Friday, August 29, 2014

Pretty Pintastic Party

Are you ready again to party with us this Friday ??Last week we had a lot of awesome recipes and DIY projects linked up!!(Be sure to check out the features below and pin it ) and this week we are expecting a lot more.So, what are you waiting for ??Go click the blue button below and link your beautiful projects and recipes.

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Thanks for joining us this week for our party.  We know it's going to be pretty fantastic Pintastic!

What we've been up to this week
 Alli's Projects
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Coffee With Us 3's Projects

Deanna's Projects
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Ruth's Projects
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Every week we will also have a fabulous guest co-host!  
This week's co-host is Sahana from Vikalpah. Her blog is spreading smiles through crafting.  Vikalpah means variety in Sanskrit.  Sahana likes experiment and get creative with a variety of different crafts.  Check out her 3 ways to bring your digital photos to real life
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Now on to the Party!

This is a super relaxed party! You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one!  We only ask one thing from you- pin the features!
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Latitude & Longitude Wall Art by Home Made Interest
 Homemade Freezer Biscuits by Ten at the Table
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3 ways to bring your digital photos to real life

Nowadays taking photo has become one of the default thing in everyday life .We take at least one photo a day to update our Instagram feed or you might have a lot of photos from your vacation trip. Do you want to leave them as just digital photos??Oh!!No.I always wanted to cherish memories.So,let's bring them to real world by making beautiful fridge magnets. Shall we start ?



Cork magnets :

Materials required :
Cork board
Colour prints of photos
Mod podge
Scissors
Foam brush
Magnets
Glue


Step 1: Cut the cork board to the size of photo.Apply mod podge to the cork board and paste the photo.Let it dry.
I would recommend you to buy a cork board which comes flat rather than the one which comes in roll with less thickness. Because I found it little difficult to flatten the pieces however in the end I did it by keeping the pieces in between two heavy books.:P
Step 2: Apply a top coat to seal the photo in place. I used a color print of photos in a normal printer paper.You can also use photo paper to print the photos.
Step 3: Attach magnets at the back using glue.Voila!!! now you have a beautiful cork magnets.You can use washi tape to decorate the corners .I used Krylon gold leaf paint pen to add a gold frame to one of the magnets.(Oh ya!!I am obsessed with gold color).

Magnetic sheets fridge magnets :

Material required : 
Magnetic sheets
Colour prints of photos
Mod podge
Scissors
Foam brush

I came up with this idea because I had two or more of magnetic sheets visiting cards lying simply on the doors of our metal wardrobe. Some random store card and a library hours card. For two of us , I thought one sheet is enough for library hours reference and so I reused the other.
If you don't have any magnetic sheets to reuse , you can get them at any craft store or big box stores.


Step 1: Cut the photo to the size of the magnetic sheet or vice versa.Apply mod podge on the magnetic sheet and paste the photo.Let it dry.
Step 2: Apply a top coat to seal it.Once it is dry, your magnet is ready to go on to fridge.How simple is that ?
You can also get sticker sheets and print your photo directly on to it and the paste it on the magnetic sheet to make this kind of magnets.

3D Glass fridge magnets :

Materials Required :
3D glass
Colour prints of photos
Mod podge
Scissors
Foam brush
Disc magnets - 6
Glue

I have been collecting these 3D glasses after the movies (No shame !!! :P You are all my friends and you all know that we pay for those glasses too ).Don't ask me the reason.:P I seriously don't know but you don't say that you don't have these glasses at home.Even if you don't have, you might probably have some kids glasses lying around your garage.Don't have any , go get some pretty glasses in dollar stores.I am sure these will make a cool magnets, if not you can make a cool decor with these photo glasses.You can stack 2 or 3 above a stack of books to make a cool decor with your vacation photos. How cool ?? (Lots of "Cool",ya I can sense the fall ,don't you ?? ).

Step 1: Remove the two temples by carefully twisting them. If you are using a glass with hinge and screws, use a small screw driver to unscrew and remove the temples.


Step 2: Cut the photos to fit in the frame of the glasses.Apply Mod podge and paste them.Let it dry. Don't worry if you get mod podge all over the frame, use a q-tip and wipe it off.

Step 3: Apply a top coat to seal it in place.Glue the magnets .I used a stack of three magnets each on left and right glasses.I glued each magnet with the other.Hot glue did not work for me so I used super glue to glue the magnets.And , that's it !! How cool is that B-) photo glasses ??







