Altenew April 2020 Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Stamping Mat/Sequin Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew April 2020 Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing brand new stamps, dies, stencils, stamping mat and sequin set. If you arrived here from the talented blog, Ivana Camdzic, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.

Take a look at my watercolor envelopes:

artist watercolor 24 pan

I used Altenew’s brand new Envelope Art Stamp Set alongside the Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set to create these beautiful colorful envelopes.

Watercoloing is so freeing and it takes your mind off of these trying times we are facing. With all of this social distancing receiving a beautiful envelope doesn’t seem so bad. Today is my mother’s birthday so one of these beautiful is headed her way.

Here’s how I created these envelopes:

I gathered all of the supplies needed for watercoloring.

artist watercolor pan set

Then I just wet the paper with water and just freely painted strips and circles. I love seeing how the colors blend together creating other colors.

Envelope art stamp set

I love working with the warmer colors: reds, yellows, oranges. Sometimes I add purple and blues to see what happens.

Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set

Once the watercolor dries, its time to create the envelope.

I used We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to create theses envelopes.

Envelope Punch Board

Glue the bottom and stamp to your heart’s desire. I used Altenew Obsidian pigment ink.

Your envelopes are ready to go!

Let’s take a closer look at each envelope:

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Envelope art stamp set

What do you think? Will you make your own watercolor envelopes? Please let me know?

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!!


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Mixed Media Blog by 4/13/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 4/18/2020.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is:

Christine Pennington

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Card Blog

Amber Rain Davis

Terri Koszler

Laura Bassen

Jaycee Gaspar

Kelly Griglione

Jennifer McGuire

Virginia Lu

Alex Syberia

Nathalie DeSousa

Mindy Eggen

Nicole Watt


Laurie Willison

TaeEun Yoo

Altenew Mixed Media Blog

Emily Midgett

Norine Borys

Laura Volpes

Nicole Picadura

Tania Ahmed

Svitlana Shayevich

The Hedgehog Hollow

Ashlea Cornell

Vicky Papaioannou

Maryam Perez

Sveta Fotinia

Reiko Tsuchida

Erum Tasneem

Ivana Camdzic

Kymona Tracey ←you are here

Christine Pennington

Therese Calvird

Neha Aggarwal

Lydia Evans

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Altenew products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

watercolor paper envelope art stamp set

We R Memory Keepers - Envelope Punch Board

Thanks for stopping by,

Goose Tales Halloween Fabric Basket

Hello everyone!! I’m back again with another cute sewing project for you. Are you ready for Halloween?

I know its months away, but since we’ve been on this stay at home order, days are combining with each other, and before you know it, Halloween will be here. I just hope we can celebrate it.

With that said, I used a brand new fabric collection called Goose Tales by J. Wecker Frisch.

Take a look at my Goose Tales Halloween Fabric Basket:

Goose Tales fabric basket


I love this fabric basket. It’s beautiful and deep for all of the candy my niece will collect.

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

Goose Tales was created by J. Wecker Frisch, a designer that I met last year when her Paperdoll collection was released. I actually won the entire set and bunch of other goodies in a contest. That was fun. I followed her ever since.

This collection contains 24 different prints, 2-panel pieces, and 1 border stripe.

Let’s dive into how to create your own fabric basket:


1/2 yard of Goose Tales Book Spines Border Strip (outer fabric)
1/2 yard of Goose Tales Text Black (lining fabric)
Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat

Instructions on how to create a Goose Tales Halloween Fabric Basket:

Cutting fabric:

Goose Tales fabric basket Materials

Cut one piece of outer fabric and one piece of the lining to 27 inches x 11.5 inches.

Cut one piece of interfacing to 26 inches x 10.5 inches.

Cut one piece of the outer fabric for the bottom of the handle to 23 inches x 3.75 inches.

Cut one piece of the lining fabric for the top of the handle to 23 inches x 2-3/8 inches.

Cut one piece of interfacing for the handle to 23 inches x 1-1/8 inches.

Cut 3 circles out of the outer, lining, and interfacing to 8-3/4 inches.

(I used my Cricut Maker to cut the circles.)

Goose tails halloween fabric basket

goose tails halloween fabric basket

Making the bag:


With right sides together, sew the outer fabric and the lining together on the long side using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Press the seam open.


Place the interfacing on the outer fabric piece close to the seam line.

Fold the lining towards the seam.

Fold the outer fabric towards the seam.


fabric basket handles

Fold the lining fabric over the outer fabric, leaving an accent trim on both sides. Press.

Pin and topstitch on both sides of the handle.





Place the lining fabric right side down.

Place the interfacing on top and iron in place.

Fold the lining fabric right side together along the short side and sew straight down using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press seams open.


Iron the circle fusible fleece to the wrong side of the circle lining fabric.

Attach the bag base to the bag lining with pins. Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Repeat the same steps for the outer fabric.

Bag assesmble

Place the outer piece inside the lining piece.

Line the tops of both pieces and pin in place.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the top, leaving about a 4-inch opening to turn the bag.

Pull the bag right side out through the opening.

Push the basket down, making sure the bottom edges meet. Make sure the seams match and smooth the fabric out.

Add 2 lines of topstitching to close the hole.

Sew the handles in place.

Sew a button on one side of the handle.

The bag is done!

Let’s take another look:

What do you think? Would you try and create a Goose Tale Halloween Fabric Basket yourself? I would love to see it.

Supplies used:

Bernina 570QE

Thank you so much for stopping by!