Friday, May 31, 2019

Altenew May 2019 Inspiration Challenge


I'm just managing to squeeze this in for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge, so happy to have completed it before the deadline! Here is the inspiration:

Click HERE to see the challenge post.

I was so very inspired by the colours, especially the idea of a lone pop of pink/purple amongst the greys/greens and even more so by the idea of a focal point photo layered over strips of paper. My recent trip to see BTS with my daughter provided a number of great photos and I chose this one of Jungkook's solo.

I've echoed the strips of paper by trimming a piece of dotted patterned paper from the Altenew Live Your Dream collection and adhering to the centre of a 12x12 white card stock. I've then layered strips of silver glitter card stock and gray and green card stock over the patterned paper. 

Here's a look at the paper strip placement layout along with a view of the Studio Katia clear drops from my stash. 
'Euphoria' is not only the title of this layout but the song Jungkook sang as he zip lined over the adoring fans while singing.

I matted the photo on white card stock and then black card stock. It's then matted on white card stock that has been inked over the Altenew Elegant Swirl Stencil with Morning Frost, Evening Grey and Moon Rock inks and also matted on black card stock.
The pink/purple-ish colours of the concert photo are my interpretation of the flower in the inspiration photo.
I added a Live Your Dream chipboard floral in a similar colour. The photo mat is embellished with Live Your Dream chipboard and the title alphas are the Live Your Dream puffy letter stickers.

My daughter loves the layout and it was fun to make it for her.

Thanks for taking a closer look!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Zentangle for Cardmakers| New Altenew Class

I am currently participating in the newest Altenew class, Zentangle for Cardmakers and it is a fantastic class! It is taught by Amber Davis a certified Altenew Educator and Zentangle teacher. The first lesson is about "aura" and here is my card:

I masked off the centre of a 4 /14" x 5 1/2" white card stock front and stamped the large bloom from the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp  in Altenew Permanent Black Crisp ink. I then stamped the second layer of the floral in Altenew Turquoise Crisp Dye Ink. I then "tangled" the flower with a Pigma Micron .01 black pen, outlined the frame with a Pigma Micron .05 and a ruler and stamped a leaf in Altenew Sea Breeze crisp dye ink from the Wildflower Garden stamp set.

The panel was trimmed to size and then mounted on a black card stock base. Clear Studio Katia drops are adhered with liquid glue for the final embellishments.

So looking forward to the next lessons in the class! Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Altenew January Inspiration Challenge


I am playing along with the Altenew January Inspiration Challenge:

I am in love with this colour combination and was also inspired by this card by Norine Borys.

I painted 4 pieces of watercolour paper with a combination of Altenew watercolour markers and Altenew pan watercolours. These watercolour pens are fabulous, the colours are so vibrant and opaque. They mix wonderfully with the watercolour pans so you can get just the shade you want.

This piece is a mix of watercolour marker inks in Dusk and Emerald.

This piece is a mix of Altenew watercolour pan ink in Orange Cream and Altenew watercolour marker in Autumn Blaze.

I mixed Crimson from the watercolour pan set and rubellite from the watercolour marker set to create the red paper.

Let's take a look at my card and then I will describe how I created it.

{supplies: Altenew Create a Wreath dies; Hello sentiment Pinstripe stamp set; Altenew 36 pan watercolour set; Altenew Watercolour Markers}

After I painted the watercolour papers as described earlier, I die cut them using the Altenew Create a Wreath die set. I retained the inner pieces of leafy die cuts to fill in some pieces after I determined the placement.
The die includes both a circle and oval "wreath" shape and I die cut the circle wreath out of white card stock to help determine my foliage placement.

Here is a closer look at the die cuts along with the gold Studio Katia sequins I added. It's hard to see but I also added A Wink of Stella clear glitter marker over all the die cuts.

Here is another look at the full card:

Now that I am a certified Altenew Educator I am brainstorming class ideas and maybe this could be one!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

AECP Level 3 Final Challenge| 2 for 1 Card Workshop

It felt like I took such a long time to get to the final level challenge but once the date was set it arrived quickly!

The Challenge
-teach a 2 hour class in a classroom/workshop setting
-detail pre-workshop planning and details (via email)
-deliver workshop to 4-10 students and share live with Altenew team members via internet
-share post workshop report, class projects and reflections on workshop


After choosing the class date, I began brainstorming ideas for the class itself and this was a big challenge because I had so very many ideas!  

I wrote down a bunch of ideas keeping in mind the Altenew classes I have previously completed.

I created a few different cards and made my final choices for the class content based on my main goal.

The main goal was for students to use a variety of Altenew products and experience the versatility of the products as well. 

Kits were prepared for each student with all basic supplies to make each card pre-cut, scored and one element pre-heat embossed.

Class Projects

The theme of the workshop was 2 for 1: Creating 2 cards from 1 stamp and/or technique.

Card #1- Happy Duo

An Altenew Mega Greetings die cut was used 2 ways, the negative portion as a card front and the word itself as the focus.

Card #2-Floral Duo

Two cards created by stamping the same layout in 2 different colour families and masking off a portion of the card front.

Card #3-Mom/Dad

We stamped and heat embossed one card panel, cut it apart and created a masculine and feminine card.

After a slow start, due to some technical difficulties setting up the live stream with Altenew, the students opened up their kits and crafted for 2 solid hours. 
The students enjoyed using a variety of Altenew products, they were especially impressed with the inks.

We were not able to complete all the cards however here is a photo of the group with their cards:


My students were all experienced crafters so they were an easy group to instruct.   

It is definitely important to have multiple supplies especially if the projects are complicated.

Six cards were very ambitious, this group of experienced crafters were only able to complete 3-4 in the allotted time.

I will be much more mindful of the complexity of the project, skill level of the students and number of supplies required to complete each project in future workshops.

In closing, thank you Karla, Genny, Stacey, Virginia, Aimee and Erica for being my students. 

Thank you Virginia, Nicole and Erum from Altenew for hanging out with us via Facebook. 

Altenew May 2019 Inspiration Challenge

Hello! I'm just managing to squeeze this in for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge, so happy to have completed it before the deadli...