Bride-to-be... not really!

Hello friends,

I hope you are having a lovely, crafty weekend!
The May 2018 Altenew release is amazing - I totally fell in love with the Bride-to be set even though I have been married for 34 years I absolutely needed this very versatile set, it is gorgeous!

I started my card by stamping the largest flower from the set several times in shades from the Cherry Blossom collection of Altenew crisp inks; Rubellite, Razzleberry, Pinkalicious, Pink Diamond. I also stamped some of the smaller flowers adding details in Teal Cave, Galactic Stream and Maple Yellow  (Don't you just love the names of the Altenew inks?!) and the centers in black. These were all cut out with coordinating dies.

I didn't use all of the flowers, nor the ink blended background in this pic above, I loved the pink and teal together but it was a bit dark, I wanted something brighter. These will be used in a another project, I see many more cards coming - versatile set, right?!

So the background was ink blended in F…

How about a background?

If you are anything like me you prefer to make everything on your cards, I never use background papers and very rarely any store bought embellishment. Nothing wrong with those, I just usually prefer to make it all from scratch using stamps, inks and paper. (see further down, not always true, ha!)

So using stencils to make my own background is right up my alley but this time I decided to try it on black paper for a different look.

I started by selecting a few Altenew stencils and some black card stock, I taped the card to the stencil from the back and then the whole thing down to my craft mat. Then I sponged white Hero Arts pigment ink through the stencil. The result was quite striking!

On some of these I also tried sponging Altenew crisp inks, it sort of worked on top of the white pigment ink but was almost invisible on the black card stock, looks interesting in the picture but is even more subtle in real life. To at least use up the ink on the stencil I spritzed it with water and used…


Several years ago we rented a summer house on the French Atlantic coast in Vendée, the house was beautiful and a lovely surprise as we compared it to what we had rented the year before in that same region! This house was surrounded by hydrangeas in blues and purples and it was the most gorgeous thing having breakfast, lunch or dinner in that beautiful garden.

The Altenew April Inspiration Challenge made all that come back to me and I am squeezing in a card to the challenge before the end of the month! This what I came up with:

Using the colors in the inspiration photo as a guide, I dug through my paper scraps that I keep in color family boxes and found quite a few that I could use.
I cut several with the dies for the Striped Florals dies. Initially I had thought I might stamp and emboss the images in gold but decided against that - it seemed to make everything much too busy.

Then I started placing my die cuts inside a circle pattern as I wanted my arrangement to show through a circle …

Sending our love

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards showing how you can use your stamp sets in new and perhaps unexpected ways. This starts with taking a close look at what you have and what you see in those images.

Let me show you.
Here is a close up of the Vintage Roses set, my very first Atenew set, bought back in 2014. As you can see it is well loved and stained but no worries, this is absolutely not a problem, it stamps really well since it's well seasoned!

This particular image stamps a rose base layer.
However if you take a close look it also looks a lot like a cloud, no?

And how about these rose layers, couldn't they be bushes our mountains or just some kind of texture?

So this is what I used them for; clouds, bushes and giraffe markings.

I started by stamping "clouds" in Hero Arts white pigment ink onto blue paper.
Then the "bushes" were added in Olive Crisp Ink from Altenew to set the scene for the two giraffes that were die cut from white card stock and t…

A study in pink

I have been traveling for work (to celebrate 50 years of the company I work for) and for vacation (visiting my kids in France) all was lovely but when I got back I got the worst cold and it's been hard to get back to normal.
Last weekend I finally did some stamping and this weekend I actually got a lesson called Irresistible Inking Techniques in AECP done, yay for me!

So that got me thinking of  different ways to use ink on card stock and got me experimenting with my beloved Altenew crisp inks a little bit. I came up with two cards, using the same stamp set Arabesque Medallion in the same colors from the Cherry Blossom family.

For my first card I used the very simple ink smooshing technique, smearing some of the Razzleberry ink onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and then dipping my Bristol card stock into the watered down ink several times, drying the card stock in between layers using my heat tool.
On top I stamped the medallion in black Versafine ink. The splotchy backgroun…

Letterpress with Altenew - AECP

I just finished another Altenew Academy Class last week, this one is taught by Jennifer Rzasa and is called Clean and Simple Boutique cards. The lesson that really inspired me was how to do Letterpress using dies, this is a lot of fun and the result is remarkably elegant.

The first thing to do is figure out how to construct your letterpress elements - how many layers of card stock and vellum do you need and what your embossing sandwich should be.  Each die cutting machine is different so it's hard to give an exact "recipe" but Jennifer's instructions in the class do help. This did take some time and there was a lot of trial and error involved but in the end I figured it out! 
So as not to forget I wrote out the instructions on an Altenew storage pouch that I will use to store my letterpress elements, they can be reused a couple of times.  TIP: As you can see in the picture I also wrote the word "top" on the elements, once glued together it can be hard to se…