Altenew Educators “Giving Thanks” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Welcome everyone to Altenew Educators Giving Thanks Blog hop and linky party + giveaway!!! I’m so excited to be a part of this blog hop with my co-educators!!! The hop starts at the Altenew Card Blog. The complete blog hop list is at the end of this post in case you get lost.

We are in this unprecedented crisis. Yet so many doctors, nurses, technicians, scientists, policemen, grocery storekeepers, pharmacists, food delivery crew, bank tellers, couriers, garbage collectors, hospital cleaning staff etc. work tirelessly to keep us all safe and so that we can continue to live our new normal lives. I truly appreciate that the theme for this blog hop is thankfulness. In our own little way, we can express our appreciation and gratitude to these everyday heroes for their dedication and selflessness through our cards.

I love the idea of coming up with 2 cards using the same stamped images. I sometimes call it my yin and yang cards. The following pairs were done using the same stamp sets. I just varied the looks by using the negative and positive die cuts, changing up the placement of the flowers, or by cutting the die cuts in half (the split card trick was inspired by Jennifer Mcguire). Here are my samples:


THANK YOU AND SO THANKFUL FOR YOU CARDS


I loved coloring the Poppy Garden stamp images so I used it in 4 of my cards– warm colors for one set of die cuts and cool colors for the other set. I stamped all the images on watercolor paper with Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose gold embossing powder. The Tropical Fiesta and Winter Wonderland watecolor brush markers were used to color the stamped and embossed images. The images where then die cut using the coordinating dies.

Next, I stamped the biggest image onto Neenah Solar White CS using the Silver lake dye ink. I chose a lighter color instead of black so that the watercolored images will stand out more. Then I used the coordinating stencil to mask the stamped image so that I can overlap and stamp the second image. Always remember that whatever you stamp first will be the image that will look closest to you. Everything else will be behind the masked image so plan your stamping accordingly. I continued until I covered the entire paper using all the different stamp images.

I then temporarily adhered vellum over the stamped panel using washi tape so that I can glue the die-cut flowers on top following the placement of the stamped images. You can also use transparency as an alternative. Make sure you secure the two together using washi tape so that the vellum with the die cuts and the stamped panel will not shift when it goes through the die-cutting machine. Both sheets were then die cut using a rectangular die to create a frame.

The negative die cut frame was adhered onto an A2 card front using foam squares. The middle portion of the stamped panel was glued to the center of the card then the sentiment from the Ornamental Bliss stamp set was stamped on black cardstock and embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. This was mounted onto the card front using foam squares.

The same thing was done for the 2nd card. I just made sure that the flowers aligned when I adhered the middle panel using foam squares. Sentiment for this card was from the Needlework Motif stamp set.


THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO CARDS


For these cards, I watercolored the flowers using the wet on wet technique using warm colors. I loved the split card idea of Jennifer Mcguire wherein she adhered the elements in the middle of an 81/2 x 5 1/2 cardstock just like the photo below.

I then used a guillotine cutter to cut right at the center thus dividing it into two panels. I wanted a gold border for both panels to define the edges so I went ahead and embossed the fine frame die cuts with rose gold embossing powder.

First, I inked up the frames with Versamark Ink then I poured the embossing powder and embossed it with a heat gun.

Now I have frames that match perfectly with the embossed flowers.

I made sure to use foam squares to adhere some of the flowers for added dimension. I also did not put glue at the tips of the leaves and small flowers for a more organic look. To finish it off, the card fronts were adhered to top folding and side folding A2 white cardstocks.


I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO AND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING YOU ARE TO ME CARDS


For these two cards, I used the Regal Beauty Stamp and die set, Rose Flurries 3D dies, and Garden Picks 3d dies. The layers of the flowers and leaves were stamped using Altenew dye inks then these were die cut using the coordinating dies.

Leaves from the Rose Flurries and the Garden Picks 3D die sets were used for these cards as well.

Sentiments from the Needlework Motif stamp set were stamped using the Platinum crisp embossing powder. I used similar ink colors from the brush markers to create a mat for the sentiment.


PRIZES



Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 6/17/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Card Blog on 6/21/2020.

There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Special offer:
FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY6T or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHOPPING6T at checkout on orders over $29. Offer valid from 6/10/2020 at 12:01 am EDT through6/11/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop HERE! Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Not valid on Altenew Academy Classes and Virtual Workshops.

