Altenew 6th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

Hello! How are you? It’s an exciting week as Altenew celebrate their 6th Birthday. I remember their very first stamp sets and it’s amazing to see how much they’ve developed and grown! I’m delighted to be part of a blog Hop with some fab talented designers and some awesome prizes.

A special welcome if you’ve come to my blog from Irina Fonina’s blog!

I’m starting off with some projects- and I’ll tell you more about the prizes and sponsors as we go! Firstly- my favourite first…

Aren’t the florals in the Simple Beauty set gorgeous?! I’ll never tire of this set. I’ve used 3 colours of Inks across the two flowers and some extra Prismacolor pencils to add shading.

You might also spy the Tartan stamp set that I’ve trimmed around and cut out the middles. The sentiment is from Ornamental Bliss. As part of the blog Hop there are lots of wonderful sponsors offering prizes to you as you hop around each blog.

The idea is that you’ll visit each blog and the more comments you leave, the greater the chances. To make the hop more exciting, start your comments with ‘Hi from ( city or country where you’re from). 37 winners will be chosen at random from comments left by 4/12/2020 on any of the blogs listed and then announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/18/2020.

Onto my second project

We are in a really challenging time, and I’m so glad this Birthday celebration can distract us a little. I thought ‘hope’ was a timely sentiment to be sending to a friend. The background is fussy cut ( I know- it was a little ambitious of me, but very relaxing) after using the Linear stencil.

You can see the cut outs and the Black Soot ink rubbed over the stencil. I also used the Caps Bold Alpha dies which are my new favourites!

I’ve inked them partially and added gel pen and black marker dots and some drops to match the ink colour. By the end, it reminded me a little of a big wheel!

Before I post my last project, it’s worth sharing about the prizes on offer and also the shipping deals.

Add the codes to get Free U.S. shipping or $5 off international shipping! (These aren’t valid on prior purchases and can’t be combined with other promo codes). Here’s all the prizes you could be in with a chance of winning.

: 6 $50 Altenew gift certificates

Altenew Academy: 10 class spots

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 $100 Altenew gift certificate & 5 Share Handmade Kindness goodie bags($20 each)

My Sweet Petunia: 1 prize bundle(Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align and a bar magnet)

CiLi in Papers: $100 gift certificate

Craft Stash: £75 gift certificate

Amy Tangerine: Your Brightest Year Yet online workshop(valued at $89)

Online Card Classes: 3 class spots

Simon Says Stamp: $50 gift certificate $50 gift certificate

Michelle’s Cards & Stamp: $50 gift certificate

Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate

Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate

Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2020 issue

Bumbleberry Papercrafts:  £25 gift certificate

Seven Hills Crafts: £25 gift certificate

Here’s my last project!

I love sending cards with encouraging sentiments. the main image and stamped part of the sentiment are from Ornamental Bliss and I’ve used the Caps Bold Alphas again. I’ve used the same technique for the letters although a little more subtly and just partially stamped one of the main images in the stamp set.

All in all, the 6th Birthday blog hops are going to be a fab event. We’re on Day 2 and there are 4 days in total. Do start off at the Altenew Card Blog for all the details. Here’s the full list in today’s hop:

Altenew Blog

Kristina Werner

Terri Koszler

Virgninia Lu

Alex Syberia

Simon Says Stamp

Lilith Eeckels

Amanda Baldwin

Mindy Eggen

Butterfly Reflections Ink

Agnieszka Malyszek

Isha Gupta

Galina Filippenko

TaeEun Yoo

Norine Borys

Ilina Crouse

Irina Fonina

Keren Baker… you are here!!

Maryam Perez…visit here next!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed the projects – now it’s time to go to Maryam Perez’s blog- and if you get lost anywhere, do pop back to the Altenew Card Blog which will give all the details!

See you soon,

Keren x

April 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm 148 comments

Clearly Besotted April Release Day!

We made it! Here we are at Release Day! It’s been amazing seeing which sets you’ve loved. We have some watery wonderfulness today. Some little lovely dolphins in love !

I first diecut an aperture using a heart die and then started stamping the scene from the set called ‘Sea You Plushies’. The dolphins are so sweet and have both jumped out of the water to snatch a kiss!

I did want to add glitter to bring some texture and iciness to the floating icebergs. Simply add a sentiment and dashed lines to complete the card!

Add a little punched heart. The sea was watercoloured using a Nuvo AquaFlow pen.

As you probably know- it’s RELEASE DAY!!

