Sunday, February 7, 2021

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Cosmos Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello Friends!  I remember the first time I saw Cosmos for sale at our local Home Depot, it was love at first sight. I loved the deep fuchsia color of the petals, and how big they were. I bought a few, wondering if I was just wasting my money and that they would die quickly (like the gerbera daisies I can never keep alive for long.) Nope! Not only did they live all summer, they took off and completely hid my ugly air conditioning unit on the side of the house!

I was really excited when I saw Altenew was offering a Craft-a-Flower Cosmos set and couldn't wait to try it out!

You may have come from the blog of Erum Tasneem, but if not feel free to start over at the Altenew Card Blog

 

I'm happy to report that these die layering cosmos flowers did not disappoint. I love all the strips of color in these detailed layers. I also appreciated the layering tip on the back of the package to use four colors of cardstock for the three layers. On one flower you'd start with the lightest color (the flower on the right behind the sentiment) and on the other flower you'd start with the second to lightest cardstock, and end with the darkest cardstock (the taller flower on the left).

This gives you one darker flower, and one lighter flower. A subtle difference, but I think it makes the pair a little more interesting when they are together.


The flower stems are woven into the recently-released Grid Cover Die. This die is a real workhorse, as there are so many different ways you can use it. Here I've just used a small section to provide somewhere to ground the flowers. It's also fun to pop out a few random squares to add to the design.

 

The sentiments are also from the past January release, Simple Greetings die set and Versatile Vases 2, which in addition to having awesome vases, comes with about a dozen great scripted sentiments.

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $15 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post by 02/12/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 11 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 02/15/2021.

I am now pleased to send you to the blog of Anna Mahtani.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly


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

 

CAF: Cosmos Layering Set

Simple Greetings Die Set

Versatile Vases 2 Stamp and Die Bundle

Grid Cover Die

 

 

27 comments:

  1. So very pretty. Love your background

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  2. A stunning card! I love the way these beautiful cosmos flowers feed through the grid background die cut!Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! :)

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  3. This may be one of my favorite sets! Your two flowers have so much vitality poking through their little fence!

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  4. I like how you tucked in the stems into the trellis. The colors you chose look so pretty together. Nice job.

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  5. Great layers and combination of sets. I like the use of the grid for the bottom.

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  6. Such a delightful design. Not only do I love the flower, but even the leaves are pretty! Lovely card.

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  7. Great tip about using four shades of paper for the 2 flowers. It is impactful and connected. Interweaving some stems in the grid adds even more dimension. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Gorgeous colors for these pretty cosmos flowers! Beautiful card!

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  9. Darling card. The flowers seem to be bending a bit in the breeze! I like the "fencing" with stems growing through. I grew some cosmos last summer and they are tall and pretty like these beauties.

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  10. Love the layers, Kelly, this is terrific!

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  11. Great cards. Very nice texture and colors used. Like this set and how you used all of the products in these cards. NICE!

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  12. What a cute idea to weave the stems through a background die.

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  13. What lovely colors! 😍 The grid panel strip is a super fun addition :-)

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  14. Thank you for explaining how you got two very different looks rom the flowers. They are beautifully done and grounding it in the grid die was a stroke of genius. It made me happy I bought the die tonight. I also liked your personal story of how you bought the cosmos at Home Depot and wondered if you’d kill them or not! I can relate as it gets very hot where I live and I’m not much of a green thumb

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    1. Aw, thanks for the really sweet comment!! You will absolutely LOVE the grid die ... it is such a staple with a ton of uses : ) Thanks for letting me know! PS, I was legit shocked the cosmos did so well ... I think I was expecting Gerbera daisy results since they look similar ... those gerbera’s always die right away here in Chicago.

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  15. Очень красиво получилось

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  16. Beautiful card, love the extra texture elements.

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  17. Sweet and how neat to thread the stem through the grid die. Wonderful use of those elements!

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  18. What a pretty design! I love how you weaved the stems through the grid die cut!

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  19. Such a beautiful card. Love those colorful cosmos blooms!

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  20. Very creative way to use the Grid Cover Die.

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  21. Love the way you used the colors to differentiate the flowers and then wove the stems through the cover die.

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  22. Lovely card with bright colors and the use of the grid die is great. Loved your story about the cosmos at Home Depot. Cosmos are one of my favorite flowers too and they grow very well where I live in Australia. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration. :)

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  23. An interesting and new to me idea of using the grid die as a stem holder. Lovely card.

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