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DIY Soccer Ball Penstand

Hi friends happy to share a simple but super cute and functional project ..a Soccer Ball Penstand made with the  new Crealies  Soccer ball dies

DIY Soccer Ball Penstand Tutorial 

You can see the  Soccer ball diecuts in the  picture above . The  size of the  diecuts is large enough to make a ball party decoration ,Party prop,a box, a shaped card or  a functional and unique handmade Penstand like the  one you see here.


DIY Soccer Ball Penstand Tutorial 

It is pretty simple to make the  Penstand. You need just a minimum of 2 Soccer ball diecuts and a strip of thick cardstock to make the  wall. For aethestic and functional strength you can add 2 extra black circles to form the  basic framework as shown in the  picture below.
DIY Soccer Ball Penstand Tutorial 

The curved wall is made using a strip of card stock with wedges cut on the  sides to enable you to easily stick the  strip in a curved fashion to the  circular sides of your Ball Penstand. Vary the  length of the  strip according to how big you want the  opening of the  penstand to be.
DIY Soccer Ball Penstand Tutorial 

Once you stick the cardstock strip to the black base circles, add the  Soccer ball design diecuts.

DIY Soccer Ball Penstand Tutorial 

If you want to create a partitioned Penstand , add chipboard pieces as shown below inside the  Ball.

DIY Soccer Ball Penstand Tutorial 

Vary the  length of the  chipboard pieces according to your wish as it will change depending on the  angulation and placement inside the  penstand.
DIY Soccer Ball Penstand Tutorial 

You can add a base to the  Ball Penstand to help make it more sturdy.
The base is made using the  same dies using cardstock and 2 layers of black craft foam.

DIY Soccer Ball Penstand

It does look cute with the lovely watercolor pencils  arranged neatly inside doesnt it?

DIY Soccer Ball Penstand

I have kept the  decoration simple adding just a simple" Smile" on my favourite Crealies  scroll banner diecut.

DIY Soccer Ball Penstand

I hope you liked this idea. My daughter loved it and has claimed it for her study table!


Here are the  products used:

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Foamiran Flowers
Hi friends sharing an altered project with lots of handmade foam flowers made exclusively with Crealies  dies . This was originally a plastic photo frame we were gifted but I wanted to alter it and make it more cheerful and lively.
Handmade Foamiran Flowers
The flowers are simple easy to make ones and I really love the  new foliage dies from Crealies  ...they are so delicate and were perfect for this particular project.
Handmade Foamiran Flowers
I didnt use the  iron to shape the  foam while making the  flowers as I wanted to make a bunch of flowers quickly but I did jazz them up with a sprinkling of glitter!
Handmade Foamiran Flowers
I used pretty papers from Lemoncraft inside the  photo-frame. The white corner design on the  frames were made with new Crealies  dies and though delicate and intricate they cut beautifully !
Handmade Foamiran Flowers
I hope you like this project
Supplies :Foamiran- from Crafters Corner
Dies : All from Crealies :









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Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
Hi friends....vacations have started for my daughter and I am so happy to share a special project I made for her...a Giant Ferris Wheel with Magical Unicorns
Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
It stands nearly 14inches tall and all the  cute baskets with happy unicorns swing when you rotate the wheels.
Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
I made it using chipboard and the  gorgeous Magical Unicorns papers from Dress My Craft .
Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
The little baskets are big enough to hold  tiny dolls and you can add little treats and sweets if you use this as a party piece.
Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
I made the  beautiful lacy flowers and the  "dream" using Dress My Craft "Flower Sentiment" dies
Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
Added tiny ribbon bows, pearl strings and some crystals to complete the  magical theme! The central unicorn is flying over a shaker star filled with crystal beads and pearls!
Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
Here are the  parts of the  Ferris Wheel before assembly.
Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
And here is a short video Tutorial on how you can make one
DIY Ferris Wheel Tutorial - YouTube


Magical Unicorns DIY Ferris Wheel
Hope you liked this handmade gift idea.
Here are the  list of Supplies :from Crafters Corner
Dies :  Dress My Craft Floral Sentiments Faith and Dream,Dress My Craft Floral Sentiments LoveJoy Crafts Lacey Edge
PapersDress My Craft Magical Unicorns 12 x 12 , 6 x 6 , and die-cuts , Chipboard
Die Cutting Machine : Crafters Companion Gemini, Sizzix Bigshot
Adhesive : Red Tacky Tape, Dress My Craft Ultimate Craft Glue
Bone Folders : Dress My Craft Teflon Bone Folders,
Punches : Dress My Craft Rounded Tag Punch,
Misc : BowsDress My Craft sequinsDress My Craft Sparkling Dust, Dress My Craft Flower Pearls
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Star Effect Cards
Hi friends it feels nice to blog after a hiatus. I had injured my hand and was unable to craft but now I am much better and sharing a simple but fun card called the  Star Effects card.
These 3 Dimensional cards are easy to make and you just need a 6 x 6 piece of pattern paper to make it!The  component parts  slot into each other to create a dimensional card which can be sent in the  mail too!
Dress My Craft Magical Unicorns
I used the  Magical Unicorns papers and dicut motifs from Dress My Craft to make this gorgeous card for my daughter as a form of encouragement during exam season [she is having her final exams now and is working really hard!]
Floral Guitar Dies
I used the  Floral Guitar dies from Dress My Craft to create the  gorgeous delicate guitars in this card. They are a set of 2 dies which can be layered to create beautiful designs! You can either ink the  background die or cut it out of a different colored paper to bring out the  beauty of the  2 layered guitar!
Floral Guitar Die Cuts
I chose background colors of the  guitars to match the  colors in the  pattern paper and added cute unicorns and  whimsical castles to create a Magical Star Effects Card.
Star Effect Cards
The 2nd card is more sober and was in fact my first experiment with this style of card and I made it for my husband as he loves music and flowers!
Star Effect Card
I used papers from DCWV and the  lovely guitar dies to make this Star Effects Card.
Star Effect Card
I hope you like both the  ideas
I am sorry I dont have a step by step Tutorial but there are some nice Tutorials on the  internet .

Supplies :from Crafters Corner
Dies :  Dress My Craft Floral Guitar
Spellbinders Sing It Loud 1,Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday
Papers: Dress My Craft Magical Unicorns 12 x 12 , 6 x 6 , and die-cuts ,
Die Cutting Machine : Crafters Companion Gemini
Adhesive : Red Tacky Tape, Glossy Accents, Dress My Craft Glue
Inks : Distress Inks
Misc : Dress My Craft Teflon Bone Folders
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Star Shaped Box 
          Hi friends..have you ever bought something  because you were attracted to the box or packaging! Hehe I have been guilty of that on more than one occasion! And following on that trail of thought...presenting to you a unique handmade Star shaped gift box perfect to hold chocolates and even jewellery!

Star Shaped Box 
Making a shaped box is time consuming especially if it is a unique shape but it is so much easier if you have nesting dies to make your job quicker.I made this box using the new Crealies Crea Nest Lies XXL No 89 dies.  
The lid is made using foam, card stock and pattern paper and the glass knob you see on the lid is actually a tiny glass mini vase!

Star Shaped Box 
I made a simple star shaped card to go inside the box!
I hope you like this idea!
Papers : DCWV Ciao Bella Stack
Dies : Crealies  
Crealies  Dies:


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Neuron Model
Hi friends it's been a long time since I posted any  of my daughter's school projects .Of late most of the time they are made in such a  hurry that I either forget to take pictures or they are made at night so I end up with grainy blurry pictures not worth sharing!
But this one was made completely by my kiddo with no help at all from me and I do have some decent pictures to share with all of you!
Neuron Model
Can you believe some  of the  popular posts on my blog include  "How to make a Tooth Model" and "How to make a Respiratory System Model"!
So in case  you landed on this page by googling " how to make a neuron model" let me run you through the creative process so that you can make a neuron of your own!!

