Happy Fall Critter Card

Hi friends,

Fall is finally here. I love the beautiful weather of fall and all the colors that nature surprises us with in this season. To celebrate and welcome fall, I have made a fun critters fall card today. Checkout the video and all the pictures below of today’s card.

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Ganesha Art Journal

Hello my crafty friends,

Let me start of the post by saying “Ganpati Bappa Morya. Pudchya varshi lavkar ya”. In today’s video, I share how to make this beautiful Ganesha art journal with striking colors.

I had so much fun making this page using different techniques like die cutting, distress inking, stenciling and paper piecing. I have also used some embellishments to give the project more life and interest.

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To learn how I made this page, watch the video in my blog or at my Youtube channel.

Part 1  

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Part 2

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New Blog Update!

Hello Friends,

I am really excited to bring to you guys a fresh look with a band new blog name. And here it is Stamp-n-Smudge. Hope you all like it. Also, keep an eye out for upcoming new YouTube  tutorial videos. As I want to get all the cool stuffs out there and available for you guys, you will notice small  changes from time to time on the blog. I am open to any suggestions or constructive criticism from all of you to make it a better experience for all. If you haven’t already subscribed to my blog, what are you waiting for?  You are a few clicks away from receiving my blog posts directly to your inbox.

Musical Art journal!

Hi all,
I am back after a long break with a very interesting art journal page. I enjoyed working on this art journal page thoroughly. The song “Kurai Ondrum Illai” meaning “I don’t have any complaints” is one of my all time favorites. Due to some technical difficulties with my camera, I am unable to share more pictures with you. But I am working on fixing the issue and will very soon be back with some nice quality pictures of future projects.

I would like to thank Vicky from clips-n-cuts for inspiring me to do this work. I hope you like this art journal page as well. If you do, don’t forget to like and subscribe for more such pages.

Happy Valentine’s Day Series Day 2

         Wish you all a very happy Valentine’s day. Hope you guys enjoyed the Day 1 post of Valentine’s day series. Who doesn’t enjoy a  delicious piece of cake or cookies for valentine’s day? But you know that feeling of just wanting to gaze at a yummy looking slice of cake and not eat it. So today’s post is something creative and fun for two different age groups, you and your little one. I got inspired by some online crafts and made these at home. They are a faux cake and two faux cookies.
     I plan on making a tutorial on how to make the faux cake. Please let me know if you are interested by commenting below. And here is the video.

Some pictures of this mouth watering piece of cake and some love sprinkled cookies.

No, they are not edible. They are just for decoration and for spreading some love.  You can make one slice of this cake and mail it to your dear ones for birthdays.
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Happy Valentine’s Day Series Day 1

Hi guys,

It’s the time of the year when we all express our love to our loved ones and our friends and family. I am eager to share with you all some handmade canvases and a handmade card for this valentines day.

So here are two different versions of the canvases. The first one is of a young couple showered with love.



I love the tiny details of her sparkling earring and her beaded belt. The intricate corners of the canvas brings the whole canvas together. The 3 dominant colors used are black, white and red which is so simple yet brings so much color and love to the picture.

The second version of this is that of a more classy looking older couple. The elegance is brought through the rich attire of the gentleman in a suit and the lady in a gown with her hair tied up. I have added little sparkle in her ring and her hairdo has red beads. 

Let’s see both the canvases side by side. The so in love young couple and the matured and totally in love older couple.

With these two canvases I made a wedding card with some really intricate design. I made the card in a beautiful plum color with a contrast beige background and to tie it all together I used a rich satin ribbon. 

The intricate lace design layering the beige has a shiny finish to it making it more rich and festive.

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A memorable trip to India – Part 3

 Hi guys,

        This last and final post of the series is the reason I went to India in the first place; to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday. It is done as ceremony to renew the couple’s vows as per south indian traditions (Sashtyapthapoorthi). We had a lot of fun prepping for the wedding and at the wedding. We also had a small photo shoot after the wedding. I am sharing a few pictures with you all.
   You know you are all set to celebrate when you have beautiful mehendi drawn on your hands. You feel extra special when your dad or husband feeds you food while you enjoy the beauty of the henna design and the aroma of mehendi. My mom being the bride chose peacock designs for both of us. Here are a few pictures.
     Let us now set the stage for the bride and groom to tie the knot once again and watch them say “I still do.”

And they finally tie the knot.

A few pictures now from the photo shoot after the wedding.

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A memorable trip to India – Part 2

Hope you guys enjoyed the first part of the post. Moving on to the most awaited aspect of the trip. You guessed it right. Food!

Food:
    What’s more interesting than street shopping? Street food. Having visited Mumbai, street chat was on top of my list. I also wanted to try some authentic Maharashtrian food. So my father in law took me to Prakash, a Maharashtrian joint in Dadar. The food was just amazing. We also got to enjoy Gujarati thali at Thackers and took a ride to the Queen’s necklace. And the south indian banana leaf feast was on cards as we went for a family function to Chennai. A few pictures for you guys.

Travel:
        We traveled to a lot of temples including Shirdi and other south indian temples. Some different modes of commute we enjoyed are here..

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A memorable trip to India – Part 1

Hi guys,

    I am back after a long vacation from India. This trip was filled with festivals, celebrations, a lot of travel accompanied with a whole lot of desi food! What more could you want from a trip to the Indi..
I would like to share some fond moments of this trip with all of you. Hope you enjoy!

Today I am posting only a few pictures from all the shopping from this trip.

Shopping: 
  Having landed in Mumbai, I had to hit the streets and do some hands on bargaining. Catching up with old friends and having them take sick leave just to hang out with you makes you feel special.

Shopping at Linking Road with a friend

With chuddy buddies after years

If you are in or near Chennai and you love Kanchipuram silk sarees this is a place you just can’t miss.  And if it’s your first time around, be prepared to invest in a good 3-4 hours to pick a saree.

A trip to Kanchipuram is always rewarding

Love the colorful Rajasthani skirts

The next part of the series is going to be filled with Food and travel. So stay tuned.

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Teddy in a box!

Hello folks,

Surprise, Surprise! Who doesn’t love surprises?! You can gift this awesome 3D card to anyone of any age. It has so many details in it that it’s hard to take it all in at once. I was asked to make this card by someone who saw my 3D wedding card I made for my brother. They loved the surprise element and asked for something similar. So I went all out with this one and TOTALLY loved it.

Check out the video and see what’s the surprise.

It’s a 2D card which fits in a regular size envelope and opens to a 3D box with pop fun teddy bear and balloons and gift boxes in it. What’s not to love about this little guy. Here are some pictures for you.

 

Card when closed

 

Back side of the card with a place to write your message
The open card stands on the table like a display.

 

The 3 layers inside the pop up card
Checkout the texture of the teddy bear.

Here’s a picture of my very happy customer holding it. Hey, happy customer equals happy me!!

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