Happiness is a handmade card



Altenew Mega Challenge Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Today is the launch of the Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog HopI'm thrilled to be taking part along with the rest of the Less is More DT as well as DTs from 18 other challenge blogs. Wow! You are all invited to take part - just head over to the Altenew blog, read the instructions and then enter your creations (any theme, any project) using the link-up tool. 

To celebrate this fantastic blog hop, Altenew is giving away $35 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on October 17th, 2016.

When you share your projects on social media, please use #altenew and tag them!
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Altenew is also offering a free gift with all orders throughout September!

Loving Altenew as much as I do, I had to make a few cards for this. Their products are not only gorgeous, but also incredibly versatile. 

Card 1

This card goes back to a favourite CAS layout of mine which I do repeat a lot! I used my MISTI to stamp multiple roses and leaves from the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set using Distress Inks for the roses (Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord) and leaf sprigs (Old Paper and Peeled Paint) and VersaColor inks for the individual leaves (Olive, Green Tea and Evergreen). These were die cut with the matching Altenew Vintage Roses dies. I then stamped the Regal Frame Stamp (DDFR003) from Darkroom Door, heat embossed it in silver and fussy cut it out. Another piece of card stock was cut with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. Everything was layered up on a card base, and finally the Happy Wedding sentiment from the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set was added on a small piece of card stock, curved by hand.

Card 2

One thing I think is great is that Altenew's products play nicely with other brands' products, so you can mix and match your stash to get great results. For this card, I took heavyweight 300gsm white card stock and inked it up using Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain. I then stamped some leaves from Altenew's Botanical Garden stamp set and heat embossed them in copper embossing powder. I die cut Altenew's Happy die from this, and then twice more from plain card. These were glued together for dimension. Taking a new panel of card stock, I die cut the My Favorite Things Stitchable Dot Circle STAX Dienamics. I layered up this panel on a card base with a layer of Colorset Tuscan Brown card in between. The sentiment was adhered in the centre of the dot circles. I then stamped a Happy Birthday from Mama Elephant's Labeled Messages in VersaColor ink in Bark (twice) and Pinecone (once) to get the shade of brown I wanted. This was adhered over the Happy sentiment using mini foam pads.

Card 3

This card is another favourite layout. I used heavyweight 300gsm card stock to repeatedly stamp the seed head from Altenew's Botanical Garden stamp set in Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink in Morning Frost. I inked up another piece of card using Distress Ink in Ripe Persimmon to create an ombre effect, and die cut Altenew's Happy die from it. I then stamped Altenew's 'birthday' from the Halftone Happy stamp set onto Colorset Light Grey card stock with Inkssentials Watermark Resist Ink, embossing it with WOW! Opaque Bright White Ultra Fine Embossing Powder. I then layered everything up onto a card base. As this one matches this month's sketch challenge over at the awesome Seven Hills Crafts, I'll also be linking it up there. 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. All cards are great, love them.

  2. Beautiful designs ..... it's hard to choose a favourite xx

  3. Three gorgeous cards Esther, especially your challenge card... love the soft botanical print in the background, so pretty and a creative way to use the sketch :)
    Thanks for joining us this month at Seven Hills Crafts sketch challenge.
    Jenny x

  4. Such a lovely variety of styles. I love the subtle BG on the third card.

  5. Such lovely cards! Especially love what you did with happy word. So creative!


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