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Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
Hi crafters...Dr Sonia here with a project very special to my heart as I made it for my daughter.It is a huge Ferris wheel made out of chipboard and gorgeous Magical Unicorns papers and diecuts from Dress My Craft .

Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
The front of the  Ferris wheel has different cute unicorns, lacy flower die cuts[ from Dress My Craft ] and a cute shaker star .
Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
The Ferris wheel has 6 carriages featuring  magical unicorns.
Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
All the  sides of the  Ferris Wheel are covered with the  same paper pack- Magical Unicorns and each wooden dowel rests inside a Dress My Craft Sentiment Flower diecut.
Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel

The carriages swing beautifully as the  wheels turn.
Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
Each carriage was made using the  Dress My Craft tag punches as is sturdy enough to hold little dolls!
Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
I used tiny white ribbon bows and crystal fillers from Dress My Craft as accessories!
Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
Here are the  parts of the  Ferris Wheel before assembly
Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel

It is a fun project to make and here is a short video showing you how I made this one.
DIY Ferris Wheel Tutorial - YouTube

Magical Unicorns Ferris Wheel
It would make a wonderful centerpiece for a special birthday party and a very special present indeed.
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 Love, Joy 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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Magical Unicorns
Hi crafters...hope you like this  cheerful , fun and magical card  which will be perfect for a child or teenager! It is called a Star Effects card and is dimensional but can be taken apart for mailing and is sure to be a hit !!
Dress My Craft Magical Unicorns
The Magical Unicorns paper collection is such a magical one and has such gorgeous images of the  most adorable ponies, beautiful unicorns , castles and whimsical clouds and rainbows! To make this style of card you actually need just a single 6 x 6 inch sheet of paper to make the  2 components of the  card but if you use 2 papers you can mix and match the  elements!
Dress My Craft  Floral Guitar
I used the  Floral Guitar die from Dress My Craft. I love musical themed elements as they are so versatile...perfect to add to scrapbooks, card and literally anything handmade !
Floral Guitars
The Floral Guitar die set consists of 2 dies...a lovely background die and a delicate die you can layer on top or use as it is.
You can ink or cut the  background die from a solid color paper to create beautiful layered guitars!
I literally went to town with the  die cutting on this one.
I had injured my hand some weeks back but my latest purchase from Crafters Corner...the  Gemini was invaluable in die cutting all the  beautiful guitars for these cards.
Magical Unicorns
 I hope you liked the  Magical Star Effects Card. I made this for my daughter who is having her final exams and she has been working really hard for it!!
Sharing one more card to show you how you can use the  floral guitars in a more subtle way but in the same  style
Floral Guitars
 I actually made this card for my husband as like most men he loves music and the  Floral Guitar was perfect as he is an avid gardener too and loves flowers!
Floral Guitars
Here are the  list of Supplies :from Crafters Corner Dies :  Dress My Craft Floral Guitar
Spellbinders Sing It Loud 1,Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday
PapersDress My Craft Magical Unicorns 12 x 12 , 6 x 6 , and die-cuts ,
Die Cutting Machine : Crafters Companion Gemini
Adhesive : Red Tacky Tape, Dress My Craft Ultimate Craft Glue
Inks : Distress Inks
Misc : Dress My Craft Teflon Bone Folders
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Helloo there...

 THURSDAY tutorial after a small break!
Today I am altering an unused journal/diary using the lovely rice papers from Dress My Craft. I have used the Vintage Princes collection, absolutely stunning.



Along with these I have used lots of products from cadence!

The highlight of this project is the use of Cadence Antique gesso as base coat, then creating a resist layer using wax and then giving a coat of chalk paint on top and finally distressing it!
See all of it here in the video!


The final outcome of the journal is this...


Not only that, I have altered few more books to create a vintage stack of books home decor project!
How does this look...


Here are the list of products from the store..

