25 July 2021

AECP Level 2 Final Challenge

Hello friends!

I am excited to be doing my final challenge for Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have really enjoyed all of the level 2 classes and gained so much inspiration from the instructors and fellow participants.  And the great thing is that these classes are accessible to anyone and not just part of the AECP program, so I really encourage you to try them out. There are SO many classes to choose from. 

For my final project I was asked to create 4 masculine cards with the themes of birthday, love/thinking of you, encouragement and anniversary, using any 3 components from the classes in Level 1 or 2 (I ended up using 5). As well as an altered item/upcycled project.  

The components I used for inspiration on my projects include Easy Ink Blending (with Amy Lee), Let It Shine (with Carissa Wiley), For The Guys (with Jennifer Rzasa),  Creative Watercolor Media (with Jennifer Rzasa, Laura Bassen & Debby Hughes) and Celebration Stencil Techniques (with Laurel Beard). 

So today I will share with you the four cards I made including step by step instructions, as well as my additional upcycled project and I hope they will give you some inspiration! I have also included some highlighted tips that I hope you will find useful in your own crafting. 

I have included a full Altenew supply list at the end of this post. 

When planning out this project I knew I wanted all of my cards to be cohesive in some way, but rather than choose a single colour palette, I decided instead to draw up a sketch and use that same sketch for all four of my cards. I altered each card by theme and technique and will go through each of them with you.

Tip: Using a sketch helps when mass producing cards, or when you want to create quick cards as it saves you time having to come up with different layout designs for each card. 

This is the sketch I drew up and then used for all four of my cards. 


For this card I was inspired by the 'Easy Ink Blending' class but stepped it up a little to incorporate an embossing folder. I also used inspiration from the 'For The Guys' (masculine cards) and 'Let It Shine' classes. 

I started by ink blending a panel of Bristol card stock with Altenew Dye Inks in Arctic Mountain, Winter Lake and Icy Water using large Altenew ink blending tools going from dark to light, building up the colour. I then put the panel into the Might Waves embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.  I cut the panel to a smaller 3.25"x4.25" so that it would fit through the slot in the top of the embossing folder as I wanted to leave the top portion of the panel un-embossed.

Tip: Inking the cardstock first, makes the paper softer giving a beautiful embossed impression  as the embossing folder presses the ink into the card. 

I then mounted it onto a white panel which was slightly larger. I then used double sided foam tape to attach it to a black A2 top folding card base.  

I then stamped the sentiment from the Sentiment Strips stamp set in clear embossing ink, and heat set with pure white embossing powder. I thought this sentiment was perfect for an encouragement card! I then cut it into strips and used foam tape to attach it to the front of my card.  

To add a bit of shine to my card, I attached some clear droplets to the embossed panel which completed my card. 


For my second card I have incorporated the 'Creative Watercolor Media', 'Let It Shine' and 'For The Guys' classes. I am just disappointed that you cannot capture the beautiful metallic watercolours in a photo, to see how gorgeous they look in reality! 

I started by stamping the Whimsical Herringbone background stamp (inspired by the Geometric class in 'For The Guys') onto black watercolor cardstock in clear embossing ink and heat set with pure white embossing powder. I then coloured the ink with the gorgeous Altenew Metallic Watercolour paints using the Altenew Size 3 round paintbrush, and put it aside to dry.  The colours I used were Topaz, Sterling Silver, Aquamarine and Jade. 

I also painted a piece of the watercolour paper with the Topaz metallic paint, and when it was dry I die cut the Hello from the Hugs & Hello set and mounted it onto the shadow panel which was cut from black cardstock.

Tip: Choose only 3-4 coordinating colours only to keep the card cohesive and less 'busy' looking. 

I trimmed the background panel to 3.25"x4.5", attached it to a white panel and used double sided foam tape to attach it to a black A2 top folding card base.  I then added the hello word die to the front, stamped the 'thinking of you friend' sentiment from the Hugs & Hello stamp set in clear ink and heat set that in pure white embossing powder as well before cutting it into a strip and mounting it over the Hello using double sided foam tape.  

As this card is already so shiny due to the metallic watercolours, I decided not to add any further embellishment. 


This card incorporates the Stencil techniques class as well as the For The Guys (making a masculine themed card), and Let it Shine. 

For this card I started with a panel of Neenah white cardstock and inked up the leaves of the gorgeous Classic Pine Stencil set in Altenew Fresh Leaf and Moss inks, before stencilling the pine cones in Paper Bag & Dark Chocolate inks.

