Thursday, July 11, 2019

Altenew July 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Stamping Mat Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello, crafty friends! 
I'm so happy and honoured to be joining Altenew for their Blog Hop today featuring the July 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencils. You should have arrived here from Ilina Crouse's blog.  If you arrived here on your own, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog so that you don’t miss a thing!  
We've got tons of inspiration and giveaways for you on the hop today, so keep reading till the end of this post for more information.


To create my card, I first took a piece of Coldpressed White Watercolor Cardstock measuring 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" and used the Purple Wine Watercolor Brush Marker from the Altenew Tropical Fiesta Set to create the light watercolor wash on the background. Once I was happy with it, I added few black and orange paint splatters on the background for some interest.

I heat embossed several flowers, fillers, and leaves from the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp and the Altenew Charming Doodles Stamp sets using Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. Then, I coloured them all using the different brush markers from the Altenew Tropical Fiesta Set and cut them out using the coordinating dies. I adhered these images to my panel using foam tape for dimension.

The sentiment comes from the Crystal Frames Stamp set. I stamped it using the Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink, which is, by far, the BEST black ink I have ever used! It gives clean, crisp impressions every time. Definitely recommend this ink to everyone out there. :)
Next, I added a thin strip of Gold Glitter Washi Tape on the edge of the sentiment banner to accentuate it and finally adhered few gold sequins to complete my card.


My next card features the Altenew Charming Doodles Stamp & Charming Doodles Die Set again with the Crystal Frames Die Set. I love the Crystal Frames Die Set because of its elegant frames, and I can see myself using it for so many different projects!

To create my card, I first took a piece of A2 sized Smooth White Cardstock and used the Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die to create the debossed effect on my panel. Then, I used Tumbled Glass Distress ink to lightly colour the top half of my panel. I also added few black paint splatters for added interest.

Next, I die cut the geometric frame from the Crystal Frames Die Set from Gold Mirror Cardstock. I also stamped some flowers, leaves, and foliage from the Charming Doodles Stamp set using the Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink on White Heavyweight Cardstock. The Charming Doodle Stamp set is a layering stamp set and I used different dye inks from Altenew to fill in the solid images. Then, I die cut these out using the coordinating Charming Doodles Die Set. I played around my arrangement till I was satisfied with the design and then adhered them all on to the panel using foam dots.

The sentiment is from the Crystal Frames Stamp set. I used the Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink to stamp it on a strip of White Cardstock. The Obsidian ink has easily become my go-to black ink for stamping images. It's that good!


Moving on to my third card for today, and this one features another beautiful set - Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp. I used this set with the Crystal Frames Die Set.

This card did not turn out the way I had envisioned, but I still wanted to share it with you'll. For my card, I started by creating a stenciled background so that the flowers would pop against it. I used the Beveled Squares Stencil and Altenew Warm Sunshine Dye ink for the background. I used a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool with the Warm Sunshine Dye ink to stencil on the card panel. Next, I added few black paint splatters to add some more interest to the design.

The flowers and leaves are from the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp set. I stamped several of them on White Cold Pressed Watercolor Cardstock using VersaMark Embossing ink. I used the Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder for heat embossing the images and then coloured them using the Altenew Tropical Fiesta Brush Markers Set. I die cut all the images using the Pen Sketched Flowers Die Set and adhered them to my card panel.

To add some interest to my  design, I die cut a frame from the Crystal Frames Die Set using Gold Mirror Cardstock. I adhered that to my panel and did the floral arrangement around it. The sentiment is from the Pen Sketched Flowers Stamp as well.  I added a strip of the Golden Trim Washi Tape to my sentiment banner to accentuate the look. Lastly, I adhered few gold sequins to my card as the finishing touch.


My last card for today features the Sophisticated Wreath Stamp Set and Sophisticated Wreath Die Set. I also used the Crystal Frames Stamp set to create the focal for my card.

 For this card, I first stamped the geometric frame from the Crystal Frames Stamp set using Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink on my card panel. Next, I stamped the flowers and foliage from the Sophisticated Wreath Stamp Set using the Cherry Blossom Oval Set. The flowers are a 2-step layered stamp, so I used only Razzleberry and Rubellite from the set. The leaves and small filler flowers are also a part of the same set. For the leaves, I used Parrot Crisp Dye ink for the most part. Once the stamping was done, I die cut all the images using the coordinating Sophisticated Wreath Die Set.

