Altenew Larkspur giveaway WINNER!

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MelissaF:  Super adorable page and the sweet picture stands out among the pretty Larkspur flowers and leaves. I LOVE the blue leaves, and I think to myself “why NOT blue leaves, how pretty!” Thanks for sharing your pretty and sweet page.
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Treasure, featuring Altenew’s new Build-a-flower Larkspur set

Hello friends and welcome!  Today, I’m here to share with you a layout I made using the new Build-a-flower: Larkspur stamp & die set from Altenew.

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Be sure to stop by the Altenew scrapbook blog and card blog for more inspiration and a chance to win one of six $30 Altenew gift certificates.  Also, leave a comment this blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate!  I will be announcing the winner on my blog on 6/5/2018.

I decided to create a scrapbook layout this time using the stamps and die.  One of the great things about making your own embellishments is that you can choose the colors you want to make them.  I decided to make the flowers and leaves to match my girl’s shirt.

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I started out by stamping the flowers and leaves using the guide on the back of the stamp set.  I wanted a softer image, so I decided not to use the outline stamp.  I used the Altenew Northern Lights Mini ink cube set, as well as some inks from my stash.  Then, I used the matching dies to cut out the images.

BAF Larkspur Layering Guide

Next, I got a white piece of cardstock, and started laying things out to see where I wanted everything to go.  I added some ink splatters across the cardstock.  I then stamped the sentiment title, which is from the Altenew Build-a-flower Sakura Blossom stamp set.   I drew some lines and added my journaling.

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Next I trimmed the white cardstock, and added it to a piece of pattern paper from the Altenew Reflection scrapbook collection.  I machine stitched around all 4 sides, and roughened up the edges of the white cardstock.  I adhered the flowers and leaves that would be going under my photo on the left side.  Then, I backed my photo with another piece of pattern paper from the Reflection collection, and adhered the photo with foam tape.  I adhered my last flower and leaves with foam tape on top of my photo on the right side.

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I added a few more embellishments, like enamel dots, an epoxy sticker, the cloud sticker, and the butterfly wood veneer, all from the Altenew Reflection scrapbook collection, to finish off my layout.

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I love this cute stamp and die set!  The Build-A-Flower: Larkspur set includes 1 6×8 stamp set and 1 coordinating die set.  Here’s what Altenew says about this set:

Larkspurs belong to the buttercup family and are native throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The flowers bloom in a variety of colors from white to blue-violet. Larkspur flowers are irregularly shaped and bloom loosely along a vertical stem. This stamp set includes a five layer larkspur bloom, three-layer leaf, and 11 sentiment words. There are flower and leaf outline images included, which can be used with the layer images or on their own with different coloring mediums.

This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.

You can purchase a Build-a-flower: Larkspur & ink bundle set to save 5%.  (It is not available yet, but will be soon.)

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That’s it for me!  I hope you like my layout, and don’t forget to leave a comment for the giveaway!

Happy Friday!

 

Altenew Hibiscus Thank You card, and a GIVEAWAY!

Hello friends and welcome!  Today I am sharing a card I made using the new Build-A-Flower: Hibiscus stamp & die set from Altenew.  BAF Hibiscus square

Be sure to stop by the Altenew blogs for more inspiration, and leave a comment on the card blog and/or scrapbook blog for a chance to win one of six $30 gift certificates.  Also, leave a comment on THIS blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will be announcing the winner on my blog on April 6, 2018.

My husband & I went on our honeymoon in Hawaii almost 14 years ago, and I fell in love with hibiscus flowers!  I have bought several hibiscus plants over the years, but I can’t seem to keep them alive.  I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.  Let me know if you have suggestions in the comments  below!

I was super excited to get this set, and here is what I created:

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I wanted to make the hibiscus flowers a sunshine yellow color.  I used all the layers of the big hibiscus flower, except the 2 pistil images as I wanted to leave them white.  I made the leaves a lush vibrant green.  I don’t have a vary big collection of colored inks, so I used what I had in my stash.  On some layers, I simply used the same color again, just inked and stamped it twice to deepen the color.  I love how it turned out!

On a background panel, I stamped two of the sentiments included on the stamp set.  I also splattered the panel with gold spray ink.  After die cutting the florals, I popped it onto the background with foam tape.  (On one of the flowers I doubled up on the foam tape.)  I wanted to add a little more black, so I used a pen and drew black dots.