This is no ordinary hop! Altenew wants you to join in on the fun as well. There is a Linky Party going on at the Altenew Card Blog. All you have to do is link up your creations based on the theme of the hop, which is, “Giving Thanks” and mention that you are taking part in the Altenew Educators Blog Hop and Linky Party. So what are you waiting for?! Link up!

There are many more card examples from the other amazing certified Altenew educators so please make sure to drop by their blogs, too! Next up is Christine Pennington. Thank you so much for dropping by and do leave a comment to get a chance to win! I always love hearing from my readers. Stay safe everyone! Until my next post. Happy crafting!!!

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ALTENEW’S 6TH ANNIVERSARY BLOG HOP DAY 3 + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Altenew’s blog hop Day 3!!! Right now, my country is under enhanced community quarantine that has displaced over 100k people. My heart goes out to all the front liners– doctors, nurses, residents, health care workers, police and law enforcement people, pharmacists, grocery employees, delivery guys etc– just to make sure that we survive. Aside from helping out in donations for hospital equipment and protective gear or other necessities desperately needed now, our crafting community can help in giving inspiration to all those who have to be quarantined at home. Maybe a little inspiration can keep them calm and provide some distraction and help relieve stress.

I’m thrilled and humbled to be a part of this big big giveaway to celebrate Altenew’s 6th anniversary!!! I can’t believe it has been 6 years already!!! Congratulations to the Altenew team for continuously giving us beautiful stamp designs and materials to work with. Don’t forget to drop by the Altenew Card Blog for the complete list of giveaways. Here are some of the cards I made for this hop.


ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU


I used the beautiful Paint a Flower Poppy stamp for this card. These flowers were stamped on watercolor paper using Versa Mark Embossing ink then embossed with Altenew pure white crisp embossing powder. The petals were then watercolored using the watercolor brush markers.

Some of the foliage from the Layered Floral Elements die were used to cut navy blue cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on the blue cardstock as well and embossed with the Rose Gold Embossing powder. I added Versamark Ink to the edges and embossed with gold embossing powder for contrast. The flowers were adhered using foam tape to create some dimension. These flowers were framed using the Navy Gold trim washi tape.


THANKS


I love when you can make two different cards by switching some elements. These were very easy to make using the Monstera 3d die set. (I’m obsessed with them!!!) These cards were inspired by Norine Borys’ card using the same die. The different directions of the leaves make them fun to arrange in a vase or pot.

I adhered the different shades from the Rose Petal washi tapes onto Neenah Solar White cardstocks then I die cut the leaves. Two watercolor papers were painted–one using pinks and violets starting at the bottom with the most concentrated watercolor and slowly fading towards the top to create an ombre effect. The other was painted with blues and a touch of purple. The Framed Thanks die was used to cut out the image from the blue watercolored paper and adhered to the pink cardfront.

I cut another thanks die on plain white cardstock for the blue card and pieced in the negative parts of the die. The leaves where then arranged using jute string and the other with a pot. The Navy Gold trim washi tape was used to add accent to the pot.


HELLO ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU


Here’s a simple card to make by using washi tapes and dies. I created a geometric background using the different shades of the Sea Shore Washi Tape. I made sure to leave some white paper showing through. I then used the Dotted Starburst debossing cover die and debossed the whole panel.

I love the subtle texture it gives on card fronts. ❤️ Notice that when you layer the washi tapes since they are translucent, you get more shades of blue when they’re taped on top of each other. The Handwritten Hello die was used to cut the word right at the center of the front panel. An additional 4 layers were cut and adhered together to add dimension. The sentiment was stamped using Rose Gold Embossing Powder on black cardstock.


DON’T LOSE HOPE BECAUSE WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN, THE STARS COME OUT


This card is so timely. The message gives us hope that things will get better. For this card, I stamped the floral images from the Precious Peony stamp set on watercolor cardstock and again on Neenah solar white cardstock without moving the stamp images. Both images were embossed using the Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder . Next, 1 inch was trimmed off on each side of the watercolored paper. The central part was then colored using the Altenew brush watercolor markers. While the flowers were still wet, I sprinkled some salt to create some pattern on the flowers. The background was colored using the Lagoon watercolor brush marker. I just love this color!

This panel was layered on top of a cardstock lined with the Gold foil .2 inch washi tape for contrast. Foam tape was mounted behind this painted panel then adhered on top of the embossed image making sure to line up the petals and leaves. This was then attached to a purple side folding card. The sentiment from the Kind Words stamp was stamped on vellum using Versa Mark embossing ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. I added 2 more layers of vellum to make the sentiment a little sturdy.


