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Altenew: A Year In Review Blog Hop + Giveaway ÔŅľ

Hello and welcome! You likely arrived from Juhi’s blog….don’t you just love her collection?

I am so excited to be participating in Altenew’s 2021 A Year in Review Blog Hop! I really enjoyed looking back through my projects and selecting some of my favorite creations. This first card was my most popular Altenew creation on Instagram and I still have it setting on a bookshelf in my studio. I love how bright, happy and cheerful the card is. I used The Tall Tales stamp and die set and you can read my original blog post HERE.

Altenew Tall Tales Bookcase Slimline Card in rainbow colors.
Tall Tales Stamp and Die Set

This mixed media card was by far my most popular blog post of 2021! I created my own color palette with gel press prints and die cut my blooms using Altenew’s Cosmos Craft-A-Flower. If I had to pick one favorite 2021 product it would be this Cosmos kit. You can read my original post HERE. I have another favorite card below that also uses this Cosmos kit.

Altenew Cosmos Craft A Flower card die cut from gel press prints.
Cosmos Craft A Flower Layering Die Kit

I love the Mega Alphabet Collection and I have several letters that I use frequently. This is a card I made for my friend Kathy. I used the ink smooshing technique and I really like how this project turned out. The Garden Trellis Cover Die is so versatile and I love the pop of white it provides on this card. You can read my original post HERE.

Altnew Mega Alphabet K ink smoosh card with Garden Trellis cover die background.
Mega Alphabet Collection & Garden Trellis Cover Die

I discovered the joy of gel press printing this year and I love how this project turned out. The Peruvian Lily Layering Dies create a big showy bloom that is absolutely beautiful! Altenew’s Essential Sentiment Strips Dies are also a favorite of mine. You can read my original blog post HERE.

Altenew Craft a Flower Peruvian Lily die cut from gel press prints.
Peruvian Lily Layering Die Set

Weekend Doodles may be my all time favorite Altenew stamp set! On this card, I combined the Weekend Doodles with Altenew Artist Markers (I used Water Garden Set G on this card) and Cross Stitch Cover Die for a crisp clean look. You can read my original post HERE.

Altenew Weekend Doodles card.
Weekend Doodles

As I said above, Altenew’s Cosmos Craft-A-Flower Layering Die Set is my favorite 2021 crafting product. On this card I watercolored panels for my die-cutting. This was my second most popular 2021 blog post and you can read it HERE.

Altenew Craft a Flower Cosmos card.
Cosmos Craft A Flower Layering Die Kit

I adore the The Doodle Blooms Stamp and Die Set! The stamps are whimsical and just make me happy. I again made gel press prints for all the elements of this card. You can read my original post HERE for all the details on how I created this project. I’d like to add that my favorite embellishment is Enamel Dots. I find they really add beautiful detail to projects and I always like to have a variety of colors on hand.

Altenew Doodle Blooms card die cut from gel press prints.
Doodle Blooms

Altenew’s Hibiscus Garden is the first layering die set that I ever bought and it is still a favorite! The potted hibiscus plants around my pool were the inspiration for this mixed media card created from gel press prints. You can read more about this project and a companion card HERE.

Altenew Garden Hibiscus card die cut from gel press prints.
HIbiscus Garden 3D Dies

I really like the simplicity of this card made with The Modern Squares Embossing Folder, white pigment ink and The Fancy Celebrate die. You can read the original post HERE.

Altenew Modern Squares Embossing Folder and Fancy Celebrate die.
Modern Squares Embossing Folder and Fancy Celebrate Die

Sometimes a mini stamp can have a big impact on a card and I think this Bee Kind stamp and die set is adorable and at a great price point. I added a simple watercolor background combined with a Garden Trellis die cut and three enamel dots. My Bee Kind blog post with additional companion card can be found HERE.

Altenew Bee Kind Mini Stamp + Garden Trellis Cover Die.
Bee Kind Mini Stamp Set and Garden Trellis Cover Die

Prizes:

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog HERE or share Altenew projects with #AltenewBest2021 on social media by 01/06/2022 for a chance to win. 9 winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/08/2022.

Additional Chance to Win:

WINNER: Marisela Delgado YOU are the winner of a $10 Altenew gift certificate! Please email winner@altenew.com by 01/18/2022 with the subject line Altenew 2021 Year In Review Blog Hop Winner from Karen Brown’s Blog.

I also have a $10 Gift Certificate to GIVEAWAY to the Altenew Online Store. I will choose a random winner from the commentors on this post and announce it here at my blog on 1/08/2022.

BLOG HOP:

Altenew Card Blog 

Alex Syberia

Amy Hill

Annemarie Caister

Bridget Casey

Cheryl Espie

Dana Joy

Daniel Diaz

Danielle Dunlop

Emily Midgett

Erin Thompson

Erum Tasneem

Fiona Duff

Helen Kalb

Ishani

Jaycee Gaspar

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza

Juhi Khanna

Karen Brown You Are Here! ūüôā

Kari VanNoy

Keren Baker

LauraJane

Laurie Willison

Lilith Eeckels

Linda Westfall

Maryam Perez

Michelle Short

Mindy Eggen

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar

Natasha Davies

Nathalie DeSousa

Nicole Watt

Norine Borys

Pam Boedeker

Preeti Chandran

Reiko Tsuchida

Rosie Neustaedter

Sande Woodson

Sandhya Iyer

SathyaKala Sankaran

Seeka

Tenia Nelson

Teresa Litchfield

Teri Wilson

Therese Calvird

Vicky Papaioannou

Virginia Lu

Yasmin Diaz

Yoonsun Hur

Next stop is Kari and her beautiful florals!

