Springtime Brought to YOU from Simon Says Stamps and a touch of Gina K

I like to send out Easter cards but sometimes life just gets in the way and it doesn’t happen. So this year I decided to just make Happy Spring cards and send out some cheer.

What better flower than to use than the tulip to usher in the warm sunshine and beauty of spring. I created two slimline cards using Simon Says Stamps Mother’s Day Tulips Stamps and Dies from the Hello Gorgeous set. The yellow tulips were first heat embossed with white sparkle embossing powder then colored with Altenew Alcohol Artist Markers. The purple or pink tulips were also colored with Altenew Artist Markers but stamped with Simon Says Stamps Intense Black ink. I die cut 4 more tulips out of heavy cardstock then layered each of the colored tulips with two more layers behind to give them dimension. Since the yellow ones had sparkle on them already, I left them as is but the purple ones I covered with Glossy Accents. I wanted some texture to the flowers so I used my finger to spread the Glossy Accents –the surface was uneven but fully covered. Shining in the light you could pick up the variations. The yellow sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps and Dies XL SPRING GREETINGS also from the Hello Gorgeous set. The “Spring Greetings” on the purple tulip card is from Gina K.’s April Incentive Stamp set.

Slimline Tulips

Next came two easy cards. Simon Says has a wonderful set of Clear Stamps LAYERED TULIPS. I was talking with a friend at the time and she said red was her favorite so I stamped the tulips in red –highlighting the top layer by heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I cut the Simon Says Stamp FLORAL CARD FRONT Wafer Die from Simon Says Stamp exclusive A2 Holographic Rainbows Cardstock carefully pulling the wings of the butterfly out to float above the tulips. The positive of the Floral Card Front is simply on top of a piece of cardstock embossed with the Altenew Diamond Stars 3D Embossing Folder.

My husband has the most glorious Magnolia tree in the front yard. It is large and spectacular as the buds begin to swell then open in the springtime. I tried to capture them by first embossing cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Embossing Folder MAGNOLIA BRANCHES and coloring with Altenew Artist markers. I wasn’t very happy with the results as it looked a bit sloppy and not as soft as I would have liked. The solution was to start over OR…put vellum over it. That was the easy, simple way with no waste! I cut a piece of vellum 1/4″ larger than the card front and used a strong sticky tape to adhere it to the back of the magnolias. Then I rant it all through the embossing folder again to give the vellum some of the texture the card front already had. I used the sentiment from Simon Says Stamps and Dies XL Greetings on vellum with colored ink and clear embossing powder. Since it is hard to put glue on vellum and not have it show, I used some Altenew double sided adhesive for the sentiments…you can’t see a thing. The card on the right was inspired by Caly Person’s card using the DieCember Etched Magnolia Blossom dies.

The links above to Simon Says Stamps are not affiliate links but will take you to their respective pages. Other supplies I used below are affiliate links where if you use them I might get a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Thanks for joining me today!


Altenew 8th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 5 + Giveaway (over $2,000 in Total Prizes)

It is my pleasure to join in wishing Altenew a Happy 8th Anniversary!!! You should have gotten to this spot from the awesome Lana Taber. If you want to start at the beginning, click Altenew Blog.

In the early summer of 2020, I started my real journey with Altenew.  As a major fan of their stamps and dies, I was asked if I would like to join the Altenew Educators Certification Program.  I was intrigued with the idea but wasn’t very confident in myself to commit to it. With Erum Tasneem’s encouragement, I took the leap.  She guided me and my fellow students along the way and the next thing I know I completed the whole 25 course, 3 challenge event and became an Altenew Certified Educator in April of 2021…less than a year after starting.  I loved taking classes, running with the challenges and stepping outside my comfort zone to create more and more. 

One of my favorite cards is so appropriate for the 8th Anniversary of Altenew!  They are AMAZING. This card definitely describes Altenew –the company, the people, the other Educators, and all the fans.  For this I used the Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Layering Die Set with a combination of yupo paper with alcohol inks and cardstock plus my favorite embossing folder — the Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder.

My second favorite item was made for my Level 2 challenge.   I had to repurpose or upgrade something which stretched me tremendously but it was so satisfying in the end.  I used multiple mediums (stencils, alcohol ink, mixed medium ink, stamps, Artist markers, etc.) to create 4 coasters/tiles and when put together made an even bigger scene. 

It just goes to show that you can really build on your skills through the Altenew products!

Thank you, ALTENEW, for this adventure and CONGRATULATIONS on your 8th Anniversary!

Your next stop on the hop is to the talented Tenia Nelson.

Giveaway Prizes

Over $2,000 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $80 Gift Certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy Online Class($8.95 value) to 15 lucky winners. There are also 26 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/15/2022 for a chance to win one of 50 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!” 50 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/21/2022.

When Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn know just what you need!

My daughter is in her last year of study for her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  At the beginning of March family members had the privilege of going to her Thesis show entitled “Echoes of Then / Now”.  She did a fantastic job of weaving in details of past family life to her current life and sure made Mom proud.

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Hero Arts then came out with their My Monthy Hero kit (https://heroarts.com/collections/mmh-march-2022/products/mh0322-my-monthly-hero-kit-march-2022) “Take a trip to the art museum with the March My Monthly Hero release.”  Along with this are several add-ons – this one I just HAD to have:  Art Meowseum Bundle.  What could be better for an artist who has two and loves cats!

Emma and Bug

In order to display my stamps as an exhibit would be, I combined this set with Lawn Fawn’s Flippin’ Awesome interactive die set.  It was such a good way to put a picture on each of 4 tabs and pull the tab to show my own art exhibit on my card!  I stamped  my pictures with Simon Says Intense black ink and colored them with my Altenew Artist Markers.  I did bring up pictures of the original paintings to use as a guide to color these…mostly to make them as recognizable as possible.

I had in my stash some powdered shimmer water coloring already done that I used on the insides of the tabs and for the card background.  It seemed to fit the theme.

I had lots of fun assembling the Flippin’ Awesome assembly and adding my “meowsterpieces” to the tabs.  Then I created the gift card holder and inserted a check for her birthday.

Here’s a quick video of the working piece.

It’s so much fun to have dies and stamps that can be taylored to an individual so well! This was a great combination. She called to say she loved it…

I hope you do too!

Blessings, Penny