Saturday, July 4, 2020

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


Hello, crafty friends!
Hope you are doing well and are safe and healthy!
Wishing a very happy fourth of July to my US friends. 💛
I have a Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace July Die of the Month. This month's "Fanfare" Set is perfect for making exquisite cards, boxes, bags, envelopes, and more.
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
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 July, so hurry before they are sold out. If there are any leftovers, they are added to the Spellbinders store for sale at full price. You can see all of the past Dies of the Month HERE.

The 'Fanfare' set is so exquisite and I decided to create a Shaped Card to showcase the design in its full glory. I know, I say this every month, but Becca's dies always leave me spellbound. She keeps outdoing herself each time and I LOVE each and every design of hers. Here's a look at my Card:

To create my card, I first took a sheet of Buttercream Cardstock and die cut the main Card frame die using my Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing Machine.  I used the partial die-cutting technique here to create a hinged card base. If you don't know how to create one, you can check out Becca Feeken's tutorial HERE where she shows you how to create one.

Once my card base was ready, I started working on the main focal for my card. I die cut the decorative inlay piece from the Fanfare Set from Buttercream Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock. I also die cut it from Fun Foam and adhered it to my card base for dimension. Then, I adhered the other two layers over this foam layer, albeit I off-set them a little, so that the gold would peek through.

The filigree oval is super beautiful and I did not want to take the focus away from it, so I kept my embellishments minimal. I die cut a circle from the Nestabilities Hemstitch Circles Etched Die Set and stamped my sentiment on it. I used the Studio Katia Birthday Greetings Stamp Set for my sentiment and stamped it using Black Licorice True Fusion ink. Next, I die cut the fanfare motif die from Whipped Cream Cardstock. I die cut two pieces of them and tucked them in beside the circle on both sides.

For my floral spray, I used the flower dies included in the Fanfare Set. I die cut them from White Deckled Edged Paper and coloured them using Distress Spray Stains in Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey. I also lightly shaped the centres using an Embossing Ball Tool tip from the Stylus Tips for Tool N' One and added pollens to the centres for a more natural look. I also tucked in some leaves and foliage to complete the look. And that's about it! This card was such a joy to create!

If you haven't had a chance to look at the Spellbinders Club Kits yet, do check them out. You can find more information about them HERE.

If you would like to see more project inspiration using the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, visit the Spellbinders blog to see the project samples created using it. There is also a super helpful YouTube video which you can see HERE which shows you how to use the die set in a creative way!
The Club dies are absolutely great value for money and the cost of the kit includes shipping cost within USA. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up as soon as possible!
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
That's it from me for today! I hope you liked my card.
If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page @hussena_cal
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Spellbinders July 2020 Card Kit | Vintage Mementos


Hello, crafty friends!
It's the start of a new month which means it's time for a new Card Kit from Spellbinders. I have a couple of cards to share today featuring the July 2020 Card Kit by Spellbinders - Vintage Mementos. 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 "Vintage Mementos" 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 Card ideas to share with you today using this kit, so let's get started!

Card #1
My card uses the Vintage Mementos Paper Pad, Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set, Vintage Mementos Clear Stamp Set, and the exclusive dies in this month's Card Kit.

I have never really worked with Vintage colours or prints for my projects, so this Card Kit was pretty challenging yet exciting to work with at the same time. For my card, I first selected a patterned paper design from the Vintage Mementos Paper Pad which would work with the design I had in mind. I trimmed it and added it to my card panel. I also added a piece of Navy Blue Cardstock to the bottom of my card for contrast.

The dies in this month's kits are really beautiful and I decided to combine some of them for my card design. I die cut the border die from the Card Kit from Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered it down to my panel to cover the seams of the patterned paper and cardstock.

Next, I die cut a circle from the Elegant Twist Circles Etched Die Set from Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered it down to my panel. I then added the coordinating inlay piece which was die cut from Buttercream Cardstock. I also tucked in two die cuts at the top and bottom of the circle to give it a regal look, which was again die cut from Gold Mirror Cardstock using dies from the Amazing Paper Grace July Die of the Month Set. I then popped a die-cut piece from the Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set and heat embossed my sentiment in gold using a sentiment stamp from the Vintage Mementos Clear Stamp Set. That's it and my card was ready!


