February Birthdays

This beautiful card was for my daughter Courtney and the card below it was for my son-in-law, Chris. Her birthday was on the 16th and his on the 19th. Needless to say, we had fun last Saturday night with our family going out for Chinese food and then having cake at home!

Happy Birthday Courtney!

Supplies: Birch Press Wishing Mandala Stamp and Stencil Set, Distress Oxides: Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Gina K Amalgum ink, My Favorite Things Stamps Happy Birthday Script Die.

Happy Birthday Chris!
This card features silver foil and shiny silver card stock.

Supplies: Alcohol Ink paper, Ranger Alcohol Inks: Stream, Mermaid, Sailboat Blue, Pool, Indigo, My Favorite Things Stamps Block Happy Birthday Die, Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution, Silver Foil, Shiny Silver card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, craft foam.

The Happy Birthday sentiment was layered with 4 layers of Neenah card stock and the top layer of shiny silver card stock.

Hello Sweet Friend-Altenew Peruvian Lily

I have been having fun playing with stamp sets that I did not have time to work with before the holidays. I really love how bright and cheerful this card came out.

Supplies: Altenew Build A Flower Peruvian Lily, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Grapevine, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite, Razzleberry, Forest Glades, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Scallop Builder Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels, WPlus 9 Hand lettered Hello Stamp & Die Set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Pretty Pink Posh clear drops, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock #80, #110, gray card stock and foam tape.

This side view shows the Altenew Scallop Stencil dry embossed in the background.

Altenew Educators Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Welcome to Altenew Educators Blog Hop! As Altenew-Certified Educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE (techniques, styles, Altenew supplies…)!

If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Teri Wilson’s blog. (If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog. Click on the blue link above.)

My name is Patty and today I am taking part in the Altenew Educator Blog Hop. This is my first blog hop ever, so I am very excited! Thank you for stopping by.

I was part of the first group of AECP participants accepted in fall 2017. I really enjoyed being a part of the AECP, it gave me the accountability to practice the techniques that I learned in the videos, and the discipline to finish my cards and complete each Level. Virginia Lu was always so encouraging … and I really needed it…. because I would either over think or under question, which left me two – timing my “Challenges” (yes, doing them twice, except the last one…I learned). 🙂 It was a great experience, and my advice to any of you in the process is to take your time and enjoy it. Don’t worry about what any one else is doing or how fast they are going, enjoy YOUR journey and discover some techniques that you really like and a style that expresses who you are. That’s what makes the process so rewarding.

When I started the program I was so intimidated by the technology side of it, wanting my pictures to look nice, then uploading them….what’s Flickr?! Start a blog, hmmm, I’m not sure I’m ready for that…every thing seemed like it was going to be so hard and daunting to get right, but when you take things one step at a time and ask some questions, it really is pretty easy. I found Virginia was such a HUGE help (and still is), and now we have the wonderful Face Book page we can ask each other questions and help each other along. It’s great! Take advantage of it. I actually started my blog without asking my 2 very capable daughters to hold my hand all the way through it. 🙂 That’s a miracle itself.

The card I am sharing with you today uses the Dandelion Wishes Stamp and Die Set and it has had seven versions as I prepared for the blog hop. That may sound like a little much 🙂 (because it is) but I wanted to play with the stamp set and see what I could do to make it look like the dandelion wisps were light, fluffy and flying through the air. I hope to have captured it in my card today. At this point you might think that “my favorite” thing is to do something over and over again, but it’s not. 🙂 My favorite stamps are Dandelion Wishes and Freeform Greenery because I get excited to make something that has movement, as though the wind just blew. My favorite sentiment didn’t make it on my card today, but it did on one of the six trials…it is “just breathe” from the Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set. Here’s my card. I hope you like it.

The dandelion heads are made of heat embossed vellum with a plain white die cut of the dandelion head underneath it.

How I made it: I started my background with a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock, dry embossed with the Altenew Warp Speed stencil. I cut this piece down to 5.25″ x 4″ and rubbed the four sides of the card stock with embossing ink and heat embossed with Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder.

I stamped 2 full-head dandelions and 3 half-head dandelions with Altenew Evening Gray ink on Vellum and heat embossed them with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped the seeds in Lava Rock ink and heat embossed with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I also stamped, on Vellum, a number of the dandelion wisps (with Evening Gray ink) and heat set them with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped 5 stems using Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen inks.

