Jun 23, 2019

Technique Tuesday & WOW! Embossing Powder Blog Hop

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Hi there!
Welcome to the Day Two of the Celebrate Summer with Technique Tuesday and WOW! blog hop and giveaway! You must be arriving from Sidnie's blog ( if you skipped a stop, you can start the loop here or check the bottom of the post for a list of all the hop participants).

I am so happy to be part of today's celebrations with all these super talented ladies (like, how awesome are their cards!). I love how each is starting their summer with their lovely projects, so i decided to join them with an entry to my Family Album (Life Crafted Album from Citrus Twist Kits).

What is Summer without ice cream? Well, my family happens to be ice-cream lovers (not me!) so, i pulled a few pictures of a them ( a few days ago) to create this layout.

I started by using the WOW Rose Glint and Gold Pearl powder to heat embossed the ice cream treats from the Memory Keepers Studio Sweet Summertime Stamp set. Each image was then detailed with watercolors, and set to dry completely.

Once the images dried completely, a fine brush was used to add a coat of embossing liquid to the images in order to detail them. Here i used a combination of WOW Metalline Himalayan Musk embossing powder, Taffeta Pink Embossing Glitter and Gold Pearl embossing powder to add details and that extra sparkle to the layout.

The layout background was created using papers from Echo Park's Best Summer Ever collection. For the right side of the layout, i used the embossed Sweet Summertime images to create clusters around the picture. Here a small label was created using the Essential Stitched Label Crafting dies; this was placed at the bottom cluster so that it can hold the lines of journal.

For the left side of the page, i decided to add three smaller pictures of my family and then create a large cluster/line of the embossed images to the left side of the page. I placed the title on the center photo; for this i used the Cool and Sweet Word Crafting Dies to cut a few words from white cardstock. These were stacked together to add dimension to each word, and then embossed with the WOW Pink Tafetta and Black Twinkle embossing glitter. The word "Treat" from the Sweet Summertime stamp set was then embossed using WOW Rose Glint embossing powder to complete the title.

I love how the WOW Embossing Powders bring the perfect sparkle and detail to the Sweet Summertime images and Cool and Sweet Word Crafting dies in this page. I hope this inspires you to check all the embossing powders and of course stamps and dies and combine them in your next project, and now let's check the fun part of this blog hop.

PRIZES - No Blog hop is complete without a prize!
WOW! Embossing Powders has 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your powders safely in.
Technique Tuesday is giving away 2 x $20 gift certificate to their store.
The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL THE POSTS on both days. We encourage you to leave comments on both days the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win these fabulous prizes.
To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally.
Also remember to stop by the Technique Tuesday Store and take advantage of their amazing sale:
  • Buy $25 of product in our Stamps and Dies for Summer category and get the Brave Wings stamp set for FREE!
  • To receive your free stamp use the coupon code: FreeWings
  • The coupon code is valid June 22th, through 24th, at midnight.
  • Here is the link to the Stamps and Dies for Summer category: https://www.techniquetuesday.com/stamps-and-dies-for-summer.html

Now it is time to bid you, "See You Soon", and off you go to finish the hop at the Technique Tuesday blog. Remember you can always come back here to start the loop, or follow the list of Day Two participants as follows:
Technique Tuesday - Memory Keepers Studio - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Sweet Summertime Technique Tuesday - DIY Steel Die - Cool and Sweet Words Technique Tuesday - DIY Steel Die - Essential Stitched Labels Echo Park - Best Summer Ever Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Sweet Treats Echo Park - Best Summer Ever Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Fun In the Sun Echo Park - Best Summer Ever Collection - Chipboard Stickers - Accents Echo Park - Best Summer Ever Collection - Chipboard Stickers - Phrases Echo Park - Best Summer Ever Collection - Enamel Dots Echo Park - Best Summer Ever Collection - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - Elements Prima - Watercolor Confections - The Classics

Jun 18, 2019


Hello there!

Welcome to the ALTENEW JUNE 2019  STAND-ALONE DIE RELEASE BLOG HOP+GIVEAWAY.   You are arriving from Virginia's Blog ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience) and hopefully inspired to see a few projects created with the new Altenew dies.   I am always floored with the designs that Altenew creates, but these are just beautiful, so let me show you what i created:

The new Dainty Blooms Cover Die is just amazing,   the intricate blossom designs gave me the idea to showcase it as the background for one of my Family Album (Citrus Twist Kits) layouts.  For this, i cut one of the Live Your Dream collection paper using the die - i had to play a bit with the die to have it cut the entire length of the page-.

