Altenew October 2018 Stamp/Die Blog Hop

Are you excited about the Altenew October Release!? I am! It’s such a beautiful release and I’m thrilled to be sharing a couple projects with you featuring these gorgeous stamps and dies. Each card is completely different so hope to give you as much inspiration as possible!

For my first card, I am showcasing the Peaceful Wreath stamp and die set. I love working with wreaths because they are like perfect embellishments to a focal sentiment. I stamped the layered stamps of this beautiful wreath in Olive and Moss dye inks for the leaves, and Coral Berry and Ruby Red for the berries. I took an additional step to bring these berries into life by using my Prismacolor pencils. The added shading gave those berries a very realistic look! Then, I added a little white dot to them with a white gel pen and I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

At this point I already knew that I was centering the sentiment, so I created a ink blended background with Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose distress oxide inks to the top and bottom of the card. I added some splatter for interest.

The coordinating dies also comes with this gorgeous ‘peace’ sentiment die, which I used here and die cut it out of gold mirror card stock. I further backed it with a couple more layers of die cuts out of white card stock to add the extra dimension to the word. From the same stamp set, I added ‘wishing you’ and ‘this Christmas’ to complete the sentiment directly onto the background in a dark brown ink. And finally I added the peace word in between and the wreaths around it with foam tape. A beautiful, classic look!

This next one was a very fun to make and *gasp* there was no coloring at all! The star of this card is the Layered Floral Elements Die set. And if you feel like those florals look familiar, you’re eyes are sharp cause you likely recognized the same floral shapes as the Bride-To-Be Stamp set! My immediate thought when I saw these dies was that they remind me of the Love Flourishes postage stamp, so I definitely was very inspired by the use of flowers around a large word, or in my case, a giant ampersand.

Without a real plan, I just started die cutting a bunch of pieces in pastel colors and begun layering them. I put the darker color card stock right behind the softer top layers, and in cases where I lacked the color card stock I needed (like my pink flowers), I used some ink blending to get me some additional colors to work with! My color card stock collection is relatively slim, so this is my workaround.

With my pile of die cut flowers and my large ampersand die cut out of white card stock using the Mega Ampersand Die, I started playing around with the arrangement. I originally looked for a “Mr.” and “Mrs.” sentiment in hopes of making this a wedding card, but I couldn’t find it! What I did end up finding is the sentiment “You are beautiful, too!” from the Hello Sunshine set which I thought worked really well. So with a little curving of the stamp placement, I heat embossed the sentiment onto the leg (?) of the ampersand in silver embossing powder. I chose to work with a soft grey card stock as my background, added some white paint splatter, gave it some minimal stitching edges, and arranged my flowers all around the ampersand.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! Hope these cards send some inspiration your way, whether it be to bring out your color pencils for some extra depth, or play around with die cut floral arrangements, whatever it is, I’m sure it will be gorgeous!

Blog Hop

This post is in conjunction with the Altenew October 2018 Blog Hop! If you’ve been hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from TaeEun’s blog. If not, head on over back to the beginning at the Altenew Card Blog, where you can also find the full list of participants. Otherwise, keep on hopping! Your next stop is Kymona’s blog.

UPDATE: Congratulations Amy Brown! Please e-mail by 10/17/2018 with the subject line “Altenew October 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Keeway’s Blog” to claim your prize!


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 10/17/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/20/2018.

Additionally, Altenew is sponsoring a $30 giveaway on my blog post! Please leave a comment below on this blog post by 10/16/18, and a winner will be announced on my blog on 10/17/18.

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  3. As always your designs are stunning!

  4. Lovely cards. I
    love the flowers
    on the second one.
    Carla from Utah

  5. such pretty cards! I’m loving so many sets in this release!

  6. Gorgeous. As always a fabulousfrom Altenew

  7. Your cards are beautiful.

  8. beautiful work – love the awesome color blending:)

  9. Both of these cards are beautiful!

  10. So gorgeous, Keeway, I love your blended backgrounds – I can always tell when they’re your making 🙂

  11. I love this Altenew release. I think the separated colors and wreath makes an absolutely beautiful card. The other card has the softness that I love. Great job.

