Friday, June 4, 2021

Altenew Adventures Ahead Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello Everyone!  It's been a minute since I was here for a Blog Hop, but today is a big day!  Today, Altenew is releasing a 4th stamp set that I did in collaboration with Tasnim, who illustrated the set for me. I even told her what kind of flowers I wanted and of course, she hits the mark every time and then goes beyond what you are expecting.

I have a couple of projects for you today using the Sisters of the Heart Stamps, Dies, and Stencil Masks. For my first card, I watercolored all of the images and then die-cut them to put on a 5 x 7 gel press print to create a one-of-a-kind card.

Gelly Prints are extremely popular right now with a large group of us cardmakers and I really enjoy creating them with a variety of mediums.  For this particular background, I used two colors of Distress Oxide inks with a brayer to blend and merge the colors.  I do my prints on Cougar Super Smoooth Digital White 80 lb cardstock.

Many of the ladies in the group use a very high-quality printer paper, but I love the results on the super smooth paper so while I have tried the printer paper, I like the heavier weight paper, especially since I die cut my background panels.   

This side view lets you see the gold embossing just a little bit better!  I've been working really hard to improve my watercolor this year and I was very happy when I finished this!  That practice is really paying off.  

For this second card, I used the mask/stencil set that is available with Baby Pink and Grape Agate inks and my two favorite shades of green for the foliage; Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades.  

This particular card was made with a specific Sister-In-Law in mind and so she has already received it.  She is one of those sisters-in-law who is also a Sister of the Heart.  Her house out at the farm has been  restored to its Victorian glory and Altenew's Striped Designer Series Papers are just the thing to help evoke that "Edwardian" feel that was so popular during the Victoria Era.  I love to use Glossy Pearls for accents on my projects which also lends that lovely, but tasteful element.  

There are lots of great projects to see in Today's Blog Hop Release Party, so be sure to stop by each blog in the Hop for your chance to win some prizes!

Altenew Blog

Terri Koszler

Erum Tasneem 

Jenny Colacicco

Norine Borys 

Vicky Papaioannou

Jaycee Gaspar


Amber Rain Davis 

Erin Thompson

Tenia Nelson

Natasha Davies

Bridget Casey

Karen Brown

Laurie Willison

Kelly Griglione

Agnieszka Małyszek


Lilith Eeckels 

Maryam Perez

Carol Hintermeier

Therese Calvird

Amanda Baldwin

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett 

Raquel Bowman

Sande Woodson

Nicole Watt

Anna Mahtani

Virginia Lu

Sandhya Iyer

Michelle Short

Nathalie DeSousa

Keren Baker

Reiko Tsuchida

Patricia Roebuck

Mindy Eggen

Kymona Tracey 

Laura Bassen

Tania Ahmed 

Zinia Redo

>>>>> Vicki Finger <<<<<

Joylita Dsouza

Preeti Chandran

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Free Gifts
We are running a free gift promotion to celebrate the release. Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! The Free Gift will be added to your cart automatically.

  • Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Exotic Garden release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  •  Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Adventures Ahead release collection from 6/04/2021 through 6/10/2021. Shop HERE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/04/2021 through 06/06/2021. Shop HERE!
Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/09/2021 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/11/2021.

This is a very long hop list, so I hope you stuck with me here, as we are nearing the tail end of the hop.  I always apprciately any comments if you would care to leave one for me.  

As Ever,


  1. Beautiful cards. The first is so cheery!

  2. I absolutely love your cards! The colors are so pretty. I think the color combination on the first card is amazing.

  3. Lovely flowers, very pretty.

  4. Sisters looks neat embossed in gold.

  5. Yes, it's a long hop, but your cards certainly brightened my day. Beautiful colors!

  6. Your backgrounds make the flowers really SHINE

  7. Sisters of the heart has my heart. Beautifully executed.

  8. Such pretty cards, they remind me of a Victorian look.

  9. Pretty cards; they do have a Victorian feel! Love the turquoise background!

  10. Congrats on your release and your cards are lovely. The entire release is great.

  11. These cards are stunning. I love the colors you used, beautiful!!

  12. Great collab for the set. Nice arrangement.

  13. love coloring on the flowers and awesome backgrounds

  14. Gorgeous cards. I love the Sisters of the Heart set!

  15. Outstanding! This is a lovely set and you should be very proud. Thanks for sharing lots of inspiration.

  16. Wow, wow, WOW! That is some lovely watercoloring! I am wondering if the Altenew designers are baseball fans? They sure have knocked it out of the park with this release!

  17. Gorgeous floral, so pretty in the palette you've used.

  18. I am not sure I have the words to convey how I felt when viewing your incredible works; awe struck is close. Love the tip about the paper I will give it a try. Wonder how it would perform for using hot foil...

  19. So pretty! I love the blue background!

  20. I love the colors you used on these beautiful flowers! Awesome cards!

  21. Gorgeous cards, love those florals!

  22. Vicki, it looks like your practice has paid off because water coloring is beautiful! Lovely cards.


  23. Thank you for the information about the gel press, Vicky. I bought one a couple years ago at a craft fair and then could never remember how to use it.

  24. Wow! Kudos to the incredible water color are so talented ❤️

  25. 2 gorgeous floral cards! Love the colors and embossing! Fabulous stamp set.

  26. Greetings from Michigan! Beautiful work!

  27. Hello from Maine, Vicki! Your cards are gorgeous, as always! Love the gold embossing and beautiful colors.

  28. Hi from Rumford, Maine. Terrific jo with your cards. Beautiful colors.... tyfs :)

  29. Hi from California! Pretty cards! I love your gel plate background, so beautiful.


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