Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Altenew Mini Flan Cake

 I have a quick blog post for my two newest cards using  Altenew's Mini Flan stamp and die set.  For my first card, I used my  Large Blending Tool  to blend Sand Dunes and Mocha from  The Coffee Break Ink Cube Set onto some textured watercolor paper.  I then stamped, used water color markers and die cut the flan.  My sentiment is from new favorite  Essential Sentiment Strips.

Masculine birthday card
I used watercolor markers on my second card as well.  The sentiment is from Essential Sentiment Strips. I also added three enamel dots from the New Day set.

I am so pleased that you stopped by!

Karen



Monday, February 1, 2021

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Bellaroma Hybrid Tea Rose Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Altenew Build-A-Flower Bellaroma TeaRose Release


Hello, hello and welcome!  I am so excited to be part of  Altenew's February Build-A-Flower  Release and Blog Hop.  This month's flower is the  Bellaroma Hybrid Tea Rose and it is a real beauty.   Layering stamps are lovely, easy and fun to use and I especially enjoyed creating with this set.  Altenew has  a new Build A Flower release each month and you can subscribe HERE so you don't miss a single set.

Let's get started!  I was so inspired that I stamped and die-cut a ton of flowers!  I mass produced the flowers and leaves using two sections of two stamping platforms that I rotated through the four stations.  I have three cards in this post and will be using The Tea Rose in another post next week....please stop by to see that one too.

Yellow Rose Card

The Yellow Rose of Texas

I  live in Texas, so my inspiration for this card was "The Yellow Rose of Texas".  I wanted a dramatic background to contrast with the yellow so I used the "direct to paper" inking method.  I selected 8 different colors of ink pads in shades from turqouise to dark blue.  I rubbed each color in sections of the cardstock and I kept the middle softer and the edges darker.  At first, the background looked like a terrible mess but as you add layers it turns into a bold and complex panel.

Direct Ink to paper blue background

  As far as stamping the rose,  I experimented and found I liked a monochromatic color scheme using similar hues with this set.  The front rose has three shades of yellow.  I wanted more contrast with the background, so for the back rose I didn't stamp the base layer but chose to leave some white space.  I wanted a neutral leaf so I selected two shades of grey.

Altenew Layered Stamping rose.

I adore Altenew's Burlap Texture Die and knew it would be a striking backdrop for a single rose bud.  I wanted some contrast and variation on the die cut so I hand inked a background panel using all the colors in the Coffee Break Mini Ink Cube Set.  Be sure to let the panel dry before you die cut so you get a crisp cut.  I wanted vivid green leaves so I used The GreenValley Mini Ink Cube Set.  I used the middle two colors, Green Fields and Shadow Creek. 

Altenew Simply Hello with copper mirror card stock.

The sentiment (Simply Hello Die) is so reasonably priced and was die-cut from copper mirror cardstock.  To finish the card I added three yellow dots from New Day Enamel Dots, which I love because the set contains a beautiful variety of colors.  

Yellow Rose Altenew Card

For this card I wanted to add a pink rose as well.  I wanted a clean look so I skippped the bottom layer stamp on the two roses and leaves and I love the way it looks! 

Two Altenew Roses on a Handmade Card
The Cross Stitch Canvas Die is a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your background without distracting from the beauty of your focal point.  I added a small piece of Painted Grid Washi Tape to the top of my sentiment for a little added interest.  

Click Here to go to The Blog Hop.

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GIVEAWAY:

$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 on the blog hop list below by 02/07/2021 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 02/09/2021.


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BLOG HOP:


Altenew Card Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Jaycee Gaspar

Amanda Baldwin

Virginia Lu

Dana Joy

Yoonsun Hur

Terri Koszler

Anna Mahtani

Christine Pennington

Preeti Chandran

Seeka

Tenia Nelson

Rosie Neustaedter

Verity Biddlecombe

Karen Brown   You are here  :-)

Justine Hovey

Emily Midgett

Kelly Latevola

You should have come from Verity Biddlecombe's lovely blog  and talented Justine Hovey is next on the hop.  

I am so pleased you stopped by!  Happy Hopping!

Karen

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

WWC306 - Michelle's Challenge: All About Occasions

 

Hello and welcome.  For the The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, I've created a mixed media card for my design team project and I love the shimmer and shine it has in person.  This card was so fun to make!

My Process:

I tore three snippets of book text from a dictionary and then glued them to a card panel with gesso and a wet brush.  I used gel medium then the page and then another layer of gel medium.

I added a layer of gesso over the top and dried.

Next I added some pencil scribbles and doodles.

I dipped the panel in a combination of die ink mixed with shimmer spray.  Dried then repeated.  This gives gorgeous shine to the card.  

I heat embossed the image and sentiment and mounted on a colored A2 card base.

Supplies:

Altenew Best Mom stamp

Altenew Iridescent Shimmer Spray

Dye Ink

Gesso

Multimedia Gel

Embossing Powder

Text from a Dictionary


Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Altenew Monstera In Vase

Altenew Monstera in Vase Stamp and Die

Hello and welcome.  I just popped in for a quick post about Altenew's new mini stamp "Monstera in Vase".  This set is perfect for quick CAS cards.



Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

WWC305 - Helen's Challenge: Anything Masculine Goes


Hello!  It is the third Wednesday so we are making masculine cards here at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Helen is our hostess.   I made this card for my brother.

I used a gel press, three colors of ink  and brayer to make a blue background.  I then stenciled  over the background for a festive masculine look.

Supplies:
SSS Ring Cluster Stencil
SSS Happy Birthday Sentiment

I hope to see your card in our gallery.

Karen

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

WWC304 - Kath's Challenge: All About Occasions

 

Hello and welcome!  This is my design team card for Watercooler Wednesday's "All About Occasions" Challenge.  Kath is our hostess.

I wanted to make a mixed media card and this is the bold look I came up with.  I started by spreading gesso on the cardstock with a card.  I let it dry and then used diluted watercolors to paint my background.  After the panel was dry, I spritzed it with shimmer spray,  which gives the background a pretty sheen.  Next I stamped with the script background stamp.  I finished by heat embossing the tree.  I wanted a lot of texture so I heat embossed the tree twice. 

Supplies:
Crackerbox and Suzy Tree Whimsy Stamp
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (for script)
Gesso
Watercolor
Black Heat Embossing

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

WWC303 - Karen's Challenge: Anything Feminine Goes

 

Hello and welcome!  I am so excited to be hosting our challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday where our theme is "feminine".  I created a monochromatic vintage look card using stamps from a collection of companies.

I started by playing around with my layout and when I was happy with the look I stamped and heat embossed the images in brown on tan card stock.  I then aged the panel using mocha die ink.

This is a very different card for me, but I like the look.

Supplies:
Altenew Pinstripe (sentiment)
Pink and Main Pattern Maker
Pink Fresh Studio Scootin By
My Monthly Hero April 2017 (dress and poodle) which unfortunately is sold out.

I hope to see your card in our gallery this week.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Monday, January 4, 2021

Altenew Tall Vase

Altenew Tall Vase Stamp and Die

Hello and welcome!  Just a quick post today to spotlight this fun new Altenew mini-stamp set called Tall Vase.  This card was fast and easy to create.  A masked ink blended background with this beautiful die cut botanical image.  


Thanks for stopping by!
Karen





 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

WWC302 - Marsha's Special 3-Week Challenge


Cheers to each of you!  We are changing things up at Watercooler Wednesday and are having a three week "Anything Goes" end of year challenge.  I created a card I thought would be fun and festive for New Years.

Supplies:
  • Honey Bee Square Window Trio
  • Hand Inked Blue Background panel
  • Clearly Besotted Raise a Glass stamp
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze
We would love to see your creation in our gallery.
I am also playing along with:

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

WWC301 - Dawn's Challenge: All About Occasions

 

Don't you just love "twofer" cards?  This card is the second from a pair of mixed media thank you cards that I made.  Click here to see the first card.  I created this one for  Watercooler Wednesday's  All About Occasions Challenge and Dawn is this week's hostess.

I was wanting to make some thank you cards to use this month and thought aqua, silver and white would be festive, bright and seasonal.

My Process:
  • I glued the die-cut Altenew Mega T from my first card to a watercolor paper panel. I then painted over the top of the card with gel media.
  • I added a layer of gesso and dried.
  • I mixed Mermaid Lagoon distress ink and Shimmer Spray and painted a layer on the card.
  • I pounced some Versamark ink across the panel and silver heat embossed.
  • I mixed a more concentrated mermaid lagoon and shimmer spray combination and brushed on random areas.
  • Buffed the embossing with a baby wipe to clean up and enhance the shine.
  • I added a die cut thanks sentiment. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

WWC300 - Tristan's Challenge: Anything Feminine Goes

Hello and welcome!  There is a lot of "new" on the card that I created for this week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge.  I love ink blending and have been wanting to try Altenew's Ink Blending Tool so I recently purchased the large blender and this was my first time giving it a "go".   I was immediately impressed by how well the blender worked my background.  We are making "feminine" cards this week  so I went with some fun bright coral, pink and purple for my background.  This is a new color combination for me, but I really like it and will definitely use it again.  

A while back, I won some stamps from Crackerbox and Suzy and I wanted to use their Christmas tree, which I thought was quite girly too.  

I started my project by masking off the bottom of my card panel and then began my ink blending.  I created a crude tree mask with a post-it and  added white pigment dots with a fun stamp.  After that was dry I added the script stamp.  I didn't want the script to be uniform so I dabbed off some of the ink prior to stamping.  Last, I heat embossed the the tree.  

What is new for me on this card:

Altenew's Ink Blending Tool for the background

Crackerbox and Suzy's Christmas Tree Fancy Swirl

The Distress Ink background combo (coral, raspberry, seedless preserves)

MFT's Romantic Script (I purchased this months ago but had not used it yet)


Supplies:

Crackerbox and Suzy Christmas Tree Fancy Swirl

Altenew Large Ink Blending Tool

Altenew Pinstripe (dots)

MFT Romantic Script

Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink

Distress Ink:  Abandoned Coral, Pickled Raspberry and Seedless Preserves (Ink Blending)

Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap (background script)

Black heat embossing

Bristol Cardstock

I am also playing along with:

Allsorts: Christmas Flowers, Wreaths and Trees Challenge  I am playing along with my Christmas Tree.

Krafty Chicks All Occasions Challenge  I made a holiday card

Love to Craft December Anything Goes Challenge

I am so happy you stopped by!

Karen

Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Hello friends!   Today we’re celebrating Altenew's Majestic Bouquet  Layering Stamp release   and I have three cards to share.  This is ...