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Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Chrysanthemum Set Release

Hello everyone! I am back today to share a project created with the new Altenew Build-A-Flower: Chrysanthemum set. This set, which includes 1 stamp set (12 images) and 1 coordinating die set (4 dies), is absolutely stunning. The realistic look you can achieve with the layered images is amazing.

Here is a brief description provided by Altenew:

Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers which symbolize optimism and joy. With an abundance of petals, these perennials resemble pom-poms. Chrysanthemums bloom in many colors, so you can be creative with your ink choices. Altenew has included two encouraging sentiments to help bring joy to your loved ones.

I love the versatility of this set. It is perfect for cards and scrapbook pages, but also to embellish gifts or tags. I used it do decorate a plain clear glassine bag. I think that any gift can become a little more special with a handmade touch.
Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
I covered the front of the bag with patterned paper from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection. I knew I wanted to stamp the Chrysanthemums in shades of blue, so I went with a gray neutral background. Here are the Altenew Crisp Inks I used:

The coordinating die is mind-blowing, as it not only cuts the outside of the Chrysanthemum shape, but also some of the petals, allowing for more dimension. I layered all my elements in the bottom left corner of the bag, and adhered them down with foam adhesive.

Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
To balance the space on the opposite side, I heat-embossed one of the sentiments that comes in the set with Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder. I used another patterned paper from the Our Family Collection as my base; the colors coordinated perfectly with the Crisp Inks I picked for the flowers. I finished the banner with a wood veneer heart and some twine, and I also added a clothespin and enamel dots for extra detail.
Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
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 3/9/2018.
Thank you for stopping by!
Blog · Scrapbooking · Stamping

Altenew – Layout With Stunning Cosmos Stamp Set

Scrapbook layout for @Altenew by @enzamg featuring Stunning Cosmos stamp set.
Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a new layout for Altenew featuring the Stunning Cosmos stamp set. I think this set is absolutely gorgeous; the different shapes of the flowers allow for a more realistic look, while the sentiments are perfect for a variety of occasions. 

For today’s layout I combined both Altenew’s scrapbook collections: Reflection, and Our Family. The colors coordinate perfectly, so it was easy to make them work on this page. I started by stamping all the cosmos. For some of them I used the new Altenew Crisp Inks that were just released: Pink Pearl, Heart Beat, and Coral Bliss. For the others, I went with Frosty Pink, Pinkalicious, and Purple Wine. Warm Sunshine and Caramel Toffee were perfect for the center of the cosmos, while Frayed Leaf was used for the top of the stems.

For my background, I first picked a watercolor patterned paper from the Reflection Collection and layered a floral cut file on top of it. Next, I trimmed two strips of patterned paper and placed them vertically on the left side of the page, on top of the cut file. I love how the watercolor paper peeks through the cut file and the texture achieved with all the different layers. I placed the cosmos inside the positive spaces (the openings) of the cut file and used some foam adhesive to adhere them down.

Scrapbook layout for @Altenew by @enzamg featuring Stunning Cosmos stamp set.
To balance the right side of the page, I created a little cluster on the left side with a sticker camera and a couple of cosmos. The green foliage, which is a chipboard sticker from the Reflection Collection, brings in some extra color.

Scrapbook layout for @Altenew by @enzamg featuring Stunning Cosmos stamp set.
I kept the layers behind the photo pretty simple and neutral. I just added a couple of die-cuts and some wood veneer hearts from the Our Family Collection.

Scrapbook layout for @Altenew by @enzamg featuring Stunning Cosmos stamp set.
The title, placed vertically along the side of one of the strips of paper, finished the layout.

Scrapbook layout for @Altenew by @enzamg featuring Stunning Cosmos stamp set.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to use the Stunning Cosmos stamp set on your next layout.

Thank you for stopping by.

Blog · Scrapbooking · Stamping

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


Prizes:

  • 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!

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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!