Altenew October Blog Hop

by Tasnim

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Good morning, and welcome to our October release blog hop! As of now, all the new stamps are available for purchase at our store, and you can pre-order them at the Simon Says Stamp Store. We have gathered an amazing group of designers to celebrate this release! Join us and hop along for some inspiration and fabulous prizes!

Jen and I designed some cards using the new stamps, so let's get started with them :)

Whimsical Flowers

With a bit of masking, the Whimsical Flowers set can be used to create one-layer floral arrangements. To add a bit of flair, the sentiment and the centers of the flowers were embossed in gold.

Lacy Scrolls

In this card, a flower and some swirls from the Lacy Scrolls set were all heat embossed in gold on a a piece of black card stock. To add a little color, some leaves from the Vintage Roses set were added. The sentiment is from the Scribbled Flowers set, and was stamped on a strip of cream card stock, and adhered to the black panel.

Painted Butterflies

Stamps from the Doodle Blooms and the Painted Butterflies were combined on this card. One of the leafy branches was stamped twice in pool colored ink, then colored in using a matching Copic marker. The butterfly was then stamped starting with the outline layer, then using it as a guide to stamp the solid layer and the detail layer. A simple sentiment from the Painted Butterflies set finished this card clean as simple.



These multi-step flowers from Painted Poppy were stamped in 3 different colors to create a lovely mini poppy field!  The main flower was stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock and added with foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped in two different colors to highlight the different fonts.



Our Halftone Hello set allows you to create an instant gradient with a single ink.  Here, it was inked with dye ink- although you will get a more crisp and accurate image with pigment or chalk ink (due to the extreme detail!  The dye ink makes the dots bleed together a bit).  To add a bit of emphasis to one “hello,” the coordinating outline was stamped over it in black ink.  Star wood veneers were colored with black and white gel pen before getting adhered to the card.



Stamping the letters from Invisible Alpha onto patterned paper gives such a cool 3D effect!  The letters are super easy to line up on your acrylic block, so creating your own sentiment is a breeze!  Flowers and leaves from Peony Scrolls were stamped onto white card stock and cut out- no coloring necessary!



This card shows how beautiful the Westminster Abbey stamp from Sketchy Landmarks looks with a colorful watercolor wash behind it!  Once the watercolor was dry, the church was stamped in VersaFine ink to ensure crisp details.  The sentiment, from Lyrical Script, was also stamped in the same ink, and the watercolor panel was then mounted onto a white card base.


The poinsettia image from Poinsettia and Pine looks artistic and beautiful on its own, but even more striking with extra dimension! It was stamped 3 times and layered with foam tape for a really cool look.  The rest of the card features a bit of patterned paper, a black die cut frame, and a sentiment from Lyrical Script, which was embossed onto vellum.


A wreath was created using one of the pine branches from Poinsettia and Pine, which was curved onto the acrylic block and inked up in two shades of green.  The pine cones were stamped in brown ink and carefully cut out before popping up with foam tape.  The sentiment from Lyrical Script was stamped, then that portion was die cut with a tag-shaped die and popped up for some cool dimension!  A bit of string and rhinestones finish it off.



To make the lovely sky background, Distress Ink was blended onto white card stock, then a bit of snow was drawn on with a white gel pen.  The sentiment from Festive Silhouettes was stamped in black ink to allow some of the sky to show through.  Next, a forest of trees was stamped, cut out, and adhered with foam tape to finish off the scene!

Peony Scrolls

Contrary to the popular way of embossing in white/clear, the Peonies and the swirls from the Peony Scrolls set were embossed in black and then water-colored. The embossed outlines makes water coloring very easy, as the raised edges prevent the colors from mixing between adjacent areas, and give each a distinct look. To finish the card, a sentiment from the Many Thanks set was stamped in black, and the water-color panel adhered to a black card base.

Doodle Blooms

The leafy branches from the Doodle Blooms set were stamped in gray on white card stock, and fussy cut leaving a white edge. The flowers were embossed in white on water color paper, and colored in, then trimmed at the outlines.  A sentiment from the Many Thanks set was stamped directly on the card base, and the the cut out foliage were arranged around it.

Vintage Roses


The Roses and the leaves from the Vintage Roses set were all stamped on white card stock and trimmed. They were then arranged on a gray card stock and topped with a ‘hello' sentiment from the Halftone Hello set. The outline ‘hello' was stamped on white card stock and trimmed using precision scissors and a craft knife. Everything was adhered using foam tape, except for the leaves, which were adhered using strong adhesive.

I hope you found some inspiration in our featured cards! Now hop along to see what our amazing designers created:

Your next stop is our own designer Jen Rzasa! She has more gorgeous cards in store for you!

And here is the complete list of the designers participating in the hop:

Jen Rzasa

Jennifer Mcguire

Pamela Ho

Agnieszka Malyszek

Joni Andaya

Yana Smakula

Iwona Palamountain


To celebrate this 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 Friday October 31st 11:59pm 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 Saturday, November 1st at 10:00 am EST!



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Giovana October 27, 2014 - 1:05 PM

Amazing projects!! I love them all!

Hussena October 27, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Oh Wow !! I was so waiting for this inspiration parade and I am just wowed !! Can’t take my eyes off the vintage flowers and the Peony swirls ..You have showcased them so stunningly…Love ,love love all the gorgeous cards here !

celineblacow October 27, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Just stunning! Everything. Amazing!

Eileen L. October 27, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Beautiful examples of the designs and gorgeous coloring on each.

Dolly October 27, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Wow :) This was so worth the wait. The cards look so fresh and appealing to the eye. I loved the cards created Tasnim and Jen! You guys have created amazing amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy C. October 27, 2014 - 1:15 PM

Beautiful, beautiful stamps and inspirations!!!

Maja October 27, 2014 - 1:19 PM

wow amazing projects! just beautiful!

Mary-Anne V. October 27, 2014 - 1:19 PM

Wow I was waiting for this new release and you do not disappoint! Gorgeous cards!

Helene C October 27, 2014 - 1:19 PM

i really really like the vintage flowers! can’t wait to try it myself! thanks for the chance to win!

Marcia Scantlin October 27, 2014 - 1:27 PM

I so love the big hello that can be colored in.mplus the watercolor with the church is so striking.

Susan Gosman October 27, 2014 - 1:29 PM

These are absolutely beautiful!

Sabrina Radican October 27, 2014 - 1:31 PM

WOW… What gorgeous cards!!!!! Absolutely stunning!!!

Thordis October 27, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Awesome release and amazing cards. Can’t wait to start hopping and get inspired :)

Lindsay A. October 27, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Another amazing release, ladies! Your cards are so beautiful!

Roxanne J October 27, 2014 - 1:36 PM

Enjoyed the many COLORING options.Thanks for the inspiration.

Olena Yurevych October 27, 2014 - 1:37 PM

What gorgeous cards!!!

Tanja October 27, 2014 - 1:40 PM

this release looks fantastic

Pia Larsen October 27, 2014 - 1:41 PM

I love your stamp sets, especially the ones with big bold sentiments.

smalltcreations October 27, 2014 - 1:42 PM

So many amazing cards! I’m in love with several of the new stamp sets and they have to be mine! Ha! ;-) Absolutely fantastic release! xo

smalltcreations October 27, 2014 - 1:42 PM

I’m a follower on Facebook! :-) xo

Sabrina Radican October 27, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Such goregous cards!!!

Sabrina Radican October 27, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Such beautiful stamps!!!

tsabhira October 27, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Love your stuff. Your stamps are perfect for watercoloring.

Viktoriya Nedvetskaya October 27, 2014 - 1:45 PM

beautiful work! Great stamps, thanks for the inspiration!

andrenesmith October 27, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Wow – what a fantastic release! Beautiful cards showcasing beautiful stamp sets!!

Sam Olden October 27, 2014 - 1:46 PM

Really like the butterflies, so many possibilities!

andrenesmith October 27, 2014 - 1:47 PM

I am a FB follower!!

Pooja October 27, 2014 - 1:49 PM

Amazing just amazing cards ! loved each one of them :)

Kathy T October 27, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Thank you for your beautiful designs and sharing so much inspiration from this great list of designers. Love your new stamps.

Kate October 27, 2014 - 1:50 PM

I bought my stamps before I visited the blog hop and am now so pleased with the sets I ordered. I now have loads of ideas for how to use them. Your DT have done a wonderful job making a beautiful, diverse range of cards!

Christine R October 27, 2014 - 1:54 PM

Thanks for all the inspiration! These cards are gorgeous and highlight so many amazing techniques!

Cindy H. October 27, 2014 - 1:55 PM

The flowers are just so beautiful! Love the bold script, too.

theCook October 27, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Oh my! That peony scroll card is wonderful! Love the image and love the coloring!

Marie Bryan October 27, 2014 - 1:57 PM

What beautiful examples! I particularly like your uses of the Peony Scrolls and the Vintage Roses. Thanks for all the ideas!

Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat October 27, 2014 - 1:59 PM

You MUST have invented the vintage roses for me!! I was in love at first sight!! I just can’t wait to see more of these!! TFS!

Goldie October 27, 2014 - 1:59 PM

All so striking!

linda October 27, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Wow! The Vintage Roses are beautiful. Best rose stamp I’ve seen.

Kathy H October 27, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Gorgeous cards! I always love your flowers most of all!

cbuswell October 27, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Fabulous release ladies! Just placed my order! LOVE those vintage roses! : )

Debby M. October 27, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Love this release. I especially like your flowers. Beautiful.

Bev Wilkinson October 27, 2014 - 2:03 PM

Amazing designs! I can’t wait to get my order! Getting ready for my Christmas card-making frenzy!

Ela October 27, 2014 - 2:04 PM

I ADORE the new stamps you created, fantastic. I just can’t decide which I like best, they are so lovely.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Kelly Griglione October 27, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Hahaha, I chuckled out loud when I read the end of your post, “I hope you’ve found some inspiration …” Are you kidding?!? This post is a gold mine of great designing! The vintage roses are spot-on. Yet another great release, Tasnim and Jen!!

Saloni M October 27, 2014 - 2:05 PM

The cards are all so beautiful and elegant! very beautifully designed. Thanks for the giveaway and I can’t wait to use them all.

Heather - housesbuiltofcards October 27, 2014 - 2:11 PM

WOW! Just wow…these are all amazing! What a fabulous release – LOVE each one!

Heather - housesbuiltofcards October 27, 2014 - 2:12 PM

And I already like you on Facebook! :-)

Karen King October 27, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Wow, this is a huge, incredible release! So many great sets and such beautiful cards!!!

Darla October 27, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Fabulous projects! So excited about your gorgeous floral stamps!

Meghan October 27, 2014 - 2:18 PM

Oh my, the Vintage Roses! I have a feeling all of these new sets are going to fly off the shelves – the designs are simply stunning.

Julie October 27, 2014 - 2:19 PM

Great variety of cards. My favorites in this release are Westminster and the tall poppy.

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