Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #37...

Hi! The Make My Monday challenge is back after a break. We are all fresh after our break and raring to go. The theme for this challenge is 'A Winter's Walk'. 

I went for a very monochromatic card, inspired by the current Fusion Challenge.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper that I had colored with some grey Camlin Photo ink with the smooshing technique. I flicked some silver acrylic paint on it. I trimmed the panel and mounted it on the grey card base with foam tape. The snowflakes dies are by Nagashri Arts and I am totally in love with them! I cut them out of white card stock. The sentiment is from a stamp set by Some Odd Girl. I stamped it with Versamark ink on a scrap of red paper and then heat embossed with Ranger's Silver EP. I added a strip of glittery silver paper under the sentiment for some emphasis.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please also visit the teamies at the Make My Monday Challenge blog for some fabulous inspiration!

Entering my card in the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge:
I used both the sketch and the graphic. I added the sentiment the red paper inspired by the teapot and mugs in the graphic.


Less is More #310 - Ombre

Timeout Challenges #74 - Winter

CAS Mix Up January Challenge
I used Camlin photo inks for the grey background with the smooshing technique. The sentiment is stamped and I added die cuts.


CAS Watercolour January Challenge


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A shaker card...

Hi! Christmas is over and 2017 is just around the corner. I made a card just for fun after a long time. I have been so busy lately that I generally just post my DT cards. I have a few non-DT projects that I will post soon.

I am a huge fan of both Mudra stamps and Die Cuts & More dies. Both are Indian brands that give world class designs and quality. I decided to combine both brands and make a card. Here is what I came up with.


I started with a piece of white card stock and my all time favorite Mudra stamp set - Botanical Blooms. This is their first multi-step stamp and I love it! It is very easy to line up the layers and the end result is always gorgeous. I used the Red Cosmos and Four Scoops mini ink pad sets by Altenw for the blooms and Memento dew drops for the leaves. I splattered some gold acrylic paint with a brush for some added colour.

Once the stamping was done. I cut my panel using the Double Stitched Circle dies by DCAM. I love that these dies cut like butter and they give a beautiful stitched detail on both sides. I raised the outer ring with foam tape and converted the central portion into a shaker. Here is a closer look at the panel.


I cut the Amazing word die by DCAM from black card stock and heat embossed it with some Black Sparkle EP by WOW!. To tone down the sparkle a bit, I reembossed it with black EP. The pink strip was colored with the mini ink cube and then I heat embossed part of the sentiment from the Lotus Delight stamp set by Peek-a-boo Designs with white EP.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Mudra Challenge #4 - Sketch


DCAM December Challenge - Die cut it




Love,
Nandini



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Addicted To Stamps & More #223...

Hi! This week the challenge #223 at the Addicted To Stamps & More is 



The challenge is sponsored by


QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps was purchased by Stamp On It in 2013 from the state of Colorado and moved to its new home in Michigan! We(Stamp On It) had its humble beginnings over 25 years ago and is now a mobile(on-the-road) family owned and operated business. We travel coast to coast and attend as a vendor over 25 retail stamping and scrapping shows each year. 

Prize: 3 digital images 

I decided to make a card that could be easily mass produced and yet look beautiful and festive. Here is my take


I started with a piece of white card stock. I used the Dazzlers stamp set by Penny Black and stamped the various medallions with different colors of the Memento dew drops ink pads. I used my Stampaholic for stamping. The sentiment is from the A Tree For All Seasons set by Winnie & Walter. 

I trimmed the stamped panel with the Gina Marie Xcut rectangle dies and mounted it on an orange handmade paper card base with double sided tape. The final touch was a scattering of sequins from my stash.

Hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. You can link up your creations here. For more inspiration, check out the ATSM Challenge blog here.

Looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.

Entering my card in the following challenge:



Love,
Nandini

Monday, December 5, 2016

Make My Monday Challenge #36...

Hi! The new challenge is up on the Make My Monday Challenge blog and this time around we want to see some snowmen on your cards.

I was quite stumped when I sat down to make this card. I went through my entire stash and couldn't find a single snowman stamp or die! Easiest thing would be to buy one, especially since there are so many crafty sales happening. But I am seriously trying to curb my spending and decided to challenge myself to use the existing supplies. There is no lack of inspiration as the blogland is full of gorgeous creations with approaching Christmas. I pulled out my stash of basic dies and here is what I made.




I started with a panel of white card stock. I blended Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans for an ombré effect. I added some texture by sprinkling water and blotting it. I used a circle from my WRMK-Lifestyle Nesting dies set. This is a great buy since it has 21 dies ranging from ¼" to 5½" with ¼" increments. Since I don't have any oval dies, I did a bit of jugad and used the Ornate Mirror die by Crafters Companion. This is a frame die with an oval center. The arms are two branches from the Seasonal Tree die by Paper Smooches. I added the details with a black microtip pen and dressed him up with odds and ends from my scrap box. Here is a closer look:




The snowdrift was created using the MFT's Stitched Basic Edges and the panel was cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies by Diecuts & More. The sentiment is from Craftyscrappers, heat embossed with Ranger's Silver EP. I popped the panel on some double sided tape and mounted it on a plain white card base.


