I am a card designer and paper artist who loves creating cards and paper projects. I enjoy learning new techniques and sharing ideas with friends. I am now a Certified Altenew Educator having successfully completed all leveled lessons /challenges and teaching a Zoom virtual workshop. Take a look at my Instagram posts of my paper projects. My favorite color in case you wanted to know is- Glitter!
MARCH 2023 COLOR CHALLENGE- A MIX OF GREEN AND STONE COLORS
The March 2023 is all about the green and stone colors inspired by the photo included in the new Altenew Inspiration Challenge. Here are the cards that I created using the color combination for the Challenge.
I created four cards using an easy card technique using one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white card stock. I used the Altenew Linear Stencil and several Altenew mini ink cubes in shades of green and a beige distress ink pad. I centered the stencil to the middle of the paper and began inking using the darkest green ink cube using a foam blending pad. Next I added the lighter ink color and working to the edge of the stencil I used the light brown ink. I then moved the stencil to a corner and repeated the same inking color combo. Then I repeated the same for the remaining three corners. Last I cut the stenciled paper into four sections, highlighting the middle inked stencil and then a corner. Using extra inked paper I cut two banners and stamped the sentiments from the Altenew Paint A Flower: Waterlily Dahlia Outline Stamp set- thanks for everything and take care always.
I trimmed and die cut each of the four sections for two A2 cards. I edged the card front with Altenew’s narrow gold foil washi tape to create the look of shiny gold paper backgound. Extra paper pieces were used to create the two die cut banners and the stamped sentiment. Change the colors for the inking and you have a totally different look.
Hello and welcome! Altenew is giving away $300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenewis giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner and a $20 gift certificate to ten winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blogand or for each designer’s Blog post. The complete Blog hop list is listed below and leave a comment by December 25, 2022 for a chance to win!
Altenewwill draw ten random winners from the comments left on each stop of this Blog hop and announce the winners on theAltenew Winners Pageon December 27, 2022.
NEW CARDS AND NEW TECHNIQUES
The new release stamps and coordinating dies and embossing folders showcase the beautiful new stamps. Here are the cards I created using the new stamps and materials.
TECHNIQUES AND SUPPLIES
Creating these cards that showcase flowers gave me a chance to use a few different techniques and Altenew stamping resorces- stamps, coordinating dies, embossing folders , layering stencils, background stencils , washi tape,debossing plate, watercolors and ink cubes. I hope you are inspired to try some of these easy technqiues and stamping resources.
This small but awesome stamp-Altenew Mini Delight Budding Wallpaper Layering stamp set and coordinating dies inspired me to create a picture frame layout. I stamped the flowers and stems using Altenew ink cubes to create the two flowers, After piecing the flowers to create the two stems and bud, I die cut a few more pieces from white card to create dimension. I used the 3D Baroque embossing folder and gold paper and the die to create the frame. Then I die cut a few more frames using white card stock to create layers, I stenciled the background using Altenew’s Fine Tulle, blending brush and ink cubes. Extra paper die cut banners for the stamped sentiments. I used a clear glitter pen to outline the flowers and greenery for some sparkle.
This set is Altenew Paint a Flower Modern Pink Dianthus outline stamp. I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper and painted the flowers using Altenew 12 half pan set watercolor paint box. The gold accent frame was created using Altenew washi tape- gold glitter, and gold stripe washi tape. I added the washi tape to a piece of white card stock to outline the edge of the paper. An easy technique to try and you don’t need glitter paper to create the background. Gold stripe tape on white card stock and then die cut it and added it to the sentiment group. I inked splattered the back ground and covered the flowers with scrap paper. The final piece was to spray the stamped piece using Altenew shimmery irridescent spray. A shimmery card.
The next two cards I used the Altenew Craft Your Life Watercolor Flowers. These cards I stamped the flower images on white card stock and used the layering stencil to color the leaves and flowers. I die cut the pieces and also layered them for dimension. I die cut one more large flower and fussy cut it and layered it over the stamped piece. I added extra stems to tuck behind the colored image. This set had lots of options to create layering. I stenciled the background using the same Altenew stencil and distress ink cube. The coordinating sentiments and the shaped dies are great and different. A gold thread bundle behind the shaped sentiment at some shine. I used the same clear glitter pen to outline the petals and leaves.
