Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/ Watercolors Release

Hello!! I’m delighted to be joining in with the Watercolor part of the February Release. You may have arrived from the lovely Kymona Tracey

I won’t be showcasing the new products other than the gorgeous new 24 half pan watercolour set. ( I’m sorry, I’m English- I have to spell it watercolour from now on in this post!! 😉 ). Keep reading for some projects and news on wonderful prizes.

I decided to do some loose and simple watercoloring- perfect for beginners. It’s really easy to avoid getting watercolours for fear it’s going to be too hard. It really doesn’t have to be. Just think…this is only paint.

To begin, I wanted to do a scrapbook page. It’s yonks since I did any scrapbooking and I’ve really missed it. I’ve used the Simple Beauty Stamp set and after stamping with a waterproof ink I just happily let the paint flow in a scribbly way. I didn’t want it to be precise- just soft and gentle. Start off with a lighter shade of the colour you want and then just add more colour in specific areas. As the watercolour paper is now wet, the paint will blend better together.

You can the details- I’ve added two tiny flowers to the journaling part plus stamped the smaller flowers in grey so I can write over them and it doesn’t detract from the words. I’ve added lots of lovely black and white dots, splatters, hearts, washi tape and twine.

I fussy cut around the flower after I’d painted it, so I could slot the photographs in. It just helps the page look a little more streamlined.

I then wanted to use the watercolour paints to make some wash backgrounds to add some stamped details too. This is even easier…anyone can lay some colour down and then add a bit more on top; the perfect beginners project.

You might recognise another set from last month’s release…Incredible. This technique could be done with any of your stamp sets. Just start off by stamping onto watercolour cardstock with embossable ink. Sprinkle white embossing powder on and then heat to set. Next- cut out the centres from the images ( you could do this with diecuts too and not do the heat embossing) and set aside. Using a sheet the same size as your stamped one, slide under the stamps and draw a feint line so you know where to add the colour.

Now just scribble colour around the pencilled areas and leave to dry. Add the top layer using foam pads and mount onto a coloured cardstock base card. Next, flick some of the colour over the top layer and leave to dry.

The sentiment was easily done. Die cut the word from watercolour cardstock and then paint over each letter with a different shade, allowing them to blend slightly into each other. A soft and easy project to recreate.

For my final project, I thought I’d freestyle completely and just let the paint do its thing.

I wet some watercolour cardstock and started painted a flower. You’re looking for a flower effect rather than a lifelike copy. I just had such fun. These paints are such lovely quality and really pigmented so even with the lightest washes there is a good quality of colour without it being streaky. They are such a wonderful collection of colours and you’ll have a blast using them!

Once I’d let my flower dry, I added some water around the edge of it, let it soak in and then tore the edges. Watercolour cardstock gives a lovely effect when you tear it.

I added the flower onto a base with the Ornate Cover Die , then just did more painty scribbling. You can do that, right?!! Then have fun adding lots of dots with a white gel pen and a fine black marker pen.

Then I just added some leaves done in the same way as the flower plus a sentiment. Fairly quick and easy and people will think you know what you’re doing ( I’m certainly a beginner watercolourer so you can achieve this too!)

You can see the February whole release with the gorgeous Watercolor Paints here .

I do think you’ll love experimenting with them. They are well worth investing in and who knows…maybe you’ll even become an artist😉!

There are lots of designers joining in with the release…do visit the Altenew Card Blog for a full list.

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 Scrapbook Blog by 2/18/2020 for a chance to win.

They’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 2/21/2020

Next up in this blog hop is Sveta Fotinia and I can’t wait to see what beautiful projects she’s created.

Thanks for joining me. I can’t wait to hear what you’re loving about the paints!

Here’s the whole list in case you get lost:

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Kathy Racoosin

Erum Tasneem

Emily Midgett

Jaycee Gaspar


Laurie Willison

Caly Person

Lilith Eeckels

Kelly Griglione

Therese Calvird

Vicky Papaioannou

Maryam Perez

Keeway Tsao

Nicole Picadura

Amber Rain Davis

Reiko Tsuchida

Agnieszka Malyszek

Virginia Lu

Kelly Janes

Svitlana Shayevich

Ashley Tucker

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Isha Gupta

Jenny Colacicco

Zinia Redo

The Hedgehog Hollow

Kymona Tracey

Keren Baker…. YOU ARE HERE!!

Sveta Fotinia

Lisa Spangler 

Mindy Eggen

Jen Schow

Nicole Watt

Teri Wilson

Ashlea Cornell

Jennifer McGuire

See you soon,

Keren xx

February 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm 53 comments

Tonic Studios Spring Dreams Stamp Collection Online Party

Hi everyone! How are you all?

