Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!
I am so excited and honoured to be joining the Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop. You should have come here from the amazingly talented Barb's blog. If not, do check out the blog hop order at the Altenew blog and start from the beginning! I have four cards to share in total so let's dive in! 

Here's a look at my first card.

I must mention here that my card has been inspired by the very talented Therese Calvird's card. She had made a set of cards using the same set and I really wanted to CASE it. Here's my version of it. I have used the Altenew Best Dad stamp set and coordinating Best Dad die set to stamp and cut out all my images. They were all coloured using my Zig Clean Clear Brush Pens. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I have also done some subtle stenciling on the background using the Altenew Morning Frost ink.

Moving on to my second masculine card. I have to confess here, that I had a really hard time coming up with these cards as masculine is not my forte.

I have again used the Altenew Best Dad stamp and die set for this card. I stamped the images, cut them out using the coordinating dies and colored them using the Zig Brush pens. I have cut out a portion of the big crate so that I could tuck in the tools. I love how cheerful and vibrant this looks! The background like the previous card has hints of stenciling in gray and few black paint splatters. I also added few stamped and die cut stars and the sentiment from the Best Dad set.

I now have some floral cards to share :)

I have used the Altenew Best Mom stamp and coordinating die set for this card. I first embossed my card panel using a 3D embossing folder and then stamped the main floral image using clear embossing ink on some black cardstock and then heat set it using Gold Embossing powder. I then die-cut the image using the Best Mom die set and coloured it using my Zigs. I  have popped up  few parts of the image to give it a layered look and added a gold glitter scalloped frame to embellish it further. The sentiment also comes from the same stamp set - Best Mom. I added die-cut letters for the mom sentiment and added few Nuvo Crystal drops for the finishing touches.

Onto my last card for today!

I used the recently released Extra Special stamp and die set for this card of mine. I wanted to do some watercoloring on this one, so I started with my Gansai Tambi watercolours and using a flat paint brush I made the stripes on the left side. Then I started working on the main focal of my card. I stamped and die cut the main floral image from the set and used the Altenew Red Cosmos ink set for watercolouring the flowers. The sentiment is also from the Extra Special set. I added the die-cut 'Mom' letters and few glitter and black enamel dots to finish it off.

The main goal for this hop is to send out cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes or shelters to let them know they’re not forgotten. Please check out the Celebrating Parents Card Drive and join this great cause by sending in cards. 20% of the profits earned from these stamp sets (Best Dad, Best Mom, Penned Rose, Extra Special) by 6/18/2017 will be donated to Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

Special Offer (4/19-4/22): 
Offer valid from April 19th through April 22nd at 11:59 pm EDT. No coupon code needed. 

Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on May 2nd, 2017.

I will be drawing out a name from all the comments left on this post by April 25th, 111:59 PM IST for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate. Winner will be announced here on my blog on April 30th.

>>>The next stop on the hop is the awesome artisit & card-maker Svitlana Shayvevich!

Hussena Cal >>> You are here!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards! I want to thank Altenew once again for inviting me for this lovely hop.
Have a good day everyone!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thanks for all that you have done!

Hello friends,
Today I have a card to share which I have made especially to play along with this time's Altenew Challenge. The colors this time are absolutely bright and gorgeous and I really wanted to work with them. Here's a look at what I created using them :

This one has lots of techniques involved. To start with, I used a piece of white cardstock measuring 4.5 inches X 5.25 inches and then ink blended it using my newest Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber ink & Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink. Love the beautiful ink blending we get with these Oxide inks! I embossed this piece using the WRMK Next Level - Geometric Embossing folders. Then for my focal I die-cut the Altenew Thanks die from some watercolour cardstock on which I had previously done some ink blending and water spritz and also die-cut the word once more from a black foam sheet. I then stamped, and fussy-cut the images from the Altenew Remember This stamp set. This set has some gorgeous florals and foliage. I colored the flowers using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I then added strips of black striped Washi Tape to further enhance the card. I added a white heat-embossed sentiment from the Wplus9 Ranunculus set and I used my Nuvo Crystal Drops for the finishing touches.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges :
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 

I hope you like my card. As always your comments and suggestions are welcome. Have a good day everyone!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Soft Watercoloring with Masking Fluid | Card

Hello bloggy friends,
I have a card to share today which I created for my inspiration post over at Pretty Paper Studio. It's something I have never tried before so I really enjoyed the creative process. I have a tutorial to share as well on how I created my card.

I have used masking Fluid by Winsor and Newton to mask my flowers and background. Here's a look at the step by step process :

For this technique, all you need is a bottle of masking fluid, a paint brush and ofcourse some watercolour paper and mediums. To begin with, draw some loose florals using your masking fluid on a watercolour paper. I used a real-life stamp set from the Wplus9 Freehand Florals set for my inspiration. You can use any stamped image or even an illustration for your reference. After you use your paint brush to draw using your masking fluid, let it dry.

A look at the image after using Masking Fluid.

Once it’s dry, start adding watercolours around your masked areas. Let the water do all the work for you by picking very little pigment of watercolour as shown below. I have used Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens for colouring, but you can definitely use any medium of your choice. I’m not a pro at colouring nor a professional artist, I have just played around with the masking technique to create a look which was pretty to me.

I continued colouring free hand with my Zig Markers to create the delicate foliage and flowers. Once I was happy with the floral arrangement, I die-cut this card panel using a Winnie and Walter die and mounted it to my card base. I stamped my sentiment which is from the Altenew Amazing You stamp set and added few clear sequins and black paint splatters to finish off my card.

I am linking my card to the :

I hope you liked my card and enjoyed reading my post. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to know anything more. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Monday, March 6, 2017

With Love | Shaker Tag!

Hello friends,
Today I am sharing a shaker tag which I had created to play along the Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Challenges. It's my first ever shaker tag and I have shared about it on my Instagram with a small video. If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you have seen this before :)

Here's a look at my tag :

To create my tag, I first die cut a tag window using the Lawn Fawn Tag You're It die. I then added a piece of acetate on the back side. The back panel of the shaker tag is stamped with the  Mini Scenery: Multigrain using the Aqua Mist ink from Papertrey Ink. Then I added some sequins to the centre and foam mounted my acetate panel on it. The focal flower and leaves are from my all time favorite Winnie and Walter Set : The Big,The Bold and The Extras. I have stamped the flowers and leaves using Altenew Crisp Inks. The sentiment of the tag is from the Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs. Finally I finished my tag by tying some colorful Jute cords on the top.

I will be entering my tag in the following W & W challenges:
  1. Sequin Challenge with Kate
  2. Bright Colours Challenge with Lydia
  3. Mood Board Challenge with Heather P {Inspired by the Teal, Black and the Florals from the picture}
  4. Three Challenge with Shay (I have used three colors on my tag - Red, Teal and Green)

I hope you like my tag. Do let me know your views on it. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Home Background Builder | Card

Hi friends!
I have my last card to share which I made for the Winnie & Walter Birthday Celebrations Challenges. I had a really good time playing along their challenges. Here's a look at my card for today :

The colours look quite better in real. Anyhow, for this card I used the Winnie and Walter- Our Town set to create that house background repeatedly. I really love this set a lot, it has such cute elements for creating scenes. I have used various brands of inks here and don't really remember which ones I used, but if you are interested in knowing any particular ink, I will let you know :) The sentiment comes from the Happiest of Holidays by Evelin T Designs, another favourite set of mine! I added a scalloped die-cut frame to complete the look and few Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I will be entering my card in the following W & W challenges :
Pattern-Making Challenge with Mayuri
Sequin Challenge with Kate
Bright Colours Challenge with Lydia
Mood Board Challenge with Heather P (I have been inspired by the yellow, blue and the white colours from the Mood Board)

I hope you liked my card! I would love to hear what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sending Love and Hugs | Card

Hello friends,
Today I have another card to share for the Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations and this time its some really bright florals colored using my current favorite coloring medium - The Zigs. What I love about the Zigs are the intensity of the color it has, really vibrant!

Here's my card for today :

To create my card, I first die-cut a card panel using the largest die from the Gina Marie Cross Stitched dies. I then did some ink blending on it using Distress inks- Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron using a Winnie and Walter stencil Scenery: Do You See What I See? Creative Screenings. I then stamped and heat embossed flowers and leaves from the In Bloom: Anna's Flora set and the In Bloom: Elsa's Flora set using Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing powder and Versamark ink. I watercolored all my flowers and foliage using the Kurutake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens. I also stamped and heat embossed a banner for my sentiment from the The Big, the Bold and Extras set from Winnie and Walter and die-cut it using the co-ordinating die. Finished my card with few black splatters and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

I am entering my card in the following Winnie and Walter challenges :

  1. Sequins Challenge with Kate
  2. Stencil Challenge with Kelly
  3. Bright Colours Challenge with Lydia
  4. Three Challenge with Shay

That's it from my end. Hope you like my card. Please do leave me your comments /suggestions. I love to hear from you.

Have a nice day everyone :)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

You are my Home | Shaker Card

Hello lovely people,
I am back to share another card that I have created for the Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations.This time it's a cutesy shaker card. My first one ever..Can you believe it !! I seem to have finally joined the Shaker Cards bandwagon so late!
Well, now that I have that off my chest, here's a look at my card and some details on how I created it .

For my card, I first blended some Tumbled Glass Distress ink on my card panel on the top and added a few drop of water to bleach out the color from certain areas. Then I die-cut a circle window from it using my Spellbinders Circle dies. I knew I wanted to create a shaker window so I added some ink blending and stamping on an another piece of cardstock which was to be layered below the die cut window. I colored and fussy cut the bird, branch and the house which are from the Winnie & Walter - Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs, In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals and Our Town stamp sets respectively and popped it on a foam base on my card panel. Finally stamped my sentiment from the W & W - Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs set on the front panel along with the hearts. I filled my die-cut circle with sequins and adhered a scalloped frame over it and foam mounted this panel onto the stamped panel and glued it to my card base.

I am entering my card in the following Winnie and Walter challenges :
  1. Cute Critters Challenge with Gayatri
  2. Sequins Challenge with Kate
  3. Ink Blending Challenge with Vanessa
  4. Three Challenge with Shay (I have used three different stamp sets from Winnie and Walter on this one)

Hope you like my card. Please do drop in your comments I love to hear from you.

Have a nice day everyone :)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Celebrate Your Day | Card

Hello crafty friends,
Hope you all have been doing good, I have been really busy these past few days as my son's exams have being going on... Honest to god, it sometimes feels like I am one giving the exams instead of him ..It's that stressful :)
Anyhow...I do have some cards to share which I had created for the Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations. I have been itching to share them for sometime now but was unable to do so due to the exam pressure!
Here'a a look at the card first :

This card was created using the Smooshing technique and  I do have a small pictorial of sorts of my creating process ...Have a lookie :)

I first smooshed some Distress Inks on a clear piece of acetate and spritzed it with water before smooshing it on a piece of watercolor panel. Then I directly stamped my flowers and leaves on it using Versafine Onyx Black ink and Winnie and Walter Stamps : In Bloom: Anna's Flora & In Bloom: Elsa's Flora. I fussy cut my images and arranged them on my card base till I was happy with it. I then added my sentiment which is also from another Winnie and Walter set :The Big, the Bold and Extras and finished off my card with a few ink splatters and clear sequins.

I am entering my card in the following challenges at the Winnie and Walter blog :
  1. Three Challenge with Shay
  2. Ink Smooshing with Heather H
  3. Sequins Challenge with Kate
  4. Bright Colours Challenge with Lydia
  5. Stencil Challenge with Kelly
  6. Ink Blending with Vanessa
  7. HLS March Watercolour Challenge : Smooshing
Hope you all like my card. Please do drop in your comments I would love to hear from you!

Take care and have a nice day everyone :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Just For You | Card

Hello everybody!
I have a very simple card to share today I made using some basic masking techniques and my Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens. Here's a look at my card :

Although this card looks simple, it took me some time to create, the colouring took me a long time. I've nearly put down about 3 different layers of colours.
I first took a watercolour card panel and stamped the images from the Altenew Dahlia Blossoms stamp set using Versamark Embossing ink and heat-set it using some Super Fine White embossing powder from Ranger. I coloured the florals using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens in shades of pinks and greens. I added a subtle wash of blue colour to the background to add more definition to my design. The sentiment comes from the Altenew Painted Greetings set which was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added few black paint spatters and Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to complete the design. I also matted some orange-striped patterned paper from the Amy Tangerine Oh! Happy Life paper pad to complete my card.

I'm going to enter my card in the Altenew February Challenge, Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes challenge, and Happy Little Stampers- Watercolour Challenge.

I would love to know what you think about my card. Do let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by!