Altenew: A Year In Review Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi everyone!!! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this Altenew year-end blog hop. Thank you so much, Ashlea Cornell, for sending them over here. 💜 We were asked to choose our top 4 favorite projects from 2019 and honestly, it was quite difficult to narrow it down to 4! I’m so grateful to be one of Altenew’s guest designers this year and because of this, I was able to create a lot of cards and a couple of layouts <3 Here are my top 4 projects:

It was an amazingly creative year filled with so much inspiration from all the talented designers and guest designers. If you start with a product that’s already so beautiful, you get so motivated to create and play with it.

I love this card because of this gorgeous Dainty Blooms cover die. You can also make two cards with one die cut by using both the positive and the negative pieces.

This is what I call my yin and yang cards– one card is elaborate while the other card is clean and simple. ❤️ Here I used the Angelique Motifs stamp and die sets and the Mega Alphabet die to create this monogram card.

This is on my top 4 list because I truly enjoyed painting the Inked rosebud for this card. It was small enough not to get overwhelmed in painting it and somehow, I managed to make it look 3D. 😊 I already had this bouquet design in my mind the minute I saw the stamp set. 🙂

I haven’t done a scrapbook page in ages!!! These are my love letters to my children. Special photos inspire me to document a moment and when I saw these photos of my daughter and her cousin, I knew I had to create a layout using Altenew stamps, dies and stencils as embellishments. The layout was inspired by a PageMaps sketch. I used the Weekend Doodles and Ornate Foliage stamp and die sets, Mandala die and the Broken Chevron Stencil.

This will be my last post for 2019 and I’d like to share with you some cards I recently created for a Christmas card swap of My Little Attic Studio. Here are the cards that I made for my swap mate, Jen.

I used non-traditional colors for this Christmas card. This was the first time I played with the Antique Roses Stamp set and I immediately fell in love with it! The Sting Art Rectangle Die was used to create a window for this card.

5 layers of the Fine Frames Cover Die were used to cover the holes of the string art die and embossed with rose gold embossing powder. The flowers and leaves were stamped using Altenew dye inks.

Here are some CAS cards using the Ornate Foliage stamp set and the Bountiful Branch stamp set. A lot of white space was left for these clean and simple cards and I used a combination of oranges and teal green for this set.

I thought of including some non-Christmas themed cards for the recipient using the Calming Bouquet washi tape. I just love how easy it is to embellish a card or scrapbook page using this washi tape.

Rose gold embossing powder was added to the edge of the monogram letter for some subtle shine. The washi cut-outs were popped up using foam squares to add dimension to the cards.


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 01/03/2020 for a chance to win. Random winners will also be chosen to win a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each stop on the hop. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 01/06/2020.

I’ve gotten to know quite a number of people through this blog, IG and FB and I just want you to know how grateful I am for all the positive and inspiring comments you leave behind. It warms my heart knowing that others appreciate my art. Thank you so much for continuing to inspire me to create! My profound gratitude to May Sukyong Park for inviting me to be a guest designer for Altenew. What an honor. ❤️

Wishing all of you a blessed Christmas season and may your New Year bring you peace, happiness and tons of crafty inspiration!!! Looking forward to a creative year ahead. Wishing you wonderful blessings always! ❤️



Altenew Card Blog
Keeway Tsao
Laurie Willison
Michelle Murray
Kristina Pokazanieva
Norine Borys
Gayatri Murali
Jen Schow
Mindy Eggen
Vicky Papaioannou
Ashlea Cornell
Nenette S. Madero <– YOU ARE HERE
Janette Kausen
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Nathalie DeSousa
Terri Koszler
Jaycee Gaspar
Teri Wilson
Amber Rain Davis
Therese Calvird
Isha Gupta
Anna Komenda
Erum Tasneem
TaeEun Yoo

Lilith Eeckels
Alex Syberia
Caly Person
Virginia Lu
Amanda Baldwin
Maryám Pérez
Kathleen Graumüller
Zinia Redo
Nancy McClelland Kymona Tracey

58 thoughts on “Altenew: A Year In Review Blog Hop + Giveaway

  • December 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Amazing cards and a layout!

  • December 18, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Hello Ms.Nenette. I really envy your creativity – pang-world class! 🙂

  • December 19, 2019 at 12:57 am

    your monogram card is so gorgeous, Nennette – looking forward to more inspiration from you in 2020

    • December 19, 2019 at 11:44 am

      Thank you for your kind comment, Betty! Warmest regards and looking forward to a crafty 2020 with all of you!

