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Altenew September 2017 Release Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to the Altenew September 2017 Release Blog Hop Day 1. This release has so many exciting and fun products! You should have arrived from the amazing Debby Hughes‘s blog. Here is the list for your convenience:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Thursday, October 5th at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on Saturday, October 7th.

The layout I am sharing for today’s hop features the gorgeous Halftone Stars Stamp and Nesting Die set.

The stars are the focus of this page about my daughter’s birthday.

I picked one of the patterned papers from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection that had different shades of pink in it and used it as my background. I wanted it to coordinate with the colors in the pictures. The same idea was behind the choice of Altenew Crisp Inks I decided to stamp the stars with. Here they are: Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Pinkalicious, Razzleberry. I also used Evening Gray Crisp Ink for a few stars as I wanted to bring in a more contrasting color.

The cut file you see here is from The Cut Shoppe and is called The Midnight Hour. I modified it a little to create a big star in the middle section. The sentiments are also included in the new Halftone Stars set. They are perfect for these birthday pictures!

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment on the Altenew blog for a change to win a gift certificate to the store. Your next stop is the super talented Vicky Papaioannou.

Have a lovely day!

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Clique Kits – Yearbook – Out Of This World

Hello, Clique friends! I’m back with a layout featuring the gorgeous May Sorbet Kit. The colors in this kit are absolutely amazing and the exclusives coordinate beautifully with it.

The main inspiration for this layout came from one of the background cut files that will be available in the Clique digital store.I initially intended to use the cut file as it is, but then decided to scatter the different size stars around my pictures and layer them to crate a lot of dimension and texture.

Since the patterned paper I chose as my background is very similar in color to the one I used for the stars, I decided to just use pink acrylic paint to create some contrast. I still wanted my layout to have a soft look, so the light colored paint worked perfectly for it.

Some of the stars are cut out of vellum. I love the different texture it adds.

Once all the stars were positioned as I liked them around my pictures, I started embellishing. I tend to go for a tone-on-tone look most of the times to make the colors stand out more.

For my title, I used another exclusive cut file that will be available with the May Sorbet kit.The Pink Fresh Studio Reverie paper with its gorgeous blue adds the right pop of color the layout needed.

I hope you felt inspired today. If you are not a subscriber yet, give it a try. The kits are beautiful. The exclusives are always so unique! You will not regret it! Visit the Clique Kits store for details πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

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Pink Paislee – Sweet Freedom – Stars, stars, stars

Hello friends! This week is all about the new Sweet Freedom collection on the Pink Paislee blog. I love the mix of bold and soft colors, the copper tones, the Americana feel. For my layout today, I was inspired by the stars in the collection to create my own background.

This picture of my son has my heart. The day he joined the Boy Scouts was one of the most exciting for him. You can see how proud he is of himself in this photo.

My idea was to create multiple layers of stars. I chose Paper 09 as my background. The soft tones make it neutral and easy to work with. I started by using a star cut file as a stitching template. I duplicated the image so to have a total of nine shapes and used white embroidery floss to get just enough texture. The vellum piece was perfect to add even more dimension. I cut out nine stars and used them as a second layer, while the beautiful blue ombre Paper 10 worked perfectly as a top layer.

I opted for a black and white picture and backed it with a few patterned papers that have warm brown tones to them. As I wanted to repeat the star motif and keep the color scheme, I made sure my embellishments matched both. The dimensional star stickers are amazing!

To add more interest to the layout, I placed my ephemera pieces and tiny star stickers diagonally and layered a few more sentiments on top of the stars. Layering is one of my favorite techniques. I love the dimension you can achieve with it. Once again, I was inspired by one element in the collection and repeated it to make it the focal point of my layout. I hope you felt inspired to use the gorgeous Sweet Freedom collection today!