Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Altenew Fantasy Floral Dies and Blog Hop Winner


Hey everyone! 

I had so much fun working with the latest Altenew die release that I was inspired to pull out the Fantasy Floral 3D die set.  I picked this set up late last year, but hadn't gotten around to using it yet and it was time!

For the bottom layer of both flowers I didn't have the 'right' shade, so I used a lighter shade and added a bit of ink blending.  There are only three layers to these flowers so it's quite easy to put together.  


The leaves were both cut from a lighter and darker green color and then I assembled the pieces in a grid design over a piece of cardstock that I had dry embossed using the new Watercolor Stripes cover.  It's hard to see in the photos, but adds just the right bit of texture to the card.

The sentiment is from the Wild Hibiscus set.

A gold mat finished this off.  

Now, I owe you all a blog hop winner.

The lucky lady is....  

Melissa Fredrichs

Congratulations Melissa!  Please email winner@altenew.com with the subject line Altenew January Release Blog Hop Winner from Miriam's Blog to claim your prize.

*Affiliate Links to Ellen Hutson below and to Altenew in above text.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


I'm excited to be participating in Altenew's January release bog hop today!  Altenew is releasing a whole slew of dies and I had a blast playing with them!  You should be arriving from Vicky Papaioannou's blog.

The first thing I wanted to try out when my package came was this Cube Cover Die.  I love cover plates, and anything geometric, so this was an obvious choice for me.  I cut it from Persimmon cardstock layering it over a dark teal.  I also cut it from a very light peach.  I used the cut out diamonds from the peach for the tops of the cubes, adhering them with Tombow Mono.


The sentiment dies is actually the you from the Thinking of You die that is releasing, i just trimmed out the you and added to a secondary sentiment from the Teachers Rule set which was embossed on black.  


I love the retro mid-century vibe this one has!  

I wasn't done with the cover plate yet though, I still had the insides of the Persimmon as well as plenty more diamonds from the soft peach, so I picked another orangey/peachy color, mid way between the two, and cut it again.


This time I inlaid the pieces to create a dimensional cube effect.  The sentiment was creating using the new Caps Bold Alphabet Set.  (The lowercase set is one of my favorites so I was thrilled to see that it was coming out in caps!)  To add some extra dimension/interest I overlapped the letters and popped some out.  


The secondary sentiment is from the Floral Shadow set.

Next up I just HAD to try out the Peony Dream 3D Die set.  I love peonies and I love the look of layered floral dies, this did not disappoint!  It's a bit tricky the first time around, but it comes with a guide which makes all the difference!


It's just such a wow effect!  There are five layers to the flower not counting the center piece.  I didn't have that many shades of yellow, so for one of the layers I just re-used one of the yellows, but made it a bit darker using a blending tool and Warm Sunshine ink.  You can also always cut these from white cardstock and color them.  


I again used that Cube Cover Die for the background, embossing it onto the white panel to create some texture.

The sentiment is from Magnolias for Her.

For my last card, I had all the dies out!  Well not really, but this one incorporates five of the new dies.


I started with the Watercolor Stripes cover die which was cut in white and layered onto my card to create a great tone on tone background.

I used leaves from both the Peony Dream and Rose Flurries 3D sets and those little twigs are from the Create-A-Wreath set.  Finally, I used the Thinking of You die for the sentiment.


The sentiment die was cut four times, twice from red and twice from dark gray, used for the bottom two layers, which I think helps set it off a bit more.  I also added some very subtle Copic shading to the sentiment.

This is a packed release and you're going to want to keep hopping because there is so much to see and so many prizes to win!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, January 15th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/17/2018.

In addition, I have a $30 gift certificate to give away.  Just leave a comment and you'll be entered to win!

Your next stop on the hop is Enza Gudor, and I've got the whole list below in case you get turned around.  Good luck!


*Affiliate links in text to Altenew and below to Ellen Hutson

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Essentials By Ellen January Release


Hi everyone!  I'm sharing a couple cards featuring the newest release from Ellen Hutson today.  It is such a cute release, but as you'll see, I couldn't get past the penguins in the Arctic Pals set!  They were just too much fun to play with!

