Saturday, October 16, 2021

Crafty Meraki Instagram Hop | #MerakiCraftober


Hello, crafty friends!
I am excited and honoured to be joining Crafty Meraki for an Instagram Hop featuring some of their NEW stamps and dies! You can visit the Crafty Meraki Instagram page to find out all the details for today's hop!

Have you seen the AMAZING stamps and dies just released by Crafty Meraki this month? There are so many designs to choose from for all kinds of projects. Today, I am sharing a bright and cheery floral card using some of the new goodies from the shop. 


To create my card, I began by stamping the large layered flower from the Imperial Garden Layering Stamp Set in my MISTI on to Snowdrift Cardstock using Candy Apple, Berrylicious, Passion Fruit and Coral Reef dye inks. I then trimmed out the images with a pair of scissors, leaving a small white border.

Next, I stamped the leaves on to Snowdrift Cardstock using Fresh Pear, Key Lime and Olive dye inks. I fussy cut them using a pair of scissors to work on my card background. If you don't want to cut the images by hand, you can use the coordinating dies available for the set. 

Then, I trimmed a piece of Snowdrift Cardstock to 4.25" X 5.5" for my card background and applied a thin layer of Liquid Watercolor - Aquamarine towards the lower two thirds of the cardstock and dragged the color out loosely with water using a Waterbrush Pen. Next, I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the floret dies from the April Meraki Flora Para-Dies. I watercolored the pieces using Bubble Gum, Sunshine, and Aquamarine Liquid Watercolors in a light wash for a soft look. 

Next, I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock and White Foam Sheets using the outer rectangle die from the Stitched Scallops Rectangle Die Set. I adhered the foam die cut piece beneath the white die cut piece and popped it to my panel using liquid adhesive. I also adhered the stamped and die cut pieces to my panel using a mix of foam and liquid adhesive. Then, I stamped a sentiment from the Blooming Birthday Stamp Set on to a strip of Snowdrift Cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and popped it on to my panel using foam adhesive. To finish, I added a few gold ink splatters using the Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray in Gold Lame. 

I hope you enjoyed this bright floral card and thank you so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check out Crafty Meraki on Instagram or visit their Blog for tons of inspiration!

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Spellbinders October 2021 Clear Stamp of the Month | Sending You


Hello, crafty friends!
Happy Monday! I am back today with a nature-inspired thank you card made with the Spellbinders Clear Stamp of the Month - Sending You. Check out the exclusive coordinating You - Die Set. Spellbinders now offers a coordinating die set that you can purchase separately as an add-on for the Clear Stamp of the Month Club Sets. I love this option as I can quickly and easily cut my favorite images from the set out and no longer have to fussy cut the images! The Clear Stamp and Coordinating Die of the Month Club kit is already sold out, however the stamp set on it’s own is still available.

The Spellbinders Clear Stamp for October is a 24 piece stamp set containing 3 large sentiment stamps – Sending, For, and You, and 21 different secondary sentiments! The stamp set is super versatile and one that I will reach for often in my stash! The Stamp Set coordinates with this month's Small Die of the Month and Large Die of the Month Sets, so you can mix and match your supplies to create different projects. This “Sending You” stamp set features made in the USA stamps from high-quality photo-polymer for clear, crisp impressions. 

I used some of the sentiments from the kit along with some bright florals from the Hex Tile Stamps for a thank-you card.

I started by stamping the outline images from the Hex Tile Stamps on a piece of Snowdrift Cardstock using Black Licorice ink. Then I stamped the layers for each bloom over top using Vineyard Berry and Sand Dunes inks from Altenew. Once that was done, I fussy cut the images using a pair of scissors.

I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the outer diamond die from the Diamond Floral Frame Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set and stamped a sentiment from the Clear Stamp of the Month Kit onto it using Black Licorice ink. Next, I die cut Gold Mirror Cardstock twice using the inner diamond die from the Diamond Floral Frame Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set and kept it aside to work on my panel. 

Then, I did some very light "ink smooshing" on a piece of Watercolor Cardstock using Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron Distress inks. Once my panel was dry, I adhered down the two foiled die cut pieces to the centre of my card front using foam adhesive. Next, I adhered down the white die cut piece using the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue. The 'Sending' was stamped in Black Licorice ink onto Snowdrift Cardstock and cut out with one of the coordinating dies. I popped in on to my panel using foam adhesive for dimension. 

I tucked in the stamped floral images around the centerpiece and adhered them down using liquid adhesive. I also added some foliage pieces die cut from Snowdrift and Gold Mirror Cardstock using the floral accessory dies from the Flourished Fleurit Die Set. I inked the white die cut leaves using Pine Needles and Shabby Shutters Distress inks and then added them to my floral arrangement using the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue. I then adhered the card front to an A2-sized top-folding white card base using foam adhesive. To finish off the card, I added Crystal Jewels to the flower centers and to my panel for a bit of sparkle. 



