Altenew AECP Level 3 Challenge

This morning (Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018) I held my first card making class for Altenew’s Educator Certificate Program. I had so much fun with my friends teaching them some basic stamping techniques then helping them complete two Christmas Cards. They had never done stamping before so it was eye opening for them to see the detail and work involved in the process. We all had a great time and shared some laughs too. 🙂

Here’s a look at the 2 Christmas Cards we made.

Level 3 Challenge Cards 10-27-18

To make both sets of cards we used Altenew‘s Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set and Altenew‘s Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Warm Sunshine, Olive, Mocha, Paper Bag, Espresso and Grapevine; Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Altenew tape runners, Versamark Ink, and Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Other materials used: Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies, black card stock, and foam tape.

Level 3 Challenge Class 10-28-18

Pictured here are my good friends: Mary Zakarian (standing), Georgia Burnett (far right), Sandy Gould (far left), and Melanie Gould. They worked hard and did a wonderful job on their Christmas cards.

Level 3 Challenge Mary Z-Georgia 10-27-18

Georgia and Mary relaxing after a job well done!

Level 3 Challenge Wreath Set instructions

I made a couple of tent cards to use as instructional helps for the card makers so that if they were ready for the next step they knew what color and what stamp to use.

After the class was over and we were cleaning up, the ladies in my class expressed their appreciation for having these instructional cards. They found them very helpful. I will use this technique in future classes.

Level 3 Challenge Practices-Cards Display

I also set up a table with cards that I have made while in the Altenew Educator Certificate Program for my projects as well as cards that I have made just having fun with my stamps. On the table I also made available some Altenew stamp sets so that everyone could see a sampling of the diversity Altenew has in their stamp sets. Lastly, I displayed my ink swatches and some of the practice sheets I worked on while in the AECP (to help my stamping get better) 😉 .

I’ve enjoyed the AECP so much!! Virginia Lu, AECP Director, has been such an encouragement to me from day one. She has been so patient with my questions, my fears with technology, and all along challenging me to move past my comfort zone and believe I can do it. It was especially nice to meet her and Nicole Picadura, Operations Director at Altenew, via Google Hangouts. The AECP has been such a great experience. I cannot wait to plan my next class.

 

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

A couple of weeks ago I bought Altenew’s new Starry Night and Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Sets. I am really enjoying both of them and have a few cards today highlighting those sets.

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This is the first card I want to share with you.  Here are the materials I used to make my card. The links are to the retailer’s website but not to the specific product.

Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Versamark Ink, Ranger Silver and Gold Embossing Powders, Nuvo Crystal Drops in colors: Dandelion Yellow, Woodland Green, Red Berry, Caribbean Ocean, Blue Lagoon (Glitter Drops), Glitter Card Stock, Vellum, Navy Blue Card Stock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80 and #110, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato Mid-tone, Umbrella Crafts Ruby Red, Fun Stampers Journey True Color Fusion Cranberry Bliss, David Tutera sequins & rhinestones, and clear sequins.

My next card is so pretty in person because you can see the irridescent embossing powder in the background so much nicer than in the picture and it really adds sparkle and texture.

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Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Forest Glades, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Espresso, Olive, Moss, Warm Sunshine, Black Gel Pen, Versamark Ink, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock #80, and #110.

My last card is so pretty in person. I absolutely love the new Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set. It is simply gorgeous when stamped on vellum and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I am already playing around with new designs using it. 🙂

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Altenew Starry Night Stamp & Die Set, Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Umbrella Crafts White Pigment Ink, Vellum, Craft Smith Gold Noir Paper Pad (12×12) found at Michael’s craft store, Craft Smith Say Freeze Paper Pad (6×6) found at Michael’s craft store, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card Stock #80, #110, Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

When making this card I did not have enough matte finished gold card stock so I used a piece of 12×12 card stock that was a white and gold stripe. I cut the gold stripes out of it to use as a trim on my card. If you have gold card stock then you do not need the paper pad that I listed.

I Am Grateful

Hello there! Today I am spotlighting a thank you card I recently made for a friend. It is using a Hero Arts stamp set that I bought last fall (2017) but didn’t seem to have the best ink colors to make the stamp looks its best. However, this year I have wonderful Altenew inks that were perfect for making this layered sunflower. I hope you like it.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Sunflowers and Gourds(MH0917C) Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Truffle, Rocky Shore, Espresso, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Our Daily Bread With Much Thanks Stamp Set, Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Gina K Designs Dye Ink: In The Navy, Honey Bee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils, Neenah Solar White card stock #80, #110.

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.

 

September Birthdays

September is a big month for birthdays in my family and with my friends so this year I had some fun with a new stamp set from Hero Arts and Avery Elle.

Happy Happy B-Day Fall -wm

In this card I used the following materials:

Hero Arts CM191 Fall Trees Stamp Set, Avery Elle Big Birthday Stamp Set, Altenew‘s Crisp Dye Inks: Orange Cream and Autumn Blaze, Umbrella Crafts Inks: Tanned Leather and Sunbeam, Lawn Fawn Ink: Lobster, Simon Says Stamps Ink: Lucky, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Ranger Archival Ink: Leaf Green, Versamark Ink, Neenah Solar White cardstock: #80 and #110 and black cardstock.