Thursday, August 16, 2018

Altenew August 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the fabulous Altenew August release blog hop! You should have arrived here from the wonderful Svitlana Shayevich 's blog! 

This is my first time joining this blog hop, so I am very excited! It's a wonderful release, I'm sure you guys will love it too!
On my first card I've used the Mega Ampersand die paired with patterned papers from the first Altenew scrapbook kit, Reflection.

I diecut the ampersand from a striped patterned paper and from a foam sheet too. I made an A2 size top folding card base, layered a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper on it, then added the ampersand. I fussy cut some roses from one of the patterned papers in the kit and using foam dots, I attached these to the ampersand. I embossed a sentiment on black cardstock and glued this on top. To finish off my card I splattered black ink here and there.

Next up is a 2 for 1 set! I don't like to throw away scraps so I often end up with multiple cards when I'm only planning to make one ha! This one was anyway special because my best friend and me both turned 40 in May and our planned birthday trip to Rome didn't work out. I wanted to make twin cards, one for her and one for me! Always and forever, you know? <3

On these cards I've used the Mega Number dies 4 and 0, the Halftone Squares stamp set and the Floral Art stamp and die sets. First I made the shaker card. For this I stamped a pastel rainbow background using one of the stamps from the Halftone Squares set. I die cut 40 from it then glued some clear acetate on the back. I made an A2 top folding card base (landscape orientation). I placed foam tape on the back to create the shaker "pocket" and filled it with various sequins before attaching it to my card base. I stamped a sentiment on the side and added some die cut flowers that I created with the Floral Art stamp set.

On the second card I used up the numbers I die cut from the rainbow panel. I created a simple white top folding card base and splattered some black ink on it. Then I added the numbers with the help of foam adhesive. Just like the previous card, I decorated this one with some stamped flowers. I embossed the sentiment on a thin black piece of card stock and glued it on top of the numbers.

Next up two cards on which I've used the Floral Art stamp and die sets again (for the bundle click here). I made two A2 size top folding card bases and started stamping!

I chose a few different shades of aqua and grey inks for one of the cards and corals for the other. The design on the coral card I just stamped directly onto the card front. Whereas the other one has a stamped background and die cut flowers layered on top. I like both looks!


To finish these off I added some Nuvo drops.

My last card today features the Wildflower Garden stamp and die sets (bundle). You may already know the stamp set because it was released a while back, but now there's coordinating dies too yay! I made another A2 size top folding card base which I covered in black ink splatters. I stamped a bunch of flowers in a few different colors I picked and die cut them.

Then I arranged them on my card base and glued them down: some directly on the card front, others with the help of foam dots to add a bit of variety and dimension. Last but not least, I embossed my sentiment and adhered it to my card.

I also made a layout because lately I just don't make many layouts anymore and I kinda missed it. I used the Mega Number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 dies and the Halftone Squares dies paired with the gorgeous Reflection kit to create this page.

I die cut a whole bunch of squares and the numbers from a rainbow paper, making sure I had enough in each color I chose to work with. I went with white card stock for my background, something I generally don't do because I love patterned paper too much. I did use a piece of striped patterned paper at the bottom though! I printed my photos in a smaller format and started playing around with placement.

Once I decided what I want, I started gluing things down. I used foam adhesive here and there to add some interest.

I then went through the embellies in the Reflection kit and pulled out things that fit my colors and general theme. I wrote my journaling in one of the squares and finally splattered some black ink around my page. Done!

I had so much fun with these gorgeous new Altenew supplies! Aaaand you have a chance to win gift certificates so that you can buy some of these for yourself! Is that cool or what?! Here is how:

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 Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/26/2018.

2. I will also draw a winner from comments left on this blog post! One lucky commenter will receive a $30 gift certificate! I will announce the winner here in this blog post by August 22, 2018.

Your next stop is one of my favorite card makers, the super talented Norine Borys! Below you'll find the full blog hop list for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy hopping!


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rainbow flower cards - DT project for WOW! embossing powder

Hey crafty friends,

This month's theme at WOW! embossing powder is "rainbows". My fave! I love rainbows, they make me happy.

I generally don't use a lot of different embossing powders at the same time because I don't like warping. Plus the more times I emboss the same paper, the more stray powder I have, no matter what I do. So I decided to challenge myself to use several powders on my card and I'm glad I did.

Here's what I used for today's cards:

  • WOW! Embossing Pad
  • WOW! Primary Ebony Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Metalline Perfect Plum Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Parma Violet Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Blue Tang Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Apple Red Regular embossing powder
  • WOW! Primary Bird of Paradise Regular embossing powder

I chose the Simple Flowers set from Altenew for these cards. It was the very first set from Altenew that I bought and to this day never used! It was love at first sight but I wasn't much of a card maker when I bought it ha!

I started stamping the flowers, one at a time, and embossed them in the above mentioned colors. See the warping of the paper? This is why I normally avoid embossing in different colors. I know not everyone is bothered by warping but I am, and this is why I also don't often do mixed media scrapbook pages.

