Friday, January 24, 2020

Altenew January 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi Friends! Welcome to the first Altenew stamp/die release of the decade! There are some awesome products being debuted today, including my new favorite background builder stamp (you'll know which one this is by the time you've gone thru my post!)

You may have come from the blog of Ashlea Cornell, but if not, feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.

1) Bold Floral Drape Stamp and Die Set




Oh goodness, this set is so modern, cool AND effortless! The background (gray portion) is all one big stamp, so once you stamp that it's just a matter of filling in the three different flowers. And, as you can see, it's designed to have asymmetrical white space, so if you're not that great at lining things up, no one will ever know!



Furthermore, if your inks don't give you good coverage, that's fine too. The second card I made in the top right corner was just a practice card so I could see how this set worked (to be honest, I was just too darn excited to see what it would look like that I didn't take the time of putting it in my misti and/or doing a really good job inking the stamp up ... I just had to stamp it right away!!) It's very unevenly inked, but when I was cleaning up my desk afterwards, I took a look at it again and realized this version looked really good too. So I made it into a card.



You just can't go wrong with this set. The sentiment is part of this set, the report label is one of the smaller Nesting Labels Dies, and the ticking stripe down the spine is from the Tartan builder coming up later in this post.

2) Watercolor Halftone Stamp and Die Set                                     


The Watercolor Halftone stamp set is just perfect for no-line coloring, and because it's halftone you get the added bonus of having different sections be shaded and textured more than others. I just did some minimal watercoloring on this card and in no time I had a beautiful selection of florals. 


Both the scripted "hugs" sentiment and all the smaller secondary sentiments are from another new set, the Hello and Hugs stamp set. As soon as I saw this set I knew I had to have it. It's just like my favorite Sentiment Strips set, only you get a large scripted Hugs and Hello as well. So useful!




 
This is the background set I am so anxious to share with you!! Eeep! Do you believe this started out as white paper?! The Tartan Stamp Set will have you making cozy tartan patterns in no time. It's seriously So. Darn. Fun. And easy!



This is the first card I made and just picked three random colors for the squares. So impressed with how it turned out! Do you notice there are tiny diagonal lines stamped in each square? That's to give your tartan texture, and to make it look like it could be a piece of fabric Super smart addition to the set!

The "hello" is from the Handwritten Hello Die set, and all three of the secondary sentiments are from the new Hello and Hugs stamp set.



There are several different combinations you can make with this Tartan Stamp Set ... you're only limited by the hours in the day. Even if you don't have a lot of different ink colors, you can vary the pattern by stamping in different squares, picking a different color for the main grid, picking different colors for the lines that go across the middle of the squares, picking different colors to stamp the diagonal lines with, etc. 

This combination might be my favorite!! The corner squares on the bottom started out as gray, but when I stamped pink diagonal lines on top of the gray, it suddenly was in a similar color family as the other two pinks. This is another great advantage of stamping the diagonal lines ... not only does it give you fabric texture, but it can also magically tie in all your colors!



To match the fabric texture of the tartan, I used actual fabric for a heart in the middle of the card. The XO XO is die cut from the Tall Alpha Die set and the secondary sentiment is again from the new Hello and Hugs stamp set.



Just writing this post makes me want to head back to the craft room and try out more color combinations! If you're thinking of ordering the Tartan Stamp Set so you can play as well, here are the steps:
  1. stamp the stitched grid;
  2. stamp a square of solid color inside each of the grid lines;
  3. stamp the diagonal lines on top of each square; and
  4. stamp the ticking lines through the middle of each row and column.  

Perhaps the best testimonial comes from my Aunt Cindy, who just learned to stamp. Here's her text to me after the New Year's stamping party I had for my cousins: 
 "Thanks for nudging me to even try the tartan plaid. I thought it was way too complicated and difficult and you made it see so easy, and then it turned out to be really fun to try different colors." 
 She totally rocked it, and had a blast!


Here's a picture of everyone holding their favorite projects from the day ... I was shocked at how well they did! Aunt Cindy's daughter Beth, middle back, is also holding a beautiful tartan she made with the Mega Happy die on top.   
  
It gets better ... not only can you make tartan backgrounds, this also makes the best ...



Buffalo check!! Didn't you see this everywhere for the holidays this year? Lots of pictures of families wearing buffalo check PJ bottoms, wrapping paper, even the ribbon I used for my homemade ornaments looked like this!



To get this look, stamp the two black squares, and stamp the rest of the squares red. Then stamp black diagonals over half the red squares. That's it. Skip the stitched lines going thru the middle of the squares. 

