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

CASology #286 Butterfly

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As the past week just fluttered by, it’s time for us to fly to the next challenge at CASology.  Got what i was hinting at?? Ok I may not be good at giving hints. So check out the cue card yourself. The Cue word for the Week # 286 is “Butterfly”.

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I have always love butterflies and my mind went all over the place when i saw this cue word.  I will keep it real and confess, I wanted to play with stamps, stencils and dies – everything butterfly related from my  humble stash. I wanted to use inks, markers  as well as water colors. Butterflies were flying all over my imagination, until i saw this stamp by Mudra Stamps with a quote. Once it was in my hand I just wanted to use it. Don’t you think this quote is beautiful like a butterfly.

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To add interest to the stamped quote I die cut it using a butterfly die and then in laid the pieces back. I adhered the pieces with the butterfly die image with tiny foam squares for some dimension.

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Like i mentioned the cue word has a million beautiful possibilities. Just remember to keep it CAS.   Can’t wait to see your creative take on this cue word.

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

Guest Designer : Barb G.

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

Calling All Sistahs

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Hello There,

Today I am playing along with Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge n what an awesome challenge it is. Calling All Sistahs is challenge dedicated to creating and promoting breast cancer awareness as well as helping us build our stash of encouragement cards.

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Inspired by the reminder for self examination on their blog “I checked myself for the first time”. I have to confess that although I know about breast cancer and I am aware that I can check myself, I never did it. I don’t know why I ignored it. Perhaps I thought I could never get it, which is imprudent thinking on my part. Early detection n regular check ups are THE KEY.

Also important is to encourage the lovely ladies all around us to self examine themselves and not to miss their appointments with doctors. So the first thing I did after I read the post was to learn about self examination on Google and check myself. Then I made this card to encourage you all to do the same. It’s never too late.

I encourage you all to self examine as well as spread awareness.

Hugs

Bharati

Happy New You!

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Hello There!

Butterflies have always fascinated me. I fondly cherish my childhood memories of happily running after butterflies in the parks, being completely mesmerized to watch them land on flowers and spread their colorful wings. I was completely awe stuck when i learnt for the first time as a child that caterpillars turned into beautiful butterflies. How did those pretty wings mysteriously appear, i would ask myself! Well, that’s the magic of self transformation, isn’t it.

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I am on one of my own metamorphic journeys as well. I have always been on the chubby side since childhood, which later grow into obesity, and now this seems to be weighing me down in life, even effecting me mentally. I have pledged to change this and am working towards a healthier me.  One day i too will fly 🙂

I am dedicating this card to all those who are on their journey towards a happier you! A shout out for all the efforts and struggles. For bouncing back after every failure.

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And now let me tell you about my card.

Its a new year and i wanted to try something new. This is one of my first cards with alcohol inks . I used Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks & mixatives. By the way, I made a DIY alcohol blender by mixing surgical spirit with just few drops of glycerin. This seems to be working well for me. The inks are addictive to play with as the results are very unique each time and the process is super fun.

I die cut the butterflies from an alcohol ink panel. I tried a splatter of silver mixative on black card stock – I have to tell you, it felt good doing it (please note that the mixative takes quite some time to dry). I then adhered only the body of butterflies, leaving their wings free for dimension, before adding with foam tape the white heat embossed sentiment on match black card stock strips. To finish the card, I adhered the card panel at angle for added interest and just to try out something new.

 

Playing along with :

Time out challenge #99 – New Beginnings

Always Fun Challenges – something new

The male craftroom challege #76 – New Beginnings

Simon says stamp Monday Challenge – Something new

Simon says stamp Wednesday Challenge – Something new

a2zscrapbooking challenge – New to me

Animal friends challenge – New Beginnings

Die-cut-divas – Something new

Dies R Us Challenge #88 – Anything goes

heart2heartchallenges – Something new

thehousethatstampsbuilt – Things with wings

Paru’s cardmaking challenge # Jan 2018- New

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Do let me know what you think about the card by leaving me comments.

Wishing you Happy new days and Happy new You!

Kindness – Guest Designer at CASology

Hi there,

I am playing along as the Guest Designer at CASology Challenge this week and I am on cloud nine. CASology is one of the challenges where my work has been acknowledged on several occasions by the talented DT members and i am forever grateful for their constant encouragement and support.

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The cue word this week is Kindness. The challenge is to make CAS style cards, so do check out the CAS guidelines from their website.

So here’s my take on the cue word – A bit of dimension, glitter and gloss make a CAS card extra beautiful against the white space. I feel being kind is supper cool and hence i went with cool colors. Also to match the word difference in the sentiment i went with a  unique die cut pieces.

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The clean and simple way of making a card always highlights the message and the feeling of happiness / kindness that we show each other by giving handmade cards and items.  This is the perfect opportunity to spread some kindness around.  Thank and acknowledge others for their kindness.

 

I hope my card inspires you to play along CASology challenge and gets you crafting to spread kindness around. Do visit their blog for more inspiration from the super talented Design Team. Many thanks to the lovely ladies at CASology for the honor.

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

 

 

 

 

Sparkle – Guest Designer at AAA Cards

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What do you do when you get asked to guest design at one of your favorite challenges – you jump with joy and accept the lovely opportunity. Well that’s exactly what i did.

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I am very excited and greatly honored to play along with AAA Cards challenge as Guest Designer for the Game #105 with the theme – Sparkle. The challenge is to make CAS style cards, so do check out the definition of CAS from their website by clicking HERE.

I love CAS style cards because its made with a few striking elements to compliment the contrasting white space for achieving a stunning look and there is nothing better than adding sparkle to a CAS Card. So here’s my card for the game.

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For this challenge I made a CAS Christmas card and the theme – Sparkle was just perfect to play with all the shiny goodies in my craft stash. To make this card I used red Glimmer paste for the strip on the left, gold heat embossing powder for the sentiment as well as for completely covering the elegant snowflake die cut, a golden thread to hang the embossed snowflake, some clear sparkling sequins and green metallic card stock as card base.

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I hope my card inspires you to play along AAA Cards challenge and get crafting to spread some sparkle around. Do visit AAA Cards challenge for more inspiration from the super talented Design Team. Many thanks to the lovely ladies at AAA Cards for having me.

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

Entering this card to

Challenge at addicted to CAS for the theme sparkle

149 Challenge at inkspirational inspired by the golden embossing n sparkle in the photo

HLS anything goes with dies challenge as the snowflake die cut is the focal point of the card

House of cards Challenge – inspired by the sparkly ornaments on the Christmas tree in the photo inspiration

 

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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