Sunday, December 29, 2013

A year in review

It's that time of the year when I pause and reflect on my achievements and failures, my highs and lows, pay special attention to all the mistakes I I can learn from them and turn them into   successes....

The single most important thought that comes to my mind as this year comes to a close  is how this blog has changed my life. Blogging came pretty late to me,  considering the fact that I had been asked several times over the last few years about having a website or a blog to showcase my work and share it with other like minded people. But it was a long and hard decision for me. I was not sure if I wanted to open myself  and if so how much. It's not easy for me to talk about my work, in fact I feel extremely shy to do so.

Overriding all these thoughts, I finally went ahead and started a blog two years back and today, I must confess's one of  the best things that has ever happened to me...ok.... maybe the next best thing that has ever happened to me  after I met my husband.... because without him this blog would never have happened... he is the reason behind The Storyteller!

Writing a blog, I admit, is a lot of work, but the constant encouragement and positive comments from my readers, pushes me to do more and do better.

All of 2012, I spent a lot of time finding my style before I finally settled on doing what I love most..watercolors!  I decided  to come up with something that would satisfy my love for stamps and watercolors together. I combine them on every piece of work I do!

 2013 saw me take a huge step in the field of designing. I started the year as designer for Faber Castell, an exciting opportunity to be associated with a company whose products I had used ever since I was a kid. Then came CAS-ual fridays Challenge, which has been real fun, and then Yasutomo Niji, another art product company which makes some really wonderful art supplies  It has been an exciting year in terms of art and design and I start 2014 as designer for Crafter's Companion and Art Impressions.

So, today I will share  a mix of some of the most popular cards and some of my personal favorites of 2013 with on the links to see the original post.

 Starting with this one .... I received a couple of mails asking me  how I achieved that glow in the painting..honestly, I do not know! I used Caran D'ache Neocolors and just went about coloring as I always do. So, I am sorry I have no other explanation on how to achieve that light, except for sharing the color- lemon yellow. If I remember right, I applied the color and washed it down and left a bit of the white paper showing. If only I knew how to do video tutorials, I would have shown you, but I am not so savvy, but, who knows, 2014 might change that..Hope!
.......but for now let's call it Divine Intervention!



I would have loved to tell you the reason behind each of these favorites, but I did not want to make this post longer than it is and take more of your time!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and wish you a "HAPPY NEW YEAR!"


Tuesday, December 24, 2013 the magic of Christmas!


A Christmas card, specially made for you, who stop by my little space and take the time to leave me some really encouraging comments..thank you so much, you are deeply appreciated!

Santa came by early this year....I was on  the' nice' list you see!
..and got me some watercolor crayons, and not just any watercolor crayons, he got me Caran D'ache Neocolor II ! This set has been on my wish list for almost 2 years now, and I, somehow, could never justify getting myself watercolors in crayon form, since I am more comfortable using pan colors and find them more vibrant  than tubes.

But if you remember, I had mentioned in an earlier post, that I am an 8.... .. that was Dec birthday! So hubs surprised me with a lovely set of Holbein Irodori watercolor set and a set of the Caran D' jaw dropped to say the least!

For today's card, I have used the Neocolors. They are so much fun to use, and the crayons took me back to childhood! My first set of Crayolas was left in it's original packaging for a verrrrry long time! I had refused to open it and use it, in the fear that it would  get 'over' ..until my father got me another set to keep and admire! lol!

                           Nativity stamp is by Sweet stamps and the sentiment by Inkadinkado

 I started by stamping the image and coloring it in. Then I went around the image with a wet brush and dropped in the colors wet in wet ie. while the paper is still wet. Then sketched in the foreground and the tree. Once dry, splattered a hint of white paint and stamped the sentiment.

 Have a wonderful holiday everyone and thanks so much for stopping by !


Thursday, December 19, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays-New Year

My second post for today, if you are looking for Yasutomo Niji tutorial post click here,

The year is almost coming to a close and we are ready to ring in  the New Year!
....time does fly!

This week CAS-ual Fridays is having a combined challenge with 10 min craft dash and is starting today instead of tomorrow, so we have a CAS-ual Thursday instead of Friday!

