Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spellbinders Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!
I'm here to announce the winner of the $25 gift certificate from the Spellbinders 19th February Blog Hop. Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments on my cards. They always bring a big smile to my face :)

I used random.org for selecting the winner.



The lucky winner is 
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Congratulations to you, Sharada! Please e-mail Spellbinders at socialmedia@spellbinders.us with the subject line Spellbinders February 2018 Blog Hop Winner from Hussena's blog to claim your certificate.


Thank you once again, everyone.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Spellbinders February 19th Blog Hop

Hello everyone!
I am really excited and honored to be a part of the Spellbinders hop today. You must have come here from the super talented, Vanessa Menhorn's blog. If not, I do have the full blog hop list at the end of the post, so you can start from the beginning.

I will be showcasing the range of Die D-Lites by Spellbinders. These dies are the cutest, and I loved creating with them. I have a total of three cards to share today, so let's get started :)


For my first card, I used the Dainty Florals Etched dies. This set comprises of three different floral dies, and I decided to do some inlaid die-cutting with them.

I die cut the floral image four times out of some black textured cardstock, and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lbs cardstock. I colored the white die cuts using different inks.

The yellow panel was made by taking my Distress Oxide ink pad and directly smooshing it on the paper. This is how I got the gradient on the panel. (The darkest to the lightest color)

To add some texture to my card, I scored the black panel using my Score Board and created the vertical lines. I then added some paint splatters, sequins, and a sentiment to complete my card.


My next card, is my personal favorite as I love creating my own handmade flowers.  I have used the Lady Bug Garden Etched dies for this card. I started by doing some stenciling on my card panel using White Embossing paste and a stencil.

Next, I created the flowers and foliage. They were cut using the small flower die from the set. I die cut, watercolored, and then embossed them to give a 3D look. I did the same for the leaves.

The tiny buds were made by snipping off one petal from the flower, and then embossing and rolling it to give it the shape of a bud. The centres of the flowers were hand painted by me.

I also added a gold oval frame to compliment my floral arrangement. For the finishing touches, I added some sequins and black paint splatters.


My third card is pretty simple and I used the Picket Fence Etched dies and Lady Bug Etched dies on this card.

I started by die-cutting the fence, grass and tulips out of some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lbs cardstock. I colored the tulips and grass using markers, and kept the fence white to balance the colors.

I created a little scene on my card front by inking the background using Distress Oxides and Distress inks, as well as, stamping and fussy-cutting the grey houses.  I popped the tulips and the white square frame on some foam tape for dimension. Finally added a sentiment to complete my card.


Now for the exciting part - GIVEAWAYS!
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Wednesday, February 21st 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.

Additional Giveaway:
I am also giving away a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders blog. For your chance to win, please leave a comment below telling me which card is your favourite. I will announce the winner on my blog on 21st February.

Next stop on the blog hop is Rebecca Luminarias's blog. Click HERE to go to her blog.

Here's the full blog hop list incase you have missed any blog or are starting from my blog.


Thank you so much for taking out time and visiting my blog. I truly appreciate it!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Congratulations | Card

Hello friends,
I have a card to share today which I made to participate in this month's Altenew challenge hosted by the incredibly talented, Erum. The colors and inspiration for this month are absolutely gorgeous, and here's my take on it :



To create this card, I have used the Rose Flurries 3D Die Set dies, and for the background, I have used the  Watercolor Stripes Cover die to emboss my card panel rather than die cut it. As you can see, the results are just as amazing :)

I first die cut a bunch of roses and leaves from the Rose Flurries 3D Die Set dies from some watercolor cardstock and did watercoloring on each layer using Altenew inks.

Since Altenew inks come in color family shades, this made my work really easy. I am listing all the ink shades I used - for the shades of pink, I used Cherry Blossom Mini Cube Set, for the yellows, I have used Pocketful of Sunshine Mini Cube Set, for the orange, I have used Warm & Cozy Mini Cube Set, and for the greens, I have used my all-time favorite green ink Tropical Forest Mini Cube Set.

