Altenew June 2019 Stand-alone Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!! I’m so thrilled to be a part of Altenew’s June 2019 Stand-alone Die Release Blog Hop. It is an honor to be joining this talented group of cardmakers. (Some have been my idols for years!!! ) You have just come from the talented Kathleen Graumüller’s blog post. In case you are lost, below is the entire list of the designers and guests who are joining the hop today. Make sure you drop by and be inspired by the creativity of all these wonderful ladies and gentleman. <3

Altenew has been on top of my list of favorites because of their beautifully designed stamps and dies. Take a look at these gorgeous June 2019 Stand Alone Dies!!!

COLOR WHEEL DIE
DAINTY BLOOMS COVER DIE
DELICATE MANDALA DIE
STAR FLOWER POP UP DIE SET
VIRGINIA ROSE 3D DIE
LAYERED STARS DIE SET
NESTING LABELS DIE SET

HELLO CARD

Lets get started with the projects. Who among you have watched Aladdin?!?! I just love all the vibrant and colorful costumes!!! The inspiration for this card definitely came from one of the dresses of Princess Jasmine. 🙂

STAR FLOWER POP UP DIE SET

The Star Flower Pop Up die set allows the petals of the flowers and leaves to pop up! How amazing is that?!?! 🙂

MATERIALS:

For this card, I decided to die cut 2 layers of different colored cardstocks simultaneously using the flower dies. The left and bottom edges of both cardstocks were lined up and post it tape was used to hold them together so that they won’t move when I ran them through the die cutting machine. This will allow both die cut images to line up. Sometimes, the cut does not go through the 2nd paper but there will be an indentation of the die so you’ll know exactly where to reposition it. 3 flowers were die cut on the hot pink and orange cardstocks. The petals were then lifted to reveal both colored cardstocks. The leaves from the Rose Flurries 3D dies were die cut using the blue colored cardstock. 2 layers of hot pink and 1 layer of blue were used to die cut the Fancy Hello die and these were glued on top of each other to create dimension. The blue die cut was intentionally adhered slightly off to add a shadow effect. Leaves from the Rose Flurries 3D die Set were added to finish the card.

U ARE SO IMPORTANT TO ME CARD

For the next card, I used the Delicate Mandala Die. Isn’t this die simply gorgeous?!?! The details are so intricate and just beautiful!! For this card, I wanted it to be clean and simple so that the background die will stand out.

MATERIALS:

The wet on wet technique (wet the paper then apply watercolor)  was used on watercolor paper with the following colors: Sea Breeze and  Midnight Violet from the Spring Garden Set, Lagoon, Emerald and Prersian Blue from the Winter Wonderland set and Turquoise from the Tropical Fiesta set. While the watercolor paper was still wet, I sprinkled salt and allowed it to dry.  The salt absorbed some of the inks and created a subtle mottled look.

I adhered vellum onto another piece of vellum to make it sturdier. Using the same watercolors, I painted and added splatters to the vellum to add some color. After this dried, the Mega U alpha die was used to die cut the letter U.

White cardstock was folded to create a top folding card. Circle die was used to cut out the circle for the card base.  I made sure to do partial die cutting on the top of the card to create the hinge flap.

The Delicate Mandala die was die cut 4 more times on white cardstock and adhered on top of each other with glue. The colored mandala was then glued onto the stack to create dimension.  This was then glued to the front of the card base. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock using Versamark ink then embossed with Altenew’s Pure White Crisp embossing powder. Foam tape was used to adhere the sentiment to add more dimension.

ONE DAY AT A TIME CARD

The Dainty Blooms Cover Die is another beautiful cover die from Altenew.  When I saw this die, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

DAINTY BLOOMS COVER DIE

MATERIALS:

4 sheets of Neenah Solar White Cardstock were die cut using the Dainty Blooms Cover Die and adhered on top of each other to create dimension.
The surface of the watercolor paper was wet with water and then watered down cool colors of watercolor inks (blues and greens) were randomly applied on the surface. Same procedure was done with the warm colors. When both papers were dry, the Dainty Blooms Cover Die was used to die cut the watercolored sheets. The entire die cut parts were carefully picked up using the Press’n Seal. This way, it was much easier to adhere the tiny pieces to the proper slots like a jigsaw puzzle.