Then used the Dainty Blooms cover die to cut a small piece of the same paper to line a pocket on the other side of the layout.   Here, i used the new Nesting Labels Die set to help create the title for the page.   The new label served as the background for the Fancy Hello Die Cut  and a stamped sentiment from  the Wonderland stamp set.  Gotta love the new Obsidian Pigment Black Ink pad, the images are so clearly and crisply stamped.   I added a few more of the Nesting Label Dies  with sentiments from the Ornate Foliage Stamp Set  as embellishments around the page, as well as some Altenew enamel dots.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

Just love how easy this came together, but since i am showing you my little album, then let me show you another entry created with the new Star Flower Pop-Up die:

I always think that i find a new Altenew favorite product, and then a new release comes in, and i find more to love.  The new Star Flower Pop-Up die is probably one that will let you create a one-of-a-kind design for any project.

I started with some K&Co paper strips -just cause i love the color of them- and played with the die to form two corners of the flowers for the layout.   Once i glued them in place, i just used a small palette to lift the petals of the Star Flower Pop-Up die cuts.

I placed the picture on one side of the layout, and a tag with all my journal on the opposite side of the page. A few stickers from the Live Your Dream collection embellish help decorate the page, and then just used the new Obsidian Pigment ink and the Fancy Greetings Stamp set to complete the page.

For this next project i combined the new Layered Star Die with the Nesting Label dies to create another entry in my Family Album all about my son. 

Though the Layered Star Die creates a beautiful nested star shape, i wanted to use the different sizes to create a cascade of stars in the background.    First i covered the center of the page with the Gold String washi tape, and then cut the stars out of papers from the Blushing Blooms paper pad.   The Nesting Label die set was then used to create the labels that frame the title and journal of the page.  Here i added the stars, while the negative part of the cut out were used on the other side of the page.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

All the dies released today were so easy to combine in my scrapbooking projects, but i think i have to show  how nicely they can be used in cardmaking...

For this card, the new Delicate Mandala Die was used to create the lacy background of the card out of white cardstock.   This was glued to a card base so that most of it sit within the front of the card.

Using the Wallpaper Art Stamp and Die set, i created the gold-embossed images (the watercolor was added after the flowers were diecut) which were added to the card with a bit of foam adhesive.  For the card sentiment, the Dare to Dream stamp set was used along with the new Enchanted Gold Pigment ink pad.    Love the color combination and the overall softness of the card.

Now let me show you the last project of this post...

The new Color Wheel Dies was the centerpiece for this page.   The idea of using the so familiar shape to  bring a rainbow to the page  was the inspiration for the layout.

Once the Color Wheels were die cut, some of the empty spaces were backed with papers from the Reflections scrapbooking collection.    These were then glued together to create the background of the page, but before securing them to the layout, i added a bit of watercolor rainbow splatters to the background.   A few embellishments was all that was needed to finish the page.  Here is a video that showcases how this page came together:

Hopefully this have inspired you to check the new Altenew June 2019 Stand-Alone Die collection,  the  dies are so versatile that they will be a staple in your collection, but now it is time to celebrate this  release with a GIVEAWAY

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 6/24/2019 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 6/27/2019.

Thank you so much for joining me today ( please contact me if you have questions on how any of these came together), but now it is time to hop onto Svitlana's blog to be inspired by her work.  Remember you can always go back to the Altenew Card Blog to start the blog hop, or loop back here.  However here is a list of all the blog hop participants for your convenience.

Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Lilith Eeckels
Therese Calvird

Have fun hopping along!

BON VOYAGE - Simple Stories

Hello Simple Stories friends!  Nathalie here today with a new project that celebrates the fun excursion days at sea in my native Ecuador.   I was so happy to receive the new Cruisin' collection from Simple Stories as it fits all those special pictures of the many excursions we went on while visiting my family back home.  

To start this layout, i chose a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and used it to create the anchor from the Set Sail paper and the helm from the Man Overboard paper.   A bit of hand stitching was added around the shapes to bring some texture and dimension to the page.

These two pieces were then attached to the b-side of the 2x2 element paper using some foam adhesive  so that they create depth on the background of the piece.

The beautiful chipboard stickers from the Cruisin' collection were ideal to create the title of this page.  I simply added them to the top right corner of the helm along with some stars.   Before adding the picture, i trimmed the page a bit, and glued it to  the  Explore the Shore paper.   This helped framing the page completely.

I used pieces of ephemera and stickers to create clusters at the corners of the picture.  Just love all the fun elements that make it so easy to bring the sentiments of the day to the page.

This page was so fun to put together, and just love how it turned out.   The fun Cruisin' collection from Simple Stories is not just perfect to document your cruising memories.  Make sure to check it out, you will love it!!!