Saturday, November 7, 2020

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Poppy Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Friends! I'm happy to be joining a blog hop celebrating the release of another gorgeous Craft-a-Flower die set, the Poppy!

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

This set comes with two different flower heads, three different leaves, and one stem. Having two different flowers really helps with expanding your design potential.  

Can you tell how I colored these flowers?

Ink smooshing! Here's a look at my process. I smooshed a few areas for each color and lined my dies up accordingly. I love how this method always results in a surprise when you put everything together. You never know what you're going to get, aside from the fact that it will be wonderfully unique.

Let's also chat about the new glue pen! I have to be honest, initially I was really bummed because the glue is really sticky and has a fine tip (which is perfect for adhering these small pieces) so I wanted to love it, but I had a hard time getting the glue to flow consistently. After awhile of playing with it, I learned the trick is that you need to be pressing down on the paper at the same time you're lightly squeezing the barrel. Then it worked perfectly! And I'm so in love!!

The layers come together so well. I especially appreciate the small thin dies to make the dark shadow areas.

Typically I'd pick a really dark red for those sections, but I do like how using the purple turned out.

The rest of the card is finished off with some sequins and gold-embossed stripes from the new Striped Circle stamp set.

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Giveaway Prizes

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/12/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will 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 Winners Page on 11/16/2020.

Blog Hop Order

Altenew Card Blog

Svitlana Shayevich

Emily Midgett

Norine Borys

Nathalie DeSousa


Nicole Watt

Keisha Charles

Tania Ahmed

Amanda Baldwin

Erum Tasneem

Vicki Finger

Virginia Lu

Dana Joy

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco

Laurie Willison

Victoria Calvin

Amy Hill

Kelly Griglione

Tenia Nelson

Nenette S. Madero 

Terri Koszler

I am pleased to send you to the lovely Tenia Nelson who has quite a beautiful card to share with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly 


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

Craft-a-Flower: Poppy

Striped Circle Stamp Set

Glue Pen


  1. Lovely! Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Your card is beautiful! Loved that you watercolored paper to use for your petals!

  3. Ooo, making the paper. Great idea when I can't find cardstock to match my ink choices. Lovely card, thank you!

  4. Wow what fun and great finish with ink smooshing. Lovely cared and use of the set. I love the Poppy flower.

  5. I’m going to have to try ink smooshing. Lovely card. I appreciate the information on the glue pen.

  6. You did some awesome ink smooshing. Great looking poppies!

  7. I really love how you colored the papers before die cutting. GREAT idea. This is one of my favorite dies now.

  8. Wow. Your card is so beautiful. Love the look of the smooshing technique. Thanks for sharing

  9. I haven't smooshed in a long time, ha ha, you've inspired me Kelly!

  10. I LOVE the glitter accents, your background and colors!

  11. Thanks for the tips on color smooshing and the glue bottle!! Beautiful cards.

  12. Love the stripes! Simple and elegant!

  13. Love the layout of this card and how you colored the poppies.

  14. Beautiful, Kelly ... the rich, smooshy colour seems to add a touch of yummy texture to these lovely poppies ... gorgeous with the gold stripes! Hugs, Anita :)

  15. What a great coloring technique! This card is stunning! Thank you for creating and sharing it!

  16. fabulous color choices and loving the gold accents...totally lovely

  17. Ink smooshing is such a cool idea for a build a flower die set. I also love the way you arranged the blooms - the lines of the stems with the lines from the Striped Circle stamp set come together to form a beautiful composition.

  18. Beautiful combo of colors for poppies.

  19. Beautiful! Love how you did the flowers.

  20. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for sharing...

  21. Gorgeous card. I love the idea of coloring the cardstock. I love Altenew's Craft-A-Flower releases, but I do struggle with matching cardstock colors. This may be my answer!

  22. So pretty Kelly! Love your color smooshing- gives such a cool almost variegated look to the petals. And I'm glad you used the purple on the small petals- gives great depth. And your background stripes are enhancing. This is one of my favorite cards this hop. Thanks for your inspiration.

  23. Stunning poppies!! I love the way that you colored them

  24. Love those flowers, your cards are just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing 😊

  25. A wonderful die set and your ink smooshing results are terrific!

  26. I love that you showed how you created the coloring for the poppies that were die cut.
    So beautiful and fun technique. I can see this being fun to do especially for mass producing like I often do for card making.

  27. Oh my gosh. What do I love most about this? The colors you got on the petals? Or that lovely touch of the gold washi behind the flower? Major poppability.


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