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AECP Family Instagram Hop

Welcome to an AECP Family Hop where we are sharing the Altenew Academy class which has inspired us the most.

We are all at various points in our AECP journey, but we are united in wanting to celebrate the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from the classes in Altenew Academy.

~~~~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~~~~

Altenew is generously sponsoring this hop and to be in with a chance to win one of FOUR $25 gift certificates to their online store. You will find all details and the hop list of designers over my IG account.

To be honest, I loved many classes so I decided to put a lit bit of three of them on this card: “All About Layering”, “Creating Watercolor Media” and “Let It Shine”.

Let’s start!

To create my background I used Watercolor Brush markers and I made this organic look with lots of splatters but I didn’t covered the whole panel so the background would have some movement. The colors of watercolors I used on the panel are Rubellite, Midnight Violet and Emerald. These colors belong to the Spring Garden set.

Once my panel was dry, I placed it inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Next, I added a white folded note card at the back using glue.

Then, I added some touches of Antique Gold Pigment over the embossed panel. Additionally, I gold heat embossed some flowers and leaves from the stamp set Nature Blossoms. I watercolored these flowers and leaves using more of the Watercolor Brush markers. The colors I used were Fresh Lemon, Sunkissed, Emerald and Desert Night. Using the matching die I die cut all these images.

I arranged all flowers and leaves on top of my panel using glue and foam tape. Also, I die cut the Waterbrush Hello Die out of golf foil paper and placed it on top of my arrangement. Finally, I watercolor a piece of watercolor paper using Emerald Watercolor Brush marker and once it was dry I gold heat embossed my sentiment and added it to my background along with some sequins and this card was finished.

I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. You will find all the products I used down below. Don’t forget to participate in the IG Hop and leave some love to the other designers. Thank you so much for stopping by and have wonderful weekend!

Your friend , Karen


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Just Peeking in on You! | Picket Fence Studios

Hi friends! Today I’m over Picket Fence Studios blog showing this slimline card featuring the new Cats are Family Stamp and dies, Scallop Frame Slimline Dies and Slimline Details of a Wing Stencil. I really hope you like this card and if you want to know how I made this card please head over to Picket Fence Studios blog, click here.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

Your friend, Karen

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Picket Fence Studios April new release is here!

Hi crafty friends! And a new release from Picket Fence Studios is here! The April release is full of wonderful new products and to show case them I have made 5 cards and I will be telling you step by step how I made this Wild Daisy slimline card. Also, below you will find more pictures of the other cards I created for this release and the link to all products (Affiliated links at no cost to you!).

Let’s start! Using the new Scallop Frame Slimline Die I die cut a piece of watercolor paper. I created this organic and natural look for this background using yellow, orange and green watercolors. As you can see I used lots and lots of splatters all around the panel. Then, once my panel was dry, I adhered a folded slimline card at the back using glue.

Next, with the help of my MISTI I stamped the Wild Daisies Stamp onto piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White using Picket Fence Studios Black Hybrid ink and colored them using Copic Markers. When I finished coloring I fussy cut the whole image, added foam tape at the back and placed it at the bottom of my panel.

Finally, I die cut the Slimline Big Happy Hugs out of two different colors of green cardstock in order to create a shade underneath. I added this word dies to my panel using glue and this card was ready!

My next card features this small scallop circle and “hi” word die from the Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

For the following card I have created a shaker card and I’m show casing the new “celebrate” word die also part of the new Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

This card features the Monarch Butterfly die cut out of gold glittery cardstock.

And finally I have created this slimline card featuring the new Cats are Family Stamp Set and Details of a Wing Slimline Stencil.

I really hope I can inspire you with all these cards that I have made for this April release. You can click here to find all new products at the Picket Fence Studios store. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Waffle Flower Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Did you hear the news? Waffle Flower just started a new weekly challenge program! Each Waffle Flower Challenge (Link: https://waffleflower.com/challenges/) starts on a Friday and runs for a week! This week’s challenge is hosted by their design team member Jeanne. Michelle and I are so excited to be co-hosting the challenge by sharing our creations on 3 platforms: Blog (Link Party), Instagram and Facebook! Check out all the details below!

This week, we challenge you to use watercolored florals in your projects!

There are three ways to enter the challenges:

And here is the direct link to the link party post!:
https://fresh.inlinkz.com/p/0ec860837cbe4fde98f4e3b8a86671a2

Hope you would join us in the challenge fun! There are awesome rewards!

And here is my take on the challenge:

For these cards I’m featuring the Bouquet Builder 3 and Sentiment Additions Stamps and dies from Waffle Flower

I stamped these bouquets using Gingerbread hybrid ink from Scrapbook and colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

I die cut the bouquets and additional flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies.

Above you can take closer look of the flowers. And by the way, this stamp set is absolutely gorgeous!

My backgrounds were created using watercolors and for this card I used teals and aqua colors to make the flowers and leaves pop up from the background. I really love all that contrast of colors on this slimline watercolor card.

I added the bouquet to my background using foam and glue. Finally, I stamped the “love you” sentiment using black ink, die cut it using the matching die and placed it on top of the bouquet.

My second card was created following the same steps as I did with my first card.

But this time, the watercolor background was created using green and yellow colors. That organic look on both cards is exactly what I wanted to create when I first visualized these cards in my mind.

Again, here you can see all the contrast of colors between the flowers and the background.

I really hope you liked these cards that I created with tons of love for all of you. Also, I hope I can inspire you I want to encourage you to play with us in this awesome challenge all this coming week. On Instagram use hashtag #WFC2103W3.

I can’t wait to see all your wonderful floral creations using watercolor. Good luck and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Picket Fence Studios March release is here!!!

Hello crafty friends! I’ve been MIA the last two weeks because I was taking a course to get a license that I need for my job. It was a very challenging course but I’m happy I passed the exam on Friday.

Today Picket Fence Studios is having a new release so join us in celebration with this IG Hop full of inspiration. There’s also a GIVEAWAY so check out my IG account @_littleblessings_ for more details.

I have made six cards and as you can see the ocean theme ruled in this new release. So let’s take a closer look at all the cards and at the end you will find all the supplies.

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy shopping!


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Many Blessings | My Sweet Petunia

Hello friends! Today I have this floral slimline card over My Sweet Petunia Blog featuring Que Sera, Sera Stamp Set and Dies and the Slimline Nested Rectangle Dies from Picket Fence Studios. Also, for this card I used the original MISTI to stamp all flowers and leaves. 

For more details and a pictures head over to My Sweet Petunia Blog, click here. List of supplies are listed below. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Your friend, Karen


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Happy Day | Picket Fence Studios

Hello friends! Today I’m over Picket Fence Studios blog sharing this slimline card and I’m featuring the new Slimline Nested Rectangles Dies. If you want to see more pictures and how I made this card then you can head over to Picket Fence Studios blog and check out all the details, click here.

Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!

Your Friend, Karen


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Impressive Heat Embossing | Altenew Academy

Hello crafty friends! This is my final card for Level 2 and I’m so excited to finally be here since 2018. I know! Time flies and I have been procrastinating too much. Anyways, this last class was spectacular because I love to heat emboss. I could gold-heat emboss every single stamp so for this card I decided to change a little bit and use this Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder that is absolutely gorgeous along with Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder and to add a touch of glitter I used Capri Embossing Glitter from WOW!

Also, I chose to heat emboss over vellum and in my opinion you get a better impression when you heat emboss in this material, plus it looks so elegant and beautiful.

The stamp I used for this card is Nature Blossoms and the coordinating dies. The big thanks is from Script Words 2 Die Set. The sequins are Antique Gold Sequins from Altenew. One of the papers from my background is a specialty 3D cardstock that matched the Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder and the other is from Celebrations 6×6 paper pad from Altenew.

Let’s start! To create my background I die cut an A2 panel out of one of the papers from Celebrations 6×6 paper pad from Altenew and adhered it to a white folded notecard using glue. Then, the specialty 3D cardstock was cut diagonally and added to the panel, just like you see in the pictures.

Next, I heat embossed all my flowers from Nature Blossoms Stamp Set, so for that I stamp each outline stamp onto vellum using Versamark Emboss ink pad and heat embossed them with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and my heat tool. Then, I heat embossed two detailed stamps from these flowers using Golden Peach and Platinum Crisp Embossing Powders.

TIP: Always remember to use anti-static powder before heat embossing.

Here you can have a closer look from the specialty 3D cardstock and the heat emboss layering on the flowers. The center part of each flower was heat embossed using Capri Embossing Glitter for that touch of sparkle and it gave the flowers the contrast in color needed.

For the leaves, I decided to change the combination of colors and I heat embossed all the outline parts with Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder and the detailed stamps were heat embossed using Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and I honestly loved how they look. I will be trying this in the future for sure!

Once I finished heat embossing all flowers and leaves I die cut them using the matching dies. I arranged all die cuts on top of the panel following the diagonal line crated with the papers on the background. I added clear foam tape to get some dimension between all the elements on the panel.

Finally, from a teal mirror cardstock, that I have in my stash, I die cut the Thanks die from Script Words 2 Die Set and I placed it on top of the flowers using glue, in addition I added a few Antique Gold Sequins, some Nuvo drops around and my card was finished.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. Have a wonderful day and see you next time.

You friend, Karen


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Wild Peonies | Picket Fence Studios

Hello friends today I’m sharing this floral slimline card over Picket Fence Studios blog. I’m using Wild Peonies stamp set, Aurora Borealis stamp and the new Thank You word die. You will find all details on how I made this card over Picket Fence Studios blog, click here.

Below you will find a few pictures, have an amazing day!

Your friend, Karen


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Magical Marker Techniques | Altenew Academy

Hi crafty friends! Today I’m sharing this card part of the Magical Marker Techniques class from Altenew Academy and I must say that this class really teaches you how to think out of the box and give your Artist Markers a very unique and creative way to use in your cards. I would never imagine to use alcohol markers with a brayer and create a background, but I did it and I loved the technique because the final result is like an organic watercolor look that doesn’t need much since it looks really awesome.

For this card I used Artist Markers Cosmic Garden Set A, Virginia Rose 3D Die and Peruvian Lily Stamp Set for my sentiment.

I started by scribbling Frosty Pink and Coral Berry markers onto a piece of acetate and then I sprayed Isopropyl alcohol from a spritzer. Immediately, I picked up the ink with the brayer and rolled it across a piece of white cardstock. I repeated these steps but this time I added a bit of Ruby Red.

I didn’t want too much color in my background so this panel was ready to adhere a white folded note card at the back using glue. I love the natural flow of the ink on this background. It looks so organic, just like things are in real life.

Next, I decided to apply the ink directly to the flowers and leaves from the Virginia Rose 3D Die. I have seen this before but I never tried it so using Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades markers I colored a piece of white cardstock and then I die cut some leaves using the dies from the Virginia Rose 3D Dies.

I did the same using Coral Berry, Ruby Red and Grapevine markers to add color to the flower.

Then, I stamped my sentiment from Peruvian Lily Stamp Set using black ink. I added the leaves and the flower that I have put together using more glue. Finally, I added some clear iridescent sequins as the final touch to this card.

I tent to overwork my backgrounds and I spend lots of time making just one card and I have no complaints about it because that’s my style, however this lesson taught me how gorgeous a simple card looks. You don’t need to spend hours creating to make beautiful things. You need to love the simple creations because they are gorgeous in their own way and this card is so different from what I usually make but it looks perfect in my eyes.

I hope you like these techniques and thank you so much for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen