Jan 24, 2020


Hi there!
Welcome to the ALTENEW JANUARY 2020 STAMP/DIES/STENCIL RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY. You are arriving from Nicole Watt's blog  ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post).

I am so excited to join in today's release as there are a new set of possibilities being open with these Altenew goodies. With so much to chose from, i created quite a few projects, so let's get started:

Sweet Golden Hour

The new Wild Flora Stamp and Die set were used to create this layout about that magical hour of the day.   The delicate and intricate design in the flowers is just precious, so i decided to stamp a few of the images onto white heavy cardstock using Black Obsidian Pigment ink.  

To emphasize the details of the Wild Flora stamped images, i used my blending brushes to add a few touches of Sugar Plums and Fall Harvest mini ink sets on the background of a 8.5x11 paper.  I attached this to a 12x12 piece of fuchsia cardstock, and then added the picture and florals to create a diagonal design on the page.

To finish the page, i added a few touches of gold around the picture, and a title made with the Script Words 3 die set and plum cardstock.    The small gems and sequin on the page help to guide your eye through the simple but gorgeous flowers.  Just love how this came together.

Plant Lady

As soon as i saw the new Bold Drape stamp set and the Mod Vases Stamp/Die/Stencil set, i knew i can easily combine them to create a layout about my plant-loving-mom.     I started by creating the background for the layout using the Bold Drape Stamp set and Silverstone crisp ink.

To make the color of the flower pot stand out, i stamped the single floral images with Spring Bouquet set inks, and fussy cut them out.   I used the Mod Vase Die set to cut a few of the vases out of white cardstock.    I aligned the Mod Vase Stencil set on top of each of the vases, and mask an area with washi tape, then added a bit of Industrial Diamond ink to the vases.   All that was left to do is add foam adhesive and complete the page with them.  Simple and colorful!

He is Nine

Who doesn't love a versatile background stamp!   The new Tartan stamp set is amazing and gives you so many options to customize your one-of-a-kind background.  I decided to combine two layouts into one by combining the colors in the tartan print and decorations.

I chose Lapis Lazuli and  Red Sunset mini ink sets as well as Black Obsidian ink to create the first Tartan background on white cardstock.  I used the print to back the picture and cut the large heart (using the Halftone Hearts Die set).  I set all of this on gray cardstock and added embellishments to match the colors.

For the second page, i chose to vary the colors of the Tartan design, and used Limestone ink for the background of the background.   This time i cut the heart from the same cardstock as the background of the first layout, and added blue behind the picture.  I chose to cut the Congrats Frame die four times from white cardstock.  The newDie Cutting Metal Shim is perfect to obtain a crisp image of the frames.

I cut the word  out of the frame stacked them together, and used it as decoration for the layouts.  The Tartan stamp set is so versatile, a real must have!

Hello 44

I love simple large outline stamps, as you can customize them to create your own designs, so i pulled the new Incredible Stamp/Die set to create this page about my latest celebration.

The flowers in the Incredible Stamp set are amazing, but there are no leaves to match the set, so i decide to use the Retro Plantines stamp set to white emboss a frame all around the layout.     I added a soft color background using  inks and my ink blending brush, and then added the embossed images,  These create a soft textured background for the page.

While the background set, i used Enchanted Gold Ink and Crystal Clear embossing powder to create the outline of each of the flowers.  Though Alcohol markers are not my favorite way of coloring, i decided to detail each of the flowers with the teal markers from Altenew Artist Marker set D.  

I used the cake toppers to create the title of the page, and then used the Hello sentiment from the Retro Plantines stamp set to complete the title work.

Remember That Day

This is probably my favorite layout of this release.  I combined the Rounded Rectangles Die Set and Simple Beauty Stamp and Die set to create this page about a very special soul, Brandi Kinkaid.

