Saturday, January 18, 2020

Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | January 2020


Hello, crafty friends!
I have a card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace January Die of the Month. This month's "Pop Up 3D Vignette Bouquet" is perfect for making gorgeous 3D cards and more. 

If you want to find out more about the Club – prices, how you sign up and what’s included, please look ——–> HERE. These dies are only available through the Club and are limited to the month of January, so hurry before they are sold out. There is also an inspirational PDF that you can download HERE that shows you how to use the die.

I created a Pop Up 3D Vignette Bouquet using the dies from this month's set. Here's a look at my project:

This die set is a great addition to Becca's 3D Vignettes Collection. One of the specialities of these dies is that they fold down flat to fit into an envelope. I went for a soft, watercolored look with this bouquet and had a lot of fun creating it!

I used 250 GSM Cold Press Watercolour Paper to die cut the flowers and foliage. I coloured all the die cut pieces using various dye inks. Then I adhered the elements using foam dots for added dimension.

I die cut the stems and the basket holder for the bouquet using White Cardstock as well as Gold Mirror Cardstock. I off-set the two when adhering so that the gold would peek through between the gaps.  I also added white pearls all along the border to give it a more dainty look.

I die cut the sentiment piece again from White Cardstock & Gold Mirror Cardstock. I inlay the pieces and added a red die cut heart to complete the look. I also added some ribbon and a flower on top to add some interest to the design. This is such a sweet project and is sure to bring a smile on the recipient's face.


If you are still on the fence about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership, do check out the project samples created using it on the Spellbinders blog. The dies are great value for money and the cost of the kit covers shipping cost within USA. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up as soon as possible!

That's it from me for today! I hope you liked my card. If you did, please do let me know in the comments below. I always love hearing from you.
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Spellbinders January Card Kit of the Month | Love The Moment


Hello there, crafty friends!
I have a couple of cards to share today featuring the January Card Kit by Spellbinders - Love The Moment. If you haven't heard about the Monthly Card Kits by Spellbinders or don't know how to subscribe to one, you can go over to the Spellbinders website and/or blog and read more about them HERE

This "Love The Moment" Kit, like all their other Card Kits, gives you everything you need to create 10 unique cards and even more. You now also get better goodies, including a 40 sheet paper pad, clear stamps, an adorable die set, tons of embellishments, and more!
Card Kit of the Month Membership

I have FIVE Cards to share with you today using this kit, so let's get started!

My first card features the Love the Moment Paper Pad, and the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set.

This month's Card Kit is super gorgeous and I had a ball working with the floral images. To create this card, I picked out a patterned paper from the Love the Moment Paper Pad and adhered it on the right side of my card. Next, I used a couple of floral die cuts from the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set and arranged them together in a cluster to create my focal.

I added a strip of Mirror Gold Cardstock to add some pizzazz to the design. Then, I added a sentiment piece and a butterfly from the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set to complete my card design. I also adhered some pink rhinstones as the finishing touch for my card.


My next card is my favourite of the lot. I LOVE Vintage Cars and this month's "Love The Moment" Kit includes a fabulous die set to create your own customized cars. It is just perfect for creating Masculine Cards!
 My card features the Love the Moment Paper Pad, and the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set, along with the Club Die Set.

I used the Cardstock sheets given in the Card Kit to create my car. Once I die cut and assembled it together, I started working on the background of my card. I pulled out a foiled patterned paper from the Love the Moment Paper Pad and adhered it to the bottom of my card. I also adhered a contrasting background patterned paper which would work well with the rest of my card. Next, I grouped some die cuts from the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set together to create the backdrop for my car. I wanted all the die cuts to be circular in shape, so I die cut certain die cut shapes using the Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched Dies and popped them on my card panel using foam dots.

This card was very fun to create and I really enjoyed the process. I always struggle with Masculine Cards and the Die Set in the Card Kit die set offers some great possibilities! 


My third card is made using the Stamp Set included in the kit. I also used the Love the Moment Paper Pad on this card.

The background panel of my card features fussy cut floral motifs from a particular patterned paper design from the Love the Moment Paper Pad. I adhered these images all over my card panel and then trimmed it. Next, I die cut a frame in the centre using the Nestabilities Classic Squares SM Etched Dies. I then adhered two other frames over it to enhance the card design. I used the stamp set included in the Card Kit to stamp on the patterned paper to create the focal for my card.

I heat embossed the sentiment in gold to add some glam to my design. My card was almost done here - I simply added some red rhinestones as the finishing touch to my card.


My fourth card features the Love the Moment Paper Pad, and the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set, and the Love the Moment 3 Sheet Sticker Pack.

This card was simple to put together. I again used a foiled patterned paper from the Love the Moment Paper Pad for my card background. Next, I used a 3D sticker from the Love the Moment 3 Sheet Sticker Pack and a couple of other stickers from the same pack to create my card focal. I combined the stickers with some die cuts from the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set to create my design.

I also used gold shimmer leaves included in the Card Kit to add some sparkle and shine to my design. I love how this one turned out!


My last card for today features the Love the Moment Paper Pad, the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set, and the Love the Moment 3 Sheet Sticker Pack.

For this card, I started by embossing a piece of White Cardstock using the Fun Stampers Journey Love Stripes Embossing Folder. Then, I adhered a patterned paper from the Love the Moment Paper Pad on the bottom of my card and a strip of Mirror Gold Cardstock in the centre. I used a number of floral die cut pieces from the Love the Moment Die Cut Shapes Set to create the floral cluster for my card. I also incorporated some gold shimmer paper leaves to balance the card design.

The sentiment was a die cut which was popped on foam dots. I backed the die cut with a gold scalloped circle to add some interest. I also added some sparkly rhinestones to complete my card design.


If you want to find out more about the Club – prices, how you sign up and what’s included, please look ——–> HERE.
I know that I say this every month, but this kit is amazing and so worth the cost! You get everything you need to create AT LEAST ten cards. How awesome is that?!

That's it from me today! I hope you liked my cards using the Spellbinders January Card Kit. If you have a favourite, please do let me know. I would love to hear from you! :)
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Tonic Studios Guest Design Post | Susan's Garden Club

Hello, crafty friends!
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

I am so excited and honoured to share that I am a guest designer today for Tonic Studios! I have two projects to share using the range of NEW dies from Susan's Garden Club. I just adore making handmade flowers and Susan's dies are amazing to create realistic looking flowers with minimal effort. Without much ado, let's get right to my projects!


My first project is an elaborate floral Card featuring the Susan's Garden Club - Pom Pom Dahlia Die Set & the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set.

To create my card, I first took a piece of Bright White Watercolor Paper and did some stenciling on the background to create a textured background for my flowers. Next, I started working on the main focal for my card, which are the flowers. I die cut the Susan's Garden Club - Pom Pom Dahlia Die Set from Watercolor Paper using my die cutting machine. I also cut a bunch of holly leaves and foliage using the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set

Once they were all die cut, I used my Zig Brush Markers to colour the flowers. I did not colour them all perfectly - I just added colour to the centre and the sides of the petals and used a Watercolor Brush to spread the colour. I did this for all the flower die cuts, and once they were dry, I used Embossing Tools to shape my flowers. I repeated the same process for the leaves - I used Zig Markers to colour them along with a Watercolour Brush, and then slightly shaped them to give them a more realistic finish.  

For the foliage, I die cut it from the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set using Watercolour Paper and then added yellow and peach dots to create berries using the Nuvo Crystal Drops - Dandelion Yellow and Nuvo - Jewel Drops - Rose Water. I arranged all the elements together to create my floral spray and then adhered them to my card panel. To finish off, I added a sentiment strip over the die cut circle window and mounted my panel to a a top folding White card base. 


My next project is a Gift Box created using the Susan's Garden Club - Columbine Die Set & the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set.

I am a sucker for pretty packaging and totally love creating my own gift boxes, bags, tags, and more, so I decided to create a Gift Box and embellish it using flowers made from Susan's Garden Dies. I created the lid of the box using Patterned Paper while the base was made from White Cardstock. Then, I die cut several flowers and leaves from the Susan's Garden Club - Columbine Die Set using Watercolour Paper. I went with different colours this time, and kept the flowers in White and Peach.

 I used a mix of leaves from this die set and the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set and coloured them using green dye inks. I arranged all of them on the box and added some additional foliage as well. The little peach berries that you see were created using the Nuvo - Jewel Drops - Rose Water. I added two inverted scalloped rectangle frames and sentiment strips to complete my project. I was quite pleased with the way this one turned out. I'd love to know what you think of it?

Thank you for visiting and checking out my post! I hope you liked my projects using these dies. If you did, I would love to hear from you!
Do follow me on Instagram @hussena_cal for upcoming projects using Susan's Gardens dies.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Altenew + The Daily Marker Color Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello, crafty friends!
I'm happy and honoured to be joining Altenew for the Color Therapy Blog Hop today. Altenew is collaborating with the amazing Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker to inspire crafters to find joy through coloring. Kathy is celebrating her 14th 30 Day Coloring Challenge until the end of November 2019. 

If you arrived here from the super talented, Gayatri Murali's Blog, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.


I have created a Card for this hop which features the Altenew Perfectly Perfect Stamp set, Dotted Scales Debossing Cover DieVirginia Rose 3D Die Set, Layered Floral Elements Die Set, and Sketchy Florals Stamp set. 

For my card, I started by stamping the flowers from the Altenew Perfectly Perfect Stamp set using Antique Linen Distress ink on Art Essentials 300 GSM Watercolor Paper. Next, I used the Purple Wine and Lime Brush Markers from the Tropical Fiesta Set to watercolour my flowers. I went in with about two to three layers of colour till I was happy with the way it looked. Then, I fussy cut the flowers and kept them aside.

For my card foliage, I die cut some leaves and filler flowers from the Virginia Rose 3D Die Set, and Layered Floral Elements Die Set and coloured the die cuts using the Purple Wine and Lime Brush Markers from the Tropical Fiesta Brush Markers Set

I used the Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die to die cut a background panel for my card. Then, I die cut a circle from the centre of this panel and adhered my flowers and die cut leaves and foliage over it.

I used a sentiment from the  Sketchy Florals Stamp set which was stamped using the Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink. I then added some enamel dots as the finishing touch for my card. Finally, I adhered my card panel to an A2 top folding white card base. 


Prizes:
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and Kathy from The Daily Maker is also giving away her original 5”x7” watercolor artwork (including a custom frame). Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/22/2019 for a chance to win.

Additional Giveaway:
Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 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 11/24/2019.

Special Offer:
Receive a FREE brand new Like Family Stamp Set ($4.99 value) with every order from 11/18/2019 at 12:01 am EST until 11/29/2019 at 11:59 pm EST. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. While supplies last. Shop here -> https://altenew.com/collections/all-altenew-products


Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is, Keeway Tsao'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:
                          Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)


I hope this inspires you to colour something today! Anyone can participate in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge by coloring something and sharing it on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. I hope you find your 'Me Time' and enjoy the benefits of colouring through this challenge.

Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked my card! If you would like to see more of my work using Altenew, do follow my Instagram page.
Thank you for stopping by, and wishing you a lovely day!

Friday, November 15, 2019

CrafTreat Floral Layering Stencils | Guest Post

Hello, everybody!
 I am guesting today on the CrafTreat Blog. I have a bunch of cards and other projects to share with you using CrafTreat's August Release - Layered Floral Stencils

Without further ado, let's dive right into my projects. It's going to be a long post, so please bear with me. :)



The big, bold anemone was one of my favourite stencils from this release! For my card, I first began by die cutting a 4" x 5.225"card panel using the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Rectangles die set. I cut a circle from this panel using another die from Pinkfresh Studio called Essentials: Braided Circles die set. Next, I started working on the focal for my card which were the stenciled florals. I used various inks from Altenew to stencil the anemone on a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 LBS Cardstock. I also used the Layered Cosmos stencil for the smaller cosmos flowers and Altenew inks again for them. 

I used a mix of die cut leaves and foliage and stenciled leaves from the Layered Anemone stencil. I added some tiny inked flowers to add interest to my design. I then stamped a sentiment from the Spellbinders Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set in the centre of the circle to complete my card.  


My second card features the Layered Rose 3 Stencil.

I really love the spectacular look of this stencil. It almost looks like it's been stamped, which is just awesome! For my card, I started by stamping the Diamond Tile Background by The Stamp Market on a piece of 4 1/4" X 5 1/2' Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. Next, I used the Altenew Tea Party Dye inks with the Layered Rose 3 stencil to create that gorgeous rose. For the leaves, I used Altenew's Parrot & Bamboo Dye inks. 

I adhered some mini stamped filler flowers to accentuate my card design. Next, I added a frame to the centre of my card which was die cut from Gold Foil Cardstock. I used the Spellbinders Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set for my card sentiment and this card was done!


My third card features the Layered Peony 2 Stencil. 

For this card, I started by die cutting a card panel from the Lil Inkers' Stitched Mats: Rectangles die set. Then, I die cut a card background using the Elizabeth Crafts Abstract Background die from the Papericious 'The Wedding' Patterned Paper Pack.

My next step was to work on the flowers for my card. I used a different combination of inks this time for the peony and was happy with the way it turned out. I used the same Parrot & Bamboo Dye inks from Altenew for the leaves. The floral foliage on the top was created using Altenew's Artist Markers and foliage dies. 
I added a sentiment strip to my card and black paint splatters as the finishing touch.


My fourth card features the Layered Rose 2Layered Cosmos Stencil. 

This was an interesting card to make because I chose to use bold colours for this one. I started by die cutting a card panel from the Art Essential 300 GSM Watercolor Cardstock. Next, I used Picked Raspberry & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide inks to watercolour the panel. I wanted a gradient effect and kept the central portion mostly light yellow so that it would add some balance to the whole card design.

Then, I used the Pocketful of Sunshine Dye inks from Altenew to stencil the large rose from the Layered Rose 2 Stencil. I used the same inks for the cosmos flower on the right side as well. The leaves were made using a mix of stencils and stamps. I added some foliage to my floral arrangement using the Altenew Hope Stamp set to balance the card design. The sentiment also comes from the same set, while the 'hope' was die cut using the coordinating die set. I added some black ink splatters as the finishing touch for my card. 


My next project is a gift bag which I'm very excited about as this is the first time I have tried out something like this! This project features the Peony Bloom Stencil.

To start with, I first die cut a bag using Fun Stampers Journey Card Carrier Die Set. This helped me create this fabulous gift bag in a jiffy. Then, I die cut a panel using the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Diagonal Stitched Rectangles die set from Art Essential 300 GSM Watercolor Cardstock. Next, I used Altenew's White Modelling Paste mixed with Limestone dye ink and Leaf Pattern Background to stencil on the panel.

 I loved the soft finish of the stenciled design and then started working on my floral cluster. I used the Peony Bloom Stencil with Altenew inks to create the flower. The leaves are also from the same stencil and I tucked in few extra die cut leaves and foliage to complete my arrangement.

 The sentiment is from the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials: Classic Words die set and Clearly Besotted Floral Fancy stamp set. 


My final project for today is a gift tag featuring the Layered Cosmos stencil.

I die cut the base of my tag using the Honey Bee Stitched Scallop Circles die set. I die cut two such scallop circles to create the front and back of the tag. The cosmos flower was created using the Layered Cosmos stencil and I used Altenew inks for it. The leaves are from different Altenew die sets. I stamped my sentiment in the centre using Versafine Onyx Black ink and added some pink ribbon to finish it off.


I hope you liked my projects! If you did, please leave a comment below letting me know if you have any favourites!
 If you would like to see more of my work using CrafTreat products, do follow my Instagram page.

Thank you for your visit today, and wishing you a lovely day ahead!