Thursday, 19 May 2016

Altenew May 2016 release blog hop winner!


Happy Friday Eve! I'm popping in today to announce the randomly selected winner from my Altenew May 2016 blog hop post last week. So, without further ado, the winner is Angelique Vela who said:

Angelique Vela said...
Love how sophisticated & trendy your cards are. I also love how with some minor tweaks both can be made appropriately masculine.
Congratulations, Angelique! You've just won yourself a $30 Altenew gift certificate! Please email with the subject line 'May Release Blog Hop Winner from Amy's Blog' to claim it. Happy shopping!

Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun of the blog hop last week! Fear not if you're not a winner here, as even more winners from the blog hop will be announced on the Altenew blog tomorrow and I'll also be over there sharing some more projects from this month's amazing release. I hope you can join me!


Friday, 13 May 2016

Altenew May 2016 Blog Hop!


Wa-hooooo for Friday! I'm here today as part of the wonderful Altenew May 2016 blog hop to celebrate the new release of an amazing 16 stamp sets and 10 die sets! You should have arrived here from the talented, Aga. If you haven't then be sure to start out on the blog hop at Altenew HQ!

I've whipped up two cards to celebrate the release using four new stamp sets. If you're a regular here then you'll know that I love to combine stamp sets to make the most of them. :)

First up is a card featuring the new Painted Rose and Calligraphy Alpha stamp sets:

Aimes Painted Rose and Calligraphy Alpha signature

I'm a huge fan of the layered stamp sets and the brush style of this set will have you stamping on-trend watercolour-style projects with ease! I originally sat down to play with the stunning rose from this set, but I sat playing with the leaves and before I knew it, I'd created a background.

Aimes Painted Rose and Calligraphy Alpha close up signature

So all this card needed was a sentiment and I turned to the Calligraphy Alpha stamp set which I absolutely LOVE! Trendy customised calligraphy sentiments are now at my inky disposal! :)

My next card features the fun stamp sets, Say Cheese and From the Desk of; two more stamp sets that have quickly become firm favourites of mine:

Aimes Say Cheese and From The Desk Of signature

I adore the mix-and-match elements of the Say Cheese stamp set. The hardest part about this card was choosing which style camera to stamp! I couldn't resist those polka dots.

Aimes Say Cheese and From The Desk Of close up signature

I then heat-embossed an arrow and hearts as trendy accents to the design. I  love the sketchy nature of them from the From the Desk of stamp set.

Right, there's some serious blog hopping to be done today and prizes along the way. To celebrate the release Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday May 19th 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on Friday May 20th.

I'm also joining in the celebrations and have a $30 gift certificate up for grabs! Simply leave a comment on this post by Wednesday May 18th 11:59pm EST to be in with a chance of winning it and I'll randomly select and announce a winner on Thursday May 19th. :)

That's all from me today, thanks so much for stopping by! Next on your hopping adventure is Anna Kossakovskaya. Happy hopping!


Thursday, 5 May 2016

A superstar sentiment...

happy birthday

Happy Friday Eve! It's a super-happy day as Clearly Besotted's May release is available to purchase from 10pm UK time tonight! :D

I'm back today with one final project to celebrate the release and I couldn't resist inking up this stylish sentiment from the 'To You With Love' stamp set. You'll see that I've already inked up the stunning flower from this set on this card, so now it's time to let the sentiment of the set steal the spotlight!

happy birthday close up

The font of this sentiment had me wanting to embrace the fun chalkboard technique that was extremely popular a while back. I remember the craze kicking off from Betsy Veldman and was instantly taken with it then as I am now. You could take this one step further and even add colour to it, but I decided that colour wasn't required for this sentiment to shine. :)

As this sentiment is the main focal point, I kept the rest of the design pretty simple (no surprises there!) and added some touches of gold in the form of gold glitter Washi tape, a mini peg covered with the same Washi tape and some gorgeous gold foiled paper from the My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 paper pad. Black and gold: a classic, sophisticated colour combo I don't' think I'll ever tire of!

If you're not already come across here from Stephanie's, then what are you waiting for? Stephanie has the full reveal of the release for you to admire as well as the final projects from the rest of the super-talented Design Team so be sure to check it out! :)

Thanks so much for joining me this week for the sneak peeks of the new release. If you're busy shopping at Clearly Besotted tonight, I hope you manage to tick everything off your list!



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