Monday, October 16, 2017

Make My Monady Challenge #57...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Make My Monday blog. The theme this time around is Halloween - I Put A Spell On You. For people who don't normally send Halloween cards, like me, you can make a Thank You card instead.

A friend recently asked me to make some thank you cards that he can give out to his clients. He needs around 100 cards so they have to be simple. Here are the options that I came out with using his company colours.


I used the Dodec Star die by Altenew to cut out the medallions from red, blue and cream paper and simply inlaid the designs. The sentiment is from the Wonderful Words stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays. I stamped it with Versamark and then heat embossed with matching EPs.

This is a very easy design to mass produce or change up. I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something pretty. You can get more fabulous inspiration from my fellow DTs and also link up your creations at our gallery here

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #263...

Hi! The current ATSM challenge is up and this week's theme is 


I am in the middle of finishing my cards for Diwali. So this is a great theme for me. I have made several cards for Diwali already. This design is one of my favorites


I used the same method to create multiple panels. I started with a large piece of watercolor paper. I dropped 2 different shades of Camlin Photo inks on my craft sheet, sprayed some water and dragged my paper through it. Once it was a bit dry and splattered some water droplets and dabbed them away for a distressed look. Once the panel was completely dry I stamped the medallions from the Dazzlers stamp set by Penny Black and Stitches stamp set by Bo Bunny randomly with Versamark and heat embossed with silver, gold, copper and platinum EPs. I die cut the paper into rectangles with the DCAM Stitched Rectangles die. 

Rest of the card was easy. I simply matted the panel with black and mounted it on kraft card base. The sentiment is from the an old Diwali stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps that I really love.

I hope you like my cards and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do check out the fabulous inspiration by my fellow DT at the ATSM blog here. And don't forget to link up your holiday creations. We love to see you in our gallery!

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #261...

Hi! This week at Addicted To Stamps And More we have the easiest of challenges.


You can create anything for this challenge and link it to our gallery!

I decided to create a masculine card inspired by autumn colors.


I started with the Painted Alphas stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps. I love the bold alphas in this set. I lined up the letters to spell the word HAPPY and stamped it a few times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink to get a good, dark impression. Lining up the Mudra alpha stamps is super easy as they are cut to align at the top and bottom.

I took out a few Memento dewdrop ink pads and stamped the circle from the Grunge Effects stamp set by Mudra around the edge. I then used the Ferns and Leaves set and stamped the images in black. I used the Simple Alphas set again by Mudra to stamp the word 'birthday'. Initially I stamped it in dark red. But changed my mind and used black. Luckily I was left with a halo of dark red around the word which I really liked. 

To finish I simple trimmed the panel to size and mounted it on a black card base.

Here is a closer look at the card.


I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do check out the ATSM blog for more amazing inspiration by my talented team mates! I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful entries in our gallery.

Entering my card in the following challenges.

Happy Little Stamper September CAS Challenge:


CSW Challenge #18 - Leaves:


Uniko Challenge #43 - Autumn/Fall with optional twist of Halloween:


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #259...

Hi! This week is the Clean and Simple challenge at Addicted To Stamps And More.


I made a quick card with some watercoloring and stamping.


I used the bud and the foliage stamps from Altenew's Peony Bouquet and stamped them randomly on a piece of watercolor paper. I used distress inks to color the images loosely. Once the panel was dry I trimmed it and mounted it on a navy blue card base.

The sentiment is from the Magical Birthday stamp set by Craftyscrappers. I used Vanilla White EP by Wow! for heat embossing.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please don't forget to check out the beautiful creations by rest of the DT at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. And be sure to link up your creations in our gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday #480:

As You Like It - Flora or Fauna:
Very tough question as I love animals too! But I will go with flora since flowers and trees always soothe me and make me happy.

Just Add Ink #376 - Just Add 'D':
I used distress inks for coloring.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - STAMPtember Stamp It


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - STAMPtember Stamp It

The Flower Challenge #12 - Tic-tac-toe:


I used heat embossing for the sentiment, watercolor and blue.

