Thursday, November 29, 2018

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

 Hello everyone! I'm excited to join the Crafty Friends Blog Hop at the Altenew Card Blog! If you are hopping along from the beginning you should be arriving from the blog of the wildly talented Virginia Lu! (the full hop list is at the end of this post)
We are celebrating the Wonderfully supportive and Happy World-Wide community of CRAFTY FRIENDS with a two day hop!

MANY talented/inspiring artists have shaped my Cardmaking Journey(too many to mention by name here). Some creators I simply admire from afar. While other lovelies, have slowly become friends over the years:) The daily excitement of seeing what is being shared via social media from this Crafty Community is a BRIGHT spot in my life! Crafty friends encourage me to create, simply for the JOY of creating something I LOVE. They challenge me to learn new techniques, and often times, step out of my comfort zone to actually connect with people outside my family realm. yes, I am an introvert, hermit, crazy card lady...
I am grateful to those who purposely reach out to encourage and share a bit of kindness to me and so many other crafters/artists on a daily basis. It warms my heart to be a small part of this happy place! And I look forward to finding new artists every year and watch them WOW us with their very own personal style:)) You can find me on Instagram @mammacooksalot and YouTube: Mamma LauraJane

 In celebration of Friends; I created these for YOU! All are colored with the Watercolor Brush Markers - Spring Garden Set
I have a short video featuring the cards from this post:) Watch it below, or in HD on on my Youtube channel.

First, Life is beautiful with friends like you:

Altenew Supplies: 
Party Time Die for the sequins

To make this card:

Next, YOU inspire me:

Altenew Supplies: 
Perfectly Perfect Stamp & Die Bundle
Feeling Dotty Stencil
Artist Markers to color the enamel dots

I thought the card looked nice both long ways and up-right.  Which way do think it looks best?
Did you know that the Enamel Dots can be colored with the Artist Markers to match your projects perfectly? A tip I learned from the ever helpful Lydia Evans from one of her FaceBook Live videos..  

Finally, Thanks x 2

Altenew Supplies: 
A Gift for you stamp set...a set not sold, but sent to those who order regularly from store directly.

Your next stop on the hop is Simon Says Stamp!
Thank you Sponsors!!

*There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:
My Sweet Petunia: 3 MISTI stamping tools(Memory, Original, and Mini)
Jennifer McGuire Ink: Altenew $50 gift certificate & 10 handmade cards
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $25 gift certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 2 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall 2018 issue $25 gift certificate
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 Dual Brush Pens

Prizes, Prizes, and More Prizes from Altenew! Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win!
37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.
*Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners
*one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners
ONE more Giveaway $20 gift certificate to one comment right here on my blog! I will announce the winner here by 12/9/2018.

Edited for WINNER:

My winner of the $20 gift certificate at Altenew is....
What a gorgeous group of cards - the colours are so bright and sunny, you would not be able to help but smile to receive one of those!
***CONGRATULATIONS NOXPlease contact by 12/20/2018 with the subject line Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Winner from LauraJane's Blog.

Blog Hop Order:
As always, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the hop!!!

Hope your Day is Blessed

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Altenew November 2018 Stamp/Die/Ink/Sticker Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

It's time for a NEW RELEASE at Altenew and I'm thrilled to be on the BLOGHOP roster! If you are hopping from the beginning you should be arriving from Agnieszka Malyszek's blog.
This release not only has STAMPS and DIES, but 16 New Crisp Ink colors and 5 different rolls of STICKERS too!

You check out the full November 2018 New release Here.

Here is my first project :)
 I used the Vintage Florals Stickers to create a Quick and easy card with dies only, no stamping on this one.

I found that the Halftone Circle Nesting dies work perfectly to create a clean matting for the small stickers and the Fine Frames Circles Die adds the hint of gold needed to make the circles pop! Other dies used: Creative Edges: Lace Die, and Cross Stitch Canvas Die
 Here is a video introducing 4 of the 5 new sticker packs and how I made the card.
You can watch below or in HD on my YouTube channel.

The Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set was a must have for me.  When I was younger, many afternoons were spent collecting those "Wish Flowers" and scattering the seeds like so many dancing fairies on the wind. How fun it was to re-create that wistful look for my next card :)


Both Engraved Flowers Stamp Set and the Kind Confetti Stamp Set grace the next two cards I created for Christmas cards.

I just LOVE the GOLDEN EDGE WASHI TAPE for a hint of sparkle!
The card below has more sparkle from the STARRY NIGHT stamp set and Gold embossing.
The next 3 cards feature the gorgeous new INKED ROSE stamp set. Similar to the Inked FLORAL from a previous release, the INKED ROSE stamp set has so many more sentiments to choose from. 
  • For my first card I simply heat embossed the INKED ROSE and leaves with black EP onto Arches 140# watercolor paper. 
  • Added a sentiment banner embossed in Silver EP 
  • A strip of SILVER washi tape iunderneath to help it stand out
  • Matted it onto OLIVE watercolored paper 
  • Sprinkled a few sequins. 
I found the card above to be wanting more I removed the sentiment banner and embellishments then set to adding/experimenting with the Watercolor Brush Markers - Spring Garden Set. The cardfront below is what came from using almost EVERY color in the set! Yes, It was that FUN! Then I heat embossed a sentiment in GOLD.
Not being one to let well enough alone, I went out on a limb to create a second card, or "MIRROR IMAGE WASH" of the richly pigmented cardfront above.....I was thrilled with what I came up with :)  I'm so glad I took a chance to try this out.

Here is a quick 2 minute video sharing the process of making the 'MIRROR IMAGE WASH' by spritzing water on the watercolored INKED ROSE cardfront above, smoshing a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper on top and ending up with a BEAUTIFUL second card with very little effort! 
***You can watch below or in HD on my YouTube channel.

To finish each card front I dabbed the edges with Embossing Ink and sprinkled GOLD embossing powder and heat set. Matted each with OLIVE watercolored paper, keeping them simple.
I did go back and touch up the colors of the above card after spritzing..a kiss of Copic Opaque White helped get the highlights back on the petals after the colors ran together, see the video to understand what I mean..

I thought a double matte looked nice with the MIRROR IMAGE WASHED cardfront. The sentiment is HALF embossed in GOLD and a few Flicks of water and GOLD EP adds more depth and interest, as well as a hint of Artist Markers to define some petals.
And my final card has the adorable new acorns from the GRATEFUL stamp and die set.
I love the detail in teh simple layers in this set. I inked them with COFFEE BREAK mini cube set., with a hint of Paper Bag crisp ink for the acorn caps.
Other supplies used:
Halftone Circle Nesting dies
Forever and a Day Stamp & Die Bundle
Label Love stamp set
Antique GOLD embossing powder
Olive Crisp ink

***And I could not let a New Release go without stitching something :) So Grateful to be able to share with you!
Thank you so much for checking my creations out today! It was most difficult to stop playing with this November New Release! What would you like to play with first? Leave me a comment in the comment section for a chance to win.
Your next stop is Kristina Pokazanieva's blog.

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 11/18/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 11/21/2018.

Additional Giveaway:
I will draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate from comments left here on my blog post. Winner will be announced by 11/18/2018.

And the winner of the $30 GC goes to:

Beautiful creations, so amazing in styles & colours. The dandelion card actually looks like one of those stunning natural wildflower photographs you get, I had to double look, magnificent. Thank you.
Congratulations Andrea!
Please contact us at by 11/30/2018 with the subject line Altenew November 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from LauraJane's Blog.
Happy Shopping :)

Blog Hop Order:

Check out the full November 2018 New release at Altenew Here.

Hope your Day is Blessed
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You can also find me:
Instagram @mammacooksalot  
YouTube: Mamma LauraJane.

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