This card is pretty simple to put together and I really loved using the layered dies to create this.

Linking my card to the Altenew 2018 Inspiration challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I would love to hear what you think of my card :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop | Winner

Hello everyone,
I'm here to announce the winner of the $30 gift certificate from the Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop. Thank you so much for the AMAZING response to my projects and leaving me such lovely and encouraging comments. I totally loved this release and am super glad to know you did, too!

I received a total of 188 comments and I used random.org for selecting the winner.



The lucky winner is 
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Yay! Congratulations to you, Shylaa Shree! Please e-mail Altenew at winner@altenew.com with the subject line Altenew January Release 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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends,
I'm super excited to be a part of the Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop. Altenew is releasing a fabulous new range of dies this month which you wouldn't want to miss. If you have arrived here from Justine Hovey's blog, then you're on the right track. I am the last stop on this hop :)

I have a LOT of projects to share today, so let's get started :


Card 1

I have used the fabulous, new, Peony Dream 3D Die set on this card. If you have been following my work for a while now, you must be knowing that layered florals are my all-time favorite and I was really excited when Altenew sent me these layered floral dies. They are absolutely brilliant to work with!

I cut the Peony Dream die set out of five different shades of pink textured cardstock to create my flower and two different shades of green cardstock for the leaves. I also used the new Cube Cover Die Set on this card. Instead of die-cutting it, I simply used my Tan Mat so as to get an embossed impression of the die. I love how it looks. What do you think?

I then assembled the flower and the foliage to create a floral cluster. The small filler flowers are die-cut from the Rose Flurries 3D Die set while the additional foliage is from the Create-A-Wreath Die set. The sentiment was heat-embossed in white on black cardstock and is from the Altenew Painted Butterflies set. I also added black paint splatters to finish off my card.


Card 2
For this card, I used another layered floral die called the Rose Flurries 3D Die Set. This is a very intricate and detailed die set and there are a LOT of flowers and leaves included in this set. 

I decided to create my own custom-colored cardstock, by coloring the die-cut pieces using Altenew Dye Inks. I inked each of the flowers using the inks from the Cherry Blossom set and then stacked them together to create the complete flower. 

The leaves were created the same way. I used the Altenew Tropical ink set to color them. For my background, I die-cut the Watercolor Stripes Cover die out of white cardstock and colored it lightly using Altenew Sea Shore inks. I have created an ombre look from bottom to top.

The sentiment is from the Altenew Sketchy Floral stamp and was stamped on white cardstock. I added few enamel dots and black paint splatters to complete my card.


Card 3 

This card is one of my personal favorites, but the photographs don't do justice to it. I love the soft shabby-chic look of the creams and the pinks combined with the background lace.

To start with, I die-cut the Creative Edges: Lace die out of cream cardstock. I aligned the die to create a double-sided border as the scalloped side is the one which cuts when it's run through your die-cutting machine. I die-cut these laces twice to add to the bottom of my card.

Next, I die-cut the oval frame from the Create-A-Wreath set out of gold foil cardstock. The leaves are from the Rose Flurries 3D Die set while the delicate foliage is from the Create-A-Wreath set again. The florals used here are from one of the most favorite stamp sets from Altenew called the Vintage Roses. They were stamped on white cardstock using the Red Cosmos inks and then die-cut using the coordinating dies.

I assembled everything together. The flowers and frame are popped using foam dots for dimension. The love die-cut is from the Altenew Script Words die set. I have tried to give it a pink ombre look and offset it with gold foil cardstock to give it some interest. The 'sending' sentiment has been heat embossed in white on black cardstock and is from an Altenew stamp set.


Card 4 

I have used the Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet die set to create this card. The letters HAPPY were cut out of white cardstock and then lightly inked on the bottom using the Altenew Frosty Pink ink.

