Monday, October 1, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Flourishing Zinnia Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome friends! It's a lovely first day of October, which means a NEW Build-A-Flower is being released at Altenew!




The new Build-A-Flower Flourishing Zinnia  has multi- layers to build a gorgeous bloom and 3 layers for the leaf image.





I'm excited to be part of the Blog Hop; sharing inspiration samples using the newest BAF family member,  Flourishing Zinnia. This is your last stop on the Hop list. If you are hoping from the beginning, you should be arriving from Jung AhSang's blog.

**Remember to leave comments on each blog for chances to WIN gift certificates to the Altenew Shop.


**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 10/9/2018.


**Optional Giveaway:
I will draw a winner from comments left here on my blog post, to receive a $20 gift certificate, generously given by Altenew:)) The winner will be announce by 10/7/2018.


Thank you for all the lovely comments left here on my blog! Your encouragement makes my day!



I love the pastel colors of the first one. Those are so pretty and delicate. And I love how you basically turned the leaves into feathers with your modified herringbone. So creative. Thanks for sharing your projects with us. I am always inspired to think about products and stamp sets differently when I see how you use them.


Congratulations ANNALISA! Please contact winner@altenew.com by 10/20/2018 with the subject line BAF: Flourishing Zinnia Release Blog Hop Winner from LauraJane's Blog.
Happy Shopping and creating with Altenew:)


Here is a simple card stamped with all the layers of the Flourishing Zinnia .
The First and last layers are inked with Blush Crisp ink. The following layers were inked with Rouge, Coral Bliss, and Peach Perfect. 
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For my next card




  • I used the coordinating dies in the set to cut masks and built a background of Zinnias with leaves tucked in behind them.
  • Zinnia layers inked with a combination of  Blush, Rouge, Coral Bliss, and Peach Crisp Inks
  • Leaves are inked with the Warm Gray mini cube set
  • For a little garden scene, I created a gate by adding the SHUTTER COVER DIE turned on it's side, glued to my inked background panel.
  • Added the sentiment, heat embossed with Antique Silver Crisp EP, onto a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the cardfront.
  • Then I stamped another Flourishing Zinnia and two leaves that were die-cut and popped up with foam tape as one beautiful embellishment 
  • Finished with a few dots from the Coral Berry Artist Marker at the center of each zinnia
Layering guide

While playing with the many layers of the Build-A-Flower: Flourishing Zinnia
I found that using just three colors for the all the layers of the bloom created a fresh variation. 



Hope you have enjoyed my cards so far...here is the full Blog Hop List:
Laura Jane<<YOU are here!


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I have a Bonus card to share with you!

Going for a more MIXED MEDIA style, I inked the layers of Build-A-Flower: Flourishing Zinnia with several colors from the WaterColor 36 pan set and the MISITI tool.
  • I die-cut several leaves from the set and arranged them in a wreath shape, then machine stitched them on to a cardfront, splattered with greens and yellows from the pan set.
  • Stamped the sentient in the center with Jet black ink
  • Added the new LEAF washi tape and the GOLDEN EDGE washi tape to the top of the panel
  • Layered the LEAFY GARLAND die (covered with Pastel Strokes Washi)
  • Stacked three die-cut Flourishing Zinnias on top of each other with a few French knots at the center, Popped them into place with liquid glue
  • Embelished with Thread nests and nuvo dots
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Before you go, take a look at my stitched hoop inspired by the wreath in the card above:)

 I used the solid leaf image from Build-A-Flower: Flourishing Zinnia to stamp a wreath onto % 100 cotton fabric. Then added the sentiment in the center. Evening Gray is my ink of choice on white cotton.


  • I practiced a modified Fishbone Stitch on the Wreath of leaves in DCM floss #s 3752, 3768, and 3813
  • A single strand of DCM # 3371 worked for a Split Stitch for the smaller words..
  • AWESOME is Split Stitched using 2 strands of the same #3371 floss. Leaving a dropped shadow in ink... It's amazing how changing the number of strands can alter the look of a stitch:) 
  • I then freehand stitched some twigs all around the wreath, 2 strands: #3371 floss
  • The Lazy Daisy stitch created tiny blossoms in DCM #712
  • Finally, a carefully stamped 3rd layer of the Flourishing Zinnia Satin Stitched with DCM #712
  • more twigs for  balance
  • Colored the hoop with WG03 and R056 Artist Markers


 Do YOU like stitching?? Let me know in the comment section below.


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66 comments:

  1. That soft peach color scheme may have made me buy this set!

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  2. Wow, laura. They are all fabulous and amazing. You are always make unexpectedly amazing creations.

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  3. Lovely, soft cards! I have never been patient enough for stitching, so cardmaking is my craft.

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  4. Absolutely awesome display of projects using this new BAF Set Laura Jane! I love that you included the stitched project too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. These are gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wow..the zennia's look so beautiful specially the peach ones !!

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  7. I love the soft colors on your first card. And yes I love when you share stitching!

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  8. Love all of what you did. Can't even decide which is my most favorite. Probably the soft colors.

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  9. You have been very busy. Your blush/peach cards just might be my inspiration for trying one of these multi layered stamps. So amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Such awesome layouts! Really creative!

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  11. Laura Jane, I can definitely feel your love of flowers...It comes out in your beautiful work. I can't wait until I get this set! I am now one of your many followers.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous cards, Laura Jane. Love your pretty designs.
    The Zinnia looks awesome in any color combo! I used to cross-stitch,
    but don't anymore. That's how my crafty journey began many years
    ago.

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  13. Wow, you have been busy with this stamp set!! All of your cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colors and the designs. I love cross stitching. It is still my first love but I am enjoying card making at the moment. Learning what I can. I have been cross stitching since I was 19. 41 years ago. Eek!! But I love it, it is very relaxing. I won second prize at a county fair for one of my pieces. It was a piece I did while sitting in hospitals while my dad had cancer. He is gone now, 29 years.

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  14. Wow these cards are amazing, you rocked this hop!!!
    Great JOB!! thanks for sharing your talent...

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  15. WOW! These are all such beautiful, unique projects! This wasn't my favorite Build-a-Flower release, but now I think I need to have it :-p

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  16. Your Zinnia cards are stunningly beautiful!

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  17. Very beautiful cards!! Love all the ways you used this beautiful flower!

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  18. I must say, I mostly love the first two cards - they're so elegant and delicate, and gorgeous! But all your makes are fab, as usual! And I really like the sentiments in this set, too!

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  19. Wow! Your projects are really awesome and inspiring. Love the new BAF set.

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  20. It's hard to pick a favorite, but that yellow-green card is really eye-catching!

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  21. All your cards are beautiful! I love the first one. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Oh my, Oh my, Oh my!! 3 soft and sweet pink cards that are so uplifting!!! And then all these other beautiful effervescent ones that spell over inspiration to our souls!! Then last but dare not least, your needlepoint piece!! Stunning and such a perfect gift to cheer up a friend!! I once had a job inwhich, I waited for 10-20 minutes in a side room every hour, during each day. I began stitching to occupy my time and relax me since I had so little else I could do without interruption. It soothed me and became many loved ones' gifts. I now have my Mother's after she had passed which had taken me months. Such beautiful heirloom pieces!! So special to the ones that receive them as well. Am not a stage I could do that right now but have all of my things packed if I wanted to try to begin again. Your stitches are more advanced as well. Great addition with the twigs for balance.

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  23. I love your cards! Lots of lovely dimension!

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  24. Your first two cards are so pretty. I love the softness of the colors. Your embroidered wreath is so nice. And I love stitching.

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  25. I like the second and third cards the best. Awesome stamps!

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  26. You did some very pretty samples with the new zinnia set. I don't blame you though that is one awesome set! I grew ten large pots of zinnas this summer in my yard from seed packets. It was my first time and I was amazed how easy to grow they were. Plus I had lots of bouquets for our home and to share with friends...and did I mention they attract butterflies!!!! So I am a zinnia lover and "need" this set. ;)

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  27. AMAZING! I really like the soft colors of the first one and then the bright yellow!

