Thursday, July 12, 2018

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello friends!
If you've been following my blog the last few years, you know that I LOVE to color thanks to the cloring challenge hosted by Kathy at The Daily Marker.  So when May from Altenew asked if I wanted to join the Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop, I quickly said YES:) Because Coloring is the BEST Therapy for me. 
If you are hopping along from the beginning, you should be arriving from Kelly Latevola's blog.
Who happens to be another one of my biggest coloring influences:))


In honor of the hop, Altenew is having a great promotion on their Artistic Markers



Save 15% on all Artist Markers with code HAPPYCOLORS at checkout. Valid 7/12/2018 at 12:01 AM EDT through 7/15/2018 at 11:59 PM EDT. Shop HERE<<< Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


Let's jump right in, shall we!
I thoroughly enjoyed coloring the images from Folksy Florals with the Artistic Markers. The Zig Real Color watercolor brush pens are my usual go-to medium, so it took some time for me to learn how to color with the Altenew alcohol based markers. Taking the Creative Coloring With Artist Markers Class helped with understanding how the markers blend together too.  By "color mashing" and flicking layer after layer of various markers, I was able to achieve several whimsical blooms:)

Taking photos along the way:) 
I began by lightly inking, on 80# white cardstock, the floral images from Folksy Florals with Buttercream Crisp Ink . which is my favorite ink to use for no line coloring.
These are the main Artistic Marker Colors used for the main colors on all the blooms.
In the end, I added more details and more shades. Below is the complete chart of  Artistic Markers used for coloring the card front.
I stamped the sentiment with Silver Stone and Industrial Diamond Crisp inks and then freehand drew in the stems around the letters.

After making the marker chart, I decided to mark the edges of another A2 sized cardfront with most of the colors used and layer that under the main panel, as a simple border.
That tiny butterfly was a happy accident after I dropped a yellow marker on my completed card.
I finished with a quick kiss of Green on the very edge of the lower edge of the stems for a happy visual break below:) 


I hope you enjoyed the photo walk-through of my coloring with the Artistic Markers on the Folksy Florals stamp set. Your next stop on the Hop is Svitlana Shayevich!

Enjoy the rest of the HOP!

Blog Hop Order:




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Linking this card to the  Creative Coloring With Artist Markers Class for Level 3 AECP at Altenew Academy.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy Birthday Shery!

Hello everyone! I'm joining a  celebration in honor of Shery..owner and mamma STAMPleader of STAMPlorations' Birthday:))

Sending Big hugs and many HAPPY Birthday wishes your way Shery!
I used the fabulous Bloomtangled #1 Cover Plate Die as a stencil for an almost one layer card:) 

  • Sprays from Shimmerz Paints created a quick layer of color. 
  • Then I added some flicks of alcohol markers on the edges of  the largest flowers and leaves for more dimension. 
  • Removed the stencil to reveal the magic!
  • The Birthday Word Die practically dances across the card front as the main accent with the simple wishes sentiment stamped underneath.


Stop by Stamplorations to enjoy the rest of the Surprise:))


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily

Happy July everyone! I'm super excited to participate in the Blog hop for Altenew's Build-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily The Build-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily set includes 1 6x8 stamp set (14 stamp images) and 1 coordinating die set (2 dies).
This special product is only sold as a set, not individually


Build-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily

Here is a snippet of info on the Peruvian Lily, also known as Alstroemeria, blooms in a variety of colors and is native to South America. Some petals are flecked with darker shades, resulting in a distinctive and beautiful look. This stamp set includes a realistic and incredibly detailed Peruvian lily, designed to be stamped in contrasting or coordinating colors. A lovely leaf and painted sentiment finish off the set.

And here are my projects:
This first card features the Peruvian Lily stamped with all the layers. I used the mini crisp ink sets Rose Petal and Tea Party. By mixing up the different inks, each bloom has it's own unique look, yet coordinate because of the similar color sets used.
The leaves are stamped with Frayed Leaf and colored with the Artistic Markers. The coordinating dies made cutting the images out a snap and then I layered them onto a panel cut from the Spring Shower Cover Die inked with Shades of Purple mini cubes.


Layering Guide


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Creating the next card was a labor of love as I colored the Peruvian Lily  images with both Artistic Markers and Ziggys at my mother's bedside. 
Mom peacefully passed away, in her home, June 12th with her family by her side.  Ending a two year  bout with Lymphoma in victory, because there is no more pain or worry. Only new Life, with a New Body, rejoicing on the Otherside, in eternal Glory with our Creator:)
The final layer of the stamen is embossed with GOLD embossing powder for a simple pop of bling! I LOVE the sentiments that come in the set:)
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And my final project with the Peruvian Lily is a 3D home decor hoopart. So excited at how this turned out!!
I stamped several layers from the Peruvian Lily set onto a 7x7" piece of linen tablecloth of mom's. Then I added color and texture with simple stitches of embroidery thread.  Leaving some areas colored in with the Artistic Markers adds more interest to the piece. The BEAUTIFUL sentiment is from the Simple Flowers stamp set. My rusty embroidery skills quickly improved after a few minutes and I found that stitching was good therapy for a weary soul:) 
To finish off the back side of the hoop, I cut a circle from Pattern paper stamped with the special thank you set from Altenew, and glued it to the back for a clean and simple look.  
These two coordinating projects are my submission for the final challenge at AECP for Level 2.

