Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another Card for Stretch Your Stamps 2...

Hi! Another card that I made as part of the Stretch Your Stamps 2.


The base is white hand made paper. Stamp is from We R Memory Keepers. The sentiment is from Bo Bunny and the inks are from Itsy Bitsy.

Very simple card which came together very fast.

Love,
Nan

Monday, August 18, 2014

Graphic stamps...

Hi! A quick post to showcase the card I made as a part of day 8 of Stretch Your Stamps 2: Create borders.


The base is white hand made paper. The stamp set is from CAS-ual Fridays. I used 3 shades of green to create the border.


The sentiment die is from Sizzix. And the stamped sentiment is from Bo Bunny. I stamped only part of it.

Entering this card in the Sentimental Sundays Challenge #220: Monochromatic Colors.

Love,
Nan

A Blog Hop and Inspiration Card...

Hi! The CASE Study Challenge Blog, one of my favorite challenges, is celebrating its 4th anniversary. There is a blog hop and also a challenge. After going through the hop, we can make a card inspired by one of the pieces of art work. I really enjoyed the hop and all the great inspiration present. But the card that I really fell in love with was by one of my all time favorites, Jennifer McGuire. You can check out her awesome creation here.

And my take on her card is this:


The base is white hand made paper. I used some water color paints from my daughter's supplies. The strip on the left is paper pieced using strips that I painted with the same colours used for the flowers. The stamp set is from Itsy Bitsy. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays and stamped on some translucent white paper with gold embossing powder.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

CASE Study Challenge Blog:
CASE Study 4th Anniversary Week #2


I cased Jennifer McGuire's gorgeous water color card.

CAS(E) This Sketch #88:
I used this lovely sketch


Crazy For CAS:
Challenge #51 - Watercolouring

Beyond Grey Challenges:
BGC #57 - Watercolours

Hope you liked this card. I sure did! 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Love,
Nan

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A decorated notebook...

Hi! The last swap at Swap Central India was notebooks.

Here was my entry.


I found a ready notebook with a lovely green handmade paper cover. I just embellished it with some papers from my stash and my favourite Chloe stem die.


The title is embossed in gold.

I also decorated the inside page of the note book and added two bookmarks.


Here is a pic with the book marks in.


A simple project which I hope my swap partner liked.

Love,
Nan

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps: Day 2 - Metallic On Black - Reverse Background Stamps

Hi! I tried the technique demonstrated so well by my all time favourite crafter, Jennifer McGuire on Day 2 of Stretch Your Stamps 2. Here is the result.



I used my own, DIY background stamp and embossed using silver, gold and copper colours.



The embossing powders are also made by me, since I have only gold powder in my stash. I just mixed the Fevicryl metallic powders with a little clear embossing powder.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge - The Beach House
I used the sketch.



STAMPlorations August 2014 Challenge - Stamps & Die cuts
The butterflies are stamped and heat embossed and I used my favourite Chloe stem die


Lessology Challenge #39: Fluttering butterflies


Hope you liked this card.

Love,
Nan

Stretch Your Stamps: Day 1 - Faux Watercolor Stamping

Hi! I am participating in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online class. It is absolutely fantastic! So a quick post on the card I made using the Faux Watercolor Stamping technique demonstrated so beautifully by Shari Carroll.



Here is a close up.



I was in two minds before registering for this class, as I do not have too many stamps. But the introductory video by Jennifer Mcguire really convinced me as she made it clear that it was perfectly OK to use the stamps that we already have. That is a big reason why I appreciate her so much. She always gives alternatives to what ever she is using.

As I do not have ANY background or reverse background stamps at all, I just ended up making my own! Here is a pic:



And it worked out so well, that I am planning to make more!

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge - The Beach House
I used both the sketch and the inspiration photo.



AAA Cards: Game #14 - Play

Time Out Challenge #11 - Celebration with optional twist of butterflies

Shopping Our Stash: SOS #163 - Splish Splash
I used my mister to spray water on the stamp before stamping.

STAMPlorations August 2014 Challenge - Stamps & Die cuts
The butterflies are stamped and heat embossed and then cut with the co-ordinating die

Thats all for now. Will be back soon with another card I made.

Love,
Nan



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Congrats card...

Hi! I am back today with a card that I made for a friend's daughter who is going away for higher studies.

This card gave me a chance to play around with some new techniques and also stretch my creative energies in finding alternatives to expensive craft products.



The base is white handmade paper. I created the coloured panel by using a stencil from Itsy Bitsy and some texture paste. Only I made the texture paste from scratch by mixing together some talcum powder, Fevicol, white acrylic paint and water. Very easy and much cheaper than anything available in the market! I coloured it using pigment inks.




The sentiment is a Sizzix die, which I cut four times and layered. I used the Faux Metal technique demonstrated by the very, very talented Jennifer Mcguire. You can check it out here. I loved the way she combined gold and silver embossing powders in the video. Since I have only gold powder in my stash, I decided to experiment with the stuff I already have. Some time back Jennifer had done a video in which she created her own glitter embossing powder by mixing some fine glitter and clear embossing powder. So I tried it with some copper and silver powders that I had on hand. And it worked beautifully!


I also decorated the inside of the card.

Entering this in the following challenges:


CAS(E) this Sketch #86

I used the sketch. Only I turned it around a bit.



The Card Concept Challenge #15 - Colour Challenge
I used the colour palette and was also inspired by the lacy votives. I guess my style would be Clean and Layered.


So that is all for now. I made two more cards using my 'texture paste' which I will post later.

Looking forward to hearing what you think of my DIY efforts!

Love,
Nan

P.S. Also posting in the following challenges:
Less is More Week 182 - Anything Goes
The card is definitely CAS - my usual style!

Addicted to CAS Challenge #43 - Celebrate