Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Altenew Level 2 Completion

I DID IT!


I completed Level 2 and will be moving to Level 3 ASAP.  Lots of work to get to this point but well worth it!  I have had the opportunity to learn from very talented instructors.  Thank you to all of them and to Altenew for promoting a course of learning the enriches all of my skills and challenges me to learn more and more new skills.  Onward and upward to the next Altenew adventure!

Look forward to more blog posts showing my next steps.  Have a wonderful week!!!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Altenew Level 2 Challenge

Challenge 2


Happy Monday, last day of September 2019.  I've been away from this blog toooo long.  We spent all of August in NJ. in our RV visiting our kids, Grandkids, and friends.  Always good to visit up there but always good to get home.  I've been busy getting my Level 2 challenge cards and projects finished.  The Challenge was 4 Masculine cards (Birthday, Thinking of You, Anniversary and Encouragement).  Plus an altered/upcycled Project.  WOW!

The Skill I used most is from the Layering 1 and 2 classes.  There are several exhibits of layering on the cards made for this challenge.  Next came Rise and Shine, the Sprinkle and Sparkle elements are on three of the four cards as well.  Skills from For the Guys and Easy Die Cutting were used on the cards as well.

Card 1 - Masculine Birthday Card (although I think it could be used for any birthday)! 



I started with the idea that I would use a stencil for this card,  So I chose the dark blue card stock and the Altenew Warp Speed stencil.  But.....trial and error prevailed and I didn't like what I saw so on to something else for this design.


I pulled  out my Tim Holtz stamping platform and multi-stamped the stars with Gina Ks Warm Glo ink.   The stars and the sentiment are from the Altenew Halftone Stars stamp set. Then I die cut each star. with my Gemini junior.


I then used sliver and white ink to splatter the background and just silver splatter on the stars .  The splatter technique comes from the Rise and Shine AECP class. I also chose a piece of reflections paper from Altenew's 6X6" paper pad and placed it on the center of the card front. 


As you can tell from above I experimented with the label.  Both labels were cut using a label punch but then I stamped first in the Warm Glo ink and I felt it blended to much with the stars.  I wasn't getting that WOW! factor.  So I stamped a second one with Starlight which brings out the background and blue stripe in the printed paper.  You can also see a few of my notes on the side.  Keeping notes for what you have used and what you are planing is simply a must for me.  What with normal interruptions in my day and my mind sometimes moving faster than fingers, I need notes to keep my artistic ideas on track.  Planning is a big deal when you are working on projects.  It just makes life easier.



The photo below shows me playing with the layout and final embellishments.  I added some glass red and gold stars.


Card 2- Happy Anniversary


First I used cute Penguin and Palm tree design elements from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Gradient Sunset stamp sets.


I choose an Olive card stock for this card.  The first thing was to get my blending brush out and blend the background.  Blending started with the sun in the upper left corner using Altenew's Honey Drizzle  ink.  I dipped the brush on the ink pad and stamped a little off on a scrap piece of paper. Add the ink to the upper left corner using the brush going in circles.  Clean or change your blender brush.   I moved to the bottom of the card using Hazelnut ink apply the ink from left to right again using the circular motion to create the sand.  Right below the sand I used the same technique with Aqualicious ink to create the water.  Once this is dry (I used my heat gun to dry this)  I splattered the background with with both Silver and White ink.


I colored my die cuts with markers and blended some of the colors. You cans see on the finished card that the leaves of the palm tree have been blended using two greens and the flower was blended using two different colors.  I die cut both of these images .  I taped the tree straight to the card front.  I stamped Happy Anniversary from the Gradient Sunset stamp set to white card stock with Altenew's black ink.  Using foam tape I added the sentiment to the card after playing with the placement.  Again using foam tape I added the penguin over the left lower corner of the sentiment and added sequins for added bling.  I used sparkle glue in the center of the sequins.

  Card - 3 Encouragement 


 This finished card used Altenew's Lighthouse Stamp set.  I played a lot with this card.   I used Markers and Watercolors, Stamps and Dies.  I started by choosing the aqua card stock for my card base.  Using white watercolor paper (41/4' x 51/2").  I spritzed the white card stock with water to get it wet so my watercolors would move.  I needed to spray this often to keep the paper wet.  I used Altenew Watercolors.  Starting at the top I brushed n Ocean Waves ink and moved it around until I got what I wanted.  Moving down n the paper I used Mocha to create the blended sand layer.  And the last was the water layer blended using lagoon.  I then added a little more ink to the blended areas for dimension.  Originally I stamped the lighthouse directly to the paper but it really lacked dimension.  I didn't like it at all.  So I started over.  I know start over?  But really I decided I might use that for something else another time. I didn't throw it out.  It wasn't a mistake just not what I wanted now.  It is in my stash.  So I did another watercolor background.