I hope you liked my floral card and thanks so much for stopping by today. You can subscribe to any of the Spellbinders Clubs between the 1st - 24th of each month and never miss a fun kit like this again!  

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Wishing you a great day ahead!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Spellbinders & Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | October 2021


Hello, crafty friends! 
Happy Sunday! I have a Shaped Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders & Amazing Paper Grace October 2021 Die of the Month Set. This month's "Flourished Fleurit" Set is perfect for making gorgeous layered cards, boxes, gift baskets, and more. This die set features 9 dies.


The Flourished Fleurit Set has several strategic snipping points that make sizing it down very easy and simple. It cuts a gorgeous 5″ x 7” card background, but also includes inserts and floral accessory dies that can be used on smaller projects. Everything you need to make a complete card can be derived from this one die set and I had such a wonderful time creating with it!

I have created an Ornate Shaped Card using this month's Flourished Fleurit Die Set. I particularly love the Flourished Fleurit motif in this month's set. It can be used for so many projects and is so versatile!

To create my card, I first scored and folded Pink Sand Cardstock in half and placed the shadow outline die included in the Flourished Fleurit Die Set along the fold of the card, so the cutting edges of the die are just above the fold. I then ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6" Machine machine. This helped me create a folded card base that matches the shape of the card.

Next, I taped together the decorative frame die and the inner rim die from the Flourished Fleurit Die Set and die cut it from Metallic Ivory Cardstock. I made sure that the inner die is centered, so that it would cut out the thin side borders. Once it was die cut, I lined up and adhered the intricate frame down to my card base using the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue

Next, I die cut Metallic Ivory Cardstock using the inner design rim and insert together to create the centerpiece for my card. I adhered the piece down to my card panel using the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue. Once that was done, I die cut Waterfall Cardstock and Rainforest Cardstock using the little floral accessory dies that are included in the set. These are so beautiful and versatile - You’ll certainly find me using them on a lot of my projects! I cut out a bunch of flowers and leaves and embossed each of the pieces using the small ball tip from the Ultimate Tool Kit by Susan's Garden. Then, I added pearl finish pollens to the flower centres for definition and interest. 


Next, I die cut Pink Sand Cardstock using the Label 5 Die from the Curvy Labels Set. I stamped my sentiment in the centre of the die cut using Black Licorice ink and attached it to my panel using foam squares. Then, to finish, I adhered down the flowers and leaves around my sentiment using the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue. This card came together in no time! and was such a pleasure to create!     `


The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during October 2021. You can get the Flourished Fleurit Set at the special Cub Kit price, along with other membership perks.

If you'd like to see some more project inspiration using the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, check out the Spellbinders Blog where Becca shares some stunning project samples using it.  
 

Don't miss out on the BIG Scary Good Sale going on now with up to 40% off select Dies, Stamps, Embossing Folders, Glimmer Plates, and more through October 10th, 2021 at Midnight PST.

That’s it for me today! I hope you liked my take on the die set! If you like what you've seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@hussena_cal) and/or subscribe to my blog if you haven't already.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Spellbinders Merry Stitchmas Collection


Hello everyone!
I hope you are doing well. I am very excited to share a set of cards today showcasing the Spellbinders Merry Stitchmas Collection. If you’re brand new to stitching dies, don’t worry at all, because these dies are super easy to work with and you’ll get the hang of them very quickly! 


My first card features the Circular Stitch Background Etched Dies, the Pop Up 3D Vignette Poinsettia Sleigh, the Shapeabilities Swirl Tags Dies, and the Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Dies.

This Circular Stitch Background Etched Dies set will add detail and texture to your holiday projects and is versatile enough to use all year long. The Circular Stitch Background die set contains two dies – Outline as well as a stitch-able insert. It's perfect for creating a stitched background on an A2 card base and has an intricate pierced pattern. Stitching brings out the beauty of this design, but is an option - You can also just die cut and emboss to highlight the lines and layer onto the A2 card front. The other thing I love about this die set is that the possibilities are endless. Just by changing the colors of card stock and floss you use you can get so many different looks. 

To create my card, I used the Circular Stitch Outline die to cut the background panel out of Alabaster Cardstock. Next, I stitched the entire design with light peach embroidery thread. I split the thread in half so that the 6 strands become 3, then thread a needle, and began stitching. I worked from the area in the middle out to the edges, but you could really stitch in whatever order you like! If you’ve never stitched like this before, do not worry, for there are templates included to help you figure out where to put your needle! 