Today I’m showing a couple of projects using a new stamp release from Tonic Studios. The stamps have been designed by Tonia Tkach and are full of flowers and cute animals.

I’ve used two sets together… A Cup Of Happiness and Flowers For You. The sets are really sweet

A Cup Of Happiness
Flowers For You

To join in with the party and get 15% off your stamps check out these links :

You can see how I’ve coloured and cut out the images. I’ve simply used Nuvo Alcohol pens with a die-cut aperture.

The second mini card I’ve created uses more of the flowers from the Flowers For You set

Again, I’ve coloured the stamped images using the Nuvo Alcohol markers and then added a background using Nuvo AquaFlow pens. It’s a really simple technique and as it’s one layer only; nice and inexpensive to send through the post too!

There are lots of other designers taking part in the party. If you head over to the Tonic Blog you’ll see a list of everyone taking part!

If you’re interested in checking out the stamps and having a fab 15% off into the bargain, just head to the link with the nearest store to where you live below!

U.S Store

U.K. Store

Hope you like the look of these stamps. There are some really gorgeous sets with unicorns and hot air balloons and more. All the sets are full of the joys of spring..which is just what we need after the cold and windy week!

I’d love to know what you think of the sets.

See you later today for another exciting post!

Keren x

February 13, 2020 at 8:33 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted February Release Day

Well hello!

It’s the weekend and it’s also Release Day for Clearly Besotted! Which sets have taken your fancy? I’ve got a quick post to show you one last project and remind you of some of the sets.

I wanted to use the ‘Sweet Plushies’ set because who doesn’t love a sweet treat!.. and use it simply. Cards don’t have to be hard.

The Sweet Plushies set is a gorgeous one, with lots of cute characters to choose from.


So much you could do with this set. I haven’t gone full on’ valentine’ but you certainly could. Just two icecreams, hanging around, chilling!

They’re easy to colour (I’ve used alcohol markers) and the shapes are simple enough to trim out. I rarely use patterned paper, so it felt odd doing so, but I forced myself as it echoes the icecream sprinkles!

Not so much to say today as there are lots of sets to look over on the Clearly Besotted Blog and then Michelle’s got her video too.

All sets and stencils are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and Simon Says Stamp,

I’d love to know what you’ve enjoyed this week, and which sets you think are ‘must -haves’!

See you soon,



February 1, 2020 at 2:48 pm 3 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 4

Hello again! We’re on the final lap; day 4!! I said today was for more sophisticated people but perhaps I should just have said glitter fest! This stamp set is much better coloured in with a solid colour, but I thought I’d get stripe-y and just play with a few coloured markers!

The set is called ‘Piled Up Plushies’ and these balloons go perfectly with the two piles of cuties, but I wanted to show that you can make a different look very easily.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I have a large plastic bag full of leftover cardstock pieces. I’m always reaching for very similar colours but I just pulled the first three colours out and then trimmed them into different widths and lengths. I adhered them onto a strip of card and then added it to a card base with foam tape.

You can see several things in the photo above- firstly that my balloons look a lot like mints and also that the glitter has gone everywhere! I just added a little glue and some loose glitter and it just spread! The background balloons were stamped onto glitter cardstock (yeah- don’t try that in a hurry unless it’s pretty flat- it’s a nightmare- even with a stamping platform to repeat stamp!).

You can see the sentiment which I stamped in WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder onto Matt Dura-lar which I’ve mentioned before. I did add some balloon strings with a pen before cutting it out. That bit was pretty easy.

I hope this has given you some ideas for this set. Just colouring it or paper piecing or adding pattern like me will give really different looks. Add it above the scene of piled up Plushies and you’ve got cuteness overload all on one card!!

 Next there’s a wealth of gorgeousness over on the Clearly Besotted Blog and then do pop over to Michelle’s blog.

I’m back tomorrow for the exciting release day, but until then,

Keren x


January 31, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 3

Hello, lovely people!

I hope you’re having a fabulous day. Me? I’ll be cutting and sticking, sewing and racking my brains for some projects coming up soon.

For the moment though, the matter at hand is all things Clearly Besotted and their awesome new release.

I’m using two sets today; ‘Picture It Jungle’ along with ‘Jungle Plushies’. They are a perfect pairing and I thought the little lion would be perfect chilling beside the glistening waters.

Truth be told, there is no story, other than a confession; or rather two confessions.

The first is that my story yesterday was written to a deadline- albeit with the clock ticking to the scheduled post time. I finished it with 2 minutes to spare. I am a little too tired as I’m sitting here to conjure up a story and I’m not skating that close to the wire for this post.

