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Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway.

I’m so happy to be here and share my love for this supportive and amazing community of crafters. Not only the fabulous inspiration day in and day out, but also the friendships and connections that are built and grow stronger over time. You should have arrived from the Simon Says Stamps blog.

Before I get to the project I created for this hop, I would like to share the following special offers and prizes:

Special Offer

FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Offer valid from October 17th at 12:01 am EDT through October 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Prizes
Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of three Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.

Enza Gudor —You Are Here—

The layout I am sharing today is meant to celebrate one of those friendships I mentioned above. I have been crafting for a long time, but only started sharing on social media a couple of years ago. I can say I was not expecting all the love and support I received from this community, and surely I never believed I could find thoughtful and caring friends who would make me feel so special. I received the gorgeous birthday card you see on the page from my dear friend Zsoka, who is truly an inspiration, not only for her outstanding crafting abilities, but also for her generosity and big heart.

I started this layout with a butterfly cut file from the Silhouette store. I modified it a little to adapt it to what I had in mind. I cut it several times from patterned paper and vellum, as I wanted to create more dimensional butterflies. I love the look of the butterflies flying off the page.

I secured the cut files with a little bit of stitching, and used foam dots to raise the bottom layer.

All the patterned papers you see here are included in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection. The sentiments come from the Halftone Circles and Extra Special stamp sets. I heat-embossed them with Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder.

I finished the layout off with wood veneers, enamel dots, and paint splatters in matching colors.

Thank you for visiting. Your next stop is Nina-Marie Trapani. Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win one of the many amazing prizes.

Blog · Scrapbooking

Altenew – A Combination Of Stamp Sets

Hello everyone! Enza back with you today to share a new layout featuring a combination of stamp sets: Wood Pallet Background, Blooming Bouquet, and More Than Words.

It happens sometimes that I have an idea in mind and not the right patterned paper to execute it. I originally wanted to use the beautiful wood grain paper included in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection, but I only had bits and pieces left, so I decided to create my own patterned paper with the Wood Pallet Background stamp set. After stamping a full 12×12 white card stock with it, I used a craft die from my stash to obtain stitched circles in a variety of sizes.

Then I did the same thing with my pictures. To create more interest and extra dimension, I printed a bigger and a smaller copy of the same picture and die cut it with the same dies in progressive sizes. I used foam dots to adhere them together. Once the background design was ready, I started working on the flower clusters. I heat-embossed all the images with Altenew Crisp Pure White embossing powder and used Altenew inks to color them. Lots of layers and dimension create a more natural and realistic look.

Finally, I added sentiments from the More Than Words stamp set on the edge of some circles. The Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder brought in the right amount of shine and coordinated perfectly with the other colors on the page. The tiny dotted stamps included in the Blooming Bouquet stamp set, as well as enamel dots in matching colors, completed the layout.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and feel inspired to combine a variety of stamp sets to achieve a desired look on your pages.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

Blog · Scrapbooking · Stamping

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.
Thank you for stopping by!