Friday, January 6, 2017

Winner | Altenew A Year in Review Blog Hop

Hello everyone!
I'm a bit late in announcing the winner, I'm really sorry about that. Anyhow, a HUGE thank you to each and everyone of you who left me a comment. I am totally floored by all the love :)
 A big thanks to Altenew for inviting me for this hop and letting me share my favourite cards for the year 2016.



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The lucky winner is Sujana! Congratulations to you :)
Please email me at sweethussena at gmail dot com so that I can send out the card to you.

Hope you have a great day ahead!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Guest Post | Paru's Card Making Challenges

Hello fellow crafters,
Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year 2017!
I'm so glad to be joining Paru's challenge as a Guest Designer today. It's an absolute honour to be invited. I love playing along with her challenges. They are always so interesting.


I have created a card and two tags for the challenge this month. I wanted them to look like a set, so I have used the same stamp set & colour combinations for all of them. I wanted the sentiments to be generic so as to be given as a gift set.


To create my card, I have used the Altenew Painted Flowers set. I also used Altenew inks for coloring. I stamped & die-cut the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies. This made my work so much more easier. Then I die-cut a panel using a Paper Smooches Border die to create a frame. The sentiment comes from another Altenew set- Label Love. I added few black paint splatters & silver stars and sequins for the finishing touches.


To create my tags, I have used the Lawn Fawn - Tag You're It stamp & coordinating die set to stamp and die-cut the tags. I gold embossed the outline of one of the tags to add some extra interest. I used the Altenew Painted Flowers set for the flowers and the sentiment is from the same Lawn Fawn set. I added few Nuvo Crystal dots to embellish it a bit and tied some silver & gold mesh ribbon along with thin black ribbon to finish them off!



I'm entering my card in the Altenew Inspiration Challenge. I'm playing along with Amy's June Challenge.



Please visit Paru's blog and don't forget to play along her challenge. I would love to hear what you think about my card & tags! 

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy Wedding | Card

Hello everyone!
If you haven't yet checked out my Altenew | A Year in Review Blog Hop post yet, please check it out HERE. You have a chance to win a $30 gift certificate from Altenew + receive one of my handmade cards :)


Getting a chance to be a part of the Altenew Blog hop got my creative juices flowing & I have another card to share based on their current challenge at the blog which is to pick a favourite challenge graphic from the past year & create a project based on it. I have gone with Amy's June Challenge. It's such a pretty palette & so perfect for the wedding.



I wanted to replicate the wedding bouquet graphic on my card so I decided to work with heat-embossing on vellum. In real life, this looks so beautiful. Unfortunately, I'm not able to capture the colours so well on camera :(
I stamped the flowers, leaves & foliage from the Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp set on some 40 lbs. vellum, heat-embossed it using a super fine white Embossing Powder & watercoloured the images using Tombow Brush Pens.
I created the background card panel using three shades of Distress inks - Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron & Squeezed Lemonade by painting them with a brush on the panel. I then die-cut all the images using the coordinating Beautiful Day die.
I finished off the card by adding a sentiment which comes from the Altenew Vintage Roses set, another of my absolute favourites and I think the font is really sophisticated and went will with this card. I also added some Prima Marketing Glass Glitter in Platinum using some Multi Medium Matte & few paint splatters.



I hope you will like my card & the interpretation. Do let me know what you think of it.

Have a nice day everyone!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Altenew | A Year in Review Blog Hop

Hello, crafty friends!
Today, I'm excited beyond words to be joining the Altenew A Year in Review Blog Hop. I'm so honoured to be a part of this hop. We have some amazing inspiration & prizes to give away so let's get started, shall we :)


If you came here from the talented Virginia Lu's blog, you're on the right track. If not, do check out the complete blog hop list below.


PROJECTS :
I'm sharing some of my favourite cards I made this year using Altenew products. I'm not including a detailed description of each card, rather sharing a direct link to the blog post as this is a very picture-heavy post and I don't want to bore you :)


Original post HERE
Supplies used - Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp set, Altenew Vintage Flowers Stamp set, Altenew Sentiments and Quotes Stamp set and Altenew Red Cosmos Mini Cube Set.


Original post HERE
 Supplies used - Altenew Doodle Blooms Stamp set, Altenew Doodle Blooms Die set, Altenew Cotton Candy ink pad, Altenew Mango Smoothie ink pad, Altenew Forest Glades ink pad.


Original post HERE
Supplies used - Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp set.


Original post HERE


Original post HERE


Original post HERE


PRIZES :
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. You have until Wednesday, January 4th at 11:59 PM ET to enter, and the winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, January 6th.

