FIRST LOVE

Hi everyone! People have visited this blog because of my cards. But most of you don’t know that scrapbooking is my first love. Severals years ago, the supplies in Manila were very scarce and limited to patterned paper packs, stickers and decorative plastic scissors. This was why I chose to import materials from the U.S. A favorite of mine was Basic Grey because of their beautiful patterned papers that were good enough to be framed. I enjoyed making layouts for my 3 young toddlers but as they were growing up, I discovered card making. I somehow left scrapbooking behind and concentrated on creating cards. My children are now teenagers/adult and I know that part of their lives have not been documented because I stopped scrapbooking. 🙁 For me, I think it’s also because photos have become digital. Unlike before where you had to have the film printed, now, it’s all stored therefore not really seen. Another option is digital scrapbooking but nothing beats having paint, ink and glue on your hands and physically arranging the embellishments until you’re satisfied with the layout. With so many beautiful stamp designs, you can create your own embellishments just like what I did in the layout below.

When I saw the Altenew Ornate Foliage and Weekend Doodle stamp sets, I got so inspired to create a layout about my daughter and her cousin, Tara. These two are like sisters– cheering each other’s successes and being supportive when challenges arise. Too bad they live thousands of miles apart. I had to make sure their love for each other was recorded/documented through a scrapbook page.

MATERIALS:

  • PAPERS:A Webster’s Pages Nest Begin Anew; Canson Watercolor Paper 200 gsm
  • STAMPS: Altenew Ornate Foliage and Weekend Doodles
  • DIES: Altenew Ornate Foliage dies, Weekend Doodles dies, Delicate Mandala die; MFTa Hi Rise Alphabet Upper case die; Simon Says Stamp Archie Alphabet
  • STENCIL: Altenew Broken Chevrons Stencil
  • INK: Versamark Ink, Altenew Crisp Dye Ink- Snapdragon, Marigold, Aqualicious and Teal Cave; DISTRESS OXIDE INKS- Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap
  • EMBOSSING POWDER: Altenew Crisp Embossing Powder Rose Gold
  • ADHESIVES: Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Glossy accents dimension medium, Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares
  • RIBBON: Bazzil Basics green polka dots
  • Neenah Solar White CS

3 areas of the watercolor paper were inked using the Altenew Broken Chevrons as pattern. The Mandala die was used to cut through Neenah Solar White CS 3 times and positioned on top of the stenciled background. Images from the Ornate Foliage and Weekend Doodles stamp sets were stamped on white CS using Versamark Ink then embossed using Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder and heat set. The images were then colored using the altenew crips dye inks then arranged under the patterned papers and photos. Layout was based on Page Maps Scrapbook and Cards Magazine Fall Issue. These Page Maps are extremely helpful especially when you need to jumpstart your scrapbooking. It makes creating much easier cause you have a sketch to follow or get inspiration from.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope to make more layouts in the future. ❤️

ALTENEW BUILD-A-FLOWER: FUCHSIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to Altenew’s Build-a Flower: Fuschia release! You have arrived from the blog of the amazing EMILY MIDGETT. Just in case you are lost, the master list will be at the end of this blog post and at the Altenew Card Blog where this stamp set release is being hosted. Take a look at this beautiful stamp and die set!!!

BUILD A FLOWER: FUCHSIA

Below are 2 samples of cards I made for this stamp set using the stamp layering technique and the no line watercolor technique.

SMILE BIG CARD

MATERIALS:

I decided not to use the stems for this flower and just use the flowers, buds and leaves to create a focal point. The mid-century frame die was used to create a frame using white cardstock. Two of them were layered to add more rays. The flowers were then stamped using the different layers then the flowers were arranged using adhesive and foam tape for dimension.

I always die cut scratch paper to act as a template when lining up the die with the stamped image to make sure the white outline around the image is uniform.

The sentiment from the Circled Sentiments was stamped using the Obsidian pigment ink then embossed with clear embossing powder.

CONGRATULATIONS CARD

MATERIALS:

I had a booboo 🙁 After carefully stamping and masking my card front, I didn’t realize that the magnet of my Misti somehow had ink underneath it so when I lifted it from the card front, this was what I saw. 🙁

So instead of starting all over again with stamping and masking, I just decide to cover up the area with a watercolored sentiment strip. 🙂

I chose to make a simple no-line coloring card front by stamping the images using Distress Ink Antique Linen then colored them in with Altenew’s watercolor brush markers. A few of the flowers were stamped then the rest of the cardfront was filled with leaves. The stems were painted freehand after stamping the leaves randomly. The flower was masked so that I could layer one on top of the other.

I also inked the edges of the card front and sentiment strip with Versmark Ink and then heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder to add a touch of shimmer at the edges of the card.

Since I had extra flowers and leaves, I decided to fussy cut them and adhere them to the card front with foam tape for better balance and to add more dimension.

To celebrate this release, 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 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/7/2019.

Thank you so much for dropping by!!! I appreciate all your heartwarming comments here and on IG. Your kind words continue to inspire me to create more. ❤️ Next up is the amazing Caly Person. Hope you can follow my IG & FB accounts for future paper crating projects. Have a wonderful week ahead! ❤️

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ALTENEW SEPTEMBER 2019 STAMP/DIE/STENCIL RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to my blog, everyone! I’m so happy to be a part of Altenew’s September 2019 Release Blog Hop with all the talented card designers. ❤️ I’d like to thank the amazing Nathalie DeSousa for sending you over here. 🙂 If you are lost, the master list will be at the end of this post. Take a look at all the wonderful stamps, dies and stencils in this September Release. Scroll down to see how some of them were used to create handmade cards. 🙂

I’VE BEEN THINKING OF YOU CARD

The Flower Garden is a beautiful stamp set that is so versatile. You can use different coloring materials to add life to the images or you can simply stamp the outline and create subtle, clean, feminine, and elegant cards.

MATERIALS:

For my first card, I stamped the different images of the Flower Garden stamp set all at the same time using the Misti stamping tool on a 4″ x 5.25″ pink cardstock using Versamark Ink then embossed with Altenew crisp white embossing powder. Edges were distressed using the paper distresser. White and pink cardstocks were trimmed to 2.25″ x 4″ panels and vellum was cut to 2.5″ x 4.25″. The Pressed leaf die was used to die cut both the vellum and the pink cardstock then glued on top of the white cardstock. The sentiment was stamped onto the pink CS and embossed using white embossing powder. Foam adhesives were used to create dimension. All the layers were mounted on a 5.5″ x 4.25″ white top folding CS.

U MAKE ME SO HAPPY & U ARE ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL CARDS

MATERIALS:

The Faceted Stars stamp was stamped onto 2 watercolor papers using Versamark ink then embossed with rose gold embossing powder. Midnight violet and turquoise watercolor brush markers were used to color in certain areas of 1 embossed image. I made sure some triangles were darker than the others for added dimension. Coloring these patterns was so calming and addicting!!! 🙂

The other was left uncolored. The alpha mega die letter U was then used to die cut these embossed panels and the letters were switched for high contrast. Additional letter U was die cut from plain CS and layered to add more dimension. Sentiments were stamped on coordinating watercolored strips and adhered using foam squares.

MISS YOU CARD

MATERIALS:

I have been a big fan and get so much inspiration from amazing artists like Tae Eun and Jaycee Gaspar who both have superb coloring skills. Since alcohol markers are NOT my go-to coloring materials, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and try them out this time. I first stamped the images onto white cardstock using Antique Linen distress ink for no-line coloring. After 30 minutes of coloring, I was ready to throw it out of the window!!! 😂 I started to lose details of the flower and it looked flat. Then I remembered Jaycee mentioning that he started out with the darkest color to mark where the shadows should be. So I colored using the darkest, then lighest then mid-tone alcohol markers and used the colored pencils after to add more detail. I also realized that you need a TON of patience cause this kind of coloring takes a lot of hours to finish especially for beginners like me. I just have to keep on practising until I’m comfortable with this method of coloring. 😊 Although I’m not too happy with how it turned out, I will still share this card with all of you. Any tips will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Jaycee❤️

I used the gold string washi tape and a strip of gold cardstock to create borders for the card. The circle quilt cover die was used to cut 4 sheets of cardstock and stacked them on top of each other with adhesive to add dimension. The sentiment from the Garden Silhouette was stamped onto white CS using Versamark ink then heat embossed with rose gold embossing powder. Flowers were arranged then Press’n Seal was used to pick up all the diecuts and these were adhered using glue or foam squares.

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS ETC CHRISTMAS CARDS

MATERIALS:

I wanted to get an early start with my Christmas cards and the Modern Poinsettia made it easy. Because this will be mass-produced, I chose a simple card to replicate and just changed the color of the cardstocks.

The cardstocks were cut to 4″ x 5.25″. The flower was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with different embossing powders depending on the color that will match the cardstock. The image was covered with the mask then a second flower was stamped and embossed. Most often than not, there will be some blank space between the 2 stamped images where they overlap so I used the Zig embossing fine pen to draw the lines then embossed it once more. One more flower image was stamped and embossed followed by the sentiment. I couldn’t find my Altenew Fine Frames cover die 😥 so I just used 2 rectangle stax dies to die cut the matching cardstock to create a frame just to add more interest to the card front.

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

MATERIALS:

For this last card, I wanted to incorporate a number of Altenew stamps and dies. I used the flowers and leaves from the Happy Pomegranates Stamp set. I stamped these images on watercolor paper using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. For the flowers, I used the following watercolor brush markers– Midnight violet, Rubellite, Persian Blue and Purple Wine. For the leaves, I used the following: Turquoise, Sea Breeze, Lime, Limeade and Emerald. With these colors, I made a wash for my letter dies. The Layered Snowflakes Stars Cover dies A and B were used to cut out 2 panels. These were adhered onto a blue top folding A2 card.

The leaves and flowers were die cut and arranged at the bottom of the card. Adhesive and foam squares were used to give some dimension. The HAPPY letters were then die cut using the watercolor wash and 4 layers of plain cardstock then adhered on top of each other to create thickness. Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder.

PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS

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 9/10/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/13/2019.

Limited Time Offer! Get a FREE mini inspiration guide with every order from the September 2019 Stamp/Die Release collection! Shop HERE. Free gift will be added to the cart automatically. One gift per order. While supplies last!

Thank you so much for dropping by. Next up is the uber-talented Norine Borys. I’m a fan of her cards! The complete Blog Hop Order is listed below in case you are lost. Please don’t forget to subscribe to receive the latest card creations from My Little Attic Studio. I truly appreciate all the love and wonderful comments you leave here, on FB and in my IG account. All your words of encouragement just give me more inspiration to create so thank you so much once again for dropping by and saying hello! Happy crafting! ❤️

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Altenew Card Blog
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Agnieszka Malyszek
Alex Syberia
Ashlea Cornell
Caly Person
Christine Pennington
Emily Midgett
Erum Tasneem
Jaycee Gaspar
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer McGuire
Jen Schow
Kathleen Graumüller
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Griglione
Kelly Janes
Kymona Tracey
Maryam Perez
May Sukyong Park
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Laurie Willison
Lilith Eeckels
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Svitlana Shayevich
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Therese Calvird
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