Altenew 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello there! I’m super excited to join Altenew today for their Anniversary blog hop! I can’t believe they are already three years old! Do you still remember when they first came up with multi-layering stamps? They totally blew my mind off and I’ve loved them to this very day!
I have missed crafting so so much! During my “absence”, I’ve been collecting different inspirations from artists. I really enjoy trying new things and I never get tired of finding new techniques and styles! Hopefully my cards today will inspire you too!

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For my first card, I’ve created a romantic watercolor card using the Remember This Stamp Set. I first stamped the outlines of flowers and leaves with Antique Linen distress ink on Arches cold press watercolor paper. Then, I slowly watercolored the images with my Schmincke watercolor palette, I have used shades of peach, pink, oranges, red and green in my flowers to bring variations. To add even more depth to the flowers, I used my Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils to darken parts of my shading. During coloring, I didn’t follow the line of each petal so I ended up altering the floral images a bit. You can see all the stamens are gone! I really like this process because it made me feel so free and creative!

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For the background, I did a soft wash with Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick distress inks. Then, I die cut out the panel with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set. For the sentiment, I used the same green paint to watercolor a strip of paper. Then, I white heat embossed the loving sentiment from Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set. To finish, I simply mounted the whole panel on Simon Says Stamp Fog card base with foam tape.

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For my second card, I did a completely different style with Spring colors. I wanted my card to have a more cartoony style. So I altered the style of the Amazing You Stamp Set. I did it by stamping the images using a light ink, then using the outline as a guide, I doodled in the flowers with a Sepia Copic Multi-liner. I’ve added in folds and dots to make the flowers more cute and cartoony. Then, I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

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To complement the cute flowers, I painted a simple Spring scene with my Copic markers for the background. I scribbled in some grasses and added in some small dots to indicate wind movement. I left out a lot of details in the background because I didn’t want to distract from the flowers. Turns out I really love this style! I can feel the warm breeze by looking at it!

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To finish, I framed the scene with some White Wood paper and foam tape, added the sentiment (from Bejeweled Stamp Set), and embellished with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I have used a mix of colored sequins from Sunshine Glow 4mm, Wisteria Blossoms Mix, Holiday Shimmer Mix and Clear Sparkling Mix.

Special Offer:

Altenew is offering FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY3RD or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIVERSARY at checkout. This offer is valid from April 11th through April 16th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Prizes:

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Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 10 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 15 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the participating blogs and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 28th, 2017.

Your next stop is the Simon Says Stamp blog! Enjoy your hop and I will see you next time!

Supplies:

  1. Altenew Remember This Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Altenew Amazing You Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. Altenew Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Altenew Bejeweled Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Altenew White Wood Paper: Altenew
  6. MISTI Stamping Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Arches Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  9. Simon Says Stamp Wood Grain Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  10. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Dick Blick
  11. Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils 36 Set: Dick Blick
  12. Copic Markers: Ellen Hutson
  13. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  14. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  17. Pretty Pink Posh Wisteria Blossoms Mix: Simon Says Stamp
  18. Ranger Perfect Pearl Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  19. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  25. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Pretty Pink Posh – Birdies in Stocking

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Hello friends! Today I am sharing my last card for Pretty Pink Posh this year. I am very into drawing lately so I figured why not combine drawing with stamping?! To start, I picked something relatively easy to draw i.e. Christmas stocking and I stuffed some birdies into it  🙂

Here is a close-up of my card. Please head over to the Pretty Pink Posh blog for more details!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies:

  1. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. My Favorite Things Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Copic Multiliner SP 0.03 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Scissors: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Antique Linen Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Tea Dye Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  19. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Pretty Pink Posh – Birdie Ornaments

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Hello friends! Today I have a set of Christmas ornaments to share with you using various stamps and dies from Pretty Pink Posh.

There are various birdie images from Pretty Pink Posh and I thought I could make them into different characters on my ornaments. I am inspired by my friend Melania’s pastel color palette and I wanted to try it on my project, adding my own touches such as twine, ribbon and jingle bells 🙂

Here is a close-up of my ornaments. Please head over to the Pretty Pink Posh blog for more details!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies:

  1. Pretty Pink Posh STAMPtember Winter Bird Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp
  2. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Pretty Pink Posh Fox Friends Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Pretty Pink Posh Fox Friends Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wonderland Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wonderland Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Sparkling Clear Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Pretty Pink Posh 3mm Sparkling Clear Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Altenew Frosty Pink Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Altenew Coral Berry Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Altenew Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Altenew Sea Glass Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Altenew Mango Smoothie Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  26. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  27. Natural Twine: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  28. Jingle Bells: Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Card Design & Black Friday Sales

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Hello sweet friends! I hope you are having a fantastic Thankgsiving! My hubby and I are spending the holidays in Vancouver this year because I was too lazy to cook. Seriously… The two of us could never finish a whole turkey! So, we are currently escaping our national holiday by fleeing the country LOL!!

For me, the weekend after Thanksgiving is always a wake up call to really speed up my Christmas cardmaking. I did start early this year (like September) but I still don’t have enough cards. Talk about efficiency lol. In order to catch up, my plan is to have one design then mass produce it until I meet my goal  🙂

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Here is my design this year. I have mixed supplies from two of my favorite companies – My Favorite Things and Mama Elephant. I have incorporated so many techniques in this card – shaker, die cut inlay, die cut surgery, ink blending, Copic coloring, heat embossing… Basically I included everything I love about cardmaking on this design and I love it!

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  1. Stamp images from Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Stamp Set in black. Color with Copic markers. Add highlight details with white gel pen
  2. Die cut a watercolor paper with MFT Die-namics Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up. Trim away some of the top slopes to free up a big space for our shaker. Ink blend on the two bottom slope panels with Altenew Frayed Leaf and Coral Berry ink
  3. For the background, I blended with Altenew Mango Smoothie ink and white heat emboss some snowflakes from MFT Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set
  4. Assemble the shaker by adhering the frame onto an acetate sheet, inlay the bottom 2 slope panels. Fill up the shaker with Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Purely Peppermint Sequins and PPP 3mm Sparkling Clear sequins. Seal with foam tape
  5. Mount the sheep with foam tape and add some snowflake die cuts from MFT Die-namics Stylish Snowflakes to finish

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What do you think of my card? I think it is very important to have a design that I love very much because I am going to make the same card for 20-30 times without hating it, right? If you are looking for more holiday card inspirations, click here to see my earlier designs this year.

Many crafting companies are having amazing sales RIGHT NOW until Monday! Below are some deals from two of my favorite stores:
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Simon Says Stamp is having a site-wide sale today (Nov 24) through tomorrow (Nov 25). All products are 15% off with the code SSSBFS.

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Ellen Hutson is celebrating their 10th anniversary and they are having a huge sale between Nov 25 (Friday) and Nov 28 (Monday). Now would be a great time to do some Christmas crafty shopping and to purchase the things you have always wanted! The discount code early2016 is valid 12:00-9:00am PST!

During Black Friday, I like to order big ticket items or items that are usually not on sale. Here are some of my personal favorite picks! They would make amazing Christmas gifts for yourself or your loved ones  🙂

1_305864_zm1. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor, 36 Color Set – My personal favorite watercolor set. The paints are absolutely beautiful and creamy. I highly recommend it. See here, here and here for some of my card samples using this watercolor set. Available on sale at Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

2. Copic Marker Florals 2 Kit & Copic Marker Pale Pastel Kit – You guys know I love Copic markers and my favorite ones are the pastel ones. With the Copic shortage still going on, it is really hard to purchase those colors alone. So purchasing a set now when it is on sale would be a good time. See here, here and here for my cards using Copic. These two sets are available at here and here.

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3. Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads – Distress inks are my favorite inks for ink blending and various other techniques e.g. watercoloring, faux watercoloring, ink smooching, etc. Card samples herehere and here. Full set available at Simon Says Stamp. Individual sets available at Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

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4. Distress Marker Set – If you love watercoloring with distress inks and want to upgrade your collection, I’d recommend looking at the distress markers. Apply the marker directly on your image first, then dilute with a water brush. This would create a more intense look but still have a watercolor look. Full set available here.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy holidays!

Supplies:

  1. Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Die-namics Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up: My Favorite Things
  5. My Favorite Things Die-namics Stylish Snowflakes: My Favorite Things
  6. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Altenew Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Altenew Coral Berry Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Altenew Mango Smoothie Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Purely Peppermint Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh 3mm Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Acetate Sheet: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  22. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  24. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

My Favorite Things – I’m Yeti for Christmas

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Hello friends! Today I’d like to share with you my yeti card. I finally have time to play with the BB Beast Friends Stamp Set designed by Torico! I’m telling you, this set has to be the best holiday stamp set this year! OMG I can’t even!!!

Today’s card has a lot of white on it. I figured I haven’t made such a card for a long time. I went for a traditional Christmas color scheme, but jazzed it up with the big shaker and lots of sequins 🙂

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Here is how I made my card:

  1. Die cut a watercolor paper with Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces. Stamp some Christmas trees with Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen dye inks. Add white watercolor splatters and Perfect Pearl solution all over the trees
  2. Assemble the shaker portion with Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Card Stock, acetate, foam tape and Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I have used Gold Star Sequins, Sparkling Clear Mix and Holiday Shimmer Mix. I added a lot of sequins because the shaker is quite big
  3. Stamp the yeti with Copic friendly ink. I have used Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Color with Copic markers. Die out out using the coordinating die. Mount onto the card front with foam tape
  4. Finally, embellish with some PPP sequins (Gold Star sequins, Holiday Shimmer Mix and Iridescent Mini Star Confetti

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I haven’t crafted for a long time so I felt awesome after making this card today. Crafting does solve all the problems in the world lol! Thanks for stopping by! I will see you next time!

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things BB Beast Friends Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things BB Beast Friends Die-namics: My Favorite Things
  3. My Favorite Things Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Oh Christmas Trees Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  5. Altenew Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Altenew Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Altenew Evergreen Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes – Green Fields: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Pretty Pink Posh Gold Star Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Mini Star Confetti: Simon Says Stamp
  14. Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  15. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Perfect Pearl Pigment Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Acetate Sheet: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  21. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  23. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp