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.

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 :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spellbinders March Card Kit | Cards

Hello everyone!
I am very excited about today's post as this is something I have never worked with before. I have always been fascinated with the idea of Card Kits and when Spellbinders reached out to me to ask if I would be interested to create some cards using their March Card Kit, I was really thrilled. The March Card kit is available for purchase on the Spellbinders website and you can find it HERE. The kit is jam packed with lots of dies, cardstocks, pattern papers, card bases and matching envelopes, and gorgeous embellishments. You can create 10 or more cards with each kit and they are absolute value for money!

Here's a look at my cards using it.

I will talk about each card one by one. Let's start with card number one. This also happens to be my favorite out of the whole lot :D

To start with, I took one of the pre-scored A2 card bases included in the kit. Next, I layered a piece of pink cardstock on the card base. I then pulled out some coordinating embellishments which would work for my card design. I absolutely love clustering florals, and it was really fun to coordinate the different elements together.

I first adhered the clear frame sticker and then added the central pink flower over it. I love how they have included a mix of handmade flowers as well die cut ones in the kit, so you have a lot of variety. Also as you can see, the sentiment has a gold foil finish to it. Foil is always difficult to photograph as it never shows up well in pictures :(

I then added a big die-cut piece above the pink flower. To add some more layering to my flowers, I adhered few flowers which were die-cut from purple textured cardstock using the mini flower die included in the kit. I also added some green leaves to complete my cluster.

Next, I added bits of the flower petals as accents to further embellish my card. They were also cut using the same flower die from gold foil cardstock.

The sentiment was a gold foil sticker included in the kit, which was then matted on to some purple cardstock, again from the kit itself. To finish off my card, I add few white pearls.

Here is a side view of the card to show you the dimension. This card came together in no time, and every single element on this card is from the kit. (They even include foam squares and foam tape in the kit, so there is no need to even use your own adhesive. Isn't that so awesome!)

Moving on to card number two. The colours I have used on this one are not something I work very often with, so it was nice to work with these colour tones :)

I again started with an A2 white card base. I layered a purple pattern paper over it, and then again layered a teal cardstock over the pattern paper.

For this card, I first added the clear acetate sticker on the panel and then die-cut a rectangular frame using the die included in the kit. It was cut using gold foil cardstock ( included in the kit). I popped the frame on foam dots for some dimension.

Next, I adhered two die cuts to create my focal on the right hand side.

For my focal on the left hand side, I die-cut the florals using the flower dies in the kit out of mauve cardstock. I also added some hand-painted green leaves.

The sentiment is again a gold foil sticker, and was matted on pink textured cardstock. Added a few pearls and this card was done!

My final card using this kit. This one is a bit different from the other two cards, as I have mixed in handmade flowers as well as die cuts.

To create this card, I created my own card base using the white textured cardstock included in the kit. Next, I adhered a strip of pattern paper.

For the focal element of my card, I die cut the heart frame multiple times from white cardstock and stacked them one on top of the other to create a raised look. In the center of the frame, I adhered a die cut piece. I also added two gorgeous floral die cuts to compliment the frame. If you see closely, you will find that I have tucked in an acetate doily behind my floral pieces.

I adhered a gold foil banner below the heart frame. It was die cut using the banner die included in the kit. The sentiment is a gold foil sticker which was matted on black cardstock.

I also made my own handmade flowers using the flower dies from the kit. I die cut them out of white cardstock, colored the centers using inks, and embossed them to give them dimension. I then added pearls to the centers of each flower. The green fillers were also made in the same way. You can see the foil on the leaves and the sticker in this picture.

To finish off the card, I adhered three hearts which were left over bits after die cutting the circle heart frame. Don't they look so pretty?!

I still have a lot of elements left over from the kit and could easily create another 4 - 5 cards using them. Each kit is very well designed and would work for all style of cardmakers. I encourage you to check out this month's card kit which you can find on the Spellbinders website HERE. Below is a picture the contents of the kit. Picture has been taken from the Spellbinders website only for reference.
Before you go, I wanted to share pictures of the card kit which have been clicked by me :) The kit comes beautifully packaged, in a sturdy cardboard box. Here's how it looks :

And here's a look at the contents. Didn't I mention earlier that the kit is full of gorgeous things! :)

That's it from my side for today. I hope you like the cards I shared. I would love to hear if any particular card is your favourite! Thank you for stopping by!