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. 

16 January 2021

Just Add Ink Challenge #537 - Family

I am hoping to play along with more challenges this year, as I find they always get me started when I am feeling like I am in a bit of a creative slump.  And at the moment I am off work recovering from a total hip replacement so it's good to be able to get into my new craft room and play! 

I have a cousin who has also having a rough time lately and has been in hospital in Queensland, so I decided to use the Family challenge from Just Add Ink to make and send her a card to lift her spirits. 

I have created a slimline card featuring a distress inked and stencilled background. The word dies and stamp are all from My Favourite Things. 

27 December 2020

Altenew - Beautiful Details

I had a lot of fun completing the 'Beautiful Details' class with Altenew as part of my Level 2 AECP Certification. When it came time to choosing my project, I decided on the monochromatic colouring techniques discussed in Lesson 5, taught by Marika Rahtu. 

My first choice would usually be to use a floral image for monochromatic colouring but this time I went with something a little more graphic, and I was wanting to use my new 'Friends Forever' stamp set that I recently purchased. 

I chose a grey cardstock for my base this time for something different, and coloured the image with my French Grey Prismacolor Pencils. Once I finished colouring the image, I decided to cut it out and pop it up  a little on the same grey cardstock panel (die cut with a stitched border) and added a little shading underneath the image using a black pastel pencil.

I stamped the sentiment from the Leaf Canopy stamp set directly onto the card front and splattered the panel with white gouache and added a few clear sequins. I then mounted it onto a white top folding card base with foam tape for dimension and my card was done. 

I really like how this card came out and look forward to doing some more monochromatic colouring soon! 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my project. 


Friends Forever Stamp set
Leaf Canopy Stamp Set
Permanent Black Ink 
Prismacolor Pencils
White Gouache

Altenew - Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Here is my latest card for the Level 2 AECP Certification. This one was for the great class by Llydia Evans called 'Beyond Basic Backgrounds'. I chose to use the example taught in Lesson 6 - Inlaid Die Cutting. 

My first instinct was to use white cardstock as my base with a black outline, but I thought I would mix it up and do my die-cutting into black for a more dramatic look and I love how it came out! 

I chose the 'Wavy Outlines' Die as it was relatively new to me and I had not had the chance to use it yet and this project was perfect!

I die cut the flower from the black panel first and then placed a piece of adhesive paper on the back so that I could use that to keep my inlaid pieces in place. 

I then cut the flower from white, green and coral coloured card.  I laid the white outline in first, and then the flowers and leaves. Before placing the flowers and leaves in place, I inked around the edges of the coral card pieces with Ruby Red ink and the green card pieces with Fresh Leaf ink to add some shading, and then put the pieces in place. Just like doing a jigsaw puzzle! 

Once they were in place, I used a coordinating green mat, and then mounted them both onto a white card base. I stamped the sentiment from 'Sentiment Strips 2' in Permanent Black ink onto white card, cut it into a strip and mounted it on the card front with foam tape for dimension. 

I then placed a few enamel dots from the Tropical Forest collection to finish the card off. 

I love the dramatic look of this card and I hope you do too! 


Wavy Outlines Die
Sentiment Strips 2 stamps set
Altenew Inks: Fresh Leaf and Ruby Red
Enamel Dots in Tropical Forest
Altenew Permanet Black Ink

Altenew - Impressive Heat Embossing

I'm here to share another card for my Level 2 AECP Certification. 

I have always loved heat embossing, it is one of the things that got me really excited when I first started making cards about 23 years ago, and it still has that wow factor! So I really loved the 'Impressive Heat Embossing' class with Svetlana Marchenko. 

I chose to use the example in Lesson 3 of Emboss Resist using inking.  The Altenew inks are perfect for ink blending and work so well together. 

I started by stamping the gorgeous image from 'Arabesque Medallion' onto Bristol smooth cardstock in Altenew Clear Embossing Ink. I then heat set it with Altenew Pure White Embossing powder. Once it was cool I blended the inks going from dark to light at the top.  I started with Ruby Red, then Coral Berry, Orange Cream and Citrus Burst. I love how these colours look like a sunset. I then wiped over the image with a paper towel to brighten up the stamped image again.

Once it was dry I trimmed down the panel and splattered some white gouache onto the front and attached it to a white card base using foam tape for dimension. I then stamped the sentiment from 'Sentiment Strips 2' onto black card using clear embossing ink and pure white embossing powder before cutting it into a strip and attaching it to the front of the card. I added a few clear dew drops to complete the card. 

Arabesque Medallion Stamp Set
Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set
Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Ruby Red, Coral Berry, Orange Cream & Citrus Burst
Altenew Clear Embossing Ink 
Pure White Embossing Powder
Bristol Smooth Cardstock

Altenew - In The Mood For Color

It's been a while between projects, but things have been crazy around here with renovations to my craft room, Christmas and just the general madness that is 2020. And I've gotta say, never have I been more excited about leaving a year behind!  

As I mentioned, I have been renovating my craft space and we removed a wall to join the spare bedroom so I now have double the space I had before! I am hoping the new more organised, and decluttered space will inspire me to craft more in the new year. Although I am having a total hip replacement next Monday so that will have me off work and somewhat out of action for 4-6 weeks. But then there will be no stopping me and my bionic hip! LOL

For now, I have a project to share with you as part of my Level 2 AECP Certification. This card is for the class 'In The Mood For Color' with Stephanie Klauck. I have always been a fan of Stephanie's work so was excited to do her class.  This was all about how different colours portray different emotions.  I have chosen PINK as it represents caring, sensitivity and sweetness.  I also chose a sentiment that ties in with that theme. 

I have used the Sweet Flowers stamp set which I have stamped on Neenah 110lb cardstock in black ink, and coloured with Prismacolor pencils. I then stamped the sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set in Altenew Embossing Ink and set with Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder. I cut it into a strip and used double sided foam tape to attach it to the card front and add some dimension. I trimmed down the panel and mounted it onto a black mat and then again onto a white top folding card base. 

I added a few sequins to complete the card. I hope you enjoyed my project, and I will have a few more to share soon,  as I had to make use of the week I had between Christmas and my surgery to get a projects completed! But I hope it won't be long before I am back enjoying my new craft space. 


Sweet Flowers Stamp Set
Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp Set
Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder
Altenew Permanent Black Ink
Prismacolor Pencils