Monday, September 17, 2018

Spellbinders A Charming Christmas Collection | Guest Post Two

Hello everyone!
I am back to share my second guest post over at the Spellbinders blog. This post is a part of a series featuring the A Charming Christmas collection by Amazing Paper Grace. You can check out my first post using this collection HERE. I have a total of four projects to share today so let's get started!

I wanted to create a non traditional Christmas card using this collection and here's what I came up with:

To create this card, I first started by die cutting my card panel using the largest die from the 5 X 7 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched die set. Next, I die cut the second largest die from the same die set from gold foil cardstock and layered it on my white card panel. I repeated this process two more times, and die cut the panels from white cardstock and patterned paper respectively, and adhered them one on top of the other.

I wanted this card to have a very ornate look, and the dies from this collection helped me achieve that look effortlessly. I used the Holly Jolly Christmas Etched die set to die cut the rectangular frame from gold foil cardstock. I also die cut it one more time from white fun foam so that it would have some dimension.

Next, I die cut the main snowflake die from the Charming Snowflake Doily Etched die set from white cardstock. I die cut the die several times from white cardstock so that it would have a raised look. I also added a small circle die cut in the centre of the snowflake and stamped my sentiment in the centre of the circle.

For creating the flowers, I used the Cinch and Go Poinsettia die set. I die cut them from White Foamiran sheets and inked the centres using pink and blue dye inks. I also added some matching pollens to the centres. The leaves were die cut from Green Foamiran, and I added some filler flowers and a bow to the card which I made using White Satin Ribbon to complete my floral arrangement.

Here is a shot showing a closer look of the flowers.

I also added four corners to my card which were die cut from gold foil cardstock.

Here is a picture of the complete arrangement.


Next up, I have a cute lil' Pillow Box to share!

I made this pillow box by tracing the template for it on a sheet of 8" X 8'' patterned paper and then hand cutting it. To embellish my pillow box, I simply die cut a border from the Charming Christmas Words Etched die set from gold foil cardstock. I created a band using the die cut border to add to my pillow box.

I also die cut an ornament and reindeer using the Charming Christmas Bough Etched dies and Charming Round Tag Etched dies. I attached both these ornaments to my pillow box using red baker's twine.

Here's how the back side of the pillow box looks like.


And lastly, I have two festive tags to share using the Charming Round Tag Etched die set!

To create these tags, I started by die cutting the base for the tags using the Standard Circle SM Etched dies. For the tag on the left, I used the Charming Round Tag Etched die set to die cut the intricate rim. If you have seen this die, you would know that the tag die has two different designs on the top and bottom. I only wanted to use the design on the top, so I die cut it twice from gold foil cardstock so that I'd end up with a full intricate circle overlay. I finished it off by adding a sentiment banner in the centre of the tag.

My second tag is a shaker one, and I used the same technique to create this one as well. This time I used the other design from the tag die in the Charming Round Tag Etched die set. I die cut it twice so that I'd be left with this pattern.

I stamped a sentiment in the centre and added a peach poinsettia flower and some leaves made using the Cinch and Go Poinsettia die set, and my tag was done.

S5-384 Charming Tag Pocket Etched Dies
S6-001 5 X 7 Matting Basics A Card Creator Etched Dies
S6-151 Holly Jolly Christmas Etched Dies
PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine - 6" Platform
T-001 Tool' N One

Other supplies used : Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, Papericious Ethereal 12" X 12" Patterned Papers, American Crafts Colored 12×12 cardstock, White 80 LBS Cardstock Sheets, Gold Foil Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Stick It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape, Glue Gun; Winnie & Walter Merry & Bright with Evelin T Designs Stamp, Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Foamiran Sheets (White, Olive Green, & Peach), McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Micro Rose Buds, Filler Flowers, Ribbon, Baker's Twine.


Thank you so much, for taking out time and reading my post. If you liked my projects, please do leave me a comment below. I always love to hear what you think of my projects. :)

Have a nice day everyone!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Spellbinders September 14th 2018 Blog Hop

Hello everyone,
I am so thrilled and honoured to be joining Spellbinders for their 14th September Blog Hop today. I am sharing a layered Christmas card with handmade flowers made using the exquisite dies from the A Charming Christmas Collection by Becca Feeken.

You should have arrived from the incredibly talented, Becca Feeken's blog. If not, I do have the full blog hop list at the end of the post. Today, we are featuring the following four collections: A Sweet Christmas by Sharyn Sowell, Zenspired Holidays by Joanne Fink, A Charming Christmas by Becca Feeken & Holiday Die D-Lites.

If you would like to see some more inspiration using the A Charming Christmas Collection, then you can check out my posts at the Spellbinders blog HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Here's my card using the A Charming Christmas collection:

My card measures 7" X 5" and is a top-folding one. To create this card, I started by die cutting the large elegant frame from the Holly Jolly Christmas Etched Die set from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 LBS cardstock. Next, I die cut a coordinating frame from the same collection using gold foil cardstock. I adhered the gold frame using foam tape so that it would have some dimension.

I wanted the sentiment to be the main focus of my card, hence I decided to use the 'Merry Christmas' Word die from the Holly Jolly Christmas Etched Die set for my card. I die cut it twice, once from bright red cardstock and the other from white fun foam. I adhered the red die-cut over the white fun foam and glued this piece to the center of my card.

I used the Cinch and Go Poinsettia die set to create the flower clusters on both sides of my card. I die cut the Poinsettias from White Foamiran and inked the centers using a pink Zig Clean Colour Brush Marker. I added some ink to the center of the die-cut and spread it around using my fingers. 

I also added a bunch of thread pollens to the flower centers in order to give them some dimension and structure. The leaves were die cut from Olive Foamiran using the same die I used for creating the flower.

At this point, I felt the card was still missing something, so I die cut few holly leaves using the tiny three-leaf holly cluster die included in the Holly Jolly Christmas Etched Die set from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 LBS cardstock. I coloured the berries and leaves using my Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers. 

If you see my card closely, you will notice that I have coloured some leaves and berries directly on the large white frame as well. I tried to strike a balance so that the card design would not get very cluttered

And here's a final look at my card for today. Hope you enjoyed seeing it!


Giveaways:
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.


Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful, Kittie Caracciolo!


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



I would love to hear what you think of my card :) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Spellbinders A Charming Christmas Collection | Guest Post One

Hello everyone!
I am super stoked to be a guest blogger this month on the Spellbinders blog. I have two projects to share today featuring the ever elegant 'A Charming Christmas' collection by Amazing Paper Grace.

In my first post, I wanted to highlight the Cottage Box Etched die set. This is a really big die set with a beautiful gift box and numerous little add-on dies. I made these in two different styles: traditional Christmas colours and light spring colours. I will first showcase the one with traditional Christmas colours:

To create this box, I first started by die cutting the Cottage Box Etched die set from a sheet of 8.5" X 11" Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in 110 LBS by running it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6" machine.

Once my box was cut, I die cut the little windows, scallop trims, and doors to add additional interest to the box. I die cut the little scallop trim die multiple times from bright red cardstock, to create the roofs for my box on both sides (front and back). The little windows were die cut from gold foil cardstock.

I also wanted to add some details to the sides of the gift box, so I die cut a swirl accent from gold foil cardstock, and window insert and rim from bright red and green cardstock. These dies are all part of the Cottage Box Etched die set.

No project is complete without flowers, right?! Atleast, I think so! :) I created a small cluster of these gorgeous poinsettias using the Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched die set. I die cut them from white cardstock, while for the leaves, I chose a dark green cardstock. Once the flowers were die cut, I embossed them in the middle and added golden pollens in the centre to accentuate their look.

Here is another view of the side of the gift box.

I also wanted to add a little sentiment tag to my project, and the cute tag included in the Cottage Box Etched die set was perfect for my project! I die cut the tag from white cardstock, stamped my sentiment in black ink, and adhered the holly and berries from the Sentimental Christmas Stamp and Die Set. I die cut the berries from red cardstock, and for the leaves I used deep green cardstock. I attached this tag to my box using some red Baker's Twine.

And here's a look again at the gift box. I added a red door and golden knob to the front of my box to add some interest to my project. I love the Cottage Box Etched die set for the variety of dies included in it. One can create several different kinds of boxes using this set, and the results are simply amazing!


My next project is again a gift box, but this time in light, summery colours. I die cut the box entirely from patterned paper. Here's a look at my project:

To create this box, I first started by die cutting the Cottage Box Etched die set from a sheet of 12" X 12" patterned paper by running it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6" machine. I chose a very light blue checkered pattern for my box.

Once my box was die cut, I die cut the little windows and scallop trims to add interest to the box. I die cut the little scallop die multiple times from white cardstock to create the roof for my box. I also die cut it twice from spring green cardstock to add to the bottom of my box. These dies are all part of the same die set, the Cottage Box Etched die set.

On the front side of the box, I added few berries to the green scallop trim. I thought it added a nice little touch to my box! These berries are a part of the Sentimental Christmas Stamp and Die Set, and were cut from red cardstock.

You will notice that in both the boxes, I have kept the basic layout and design almost similar. This is because I wanted to show how a single die set could be used for various occasions.

The flowers on the top left corner were handmade using Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched die set. I die cut them from dark pink cardstock, and added light pink pollens to the centre. I also added few green leaves to the flower cluster!

For the sides of the box, I used the intricate decorative insert from Charming Tag Pocket Etched Die set. This adds a certain 'wow' factor to the box, and makes it stand out even more! I did this for both sides of the box.

Here's how the back portion of the box looks!

I added a gift tag to the box, which was die cut from white cardstock. I stamped my sentiment on this tag, and adhered holly leaves and berries to the side of the tag. I used a tiny circle punch to punch out the berries from pink cardstock, while for the leaves, I die cut them from green cardstock using the Sentimental Christmas Stamp and Die Set. I attached this tag to my box using some red satin ribbon.

And here's a final look at the box. I hope you like my idea!

Supplies used:
S5-384 Charming Tag Pocket Etched Dies
S6-163 Cottage Box Etched Dies
SDS-164 Sentimental Christmas Stamp and Die Set
PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine - 6" Platform
T-001 Tool' N One

Other supplies used : Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, American Crafts Colored 12×12 cardstock, Papericious Ephemera 12" X 12" Patterned Paper, White 80 LBS Cardstock Sheets, Gold Foil Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Stick It Double Sided Adhesive Sheets; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape; Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Distress inks, McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Ribbon, Baker's Twine.


Thank you so much, for taking out time and reading my post. If you liked my projects, please do leave me a comment below. I always love to hear what you think of my projects. :)

Have a nice day everyone!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Spellbinders August 15th Blog Hop | Winner

Hello everyone!

I'm here to announce the winner from the Spellbinders August 18th Blog Hop. Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments on my post! I am so happy to know you liked my gift box and tag.


I used random.org for selecting the winner.



The lucky winner is 
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Congratulations to you, Sindhu! Please e-mail Spellbinders at socialmedia@spellbinders.us with the subject line Spellbinders August 15th Blog Hop Winner from Hussena's blog to claim your certificate.


Thank you once again, everyone!

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 Tuesday, 21nd 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!