Thursday, February 23, 2017

How to use Planner Supplies on Cards!

Hello everyone! This is Deepti and thank you so much for stopping by. Today I would like to walk through the cards I made with the gorgeous Prima Planner supplies. Planner supplies aren't meant only for planners or books or journals they are also meant for Card Making. Since I'm crazy about card making I always find excuses to use the unexpected supplies for making cards!! I have two card designs to share and these designs are pretty simple but they look very elegant. :) 

For this card I kept the design very simple. I grabbed all the washi strips and adhered on a card stock.  As you can see I didn't adhere the same designed strip next to each other instead I switched the designs for some effective look.

I die-cut a circle and placed the beautiful paper clip. :)

Here comes the second one! I simply adhered the strips of washi tape along the side of the card base.

Next I die-cut a circle out of the striped paper, you know the striped paper is one of the packaging sheets from Prima Planner Supplies. Adhered the scripty stickers and also the gorgeous bow! <3

You can find all the supplies HERE I used for my projects today!

I hope you liked my projects today. Take care and I will see you next time! :)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Top Trends in Craft - Creativation 2017

Hello Girls,

       I am sure you are looking forward to this post!! Much awaited and this will be interesting for you!.  You know, it feels so exciting to see all the new stuff that is coming into the market ... And that too before the whole world knows it!!. I consider myself lucky, to be one of the few who attend CHA.

Disclaimer: These are my personal opinion from what watched and observed. If you have any difference of opinion, please feel free to leave a comment.

Distress Oxides

           Tim claims it is one of the best innovative products of his, so far.. He was so thrilled to introduce this to us!! And I was in awe with the effects it was creating!! I feel there is a whole new set of techniques, one can do with them! This is sure hit , like the distress inks!

Animated Stamps from Uchi Designs

      This was the talk of the town! On the queue, in the lift, I could hear people talking.. Did you see the stamps?! This is something new and interesting!!...etc These set of stamps are going to be so popular this year, because it some new idea, implemented as stamps!! I loved it!!

Take a look at the video here!


       Walking around the CHA floor, anybody who is not related to crafts can say "PLANNERS EVERY WHERE". Planners are a HOT HOT trend now!! Almost 70% of the Paper craft booth, had some planner stuff or the other.. have a look!! Planners are going to be a LOUD and BIG TREND

         Me and My Big Ideas, Heidi Swapp, Websters Pages ,Simple Stories, BoBunny had some amazing planner stuff!! Planner addicts, it is going to be a treat for you!! If you are still not into planners,  the stuff is so tempting, you will sure start working on planners!! There are some planner kits too.. So these will not create a big hole in ur pocket! lol..

The clips, bows, pom pom hangers, tassels, trinkets, chain and what not?!! The industry looked like it was flooded with cute planner stuff!!

Below images from Carpe Diem , MAMBI, Heidi Swapp, Color Crush


Even Prima has planner release this year.. Their planners were girly and feminine!


Dyan Reavley's Art Journal on Planner at Ranger Booth

Even Micheals had a whole aisle dedicated to planners and other sections had planner stuff as well!! They had good collection too!!

                                                            Pics collaged from Micheals store

We R Memory Keepers had a Punch boards for planners. Tab Punch board and Planner Punch Board

Adult Coloring

     It hit the market 2 years back. There was only the coloring books in the past.. This time i was able to spot around 10 booths that had Adult coloring stuff like T shirts, Canvas,  Frames , Banners, Kits etc.. I could spot more of them in Micheals too.          

                                                       Coloring kits from Micheals

      Since Adult Coloring is so popular, now the markers and color pencils have to have their share :)
I saw Pebeo acrylic and alcohol markers in New product showcase.
Chameloen has come up with 2 tone color pencils

Interactive , 3D Card Dies

            All kinds, Pop up, Slider, Interactive card dies were seen at different booths. Looks like the trend is moving from shaker cards to 3D cards made with lots of layering created with dies.

Below images from Lawn Fawn and Tattered Lace

Another interesting spot was the Sizzix impresslits - Embossing folder die combo . Does both the job, with just one run through the machine! Here are some samples

Cats and Cactus!

