Thursday, June 29, 2017

Elegant Embellishments June GDT kit projects | 2nd video

Hello friends,

Welcome to the second and last video, where I share projects made using the June GDT kit from Elegant Embellishments..
It was so much fun to using these kits and I made some really awesome projects.. I loved that with these kits you can create variety of projects, either use them for making jewelry, danglers or on card, mixed media, album etc..


And today's project is really close to my heart.. I loved all the 3 projects that I made, doesn;t mean I do not like the other projects I create, but these are just precious.. (You know what I mean)...

So lets start with this very beautiful NOTEBOOK I created from scratch.. Its a three fold notebook that measures 5by3.5by1.75 inches
The front of the notebook is decorated using MFT stamps, dies and stencil..
And the dangler is created using the Unicorn Charm kit and Shaker charm kit from Elegant Embellishments. I am in love with this notebook..





For creating my dangler, which also acts as closure for this notebook, I used lamost all the charms in the unicorn charm kit.. 
I started using a silver chain and added lobster clasp on one end and on the other end I added all the charms using jump rings.. 



I used 3 unicorns - 2 small and 1 large, charm to make this dangler.. I also used the shaker charms and the rainbow charms to make the whole dangler..




When you open one flap of the notebook, you will find a shaker surprise to which I added a Unicorn charm as shaker material along with other sequins and confetti.. 
And on the outside of the shaker, I added this Unicorn charm in rainbow color using some strong liquid glue, as I felt this area looked a little empty... 



And the inside has 2 removable notebooks that I created using copy papers.. These notebooks are just hanging there by some paper enclosures, which can be easily removed once the notebooks are filled.. 










I love how beautifully the Unicorn Charm kit fits in place for this notebook.. 

P.S - This notebook is not my original idea, its from some other artist, but I did make few changes to make it a little personalized.. 


I also created this elegant bracelet using the silver charms from Unicorn Charm Kit and one of the multi colored shaker charm from Shaker Charm kit.. I love the simple and elegant look of this bracelet.. I could have added beads to it, but I chose not keeping all the focus of the charms and kept it simple and that's its beauty..






Last I created this very classic pair of earring, in white and gold combo, a very classic color combination.. You can not see the loop of the shaker charm as I chopped it out and added bead caps using some glue.. And this is not my original idea.. Its from one of our DT members, Tammy Sims.. She created this beautiful stick pins using these charm and I just used her idea to create this beautiful pair of earring.. 




Watch the video below where I share this projects, or click HERE to watch HD on YouTube...




Hope you guys liked it.. 
Thank you for visiting.. 
Have a nice day...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Polymer Clay - Mokume Gane Technique

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm here at The Craft Shop Blog sharing a very fun technique using polymer clay called the Mokume Gane Technique.

What's Mokume Gane ?

Mokume Gane  is a Japanese art, a method of manipulating metal to achieve a woodgrain pattern.. Lots of polymer clay artist has borrowed from this art form to create magnificent patterns.. In Mokume Gane technique you do not have to follow any rules, its more of a free technique where you can go with the flow..










In this you create the stripe pattern and then manipulate that pattern using tools to get that fun Mokume Gane pattern. When creating your stack, you always wanna start with atleast 3 different colors - dark, light and a metallic color (I use metallic color to add shine to my pattern)
Today I have used 5 different colors - Orange, Yellow, teal in pearl finish, Silver and Twinkle Twinkle.. 








I created this hollow bead using the mokume gane pattern I made.
And with the same pattern I made this blue necklace below..

















 So you can see, you can create completely different jewelry using the same mokume gane patterns.
And the below neck piece have been created using this Stripe Pattern












Watch the tutorial below or to watch the video at HD on YouTube click HERE





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Thank you for visiting..
Have a nice day..

