Saturday, November 7, 2020

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Release Blog Hop


Welcome to the Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!  Each month on the 7th, Altenew releases a new Craft-A-Flower.  I love these three-dimensional blooms that are a fantastic way to use up scraps from your scrap bin or to use with the Gradient Cardstock Bundles from Altenew.

Special Offers:
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Get 25% off ALL Washi Tapes and receive a FREE Gift (Crafting 101 - Washi Tapes class) from 11/07/2020 at 12:01 AM EST until 11/08/2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Shop HERE:  Not valid on previous orders. Free gift will be added to your cart automatically. (Offer excludes November 2020 release products). 

Giveaway Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/12/2020 for a chance to win. Altenew will 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 Winners Page on 11/16/2020. 

You should have arrived here from the blog of the beautiful Erum Tasneem!  If you need to go back to the beginning of the hop, here is your blog hop order:

>>>>>Vicki Finger<<<<<

Whenever I am working with the Craft-A-Flower products, I head over to my scrap bin and start pulling colors from there that will work together. I have a huge basket of scraps to work with and pull from, so thus far, I haven't failed in this endeavor.  As you may be already aware, Poppies come in a wide variety of colors.  There are Red, Orange, Blue, Turquoise, Purple, etc.  When you imagine a poppy in your mind, I think most people picture a red Poppy.  This particular variety is called Queen Alexandra Poppy.  I love this one and my mom has one or two of these in her yard.  They have been my favorite variety for many years.  So I tried to choose my papers to get a similar color and look to this particular variety.  My cardstock is multiple shades of pink with the deep black centers as you see in the photograph on the left.  

Assembly Instructions are available in the packaging and the set includes two bloom sizes and styles, three different leaves, and a stem.

For my card, I started with a piece of pale pink cardstock and did some ink blending in the lower left-hand corner using some Frayed Leaf.  The idea was to give the impression of other foliage in the background.  

I die cut all the blooms pieces to start.  There are two different sizes of poppy blooms in this set.  Poppies tend to be on these super delicate stems and they wave and flow in the breeze. Can you just imagine a whole field of pink and purple poppies swaying in the breeze?  Wouldn't that be a sight to see?  You always see photos of fields of red poppies and while they are beautiful, I can't help imagining the same fields in the pinks and purple hues that are available.  

These were quick and easy to put together.  I pulled some Black Iridescent sequins to pull that color together from the flower center.  

You can purchase your Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Die Set here:

Thanks for stopping by today to see my Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Poppy card!  The color possibilities are endless with all of the Craft-A-Flower releases.  I hope you'll pick one up and share your projects if you make something.  

You can also sign up for the Monthly Subscription to all the Craft A Flower releases here:  

Thanks again for stopping by today.  Enjoy all the stops along the hop!  Your next stop is the so very Kind, Virginia Lu!  Have an awesome rest of your day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Altenew November 2020 Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Release Blog Hop

Hello there everyone!  I am happy to be joining you today as part of the Altenew Twinkle and Shine Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from the blog of Maryam Perez. If not, you can go back to the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Card Blog.

You can see the full release here:  November 2020 Twinkle & Shine Release Collection Page.

To celebrate this release, we have a variety of special offers for you.  

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! 
  • Get a FREE brand new Twinkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Booklet (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Twinkle & Shine release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Online Cardmaking Class with every order from the new Twinkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release collection from 11/04/2020 through 11/10/2020. Shop HERE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Twinkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Booklet with every order from 11/04/2020 through 11/06/2020. Shop HERE!

Giveaway Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/10/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will 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 Winners Page on 11/12/2020.

Here is your Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Card Blog
Laura Bassen
Erum Tasneem
Kelly Griglione
Therese Calvird
Amber Rain Davis
Tenia Nelson
Nicole Watt
Terri Koszler
Nathalie DeSousa
Jenny Colacicco
Jaycee Gaspar
Victoria Calvin
Amanda Baldwin
Emily Midgett
Kymona Tracey
Dana Joy
Lilith Eeckels
Norine Borys
Vicky Papaioannou
Virginia Lu
Nenette S. Madero
Svitlana Shayevich
Keisha Charles
Maryam Perez
>>>>>Vicki Finger<<<<<
Laurie Willison
Reiko Tsuchida
Amy Hill
Agnieszka Małyszek
Anna Veach

Let's get started with the projects! I don't have as many projects for you as I was planning on since there was a production issue and I did not get everything I wanted to work with.  

For my first project, I combined the Linear Stencil with the Mandala Confetti Dies.  With all of it's intersecting lines, I knew this stencil would be great to use with the confetti dies.  I did not get the stamp set because I wanted to use the dies in a different way.  I did light ink blending over the stencil using Rose Quartz Ink.  Each shape in the Mandala Confetti Dies has 7 sizes so there are a multitude of ways to use this set.  I especially love to include little hearts on cards for my girlfriends, so this set will probably reside on my desk.    

