Every year, I get a chance to make a special card for someone very close to my heart. She has been my inspiration to be a better person in all aspects of my life. She’s a devoted wife, a selfless and loving Mom, a sincere friend, a doting Lola and a devout child of God. She gives so much of herself in anything she does. She’s humble, full of life, has amazing foresight, easily cooks mouthwatering dishes and so much more. Happy birthday, Ma! Wishing you continued good health and happiness always!!! I love you!!!

For this card, I used the beautiful Build a Flower Magnolia stamp and die set, Birthday Inside stamp and dye inks from Altenew. The mom die cut is from My Favorite Things Stamps.

I wanted it to be an interactive card so I thought of using the Double slider Surprise die set from Lawn Fawn.

Here’s a short video on how the double slider card works.

I also created a pocket using Papertrey’s Monthly Moments Journal pocket 2 inside the card so that I can insert multiple cards for my husband and children to write on.

Hope this card inspires you to create something special for your loved ones! Thanks for dropping by!


Altenew Educators Blog Hop +Giveaway

Hello everyone! Welcome to Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop!

If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Patty Mello’s blog. If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links below and at the Altenew Card Blog.

Altenew Card Blog
Nancy McClelland
Kelli Cool
Michelle Ochoa Murray
Terri Koszler
Maryam Sharara
Amber Rain Davis
Irina Fonina
Francine Dodwell
Teri Wilson
Patty Mello
Nenette S. Madero <—YOU ARE HERE
Nicole Picadura

This is my very first blog hop AND my very first time to create a video tutorial, so I beg for your indulgence. It was a great learning experience. 🙂 I didn’t realize how much time and effort it took to film and edit a video (or was it just me?!), so hats off to all my card-making idols out there who unselfishly share their time and talents through video tutorials!!!

As Altenew-certified educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE techniques, styles or Altenew supplies. Oh dear…I have too many favorite stamp sets!!! 😀 It took a while for me to narrow it down to 5 and here they are in no particular order.


The Needlework Motif Stamp set is just beautiful. The floral design is so intricate and delicate and it can be used in so many ways.


You can find the video tutorial on how to create the Needlework Motif card below.

To change it up a bit, I thought of stamping the images over black cardstock and I was not disappointed. This made the Altenew rose gold embossing powder stand out against the black background, thus making it more striking!


Here’s how this card was made:

  • Moroccan Mosaic background die was used to cut 4 sheets of black cardstock. These were stacked up and glued together to give dimension to the background.
  • The Needlework Motif image was stamped on black cardstock using clear embossing ink and embossed using Altenew’s Rose Gold embossing powder.
  • Finetech Artist pearlescent Mica watercolors were used to color the image to add shimmer to the card.
  • A strip of thick vellum was colored with Finetech watercolor then the sentiment was stamped in black and embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • The layered black Moroccan mosaic die cut was then adhered to a gold A2 side folding card and the image was attached to the center.
  • The sentiment strip was tucked under the swirl to add more interest.

Same procedure was done to the image as card 2 but this time, gold frames using Altenew’s Fine Frames were used to bring focus to the stamped image.


Another favorite of mine is the Persian Motifs stamp set. I made this layout sometime ago but wanted to share it with you. I love how Altenew stamps and dies are so versatile and can be used to make your own embellishments for scrapbooking layouts.

The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper using clear embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Wet on wet technique was done to color the flowers using distress inks.


For this card, I used my other 3 favorite stamp and die sets. (This is sort of a cheat card cause I put my 3 favorites in one card 🙂 )

  • The images from the 2 stamp sets were stamped on Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock using black dye ink
  • The other layers of the Handpicked bouquet were stamped with the following Altenew dye inks: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry and Rubellite. The Beautiful Day flower layers were stamped with Dew Drops, Aqualicious and Teal Cave. I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves. The other flowers and foliage were left uncolored so that the 3 main flowers will stand out more.
  • The biggest rose from the Rose flurries die set was die cut using white cardstock then colored using Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris and Midnight Violet.
  • TIP: If you do not have a darker shade of ink, just stamp the lighter color multiple times to create a darker shade. Using a Misti or any stamp positioning tool will come in handy for these layered stamp sets.
  • Before assembling the flowers and leaves, I used the Classy stripes stencil with texture paste tinted with Dew Drops to add some texture to the background. Black ink was splattered for more contrast.
  • Foam tape was used to adhere the elements to create layers.

Here’s a tag I made using the Beautiful Day stamp set and the thin frames die set.

  • The image was stamped twice and the center portion of the flower was cut to add a second layer to the flower.
  • Wet on wet technique was used to color the petals and Nuvo drops to add dimension to the anthers of the flower.
  • Foam tape was added to the center layer for more dimension.
  • The leaves were stamped on vellum using clear embossing ink then embossed with gold embossing powder .
  • Altenew thin frames were layered at the back of the tag to add more contrast and dimension.

The Altenew Educator Certificate Program was a wonderful way to hone my skills as a card-maker. There was a variety of classes to choose from and each class was filled with so much inspiration, amazing tips, and techniques. The beautiful thing about this program is that you go at your own pace but because the classes were so inspiring, I couldn’t wait to start the next class!!! I learned so many techniques from the fabulous instructors and whatever knowledge I gained can be applied to both cardmaking and scrapbooking. To move to the next level, there were challenges that inspired me to think outside the box. All throughout the program, Virginia Lu (AECP coordinator) and Nicole Picadura were always there to answer questions, give encouragement, inspire, and support. Their words of encouragement were vital in pushing me to finish the program. I highly recommend this program to anyone who strives to get better in their cardmaking skills.

Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.

I will also be choosing a winner who will receive a $15 gift certificate from Altenew. Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is in the comment section below. Make sure your comments are in by 11:59pm EST on Jan. 21, 2019. The winner’s name will be randomly chosen and posted here on my blog by Jan. 22. International participants are welcome to join!!!

Next stop is Nicole Picadura’s blog. Make sure to check out all the blog posts from the other Altenew educators if you haven’t. I’m definitely sure you will find tons of inspiration from all of them. Thank you so much for dropping by and don’t forget to share crafting kindness! 🙂


P.S. Do drop by and say hi!


Altenew Inspiration Challenge Jan 2019

Hi everyone!!! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season. 🙂

I’m excited to join Altenew’s first inspiration challenge for 2019. The colors are so attractive because of the high contrast. 🙂 I knew the combination looked familiar so I searched the cards that I made before and found this one 🙂

This see through card was inspired by my all time favorite idol, Ms. Jennifer Mcguire. <3 I used the lovely Build a Flower Rose stamp set for the flowers and the leaves. I love how it’s so easy to line up the layers of this stamp set. Here’s how it’s done.

  • Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze and Firebrick Altenew crisp dye inks were used to stamp several flowers while the leaves were stamped with Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake and Lagoon.
  • Cut out the flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies.
  • Arrange the flowers and leaves so that they touch each other making sure that the corners and parts of the edge of the cards are covered.
  • Use press and seal to pick up the whole arrangement then flip and glue the flowers and leaves together (a little glue goes a long way. Make sure you put glue only on the areas where the petals/leaves touch)
  • Trim the entire piece to 4.25″ x 5.5″
  • Score 1/4 of an inch from the top to create a hinge.
  • Add double sided tape and adhere to the back panel (white cardstock cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″ ) of the card to create a top folding card.
  • Emboss the sentiment using clear embossing ink and my all time favorite Rose Gold Crisp embossing powder.
  • Die cut the Thanks script (from Simon Says Stamps) using white and emerald green cardstocks.
  • Assemble the card

Do check out the Altenew Inspiration Challenge for the rules and prizes. The Challenge ends on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 11:55 PM EDT. Hope you can join the fun!


IT’S OFFICIAL <3 <3 <3

I have been looking forward to this day <3 So thrilled and at the same time humbled with all the wonderful comments from Virginia and Nicole (coordinator of the Altenew Educator’s Certificate Program and Operations Director of Altenew respectively). Thank you so much! I’m so honored to be the first Altenew Educator in Asia <3 <3 <3 I look forward to sharing more of the Atlenew products with all of you through future workshops!!! Thank you so much to all my family and friends for your continued support!!! My heart is full!!!

It has been a true DELIGHT to be part of your Altenew Certification journey. You have shown us your growth and skills throughout the program. You took up the challenges and were not afraid to try new things! I am so proud how far that you have come and this post really says it all. The card samples that you created are stunning. Your instructions and style of teaching are simply awesome! I only wish I were right there in person to take this class! You even went above and beyond to serve such yummy food/desserts (SAVE me some in Manila!!). I ADORE the eye candy in this post. Thank you for investing your time and effort in AECP. We hope that you continue to dazzle the appreciative students in your lovely studio. We look forward to the collaboration in the future! HAPPY HUGS!

Virginia Lu
Altenew Educator Certification Program Coordinator