Monday, August 31, 2020

Spellbinders August 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop | Giveaway Winner

Hello everyone!
I'm here to announce the winner from the Spellbinders August 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my post! I am glad to know you liked my Vintage Telephone Card! :)

I used random.org for selecting the winner.


The lucky Winner is 
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Congratulations to you, BrendaLea! Please e-mail Spellbinders at socialmedia@spellbinders.us by 9/06/2020 with the subject line Spellbinders August 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Hussena's Blog to claim your certificate.

Thank you once again, everyone!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio | Hugs Card

Hello, crafty friends!
I have a card to share today on the Pinkfresh Studio Card Blog, featuring the beautiful Sending Love and Hugs Stamp Set and Essentials: Shaker Tags Die Set.

For my card, I began by stamping the floral clusters from the Sending Love and Hugs Stamp Set in my MISTI on a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. I used Berrylicious and Passion Fruit for stamping the flowers, while for the leaves, I used Metropolis and Misty Coast.

Once my images were stamped, I die cut them using the coordinating Sending Love and Hugs Die Set. Next, I went ahead and fussy cut some flowers from the clusters to adhere to my panel. Coral is one of my all-time favourite colours and I really love how it looks paired up with grey!

I wanted a pop of colour in the background, so I stamped the Cling Rubber Stamp: Diamond Tiles on my card panel using Misty Coast. I then die cut this panel using the Essentials: Stitched Rectangles Die Set.
Once that was done, I die cut a tag from the Essentials: Shaker Tags Die Set. I lightly inked the edges of the tag using Passion Fruit Ink to give it more definition. Then, I die cut a shaker window in the centre of the tag, so that the background design would peek through from it. I then adhered everything to my card panel.

The die-cut 'Hugs' sentiment is from the Pinkfresh Studio - Thin Words Everyday Script Die, which is a die set designed by Pinkfresh Studio exclusively for Scrapbook.com, and was cut from Silver Glitter Cardstock and White Foam for dimension. This is a very pretty yet delicate die set, so I had to be very careful when adhering it to avoid adhesive marks. The accompanying stamped sentiment is from the My Favorite Things to Say Stamp Set. As the finishing touch, I adhered some Essentials:  Pink Jewels on my card panel. I so loved creating this card!

I hope you enjoyed this card and are inspired to make something new today!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio | You are Amazing Card


Hello, crafty friends!
It's my turn today to post on the Pinkfresh Card Blog, and I have a Card to share today featuring the gorgeous, Charming Floral Wreath Stamp Set, which I have paired with a couple of products from the NEW August Release from Pinkfresh. 

I wanted to use a colour combination which was different from my usual colour palette, so I decided to go with blue and yellow for my card. I also wanted to experiment with the Dye Inks from Pinkfresh, which come in such a wide variety of colours. They stamp so beautifully and I simply love them! 

To start off, I stamped the florals from the Charming Floral Wreath Stamp Set using my MISTI Stamping Tool. I used two different ink colours: Stargazer and Blue Jay for stamping the floral images. Using a stamp positioning tool helps you a lot when using layered stamp sets as it offers precision, but the Charming Floral Wreath Stamp Set is fairly simple to use, and so, you can most definitely use your acrylic blocks too for stamping. Next, I stamped the leaves for the wreath using Lemon Whip and Marigold dye inks. Then, I cut out the images using the coordinating Charming Floral Wreath Die Set.

I wanted a hint of colour behind my floral images, so I took a piece of white card panel and used the Lemon Whip Dye Ink to lightly ink blend the background using a blender brush. Then, I took another piece of White Cardstock and die cut the stitched shaker window die from the Essentials: Shaker Tags. Once I was done, I die cut the panel using the Essentials: Stitched Rectangles Die Set to make it look like a window frame. I always love stretching my supplies to create new and unique designs, so I was quite happy with how this worked out!