Before adhering  my images to the panel, I lightly ink blended the background using Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I adhered few of the stamped images directly to my card base, while some were adhered using foam dots just to create some interest in the design.

The sentiment is also from the Crystal Frames Stamp set. I stamped it using the Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink. For the finishing touches, I added few clear sequins and my card was ready!
Disclosure:
Where available, I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Giveaway:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 7/16/2019 for a chance to win.

They’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/16/2019.

Blog Hop Order:
Just in case, you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back.

                           Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE!)


Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked the cards I made. I would love to hear if you have a favourite!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Spellbinders Vintage Treasures Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello, crafty friends! 
I'm beyond thrilled and honoured to be joining Spellbinders for their Blog Hop today featuring the Vintage Treasures Collection by Amazing Paper Grace. You should have arrived here from the Spellbinders Blog.
 We've got tons of inspiration and giveaways for you on the hop today, so keep reading till the end of this post for more information.

For my first card today, I have used the Marquise Diamond Pendant Etched Dies, Brillante Rondelle Etched Dies, and the Cinch and Go V Etched Dies. You might have seen my projects using them earlier, if you haven't and would like to take a look, click HERE.

I always love working with Becca's dies as they are so exquisite and elegant! For my card, I used the Marquise Diamond Pendant Etched Dies to create the main focal. I die cut it twice, once from White Cardstock and the other from Gold Mirror Cardstock. I offset the die cuts a bit while adhering it to my card panel, so that the gold would peek through. I did the same process for my next layer as well. I die cut the decorative label frame two times, once from White Cardstock and once from Gold Mirror Cardstock using the Brillante Rondelle Etched Dies. I popped this frame on foam dots for added dimension.

To embellish the card, I created some handmade paper flowers using the Cinch and Go V Etched Dies. I die cut these flowers from White Heavyweight Cardstock and coloured them using Distress Ink Re-inkers. I shaped the petals using an Embossing Ball Tool and added pollens in the centres for a fuller look. I die cut the leaves using dies included in the same die set and coloured them with Re-inkers.
 At this point I felt that my background looked a bit plain, so I used the Fun Stampers Journey Deco Wall Stamp and Journey Gold Ink Pad to stamp on the entire card panel. This gave the card some interest, in my opinion.

I stamped the sentiment in the centre of the die cuts to complete my card design. I then decided to add some corners to this panel to further embellish it. I die cut them from White Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock using dies from the Swirl Tags Etched Dies. Finally, I matted this card panel on to some Gold Mirror Cardstock, which was then adhered to a top folding card base.


My next card is made in some of my favourite colour tones. I love using pastel colours for my cards as they look so elegant. For my card, I used the Bella Luce Oval Etched Dies, Cinch and Go V Etched Dies, and the Swirl Tags Etched Dies. 

My creative process for creating this card was very similar to the previous one. My cards primarily consist of layering as that's the style I enjoy the most. For this one, I started by die cutting a piece of White Heavyweight Cardstock using the Bella Luce Oval Etched Dies. This is an intricate die, but cuts like butter when I am using the Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine. All my dies cut perfectly in a single pass, and you don't require any additional shims whatsoever as well.
I die cut two more pieces using another intricate frame die from the  Bella Luce Oval Etched Dies from White Cardstock and  Gold Mirror Cardstock. I offset the die cuts a little so that the Gold Mirror world peek from the sides. This is one of my all time favourite techniques to use to highlight different dies in a project.

For the focal, I die cut some flowers using the Cinch and Go V Etched Dies from Light Pink Cardstock. I shaped them lightly using an Embossing Tool and added brads to the centres so that they would stay put. It's been such a while since I used brads on any project! These used to be so in vogue few years ago, but are not to seen anymore. I also added some mulberry rose buds, pollens, and filler flowers to complete my floral arrangement.

I decided to use this wonderful saying/sentiment from the Fun Stampers Journey Inside and Out Stamp set for my card, which was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink. For this card too, I wanted to add some corners, albeit a different design this time, which are from the  Swirl Tags Etched Dies. Once I adhered the four corners on my card panel, I matted this panel onto some Gold Mirror Cardstock, which was then adhered to an A2 sized top folding card base.

And here's something a little bit different from my side. I decorated the inside of the card as well to give it a more finished look. Let me know if you liked the idea!

And here's a look at both my cards together. I hope you liked them!

Disclosure:
Where available, I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Giveaway:
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 14th 11:59 pm EDT. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is Jean Manis's blog.
Just in case, you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back.

Spellbinders
                           Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE!)
Jean Manis
Mallika Kejriwal
Jennifer Snyder
Laurel Beard
Anita Kejriwal
Melody Rupple
Marie Heiderscheit
Brenda Noelke
Mindy Eggen
                          Varada Sharma                           

Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked the cards I made. I would love to hear if you have a favourite!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Spellbinders July 2nd Decorative Glimmer Blog Hop


Hello, crafty friends! 
I'm so excited to be joining Spellbinders for their Decorative Glimmer Blog Hop featuring the January and April Glimmer Plates. You should have arrived here from the super talented and creative, Yana Smakula's blog. If you arrived here on your own, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Spellbinders Blog so that you don’t miss a thing!  We've got tons of inspiration and giveaways for you on the hop today, so keep reading till the end of this post for more information.

For my first card today, I have used the Fanciful Corners Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and the Circle Pattern Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. You might have seen my cards using them earlier, if you haven't and would like to take a look, click HERE.

I love using these two Glimmer Plates in combination with each other because I find it gives a very elegant look. For my card, I used the Glimmer Hot Foil System to foil the four corners from the Fanciful Corners Glimmer Hot Foil Plate on to my card panel using Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold. Once that was done, I die cut a hemstitch circle from the Nestabilities Hemstitch Circles Etched Dies using white cardstock. I used the smallest circle from the Circle Pattern Glimmer Hot Foil Plate to foil on this die cut using Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold.

Then, I stamped my sentiment in the centre of this foiled circle die cut and popped it on my panel using foam dots. To embellish the card, I created some mini handmade paper flowers and added few gold pollens for the finishing touches. I matted this card panel on to some Gold Mirror Cardstock and Pale Blue Textured Cardstock, which was then adhered to a top folding card base.



My next card is bold and dramatic - That's how I would describe it! I seldom use coloured cardstock for my card panels and this was really refreshing for me!

When I saw the Flower Border Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, I was not sure how to use it for a project. Then, it occured to me that I could use it to create my own background piece, and that's what I did for my card. I took out my Flower Border Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Copper and foiled the plate on a piece of Navy Blue Cardstock. I was really happy with how it turned out and decided to keep the rest of the design simple.
I die cut a border using the Shapeabilities Infinity Link Border Etched Dies again from the same Navy Blue Cardstock. I adhered this border in the middle of my card panel and started working on my embellishments.

For the focal, I die cut the ornate frame from the
Amazing Paper Grace Giving Occasions Stamp and Die Set using Copper Foil Cardstock. Next, I added a strip of Navy Blue Cardstock in the centre of this die cut and then added my sentiment piece, which are actually foiled stickers from a past Spellbinders Card Kit.

I also die cut few flowers and leaves using some previous Club Dies from Spellbinders. I added blue pearls to the centres of the flowers as the finishing touches. I matted this panel on a piece of Copper Foil Cardstock and then adhered this to a top folding card base.

Disclosure:
Where available, I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Giveaway:
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 7th 11:59 pm EDT. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties, and taxes.

Blog Hop Order:
Just in case, you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back.



Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked the cards I made. I would love to hear if you have a favourite!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio Guest Designer


Hello, crafty friends!  
I'm so excited to share that I am a Guest Designer for Pinkfresh Studio this month! I have a couple of cards to share today using two of my favourite sets - Embroidered Blossoms & Fancy Blooms.

My first card features the Embroidered Blossoms stamp set. What I absolutely adore about this set is the large variety of foliage it has to offer. I am a sucker for them and love sets which include such images!

