Altenew July Blog Hop

Good morning, and thank you so much for joining us!  Our new stamps will be available to purchase on Monday, July 14th 9:00am EST, and we are so excited to celebrate with today's blog hop!  We have some AMAZING designers joining us (more on that later), and some fabulous prizes to give away.  Yesterday we revealed ALL 13 stamp sets in our Summer release, and we hope you like them...if you missed that post, you can check it out here.
Tasnim and I made some cards to feature the new stamps, so let's get to those first :)
This card features stamps from Birthday Bash.  The streamer stamp was curved on the acrylic block before stamping, then colored in with bright Copic markers.  The sentiment was stamped and colored in as well, but with the added feature of a popped-up die cut circle.  All colored areas were covered in glittery Wink of Stella!


This card shows just one way that you could use the new Shadow Play set.  The bicycle and birds were stamped onto white cardstock, and their corresponding shadows onto grey.  Once they were colored in and the sentiment was stamped (in black ink and white embossing), the whole panel was wrapped with washi tape and popped up off of a card base. Fun!

Modern Beadwork features beaded motifs that can be combined in hundreds of ways to create unique patterns and designs.  In this card, they were stamped in four different colors onto a white cardstock panel.  The sentiment was also stamped onto white, and adhered to the panel with foam tape.  A yellow strip helps anchor the sentiment to the rest of the design.  The panel was then mounted onto a bright pink card base.


Sketchy Cities Abroad takes you on a trip to Australia and China.  This card uses the Shanghai skyline, stamped onto white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment was then stamped, and the skyline was carefully cut out and popped up off of a grey card base with foam tape. The last little finishing touch is a sweet moon up in the corner!



These cards both use our new Quilled Elegance stamp set.  The first card is simple and elegant- the quilled "hello" was stamped and embossed in gold, and lightly colored in with a grey marker.  It was then mounted onto a black card base, accented with gold paper strips.  The second card shows what you can do with a little more patience! 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 utilizes the artistic and trendy sequel to Super Script, Super Script 2.  It features a lovely floral printed cardstock, a die cut opening, and gold butterflies.  The sentiment was simply stamped onto a strip of white cardstock and mounted behind the floral panel at an angle.



Our Geometric Menagerie set will have you smiling at the animals and their silly sentiments.  The bear was stamped onto vellum, and some of the triangles were colored in. The sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock and mounted to the vellum with foam tape, then the vellum piece was sewn into place on the card base. To bring in some more color, two strips of cardstock (colored with marker for a perfect match) were adhered to the card base.
Sentiments & Quotes has a variety of sentiments that can be used individually for many different occasions, or mixed and matched like it was done in this card. The sentiments that are in black were either stamped on yellow card stock, cut to shape, and adhered, or stamped directly on the card base. The circular sentiment was stamped in orange ink and cut with a circle punch. The black lines in the center are part of a washi tape. The single star was stamped in gold ink on to the card base.
The floral images in the Persian Motifs set are quite versatile to work with. On this card, they were first embossed with white embossing powder, and then colored with water based markers. Being resistant to water, the white embossed areas are clear and give beautiful details to this card.
Eid is a festivity celebrated by Muslims twice a year, the first being at the end of the blessed month of Ramadan, and celebrates the completion of fasting. We are in the middle of Ramadan, and the Eid Greetings set will be available just in time to make some Eid cards. In the card above, "Eid Mubarak" was first stamped repeatedly in silver ink, and then the same sentiment in Arabic was embossed in glittery gold.
Sketchy Flowers Rose has a large Rose image along with some branches, leaves and Rose buds. On this card, the Rose was stamped first, it was then masked before stamping the branch with the leaves. The image was then colored with Prisma color pencils.
In Scribbled Flowers you will find many floral images that look as if they were scribbled with a marker. With the variety of flowers, and small elements, you will be able to come up with endless designs. In this card, the images were stamped in pink and purple pigment inks. To add interest, the sentiment was raised on a strip of card stock.
We conclude our card features with a simple Ramadan card using the set Ramadan Greetings. Here the mosque outline was first stamped and then masked before applying some ink using a sponge dauber. It is always a nice surprise when you remove the mask and reveal the crisp white underneath!
Our guest designers have made some awesome projects for today too!  Here's the line-up:

PRIZES

 

To celebrate our second release, we are giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on this blog.
There is more! Each designer will choose a winner from comments left on their blog, and the prize will be two stamps sets of your choice - so don't forget to hop along and leave comments.  You have until Monday July 14th 7:59am EST to leave your comments.  
You may enter up to two comments on each blog:
  • Comment on the project, or the stamps.
  • Like us on Facebook
The winners will be selected and announced on Monday, July 14th at 9:00 am EST!




Comment on this post (369 comments)

  • Anne says...

    I am happy to see the Ramadan set and your other great stamps. I’m very pleased with the Eid set I bought previously.

    July 16, 2015

  • Memduh says...

    I have given this particular sjbceut a great deal of thought and reflection over the years, based on the circumstance I mentioned above. I’m sure the parents of LJ meant no harm and believed they were dressing their daughter modestly, and her age an important component. Yet her outfit had the net result of becoming immodest under the circumstance. If we consider a continuum from bikini to burkini, hers tended toward the latter end of the that spectrum. I can’t argue with the results of the Princeton study, but I remain skeptical at the size and makeup of the sample group and the lack of more extensive data. The link above to the study is broken, so I am basing my opinion on what I was able to learn from other news sources. Additionally, I have been privileged to have seen many parts of the world, and have seen varying concepts of modesty. (Not as a matter of wealth but for other reasons)The point I am arguing is that modesty has to be relative to the particular cultural circumstance. You are stating that the bikini is by definition, immodest, that it can under no circumstance be modest, similarly for the Finnish sauna, though I’d imagine the Finns would vehemently disagree. Effectively you are arguing that for a woman, anything more than exposed leg, exposed arm, and exposed hair are by definition, immodest. Yet a significant part of the world would disagree, and demand that legs, arms, and hair be covered. Furthermore, how much exposed arm, leg, belly? If it were that simple the Scriptures would contain a calculator for entering height and weight and determining an area measurement of proper covering. They do not. St. Paul gave guidance on what not to wear, in the context of the times, and for a very good reason IMO related to piety. The gold and braids in similar context the Rolex and the Porsche, or heavy makeup. However, that also does not make any of them inherently sinful. Both the Rolex and Porsche are very well built machines, if not flaunting or envying economic status, there is no harm in recognizing and appreciating that craftsmanship. Heavy makeup for both sexes is obviously necessary and therefore appropriate if performing under lights. Provocative need not necessarily be revealing. If that were the case, prostitutes would wear less. That is often not the case. The choice of wear is not necessarily revealing, but conveying nonetheless a very specific message. I would also disagree that Scriptures state that seeing someone naked is inherently a bad thing. If limited to opposite sexes, a male e.g. could never assist in child birth, nor either sex with imaging, physical therapy, massage therapy, etc., a member of the opposite sex. Here again, it depends on the context. You state an absolute, where is the exception for medicine? What qualifies as medicine? A physician in Europe might order spa treatment. As another example, it is acceptable in N. America and Europe for members of the same sex to change and shower together. Contrast to the middle East again, and a locker room where even changing into workout clothes was done in private.St Peter was naked while fishing. (There are varying interpretations on what that exactly meant in terms of dress: naked or in some sort of underwear ) but whatever the garment it was appropriate for fishing. For him, though, I would surmise he felt, it was not appropriate to greet his Master. Similarly if I were working in the yard on a hot day and removed my shirt, my society would deem that OK, but would require I put that shirt back on to greet an unexpected guest. For Adam and Eve, they were alone as husband and wife when thrown out of Paradise. There was no one else to see them naked, so by itself, their nakedness could not have been inherently wrong. I think there are many many lessons to take from that, but one, that humans would have to hunt for food, and need shelter from the harshness of the world. That I think is emphasized by Him clothing them in animal skins, which required a killing, when something other than animal skin would have likely done just as well. They were entering a world with violence and hardship. Violence with a purpose (hunting by man and animal) but violence nonetheless. Again, there is much much more to be learned from even those two snippets, but enough for purposes of this discussion.Now, maybe I am idealistic or unrealistic, and that in N. American society, cultural norms would view the bikini as immodest, and that the majority of beach goers are therefore either immodest or witting/unwitting voyeurs of immodesty. Similarly, nudity is not acceptable in a coed sauna in N. America, nor even in many single sex saunas. In that case the question should not be should Christian women wear bikinis but should either sex visit a N. American or European beach. I would disagree with that conclusion but on those terms I would accept that a bikini is immodest in N. America, just as I would contend that board shorts and a t-shirt are immodest in Saudi Arabia, even for Christian women, not because of an absolute, but because of a moral standard guided by the culture. To say Saudi Arabia is not a Christian society misses the point. Under the local circumstance, swimwear for either sex that is acceptable in N. America becomes immodest.Kelsey’s comments above are also particularly pertinent. An objectively modest’ swimsuit, might be immodest’ for a particular body type. IMO each person should reflect upon what motivates a choice of dress, with consideration to the setting.

    March 13, 2015

  • Agung says...

    Hi Mynnette, Thanks for the lovely contemms and following my blog! I am following you too so I can come look at your beautiful creations!This card is very pretty. The fruit slices look like as they are real!A few weeks ago a bought some beads online in a Dutch webshop. But i don’t do that so often, i more like to pick out beads in a real shop. Greetings Sofieke

    March 13, 2015

  • Guayito says...

    Where do all those fantastic stapms come from? Which countries I mean? I live in Canada. Beautiful country. Worlds most boring stapms. Do you have penpals that send them to you? I’m literally swooning over them!

    March 12, 2015

  • Cyberbulling says...

    are Portrait. You can just print these and stick it in a frame (up to 8 10), or you can even embellish the frame like I did for last year’s YW Theme print. Lots of

    March 12, 2015

  • cindym says...

    all your designs are so unique + beautiful………your new ones only expand your collection!

    August 15, 2014

  • corrinne says...

    Oh my gosh. Love the clean and simple look.

    August 14, 2014

  • Polka Dot Rosie says...

    What a great release!!!! You definitely have beautiful and unique stamps! I love the cards you featured and am excited to see what else the guest design team has to offer!!

    July 17, 2014

  • ChrisM says...

    Lots of lovely cards. Thank you for the chance to win some stamps.

    July 17, 2014

  • Theresa says...

    They are all wonderful stamps and I love what you did with them. I especially like the city scape, bear, and the rose! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!!

    July 16, 2014

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