Next, I die cut Alabaster Cardstock using the various poinsettia dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Poinsettia Sleigh Set. I coloured each of the pieces using Mermaid Markers from Jane Davenport and embossed the centres using the 2mm and 5mm ball stylus tips from Susan's Garden Ultimate Tool Kit. I added some glitzy jewel stickers in the centres of the flowers to give them more definition. The leaves and sprigs were die cut out of Snowdrift Cardstock again using dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Poinsettia Sleigh Set and the Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Dies. These were coloured using Mermaid Markers from Jane Davenport too. Then, I shaped the die cut pieces using the 2mm ball stylus tip from Susan's Garden Ultimate Tool Kit. I adhered the flowers and leaves to my panel using hot glue.

Once that was done, I die cut Vellum and Snowdrift Cardstock using the scalloped tag dies in the Swirl Tags Etched Die Set. Next, I stamped my sentiment to the die cut piece using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then attached it to my project using foam squares. I then matted my card panel to a piece of Snowdrift Cardstock before adhering it to an A2-sized top-folding white card base using liquid glue. I added some light blue rhinestones in the centre of each of the stitched circles as the finishing touch. 





This is a set of three thin metal dies and the diamond insert cuts dots to act as a guide for stitching a diamond pattern. You can also use the design as is because the embossed lines have faux stitched details. One can also add the split rims together with the insert for a wonderful border or a single die to create a decorative edge! It's a versatile set and can be used in a number of ways. I decided to create an entire card panel using the design!

To create my card, I used the diamond insert die to cut the design in the centre of my panel on Snowdrift Cardstock. Then, I went ahead and die cut it four more times to create my background panel. Next, I stitched the entire design with sky blue and grey embroidery threads. I split the thread in half so that the 6 strands become 3, then thread a needle, and began stitching. This was very therapeutic to do and quite fun too! 

Once I finished stitching on the entire panel, I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the medium frame die in the Hemstitch Rectangles Etched Die Set. I then cut the centre of the die cut piece using a coordinating rectangle die from the A2 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Die Set. Next, I die cut another rectangle, albeit a little smaller, from Snowdrift Cardstock. I stamped my sentiment on to it using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then adhered both the frames down to my panel using foam squares. 

Next, I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the floral and leaf dies included in the Simply Perfect Layered Blooms Etched Dies and the Mini Blooms and Sprigs Etched Dies. I coloured the pieces using the Mermaid Markers from Jane Davenport and then adhered them around the frame using foam squares. 

I matted my stitched panel to a panel of Pink Sand Cardstock before adhering it to a top-folding white card base with liquid adhesive. I love how this card came together. What do you think?


I hope you liked my cards featuring the Spellbinders Merry Stitchmas Collection and thanks so much for stopping by today. Are you going to try some stitching on your cards? I'd love to know!

Don't miss out on the MASSIVE Jane Davenport Sale going on now with up to 60% off select Jane Davenport art supplies, stamps, and more through Sunday, October 3rd!

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Spellbinders Add to Cart Collection by Becky Roberts


Hello, crafty friends!
I hope you are doing well. I am back today to share a couple of cards using the NEW Add to Cart Collection by Becky Roberts. This fun collection features a 3D Pop-up shopping cart and lots of goodies to "add to cart" including party supplies, shopping bags, and a Christmas tree!a 3D shopping cart. It is so cleverly designed and you can easily use these dies for creating cards for a variety of any occasions - Party, holiday, and girls’ night out are just some of the themes featured.


I made a set of two bright and dimensional cards using the 3D Shopping Cart Etched Dies, Shopping Bags Etched Dies, and the Shopping Cart Party On! Etched Dies. 

For my first card, I focused on the 3D Shopping Cart Etched Dies and the Shopping Bags Etched Dies. This card design is perfect for showering a loved one with birthday wishes.

I began by trimming a piece of Snowdrift Cardstock to size and then and secured the Sun Burst Stencil on the top of the panel to blend Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink with a blending brush. Next, I stamped a strip of road onto the panel with Moon Rock ink. 

Then, I die cut the components of the shopping cart out of PomegranateMirror Gold, and Onyx Cardstock using the 3D Shopping Cart Die Set and assembled it together using liquid glue. There are options to create both a narrow and wide cart, depending on what you’d like to fit inside. I chose to make a wide cart. I adhered the cart together, then added it to the card panel.

Next, I die cut three shopping bags out of Pink Sand, Waterfall, and patterned paper prints using the Shopping Bags Etched Die Set, and then adhered it together for a 3D look. Once that was done, I die cut balloons out of Teal Topaz, PersimmonPink Sand, Wild Berry, and Mirror Gold Cardstock using the Shopping Cart Party On! Etched Dies. I adhered them on to my panel using liquid glue. 

