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:

Altenew Card Blog
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).

Another Wintry Thank You

Today was my first day back to work after almost two weeks of vacation….I got so much done while I was out but, I have to admit….it felt good to be back 🙂

Today I have another wintry snowflake thank you card. It has a clean and simple look, I hope you like it.

This card features Nuvo Shimmer Powders which were used to create a background on watercolor paper. I saved the background in my stash and used it to die cut the word thanks and I also cut a strip and glued it behind the snowflake border. The color is rich, shimmery and beautiful!

Here are the supplies I used in my card: My Favorite Things Snowflake Dies, Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, Versamark Ink, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Black Card Stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110, Gina K Crystalline Drops, Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set, Concord & 9th Wintry Edge Dies, Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks, My Favorite Things In & Out Stitched Oval STA, Watercolor card stock, Nuvo Shimmer Powder: Atlantis Burst, Blue Blitz, Cherry Bomb, Altenew Inks: Sea Breeze, Aqualicious, Dew Drops, Turquoise, Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp.

Wintry Thank You

Welcome 2019 and Happy New Year to everyone!

Today I was hoping to bring two new, wintery, thank you cards but one of them had a speck on its sentiment strip that I didn’t notice until I saw the photos. So I’ll share that one tomorrow… if I have a chance to rephotograph it.

Now that Christmas and the holidays are over, many of us have thank you cards that need to be written. Here is one that I made today for a dear friend of mine.

I just love this Concord & 9th Snowflake Turnabout Stamp.

This card features an inlaid YOU sentiment that has been built up with 5 layers of white card stock behind the snowflake top layer. Here are the supplies I used: Concord & 9th All About You dies, Concord & 9th Snowflake Turnabout Stamp, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Sea Breeze, Aqualicious, Dew Drops, Turquoise; My Favorite Things Snowflake dies, Nuvo Shimmer Powder: Atlantis Burst, Bue Blitz, Cherry Bomb; Watercolor card stock, Simon Says StampTiny Words Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80, #110 card stock, and craft foam.

To make this card I used Altenew inks to stamp the Snowflake Turnabout stamp, changing colors each time I turned the stamp. I cut my panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I cut the colored snowflakes, the thanks, and the background of YOU from pre-created card stock that I had in my stash. This pre-created card stock was made using watercolor card stock and Nuvo shimmer powders in Atlantis Burst, Blue Blitz and Cherry Bomb. (I sprayed the watercolor paper with water and then sprinkled the paper with a little of each color, spritzing with water and tilting the card stock until I liked how the background looked.) After die cutting the words thank and you from their respective card stocks, I cut 5 more of each of them in #80 white card stock, glueing all of them one on top of the other. I put craft foam on the back of the card front except where the word YOU had been die cut out. I glued craft foam around the cut-out YOU on the back of the card front. After adhering the card front to the card base, I inlaid the word YOU  and glued the word thanks and the white heat embossed sentiment in place.

Here is a close up:

The card was embellished with Pretty Pink Posh sequins and snowflakes cut from white card stock and card stock detailed with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. I also used a Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen over the snowflakes and thank sentiment (after picture was taken).

Hi: Thinking of You

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had a nice Christmas/Holiday Celebration.

Today I am featuring a small stamp set from Altenew, it is called Billowing Blossoms. I kept the card simple in design and size. The card size is 3 1/2″ wide x 5 1/4″ tall.

I just love the Invisible Alpha lettering on this card (from Altenew).

The supplies I used in this card are as follows: Altenew Billowing Blossoms Stamp, Altenew Thinking of You Stamp, Altenew Invisible Alpha, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultra Violet, Silver Lake, Gray Denim, Morning Frost; Altenew White Embossing Powder, Versamark ink, Neenah Solar White #80, #110, craft foam, sequins, black cardstock.

Christmas Cards – Day 7

Blessed Christmas to you all! Today is Christmas Eve and the last day of my Christmas Cards posts for 2018.

I am looking forward to being with my lovely family tonight and tomorrow. May all your celebrations be filled with joy and laughter….and of course, yummy food.

This card is absolutely stunning when you see it in person!

Supplies: Birch Press Grace Dies A, B, & C; We R Memory Keepers 3″ Circle Nesting Dies, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock #80, #110; Spellbinder‘s Glimmer Hot Foil Plate – Joy; Go Press and Foil Gold Foil, American Crafts Core’dinations Kings Crown Glitter Card stock.

To make this card you cut one of each Birch Press Die A, B, & C. Stack them one on top of the other and use liquid glue to adhere them together. On a piece of white card stock, use Go Press & Foil machine to foil the word Joy onto the card stock. Center and cut out the foiled Joy with the 3″ circle die.

Glue the circle in the center of the background die cuts. Put the gold glitter card stock in back of the card front then adhere to a card base. It’s that easy…and oh so beautiful.

Merry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!


Christmas Cards – Day 6

Well hello! It has been nice spending time sharing some cards with you during this Christmastime. Today I have a few cards that are very different from each other.

My first card has been one of my favorites this season for a couple of reasons, one being that it is so out of my creative style. I used patterned paper on this card and die cuts, no stamping at all. That is very different for me. The other reason this card is one of my favorites is, that it is so pretty in person.

A Gold Deco Foil sentiment is the center of attention on this Holly branch card.

To make this card I used patterned paper from DCWV-Christmas Cranberry; both the Christmas Tree pattern and the deep green cardstock. The panel was cut 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I also used Spellbinder‘s Glimmer Hot Foil Plate – Joy, Red cardstock, Honey Bee Stamps Deckle Edge Die (A2 Frame), Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Greens Die and Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath (for the Holly berries). The sequins are from Neat & Tangled.

My second card was inspired by an earlier card that I had made in this series. You will recognize it if you have been following the Christmas Card series.

A red glitter bow is this Christmas Tree’s centerpiece. It pops so beautifully in person.

The supplies I used for this card are as follows: Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Navy Blue card stock, Brutus Monroe Sterling Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Hero Arts Nested Frame Ornaments Die (bow), Core’dinations American Crafts Red Flash and Silver Glitter card stock, Recollections Bling On A Roll, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, Nuvo Glitter Drops: Blue Lagoon, Nuvo Crystal Drops: Simply White, Gloss Red Berry, Gloss Caribbean Ocean, Gloss Dandelion Yellow, and Ranger Stickles Silver.

This clean and simple card was made with Altenew’s Warm Wishes Stamp Set.

The supplies I used for this card: Deep Green card stock, Altenew Warm Wishes Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Parrot, Olive (not positive because I made the card last year) and Jet Black. Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss Red Berry.

Stockings hanging on the fireplace was the inspiration for this card.

Supplies used: Altenew Christmas Stockings Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Jet Black, Soft Lilac, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Emerald, Tide Blue, Lavender Fields; Black card stock, Ranger Distress Inks: Barn Door, Vintage Photo; Tim Holtz/Stamper’s Anonymous Brick Stencil; Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Carta Bella Snowfall Stamp, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Recollections Christmas Noel Stamp Set, craft foam, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Aquamarine, Amethyst, Pink Garnet.

Silver foil and holographic embossing powder are the highlights of this simple and beautiful Christmas card.

Supplies: Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate “We Wish You”, Go Press and Foil Machine, Go Press and Foil Silver Foil, Green Card stock, Neenah Solar White #110, craft foam, Versamark Ink, Echo Park Winter Snow Stamp (A2), Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die.

Well, that’s all for today…and today’s almost over. Ooops.

See you tomorrow with the last card in my Christmas Card posts.