You made it to the end! I don’t have one favorite card but these are what I consider my “Best of 2021”. I’d love to hear which is your favorite card in the comments section. If you like what you see, consider following me on Instagram: @karens_mini and my blog (see the subscription bar at the top right corner of this post). Thank you for stopping by!

Wishing you health and happiness in 2022.

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Altenew Educators “Alphabet Name Game” Blog Hop, Linky Party + Giveaway

Altenew Mega Alphabet K  die + Ink Smooshing Technique

“K” is for…..Karen! I was inspired to make an initial notecard for Altenew’s “Alphabet Name Game” Blog Hop. I love to make my own paper so I started by coming up with a color palette. I wanted a bright happy card so I selected aqua, green, yellow, pink and tangerine.

Ink Smooshing Technique

I started by making three inked panels.  Here was my technique:

  1. I liberally inked an 6×6″ acrylic block with Altenew Inks.  I wanted an ombre gradient look so went in rows across the block.
  2.  I very liberally sprayed the inked block with water 
  3. “Smooshed” the block onto a piece of watercolor paper
  4. Weighted the ink/block with a book for 5 minutes
  5. Uncovered.  If the ink pooled, I dabbed with a paper towel.
  6. I made a “second generation” panel for the background by taking a piece of Bristol Cardstock and soaking up the excess ink on my work space. 

Panel one and the background were made with Seashore Mini Ink Cube Set (Lagoon & Volcano Lake), Rainbow Prism Mini Ink Cube Set (Parrot & Warm Sunshine).  Panel two was Coral Berry and Orange Cream.

I let the panels dry overnight and then I started my die-cutting. The “K” is from Altenew’s Mega Alphabet Collection and the grid background uses Altenew’s GardenTrellis Cover die, which is a favorite of mine.

Altenew Garden Trellis Cover Die + Ink Smooshing Technique.

Here is a closeup of the card.

Ink Smooshing Technique

Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer‚Äôs blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

There‚Äôs MORE! What‚Äôs a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew ‚ÄúAlphabet Name Game‚ÄĚ creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/11/2021.

Hop list:

Altenew Blog

Virginia Lu

Joylita Dsouza

Fiona Duff

Michelle Ochoa Murray

Irina Fonina 

Penny Pynnonen

Anna Patricia Mahtani

Kari VanNoy

Bridget Casey

Rachael Shedeed

Ann Taylor

Neha Aggarwal

Annemarie Caister

Helen Kalb

Sandra Woodson

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar

Pam Boedeker

Eva Bussom 

Terri Marie Koszler

Karen Brown (You made it to the end!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

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Altenew Wildflower Paper Crafting Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends!¬† I love paper, which I think¬† is one of the many reasons I am a paper crafter.¬† If you are fond of paper then I know you will appreciate Altenew\’s gorgeous new Wildflower Collection too. The release is full of beautiful colors, fun patterns and lovely floral papers plus two gorgeous ephemera packs.¬† To celebrate, Altenew is hosting a blog hop with beautiful inspiration and fun prizes.¬†¬†Link To Blog Hop

Cardmaking with Altenew Ephemera and Printed Cardstock

I created three cards for this release.¬† On my first card, all the colored paper is from the¬†Wildflower Collection 6×6\” Paper Pack.¬† I love Altenew\’s¬†Hibiscus Garden 3D Layering Die Set¬†and thought it would be fun to die cut the elements from different papers in the pack.¬† I used two pages for the flower, two different pages for the leaves and then the soft green for the background.¬† I added a bit of splatter with Altenew\’s¬†Jet Black¬†and¬†Pure White¬†ink sprays.¬† I pulled the sprayer out and tapped the hose for pefect splatter each time.¬† So much faster than mixing ink each time.

Altenew Hibiscus Garden 3D layering dies

  

The second¬† card uses¬†Bitty Bits Ephemera for a fast and colorful card.¬† For the background, I again splattered a white card base with¬†Pure White¬†and¬†Jet Black¬†ink splatters.¬† Next I used the¬†Garden Trellis Cover Die¬†and patterned paper from the¬†Wildflower Collection 6×6\” Paper Pad¬† to die cut a lovely background overlay.¬† I then arranged and layered the ephemera and adhered with foam tape. The packet has loads of die cuts, so I have plenty left over for future projects.¬† I finished off the card by adding¬†Cherry Blossom Enamel Dots
Quick and Simple Altenew Cardmaking kit

                            

My third card is similar with a¬†Garden Trellis¬†die cut overly cut from a page from the Wildflower Collection 6×6\” Paper Pad.¬† The background is again a paint splattered page from the same pad.¬† I then arranged and layered ephemera¬† from The Pink Posy Pack.¬† Lastly, I added¬†Cherry Blossom Enamel Dots¬†to the flower centers.

Altenew Card Kit

                            

There is a great Wildflower Paper and Ephemera Bundle available as well as a Wildflower Paper Crafting Jump Start Class. 

Giveaway Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on theAltenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/05/2021 for a chance to win. 


Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/07/2021.

 

Blog Hop:

Altenew Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Patricia Roebuck

Virginia Lu

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Amanda Baldwin

Karen Brown¬† ¬†You Are Here!¬† ūüôā

Lilith Eeckels

Verity Biddlecombe

Maryam Perez

Jaycee Gaspar

Jenny Colacicco

Raquel Bowman

Erum Tasneem

Audrey Yeager

Kymona Tracey

Kelly Griglione

Kim Jeffress

Seeka

Zinia Redo

Bridget Casey

Victoria Calvin

Carol Hintermeier

Joylita Dsouza

Linda Westfall

Nandini Karmarkar

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

Helen Kalb

Ready to shop?¬† You can access Altenew\’s Shop¬†HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

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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!

Karen