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Altenew February 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the Altenew February 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.

You should have arrived from the wonderful Lydia‘s blog. I’ll add the full list below for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Lydia Evans

Enza Gudor —You are here—

Yana Smakula

Yoonsun Hur

Anna Kossakovskaya

Virginia Lu

Simon Says Stamp Blog

May Sukyong Park

Anna Komenda

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Debby Hughes

Justine Hovey

Erum Tasneem

Create & Craft TV Blog

Lilith Eeckels

Dana Gong

Kymona Tracey

Olga Moss

Svitlana Shayevich

Kristina Pokazanieva

Sandra Dietrich

Galina Filippenko

Nicole Picadura

Vicki Finger

Therese Calvird

Reiko Tsuchida

Mindy Baxter

Laura Bassen


Prizes:

  • To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, February 14th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 2/16/2018.
  • I will also draw a winner from the comments on my blog to receive a $30 gift certificate!

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I know I often say how amazing each release is, but this is truly spectacular! Not only fantastic stamp sets, but also Crisp Inks in new colors that I’m sure you’ll need in your collection 😉

My layout for today features two stamp sets and coordinating dies: Forever and Always, and Happy Bloom.

I absolutely love the gorgeous clusters in these stamp sets. I heat-embossed the images on 110lbs white card stock using Altenew Pure White embossing powder, and colored them with watercolor brush pens.

The patterned paper I used to back the word cut file is from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection. I tried to match and coordinate the colors of the flowers with this striped paper. Before adhering the word “together” down, I placed one of the floral clusters and some leaves behind it, while the other clusters and the individual flowers and leaves were scattered on top.

Not much else was added to this page. Just a couple of sweet sentiments in the shape of a banner from the Forever and Always stamp set, and enamel dots in coordinating colors.

Don’t forget to comment along for a chance to win. Your next stop is the super talented Yana Smakula.

Have a lovely day!

Blog · Cut files · Scrapbooking

Pink Paislee – Spotlight Layout

Hello, PP fans! I’m so excited and honored to be back on the Pink Paislee Design Team for a new year!

The first project of this new term is about spotlighting each designer, so I thought I would share a layout that includes some of my favorites: cut files, flowers and hearts, thread, and lots of layers.

Cut files are usually my starting point, my main inspiration. I often try to modify them a bit to make them ‘my own’, and that’s exactly what I did here. I took the Scalloped Heart Background cut file by Paige Evans and duplicated it two times, modifying its size to create nested hearts. Instead of backing the scalloped portion of it, I decided to back the center with different patterned papers from the Turn the Page collection. I also thought it would be fun to bring in some more color in the scalloped area, so I wrapped colorful thread around where the scallops connect to the heart. It’s just a little extra step that adds lots of interest to the page.

To create dimension, I adhered the hearts down with foam adhesive. This also gave me more space to tuck in my embellishments. I fussy cut lots of flowers from Paper 02, but instead of placing them all around the bigger heart, I just embellished the right portion of it, while the other flowers are peeking out from the left side of the middle heart. Love, love all those layers!

The photo also has lots of layers behind it. I used ephemera pieces, as well as labels and washi tape. One of my favorite items in this collection are the banner clips. I could use them on everything! I placed one on the right side of the photo, with a little heart from the #StickerBook and a journaling tag. The sentiment, which also serves as my title, comes from the Phrases 2×2 Paper Pad.

To finish the layout and add a unique touch, I created a pleated border to place at the bottom of the page. I used the light green ribbon that comes in the collection and some hot glue to stick it down.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and have found some inspiration for your next project. Thank you for stopping by!

Blog · Cut files · Scrapbooking

Pink Paislee – Floral Background Layout

Hello friends! How about a bright, floral layout to bring a breath of fresh air to your day? I’m so ready for spring and warmer days!


This layout features the Oh My Heart collection by Paige Evans. The main design element here is the intricate cut file, which I decided to back with patterned papers from the collection. Although it may look complicated, it is an easy process once you get started. Time consuming for sure, but definitely worth it. Lots of texture and dimension with one simple step! I started by choosing the papers I wanted to use and backed all the leaves first. I find that working on one shape at a time definitely saves you some time, as you don’t have to go back and forth between patterned papers. Next the flowers. I left some of them as is and only backed the bigger ones. I think it adds another element of interest without being “too much”.


The cut file comes with a border which I cut to leave just the beautiful floral design. After gluing it down, I started working on my photo cluster. I rarely use more than one photo on my layouts, but these pictures go together and I didn’t want to separate them. Each photo measures roughly 1.75” x 2.5”. I popped some of them up with foam adhesive for more dimension and started embellishing around them.


I mostly used die cuts from the ephemera pack, chipboard and puffy stickers. Some are peeking out from under the photos, others are on top. The title is simple and still part of the cluster. I love the different heights of photos and embellishments.


To finish the layout, I wrote my journaling on a tag from the Turn the Page collection and tucked it underneath the bottom photo. I also added lots of pearlescent dots for an extra feminine touch.


I hope this layout has made your day a little brighter with its pretty and fresh colors!