Sunday, January 20, 2019

DIY Coloring Card

Hello friends!
It is my turn to share a project with you over Altenew Card Blog.
Today's project is a DIY coloring card.
Basically, you can stamp any design to create your coloring pages for a card.
I am using Wispy Begonia Stamp/Die Bundle as my example.
As the scale is simple and smaller, it is very do-able.
 With the availability of two sets of Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers (Spring Garden and Winter Wonderland), I find myself keep reaching out for them to do quick water-coloring. The lovely Wispy Begonia Stamp/Die Bundle has simple yet intricate outline stamps. This set is perfect for any types of coloring.


 Firstly, let’s talk about the composition. When you stamp a design, it is a good idea to start with the largest and most prominent image first. I stamped the yellow Begonia with Warm Sunshine Crisp dye Ink. With the coordinating die cut piece as masks, I then stamped the leaves and another Begonia. I like to keep flower arrangement in a cluster and that is what I did here.

 I usually do the “Wet-on-Wet” approach when coloring larger images. That means I first applied tiny bit of water first, then I applied the watercolor brush colors. Once the colors mix, you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the simple water-coloring. The sentiment was stamped in Embossing Ink Pad and then embossed in Pure White Embossing Powder.

Once I finished coloring the flowers, I applied Gray color to the background. I used Halftone Stencil as a guide and added Silver Metallic Watercolor. This is a rather safe and controlled way to add some seemingly random spots to the background.  A piece of grey card stock (Celebrations 6×6 Paper Pad) and Rock Collections Enamel Dots are the right embellishment for this colorful design.


I hope today’s card makes you want to create your own watercolor cards! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wispy Begonia is a smaller stamp set and that makes it more affordable, too. 
Hope you like today's post! It will be much appreciated if you stop by Altenew Card Blog to leave me some love! You also get to be eligible for the monthly $15 Gift Certificate giveaway! 


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Another Take on Handpicked Bouquet

Hello friends!

When you know that you can't stop playing with a certain stamp set, you know it is a GOODIE.
Handpicked Bouquet is just that. 
 Handpicked Bouquet is so popular that it was sold out in major online shops.
( edited )It is now back in stock over Altenew.  
The dies are out of stock once again over Altenew. has the stamp here and die here.

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I am enamored with this set and just have one more card to share (hope you don't mind!).

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I Incorporated one of my favorite things in this design: dry-embossing with the die!
 (Coni, you will like this!)
Following the dry-embossed outlines, I colored part of the background.
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For the extra shiny touches, I applied some shine with Metallic Silver Brush Markers (from Winter Wonderland Collection). I love the sentiment from "Cake Love". It is an older stamp set, but is full of lovely images and sweet sentiment.

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 Today is the last day for getting 40% off  with this Strength Blooms Stamp/Die Bundle .

(regular price: $30, now $18)

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Altenew Educator Blog Hop

Hello friends!
I have a special blog post over Altenew Card Blog today!
I am sharing a project with Delicate Primrose Stamp/Die Bundle.
As the Coordinator of Altenew Certification Program since November 2017, I have the pleasure of working with numerous creative stampers all over the world.

I am very proud of this program as I have been working heavily and tirelessly with every step of the program, from drafting the application form to the Q & A, selection of the participants, reviewing projects and answering hundreds of e-mails. It has been a very rewarding experience. However, I do plan to step back a bit from the program to focus on other things that I didn't have time for.

Today we have a celebratory blog hop to celebrate our certified Educators.

Here is more about Altenew Educators Certification Program (AECP)?
We started this program back in December, 2017. We now have 11 ( and counting) certified Educators in such a short time. These talented and hard-working Educators started from Level 1 and worked all their way up to Level 3. They passed 3 final challenges and successfully conducted an Altenew Card-making workshop (observed by our team members). You can find out about the program here. Today we are celebrating the certified Altenew Educators with a special blog hop. There are prizes (of course), so be sure to hop along for inspiration and creative ideas.


We asked our Educators to share their "favorites". They can be the favorite card-making styles, Altenew products or favorite techniques....etc. Being the Coordinator of the AECP, I am kicking it off here with my latest favorite medium-Water-coloring! With Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers, anyone can color like a pro!


