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Focus: Geometric Menagerie

Hello! Today we are shining the spotlight on the Geometric Menagerie stamp set:

 

Design Inspiration: Faceted motifs

 

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On this card, I mixed the lion from the set with some hand-sketched details for a unique look.  The banner and border around the card were drawn in with gel pens, and the images were embossed in white.  To incorporate some of the geometric angles in the lion, I stamped a cluster of triangles from our Simple Shapes set.

 

 

This fun sentiment was paired with the giraffe (colored in with Copic markers) and tones of pink and red to create a love card.  This would be perfect for Valentine's Day!  The layer behind the front panel was embossed with a wood grain embossing folder, and the card is finished off with a little heart covered in glossy accents.

 

 This card cracks me up!  The punny sentiment paired with the bear image are just too cute.  The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of adhesive chipboard (on clearance at Michael's!), and I colored the bear with three shades of green for a fun color gradient.  I wanted to incorporate one more color, so I was excited to find a piece of paper in my stash that had a pink gradient, and a little bit of minty green!

 

For this card, I did some free-form watercoloring to serve as a background behind the lion.  I love how blended watercolor looks with stark black and white, so I added a strip of striped cardstock along the edge.  I really liked all of the white space, so I kept the rest of the card empty, with the exception of a few watercolor splatters.

 

 

Tasnim also splattered on her card, but then pieced the bear image with some metal sheets.  I think this detail looks incredible!  We recently did a blog hop with Add a Little Dazzle, and Tasnim used their sheets in the following colors: Precious Pearl, Perfect Peacock, and Midnight Blue.  A few strips of shimmery paper finish off the card!

 

I hope you share what you create with Geometric Menagerie.  Don't forget to upload your projects to our Flickr group!  

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Guest Designer: Taheerah Atchia - Back Again!

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! It's Taheerah again and I'm delighted to be sharing another guest designer post with you today! :)

Today I'm playing with that oh-so-awesome triangular-meets-animal delight - Geometric Menagerie! I just love the awesome modern animals in this set, and the kooky punny sentiments too!

I of course wanted to do something completely different with all those triangular animals! Take a look!

 

So here's what I came up with! II just love how it turned out!

 

I stamped both the lion and the giraffe onto glitter paper and heat embossed them with black embossing powder, then I patiently trimmed out a ton of the individual triangles to use as confetti! Fun right?!

 

I adhered each triangle individually to my card base, which had been pre-sprized and pre-splattered with mists, then added the awesome sentiment from this set to finish up this fun card!

Hoping you've liked what you've seen today! I've so enjoyed my time guesting for Altenew and must thank Tasnim and Jennifer so much for their hospitality - I love every single design from this talented duo and can't wait to share more with you on my own blog in future! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

 

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Focus: Sketchy Rose

Hello!

Today we are focusing on Sketchy Rose

The Rose in this set is easy to color. Here I applied some Red and yellow water colors using Inktense pencils. It is not perfect, but I think it works well contrasted with the detailed lace strip (washi tape) and the black sentiment strip (sentiment from Dodecagram). I adhered these two strips on to the card base, then adhered two white panels above and top using foam tape. The Rose is adhered to the white panels. 

Given it's large size, the Rose can easily be used for projects beyond cards. I personally make a lot of wall arts to give as presents, and this set works perfectly for an easy and quick personalized gift. Here is an example of how I used this set to make a framed painting with a personalized message:

I used smooth Bristol for my base, and stamped the Rose assembly. Using Peerless water colors I colored the image with quick strokes, leaving some white spaces. I went over the edges in some places to give the image a free flowing look. I am not an expert in water color painting, but I think the Sketchy nature of this image does half the work for me :) I finished the painting with a splatter of Gold color shine.

Sometimes I need oversize cards when a lot of people wish to sign together. Having large stamp images makes it easier to design such cards. In the card above, I stamped the Rose several times near the bottom of a Neenah Solar white panel. I colored them using Copic markers (Y13 and Y15), added a ribbon and a sentiment banner (sentiment from Dodecagram), then adhere it to a 8" x 5.5" card base using foam tape.

On this card, Jen colored the Rose three times and layered various sections for three layers of dimension! She scored the card base along the outside edge to give the card an interesting detail. The Rose is sitting on black glitter card stock, which were adhered at an angle to complement the angle of the Rose. The sentiment is from our Super Script set, and it was stamped on white card stock, trimmed and adhered with foam tape. 

