Thursday, March 21, 2019

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, crafty friends!
I am so honoured and excited to be joining Altenew for their Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop today. If you’ve arrived here from the blog of Laura Volpes, you’re on the right track. If you’d like to start at the beginning and not miss a thing, click on the Altenew Card Blog link.

Altenew is releasing another amazing Watercolor Brush Markers Set! The Tropical Fiesta Set is full of cheery, bright, vivid tones. Here is a colour swatch for the Set:

I have two cards to share today for the hop, so let's get going!

My first card features the Garden Picks 3D Die Set and

To create this card, I started by die cutting the roses and foliage from the Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set from 300 GSM cold pressed watercolor paper. Them, I used the shades: Sunkissed, Crimson, and Paper Bag from the Tropical Fiesta set to colour my roses. Do keep in mind, that these markers are VERY concentrated, so a little goes a long way. I coloured the leaves the same way using a mix of Sweet Leaf and Lime. They are such pretty colours!

Next, I embossed a piece of white cardstock using the Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die

I gave a light colour wash on the embossed panel using the Lava Rock Brush Marker to add some depth to my background. Once that was done, I arranged my flowers and leaves and adhered them on the panel.

 All that was left to do now was, add a sentiment to my card. I chose one from the Sketchy Floral Stamp Set. It was stamped on a strip of white cardstock and then popped on my card panel using foam tape. I added few black paint splatters and enamel dots to finish off my card.

For my second card, I have taken the watercoloring route and used the Perfectly Perfect Stamp set

I am not much of a colorist, so forgive me, if this looks very amateurish! To create this card, I first heat embossed the flowers and leaves from the Perfectly Perfect Stamp set using White Embossing Powder on 300 GSM cold pressed watercolor paper.

Then, I went in with the Purple Vine Brush Marker and coloured my flowers. What I really love about working with the Altenew Brush Markers is that, they are super concentrated and extremely easy to blend and work with. I tried to give the flowers some shadow and depth using only one colour and got good results. I did the same for the leaves. I used a combination of Lime and Sweet leaf to colour them and then fussy cut them out.

I wanted to add some subtle texture to my background, so I used my Cube Cover Die to give an embossed effect. I really love stretching my supplies to get more mileage out of them and this is a great technique to do with all your Cover Dies.  I created my own grey background by using the Lava Rock Brush Marker on white cardstock and diluting it with a lot of water. This resulted in a soft, grey color cardstock colour which went well with my flowers.

I used the Simple Alpha Die Set to die cut the letters 'Hi' from black cardstock and white fun foam. I adhered them one on top of the other, so that I could get a raised effect. The other part of the sentiment came from the Sketchy Floral Stamp Set. I added a thin strip of silver glitter paper to the sentiment strip to add some interest to my card design. Finally, I added few clear sequins and black paint splatters to complete my card.

Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 28th for a chance to win.

Additional Giveaway:
The generous folks at Altenew will 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 3/31/2019.

The next stop on the hop is Svitlana Shayevich's blog. I have also included the full blog hop list, incase you have just started the hop from my blog!

Blog Hop Order:
                         Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)

Thanks for stopping by! I hoped you liked my cards. If you did, please do leave me a comment letting me know which one is your favourite. :)
Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great day ahead!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | March 2019

Hello, everyone!
I have a card to share today I made using the Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month Kit. If you missed seeing my projects using last month's kit, you can check them out HERE.

This month's Spun Blessing Oval Die Set is very detailed and gorgeous, as always, and has some spectacular elements to help you make ornate cards, bags, boxes, and more. Here's a look at the kit itself:
What I really loved about the die set is , that you can use them all together to create a gorgeous panel or use all the elements separately to add different accents to your projects like an oval, a circle frame, and more. Another plus point about this set is that it is designed to fit regular A2 cards too, which makes it really versatile and can be used on a number of projects. 

I made a layered card using this set and here is a look at my card:

To create my card, I first started by die cutting the lattice square pieces from cream cardstock. I die cut it six times so that I could adhere them together to create a full background for my card panel. Once the background was in place, I started working on the focal of my card. I die cut the intricate oval frames and then added gold foil cardstock behind them, so that it could help highlight the gorgeous design. 

The pretty floral bunches that you see on either side of the card are handmade using peach Foamiran. I really love making my own Foamiran flowers as embellishments for all my projects. I used the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched Dies to create them and added cream thread pollens to give them some structure and shape. The leaves were die cut from green Foamiran and I added some foliage to complete the look.

Next, I die cut the sentiment tab using the dies included in this kit to create my sentiment banner. Then, I stamped a sentiment from the Vintage Elegance Giving Occasions Stamp and Die Set to finish off my card. I also added four corners die cut from the Swirl Tags Etched Dies using gold foil cardstock as the finishing accents. 

If you would like to get your hands on this die set, please go over to the Spellbinders website and subscribe to the APG Die of the Month Club. These dies are exclusively for Club members and are a definite value for money!

 If you liked my card, please do leave me a comment below. I always look forward to hearing from you. 
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great day.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Guest Post for Spellbinders | The Gilded Age by Amazing Paper Grace

Hello, crafty friends!
I am so excited and thrilled to share that I am a guest blogger on the Spellbinders blog. I am showcasing the The Gilded Age Line by Becca Feeken in my projects today.

I started working with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System about two weeks ago, and have been really enjoying experimenting and working with it. I love incorporating foil in all my cards and having this machine makes it all the more fun! Today, I have THREE cards to share with you using the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System and The Gilded Age Line by Becca Feeken.

This card might look really complicated to put together, but it absolutely isn't! To create this card, I first started by foiling the Gilded Vines Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using Blush Foil onto Cream cardstock.

Once that was done, I started working on the background of the card. I used Amazing Paper Grace February Die of the Month Kit to die cut two borders for my card out of some gold foil cardstock. These borders were popped up on foam to give them some dimension. I also die cut four corners to adhere to the foiled backdrop from the Shapeabilities Swirl Tags Etched Dies. I die cut from gold foil cardstock again and adhered them to the foiled panel.

The flowers were made using Pink Foamiran sheets. I added a bunch of three flowers along with a satin double-looped bow to embellish my card. The sentiment is a gold foiled sentiment sticker matted on to cardstock to give it some sturdiness.

I also added some cream cardstock corners on the card base which were die cut using the corner dies from Amazing Paper Grace February Die of the Month Kit. Didn't I say it was super simple to put together!

My second card combines my love for foil and Foamiran flowers. To create this card, I started by foiling the Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using Silver Hot Foil. I foiled the vines on baby pink cardstock and then cut them out using the coordinating die included in the set. Once those were ready, I started working on the focal of my card.

I die cut intricate background frames from pink and silver foil cardstock using the Shapeabilities Swirl Booklet Insert Etched Dies. I layered them on top of each other to give it some interest. The sentiment label was die cut from the Shapeabilities Swirl Tags Etched Dies. I die cut them gain from pink and silver foil cardstock respectively. Then, I stamped my sentiment on the pink panel and adhered it over the die cut background.

For my floral arrangement, I die cut the flowers and leaves from Foamiran sheets using flower dies from the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Etched Dies. I added some complimentary pink pollens to the centres to give them a more fuller look. The rose buds and other fillers are from my stash.

You can see the dimension on the sentiment label below. I love how the silver foil compliments the pink so perfectly!

My last card comprises majorly of foiled elements. To create this card, I first foiled the Gilded Nested Rectangle Glimmer Set Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using Starburst Hot Foil. Next, I die cut this rectangle using the coordinating die from the Gilded Nested Rectangle Die Set Etched Dies. I die cut and foiled another rectangle, slightly smaller than the previous one, so that I could mat one on top of the other. The smaller rectangle was foiled on some patterned paper to give it extra interest.

I die cut an oval frame from the Shapeabilities Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame Etched Dies using gold foil cardstock and adhered it over the foiled rectangle pieces. Next, I die cut and foiled the label from the Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. I used the Rose Gold Foil to foil this label. The picture below perfectly captures the colour. It's really very pretty!