Hope you would enjoyed the process of making beautiful fridge magnets.Will you make any of these??Which one do you like the most ??Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Pretty Pintastic Party

Usually , I will post DIY project every week for you to experiment but this week is something than usual. You are going to share with us some of your beautiful creations and we PIN them .How fun is that ??? This week I am co-hosting Pretty Pintastic Party along with 4 awesome bloggers.Come link up the posts you want to get pinned and don't forget to pin the features from last week.There are some awesome recipes that you may want to try or if you are planning for vacation be sure to pin "How to pack in carry on" and A great DIY date ring that you might to try as a special gift for your love.What are you waiting for ??Let's start partying !!!
Welcome Banner PPP
Thanks for joining us this week for our party.  We know it's going to be pretty fantastic Pintastic!

What we've been up to this week
 Deanna's Projects
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Alli's Projects
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Ruth's Projects
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Coffee With Us 3's Projects
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guest-cohost
Every week we will also have a fabulous guest co-host!  
This week's co-host is Sahana from Vikalpah. Her blog is spreading smiles through crafting.  Vikalpah means variety in Sanskrit.  Sahana likes experiment and get creative with a variety of different crafts.  Check out her DIY Apron from a Men's Shirt.
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Show Sahana some love by dropping by her Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter
****If you'd like to be a guest co-host please fill out this form. Spots available for late fall or winter!

 

Now on to the Party!

This is a super relaxed party! You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one!  We only ask one thing from you- pin the features!
One Rule new The Features
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Please re-pin from these links and not this collage, so the pin will go straight to the featured post. Thanks!
from Cosmos Mariners
Praline Sauce from Yesterfood
Broiled Crab Cakes from Little Miss Celebration
Special Date Coin Keyring from Sum of their Stories

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Let's talk about Tape - Types and its crafty uses

Let's talk series about glue was a hit !! If you missed that, click here.So, this month I decided  to discuss about different types of tapes used in craft projects.As I gathered the information about different types of tapes available in the market, I also came to know some cool things to share about tapes with you.Are you ready ?? Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started.




Transparent tape/Clear tape :
It is the most commonly used tape often referred to as Scotch tape . It has variety of uses from gift wrapping to hold lighter objects together like paper to paper.Do you know I used this tape to make a Pendant lamp,click here to see how.

Magic tape :
This is a variety of scotch tape which comes in frosted /matte finish mostly used for gift wrapping.It is almost invisible when used with paper.

Double sided tape:
As the name says, it has glue on both the sides .It is used in the projects where you want to add embellishments to the main project.Such as attaching a photo to the poster board, adding a trim to the scrapbook pages, etc

Masking tape :
It is generally used when painting a object and protecting the area where it should not be painted .It is not recommended to use when painting in a paper products like foam board, poster board, etc .From my experience: I actually made this mistake by using masking tape in foam board and when I tried to remove ,it ruined the surface.So, it is better not to use masking tape as it has strong adhesive compared to artist's tape.Use Artist tape when working with paints in paper.
It is a paper tape which can be torn easily with our hand.As it is paper tape, you can write on it with pen.When it is stored for longer days ,the paper in the tape starts to wrinkle and makes in unusable.
It comes in varieties such as masking tape for home & office , for concrete.brick & grout , etc .Oh ya!!!Really!!See the picture below.Spotted this tape during my home depot visit .


Artist's tape:
This tape is used mostly by artists when painting.It is less tacky compared to masking tape.It is used for temporary adhesion.

Painter's tape :
Painter's tape is mostly used when painting wall and also while painting other things like tables, chairs, etc .It is also less tacky compared to masking tape .This is also a temporary tape.Refer to what package says, sometimes it says ,it is temporary for certain amount of time.

Duct tape :
It is actually a heavy duty tape used for sealing ducts but nowadays they are used for variety of crafts.It is a plastic coated tape with fabric backing .It has a strong adhesive.The standard duct tape is usually grey or black in colour but these come in variety of designs and patterns. There are different types of duct tapes based on the purpose and materials. Want to see how I used ??Click here.For more information and great tutorials, click here.

Packing tape:
Well, this doesn't need much explanation .This is also a most commonly used tape in every household for tapping the shipping boxes .You can also use this tape for crafty purpose to give a glossy outer cover like I have used in this DIY newspaper folder or to create a smooth surface for DIY scratch off V day card.

Super Tape :
It is just like super glue in glue variety. It has a strong adhesive and it is double sided.Use to add decorative embellishments.


Washi tape :
It is more like masking tape but less sticky compared to masking tape.You can call it as decorative masking tape.This is also a paper tape that can be easily torn with hand.Mostly used for decorative purpose.It comes in various widths and paterns.Do you know you can make a beautiful photo display using washi tape??Click here to see how.

