Monday, March 25, 2019

Spellbinders March 25th Blog Hop

Hello, crafty friends!
Welcome to the Spellbinders March 25th Blog Hop! If you're just popping in, you can start at the beginning with Spellbinders Blog. If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived from the blog of Tina Smith. There is lots of inspiration and prizes to be won, so be sure to read until the end of the post for more details!

Today, we are showcasing the following NEW collections from Spellbinders and I am so excited to share my projects using both these collections.
Becca Feeken Gilded Age | Sharyn Sowell Happy | New Glimmer Hot Foil Colors

My first project is a Cottage Gift Box made using the Gilded Trimmings Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold, and the Charming Cottage Box Etched Dies.

I wanted to use the Gilded Trimmings Glimmer Hot Foil Plate in a new and unique way, and what better than using it as a gorgeous, elegant border to adorn a gift box! To create this box, I first die cut the Cottage Box from heavy-weight smooth Cream Cardstock using the Charming Cottage Box Etched Dies. Once it was die cut, I used the Spellbinders Hot Foil Glimmer System with the Gilded Trimmings Glimmer Hot Foil Plate to foil the border on all four sides of the box. I used the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll in Gold to foil the borders.

I wanted to keep the embellishing very simple so as to not take away the focus from the foiled borders. I used the Cinch and Go Poinsettia Etched Dies to create a light pink poinsettia and some small filler flowers from the It's Your Day Etched Dies along with a couple of rose buds and pollens from my stash to embellish the box. I also added some leaves die cut from green Foamiran to complete the floral cluster.  

Here is a look at the foiled borders! I die cut the tiny border using the Gilded Trimmings Glimmer Hot Foil Plate with the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Blush. I added it as an accent strip all around the box. I loved how this one turned out! What do you think?

My next box is an idea which came to my mind whole working on the first project. I had this beautiful strip of foil left over from foiling the Gilded Trimmings Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, and it was too pretty to be thrown out, so I decided to use the negative as well to create another box.

This is actually a gorgeous gold colour, however, I was not able to capture the colour of the foil nicely. The next picture shows you how the actual colour looks like, and I think, you will agree with me, that it is really very pretty!

I adhered this strip of foil using Glossy Accents. I had to be very careful while adhering it, to make sure there were no air bubbles. I used the entire negative piece to cover the box. I also die cut borders using the Shadow Box Ribbon Threader Etched Dies from white cardstock to add to the top and bottom of the foiled piece, and give it a more finished look. 

I kept the floral arrangement almost the same as the previous box, and only changed the colours. Also, please excuse those pesky glue strings which are showing up in the pictures. I had no idea about them until I saw down to edit my pictures. :/

My last project for today is a Card I made using the new Glimmer Plates and Etched Dies from Sharyn Sowell's Happy Collection

I had a lot of fun creating this card! I have always wanted to create a card with this particular layout and when I saw the Oh Happy Day Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, I knew I was going to use it this way! I first started by foiling the plate using Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Blush. Once that was done, I started working on the other elements of my card. 

I die cut little flowers from light pink and dark pink cardstock using dies from the It's Your Day Etched Dies and lightly embossed them to give them a dainty look. I adhered them on my card panel and added white pearls to the centres. The sentiment banner was die cut from Gold Mirror Cardstock and White Cardstock and then adhered one one on top of the other to give the inlay effect.

I really liked the way this one tuned out because this was how I had envisioned it when I received these products. I would love to know what you think of my card!

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, April 7th 11:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced in their blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Blog Hop List:
Next stop on this Blog Hop is the talented, Mona Tóth's blog.
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)
Zinia Redo

 Thanks for stopping by!
 I hoped you liked my projects. If you did, please do leave me a comment letting me know which one is your favourite. :)

Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great day ahead!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, crafty friends!
I am so honoured and excited to be joining Altenew for their Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop today. If you’ve arrived here from the blog of Laura Volpes, you’re on the right track. If you’d like to start at the beginning and not miss a thing, click on the Altenew Card Blog link.

Altenew is releasing another amazing Watercolor Brush Markers Set! The Tropical Fiesta Set is full of cheery, bright, vivid tones. Here is a colour swatch for the Set:

I have two cards to share today for the hop, so let's get going!

My first card features the Garden Picks 3D Die Set and

To create this card, I started by die cutting the roses and foliage from the Altenew Garden Picks 3D Die Set from 300 GSM cold pressed watercolor paper. Them, I used the shades: Sunkissed, Crimson, and Paper Bag from the Tropical Fiesta set to colour my roses. Do keep in mind, that these markers are VERY concentrated, so a little goes a long way. I coloured the leaves the same way using a mix of Sweet Leaf and Lime. They are such pretty colours!

Next, I embossed a piece of white cardstock using the Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die

I gave a light colour wash on the embossed panel using the Lava Rock Brush Marker to add some depth to my background. Once that was done, I arranged my flowers and leaves and adhered them on the panel.

 All that was left to do now was, add a sentiment to my card. I chose one from the Sketchy Floral Stamp Set. It was stamped on a strip of white cardstock and then popped on my card panel using foam tape. I added few black paint splatters and enamel dots to finish off my card.

For my second card, I have taken the watercoloring route and used the Perfectly Perfect Stamp set

I am not much of a colorist, so forgive me, if this looks very amateurish! To create this card, I first heat embossed the flowers and leaves from the Perfectly Perfect Stamp set using White Embossing Powder on 300 GSM cold pressed watercolor paper.

Then, I went in with the Purple Vine Brush Marker and coloured my flowers. What I really love about working with the Altenew Brush Markers is that, they are super concentrated and extremely easy to blend and work with. I tried to give the flowers some shadow and depth using only one colour and got good results. I did the same for the leaves. I used a combination of Lime and Sweet leaf to colour them and then fussy cut them out.

I wanted to add some subtle texture to my background, so I used my Cube Cover Die to give an embossed effect. I really love stretching my supplies to get more mileage out of them and this is a great technique to do with all your Cover Dies.  I created my own grey background by using the Lava Rock Brush Marker on white cardstock and diluting it with a lot of water. This resulted in a soft, grey color cardstock colour which went well with my flowers.

I used the Simple Alpha Die Set to die cut the letters 'Hi' from black cardstock and white fun foam. I adhered them one on top of the other, so that I could get a raised effect. The other part of the sentiment came from the Sketchy Floral Stamp Set. I added a thin strip of silver glitter paper to the sentiment strip to add some interest to my card design. Finally, I added few clear sequins and black paint splatters to complete my card.

Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 28th for a chance to win.

Additional Giveaway:
The generous folks at Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 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 blogs on 3/31/2019.

The next stop on the hop is, Svitlana Shayevich's blog. I have also included the full blog hop list, incase you have just started the hop from my blog!

Blog Hop Order:
                         Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)

Thanks for stopping by! I hoped you liked my cards. If you did, please do leave me a comment letting me know which one is your favourite. :)
Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great day ahead!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month | March 2019

Hello, everyone!
I have a card to share today I made using the Amazing Paper Grace March Die of the Month Kit. If you missed seeing my projects using last month's kit, you can check them out HERE.

This month's Spun Blessing Oval Die Set is very detailed and gorgeous, as always, and has some spectacular elements to help you make ornate cards, bags, boxes, and more. Here's a look at the kit itself:
What I really loved about the die set is , that you can use them all together to create a gorgeous panel or use all the elements separately to add different accents to your projects like an oval, a circle frame, and more. Another plus point about this set is that it is designed to fit regular A2 cards too, which makes it really versatile and can be used on a number of projects. 

I made a layered card using this set and here is a look at my card:

To create my card, I first started by die cutting the lattice square pieces from cream cardstock. I die cut it six times so that I could adhere them together to create a full background for my card panel. Once the background was in place, I started working on the focal of my card. I die cut the intricate oval frames and then added gold foil cardstock behind them, so that it could help highlight the gorgeous design. 

The pretty floral bunches that you see on either side of the card are handmade using peach Foamiran. I really love making my own Foamiran flowers as embellishments for all my projects. I used the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched Dies to create them and added cream thread pollens to give them some structure and shape. The leaves were die cut from green Foamiran and I added some foliage to complete the look.

Next, I die cut the sentiment tab using the dies included in this kit to create my sentiment banner. Then, I stamped a sentiment from the Vintage Elegance Giving Occasions Stamp and Die Set to finish off my card. I also added four corners die cut from the Swirl Tags Etched Dies using gold foil cardstock as the finishing accents. 

