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

 

 

AAA Cards Challenge #107 – Chilled

Hello There,

I am very excited to share an awesome news. I have joined the wonderful Design Team at AAA Cards challenge and feel greatly honored to be working with the super talented team of card makers. Many thanks to the lovely ladies at AAA Cards for having me and for the warm welcome they have extended me.

So without further ado, let’s see what the CAS Game #107 is :

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The theme – Chilled has many possibilities and hope it gets your creative juices flowing. The moment i read the word chilled, pictures of polar bears and icy glaciers started popping in my head and I was inspired by the blue and white of the challenge photo to make a card.Here’s my card for the game.

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For this one I first stamped the images of the ice block and the adorable bear with skates on from the stampset called Beary special holidays by Lawn Fawn stamps, with  Memento black ink on Neenah solar white paper and colored it with Copic makers before fussy cutting them. I then masked the card front with just a circular gap and also masked the area inside the circle that i wanted to keep white. I then blended in few blues using distress inks. I peeled off the mask and adhered the fussy cut images after i stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set.

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I hope my card inspires you to play along AAA Cards challenge and gets you crafting. Do visit AAA Cards challenge for more inspiration from the very creative Design Team and the two guest designers who have beautiful cards to dazzle you. I encourage you to visit them and leave them some love.

The challenge is to make CAS style cards, so do check out the definition of CAS from our website by clicking HERE.

Also don’t forget that the lovely Sponsor for this challenge are CAS-ual Fridays and the winner will be presented with a  gift certificate of $25.

I am also linking this card to few other challenges :

Calling All Sistahs Challenge – The colors of the challenge matches with my card

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – Baby its cold outside theme matches with the cute polar bear ice skating out in the cold

Very excited to play along with them as well.

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

Keep it cool!

Hugs

Bharati

 

 

 

Warm Winter Wishes

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Hello there !

Warm Winter Wishes to you all! Isn’t this cozy image from lawn fawn stamps just adorable. Well it’s one my favs and i am so glad i made this tag card with it and using the sketch from Freshly made Sketches Challenge #318. 

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For this card i followed the sketch shown here and first adhere a strip of pattern paper from the winter collection by Papericous on the white card panel before matting it on a black card base. Then i made a tag out of the same patter paper and adhered it on a black mat after fixing a eyelet and knotting a twine through it. I then stamped the image on the tag and stuck the image, which i had already colored with copics and fussy. Then i finished the card by stamping the sentiment from the same stampset on the white card panel.

Vola ! a card with cozy and warm winter wishes is ready for mailing.

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Playing along with :

Freshly Made Sketches #318

Get Creative Challenge #65

 

Hope you liked the card and do let me know what you think by leaving me a comment, which i really appreciate.

Wish you all a very warm and crafty New Year!

 

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.

 

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