This card using the same flower die and for this one I used the coordinating Altenew embossing folder. I embossed the blue card stock first to create the background. Then embossed it again on another piece of the same blue card stock. Next, I die cut the embossed image. I used Altenew clear ink to swipe over the piece, then added Altenew white embossing powder and heat set the white powder. Because the embossed image is dimensional the ink covered some of the die cut flower and not others. I stamped and die cut the sentiment and cut several from white card stock for dimension. It fit in that small space to complete the card.
ALTENEW BLOG HOP ORDER
I here is the link to visit the other Altenew Educators posts and leave a comment. I have also included the list as well.
Hello and welcome to the newest Altenew themed post “Thanks and Gratitude”. A perfect theme for Thanksgiving and most of all-it is always in season, 365 days. I designed four unique cards using Altenew’s With Gratitude stamps set and coordinating dies. I used the stamps and dies using four different stamping techniques. Here are the four cards I created and more info is included on Instagram and more details here, too.
FOUR UNIQUE AUTUMN CARDS USING THE “THANKS AND GRATITUDE STAMP AND DIE SET
HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO BE INSPIRED!
Hi Crafty Friends! Altenew Certified Educators are joining a fun new Blog Hop, and the theme is “Thanks and Gratitude”. The Hop begins @altenewllc, so make sure you start from the beginning. Altenew is giving away a $20.00 gift certificate to five lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and me @espressoexpressions on Instagram and leave a comment as you hop along by 11/30/2022.
Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to five lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and me @espressoexpressions on Instagram and leave a comment by 11/30/2022.
Altenew will draw five random winners from the comments left on each stop of the Instagram hop and announce the winners on Altenew’s Educator Instagram Hop post on 12/01/2022.
Head over to your NEXT STOP- Bridget Casey’s Instagram post @bridgetcaseydesigner after me.
YOU CAN START HERE
@espressoexpressions- YOU ARE HERE
TECHNIQUES I USED FOR THE FOUR GRATITUDE CARDS
I used several different techniuques to demonstrate how versatile this Altenew With Gratitude stamp and coordinating dies are.
Use the maple leave dies to create a paper stencil
Ink white card stock using different shades of orange to create inked background paper
Die cut the leaves from the inked paper
Stamp the outline of the leaves on the inked paper using Versamark ink, add white embossing powder and heat set. The die cut the leaves.
Select two different shades of green ink to double stamp the leaves. Then stamp the outline of the leaves using black ink.
Use wide gold line washi tape for two of the cards
Mask the edges of a 1/4 sheet of white card stock that will create a border. I used wide white Post It tape to cover the sides and then stamped the leaves using black ink.
Hello crafty friends! I am joining a fun Instagram Hop with Altenew today and the feature today is Alcohol Inks! Feel free to start the Hop over at @altenewllc!
To celebrat, Altenew is giving away a Fall Harvest Alcohol Ink Bundle!!! to one lucky winner and a $15.00 Gift Card to five winners! For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllc and leave a coment by 11/11/2022. Altenew will announ e the winners on @altenew’s post on 11/11/2022. What have you been waiting for? Gorgeous project inspiration and fun prizes await you! The Instagram Hop is listed of all of the awesome creative posts is included in this post!
TAKE A LOOK AT MY CARDS AND MINI-BOX
TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS USED
To create the inked paper I used Altenew liquid inks- Eastern Sky, Iceburg, Ultramarine and Azurite. I used Altenew’s Fine Tulle stencil to add color to the inked paper and white card stock. The text/stamped tags were from the Altenew Craft Your Live Project kit Feathered Lilies. The die cut layered pieces are from Altenew’s Soda Top nesting die set. The large die cut Smile was also from Altenew. I inked the paper, stamped the word and then die cut it from the inked paper. I covered the opening with die cut white paper and added the die cut Smile to the die cut piece. I continued to die cut pieces from the inked paper then layered the pieces to create the front of the card. For the mini box, I created a box from white card stock and inked another piece of white card stock and cut the pieces to cover the sides and top of the box. I dyed the white cotton fabric ribbon using more alcohol inks. Then a mini tag using the smallest die from the soda pop nesting die set.
INSTAGRAM HOP ORDER
Visit all of the wonderful Alcohol Ink cards and projects! Here is the list and leave a comment and be inspired! Thanks and have fun!!
THE SECRET RECIPE FOR MY POST THAT I USE FOR MY CARDS IS- WASHI TAPE!
Here are my cards where I use Altenew Washi tape in a variety of ways to add visual interest for my cards. Altenew has a wonderful selection of Washi tape- glitter, pattern, lines, dots, thin, wide and patterned.
