Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Altenew - A Year In Review

WOW!  Can you believe that 2019 is almost over. 
 You should have landed here from the blog of Zinia Redo, if not please go back and see the fabulous inspiration she has to offer.

It's been a very busy and memorable year for me with having 2 scheduled eye surgeries, plus an unexpected move about 6 months ago.
The month of October was special for me because I was asked to film a series for the Altenew Academy, 'Modern Holiday Cardmaking'.  I must admit this was a little out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed the process and was able to feature processes and designs that I love.

The first card I want to share, features the Build-A-Flower Camellia with the sentiment coming from the Build-A-Flower Anemone set.  I used the large flower for the focal point and then used it to make a subtle background print.  I love to use black in my projects so once again that makes the images 'pop'.

This second card is another favorite that features a monochromatic scheme.  This tone-on-tone uses the following Dies:
Watercolor Stripes Cover Die 
Leaf Canopy Die
Miss You Word Die

I stamped the floral images with Morning Frost, Evening Gray and Lava Rock Altenew Crisp Inks.
Can't forget those fabulous aqua enamel dots from Altenew.

The image for this bright card is from the Wallpaper Art stamp set.
Using my Altenew Artist Markers to color the image I selected those reds and warm yellow tones.
Once again I wanted to incorporate black in the card, so I mounted the image to a black card base and also chose a simple sentiment stamped in black.

This last card was featured in my Modern Holiday Cardmaking video series for Altenew.  I used black as my focus in my projects and this card received so many positive comments.
The stamp is Modern Poinsettia from Altenew and I used the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers to color the fabulous blue-gray image.  The flower was mounted on a black base covered with the Altenew Circle Quilt Cover Die.
This basic design could be used for almost any large floral image and you could used so many colors for the focal image.

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 01/03/2020 for a chance to win.  Random winners will also be chosen to win a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each stop on the hop so don't forget to leave me a comment.
All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 01/06/2020.

I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration cards from 2019 and have followed along with all of the other Guest Designers.  Now on to your next stop, Kymona Tracey. If you started with my blog please go to the beginning Altenew Blog 

Thanks for joining today and Happy New Year!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Gina K Tall Pine Stamp

I fell in love with this recent released stamp from Gina K
It is the Tall Pine Stamp

When I saw this stamp I knew that I wanted to create a blended background  that resembled a winter/night sky.
I selected Moonlit Fog, Ocean Mist, Powder Blue, Lovely Lavender, Wild Lilac, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus.

Using my blender brushes I created the background and then stamped the trees in black.
I decided not to use embossing powder on the trees and keep them flat black.
This is so basic and easy.

I've attached the video of my process.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Holiday Seals

The last couple of cards I have to share for this week are the result of me just getting to play.  I have fallen in love with blending brushes.  
I pulled the Altenew Linear Stencil out and had some fun.
I continued my theme of using black, then added grays and blues on the first card.  
I wanted the stencil to be the focus of the card so I selected the 
Holiday Seals set by The Stamping Village for my center.
I added a little bling and gold paper for finishing touches.

My second card uses the same supplies, I just change the colors to Red.

Thanks for spending the week with me.  


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Altenew Modern Holiday Cardmaking 6 - Final Day

Today is the final day for my Altenew Academy Class.

Today's focus is on Cover Plates and I'm sharing another inspiration card here on my blog.

Sticking with my black modern theme this card is simple and easy.

I used the Altenew Pegboard Canvas Cover Die for the background and mount it on a black top fold A-2 cardbase.  You can see how the black dots show through the holes to stick with my theme.
Then I cut several pieces from the Altenew Creative Edges: Evergreen Die
1 - Black
1- Gold 
2 - Forest Glades
I inked the edges of the green paper with Altenew Forest Glades and Evergreen inks, then I layered the green, gold and black trees as shown.
The 3 stars are from Altenew Starry Night set and the sentiment is from Altenew Happy Holidays.

It's been so much fun sharing all my inspiration here on my blog for this class series.  I hope you have enjoyed the projects.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, October 25, 2019

Washi - Washi - Washi

Today is actually Day 5 of my Altenew Modern Holiday Card Class at the Altenew Academy.

I feature Washi Tape on this class, so I have a few inspiration projects to share here on my blog.
My first card features Altenew Golden Dots and Gilded Ombre

I covered a black panel with the Golden Dots washi then I placed the Gilded Ombre over the dots at the bottom of the panel.  
You wouldn't have to cover the entire panel with the dots if you want to save washi. 
I do love the fact that you can see the dots peaking through the top layer of washi. 

Altenew Washi Tapes Golden Dots Washi Tape

Altenew Washi Tapes Gilded Ombre Washi Tape

My sentiment is Mini Christmas from Altenew

Stamping with clear embossing ink and embossing with Altenew Antique Gold powder. I die cut the sentiment with a circle die and layered it with a gold circle accent. The card was finished off with branches and gems.

My second card features Altenew Deco Lines and Gilded Greenery Washi Tape

The sentiment is from Altenew Festive Poinsettia

I hope you enjoyed this extra inspiration using Washi Tape.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Altenew Diamond Snowflakes Stencil

Recently I've featured blog post and videos using dies in a different way, how to incorporate black into your projects to add depth and a 'modern' new look and then adding unique cuts and shapes to your cardmaking.

Altenew recently had a great stencil release and the Diamond Snowflakes was part of that release.

 Altenew Stencil Diamond Snowflakes Stencil

I created two cards with this stencil, selecting different color palettes.  
Inking the background using a gradient process of light to dark inks.  I then cut the panel diagonally and trimmed it down to show a small black border from the cardbase.  

This card design would be so easy to mass produce choosing different colorways and changing the sentiments.

(I have a video below, please be patient with me during my transition with a new set-up)

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Altenew Modern Holiday Cardmaking - Day 3

So it's day 3 and we are half way through the Modern Holiday Classes.

Today I want to share a card that is holiday inspired, but I focused more on the New Year theme.

Sticking with using 'black' as an accent for this series, this card almost has a tropical look

I used Altenew Happy Dreams Stamp and Die Set

Sorry there's no video today but here's a short instruction list

I stamped my bubble background using Altenew Morning Frost Ink.

Then I stamped the feathers and garland type branch.
I used Altenew Evening Gray and tipped the edge of the stamp with Altenew Coral Bliss.  I love the 2 tone effect I achieved with these colors.  The branches were stamped using Altenew Bamboo and Parrot ink.
The sentiment was stamped with Permanent Black ink and framed with a silver and black border.
Once again this in mounted on a top fold black A-2 card base and I added sequins accents.

Thanks for stopping by again today.