Day 31: Altenew Indoor Garden – Plants on a shelf

Lori: Once again, I took a big stamp set and used one tiny part of it! As much as I love cacti/succulents, This little vase and plant is my favorite part of the set. My base is Gina K Design Blue Denim and both layers are cut with dies from the Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Rectangle Stackables, first in My Favorite Things Blue Breeze, Then in MFT Natural. The Altenew Simply Thinking of You die is in GKD Blue Denim also. I stamped the outline with GKD Jet Black Amalgam, the water with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide, and the leaves with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide. I fussy cut the stamp and added foam tape to make it dimensional.

Devyn: I love Altenew’s layering sets, they’re easy to use with the guide that is included. I used Gina K Designs Honey Mustard cardstock for my base, Gina K Layering Ivory for the stamped layer. I used Altenew Espresso ink for the shelf, Jet Black, Milk Chocolate, Grass Field, and Firefly for the first plant, Jet Black, Olive, and Almond Butter for the catcus, and Mocha, Rocky Shores, Jet Black, Forest Glades, and Bamboo for the middle planter. I cut the ‘welcome’ die from Honey Bee Welcome home out of Gina K Honey Mustard. I used ‘on your new home’ sentiment from Pink Avenue from Pink & Main with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam. This card was a lot of fun to make and helped me to expand my color layering abilities.

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Day 30: Altenew Simple Flowers

Today, we both used Altenew Simple flowers for quick cards.

Lori: I wanted to feature just one flower from the Altenew Simple Flowers stamp set. The rose caught my eye today (Although the hubs says it looks like a purple onion!), and I gravitate to Gina K Design Plum Punch cardstock! I started with a GKD Lovely Lavender base and used the Altenew Cross Stitched Canvas die on My Favorite Things Brown Paper Bag (Yet another discontinued color!) cardstock. The GKD Plum Punch layer was die cut with the MFT Inside & Out Stitched Oval Stax die set. The sentiment die is Altenew Simply Thank You in GKD Slate, coated with Wink of Stella. I hate that it always looks like slug trails in photos! The Simple flower & leaf were stamped on MFT Brown Paper Bag with Distress Oxide inks in Seedless Preserves (which perfectly matched the Plum Punch cardstock!) and Forest Moss. I fussy cut the leaf and flower.

Devyn: I love how simple this stamp set is! I’m using this set as a ‘get well’ because you can never have too many get well cards. I used Gina K Design Lemon Drop base and die cut the Sunny Studios Frilly Frames with GKD Sea Glass. I stamped Altenew Simple Flowers on Neenah 80# Classic Crest Solar White with Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide. I finished off with ‘Get Well’ from Ways to Say Get Well from Picket Fence using GKD Jet Black Almagam Ink.

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Day 29: The Stamp Market’s Simply Penned

Today, we’re both featuring The Stamp Market’s Simply Penned sentiment stamp set. It’s so big and bold, you can easily use it for CAS cards or simple note cards. These cards took 15 minutes or less.

I just HAD to have these giant sentiment stamps from The Stamp Market! They’re a beautiful scripty font, and so BIG! I started with a base from My Favorite Things Lemondrop cardstock, then a mat from Gina K Designs Black Onyx. I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# for the stamped layer. The background is The Ton Polka Dot in MFT Lemondrop die ink, and the sentiment in Versafine Jet Black. Done. I may make sets of these in various sentiments from the Simply Penned set for gifting!

Devyn: The Stamp Market makes awesome products that are a ton of fun! This set is so cute and can be used casually or formally. My card base is Gina K Designs Innocent Pink cardstock and the black and gold foiled dots is from the DCWV Watercolor stack. I got my vellum from my scrap bin, stamped ‘Congrats’ heat embossed with Nuvo Classic gold Detail embossing powder.

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Day 28: Concord & 9th Mini Spirograph Turnabout

Lori: Concord & 9th always so generously give away freebies with minimum purchases. This is their latest and it’s so darn cute! First, I made a base from a Gina K Designs Wild Lilac. Then I added a GKD Turquoise Sea mat. Next, I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock for the stamped layer. I used the following Altenew ink colors for each layer of the turnabout, the sentiment and the heart: Hydrangea, Warm Sunshine, Volcano Lake and Lagoon. The leaves are inked with GKD Grass Field.

Devyn: I started this card off with MFT (My Favorite Things) Lemon Drop cardstock for the base and MFT Cotton Candy cardstock with the Sunny Studios Frilly Frame Polka Dot die to make a cute frame. Then used Neenah 80# Classic Crest Solar White to stamp the spirograph with Fresh Lemon, Puffy Heart, Aqualicious and Cloudy Night from Altenew. I finished it off with ‘Thanks’ from the set with Gina K. Design Amalgam Ink.

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Day 27: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January 2019

Lori: I knew I wanted to turn the January My Monthly Hero kit into a bookstore the moment I saw it. I started with a Gina K Designs Kraft base and stamped The Ton Haute Stripes background stamp on it with Gina K Designs Kraft ink. I then stamped the Hero Arts Bookcase stamp with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock, then coloring with too many Copic markers to count! I die cut the storefront from GKD Kraft, colored with Copic markers, then covered the window with a piece of acetate from the inside. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts In The Study stamp set. I used foam tape to raise the storefront for a little dimension. The finishing touches are die cut stamps from the MMH kit on Neenah 80#, and colored with Copics.

Devyn:The My Monthly Hero by Hero Arts is a great kit! You get quite a bit of stuff in the pack for a reasonable price. I love January’s MMH Kit because you can make really cute storefronts or an A-frame Chalkboard. I started with My Favorite Things Blue Breeze cardstock for a base, then Warm Cocoa from Gina K Designs for the frame and Gina K Designs Slate for the chalkboard. I stamped the sentiment on the chalkboard and heat embossed it with Nuvo Glacier White Fine Detail. I colored the flowers with Copic markers(yay, I have the numbers this time!): RV55, G24, RV00. The pails: C3,C1,C0, E23 (Handle). The wood crate is E57. I finished off by using a blending tool to apply the chalky effect with Tim Holtz Distress Picket Fence.

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Day 26: Honey Bee Stamps Winter Anemone

Lori: I always get so creatively frozen when I need to make sympathy cards. I cry a lot while I make them, and reflect on what I remember about the person if I knew them. I decided that I wanted to create a stash of these so I can just put all my creativity into the inside of the card when I need to send them. Which is all too often, lately. Anyway, the Honey Bee Stamps Winter Anemone stamp set just really has a lovely look, and they can be colored cheerfully, or somberly. I love how this came out. I also truly love the set that this sentiment came from – Simon Says Stamp Moments of Grace. It’s got so many lovely sympathy sentiments. I used Gina K Designs Black Onyx for the base, My Favorite Things Cement Gray for the mat, and I used Gina K Designs Layering Ivory for the stamped layer, cut with a Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Rectangle Stackable die. I stamped the flower and Sentiment with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink. You will not believe this, but I actually noted the Copic marker colors I used! FLower and shadows – W0, W2 and W4, N6 and N8 for the big flower’s center and YG91 and YG93 for the leaves.You’re welcome!

Devyn: This set is very pretty! The winter anemone can be used in a variety of ways and for a lot of different card themes. I don’t always go for subdued cards, however, I thought this set would be a great encouragement card. The base is Gina K Designs Edible Eggplant. I used the embossing folder Swiss Dots by Provo Craft (Cricut/Cuttlebug) on Gina K Designs Layering Ivory. The sentiment is from a really encouraging set called Moments of Grace by Simon Say Stamp and I used Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die to cut out. I colored the Winter Anemone with Copic Markers(I HAVE THE COLORS!! :D) RV0000, RV000, G40, G20, and R35. I used the Scan N Cut to cut the Anemone.

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Day 25: Concord & 9th Grateful for Everything & A Housewarming Card

Lori: I know this pretty much a fall seasonal stamp set, but it’s one of those stamps that grabs my attention when I’m thumbing through my sets. I love the way the two background stamps wrap around the flower arrangement. I started with a base from My Favorite Things Cactus (discontinued) and made a mat from Gina K Designs Honey Mustard that was cut a little longer on the top and bottom than the sides. The word die is cut with GKD Black Onyx cardstock. I used Gina K Designs layering ivory for my stamped layer. The two background sections and the splatters were stamped in MFT Cactus hybrid ink (also discontinued), and I colored with various Copic Markers. I promise to start keeping track of the colors I use very soon!

