Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Altenew Educators "Giving Thanks" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Welcome to the Altenew Educators "Giving Thanks" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway! Today there is a big hop brought to you by all of the Altenew Certified Educators. This is no ordinary hop! We want you to join in on the fun as well. There is a Linky Party going on at the Altenew Card Blog. All you have to do is link up your creations based on the theme of the hop, which is, “Giving Thanks” and mention that you are taking part in the Altenew Educators Blog Hop and Linky Party where you can create, share, participate, and have a chance to win a Gift Certificate to the Altenew Store. So what are you waiting for?! Link up!

You should have come from Christine Pennington's Blog. If you stumbled across my blog and would like to see the full hop, I will have the links provided for you below.

I have two projects for you today using one of my favorite Build-A-Flower Sets. I truly love Stargazer Lilies so this Build-A-Flower Set is my current favorite! In fact, I made a card similar to the second one and mailed it before I remembered to take photos of it. So I had to make a new one. May was a pretty hectic month around here, so it's okay.



Let's get on to our projects. This first card started with a Pink Top Folding 7 x 5 card base. The mat is Gold Foil Cardstock, the next one up is Black Cardstock, then the uppermost mat is a paler pink cardstock.



For the Mandala, I die cut that using Curious Skin Black Cardstock. I like to use this particular cardstock sometimes because it is completely matte and has an almost suede look to it.



For the lilies, I used a combination of inks from different sets. My base layer was Baby Pink from the Spring Bouquet Ink Set. Then Pinkalicious and Rubellite from the Cherry Blossom Collection, Rubellite, and Purple Wine from the Rose Petals Collection.



For the leaves, I used Sweet Leaf from the Green Meadow Collection and Forest Glades from the Green Fields Collection and Hunter Green from the Green Meadow Collection. I like to mix within the families sometimes and this was one of those times. I stamped my simple "Thank You" sentiment from Hibiscus (From Build-A-Flower Hibiscus) in Versamark and heat set in Antique Gold Embossing Powder.

For this next card, I changed things up a little bit. I love the Sugarplums Collection of Inks and in fact, I suggested these and the Tranquility Grays to Tasnim. I have a few more requests in my mind that I think I want to send to her. We'll see!



I used the Sugarplums set to stamp these blooms, but I like to take it one step further often. In this case, I stamped the base layer of the lilies in Baby Pink. Pastels are difficult inks to make and can tend to have a grayish undertone to them. To prevent this, I like to mix a more vibrant shade as the first layer and then proceed with the four colors in the primary color family I want to use. You can see that this provides a different look than just using the four colors in the set. I have found it's something you have to play around with to get the look that you want. Pick a small flower to see what combinations you like and be sure to keep a list or chart of the combinations you like.

Since I always have a touch of gold on my cards, I decided to Heat Emboss the stamens of the flowers.



I used Gleaming Lilac Cardstock for another 7 x 5 Top Folding Card Base. I used the Gilded Ombre Washi Tape to go along the bottom of the card front. I also cut another of the Mandala Dies to put behind the flower arrangement only this time I used Pearlescent Garnet Plum Cardstock for this. This die is really intricate, so I usually run it through my Gemini Junior - twice, and then I look carefully to make sure everything cut before removing the paper from the die. If it isn't cut all the way, I rotate the die 90 Degrees on the cutting plate and run it through again.



While I love the first card, I didn't want it to look the same as the first card so I chose to put the "Thanks" vertically down the right-hand side of the card using Altenew Bold Alphabet Lower Case Die Set. The Mandala Die Cut was attached with E6000 Non-Aerosol Spray Glue. It would take me forever to glue it with Multi Medium Matte, so I keep that spray around just in case. Then I arranged my flowers and leaves on the card front and kept it intact by lifting it with Press-N-Seal.



I used a double or single layer of Foam Tape to adhere everything in place on the card front. It was at this point that I realized I forgot the black speckles on the petals, but since I used foam tape, there isn't any going back and doing it now. Not all Lilies have the speckled petals like the Stargazer does, so it's no big deal. I have a few hundred lilies in my flower bed this year, so I can take a peek right outside and look.  *Ü*

One of the things I really like about the leaves in this set (stamped in Green Fields Ink Collection) is that with the larger leaf, you can cut it in half and place those half pieces tucked in-between other for fuller foliage.

Prizes:
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!
Altenew 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!
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I promise there will be lots of beautiful inspiration along the hop so be sure to visit each participant's blog and leave them a little love. Amy Hill is next on the list. We all work really hard to bring you beautiful and innovative content. I promise you won't be disappointed!.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today! I've linked the products I used below for your convenience and I very much appreciate your support.

