14 September 2020

Altenew Educators "Style it with Stencils" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Welcome to the Altenew Educator Style it with Stencils Blog Hop. You should have arrived here form Rachael Shedeed's blog. Today I am sharing 3 cards which show how to create stylish cards using Altenew's Stencils.

I love stencils and how versatile they are, you can use them in so many ways, as the focal point or to create backgrounds etc. Todays cards use stencis to create bold impactful backgrounds that stand out.

For those of you who prefer video content, I have prepared a video which has been uploaded to my Youtube Channel;

For those who prefer written posts, Here is the information for how my cards were made.

In this first card I use Altenew's Linear Stencil Rubellite InkMidnight Violet Ink and Aqualicious Ink to create a background. I add a sentiment using the Mega A die Fine Alphabet dies.

I decided to ink blend in a radial pattern, allowing the ink colours to overlap and create secondary tones. The sentiment is just as bold as the background, I cut letters from both white and black card to create a drop shadow effect.

My second card uses On the plus side stencilRubellite InkMidnight Violet Ink and Aqualicious Ink to create a cool background effect. The floral image is from the Courageous You stamp set and the sentiment is from the Bold greetings die set

I ink blended thruogh the stencil with the three ink colours and then added some white ink splatter for added interest. I stamped the floral image int o white card using Obsidian Black Ink. The sentiment was cut three times from black card and sandwhiched together to create a faux chipboard effect.

My final card was created with the Confetti Stencil Rubellite InkMidnight Violet Ink and Aqualicious Ink. the sentiment is from the Bold Alpha Dies.

After inking the background, I cut the "X's" and "O's" from white card and also card I had ink blended. I samdwhiched them together and added some foam pads to the reverse. Using some black twine I create a little swirly pattern and then stuck the die cut pieces over the top. I added a few enamel dots to finish the look.

Your next stop on the hop is the awesome Rosie Neustaedter.


Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog(https://wp.me/p6Dps1-c5T) by 9/19/2020 for a chance to win. 


We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 9/22/2020.


There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

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Hop list:

Altenew Card Blog

Amber Rain Davis

Neha Aggarwal

Nicole Watt

Erin Thompson

Teri Wilson

Helen Kalb

Rachael Shedeed

Terri Marie Koszler

Rosie Neustaedter

Amy Hill

Nandini Karmarkar

Maryam Sharara 

Nenette S. Madero

Irina Fonina

Vicki Finger

Virginia Lu

10 September 2020

Altenew Beauty of the Season Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to Altenew's Beauty of the Season release, you should have arrived here from Amber Rain Davis blog, if not dont worry you can go back to the start of the hop at any time by visiting the Altenew Card Blog.

Todays release is filled with amazing products, you can view them all in the Altenew store.

My first card is created using the Grape Leaves stamp set, this set is really good fro creating backgrounds but can also be used to cretae focal features too. Here I stamped it all over my background in autumnal colours. I added a sentiment from the Crafty Life stamp set and higlighted it by placing a Mid Centuary frame die cut around it.

Next I have 2 cards showcasesing the kind reminders stamp set.The first card is a mixed media style card, I created a background using The Alphabet Stencil and some embossing paste. I spritzed some white card with a couple of Altenew's Metallic spray inks and once dry stampe and die cut the flowers using the coordinating die set.

My second card using the Kind reminders stamp set was coloured using the Kind reminders simple coloring stencil, this stencil is so cool, it allows you to add color and shade in the correct place without any fuss. I die cut the flowers and added them to a card base which I stamped using the Pinstripe stamp set, I love the ultra modern feel to this card.

Next we have the Positive Vibes stamp and matching die set. My first card using this set was created  by stamping the floral cluster in orange tones and die cutting it. I added it to a background which was stamp with the Gradient Stripes stamp set.

This second card has an apature that acts like a tunnel, I stamped the image onto my card base using a stamping platform, keeping the stamp in place I stamped it on to a second piece of card, this made sure that they were both in the exact same position.

I die cut the image out and added colour using the Watercolor stripes stencil, I added adhesive foam to the back of the coloured panel and placed it over the top of the stamped card base. The sentiment is stamped onto one of the Featured sentiment die cuts.

Now we have a super cute, fun stamp set, Merry reindeer comprises of one main Image of a reindeer holding a scroll, the set also has a couple of emmbellishment images and 7 sentimetns and a few words to help address tags etc.

I stamped, coloured and die cut the image using the coordingating dies, I then cut a second of the images without actually stamping it, this allowed me to sandwhich a little treat bag between the two pieces. I can image this being used with "reindeer food" inside for younger childern,

The next set I worked with is Holiday Tags stamp and die set. There are 23 stamps and 11 dies, which allow you to create lots of differnet styled tags for your holiday project and presents.

My first tag uses only the die set, I added some pattern to the tag using Aztec Motif Stencil. I stamped the sentiment from Merry reindeer and added an Alpaca using the Alpaca stamp and die bundle.

My second tag is a holday themed tag using the Holiday tags stamp set and die set. I cut and ink blended the tag, then using the Diamond snowflakes stencil added some glitter paste. Using one of the edge dies in the set I cut a little whire banner for my sentimetn to go on and added some holly spring.

I'm a sucker for a 3D die set, espcially when they create stunning flowers in no time at all. Here I used the new Poinsettia 3D die and Altenew's metallic spray inks. I used one of the large die cuts to create the leaves. I added a sentiment using the new Fancy Peace die. The backround was created using the Dotted scales debossing cover die.

My final card was made with the Warm blessings stamp set, the font of this stamp set is beautiful and goes well with several other in Altenew's catalouge. The stamp set has a Holly leaf and two berries which you can use to adron your projects. I used them to stamp a background for my card, I really like the hand drawn feel to them.

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Giveaway Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/15/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/18/2020.

Your next stop on the hop is Therese Calvird

Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Card Blog

Amber Rain Davis

Terri Koszler

Therese Calvird

Laura Bassen

Erum Tasneem

Tenia Nelson

Virginia Lu

Nathalie DeSousa


Svitlana Shayevich

Vicky Papaioannou

Nicole Watt

Victoria Calvin

Maryam Perez

Tania Ahmed

Keisha Charles

Kelly Griglione

Lilith Eeckels

Vicki Finger

Norine Borys

Nenette S. Madero

Jaycee Gaspar

04 September 2020

Paperbabe Stamps challenge #127


It's time for a new challenge over at Paperbabe stamps blog, this time it's an inspiration challenge. You can use the colours, images or patterns to inspire your creations.

I have used the Folk Fabrique stamp set to create a card, my inspiration came from the colour and also the blue and white Chinese pottery, of which I've always been a fan.

I kept the card really simple and added a MDF sentiment which was spritzed with an aged gold ink spray.

If you'd like to join in with the challenge, pop over to the Paperbabe stamps blog, where you will find all of the details on how to link your project and the prize on offer.

21 August 2020

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #126 - Anything goes

It's time for a new challenge at Paperbabe Stamps blog, the theme this time is "Anything Goes". You can literally create anything you like, if you want to join us and be in with the chance of winning a prize then pop over to the Paperbabe stamps blog where you will find all the information you need.

I cretaed a Paperangel orniment using the Paperangel stamps and MDF substrate kit.  I used several mono prints, which I pulled using my Gelli Arts gel plate.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today.

19 August 2020

Altenew Texture Adventure Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the Altenew Texture adventure stand alone dies release blog hop + giveaway, you should have arrived here from the my awesome friend Tania Ahmed's blog, if not you can go back to the start of the hop by visiting this link Altenew card blog.

This release consists of 10 new dies/die sets, you can view all of the new products on the Altenew store in the new products section Here. As soon as I saw the new dies I had the idea to create cards in two very different styles, showing just how versatile they are.  Firstly we will look at the fun colorful cards before moving on to the elagant black and gold cards, so lets jump right in.

In my first example I have used 3 of the new dies, the Layered Geo A cover dieLayered Geo B cover die and the Featured sentiments die set. The Layered Geo A+B panels were spritzed with Warm sunshine and Puffy Heart metallic ink sparys, I love the effect. The featured sentiments dies are awesome as you have 2 dies in each sizing option, they can layer or be used alone. I added a few enamel dots to complete the card.

My second card features the mini 3D stars die set, they come in 3 sizes and work in the same way as the original 3D star die. Here I cut several from card which I coloured using Warm SunshinePuffy Heart and Ocean waves metallic ink sprays, I added a sentiment using the Circled Hello die. A few inky splatters and the card was complete.

This next card is one of my favourite cards for this release, it's bright, modern and fun. I started by colouring and cutting the Stacked diamonds cover plate die, I opted for Ocean waves metallic ink spray this time. I the cut the Leaf mix dies from card I previously coloured with the ink sprays. The leaf mix set is so fu and creative, the 14 dies included allow you to mix and match, layering the die cut pieces to suit your chosen style.

Next up is the Tangeled loops cover die, I colored 2 pieces of card, one using Rubelite and the second using Aqualicious. I then cut again from thick white card and started to paper piece the coloured bits in to create a background. My sentiment is cut using the Fine alpahbet dies, it sits on a mat created with the waste sectin of the Layered Geo A cover die.

My final sample in the "coloured" section is a shaker frame using the Thin frame die set. This is a brand new concept die that creates a thin frame to go around your projects, it is approx 5mm deep depending on the weight of your card stock. All you need to do is cut four sections, you can use 2 of the big and 2 of the small or can use 4 of just one size if you want a square frame like I used here.  I actually cut 2 frames, sandwhiching a piece of acetate between them so I could add sequins and gems.

Now we move on to the elegant black and gold cards, these are so divine, I love them.

Here I layered 2 of the Tangeled Loops cover die cuts, turing one of them 180͑° , this gives a really cool effect and gives even more ways to use your dies.

Next up is the layered Geo A and B cover dies, cut in black and gold. I added a sentiment using the Fancy Hello die and added a few gold sequins. Simple, classic and so pretty.

Next I used the Leaf Mix dies to create a floral bloom, in kind of looks like a water lily in my mind. I heat embossed my sentimets in gold on to the Featured sentiments die cut using the sentiment strips 2 stamp set

Here I combined the Thin Frame die set and the Mini 3D stars, I stamped the sentment from the Stone Mosiac stamp set, I added a few gold ink spaltters and the card was complete.

My final card uses the Stacked diamonds cover die, I cut in from both black and gold turing one layer 180°. I then heat embossed and die cut the Fabulous Florets set from Vellum, which give a soft feminie feel to the card. I added a seniment using the Bold Greetings die set.

Special Offer: Receive a FREE brand new mini inspiration guide with every order from 8/19/2020 at 12:01 am EDT until 8/21/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. Shop here -->Altenew store The free gift will be added to cart automatically. *Not valid on Altenew Academy classes and workshops.

Giveaway Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 8/25/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/27/2020.

The next stop on the hop is the uber talented Jennifer McGuire.

Blog hop order

Altenew Card Blog

Laura Bassen

Tania Ahmed

Terri Koszler

Jennifer McGuire

Nicole Watt

Nathalie DeSousa

Amber Rain Davis


Norine Borys

Dana Joy

Laurie Willison

Lilith Eeckels

Sidnie Desjardins

Vicky Papaioannou

Virginia Lu

Keisha Charles

Reiko Tsuchida

Kelly Griglione

Erum Tasneem