Draw/Pint/Trace a Neuron
My daughter is 12 yrs and is quite good at drawing so she looked at the picture of the neuron in her Biology text book and drew a large neuron freehand. If you find free hand drawing challenging ...lightly trace or print the picture of a neuron
Neuron Model
Make it dimensional using lightweight media
To make a dimensional model on paper use thick paper as your base and avoid very heavy materials on top. If you have light weight clay such as Amos clay or Sakura clay you can make your structure using clay like in this Tooth Model we made long back.
For this model my daughter used different colors of hot glue! The cellbody and the dendrites were made using white hot glue. It is tricky to get the hot glue drawn into the thin dendrites so if you are not confident with hot glue do practise getting thin lines first and avoid hot glue altogether with young children!
The nucleus in the cell body was created by sticking on a red spiny pompom!
Neuron Model
The central part of the axon[axoplasm] was made using a plastic tube filled with beads and sealed at both ends. A word of advice here...avoid seed beads as they are too tiny and don't move around well. The beads my daughter used here are inexpensive but medium weight beads which roll within the axoplasm and are wonderful to give the illusion of a nerve impulse travelling down the axon!
Neuron Model
The yellow myelin sheath of the axon was again created using hot glue. The end of the  plastic tubing was split using scissors into multiple filaments to make the axon terminals and the synaptic bulbs was created using pink pom poms!
This project was a big hit in class and not only did kiddo score full marks but it was displayed on the board in her class [ which is a big deal according to her!]
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Cascading Mini Album
Hi friends, sharing a special project- a mini album with its own box and a display stand made for Crealies  using their new release of dies.I made it in a shabby chic style with flowers, lace and pearls galore
Cascading Mini Album with Stand
The album inside the box has some clever elements but is pretty simplistic in style as I wanted it to be functional   but I really went to town making a beautiful box and display stand for it. 
Cascading Mini Album with Stand
The display stand is pretty sturdy as it is made out of a double layer of chipboard. On the base I added a wooden fencing with grass and fluttering butterflies.
Cascading Mini Album with Display Stand
 The 12 pointed star on the upper part of the stand is made with the new Crealies  dies and I added lacy Crealies  flowers behind for a shabby chic look.
Mini Album Stand
The stand has pink paper straws on the sides and I dangled tags with hearts and pearls on the straw on one side. It adds such a fun element to the project!
 Mini Album with Stand
The display stand has a chipboard and foam base with large silver beads as feet to raise it above the ground!
 Mini Album with Box and Stand
The Mini album box snugly fits inside the stand and I used the same pattern paper to create both so that they match perfectly!
Cascading Mini Album with Stand

Here is the box when you take it out of the display stand.
Mini Album with Box
Apart from the floral lace trim it is pretty simple. Dangling from one side of the lid is a silver bird cage .
Mini Album with Box
I added pearl and rhinestone butterflies and  shimmering pink sequin butterflies. On one side is a large beautiful crystal heart dangling from the lacey fabric on the lid,
Mini Album with Box
And here is the back of the box....simple and beautiful with just the gorgeous floral design from the pretty paper!
Mini Album with Box
The box is has a flip top lid and is lined with pattern paper on the inside too.


