14 November 2022

November 2022 Trailblazing Inks Release + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!) | Dye inks with a brand new look and adjusted formula



Welcome to the Trailblazing Inks release blog hop and giveaway. I am super excited to be sharing two projects with you, featuring the new ink pads. First off, you should have arrived here from Michelle Short, If not you can use the links at the bottom of this post to navigate.



My first card features the Woodland Escape Fresh Dye Ink Bundle. This bundle is my all time favourite (for now at least) I used all four ink pads to add an ombre blend over a piece of Neenah solar crest cardstock that had been sptirzed with Ranger Distress Spray.

I used the Tropical Jungle Stamp to heat emboss onto a piece of vellum using Crisp White Embossing Powder and an Embossing Ink Pad. I then cut the image using the Tropical Jungle Die Set and adhered it to a piece of Brushed Copper Metallic Cardstock that I cut using the die. I allowed some of the vellum to stand away from the metallic cardstock to give dimension.

I then added a sentiment using the Sweet Sentiments Die Set. I cut the base layer from white cardstock and the detailed layer from Brushed Copper Metallic Cardstock. I added this to my card using foam tape.


My second card features the Frosted Foliage Fresh Dye Ink Bundle and the Blue Mountains Fresh Dye Ink Bundle. These colors are so dreamy.

I used the Rose Blossom Stamp Set and did a whole ton pf masking to create the floral image. I then added inky splatters and a sentiment using the Bold Sentiments stamp set.

I can see these new ink pads being used a lot in my upcoming projects as they are stunning and the new formula ink doesn't bead up on the stamp surface, making stamp layering so much easier.

Your next stop is Seeka, before you go be sure to take a moment to check out the giveaway below.



Giveaway Prizes:

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 11/19/2022 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/21/2022.


Blog Hop Participants

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Michelle Short

Terri Koszler

Seeka

Therese Calvird

28 October 2022

Paperbabe Stamps New Release - Introductions day 2

Hello! Welcome to day two of Paperbabe Stamps Introductions. Today we have two products to share with you. 


Afro Curlies comprises of 7 nesting  hair dies, a die to create a slot to pop the head into. A head scarf, parted hair die, individual curls and a die that could be used to create Bantu Knots. This set really is so versatile and gives you so many creative options.


Curly Plate is exactly what it says; a plate that creates curl! Use it together with one of the large Afro dies to add texture. This is such a cool die.


I used the Afro Curlies die and the Curly plate to create the hair for my project. I used the Jointed Paper Art Doll Dies and stamps to add the head and torso. I gave her a little top using the Vintage Doll Paper Pad and the T-Shirt and Necklines Template,


I added white gel pen highlights to the face and head scarf and a tattoo to the neck. I kept the card simple, a fine line border and a stamped sentiment from the Flourish and Grow set and a few inky splatter.

All of the new items will be available to purchase tomorrow from The Paperbabe Stamps Store.

27 October 2022

Paperbabe Stamps New Release - Introductions Alessia and Choppy Bob

Hello Crafty Friends, I am super excited to be able to share a couple of projects with you for dau 1 of the introductions at Paperbabe Stamps.

These new Hair Dies have been designed to go along with the Jointed Paper Art Doll dies that were released a year or so ago.


This is Aleesia hair die, the most popular hair design in the template range. It can be used for the portrait and 3/4 view heads. It can be layered up very easily, to give lovely dimension as well as great snip-ability 



Here I cut the hair from Patterned paper and added some ink blending for a funky look. I used the Jointed Paper Art Doll Dies and stamps to add the head and torso. I gave her a little top using the Vintage Doll Paper Pad and the T-Shirt and Necklines Template,

I kept the card design simple by adding inky splatters, a fine line border and a sentiment from the Flourish and Grow stamp set.


This is Choppy Bob. There are six pieces in this design that can be used in a variety of ways, from layering or using parts in a unique way, change the parting and can also be used for the portrait and 3/4 view heads.