Tip: Look at your stencils to see if they can be used for different themes or seasons. Although this stencil may look more Christmas/Winter themed, it is perfect for masculine cards and can be used year round!

I then trimmed the panel down to 3.25"x4.5" and inked around the edges using the Paper Bag and Dark Chocolate ink for a more dramatic look, and added some ink splatters with the Moss ink before adding it to a slightly larger white card panel, and used double sided foam tape to attach it to a Neenah Desert Storm A2 top folding base. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Sentiment Strips 2 stamp set in Dark Chocolate ink onto Neenah white card stock and cut into strips before attaching it to the front of my card using foam tape. To complete the card and add some shine, I used the enamel dots from the Tropical Forest set. 


For my final card I have been inspired by the 'For The Guys',  'Let It Shine' and 'Stencil Techniques' classes. 

I chose to use the fun cup from the 'Friends Forever' stamp set for this card and was originally going to colour it with my Altenew markers, but then decided I really wanted to put a pattern on it instead. I first looking though my background and patterned stamps before choosing the 'Feeling Dotty' stencil and I love how it turned out! 

I started by stamping the cup image twice on white Neenah card stock in permanent black ink. On the first image I used the stencil to add the dotty pattern to my cup. I first stencilled the dots in Caribbean Sky ink, before shifting the stencil over a little and adding the Arctic Mountain ink using the small ink blending tools (perfect for stencils!) and then fussy cut it out. 

On the second cup I added some shading to the lid and cup band with Altenew Artist Markers (in TG02 & TG03). I stamped the 'U & Me' sentiment from the same stamp set on the band using the Arctic Mountain ink. I then fussy cut both pieces. I also stamped the straws in permanent black ink and added shading using the same markers before cutting them out and attaching all of the pieces together.

I stamped the heart from the same stamp set in black ink and coloured it with the R318 Altenew Artist marker to bring a pop of colour to the cup, and added some glossy accents to add shine. I attached it to the cup using double sided foam tape. 

I cut a panel of white Neenah card stock to 3"x4.25" and added some ink splatter using the Arctic Mountain ink and some of the gold metallic paint from the Metallic Watercolour set for a bit of shine, before using foam tape to add the cup to the bottom right of the panel, and attaching that to a slightly larger navy mat.

Tip: I inked around the edge of a piece of Neenah card stock using the Arctic Mountain ink rather than use a navy card stock. This ensures that my mat will coordinate perfectly with my image and background. 

I was going to place my panel onto a plain card base, but decided to follow the dotted pattern into the background and used the same stencil technique as above on my card base before attaching my completed panel to complete my card. I thought this was really effective in tying my image to my background.


A couple of months ago I purchased the large roll of Altenew double sided tape (I love this stuff!) and the packaging was so gorgeous that I couldn't part with it so I put it aside. And I'm so glad I kept it, because it turned out to be perfect item to upcycle for this project! which was also inspired by the 'Let It shine' class.

Tip: Keep an eye out for unique product packaging which can be used to inspire you, or to create fun projects! 

I decided to create a coordinating card and bookmark for my project using the up cycled packaging. I am going to send this set to a dear friend who is having a rough time at the moment and I hope it will cheer her up a little.

I first created the card by cutting a piece of the circular packaging to fit on the top of a white A2 card base which I attached using double sided tape. I made sure to incorporate the gold strip on the packaging for some shine. And to follow through with the gold, I stamped the sentiment from the Fancy Greetings stamp set using clear embossing powder and heat setting with antique gold embossing powder. I then added some splatters using the gold paint from the Metallic watercolor set using the Altenew #3 round brush.  I still felt it needed a little more shine, so I added some gold sequins to complete the card. 

For the bookmark I cut a piece of white Neenah cardstock to 6"x1.75". I cut a piece of the packaging to fit over the top of the bookmark, again incorporating the gold strip and attached it with double sided foam tape, being sure to leave enough room at the bottom for my sentiment. 

I stamped the sentiment from the 'Tall Tale' stamp set using clear embossing ink and heat set with antique gold embossing powder.  I again added gold splatter using the metallic watercolor set, as well as some gold sequins. I punched a whole in the top of the bookmark and added a tassle from my stash and also used a corner rounder punch on the bottom of the bookmark.  

I really love the dramatic look of this packaging with the black background and it makes for a very eye catching project. The great thing is, I have enough left for even more projects! 

Thank you for taking the time to look at my projects, and I really hope they have given you a little inspiration! I certainly had fun creating them, and am looking forward being inspired even further when I complete the classes I choose for level 3!

Altenew Product Supply List

30 June 2021

Altenew - Masking Unleashed

I can't believe this is my final class for Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program! Once this has been evaluated I will be given my final challenge for Level 2, and I am excited to see what that will be. 

Today's card was created using the techniques I learned after completing the 'Masking Unleashed' Altenew Academy class with Svitlana Shayevich. I have used the basic masking techniques that Svitlana shared with us to create my project.  And I have used these techniques to do both the masking of the individual images as well as masking both images to colour the background. So stay tuned to see how I created this card! 

I started  by creating masks for both of my images on masking paper. I stamped the masks and then cut them with my scissors. When cutting masks you want to cut a little inside the line so that there are no 'gaps' left when stamping your images over each other using the masks. 

Once I had created the masks using the Succulents stamp set, I decided which order I wanted to stamp the images in, and since I knew I wanted the smaller pot plant at the front I stamped that one first.  I then covered it with the paper mask, and stamped the second image. This was done on a piece of white Copic friendly card cut to 4"x5.25".

I then added the mask over the larger plant as well so that I could ink blend the background. I knew I wanted a two-tone background so I placed a strip of masking paper where I wanted the colours divided and inked up my background. 

Once that was done, I could remove all of the masks and get on with colouring my images with Copic Markers. The photo above is what it looked like at that point. 

I then coloured my images with Copic Markers and added a sentiment from the 'Fancy Greetings' stamp set directly to the stamped background. I then mounted the completed panel onto a top folding A2 kraft card base using instant dimension foam tape, before adding some clear sequins to complete the card. 

Masking can be time consuming, but I love the seemless look that you get. And I love how it looks like one stamped image. 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my project today :) 



Altenew - With A Twist

I am back today with another project for my AECP Level 2, and this time the class I have done is 'With A Twist' hosted by Therese Calvird. I really enjoyed this class and it was hard to choose which lesson I was going to base my card on, but ultimately decided on the 'shaker card with a twist' which Therese featured in Lesson 3. After all, I love a good shaker card and they always have that 'wow' factor when you give them to someone! And this is the kind of shaker that allows you to see right through to the inside of the card and I thought that was an awesome idea.

I also decided to go with a masculine theme this time and the TO THE MOON stamp and die set was perfect for this project! I have had this set in my stash for a little while so was happy to finally get some ink on it. 

So let me tell you how I created this fun card! You will need an A2 top folding white notecard, as well as a second panel for bending cut to 3.75"x5".

1. Ink blend the top panel in various shades of blues (if you wanted a more galaxy look, then adding some pinks and purples would look amazing!). I made a mark of where I was going to cut out my circle, so that I could do lighter ink coming out from that area to create a 'halo' effect. And I was sure to add some deeper black inking to the edges for contrast.

2. Die cut the smaller circle fro the 'To The Moon' die cut set towards the top of your panel to allow room for the sentiment at the bottom. 

3. Line up the top panel on the A2 card base and die cut a circle in the front of the card in the same place so that the two holes will line up. 

4. Use the white circle that was cut from the base to stamp your moon onto. I only stamped one of the moon patterned stamps from the set with Clear Embossing Ink and used a platinum coloured embossing powder which I set with my heat gun. Place this inside your card base, using the circle on the front as a guide so it lines up properly.

4. Place acetate over the top of the circle on the A2 card base and under the circle on the inked panel base. 

5. Add Altenew instant dimension foam tape to the back of the inked panel and be sure to use a powder tool around the edge where the circle is. This will stop your shaker pieces sticking to the insides of the circle. 

6. Lay your card base flat, and place your shaker components into the centre of the hole on the acetate, remove the backing from the foam tape and carefully place the top panel on top and press down to secure. 

7. Stamp the sentiment onto black cardstock and heat set with white embossing powder, and cut he word word 'moon' four times from white card stock and layer together using the Altenew Precision Glue Pen and attach the sentiment to the front of your card. 

8. I also used the Altenew precision glue pen to add a few of the little stars around the sentiment to complete the card. 

I hope that you enjoyed this project. I certainly enjoyed creating it! And wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a fabulous day. We are in a short lockdown here in Western Australia so I am making the most of some crafting time and catching up on projects while I am stuck at home. 



26 April 2021

Altenew - Magical Marker Techniques

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog today. I have a new card to share as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Level 2.  This one is for the class 'Magical Marker Techniques' by Sara Naumann. 

For this card, I have used the technique from Lesson 4 where Sara used the Altenew Artist Markers and isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to create a splattered background. I also used the Altenew Artist Markers to colour the gorgeous image from 'Paint A Flower: Clematis'.