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I absolutely love this build-a-flower Hibiscus set!  This set comes with 24 buildable images and 3 dies.  Here’s what Altenew says about this set:

Hibiscus are native to warm climates and are associated with tropical weather and relaxing summer days.  Hibiscus flowers have symbolized many things throughout history, but are now most commonly known to represent “delicate beauty.”  This set comprises of a 6 layer hibiscus flower in full bloom, a 6 layer hibiscus bud with stem, and a 4 layer leaf image. Three sentiments are also included. These floral images work well on cards, layouts, home decor, gift wrapping, and more. We can’t wait to see where these beautiful tropical flowers take your imagination!

BAF Hibiscus Layering Guide

This set cannot be purchased individually; it is sold as a set only.  You can purchase a Build-A-Flower: Hibiscus & Ink Bundle to save 5%.  Love those colors!

BAF Hibiscus and Ink Bundle

That’s it for me.  I hope you are inspired to get crafty!

Happy Sunday!  (Happy Easter!)

 

 

a set of Altenew Peony Blossom cards + a giveaway!

Hello friends and welcome!

Today, I’m sharing a set of cards featuring the new Altenew Build-A-Flower Peony Blossom stamp and die set.  The set includes 15 stamps and 8 dies.

BAF Peony Blossom squareStop by the Altenew blogs, and leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate.  There will be 6 winners total, 3 on the card blog, and 3 on the scrapbook blog.  You can also leave a comment here on this blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will draw a winner on February 16, 2018.

I made 2 cards with this stamp and die set.  On one card, I used both the stamp and dies, and on the second card, I used the dies only.  This set is so versatile, and can be used on a variety of cards and projects.

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I used distress inks, and the sentiments are from the Altenew Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossom stamp and coordinating die set, which I featured in an earlier blog post.

Make today beautiful:

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To make this card, I blended some various colors of distress inks on a big piece of white cardstock.  Next I die cut some flowers, stamens, and leaves.  Then I stamped the second layer of stamps with a slightly deeper ink on the flowers and leaves.  I put together the flowers with foam squares for dimension, and curled the petals and leaves.  I die cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock, and stamped my sentiment.  I adhered the florals, and popped the whole thing on a white card base with fun foam.  To finish my card, I added sequins and Nuvo drops for added embellishment.

Wishing you a lovely birthday:

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I made this card the same way as the first, but I didn’t add the second layer of stamping.  I also added some gold ink splatters instead of sequins and Nuvo drops.

I really love how my cards turned out.  The set is great, but I love the dies especially.  They would be great on scrapbook layouts as well!

The Peony Blossom Build-A-Flower has a slightly different approach than our conventional Build-A-Flower sets. The stamp set has three five-petal flowers accompanied by a shading layer and a center layer. You may use these flowers as is, or layer them to create dimension. The matching dies will cut the flowers all the way to the edge without leaving a border. This will help in shaping the petals to the desired dimension when using a shaping tool (don’t have a shaping tool? You can use the domed end of a pen or pencil!). We included an additional flower die and stamen dies to help you create realistic blooms! Even though we named the set ‘Peony Blossom’ since the petals were loosely based on Peony petals, you can let your imagination run wild and create different types of flowers!

This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.  A peony blossom and ink bundle is also available.

BAF Peony Blossom and Ink Bundle

Here is the layering guide:

BAF Peony Blossom Layering Guide

BAF Peony Blossom Sample 3D Flower

That’s it for me!  Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave a comment here and on the Altenew blogs for the giveaways.

Happy Monday!

Altenew Sakura Blossom birthday card

Hello friends and welcome to my blog.

Today, I’m sharing a birthday card featuring the new Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossom stamp and coordinating die set from Altenew.  This was such a fun set to play with!  Stop by the Altenew card or scrapbook blog for a chance to win one of 4 $30 gift certificates.  Leave a comment here on this blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will draw a winner on January 24, 2018.

 

The Sakura blossom is a lovely Japanese flower, and is known as a cherry blossom in some parts of the world. “Sakura” is derived from the Japanese word for “bloom” – “saku.” In the United States, tourists travel to our capital, Washington D.C., to see the flowers bloom at the annual cherry blossom festival. This stamp set features layered cherry blossoms and leaves, and the accompanying die have score details to help you create 3D flowers. This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.  A Sakura blossom ink bundle is also available.

Sakura Blossom and Ink Bundle

When I saw this stamp set, I could picture fragrant blossoms falling from the sky (I’ve never seen it in person, but I have seen it on TV shows, mainly Korean dramas), so I made a birthday card with sky, cloud, and flower blossoms.

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I was also inspired by the color palette on a pencil that I picked up a while back in the target dollar spot.

To make my card:

  1. I stamped out the layered flower blossoms and leaves with a subtle tone on tone effect using…pink for the blossoms, and light blue for the leaves.  There is a guide on the back of the stamp set to help you out, but this layered stamp set was pretty easy to figure out.  For the final stamp layer, I used Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with rose gold powder.  I also used a glitter marker, and colored in the blossoms for a pretty effect.
  2. I dicut the blossoms and leaves, then lightly folded up along the crease lines, creating a 3d flower.  I also stamped out some red ink onto a piece of white cardstock, then die cut the middle piece of the big flower out of the inked up piece.
  3. To make my background, I used some distress ink to ink blend the background on a piece of die cut white cardstock.  I added some water droplets, and then dabbed some of the ink color up with a paper towel.
  4. I die cut a cloud from another piece of white cardstock.
  5. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine ink, and heat embossed it with clear powder.
  6. I assembled my card using foam tape and glue dots.
  7. I added a few enamel dots, and a few droplets of clear glitter novo drops to finish my card.

 

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I absolutely loved using this set to make a card.  The 3d flowers are so pretty, and the set was really easy to work with!  I love the way this card turned out!  This one might be a little tough to put in the mail, but it is perfect to personally give it out.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate, and on the Altenew blogs for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate!  I will be announcing the winner for my blog on January 25, 2018.

Happy Wednesday

Altenew Scrapbook Collection Blog Hop + Giveaway

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**EDITED TO ADD THE WINNER FROM MY BLOG!  The WINNER is Sue LD: “So cute with the colorful hearts.”  You should have received an email from me!**

Hey there crafty friends!  Welcome to the Altenew Scrapbook Collection blog hop!  I am so excited to be taking part in this blog hop!

I will be using the beautiful Reflection Scrapbook collection from Altenew.

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This kit has everything you need to create gorgeous projects!

Today, I will be sharing a layout I made using the Reflection scrapbook collection.

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First, I backed a heart cut file with pattern paper from the collection.  I chose colors that matched my photo, and I really love the water color look of these papers!  I added some machine stitching to create texture.

I layered some pattern paper under my photo.  I also did a bit of stamping for my layout.  I gold heat embossed a row of flowers from the Hello Sunshine stamp set on a piece of white cardstock, and layered that under my photo as well.  I also stamped some flowers from the Painted Flowers stamp set, then I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I used those florals on the bottom right and the top left of my photo, layering and tucking them in front of and behind my photo.

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Beautiful is the title of my layout, which shows my sentiment to the photo.  I used the scripted acetate piece for my title.  I also added two acetate butterflies.  I love the way the bold black pops against my layout.  I finished off by making a tab out of pattern paper, and adding my date using the date stamp included in the kit.  I included the “BEST DAY” sticker to add another bold black element.  I adhered the journaling that I printed off from the computer and cut into strips.  Some gold watercolor splatters and a little thread, and my layout is done!

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Altenew is currently holding a promotion.

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Finally, Altenew is hosting a giveaway as a part of this blog hop.  Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, July 22nd.

*Also, I will be drawing a winner here from my comments.  Comment on this blog post for a chance to receive a $30 gift certificate.  I will announce the winner on my blog by Friday, July 21, 2017.

Here is the blog hop order:

Altenew

Enza Gudor

Paige Evans

Missy Whidden

Sandra Dietrich

Meghann Andrew

Stefanie Ried

Flora Monika Farkas

Claudia van Rooijen

Elsie Robinson

Kymona Tracey

Irit Landgraf

Elena Morgun

AhSang Jung  <—  you are here

Eunyoung Lee  <—  your NEXT STOP

Anna Komenda

Lilith Eeckels

Terhi Koskinen

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to get crafty!

Happy Wednesday!