  • December 19, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Your blue flowers are especially pretty

  • December 19, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Gorgeous projects. Love your jumbo initial cards, and the stunning cards you made with that floral cover die.

  • December 19, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Wow. You get amazing results with the all-over die. I love the one where you watercolored underneath — looks like stained glass. Well done and thank you.

  • December 19, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Beautiful cards! I love your use of orange. I especially love the combination of colors you used in your card with the Dainty Blooms cover die.

  • December 19, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Very pretty cards. You do such a lovely job of embossing on vellum.

  • December 19, 2019 at 5:47 am

    The bold colors and the design styles of your cards make them beautiful! 🙂

  • December 19, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I found Altenew this year and am completely hooked. I just love all the inspiration from the talented design team, especially your yin and yang monogram cards. 🙂 Thank you for all you do, I’m looking forward to another year!!!

    • December 19, 2019 at 11:49 am

      so sweet, Michelle! So glad you found Altenew. Tons of inspiration from all the designers <3 Thanks so much for dropping by!

  • December 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    The inked rosebuds are beautifully colored and arranged!

  • December 19, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Such beautiful and colorful cards! Very cheerful and inspirational!

  • December 19, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Lovely projects!

  • December 19, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Gorgeous inspiration and creativity!

  • December 19, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Gorgeous cards and layouts. so inspiring. I want them all!

  • December 20, 2019 at 3:13 am

    So many beautiful flowers!

  • December 20, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Your cards are amazing! I love the dimension and bright colors that you used – very inspiring.

  • December 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards!

  • December 20, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Such amazing bold and bright colors – I love your favorite card choices!

  • December 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    GORGEOUS projects!
    LOVE the CHEERY, VIBRANT colours and detailed designs – WOW!
    My FAVOURITE from your favourites is your “one day at a time” card, closely followed by your “yin and yang cards”!
    THANK YOU for ALL the INSPIRATION you share 🙂

  • December 20, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    WOW! I just love all of these projects. The monogram cards are so unique and I love the blues you chose. The layout is beautiful and again, love the colors- the teal and orange are great together. The coverplate cards are standouts, and the string art card is too. All FANTASTIC!

  • December 21, 2019 at 3:35 am

    I love the bright vivid colors in your cards and layouts. Fantastic!

  • December 21, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Your cards are lovely, stunning and amazing designs using altenews gorgeous stamps. I took forever to find the small comment thing at the top at the very end of that section, just suggesting perhaps making that easier to find.

  • December 21, 2019 at 7:13 am

    My friend, Nenette………you always rock it, girl! Your cards are always amazing and so are YOU!

  • December 21, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Your tulips are so realistic, they look like photos! So pretty!

  • December 21, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Love the vibrant colors.

  • December 22, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Wow – I LOVE your bold use of color!!! Love your use of the string frame die, too – stunning!!

  • December 22, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I’m sure it was hard to pick favorites from all the wonderful products and projects Altenew gave us this year, but you certainly picked some wonderful ones. All these are gorgeous!

  • December 22, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I love your cards using the Mega Alphabet Dies! I just ordered some and I am so excited to make my own cards.

  • December 22, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Wow! What gorgeous projects! You do a beautiful job designing with floral images! I love the stained glass look on your first one and the dimension on your string art card!

  • December 23, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Your monogram card is stunning! And I love your blue and orange!

  • December 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Your projects are gorgeous!

  • December 23, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for the recap of these stunning projects!! Have a joyous holiday season and a blessed New Year!

  • December 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    These cards are amazing! I love, love, love the non-traditional colored Christmas cards! Very refreshing.

  • December 24, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Gorgeous cards!

  • December 25, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Wow! Your creations are so incredibly vibrant and absolutely stunning! Love your yin yang monogram cards!!!

  • December 27, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Hi Nanette 🙂 Your cards are terrific!!! Color palettes…compositions…all are lovely! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  • December 29, 2019 at 10:16 am

    You created such beautiful cards in 2019. I love the colors you used on the cards from the Ornate Foliage and the Bountiful Branch stamp sets.

  • December 30, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    These are all so lovely. Great choices.

  • December 31, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    These are all so great but the colors on the layout. Just wow! But I love them all!

  • January 2, 2020 at 8:35 am

    I like the die cut dainty blooms colored card. Also like the contrast of the busy and not so sets your featured. The inked bud mini really does pop on that card. Are there additional how to links for these?

    • February 27, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Let me know if you have any questions about the process. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

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