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12 August 2022

Altenew August 2022 Marvelous Monthly Series Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in prizes!)


Welcome back friends!  Today we are celebrating the release of the August Monthly Subscriptions from Altenew and what would a new release be without a fabulous and always inspiring hop! This new collection features beautiful daffodils, magnolias, a peony and a sweet star balloon.  These products can be mixed and matched however you like and are very versatile.  Let's get crafty and see all that the talented designers have created!
Craft Your Life Project Kit: Magnolia & Blooms 
Card #1

The Magnolia & Blooms Craft Your Life Kit is a big and beautiful floral arrangement, overflowing with blooms!  For my card I stamped the image on vellum and proceeded to add colour using the coordinating colouring stencil on the reverse of the vellum, so as not to smear the black ink.  It was cut out using the coordinating die set.  I dry embossed the background using the Fine Frames Rectangle Die Set to give it some texture and added my sentiment.  

Card #2

For my 2nd project I used the Magnolia & Blooms 3D Embossing Folder that is part of the kit.  I wanted to go a bit more dramatic with this one to really  showcase this beautiful embossing folder.  I ran a gold pigment ink pad and ran it over the embossing folder on the debossing side, so the side that will have the image debossed (or pressed down rather than raised up).  I then embossed a piece of black glossy cardstock and allowed that to dry for 24 hours (very important when using pigment inks and especially on a glossy surface) and then added my gold heat embossed sentiment on a piece of vellum.  I love the simplicity of this, but as well all of the drama that it brings. 

Craft A Flower: Open Peony

Who doesn't love peonies...they are one of my favourite flowers and the Open Peony Layered Die Set is just as beautiful as the real deal!  I wanted to keep the bloom crisp and clean using white but I still wanted to add that drama to it.  For the added drama I used black for the leaves and added a bit of a shadow with the glitter peeking out from behind them.  Needless to say these you wouldn't normally find in your gardem but how amazing would that be to have a garden full of sparkly leaves!  It was all added to a soft blue ink blended background along with a few black splattersm a few embellishments and the sentiment.nd the sentiment was added from the Breezy Bouquet Stamp Set.

Build A Garden: Daffodil Delight
Daffodil Delight features 2 beautiful arrangements featuring daffodils.   Daffodils are always one of the first signs of Spring, which means new life is about is come up and is always a joy to see in the garden.  For my card I decided to do some spotlight colouring to highlight 2 of the daffodils in the arrangement.  This kit also comes with an add-on die, which will cut out the images perfectly.  The sentiment was added from the same stamp set.

Mini Delight: Like A Star

How sweet is the Mini Delight: Like A Star Stamp and Die Set!  This is perfect as a stand alone set or you can use it in addition to the Mini Delight Balloon Stamp Sets.  I wanted to keep this in different shades of blue, so I stamped and diecut my balloon 3 times in varying shades.  I very lightly ink blended a background using the Over the Rainbow Stencil using the lightest shade of blue that I used for the balloons.  The sentiment was then added and using a ruler and a black fine line pen I added the strings to the balloon to ground them, because obviously I don't want them blowing away lol.  

Paint A Flower: Wood Anemone

For my final project I used the Wood Anemone Outline Stamp Set. This is a beautiful big floral that is perfect for your favourite colouring mediums.  For my project I stamped the image and then used a liquid masking fluid to mask the image so I could do a watercolour wash is blue and gold over it.  Once it was dry, I removed the masking and lightly watercoloured my image. I finished it with a sentiment, some gold flecks of watercolour and  a few gold embellishments.  

Giveaway Prizes
What would a hop be without some fabulous 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 08/18/2022 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 08/20/2022.


If you are hopping along with us, you should have made it here from Jenny Colacicco and your next stop on the hop will be Svitlana Shayavich. You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Card Blog. Below is a complete list of all the designers in the hop.


 Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Amy Hill

Therese Calvird

Teri Wilson

Nathalie DeSousa

Fiona Duff

Maryám Pérez

Lorena Brougher

Michelle Short

Soraya Maes

Jenny Colacicco

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

Svitlana Shayevich

Bobby Hagen

Virginia Lu


Tenia Nelson

Caly Person

Lilith Eeckels

Kari VanNoy

Emily Midgett

Angela Brennan

Terri Koszler

Mindy Eggen

Erum Tasneem

Linda Westfall

Annemarie Caister

Reiko Tsuchida ***Note: Due to strict regulations in Japan, you might not be able to leave a comment on her blog post.

Mugdha Gujarathi

Penny Pynnonen

Jenny Martin

Karen Brown

Teresa Litchfield

Bridget Casey



Thank you so very much for stopping by and spending a bit of time with me.  I hope that my projects help to inspire you and that you find a bit of time to make something wonderful!  I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day and until next time,




28 comments on "Altenew August 2022 Marvelous Monthly Series Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in prizes!)"
  1. Terrific work! Love your use of gold. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Great cards! Love the spotlight technique. TFS your inspiration.

  3. Karen Erickson12 August, 2022 20:30

    Love the balloons, love the flowers

  4. They are all wonderful, love the gold one.

  5. I love the star CAS card and all your florals are stunning!

  6. Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

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

  8. Beautiful cards, but the black one, card #2 is just stunning. It looks amazing.

  9. The peony is so striking with those dramatically black leaves. Great idea. The star balloon card is sweet.

  10. oh wow! love your second project with the new Magnolia and Blooms!

  11. Lots of fabulous inspiration Michelle.

  12. All of your projects are lovely. I especially love the ones using the Magnolia & Blooms set and the Wood Anemone.

  13. Love your cards. The stars card is so cute and love the peony card.

  14. Wow! All of your cards are amazing! I love the gold and black one and the white peony- just stunning!

  15. Incredible showing for this hop. I am so impressed with the gold ink on the glossy black cardstock.

  16. Wow, you have been so busy! Those are some lovely cards you made.

  17. Beautiful cards. Love the daffodils.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Beautiful and cute card designs.

  19. Great cards, especially the daffodil card with the round spot lighting. The wood anemone card is lovely with the subtle coloring and pretty background.

  20. WOW! Your cards are all fabulous! I especially love the gold card; so classy and elegant. Thank you for your inspiration. Beautifully done.


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