The sentiments are once again from the new Hello and Hugs Stamp and Die set.




If you're gonna make a red buffalo check, you have to make the white buffalo check, amiright?! It's crazy thinking this whole background was only made with one ink, and it's just black! But anyway, let's stop to admire the beautiful potted palm featured on the front.



This die set gives you six different palm dies (background, foreground, and to the side; left and right facing). All you do is pick a few greens, cut them out, and "plant" them in the pot. You might be able to see here how I have two pots cut from chipboard, and then I put the palm stems in between.



Can't get easier than that! I would totally give this to someone who's into home decor ... the big plant with the buffalo check is a great combo! 

And for the final time, the sentiment is from ...

Hello and Hugs Stamp! I'm telling you, it's a staple already!


There you have it, the first stamp release of the 2020's, and it's amazing!


Prizes:
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 1/30/2020 for a chance to win.


We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 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 2/2/2020.


It's my pleasure to send you to the blog of the lovely Maryam Perez who has something beautiful to share with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Kelly

Supplies used (affiliate links provided, thanks so much for your support!)

January 2020 Full Release Bundle
http://shrsl.com/21sik
Tartan Stamp Set
Bold Floral Drape Die Set
Bold Floral Drape Die Set
http://shrsl.com/21pm1
Bold Floral Drape Stamp Set
http://shrsl.com/1zz37
Handwritten Hello Die Set
http://shrsl.com/21seq
Hello and Hugs Die Set
http://shrsl.com/21sbt
Hello and Hugs Stamp Set
http://shrsl.com/21sae
Nesting Labels Die Set
http://shrsl.com/21sez
Parlor Palm Die Set
http://shrsl.com/1zz5j
Sentiment Strips Stamp Set
http://shrsl.com/1yuuu
Tall Alpha Die Set
http://shrsl.com/21sbd
Watercolor Halftone Die Set
http://shrsl.com/21sbd
Watercolor Halftone Stamp Set



62 comments:

  1. Parlor Palm and plaid. What's not to like?????
    LLL

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  2. Thank for sharing. We had a couple of craft/stamping birthday parties for my daughter when she was younger. Lots of fun!

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  3. Oh.my.word! There you go, Kelly, enabling me to get whatever you share! That tartan plaid--SO fun!!

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  4. Love the tartan plaid! And, the buffalo check that you made using it is fabulous!!

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  5. I am in desperate NEED of that floral drape set. It's screaming at me to buy it! And I am loving all your tartan prints! Such fun color combos!

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  6. Love the way you used the Tartan background set. So lovely.

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  7. Wonderful cards - I love your dark red tartan -and I was not so sure about the tartan set either, and I love the gold die cut hello!

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  8. Love all of your tartan plaid cards. thank you for showing so many different color combinations with the plaid stamp.

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  9. Thanks for the amazing inspiration. I love the new release, especially the Tartn set. And after going through all the beautiful carss you have made with this set, I am definitely buying it!

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  10. After seeing all of your Tartan Plaid examples and color palettes, the set is growing on me! What creative inspiration!!

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  11. Live this release! Your samples are so fun! I have already ordered the flower background set. I also love the tartan set and incredible floral.

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  12. I love how you made a buffalo check from the tartan. Great idea. It looks as if you have started some stamping hobbies. All of your cards are awesome. And tell your Aunt she did a wonderful job.

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  13. Great cards and wonderful new products!

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  14. Oh my gosh... I liked the Tartan Plaid set the minute I saw it, but you have totally convinced me how much I "need" it!! That and several of the new floral sets as well... sigh.

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  15. The buffalo check was everywhere! I like the tartan combinations.

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  16. Okay; now I know I have to have the Tartan set. That bold floral drape set looks like so much fun to play with too. I love everybody's cards.

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  17. Wow, thanks for showing so many different samples of the Tartan stamp. It was great to read your Aunt Cindy's thoughts too!

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  18. Beautiful colors! That tartan stamping is out of this world!

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  19. You must have had a wonderful time stamping together! I love the colors of your tartan cards! Thank you for sharing your cards!

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  20. So many amazing plaid creations!!! I just love how you created the backgrounds!

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  21. Wow Kelly, so much incredible inspiration! The floral cards are beautiful, but that tartan plaid is FUN!

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  22. Everything in this release is amazing, love the new dies but it is really hard to stay away from falling in love with the stamps after seeing all the fantastic creations you have shared with us! Looks like everyone had a great time at your stamping party, Thanks as always for the fabulous inspiration Kelly!

