Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Soccer Theme Party Decor and Cake Table

Hello Everyone

Am really excited to share the recent Theme Party Decor I had worked on. Manika came back to me this year too for her son's birthday party ideas! Last year we had worked on a Superhero theme and she was keen to work with me again. I was really happy to know that my work was so very appreciated and trusted. so the theme this year was Soccer with Messi as the main attraction and we stuck with a white and blue theme. After alot of brainstorming i came up with several ideas to create part decor and cake table decor. Several other items were created to match the theme as well. It was a lot of hard work which paid off beautifully.

Manika had very kind words to share about this project. Thanks Manika!

"If you need to plan a birthday for your loved one and make it special for the audience as well as the person whose birthday it is then I would defnitely recommend you go to Karuna. She has very interesting ideas, is particular about her quality and is a thorough professional. I have been wowed both times that i have been to her and will gladly recommend people to go try her out. Thanks a ton Karuna...."

So here are all the pics from the venue!

 The main entrance was through a lawn so I created a welcome banner! How cool is that!

Along with the balloons I made some pom poms in white and blue which were placed on the trees and plans around.


Inside the hall I created this cute banner that shouted Goal along with paper fans matching the theme!


Here are some paper fans for the entrance to the main hall. The center was designed to carry the birthday boy's name - Shiv and some had Messi on it!
The table centers were also desinged and hand cut. It had a Messi Jersey plus several other cordinating littel cut outs along with helium balloons



This is the backdrop created for the cake table. The Banner was designed with cordinating paper fans!

The Cake table was designed to be fun and exciting. Since Manika was keep to replicate the Super Hero Lollypops Idea from last party I suggested to have two small stadium stands with T shirts on sticks with hidden chocolate bars! :) 

Am it did turn out exactly the way I had imagined! the center area was kept for the cake.

and here is the final cake table with the backdrop.


some additionalswere cordinating thank you notes for the return gifts

food picks to add to the fun theme. I also created customsied menu play ards but unfortunately lost the pics. u can see a little glimpse on the top with the football though....


and that's me after sweating it all out! but totally happy!  

thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear your feedback.

In case you wish to get a customised party decor please do email me - hello@craftingqueen.in

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blog Hop | Getting to know me

Blogging after real long since august has been my vacation month! Yes I had 2 breaks. Woo hoo! a short one with the besties and hubby at Pondicherry and next we were off to Ladakh! My dream vacation that we had been planning over 4 years!

am a day late in posting and I am totally sorry Nikita :| but like i said am gonna do it! :D

So Nikita from Infinite Emotions invited me to this 'Getting to know me' blog hop. She has shared her answers on her blog here.  Please do visit her awesome Blog!

So Nikita asked me to join this fun Blog Hop long ago (literally). Usually I would give it a pass but I didnt wanna say a No to her! Nikita is my go to friend :D

So I know Nikki for almost 4 years now. She came to me as a client when I used to sell Craft supplies via Crafting Queen Craft Store. Though it began as just a client talk we were soon talking things about how to craft, what to crafts, product talks and then to wassup and hows life. I still dont remember how and when we became good friends and started talking things apart from crafting. I found her a very happy go lucky yet a practical person. Like me, she is all black and white with no grey areas to be misunderstood. I love her bold and fun attitude and that gave me another reason to ask her to join the Lulupu.com Design team when we started back in March 2012. Ever since, we have chatted, discussed blog and website work, gossiped, laughed at crazy crafty things we did and made several plans to meet. Yep, we havn't met yet but I know her enough to hug her when i do!  Am so glad I know u Nikki! you have been a wonderful friend :)

This Blog Hop asks me 4 questions. Now am totally out of writing so I will try my best to be as clear as I can.

What Am I working on?

Crafting Queen
Like many of you know I share my creative work here on this Blog along with some pics on my Fb Page. I have just completed a full-fledged customized birthday theme party decor last sunday. And I have to get back on a very very very tiring detailed Baby Boy book that's lying half undone. You will know what i mean when i finally get to share it. Its a 16 page large format Scrapbook that I need to close within next 7-10 days! Boy am scared of deadlines now!

My website actually takes away a lot of my time and effort to ensure we deliver the best quality craft supplies and keeping the crafty world super happy! I am making my long term plans to expand my business and hoping to see that day come soon.

2. How does my craft work differ from others of the same genre?

Am not sure how I can classify my work as it really doesn't fit well in any genre in particular. But I will try and explain what I do. I love working with paper pads in general and enjoy making Memory books and Scrapbooks the most. I prefer happy prints and am not much inclined towards florals. I follow my own creative lead when making Scrapbook pages and try to be as detailed as possible. I enjoy making interactive Scrapbooks with hidden journaling or tags or even pics! Maybe I am Scrapbooker per say!
My Second favourite thing to work on is theme party decor! It's something that allows me to come up with some fun ways to make parties full of life!

Here are some of my Scrapbook Pages

And some from the Party supplies

3. Why do I write/create?

Like I said am not much of a writer anymore. There was a time I loved to write poems and essays and even blogged in general but off late with so much to do already writing really has taken back seat and I miss it at times. Recently along with my husband a new chapter began in writing. We call it Name Place Animal Thing. With this blog we expect to share our passion for what we love. Its about things we enjoy doing, places we loved travelling to, food that makes our tummy grumble and of course, our pets!