Friday, June 23, 2017

July GDT kit from Elegant Embellishments

Hello Crafty friends,

How are you guys?
Well I'm super excited to share my July Guest Design Team from Elegant Embellishments.. So I have 3 kits to share with you guys today.. 2 are the bead kits and the 1 is the alteration lace bling kit.. And i tell you these are super gorgeous kits...
And remind you these trim fly away very fast so do not wanna miss the chance. So just go ahead and grab them all..
And yes do not forget the coupon code to save a little extra - use coupon code NEHA5 when you spend a minimum of $5
So what are you waiting for..???

Lets start with the first kit -  PASTEL ALTERATION KIT 1B - Check it out HERE

You get
1/2 yd White tulle trim with pastel fibers <--- It's amazing / more of this in the next kit 
1/2 yd Pink tulle box pleated trim 
1/2 yd Mint tulle box pleated trim 
1/2 yd Pink floral narrow embroidered ace 
2 yd Vintage laces (total of 8 yds) 
2 yd Cream fan lace 
1 yd White cotton embroidered wedding lace 
6 Pink rosette hearts 
1 Rhinestone/Pearl brooch with a dangling pearl 
1 dozen rhinestone sewing beads 
6 pearl flower centers 
1 dozen mix acrylic sparkly flower centers (some have AB finish) 
1/2 yd Pearl Trims (2 different ones) 
3 Mint paper doilies 
2 napkins for decoupage 
1 small paper gift bag to alter




Second kit - MERMAID CHARM KIT - Check it out HERE

You are purchasing a kit with over 45 PCS: 
Mermaid Charms in two sizes & pattern 
Dolphin Charms 
Rhinestone Rondelle Beads 
Teal blue glass bead in matte finish with metallic gold accents 
Blue and white marble finish bead (glass or ceramic bead) 



Third kit - DESTINATION PARIS KIT - Check it out HERE

You are purchasing a kit with over 45 PCS: 
2 - White enamel eiffel tower charm 
2 - Dog metal charm 
2 - Suitcase metal charm - stamped "Paris" one side "London" on the other 
2 - Sweater enamel charm w/pearls as buttons 
4 - Shaker Charms (see pictures) 
4 - Rhinestone rondelle spacer beads 
Scoop of pink round glass faceted beads, and white and hot pink bicone acrylic beads

Check out the video, where I share all these products in the kits closely along with some ideas on how to use these kits. To watch in HD on YouTube click HERE



Thank you for visiting.. Have a nice day..


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Unboxing of July 2017 Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp

Hello Friends,

Hope you guys are doing good..
Today I'm here to share the July 2017 Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp..

Its an amazing card kit.. When I first saw the sneak peek of this card kit, I knew I had to have it.
I love the complete collection of this card kit - the stamp, the die (my favorite) and the pattern paper collection. its amazing..
Overall this card kit is just awesome and I can't recommend it enough.
Check out the video below as I share the whole card kit..








Watch the video below or to watch in HD on YouTube click HERE





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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Polymer Clay for beginners - Tips, tricks, tools & striped pattern stud

Hello Friends,

A big hello to all of you..
Today I'm at The Craft Shop Blog and sharing my first Polymer Clay video with you all.. I will discussing the basics of Polymer Clay, like what Polymer Clay is ? And what tools are to be used when starting with Polymer Clay and also sharing a basic but very beautiful striped pattern tutorial.



As there are so many techniques for Polymer Clay, and each technique uses different tools, its difficult to decide which tool you wanna have while starting with Polymer Clay. It gets very tricky and even frustrating as these tools does not come cheap and you want to make the best use of it. And when you don't know the basics of it, then it just adds to the frustration and you just loose interest.

So to avoid all these problems, I'm here sharing some do's and don'ts of Polymer Clay.

