Saturday, November 3, 2018

Guest Post using CrafTreat Stencils | Part Two


Hello everyone!
I am back to share some projects I made using the amazing stencils from CrafTreat's September 2018 Release. I am in love with their layered florals and amazing background stencils. So much variety to work with here! I have a total of SIX projects to share today, so let's dive right into it!


I have used the Tropical Leaves stencil for my first card. This is such a fun stencil and is so versatile to work with!


To create this card, I began by die cutting a scalloped circle frame from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. Once the frame was die cut, I used two inks from Altenew's Tropical Forest Mini Dye inks to color the background using the Tropical Leaves stencil.


Next, I stamped, coloured, and fussy cut some animals and placed them on my card base where I had cut out the circle frame. I also fussy cut some leaves and popped them on foam dots to add some dimension to my card. I added a stamped and die cut sentiment to finish off my card.




Card Two - CrafTreat Stencils - 2 Step Peony & Tropical Leaves


I love combining my craft supplies to give them a new look and that's what I did for this card as well. I used two stencils - 2 Step Peony & Tropical Leaves to create this card. 


The peonies were coloured using Altenew's Rose Petal inks. I coloured, fussy cut them, and placed them on my light blue ink blended background to create the focal for my card. I used the Tropical Leaves stencil for creating the leaves on my card. I coloured them using Altenew's Tropical Forest Mini Dye inks and then fussy cut them to place on my card panel. 



I also added a mix of some Altenew filler flowers (from the Beautiful Day stamp set) to give a fuller look to the arrangement. I added a piece of black and white patterned paper on the bottom of my card which is from Papericious' Monochrome paper pack. Finally, I stamped a sentiment on my card panel and that's about it! I love how this card came together!




Next up, I am sharing a set of two bookmarks I made using the CrafTreat Stencil - Lily and Iris.

I really loved how these turned out! They make for such pretty gifts to be given to any bookworm! To create these bookmarks, I used the Lily and Iris stencil with the Tombow Colorless Blending Pen and dye inks to stencil the designs on the bookmarks. I used a colorless blending pen here so that it would add a soft look to the design. If you don't have dye inks in your stash, you can work with Distress inks as well. Distress inks are very vibrant in nature, but when used with a colorless blending pen give you very beautiful results.


I used Altenew's Shades of Purple Mini Dye inks + Distress ink - Twisted Citron + Tombow Colorless Blending Pen to create the bookmark on the left, while I used Distress inks: Peacock Feathers & Twisted Citron + Tombow Colorless Blending Pen to create the bookmark on the right. I wanted to leave them as is, but then decided to add some black paint splatters and a stamped sentiment to complete the look. 




Lastly, I have two money envelopes to share I made using stencils. These stencils can be used to create a lot of interesting designs on the background of envies. Here's how I used them!

Money Envelope One - CrafTreat Stencils - Leaf Pattern Background & 2 Step Peony.

I have to admit, this envelope isn't one of my favourites, because I ended up making a major mistake in the background. I wanted the coral flowers to have a grey backdrop, but unfortunately the grey ink I used turned out to be a dark grey which almost looks like black. But I still wanted to share it with you all to give you an idea on how to creatively stretch your stencils. I used the 2 Step Peony stencil to create the flowers on my envelope. I coloured and fussy cut them and placed it on a oval lace die cut. The background for the envelope was made using the Leaf Pattern Background stencil.


This is how the flap of the envelope looks. I extended the design to the back as well to give it a more finished look. The small rose bunch is made using the Mini Rose Background stencil.




This envelope is more of my usual style and I am happy with the way it turned out! I used Sakura Modelling Paste mixed with Papericious Rajni Chawla's - Crystal Clear Glitter to create a white sparkly paste, and used this paste with the Daisy Background stencil to create the background. Once it dried, I used Distress inks - Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar to create a watercolour splash on the background.


Here's how the background looks. The Papericious Crystal Clear Glitter adds a subtle shimmer to the background.


And here's how the flap of this envelope looks. I followed the same method to create the background even here. Doesn't it look pretty? 


I hope you liked my projects and found them inspirational. If you liked them, please do leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you! If you have any queries regarding any of the products or techniques used on my prooejcts, please feel free to ask me.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Guest Post using CrafTreat Stencils | Part One

Hello everyone!
I am so excited and honoured to be guesting on the CrafTreat blog. I have some cards to share I made using the amazing stencils from CrafTreat's September 2018 Release. I am in love with their layered florals and amazing background stencils. So much variety to work with here!

I am sharing FOUR cards today, so let's get started!


My first card features the 2 Step Peony stencil. I think this is my absolute favourite from this release! This card took me hardly any time to put together as all I needed to finish it was this stencil. I used Altenew's Rose Petal and Tropical Forest Mini Dye inks to colour the peonies and leaves. 


To complete the card, I stamped my sentiment in black on white cardstock and fussy cut the 'hello' and foam mounted it on my card panel. The sentiment stamps are from Altenew.


I also added a strip of black diagonal stripes which is from Papericious' Monochrome paper pack to finish off my card.



Card Two - CrafTreat Stencils - 2 Step Rose CornerLeaf Pattern Background

This card was a lot of fun to put together! I started by stenciling the Leaf Pattern Background on my card panel using Altenew Limestone ink. Once my panel was ready, I took another piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and inked the floral design from the  2 Step Rose Corner stencil using Altenew's Tea Party and Tropical Forest inks.


Next, I taped the stencil in place and outlined the image using a Microfine Tip Black Marker and fussy cut the images individually. I separated the floral cluster into individual flowers, and repeated the same process for the flower buds and leaves.


I die cut an intricate white oval frame using Crafter's Companion's Ornate Mirror die, and arranged my florals on one corner of the frame. I adhered some images directly on the card panel while I popped some images using foam dots. All that was needed to complete this card were black ink splatters and clear sequins. I also added a die cut sentiment to finish off this card.




To create this card, I began with a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I used the 2 Step Daisy stencil to create the focal for my card. This is a 2 Step Stencil, however I have used only one layer for this card. I used Altenew's Pocketful of Sunshine Mini dye inks for colouring the daisies. Once my stenciling was done, I die cut the card panel using a scalloped frame die.


I used the Happy Cutaway from Winnie and Walter for the sentiment of my card. The Inlay Die Cutting technique is a great way to add interest to your design especially in CAS cards. The way to achieve this look is to simply die cut the sentiment die design from your card panel and then pop it up using foam. This highlights certain parts of the design bringing the focus to it.


I really liked the look this gave me.  Here's a close-up shot showing you the dimension.


I added few sequins and stamped the coordinating sentiment to complete the card. 



Card Four - CrafTreat Stencils - Mini Rose Background and Leaf Pattern Background 

This is my personal favourite from this lot! I love the elegance and softness of the Mini Rose Background design. I rarely create 'Get Well" cards and this would be perfect to give to someone who is healing from a surgery or a setback. I again used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock as my card panel. I first started by stenciling the Leaf Pattern Background using Altenew Limestone ink. Then, I used the Mini Rose Background to create the floral clusters on the background. I used the leaf background as a trellis and accordingly placed my floral clusters. I stenciled all three flowers in some places, and in some only the individual ones.  


This stencil is quite dainty and you will need to use very fine tip daubers or detail blending tools. If you don't have any of them, you can use earbuds to ink your stencils. The leaves in this stencil are really very tiny and you have to take care that the ink from the flowers doesn't seep into the leaves and vice versa. 



I kept the rest of the card design pretty simple. I die cut a circle from Vellum and topped it with another die cut circle from white cardstock. I lightly sponged small flowers on the white circle using the tiny flowers included in the Mini Rose Background stencil. I added a die cut sentiment and few enamel dots to complete this card. 




I hope you liked my cards and found them inspirational. These stencils are infinitely versatile and can be used for a wide range of projects. I will be back to share some more project ideas using them in my next post, so stay tuned! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Happy 8th Birthday | Card

Hello everyone!
This is my final card for the day. If you would like to see my first two cards, you can check them out HERE and HERE.

I have this super fun card to share I made using several stamps and dies from Winnie and Walter. I never make masculine cards, but I think this one would fit the category very well! It would be perfect to give to a boy. Here's how my card looks:

I have done quite a bit of layering on this card. To start with, I first trimmed a piece of kraft cardstock to adhere to my card base. I also die cut a white panel using a Stitched Rectangles die to create my card panel. Once all the base preparation was done, I began to work on the focal of my card. I die cut balloons from different patterned papers except for the large polka dots balloon in red, which was stamped and then die cut. I used the Big Round Balloon Cutaways to die cut the balloons. The large polka dots balloon in red was stamped and die cut using the Ring in the Celebration stamp & coordinating die set


I wanted my sentiment to read "Happy 8th Birthday" so I stamped the number eight and the 'th' using stamps from the Typecast: Cary set and fussy cut them and adhered them to my panel. The word 'happy' is from the In a Word: Happy Coordinating Cutaways. I die cut it from white cardstock several times and layered them one on top of the other to give it a raised look. I also lightly inked the die cut using pink dye ink. The 'birthday' is from the In a Word: Happy (the stamp set) and was stamped using black dye ink on a piece of white cardstock. I then embossed a piece of green cardstock using Provo Craft's Swiss Dots embossing folder to create the grassy effect. And my card was done! This was so fun to put together.



I am entering this card in the following challenges by Winnie and Walter:
Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica
Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren
Dress Up Your Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri (I've done ink blending on the 'happy' die cut)
Lucky 7 Limit Challenge with Shay - My lucky 7 goes like this: 3 stamp sets + 3 die sets + 1 embossing folder.
Ink Blending Challenge with Lea (I've done ink blending on the 'happy' die cut)


I hope you enjoyed seeing this card. If you did, please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy Birthday | Card

Hello everyone!
This is my second post for the day. To view my first post, please click HERE.

I made this card keeping in mind a couple of challenges from Winnie and Walter's World Card Making Day challenges. This card features some of my favourite Winnie and Walter products. I have been in absolute love with the In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways die for as long as I can remember, and I finally got my hands on this set last year, but wasn't able to use it till now. I'm so happy to finally get a chance to use it! 

To create this card, I first started by die cutting my card panel using the scalloped frame die from the Essentials: Audrey's Cutaways. Next, I die cut the roses and leaves from In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways and lightly ink blended them using dye inks from Altenew. I did some stenciling on the background using the Scenery: Do You See What I See? Creative Screenings to add some more interest to my card.


I created my own sentiment by using sentiments from two different stamp sets: In a Word: Happy and The Big, the Bold and Party. All that was needed to complete this card were black ink paint splatters and few clear sequins, and my card was finished.



I am entering this card in the following challenges by Winnie and Walter:
Ink Blending Challenge with Lea
Dress Up Your Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri (I've done ink blending on the die cut roses and leaves)
Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica
Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren (I have added two flowers as my focal, six sequins, and eight leaves on my card so all my elements are in even numbers)
Lucky 7 Limit Challenge with Shay - My lucky 7 goes like this: 2 stamp sets + 2 die sets + 3 tools (blending tools, die cutting machine, adhesive)

I hope you enjoyed seeing this card. If you did, please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts on this one.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thanks for being Amazing | Card

Hello friends,
Belated World Card making Day to all of you, my fellow crafters. I know, I have been missing in action for a long while here. I have been really busy with commissioned order work and festivals here in India. I do have a couple of cards to share this month which I will be sharing soon on my blog and social media. If you would like to stay updated with all my latest works, please follow me on Instagram. I tend to share all my latest creations there!

I am very excited to be participating in Winnie and Walter's WCMD Celebrations. World Card Making Day, for me, is always associated with the challenges that W & W put up on their blog every year. It's almost like a tradition for me! :) I couldn't create as many cards as I would have liked to this year, however I did manage to create a total of three cards. Here's a look at the first one:

This card took me a while to create! I started by stamping the mini triangles border stamp set from the Scenery: Stripes 2 set. I stamped the border several times so that it would create the background for my card. For my focal, I die cut a white circle and stamped several flowers and leaves from In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies and In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet stamp sets. I stamped them on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock and fussy-cut them. I adhered some of the images directly on the circle while I popped few on foam tape for dimension.


To complete my card, I die cut the mini 'Thanks' Cutaway (I got this die as a free gift with my order from Winnie and Walter) several times from black cardstock and fun foam to give it a raised look. I added few clear sequins to finish off my card.



I am entering this card in the following challenges by Winnie and Walter:
Black and White Background Challenge with Crystal
Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica
Lucky 7 Limit Challenge with Shay- My lucky 7 goes like this: 3 stamp sets + 3 tools (MISTI, die cutting machine, adhesive) + 1 embellishment (sequins).

