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12 July 2022

Altenew July 2022 Marvelous Monthly Series Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)


Hello friends and welcome back!  Today we are celebrating the release of the July 2022 Marvelous Monthly Series over at Altenew with a fabulous blog hop!  We hope that you will hop along with us, as there is just so much incredible and gorgeous inspiration, that be sure to inspire you!  Be sure to head on over to check out the full collection here and then be sure to comeback and hop along to help us celebrate!  This release celebrates friendships with its charming images, flowers and heartfelt sentiments.  Show your bestie how much you care, or reach out to that long lost friend. We can't wait to show you how we use the products in this collection!


Build-A-Garden: Tulip & Friends

Card #1

Okay so tulips are my absolute favourite flower and the new Tulip & Friends Stamp Set is gorgeous! I just adore the drapeyness (is that a word???) of this flower arrangement!  I decided to make 2 cards with this, each with a completely different look.  For the first one I went soft with the colours for the flowers, so they'd have more of an impact against the dramatic black stencilled background using the Broken Chevrons Stencil..  These flowers are really easy to colour using your favourite medium, but the coordinating simple colouring stencil makes it so quick and even easier to do!  I cut out the arrangement using the coordinating die, to pop it up for dimension.

Card #2

For my second card I went in a different direction and a bit of inlaid die cutting.  For this I stamped out the image and coloured it again using the coordinating stencil.  For the inlaid diecutting I cut out the word Hello from my stencilled piece and then 2 more times from white cardstock and 1x from black to add a small shadow to the word, using the Bold Alphabet Die Set.  I love how this technique still allows you to see the entire floral, but you still have your sentiment there.  And the little peek-a-boo of the inlaid diecutting is perfect!  


CAF: Garden Rose Layering Die Set

The new Craft A Flower: Garden Rose Layering Die Set is a beautiful floral set that comes with 2 garden roses as well as some leaves.  I decided to go fairly simple with this, but used the Poured Acrylic 6x6 Paper Pack for the roses and leaves, to add a it of interest to them.  These flowers are so easy to layer up, thanks to the help of the embossed numbers and and symbols, it lets you know exactly how to position each layer and in what order.

China Rose Outline Stamp Set

The China Rose Outline Stamp Set is a beautiful set of 2 roses that are just waiting to be filled with gorgeous colour, no matter your colouring medium.  I decided to do a bit of loose watercolouring for them in a fabulous bright pink colour! Loose watercolouring (or just watercolouring in general lol) is something that I struggle with and definitely need to work on, but I do really love how this turned out!  Once I had my image coloured I added a bit of water all along the outside of the image while the watercolours were still slightly damp, so to try and bleed the colours a bit around the outer edges of the flowers. I love how it gives it a subtle pink glow to the panel! The big open petals of these images are perfect for so many different mediums and even better to practice different colouring methods with.

Craft Your Life Project Kit: Always Sunshine

The Always Sunshine CYL Project Kit features a beautiful floral image of wild vines and flowers. This is a such a fun image!  I decided to do a bit of a different take on spotlight colouring, by ink blending half of the image and then some colouring over the ink blended half, leaving the other half untouched and black and white.  But to make the colouring of the images even easier I used the coordinating stencils for the image.  I tell ya...these coordinating stencils make quick and easy work of colouring the images.


Craft Your Life Project Kit:  Always Sunshine Embossing Folder

Card #1

I absolutely adore the embossing folder that comes in the CYL  kit!  The botanical feel of the leaves is truly beautoful and my first card is exactly what I had in mind when I saw this folder!  Just some simple green ink blending on kraft cardstock.  To add the colour to the leaves I used the stencil that comes in the kit, as it has the leaves on it and it makes it so easy to make the 3D embossing stand out even more!  I added a bit of metallic watercolour to some of the leaves make them pop a bit more. 

Card #2

For my second card I embossed on a piece of metallic cardstock and simply brushed over the embossed image using a white pigment ink.  When it dried it softens a bit and kind of takes on the colour of the cardstock.   I really love this turned out by softening the look of the metallic cardstock.


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 07/18/2022 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 07/20/2022.

Blog Hop Order

I hope that you have enjoyed the inspiration I shared today.  Below you will find entire hop list. You should have made it here from Terri Koszler. Your next stop on the hop will be Michelle Short.  Or you can head on over  and start at the beginning with the Altenew card blog.


Altenew Blog

Jenny Colacicco

Soraya Maes

Emily Midgett

Karen Brown

Caly Person

Adriana Arminio

Virginia Lu

Verity Biddlecombe

Jaycee Gaspar

Berina Rajakumar

Agnieszka Małyszek

Laurie Patterson

Erum Tasneem

Annemarie Caister

Reiko Tsuchida

Bridget Casey

Terri Koszler

Michelle Burnier <---- that's me!

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Linda Westfall

Maryám Pérez

Amy Hill

Mindy Eggen

Penny Pynnonen

Nathalie DeSousa

Angela Brennan

Teri Wilson


Dana Joy

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day!  Until next time,

32 comments on "Altenew July 2022 Marvelous Monthly Series Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)"
  1. Amazing card designs. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Twana Griffin12 July, 2022 23:28

    All of your cards are stunning but the first one is a real show stopper! Awesome!!

    1. Thank you Twana! The black stencilled background was one I had set aside for a previous project as I didn't like then, but when I paired it against the soft pink tulips, I loved the contrast!

  3. Your third card is amazing and different. I LOVE THE LOOK!

    1. Thank you Sharon! Thought I'd try something different using those papers.

  4. Lovely cards with tried and true techniques. TFS!

  5. Beautiful cards. My favorite is the Garden Rose. So pretty.

  6. Marisela Delgado said: So beautiful! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

  7. Your cards are so lovely! Each card is so stunning and creative. I really like the CAF card- I just love that patterned paper.

  8. Beautiful cards, great new products. I find something to love on each website. Adore the embossing folder, would make a quick elegant card. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Kathy! I love all of the different inspiration too on the blogs! The embossing folder really makes quick and beautiful cards!

  9. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards! So much inspiration!

  10. Stunning cards. Very inspiering.

  11. Donna Degale-Kalloo15 July, 2022 13:55

    Awesome cards!

  12. The embossed green leaves on the kraft are so appealing, but I also love how you made an abstract out of the rose die cuts, very intriguing.

    1. Thank you so much! I really love how the green leaves on the kraft turned out!

  13. Beautiful cards! I started out not interested in the China Rose stamp but other cards and your sweet card are changing my mind. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Margi.....oh the China Rose is really such a pretty flower! I am so happy than you are finding inspiration along the hop with that rose. Thank you for your kind words :)

  14. Your cards are so creative! Beautiful job!

  15. The drape of the first card is lovely! I like the designs and arrangements. Wonderful ideas shared.

    1. Isn`t the drape on those tulips beautiful! Thank you :)


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