Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey there, friends! I’m so excited to be joining the Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop! If you’ve started the hop from the beginning then you would have come from Sveta Fotinia’s Blog. If you’ve started here, WELCOME! I’ll have a link to the next person in the hop at the bottom of the post; along with a complete list of hoppers.

I was so honored to have been invited to participate in this blog hop and Altenew sent me some really fun goodies to play with! I was sent the Verdant Walk 6×6 Paper Pad, the Pastel Dreams 6×6 Paper Pad, the New York Stamp Set, the Delicate Primrose Stamp Set and the Flower Vine Stamp Set … and WOW! Altenew products never cease to amaze! I immediately fell in love with the patterned papers, and I knew I would use them as my focal points for my scrapbook layouts.

The New York Stamp Set was the inspiration for my first project. I started with multiple patterns from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pad for my first layout. I wanted to use as many patterns as possible so I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to spell out my title, New York New York. I added hand stitching detail to each of the pattern papers. I positioned the letters on the top and bottom of the layout; leaving an open space in the middle of the layout.

I positioned my photo on the layout and used the New York Stamp Set right next to the photo. I started by placing the stamp on the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and used Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink. I wanted to create a mixed media, watercolor look with the stamp set so I lightly sprayed the stamp with water after applying the ink. I then cleaned the stamp and applied another layer of ink and stamped directly on the background (without using water this time) to get a more of a detailed image of the stamp set. I also added stamped words from the same New York Stamp Set around the title.

I fussy cut numerous floral images from another patterned paper from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pad and scattered the flowers around the layout. I also used a few wood buttons from the Reflections Scrapbook Kit and enamel dots from the Our Family Scrapbook Kit.

Now you can check out my process video showing how this layout came together!

For my second project, I focused on the Verdant Walk Paper Pad.

I fussy cut the hanging florals from 2 of the matching papers from the paper pad and positioned the florals at the top of the 12×12 white cardstock background. I added a wash of light peach watercolor under the florals and allowed the color to run down the page. I also stamped the Flower Vine Stamp Set in that same area. I love the hints of gold peeking out from behind those beautiful fussy cut florals!

I then essentially created a grid with my photos and embellishing underneath the fussy cut florals. I used tissue paper and another patterned paper from the Verdant Walk Paper Pad to back my photos. I added my title using black alphas, from the Altenew Reflections Scrapbook Kit, to the right and left of my photos. I wanted to bring in a little more black to help the alphas mesh with the layout, so I fussy cut numerous florals from the Verdant Walk Paper pad. I added in a few enamel dots around the page for added detail, added my journaling under the photo along with the date, using the Altenew Date Stamp.

Here’s a process video that shows how this layout came together!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/18/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/22/2018.

Altenew has also kindly offered for me to give away a $30 Altenew gift certificate! All you need to do to enter the giveaway on my blog is to leave a comment on this blog post! (To leave a comment, head to the top of my blog & click on the number to the right of this blog post title.) I will be announcing the winner of the $30 gift certificate on my blog on December 18, 2019, so be sure to check back to see if you were the winner!
<<< The giveaways are now closed>>>

There is so much talent in this blog hop and I have no doubt that you’re finding inspiration as you’re making your way through! Next up is Nicole Picadura.

This blog post contains affiliate links. This means I will receive a commission (at no cost to you) from items purchased from those links.

Below is a complete list of the hoppers and you can find a complete list of hoppers on the Altenew Card Blog if you get lost as you’re hopping along:

Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
May Sukyong Park
Kristina Pokazanieva
Therese Calvird
Zsoka Marko
Zinia Redo
Laura Jane
Virginia Lu
Kathleen Graumüller
Erum Tasneem
Laurie Willison
Svitlana Shayevich
Emily Midgett
Lilith Eeckels
Alex Syberia
Sveta Fotinia
Kelly Janes <<< You are here
Nicole Picadura
Reiko Tsuchida
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Vicky Papaioannou
Rubeena Ianigro
Olga Moss
Sandra Dietrich
Dana Gong
Agnieszka Malyszek
Norine Borys
Amanda Korotkova
Kymona Tracey
Cynde Whitlow
Lydia Evans
Isha Gupta
Enza Gudor
Aya Elsheshtawy


The Cut Shoppe // Getting to Know You Blog Hop


Welcome to The Cut Shoppe-Getting To Know You Blog Hop! The term for the new design team started this month so we are taking a little time to introduce ourselves. If you’ve been hopping along in order you would have come from Zinia’s Blog. If you’ve started here you’ll still be able to make it all the way around because I have a full list of the hoppers below! Be sure to check it out so you don’t miss out on anyone’s projects! Each blog is offering a GIVEAWAY to The Cut Shoppe so be sure to read through my entire post to see how you can be entered to win!

