Hope from Altenew


 When the new collection for March came out from Altenew, I knew I had to have this stamp set! It's one of those super easy to use for any skill level and is so beautiful you've just got to have it kind of stamp sets! 

The colors I went with is Shades of Purple and Pocket of Sunshine, along with touches of black. 
 


I love how lovely it turned out, especially with the Hope die cut from the matching die set, and the sentiment of course!  I can't wait to see what else I come up with the new release!
I also used a Hero Arts  Sunshine Mixed Folded Cards and a layer of black cardstock, along with enamel dots to complete my project. 

I know I share this news with my Facebook friends, had to reshare on my blog!
Yup, I finished level 1 and am currently working on my level 2 in the Altenew Educator Certification Program!


On a personal note: Bill and I drove to Az last week (from Oregon) to check out the area we have been looking for a new home at! Will keep everyone updated on the search and we plan to put our house on the market very soon. 

Thanks again for stopping by
Eva 

A little love



Its been a lot a fun getting to this point and 
I'd thought I would share on my blog versus just posting it to IG.

Here is my final project for level 1 of the AECP. 


It is a really simple design, that I loved when I finished it!
However, it wasn't the first card I made, it was my second.

Here's my first design

It has everything I wanted in a card, bling from the Gold Foil cardstock die cut with the Leafy Garland Die, lots of beautiful roses from the Vintage Roses stamp set, lots of bold colors from the Red Cosmos with some Jet Black for that deep shadow color, along with the Forest Glades in a single layer for the leaves. I added a touch of black spray in a splatter and added a few green enamel dots as a finishing touch.  The sentiment made me think of our upcoming 15th anniversary in May.  Alas, it was not my final pick!



When it came time to pick my submission, it was easy! The beautiful softness of the Flower Flurries washi tape, along with the Gold B from the Bold Caps Alphabet Die and theVintage Roses sentiment made me wish Altenew was around when we got married, I felt a kinship to it, and naturally, it was the one. Fussy cutting, layering and enjoying the crafty life I live!

I went with simple designs, it's my style of cardmaking, and having the best products didn't hurt!
I'm so glad that I started on this adventure, and I am looking forward to taking even more classes from Altenew.  

I want to thank everyone who supported me during this time, as many of you know I've been in the process of packing up my house to move, and it's been hard knowing that I would have to limit my creativity in order to pack the crafty space... I have one more live to do and then I won't be back until after the rest of the house has sold! I will miss everyone... but I promise I will be back as soon as I can with crafty goodness in hand, and enabling ready!

Until next time
your friend and fellow crafter
Eva Bussom

Let it Shine Class - Altenew Academy

Today I'm totally in my comfort zone!  I love my shimmer pens, glitter, and sparkly goodness.  For this class, we were instructed to add glitz whenever and where ever you can, so I did.  One of my favorite lessons was water-coloring with Sparkle pens, like wink of stella or spectrum sparkle. For my card today I'm totally letting it shine!

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Let's start with my stamped images: Garden Treasure was perfect for a card like this. Since I knew I was going to faux water-color I started by embossing each of my images in white powder.  Fussy cut them out and when to work on adding vivid colors to each piece. 



In this close up you can see most of the colors I used.  Volcano Lake (Blue), Moss (Green), Velvet (Red) and Persian Blue (Blue-Green)


To create the sparkle I used my Spectrum Sparkle pen to give my images a watercolor look, with lots of shine.  I added a bit of white gel pen for some fun. 



Lastly, I added the Frame Die in Gold Foil cardstock. 


Additional items include
Altenew: Vellum, 110lb cardstock, Oval Die from the Create a Wreath die set,  Clear Embossing Ink.
Other brands include Spectrum Sparkle Glittle pen Clear, Gelly Roll White 10MM, Hiedi Swapp Gold Color Shine. 


Thanks again for stopping by for a visit, I really hope you like my take on the Let It Shine Class!

Until next time
Eva 

Irresistible Inking Techniques - Altenew Academy

Irresistible Inking Techniques was an interesting class. 
I've done many of the tips shared, but I was surprised at how long ago I put it to practical use. 

So I grabbed some cardstock and got crafty!

I used the ink block technique from class for today's project.
I started with Sea Glass, which is soft and gorgeous!  I also added some splatters in Desert Night before stamping my butterflies and sentiment both from the  Bamboo Rose set. I watercolor washed the bold yellow tones from the Pocket of Sunshine ink cube set, using Fresh Lemon and Honey Drizzle.
I mounted my card front onto a foam base to secure it firmly and it adds dimension as well.
Lastly, I added a touch of Gold Wink of Stella, gave some details to the butterflies by drawing on it with a Gel pen in white and mounted it on a blue cardbase from Hero Arts. 


