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Dreamcatcher – A pictorial tutorial

Hello Crafters! 👋

How was your week? Crafty enough? 😀

Well.. I had a really busy week. But I did get a chance to start on a new book. It is just a chapter old. It is a mystery thriller and got me pumped up on the chapter itself! Hopefully I will be getting more time for myself this week. I can’t wait to get back to the book! 📖

So as I had mentioned in my last post, this month I will be blogging on dreams and it’s representation – dreamcatchers.

Dreamcatchers are actually pretty basic. It requires the minimum supplies and have the ability to be modified by the crafter according to their choices.

Today I will be posting a pictorial representation on the very basic tutorial of how to make a dreamcatcher.

To make a dreamcatcher you will require a hoop, some thread or yarn and beads and feathers for embellishment.

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Wrap the yarn around the hoop, making sure it doesn’t unravel. Once the yarn has been wrapped around the entire hoop, tie the end to create a loop.

Tie the end of the thread securely near the loop end. Next, wrap the thread over the hoop and then around. Continue this until you have completed one full circle of loop.

Repeat the above mentioned process BUT this time around the first section of webbing that have been created.

Continue to create circles of webbing by looping over and around each sectionof thread between the previous loops.

Once there is a small space left in the middle, string on a bead, push it all the way through the center without releasing the tension on the thread. Make a tight knot.

Arrange sets of feathers and beads and add laces or ribbons or both and tie them to add the finishing touches to your dreamcatcher.

Ta daaa. .! 😄

The dreamcatcher is ready to adorn your wall or your bed stand or wherever you please to put it.

I will be back tomorrow with a dreamcatcher-inspired craft. Until then….

Much Love,

Have fun.

– Happy Crafting

 

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Quoting Dreams

If you can dream it, you can do it.

A dream is a wish your heart makes. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning. A single dream is more powerful than a 1000 reality. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumblebee, the small child and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams. You have to dream before your dream can come true. We grow great by dreams. Some of us let these dreams die but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which always comes to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true. Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hardwork. The key to realising a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and the little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. 20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the one you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

 

This month’s crafting series is inspired by dreams. And in the crafting world, dreams are represented by DREAMCATCHERS.

Dreamcatchers are merely but a representation. In true sense, dreams go beyond all and that. Dreams require us to follow them and believe in ourselves. Dreams require us to never give up.

But truth be told – I didn’t write a single word of what you read in the beginning of the post. That beautiful paragraph on dream(s) – not one single word is written by me. Infact it is not a paragraph. This paragraph came into existence when I merely merged some quotes. They are quotes by some very influential people who made a name for themselves and chased after their dreams and turned them into reality.

” If you can dream it, you can do it. ”

” A dream is a wish your heart makes. ”

” All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ”

– Walt Disney

” As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning. “ – Barbara Sher

” A single dream is more powerful than a 1000 reality. ” – J. R. R. Tolkien

” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. “-Eleanor Roosevelt.

” Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumblebee, the small child and the smiling faces. Smell the rain and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams. ” – Ashley Smith.

” You have to dream before your dream can come true.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 

” We grow great by dreams. Some of us let these dreams die but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which always comes to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true. ” – W. Wilson

” Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. ” – Marsha Norman

” You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ” – C. S. Lewis

” A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hardwork. ” – Colin Powell

” The key to realising a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and the little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. “- Oprah Winfrey

” 20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the one you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. “- Mark Twain

I won’t say much today.

But before wrapping it up for today, Oprah Winfrey would like to say something –

” The biggest adventure you can take is live the life of your dreams 

Much Love,

Have fun.

– Happy Crafting

 

 

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Bihu Pop-up Card

Hello crafters 👋

Today’s craft is a handmade pop-up card!

Pop-up cards always held my fascination. They are so life-like in comparison to simple cards. Not that simple cards are any less! They never goes out of fashion, or in this case never loses it craftiness.

But pop-up cards helps you to add different dimension and gives a whole new outlook to the simple and humble card.

