Altenew Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone!!  I’m so excited to be here today.  This is my first Altenew Blog Hop as a design team member!!  Today we are showcasing all of the new stencils that are being released.  If you’ve arrived here from fabulous Lydia Evans, then you are on the right track. If you arrived here on your own, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog so that you don’t miss a thing!

Take a look at my layout:

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For my layout I used Altenew Layered Kaleidoscope B Stencil  paired with some of the supplies from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection Kit and some Ink Sprays to add interest to my page.

Altenew scrapbook layout

I used the Layered Kaleidoscope B stencil to add texture behind my photo using embossing paste. I took my time to only get the embossing past in the center design of the stencil only.

Note: for those of you who are new to this technique, I would suggest you mask of the areas that you do not want the past to go as to not make a mistake.

applying embossing paste

I did this twice so that the design would peak out from behind the photo.

Note: you could color the embossing paste using Altenew’s inks and/or sprays to really enhance the texture.  Like this:

coloring embossing paste with Altenew ink spray

I choose not to use it the color paste because it was to much yellow on the page but know that this is an option as well.

Let’s take a closer look:

layered scrapbook page using Altenew Reflection Scrapbook kit

For this page, I matted the photo on top of a piece of pattern paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Kit. Then I used the stickers and other embellishments from the kit to add the title and cute saying to the layout.  To finish the layout off, I used Altenew Ink Spray and a paintbrush to add ink splatters throughout the page.

So what do you think?  Will you use stencils on your layouts now?  I would love to hear what you think below!

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

Prizes

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or/and Scrapbook Blog by Tuesday, June 20th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card/Scrapbook blogs on Thursday, June 22nd.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the talented:

Debby Hughes

You do not want to miss out on her beautiful creations!!  It is sure to please, trust me!!

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

Jennifer McGuire

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Sveta Fotinia

Sandra Dietrich

Yoonsun Hur

Erum Tasneem

Laura Bassen

Enza Gudor

Agnieszka Malyszek

Lydia Evans

Kymona Tracey ← You are here!

Debby Hughes

May Sukyong Park

Terhi Koskinen

Svitlana Shayevich

Virginia Lu

Therese Calvird

Lilith Eeckles

 

Supplies used:

       

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy hopping along!!

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Holiday Gift Coaster Tiles

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Hello everyone!!  I’m super excited about participating in the 6th Annual Handmade Blog Hop!! This is my first year participating and I have to say I had so much fun creating my handmade gift.

The Handmade Holiday Blog Hop goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season for your loved ones.  All of the participates have chosen projects that are easy to do with products that you use everyday or new products that you’ve never thought of using before.

The blog hop spans over three days, November 8th, 9th and 10th!!  Today is day 2 and its all about Holiday Decor Ideas!!

I created a set of coasters for my brother and his soon to be wife. They are about to get married and I wanted to give them a gift from my heart.

Take a look at my coasters:

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I love how these coasters turned out!!  The purple and white look so good together.

Let me show you how I created these coasters:

Gather all of the supplies needed for this project.

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Select the two colors you want to mix in order to create a unique color. For this project DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish for Glass Treasure and Romance were used.

Make sure you use the right ratio to achieve the color you want. For this purple color, mix 3 part Treasure and 1 part Romance.

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Paint each of the tiles with long even strokes. One coat at a time covering the entire tile.

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Give each tile a total of 3 coats each for a super smooth finish.

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Once the paint dries, its time to add the letter you want on the coasters.  Simple place the stencil on top of the title and use Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink with a sponge dauber.

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Once the pigment ink dries, it takes awhile, you can add Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish as a top coat to seal the top of the coaster.

To finish the coasters off, cut a couple of pieces of cork and adhere them to the bottom of the coaster in the four corners. This will prevent the coaster form sliding on different surfaces.

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Here’s a close-up:

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Wrap the coasters with some ribbon and tie a bow.  Place these coasters in a box and this handmade gift is ready to go.

Coasters in action:

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The clean up was super easy.  Water washes the paint off of the palette and out of the brushes.

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So what do you think?  Please let me know below!  I would love to hear what you think and if you will give this project a try.

Its time to hop along to the next stop! Just click the link below for your next stop!

 

What’s a blog hop without a Giveaway!!! Check out all of the different prizes up for grabs!

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11 prizes of a $50+ value each!! The winners will be chosen randomly from all of the contest entries on November 14, 2016.  In order to enter the giveaway please click the Rafflecopter link below!

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A huge Thank You to all of the sponsors for this amazing blog hop!! So of them you know other you many not know!!  Please, stop on by to their site and see the amazing thing they have to offer.  A complete list with sites attached are listed below.

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Sponsor List:

Clearsnap 
Hydrangea Hippo etsy shop
Hepp’s Salt Co. (food) 
The Twinery 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 
Stencil1 
Buttons Galore & More 
DecoArt, Inc. 
Walnut Hollow 
Graphic 45 
Iron Orchid Designs 

Supplies used:

decoart-treasure  decoart-romancedecoart-light-satin-varnish  tile

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona

Celebrating Kindness Blog Hop with Julia Altermann!

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Hello everyone!!  Welcome to the Celebrate Kindness Blog Hop!! If you arrived here from the talented Keren’s blog you are on the right track.  If you arrived here on your own, you will want to start from the beginning at our guest of honor’s blog, the wonderful Julia.

I’m here today with a super special blog hop for Julia Altermann from Just One More Card to celebrate two things:

  1. Reaching 10K YouTube Subscribers, and
  2. to say Happy Birthday to her!!!!!!

Aren’t those two fantastic reasons to celebrate!! I think so and I feel so honored to be apart of this celebration.

Are you wondering how Julia and I met? Let me give you the story!!

I can’t remember where I saw this card by Julia two years ago but when I saw it, I was in love. I had to find out more.

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I visited her blog and I feel in love with her style.  She had a video to show me how to create this card and I had to try it.

She introduced me to Gerda Steiner Design, because of her I purchase so many of Gerda’s stamps. Which started a friendship with Gerda and I.  Thanks Julia for that!

That’s not all, Julia has introduced me to so many other great people and crafty stuff!

Let me think:

  1. Prismacolor Pencils
  2. Purple Onion Design
  3. Stabilo Pens
  4. Kit and Clowder Online Coloring Classes
  5. Bloobel Digi
  6. Polychromous Color Pencil
  7. Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Pen

The most important of them is her Friendship!!  Although Julia is Germany and I am in the US, we have great conversations, when time permits and I am grateful for that.

So now you know some of our background let the fun begin.  I decided to case one of her cards for this hop.  It only makes sense she inspires me so much!

Here is Julia’s card that I cased:

Julia's card

Here is my card:

Happy Birthday Julia

Happy Birthday Julia!!

I wish you many, many, many more!!

I created another card just because Julia is that wonderful!! Clean and simple is my style so that is what I wanted to create for Julia!

Take a look:

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Just for you Julia!!  You are wonderful and I’m so glad to have met you.

Congrats on your successful YouTube channel and Happy Birthday!!

Wait I have one more card for you:

Happy Birthday Embossed

This card was so easy to create!! All I did was emboss on kraft cardstock.  I think Julia will love this one.

Ok, ok, no more sappy stuff, LOL!!  Onto the blog hop prizes!!  Those are always fun. What is a blog hop without giveaways!!  Take a look at the list of prizes:

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A $15 gift card to Altenew
A $100 gift card to CAS-ual Fridays
A $25 gift card to Concord & 9th
A $20 gift card to Gerda Steiner Designs
A $30 gift card to Kit & Clowder
A $25 gift card to My Favorite Things
A $25 gift card to Purple Onion Designs
A $30 gift card to Pretty Pink Posh
A custom prize package from Seven Hills Crafts
A $40 gift card to Simon Says Stamp
Three custom prize packages from Stabilo

Amazing right!!  Anyone can be a winner!!  Everyone who leaves a comment by July 31st, 2016 by midnight will be entered into the drawing and the winners will be announced August 1 on Julia’s blog Just One More Card.  There will be a total of 13 prizes up for grabs.

So what are you waiting for!!!  The super talented Laura Bassen is up next!!

Go and check out everyone’s cards and leave them a super nice note!!  Just in case you’ve lost your way, I’ve added all of the participants blog below.

Just One More Card
Birka Reinitz
Debra James
Francine Vuillème
Jenn Shurkus
Jessa Feig
Keren Baker
Kymona Tracey ← you’re here
Laura Bassen
Laura Sterckx
Michelle Short
Marika Rahtu
Nichol Magouirk
Nina-Mari Trapani
Sonja Kerkhoffs
Simon Says Stamp
Stephanie Klauck
Tara Cardwell
Yoonson Hur

I hope you enjoyed what’ve seen here today.  I would love to hear from you!!  Please let me know what you think?

Supplies used:

MAKE A WISHWonky Stitched Rectangles Stax Rect peek a boo rectangle window dieTombow Irjiten Vivid Color PencilsElliot purple onionyou reason Penjuin and stamp set

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Kymona

Home Is Where the Heart Is Blog Hop // Right at Home January Release!!

Hello everyone!!  I’m excited to be here with you today to share some amazing projects created for the Home is Where the Heart is Blog Hop!!  This is the design team first blog hop so you know we are full of delight.

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So without further ado, here are the cards I created for all of you:

Love youThis card was created with the Kiss Kiss stamp set!!

Here’s how I created this card:

Stamped hearts (RAH)

Cut Hearts (RAH)

  • Once the hearts dried, I stamped the small sentiments in the middle of each heart.
  • Then the sentiment was also stamped and then cut out using the Brother Scan and Cut.
  • The sentiment was adhered first using 3m foam tape.  I double the tape so that it stands higher then the hearts.
  • Once the sentiment was in place, it was easy to place the hearts behind it.
  • A few rhinestones were added and Clear Wink of Stella to finish the card off.

Super cool card for valentines day.  The person receiving this card would totally feel love!!

So what do you think? Are you ready for card number two?

Here you go:

Sweetheart be mine 3 (RAH)

I love how this card turned out!!  Shakers cards are my favorite, so how could I not create one for this hope!!

Check out the matching envelope:

Front:

Sweetheart be mine 2 (RAH)

Back:

Sweetheart be mine (RAH)

I have to say, I love how this card turned out. I’m excited about this one.

Here is how I created it:

  • The card base was cut to a standard size A2 card.
  • The retired Stampin’ Up! DSP is the first card panel that was cut to the same size as the card base 4.25 by 5.50. It was adhered to the card base with Plus tape.
  • The outer card panel was cut to 3.25 by 5.50.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Kiss Kiss stamp set using Versafine Black Ink.
  • Then I embossed the card panel with the retired Stampin’ Up! Polka Dots embossing folder.
  • I used My Favorite Things Die-namics Pierced Heart STAX to cut out a heart in the front card panel and then to cut a separate heart out of black cardstock.
  • I created a heart shaker pocket to go behind the die card card panel. To see how I created the shaker pocket check out this post. I used the exclusive RAH and Pretty Pink Posh XOXO sequin mix for the shaker pocket.
  • Before adding the shaker pocket, I adhered the black die cut onto the card base right where the shaker pocket will be.
  • I adhered the shaker pocket to the back of the red card panel. I added pieces of foam tape onto the panel and then adhered it to the card base.
  • The envelope was created using We R Memory Keepers Envelop Punch Board.
  • I used Right At Home Sending Love stamp set to stamp my sentiments on the envelope.

So tell me what you think?  I can’t wait to hear what you think of these creations!!

Guess what?  I have another card created using the Kiss Kiss stamp set.  That card will go live in a few hours so stay tune if your on the fence about these stamp sets!!

Now onto my super cool and talented design team member Holly to see what she has in store for you!!  You will not be disappointed!!

What is a blog hop without a great giveaway!! Here are the rules: Leave a comment on all of the blogs participating in this hop for a chance to win a great prize.  That’s it, super simple and easy!!

Supplies used:

Recollections White HeavyweightRecollections Black HeavyweightRAH xoxo stampPlus tapeBrother Scan and Cut2mft pierced heart staxOnyx Versafine InkRAH happymail 2envelope punch boardppp xoxo mix

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona

So Suzy Stamps Design Team Anniversary Blog Hop

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Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the So Suzy Stamps Design Team. As a special thank you to everyone who has been on the team, followed our blog and made new friends, we are doing a Friendship Blog Hop with some of our past and present Design Team members.

If you arrived here from my talented friend Jenny, then you are on the right path.  If you arrived here otherwise, you don’t want to miss out on the hop stop which starts at the fabulous Suzy’s blog.

Now on to my card:

Thank you (SSS)

I wanted to say thank you to Suzy for staking me on Instagram, that is how we met if you didn’t know.  Once we started talking, there was no stopping.  I don’t think she knew I was in my car, parked and ready to catch my train but waited so we could finish our conversation. I can’t believe its been a year!!

I also wanted to say thank you to all of my teammates!!  All of you have been super doper awesome to work with.  I love this team, stress-free and fun as hell!!

Do you want to see where the inspiration came from for this card?

Take a look:

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I just love these gift cards from Starbucks.  They are such a great source of inspiration for me. It screamed So Suzy card!!  LOL!!

Here is how I created this card:

  1. I used Create a Smile snowflake stencil and I used Versamark ink and stamped on top of the stencil.
  2. Then I sprinkled Hero Arts White Embossing powder on top and heat set the  snowflakes.
  3. I allowed the paper to cool down, then I stamped the Thank you So Suzy Stamp with Versamark ink and sprinkled Hero Arts Liquid Platinum Embossing and heat set it.

Super simple and easy to replicate.

So what do you think?  Please let me know!

Now what is a blog hop without a prize!!

Giveaway

Join in on the hop, leave a comment at each stop and you’ll be entered in to win a $15 gift certificate to So Suzy Stamps! How awesome is that.  This contest ends, Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 11:45 MST!!

Just in case you missed your way, here is a complete list of everyone who is participating.

Blog hop:

Suzy
Kim
Jenny
Kymona
Steph
Martha
Jennifer
Monica
Justine

Before I go, stay tune tomorrow, So Suzy Stamps December Release goes live!!  Super cute stamps to brighten your day!!

Supplies used:

Snow Dance Kit Liquid PlatinumHero Arts Clear Embossing PowderVersamarkThank you

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop

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Hello everyone!!  I’m so excited to be apart of this fun Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop again!!

I love this hop because I love Mugs!!  Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate Lovers all need great mugs to enjoy their morning, afternoon and evening hot beverage.

I’m here today representing Top Dog Dies, who is a Super Sponsor.  They recently released a Mini Coffee Die Set that is to die for.

Lets take a look at my card that I created for this hop:

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For those of you who follow me know that I have this new found love of shaker cards.  I couldn’t help myself to create one for this hop!!

Here is how I created this card:

1. I cut my Neenah Desert Storm cardstock to an A2 size card (4.25 x 5.50).

2 I stamped My Favorite Things BG Pinstripe Background using Simon Says Stamp Khaki Stamp pad unto the card base.

3. I cut my card panel out of  Neenah Solar White cardstock to a size smaller then the card base.

4. I centered the largest Simon Says Stamp Circle Stitch Die in the middle of the white card panel and die cut it out.

5. I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to create my shaker pocket.

(To see how I did that check out this post.)

6.I added Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Metallic Bronze to the shaker pocket and then I used the Fuse Tool to seal it close.

