Monday, June 12, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #48...

Hi! I am back with a fresh new challenge at the Make My Monday blog. This time the theme is 'At The Beach'. Whenever I visit a beach I am always fascinated by the cute little crabs that run around in the sand. So I decided to make a card using a crab image.


I used an old Itsy Bitsy stamp set that has several cute sea creatures and stamped on a watercolor paper with Versamark. I heat embossed using black EP by Wow!. Originally I planned to use my watercolors to do the coloring. But then I came across this great tutorial by Julia Altermann of Just One More Card where she demonstrated a technique of using regular sketch pens to do the coloring of images. I decided to use my Camlin Brush Pens. And I loved the results! Here is a close-up of the panel.


I kept rest of the card super simple. I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch. The sentiment is from the Woodland Creatures stamp set by Hero Arts. I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP by Wow!.

I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful by my card. You can link up your creations to our gallery here. And don't forget to visit the Make My Monday blog for some amazing inspiration by my fellow DT.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS(E) This Sketch #225:


STAMPlorations June CAS Card Challenge:


Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #171 - Something Blue:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make It Masculine:

Sparkles Monthly Challenge #92 - Four or More Legs:

Love,
Nandini





Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #245...

Hi! It is another Wednesday and that means a new challenge at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This time around we have an interesting photo to inspire you.


Isn't this great? There are so many ways to interpret it and I am looking forward to your takes on it.

I decided to concentrate on the subway style lettering. Here is my card inspired by today's pic.


One of my favorite ways to test new inks is by creating plaid backgrounds. I created this top folding card base on which I stamped a plaid pattern using a DIY stamp and the Red Cosmos mini ink cubes set by Altenew. The black stitching lines were stamped using an old Itsy Bitsy stamp set.

I took a piece of white card stock and die cut it with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card. I stamped the Graphic Greetings - Birthday stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with a pink EP by Wow!. I mounted my panel with foam tape on the card front.

To finish up I added three heart shaped gems to the bottom of the panel.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please link up your creations to our gallery here. Also don't forget to visit the blog and check out the fabulous inspiration by my teamies.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Craft Stamper Magazine Take It Make It Challenge - June:

CAS On Sunday Challenge #109 - Use a Repetitive Image
I think my card qualifies since I used one stamp to create the plaid pattern and another to create the stitching lines.

AAA Cards Game #91 - 3rd Big Birthday Bash


Just us Girls #396 - Word Week 
I die cut the sentiment panel.


Love,
Nandini

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Stencils & Glitter...

Hi! I love working with stencils. And I am so happy to see all the great Indian brands coming with such great designs. One of my favorite techniques with stencils is to combine them with glitter. This is a technique I picked up from Jennifer McGuire. You can check out her great tutorial here. And here is my card.


I used the Rose Bunch stencil by Craftyscrappers and two colours of glitter. The card base is a lovely pale pink also from Craftyscrappers. The sentiment is from the Let's Party stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps. I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed with some metallic pink EP. Here is a closer look at the glitter panel.


I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #48 - Inspired by a Song:
Definitely inspired by Pink by Aerosmith!

The Flower Challenge #9 - Anything Goes:


The Paper Players - PP347:


ModSquad Challenge - Background Stash:

Love,
Nandini

Monday, May 29, 2017

Make My Monday #47...

Hi! I am back with a new challenge at the Make My Monday challenge blog. The theme is Victorian Romance.

Here is my inspiration card.


I had a tough time coming up with this card. Victorian style of design to me means lots of girly lace, multiple layers and soft pastels. Which is rather different from my style. I always admire such designs by others. But I really struggle to with it. At the last moment I remembered a pack of pattern papers called Sofiero from Maja designs that I have had for years. This was the very first giveaway I ever won and I love the beautiful, feminine designs.

I simply cut a few pieces from the papers and adhered them to a piece of scrap paper. I trimmed the panel to size and added faux stitching lines with the Stitches stamp set by Bo Bunny. I used Versamark and Metallic Pick EP by Wow! for the heat embossing. The scrap of lace is from my stash. Here is a close up of my card.


I used the Downton Abbey - Ornate Mirror die by Crafters Companion to cut a piece of handmade paper and few pieces of white card stock and layered them together. The sentiment is from the A Tree for All Seasons stamp set by Winnie & Walter. I stamped it with Versamark on a piece of paper from Sofiero stack and heat embossed with Vanilla EP.

