Thursday, October 14, 2021

Altenew Mixed Media Blog - Guest Designer for October 2021 - "Your beauty shines" scrapbook layout

 Hello and welcome! 

I am SO excited to be guest designing on the Altenew Mixed Media Blog today. Here is a link to the blog:

I have been scrapbooking for 20 years so it was natural for me to want to create a layout using lots of gorgeous Alenew floral designs because flowers make me happy and Altenew have stunning floral stamps, dies, stencils and patterned papers - a happy combination in my opinion!

I created a process video which explains how I put this layout together so I hope you will click on the link below and check it out. I would love for you to subscribe to you YouTube channel "The Crafty Kiwi" for more inspiration and ongoing tutorials on all things papercraft - including cards, mini albums, scrapbook layouts and 3D projects.

Products used:

Altenew 6x6 Celebration paper pad

Lapis Lazuli ink cubes

Meadow Bush Layering Stencil

Peony Dream 3D Die Set

Jumbo Garden Picks Layering Die Set

Greenwood Flowers Layering Stencil Set

Instant Dimension Foam Tape

Reflections Die

Jet Black ink

Inked Lotus stamp set

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Altenew Educators "Alphabet Name Game" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway


$200 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $35 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

There’s MORE! What’s a hop without YOU?! We have included an Inlinkz at the Altenew blog for you to enter your gorgeous Altenew “Alphabet Name Game” creations. We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!


Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/11/2021.

Previous Blog hop: Neha Aggarwal

Next Blog hop: Helen Kalb

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am joining my fellow Altenew Educators for a fun blog hop. 

I made 3 cards for my submission - all using ACETATE as my name starts with an "A".

Card #1:

For this first card, I wanted to create a see-through effect with the acetate. I began but cutting some thick acetate into a 4 1/4 x 11 inch piece and scoring it at the 5 1/2 inch mark. I used the Brick Wall 3D embossing folder and ran it through my die cut machine twice - once on each side of the scored line. 

In order to create more sturdiness, I looked through the 6x6 Celebrate paper pack  and fussy cut around some falling leaves and adhered these at the bottom of each side of the card. 

I then took the Mini Flower Cluster Layering Die Set and die cut 3 sets of flower clusters and leaves. I used various shades of pink from the Red Cosmos Gradient Cardstock and Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock to die cut the layers and layer them up using the layering guide provided in the set. I used some rose gold metallic cardstock to die cut the flower centres and the same cardstock to die cut the sentiment from the Simple Greetings Die Set

Card #2

An acetate overlay panel was my idea for this card. I chose to create a black and silver colour theme for a versatile card which could be used for a special birthday, anniversary or even a wedding card.

The card is a standard A2 size card and the acetate panel measures 4 1/4 x 5 3/4 and scored at 1/4 on the short side to create a hinge to adhere it to the black card panel.

Using the Delicate Primrose stamp set and Versamark clear embossing ink, I stamped one of the floral images all over the heat-resistant acetate sheet and heat embossed it using Antique Silver embossing powder

I also stamped 2 more images plus some leaves in the same way onto silver metallic cardstock from my stash using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed them, then fussy cut the images out and arranged them as a focal point on the card along with some metallic thread from the Metallic Thread Set for some added texture and interest.

The sentiment was stamped onto the same silver cardstock using one of the sentiments from the same floral stamp set and die cut with a banner die from my stash.

Card #3:

Of course, acetate is most often associated with shaker cards and this was my idea for this next card which is also a standard A2 size. I ink-blended a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Broken China Distress Oxide ink towards the middle and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink around the edges. 

I then die cut x3 layers of the Diamond Frame Cover Die

and glued the acetate sheet behind the first one and then 2 more layers behind that. I also used thin strips of foam tape to adhere to the bottom layer, creating a "well" into which I sprinkled some iridescent sequens from Make a Statement Sequin Bundle

I then used my scoring board to help line up the acetate layer containing the sequins and the ink-blended panel. 

I stamped and cut out 2 flowers and some leaves from the Antique Roses stamp set 

using inks from Fall Harvest ink cube set

and arranged them on the card front in the bottom right corner. The sentiment comes from Essential Sentiment Strip Die Set 

and was cut from gold and black cardstock.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my cards and how I created them. I would love you to leave a comment below and subscribe to my blog.

Hop along now to the next blog post by Helen Kalb (link at the top of this post)

Monday, August 2, 2021

AECP Final Workshop - Follow your Rainbow

 Hello and welcome! I am thrilled to be sharing my final task in my Altenew Educator Certification Program. Yesterday I hosted 6 crafty friends at my house - yes, we are very fortunate to not have Covid-19 in New Zealand - and I really enjoyed finally getting to teach again. My biggest passion is to teach paper crafts and over the years I have had many opportunities as I used to own a Scrapbook Shop and designed and taught many different classes. Yesterday just rekindled that passion and I really look forward to many more opportunities to teach for Altenew.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

AECP Level 3 - "Creative Colouring with Erum"

This was a recent course I just had to take as I am always so inspired by Erum Tasneem's YouTube videos she creates for Altenew which always showcase her incredible talent with watercolouring. I am in awe of her talent and would love to be even half as talented as her one day!

 My final card was great fun as I really wanted to try and improve my watercolouring. The class I took was probably my favourite Altenew Academy class. I learned SO much from Erum. Her watercolouring is absolutely amazing and she teaches so well. I was really inspired to try loose watercolouring this time.

I began by embossing the main floral image from the Altenew Fairy Tale Florals stamp set using Versamark ink and Rose Gold embossing powder. I used a smooth watercolour paper for this. I taped it to a clipboard using purple tape so that the panel would remain flat when lots of water was applied. 

I took my time to start with a very light pink from the 36 pan watercolour pallet and used the wet-on-wet technique taught in one of the tutorials. As the embossing creates a "well" it is easier to control the water and ink as it stays inside each area. I air dried between layers and added darker pinks for shadows and some yellow for a varied look. I did the same for the leaves. I die cut the image out using the coordinating die, added foam tape ready to adhere to the card base. I die cut some pink and black cardstock from my stash to layer up, added some black splatters to the panel and then adhered the floral image to the panel. The sentiment was die cut from rose gold card stock using the Essential Sentiment Die Set with some black cardstock behind the open letters so that the words would be more visible. This was adhered using foam tape and a few glitter gems finished the card. 

This close up photo shows in more detail the embossed outlines and the shading and stippling effect.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. 

AECP Level 3 - Fabulous Florals


I just love all flowers so this course was one that caught my eye early on in my AECP journey. The course was presented by Lilith Eeckels and Maryam Perez - two very talented instructors.

For this card I used a slimline size but this time created a vertical card. I cut 2 base panels 4" x 8" and ran one through my die cutting machine using the Organic Linen 3D embossing folder and lightly rubbing a foam blender with pale yellow ink over to help define the texture more. The other panel I wanted to be the same colour as the darkest colour in the flowers but I did not have enough cardstock in the correct colour so I made my own by directly rubbing Midnight Violet die ink onto the outer areas of the panel and allowing this to dry for a few minutes. I trimmed off a very thin strip from each side of the textured panel and adhered them together using a wet glue.

TIP: If you are adhering a very textured cardstock it is best to use a liquid glue as it will stick better than a tape runner or double-sided tape.

I die cut 6 sets of flowers and lots of leaves and stems from the Altenew Craft-a-flower Cosmos Die Set, layered them together using the very useful layering guide which comes with the set and then arranged them down the panel. I added a sentiment from the Altenew Simple Greetings Die Set using black cardstock over vellum. I added some pearls for more interest.

   I hope you like this card as much as I do! I just loved all the die cutting, layering and placement of each flower as the extra space on a slimline size card gives you so much more opportunity to add more flowers!!

AECP Level 3 - Cards in Motion


My card inspired by the class "Cards in Motion" by Ashley Tucker.

It is fun to do something different with a card, just for a change and to make it more interesting for the recipient. I used the Altenew Mini Flower Cluster Die Set to die cut 3 flower clusters and 6 sets of leaves, layer them up and adhere as per the layering guide which comes with the set. 

For the pop-up element I cut a piece of scrap cardstock to a rectangle, score it at every 3/4" so that I had 5 sections. I folded and burnished them then adhered the 2 outer sections together to form a hollow square. I adhered this to the join in the inside of the card base. 

For another interactive idea for this card, I decided to make a shaker window on the front panel. I die cut a rectangle from the middle of an A2 panel then ran this through my die cut machine using the new Deck Planks 3D embossing folder
and inked over the raised parts with some brown ink to create a woodgrain effect. I used the brown as I like brown and teal together. I inked the inside of the shaker with pale pink ink before adding acetate to the open rectangle then adding a double layer of foam tape around the edge to create a "moat" before adding some teal, pink and white sequins from my stash. I added a sentiment embossed with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto vellum and heat set with clear embossing powder. A few matching sequins around the frame finished off the card..

   Here is a look at the inside of the card. I adhered a floral cluster to the square cube which I had made earlier so that when the card is opened the floral cluster stands up. I added the extra leaves for interest and the sentiment from the Mega Label Love stamp set using teal ink.

And here is a close up of the card.

AECP Level 3 - "Elements of Floral Composition"

The course instructor for "Elements of Floral Composition" was Jaycee Jaspar. Jaycee is a very talented Altenew Certified Educator and in this course he taught how to use Colour, Value, Line, Shape, Form, Texture and Space to design a card which looks very pleasing to the eye. I used a combination of most of these for my card design.


 I was inspired by each of the 7 classes, in particular shape. I learned that using a shape behind a floral image gives the eye a focal place to land. I chose a circle shape but you could use a square, oval, even a diamond or star shape. I recently purchased the Altenew Circular Elements Die Set to die cut the largest die into some navy cardstock. I adhered this directly to a A2 card panel. 

I wanted some delicate flowers for my focal image and the Altenew Hill Blossoms Layering Stencils with matching die was the perfect choice. I used Pink Diamond, Rubellite and Razzleberry die ink for the stencil layers and Forest Glades and Evergreen for the leaves. I inked up 2 sets of flowers to layer up using foam tape to create more dimension. I was inspired by the contrast in colours of pink and navy for this card. I think they work well together.

I adhered the floral image to the left of the circle and added a pink ribbon from my stash. 
The sentiment comes from the Painted Poppy Stamp set, I stamped it using Versamark ink and silver embossing powder. I fussy cut the words and layered them up, nestling them in to the right of the floral image. A few sequins in an odd number which is more pleasing to the eye added the finishing touch.

Here is a close up photo of the finished card.