Card #2
My card uses the Vintage Mementos Paper PadVintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set, and the exclusive dies in this month's Card Kit.

For my card, I again started by selecting a patterned paper print from the Vintage Mementos Paper Pad and adhered it down to my panel. I also trimmed a piece of Navy Blue Cardstock and adhered it to my panel, which is included as a part of the Card Kit.

Next, I die cut a lace using the border die from the Card Kit and adhered it to my panel. Then, I die cut a circle using the Elegant Twist Circles Etched Die Set from Vellum and added a die-cut piece from the Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set over it. I also adhered some bird die-cut pieces and a butterfly to create my main focal. Finally, I added a sentiment die-cut tile to my card panel. If you notice, I have also adhered gold circle pieces all over the patterned paper for added interest. I think it makes for an interesting detail, what do you think?


Card #3
My card uses the Vintage Mementos Paper PadVintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set, and the exclusive dies in this month's Card Kit.

To create this card, I first pulled out one of the patterned papers from the Vintage Mementos Paper Pad which would work well for my card background. Then, I die cut a rectangle frame from the Elegant Twist Rectangles Etched Dies from Whip Cream Cardstock. I adhered this down to my panel using glue.

Next, I die cut the gorgeous frame die included in this month's Card Kit from Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered it to my panel using foam dots. I then picked out a couple of floral die-cuts from the Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set to create my card design. To complete my card, I added a sentiment banner and a butterfly which were again die-cut pieces from the Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set. I quite like how this came together!


Card #4
My card uses the Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set, Vintage Mementos Clear Stamp Set, and the exclusive dies in this month's Card Kit.

This card is my personal favourite from the lot as the sentiment I have used here is one of my forever favourites. To create this card, I first die cut a rectangle frame using the Elegant Twist Rectangles Etched Dies from Whip Cream Cardstock. Then, I took a piece of Watercolor Paper and lightly watercolored the background using Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I wanted to give it a loose, ethereal look which is why I went in with a very light watercolour wash.

Then, I die cut a frame from using the die from the Card Kit and adhered it to my panel using foam dots. I also tucked in the square sentiment piece, which is from the Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set. Next, I used a stamp from the Vintage Mementos Clear Stamp Set to stamp and heat emboss the feathers on Vellum using Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. I like the sparkly, glitter finish of this powder and it worked perfectly with my card design. I then used the Journey Gold Twine to create a bow and adhered it down to my panel. I also added some light blue flowers and a bird chipboard piece to further accentuate my card.

As my final step, I added a butterfly and music note die-cut, both of which are from the Vintage Mementos Die Cut Shapes Set.


Card #5
My card uses the Vintage Mementos Clear Stamp Set.

My idea with this Card was to create a CAS design to showcase the beautiful images from the Vintage Mementos Clear Stamp Set. I started with a piece of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and die cut a circle in the centre using the Elegant Twist Circles Etched Die Set. Next, I took another piece of White Cardstock and coloured it using Haystack Ink Pad. I then adhered this down to my card base and added the die cut panel over it.

 I ink blended this piece using Pool Play True Color Fusion Ink Pad and stamped some birds from the Vintage Mementos Stamp Set using Black Licorice Ink Pad.

Next, I stamped the image of the birds sitting on a branch using Black Licorice Ink and coloured it using Zig Markers. Then, I fussy cut the image and adhered it to my card panel. All that was left to do was to add a sentiment, and I picked one from the Vintage Mementos Set and stamped it directly on my panel.



If you want to find out more about the Club – prices, how you sign up and what’s included, please look ——–> HERE
 The Card Kits for Spellbinders Monthly Clubs are exclusive to Spellbinders and you won't find them anywhere else, so be sure to gets yours before it gets sold out! If there are any leftovers, they are added to the Spellbinders store for sale at full price. You can see all of the past Card Kits HERE.

If you'd like to see some more project inspiration using the Card Kit, check out THIS super helpful YouTube video that has some awesome card ideas using the Card Kit. 


