Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spellbinders May 16th 2018 Blog Hop


Hello everyone!

I am really excited and honored to be a part of the Spellbinders blog hop today. You must have come here from the super talented, Elena Salo's blog. If not, I do have the full blog hop list at the end of the post, so you can start the hop from the beginning. We are showcasing two new amazing collections from Spellbinders today: 


I have a gift box to share today which I created using the dies from the Romancing The Swirl collection by Becca Feeken. If you'd like to see more project examples using this collection, you can check out my posts on the Spellbinders blog HERE, HERE, and HERE.

I wanted to create a simple and elegant gift box featuring these dies. Here's a look at what I have made:

To create this gift box, I first took a sheet of 12" X 12" baby pink cardstock, and cut it into two pieces measuring - 6 1/2" by 7 1/2". Once my pieces were cut, I scored the 61/2" paper edge at the top of my scoreboard at 4 inches and 6 inches respectively. For my 71/2" paper, I scored the top at 5 inches and 7 inches.

To create the lid of the box, I used gold foil cardstock. I die-cut the centre of the paper using the Flourished Square Etched dies. (I die cut the paper before scoring and folding it to create my lid). I used the frame pattern die to create the delicate pattern on the edge of my lid.

The back of the box looks like this. I wanted to keep it simple, hence didn't embellish the back side.

I decorated my lid with some handmade Foamiran flowers made using the flower dies from the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies. I cut the flowers from white Foamiran sheets, inked the centres using a light pink dye ink, and added a bunch of cream thread pollens to the centres of the flowers to give them a more dimensional and realistic look. The leaves were cut from Olive Foamiran using the leaf die included in the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched dies set.

The tiny white filler flowers that you see were made using the flower dies from the Happily Ever After Etched dies which is an older die set from Amazing Paper Grace. I cut them from white Foamiran sheets, inked the centre of the flowers using a purple dye ink, and added white wired pollens in the centre to create my own filler flowers. I love how you can mix and match various dies from Becca's collections, and they look so well together! I also added a light pink paper bow to behind my floral cluster. I used the Petite Double Bow and Flower Etched dies to create my paper bow.

Here's a picture showing you the flowers from the other side of the box. These are quite dimensional as you can see for yourself.

Here's how the gift box looks without the lid :) I have done minimal embellishing on the front so that the lid remains the highlight of the project! The pink lacy die cut behind my floral arrangement was die-cut using the ringlet accent die from the Ringlet Round Etched dies set. 

Here's a closer look at the flowers. I LOVE making Foamiran flowers and they are my latest addiction. Do you love them, too? I think they look so soft and pretty!


Giveaways
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, May 20th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in this blog post on the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Additional Giveaway:
Spellbinders has very generously allowed me to giveaway a $25 gift certificate to the Spellbinders store. For your chance to win, please leave me a comment below. I will announce the lucky winner on my blog on 20th May, 2018. The winner will be responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.


Blog Hop Order:

                            Hussena Calcuttawala >> (You are HERE!)

The next stop on the blog hop is Olga Direktorenko's blog. Click HERE to go to her blog.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have made. If you did, please do leave a comment below letting me know that you did! I hope you have a wonderful day ahead!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Guest Post for Spellbinders | Romancing The Swirl

Hello everyone!
I am really excited and honoured to be guesting today on the Spellbinders Paper Arts blog. I am sharing two projects I made using the dies from the Romancing The Swirl collection by Amazing Paper Grace/Becca Feeken. This is another spectacular collection from Spellbinders with amazing Nestabilities shapes, tags, and intricate dies. I have made a paper gift box and a card for today's post. I will start with the gift box first:

The entire gift box is completely handmade using White cardstock and the Swirl Booklet Insert dies from the Romancing the Swirl collection. I have always loved working with Becca's dies because of the endless possibilities they offer! They are extremely versatile, and can be used for a number of different projects. I used the Booklet Insert die to die-cut and create a gift box, and doesn't it look so gorgeous!?

