Friday, January 22, 2021

What's a Seamless Stencil and Why Do I Need One?

Hi Friends! I'm a big fan of getting the most out of my supplies, especially when you have limited funds to purchase them, and limited space to store them. One of the products from the latest Pinkfresh Studio release that pulls double duty is the Seamless Floral Panel Layering Stencil Set. This stencil is specially constructed to seamlessly repeat the pattern and produce an unlimited length of stenciled creation!

This photo shows how the A2-sized stencil can fill a taller slimline card just by lining up the bottom of the stencil with the top of where you left off stenciling. The seamless nature of this stencil opens up a world of possibilities ... you can stencil the length of a scrapbook page, the width of a drawer, along the edge of a lampshade, whatever you can dream up!

Especially now that the new slimline-sized card is popular, I love the fact that I don't have to buy a slimline-specific product. You can't at all tell the pattern is repeating.

For the sentiment of this card, I used the Essentials: Classic Word Die Set adhered onto the Essentials Ornate Banner Die Set. To ground the sentiment I blended some ink over the
Diamond Plaid Stencil Set.

This card is for the January 2021 Challenge, which is a good one if you haven't taken a look at it yet. It contains the entire 2020 year's worth of challenges; you just need to pick one! I chose the August 2020 challenge of florals. There is certainly something for everyone here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Seamless Floral Panel Stencil Set

Essentials Ornate Banner Die Set


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 MaƂyszek, 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!


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