Dress My craft Rice papers (vintage Princes)
Cadence Decoupage glue
Vintage legend Antique gesso (Bordeaux)
Very chalky paints, Cadence
Dora metallic paints, Cadence
Dora Finger wax (gold), Cadence
Stencils from cadence


Thanks for stopping by.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
Cheers,
Rupa





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Hi friends...I love doing product and tool reviews as I love to thoroughly explore the various ways you can use a particular tool, ponder about the pros and cons and share tips and tricks about  the new product.
In today's post I will be sharing reviews, tips and the various ways you can use Teflon Bone folders...specifically from Dress My Craft . I hope it will be useful to my crafty friends .
The DMC Tefon Bone folders were launched a couple of months back and I actually got them last year but wanted to get to know them intimately by using them day in and day out so that I can give a proper unbiased opinion in the review.
What is a Bone Folder?
Ok...most of you do know what a bone folder is but for the newbie crafter...it is an awesome tool which helps you to score  papers to achieve crisp folds and is an invaluable tool in card making, box making and scrap-booking.
Plastic Versus Teflon Bone Folders
A bone folder is such an essential tool for a paper crafter. Most of you must have got your first bone folder along with your scoreboard. And perhaps you have been content with it never seeing the need to invest in something better or perhaps not even knowing there were better options out there!
Over the years I have acquired a collection of 4 plastic bone folders  and here are some of the problems
The scoring tip of the plastic bone folders became blunt over time
One particular plastic bone folder had such a sharply pointed tip that it tore paper if one was not careful
Shape of most of them was not very conducive to effective and easy burnishing
The last plastic one I bought was made of such a brittle type material that after just a few months it became brittle and started chipping off !
Special advantages of Teflon Bone folders
  • They are smooth and will literally slide over paper
  • Does not scratch and leave marks over paper
  • They are heat resistant to a high degree
  • They are heavy and sturdy and hence feels good to use
  • Depending on the design there is a certain amount of flexibility with the teflon folders. This is especially advantageous in some situations eg in the Angle folder while spreading glue
  • Very durable
  • Nonstick to a huge extent and that means it is super easy to clean
  • If glue gets on it and dries up...you can literally peel the glue off!
  • Available in various designs each with its own special feature

And here is a video demonstration showing the feature of 3 types of the Dress My Craft Teflon Bone folders and the versatile uses of these special tools
Teflon Bone Folders from Dress My Craft - YouTube

The Choice...Which Teflon Bone Folder to Buy?
Shalini has launched a beautiful range of the Teflon bone folders and each one is made of high quality Teflon and differ in the design and size  in order to cater to the different needs of a crafter.

After using the 3 Dress My Craft Bone folders shown in the picture I got here is my input

  • The Teflon Bone Folder 3 is my go to without thinking too much as it is super handy for both scoring, burnishing and getting into every nook and cranny when you are making boxes, albums ,3 D projects etc. If you are on a budget I would highly recommend this as your first Tefon folder
  • The Ergo is the one I really love and it is so easy on your hand and it is perfect for burnishing a large surface as its flat surface literally glides on paper. The rounded edges are especially useful in box making. And the large flat surface is so useful  as you can see in the video where I used it to fold up paper, fold over papers etc
  • The Angle folder - is so flexible and I am keeping mine exclusively to use for gluing and decoupaging . If you are like me and dislike getting your fingers dirty with glue and dislike using brushes for gluing/ decoupage as you hate the washing up part....this is a god sent tool....you will just love it! Because this tool is made of Teflon and is so smooth  glue does not stick to it unlike regular plastic  and you can easily wipe it off after use and in case you forget or are too lazy...the best and fun part is you can peel off the glue as you saw me do in the video!

I am actually tempted to  buy all the designs as I think each one has its own cool advantage and special use!!
I hope you find my demo and review useful
International buyers can buy the Teflon Bone folders from Dress My Craft
Crafters from India can buy them from Crafters Corner  :Dress My Craft Bone Folders
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Hi friends... .. Dr Sonia here and so happy to share a project I designed specially to showcase the gorgeous Dress My Craft Flower Sentiment dies.

 These  flower sentiment dies are so unique and beautifully designed.They are so delicate and pretty and would look good on cards on your table, in scrapbooks and simply fabulous as bookmarks!

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  .

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 .

The design I used from Magical Unicorns was so pretty I just used a few pearls to embellish the card!

These Pop Up Cards can be made with very little supplies.
Materials Used
  • 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

  • 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!!!

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!
Video Tutorial 
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
Floral Sentiments Pop Up Card/ Table piece - YouTube

The "Love" Flower sentiment die is more intricately designed than the other two and is sooo beautiful !

