Thursday, April 11, 2024

Altenew April 2024 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in Total Prizes!)

Hello and welcome to the April Altenew release hop, which also coincides with their TENTH anniversary! I wonder how many stamp sets that would be over the last decade?! Well, no surprise, Altenew has celebrated big this month and has quite an unbelievable release - here's a link to the April Full Release

Let's get started as I have A TON of cards to share

The Altenew 10th Anniversary is celebrated with a GIGANTIC 8x11 Bouquet of Poppies Set that has stamps, dies, stencils. The poppies are so large I had to make a 8.5" tall slimline card to feature them lol! Note that this set also comes with butterflies to rest on your sentiment!!

There are also two sentiments from two different sets featured here: One Go Words and Banners, and Celebration Sentiments. Both sets have several different sentiments so it's nice to make them all at one time and then you have easy leftovers for future projects. 

Since the image is so large, I thought it might make a good 2-for-1 card, and I was right! I colored another full image on a 5.5x11 cardstock ...

And after cutting it in half ended up with two great cards!

Both of these cards feature large gold die-cut sentiments from Timeless Sentiments 2, as well as a sentiment from the giant Bouquet of Poppies Set

And a butterfly : ) It's such a good way to add another color to your card, as well as making it more than another "flower card."

The bottom half of the large poppy image features three different sentiments - the "Cheers!" Better Press Celebration Sentiments (which I turned into Gold Hot Foil sentiments), a "thank you for all you do" from the Bouquet of Poppies Set, and "sending smiles" from Timeless Sentiments 2

I like to pop up the butterfly by bending its wings up - cheapest and easiest way to add dimension to your card!

For only two colorings of the Bouquet of Poppies Set, what a big impact!

Using the leftover butterflies from the Bouquet of Poppies card, I added two of them to another sentiment from Timeless Sentiments 2 which totally fills the card. 

The background is a pressing with yellow ink from the Baroque Elegance Press Plate. Nothing fancy in terms of ink or paper, but WOW what a material-like texture!

Next up are three cards made with the Anemone Blue Poppy die. As you can see, I got a bit carried away with this one too!

There are only two main flower dies to make each flower, and two center dies, so not a lot of effort. But wow, great impact!

The lines on each petal automatically made by the die sure do bring a lot of depth to the flowers. For more dimension, I bent up the petals and flower centers. 

This is one of my favorites due to the lush plum background with the charcoal ink pressed in from the Baroque Elegance Press Plate.

The peach florals pop, as well as the straight lines on the anemones (vs the baroque floral pattern on the card base)

I had two flowers left over, so they became a third card from this set!

Check out the gems on the Sparkled Frames Die! Those are the Red Jasper Gems. They fit exactly into little circle impressions left from the die so there is no guessing in placement around the frame. 

The smaller gold foil sentiment is from One Go Words and Banners and the larder "celebration" is from Timeless Sentiments 2

A nice little set of cards from this Anemone Blue Poppy set, and you can see how it looks different on a white vs. dark background.

Finally, I got ridiculously carried away with the fantastically and realistically detailed birds from the Rustic Charm stamp/die/stencil/embossing folder set. 

Before getting into the cards, can we take a moment to appreciate all the Rustic Charm birds? These are all made with the SAME stamp and stencil!! The fanciful green and pink finch on the top right uses all the different stencil pieces and has all different colors, whereas the yellow-green and red finch on the top left just used the different head stencils, and I kept most of the breast/wings/tail the same color.

On the other hand, the brown and orange robin (left-most bird) has no variation on the head, but the breast/wings/tail are all different. 

It was so fun looking up birds like on this stylized poster I found via google search and trying to replicate them (there's a blue jay in the mix as well!) Also fun just to color the birds randomly.

Here's a good reference for all the different color combinations I tried. I get happy just looking at this photo : )

My favorite combinations are these sweet red birds. The left is a male Bull Finch, and the right honestly is made up. But I love the idea of these two different-but-similar birds choosing to hang out with each other on the telephone lines, with all the other outlines of birds in the background. They are indeed best besties!

The way I attached them grabbing onto the gold thread makes them stand out a bit from the card - bonus! Just really love ALL the different colors and tones that bring these birds to life, and it was all so easy with the one-piece stencil!

The bottom is a strip from the Petal Harmony Hot Foil Plate with the new Gold Hot Foil.

Yet another gold foil sentiment from Timeless Sentiments 2.

This card uses the fence stencil and embossing folder that comes with this Rustic Charm set as the background on the card base.  

I cut in half the solid floral cluster that also comes with the Rustic Charm set, and added it behind the top and bottom of the oval to give more separation from the lines of the fence. The sentiment is another one from One Go Words and Banners.

For this card I was going for a vintage bird book vibe with a literal book page, and faded colors on the leaves/berries. 

I bent the leaves up for dimension, and used a simple sentiment that came with the Rustic Charm set. Also, notice I used the Sparkled Frames Die, only without any of the gems. You can see the circle impressions, but it looks part of the design. Versitile!

This card  is simple with a similar formula - patterned background, Sparkled Frames DieTimeless Sentiments 2, and a Rustic Charm bird (this time peeking out from behind the frame).

I also cut up a few pieces of the main branch and stuck those behind the frame, in the same colors as the bird to coordinate. This helps make the blush sentiment stand out.

Finally, same exact formula (patterned background, oval die, bird) but a different look. This might be my favorite coloring for the bird.

Glossy accents on the berries, and the pattern on the oval is the Petal Harmony Hot Foil Plate. I offset the oval Sparkled Frames Die (which has the Red Jasper Gems added on top) a bit with another frame cut from book paper. 

The background pattern is actually vellum pressed with white ink from the 
Baroque Elegance Press Plate. Super elegant!

So much to share today - love that you made it all the way through!! Do you have a favorite? Or a favorite bird coloring?

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $50 gift certificate to 4 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 04/17/2024 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 04/19/2024.

*The winner of the $100 gift certificate will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog. 

Your next stop on this hop is the very talented Aga!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Thanks for stopping by!
- Kelly

Supplies Used (thanks for supporting me with affiliate links!)

Bouquet of Poppies Set

Anemone Blue Poppy

Baroque Elegance Press Plate

Petal Harmony Hot Foil Plate

Sparkled Frames Die

Gold Hot Foil
Micro Blending Brushes

Red Jasper Gems


  1. You always go above and beyond, Kelly! Such gorgeous cards - but I have to say it again: with ANEMONES like these, who needs friends??? xx

  2. Kelly, oh my goodness, so much amazing inspiration!

  3. Talk about a post filled with beautiful eye candy! Wow! Well done 👍

  4. OMG! Lovely cards! Truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beautiful cards! The bird cards are some of my favorite!

  6. I had to chuckle, Kelly, when you said you got "ridiculously carried away" with your flower and bird dies. I don't think so! You got very creative and they turned out beautifully!! Nicely done!

  7. So charming! Beautiful cards...

  8. OMG! Sooo many gorgeous cards! I LOVE all the flower ones! STUNNING!

  9. With so many wonderful products I can see why you got so 'carried away'. Such creative and beautiful card!!

  10. OMG - you have created some stunning card samples with these new products - LOVE them all - the bird cards are my favorite - so sweet

  11. Wow Kelly, thanks for helping me love this entire release! Yes, the plum background is amazing, the poppy dies are my favorite.

  12. Thanks for all the inspiration on using the birds. They are fabulous.

  13. WOW, you have so many different amazing cards! They are so different from each other, and OH SO PRETTY

  14. Thanks for the inspiration! Beautiful cards!

  15. Wow... sooo many gorgeous cards ❤️

  16. Gorgeous cards! I love the touches of gold in the flowers and sentiments, and the birds are beautifully colored.

  17. Marisela Delgado said: Beautiful cards!

  18. omg, you have an outstanding cards and so many to choose from, the birds are my fave and ill be adding them to my shopping cart! absolutely love all your cards

  19. OMG Kelly, you went to town with this release! 🤩I was swoon by all your designs, but must say that I loved the “paper flock”, and the bestie card is just perfect! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  20. Wow! So omany amazing creations! I love the idea of the large poppy stamp and the way you made into 4 totally different cards. So clever and all so beautiful! The rustic charm set is so lovely and very different. Thanks so much for the great inpspiration! :)

  21. Fantastic cards- I'm so glad you got carried away and created so many lovely images. The sentiments are so big and bold. The poppy cards are so prettily ink blended. And I love all the bird cards!

  22. Oh my goodness! Your cards are fantastic! Everything about them is beautiful. I think the slimline cards are my favorites.

  23. Lauryne CunninghamApril 12, 2024 at 8:14 AM

    Wow! Gorgeous variety of cards! I love the dimension on the anemone designs!

  24. WOW, amazing projects and oh the possibilities......great cards!!!

  25. Holy wow!! Talk about an amazing blog post! There is so much gorgeousness, I can't even.. and the bird. Just wow. The vellum with white ink is brilliant and adds so much dimension and elegance. Fantastic work with a great release.

  26. Wow! Outstanding collection of gorgeous cards! You have been busy! I especially love all the gold touches you use on many of your cards! It adds such elegance!

  27. Oh my gosh, such amazing cards! I love where your butterfly pops in differently on the first set of cards. And your birds are fantastic!

  28. Too many amazing goodies in this Altenew release! I love the cards using Rustic Charm. Indeed, sweet and charming with your designs.

  29. Wow! Such gorgeous cards! I'm especially loving the beautiful poppies and the colors you used! The sentiment dies are awesome too! Wonderful designs in this release!

  30. WOW!😍 I am left without many beautiful beautiful cards - really, they are all so stunning. Now I want everything from this release .

  31. I love these gorgeous poppies and birds so much! Wendy

  32. Beautiful cards! The Poppies stamp & Anemone die are fantastic.

  33. So many amazing cards! Bonus of a 2 for 1 is always great, and your poppies are so pretty. Those birds 😍 I didn’t think I needed the rustic charm birds until I saw yours, wow!

  34. Oh wow! So many beautiful cards! I love this release and I can see why you had so much fun creating with them! My favorites are the Anemone Poppy cards...stunning colors!!

  35. Wow!!! So many gorgeous cards! Beautiful designs and color combinations! I love the poppy cards! So beautiful!

  36. Such gorgeous cards! Love the colorful flowers. So awesome.❤️

  37. WOW! Beautiful cards! Love the poppy cards but all of them are wonderful with so much dimension. I know think I need the whole release. You hit it out of the park with these. Thanks for the inspiration.

  38. Absolutely amazing how many cards you have created with these amazing new products. I love every single one of them and I have no idea how you can create so many of these! They are so beautiful!

  39. Your cards are wonderful. LOVE the die cut anemones, and colored birds!

  40. Pretty cards. Love the press plate.

  41. I love the plethora of examples you gave, they’re all fantastic. However, your “flock” of birds that you created are just amazing!

  42. Amazing cards, Kelly! (Claudia)


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