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Altenew September 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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

You should have arrived from the super talented Nina-Marie‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:

Enza Gudor –You are here–

This is such a beautiful, cheerful release, full of goodies that are perfect for the upcoming Holiday season. I created a Christmas layout with the following stamp sets and coordinating dies: Holiday Bow, and Christmas Stockings.

Christmas layout by @enzamg for @altenew using Holiday Bow and Christmas Stockings Stamp Sets. #stamping #christmas #scrapbooking
All the different elements in these sets can be easily combined to form the rich and full garland you see on the page. The big bow inspired the whole layout.

Christmas layout by @enzamg for @altenew using Holiday Bow and Christmas Stockings Stamp Sets. #stamping #christmas #scrapbooking
As you may know, all Altenew 6×8 and 4×6 stamp sets come with tri-fold insert cards showcasing lots of added inspiration, project ideas, printed layering guides, and other useful information. I especially love the color combinations they provide, as it saves a lot of time when it comes to choosing which shades to use. I went with the colors in the Holiday Bow Stamp Set insert for my images today.

I arranged the die cut bows, sprigs, and poinsettias in the center of the page to form the garland. Everything was adhered down with foam dots for dimension. I then went on stamping the stockings with the Christmas Stockings Stamp Set. This set is super fun; you have the option to use a solid color for your stockings, or the variety of designs and patterns that are included in the set.

Christmas layout by @enzamg for @altenew using Holiday Bow and Christmas Stockings Stamp Sets. #stamping #christmas #scrapbooking
Once the garland was finished, I simply added the photos above it and the title in the bottom right corner.

Christmas layout by @enzamg for @altenew using Holiday Bow and Christmas Stockings Stamp Sets. #stamping #christmas #scrapbooking
The “Merry” die cut came from the Holiday Script Words Die. I cut it a few times, and adhered the layers together for a sturdy title. To color it, I used a blend of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades.

Christmas layout by @enzamg for @altenew using Holiday Bow and Christmas Stockings Stamp Sets. #stamping #christmas #scrapbooking
Now onto the giveaway part! 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 9/19/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/22/2018.

Your next stop is the amazing Nicole. Happy hopping!

Blog · Cards · Scrapbooking

Pinkfresh Studio – August Guest Designer

Hello, crafty friends! I’m so excited and honored to be guest designing for Pinkfresh Studio, and sharing with you a few projects created with the gorgeous Simple & Sweet collection. Its soft colors and lovely patterns fit my style perfectly; I tend to choose feminine, delicate designs for most of my layouts, so this was just the right combination of pretty and sweet.

My first layout was totally inspired by the unique and fun patterns.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #scrapbooking #layout

I wanted to use both sides of the “Simplicity” paper for my background, so I just trimmed it to measure 5 inches, and adhered the two pieces on white cardstock. To cover the seam I created a big cluster of elements along the whole length. I fussy cut lemons, flowers, and leaves from the “Lemon Lush” paper, and layered them with several ephemera pieces and Golden Puffy Accent Stickers. I used foam dots to adhere everything down for dimension.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #scrapbooking #layout

Next, I backed my photo with one of the lovely Stitched Frames that come in the collection, and arranged embellishments behind it for more color and a bit of contrast.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #scrapbooking #layout

I finished the layout with two gorgeous butterflies, some sentiments, and the “Sunkissed” title.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #scrapbooking #layout
My second layout is a combination of some of my favorites: cut files, flowers, and lots of layers.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #scrapbooking #layout

I started by cutting the “Good Company” paper to measure 11 inches square, as I knew I wanted to mat it and create a frame around it. I loved that the “Good Things” paper included all the colors in the collection, so I decided to go with it. The two were machine-stitched together for added texture. I also ruffled up the edges of the mint paper for the same reason. Next, I chose a cut file from the Silhouette Store for the layered flowers. The idea of combining several patterned papers to create the flowers was very appealing to me, as I truly had a hard time picking a favorite! I wanted to use them all! To create dimension, each layer was adhered with foam dots, and each petal was curled either up or down depending on the layer. For the center of the flowers, I used the smaller Epoxy Badges, which were just the right size. To embellish my photo, I added a stitched frame (I’m addicted!), chipboard stickers, and ephemera pieces, before tucking it between the three flowers.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #scrapbooking #layout

At this point I needed something to fill in the empty spaces, so I decided to use the sentiments in the Golden Puffy Accent Stickers pack to create a sort of circle, and bring the layout together. I added enamel dots around the flowers, matching the colors to the Epoxy Badges, and finished with white paint splatters.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #scrapbooking #layout

My third and final project for today is a set of cards. I’m not a card maker by all means, but I have been enjoying making them lately. Plus, I couldn’t stop creating with this gorgeous collection!

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #cardmaking #cards

The first card is all about lemons. Very summery and fresh. I backed one of the stitched frames with vellum, and adhered it onto my card panel, which was a combination of two similar patterned papers in different colors. I love the striking contrast between black and yellow. To give more definition and accentuate the separation between the two, I added a thin strip of black cardstock, which I also used as a mat for the panel. I created a cluster of lemons on one corner of the frame, and balanced it with some fussy cut leaves from the black and white patterned paper and my sentiment on the opposite side. Yellow enamel dots and a touch of stitching finished the card.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #cardmaking #cards

For the second card, I created a little scene. Here you can see the same design; I adhered two of my favorite patterned papers to the card panel and added a thin strip of yellow paper along the seam to separate them. I then arranged die cuts and embellishments around the stitched frame for a layered look; a sentiment and three hearts from the Golden Puffy Accent Stickers pack finished the card. Easy peasy.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #cardmaking #cards

For my third and final card I went with floral elements. The colors are so gorgeous I didn’t need to add much more to it. I simply adhered the golden puffy frames to the center of the card and arranged the floral die cuts on opposite corners. Several layers of small and large flowers created the perfect setting for my sentiment, which came from the Puffy Stickers pack. Foam dots were used to add dimension.

Simple & Sweet Guest Designer @enzamg for @pinkfreshstudio. #pinkfreshstudio #papercrafting #cardmaking #cards
Thank you so much for stopping by today. It has been a true honor getting to share some of my projects with you. I hope you like them!

Blog · Gift Wrapping · Scrapbooking

Altenew August 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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

You should have arrived from the wonderful Nancy‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog

Rubeena Ianigro

Anna Komenda

Agnieszka Malyszek

Tania Ahmed

Erum Tasneem

Karin Åkesdotter

Simon Says Stamp Blog

May Sukyong Park

Keeway Tsao

Sveta Fotinia

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Zinia Redo

Amber Rain Davis

Svitlana Shayevich

Zsoka Marko

Norine Borys

Lilith Eeckels

Nancy McClelland

Enza Gudor –You are here–

Laurie Willison

Kymona Tracey

Nicole Picadura

Meghann Andrew

Virginia Lu

Mayline Jung

Sandra Dietrich

Yoounsun Hur

Lydia Evans

Mona Tóth

I have two projects to share with you today. The first one is a layout created with the gorgeous Floral Art Stamp Set. The layers in these flowers are fantastic, and allow for a different color combinations.

I started by stamping the flowers with some of my favorite Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Frosty Pink, Pinkalicious, and Cosmic Berry, while for the leaves I used Evening Gray, and Lava Rock. The composition of this layout is very simple; the stamped images are the focus, so I decided to add very little embellishments.

I adhered a frame cut file to a blue watercolor paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection, and created a big cluster of flowers and leaves in the bottom left corner of the page. The photo, which was backed with layers of coordinating papers from the same scrapbook collection, sits right on top of it.

To balance the layout, I added more flowers in the opposite corner. Everything was adhered down with foam dots for dimension.

For the title, I used the Mega Happy Die. I cut it twice, from both gray and black cardstock, to create separation from the background and make it stand out more.

The second project features the Inked Flora Stamp Set.

I decorated two kraft bags with several images from the set. For the first one, I heat-embossed the leaves with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder all over the front of the bag. The flower and the leaves were also heat-embossed, but this time onto patterned papers from the Reflection Collection.

I then stamped the sentiment on smooth white cardstock and cut it into a banner shape before tying it to the flower with twine. I finished the bag with a black and white striped ribbon across the bottom.

I used the same color scheme for the second gift bag. This time I created a cluster of leaves, and just added sentiments, some black splatters and enamel dots, and the same ribbon across the bottom.

Now onto the giveaway part! 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 Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/26/2018.

Your next stop is the talented Laurie. Happy hopping!