Friday, November 30, 2018

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

Hello, friends!
I am really excited to be joining the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop today. This hop celebrates the amazing friendships formed through our mutual love for paper crafting and more.

I have several projects to share today featuring many of my all time favourite Altenew stamps and more, and I hope you will enjoy seeing them. If you're here from the lovely, Sara Naumann's blog, then you're on the right track. You will also find the full blog hop list at the end of my post. 


I have been a part of the Blogger family for quite a few years now, and over a period of time, I have been inspired by many amazing crafters and their beautiful work. But the two main constants whose work always stands out for me is, Tasnim Ahmed's and Erum Tasneem's. And ironically, they both are a big part of Altenew as well. :) Both these crafters have such a unique style, and it's always a pleasure to see the new projects they have come up with. Erum's coloring is just out-of-the-world amazing, and Tasnim's work exudes such class and elegance. My cards for today's hop are totally inspired by these two talented crafting icons!

Most of you must be knowing that I am a BIG time floral enthusiast! I absolutely love incorporating flowers on every project I make. :D When I think of Altenew, the first thing that comes to my mind is their ever beautiful and elegant, floral layered stamps. I adore each and every stamp they make, and they are absolute must-haves for me!

I have made two cards for today's post, and you may notice, that both of them have a very similar design layout as well as similar colours. It so happened that after I finished making my first card, I had a few left over coloured flowers which I didn't want to go to waste. So, I decided to whip up another card in a very similar colour scheme. I would love to know which one you find better - the first or the second card?!

I have combined several of my favourite Altenew floral stamps on this card. I started by stamping the flowers from the Perfectly Perfect stamp set on Canson Montval Watercolor paper. I heat embossed the flowers in gold, and fussy cut them out. Next, I coloured them using the Zig Clean Colour Brush pens. 

After my flowers were coloured, I started working on my foliage. I stamped the leaves from the Build A Flower: Peony Blossom set using the Tropical Forest Mini dye inks. I also gold heat embossed and coloured some small flowers from the Amazing You stamp set. I love this set for all the little filler flowers it has! I used the same shades of Zigs that I used for colouring the bigger flowers. 

The sentiment comes from two different sets: I have combined the Perfectly Perfect stamp set and the Amazing You stamp set for creating my own sentiment. I wanted the card to have some more interest, so I adhered the Dotted Washi Tape on to White cardstock and punched out circles from it in several sizes to add to my card. No card is ever complete without some bling, so I also went ahead and adhered few gold sparkly sequins. That's it. This card was done!

ETA: I totally forgot to mention that my card was also inspired by this month's Altenew Inspiration Challenge colours. I loved the Christmas-sy colours and wanted to create a card using it.


My second card features the same stamp. I have also coloured the flowers in a similar fashion as above. 

The flowers on this card are from the Perfectly Perfect stamp set and were stamped, gold heat embossed, coloured, and fussy cut. The leaves are also from the same set and have been created using the same method as the flowers. I used three different shades of green markers to colour the leaves. 

I added some additional foliage to my card panel using several stamps from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set. I tucked in the flowers in between some leaves as well as added some delicate foliage pieces to make the floral arrangement look more complete. 

To complete the card, I added a sentiment which is from the Adore You stamp set. This is one of my most used sentiment stamps, and you might have seen me use it in several cards before too. I love the font and the message! I also added some sparkly gold sequins and ochre paint splatters to finish my card. 


 Next up, I have a gift box and a coordinating gift tag to share. I love using my Altenew stamps for various projects other than cards too, and love the elegant look they give to any project!

First up, I have this gift box to share. I created the box using a gift box die. The finished box measures 5 1/4" x 3 5/8" x 7/8". I used the Painted Flowers stamp set to stamp the roses on the lid of the box using the Tea Party Mini Dye inks. The leaves are also a part of the same set. 

I stamped the flowers all over the lid to give it the look of a floral wallpaper! I love the unique colours of the Tea Party dye inks and think they look really pretty. Here's how the box looks when opened:

To embellish the box, I die cut an oval frame from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set. I popped up the frame using white foam. I also wanted to include a sentiment in the centre of the gift box and decided to go with one from the Sketchy Floral stamp set. I also added few die cut flower foliage from the Painted Flowers set to frame the sentiment. 


I also made a coordinating gift tag to go along with my box. 

I kept this tag fairly simple! I used the Painted Flowers stamp set to stamp the roses on either side of my tag. Then, I stamped the coordinating leaves to give the roses a more complete look. I used the Tea Party Mini Dye inks for stamping the flowers and the Tropical Forest Mini dye inks for the leaves. The sentiment is from the Sketchy Floral stamp set.

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Prizes
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

My Sweet Petunia: 3 MISTI stamping tools(Memory, Original, and Mini)
Jennifer McGuire Ink: Altenew $50 gift certificate & 10 handmade cards
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $25 gift certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 2 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall 2018 issue
Scrapbook.com: $25 gift certificate
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 Dual Brush Pens

Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.

Additional Giveaway 
The generous folks at Altenew have allowed me to giveaway a $20 gift certificate to ony lucky person who leaves a comment on this post. If you would like to be considered for the giveaway, please leave a comment by 12/8/2018. I will announce the winner on 12/09 on my blog.

Blog Hop Order: 
I'm the last stop on this hop! If you're starting the hop from my blog, then your next stop will be the Altenew Scrapbook Blog.

                         Hussena Calcuttawala  (You are HERE!)


I hope you liked all my projects. I am really thrilled and thankful to have been asked to be a part of such an amazing blog hop! I would love to know if you have any favourite(s). Thank you so much for stopping by!

80 comments:

  1. Wow..both the cards are equally stunning how can one pick a favorite among them ?? Totally in awe of the box and tag.. beautiful,elegant and perfect finishing !!

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  2. Beautiful cards. Beautiful tag. Love them all.

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  3. Wow! Gorgeous floral cards with awesome coloring! And I just love the gift box and tag, they are super beautiful! <3 <3 <3

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  4. I love the floral arrangement on the card. Your color choices are stunning!

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  5. Each project made me Ohhh! & Ahhh! So Lovely Hussena :) Thanks for the inspiration, your style is always so refreshing! Hugs to you my friend.

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  6. Amazing work! Absolutely love these!

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  7. So lovely! The gold embossing is stunning!! Beautiful coloring.
    I love the frame with flowers. The sentiment was perfect!
    Pretty tag! It is so elegant with those pretty flowers!

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  8. Both cards are lovely - hard to believe one of them is made as an afterthought! I love that gift box too - that would definitely be kept for a keepsake box - I love the thought and care put into it! I love to remake containers and this is inspiration for me to try to use this style to redecorate a tin or something too.

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  9. Your cards are amazing. The red flowers and gold embossing are stunning. I do have a favourite, the first. Truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I am absolutely honoured Hussena <3 YOU made my day with your lovely words and your oh-so-awesome projects!! What a beautiful line up!! I love the addition of dotted washi on the first card, makes the flowers stand out so much!

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  11. Wow. Just wow. I was all set to love the first card...because you used washi!...and then I got to the box and the tag and am just blown away at how many ways you can make a single stamp set come to life! Thank you!

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  12. I love the layering of the flowers.
    Gives the card so much depth.
    The box is gorgeous. The frame
    is a wonderful idea. The matching
    tag is a great idea. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Oh my goodness, all of your work is just gorgeous!

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  14. Four amazing projects, Hussena!!! Love the first two versions of the card design! But if I have to pick one I'd say the first one with dotted circles and soft green leaves is my favorite :)!

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  15. wow your projects are stunning and so elegant - thanks for sharing!!

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  16. LOVE the cards! And the box and tag are just gorgeous! Glad to have discovered you on this blog hop!! <3

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  17. Your coloring on the flowers are just amazing! I love all the layers on the first one!

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  18. Each project is perfect! What beautiful creations! I love these Painted Flowers and thanks for letting us know the ink colors!

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  19. Love the cards and the gift box and tag!

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  20. Wow - both of these cards are awesome. The vibrant color you used on the first one is beautiful. And the second card, I really want to get this stamp. I love how the middle image is layered. I love the tag you made to go with it too. Rachel Duong

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  21. Your projects are just stunning!

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  22. Oh, my! What a great gift set. Beautiful!

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  23. The flowers on the card look stunning. And the box is fabulous looks very sweet and elegant

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  24. There cards are absolutely gorgeous hussna. Glad to see more of your cards again.

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  25. The cards and gift box are lovely! I can't seem to have a lot of white space on my projects, so my favorite has to be the card with the dotted washi.

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  26. Beautiful cards and tag. I love the gold embossing on one of your floral cards. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

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  27. Wow! Absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing.

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  28. Beautiful cards. Your coloring is just beautiful. The gold embossing on the first card is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. So Pretty! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  30. Oh my goodness Hussena these are gorgeous. (My fave of the 2 cards is the 2nd one although they are both stunning.) I am A huge fan of Altenew's florals too so I hear ya, sista! LOL
    Your gift box and tag are stunners as well, you have certainly nailed it today with your crafty talent, we'll done on all counts.

