Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Altenew June 2019 Stand-alone Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty peeps,

Welcome to yet another Altenew release blog hop hehe! Today we are showcasing the June stand alone dies!

You should have arrived here from the wonderful Irina Fonina's blog! I'll add the full blog hop list at the end of this post, for your convenience!

I've only made 5 cards with this release (I know right?!) because there's so much going on in my life right now, deadline upon deadline...But I'm sure you see loads of inspiration along the hop! Oh, also, I had a 6th card but guess what...I messed it up since I mixed in some July release dies too, omgosh, where's my mind...So that one I will only be able to share in July!

Anyway, about my projects! First up is the Color Wheel die! This is a rather large die so I decided to only use parts of it. I don't like big cards! All cards but one in this post are A2 top folding cards. The one here on the right side is a bit taller because I absolutely wanted to use this beautiful sentiment in the middle (the sentiment is from the gorgeous Build-A-Flower: Ranunculus stamp set) and also didn't want to crop more off the wheels. 

I grabbed a few shades of pinks, aquas and blues and did a bit of paper piecing. This takes time but I always love the result! There's an extra big circle die in this set, so you can die cut the wheel two ways: directly in the panel like I did on the left card, or if you use the extra circle, you will have the color wheel completely cut out. Now I'm thinking I could have made circle cards too!

I stamped the sentiment in black Versafine ink so it's nice crisp. I just felt I was missing something. I went through my enamel dots stash and pulled out all colors I thought would fit. And then totally went overboard...I can't help it... I finished off both cards by adding some gold paint splatters.

On my next cards I used the the Dainty Blooms cover die. Honestly, I am always only planning to make one card...Here, that was the one in the middle. But then I hate throwing anything away! I'm sure a lot of you can relate to this. Especially with paper piecing, if I want to use more colors, I have to die cut the whole panel several times and I have a bunch of perfectly good die cut panels...However, since piecing back all pieces takes a long time, I tried to use the rest in different ways.

On the left card I just stacked up two die cut panels and attached them to a white card base. Easy peasy. I then gold heat embossed the sentiment (from the Folksy Florals stamp set) on vellum so I didn't cover up the die cut background so much. For a little something something I added some ribbon and a button.

Sentiment on the card in the middle is again from the Build-A-Flower: Ranunculus stamp set.

For my last card I trimmed off the top part of the die cut panel, adhered it to a white card base, did some paper piecing, stamped my sentiment (from the Folksy Florals stamp set) and added a twine bow at the top. Oh and some gold ink splatter on all 3 cards! Because after two years of searching I found 2 bottles of my fave gold ink (in Malaysia for all places!) and now I don't have to be so stingy with it anymore hehe!

And now the fun part...Giveaways, yay! Read on to find out how you can win! Good Luck!

1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook blog by 06/24/2019 for a chance to win. 

2. Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from comments on each designer's blog in the blog hop list.

All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 06/27/2019!

That's it for today guys! I apologize if this post is full of mistakes, I'm writing it after just 2 hours of sleep... You know the feeling when you wake up in horror to remember that today is blog hop day and you haven't written your post. No? Me neither, it's a first lol! Alright, back to bed!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Have an awesome day!


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Rainbow card trio - DT project for Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends,

I'm stopping by today to share my latest creations for the Pinkfresh Studio Card Design Team. 

I didn't have time to play with the super cool Abstract Builder stamp set before so I thought I'd go with this set and create a few different backgrounds. I love the sample designs on the back of the packaging so it was hard to not do them! They are however simple and clean designs and every time I go for that I don't like my cards. Why is it that I love other people's CAS cards, but when I make them myself I feel like they are unfinished? I don't get it. Having said that, the cards I'm sharing today are super simple, mostly one layer cards - but with less white space.

I went with rainbow colors, because well, I love it colorful! All 3 cards are A2 size top folding cards.

I stamped the big black frame first, then created a mask for it - which was completely unnecessary because I ended up stamping it again so I could add foam adhesive behind it to pop it up. I never do think ahead (when it comes to crafting), what can I say :D. Anyway, with the mask on, using the small, straight brushstroke stamp, I created colorful stripes. These stamps are so forgiving, you really don't need to measure anything. It doesn't have to be perfect! Once done, I stamped the second frame, then stamped and heat embossed one of the sentiments from the You've Got This stamp set. This is the second time I forgot that my embossing powder was translucent so it doesn't show up on the black frame ugh! It doesn't bother me though. To finish off this card I tied a twine bow at the top and added jewels from the Essentials: Jewels Mix box. It's a good thing those jewels come in a rainbow of colors, ha!

On my next card I used the 4 curved brushstroke stamps to create a circular design - I just started in the middle and followed the same order of colors as on my first card, alternating between the four stamps. Once done, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment (same stamp set as before) in the middle, added some black splatters for accent (also part of the Abstract Builder stamp set!) and a twine bow. First I didn't like how this turned out but now it's my favorite of the 3 haha!

On my last card I created a black frame in the middle - this is the same L shape stamped twice to form a rectangle, if that makes sense. I created a mask for this frame too, then started stamping at the top. I used less colors since the leaf images are quite large. I went from lightest to darkest colors, from top to bottom, again. I finished off this card with some jewels and twine.

That's it! I hope you feel inspired to give the Abstract Builder stamp set a go! There's so many options to build backgrounds, or if you like more white space, create some focal designs. I love this set!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Take Me Away - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

I'm back today with a new layout I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team!

A while back I was working on some cards for Spellbinders (you can check the blog post here) for some of which I used Paige's older collections and all of a sudden I felt the urge to use one of those for my new layout. I chose Take Me Away because it's what I used least in the past. At the time it came out I still refused to use flowers and feminine colors on my boy layouts so I didn't buy a whole lot of the collection. It's a shame really because it is gorgeous!

Now that I use whatever I want/like on my layouts, I totally could have gone with flowers, right?! Then what do I do? I pick a cut file that is not all that feminine nor does it have anything to do with flowers hahaha! The most photos we have are from our travels and now that I don't make a lot of layouts I wanted to make sure I scrap those photos first. So I guess give me all the travel themed collections, ha! 

Anywhooo...The cut file I chose is called Signage Post (Design ID: 293593), I thought it would be perfect for a travel layout. I totally love road signs, no idea why, is that weird?!

I backed the cut file with different patterned papers: I started with yellow tones at the top then pinks and purples going down. For the pole itself I chose a stunning deep blue floral paper.

I added some tissue paper, tags and die cut frames behind my photo and glued it all down around the middle of my page. I placed the cut file on foam adhesive and attached it to my background, slightly overlapping my photo. I selected some embellies which I added on top of the signs: chipboard and wood veneer arrows. I also glued a wood veneer geo tag on my photo! These pieces are so cute!

Lastly, I added my title, journaling and date. The title is from the Foam Phrase Thickers pack. I think now I only have 2 words left (and I had 2 packs) which is so sad because it's one of my favorite! The font is perfection, the words/phrases are versatile and there is a sheet of gold words as well as the most amazing pearl white I ever did see! I truly don't have anything else in that color and it literally fits everything. So sad :(.

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you to dig into some of your older stash and create something lovely! I for one love working with older collections!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have a wonderful day!