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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mail art for Pen pals


Hello Friends ,
Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service. The simplest definition of mail art is that it is any art that’s created with the intention of sending it through the mail. Mail art can include postcards, faux postage, decorated envelopes, friendship books, and the ever popular naked mail. 

If you have to mail it to complete the creative experience, it’s mail art!

This is a Mail that went out to a pen pal , I made a Tall card for the first time and really loved the out come . Over the past few years, I have accumulated a lot of pattern paper pads, stamps, stickers ,ribbon, etc.So I have decided that this year, if I feel like I need new inspiration then I'm going to "Shop My Stash". Ever few weeks, I'm going to use my stamps, dies, embossing folders in rotation so that all get used. Also I will be buying only basic crafting stuff that too when required. I am doing 52weeks52crafts to keep myself accountable .


What all went in this mail you can see here -  An envelope filled with goodies with the tag friends 
an mini album 
an ATC and a Tall card 


The front of the envelope filled with goodies has a  mini card attached to it  saying cheers !!


This is a wonderful stamp set named once upon a time by clearly besotted .

The receiver loved each thing carefully chosen for her and that made my day !

Regards 
Sharada Dilip
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thinking of you !

Hello friends , 

With the New year Resolutions and the Goals  I even have something new to share with you all ! Yes its the recent Craft shopping and additions to the stash :)


Today is full of good, old-fashioned stamping! Stamps that can mix and match. Stamps that look good no matter what I do with them! :) The stamp set is MFT Desert Bouquet, old release but lovely as ever !! 


I have stamped them and fussy cut for the card 1. 
First I have created a shaded background with the moroccan tile stencil 
then added a silver glitter tape from Paperchase 
I have added a die cut from an unbranded die and  a sentiment from clearly besotted .
I have added pearls on the flowers to enhance the look !


Look at the beautiful flowers! 


For this card I have stamped the flowers on a Mft die cut  and layered it on to the card and the sentiments are from Mama elephant in my heart stamp set .

I am playing along
 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Regards 
Sharada Dilip
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Meet The Maker and my Goals for 2018 at HappyMomentzz

Hello , Happy New Year people 
I thought it's time I make a Introduction since its the new year and  I guess it's the right time to do it .
 Who knew my love and passion for something could turn into a Job as well; thanks for following along the journey ! I've had lots of new follows and appreciate the support this platform has given me !



Who Am I ?
I am Sharada Dilip Acharya the creative face behind HappyMomentzz By Sharada Dilip 

 I design cards scrapbooks and everything related to paper crafting .

 I'm now based in Bangalore and have clients globally

 I work from my home studio ; I have a dedicated room for my work . It is where I take up my workshops 

 When I'm not crafting I'm clicking pictures or travelling and documenting my life 

 To customise your orders you can Dm me or msg me on my Fb page 



What I make ?

 I make variety of items related to paper crafting ; mostly for special occasion cards and gifts which can be personalised. 

πŸ’œMy products are all handmade by me at my home studio. Paper is my first love and scrapbooking my passion . 

My favourite products are pregnancy journals , baby albums , love/romantic albums and scrap board canvases .


Where I Work from ?

I work entirely from my Home Studio in Bangalore. My workplace is a dedicated room in my house. Swipe for all pics
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πŸ’™When I started crafting it was on my dinning table , then I took over the floor and finally my family decided I needed a dedicated place.

🌍Now I have a proper studio setup. I get to work here everyday making cards and scrapbooks shipping all over the world and dreaming of new ideas.
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πŸ’œIt's all totally worth the long hours of work to make a living from what I love πŸ’—



My Crafting Goals for 2018
 Sharing my Crafting Goals and putting it up here ; Hoping that this will make me more responsible toward it !

USE MY ACCUMULATED CRAFT STASH

Over the past few years, I have accumulated a lot of pattern paper pads, stamps, stickers ,ribbon, etc.
So I have decided that this year, if I feel like I need new inspiration then I'm going to "Shop My Stash". Ever few weeks, I'm going to use my stamps, dies, embossing folders in rotation so that all get used. Also I will be buying only basic crafting stuff that too when required.


POST AT LEAST ONE CARD EVERY WEEK

I really enjoy the creative pressure of making a lot of cards during the craft fairs, but I do not post them simultaneously. Making new card really makes me feel good .

I will strive and do my very best to uphold it!