To start with I stamped the image with Altenew Permanent Black Crisp Dye Ink onto a panel of Express-It Blending card and then coloured the image with the markers (colours listed below). Once that was finished I decided to 'black out' the background using the black marker, which I was nervous about doing after spending hours colouring the image, but I found it really made the flowers and leaves pop!

I then trimmed the panel down and mounted it onto a piece of coordinating pink cardstock and added some foam tape to the panel and added it to an A2 card base.  

I then followed Sara's instructions to add the splatter to the whole card using one of the pink and green markers that I had coloured the image with. I also added some white gel pen to add details to the flowers and leaves before adding the sentiment. 

I used the Just For You stamp from the 'Sentiments 2' stamp set for my greeting which I stamped in clear embossing ink onto the pink card and embossed with Altenew crisp white embossing powder and added it to my raised panel with double sided tape to complete my project. 

Artist Marker colours used: R502, R504, C003, WG01, WG03, G935, G825, G804, G702 & S (black).


21 March 2021

Altenew - Creative Watercolor Media (Project 2)



Hello! Happy Sunday (I say that with the realisation that it is probably not likely Sunday where you are right now) however it is a glorious sunny (and hot) Sunday afternoon here and we are enjoying what may be the last of the very hot days before Autumn really kicks in here in Australia. 

For todays project for my AECP Level 2 Certification, I have created a card after completing the Creative Watercolor Media Class (specifically Lesson 3 with Laura Bassen). Laura demonstrating water colouring using the Altenew Inks which is what I have done on my project. 

I am using an image from the new Tall Tale stamp set from the recent release and have stamped it onto a piece of Altenew watercolour paper in black obsidian pigment ink, and then heat set with clear embossing powder. I followed with by stamping the sentiment the same way.

I then coloured the images using various colours of Altenew Crisp Dye ink which I picked up from a non stick craft mat using the new Altenew paint brushes. 

Once my image was completed I trimmed the panel down to 4"x5.25" and placed on a top folding black A2 card base using foam tape. I then added some clear sequins to complete the card.  

This was a very fun and quick card to make and I love using my inks in this way. 

Tall Tale Stamp Set
Altenew Black Obsidian Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Various colours of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (full list of colours used is below).
Altenew Artist Detailed Watercolor Brush Set

Ink colours used: Dark Chocolate, Mango Smoothie, Fresh Leaf, Icy Water, Winter Lake, Arctic Mountain, Canyon Clay and Puffy Heart. 

Altenew - Color Your Day

 Hello friends! 

Today I wanted to share with you my latest card project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program, Level 2.  

I have created this card based on lesson 4 of the Color Your Day class by Therese Calvird. Lesson 4 is all about adding color to your projects using layering stamps with inks. I have also used stencils to add color to this project today. The new Altenew layering stamps that come with coordinating stencils make this technique so fun and easy! 

Now let's get onto the card shall we?  

I have used the stunning new 'Book Engravings' stamp, die and stencil bundle today as well as the Angled Mosaic Embossing Folder. I am loving all of the new embossing folders that Altenew have released lately and it was hard to choose which one to use on this card! 

I started by stamping the flower and leaf images onto white cardstock using Altenew Permanent Black Ink then for the leaves I used the coordinating stencil to ink up the solid layer using Limeade ink. The second layer was stamped using the layering stamp in Forest Glades ink. 

The flowers were first inked with the stencil in Misty Morning ink. The second layer was stamped in Cloudy Sky ink and the final layer was stamped in Nimbus. I just love this colour combination for an unusual flower colour.  To finish them off I added some detail using a white gel pen. 

I then die cut all of my pieces before embossing a panel of white cardstock using the Angled Mosaic embossing folder. I used double sided foam tape to attach that to a black top folding A2 card base and used more double sided tape foam to arrange the flowers and leaves for even more dimension.

I stamped the Love And Hugs sentiment from the sketchy florals stamp set in Versamark ink onto black card and embossed with Altenew Pure White embossing powder. I attached it to the card with double sided foam tape before adding some black enamel dots from the Green Fields set to complete the panel. 

I hope you enjoyed my project today and I look forward to sharing more with you soon! 


Book Engravings Stamp, Die & Stencil Bundle
Sketchy Florals Stamp Set
Altenew Inks: Tranquility Cube Set
Enamel Dots in Green Fields
Altenew Permanet Black Ink 
Angled Mosaic Embossing Folder

20 January 2021

Altenew - Polychromatic

I'm back with another card for the Altenew Educator Certification Program, this time from the Polychromatic Class taught by Nina-Marie Trapani.

I decided to use the tips in Lesson 4 which shows you how to use close colours (or shades of the same colour) from the same colour family. 

