Thursday, April 2, 2020

Altenew 6th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

Hello, crafty friends!
I'm happy and honoured to be joining Altenew for their 6th Anniversary Blog Hop today. Wow, six years already! Happy Anniversary to Altenew! I have always been a big fan of their products and amazed at what new products they come up with month after month.

If you arrived here from, Teri Wilson'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 Altenew Card Blog.

I have TWO Cards to share for this hop, so let's get started!

My first Card features the Bride-To-Be Stamp SetBride-To-Be Die Set, and Beveled Squares Stencil.

For my card, I started by mixing some Embossing Paste and Citrus Burst Crisp Dye Ink to create my own colored paste. Then, I used this paste to stencil over my card panel using the Beveled Squares Stencil.

My next step was to pick a stamp set to use for my main card design. I really love the dainty elements in the Bride-To-Be Stamp Set and decided to use it for my card. I stamped a bunch of floral and foliage images from the Stamp Set on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110LBS Cardstock using a variety of inks: Peach PerfectMango Smoothie, Bamboo, and Dark Chocolate.

Once they were all stamped, I die cut the images using the coordinating Bride-To-Be Die Set. At this point, I felt, my background was missing something, so I added some strips of Cardstock which were coloured using the Chamomile Crisp Dye Ink and Marigold Crisp Dye Ink. Then I adhered all the stamped images on my panel using foam dots for dimension.

All that was needed to complete this card was a sentiment strip and some black paint splatters. I also went in and later added some orange splatters to tie in the colours together.


My second Card features the Virginia Rose 3D Die SetPattern Play: Diamond Stamp Set, and Watercolor Brush Markers - Tropical Fiesta Set.

I was happy to get a chance to finally use my Virginia Rose 3D Die Set which I have had in my stash for a while now. I generally do not tend to use such bright colours for my cards, so this was a nice change for me as well. To create my card, I die cut the various floral layers from Brustro Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper and coloured the individual petals and leaves using Purple Wine and Lime Watercolor Brush Markers from the Tropical Fiesta Set. I used these two colors predominantly for coloring all my die cuts. I also mixed in a bit of Sweet Leaf for the leaves to give them a more natural look.

I wanted my card background to be simple so as to not take away from the beauty of the layered florals. I took a piece of White Cardstock and watercolored it using the Evening Gray Watercolor Brush Marker. I diluted the colour with water to achieve a very light shade. Next, I took my Pattern Play: Diamond Stamp Set and stamped it on my card panel using Versamark Embossing ink, and then heat embossed it in White using the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. This was just to add a little bit of interest to my card design.

I stamped my sentiment on a strip of White Cardstock using the Altenew Obisidan Pigment Ink (which is my absolute fave) and mounted it on my card panel using foam tape. Lastly, I added loads of green paint splatters as the finishing touch for my card.


Special Offer
Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY6TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV20 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/2/2020 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/5/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Shop here: https://altenew.com/

Prizes
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Altenew: 6 $50 Altenew gift certificates
Altenew Academy: 10 class spots
Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 $100 Altenew gift certificate & 5 Share Handmade Kindness goodie bags($20 each)
My Sweet Petunia: 1 prize bundle(Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align and a bar magnet)
CiLi in Papers: $100 gift certificate
Craft Stash: £75 gift certificate
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Simon Says Stamp: $50 gift certificate
Scrapbook.com: $50 gift certificate
Michelle's Cards & Stamp: $50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2020 issue
Bumbleberry Papercrafts: £25 gift certificate
Seven Hills Crafts: £25 gift certificate

Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2020 for a chance to win one of 37 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!". 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/18/2020.


Blog Hop Order
Day 1: April 2nd, 9:00 AM EDT
                      Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)

Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked my cards! If you would like to see more of my work using Altenew, do follow my Instagram page.
Thank you for stopping by, and wishing you a lovely day!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Spellbinders March Card Kit of the Month | Feeling Hoppy

Hello there, crafty friends!
I have a couple of cards to share today featuring the March Card Kit by Spellbinders - Feeling Hoppy. 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 "Feeling Hoppy" 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 FOUR Card ideas to share with you today using this kit, so let's get started!

My first Card features the Feeling Hoppy Paper PadFeeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set, and the Dies from the Kit.

To create my card, I first picked out a patterned paper for my card background from the Feeling Hoppy Paper Pad. Next, I die cut a scalloped oval from White Cardstock and the ears of the bunny from Gold Mirror Cardstock. Both of these dies are included in the Feeling Hoppy Card Kit

To embellish my card, I used several die cuts from the Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set. I also added some mini purple flowers for my foliage. This foliage die is so pretty and has become a recent favourite! :) I also picked out a sentiment tile from the Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set and popped it on my card panel. This card was so quick and easy to put together!


 My second Card features the Feeling Hoppy Paper Pad, Love Stripes Embossing Folder, and the Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set.

For this card, I first took a piece of White Cardstock and embossed it using the Fun Stampers Journey Love Stripes Embossing Folder and trimmed it. Next, I picked out a patterned paper design from the Feeling Hoppy Paper Pad and trimmed it to fit on my card panel. I cut it at a diagonal to add some interest to the design.

I took out my Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set and picked out several die cut images which would work for my card. I adhered these pieces together to form my focal. Finally, I added a sentiment banner to complete my card which was also from the Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set.


My third card features the Feeling Hoppy Paper PadFeeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set, and the Stamp set from the Kit.

This one is a bit different from my other two cards as I have used stamped images for my design. To create this one, I first stamped the bunnies and carrots from the Feeling Hoppy Stamp Set using Versafine Onyx Black Ink on Whip Cream Cardstock. I coloured the images, fussy cut them, and kept them aside. Next, I pulled out two patterned papers from the Feeling Hoppy Paper Pad. I adhered the striped patterned paper design to my card panel. Then, I die cut two circles using the Nestabilities Standard Circles SM Etched Dies from the other patterned paper to create a window to stamp the bunnies.

Next, I stamped two bunnies on Whip Cream Cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, which I later trimmed to fit my card base. Next, I adhered the die cut patterned paper over it. I also stamped some hearts and coloured them. To complete my card, I added a sentiment tab which was from the Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set.


My last card features the Feeling Hoppy Paper PadFeeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set, and the Dies from the Kit.

This one was again simple to put together. The adorable bunnies on this card are actually stickers which are a part of the Card Kit. I really loved them and wanted to use them on one of my cards! The background flowers are die cuts from the Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set. I also added some small flowers which were die cut using the mini foliage die included in the Card Kit.

I also used a patterned paper from the Feeling Hoppy Paper Pad and adhered it to the bottom of my card. To complete my card, I used a die cut sentiment banner from the Feeling Hoppy Die Cut Shapes Set. And that's it. This card was done!

If you want to find out more about the Club – prices, how you sign up and what’s included, please look ——–> HERE.
I know that I say this every month, but this kit is amazing and so worth the cost! You get everything you need to create atleast TEN cards. How awesome is that?!

That's it from me today! I hope you liked my cards using the Spellbinders March Card Kit. If you have a favourite, please do let me know. I would love to hear from you! :)
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello, crafty friends!
I'm happy to be joining Altenew for their Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop today. Our goal is to send 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 information HERE and join this great cause by sending in cards.

If you arrived here from, Gayatri Murali'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 Altenew Card Blog.

I have made two cards for this special hop and here's a look at the first one featuring the Altenew Extra Special Stamp & coordinating Extra Special Die Set.

To create my card, I first took a piece of 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" of White Cardstock and used the background pattern stamp from the Pattern Play - Diamond Stamp Set to stamp on my card panel using the Evening Gray Crisp Dye Ink. Next, I took another piece of White Cardstock and stamped the main floral image and the corresponding stamp layers for it from the Altenew Extra Special Stamp using inks from the Tea Party Mini Cube Set. I die cut the images using the Extra Special Die Set and kept them aside. 

I also die cut a frame from the Crystal Frames Die Set using Gold Mirror Cardstock. Then, I stamped my sentiment in the centre of the frame, which is from the Altenew Extra Special Stamp and was stamped using the Altenew Obsidian Ink

I wanted to add a butterfly to my design, so I pulled out the Painted Butterflies Stamp Set and used the Tea Party Mini Cube Set to stamp one of the butterflies. I fussy cut the image and popped it on foam dots. I also adhered the flowers around the frame using foam tape for added dimension.
I adhered this panel to a piece of Orange Cardstock which was then adhered to my card base. I added few enamel dots on my card for the finishing touches.


My next card is a masculine one and I haven't actually made one in the longest time. I find it a really hard task to create cards for men, but the Altenew Best Dad Stamp Set
definitely makes it easier to create such kind of cards. 

To create my card, I first started by die cutting the Cube Cover Die from White Cardstock. I took another piece of Cardstock and used the Dusk Crisp Dye Ink to colour the entire background. I wanted a gradient effect on the panel, so I went in with a darker ink at the top and used a lighter ink for the bottom part of the panel. Next, I used a square die and turned it around and die cut in the middle of the Die Cut Panel for some interest.

I then stamped a bunch of images from the Best Dad Stamp Set and cut them out using the coordinating dies. I coloured in the pieces using colour pencils and kept them aside. 

 I arranged the various elements on my card panel and adhered them using foam dots. I stamped one part of the sentiment (from the Best Dad Stamp Set) on the crate using the Alltenew Obsidian Ink. I then die cut the word 'Dad' using the Caps Bold Alphabet Die Set from Gold Mirror Cardstock and added it to the front of my card panel. I also die cut few stars from Mirror Cardstock and added them to my panel. And that's it! My card was done.

Giving Back Information:
20% of the profits from these products (Thanks, Dad Stamp Set, World’s Best Dad Stamp Set, Best Mom Stamp Set, Extra Special Stamp Set, Beautiful Lady Stamp Set, Painted Butterflies Stamp Set, Sweet Bow Enamel Pin, Stay Awesome Enamel Pin) until Father’s Day, June 21st, 2020, will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

Prizes
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog for a chance to win. They'll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/5/2020.

Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is, Aya Elsheshtawy'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 cards! If you would like to see more of my work using Altenew, do follow my Instagram page.
Thank you for stopping by, and wishing you a lovely day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop | Winner Announcement

Hello everyone!
I'm here to announce the winner from the Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop. Thank you so much for leaving such wonderful comments on my post! I am so happy to know you liked my card! :)



I used random.org for selecting the winner.


The lucky winner is 
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Nandini
Congratulations to you, Nandini! Please e-mail Spellbinders at socialmedia@spellbinders.us by 3/29/2020 with the subject line Spellbinders March 2020 Blog Hop Winner from the Hussena's Blog to claim your certificate.

Thank you once again, everyone!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop


Hello, crafty friends!
I'm happy and honoured to be joining Spellbinders for the March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop today. If you arrived here from the lovely, Varada Sharma'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.

For my card today, I have used the Amazing Paper Grace 'Elegant Infinity' Die Set.

I love stretching my supplies for various projects, which is why, I decided to try something new this time and create a 'Slimline Card'. These are quite in trend now, and what better than combining it with the exquisite dies from Amazing Paper Grace? I am really happy I gave this a shot!

To create my card, I first die cut a few different die designs from the Elegant Infinity Set from White Cardstock using my Spellbinders Platinum 6" Machine. I also die cut the two corner dies from White Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock. I adhered the die cut pieces on my Card Panel and started working on my main floral composition.

Did you notice how I offset the corner die cut pieces cut from White & Gold Mirror Cardstock? It's a technique I love doing on my cards, specially for such layered card designs. It adds a very pretty touch!

