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Altenew March 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to the Altenew March 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.

Another amazing release this month, full of gorgeous stamp and die sets. You should have arrived from Laurie‘s blog. Here is the complete list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog
Laura Bassen
May Sukyong Park
Laurie Willison
Enza Gudor —You are here—
Heidi Jakobs
Erum Tasneem
Kathy Racoosin
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Nina-Marie Trapani
Sandra Dietrich
Nicole Picadura
Vicky Papaioannou
Flora Monika Farkas
Therese Calvird
Anna Komenda
Yoonsun Hur
Kymona Tracey
Marge Yoon
Virginia Lu
Justine Hovey
Terhi Koskinen
Joni Andaya
Jennifer McGuire
Debby Hughes
Simon Hurley
Svitlana Shayevich
Lilith Eeckels
Carissa Wiley
Agnieszka Malyszek
Lydia Evans
Mayline Jung
Simon Says Stamp Blog

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2018. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 29th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2018.

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


Now onto the projects I created for this release. I have a layout and a card to share with you.

For the layout, I used the Cross Stitch Flower stamp set and coordinating dies, and the Mandala die.

I started by stamping all the flowers that compose my wreath. I wanted it to be colorful, but also soft at the same time. Here are the Altenew Crisp Dye Inks I used:

  • Coral flowers: Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry.
  • Yellow flowers: Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle.
  • Purple flowers: Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Midnight Violet, Deep Iris.
  • Stems: Just Green, Hunter Green.

With the coordinating die I created the cross-stitch pattern, but decided to only cross-stitch the darker area of the flowers, closer to the stem. I then fussy-cut the images, which I arranged in a circular shape to form the wreath.

Once all the flowers were in place, I decided to fill the center with the Mandala die design. To give it some color, I backed it with cardstock that I had previously watercolored in a warm coral shade.

The rest was just a matter of arranging photo and embellishments onto the page. I added layers of patterned paper behind the picture, and chipboard stickers from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection. The wood veneer origami birds are also part of the same collection.

For the butterflies, I stamped them with the Painted Butterflies set and fussy-cut them. I chose colors that coordinated with the rest of the shades on the page. Black splatters finished the layout.

The second project features the new Cross Stitch Canvas Die. So many possibilities with this one. I decided to stick to the traditional cross-stitch design and create rows of different colors.

The top and bottom sections of the card have a pattern of smaller and bigger stitches, while the center keeps the same simple design. Since the background is the focus of this card, I simply added the Thinking of You sentiment, which is also an Altenew craft die that you can find in the store. I left a few rows empty to break the continuity of the pattern.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win gift certificates to the store. Your next stop is Heidi Jakobs‘ blog.

Have a lovely day!

Blog · Scrapbooking

Altenew October 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the Altenew October 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

You should have arrived from Debbie Hughes‘ blog. I’ll attach the full list below:

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Terhi Koskinen

Svitlana Shayevich

Sandra Dietrich

Therese Calvird

Bea Valint

Erum Tasneem

Ashley Horton

Debby Hughes

Enza Gudor — You are here —

Laurie Schmidlin

Isha Gupta

Flora Monika Farkas

Virginia Lu

Lilith Eeckels

Sveta Fotinia

Kim Jeffress

Yoonsun Hur

Reiko Tsuchida

Dana Gong

Kymona Tracey

Agnieszka Malyszek

Vicky Papaioannou

Altenew Card Blog

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 Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, November 2nd for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, November 4th.

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I’m so excite to be part of this hop. The new products are absolutely lovely. New embossing powders, clear embossing ink,  and a gorgeous scrapbook collection are being released today!

The Our Family Scrapbook Collection is right on trend with fresh colors, watercolored elements, geometric designs, and florals (of course!). The papers and embellishments have been designed to help you document your precious family memories, but are versatile enough to use on any layout, journal, or card project.

The kit contains:

36 Sheets of 12″x12″ patterned paper (2 of each design)

One 3″x4″ photopolymer stamp set

12 3″x4″ watercolor journaling cards

One 8.5″x11″ sheet of 20 cardstock stickers

One 8.5″x11″ sheet of 15 cardstock die cuts

One 8.5″x11″ sheet of 16 chipboard stickers

Two 6″x12″ sheets of chipboard alphabet stickers

One 5″x6″ sheet of 17 adhesive wood veneers

One 4″x6″ sheet of adhesive enamel dots

One metal die (approx. 3.5″x4.5″)

One roll of washi tape (15mm x 10m)

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My layout for today features one of the beautiful watercolor florals included in this amazing kit.

I love fussy-cutting images to give them a new look, and that’s exactly what I did here. I wanted the floral piece to be the focus, so I created two main clusters to fill the the page from top to bottom. I adhered them down with foam dots for extra dimension. The lovely background I used is also part of the new scrapbook kit.

The picture fits right in beetween the clusters. I embellished it with some tags and a die cut from the kit, as well as the gorgeous pink wood grain washi tape that is such a nice addition to this collection.

I finished the layout with chipboard alphabet stickers that I used for my title, some wood veneers, and enamel dots.

I can’t say enough how much I love this collection. It is definitely a must-have. Your next stop is Laurie Schmidlin‘s blog. Don’t forget to comment along for a chance to win.

Thank you for stopping by.

Blog · Cut files · Scrapbooking

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.

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.