I arranged my florals over the panel and then adhered them down using foam squares. I wanted to add a little something in the background, so I pulled out the Color Block: Gradiating Stripes Stamp Set and stamped it on a piece of White Cardstock using four different blue inks:
Ocean BlueSummer Shower, Seaside, and Storm. I then trimmed the panel to size and adhered it directly to my card base. 

My die cut sentiment is from two different die sets: Lea's Ornate Uppercase Die Set, and Heather Uppercase Die Set. I die cut the letters from White Cardstock and lightly coloured them using Sky Blue Dye Ink. Then, I stamped a coordinating sentiment from the Charming Floral Wreath Stamp Set using the Detail Black Hybrid ink. I die cut it using the small shaker window die from the Essentials: Shaker Tags. Finally, I mounted it to my panel using foam dots. 

I hope you enjoyed this card and hope that you are inspired to make something new today!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Spellbinders August 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hello, crafty friends!
I'm ecstatic to be joining Spellbinders for the August 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop today. Spellbinders is celebrating all their Club Kits in shop for August 2020. 
If you arrived here from the talented, Jean Manis' 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.

I have made a Pop Up 3D Vignette Telephone Card for the hop today using the Amazing Paper Grace – August Die of the Month. In case you missed, it I shared a Card on my blog few days ago using this month's "Pop Up 3D Vignette Telephone" Set, which you can check out HERE.
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership
The dies for Spellbinders Monthly Clubs are exclusive to Spellbinders and you won't find them anywhere else. 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 August, so hurry before they are sold out.

There are SIX dies included in the Telephone Set to help you create a wide variety of projects like: a Pop Up 3D Card, a Shaker Card, a Shaped Card, a Mini Scrapbook Album (upto 4 pages), a Gift Card Holder and more.
I have used this die set to create a 3D Vignette Card. 

To start off, I die cut all the different shapes and panels needed to make my 3D card using Buttercream Cardstock. I also cut some of the coordinating elements from Gold Mirror Cardstock. Once I had everything die-cut, I assembled my Card following THIS video by Becca Feeken. It's really simple and easy to follow!

I die cut all my receiver panels from Buttercream Cardstock, while the handset caps, I die cut them from Gold Mirror Cardstock

To embellish my first receiver panel, I die cut the sentiment 'Tis the Season' from Gold Mirror Cardstock using the sentiment die from the Holiday Word Blocks Etched Dies. I added a mini floral embellishment at the top to add more interest. The flowers are created using the poinsettia die from the Holiday Word Blocks Etched Dies, while the leaves are from a previous Card Kit die.

I embellished my second receiver panel using the 'Joy' die-cut sentiment from the Holiday Word Blocks Etched Dies, which was cut from Gold Mirror Cardstock. I also adhered a mini snowflake embellishment at the top to accentuate it. The flower is die cut from the poinsettia die from the same die set, while the snowflake is from the Snowflake Splendor Etched Dies. I inked the flower using dye ink and added a pink jewel to the centre to give it a more finished look.

For my third panel, I kept things more simple. I added a hot foiled border strip from the Christmas Sweater Borders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate. Next, I die cut the sentiment from the Holiday Word Blocks Etched Dies from Cranberry Bliss Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock and then adhered one over the other for dimension. 

My last and final receiver panel has some quick and simple embellishments. I die cut the snowflake from the Snowflake Splendor Etched Dies using Gold Mirror Cardstock, while the flowers are die cut from the poinsettia die from the Holiday Word Blocks Etched Dies. I added some die cut leaves to complete the look.

For the dial, I again used Buttercream Cardstock and Gold Mirror Cardstock to die cut the pieces. Once I was done adhering down all the numbers in the rotary dial, I added a stamped sentiment piece to the centre, for which I used Rich Coral Ink. I also added a few die cut flowers and leaves around the dial to accentuate it. 

The flowers are die cut using the same poinsettia die that I used on my receiver panels, which is from the Holiday Word Blocks Etched Dies. I inked all of them and embossed the petals using an Embossing Ball Tool. Then, I added flat back jewels in the centres for more interest. Lastly, I added a die-cut bow from the Holly Frame Gala Etched Dies to complete my card. 

