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Friday, July 19, 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes ~ Altenew Inspiration / AECP

July 19, 2019 1 Comments
Hello Friends! Welcome to my blog.

You can never have enough birthday cards! So, when I was ready to make a project for my latest completed class from the Altenew Educator Certification Program that's what I chose to make!

I just completed the Irresistible Inking Techniques class taught by Sara Naumann. This class gives tips and techniques on using your Altenew Inks in some interesting ways.

I love creating inked backgrounds so I was definitely inspired by the brayer technique.


For my color pallet I was inspired by the current Altenew Inspiration Challenge and chose my colors accordingly.


To create the background for my card I used a brayer and Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in the following colors: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, and Sunkissed.


I created 2 backgrounds. As you can see in the picture you can achieve a variety of different looks depending on the amount of ink you apply. I love how both backgrounds came out but ultimately chose the background with the bit of white space. The other background is saved for a future project.

Now that my background is completed it was time to assemble the card.


I chose to use the Altenew Peaceful Reverie Stamps and Dies for this card. These are absolutely beautiful with the dotted detail. I inked the stamps with the same Altenew Inks I used for the background. Instead of stamping the final layer for the center I chose to fill the stamen with a black Tombow marker and add the center with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. This gave the centers a little dimension.

I arranged my die cut flowers and glued them to the panel with a combination of liquid glue and foam adhesive.

The sentiment I chose is from the Altenew Sentiment Strips. A must-have in my opinion! I love this sentiment as it fits perfectly across my panel. I heat embossed the sentiment onto some black card stock using VersaMark Watermark Ink and white embossing powder. I used liquid glue to attach the strip and added my panel to a card base.


This project marks the completion of my AECP Level 1 classes. I am excited to see what my challenge will be for the final project.

If you have ever thought about taking Altenew classes I would urge you to do so. It has been so fun to go through this process and learn.

Thank you all for the encouragement and kind words you have given me. I appreciate all of the feedback and love.








Sunday, July 7, 2019

Better with Friends ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

July 07, 2019 2 Comments
Hello Friends! Today I am sharing another project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.

The project I am sharing today is for the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class with Yana Smakula. This class focuses on teaching you techniques that can help stretch your dies to create different looks.

My card features a technique called Negative Die Cutting.


I had been wanting to play with the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamps and thought this technique would be perfect. I love the result!

To begin I took a piece of Yupo cardstock and some Alcohol Inks to create a panel of greens and turquoise colors. 


I played around with the alcohol inks and alcohol blending solution until I was happy with the color. I set the panel aside to dry for about 10 minutes then came back in with some Prima Rub-On Foil in gold and added it to the panel. The foil stuck to any places that were tacky. Always make sure that you allow your panel dry until tacky if you want the best results.

Next I created another panel using white cardstock. For this I chose 80# Neenah Solar White. I took the Leaf Canopy Dies and can ran them through my Big Shot. I removed the positive cuts from the panel and continued this process until I had my panel just the way I wanted it.

Although I loved my colorful panel, I wanted to mute the colors little. To do this I used some Lawn Fawn Vellum and VersaMark Watermark Ink to stamp the outline images from the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamps. Once stamped I sprinkled the vellum with some Ranger Embossing Powder in Gold and heat embossed the images. These images were then cut and added to the back of the white panel with some Zig 2 Way Glue.


I stamped a sentiment from the Leaf Canopy Stamps using the same gold embossing powder and added my panel onto the Yupo background.  I adhered both panels to my card base and called it done.

The result is beautiful and I can imagine doing this again using different colors and different dies.


The Easy Die Cutting Techniques class is just as the title suggests. If you would like to learn more ways to stretch your dies then this is the class for you.

Thank you for visiting today!






Wednesday, June 26, 2019

You Are Awesome ~ Altenew Inspiration Challenge / AECP

June 26, 2019 3 Comments
Hello there! welcome to my blog!

Today I come to you with a combination of sorts. I wanted to join in the Altenew June Inspiration Challenge but I also wanted to complete a project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. So, I decided to combine them!

These are cards are my final project for the Seasonal Scene Building Class. I used the June 2019 Inspiration Photo to inspire my color combination.

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In the Altenew Scene Building Class you are taught a few different aspects of scene building to include backgrounds, window scenes, masking, and over-sized objects. I believe these cards would fall into the over-sized objects lesson.

The idea that I had when I went into creating these was that these were container gardens or window boxes overflowing with flowers. I don't know if I achieved that look but I do love the way these cards came together. 

To begin I started by ink blending my background.


For this I used Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Mountain Mist and a blending brush. I wanted to add a halo of color so I kept the blending to the outer edges near the upper half of the card base. When I was happy with the amount of color added I flicked on a little water and absorbed it with a soft cloth. This gave the background a little texture. I set the card base aside to dry and moved on to stamping.


For my planter I used Altenew's Wood Pallet Background Stamp and Silver Stone Crisp Dye Ink. This stamp covered the whole 4.25" x 5.5" card panel. I cut the panel in half in such a way that the planks would be in a horizontal position. This provided two pieces perfect for two cards. To give the planks a little more character I used a W3 Copic marker to draw lines to split up some of the planks. A few nails were added to complete the look. 

I began stamping and die cutting my my flowers next. I used the June 2019 Inspiration Challenge for my color choices.


My colors are not quite as muted but I think they fall within the realm of the challenge.



The colors used are as followed:

Large Yellow Flowers - Summer Afternoon Mini Cubes
Large Red Flowers - Red Cosmos Mini Cubes
Small Red Flowers - Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine, Jet Black
Small Yellow Flowers - Pocketful of Sunshine Mini Cubes
Small Red Clusters - Parrot, Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red
Small Yellow Clusters - Parrot, Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Troffee
Leaves - Bamboo, Parrot, Olive

Once all of the flowers and leaves were ready it was time to arrange my flowers into the flower box.


To do this I used a combination of liquid glue from Lawn Fawn and pop dots. I adhered the floral images and leaves to this part of the panel and added some foam tape to the back.

Before attaching the flowers and planter to the bottom of the card base I stamped my sentiment from the same Life is Awesome Stamp Set.


I added a few more floral images and leaves flat onto the card base and finished it off with a few dots of Ranger Glossy Accents

Because I had stamped so many images I ended up with enough flowers and leaves to complete two cards.


I hope you enjoyed these cards!

 The Altenew Seasonal Scene Building Class is a great class to help you figure out how to build scenes. I really enjoyed it and think you will too!

Thank you so much for joining me today!










Tuesday, June 18, 2019

You Matter ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

June 18, 2019 2 Comments
Hello there! Welcome to my blog!

My journey towards being certified as an Altenew Educator continues.

Today's project is my submission for the Celebration: Stencil Techniques Class.

This class focuses on several different ways that you can use stencils. I was especially inspired by the lesson on using a stencil for stamping. This class showed how to use a stencil for stamping but it also showed you a way to use watercolor. The watercolor method is what I chose to feature on today's card.

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For this technique I chose to use some Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock. It can take a bit of water and it has a nice smooth surface. I taped the Altenew Mega Hydrangea Stencil to my cardstock and added some water, not too much, just enough to dampen the paper. I smooshed some Altenew Dye Inks onto my glass media mat and added water. For the background I used Baby Pink and Lime inks. With my brush I dabbed the color in different areas on the stencil. I repeated the process until I was happy with the color. I immediately took off the stencil and allowed the panel to dry. 

Once it was dry I spritzed the panel with a mixture of water and Ranger Perfect Pearls. Again, I let this dry then I used a stitched line die that I have in my stash to give the background a nice finished look.


For my images I chose to use the Altenew Build A Flower: Hyacinth. This is a gorgeous stamp set and it layers very easily. I used inks from Altenew's Spring Bouquet Mini Cube Set for the darker flower and for the lighter flower I used Rose Quartz, Pink Diamond, and Pinkalicious. I die-cut the flowers withe the coordinating dies. and arranged them on my background panel. 

A little tip I'd like to share is to let you know that it is okay to cut your images apart. The flowers have leaves that are stamped at the bottom. I knew that they really weren't going to fit on my card base to be seen so I snipped them off and layered them in with my flower cluster exactly where I wanted them.

Once my cluster of flowers were arranged how I wanted them I set them aside so I could stamp my sentiment. 

For this I chose a sentiment from Altenew's Fancy Greetings set. I stamped my sentiment with Fresh Leaf Dye Ink and then again with Versamark Watermark Ink. This is easily done if you use a Stamping Platform or a Misti Stamping Tool. I covered the sentiment with some Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and melted it with my heat gun.


I added my panel to a green card base using some Double Sided Adhesive. The flower cluster was added using some Lawn Fawn Glue and foam squares to give the flowers some dimension.

Using watercolor with stencils is really easy and I love the way this background came out!

If you would like to learn more techniques I suggest you take the Celebration: Stencil Techniques Class.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope to be back very soon!












Monday, June 17, 2019

Dreams Soar ~ Crafting Desert Divas Creative Inspiration

June 17, 2019 0 Comments

Hello Friends! welcome to my blog!

Today I have a fun card that I have created for the Craftin Desert Divas June Creative Inspiration.

This month's theme is cute critters.


For this card I pulled out the CDD Panda-bilities stamps. These are cutest pandas! I colored my pandas with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out.

As I was coloring my pandas I had the idea to make this into a swing card. I know that there is a lot of cardmakers that have done this and it is pretty simple to create.

With that idea in mind I set out to create a background. For this I pulled out CDD Hillside Scene 2 Stencil and some Distress Oxide Inks in the following colors: Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and  Mowed Lawn. I used a makeup brush to apply the ink and that was all that was needed for a simple background. Once my background was complete I used CDD Fancy Frames Die to give the background a nice decorative edge.



For the sentiment I used and older stamp set form CDD called Happy Thoughts. Unfortunately this one is no longer available. I really love this sentiment and felt it fit this image so I went with it.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. Love this ink because It stamps nice and bold!

I added my images to the card with some Lawn Fan Glue and popped up my panda with the balloons with some foam tape. My panel was added to a white card base with some foam adhesive so that the balloons would have room to move.

To complete the card I added some Clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the balloons and some white accents with my Gelly Roll Pen.

I did not take pictures of how I created the mechanism but I will like to a video that shows how to create one.

I did, however, take a little video so you can see the movement.


Here is the tutorial I watched that explains how to make a swing card.

Join the CDD Design Team and post projects with this month's theme, Cute Critters. Share on social media using the hashtag #cddcreativeinspiration. 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Main Squeeze ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

June 03, 2019 3 Comments
Hi There! Welcome to my blog!

Today I am sharing another project toward my Altenew Educator Certification. 

The course I just finished up is the Let It Shine course led by Carissa Wiley. In this course you learn different ways to add shine to your projects. It can be subtle or it can be all out there!

I choose to focus on adding shine through embossing.

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I had set out to make one card but ended up with two!

For these card I used Altenew's Main Squeeze Stamps and Dies.

I began by creating a background for my images. I started by embossing the background with Altenew's Grid Stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste.

I began stamping my images from the Main Squeeze set. For the oranges I used inks from Altenew's Summer Afternoon set. These images have 4 layers so instead of inking the last layer with the darkest color from the set I chose to use VersaMark Watermark Ink and covered this with some Recollections Sparkle Embossing Powder in Clear Gold. I heat it with my heat gun until nice and shiny. 

For the lemons I used Altenew's Pocketful of Sunshine Ink.  Again, I used VersaMark Watermark Ink but this time I used Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I heat set these then cut all of the images with the coordinating dies.


Before assembling this card, I spattered the card with some black acrylic paint and some Altenew Antique Gold Ink Spray. The ink spray matched perfectly with the Recollections Sparkle Embossing I did on the oranges. I cut my panel down 1/4 of an inch and added a strip of cardstock that I had inked with Altenew's Warm Sunshine Ink and covered with more Recollections Sparkle Embossing powder. 

I stamped my sentiment, included in the Main Squeeze set, with some VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and arranged the fruit. I wanted to break this up a bit so I stamped some leaves from Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamps. I used Bambo and Olive Crisp Dye Ink and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

It 's really hard to capture the sparkle her but it is there!

Because I stamped so many images I decided to create a second card!


I think I was able to capture the sparkle on this one a bit better!

I used the same Grid stencil for the background and splattered it with the Altenew Antique Gold Ink Spray. I added another strip of cardstock that was inked in Warm Sunshine and heat embossed with the Sparkle embossing powder. 

For this card I chose to stamp the sentiment in the Warm Sunshine Ink and cover it with the embossing powder. 

I really enjoyed putting these together! 

Let It Shine is another great class and I highly recommend it!

Thank you for joining me today. I will be back soon!