Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Altenew Fabulous Flora Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)




Hello everybody.


Today I am delighted to be hopping along with Altenew and lots of crafty bloggers.  Between us, we will be bringing you creative ideas for using Altenew's Fabulous Flora release of stamps, dies and more!!  


Thank you to the wonderful and crafty Emily Midgett for directing you here.  Next up is Lileth Eeckels.  Alternatively, you can begin this hopping journey directly from the Altenew Card Blog.  The full list of participants can be found below.



My project today is a 6"x6" greetings card which I made using the super pretty new Blobby Roses Stencil Set (4 in 1) and also the coordinating Blobby Roses Die Set.


Stencilling is a fairly new concept in cardmaking for me personally, but since I purchased my first one from Altenew, I have discovered it to be one of my favourite techniques now.   I just love watching the layers and colours of the stencilled images emerge, before ending up with the final result.


I used the following Altenew Crisp Dye Inks for my flowers and stems-

  • Razzleberry
  • Pinkalicious
  • Pink Diamond
  • Sea Forest
  • Marshland

I kept things fairly simple in terms of my design.   I added a heart shaped wooden frame from my craft stash for the sentiment on my card, and this sentiment is from the Altenew True Friends Sentiment Stamp Set.  I heat embossed in white on an olive green background.


I thought it would be nice to add a die-cut blobby rose for a little extra texture.


It occurred to me after I had finished my card, how similar my stencilling looks to that on the packaging, but the colours I used are completely different.  Perhaps I was sub-conciously influenced by the illustration on the packaging?   



I really like that Altenew provide layering guides for the projects.   This is the one they have provided for the Blobby Roses Layering Stencil.




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 01/27/2022  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 02/01/2022.


Thank you for visiting me today.  I do hope you like my card project.   I enjoyed making it. Below is a comprehensive list of all the participants in this blog hop.  They have come up with some really lovely ways of using lots of the products from this new release, and I would love you to go see.


By for now.

Linda xxx

 

Blog Hop Order


Altenew Blog 

Jennifer McGuire

Jaycee Gaspar

Erum Tasneem

Mindy Eggen

LauraJane

Jenny Colacicco

Teresa Litchfield

Juhi Khanna

Nathalie DeSousa

Annemarie Caister

Terri Koszler

Emily Midgett

Linda Parker

Lilith Eeckels

Colleen Balija

Virginia Lu

Reiko Tsuchida

Maryam Perez

Agnieszka MaƂyszek

Rachael Shedeed

Nancy Souza 

Natasha Davies

Pam Boedeker


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Monday, 24 January 2022

Altenew Craft-Your-Life Garden Rose Botanical 3D Embossing Folder - Blending with Crisp Dye Inks

Hi folks - and welcome to today's blog post.

I was thrilled to be sent the Altenew Craft-Your-Life Garden Rose Project Kit, in order to share some creative  ideas.  I was privileged to join the Blog Hop for that release back in October.

I love creating with embossing folders and the Garden Rose Botanical 3D Embossing Folder is simply beautiful.  So ....... out it came again at the weekend.   


The embossing is really detailed and has fabulous depth and dimension.  I decided it would be nice to do some blending with a selection of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks and my Altenew Blending Brushes.

I used the following colours:-
  • Citrus Burst
  • Chamomile
  • Marshland
  • Rubellite
  • Pinkalicious
I cut my embossed and blended panel down to 4-1/2" squared, backing it with white panel.

I added some black and white twine, together with the square topper.  I just love the sentiment which came with the stamp set in the kit.  I then secured my completed panel in place on my 5" square black card base.


I love how this card came together, and really love the how all the colours compliment each other.

Hope you likey.   Thanks for looking.   Please do pop back.

Bye for now and ........................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xxx 
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Saturday, 22 January 2022

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Waterhouse Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prize



Hello crafty friends. 


Today I am excited to be participating in the Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Waterhouse Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop, to showcase this pretty new outline Paint-A-Flower stamp set.  We will all be sharing lots of ideas for using the stamps.  There are also details of a fabulous Giveaway.  So, be sure to hop along with us.


Thank you to Terri Koszler for directing you here.  Next up is Norine Borys.  Alternatively you can begin this hopping journey directly from the Altenew Card Blog.  The full list of blog hop participants can be found below.


My card today is an A2 sized greetings card.  I went with a turquoise colour combo for this, with soft green and gold accents.


Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the image in Altenew Obsidian ink onto some watercolour card stock, and then re-stamped over it with clear Versamark and used clear heating embossing powder to set it.   I then applied a clear wash over the whole image, before applying some watercolours from my Altenew 36 Pan Set.



I die-cut the background piece using the lovely Altenew Grid Cover Die and adhered it to my A2 card base.  I then used some foam backed adhesive to give more dimension to my Camellias before sticking that to my card.   I like to add artistic "splatters" to my cards and went with a rich gold alcohol ink for this.  


To finish, I added the gold heat embossed sentiment on black card stock and did some fussy cutting to to make the shape of the sentiment a little more interesting.



The illustration below shows the complete stamp set:-



Altenew run a monthly Paint-A-Flower monthly subscription plan.  Once signed up, you will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price ($15.99 - $12.00).


Giveaway Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/28/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/30/2022.


Well, I hope you like my project.   Have you used your watercolours recently?  I don't use them as often as I should, but hope to redress that over the coming months.  

My crafty friends in the list below have lots more creative ideas to share with you.  Thank you for joining me, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  

Linda xx 


Blog Hop Order:

 

Altenew Card Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Mindy Eggen

Erum Tasneem

Colleen Balija

Jaycee Gaspar

Teri Wilson

Michelle Short

LauraJane

Terri Koszler

Linda Parker    <<<YOU ARE  HERE

Norine Borys

Natasha Davies

Nathalie DeSousa

Teresa Litchfield

Tenia Nelson

Virginia Lu

Reiko Tsuchida

Maryam Perez

Annemarie Caister

Fiona Duff

Rebecca Sogn

Rachael Shedeed

Nancy Souza

Pam Boedeker


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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Altenew - Happy Petals Stamp Set

Hi folks and welcome to today's blog post.

Today I have a card project to share which turns my thoughts to Spring.   I wanted to make a card in soft pretty pastel shades and thought that I would put this gorgeous little stamp set to work.   I have used the Happy Petals Outline Stamp Set which was kindly sent to me by Altenew in order to share some creative inspiration.

I have used white heating embossing and a selection of my Altenew Alcohol Marker Pens for this 5"x7" card.


I began by using a stamp positioner and stamped the floral images in a pale ink (leaving the stamp in place on the position), before colouring them in with my marker pens.  Once coloured, I placed my card back into the positioner, re-stamped in clear Versamark, and then added white embossing powder and heat set it to a nice crisp white outline to my floral motif.   I did this first in the bottom corner and repeated the process for the top corner.   I use this method of colouring before heat embossing, as it is said that using alcohol markers within heat embossed images can do damage to the nibs, so this way I avoid any possibility of doing just that.

Then I created a topper stamping the sentiment which is from the set, in Altenew Obsidian Ink and framing with a large blue circle to coordinate with the blue in my floral sprig.  The panel was then adhered to my card base.

So that's it from me for today.  This one really cheered me up because its nice to craft spring/summery cards on dreary days, such as we are having in the UK today.

Bye for now folks, and ................................"happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xxx 
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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Spellbinders New Release - Yana's Blooms Collection

Well helloey and welcome to today's blog post which I am really excited about!

Some of you who follow my blog may have picked up on the fact that I have a love of foiling.  It's a technique which has really taken off over the last few years.

I was really excited to be invited by Spellbinders to create some projects using the fabulous new release of Yana's Blooms Collection.   Yana is a beautiful person and a fantastic crafter, so for me to be showcasing her very first release feels like a huge privilege.  She has designed a fantastic collection featuring glimmer hot foil plates, some with coordinating cutting dies, and I have a few products from that collection which I worked with to make the following cards.


First up is this quite dramatic design which I foiled in gold onto black and also onto red card stock.   I combined two new glimmer plates from Yana's Blooms Collection, being the Diagonal Glimmer Stripes Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and also the Magnolia Glimmer Blooms Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and Die Set.   The gold foil stripes form a lovely background which really shows off wonderful showy Magnolia Glimmer Blooms.   For this I foiled onto red card stock and used a small blending brush to add black ink to the petals to give my flowers more depth.   

I used a black alcohol marker to black out the red edges around the magnolias and backed the finished piece with some die-cut leafy stems which are from the Petite Floral Pot Pourri Etched Dies by Becca Feeken.

Finally, I foiled the "Birthday Wishes" sentiment in black glimmer foil.   The sentiment is from the Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Plate.


For my next two cards I have opted for much softer colour palettes.