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 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, August 30th, 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 30th August, 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, Jill Hilliard'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:
Spellbinders Blog
Nichol Spohr
Tina Smith
Carrie Rhoades
Bibi Cameron
Jenny Colacicco
Laurie Willison
Joy Baldwin
Michelle Short
Jean Manis
                         Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)
Jill Hilliard
Virginia Lu
Ilina Crouse
Varada Sharma
Henriƫtte van Mierlo


Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked my project! If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram Page - @hussena_cal
Wishing you a great day ahead!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Spellbinders Fall/Halloween Collection | Hey Boo! Card

Hello, crafty friends!
I am back today to share a Card using the Spellbinders Fall/Halloween Collection. I am not someone who creates a lot of Halloween Cards, so this was a bit challenging for me. However, I love all the products in the Collection and have used a few today to create a Halloween Shaker Card. Sounds fun?

My card today uses the fun Spider Web Background Glimmer Hot Foil Plate along with the Die D-Lites Halloween Sunday Drive Etched Die. I have combined hot foil stamping, die cutting, and a Shaker to create my card. Here's a look at it:

To start off, I took a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (110 LBS) and ink blended the background using Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, and Shaded Lilac Distress inks. At this point, I accidentally knocked some water over my panel, effectively giving it a very bleached look. I kinda liked the way it looked, so left it as is. Once I was happy with how the panel looked, I trimmed it to size to create my card panel. Next, I used the Spider Web Background Glimmer Hot Foil Plate to hot foil the spider webs on the top half of my panel using my Glimmer Foil Machine and Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Silver. Once that was done, I die cut a circle from this panel using the Nestabilities Standard Circles Etched Dies.

To create my Shaker, I die cut a piece of Acetate and adhered a panel of Lemon Drop Cardstock at the back.  Then, I added sequins from the Sunrise Mix Sequins and assembled it together to create my Shaker.

Next, I die cut some bats from the Die D-Lites Halloween Sunday Drive Etched Die from Black Licorice Cardstock. I also die cut a skeleton from Whip Cream Cardstock and some additional embellishments like leaves and the skulls. I coloured the leaves using Lemon Drop Ink to coordinate with the background of the Shaker piece.

To complete my card, I die cut a sentiment from the Die D-Lites Halloween Sunday Drive Etched Die from Black Licorice Cardstock and Lemon Drop Cardstock and layered the two together to create my sentiment frame. I foam mounted my panel to my card base created from Black Licorice Cardstock. Lastly, I used the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen over the frame to add some subtle shimmer.


Thanks for joining me today to take a look at the new  Fall/Halloween Collections from Spellbinders. I would love to hear what you think of my card. :)

If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page - @hussena_cal
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Spellbinders Sparkling Christmas Glimmer Collection | Card & Cottage Box

Hello, crafty friends!
I hope you're all doing well and are staying safe! I have a Card and Gift Box to share today using the stunning Glimmer Plates from the Spellbinders Sparkling Christmas Glimmer Collection. I simply LOVE the products in this release as they are so creative and versatile and perfect for creating all kinds of holiday projects!



The Christmas Sweater Borders set has three border plates in varying heights with each having a different classic holiday sweater design. I love all three designs in this set and decided to use them together to create my card background. I used my Glimmer Hot Foil System to foil the plates on to my Cardstock piece using the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold. I simply love the rich, luscious look against white! 

Next, I took a piece of Light Pink Textured Cardstock and embossed the panel using the Layered Scallops Embossing Folder from Fun Stampers Journey. This is one of my all-time favourite folders and I love using it on my projects! 