Devyn: My friends recently bought their 1st house (YAY!) which calls for a card! This card was a whole lot of fun to make! I started with a Gina K Designs Tropical Teal cardstock base, then used Cloudy Frames by Pink & Main to cut a frame from Neenah 80# Solar White Classic Crest. I used my scrap basket to cut all the various pieces from Comic Strip Everyday from Sunny Studio. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Happy Home from Sunny Studio.

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Day 24: Altenew Wild Ferns

Lori: I think at Altenew Wild Ferns has to be my favorite layering stamp so far! It’s crazy easy to layer, and they look so dimensional! I wanted to keep this simple, so I just used a Gina K Designs Dark Sage base, added a GKD Slate mat, and stamped on GKS Layering Ivory cardstock. I used Altenew inks for the leaves – Evergreen, Forest Glade, and Frayed Leaf and Moss, Olive and Parrot. I used Altenew Jet Black for the sentiment.

Devyn: As I have probably said before, I really like Altenew layering stamps. I started out with a Gina K Designs Sweet Mango cardstock base. I stamped Wild Ferns on Gina K Design Kraft cardstock and used Altenew Dye inks Firefly, Grassfield, Shadow Creek, Sweet Leaf, and Hunter Green. I adhered the Kraft layer with the ferns but I thought it needed something else so I used Scotch Expressions Black & White Stripe washi tape down each side and I thought that added a fun touch to it. I had previously layered the Altenew Peruvian Lily using Altenew Dye inks Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Mocha, and Pure Graphite. I used Onyx Black Versafine to stamp the sentiment ‘Just A Note’ from Concord & 9th Hello Lovely.

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Day 23: Altenew Inked Flora

Lori: THis didn’t go quite how I planned. I haven’t used colored pencils a lot, especially on dark cardstock. I used Gina K Designs Slate cardstock for the base. Then I inked the stamp in black and colored with Prismacolor pencils. I blended with Gamsol. The blending doesn’t really show in the photo.I then inked over the stamp again with Versamark and used clear WOW Super Fine embossing powder for the flower and the sentiment. I added a striped washi tape along the bottom. I need much more practice with pencils!

Devyn: This set has a really neat artsy look to it! This looks really pretty either heat embossed or colored in. My base is Tickled Pink by My Favorite Things. I used Lawn Fawn Rose Gold on the flower and used the ‘congrats’ from the same set. I then brought back in the Tickled Pink by using the Fancy Frame Rectangle by Sunny Studio die set. It was that simple!

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Day 22: Altenew Billowing Blossoms

This little surprise from Altenew is so fun to use. We were so thrilled to receive this little set in the mail one day in December as a thank you from the company, and can’t stop making cards with it! This little surprise from Altenew is so fun to use. We were so thrilled to receive this little set in the mail one day in December as a thank you from the company, and can’t stop making cards with it!

Lori: After playing with this a few times using bold color inks, I decided to go for a pastel version. I started with a base of My Favorite Things Pink Lemonade (discontinued) cardstock, a simple layer from MFT Lemon Chiffon, and I stamped on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock. I used Altenew inks in Forest Glade, Frayed leaf, Evening Gray, Pink Diamond, and buttercream. The sentiment is from the Altenew Whispy Begonia stamp set in Evergreen ink.

Devyn: Like I said in my Botanical Backdrop post, I don’t have to send out many sympathy cards but I like to have some ready. With this card, I was trying the CAS method (Clean and Simple) and like the other, this probably took about 15 minutes to make! I started with a Gina K. Design Kraft cardstock base. I used Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Oxide for each of the leaves and let that dry. Next, I used Tim Holtz Distress Picket Fence to stamp the flowers petals and let that dry. I finished the flower by Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide. The ‘with sympathy’ is from Avery Elle With Sympathy die with navy cardstock.

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