Altenew – More Anniversary Wishes…


Hi there!  I’m back from my week off with the kids feeling relaxed and rejuvenated – or do I mean shattered and in need of another holiday?!!  Well, all I do know is that we all had a great time at Center Parcs like we always do 🙂

Today I’m sharing this anniversary card that I made for my sister to give to her brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  Again I have used Altenew’s Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies stamps and dies and also the Peony Bouquet stamp set.


Other supplies used: Black cardstock and Patterned papers by lawn Fawn – Let’s Polka in the Meadow.  Lawn Fawn’s Every day Sentiments Banner Die and sentiment stamp by Waltzingmouse Stamps – Frame It. Mama Elephant Park Avenue frame die and the following Tuxedo inkpads – Tuxedo Black and New Sprout. Red Sunset and Summer Afternoon inks from Altenew.

That’s all from me for this week.  Thanks for popping by today, take care – Karen 🙂

Altenew…Day 5 (It’s the last one… I promise!)

Altenew butterflies

Yay!  It’s Friday – have you got the Friday feeling?  I know I have!  Today is the last day of the Altenew week here on my blog. This card has again been made using Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies and I have used Neenah Desert Storm Card for a change. I really like how this turned out on this card, I don’t use it enough so will be rectifying that in the future!  I thought it might be nice to make a little gift bag to go with this which I made using Reverse Confetti’s Tagged Tote Die which I love.

Altenew Butterflies 2

I used the following memento inks here : Tuxedo Black, Potter’s Clay, Cantaloupe and Tanjelo.  Also, some ribbon and twine and a stamped sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

This week has just been about me wanting to share the first cards that I have made using my first two sets of Altenew stamps and the very nice freebie that I got with the latest edition of Simply Cards and papercraft!  When I first saw these layering stamps I was a little intimidated by them and didn’t think they were for me.  But, you know something…I love them and have got my eye on a few more sets!!!  I think the stamps speak for themselves and so cards can be pretty simple in design but look fabulous!  The thing is, because of the ‘loose’ style of these stamps it doesn’t matter really if you don’t get them lined up quite right, they are very forgiving.

Thank you for stopping by today and if you have been this way during the week – then thank you so much for sticking with me 🙂  I hope you have a great weekend whatever you are doing – I’m going for a rest in a dark room!!!

Take care – Karen 🙂


Altenew…Day 4

Anniversary Wishes Altenew

Hello and welcome to day 4 of my Altenew Week here on my blog.  Today’s card is one that I have made for my brother and sister-in-law for their anniversary in May using Painted Flowers and also Painted Butterflies stamps and dies.  I love the butterflies but just die-cut 2  and popped some foam tape on the back for some dimension. I also used Memento ink pads:  Tuxedo Black, New Sprout, Bamboo Leaf, Lulu Lavender and Sweet Plum. The strip of lilac cardstock is American Crafts and the stripe paper is from my stash but can’t remember who by!  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I am really pleased how this turned out.  I think the secret to using Altenew stamps is to keep the cards quite simple and let the stamps do the talking!  I hope you can join me tomorrow for the last card in this Altenew week – I promise!  I appreciate you stopping by and for your lovely comments – thank you!  Take care – Karen 🙂


Altenew… Day 2

Altenew Painted Flowers


Hi there!  Today I’m sharing my second card in this Altenew inspiration week!  This was the second card that I made using Painted Flowers and I went a little bit off-piste here.  I only used the outline stamp and then added the colour using Spectrum Aqua Markers.  I was pleased with the results so simply teamed it with some black card for the frames. The sentiment was made on the computer.  I also used Spellbinders Circle Dies, Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Dies, watercolour card, Spectrum Aqua Markers, twine and an Archival Jet Black ink pad.

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That’s all from me for today.  I hope you can stop by tomorrow to see what I have made using my free Altenew rose die that I received with the latest copy of Simply Cards and Papercraft. Take care – Karen 🙂

Altenew Week……

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Hi there! I hope you enjoyed a great weekend and have had a good start to the new week!  This week on my blog I’m going to be sharing the first cards that I have made using the Painted Flowers stamp set from Altenew, and also Painted Butterflies and dies to match. I have also made 2 cards that were made with my free gift from Simply Cards and Papercraft this month which was a rose and leaf stamp and dies to match – yes, and they were Altenew!  Apparently the wrong gift had been sent out to lots of subscribers this month and we should have got the Altenew set next month – but I’m not complaining!

When I first saw these layering stamps I thought they were beautiful but probably a bit complicated for me! However, I really wanted to give them a try so bought the Painted Flowers set.  I watched You Tube video’s about how to use them, and I downloaded the cheat sheet from the Altenew website which shows how to match up each stamp layer – this helped a lot!

So, this was my first attempt and I was pleased enough with it to make it into a card!  This one is for my daughter’s teaching assistant to say thank you for the extra maths lessons she’s been holding before school each day to help the kids prepare for their SATS in May (I for one will be glad when they are over!)  I used the Four Scoops Altenew inks on this card and the sentiment is from Avery Elle’s Wreath and Banner stamp set. The thin strip of lemon card at the top is American Crafts and the banner die is from Spellbinders.

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Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see the next card that I made using these beautiful stamps.  Take care – Karen 🙂