The flowers are from the Altenew Rose Flurries 3D Die set. This time, I used the Inlaid Die-Cutting technique for the flower on the left as I wanted to give the die-cut letters the proper dimension. The roses and the leaves were cut out of colored cardstocks and then layered.

I die-cut the letters using White Foam to give them some dimension. You can see it clearly in the picture below.

The word anniversary is from the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp and has been heat embossed in white.

I added strips of black diagonal stripes to balance my card design. I also added few clear sequins to complete my card.


Now moving on to my last two projects. I have made a Bag and Tag using the new dies.  These dies are so versatile, I can't stop using it on all my projects, be it gifting options, be it cards, and much more.

On this bag, I have combined several dies together.

The flower has been created using the Rose Flurries 3D Die set. I have cut it out of different shades of dark pink textured cardstocks. The leaves were cut out of green textured cardstocks as well as ink blended using the Altenew Green Fields inks.

The foliage was cut using the Create-A-Wreath die set. I have added also some foliage cut using gold foil cardstock.

I used the Creative Edges: Lace die to make my own custom top of the bag as well as to add a die-cut strip on the bottom of the bag. I think it looks very elegant and pretty :)


I have used the Rose Flurries 3D Flower set again here. I think you can tell by now that this die is my absolute favorite from this release :D

I have also added few light inked brown laces using the Creative Edges: Lace to the tag. The foliage and leaves are from the Create-A-Wreath and Rose Flurries set. The tag has been cut using the negative of the Create-A-Wreath circle die.

The top-most layer of the flower is cut out of gold foil cardstock.

A closer-look at the tag!


Lastly, I would like to share a small organization tip for the Altenew Rose Flurries 3D Die set. When you receive the package, all the dies will come joined together in one piece and you will have to separate them using scissors or metal snips.

Since this is a multi-layered floral die set with a lot of elements in it (five different types of flowers and three different types of leaves), it may at first feel a bit confusing as to which flower layers with which, so it's better to separate them in individual zip lock bags by the flower type and label the zip lock bags. You can do the same for the leaves too. This will save you a lot of time later when you sit down to create projects using this die set.

I am sharing a picture below to help you understand what I mean.


Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, January 15th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/17/2018.

Optional Giveaway:
Altenew has very generously offered me to giveaway a $30 gift certificate to one of my lovely readers. To be eligible to win, please leave a comment here on my blog by Sunday, January 14th. I will announce the winner on my blog on Tuesday, January 16th.

Blog Hop Order:
I am the last stop on this hop. Incase, you are starting from my blog, then your next stop is the Altenew Card Blog

Friday, January 5, 2018

Altenew | A Year in Review Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!
I'm here to announce the winner of the $20 gift certificate from the Altenew: A Year in Review Blog HopA big thank you to everyone who took out time and left me a comment. I loved reading each and every one!

I received a total of 73 comments and I used random.org for selecting the winner.



The lucky winner is 
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Yay! Congratulations to you, Karthikha. Please e-mail Altenew at winner@altenew.com with the subject line Altenew A Year in Review 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.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Altenew : A Year in Review Blog Hop 2017 + Giveaway

Hello everyone!
Today is a very special day as I'm hopping along with the talented team members and some super special guest designers for the Altenew - A Year in Review Blog Hop. If you're here from the lovely, Lilith Eeckels blog, then you're on the right track. I have included the full blog hop list at the end of my post so that it's easier for you to hop along :)

I am sharing some of my favourite cards of the year I made using Altenew products. I hope you enjoy looking at what I have made.

Here's my Altenew Best 2017


And here are my favourite cards of the year! If you would like to read about the creative process in detail, please click on the card titles and you will be re-directed to the posts.


Supplies used - Altenew Adore You
To create this card, I first stamped and heat-embossed the leaves on watercolour paper and using my Zig markers, I coloured the flowers and leaves from the Altenew Adore You set. I fussy cut them each one of them and then did my floral cluster by adhering few on my card panel and some on foam dots.


Hello Beautiful Card
Supplies used - Altenew Golden Garden, Altenew Painted Butterflies, Altenew Sweet Friend
To create this card, I first die-cut a card panel and did some loose watercoloring by creating watercolor stripes in an ombre fashion using Altenew Dark Chocolate ink. Then I die-cut a frame and coloured it using Inka Gold and foam-mounted it on my card base. Next, I gold heat-embossed the flowers and leaves from the Altenew Golden Garden set and coloured it using my Zig markers. For embellishing, I added a butterfly which is from the Altenew Painted Butterflies set. 


Supplies used - Altenew Sweet Friend stamp, Altenew Sweet Friend die, Altenew Doodle Blooms stamp, Altenew Doodle Blooms die
To create this card, I did some ink blending on my card panel using yellow inks. I only did partial ink blending so that there is white space still showing through. I stamped and clear heat-embossed the frame from the Altenew Sweet Friend stamp and die-cut it using the coordinating die. I then stamped and die-cut the flowers and vines from the Altenew Doodle Blooms stamp and die set respectively. They were all coloured using Zigs. The sentiment is from the Sweet Friend set too.


Supplies used - Altenew Build A Flower - Rose, Flowers - Pocketful of Sunshine, Warm and Cozy and the Coffee Break mini ink cubes to create my flowers. For the leaves, I used only the Coffee Break set.
The gorgeous flowers and leaves on this card are from the Altenew Build A Flower : Rose set, one of my most favourite sets from Altenew. This is a six-step layering set for flowers and creates the most realistic looking flowers.


Supplies used - Altenew Magnolias For Her, Altenew Super Script stamp, Altenew Super Script die
To create this card, I have used the most popular Altenew set - Magnolias For Her which I have first stamped and heat embossed in white on watercolour paper and colored using Zig Markers. The background was created using Black Soot Distress ink which was also watercolored on my card panel. The sentiment was stamped and die cut using co-ordinating die from the Super Script stamp and die set.



Supplies used - Altenew Dahlia Blossoms, Altenew Beautiful Day stamp, Altenew Sentiments & Quotes
For this card, I have masked and watercolored the stripes for my background. Then, I stamped and colored the flowers and leaves from the Dahlia Blossoms set and Altenew Beautiful Day set. I die-cut an oval frame and foam mounted it on my card base and created my floral arrangement around it. The sentiment is from the Sentiment & Quotes set.




Supplies used - Altenew Rose Filament Die, Altenew Bamboo Rose stamp
To create this card, I first die-cut some flowers and leaves from the Rose Filament set using black cardstock and white cardstock. I did some inlaid die-cutting for the flowers and leaves using the negative bits from the white die cut pieces which I then watercolored using markers. The small flowers and berries are from the Bamboo Rose stamp set which were stamped and water colored using markers as well. 



Supplies used - Altenew Extra Special stamp, Altenew Extra Special Die
To create this card, I did some watercoloring using my Gansai Tambi watercolours. I used a flat paint brush to make 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 Extra Special stamp set and used the Altenew Red Cosmos ink set for watercolouring the flowers. The sentiment is also from the Extra Special set which I added in a curved shaped by twisting my sentiment stamp on my clear block and stamping using black ink. I added the die-cut 'Mom' letters and few glitter and black enamel dots to finish it off.


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PRIZES:
Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 01/03/2018 for a chance to win. Five winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on 01/06/2018.

ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY:
I will select one lucky winner to receive a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. For a chance to win, please leave a comment on my post before the 4th of January, 2018 to qualify. I will announce the winner on my blog on the 5th of January, 2018.

BLOG HOP ORDER:
The next stop on the hop is, Barb Engler.


Hope you enjoyed the cards I have shared here. Please do let me know which one is your favourite. Thank you so much for stopping by!