Jan 26, 2022

Icy Cold Layered Etcetera Tag

 Hello friends! I am posting another Etcetera Tag for The Funkie Junkie Boutique. When I joined the Design Team last year, I started doing a series of Etcetera Tags and here I am again with #2 for this year. The challenge theme is Icy and Cold. Check out The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog for deets.

This fits right in with my love of cool colors. Not really a snow person!

Jan 22, 2022

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Waterhouse Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

 Hi friends. How are you all today? I am always in the Spring mood and this gorgeous outline flower release from Altenew is perfect for springy cards! I love this large bloom and have three different card techniques to share today.

I am hoping along with many friends today for Altenew. You should have arrived here from Jaycee's blog. If you get lost along the way, the hop starts here on the Altenew Blog.

Jan 12, 2022

Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Feathered Lilies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

 Greetings Crafty Friends! I feel so fortunate to be participating in the Craft Your Life Release: Feathered Lilies. I think this is my favorite kit so far! The blog starts Here. You should have arrived from Laurie Willison's blog.

Starting 2022 off with Layered Decor Tag

 Hello friends. I am so happy to be continuing on the Funkie Junkie's Design Team. Today I am sharing a very layered Etcetera Tag using Old and New Products!

Check out all the layers on this one.  I have a video here if you'd like to just jump there. Here is the link if the video doesn't appear (https://youtu.be/wxaXLjYT1ho).

As you can see, the Etcetera Tag has multiple layers, beginning with Distress Heavyweight Cardstock, ink smooshed with Villaneous Potion, Bundled Sage and Old Paper. Love this combo.  The top left is die cut using the Mixed Media #2 die from Sizzix, another oldie in my collection. There are also layers of stenciling and stamping using Deco Arch stencil, Ledger Script and Faded Type Stamps. The "OLD" to fit the theme comes from using The Fairytale Frenzy Stamp CMS058! I used both a floral bloom to stamp with Hickory Smoke Archival Ink and the Sentiment stamped with Black Soot Archival ink on cardstock with Bundled Sage Oxide Ink. The inks are from the Archival 4 Pack Basic set.

Check out the Crackle Texture Paste, colored with Old Paper ink and applied through an early stencil. Once that dried and was topped with Collage Medium, I used the Wilted Violet Distress Crayon from Set #4 to color in the cracks.

The Perspective Butterfly Die is one of my favorites - so detailed and a great size! I have all the deets in the YouTube video above showing how I ink blended with Old Paper, Villainous Potion, splattered with the Hocus Pocus Mica Stains from the Halloween Release and coated with Distress Resist Spray. I also cut the body out with Black Cardstock for contrast.

We'd love to have you join in on the first challenge for 2022! Check the Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog for deets.

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Jan 7, 2022

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Orion Geranium Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in total prizes)

 Hello friends. The new Craft A Flower Orion Geranium from Altenew is so much fun to work with! I am participating in a fun hop featuring many talented designers. If you are hopping, you should have arrived from Jaycee Gaspar's blog. The entire hop starts HERE.

Jan 4, 2022

Altenew Vintage Galore Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

 Hello Friends! Today I am so excited to share the new Altenew Vintage Galore Release as part of an amazing Blog Hop. If you are hopping, you should have arrived from Fiona Duff's blog. The entire hop begins Here. Be sure to leave some love on all the blog stops to be eligible for prizes (info at the end of this post).

Jan 1, 2022

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Candystripe Cosmos Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in total prizes)

Altenew has done it again! Check out the new gorgeous CandyStripe Cosmos Build a Flower. This set is so beautiful and detailed! I am part of a Blog Hop and Giveaway that begins Here. You should have arrived from Natasha Davies blog.

You will be as happy as a kid in a candy shop when you play with these unique layering stamps! This set features a gorgeous, elaborately showy candystripe cosmos flower with a branch and a leaf that you are sure to love.  We have also included a few silhouettes of leafy branches perfect for adding stunning background patterns and foliage to your projects.

I had so much fun playing with all the textures and layers created by using additional dies. I always begin my project by stamping multiple images. Today I am featuring the Rose Petal Ink Cube set as well as the Green Field set.

Once I had all the floral images stamped and die cut on Cougar 80lb. White Cardstock, I began to design my projects. I am on a kick with Slimline Cards lately so I'll begin with that one. For the texture on the background, I used the Nesting Slimline Label die set. I used a deep magenta cardstock from my stash cut to 3 1/4 by 9 inches so I would have a border all around. After lining them up and adding tape to hold them, I ran them through my die cut machine using the embossing pad.

I added the embossed layer to a card base of Cougar 80 lb White Cardstock. I used three of the floral images and arranged them on the card base.

The sentiment if from the stamp set. Look closely and you'll see it appears there are three different sizes of labels when in fact, there is only one of the dies used. I die-cut the smallest nesting label form white and pink cardstock.  I left the top label the original size and cut the other two in the middle and spaced them out. A few blingy pieces finish the card!

I have a video showing how I created both cards below. I'd love to have you subscribe to my channel so you can see all the fun things I am up to!

The next card takes advantage of the great texture from the Leaf Frame Cover Die. I love how the frame highlights this gorgeous flower!

After die-cutting the frame from a deep grey cardstock and gluing two layers together for dimension, I trimmed a piece of matching pink cardstock to a size just between the two frames.

The pink rectangle is mounted to the leaf frame and attached to an A2 cardbase cut from

The Fancy Hello die is cut from the gray and White Cougar Cardstock and glued together. After popping up the flower with foam tape, I attached it to the center of the card and added the Hello die on top to complete it.  I created the sentiment strip with the sentiment from the Sentiment Strips set mounted on a piece of the pink cardstock.

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 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 01/07/2022 for a chance to win. 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 01/09/2022.


Blog Hop Order

 Altenew Card Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Juhi Khanna

Jaycee Gaspar


Nathalie DeSousa

Teresa Litchfield

Terri Koszler

Erin Thompson 

Virginia Lu

Danielle Dunlop

Reiko Tsuchida

Svitlana Shayevich

Emily Midgett

Lilith Eeckels

Annemarie Caister

Linda Parker

Natasha Davies

Teri Wilson <you are Here>

Rebecca Sogn

Pam Boedeker 

Nancy Souza 

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