A Year in Review Blog Hop

Hi everyone!!! I’m so thrilled to be joining this particular blog hop. We were asked to choose 4 of our favorite projects and honestly, it was quite difficult to narrow it down to 4! I’m so grateful to be one of Altenew’s guest designers this year and because of this, I was able to create a lot of cards and a few layouts <3 Here are my top 4 projects:

I love this card because of this gorgeous Dainty Blooms cover die. You can also make two cards with one die cut by using both the positive and the negative pieces.

This is what I call my yin and yang cards– one card is elaborate while the other card is clean and simple. <3

This is on my top 4 list because I truly enjoyed painting the rosebuds for this card. I already had this design in my mind the minute I saw the stamp set. 🙂

I haven’t done a scrapbook page in ages!!! But when I saw these photos of my daughter and her cousin, they inspired me to create a layout using Altenew stamps, dies and stencils as embellishments. I look forward to creating more layouts in the future.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments. I’ve “met” quite a number of people through this blog and I just want you to know how grateful I am for all the positive and inspiring comments you leave behind. It warms my heart knowing that others appreciate my art. Wishing all of you a blessed Christmas season and may you New Year bring you peace, happiness and tons of crafty inspiration always!!! ❤️

Altenew Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!! If you are following the hop, then you’ve just come from the blog of Zinia Redo. Thanks for guiding them over, Zinia! <3 So excited to share with you another new release of Altenew– the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set!!!

Take a look at these gorgeous metallic colors!!! You can paint directly or add to your other Altenew watercolors and by doing so, your stamped image catches the light and reflects it to achieve a shimmery look. Take a look at some of the samples I made using this metallic watercolor set.


FRIEND WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU CARD


MATERIALS:

For this card, I chose to do a no-line watercolored card. All the images were stamped on watercolor paper using Antique Linen distress ink then colored using Altenew’s watercolor brush markers. I chose 3 colors to work with. Make sure that the colors are analogous so that they will blend nicely. Line up the 3 colors on your palette. Color one petal entirely then pick up another color and drop it on the wet colored petal. Allow the colors to blend. You can also mix two colors to create a fourth color. Dry the petal before starting the next or just skip the petal next to it and paint another petal using a different color. The key here is to make sure that the petals next to each other are colored differently. I just used the metallic watercolor as a glaze over existing dry colors to add a bit of shimmer. The flowers were dried then I carefully added in some rose gold from the metallic watercolor as a subtle wash with minimal water so that the details of the flowers will not disappear. After, the images were fussy cut. I die cut the frame from the Crystal Frames stamp set then proceeded to create a geode for the sentiment. I got this idea from one of Danielle Donaldson’s watercolor classes. The lightest watercolor wash was used to color the entire paper. Next, I chose a darker shade then colored the paper leaving a little bit of the 1st layer seen around the edges. I continued layering a darker color and leaving an irregular edge of the previous color untouched. The center was the darkest color. I interchanged blues with purples and pinks. I made sure to add some gold metallic watercolor to the mix to give it some shine. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder then adhered to the card front with foam squares. I made sure to leave a lot of white space to give more emphasis to the flowers and sentiment. The Fine frame was watercolored with the metallic watercolor as well.


TO THE MOST WONDERFUL FRIEND CARD


MATERIALS:

I’ve made a similar card like this before but wanted to share it again using the Metallic Watercolor. I love the design of the Needlework Motif stamps set and thought it would look good against black cardstock. The image was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The image was then colored in using the metallic watercolor set. You can also choose complementary colors for more contrast. When it was dry, I went in a second to add a 2nd layer of paint.

The image was then die cut using the coordinating die. 4 more die cuts were added then glued on top of each other for added dimension. The Moroccan Mosaic cover die was used to cut black cardstock then layered on top of a gold cardstock to create the cardfront. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed with Rose gold embossing powder.


PRAYING FOR YOU CARD


MATERIALS:

Since I had leftover flowers from the first card, ( I always like making more embellishments that what I need 😊) I created this double gatefold card– and idea I got from Jennifer Mcguire. To look at how she did them, click here. The card was assembled to create a double folded card front. The feeling dotty stencil was used with a embossing paste tinted with Mountain Mist brush watercolor to add some texture to the card. The hand-cut watercolored flowers were then arranged in front . When I was happy with the arrangement, Press ‘n Seal was placed on top of the arrangement to pick up all the flowers. Adhesive was carefully placed at the back of the flowers making sure no adhesive was added on parts of the flowers/leaves that were crossing over the middle/opening of the card. The sentiment was stamped on black cardstock then embossed with rose gold embossing powder and adhered to the card front using foam squares. This is how it looks when you open the card.

