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Altenew Winter Essentials Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to the Winter Essential Stand-alone Dies Release and Blog Hop. Can I tell you how much I have been enjoying myself guest designer for Altenew? Hopefully, that comes through it today's projects, because each was a labor of love.

Speaking of the Hop, can you believe all the pretties you saw at Natalie DeSousa's blog?Remember, after you get through my 3 projects today, please head over to see what gorgeousness Amber Rain Davis is up to.

Don't forget to comment so that you can be eligible to win the Giveaway. Stay with me for details!

Of course, I was all over the flowers in this release. Each project is a tiny bit (ok, maybe very) floraI. LOL! But get a load of these dies and you will see why:

Shall we get to the projects?

Project 1- Nana's Embellished Photo Frame

I grew up with a garden abundant with flowers that my grandmother (Nana) loved.

When I saw the Layering Guide for the Watercolor Garden Dies Set, I was immediately reminded of her liking for lavender color and inspired to use that exact color palette and make a photo frame for a favorite picture of her.

Featured Supplies:

Key Techniques:

  1. Paint wooden frame with white paint and set aside to dry.

  2. Diecut the letters you need for the picture frame.

  3. Diecut your flower and leaf layers using the Layering Guide.

  4. Use the 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen to assemble for flowers and leaves.

  5. Adhere the assembled flowers and leaves to the dry white picture frame using the hot glue gun.

  6. Adhere the letters to the frame.

This is a perfect project to do while binge-watching your favorite show. I have a major thing for K-Dramas! (K=Korean).

Tip: One of the many things that I love about the Watercolor Garden Die Set is that the dies are organized into groups (see image below) that align with a particular layer/color of the layering set and fit perfectly with the Gradient Cardstock sizes.

This makes die-cutting a breeze and saves paper! See second row of images in Grid below:

Once assembled with the help of my new handy 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen, they are almost too pretty to touch!

Time to get all that pretty on a frame.

This special photo is going on the console table at the front door, so I can see it every time I walk by.

I hope that you will try this out for your special memories.

Project 2 - Grateful for You Gatefold Card

I almost got through this card without stamping anything (almost)!

Featured Supplies:

Key Techniques:

  1. Score 7"x10" Kraft Cardstock at 2.5" and 7.5" along the 10" side to create the gatefold.

  2. Using watermark ink, stamp the front of the gatefold with the floral image from the Delicate Bouquet stamp set.

  3. Diecut the Sentiment Strip "Grateful for You" and the Lacy Panel from yellow and white cardstock respectively.

  4. Diecut your flower and leaf layers using the Layering Guide.

  5. Use the 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen to assemble for flowers and leaves.

  6. Adhere the lacy panel diecut and assembled flowers and leaves to the interior and exterior of the gatefold card base using the 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen.

Note: In the images below, I diecut the flowers in shades of pink because I was not sure of what color scheme I wanted to use for this project. I ended up choosing the blue and now have extras ready for another adventure!

There is a lot of fancy here, inside and out...I mean, if you like that kind of thing! LOL

This is a beautiful way to say thank you to someone special to you. I can't wait to get this one in the mail!

Project 3 - Happy Holidays Card

I think that you can agree that these are "Essentials" that you should add to your crafting collection, but if you are wondering where the "Winter" is...

Featured Supplies:

Key Techniques:

  1. Emboss 4" x 5.5" White Cardstock using the 3D Embossing Folder to create the card front.

  2. Die-cut the "Happy Holidays" sentiment in black and silver cardstock.

  3. Cut a 0.5" strip of black/white patterned cardstock for the edge of your card base.

  4. Adhere the sentiment diecuts to the embossed white card front using the 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen and assemble the card.

After 2 projects that required a lazy afternoon, as you can see, this last one is unbelievably quick and easy. Also, if you really want to see the 2 in 1 Glue Pen shine, using it on the delicate sentiment die-cut is the moment.

I could make a stack of Holiday cards if they are all this easy!

I know you want to go shopping, but don't forget to check out the Giveaway and Special Offer details below and keep hopping for more inspiration!

Giveaway Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/25/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/27/2020.

Special Offer:

To celebrate this release, we are offering a free gift for a limited time. You are encouraged to include the promotion info on your blog hop post. I’ll add promotion banners HERE by 10/06/2020. 

  • Receive a FREE Gift (brand new Winter Essentials release mini inspiration guide) with every order from 10/19/2020 at 12:01 am EDT until 10/21/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last. Shop here --> The free gift will be added to cart automatically. *Not valid on online class, workshop, print media orders. 

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Be sure to hop along and get inspired by the work of these fabulous designers:


I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. All products were personally purchased, except most dies and the Glue Pen, which were received from Altenew as part of my Guest Designer package. I was not paid to do this post and love the products that I share. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with Altenew.


I think the frame is great, and a creative use of the release! I was just “introduced” to you the other day when I stumbled on your craft room / storage video. You seem like such a lovely soul, and your creativity is inspiring!


You are very talented - love all your ideas. The Nana photo frame is so special and I am sure your Nana thinks so too. The beautiful white embossed holiday card would look lovely as a Wedding card too with a different sentiment of course. I like what you have done with the new dies from Altenew and the way you set out the die cuts before using them so we can see how to put them all together. Thank you for sharing :)


Oct 23, 2020

what a beautiful way to honor your grandmother. and love the white on white card


Oct 23, 2020

Beautiful frame and cards! Awesome new dies!


You are amazing! Lovely floral frame and what a beautiful touch to put those layered flowers inside your thank you card. Thanks for all the details on how you made each project. Beyond impressed and so thankful!

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