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.


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


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!


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.

Contents include: (bolded items used)

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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

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.


My example on Yupo Paper

Class Gallery


My example of alcohol ink on holographic paper:

Class Gallery


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

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

Demystifying Mixed Media Level 3 Class 5

Wow, this should be my last class before doing a two-hour workshop before becoming a full Altenew Educator.  How exciting!  I hope this makes the grade and I can prepare for a workshop.

In this class Tania Ahmed showed us how to use multiple mediums within one card.  She covered quite a lot of territory and made what could be a mess into some beautiful works of art.  From her class I chose to use the example of watercolor, embossing paste, and embossing powder.  Here is a video of my process using these mediums:

Now to take this background and make it into a card.  I had some tulle that was left from my wedding almost six years ago.  It is purple and I thought that could be used on the card in some way to remember our love and could be part of my husband’s Valentine’s Day card.  I tied some into a bow, and created a ribbon-like edge on the left side.  I glued it down to the cardstock on the back then also glued some fun foam on top of it and mounted it onto a card base.

I cut the word ‘love’ from the Circled Greetings: Love Die three times and glued them together.  I also cut the word out of Tim Holtz metallic lavender paper.  I glued it onto the card front then added some pearls for embellishments and my card was finished.

Check out the shimmery close up view of this card and the bonus card below. I love the sparkle of the Translucent Pearl embossing powder.

Bonus card:  I also tried to add some tulle to another similar background…made the same way as the video showed.  This time the tulle was too much and I took it off.  Instead, I wove together the Woven Heart Die out of the deep purple paper and added it to the front of the card with a few purple sequins to finish it off. I used the ‘Hugs’ from the Simple Greetings Die Set and cut the shadow in deep purple and the word in white –again stacking three on top.  This time I also pressed the word into embossing ink and then dipped it into the Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder and heated it.  Now it matched the diamond snowflakes on the card and sparkled.

This has been a great journey through AECP. I already have ideas for my two hour workshop so I hope this passes and sends me on the way. Thank you all for watching this process. I highly recommend taking all the classes in the Altenew Academy. You will learn sooo much!