I used the Rounded Rectangles die set to create all the wonky frames that form the background from a Our Family collection paper.  A bit of foam adhesive help to keep them in place.   The color in Brandi's shirt was the inspiration for the page  and the colors in the flowers ( Sweet Dream and Summer Afternoon Ink sets).    The following video will show you how this page came together:

Oh, how i love this page, and Brandi, too!   I think the new releases are some of my most favorite stamp sets.  There is such versatility and variety in design that i cannot wait to see how you all will use the sets in your projects.

Now,  it is time for the  funnest part of this blog hop:  GIVEAWAY TIME!

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 1/30/2020 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 blogs on 2/2/2020. 

Good Luck everyone!

 This is all for me!  It is time to hop onto Amber's blog to see her gorgeous work.   You can always return here to complete the loop, or stop at the Altenew Card Blog  to start the loop,  Here is a list of all the participants - for your convenience-

Thank you so much for visiting!


Jan 22, 2020


Hello everyone!
Welcome to the ALTENEW PAINT-A-FLOWER: POPPY RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY!  You are arriving from the Altenew Scrapbook Blog ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post).

Today, i am so excited to take part of the first blog hop for Altenew's new subscription program, PAINT-A-FLOWER.   This new subscription will provide you with a monthly stamp set (delivered at your door step) that you can customize using your favorite color techniques or practicing new color techniques. 

Though i love making cards, my favorite way of using Altenew products is to document memories in my scrapbooks and Life Crafted albums (Citrus Twist kits).  So, i used the stamp set to create this new entry.

I used Vicki Boutin Foundation paper as the base for the flower.  These were stamped with Altenew's Antique Gold Pigment ink, and heat embossed with Crystal clear embossing powder.  I created a mask of the image so that i could combine the three images on the page.

I used the Altenew 36 Watercolor pan set to detail/color each of the poppies.   I started with a color wash in each petal,and then  build up the color by adding more pigment to the nooks and crannies, making sure to pull the color to the center of the petal.

Though the coloring of the flowers took time, i enjoyed relaxing and coloring away.  Once this was done, all i added was a soft black watercolor wash to the entire page (making sure to puddle extra pigment under the leaves and flowers) and completed the page with a sentiment from the Fancy Greetings stamp set - that serves  as a title-.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

I love how this page turned out, even after a bit of commotion here at home.   Now it is time for the best thing about the blog hop: GIVEAWAY TIME

  • To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 1/28/2020 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 1/30/2020.

Good Luck!

Before you hop until the next stop, let me just show you the advantage of subscribing to the new Altenew PAF system.  This is a monthly subscription plan for our Paint-A-Flower. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in our monthly Paint-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($15.99 →$12.99)

It is now time to hope onto Laura Jane's blog to see how she color her images.  You can always return here to start the loop.     A list of all the participants is available for your convenience

Jan 15, 2020

LOVE YOU - Simple Stories

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout that is all about documenting LOVE.  With Valentine's Day approaching, i wanted to share with you a fun idea to create a page about your loved one using the beautiful MY VALENTINE collection from Simple Stories.

I love the Sn@p Basic paper packs as they are the perfect background for your pages.  This time, i chose the Lace dots as the background, and cut a large strip of the Love You paper to serve as the anchor of the page.

Before gluing the paper to the page, i pulled papers from the 6x8 paper pad and the 12x12 collection to create layers behind the picture.  I  added a bit of paint to some of the edges of the paper to continue the look of the Love You paper strip.

I made sure to distress the edges of all the papers i used, and glued them together to the center of the page.  I backed the picture with one of the Chipboard frames, so that it peeks behind it and  glued it on to the paper strip.

With so many cute embellishments -including all the flower die cuts- i just started layering them between the paper strips so that they formed a diagonal line on the page, and cluster at the corners of the picture

I combined the Chipboard stickers and Stickers to create the large title of the page, then layered a few more embellishments beneath the stickers. I added  my lines of journal at the bottom of the paper layers and then added a few splatters of black ink to complete the page.

This was so easy to put together, and i just love how it turned out ( in a small amount of time!).  The new MY VALENTINE collection is just perfect to document your loved one.  Remember to check it out.