Apr 5, 2020


Hi there!
I think with our new reality, we are all lost in the changing times.   It is April, Spring is here and hopefully we are all enjoying the comforts of our homes in hopes to stop the spread of this deadly virus.   Today, Pinkfresh Studio is launching their April Challenge, and this month we are inspiring our projects on a sketch and the Noteworthy color palette.

My first choice was to flip the sketch so that the flower cluster sits on the top left quarter of the layout.   I chose the b-side of the Right Now paper as the base for my page.

Following the sketch i used a bit of gesso to prep the page, then added ghost stamping (Fruitastic stamp set -PFS) on the white space before adding the splatters of watercolor to the page.  I stayed in a more masculine palette for the background.

While the background dried, i used the Florals and Leaves cut file to create the large diecut florals for the page.  I cut the outline from white cardstock and then used papers from the collection to back just the large florals.  I also created a hexagon shape/outline from the white cardstock just like the one used in the sketch.

All that was left to do was assemble the page.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach the pieces to the background.  I framed the picture with a paper from the collection and then nestled it in between the florals.

I kept the embellishments minimal, as the large florals are already  a large focal point on the page.   Instead i chose to create a large title combining alphas, ephemera and layered embellishments from the collection.

All that was left to do was add a few enamel dots on the page, and  a few lines of journal.  I love how easy this page came together using the Noteworthy collection, a bit of mixed media and this month' s sketch as inspiration.

Remember you can join in the challenge and have a chance to win gift certificates to the shop.   all you have to do is create a project inspired by the sketch and link it to the PFS blog..

I cannot wait to see what you create!


Apr 4, 2020

Altenew 6th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway

Hi there!
Welcome to the ALTENEW 6th ANNIVERSARY BLOG HOP Day 3 + GIVEAWAY. You are arriving from the always inspiring Ellen Hutson Blog , a list of the all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Today we are celebrating Altenew's 6th Anniversary!!  It is amazing to see all the products, projects and inspiration they have created in the past years, but it is the team behind the business that makes this company so inspiring and a joy to work for.  So, today, i combined a few of their amazing products to celebrate them:

I discovered Altenew a few years ago when searching for a flower stamp, so it is only fitting that i use one of the newer flower stamps - Poppy Garden - to create this page.

I started with a bit of mixed media on the background.    For this i combined a bit of  Lava Rock Watercolor Brush Marker refill and Watercolor Essential 12 pan set on a piece of double cardstock to create this watercolor rhomboid shape.

I used Embossing ink and Platinum Embossing powder to heat embossed all the images of the Poppy Garden stamp set onto heavy cardstock.  Once the images were embossed, i pulled my Artist Watercolor 24 Pan set to detail each of the blooms.

Once the images dried i used the coordinating dies to cut all the flowers.  At the same time, i backed all the pictures with papers from the Verdant Walk paper pack.

I attached everything in place with a bit of dimensional adhesive and then added a few stamped sentiments ( Tabbed Stamp set) around the photos.   To add extra movement to the page, i used the Mix and Match Mariposa Die to cut a few vellum images, layered them together, and then glued them around the page.

I used the  alphas from the Live Your Dream collection and the Sophisticated Wreath stamp set to create the title for this page.   A few drops of Cosmic Berry Metallic Ink Spray complete the layout.

I love how easy this came together mixing and matching products from Altenew.  Just love the versatility of the products and all you are able to achieve with them.

To celebrate their Anniversary, Altenew is having a special promotion that will help you continue crafting through this difficult time.

Special Offer
Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY6TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV20 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/2/2020 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/5/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Shop here: https://altenew.com/

Now onto the fun part of this blog hop, GIVEAWAY time:

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2020 for a chance to win one of 37 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!". 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/18/2020.

Thank you so much for stopping by, now it is time to continue the blog hop, remember you can always stop by the Altenew Card blog to start the hop. You are off to visit SEEKA's blog.  A list of all the participants is available as follows:

Thank you all so much!  please keep safe!!!


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!