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Altenew May 2017 Release Blog Hop

Hello! And welcome to my stop in the Altenew May 2017 Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Erum’s blog, however if you need a map, a full list of the blog hop is listed below.

How exciting it must have been to seen the full reveal of the May 2017 Release on the Altenew blog yesterday! I hope to inspire and help with some of your wish list decision in my projects today.

Let’s start with the new Halftone Everything sentiment set! I love the focus on the word ‘everything’  and all the various phrases associated with everything. I just had to match the halftone sentiment with the halftone stencil! Why not right? With the stencil, I blended in Dusk, Ocean Waves, and Sea Glass Altenew inks.

I then stamped the word ‘everything’ in Moon Rock Altenew ink, and die cut the word out with coordinating dies. I then heat embossed the remainder of the sentiment ‘you do rocks!’ in white embossing powder onto Navy Cardstock. Did you see the new Altenew embossing powders?

I adhered both pieces of my sentiment with foam tape for a little elevation, and intentionally slanted the 2nd line. Another card for my shortstacked masculine cards!


Next up, is the absolutely stunning Enchanted Iris stamp set. The detail of these flowers are just gorgeous. I stamped and then colored them with copic markers, and die cut them out of coordinating dies.

I kept the background simple by blending in Peacock Feathers and Broken China distress inks, finished with some splatter. The turqouise help bring out the purple iris.

I finished the card with the sentiment from the same stamp set, heat embossed in silver in the top right corner.


Last up is a card featuring the new Halftone Hearts stamp set. The design of this card was a bit experimental to me. I knew I wanted to create this fun background with these halftone hearts, but I wanted to also see how they layer when I stamped floral images on top of them!

I brought a classic Altenew stamp set, Painted Flowers, to work with my idea. I first stamped the outlined images in black, and then went back and stamped the leaves in Frayed Leaf and the flowers in Warm Sunshine inks. I then used the Warm Sunshine ink to add a little splatter to finish.

I wanted a large sentiment, so I also reached for another classic sentiment stamp set, Super Script, and stamped it in the same Lavender Fields ink that I used in one of my hearts. I die cut the word out with coordinating dies and adhered it to my card with foam tape.


Thank you for visiting the my stop in the hop! Head on over to your next stop, Eunyoung’s blog!




To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, June 1st at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Saturday, June 3rd.

There’s more! I will also draw a winner from my blog to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew. Please comment on my blog by Thursday, March 16th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance win. The winner will be announced on my blog on Friday, June 2nd.

Blog Hop List

Jennifer McGuire
Virginia Lu
Lilith Eeckels
Nina-Marie Trapani
Svitlana Shayevich
Laura Bassen
Raquel Bowman
Joni Andaya
May Sukyong Park
Lydia Evans
TaeEun Yoo
Marika Rahtu
Lisa Spangler
Nicole Picadura
Yoonsun Hur
Amy Sheffer
Therese Calvird
Debby Hughes
Carissa Wiley
Flora Monika Farkas
Erum Tasneem
Keeway Tsao
Eunyoung Lee
Sveta Fotinia
Agnieszka Malyszek

My Favorite Things

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 334

It’s time for My Favorite Thing’s Wednesday Sketch Challenge #334! This week’s challenge is filled with potential and definitely a layout that I’ve used similarly in the past. It lends to scenes very well, which I love to create.

I love that I have a cloud stencil now and don’t need to constantly die cut some cloud shapes to create this type of background. I love how there are 4 sides to this stencil to help me vary the shapes of those clouds as well! I wanted to create a soft, warm sky, so I created my cloud background with Peach Bellini dye ink.

Just like the sketch, I die cut a white frame. Sometimes I don’t go back and look at the sketch and create the card by memory, so I used a square frame just one size larger than the one displayed in the sketch, but we’re close enough! Plus, having a larger frame allowed me to fit my sentiment and seagull all on the bottom line. I die cut the round bottom scalloped edge.

For the bottom area, I used a biscotti CS and stamped some striped background with kraft hybrid ink. Once I have my backgrounds adhered to the base card and I then stamped the sentiment in Milk Chocolate hyrbid ink directly onto my background. Then I adhered the frame and my seagull with foam tape.

As a final embellishment, I added some little hearts that I die cut out of Tickled Pink CS as if the seagull is sending off some love!

Hope you join us in this week’s sketch over on the MFT Card Challenges blog!  You have until Tuesday, May 30, at noon EDT to participate and be eligible for the prize of $50 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance!



Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Year of Psalms – May

Oh my it’s already the last post in this series for Papertrey Ink’s May Release! Today I am featuring the stamp set Year of Psalms: May. The set is beautifully designed for Psalms 18:2.

I wanted to create a homey card, and plaid immediately came to mind. Once I selected a pattern I liked, that’s when I decided to pair the colors on a piece of watercolor paper and create just a soft blend so that I don’t have a plain white paper.

I stamped my verse in Smokey Shadow dye ink to match the softness of my choice of plaid. I then stamped the extra embellishment stamps in Mint Julep around my verse. Then I die cut the piece out of the new Herringbone set, a truly adorable frame die. I die cut the frame corners out of kraft cardstock.

I adhered the panel to my plaid background over some craft foam and now the card is all done. Thanks for sticking around all week through the series of Papertrey Ink posts! It won’t be long before the next series of releases begins, so I’ll be busy crafting up a storm behind the scenes.



Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Sun & Moon

Happy Friday! Today I’m featuring some celestial themed cards using some of Papertrey Ink’s May Release products, Sun & Moon and Quoted: Dream Big.

First up is the Sun & Moon set. This has beautiful intricate designs of the sun, moon, and stars, paired with sweet sentiments that match the curvature of the images. It’s incredibly unique and very classy! To match my sentiment,  I created a day and night scene from the corners of the card with watercolors.

I heat embossed my images in gold once my background wad dried. And then I heat embossed my sentiment in copper.


The next card features the new stamp Quoted: Dream Big. It’s a beautiful quote and it would go well with really any monumental occasion, graduation, new job, new house, etc. Each line of the sentiment is a separate stamp so you can easily stamp them in different colors or arrange them in different fashion.

I blended a night time sky with dye inks, then heat embossed the whole sentiment in white. I wanted a sparkly, dreamy look, so I also used some glitter embossing paste to add in those waves/stars by using the stencil from the Out of this World kit this month.

It looks even more sparkly in person!



Papertrey Ink

PTI Feature: Heart & Sole

Happy Thursday! Just one more day til Friday and it will finally be weekend… can’t wait! Today I’m featuring another really unique set in this month’s Papertrey Ink May Release called Heart & Sole designed by Nichol. This set is truly one of the kind and incredibly clever, and perfect to make some masculine cards.

There are two foot print stamps in the set, one from a running shoe and another from a worker’s boot. I picked the running shoe to use in my card today. We all know running shoes have the craziest, bright colors, so I decided to do some ombre stamping for my print. I didn’t realize until I finished my card that I actually made a silly mistake in stamping this shoe, in that the ‘step’ sentiment was actually cleverly designed to go in the shoe print. I was not clever enough to figure that out on my own! But regardless, the curvature still makes it fitting to be stamped on the side of it too!

Many of the sentiments in this set is also very well designed to be paired along the side of the shoe, as you can see with the curves. A lot of the motivating sentiments would be perfect for graduation cards, and also many of the sentiments are great for sending to mentors, teachers, and parents. A very versatile set!

I used the stencil from the Out of this World Kit to create the starburst pattern behind the shoe with dye inks. For ombre stamping, I like to use a sponge dauber to apply ink onto the stamp so that the transition look a little more gradual than just using a stamp pad directly onto the stamp. At least I do not have the finesse to do it without a sponge! As always, be sure to visit the Papertrey Ink blog to check out the incredible designs my teammates have made with this set. (I’m a little disappointed with my work today 🙁 I’m sorry!) But I have more in store for you tomorrow!