Altenew Beauty of the Season Stamps/Dies/ Stencils/Embossing Folders Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Lovelies!

I'm back with another blog hop post as a guest designer for Altenew! Hopefully you made it here from my mixed hero Tania Ahmed's blog and please be sure to visit Kelly Griglione's blog next.

Frankly, when I first saw the Beauty of the Season release, I was overwhelmed with all the pretty Fall goodies. I can't wait to share what I've come up with, but as always, don't forget to stay tuned for a Special Offer and Giveaway!

I have 3 cards and 2 Holiday projects to share with you today, so strap in for oodles of crafty goodness!

Card 1: True Friends are Everything

It was hard to make a choice about what to experiment with first. As usual, I am a sucker for flowers, stamp-layering and still determined to hang onto my Summer colors, so I dove head first into Positive Vibes layering stamp set.

Tip: Though I went the traditional route of the stamp layering process, I think that this set easily lends itself to coloring with markers or watercolors, if you select the flower outline image from the bundle pictured below:

Sometimes I leave stamp layering projects for days when I am feeling energetic. The thing that I love about this set though, is that the flowers are presented in a cluster and did you notice that each cluster (except the outline) is labeled A1, A2, B1, B2 etc.? This make it goof-proof in understanding the order in which to stamp the layers. If that does not thrill you, then get a load of the layering guide!

I stuck with the foliage colors from the layering guide, but went my own way for the petals! Altenew Crisp Dye Ink colors: Sea Breeze, Aqualicious (colors linked in Supplies section).

Feeling confident, I stamped two clusters and die-cut them with the accompanying Positive Vibes die that you can get as part of the above pictured bundle at a 5% discount.

A neutral card base allows such a bright bloom to stand out, so I chose grey cardstock from my stash and paired with my Altenew Dainty Swiss Dots background stamp in Silver Lake Crisp Dye Ink.

I turned my clusters horizontally and made a "flower crown" for my card. LOL

Honestly it was hard to pick from the 12 gorgeous sentiments in the Positive Vibes set, so many encouraging messages to choose from!!!

After way too much overthinking, a hefty ~1" black cardstock strip for the "True friends are Everything" sentiment finishes off this cool summery card. I hope you'll give this a whirl!

Card 2: Hello, I am here for you friend

Though I am reluctant to let go of Summer, the Grape Leaves Stamp Set brings classic Fall foliage that is hard to resist.

This set comes in a bundle (as shown) with matching stencil and dies, but for this card, I focused on the stamps first.

Tip: When my creativity needs a nudge, I find a "rainbow". Here I selected a Fall rainbow in Altenew Crisp Dye Ink colors: Midnight Violet, Vineyard Berry, Autumn Blaze, Warm Sunshine and Shadow Creek (colors linked in Supplies section).

With the rainbow idea in hand, I wanted the solid leaves to form a trail up the card from bottom left to top right. These leaves are generously-sized, so I choose a 5"x7" card base to make this idea work.

Tip: Though sometimes I can eyeball whether a card element will work, I chose to lay out the stamps on the card base, in an approximation of where they would be stamped, so that I could figure out spatially what worked.

I am especially talented at wasting paper, so this helps reduce the amount of "craft room fails". Happy that my idea should work, I got to stamping my rainbow using 5 solid leaf images.

To "increase the pretty", I then heat embossed 3 outline images in gold that overlapped with the solid grape leaves.

Adding the "Hello" sentiment in jet black finished this easy card.

Card 3: Happy Thanksgiving

Since we are friends, can I share? I am always shy and worried about my coloring. Why? Because I can be lazy and since coloring doesn't come naturally to me, I have to work a little harder, think about it, plan and test my color palettes whenever I am coloring with markers, pencils, paint, ink etc.