Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Givaway Winner- Week of Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful week of Thanksgiving! There was a giveaway on my blog Last week. & now it's time to announce the winner...

Congratulations Sue LD! You win a 10$ gift Certificate from the Crafter's Companion... To claim your prize, please contact  prizes@crafterscompanion.com.

Thank you everyone for participating! 
Tavana <3

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Giveaway- Week of Giving Thanks with Crafter's Companion

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by! I am very excited to celebrate the 2nd Annual Week of Giving Thanks with Crafter's Companion.
As a DT member, I am giving away a 10$ Gift Certificate to one lucky winner. To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below about how would you love to spend your thanksgiving day! You can enter until November 26th 11:59pm EST

More great news: For this occasion, Crafter's Companion is offering 15% off sitewide on their website with a coupon code... They are also giving away 50$ gift certificate on their Facebook Page.

Also, Don't forget to check #ccgivethanks on social media & other DTs' Blogs to know more about their amazing creations & get a chance to win 10$ Gift Certificates too..

Here are some links you can check:

If That's not enough, You can download this amazing digital stamp by the Crafter's Companion for free from Here!

Hope You'll have a Great Thanksgiving this year! In the meanwhile, see what I have created with Crafter's Companion Products for my Etsy Shop!

Thank you

Friday, November 3, 2017

My First Mixed Media Altered Bottle

Hello Everyone!

I haven't written any post for a while.. Got busy with everyday life. But, today I am going to share a project created for my DT, for our next TV launch on HSN 6th November.

Crafter's Companion is coming up with some amazing material packs this time! Cork, Wood Veneer, Craft Metal, Hessian & Denim! I have used Hessian & Denim on today's project I'm going to share..

As a mixed media artist, I am always interested to create altered items.. So, as soon as I got the "Starbucks Frappuccino" bottle in my hand, I knew what to do with this! :)

For altering this bottle, at first I applied gesso all over to prime it well. Primarily I wanted to wanted to keep it white. But, I don't know why, after priming, I thought I should paint it in copper, & as soon as I was done painting, I didn't like it much! So, I applied a light layer of gesso on it.. I liked the final look though..

I cut the Hessian material according to my bottle size & used modelling paste on a stencil to add texture. May be I was still missing the white, that's why I added this one! ;)

For creating the focus, I used 2 dies from the new Flutterby Collection by Sara Davies which is also coming on HSN.. The whole collection includes lots of amazing dies, stamps, papers & a foil transfer kit.. I cut the denim into different sized butterflies & embellished them with flatback pearls. 

I also added a round piece of Hessian material & denim butterfly on the cap. And finished it by tying a bow with a jute twine on the neck of the bottle. 


I was really worried what would it look like , but actually loved it! Let me know how did you like it & if you want to see me doing this type of altered projects more!

Thank you!
Tavana <3

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Mosaic Dome Die & My Eid Cards

Hello everyone!
Remember my last post on Eid Greetings Cards? After having success on selling those cards on my Etsy shop, I decided to create some more for Eid-al-adha.. I was a little busy with my DT projects & household chores & had a lot of trials & errors.. So, I am too late to sell cards this time! But, still ended up creating 8 pairs of cards.. 

My cards are of 2 types.. Some are made with watercolor backgrounds.. & some with a beautiful dome diecut!

This pair of cards are made with the a beautiful Mosaic Dome die set by Altenew.. I just cut some Shimmering Cardstocks (the colors are sooo beautiful! you'll love it!) from the Crafter's Companion & stamped Eid Mubarak from the Eid Greetings Stamp set by altenew.. 

These are also created with the same die.. The only difference is, on the green-red cards I die cut the dome on the card front & inserted the other diecut piece.. But, here I just topped the golden dome on the card front.. Easy, right? For the dome, I used golden Luxury Cardstock from the Crafter's Companion (check these out! there are soooo many amazing colors!!!) 

This pair is created using the watercolor resist technique.. I used Ranger gold embossing powder & Clear embossing powder for embossing the stamp image & to create the resist.. Then I used the smooching technique with watercolors.
Oh, I forgot to mention! Currently I am in love with watercoloring! I wish I could watercolor everyday, all day long! I have been introduced to watercolor recently for my DT projects & oh my! I loved it! I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers for watercoloring.. & also Aqua Watercolour cardstock... 

Here is my another watercolor card.. I created a background with the watercolor markers & then added 2 diecut doilies with golden sentiments.. The doilies are made with the Verity Rose Doily metal die (get it if you like it! these are on clearance sale, & once these are gone, are gone forever! ).. Loved the resulted look!

Hope you liked my cards.. I am really enjoying the papaercrafting! But, still I miss mixed media! I hope my next post will be on a mixed media project! InshAllah..

That's all for today.. Let me know if you liked my work..
Thank you


Friday, August 18, 2017

ITAC 2017 Challenge 1, EUROPE: The Face of Printmaking

Hi everyone! I'm back with a mixed media canvas.. After a long period of papercrafting, I was craving for a treat! & treat means, MIXED MEDIA!!!  

I have worked all by myself for a long time! So, this time I decided to go for a challenge! & for that, I am taking part on a tournament! AALL & Create is organizing an international 6 week long tournament, ITAC'17 where there will be 6 challenges in total & also a loooot of experienced & amazing artist judges! I know, I'm new & am not very experienced yet! But, I still decided to take part as a challenge to myself! I want to see how far can I go when it comes to a selected theme! And also there is a lot to learn! :)

The first challenge is EUROPE- The Face of Printmaking. The theme & some suggestions have been given on the website & also some works from the judges.. I loved their work! & it was time for me to create!  