In the world of craft, there are so many talented 3D artists out there who craft amazing pop-ups in the form of cards and storybooks and gift items.

My pop-up card is fairly simple, as always and will take very less time and lots of fun for you to create this card.

So… Let’s get popping 😉

To start with we will need two different coloured cardstock paper. One for each side of the card.

I have used a Zaffre and a lighter shade of Mint coloured cardstocks.

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Here are some of the stickers that I have used in this card.

I added the elements representing Bihu, the dancers and a bit of history too. And I wanted to add a little waterfall – just because I love them! 😆

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Next I glued some of those stickers, barring the dancers, onto the Zaffre cardstock. I glued the finished cardstock to upper half of a 10 x 4.5″ white cardstock and on to the other half I glued the Mint cardstock.

P.S. The white cardstock is 10 x 4.5″ which is then folded in half with each half measuring 5 x 4.5″

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Now to create the pop-up, I made some tabs by folding the tabs in half and then folding each end towards the outside. The ends will be glued to the card to create the pop-up. So basically these tabs will be the base my pop-up card

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I also created these wave-like tabs which will be secured to the tabs. They differ in size because one will be put in front of the other. So the bigger one will be towards the back and the smaller towards the front.

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Glue the ends of the tabs to either side of the fold (in the card) and glue the bigger wave-like tab. Repeat the same process with the smaller one.

While gluing the tabs it is really important to keep these two things in mind –

1. The tabs should be glued in a way that allows card to close and open without any hindrance

2. The tabs should not be seen from the front. So make sure you adjust the size of the tabs according to the wave-like tabs.

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Here is a view of the glued tabs from the top.

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So now onto the wave-like tabs, I added the dancers.

And of course, the un-avoidable in any card …. The sentiment.

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While creating this card, I wanted to create a whole scene as it is done in paintings. I kept the dancers exclusively for the pop-up.

It is looking so good! The backdrop is telling a story of itself – the story of spring, the story of the history of Assam. The dancers, on the front, the part of Bihu without whom the celebrations will be incomplete.

Oh!  I almost forgot!!!

This is the inside of the card. The outside is still to be embellished! 😮

So…

For the front of the card, I used the Zaffre cardstock and glued onto it the sticker my favourite orchid, the fox-tail orchid and the jaapi and gamusa sticker. I decided to keep it simple. I added a little sentiment and…

Vóila!

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So here it is..

The front and the inside of the card

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Check out my Instagram feed for the video of this card.

Much Love,

Have fun.

– Happy Crafting

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Bihu Wishes Card

Hello fellow crafters!!! 👋

It is that time of the week again!! 

Today I will be doing a tutorial on an amazingly beautiful card. Trust me when I say you will be proud of yourself after making this particular card.

Greeting cards, I feel, are THE best way to convey a feeling and bring a smile on the face of the receiver. There is the beautiful front and of course the blank part on the inside of the card which you can fill it with all your thoughts – everything that you want to say.

My motto –

When in doubt go with a card and some chocolates 

They will never fail you! For an extra touch add some flowers 😊

The card that we are going to make today has one tricky part. Just one little tricky bit – get that right and I promise it is going to be one pretty card.

So then, shall we..??

For this particular card I used an orange embossed cardstock measuring 6.5″ x 5″.

I had this cardstock from a long time and I thought of using it for this card but you can always use any simple cardstock if you want to.

So, a 6.5 x 5 inches cardstock. Cut a circle to the upper side of it. Not to the middle but the upper side. Now, cut another circle from the same circle but just eight of an inch smaller.

If it is making you confused take a look at the picture below for reference. You should have these three parts.

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Next we need our embellishments. In this case, the stickers.

This card I made to showcase a part of the Bihu dance towards the end where the nasoni dances around the dhuliya and the pepà player.

Hence I used these respective stickers, namely – the nasoni (female dancer), the dhuliya (drum player) and the pepà badok (bugle player).

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On to the smaller intact circle glue the bugle player just in the centre.

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Before we go onto the next step, make a stack of 4-5 cardstock circles in the size of a small penny and glue them together.