To finish, I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the tag die included in the Shopping Bags Etched Die Set. I colored the piece using Peacock Feathers Distress ink and stamped a sentiment onto it using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I tied a simple bow using some Gold Baker's Twine and attached it to the shopping cart using foam adhesive. I adhered the panel to a top-folding A2-sized white card base with tape runner.



My second Card features the Shopping Cart Party On! Etched Dies. This is a great set for a party, anniversary, birthday, and even New Year celebrations.

To create my card, I began by trimming a piece of Onyx Cardstock to size. Next, I die cut a circle towards the bottom half of the panel using the large circle die in the Standard Circles LG Etched Dies. Then, I adhered a piece of Ivory Metallic Cardstock behind the panel to help it pop out. Next, I added a scalloped circle frame cut out of Mirror Gold Cardstock using the Scalloped Circle Die Set. This helped create a window on my panel. 

Once that was done, I die cut the champagne bottles, flutes, and masks out of Pink Sand, Raindrop, Mirror Gold, Persimmon, and Wild Berry Cardstock using the Shopping Cart Party On! Die Set. I assembled the different pieces together and adhered them to my panel using a combination of foam adhesive and liquid glue.

Next, I die cut the party banners out of Pink Sand, Raindrop, Mirror Gold, Persimmon, and Wild Berry Cardstock using the Shopping Cart Party On! Die Set. I assembled the pieces together and then added it to my panel using liquid glue. Then, to complete, I heat embossed a sentiment in gold underneath this panel. I mounted my panel to a piece of Mirror Gold Cardstock before adhering it to a top-folding A2-sized black card base made out of Onyx Cardstock with tape runner.



I hope you liked this set of bright and fun cards and thanks so much for stopping by today. You can see the Add to Cart Collection by Becky Roberts on the Spellbinders website. It is truly fabulous and these die sets make creating so fun!

If you like what you've seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@hussena_cal) and/or subscribe to my blog if you haven't already.
Wishing you a great day ahead!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Spellbinders September 15th Clubs Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hello, crafty friends!
I'm so happy to be joining Spellbinders for the September 2021 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop today. Spellbinders is celebrating all their Club Kits in shop for September 2021.

If you arrived here from Ilina Crouse's Blog, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Spellbinders Blog. We've got tons of inspiration and giveaways for you on the hop today, so keep reading till the end of this post for more information.

I have a layered card to share today for the hop today using the Amazing Paper Grace – September 2021 Die of the Month Set. In case you missed, it I shared a Stand-Up Card on my blog a few days ago using this month's "Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register" Set, which you can check out HERE.

The Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register is a wonderful set of sixteen dies and it features a vintage cash register as well as wonderful dimension, and folds flat like all of the 3D Vignettes, so that it can be easily sent through the mail.

I have used the Pop Up 3D Vignette Die Set to create an A7 card, however the die set offers endless possibilities and can be used for 3D projects as well. You can also use the Pop Up 3D Vignette Set to make the traditional cash register and stock it with gift cards, create a basket from both facades, or even create a mini album with a cash register on the front and back for children to record their savings. 

To create my card, I first die cut all the different die pieces of the house in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register from Cream CardstockOatmeal Cookie CardstockGold Mirror Cardstock, and Graphite Cardstock using my Spellbinders Platinum 6" Machine. Next, I cut a watercolor patterned paper to size and adhered it to my card panel using Journey Craft Glue.

I assembled the cash register together following Becca's How-To Video and adhered all the little pieces on the die cut Cash Register piece using Journey Craft Glue and Foam Squares - Small.  Next, I lightly sanded the raised edges of the die cut pieces to distress it. This really makes the delicate details pop! 

The dainty flowers and leaves were die cut from Snowdrift Cardstock using a combination of dies included in the Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Die Set. I coloured the floral die cut pieces using an array of Distress inks - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, and Abandoned Coral.  The leaves were coloured using Shabby Shutters Distress ink. I embossed each of the die cut pieces using the small ball tip from the Ultimate Tool Kit and then added pearl finish pollens to the centres of the flowers. I adhered them to my card front using Journey Craft Glue. The sentiment piece is a part of the Pop Up 3D Vignette Vintage Cash Register die set. There are four different sentiment pieces included in the set, so you can pick and choose whichever one you like best for your project.

To assemble, I matted the background panel with layers of Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock before adhering it to a top-folding ivory card base with liquid adhesive. This is such a remarkable die set and a must-have if you love all things vintage! What do you think?



Giveaway:
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, September 19th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this blog hop post the following Wednesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

Blog Hop Order
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is, Alanna Moses's blog.
Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

                         Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)

Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked my project! 
If you like what you've seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@hussena_cal) and/or subscribe to my blog if you haven't already.
Wishing you a great day ahead!