Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"Giving Thanks" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Hello and I hope you are all well.  
It's time again for the  Altenew Educators to share projects with you and our subject is 'Giving Thanks".  I think this covers so many opportunities and examples of Thanks and Encouragement.

You should have arrived here from the blog of Nandini Karmarkar, if not please go back for her inspiration.  
Today I have several cards to share and I hope they will spark your creativity.

My first card features Altenew Playful Plumeria.  I stamped the flower and leaf images several times and then cut them out using the dies.  I stamped the branch directly on the card front and then created a fun arrangement.  I placed a few gems in the centers of the flowers to add bling and sparkle.   I love this set because it also includes many encouraging sentiments.  Simple design with unlimited possibilities.

This next example gets simpler yet.
Altenew Charming Doodles with a. sentiment selected from the Playful Plumeria that I used on my previous example.
I chose the small whispy flowers and stamped them a couple of times on the card front.  Keeping the clean and simple theme, I stamped a sentiment strip on vellum and attached it at the bottom over the stamped flowers.  I layered the white card front over a black layer for definition and then adhered a sparkly gem on each flower.

This next example is a variation of the new slimline cards that have been showing up everywhere.  
The card measures 4" X 7".
I cover a panel with Altenew Marshland Washi.  This washi is a great neutral background that allows you to add so many accents over it for a pop of color.
The leaves are from the Altenew Weekend Doodles set and I colored them with Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers.  The sentiment was heat embossed with white on a black strip and I used black Altenew Enamel Dots for accents.

My last card uses the Altenew Cheerful Meadow 6 X 6 paper pack.  This paper pack has so many gorgeous papers that make it simple and fast to create a card.  You could very easily cover a card front and then add a sentiment, but I decided to use the Altenew Fine Frames Diamonds Die Set to cut a diamond out of the decorative card front.  I selected the red dot paper to fill the hole/space that was created with the die cut.  After die cutting the diamond I had all the layers of diamonds remaining and I chose several to add on top of the red dot paper for accent and it also supplied more of the initial floral paper for interest.  I needed to incorporate my signature black into this card so I used a sentiment from the Altenew Best Sentiments set.  For final touches I used a black stacking card layer and black Enamel Dots.

Thanks for stopping by on the blog hop, your next stop on the hop is 
Neha Aggarwal I have included a full blog list below for reference.

Now for the fun stuff

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. 

We’ll 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

Nancy McClelland - you are here

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Something To Brighten Your Day

I hope all is well and you're surviving this stay-at-home situation.  
I've been following along the internet with Facebook, You-tube, Instagram and blogs as I'm sure most of us have.
So many exceptional projects and fabulous designers offering hours upon hours of instruction and inspiration.  
Most of us have had many extra hours in our studios to play and discover all our supplies again.  I have taken this opportunity to focus a few days at a time on one medium and stamps that I feel deserve some love.
Today I want to share projects featuring Rina K and Gina K products.
Rina's new Electro-pop palette is so fun and bright. 

This first card is Screamin Green Neon Glitz over a green inked background.  I also stamped the leaves with Hello Yellow and Screamin Green Ink.  I finished the card up with black accents.


This next card uses the donuts that I made several weeks ago and I found in my stash.  
Once again I inked the background using Rina K Rockin Red and Poppin Pink Ink.
Using a stencil I put Poppin Pink Neon Glitz on the card front.  I finished the card off with the donuts and mounted on a cardfront with a black accent layer.

The card next in line is simple and elegant.  This card features items from the Gina K line.  As always I used my signature black on this card and needed to prep the black paper in order for the Turquoise Sea Glitz Glitter Gel to pop.  I started by using white pigment ink through the bubble stencil.  By doing this  first step my glitz gel will be more visible.
Stamping the large flower image from the Daisy Delight set and accenting a few areas with Copic markers.  I call this done.

This last card is my favorite.  Starting with the black panel, I wanted to try a decofoil color from my stash.  I've had the Opal foil for a long time but with its  translucency the color never showed up much on paper.  Well, with the new Blanco Transfer Gel, its the perfect solution to use before foiling.  I love the diagonal design from the stencil and how this step turned out.  Now it needs a focal image and sentiment.  Using Gina K Stamp & Foil Butterfly Kisses set and Rina K Electro-pop inks I stamped three images.  They looked a little flat so I stencils each butterfly with the matching Neon Glitz Gel.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and they brightened your day.