I decided to use the blue/teal colours to create this get well card for my mum who has recently been in hospital together with the new Tranquility Rose Simple Coloring Stencil Set. 

I started by using a piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock cut to 4.25"x8.5" (which would be cut down a little smaller later on) and I inked the three layers of the stencil to create a floral background. I started with the lightest ink of Mountain Mist, then went to Volcano Lake and finished with Lagoon for the top and darkest layer of the stencil. These are from the Sea Shore mini ink pad set. 

I then cut the panel down by 1/2" off the side and the top and added a little more ink around the edges, as I found this helped it to 'pop' off the white base a little better. 

I Inked up some more card stock in the Lagoon ink and die cut the shadow word hugs from the Hello & Hugs die set, and did the top layer of the word in white. I then stamped the "sending healing' from the Sentiment Strips 2 stamp set onto white card and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then inked that strip with the Lagoon ink also so that it would all match perfectly.

I layered the sentiments onto the panel with foam tape and then used more foam tape to attach the completed panel to the white top folding note card. Adding a few clear sequins completed the card. 

I think this card design would look great in any colour combination! 


Thanks for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed my project. 

19 January 2021

Altenew Creativity Inspired: Craft Room Makeover

Altenew have a great contest on their blog at the moment to share the space where you create, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share my newly renovated craft room with you. I also love to see where other people create and am always looking for new organisational tips and ideas.

When my eldest daughter moved out last January I started to think about how I could use her space for extra storage since I had long outgrown my small craft room (which was 2.5 metres x 3.3metres) and I felt very overcrowded in my space and found that I was spending less and less time in there. 

Finally we decided that knocking the wall down (easy to do since the rooms are side by side) would be the best option and would double my current space. So the week before Christmas the builder came in and started the demolition. The whole project started on a Monday and was completed ready to move in by the Friday ... so quick! Just in time to get everything back in before Christmas and before my upcoming hip replacement surgery on 4th January because I knew I would be out of action for a while.

COLOUR: After having the same color in my craft room for almost 12 years I decided to change it up and went for a soft blue/seafoam colour which I am loving, as I find it such a calming colour. 

PLANNING: I used a room planning website (like planyourroom.com) in the weeks leading up to the renovation so that I could move the furniture around and work out my configuration on the plans before moving everything back in. This allowed me to know exactly how everything would fit and what extra pieces I needed to buy from Ikea to complete the new set up. The rest of the pieces I already had. 

WORK STATIONS: I decided to set up different productivity zones or areas in my room.. For example I purchased a new cabinet that was just the right height so that I could set my die cutting machines on top and use it as a die-cutting station, but the cabinet also provided a lot of extra storage. My cutting plates for my machines also sit within reach on a peg board directly above and extra die cutting equipment is in the cabinet below.

I decided on two desks, one a computer/office desk and the other for crafting. The office desk is also great if a friend wants to come and craft with me and it doubles as extra space for planning out kits for the classes that I teach. This combination gives me 3 metres of workable desk space! More than double what I had previously. I also decided to place them directly under the windows and I love the natural light that this gives me. It meant I didn't have a wall in front to store items, but adding drawers under the desk solved that problem. 

All of my colouring mediums are now in a trolley on wheels, which is easy to move around as I need it and can be stored out of the way when I don't.

I added drawers under my desk as I mentioned above, to allow me to put everything I use frequently close at hand. The drawers  hold things like my trimmers, stamping tools, most used inks, adhesives, pre-cut card bases etc all within reaching distance, yet out of site when not being used so that my workspace can remain clutter free. 

All of my Altenew stamps, dies, stencils and embossing folders are stored together on one shelf for easy access, since I am doing the Altenew Educator Certification Program and need them all close at hand. And I have a drawer that holds all of my Altenew Inks, papers and embossing powders etc. 

Here are a few more photos of my room and the various storage options I use. I removed the door from the closet so that I could place some open shelving and storage boxes for easy access.

All of my stamp & die storage is in these two bookcases with my Altenew all being on the top shelf. 

All of my 8.5x11 coloured cardstock is stored in these two tubs which is easy to reach and the lids help to keep the dust out. I also store them away from the window to resist fading. 

This bookcase is close by and holds all of my most used white card stocks, specialty papers, vellum, acetate etc. 

And to finish, I thought I would share a few photos of the renovation process and how the room looked before the makeover. 

My previous craft space.

The wall came down!

Almost ready!

I am looking forward to spending many hours in my new happy place, creating many more projects! Thanks for joining me and taking a look around my creative space.