This A2 card again uses the Diagonal Glimmer Stripes Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and the Magnolia Glimmer Blooms Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and Die Set.  For the beautiful flowers I used some alcohol marker pens to colour the blooms.  This time I used the whole of the Diagonal Glimmer Stripes glimmer plate to create the background.


I made a simple circular topper using my Standard Circle Etched Dies and foiled the "Sending Love" sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Plate.


My final card is a 5"x7" inch card.   This time I used Yana's pretty Magnolia Bouquet Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and Die Set.   This set is made up of small individual flowers and leaves.  I decided to create a wreath by foiling lots of them.  I used pretty Skybright Glimmer Foil for this card and coloured all the leaves with a soft green alcohol marker pen.  For the background panel I used my score board to score some vertical lines at 1/4" intervals.  



I finished this card by foiling the sentiment which is from the Heart Melt Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and Die Set.


I had a great time working with products from this brilliant new collection.  I hope you like some of my ideas for using them.

That's it from me for today.  Thanks for stopping by and please do pop back.

Bye for now and ........................."happy crafting everybody!".

Linda xxx 
I would just like to let you know that when you order using the links provided on my Blog, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Please see my Affiliate and Product Disclosure tab above.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Clean and Simple Card - Using Products from Altenew

Hi peeps and Happy Monday !

Today I am popping by with a quick post to share this clean and simple card which I recently put together using a range of products from Altenew.

I love making cards and I particularly like clean and simple cards with plenty of white space.

Todays card is a 5"x7" tent fold card to which I have added a pretty scalloped die-cut base, and for this I used Altenew's Scalloped Scallops Die Set.


I used my score board to score three horizontal lines on the front of my card base.

For the pretty little floral detail, I used the Floral Halos Stamp and Die set, which was kindly sent to me by Altenew for design idea purposes.  I used a selection of Altenew Artist Markers from my collection to colour in the floral motif before die-cutting it.  For my sentiment I which is also from the Floral Halos stamp set, I decided to to create an oval topper using my Nesting Ovals Die Set.

I finished with a little flurry of sparkly adhesive back gems in a coordinating lilac colourway.

I loved how quickly and simply this project came together.  Hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by and please do pop back.

 Bye for now and ....................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xxx 
I would just like to let you know that when you order using the links provided on my Blog, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Please see my Affiliate and Product Disclosure tab above.

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Saturday, 15 January 2022

Altenew Rose Queen Die - I Used Masking Paper and Got Two Different Cards From One Die Cut

Hello peeps!

Today I am back with a couple cards that I recently put together using the lovely Altenew Rose Queen Die Set.  I got two cards from using one die-cut.

I began by die-cutting the Queen Rose Outline Die from a piece of masking paper.   I stuck this to a piece of watercolour card stock, selected some Altenew Crisp Dye Inks and used a large blending brush to blend my inks from the top of my card piece, gradually fading the blending so the bottom third of my card remained white.   Once the blending was complete, I removed the masking paper die-cut, to reveal the white outline of the flower, and decided to retain the die-cut to make my second card.

Colours used:   
  • Sapphire
  • Tide Blue
  • Turquoise
  • Rubellite


I splattered some gold alcohol ink to add some extra interest and dimension.

I completed my first card by adding a lovely gold glittery "Hello" sentiment.  For this I used Altenew's Fancy Hello Die.


As I said, I retained the masking paper die cut and decided to use this on some pearly blue card stock, this time placing it on the panel so that it was hanging downwards.  I used quick drying glue with a fine nib to glue down the die cut.

I layered that panel onto some purple card and then applied to my 5x7" card base.  Again, I used the Fancy Hello Die for my sentiment.  I finished this card by adding some white irridescent sequins for extra texture.




I love that I got two cards from one die-cut.

Have your tried this technique?   I love it.

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ciao for now folks and ......................"happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xxx
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Friday, 14 January 2022

Spellbinders New Release - Be Bold Color Block Happy Birthday!

Hello and welcome to today's blog hop.

I was very excited to receive the fabulous new Be Bold Color Block Happy Birthday die set, which was kindly sent by Spellbinders to me, in order to share some creative inspiration with my crafty friends and followers.


Well the set certainly is exactly as described .......... its REALLY big and bold.

Slimline cards are very popular, so this should appeal to slimline card fans.   

I went with a very bold colour theme for my card in shades of bright pink, lilac and turquoise.   You will see that the white "Happy" sentiment really pops against the colourful background.


There are other sets in this collection, which you can view by clicking this link.