That waving penguin just made me smile, and I pictured him kind of jumping up trying to get your attention in a crowd, and this first card just fell into place once I had that visual in my mind.


This card is both really easy and also a little time consuming.  The time consuming part is because of all the masking.  I actually did this twice because the first time, I only made a few masks and moved them around, but I am not a neat stamper and all I can say is, smudges everywhere.


So, the second time around I just stamped a whole passel of those penguins on some post it tape trimmed them out and just placed them over the penguins as I stamped.  I did pencil in a ground line so the bottom would be level, but the rest were eyeballed.

For the second card I really wanted to work with the Strands die which is so cool that it sold out almost immediately.


I cut the die out of a panel of white cardstock and placed it over my card base to mark the edges of the opening with a pencil.  Then I masked off a little beyond that area on the card base and added blue inking.

The sentiment was stamped on the die cut panel which was then adhered to the card base.  I did not adhere the strands as I wanted to be able to tuck the penguins under those.

The penguins were stamped and die cut.  I actually trimmed them down a bit more because I wanted the flippers to stand out, then I adhered them to the card with some foam tape placing them within the contours of the strands and adding a bit of liquid adhesive to secure the strands in place.


That's all for me.  Be sure to head over to the Ellen Hutson blog to check out what the other guests created.  

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Wrap up and Giveaway Winners

Hi everyone!  The Neat & Tangled January release is now live in the store!  Here's a look back at my release week projects:







I also have some winners to announce!

@cardsnplanswithnisha (IG) wins the Maze Die
Lisa's Creative Niche (blog) wins the A-mazing Stamp Set
@betsybirgeart  (IG) wins the Nesting Hexagon Cover Plate
Amy C. (blog) wins the Nesting Hexagon Stencil

Congrats to the winners, please shoot me an email with your mailing details so I can get these sent out.

If there is anything you must have from the release, head on over to the store.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 4 & Giveaways



Today is the last day of release reveals for the Neat & Tangled January release.  Everything will be available for purchase tomorrow morning at 8 AM EST.

There are two mini sets being featured today, and I'm sharing a card created using the Dazzling set designed by Danielle.

I love the crystal/gem formations and really wanted to feature them.  I am usually utterly opposed to cutting up my stamps, but I can see myself using the central element in the image singly for other projects so I went ahead an did it.

I first stamped the crystals on a post it note to use as a mask, and then repeated the design along the borders of my panel.

The coloring is really simple.  No shading, just three shades each of three colors using the darker two shades on the bottom portions of the crystals and the lighter two on the top. 



The sentiment is from the You're a Gem set.

You will definitely want to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to see what the rest of the team created and to be entered to win today's featured products.

Don't forget that I'll also be selecting some winners from commenters throughout the week for some of my new products.  Winners will be announced tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Neat & Tangled January Release Day 3 & Giveaways


It's Day 3 of the Neat & Tangled January Release and today we're showing off the rest of my new products for this release, the Nested Hexagon stencil and cover plate. 

For my first card today, I cut the coverplate from black cardstock, and then trimmed a portion of it away.  I backed the remaining hexagons with some plain white cardstock, and then adhered the entire piece over some yellow patterned paper.

The sentiment is from the Art Deco set.



I love how bold and graphic this is.

Then I decided to play some with the stencil.  I made a couple panels with ink sprays, but my favorite piece ended up being this one which was created by placing a plain piece of paper over the stencil to soak up the excess spray after the initial panel was created.



The sentiments are from the You're Pretty stamp set.



Short and sweet today, but you definitely want to head over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out what the rest of the team created.  I think you're going to love seeing all the different looks at this design, plus a comment there gives you a chance to win these goodies!

I'm going to be giving away some of my products as well.  To be entered to win, be a follower and leave a comment.  For extra chances, head over to my instagram post (@mprantner) and follow the directions on today's post over there.  Winners will be announced on Friday.

See you tomorrow for the final day of reveals!