While my white cardstock is just plain, I did give it a healthy amount of simmer mist before I die cut the panel.  All of the little die cuts are cut from various shades of shimmer cardstock scraps, so in person, this is a very elegant card.  

I also used gems at a lot of points as well.  Since this release is called "Twinkle & Shine" I wanted to make it Twinkle all over, so both of my projects have lots of twinkle and shine included on them today.  I mean, you all would expect nothing less from me, would you?  *Ü*

Here is the image of the stamp set in case you'd like to see

For the greeting, I used the Altenew peace die on some white cardstock that was inked up in an ombre style from light to dark, with the darkest part at the bottom of the die-cut word.    

Next up is a card using a new Stamp and Die collection called Sparkled.  There are stamps and coordinating die available.  

This is a really beautiful bloom and the foliage is very nice as well.  I stamped all of the color layers first and then went back and added the outline image with heat embossing using Versamark and Altenew Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  

Because of the sentiment I chose to use, again I added a lot of bling to this card with sequins and gems.    

The background paper is from the Summer Garden Paper Pack.  It's an Ombre Stripe that starts out grey on the left side and turns to a pale mauve/pink on the other side.  I thought it was the perfect paper to really highlight the bloom.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I always appreciate it when you take the time to comment on my blog posts and especially when you shop through my affiliate links.  The lovely Laurie Willison is next up on the hop.  

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Hawaiian Coral Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there!  I am so glad you could stop by my blog today to celebrate the newest Build-A-Flower Release: Hawaiian Coral! 

Giveaway Prizes

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/06/2020 for a chance to win. Altenew will 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 Winners Page on 11/09/2020.

You should have arrived here from the blog of  Victoria Calvin.  I am the last stop on the hop today! As always, the Build-A-Flower Series includes both the stamp set and the dies!  For my card, I started with the beautiful Alluring Blooms Paper Pack and selected a sheet that I felt would match the Hawaiian Color Scheme I was going for.  I was actually lucky enough to win an 8 day trip for two to Hawaii way back in 1992.  The company I worked for at the time, had a contest for sales in December of 1991 during the Holiday Season.  We were the smallest store in our company, but we were the absolute best at what we did.  Our specialty was Loose Diamonds and then helping the customer select the right mounting for the diamond that they chose.  I am GIA Certified in the 4 C's of Diamonds: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight.  

You may wonder how I remember all this from a memory that was 30 years ago and the reason that I can remember is that before I started making cards, I was a Scrapbooker.  I learned the Creative Memories way, which includes a lot of journaling.  So I have a few Travel Albums that have all of these details.  Each member of our store won this trip for two which included $300.00 each (including our guest) in spending money.  That was quite a bit back then and you could pretty much buy all of your meals.  Of course, we had to have quite a few trinkets to bring home so it went fast, but it was the trip of a lifetime.  It's pretty much the only time in my life that I had a suntan.  I laid in a tanning bed every single day for a month prior to our trip since I have porcelain skin and I burn easily.  I didn't want to sunburn the first day of the trip and have to stay in the rest of the time.  That actually happened to one of the ladies we were traveling with and she had blisters covering the tops of her feet from the first day. The rest of us body surfed, snorkeled, and shopped in the International Market Place.  One member of our group had been stationed at Oahu during his stint in the Navy, so we went all over the island rather than the local tourist spots.  Hawaii is such a colorful and vibrant place!  Oh, the memories...

Now that you have a little background information for my color choices, I'll share a few details about my card.  I used the Red Cosmos and Tea Party Ink Families to stamp the blooms and the Green Fields Ink Family to stamp the foliage.  I started by stamping the most solid image in Frosty Pink Ink.  Next, I added the 2nd most solid image in Coral Bliss and the 3rd layer in Coral Berry.  I used Ruby Red for the deepest shading layer and chose not to use the outline image at all for my flowers.  I love that it has the outline image though, in case I want to watercolor the image some other time.  

This particular paper in the Alluring Blooms Paper Pack reminded me of a waterfall that we saw near Waimea Falls, Hawaii.  

I kept my embellishments simple, adding just a few turquoise sequins as an accent.  Be sure to stop by all the stops along the hop to see the fantastic designs that all of the designers and guest designers have come up with! Get your set here:  Build-A-Flower: Hawaiian Coral or Build-A-Flower: Hawaiian Coral & Ink Bundle.

If you'd like to sign up for the monthly subscription plan, that link is here:  Build-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful day, everyone!