Thursday, January 28, 2016

A cardmaking workshop...

Hi! I recently held a card making and paper craft workshop in Mumbai at a friend's shop called Paro's Artville. My friend has a fabulous collection of hand crafted items and has a keen interest in learning new crafts and techniques. We were sponsored by the very sweet Shilpa Kenia, owner of Shilpi, which has introduced India's very own brand of distress inks called Artistry. Every body had a great time getting inky with Artistry. I made a sample card with some heat embossing and ink blending.


The card is a very simple, one layer card. I heat embossed the large butterfly from Inkadinkado's Mindscapes stamp set with silver EP. The sentiment is from Winnie and Walters' A Tree fro All Seasons, also embossed with silver EP.


I just sponged Fancy Fuchsia, Lime Kiss and Tenacious Teal with blending foams over the butterfly and the card was done.

Entering this card in the following challenges:





I chose Challenge #95 - Anything goes with Silver



I used heat embossing.

No embellishments used.

Love,
Nandini


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pretty in Pink...

Hi! I am here today with my inspiration for the Craftyscrappers Challenge #6: Pretty in Pink. Show your love for all things pink and make a card/a tag or anything of your choice that should have atleast 1 stamped image with "a pink-thing".

I went super CAS for my card.


The starting point of my card was this beautiful pre-stamped die cut from Craftscrappers. I used the Stitches stamp set by Bo Bunny. I mounted the five stitched borders on an acrylic block and stamped them with Ranger's Hickory Smoke couple of times and the double stitched border once with Ranger's Picked Raspberry. I distressed the edges of the die cut and my stamped panel lightly with Hickory Smoke and mounted on a grey card base.

The pre-stamped die cuts from Craftyscrappers make it so easy to create great cards quickly. You can check out their vast range of high quality diecuts here. They update and add to their stocks every week. So make sure to check often.


For the details of the challenge check out the blog here.


Hope my card inspires you to created something beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations in our gallery.


Love,

Nandini

Guest DT - Craftyscrappers

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Some Cupid Love...

Hi! I am back with my inspiration for the Craftscrappers Challenge #5: Cupid Love. In this challenge you need to include at least one thing that showcases a cupid/a heart/a wing.

In the goodie bag that I received from Craftyscrappers was a great pre-stamped sentiment. I was very keen on using it on my card. Since the sentiment was stamped in a lovely shade of brown, I decided to go for a masculine look. Here is my card.



I started with a piece of watercolor paper that I smooshed with shades of yellow and brown. These are photo inks from Camlin and they have really beautiful, intense colors. I then stamped repeatedly with my Script stamp by Kaisercraft with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Metallic Copper EP by WOW! I then trimmed it with Spellbinder's On The Edge Shapeablities die for a nice pinked edge on both sides, which I mounted on a black card A2 size card base.


For the sentiment, I sponged the die cut with a little Rusty Hinge and coated it with several layers of clear EP. This was then mounted on a piece of black cardstock which I had run through the Distressed Stripes embossing folder by Cuttlebug.



Be sure to check out the Craftyscrappers blog for more amazing inspiration from my fellow DT members and also the challenge details.

Craftyscrappers also has an huge range of die cuts for sale. The catalogues are updated regularly. So keep checking!

Entering this card in the following challenges:







I used only the sketch.


Just Us Girls #325: Use Metals/Metallics
I used Metallic Copper EP on my background.



Love,
Nandini - GDT, Craftyscrappers

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Challenge #4 at Craftyscrappers...

Hi! Craftyscrappers is back with its Challenge #4 - Black & White with a Hint of Colour.

Here is my inspiration card.



I started with a white card stock panel. I stamped the Kaisercraft Script stamp in distress ink Hickory Smoke. I also lightly distressed the edges with the same ink. Next I took the beautiful flourish die cut from Craftyscrappers and inked it with Twisted Citron. The butterfly, also from Craftyscrappers, was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP. I covered it with Twisted Citron and Picked Raspberry inks and went over it with the Artistry Black Shadow ink. The sentiment is from the Persian Motifs set By Altenew.

Here is a close up of the butterfly.



I flicked some diluted Twisted Citron ink on white card base and then adhered the assembled panel to it. The whole card came together quickly, thanks to the gorgeous die cuts from Craftyscrappers. You can check out their vast range of high quality diecuts here. They update and add to their stocks every week. So make sure to check often.

For the details of the challenge check out the blog here.

Hope my card inspires you to created something beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations in our gallery.

Love,
Nandini
Guest DT - Craftyscrappers

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Another rainbow card...

Hi! I am back with another inspiration card for Craftyscrappers Challenge #3 - Rainbow.



I started with a rectangular die cut that was included in my goodie bag. I coloured it in rainbow colors with my Camlin Brush Pens. The Craftscrappers' die cuts are made of high quality, 160 gsm paper which makes them very easy to colour. The card base is 4.25 x 5.5" kraft. I used the Impression Obsession Dotted Floral stamp and stamped with Versamark ink for a tone on tone effect.

I then used the sentiment die cut (DC-VS-109) and coated with several layers of black EP. I also added a little gold EP and silver glitter for extra shine. Here is a close up of the gorgeous sentiment.


To assemble the card, I mounted my rainbow panel on black fun foam and adhered it to the card base.

I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. Please check out the Craftyscrappers blog for more gorgeous inspiration from my fellow teamies and the deets on linking your creation to the challenge. Also do check out the Craftyscrappers FB page for an awesome collection of die cuts and other crafty stuff.

Love,
Nandini

Monday, December 14, 2015

Exciting news...

Hi! I have some exciting news to share! I am going to be a Guest DT with Craftyscrappers for the months of December and January!



Craftyscrappers is a great e-shop selling high quality die cuts at very pocket friendly rates. You can check out their entire catalogue here.

As a GDT I got a great goodie bag chock-a-block with beautiful die cuts, charms, pre-stamped images, papers etc along with a sweet card from Konica Das, owner of Craftyscrappers. Here are some of the things in the goodie bag.



Craftyscrappers also hosts a weekly challenge. The theme of Challenge #3 is RAINBOW“. You can make anything that fits the theme. You can check out the other details here.

I was so excited that I ended up making two cards. For both cards I have used Tim Holtz's mini distress inks Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door.



I used the distress inks to ink up my Rose Lace background stamp by Impression Obsession, lightly spritzed with water and then stamped on watercolour paper. 



The butterfly die cut is from the goodie bag. I heat embossed it with gold and copper EP. The sentiment stamp is custom made. Some pearls from my stash finished the card.

The second card is square and I used the Dotted Floral background stamp by Impression Obsession with the same technique as the first.



I used the beautiful label die cut (DC-FR-17) from the goodie bag. I painted it black and then simply stamped and heat embossed with gold EP. Here is a closer look at this super intricate die cut.



A narrow, black ribbon finished the look.

Here is a look at both the cards together.



I hope you are inspired by my creations. Make sure to go and check out the Craftyscrapper's catalogues. They have a huge variety of really high quality die cuts. Looking forward to looking at your beautiful creations.

Entering both the cards in the following challenges:

CAS(E) This Sketch #152

Fashionable Stamping Challenge #106 - Make your own background


Love,
Nandini
GDT - Craftyscrapper

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Craftyscrappers Challenge #2...

Hi! I am entering this card in the Craftyscrappers Challenge #2: Blue.


Also linking it to the Mod Squad ChallengeMy ingredients are Embossing, Faux Stitching and Die Cuts.


Love,
Nandini