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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


  • 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!


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 · Scrapbooking

Pink Paislee – Let Your Light Shine

Hello everyone! Enza here and today I’m sharing a layout that is all about my oldest daughter’s dream to become a professional ballerina. She is only twelve, but she has everything planned out already. Intensive courses, hours of training, auditions, and more. I’ll tell you a little story… the picture you see on this layout was taken the day we went to see the Nutcracker ballet. There were a few areas set up for pictures and she was more than willing to pose for me. She went on and on about wanting to dance on that same stage one day. When we got home we received an email from her dance teacher letting us know she had been chosen to perform her first solo role in the spring! You can imagine her excitement (and mine!). I can say her dreams are big, but so is her desire to achieve them.

The layout I created for today’s post is all about dreams and encouragement.

Since the photo has a snowy background, I decided to use the Snowflake cut file by Paige Evans (Design ID #230984) as the main element on my page. I love how intricate and pretty this design is. I opted to back it with a patterned paper from the Turn the Page collection that includes lots of soft colors – mainly pinks and blues, which always make me think of snow and cold weather when used together.

I positioned the cut file towards the right side of the background paper that I had prepared with a light wash of white acrylic paint to mimic the look of snow. I adhered it down with foam adhesive for more dimension.

For the photo, I layered several patterned papers and some vellum behind it, while to embellish it I used all kinds of goodies. The sentiments included in the Turn the Page collection are perfect for the theme of this layout. Words of encouragement and best wishes are the focus here. The “let your light shine” paperclip banner inspired me to use stars around the picture. To bring the layout together, I repeated the star motif on the top left corner of the page.

At this point, it felt like the page wasn’t complete yet, so I decided to use the positive spaces of the cut file to create a stardust-like look on the bottom left corner of the layout and draw the eye to the photo.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and the story behind this layout! Thank you for stopping by!

Blog · Scrapbooking

Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

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

Enza Gudor —You are here —

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 Monday, January 15th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/17/2018.

The layout I’m sharing today features the Peony Dream 3D Die set.


I can’t say enough how gorgeous this set is. The realistic look you can achieve with all the layering pieces is just amazing. I decided to use a mix of patterned papers from both Reflection and Our Family Scrapbook Collections. It worked like magic! The shading and watercolor effect of the papers shine through the different sections of flowers and leaves. After assembling the first peony, it was hard to stop! So many possibilities and different looks by just changing the colors of the papers.

Here I created a few floral clusters around the photo.

For the peonies, I layered the two different images that come in the set to achieve a more natural look. For the leaves, in addition to the dies included in the set, I used the ones from the other stand-alone die that has been released today: Rose Flurries 3D Die set. I love the combination of the two.

I decided to keep the embellishments to a minimum, as the flowers were already taking up most of the page. I just added a few arrows from the Point it out stamp set and simple sentiments from the Beautiful Quotes set. For the title, I combined the alpha chipboard stickers from the Our Family Collection with a stamped banner that features the “Beautiful” sentiment from the Amazing you stamp set.

I finished the layout with wood veneer leaves and buttons.

This release is truly amazing, friends! Don’t forget to comment along for a chance to win awesome prizes. Your next stop is Nina-Marie’s blog.


Thank you for stopping by!