27.4.11

Sliding Barbie Princess Castle Card

Barbie is quite popular with little girls nowadays and my little one is no exemption.This is a typical little girls card A Barbie Princess! My daughter is so involved in card making that she even decides what theme birthday card she wants  for a particular friend based on the the friends likes and dislikes!Here is the fun Sliding Barbie Princess card we made.
Slider Card Barbie Princess 
The Barbie card slides up to reveal another Barbie princess underneath.I made the aperture in the shape of a castle .

Barbie Card
My daughter helped to stick the pink handmade paper flowers on her castle!

Barbie Princess Card
These are the flowers used to decorate the card. They were made out of small circles glued together and a white pearl placed at the center.Here is the link to the circle flower tutorial.The white shiny dots are pearly white 3 D glitter.
Circle Flower
 This crown was cut  using a new Crown punch I couldn't resist buying .
Crown Cut out decoration

Double Slider Magical Card


Double Slider Card Closed View
This is an interactive card. I love making a card with an interactive and unusual mechanism. This is a fun card which on pulling the tab on one side make 2 cards slide out from opposite ends.Its really magical.
Double Slider Card Slider Card panel
Double Slider Card one sliding card
Sliding Mechanism of Double Slide Card

Double Slider Card fully Slid open
  It is easy to make and instructions can be found on many places on the net.The images on this card are exclusively stickers. I used puffy 3 D stickers on the top panel and flat stickers on the sliding card panels. This type of card cannot handle 3 D embellishments as the slider mechanism will not work well with heavy and protruding decorations.
We have not decided who to give this card to. It should be a fun card for one of my daughter's friends.

Recycled CD Craft

Recycling CD Craft
Recycled CD Craft 
You may be having lots of CDs you have no use for. Here is a simple yet cute craft to recycle CDs. This recycled CD Mouse craft was made by my 4 year old daughter in Summer camp at Planet kids . My daughter told me its to hang in our car but we felt little mouse should stay in our home and gave the little mouse a place in our drawing room!
How to Make this Cute Mouse
Materials to make a recycled CD Mouse
Old CD
Black colored Paper
Pink Colored paper
Ribbon
Glue
Sticky tape
Googly Eyes or Hand cut eyes

CD Craft-Mouse 
To make the ears cut out 2 large circles from black paper -with younger kids cut the circles out for them.Older ones can trace around a cup and cut out the circles.
Cut 2 smaller circles in pink paper and stick them over the large black circles
Make a radial slit on the circles and curve the flaps to create a ear shape. Glue or staple to hold the shape
Stick to the back of the CD using sticky tape
Make whiskers from thin black paper and stick on to the CD
Use Googly Eyes or hand cut white- black eyes for the little Mouse's eyes
Finally tape a loop of ribbon at the back of the CD so that you can hang your creation. Have Fun
How about a more elegant recycled CD craft ?
Check this link on how to make a box with recycled CDs
Recycled CDs craft
And dont throw away those CD cases : Here are some projects with recycled CD cases

23.4.11

Sponge Roses Bouquet

This is a bouquet of homemade Sponge Roses .
Sponge Flowers Bouquet
Check out how to make these sponge flowers.
Sponge Roses Bouquet
The small rosebud on the bottom left hand corner is my 4 year old daughters idea and creation!



21.4.11

How to make Sponge Rose Bud Flowers

Sponge Roses Tutorial
Sponge Roses Bouquet
I am on a flower making spree! Making flowers from sponge is perhaps a forgotten craft. I remember seeing many sponge creations in my childhood but hardly anything now. Online too there are very few sponge flowers on Crafting blogs. While spring-cleaning I discovered some sponge sheets I had bought long back and decided to put them to use!
The flower I am going to show you is super easy to make. My daughter has made one too as you can see!
If you are crafting with kids let them roll the flowers but they will need help tying the final rose bud as the floral wire can be sharp for little fingers.
Sponge Flowers
Materials Required
Sponge Sheet - comes in so many delightful colors.
Floral Wire
Scissors
Sponge flower making tutorial
Sponge Flower Making 
 1.Cut the sponge sheet into rectangular long strips
Length of the Sponge Strips: the length can vary with how full you want your rosebud to be.Short ones will make a bud while long ones can make securing the final flower difficult. I used on an average a length of 30 - 35 cm strips
Width: Don't cut it too narrow as it makes working with the rolling and securing the sponge flower difficult. Cut the width between 4- 5 cm.
Tip: You don't have to be really exact. My 4 year old even helped me cut the strips. Thats the wonder of working with sponge.Sponge Cuts even smoother than butter and all inaccuracies are lost in the stretchability of the material
Sponge Rose Flowers Tutorial
 2. Fold the rectangular sponge strips lengthwise
Sponge Flower Making
 3.Start rolling from one end.