SUBMIT TO MORE CHALLENGES

I did participate in a few challenges and to be true, they did help me come out of my comfort zone. I'm planning to do more of it. So, I guess I'm just going to continue doing it more and more and more....



TRY MAKING SHAPED CARDS


I’m going to start by making regular cards in different shapes, then as I master that .


SEND MORE BIRTHDAY CARDS

I have realised that over the years, I make a lot of cards, but forget to post it out on time to my near and dear ones on their special days. 


PUT MYSELF OUT THERE MORE

I am going to try, try, try... and keep trying. I had a lot of success last year and I want to do even bigger and better things this coming year - so I have to keep trying!


BE A BETTER CRAFTING COMMUNITY MEMBER

I follow quite a few blogs I will aim to comment more, to support more and to explore more. 
There's a whole load of talent and inspiration out there and I don't want to keep missing it!


TAKE BETTER PHOTOS

This year I want to excel with props and make the aesthetics of card photography more eminent.


CHALLENGE YOURSELF

I want to do something new this year. So I am thinking of starting a series on my blog. I think I will do a series on card making techniques, that will be fun!.

AND FINALLLYYYYY………..
HAVE FUN WITH IT

Yes I will still want to keep getting better and better than what I’m right now, and then better myself some more. But I will do it all whilst having fun. So, I do hope you'll keep joining me throughout 2018 to provide support and encouragement as I keep working towards these goals.

Regards 
Sharada Dilip
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Hello Friends ,

Crafting with your kid is always fun and especially during christmas as there is so much joy in the season  itself ! I always enjoyed Christmas crafting as a Kid and decorating the Family tree was my favourite part , though we don't have a Family tree I used to go help in my neighbours :)


When my son insisted on having a Family tree I went ahead and got a Mini tree ! Trust me its more fun . Mini Tree decoration is more of a free play , the size of the tree makes it easy for them to decorate it as they like . It is engaging and the kids take responsibility and pride in it. 

This year we even got crafty with a Advent Calendar .



This is a Easy, Last minute, Advent calendar and decor ideas that I am sharing here today . All that I want to do is Make memories with activities leading up to Christmas with these are some of the   DIY holiday dΓ©cor crafts we actually made along .

Make Your Own Advent Calendar - Counting down to Christmas day makes the anticipation of its arrival that much more exciting and since my son's birthday also is in the month of december this makes it special for us !! There are loads of tutorials and here's what we followed - How to Create Your Advent Calendar / Service Project Calendar

We enjoyed making this and here is what we call it Random act of kindness cards , we have 25 cards as D is counting his sleeps till his birthday . D did all the cutting and pasting and arranging with very little help from me and Todays prompt was helping Mom !!

Further in our Christmas corner decoration you can see different Santas .





There are several other santas and tutorials on Pinterest but we choose this one and now This cute cone santa sits besides our other 2 santas !




We have created these 3 snowmen using toilet paper roll and you can find the tutorial here 

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/sharadadilip/christmas-cards-and-crafts/

We even have a battery operated Santa , who dances to the tunes from Itsy bitsy to complete our Christmas corner decor .  Here are few versions of our christmas corner that has evolved over the years and the constant has been the christmas diorama - Navneet publications Model construction book - Christmas Season which we love putting together each year .





With each year we are adding new crafts  and our corner is growing to be bigger place and we are enjoying it !! 
We even are fascinated with the gingerbread house we saw last year at Leela Palace Bengaluru 



So my Jr chef wanted to make one too so Then we even tried our hands on making one , isn't this lovely ?



This is made using Gingerbread house  kit , you can find many different kits on amazon




Last but not the least posing out with a big christmas tree for the season !!

 "Thank you" for always stopping by my blog and leaving me some love. 


Happy holidays! 


Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!

Regards
Sharada Dilip








Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Burlap canvas mixed media creation


 Hello Friends , 

I am here to share a Burlap Canvas Mixed Media creation, This one turned out stunning and im loving it. 




The agenda was to create an Anniversary table top creation on Canvas . I am good with layering and sense of layout but I needed to put this together in such a way that it's perfect for a couple, so the tricky part was to bring out the masculine and feminine touch and blend them well !!
  

This is how It all fell in place together,  I am sharing a step by step process picture tutorial here .