Mini Album with Box
The box houses a 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ inch square mini album made with the new Crealies  square dies.
Mini Album with Box
The mini album is rather special as it is a cascading album made up of 6 pockets each of which can house photo mats measuring 4¼ inches. The pockets of the mini are held together on an accordion which expands and cascades out ! The inspiration behind the cascading style is Amanda's  album which she made using a kit.
Cascading Mini Album
Here is a quick video showing you how the mini album cascades out and how to make the cascading mechanism

Cascading Mini Album Tutorial - YouTube


The pockets and the photo mats were made using square Crealies  dies. 
Cascading Mini Album with Display Stand
I hope you liked the ideas !
Here are the products used:
Papers : K and Company Susan Winget Spring Blossom
Teflon Bone Folders : from Brand Dress My Craft , Crafters Corner


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Pop Up Flower Card
Hi friends...hope you are having a fabulous day.  Life has been hectic for me and I seem to be either running around frantically or just flopping down in bed! So crafting and blogging took a backseat.But it does feel good to be back to blog land to share a cute handmade gift idea : Mini Pop Up Flower Cards.
Pop Up Flower Card
These mini cards feature beautiful floral designs with lovely sentiments made using dies from Dress My Craft . These  flower sentiment dies are so delicate and pretty and would look good on cards on your table, in scrapbooks and simply fabulous as bookmarks!
Pop Up Flower Card
To make these self standing Pop Up Cards  you can die cut the flower sentiment dies in white card stock and color them using your favorite coloring media to enhance the detailing. I just used Distress Inks  .
Pop Up Flower Card
The lovely papers you can see are from the Dress My Craft Magical Unicorns 6 x 6 paper pack. You just need a small 5 x 3 inch piece of pattern paper to make this Pop Up Card .
Pop Up Flower Card
The design I used from Magical Unicorns was so pretty I just used a few pearls to embellish the card!
Pop Up Flower Card
The flower die cuts have beautiful detailing on them but you can enhance the beauty with a sprinkling of Dress My Craft Sparkling dust to add a subtle shimmer to the flowers!
Pop Up Flower Card
These Pop Up Cards can be made with very little supplies.
Materials Used
Pop Up Flower Card Tutorial 
    • Cardstock-3 x 10 inch
    • Pattern paper - Dress My Craft Magical Unicorns : Only a 5 x 3 inch strip is required: Cut this into two 1 x 3 inch strips and one 3 x 3 inch square
      Pop Up Flower Card Tutorial
    • Acetate Sheet- 2 x 6 inches- trim on the 2 inch side slightly
    • Adhesive- Red Tacky Tape and Liquid Adhesive like glossy accents to help stick the die cuts to the acetate without a creating a mess!!
    • Dies : Dress My Craft Flower Sentiment Dies
    • Scoring Board
    • Bone Folders- from Dress My Craft 
    • Coloring Media: Distress Inks 
    • Glitter : Sparkling Dust
    I love how the sentiment acts as the stem of the pretty flower design!
    These mini cards would look cool as party props on the table...what do you say!!!
    Pop Up Flower Card
    Video Tutorial 
    Floral Sentiments Pop Up Card/ Table piece - YouTube
    Here is a quick  video Tutorial on the Dress My Craft channel to show you how to make these pretty and cute Pop Up Cards
    Pop Up Flower Card
    The "Love" Flower sentiment die is more intricately designed than the other two and is sooo beautiful !
    Pop Up Flower Card
    List of products used :
    For International buyers- Dress My Craft 
    For Craters from India - Crafters Corner  

    Dress My Craft Bone Folders- Bone folder 3 , Ergo 

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    Mixed Media Photo Holder
    Hi friends have you ever started a project intending to make one thing and ended up making something entirely different!! When I started this project I intended to just make a simple card to showcase the new Crealies Square dies .
    Crealies  Squares
    Crealies  dies are designed so cleverly that even if you mix and match different sets they coordinate perfectly. Here I used 2 Crealies  die sets to create numerous layers and frames .
    Mixed Media Box Base

    I got so carried away while I added the original "card" to the front of a box made using this Tutorial : DIY Recipe/Photo Holder Tutorial 
    Mixed Media Box
    The box is raised above the ground using cute metal feet.
    Mixed Media Box
    The sides are accordion folds dressed up with the octagonal lace design from Crealies and I added lots of beautiful lace and fabric trims to give this memory box a shabby chic and feminine feel!
    Mixed Media Box

