Sunday, 9 April 2017

My Personal Experience in Communication Skills

Writing is one of my fondest hobbies.English was my most favourite subject during my school days and even during my junior college days. Not having it in any form for my first semester in degree college made me feel a bit disconnected to my course. Once I got to know that I have Communication Skills - a part of English as a subject in semester two, I became really happy.
Communication skills or rather CS was an interesting subject which made it easy for me to adapt to my technical course in a better. For me, CS was a sort of a learning step about Business Etiquette.

During the course of four months, I learnt a lot right from the basics like networks of communications, language skills, grammar and vocabulary to business correspondence, technical writing etc. Besides having lectures, we used to have Group Discussions(GD), debates, activities and during our practicals we had fun activities like Human Collage, Mini  Ted Talks which built up the curiosity in every student and pushed them to try out new things. Our Teacher, Dr. Mohini was one of the most knowledgeable, inspiring and motivating teachers that I have had so far. She always tried different ways to spark curiosity amongst us, helped us connect to the subject and to not lose interest i it.

I had quite a few fond moments that made me enjoy the course. Two of them were as follows :
- During my very first lecture of CS, we were asked to randomly come up front and introduce ourselves. I was one of the first students to do so. Introducing myself and sharing one unique thing about me made me question myself on how better can I get? How much more is left for me to achieve in my life so that once I do it, I can proudly speak  about it.
- Once during our practicals, we were divided into two groups and each group was given a topic to depict in the form of a Human Collage. My group's topic was - A Dysfunctional Office. After discussing for a moment on how to depict this topic, each one of us depicted an action and while doing so, I sort of bonded with my classmates and spoke to a few of them who I have never spoken to before.

What this course taught me?
- It gave me a platform for me to express my opinions on certain social issues.
- Broadened my knowledge on Business Etiquette.
- Importance of Appropriate communication (B2B, B2C,C2C)
- Organisational Development.

           Lastly,if I had to sum up my entire experience in Communication Skills in one line, it would be,
                        " If you never try, you'll never know"

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Background Stamped Card

Hey Guys! So today I am back with a really simple background stamped card. I used the flower stamp from my Mind's eye and stamped it repeatedly on the background and colored it with my water color pencils. Lastly added a handwritten sentiment.

Entering them for the following challenges :

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Peony Scrolls Card #1

Hey Guys!I've been crafting a lot these days and I really like it! So for today's card, I used the beautiful peony scroll stamps from Altnew. They are my first set of Altnew stamps that I picked up from Crafters Corner a while ago and I'm going to get the most use out of them. So I made 2 A-6 cards with envelopes. I used 2 different patterned papers from my stash and cut them to 4*6 inches. After adhering them to the base, I added a few distress ink splatters of fossilised amber and abandoned coral. I stamped the stamps multiple times on a piece of scrap, coloured in with my acrylic colours and finally fussy cut them. This took nearly 3 hours to colour and cut but it was worth the effort. I adhered them to the background, added a hand written sentiment and a few sequins. Here are a few closeups.

Entering them for the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!

Recycled Tag No.2

Hey Guys!
So I'm back and today's post is a part of the recycling card series and I'm sharing a mini tutorial. So for today, I've used just one card to make the tags. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Step 1- Cut out four tags from the card base.

Step 2- Prep your base. Since I didn't have gesso, I used my modelling paste in a few places and also used a stencil with it. 
Step 3- I added color to the tags. I wanted to create two different color tags. So I added colors and DI's to highlight the texture formed by the stencil.
Step 4- Next I used a few scraps of paper and colored them with DI's mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio. Once they got dried, I stamped different background stamps to give different patterns. Once they were done, I rolled them up into rolls.

Step 5-  Cut and stick the rolls in the shape of a tree. The last step is to EMBELLISH! So i went a little crazy here. I added sequins, a quilled pot, star on the top and drew snowflakes with my 3D outliners. And I added a piece of ribbon to complete the tag. Here are a few closeups.

Entering them for the following challenges:
               2)More Mixed Media-Anything Goes

                                                             4) Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes
                                                             5)Avenue 613- Anything goes
                                                               Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

CAS Christmas Card

Hi Guys! So I know that Christmas is a long way ahead but as it is my favorite festival, I thought of preparing for it from now only. So for today's card, I used scraps of paper to make my christmas tree, adhered it to a tag made out of scrap cardboard, tied a few pieces of ribbon, adhered that to a card base and finally added a handwritten sentiment. Here are a few pictures.

Entering them for the following challenges:

2)Addicted to CAS- stripes ( So I have used strips of paper to create a tree with stripes)

4)Less is more- Repetition ( As the stripes are repeated to form the tree)
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Recycled tag

Hey guys! So I'm back with my second post for the day! Today I've made a recycled card from an old wedding invitation card. So here in India, we have weddings on a grand scale and the cards are grand as well. Over the years I've collected so many wedding cards and now its time to use them all. I will be doing a series on them soon. So for this tag, I attached a few pieces of scrap with modelling paste,added color with DI(worm lipstick and abandoned coral),added a few pieces of lace,doily,ribbon, hot glue embellishments and sequins. I stamped the bear from the Scrapberry's my little bear collection that I recently purchased from Crafters Corner. Lastly to finish it off, I added the sentiment LOVE. Here are the closeups.

Entering them for the following challenges:
Happy Crafting!

Tag Card

Hey guys! Today I have another card to share. For today's card, i used the sketch by Lulupu. First I cut a tag out of an old cardboard scrap and then glued down a few scraps of paper with some modelling paste. I painted it with shades of blue and added details with my hot glue gun, modelling paste, 3D outliner and a few more other stuff. To finish it of, I added a stamped butterfly which was colored with water color pencils. Lastly I stuck it in a piece of paper colored with blue water colors, added a handwritten sentiment and I am good to go. here are a few closeups.

Entering them for the following challenges:
Happy Crafting!