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