    In the first photo you can see a roof on the holder and it is detachable roof . I wanted a delicate look so I  made it out of acetate and lacey die-cuts made with the Crealies   Decorette XL No. 02  which is also used on the sides  of the photo holder
    Mixed Media Box
     The "memories" you see is a Crealies Text die cut and it is placed on the Crealies scroll banner die and encrusted with flower pearls .
    Pearl encrusted Scroll 
    In the lower corner I added a square frame with pearls ,  pearly hearts, a brass key and a clock which are perfect for the concept of the  "memory box photo holder "!

    Mixed Media Box
    And how can I have a post without sharing a few tips.So here is a mini Tutorial of sorts explaining how you can make a 3 dimensional lily.
    Easy Flower Tutorial 
    I used the Crealies   Uno no.51   and  Set of 3 no.51 flower dies.
    You can try with any other flower  die cut or punched flower shape too.
    Feel free to adapt this idea to whatever supplies you have!
    You need only 6 petals so cut away the rest .
    Dont discard the petals you cut always as you can use it to make flower buds. 
    Ink the center of the flower as shown and tie a bunch of stamen for the center. 
    Paper Flower Tutorial
    Place the flower with the inked surface away from you on a perforating pad/soft mouse pad and run a metal tool/pen over the petals from outside to inside. 
    Paper Flower Tutorial
    This will curl the petals as shown
    Paper Flower Tutorial
    Now turn the piece over as shown below
    Paper Flower Tutorial
    Apply glue to the lower center and one petal and glue the stamen bunch inside and forming a 5 petal flower as you glue one petal over the other.
    Paper Flower Tutorial
    I arranged the flowers in such a way that they are seen rising from a flower vase. I made the cute flower vase at home using a chocolate mould and resin! The design on the vase was made using  the Crealies  Decorette XL No. 02 die.
    Handmade Resin Flower vase
    It was so fun using not only the new Crealies  Squares dies but a whole bunch of exclusive Crealies  dies to make this special project and I hope you liked this idea.
    Mixed Media Box
    Here are the list of products:
    Crealies Dies/Stansen :
    Crea Nest Lies XXL no.8
    Crea Nest Lies XXL no.85



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    Twist and Pop Up Card
    Hi friends...sharing a Pop Up Card made with new Crealies dies. The front of the card is made using the Crealies  "patchwork" dies which is such a beautiful design from Crealies . I first used the Patchwork dies in this post : Simple Foamiran Flower Tutorial 
    Patchwork Card Design
    I used the Patchwork die on pattern paper and also cut out some pieces from blue craft foam so that I can pop up parts to give a nice 3 D look. Using matching colored craft foam instead of regular white foam adhesive tape gave a more unique look to the 3 D Jigsaw puzzle effect!
    Patchwork Card Design
    The little pieces do take time to put together but it is so gratifying ...like solving a mini puzzle! 
    The handmade foamiran flowers are made with Crealies  flower dies and are super easy and quick to make and here is the Tutorial 
    Simple Foamiran Flower Tutorial - YouTube
    The twist and pop mechanism on the inside was made with the Crealies   Cardzz No.13A and Cardzz No 13 dies [ also featured in these posts : Paper Stars Tutorial and Squash Fold Mini album] and this is how it looked before  assembling.
    Twist and Pop Up Card
    Twist and Pop Up Cards though super fun are tricky to make and I am so glad Crealies  has come out with dies to make them.

    Twist and Pop Card
    Since the front of my card is floral I continued the floral theme inside too  but added fluttering butterflies on the Twist and Pop element!
    Twist and Pop Card
    The "Smile " is one of my favorite sentiments form Crealies  and is layered on the Crealies  banner dies.
    Twist and Pop Card
    I hope you liked my Twist and Pop up Card.
    Here are the supplies used: 














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