I Create because that's what I was meant to do. I have spent my entire childhood imagining to be a creative person. I lost it somewhere as I grew up in a rush to be something the society made me feel more apt about. After being 6 years in a corporate 9-5 job and crafting as a hobby, I took a very difficult decision to give up the comfortable salary and slog day and night to be financially independent as a paper craft artist and entrepreneur. Though its still a struggle I love what I do as the appreciations and smiles received for the work done gives me a real high! 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I will stick with only crafting at this point :)
I wish I could boast about how organized I am but I cant. I am a multi-tasker and more than often am doing 2-3 things in a go. However, I have also taken up maintaining an organizer to take down notes when receiving a custom order from a client. I am very finicky when it comes to perfection. And i expect to know the details to a level that will ensure I am able to deliver close to the clients expectation. So ask several questions, take notes, take a day to plan the creative dashboard and then while working i change the route several times as theory never matches the practicals! Sometimes, am inspired by the beautiful work i see on pinterest from other crafters and several times I try to do something new so that i am not bored myself! I do love experimenting with craft supplies and do things that make my work stand out as unique and memorable.

Yep, thats it. I haven't written down so much ever since.... wait... i dont even rem! :D

Now I had to tag 2 people but looks like am really late so almost everyone I asked was already a part of this hop. So I have just one person to Tag now

Kripa Koushik

I got to Kripa through her beautiful entries as a regular participant at Lulupu.com Blog. I followed her work and enjoyed seeing her creation and soon I realized she would be a wonder design team member. Kripa was very excited and supportive to be on the team even though she puts up in the aussie land. But the distance didnt make a difference thanks to the www! I have got to know Kripa over the last few months as a warm, helpful and very humble person. She is multi talented and I just adore her mixed media work and layouts.

You can visit and check her amazing work at her blog HERE

do come back on 1st September to see a direct link to her post!

and thanks to Nikita to get me back to writing :). and am sorry about the delay friend :)


Monday, July 7, 2014

Once Upon a Sketch - July Challenge

Its really after a long time that I am participating in a challenge. I love the beautiful Layout at Once Upon a Sketch and the DT's work is so inspiring. I think its a great place to learn from many talented crafters across the world!

Here is my entry based on the July Sketch. I took the whole sketch in a vertical fashion instead. This Layout is a part of Baby Boy Scrapbook I have completed recently on commission. I loved how it turned out. It has a accordion style folding photo mot opportunity hence its limited to just one picture. on bottom right corner is the journaling space for the Mommy. The Paper is from America Craft Flea Market Paper Collection. even the Tags have been fussy cut out from one of the pages. I just added some embellishments made out of scrap pieces of paper and Tim Holtz Paper String.

I am not very good at mixed media so i love working with papers and die cuts alot. Am sure am just a beginner when it comes to such pretty things but I totally loved joining the challenge and I loved how this layout has turned out

Thanks for Stopping by


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Baby Boy First Year Scrapbook - Vedant

I haven't been very active off late but there were so many things I was busy with whole of June. Firstly we moved www.lulupu.com to a whole new platform :) If you havn't had a chance to stop by I urge you to do so and share some feedback. Once that was taken care of we had a crazy lot of orders (but of course) :D. Last week of June I completed this commissioned Baby Boy Scrapbook that encapsulates the beautiful memory of the babies first year journey.

Here is what Mangala had to say after seeing the final work :)

"Firstly, thanks a lot for the lovely work. Everyone absolutely loved every bit of it. The design, the intricacies - clearly shows the effort that has gone into it. The inside pages were especially awesome. I specially loved the ones with series of flap and ones where it photos was tied up in a bow. very cute ideas. Thanks Karuna for the wonderful scrapbook you created for my son's second birthday. I will cherish it for life. It is as personalized as it could be. Loved your ideas and innovation. Love, Mangala"

After a pretty long gap I got back to a Baby Album, something i really enjoy working on. Full on cuteness! This Scrapbook has 12 pages most of which are interactive. And to show you how those actually open up I also made a short video which you can find towards the end of this photo loaded post!

I look forward to your feedback.

To place an order please email me at hello@craftingqueen.in


Welcome Home Precious Baby

Naming Ceremony & Favourite Things 

It flips open with more pics inside

 The Whole Family who matters

Baby's First

Early Years & First Birthday

2nd Birthday photo mats

As promised, here is the full reveal with a video. you can see how vibrant the pages look with all the nice interactive fun popping in here and there!

Thanks for stopping by


Friday, May 16, 2014

40th Ruby Anniversary Guestbook

Good morning!

and TGIF :) Just dropping by to share the gorgeous guestbook i made on commission 2 weeks ago! My client wanted a Guestbook to be gifted to her parents on theri special Ruby anniversary! 40 years together is sure a thing to celebrate! What a beautiful way to capture memories of the day than have all the friends and family invited to write their blessings as a memory keep for the couple. And it has 40 message boxes too! She also wanted to add few pics and it was decided to go ahead with 4 by 6 size pics only. The theme was Red, White & Gold with black as base. Its a 12 by 9 inch binded album that I have tried for the first time and I am sure I am having more thoughts about it already :D

Here are all the pages in sequence right from the cover. I have extensively used my forgotten dies and punches and worked with Distress Inks and stenciling too.

And here is a quick video tour of the Guestbook :)

Thanks for stopping by


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