Sunday, April 30, 2017

Altenew | Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone,
I'm here to announce the winner for the $30 gift certificate by Altenew. A big thank you to everyone who took out time and left me such encouraging comments.

I received a total of 120 comments and I used for choosing the winner.

The lucky winner is 

Yay!! Congratulations to you, Connie :) Please e-mail Altenew at with the subject line Altenew Celebrating Parent's Card Drive Blog Hop Winner from Hussena's blog to claim your certificate.

Thank you so much once again everyone! I'll be having more giveaways in future so stay tuned.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pretty Paper Studio | Fifth Birthday Blog Hop

Hi everyone!
Pretty Paper Studio is turning 5 this month and we are celebrating with a Blog Hop! There is also a giveaway so do read till the end of the post to know more!

Here's what I have to share with you for this hop. It's an Altered Embroidery Hoop turned into a Home Decor piece.

I have shared a detailed tutorial on the PPS blog on how I created this hoop which you can check out HERE. The theme for this month is 'Gratitude'. I have used the chipboard pieces - Be Thankful to go along with the theme.

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Now on to the deets for the Blog Hop :
You need to leave a comment on every stop of the hop and like the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook page, follow Pretty Paper Studio on Instagram and Pinterest, subscribe to the YouTube channel and join the Facebook group. You will also need to follow our Guest Bloggers Mummy On My Mind, Cuddles and Crumbs and Explore with Mafaza on Instagram.

Here's the Blog Hop list :

Blog Hop Prize

 One winner will be picked randomly and will receive a Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Machine worth AED 1250. Simple. International entries are welcome too! You got to follow all the instructions to stand a chance though – that’s the only condition.
Pretty Paper Studio reserves the right to final decision regarding the judgment method and winning Entries. This contest is not sponsored by or affiliated with Silhouette America.
Blog Hop ends on May 1st, 2017 and a winner will be announced on the PPS blog on May 5th, 2017.
Alright then, hop on! I would love to hear what you think about my project. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

You Are Amazing | Card

Hello everyone,
Thank you so much for leaving me so many amazing comments on my previous post. I really loved reading each and every comment. If you haven't checked it out yet, HERE is the post.
I have a card to share today which I have made to enter the April Inspiration Challenge at Altenew. This color combination is very close to my heart. Absolutely love these colors together and when I first saw the inspiration picture, the Vintage Roses stamp set came to my mind. It's one of the most popular sets released by Altenew, but amazingly I have quite recently acquired it. I have been having so much fun with this set creating cards, money wraps, tags and much more! Here's a look at my card based on the inspirational colors :

To create this card, I first took a card base measuring 4 1/2 inches by 5 and 1/2 inches. Then I took a card panel and ink blended it using Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink on the top right corner of my card. For my focal I used the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set for the oh-so-gorgeous roses as well as Altenew Peony Bouquet set for stamping the leaves and foliage. For the flowers, I used the Glacier Caves inks for stamping and for the leaves I used the Sea Shore inks. They were then all die-cut using the coordinating Vintage Roses die set. I have fussy-cut the leaves and foliage from the Peony Bouquet set. The pretty butterflies are from the Altenew Painted Butterflies set. I used the inks from the Summer Afternoon set for stamping them. The sentiment is also from the Painted Butterflies set. I have heat embossed it in white on some black cardstock and added a strip of silver glitter Washi Tape and black striped Washi tape to accentuate it further. Lastly, I adhered some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I'm entering my card in the Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I hope you like my card! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!
I am so excited and honoured to be joining the Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop. You should have come here from the amazingly talented Barb's blog. If not, do check out the blog hop order at the Altenew blog and start from the beginning! I have four cards to share in total so let's dive in! 

Here's a look at my first card.

I must mention here that my card has been inspired by the very talented Therese Calvird's card. She had made a set of cards using the same set and I really wanted to CASE it. Here's my version of it. I have used the Altenew Best Dad stamp set and coordinating Best Dad die set to stamp and cut out all my images. They were all coloured using my Zig Clean Clear Brush Pens. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I have also done some subtle stenciling on the background using the Altenew Morning Frost ink.

Moving on to my second masculine card. I have to confess here, that I had a really hard time coming up with these cards as masculine is not my forte.

I have again used the Altenew Best Dad stamp and die set for this card. I stamped the images, cut them out using the coordinating dies and colored them using the Zig Brush pens. I have cut out a portion of the big crate so that I could tuck in the tools. I love how cheerful and vibrant this looks! The background like the previous card has hints of stenciling in gray and few black paint splatters. I also added few stamped and die cut stars and the sentiment from the Best Dad set.

I now have some floral cards to share :)

I have used the Altenew Best Mom stamp and coordinating die set for this card. I first embossed my card panel using a 3D embossing folder and then stamped the main floral image using clear embossing ink on some black cardstock and then heat set it using Gold Embossing powder. I then die-cut the image using the Best Mom die set and coloured it using my Zigs. I  have popped up  few parts of the image to give it a layered look and added a gold glitter scalloped frame to embellish it further. The sentiment also comes from the same stamp set - Best Mom. I added die-cut letters for the mom sentiment and added few Nuvo Crystal drops for the finishing touches.

