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.

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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


Halloween | The Cut Shoppe

For years I had my pictures printed and shipped to me so I have an overload of 4×6 prints that I need to scrapbook. I tend to want to scrapbook newer photos so these older pictures just sit in photo boxes. I’m on a mission to get these pre-printed photos scrapbooked!

12x12 Halloween layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Haunted House Cut File.

When going through the photos, I came across these older photos of Aidan. Be still my heart! I remember everything about this day like it was yesterday. The faces he would make (just like these) when the wind would blow or the sun was in his eyes. How his smile would change as the day would go on because he was exhausted from having his photo taken. How I wish I could go back and tell myself not to worry about getting the “perfect” photo. How much I will cherish these memories when he gets older. How these photos will flood back the memories of him at this age. So much of his personality is captured in these photos and I. LOVE. THEM!

12x12 Halloween layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Haunted House Cut File.

12x12 Halloween layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Haunted House Cut File.

These photos were taken at a local pumpkin patch that has a lot of kid friendly Halloween activities so I gravitated to the Haunted House Cut File from The Cut Shoppe. I cut the cut file on a houndstooth pattern paper and cut off the words “Haunted House”. I then adhered the cut file to my background patterned paper.

After it was adhered, I added handstitching to the spiderweb. Stitching, whether it is handstitching or machine stitching, adds so much texture to a layout! Handstitching does take awhile to complete, but it is ALWAYS so worth it! Plus it gives me an excuse to put a movie on and just sit on the couch!

12x12 Halloween layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Haunted House Cut File.

I moved onto embellishing once I had the handstitching complete. I grabbed a lot of odds and ends from my stash and started layering the embellishments around my photos that I had positioned in the upper left & lower right corners. One of the struggles I have with using these older photos is they are 4×6, which is not a size I love, and at this point in time I was not editing any of my photos. I edit all of my photos now so I sometimes cringe at the quality of these older photos. But as I mentioned above, I’m on a mission to use these and not let them go to waste by just printing a new, edited version. I trimmed the 4×6 photos into squares, which is a size I prefer to use, and find much more manageable.

12x12 Halloween layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Haunted House Cut File.

I used a large die cut from my stash in the center of the webs for my title. I also positioned the year the photos were taken on both sides of that die cut. I added my journaling around the spiderweb and also added a bit of stamping under the photo.

You can find more Halloween inspiration from The Cut Shoppe Design Team on The Cut Shoppe Blog, and remember to visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and digital collections!