I was really confused what to do first! What if I miss some suggestions! What if my work is not good enough! Then I decided to go with a flow as always.. I kept the suggestions in my mind & started working.. 

I pasted some torn pages of an old oxford dictionary on the whole canvas panel with modpodge.. Then, lightly gessoed all over.. 
Then I glued a crochet lace on a side & also added some glass beads..Then I gessoed all over again & then added colors.. My primary plan was to add blue, some shade of brown & keep some area white where the dictionary print can be seen... So, I splattered some water on the paint (while it was still drying) & after a minute I pressed a paper towel to remove the water & paint.. This created a bleached out look like watercolors.. But, later I decided to add more patterns & all... 
On their suggestion, there was a point to add blue on the project as this is the color of the european union flag! So, I decided to add some yellow stars too! It added more texture & a splash of brightness on the canvas.. I pasted a corrugated cardboard (cut from an old box) & a strip of fabric underneath.. For the focal point I could add a face, as it was also a point from the suggestions.. But, as I don't do faces, I didn't have anything to make it & also I thought of adding something else.. So, I created a nest with jute strings & put flowers over it. Then I added the sentiments..

As the challenge is related with printmaking, I added some scribbles with black & white pens. Some splashes of gesso, & all other colors that ave been used here & some thumbprints with red! & lastly, I added some touches of gilding wax! 

Though I wanted it to keep clean & simple, it ended up very busy! But, I loved the final look.. Especially, when I see the details I added & the thoughts I had while going through the process, I feel happy! & I create to be happy! Don't you?

Hope you all liked my work.. Please leave me comments about your thoughts on my work.. Thank you!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Sheena Douglass Winter Scenic Collection

Hello Everyone! Today I'm going to write about some amazing stamp & dies sets by Sheen Douglass. These sets are from Crafter's Companion coming on HSN on August 16, 2017.

These are called Winter Scenic Collections & there are 4 sets in total.. I have made cards with 3 of these..

This Set is called the "Christmas Deer" set. I have used Crafter's Companion prescored card blanks, which is a diorama card. I made 3 layers here.. The background is stamped & then colored. For stamping, I have used the stamp from the set, For the middle part, I have diecut the tree (the die is in the set) & then diecut the front part on the cardfront. There is also a stamp in the set for the deer & the sentiment. I sketched a little with the Spectrum Noir Artliner pens to match the tree trunk with the view.. Isn't that easy?!

This set is called the "Snow Drop" set. I tried to keep this one as simple as possible! I used a prescored "Square Center Step" card. stamped a square white cardstock with the stamp colored it, diecut the flowers & stamped & stick it just over the flower image to create a dimension.. & embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder. Then cut the cardfront & stick the stamped image behind it with hot glue (so that it has a little dimension).. and then I colored it.. For the stepped sides, I diecut with a die from another collection.. I've again used the artliner pens to sketch the parts which do not have stamped images..

This set is called the "Snowman set".. Like the  other sets, this has a stamp for background , a die for the cardfront & another die to match the stamp.. But, in this set, the cardfront has a bird on it (there is also a stamp for the bird). & the bird sits just over the image of the snowman! So, I diecut & stamped the snowman separately & added on the stepped part.. Also I have sketched the leaves that are not stamped.. The prescored card base I have used here is called the "Squared Side Step" Card.

Here was my handmade cards.. There are more amazing cards made by other DT members.. To know more & see more don't forget to check Crafter's Companion Pinterest BoardsInstagram & Facebook page. If you are on facebook, join our watch party to updated all the time! And if you want to know the timing of the show visit this page

Thank you!
Tavana <3

Monday, July 10, 2017

New releases from Crafter's Companion on HSN July 11th 2017

Do you know what's coming on HSN tomorrow from the Crafter's Companion USA? A lot of new products! Let me show you what I created from some of those..

This Mixed Media canvas a set of stamps & dies from Sheena Douglass called, "time travellers"... This will be an amazing collection if you are a mixed media & steampunk fan like me! It is also great for creating cards for men! I loved the gear dies & hot air balloon stamp so much! The dies does not only cut, but also embosses in specific areas & matches perfectly with the stamps! :) The stamps can be used individually too!

This is another stamp set from Sheena.. These are called the "Text Stamps".. There are 4 of these, I used the "Smile" one on this canvas...  

This is from another collection of Sheena stamps! These are called "Temptingly Tropical"... I have used the "hummingbird" stamp on this card.. The other ones ones are amazing too! don't forget to check them out!!!   

These flowers are great right? These are made from Die'sire Quilling rolled flower dies! Trust me, you will fall in love with these dies once you start using these.. I used a pre scored card from the 30 pack blank cards & for the sentiment, I used another stamp set from the text stamps..  

Yes, these are the flowers I made with the dies...  

Here is an altered photo frame which I decorated with these flowers..   

After creating two project with these dies & the pre cut papers, I decide to experiment with craft foam... & the result was amazing! This is a hair barrette, where I used the foam flowers.. :)      

And... Lastly, the product that is coming back to HSN the 3D Embossing folders... These amazing multi dimensional folders will be available tomorrow! If you have missed last time, grab it now!

To get more inspirations visit Crafter's Companion USA Pinterest board . To stay updated follow their Facebook page. An to know more what is coming on tomorrow & when, visit their website

Let me know which product inspires you the most!
Thank you!