Altenew – February Challenge

I recently discovered Altenew and have finally bought some of their awesome stamps and inks so I thought I would join in with  Altenew’s February Challenge

The inspiration this month came from this picture:0124_photoinspiration

I used the Golden Garden, Lacy Scrolls and Vintage Flower stamps from Altenew to create my card. I love the fact that you can mix and match different stamp sets from their range to create so many different looks. Here is my card:

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PTI Alphabet Challenge

Today Papertrey Ink have a fun challenge to create a card using the letters of your name as part of their 9th anniversary celebrations. I chose to use my first name to create a card with the following techniques:

E – incorporate an emboss resist technique

M – mix together two stamp sets

I – use an impression plate or a type of dry embossing

L – lean your sentiment at an angle

Y – incorporate a shade of yellow

Here is my card:

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I used two different PTI stamp sets (garden gild and brushed blooms) to create a heat embossed sentiment and then rubbed soft stone ink over the top to create a suede like finish. This was mounted at an angle.  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss a background of raised dots on white cardstock and flowers used from the garden gild die and coloured them with copic markers. I mounted the card on yellow to incorporate this in to my design.

I had a lot of fun with this card it was great to experiment and use some new techniques!



PTI Anniversary Challenge Create With Us


As part of the PTI 9th anniversary celebrations they are having lots of fun challenges. I haven’t entered any of their blog competitions before but this particular one sounded like a good place to start! The challenge was to create a version of a card that has been inspired by one of their amazing design team members.

I chose this beautiful card created by Betsy Veldman as my inspiration:6a00e54efec67b883301b8d19d24ad970c-320wi

I particularly loved her use of purple and the interesting background created by using a stencil/mask. Here is my attempt at creating a similar card.


I used the brushed blooms stamp set and inked the background with some soft stone ink and some perfect pearls which give it a nice shimmer.

I hope you like my take on this card!