Jun 4, 2020

Altenew June 2020 Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Welcome to the Altenew June 2020 Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.  You are arriving from Ashlea's blog checking her amazing projects.  A list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Today, Altenew is releasing a brand new set of products that are amazing ( as it happens with every one of their releases!).   So be prepared to start choosing favorites, and it is going to be hard!



The new CALMING REVERIE stamp set is amazing!   The large detailed rose shaded with dots is beautiful, delicate and super detailed.  I chose to use  it to create a layout for my journal.




For this layout, i chose to use the notebook division as a way to marry color.  So, i created a mask for the flower and leaf, and then used my stamping platform to help me create the background work.  I chose to add color to the white side of the page, and kept the flowers black and grey for the color side of the layout.  I used Tea Party, Warm Greys and Tropical Forest to create the flowers in the page.



The large bloom of the stamp set makes it  such a large focal point that all that was left was to add a small title/sentiment to the page.  I used the BERGENIA BUILDER stamp set to create the sentiment; once it was stamped, i fussy cut around it and glued it on the page.  Love the color transition and really how easy this came together.




One of my most favorite things this month is the new INK  BLENDING TOOL.  It is so easy to work with it, you are going to love it!   For this page, i started once again with the idea of blending the stamped images onto two different papers.  This time, i cut white cardstock to fit inside the pink background paper; then used the INK BLENDING Tool to add color to the cardstock ( Tropical Forest and Sugarplum Mini ink cube sets).



Once the ink sets, i used Obsidian ink to stamp theblooms onto the layout (i used a triangle as a reference to place my stamped images).  I used a white gel pen to add small details to the centers of the flowers, and make them stand out a bit on the page.   This time, i hand wrote my lines of journal and then used the AMAZING THINGS stamp set to create the title for the page.



In order not to lose the details of the background, i chose to use the new SILKY LILAC Metallic Thread to create a small thread bundle behind the cluster on the picture.   The soft blooms withthe small color explosion it is perfect for the calming cup of tea on the picture.



Now onto my last project of today! I love the AMAZING THINGS stamp set ( first of, it sounds like i named this stamp set! as it is one of my most used expressions.) , and it was perfect to create this card.



I started by creating the background with the INK BLENDING TOOL, the Wavy Grid Stencil and  Pure Graphite Crisp ink.  While tAMAZING THINGShe inked panel dried, i used the  Tranquility Mini Ink Cube, Obsidian ink and the  to create the blooms.




I used a bit of the new ENCHANTED GOLD Metallic Thread to create small bundles that were glued under the flowers.  Followed by some Enchanted Gold sequin, and then used the BERGENIA BUILDER to add the sentiment on the card. Love, love, love!!!



I hope you have made a list of favorites as you hop around today's inspiration.  Now onto the best part of this blog hop: 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 by 6/9/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 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 6/11/2020.

Good Luck everyone!

Now you are off to continue checking today's inspiration. Your next stop is  the always inspiring Tania Ahmed.   A list of all the participants is available for your convenience as follows; remember you can always go back to the Altenew Card Blog to start the hop,


Nathalie DeSousa  <<< YOU ARE HERE...


Have Fun everyone!

Jun 3, 2020

YOU'RE SUMMER SUNSHINE |Simple Stories



Hello Simple Stories Friends!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout that celebrates the splendorous Summer days, and what better way to document those sun-filled memories than with the new SUMMER FARMHOUSE collection from Simple Stories.  



I love the country feel of this collection, so i decided to "modernize" a weaving design for the background of the page.



I cut zig zag strips from a few of the papers in the collection, and literally weave them along the width of the paper.  Once they were in place, i brought back the homemade feel of the collection by hand stitching each strip to the woodgrain paper -Sunnies and Sandals-



The lovely red color in the palette matched the color of my daughter's bathing suit  -12 yrs ago-, so  i printed a few of the pictures, and layered some papers (3x4 elements and 4x6 elements) behind the images.  Once i set them on the right of the page (along the stitched weaved strips), i embellished the  images with pieces from the ephemera, sticker sheet and tablet. All the florals in this collection are amazing!



I love the tone on tone look of the Summer chipboard piece on the background; so, i mixed it with a die cut piece and a stamped image ( the collection matching stamp is awesome,and so versatile!) to complete the title.  A few more embellishments completed the page.



This layout was truly so much fun to put together using the beautiful  Simple Stories' Summer Farmhouse collection.   I am sure you are going to love all that you can document with it this summer!

XO



Jun 1, 2020

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Columbine Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi there!
Welcome to the Altenew Build-A-Flower: COLUMBINE Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.   You are arriving from Therese's blog - a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post for your convenience -




Today, Altenew is celebrating the release of their new Build-a-Flower set: COLUMBINE. I gotta admit that i had seen the flower before, but i had to go to the internet to see if it matched what i remember, and totally felt in love with the wildflower feel of the flower. And as it is with all Altenew products, the BAF set easily can recreate a very realistic match to the original flower.



Every time, i see a new stamp, i think of all the possibilities of the stamp in memory keeping before cardmaking ( it is the journaler in me!). After seeing how they grow in the wild, i decided to stamp my hearts content of them to create a page all about my daughter.


I chose to stay with a single color family for each of the flowers, and wanted very Spring happy colors. For this, i used Spring Bouquet, Shades of Purple, Red Cosmos, Tropical Forest, and Summer Afternoon MIni Ink Cubes to stamp all the flowers and leaves. Having a stamping platform helped to speed up the process, and then just took my time die cutting all the images.



I wanted the flowers to stand out, so i chose a green cardstock for the background, and applied Embossing paste using a stencil brush through the Feeling Dotty stencil.



Once, the paste dried, i started to build the large floral cluster on the right side of the layout. A bit of foam adhesive helps to add movement and dimension to the flowers. I then simply added the picture of my daughter and used the Mega Brush Alpha stamp set to create the title of the page.



I love how the BAF: COLUMBINE flowers frame the picture very softly, and then all the color just makes the images pop from the page. You are going to love this stamp set!



I cannot wait to see what you create with the new BAF release. Remember to take advantage of the Subscription program for this collection...

This is a monthly subscription plan for our Build-A-Flower set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly BAF releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($35.00 →$29.99).



Of course no celebration is complete without a GIVEAWAY!!!
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 6/6/2020.


Good Luck everyone!

Now it is time to hop onto your next stop of this fun blog hop. Your next stop is my super talented friend: Jaycee. You can always start the hop from the Altenew Card blog or return here to complete the loop, A list of all the participants is available for your convenience: