**ViDEO+GIVEAWAY** Easy Watercolor Stamping (Altenew May Release Blog Hop)


As the weather is getting warmer and warmer (almost too hot sometimes!), lots of different flowers are blooming and adding lots of colors all around us. Altenew’s May release perfectly reflects those pretty flowers in my opinion. With more layering stamps, wonderful sentiment sets, and coordinating dies, your crafting time for May will be more fun!


I am so excited to be participating in this blog hop to celebrate the latest release. And I will be sharing one of my favorite techniques of all time – watercolor stamping. This is perfect for when you are short on time but want watercolor effect on your projects.

All you need to create this effect is your favorite water-based dye ink and clean water mist. Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks are perfect for layering images and they are water based, so I thought it was a perfect combination of both for today’s card.


One of many questions I get is how to get a smooth stamping impression – I talk about stamping season in the video tutorial above so make sure to check it out!


I used one of my new all time favorite for this card – Painted Rose stamp set is really a great one to use with this technique. You can create nicely blended watercolor look with different layers and color shades.


This card was made for one of the teachers I work with and she will be retiring after this year, so I wanted to create something simple yet elegant card to give with a small gift. The result was a perfect satisfaction in my opinion. What do you think?


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click  SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project from me. Next stop on the blog hop is Svetlana Shayevich. Make sure to leave some love on her blog!


  1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Blog by Thursday, May 19th, 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on Friday, May 20th.
  2. I am also giving away a $30 gift certificate to a lucky winner! Leave a comment below by Thursday, May 19th, 11:59 PST. I will announce a winner here on Friday, May 20th.

*** Giveaway Winner! Congrats, Valgerdur! Please email Altenew at winner@altenew.com with a subject May Release Blog Hop Winner to claim your prize!

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**VIDEO+GIVEAWAY** Dimensional Floral Background – Altenew 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop


Hello there! Today is going to be a fun, inspiration filled day for you since various designers are coming together to celebrate Altenew’s 2nd birthday! I am so happy to be a part of this special celebration and hope you enjoy the 3-day long blog hop along with great prizes and offers. (If you are just starting with me, no worries, you can make a full hop circle by going through the full blog hop list at the bottom of this post.)


Today’s video tutorial contains 2 projects that will WOW your card recipients and you get to have a lot of fun creating them as well! Since Peony Bouquet was released in January, a lot of people emailed me asking what would be the easiest way to line these floral images to create realistic looking peonies. So, today’s tutorial shows just that! You can also download the layering guide from Altenew to get some visual help.

In the video tutorial below, you will be able to see how to line each image up to complete the flowers and which inks to use as color combinations. I try to make it as simple as I can so hopefully you can find this tutorial helpful!

Altenew’s Crisp Inks are my go-to ink pads for layering stamp sets. They come in 4 shades in a color so it takes out the color guessing completely and make it effortless for you. All you have to do is use these shades for each layer image and stamp them!


Big peony petals add great dimensions and colors to cards – especially when they are cut so precisely with the coordinating Peony Bouquet Die. I stamped bunch of these flowers and cut them out using the die, and attached them on the card with foam tapes to create dimensional background.


Since I love this technique so much, I decided to create a 2nd card using the same stamp set but chose a different flower and ink combination. Don’t you just love this bright yellow flowers that shout spring to us?

For this color, I used Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink for outline image and couple greens for the leaves, and yellow/brown colors for the flower petals. This image is fairly easy to line up compare to the first card I created.


So there you go – 2 great dimensional cards with beautiful images from Peony Bouquet stamp set. Did you enjoy the tutorial? Certain hope so!

Check out more information on giveaways and special offers below and head over to the next stop on the hop Darlene will share another amazing project with all of you.


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click  SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!


We have amazing giveaways and more prizes from Altenew and awesome sponsors!! Leave comments along the way for the opportunity to win one of THREE prize packs (over $100) from Altenew! You might also see some “not-yet-released” stamps in these prize packs!

There are 8 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments on each stop by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win! 13 winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the hop list and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Apr 14th.