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then do see Michelle for her monthly video. Don’t forget about our lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and visit her too!

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

I’ve really appreciated your comments and visits. I’d love to know which have been your fave sets so far.

See you soon,

Love, Keren x

April 1, 2020 at 7:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 4

Hello fellow bookworms. Don’t you love losing yourself in a book. I have to admit I don’t read as much as I used to. I always take a book away with me when I do shows and don’t always get the time. This little guy would inspire anyone to open a book.

The set is called ‘All Booked Up’ and if you love reading, you’ll want to snag the matching set; ‘Bedtime Story’. The sentiment is from the second set- and I agree entirely- although with things as they are, maybe a little more attention to cleaning might be prudent!

The books are so much fun to colour! Do excuse the flecks of embossing powder, I’d put my greasy mitts on the card too much so the powder just adhered itself!

I hope you love the set as much as I do! See you tomorrow for release day!

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then do see Michelle and Lisa. Don’t forget about our lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and visit her too!

Keren xx

March 31, 2020 at 7:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 3

Hey! Lovely to see you back. After all this work, I was feeling a little peckish! I do love sushi and Chinese food, so I thought I’d do a revolving belt a la Yo Sushi!

These are real characters and delicious looking to boot! The set is called ‘Peckish Plushies’

I really enjoyed colouring these little guys in. Simple, and a good size both to add to colour and trim out too!!

I’ve used my sparkly dots too. I don’t think I can colour without them!!

Isn’t the sentiment fun?!

That Dim Sum has got my mouth watering!! There’s not just Chinese and Japanese food, there’s pizza and all sorts. Perfect for foodie friends or invite to a children’s party!

Tomorrow I’ve a bookworm for you. I hope you’ll return to join me!

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then do see Michelle and Lisa. We have a lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and visit her too!

Keren xx

March 30, 2020 at 7:00 am 7 comments

The PaperArtsy Zebra Men.

Wonder what I’m going on about? The Watford Warriors and a little tenuous link with the latest PaperArtsy topic; Jungle Vibes!

I’d love for you to see what it’s all head over to the PaperArtsy blog.

What do you reckon…jungle’y enough?

Keren x

March 29, 2020 at 7:20 pm 1 comment

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 2

So glad you’ve all come back today. For today’s showcase set, I’ve chosen ‘An Open Book’. I adore reading, and read so much with my kids when they were younger. Reading takes us out of our lives and somewhere magical instead.

I love the sentiment, and that was the idea behind my card. I tried to make a portal- not really having been in one, nor knowing what one is like! I imagined a hole and so added a circular mask and then blended some Distress Inks. Add in a little yellow watercolour and that was the basis.

You can see I splattered some water onto the piece, dabbed the water off and then used white and silver gel pen in straight lines to add a sense of dynamism and a moving portal!!!

The fairy has come to add her magic and make the reading experience even better. She’s sprinkling fairy dust over the pages using some Stickles.

It’s just an adorable set and I love that it’s also linked to another set with tonnes of reading related sentiments. Perfect for teachers and kids alike!

I’m back again tomorrow- with plenty more adorable-ness!!

Don’t forget to visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then to see Michelle and Lisa. We have a lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and give her some love too!

Keren xx

March 29, 2020 at 7:09 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely friends! It’s nearly April, and despite the unrest felt around the world, I have a few projects over the next 5 days to brighten your little corner of the world!

We’re beginning with the loveliest set..’parachuting plushies’. As you would imagine, it’s exactly that…cute animals wafting through the air!

Aren’t they just so much fun!! I decided to hang them off the edge as they’d have looked too squished shoved onto the space. Simple stamping and simple colouring. I’ve used my Tonic Nuvo Alcohol pens.

For the background, I dug out my favourite Clearly Besotted stencil : Cloudy Days. I used this a lot and really recommend it. I turn it over and use at an angle to create different shapes of clouds. After I’d created the background, I accentuated the cloud shapes with some translucent glitter. Of course clouds are bedecked with glitter!!

I’ve coloured the bunnies the same colour and let the parachutes add the vibrancy. I carefully cut out the insides of the parachute strings using a craft knife. Add in black and white marker details.

It’s just a lovely set with lots of fun sentiments. I think this sentiment is for all of us, no matter where we live or what our situation is.

Be brave.

And be kind.

As usual, we’d love you to visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then to see Michelle and Lisa. We have a lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and give her some love too!

See you tomorrow with something magical!

Keren xx

March 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

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