PROUD PAPI


I don’t think I’ve ever created a layout WITHOUT flowers until today. I found these photos of my husband and son tucked away in a drawer and wanted to create a simple masculine layout. Before I did anything, I visualized the layout to have 3 areas of stamped images, color and embellishments.

I used the Pattern Play -Diamond stamp set for the background embossed with white embossing powder. Watercolor brush markers were used to add colors to the background. The Fina Frames Diamonds Set was used to cut out the diamonds and these were stacked on top of each other to create dimension. The papers from Alluring Blooms and the Blushing Blooms created a base for the photos. The Fine alphabet die and the Caps bold alphabet were used for the title. The letters were either watercolored or embossed with gold embossing powder.

For the journaling, I traced the outline of the diamond onto vellum so that I could write within the lines.


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PRIZES


Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Altenew: 6 $50 Altenew gift certificates
Altenew Academy: 10 class spots
Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 $100 Altenew gift certificate & 5 Share Handmade Kindness goodie bags($20 each)
My Sweet Petunia: 1 prize bundle(Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align and a bar magnet)
CiLi in Papers: $100 gift certificate
Craft Stash: £75 gift certificate
Amy Tangerine: Your Brightest Year Yet online workshop(valued at $89)
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Simon Says Stamp: $50 gift certificate
Scrapbook.com: $50 gift certificate
Michelle’s Cards & Stamp: $50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2020 issue
Bumbleberry Papercrafts: £25 gift certificate
Seven Hills Crafts: £25 gift certificate

Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2020 for a chance to win one of 37 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!”. 37 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 4/18/2020.

Thank you so much for finding time to drop by! Your comments mean so much to me. I’ll be having my own little giveaway too and will pick a winner from the comments on my blog. The winner will be getting a card set from me <3 (will ship it out as soon as the situation gets better 🙏) Next stop: Scrapbook & Cards Today.

May this season of uncertainty give us more reasons to be kind to one another. My prayers go out to all the heroes risking their lives for a brighter future for all of us. Stay safe everyone and happy crafting! ❤️


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Day 3: April 4th
Altenew Blog
Laura Bassen
Therese Calvird
LauraJane
Ellen Hutson LLC
Nathalie DeSousa
Seeka
Nenette S. Madero <<– YOU ARE HERE
Scrapbook & Cards Today
Sveta Fotinia
Ilda Dias
Craft Stash
Laurie Willison
Laura Volpes
Bumbleberry Papercrafts
Arjita Sepaha Singh
The Hedgehog Hollow
Jenny Colacicco

Altenew February 2020 Stencils/Decals/Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!! I’d like to thank Svitlana for sending you over to my blog. So thrilled to be back as part of Altenew’s February Stencils/Decals/Stand-Alone Dies Release this 2020!!! This is such an amazing release and to view all the latest arrivals, you can check them out here, or you can visit the Altenew Card Blog for the complete details. I have a number of card samples prepared for you so let’s get started!


SO HAPPY FOR YOU CARD


I made this card using the Dotted Starbust Debossing Cover Die, the Calming Bouquet Washi Tape, Rose Gold Embossing Powder and Precious Peony Stamp Set. This was a quick card to make. Simply cover a white cardstock with the washi tape. Run it through the die cutting machine with the Dotted Starburst Debossing cover die. It will give it a beautiful subtle pattern. Cut about .25 inches on both ends then divide the panel in the middle. Stamp the sentiment in the middle of the card front then attach the washi panels using foam tape making sure to reveal the sentient in the middle


WHY FIT IN WHEN YOU WERE BORN TO STAND OUT CARD


The following were used for this card: Tranquil Wings stencil, Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Distress Oxide inks (Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet), Decofoil Transfer Gel, Decofoil gold, laminator, cardstocks, vellum and Versamark Ink.

I really wanted the middle butterfly to stand out and be different– in color, texture and position to emphasize the sentiment. First, the body of the butterfly was colored using distress oxide inks. Water droplets were sprayed over them to add more texture. When these were dry, I used the Decofoil transfer gel to add the details of the wings. These were allowed to dry then decofoil was applied using a laminator to add shine to the wings.

The sentiment was stamped on vellum. Edges were torn and Versamark Ink and rose gold embossing powders were added to give a gold embossed edge. I added a black mat before attaching the whole panel to a pink card front. The thin black mat gives it a finished look.