Love,
Nan

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #257...

Hi! Wednesdays mean a new challenge at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This week's challenge #257 is all about


Here is my take on this challenge.


I decided to try a wet-on-wet stamping technique as shown by Sandy Allnock that I have been meaning to try for a very long time. You can check out the original blog post with the video tutorial here

I started with a piece of Textured White card stock by Itsy Bitsy. I love this paper since it is a lovely bright white and thick. You can check out my review of this paper here. I can add to that review and vouch that this paper is good for watercoloring as well! For coloring I used the new Camlin Brush Pens. They have recently come out with a set of 24 pens and I am totally in love with them! At Rs. 350/- they are a steal! The colors are vibrant and mix very well.

I mounted the Hydrangea Silhouette stamp by Joy! Crafts on my stamp positioner  and used a mix of pinks, yellow, green and orange pens to stamp. After the panel was dry, I die cut it with the Double Stitched Rectangle dies by DCAM. Here is a closer look at the panel.


The sentiment is from the Many Thanks stamp and cut set by Momenta. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I trimmed a piece of black card stock and die cut the center. After laying in my watercolor panel, I mounted the whole thing on a black card base with foam tape.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Don't forget to check out the fabulous creations by my super talented team mates at the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog. You can also link your creations there.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

#TGIFC122 Technique Challenge - Watercolor:


Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor Challenge:



Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge:


House of Cards August Challenge - Floral Images and/or Colors:


Love,
Nandini


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #255...

Hi! The Addicted To Stamps And More challenge #255 is up and this week's theme is the Photo Inspiration.



I just love this image with the gorgeous colors and shapes! I decided to try a technique that I had seen on Karen D.'s blog Snippets. I also used her instructions for using a credit card and inks to create my background. Here is my card.



I started with a piece of white card stock. I mixed some Camlin photo inks and white acrylic paint and then swiped the mixture with an old card onto the paper. I added some more swipes with the inks to darken some parts.

Once my paint was dry, I cut the paper randomly into strips and adhered theme on a piece of regular paper taking care to overlap each. I trimmed the ready panel to fit behind a frame which I cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies by Die Cuts and More. I also cut out a branch from the same white paper. This die is a recent buy from Aliexpress. Here is a closer look at the panel.



To finish I used the sentiment from the Magical Birthday stamp set by Craftyscrappers and stamped it with some purple Radiant Neon ink by Tsukineko.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. You can link your creations to the Addicted To Stamps And More #255. For more inspiration do visit the Addicted To Stamps And More blog and check out the amazing creations by my fellow DT. I can promise you are in for a treat!

Entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS On Sunday Challenge #114:

Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #53 - Pretty Pastels:

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #253...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This week's theme is interesting.



There are two ways to interpret this theme. You can make something celebrating your favorite holiday like Diwali, Christmas, Rakshabandhan etc. Or like me you can make a vacation themed creation.



I used the Grunge Effects stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps and Radiant Neons pigment inks by Tsukineko to stamp the backgrounds. I stamped the images and sentiment from the Bon Voyage stamp set by Craftyscrappers with Tuxedo Black ink by Memento. 

I popped up the panels on a kraft base and added a stitching line with a white gel pen. The button at the center was die cut with the Button Quartet set by My Favorite Things.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to make something beautiful. Don't forget to check out the amazing DT inspiration at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. And do link up your holiday themed creations at our gallery here.

Linking my card to the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS Challenge #116 - Wheels:



Less Is More Challenge #339 - Use piercing on your card
I used stitched rectangle dies to add piercing.



CWS Challenge #17 - Boys to men:



Paru's Card Making Challenges August 2017 - Anything Goes:



Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #251...

Hi! Wednesdays mean a new challenge at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This week's theme is one of the most popular


Here is my inspiration.


I decided to ink up an old background stamp by Penny Black for this challenge. I used yellow, orange and pink inks and stamped on a piece of white card stock. I trimmed the panel and then die cut the alphabets and numbers with Lawn Fawn's Quinns ABCs and Quinns 123s dies. I also cut several alphabets and numbers from the pink card stock that I used as the card base. I layered the die cuts and then inlaid them into the stamped panel. Here is a closer look at the sentiment.