I used the Jointed Paper Art Doll Dies and stamps to add the head and torso. I gave her a little top using the Vintage Doll Paper Pad and the T-Shirt and Necklines Template, I cut the hair from coloured card and added a sparkle pen line to the cut details. I used alcohol markers to add colour to the face and body

I kept the card design simple by adding inky splatters, a fine line border and a sentiment from the Flourish and Grow stamp set.

Please stop by tomorrow for the introduction of some more new products. The new release will be available to purchase Saturday 29th October 2022.

20 October 2022

Altenew's Fairy Tale Florals Add ons - 3D Embossing Folder and Detailed Simple Colouring Stencil

Hey, there crafty friends, Terri here! Today, I am sharing 2 quick and simple cards using the NEW Fairy Tale Florals 3D Embossing Folder and Detailed Simple Coloring Stencil.  I adore the Fairy Tale Florals stamp and die set, so when Altenew released these add-on items, I was overjoyed. I'm always looking for new ways to stretch the items I own.

My first card uses a minimal color palette but has some added highlights thanks to Altenew's Gel Pens. The great thing about coloring stencils is that you can go as simple as you like, or you can step up your design by adding more colors or depth of shade.

Card #1

I used the Fairy Tale Florals 3D Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I lightly sprayed the reverse with water before embossing — this helps to soften the fibers and allows for a deeper emboss. I then used the Detailed Simple Coloring Stencil to add Wisteria Ink to the flowers with the use of a Mini Ink Blending Brush. I also added some Citrus Burst Ink to the center of the flowers and then added Minty Mint to the leaves. I added metallic splatters using the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set.

Quick and Simple Cards

The background was hot foiled using the Splatter Hot Foil Plate and Altenew's Brushed Gold Hot Foil Roll. While I had my hot foil machine out and heated up, I decided I would hot foil some sentiments from the Sweet Sentiments Hot Foil Plate and Die Set Bundle. The great thing about this set is that there is a coordinating die set that allows you to cut the foiled sentiment. You can also cut the sentiment into a two-part sentiment without hot foil if you wish.

Fairy Tale Florals 3D Embossing Folder and Detailed Simple Coloring Stencil

To assemble the card, I ink blended an A2 card base using Minty Mint Crisp Dye Ink. I then trimmed the Splatter Hot Foil panel to measure 4″ by 5.5″ and adhered this to the card base using Altenew's Ultra Sticky Double-Sided Tape. I decided to fussy cut around the embossed image and adhere it to the card using Instant Dimension Foam Tape.  I then added foam tape to the reverse of the sentiment and added it to the card.

To finish this quick and simple card, I decided to add White Gel Pen highlights to the flowers and leaves.

Card #2

My second card uses two colors for the flowers. I chose to keep the card very clean and simple, so it is easy to replicate. I again started by embossing onto Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock using the Fairy Tale Florals 3D Embossing Folder. To color the flowers, I used Blush and Sea Glass Crisp Dye Inks. I used the Mini Blending Tools to add the ink through the stencils, adding more color to the centers of the flowers and to the petals that were tucked behind others.

Quick and Simple Cards

I used Minty Mint Ink to ink blend the leaves; I like the leaves to be darker at the base and lighter at the tips. This is easy to achieve; I added more ink to the brush and used a heavier hand, which gives a beautiful effect. I added some metallic white inky splatters over the flowers and set them aside to dry.

Fairy Tale Florals 3D Embossing Folder and Detailed Simple Coloring Stencil

Using the Sweet Sentiments Hot Foil Plate and Die Set Bundle, I hot-foiled some of the sentiments in silver and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I added some ink blended Blush Crisp Dye Ink to an A2 card base and then trimmed the embossed panel to 4″ by 5.5″ and adhered it with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I then added the “Thanks” sentiment to the bottom right of the card.

These new add-on items can, of course, be used in conjunction with the Fairy Tale Florals Stamp and Die Set, here's a look at a card I made using all of the items together.

Fairy Tale Florals 3D Embossing Folder

15 October 2022

Monochromatic Halloween Peekaboo Pop-up card

Hey there crafty friends, today I am sharing a Monochromatic Halloween card that I am entering in to the current Lawnfawnatics challenge 134.