By die-cutting the large "Birthday" sentiment in three different colours, you end up with plenty of die-cuts with which to make up three cards in total and each will look slightly different.  Its kind of like putting together a jigsaw and quite absorbing.  I enjoyed it.

So that's it from me for today.  I hope you like my card and colour choices.  I can't wait to send this one out in the post.

Thanks for stopping by and please do pop back.

Be for now and .........................."happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xx 
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Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Feathered Lilies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)


Hello and welcome to today's blog post. 


This Hop celebrates Altenew's new Craft Your Life Project Kit and we will all be sharing lots of ideas for the products.  You will also find details of a fabulous Giveaway.   So, be sure to hop along with us.    

Thanks to Maryam Perez for directing you here.  Next up is AnneMarie Caister.  Alternatively you can begin this hopping journey directly from the Altenew Card Blog.  The full list of blog hop participants can be found below.


My card today is 5 x 7 inch portrait style.


I have to say that this kit is really simply stunning.  I do love lillies and the stamped image is really big, bold and dramatic.

I used a stamp positioner and stamped the lillie in a pale ink, before using the gorgeous stencil to add colour using the Altenew Crisp Dye inks listed below:-
  • Baby Pink
  • Coral Berry
  • Lime
  • Fresh Leaf
  • Vanilla Cream
Once I had completed my stencilling, I placed the card stock back into the stamp positioner and re-stamped it in clear Versamark, before heat embossing in gold.  Then I die cut the lillies and applied the image to my black card layer.

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment from the stamp set included in the kit and created a simple topper for it, backed with gold mirror card.

I love the impact of the bright beautiful lillies against the black background.

Here is how Altenew have summed up their beautiful kit:-

Craft Your Life Project Kit: Feathered Lilies Product Description: 

Floral beauty and messages of love all in one! The stamp set features a beautiful bouquet of lilies, elaborate leaves, and baroque elements. The minimalist style is a colorist's dream, as it provides plenty of open space to add coloring and shading. Not a coloring enthusiast? Our coordinating coloring stencils make adding color sweet and simple. Finally, we have maximized this stamp set with tons of sentiments so you can stay in touch with your loved ones.


The illustration below shows everything that is included in the kit:-

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 01/18/2022 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 01/20/2022.

 

Thank you for joining me here today.  I do hope you like my project and that you enjoy the rest of the hop!


Altenew Card Blog 

Vicky Papaioannou

Jenny Colacicco

Dana Joy

Erum Tasneem

LauraJane

Laurie Willison

Teri Wilson

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Jaycee Gaspar

Danielle Dunlop

Michelle Short

Teresa Litchfield

Terri Koszler

Juhi Khanna

Nathalie DeSousa

Fiona Duff

Reiko Tsuchida

Rachael Shedeed

Therese Calvird

Maryam Perez

Linda Parker    <<<< YOU ARE HERE

Annemarie Caister

Rebecca Sogn

Penny Pynnonen

Nancy Souza

Pam Boedeker

Colleen Balija

 

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Spellbinders January Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month Club - Love Enclosed

I was so excited to receive the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month.   I am a big fan of foiling and this month's set is so pretty, and perfectly timed for Valentine's Day which is looming.  By clicking the link provided above, you can find out all about how to subscribe.

I love the pretty hearts included in this set.  The floral heart can be used for any occasion.  The sentiments are brilliant for lovey dovey Valentine's cards, and also anniversaries.  There are seven hot foil plates and six cutting dies included in this kit, plus a roll of red glimmer foil.

Spellbinders kindly sent me the set, in order to share some creative inspiration.

For the first card, I opted for a pretty turquoise and deep pink colour combo, with gold foiling.  



I stuck to a more traditional Valentines colour palette for my next card creation, and it's a little more understated that the first card.



I also used my Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Twist Square Etched Dies to make a topper for this card.

You may have spotted that I used the same embossing folder for the background of each card.  For the first card I used the embossed side of the card, and for the white card background I used the debossed side of the card stock.  This folder is the one that was available for subscribers to the January Embossing Folder of the Month.  However, that club has proved so popular that it has already sold out.  So, it advisable to act quickly if you are considering joining any of the Spellbinders Clubs.

Well I am "loved out" for now.  But hey - I am well and truly prepared for Valentine's Day.  Just hope Mr P likes his cards.   Yes - I am giving him both!!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please pop back again.

Bye for now and................... "happy crafting everybody!"

Linda xxx
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