How to make Sponge flowers
Here Is my daughter making the sponge flowers
Sponge flowers Kids craft
   4. You can add a twist if you like by making a 90 degree turn as you go along. It gives some added dimension but the Rose bud looks lovely even with simple rolling.
Sponge Flower Tutorial

Sponge Flower Tutorial

 5. As you roll you can shape your Sponge Rose Bud Flower.Keep a Tight hold on the flower base as you roll it.
Sponge Flower Rolled Rosebud
6. Take Floral wire and loop it loosely around the base of your Sponge rosebud.
Sponge Flower Making
Alternately if you like stitching you can secure your sponge rose using a needle and  thread to secure the base.
Sponge Rosebud Flower
Tips:Don't make the wire loop too tight as it can cut through the fragile sponge.Making it too tight can also change the shape of your flower. Don't worry its easy to get the hang of it even at your first attempt!You can stitch the base if you don't have floral wire.Using floral wire makes it very easy.
Sponge Flower on Floral Wire
7. You can cut off the Floral wire or keep it and use your rosebuds however you want.
Finished Sponge Sheet Flower
Some ideas to Use your Sponge RosebudsMake a brooch - In this case you can stitch the base to make it sturdier.
Adorn a gift
Use it as a card embellishment
Sponge Flower on a bamboo stick
Make a bloom and put it in a flower vase
Red Sponge Flowers
Rolled Sponge Flower
This is my daughters Sponge flower. See how cute it is.
How to make Sponge flowers
These are ideal flowers for little hands to make as they dont squash like paper and just rolling is required! This is one of the sponge flowers made by my little girl!
My Daughter's Sponge Flower
Our bouquet came together in no time! A bouquet of Sponge flowers!
Sponge flower bouquet
Edited: This Sponge craft flowers won 3rd Prize at Mindful Meanderings
Where to buy sponge sheets ? : Since sponge craft was an art popular in the 1980s and fallen out of memory it may be difficult to get sponge sheets these days.Your local fancy store may be stocking these if you are lucky!Otherwise keep a look out for sponge sheets that come as packaging when you buy electronic items or crockery.

20.4.11

Craft Supply Stores in India

craft stores India
Getting craft supplies in India is a challenge . Even though I stay in Bangalore which is a metro and is the home of Itsy Bitsy the largest chain of Craft stores in India I love discovering new craft stores and trying them out.
        In this post I would like to share with you some of  the craft stores in Bangalore , online links and shops in other Indian Cities shared by blogger crafters
Check back often on this post as I shall keep updating this based on new shops I discover or new buying experiences.
Please do post your favorite Indian craft supply stores here. Give as much details as possible such as City and area,Craft supply available eg paper, punches etc
Whether you consider it pricey , high quality etc and if your craft store is a friendly neighborhood store do tell us if you have to bargain!
For Indian Crafters selling supplies :please do post  your  link or contact number here so that everyone can benefit
General Guideline to Buying Craft Supplies
What I have found when buying craft materials be it card stock , papers, punches or the fancier cutting dies...prices vary tremendously from shop to shop, city to city ,seller to seller and even within the same shop or seller from time to time!!
Craft sellers especially online sellers keep having sales and discounts which may be seasonal/festive or as a competitive strategy[to compete with other sellers having the same product]. 
Often craft supply sellers lower their prices by several hundred rupees to beat the competition or clear their stock [ If you are buying when the stuff goes on sale its ok but how about the other side of the coin?I have personally been  unluckily affected by this trend when just days or weeks after I buy a product the same seller decreases the price to a considerably lower rate].
So if you are planning to buy fancy stuff online do explore prices, shipping charges,discounts etc at the different seller's sites.
And if its something new and you dont know comparative costs, do resist  and wait for at least a few weeks as prices tend to fall when the competition joins in !!

Online Craft Shop Links Based in India

[Disclaimer : I dont get any incentive to write this review-- just sharing  experiences about my craft purchases!! Only giving details about the sellers with whom I have had experience buying]
I have been guest designer/designer for some of the online shops but the view expressed here is in no way influenced by that !