If you would like to get your hands on this die set, please go over to the Spellbinders website and subscribe to the APG Die of the Month Club. These dies are exclusively for Club members and are a definite value for money!

 If you liked my card, please do leave me a comment below. I always look forward to hearing from you. 
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great day.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Guest Post for Spellbinders | The Gilded Age by Amazing Paper Grace

Hello, crafty friends!
I am so excited and thrilled to share that I am a guest blogger on the Spellbinders blog. I am showcasing the The Gilded Age Line by Becca Feeken in my projects today.

I started working with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System about two weeks ago, and have been really enjoying experimenting and working with it. I love incorporating foil in all my cards and having this machine makes it all the more fun! Today, I have THREE cards to share with you using the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System and The Gilded Age Line by Becca Feeken.

This card might look really complicated to put together, but it absolutely isn't! To create this card, I first started by foiling the Gilded Vines Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using Blush Foil onto Cream cardstock.

Once that was done, I started working on the background of the card. I used Amazing Paper Grace February Die of the Month Kit to die cut two borders for my card out of some gold foil cardstock. These borders were popped up on foam to give them some dimension. I also die cut four corners to adhere to the foiled backdrop from the Shapeabilities Swirl Tags Etched Dies. I die cut from gold foil cardstock again and adhered them to the foiled panel.

The flowers were made using Pink Foamiran sheets. I added a bunch of three flowers along with a satin double-looped bow to embellish my card. The sentiment is a gold foiled sentiment sticker matted on to cardstock to give it some sturdiness.

I also added some cream cardstock corners on the card base which were die cut using the corner dies from Amazing Paper Grace February Die of the Month Kit. Didn't I say it was super simple to put together!

My second card combines my love for foil and Foamiran flowers. To create this card, I started by foiling the Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using Silver Hot Foil. I foiled the vines on baby pink cardstock and then cut them out using the coordinating die included in the set. Once those were ready, I started working on the focal of my card.

I die cut intricate background frames from pink and silver foil cardstock using the Shapeabilities Swirl Booklet Insert Etched Dies. I layered them on top of each other to give it some interest. The sentiment label was die cut from the Shapeabilities Swirl Tags Etched Dies. I die cut them gain from pink and silver foil cardstock respectively. Then, I stamped my sentiment on the pink panel and adhered it over the die cut background.

For my floral arrangement, I die cut the flowers and leaves from Foamiran sheets using flower dies from the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Etched Dies. I added some complimentary pink pollens to the centres to give them a more fuller look. The rose buds and other fillers are from my stash.

You can see the dimension on the sentiment label below. I love how the silver foil compliments the pink so perfectly!

My last card comprises majorly of foiled elements. To create this card, I first foiled the Gilded Nested Rectangle Glimmer Set Glimmer Hot Foil Plate using Starburst Hot Foil. Next, I die cut this rectangle using the coordinating die from the Gilded Nested Rectangle Die Set Etched Dies. I die cut and foiled another rectangle, slightly smaller than the previous one, so that I could mat one on top of the other. The smaller rectangle was foiled on some patterned paper to give it extra interest.

I die cut an oval frame from the Shapeabilities Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame Etched Dies using gold foil cardstock and adhered it over the foiled rectangle pieces. Next, I die cut and foiled the label from the Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. I used the Rose Gold Foil to foil this label. The picture below perfectly captures the colour. It's really very pretty!

I also foiled some vines using the Gilded Leaves Shaped Panel Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. I used Starburst Hot Foil to foil them and die cut them using the coordinating dies. I adhered them to the two corners of my card.

The sentiment is a sticker which I have adhered over the rose gold label. I added some micro roses and fillers to the right side to embellish my card.

And here is another look at the card.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies: Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, Cream Linen Textured 12 x 12 Cardstock, American Crafts Colored 12×12 cardstock, Gold Foil Cardstock, White Fun Foam; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Double Sided Foam Tape, Glue Gun; Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Small Fancy Labels 18; Foamiran Sheets (Light Yellow, Green, and Pink), McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Micro Rose Buds, Ribbon.

I absolutely loved working with these Spellbinders products and can't wait to share more projects using it very soon. If you liked my cards today, please do leave me a comment. I love hearing from you! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!