Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #237...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenges. This week it is



I made a set of tags for this challenge using the very first stamp set designed by me. It is called Geometrical Patterns and is available through Craftyscrappers. I also used the sentiment from another set also designed by me called Doodly Blooms.

Here are my tags.


Here is another pic with the stamp set.



I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelit dies to cut a bunch of tags. I stamped the medallions with Versamark ink and heat embossed with different metallic EPs. I then used my Faber Castell sketch pens to fill in the colors. I stamped the sentiments on black card stock and heat embossed with colored EPs.

Here are closer views of the tags. I have included the names of the embossing powders I have used for your reference.



Wow! Metallic Copper EP for the medallions and Metallic Pink EP for the sentiment.



Ranger Gold EP for the medallions and Wow! Earthtone Olive EP for the sentiment.



Rangers's Silver EP for both the medallion and the sentiment.



Wow! Metallic Platinum EP for the medallions and Wow! Opaque Pastel Blue EP for the sentiment.


Ranger Rose Quartz EP for the medallions and Wow! Fluorescent Tickled Pink EP for the sentiment.

I hope you liked my tags. Please do check out the awesome inspiration by my teamies. And do link your creations to our gallery here.

Love,
Nandini

Monday, April 3, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #43...

Hi! There is a new challenge up at the Make My Monday Challenge blog and this time around the theme is April Showers.

I made a very simple card for as inspiration.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper. I stamped the image from the HOTP Rain or Shine stamp set with versamark and heat embossed with white EP. I used distress inks to do a bit of coloring. Once the panel was dry I stamped the sentiment from the same set with Jet Black ink by Altenew. I covered the image with some versamark with the help of my embossing pen and sprinkled Ranger's holographic EP for added shimmer.

I die cut the panel with DCAM's Double Stitched Rectangle dies and mounted it on a grey cardstock.

I hope you are inspired to make something beautiful. Please do link your cards to the Make My Monday Challenge blog. And don't forget to check out the amazing inspiration by my DT teamies.

Love,
Nandini

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Craftyscrappers Challenges...

Hi! We are back with our challenges on Craftyscrappers after a break. Our first challenge is an easy one - Anything Goes.

I used the stencils that came with my DT pack to create two cards. Stencils are part of the new release and let me tell you they are fabulous! They are sturdy and flexible which makes them very easy to use. Also they have a large hole at the top. So storage is very easy. And the designs are fabulous. So is the size at 6.5" x 6.5". I have always loved stencils, from my college days when we used to hand cut them out of plastic sheets. Here are my cards.



I started with two pieces of colored cardstock, one green and one blue. I used a beautiful ink layering  technique by Jennifer McGuire to create my panels. You can find the video tutorial here. I used the white pigment ink from the Colorbox Paintbox pigment ink pad set first and then used the Artistry distress inks Amazon Trails and Ocean Reef. Here is a closer look at the cards.



The cardstock was pale blue. I sponged the white ink first and then moved the stencil up slightly. Then sponged the blue ink. Here is a close up of the panel.



I used the Arrow stencil (CS-STNL-06) and the sentiment from the Lotus stamp set (ST-FLW-09) designed by me.

Here is the second card



I used a light green cardstock for this card. Here is a closer look at the panel.



I used the Victorian stencil (CS-STNL-07) and the sentiment from the Lotus stamp set (ST-FLW-09) again.

The sentiment panels were cut using the Gina Marie X stitched circle dies. I used Memento dewdrop inks to stamp the sentiments using my trusty Stampaholic.

Hope you like my cards. Please do check out the Craftyscrappers blog for more amazing inspiration.

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Addicted to Stamps And More #235...

Hi! We have a gorgeous picture as inspiration for this week's photo challenge at Addicted To Stamps And More Challenge blog.



Isn't it beautiful? Here is my card inspired by the lovely butterfly and the shades of blue.


I started with a panel of watercolor paper. The stamp I used is from the Mindscapes set by Inkadinkado. I smooshed various shades of blue distress inks on the stamp, lightly spritzed it with water and then stamped on my panel. I quickly covered the stamped area with Ranger's Holographic EP and heat set to get a lovely shimmer effect.

The sentiment is from the Geometrical Patterns stamp set by Craftscrappers which has been designed by me. This is the very first set I designed and I am very proud to see it action! Here is a closer look at the panel.



I hope you are inspired by my card to create something beautiful. Please also check out the amazing inspiration on the Addicted To Stamps And More Challenge blog by my fellow DT. I can promise you will be dazzled!

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More #233...