I also foiled some vines using the Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. I used Starburst Hot Foil to foil them and die cut them using the coordinating dies. I adhered them to the two corners of my card.

The sentiment is a sticker which I have adhered over the rose gold label. I added some micro roses and fillers to the right side to embellish my card.

And here is another look at the card.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies: Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, American Crafts Colored 12×12 cardstock, Gold Foil Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape, Glue Gun; Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Small Fancy Labels 18; Foamiran Sheets (Light Yellow, Green, and Pink), McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Micro Rose Buds, Ribbon.

I absolutely loved working with these Spellbinders products and can't wait to share more projects using it very soon. If you liked my cards today, please do leave me a comment. I love hearing from you! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | February 2019

Hello, crafty friends!
I have something very new and exciting to share today. The lovely folks at Spellbinders sent me their Amazing Paper Grace February Die of the Month to work with and I have some project ideas to share using it. If you are not familiar with the Spellbinders Club Kits, I highly recommend checking them out. HERE's a link to all their Monthly Club Kits. Their kits are truly value for money and I have really enjoyed working with them. 

I have TWO projects to share today using the APG (Amazing Paper Grace) February Die of the Month, so without further ado, let's get started:

I have always been a big fan of Becca Feeken's dies and designs. They are so intricate and exquisite and can really dress up any project without doing much. I wanted to create a Card which would be perfect to use as a Wedding Card. This Enchantment Tall Flip and Gatefold Card Die Set can be used to create a variety of projects and are designed in signature Becca style.

My card measures 5" X 7". To create this card, I first started by die-cutting the main card panel. I cut two die panels and folded them in half leaving a 1/2" inch space on the side of the paper to glue this to the card base. This has to be done, because the largest frame die cuts only one one side and scores on the other as these dies are designed to create Gate Fold Cards. HERE is a video by Becca Feeken explaining how to use these dies.

After adhering the two side panels of the card on to my card base, I created a belly band to hold the card close. I have used a 12" X 2" piece of cardstock to create the band and scored it at 5" approximately to fold. 

Then, I die cut the center piece using a patterned paper and stamped my sentiment on it. I also added gold foil cardstock behind it to help accentuate it. I die cut a border from the Shadow Box Ribbon Threader Etched Dies using gold foil cardstock to add some detail to the belly band.

The white and blue flowers were made using the flower dies included in the Enchantment Tall Flip and Gatefold Card Die Set. I lightly coloured and embossed them to give them a more natural look. I also adhered some mulberry flowers, fillers, and rose buds to complete my cluster.

Here is how the card looks when opened. There is enough space to include a message for the recipient.

My second project is an Envelope cum Card. This piece can again be gifted to someone at their Wedding or any special occasion. I have tried to keep this one simple and elegant. Trust me, this looks really glamorous in real life.

The concept behind this project was that I wanted to create a card which was shaped like a Clutch Purse, since this particular die is shaped like a handle when used individually. It's perfect for making small gift bags and hence, an elegant purse too!

You can see the gorgeous gold foil in this picture. I created this handle like shape for the clutch by partially die cutting the die twice from cream cardstock to give it some thickness, and once from gold foil cardstock to accentuate it. I adhered all the three layers one on top of the other.

I went with a dainty floral arrangement on this one. I die cut the flowers from the flower dies included in the Enchantment Tall Flip and Gatefold Card Die Set. I lightly shaped and coloured them and grouped them together with some mulberry rose buds and die cut leaves to give it a complete look.

I have used the corner dies included in the set to create inserts for my project, both on the outside flap as well as inside the card.

I also used tiny magnets for the closure of this card. These magnets are super strong and give the project the proper look of a clutch purse while serving a more practical purpose.

When the card is opened, the top half can be used for writing a little note to the recipient or you can stamp a sentiment in the centre like I did. The bottom half has a pocket in which you can either place a gift card or add some money depending on who you are looking to gift it to!

Here's a closer look at the corners and the sentiment. I have used gold foil cardstock for die cutting them. I feel it gives it a very regal look.

I also wanted to some pretty little details to the bottom half of the pocket. I die cut a flourish from gold foil cardstock using the die included in the Shadow Box Ribbon Threader Etched Dies. I also added a die cut ribbon using dies from the same set and adhered it to my card for a finishing touch.

That's it from me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects. I really loved creating with the APG February Die of the Month. This is truly a very versatile set and I would recommend checking out the other inspiration projects using this die set on Becca's blog. There's so much one can do with it!

If you liked my projects and found them inspirational, please leave a comment letting me know. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spellbinders February 6th Blog Hop | Shadow Box Collection

Hello, everyone!
I am so excited and honoured to be joining Spellbinders for their Blog Hop today featuring dies from the exquisite, Shadow Box Collection by Amazing Paper Grace. 
You should have arrived from the incredibly talented, Nichol Spohr's blog.
If you have not arrived from Nichol's blog, don't worry, because I do have the full blog hop list at the end of the post. 
I have made TWO projects for today's hop, so let's get started!

First up, I have a Mini Photo Frame cum Fridge Magnet to share. This Photo Frame is really very simple to make. You can also easily convert it into a Fridge Magnet by adding magnets at the back side of the frame.

To create my frame, I first started by die-cutting the panels for my Shadow Box using the Adjustable Shadow Box Frame with 1/2" Border Etched Dies. I used pre-cut strips measuring  2-1/8" X 4" to create the main frame. Once those were cut and assembled, I adhered a patterned paper on the back side of the box to create my frame.

To give my frame a more ornate look, I die-cut two square frames from the Adoria Square Shadow Box Frame Die Set, one from patterned paper and the other from Cream Cardstock, and adhered them on one top of the other.

Next, it was time to embellish my Photo Frame. I used the Cinch and Go IV Etched Dies to create the flowers. They were die cut from Pink Foamiran sheets and then shaped and coloured lightly. I added two clusters on either side of the frame to balance the design. The leaves were cut from Green Foamiran sheets using the leaf die included in this set.

For the center of the frame, I die-cut a lacy oval from the Grand Dome 3D Card Etched Die Set. I die cut it from Gold Foil Cardstock to give it a rich look. I also stamped an inspirational message in the centre, but you can always add a picture if you'd like to personalize your project. This would make for a perfect gift to give to your loved ones.

And here's a look at my complete project. I also added few filler flowers and pollens to the flower centres to give the florals some dimension.

The second project I have created is a layered card. This card measures approximately 6" X 6", and is all about layers!
To create this card, I first started with a 6" X 6" card base. Next, I matted some Pink Cardstock over the base, and then adhered another layer over this, which was cut from patterned paper.

I wanted to create this card in very soft, romantic hues, so I kept my color scheme limited to pink and gold.  To create the focal of my card, I die-cut the intricate oval frame from the Lisette Oval Shadow Box Frame Etched Die Set from Baby Pink Cardstock. I die cut this frame also from Fun Foam in order to give it some dimension. Next, I die-cut another frame from the same set using Gold Foil Cardstock, which was again layered on Fun Foam.  For the sentiment, I die-cut an oval from Baby Pink Cardstock and stamped my sentiment on it, and mounted this on Fun Foam again.

The flowers and leaves on my card were made using the Cinch and Go IV Etched Dies. I die-cut them from Watercolour paper and inked them using Archival inks. I soaked them in water for a few seconds, and then shaped them using Flower Shaping Tools. Lastly, I dried them using a Heat tool so that the petals would retain their shape. I created two floral clusters on either side of the framed sentiment to give my card design some balance.

To further accentuate the look of my card, I added four die-cut corners. These were die-cut from Gold Foil Cardstock and are from the Callista Rectangle Shadow Box Frame Etched Die Set. I really loved working on this card and it was fun to put together!

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders are 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, February 10th 11:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced in their blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Blog Hop List:
                            Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)

I hoped you liked my projects. I would love to know if you have a favourite. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
Have a great day!