Take care and stay healthy.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Altenew March 2020 Washi Tapes Release Blop Hop+Giveaway

It's time once again for another fabulous Washi Tape release.  Thanks for joining our blog hop, hopefully you started at the Altenew Card Blog, if not please go back and start at the beginning so you don't miss anything.  
You should have landed here from the blog of  Kymona Tracey and 'wow' how about that inspiration.

The entire new collection can be found here, so be sure to check everything out.

The first card I want to share is very simple.  I started by using the newly released Bursting Dahlia Stencil and inked a very simple background. I love the new Summer Afternoon Washi set with the coordinating colors.  I selected 3 washi tapes and placed them on the card front.  The Parlor Palm die set was used to add an accent along with the sentiment and enamel dots.

Summer Afternoon Washi Tape Set.jpg

For my next project I did a little fussy cutting after applying my 
Wild Floral Washi to a piece of cardstock.
Wild Flora Washi Tape.jpg

Once again I went back to our last release of stencils and pulled out my new favorite Wild Leopard stencil. Placing a very soft inked background on my panel I then arranged the floral images. This card actually has another new washi tape featured as an accent.  The Morning Glory Palette washi has been placed at the bottom along with the hello sentiment.

My next card features the Sweet Pea Palette Washi Tape
Sweet Pea Palette Washi Tape.jpg

It is fun and easy to create your own background using this thin washi tape.  I like the effect you achieve when you overlap the strips.  Using Forest Glades paper for my layered panel and accent on the sentiment helps pull the colors together.  Once again the featured sentiment is from the hello and hugs set.  Enamel dots finish off this card.

My last projects features Marbled Dream Washi
Marbled Dream Washi Tape.jpg
I covered a panel with the washi tape and then selected the Mega Thanks die for a dynamic, focal sentiment.
I couldn't resist using my signature black on this card by using the Pegboard Canvas Cover die over by Birchwood card front.  I also gold embossed a floral image from the Sweet Peas  stamp and die set which is placed on the upper left of the card.

For the fun stuff

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 3/18/2020 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 3/21/2020. 

The complete blog hop list is below, and your next stop is

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the blog hop.


Friday, March 6, 2020

Butterflies from Neat & Tangled

I saw this butterfly stamp recently and knew it would be so much fun to color.  
It's a recent Neat & Tangled release,
'Butterfly Beauties'

The first card I used Copic markers BV00, BV11, V25, BG90, BG93, BG96, G000, G00.
I stenciled a background panel using Gina K's Mandala Burst Stencil and Whisper Amalgam Ink.
My sentiment is a layered 'hugs' die from HoneyBee.
I finished off with some Lucy's Gems

My second card was also colored using Copic markers E51, E21, YR65, E97, E99, Y32, Y35, YR68.
The stencil I selected for this card is SO89 Stegmiller from StencilGirl.  I used several colors of Distress Ink to create the pattern.  
Once again I finished off with Lucy's Gems.

Thanks for stopping by today


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Altenew Educator "For the Love of Flowers" Bog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Thanks for joining our Educators Blog Hop today.  I am honored and blessed to be part of this talented group of designers.  

You should have landed here from Nenette S. Madero's blog.  If not please go back and see her inspiration.

We were asked to share a project focusing on flowers for this blog.So who doesn't love flowers and isn't that what Altenew is all about?  

My first project uses flowers as the focal on the card.  I love the Ornate Cover Die which can stand alone, but I wanted to add the accent flowers from the Hennah Elements stamp and die set.  One of my other loves from Altenew are the 6 X 6 paper packs.  The Celestial pack was perfect for this project to add a background under my cover die.
Using vellum I stamped the sentiment from the Crystal Frames Stamp and Die set.  My flowers were stamped and then I used Honey Drizzle and Forest Glades Crisp dye ink the brush the edges with color.  My finishing touch was enamel dots from the Pocketful of Sunshine set.