Thank you for stopping by, and share your ideas with us through our flickr gallery! We love seeing your projects there.

 

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Focus: Quilled Elegance

Good afternoon!  Today's focus is all about the Quilled Elegance stamp set.

 

 

Design Inspiration: Paper Quilling

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When we had our July blog hop, I shared the above card.  This shows you how you can use the set in a simple, straightforward way.  The image was colored with fun, bright colors, then enamel dots were scattered onto the cardstock. The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of white cardstock, and the whole thing was then mounted to a grey card base.

 

This card is a little less traditional.  It was very difficult to photograph due to the soft colors, but it looks quite lovely in real life.  The "hello" stamp was embossed in white onto sturdy tissue paper (almost the thickness of vellum), and was adhered to the green triangle strip with two lines of stitching.  I left the ends free so that it would be a bit more playful.  The patterned paper is accented with some scattered sequins.

 

The card above shows you how you can take a small element from a stamp set (in this case, the quilled heart), and turn it into a fun and colorful background!  I stamped the hearts in four different inks, and colored each one with the same light grey Copic Marker.  I made my first ever "thread nest," and popped on a sentiment from Label Love to finish the card!

 

Here, I used stamped onto a Shrinky Dink plastic sheet with StazOn ink, and carefully colored it with colored pencils.  When I cut it out, I made sure to leave two holes (made with a regular hole punch), then blasted it with my heat tool.  It was pretty scary watching it wrinkle and fold up on itself, but it eventually flattened out :)  I put the finished piece onto jump rings and made a fun necklace out of it!

 

 

Tasnim made this elegant card by stamping the "hello" with Memento ink, then coloring it in with Copic Markers (RV69, Y26 and Y21).  To get the gradient on each letter, she flicked the marker tip, then used a Copic blender to blend it all together.  For some extra shine, she accented the card with Wink of Stella.

 

We hope you enjoyed this focus, and can't wait to see what you create with Quilled Elegance!

 

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Winner of Add A Little Dazzle & Altenew Blog Hop

Hello!

Thank you everyone for leaving your comments at the Add A Little Dazzle & Altenew Blog Hop.

The lucky winner, who will receive two Altenew stamp sets of her choice is...

 

Ginny Henriquez

Congratulation Ginny. Please email us at winner@altenew.com to claim your prize.

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Focus: Persian Motifs

Hello!

Before I introduce today's focus, I want to mention that we have decided to extend the commenting on the Altenew/Add a Little Dazzle blog hop to Wednesday August 20th. The winner will be announced the following day on Thursday August 21st.

Today's focus is on Persian Motifs. Lately this set has gained a lot of attention, specially after Jennifer Mcguire shared her incredible card/video using this set. If you haven't seen it yet, click here to check it out.

Name Origin: The floral designs in this set were inspired from Persian Ceramic art, and thus the name "Persian Motifs" was chosen accordingly.

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Besides being great for coloring, the outline images in the Persian Motifs set works equally well simply stamped as is. In this card, I first created a colorful background using distress inks and a wide tip brush. I stamped one of the motifs on white card stock, trimmed, and adhered over the fun color blocks. The sentiment is from our Label Love set.
As I mentioned earlier, these images are great for coloring. Here I stamped the Motifs using Memento ink, then colored them using Copic markers. The colors I used are: RV25, RV29 and Y26. The sentiment is from our Sentiments & Quotes set.
Unless this is your first visit here, you may already know how much I love Black and gold combination. I went bold with this card, and used a black card base. The Motifs were embossed on shimmery Gold card stock using Ranger's Roman Gold embossing powder (it contains glitter), and trimmed. As you can see in the photo above, I used two layers for each Motif. Most of the parts are glued together except in three places, where I used foam tape to give an interesting dimension. The blue streaks are liquid pear, and the sentiment was embossed using blue embossing powder.
I quite liked the look of the white outline Motif against the water color background in my first card, so I had to give it another try. Here I first embossed the Motifs in white on water color paper. Then using Peerless water colors, I blended three colors in a circular area. Once it was dry, I adhere the trimmed Motif, and a sentiment strip.
Last but not least, we have another card showing you how gorgeous these Motifs look when colored with Copic markers. The colors used here are:  YG25, G02, and B14. In order to match, the sentiment strip was colored with the same green marker as used for the stems and leaves. 
I hope you you were inspired by today's projects. We would love to see more ways of using this stamp set, so make sure to upload your projects to our flick gallery :)
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Focus: Modern Beadwork

Hello!  Today we are focusing on Modern Beadwork.

Design Inspiration: Native American Beadowork

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Some people may look at a set like Modern Beadwork, and not realize all of the possibilities for designs.  To help you out, we have a few ideas you can reference- of course these are not the only patterns you can create, but it might give you a little head start!  This document can also be found on the Modern Beadwork product page

Since the document shows the traditional ways you can use this set, I wanted to share some more creative uses for these versatile stamps! 

Instead of stamping each design element in a different color, I used the long strip of beads (stamped 11 times) and embossed it in white.  This allowed me to watercolor over it to incorporate some soft color. 

 

This card uses the chevron-shaped stamp, and shows that you can use the design elements to create patterns for borders on your projects!  It is finished off with some plastic bubbles (not sure what else to call them, lol) and a sentiment from Super Script.

 

Here, I stamped two of the beadwork elements to create a simple pattern.  I think it looks like an old decorative tile!  The sentiment (from Sketchy Cities Abroad) was stamped onto vellum, and the sides are accented with washi tape.

The sentiments in this set have lovely friendship phrases- here I used one and paired it with embroidery floss that I knotted and adhered to the card.  For extra visual interest, I popped up part of the sentiment on a circular die cut. 


This last card was created by pairing the stamped heart from Modern Beadwork along with patterned paper, vellum, and a sentiment from Label Love.  The pink/purple gradient was colored with Copic markers, and allowed to show through a little break in the front panel (which has been adhered with foam tape).  The fuchsia stars are sweet little rub-ons, which complete the card. 

We can't wait to see what you create with Modern Beadwork!

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Guest Designer: Debby Hughes

Hi it's Debby here popping in with a little guest post today :D As soon as I saw the Persian Motifs set I know it would be one of my all time favourites; I love the fine lines of the beautiful images but there is also enough space to have some colouring fun too. I often white heat emboss flower images as I think the white gives that lovely soft ethereal look. So for my card I stamped a variety of the images from the set in Versamark on Bazzill vellum and then heat embossed with Hero Arts white powder. Then I flipped the panel over and Copic coloured the back of the images which is easier than trying to avoid colouring the white embossed lines on the front. When colouring on vellum you need to choose darker colours than you actually want to achieve. I don't know what it is about the nature of vellum but everything is always more muted on it. 

I coloured with two shades of green and two of a plum/red colour using the darker colour of each to add shading and dimension and then blending with the lighter colour. The vellum is die cut with a Frame die from Simon Says Stamp and I used the larger frame from the same set to cut a panel of Fog card. I dug out my sewing machine to stitch the two panels together and then foam mounted on a Neenah solar white card. To embellish there's a sprinkling of rhinestones and pearls and then to finish off a die cut Congrats sentiment cut from white card coloured with the darkest plum Copic marker. 

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Stamps - Altenew persian motifs; Dies - Simon Says Stamp frames, cake & congrats; Card - Simon Says Stamp fog, Bazzill 40lb vellum, Neenah solar white; Ink - Versamark; Embossing Powder - Hero Arts white; Copics - YG95, YG99, R35, R39; rhinestones; pearls

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Altenew & Add A Little Dazzle Blog Hop

We are collaborating with Add A Little Dazzle and bringing you an inspirational blog hop!

Add A Little Dazzle specializes in Craft Metal Sheets. The projects you will bee seeing throughout the hop will feature creative ways of using stamps together with metal sheets.

For my card I used the Brushed Bronze Metal Sheet and die cut leaves out of them. The flowers are from the Hennah Elements set, which I stamped and water colored them using dye inks.

I love the beautiful details on those leaves. The sheets cut very easily under metal dies and make for great embellishments.

On this card I paired the metal sheets with yet more water coloring. The floral image is from our Persian Motifs set, and I colored it using Peerless water colors (love their colors!). The word thanks was die cut from Black Diamond metal cheet. 

This was my first time using Craft Metal Sheets and I am already very much impressed with them! You can emboss them, die cut them, or stamp on them, the possibilities are endless! I can not wait to use them again!

Now hop on to the other blogs to see lots of other creative ways of combining stamps with Metal Sheets.

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Make sure to leave a comment at each designer's blog to be eligible for a prize. You will have until midnight Friday August 15th to leave a comment.

Prizes

Two winners will be selected from all comments. One will receive a $25 gift certificate to Add A Little Dazzle, and the other will receive two Altenew stamp sets.
 
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