Below is stamp set and card stock selection.


On to the actual watercolor preparation.


Now I am playing with placement and and stamping my sentiment.  The sentiment is stamped on white paper using Altenew's Starlight ink.  I did multiples of the sentiment because I wasn't sure where it would be placed on the card.  So I have a couple of those in my stash to use later. 


Then I placed my items on the card.  The clouds are on with foam tape.  The birds were stamped directly on the card front.  I slid my sentiment under the cloud on the right side and decided to run it all the way across the card.  It is attached using double sided tape.  The light house was colored using markers.   Then die cut and attached with a little foam tape .  A variety of size sequins were added to finish.

Card - 4 Thinking of You


Two stamp sets were used here.  Altenew's Festive Silhouettes and Versatile Vases for the sentiment.


This card has six different layers.  I started with a cream colored card back.  There is a plaid print paper topper 4" X 51/4" and on top of that is a trim piece of the matching print paper that is 4" long.  The large piece is taped with double sided tape to the card base.  On top of that is the strip taped to the left side of the card to create a border.

I die cut a label out of oatmeal card stock.  I used a Close to My Heart embossing folder/ inked with Altenew Milk Chocolate ink right on the folder and ran it through my Gemini Jr. to create the wood grain.  Then I splattered the label with black Altenew ink.  I stamped a spot of black ink on my teflon sheet and spritzed it with water.  Loaded a paint brush and splattered.  I diluted the ink so it looks grey on the wood.  Hopefully I achieved a distressed look.


The Sentiment was stamped in Emerald ink on cream card stock. I cut the ends to give it a banner look.  I used the ink pad to ink up the outer edge of the banner for dimension.  The deer was stamped with Dark Chocolate ( I did go over it with a wet paintbrush to even out the ink a little). Sometimes I am a little too fussy!  Then die cut the deer.  I fussy cut the acorns from the printed paper and layered them with foam dots for a topper to the plaque.

Finally I added all the pieces to the top centering the plaque and the sentiment. 

MASCULINE scares me....but I think I rose to the occasion and hope you agree.  These cards used way more techniques than just three classes.  Some of those would be: Beyond Basics Backgrounds , Magical Marker Techniques, Creative Watercolor and  Beautiful Details to name a few.  I hope I always refer back to all the AECP classes in my creative future!

The Last part of this challenge is the Altered/Upcycled project.   I did two items.  If you would like instructions on these please contact me .

Altered/Upcycled - Coaster, Paperweight



Let's start with the Paperweight.  It is actually a domino.  I stamped the image using Stazon Black ink on a piece of tissue paper.  You may need to stamp several times until you get the result you want.  You could also cut a design or picture from printed paper.  I used Mod Podge Clear Spray on the clean domino front (not the side with the dots).  I cut the tissue paper smaller than the domino top. Then carefully add the tissue paper stamped image to the top.  I carefully positioned the image with my fingers until I liked what I saw.  I let this dry for about 20 minutes.  Then I used  a sponge brush (one of those you can buy in the craft store) to brush a mat finish Mod Podge on the top.  I didn't want glossy but you could do that to.  Mod Podge comes shinny or you could use glossy accents.  I finished this domino with a gold marker all the way around the top.  I use mine for a paper weight on my craft table to hold little pieces of die or fussy cuts that are waiting to be used.  Now let's chat about my coaster.    The tile is a tumbled tile I got from Lowe's.  They come in boxes of  6 or 8 I think.  I cleaned the tile with alcohol and let it dry for twenty minutes.  The background is just a large ink pad placed directly on the tile(pale rose).  Just a light tap on the tile touch and lift.  Dry completely.  I used a heat gun to dry.  But you could bake in over at 250 for 10 minutes (I think a craft toaster oven would be the best.  Not one you cook food in)!  I then stamped the black outline using Stazon Ink (you can see I might have let mine dry a little longer because you do see some running, but I like that warn look).  I used a paint brush and ink and colored the Flower and scented water with dusty rose.  The leaves are a forest green slightly diluted with water.  Again Dry -Oven dry is best to set all the ink.   I used a very flat wax on the top.  You can not place this in dishwasher, but I do wipe it with damp paper towel when I drip coffee on it.  I didn't but you could add felt to the bottom to avoid scratches.

The techniques in both of these could be reversed coaster to domino and domino to coaster.  Fun Items but I made these just  for me.  Seems we always make things for gifts for others.  Sometimes it is just good to make something for you!