I die cut the vellum dandelions and wisps, along with 2 full-head and 3 half-head dandelions, and the stems, out of #80 Neenah Solar White card stock.

This image reveals the shine that the Crystal Clear and Translucent Pearl Embossing Powders give to the Dandelions.

To prepare the dandelions I sprayed a bit of spray adhesive into an empty cardboard box and dipped the centers of the dandelion heads into the spray adhesive (it was a little wet) then attached them to the plain white die cuts of the same size. I did this for all five dandelion heads.

To assemble the card I used an adhesive roller to tack the stems to the dandelion heads. I then arranged the dandelions until I liked how they looked on the embossed background. I used small foam squares to glue the dandelions in place and trimmed the stems. I then sprayed some spray adhesive into a box, dipped the Dandelion wisps into the spray adhesive (it is wet) then adhered the Vellum dandelion wisps around the card as though they were being blown off of the dandelion heads.

Heat embossing on vellum makes these Dandelions appear soft and light.

To make the sentiment I used deep green card stock and heat embossed with Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder. I adhered the sentiment with foam tape. I adhered the card front to the card base with a layer of craft foam in between.

Make a wish and believe it will come true!

Supplies: The supplies I used were Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Vellum, Altenew Crisp Dye inks: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Evening Gray, Lava Rock; Versamark ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Craft foam, E600 Spray Adhesive, foam adhesive and flat sequins.

Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificates to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.

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

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Nancy McClelland
Kelli Cool
Michelle Ochoa Murray
Terri Koszler
Maryam Sharara (Maryam Crafter)
Amber Rain Davis
Irina Fonina
Francine Dodwell (no FB)
Teri Wilson Teri Wils
Patty Mello
Nenette S. Madero Nenette Samson Madero
Nicole Picadura

Using Your “Stash”

Today I am highlighting a couple of cards that I made using a background that I created months ago and didn’t know what to do with it so I put it in my “stash”….the box you keep your practices, mistakes, and “I really like this but I don’t know what to do with it” stuff.

The cards feature My Favorite Things Stamps new Bold Beautiful Die.

The rich beautiful colors were created with Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

The supplies for this card are: Black card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Nuvo Shimmer Powders: Atlantis Burst, Blue Blitz, Cherry Bomb; My Favorite Things Stamps Bold Beautiful Die, Neat & Tangled So Many Sentiments Stamp, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, and foam tape.

The lettering for this card came from the outline of my first card.

The supplies for this card are the same (as my first card) with the addition of Simon Says Stamps Wonky Rectangle Dies and Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet Die Set (for the sentiment).

Happy Birthday Card & Envelope

I have another card today that is going back to November when it was my daughter, Holly’s, birthday. I had ordered Concord & 9th‘s new Birthday Stacks Stamp & Die Set and couldn’t wait to try it out. I really like the set and can’t wait to play around with it a little bit more…but it will have to wait until after Christmas. 🙂

To make this card I used Catherine Pooler Inks in the following colors: Mardi Gras, Pixie Dust, All That Jazz, Tiara, Lime Rickey, and Party Dress. I also used Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest cardstock for both the card and the envelope. I highly recommend this stamp set, it has so much potential for fun!

For You

Happy Birthday Special Birthday Buddy

This special birthday card was created for my birthday buddy (we share the same date but I’m a cuzillian years older 🙂 ).

For You wm

Here are the materials I used on this card:

Strathmore Watercolor card stock, Altenew Floral Art Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Orange Cream, Sunkissed, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Watercolor Paints: Warm Sunshine, Fresh Lemon, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Versamark Ink, Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Lawn Fawn Simply “For You” Die, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Black card stock, craft foam, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins.

You Are Awesome

Happy Birthday

This is a special card I made for a friend that I work with. I enjoyed adding personal touches to the flowers with white brads and dotted the centers with a Copic detail marker. The vellum flowers were stamped then covered with Versamark ink and clear heat embossed to seal. I just love how it came out!

You Are Awesome-wm

Here are the materials that I used in the card (the links will take you to the supplier but not directly to the specific product):

Altenew Floral Art Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Orange Cream, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Life Is Awesome Stamp Set, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Reflections White Brads, Vellum, Copic Detail Pen and Neenah Solar White Cardstock #80, #110.