Saturday, September 10, 2011

CraftyJC Challenge #9: Inspiration from Karuna

I hope you have been inspired by the lovely inspirations till now.

Here is your last inspiration for this theme Recyle. And what an inspiration from the fabulous Karuna!! Karuna has helped us all in many ways with getting our hands on gorgeous supplies easily and look look.. here she is again helping us be inspired in our little way to save Mother Earth.

Here she is!! Welcome Karuna.. :))))

"I have been on Blog Land for almost 2 years (Geeezzzz… now that’s old :D ). And most of you fairly know me well. But for the newbies, I work as a Marketing Manager (not software engineer :D) with a leading IT MNC for last 4.5 years and every free time in my schedule goes into crafting :).

Like most of us I used to hoard any kind of pretty stuff including things I felt qualified as stationary then. Making projects with shoe boxes and altering items was my favourite then since the supplies were limited. 3 years ago I got hooked onto Quilling looking at Youtube and it inspired me to take it up as a hobby. As time progressed I learnt about the various tools and techniques of Scrapbooking and Card making and yes there was no turning back! Thanks to my then ‘Boyfriend’ and now Hubby…. Siddhant helped me create a Blog. He has been my driving force to what most of you call me with love – Crafting Queen :) . Yes it was a name kept by him since for him I was the best at what I did! (Aren’t husbands the cutest!! :D)

Blogland helped me meet so many talented people and also exposed me to challenges, tips and techniques. I have made some very cute friends here and its so nice to have someone discuss the crafty things all the time ;). Bugged with the challenge of sourcing Craft supplies for myself and hearing fellow crafters whining about this issue, I ventured into having my own Craft Store. It started with very basic supplies and now I’m happy am able to get some of the most important and pretty tools and materials we are deprived of in India! The encouragement has been very motivating and I hope soon all Indian Crafters are at power on Global level!
Being a top 3 at Crafty JC has been an exhilarating feeling! I did little dance as Khushboo told me about it over a call since I check the blog on and off! Thanks Crafty JC and the DT team for picking me! However knowing that I need to make a DT project on the theme “Recycle” wasn’t really celebrating moment for me. Coz when you know your project shall be looked with judgment and alota criticality you gotta be good! And this is my first ever DT post so I have tried my best :) Am hoping its worthy of a DT project (Please be kind : ) )
Recycled Desktop Calendar

So what I did I recycle? – A CD Case. (PS- I was on vacation whole of last week and bought many old CD’s my mom was about to throw off :P. ) I took out the CD insert and painstakingly took measurements to cover all Panels. More details with pics J
The Base Material used – Before the project

And here is the After of the project

This is the cover and I used my Echo Park – For the record papers. I used a Kaisercraft Mannequin (have been dying to use this one) as base added some frill with white net we receive with flower Bouquets. Used a sequin lace for the belt and pulled some individual sequins to bling the dress. The circle die cuts as well as the sentiment are from a Glossy finish corporate flyer lying at home, its printed on the backside.

The Left side – The PP was stamped on the green side to look like a pretty background. This Panel is a “Reminder/To Do list” with sticky notes.
The Right Side – The same double sided paper again has been stamped and a magnetic snap is stuck behind. All Calendars have the magnetic snap behind the Month name and they just snap to the green panel inside :P

This is the backside with a pocket to keep the remaining calendars. All Calendars have been cut, stamped and heat embossed. The dates are handwritten. The best thing is this pocket provides a support for the case to stand even when its closed so you have the front as a D├ęcor on your table. Once the calendar exhausts you can still use it and snap some magnetic saying to the inside. Talk about long term plans :)
Phew! That’s a long post considering I took 2 days to complete it :)
Hope you all inspired to recycle some old useless item lying around your house if you havnt done so yet! And please do follow all the rules while linking your post as we hate to miss out on your awesome entries!!
Love always

Now, isn't that super fabulous! What a lot of hard work has gone into this. Thanks a lot Karuna for all the effort. It has turned out SUPERB!

Now girl, please drop in on Karuna's blog and leave her some much deserved love :)

And come back and play along with us here at CraftyJC Challenge - #9: Recycle



  1. fablous ! and i love the picture more than the card wink wink

  2. Karuna this is such a wonderful project and amazingly unique one.... hats off to you.... This one will be my favorite for all times... Thanks alot for the inspiration... its actually very inspiring!

  3. wow like the idea thanx for sharing

  4. beautiful work karuna u really have put a lot of thought into it it looks just great.

  5. Absolutely amazing creation!! love the cover and the dress specially.thaks for sharing!!

  6. That is indeed very cool..... What a pricey possession to flaunt on ones desktop!!! Kudos to both Jaya for throwing the challenge & for Karuna flaunting some amazing thing in this direction.... :)

  7. Thanks Ladies!!! I am on cloud 9 with all the love showered by you :) and definitely motivated n inspired to try out new stuff!

  8. super super gorgeous Karuna! just loooove the cover!

  9. Karuna .... u really deserve the title " Crafting Queen .........