Altenew,Guest Design

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom Release

Hi there! I’m thrilled to be joining Altenew this month in their release of the newest Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom! I love these monthly releases of Build-A-Flower. They are some of the most beautiful flowers I’ve seen, and this month’s sakura blossom is, of course, another knock out.

What I especially love about this month’s release are the 3D sakura blossom dies. I started seeing Altenew releasing 3D dies about a couple months ago, and never quite had the chance to try them myself, so I was pretty excited to give it a go here. I thought it would be fun to die cut these flowers and leaves out of watercolor paper and then watercolor them. It was a bit experimental at first, but after the first one, I got the hang of it. I painted 4 of them, but only 2 of them made it in my project.

So, wow, 3D. How do I incorporate these on my card? Well, the die cut provided score lines in the flowers and leaves, and I utilized to bend, fold, and lift up the petals. I didn’t however do it too much as I still wanted this card to be reasonably mailable. I wanted them stand out, so I used Apple Red card stock for the background and added white acrylic paint splatter all over it.

I heat embossed my sentiment ‘hugs’ in white onto the card in the middle of where I planned on placing a frame. I die cut the frame from the New Day Card Kit in gold mirror card stock. I love the elegant details of this frame and paired beautifully with these sakura blooms.

When assembling, I only added adhesive to the center of the sakuras and right on the “spine” or where the crease is for the leaves. That way they still maintain their 3D shape on the card.

Here’s a closeup of the flowers! Aren’t they beautiful?


To celebrate this special release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners for those that comment on the Altenew blog! So be sure to leave some love over there. Winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Tuesday, January 26th.




My Favorite Things

MFT January Release Replay

Hello! And welcome to this month’s edition of the My Favorite Things Release Replay! This is my favorite post to make every month because I get a little extra time to think and work one just one card, as opposed to a slew of release cards. So, hope you enjoy what I have to share with you today!

One of the stamp sets that I absolutely adore, but unfortuantely ran out of time to create with, was the Ewe and Me Forever set. I love how we’ve been offering smaller stamp set releases, and this is one of them. It features seriously the cutest three little sheeps. I stamped all of them and the jumping one twice in Milk Chocolate hybrid ink and colored them with copics.

My original plan for this card was to creat a sheep counting dream. But, it turns out the sheep took up a little more space than I envisioned it, so as I was creating the card, I ended up with a night time scene card.

I started with the background, which I blended Black Soot and Faded Jeans distress oxide inks. To create the starry sky, I used white acrylic paint and created lots of splatter. I used a small brush to assist in making sure I end up with little dots, as opposed to bigger ones, that look more like snow.

I used the Die-namics Spring Scene to build my landscape. I die cut the grass and hills with Jellybean card stock, and the fence out of Latte card stock. This scene die set comes in very handy as it has all the various pieces to build a scene all in one set!

And finally I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto the starry sky in the top right corner. The grass and all the sheep were adhered with foam tape, while the hills and fence were adhered directly onto the background.

For more inspiration with our January Release products, head on back to the MFT Blog for a full list of participating team members and their works!



Featured,Guest Design,Spellbinders

Spellbinders Die D-Lites & Thoughtful Expressions Blog Hop

Hello! And welcome to my stop in the Spellbinders Blog Hop for the Die D-Lites & Thoughtful Expressions by Marisa Jobs! I am thrilled to be sharing a project with her recent products, which has a beautiful leafy theme to them. I love all the details!

I was especially in love with the Moasic Vine, so I knew it was going to be the star of my card. I started by die cutting a rectangular window using the Layers of Flowers dies. Clearly, any rectangular die would have worked to create a window, but I happen to had these near me and the panel was just the right size to have the vines grow in and around it.

I die cut the vines twice out of watercolor card stock. Then, I adding some watercolor to them. I decided to randomly choose which leaves I wanted to pop out the little die cut details. I figured if I kept some of them in, I would have more color on them. For one of the vines, I did some pruning as I laid them out on the window to see how much coverage I needed. Then, I set them aside for later assembly.

Next, I did some blending on a back panel out of bristol paper. I used Broken China and Cracked Pistachio distress oxide inks. I wanted to use calming colors to pair up with the sentiment I planned to use.

I heat embossed the sentiment ‘take time to relax’ from the Papertrey Ink Inifinity Frames Sentiment stamp set. Love this set. It’s filled with so many options and the font have even height, which makes it great for sentiments that I trim to a strip. To give it a little extra decoration, I die cut another strip out of black striped pattern paper of the same width. I gave them both a slant cut and adhered them to the top corner of the card.

I added a little splatter with the same watercolors I used on the leaf. As you may be able to see, the top panel is also propped up with foam tape for depth and gives some room.


As part of this hop, Spellbinders will also be sponsoring a little giveaway here for a $25 gift certificate! Please leave a comment on my blog by Sunday, January 21st 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced here on Monday, January 22nd.

Thank you for stopping by and hope you continue to enjoy the hop!


Blog Hop List

Marisa Job
Yana Smakula
Kimberly Crawford
Virginia Lu
Keeway Tsao
Amy Kolling
Elena Salo


My Favorite Things

MFT Stitched with Love

We have a special feature post for My Favorite Things where the team is bringing inspiration with integrating cross-stitching with our papercrafting hobbies! With the Die-namics Cross Stitch Tag, we can easily use cross-stitching into your cardmaking designs, and it’s even easier with our Cross-Stitch Tag Heart Patterns guide.

This is my first time adding cross-stitching to my project, so I was pretty excited to do so. It’s been a long time since I cross-stitched so I actually took a mini trip to Michael’s to grab some DMC thread and needle to get started. I bought 3 shades of pink, 3705, 3706, and 3708.

On white card stock, I die cut the cross-stitch holes with the Die-namics Cross Stitch Tag. Since I wanted it across horizontally, I die cut the pattern twice. From there, I referred to the Cross-Stitch Tag Patterns guide to figure out how to stitch my hearts. I winged the shading by envisioning darker pink towards the right of the hearts as I stitched.

Next, I framed off stitchwork with some Stitched Scalloped Edges out of white card stock and Bubblegum card stock. I was itching to add a little blending, so I ended up doing so by gently blending on Candied Apple distress oxide ink on the top and bottom edges.

Lastly, I heat embossed the sentiment ‘Sending Some Love’ from the From the Heart stamp set onto Red Hot card stock. I trimmed it down to a strip and adhered it right below the hearts. What a fun project to work on! Be sure to check out MFT Blog for more cross-stitching inspiration from the team!



Papertrey Ink

Papertrey Ink January Release Day 5

Today we bring in Day 5 of Papertrey Ink January Release and also my final two projects for this release. Today’s feature products are more of Betsy’s creations! These include the stamp set Life is What You Bake It and its coordinating dies, another stamp set with similar style sentiments called Confetti Sentiments, and lastly our new Mix & Mat: Confetti.

First up, I’d like the share my project using the Life is What You Bake It. I started by stamping the outlined image of this mixer, and then begun stamping the solid fillers. I used my copic markers to actually add a little more shading to my images to hopefully make it less flat. I die cut the image with the coordinating dies.

I went a simple design, but also wanted to keep a vintage-y feel so I had my handy Photo Vintage Distress Ink out. I die cut a frame with Mix & Mat Pinked Edge die, masked some edges off to bring in some Blueberry Sky dye ink blending from the corners. Then, I used my Photo Vintage Distress Ink all around the edges to brown them. I did the same thing to my die cut mixer image. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in Hibiscus Burst.

I decided to use the Bitty Big: Classic Kraft for the background layer. And for consistency, I also browned the four edges with the Vintage Photo distress ink. I adhered the mixer to my card with foam tape last.

My next card is all about confetti! If you like the design of the sentiment in the previous baking stamp set, you’ll love the Confetti Sentiments stamp set. You have a lot more variety here! I decided to pair it up with the Mix & Mat: Confetti dies to extend the confetti image outward. For that reason, I blended a background with a Candied Apple center that blending into Wild Honey, all in a circular motion.

Since I wanted the dotted look to keep on reaching to the edges of the card, I added splatter all over. I created quite a mess on my desk by now! I stamped my sentiment right in the middle of it all, and propped up the white panel with foam tape. Overall, again, a pretty simple design.

Next time, I’ll have to remember to show you some projects of mixing and matching thes Mix & Mat dies! I keep forgetting when I work on my projects, but the real treat about these dies is how well they pair with the others in the series as well. I think whenever we work on our release projects, we’re so focused on just the release stuff, we hardly think to incorporate much outside of the release. But I’ll make sure to leave a sticky note for myself for next time!

Thank you for sticking by me through all these release posts. I hope the projects shared provided some creative inspiration whether it be with new products or old. All new January Release products will be available tomorrow, January 15th!