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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Crocus Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


I'm not sure how Altenew keeps releasing amazing designs in their Bulid-a-Flower lines, but somehow they always do. This month we have the Crocus ... a gorgeous flower that instantly makes many people happy for the sole reason that it's often the first flower we see in the Spring. How can that not make you happy?! You may have just come from Amber Rain Davis's blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Card Blog.



This set has two different Crocus flowers, and four different leaves/stems. Since the flower itself has pretty clean lines, given its tall nature and smooth petals, it's relatively easy to line up by sight (no stamp positioner needed). This makes stamping multiples a breeze, and is partly why I decided to keep going ...


... and stamp the entire length of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock! I really love this look, not only because they're so pretty all in a row, but also because this is how they are in nature, growing in clusters low to the ground.


Not sure if you noticed, but the petal and leaf on one of the flowers on the front panel actually extends over the fold. I took some pictures while I was making that feature so I could share it with you.



To make the trifold panel, I cut a sheet of white cardstock to be 5 1/2" x 11". To figure out the folds I actually started at the end with the last panel and made a vertical pencil line 4 1/4" from the end. Then with the remaining space I divided it in half and made a vertical pencil line in the middle (3 3/8"). After stamping flowers and leaves on the first panel, I taped the dies over the images and made sure my pencil line was even with the ridge of my cutting plate, knowing that anything beyond that ridge will be cut. This way I can send it all through my die cutter and don't have to worry about stopping at a certain point.





Then I scored over the pencil line at 3 3/8" taking care to stop when I got to the flower and leaf. I did not score these elements because we want them to hang straight over the edge of the card. 


And there you go ... something to make the card a little extra special, without a ton of extra effort!






The sentiment works out really well for a tri panel card as well, with the middle "happiness" being in a scripty font, and the first and last phrases being in a clean sans serif font. The gold embossing makes me happy with the purples and greens. 


This was certainly a fun card to make and I'm really looking forward to giving it to someone special!
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Here's a look at the Crocus set that comes with coordinating dies. If you're not sure you have enough shades of each ink color for the Build a Flower set, you can also purchase the set with coordinating ink cubes at a 5% discount. 

Subscription Plan
There is also a monthly subscription plan for the Build-A-Flower sets! When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly Build-A-Flower releases (which often sell out) and will receive the stamp and coordinating die set at a specially discounted price ($35.00 →$29.99). See the Altenew site for further details.
 

Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog 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 6/9/2019.

Your next stop on this hop is
Teri Wilson who I'm sure has something wonderful to share with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Sure hope you're enjoying all the wonderful inspiration from these talented crafters!

Kelly  


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If you get lost along the way, here is a complete list of the hop:
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39 comments:

  1. What a great design. Love the trifold and how you carried the flowers and sentiment throughout the entire card.

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  2. Beautiful! This is such an elegant card.

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  3. Such a beautiful design!! I love that you made a trifold card!!

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  4. A beautiful card design. Great idea!

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  5. The partial die cutting is fabulous. Beautiful card. As of this moment the link on the main altenew page is not to your page. I left a comment there too.

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  6. Wonderful lesson in another way to do a tri-fold and create a gorgeous small big card. It was an excellent way to use this crocus set.

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  7. Oh, so beautiful, Kelly! That does it, I'm getting this set! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  8. Very pretty card! Nice job on the trifold.

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  9. love your trifold card and how the flowers extended over the folds, thanks for sharing your technique! beautiful card, very elegant looking - Patty from Ohio

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  10. Oh my goodness, Kelly--you've really outdone yourself this time! Unique & beautiful--perfectly stamped! Sounds like I can think about this set, too--not too hard to line up which I need!

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  11. Love your card design. So very pretty. These are the spring crocuses I'm familiar with in Illinois.

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  12. You really brought these blooms to life! Beautifully done Kelly!

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  13. What a wonderful card! Someone will be delighted to receive this from you.

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  14. What a fantastic card! Absolutely beautiful!

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  15. I love your beautiful trifold card. So pretty!

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  16. There is a whole mound of Crocus on that card! Very pretty and what a lovely detail to make it a trifolding card with the crucus half cut. You have inspired me to try. ;)

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  17. Wow, ive never seen a card like rhis. Thats a great idea, turns out beautifully with a lottle extra pizzazz
    Tyfs!

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  18. Love your card design, Kelly! The partial die cutting worked out so beautifully. BTW, I couldn't get to your blog from the Altenew page; so I went to the name after yours and backtracked to get to your blog.

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  19. What a beautiful tri-fold design!! Such a happy and Spring-y card!!

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  20. So creative. Thanks for your video. Lovely card.

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  21. Stunning card. I love the unique style and the beautiful purple crocuses (my favorite color!). Beautiful.

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  22. Oh, my gosh!! The trifold of beautiful Crocus is gorgeous!!

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  23. What a beautiful card. All those flowers! I think the trifold is a great idea for this. It’s lovely!

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  24. Your trifold design with the crocus is unique. Thank you for sharing these great ideas.

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  25. Wow! This is so beautiful and perfect for the trifold design! :) <3

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  26. Oh, I love that trifold look. This flower set is just perfect for it! All those purples cascading across the card will make the recipient so happy! Can't wait to get my BAF in the mail this month! Thanks for your inspiration .

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  27. Omg sooo beautiful. Flowers go on forever it seems. Talk about brightening up a day.
    Wish I was receiving. Great release.

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  28. So pretty with the row of crocuses and the trifold design.

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  29. Love your beautiful trifold card design. I love crocus and you can never have too many I say. With this design you get to color more too! :)

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  30. Brilliant! Using partial die cutting on the edge of a trifold card really packs a punch when you open it to find a GARDEN of CROCUSES. Lovely, to be sure! Thank you.

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  31. Simply genius!!! Just love your sweet card, those crocuses are stunning!

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  32. Love your garden of crocuses. What a beautiful card!

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  33. AMAZING card! These flowers lend themselves beautifully to your trifold and your flowers are beautiful. This one is a keeper!

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  34. Tri Panel card looks good with these amazing stamps.

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  35. Love the trifold design!!! So inspired to try it out. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card!!!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly