31.8.17

Light Up Pop Up Box Card Tutorial

Light Up Pop Up Box Card
        Hi friends, with nature's forces playing havoc at many parts of the world including Mumbai ,in India....I would like to share a card which echoes the sentiment "May the Sun shine brightly and bring cheer".
Light Up Pop Up Box Card
           This Pop Up Card has multiple layers of sparkling clouds, cheerful hot-air balloons floating up in the sky [on acetate strips] and a gorgeous sparkling rainbow! I went an extra bit in this one and made the Sun light up on pressing one cloudy corner!
Light Up Pop Up Box Card
I wanted to convey that no matter how cloudy and gloomy the scene is , the sun always comes up!
Light Up Pop Up Box Card
How to make a Light Up Card
The easiest way to make a light up card is using Chibitronics supplies. You can buy Chibitronics starter kits if you like but it's more economical to pick up just the essential components separately which are
Chibitronics Kit
  1. LED Lights - I used Chibitronics  sticker LED lights as these are adhesive backed, tiny ,lightweight, come in various colors . If you dont get these in your country you can always use regular LEDs but they will be bulky and trickier to use. The Chibitronics LEDs being fairly flat and tiny make them ideal for paper-crafters and you can even use a couple to light up a card or layout!
  2. Conductive tape - I used Copper tape by Chibitronics  as I decided that other electrical conductor options like aluminium foil and bare wire would be too tricky to use though technically they would work! This particular copper tape is adhesive on one side so ideal to use in paper-crafts and can be cut with a scissors or even be torn with your hands!
    How to make a Light Up Card

  3. Battery for the LED - I used a Micro Lithium 3V cell battery I picked up from my local electrical shop.
I have a video Tutorial showing the basic steps on how I made the card. It is not as detailed a Tutorial as I usually do as it was very tricky to photograph the circuit making steps  so do forgive me !
Light Up Pop Up Box Card
The Pop Up Card folds flat for mailing but I think I would rather hand deliver this special card as I would love to see the recipient's reaction!!
Light Up Pop Up Box Card
 I would like to especially thank all my crafty blogger and social media friends who without knowing have helped me see the sunshine on many a cloudy day! Thank you !!
       
Supplies : Dies :  MFT Stitched Rainbow , Gina Marie Stitched Cloud Border,Magnolia DooHickeys Lovely Fence,Hello from Ultimate crafts Jadene Celebration Spray, Sun from DCAM Diwali die
Tools : Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Tonic Guillotine Cutter, Cropadile Big Bite
Adhesives : Tombow Multi Mono liquid, Glue Dots, Double Sided Foam Tape

Linking to 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  Anything goes
Die cut Divas Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday
Jo's Scrap Shack

28.8.17

Making a Respiratory System Model !

Respiratory System Model
       In my daughter's school, the teachers don't stress out the kids by giving marks or grades  for projects and that I guess makes it all the more relaxed and a fun learning experience for the children! My daughter loves to make 3 D models and dioramas for her school projects and really likes to put in a lot of work!
Lungs Model
 Though the topic was respiratory system , we decided to just concentrate on the parts beyond the trachea!
Respiratory System Model- Alveoli
        Though I know most of my blogger friends will be least interested in a detailed tutorial of how to make a model of the Respiratory system...sharing a few steps all the same as  a lot of folks do google up such topics. Hehe yes... my blog stats tell me  a lot of people come to my blog searching about various such school project topics!!]
Making the Lungs, Trachea and Bronchi
Lung Model
We used big sponges to make the lungs and used regular scissors to snip off the excess sponge and shape it. Our lungs are actually life size though simplistic in shape!
Lung Model
There was some flexible plastic piping at home and this was perfect to make the trachea and bronchi and it was also helpful to explain to my daughter about the cartilaginous tissue forming these tubes!
Trachea and Bronchi Model

 We used an adhesive called Fevibond to stick one short piece of the tubing to a longer piece and thence form the point of bifurcation of the trachea into the bronchi.
Respiratory System Model
It was super easy to insert the "bronchus" into each  sponge "lung" by simply twisting the pipe in and securing with fevibond glue.
Lung Model
The part my daughter enjoyed the most was painting the lungs!

Making the Air Sacs [Alveoli] 
Making a  Model of Alveoli
 Alveoli [ tiny air sacs] are the endpoint of the respiratory system where the gaseous exchange takes place and we used tiny styrofoam [thermocol] balls and light weight air-drying clay to make the bunches of alveoli!
Model of Alveoli
We used plastic straws to make the " bronchioles" which  led to the alveoli, poked the straws into balls of clay and stuck the thermocol balls onto the clay.
Model of Alveoli
Coming back to the lungs...here are the painted lungs.

Making a Lung Model
And here is the model after attaching the tracheo-bronchial tree!
Respiratory System Model
To add charm to the model, my daughter  die-cut glitter foam letters  to form labels for  the parts.
Respiratory System Model
She was so proud that amongst all the models and charts the children had brought, her science teacher chose to keep her model in the showcase of their science lab so that junior and even senior children could see it!
Supplies : Dies :  Spellbinders font one upper case , Spellbinders font one lower case,Spellbinders Labels 8
Linking to
Simon Says Kids Only Summer Challenge Anything Goes with Sparkle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Back to School


25.8.17

Accordion Card

Accordion Card
          Hi friends it feels so good to be able to squeeze in time for crafting once again. This 4 panel accordion card is my DT project for Maureen's Rudolf Days Challenge .
       I chose to go with unconventional  Christmas colors  pink and baby blue but added quite a lot of white in the form of  snowflake borders[Memory Box dies]  ,white lacy arch borders above each panel [ cut using Marianne dies] and  2 beautiful white poinsettias  made by heat embossing poinsettias [from Rubber Dance Art] on vellum and fussy cutting them.
Christmas Accordion Card
     All 4 of my panels feature  gorgeous stamps from Rubber Dance Art . Though clear stamps are so popular nowadays I somehow just love rubber stamps...I feel one can never go wrong with them!!
The Candle , Poinsettia , Gift Box and Bow  stamps were heat embossed gold and water-colored with  Zig Brush Pens[You can read more about these pens here : Zig Brush Pens Introduction and Zigs Water-coloring Tips .
Christmas Accordion Card
The base was made with an Elizabeth Craft Designs oval accordion die [you can see more examples here : Pop Up Accordion Cards] but I chose not to connect the central panels as I found that the cards tended to buckle over time if I did that.
Christmas Accordion Card
The 2 gift-boxes turned out soo cool but I couldn't quite capture their beauty in the photos! The leafy oval frames are from Poppy Stamps [ I just love whatever die this company makes and always lament I  get only limited designs here in India!!].The gorgeous glittery pine leaves adding charm to all my poinsettias were also die cut using Poppy Stamps dies.
Christmas Accordion Card
I didnt add bulky embellishments so this card will fold flat for mailing! I hope you liked this card.
       Dont forget to participate in Maureen's Rudolph Days Challenge ...the theme is always Christmas , the inspiration from the DT and the participants is always fabulous and Maureen always has fabulous prizes which she ships worldwide!!

Supplies : Stamps : Rubber Dance Art Stamps Cozy Christmas
Dies :  Poppy Stamps Pine Boughs , Poppy Stamps Emory Oval Frame,Memory Box Leaping Deer ,Memory Box Frostyville Border ,Spellbinders Holly Accents,Spellbinders 2011 Snowflake Pendant,Spellbinders Majestic Labels 25,Elizabeth Craft Designs Karen Burniston Oval Accordion,Marianne Anjas Vintage Decoration
Coloring Media : Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens , Distress Ink Pads
Embossing : Ranger Gold and White Embossing Powder
Linking to
  1. Simon Says Work it Wednesday Aug- Sept : Used my favorite Christmas stamp Rubber Dance Art Stamps Cozy Christmas

18.8.17

DIY Handmade Bag Charms

Handmade Bag Charms
Hi friends ,the current craze in my daughter's school is bag charms ! Being DIY enthusiasts we tried making our own handmade bag charms with  craft supplies we had at home!
Handmade Bag Charms
These are just the type of craft to do with hoarded beads and any cute embellishments in your stash!
Handmade Bag Charms
We used jewelry making supplies[long eye pins and jump rings] and resin embellishments to make the bag charms.
Bag Charm Making Supplies
We used a local brand of adhesive called Fevibond [easy for older children to handle]to stick the resin princesses to the  background frame...you can use any strong jewelry grade adhesives like E6000 also if you are making these on your own without involving children.
Handmade Bag Charms
My daughter has a minimalist style and exclusively designed the 2 charms shown below. She die cut 2 sparkling circles from silver holographic paper and stuck them onto acrylic discs before gluing on the resin princesses .
DIY Princess Bag Charm
The beautiful  blue rose chain on which the  cute blue princess dangles is a broken bracelet!Hehe yes I am glad I hung onto this broken bit of jewelry!
Easy DIY Handmade Bag Charms
These bag charms are going on my daughter's school bag and purse but I just couldn't resist using one on my own handbag too!!
What do you say friends...how do you like them...?
Linking to 
1.Simon Says Kids Only Summer Challenge Anything Goes with Sparkle . Used sparkling silver holographic paper

8.8.17

Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project

Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project
       Hi friends life is slowly settling down for me and since I have been missing my blogger friends I thought I will restart blogging but not with my creation but my daughter's!
This is a school project my 11yr old made for her Geography school project on Asteroids and Meteoroids.
Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project
       We really put a lot of  paper-crafting supplies to good use to make this 3 D chart. The letters were cut from glitter foam using Spellbinders dies and  spray paints and  glitter glue came in quite handy to create the planets and other celestial bodies!
Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project
 The base of the 3 D chart is a sheet of thermocol  painted in  a splotchy manner with black spray paint and glittered up with patchily with sparkling silver glitter glue!
Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project
 The "Asteroid belt" between Jupiter and Mars has modified "pompoms" made sparkly with generous helpings of silver glitter glue!
Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project
 Jupiter is my favorite...love how the splattering of paint and the glitter glue gives it a misty,shimmering look! And in the photo below you can see the closeup details of the Asteroid belt!
Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project
 My daughter was so proud of her model and I think for a long long time she will remember about this little topic in geography !
Asteroids and Meteoroids School Project
I will be visiting you all soon! I sure did miss my blogger pals!
Linking to
1.Simon Says Kids Only Summer Challenge Anything Goes with Sparkle
2.Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Splatter it.
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