  12. Beautiful cards! 🙂 Love the gold die cut. It adds such a lovely shine to your card.

  13. Beautiful inspiration! Love this release!

  14. Lovely cards Keeway!

  15. Such beautiful cards as always!

  16. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  17. Very feminine and pretty. Love them both.

  18. Thanks for sharing these lovely cards.

  19. Stunning cards! You always make the most gorgeous cards and these are no exception.

  20. All these cards are beautiful, TFS.

  21. Love the wreath. the colors are
    beautiful, as are those on the
    flowers in the other card.
    Fantastic cards. thanks for

  22. Very pretty and unique cards. Beautiful execution!

  23. What a sweet You Are Beautiful, Too card!

  24. Very pretty–I love what you did with the branch banners–nice!

  25. Cute assortment of cards! Your color choice is fantastic.

  26. Beautiful cards!! This is an awesome release!

  27. Your designs are fabulous Keeway! Love the Holiday card with the sparkling sentiment, gorgeous wreath and background. The other card is very pretty too, love the elements you chose and the color combo. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Teach me to do the SPLATTER! Your backgrounds are always so gorgeous! I LOVE the peace card! Just lovely

  29. Beautiful cards as usual. The more I see of the wreath and die set combo, the more i want it. 🙂

  30. Beautiful cards!

  31. Beautiful cards 😍

  32. I like the flowers against the grey background. I love your Peace card with the wreath & the gorgeous colour you chose for the background.

  33. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  34. Gorgeous cards, as always. TFS!

  35. Both cards are beautiful, but the wreath card is my favorite! I love the layout of the card. The space in between really added to the focal point of the sentiment!

  36. Loving those soft colors on the floral card!

  37. The wreath and die set is a classic as is your card. Love both.

  38. Beautiful soft effect with colours on the wreath card & the second card is fabulous in those soft tones, love where the sentiment is placed, great idea as a wedding card if we can locate the Mr & Mrs.

  39. WONDERFUL cards!
    LOVE how you have used the wreath to frame the sentiment on your Christmas card, ADORE your sentiment ampersand and DIE-LIGHTFUL flowers, such pretty layers and dimension – WOW!
    Thank You for sharing 🙂

  40. Two great cards! I love the way you ink blended on your pink card… the fade in the center really highlights your sentiment… and it’s so perfectly blended, smooth like buttah, as Laura Bassen says, lol!

  41. While I love the red and gold combo on the “peace” card, the soft colors of your & card are stunning!

  42. Wow. your peace card just blew me away. so beautiful.

  43. Your cards are beautiful! I love how you mixed and matched from various sets.

  44. Thanks for stretching the wreath to fit a rectangle card, great idea. Like your beautiful artistic work. Nice sets.

  45. yes, beautiful cards! Olive and moss was a great choice! Golden peace was perfect!

  46. Beautiful Cards!! I love seeing all the inspiration. Thank you for sharing all the fantastic Ideas =)

  47. Your cards are always so lovely!

  48. OHHHH…so that’s why there’s a die for half of a wreath. Nice!

  49. Oh so pretty! Such great inspiration!

  50. Oh those layered floral elements with the ampersand… soft and elegant. Your cards are amazing!

  51. Super beautiful creations! Each one is awesome with its own design and color combinations! 🙂

  52. Lovely cards. The gold mirror paper for the die cut “peace”

  53. The color choices for your cards are gorgeous! They are both beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  54. I love your cards! Gorgeous!!

  55. This is the first time I’ve seen gold mirror cardstock and I am in love. 😃Thank you for sharing your talent!

  56. Your cards are always beautiful!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  57. Such beautiful cards.
    Thanks so much for sharing…

  58. Such beautiful inspiration Keeway! Love how the color blending highlights the pretty wreath swag and the soft delicate layered flowers.

  59. Great cards…especially like the ampersand with the sentiment–so cleverly designed. tfs

  60. Very sweet cards! Love the wreath card. My absolute favorite!!

  61. Gorgeous card, I love that new floral die set.

  62. Thanks for sharing your cards. More great designs and ideas for us!

  63. I love your choice of colors in these cards; it’s very sweet.

  64. Thanks for all the lovely inspiration

  65. What a lovely and varied release with something for every occasion. Especially love those layered bloom dies, the swiss dots background and that gorgeous alphabet. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration! Your cards are stunning!

  66. I think that sentiment works really well on your beautiful card!

  67. I love your pretty cards! They have a beautiful soft color to them and look so elegant and fresh!

  68. I am loving that soft ampersand card! Just such a pretty arrangement of elements and colors!

  69. Hi Keeway, I always love your cards! You bring something different every time! Today’s cards are so pretty. Thanks for sharing the details. My fav are the layered flowers!

  70. Your cards are always so beautiful and creative. These are no exception. Really loving the pastel flowers.

  71. Beautiful cards. I really like the peace card.

  72. My favorite so far is the wreath! Love your cards. The traditional Christmas colors really pop.

  73. I love how you separated the wreath- it fills the card up beautifully! And, I love the gorgeous flowers against the grey background on your other card!

  74. What fun ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  75. Beautiful designs! The wreath is gorgeous as two separate pieces framing the sentiment. The gold sentiment is so pretty! I did not realize the die cut flowers in your second card were the same as those in the Bride-to -Be set. I just knew that I liked them. Such a lovely arrangement around the ampersand!

  76. Fabulous cards! Love how your sentiments are also part of your design elements.

  77. Lovely cards. Clever the way you stamped the sentiment on the ampersand. Thanks for sharing!

  78. Stunning cards. I loved the floral card created around the ampersand. It is a very clever design. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  79. Great Cards! I love the background on the peace card. It literally puts the spotlight on the sentiment.

  80. I just got the Bride to Be stamp set & now you say the Layered Floral Blooms coordinates with it!?! I love the card you created & will definitely put these dies on my wish list. Thank you.

  81. Such beautiful cards! I especially love the way you split the wreath around your sentiment—great look! Thanks for the inspiration!

  82. So very pretty!!! Love how you did the peace card!!!

  83. You always create such beautiful cards, and these are no exception! Love the softness they both have.

  84. So much beautiful inspiration!

  85. Your cards are so beautiful. Love the wreath!!

  86. Fantastic cards! I love the sentiment in the &!

  87. Great cards…really loved the Wreath design!

  88. Wonderful cards, love the giant ampersand and the colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

  89. All of your creations are beautiful!!!!

  90. Both your cards are beautiful, especially the wreath one – love the background colour!

  91. Nice cards! I really like the first one, everything works together so beautifully.

  92. Beautiful cards. I’m totally crushing on your teeny, tiny splatters of pink and white on your wreath card. Perfection.

  93. Love the inspiration cards. They are gorgeous! Love the new release.

  94. luv the effect of colored pencils over another medium….it just adds so much more depth!

  95. Both cards are awesome! I love how realistic your berries look (I definitely have to get some colored pencils lol). The “peace” in mirror gold is perfect and give this card a really elegant look. The Layered Floral Elements dies look like they are going to be so much fun to work with. Thanks for the tip about ink blending for colors of paper you don’t have, that will help me a lot until I get more colored paper. (

  96. Beautiful creations! Love the soft colours of the layered floral elements on the grey. Gorgeous combination!

  97. Wow Keeway! These cards are beautiful! Your soft colored florals on the gray is spot on and your wishing you peace this Christmas is absolutely lovely! Very, very nicely done! Thanks for the inspiration!

  98. I love these layered floral dies. I already bought them! I can’t wait to play with them. Thank you for showcasing these. All of your designs are gorgeous 🙂

  99. Wow!! Absolutely Gorgeous cards! I love how you used the Prismacolor pencils to add shading to the berries. Thanks for the inspiration.

  100. Beautiful cards, especially the one with the soft grey background!

  101. Just stunning!!