Thursday, April 29, 2021

Altenew Wildflower Paper Crafting Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello Friends! I'm super excited to share something I haven't for quite awhile, a scrapbook page!! And once I dusted off my photo printer, cleaned the print nozzles, and found the photo paper, it came together fairly quickly with the new Wildflower paper crafting collection from Altenew.

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

Although black and white photos are really popular in scrapbooking, I still love using colored photos. The only problem is, quite often the colors in my photos don't go with the color scheme of the scrapbooking products, and then I get discouraged from using them. Not the case here! So happy with how well the muted, yet fun, colors in this Wildflower Collection go with my photos.

It's such a luxury to reach into a package and pull out ephemera that instantly works with your photos. 

This layout documents the final party we hosted at my husband's grandma's and father's house before the closing that happened this week. It's been quite an emotional ride these last few months, and it couldn't have ended in a happier and more fulfilling way, with lots of guidance from above.

Framing key photos was a snap with the embellishments in this collection. And how well they go with the photo is so satisfying!

The Tall Alpha Dies call out the address our family has loved for over 60 years : ) And check out all those new little fishermen!! How cute are they?!

Big flowers are great background fillers and add to the happiness of the day. I added colored cardstock to the back of the Fun Stuff die cut to further customize the embellishment.

Two strips of the patterned paper border the main section of photos, which is all mounted on a coordinating paper in the same collection. Also wanted to point out how much I enjoyed using the retractable eraser putting this layout together. It's a nice size/shape to hold in my hand.

Since I'm mostly a card maker, I thought I'd make a card with this collection too!

I picked a few embellishments to feature on the patterned paper and cut along the pattern at the bottom.

Easy as can be! And plenty left for many more crafting sessions!

Giveaway Prizes:

$200 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 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post by 05/05/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/07/2021.

I'm happy to send you to the blog of Kim Jeffress where you'll find a very inspiring project with beautiful Memory Dex cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Wildflower 6x6 Paper Pack

Wildflower 12x12 Paper Pack

Bitty Bits Ephemera Pack
Pink Posy Ephemera Pack

Eraser and Refill Package

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


Hi Friends! Since I've been on the Pinkfresh Studio design team this year, each release I wonder to myself, how can they top this one? And then a new release comes out and I think yep, they did it again! Well, there is a stamp/die/hot foil combo in this release (actually two different versions) that will be a game-changer for your sentiment production!

You may have come from the blog of Keia Shipp-Smith, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Pinkfresh Blog.


What is this amazingness, you ask?!?

The very second I saw the Celebrating You stamp with seven different sentiments, and its coordinating die THAT CUTS THEM ALL OUT AT THE SAME TIME (!!!) I told Kinnari, the owner of Pinkfresh Studio, that I'm going to make a rainbow of die cut sentiments and surround myself with them! And I did!

After basking in these glorious sentiments for quite a bit, I broke out a new fancy storage page (a.k.a., my kids' baseball card page protector) and put them safely away. It will be such a joy to finish designing a card and have all of these sentiments at my fingertips. And not have to feel like I'm using too many of them ... this may be a lifetime supply : )

After my rainbow-making spree, I turned to my favorite sentiment "color" of all time, embossed gold. And because it's Pinkfresh Studio, you know there is a hot foil alternative! I thought it would be fun to compare the two and share the results with you!

Here are the uncut sheets so you can see what they look like before die cutting. Can you tell which is which?

The embossed version is on the left, and the hot foiled version is on the right.

Both very pretty, but different. I have to say that for thin-lined font it's a toss-up for me. The hot foil may have a slight edge in appearance, but I'm still more comfortable with embossing, and it's not something I have to get out of my chair to do. 

But for the thick, bold font like these sentiments, I do prefer the hot foil. It's easy to get smooth, even coverage with the foil, where embossing a font this thick does leave some bumps (unless you do a couple rounds of embossing, which takes awhile and leaves room for shifting and error.)

So let's see some cards, right?!

This is a classic case of not wanting to mess with a good thing. With a rainbow of sentiments at my disposal, it would have been a crime not to use as many as possible!

As a recipient, who wouldn't want to read all those nice things about yourself, right? Pile it on! I used a couple enamel dots from the Some Days collection to fill in the gaps. Originally I had six of the sentiments on the card, but it looked a little plain, so I ended up swapping one out in favor of some Curvy Leaves in the corner to break up all the text.

This card features the new Heartfelt Thanks Slimline Stamp and Layering Coloring Stencil Set. So easy to put together!

I went out of my comfort zone and tried yellow flowers, red buds, and pink leaves.

To add some interest, I added white Curvy Leaves Dies by cutting a slit next to the flower and slipping the stem underneath. This way they stand up nicely without needing any foam tape and can mail flat.

The main sentiment is die cut from gold and tucked a little behind the leaves. I appreciate all the different secondary sentiments included in this Heartfelt Thanks set, including this one that I split into two different lines. I like that the message is specific to help you customize your card for the occasion.  


We are offering free US shipping on all orders $50+ from April 29th to May 6th. See the graphic above for the US and International code.


The full release will be given away on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel!

There will also be a total of TEN $25  gift cards given away along the hop! As per usual with blog hops - the winners will be picked from the comments. Winners will be posted on May 6 , 2021 on our GIVEAWAY PAGE and must be claimed within 2 weeks. 

I'm pleased to send you to Kelly Lunceford's blog where you'll be wow'd with two incredibly gorgeous cards! 

Here's the hop list:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thanks for stopping by!
- Kelly

Supplies Used (thanks so much for your support!):

Heartfelt Thanks Slimline Stamp Set

Heartfelt Thanks Slimline Stencil Layering Set

Celebrating You Stamp Set

Celebrating You Die Set

Celebrating You Hot Foil Plate

Some Days Enamel Dots

Curvy Leaves Die Set

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Colorado Craft Company - WINNER, winner, WINNER!!




Is this totally how you feel when you hear a new line of Anita Jeram stamps are being released from Colorado Craft Company?!?

I know, I was jumping up and down for many reasons this week too:
- announcing the new release on Saturday;
- getting to see all the amazing projects these talented artists have created on the blog hop; and
- picking a winner of a $25 gift card to the Colorado Craft Company!!


I am thankful for each and every one of your comments, and loved reading them. As promised in my release blog post, I've randomly picked a winner of a $25 giftcard to Colorado Craft Company!

Using the random number generator ...


... it has spun thru all the comments and landed on ...

Congratulations Roxy T! You are the lucky winner of the $25 gift card!! You have some tough decisions ahead of you! 
Please contact me at with the subject line: "Anita Jeram WINNER"

Thanks again to everyone for all of your lovely comments! Hope you were able to get some of your favorite new sets!
- 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


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