Saturday, July 29, 2017

Just Saying Hello | Card

Hi friends,
I am back to share another card today. I had made this a few days back, but just got around editing the pictures. I have made this card using some of my newest crafty goodies.  Here's a look at it :

 Close-up of the magnolias which I have watercoloured.

A flat-lay view of the card :

To begin with, I stamped the magnolias, the leaves and buds from the Altenew Magnolias For Her set using Versamark Embossing ink. I stamped it on Canson Montval watercolor cardstock and then heat-set the images in white. After I heat-embossed them, I coloured them using my Zig Clean Color brush pens. This is my favourite watercolour mediums these days and I love using them for all my projects. I fussy-cut the images and arranged them on my card base. The sentiment is from the Altenew Super Script stamp and die set. The 'just saying' has been heat-embossed in gold on a strip of white cardstock which I then distressed on the edges using Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I also watercoloured the base of my card base using Hickory Smoke Distress ink. I then added a strip of gold cardstock which I created by smooshing my Versamark ink pad on a piece of white cardstock and then heat-embossing it in gold. Finally I added few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and gold paint spatters.

I hope you liked my card. I'm entering this in the Altenew Inspiration challenge this month. I really loved the colours and had to play along!

Thanks for dropping by! See you soon with another card on Monday :)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sending Love & Hugs | Card

Hello friends,
I am back after a short break. I am here to share a card I made based on the Altenew Inspiration Challenge this month.

I had a lot of fun creating this. I first started by stamping the flowers and leaves from the Altenew Adore You stamp set using Versamark Embossing ink on some Canson Montval watercolour paper. I heat-embossed all the images using Ranger Super White Embossing powder. Next, I coloured each of the images using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. After I was happy with how they looked, I fussy-cut them out and arranged it on my card base. The sentiment is also from the Adore You set which I stamped and heat-embossed on a strip of grey cardstock. I also stamped stripes on the left-hand side of my card for added interest. For the finishing touches, I used some Nuvo Crystal Drops and black paint spatters.

The colours which I was inspired from for the Altenew challenge.

That's it from my side today. I will be  back to share another card I made recently. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Honey Bee Stamps Under The Sea Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!
Today I'm here to share my cards for the Honey Bee Stamps Under The Sea Blog Hop. We have an a amazing new release and loads of inspiration & prizes, you wouldn't want to miss. You should have come here from the amazing Galina's Blog, If not, you can start from the Honey Bee Stamps blog. Here's a look at my cards for the hop :


 I have added few clear dew drops, stars and sequins from the Coral Shell Sequin Mix.

To create this card, I started with the new Swimming By set. I stamped the mermaid on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110 lbs cardstock and coloured it using the Zig Clean Color markers. I fussy-cut it out and placed it on my card base. The sun-rays were lightly ink blended using a DIY stencil I made. The waves were also created using the same way. I used Broken China for the waves & Mustard Seed Distress ink for the rays. I also stamped, fussy-cut and added those tiny elements on the bottom of the card using stamps from Under The Sea set. The sentiment is from the Mermaid Song set. I added few sequins, dew drops and stars from the Coral Shell Sequin mix to complete my card.


I have used the Ocean Borders stamp set for this card. I started by stamping the large 6'' X 6'' Ocean Waves pattern using Versamark Embossing ink on Neenah 110lbs cardstock and heat embossed it in white. I watercolored the background using Zig Markers.  For the focal of my card, I again used the mermaid from the Swimming By set as well as the smaller images from the Under The Sea set. All of them have been stamped, coloured and fussy-cut. I added sequins from the Birthday Bash Sequin Mix to create the shaker. I then used an inverted scalloped rectangle die frame to complete the shaker. I added another scalloped frame over the watercolored background and popped it on foam tape for that raised look. It was colored lightly using Broken China Distress ink. Matted everything on a A2 Card Base to complete my card.