I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. Please don't forget to link your creations in our gallery here and also check out the fabulous creations by my fellow DT.


Entering this card in the following challenges:


ModSquad Challenge - Birthday Bash


Stamps & Stencils - Fabric & Fibres


Allsorts Challenge Week 417 - Vintage Style


Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Use Your Old Stash

The pattern papers I used are from the Sofiero collection by Maja Design which I won in a giveaway in 2014. I have used stamping for adding faux stitching detail and the sentiment. 

Crafter's Cafe Challenge #173 - Birthday


Love,

Nandini

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #243...

Hi! It is that time of the week again when we unveil a new challenge at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This week the theme is 


I decided to try out a few designs for my Diwali cards. I have been sending them for the last two years and it is always a rush to complete them. Here are two versions of the same design that I made.


I tried a galaxy background with the kraft card and a simple ombre ink blending with the white one. Here is a closer look at the first.


To create the background I blended several distress inks on a panel. I used an old Diwali themed stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps to stamp with foiling glue and applied gold foil. These foiling products were recently introduced by Craftyscrappers and I am completely addicted to them!

Here is the second card


I used four shades of blue distress inks to get an ombre effect. I used the Starry Borders stamp set by Craftyscrappers to stamp with foiling glue and applied the silver foil. I love the beautiful, shiny background this created. I decided to make this into a shaker card. 

The sentiment is from an older Mudra Craft Stamps set that I love. I stamped and heat embossed both on strips of black paper. I used the Gina Marie X stitch circle dies for die cutting.

I hope you like my cards and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the Addicted To Stamps And More blog for some great inspiration by my team mates and also to link your creations. Looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.

Love,
Nandini

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easy Peasy Foiling...

Hi! I am so excited to bring you this post today! Craftyscrappers recently introduced a brand new product in the market - Foil Bonding Glue and Transfer Foil sheets.

I have always loved the beautiful effect of foiling on cards. But there are two major stumbling blocks. First the techniques need a laminating machine which seems like a needless expense to me. And second the foils themselves are very expensive. But the new products by Craftyscrappers are very pocket friendly and easy to use. I ordered them immediately and they arrived yesterday. I was too excited to wait and started experimenting. I made several panels and managed to convert one into a card. Here is the result.


I took a scrap piece of paper and covered it with thin double sided tape. I removed the release paper and applied the foil. This was the foil sheet remaining after I had used it with the glue and the Memory Box Texture Mesh stencil. After running it through the Big Shot, I peeled off the foil paper to get a beautiful mesh pattern on my paper. I decided to take this one step further and poured two shades of green glitter on it. I ended up with a lovely glittery panel. Here is a closer look at the panel.



It is difficult to capture the amazing shine in the photo. It looks fabulous in real life!

I trimmed the foiled panel and also a larger rectangle as the mat. The die cut branch is the Vintage Leaf Branch by Nagashri Arts. Sentiment is from Geometrical Patterns stamp set that I designed for Craftyscrappers. I inked a strip of white paper with some green Clearly Kelly dye ink. I cut a thin strip and adhered it across the black card base. I then stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger's clear EP. I then covered the entire panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

To finish I simply adhered everything together.

Coming to the new products, I absolutely love them! They are easy to use and very pocket friendly. Here is what I bought.


You can check out Konica's very informative video here. She has given very clear instructions on the usage. I tried both methods - with glue and double sided tape. I found the glue easier to use since the foil paper comes off much easily. However you need to work fast as the glue dries rapidly. It is very easy to clean the stamps and stencils though. I simply wet both and washed off under the trap.

Double sided tape also works well. Only drawback is that the foil paper has to be pulled very firmly.

The foiling is more even if you run it through the die cutting machine. Just rubbing it in with your fingers gives a more distressed look. Here are some of the panels that I created using the foils.

Another small advice is to keep the sheets ready before you start working. They are a bit delicate and require careful handling.


The white panels were made with the foiling glue and Memory Box Texture Mesh stencil. I placed the stencil on the paper and applied the glue with a blending foam. Since the stencil was covered with glue, I simply flipped it and pressed down on another piece of paper. The leaf panel was made using a DIY stamp and kraft card stock. I applied the glue with the blending foam and pressed my panel firmly on top. The pink and kraft panel is made with double sided tape since I wanted to add glitter.

I hope you found my blog post informative. Looking forward to hearing from you.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Freshly Made Sketches #288:


Watercooler Wednesday Challenges WWC119 - Masculine Anything Goes:


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - A Bit Of Sparkle:

HLS May Anything Goes With Dies:



Love,
Nandini

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Craftyscrappers Challenge #16...

Hi! I completely forgot to post this card on my blog! It is the my last card as DT for the Craftyscrappers blog and I am sad that my term is ending. I have made wonderful friends here and generally had a great time. A special thanks to Konica Das, the owner of Craftscrappers who is the sweetest person ever, for giving me the opportunity to design my own stamps.

The theme for challenge #16 is CAS, my all time favorite style of card making. Here is the card I made.


This is a one layer card. I simply took a top folding black card base and randomly stamped the circles from the Doodly Blooms stamp set with Versamark. I heat embossed using gold, silver, copper and platinum EPs. 


The sentiment is from the Lotus stamp set. 


I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do link your creations to our gallery here. And don't forget to visit the Craftyscrappers blog for some great inspiration by rest of the talented DT.

Love,
Nandini

Monday, May 15, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #46...

Hi! I am here with the latest challenge #46 at the Make My Monday challenge blog. This week's theme is Sugar & Spice. There are many ways to interpret this theme and I am looking forward to lots of wonderful entries in our gallery.

I went with the sweet part of the theme and created a card as inspiration.



I started with a piece of the Floral Exotica paper which is a product of Dress My Craft, the in house brand of Crafters Corner. This is the first time I used this paper and I loved the smooth texture and the lovely color of the paper. Also the paper held up very well during heat embossing and water coloring.

I used the Strips N Stripes stamp set designed by me for Craftyscrappers.



I stamped the chevron stamp twice with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Vanilla EP by Wow. I then used the Clearly Kelly mini ink pads to do a bit of watercoloring. I allowed the panel to dry completely and then trimmed it with the Double Stitched Rectangle dies by Die Cuts & More. Here is a close up of the panel.



Since my panel was very colorful, I decided to keep rest of the card simple. I used a stamp from the Let's Party set by Mudra Craft Stamps and a sentiment from an old Some Odd Girl stamp set. I stamped both on some watercolor paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink with my Stampaholic. I die cut the paper with the Double Stitched Circle dies by Die Cuts & More.

To finish I popped up the panel with some foam tape on the card base. The circle panel was also popped up, I just added a larger circle of translucent paper under it. Here is another look at my card.



I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. I look forward to seeing your creations in out gallery. And please don't forget to check out the Make My Monday blog for more fabulous inspiration by my fellow DT.

Entering the card in the following challenges:

TIME OUT Challenge #83:
The challenge is to CASE this beautiful card by Hannelie of Desert Diva. My attention was caught by the multicolored background with the white lines and the plain flowers stamped in black.


AAA CAS Game #90 - Embossing:
I used heat embossing.


Mod Squad Challenge - Let's color:
I did water coloring with dye inks.

STAMPlorations May CAS Challenge:


Craft Stamper Magazine Make It Take It - May:

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #241...

Hi! Another week is gone by and I am back with my inspiration for a new challenge at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This week the theme is 


This is one of my favorite themes since I can create anything that my heart desires! So I made a shaker card after a long time.


I started with a panel of white card stock and stamped the blooms from The Big, The Bold and Extras by Winnie and Walter with a variety of inks. I diecut a window in the panel, added some sequins from my stash and then popped up the frame on a pink card base. The sentiment is also from the same set and heat embossed with white EP. I added a small green button tied with a pink bow as the finishing touch.

I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. Please do link your entries in our gallery and don't forget to visit the ATSM blog for more awesome inspiration from my teamies.

Love,
Nandini

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Happy Card...

Hi! I am here today with a card that I made inspired by some happy news. Kylie Purtell, the owner of Happy Little Stampers and Addicted To Stamps And More challenge recently shared the happy news that she is soon going to be a grandmother. She is hosting a fun little challenge in honour of this wonderful news. Of course I had to participate! So here is my card


I had a piece of watercolor paper that I had colored with pink and orange paints. I stamped the Garden Flourish background stamp by My Favorite Things with Versamark and heat embossed with clear EP for a tone on tone effect. I cut some flowers and leaves out of the gorgeous Stitched Flowers dies again by My Favorite Things and arranged them on the panel. The sentiment is die cut with the Alpha Bubbles set by Sizzix which I won as a freebie from Itsy Bitsy. Here is a closer look at the panel.


My initial plan was to add some sequins as a finishing touch. But the card was looking so bold and beautiful I changed my mind. 

I hope you like my card as much as I do. And I wish Kylie and her family loads of happiness.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

I Am Going To Be  Nana Competion:

STAMPlorations May CAS Challenge:


HLS May Anything Goes With Dies Challenge:


Dies R Us Challenges #72 - Flowers

Little Red Wagon #392 - Time to Celebrate

Stampavie & More Challenge #286 - Pink

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #45...

Hi! It is time for another challenge at the Make My Monday blog. This week the theme is May Flowers.

I recently bought the You're My Person stamp set by Concord & 9th and I am totally in love! I have already created one card with heat embossing. Here is my second card.


I started with a panel of white card stock that I cut with the Double Stitched Rectangles die by DCAM. I simply stamped the large bouquet of flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black ink in one corner. I stamped twice with my Stampaholic to get a nice dark image. I then used a bunch of Memento dew drop inks and second generation stamping to fill in the images with very light, pastel colors. Here is a close up of the stamping.


To finish I stamped the sentiment and mounted the panel with foam tape.

I hope you like my card. Please do not forget to check out the Make My Monday blog for some fabulous inspiration by my teamies.

Love,
Nandini


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lots of Heat Embossing...

Hi! I am here with my second card for today, which is a great achievement for me since I am a very slow card maker.

I was inspired to create this card for the current challenge at the WOW! Embossing Powders blog which is favorite embossing technique and the C9 challenge which is One Layer.


I love heat embossing and use it on almost all my projects. And I love the WOW! Embossing powders since they are available in so many different colors and types. I decided to use all my opaque EPs and create a card with a black base. I mounted the large floral stamp from the You're My Person stamp set by Concord and 9th on my Stampaholic and stamped with Versamark. I then sprinkled the Pastel Blue EP, removed the EP from everywhere else except the large blooms and then heat embossed. I repeated this process with different colors of EP till the entire image was covered. I did end up with several flecks of EP on my card base. But It didn't bother me much. I rather like the look it gives the card. The sentiments are from the same set and I love their label style look. I covered rest of the base with the same stamp, using Versamark ink to get a tone on tone look. Here is a close up.


I am quite happy with the way this card turned out. It looks lovely, especially at night when the colors seem to pop up against the black background.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

C9 Challenge #8:


WOW! Embossing Powder April Challenge:
The challenge is to use a favorite technique.

CASology Week 246:


Mod Squad Challenge - Love Theme

Love,
Nandini

My Experiments With Masking...

Hi! I made a card for a challenge after a very long time. And it was so much fun! The challenge for April on the Mudra blog is Masking. Honestly speaking, I am always a bit lazy about doing masking and tend to avoid it.  So I decided to challenge myself. I remembered a beautiful card made by Yana Smakula and decided to CASE it. You can find the original card with an excellent video tutorial here.

I used the basic idea but changed up things quite a lot. Here is the card that I ended up with.


I started with a piece of plain white card stock.


I marked the center horizontally and put a pencil mark at the point from which I wanted my masked sections to radiate. After that I got busy with my paper tape. I masked each section with the tape and blended some distress ink to get an even coverage. I then distressed it with water. I used my rather large collection of Mudra stamps to stamp on each section. 

This was the final result.


You can see the various Mudra stamp sets that I used.

Once the panel was ready, I trimmed it to fit on a 5" x 7" black card base. I adhered it directly to the base. 

The sentiment is also from Mudra, a mini stamp set called Special Mini. I stamped with Versamark on a piece of black card stock and heat embossed with ranger's gold EP. The sentiment panel is mounted on the card with foam tape. 

Since the background was already busy, I avoided any other embellishments.

I hope you liked my card. I would love to hear more from you.

I am linking this card to the following challenges:

Mudra Challenge #8 - Masking:


CAS(E) This Sketch #219:


Butterfly Challenge #77 
I have used two different butterfly sets from Mudra - Grungy Butterfly and Butterfly Flutters. And the panel looks like a Faux Dresden Plate quilt.

Love,
Nandini