Friday, January 18, 2019

Altenew Educator Blog Hop


Welcome to Altenew Educators Blog Hop!



As Altenew-Certificated Educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE technique, style or product.  When I started my journey towards certification I had no idea what to expect.  During my journey I've learned fabulous techniques, developed a new favorite style and belong to a group with 'uber' talented designers.

You should have arrived here from Altenew Card Blog, but if not be sure to go back and visit Virginia's introduction.
You will also find a master list of the blog hop links at the Altenew Card Blog.


As promised, I want to share one of my favorite techniques.  Altenew has many cover dies in their collections and they have become my obsession.  They are my 'go-to' when designing a card.
A cover die is so easy to layer over colored paper or just a plain white card base for a classic/monochromatic look.  
Another favorite of mine is basic paper piecing for that additional accent. Today I have done just that using a little gold paper.


I selected the Cube Cover Die along with the Striped Florals Stamps and Die set.  This stamp set is very versitile and that's why when I use it I always stamp lots of extra images to keep in the package for future projects.  This time I stamped and embossed the images with Altenew Antique Gold embossing powder.  Altenew Watercolors were used to color the stamped images.  
As mentioned I love paper piecing so selected a small portion of my card front to feature the gold accent. 



After I die cut the gold paper I carefully placed Glad Press n Seal on the back of the die to keep all the bits secure.  Now I can add them back into the white die cut panel and attach with a small amount of liquid adhesive.




One of my other favorite things to do is use foam tape for dimension.  This card is no exceptions when it came to adding all the floral images to the card. 
Lots of layers and dimension here.
 The small 'HELLO' sentiment can be found in the Leafy Canopy stamp set.

You can go here to see the process for putting this card together.





I also want to share another fun card that I put together using my favorite technique.  
This card is simple and monochromatic with a few gems for accent.




Prizes:
Altenew is giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to THREE lucky winners!  Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by January 23rd for a chance to win.  Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 1/25/19.

Also, I have a $15 Gift Certificate to give away,so please leave a comment and I will announce the win January 22nd here on my blog.


Thanks so much for stopping by and joining our blog hop today.  

Your next stop is 
Kelli Cool  The complete blog hop is listed below.


236 comments:

  1. great designs! now I want cover dies!

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  2. Very interesting use of the background die .

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  3. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards.

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  4. This is so beautiful. I need to order some supplies!

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  5. Wow!! Just love both of your cards. I watched the video on the Hello Card and learned your technique with Cover Dies. Now I want some!

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  6. Love your card. I have the doodled dots cover die ( only one so far) and love to use it. The gold piecing with the white really adds texture to your card,

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  7. Gorgeous cards! Especially love the monochromatic one!

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  8. two fantastic cards, Nancy - but the monochromatic card is especially wonderful!!

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  9. Beautiful cards!! Love using cover dies & your ideas are perfection!

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    1. Cover dies make things so easy and gives your card that “wow” factor

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  10. I just got a bunch of cover dies (including these two) and now I have some awesome inspiration on ways to use them <3

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  11. Your tutorial is awesome, Nancy!! I love listening to you and your instructions. :)

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    1. Thanks Virgina, and I love all the support you have given us all.

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  12. Thank you for sharing the tutorial for your beautiful card. Cover dies are THE BEST!

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  13. Such gorgeous examples! Thank you for sharing your talents (and the Altenew products) with us!

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  14. I agree that cover dies really up the wow factor of cards. These are two really cool examples.

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  15. I love your cards and think you did a great job. That Altenew watercolor stripes die is on my wish list already! :)

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    1. I have quite a few others in my collection but these two always make their way to the top of the pile

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  16. I love cover dies!! They are SO versatile.

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  17. Both of your cards are beautiful - I like the idea of putting the pieces back into the die background. Very nice job!

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  18. Both great cards! Love the gold in the first one - but the second one is so gorgeous in it's simple colour palette - I love it!

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  19. Very pretty cards! I especially love your first one. I am also a sucker for cover dies and would probably own dozens but the prices on my budget keep me in check lol!!

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    1. Totally understand that you need to pick your favorites

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  20. Beautiful cards. I love cover dies but only own a couple. You created gorgeous cards that anyone would cherish!

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  21. I like both cards but like the first one the best.

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    1. The first one does have that little extra to make it shine

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  22. Very nice cards. I love the background on the first one.

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  23. Beautiful cards and awesome designs!