Swim along with our New Release - Under The Sea with Honey Bee! So let's Shellabrate with some splashingly sweet prizes!!  We will have TWO winners that will each receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase new goodies in the Honey Bee Stamps Store.
All you have to do to win is comment on the Honey Bee Stamps blog and again at each of the designer’s blog by Sunday, July 16th. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 17th at Noon PST. So swim along and get ready to SEA some inspiration!

>>The next stop on the hop is the lovely, Jo Herbert. Hop over to her blog to see some amazing inspiration!

The wonderful line-up of the Honey Bee Stamps designers is as follows:

Hussena Calcuttawala >>> That's ME!

I hope you like my cards. I would love to hear what you think of them and if you have a favourite? Have a nice day everyone!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hi Fabulous | Card

Hi friends!
I am back again to share my this week's inspiration card for Honey Bee Stamps. Here's a look at it :

To start with, I cut-out several die-cuts of the Honey Bee Honey cuts - Fabulous die. I then used my Gansai Tambi Watercolor pan (Color number. 64) to colour all of them lightly and I arranged them on my card panel. Next, I die-cut the frame on the right side of the card using a Gina Marie Designs die and then coloured it using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. The main pink floral is from the Honey Bee Stamps Lotus Blossom set. I have colored the flower as well as the leaves & foliage using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. The leaves and foliage are from the Zen Florals set which have been stamped, heat-embossed & then die-cut using the Zen Florals die. The big sentiment 'Hi' is from the Hello Gorgeous set which is again stamped and die-cut using the coordinating die. As usual, I added few black paint splatters and sequins as the finishing touch for my card :)

Here's another look at my card :

I'm entering my card in The Flower Challenge - Embossing (I've clear heat-embossed the leaves and foliage).

I hope you like my card. Do let me know if you did :)
Thanks for stopping by & have a nice day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate | Honey Bee Stamps Card

Hi everyone!
I'm back to share my this week's card for honey Bee Stamps. You may have seen it on my Facebook & Instagram pages already, and if not, here's my card :

To create this card, I first took a A2 card base which I created using Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock. Next, I did some stenciling on the background using the Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Background Layering stencil. I used Prima Marketing Light Paste mixed with some Mustard Seed Distress ink to create a custom paste. For my flowers and foliage, I stamped the images from three different sets- Honey Bee Stamps Hello Gorgeous, Country Blooms and Zen Florals. Don't all of them look fantastic together? I colored them using my Zig Clean Color Real brush pens and then cut them out using their coordinating die sets. For my sentiment, I used the Hooray Honey Cuts set. I added few clear dew drops and black paint spatters to finish off my card.

Linking my card to the Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes Challenge & Stamping Sensations - Flowers.

I would love to know what you think of my card! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Some happy news + Cards to share!

Hi everyone,
I know it's been a very long time since I posted anything on my blog. I was on a break + I find it much easier to share new projects on my Facebook and Instagram pages these days.
Anyways, I wanted to start this post by sharing some very happy news! I have been selected to be a part of the wonderful Honey Bee Stamps Social Media Design team. Wohoo, I'm so excited :) I'm here to share my cards I created for my first post.

This is the first card I created with grey watercolored stripes.

Second card with yellow stripes.

I have kept the card design same for both of them, I just changed the colour of the background stripes. To start with, I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Honey Bee Stamps Country Blooms stamp and then used the coordinating die set for cutting the flowers and foliage. I coloured them using my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers. Next, I die-cut a circle using the Stitched Circles die by Gina Marie Designs. The white frames on the card base have been cut using the Double Stitched A2 Rectangle Frame die which is also by Honey Bee Stamps. I ink blended the circles using Tumbled Glass Distress ink and stamped the sentiment from the HBS Happy Everything set. Finally I adhered few sequins from the Spring Mix and added black paint splatters to finish off my cards. What do you think? Which is your favourite. I would love to hear :)

That's it from my side today! I hope you like my cards. If you do , don't forget to leave me a comment!

Have a nice day everyone.

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!