Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Altenew September 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Video!


HELLO Lovelies! Thanks for joining me here today on the Altenew September 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop. I'm honored to be a guest designer for this Festive release:)) You should be arriving from the Altenew Scrapbook Blog.

I have three cards featuring the Festive Poinsettia stamp and coordinating die. The Poinsettia image is large enough to take center stage on a card, making it simple to create quick holiday creations!

 I played around with the new Watercolor 36 Pan set to loosely color the image after I stamped it with black ink. Then used the coordinating die to cut it out, I like how the die cuts the intricate details near the stem keeping the image airy. I then layered the watercolored Festive Poinsettia on top of pattern paper and Dotted washi tape. JOY is heat embossed with Razzleberry Crisp Embossing Powder. Yes, you can emboss on washi!
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I have a one layer wonder for my next Festive Poinsettia using a nifty technique taught by Jennifer Rzasa from the Watercolor: Basics and Beyond Altenew Academy Class and the MISTI tool
Trimmed this lovely card front panel with gold glitter tape and called it done! 
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I did some more really loose watercoloring for a 'set back stamping' card. A technique shared by Jennifer McGuire a few weeks back.




Check out this video I made capturing all the various Festive Poinsettia watercolored with the new 36 Half Pan set from Altenew. You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel





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 Moving on to the Holiday Bow, Bountiful Branch, and Blessings stamp sets. Bountiful Branch has eight layers to the swag. Holiday Bow has three layers for the bow image and two layers for each of the floral/branch elements to create gorgeous garlands and wreaths. Mini Cube Crisp Inks sets used for all the layers are Tropical Forest, Shades of Purple, and Warm Gray with a kiss of Espresso. Coordinating dies make it easy to build many layers for your festive creations.



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 Back to a one layer wonder using the Holiday Bow as the focus of a welcome baby card, colored with Artist Markers. I used Molded 
Lines stencil to draw in the ribbons on each side of the bow. Then cut a mask and stamped Pattern Play Circle with Cotton Candy Crisp Ink. Welcome Baby sentiment is from Baby Balloon stamp set.


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I used large image from Starry Night to stamp a galaxy swoosh for this next one. Warm Sunshine and Ocean Waves Crisp Inks look so pretty heat embossed with Translucent Pearl Crisp Embossing Powder! You are loved is colored with several of the new 36 Half Pan watercolors: Citrus Burst, Warm Sunshine, Bamboo, Mountain Mist, and Ocean Waves. This card features another technique I learned in the watercolor class at Altenew Academy.
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This time I used both the stamp and die set from Starry Night. Inked with Sweet Dreams Mini Cube Set. The sentiment is heat embossed with Antique Silver EP.  
  • I created a stencil with the tree die and inked a very heavily inked tree using Galactic Stream onto white cardstock 
  • then I spritzed the Starry tree stamp image with water and placed it on the inked tree. 
  • Let the stamp set there for a few minutes to dry.
  • removed the stamp to reveal a soft Starry ink-lifted tree:)
  • heat embossed the sentiment and star topped with Antique Silver EP
  • Then I stamped the tree several times onto a white A2 sized panel to create a pattern ed background
  • Cut that panel with the tree die and use the negative cut panel to reveal the lovely tree inked with stars on the first panel
  • foam tape between the two panels gives a nice dimension and interest

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And for a hint of stitching for my last card:
Creative Edges: Evergreen Die adds a tiny forest of glittery trees for my mock hoopart card. The Translucent EP adds that perfect kiss of shimmer to the pattern paper. I did do a little hint of stitching on the sentiment Blessings banner. And that big bold WINTER is from For All Seasons stamp set. A few branches from Holiday Bow stamp set are peeking out from behind the Oval Embroidery Hoop die. 
Thank you for hopping by my blog today. Hope you were inspired:)
Your next stop on the hop is Zinia Redo! You're definitely going to want see her fresh take on the New September Release goodies!

Blog Hop Order


Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 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 9/22/2018.

Additional Giveaway:
I will draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate from comments left right here on this post! Thank you Altenew for generously sponsoring this giveaway:) I will post the winner right here on this post after 9/19/2018.



Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria + Video and Stitching Project:)




Hello everyone! 
I'm excited share with you projects featuring the new Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria. Altenew is having a Bloghop this month sharing inspiration from several Design Team members and guest artists. If you are hopping from the beginning, you should be arriving from the crazy talented Erum Tasneem!
(I do have a full hop roster at the end of this post)
Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria

For my first card I used the middle layer for the blooms of the Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria and the outline layer for the leaves. Then, I grabbed the coordinating dies in the set to cut the images out and arranged them on a softly inked background. Shades of Purple and my favorite, Cosmic Berry Crisp Inks and Artist Markers provide the color on this simple yet elegant card.
Trying out a "Dotty style" of coloring with the Artist Markers shared by Alex Syberia...and Kathy Racoosin:)

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Going for a one layer Collage style card for my next project, which ended up looking quite different than the first. Using all the the image layers in the Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria, I spent a most LOVELY time creating in the craft room!
Crisp Inks used:Pure Granite, Just Green, Sweet Leaf, Minty Mint, Cosmic Berry, Vineyard Berry, Heart Beat, Coral Bliss. 
Additional Supplies: Pinstripe Stamp set and Crystal Clear Embossing Powder
And I actually filmed a process video! 

You can watch the video here in HD or on my YouTube channel.



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After I turned the camera off, I continued playing by using the coordinating dies on several more stamped leaves and additional blooms then added them to the cardfront for greater dimension,..  
The finished card is below:



Do you think I should have stopped at one layer, or do you like the dimension? I like the dimension. Let me know your opinion in the comment section.

AND just because, I'm hooked on modern embroidery as well as Stamping, I DO have a bonus stitching project :)

The outline layers of Anemone Coronaria, along with the Halftone Smile, inked up BEAUTIFULLY on 100% cotton fabric using Evening Grey Crisp Ink, . The coordinating dies created quick Masks on sticky notes to form a sweet cluster of Anemones and leaves.  Next I added the second layer images on the blooms; inked with Warm Sunshine.Then added a bit  of coloring detail with Artist Markers.
I thought the project looked very pretty in it's 6" hoop!

However, because of my new addiction to stitching,, I finished with some modern embroidery to create MORE dimension on this #hoopart.


  •  SOOO many French Knots for the Anemone Coronaria centers
  •  Stem Stitch for the veins of the leaves
  • BackStitch as a partial fill on the SMILE



Hope you've enjoyed my cards and HoopArt today.  Your next stop on the hop is Reiko Tsuchida.
Please leave a comment telling me your favorite project:) and don't forget to leave comments on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win!

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 9/7/2018.

Additional Giveaway:

I will draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from comments left right here on this post! Thank you Altenew for generously sponsoring this giveaway:) I will post the winner right here on this post after 9/5/2018.
Edited to announce winner:

Thank you for all the encouraging comments! I'm so glad so many of you enjoyed the bonus Stitched Hoop Art:))

The winner is......
Your cards are lovely, but the embroidery - wow! Amazing! Love the ombre smile!

Congratulations MARGARET!!  Please contact Altenew at
winner@altenew.com by 9/11/2018 with the subject line 
 
Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria Winner from LauraJane's Blog. 
Happy Shopping:))



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Hello! I'm super excited to celebrate Rubeena's 4th Crafting Anniversary:)) and participating in the Bloghop! Thank you and big hugs Ruby, for the invitation!
If you are hopping along from the beginning, you should be arriving from Lisa Hetrick's blog.

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes!  Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us! For details on day one of the hop, you can visit this post.


GIVEAWAYS
In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prizes.


Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

It's been a joy seeing all that Ruby 'shares' in the crafting community. Her love of learning and mastering new techniques is evident in her creations! The amount of cards and projects Ruby shares is staggering! BRAVO!!
***Remembering a PM several years ago from Ruby about hoping to be on the same DT someday...I feel we are already on the most rewarding team together now. Team Mamma:
creatively nurturing little people; growing them in mind, body and spirit:))In celebration of RUBY, I created this card, encouraging her to CONTINUE creating for the JOY and wonder of it all:))

Here's my card:
OH, what fun I had creating this one! Using the MISTI and Crips inks, along with clean water mist, I achieved a very loose watercolor look on the leaves and Flowers. I shared a quick process video on Instagram of how I made the "gingham look" background. CLICK here to see it:) After fussy cutting and inking the edges of the leaves, I arranged a pretty floral swag mixed with a few blooms simply stamped and die-cut for interest.
I then added a heat embossed sentiment and a thin messy bow and clear drops for embellishment.

Why do I craft? Because creating is wonderful therapy for me...working through a technique and completing a project is VERY satisfying:) like chocolate and afternoon tea.

Supplies used:
ALTENEW, Ethereal Beauty, Focus on You, Molded Lines Stencil, Crisp Inks: Sea Shore Mini Cube SetSweet Dreams Mini Cube SetTropical Forest Mini Cube Set,
SHIMMERZ paints products; SPRITZ :Chick-a-dee, VIBEZ:Glorious Day
Silver Floss, Clear Embossing powder, Nuvo Drops

Your next stop is the final blog on the list; Michele Ferguson!
Flutter on over there to see an ethereal beauty of a card:)


BLOG HOP Day 2
Rubeena Ianigro

Thanks for stopping by today! 




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