Friday, June 4, 2021

Altenew Adventures Ahead Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello!  I was so excited and inspired by Altenew's June Adventures Ahead Stamp and Die Collection that I created 8 cards!  So many ideas!

Die Cutting With Scraps

Altenew's Color Bands dies are wonderful and at a great price point!  If you like to die-cut there are endless possibilites....I found them so addiciting!  For this first card, I used brightly colored scraps of gel press prints.  My inspiration was gum drops and I die cut 14 rainbow hued "gum drops" and adhered them to my card with foam tape.  I crafted my slimline card using the Nesting Slim Rectangles Die Set.  

Rainbow Gel Press monoprint card.Die Cutting With Gel Press Prints

I wanted rainbow colors for my "squiggles" card also.  I used the same Color Bands Dies as above.
Squiggle free form die cut card.
I selected an assortment of simple gel press prints and started die cutting.   I took a quick photo (below) of the print assortment I started with. I wanted lots of beautiful white space so I again used Altenew's Nesting Slim Rectangle Dies  to make another slimline card.

3D Embossing Gel Press Prints

I don't think I can ever have too many brick elements to craft with so I was very excited about Altenew's new Brick Wall 3D Embossing Folder.  For this card I took a gel press print and ran it through my embossing machine. I think  this panel makes a beautiful background for my two Cosmos Die Cut Flowers.
Turquoise gel press print

Vintage Feel Scene Card

 I was captivated by the new Seas The Day stamp and die bundle.  I love a good scene card and thought it would be fun to create a vignette of a girl watching a boat race.  I went with an off-white vintage feel and  made two of for my daughter and one to go with a graduation gift.  And, don't you just love those animated Pelicans!
Cream, Yellow and Pink

Four Quick and Easy Cards

I came up with an idea for a quick and easy masculine card.  The lines on the  Seas The Day sailboat are just beautiful and I thought a "blueprint look" would be very striking.  I stamped the boat with Saphire from the Glacier Caves mini ink cube set.  I then hand inked an accent panel and sentiment strip with the same Saphire ink and Altenew's Large Blending Tool and set this behind the sailboat to frame the top panel.  I like the coordinating saphire sentiment band (Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips).  Very easy, very striking and very masculine...a winning combination.

Altenew Saphire Blue

It is graduation season so my last three cards are for the graduate.  The detail on the Feathered Friends  dies is beautiful!  I die cut three from cardstock and then popped them on a white  Brick Wall 3D Embossing Folder panel and added a die-cut Essential Sentiment Strips sentiment.

Melon, yellow and green
These next two cards came together very quickly!  The backgrounds are from the Rainbow Blots 6x6" Paper Pack which is filled with gorgeous papers with highly saturated color.  These packs are at a great price point and with 24 sheets, you can make loads of projects.
Using the Rainbow Blots paper pack, I trimmed down two panels and then die cut two sets of sentiments using Altenew's new Reach For The Stars die.  This sentiment definitely makes a statement!
Blue, violet and black
I am sending these two cards with graduation gifts.
Multi color

Are You Ready For Some 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 06/09/2021 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 06/11/2021.

You've probably just seen Bridget Casey's lovely projects and you will love Laurie Willison's post.


Altenew Card Blog

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco 

Jaycee Gaspar

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu


Laurie Willison

Michelle Short

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Tenia Nelson

Amanda Baldwin

Maryam Perez 

Carol Hintermeier

Terri Koszler


Keren Baker

Verity Biddlecombe

Karen Brown

Victoria Calvin 

Preeti Chandran

Joylita Dsouza

Sande Woodson

Natasha Davies

Anna Mahtani

Are You Ready to Shop?  Free Gift Oportunities:


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 Adventures Ahead Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Exotic Garden release bundles.  SHOP HERE! *Exclusions apply.

·  Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Adventures Ahead release collection from 6/04/2021 through 6/10/2021. SHOP HERE

·  Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/04/2021 through 06/06/2021. Shop HERE!

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.



  1. These cards are all spectacular! I don't know which I like most!

  2. Love these cards, very pretty

  3. What a wonderful variety of cards you've made. Love the cute use of scraps on the card made with the Color Bands set.

  4. Fabulous cards, love your colors.

  5. My favorite is the Proud of you/ Feathered Friends card. It is CAS and pretty.

  6. i like how you used the new background paper for your cards! your the first blogger that I've seen to use the new papers! Such pretty cards!

  7. I love the boat scenes...I am drawn to them on every single blog on this hop....wonderful

  8. Love those 3d brick backgrounds.

  9. The rainbow colors are awesome! LOVE the birds!

  10. The gel press backgrounds are great! So easy to make too! I love the gumdrops and the rainbow birds!

  11. Amazing cards. I especially love the 2 rainbow ones - such a unique design.

  12. Wow, awesome cards. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the 2nd card was Gum Drops!

  13. Nice card shares. I like the backgrounds created.

  14. Loving all of your brightly colored cards. Fabulous inspiration!!

  15. Beautiful cards! Love the designs you made with the Color Bands dies!

  16. I especially like the card with the three birds on it. Very colorful!

  17. what fun cards - love the first one - so innovative

  18. I love your cards!!!! Super creative!!!

  19. Amazing cards! You've done a great job showcasing this fantastic release.

  20. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I'd go with the cosmos card. Love the dramatic brick background!

  21. Excellent! I love the diverse styles in your cards and each one is a gem.

  22. Karen, you displayed a beautiful variety of cards for this release. I love something about every card. The trio of bright birds against the 3D brick wall is so pleasing to the eye.

  23. The three birds are my favorite. I am honored that you invited us into your space to view these lovely cards. Loved the Gel press technique and the brick embossing folder is one of my must haves from this release. Thanks for the journey through those lovey cards.

  24. Wow! All of your cards are gorgeous! I love the CAS look of the bird card! The birds really pop against the white brick background!

  25. Your cards are so cute. Love them❣️

  26. Awesome cards! My favorites are the vintage seas the day card- so reminds me of days at the beach! And the gel press brick background is so cool.

  27. Oh my goodness....I love them all! I didn't even need to read the first bit to know the first card that they were inspired by gumdrops! They totally remind me of gumdrop cookies my mother used to make when I was a little girl...such wonderful memories. Thank you for that :) And that inkblot rainbow paper is AMAZING!!! OMG....that is definitely on my must have list!

  28. Those gel press designs are incredible, and win-win to use it with an embossing folder! Looks amazing 🤩

  29. Brilliant cards Karen! I love them all but the simple sailing boat cards are striking!!I just bought a gel press so I can play along creating these fun backgrounds!! Thanks for the great inspiration. Stay safe! :)


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