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  28. Laura Jane, you are amazing!! I love the delicate pink Zinnias and your stitching is beautiful !!

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  29. Beautiful card and embroidery. Love this newest "Build a Flower" stamp and die set.

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  30. What pretty cards!! The soft peach ones are especially beautiful.

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  31. I love the pale colors you used for the zinnia! I tend to go for the pale ones as well. The backgrounds you created are amazing!

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  32. I was impressed with the soft colors you chose for your first card and the bright colors you chose for the second. The first in very elegant and the second very eye catching! I loved them both. Your stitched design is awesome. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

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  33. the pinky Zinnas are stunning. It's great to see the different colours as well.

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  34. I really like your cards. And this stamp set is so unique, lovely

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  35. I liked stitching and embroidery when I was young but don't really have the patience for it 45 years later lol. I do still love the look of it, I really like that you have been adding matching stitched/embroidery items with your cards lately, simply beautiful. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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  36. All of your cards are lovely, but that first one is just classic clean & simple. Really nice. Love your embroidery. I used to embroider on all of my jeans, back in the day, maybe I should try again? Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. I LOVED your cards! The effect of the first card is beautiful and the I also love the bright colors of the second one. Just wonderful on everything!

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  38. Love the soft colors of your flower on the first cards! And you stitched too!! it is just too beautiful!!

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  39. Wow, so many beautiful Zinnia projects!

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  40. Lovely card & awesome color scheme! Thank you for sharing!

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  41. gorgeous cards thanks for the tutorial:)

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  42. It all looks amazing! The soft, subtle colors are so pretty, and your stitching work is just beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  43. I have those soft colors you used on the first cards you created. All your cards are lovely and prove this is a versatile set. Love the zinnia design.

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  44. Wow!! Fabulous set of creations!! Each one is super beautiful and I love the second one a lot, the design is awesome!! <3

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  45. These are all wonderful! Your cards are all very pretty and your cross-stitching looks great.

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  46. Beautiful cards. Love the pink.

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  47. Super awesome cards; the amount of detail in the flower is amazing!

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  48. Love the soft colors you chose for your projects. Beautiful.

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  49. Your cards are awesome...all so beautifully craft. You've truly inspired me. tfs

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  50. So many beautiful projects. I love the soft colors! Beautiful stitching!

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  51. I love the soft color combinations and then pow you hit me with bold colors. I love the stitching and always look forward to your blog.

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  52. Laura Jane, you never disappoint with your creativity. Wow, absolutely stunning!

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  53. Love everything you did! The cards, the colors, and the embroidery!

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  54. Beautiful cards. I love the styles and the subtle pinks.

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  55. Love the soft pretty colors you chose for these beautiful cards & your stitched creation is absolutely gorgeous!

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  56. Love to see stamps being used as a
    background for stitching. I've
    done a lot of needlepoint and
    counted cross-stitch but the
    card making has kind of taken
    over my hobby choice. The
    stitched wreath is fantastic.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. Really love the first card, and it would be a great card with just a sentiment at each stage of the card. Love the soft colors too!

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  58. I love the pastel colors of the first one. Those are so pretty and delicate. And I love how you basically turned the leaves into feathers with your modified herringbone. So creative. Thanks for sharing your projects with us. I am always inspired to think about products and stamp sets differently when I see how you use them.

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  59. I always enjoy seeing your stitching projects! I love to cross stitch but I've never tried other embroidery stitches. Your wreath and flower are beautiful! Your cards are stunning, as well. The soft pinks and peaches of the Zinnias are so pretty on the white backgrounds.

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  60. Beautiful cards... love the peach color sooo much is sooo soothing and the vibrant yellow is sooo pretty and to be mentioned wreath cross stitched embroidery is simply stunning... very well done ,, it really inspired me to try one
    Regards
    Afrreen

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  61. Love the soft colors you used. :)

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  62. gosh the stamp is amazing no matter what colors are used! luv what you did with the background on your second card!

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  63. This is such a pretty flower with so much dimension. Love It! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration! Your colours are gorgeous - and, as always, I love your stitching :)

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