Friday, June 04, 2021

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


Welcome to the Altenew Adventures Ahead Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Collection Release Blog Hop and Giveaway!  You should be coming from the blog of the talented Reiko Tsuchida.  As with all of Altenew's releases, lots of inspiration and giveaways, details below!

I found inspiration with all of the products, and I think one of my top favorites are the Polka Dot Buds Layering Stencil and the Spectacular Adventures Stamp and Die.  For this first project, I used the stencil in a different way than intended with a bokeh, ombre background look.  I used the Spectacular Adventures die with the new Evening Skyline Washi, then used the stamp set for the sentiment. 

The next card, I used the same products, but used the stencil as intended, then used the Spectacular Adventures Stamp to create a vintage looking background while also sponging areas of the background with black ink.  To continue the vintage look, I tore pattern paper from the new Dreamy Sunset 6x6 Paper Pack.  

I used a pale great for stamping the image and the same blue ink from the background for the center to layer over the sunglasses.  I used the coordinating die to cut it out and a piece of foam to give my shades some dimension.

I love cards, but I can always find ways to use Altenew products with scrapbooking.  This is a project I started awhile back with Altenew's Scrapbooking collections for all of the years my daughter has been in ballet.  For this project I used Stellar Layering Stamp Set, Stellar Die Set, Stellar Background Stencil, Rainbow Blots 6x6 Paper Pack, Color Bands Die Set, and Mountain Builder Die Set.

I first cut out several pieces using the Color Bands Die Set with the Rainbow Blots 6x6 Paper Pack.  I layered these over trimmed down squares, and a stamped planet/circle using coordinating die on a couple of the squares.  I used the planned with the rings and coordinating die to create the gorgeous Saturn to connect my grid together and create balance.  I finished with a sentiment from the stamp set, and a few more stamped and die cut pieces along the edges.

The right side, I created a pocket!  I was playing with the new Montain Builder Die Set to see how I would want to layer pieces, and discovered I really liked the long mountain edge dies to create a pocket.  After cutting and trimming it, I just sewed it to a cardstock background, lined the inside with more of the Rainbow Blots 6x6 Paper back, then filled with my photos.  For the outside of the pocket, I used the Stellar Background Stencil, Color Bands Die Set, and a sentiment from the stamp.  The chipboard letters are from the Altenew Wildflower collection.

Another stamp, stencil, and die set perfect for scrapbooking is Let's Go.  I used a combination of the stencil with the stamping to create my image on the vellum piece on the left.

The coordinating die comes with two different circles, on that will cut around the circle, and another that cuts around an gives you this border piece to layer over it.  I used just that piece for my stenciled and stamped image and then for a bold look stamped the sentiment in black in.  For the bottom I used the Dreamy Sunset 6x6 paper pack and the Mountain Builder Die Set to create my layers and added all of this directly to my large photo.  FYI:  the bottom of the vellum, I used another mountain edge die from the builder set.

I decided to offset my circled photos to continue with the circle design, die cutting, stamping and stenciling on the right.  Once placed, I added my journaling, then adhered into place.

Now for the details of the inspiration and giveaways:

Altenew is running 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!

 And there are more giveaways...$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.

Good Luck with the giveaways, enjoy the freebies, and hope you find insiriatoin as I have with this new release. Here's the full blog hop list for more beautiful projects! Your next stop from my blog is the talented Mindy Eggen.

Altenew Blog

Terri Koszler

Erum Tasneem

Jenny Colacicco

Norine Borys

Vicky Papaioannou

Jaycee Gaspar


Amber Rain Davis

Erin Thompson

Tenia Nelson

Natasha Davies

Bridget Casey

Karen Brown

Laurie Willison

Kelly Griglione

Agnieszka MaƂyszek


Lilith Eeckels

Maryam Perez

Carol Hintermeier

Therese Calvird

Amanda Baldwin

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett

Raquel Bowman

Sande Woodson

Nicole Watt

Anna Mahtani

Virginia Lu

Sandhya Iyer

Michelle Short

Nathalie DeSousa

Keren Baker

Reiko Tsuchida

Patricia Roebuck

Mindy Eggen

Kymona Tracey

Laura Bassen

Tania Ahmed

Zinia Redo

Vicki Finger

Joylita Dsouza

Preeti Chandran

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Elle's Studio | May Kit + Extras | Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters


I think this might be my favorite project using the May Kit and Extras, not just because of the amazing products released, but the memory as well.  For this left side, I created a grid using a trimmed piece of the new Good Times Paper Stack papers for my typed journaling.  Next to it, I didn't use a card, but created an illusion of one filling the space with the new puffy stickers and heart veneers, then giving it a border with the new labels and stickers.

Continuing with the grid but filling up the bottom half, I used the lined image from the new Fun with Borders Stamp in different ink colors to create a first layer.  I didn't stamp hard, and ghosted my stamping so you can tell it is there but a good balance to the rest of the page.  All I had left to do was use new stickers and cork to continue that horizontal line design.

This right side idea is what first had me inspired, specifically the new May labels.  All I did was trim them in half to adhere on either side of my photo I trimmed down to fit, then used the new dies, kit die cuts, stamps, stickers, labels to go around the photo.

Hard to pick favorite products from this release, but those dies and those sticker acetate letters are just amazing!

Hope you have enjoyed the release and grabbed the kit and/or extras!

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Friday, May 21, 2021

JustNick Studio | A Whole New World | Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters

Hello!  I'm back on the JustNick Studio blog using the brand new Through the Looking Glass and Spring Floras 3 along with the Spring Florals 2 released last month.

I loved the look of this cut file as soon as I saw it.  I cut it from black cardstock.  I really wanted it to be a bold contrast with the pattern papers I backed it with.  I used similar colors to back the florals as well.

To add my journaling, I trimmed a piece of vellum strip, typed my journaling with typewriter, and then stapled it across the page.

I knew I wanted a big photo on the left and this one of my daughter videoing flying went so well with this.  I used more pattern paper on this side with similar colors to balance the right side, and then added stickers and embellishments directly to the photo.

I cut this and layered it on the right, but using it as is would also be just as amazing for your next project!

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Elle's Studio | May Kit + Extras | Memory Planner | Video

Hello Friends!  I hope Spring has official come to your part of the world, enjoying some outside time, and getting in some scrapbooking time as well.  I'm still enjoying doing the Memory Planner using the Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters inserts.  With this or any documenting, I just don't ever worry about being behind, as long as I take photos, organize them to where I can find them and then document when I can.  I'm using the new May kit and amazing extras to document this week in January.  I have a quick video with just music showing the process at the end of the post.

With this release, Elle's Studio brings us dies that can be used for borders!!!  I about died when I saw them.  I cut several using the new Good Times Paper Stack papers using the kraft colored pattern paper.  I knew I wanted consistency in the spread and an easy way to add pops of color with more paper, stamping, labels, and die cuts from the May kit.  For my journaling on this side, I trimmed a piece of pattern paper from the Good Times Paper Stack and typed my journaling on it with a typewriter.

I like to play around with different designs but I always go by how many photos I have.  I knew only two on the left, and then I printed the ones on the right smaller to fill in and make my grid.

This week brought sad news of a favorite uncle passing due to COVID.  Since my video just has music, wanted to share that even when you get stickers crooked like I did on the photo of him, I was able to camouflage it a bit by using kit die cuts and a sticker to help.

The May kit and extras made this come together so easily and perfect for my daily life and remember loved ones no longer with us.

And here's my quick video with just music to show the process of this coming together.  You can watch the HD video on YouTube here or below.  Thanks so much!!

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Sunday, May 09, 2021

Citrus Twist Kits | Sunday Sketch | Life Crated Album

 Hello!  I'm on the Citrus Twist Kits blog this Mother's Day Sunday with Sunday Sketch using the May Add-On in the Life Crafted Album.  The kit is sold out, so hope you got it, it is gorgeous!!!!

As soon as I saw the sketch, I see the vertical and all of those wonderful layers.  So I grabbed a few sheets of the pattern paper from the kit and just starting randomly trimming them and then layering them.

I started with the background being the cream colored cardstock from the kit, then just placed my cuts of pattern paper to see how I liked them focusing on the less busier pattern paper to be on the top.  

To add a mix of layering effect, I added a large die cut from the kit under my photo.  It coordinates with the papers I chose, but it also brings a balance of small, busy, and simple pattern papers, bringing the eye right to that area by the photo.  I love the pattern paper with the strips of phrases, so I trimmed those to stitch the left of my layering, as inspired by the sketch.  Continuing with the sketch inspiration, I added smaller die cuts to the right and left of the photo.  For another layer of texture and a pop of color, I used one of the chipboard pieces and used one of the May Cut Files from the green cardstock from the kit.  The pops of color work great with the neutral background.

For the right side, I chose the 3x4 pockets, and just trimmed more pattern paper to fit, then added a die cut over it.  I loved the 'a few of my favorite things' die cut, but it was too large, so I just stitched it to the outside along the middle of these two pockets.

I trimmed more pattern paper that is more solid and less of a pattern, then layered a torn piece of vellum over it to add my typed journaling.

Gorgeous kit!  So vintage, but modern.  Hope you grabbed one of these before they sold out.

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Friday, May 07, 2021

JustNick Studio | Details | Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters

Hello!  I'm on the JustNick Studio blog with a new amazing cut file called Optical Illusion 2!  I had to give this cut file a try.  As soon as I saw this cut file, I had to use it.  At first I thought I would use it as a mask only, but I really wanted this cut file to pop.  I used the new Wildflower collection of pattern papers from Altenew for this.  Love those bold colors!

Starting with the larger part of the cut file, I backed with all of the same color of green pattern paper.  Then layered this over more pattern paper and trimmed it down to fit just on the left side.

I used foam alphabet stickers to fill some of the circles with what the story is about, and then used a foam black 'details' sticker right in the center.  I really wanted as much of this cut file to show and these foam stickers were perfect.

I wanted a little more color on the right side, so I used the smaller part of the cut file that I trimmed as a stencil, moving it around to fill the page using green and pink ink.

I pulled out my stash of bows to dot around as well as using more of the green pattern paper from the left to balance and then used flower die cuts under my photo.  

Amazing cut file!  Hope you give this a try in your next project!

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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Elle's Studio | April Digitals | Life Crafted Album

Hello!  I am on the Elle's Studio blog today to show you ways to stretch the use of the April digitals.  For these techniques, I use an older version Photoshop Elements, but you can use what software you have that will work the same or similar.  Here’s how I used the digitals in my traveler’s notebook.

Supplies | Adventure Printables, Smile Cardstock Die Cuts, Puffy Adventure Label Stickers, Acetate Heart Stickers, April Cut Files, Mini Dated Extras Stamp

To start, I opened a blank page in letter-size 8.5x11 in Photoshop Elements, then opened the Adventure Journaling Tags 01.  I dragged the tag to my blank page, turned it landscape, then continued to drag as many tags, turning each one to landscape, and dragging each one to cover up the white label in the tag until it covers the width of my blank page,   Next, I open the PNG of the cut file ‘the story,’ and changed the color of this by using the paint bucket tool, then dragging it on top of my new pattern paper background.  

Now I can print this page, trim it to fit, then add journaling, Smile Cardstock Diecuts, and Acetate Heart Stickers.

To start my tag on the right side, I open the PNG file for the camera cut file.  I want to change this black camera to the new pattern paper I created from the Adventure Journaling Tags 01.  To do this, with the PNG camera file open, I click on the Magic Wand Tool and click on the background (not the camera) of the PNG camera file.  Now I can drag my new pattern paper background to it, hit delete then ESC.  Next, I drag and this camera to the Adventure Journaling Tags 02, print, and then trim the tag for my pocket.

I finish this card with an Acetate Heart Sticker and a Puffy Adventure Label Sticker.

Very simple effect, but really great ways to stretch the use of the Elle’s Studio digital files and use them in different ways.  Hope you give this a try in software you have that may do the same or similar techniques, or come up with another idea inspired by these!  Have fun getting digital!

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