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  31. I am continually amazed at how wonderful this crafty community is, crossing even international barriers, and this blog hop is such a lovely way to celebrate this. I agree with you about Erum and Tasnim. But I love your work too. Beautiful card, but that gift box and tag are exquisite!

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  32. Such vivid cards. The colors are amazing! Thank you for sharing!!

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  33. Beautiful cards, and I love the gift box and tag. Love the florals, and love the colors you used too. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  34. Gorgeous cards and my fave is that darling gift box and tag!

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  35. What a gorgeous last stop of this super fun and inspirational hop - love your fab makes! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  36. Love your cards, they are vibrant and beautiful, elegangly done.

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  37. Beautiful cards, and I love seeing non-card projects too! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  38. Both of these cards are very beautiful.

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  39. Your cards are just gorgeous! I love the beautiful flowers.

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  40. All your creations are absolutely gorgeous!! Lovely coloring and great gift box and tag too!

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  41. All of your projects are fantastic! I like the second better than the first. There's just something about spatters that appeals to me. Your box is beautiful! The tag is also.

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  42. I'm enjoying all the inspiration along the Crafty Friends blog hop! What gorgeous projects! I love them all! Of the first two cards, I'd pick the second one as my favorite!

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  43. Beautiful cards and box as always...

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  44. Beautiful projects Hussena - for the first card I love the first color combo - but that's just my preference. Such a great idea with the box and tag...

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  45. Absolutely gorgeous cards. The box and tag are so darn amazing

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  46. Hussena, I am assured of finding bright, gorgeous, fabulous cards when I stop by... you've done Altenew very proudly, my friend! and that BOX?? a gift all by itself! xx
    =]

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  47. I love both of the cards, they are so awesome. Back in the days I throw out left overs from an other card but nowadays I use them just like you for a second card and it makes awesome cards, so why not. I also love that gorgeous giftbox, that is a gift by itself. Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely inspiration.

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  48. now way could i choose a favorite card - both are so beautiful - and your gift box and tag are darling!

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  49. Your cards are absolutely beautiful!

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  50. Beautiful cards and projects, just amazing! I love the washi tape circles to add background interest and your gift box and tag are so elegant and gorgeous. The Painted Flowers was my first Altenew stamp set!

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  51. Your cards are beautiful and so are the gift box and tag. I still use my Painted Flowers stamp set and love it. It was the first Altenew set I owned.

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  52. All of your projects are gorgeous, but my favorite is the first one. I love the way you combined several different florals to create such a stunning bouquet! The colors also give it a feel of Christmas. Thanks for sharing your creative talent in this hop--I've enjoyed it immensely! Have a blessed week.

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  53. Beautiful cards and the gift box and tag are amazing! Both cards are stunning, but I think I like the second one the most. I started out my paper crafting adventure making gift boxes, so your lovely box really appeals to me. I love the colors of the flowers and the oval frame with the sentiment inside is fabulous. The matching tag is perfect with it.

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  54. Beautiful Cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. Love all your projects. The first card is my favourite, because of the dotted background which I adore. I also love the gift box and tag. Painted Flowers was one of the first Altenew stamp set I bought and I love it to date.

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  56. Your cards are beautiful! But the box and tag are my favorites of today's projects.

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  57. These cards indeed so pretty.

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  58. These are wonderful! I love all the reds in your florals and the placement of your clusters/elements. Wonderful balance!

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  59. I loved all your projects! Great inspiration!

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  60. I really like your gift box and tag combo Hussena, really lovely!

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  61. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous cards and tags--love the gold embossing with the zig watercolor markers! Lovely!

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  62. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your gift box! I love the look of old fashioned wall paper. I also love the beautiful colors used in your cards. Gorgeous!

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  63. What an amazing group of projects! That gift box is gorgeous!

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  64. Wow...both of the cards are just gorgeous....and the tag was a beautiful bonus....I love them all....thank you so much for sharing them....Happiest of Holidays!!!

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  65. Your projects are such a wonderful showcase of these lovely products. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products.

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  66. Gorgeous projects!! Love everything!!

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  67. Both the cards are awesome, love your coloring. Gift box is pretty too.

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  68. What an amazing projects..i just love the elegance and simplicity.thank you so much for inspiring through your work ma'am

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  69. Stunning card, love the bright colors. beautiful blending of colors

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  70. Very pretty projects. I like the first card design a little better.

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  71. Each one is beautiful! I love the nifty matching oval frame!!

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  72. Beautiful projects with such bright colors!

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