Friday, August 16, 2019

Altenew Guest Designer | August


Hello, crafty friends!  
I am so excited and honoured to be Guest Designing on the Altenew Card Blog this month. Altenew is one of my all-time favourite companies and I totally love creating with their products. 

I’ve created four cards to show you different ways to use your layering stamps and dies.


To create my card, I first die cut the different flowers from the Garden Picks 3D Die Set from Canson Montval Watercolor Cardstock. Then, I coloured all the different layers using  Watercolor Brush Markers from the Tropical Fiesta Set. The Brush Markers are so rich and vibrant in colour that a little goes a long way! I used a diluted version of Purple Wine and Crimson for the flower petals and Sweet Leaf and Lime for the leaves. After all the die cuts had dried, I assembled them together. 

I am a sucker for foliage and love how the Garden Picks 3D Die Set offers so many possibilities! I die cut few flowers and extra foliage from the Layered Floral Elements Die Set as well and colored the pieces using the same colours that I had used for the bigger flowers and leaves. The elements in these sets coordinate so well with each other. 

The only stamping that is present on this card is in the form of the stamped sentiment which is from the Magnolias For Her Stamp Set. I stamped it on a strip of white cardstock using the Obsidian Pigment Ink, which has become my absolute favourite ink to use these days. The stamped impressions with it are so clean and crisp!

I wanted to do something different and striking for my card background, so I die cut the Watercolor Stripes Cover Die from Canson Montval Cardstock and placed it horizontally on my card base. I colored the stripes in between the watercolor stripes using the Fresh Lemon Brush Marker from the Tropical Fiesta Set.

I die cut an oval from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set from White Glitter Cardstock and adhered all my flowers and foliage around this frame with the help of foam dots. I adhered my sentiment banner in the centre of this frame and my card was done. For the finishing touches, I added some clear sequins and black paint splatters to my card panel.

To create this card, I started by stamping the different roses from the Sweet Rose Bouquet Stamp Set on a piece of 4.25" X 5.5 " Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110LBS Cardstock. I used the Red Sunset Oval Set for the roses and for the leaves, I used the Tropical Forest Oval Set. This is a fairly easy layering stamp set and it didn't take me too much time to align the layers together.
Once I was done with all the stamping, I die cut an oval frame from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set and adhered it over my stamped panel. I used foam tape while adhering it for added dimension.

I didn't want to take away the focus from the background and hence kept the rest of the card simple. I used the Script Words Die Set to die cut the word 'Hugs' from white cardstock. I die cut it from fun foam as well, so that I could adhere the white die cut piece over the fun foam piece to achieve a raised effect. I tend to do this a lot when adhering die cuts in order to ensure that the pieces have uniform dimension. The other part of my sentiment comes from the Sweet Friend Stamp Set. I heat-embossed it using the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on a strip of black cardstock.

I matted this panel onto another layer of cardstock which was then adhered to an A2 sized top-folding card base.  I added some clear sequins and white and pink black paint splatters to complete my card.


The third card I have made showcases the Floral Art Stamp Set and the Best Mom Stamp Set.

I find the Floral Art Stamp Set really elegant and wanted to use it in a way which would highlight the gorgeous stamp layers. For my card, I first started by stamping the different layers of the large flower using Jet Black, Pink Pearl, and Coral Bliss inks. I also stamped some leaves using Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink using stamps from the same set. 

Next, I stamped the floral image from the Best Mom Stamp Set and coloured the flowers and buds using the Coral Berry Artist Marker (Set A). I used only a part of the image for my card as I wanted to use it as additional foliage for my card design. I then die cut the image using the coordinating Best Mom Die Set. I also die cut three flowers from the Layered Floral Elements Die Set and coloured them using the Coral Berry Artist Marker to match with the colours of my card.

The sentiment is also from the Best Mom Stamp Set. I find it really meaningful and is so apt to use for several occasions. I heat-embossed it using the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on a strip of black cardstock. I added a thin strip of Silver Glitter Washi Tape to the sentiment piece for added interest.

I kept the background for this card really simple. I dry embossed the background using the Feeling Dotty Stencil. Then, I  lightly coloured the embossed dots using the Limestone Crisp Dye Ink. Next, I adhered all the stamped images except the leaves using foam tape on my card panel. For the finishing touches, I added some Black Nuvo Drops and black paint splatters to the background. Finally, I mounted this to an A2 sized top-folding white card base and my card was complete.


My final card features the Beautiful Peony Stamp Set, Cube Cover Die, and Spring Shower Cover Die.

To start off, I stamped several peony flowers and leaves from the Beautiful Peony Stamp Set using Embossing Ink. I used the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder to heat emboss them in white and then die cut them out using the coordinating Beautiful Peony Die Set. I coloured the flowers using the Crimson Brush Marker and leaves using a combination of Sweet Leaf and Lime. The Brush Markers are very concentrated, so while colouring, I mixed the colours with a lot of water to achieve a lighter hue.

 Next, I die cut the Spring Shower Cover Die from white cardstock and used the left-over die cut pieces as foliage for my card. I coloured the leaves also using the Sweet Leaf and Lime Brush Markers from the Watercolor Brush Markers - Tropical Fiesta Set.

I wanted to include some texture on my background, so I used the Cube Cover Die to emboss the panel. To do so, I simply added an Embossing Tan Mat while running it through my die cutting machine, so that it wouldn't cut the panel and just emboss it. Once it was embossed, I used the Limestone Crisp Dye ink to lightly colour the background, making sure to add only a tinge of colour so that the coral flowers would pop against it. I placed my flower arrangement on this panel and adhered them down. 

For the sentiment, I used the Hope Die Set to die cut the word 'Hope' from white cardstock. I coloured it using the Crimson Brush Marker from the Watercolor Brush Markers - Tropical Fiesta Set. The second part of my sentiment comes from the Hope Stamp Set. I stamped it using Obsidian Pigment Ink on a strip of white cardstock. 
As usual, I added some clear sequins and grey and coral paint splatters to complete my card design. I then mounted this panel on to an A2 sized top-folding white card base. 

That’s it from me for today! Huge thanks to Altenew for having me as a guest today. Thanks to you all, crafty friends, for looking! Hope I was able to inspire you with my cards.
Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Guest Post using CrafTreat Stencils


Hello, everyone!
I have some projects to share today I created using stencils from CrafTreat's April 2019 Release. Without further ado, let's get started!

My first card features the Round Dot Mandala Stencil. I have never worked with Mandala stamps or stencils before, so I was thrilled when I saw this design. To create my card background, I used Prima Marketing's Light Paste mixed with different shades of dye inks to achieve the colour hues I wanted for my card design. Once that was done, I used Papericious' Twinkling Spark Glitter Powder to sprinkle glitter all over the stenciled mandala design. This gave a really subtle yet pretty shimmer to the card. 

To complete my card, I fussy cut a couple of flowers and leaves from Altenew's Botanical Rhapsody Washi Tape and adhered them to my panel using foam dots for added dimension. 

Here's a look at the gorgeous shimmer and texture. I honestly am in love with the sherbet colours. These are my all-time favourites!

To complete the card, I added a sentiment to the centre and matted it on some grey textured cardstock. This was then adhered to an A2 sized top folding card base. 
  

My next card is different from my usual style and is created using the Flower Fusion Positive Dots & Flower Fusion Negative Dots Stencils. This is something really new from CrafTreat and I was really excited to give it a try!

For my card, I wanted to use some fresh and bold colours reminiscent of spring. I started by stenciling my card panel using the Checkered Rose Stencil and Altenew's Modelling Paste. Once that was dry, I lightly watercolored the background.

For my card focal, I stenciled the flowers and leaves from the Flower Fusion Positive Dots & Flower Fusion Negative Dots Stencils. I sketched the outline of both the flowers and leaves using a Black Microtip Pen to add some definition to the design. I fussy cut these out and arranged them on my card panel. I also stamped my sentiment on a banner and popped it up on my card panel.

To accentuate my card design, I added a strip of Gold Mirror Cardstock and Papericious' Monochrome Patterned Paper along the right side of my card. I also added some gold sequins and black paint splatters to finish off my card. 