First things first, let me introduce myself! My name is Kelly Janes and I’m so glad that you are hopping along with us! Ashley has come up with fun questions for each team member to answer so you can get to know us better, but before I jump into the questions I want to show you a project I created using the cut & fold Sassy Circles Cut File.

The Cut Shoppe/Blog Hop/Sassy Circles


I typically scrapbook photos are that 4×6 or smaller so this large 8×10 photo felt a little dooming. That is why it’s been sitting in my craft room since 2010! By using the photo to back the cut file I was able to hide the dark, empty areas on the photo. I used multiple products including patterned paper from the CTMH Magical Collection as my base. I love both sides of this paper-the subtle triangle pattern on the front & the yellow with the small white polka dot print. By using the cut & fold cut file I’m able to see both patterns on my layout! I also added embellishments from Simple Stories Say Cheese I & II, and other odds and ends from my stash.

The Cut Shoppe/Blog Hop/Sassy Circles

I also created a process video so you can see how it all comes together & it includes a tutorial showing you how I customized the cut file by moving the heart from the center of the circle to the bottom to better fit my photo.

UPDATED DISCLAIMER: It is mentioned in this YouTube Process Video that I am not an affiliate with Cricut. Since the publication of this video I have become an affiliate with Cricut. I will, as always, give my honest opinions and only recommend products I love to use.

Now here’s a little info so you can get to know me better!!

1. How many times in a week do you work on something scrapbook related?
I need to be able to dedicate at least a few hours when I walk into my craft room so I typically only scrapbook on the weekends. I work full time outside the home so it can be a little tricky to find time during the work week. I wish I could scrapbook for 15-20 minutes and then walk away but I like to be able to fully invest myself in the project. I do work on blog posts, social media, editing videos, etc throughout the week.

2. What’s your favorite subject to scrapbook?
This one is easy…My family! I love documenting our everyday moments and our adventures while on family vacations!

 3. What is your favorite color to use on your layouts/projects? What is your least favorite color?
I have two favorite colors….yellow & teal! My least favorite color? I’d have to say purple, mainly because I do not use that color very often.

4. Why do you like using cut files on your layouts/projects?
Cut files completely transformed the way I scrapbook! I love how versatile they are! They are like an embellishment and a feature design element wrapped in one!

5. What are some of your other favorite hobbies? If you were not a scrapbooker, what other hobby do you think would consume most of your time?
I enjoy reading and cooking. I don’t do either very often but I do enjoy it! If I wasn’t a scrapbooker another hobby that would consume my time…Is binge watching Netflix considered a hobby?!? Ha!! I would love to try gardening. I’ve tried it in the past and have failed every time!!

 6. Tell us 5 things we don’t know about you!
#1. My favorite Saturday morning tradition is to grab a cup of coffee and catch up on YouTube process videos before my kiddo or husband wake up.
#2. I collected papercrafting products (stamps, paper, embellishments, etc) for almost 2 full years before I did anything with them!
#3. I tried scrapbooking at a younger age (14 or 15 years old) with my mom and sister and hated it! I went to a crop with them and actually left early because I was bored out of my mind!! I started my collecting phase after I was married because I wanted to scrapbook our wedding, but I didn’t dive in head first until after my son was born. Now it’s one of the things I’m most passionate about!
#4. I’m addicted to Pretty Little Liars! I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but it’s the only thing I watch when I scrapbook. Don’t judge me! HA!
#5. If you watched my process video or have been following my blog then this isn’t a surprise, but I’m a Cricut user! Stay tuned for more process videos showing how I use cut files in Cricut Design Space.
TCS Giveaway
Now onto the GIVEAWAY! It’s simple & easy to enter the giveaway! Just leave a comment on this blog post by July 10th. (To leave a comment-click the number at the top of the page next to the title) A winner will be chosen randomly & will receive a $5 gift certificate to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store. The winner will be announced on The Cut Shoppe Blog on July 13th so be sure to check there to see if you were one of the lucky winners!!
Next up on the hop is Enza!
And here is the entire list of hoppers in order just in case you get lost as you are making your way through the hop!
Kelly Janes <—-You are here
Thanks for stopping by!
Kelly Janes