For MORE inspiration stop by Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog to see what the other designers have created:))

Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 7/8/2018.

There's one more prize!
Altenew is graciously offering a $20 gift certificate to one random comment left on this post:)) I'll announce the winner, here on this post, by July 6,2018.





Thank you all for the lovely heartfelt comments, prayers and sympathy. I am continually blessed by this Community of crafters:))) HUGS right back!
And now for the winner, randomly chosen:
Congratulations goes out to Stacey Kowbe,who said;
Beautiful projects! Each one has such a unique feel, I love them all. Sorry to read about your mom. I think many of us have gone through the same and feel the same that they are in a better place with no pain. God bless and thank you for sharing your talent!
Stacey, lease contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 7/15/2018 with the subject line
BAF: Peruvian Lily Release Winner from LauraJane's Blog.


Build-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily & Ink Bundle


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Altenew June 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Altenew Fans! 
I'm honored to share cards featuring the Altenew June 2018 Stamp/Die Release! If you are hopping along from the beginning, you should be arriving from the talented Yoonsun Hur's blog. I will have the full Blog Hop list at the end of this post.

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This is an AMAZING new release:)) with super fun images to stamp and color as well as versatile Dies! ****warning photo heavy post, hope you don't mind:)) I created 7 cards for this hop!

Let's start by looking at the Leaf Canopy Stamp & Die Bundle..It's no secret that I LOVE coloring leaves:)) and that is what I did. 
After stamping the outline images of the Leaf Canopy Stamp Set several times, I colored them with  Artistic Markers: R400, R702, R902, and C002 going with a no-line technique, then adding a few details with a fine line marker.
  • use the coordinating dies to cut out the colored Leaf Canopy images
  • I inked a background with the new Pinstripe Stamp Set with crisp ink, BLUSH,**it's difficult to see*** then took the edge of the ink pad and lightly added a "blush haze" following the diagonal lines
  • added black Splatter
  • and a strip of black CS as well as a strip of Glitter tape from the shop
  • I like the RETRO look of the sentiments in the leaf Canopy set.
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There were enough colored Leaf Canopy images left over to make a second card:)   I paired these with the BOLD Alpha Dies.

  • I inked white CS with the new background Pinstripe Stamp Set using crisp ink, BLUSH again and then cut love out and set the letters aside for another time. 
  • trimmed the pinstriped panel down and matted it onto an A2 sized
  • panel inked with Blush
  • layered a strip of black CS and a strip of Glitter tape among the colored Leaf Canopy images
  • cut several layers of you from the Flower Arrangement Die Set, stacked them with liquid glue popped it into place

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Moving on to some Sunny colored cards: featuring the Sweetest Peas Stamp & Die BundleMoroccan Mosaic Stamp Set, and Ditsy Print Stamp Set


I love the whimsical look to the Sweetest Peas Stamp Set! 
I colored all the blooms with  Artistic Markers:Y204, Y205, Y612, and Y823. Stems and Tendrils G554, G702, G715, and WG03
After coloring the Sweetest Peas, I cut them out with the coordinating dies.
  • I inked a white panel with the Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set for a hint of color using MORNING FROST crisp ink
  • then used the graceful sweep of the largest sweet pea stem as a guide to trim that panel down
  • spounged WARM SUNSHINE and FRESH LEMON onto another panel
  • stamped the sentiment, from Leaf Canopy stamp set, with FRAYED LEAF
  • arranged the die cut sweet peas onto the from of the card with tape runner and dimensional tape


I place the remaining colored Sweetest Pea onto an second cardbase, where I created an interesting background by embossing the Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set with white EP. spounged WARM SUNSHINE over the top and selectively added shadows with a zig marker


  • I added splatter with a fine brush and watered down crisp inks
  • Inked the sentiment, from Leaf Canopy stamp set, with 
  • Then embellished the finished card with a few NUVO drops in coordinating colors
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One last sweet YELLOW card using the Ditsy Print Stamp Set:

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Up next I have a card featuring the Land of the Free Stamp & Die Bundle.  I was SO EXCITED to work with this set since my 18 year old son just entered the US AIR FORCE. The MANY different sentiments in the set will make patriotic card making a breeze!
I went with patriotic Blues from the Cool Summer Night Mini Cube Set to ink the Eagles and various sentiments. Then heat embossed the stars with Antique Silver EP.

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My final card highlights the new Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set and Fine Frames Circles Die
  • I started by placing a circle mask for the center of my card,
  • Then stamped  Moroccan Mosaic  several times..The shadow effect of the was achieved by inking first with Aqualicious, then rotating the my panel once to the right re-inking with Teal Cave rotating again and inked with Dew drops crip ink.
  • I LOVE how easy it is to create a varied frame for the sentiment by using several rings from Fine Frames Circles Die


Thanks for hanging in until the end of my post:))) your next stop on the hop is the Lovely Lilith Eeckels!

Blog Hop Order:

Prizes:
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, June 20th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 6/24/2018.

Wait! There's one more prize!
Altenew is graciously offering a $30 gift certificate to one random comment left on this post:)) I'll announce the winner by June 20, 2018.
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Thanks for all the lovely comments!  I have a winner:)) 
Wonderful variety. I like the muted shades of blush on the first two.
Please contact winner@altenew.com by 6/30/2018 with the subject line 'Altenew June 2018 Release Blog Hop Winner from LauraJane's Blog'.
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