Hi! This week the theme of the challenge is 



You can make projects inspired by your favorite holidays.

I have made a card celebrating the festival of colors, Holi.



I started with a piece of watercolor paper and used the reverse smooshing technique to color. I started with a bunch of distress ink cubes that I pressed on my craft sheet.



I then sprayed the watercolor paper generously with water and pressed the paper over the ink. The result was a richly colored panel. I let it dry completely and then splattered some gold acrylic paint on top. The panel looked so colorful and beautiful that I decided to leave it as is. I just added a strip of translucent paper towards the bottom. The sentiment is a die from Stamplorations which I cut several times from black and gold paper. I mounted the panel on a black card base.

Here is a closer look at my panel.



I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. Please do check out the ATSM challenge blog for some more fabulous inspiration by my fellow DT.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

HLS March Watercolor Challenge:



HLS March Anything Goes with Dies:



HLS March CAS Challenge:



Stamplorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge:


Inkspirational Challenge #130:



Love,
Nandini

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #41...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Make My Monday challenge blog and the theme this time is - Colors of the Rainbow. You need to use at least three colors from the rainbow.

I made a card using red, orange and green.





I was very impressed by a card by Jennifer Mcguire made from left over scraps of distress oxide backgrounds. You can find the original post here. I started with a panel of hand made paper that I cut with my DCAM Double Stitched Rectangles die. Next I cut long strips of handmade paper. I got several sheets of these papers from The Paper Shoppe by Naheed Hafiz. She has the most beautiful handmade papers at extremely reasonable rates. I simply wove the strips like a mat and then glued the whole thing on my panel. The sentiment die is by Simon Says Stamp. I cut it several times and then layered the die cuts for added bulk. The top most layer was from some gold foil paper. I die cut one last layer from the cream handmade paper and adhered it slightly offset over the gold paper. Here is a closer look at my card.




To finish I mounted the panel on a kraft card base. I am very pleased with this clean and simple card. Do visit the Make My Monday blog for some more amazing inspiration by my very talented team mates.


Entering my card in the following challenges:


The Paper Players: PPP334
I used the Painted Happy Birthday die by Simon Says Stamp for the sentiment and my scissors to cut the strips of handmade paper to create the background.



Cut It Up Challenge 116 - Birthday Cards

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make your own background
I created a mat for my sentiment by weaving together strips of paper. I hope this qualifies for the challenge.

Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C374 - Use Your Words

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More #231...

Hi! The new challenge #231 is up at the Addicted to Stamps and More and this is the week for


Which means you can go wild and create anything that your heart desires!

I decided to go way out of the box and create something that has been on my mind for a long, long time. 


My brand new visiting cards, with a special artistic touch! A huge thanks to my husband who designed and printed the cards for me. And an equally large thanks to my Stampaholic which enabled me to stamp 100 cards in well under two hours. I used the Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set and a mix of Altenew and Memento dew drop ink pads for the stamping.

Here is a closer look at one of the cards.


I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the challenge blog to link up your creations and also check out the fabulous inspiration by my fellow DT.

Love,
Nandini

Monday, February 20, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #40...

Hi! The current Make My Monday Challenge #40 is up and the theme is Birds. So you can create anything to do with birds, feathers, nests, eggs, flying etc.

I honestly struggled with this theme. Though I have I few stamps with bird images, I couldn't think of anything to make. One of my favorite things to do when I am stuck is to go through Pinterest. I was doing this the night before the challenge was due when I came across this beauty by Bhavana Kesarkar. You must check out her blog Blending Art And Craft which is full of amazing creations. So I decided to CASE her card and here is what I came up with.


I started with a piece of white card stock that I cut with DCAM's Double Stitched Nested Rectangle dies. I blended some purple, pink and peach distress inks in the middle. I used the Script texture stamp by Kaisercraft and lightly stamped with Artistry Lavender Dash ink. I then added some splatters with silver pink acrylic paints. I stamped the bird image from the Winnie and Walter You've Got Love Mail stamp set with Picked Raspberry ink and heat embossed it with Ranger's Holographic EP. The sentiment is also from the same set and I stamped it thrice with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The only reason I got such crisp stamping was because of my trusty Stampaholic.

Here is a close up of the panel.


I mounted the panel on a kraft card base that I had lightly stamped with the same Script stamp by Kaiserkraft. Some sequins from my stash finished the card.

Hope you like my card. Do check out the Make My Monday challenge blog for more fabulous inspiration by rest of the DT.

I am entering this card in the CAS(E) This Sketch #209


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More #229...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Addicted to Stamps & More challenges this week and the theme is 



So we want to see all your creations that use clean and crisp lines, minimal or no embellishments and lots of 'white' space. 