Itsy Bitsy 

Itsy Bitsy is the largest Craft Supply store in India and they manufacture many craft supplies which are of international standard and are even imported to other countries!
A couple of months back Itsy Bitsy drastically slashed their prices and now everyday crafting staples such as beads, ribbons , papers, flower making accessories to name a few  are available at extremely competitive rates
They have 17 physical stores, 10 in Bangalore, 2 in Mumbai, 2 in Delhi ,1 in Hubli, 1 in chennai and 1 in Pune

They have an extremely well organized website. Huge range of projects for paper crafters, school projects, jewellry making,clay crafts.
    • Free shipping for purchase above 599 
    • Have store pickup option - I opt for this many a time as the store manager procures hard to get items for me
    • Flat shipping rate of 59 rupees irrespective of weight
I usually buy directly from the shop but later discovered some stuff like certain dies and magnetic sheets are actually sold only online.One can spend hours on the Itsy Bitsy website!! 
And some products are actually sold only in the physical stores!
Packaging is perfect and even single papers are packed meticulously. 
Thorough professionals!
    • Tip : Has periodical sales and so its a good idea to subscribe to their email newsletter and follow Itsy Bitsy on facebook .
    • Itsy Bitsy sponsors several craft challenges and gives away gift vouchers to the winner of these challenges so have fun and participate in the craft challenges.See link for Indian Craft Challenges
    • They have huge sales when they open a new shop 
    • They have a dedicated blog with wonderful detailed tutorials posted frequently

Crafters Corner[Delhi ] 

Crafters Corner is managed by crafter Shalini Mittal who also teaches crafting [quilling, punchcraft, card making and scrapbookingat Delhi.Her shop has a huge range of imported craft supplies ranging from exotic punches and dies to paper cutting machines. I bought some fantastic Cheery Lynn dies from Shalini in Nov 2012 when she had a sale for them.I was super pleased by the prompt service--I got notification when the money was transferred ,when the parcel was sent with courier tracking number and delivering in 1 working day !I was thrilled that her courier charges are nominal [always a concern with online shopping!] and she even waived off the courier charge since it was my first purchase. One more thing I especially like about her is she is very very prompt in responding to product queries be it on facebook or email.
A very intelligent entrepreneur...the crafters corner team send me a discount coupon to tempt me to spend on my birthday..and yes I couldn't resist the offer!
For the die hard crafter her store is a must visit !
  • If you want imported craft goodies this may well be your first stop as the range is huge!
  • She offers further discounts on wholesale purchase
  • Often has the lowest price for any particular imported craft item!
  • Tip : Keep a watch on their facebook page as many a times discounts and giveaways are announced on facebook rather than on the website!
  • Recently [Dec 2015] introduced cash on delivery
  • Dec 2015 update : Has introduced free shipping for orders above 2999 with certain products being exempted
  • March 2016 update : Very innovative discount system using coupons to avail of discount depending on your purchase . See this link to know all the coupons you can apply to get the maximum discounts on your purchase at Crafters Corner : Crafters Corner Coupon Codes

The Craft Shop.in [Chennai]

Owned by Priya Sivaraj a talented crafter from Chennai. She not only has the fancy stuff such as imported dies but some very basic crafting supplies such as acrylic blocks for stamping, binder rings,cute shaped buttons,economically priced ink pads,quilling kits,pearls in unique colors etc
The first item I purchased from Priya were Sizzix scallop oval dies and I was very much impressed with her professional dealings .Since then I have bought from her several times and her service is always super fast.
    • Very fast service.She will ship you the product in no time at all!
    • Shipping rates are nominal and averages just 45 rupees and many a times she has waived off shipping too!
    • Tip :Since her products are often unique and her prices competitive...her stuff sell out pretty fast. So you have to be fast to get the good bargains!

Rainbow Craftykari 


         Owned by talented crafter Maninder Kaur from Punjab. Maninder is a crafter at heart and apart from having a lovely craft store she also teaches specialty  crafts like mixed media and decoupage.
          I was extremely attracted to the super gorgeous metallic embellishments Maninder stocks in her shop. She also has gorgeous pearl strings, hard to get pom pom lace and several unique embellishments. 
          Her prices are economical  and her website user friendly. She'll message as well as email you all the courier details and  there is a definite personal touch in all the dealings......something I loved since I am an old school person who still likes to buy from a person rather than a website!!
         Something of special note is her meticulous packing...wooo not seen such beautiful packing in quite some time... each tiny embellishment was individually bubble wrapped  and an MDF gate in my package had a triple protection packing of cardboard, thermocol and bubble wrap ! It felt so nice to see such awesome packing and care being taken to see that  it reached the customer in perfect shape.
Special tips
  • If you sign up on her website - you will be mailed a special discount voucher for your first time purchase
  • Follow Rainbowcraftykari on Facebook as that is where special discounts are announced on a regular basis!