Once my card panels were adhered down, it was time to embellish my card. I decided to create some poinsettia flowers using the Glimmer Poinsettia Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set. I foiled the flowers and leaves using Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold and Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Rose Gold on some Whip Cream Cardstock and then die cut them using the coordinating dies. I loved the look of the flowers as is, but I decided it to take it a notch higher and create 3D flowers. I embossed the petals and added light pink Crystals in the centres to jazz them up. I also die cut some leaves from regular Cardstock and colored them using Lemon Grass Ink. I coloured the hot foiled leaves using Sweet Pear Ink to bring it all in together.

The sentiment is from the Holiday Sentiments Series 2 Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set. I used the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold on Whip Cream Cardstock to foil my sentiment. Then, I die cut another coordinating sentiment strip in pink to further accentuate it. To complete my card, I added some Pink Crystals.




I love this particular die set from Amazing Paper Grace as it's so darn cute yet elegant at the same time. Plus it comes with a plethora of add-on accessories to embellish the box which is so neat! I created a coordinating Gift Box to go along with my Card and I am quite happy with how it turned out! 

For my box, I first die cut the base from Whip Cream Cardstock using the Shapeabilities Charming Cottage Box Etched Dies. Next, I used the Christmas Sweater Borders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate to foil the borders on the box using Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold. Once this was done, I assembled the box and kept it aside. 

I wanted to keep the embellishing super simple so as to not take away from the beauty of the foiled borders. I decided to use the same poinsettia flowers that I used for my Card to embellish my Box too. I foiled the flower from the Glimmer Poinsettia Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set using Rose Gold Foil. Then, I die cut them using the coordinating dies and embossed the centres for a more natural look. I repeated the same process for the leaves. This time, I wanted to have a pop of colour in my arrangement, so I die cut a flower from Blush Cardstock and added gold glitter balls to the centre to accentuate it. Then I adhered everything together to create my floral spray.

To complete my project, I added a die-cut sentiment tag. I stamped my sentiment on the tag using Rustic Rose Ink and then die cut it and popped it over on my box.  I also added some Pink Crystals here and there for added interest. 

Thanks for joining me today to take a look at the new Christmas Collections from Spellbinders. I would love to hear what you think of my projects. :)

If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page - @hussena_cal
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Spellbinders Sparkling Christmas Collection | 'Tis The Season Card

Hello, crafty friends!
I have a Card to share today featuring dies and Glimmer Plates from the Spellbinders Sparkling Chirstmas Collection. I created a bunch of holiday projects recently using this collection and can't wait to share them all here. I don't know if it is too early to start on Christmas cards, but I thoroughly enjoyed creating them.

My Card for today features the Sunday Drive with Santa Etched Dies and the sentiment Glimmer Plates from the Holiday Sentiments Series 2 Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set.

When I saw the Sunday Drive with Santa Etched Dies, I immediately knew that I wanted to create a scene-based card using it. To start, I die cut the different components of the car from the Shapeabilities Sunday Drive Etched Dies using my Spellbinders Platinum 6" Die Cut Machine. The Sunday Drive with Santa Etched Dies is designed to work with the previously released Sunday Drive Die Set. If you have that set already, this is a must-have add-on! 

I die cut the pieces of the car from Whip Cream CardstockGold Mirror Cardstock, Cranberry Bliss Cardstock, and Black Licorice Cardstock. I assembled it together and then kept it aside. Next, I die cut the figure of Santa and Rudolph from the Sunday Drive with Santa Etched Dies from the Brights Glitter Cardstock Stack by DCWV. I love the sparkly finish and think it really adds that little something to the card! I also die cut the number plate frame 'Be Merry' from Gold Mirror Cardstock and added it to my car.

Once this was done, I started working on my card background. I took a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, and ink blended the background using Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, and Broken China Distress inks.  Once I was happy with the way it looked, I die cut a circle from the centre of the panel using the Nestabilities Standard Circles LG Etched Dies. Next, I took another panel and ink blended the background using Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Sky Distress inks. Once that was done, I stenciled the background using an old Heidi Swapp Stencil and Gold Glimmer Paste. I love the contrast of the gold against the blue. I think it looks quite striking! 