To create my card, I first started by stamping a mix of images from the Embroidered Blossoms stamp set. I stamped them on white  heavy weight cardstock using different dye inks and cut them out using the Embroidered Blossoms die set. I have to say, that I really like the coordinating die sets from Pinkfresh because they include dies for each and every element from the stamp set, which is so wonderful. 

Once I had the images all die cut and ready, I started working on my card panel. I used the Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Rectangles Die Set to die cut my card panel, again from white cardstock. I also used the Essentials: Braided Circles Die Set to die cut two different circle designs.

I took another piece of cardstock, slightly bigger than the previous one, and lightly ink blended the centre using Broken China Distress ink. I adhered the panels one on top of the other and arranged all my flowers and foliage. Once I was happy with the design, I adhered them on the panel.

For the sentiment, I used the Essentials: Classic Words Die Set. I die cut it twice, once from vellum and the other from gold glitter cardstock. I layered them one on top of the other and adhered it to my card. I added some gold sequins and black paint splatters to finish off my card.


My next card again features the Embroidered Blossoms stamp set. This stamp set is really versatile and I wanted to create another card using it, but in a totally different style. I began by ink blending Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide inks on an A2 sized watercolor panel. Once I was happy with the blending, I flicked some drops of water on it using a paint brush and put a piece of paper tissue over it. This left me with a soft, ink blended background. 

To create the focal for my card, I die cut the rectangle frame from the Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Rectangles Die Set. I adhered it using foam tape on my card. Now it was time to work on the other design elements for my card. I stamped some florals and leaves from the Embroidered Blossoms stamp set using various dye inks. I die cut them out using the coordinating Embroidered Blossoms die set.

I adhered these images to my card panel and used foam dots for added dimension. I also added Stickles to the centres of certain flowers for added interest.

The sentiment again comes from the Essentials: Classic Words Die Set. I die cut the words from white cardstock and used foam tape to adhere it, so that I would get a raised effect. Then, I lightly inked the bottom of the letters using Picked Raspberry Distress ink just to add a little more interest to my card design. 

All that was left for me to do now was to adhere the card panel on a top folding card base and my card was finished!


My final card for today features the Fancy Blooms Stamp Set. Now, bold colours are not really my thing, but I decided to break away from my comfort zone and use them for this particular card. To start, I took an A2 sized panel of cold pressed watercolor paper and saturated the panel using lots of water. Then, I gathered a couple of Distress inks in shades of blue and swiped them across the upper half of the panel. I went back and forth with the different shades till I achieved my desired look. Once I was happy with it, I let it dry and then added some paint splatters. 

For my card focal, I used the flowers and leaves from the Fancy Blooms stamp set. I stamped them using black pigment ink on white cardstock and then clear heat embossed them. I used the coordinating Fancy Blooms die set to die cut my stamped images. If you see my card closely, you will notice, that I have cut apart some images and used them as fillers. I tend to use this technique sometimes to stretch my supplies. After I die cut all the pieces, I coloured the images using Zig Markers. I went for very simple colouring as the images were very detailed in themselves.

To complete my card design, I die cut a circle frame from the Essentials: Braided Circles Die Set using gold glitter cardstock. I arranged all my flowers and leaves around this frame and popped them on foam dots for dimension. 

I used the same technique for my sentiment as I did for my first card. I used the Essentials: Classic Words Die Set to die cut the words twice, once from vellum, and the other from black cardstock. I layered them one on top of the other and adhered it to my card panel. And that's it! My card was done. 

This brings me to the end of the post. I hope you liked the cards I made. I am glad you stopped by to read this post. I would love to hear what you think of my cards! 

Have a lovely day, you all!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Spellbinders Guest Post | Royal Flourish Collection by Becca Feeken


Hello everyone!
 I am ecstatic and honoured to share that I am guest designing on the Spellbinders blog. Today I have three projects to share with you using the Royal Flourish Collection by Becca Feeken. I am totally in love with the elegant designs of this collection and am so excited to show you my projects using it!
Royal Flourish Collection by Becca Feeken is a beautiful grouping of delicate ornamentation of dots, floral and flourish designs to create that touch of elegance into your projects.


