Sunday, September 29, 2019

Spellbinders September Card Kit of the Month - Express Yourself


Hello there, everyone!
I have a couple of cards to share today featuring the September Card Kit of the Month by Spellbinders - Express Yourself. 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 "Express Yourself" 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!


I have made FOUR Cards using the kit, so without further ado, let's get started!

My first card features the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set, Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set, and the Express Yourself Paper Pad along with the dies included in this month's kit.

For my card, I first pulled out two contrasting designs which would work well together from the Express Yourself Paper Pad. Next, I die cut a golden frame using the dies included in the kit from Gold Mirror Cardstock. I added another die cut over this golden image to give it a more vintage look.

I used some flowers and leaves from the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set and also die cut some tiny flowers and ferns from White Cardstock and coloured them using dye inks. I used the Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set for the sentiment of my card. 


Moving on to my next card which features the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set, the Express Yourself Paper Pad, dies, and gemstones from the kit.

I love the different ephemera pieces in the Express Yourself Kit for they are so pretty and varied. For this card, I simply picked out few large floral pieces and foliage which would constitute the focal for my card. I added some additional foliage by die cutting leaves and mini flowers and tucked them in this bunch.

I trimmed a small piece of patterned paper from the Express Yourself Paper Pad and adhered it to the bottom of my card panel. I also added a strip of Gold Mirror Cardstock to accentuate the look. 

Next, I picked out few gemstones which would work with my card colours and added them to my panel. I also adhered a couple of die cut shapes from the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set to create my own sentiment. I added some light pink splatters as the final finishing touch for my card.



I really loved the soft mint pattern from the Express Yourself Paper Pad and wanted to create a card using it. Once I selected this particular pattern, I started sorting out coordinating embellishments which would go with this pattern. I picked two chipboard frames from the Express Yourself Chipboard Stickers Set, and adhered them over this patterned paper.

Next, I picked out few die cut shapes from the Express Yourself Die Cut Shapes Set and arranged them on my card panel. The golden leaves were also from the same die cut shapes set. I even used die cuts to create the sentiment for my card. And that is how this card came together!



This is the simplest card of the lot! I again started out by picking out a patterned paper from the Express Yourself Paper Pad. Then, I used a circle die from the  
Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched Dies to die cut a circle from this paper. I did this so that I could stamp my sentiment in the centre on a piece of White Cardstock.

Once I had die cut the patterned paper and adhered the White Cardstock on my card base, I used the Express Yourself Clear Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment. This is an amazing stamp set and the font is so feminine and pretty. I am definitely using this set for more upcoming projects!

Then, I added this beautiful floral die cut piece on my card panel and also included some die cut fern leaves and some die cut shapes to complete the floral arrangement. I also used an envelope from the Express Yourself Chipboard Stickers Set and added it next to the floral cluster. Lastly, I added two photo corners to my card panel and some light pink glitter gemstones as the finishing touches to my card.


If you want to find out more about the Club – prices, how you sign up and what’s included, please look ——–> HERE.

Here's a Video by Spellbinders showing you how to create some cards using the Express Yourself Card Kit

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Spellbinders Guest Post | Candlewick Sampler Collection by Becca Feeken


Hello everyone,
 I am ecstatic and honoured to be guest designing on the Spellbinders blog today! I am here to share some projects that I’ve made with the absolutely delightful Candlewick Sampler Collection by Becca Feeken.

The Candlewick Sampler Collection was inspired by the Candlewick embroidery, a type of elegant white-on-white embroidery with its hints of dotted motifs and knots. Becca Feeken adds these designs to her collection for paper crafters!

My first card is a shaped card created with the 
I adore cards with belly bands as it makes the project look so elegant and pretty! This might look complicated to create, but is super simple. I first took two sheets of Light Pink Cardstock and die cut the border from the Candlewick Exquisite Topper Etched Dies. I took another sheet of White Cardstock and die cut another set of borders using the Candlewick Colonnade Border Etched Dies. I inserted the flaps on the two sides of the card, in between the sheets of the Pink Cardstock so that the decorative flaps could easily open. 

Once the basic structure of the card was done, I started working on the embellishments. I die cut the intricate borders from the Candlewick Colonnade Border Etched Dies using Light Pink Cardstock and adhered a strip of Gold Mirror Cardstock on both the sides to accentuate the look. I also trimmed two squares of Light Pink & Gold Mirror Cardstock to adhere to the centre of the card for the recipient to pen down his/her message. 

