Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Spellbinders August 15th 2018 Blog Hop

Hello friends!
I am so excited to be joining Spellbinders today for their 15th August 2018 Blog Hop featuring two brand new collections - Special Moments by Marisa Job and  Inked Messages by Stephanie Low. If you are here from the Spellbinders blog, then you're on the right track! I also have a full blog hop list at the end of the post. 


I have already shared a couple of cards using the Special Moments Collection by Marisa Job on my blog HERE, HERE, and HERE. You can check them out for more inspiration using this wonderful collection.

I have two projects to share using this collection today: a Gift Box and a coordinating Gift Tag! I hope you enjoy seeing what I have made. Here's a look at my projects:

To create this gift box, I first started by die cutting the Shapeabilities Heart Flower Box die from Neenah 110LBS Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I recently received this die from Spellbinders and my hands were itching to try it out. :) This die is simply amazing, and creates gift boxes in a jiffy! I made the base of the box using White cardstock, while for the lid, I die cut the main box die from a custom patterned paper from Papericious.

I wanted my lid to have an oval aperture on the front, so after die cutting it from patterned paper, I used the Spellbinders Classic Ovals SM Etched die set to cut an oval aperture. Next, I die cut the netted oval die from the Floral Oval Etched Die set and adhered it over the oval aperture. I coloured the die cut using a light blue ink.

I wanted to keep the embellishing super simple and clean, so I decided to die cut several flowers from the Laced Flower Etched die set. I stacked the die cuts one on top of the other for adding dimension. For the foliage, I used the Swirls Border Etched die set, which I then coloured using a green dye ink. I also added some rose buds, fillers, and leaves from my stash.

Here is a closer look at the flower. It is so detailed and beautiful. Perfect for making your own floral embellishments!

And here is another view of the gift box!


My next project is a gift tag. If you have been following my blog for a while, you'd know that these are one of my all time favourites to make! :) I created a double-layer gift tag, so that the recipient can write their message on the inside.

I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched dies for creating the base of the tag. I die cut it twice, once from patterned paper, and the other from White heavy weight cardstock. I wanted this one to be a bit ornate, so I die cut a frame from Gold Foil cardstock using the Special Day Frame Etched Dies. I die cut a circle in the centre of this die cut frame so that I'd have only the outer frame. I have a little crafty hack to share here - If you have seen the die, you'd know that the frame is circular in shape and not an oval one. I wanted the frame to fit on my tag, so I simply snipped the frame in half (vertically) and then adhered the two pieces together so that it would fit on my tag. I hope I am able to explain this step properly.

The flowers were made using the flowers dies included in the Floral Oval Etched die set. I have used light pink Foamiran sheets for creating them. I added some details in the flower centres using Alcohol markers to make them stand out a bit.

The leaves on the top of the tag were cut using Olive Foamiran, while on the bottom, I die cut them from White cardstock using the Floral Oval Etched die set. I added a sentiment piece and few enamel dots to complete my tag.


Giveaways:
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on the Spellbinders blog by Sunday, August 19th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Additional Giveaway:
The generous folks at Spellbinders have allowed me to giveaway a $25 gift certificate to the Spellbinders store. For your chance to win, please leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.


Blog Hop List:
                        Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE!)



I hope you liked my projects and are inspired to create something with these dies. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hope Your Day Is Amazing | Card

Hello, friends!
I know, I am blogging after a long time! I have been MIA since the past two months, and I really missed crafting and sharing on my blog here. Finally, I got my creative mojo going and I whipped up a card for the current Altenew Inspiration Challenge. I have to admit, that the colours are totally not my style, so it was kind of challenging to work with them. Here's a look at my card:

I first started out by die cutting my card front using the Dotted Scales Debossing Cover die from navy blue cardstock. The next step, was to create the focal of my card, and I had to use the Altenew Rose Flurries Die set for it! I cut out a bunch of flowers and leaves from some heavy weight Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 LBS cardstock.

I coloured the blue flowers using the Altenew Artist Markers (B201, B313, B304, B227) from the Altenew Artist Markers Set A. I started with the lightest colour (B201), then used a medium colour (B304), and for the final layer, I combined both B201 and B313 to give a gradient effect.

The leaves were coloured using the Altenew Rock Collection Oval inks. I used the same technique of starting with a light colour and the  moving on to the darkest. I also added some little blue flowers as foliage on the card front.

The sentiment 'hope' is cut from Silver Glitter Cardstock using the Altenew Hope Die set. The other part of the sentiment is from the coordinating Hope Stamp set, and was stamped using Altenew Silver Stone Crisp Dye ink. I finished off the card by adding some sparkly silver splatters.

I matted the card front on to some Silver Glitter Cardstock, and then mounted it on my A2 card base. Here's how the finished card looks like!

I'm joining the Altenew July Inspiration Challenge with this card. 


I hope you enjoyed seeing my card today. Do drop me a line to let me know if you liked it. Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Guest Post for Spellbinders | Special Moments | Part Three


Hello everyone!
I am really excited and honoured to be guesting on the Spellbinders Paper Arts blog this month. This post is a part of a series featuring dies from the Special Moments collection by Marisa Job. You can check out my first and second post using the dies from the Special Moments collection HERE and HERE. I love how there a number of different dies in this collection, and there is something for everyone! Today, I have a floral, layered card to share. Here's what I have created:

To create my card, I first took a White card base and matted some light pink cardstock over it. Once my base was ready, I started by die cutting the second largest die from the Vintage Stitched Squares Etched die set from a light cream patterned paper. Next, using White 80 LBS cardstock, I cut out the swirl frame using the Outer Circle die from the Miss You Swirl Etched Die set.

I wanted this frame to be dimensional, so I die cut it four-times from white cardstock, and adhered one frame on top of the other to create a thick die cut. This is a great way to create your own dimensional, die cuts if you don't have white fun foam on hand. I colored the frame using a light beige marker.

For the focal of my card, I decided to use the Happy BDay frame die from the Happy Birthday W/ Numbers Etched Die set. It was cut from gold foil cardstock, and I also die cut it once from White Fun Foam so that I could pop it on my card panel. I also used the mini circle die which is included in this die set to die cut the circle and stamp my sentiment "gorgeous" on it. I lightly inked the edges of the circle with pink dye ink.

Now for my most favourite part - creating handmade flowers! I used Pink Foamiran sheets to create the flowers. I used the Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched Die set to die cut my flowers. I added cream thread pollens in the centre of the flowers to give them a fuller look.  For the leaves and foliage, I used the flower crescent die from the same die set. I die cut the leaves from Olive Foamiran to match with my pink flowers.

I also created a small flower cluster on the other side of my card. I added a huge White Satin Bow over which I have adhered my flowers and leaves. I also added some of my handmade mini filler flowers here and there.

Here's a closer look at one of the flowers.

And here are the fillers. Please excuse the Hot Glue Gun strings which seem to be all over the place. I forgot to remove them from my card before photographing.

A flat-lay close up of the arrangement. You can see the gold foil sentiment in its full glory here. :)

And here's my card. I hope you like it!

Spellbinders supplies:
S4-943 Happy Birthday W/ Numbers Etched Dies
S5-374 Shapeabilities Special Day Frame Etched Dies
S5-378 Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched Dies
S7-215 Shapeabilities Vintage Stitched Squares Etched Dies
T-001 Tool' N One
PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine - 6" Platform


Other supplies used : Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, White 80 LBS Cardstock Sheets, Gold Foil Cardstock, Papericious The Wedding 12" X 12" Patterned Paper, Pink Foamiran Sheets, Olive Foamiran Sheets; Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape, Hot Glue Gun; Stamps, Dye Inks, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad; Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set: 10 Pastel; Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon, Pink Fillers, Pollens

Thank you so much, for taking out time and reading my post. If you liked my card, please do leave me a comment below.

Have a nice day everyone!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Guest Post for Spellbinders | Special Moments | Part Two


Hello friends!
I am really excited and honoured to be guesting on the Spellbinders Paper Arts blog this month. This post is a part of a series featuring dies from the Special Moments collection by Marisa Job. You can check out my first post using the dies from the Special Moments collection HERE. This is an amazing collection with some gorgeous, intricate dies. I love how there a number of different dies in this collection, and there is something for everyone! Here's a look at my first card:

When I first saw the Special Day Frame Etched die set from this collection, I knew I had to create a card using it! I love how ornate and pretty it looks. To create my card, I started by die cutting the second largest die from the Vintage Stitched Squares Etched die set from a light blue patterned paper to create my first card layer. Next, from gold foil cardstock, I cut out the outside swirl die from the Special Day Frame Etched Die set.

To further embellish my card, I used the middle swirl frame from the same die set, but this time I die cut it from White 80 LBS cardstock and stacked four-five die cuts together to give it a raised look. I colored the frame using a light pink marker to match with the colour tones of the sentiment. The little circle die cut that you see in the center of the frame was die cut from a patterned paper using the small circle insert die. My whole card is practically made using the Special Day Frame Etched die set. I love how it offers so many elements in just a single die set!

I'm obsessed with creating Foamiran flowers at the moment, and had to incorporate some on this card too :D I used the Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched die set to die cut my flowers from Ivory Foamiran sheets. I inked the centers using a light pink dye ink, and then added cream thread pollens to finish the look. The leaves were hand cut by me, and were slightly inked at the edges to give it a more realistic look.

I also created few mini filler flowers using the smallest flower die from the Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched die set. This time I added yellow wired pollens to the centre. I also added two pink fillers to finish my floral cluster.

Here's a closer look at he flowers.

This picture shows the true colour of the gold foil cardstock. It's always so hard to capture it on camera.

And a final picture to show you all the dimension on the card.


My next card is a break from my layered, floral cards. I wanted to create a CAS crd using these dies, and here's what I came up with:
To create this card, I first started with an A2 White card base. I matted some gold foil cardstock on the base, and then layered a piece of black textured cardstock over it. I know it's not quite visible in the picture, but I have used black woodgrain cardstock. You can see the texture a bit on the circle. I love the subtle texture it adds to the card!

I have used the Floral Lace Border Etched die set to create that gorgeous geometric background on my card. I cut out four strips of the lace from gold foil cardstock and adhered them over the black card panel.

I used the Swirls Border Etched die set on the two sides of my cards to create a delicate looking cluster. The light blue mini flowers are made using the smallest flower die from the  Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched die set. I inked the swirls using a green marker to create the foliage for my carnation and blue flowers.

I also added some yellow fillers to accentuate my card.

And here's a final look at the card. I die cut a circle using the Spellbinders Standard Circles SM, heat embossed a sentiment in gold, popped it on my card front, and I was all done!

Spellbinders supplies:
S4-116 Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched Dies
S4-942 Shapeabilities Swirls Border Etched Dies
S4-944 Shapeabilities Floral Lace Border Etched Dies
S5-374 Shapeabilities Special Day Frame Etched Dies
S5-378 Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched Dies
S7-215 Shapeabilities Vintage Stitched Squares Etched Dies
T-001 Tool' N One
PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine - 6" Platform


Other supplies used : Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, White 80 LBS Cardstock Sheets, American Crafts 12" X 12" Black Woodgrain Cardstock, Gold Foil Cardstock, Papericious The Wedding 12" X 12" Patterned Paper, Ivory Foamiran Sheets, Olive Foamiran Sheets; Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape; Versamark Dazzle Embossing ink, Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing powder; Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set: 10 Pastel; Embellishments: Carnations, Yellow Fillers, Pollens

Thank you so much, for taking out time and reading my post. If you liked my cards, please do leave me a comment below. Let me know which one is your favourite :)

Have a nice day everyone!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Guest Post for Spellbinders | Special Moments


Hello friends!
I am really excited and honoured to be guesting on the Spellbinders Paper Arts blog. I have a card to share today I made using several dies from the Special Moments collection by Marisa Job. This is a spectacular collection with a wide variety of gorgeous, intricate dies. I love how there a number of different dies in this collection, and there is something for everyone! Here's a look at my card:

To create my card, I first started by die cutting the largest die from the Vintage Stitched Squares Etched die set from a lilac patterned paper. I adhered this square piece on my card base.

To embellish my card, I die cut the lattice oval die from the Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched die set. I used White 80 LBS cardstock for die cutting the oval. I also die cut the same die from some White Fun Foam so that I could pop the white die cut piece on the foam for added dimension. I lightly colored the frame using a light pink marker. I also added touches of purple ink here and there on the lattice frame so that it would highlight the pink.

I wanted this card to have a very light, fun, and whimsical look to it so I decided to create some simple handmade flowers to go with the frame! I used the flower crescent die from the Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched die set to create the floral foliage around my frame. I die cut the flowers from White cardstock, colored the centers of each flower using different color markers, and added a black enamel dot to the centers. So simple yet pretty, isn't it?

The leaves were also lightly colored using green markers. I added some gold foiled buds here and there for added interest.

The Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched die set also offers stand-alone flowers in case you don't want to use the entire flower crescent die, which I think is very thoughtful and well designed. I die cut the largest flower using the stand-alone piece and added it to the right side of my card to help balance my card design.

The Special Day sentiment comes from the Shapeabilities Special Day Frame Etched die set. I die cut it from black cardstock and popped it using white foam for dimension.

Here's a close up of the florals. I loved how this card turned out :) What do you think ?

Spellbinders supplies:
S5-374 Shapeabilities Special Day Frame Etched Dies
S5-378 Shapeabilities Floral Oval Etched Dies
S7-215 Shapeabilities Vintage Stitched Squares Etched Dies
T-001 Tool' N One
PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine - 6" Platform


Other supplies used : Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, White 80 LBS Cardstock Sheets, Gold Foil Cardstock, Papericious Whimsical 12" X 12" Patterned Paper, White Fun Foam; Stick It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets; Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape; Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set: 10 Pastel, Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops

Thank you so much, for taking out time and reading my post. If you liked my card, please do leave me a comment below. :)

Have a nice day everyone!