        How funny!!! Or, I thought so! I was able to spot Cat stamps in booths like Ranger, Stampendous, Waffle Flower , Lawn Fawn..etc  and the Cactus stamps and die from Spellbinders, Sizzix , Waffle flower and more..

Other Trending Stamp Designs

  •  Waffle flowers CROSS STITCH line of stamps, Marble effect were popular too. 
  •   OTTERS have picked up new popularity.(MFT,Sizzix)     
  •   Layered KOI , PEACOCK , Ice cream were eye catching (Hero Arts), 
  •   Emojis , Tropical motifs, Palm Trees are other favorites!
  •   Trends from last year like Unicorn, Mermaid, Feathers , Arrows , Flamingoes, Popsicle were seen in some booths this year too!


Art Journaling

       Dina's Media Journal is a HOT new product and many other companies like Stampendous had new line of Art Journaling stamps. Trust me , I was not a big fan of Art journaling. But after seeing these products, I think I am starting to like them :). Impressable Gel Plates will be a great addition to Art Journalers!


   Last Year Trends like Foils, Sequins continue this year too. Gina K Thermo Web had some gorgeous Gold sequin foils.Rebecca Meier booth had foils for mixed media too!!

Fairies and Fairy Garden

       Though this trend started last year, this year it was in seen the more companies like Darice, Stampendous , Elizabeth Crafts, Echo Park , Plaid..etc.. Also Micheals has a separate section for Fairy Garden supplies!!

                                                                                         Micheals Fairy Garden Supplies

 ImpressArt and Sizzix Jewelry 

          Metal Stamping is taken to a whole new level by Impress Art. They sure impressed me with their stamps!

         Ellison has now come up with a new line for jeweley and they have a pretty collection of dies . Elizabeth Crafts has too!! So jewellery makers, now no more cribbing!! You get die cutting supplies for jewelry too!!  Paisley Bezel  stole the hearts of many!

Pantone Color - Greenery

          Every year , Pantone colors are chosen by the experts and this year's color is a beautiful green - GREENERY!!

You can read more about the colors here -

Did you like the new trends?
Which of the new trends, you are more likely to pursue?
Would love to hear your views!! Let me know in comments.

Hope u liked the post!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mixed media Triangle Canvas with Color Arte Pigments - GDT Shilpa

Hi Guys, 

        It is time for Guest DT post!! And Guess what, we have here today for the post!! We are so happy to have her post and she as usual rocked with her mesmerizing mixed media!!!!  I am sure you all will love it!!

Over to her!!

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

Super excited to be back here as a Guest Designer!!

I am sharing with you today, A Triangle Mixed Media Canvas

I've used plenty of charms and embellishments from Priya's shop. If you haven't checked them yet, here is the link

Products used here from The Craft Shop are.....
Mod Podge Matte
Prima Art Stones
Prima Flowers

On this canvas, textured background is created with dry leaf, Prima crackle paste, stencil and gauze.

Further, I adhered all flowers, face mask and metal charms on the canvas. Applied White gesso to everything.

Next layers were with lots of colour Arte Artist Pigments and Colour Arte silks acrylic glaze.

I loved how it turned out with these fabulous products from The Craft shop.
Hope you would like to try on your own. 

Thanks so much Priya for this GD opportunity.

Thank you so much Shilpa!! We just loved your canvas!!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Paper Mache Mask Canvas

Hi friends,
Its February and romance is in the air πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
I hope all of you are enjoying this winter with hot coffee and your valentine sitting next to you.
So it would be a perfect to create something which can be gifted to your special person.

Today's post is a quick and easy project which can be recreated with any embellishment you have and for mine , I have used a gorgeous paper mache mask as the focal point. We have many sizes available at our store and you can grab them at

To begin with I used two prima blooms sprays and created a background on the canvas. I painted the mask using some shiny acrylic paint by prima marketing. To add some interest I added some stamped flowers and few prima marketing flowers & leaves.

