Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Papercraft Challenge #25...

Hi! I wish you a very happy new year and welcome you to the January challenge at the Papercraft Challenge blog. As you know, we have a new challenge starting on the first of every month. I am here today bringing you some mid-month inspiration. Do visit the Papercraft Business site for some great tools that can help you take your papercraft business to the next level. Like the awesome Papercraft Business Planner that helps you keep track of your favorite challenges!

The theme for January is the easiest and most popular – Anything Goes

The winning prize: Magnolia - Jingle Jangle Tilda


My inspiration today is a set of cards I made for the holidays.


I started with the BAF Japanese Mum stamp set by Altenew and a bunch of inks from Altenew, Mudra, and Memento. I stamped the large flower from the set with various inks on a set of ivory panels. The whole process went very fast due to my stamp positioner. Here is a look at the stamped panels.


The sentiment is from the A Tree For All Seasons stamp set by Winnie & Walter. I also masked the flower and stamped the leaves from the Christmas Poinsettia stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps around it.

To finish the cards, I stamped the Ornate Background stamp set by Simon Says Stamp on top folding, ivory card bases in inks that matched the flowers. Finally, I adhered the flower panels to the card bases.

Here is another look at the cards.


You can get more information about Papercraft Challenge Planner here. It is an invaluable tool for all crafters who love taking part in challenges. The Papercraft Business site also has tools that can help you take your business to the next level.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Love,Nandini

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Happy Little Stampers January Challenge...

Hi! I hope the new year has started with a bang for all of you! Today is the first challenge of 2020 at the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies. You can create anything, as long as you use dies.


My inspiration today is an easel card I created for Christmas. Though with a simple change in the sentiment, you can use this design for any occasion.


The card can be propped open and displayed on the mantle or your desk.


I started with a square piece of ivory paper which I die-cut with the Mexican Tile die by Cheery Lynn. This die has been in my stash for years, but I never really got the hang of using it. Since it is extremely intricate, you need to use a thinner paper and make several passes through the machine. I was extremely happy that it worked this time. 

Here is a close up of the die-cutting.


I added a small square of pink paper under the central tile and also used the same paper for the matting. The flowers are from Itsy Bitsy. Here is a closer look at the flowers.


The sentiment is from the Christmas Poinsettia stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps.


Here is another look at the card front.


I hope you find my card inspiring and pull out your dies to play. You can check out the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog for more inspiration and also link your creations. Looking forward to seeing your cards in our gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenge:

CAS(E) This Sketch #353:





Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fun With Florals:

The Flower Challenge #40 - Shaped Cards:




Allsorts Challenge Week 553 - Soft Pastels:

Watercooler Wednesday: WWC253:
Pop of pink adds a feminine twist to the card.



Use Your Stuff #389:
I used a die that has been in my stash for years. The flowers too are a freebie that I got couple of years ago.

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge - Wonderfully White...

Hi! Welcome to a brand new year. I am here today with the first challenge for 2020 at the Rainbow Card Challenge. Here is the inspiration pic.



My inspiration card for this challenge is very special to me as we celebrated our Silver wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve. I presented this card to my hubby who was really happy and most appreciative! I used a combo of white and silver and created a Z fold card.
 

Here is the front view of the card.


A view of the opened card.


I used this tutorial for a Z Fold card at Splitcoaststampers. I used ivory cardstock and some wrapping paper with silver polka dots. For the front left panel, I used the sentiment from the Together Forever stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps. I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Black Sparkle embossing powder by Ranger. 


For the right side, I stamped with the Spring Flowers stamp set by Simon Says Stamp and heat embossed with the Metallic Silver embossing powder by Ranger.


For the inside panel, I die-cut the numbers two and five with Quinn's 123 dies by Lawn Fawn out of a scrap of dark silver paper.


I also randomly stamped the bloom from Spring Flowers stamp set on a narrow strip of paper and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I adhered it along the bottom of the card. 

Finally, I adhered it to a card base. Here is the bottom view of the card.


Since the card is a bit bulky, I made a box envelop using my 123 punch board by We R Memory Keepers. I decorated it with a little stamping with the Spring Flowers stamp set.


Here is the card and the envelope together.


And a view of both standing up.