Lulupu [Gurgaon]


Managed by one of the most experienced crafters in India Karuna Chauhan.
The website stocks many essential craft supplies which form the very basis of paper crafting such as scoreboards [ a must have paper crafting tool] and Paper cutters. She also stocks  lots of unique media such as snowtex, utee and gesso.I have often had people asking me where to buy Washi and Lulupu is the place to go for washi tapes...they have a huge range!!
I recently bought the famous Martha Stewart spring scissors, snowtex and Lindy's mist from Lulupu and was very happy with the packing and the prompt delivery of the package.Once you order online,the team promptly sends you order confirmation emails with payment details and once shipped the courier tracking numbers too.
  • Shipping is weight based and the weight of each product is listed and so you get a very clear idea of the shipping rates
  • A big advantage is the Cash on delivery option at a nominal extra fees.
  • Tip : Participate on the Lulupu facebook and blog contests to win gift vouchers to the shop

Imaginations Craft Shop

Managed by crafter Aditya Gupta.I made my online purchase from him in Nov 2011 and I was so happy as it was my first online purchase .I had been very traditional so far and not purchased anything online but my apprehensions were all allayed with this experience! His website is professional and his service fast and efficient!You get an order confirmation,various payment options including an easy Bank transfer option which I had opted for.I was asked my preference of courier, permission to ship and even received a little surprise package! I bought a Scorpal and Friskars tweezers from his shop and they arrived well packed and promptly.My first online experience was a success!
One of the best things about dealing with Aditya is he sends you prompt mails or sms when he receives the money, then again when he dispatches the products ..he is very prompt in giving courier tracking numbers and packs the products well.
Only a limited variety of Punches and dies .

A 1 craft supply[Mumbai]

I was most attracted to her shop for the economically priced punches and the interesting embellishments! I didnt buy online from them but picked up the stuff when I went to Mumbai. The young couple who run the business have some exquisite stuff which are not too hard on your pocket.I took quite a number of punches and got a good discount too. I must especially appreciate the fact that when I reported some issues with 4 punches I had bought they immediately replaced the same without any fuss even taking the trouble to travel hours in Mumbai traffic to deliver the new punches.
Huge variety of jewelry supplies

Jovi-[Mumbai]

I bought some exclusive fantastic shiny papers,Pie Lane products and  many Jef punches from Jovi. Since she is a very creative crafter herself she stocks stuff which are in vogue! Jovi is a dear blogger friend and a warm and helpful person!

Carftigeneous 

This craft supply store is Owned by Reena Gupta. I generally have a policy of not buying from Facebook stores but when my Bigshot broke down and I needed spare-parts I was guided to Reena Gupta by the reputed craft seller Shalini Mittal so I did not hesitate in interacting with her. Reena was very prompt in responding , send the parcel promptly and though I bought just the tiny big shot bearing it came beautifully packed. Her shipping costs are also nominal. She also stocks beautiful pearl strings, pollen,charms, papers, quilling strips and many crafty stuff which are in great demand by crafters


Krafterscart
Mansi [Delhi]-- sells mostly imported stuff  
Sudha[Delhi]
Hobby Ideas
Krafter's Kart - acrylic stamps
Gannetindia-Fiskars products
Gurubaran Tanjore ArtsTanjore painting materials

