Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Lush Garden Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

by Emily

Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you today, and I am so pleased to be helping introduce Altenew's latest Craft Your Life Project Kit: Lush Garden!

Enjoy our Craft Your Life Project Kit, an exciting monthly package that is sure to get the creative juices flowing! Featuring a 6×8 stamp set, coordinating die set, as well as a stencil and embossing folder to fit the theme, this project kit has almost everything you need to start crafting. Just add ink and cardstock, and you'll be good to go!

This project kit contains the following exclusive products:

  • one 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set containing 24 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer
  • four coordinating dies
  • one simple coloring and layering stencil which coordinates with the stamp set 
  • one 6×6 3D embossing folder
  • one simple coloring stencil set (3 stencils) which coordinates with the embossing folder

Note: These products are NOT sold separately.

Here's a peek at the kit itself:

Such a stunning addition to the Craft Your Life Project Kit line, right? I love those new stencils for use specifically with the embossing folder! So creative and innovative! I have a sunny yellow project for you today, so let's get started with the details!

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Project Inspiration

I have been using an abundance of pink lately, so I thought I'd try some sunny yellow for today's project! For some reason, August automatically makes me think of golden yellow and burnt orange. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the crops surrounding my Midwestern town are starting to dry out and turn yellow and brown. I began my project by using the stencils in the Lush Garden kit on some plain white cardstock to create the solid backgrounds for the layered stamped images.

The kit contents work together seamlessly to give you so many different options for creating! The solid, open stencils act as the first layer for your multi-layered stamps, but I was able to stretch my four inks from the Pocketful of Sunshine ink quartet by lightly blending the lightest color with my stencil to create the base layer for the larger blooms from the Lush Garden stamp set, then stamping the layers with the three lightest colors in the group, saving the darkest color for the flower center.

I stenciled and stamped the smaller flowers with the same Pocketful of Sunshine inks, but stenciled the lightest layer with the lightest shade and then stamped with the three darkest colors to create more intense yellow flowers.

I stamped the foliage from the Lush Garden stamp set using the lighter shades of the Warm Gray ink quartet. Once I had stamped all of the components, I die cut them with the coordinating dies included in the Lush Garden kit. I love that you have the option to add an extra layer of color with the solid stencils, or you can allow the stamped layers to have super intense highlights by stamping just the details on the white cardstock!

I also used the layered blending stencil included in the Lush Garden kit to blend some orange “filler” flowers using the Golden Sunset ink quartet. Because there are no coordinating dies for this floral cluster, I used my sharp scissors to fussy cut the floral cluster.

For the card base, I wanted to take advantage of the giant, detailed bouquet in the 3D embossing folder included in the Lush Garden kit, so I cut a slimline card base (3.5″ x 8.5″) from some plain white cardstock, and then selectively embossed opposite corners of the long card base. I love the subtle, detailed texture that this adds to the card base!

The edge of the embossing folder did cause a bit of a crease on the card base, but once I arranged and adhered the stamped, die cut florals on the card base, you'd never know it was there. I used Instant Dimension Foam Tape to add lots of dimension to the card front, adding a greeting from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set over the top of the floral arrangement. The final step was to add some warm rose gold gems (to pick up the warm tones in the stamped images) for a touch of sparkle!

Well, that's all for my project today! Now, for some fun giveaway information!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $ 25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 08/18/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/20/2021.

Blog Hop

Here's the full hop list:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Norine Borys 

Vicky Papaioannou 

Therese Calvird

Sandhya Iyer

Virginia Lu

Daniel Diaz

Tenia Nelson

Michelle Short

Nathalie DeSousa

Verity Biddlecombe

Erum Tasneem

Amanda Baldwin

Jenny Colacicco

Emily Midgett

LauraJane

Maryam Perez

Laurie Willison

Terri Koszler

Reiko Tsuchida

Seeka 

Dana Joy

Erin Thompson 

Nenette S. Madero

Tina Smith

Anna Mahtani

Linda Westfall 

Natasha Davies

Joylita Dsouza

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174 comments

Claudine C. August 12, 2021 - 09:11

How fun, I love this new kit, such gorgeous flowers and to get everything to compliment, even better!!

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Robin Nelson August 12, 2021 - 09:27

Such a pretty kit. I can’t wait to see all of the inspiration from the makers.

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Shai Ward August 12, 2021 - 09:32

I love this kit where everything matches, from the stamp to the stencil. Lush Garden is especially beautiful!

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Ann August 12, 2021 - 09:32

Such a beautiful set!

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Aia Magiera August 12, 2021 - 09:37

What a lovely set!

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Sarah August 12, 2021 - 09:42

Such a beautiful set! Coordinating stencils and embossing folders are such an exciting idea.

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Katherine Kloschinsky August 12, 2021 - 09:44

Oh my gosh! This kit is amazing. I can’t wait to finish visiting all the blogs and looking more closely at the samples.

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Kathy Shank August 12, 2021 - 09:45

Beautiful

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K Levi August 12, 2021 - 09:56

I’m not usually a ‘flower’ person, but this set spoke to me. Beautiful.

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Jo August 12, 2021 - 10:01

What a lovely kit !