This card was a true labor of love and I am very pleased with it. I hope you find it inspiring and look forward to your creations in our gallery. Please do visit the  Rainbow Card Challenge for more inspiration and to link your cards to the gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

I used some wrapping paper on my card.




Love,
Nandini

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Floral Layout with Altenew...

Hi! I am back with another layout I made using some of my favorite Altenew products. I was, of course, inspired by the A Year In Review Sketch Challenge 2019 on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog.



This time I went with the Sketch Challenge #15.





I used both the sketch and the colors as inspiration. Kindly excuse the poor quality of photographs as I am traveling and ended up editing to photos on my phone.

I started with a piece of Ivory cardstock and created the rainbow with different sets of Altenew inks. I used all for shades in each stripe.


Here are the completed stripes.


Next I matted the photo with shades of blue paper and added the date and place.


At this stage I felt today the layout looked a bit 'empty'. So I added some splatters with gold acrylic paint, to tie in with the hold embossing. To create the floral arrangement, I stamped the outline images of the flower from the Peony Bouquet stamp set and the leaf from the Beautiful Day stamp set. I heat embossed the images with Rich Gold embossing powder by Wow! and die-cut them with the coordinating dies.

After arranging the die-cuts in a pleasing way, I adhered them with glue as well as foam tape.


Here is the final layout again.


Entering this in the following challenges, along with the A Year In Review Sketch Challenge 2019.


Friday, December 20, 2019

Scrapbooking With Stamping...

Hi! I am here today with something new. I tried my hand at scrapbooking and I really enjoyed the process! I used to do lots of digital scrapbooking but hardly did any physical layouts. I was inspired by the A Year In Review Sketch Challenge 2019 on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog.



I selected the Sketch Challenge #17 for my first layout.



I used only the sketch as inspiration and went for a more monochromatic look, with shades of pink and red. Here is my layout.



I used the outline images from the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew for the stamping. Here is a closer look at the stamping.



The top left corner of the layout is above and below is the top right corner.



The sentiment was made by combining the Big World stamp set by Altenew for the stamping and the Inline Alpha die set for the die-cutting. To add more interest, I stamped the leaf from the Beautiful Day stamp set on the paper before die-cutting the alphabets. Here is a closer look.



I layered the alpha die-cuts to add more dimension. The location and year were handwritten. Here is another look at the layout.



I really enjoyed the process and the whole layout turned out exactly as I had envisioned. I would love to know what you think of my first attempt.

Entering this in the following challenges, along with the A Year In Review Sketch Challenge 2019.

Yes, Virginia... December Show & Share:



Moving Along With The Times Challenge #113:

Stamping Sensations December Anything Goes Challenge:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges WWC252:



Love,
Nandini

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Pretty in Pink n' Green...

Hi. The card today is totally inspired by the May 2019 Inspiration Challenge by Altenew. 


I love the green, pink and grey combo. Here is my card.


I started with the banner in the background. The technique was inspired by a watercolor card by Kristina Werner. You can find the original post and video here. I just adapted it for the Altenew Artist Markers and used light shades of grey and green. Once the coloring was done, I cut it with the Fishtail Banners die by Itsy Bitsy. I also cut a larger mat out of grey card stock. Here is a look at the banner.


I inked the card base with Hickory Smoke distress ink and added some grey and black splatters. I adhered the mat to the card base and added the background popped up on foam tape.

The flowers and leaves were stamped and die cut using the Japanese Mums Build-a-flower set by Altenew. I used a mix of Altenew, Memento and Mai inks. I arranged them over the banner and then adhered them using glue and foam tape. Here is a closer look at the arrangement.


The sentiment is from the Sweetest Peas stamp set by Altenew. I just love the fonts used in this set. I heat embossed it on a strip of black paper with Vanilla White embossing powder by Wow!. Here is a closer look.


Here is another look at the completed card.


I just love this card! The Japanese Mums set is one of my favorite BAF sets and I had fun trying different color combinations. I have a bunch of flowers ready to go and I am looking forward to converting them into cards.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Altenew A Year In Review Challenge 2019:
This card was inspired by the challenge for May 2019.


Yes, Virginia... December Show & Share:


The Flower Challenge #39 - Use A Die:


Love,
Nandini