I kept the main structure of the card simple to ensure that the belly band the star of the project. I trimmed a strip of Fun Stampers Journey Vellum and Light Pink Cardstock respectively, and adhered them one on top of the other. I die cut two frames and stamped my sentiment in the centre. Then, I die cut several flowers from the Candlewick Grand Pocket Etched Dies using White Foamiran and embossed them in the centre using an Embossing Tool. The leaves were die cut from Green Foamiran and embossed too. I added pollens to the flower centres and additional foliage to complete my floral arrangement. 


When I got my hands on the Candlewick Rosebud Etched Dies, I was floored! It's one of the most beautiful flower die sets ever! I die cut the flowers from the Candlewick Rosebud Etched Dies using White Cardstock and lightly embossed the petals to give them structure. I wanted some pink undertones for my flowers, so I added pink pollens for the flower centres. I also die cut the delicate flourishes and leaves included in the set and arranged them around my floral panel.

After I completed my floral arrangement, I started working on the rest of the card. I die cut the ornate Candlewick Lace Card Front Etched Dies four times from Beige Cardstock to form a complete background panel. Next, I die cut the lacy ornaments from the Candlewick Petticoats Etched Dies from White Cardstock & Light Pink Cardstock and adhered them one on top of the other for an inlay effect.  I added one last layer here, which was the sentiment piece, die cut and stamped using the Vintage Elegance Giving Occasions Stamp & Die Set

To complete my card, I matted my card panel onto Light Pink & Gold Mirror Cardstock respectively, which was then, adhered to a top folding card base. 



This was fairly simple to make, as the gorgeous frame from the Candlewick Canopy Etched Dies did all the work for me. I die cut the frame from Gold Mirror Cardstock and White Fun Foam. This made for such a magnificent centre piece, that I decided to keep the embellishments simple

I die cut a couple of sakura blossoms from the Candlewick Grand Pocket Etched Dies using White Foamiran and the leaces using Green Foamiran. I inked the centres of the flowers using Altenew Pink Diamond Dye ink and embossed them using an Embossing Ball Tool. I also added thread pollens to the centres to give them a fuller look. I also added some mini flowers around the 3D flowers to complete my floral arrangement. I die cut a white label for the sentiment and stamped my sentiment on it. 

Next, I die cut four corners using Gold Mirror Cardstock. If you see carefully, you will notice that I have used a light pink patterned paper for my background to enhance the overall look of the card. To finish it off, I adhered my panel to a top white folding card base. 

Other Supplies: 
Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, Light Pink 12 X 12 Cardstock, Beige 12 X 12 Cardstock, White & Green Foamiran Sheets, Gold Mirror Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Inks: Altenew Pink Diamond Dye ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape, Mini Glue Gun; McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Rose Buds. 

I hope you loved the Candlewick Collection and my cards using them! These dies are extremely versatile and can be used in so many ways. I can't wait to work with them again! If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders dies, do follow my Instagram page.

Thank you for stopping by, and wishing you a lovely day!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | September 2019


Hello, crafty friends!
It's been a while since I posted on my blog! I have been MIA for the past few weeks due to my son's examinations, but I do have some posts coming up later this month, so I hope you will stop by and check those out. :)

I have a Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace September Die of the Month. This month's Snip It Flowers Die Set is perfect for making gorgeous cards, gift boxes, 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 September, so hurry before they are sold out. There is also an inspirational PDF that you can download HERE that shows you many ways to use the die.

I have created a Card using this die set. This is the first time I have used a die like such to create my entire card front! The die is so intricate and pretty and I am in love with it! Here's a look at my card:

 The Snip It Flowers Die Set is very feminine and pretty looking, and so, I decided to create a birthday card with soft Foamiran flowers.

To create it, I first die cut the entire card front using the die. Then, I cut out rectangle frames  using the A2 Matting Basics B Card Creator Etched Dies so that I could attach it to my card base and have it as an delicate overlay for my card front. I die cut two of these frames to attach it to the front and the back side of the die cut panel, thus creating my card front. To create the back of my card, I took a piece of Cream Cardstock measuring 6 3/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches and scored it at a quarter inch on the long side to create a fold, so that it would enable me to attach the front of my card panel to it.