To create this gift box, I took some 80 LBS White cardstock and die cut four panels for the box using the Swirl Booklet Insert die. Once I die cut the four sides of the box, I glued everything together to create a box. If you are interested in knowing the full step by step tutorial for creating a gift box like the one I have made today, please be sure to check out THIS tutorial from Joanna Krogulec. I have followed her measurements to create this gift box. I have used acetate to line the insides of the box instead of vellum as I wanted to convert this into a gift box.

To embellish the front of the box, I die cut the flowers using the flower dies included in the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies out of white cardstock. I also added a label behind the flower from the Shapeabilities Swirl Tags Etched die set which was cut from gold mirror cardstock. The leaves are also from the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies set and are coloured using the Ranger Twisted Citron Re Inker.

I wanted this box to have a shabby chic feel, so I decided to go with a very soft, pastel color pattern paper for the lid of the box. I die cut the patterned paper using the largest square die from the Nestabilities Hemstitch Square Etches dies.

For my floral cluster, I first die cut a very delicate motif from the Swirl Booklet Insert Etched dies using gold mirror cardstock. I snipped the die cut piece into half so that I could place it behind my floral cluster in a way that it would be seen. Next, I started working on my flowers and leaves. I absolutely love making my own flowers, and hence decided to use the flower dies from the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies set to create my florals. I die cut them from white heavy-weight cardstock, embossed them, and lightly colored the centers using a pink dye ink. To complete the look the flowers, I added cream color thread pollens to the centers.

I also added some artificial fillers in white and pink to accentuate my design. For the leaves, I used the leaf dies included in the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies and colored them using Ranger Twisted Citron Re-inker. I love the fresh, springy look of the leaves.

This is how the gift box looks from the sides.

The die cut is really intricate and looks so elegant and beautiful!
 
Another view of my floral cluster :)

This is how the box looks without the lid.

And here's a final picture of the box and the lid together. I think this would make for such a wonderful gifting piece, and is sure to bring a smile on the recipient's face. What do you think?


Moving on to my second project for today which is a floral card. To create this card, I first took a card base measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. Then, I matted some pink textured cardstock onto it. Next, I die cut a frame using the large frame die from the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies from Gold Mirror cardstock. The design looks very bold and gorgeous, and I am absolutely in love with it.

To create the focal of my card, I first ink blended the negative space of the Card Creator frame die using Distress inks in shades of pink. I also heat embossed my sentiment in gold which is from the Oh Happy Day 3D Vignettes Stamp and Die set collection.

I also ink blended and added two die-cut pieces on the top and bottom of the sentiment. The die I used is from the Swirl Booklet Insert Etched diesand I think it looks really good with the rest of the design.

To create the floral cluster on the left side of my card, I used the same die cutting and embossing techniques I used on my gift box. I die cut the flowers from white heavy-weight cardstock, embossed them, and lightly colored the centers using a blue dye ink. To complete the look the flowers, I added cream color thread pollens to the centers.

To further embellish my card, I added few rose buds in pink, and fillers in pink and white.

I also created my own handmade fillers by die cutting the smallest flower die from the Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies and colored them using blue dye ink. For the centres, I used a round, white styrofoam bud, coloured it using red dye ink, and covered it with micro pearl beads.

Here's a view of the complete floral arrangement.

I love how the flowers turned out! Here's a closer look at one of them.

This is how my final crd looks. I hope you like it! :)


Spellbinders supplies used :
S4-926 Shapeabilities Swirl Tags Etched Dies
S4-929 Nestabilities Hemstitch Squares Etched Dies
S5-363 Shapeabilities Swirl Booklet Insert Etched Dies
S5-364 Card Creator A2 Corner Cotillion Dies
SDS-116 Oh Happy Day Elegant 3D Vignettes Stamp and Die Set
T-001 Tool' N One
PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine - 6" Platform


Other supplies used : Neenah Solar White 110 LB 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; Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Distress inks, Distress Re-inkers, McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Thread Pollens, Fillers, Micro Pearl Beads.


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!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Altenew’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway

Hello everyone,
I am so excited to be joining Altenew today for their Fourth Anniversary Blog Hop. You should be here from the awesome, Sara Naumann's blog. If you are starting the hop from my blog, then no worries. I do have the full blog hop list at the end of my post.

I have been following Altenew right since the time they started their venture back in April 2014, and have been, and still am a huge fan of all their products, especially their unique and one-of-a-kind layering floral stamps, dies, and inks. Altenew is, undoubtedly, my most favourite stamp company ever and I always look forward to seeing what they bring in each month in their releases. I am so happy and excited to be a part of today's hop and have a Home Decor project to share I made using supplies from Altenew.

To create my project, I first started with a 10" X 10" MDF Shadow Box from Papericious. I primed the entire Shadow Box using White Gesso and Natural White Chalk Paint, again from Papericious and let it completely dry. Next, I used the French Blue Chalk Paint to create some watercolor stripes on my shadow box. I used strips of masking tape while painting in between the stripes, so that the paints wouldn't seep.

I wanted to create a framed border, and so I stamped the entire border of the Shadow box using various leaves and berries from the Altenew Golden Garden set using Black Archival ink, and I lightly coloured in the berries using the same blue chalk paint. I did this for all four sides of my shadow box.

It was now time to create focal of my project. I used my all time favourite Altenew Build-A-Flower: Rose stamp and die set to stamp and die-cut the two pink roses. This stamp set has six layers for the rose, and it's always a challenge to get all the layers correct, and that's what fascinates me the most about this set! Even though it's challenging to get all the layers aligned correctly, the end result is totally worth it and has a wow factor! I used the Cherry Blossom and Rose Petal inks from Altenew to stamp the roses.

The small white flower bunches and green leaves are also from the Altenew BAF Rose set. I stamped the leaves using Green Meadow inks from Altenew, and then used the coordinating die to die-cut them.

I am a big fan of Altenew's meaningful sentiment sets, and this particular sentiment from the Sentiments & Quotes set is an all time fave of mine! I stamped it using clear embossing ink on black cardstock, and heat-embossed it using Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. The big rose bud on the top is from the Remember This stamp set. I stamped it using black dye ink, fussy-cut it and then coloured it using Zig markers.

Those of you who have been following my work for a long time would know that I love adding a lot of details to my projects. For this project too, I loved adding foliage from different stamp and dies from Altenew. I used the branch die from the Create-A-Wreath die set to die-cut the small branches with berries. I coloured them using dye inks. I also added few little flowers in pink from the Vintage Flowers set by Altenew. (Fun fact: The Vintage Flowers set was the first stamp set that I invested in from Altenew instead of the their highly popular Vintage Roses set. I didn't have a stamp positioning tool back then, and felt the Vintage Flowers set would be easier for me to tackle, but I was of course wrong! The flowers in this set took quite a bit of practice to master, but I think the end results are totally worth it.)

And here's a look at the design again! I wanted to create something different for this special occasion and am quite happy with the way this turned out. What do you think?

Would you like to see more such home decor projects from me or do you find my cards more inspiring? I'd love to hear what you think :)

Special Offer:
Altenew is having some special offers to celebrate their fourth anniversary! Get FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY4TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV at checkout. Offer valid from April 3rd until April 8th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


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 13 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Blog Hop Order:
The next stop on the hop is the amazingly talented, Kymona Tracey's blog.
Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE!)


Thank you so much for taking out time and leaving me a comment. I truly appreciate your support! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Floral Cluster & Background Stamping | Card

Hello everyone,
I have a new card to share after a long time. I made this card using a couple of stamp sets from Altenew. I have also done pencil colouring on the florals. Here's a look at what I have made:

I started by stamping some solid floral images from the Golden Garden set by Altenew on Neenah Solar White 110lbs cardstock. I just picked up few random images and stamped them using Sea Glass ink.

Next, I started working on the main focal of my card. I stamped the flowers from the Wild Hibiscus set on white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, coloured them using Prismacolor pencils, and then fussy cut them out.

The foliage is from the Golden Garden set by Altenew. I stamped the leaves and fillers on white cardstock, lightly coloured them, and then fussy cut them out and arranged it on my card panel.

The sentiment has been heat embossed in white on black cardstock, and is from the Amazing You set. I love the sentiment and think it is very encouraging.