My third card for today is even more different from my regular cards. The Flower Fusion 2 Step Stencils were quite challenging for me to use and this is my take on them!

For my card, I used the Flower Fusion Step 1 Stencil to stencil the lovely tile design using Altenew Limestone Dye ink. My next step was to stencil the flowers over this background. I would like to say this here, that it is absolutely not necessary to use both these stencils together, you may just stop at one step or use both. That's the beauty of them! I went ahead with the Step 2 stencil and coloured the flowers and leaves using Prismacolor Pencils. 

I didn't want to take the focus away from the amazing background so I kept the rest of the card simple. I stamped the first half my sentiment on a banner and the other directly on the panel. I added some clear sequins for the finishing touches. I matted this panel onto some Gold Mirror Cardstock which was then adhered finally to an A2 sized top folding card base.

There are various ways you could use these Flower Fusion stencils! I really love that tile background and can see myself using it on a lot of projects. By the way, I am sorry that the Gold Mirror Cardstock is not reflecting in this picture. It's not a dark brown cardstock. :)


Now, I have some Gift Tags to share with you using the Flower Fusion Triangles Stencil. I have masked and used only a small portion of the stencil on the tags, but it adds so much to the design. Here's a look at them:

 I used the Flower Fusion Triangles Stencil and Altenew's Limestone Dye ink for stenciling on the bottom of the tags. Once that was done, I die cut and coloured the flowers and leaves and added them to the gift tags. All that was need to complete them was a sentiment, and that's it. They were done! 

These were really simple to put together and are great for mass producing or creating in bulk.


My final project for today is a Money Wrap. I love creating them and wanted to do something slightly different on this one, so I combined stenciling with Foamiran flowers. I used the Beaded Flourish Stencil for creating that flourish design on the patterned paper. Then, I embellished my wrap with a handmade Foamiran rose and some filler flowers and foliage. 

I tend to create very elaborate designs, but if you don't want to do that, you can make it simple by cutting down on the number of filler flowers and foliage. The stenciled design makes for a great background for envelopes and you can use it in different ways to achieve different results!

That brings me to the end of this post! I hope I gave you some ideas to use these stencils. I would like to thank Priya and her team for inviting me to guest design on the CrafTreat blog. This post was supposed to go live back in April, but I couldn't send it across at that time, so I am finally sharing these projects now. I hope you liked them! :)

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If you have any questions regarding any of the projects or the supplies used, please don't hesitate to ask me in the comments section below. I would be happy to help you out.

Have a lovely day, you all!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

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


Hello, crafty friends!
I have a Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace July Die of the Month. This month's  Graceful Concertina Die Set is perfect for making gorgeous cards and more. 
Becca Feeken, the designer of these exquisite die sets, has shared some fabulous inspiration and ideas using this month's kit on her blog, which I highly recommend checking out. HERE is a link to her blog post. 

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.

Here's my Card using the Graceful Concertina Die Set. I am so thrilled to have got a chance to create something using this set. It's super dainty and elegant!

This one did take me quite some time to put together because of the details in it. It's been a while since I created such an elaborate multi-fold card and it was super fun to work on it! To begin with, I die cut the outer part of the concertina from Cream Heavy Weight Cardstock. I die cut it several times since I planned to make a three-fold card. To highlight the gorgeous design, I decided to use Vellum to add between the cream die cuts. I used Papericious' Vellum Paper which is quite sturdy and was perfect for die cutting. I die cut the concertina dies twice from Cream Cardstock and once from Vellum Cardstock for each layer of the card. I used the tabs given on the side of each die cut to intersect them together to create a three-layer card.

For the layer in the centre of the card, I die cut the intricate die included in the Graceful Concertina set from a Vintage Patterned Paper. I adhered this to the centre of the concertina to create a backdrop for the couple which I included in the front of the panel. The couple die cut is from a previous collection by Becca, and is called the Happily Ever After Etched Dies. I die cut it from White Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock and layered them one on top of the other,  so that I could achieve some depth and dimension. The mini bouquet in the bride's hand was made using the flower dies from the Layered Friends Forever Cafe Scene Etched Dies. I clustered them together to create a small bouquet. I also added some tulle and ribbon to it for added interest.

