Saturday, May 18, 2013

Are You A Thrifty Crafter

Hello Friends,

This is Poornima. I am here with my inspiration for the May Challenge  " The Thrifty Crafter". With so many costly supplies in our stash, isn't it challenging to make a card in just Rs. 25.  For inspiration, you can check out fabulous cards from our DT team. And if you have missed Itsy Bitsy inspiration , you can check it out here. I am sure these inspirations will help you to bring out the thrifty crafter hidden inside you all.

Now over to my card. I have made a scallop circle card using nestabilities. The card is very simple with no stamps, inks. I have used calla lilies and pearls as embellishments.

Here Goes my Cost Calculation -

Cardstock (3/4th sheet) - 5 Rs.
White cardstock (1/4th sheet) - 2 Rs. 
Calla lilies- 6 Rs.
PP - 1  Rs. (small pieced is used from 6*6 paper)
Sentiment - 1 Rs.
Pearls - negligible
Cardstock for butterflies -negligible
Total- 15 Rs.

Hope you like this card. The challenge is running. You still have time to link up your cards and win gift vouchers from our sponsor Itsy BitsyWe hope to see your fabulous enteries.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Popcorn Card in Just Rs. 9 For The Thrifty Crafter Challenge

Hi everyone, it's Sunehra presenting the Itsy Bitsy inspiration for this month's challenge here at Catchy Challenges. It's quite an interesting challenge as we are required to create something fabulous but restrict the cost to a maximum of Rs. 25. Now I don't know about you but I'm a 'no holds barred' kind of crafter. I just go nuts on embellishments and the like. So this time I found myself really putting on my thinking cap to present something great within the budget. And here is my creation - A Popcorn Card and the cost was just Rs. 9.

My husband and I are big movie fans. With 2 toddlers in the house, we really relish our 'Date Nights' which are usually Saturday evenings when my folks take on the kids and we head out to the movies. My favourite snack is Caramel Popcorn and with that we both settle down to enjoy the flick. So this card is kind of a tribute to my husband and this weekly ritual.

I've used the same principle as a flower pot card except instead of the flowers, it's 'popcorn' which is actually rolled up and crushed up scraps of paper. I added some brown using a marker. And instead of the pot, it's a popcorn tub. I created that striped design myself, using red punch paper as the base and adding strips of white paper on top. I used a rotary cutter to get the scallop edge at the top. I actually referred to a project in the Fast and Fabulous Cardmaking Book at Itsy Bitsy where they explain how to create a flower pot card. It was a massive help and enabled me to quickly create the template and modify it to my requirements. Here's the cover of the book and the page that I referred to. 

When I actually calculated the cost of the card, I was shocked to find it below10 bucks. How cool is that. Here's the break up:

  • Red Punch Paper A4 Sheet - Rs. 3
  • Cream Punch paper Half A4 Sheet - Rs 1.50
  • White Printer Paper (a few strips) - Rs 0.50
  • Cream Card Stock (Quarter 12" by 12" Sheet) - Rs. 3
  • Ribbon - Rs. 1
TOTAL: Rs. 9 only!

How do you like my popcorn card? Would love to hear your views! Leave a comment and let me know and looking forward to seeing your creations for the The Thrifty Crafter Challenge!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Yay!! Winners!!

Hello everyone!

Yea.. yea.. I know it's very late in announcing the winners. I'm so sorry for letting you to wait for a long time. Because of my busy schedule I'm not finding time to craft and make posts. Anyway... I don't want to bother you by talking too much.. blah blah blah.. :D

And now here is our much awaited part.... Hold your breaths, stay straight and keep your eyes firm on the screen..

Ok... The two random winners for the Itsy Bitsy gift vouchers of Rs. 500/- are

1. Shivani

2. Shalu

Congratulations ladies!! Please mail to claim your prize and grab your badges from the sidebar..

And now our Top 3 in no particular order are
Congratulations!! Please find your badges on the sidebar..

Thank you so much for playing along the fun challenge 'Choose your Keyword' and now we have another super duper fun and lovely challenge 'The Thrifty Crafter', kindly play along and I wish you all a very good luck.. Enjoy!!  

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Thrifty Crafter

This is Tanvi wishing you all a very happy morning!!
It’s time to announce a fresh challenge but before that we thank you all for sharing your fantastic creations with us. The CC team has come up with a unique theme this month - “THE THRIFTY CRAFTER - create something gorgeous for less than Rs 25”. So get set and put on your thinking (or should I say creative) caps to bring out the best of your imagination on a budget of Rs.25.
Challenging isn’t it?  Well but after all it is a “CATCHY” challenge  :D !!!!!!!

Let me now show you what the catchy girls have created.

Here’s Deepti’s Card with pretty gorgeous flowers & a lace in the BG.

Deepti’s card has cost her Rs.20.
CS (half) – Rs.10
CS (1/4)  for the center panel – Rs.5
Punch craft paper (Itsy Bitsy) ½ - Rs.1.50
Lace (1/4m) – Rs.3.50
Total – Rs.20

Megha has made a cute purse in as little as Rs.15!!

CS (half) – Rs.3
PP – Rs.5
Sticker – Rs.5
Ribbon – Re.1
Pearls - Re.1

Smita has this stunning stamped card estimated at Rs.22

Green CS - Rs.6
Brown CS - Rs.2
Cream CS – Rs.4
Embellishments - Rs.10
Total – Rs.22
 Stamps - not included.

I made this card using some diecuts.

CS - Rs.4,
All other papers (flowers - handmade, tree, bird, foam butterfly & leaves) app. - Rs.6,
pearls - Rs.4,
Quilling strip - Re. 1
Total Rs.15
Not considered the cost for inks & dies.

Poornima will join us soon with her inspiration.

Being thrifty is often equated to being miserly but our DT has proved this incorrect, they have been rather ‘thrifty’ with their supplies but ‘generous’ in ideas to motivate all to take on this challenge.

Here are some guidelines to help you -
1. Create a card/ LO/ box/ bag which costs <Rs.25.
2. Mention the approximate cost of all tangible items used e.g. CS, PP, embellishment, lace, ribbon, etc.
3. Reusable items can be used but the cost will not be included e.g. dies, stamps, inks, colors, punches, etc.
4. You can alter / recycle items and this will carry no cost.

Please do not hesitate to write to us if need any clarifications.

Two random winners will be selected & they will receive Rs.500/- gift vouchers from our sponsor ITSY BITSY. Top 3 will be earn a badge to flaunt on their blogs.

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