The little rose on the bottom is from the Amazing You set again. I have tried to do some shading on it, though I definitely need to get better at colouring! I also added some black enamel dots to complete my card design.

I popped the flowers and some of the foliage on foam dots for dimension. Here's a closer shot:

I matted the card panel onto some pink cardstock, and then finally adhered it on an A2 white card base. Here's my finished card!

I created this card to play along with this month's Altenew Inspiration Challenge. The colours for this month's challenge are very soft and pretty, and I wanted to create something using them.


I hope you liked today's card. Let me know what you think of it! Thank you so much for stopping by :)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spellbinders Guest Post | Three

Hello everyone!
I am sharing my final post I made as a Guest Blogger on the Spellbinders blog. I have had an absolutely amazing time working with the 3D Vignettes Die Collection by Amazing Paper Grace. You can check out my first and second post using these dies on the Spellbinders blog HERE and HERE. The designs are so versatile, and can be used for all occasions starting from Weddings to Birthdays.  
Today, I have two cards to share. The first card is an anniversary card, while the second is a baby shaker card.

To create this card, I first die cut the Tiera Rondelle Etched dies out of some gold foil cardstock, and backed it over white cardstock to make it sturdy. I also adhered the coordinating inlay piece left over after cutting the Tiera Rondelle frame.

Next, I worked on the sentiment for my card - '5th Anniversary". I die cut the number 5 from the Filigree Numbers Etched dies. They were die cut twice, once from gold foil cardstock, and the second time from some white cardstock, which was later inked to make it a light blue color. The 'Th" was created in the exact same manner, and is a die from the same set. The word anniversary has been stamped using black dye ink, and is from the Giving Occasions stamp set.

The florals are handmade by me using the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched dies. They were cut from White Foamiran sheets, and lightly colored using dye inks to give a soft look. The leaves are from the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched dies set as well, and were also cut from Foamiran and colored.

For the small filler flowers, I used the mini flower die from the Petite Double Bow and Flowers die set. They were cut from White Foamiran sheets as well,  and then lightly colored. I even made small rose buds using the same die. The dies are very versatile, and you do have a lot of possibilities with each set.

Here are some pictures showing you a closer look at the flowers.



I adhered the card panel to a light blue coloured A2 card base, and my card was done.


My next card is a baby themed shaker card. I thought it would be fun to make a shaker card using these dies, and I hope you like the idea too!

I started by die cutting the Dome from the Grand Dome 3D Card Etched dies from some yellow polka dots pattern paper. This was layered over the Grand Arch from the Grand Arch 3D Card Etched dies

The yellow intricate fence is die cut from fence included in  the Ornamental Arch Etched dies.

The white stork die cut is from the Bundle of Joy Etched dies. The stork comes with a frame, but I snipped off that frame, so that I could just get the image of the stork and the baby bundle. They have been paper pieced with a pink polka dots pattern paper. The rattle and the baby feet are also from the same set, and have been lightly colored using dye inks.

The small flower cluster is again made using the dies from the Cinch and Go Flowers III Etched Dies. The flowers have been cut from Foamiran sheets and inked using dye inks, while the leaves are cut out of white cardstock and then colored and embossed. 

The sentiment has been stamped on a strip of white cardstock. I have used the sentiment stamp from the Giving Occasions stamp set to stamp it using black dye ink.

I created the shaker using some gold and clear sequins, and my card was done!


Spellbinders Supplies :
T-001 Tool 'N One
PE-100 Platinum 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine 6"

Other supplies used : Neenah Solar White 110 LB cardstock, DCWV Fresh Floral 12×12 pattern paper, Papericious Gilded Onyx 12 X 12 pattern paper, Gold Foil Cardstock, White Foamiran sheets, White Fun Foam; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Glue Gun; Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Distress inks, Altenew Dye inks, McGill Inc. Paper Blossoms Tool kit, Pollens, Fillers, Clear Sequins, Gold Sequins

I hope you like my my cards for today. If you have any queries/questions regarding any technique or product used, please feel free to leave a comment below, and I will get back to you. I truly loved creating and sharing my projects and hope you enjoyed seeing them too :)