So let's get ready with our New Years projects!

Since the New Year starts with a countdown, lets count the minutes it takes to complete your project.
If you can do it in 10 minutes or less, you can play at 10 Minute Craft Dash too!

A very simple design, I stamped the sentiment by PTI-Photo finishers -Holidays and  sketched the tree and added a tiny little red bird . Finished it off with some stickles for sparkle! Mine took 9 mins 20 secs!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is sponsoring this challenge and you have 2 weeks to play!

A closer look......

Sharing with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge- Bling it on

Thanks for stopping by! See you at the CFC blog!


Yasutomo Niji - Pouring Inks

It’s pouring here!
…I know it’s not Spring and there is no rain, but it’s definitely pouring out here and its ink!

Pouring is a watercolor technique, where transparent watercolors are poured directly onto  the  paper with minimal to no usage of brush at all. It’s fun and interesting to watch as a painting comes to life after layers of watery, drippy paint.

Today I will be demonstrating this technique  in just 10 easy steps, using Splash Inks instead of watercolors. These inks have been created by an artist  and come in a pack of just 3 primaries and black. So head over to the Niji blog for a detailed stepped out tutorial with plenty of pictures and tips...You don't want to miss this one!

See you at the Yasutomo Niji blog!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Love Story

The holidays are almost here, hope everybody has got their  presents  wrapped and the cards  in the mail!

 I had a last min request yesterday night for an anniversary card ASAP, which actually meant right now! So I sat to work at 10:30 yesterday night and came up with this card and if I may say so myself, I was pretty pleased with the end result, but waited to see her reaction. I did not have time to do much, she came to pick it up in 30 mins, so I went super simple, limited colors and a simple sentiment!
I waited to see her face when she saw the card....  her eyes lit up..I had got my answer!

The dancing couple is by Unity and the sentiment is by Papertrey Ink. I took color inspiration from the Unity Be Inspired challenge.

A closer look....

On a different note...
 I am looking for a die which would make inserting watercolor paintings onto a base card easier. I mean something where foam tape could be avoided totally and the recipient could just remove the painting and frame it if they wish to do so.
Right now it is adhered to the base and when they try to remove it, it can tear. If there is a die out there where slots could be made in four corners and the painting could be inserted ( like a gift card)  it would be awesome! 
I have tried the slot punches and they work great, provided it is not a folded card and is  just a flat notecard. " Hopefully" some die manufacturer will read this post and come up with something innovative!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Friday, December 13, 2013

CAS-ual Fridays- Snowflakes

It's finally Friday!
..this week really weighed on me and I am glad we are nearing the end of it! Hopefully the next week will be better than this one..too much going on around here!

Let's talk fun...let's talk about CAS-ual Fridays latest challenge, apt for the kind of weather here....SNOW!

                  Stamps-In The Meadow-PTI

I stamped a couple of snowflakes using masking fluid and painted the background. removed the masking and stamped the sentiment..done!
If you want know more about masking and how I use it here

We have Simon Says Stamp sponsoring this week's challenge, so don't forget to join in!

A closer look....

Sharing with CASology-snowflake
and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-let it snow

Thanks so much for stopping by, see you at the CFC blog!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Yasutomo Niji-Bookmarks

Still looking for ideas for  quick and easy last minute holiday gifts?
..... how about bookmarks as stocking stuffers for  the readers in the family?

I just made some, assembly line style! stamp, dampen, drop, dry,  stamp..easy enough?
..hop on over to  the Niji Creative Collective blog for more pics and a  detailed supply list  .

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Embossing on vellum

 Playing along with Papertrey Ink MIM#144-Heat embossing vellum. I came up with a quick Christmas card.

 I have used PTI Year of flowers, Instant photo-holidays

Used the poinsettia image and embossed it in red. and the sentiment in black.

After a long time I have made something where no brush has been used! It  reminded me of this disclaimer that we so commonly see in movies- "no animal has been harmed in the making of this film"
"No brush has been used in the making of this card"!

Thanks for stopping by!



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