Hello My Sweet Friend

Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil

Hello there! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a card but not a long time since I’ve made one. 🙂 I have enjoyed the summer and have been making cards on a regular basis since August. My favorite thing to do, besides bike riding on a hot day, is to make a card. However, taking pictures of my cards and blogging are not my favorite. 😦

Today, I am showing off a card that I made in anticipation of the Stretching Your Stencils Class that I am offering later this month….with my friend Amy Hill from Sevenscrafts. This card will not be one that we will make in class but it is so pretty. I hope you like it.

This card features Altenew’s Wonderful Wreath Stencil and Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set

Supplies: Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Morning Frost, Evergreen, Forest Glades, and Obsidian Pigment Ink. Altenew Geo Frames Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Canopy Leaf Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Sweetest Peas Stamp Set, Altenew Mini Hello Stamp, Altenew Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Blending Brushes, Vellum, Altenew Embossing Ink, Black Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Foam Tape, Masking Paper or Scrap Paper.

To Create: Begin by finding and marking (with a pencil) the center of your card front. Using these marks as your guide and the Wonderful Wreath Stencil, a Blender Brush, and the Morning Frost Dye Ink, blend ink into stencil around the center. You will only use about 1/4 of the stencil at this point. Move stencil and continue blending to make a small circle at the center. Move the stencil around the circle in small increments. You will ink blend only using about 1/4 of the stencil at a time. Use masking paper or scrap paper to cover areas that have already been stenciled so that you can continue moving in a circle. On a piece of vellum, stamp a couple of branches using Forest Glades and Evergreen Ink. Die cut the branches once they are dry. Stamp the octagon shape with Evergreen Ink and the mini Hello with Obsidian ink. Heat emboss the mini Hello with clear embossing powder. Heat emboss small sentiment on black card stock and using white embossing powder. Use foam tape to mount the sentiment. When you place the leaf branches under the sentiment, place them with ink side down and use just a tiny bit of liquid glue on the underside to hold in place. Mount onto black card stock then onto card base.

Here are links to some of the products I used in this card. These links are affiliate links, they do not cost you anything. Please be patient with my links looking so spread out. I am new at this an it’s a work in progress for me. 🙂

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Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder
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Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set
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Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil
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Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder

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Altenew Forest Glades Ink

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Altenew Sweetest Peas Stamp & Die Set

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Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Card Blog

Welcome to Treasures In Letters! My name is Patty and I am so glad you stopped by for the Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop + Giveaway. I hope you are having a great summer filled with fun, family and friends. If you have been following along, you have just arrived from Francine Dodwell. (If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog …see link above).

The theme for this blog hop is Love & Friendship and I am excited to share that it has been the Altenew Educator Certificate Program that has created a new friendship between Amy Hill and myself. Amy reached out to me after completing the AECP program in March 2019. It turns out that we live only 2 miles away from each other. She has become a true crafting friend. We have traveled to a craft show, spent a few Saturday mornings stamping and encouraging each other, and she’s even come over to my house to help me take photos of my cards for this blog. We look forward to teaching some classes this fall and traveling to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in September. 🙂

Amy is on the left and I am on the right. We took this picture in her craft room after a full morning of card making.

Before I show you my cards I want to encourage those of you who are thinking about applying for the Altenew Educator Certificate Program to give it a try. It is an opportunity to focus on your card making skills, learn new techniques and practice them at your own pace and in your own home. There is no pressure at all to finish each level in a certain amount of time. You get out of it what you put into it. What I liked about it was that it made me accountable to myself. Let’s face it, the more you work at something, the better you get at it. Before I entered the AECP I did not make as many cards as I do now, so improvement was slow. The classes you take are yours forever so you can go back to them for inspiration and skill building whenever you want. I encourage any of you who are thinking about applying for the program, but maybe don’t see yourself teaching afterward, to do it because you want to grow in your skills … and make some new friends. I guarantee you will do both. And who knows, you just may find yourself teaching someone else how to make cards. 🙂

And here’s a perfect opportunity for you to give it a try: to celebrate the AECP blog hop and encourage people to join in the AECP program, Altenew will discount the following bundles by 20% from 7/19/2019 to 7/21/2019.

As many of you know, Altenew’s name was created by juxta-positioning the German word for old, which is Alt, and the English word new, to make up the name, Altenew. I kept this in mind while working on my cards and chose to use a few of my older supplies to make 4 new cards. I had a lot of fun playing around with different techniques and found that the more cards I made, the more ideas I had. And I loved the fact that I was taking supplies that I already owned and trying out new ways of using them. For any of you who follow my blog, you know that this has been my personal theme for this year….use your stash!!

