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Waiting for the postman…

I usually (infact, always) find my self looking outside the window during noon , waiting for the postman. Since 2012 I have been into swapping. Yet, the impatience still remains within me. I still remember the first time I received a postcard. It was sent to me by a friend of mine who was travelling north side. She described how she was enjoying the tour. The postcard is still with me with the beautiful postmark stamp on it. Slowly I started receiving many postcards from peopl all over the world (because I was registered to http://www.postcrossing.com ). For a couple of years I collected quite many cards. (603 to be precise).

In 2013 I joined the swap community on Instagram and became penpals with a Finnish girl. We loved exchanging letters, handmade items and also some goodies from our countries. I truly loved the idea behind knowing people from different parts of the world thorough swapping and penpaling. So you see, the afternoon wait became a usual habit for me. 🙂

The postman here is very kind. I send me a Thank you card every Diwali. He ensures proper delivery of posts to my home letter box. It’s very much worth appreciating.

Somewhere in 2014 I joined http://www.swap-bot.com. My life changed a lot as I was able to participate in various swaps and learn different styles of crafting.

I am still not tired of waiting for mails. I do get excited when I receive a happy mail 🙂 I scream, sometimes even cry while receiving and opening pretty packages 🤗😍.

 

Does that happen with you too ????.

I want to thank my postman for making me happy 😀.

 

Love to All,

Jayana.

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Embellishments

Paper crafting always becomes more and more interesting when Embellishments are used. There are many companies and stores from where one can purchase lovely Embellishments from. But the best part and therapeutic experience comes from creating your own sets of Embellishments. At least that’s how it is for me.

Storing many stamps and papers comes in very handy to create Embellishments. Try this fun Embellishment. Punch a small circle or cut out a circle. Take any stamp you have and stamp it on the circle. Now take a few (2 to 3)pieces of colored or pattern paper strips of narrow and size and snip off the edge in a slanting manner. And staple these pieces of papers with circle on top. Add a rhinestone near your stamped image and that’s it!!  A fun Embellishment is ready!

Like so,  you can also use your different punches,  color pens,  ribbons,  laces,  washi tapes to create Embellishments. Crepe papers can be used to make fun rosette flowers. Long Accordian strip of paper can also be used to create a rosette.

Many a times one can find various cute quotes,  sayings, drswings, printed images or borders in books,  magazines. Use them too in your crafts. It adds a lot of interest in your project.

Pinterest offers a lot of free Printabales to chose from. Save the pdf and get them printed. Another way of creating Embellishments is ready!  🙂

If you’re from India,  we have “raddi walas”  who have many old books. Those vibtage looking books have vibtage pages which also can be used as Embellishments in your craft projects.

So guys,  I hope this helps you to get started with your lovely DIY  Embellishments. Have fun while creating. 🙂

Greetings,

Jayana.

(Jayana’s Jolly Cards)

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Craft organization

Well my dear crafty peeps,  new year has been so far so good 🙂  Hope you guys have had good three days of January this year 🙂

I recently went through a lot of work collecting bits and pieces of scraps left out from all the previous projects and trying to also organise my craft supplies.

I want to share a few little tips and tricks on how to get yourself organised so that you don’t spend time in searching for supplies or products you need.

If you have a work surface ( a huge table to work on),  then let a few important products be on the table within the reach of your hand. For example,  black inkpads,  die cut machine,  a storage box to store all the nice paper scraps,  heat gun tool,  glue,  tapes,  stickers,  scissors, pens, trimmer, acrylic mount block. This will save a lot of your time. I also keep all my stamps in big rectangular zip pouches. And as far as Ephemera and Embellishments are concerned,  I store in plastic containers in which there are dividers. That way I know which pouch or containers to use and I save my time from searching for things unnecessarily.  I clean by photopolymer stamps using rubbing alchohol when the stamps loses it’s stickiness.  Rubbing alchohol (spirit) is very easily available in chemist and drug stores in India as well.

Same big plastic containers can also be used for storing all your inkpads and distress inks.

If you have many stickers,  you can also store them in zip pouches or in rectangular plastic containers. Try to find storage containers from thrift stores to save spending a lot of money.

If you’re from India, then going to flee markets (like janta market, dmart or village side once a week market)  will definitely be a money saver idea.

So guys if you like being organised like me, then I hope this blog post helps you to stay organised and neat 🙂

See you in my next blog,

Jayana Shah.

(Jayana’s Jolly Cards)

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Swapping

Guys, if you love to share and receive gifts and kindness then I would highly recommend trying Swap-bot. It’s a wonderdul site where in one can participate in different swaps hosted by the swap host. So if a particular swap is open internationally, then people from any part of the world who are registered on swap-bot can participate . Once the deadline to join a particular swap is over, the host will click on the “assign partners” button that only she/he can see. The computer does all the work and everyone is assigned a partner. We as participants can see the partner to whom we have to send parcel to. We can also see who will receive our parcel.

Now, once you have prepared the parcel according to the swap requirements, you have to click on the “sent” button. Your partner once he receives an item from you will rate you accordingly:

1) 5 stars with a heart if your partner loves what you have sent.

2) 5 stars only if you meet the swap requirements.

3) 3 stars if you have not followed the rules of the swap.