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  24. Great idea for the backgrounds! I actually like the monochromatic card the best - so much texture!

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  25. Both of your cards are beautiful! I like the gold shine of the first one and I really like the beautiful simplicity of the second one. Great job!

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  26. These cards are just gorgeous - thanks for the ideas:)

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  27. Nancy, this is so so pretty! Love the embossing idea, I don't use my powders enough.

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    1. Embossing is so much fun and i just love the end result

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  28. I love the new inlay with die cut technique! Great card!

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  29. Nancy, your cards are fabulous. I'm particularly drawn to the first one because of the stunning background you created. So unusual, then you added the beautiful flowers to put the icing on the cake. I need to keep this tutorial so that the techniques sink in. We don't have that "press and seal" over here in Australia, which is such a shame as you ladies use it all the time and it's fantastic stuff. Love your work.

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    1. Thanks so much for the great comments. Yes go back on YouTube and refresh your memory. If you don’t have Press n seal, maybe a post it note?

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  30. These are just lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Congratulations on qualifying as an Altenew Educator. Your cards are lovely!

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  32. I love your beautiful cards! Especially the first one you did the video for! Thanks for the inspiration! If you get an opportunity could you please tell me what the product is that you are storing your glue upside down in?? Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today and the kind comments. You can find the plastic stand here - https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakeItbyMarko

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  34. Great cards. Really enjoyed watching you work. Thanks for all the information and encouragement. Also thanks for sharing your art and story.🐧

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  35. Congrats on achieving your Altenew Educator certificate! Gorgeous cards and such beautiful and creative designs. I love cover dies too.

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  36. Beautiful cards!! I love Altenew's cover dies as well. Love the idea of a little accent for interest!

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  37. Wow, beautiful cards! I specially loved the 'Miss You' card. Tone on tone always gets me with a splash of color. Thanks for sharing. Brenda West

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  38. I love this technique too! Beautiful cards, Nancy!

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  39. Congrats on earning your certification! Your cards are lovely!

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  40. Both cards are lovely Nancy and I really enjoyed seeing your video on your first card. Very clear instructions on your process. Beautifully done.

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  41. OH Nancy, your video is fabulous! I love that you showed everything you did. You were so calm and through. Your card idea is just lovely! I love how you used the press and seal. I too love the cover dies and also the stencils for dry embossing. Great job! Congrats.

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  42. Stunning! I love the gold and the layers in the miss you card!

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  43. Stunning card and the added gold embossing is a treat so beautiful and your video is an asset to viewers.

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  44. Very nice design. Quite an inspiration as I start my AEP classes tomorrow for Level 1. I will have to pay attention to your blog posts!

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    1. Oh, how exciting. Enjoy the process and congratulations

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  45. I love your cards especially the monochromatic one. Thanks for sharing your talent

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  46. Lovely cards! Love the gold foil and your pretty flowers!!

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  47. Oh, I just love your monochromatic card, especially as it has one of my favorite dies on it--the leaf canopy! Thank you for the great idea!

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  48. Beautiful cards with different designs :)

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  49. Congrats on completing your certification, Nancy. I have been following your work in the AECP gallery and I love your work. The cards today are really gorgeous and inspiring!

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  50. Both of these cards look fantastic! I really like the inlaid gold pieces. They really add a touch of elegance. That striped cover die is one of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks, adding that simple touch just makes the card pop

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  51. I love the background dies you used! They add depth and interest!!

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  52. The monochromatic card is stunning. I love how you didn't go with the standard black and white but a white and beige vibe. The pop of colour with the dots adds the right touch.

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  53. Great cards! Love the monochromatic one especially!

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  54. Stunning cards Nancy, I love seeing your work, it's always an inspiration.

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  55. Both cards are gorgeous!! I have the Cube Cover Die but never thought about inlaying only part of the die cut. It looks very cool with the shiny gold inlays on the first row. Thank you for sharing both cards and for the awesome inspiration with cover dies (I love them too lol). (mardy14@bellsouth.net).

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    1. Thanks so much. You must try the inlaid technique

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  56. Quite a contrast in the two cards and both are stunning.

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  57. Love the idea of using Press N Seal. Will have to try it.

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  58. I haven’t used cover dies, but I like the extra panache they give your cards!

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    1. Thanks, you should add some to your collection

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  59. Love the idea of cover dies. I'm definitely ordering some. Thank you so much for the ideas.