The sentiment is a die from the Happily Ever After Etched Die Set. I die cut it from Gold Mirror Cardstock and popped it on my card panel using dimensional foam tape. The flowers are all made using the flower dies from the Cinch and Go IV Etched Dies. I die cut them from White Cardstock and coloured them using the Tea Party Mini Cube Set. I embossed the centres and added pollens to it to give them more dimension. The leaves are also cut using the dies included in the Cinch and Go IV Etched Dies and were coloured using the Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink. 

I added these small flower clusters on all my card panels to create the look of Wedding Arches, which are so beautiful and delicate! I assembled it together by adhering the tabs on the sides of the cards and my card was complete!
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Spellbinders July 2019 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is Here รข€“ Graceful Concertina

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 total value for money and the cost of the kit includes shipping cost within USA. Isn't that awesome?!


That's it from me 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!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Spellbinders July Card Kit of the Month - Shellebrate

Hello there, everyone!
I have an exciting post to share today featuring the July  Card Kit of the Month by Spellbinders - Shellebrate. 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 "Shellebrate" 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 made FOUR Cards using the kit, so without further ado, let's get started!


To create this card, I first picked out two different patterned papers from the Shellebrate Paper Pad which would work for my card design, Next, I die cut the mermaid's tail, body, face, and hair using the dies included in the kit from Canson Montval Watercolor Paper. I coloured the die cut pieces using the Altenew Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers Set. I assembled the entire mermaid together and adhered it to the card panel. I also added some additional details to it, like the tiara on the mermaid's hair which were die cut using the tiny flower dies included in the Kit. I find it so pretty!

I used some die cuts from the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set to create the background for my card. I used a variety of elements so that it would depict an underwater scene. 

For the first half of my sentiment, I used a die cut from the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set. For the other half, I heat embossed the word 'Mermazing' in White on a strip of Black Cardstock and adhered it on my panel using foam tape. I also added some Ranger Diamond Stickles on certains points of body of the mermaid and the fishes for added interest. 


For my second card, I used the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set, and Shellebrate Paper Pad

To create this card, I used a patterned paper from the Shellebrate Paper Pad which had foiled holographic waves on it. Next, I die cut a circle from the centre of this paper so that I could create a scene around this. I took another piece of White Cardstock and ink blended the background to depict the look of ocean water. Then, I used several die cuts from the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set and adhered them on my card panel. I'd like to point out a tiny detail in this scene - I have added a tiny flower to the Sea Horse just to doll it up. Doesn't it look so sweet?

I mounted this panel onto an A2 sized top-folding white card base. I added some purple sparkle stickers from the Shellebrate Foam Stickers as the finishing touch for my card!



To create my card, I first began by die cutting a patterned paper from the Shellebrate Paper Pad using a Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Frame Die Set. Once that was done, I started working on my card design. I used a mix of stickers from the Shellebrate Foam Stickers and several die cuts from the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set to create the entire scene on my card. I also die cut some underwater plants and shells using the dies included in this month's kit and adhered it to my panel. These Kits provide you with all the supplies you would need to create ten cards and more and are incredibly fun to work with! I always have a great time creating cards using the Monthly Card Kits. 

You can see the dimension of the stickers here. I used some sentiment banners from the Shellebrate Foam Stickers to complete my card. 


My last card for today showcases the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set and Shellebrate Paper Pad.

To create this card, I again started out by selecting a patterned paper from the Shellebrate Paper Pad which I could use for my card background. Once I did that, I started thinking about the main elements for my design. I decided to use a film strip, some dolphins and water splashes, fishes and underwater plants for my card. These all came from the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set. There are innumerable die cuts included in this pack to help you create 20 cards or more! 

The sentiment is also a die cut from the Shellebrate Die Cut Shapes Set. I adhered it to my panel using foam tape. I also added some white glitter stars from the Shellebrate Foam Glitter Sentiment Stickers to my panel as the finishing touch. 


And here are all my cards together! Each one is so different from the other, yet was created using a single Card Kit. I love the versatility and the possibilities each kits offers!


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 more cards using the Shellebrate Card Kit of the Month

That's it from me today! I hope you liked my cards using the Spellbinders July 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!