July 2015 Blog Hop and Release!

by Tasnim

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Welcome and thank you so much for joining us! The time has finally come, all the new stamp sets are now available for purchase at the Altenew store. We revealed the sets earlier this morning, if you missed it, you may take a look at it here.

We are celebrating this release with today's blog hop. The design team along with guest designer Laura Fadora have some fabulous inspiration in store for you! Let's start the hop with a few cards from Jen and myself.

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Stamps from the Golden Garden set were used to make this card. First, a cluster of outline imges were stamped in gray ink, then three 2-layer images were trimmed and adhered over the stamped cluster. The sentiment is from the Scribbled Flowers set, and it was stamped on gray card stock and mounted with foam tape.

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Yesterday I showed you a tag that I made using the Garden Grow set. Here, I used some of the images to create a little scene for a Get Well card. The bench and the flowers were colored with Copic markers. I also added some details to the flower pots that are under the bench using a fine black pen. The sentiment is from the Doctors Rule set.

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Flowers from the Wild Hibiscus set were embossed in gold on a white card base, and then colored with Copic markers.

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I had a great time making this card! Using the stamps from the Watercolor Wonders set makes it so easy to paint watercolor flowers! All you need is some distress ink and a wet brush. To paint the flower, I first stamped the base layer in light pink, then applied water all over the inked surface, making sure to stay within the flower outline. Next I stamped the layering images in different colors, and used my brush to blend the colors. Super easy and fun! I used the same technique with the leaves. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from Many Thanks set, trimmed the watercolor paper to size, and mounted it on a white card base.

This technique was so easy and quick to do, that I went ahead and made a frame art:

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DSC_1028-2Here, the giraffe silhouette from Baby Zoo was stamped in yellow, and fussy cut.   Leaves were then die cut using our Doodle Blooms Die set, in a sweet dot patterned cardstock.  A sentiment banner and little stars (both from Baby Zoo) finish off the card.

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This card features our new Halftone Happy stamp set.  The other day we shared how you can use the halftone image to create an instant gradient.  Here, the outline image was colored in Copic Markers for a different look.  Everything was mounted onto a card base covered in a cute camera patterned paper, along with a 3-D mounted white triangle.

DSC_0626 (2)-2Here, the Fresh Freesia has been stamped then embossed with white embossing powder.  It was then watercolored using a cool technique!  First add a quick wash of color over the bloom and the leaves.  Then, after it has dried a bit, go back and add dots of more watercolor.  Such a unique look!  Since the card is so simple, lines were then scored around the outside edge of the card to frame everything.

DSC_0619 (2)-2No, you are not suffering from déjà vu…the last two cards are ones you have seen already during our sneak peek week- this post will be updated ASAP with new inspiration using these sets!  Here, the steak image from Raise the Steaks has been stamped repeatedly to create a background.  Next, it was stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock using the coordinating layers and adhered to the card with foam tape.  Lastly, a fun (and punny!) sentiment was embossed onto a strip of black cardstock to finish the card!

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For our last card, the floral image from Layered Lily was stamped using our new ink palette.   We love how well the colors coordinate with each other!  The flower stem is from an older set of ours, Painted Poppy.  A sentiment, from the same set, was then stamped in the corner.  For a pop of color, the flower panel was adhered over a bright dot print paper!

It's time to start hopping! Your next stop is Laura Bassen.

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Laura Bassen
May Sukyong Park
Jocelyn Olson
Agnieszka Malyszek
Marika Rahtu
Yana Smakula
Anna Kossakovskaya
Melania Deasy

PRIZES

To celebrate this release, we are giving away we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to three lucky winners. The winners will be announced 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 a $30 gift certificate– so don’t forget to hop along and leave comments. You have until Friday July 31, 11:59pm EST to leave your comments.
You may enter up to two comments on each blog:

The winners will be selected and announced on Saturday August 1.

Good luck and happy hopping!

tasnim

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Susi July 26, 2015 - 21:42

What a fabulous Hop – amazing cards made with this amazing new release!

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Dawn Ramirez July 26, 2015 - 21:51

Absolutely love these cards!!!

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Maureen Hayes July 26, 2015 - 22:00

There wasn’t a single card I didn’t like, but I loved what you did with the Watercolor wonders set, both the card and the framed print. The saying you used on the print has been my signature line on my emails for over 15 years, the saying by Philo of Alexandria, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle”. I try to live my life by this saying, knowing that even if someone seems to have it “all together” they are probably struggling somewhere you don’t know about. Conversely, if someone is short with me I try to think that maybe they have something big going on that is causing them to lash out, and to treat them with more kindness because of it. Your beautiful stamps and watercolor highlight that so beautifully and touched my heart. Thank you for the inspiring hop and for the chance to win some of your beautiful stamp sets!

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Deb A. July 26, 2015 - 22:01

The Watercolor Wonders stamp set is really neat and I love the framed art you created with it.

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joycemc57 July 26, 2015 - 22:02

What a great new release! I love all the floral stamps!

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Julie S. July 26, 2015 - 22:40

Every stamp is wonderful but I have to admit your floral stamps are some of my favorites. I am hooked on your stamp sets!

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Maureen Hayes July 26, 2015 - 23:01

Tasmin,

I just finished “hopping” and I had to come back to say that you have some of the most talented card makers in the industry on your design team! Obviously I love your stamps, but they really showcase how much you can do with each and every set in this release and gave me so many ideas and such inspiration, thanks for putting together such a great team!

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Jeannine Thames July 26, 2015 - 23:18

Love these cards! New stamp sets are great.
Waiting for a Wild peony’s die sets to be offered!
The Blog Hop was wonderful.! The artists and theircards were amazing! Very inspirational!

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Evelyn Borges July 27, 2015 - 00:29

Thank you for the hop. Everyone is so talented. Love the inspiration and creativeness and can’t wait to make some cards with some Altenew stamps soon. Keep up the classy and elegant stamp designs, they are just so beautiful.

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Rosie N. July 27, 2015 - 00:41

Great blog hop, love the projects here and on all the blogs!

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Tasnim said July 27, 2015 - 00:51

I am in love with the watercolor stamp set
The idea of framing it is amazing
Although I was waiting for more “Islamic/Arabic” stamps , but the release is amazing

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вешняя July 27, 2015 - 01:27

It is beautiful!!! I saw this beauty instagram.And now I also want stamps s distress)

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Linda F July 27, 2015 - 02:10

Beautiful creations. I love all your floral stamp sets which are always stunning. This release I’m also loving all the fun elements in garden grow.

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Ulina July 27, 2015 - 03:27

Wonderful new stamp sets! I like the Watercolor Wonders best – but Raise the Steaks is the funniest!

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Justine July 27, 2015 - 03:56

Can’t wait to start hopping. Such amazing, clean cards and inspiration for the new sets!

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Pam Hardy July 27, 2015 - 04:04

Beautiful cards!

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Petra July 27, 2015 - 04:39

I am new to Altenew world of stamps and the cards that I have seen are simply amazing. I hope that I will get that good at making these beautiful cards

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mich3ll3w July 27, 2015 - 06:29

There is so much to love in this newest release. I might have to come out of stamp-buying hibernation. ;-)

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Dale Rose July 27, 2015 - 07:01

I love the watercolor looking flowers! Thanks for the inspiration.

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Betty July 27, 2015 - 07:01

I was at your store looking at ALL of your lovely stamps and I wasn’t seeing beyond the stamps; I guess my inspiration well was empty. Then I followed the hop and POW, I’m now brimming with ideas. Thanks ever so much for sharing your ideas.

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bethholt4 July 27, 2015 - 07:58

Awesome release! I am loving the new floral sets that you have come up with. That lily is so striking!

