Friday, November 17, 2017

Altenew November 2017 Blog Hop Winner!

Hello everyone!
I'm here to announce the winner for the $30 gift certificate from the Altenew November 2017 Release blog hop. A big thank you to everyone who took out time and left me such encouraging comments. I loved reading each and every one!

I received a total of 107 comments and I used random.org for choosing the winner.


The lucky winner is 
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Yay! Congratulations to you, Angela. Please e-mail Altenew at winner@altenew.com with the subject line Altenew November 2017 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, November 8, 2017

Altenew November 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!
I'm super happy and ecstatic to be a part of the Altenew November 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway. This release has some really amazing stamps and dies. If you have not checked out the new release yet, you must check it out HERE in the Altenew store.


You should have come here from the lovely, Reiko Tsuchida's blog. If not, you can check out the full blog hop order at the end of my post :)

I have four cards to share today, so let's dive in!

I have used the Altenew Story of Us stamp set for my first card. This set has some gorgeous layering flower stamps and it's not only perfect for cardmaking, but also to create beautiful scrapbook layouts. I really love how it looks!
The flowers have been stamped using the Altenew Rose Petal inks. I have used Altenew Tropical Forest inks for the leaves. All the flowers and leaves were then fussy-cut and placed on foam dots for dimension.

The tiny pink flowers are from the Altenew Build A Flower : Rose set. I stamped it using Versafine Onyx black ink and then die-cut it using the coordinating die. I coloured the tiny cluster using Altenew inks in pink.

The sentiment is from the Golden Feather set. I stamped it using Altenew Jet Black ink directly on my card base. I added few black and gold paint spatters as well as few clear sequins to complete my card.


My second card features the Golden Feather stamp set. This is again a layering set and looks so pretty. Absolutely in love with this set!

To create this card, I first created the loose watercolour background using few different shades of Altenew inks. I then stamped the two feathers from the Golden Feather set using Altenew Sea Shore and Glacier Caves inks. The feathers were die-cut using the coordinating Golden Feather die set and popped up on the watercolour background using foam dots. I also added a golden notebook edge at the top of my card which has been die-cut using the Altenew Creative Edges : Notebook die.

The 'our story' is from the Story of Us stamp set. I die-cut the word 'love' twice, once using black cardstock and the other using gold glitter paper which is from the Altenew Script Words die set. 

I added a gold button and few black paint splatters to complete my card. I have also added few sequins in gold to further embellish my card.


For my third card, I have made a one-layer card which has lot of watercolouring on it. I have used the Altenew Story Of Us set to watercolour the flowers.

I started by stamping the floral from the Story Of Us set using Altenew Pocketful of Sunshine and Warm Cozy inks. I spritzed my stamps with water while stamping to create a faux watercolor look. I didn't add water while stamping the final layer so that my flower would have a outline.

The small berries and leaves are from the Altenew Peony Bouquet set which were stamped using the Altenew Warm Cozy inks and Tropical Forest inks respectively. The berries and leaves are stamped using the same technique I used for the flowers. The 'hello' is from the Golden Feather set while the 'sweet friend' is from the Altenew Sweet Friend set.

I also did a watercolour wash on the background to compliment the flowers and foliage. I added few clear sequins to complete my card.


My final card is also using the Golden Feather set. I have used black and gold primarily to create my card.

I started by stamping the feathers from the Golden Feather set using Versamark Embossing ink on black cardstock to create my background. I then sprinkled gold embossing powder and heat-set the panel.

The sentiment has been heat-embossed in gold which is from the Altenew Sketchy Floral stamp set while the little floral pieces are from the Altenew Build A Flower : Rose set. It was also heat-embossed using gold embossing powder on black cardstock.

I also matted gold cardstock pieces to finish off my card.

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 Thursday, November 16th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, November 18th.

Giveaway :
The kind folks at Altenew have allowed me to giveaway ONE S30 gift certificate to the Altenew store. To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by November 15th. The winner will be announced here on my blog on November 16th.

Blog Hop order :
Your next stop on the hop is, Agnieszka Malyszek's blog.

Hussena Calcuttawala (you are here)

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Just For You | Card

Hello everyone,
I have a card to share today which I made solely with a stencil and watercolours. Here's a look at it :


To create this card, I first stenciled the design outline using the CrafTreat Poppy stencil on a piece of a watercolour paper using a black Microtip Pen. After I finished tracing the outline, I loosely watercoloured the poppies and the leaves using various shades of Distress inks.

I added this sentiment from the Altenew Label Love set. I also did some ink blending and added paint splatters to the background.

I added Nuvo drops in green, red and black to complete the card. I die-cut the card panel and popped it on a card base which was embossed using the Darice Woodgrain embossing folder and my card was done :)


I'm entering my card in the following challenges :



I hope you liked my card which I shared today. If you have queries regarding any of the techniques or the products used, please let me know in the comments below, I will get back to you.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a nice day everyone.

Trio of Gift Tags | Winnie & Walter

Hello everyone,
I have some really cute gift tags to share today. I love making these and it seems like I am very much into circular tags these days. :D Here's a look at all my tags :



Here is the individual view :

To create this tag, I went with the ombre look. I wanted to use the newly released dies from w and w as they are the perfect size for the tags. I'm especially in love with the Thanks word die.

I started with first die cutting some circles in white cardstock and then stamped and white heat embossed the background using the Mini Scenery stamp : Do You See What I See set. I then did some ink blending using Picked Raspberry Distress ink keeping the top part dark and gradually fading the ink blending, creating an ombre look.

I die cut the sentiment 'Celebrate' and colored it partially using Picked Raspberry Distress ink and the remaining half with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens. The flowers and leaves are stamped and die cut using the Winnie and Walter: The Big, the Bold and Extras set. The small poinsettia flower is from the In Bloom : Hollie's Festive Florals. I also added some Diamond Stickles over my die-cut sentiment to add some bling.


I made another tag keeping the design same, but changing the ink colours. I have used Fired Brick and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks to get the orange colour. I ink blended the colours and created an ombre background. 

                                                 
The flowers and leaves are stamped and die cut using the Winnie and Walter: The Big, the Bold and Extras stamp set. The small poinsettia flower is from the In Bloom : Hollie's Festive Florals. I also added some Diamond Stickles over my die-cut sentiment to add some bling.


Thanks Tag

The circle for this tag is cut from the w and w Ring in the Celebration cutaways. I love the scalloped look of it and even though it is not a stand-alone die, I think it looks great as an individual tag. 

I heat-embossed the Mini Scenery : Do You See What I See using Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder. This time I used Broken China Distress ink to create the ombre background. The poinsettia and the foliage are from the In Bloom : Hollie's Festive Florals. I also added the thanks die cut from the Thanks Cutaway to complete my tag.


I am entering these in the following challenges :


I hope you liked my tags :) I would love to hear what you think of them. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Congratulations on your new home | Card

Hello friends,
This is my second post for the day. I shared a CAS card in my previous post which you can check out HERE. I love making cards for house-warming and the Winnie and Walter Our Town set is my all time favourite to create cards for this occasion.  This is a very versatile set and has so many possibilities. Here's a look at my card :


I have tried to create a mini scene on my card. I started by first stamping the houses from the Winnie and Walter Our Town set in grey using the Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I then stamped one of the houses in red to make it stand against the grey background.

Next, I popped two of the houses using foam tape for dimension. I then stamped the little clouds, sun and two trees on either side of the red house and red hearts using various dye inks. The yellow birds are a part of the Winnie and Walter Comfort + Joy set.  I also wanted my houses to have a bit of grounding, so I stamped the little pebbles using the same grey ink.

The sentiment has been masked from two different sets. The 'congratulations on your' is from a Papertrey Ink stamp set and the 'home' is from the Winnie and Walter Happiest of Holidays by Evelin T Designs set. I added some diagonal grey Washi Tape to complete my card.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges :


I hope you liked my card. I would love to hear your comments/suggestions on it. They always make my day :)

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Sparkle & Shine | Card

Hello friends!
I have a new card to share today which I made using lots of techniques. Here's a look at it :


I started out by first creating my card background using Ink Smooshing.  I used Mustard Seed and Broken China Distress inks to ink smoosh the background. I also added few black and gold paint splatters.

I then started to work on the focal of my card. I wanted to create a diamond ring so I die-cut out a circle out of white cardstock and then foam mounted it to create a raised look. I then coloured it using Inka Gold in Old Gold. Next, I heat-embossed the diamond from the Winnie and Walter My Precious stamp set using Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing powder and I slightly coloured it using my Zig markers to give it a hint of colour like the light coming out from a faceted diamond.

I also stamped and heat-embossed the rays using the same embossing powder. The ring, the diamond and the rays were all popped on the card front using foam tape.  I then added some Gold Chevron Washi Tape on the four sides of my card to add some balance to the design. Finally, stamped the sentiment which is also from the My Precious set to complete my card. I have gone very CAS, which is not my forte, but this idea was stuck in my head and I just had to execute it.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges :

Winnie and Walter Background Building Challenge with Mayuri ( I have created my own background by watercoloring the grey stripes)


I hope you liked my today's card. I tried to keep it clean and simple :) I would love to hear what you think of it. Thank you so much for dropping by!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Just Saying Hello | Card

Hello everyone!
I know I'm on a blogging spree these days :D I have made a couple of cards specially for the WCMD challenges over at Winnie and Walter and so blogging about each, one by one. This is my second post for the day. Incase you missed my first post, you can check it out HERE.

For my card today, I used the CrafTreat Butterflies stencil. These butterflies are gorgeous when layered!

This one is very bright and colourful and to create this, I first embossed the insides of the butterflies using Versamark embossing ink and Super Fine White embossing powder by Ranger and heat-set it. Then I placed the outline of the butterfly and traced it using a stencil. I watercoloured the butterflies using two complimentary shades of Distress inks. I then fussy-cut them out and popped them over foam dots.

The colourful background was created by ink smooshing different colours of Distress inks on a piece of acetate, spraying water over the inks and then smooshing it on a watercolour card panel. I die-cut a rectangular frame and ink blended it using the same colours. The frame and the butterflies are adhered using foam tape.

I added strips of Black Washi Tape on the two sides and lots of Nuvo Drops. Then placed my sentiment strip which is also heat-embossed and my card was done!


I'm entering my card in the following challenges :


I hope you liked my cards which I shared today. If you have queries regarding any of the techniques or the products used, please let me know in the comments below, I will get back to you.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a nice day everyone.

There's no place like Home | Card

Hello friends!
I have a new card to share today which is pretty different from my usual style. This card has no flowers on it. (LOL!)
Here's a look at my card :


I have again used a stencil from CrafTreat on this card. This one is called the Layered Cityscape. This stencil comprises of two designs - the negative and positive of the Cityscape. The positive consists of all the windows and the details that you see in the buildings. The negative creates the silhouette of the cityscape.

To create this card, I first stenciled the silhouette of the buildings using Black Soot Distress ink. I sponged it quite heavily on a watercolour paper to give that extreme crisp black outline.  Using the positive design of the stencil, I create the window details by using the Papericious White Modelling Paste and with a spatula, I spread the paste over the design to create that raised effect. It looks super cool in real life!

I then did some ink blending on the background of the cityscapes using Distress inks and I die-cut a semicircle using a Spellbinders circle die on my card panel which I then popped over the inked background using foam dots. Before adhering the card panel, I stamped some red hearts and the black birds from the Winnie and Walter Our Town and Comfort + Joy stamp sets respectively. I also stamped the sentiment on the card front which is from the Winnie and Walter Happiest of Holidays by Evelin T Designs stamp set. I added a strip of gold glitter paper and a strip of stamped back stripes along with few clear sequins to finish off my card.


I'm entering my card in the following challenges :



I hope you liked my card. I would love to hear your comments/suggestions on it. They always make my day :)

Thank you so much for dropping by!