Sunday, October 17, 2021

New Blog Site

Hello friends.  I just wanted to let you know that I have a new blog site: Kennyscards.com

I'd love for you to pop over and check it out!  All my new posts will be published on this blog.  

Thanks and hope to see you stopping by,

Karen

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Daffodil & Glitter CardstockRelease Blog Hop + Giveaway

Using Glitter Cardstock in Cardmaking

Hello paper crafters!  Altenew just released some GORGEOUS glitter cardstock and it is just wonderful for cardmaking.  I love the sparkle that it adds! 


For my first card I used three colors of blue glitter cardstock (Moonlight, Blue Apatite and Starlight) from the Ocean Reflection combo pack.  I used Altenew's Rippling Rings Border Die to die-cut three strands of circles and then glued them to a white panel.  I wanted a bold high-contrast sentiment so I inked a scrap of cardstock with Purple Wine Ink from The Rose Petal Mini Cube Set and then die cut my  Simply Hello Sentiment.  This card came together very quickly but is just lovely!


You can see the shimmer a bit better in this second photo.


Last month I made a rainbow Gum Drop card that I just loved so I thought I would do a sparkly variation using glitter cardstock.  The "gum drop" is from Altenew's Color Band Die Set


I used glitter cardstock from the following sets:

There are also some wonderful bundles available:

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 on the blog hop list below by 07/13/2021 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 07/15/2021.


Blog Hop Order

Altenew Card Blog

Emily Midgett

Amanda Baldwin

Erum Tasneem

Michelle Short

Dana Joy

Sandhya Iyer

Reiko Tsuchida

Terri Koszler

Nathalie DeSousa

Svitlana Shayevich

Jenny Colacicco

Tenia Nelson

Seeka

Virginia Lu

Verity Biddlecombe

Maryam Perez

Keren Baker

Karen Brown

Daniel Diaz

Erin Thompson

Carol Hintermeier

Bridget Casey

Colleen Balija

Tina Smith

Nenette S. Madero

Anna Mahtani

LauraJane

Preeti Chandran 

Sande Woodson

Kelly Griglione

Linda Westfall

Natasha Davies

Ready to shop?  Check out Altenew's New Collections Here.


I am so very happy that you stopped by!  I love reading your comments so if you have another moment, let me know what think about my post.

Thanks,
Karen


Saturday, July 3, 2021

Spellbinders July 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit of the Month: Home Sweet Home Pop Up 3D Vignette

Hello friends!  I think these are probably the most adorable papercrafting projects that I've ever made!  These little pop-up houses are the July 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month and they are just so cute.  

Home Sweet Home Pop Up 3D Vignette

 I used Dahlia pink cardstock for my first house and I think it is just scrumptious!  Woudn't this make an adorable wedding card?

  This is my first pop-up card and I will say that the assembly was very straight forward.

Dahlia Pink

I used two enamel dots, one for the door knob and one for the flower center.  


The details are just wonderful.  You can see that there is embossing along the roof peak and also around two of the windows.

  
The house is designed to hold cards inside.  I left this one blank as I am going to hand write a personal note to my friend.  

 
I used Teal Topaz cardstock on my second house and I have to say it has been my favorite color to use this summer.

Teal Topaz

The houses are designed so they can be flattened for mailing, but they pop right back into position when you take them out of the envelop.


I am so pleased that you stopped by to see these fun houses!

Karen

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Spellbinders Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Die Cut Cards

Hi there, Karen Brown here and I am so excited to be on The Spellbinders Blog today!  I have three projects from The Beautiful Sentiment Vignettes Collection by Becca Feeken.  This is a lovely set and each card makes such an elegant statement.  The projects would be so pretty in gold and white, but I went a bit more bold with black and teal frames and then mixed in colorful floral die cuts. 


BIRTHDAY WISHES VIGNETTE
I used the Birthday Wishes Vignette Etched Dies on this first card and I went with fun summery colors.   I die cut the frame twice using Teal Topaz cardstock.  I then  stacked the die-cuts and glued them together to add a bit more dimension.  

Topaz Teal

Using Petite Floral Potpourri Etched Dies, I die cut a bunch of flowers and leaves in a variety of colors from Spellbinder's Assorted Cardstock Pack and then started trying different layouts. 


    I layered different sizes and types of petals and like the effect.  I love that there are so many beautiful combinations.  To finish the card, I added some small crystal gems to the flower centers. 

I used an A7 card base that I made out of white cardstock.   This is a big showy card and I can’t wait to send it!

ROMANTIC CHARGEOUR VIGNETTE
Waterfall aquaa cardstock
I went for a dramatic look on my second card.  This Romantic Changeour Die has such lovely detail and I think the black frame over the Waterfall cardstock is very striking.  The card base is 5 x 7”. 

The Petite Flower Potpourri flowers and greenery are the perfect accents for the frames.  I added some enamel dots to the flower centers for additional interest and dimension.  I love the sentiment from Sugar Coated Sentiments.

BLESS YOUR HEART STAINED GLASS INLAY DIECUTTING

Blue, Pink and Yellow stained glass inlay die cutting

As soon as I saw the Bless Your Heart Vignette, I knew I wanted to do some inlaid die cutting.  I was going for a stained glass effect.

I die cut the frame in black and then again in Raindrop blue, Haystack yellow and Dahlia pink.  I used the outer frame to die-cut my white base  so I could inset the black frame for my inlay.  Next, I inlaid the pink heart, blues and yellow.  Initially, I had more yellow in my design, but decided I wanted more of the serene blue so I ended up using just six accent pieces of yellow for a bit of contrast.  

I am so pleased you stopped by!   If you have another moment, I would love to hear which is your favorite card. Happy crafting!

Karen



Monday, June 28, 2021

Altenew Educators "Anything But A Card" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

DIY Gift Topper

Hello fellow papercrafters! The Altenew Educators are hopping and this time we are creating "anything except a card".  I enjoy gift wrapping and decided  to craft a gift "topper".  Altenew's Craft-A-Flower releases are always one of my favorites so I wanted to make a  layered die-cut flower using this month's Peruvian Lily.  I crafted my bloom from some handmade gel press prints and a bit of glitter cardstock.  

Orange, yellow and blue.

I wrapped my gift in Tiffany blue gift wrap, added some ribbon and then topped with my die-cut Lily. I think this makes for a beautiful gift.

Altenew Craft A Flower Peruivan Lily.
 

Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 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 on the blog hop list below by 07/04/2021 for a chance to win. 

 

There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Anything But A Card” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

 

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 07/06/2021.


I am so pleased you stopped by!
Karen

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Clematis Josephine Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Altenew Paint-A-Flower:  Clematis Josephine

Hello and welcome!  Today, Altenew is releasing their June Paint-A-Flower called Clematis Josephine.   The bouquet is substantial and fills up a card beautifully.  Altenew releases a new Paint-A-Flower each month and you can subscribe HERE so you don't miss a single set and as a subscriber the price is just $12.99 per month.

Pink, Yellow and Aqua.

I was in a coloring mood and these flowers are so fun to color!  I used Altenew's  Artist Markers Set F (Sunshine Valley Garden) and Set G (Water Garden).  The kit has a bunch of wonderful sentiments and I selected Be Bold...
Altenew Artist Markers Set F and G
 

Are You Ready For Some 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 on the blog hop list below by 06/27/2021 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 06/29/2021.


Blog Hop:

 



Are You Ready To Shop?

Clematis Paint-A-Flower

Clematis Paint-A-Flower + 24 Pan Watercolor Bundle

Clematis Paint-A-Flower + 12 Pan Watercolor Bundle


I am pleased with the card and hope you like it too.

Karen

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Altenew Summer Adventure Stand-alone Dies Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, I am so excited to introduce you to some of Altenew's gorgeous new stand-alone dies!  

Die Cutting with Altenew's Tropical Leaf Mix Dies

Altenew's Tropical Leaf Mix dies are so beautiful and fun to create with!  I started by cutting a 5 1/2" square card base and then added some copper paint splatters.
Green, Gold and Copper
Next, I gathered a bunch of gel press prints and started to die-cut and arrange a leaf flower.  Once I started I realized I really liked the green panels with gold and copper.  My flower needed a center so I used the cute little star flower from Altenew's Bride To Be Layering Set.  This set makes such a lovely dimensial card.
For my next card, I die-cut leaves from a gold/copper gel print (above) and brown cardstock.  The leaves are  Altenew's new Tropical Leaf Mix dies. For the center, I again used the star flower from Altenew's Bride to Be Layering Set
Copper, Gold and Brown Metalic Gel Plate Print
I love how you can use the leaves individually or layer them.
Quick and Easy Die Cut Card
The new Peeking Leaves Cover Die is beautiful.  I selected two colors of summery cardstock and die-cut the aqua panel.  I glued the die cut to an A2 card base and used the edge of a ruler to straigthen the sides.  The sentiment is Altenew's Simply Hello Die.
Turqouise and Melon cardstock


Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/23/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/25/2021.

 

Blog Hop: 

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Vicky Papaioannou 

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

Erum Tasneem

Seeka

Nicole Watt

Simon Hurley 

Therese Calvird 

Amanda Baldwin

Tania Ahmed

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Victoria Calvin

Tenia Nelson

Colleen Balija 

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Maryam Perez 

Karen Brown                      You Are Here!

Michelle Short

Agnieszka MaƂyszek

Patricia Roebuck

Carol Hintermeier

Zinia Redo

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

Kelly Griglione

Mindy Eggen

Natasha Davies

Joylita Dsouza

Anna Mahtani

Keren Baker

Laura Bassen

Sande Woodson

Raquel Bowman

FREE GIFT PROMOTION:


Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Summer Adventure release bundles. Shop Here! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/17/2021 through 06/19/2021. Shop HERE.


READY TO SHOP?

Link To Altenew Summer Adventure Stand Alone Die Collection.


I am honored that you stopped by my blog...thank you!  If you have another moment, I would love to hear which card you like best.

Karen 



Monday, June 7, 2021

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

 

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily Layering Die Set

Hello friends!  Today is release day for  Altenew's June Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily.  I just adore each month's kit because there are so many die-cutting possibilities.  You can subscribe HERE for a specially discounted price (plus you won't miss a single kit) or you can purchase the Peruvian Lily or you can buy the Peruvian Lily + the gradient cardstock bundle.
Blue and orange gel monoprints
Each month I usually make my own paper for my craft-a-flower kit...sometimes I watercolor panels, or ink blend but this month I was in a gel print mood.  With gel prints, you never know what you are going to get so I start with colors in mind and then start printing.  These are pretty basic prints but they look so pretty when die-cut. For June I was thinking either an orange or pink bloom with a blue background so I laid out some prints.  I love the blue background...kinda Monetish and I ultimately decided on an orange and yellow lilly.  I will be using the pink panels soon.

These dies were easy to line up and the lily is big and showy.  The sentiment is one of my favorites from the  Essential Sentiment Die Set.
     

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 on the blog hop list below by 6/13/2021 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 06/15/2021.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy this month's kit as much as I have.

Karen


New Blog Site

Hello friends.  I just wanted to let you know that I have a new blog site:  Kennyscards.com I'd love for you to pop over and check it ou...