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Altenew April 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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

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

Altenew Card Blog
Erum Tasneem
Kay Miller
May Sukyong Park
Nina-Marie Trapani
Svitlana Shayevich
Lilith Eeckels
Jenn Shurkus
Agnieszka Malyszek
Lydia Evans
Jennifer McGuire
Flora Monika Farkas
Janette Kausen
Sveta Fotinia
Lydia Fiedler
Debby Hughes
Virginia Lu
Laurie Willison
Kymona Tracey
Keeway Tsao
Sandra Dietrich
Gayatri Murali
Vicky Papaioannou
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Therese Calvird
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Nicole Picadura
Justine Hovey
Reiko Tsuchida
Amber Rain Davi
Enza Gudor —You are here—
Kelli Cool
Laura Bassen

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 Saturday, April 21st for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 4/22/2018.

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The layout I am sharing today features two delicate and beautiful stamp sets: Happy Heart and Dream Big.

Floral layout by @enzamg for @altenew featuring the Happy Heart Stamp and Die set. #stamping #scrapbooking #flowers

I decided to go for an ombre look and incorporate several shades of pink. I started by heat-embossing most of the images onto solid cardstock with Altenew Embossing Ink and Pure White Embossing Powder. I opted to use Golden Peach Embossing Powder on the lightest colored cardstock to bring in some variety and add more interest to the page.

For the background, I kept a tone-on-tone look by adhering a grid cut file onto the same color cardstock. The cut file also helped with the placement of the flowers, which were grouped in clusters. I then stamped and heat-embossed a few leaves onto gray cardstock so to create more layers in between the flowers. I have always loved the pink/gray combo! So soft and sophisticated.

Floral layout by @enzamg for @altenew featuring the Happy Heart Stamp and Die set. #stamping #scrapbooking #flowers

I tucked the photo under four clusters, keeping the embellishments to a minimum, and just added the “You make my heart happy” sentiment from the same stamp set and the “Sweet” sentiment from the Folksy Florals set, which is also part of this new release.

Floral layout by @enzamg for @altenew featuring the Happy Heart Stamp and Die set. #stamping #scrapbooking #flowers

To finish the layout, I adhered a few butterflies from the Dream Big stamp set onto the flowers. Again, I heat-emboss them with Golden Peach Embossing Powder and tried to match the shading to the colors of the flowers I was going to put them on.

Floral layout by @enzamg for @altenew featuring the Happy Heart Stamp and Die set. #stamping #scrapbooking #flowers

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 Kelli Cool‘s blog.

Have a lovely day!

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Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Hibiscus release

Hello everyone! I am back today to share a project created with the new Altenew Build-A-Flower: Hibiscus set. This set, which includes 1 stamp set (24 images) and 1 coordinating die set (3 dies), is absolutely stunning. The realistic look you can achieve with the layered images is amazing.

Here is a brief description provided by Altenew:

Hibiscus are native to warm climates and are associated with tropical weather and relaxing summer days. Hibiscus flowers have symbolized many things throughout history, but are now most commonly known to represent “delicate beauty.” This set comprises of a 6 layer hibiscus flower in full bloom, a 6 layer hibiscus bud with stem, and a 4 layer leaf image. Three sentiments are also included. These floral images work well on cards, layouts, home decor, gift wrapping, and more. We can’t wait to see where these beautiful tropical flowers take your imagination!

I love the tropical vibe and detailed images of this set!

Tropical layout created by @enzamg with the @altenew #bafhibiscus set #stamping #scrapbooking

I knew I wanted to use lots of flowers and leaves to form a huge, colorful cluster, so I started stamping away.

Here are the Altenew Crisp Inks I used:

  • coral flowers: Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Cosmic Berry
  • yellow flowers: Buttercream, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Warm Sunshine, Peach perfect
  • pink flowers: Frosty Pink, Pinkalicious, Purple Wine, Razzleberry, Deep Iris
  • leaves: Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, Just Green, Hunter Green.

I arranged flowers and leaves towards the mid-left portion of the page, adhering everything down with foam dots to create dimension and a more natural look.

Tropical layout created by @enzamg with the @altenew #bafhibiscus set #stamping #scrapbooking

I then stamped some sentiments from several stamp sets. “You make me smile” from the Happy Bloom set, “Aloha” and “Mahalo” from the Totally Tropical set, and “You color my world” from the Halftone Circles set. I used black cardstock, and heat-embossed the sentiments with Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder.

Tropical layout created by @enzamg with the @altenew #bafhibiscus set #stamping #scrapbooking

I tucked the photo under a few leaves and flowers on the right-hand side, and created a little frame around it with the pink wood grain washi tape that comes in the Our Family Scrapbook Collection.

Tropical layout created by @enzamg with the @altenew #bafhibiscus set #stamping #scrapbooking

I also decided to scatter some leaves on the page, and added some stitching to them before adhering them down.

Tropical layout created by @enzamg with the @altenew #bafhibiscus set #stamping #scrapbooking

Enamel dots are one of my favorite embellishments to finish a project with, so I placed a few around the design, as well as wood veneer buttons from the Reflection Collection.

Now the fun part! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 4/8/2018.

Thank you for stopping by!

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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 🙂

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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!