That's it from me for today! I hope you liked my cards. Let me know if you have any favourite(s)! I would love to hear from you.
If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page - @hussena_cal
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | June 2020 | Shadow Box Frame


Hello, crafty friends!
Hope you are doing well and are safe and healthy!
I have a Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace June Die of the Month. This month's "A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator" Set is perfect for making exquisite cards, boxes, bags, envelopes, and more. 
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
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 June, so hurry before they are sold out. If there are any leftovers, they are added to the Spellbinders store for sale at full price. You can see all of the past Dies of the Month HERE.

I created an Easel Card using this Die Set previously which you can check out HERE. I had to use this set again as the dies are so versatile. The entire set comprises of 41 dies and is great value for money. Here's a look at my Shadow Box Frame:

My idea with this project was to create a Shadow Box Frame which could be gifted to a couple for their Engagement/Wedding Anniversary as a memento piece.
Alternatively, this could also be used as a gift by someone to give to their significant other to remember their special day. I have always loved creating my own gifts and the dies from the Shadow Box Collection are perfect to help you create frames in a effortless way.

For my project, I first started with some Pearlescent Textured Cardstock and the Adjustable Shadowbox Frame with 3/4" Border Etched Dies to create the frame. I used a 6" X 6" piece of paper for my frame and followed THIS YouTube Video by Becca to create it - It is really quick and simple to make. Once, I created my Shadow Box, I die cut the grid frame from this month's A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator Set from Whip Cream Cardstock using my Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine. I also die cut the dates for the calendar from Gold Mirror Cardstock. Then, I carefully adhered them all down inside my grid to fit in perfectly.

I created this frame for this friend of mine who celebrated her anniversary on the 10th of June, and so, to draw attention to her Wedding date, I die cut a circle from Pool Play Cardstock and adhered it around the day and also added two little die cut flower to make it look more special.

I wanted this frame to look sweet and elegant, so I chose pastel colours to use for my project. I also created my own handmade flowers to embellish the frame. To create the flowers, I used the flower die included in the A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator Set. I die cut it from White Cardstock and lightly colored the petals and filler flowers using the Pool Play Re-Inker. This is one of my favourite techniques these days to colour my flowers in a jiffy. I simply add a drop or two of the Re-Inker to my Watercolour palette and then using a Watercolor Brush, lift the colour from the palette and use it to paint my petals. You can also paint a full sheet or half a sheet of Watercolor paper using your Re-Inker and Watercolor Brush and then die cut the flowers from it - I use both techniques and they are really helpful.

I shaped my flowers using Flower Shaping Embossing Tools and then added stamens to the centres for a more realistic look. I die cut the leaves too from White Cardstock and then watercolored them using the Sweet Pear Re-Inker. I tucked in some additional foliage in my floral spray to give it a more fuller look - I used the dies from the June Card Kit of the Month for them. I created two floral sprays to add to both sides of the frame.

I wanted my project to have a more ornate look, hence I decided to add an accent piece to the top. I die cut the Vintage Starburst Valance and Gatefold Etched Die from Light Pink Cardstock and adhered it to my frame. I also die cut a label from some Baby Blue Textured Cardstock from the Label Eighteen Nestabilities Die Set which is, sadly, now discontinued. I added die cut words and numbers for the month and year details and adhered this to the accent piece.

All that was missing in my frame was a sentiment banner - and I created one using the banner die included in the A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator Set. I also die cut the words 'On This Day' from Light Pink and Gold Mirror Cardstock and offset them a bit before adhering for added interest. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment using Black Licorice Ink. I like the way this frame came about and I am quite pleased with the end result. 

If you haven't had a chance to look at the Spellbinders Club Kits yet, do check them out. You can find more information about them HERE.

If you would like to see more project inspiration using the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, visit the Spellbinders blog to see the project samples created using it. There is also a super helpful YouTube video that you can see HERE which shows you how to use the die set.
The Club dies are absolutely 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 project! I wqould love to hear what you think of it. :)
If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page - @hussena_cal
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Spellbinders Wedding Season by Nichol Spohr | Cards


Hello there, crafty friends!
I am back today with TWO Cards to share using the Wedding Season Collection by Nichol Spohr. I had such a fabulous time creating with these wonderful dies and I am so excited to share my projects with you!
Wedding Season by Nichol Spohr reflects a clean and contemporary look to that all-important life event. Mix and match with the other sets in the collection to create a wonderful array of projects for the happy couple!
Wedding Dress & Tux Etched Dies Wedding Season by Nichol Spohr Glimmering Wedding Wishes Glimmer Hot Foil Plates Wedding Season by Nichol Spohr

My first Card features the Wedding Dress & Tux Etched Dies and the sentiment plates from the Glimmering Wedding Wishes Glimmer Hot Foil Plates.