Craft Stores in Bangalore 
Itsy Bitsy ,They have 10 branches in Bangalore:Check this link for the maps: Itsy Bitsy Store locator
They keep having sales and then its time to really stock up on craft supplies!
1. No.77, 21st Main Road, Banashankari Stage II, Near B.D.A Complex 
080 6452 1296 ‎.This is an exclusive craft material supply store. It has 3 floors! Something for every hobby be it beading, painting,clay crafting,baking,paper crafting or if its something for a party or school project this is the place to go to!
They have an amazing variety of Paper, glitter paper, satin paper,mulberry paper,moonstone paper,embossed paper,patterned paper,handmade paper,card stock,punchcraft paper!
Huge range of Embellishments , stickers, buttons, beads, flowers , rhinestones.
Flower making supplies: floral tape, floral wire,stockings, pistils in so many colors.
Quilling : Quilling strips,comb,quilling tools,Fringer,
Punchcraft :Embossing pads,Embossing tools,Punchcraft paper and Punches
Cuttlebug, Big shot, Binding machine, and Itsy bitsy's own affordable embossing folders,dies and punches.
Baking and chocolate making supplies
A must visit shop for all craft lovers in India!
Itsy Bitsy OMBR branch- No. #665, 5th Main Road ,O.M.B.R Layout, (Near Banaswadi, B.Chansandra Bus stop), Bangalore, Tel - 91 80 4146 7374
Smaller compared to Banashankari and BEL road branch but well stocked.
Itsy Bitsy BEL Road Branch-No.1, New BEL Road, 1st Main, 2nd Stage,RMV Extension, ISRO Road,Bangalore - 560094.Tel: 91 80 23412599
This is the branch nearest to my place so I am a frequent visitor there. It is huge and spacious. Has literally everything for a crafter. Sewing supplies, Baking supplies, Paper,Quilling,Beading supplies .The store manager Sajan and the floor staff are very helpful  and have several times even helped me to procure certain items I required like magnetic sheets and memento ink pads
Sapna Book House, Elements Mall
Sapna Book House has many branches but the new one in Elements Mall is packed with  lots of craft supplies including Fabriano Cardstock, foam sheets, Art materials by renowned brands such as Staedler, Daler Rowney etc
Spar, Mantri Mall, Malleswaram,Bangalore
Craft Materials: Varies. I have picked up some great bargains here. Availability is no guarantee. Corrugated paper, card paper, Foam sheets and felt  sheets+ some value for money Stickers have been my finds here. Glue dots are also usually available.
Devi and Co,Ethiraj Complex,Ebrahim Sahib Street,[ Parallel to Commercial Street,Phone: 08025588894
Its a small shop but don't let that fool you its a treasure trove and you have to watch your pocket!
Punches:Huge collection of Jef and Punchbunch punches.Now stocks Ek Success and Martha Stewart punches. 
Quilling: Strips in various widths, lots of colors including shaded , metallic , graded shades. Quilling comb, crimper,cork board,Quilling fringer.
Variety of craft kits if you want to learn a craft :Parchment craft kits, quilling kits,Cut and tuck kits,iris folding kits.Emboss painting kits.
Good collection of stencils-Local,fevicryl .
Lot of spray paints.Acrylic Paints in large bottles are very economical.
Tanjore Painting ready made kits.
Parchment craft paper including colored ones, grids,needles, embossing tools and embossing mats.
Good collection of rare craft books but these are imported so expensive - many books on punch craft and quilling.
Cutting mat.Ceramic powder, Imported clay, Thai Clay, Resin Making solutions, Soap making and  candle making raw materials
Huge variety of veiners, clay cutters,silicon  molds for both clay and chocolate making
Also has imported  paper trimmers and circle cutters. 3D decoupage sheets, Volume decoupage sheets, printed tissue papers
Our Own Store ,Commercial Street.327,3rd cross ,Narayana Pillai Road,Commercial Street. The board has faded away and you might miss it if you are not careful.Its quite near the main commercial street Road.
Craft material available: Beads, Kundan ,Lots of pearls in all sizes.Embroidery stuff, yarn, lace, huge variety of buttons.Flower making stuff - different colored wires, stocking,pips/ stamen,leaves.Googly eyes - different sizes but all round, currently priced at Rs 3 for a pair.No paper
Tips: Know what you want . The elderly Muslim gentleman who runs the shop can give you a good bargain if you take a lot of stuff but its difficult to bargain with him. His prices are reasonable
Ravi craft Store,Commercial Street,Kalyan Complex,2nd Cross road, Commercial Street. 
Walkable distance from the Our Own store so be sure to check both out if you specifically want something.