You can use a penny if you want to but I prefer using the paper circle because then I can make adjustments if required.

So now we have a total of three part.

1. The hollowed cardstock, 2. The intact circle, and,  3. The penny-size circle.

Stick double-sided foam tape. Take the picture below as a reference.

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For this next step, cut a cardstock measuring 13.3″ x 5.3″ and fold it in half.

Make sure it is of the same cardstock to ensure an outlook of fluidity.

First stick the hollowed cardstock making sure it is equidistant from all sides. Next stick the intact circle in the center of the hollowed out part, making sure again that it is equidistant from all sides.

Now insert the small circle right in the space in between. This time make sure the foam tape side is facing front. That is where we will stick our dancer.

It should be able to move. So make sure you take the correct size penny and insert it well.

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I have inserted two photos for better reference.

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Stick the dancer on the small foam tape and the dhuliya towards the lower end of the card.

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Time to add sentiments!!!!

Because what is a card without sentiments, right?

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I also added a phrase in my native language, i.e Assamese.

This particular phrase is sung by the dhuliya to the nasoni which basically says,’Would you please dance with me’.

Yeah! No question mark because it is an invite to which no Assamese girl says no to 😊

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So, here it is! The Bihu Wishes Card.

Also the dancer moves!!!! To see the dancer moving check out my Instagram or Twitter feed.

I tried to keep the instructions elaborate but simple at the same time. Hopefully the accompanying pictures has also helped.

If you have any queries feel free to contact me. Leave a comment or mail me or leave a message on Fb or Twitter or even DM me on Instagram. Whichever suits your boat!!!

Much Love,

Have fun.

– Happy Crafting

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DIY Wreath

I have a specific love for wreaths. I have always wanted one in my house, right on the front door. It makes the house look so pretty. If you think about it, wreaths are equivalent to an accessory. Accessory for the house, just as is an earring or a handbag for us ladies!!

During Christmas, almost everyone in Shillong would put up a wreath on their front door. It would make everything look so pretty. It also kind of gives out a vibe of liveliness!

So, for this Assamese New Year, I decided to make a wreath. I made a mini version of one because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Moreover, I took a different approach to it. This mini wreath isn’t the common popular wreath that is usually seen. It is different. Quite different actually.  Wreaths are usually made out of twigs and leaves and flowers or mesh and burlap and ribbons. I made it out of a cardboard piece and used stickers cut out of craft paper and some paper flower resembling the very native fox-tail orchid or kopouphul. I had to make quite a few trial and error before actually finalizing the look of my wreath. Also making the fox-tail orchid was a bit tough because the actual flowers are so small! I had to do a full anatomy study on it before deciding on how to make the flowers!!!

You might be thinking why the fox-tail orchid specifically. It is because the fox-tail orchid holds very dear to the Assamese women. They accessorise their hair bun with this flower when dancing Bihu. Without this flower their hair bun is never complete. Hence, the fox-tail orchid.

At the end, the wreath turned out pretty well actually! I am going to put it up on my front door this Rongali Bihu. Hopefully the house will like it!

How about I show you how I made it? Let’s go….

First up we will have to make a base for the wreath. To do that, cut off a circular piece of cardboard and make the centre hollow. A paper cutter should to do the trick. When you have the cardboard base ready, wrap it up with green woollen yarn.

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Thrift stores are best bet to get the cardboard piece and the yarn. I got my yarn at 10 rupees which is less than a dollar!!

Wrap up the whole cardboard base with the yarn and secure it properly.

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What I wanted was for the wreath to portray a picture. A picture capturing the aspects of the Bihu dance. Also I wanted the fox-tail orchid to take the center stage, which is why I kept the stickers small.

I made the orchid out of craft paper. Cut the petals out in the specific shape and colour them to make them look as much alike as the actual orchid. It was a tough job to get the petals right.

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Time to assemble the wreath.

I tied the orchid to one side of the wreath and added the stickers to one end of the orchid. On to the other end of the orchid,  I tied a ribbon to make the look complete.