I added a purple cardstock cut out using the Nesting labels die and added the leftover watercolored flowers for more interest when the card is opened.

I just love how the metallic watercolor added some subtle shimmer on certain areas of the the petals and leaves. ❤️

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 10/15/2019 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 10/18/2019.

Next stop is my amazing and super talented friend, Amber Rain Davis. Again, thank you so much for finding time to visit my blog. I love hearing from all of you so do say hello through my FB or IG links or please leave a comment below. I will be gone for a bit to attend a wedding of my niece but I promise to be back in a couple of weeks with more to share. Happy crafting everyone! ❤️


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Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop +Giveaway

Hi everyone! I’m so honored to be joining the 2nd Altenew Educators’ blog hop and this time it’s all about love and friendship. If you are following the hop, then you should have arrived here from the talented Patty Melo. The Altenew Card Blog is hosting this hop so make sure to drop by there as well.

I finished the Altenew Educator’s Certificate Program (AECP) in November of 2018 and it has been one of the most inspiring and fulfilling programs I’ve ever joined. There were quite a number of wonderful classes to choose from. Even if I knew some basic techniques, the talented instructors have shown me other ways to improve and enhance my skills. Their tips and tricks are invaluable. Virginia Lu and Nicole Picadura‘s support and encouragement throughout the course have made the experience very inspiring and memorable. AECP has made me realize that I find so much joy in teaching others! It has also been a wonderful source of new friendships– the Altenew family, the Educator’s group, the students I teach locally, and my online friends from all over the world. Through this program, I’ve been inspired countless times by the creativity of the participants and the generosity of the instructors in sharing their knowledge. I truly believe that crafters are the most generous people on earth!!! 🙂

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

I love the theme for this blog hop. I treasure the new friends that I’ve made thru AECP and look forward to meeting more people through this wonderful crafting community. My lifelong friends are kind, sincere and most importantly, genuine people. I’ve learned so many life lessons through their experiences and always find comfort and support in their presence.

For this blog hop, I was so inspired to create backgrounds using distress oxide inks and Altenew watercolor brush markers. I suggest you make several backgrounds using the same coloring mediums. Just change the color combination. It’s best to choose analogous colors or colors next to each other on the color wheel. But if you want high contrast, then choose complementary colors (colors opposite each other on the color wheel). Just take note that if these colors mix, you will end up with “mud” which I also love. Below are some of the cards I made for friends and loved ones.

EVERYTHING WILL BE OK  CARD

MATERIALS:

I wanted this card to look like an abstract painting. Arches watercolor paper was cut to 5.5” x 4”. Distress oxide Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon and Fossilized Amber inks were pressed onto a craft mat and water was spritzed for the colors to react. The paper was then dabbed onto the colors then dried. I went back to add cool colors but making sure that the first layer of colors was dry before adding the next.

The flower image from the Dotted Blooms stamp set was stamped using Versamark Ink then heat embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder. Notice that I used the other second layers of the stamps separately thus creating more flowers that I can paint and use on my card.  The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper then distress oxide pistachio was added heavily at the bottom of the strip then blended upwards to create an ombre effect. One of the main flower images was mounted using foam tape to add dimension. The sides of the card panel was distressed using the Tonic paper distresser.

WISHING YOU ALL THE JOY YOUR HEART CAN HOLD HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

MATERIALS:

I stamped the image from the Geometric Landscape using Versa Mark onto a 5″ x 5.5″ watercolor paper and heat embossed using Altenew pure white crisp embossing powder. Using the wet on wet technique, I colored in the shapes using  Lagoon, Turquoise, Sweet Leaf, Persian Blue and Mountain Mist watercolor brush markers. The edges were distressed using Tim Holtz paper distresser.  Velum sheet was torn to create a frame and the sentiment from  Sincere greetings sentiment was stamped using Versamark and embossed using Rose gold embossing powder.  I chose vellum as a frame/mat for the sentiment so that the background can still be seen.

I painted a light wash using the same colors I used for the background and sprinkled salt to create these wonderful “blooms” and used the 3D dies to create the flowers and vines of the leaves. The leaves remained white so that the flowers will stand out more.  The die cuts were arranged in one corner and adhered using glue and foam squares. The whole panel was adhered to a top folding Neenah Solar white CS with foam tape for added dimension.

YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK CARD

MATERIALS:

I wanted to make a card that has a lot of white space this time. Neenah Solar White CS was cut down to 4.25” x 11” and scored at 5.5” to create a top-folding card. The Beveled Square stencil was placed on top of the card front and Altenew embossing paste was spread using a spatula.  While allowing it to dry,  wet on wet technique was used to add some color washes of blues and purples on watercolor paper. Salt was sprinkled while the paper was wet to create some effects.