Beads,Pearls.Beautiful Embroidered stuff.Huge collection of ribbons. Some pretty fabric.Googly eyes in round and oval shape price at present Rs 5 a pair.Flower making fabric limited colors and stamens and pips less variety the last time I went.No paper.
Tips: If you are an avid seamstress this will be a treasure trove for you. For the paper crafter you will get some exquisite ribbons and embellishments. Do bargain!
Batchu Art and Stationary,#141/1,Ebrahim Sahib Street,[ Parallel to Commercial Street]
Lots of ribbons,paints,papers.
Quilling Materials:Quilling strips in 3mm,5mm and 10mm sizes in many colors including gold. They also have corrugated quilling strips, quilling slotted instrument,Quilling crimper,Combing tool and quilling circular template[ is that what you call it?]
Orion Paper Mart,#13/1,Ebrahim Sahib Street,[ Parallel to Commercial Street].This shop is opposite the earlier Batchu Store
Has lots of satin as well as plastic ribbons, Embossing kits,Embosser in several designs.Foam stickers at great rates.A small selection of Craft punches at reasonable rates. 
MA Mateen& Co ,Ebrahim street- Near Orion Paper Mart
Thermocol balls and sheets- in various sizes
SreeMurugan Bottle Stores,OPH Road -Perpendicular to Commercial street. Near Taj Hotel.
Bottles,corks
Staples, Garuda Mall:5th Floor,Garuda Mall, Magrath Road,Bangalore-560025.
paper, card stock,3D decoupage sheets,Some unusual Craft kitsHobby ideas products, Modpodge
Mahendra Novelties:#114 & 115 Raja Market 1st Floor,Avenue Road,Bangalore 560002
How to reach there- a nightmare to drive into if you have a car--we parked at Unity Building JC road and took an auto.
Huge variety of crafting materials- would be good place to go when you need items in bulk for a craft class or workshop or order.
Punches are limited.Large foam sheets in many different colors .
Soft toy making : huge range of fabric and fur and eyes nose etc
Jewelry making: lots of stuff but on price and quality comparison I found Itsy Bitsy superior!
Flower making stuff:some unique  stuff including wire, pollens, stockings, sponge, net.
My main crib with this shop is they are so slow to serve you and you end up wasting more time just standing there waiting for the guys to get the things you requested for and since I have my little one towing along  she gets so bored and irritated I end up exasperated!![in that way Itsy Bitsy is paradise as its just like a shopping mall!!]
They sell most things whole sale so for the "non die hard" crafter it may not be worth the trouble to endure the market place hustle and bustle to reach there!
Multi Stationary Store [HP] ,New Bel Road
This is a stationery shop run by a very helpful person. If you ask for something very often he gets it for you too.Parking- Park on the side road as the main BEL road is a heavy traffic area
Huge collection of handmade paper- priced well too. Most places in Bangalore a large sheet is 30- 35 . Here you can get the same for Rs 25.Good assortment of Jef punches priced economically compared to the big stores.Stencils of borders and wishes [ from Malaysian company Fema].Huge collection of glass paints and liners in different colors
Pawan Book Store ,RT Nagar:Huge collection of paints and 3 D glitter. Mseal, glass etching products, glass paint, Glue dots.Large Thermocol sheets,Glitter powder in so many colours. Indian made cheap brads/split pins [ indispensable to make many interactive cards!].Good collection of moderately priced chart paper though nothing unusual.Take a lot of stuff and the owners themselves will give you a good discount.Will give you good discounts on printer ink cartridges ,paper.Has a good stock of Ivory card stock [good for card making and box making]
If you are a regular customer they will even procure stuff for you!
Balaji STores RT Nagar-- lots of stuff from paints, paper, paper cutters, stencils, punches[ limited variety]
Cons: Some of the staff have no knowledge about the products stocked!
Big Market Sahakaranagar
Good bargains on foam, glitter foam, felt A 4 size and even quilling strips.If you are lucky they may have ready stock of pom pom balls , googly eyes and fancy buttons at competitive prices
Sapna Bookhouse , Elements Mall
Opened in May 2015 ...its a book lovers paradise and for the die hard crafer they stock many unique and hard to find dedicated craft books. Good range of art material.
Misc: Party Items : Part Hunterz,No. 338, Narayan Pillai Street,Commercial Street Cross,Opp - Hotel Shiva Sagar ( China Bazar),Bangalore - 560001Contact: +91-9845062650Store No: 080 25590888

