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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Just Smile ~ Altenew Educator Certification

February 26, 2020 2 Comments
Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Saundra and I am a cardmaker. I love to create and I hope you find a bit of inspiration while you are here.

Today I am sharing a card I created for the Beyond Basic Background Class at Altenew Academy. This is the first class in Level 2 of the Altenew  Educator Certification Program.

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I this class the focus in on creating your own patterned background using everything from stamping, stencils, die cutting,  embossing, and watercolor.

I chose to create a background using both embossing and watercolor.


For the background I first used the Altenew Sohcahtoa stamps to create my triangles. I stamped the open triangles onto some Neenah Solar white cardstock. I chose a random pattern and focused my stamping to the lower left side of my panel using some SBC Embossing Ink. I added some Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Wagner Heat Tool. It is always good practice to turn on your heat gun for a few minutes before taking it to your cardstock. This helps minimize warping. I like to allow the embossing time to cool before I move on to the watercolor.

Once I know that the embossing is cool I moved on to watercolor my background. Now, when I first started this project I wasn't sure I was going to watercolor. If I had thought it out before starting I would have used some watercolor cardstock. This type of cardstock can handle water much better than the Neenah Solar White.  I prefer something like the Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock.
I was not adding a lot of water to this background so the warping was not as bad as it could have been. I lightly applied some water on my panel concentrating on the lower left side. I added some color using Altenew's 36 color Watercolor Pallet. I chose the Mountain Mist color to drop into the water I had added to my panel. Once I felt I had adequate color I took my paint brush and splattered some on the background. Everything was set aside to dry.


When the watercolor was completely dry I went back in and added splatter from Altenew's Metallic Watercolors in Aquamarine and Citrine. These added just the right amount of shine. 

Next I moved onto the stamping. I chose to use Altenew Frilled Petals and Dies. I stamped the flowers with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Blush, Rouge, and Coral Bliss. I used SBC Embossing Ink and Ranger Gold Embossing Powder for the outline. 

The leaves were stamped with Altenew Seashore Inks. Once everything stamped I used the Frilled Petals Dies and my Big Shot to cut everything out.


I arranged my flowers on the background using Lawn Fawn Liquid Glue Tube and Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares to adhere everything.

I heat embossed my sentiment in the same gold embossing powder onto some Lawn Fawn Vellum and addition the the panel. The panel was attached to my card base using some SBC 1/4" Adhesive

For the last finishing touch I added some Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Jewel Drops and walked away!

Although most of Altenew's classes focus on card making, you can really learn a lot from taking these class. There is everything from stamping, embossing, card making, mixed media, or art journaling. Try one! you will not be disappointed.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Create Custom Journal Cards with Scrapbook.com

February 07, 2020 0 Comments
Another edition on how I created Custom Journal Cards.

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Saundra and I am a cardmaker. I love to create and I hope you find a bit of inspiration while you are here.

Today I am sharing custom made journal cards using new products from Scrapbook.com

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When I created these journal cards I was thinking about how I wanted to use them to tell a story. Since I am new to this kind of thing I thought about what I was taught in school. You can always start with these 5 things: Who, What, Where,When,Why, and How

So with that in mind I decided to create these cards using those words as my headers.

Of course, I knew that my Scrapbook.com supplies would work perfectly for this. 

To get things started I cut some Neenah Solar White cardstock into 3x4 cards.

I used the Summer Group Hybrid Inks, SBC Teardrop Floral Stencil, and a SBC Ink Blending tool to create the gradient pattern on the bottom of the cards. These colors are just gorgeous and I love Scrapbook.com Hybrid Inks!


Once I was happy with the inking I moved on to stamping my titles onto each card.

I used the new SBC Solid Bold Caps Stamps and the same Summer Group Hybrid Inks. I just love how well these stamped. The colors are vibrant and the letters are so solid. These are definitely going to be my go-to letter stamps and would be the perfect staple in any craft room!

These cards are now ready for the perfect story in my memory keeping.

Be sure to check out Scrapbook.com throughout the month of February. There are many sales with Freebies and you don't want to miss out!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Custom Journal Card with Scrapbook.com

February 05, 2020 0 Comments
Creating custom made journal cards couldn't be easier!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Saundra and I am a cardmaker. I love to create and I hope you find a bit of inspiration while you are here.

Today I am sharing custom made journal card using new products from Scrapbook.com

Affiliate links have been used where applicable. It does not cost you extra when you click on them but I do get a small compensation.


I have been doing a little pocket scrapbooking lately and decided that I would be fun to create my own custom journal cards. 

With the help of products provided by Scrapbook.com I had these done in a jiffy.

For my cards I cut down some Neenah Solar White Cardstock into 3"x4" rectangles. I taped off a portion and used SBC Teardrop Floral Stencil, SBC Hybrid Ink Pad Kit - Summer Group, and the SBC Ink Blending Tool to create a gradient background on my cards. These inks blended beautifully!


I stamped my sentiments from the new SBC Wordfetti Best Day Ever Stamps in coordinating ink colors from the Summer Group Ink Set. To complete my Count Your Blessing cad I added numbers from the new SBC Vintage Type Upper Stamps.

These journal cards came together so fast and I love the way they turned out. I hope to use them in a project in the near future and I plan to make more!

Please take some time to check out all the Scrapbook.com has to offer. You will not be disappointed!

I will be back soon with another project!