On a personal note: Today is day 4 without social media, I'm not gonna lie it been super hard not to go see what all my crafty friends and family have been up too, but I've got 6 more days until I complete my goal of 10 days.  I miss you all, and can't wait until March 1st.

I've also been working on my final, for my Business Law class... another challenge!

Anywho... I hope you've enjoyed my card and if you want to learn more about this class check out Altenew Academy and all the classes they have to offer!

Until next time
Eva 

Hello - Easy Ink Blending

Hello

Hi, I'm back today with a fabulous card. I learned how to use easy techniques to get the blending just the way you want it.  Amy Lee has an amazing way with color, I love each of the lessons. My favorite was how to blend by adding a layer at a time, here's my project for this class.

Getting this class is super easy, register at Altenew Academy!


I started by grabbing some Strathmore hot press watercolor paper and cut it down to A2 size which is 5 1/2 by 4 1/4. On Altenew 110# cardstock I used Shades of Purple ink cubes for the blending on my background and on my stamped layer as well I selected Frosted Garden because it's one of my favs. For my main layer, I also used Rock Collection and Green Fields and Frayed Leaf too! My hello die is from the Flower Arrangement set and I added a touch of vellum with the Handmade Tags dies.  To complete my card I added the scallop die cut from Lawn Fawn, Some clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh and some of the enamel dots from Altenew. The green twine is from American Crafts. 



On a personal note, I made it through my 3rd day of no Facebook or Instagram, woohoo!
I didn't include blogging because I knew I would need a way to upload my work for my Altenew Educator requirements!

Until next time

Eva 

Layers of Letters featuring Altenew


As most of you know I've been working on my Altenew Educator certification to teach Altenew classes! Well, they've added some new classes, one is all about Dies! Yeah, me!!  Lydia Evans is the instructor, I love the way she thinks! This is just one of the many classes she has and I totally had to do it! 


Here we go...
As you can see from the image below this card has lots of layers... thus the name of today's post.


Let's start with the color: you can use colored cardstock, or you can use Ink like I did.
Today's card features the brand new ink colors, called Sweet Dreams, these blues are amazing!
They come in two sizes mini ink cubes or full-size oval ink pads and they have reinkers as well. 

The make me happy is the You Make Me happy mini stamp set. I masked off the "you" and inked it in the Jet Black Ink oval pad.  The letters are from the Caps Bold Alpha Die set. 

The cardstock is from Altenew as well, they offer a Classic Crest Solar White in 110lbs which is perfect for any project!  I also used their 3 pack glue tape to pull it all together!

My final touches were to add some Wink of Stella Gold and to add a Hero Arts card base!

Until next time
Eva

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Great Products Sunday

 Works great for masking every project!

 Another great masking product, 2 inches wide perfect for most projects!

 Last but not least the 1-inch version!

Altenew Challenge - Feb 2018


I am back with my card for the February Challenge at Altenew.

I was all in for the colors, so here's my card for the inspiration challenge.


I started by inking up Bamboo Roses in Altenew Crisp Inks Permanent Black which works perfectly with their Artist Markers ( G702, G715, R206, R302, R403).  The dies were super easy to line up and cut!  I used the Halftones Circles Nesting dies to cut a piece of  Forest Glades and Cube Cover Die in White Cardstock for a layer along with the same cardstock for the base card.  From there I took the Frosty Pink ink pad and colored the base card with it, to give a soft feel between the layers. I added the Hi in black using Caps Bold Alphabet. Finally, I added the enamel dots and started putting the card together, laying the pieces until I was happy.
I love the finished look and feel of it, I hope you do too!

Until next time
Eva

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Missing you Hello

When I started on this card, I knew that I needed or wanted it to be a 5 by 7 card! All too often I make A2 which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 sized! Not today!  Altenew was the brand that I grabbed, along with a few essentials from my stash.

Layers 2
Hello Card



I started with a layer of 5 by 4 inches stamping my florals on with Floral Arrangement.  used my favorite Red Cosmos and Green Fields on the bigger images and Summer Afternoon in the smaller ones.  I love how there are three sizes of flowers in Floral Arrangement.  From the matching die set, I used some basic black cardstock from my stash for the Hello Die-cut. Next, I grabbed some vellum, photo corners, and my stapler.  I knew I wanted more than just hello, so I selected the Missing You stamp from Label Love stamp set, in Coral Berry, don't ya just love it!  Offsetting the main layer onto the cardbase which is in Simon Says Stamp 120lbs cardstock. I love how pretty it turned out!

Until next time,
Eva