Craft Stores in Andra pradesh

Sree Jagadamba fancy stores,Secunderabad

Craft Stores in Kolkata

Hobby Ideas ,Starmark - Lord Sinha Road ,Emami Market, 3,Lord Sinha Road
Ph: (033) 40063314 - 40063303

Hobby Ideas , Starmark -South City Mall , Shop No. 234, 2nd Floor, 375,Prince Anwar Shah Road, Ph: 033 - 40072216Kolkata-700068
Craft Supplies in Chennai [This list has been updated with information from http://goodgrace.wordpress.com/chennai-craft-shops/]
Anandha Stationaery Store- Online sales avaialble
General Craft Supplies
Shastri Stores(Nungambakkam)- everything from fabric paints,beads to embroidery thread, gifts, lil gadgets and craft books for kids
Selvam Stores:near Nungambakkam Independence park ,tel:09444233868
Selvam Thread Stores(Village Road)-from iron-on applique patches, Matty cloth (cross stitch), lace, decorative zari borders, material, zips, crystals, ribbon rosettes.and other sewing notions (Not open on Sundays)
Raja Thread Stores, off Ranganathan street, T.Nagar (in the lane beside Textile India),Beads, jewelery pliers and findings, canvas, paints, gold/ colored papers (not open on Sundays.) candle making and other craft kits.Small shop BUT well stocked with craft supplies.
Pandian Thread Stores, off Ranganathan street, T/Nagar (opposite Raja Thread Stores):They stock jewelery supplies like seed beads, beads, wire etc. Also have a good collection of mehandi pattern books, knitting needles and yarn.
Flower Bazaar near Currimbhoy’s (Paris Corner)- stiff buckram and cotton gaada cloth -many small shops selling handmade lace by the metre,wooden buttons,coconut shell buttons, iron-on applique patches, embroidery thread, candle making kits, crystals, flower making wire, beads, tiny bells and ribbon rosettes..Note: always take a guide with you!
R.R Fancy stores - threads, wool, soft toy materials and other craft supplies.No:8, Umpherson Street, Chennai-600 108,Broadway (Near Hotel Saravana bhavan)
Suncity Enterprises- soft toy materials, beads and other jewelry making supplies- wholesale rates…bulk quantitiesAddress:New 165, (Old 140), First floor,N.S.C Bose Road,Chennai -600 079Contact:41471599/ 9381471599
Avon Enterprises (Arts and Crafts Shop)- wholesale dealers in fake fur cloth , tiny metal bells(for Xmas ornaments), soft toy materials, jewelry making supplies, flower making supplies, embroidery and painting kits etc,big collection of ribbon with wired edges which you can bend into shape[good for those big bows and garlands] ,paper quilling supplies &handmade paper.Address:68, Narayana Mudali Street,M.K. Plaza,Chennai- 600 079Contact: Mevadas Vaishnow,9380521622 / 9380031502,25382877/32915462
Madhu Trading Company (Importers and Wholesale Stationers):They stock a HUGE range of paper punches, paper embossers, crayons, clay and other stationery. Cheaper than Landmark for the punches and bigger selection than other shops!!Phone: 25387740/42153526Store Manager: Suresh JainmImport Manager: Rajesh JainCustomer Care: +91 9884723604,Email: info@stationeryworld.com,Website: www.stattioneryworld.com.Address:64/5 Narayana Mudali Street,Chennai-600 079
Fabric Shops in Chennai
Pantheon Road /Cotton Street(Egmore)-cheap yet sturdy cotton and synthetic fabrics, material of different widths ranging from 36″ to 60″
Noori Lace Shop, Pondy Bazaar- handmade lace and thread…also limited range of beads and satin ribbon.Address:New # 111, old # 57, near T.Nagar Post Office.T.Nagar,Chennai-17
Thakurdas Choithram-velvet, denim, corduroy and other hard-to-find materials
Sornam Stores (Pondy Bazaar)-open on Sundays Plain pillow covers in pastel shades, plain towels and Aida Fabric also known as Matty cloth in about three different shades in addition to white.
Paper Stores in Chennai
Aesthetics:Handmade paper from the Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. [ Rs 35 per sheet] Handmade paper , stationery .86 Aarti Arcade,Dr. Radha Krishnan Salai,Mylapore
Sankeshware:Sankeswara prints and sells wedding cards primarily and have handmade papers. Ground Floor( right side),Justice Pratap Singh Building (I.O.A. Complex),Old No 35, New No 69, Royapettah High Road,Chennai- 14(same complex as Modfurn and Hallmark)
Hindustan Trading Co:paint-brushes,paints, glues ,cutters and paper embossers- huge collection of Craft Punches ,stencils.Shop Nos 171-172, First Floor,Justice Pratap Singh Building (I.O.A. Complex),Old No 35, New No 69, Royapettah High Road,Chennai- 14.Email:hindustan_trading@yahoo.com or hindustanartcentre@yahoo.co.in
Mercury Cards & Paper:Mahesh Chandak,Mercurry Cards & Paper,#56/1, (New 10/1), Anderson Street, 2nd Floor, Chennai – 600001(Close to the Flower Bazaar Police Station & Olympic Wedding cards)Ph – 94443 35357

Craft Suppliers Mumbai

Mahavir Traders.comr:Mahavir Traders,192, Pathare Mansion, L.J. Road,Nr. Citylight Cinema, Mahim,
Mumbai - 400 016- 
Went there in Dec 2012 and was amazed at what can be stored in a small space-- a crafters paradise-- If you want imported crafting tools this is the place to go!Huge variety of imported punches, cuttlebug, fiskars tools,ribbons,quilling kits, clay modelling tools,Some unique imported quilling kits and 3 D paper craft kits. Large variety of papers too!Also stocks some Pie Lane stuff.
Hobby Ideas, Noah's Art,Ground Floor,Kwality House,Kemp's Corner,Mumbai - 400 036.022-23825621, 

Nagashri Arts - Paper crafting and other art and craft supplies Located at Poonam Nagar , Andheri East, Mumbai. Ships all over India too.
Sterling Syndicate, 263, Abdul Rehman Street, 7, super shopping complex. mumbai-03 (ph-022-23427368)
Supernova 2 &4 Barar House, 237/243, Abdul Rehman Street, Mumbai -3Contact No 23428307

Harish Collections - Stocks Pie Lane Stuff.Shop No 9, Embassy Building, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West, Mumbai - 400053(91)-(22)-26319628, 26334412
Crystal collection:44/a vivina bld;(nadco shopping center) s.v.road andheri west mumbai-400058,ph:98208-70787


Khushi Arts and craft supplies Craft punches , Fiskars  ,  Embossing Stencils
Address:73 ,Manaji Rajuji Building ,1st Bhandari Street , Null Bazaar , Mumbai - 400004.Contact Number : Sheetal Vohra 9869301765,022 - 23878608,email:khushi_arts@yahoo.com
Pooja craft & embroidary:25,b.m.c market,opp railway station,borivali west mumbai-62,ph no:98925-67446
Om art and craft:73,3rd bhoiwada,shop no-2,bhuleshwar,mumbai-400002,ph no:022-22423930
Rolex paper mart:41/45 sutar chawl,abdul rehman street mumbai-400002,ph no:022-23421580/23449021
Gannet India :Stocks Fiskars brand.Sells online too.Contact person Mr Chandrakant Khopade;4/462,Ramdoot,M P Marg, Currey Road(E),Mumbai - 400012.Tel : +91-22-24715304,24705204M : +91-9323002978

Craft Supply Stores Pune

Leader Stationers  :Shop No 7 & 8, Bhakti Plaza, Aundh, Opposite Aundh Police Station, Aundh, Pune, Maharashtra 411007,020 2588 6071
Pie Lane:The Pie Lane Studio,Shop No. 12, Dorabjee Enclave,Salunkhe Vihar Road,Wanawadi,Pune-411040,Ph: 020-26838461.Email:-info@flexmagcrafts.in ,srinandasen@gmail.com,tonvanh@hotmail.com

Craft Supply Stores Delhi

Sudha[Delhi]
Camel Art Center, A 263,Defence Colony ,NewDelhi
Spardha has some nice pictures of this store on her blog
Itsy Bitsy 
Nirmal Stationers:2604/17 Ground Floor, Balaji Market, Nai Sarak, Chawri Bazar, Delhi-6, Delhi, India 110006.Phone:098 11 345714

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NB: The sole purpose of this post is to give information to crafters.Though I have done Guest Posts and Design team work for some of the shops above, I do not receive any incentives for listing a shop or writing a review in this page.

Heart Punch 3 D Flower Tutorial


Punchcraft Flower
This large 3 D flower is made by sticking hearts together.
3 D Flower Tutorial
How to make a 3 D flower which you can use in your cards or as a decoration.
Materials required
Hearts 16
Heart Punch- optional but if you have it , it makes your job easier!
Glue
 1. Fold the hearts in half vertically
Heart Punch Craft Ideas
2. Apply glue to the under- surface of one heart and stick it to 2 other hearts as shown
Heart Punch flower making
3.This is a 3 hearts 3 D heart which pops up and also folds flat .This can be used as such to adorn your cards and other creations for decoration.

Heart Punch Flower Petals
4.Apply glue to the undersurface of one end petal of the above and stick it to another heart.
4 hearts Heart Flower Petal
5. Now you get a "4" hearts petal

Heart Flower Petal Tutorial
6.Make 4 such petals using 16 hearts in all. Using a heart punch makes this a fast job.

Heart Punch Ideas
7. Apply glue on the tip and side edges of the petals made in 5 and 6
Heart Punch Flower Petal
8. Arrange your petals and allow the glue to dry.My favorite glue is white glue which dries transparent.
Heart Flowers

Heart Flowers Tutorial
 9.Put a bead,pearl,quilled shape at the center.I cut leaves from corrugated paper to complement the flower.Do try these flowers.

Paper Flower Making
You can use this 3 D Paper Flower as 
  • A Christmas tree decoration
  • As decoration on a gift box
  • On a Card
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