I will also be giving away ONE handmade card from my favourites if you win. Please leave a comment on this blog post by Friday, January 6th at 11:59 PM ET for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on Sunday, January 8th on my blog.


PROMOTIONS :
Altenew is running a special shipping promotion now through Friday. Make sure to enter the code at checkout to take advantage of this special deal!


Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping on all retail orders with code GOODBYE2016 at checkout and $7 OFF international shipping on orders over $17 with code WELCOME2017 at checkout. Offer ends Friday, December 30th at 11:59 pm EST. (Retail orders only. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other coupon codes.)


GET HOPPING :
Next on the hop is the super awesome Laura Bassen. I am also sharing the list of all the participants on the hop.
Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving me a comment. Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Congrats | Card

Hello, everyone!
I have a card to share today which I created for the Altenew A Year in Review Challenge. I am slowly getting my mojo back and decided to create a card for the challenge. Here's a look at what I created :


You can see the gray stenciling more closely here.


To create my card, I first die-cut a card panel using one of my Gina Marie Designs die. I then stenciled on the panel using the Heidi Swapp Square Lattice stencil using Hickory Smoke Distress ink.
Then, I started to work on the focal of my card. I used the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set to stamp all the flowers and leaves. The flowers were stamped using the Altenew Red Cosmos inks. For the outermost layer, I decided to heat-emboss them using some gold embossing powder. I coloured the leaves using Hickory Smoke Distress ink. Once this was done, I fussy-cut all the images and popped them on some foam tape for dimension. I also added a tiny flower from the Altenew Vintage Flowers set. For the sentiment, I used the Altenew Sentiment & Quotes set which was also gold heat embossed. I added few Nuvo Drops in shades of pink to finish off my card!

I am playing along with Therese's Challenge from the month of August. I haven't worked with this colour combination before & was really happy to try it out.



That's it for today, I hope you like my card. I would love to hear your views on it!


Have a nice day everyone!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Card | One

Hello friends!
I'm back today to share a Christmas card I made recently. I don't usually work with such stamps often, but I am glad I finally gave them a try. Here's a look at what I came up with :



To create this card, I took a A2 sized white card panel and did some Distress ink blending using shades of blue to do the night sky. Then using the Heidi Swapp Confetti stencil and white embossing paste by Wendy Vecchi, I created the falling snow. I added some white glitter to the paste when it was wet to give it some extra shimmer. Next, I die-cut the snowy hills using a die by MFT and added some Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to the edge using Glossy Accents. This gives a beautiful snow-like effect and adds more dimension to your project.
Now for the main focal of my card, I stamped and coloured the images from the Mudra Santa & Friends set on watercolour paper using Faber Castell watercolour pencils. I fussy-cut the images and added them on some foam dots. I stamped the sentiment on the base of my card. Finally I die-cut the stenciled background using a scalloped rectangle frame from MFT and added it to my card base.

I'm entering my card in Winter Wonderland - Frame it/Night Scene, My Time to Craft - Christmas Animals, Crafty Catz - Christmas in Non-traditional Colours and QKR Stampede - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

I hope you liked my card. Please do leave me your comments/suggestions below. I would love to hear what you think.


Have a nice day everyone!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Black & Gold | CAS Card

Hi, everyone!
I finally got some time to share my cards which I made for Mudra last month. There are lots of awesome stamps which were released and here's my card using one of them. This set was designed by a very close friend, Ruchi of Ruchi's Crafeteria. This is a very simple design and can easily be mass produced.


To make this card, I took a piece of black cardstock measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches and die-cut it using a Gina Marie Stitched Frames die. Next, I prepped up my card surface for heat-embossing using the EK Success Powder Tool (This is used to remove the static from the paper). I used the Leaves stamp set for stamping on the two corners using Versamark Embossing ink and heat-embossed it in gold. (Tip - Since the leaves are pretty intricate, always use a Super Fine Detail embossing powder while heat embossing. Using a normal embossing powder will give you very thick & unclear images). I added two butterflies from the Butterfly Layers set which I had heat-embossed in gold and colored using Distress inks. For one of the butterflies, I cut off one part of the wing to create a silhouette shape. I wanted the sentiment to be a bit bold so I heat set the sentiment from the same set - Butterfly Layers and adhered it in the middle. I added two strips of gold paper to enhance focus on the sentiment. I added few tiny flowers from the Bunny Wishes set to finish off my card.

Linking my card to the Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Challenge, heARTful Stamping- Anything Stamped, and WOW Embossing Powder Challenge.


Have a nice day everyone!