Altenew Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!! I am so excited to be a part of this Altenew blog hop featuring the beautiful Altenew Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica. Thank you so much to the uber-talented Jaycee Gaspar for leading all of you to my blog. If you somehow get lost, the entire blog hop list can be found at the end of this post.

Altenew has been in the forefront of designing layered floral stamps and dies and this particular stamp set does not disappoint. There are two options to obtain this stamp set– one is the Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica stamp and die bundle and the other is the Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica & Ink Bundle which comes with a 5% discount!



The flower image is pretty huge… approximately 2.75″ x 2.5″ so it’s prefect as a focal point in any card design. Below you will find 5 ways on how to use this stamp set.



For this first card, I wanted to create a shadow box card. I fussy cut the flowers and leaves of the Botanical Rhapsody washi tape that was stuck to white CS for easy cutting. I stamped 3 Build a Flower Japonica images using Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Aqualicious and Lagoon crisp dye inks. I arranged the 3 flowers (always choose odd numbers when placing the focal images on a card—a design principle I learned during my scrapbooking days 🙂 ) then I covered up the space with the cut out washi images. I made sure not to adhere the tips of the leaves to give it a more natural feel.

I just love the sentiments from the One Day At A Time stamp set… such uplifting messages!!! The sentiment was stamped on vellum using Versamark Ink and Rose Gold Embossing powder. 2 stitched rectangle scallop frames were die cut from teal cardstock and the following were stuck to each other: frame, transparency, vellum, frame. These served as the cover of the shadow box. Foam tape was placed on the edges of the frame and adhered to the floral panel then was adhered to a side folding A2 card front.



This see-through card was inspired by the amazing Jennifer Mcguire. You can check out her tutorial for this type of card here. I went ahead and stamped several of the BAF Camelia Japonica flower image with the Lapis Lazuli crip dye ink set ( Iceberg, Eastern Sky, Ultramarine and Azurite) and the leaves using Bamboo, Parrot and Olive crisp dye inks from the Tropical Forest set. Use the coordinating die cuts for the images. Below you will find the layering guide for this stamp set.


The images were arranged to cover a 5.5” x 4.25” cardstock. I made sure that the flowers and leaves were somehow connected to each other. When I was happy with the arrangement, I used Press’n Seal to pick up all the flowers and leaves together. I carefully glued to leaves to the flowers then added foam tape. Cut a transparency at 4.25” x 11” and score at 5.5”. Lay the floral card front on top of the transparency. In order to hide the foam tape, I die cut the leaves and flowers on white cardstock and glued them to the inside of the card. This way, all the foam tapes will be hidden. The excess leaves and flowers were then cut. I added a 4.25” x 5.5” cardstock on the transparency to create the inside of the card.  The hang in there die was used to cut 5 pieces of cardstock. One was colored with the Parrot crisp dye ink using a blender brush. All 4 pieces were adhered to each other using adhesive and the colored layer was slightly shifted to the right to create a shadow.



I wanted to make a card that was easy to assemble. Since I already had extra stamped flowers, this card was finished in 5 minutes. The 3 flowers were arranged on opposite corners of the A2 top folding card front. The sentiment from the same stamp set was embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder. A gold mat was created by inking the paper with Versamark Ink then embossing it with the same embossing powder. The sentiment and flowers were adhered to the card front using foam tape. A black border was hand-drawn to frame the card. Such a quick and easy card to create!



For this card, I wanted to change up the flower a little bit.  I stamped the flower image twice using the Enchanted Garden and the  Sea Shore Crips Dye Ink sets following the layering guide. After this, I layered them on top of each other and secured both with a post-it tape so that the layers won’t move when I simultaneously trim them into strips. Once the strips were cut, I used the die cut of the flower as a base to assemble the alternate strips of the flower.  I don’t know why but it somehow makes the flower look 3D. 🙂

Next, the image from the Book Club stamp set was embossed using Versamark Ink and Rose Gold embossing powder.  The following artist makers from set D were used to color the flowers using the flicking technique: B802, B714 and B815. The leaves were colored with Artist markers set B:R702, R823. The card front of an orange A2 card base was cut diagonally. Both die cuts where attached diagonally as well. I framed the white cardstock with the Fine  Frames Die Set which was heat embossed with Rose Gold Embossing powder to match the other floral image.  Finally, the sentiment from the Swiss Dots was also stamped and embossed.



For this last card, I wanted the flower to be the star in this card so I left the Botanical Rhapsody washi tape uncolored and the background muted. The background was done by using the Feathered Leaves Stencil with some Altenew Embossing Paste mixed with some Orange Cream Crisp Dye Ink. The stencil was placed on the front cover of an A2 card and the tinted embossing paste was evenly spread using a spatula. The stencil was carefully removed and the card was allowed to dry.

The white areas were then colored using Wink of Stella clear just to add some shimmer.  To make it easier to cut, the Botanical Rhapsody Washi Tape was stuck to a white cardstock then fussy cut. I used the Artist Marker WG03 from Set B to color a piece of cardstock  to match the Botanical Rhapsody washi flowers/leaves then I heat embossed the sentiment from Forever and Always using Versamark Ink with Pure White Embossing Powder. Flowers and foliage were arranged and glued down using adhesive and foam squares.

I hope you liked the cards I created for this release. Make sure to drop by the Altenew Card Blog and check out the other creative ways this stamp set can be used. It may also be a good idea to sign up for the Build-A-Flower Monthly subscription plan. When you are signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99).

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.

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. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/7/2019.

Next up is the talented Irna Fonina. In case you are lost, below you will find the entire blog hop order. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a chance to win, ok? I truly appreciate you stopping by. If you liked my projects, it would be wonderful if you can follow me on Instagram (@mylittleatticstudio) and Facebook at My Little Attic Studio<3 Thank you so much for dropping by! Till my next post <3


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

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!!!



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. 🙂


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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.



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.



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.


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