Here is a look at my first project which features the Petite Looking Glass Frame Glimmer Hot Foil Plate.

This was my first time making a Circle Easel Card and I am happy with the way it has turned out. To begin, I first die cut the large circle die from the Shapeabilities Tiffany Lavaliere Etched Dies using Buttercream Cardstock. Next, I die cut the coordinating design from the Shapeabilities Brillante Rondelle Etched Dies using Pink Cardstock. I layered this pink circle die cut with Gold Mirror Cardstock at the back so that I would get a foiled effect.

Once that was done, I started working on the focal for my card. I used the Petite Looking Glass Frame Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold to foil the design on my card panel. To embellish the centre of the panel, I die cut the decorative label from the Shapeabilities Antiquities Square Etched Dies using Cream Cardstock. I die cut this 4-5 times so that I could adhere all the die cuts together to achieve a raised look. The sentiment comes from the Fun Stampers Journey Text Happy Stamp Set.

Here is a look at the Easel Card once it's opened. I die cut the word 'Friend' from Gold Mirror Cardstock and Buttercream Cardstock., as well as, White Fun Foam and layered them as shown below. This is actually a word die included in the Amazing Paper Grace April Die of the Month set. 

I used a couple of Mulberry Retro flowers and handmade filler flowers to embellish the die cut frame. I also added some rose buds and green leaves to complete the floral arrangement. 

Here is a closer look at the flowers and the gorgeous foil. 

And here's a final picture of this card. I hope I haven't bored you with so many pictures, but I wanted to show how it looks from different angles. 


Moving on to my second card which uses the Crowned Rimmed Squares Glimmer Hot Foil Plate.

It's been a while since I made Square Cards and the Crowned Rimmed Squares Glimmer Hot Foil Plate was the perfect opportunity to create one! This card is also different from my usual cards, in the sense, that there's no dimension whatsoever on it apart from the dimensional flowers. I have tried to keep it pretty clean and simple.

To create this card, I first die cut the decorative pattern die from the Shapeabilities Antiquities Square Etched Dies using Buttercream Cardstock. Then, I used the Crowned Rimmed Squares Glimmer Hot Foil Plate with the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Starburst to foil the square frames on my card panel. Next, I die cut these squares and mounted them over the intricate die cut pattern. I really love the pattern on the foil and think it adds some great interest to the otherwise plain card design.

I used the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from the Fun Stampers Journey Inside & Out Stamp Set to stamp in the centre of the foiled squares. To  embellish the panel, I added a small floral cluster to the left and some filler leaves and vines. I also created a bow using Seam Binding Ribbon and adhered it over the floral cluster for a finishing touch.




To create this card, I started by foiling the elegant outer frame of The Contessa's Seal Panel Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold on White Cardstock. The foiled frame made the card look very rich and I didn't want to cover it up with too many layers or embellishments. 

Next, I die cut a decorative frame from the Shapeabilities Brillante Rondelle Etched Dies using Pink Cardstock and White Fun Foam. I adhered that over the foiled panel and added another foiled oval piece over it. This oval was foiled using the Imperial Adorned Ovals Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. I then added my sentiment strip over it which was matted on Gold Mirror Cardstock. The sentiment is from the Giving Occasions Stamp and Die Set

Here's a picture showing you the dimension on this card. I also love that shiny gold foil.

The flowers on this card are handmade by me using the Shapeabilities Amazing Paper Grace Cinch and Go Flowers Etched Dies. I die cut them from pink cardstock, embossed the petals, and added pearl pollens to the centres. The leaves were lightly inked using green dye ink and are from the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched Dies. I added a small flower on the left side as well to complete the card.

Spellbinders Supplies:


Other Supplies: Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, Light Pink Textured Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Ink: Versafine Stamp Pad Onyx Black Ink, Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape, Mini Glue Gun; McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pearl Pollens, Clay Pollens, Micro Rose Buds, Filler Flowers.

I hope you liked my creations! If you did, please let me know which one is your favourite! :) To see more of my work with Spellbinders products, do visit me on my Instagram and subscribe to my Blog.

Have a wonderful day ahead!
Text Happy Stamp Set
Text Happy Stamp Set