The stacked up white outline of the die was adhered to a  4.25” x 5.5” white cardstock. The flowers were identified and glue was applied to that areas of the flowers only. The orange set of die cut was aligned over the mounted white die cut and a spoon burnishing tool was used to push the petals to adhere to the base paper. Adhesive was added to the remaining white areas and the blue/green die cut pieces were adhered using the same method. Pencil markings were added to emphasize the centers of the flowers.

I love the sentiment from the One Day At a Time Stamp set and embossed this onto vellum using Versamark embossing ink and Altenew Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. (You should know by now that this is my all time favorite gold embossing powder 🙂 )The Tim Holtz paper distresser was used to add some texture to the edges of the vellum. This was then wrapped around the die cut cover panel and was glued down onto an A2 side folding card base.

THANK YOU CARD

I love it when I can make multiple cards using the scraps of another card. Here’s another simple way to use the positive die cut of the Dainty Blooms Cover Die.

MATERIALS:

The Dainty Blooms Cover Die was used to die cut 4 sheets of Neenah Solar White CS. These were adhered together using adhesive. The positive watercolored die cut from the other card was then pasted onto the white layered die cuts then glued on to a woodgrain patterned paper from the Essential Rock Collection paper pack. The diamond frame from the Geo Frames Stamp set was embossed using Versamark Ink and Rose Gold Embossing Powder. This will serve to ground the die cut sentiment. The frame was die cut and glued to the front panel. 4 sheets of white CS and a coordinating patterned paper from the Alluring Blooms Paper Pack were then die cut using the Thank You Die and then adhered on top of each other. This was then glued onto the frame to finish the card.

ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU CARD

VIRGINIA ROSE 3D DIE

For this card, I wanted it to be clean, delicate and simple so I chose to use only the small 3D rose and some foliage from the Virginia Rose 3D die set. The Layering Guide for the die set can be found below.

VIRGINIA ROSE 3D DIE SET LAYERING GUIDE

MATERIALS:

The small set of Virginia roses were die cut using Neenah Solar white cardstock then colored with Iceberg, Eastern Sky and Ultramarine crisp dye inks from the Lapiz Lazuli set with the use of a blender brush.  I found it best to keep the die cut pieces in place when coloring with the blender brush making it easier to add color especially to the delicate parts of the die cut.

The “water” in the vase was colored using Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils then the vellum was bent to mimic the shape of a real vase. Only the left and right edges of the vase were glued down to make it look like it’s a 3D vase. A slit was cut on top so that I could insert the stems into the vase.

The flowers and foliage were then arranged. I enjoyed this part cause it felt like I was arranging a real floral arrangement! I purposely did not glue down the tips of the flowers and leaves to give it a more natural and organic look. Black splatters were added to finish the card.

~PRIZES~

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 6/24/2019 for a chance to win. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 6/27/2019. In addition to this, My Little Attic will raffle off an Altenew gift pack to Philippine residents who post a comment on my blog. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading through this blog post and that you are now more inspired to use these wonderful Altenew June Release Stand-Alone Dies. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a gift certificate and a gift pack from MLA! I would love to hear back from you so please find time to say hi. 🙂 Next up is the talented Jeanne Jachna. Make sure to check out her blog to get some inspiration!!! Till my next post. Thank you for dropping by!!! <3

My Little Attic’s 1st Altenew Workshop

My Little Attic’s 1st Altenew Workshop

Hi everyone! It has been a while since I’ve posted! The past month has been very busy preparing card kits for the participants. A total of 8 projects were prepared and we had to finish them within 4 hours. I think some of the participants were a little stressed out! 🙂 Below are the cards/tag that they made.

Wonderland Stamp Set and Winter Wonderland Watercolor Brush markers

For the first card, the participants got to try out their own Wonderland stamp set and did stamping, embossing and die cutting of the flowers on watercolor paper. After that, they colored the petals using wet on wet technique and added some salt for more texture. The background was colored using distress oxide inks and splattered with water droplets.

Sweet Peas Stamp set

The next card was made using the Sweet Peas stamp set. This time, the participants got to use their masks to create shadows of the flowers. They used Zig clear color real brush pens to color in the petals. For this card, I used Altenew dye inks and was careful not to add too much water.

Altenew Woodland Stamp and Mega Alphabet die

This card was made using the Woodland stamp and the coordinating masks. I just love how thin the masks are and how easy it is to create layering. Only the die cut letter was colored to make it pop out.

Altenew Build a flower: Peruvian Lily Stamp set and Hibiscus Garden 3D die for foliage

For the next card, I got inspiration from Jennifer Mcguire’s see through card but instead of doing the whole front, only half the card was see through 🙂 I love how these Peruvian Lily layers are so easy to line up. The students learned how to use the press and seal to pick up all the elements together while maintaining the positions. It’s a technique that will definitely be very useful in future cardmaking projects.

Altenew Needlework Motif Stamp and die set; Halftone die

This card was pretty straight forward. All they had to do was color in the images and sentiment strip, stick together the images to create a thicker chipboard-like image and assemble the card.

Altenew Celebrations Stamp and die set; Altenew stencils, Watercolor brush pens

Another card inspired by Jennifer 🙂 This is a peek-a-boo card wherein the image changes as you open the card. All images are from the Celebrations stamp set. It is a bit tricky to assemble the card but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy. The important thing is to make sure the windows line up when you die cut the circles.

Altenew Monochrome washi tape; Rose gold embossing powder; Thanks die

This card was so simple to make but the outcome was elegant. Washi tape was stuck to Neenah Solar white cardstock and the flower and leaves images were fussy cut. They were then adhered using foam tape. The thanks die cut was again layered and the lower part was heat embossed using my all time favorite gold embossing powder from Altenew– rose gold.

Altenew Wild Rose 3D die; Caps bold alpha die

The last project was a tag using the Wild Rose 3D die. The separate petals were colored using monochromatic colors of Zig markers while the 2 center pieces were colored in using contrasting colors.

The class ended with some shopping and merienda. It was so nice to see everyone having an enjoyable time learning, getting to know new crafty friends and having fun creating cards. I look forward to seeing you again for the next Altenew workshop. Stay tuned! <3

Handmade and Personalized Gifts

Hi everyone! I just love giving handmade gifts. It tells the recipient that the gift comes with so much heart because you spent time and effort creating them. It’s something very personal and no two items are the same. Each is unique since they’re individually handmade.

Stamp and die are from Altenew

It also tells the receiver that you have thought about him/her– color preference, style, hobbies, etc. — something specifically created for the recipient.

This was made for Brad, the trainer of our dog Monty using background and letter dies from Altenew.
This is our baby, Monty!

It’s significant to know the age and style preference of the recipient as well. Is it whimsical? Is it clean and elegant? Is it fun and quirky?

Packaging is also very important. It shows that you went a step further. It makes it more exciting for the recipient to discover what’s inside.

Stamps are from Simon Says Stamps , Mama Elephant Altenew and Papertrey Ink
Stamp set is from The Stamp Market alphabet die is from Altenew

Some people wonder why handmade crafts are more expensive than mass produced products. It takes a lot of time to come up with a finished product– designing the layout, die cutting or hand cutting the paper, prepping the paper, inking, stamping, water-coloring, coloring, applying mixed media, redoing the item if the outcome is not right (thus wasting materials), pasting, embossing, packaging, adding little details to make it look more presentable etc. etc. etc. times the number of cards you make. It is really time consuming! So I truly appreciate the people who value handmade craft.

Some of you have requested for me to sell handmade cards for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Will be posting some of them soon. Again, thanks for appreciating handmade goodness. Happy Friday everyone!

Altenew Sketch Challenge #13

Hi everyone!!! Welcome back to my blog. This is the first time I’m joining the Altenew Sketch challenge. I’m not sure if you have to follow the sketch exactly or if you can use it as a reference. I did my own take on the sketch and moved the circular arrangement to the lower left. I love this sketch challenge cause it made it easier to come up with a layout since you already have a sketch to follow. It also helped me get back to scrapbooking again so that I can continue to document the lives of my children!!! <3

The following were the materials used:

  • Altenew Handpicked Bouquet
  • Altenew Rose Flurries 3D dies
  • Altenew Cap Bold Alpha dies
  • MFT Bottlecap alpha dies
  • Distress oxide inks
  • Webster’s Pages paper
  • brads

I look forward to joining other sketch challenges in the future. Thanks for dropping by!