For the background, I used Metallic Silver Brush Markers from Winter Wonderland Collection. After adhering Flowing Butterfly Stencil with a piece of Washi Tape, I can easily apply the brush marker over the stencil. You can see the gorgeous metallic shine!


I colored the Primrose with a mix of colors. This is the fun part of playing with the Watercolor Brush Markers. You will be amazed how the color mix and you get the unexpected rich gorgeous colors! I used the paper from Our Family 12/12 Pattern Paper Collection for the card base.  The subtle green stripes provide just the right amount of color and interest.

I would like to mention that this Strength Blooms Stamp/Die Bundle is 40% off
Two days only!
(regular price: $30, now $18)

Please leave your comment (for a chance to win a gift certificate) over Altenew Card Blog.
My post here today is not part of the blog hop.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Quick Welcome Baby Card

Hello friends!
I find myself needing a baby card FAST...
Of all the cards that I made, there is nothing suitable---WHAT!?

It's just like the time when you never have the right dress for that one party....
You know what I am saying, right?
I set out to create a quick card and this is it!
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 I was glad that it turned out alright. 
To color the elephant, I used two brush markers from Altenew's Spring Garden (Gray) and Winter Wonderland (silver metallic) collection.
You can get the bundle here.
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 The only "fussy" part is to cut out a stamped elephant from a piece of paper and used it as mask.
The Wavy Grid Stencil is fin and easy to use.
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The Enamel Dots are the perfect embellishments for this quick baby card!
Mission accomplished.
If you like stickers and such, today's the last day for getting 15% off over Altenew.
 Shop here.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

More Ruffled Flowers!

Hello friends!
I am back with another rendition of Ruffled Flowers Stamp and Die Bundle
There was a huge shortage of Ruffle Flower Die everywhere...
This is likely one of the hottest Altenew item!
Guess what!? This Bundle is finally back in stock!
 Previously, I had shared three versions of  Ruffled Flowers...
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Like most of you, I can't get enough of this stamp set and came back for one more.
I hope you don't mind me sharing...again.

I wanted to stamp the leaves in GRAY and then came up with another card like this.

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This time I arranged the flower at the front and centered. As the flowers and leaves are so delicate, you can really arrange them however you like it.... I know, right?
If you like the colors of inks I used, please check the link at the end of this post.

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You can see that there are slight variation of dimensions. The Acetate Diecut Butterfly from Altenew enhances this design to another level---light and airy.

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Once I arranged the elements to my satisfaction, I filled up the tiny space with enamel dots and sequins and a bit of splatter!

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I know this card will make someone special (and gorgeous) very happy!

Hurry, get this Ruffled Flowers Stamp & Die Bundle  here before they are sold out again.

ONE DAY ONLY! Get a FREE NEW Pine Cone Mini Stamp Set (value $4.99) with every order from 1/15/2019 at 12:01 AM EST until 1/15/2019 at 11:59 PM EST. While supplies last! Not valid on prior purchases.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Winner Announcement---> Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Blog Hop

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback from the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Blog Hop.  Here is the announcement that you have been waiting for....
 The $20 Altenew Gift Certificate goes to......

Congratulations, Celeste! Please contact me at to claim your prize!

24 hour only!
Shop here.
The magazine is free with order!
Please know that I also have a Show & Share feature.
I would love to see what you create!
You can link it up here.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Stamp and Emboss

Hello friends!
I was in the mood for creating a winter-themed card.
Today's card is the result of that creative process.

Solid images always speak to me....
 Perhaps it's that instant gratification from simple stamping. 
Ink and stamp..... and your are done!
 That's pretty much how we got into this hobby!!?

This cling set is called "Christmas Mittens", it doesn't have to be used only around Christmas time.
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I even tried to add some hearts to the design. Notice the hearts on the mitts?
I stamped the hearts and sentiment with "Key to My Heart" .

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In between each stamping, I also did clear-embossing.
Layers and layers of Distress Oxide and then more clear-embossing.
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I also added Distress Resist in the mix in the background.
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Hope you like this wintery card!
Be sure to link up your creations with my "Show & Share".
I love to see what you come up with.
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