Altenew Craft Your Life: Feathered Lilies


You should have arrived here from the lovely Rebecca Sogn
 
It is my honor to be asked to inspire you in using this wonderful kit in its debut.  I chose to use the embossing folder that gives dimension to the simple piece of cardstock.

There is so much beauty in this folder I didn’t want to cut any of it off, therefore I made a 5.5” square card instead of an A2 size card.  One of my favorite card color combinations is pink and gray.  I chose to apply ink to the embossing folder using a brayer – first I pressed my Cloudy Night ink cube onto my glass media mat, sprayed it with water, then picked up the wet ink with my brayer.  I applied this ink to the raised portion of the embossing folder that was the background – this would then create a white flower against the gray background.  White flowers are hard to create but this is one way to make them stand out.  To give a bit more pazazz to the stamen, I used a silver pen over them.

It was time to add color with Coral Berry Mixed Media Ink.  I again pressed the ink pad to my media mat and spritzed it with water.  This time, though, I used a fanned paint brush to pick of the color, tapping it over the card to splatter the pink.  I trimmed it down slightly to allow for a pink boarder matching the boarder to the ink color.  For the sentiment, I stamped in Coral Berry Ink on a die cut from the Altenew Apothecary Labels Stamp & Die Bundle. To help it stand out I edged the label with the Cloudy Night gray ink.  For finishing touches I added some sparkly silver chunky glitter.

This was a delightful card to make and one that could be made in quantity.  It would be a great card to make in sets with different colors, reversing colors, or making in rainbow colors.  What a nice gift this would be to give a friend, teacher, or another crafty friend.  I hope you enjoy this awesome Craft Your Life embossing folder!

The Craft Your Life Project kits are so spectacular and you get so much with each of them, I encourage you all to get a subscription at https://altenew.com/products/craft-your-life-project-kit-monthly-subscription-plan – You won’t be sorry!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $ 25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/18/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/20/2022.

Your next stop is the amazing Nancy Souza

Have a great day!


Altenew Card Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Jenny Colacicco

Dana Joy

Erum Tasneem

LauraJane

Laurie Willison

Teri Wilson

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Jaycee Gaspar

Danielle Dunlop

Michelle Short

Teresa Litchfield

Terri Koszler

Juhi Khanna

Nathalie DeSousa

Fiona Duff

Reiko Tsuchida

Rachael Shedeed

Therese Calvird

Maryam Perez

Linda Parker

Annemarie Caister

Rebecca Sogn

Penny Pynnonen

Nancy Souza

Pam Boedeker

Colleen Balija

Supplies used:

Craft-A-Flower: Orion Geranium

One of my favorite subscriptions from Altenew is the Craft-A-Flower series that gives the most realistic and gorgeous die cuts for each flower of the month. This month is no exception with the wonderful Orion Geranium. Check out this subscription at the Altenew Craft-A-Flower subscription page.

If you are following the blog hop order, you came my way from the talented Terri Koszler.

I couldn’t help myself in adding sparkle and shine to this card by using glitter paper. (I have an obsession with the glittery stuff lately) Using the different shades of purple glitter paper and the layering guide (https://altenew.com/products/craft-a-flower-orion-geranium-layering-die-set) this beauty came together quickly. I used some textured paper in the green leaves just to add a bit more texture.

Let”s look at it close up — oh, how it stands out against the black!

Perhaps you don’t wan t to use glitter paper…here is an example with the New Purple cardstock by Altenew.

I splattered some blue iridescent spray on the white background for texture. Just a plain circle in the center to offset the layered flower. Using the Altenew Green Meadows cardstock for leaves and Tiny Sentiment: Hello die the card was completed. It is just as stunning as the first card.

Your next stop on this magical road is to hop over to the wonderful and always inspiring Erum Tasneem.

Don’t forget the Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/13/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/15/2022.

Blog Hop Order

Altenew Card Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Danielle Dunlop

Jaycee Gaspar

Teri Wilson

Michelle Short

Nathalie DeSousa

Colleen Balija

Tenia Nelson

Teresa Litchfield

Maryam Perez

LauraJane

Virginia Lu

Terri Koszler

Penny Pynnonen

Erum Tasneem

Natasha Davies

Reiko Tsuchida

Annemarie Caister

Svitlana Shayevich

Nancy Souza

Pam Boedeker

New Release VINTAGE GALORE

What a great way to start the New Year of 2022 with this Vintage Galore release from Altenew!  I am so honored to be a part of this and share int the continuing fun of hot foil plates and stamps and dies.  Please leave a comment and tell me what you like best or what you would like to make using this terrific release!