That's it for this card! I will be sharing two more cards in the next couple of hours. If you liked this card, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you! :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Spellbinders A Charming Christmas Collection | Guest Post Three

Hello everyone!
I am sharing my third and last guest post today for Spellbinders. I have three projects to share today featuring the ever elegant 'A Charming Christmas' collection by Amazing Paper Grace.

This collection is full of absolutely gorgeous and elegant dies, and I couldn't resist making some non traditional Christmas projects using them. These dies are infinitely versatile, and can be used for a wide variety of projects, and not just Christmas ones. I will be sharing one such example today.

Here's my first project for today! It's a gate-fold card:

This card measures well over 6 x 6 inches. I seldom create cards which are this large in size, but I wanted to create one this time just to use the beautiful Snowflake Toppers Etched dies. Becca always creates the most exquisite and detailed dies and I absolutely love them! The inspiration for creating this card most definitely came from this die set. :)

To create this card, I first started with a sheet of 12" X 12" Cream Textured Cardstock and cut the paper in half so that I'd have two pieces of 12" x 6'' cardstock. I scored and folded both of them in the middle, that is the 6 inch mark. I adhered both the pieces together in the centre creating two flaps, which I then cut into triangles.  Next, I created the insert for the card which was 5.5" x 6" and adhered the Snowflake Toppers Etched dies to the top of the insert.

I die cut the Snowflake Toppers Etched dies from gold foil cardstock. I have started using gold foil cardstock quite recently on my projects, and it is totally inspired by Becca's projects. I love the elegant touch it gives to any project!

I wanted my card to have a belly band which was removable. To create the band, I used a 13" inch strip of cream textured cardstock. (I know most cardstock sheets come only in 12" X 12"size, so what I did is, I attached another 1" strip to the 12" strip to make it 13" in total). I camouflaged the extra strip which was glued on the band by adhering a swirly die cut frame in the centre.

Here's a stand-alone picture of the band. I kept the embellishing very simple on this one: I die cut the outer and inner frame from the Sentimental Christmas Stamp and Die set from cream textured cardstock and gold foil cardstock respectively, and adhered them on the band. I then stamped my sentiment directly on the band using Black Dye ink. I also included a small floral cluster on the left side. The flowers are made with peach Foamiran sheets using the Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched dies. The leaves are also from the same die set.

Here is a closer look of the flowers on my card. I have a little trick to share here - I used the same Cinch and Go Poinsettia die to create both my Foamiran flowers and leaves. This die can be used for creating leaves as well, and this is a great way to get more out of your dies from a single die set.

I wanted the card design to look balanced, so I adhered some Foamiran flowers directly on the card as well. I also added grey pollens to my flower centres, and some golden pollen bunches and peach micro rose buds as foliage on the card.

Another picture to show the floral arrangement. Flowers are my all time favourite (which some of my crafty friends might be knowing), and I can't stop adding them to each project of mine! :D

Here's an aerial shot of the card. This is a very dimensional card as you can see in the picture.
 
And here's a flat-lay picture of the card. I hope you liked it!

My next two projects for today are gift tags cum gift card holders. These are again my favourites to make, and I totally love the idea to having a die which can create a tag and gift card holder all at once. I created two very simple Christmas gift card holders:

Both the tags were super quick and fun to put together. For the first tag, I used the Charming Tag Pocket Etched dies for die cutting the base of the tag using White heavy weight cardstock.

Next, I die cut the pocket to add to the front of the tag again from White heavy weight cardstock. I didn't want the pocket to have a very plain look so I took one of the decorative insert dies, and die cut the pocket so that it would have an intricate design on the front.

I also die cut another decorative insert piece, and adhered it to the top half of the gift tag cum gift card holder.

To embellish my project, I added a red poinsettia flower and few holly leaves made using the Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched dies and Holly Jolly Christmas Etched dies respectively. And this tag was done!

Here's how it looks with a gift card.


The next tag is even more simple in terms of the design. I die cut the tag base using the Charming Tag Pocket Etched dies. I followed the same steps I did for creating my previous tag. This time, I chose to die cut a different design of the decorative insert pocket.

I again added a red poinsettia flower, but this time, I die cut the holly leaves from gold foil cardstock. The poinsettia flower was made using the dies from the Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched dies, while the holly leaves were die cut from the Holly Jolly Christmas Etched die set.

And here's how it looks with a gift card!

Supplies used:
S5-384 Charming Tag Pocket 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, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, 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; Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Foamiran Sheets (Peach), McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Micro Rose Buds, Ribbon.


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!