My idea with this Card was to create a scene based on Seaside Weddings which are so popular and have such an ethereal feel. The colours of the sea, the sky, and the sand as a backdrop for the wedding couple inspiration were some of the images that were my inspiration behind this Card. 

For my card, I first started with a piece of A2 Watercolor Paper which I painted using three different shades of Distress Oxide inks. I then used my Watercolour Brush to blend in the colours in order to achieve a soft, seamless blended background paper. Once I was done with the background, I started working on the focal for my card. I die cut an arch from the Spellbinders Ornamental Arch Etched Dies from Whip Cream Cardstock and adhered it down to my panel. 

I went with very informal, summery colours for the clothes of the bride and groom since the backdrop was of a beach/seaside. I die cut the jacket for the groom from River Stone Cardstock using the various dies from the Wedding Dress & Tux Etched Dies, while for the bride I went with a white dress which I lightly coloured with Summer Days Ink Pad. I also embossed her dress top to add some interest to the design.

I die cut the bottom of her dress from the same Whip Cream Cardstock and then put together the top and bottom to construct the dress. I love how these dies have so many add-on accessories included in the set which makes it super easy to accessorize them. I die a little tie, buttons, and the shirt from itty bitty pieces of left over cardstock and adhered those down to the jacket.

The flowers are handmade using the Petite Double Bow & Flowers - Die. I die cut the flowers from Watercolor Paper and then inked them using Distress Oxide inks (I used the same colours which I used for painting my background). I added pollens to the centres to give them a fuller look.

For my sentiment, I used the sentiment plates from the Glimmering Wedding Wishes Glimmer Hot Foil Plates. I used my Glimmer System and Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold to hot foil the sentiment on a strip of White Cardstock. I then snipped them into two and matted the strip with Bubblegum Cardstock.



My next Card features the Wedding Dress & Tux Etched Dies and the sentiment plates from the Glimmering Wedding Wishes Glimmer Hot Foil Plates.

I decided to go with more traditional Wedding colours for this one to show you the versatility of the dies. All that you need to do is, change your background, colours, and/or design, and you'll find yourself creating new and unique designs each time round.  For my card, I started with a piece of A2 White Cardstock. I foiled the top half of the card using the Twinkle Lights Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. I used my Glimmer System to foil it to my background and used the Hot Foil Roll in Matte Gold for the sparkly gold finish. Then, I die cut a decorative arch piece using the Shapeabilities Grand Arch 3D Card Etched Dies from Whip Cream Cardstock and adhered it down to my foiled panel.

It was time to start working on the main focal of my card, so I die cut the dresses of the bride and groom using the Wedding Dress & Tux Etched Dies from Black Licorice Cardstock & Pearlescent White Cardstock respectively. You'll notice how the dress has some deep embossed lines on it, which is so amazing, as it adds so much interest to the design. I put together the tuxedo and added gold buttons and a small red rose to accessorize his waistcoat.

For the bride's dress, I went with pastel shades and tucked in little roses all around her dress to make it look delicate and elegant. I also die cut a bunch of flowers using the flower dies from the Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month - Life is a a Party and slightly embossed them using Embossing Tools to give them some shape. The centres for the flowers were die cut from Gold Mirror Cardstock and then adhered down to my card panel. I also added some leaves and foliage to make it look more complete.

The sentiment is die cut using the Shapeabilities Layered Happily Ever After Etched Dies. I snipped off the vignette frame just to use the sentiment word piece I die cut it from Whip Cream Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered it down to my panel. If you notice, I have offset the sentiment a bit while adhering to add interest to my design.


That's it from me for today! I hope you liked my cards! I had a great time whipping up these cards and would love to hear what you think of them. :)
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