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So… this is it.

My Rongali Bihu inspired DIY mini wreath.

It is looking pretty, isn’t it?

I think my house is going like it!!

Do send me your views on my Bihu inspired DIY mini wreath.

 

Much Love,

Have fun.

– Happy Crafting

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Rhino Gift Bag

This cute little rhino gift bag is another one of my Assamese New Year crafts. You might have noticed that I kept it quite simple this time around. That is because I wanted the Rhino to be the center of attraction in here. And I think I have accomplished my idea perfectly. Isn’t this pupper looking cute?!

My initial plan was to whip up some calzone pockets stuffed with sesame seeds, pack them up and present it to my dearest nana  in this very gift bag but……… I am going to keep this one with me (GUILTY!!). I am really really loving this gift bag and I had lots of fun making it!

You know what? I am going to make one more this cutie pie and go back to my initial plan i.e gifting it to my nana. My cooking skills aren’t as legit as her is but I am sure she is going to love them when I gift it to her in this cute gift bag.

But before that let me show you how I made it.

WARNING ! You are not going to believe how easy peasy this actually is!!! 

First of all get hold of some grey coloured card stock. Cut a 30 x 30 cm square and divide it into 10 x 10 x 10 cm, both horizontally and vertically. 

Cut off all the side squares and only keeping tabs on two sides to glue them together later. Put adhesive on the tabs and glue them together to make a cube. It should look something like this.

This is the base of our gift bag. Now time for my favourite part. Making it look pretty!!!

I made some stickers. The cute little face of the rhino, those cute little hands and feet. I also made a sticker to put my sentiment in.

Glue the face of the rhino to the back of the cube on the inner side. Glue the hands onto the front along with the sentiment and the feet. 

I put them up this way. It kind of makes it look like as if the rhino is holding the sentiment on its cute little hands (or paws!).

Also cut a thin strip from the same grey coloured card stock and glue it on either sides to make the handle.

And there it is. The Rhino gift bag is ready.

That was easy peasy, wasn’t it? !

Awww!!! Look at him sneaking a view to look at all the decor I did to flaunt him! 

He sure is going to spread some smiles this Rongali Bihu.

And like I mentioned earlier, I am going to make another one and this one I am definitely gifting it to my nana.

Much Love, 

Have fun. 
 

                                 – Happy Crafting 

 

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Rongali Note Card Gift Bag

The Rongali Note Card Gift Bag is another really really easy craft. This gift bag is in lieu with the note card that we made on the previous tutorial.

There is always a tradition of gift giving during the holidays and special occasions. Now when the gift wrapping is really cool, the excitement of that gift always increases. Also to be able to give a gift that looks pretty makes you feel really good, doesn’t it? You can always whip up some goodies for your family and friends and gift them by putting them in this very very easy to make gift bag.

So then let’s get on with the tutorial.

For starters, take a yellow cardstock  measuring 20cm x 40cm. and cut it in this specific template.

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Fold the template vertically in 6 cm – 12 cm – 6 cm – 12 cm and the flap measuring 4 cm. Cut the template vertically 3 cm from the lower end and fold. Paste the lower end of the template with craft glue. After gluing it you should end up with something looking like this.

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Don’t worry if you do not get it done in the first try. If you have doubts, I suggest giving the first try on a simple craft paper. Then move on to the cardstock.

Now let’s get some accessories for the gift bag. It is kind of looking plain, right?

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The basic outlay is almost similar to the note card. The same materials have been used to make it. The only difference being I made it in a round shape.

Paste this on to the center of the gift bag using some craft glue.

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Aaaand….. Voila!!!

The gift bag is ready!!!

Whip up some coconut balls and some rice cakes stuffed with sesame seeds and jaggery, pack them and along with the note card, it is ready to be some one’s New Year gift!

 

The gift giving process doesn’t always have to be expensive and hectic. It only needs to be from the heart and pretty looking – Muskymiris

Much Love,

Have fun

Happy Crafting