Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Altenew June 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi friends!  I'm happy to be hopping with Altenew today as they celebrate their June release.  This release is jam-packed full of new goodies and I had a lot of fun working with the products.


My first card features the new Ditsy Print set.  I really love the sweet floral print you can create with this, and it's a 4x6 set so very affordable too!  I am not the most precise stamper in the world, so this one was a little intimidating for me, but it turned out to be easier than it looked at first.  

Once I got the hang of things, I was able to reproduce the floral cluster pretty easily.  Note, I did NOT use the outline, although the set does come with that, and I'm likely to use that at some point, but probably for coloring purposes rather than stamping everything together.  I think I would have had a harder time lining things up perfectly within the lines, but using the solids and solids together is pretty forgiving.


I knew that I was going to keep things pretty simple, but didn't want the card to be too stark, so I chose a very subtle grid paper to stamp on which softens things up just a bit.  The sentiment is from one of my old standbys, the Beautiful Day stamp set.  In terms of ink colors, I used Sea Glass, Dusk, Desert Night, Just Green and Hunter Green.

Next up, I worked with the new Moroccan Mosaic background set.  I love no-line coloring backgrounds because I think you get such a different look, and this background is perfect because the spaces are relatively small and there are so many different ways you could color it.


I chose four shades of Copics in the BG family (BG000, BG02, BG05, BG07), and went to work.  I love the kind of kaleidescope effect you get here.  This is a bit time consuming, but easy enough to do while you're catching up on the DVR.


I wanted to keep things pretty simple and let the background be the star, so I just matted and popped the sentiment (also from this set) up over top.

Now for another floral card featuring the new The Sweetest Peas set.  


I really love how showy these blooms are, I think they have a really modern, Art Nouveau fell to them and wanted to showcase that.

The flowers were colored with Copics, two were colored slightly darker than the other, and then die cut.  Then I created a really simple, but dynamic background.  I used two shades of gray cardstock, cutting the bottom darker shade at an angle to create a bit of drama.


The flowers were arranged over top, and I cut the end of the sentiment strip (the sentiment is also from the set) at an angle to match the angle of the gray cardstock.

A few sequins finished it off.

Finally, a card featuring the new Land of the Free stamp set.


Everyone needs at least one good patriotic set in their arsenal and this one hits all the right notes for me.  I love eagle images and that the sentiments will work for Fourth of July, Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, etc.

I started by watercoloring the background.  Using different shades of blue, I kind of roughed in some mountains at the top and ended with just simple strokes across the panel at the bottom.  Once that was dry (although not bone dry), I went back with a wet but not sopping brush with just clean water and went back and forth across the panel lightly.  This softens the transitions between the layers and gives it a kind of faraway, ethereal look.


Once dry, the image and sentiment were stamped and the eagle was colored with Prismacolour pencils.

That's all for me today.  This is a long hop and there is so much to see!  The hop starts at the Altenew Card Blog, and your next stop is Reiko Tsuchida, but I have the full hop list below if you need ir.

Also, there are prizes!  Altenew is giving away six $50 gift certificates!  To be entered, leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog.  I also have a $30 gift certificate to share!  To be entered, leave a comment here, and I'll announce a winner June 20th.  Good luck and happy hopping!

111 comments:

  1. Love all your cards! Beautiful!!

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  2. Love the card you made with the sweetest peas stamp set. So pretty and fun.

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  3. I too, love the sweet pea card! It is beautiful!

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  4. Oh my goodness I totally love the Sweet Pea card!!! I'm really drawn to the rich bold colors :)

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  5. That Moroccan mosaics card is so cool! So many possibilities!

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  6. Your sweet pea card is amazing!

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  7. All of these cards are so beautiful Miriam, thank you for the inspiration!

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  8. Great tip about just using the solid stamps rather than the outline! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Love these cards, but the sweet pea one is simply gorgeous!!

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  10. love all your cards but the sweetest peas is definitely my favorite. tfs!

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  11. Beautiful cards. The sweet peas and the eagle is my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing....