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62 comments:

  1. These cards are so beautiful, Vicki! I love the pretty colors and the great layering.

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  2. Fabulous layers of prettiness!!

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  3. Your color combos are fabulous! I LOVE the pink with black and your layering!

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  4. I love the use of the Mandala as a vase in your first card! Thinking outside the box certainly stretches your materials further!

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  5. What pretty lilies. I just love your colors.

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  6. This is one of my favorite build a flower sets! I love how you used the same stamps and dies and both cards are so different. Beautiful.

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  7. Such beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing :)

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  8. Brilliant cards there Vicki! As always, super classy and elegant! Thank you for being part of this hop.

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  9. Fabulous color blending! I really needed this inspiration. Thank you.

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  10. Great cards, I think I prefer the pink lilies best. Just beautiful!

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  11. Such a clever way to use the alphabet dies. Lovely.

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  12. Your cards are so pretty, great ideas

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  13. Your lilies are beautiful! Love your cards!

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  14. love the way you placed the bold letters on the side in gold!

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  15. I love your lilies! Gorgeous. I especially like the first card.

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  16. Both cards are gorgeous. I love those lilies.

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  17. These are so pretty! I love the flowers on the second card. The colors look great and blend perfectly together.

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  18. Lovely flower cards. I especially like the first pink card, and find the leaves, of all things, so fascinating, and well, perfect! Your layering is inspiring as well!

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  19. Beautiful cards with these pretty lilies!

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  20. Beautiful cards - love those purples. :)

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  21. Nice example for use. I like the bunches of flowers.

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  22. Vicki, I am a lover of purple. I never thought of just embossing stamens. What a great Idea!

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  23. Absolutely stunning and creatively inspirational cards!

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  24. Such beautiful products put to such beautiful creations!

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  25. Thanks for sharing these! I love the touch of gold on each card.

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  26. That is a huge card! I have such a hard time with larger cards. They are so great when you need a lot of people to sign a card. And this one is stunning!

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  27. Thank you for showing what can be done with the lily stamp set! I have it, but haven't used it as beautifully as you have!

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  28. Stargazer is a favorite of mine too. I love that the mandala serves as a basket for the flowers. That is brilliant!

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  29. I love stargazer lily's, your card is beautiful. Unfortunately that set has been sold out for some time, waiting for it to come back in stock!

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  30. Stargazer lilies are fabulous

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  31. Your cards are both so lovely, and I so love the bold thanks against the muted color of the flowers. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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  32. Wow! Both of these cards are stunning!

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  33. Stargazer lilies are my favorite and your cards is breathless.

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  34. Your cards are so detailed and beautiful!

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  35. Gorgeous cards Vicki. I really love the color combinations that you used and the layering of backgrounds.

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  36. Thanks, Vicky. I learned a lot from your explanation of how you created these cards.

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  37. like the mix of geometric with the flowers.

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  38. Gorgeous cards. I especially love the first one. Those Stargazer Lilies have been on my wish list since they were released.

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  39. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Stunning florals!! Love the gold foil letters!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  41. Your cards are gorgeous! I love the color schemes and the way those flowers pop right off the cards.

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  42. I love the look of overlaying the florals over the mandala print. I love the black on pink of the first card too. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Both cards are gorgeous!!! I am loving how the first one looks like a beautiful flower pot 💕

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  44. I love the stargazing lilies, they are beautiful. I really like how you stacked the thanks on the side, fun!

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  45. The Stargazer lilies pn your cards look amazing Vicki, great job!

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  46. Beautiful flowers. I like the mandala background on the first one.

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  47. beautiful flowers, love the bold alpha dies too.

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  48. Beautiful color combos! I really love the pink and black!

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  49. On the first card, that black mandala looks so striking under the pretty flowers. It's is such a nice contrast. I'd love to see how it is like suede in person. On the second card the gold embossed stamens were such a beautiful surprise. I think they really add a lot to the flowers. Very pretty colors for both sets of flowers.

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  50. Such pretty cards...love how you layered them on the mandala.

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  51. Gorgeous! Thank you for all the inspiration!

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  52. Both beautiful but there is something softly magical about the second one! Just stunning.

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  53. Very nice-love the colors!

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  54. Ms. Vicki I am so excited to see I was fortunate enough to receive the $15 from my comment on your blog!!! This card was so beautiful, thank you for your inspiration and.... bonus... the fun of this prize. (((Hugs)))

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