Jun 21, 2024

Altenew x Sarah Simon Collab Release 2024 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi there!

Welcome to Altenew + Sarah Simon Collab Release Hop + Giveaway.   Today, we are celebrating this amazing release with lots of inspiration and prizes.  You can find a list of all the participants at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

Regardless of your level of artistry, you are going to love all the possibilities that these products can create. Let me show you what I have created:

I used the new Warm & Fuzzy  to create a new cover for my Family Album.   For this spread, I used Altenew Watercolor Palette to color my images. Once the paint dried, I die cut them, and used my Comfy cut to clean some of the white parts from the inside of the image.

To finish the page, I created the background with some ink blending, and set my images at the corners of the spread.  A few drops of metallic watercolor complete the page.

For my next spread, I am using the new PEONY & LILAC SWAG set.  I love the design of this set, and its size was perfect for a single page spread on my page.

I used the stencil to color the entire set to create the large floral and title for the page.  I used the curvature of the design to set my photo in place. A few extra enamel dot complete the page.

For this double spread, I am using the new Garden Bouquet set.    I love the detail, and size of the stamp set.   I used  Altenew Artist Watercolors to detail the image, and a few of the extra leaves images.  Once it dried, I used the die to separate the image, and went further into cleaning the inside of my image with my comfy cut knife.

I trimmed the  image in two pieces and used it to frame the photos on  my double spread, and added a few of the loose leaves to help me bulk the image and  frame the photos.  A few extra embellishments complete the spread.

Of course we are celebrating the release with a generous giveaway:

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $50 gift certificate to 4 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by June 27, 2024 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on June 29, 2024.

*The winner of the $100 gift certificate will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog. 

Be sure to comment on the posts as you hop along!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

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Jun 16, 2024


Summer is here, and the vibrant HOMETOWN USA collection is sure to help you document your memories regardless of the size and format of your choice.  Though, I keep 12x12 scrapbook layouts, my heart is in small format (traveler's notebooks and 6x8 albums) for my daily documenting.  So, when I saw the new Doodle  Cut die sets, the idea for this spreads came together,.

I love how these entries turned out using the die cut pieces along with embellishments from the collection.

First, I use the new Festive Florals Metal Die set to create my jar of flowers for my layout.   I used the the die and papers from the 6x6 paper pad, as well a papers from the Petite Prints 6x6 paper pads.   I wanted to create the frosted look of a glass, so I decided to back the jar die cut with vellum.

I complemented the rest of the layout with pieces from the collection, I made sure to add small clusters of Sprinkles to tie it all together.

For my next spread, I chose to work with the new Pocket Full O' Pride Metal Die for my spread.  This time, I used the dies to help me create a grid style design for my page.

I started by cutting all the pieces for my little pocket using the die and papers from the Hometown USA 6x6 paper pad, and cardstock.   I created 3 pockets, two of them are set on the right of the page.  Once the flowers were in place, I added a few pieces of ChitChat to help me tell the story.

I finished this spread by adding my photo atop the last pocket.  Then used Bits and Pieces and a few extra stickers to complete the spread.  I love how these turned out, and I hope they inspire your next project featuring HOMETOWN USA!



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Hometown USA collection


Hometown USA Cardstock

Petite Prints

Pocket Full O' Pride Metal Dies

Festive Florals Metal Dies

Jun 2, 2024

FUN FAMILY REUNION - Doodlebug Designs

We are heading into Summer, warmer weather, ice cream. and all things sunny and nice.  And, though I am not in the USA, the new HOMETOWN USA collection is perfect to document your adventures, Summer stories, and others. Let's take at I have created for my first project with it

Though the color combination is true Americana, it also vibrant and so ideal for documenting one of those infamous Covid family picnics.

I started by choosing simple patterns from the 12x12 papers, and trimmed them into chevrons.  I set them at the very top of white cardstock.   I wanted them to point directly to the photos of the kids spending time together.

Next, I used the 6x6 paper pad to frame the photos, and set them in place.   I added just a few embellishments around the photos themselves, but decided to create a large title that will help balance the page.

I love Chit Chat packs, there is always a sentiment that matches the story.  I combined a few extra pieces from the Bits and Pieces and Odds & Ends packs to make the title pop a bit more.

To tie everything together, I added a few of the little birds and sprinkles all over each of the clusters. I love how the silver foiling just pops amongst these colors.

I hope this inspires you to get your memories ready to document them with the beautiful HOMETOWN USA collection!



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Hometown USA collection


Hometown USA Cardsotck