Altenew Tulips…

Altenew Tulips

Hello and a happy Thursday to you!  Today’s card has been made using Altenew’s Tulip set.  Now, I’m not the fastest stamper – especially when I’m using layering stamps! so considering that this is a 7×7 card, you might be able to imagine how long it took me to stamp the tulips!!   It took 45 stamps to complete the tulip border (5 different stamps for each of the 9 flowers).  I won’t say how long it took me, but it gave me a  bad back afterwards!  Anyway,  I really liked how it turned out – good job really!  I should explain that I have to craft standing  – hence the back pain!

To make this I also used: DP – Polka in the Meadow – Lawn Fawn, Striped ribbon and twine, Bella & Boo Enamel Dots, the MISTI, and the following Memento inkpads; Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Nautical Blue, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Sweet Plum, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly and also Altenew inks – Summer Afternoon and Red Sunset.

Altenew Tulips 2


That’s all from me for this week.  I hope you have a lovely weekend, take care  Karen 🙂


MISTI Magic…

More Altenew!

Hello 🙂  I am back today with 2 more cards using Altenew stamps.  But, this is a little before and after exercise to show you what my new friend can do…it’s name is MISTI!  When I first saw the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented I didn’t think that it was something that I really needed.  But then, I started watching tutorials on You Tube, read reviews and after a lot of deliberation –  bought one!  The thing that swung it for me was the fact that you can stamp an image or sentiment again if it hadn’t turned out crisp enough the first time.  So many times I have stamped something and it hasn’t been a great impression and so it’s put me off doing what I was intending to do with it.  Also, the amount of times that I have stamped a sentiment on a card but then accidentally moved it and then it’s all ended up wonky!  I have to say that I was a little apprehensive before I first used it.  I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations of it – was it all hype how good they are?  Let’s be honest, they’re not the cheapest crafting tool out there, I really didn’t want to feel that I had wasted my money.  Thankfully though, I can honestly say that I love it!  I’m much more confident in my stamping now and have been trying things that I know I wouldn’t have got the same results before having a MISTI.  Look at these cards below.  The one on the left was stamped with an acrylic block, the one on the right with the MISTI.

Altenew closeup 1            Altenew closeup 2

I hope you can see how much more solid and crisp the colours are on the right. Every time that I have stamped since purchasing the MISTI I have used it.  Of course there are other ways to use this in your stamping but for me, it’s worth it just doing what it’s doing for me!

To make these cards I also used: Altenew – Peony Bouquet and Painted Flowers stamp sets, Altenew – Red Sunset inks,  Memento Bamboo Leaves and New Sprout inkpads.  Washi tape and sentiment stamps from Craftwork Cards.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!  Take care – Karen 🙂