I hope you like my snowman card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please link up your cards to the Make My Monday Challenge blog and don't forget to check out the awesome inspiration by my other teamies. Looking forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.


Entering this card in the following challenges:


CAS Mix Up December Challenge:
I have used sponging, distressing, die cutting, paper piecing, stamping and heat embossing.


Twelve Days of Christmas Cards Challenge:






Love,
Nandini

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Craftscrappers Challenge #13...

Hi! It is the 1st of the month and that means there is a new challenge on the Craftyscrappers Challenge blog. With the onset of cooler temperatures, we decided to challenge you with a winter theme. And to make it more interesting, we have photo collage to inspire you.


Please create a project inspired by any of the elements from the collage. Also specify what has inspired you, we would love to hear that. And don't forget to link you creations. You could be one of the lucky winner to win amazing prizes from the CRAFTYSCRAPPERS SHOP. Visit the Craftyscrappers Challenge blog for more details and also the gorgeous creations that my teamies have created to inspire you.

I was very inspired by the large snowflake and the beautiful backgrounds in the collage. Here is the my inspiration card.


I took a piece of white card stock and smooshed it with blue and pink acrylic paints. I added some gold paint to the water that I used for smooshing to get a lovely gold shimmer to the background. I the used the beautiful Starry Borders stamp set by Craftyscrappers and Ranger's Silver EP to create a background. 

I trimmed the panel to size and die cut a panel with the Double Stitched Rectangle die by Die Cuts & More. I popped that up by layering 5 more diecut panels. The sentiment is from an older set by Craftyscrappers and I just love it! I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow! Opaque White EP.

As the final touch, I die cut three snowflakes from the Snow Flakes die set by Nagashri Arts. I heat embossed them with platinum, silver and holographic EPs and adhered them around the sentiment.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

TGIF Challenges - tgifc #83
I decided to CASE the very first card I saw on Cathy's blog, In The Cat Cave. I was very inspired by the lovely snowflakes and the heat embossed background. Since I didn't have any snowflake stamps, I created a starry background with heat embossing and added die cut snowflakes.


Freshly Made Sketches #265


Mod Squad Challenge - Holiday Dimension

SIP Challenge 76 - Embossing


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Addicted To Stamps & More #221...

Hi! The latest challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More is live and the theme this week is 



Our lovely sponsor this week is


DRS Designs - a family owned company since 1950 - boasts hundreds of original rubber stamp designs. All images are available fully mounted, completely unmounted or mounted on cling cushion and are proudly hand crafted in the USA.
Our rubber stamp collection includes a wide assortment of images including sentiments for all occasions, easy background designs and fun technique stamps such as our stained glass and plaid designs.
The DRS Designs website features a huge card sample gallery, online demos and tips, a secure shopping area and more. Be sure to visit our daily blog with posts from our fantastic design team for inspiration and ideas.

Prize: $10.00 gift certificate

I made two very simple cards as inspiration since I wanted to try out the stamps and some inks. Here are my cards


I started with plain white card stock and stamped all the layers of the large bloom from Altenew's Peony Bouquet stamp set using the Stampaholic. I used Memento dew drops and Altenew Red Cosmos inks. After my stamping was done I die cut a panel with the Gina Marie X-cut dies. I stamped the sentiments from Altenew's Painted Greetings stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I just popped the die cut panel with some fun foam to finish the card.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do check out the inspiration by rest of my talented teamies at the ATSM blog. And don't forget to link your creations here.

Love,
Nandini

Monday, November 21, 2016

Make My Monday Challenge #35...

Hi! There is a new challenge up on the Make my Monday Challenge blog and the theme is CAS Christmas. Here is my inspiration


I love this card since it came together very quickly and exactly as I envisioned it! I used a new die called Christmas Snowflakes die by Nagashri Arts. She has recently ventured into manufacturing dies and I really loved the designs when I saw them. 

I used the largest die to cut my panel and used the negative space. I covered a small piece of white paper with thin double sided tape and added Navy Blue and Light Blue glitter. After buffing it well to ensure that the glitter will not come off, I glued the panel to a dark blue card base. I popped the white panel on some double sided tape and placed it over the glitter panel. Here is a closer look at the snowflake.


The sentiment is from Essential Sentiments by Bo Bunny. I stamped it with Versamark on the white panel and heat embossed it with the Lapis Lazuli Blue EP by Lindy's.

Hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. You can link your projects at the Make My Monday Challenge blog here and also check out the fantastic inspiration by my team mates.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

The Paper Players Challenge PP322: Clean & Simple Christmas


CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #200



Love,
Nandini