I hope you liked this card idea!

List of products used : International buyers can buy from Dress My Craft 
Craters from India can buy the supplies from Crafters Corner  

Dress My Craft Bone Folders- Bone folder 3 , Ergo 

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Hellooo there!

This Thursday I have a video tute on how to give gilding effects to your projects using the Cream foil bond from Cadence and the foil sheets from Dress My Craft!

This gilding effect gives a lovely rustic finish to your projects.

You can use the foil bond(glue) with stencils or do a free hand pattern with a brush or your fingers, allow to dry, stick the foil sheet and pull it...tadaa...you have a lovely gilded effect left on the surface!
Here is what I did with it today!

A desk top accessory which says "BLOOM" using the gilded effect.



There are more pictures in the video below.
The tutorial is here...enjoy and let me know what you think!


Cadence foil bond and DMC foil sheets - YouTube

I have lot of pictures too in the video where I have used the foil bond on various projects. Do have a look.

That's it for today.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
Cheers.
Rupa

Products from the store

Decoupage tissues
Very chalk paints from Cadendence -October mist
Very chalky paint- purple lilac
Cream foil bond from Cadence
Foil sheets from Dress my craft

Decoupage glue from Cadence
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Foamiran Roses and Leaves
Hi friends Dr Sonia here sharing  a floral bouquet made with the new Dress My Craft Rose die set No.2. I was so excited to see all the beautiful beautiful flower dies Shalini released and even though it is hard to pick a favorite....the Dress My Craft Rose die set No.2 is my favorite There are a total of 14 dies in this set and it is perfect to make roses ranging in size from tiny rose buds to really huge blooms!
Let me jump right into the Tutorial
Foamiran Roses and Leaves Tutorial 
You can use just 2 sizes of petals to make large  foamiran roses. Die cut 5 sheets of foamiran at a time using the petal dies.This not only saves time but helps to thin the foamiran even further!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Die cut at least 2+3+5 [these are the petals in each layer from inside to out] =10 small petals and 5+7 [outer 2 layers of petals]= 12 larger petals. Always cut a few extra petals as foamiran is very thin and it is inevitable to tear a few petals as you work especially if you are impatient like me!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Use a coloring media of your choice to shade petals if you wish. For these roses I lightly shaded the upper part of the petals with Mungyo Artists Soft Oil Pastels. I shaded the small petals slightly darker.
Tip:  Shading the central petals darker helps to give more depth to your flower.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Shape the petals into a cup shape using your fingers or a ball tool. If you want to save time you can heat your petals by touching the petals to an iron and your petals will quickly curl into a cup shape  but this does tend to make your petals thicker !
Tip: Using your fingers is faster but make sure you don't have nails on your fingers as otherwise you will get nail marks on your petals!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Take a forceps and grasp the upper edge of your petal as shown.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Twist the forceps to the back  as shown.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Heat this edge on the iron box for a few seconds

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Remove and curl it into place using your fingers again.This is how the back of your petal will look now.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Do the same for the other side of your petal.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Sometimes as your heat the petal the cupping may smoothen out...then use your ball tool/finger again to cup the central part again.

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Don't be frustrated if you tear a few petals in this shaping step !! Shape all your petals in this way. You will need around 10 small and 12 large petals to make your rose.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
The easiest way to make a rose is by starting with the bud. You can use  a crunched up cotton ball, aluminium foil , clay or even a paper ball  as your center. 
I used the pointed Styrofoam buds from Dress My Craft for my rose center...love that these come in many sizes,have a wire stem to hold and the shape is just perfect!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Glue 2 petals overlapping each other around the central Styrofoam bud. 
Tip: the quickest glue for foamiran is hot glue but be very sparing in the amount of glue you use and only apply at the lower part of the petal...that way you wont see unsightly white blobs of glue when you make your flower!

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
For the 2nd layer use 2 to 3 petals. The easiest for beginners is to use 2 petals in the 2nd layer as trying to get in 3 petals is a tight fit ...so don't be frustrated if your rose center doesn't look as cool as you wanted it to!

Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Add 4 to 5 layers in the 3rd layer. Working in 5 petals in easier 
Tip: Once you have made one or 2 flowers you will quickly understand the right amount of overlap to get that perfect petal arrangement!
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Add the  outer 2 layers in the same way...overlapping the petals as you glue.
Foamiran Roses and Leaves
If you are making a bouquet or a home decor item the under-surface of the flower will be visible...add a calyx using the calyx die in the set.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
 Scrunch up the die cut calyx to make it look more natural. Turn your rose over and apply a blob of glue on the center . Add your calyx, curling it to overlap and cover the center and stem of your rose.
Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
How to make Foamiran Leaves

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
Once again die cut 5 sheets at a time  ...this helps to make the leaves thinner.

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
You can draw,use mould or even stamp to add veins to the leaves but here is a super easy way to add lovely veins.
Place the leaves on a perforating pad [ used in parchment craft and flower making] or a thick mouse pad and run the pointed tip of the Dress My Craft golf tool on the leaves to make your veins.
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
It is so quick to make your leaves using this method!
Tip: Hold your tool in a slanted fashion rather than vertically up...this way you will not tear through the delicate foamiran.
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
If you are making a bouquet you need to add leaf stalks...sharing a quick tip to make your job easy and fast: Insert floral wires an inch or so into the glue bottle, twirl and remove it.
Tip : Use a quick drying tacky glue for fast and mess free results. I used Aleene's tacky glue here.

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
Stick the wire on the under-surface of your leaf[ the surface with the less prominent vein markings]

Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
It is faster and more fun if you batch process a bunch of leaves in one go!
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
Leave undisturbed to dry . Be patient!!
Foamiran Leaf Tutorial 
And voila...your beautiful leaves are ready to go on your floral arrangement!!
Foamiran Roses and Leaves
I hope you liked this project and found the tips and techniques useful.
I apologise I could not make a video ... I am much better at writing than speaking and I really wanted to share all the tips in a post so that it will be easier for you to reference back to it at leisure!!
Here are the supplies used.
Everything is from Crafters Corner
Supplies : Foamiran Sheets, Dress My Craft dies  : Rose die #2 , Styrofoam Buds, Mungyo Artists Soft Oil Pastels, Floral Tape, Golf Tools, Ball Tools, Flower making wire, Aleene's tacky glue
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Helloo..
This Thursday is all about crackle. There are different types of crackle mediums available in the market and their uses and effects are different too!
 Today I am going to show you all about Crackle glaze which is a ONE STEP crackle medium and the other is Crocodile crackle which is a TWO STEP crackle.
To make it easier, I have a video tutorial showing you the application of both and have tried to handle all queries related to them.
If you still have any doubts, do leave a comment here.

Before you see the video, here is the look at what I made with these 2 products!



Here is how crackle glaze looks like!



This is Crocodile crackle..look like those big chunky cracks!


To know more click on the video link. As always await to hear from you.

Cadence Crackle glaze and Crocodile crackle - YouTube
With this post I take leave for this year. Wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

I will see you all after the break.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
Cheers.
Rupa

PRODUCTS FROM THE STORE

Julietta Decoupage napkin
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Hello and welcome to my THURSDAY tutorial.

With the next round of festivities to come, all you all ready to make some festive gifts for your near and dear ones?
Today I have a video tutorial on candle decoupage and ways to spruce up an ordinary candle sing Cadence candle paints and Dora metallic paints on wood.
After watching this video am sure you will be able to make these easily at home for this coming festive season.
So lets start.
Here is what all I have made today!


Here is the video to making these.
Candle decoupage,candle paints and metallic paints from Cadence - YouTube

Do let me know your comments and feed back and if you have any doubts ,do leave a comment.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and upcycling.
Cheers.
Rupa.
Products from the store


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Helloo and a lovely Thursday to all!
 Rupa here and I have a video tutorial on Cadence Dora Metallic paints. These metallic paints along with the herbal sponge gives an amazing texture and I have used this technique to antique an old ceramic vase.
Here  are a few pictures...



There are more individual pictures in the video.

So forget buying exorbitantly priced antique pieces now! Make your own antique home decor piece with the Very Chalky paints, Dora metallic paints and the herbal sponge...all from CADENCE and available at Crafters Corner only!

Here is the video link...
Cadence Dora metallic paints - YouTube


I hope you enjoy watching it and do leave me your feedback.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
Cheers,
Rupa


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