Showing posts from July, 2018


Today I have a very quick post featuring the Peruvian lily (am I the only one who only knew the name Alstromeria for this flower?) set from Altenew and some background texture as well.

This layering set is easy to stamp out and gives spectacular results - the flowers look fantastic! I decided to stamp these using all the pink, orange, red and yellow color families of the Altenew Crisp Inks and they all look great. Now what I did not do was stamp the insides in another color family - so you could have a pink outer and a yellow inner flower for example, the possibilities are endless!

Once I had all my flowers stamped and cut I pulled together some cards using inspiration from Svitlana Shayevitch - she is so clever with texture and I used some of her techniques adding color to wood cardstock. The first card has a natural wood color which was blended right on to the white woodgrain cardstock

For the second card I imagined painted, weather-stained wood that was created using Distress Oxide…

Trigonometry - this is a test!

I am certainly not a maths person but I love geometric shapes, triangles, circles, hexagons - bring them on and I will make cards with them!
Today's cards are composed with triangle shapes that I stamped in a couple of bright colors as well as in cool grays using the Altenew Crisp Inks and the Trigonometry stamp set.

The shapes were all cut out with scissors, these may have a coordinating die but honestly they are so easy to cut out and it would probably take longer to die cut them than it did to fussy cut these shapes! However as you will see, I did use a triangle die from my stash to add some interest to the cards in a later step so I am not saying do not buy the matching dies!

Then I laid them all out on different colored card stock to see how I wanted to arrange them and what color scheme to use - I choose some grays and teals as these felt quite masculine and I wanted to make cards for the men in my life!
This is when my triangle die came into the picture - I decided to cut tr…

Building a scene

This large and luscious 6-layer Altenew rose has always reminded me of English chintz and today I wanted to build a scene with two colorful roses on a turquoise background - I love the combo of yellow, coral and blue, I find it vivid and summery but not garish. Just like apiece of chintz!

Since these roses are not the easiest to line up (in my opinion) I stamp out several at a time using the MISTI and several color combination - this helps with frustration when you miss-stamp your one perfect flower on the very last layer!

Once I had decided on the colors I was using and selected my roses I fussy cut them out - I know, I know, there are dies that come included with the set, but I wanted no edge to these flowers!

The idea for this card came from an Altenew Academy class called Seasonal Scene Building so I wanted my scene to be of two beautiful roses in a vase in front of a striped background (curtain, tablecloth, wallpaper, who knows!)
Which is why the fussy cutting.

My initial idea w…

All about layering - with a spin

We are enjoying a lovely summer day here in northern Virginia and I am so enjoying my day, cooking for friends coming for dinner tonight and finishing up this latest blogpost which is all about layering with a spin.
I am such a happy, albeit slow participant in the AECP - Altenew Educator Certification Program,
and this post is part of that program focussing on stamp layering. Altenew is the master of layering stamps, I remember first seeing Vintage roses when that stampset came out a couple of years ago and just being flabbergasted! Nowadays many companies do really good layering sets but in this post I will use only Altenew sets.

I wanted to make a couple of spinner cards and knew that I wanted to use To the Moon and Big World as they lend themselves perfectly to this technique:

But why not also use Main Squeeze - it works too! If you want to try this technique, look through your stash for images that could spin and follow along.

After stamping out the layered images in sets of two …