Guest Designer -Muse Card Club

Hi There!

Thanks for joining me. Today I am super excited to be the ‘Muse of the Week’ for the Muse Card Club. I want to thank  Ardyth and the DT members at the Muse Card Club for this honor and privilege.

The creations from the DT members and Guest Designers at this challenge have always  been an inspiration as well as an education for me. The best thing that I love about this challenge is that, the format encourages creative learning and sharing. It also promotes love and support among the participants.

Here’s my Card for this week

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The first rule of Muse Card Club is: You  talk a lot about Muse Card Club.                    The second rule of Muse Card Club is: You TALK A LOT ABOUT MUSE CARD CLUB!

Jokes apart, Here are the 3 simple rules, that is found on their blog:

  • Use the Muse card as inspiration, explain your interpretation and link back to Muse.
  • Provide supportive comments to at least 3 of your fellow members’ submissions.
  • Vote for 3 of your fellow members’ submissions that you find inspiring.

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I wanted to create a card to inspire numerous ways for interpretation and a lot of opportunities for different takes on the card.

Here’s how i made the card:

bharati nayudu MFT Hedgehogs copic colors rainbow stencil background handmade card 3.JPGFor my card I first stamped these adorable images hedgehogs and the log from the ‘Happy Hedgehogs’ stampset by MFT on to nenah solar white card stock (Copic friendly paper) with black memento ink (Copic friendly ink) and colored with copics (you may use any alcohol markers). I then fussy cut the images with a scissors. I also heat embossed, the punny sentiment from the same stamp set, with white embossing powder on the image of the log.

Next, I took white Bristol Strathmore card stock (this is card stock is excellent for ink blending and water colors) in standard size (A2). I then placed the ‘Star Grid’ stencil by MFT on the card front and inked the panel with distress inks in lovely rainbow colors. I will be honest here, i really wanted to ink blend only in the central part and let it fade it into white towards the outside edges.  But, once is started ink blending I just couldn’t stop my self and covered the whole paper. Lol!!! Oh! inking is so therapeutic, isn’t it.

I finally adhered the colored images with foam squared on to the inked panel. As a finishing touch I added a few Nuvo Clear drops and a stripe of black and white patter paper. I then adhered the whole panel to a white card base.

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I hope my cards inspires you to play along with the Muse Card Challenge and gets you crafting to make some handmade happiness for your loved ones. I can’t wait to see your creative take.

Happy Crafting & HedgeHugs

Bharati Nayudu

AAA Cards- Somewhere over the Rainbow

Hello There!

Happy Sunday and I am so glad your joining me today for the next AAA Cards Challenge!

“Someday, I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dare to
Oh why, oh why can’t I?”
I am from India and we burst out into songs just like that.. Bollywood style …Lol!!

The theme this fortnight is … yup you got that right… Somewhere over the rainbow”

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There is something magical about a rainbow and i wanted to capture that in my card. Here’s my take:

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For my card I first stamped these adorable image of the rainbow with clouds and unicorn from the ‘Be a Unicorn’ stampset by Avery Elle on to nenah solar white cardstock (Copic friendly paper) with black memento ink (Copic friendly ink) and colored with copics lovely rainbow colors. I then die cut the images with the coordinating dies.

bharati nayudu Rainbow2 unicorn CAS Card with avery elle stamps for AAA Cards.jpgI then die cut two windows in a white card front and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set. I ink blended a panel with distress inks in such a way that they form the background for the window openings, which i adhered to the card front with foam tape for dimension.

I finally adhered the colored images with foam squared inside the windows. As a finishing touch I added two hearts near the sentiment. I then adhered the whole panel to a white card base.

In case of my card, using the windows helped my maximize the empty space for a CAS look. I love the burst of colors against the white. That’s, i think, is the best part of rainbow theme with a CAS design.

I hope my cards inspires you to play along AAA Cards challenge and gets you crafting to make some handmade happiness for your loved ones. Just remember to KEEP IT CAS (Clean And Simple).

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Do visit AAA Cards challenge for more inspiration from the very creative Design Team who have beautiful cards to dazzle you. I encourage you to visit them and leave them some love.

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Bharati (you are here!)

The rainbow theme / color scheme, i know is an all time favorite of many card makers and will get the creative juices flowing.

All the very  best. Happy Crafting !! Have fun!!

Hugs

Bharati

 

CASology #294 Start

Hello There!

The next Challenge at CASology is up this week and the cue word is START.

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Here’s my take on the cue word

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The moment I read the cue word – Start, I got ideas about card for encouraging others to start something new in their life or for someone who has started something new or for new parents or my nephew who is going to start going to college this year.

But the day I made this card, I kinda had a small disagreement with my mom over phone on a project we both were working on. Come on , we all have been there. And no matter from which country you are, it’s the same with mothers. My mother, i must mention, is a very talented, super hardworking, inquisitive, strong  and an extraordinary women. So that makes it even harder to be in disagreement with her. LOL!

Anyway, I was not feeling good about our conversation after the call ended and while I was feeling a bit low, I heard a voice from behind telling me – “It’s ok! Turn the page and start over”. It was our 10yrs old son. I am so blessed to have this wise lil kiddo by my side and I immediately took his advise. So I quickly (perks of CAS style) made this card to start things over on the project I was working on with my mom. I went over to her place to give her the card (oh, she lives just a block away).

The best part was, that even before i gave her the card, my mom had forgotten all about our disagreement, it was as if nothing ever happened. We were chit chatting as usual and I was enjoying her homemade treats. She was there for me like always, no matter what. Come on , we all have been there. And no matter from which country you are, it’s always the same with mothers. They can’t stop loving. Isn’t it. Never the less I gave her the card and told her what a wise lil grandson she had.

Now, while I am typing this post, my mom and my son are sitting by my side and teasing me & joking about how even when I was in a hurry to make a card for my mom, i combined it with an upcoming challenge for CASology. Lol!! What can I say,  I am just wired that way….. he he he he!!!

So get crafting to spread some smiles around. Just remember to keep it CAS. Can’t wait to see your creative take on this cue word.

Do check out the awesome CAS cards that the talented design team members and our guest designer made to inspire you

Anna Uhras

Deidre Payne

Jacquie Southas

Janet Ribet

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Karen Haman

Kevin Bray

Kymona Tracey

Melissa Chipperfield

Rachel Bergfeld

Hope you liked my card. let me know by leaving me comments. I really love reading them and appreciate the time you spend on my blog.

Hugs

Bharati

‘Work’ – Guest Designer at Inkspirational

Hi there,

I am very excited and greatly honored to be playing along as Guest Designer at Inkspirational Challenges where the cue word this time is – Work. The various challenges at  Inkspirational are always fun & stimulating, and their DT creations are absolutely inspiring.

I am an HR professional at a Steel Plant and i love giving handmade cards at work. So, here ‘s my take on the word prompt challenge – “WORK”.

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To make this card, I first masked the edges with painter’s tape and then inked the  card front with distress oxide inks using a stencil. I then added a few splatters in black for added interest on the background. After i stamped the images from ‘MFT – Get down to business’ stampset with momento black ink, i colored the images with copic markers. The all that was left was to adhere all the images and the sentiment on to the inked background. Some of the images are adhere on to the card front while a few have been adhered with foam tape for dimension. I then adhered the card front to a black card base to form a frame all around the card.

I have made this card for my husband who recently was recognized with an award for his outstanding and dedicated contributions in his work.

I hope my card inspires you to play along Inkspirational Challenges and gets you crafting to spread handmade happiness around. Do visit Inkspirational Challenges for more inspiration from the super talented Design Team. Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Inkspirational for having me.

Hope you liked my card. Do let me know by leaving me comments. I really love reading them.

Hugs

Bharati

 

 

You are Enough

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Hello There!

If I were to pick only one of my cards that i could give anyone and everyone, i will pick this one. This is what i want to tell myself and everyone else as well.

I seem to be falling more and more in love with CAS style of card making. There is something very soothing about the uncluttered white space.

To make this one layer CAS card, I first stamped the big bold YOU with distress oxide ink. I then stamped the coordinating sentiments with black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. To finish the card i adhered it on a black card base leaving a slight border all around.

I am playing along with:

CASology challenge #281 – “Encourage”

Always Fun Challenges #40 – one layer

 

Have a great day!

 

1 Stamp Set – Many possibilities

One of my personal challenges is to make as many cards and designs as possible from a single stamp set. To give my stamps the maximum love i challenged my self to make at least 10 cards from a stamp set. The MFT’s Space Explorer stamps are so cute and  the sentiments are so versatile that one could just keep on going…

To check these images on Instagram follow #1stamp10cards or click HERE

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The first thing I did was to stamp, color and fussy cut all my images. I think i have a few images from Lawn Fawn’s Out of this World stamp set as well (I like to mix brands for more fun). I also coated all the images with my wink of Stella glitter pen, because the fact is that there is huge amount of glitter in the space and that’s what makes the sun, moon and the stars shine… lol

CARD #1

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For this card i blended Distress Inks on watercolor paper and flicked some white paint on it to make the galaxy. I love how the galaxy came out on this card.

CARD #2

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This card is a Clean And Simple one. All i did was brush the galaxy with water colors, adhere the images and black heat emboss the sentiment. Vola! a card is ready.