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  12. Great cards....I love the way you set up the scene on the Eagle card. And the floral was beautiful...thank you so much for sharing...Great release!

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  13. Beautiful set of cards!! Love the floral ones a lot :)

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  14. Beautiful cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  15. Very pretty cards! I love the blue ones!!

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  16. Lovely cards! I really love the pretty blues of the florals over the grid paper; gorgeous. And the red florals ... stunning, and yes, dramatic.

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  17. Wonderful release. For me, best of all is the sweetest peas and the ditsy flowers.

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  18. The flower card has just the right amount of color and bling. Great job

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  19. Your Sweetest Peas card is GORGEOUS!!!!! Can't wait to get my hands on the set and play - Love Sweet Peas!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  20. I love your cards. The background for the eagle is really special.

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  21. Your cards are all so lovely! I love the eagle card as well as the red flower card! Very creative!

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  22. Beautiful cards, especially love the Sweetest Pea card, your coloring is awesome.

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  23. Oh I LOVE all of your cards!! The sweet pea is my favorite!!

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  24. I just love that Ditsy Print stamp set! Such adorable little flowers!

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  25. You did great coloring oh those Sweetest Peas flowers!

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  26. Fantastic sweetpea card. Love the red.

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  27. Your cards are fantastic! So loved your card and proud to be part of the land of the free! What a great job on all your cards

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  28. gorgeous cards - love the sweet peas.

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  29. Beautiful cards - I love your use of the sweetpea set - the bold bright colours with that strong graphic background is wonderful!

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  30. stunning work - really love the eagle card:)

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  31. I just love what you did with the sweet pea stamp and die! Just beautiful!

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  32. Beautiful cards! Love that last one with red sweet pea flowers set! Happy hopping forward! Thanks!

    ~Vanessa

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  33. Wonderful cards! I think you did a fantastic job lining up the flowers one the first card. And, the sweet pea card is just so striking!

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  34. Gorgeous cards! Your coloring is just beautiful.

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  35. Gorgeous set of cards. Love the backgrounds and the different looks for all these stamp sets. Great job.

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  36. I love all your cards. It's fun to see all the creativity from this new release. Love the Sweet Pea set the best, but all are good!

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  37. So pretty! All of your color are beautiful and the watercolor background behind the eagle is perfect!

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  38. All of your cards are soooo Beautiful!!!

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  39. Beautiful work. And I agree with your -everyone needs a least one patriotic stamp set.

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  40. All these are fantastic. What fun you seem to have had.

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  41. Wow..love that eagle. I can just see him soaring over the sky.. Beautiful card designs! Love this release!

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  42. All of your cards are so lovely!

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  43. There are a crazy amount that can make the sweatest pea stamp look different and unique.

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  44. LOVE what you did with the Sweet Pea set!!!

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  45. Love the little blue flowers on graph paper.

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  46. Wow, fantastic inspiration cards! Such wonderful variety of styles and techniques. The red sweet peas really caught my eye for the bold color combination and organic yet graphic card design.

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  47. Beautiful cards! Love all the florals. Your last card...love that eagle and gorgeous background ♥

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  48. Beautiful!! Your Ditsy print is so lovely! I really enjoy the little flower clusters! Your Moroccan Mosaic card is fabulous!

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  49. Fabulous cards! The Moroccan background one is especially beautiful (such patient colouring!)

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  50. Beautiful work on
    these cards and I
    love the Land of
    the Free stamp and
    die set.
    Carla from Utah

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  51. Miriam, you have been a very busy lady. These are all great and I really like the Sweetest Peas card. Just beautiful.

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  52. Love the background you made on the Eagle card and the Sweet Peas are just darling!

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  53. Wonderful cards.
    The soaring eagle is fantastic.
    Love the sweet peas.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. Love the sweetest pea card. So striking! Also the moroccan background one is lovely.

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  55. Beautiful cards! I am really liking the sweetest peas set and I love your card using this set!

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  56. My favorite is the Sweet Peas. Colors make it stand out.

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  57. Such unique and gorgeous designs!!

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  58. I love what you did with ditsy print. That is at the top of my wish list. TFS

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  59. Those are wonderful. Love them. Johanne Lacombe

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  60. Your cards are all fantastic!! Best bald eagle card I've seen so far!! Also love you're Ditsy card!

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  61. All of your cards are beautiful!

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  62. Such fabulous cards! I love all of your designs!

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  63. Your cards are beautiful ! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  64. this release is so full of potential, just like your cards. thanks as always for sharing.

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  65. Another wonderful release with some really unique stamps and dies. Love it! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration. Your cards are beautiful!

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  66. Your cards are wonderful! I really love that Ditsy Print set :)

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  67. Beautiful cards. I love the Ditsy Prints and the Sweetest Peas sets, and you've illustrated the versatility of them wonderfully.

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  68. The sentiments you used on your cards are remarkable! Your cards are beautiful examples of how to use the new Altenew products. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  69. Beautiful card! I'm in love with everything! There's literally nothing I don't want in this release :-p

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  70. those little blue flowers cascading from the top of the card are so pretty - wonderful cards, Miriam

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  71. Gorgeous cards, thanks for sharing.

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  72. Beautiful cards :) Thx for this inspiration

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  73. Very nice, those floral cards are beautiful!

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  74. Lovely projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  75. Wow!!! All 4 cards are gorgeous but I especially love the Sweetest Peas and Ditsy Print cards!!! SO pretty!

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  76. Wow! Wonderful! I love the Ditsy Print florals and the blues were beautiful on the first card. On the second card the Moroccan Mosaic really shined through! The sweet peas took a thoroughly modern twist on the fourth card that I really enjoyed! And finally the "Sea to Shining Sea" card was absolutely ethereal!!! TFS :)

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  77. Your cards are all so beautiful! Love the simple Land of the Free design & the Sweetest Peas card really blew me away! I Loooove that one! Gorgeously colored & amazing design?

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  78. I love the black and white contrast with the sweet peas and the eagle card!

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  79. What a great idea to do the Moroccan print in no-line! In fact, it makes such a huge difference, that I thought somehow you had used the solid shapes to stamp out a new pattern! So well done on that. It really does seem like a kaleidoscope with a light blue piece over a slate grey one. I really enjoy all your cards, but obviously I'm quite taken with that Moroccan print one. Thank you so much for sharing! I'll have to try more of my background stamps in no-line.

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  80. I love the grid background, what a great way to add some interest to a simple, yet beautiful card. The Moroccan print is beautiful.

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  81. The cards created with the Ditsy Print set and Sweetest Peas are lovely.

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  82. Really gorgeous cards! My favorite is the one with the Sweetest Peas set since that is my favorite in this great release!

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  83. Love all of your cards! Especially the sweet peas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  84. Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!

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  85. Miriam, both your cards are fabulous and beautiful!! I love the sweet pea set and I think you totally just won me all the way over on the patriotic set! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  86. Wonderful designs Miriam! Love them all! Thanks for sharing!

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  87. Awesome cards! The sweet peas are my favorite design from this release because they just happen to be my favorite flowers!

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  88. Wow! So many beautiful projects! I love the red flowers popping on the black!

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  89. Very pretty variety. Love the eagle card.

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  90. Your cards are gorgeous and you have such a diverse style...thank you for sharing your amazing creativity!

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  91. Wonderful card ideas - a lot of interesting products in this release!

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  92. Miriam, your coloring and design using these fab images from Altenew is incredible!!! Such gorgeousness!!

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  93. Beautiful cards Miriam. Love the new floral images... those blue flowers are so pretty on the first card. The background to the eagle looks awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  94. Such beautiful cards. Love your bold colors and creative designs! Can't wait for my order of the new releases to arrive, so I can play. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  95. Your cards are so pretty! I love the Copic coloring.

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  96. Hi Miriam! I've seen your beautiful work many times but this is my first visit to your blog. What I especially like and am grateful for is how you share your creative process. All of your cards are beautiful! You create magic Miriam. (A big thx too, for your watercolor process. You're so helpful.) :)

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  97. My favorite card is the ditsy set. I think that one will allow me a ton of different layouts.

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