To all my blog followers...please go visit the Altenew website for more ideas and inspiration.
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Happy Saturday

July 27, Saturday AM

Just thought I'd share what I have been up to this week.  It has been hot and steamy here in Florida with lots of rain.  The rain is good because the sun burns it off rather quickly.  Soooooo all that made for a good week to work on my stash for projects.  I did a lot of stamping and die cutting.  I will use these items later to color, watercolor or use my markers to prepare them for a project as I need them.  It is one of the many things I have learned from my Altenew Classes (AECP).  I stamped, die cut and separated by stamp set.  I am storing them in labeled medium sized storage bags which are available on the Altenew site (www.Altenew.com).  Then when I need them I just pull them out to begin a layout.  Lots of fun time stamping and cutting for another day!  I am also preparing for some time with the Kids and Grandkids so need to have some supplies at hand quick and easy during downtime.

As you can see my die cuts are in zip lock bags while I wait for my Altenew storage bags to arrive.  I also use their large storage bags to store my stamps and dies.  Storing them like that helps keep them together every time I want to use them.  No searching for parts.  I hope you have some fun working on a project of your own this weekend.  Enjoy the day!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Masking Unleashed

AECP Level 2

It is a beautiful hot summer day in Florida!  The clouds are big white and fluffy.  I hope you are all crafting close to a window so you get inspiration from the sunshine!  

Oh My Goodness I can hardly believe that Masking Unleashed is my final Level 2 AECP (Altenew Educational Certification Course).  Masking is a skill that enables you to place items so that they can over lap each other without over lapping design details.  Below are two of the cards I did using masking techniques.  If you have never used masking I would suggest that you go to www.Altenew.com look at the education tab and sign up for this class.  Try it you'll like it!!!

For the yellow flower card I used the Spring Daisy and Life is beautiful stamp and die sets.  You can find these sets and more at www.Altenew.com.  The mini inks I used are from the Golden Sunset, Delectable Delights, Frayed Leaf and Forest Green. I stamped the outline for the center flower with the Altenew Black permanent die.  I then used a flower die cut from masking paper to cover it up and stamped the outline of the two outside flowers.  I covered all three with masking die cuts to protect them and stamped the leaf outlines.  Then I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner of the card stock.  Masking paper has a light adhesive on the back of it to hold it in place while you stamp over it.  I helps protect the item or items that were stamped first.  I then went back and did the layers of the flowers and leaves masking as I went along.   I removed all the masking and mounted the card front to a piece of black card stock and then glued that to the card front.  I stamped three butterflies and used markers to color them. I added Three gold sequins for dimension.   It makes a nice summertime card for any occasion. 
For the second card I first stamped all flowers using masking tape as I went along .  My flowers and leaves are all two layer stamping.  Mini Inks Golden Sunset, Glacier Caves, Tea party and Tropical Forest were used to color this card.  I added my leaves using the masking process. I used masking on all the stamped images and added the vase stamped image.  I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner and splattered the background with blue and black ink.  I die cut one of the rose colored flowers and two leaf sets and mounted them using foam tape for a little dimension.  I didn't care for the card just flat on the card front(my personal preference).  I added a dark blue card stock  to the back and glued the whole thing to the card front.  I then added Nuvo drops and some Wink of Stella to the flowers and the leaves.  This is a multiple use card.  Birthday, Get Well, Anniversary etc. 


These were so much fun to make.  Even those this is the last class from Level 2 there will be more posts to follow.  I will continue to share what I've learned and am learning in hopes that some of you will follow in my path.  If I can answer any questions please leave me comments and questions.  #lindashellerhuffman; #Altenew; #AECP
Have a wonderful weekend.

Magical Markers

Certification Class

I'm so excited I have just completed the last two of the Level 2 Certification Classes at Altenew!  Magical Markers is the first of the two.  These classes are so educational, inspiring and just plain fun!!!  I know that everyone isn't interested in becoming certified but taking classes, any classes at Altenew is an experience you should try.  

Time to move onto my card projects for the Magical Marker Class.


Most of my inspiration for these two cards came from Day 3 and Day 4 of this class.  I don't always find markers to be my go to for card making.  This class taught me how to take advantage of markers in my artwork. 
I started by splattering my card background on the top of my card base.  I used blue and black ink splatters.  I attached a piece of blue and white card stock to the bottom of the card front.  I stamped the sentiment in Altenew permanent black Crisp Ink and attached it to the bottom left side of the card front.  I tied a piece of twine around the top of the blue and white paper on the bottom.  Next I stamped my flower and leaf outlines on vellum and colored them with markers.  The Stamp and die sets I used were Build a Flower Japanese Mum and Beautiful Day.  Both sets are available on the Altenew.com website.  The Marker sets I used were Cool Summer Night (3 shades) and Green Fields (2 shades).  Die cutting the flower and leaves came next and arranging them on the card front.  I used an Altenew drop for a pop of color in the center of the flower and Nuvo drops for dimension.   

The pink card is a lot of the same thing from the card above but the arrangement is a little different.  I hope you enjoy the difference the color changes make in my cards.  