To begin with  I have used Burlap Canvas readily available at Itsy Bitsy . 
I have next adhered  2 layers of paper scraps over it using the medium gesso . 
Then I have used CHIPBOARDS SHAPES COGS elements on one end of the canvas and played with them. These elements bring in the meaning of mundane daily routines in the life of the couple .
I have used Gold alcohol spray to create the rustic look on the chipboard shapes. 

I have adhered them on the canvas only after being confident as to where they belong ! 
Usually this process is what takes the longest. I directly do not paste them , I take time... take it slow ; take as many pictures as possible in different positions  and finally only when I'm satisfied I paste it down . Sometime this process takes days !!



I have further gone with having the script stencilled on the other end of the canvas , Giving it a sense of many stories that we have been through and daily routines.Once the modelling paste dried completely after heating it with my Heat tool I took the next step .

I used brown colour ink  to stamp the heart and the keys on the canvas , depicting the love and you are the key to my heart concept . 


Next I have used dried flowers in yellow bringing back some sunshine in life ! I have added a Photo mat to it using double sided foam tape .The photo mat is a sticker backing with vintage look perfect for this creation and further I have added a swirl chipboard embellishment.Here again I have used gold alcohol spray to colour it . Lastly I have added chipboard elements silver heart and number 2 element. I have finished the canvas with a quote from Technique tuesday stamp set .

I have further adhered this canvas to a Easel making it a table top Burlap canvas mixed  media creation that rests on the receivers table !


This creation is very close to me with very interestingly elements and each one having its own story to tell ! 

I am soo glad that this was also received well , making it a perfect anniversary gift  from Recounting memories from the day they met , their journey of falling in love to anniversaries.

I am playing along

Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!


Regards


Sharada Dilip

Monday, December 18, 2017

Simple and easy Christmas Cards with Itsy Bitsy embellishments

Hello friends ,

Today Im sharing Simple and easy Christmas Cards with Itsy Bitsy embellishments . These are very much last minute quick makes .


Card 1 -
 I have used 12x4" card stock scored at 6" 
I have layered a die cut over the cardstock and adhered christmas theme pattern paper 
I have used CHRISTMAS 5 PETAL POINSETTIA WITH POLLEN RED to decorate and completed the card with a sentiment .



Card 2 

 I have used 12x6" card stock scored at 6"  creating a square 6x6 " card 
I have adhered pattern paper scrap and decorated it with CHRISTMAS 5 PETAL POINSETTIA WITH POLLEN RED
 and completed the card with a sentiment .



Card 3

 I have used 12x4" card stock scored at 6" 
I have adhered pattern paper scrap and decorated it with  CHRISTMAS 3D MINI GLITTER EMB POINSETTIAS GOLD & RED
 and completed the card with a sentiment .

I am playing along 




I have enjoyed creating such variety of Christmas cards this year and it feels awesome !



Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!




Regards

Sharada Dilip

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas cards with enchanted corner gnomes


Hello friends 

Today I am sharing more christmas cards here and these are created using stamp set I received along  Papercraft Essentials 150 - Enchanted Corner

Card 1 

 

For this card I have Cut and scored a green card stock to measure at 5.5" x 4.25 to form the card base. On the cardstock I have created a background in Plaid using Peek - a boo designs Plaid stamps set  with red colour. 
Further I have Die cut a white cardstock at 2"less than the main card using stitched rectangle die from Gina marie designs 
 I have coloured the Gnome with Copics  and die cut it with its coordinating die 
I have coloured the mushroom home with copics and fussy cut it , The sentiment comes from the same stamp set .
 I enjoyed creating this scene .

Card 2 



For this card I have Cut and scored a green card stock to measure at 5.5" x 4.25 to form the card base. I have used corrugated paper to create the next layer and adhered it with double sided foam tape to bring in dimensions.
  I have coloured the Gnome with Copics  and die cut it with its coordinating die 
I have coloured the mushroom home with copics and fussy cut it.
The sentiment comes from the same stamp set .

Card 3 



For this card the base is the a window card from Itsy Bitsy 
further  I have used Gnome only and fussy cut it. 
The sentiment comes from the same stamp set .

I have enjoyed creating such variety of Christmas cards this year and it feels awesome !

Playing along

Inspiration Destination
Catch The Bug
Aud Sentiments
The Merry Christmas Challenge
Sunny Day Crafting
Craftaholic R US

Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!


Regards




Sharada Dilip

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