Altenew Garden Treasure - AECP All About Layering 2

Good morning friends!

Today I'm sharing the latest projects I made for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  These projects were inspired from what I learned in the All About Layering 2 class at Altenew Academy.

First let me explain a little bit about this class.  Basically, all the lessons were how to layer some of the newer Altenew layering sets. 

One thing I learned is how forgiving many of these sets are. 

While it is possible to achieve perfection on each layer, it's not always necessary because sometimes, the art is in the imperfections.  Does that make sense? 

Now, on to today's projects.

I used another all time favorite Altenew set, Garden Treasures, for these cards.   I started as I usually do by stamping several of each of the elements on cardstock, and then cutting them out.  I stuck to the color palette from the Glacier Caves ink collection.  I stamped some of the flowers starting with the lightest color, Arctic, and then I stamped some using the next lightest, Caribbean Sky.  This way, I feel I got more depth, and while the flowers all coordinated beautifully, the colors were not all the same value.  Some are darker, and some are lighter.  I experimented with different variations on the same color scheme, and I love how they turned out.  Instead of using black or just a color as my outline, I decided to stamp in Versamark and use Altenew Antique Gold Embossing Powder for my outlines.  For the smaller flowers, I just left them white, I added no color to the embossed outline.  The leaves were stamped using the Green Fields collection.  I did use the coordinating dies for cutting all of these out.

For this card, I wanted a simple, elegant backdrop for my flower arrangement.  I used the Altenew dotted scales cover die.  I probably overuse this die, its a favorite.  It's just so pretty, and such an easy, effective way to jazz up that background!

For the greeting, I simply stamped in Versamark on to a scrap of white cardstock, and embossed with Antique Gold.  I really did not want to cover much of my flowers up (they are so pretty), so I trimmed down the piece to make a simple banner to house my greeting.

I had enough flowers left over from my stamping so I made a second card.  The background here is a bit different...I first used a blending sponge to create an ombre effect using the Altenew inks (they blend like butter!)  Then I covered that with the Watercolor stripes cover die. (this is another die I use constantly, goes with everything!)  I stamped my greeting on the stripe above my floral arrangement.

Supplies Used
Altenew Stamp Sets: Garden Treasure, Beautiful Day
Altenew Coordinating dies: Garden Treasure
Altenew Cover Dies: Watercolor stripes, Dotted Scales
Altenew Ink Collections: Glacier Caves, Green Fields
Altenew Embossing Powder: Antique Gold
Embellishments: PPP Droplets

Thanks for joining me today.  I am really enjoying the classes at Altenew Academy.  While I am not a new stamper, I am finding all sorts of inspiration in these self paced classes!  I hope you enjoy my posts....if you do, please leave me a comment.  I love to hear your thoughts.



Winner! Spellbinders Blog Hop

Just popping in here to announce the winner of the $25 Gift card to Spellbinders from the Hop last week.
The winner is:

Blogger Karen Lambert said...
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May 16, 2018 at 11:23 AM

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Altenew Vintage Flowers - AECP All About Layering 1

Hi there Crafty friends!  Today is my first post as a participant in the Altenew Education Certification Program.  To say I merely "love" Altenew and their stamps would be an understatement.  I have been a stamper for a very long time, and I've also taught many stamping and scrapbooking classes over the last 20+ years.  Several years ago, I stopped stamping.  We were building a new house, life was busy, etc.  I always felt like I needed to get back to it, but I was putting it off.  I happened to be looking at YouTube for a "how to" video involving something else, and I came across a video from Jennifer McGuire showing these beautiful layered roses being made using a MISTI stamping tool.  I was mesmerized...these stamps (and that tool) were AMAZING!    By the end of the week, I had ordered both items.  It was April 2014, and I had discovered Altenew for the first time!  I really wanted the Vintage Roses set that Jennifer had used, but it seemed to be out of stock everywhere, so I ordered the Vintage Flowers set....and the rest, as they say, is history!

I thought it only fitting to use my very first Altenew stamp set for my first project in the AEC Program.


I started this card by stamping the branch included in the set on a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch Bristol Smooth cardstock. I used my MISTI stamping tool for this to get good impressions, and I stamped twice because I wanted the branch a bit darker.  Then I took the base layers of the small flowers and arranged them all over the branch, and then closed the lid of my MISTI and picked up the stamps all at one time.  I used the lightest colors on the base layers.  I arranged the top layers on the flowers, and stamped them all at one time using a darker, coordinating color from the Cherry Blossom Ink collection.  For the larger blooms, I stamped each layer out carefully on some scrap cardstock and cut them out.  I fussy cut mine, but there are coordinating dies available for this set, I just do not have them yet.

I placed my cut out blooms on the card and then took and arranged the leaf clusters on the card to see where they would look best.  I stamped all three layers of the leaves using the Green Fields ink collection.  I love the gorgeous contrast the greens give this card!  I used some foam tape to pop up my large blooms on the card, and then added a greeting in the bottom left corner.  I finished off the card with some pretty jewels as embellishments!

Supplies Used

Stamps:  Altenew Vintage Flowers and Altenew Peony Spray (sentiment)
Embellishments : Pearl White Jewels

Lastly, I really enjoyed this class.  It was a great refresher on how to use these beautiful layered sets!  I was really happy to dust off my very first Altenew set and make a pretty card!  I highly recommend any of Altenew's classes - you can click here to find out more about the Altenew Academy!

Thank you so much for joining me today!  If you like what I've done, please be sure to leave me a comment, and also click follow to see future projects as I embark on my Altenew Educator series journey.



Spellbinders May 2018 Blog Hop

Hi there crafty friends!  I'm so excited to be part of the awesome Spellbinders blog hop this month.  Today we are featuring wonderful inspiration using products from Romancing the Swirl by Becca Feeken  and Perfect Match by Debi Adams .  

You should have arrived here from the amazing Olga!  

My projects are all from Romancing the Swirl today.  I have created 5 cards from this fantastic collection.  Be sure to read all the way to the end to get the blog hop list, and also get details on a giveaway to Spellbinders!

My first card is a lacy card front using the Shapeabilities Flourished Square dies. I watercolored the flower bouquet Spellbinders die cut and then set aside.  I used the swirl die to make the card front, then added some layered Nestabilities hemstitch circles as a place to put my birthday greeting.  There are so many possibilities with this die's simply lovely!

This card features the gorgeous Shapeabilities Trefoil Crest die. I made a simple shaker card and added some rose gold sequins for this anniversary card.  I often like to take a die and frame out my shaker.  The card is simple, and elegant, and perfect for an anniversary!

There are lots of layers and details in this elegant card.  I did some inlaid die cutting using the Shapeabilities Flourished Square die set to make the center panel. I layered it with some vellum over a piece of patterned scrapbook paper.  The top layer is shimmery cardstock.  I added some pearls as the perfect embellishment. 

This simple card makes a bold statement using the Nestabilities Hemstitch Circles on a bright purple card stock panel.  I watercolored the flower die cuts from Spellbinders and added them for a simple, yet pretty touch on this friendship card. 

This last card features a bold and black swirl cut from the Shapeabilities Flourished Square dies laid over a lovely watercolor background.  I love how the black just pops against the watercolor.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I have provided links to my supplies.  The links are affiliate links, which means that if you decide that I have inspired you, and you purchase something, then I earn a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  Your support means a lot!


To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, May 20th 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes. 

I am also giving away a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders to one of my blog readers.  Please leave me a comment and I will announce a winner next Tuesday.  Please note, that the winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.