I have a video to share with you which is quite self explanatory and if at all you have any doubts do leave your questions in the youtube comments or here at the blog and I shall answer all of them :)

Link for the video

Wish you all a happy valentine's day in advanceπŸ’“


Face mask
Acrylic paint
Texture paste 
butter fly stamp
Leaf die
Big Leaf Die 
Matte medium
Perfect pearls/Nuvo/Enamel accents

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mixed Media on Triangle Canvas!

Hey friends,

It is been a long break. I am here with a set of mixed media on canvas. When Priya got these Triangle Stretched Canvas in shop, I was excited as I love geometric shapes and decided to use them. They are 10 inch long, stretched canvas on a sturdy pine wood frame.  I planned to make a cluster of 3 with a common theme running across all of them. (Just like my previous try HERE).

I decided to repeat those triangles in my focal point. First, I primed the canvas with gesso.

I don't have any fancy chipboard accents so I used backing of a writing pad to cut few triangles. Laid them in such a way that two large triangles will overlap on both adjacent canvases. Drew a line with pencil and cut them before gluing. I did this to show a continuity in design. 

I covered all the chipboards with gesso and stamped with jet black  and Shadow grey archival inks. I also adhered crumpled tissue paper pieces in few places with the help of gel medium . This product is out of stock right now but you can use THIS , THIS or THIS product instead. 

After this step...I got so engrossed that I forgot to take pictures....:P. It took me 2 days to finish it as the whole process was so new to me and I was being cautious not to over do it. I will give you the order in which I have used different products. But First let's have a look at the final product.

- I started with adhering some diecuts made using Bielo . HERE & HERE are some of the dies I used.  Also added two types of metal charm - pen nib and round one. Dabbed some gel medium in corners and sprinkled glass beads on it and let it dry.

- Loosely cover the chipboard triangles, die cuts ,metal charms and beads with thin coat of gesso.

- I sprinkled ColorArte Artist Pigments - rosebud  & Art ingredients' Blue Mica Powder in places and mist it with water. Dry it with heat gun and repeat the process till you are happy.

- I love the shimmer of pigments. It is so subtle to capture in the picture but it looks gorgeous in actual.

- I wanted some more colors but don't have any bright colored sprays so I pulled out my Ken Oliver color bursts and went all over the town sprinkling it. Mist with water and allow it to dry.

 After all this labor, I realized none of the pigments have binder in it so they won't stick to metal or glass beads. So I mixed little bit of Deco Art Glazing medium with desired pigment and some water and dabbed it with brush on metal and beads. 

- I mixed 1 part glazing medium with 1 part water and applied it all over. This will seal all the colors and layers created with pigments and water. So when you apply another mist on top of it, it won't activate the color beneath. This way you can build your layers without making a muddy mess. 

- I applied Perfect Pearl Powder  mixed with white acrylic paint and Decoart Glazing Medium on to the tissue paper and diecuts in the background.  Allow it to dry. Lightly rub the raise part of texture with Inka Gold paste and buff it a bit with paper towel. All the applications were done by fingers as i wanted to accentuate the highs an lows of the beautiful textures. This way you can control the amount of paint and pressure you use to apply it.

I wish you can see the shimmer...totally out of this world.

Now comes giving meaning to the artwork. I feel, having proper sentiment on mixed media enhances the effectiveness of your work - 1000 times. If you can create an art which speaks for itself than it is a different story but till then I would love help of words to express myself. 

With all those triangle, it was already looking like a banner. So I went with 'celebrating life' kind of theme. For large sentiments, I used Stamploration stamp set - Noteworthy . And for tiny sentiments on chipboad, I used Ideology Rub-ons. 

Check all the pictures...!

The best part is you can arrange them in which ever way you want or according to the space on your wall. 

It is a riot of colors but I think I have left enough white space to balance it out. I never ever expected that it will turn out this good. Happy, happy me!

My take away from the process:

Your fingers are the best tool.
Watching 1000 videos won't help...make one and you will learn so much.
Be fearless in experimenting.
And lastly, 
It is not about having best of everything, it is about making the best from everything you've got!

Ta...ta for now...! See you soon with something very new...very exciting!
Lots of love!