Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Altenew June 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

I can't even begin to express how much fun I had with Altenew's June release of stamps and dies, so perhaps it's just best if I jump right to showing you! I have a ton of goodies to share : ) This is your first stop on the hop after the Altenew Card Blog.
You are going to see some amazingly beautiful stamp sets from Altenew in this release, but before we get to those, I need to show you this MUST. HAVE. SET. It's called Sentiment Strips, and if you don't pick up anything else from this release (which is honestly saying a lot) you need to stop and add this to your cart now! 
Once you get the set, DON'T TOUCH any of the stamps. Leave them as-is on the packaging. Tape the packaging to your MISTI. You now have one gigantic sentiment stamper! Take this opportunity to stamp many sheets of sentiments and then cut them out with your paper trimmer.
I remember the first time I saw Rubeena's pile of embossed sentiment strips, and how I wished for a pile of my own. Now I have one, and it was so quick and easy! About two dozen different sentiments, for all different occasions, just waiting to finish off your cards. Such a great set!

Now, on to the parade of cards (many of which use these sentiments) ... 
First is the amazing Pan Sketch Mandala set ... it's an XL size, more than covering the width of your A2 card. This one is stamped and then selectively colored with watercolors.
There are so many different sections you can choose to color or leave empty, that you'll have dozens of different looks depending on your choices. Three of the sentiment strips finish off the card.
Same set, different look. Do you believe this is all from one mandala image? After blending ink in the different sections, I cut the mandala into four pieces and rearranged them onto a black card base.
This would be a great formula to make a set of cards with. And another three sentiment strips for the win!
Still wanting to try more ideas with the mandala, I stamped and cut out tone-on-tone sections of the mandala. Each section was blended with the same color ink it was stamped with. Any guesses what I used these for?
A rainbow! Layering each section on top of each other makes the prettiest rainbow, full of all sorts of details.
For the bottom of the card I cut out some cloud shapes and used another one of the sentiment strips.  Not only do you get this cute rainbow, but since it's only half of a circle, the bonus is that you're left with a second rainbow for a second card!
For the second card I used the stunning Mid Century Frame die as a sun shining behind the rainbow.
I like how you can just barely see the sun's rays coming through the inside of the rainbow. The sentiment is from the mandala set and seems to fit very well with this card.
So many different looks from one very large stamp!

The Mid-Century Frame die makes a great sun, as you just saw, but look how amazing it is on its own here, cut from gold foil paper. I have such an affinity for finely detailed die cuts, and this definitely checks that box. Although the name of the die is Mid-Century, I was going for a Hollywood Regency / Art Deco look with the gold against the black, and the strong vertical stripes.  
The gold embossed sentiment is partially from the Sunflower Daisy stamp set and the Pen Sketch Mandala stamp set. The vellum circle happened to be laying on my desk (left over from the inside of the sun's rays) and is just perfect to use here.
The Pattern Power stamp set comes with seven different main patterns you can make for the background of your card. So very useful for a variety of looks! This cards showcases the triangle stamp that you can stamp in up to three different colors as you rotate the stamp around.
My Godson is such a talented jazz pianist AND gifted acedemic student that he was accepted into the first Computer Science and Music program at the University of Illinois (which is also the alma matter for me, my husband and my Godson's parents)! This is his graduation card, featuring the blue and orange colors of our school. I cut out an "I" for Illinois and stamped the "Yeah!!" sentiment from this set down the middle. 

One of the fun things about a set like this is seeing what happens when you stamp the patterns. I was pretty surprised that the unassuming little stamp with the scallops would make such an interesting design!

I didn't want to cover up all the happiness so I simply finished it off with the "Wow!" sentiment from this set as well as some sentiment strips.

This is one set that will take awhile to explore and see what it can do. I have a feeling I can make dozens of cards with it!
The last two cards are from the Sunflower Daisy stamp set and coordinating dies. Wow!! This layering set is so detailed and realistic looking I had to show my husband as soon as I made one of the flowers. Even he was impressed at how I "colored it" wink, wink!
It's always so fun to "arrange" the flowers on your card! I appreciate that this set includes more detailed, multi-step leaf clusters, as well as simple leaf clusters, both of which are used here. The sentiment is from this set and is perfect for a graduation!
I had more sunflowers left over so I made one more card. Thie one has the mandala stamped and embossed in gold on a background panel, the Frilly Frame die in white, and two sets of flowers and leaves layered on top.
It has a vintage look to it with all the fussy layers. But, I think it's not too busy because it's limited to mostly one color with the yellows and golds.
You made it! Didn't I tell you there are so many amazing new stamp and die sets being released? Like I said though, the must-have for me has got to be the Sentiment Strips. I love having them all sit in a little saucer on my crafting table, just waiting to be used!

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 6/18/19 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 6/22/19.

I am very pleased to send you to the lovely and talented May Sukyong Park who is sharing a stunning watercolor card with lots of tips!

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Essentials By Ellen - Squeeze the Day and Voices in my Head

There are two more must-have sets from the June Ellen Hutson release, including this very punny Squeeze the Day set. It's the perfect mix of open citrus images and punny sentiments. Not everyone is a flower person, so for those friends and family it's nice to have options like this which are also pretty and organic.

These are colored with watercolors, and then I added some dotted texture to the skins of the fruit. The background of the panel is watercolored in the faintest of blues, just enough to be different from the card base.

Love the sentiment ... this just got real!

Yesterday we had the Good Times set with the scooter that was perfect for teens, this Voices in my Head is NOT for teens, but for your sassiest of friends. The sentiments in this set are hilarious, and I can't wait to start sending them out!!

This is a great layout to show off those amazingly colored backgrounds that are so popular now. This one uses Catherine Pooler's Mardi Gras ink and my new favorite, Limoncello, from the latest release. I also love the head that's included, and how she doesn't have a mouth. Super versatile! She could be happy, frustrated, meh, quizzical, whatever you need her to be for your sentiment.

The oversized Speech Bubbles die is used here, which I love with the smaller sentiment that really packs a punch. There's no missing this one!

Sure hope you've enjoyed this June release from Ellen Hutson as much as I have! It's so fun to work with, and I know I'll be reaching for it again and again.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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Squeeze The Day by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Squeeze The Day by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Voices In My Head by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Speech Bubbles by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Good Times by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Good Times by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Everyday Doodles by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Big City by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Landscapes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Mardi Gras, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Limoncello

Altenew Watercolor Paint, 36 Pan Set

My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (6-1/8 X 7)