Creativity doesn't always come at the drop of a hat.  For me especially when it's a marker challenge.  I learned not to be blocked by insecurity.  Just jump right in and try.  It takes practice!

I hope you have a great day and try making a card or two using Altenew markers. 
#Altenew; #AECP

Friday, July 5, 2019

Class - Impressive Heat Embossing

Altenew's Heat Embossing Class


Wow! What a fun class taught by Svetlanna Marchenko.  This class is loaded with great information and lots of techniques!!!  If you get a chance to sign up for this one it is really good.  I've stamped for a long time but there is always something to learn.  I started these cards by stamping the outline with embossing ink and powder.  Then I heat embossed with a heat gun.  The next step was to water color the pieces.  I have to say that when I started the water coloring of the flowers I didn't like my first layer.  As I started to add more color and move it around with water I began to really want to see more.  The rose and orange flowers on the green card was my first. I like this card a lot except for the placement of the leaves.  I thought I could place all my elements on the first layer all at once.  Well....I can't.  I should have definitely done the flowers first then masked and done the leaves.  My card has the leaves floating out in empty space instead of connected to the flowers.  Lesson 1 learned!  When I got to the lavender cards I had an issue with my die cuts.  The die pulled up some of the white embossed portion of the element.  Two things here...first my die must have been a little off the line, second I think if I maybe used a piece of wax paper between the die and the image this wouldn't have happened.  But oh my goodness did I have fun!  Die cutting, water coloring, placing the elements, deciding on the backrounds, adding the splattering and adding the Nuvo drops.   The Altenew stamp and die set is the Build a Flower Dahlia. You can see this set at www.Altenew.com.  Go Explore the site.  You'll find a ton of inspiration and lots more product to choose from.  Hopefully you have some carding making going on this weekend.  I do!!!  
Above is a picture of tree of the cards I made after taking this class.  You can see that color changes the whole look of a card.


I really hope you enjoyed my blog and pictures!  Please leave me a comment if you have any questions!  Have a wonderful weekend.
#AECP; #Altenew

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Altenew Color Your Day

Altenew Level 2

Good Afternoon everyone.   It is a warm sunny day here in Florida.  I guess the weather is so pretty I'm having a little trouble being motivated.  I thought maybe writing my blog would inspire me to share good things with you.  

Theresa Calvird taught this Color Your Day set of six classes.  She shared so many helpful trick and tips.  One tip was " embossing powder sticks to water as well as it does to embossing ink".  This was a real new one for me.  It works.  Try splattering  water on your card stock with a paint brush and sprinkle the drops with embossing powder.  Then heat with an embossing gun like you normally would, Wala...it is great new look!

My first card today is from Class #3 How Much Color.  The Stamp Set is Altenew's Build a Flower Japanese Mum.  The back ground is three shades of gray and one shade of blue from the Altenew ink sets Rock Collection and Glacier Caves.  Plus some black.    For the background I used the mini ink pads and spread ink on a large acrylic block.  Then I sprayed the block with water.  I turned the block upside down and stamped the paper.  I got a blended kind of splattered look (which I didn't like at first).  I let that paper thoroughly dry and added some splatters of gray.  I set it aside again to dry,  I moved to stamping my mums.  The outline is black the first layer was the littlest shade of gray and the next one was a little darker shade.  The last layer is Arctic Blue.   The classes suggest to try a 70/20/10 ratio of color.  My 10% is black, the blue is 20% blue and the 70% is gray.  I layered  the card base with a light gray paper to frame my top piece.  I die cut the flowers and the leaves using the matching dies and mounted them using liquid glue and foam tape for dimension.  I then add three different size Black Nuvo drops in a triangular shape.  I hope you like it.  


The second card is from Class # 5 "Changing it Up".  The card base is white card stock with a black framing layer and then the top layer is and olive green.  Altenew's Flower Vine Stamp and die set was used to create the floral vine.  It is stamped in black ink and then colored in using prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I added a half circle in a light green and then the vine.  Then I added the sentiment.  I die cut two white layers and one yellow and  glued them together for a dimensional sentiment and glued it to the card front.  I added three clear drops to the card front.


For my third card I started by using the Altenew Square Weave Pattern Stencil.   I used Honey Drizzel Ink and the Tim Holtz blender to add the pattern to the card base.  The Stamp and Die set for this card is the Altenew Flower Arrangement.   The flowers and leaves are stamped in inks from Sweet Dreams and Spring Bouquet.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I used foam tape to adhere the flowers and leaves for a dimensional look and three blue Nuvo drops.   


Well, I hope I was able to peak your motivation so you will try these too!  Have a great week!!

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Altenew Level 2 Completion

I DID IT! I completed Level 2 and will be moving to Level 3 ASAP.  Lots of work to get to this point but well worth it!  I have had the...