The second confession is that this design had much promise. Do you ever get to colouring half way through and wished you’d stopped 10 minutes before? Me too! Colouring aside, I then thought it would be a great idea to make a hexagonal card. I made a hexie base and the card just looked wrong. So I chopped it in half and messed around with the front for quite a while. It was heading for the bin when I considered a normal slim type card and plonked it on and called it done. I realise it’s a little unusual looking- but that’s my cards for you all over!! 😉😂

No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the sentiment in the right place. I commandeered the sentiment from ‘Garden Plushies’, chopped the first half of the sentiment off and decided that would do!

Not a lot of finesse and an awful lot of faff. My favourite bit of the card is the water..reminds me of the ‘Lake Of Shining Waters’ which to any Anne of Green Gables fans, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Little lion is sat there, merrily resting against a large jungle-y leaf, completely unaware of the hassle it was to get him there! 😂

I did lots of colouring with Alcohol markers and then added a watercolour-y wash for the sky. I decided I’d make too much mess doing the whole sky, so there’s simply a hint!

As usual, I’m doing my black and white dot doodling which also hide a multitude of blending sins…you’d be amazed how much better your colouring looks with doodling on ( it’s the best tip I can give you…kinda cheating !!).

 Any minute now a Cheju monkey will descend from the low hanging vines, slap the lion and chatter with laughter…as for why, well you’ll have to guess, but I’ll give you a clue; it all started when the lion stole his hair gel!

Tomorrow’s creation is a much less fun affair but perhaps a card for the more sophisticated amongst us, ( that counts me out then 😂).

Next head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog and over to the ever lovely Michelle

See you tomorrow xx

January 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 2

Hi! Hope you’re doing ok today.

Thanks for visiting today, it’s the next day getting ready for the Clearly Besotted release.

I’m so glad you enjoyed the card and story yesterday. Hope the ending didn’t upset too many of you 😉.

Today we’re looking at the ‘Garden Plushies’ set. You will adore the characters on this set and I’ve just chosen one of the images. Clearly Besotted are always so good at creating ‘no fuss’ ideas. You get a whole card’s worth of image without any masking and very little stamping!

Aren’t they just lovely! These critters are looking pretty happy. They all belong in Mr Sully’s garden. As his name suggests, he’s a little on the sulky side and really is very poor at gardening ( hence the overgrown but rather atmospheric long grass…(which is actually rather easy to create with a small fine tipped scissors and just snip little chunks off whilst wiling away a happy few hours 😂)).

This merry collection ( apart from Cecil, but we’ll come to him later) coexist pretty peacefully most of the time and spend many happy days lolloping over stones and other dirt filled obstacles.

There’s Lila ( the ladybird ), Cecil ( he used to be a centipede, but due to a tragic accident he’s now a caterpillar), Betty ( the wasp…ha, had you there for a moment!!) the Bee and Slimy ( the snail!!). Cecil was usually on the melancholic side but was very very kind and always helped his fellow creatures out.

Betty had a slight incident with a too helpful giant adult who upon seeing her flagging one day, tried to ‘help’ her back to life. The adult in question had read about giving some sugar water on a spoon. The problem was ( apart from the fact he’d used vanilla infused sugar which didn’t half upset her innards for a week or two), he liberally doused her in it which caused her paper thin wings to become too sticky to fly. Cecil agreed to give her a piggyback ( or should that be a centiback?!) whilst she sorted out the gunky wings- and somehow, despite her wings now perfectly cleansed, she’d overstayed her lift but was enjoying it too much.

Cecil didn’t appreciate the slightly rotund furry thing permanently on his back and was always a little wary of her stinger which was rather too close to his rear quarters for his liking. He did puzzle why after he’d been napping there was always a fine dusting of pollen on his body. Slimy was deliberating about explaining to him that Betty’s wings were actually fine and she was simply taking him for a ride…quite literally! She flew off to collect pollen whilst Cecil was asleep and found her way back before he awoke so he wouldn’t realise she was fully better. Sneaky little Betty.

They are all standing for the picture posed perfectly next to the glittering fungi. That was the source of much of Lola’s distress. She loved sparkle and was a very dull colour. In her estimation, black and red were a poor choice for a garment, and she looked so longingly at the shiny read toadstool with little sparkly spores.

No matter how much the other animals told her that she was beautiful, she simply didn’t believe it. The snare of compare was engulfing her. She was the kindest and sweetest friend. The other animals secretly wished they had her heart, as it was full of gentleness and thoughtfulness and rarely showed her shortcomings.

Cecil was her very best friend, and she was getting sadder that Betty was misusing his kindness. She didn’t know how to tell her to fly again, and always stumbled to find the best words. One day, amidst the blowing grass and the smiling sun, she found Betty who was on her way back from pollen catching and Cecil was merrily snoring next to her. Betty had noticed that recently, Lila’s smile had been scarce and asked her what was troubling her.

Though anxious to tell the truth, Lila’s words tumbled out at a pace, just like the bubbles tripping down a waterfall. ‘Oh Betty, you must stop hurting Cecil, he’s really getting sad and sore’. Before she could continue, Betty spun round in a blind panic, worried that the death throes were upon her.

‘No, Betty- your stinger is intact’.

Betty sighed very loudly. Lila continued ‘the best friends are those who put each other first. You have put yourself first for too long, and now our lovely Cecil is suffering. Please fly again and stop riding on him unnecessarily otherwise he’ll think twice when you really need him next time. ”

Betty stopped buzzing and stared intently at Lila. Her pleading face and wisdom was arresting and she thought carefully about those words. Unbeknownst to the girls, the other 2 had overheard and Cecil’s heart was melting ( along with the pollen which had overheated and was now dripping inelegantly down his abdomen). Betty turned slowly.

 She saw Cecil and threw her sticky arms around him. ‘How could I have been so selfish my lovely arthropod’, she exclaimed. ‘Forgive me for abusing your kindness’. Cecil beamed and so did Lila; her happiness at having everyone back in community again was lighting up the garden.

At that moment Slimy declared that her smile was rivalled by no other. It was so dazzling that even the sparkling toadstool dimmed in comparison. Lila finally felt beautiful, understanding for the first time that her worth was not in how she looked on the outside.

As for Betty? She still takes occasional jaunts around the garden with Cecil who is very glad to not be transporting her everywhere. The morals of the story are obvious but please, be careful when you’re nursing exhausted bees back to health…do mind their wings!!

 Bee-fore you faint with exhaustion after this long story, revitalise yourself with a good cup of sweet tea and do go over to see Michelle and then onto the Clearly Besotted Blog

See you tomorrow lovely friends!

January 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone. Wasn’t it just Christmas ? We’re running headlong into February already!

It’s Teaser time for Clearly Besotted’s February release. There’s a whole lot of cuteness as you’d expect from Clearly Besotted, but with a real sense of spring and summer which is most welcome as I’m sat typing in the dark evenings!

First project today is full on summer. The little guys from ‘Sweet Plushies’ here are actually stranded on a desert island. The looming volcanoes are from another set; ‘Prehistoric Plushies’ and the current dilemma is who eats whom first to stay alive…

The debate centres around Miss Wilhomena Waffle and Mister Patrick Pancake. Both are probably going to be the prime candidate. Canny Miss Isla Icecream had remained unobtrusive until the cool sticky sweet puddle around Bella Bubble-tea became a real giveaway. Isla argued that waffle was really only good fresh and already Patrick was frying with the heated syrup under the sun, and wouldn’t it be a good idea for a little portion?

They all heard ‘Wooooooooooooooo’ and spun around to see Wilhomena shuffling towards the sea. They shouted ‘nooo’, but she was too far away to hear them. Isla reckoned it was because she was hot.

Before anyone could stop her, Wilhomena was a bit soggy mess, and her downfall hadn’t even satisfied anyone’s hunger.

You can see the fab backdrop. I’ve brought the palm tree forward into the front of the die cut circle frame to try and link the characters and scenery better. It’s all coloured with Nuvo Alcohol markers and there’s a little AquaFlow watercolouring for the sky details.

Patrick felt more and more stiff, as the boiling syrup was ‘cooking’ his edges. He tried coughing to dislodge them, but ended up with a mouthful of sand as the breeze blew at exactly the wrong time. Now sticky, sandy and stiff, this desert island adventure was turning into a nightmare.

As time went on, the rippling waves became a real draw for the merry band of calories. The gentle lapping sea became irresistible and they all waddled down to enjoy the spray even if they couldn’t sample the water itself!

You can see the water effect below. I’ve just used some Dura-Lar matt and coloured some alcohol pens onto them. Trim the top into a wave shape and then add some white gel pen dots for ‘spray’.

Sadly there was no happy ending. The only one who survived was Bella. Her bubble-tea soon evaporated, but being a tough and inventive character, she found freshwater and survived…until the volcanoes erupted…..;-)

Hope you liked these gorgeous characters- you’ll be able to see the full stamp set on Release Day (Feb 1st).

The lovely Lisa is in the throes of unpacking  after moving, so she’ll sadly not be able to create for this release. Here’s hoping you’re back to your sorted self soon Lisa!

So for this release, its me and Michelle. Do pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog and then to Michelle’s blog.

I’m back tomorrow with some more creatures, but a little closer to home!

Keren x

January 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 10 comments

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