Apr 2, 2020

BEST YEAR EVER - Simple Stories

Hi there!  Nathalie with you today with a fun new project using SIMPLE STORIES new BEST YEAR EVER collection.  We are all living hard times at this moment, and it is hard to think of happy moments. Well, what better way to relive those lovely memories than to gather them all in one page.

Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go when working with multiple pictures.   I chose a picture of each month of 2018, transform them to black and white and used Lightroom to size them all to 2"x2.75" and print them all in one single sheet of photo paper.

I cut the rainbow paper from the 6x8 paper pad and glued it to the side of the picture.  This brings lots of color to the page.  A large piece of heavy cardstock was then glued to the back of the picture before matting the entire picture with the b side of the JANUARY Paper.  In order to bring texture to the page, i chose to hand stitch the corners of the paper to the background (Sn@p basics white dot grid paper).

There are so many cute embellishments in the Best Year Ever collection that it was hard not to over embellish the page, but i tried my best to place small clusters of stickers at the corners of the photo grid, and sprinkle some word stickers throughout the pictures.

The large "BEST YEAR EVER" from the sticker sheet was the perfect size to fit along the bottom edge of the picture collage.  A bit of foam adhesive help to add dimension and make it pop.  All that was left to do was type my lines of journal and add them below the title.  I finished the page with a chipboard sticker at the very bottom of the page.

It is in difficult times that we always look for silver linings, and the BEST YEAR EVER collection from SIMPLE STORIES will help you relive and document all those special moments.   
My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Apr 1, 2020

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Torch Ginger Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there!
Welcome to the ALTENEW BUILD-A-FLOWER: TORCH GINGER RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.  You are arriving from Altenew Card Blog ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post).

This month's BAF: TORCH GINGER is a great addition to the family.  The stamp is detailed, and easy to layer, so you will be creating lots of these flowers in a short amount of time.   The size of the image is perfect for memory keeping, so i used it to create a 12x12 layout:

I used inks from the Red Cosmos and Tea Party Mini Ink cube set to create the flowers for the page, and Green Meadow Ink set to stamp the images.  However, i chose to skip the first (full image of the flower)after stamping the outline with Obsidian ink, so that i can get a softer image of the flower.

After stamping and die cutting all the flowers.  I used theCreative Edges: Lace die set to cut a few decorative strips of paper, and also added a bit of color to the background using the Wavy Grid stencil and Jet Black ink.

Though the strips of paper anchor the page, the small  marker (Artist Marker set E)  lines at the bottom of the page help to ground the flowers to the layout.   These are so easy to cluster using a bit of foam adhesive between them.  The following video will show you how the page came together:

Just love how easy this came together...

I am sure you all are ready for the fun part of this blog hop:  GIVEAWAY time

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog for a chance to win. We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card blog on 04/09/2020.

Remember you can always sign up for the BAF subscription program, which guarantees that you will receive the stamp set each month at a special discounted price.

It is time for you to continue being inspired by beautiful works with this stamp set. Your next stop in the blog hop is Vicky. A list of all the participants is available for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog
Nathalie DeSousa << you are here>>
Vicky Papaioannou
Virginia Lu
Mindy Eggen
Maryam Perez
Kelly Griglione
Nicole Watt

Thank you so much for visiting!

Keep safe everyone!

Mar 22, 2020

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Iris & Watercolor Essential Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there!
Welcome to the ALTENEW  PAINT- A-FLOWER: IRIS & WATERCOLOR ESSENTIAL SET Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.  You are arriving from Virginia's blog, and i hope you are inspired by her beautiful creations - a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post-.

This month's PAINT-A-FLOWER: IRIS is just such a beautiful addition to this new collection.  The details in  the design are delicate and perfect for all sorts of projects.  

I love the simple movement of the flower, so i  set to create a card for my first project.  I stamped the  PAF: IRIS image on heavy white cardstock using Obsidian Pigment ink, and used the new WATERCOLOR ESSENTIAL 12 Pan Set to detail it.  Once i was done with the flower, i used the pan set to add a wash of color to the card.

I cut my panel in such way that the lower flower is off the panel.  At the same i used Altenew's Antique Gold Metallic Spray to add splatters to white cardstock, and layer a piece of it under the finished card panel: then used colored cardstock to create the card.    To finish, i added a stamped sentiment from the PAF: IRIS  set followed by a few scattered sequins.

It is not secret that i love watercolor, so what better way to create a fun page for my journal than to use the new 9x12 WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD and the WATERCOLOR ESSENTIAL 12 PAN SET to create an entry for my Family Album.

This time, i created a rainbow explosion on the page, by adding water and then pigment so to create the blooming effect of the color on the page.  Once the watercolor dried, i used coordinating inks and the Linear Stencil to create the tone on tone background detail.

All it was left to do was add the pictures, followed by a simple title and sentiments from the PAF Iris set.    Just love how easy it was to create the background using the watercolor paper pad and new palette set.

For  my last project, i wanted to try the newWATERCOLOR ESSENTIAL 12 PAN SET  and the new WATERCOLOR PAPER SET in a no-line watercolor card.  So i used masking paper to create the cluster of flowers using the Fabulous Florets and  Limestone Ink;  then spent a few hours detailing each flower with the new watercolor set.  You can see a very condensed video of the process as follows:

Though the process of no-line watercolor is longer than usual watercolor detailing, it is relaxing and so satisfying.  The quality of the products makes it so much more pleasant to complete the task.

I hope these have inspired you to check the new PAF: IRIS Stamp set, and all the new WONDERFUL WATERCOLOR  release. They truly are a beautiful addition to the Altenew family of products.

Now, onto the fun part of this blog hop.... GIVEAWAY TIME

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 03/31/2020.

GOOD LUCK everyone!

Remember to check the new releases, and you can always subscribe to the Altenew Paint-A-Flower program.  IN addtion, Altenew is celebrating this release with a sweet promotion:
2 days only! Receive a FREE Watercolor Brush - Large(value $4.99) with every order of Watercolor Essential Set from 3/22/2020 at 12:01 am EDT until 3/23/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

Make sure you take advantage of the promotion, and add the new watercolor essentials to your collection, you are going to love them!

This is it for me, and now it is time to hop onto Ashlea's blog to be inspired by her project. Remember you can always hop onto the Altenew Card Blog to start the hop, a list of the all the participants is available here:

Have fun hopping around, and always thank you for stopping by!