Onto my last card for today!

I used the recently released Extra Special stamp and die set for this card of mine. I wanted to do some watercoloring on this one, so I started with my Gansai Tambi watercolours and using a flat paint brush I made the stripes on the left side. Then I started working on the main focal of my card. I stamped and die cut the main floral image from the set and used the Altenew Red Cosmos ink set for watercolouring the flowers. The sentiment is also from the Extra Special set. I added the die-cut 'Mom' letters and few glitter and black enamel dots to finish it off.

The main goal for this hop is to send out cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes or shelters to let them know they’re not forgotten. Please check out the Celebrating Parents Card Drive and join this great cause by sending in cards. 20% of the profits earned from these stamp sets (Best Dad, Best Mom, Penned Rose, Extra Special) by 6/18/2017 will be donated to Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

Special Offer (4/19-4/22): 
Offer valid from April 19th through April 22nd at 11:59 pm EDT. No coupon code needed. 

Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on May 2nd, 2017.

I will be drawing out a name from all the comments left on this post by April 25th, 111:59 PM IST for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate. Winner will be announced here on my blog on April 30th.

>>>The next stop on the hop is the awesome artisit & card-maker Svitlana Shayvevich!

Hussena Cal >>> You are here!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards! I want to thank Altenew once again for inviting me for this lovely hop.
Have a good day everyone!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thanks for all that you have done!

Hello friends,
Today I have a card to share which I have made especially to play along with this time's Altenew Challenge. The colors this time are absolutely bright and gorgeous and I really wanted to work with them. Here's a look at what I created using them :

This one has lots of techniques involved. To start with, I used a piece of white cardstock measuring 4.5 inches X 5.25 inches and then ink blended it using my newest Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber ink & Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink. Love the beautiful ink blending we get with these Oxide inks! I embossed this piece using the WRMK Next Level - Geometric Embossing folders. Then for my focal I die-cut the Altenew Thanks die from some watercolour cardstock on which I had previously done some ink blending and water spritz and also die-cut the word once more from a black foam sheet. I then stamped, and fussy-cut the images from the Altenew Remember This stamp set. This set has some gorgeous florals and foliage. I colored the flowers using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I then added strips of black striped Washi Tape to further enhance the card. I added a white heat-embossed sentiment from the Wplus9 Ranunculus set and I used my Nuvo Crystal Drops for the finishing touches.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges :
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 

I hope you like my card. As always your comments and suggestions are welcome. Have a good day everyone!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Soft Watercoloring with Masking Fluid | Card

Hello bloggy friends,
I have a card to share today which I created for my inspiration post over at Pretty Paper Studio. It's something I have never tried before so I really enjoyed the creative process. I have a tutorial to share as well on how I created my card.

I have used masking Fluid by Winsor and Newton to mask my flowers and background. Here's a look at the step by step process :

For this technique, all you need is a bottle of masking fluid, a paint brush and ofcourse some watercolour paper and mediums. To begin with, draw some loose florals using your masking fluid on a watercolour paper. I used a real-life stamp set from the Wplus9 Freehand Florals set for my inspiration. You can use any stamped image or even an illustration for your reference. After you use your paint brush to draw using your masking fluid, let it dry.

A look at the image after using Masking Fluid.

Once it’s dry, start adding watercolours around your masked areas. Let the water do all the work for you by picking very little pigment of watercolour as shown below. I have used Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens for colouring, but you can definitely use any medium of your choice. I’m not a pro at colouring nor a professional artist, I have just played around with the masking technique to create a look which was pretty to me.

I continued colouring free hand with my Zig Markers to create the delicate foliage and flowers. Once I was happy with the floral arrangement, I die-cut this card panel using a Winnie and Walter die and mounted it to my card base. I stamped my sentiment which is from the Altenew Amazing You stamp set and added few clear sequins and black paint splatters to finish off my card.

I am linking my card to the :

I hope you liked my card and enjoyed reading my post. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to know anything more. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Monday, March 6, 2017

With Love | Shaker Tag!

Hello friends,
Today I am sharing a shaker tag which I had created to play along the Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Challenges. It's my first ever shaker tag and I have shared about it on my Instagram with a small video. If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you have seen this before :)

Here's a look at my tag :

To create my tag, I first die cut a tag window using the Lawn Fawn Tag You're It die. I then added a piece of acetate on the back side. The back panel of the shaker tag is stamped with the  Mini Scenery: Multigrain using the Aqua Mist ink from Papertrey Ink. Then I added some sequins to the centre and foam mounted my acetate panel on it. The focal flower and leaves are from my all time favorite Winnie and Walter Set : The Big,The Bold and The Extras. I have stamped the flowers and leaves using Altenew Crisp Inks. The sentiment of the tag is from the Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs. Finally I finished my tag by tying some colorful Jute cords on the top.

I will be entering my tag in the following W & W challenges:
  1. Sequin Challenge with Kate
  2. Bright Colours Challenge with Lydia
  3. Mood Board Challenge with Heather P {Inspired by the Teal, Black and the Florals from the picture}
  4. Three Challenge with Shay (I have used three colors on my tag - Red, Teal and Green)

I hope you like my tag. Do let me know your views on it. Thanks for stopping by!