Oct 17, 2021

TOGETHER - Simple Stories


Hello there!

Nathalie with you today to share a new layout featuring the new Simple Vintage Weathered Garden.  I love Simple Vintage collections, but this new addition is probably one of my very favorite.  The color combo, floral design, and butterflies are probably the reason I love this collection.  There are so many beautiful pieces in this collection, it was so easy to create this page.

As always, the chipboard frames are always the first piece I reached for.  This time, I am combining one of the frames with the new Sticker banner for this page.     

I started by trimming the Honey/Magnolia basic to 10.5x10.5 in square. I attached this to the Every Little Things paper ( along the top edge of the paper).   Here, I added a bit of mixed media to make sure all the pieces of the banner pop from the page

In order to fit the  chipboard frame as part of the banner.  I had to cut the frame in the banner so that the butterflies could sit atop the frame.    A bit of foam adhesive secures the frame to the page.

I added a few more embellishments through the banner, so that it bulks it up and is proportionate to the chipboard frame.

Lastly it was all about building a title for the page.  In order to balance the page,  I added a few of the foam stickers at the bottom part of the basic paper, making sure that it followed the same line as photo.  To finish, I added a few more butterflies, through the page,

I love how this turned out.  There are so many details in each piece of the collection, that you will have your projects done in seconds.


Oct 16, 2021

Altenew Inky Time Pigment Inks Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi there!  

Welcome to ALTENEW INKY PIGMENT INKS BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY You are arriving from Altenew Card blog.   You can find the list of all the participant at the bottom of this post for your convenience. 

Today, we are celebrating, probably,  my favorite inks  - PIGMENT INKS -  When the first set were release a few years ago, I could never imagine the possibilities of the inks.   But  of course Altenew   helped and created 4 sets of pigment inks that are just versatile, crisp, and overall super versatile. 

The best part of the pigment inks is their ability to create crisp impressions on porous surfaces.  This means you can use the inks in other surfaces other than paper.  All you need is  a bit of heat to secure the color to the surface.

The formulation of the pigment inks allows them to stay fluid atop of paper.  This property is what makes them ideal for mixed media, as you can convert the ink from watercolor to an embossing medium.   These inks are great for blending, stamping, embossing, coloring, and watercolor ... Let  me  show you what  have created for today's hop:

I used the warm tones of the inks to create the background of the page. I simply dragged the ink pads along the edge of  the page, and set it with some heat.

Once the ink set, I used Sapphire Pigment ink to stamp the images - Forever in Love stamp set- at the edge of the paper.  Then used the Tye Dye Mottifs and Inspirational Quotes stamp set to heat embossed the title to the page.   

I used the same technique from the background to create one of my journal cards.  Then once again, I used Sapphire pigment ink and embossing powder to create the soft embossed flap out of vellum paper.

I just love all the things that you can create with just the Pigment ink pads.  Be sure to check all the Pigment  Ink collection in Altenew's shop.  Remember you can always check the entire collection, just click here.

Of course we are celebrating these amazing Pigment inks with a giveaway"

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this occasion, Altenew is giving away a $100  gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/21/2012 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 6 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/23/2021.

Good Luck everyone!

In addition, Altenew has a promotion this weekend :

Get 30% off ALL Pigment Inks with code INKSALE30 at checkout and receive a FREE Pigment Inks eBook(worth $2.99) from 10/13/2021 at 12:01 AM EST until 10/19/2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Free gift will be added to cart automatically with all pigment ink orders. 

Now to continue the fun, you are off to visit Erum 's blog to check more projects with the inks.  Here is the list of today's participants.

 Altenew Card Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Erum Tasneem

Virginia Lu


Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 12, 2021

Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Garden Rose Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)


Hi there!

Welcome to ALTENEW CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: GARDEN ROSE RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.  You are arriving from Laura Jane's blog.  A list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

This month's CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: GARDEN ROSE is amazing, and a must have!  The versatility of this kit can take you from card making to all types of crafting.   Let me show you what I have created:

The embossing folder in the new Craft Your Life Project Kit: Garden Rose is so beautiful, it can easily be a background and focal point all at once.   I used a bit of black ink and a brayer to add color to the folder before running some cream cardstock with it through the machine.

Once the impression was created, I rubbed a bit of Antique Gold ink around the embossed area, and then used my heat gun to set the ink in place.   A simple sentiment is all that was needed to complete teh card.

The Craft Your Life Project Kit Garden Rose is perfect for memory keeping.   I created this layout using the coordinating stamp, die, and stencils/mask.   I wanted to bring lots of flowers to the page, but also make the picture pop.  My choice, was to use the mask to stamp the entire right side of the notebook with flowers and leaves from the stamp set.

I used a rainbow of inks to add color to a few extra flowers and used the die set to cut them apart.   These became the embellishment around the photo and on the journal side of the page.

To finish the page, I used the stencil and Jet Black ink to create the "Hello Friend" impression as the title for my page.   Just loved working with the new Craft Your Life Project Kit: Garden Rose!

Remember you can always use the subscription program to secure your monthly Craft Your Life Project Kit at a lower price.  Just click here for more information.

To celebrate the release, Altenew is also hosting a generous GIVEAWAY!

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, 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 10/18/2021 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 10/20/2021.

 Good Luck everyone!

Now, it is time to continue the hop.   Your next stop is Daniel Diaz! Remember you can always start the hop in Altenew's Card Blog.   Here is a complete list of today's participants for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Vicky Papaioannou 

Terri Koszler


Nathalie DeSousa  <<< YOU ARE HERE

Daniel Diaz

Amanda Baldwin

Dana Joy

Michelle Short

Verity Biddlecombe

Tenia Nelson

Sandhya Iyer

Virginia Lu


Emily Midgett

Joy Baldwin

Therese Calvird

Erum Tasneem

Linda Parker

Reiko Tsuchida

Nenette S. Madero

Maryam Perez

Lilith Eeckels

Laurie Willison

Amy Hill

Preeti Chandran

Rosie Neustaedter

Bridget Casey

Sande Woodson

Colleen Balija


Joylita Dsouza

Natasha Davies

Thanks for stopping by!