Next I die cut some little poinsettia flowers and fern leaves from the Sunday Drive with Santa Etched Dies from Glitter Cardstock. I adhered them over my car and on a few places on my card panel. 

For the sentiment, I chose one of the Glimmer Plates in the Holiday Sentiments Series 2 Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set. I used Gold Foil to glimmer the sentiment onto a strip of Black Licorice Cardstock. I trimmed it and adhered it to my panel using foam squares. Lastly, I added some green jewels to the centres of the flowers and adhered my panel to my card base to finish. 

Thanks for joining me today to take a look at the new Christmas Collections from Spellbinders. I would love to hear what you think of my card. :)

If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page - @hussena_cal
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

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


Hello, crafty friends!
Hope you are doing well and are safe and healthy!
I have a Card to share today featuring the Spellbinders + Amazing Paper Grace August Die of the Month. This month's "Pop Up 3D Vignette Telephone" Set is perfect for making exquisite cards, a gift card caddy, and more. 
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership

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 August, so hurry before they are sold out. If there are any leftovers, they are added to the Spellbinders store for sale at full price. You can see all of the past Dies of the Month HERE.

I have made a Shaped Card using this month's Pop Up 3D Vignette Telephone Die set. I had two different card ideas in my mind at first, but I decided to stick to one. Like I say every month, Becca is a GENIUS when it comes to designing dies and manages to bowl me always! If you're a die aficionado like me, you should definitely consider subscribing to the Amazing Paper Grace [APG] Monthly Club

I wanted to create this Vintage Telephone Card in pastel tones, so I worked with very light pinks for my entire card design. To start off, I die cut the base of the telephone from Baby Pink Cardstock. I die cut it twice, one for the front of the card and the other for the backside, so that it would give a more finished look. Next, I die cut it from a soft, baby pink patterned paper so that I could adhere it over my base die-cut.
Here's how the backside of the Card looks:

I adhered the layers and then assembled it together to create the basic framework for my card. Once that was done, I die cut the telephone handset from DCWV Pastels Solid Textured Cardstock and the coordinating handset caps for it from Whip Cream Cardstock and adhered it all down using the Journey Craft Glue. You may think that this die set is a tad bit complicated to play with, but once you start working with it, you will realize how simple and quick it is to put these 3D Telephone Sets together. They are really fun to make too and the process made me feel very therapeutic.

Next, I die cut the rotary dial for the telephone from the same DCWV Pastels Solid Textured Cardstock, while the numbers were die cut from Baby Pink Cardstock. I inlay the sentiment piece 'Call Me' to add some interest to my design and popped the numbers to my card using foam squares for dimension.

The telephone was looking good as is, but I decided to include a lil' floral spray to spruce things up! I die cut the flowers from the Amazing Paper Grace July Die Set from White Cardstock and coloured them using two different ink colours from Fun Stampers Journey - Bubble Gum and Rustic Rose. Once they were coloured, I embossed the petals using Embossing Ball Tools and added white pollens to the centres to give them a more natural look. I also added some leaves, foliage, and rose buds to complete my floral spray.

Here's a look at the insides of the Card. I die cut a layer using the Pop Up 3D Vignette Telephone from Whip Cream Cardstock and adhered it down so that the recipient can write their message/thoughts. 

And here is my completed card. I think I like how this turned out. What do you think?


If you haven't had a chance to look at the Spellbinders Club Kits yet, do check them out. You can find more information about them HERE.

If you would like to see more project inspiration using the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, visit the Spellbinders blog to see the project samples created using it. There is also a super helpful YouTube video which you can see HERE which shows you how to use the die set in a creative way!

The Club dies are absolutely great value for money and the cost of the kit includes shipping cost within USA. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up as soon as possible!
Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Membership

That's it from me for today! I hope you liked my card.
If you would like to see more of my work using Spellbinders, do follow my Instagram page - @hussena_cal
Thank you so much for your visit to my blog today!