cardmaking · Mixed Media · papercrafting

Die Cutting With Watercolored Panels

Altenew's Craft A Flower Cosmos die cut kit die cutting using watercolored panels.

Altenew’s Cosmos Craft-A-Flower Kit is one of my all time favorite products and I wanted to combine it with Altenew’s 36 pan Watercolor Set for today’s card.  I used the watercolors for the background and the panels I die cut.  

I started by making a background using Altenew’s Narrow Brick Stencil.  I mixed Texture Embossing Paste and Shimmer Spray which I then tinted with diluted purple Watercolor from the 36 pan set.  I repeated this and added diluted pink watercolor to a second pile of embossing paste.  I then ran this over the stencil in random locations.  The two colors of brick are the same colors I used on the flowers.  

On two panels of watercolor paper,  I brushed on bold watercolors from the 36 pan set.  I dried the panels and added a second layer so I had really saturated color.  Above is a photo of the three panels I used to make this card.

I die cut my panels and then used liquid glue and Instant Dimension Foam Tape to assemble my card.  To finish, I added Tea Party Enamel Dots.

Altenew Craft A Flower Cosmos kit + mixed media card

Altenew Celebrating Watercolors Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!

 Framed watercolor Poppy from Altenew's Watercolor Coloring Book

Altenew’s 36 Pan Watercolor Set

Hello friends! Did you know it is World Watercolor Month? To celebrate, Altenew is hosting a grand Blog Hop with LOTS of prizes and inspiration.

I LOVE Altenew’s watercolor products and I used them on my framed project. I started with the Poppy from Altenew’s Coloring Book and I painted it with the 36 Pan Set and Artists Brushes.

Watercolor Poppy for World Watercolor Month using the Altenew 36 Pan Set

The coloring book is such a great idea!  There are 12 designs…24 printed pages on good quality watercolor paper.  Each design has a black outline and a “no-line” outline.  I am going on vacation soon and this coloring book will be making the trip as it is so packable. Grab the book, brushes and watercolors and I am set for hours of creating.  I also think this would make a great gift!  

I went slow while I painted and added layer upon layer of color.  For me, this is the secret to watercolor painting.  Add color and blend with a damp brush with clean water, let dry and repeat. The quality of the paper in the coloring book allowed me to add lots of layers without any worry about the paper breaking down.

This no-line Poppy was loads of fun to paint!  I didn’t mix the paints but used the color right out of the pans.  Lovely and feminine.  I did add a few accents to the flower’s center with a black pen and white gel pen.

Pink watercolor Altenew Poppy.
Altenew’s Coloring Book

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this special blog hop, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 08/05/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/09/2022.

Blog Hop Order


Jenny Colacicco

Kelly Taylor

Therese Calvird

Amber Rain Davis


Virginia Lu

Tina Smith

Ishani Sai

Isha Gupta

Tenia Nelson

Joylita Dsouza

Karen Brown

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler


Hussena Calcuttawala

Nenette Madero

As always, I am so very happy that you stopped by!


cardmaking · papercrafting

Cardmaking with Glitter Cardstock

Cardmaking with Altenew Glitter Cardstock in Pink Brilliance + Cosmos Layering Dies.

Glitter and shine….sometimes it is fun to add a little sparkle to a card! Today I used some Glitter Cardstock to make an ultra girly card. I used glitter cardstock as the bottom layer on my blooms, flower centers and sentiment. I created this card to be part of Altenew’s Educator Instagram Hop and we’d love for you to “hop” along with us. You can start at @altenewllc and my IG hande is: karens_mini. Hope to see you!

Cardmaking with Altenew Glitter Cardstock in Pink Brilliance + Cosmos Layering Dies.

My Process:

Cardmaking with Altenew Glitter Cardstock in Pink Brilliance + Cosmos Layering Dies.

I think the end result is a happy cheerful birthday card that I can’t wait to give my friend. Thank you for stopping by!



Altenew Mini Delight Bee Kind Instagram Hop

Altenew Bee Kind Mini Delight Release 

Hello and welcome.  I have a quick blog post about the adorable new Altenew  Mini Delight: Bee Kind stamp and die set.  The Bee is beautiful in person!  It is 1 1/4\” tall by 2\” wide and is packed with so much fun in such a small size. The Bee is a simple layering stamp and I used Jet Black  with Warm Sunshine from the Rainbow Mini Cube Ink Set  for the stripes.  Sign up for the monthly Mini Delight Subscription Plan and get 20% off each month.  

To set the scene, I used a The GardenTrellis Cover Die cut over a watercolor panel that I painted using The 36 Pan Watercolor Set.  I gently blended Warm Sunshine with a bit of Paper Bag for depth and variation.  I added one yellow and two black enamel dots from the  New Day set to complete the card. 

Altenew bee themed card with Garden Trellis cover die.
I had so much fun making the first card that I made a quick companion birthday card.  I ink blended my circle die-cut with Warm Sunshine using my  Large Ink Blending Tool.  I  added two additional layers of ink around the outer edge to darken the perimeter.  The background is the  Many Dots Washi Tape attached at an angle.  
Altenew Many Dots Washi tape and Bee Kind themed card.

Thank you for stopping by!