Looking for some shopping deals? Check out two special offers below:

  • First 100 orders : 1 free mini stamp set (Starting April 7th at 9:00 AM EST)
  • Orders over $75 : 1 free mini stamp set (Now through Sunday, April 10, 2016)


Kristina Werner
Anna Kossakovskaya
Simon Says Stamp
Agnieszka Malyszek
Melania Deasy
Marika Rahtu
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Nicole Picadura
Darlene DeVries
Pamela Ho

**VIDEO** Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop by Altenew

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Happy Monday! There is no better way to start the new week with full of inspiration and fun giveaways, right? I am so excited to be joining the Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop by Altenew!

Altenew is currently running a wonderful card drive called Celebrating Parents. It is a great way to add smiles on the faces of those who could use extra love on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. What a great cause! You can check out more details on the card drive HERE.

To make this a bit more extra special, Altenew released THREE brand-sticking-new stamp sets today. I created today’s card using two of those stamp sets and it was so much fun. And, Altenew will be donating 20% of profits from these stamps to a nursing home to help those in need. So all and all, you take part in this awesome campaign by purchasing those wonderful stamps!


I get a lot of emails asking what would be some easy and simple ways to add watercolor without having a good watercolor skill set. Today’s project was created in hopes of giving an idea for those looking for worry-free ways to add loose watercolored look on their creations. You can watch the video below to see how this cards comes to life!

The tutorial I am sharing today allows you to get more out of your dye inks, especially the ones that are water-based just like Altenew Crisp Dye Inks! Another thing that is great – these inks come in color shades that coordinate with each other, there is no need to color-guess! You can simply choose two or three of these shades to create easy color combo for watercoloring.


Simply let the water do the work and allow pigments to dance around. Your project will be a work of art in no time! Next stop on the blog hop is Sveta Fotinia. Make sure to stop by and leave her some love!



  1. Wanna win $30 gift certificate? Leave me a comment below for a chance to win! Giveaway closes on April 8th, 11:59pm PST. I will announce the winner on April 10th.
  2. Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to TWO lucky winners! Make sure to leave comments on their blog for a change to win. Entry closes on April 8th, 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on April 10th on their blog. Good luck!

**Giveaway Winner**


Congrats, Nandini! I’ve contacted you via email so check your inbox!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click  SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!




**VIDEO** Watercoloring w/ Color Bursts


Hello there!! It has been a while since I was able to sneak in some crafting time — I started a new job two weeks ago so it has been so crazy! However I hope to at least share one project a week with you from now on. Thank you for those who checked in with me to make sure I was okay! Crafty friends are the sweetest ones out there I tell ya.

I bought this awesome stamp set from Wplus9 last month and it has been just sitting on top of my craft desk! I so wanted to use it and finally had the chance to do so. I hope you enjoy the video tutorial below! (I changed my lighting.. what do you think?)

If you know me well, I am all about keeping it clean and neat. But with these color bursts powders, I had so much fun being a bit “messy.” I think it is good to go out of your comfort zone once in a while, don’t you agree?


Another fun thing about Color Bursts is that you can automatically get different shading effects. I hardly need to fiddle around with the pigments once the powers met clean water. Let them sit for a bit, give them some time to dry. You will see amazing results!


I am sorry if you are sick of seeing so many watercolor projects from me 🙂 I promise I will share other techniques soon! Watercoloring is so soothing to me, I tend to reach for it often to distress myself.

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next week!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click  SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!

**VIDEO** No Outline Watercoloring w/ Peerless Watercolor


Hello there!

I don’t know about you, but I am oh-so-ready for spring. The weather over here in California is getting warm already and we are seeing flowers blooming too! So I thought I would take some supplies out and practice watercoloring.

Watercoloring is one of my favorite art techniques to play with, but I always struggled with no-outline watercoloring. The amount of water and colors to use, when to use them and how to lay them on a paper are so tricky to me. So I decided that I would practice more this month with it.

I am sharing the process with you and hope you find it helpful, if you ever wanted to give it a try. Hope you enjoy the video tutorial!

Leaving the image to dray naturally seems to work better for me when I work on watercolor pieces. But if you are short on time, you can definitely use a heat tool.


I also like to practice on my Visual Journal Watercolor book. This way I do not have to always worry about making a card, just practice and enjoy coloring. It is a good quality too!

What is your favorite watercolor technique? I think with enough practice, I will really enjoy this no-outline watercolor technique soon.


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click  SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, or AMZ for Amazon. All the products were personally purchased, otherwise noted. Enjoy shopping and happy creating!

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