You should have come to my page from the most talented Pam Boedeker . To start at the beginning of the Blog Hop please go to on the Altenew Card Blog.

I have only been doing hot foiling for a very short time and just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  Such stunning results in such a short time.  For my first card I used the Whimsical Peony Hot Foil Plate with green foil to create the stem and the leaves.  I wanted some pazazz in this flower so, using the Whimsical Peony Simple Coloring Stencil I colored the light purple with Altenew crisp dye Wisteria ink. Again, with the stencil, I applied some glitter paste to make a darker purple.  I did have to make a small mask to go over the foiled center base of the flower as the glitter paste would have covered the beautiful green foil in that small area.  It was not hard to just cut a small piece of acetate to keep the paste from adhering to the foil. This flower was magnificent!  I trimmed it slightly, backed it with a black matting and popped it up on purple metallic paper which had been debossed with the Altenew Dotted Swirls plate.

Card number 2 was loads of fun to create.  I started with a 4.25”x5 ½” piece of cardstock, cutting out the coneflower from the Here for You stamp and die set.  I used both the negative and the positive of this…the negative is such a good way to hold your cut piece in place for coloring or for embossing.  The bottom flower is just the white cardstock with gold embossing for the flower details.  The middle flower has only the flower itself colored, but the whole thing gold embossed.  The top flower is completely colored and gold embossed.  I used Altenew Artist markers Esspresso, Dark Chocolate, Velvet, Warm Sunshine for the flowers, Parrot and Bamboo for the leaves and stem. 

The backgound was trimmed down then debossed with the new and awesome Dotted Tile plate after blending a pale blue for a bit of color on the background.  I  placed the first flower in the die cut area and added foam tape behind it,  layered the other flowers on top with a bit more foam tape behind the top flower.  Before putting on the card base I used a bit of Gold Foil Pinstripe Washi Tape.  The finishing touches were the Hello from the Here for You stamp set embossed in gold and a few blue gems to sparkle.

Card Number 3 proved to be more fun than I expected.  I really wanted to use this to create a rose similar to the Peace Rose.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do this so I just stamped several of the large outline of the flowers.  I used the yellow to do the layering of the next size then the pink for the third layer.  There were still several spots of white in these flowers which I didn’t want.  I used my ink cubes as watercolor and with very little water filled in and blended some of the petals.  I used an “almost” dry brush and found I was getting beautiful streaks of pink in the yellow –just as the flower might really be.  To set this off I used the Circled Greetings: Hugs Die with black cardstock and popped it up over yellow card base.  Underneath the circle I put two of the flowers peaking through and the third flower is highlighted on top.  A few gold splatters and sequins captured the total look.

Card Number 4 takes us back to the hot foil technique.  The Golden Days hot foil plate creates a very fine outline of this gorgeous flower.  I used a silver foil for this outline and the Golden Days Simple Coloring stencils to add color from the Shades of Purple Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube set and a touch of green for the center.  This beautiful flower was then matted with black and a sentiment added on black cardstock. 

GIVEAWAY PRIZES

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/10/2022 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/12/2021.

Your next stop on the blog hop is the wonderful Rebecca Sogn or you can start back at the beginning.

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Dana Joy

Jaycee Gaspar

Erin Thompson

Virginia Lu

Erum Tasneem

Jenny Colacicco

Danielle Dunlop

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Terri Koszler

Svitlana Shayevich

Mindy Eggen

Therese Calvird

Emily Midgett

Michelle Short

Juhi Khanna

Laurie Willison

Tenia Nelson

Fiona Duff

Teri Wilson

Lilith Eeckels

Agnieszka Małyszek

Maryam Perez

Teresa Litchfield

Reiko Tsuchida

Annemarie Caister

Nancy Souza

Natasha Davies

Pam Boedeker

Penny Pynnonen

Rebecca Sogn

Altenew NEW Sweet Moments Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

I was more than excited to be invited to this release blog hop!  And, well, I might have gotten a bit carried away with all the goodness.  Adding to the excitement, my world opened up to hot foiling to which I am now smitten.  Thanks to my friend from down under Annemarie Caister for sending you my way!

I am also excited to introduce new foil plates from Altenew and happy, happy that they are adding more to their collection.  I did a bit of experimenting with the full All Kinds of Amazing Hot Foil Plate.  What would it look like on patterned paper?  What would it look like on plain?  I used a piece of paper from the Wildflower 6×6 paper pack and a silver foil.  Overall, it looked okay but wasn’t easy to read.  On to create a better example…

Next, I took a piece of photo paper covered (on the shiny side) with Velvet Alcohol Ink.  The color varied on the paper but was mostly solid.  For this I used some silver holographic speckle foil. WOW, did this ever stand out!  Just a bit of fussy cutting around the foiling and adding it to a debossed (Dotted Swirls plate) card front made the deep red really pop.  A few deep red gemstones gave it a bit more sparkle.

The next foil plate was Splatter Hot Foil Plate.  We all know that splatter gives a card detail and interest.  For this one, I used pink foil and paired it with Roses cut from the Craft-A-Flower Rose and Bitty Bloom 3D die sets. The sentiment is from the Inside and Out stamp set, stamped in black on vellum and clear embossed to set it and give it shine.

The next foil plate is a true beauty – and as you have seen along this blog, it can be used in many different ways. Eucalyptus Wreath Hot Foil Plate is such a beautiful plate I didn’t want to cut off any of it.  First, I used gold Aura foil on a 5×7 card, then colored in the leaves. When I think of Eucalyptus leaves, I think of them as a blueish green so I set off trying combinations of Artist markers to get the blend and color I wanted.  I used WG03 Evening Gray and B803 Mountain Mist. The sentiment needed to be simple and the Tiny Sentiments: Hello die cut in gold paper fit the bill.  Then just a few sequins and some Gold Altenew metallic thread finished it off.

For my next card I started with the Candy Cane Stripe Cover die in white over a white card base.   The delicate Rose Queen Die was cut from Altenew Blends 6×6 Paper Pack and edged with the Gold Foiled Winter Roses washi tape.  A simple sentiment from the Pots & Plants stamp set and some enamel dots finished it off.

As Laura Bassen would say “Dimension is life!” so I finished my series out with two multi level cards.The first used the Colorful Soul Stamp set to make a rainbow wreath.  This is meant to be a layering ink set so the die is only for the largest of the flowers.  I used only the A set of flowers and stamped each layer separately then fussy cut the two smaller flower layers for each color.  I used circle foam dots to pop the flower layers up then topped them with and enamel dot of the same color family.  They just circled themselves in beauty creating the wreath.  The gold foil pinstripe washi tape set the base for a gold embossed sentiment from the same set.

And the fun on the last card!! What different way could I use the great Woven Basket embossing folder…how about a woven basket?  I played with some dies and found that Altenew’s Nesting Frames dies could be put together to make a basket.  I die cut the largest frame twice from kraft paper then embossed both pieces with this magnificent folder. I cut the top of the top frame to resemble the edge of the basket and the sides of the back to be straight.  To highlight the weave and edges I used Almond Butter ink.  I colored two plants fom the Pots and Plants Stamp and Die Bundle using Jet Black ink, Parrot, Olive, Grass Field, Shadow creek and Milk Chocolate Artist markers. On the 3.75” x 6.25” base I used a piece of the Altenew Blends paper pack and glued on my basket back. By gluing the sides of the basket front right at the edge of the basket back, I created a true look of one whole basket.  Then I planted my plants, added a sentiment from the same set and a few sequins to give it bling.

NOW ONTO THE BEST NEWS: A GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 12/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 12/11/2021.

Your next stop is the lovely Roteja Galvan

If you want to start at the beginning and go along the list here are your links:

Altenew Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Colleen Balija

Jenny Colacicco

LauraJane

Jaycee Gaspar

Dana Joy

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Erum Tasneem

Linda Parker

Terri Koszler

Lilith Eeckels

Danielle Dunlop

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Virginia Lu

Reiko Tsuchida

Therese Calvird

Nancy Souza

Tania Ahmed

Erin Thompson

Svitlana Shayevich

Teri Wilson

Maryam Perez

Fiona Duff

Laurie Willison

Teresa Litchfield

Agnieszka Małyszek

Natasha Davies

Rachael Shedeed

Rebecca Sogn

Pam Boedeker

Annemarie Caister

Penny Pynnonen

Roteja Galvan

Other Products used:

Halloween Fun

I have always admired and loved all the ”makes” by Tim Holtz and his special makers! This weekend I finally gave it a try for myself!

