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 (  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 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  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 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  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

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