For my focal, I created a floral cluster using both handmade as well as store bought fillers and flowers. The little pink roses on the bottom are created using the flower dies included in the Die Set.
I stamped my sentiment on different strips of White Cardstock and tucked them to the side of the floral cluster. I also added some ribbon along the left side of the card to balance the design. Finally, I adhered my panel to a sturdy Card Base and my card was done!
Affiliate Disclosure
All products in today's post are linked throughout the post.  These are my personal affiliate links which you can shop from at no cost to you! Thank you for your support!

Giveaway:
To celebrate this release, Spellbinder is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, March 22nd, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The 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 ONE lucky winner! For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post by 22nd March, 2020. 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, Jeanne Jachna'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:
Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked my card! If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page.
Wishing you a wonderful day ahead!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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


Hello, crafty friends!
I have a Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month. This month's "Elegant Infinity" Set is perfect for making exquisite cards, boxes, bags, and more. 

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 March, so hurry before they are sold out. There is also a super helpful YouTube video that you can see HERE which shows you how to use the die.

Here's a look at my card using the Die Set. I have gone with a simple design as the dies do all the work for you!

To create this card, I first die cut the largest die from the Elegant Infinity Set from White Cardstock using my Spellbinders Platinum 6" Machine. I repeated the process for the other die layers as well. I have used all the die cut layers for my card front, however, you can always choose to only use one or two dies at a time and create different stacks. It's a really versatile set and is not limited to just cards as well. You can also create a number of 3D projects with it!

I die cut the second layer of the Elegant Infinity Set from Patterned Paper, while the delicate doily was die cut from both White Cardstock & Patterned Paper. I used White Fun Foam while adhering the die cut layers so that it would give a raised look.

The flowers were made using the mini flower dies included in the Elegant Infinity Set. I did not do anything elaborate to create them - I just die cut the flowers, embossed them, and added pollens to the centres.

Crafty Tip: I die cut the flowers from a piece of White Cardstock that I coloured using few drops of the Pretty Amethyst Re-Inker. This is one of favorite techniques to do whenever I want a particular shade of Cardstock for my projects. I simply use few drops of ink from a Re-Inker and add them to a sheet of White Cardstock. Then, I spray loads of water to it, and with the help of a water brush, spread the colour on the paper. And there you have your custom coloured paper ready! Easy and quick and works for me all the time!

I did not add many embellishments to this card as I wanted the dies to be the focus of my project. I die cut a sentiment banner from the same sheet of coloured paper that I used for creating my flowers. The 'Congrats' die is from the Elegant Infinity Set while the foliage is from the Cinch and Go Flowers Etched Dies. I also added few trinkets and floral buds to complete my design. Finally, I mounted my panel on a White Card Base and my card was done.


If you are still on the fence about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership, do check out the project samples created using it on the Spellbinders blog. The dies are 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 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!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

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


Hello, crafty friends!
I have a card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace January Die of the Month. This month's "Pop Up 3D Vignette Bouquet" is perfect for making gorgeous 3D cards and more. 

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 January, so hurry before they are sold out. There is also an inspirational PDF that you can download HERE that shows you how to use the die.

I created a Pop Up 3D Vignette Bouquet using the dies from this month's set. Here's a look at my project:

This die set is a great addition to Becca's 3D Vignettes Collection. One of the specialities of these dies is that they fold down flat to fit into an envelope. I went for a soft, watercolored look with this bouquet and had a lot of fun creating it!

I used 250 GSM Cold Press Watercolour Paper to die cut the flowers and foliage. I coloured all the die cut pieces using various dye inks. Then I adhered the elements using foam dots for added dimension.

I die cut the stems and the basket holder for the bouquet using White Cardstock as well as Gold Mirror Cardstock. I off-set the two when adhering so that the gold would peek through between the gaps.  I also added white pearls all along the border to give it a more dainty look.

I die cut the sentiment piece again from White Cardstock & Gold Mirror Cardstock. I inlay the pieces and added a red die cut heart to complete the look. I also added some ribbon and a flower on top to add some interest to the design. This is such a sweet project and is sure to bring a smile on the recipient's face.


If you are still on the fence about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership, do check out the project samples created using it on the Spellbinders blog. The dies are 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 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!