OH WHAT FUN! AND ADDICTING!!

Over the last year and a half I have gotten things here and there for this but I picked up the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition HALLOWEEN MIXED MEDIA Kit Bundle. It is a HUGE box of Ranger and Tim Holtz goodies.

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Welcome to the Altenew Certified Educators’ Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from  Irina Fonina. If you want to start at the beginning go to https://wp.me/p6Dps1-erN

We are having a good time playing around with techniques or themes related to the first letter of our name.  So many choices that will fit so many people…what would YOU chose if you had to do something based on your first letter?  Please share in the comments. Send your creations to the link below to win!

My project is called POPPIES AND PATTERNS.

I was inspired by some simpler cards I had been seeing on Facebook from many people, including fellow educator, Tenia Nelson.

I chose the Painted Poppy Stamp and Die bundle, stamping the flowers in black and pairing it with just a splash of color.

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“Anything But A Card” Blog Hop and Link Party + Giveaway

WOW, OH, WOW, this is exciting to join in an official blog hop. Thank you so much for joining me today. I would love for you to subscribe to my page for other goodies along the way. But today, if you are following the hop, you should be coming from Helen Kalb  . Please read on, and don’t forget to add a comment for a chance for a wonderful gift certificate from Altenew!!

–Coasters and Trivets

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Final Workshop of the Altenew Educators Certification Program

The long-awaited date for my Final AECP Workshop came on March 28, 2021.  I invited seven ladies to join me on Zoom to make cards and work with alcohol inks. The wonderful people came with very different places in their crafting background. My two longtime friends, Jo and Lori, got me into scrapbooks 15 years ago but have limited to no experience with cardmaking and didn’t know Altenew at all. Sande and Mandi joined the AECP the same time I did and Sande is now a Certified Educator. Followed just behind her, Bridget was certified as an Educator. Sharon has just finished her Level 1 and Jill is a friend from a different group that was kind enough to join in. I owe a huge THANK YOU to each of them for the time and effort they put in…and for going out of their comfort range.

We used Yupo paper, Acetate, and Holographic paper. Many of them said they had the supplies needed but I sent everyone a small “kit” that included samples of theses three types of substrates and a mini distress mister labeled as alcohol.  By doing this they could fill it with 91% alcohol and not get it confused with water. They supplied the remaining items including the alcohol inks, blending solution, and any other regular crafting items they might want to use.

Some of the ladies were very experienced with card making but no one had a great deal of knowledge about alcohol inks so we started from scratch by creating the “papers” we would use in the cards we would make.  I LOVE ALCOHOL INKS and still have so much to learn about them, too, but I know for sure, they are addicting!! We chose our colors and created a couple of backgrounds on Yupo paper.  I showed how to make an alcohol ink flower (see below) for control of sometimes uncontrollable ink. I also showed how the blending solution reacts with the ink, and how the 91% alcohol reacts differently with the ink.  From there, we switched to the holographic paper – so many variations of backgrounds to get depending on the holographic design in the paper.  Lastly, we inked up some acetate, making various colored sheets to die cut and create an acetate card, giving a stained glass effect.  I use the term “backgrounds” loosely here because some of these turned into backgrounds and some of them we used by die cutting images.

We started simply, with an overall background and adding large word dies.

CARD 1

My example on Yupo Paper

Class Gallery

CARD 2

My example of alcohol ink on holographic paper:

Class Gallery

CARD 3

My example of Alcohol ink on acetate:

Class Gallery

Everyone did a terrific job getting 2-3 cards done and finishing out a bit on their own. I love the diversity of all the cards, colors, styles. So nice to see how everyone put their own spin on the techniques.

Bonus CARDS done with die cutting yupo or holographic papers

Alcohol
Ink flower

This has been a wonderful journey to get to this final Altenew Educators Certification Program Workshop!  I have found great new friends in the program, been encouraged by them and by Erum and Virginia along the way.  I have realized that I’ve only scratched the surface of what I can do in cardmaking.  There is so much more to do and so much more fun to have!  And I look forward to sharing my handmade cards with others to pass on the joy!

Thank you all for a great program and a great day!

Hugs, Penny