Foam tape/Mounting Tape :
Foam tape is a double sided tape used in card making to give a embossed effect and also used for  mounting posters.

Fabric tape :
It has fabric on one side and adhesive on other side.It can be used as a decorative tape just as washi tape or it can be used to make crafts like wallets and bags just as it can be made with duct tape.


Shape tape/Frog tape :
Frog tape is the company name which sells a shape tape .This company has three different shapes tape like scallops,chevron and  waves.These can be used to create variety of designs.I can't wait to try these.After I came to know about this tape while doing some research on the internet , I wanted to try my hands on this.
Don't you feel like trying ??



Floral tape :
This tape is used in flower arrangement to cover the stems , it is a self sealing tape which helps the tape to adhere around the stem while wrapping.It comes in green colour.

That's it with different kind of crafty uses for tapes.Hope you enjoyed to know about different variety and uses of tapes.
What kind of tapes do you normally use and which one is your favorite ? Did any of these tapes seems new to you ?? Did I miss any crafty tapes?? Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com.I would love to hear your comments.





Friday, August 15, 2014

DIY Pendant Lamp

When I wanted to do something new which I have not done before,I got to know Scotch Brand is conducting a contest .It was under 3 categories --> Amazing Art, Maker Masterpieces & Education Creations.The rule of the contest is to used any one or more of their product and make a masterpiece.There were nearly 133 entries in total for the first round and 54 in Maker masterpieces category.From that 10 entries were filtered for the second round of voting and I am happy :D to say that I am in one of the ten.As Voting is happening on one side and hoping that I will reach final round with all your support,today I am sharing the tutorial of How I made the pendant lamp.Shall we start ?


Materials Required :
11 Acetate/Plastic sheets  (I got mine at JoAnn.com -Click here for the link)
If you want to know more about what is Acetate sheet, click here.
Marker
Scissors
Transparent tape
Gold washi tape
Xacto Knife
Gold cord with plug (Got mine at Home depo for $6.67)
Gold lamp socket(Got mine at Home depo for $4.97)
Bulb (Already had )

Step 1: Before I start some new project, I always make a sample or prototype to make sure I am in good shape to continue the project.Likewise , I made the lamp first with poster board and used masking tape to glue it all together.You need not do this step but make a template of pentagon out of any thick paper.

For this, draw a pentagon on the poster board(Click here to see how to draw a pentagon) and cut it.Use this as a template .


Step 2: Use the template and draw 11  pentagon one in each plastic sheet and cut it .My plastic sheet was 8" x 8" so I could get only one pentagon out of one sheet.I recommend you to use sharp scissors to avoid irregular edges of pentagon as the plastic sheet is quite thicker.


Step 3: Join five pentagon pieces for the first layer.Use tape on sides of each pentagon.For the second layer , insert a pentagon in between the two pentagons of the first layer.Repeat this for all the five pentagon of the first layer so you will probably end up adding five more to form the second layer.Use tape to stick the pentagons together.Now your lamp shade is almost done.
Top view after joining two layers

Side view.It was quite difficult to avoid the glare :(

Step 4:I felt the plain glass like look of the lamp shade was not quite satisfying and so I decided to add a gold lining to the edges with gold washi tape.Use the washi tape and cover the edges of the pentagon over the transparent tape .(You can also use different patterned tape to attain different look).

Step 5: Take the 11th pentagon piece and mark a hole in the middle with the top of the lamp socket as a template using marker.Use Xacto knife and make the hole in the middle which should not be too large nor too small.It should be fit enough so that the socket doesn't move .Insert the socket in the hole.




Step 6:  Attach the top pentagon piece with the base of the lamp shade using the transparent tape and top it with another layer of gold washi tape to complete the lamp shade.New steps ahead !!!


Step 7: Insert the gold lamp cord into the socket (from outside to inside).Make a underwriter's knot as shown in the picture.Connect the wires to the screws (If this is your first attempt in wiring just like me ,don't confuse yourself on connecting which wire to which screw.Do it randomly and plug it see whether the bulb glows.If it glows you are right !!If not, then change the wires.Also refer to the instructions at the back of the package) and assemble the remaining part.Screw the bulb on to the socket and mount it .Plug it and be amazed to look at the gorgeous pendant lamp that you made all by yourself!!!










What do you think about the lamp ?? I thought instead of using the decorative washi tapes and making a before & after project, I thought of creating a product using tape and making it a masterpiece to suit the category title.And my crafty friends,now it is your turn to make it all success.If you think I made justice and I am worth winning, please take a moment to vote for me. Here is the Voting link. Thank you for your time and vote. :) Feel free to share your comments about the lamp or write to vikalpah@gmail.com.

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