ALTENEW GIVE AWAYS! PRIZES! ARE YOU READY?
There are $130 in total prizes!Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to three lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to four winners! To win, please comment on the Altenew Card Blogand/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/30/2022.
There’s MORE!Join our party! I have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blogfor you to enter your beautiful, Altenew “Secret Card Recipe” creations.
Altenew will pick one of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party, and they will receive a $10 Altenew gift certificate!
Altenew will draw five random winners from the comments left on each blog hop stop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Pageon 10/31/2022.
This newest Altenew release for October includes beautiful and inspirational new stamps, coordinating dies, stencils. I created several cards using these beatiful new releases. I hope you are inspired to create your own cards!
GIVE AWAY PRIZES
Altenew is giving away $15.00 gift certificates to four lucky winners! Please leave a comment on@altenewllc’s post and or each Designer’s Instagram post on the Hop list. Altenew will announce the winners on @altenewllc’s post on October 21, 2022.
Please join me for the newest AltenewMonthly Marvelous Monthly Series for the month of October. There are a total of $300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to two lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to eight winners! Please leave a comment on theAltenew Card Blogand/or each designer’s Blog post on the Blog hop list below by October 18, 2022 for a chance to win.
Altenew will draw ten random winners from the comments left on each stop of this Blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on October 19, 2022.
October 2022 Monthly Subscription Release
This newest Altenew release includes awesome Stamps, Coordinating Dies, Stencls, Embossing Folders.
The items include- Build-A-Garden: Dear Dahlias 6 x 8 Stamp Set and Layering Stencil, Craft-A- Flower-Epiphyllum Layering Die Set, Craft Your Life Project Kit: Casual Bouquets 6 x 8 stamp set and Die set, simple coloring stencil, Mini Delight: Wild Geraniums 3 x4 stamp set, Paint-A-Flower: Waterlilly Dahlia 4 x 6 stamp set.
Here are my cards that I designed using the stamps, dies and stencils from this set. Enjoy and hopefully be inspired!
TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS I USED
Here are the techniques, materials and resources that I used to create these new cards- layering, inking, die cutting, painting, embossing, coloring with alcohol markers. Have fun and enjoy! Thanks!
Watercoloring using Altenew watercolor paints for the Waterlily Dahlia
Stenciled backgrounds using Altenew ink cubes and Altenew stenciling brush
Inking white card stock to create and blending for shades of colors for the Epiphyllum die cut flower pieces
Coloring, shading and blending using Altenew alcohol markers for the Casual Bouquets stamp and die set
Inking and blending colors for the layering stencils for the Mini Delight: Wild Geraniums and die cutting pieces
Inked and shading background for the Altenew Dotted Swirls debossing plate
Stamped and Altenew watercoloring the Dear Dahlias flowers. Triple layered and die cut watercolored petals for the Dahlia
Debossing plate and ink blended background
Blog Hop Order
Here is the list of Altenew designers. Leave a comment for a chance to win prizes. Have fun and be inspired
HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE MAKE IT MASCULINE INSTAGRAM HOP AND BLOG POST!
Here are the cards I created using a variety of Altenew resources- stamps, coordinating dies, nesting die set, dye inks, 3D embossing folder, stencils, alcohol markers, pattern paper.
IT’S TIME TO CHECK OUT THE AWESOME INSTAGRAM POSTS!
Hi, friends! Altenew Certified Educators are joining a fun Blog Hop, and the theme is “𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞” showing off projects for the men in your life! The Hop starts from @altenewllc, so make sure you start from the beginning!
Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to five lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @altenewllcand and leave a comment by 09/01/2022).
Head over to your NEXT STOP-
@espressoexpressions– YOU ARE HERE!
Altenew will draw five random winners from the comments left on each stop of this Instagram Hop and announce the winners on Altenew’s Educator Instagram Hop post on 09/02//2022.
TECHNIQUES AND TIPS FOR THE MASCULINE CARDS
QUICK TIP– ink and blend a 1/4″ piece of white card stock using a combination of Altenew ink cubes in shades of blue and turquoise. Die cut the inked paper and using the Altenew Fine Frames Diamond nesting set to die cut the diamond shapes and add them to the 1/4″ sheet of white card stock. I added the smallest diamond die pieces to the center of the inked pieces.
QUICK TIP- use glossy black card stock for the die cut Hello. Add silver glitter washi tape as an accent piece for the word tag.
