Monday, February 26, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!
I'm so happy and excited to be a part of today's Altenew Build-A-Flower Anniversary Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the talented, Svitlana Shayevich's blog. If you're starting the hop from my blog, then no worries. I have the full blog hop list at the end of my post. 

I have two projects to share today, I made using the Altenew Build-A-Flower Peony Blossom set.

To create my card, I first stamped the solid image of the flowers from the Peony Blossom set on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lbs cardstock using Lagoon ink. I then stamped the second layer of the flower, which was the detailed layer, using Volcano Lake ink and they were then die cut using the coordinating die.

I wanted to give the flowers a 3D look, so I embossed all the petals using an embossing ball tool. I layered two die cuts together to create one flower. The centres of the flowers were die cut out of white cardstock and then colored green using Bamboo ink.

The green leaves are also from the Peony Blossom set which were stamped on white cardstock using inks from the Tropical Forest collection. I also added some small fillers which were die cut from the Altenew Create A-Wreath die set out of silver glitter paper. I added some enamel dots on them to make them look like berries :) The small floral bunch on the right is from the Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose set and was stamped in black on white cardstock, die cut, and then colored using teal brush markers. 

The sending is a part of a sentiment stamp from the Altenew Adore You set, while the love die is from the Altenew Script Words die set. I die-cut the word thrice out of black cardstock, and layered one on top of the other, to give it a raised look.

I die cut the Cube Cover die to create the background for my card. I did some grey ink blending on the background using inks from the Rock collection. I matted the cube cover plate die cut over the grey background, and then finally matted that over some silver glitter paper to complete my card.

My next project is a small gift box. I wanted to create some Foamiran flowers using this die set and was really happy with the results. (In case you're wondering what Foamiran is, it's a very thin sheet of foam, generally 0.6 mm or 0.8 mm and comes in a wide variety of colors. They are extremely malleable and once heat set, retain their shape). I cut the Peony Blossom die out of White Foamiran sheets and inked them using Altenew Puffy Heart and Pinkalicious inks. I then heat embossed and curled the petals to give it the shape of a rose.

I made three roses, all in the same way and layered them together to create a cluster on my gift box. For the foliage, I used the Create-A-Wreath set again, which was cut out of silver glitter cardstock. I added enamel dots in teal and blue on the branches, just like I did in my card above. The green leaves are from the Peony Blossom set, and were stamped on white cardstock using inks from the Tropical Forest collection, and then die cut using the coordinating die.

The sentiment is from the Altenew Sketchy Floral set. I added few enamel dots and clear droplets to embellish my gift box.

Now for the most exciting part  - GIVEAWAYS! This time Altenew has two big giveaways.

Altenew Giveaway 1
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Friday, March 2nd for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/4/2018.
Altenew Giveaway 2
Place an order from the Build-A-Flower Collection from 2/26/2018 until 3/2/2018, and you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a big prize! One lucky winner will be chosen to win a prize pack valued at over $120 including one Original MISTI stamping tool, Artist Markers Set C, and Soft Pastel 6 Mini Cube Set. No minimum purchase needed! A winner will be announced on March 4th on the Altenew Blogs.

Additional Giveaway:
I will also be giving away a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. For your chance to win, simply leave a comment below. I will announce the winner on my blog on March 2nd, 2018.

Blog Hop Order:
The next stop on the hop is Donna Mikasa's blog.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spellbinders Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!
I'm here to announce the winner of the $25 gift certificate from the Spellbinders 19th February Blog Hop. Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments on my cards. They always bring a big smile to my face :)

I used for selecting the winner.

The lucky winner is 

Congratulations to you, Sharada! Please e-mail Spellbinders at with the subject line Spellbinders February 2018 Blog Hop Winner from Hussena's blog to claim your certificate.

Thank you once again, everyone.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Spellbinders February 19th Blog Hop

Hello everyone!
I am really excited and honored to be a part of the Spellbinders hop today. You must have come here from the super talented, Vanessa Menhorn's blog. If not, I do have the full blog hop list at the end of the post, so you can start from the beginning.

I will be showcasing the range of Die D-Lites by Spellbinders. These dies are the cutest, and I loved creating with them. I have a total of three cards to share today, so let's get started :)

For my first card, I used the Dainty Florals Etched dies. This set comprises of three different floral dies, and I decided to do some inlaid die-cutting with them.

I die cut the floral image four times out of some black textured cardstock, and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lbs cardstock. I colored the white die cuts using different inks.

The yellow panel was made by taking my Distress Oxide ink pad and directly smooshing it on the paper. This is how I got the gradient on the panel. (The darkest to the lightest color)

To add some texture to my card, I scored the black panel using my Score Board and created the vertical lines. I then added some paint splatters, sequins, and a sentiment to complete my card.

My next card, is my personal favorite as I love creating my own handmade flowers.  I have used the Lady Bug Garden Etched dies for this card. I started by doing some stenciling on my card panel using White Embossing paste and a stencil.

Next, I created the flowers and foliage. They were cut using the small flower die from the set. I die cut, watercolored, and then embossed them to give a 3D look. I did the same for the leaves.

The tiny buds were made by snipping off one petal from the flower, and then embossing and rolling it to give it the shape of a bud. The centres of the flowers were hand painted by me.

I also added a gold oval frame to compliment my floral arrangement. For the finishing touches, I added some sequins and black paint splatters.

My third card is pretty simple and I used the Picket Fence Etched dies and Lady Bug Etched dies on this card.

I started by die-cutting the fence, grass and tulips out of some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lbs cardstock. I colored the tulips and grass using markers, and kept the fence white to balance the colors.

I created a little scene on my card front by inking the background using Distress Oxides and Distress inks, as well as, stamping and fussy-cutting the grey houses.  I popped the tulips and the white square frame on some foam tape for dimension. Finally added a sentiment to complete my card.

Now for the exciting part - GIVEAWAYS!
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Wednesday, February 21st 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.

Additional Giveaway:
I am also giving away a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders blog. For your chance to win, please leave a comment below telling me which card is your favourite. I will announce the winner on my blog on 21st February.

Next stop on the blog hop is Rebecca Luminarias's blog. Click HERE to go to her blog.

Here's the full blog hop list incase you have missed any blog or are starting from my blog.

Thank you so much for taking out time and visiting my blog. I truly appreciate it!