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ninewood July 27, 2015 - 08:38

What a great release!! The cards are beautiful!!

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Renee VanEpps July 27, 2015 - 08:39

Swoon!!! All of it :)

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tammy butz July 27, 2015 - 08:44

Amazing release – your designs are beautiful and so simple to use. Can’t wait to use these products.

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Janet Cobb July 27, 2015 - 08:44

The cards are all lovely! Especially like the “best Mom” card!

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Lou Wittmer July 27, 2015 - 08:47

Loving that watercolor wonders!

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Jeanne July 27, 2015 - 09:17

I just LOVE your stamps! The card made with the Wild Hibiscus stamp set is gorgeous; I MUST have that set. And all the watercolor stamps make just beautiful images! I can’t wait to order them all!

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Beverly July 27, 2015 - 09:32

You design beautiful stamp sets. The watercolor flowers will make it easier for a non-artist, such as myself, to paint gorgeous flowers. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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Susieq July 27, 2015 - 09:43

Just beautiful! So excited about this release.

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Laurel July 27, 2015 - 10:14

You have Amazing designs! I just discovered Altenew and OH BOY am I gonna spend some MOOLA!!!!

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Becky Smith July 27, 2015 - 11:02

Lovely new designs! I enjoyed seeing the wonderful projects you’ve made with them.

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Becky Smith July 27, 2015 - 11:03

I like & follow on FB!

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Teresa Carvalho July 27, 2015 - 11:16

Amazing,
When are you going to release new dies?

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Nancy Walker July 27, 2015 - 11:48

I just love the new layered stamps. You really know how to do this! The new watercolor floral set is my favorite!

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Patricia Olson July 27, 2015 - 11:52

This release is totally fabulous. I already made one order and have several more sets on my wish list. Super inspiration on the hop!

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Gladys Figueroa July 27, 2015 - 12:00

Beautiful cards! Lots of great inspiration! I am adding to my wish list right now! But first I must have the dies for the lovely sets I already have!

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Colorful Crafty Gal July 27, 2015 - 12:18

wow amazing new release I love every one of those stamp sets!! Such beautiful inspiration displayed can’t wait to see more…

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KellyB. July 27, 2015 - 12:19

LOVE all the new flowers!!!

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Marsha S. July 27, 2015 - 12:21

Lots of beautiful and unique new stamps!! Love all of the cards!

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Jacquie July 27, 2015 - 12:36

Everything is so beautiful, unique and inspiring!

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kimberlyrae July 27, 2015 - 12:47

I absolutely adore all your work and the stunning Altenew stamps you used! I follow on facebook and instagram. You’ve been Pinned and Hugged and Tweeted ;)

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quilterlin July 27, 2015 - 13:12

I like you on Facebook and follow you on Instagram, too!!

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Karen Rice July 27, 2015 - 13:32

Everything you all put together for this release is inspiring! I love the flowers–all the cards are gorgeous! Thanks for the new stamps!

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Tricia Ann July 27, 2015 - 13:34

I LOVE layering stamps and I LOVE ALTENEW! Your cards you made for this hop are so clean and crisp. The water colored beautiful flowers make me happy. The Copic coloring inspires me to learn and do better with my own blending. Thanks for Altenew! I have to order something!

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Tiffany Leung July 27, 2015 - 13:38

The watercolor flowers looks like an amazing stamp set!!! I cannot wait to get that one!! These cards are so beautiful!!! I love using these stamps for my cards.

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J Fowler July 27, 2015 - 13:50

I love all of these new releases, especially the hibiscus!

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elizabeth July 27, 2015 - 16:19

you have done a fine job this month, I love several of the stamp sets.

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nhorby July 27, 2015 - 16:49

These are amazing!!!!!

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nhorby July 27, 2015 - 16:50

And I do “like” you on Facebook and follow you on Instagram, too…

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kellychevron July 27, 2015 - 17:01

just a great release; I would love to win:)

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