QUICK TIP– cover the 1/4′ piece of white card stock to crate a border to create a rectangle section. Ink the section using a variety of Altenew ink cubes. Remove the masking paper covering the sides of the paper. Use the Altenew Curving Leaves Botanical 3D embossing folder to and a die cutting machine to create the embossed image.
QUICK TIP- use gold glitter card stock for the die cut Hello. Die cut it again and glue together for added dimension.
QUICK TIP- use patterned/printed paper to stamp and die cut the couch, pillows, lamp shades and floor lamp bases. Die cut another set from white card stock to add dimension to the furniture pieces. Create a picture frame stamping a sentiment from the set and cut into a rectangle
QUICK TIP- create a background using a Altenew gradient dot stencil and light blue Altenew ink cube.
QUICK TIP- stamp the three potted plants on white card stock. Color and blend using Altenew alcohol ink markers. Die cut the colored images and die cut another set from white card stock for layering and added dimension.
QUICK TIP- use Altenew’s Dotted Swirl debossing plate for added interest behind the colored potted plants. Use the Altenew tree ring stencil for the background.
QUICK TIP-ink a piece of small strip of white card stock using one of the coordinating ink cubes for a coordinating stamped Hello word tag.
$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this special Blog Hop,Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to two lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to eight winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 09/06/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw ten winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/08/2022.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE CARDS THAT I CREATED USING ALTENEW ALCOHOL INKS!
For each card I created an alcohol inked background using two different Altenew alcohol ink refills-Eastern Sky B003 and Azurite B027 and 91% alcohol to create a diluted mix. I mixed the liquids using a palette knife and then I dragged quarter sheets of heavy weight white card stock through the mix or tapped the paper to the mix. I let the inked paper dry.
For Card 1 I die cut three pieces using AltenewLacy Doily die for the card front. I also added texture for the white background paper using AltenewDotted Swirl debossing plate. I trimmed the die cut pieces to cover the white debossed white card stock, I added a stamped word banner. This is a great die and can be used for many different projects.
For Card 2– I used the darker Altenew alcohol ink refill and 91% alcohol to mix together for a darker background. Again I mixed the two using a palette knife and dragged and tapped the heavy weight white card stock to the mixture. I let it air dry. When dry I used AltenewHalftone Smile outline to stamp the image to the middle of the inked paper. I used the coordinating outline die to cut the smile. I then used a small rectangle die from My Favorite Things and white card stock to cover the space from the smile die space. I stamped the coordinating word banner from the set. I liked the tie dye effect on the white paper.
For Card 3 I created the same darker shade of Altenew alchohol inks and 91% alcohol to dilute the color and mixed them together and let them dry. I used the Altenew Tie Dye Motifs stamp set to create a the next step. I used the middle size stamp on an acrylic block and stamped it to a puddle of clean alcohol ink and then stamped it to the background paper and it lifted the color from the inked paper, I let the paper dry. The word tag was stamped using the a stripe stamp from the set. A die cut Thanks from black glossy paper and a tiny word tag to complete the card.
All three cards used different techniques and just using only two Altenew alcohol refill inks and repurposing Altenew stamps and dies. Give it a try!
ALTENEW BLOG HOP ORDER! HERE IS A CHANCE TO VISIT AND BE INSPIRED!
Hello and welcome to the newest Altenew Card Blog! The theme is ‘Clean and Simple” card projects. I created several cards where I used only one stamped image on a smaller card base. Love the clean and simple cards.
ALTENEW CARD MAKING SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES
I used the Altenew sentiments Pots and Plants outlne stamp set for the stamped sentiments. The stamped plants were singles and were Altenew Elegant Alicasia, Potted Succulent and Adorable Anthurium stamps. I inked the background using the Altenew Half tone stencil using the Arctic ink cube. The stamped plants were colored using Altenew alcohol markers- C103, C015, B027, G245, G315, G201, G011, G213. The card base size is a 4 1/2″ square white card stock.
PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!
There is a total of $130.00 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $20.00 gift certificate to three lucky winners and a $15.00 gift certificate to four winners! To win, please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and or on each Designer’s Blog Post listed on the Blog Hop list below by 7/03/2022.
There is more! Join our PARTY! I have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew Blog for you to enter your beautiful Altenew “Clean and Simple” creations.
Altenew will pick ONE of your favorite creations from those who joined the Linky Party and they will receive a $10.00 Altenew gift certificate!
Altenew will draw five random winners from the comments left on each Blog Hop stop and announce the winerw on the Altenew Winners Page on 7/04/2022.