So here is a group shot of the cards I have for you today. I hope you like them and that they inspire you to use some of the stamps and supplies you already own; and maybe inspire you to send a special friend a handmade card.

All of my cards feature the Ditsy Print Stamp Set, the Plaid Cover Die A, and Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set.

All the cards will have the Ditsy Print Stamp Set, the Layered Plaid Cover Die-A, the Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Permanent Black Ink, and Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing powder. I have active links to each of these supplies below.

How I made them: Every card started out by stamping a Geo Frame rectangle onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 card stock (or craft colored card stock) then stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. I then used the matching die to cut them out. The next step was to use a paint brush to paint on a liquid mask over the stamped frame images. Once the mask was dry I stamped the Ditsy Print image onto the rectangle allowing it to go outside the edges, when necessary, then turning the image top to bottom and stamping the image again (so that the whole rectangle had flowers on it)… but not allowing the images to overlap. Then I layered the stamped images with the ink combinations that I liked. Once all the ink had dried, I rubbed off the mask using my finger or an adhesive eraser. In all the cards I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add dots to the Geo frame stamped images.

This card was one that Amy Hill and I took pictures of in my back yard.

Please note: All of my Altenew links are not affiliate links, however, they will take you directly to the products at the Altenew website.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite; Altenew Antique Gold Pigment Ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Matte Gold Card Stock, Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die, Altenew Artist Markers: Forest Glades, Evergreen, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Brutus Monroe Raven Embossing Powder, Fuschia Card Stock, Clear Sequins, Sakura Gold Gelly Roll pen. How I Made It: To heat emboss the Plaid Cover die, I stamped Altenew Antique Gold pigment ink over the plaid cover die then sprinkled with crystal clear embossing powder and heat set. For a second coat I used Versamark ink to stamp the die cut and then added more clear embossing powder. The leaf pieces from the Spring Shower Cover Die were colored using Altenew Artist Markers. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat set with Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. The fuschia card stock rectangle frame was made using nesting rectangle dies (vendor of choice) and stacking 3-4 together.

This card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire‘s YouTube post on Interlocking Gatefold cards (June 13, 2019)

For instructions on how to make the gatefold card, please see Jennifer McGuire’s June 13, 2019 YouTube post. I have an active link to her post under the picture above.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Iceberg, Eastern Sky, Ultramarine; Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp Set, foam tape, Blue Card Stock, small Clear Sequins, Black Sakura Gelly Roll pen. How I Made It: In this card I die cut the Layered Plaid Cover Die A out of craft foam, inked it up (the craft foam) and stamped it onto the front of my gate-fold card. I then used the black copic multi-liner to follow the plaid pattern. To keep me from drawing lines that went past the plaid stripes, I used masking paper all around the edges of card front so that my multi-liner lines would not have blobs at the beginning and ends. (I hope that makes sense.) The blue card stock rectangle frame was made using nesting rectangle dies (vendor of choice) and stacking 3-4 together.

This card features a clear acetate panel under the plaid cover die. It has a window effect as seen in the photo below. This card could have also been made into a shaker card.
The clear acetate behind the plaid panel creates a window effect and adds depth to the card.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Chamomile, Snapdragon, Marigold; Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Clear Acetate, Orange Card Stock, foam tape, Clear, Flat sequins, Sakura Black Gelly Roll pen.

This card is actually the first one I made in the set. I enjoyed making it so much that I couldn’t wait to try more ideas using the stamp set and the plaid die.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Chamomile, Snapdragon, Marigold; Craft Card Stock, Foam Tape, Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Black Card Stock, White Sakura Gelly Roll pen. How I made it: This card features a dry embossed Layered Plaid Cover Die (follow the directions on your die cutting machine to dry emboss.) After the card face had been dry embossed and multi-lined, I then splattered the card with the inks I used to layer the Ditsy Print. (Do this BEFORE adding the Geo stamped frame to the card.)

Supplies I used in ALL of the cards: Altenew Ditsy Print Stamp Set, Altenew Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Layered Plaid Cover Die A, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Permanent Black (except on the gold card); Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid, Copic Multi-liner .3 (not used in the gold card), Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock #80, #110, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder (not used in the gold card), Black card stock (not used in the gold card), Clear Sequins, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: black, white, or gold, Craft Foam (not used on gate-fold card)

I ended up taking a real lot of photos of these cards before choosing the ones that I put in the blog, with that in mind, here are a few more photos, just because….

This card was taken by Amy holding the charger plate in front of the flowers while I took the picture. It would not have worked otherwise because a table would have been too short to catch the flowers in the background.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Please leave me a message to let me know what you thought of the cards. Which one was your favorite?

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Blog by 7/26/19 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 blogs on 7/30/19.

Continue following the blog hop by clicking on Nenette Madero‘s link below.