7. I attached the shaker pocket to the back of the card panel with tape.

8. I added foam adhesive to the card panel to pop it off of the card base.

9. I die cut my coffee cup, lid, wrapper and heart.

10. I put the coffee cup together and adhered it to the front of the shaker circle.

11. I stamped a sentiment using Lil inker designs Seriously Awesome Stamp on the front of my card panel.

13. I added some of the same sequin to the front of the card.

That’s my card!!  So what do you think? I would love to here from you!

Now on to the blog candy giveaway!!

I have this awesome prize pack that includes 3 Kelly Purkey Dies and this super cute coffee ribbon that So Suzy Stamps recently released.  I think is so cute and so fitting for this hop!

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All you have to do is leave a comment below for a chance to win this blog candy!!

You also have a chance to winning something from any one of these sponsor’s below!!

 Here is a list of all the Super Sponsor’s this year!!

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All you have to do is link up a newly created project on the Coffee Lover’s Blog.  These prizes are picked by random drawing from linked hop participants only.

The linky for this party will end Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.

I hope to see you there!!  Remember have fun!!

Supplies used:

Neenah Desert Storm CS BG Pinstripe Background classiccrestsolarwhtieStitiched Circlefuse bundlePPP Metallic Bronze LID Seriosly Awesome Stamps top dog die coffee.-d

Thanks for stopping by!!

~Kymona

a2z Scrapbooking Birthday Blog Hop Bash

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Hello everyone, and welcome to a2z Scrapbooking Birthday Blog Hop Bash!!! You should be arriving from the fabulous Kristina’s blog . If this is your first stop you’ll want to begin at a2z Scrapbooking blog so you don’t miss out on any of the fun and beautiful creations we are sharing today.

I’m super excited to share my card with you today.  I’m bursting out of the seams with excitement.  You want to know why?  Well, check it out:

(Photographing this technique was a bit of a challenge because when I stood the card up the foil looked black so I had to lie it down.)

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Yes, Foiling!!!  I did some foiling!!  It was super easy after I got the hang of it!!  I messed up a couple of pieces of cardstock but what is perfection without errors!!!!

My first mistake was putting the foil on my image upside down.  LOL!!!  I ran it throught the laminator a bunch of times and couldn’t figure out what to do.  Then it dawn on me to turn the up face side up!!

Magic!!!  I ran it thought the laminator a couple of times to make sure I was doing it right and BAM!!!  It was!!

Now I need every color they own.  Especially since I bought a laser printer and laminator just for this technique!! Don’t judge me!!!!  I’m addicted to crafts.

So how did I create my card:

1. I printed my Hero Arts Special Birthday Digital image and sentiment from my new Brother Laser Printer. There is a newer model to this printer but I didn’t need up to date since I will just use it to foil.

2. I cut my Deco Foil sheet to fit the size of my sentiment and image.  I place each piece on top of the sentiment and images, gold side up and ran it through my Royal Sovereign 9-inch Laminator. I used regular printer paper to run my cardstock through the laminator.

Note: a2z Scrapbooking will carry the Heidi Swapp Foil which has gold and silver on one sheet!

3.  I attached my foil cardstock to my black card base and that was it!!

Super duper easy.  What do you think?  Will you try foiling now?

Now your next stop will be the talented Lisa from the Purple Place but before you go let me tell you about our GIVEAWAY!!!

What is a blog hop without a giveaway??

a2z Scrapbooking is giveaway one $25 gift certificate to the store.  All you have to to do is leave a comment on every blog in the hop to be included in the random drawing to win the $25 gift certificate to the store.

So what are you waiting for, don’t walk run to the other blogs and leave my fellow design team members some love.

Just in case you miss anyone’s blog, I’ve attached the entire list for you below.

a2z Scrapbooking
Barb
Betty
Char
Donna
Elena
Greta
Jennifer
Kelly
Kristina
Kymona
Lisa
Sandra
Sarah
Stephanie
Taru

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Special Birthday Digital Brother laser printer Deco foilLaminator

One more thing before I go, did you know that we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?. If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on these different social media outlets!! You don’t want to miss out on any fun promotions!!

Thank you for stopping by!

Kymona