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Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Poinsettia Release

Hello everyone! Altenew is releasing a new fabulous Build-A-Flower Stamp and Die set that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.
Description:

“Poinsettias have been known to symbolize purity, good cheer, and success, but they are probably most recognized at Christmastime.  They are native to Central America and Mexico, and flower during the wintertime.  Some people even call them “Flores de Noche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”  Our gorgeous poinsettia can be stamped in four layers, and is accompanied by winter-themed sentiments.  Build-A-Flower: Poinsettia is sure to become a cherished part of your stamp collection!”

This stamp set is truly beautiful! It is perfect for card making but also scrapbook layouts. I used it to create the opening page for my December Daily album this year.
I wanted to achieve a soft, yet festive look, so I decided to pair the Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder with different shades of pink and cream. I started by heat-embossing the outline of the poinsettias. While I used the Altenew Frosty Pink to fill one of them up with color (the lower one), I opted to skip this layer on the other two as I wanted to keep the white background.
Next, I went in with the following colors of ink: Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Buttercream (for the middle one). I love how delicate they turned out.
Once the poinsettias were finished, I thought of adding some leaves. I heat-embossed the outline of the same poinsettia image on smooth white card stock, but this time I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Crips Inks to color it in. I then fussy cut the petals and arranged them around the flowers. The sentiments you see around the page are from the same stamp set, while the stars come from the Night Before Christmas stamp set that was released in September.

I finished everything off with a layer of Wink Of Stella Shimmer Brush Pen and some alpha stickers from my stash for the title and date.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process. If you leave a comment on the Altenew Card or/and Scrapbook blogs you’ll get a chance to win one of THREE $30 gift certificates.
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Altenew September 2017 Release Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to the Altenew September 2017 Release Blog Hop Day 1. This release has so many exciting and fun products! You should have arrived from the amazing Debby Hughes‘s blog. Here is the list for your convenience:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Thursday, October 5th at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on Saturday, October 7th.

The layout I am sharing for today’s hop features the gorgeous Halftone Stars Stamp and Nesting Die set.

The stars are the focus of this page about my daughter’s birthday.

I picked one of the patterned papers from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection that had different shades of pink in it and used it as my background. I wanted it to coordinate with the colors in the pictures. The same idea was behind the choice of Altenew Crisp Inks I decided to stamp the stars with. Here they are: Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Pinkalicious, Razzleberry. I also used Evening Gray Crisp Ink for a few stars as I wanted to bring in a more contrasting color.

The cut file you see here is from The Cut Shoppe and is called The Midnight Hour. I modified it a little to create a big star in the middle section. The sentiments are also included in the new Halftone Stars set. They are perfect for these birthday pictures!

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment on the Altenew blog for a change to win a gift certificate to the store. Your next stop is the super talented Vicky Papaioannou.

Have a lovely day!

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Pink Paislee – Stamping: Heat-Embossing Technique For A Unique Background

Hello everyone! I am back to share a new layout with you today. Stamps are a great way to add variety and uniqueness to your projects. The stamp set included in the Turn The Page collection is so much fun and allows for lots of different and creative uses. Today I want to show you how I created my own patterned paper to use as background with a simple technique: heat-embossing.

This picture of my daughter walking on a carpet of leaves called for a fall-themed page. The colors in the Turn The Page collection are perfect for it, and so are the stamps. I decided to use the three type of leaves included in the stamp set to create a repeated pattern on a 12×12 white cardstock. I chose to go with a diagonal design, so I only stamped one portion of it. I heat-embossed the images to create a resist, as I was planning on blending some inks onto it to bring in more colors that coordinated with the collection. I love the texture that this technique adds, and also the simplicity of it. After stamping the leaves with VersaMark ink, I applied my favorite embossing powder and zapped it with a heat gun. Easy peasy. It is certainly a time-consuming technique, but the results are so worth it.

Once my background was ready, I started working on the embellishments. I knew I wanted to bring in lots of leaves to highlight and continue the theme of the page. I cut out different shapes in a variety of colors, mostly from scraps I had leftover from other projects, and layered them on both sides of the picture. I also incorporated bigger leaves that were cut out of white cardstock to add an extra layer of texture.

The 2×2 Paper Swatches included in the Turn the Page collection are so fun and perfect to add details and sentiments to your pages.

For the title, I adhered one of the clear stickers to white cardstock and fussy cut around it. To separate it from the white background and make it stand out more I placed some washi tape underneath it. Same idea was behind the decision of matting my layout with Paper 09. I love the contrast between the white and the blue.

I had a lot of fun creating this layout. Stamps are so versatile and can be used to achieve different and unique looks. Give it a try!