Hop Order: 

Altenew Card Blog

Terri Marie Koszler

Michelle Ochoa Murray

Maryam Sharara

Amber Rain Davis

Irina Fonina

Teri Wilson

Francine Dodwell

Patty Mello

Nenette S. Madero

Vicki Finger

Nandini Karmarkar

Amy Hill

Christine Pennington

Erum Tasneem

Birch Press Kindness Tile

Altenew’s Beautiful Pigment Inks

In person, this card has delicate sparkle and a Middle Eastern color pallette.

Supplies: Birch Press Kindness Tile, Birch Press Big Friends Sugar Script Die, Concord & 9th Enjoy It All, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Tide Blue, Volcano Lake, UltraViolet, Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink, Brutus Monroe Icicles Embossing Powder, Concord & 9th Snow Flurry Stamp Set, Nuvo Glitter Drops Sherbert Shimmer, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen -Metallic Gold, Purple card stock, Gold glitter card stock.

How to make it: Stamp the “Kindness tile” with Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment ink. Heat emboss with Brutus Monroe Icicles embossing powder. Stamp in pattern using the various colors listed above. Before adding Nuvo drops and gelly roll pen, RE-STAMP the Kindness Tile with gold pigment ink, heat emboss with Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. Add gold gelly roll pen accents and Nuvo drops. Cut the word “friend” from purple card stock and its shadow from gold glitter card stock. Stamp sentiment on white card stock and mount onto purple card stock strip.

BIG HI

Featuring stamps from The Stamp Market and Concord & 9th

Happy July! Today’s card will get you thinking of fireworks and the Fourth of July with its brightly colored sunshine rays and sparkly sequins. It’s another card made from a background I made awhile back and put into my stash. I wish I could say that my “stash” pile has become real small at this point, but it seems the more I use, the more I make. 😉

This card featues the Stamp Market BIG HI die.

Supplies: Stamp Market Big HI, Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout Stamp, Catherine Pooler Inks: Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuschia, Grass Skirt, Party Dress, Black card stock, Craft foam, Pretty Pink Posh Clear flat sequins, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110

You’re the Friend Everyone Wishes They Had

Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp and Spring Shower Cover Die

Wouldn’t you agree, that we can never have too many good friends. They become an extension of our family and are there for us in the good times and bad. Today’s card honors special friendships. I had a very dear friend in mind as I created this card.

This card features Altenew’s Spring Shower Cover Die and their Leaf Burst Stencil.

Supplies: Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die, Altenew Leaf Burst Stencil, Altenew Artist Markers: Firebrick, Autumn Blaze, Orange Cream, Sunkissed, Ruby Red, Grapevine, Coral Berry, Frosty Pink, Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Lavender Fields, Soft Lilac, Bamboo, Parrot, Olive, Moss; Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp, Vellum, Craft Foam, Purple card stock, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Versafine Clair Fantasia Pigment ink, Art Deco Double-sided Adhesive Paper, Clear Bubble embellishments, Vellum, Craft Foam.

Sending Hugs: I Miss Your Face

Split-Card Design inspired by Jennifer McGuire 2019

Today my card has been inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube video post on May 10, 2019. It is called a “split card design” because the top and bottom of the front of the card are only connected by the elements between them. The middle of the card has a hole in it, so to speak. Check it out in the pictures below.

My youngest daughter recently moved to Virginia with her husband, so this card was made with her in mind. The card has a number of imperfections, as it takes a bit of planning ahead of time, but my daughter will see only the LOVE that was put into it. 😉

When you see the card from the inside you can see how the top and bottom of the card are connected by the elements in the card. The rest is open space.

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides, Honey Bee Stamps Special Delivery, Lawn Fawn Upon A Star, Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Little Picket Fence Border, Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple, Honey Bee Stamps Cloud Borders, Vellum, Gina K Designs Amalgam ink, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Copic markers: B00, RVo2, N2, N3, E00, E13, E15, E23, E31, R24, C5.

How I made it: Please see Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube video on how to put together a “split card” design. She does a wonderful job of teaching how to do it. 🙂 I have a link to the video at the beginning of my blog post.

Fancy Hello Die: Altenew 2019

Altenew Fancy Hello and Deco Wonder Stencil

Welcome back! Today I am “Showing & Sharing” a wonderful new stencil that Altenew has come out with along with a new “Hello” Die. They look great together! Check out Virginia’s June Show & Share by clicking the link above.

Isn’t this stencil great!! Ranger Distress Oxides are so easy to blend and are nice and bright.

Supplies:
Altenew Deco Wonder Stencil, Altenew Fancy Hello Die, Ranger Distress Oxides: Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans, We R Memory Keepers Circle Dies, Navy card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110, Vellum.