Thursday, 28 September 2017

Altenew September 2017 Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway


Hello!



Today, I'm participating Altenew July 2017 Release Blog Hop. If you came, from Yoonsun Hur's blog you're on the right track, if not please start at the beginning from Altenew Scrapbook Blog.

Here are two cards of mine that I made for this release. On the first one I stayed in my comfort zone and watercolored the cotton flowers. On the second, I tried to do something that is very unfamiliar to me - I just stamped. Here they are:



On this first card, I used one of my go-to- techniques: watercoloring with Distress Inks. I stamped the flowers from the Cotton Comfort stamp set onto a watercolor paper. I used Antique Linen Distress ink, I stamped one to my actual card front and then the other to a little further away so that I could die cut it out with the co-ordinating Cotton Comfort die

I used Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to watercolour the flowers. As you may have noticed, I have barely time for crafting and in the midst of busy life at work and home, this little time that I got to use just for myself was a treasure. After my watercoloring was done, I let it dry and I die cut the the other flower with the co-ordinating die. Then I inked a little of that Antique Linen ink on my card front and added a little splatters to get something on the background. To finish up my card, I added a few sequins and stamped the sentiment from an older Altenew set and glued everything together. Pretty pleased with the outcome, what do you think?


On my second card, I challenged myself. No colouring - none. It may sound an odd challenge, not for me. And oh'boy, did I had fun, oh yes - indeed. :D 

I only used the Coffee with a Splash stamp set to stamp this card. I used three different shades of Altenew Ink Crisp Inks: Sand Dunes, Paper Bag and Mocha. I didn't really plan how to stamp, I just stamped. 

Then die cut a word "coffee" with the Bold Alphabet die. I also die cut four more letters of each and glued them together. I wanted "the coffee"- word to stand out so I inked it up with Mocha ink. I stamped the sentiment with Dark Chocolate Altenew crisp ink

I think it turned out kinda cool! I don't know why, maybe because this is so unordinary for me to do, but I kinda proud of myself with this card. :D

PRIZES
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, October 5th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, October 7th.

I also will draw a one winner comments left on this blog post. The winner receive a $30 gift certificate. I will announce the winner soon after the giveaway closes.

GET HOPPING

Next on the hop is very talented Reiko Tsuchida.


Hopefully you had fun and got inspired! Have a great day!

Marika



140 comments:

  1. I really like the way you coloured the cotton ball flowers(?). Very vintage looking, but in a clean and simple style.

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  2. Both designs are beautiful, but the coffee card makes me smile. My pot just finished brewing and I am off to get a cup! (Pretty much every horizontal surface in my house looks like this!) I am declaring it a fashion trend and attempting to re-create it in paint. (Do you think I could get the folks at Formica to create the look for kitchen countertops?) Thanks for the smiles.

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  3. Your cards are beautiful and so unique. Especially like the cotton bolls. I will be trying your technique with those. Thanks for sharing! Julie L

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  4. I love the coffee card!!! How much fun was that to make - glad you enjoyed it and I am going to use your card for inspiration!! Thanks... Altenew rocked it with this release.

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  5. Beautiful cards! Amazing watercoloring of the Cotton Comfort so soft and pretty and the coffee card is awesome - the fun and happy feelings you had making it come through in the card!

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  6. Awesome cards! I love how simple the first one is and the Coffee card is totally awesome! TFS!

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  7. I love your style and these cards are both beautifully done!!!

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  8. I love those shades of brown. The coffee card is so funky!

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  9. Just to see your gorgeous cards again is such a prize, Marika! LOve your cotton, and yes, your VERY fun coffee card, too - I'm still wishing for those big alphas!!!
    love and hugs, my friend!
    =]

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  10. Every time I see that coffee stamp set in action , it moves higher up on my must have list.

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  11. super cute, love the coffee card!

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  12. Beautiful card with the Cotton Comfort stamps. So simple and so clean. Thanks!

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  13. your watercolored card is lovely and the coffee card is so fun - and love that both of them are done in monochrome.

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  14. Love your coffee card...you rocked it!

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  15. What a fantastic display of the new release products! Well done!

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  16. Oh, Marika, from the soft, loveliness of your 'cotton comfort' to the NOW of your 'coffee' card you created two very different, lovely cards.

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  17. Love both of these cards! It's fun to play with different styles, and your coffee card turned out super!

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  18. Your cards are gorgeous! Love both of them even though they are quite different.

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  19. I love your coffee card. Well designed chaos. 😊

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  20. I really like both of your designs, very nice.

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  21. Great cards, really like the coffee one.

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  22. Boy Oh Boy! Love your card with the cotton set. Your coloring is stunning.

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  23. Love both cards. The coffee card was awesome. Thanks for sharing...

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  24. I love your Cotton set card, what a gorgeous colours!

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  25. Your cards are lovely! This is another wonderful release with such amazing variety. My favourites are the Winter Rose and Just Because stamp sets!

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  26. What a cute coffee card! You did an awesome job on both.

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  27. Beautiful coloring on the first; inky fun on the second. Love both of these.

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  28. Beautiful cards ! I might have a slight preference for first one.

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  29. The coffee card looks especially wonderful.

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  30. Great cards, I love the cotton bolls.

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  31. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing your work.

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  32. Isn't it fun to try something new, beautiful results as usual.

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  33. love the first card so pretty with the monochromatic feel. I don;t drink or like coffee unless it's in a dessert, but i still love your card ;-)

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  34. Love your cards! The vintage cotton ball one and the fun whimsical Coffee card! Great design work.

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  35. I love both of your cards, especially the coffee card.

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  36. Great color combos for both cards. My favorite, too, is the coffee card - it speaks to me!

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  37. Wonderful, earthy tones on your cards today - both equally fabulous!

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  38. Very cool cards. That cotton looks great and I love coffee!

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  39. Pretty cards. Awesome coloring.

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  40. Beautiful cards. Always love your colouring.

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  41. Beautiful as usual. So much to want in this new release. Which one to pick first?

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  42. Fabulous cards Marika, esp. the first one, that is one of my faves from this release. TFS!

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  43. Great cards, especially your coffee card.

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  44. I love the gentle coloring in your Cotton Comfort card!

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  45. Wow you totally rocked both cards.

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  46. that coffee card is so much fun. love the other one as well. cheers

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  47. Both of your cards are stunning. Congrats on going outside your comfort zone and doing such a great job of it! If you hadn't said, would never have guessed!!

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  48. I think your cotton card is fabulous!! The coloring is gorgeous! The coffee card is wonderful & I love all the browns!

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  49. Great cards. The neutral colors are perfect.

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  50. these are awesome! i love the neutral color scheme!

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  51. Your cards are beautiful. I just love that coffee stamp set and your card with it is fabulous!

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  52. Love your cards. The coffee one is very cool!

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  53. Beautiful watercoloring, your collage stamping turned out great!

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  54. beautiful cards thank you for sharing

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  55. Awesome cards! Love that fun coffee card!

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  56. That coffee stamp is unique. Great card!

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  57. What lovely cards!!! So pretty! Thanks for sharing!
    Have an amazing weekend!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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  58. Awesome cards as always Marika, love your fabulous coloring.
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.

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  59. I enjoy everything you make! Congrats on the 2nd card ... always good to challenge oneself :-)

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  60. Your cards are always so beautiful, Marika! I simply love the "Cotton Comfort" card. What a fabulous stamp and die set!

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  61. I love your cards, Marika! I enjoy the color choice in the brown family. Nice to see for a change.

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  62. Beautiful cards. Love your designs!

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  63. So inspiring! I am looking forward to making cards!

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  64. The coffee card is so darned cute!

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  65. Wonderful cards...love the Coffee card with all the coffee marks.

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  66. BOTH cards are fabulous Marika, I too have to challenge myself 'not to' colour, it's an addiction for sure lol. And you always do colour so beautifully!

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  67. Love your cards. The coffee card looks just like coffee!! Great job with that one.

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  68. Thanks for sharing such pretty cards.

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  69. So glad to have you back, Marika, if only for a little while. Love, love, love the cotton bolls! Your beautiful work reminded me once more of the beauty of monochrome and simplicity. Many thanks.

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  70. Love your cards. I'm a coffee addict so the coffee card spoke to me!

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  71. I always find your style so appealing.

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  72. Lovely cards! I especially like the coffee card.

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  73. It's so good to see your coloring again Marika!! and the second card is a FABULOUS display of FREE style stamping:))) You did a SUPER job!

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  74. Both card are stunning! Love the monochromatic brown colors! Great inspiration. Great new release this month!

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  75. Delightful projects!! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  76. I love your cards! I don't drink coffee but I have friends who do so I can see me using that set a lot. You've showcased the new items so well - makes me want the whole release!

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  77. Your cards are, without exception, always awe inspiring. These two just continue to build your stellar reputation for beautiful, meticulous work.

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  78. Great cards! The coffee card is adorable! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  79. Love the coffee card. Going to be
    good for the coffee lovers hop.
    The cotton flowers are so pretty.
    thanks for sharing.

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  80. I love how clean, simple and classy the Cotton card is! Thanks for sharing!

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  81. I'm in love with the Cotton Comfort set. It's new and I don't think I've seen cotton bolls done before. Just love what you did with it!

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  82. Beautiful cards!! I love your Cotton comfort card. I really miss your videos.

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  83. Been missing you, Marika. Your flowers are gorgeous done in Antique Linen and that coffee card is so much fun.

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  84. Fantastic cards! I love the colours.

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  85. You should go out of your comfort zone more often. Your coffee card looks great!

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  86. Love your cards. The design for the coffee card is great.

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  87. Gorgeous.....thank you for sharing

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  88. Fabulous calm colors on both cards-so serene and attractive.
    Now I think I will go fix myself a mocha:)

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  89. Your Cotton Comfort card is stunning and elegant (as is all of your coloring)! I know for you the "stamped" card is unusual, however, you have such a wonderful design concept and this turned our beautifully and super fun. Of course, another wonderful Altenew release.

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  90. Beautiful cards! Especially loving that first one, the cotton images look amazing!

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  91. Another great Cotton Comfort card!! Well done!!!

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  92. It's wonderful to see your gorgeous work, Marika! Your coloring looks amazing, as always!

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  93. It is always such a treat to see your creations. I love both of these, and I'm glad to see you had some time to do them. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  94. Beautiful cards. Love the colours.

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  95. Beautiful Cotton card and such a fun look of the Coffee card. Both are just great.

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  96. Super cool and beautiful cards :) Love the colors!

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  97. Awesome cards! Your painting on card 1 is perfect! And I love the coffee card so much!

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  98. Gorgeous art!! Your cotton card is so beautiful 💖 and your coffe card is too!! Makes me glad I am drinking coffee right now...and I will probably regret not getting those brown inks for it. Thank You 😊!!

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  99. Love the browns!!! So pretty!

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  100. Beautiful cards. I love the cotton flower card very much.

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  101. Gosh these cards are gorgeous, especially the coffee one. LOVE!

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  102. You gave yourself a super challenge and what a terrific product you ended with! It almost looks like the coffee jitters took over and I love that!

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  103. Next best thing to coffee is a great coffee card. You did a great job TFS!

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  104. Your cards are just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! (Peg)

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  105. Love these card ideas, especially the COFFEE card!

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  106. Marika, these cards are so creatively designed. The neutral colors of each add a classically elegant dimension to both cards. Thanks for sharing them.

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  107. Beautiful cards! Love the cotton flower so pretty in the sepia color. Gorgeous job!

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  108. Love your Coffee card...so cute....thank you so much for sharing your work.

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  109. Gorgeous designs, love that Cotton Comfort stamp set!

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  110. Wonderful designs Marika! Love them!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  111. Amazing cards. Love the new release!

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  112. Beautiful cards. So festive. Love this new release!

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  113. I love that watercolor effect!!! Beautiful work!!!!!

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  114. I really like the looks of both of your cards! Coffee always catches my eye so that one stands out for me.

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  115. Both cards are beautiful. I had to look at the "coffee" card again when you said no coloring. Wow! What a way to get creative. I like that challenge - truly an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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  116. FABULOUS release and WONDERFUL stamping!
    LOVE your cards, they're great inky designs, I'm especially INSPIRED and DELIGHTFUL by your ELEGANT Cotton Comfort card - WOW!

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  117. lol.. I literally said.. C-O-F-F-F-E-E-E in a deep voice when I saw the coffee card. Beautiful!

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  118. Love the way your second card turned out. Isn't it fun to see what we can do if we venture out of our comfort zones?

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  119. Love your coffee card! So much fun. You did a beautiful job of your first card. Simple but classy!

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  120. I always love seeing your creations - wonderful cards!!

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