I then embossed my sentiment in black too. Since I don't have yellow and the right shade of green embossing powders, I added these details with color inks from Altenew.

What to do with the warping...Then I had a thought. Why not send the card panel through my Cuttlebug. And while I was at it, why not add some dry embossing? So I picked a polka dot embossing folder and embossed the panel.

This helped so much with the warping! I will say that the embossing got a bit destroyed but I like the distressed kind of look!

I created an A2 size top folding (but landscape orientation) card base and adhered an A2 size color cardstock piece on top of it (on the other card I used patterned paper). I splattered some black ink on the card for contrast and done!

Not my typical cards since I prefer more layers and dimension but I do like the simplicity of these.

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some way!

Happy crafting!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Scrapbook inspiration - DT project for Pinkfresh Studio

Hi there lovelies,

I'm stopping by to share some new layouts with you that I've created for the Pinkfresh Studio design team!

I love the fresh summery lemon theme in the Simple and Sweet collection and as luck would have it I actually have a bunch of photos of a lemon tree. While on holiday, we had our own lemon tree in the garden, it was so lovely!

I chose the Lemon Lush, the Sweet Life and the Good Things patterned papers for my first layout. I often go for this design where I have a bunch of things in two opposite corners, so I cut apart the Good Things paper and started building two clusters.

I added a stitched frame to my photo and tucked it under the lemons at the top. I fussy cut out some lemons and leaves from one side of the Lemon Lush paper and some black and white flowers and lemon slices from the other side of it. I like black and white for accent on such pastel layouts.

Varying liquid and foam adhesive, I added my fussy cut elements at the top and bottom. I also placed some chipboard and epoxy stickers as well as some enamel dots on my clusters.

Do you remember that song, Lemon tree from Fool's Garden?! It was a huge hit when I was at high school and it still often comes to my mind. And then what happens?! I find a "Wonder" chipboard in this collection, haha! So it had to be! Wonder became my title and I wrote a part of the lyrics around it, as well as my journaling. Added some black ink splatters and stamped my date, done!

My second layout looked better in my head to be honest but it's what it is. I'm sure we don't like every single layout we make the same way right?

I chose a cut file by Paige Evans and cut it from white textured card stock. I then backed it with scraps I had left of the Simplicity, Happy Life and Good Company patterned papers and two different pink card stocks too. One of the pink card stocks I used to back the middle of the wreath too.

For my background I chose the Happy Life patterned paper and adhered my floral wreath in the middle using foam tape. I cut one of the stitched frames to the size of my photo and lay it over it. I tucked this behind some of the flowers. 

For my title I went with Full of Joy from the gold foiled puffy stickers. 

I started adding embellishments, although not too many. I felt like this page didn't need more. I chose some chipboard and epoxy stickers. I used one of the tabs in the ephemera pack for my date, I just covered up the words in the middle with a piece of white paper.

I wrote my journaling all around the page because I didn't like it anywhere else. I was going to write it in a circle around the cut file but then my friend Enza suggested this and I liked the idea. 

I splattered some gold paint all over the page and done!

I also have a third page for you today, this one was created for the Pinkfresh Studio August challenge:

Here's my take on the summer theme and the pastel colors! I think this is my favorite of the three layouts even though I wasn't even sure I want to make it. I love big titles but I'm also kind of tired of them.

I used the Simplicity patterned paper for background because I haven't used this one before. I cut the title from pink card stock and backed it with the other side of the Simplicity paper. So that the title doesn't get lost on that busy floral background, I layered some white card stock behind it as well. I glued the white card stock on the background, then I added foam tape to the title and glued it down too. This way there's a bit of depth to it and it stands out even more. I layered some scraps and ephemera pieces behind the photo and tucked it all in behind the letters.

I went through all the embellishments I had and selected the ones that fit my page. I arranged them the way I liked them and adhered them all down. I ended up using puffy stickers, chipboard stickers, ephemera, epoxy stickers and enamel dots as well.

I stamped the date, added my journaling and some black paint splatters to finish off my page.

That's it for today guys! I hope you like the pages and are inspired in one way or another!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a fabulous start to your week!


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Card inspiration - DT project for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there crafty friends,

I'm stopping by to share a card duo I've created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team!

I had a vague memory of having a 6x6 paper pad from the Take Me Away collection, but really wasn't sure if I just dreamt it...This is the collection I have the least supplies left of, especially paper, so I was literally jumping around with joy when I in fact did find it!

So for today's cards I'm using this collection!

First up is this card, for which I've picked out the Organic Flowers Background cut file (Design ID: #249892). 

First I scaled down the cut file a bit so the design was smaller, then cropped it to an A2 size (4.25x5.50") and cut it from a mint patterned paper. I backed it with a darker shade of mint paper and glued this panel onto an A2 size top folding card base. I then went through my embellies and tried about a hundred different options before I settled on this design. 

