Thursday, February 16, 2017

Colored Dahlia Congrats | Card

Hello crafty friends!
I am back from my holiday and am feeling all refreshed with my mojo slowly coming back. I have a card to share today which incorporates lots of stamping, colouring and masking. I have also been practicing a lot with my Zig Clean Color pens recently. Here's a look at my card :

If you are interested in seeing how I made the lime yellow striped background, then check out my tutorial on the Pretty Paper Studio blog where I share the technique.

I have combined lots of different techniques to make this card. To start with, I created my card panel using my Zigs. Then for the focal of my card I stamped the flowers from the Altenew Dahlia Blossoms set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then fussy-cut all the leaves, filler flowers and the main dahlia. I colored all my images using the Zig Brush pens. I used a waterbrush for blending in the colours. I then popped them all on foam dots for dimension. I also die-cut an oval frame using the Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die and colored it using Inka Gold. The sentiment comes from the Altenew Sentiment & Quotes set. I heat-embossed it in gold on some light pink cardstock. For the finishing touches, I stamped the black stripes on the side of my card and added few Nuvo Crystal drops in different colours. And my card was done :)

I hope you like my card. I would love to know what you think!

Linking this to the Altenew February Challenge. I have used the colours from the inspiration picture :) I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp - Fantastic Florals challenge and Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor  + Anything Goes plus Optional twist of Dies.

Have a nice day everyone!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sending love your way!

Hello friends!
I am back again with my second take on the Altenew Inspiration Challenge. Like I said earlier, these colors are challenging to me and I really wanted to give it a second try. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this version of my card and I hope you all will like it too. I also wanted to let you know that I am going on a short vacation and this is a scheduled post . Will catch up with you all once I am back :) You can check out my first card HERE.

This one was quite simple to create. For the flowers, I used the Altenew Peony Scrolls set and heat embossed them in white on some Canson watercolour paper. I colored them using my newest buy - The Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens. Yayyyy! :)
For the leaves and flourishes, I used the Altenew Lacy Scrolls stamp set & Altenew Dark Chocolate ink. I then fussy-cut them out. I did some light stenciling on the background using a Tim Holtz stencil and adhered all my elements on some foam tape. I used the Sentiments & Quotes set (this is now my all time favorite set!) for the sentiment which was also heat embossed in white. And like every card of mine, this couldn't be finished without using some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some black paint splatters :)

I hope you like my card. Do leave a comment telling me if you did :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

You are amazing | Card

Hello all!
Today I have a card which I've made for this time's Altenew Inspiration Challenge hosted by Yoonsun Hur. I'll be honest with you, the colours for this month's challenge are totally out of my comfort zone. I have never played around with browns much so this one was quite challenging for me, but I took the plunge & here is what I've created :

To create this card, I took an A2 card panel & did some ink blending using Altenew Dark Chocolate ink and I wanted to create a slightly ombre effect. I also spritzed water over it and then used a tissue paper to absorb the colour from the areas where the water was to create a bleached effect on paper. Next, I die-cut some scalloped frames and then embossed it using my WRMK Next Level Embossing Folder- Geometric & Darice Woodgrain folder. The frames were then coloured using Vintage Photo Distress ink.  The florals are from my newest favourite set - Vintage Roses and I have used Altenew inks in shades of yellows & browns to stamp my flowers & leaves. For the sentiment, I have used the Altenew Sentiments & Quotes set which was heat embossed in white on plain white cardstock & then coloured using the Altenew Caramel Toffee ink. Finished off my card by adding some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I am also playing along Darnell's NBUS Challenge. I have not gone with the technique she asked us to try, but I do have lot of NBUS products on this card - The clear sequins from PPP, the MFT frames. Also these colours are something I have never tried before.

That's it from my side today! I will see you soon with another card in few days. I hope you liked my today's card, I would love to know what you think about it. Thanks for dropping by :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winner | Altenew A Year in Review Blog Hop

Hello everyone!
I'm a bit late in announcing the winner, I'm really sorry about that. Anyhow, a HUGE thank you to each and everyone of you who left me a comment. I am totally floored by all the love :)
 A big thanks to Altenew for inviting me for this hop and letting me share my favourite cards for the year 2016.

The winner picked by is
The lucky winner is Sujana! Congratulations to you :)
Please email me at sweethussena at gmail dot com so that I can send out the card to you.

Hope you have a great day ahead!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Guest Post | Paru's Card Making Challenges

Hello fellow crafters,
Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year 2017!
I'm so glad to be joining Paru's challenge as a Guest Designer today. It's an absolute honour to be invited. I love playing along with her challenges. They are always so interesting.