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  60. Gorgeous card, love your technique

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  61. Very nice card.... thanks for sharing!!

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  62. Enjoyed your video very much! Very informative! Gorgeous card. I would have never thought to inlay that one row in gold, but I LOVE it! Really sets off the gold embossing! TFS

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  63. I love your card and your creative ideas!

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  64. Love the row of inlaid gold. Neat idea!

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  65. I have seen that technique before, but that is really lovely. The gold really pops. <3 I will try one today.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  66. Your monochromatic card is especially lovely to me and well done on completing the AECP!

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  67. Paper piecing on the background is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. I love the puzzle idea, and can see that it would save a lot of paper, you waste paper by putting a strip behind the cutout sections...so I am all about saving paper and thus saving trees? Thank you for the video..will have to get some gold paper! Carol-Lynn

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  69. Two beautiful cards. I also like inlaying with die cuts as on your first example!

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  70. Very pretty cards! I love your ideas for the background panels! They really add a lot to the card. I love the layered look, and they look amazing!

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  71. That is a great technique. I love the monochrome look of the cover does...I definitely have to try that. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  72. Oooh monochrome never looked so good!

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  73. so nice to see your beautiful card. Thank you.

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  74. Beautiful cards. I have the leaf canopy stamp and die set on my "list"!!

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  75. Love the cover dies. You get a fast and
    easy (and very interesting) background
    for any greeting card. Love the first
    card with the black under just one row
    of the embossing. All are great cards.
    thanks for sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. I think both of your cards are just lovely! The gold piecing on the edge of the die is a stroke of genius. Love that cube cover die. It's so versatile.

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  77. Love the two cover dies you used. They are on my must have list!

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  78. Beautiful cards. I like the backgrounds and the gold accents on the first one.

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  79. Wow cards. Love the backgrounds and the colors. Great job.

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  80. Lovely cards....love the way you used the dies...thank you

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  81. I enjoyed watching your video and picked up some great card making tips. Thanks!

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  82. I love the addition of the gold. Yes, it gives such dimention to lay on top instead of a strip of gold underneath. Good job. Enjoy your new adventure.

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  83. Beautiful cards! Enjoyed the video, great tips. Love the inlay technique and gold embossed flowers.

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  84. i am in love with the altenew background dies. the one in the second card just awesome. you did a great job.

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  85. Love the look of the cover plates...now I have to get some. Lovely card design.

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  86. I love the cover dies and your tips for saving the cut out pieces in the die package. Never thought of using Glad Wrap for holding the pieces either. thanks!

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  87. Gorgeous work. Congratulations on becoming an ACE (really quite appropriate)! :-)

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  88. I luv how the inlay on your first card highlights the cover die but without becoming too busy. congrats on your certification!

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  89. Beautiful projects as always, Nancy!

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  90. These cards are just gorgeous. I love the cover dies. Thank you for the press and seal idea. You did a fabulous job demonstrating the beauty of the product. Congratulation on your achievement!

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  91. I'm glad you showed examples of just putting the gold mirror CS behind the die cut versus inlaying it. It is SO much classier inlaid. Beautiful cards!

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  92. Gorgeous cards! I love the different cover dies you used (now they're on my 'want' list!) The press 'n' seal tip is a game changer!

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  93. Love your cards. I also like using cover dies.

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  94. Beautiful cards! Love your cover die technique. Thank you for sharing!

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  95. Love the texture and design the cover plates add to a card!

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  96. Love how these cards turned out. :)

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  97. You used most of my favorites too! I start out by stamping and embossing and I love cover dies. I had not seen that striped flowers set but it is gorgeous! If I win anything that is what I am getting...
    Ldyjs@outlook.com

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  98. I absolutely love your card. It is so beautiful! I subscribed to your youtube channel.

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  99. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful ideas.

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  100. Love how you used the cover dies, and added the gold foil. Two beautiful designs, thanks for sharing

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  101. Two fabulous cards and love my Altenew products!!! Am always wanting to learn more so am in love with your inspiration and tutorial!!!

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  102. I am another fan of cover dies. I love what you did with this one....and so glad I own it, because I am going to give your ideas a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  103. These are so beautiful! Love that first card!

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  104. Lovely cards! I agree with you, cover dies are a wonderful thing to have for cardmakers, there are so many variations and it enhances the final look of the card. I recently purchased the watercolor set and I've started to play around, I think I need to practice more though, but love their rich, and vibrant colors

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