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  23. I love all your tartan stamp set inspiration. That set is now on the top of my shopping list.

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  24. Amazing Tartan work and inspiration!!! Love all of your cards and the palm on the blue tartan card especially!

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  25. You always inspire me, Kelly! Just love what you've made! Wish I could have crashed your stamping party--haha! I need to find your post making plaids with the W&W stencils--big reason I got them! Now I have to put the tartan stamp on my wishlist!

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  26. What fun tartans you made! What an adventure! My favorite card tough is the beautiful, soft, pastel floral. Just lovely!

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  27. I so wish I was at your house making cards with you. LOVE LOVE the Bold Drape set and, of course, the Tartan set. Fantastic cards!

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  28. Loved this post and how your family joined in! Lovely cards I’m definitely inspired!

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  29. You spread your love of this craft far and wide, Kelly! I LOVE the red & black Buffalo check you've created - well okay, all the colors are terrific, too!
    Well done, my friend! xx
    =]

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  30. Beautiful cards!! I LOVE the tartan stamp set! Thanks for all the beautiful color combination ideas!!

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  31. That Tartan set is really rowing on me. Wonderful inspirations.

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  32. Loving all your tartan plaid cards! This is one of the best releases ever. I had already bought 5 different bundles and now I have to have this set too! Thanks so much!

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  33. Gorgeous cards. I love your colorful tartan plaids!

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  34. That second card is my favorite! :)

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  35. Wow, the plaids and I love how you put all the different verse strips together on the hugs card. So cool.

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  36. Fabulous cards with this new release!

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  37. Your cards are gorgeous! The card using the Bold Floral Drape stamp kept catching my eye in photos and videos at Creativation. It's stunning yet so simple! :)

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  38. Love all the tartan plaid you made. Looks like everyone had a great time creating theirs also.

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  39. Awesome cards! Really loving the ways you used the tartan design!

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  40. your cards are wonderful - really loving the tartan panels - so many possibilities there!!

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  41. An amazing array of cards. I wasn't sure about the tartan set... but these make me definitely want it now.

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  42. Such fun and happy card designs.

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  43. After seeing your creations I can see now that the tartan stamp set is a must have!.Sooo many occasions. Amazing job!.

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  44. Love the plaids - especially the red one. I need a flannel shirt mad our of fabric with that print!

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  45. Impressive projects!! You totally changed my mind about the Tartan stamp set.

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  46. Beautiful cards! I love all different color combinations you used on your tartan cards. Looks like an addictive stamp.

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  47. Wow! Look at those plaids! Outstanding! I love the first card too- that lovely gray background and the ultra modern flowers. Gorgeous.

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  48. So very many creative ways to use the tartan stamp set! And you aced them all! I wasn't so sure about that stamp at first, but you've sold me on it! And your party looked like loads of fun!

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  49. Wow your tartans colours are magnificent as are all your cards. (great idea to have a family stamp party)

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  50. Lovely and creative cards! Gorgeous color combinations, techniques and card designs.

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  51. Fantastic set of cards!! I really love all your backgrounds using the tartan stamp set! It is so versatile! :)

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  52. I used to have a madras shirt in the colors of your first tartan, Kelly. So pretty and eye-catching. All of the plaid panels are wonderful as is the fill-in flower one.

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  53. Wow!!! These are all sooooo gorgeous! I LOVE the Tartan set; thanks for showing so many variations!

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  54. Beautiful cards! Love the colors! Love the plaids!

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  55. I loved all those color combinations you used with the Tartan stamp set! I do love the pink one the best, but the buffalo check comes in at a close second! I also loved the simplicity of the card using the Parlor Palm die set.
    Your cards really rocked!! Margaret Roder

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  56. All of your different plaid backgrounds are so beautiful!!! Thanks for the inspiration

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  57. This tartan check is so fun. Glad to see your crafty card making party.

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  58. Kelly, the water color halftone set is so fun! I love how you used it to create the hugs to you friend card!!!! That is just lovely! More enjoyable is how you had the photos from your party where you inspired your family and friends to come on over and stamp! That is so great to see and they all did a fab job! Thanks for sharing that with us. It is so nice to see a slice into someone's daily life!

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  59. I love that Watercolor Halftone set and the Tartan Plaid set (what great possibilities there)! Your beautiful cards are an inspiration to me and I loved your family's participation.

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  60. Pretty florals and love the variety of plaids.

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