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Nataliya August 12, 2021 - 10:09

Absolutely adorable.

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Dorothy Jewell August 12, 2021 - 10:15

Love this new kit! I already subscribe to the other monthly kits and would love to add this!

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Retta Lutte August 12, 2021 - 10:20

I am SOO EXCITED! I made the decision to order this kit the other day and I can’t wait to receive it. So beautiful – and a beautiful card with great ideas.

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Megan August 12, 2021 - 10:21

Wow, beautiful set!

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Tracy R Boyd August 12, 2021 - 10:21

What a beautiful well thought out set! Love all the options you get with this.

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CC August 12, 2021 - 10:31

I am so sad I missed out on last month’s kit, it’s best to sign up for the club, save money & get the beautiful goodies right away! You never have to worry about what you’re paying for, Altenew is always top quality.

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BRENDA LEE N August 12, 2021 - 10:36

Your card is stunning!

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Susan August 12, 2021 - 10:37

I loved the Craft Your Life Project kit I received as part of the Altenew retreat so much. I just had to subscribe to Craft Your Life kit to continue getting them. The Lush Garden kit is beautiful! Can’t wait to receive it.

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Nurse Ratchet August 12, 2021 - 10:37

Absolutely gorgeous set, just ordered mine!💐

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Bobbi August 12, 2021 - 10:40

Yes please to the beautiful stuff

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Annquilt August 12, 2021 - 10:48

What beautiful yellow flowers- I am looking forward to getting this set!

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Monika Davis August 12, 2021 - 10:52

Beautiful! Love the coordinating stencils and embossing folder… lovely sample card… the yellow and orange hues are so pretty! They really pop on the white background.

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Dorothy Jewell August 12, 2021 - 11:05

Love this whole kit! I subscribed to the other monthly kits and I would love to get this kit too!

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L A August 12, 2021 - 11:16

Such a beautiful kit!! LOVE those stencils!

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FRANNIE REID August 12, 2021 - 11:33

So beautiful… I always love florals!!

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margaret August 12, 2021 - 11:35

Can’t wait to get mine!

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barbara lassiter August 12, 2021 - 11:45

This is a beautiful kit. I just saw it used on Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube video and decided I should check it out! I love that an embossing folder and layering stencil are include as well!

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Janice B August 12, 2021 - 11:46

Great having stencils and embossing folders that coordinate with the stamps!

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Nancy Wilcox August 12, 2021 - 11:59

Wonderful kit with so many possibilities!

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Liz O. August 12, 2021 - 12:16

I am hooked! Love the previous kit, and I just order this one too!!! Beautiful inspiration as always!

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Patty A Eifert August 12, 2021 - 12:21

Looks like an awesome kit!! Can’t wait to see what everyone creates with it!

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Renee VanEpps August 12, 2021 - 12:35

So pretty, love the subtle embossed background!

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Jenna Batik August 12, 2021 - 12:35

This kit is amazing. The flowers are so beautiful. I love how everything coordinates.

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Rebecca Hawkins August 12, 2021 - 12:43

Wow very nice kit. Your cards are wonderful. Yellow is one of my favorite colors and picking a slimline base makes an awesome impression.

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Tammy Federspiel August 12, 2021 - 12:50

This kit is awesome and these cards are stunning!

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Carol Henderson August 12, 2021 - 12:52

I really like these new kit ideas from Altenew. They are always coming up with something new and exciting and you certaining know how to make the most of using them! Thank you!

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Vickie Davis August 12, 2021 - 12:55

Another amazing kit and wonderful inspiration!

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Denise Bryant August 12, 2021 - 13:04

What pretty elements in this kit! I especially love the embossing folder design! Looking forward to seeing all the creations on the hop!

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Clair Mixon August 12, 2021 - 13:06

So pretty. You’ve done it again.

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Pat Bethke August 12, 2021 - 13:13

I love this kit where everything works together. Your card is great, I liked the fussy cut “filler” flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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Pauline Abeysekera August 12, 2021 - 13:18

Beautiful kit and I really love what you created with it!

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Heidi Perry August 12, 2021 - 13:20

Beautiful flowers and a very well thought out kit. Thank you!

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lorijl August 12, 2021 - 13:31

These are gorgeous! Great release.

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Steffani McMains August 12, 2021 - 13:33

This is such a beautiful kit!

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Jo Anna August 12, 2021 - 13:37

Great blog hop; designers did a wonderful job of showcasing this fabulous new kit. Thanks everyone.

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Pam P August 12, 2021 - 13:58

I love the idea that everything works together (or separately) and that you can buy entire kit at once…nothing more frustrating to me than trying to get stencil, dies, stamps, etc. for a set and one or more is out of stock…I love this concept! Gorgeous flowers!

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Leslie Sunn August 12, 2021 - 14:00

What a great kit and great value! Love it!

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margaritanr August 12, 2021 - 14:03

What a beautiful new kit! Love all the beautiful cards created with this kit!

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Betty Howell August 12, 2021 - 14:12

Beautiful stamp and embossing folder set! Lovely cards on the blog!

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Amy Cooley August 12, 2021 - 14:26

Gorgeous collection of products! I especially love the embossing folder.

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