The Rose Flurries 3D leaves and the Garden Picks 3D flowers and leaves were used to die cut the watercolor papers. A strip was also colored and the sentiment from the Delicate Flower Bed stamp set was embossed using Versamark Ink and Altenew Pure White Crisp embossing powder. The flowers and leaves were assembled and adhered with glue and foam squares.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT CARD

MATERIALS:

I just love the Teal Shadow Washi Tape because you already have watercolored flowers and leaves instantly!!! <3 This card was pretty simple to create.  Fabriano watercolor paper was cut down to 5.5” x 4.25”. With a blending tool, the background was colored using Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral.  Water was sprayed to create droplets. The Watercolor Stripes cover die was used to cut out the stripes from Neenah Solar White CS.  I stuck the beautiful Teal shadow washi tape on white CS as well then fussy cut the images.  (this washi tape comes with a coordinating die set) These images were then arranged on the left side of a side folding card and adhered using Glossy accents.

Different thickness of foam tape was also used to create dimension. The sentiment from the Handpicked Bouquet was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed using Altenew pure white crisp embossing powder. Tuck in the sentiment strip under the leaves for added interest.

SENDING LOVE AND HUGS CARD

MATERIALS:

Feeling Dotty stencil was placed on the watercolor paper and Versamark Ink was added to certain areas then embossed with clear embossing powder. Next,  Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks were added to the watercolor paper using a distress tool.  Versamark Ink was again added to certain areas of the watercolor paper using the Feathered Leaves and Beveled Square Stencils then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  Just make sure that the first layer of inks is completely dry. It helps to use an antistatic tool before applying the Versamark ink over the stencils. Water droplets were also added to create more contrast. Lastly, Wilted Violet was added on top revealing the stencil patterns using the emboss resist technique. 

The intricate Altenew Flora Frame Die was die cut 4 times then adhered on top of each other.  This was then pasted on vellum sheet to make it more sturdy. The vellum was cut out to follow the shape of the heart using scissors. The sentiment from the Adore You stamp set was stamped on black cardstock using Versamark Ink then heat embossed using  Pure White Embossing Powder.  The edges of the card front were distressed using the Tonic paper distresser then mounted on a top folding A2 card with foam sheet.

I APPRECIATE YOU AND I’M HERE FOR YOU CARDS

MATERIALS:

I’ve been seeing layouts and card designs with watercolor drippings and have been inspired by Erum Tasnim and May Sukyong Park’s beautiful cards so I thought of trying out the technique.

I started out by choosing 3 colors that will blend well together.  I don’t mind seeing touches of “mud”. This happens when 2 complimentary colors mix.  In fact, for the cool colored card, I purposely mixed blue and orange to get a brownish color to add to the mix.  The 3 Distress Ink Pads were directly swiped onto the watercolor paper.  The colors were sprayed with water and allowed to drip. The paper was held perpendicularly to the table and a watercolor brush was used to help move the pigments downwards. When this was dry, flower and leaf images from the Adore You stamp set were stamped on watercolor paper and embossed using Pure White Embossing powder. The coordinating die cuts were used to cut out the stamped images. The flowers and leaves were arranged temporarily so that I could color them according to the color drippings. Salt was added while the images were wet for added texture.

The images were then adhered using glue or foam squares. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink and embossed using Pure White Embossing powder.  Clear Round Drop embellishments were added to the cool colored card while staples and thread were added to the sentiment for the warm colored card to finish them off. These were then adhered to A2 top and side folding cardstocks.

WISHING THE BEST FOR YOU CARD

MATERIALS:

This is another quick and easy card to create.  I first created a background. This stamp set is so dainty and soft so I wanted to create a card that represents this stamp set. The images were stamped to cover the entire cardstock. For the shadow stamp, Limestone dye ink was used to keep it soft. The Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake were layered using the leaves and stem stamp sets then the Iceberg and Eastern Sky dye inks were used for the flowers.

The letters Y, O and U from the Caps Bold Alpha was used to die cut the word on the lower right side of the card. Additional letters were die cut on plain CS and layered to add dimension. The sentiment from the You Are stamp set was stamped on black cardstock using Versamark ink then heat embossed using Pure White Crisp embossing powder.  The strip was adhered on to the YOU using foam squares. Paper distresser was used on all sides of the panel and this was then glued onto a top folding A2 card base. 

DISCOUNTS AND PRIZES

To celebrate this blog hop and to encourage more people to join, Altenew is giving away 20% discount on the following bundles from 7/19 – 7/21: LEVEL 1 CLASS BUNDLE and LEVEL 2 CLASS BUNDLE. This is your chance to take advantage of this great deal!!

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Blog by 7/26/2019 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 7/30/2019.

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