Friday, April 17, 2020

Altenew April 2020 Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Stamping Mat/Sequins Release Blog Hop + Giveaway - 12 PROJECTS!!



Hello Friends! When May asked if I wanted to participate in the April 2020 stamp and die release, I replied that I would love to, but I'd probably only be able to make a few cards because we were going on vacation over Spring Break that next week. Little did I know I would actually be making TWELVE projects, because not only would we not be going on Spring Break, but we wouldn't be leaving our house for weeks!

I hope you and your family are staying healthy. If you'd like some distraction and inspiration, please consider hoping along and seeing all the fantastic new products. You may have come from the super-talented Jaycee Gaspar, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.

Let's get started!


This set of cards has been created with the most amazing stencil ever! It's the Sweet Spring Stencil!

Sweet Spring Stencil

This stencil comes with a stencil for the main layer of color (top) and a coordinating stencil for the shaded areas of color (bottom). This is definitely the product I got the most use out of during this craft session ... such a bargain for only $7!


You can definitely use just one color for the main stencil and a darker color for the shadow stencil, like I did on these envelopes. SO QUICK and EASY to dress up a large corner of an envelope.


Love having a stack of these ready to be addressed, and all 17 of them took me only 5-10 minutes to make.


For my cards, I wanted to make the flowers a different color than the leaves, so I made a few different masks by stenciling the image on copy paper and then cutting OUT the sections I wanted to be colored.



Here's what the masks look like. The mask that is under the stencil has been cut away so I can ink all the dark green detail pieces of the leaves. Then I rotate the masks and coordinating inks until the whole image is stenciled.


Here's what half of the stencil (one of the two flowers) looks like with the masked colors.


You may have noticed the new sequins! Not only are these awesome sizes (check out those tiny ones!) but they come in the cutest glass container with an adorable cork top. Definitely something that you'll love keeping out in your craft area!

Back to the stencil ...




Here's the whole stencil, with both main flowers. It's such a nice size to span across a portrait A2 card.


The Satin White sequins are used on this card, along with just a small strip of the Patchwork Kite Stencil. So awesome for making geometric borders.



Here's a similar card, with the same set of florals, only this time they are underneath the sentiment instead of on top of the sentiment like the previous card. Such an appropriate sentiment for these times! "Stay Strong" is from the long anticipated Sentiment Strips 2 set.


You may have noticed the banner with "stay strong" ... that's from the new Envelope Art Set, proving you don't have to just use it for envelopes.



It's actually a focal point for this card, being dimensional like this. So easy to do, you just adhere the ends a little bit closer together than normal. It can flatten on its own.


Here's a card that I've used the stencil twice on, just oriented opposite from each other.


Envelope Art


And, a matching envelope, using the Envelope Art set to mark the address area. I'm super excited about this set, as I've always wanted to up my envelope game.



Finally, I used the stencil several times to fill the entire card front with blooms. Really, this is such a high impact look for relatively small effort and time. A bed of rose blooms for a new baby is just so darn sweet.


And as much as I was excited about the first Sentiment Strips, the Sentiment Strips 2 has about the same effect on me! Here are more of the sentiments.




Sentiment Strips 2

Here they all are! Not sure if you saw my post when the first set of these came out, but my tip for you was to NOT TAKE THE STAMPS OFF THE BACKING until you've stamped a few rounds of these all at once. I like to tape the entire backing to my misti and then whip out a few sets. You can cut them in strips and gaze at your pretty pile on your workspace : )

Just get them now before you forget ... you will use them FOREVER!




Radial Stars Cover Die
The Radial Stars Cover Die is a good one to have for festive occasions, like graduations. I'm all about efficiency, and it's nice knowing that with one pass in the die cutter, the entire card is pretty much designed for you. I just did some ink blending beforehand, and then added more of the Sentiment Strips 2.


Once you're done with your stars card, it seems such a shame to waste the actual stars, right?! No better time to make a shaker card! The graduated sizes of these stars makes for the perfect contents of a shaker card, as well as the different colors


This floating shaker card is made with the Framed Thanks Die.



Dog Rose A&B Panel

Finally, the dual Dog Rose A&B Panel dies are another highly efficient way to make a great impression. The hardest part honestly is picking out the different colors for each layer (and for a fun surprise, have a different color for inside the card as well!)



These are the perfect size for note cards! With all these die cut details, you really don't need anything else. Except perhaps one of the sentiment strips! I like having it run the length of the panel, like a spine of a book, for the blue card on the left.


Really loving the power of the white on white layers, again, since there are so many wonderful details in these dies. To jazz it up a little I used the tiny sequins that are also new for this release.
Sequins


And finally, here's what the panels look like on a traditional A2-sized card.


Another sentiment strip, and satin gold sequins, and you've got a finished card!


You've made it through my projects! As you can see, I truly enjoyed playing with the products in this release. I'm hoping you're finding some time to have fun with your supplies as well!