THANKS CARD


Since I already had my laminator out, I decided to use the Hand Drawn Tile Stencil with the Decofoil Transfer gel on a card front.

Teal foil was added and the panel was cut into two. The Thanks die from the Script Words 2 die set was used to cut toner paper then this was also foiled.

The negative of the foil was so pretty and I didn’t want to waste it so I made another card using toner paper.

The sentiment (one of my all-time faves as you will see me use it often) was taken from the Wonderland Stamp set and embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder.


FOR YOU CARD


The following materials were used for this card: Fancy For You Die, Nesting Frames Die, On Point Stencil, Fine Frames Cover Die, and Distress Oxide Inks.

I used the Fancy For You die to cut toner paper then foil was added using a laminator. This was then adhered onto the biggest die cut using the Nesting Frames die set. This frame was cut twice using the smaller frames. A panel of paper was inked using distress ink over the On Point stencil. The arrows were then colored in using the Artist marker.

The card was then assembled using foam tape to add dimension to the frames.


I THINK YOU’RE FABULOUS CARD


For this card, I used the Fine Frames Diamonds Die Set, The Classic Alphabet die, assorted cardstocks, Rose Gold embossing powder and Versamark ink.

I purposely left a lot of white space so that the attention will be focused on the monogram. 3 different colors of cardstocks were cut using the Fine Frames Diamonds die set. I stuck them together using some washi tape to make sure the dies don’t move so that I can cut different colors of cardstock with the same widths of frames.

I then interchanged the colors to come up with a nice pattern. These were glued onto white cardstock. The letter I was die-cut in the middle of the frames and 4 more were die cut and layered to give it dimension. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock and embossed in gold. Since I was able to create 3 diamonds mix-matching the papers, I made use of one and added the tips to both top and bottom to balance out the card.


FOR YOU CARD


Look how gorgeous these 3D dies are!!! I used the Open Bloom 3D die set, the Dotted Starbust Debossing Cover Die , the Fancy for You die , colored cardstocks and Neenah Solar White cardstock for this sweet card. The die cuts were easy to layer and I popped up some of the flowers with foam squares for more dimension.

I used the Dotted Starbust debossing die for added texture to the card front. Since the front of the card was already full of embellishments, I decided to put the die cut sentiment inside.

I cut strips of paper using the leftover cardstocks, pasted them on white cardstock then die cut the For You sentiment. I layered them on 4 more die cuts to add dimension then this was glued inside the card.


ONLY IN THE DARKNESS CAN YOU SEE THE STARS CARD


The following were used for this card: Paint a Flower Poppy stamp set, Kind Words stamp, Watercolor brush markers, Nesting Frames die, Rose Gold embossing powder, Versamark Ink, Arches cold press 300gsm watercolor paper.

I stamped the flower image on Arches cold press 300gsm watercolor paper using the masking technique. The images were embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder then watercolored with the watercolor brush markers.

I love how intense the colors are! The background was then painted and sprinkled with salt. Water droplets were also added for more texture. When it was dry, the largest die from the Nesting Frames Die was used to cut the center of the panel. The outer edge was then mounted on a gold card base using foam squares while the center was glued directly onto the card front.

PRIZES



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 by 3/3/2020 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 on the blog hop list below so don’t forget to comment below! All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/6/2020.

Next up is one of my idols in the industry–Therese Calvird <3 Make sure to drop by her blog and I’m definitely sure that you’ll get blown away by her creativity!!!

Thank you again for visiting my blog. Do let me know which one is your favorite! I love hearing from my visitors and because I appreciate the time it takes to comment here and on Instagram, I will randomly choose one winner from my blog and one winner from IG on March 6. The winners will be receiving the chosen card so make sure you let me know which one is your favorite. :-). Happy crafting everyone!!!


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Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Jaycee Gaspar
Nicole Watt
Maryam Perez
Kelly Griglione
Norine Borys
Amanda Baldwin
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Amber Rain Davis
Ashlea Cornell
LauraJane
Kymona Tracey
Seeka
Laurie Willison
Nathalie DeSousa
Erum Tasneem
Nancy McClelland
Sveta Fotinia
Svitlana Shayevich
Nenette S. Madero–> YOU ARE HERE
Therese Calvird
Mindy Eggen
Virginia Lu
Terri Koszler
Emily Midgett
Agnieszka Malyszek Lilith Eeckels