to your piece of work. You can use stamps everywhere - whether it is cards, scrapbooks, tags, bookmarks, mix media; the list goes on.

Saturday 1 June 2013

Lulupu Challenge #13 - Lady Stamp-A-Lot!

Hola Crafters!

Welcome to a brand new month featuring a fun challenge and lots of fun inspirations from the lovely Lulu-Pooh ladies. After last month's Masculine Cards challenge, we decided to go back to basics for this one. So for this challenge, all you have to do, is STAMP. This month's challenge is....

Lulupu Challenge #13 - Lady Stamp-A-Lot!

But wait, wait. It does not stop at just stamping. We wanted to add a tiny little twist to make it a little more fun and well, challenging. :P Here's what you have to do.