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!

HAPPY SPRING

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.

(check out #jessicapageartistphotographer on Instagram)

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

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.

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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

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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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