For the sentiment panel, I die cut a decorative oval frame from the Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles Etched Dies, and stamped my sentiment in the center. I love mixing and matching my dies, and this particular die from Spellbinders has been a forever fave!

The flowers are made using Foamiran sheets. I die cut the petals using the Candlewick Rosebud Etched Dies, and then used an embossing tool to shape them. I also inked the centres and added pollens to give them some definition. The leaves and foliage are also from the same die set. This is another very pretty die set which I can see myself using over and over again! 

Here's my final card! The delicate floral background makes everything stand out for me!
 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!


Here is a look at the Amazing Paper Grace September Die of the Month:


If you are still on the fence about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership, do check out the other 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. Isn't that awesome?! 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!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Spellbinders Becca Feeken Holiday 2019 Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello, crafty friends! 
I'm beyond thrilled and honoured to be joining Spellbinders for their Blog Hop today featuring the 3D Holiday Vignettes & Glistening Holiday Collections by Amazing Paper Grace. You should have arrived here from the super talented and amazing, Becca Feeken's 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, I used the Merry Filigree Quatrefoil Glimmer Hot Foil PlateNestabilities Hemstitch Squares Etched Dies, and the Shapeabilities Flourished Square Etched Dies.

The Glistening Holiday Glimmer Plates designed by Becca are so beautiful that they make every project made with it look so elegant. For my card, I started by foiling the square filigree frame from the Merry Filigree Quatrefoil Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold.

While my Glimmer Hot Foil System was out, I also foiled the sentiment from the Merry Filigree Quatrefoil Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Rose Gold. I die cut the filigree frame using the Nestabilities Hemstitch Squares Etched Dies, and the sentiment using the Nestabilities Standard Circles LG Etched Dies

I wanted to add some layering to the background so that the foiled pieces would remain the main focal of my card. I die cut the flourished square frame die from the Shapeabilities Flourished Square Etched Dies using Gold Mirror Cardstock.

It was now time to start adhering the various components of the cards together. I first adhered a light pink patterned paper to my card base, and then added layers of White & Mirror Gold Cardstock to give it a finished look. Next, I adhered the flourished square frame and the foiled pieces. I used White Fun Foam while adhering the foiled pieces to give it some added dimension.

To embellish my card, I used a faux Silk flower, some mulberry flowers and rose buds, as well as some leaves. I also added white satin bows below my floral arrangement to complete the card design.


My second and last card for today features the Shapeabilities Grand Christmas Lattice Arch Etched DiesShapeabilities Nativity Layering Set Etched Dies, and the Shapeabilities Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched Dies.

For my card, I first started by die cutting the lattice arch frame die from the Shapeabilities Grand Christmas Lattice Arch Etched Dies using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 LBS Cardstock. I also die cut the arch inlay die and the sentiment die from the same set.

I used Chipped Sapphire and Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks to colour the background of the arch inlay to depict the Nativity scene. Next, I die cut the silhouette images and the insert for the outer frames from the Shapeabilities Nativity Layering Set Etched Dies using White Cardstock & Gold Mirror Cardstock. I adhered these die cuts together on my card panel.

To embellish my card, I die cut some poinsettias from the Shapeabilities Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched Dies Etched Dies using White heavy weight Cardstock. I embossed the centres using an Embossing Ball Tool and added golden stamens to the centres for a richer look.

To complement the flowers, I die cut some holly leaves from the Shapeabilities Grand Snow Globe Etched Dies using Gold Mirror Cardstock. I adhered these around my poinsettias and my card was almost complete. I matted this panel to my card base and my card was finished.

If you would like to see more inspiration using the 3D Holiday Vignettes Collection, you can check out THIS post on my blog or on the Spellbinders Blog.
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 one lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, September 1st, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is, Bibi Cameron'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!)


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!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Spellbinders Guest Post | Holiday 3D Holiday Vignettes by Becca Feeken


Hello everyone! 
I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be guest designing on the Spellbinders Blog today! I have three cards to share that showcase the 3D Holiday Vignettes by Becca Feeken

3D Holiday Vignettes Collection brings the holiday spirit to life with layers and dimension to make your projects special. This collection can be mix and matched with the Shadowbox and 3D Vignette Collections for more elegant designing options.