I added a floral chipboard frame in the middle, then layered some chipboard flowers in one corner and die cut flowers in the opposite corner. Before adding the die cut flowers from the ephemera pack, I glued down some tangled gold thread onto the frame too for additional texture. Last but not least I added a yellow suede bow and a chipboard sentiment. Oh, I almost forgot, I also splattered some gold paint on the card front!

For my second card I've chosen the Geometric Background Stitching Pattern cut file (Design ID: #271163). I chose this yellow striped paper that I used on a layout too once, in 12x12, and I actually stitched the title on that too in yellow! So I thought I'd add stitching to this as well, and to make my life easier, I went ahead and tried this stitching template cut file. It surely saved me some time not having to poke all the holes myself! I scaled down this design too and then cropped it in a way that it was symmetrical in A2 size. I then sent it through my Cameo.

While I was watching The Originals on Netflix, I hand stitched the panel. Once ready, I attached it to an A2 size top folding card base, using foam adhesive. Mostly because when you stitch, you have a bulk of thread on the backside and the card front wouldn't be smooth if you just glued it on with normal glue. Hence, foam tape. 

I made it my purpose to finally use this heart wood veneer ha! I made 3 cards before this one which I was planning to use this heart for but I never liked the way it looked. Now I finally do! I didn't want to cover up much of the stitched design since I spent so much time on it, so I kept embellishing to a minimum. I glued some tangled thread under the wood veneer, then added some flowers on top that I fussy cut from a gorgeous patterned paper. 

To finish off this card, I added a chipboard sentiment using foam tape and splattered gold ink here and there. Done!

I hope you like today's inspiration! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


SUPPLIES:  Take Me Away collection - 6x6 Paper Pad, Wood Veneer Shapes, Suede Bows, Chipboard Stickers, Ephemera Die Cuts

Monday, July 23, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh + WOW! Embossing Powder Blog Hop

Hi there friends,

A very big crafty hello and welcome to a very special Blog Hop collaboration with the WOW! Embossing Powder & Pretty Pink Posh design teams. You should have arrived here from Olga's blog!

We are going to bring you a fun hop where there are PRIZES from both companies up for grabs, and lots of inspiration!
The crafters involved in this hop are going to bring you an array of projects, colouring inspiration and a variety of ways to have fun with both Pretty Pink Posh & WOW Embossing Powders collectively.

I received such cute items from Pretty Pink Posh, I was really happy with them and couldn't wait to use them! On my first card I used the Bold Bloom stamps and coordinating dies to create all these tiny little embossed flowers. I chose a few different patterned papers and embossed the images with WOW Opaque White Regular embossing powder.

I created an A2 size top folding card base and stamped my sentiment on it with a very light blue ink. This sentiment is one from the fabulous Everyday Greetings set. I love love love the font and all the sentiments, so I'm sure I'll be using these often!

I die cut all the little flowers, stems and leaves and arranged them on my card base. Once I like the look, I glued them down. I added a strip of patterned paper at the top as well as some Nuvo drops, to finish up my project.

Next up is a card where I stamped and embossed the whole background using two leaf stamps from the Bold Blooms stamp set. I used the WOW Oyster Glintz and Mayan Glintz embossing powders. They are super pretty, pearl like colors! I trimmed off a bit from this panel and glued it on an A2 size top folding card base.

I then die cut my sentiment "Lovely" with the help of the Pretty Pink Posh Lovely Script die. I die cut it once from patterned paper and a bunch of times from white card stock. I glued them all together to get a more dimensional piece.

I adhered this onto my card front. As a last step I added some Pretty Pink Posh jewels, in Sea Glass colors. I glued them down upside down becaue the color on the bottom fits my card more.

I think this third card is my favorite! I love colorful things! I created an A2 size card base (this time in landscape orientation). I started stamping on an A2 size white card stock - I didn't plan this out at all. I was alternating between the different flowers and stamped them at different heights. What I love about this set especially is that there is a stamp for each flower and leaf to add color to them. This way I don't have to spend time on coloring! Love it!

I stamped and embossed my sentiment (same stamp set as before) with WOW Primary Ebony Regular embossing powder. Some black ink splatters and done!

I hope you like these projects! Let me know what you think!

No blog hop is complete without some prizes. Are you ready for some awesome giveaways?! We have two for you!
  • WOW! Embossing Powder is giving away 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carry case to safely store your powders in.
  • Pretty Pink Posh is giving away an assortment of goodies up to the value of $75!
The only thing you need to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on each of the design team members' blog hop post. The winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL POSTS of this blog hop by 6.00am PST on Sunday 29th July 2018 and will be announced on the blog on Monday 30th July 2018.

Your next stop is the Pretty Pink Posh blog! Don't forget to leave comments to be eligible to win the awesome prizes!

Here's the  whole line-up for your convenience: