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Altenew July 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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

Lots of gorgeous new products this month. Altenew has done it again!

You should have arrived from the super talented Erum‘s blog. Here’s the full list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Svitlana Shayevich
Lilith Eeckels
Kathy Racoosin
May Sukyong Park
Zinia Redo
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Erum Tasneem
Enza Gudor –You are here–
Nina-Marie Trapani
Virginia Lu
Sandra Dietrich
Laura Jane
Rubeena Ianigro
Lydia Evans
Dana Gong
Flora Monika Farkas
Norine Borys
Nicole Picadura
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Reiko Tsuchida
Karin Åkesdotter
Sveta Fotinia
Vicki Finger
Kymona Tracey
Emily Midgett
Kristina Pokazanieva

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Today I have three projects to share with you, using a variety of stamp sets and dies.

My first project features the Circle Embroidery Hoop Die. When I first saw this fun die set, I knew I wanted to create a tag with it. I love the shape and the clever design.


I started by cutting two circles, one out of patterned paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection, and the other from heavy-weight cardstock. I adhered them back to back to make the base of my tag sturdy and durable. I then heat-embossed my sentiment, which is from the new Life Is Awesome Stamp Set, with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. Once that was ready, I cut the embroidery hoop using one layer of patterned paper and three of 80lbs white cardstock, and glue them together to make the tag even thicker. To decorate it, I stamped my images from the Embroidered Bloom Stamp Set in a variety of colors and adhered them down with foam dots for dimension.

I then went over them with a shimmer pen to make them shiny.

My second project is a gift wrapping idea, and uses the Life Is Awesome Stamp Set.

This little box was very simple to put together. The flower arrangement is what stands out, and truly adds a special and personalized touch that is sure to impress the recipient.

I started by assembling the box, for which I used a beautiful patterned paper from the Our Family Collection, and arranged the flowers in a diagonal design. A simple white ribbon finished the box.

My third and last project for today is a layout featuring the Beautiful Heart Stamp Set, with its big and detailed images that are just gorgeous.

I decided to use only the leaves for my page, as they fit perfectly the photos I had chosen and were just the right embellishments. I cut the huge layered flower with my die-cutting machine out of different patterned papers from both the Reflection and Our Family Scrapbook Collections. All the petals were adhered down with foam squares, which added lots of dimension.

I backed my photos with papers in coordinating colors, and placed them in the center of the layout – again, I used foam adhesive to lift them up a little. I arranged the tiny stamped leaves all around the first layer of the flower, while the bigger ones were used to frame the photos.

I knew I wanted to use some stamped flowers as well, but instead of going with the one in the Beautiful Heart Stamp Set, which is gorgeous but a little too big for what I needed here, I opted to use more of the Embroidered Blooms images.

I completed the layout with sentiments and a wood veneer button from the Reflection Collection.

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Now onto the prizes!!! 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 Thursday, July 26th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/29/2018.

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

Your next stop is the wonderful Nina-Marie‘s blog. Happy hopping!

Blog · Scrapbooking

Altenew July 2018 Stencil Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Altenew July 2018 Stencil Release Blog Hop!

You should have arrived from the amazing Erum‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:Altenew Card Blog

Enza Gudor — You are here —

This stencil release features a variety of designs and styles, perfect for any project. The layout I’m sharing today was created using the Flowing Drops Stencil.

Layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the Flowing Drops Stencil. #scrapbooking #Altenew #stencil #handstitching
When I saw this beautiful stencil, I knew I had just the right photo to go with it. I started by blending the following Altenew Crisp Dye Inks over the stencil to create a diagonal design: Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, Aqualicious, and Teal Cave. Those colors just give me the idea of water and summer.
Layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the Flowing Drops Stencil. #scrapbooking #Altenew #stencil #handstitchingOne of the things I love to do is hand-stitch around stenciled images to give them definition and make them pop up more. Here I picked colored thread that matched the inks, and stitched almost all of the drops, except the outer ones, as I really like how they fade into the background.
Layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the Flowing Drops Stencil. #scrapbooking #Altenew #stencil #handstitching
For the photo, I layered a few patterned papers from the Our Family and Reflection Scrapbook Collections behind it and popped it up with foam adhesive. To add to the layering, I arranged die cuts from the Rose Filament Die Set around it, as well as a flower cluster sticker from the Our Family collection. I also fussy cut some roses from patterned paper and scattered them along the diagonal design to make the page more cohesive.
Layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the Flowing Drops Stencil. #scrapbooking #Altenew #stencil #handstitching

To finish the layout off, I embellished it with wood veneer buttons and additional stickers, enamel dots and paint splatters from the same inks I used for the stenciled images.Now onto the prizes! 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 Thursday, July 12th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/15/2018.

Your next stop is the super talented Nina-Marie. Happy hopping!

Blog · Cut files · Scrapbooking

Pink Paislee – Cut File Inspired Layout

Hello PP friends! Second layout of the day, this one for Pink Paislee, featuring the gorgeous Pick-Me-Up collection, as well as bits and pieces from Oh My Heart. The main idea for this page came from the cut file I ended up using. I often turn to cut files for inspiration, especially when I don’t have a specific theme to work with or I’m in a creative rut. Scrolling through all the different designs is the perfect jump start to get my ideas flowing again. Here is the layout:

Cut file inspired layout by @enzamg for #pinkpaislee using #pppickmeup. #scrapbooking #layout #flowers #cutfiles

I like lots of dimension on my pages, so the first thing I did was cut the flower shape multiple times in different sizes to build my layers. I picked pinks and teals for the bouquets, and kept the color scheme throughout the layout.

Cut file inspired layout by @enzamg for #pinkpaislee using #pppickmeup. #scrapbooking #layout #flowers #cutfiles

I cut the stems from patterned papers in different shades of green and arranged them on opposite sides of the page. Then I continued with the flowers which I adhered down with foam adhesive.

Cut file inspired layout by @enzamg for #pinkpaislee using #pppickmeup. #scrapbooking #layout #flowers #cutfiles

The space in between the bouquets was perfect for my photo. I backed it with a frame, patterned paper, and a tag, and embellished it with all kinds of fun goodies. The “Happy” sticker became part of my title, which I completed with the chipboard “laugh” sentiment and another sentiment strip from the 6×12 Sticker Sheet.

Cut file inspired layout by @enzamg for #pinkpaislee using #pppickmeup. #scrapbooking #layout #flowers #cutfiles

Once everything was in place, I added a few rub-on butterflies, buttons, and tiny flowers around the whole design. I love how they follow the flow of the page and bring in more of the same colors and patterns.

Cut file inspired layout by @enzamg for #pinkpaislee using #pppickmeup. #scrapbooking #layout #flowers #cutfiles

I’m happy with how this layout turned out. Any time you feel like you have no new ideas for your next projects, turn to cut files for inspiration. You don’t necessarily need to use them, but they can get your creative juices flowing again. Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!