Saturday, April 10, 2021

Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)

Happy Birthday Altenew! What a huge deal it is to celebrate your seventh year with you, and all the other wonderful designers! You've come a long way to dominate the card-making space with your layered dies/stamps, and classic florals. I can't wait to share some projects in your honor today!

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

Jumbo Picks Layering Die

Both projects I'm sharing were made using one set of these giant Jumbo Picks layering dies. Not sure if you noticed, but the large gray sections are where the metal comes in one piece, which is the beauty of this set. All the thinking is done for you! Each die is meant for a different color of cardstock. Just cut your colored cardstock into rectanges, and send them thru the machine!

This time, however, I used felt! Want to see?

I was so impressed at how smoothly these dies cut the felt, even with the long thin sections on some of the light pink layers, and the lime green stems.

I know dimension is the hot thing now with layered dies, and the thick felt is a super easy way to achieve that. Look at all those lovely layers! You really want to reach right in and feel all those hills and valleys in the roses.

I debated on the background for awhile and finally settled on another piece of felt. The whole card is fuzzy! For extra security I stitched around the margins of the felt base, including the die cut "hello" sentiment.

The nice thing about a felt card base is that the felt dies stick nicely to it on their own. I put a little tape adhesive to make sure they stay put, but before that it's easy to move things around to find an arrangement you like.

Although I put all the die cuts all one card, you could spread them out on a couple cards, or use them for something entirely different, like a felt wreath. 

In fact, I had one felt flower remaining that begged to be used for something other than "leftover bin decoration." I looked across the room, saw the beautiful frame my good friend had given me for my birthday, and thought it would be just perfect ...

How lovely a single flower, and a leaf cluster, look in a frame! The letters are from the Tall Alpha Lowercase Die Set.

I cut a piece of canvas material to size, put that in the frame, and then arranged the elements just like I would on a card base. The paper alphas are glued directly to the fabric, and the felt flower and leaves are adhered via tape adhesive.

I can't get enough of how pretty these look in felt. Totally deserving of this awesome frame : )

Making cards is a joy, but sometimes is fun to try something else too. I think putting anything in a frame instantly makes it more permanent and likely to be on display a little longer.


The Garden Picks Layering Die Set is more pricey than the other layering dies due to it's enormous size, but I truly think you get your money's worth when you end up with so many flowers and leaves from one pass of the dies. This slimline card and framed greeting all came from one set of die cuts.

I've reached for this set several times already to make quick layered flowers.

Giveaway Prizes

Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!" 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.

Special Offer

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY7TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV21 at checkout. Offer valid from 4/8/2021 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here: Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


Your next step on this hop is queen of beautiful simplicity, Laurie Willison!

Here's the whole hop for your reference:

Altenew Blog

Nicole Watt

Dana Joy

Virginia Lu

Kristina Pokazanieva

My Little Attic

Norine Borys

Michelle Short

Bumbleberry Papercrafts

Kymona Tracey

Kelly Griglione <--you are here!

Laurie Willison

Teresa Litchfield

Preeti Chandran

Christine Pennington

Carol Hintermeier

Keisha Charles

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Jumbo Picks Layering Die

Tall Alpha Lowercase Die Set

Adorable New Anita Jeram Mice for Mother's and Father's Day!!

Oh boy, I could not wait to share this giant release of utterly charming stamps illustrated by Anita Jeram for the Colorado Craft Company! It's such a blockbuster release, that we are having a star-studded blog hop to showcase it all!

You may have arrived from Kathy Racoosin, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with none other than Adrienne Kennedy (CCC).

All the illustrations are completely adorable, but this dear scene from the Amazing Mom Stamp Set is one of my favorites! The mama mouse juggling her kids while trying to entertain her baby with a make-shift toy from nature brought such a smile to my face!

I did some simple watercoloring, die cut the scene with the coordinating dies and die cut another layer from my husband's comic book backing boards for extra dimension.

The nice thing about the coordinating dies is that you can ink your background, and then put your focal point image on top of that, instead of messing around with masking an image. With an image as detailed as this, that would be difficult and take a lot of time.

I love that many of the sentiments are unique. You get a "Happy Mother's Day" in the set, but you also have, "It takes a strong woman to be a great MOM ... and you are the strongest ever!" Totally fits with our multitasking mouse mom.


The new Anita Jeram - For Dad Stamp set is another must-have. One of the images is a little mouse toddler jumping on his daddy's belly ... a true mark of a good and patient dad.

I'm sure you noticed the channel cut in the middle of the card. Yep, we've got some motion!

What a visual, right? Totally brings the scene to life! Boing, boing, boinggggg!!

If you're curious, I stoped crafting to take a couple photos of the process. I cut a channel in the card panel, and then cut the toddler mouse away from daddy mouse.

Then I made a long tab with a T at the end so the tab will stop. I added some thick mat board on either side of where the T will be moving up and down to keep the motion nice and straight. The large section that's cut away accomodates for the T at the end of the tab, and will put a limit on how high our toddler can jump.

This also allows the toddler to actually rest on dad's belly, instead of hovering over it.

I cut Happy Father's Day into three separate words so I could put them in their own cloud. Almost like Dad is relaxing inbetween jumps reading the message sent to him from above! Do you see the other fun sentiment under dad?

Finally, I did a lot of stamping on this card. Let's start with the main image. Daddy cuddling up with his baby while he reads the morning paper, with a mess of toys at his feet. That was totally our house when the boys were small!

This set comes with a lot of sentiments, so I thought why not use a bunch of them?! To house them all, I got out the Anita Jeram Wall Words and embossed and cut some gold frames. I like that the extra white space from inside the frames helps tame some of the "wallpaper" stripes.

Speaking of stripes, it finally dawned on me that the point of the Anita Jeram Stripes and Dots Background is to recrate the Colorado Craft Company logo!! So I tried that with the blush, aqua and embossed gold. Looks pretty close to the header on the packaging below, right?

Don't feel like you always have to color everything. For this card I saved coloring the baby mouse until the very end, and by that time I decided that the best color would be no color. He being white, he stands out from the gray dad, and balances all the white in the word frames.

Sure hope you enjoyed the cards I shared! If you'd like to see more, I'll invite you to follow my blog and Instagram so you won't miss any good stuff!

The lovely folks at Colorado Craft Company have generously agreed to give away a $25 gift certificate to one random person who comments on this post, and every other post in this blog hop! Wow! Be sure to comment along the way to increase your chances and spread the love : ) The giveaway will end on April 13th at midnight EST. I will announce my winner on April 14th. Good luck! 

Your next stop is the talented Koren Wiskman with something adorable to share with you!

Here's the complete blog hop list if you need it:

  1. Adrienne Kennedy (CCC)
  2. Amber Rain Davis
  3. Angelica Conrad
  4. Bibi Cameron
  5. Caly Person
  6. Cathy Zielske
  7. Chari Moss
  8. Chris Dayton
  9. Daniel West
  10. Donna Hitz
  11. Emily Midgett
  12. Erin Thompson
  13. Jennifer Gross
  14. Jennifer Kotas
  15. Jennifer McGuire
  16. Jennifer Shurkus
  17. Joe Sysavath
  18. Kassi Hulet
  19. Kathy Racoosin
  20. Kelly Griglione <--- you are here
  21. Koren Wiskman
  22. Kristina Werner
  23. Laura Volpes
  24. Mansi Bhatia
  25. Marci Snee
  26. Nichol Spohr
  27. Sandy Allnock
  28. Sara Torzullo
  29. Traci Jenkins
  30. Yana Smakula

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly

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

Anita Jeram - For Dad Stamps

Anita Jeram - For Dad Dies

Anita Jeram - Amazing Mom Stamps

Anita Jeram - Amazing Mom Dies

Anita Jeram - Wall Words

Stripes and Dots Background

Monday, March 29, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio March 2021 Cling Stamp, Stencil, Die, and Hot Foil Release

Hi Friends! Oh boy, it's been torture having a GIANT package of new stamps, dies, stencils, AND HOT FOIL PLATES from the latest Pinkfresh Studio release in my craft room for the last month and not be able to share! 

For this post I used the Fancy Floral Print Layering Stencil and the Thank You So Much Hot Foil Plate. There are so many other amazing new products (found HERE in the new release section) that I'll be showcasing them for quite some time.

Layering stencils have always been a favorite of mine due to their ease of use, and stunning, reliable results. I especially like layering stencils that make backgrounds, because you can cover the entire panel in a short period of time, and experiment with many different color combinations. 
These two panels were created with the Fancy Floral Print Layering Stencil in just a few minutes (deciding on colors took much longer, ha!) I've used these to make all three of the following cards.

The pattern on this panel is stenciled on light yellow cardstock.

TIP: Don't feel limited to stenciling only on white paper!

Because the stencil creates such a beautiful pattern, you don't need much else! To finish the card I just die cut some alphas to spell out my sentiment.

TIP: Don't feel you need to pick a color for your layering stencils. Sometimes instead of a color, gold embossing is a good choice!

I chose to blend watermark ink through the stencil for the tiny flower centers, and then embossed in gold. Love it!

For the next panel I blended similar blue/orange/yellow colors on white paper, and then afterwards blended a light layer of blue all over the panel.

I hand cut a curve in the patterned paper [OOOPS, I mean the stenciled paper!! : )] and layered underneath a scallop cut with one of the Essentials: Classic Edgers Dies.

More of Heather's lowercase alphas for the win on the sentiment!

Finally, I couldn't just throw away the left over stenciled pieces from the last card, right?! So I measured how tall of a piece of navy cardstock I'd need to fill in the gap, and cut the ends with a different edgers die.

And the elephant in the room ... the super-sexy hot foiled Thank You sentiment! OH MY GOSH I'M IN LOVE!! If you follow me on Instagram (@notablenest) you may have seen my reel yesterday of me making my very first hot foil with this plate and the Spellbinders Glimmer machine. LOVE this look, and LOVE the slight indentation you get with a thicker paper like watercolor paper.

I used to rationalize not getting a Glimmer or other hot foiling machine, thinking I can always just emboss things in gold. Well, now I see the elegance of the hot foil! It's so smooth and even.

I stenciled a few more blooms, cut them out by hand, and tucked them behind that fabulously foiled sentiment.

Here's a recap of the three cards I made, with little more than the two panels I created in minutes with the Fancy Floral Print Layering Stencil
My other plug for these layering stencils is that they are so inexpensive! You don't even need to buy a stamp!



-We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel!

-We will be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop; winners will be picked from the comments so be sure to leave a quick comment!

Winners will be posted on April 5 , 2021 on the Pinkfresh GIVEAWAY PAGE and must claim their prize within 2 weeks.



We are offering free US shipping (or discounted international shipping) on all orders $50+ from March 29th to April 4th. Please find the codes in the graphic above.

Your next stop on the hop is the amazingly talented Kelly Lunceford! I've included the hop list below as well:

 You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly


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


Floral Print Layering Stencil

Thank You So Much Die

Thank You So Much Hot Foil Plate

Heather's Lowercase Alpha Dies

Lea's Ornate Uppercase Alpha Dies

Essentials: Classic Edgers Dies