What is Polymer Clay?
Polymer Clay is a modelling clay that hardens when baked, in any convectional or toaster oven. Its non-toxic and can be used by kids (ofcourse under adult supervision).
There are different brands of Polymer Clay in the market and The Craft Shop has these brands in stock - FIMO, SCULPEY, PREMO and PRADO..
Each pack of clay weighs 57gm or 2oz and the baking instructions are given on the packaging, for each brand.
Note - Longer you bake the clay piece, stronger will the piece be. So don't be afraid of baking your pieces a little longer. Just do not increase the given temperature.
I usually bake my pieces at 275 degree F for about 30 minutes.

After baking you want the clay pieces to cool off completely. You do not wanna to rush and touch the pieces as they are in their most brutal stage, the pieces might fall apart.




Working Surface

You wanna protect your surface while working with Polymer Clay and the recommended surface is any non-porus surface like glass, metal, baking sheets etc.

For a beginner, I would recommend to go with Craft Sheet.. Its cheap, easily available, easy to clean and of course non-porus.
And if you want to go for something better, try using Precision Glass Cutting Cut from We R Memory Keepers. Its has 13 inch grid, measurements in both inches and cm, angel measurements..



Tools 


You can never have enough tools when it comes to Polymer Clay. Well I don't know what you think but that's what i always feel.. Never enough Crafty goodies..
But still I have listed out some basic tools for beginners, to make it easy for you to try Polymer Clay.

1. Rolling Pin 
You need a good rolling pin, anything from your kitchen to a simple pen's back will do the job, as long as its long and cylindrical in shape to roll out clay.
But if you are planning to be long term polymer clay artist, you would want to invest in this AMACO Poly Roller.

2. Blades 
You will need vary sharp blades with working with polymer clay. I like to use Sculpey Super Slicer as it comes with 4 different blades. But I reach for 2 of them most frequently - Rigid and Wave.
These are approx 7 inches long blades, easier to cut long straight lines and helps to slice the clay in even manner.
And the other one is X-acto Knife that helps to cut intricate designs.

3. Toothpick
Toothpick is easily available at your house and is a very good and handy tool. It helps in adding texture to clay, also works as a craft pick, to pick up really fine clay and reach tini tiny areas.

4. Dooting Tool 
This tool comes in very handy. It helps in giving texture and shaping clay, especially shaping flowers and leaves..

5. Glue
You need a heavy duty industrial glue that works with all mediums like wood, clay, metal etc., as you don't want your pieces to fall apart while you are using it. I recommend E6000

6. Eye Pins 
To convert your clay pieces to miniatures, you need to add eye pins to your miniatures.

7. Hand drill 
Hand drill is used to drill clay pieces after they are baked to add findings to them.


Procedure
When starting with polymer clay you wanna condition your clay, fold your clay using your hands until the clay is soft and pliable. You know your clay is conditioned when there is no more cracks in the clay.
You mix 2 or more clay colors in the same manner to make customized colors. Twist and fold and twist again to get desired color or marbled look.

You can also use  Pasta Machine for conditioning clay and rolling out even layer of sheets.




Now how to make this beautiful Striped Pattern Stud is in the video tutorial below.
To make the stripe pattern, I rolled out 3 different color clays in Red, Gold and Twinkle Twinkle (Black with gold sparkle). Red and gold in the thiskest setting of my pasta machine and Twinkle twinkle in number 4 setting.
And I stacked them together - Red, Black, Gold and again Black.
Then I rolled it a little bit for all the clay to stick together and then cut the clay in half and stacked them up to make a 8 layer stack.



This gives very beautiful stack of color layers which when sliced from side looks like striped pattern.
Now to create the studs, I sliced thin layers of strip pattern from the stacked clay and placed it on a red clay sheet.
Then using the smallest cutter from Circle Graduated Cutter, I cut out 4 circles from the strip pattern.
Our stud is almost ready. Now bake this pieces and once baked and cooled, using some E6000 glue attach Stud Findings at the back and our stud earrings are ready..





Watch the video below or click HERE to watch HD video on YouTube.











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Hope you guys enjoyed it and give a try to polymer clay..
Thank you for visiting..
Have a nice day..