My first card for today uses the Grand Snow Globe Etched Dies, the Santa Claus Layering Set Etched Dies. I wanted to create a 3D Vignette Card for my first card using traditional Christmas colours.

I die cut the outer frame, the inlay pattern and the side panel frame dies, all from the Grand Snow Globe Etched Dies from Cream Cardstock. I wanted to create a festive scene on my card, so I went ahead and also die cut the circle frame with the image of Santa Claus and the circle inserts from the Santa Claus Layering Set Etched Dies  from White Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock respectively. I coloured the Santa Claus die cut pieces and the tree using a mix of Alcohol Markers & Zig Clean Clear Brush Markers. I added some Crystal Clear Glitter to add some shimmer to the beard, gloves, and belt, for added interest! I also added red pearls to the Christmas tree.

It was time to assemble all the panels together. I wanted the sentiment to be one of the main design elements of my card, so I die cut it and adhered it to the front of the card panel instead of adding it to the panel inside. I die cut it twice, once from White Cardstock, and once from Gold Mirror Cardstock, so that it would give the effect of a shadow. I die cut them using the sentiment frame insert die from the Grand Snow Globe Etched Dies. I also die cut some poinsettias from the same die set using Red Cardstock. The leaves are from an older die set by Becca, and I die cut them from White Cardstock and coloured them using Alcohol Markers. I also added some gold pollens for the poinsettia centres to give them a fuller look.

Here's a picture showing you the overall dimension. The best part about these 3D Holiday Vignettes, is that they can be folded flat for mailing. Isn't that so cool?!


My next card features the Christmas Damask Jubilee Glimmer Hot Foil PlateCinch and Go Poinsettia Etched Dies Etched Dies, and the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold. I wanted to use these plates for a non-traditional Christmas card and hence came up with this card. 

For this card, I started by foiling the Christmas Damask Jubilee Glimmer Hot Foil Plate on a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 LBS Cardstock using the Glimmer Hot Foil Machine. I used the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold for foiling the plates. I was very happy with the end result as it gives such an elegant look to the card.

I used the 'Seasons Greetings' Glimmer Plate included in the Christmas Damask Jubilee Glimmer Hot Foil Plate for the sentiment. Next, I die cut a fishtail banner and inked the edges using FSJ Gold Pigment Ink. I added three pearls on the banner for added interest. At this point, the card felt a little too CAS for my taste, so I went ahead and die cut a bunch of poinsettias using the Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched Dies Etched Dies from Cream Cardstock. I embossed the petals and added gold pollens in the centres. The leaves are die cut from the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched Dies

I love this damask design and can't wait to use it for some more projects! 


My third card again features traditional Christmas colours, albeit I have used the 3D Holiday Vignettes dies here to create a simple, layered card. This card showcases the Grand Holiday Cabinet Etched DiesReindeer Prance Layering Set Etched Dies, and the Grand Snow Globe Etched Dies. 

This card has loads of layering which is one of my favourite styles of card making. To start with, I die cut the Grand Holiday Cabinet Etched Dies twice from White Cardstock and then again from White Fun Foam. I did this so that I could adhere the cardstock die cut panels over the Fun Foam to get a raised effect on my card. 

Next, I die cut the sentiment insert from the Grand Holiday Cabinet Etched Die Set using Gold Mirror Cardstock. I also wanted to add a backdrop to the sentiment piece, so I die cut one of the frames from the Reindeer Prance Layering Set Etched Dies using White Cardstock. Then, I partially coloured the reindeer since the rest of the design would be covered by the sentiment. 

The poinsettias were created using the poinsettia die included in the Grand Snow Globe Etched Dies. I die cut them from White Cardstock, coloured them using Distress inks, embossed the petals and added gold pollens for the centres. The holly leaves are also from the same die set. I die cut them from White Cardstock as well and coloured them lightly using Distress inks. Finally, I added a White Satin bow and placed a poinsettia and holly leaves as the finishing touch. 

Other Supplies: 
Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, Gold Mirror Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Inks: Festive Berries Distress ink, Fired Brick Distress ink, Twisted Citron Distress ink, Shabby Shutters Distress 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, Gold Pollens.

I hope you liked the cards I shared today. I had so much playing with die sets from the 3D Holiday Vignettes by Becca Feeken. I can't wait to make some more projects using them!

Thank you so much for visiting! If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders dies, do visit my blog and follow my Instagram page.
Have an amazing day!