CARD #3

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I just love how this astronaut is floating amidst so many planet and stars. The oval die cut background symbolizes the expanding galaxy. The galaxy is made with distress oxide inks and clusters of stars have been die cut to add interest.

CARD #4

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My Gansai Tambi watercolors arrived and i had to rush to my craft table to make a galaxy using those. The intense pigment gives a rich look to the galaxy and helps the images colored with copic markers pop against the background.

 CARD #5

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When i saw that sentiment “today the world revolves around you”, all I could think of was a spinner card. In this card the world literally goes around the cute astronaut . How cute is that!

CARD #6 & 7

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After floating about in the space for quite sometime, those astronauts landed on some new planets. I wish they discover a planet where crafting burns most calories. I will turn skinny in just a few days…

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CARD #8

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I just can’t get enough of the pop up box card. There’s something really charming about how a flat card pops open into a dimensional box card. The floating astronaut is just perfect for these types of cards.

CARD #9

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This astronaut image is particularly best suited for a spinner card as it has the same shape in the front and back (one need not stamp a mirror image).

CARD #10

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Shaker’s gonna shake – shake – shake – shake – shake

I just love making a shaker card. Well truth to be told, i have seen so many crafters on Youtube heat emboss an acetate sheet that i was fooled to think it was easy. Well my first two acetates warped so much i just could not stop laughing at myself. Third time definitely is a charm and i managed to get it right.

 

Thanks for visiting this page. Hope you had fun reading it. Have a great day!

Thank you for lifting me up

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Hi there ,

Today i am sharing an interactive gate fold card. Its about being thankful day and night – today and everyday for all the things both big and small in our lives that lift us up and cherish each and every moment of life. Living with the attitude of gratitude is the best way to lead a happy and contended life.

I am so thankful for everyone and everything in my life. I consider myself truly blessed for my family and friends. I am so very thankful for the loving crafting community for all the love and support that they provide. Thank you all for lifting me up and encouraging me to pursue my passion for crafting.

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Picture2.pngTo make with card i stamped the images from My Favorite things – Growing up stampset with memento black ink on neenah solar white card stock and colored those with my copic markers. I added the white highlights with a white gel pen. The images were then cut using the coordinating dies.

Then i made a white gate fold card base ready by scoring a 6 x 10 white cardstock from both edges.  Using the coordinating die for the image of the big hot air balloon, the window aligning both the folds was cut in such a way that it matched the placement of the hot air balloon in the center panel inside the card.

Next I took three white cardstock panels and die cut these with a stitched rectangle die. I inked the first panel to create a scene with a night sky by ink blending distress oxide inks and then adding white splatters with gesso. I cut this night sky panel to match the window and the gate fold cut on the card base and stuck it to the form the front of the cardbase after adding the sentiment and sticking the colored die cut images.

Picture3.pngIn the next step i ink blended some clouds with distress oxide ink on the remaining two panels to create a day scene. One of the panels was cut to match the inside of the window and the gate fold card base and stuck it on inside of both the folds of the card base. The remaining panel will form the center for the inside of the card. On this panel i first black heat embossed the sentiment and then die cut the gap for slider action. I then added the big hot air balloon in the slider panel in such a way that it fit the window that was already cut in the gate fold card and stuck this panel using foam tape. There are many tutorials online on assembling slider cards, you may want to check out those.

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Once the slider was working, I added the grass landscapes that i had made by die cutting ink blended pieces with different green distress oxide inks. To finish the card i added cute little images that i had colored and die cut earlier.

I am playing along with a couple of challenges with this card:

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Paru’s card making challenge – November 2017

Take time out challenge – #97 Inspired by words thankful today and everyday. Hence made the card with thank you sentiment with both day and night scenes.

Cupcake inspirations challenge – #432 Thankful

Always fun challenges – #33 Thanks giving

Use your stuff challenge – #289 Thankful

Cas-ual friday Challenge – #187 Gratitude with  Attitude – My elaborate and interactive card depicting thankfulness day and night shows the attitude of gratitude 

HLS Dies – Anything goes with dies – In addition to using dies for cutting the inking panels with a stitched edge, i have used the coordinating dies for cutting the images as well as the window in the gate card. The coordinating die was used to cut the window in the inked inside and outside panels on both sides. The grass landscape edges were also cut with the dies that add more interest to the scene. The interactive slider was also cut using a die. I really don’t think it would have been so easy to make this card without the dies.

Little miss muffet challenge – #176 Anything goes

Crafty creations Challenge – #355 Anything goes

Creatalicious challenge – #127 Anything goes
I really enjoyed making with fun card and i hope you liked it too.

Thank you for dropping by and do leave me a comment letting me know your views.

Have a great day.