AAACards – Use a Stencil

Hello There!

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

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I feel the stencil is one of the products with most versatility. The wide variety of stencils available  in huge ranges make them a crafter’s best buddy.
Here’s my CAS card using a beautiful lace stencil by Simon Says Stamp
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For this card i first placed the stencil in position and inked the card front softly with distress inks. Voila! the card is almost done. All that is left is to adhere the die cut sentiment along with the heat embossed strip.
I am sure you are going to have lots of fun playing with your stencils whether you would ink them up or use embossing paste or glimmer paste or dry emboss them. There are numerous techniques to explore. Just remember to keep your card Clean and Simple.
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.

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.

Åsa
Bharati (you are here!)

 

Also joining us is the lovely, talented and kind Shery from STAMPlorations, who is our sponsor this fortnight and has offered a $15 gift certificate to their shop to the winner. We have with us our guest designer Hannelie from desertdiva to share some superb inspiration.

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

Hugs

Bharati

AAA Cards Challenge -“Friends”

Hello There! Happy Friendship day!!!

I am super super excited for this AAACards Challenge, because the cue word – Friendship, is most dear to me. I actually started making cards to give them to my friends and loved ones. But i am hooked to crafting because of the amazingly friendly crafting community. The daily dose of positive energy has become my staple and has made me a better person in many ways.  Now, i can’t live without it.

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Here’s my card for the challenge and i hope it inspires you to play along with us.

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XCLB7243aHere’s how i made the card. The first thing i did was to die cut the word friend 3 times and adhered each on top of the other to make a dimensional word piece. Once I had that, I searched my collection of colored images from the daily marker 30 day challenge and  found this cute image of the boy peeking our of the doughnut from a stampset by Neat and Tangled. I had colored with image with copic markers and fussy cut it, ready for use. I then, on strip of black card stock, white heat embossed the “you’re sweet” words. I added a strip of  colorful plaid pattern paper by Lawn Fawn on the side on the card front. Then i adhered all the other elements that were already ready to finish the card.

I actually made this card for my son, Ishaan. He is a real sweet guy, my crafting buddy, loves travelling with me, experiment with food and do all the goofy stuff with me. He is someone who is very funny and always cheers me up when i am feeling low. I am truly blessed to have this lil friend in my life. And yep, if he ever found a doughnut of the right size, he would not wait a second to hold it up and see if his head fitted in. Lol!!!!

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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).

A special mention and huge shout out to the guest designer for this challenge – who is none other than my sweet friend Sandie. She is a source of constant encouragement to me and I am so lucky to have her in my life. Her beautiful CAS cards are simply out of this world. Checkout her blog – London Days for some awesome inspiration and 101 on CAS cards.

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.

Åsa
Bharati (you are here!)

Do let me know what you think of this cards or who your sweet friend  is or simply wave by.  I love reading your comments and really appreciate your time spent on my blog. All the very  best. Happy Crafting !! Have fun!!

Hugs

Bharati

CASology #309 Sunbeams

Hello There!

I hope you had a great week. Thank you for joining me for the next challenge at CASology. The cue word for our next challenge is Sunbeams

Here’s my card

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I hope my card inspires you to get crafting and play along with us at  CASology . Just remember to keep it CAS by following the guidelines on the CASology blog.

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

Anna Uhras

Deidre Payne

Jacquie Southas

Janet Ribet

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Karen Haman

Kevin Bray

Melissa Chipperfield

Rachel

Can’t wait to see your creative take on this cue word.

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. Happy Crafting.

Hugs

Bharati

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.

Åsa
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 #308 Clouds

Hello There!

The next challenge at CASology is taking you us into the clouds….

Here’s my card

To make this card I first softly ink blended my card front with distress ink and then adhered the die cut clouds. I adhered some of the clouds directly on the card front with glue and some with foam tape for dimension and interest. I then stamped this adorable griffin from one of the lawn fawn stamp sets on Neenah Solor white card stock (a copic friendly paper) with the memento tuxedo black ink (copic friendly ink) and then colored the image with my copics before i fussy cut the image and adhered it on the card. I finished the card by adding the sentiment and mating it on to a back card base.

 

I hope my card inspires you to get crafting and play along with us at  CASology . Just remember to keep it CAS by following the guidelines on the CASology blog.

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

Anna Uhras

Deidre Payne

Jacquie Southas

Janet Ribet

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Karen Haman

Kevin Bray

Melissa Chipperfield

Rachel Bergfeld

Let your imagination fly high into the clouds. Can’t wait to see your creative take on this cue word.

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. Happy Crafting.

Hugs

Bharati

AAA Cards Christmas in July

Hello There!

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

The theme this time is “Christmas in July”

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Here ‘s my take:

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For my card I first stamped this adorable image of owls from Happy Owlidays stampset by Winnie & Walter on to nenah solar white paper with black memento ink and colored with copics in red and green for the Christmas . I added a few highlights with the white gel pen before fussy cutting the cute couple.

ciwg3595a.jpgI then stamped the branch and the Christmas ornaments along with the punny Holiday wishes from the same set on the card front and colored with copics before i adhered the image of the owls with foam tape for dimension.

As a finishing touch i inked a stripe of cardstock with red distress ink and adhered on the left side of the card. Just a lil something to add to the design.

I really love how cute the owls look propped up on the branch and how the ornaments hang.

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.

Åsa
Bharati (you are here!)

 

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

Hugs

Bharati