To finish I added a thin pink ribbon at the top of the panel and then popped the whole thing with foam adhesive.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please remember to visit the Addicted To Stamps And More blog for more fantastic inspiration from my talented teamies.

Love,
Nandini

Monday, July 17, 2017

Product review for Itsy Bitsy...

Hi! What do you do when one of the leading craft stores in India contacts you and asks you to do a review of their products? Yes! You jump up with joy!

Recently Itsy Bitsy sent me a goodie bag with their newly launched cardstock and some lovely embellishments. This is a premium quality, textured white card stock available in packs of 10 sheets each measuring 12 x 12 inches. It is a thick 270 gsm paper suitable for all sorts of crafts.


I made three cards using the paper and some of the embellishments.

For the first card I wanted to use the paper as is since it is such a beautiful, bright white. 


I made a shaker card and added the pretty felt blooms to finish it. The sentiment is from the Sweet Cakes stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.

For the second card I wanted to see how suitable the paper is for stamping.


I used the Freehand Florals set by Wplus9 and a bunch of Memento dew drop dye inks to create my panel.

For the third and last card I decided to try ink blending.


I used the All Occasion Sentiments stamp set by My Favorite things and several Altenew inks in shades of pink.

Here are my three cards together.


My thoughts on this paper? I loved it! Will I buy it for personal use? Definitely!

Some of the things I really liked:


  1. Very sturdy paper with a beautiful bright white color.
  2. Die cuts beautifully.
  3. Though it is textured, stamping is very easy on this paper and the colors show up beautifully. I deliberately avoided using my stamp positioner. But each image stamped crisp and clear the first time.
  4. Perfect for ink blending. I added several layers of ink without any patchiness at all. Also no bending while heat embossing.
  5. I also tried a bit of watercoloring and it held up well. I will share that card some other day.


So a big thanks to Itsy Bitsy for introducing this wonderful product.

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Make My Monday Challenge #50...

Hi! The latest Make My Monday challenge is up and the theme this time is Travel/Vacation. It is a wonderful theme which can be interpreted in so many different ways! Here is my inspiration


I made a card with only die cutting after a very long time. I started with the MFT Die-namics Sailboat die. I used a paper pack by Papericious to cut the sails. Rest of the paper I used is from my scrap box. Here is a closer look at the sailboat.


I used a top folding navy blue card base. I die cut a window in a piece of gray cardstock. I also cut the bottom with the Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges.

The sentiment was cut using the Sizzix Bubble Alphas set. Here is a closer look at the sentiment.


Hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the Make My Monday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from my teamies.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

MFT Color Challenge #72


HLS July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge:


Cut It Up Challenge 125 - Patriotic Red, White & Blue:

Cardz For Boyz #173 - Besides The Sea:

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Addicted To Stamps And More #249...

Hi! I am back with some inspiration for the latest Addicted To Stamps And More Challenge #249. The theme this week is


This is my favorite theme since I love making CAS cards. I decided to pull out my current favorite the Simply Florals stamp set by Mudra. I have been eyeing this set since it was first launched and received it as a part of my DT kit from Mudra Craft Stamps. Here is the card I made.


I started with a top folding white card base and a piece of red handmade paper. I trimmed the red paper slightly smaller than the card base and used DCAM's Double Stitched circle die set to cut a window in it. I lightly traced the window onto my card base with a pencil to serve as a guide to my stamping. I used the lovely Simply Florals stamp set to stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Primary Apple Red EP by WOW!. Here is a closer look at my heat embossed bloom.


To finish, I simple popped up the red panel with some foam tape. I deliberately avoided any embellishments as I wanted to keep my card super clean and simple.

Hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please don't forget to visit the ATSM gallery for some more fabulous inspiration from my super talented teamies.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

CAS On Friday Challenge #111 - Flowers

Just Us Girls #400 - Word Week:


CWS Challenge #16 - Celebrate:


Love,
Nandini