4) 1 star if your partner has not received within reasonable time and lack of communication.

so, yeah this site is very safe in removing all the bad swappers and Flakers because if a swapper gets more times 1 star, the swapper is banned. Also, the less number of stars you score, the point score decreases all the more. After a certain reduction in your point score, the site bans you.

In this site, you can participate in any random themed swaps. But for crafters, this site is great as it also offers a lot of creative swaps and mailings.

This new year , try something new, something fancy.

Share and receive Joy through posts 🤗😇.

Warm Greetings,

Jayana.

(Jayana’s Jolly Cards)

 

 

 

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Craft + Journaling

With new variety of crafts being explored by crafters, another form of craft is Art Journaling. Many of us have the habit of writing our thoughts, feelings in diaries. Documenting life in scrapbooks is adorably cute. And so is Journaling.

Piyu is a dear friend of mine whom I met on Instagram. I would see a lot of her posts where she would show us how she documented her life, wrote her thoughts in pretty looking journals. What attracted me the most was the incorporation of crafts into books of written thoughts. She made a group on Facebook this year named “Journal your heart out”. She sent me a request and I immediately accepted it. So yeah, my journey of Journaling began in the month of October 2016.

I am not in a position to tell you that this is the right way of doing journaling or that is the right way of doing it. That’s coz it’s a free form of art. If I happened to go out somewhere I can come home save some tickets and write about it. If you stayed at home and found yourself wandering and pondering over a certain topic, again you could write it down. You can also use your colourful pens, papers, paper tapes, embellishments to decorate your pages. You can even make your own journal by sewing pages together. Seriously the fun only begins when you start journaling. 🙂 An endless way of showing creativity with your words and crafts.

Writing about quotes you love, sticking photos you found interesting in any magazine, writing about you bucket lists, plans, to-do lists, everything can be smushed in in your own journal. It’s a personal asset.

I am having so much fun doing Journaling. I had a friend from Germany (her name is Mona) who generously sent me a fabric journal, notebooks tied with it and teabags and a sewn journal. Using everything has been such a delightful experience. I’m currently on my third journal book. Also Mranalini who also made an adorable hand sewn journal .

Hope you guys try out and have fun with your imagination.

love,

Jayana

(Jayana’s Jolly cards)

Wish you a very Happy New Year 2017 😘

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DiY love cards

These kind of cards can be sent to anyone. With simple techniques and methods, one can create these adorable cards in minutes 🙂

so let’s get started !

supplies needed are:

  • sentiment stamp
  • butterfly stamp
  • watercolor pencils
  • black card stock in the size 4.125 inches by 5.5 inches
  • white card stock in the size 4 inches by 5.125 inches
  • black ink pad
  • red marker/ pen
  • double sided adhesive

Products I have Used:

  1. 1) @peekaboo_designs sentiments
    2) @prima_mixedmedia cling butterfly stamps
    3) Hobby idea’s white and black cardstock
    4) Staedtler luna watercolor pencils 🙂 #handmadebyjayana #jayanasjollycards 🙂
  2. Ranger Archival Jet black inkpad

Method:

STEP1 stamp the sentiment in the middle of the white card stock using black ink pad.

STEP2 stamp the butterfly in two opposite corners using again the black inkpad.

STEP3 color the butterflies using watercolor pencils. And then use water with a paintbrush to blend the colours .

STEP4 draw a heart with a red pen/ marker near the sentiment

STEP5 Trim in a tiny U-shape in the remaining opposite two corners.

STEP6 stick the panel down using double sided tape adhesive on the black card stock leaving equal borders.

And now you can send them to your loved ones 🙂

Hope you guys enjoyed this Blog.

Greetings and Love,

Jayana

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DIY Christmas greeting card

Hi my lovely crafty peeps,

so here I am today with a quick Christmas themed card to share with you guys 🙂

Supplies needed are:

  • colourful ink pads
  • versa mark watermark stamp pad
  • snowflakes stamps
  • acrylic block
  • black card stock in the size 4.125 inches by 5.5 inches and another piece in the size 2.5 inches by 5.5inches
  • white card stock in the size 4 inches by 5.125 inches.
  • gloden embossing powder
  • heat gun craft tool

 

  1. Products I have used :
    1) Trim craft Krafty Christmas clear stamp
    2) @ranger_ink embossing powder – Gold
    3) hobbyideas – black and white cardstock
    4) fiskars paper trimmer
    5) ranger ink pads

Method:

STEP1 Take a white piece of card stock. Now use the snowflake stamp you have. Mount the stamp onto the acrylic block. Select the color of your choice and start stamping from the top to bottom. If you notice in the card, the clutter of snowflakes at the top is more than the bottom. This gives the ‘falling’ effect.

STEP2 now use the sentiment stamp (have a merry Christmas in this case)  and ink it well using versa mark watermark stamp pad. Stamp it on the smaller piece of black card stock.

STEP3 Now sprinkle golden embossing powder on top and tap the black piece to remove the excess powder.

STEP4 melt the powder using heat gun tool to remove the excess.

STEP5 now comes the adhering part. Use double sided tape at the back of the White card and stick it on to the big piece of black card stock leaving equal borders around.

STEP6 Last, stick the smaller piece of black card stock on the White cardstock leaving more space at the top and lesser space from the bottom.

That is it guys 🙂

Hope you have fun creating this card at home…

love,

Jayana.

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