I started by stamping and colouring all of the images from the Fangtastic Friends Stamp Set, I chose to use greys with purple undertones. I added details with a white gel pen and then cut them out with the Fangtastic Friends Die Set.




Next I set about creating the Peekaboo Pop-Up. I cut all of the parts from 80lb Neenah Solar Crest cardstock, (if you cut from too thicker card, you will get issues with the card not closing properly.) I then added shades of purple Distress Oxide Inks to the background and to the hill. I added a die cut  black Spooky Fence to the hill.



I then used the Birch Tree Stencils to add the trees in black ink. I then started to add the die cut elements and build the scene. I kept one of the Bats to add to the moving arm. The sentiment was white heat embossed onto black card and trimmed before being added with foam tape. I added the bat to the moving arm and closed up the card. I thought it would be super cute to add the spider crawling along the front.




If you've not seen the Peekaboo Pop-Up, be sure to check out the videos from Lawn Fawn over on Youtube. The Intro to Peekaboo Pop Up can he found here Intro Video



04 October 2022

Altenew's Blooming Flower Bed Stencil - Product Focus

Hi there crafty friends, Terri here! Today, I am sharing a post focusing on the new Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set.

I am sharing 3 ways to incorporate the stencilled pattern into your card making and as the seasons are starting to change I thought it would be fun to use an autumnal color palette.

Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set Card Projects

The crisp dye ink pads I am using for all of the cards are Red JasperRhodoliteRaw Amber, and Green Opal. I love the warm cozy feel of these colors together.

All Over Stenciled Background

Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set Card Projects

My first card uses the Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set to create an all-over stenciled background.

I placed the stencil over a piece of Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock.  I added my chosen colors using a soft blending brush. I started with the leaves and used Green Opal ink. I then added the flowers with Raw Amber and Rhodolite Ink. I chose to use Red Jasper for the little dots and some white pigment ink for the centers of the red flowers.

Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set Card Projects

I set the background aside to work on the sentiment, I thought it would be nice to use the More Than Words Stamp Set as it has a lovely soft feminine style.

I stamped the sentiment in Rhodolite ink onto a white piece of cardstock. I then added this to a strip of Forest Glades Cardstock and adhered it to my stenciled panel using my trusty Altenew Glue Tape.

I felt like the background need a little something so I added a few enamel dots from the Green Meadows Set to the centers of some of the flowers.

Eclipse Sentiment

Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set

My second card uses an eclipse techniquewhere the sentiment is cut from the background, raised, and placed back.

Again, I started by stenciling the pattern in the same way I did for the first card. I cut the stenciled panel to measure 2.75″ by 5.5″.

I then grabbed my Caps Bold Alphabet Dies and added the dies to spell out “Hugs” in the stenciled panel.

I then ran it through my die-cut machine; making sure to catch all of the pieces as they came out. I then cut the letters twice more from white cardstock and adhered them all together to create thick faux veneer-style letters.

Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set

I added the stenciled background to a piece of Forest Glades Cardstock and adhered it to an A2 notecard. I then added the letters using foam tapeI decided to add them with a slight drop shadow so that the green card below stood out more.

Next, I cut my sub-sentiment using the Sweet Sentiments Die Set and added it to the card. I love how the bold letters and the smaller ornate words juxtapose.

Focal Die-Cut Panel

Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set

My final card uses a piece of the stenciled background left over from the previous card as a die-cut panel. (Waste not, want not as my Nan used to say!)

I cut the stenciled piece using the Nesting Slim Labels Die Set. I added it to a panel, which was embossed using the Forest Glades Cardstock and Garden Harmony 3D Embossing Folder. I cut it to measure 3.75″ by 5.5″ and then adhered it to a white A2 card base.

Blooming Flower Bed Stencil Set

I decided that the card needed a bold sentiment as there were a lot of “girly” florals going on.

After much deliberation, I settled on the Mega Label Love Stamp Set. I stamped the words “Happy” and “Birthday” onto a smooth white cardstock using Raw Amber Ink. I then placed them onto my card using foam tape.