AAA Cards #118 Frames

Hello There !

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

The theme this time is FRAMES.

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Isn’t it just perfect to inspire a Clean and Simple design. Here are a few ideas to help you start – frame your focal point using die cuts, stamping around the focal point, use the stamp of a frame, stamp your sentiment inside a frame, create a scene inside a window or frame your image with the sentiment. Whatever be the technique you use, keeping the design framed and contained will surely enhance the CAS look and maximize the white space. So join us with your creative take on the theme FRAMES.

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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Bharati Nayudu Lawn Fawn stamps Frames and seasons tweetings AAA Cards CAS CardFor my card I first stamped and colored this adorable frame from the Flirty frames stamp set by Lawn Fawn. Then I stamped the tiny branch and the cute lil birdie from the Season’s Tweetings stamp set by Lawn Fawn. This sweet lil bird reminded me of one of my favorite childhood cartoon characters – Tweety. So I colored it yellow and gave it a blue cap. I wanted to make the branch appear as if it was somewhere high and so I masked the bird and the branch to ink a few clouds in the background of the frame. I finished the card by stamping a few pretty flowers and the sentiment in scripty font from the Flirty frames stamp set by Lawn Fawn.

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).

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

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

 

 

CASology #285 Swoon

Hello Everyone!

I am super thrilled and greatly honored to have joined the awesome Design Team at CASology Challenge. It is indeed a privilege to be working with the very talented card makers I adore. Very grateful to the lovely ladies at CASology for having me and for the warm welcome they have extended me.

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The Cue word at for the Week # 285 is “SWOON” and here’s my first card as the Design Team member of CASology. It’s a one layer CAS card, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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I really adore the way these two little mice are looking into each other’s eyes, holding each other’s paws, with overwhelming love… I especially find the knotted tails very cute. I wanted to make a romantic scene on the card and hence opted for a moonlit sky as the background.

img_4791.jpgTo make this card, after stamping the images of the mice & hearts, I covered them with masking fluid. I let the masking fluid dry completely before covering the card front with a masking paper that had a circular window to frame the mice. I then blended distress inks to form a moonlit night sky. Once the inking was done I peeled off the masking, added stars with white gel pen and white heat embossed the sentiment. To maintain the CAS look, I didn’t color the mice much.

I hope my card inspires you to play along with us at CASology Challenge and gets you creating cards for those who make you swoon. Can’t wait to see your wonderful cards in our gallery. Do visit CASology Challenge for more inspiration from the very creative Design Team and the guest designer who have beautiful cards to dazzle you. I encourage you to visit their blogs and leave them more love.

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The challenge is to make CAS style cards, so do check out the CAS guidelines.

I am entering this card into a few challenges :

  1. Less is More # 363 One Layer card – Cute : One Layer CAS card with and cute scene
  2. Penny Black Saturday Challenge # January – Anything Goes : ‘Critters in Love’ stamp set by Penny Black Stamps

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.

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

 

 

 

Sending Hugs

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Hi There!

Sharing a card that i made with my son. He always loves to help.  So we colored this cute lil piggy with copics and masked before we stenciled with distress inks. We really loved the way this cutie was hugging the heart and thought the sentiment ‘sending hugs’ matched.

My son is actually recovering from cold and this crafting time helped him distract and feel better for sometime. I strongly believe that crafting has a very calming effect and is one of the best way to bond with kids.

We are playing along with CASology – Hugs challenge

I hope you liked the card as much as we enjoyed making it.

Hugs from both of us! Have a great day.

 

Cherish 

Hi,

Today I am sharing this card that I made for my husband.

When I saw the cue card word “Cherish” at CASology challenge, all I could think about was how i really cherish my relationship with him.

I also love the fact that ever since I have started cardmaking, I am able to express my love and feelings through cards to all the people in my life.

Hope you liked the card

Swimming in Oceans of Love

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Hi,

downloadI am sharing a card that my sister and i created together for the Time Out ‘Home Sweet Home’ photo challenge. Their inspiration  photo “Anythingology” is really awesome.

What inspired us was the contrast between the striking white of the seahorse/shells and the vibrant orange of pumpkin. The twigs and glass bottle added to the beauty. We tried to incorporate these elements in our card as well.

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To make this, we took a white card that had a jar shape per-cut in it (this one was by Jillibean for shaker cards).

After masking the edges with a masking tape and ink blending the card front with  distress inks (Carved Pumpkin & Spiced Marmalade), we added few flicks of water and lifted the same. Once the masking tape was off, we were delighted with the contrast that the crisp white edges and jar shape provided against the bright and vivid inked card front. We then stamped the schools of cute fish inside the jar with light and dark browns to reflect the  color from the twigs in the inspiration photo.

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For the Seahorse we first white heat embossed the image on a white card stock. Then we re-heat embossed only certain details on the image with light orange embossing powder for added interest. To create further dimension we again heat embossed the entire image of the seahorse with clear embossing powder. I was quite thrilled with the outcome of our experiment to color emboss just a few details on the image. We then fussy cut the image of the sea horse and also some white corals. I had had this star fish embellishment for quite sometime, which finally found its home on this card. All the elements were then stuck on the card after we heat embossed the lovely sentiment to finish.

Today, while I was making this card in a hurry before i left for office; I realized that i was swimming in Oceans of Love, just as the card read and visualized the elements of this card personify infront of my eyes (I am a bit of a crazy romantic and yes, i know i am weird that way).

While i was making this card as quickly as i could (pl read –  while i was swimming in oceans of love):

  1. Our son like the lil cute fish got ready for school all by himself without any help from me (which the sweet lil fellow actually does everyday).
  2. My house help took care of everything in the kitchen, leaving me worry free to concentrate on my card, like the white corals that give support.
  3. My talented sister helped me in all the ways possible. Who like the star fish on the card is the actual star. It was mostly her design and idea that we executed.
  4. My husband had actually left home early in the morning to drop his parents at the airport. But instead of heading to office or asking me to drop our son at school, he drove all the way back home to drop our son at school, so that i could finish my card on time. He like the seahorse carried the load.

IMG-20171025-WA0027All these lovely people in my life actually know how much i love to craft and encourage/support me to take part in challenges with all their heart.

I am truly blessed and very thankful to each one of them. More so because i have seen quite a few crafters, especially women, who don’t get encouraged so much. Most of the times, people think its just a hobby and don’t appreciate how keen & passionate a crafter could be.

I want to give a huge shout out to my family as well as all the people who help crafters/ artists like me to pursue their passion and follow their heart.

Three Cheers to all those who create Oceans of Love!

Thanks for dropping by and hope you liked my card. Do let me know what you think through the comments.

Have a great day, make someone happy today!