I have created a card and two tags for the challenge this month. I wanted them to look like a set, so I have used the same stamp set & colour combinations for all of them. I wanted the sentiments to be generic so as to be given as a gift set.

To create my card, I have used the Altenew Painted Flowers set. I also used Altenew inks for coloring. I stamped & die-cut the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies. This made my work so much more easier. Then I die-cut a panel using a Paper Smooches Border die to create a frame. The sentiment comes from another Altenew set- Label Love. I added few black paint splatters & silver stars and sequins for the finishing touches.

To create my tags, I have used the Lawn Fawn - Tag You're It stamp & coordinating die set to stamp and die-cut the tags. I gold embossed the outline of one of the tags to add some extra interest. I used the Altenew Painted Flowers set for the flowers and the sentiment is from the same Lawn Fawn set. I added few Nuvo Crystal dots to embellish it a bit and tied some silver & gold mesh ribbon along with thin black ribbon to finish them off!

I'm entering my card in the Altenew Inspiration Challenge. I'm playing along with Amy's June Challenge.

Please visit Paru's blog and don't forget to play along her challenge. I would love to hear what you think about my card & tags! 

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy Wedding | Card

Hello everyone!
If you haven't yet checked out my Altenew | A Year in Review Blog Hop post yet, please check it out HERE. You have a chance to win a $30 gift certificate from Altenew + receive one of my handmade cards :)

Getting a chance to be a part of the Altenew Blog hop got my creative juices flowing & I have another card to share based on their current challenge at the blog which is to pick a favourite challenge graphic from the past year & create a project based on it. I have gone with Amy's June Challenge. It's such a pretty palette & so perfect for the wedding.

I wanted to replicate the wedding bouquet graphic on my card so I decided to work with heat-embossing on vellum. In real life, this looks so beautiful. Unfortunately, I'm not able to capture the colours so well on camera :(
I stamped the flowers, leaves & foliage from the Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp set on some 40 lbs. vellum, heat-embossed it using a super fine white Embossing Powder & watercoloured the images using Tombow Brush Pens.
I created the background card panel using three shades of Distress inks - Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron & Squeezed Lemonade by painting them with a brush on the panel. I then die-cut all the images using the coordinating Beautiful Day die.
I finished off the card by adding a sentiment which comes from the Altenew Vintage Roses set, another of my absolute favourites and I think the font is really sophisticated and went will with this card. I also added some Prima Marketing Glass Glitter in Platinum using some Multi Medium Matte & few paint splatters.

I hope you will like my card & the interpretation. Do let me know what you think of it.

Have a nice day everyone!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Altenew | A Year in Review Blog Hop

Hello, crafty friends!
Today, I'm excited beyond words to be joining the Altenew A Year in Review Blog Hop. I'm so honoured to be a part of this hop. We have some amazing inspiration & prizes to give away so let's get started, shall we :)

If you came here from the talented Virginia Lu's blog, you're on the right track. If not, do check out the complete blog hop list below.

I'm sharing some of my favourite cards I made this year using Altenew products. I'm not including a detailed description of each card, rather sharing a direct link to the blog post as this is a very picture-heavy post and I don't want to bore you :)

Original post HERE
Supplies used - Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp set, Altenew Vintage Flowers Stamp set, Altenew Sentiments and Quotes Stamp set and Altenew Red Cosmos Mini Cube Set.

Original post HERE
 Supplies used - Altenew Doodle Blooms Stamp set, Altenew Doodle Blooms Die set, Altenew Cotton Candy ink pad, Altenew Mango Smoothie ink pad, Altenew Forest Glades ink pad.

Original post HERE
Supplies used - Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp set.

Original post HERE

Original post HERE

Original post HERE

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. You have until Wednesday, January 4th at 11:59 PM ET to enter, and the winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, January 6th.

I will also be giving away ONE handmade card from my favourites if you win. Please leave a comment on this blog post by Friday, January 6th at 11:59 PM ET for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on Sunday, January 8th on my blog.

Altenew is running a special shipping promotion now through Friday. Make sure to enter the code at checkout to take advantage of this special deal!

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping on all retail orders with code GOODBYE2016 at checkout and $7 OFF international shipping on orders over $17 with code WELCOME2017 at checkout. Offer ends Friday, December 30th at 11:59 pm EST. (Retail orders only. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other coupon codes.)

Next on the hop is the super awesome Laura Bassen. I am also sharing the list of all the participants on the hop.
Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving me a comment. Hope you have a great day!