Showing posts from April, 2018


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…