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 Mixed Media Blog for a chance to win by 4/23/2020. We'll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from comments left on each designer's blog in the blog hop. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/26/2020.

Your next stop on this hop is the one and only Jennifer McGuire!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please stay safe : )
- Kelly

Supplies Used For Any Projects You Liked (affiliate links, thanks so much for your support!)

Sweet Spring Stencil
Envelope Art
Sentiment Strips 2
Radial Stars Cover Die

Patchwork Kite Stencil
Dog Rose A&B Panel

98 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards and envelopes. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I love that you included your decorative envelopes. That Sweet Spring Stencil is going into my cart.

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  3. That Sweet Spring stencil is so beautiful with the pink tones. I love your envelope art!

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  4. Great release! Gorgeous creations, I especially love your yellow Sweet Spring card!

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  5. I love your soft color palette - so springy and hopeful!

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  6. Ooh I love the sweet spring stencil a lot after seeing your inspirations!! Fantastic work on all the cards! :)

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  7. These are so amazing. I love all that you created from these awesome products. Some are already sold out but will be worth waiting for! The Sweet Spring Stencil is now on my wish list and I may as well add the Sentiments Strips 2 set since I have the first one and use it so much!

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  8. I love all those cards - great use of the stars in that fun shaker card. I love the yellow floral stenciled card too - such lovely warm colours!

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  9. OH...MY...WORD...These are amazing cards - so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your talent. Now I have to get every single thing in this release!

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  10. So many pretty floral cards! I really love
    the roses and the different colors you used.

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  11. How clever those stencils you can layer to use various shades..and the sentiments wow do not what to say overwhelmed with inspiration, thanks for the hop , hugs Blankina

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  12. I really liked the softness and subtleness of your floral cards. Thanks for showing so many possibilities.

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  13. Your stenciling of the roses is so beautiful! I just love it. Great for Mother's Day.

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  14. I love your stenciled cards especially the soft colors of sweet spring stencil!!!! I haven’t used stencils before and I can’t wait to try it.

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  15. Gorgeous cards! Your stenciling is beautiful!

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  16. Really beautiful cards! I am very impressed with your talent! I think I will have to get that flower stencil.

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  17. After seeing your creations, the new stencil is on my wishlist. The sentiment strips are definitely a must have. I love all the cards, thanks for inspiring.

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  18. WOWza...such creative inspiration and gorgeous cards!

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  19. Holy smokes girl, you've outdone yourself!! These are all incredible!!

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  20. OMG what a gorgeous collection of cards - LOVE the floral stencil - such amazing results

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  21. I love how light and airy those stencil cards turned out. The stencil is perfect.

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  22. Such beautiful cards! The flower cards scream Spring!

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  23. I. Want. It. All. That white on white dog rose card is fabulous. And your stenciled envelopes kill me

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  24. Oh no--now I HAVE to get that stencil! Can I say I'm glad you weren't gone on Spring Break? Just kidding, but I do love seeing so many wonderful Kelly cards!

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  25. you have completely sold me on the sweet spring stencil and the dog rose dies! These cards are my absolute favourite from all the blog hops! I love how you got so many different looks from the floral stencil! I also really like the smaller size of cards for the dog rose. WONDERFUL! I am in love! Sorry you missed your spring trip break, but I hope some of the card making made up for some of the loss! Although, I noticed some of the supplies are already sold out! that was quick!

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  26. Absolutely stunning cards! I can’t wait to get my hands on the Sweet Spring stencil. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  27. These cards are timeless and beautiful!

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  28. Your florals are breath taking and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that star die!

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  29. Your cards are elegant, thoughtful and artistic. Love your work.

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  30. These are all GORGEOUS!! Love, love, love!!

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  31. These cards are so beautiful! I definitely want the Sweet Spring Stencil and the Dog Rose Panel A&B!

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  32. Wow all of those amazing cards made with a stencil! Love them all!!

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  33. What gorgeous cards! I love what you did with the stencils and also the dog rose panels. Those are my must haves this time around.

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  34. Wowza!!! Each and every card is a masterpiece! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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  35. You're using my favorite products from this release. LOVE LOVE LOVE that floral stencil, and then the layered dies? These are just so pretty!

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  36. Such fantastic cards. Love the stencils and the dies. Such a great release.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  37. I like the look at the envelope set. Good use of the stars for the shaker card.

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  38. This is a fantastic release from Altenew!! I think you made a few cards. Lol. Love them all.

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  39. Absolutely stunning showcase of these products, beautifully crafted !

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  40. Wow! Kelly, you really gave this latest Altenew release a workout! The soft and serene colors of your floral cards are absolutely beautiful. Every card is a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. gorgeous floral cards!! Really love the coloring and composition.

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  42. Wow, so many things to put on my wish list!! I love it!

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  43. Those colours and cards you made are gorgeous!! I love your technique stamping into copy paper, thanks for sharing!

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  44. Hey Kelly!! Your color choices are out of this world Gorgeous! Thank you much, Denise

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  45. All of your card are soo pretty. Love what you did to the envelopes with the stencil. The floral cover plate die cards are so cool, I think you sold me on those an dI better snag them before it’s too late., you jus t had a lovely showcase for these release. Beautiful!

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  46. Your cleverness always makes me smile! These projects are nothing short of amazing. You've sold me on more than i expected to order! Hugs!

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  47. I am truly dazzled by all your wonderful projects!!! Wow!

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  48. Love what you did with the dog rose panels!!! Such beautiful cards <3<3<3

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  49. Beautiful cards. I love the card set using the Sweet Springs stencil (what a great gift this would make!). This is a fantastic release.

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  50. Oh I LOVE that Sweet Spring Stencil. You have me SOLD!!!! I also love your Dog Rose Panels. Simply AMAZING design on all of your cards!

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  51. I love what you've done with the Dog Rose dies!

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  52. Absolutely stunning creations...love that it was a stencil you used, looks like you colored it!

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  53. Thanks for the amazing inspiration! I am totally in love with the new release! Especially the stencils and the gorgeous dies!

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  54. I have ordered some of the new products and can't wait to use them.

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  55. I am tired just looking at all the cards you made. They are all so beautiful, what a nice way to spend a staycation.

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  56. Beautiful cards! I'm in love with the Dog Rose Panel Dies cards!

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  57. Amazing work! I can't believe that was all done with a stencil! Gorgeous! I need so much of this release!

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  58. I'm exhausted wonderfully looking at your creativity! All of these products could make a home with me. Thanks.

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  59. Amazing what can be done with Altenew's stencils. What you did, that is! Looking forward to trying this myself. Also love those banner dies for envelopes (and cards too). So fun!

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  60. All of your card are so pretty, they are a whole package of happiness. your use of stencil on the envelope is so lovely. The floral cover plate die cards are so cool.. i think my wish list is just growing bigger and bigger.. XOXO

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  61. So many cards... Love them all... Floral cards are mind blowing

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  62. Thanks for all these lovely card ideas! The dog flower panels were on my list already, but it's great to find so many more ways to use them. tfs

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  63. TOOO much GOODNESS here!!! I love all your creations, I'm impressed with your masking cut outs using the stencil for those lovely cards, and I LOVE the see through shaker front with the saved stars!!!

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  64. Absolutely lovely cards and envelopes! Sweet and creative designs.

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  65. Marvelous designs Kelly! Love them all! so many wonderful products to choose from, thanks for the inspiration!

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  67. Your cards are all so pretty!

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  68. Beautiful cards! I love the Sweet Spring stencil. Your flowers on the cards look fantastic.

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  69. You are so sweet to do so many projects and believe me they are so inspirational! Love how you did the envelopes. A set of cards and envelopes would make a lovely Mother's Day gift, don't you think? Thanks for all your hard work!

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  70. Beautiful work... this looks relatively simple to do so thanks for the AWESOME inspiration! Your cards are so gorgeous! Love them...

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  71. Everything is so beautiful and bright! My favorites have to be the cards with the Dog Rose Panel Dies. I love the creative idea of the sentiment being like the spine of a book. Thank you for sharing!

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  72. Your cards are absolutely stunning! I'm in love with the Sweet Spring stencil & all the ways you used it! Thanks for all the gorgeous inspiration!

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  73. Love all your cards but those roses - gorgeous!

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  74. All your cards are beautiful-I'm partial to rose. Love your shading

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  75. All of your cards are simply stunning!!. You truly showcased all the beauty in Altenew stamps and products.

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  76. Beautiful soft cards and envelopes using the Sweet Spring Stencil. Like sending a hug in the mail!! Thank you for sharing

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  77. LOVE your rose envelopes and cover die cards!! So much to really fall in love with with this newest release!!!

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  78. Oh these are all so gorgeous and so perfect. Those sentiment strips and that stencil are a definite must have

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  79. Wow, your cards are amazing! I couldn't even pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  80. All beautiful cards but, oh those roses!😍😍😍

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  81. OhMyGosh.....Your cards are all so beautiful!!!

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  82. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the ones you did with the Sweet Spring Stencil.

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  83. Wow what incredibly beautiful cards! That stencil is really a show stopper!

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  84. Gosh, Kelly, you sure are making the most of your confinement ... what gorgeous projects ... wonderful showcases of all these yummy new goodies! Hugs, Anita :)

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  85. Lovely cards and your stencil cards are just great.

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  86. Love the stencil and the coloring. I placed it on my wish list for my next order.

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  87. Receiving an envelope with that stenciled image would make happy mail so much more beautiful. Love all of your projects. Thanks for sharing

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  88. Beautiful cards. Love the ones with roses.

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  89. Pastels are my passion. Love these so much, Thanks and please be well!

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  90. I love how you showcased the versatility of the sweet spring stencil. I wasn't sure I needed it until I saw your projects - now I definitely NEED it!

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  91. Loved the cards. Especially the flowers!

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