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Altenew July 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends, and welcome to the Altenew July 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Lots of gorgeous new products this month. Altenew has done it again!

You should have arrived from the super talented Erum‘s blog. Here’s the full list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Svitlana Shayevich
Lilith Eeckels
Kathy Racoosin
May Sukyong Park
Zinia Redo
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Erum Tasneem
Enza Gudor –You are here–
Nina-Marie Trapani
Virginia Lu
Sandra Dietrich
Laura Jane
Rubeena Ianigro
Lydia Evans
Dana Gong
Flora Monika Farkas
Norine Borys
Nicole Picadura
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Reiko Tsuchida
Karin Åkesdotter
Sveta Fotinia
Vicki Finger
Kymona Tracey
Emily Midgett
Kristina Pokazanieva


Today I have three projects to share with you, using a variety of stamp sets and dies.

My first project features the Circle Embroidery Hoop Die. When I first saw this fun die set, I knew I wanted to create a tag with it. I love the shape and the clever design.

I started by cutting two circles, one out of patterned paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection, and the other from heavy-weight cardstock. I adhered them back to back to make the base of my tag sturdy and durable. I then heat-embossed my sentiment, which is from the new Life Is Awesome Stamp Set, with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. Once that was ready, I cut the embroidery hoop using one layer of patterned paper and three of 80lbs white cardstock, and glue them together to make the tag even thicker. To decorate it, I stamped my images from the Embroidered Bloom Stamp Set in a variety of colors and adhered them down with foam dots for dimension.

I then went over them with a shimmer pen to make them shiny.

My second project is a gift wrapping idea, and uses the Life Is Awesome Stamp Set.

This little box was very simple to put together. The flower arrangement is what stands out, and truly adds a special and personalized touch that is sure to impress the recipient.

I started by assembling the box, for which I used a beautiful patterned paper from the Our Family Collection, and arranged the flowers in a diagonal design. A simple white ribbon finished the box.

My third and last project for today is a layout featuring the Beautiful Heart Stamp Set, with its big and detailed images that are just gorgeous.

I decided to use only the leaves for my page, as they fit perfectly the photos I had chosen and were just the right embellishments. I cut the huge layered flower with my die-cutting machine out of different patterned papers from both the Reflection and Our Family Scrapbook Collections. All the petals were adhered down with foam squares, which added lots of dimension.

I backed my photos with papers in coordinating colors, and placed them in the center of the layout – again, I used foam adhesive to lift them up a little. I arranged the tiny stamped leaves all around the first layer of the flower, while the bigger ones were used to frame the photos.

I knew I wanted to use some stamped flowers as well, but instead of going with the one in the Beautiful Heart Stamp Set, which is gorgeous but a little too big for what I needed here, I opted to use more of the Embroidered Blooms images.

I completed the layout with sentiments and a wood veneer button from the Reflection Collection.


Now onto the prizes!!! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, July 26th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/29/2018.

I’ll also draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate from all the comments left on my blog.

Your next stop is the wonderful Nina-Marie‘s blog. Happy hopping!

Blog · Mini Albums · Scrapbooking

We R Memory Keepers – Washi Tape Mini Album

Hello, We R friends. Today I am sharing a mini album that I created with lots of washi tape and a few of my favorite tools: the Happy Stitch Sewing Machine, the Tag Punch Board, and the Frame Punch Board. I love making mini albums, and this one was especially fun. I went with an accordion style design, for which I used a washi tape binding technique that is really easy to make.

I started by cutting the panels; mine measure 5.5”x3.75”. I laid them side by side, making sure to leave about 1/8” in between, and secured the edges with a strip of washi tape. I repeated this step for all the pages, front and back; I then used my Stitch Happy to sew the washi strips in place. This is a necessary step in my opinion, as washi tape tends to detach from the paper overtime. I also love the texture that stitching brings to the pages!

Once the accordion piece was finished, I created some frames to use as embellishments using the Frame Punch Board. This tool is a must have, and is perfect for any memory keeping project or fun décor pieces. Since I wanted to use more washi, I trimmed white cardstock to the desired size and covered the edges with washi tape before punching out the shape.

You can see how I have used the frames in the pictures below.

Next, the tags. The pages of the album are only adhered on three sides, becoming pockets that are perfect for storing hidden journaling or memorabilia. I used the Tag Punch Board to create three tags, on which I typed a bit about our lovely trip. I left part of the tags showing, and added some bakers twine so to create an interactive element and suggest pulling the tags to reveal the little surprise.

Here are a few more photos of the mini. I like to include fun and unique embellishments whenever possible, such as vellum pockets filled with sequins and small ephemera pieces, shaker pockets, tassels, paper clips.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to create a mini album with your We R Memory Keepers tools.


Happy Stitch Sewing Machine

Frame Punch Board

Tag Punch Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Pink Paislee Summer Lights Collection

Blog · Cut files · Scrapbooking

Pink Paislee – Masculine “Happiness” Layout

Hello there! Today I’m sharing a masculine layout featuring the Turn the Page and Pick-Me-Up collections by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. If you know my work, you might have noticed I tend to scrapbook pictures of my daughters most of the time. There is something in feminine colors that just calls my name 😉 Since we also have a son and he deserves the same attention, I have decided to challenge myself a little more and make at least one masculine page for every two feminine ones. That’s my goal for the immediate future and I sure hope I’ll stick to the plan!

For my layout today, I backed this Triangles Background cut file with a mix of papers from the two collections mentioned above. I picked colors that matched or complemented the ones in the pictures, such as orange, teal, blue, yellow, and gray – the background patterned paper came from the old Citrus Bliss collection (one of my favorites!).

Masculine layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee. #scrapbooking #masculinelayout #cutfile

Instead of placing the cut file in the middle of the page, I opted to adhere it towards the left side. I used foam dots underneath the ends to lift it a bit and give it dimension.

Masculine layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee. #scrapbooking #masculinelayout #cutfile

I matted my photo on white cardstock and layered several patterned papers behind it. I love including tags whenever I can; here I put one towards the top. I also added lots of fussy cut stars all around the photo, trying to match the colors to the ones underneath, and a big wood veneer star on the left side.

Masculine layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee. #scrapbooking #masculinelayout #cutfile

For the title, I used the “happiness” chipboard sticker and a sentiment that I fussy cut from a patterned paper in the Pick-Me-Up 6×6 Paper Pad. I then continued adding bits and pieces here and there around the page.

Masculine layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee. #scrapbooking #masculinelayout #cutfile

To balance the left side and bring more interest to the page, I placed washi tape on the opposite side and arranged two ephemera pieces and some fussy cut stars in the top corner.

Masculine layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee. #scrapbooking #masculinelayout #cutfile

I finished the layout off with some tiny rub-on stars and black splatters.

Masculine layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee. #scrapbooking #masculinelayout #cutfile

I love how this layout turned out! I hope you’ll feel inspired to create a masculine page with the gorgeous Pink Paislee collections. Until next time!