My next project sticks with my love of 'Black' and my first try using
I used Stonehenge Black watercolor paper and loved the result.  Using the Build-A-Flower Japanese Mum, the image was embossed first which I'm not totally sure was necessary.  I love to watercolor and will be pulling these out again soon to play.
I started out by using the Circle Quilt Cover Die over my card front.  It's very hard to see in the picture, but I used the Altenew Birchwood paper under the die.  
The sentiment is from the Hello & Hugs die set, which has quickly become  my favorite.
To finish off the project I placed gems on the background.

This last project I share is a card that I have previously posted. It 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 the flower image to make a subtle background print.  I love to use black in my projects so once again that makes the images 'pop'.  Altenew Crisp Dye inks used are Coral Bliss and Fresh Leaf.
This card is a total reflection of my style so I wanted to share one more time.

Now for the fun stuff!

Prize info: Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 3/11/2020 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 Card Blog on 3/14/2020.

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 gift certificate to our store!

Special offer: Save 15% off on ALL Stamp & Die Bundles from 3/5/2020 at 12:01 AM EST until 3/6/2020 at 11:59 PM EST. No code needed to enjoy this sale! Not valid on previous purchases. Excludes February 2020 release products. 

Thanks for stopping by and supporting all the educators with our blog hop.

Your next stop on the blog is Eva Bussom, so continue on your blog journey.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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

It's release time again and I have projects to share with you using new Altenew stencils. You should have landed here from Erum Tasneem's Blog and if not please go back to see her fabulous inspiration.
You can also go back and start the blog hop with from the beginning, 
Altenew Card Blog.

You can also see the entire release here

My first card features the Wild Leopard stencil.

Using Altenew Crisp Dye Ink, Pale Mauve, Grape Agate and Amethyst I colorized the background.  The Mod Vases were also stamped using those ink colors along with Jet Black at the bottom.  I used the matching dies for the vases and cut the gold paper for the top of the vase.  
I wanted to have some palm leaves sticking out of the vases and I needed to add color to the vellum so Altenew Pumpkin Pie Crisp Dye ink was added to paper before I cut the palms.  I used the Altenew Parlor Palm Die Set.

My second card features Geometric Roulette Stencil

There are so many things you can do with this stencil but I wanted to keep this card simple to make the stencil pattern a focal point.
Inks used for stencil are Altenew Crisp Dye inks, Fire Fly, Dew Drop and Aqualicious.  I colored the image from Altenew Stained Glass Window Set with my Altenew Artist Markers.  The sentiment is included in the Stained Glass Window set.  The finishing touch is fun Altenew Enamel Dots.

My third card uses two of the new stencils.

The first thing I did was use Orange Cream Altenew Crisp Dye ink along with the Wild Leopard Stencil to create a background.  Now I layered the Dahlia image over this panel using Altenew Embossing Paste that was colorized using Ruby Red Altenew Crisp Dye ink.  
My sentiment came from the Altenew Hello & Hugs Stamp and die set.
Strawberry Mix Lucy's Gems were added for details.

My last card features Altenew On Point Stencil.

First I ran my stencil through a die-cut machine to add the embossing relief effect.  Using Altenew Crisp Dye ink in Aqualicious, Galatic Stream, and Grapevine I colorized the panel.  Altenew Geo Frames die set was used to cut 2 pieces for the card front. I also used Espresso Altenew Crisp die ink on the edges of the 2 die-cuts.
Wanting to create a more masculine card I selected paper from the Altenew Celestrial paper pack.
The sentiment came from Altenew Fancy Greetings, it was stamped with Altenew Embossing ink and then covered with Altenew White Embossing Powder.
Enamel Dots were used from the Rock Collection.

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.

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 3/6/2020. 

Thanks for stopping by today and now your next stop is Sveta Fotina.

Monday, February 24, 2020

My Jessa

After my post yesterday with the St. Bernard stamp, I really wanted to color the image to look like my dog.

This is my first try and I wanted to share.  Still need to practice my transitions of colors.

Thanks for stopping by


Stamplistic - Saint Bernard L190419