This is also my favorite theme since I am very much a CAS girl.

I created a rather masculine card this time.



I started with a panel of white card stock that I cut with my DCAM Double Stitched Rectangle dies. I did some ink blending at the center of the panel with distress inks. Then I used my Gina Marie Stitched Star die to cut out a star. I wanted to 'dress up' my star a bit. So I stamped Script stamp by Kaisercraft with the Bronze metallic ink by Encore. I love this ink since it is very rich and has a beautiful shimmer. I distressed the edges a bit for more definition. Here is a closer look at my star.



I stamped the sentiment from the Let's Party stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used the Stampaholic to get the perfect placement of my sentiment. I finished the card by adhering the star directly to the kraft card base and mounting the panel on some foam tape to pop it up.

Hope you like my clean and simple card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the ATSM blog for some amazing inspiration by my team mates. Looking forward to seeing your creations in our challenge gallery.

I am entering this card in the current HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.



Also entering it in the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #157 - No Pattern Paper. Thanks Julie for the suggestion.
Love,
Nandini

Friday, February 10, 2017

First post for Nagashri Arts...

Hi! I am on the Nagashri Arts blog with two cards made with the Vintage Leaf dies, which are proudly made in India.


Visit the blog for a quick tutorial on how I made these cards. And don't forget to visit the Nagashri Arts store for all your craft needs. Because any body can craft!

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Addicted To Stamps & More #227...

Hi! The new challenge at Addicted To Stamps & More is up and this week it is 


You can make your mark with pens, markers, pencils etc.

Here are the two cards that I made


And here are the steps that I took to make them.


I started with a piece of cream drawing paper on which I had stamped the Justrite Floral Stiched background couple of times. I often do this and give the sheets to my kids to color. I used Faber Castell sketch pens to color the background. These are simple sketch pens that come in a pack of 50 shades.


After I had finished coloring, I cut the paper into two panels with the Double Stitched Rectangle dies by DCAM. These are my go to dies for panels since they cut like butter and add a lovely stitched detail to the outside edge. 

Rest of the cards were simple. I mounted the panels on some kraft cardstock cut with the same dies since drawing paper is very thin. I then mounted the completed panels on kraft card bases. here is a closer look at the completed panel.


The sentiment is from the Happy Day stamp set by Craft Tangles, an Indian brand. I really love the font in this set. I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Metallic Pink EP by Wow! on a strip of black paper. I mounted the sentiment strip on some foam tape as well.

I hope you like my cards and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please link your creations here.

Love,
Nandini


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Craftyscrappers Challenge #14 Inspiration...

Hi! The theme for the Craftyscrappers Challenge #14 is new technique. Here is the set of cards that I made with inlaid die cutting. Though I have tried this technique with shapes, this is the first time I made it with a sentiment die.


I started with three pieces of white panels cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies by Die Cuts and More. I stamped the images with a mix of Altenew and Memento dewdrops inks. The stamp set is from Craftyscrappers called Gratitude. It is a beautiful set with lovely images and some great sentiments. I stamped the top layer with Versamark and heat embossed with gold, silver and copper EPs by Ranger and Wow!.

After my stamped panels were finished, I used the Hand-lettered Hello die by Wplus9 to die cut the sentiment out from two of the panels. I also cut 5 out of white card stock. I adhered the white sentiments and then topped them with the sentiments cut from the stamped panel. I also cut three sentiments out of silver and gold metallic paper. Here are close ups of the cards with details on how I made the card bases.


I ran the kraft card base through my Big Shot with the Woven Next Level embossing folder by WRMK. I love the amazing texture that this embossing folder creates. Here is a closeup of the stamped panel.



I mounted the panel on the card base and added a sentiment in gold metallic paper.

Entering this card in to the following challenges:
CAS(E) this Sketch #204


CAS-ual Fridays - CFC165


I kept the next card very simple.


I used some handmade paper on the card base and adhered the stamped panel on it. Here is a closer look at the panel.


The sentiment is cut from some textured silver paper.

The last card is made with Altenew inks. I wanted to create an ombre effect.


I used a white card base and colored it with direct to paper technique. The sentiment is cut from silver metallic paper.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

CASology Week 232: Cut


AAA Cards: CAS Game #81 - Hello


The Card Concept: CC#65
I was inspired by the combo of the pink band on white.


So here are my three cards and I hope they inspire you to create something beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your entries in our gallery. There are some fab prizes for the winners.

Love,
Nandini