Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Altenew Fresh Start Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

 


Hello Friends! I hope you've had a wonderful holiday and new year! I've taken a break over the holidays to help my husband take care of his dad's estate. He passed away suddenly a month ago, and we have been surprised at all there is to manage. It's been our full time job. But it's been fun going through old photos, family history, boxes of old cuff links, great aunt Louise's pink depression glass, and the remaining contents of a small community grocery store that his family owned from the early 1900's to the 1980's. 

Both the title of this blog hop, and my outlook for this year, align completely. Fresh. Start.

I don't often get personal on the blog, so thanks for lending an ear. Now let's see some new Altenew products!

You may have come from Agnieszka Małyszek, but if not, feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.

With the popularity of the first Versatile Vases stamps and dies, you knew there was going to be another set! Welcome Versatile Vases 2! This one doesn't disappoint. I love how large the vases are, as they can be used on their own, or in conjunction with other vases.

Here I've used the vase in a different way than you might expect, like with all the famous Altenew florals. For these cards, they are instead shaped bubble gum containers! I had so much fun making them!

The best part is, you don't need any additional products for this option to stretch your supplies! I just punched a hole in a piece of copy paper and started blending ink in all different colors. 

I did make a few mistakes where the colors turned out muddy because I blended green ink through the same hole I just blended red ink. (NOTE: don't do this! I'm sure you already know this : )) To fix my mistake, I punched a few circles of blended cardstock and adhered them right on top of the offensive gum ball. For the card with the blue inside, you can see the cluster of orange, yellow and green gum balls are cardstock that I layered over the stencil. 

And guess what? This turns out to be an easier way to make this card, instead of fussing with the stencil!

This set of cards features the new Ribbon Waves 3D embossing folder. I just love all the texture!! You really want to touch it and run your fingers over the waves. I may have spent several minutes doing this!

This is a great formula for making thank you notes, which I typically tend to keep simple because I'm making a lot of them after the holidays.

I just followed one of the waves on the bottom with my scissors to expose a colored piece of paper (you could also use patterned paper here), and then added one of the new sentiments from the Simple Greetings Dies.

Finally, on this card I used the Airbrushed Flowers set to create a beautiful background of finely detailed florals. The layered stamps that create the airbrushing effect are very striking, but I really enjoy when the outline image is as gorgeous as this and can stand on its own. You really get two different looks from your stamp set this way!

The "Hello" sentiment is also from the new Simple Greetings set. I layered the sentiment over a cutting from the new Grid Cover Die and really adore how this adds a little bit of interest to the card, as opposed to using a plain strip of paper. You can use all of the Grid Cover Die for an entire background of a card, or just a snippet like this where you need it.

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post by 01/11/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 12 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/13/2021.

 

I am pleased to send you to the next stop on this hop, Lilith Eeckels, who has some wonderful things to share!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly 
 

 

Supplies Used (including affiliate links, thanks for your support!!) 

Airbrushed Flowers

Ribbon Waves 3D Embossing Folder

Simple Greetings Die Set

Versatile Vases 2 Stamp and Die Bundle

Grid Cover Die

 


37 comments:

  1. Very creative on the gum balls in the vase. You could layer in cookies and peppermints and all kinds of things. I love the grid. That is a great new die and embossing has come a long way. [Bunny]

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  2. What an easy way to color your flowers. I am going to remember that.

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  3. What great cards and each so different. I may need to get this grid die, love the way you used just a part of it. Super fun gumball card too. AND love the simple brushing of color on your flowers. Thanks so much for all the ideas!

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  4. Great choices for your cards ...so cute

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  5. I love the THANKS ones! Cool backgrounds!

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  6. The card using the embossing folder is very nice. I enjoy all the new style embossing folders that are being created. I didn't know if you had problems with the paper coming apart with this embossing folder since some of my folders weaken the paper and they come apart. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Great question! I did use a medium weight paper for this very reason. I don’t know about this particular embossing folder, but I’ve run into the same issue as you with the paper breaking on deep embossing folders like this. So instead of using the 110# paper that I always use, I just used a 60# lightweight cardstock like you would find at Walmart. Since I adhere it to my 110# base, it doesn’t matter that it’s lighter. And it doesn’t crack in the folds!

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    3. I spray a light mist of water on the paper before embossing to keep the paper from cracking.

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  7. Love the 3-D ribbon embossed background card- simple and impactful! I like that jar with the circle candies!

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  8. Gosh, the variety in their new embossing folders keeps evolving! Love those waves. I appreciate your tips on using a lighter paper too. Sending wishes for peace and strength as you grieve the loss of your FIL.

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  9. I love the thanks card. It is simple and clean and easy to mass produce. I love the last one too. I hope one day I can let go of the control and go outside the lines.

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  10. The clean and beautiful Thank You cards are so nice. That layout is so pretty. So many nice items in this release.

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  11. Clean and simple cards are my favorites. Love yours.

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  12. Wow! From whimsical, to simply elegant to soft floral. So creative and varied. Love, love your cards. TFS!

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  14. So sorry on the loss of your father in law. Such memories you have been going through. Love the cards. Such a great release.

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  15. Your vase card is adorable!! So fun. Very sorry for the loss of your father in law. My hubby lost his dad suddenly in Oct 2019, it is so very hard- my condolences

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  16. So sorry to hear about your FIL's passing. Hold on to your memories of him. LOVE your bubble gum cards--great way to stretch those vase stamps!

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  17. What a unique way to use the vases dies!! Very cute idea.

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  18. I like the thanks cards. NIce idea for the gum balls. Great design share.

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  19. The airbrushed flowers are beautiful and soft

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  20. So lovely, I am in love with what you did with those bottles/vases!

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  21. Love how you used the products in your cards they are awesome. This release is just awesome.

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  22. What a nifty idea making a shaped card with the vase stamp and die. Very clever! Love the Thank You cards, they are clean and simple but very classy too. The last card you made is very pretty and I love the way you colored the blooms and leaves. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and ideas with us and inspiring us to think outside the box. :)

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  23. The bubble gum cards are so fun! Made me smile when they popped up on screen. The last card reminds me of my mother for some reason I the back of my head. I so appreciate all the work everyone does for the blog hops. Thanks.

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  24. I love all your cards. I think my favorite are the ones embossed with the waves.

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  25. Such awesome cards! Love the designs...
    Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I am very sorry for your loss. My sympathies. On a different note, your cards continue to astonish. They are wonderful.

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  27. Awesome cards! I love the vase cards with the fun colors for the gumballs! Love the cards you made with the Ribbon Wave 3D die also! Very pretty!

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  28. Terrific cards! I'm still chuckling over the "offensive gumball", problem solved, tee hee. That is a great stand alone die. Fun fun card with so many other beauties!!

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  29. I absolutely love how you used the wave embossing folder! It adds so much dimension to your already beautiful card :-)

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  30. Awesome cards! What a cute way to use the vase stamps/dies! I love the CAS thank you cards- so pretty!

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  31. What beautiful and fun cards!! The new wave 3D embossing plate and your cards and great designs! The bottle came out so fab! A happy mishap!

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  32. Beautiful, fun cards. I love this release -- something for everyone!

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