Altenew Bursting With Creativity Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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I love dies, don’t you? They bring such an easy way to add texture, layers, or even main elements to a project. That’s why I’m glad you’re joining me to check out all the inspiration from this latest Altenew release! You should be arriving from Jennifer McGuire’s blog. If not, you can track back to the Altenew Card Blog to start at the beginning, or continue around until you loop back here.

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bursting with creativity

Dies are also an easy way to feel extra creative! Layering dies do all the hard work of creating a 3D effect, background dies add easy texture, sentiment dies add just the right statement… This release has it all!

new product alert!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two NEW products! Double Sided Adhesive Sheets and Masking Paper! These are definitely two must-haves in your toolbox! They are approximately 8.5″ x 11″ sheets which adds a lot of versatility to the project. I had a chance to test the Double Sided Adhesive sheets and I really like the way they stick! I received them after I created today’s designs, but you’ll definitely see them in future projects and videos! Get them in a bundle and save!!

wood flower + leaves

All of my designs feature this stunning Wood Flower in shades of peach with gold leaves and accents. I know that we all love florals, but sometimes they end up looking like they’re floating on the page. Each of my designs will show you how to ground your flowers with dies!

In this design, I used the new Just Leaves dies in white woodgrain cardstock to add a background that helps to ground the main floral image. A few satin gold sequins finish off the panel along with a sentiment from Birch Forest. See how easy that is?

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wood flower + dotted lines

Debossing dies add beautiful texture in a very subtle way. They’re also great for grounding florals. The new Dotted Lines Debossing Cover Die adds a radial pattern leaving a perfect kind of burst pattern behind the Wood Flower. Adding in a sentiment strip (from Geometric Landscape) also adds in a grounding point.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to let your sentiment overlap your main element – it helps join the design together!

wood flower + swirl motif

The Swirl Motif layering die set is dreamy! Two layers provide a shadow or base layer, and a detail/outline layer. They can be used separate or together. In this design, I used a white base to add some extra dimension behind the Wood Flowers. I chose to do the detail layer in gold glitter paper to coordinate with the gold glitter details in the flowers.

This time, there’s two flowers, but they still need some grounding, which the Swirl Motif provides. There’s no floating here! The simple sentiment was provided by the Checkerboard Stamp Set.

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wood flower + linear crossroads

For my last design, I grounded the Wood Flower with the new Linear Crossroads die. This is going to be a well-used background texture for sure! It’s smaller size allows for a lot of versatility. It could be a central focal point on its own. It can pair with a large or small floral for a grounding element, or you could add in more than one or cut it up to extend on either side of an element.

This is the third die in this style from Altenew. Twigtastic is another interlocking style texture die – released today, and the Burlap texture die that was released a few months ago was a huge hit! You’ll definitely want to add Linear Crossroads to your stash!

I hope you enjoyed all of the ideas I shared today! Which was your favorite project? Let me know with a comment, won’t you?

Thank You!

Time is precious and I’m truly grateful that you chose to spend a few minutes of your day here!
I would love to connect with you on Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest where we have the opportunity to share and interact even more!

Now, about that GIVEAWAY…

$250 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 12/23/2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw 12 random winners from the comments and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 12/25/2020.

Time to hop along!

Be sure to hop over to Kelly Griglione for more amazing inspiration. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way to enter all the giveaways!

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  1. Brenda Aplin

    Very pretty cards!! These are some great dues to add to your stash!

  2. Deneen Cook

    Love your cards they look so elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Andrea Palmer

    Your cards here are beautiful. That Wood flower is my favorite. Love the colors used and that extra sparkle. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jayne

      Love the leaves die as the background of your stunning simple single flower design.

  4. Irene Sterquelle

    Love the wood flower. Your cards are very pretty.

  5. Deena

    Such beautiful and elegant colours. I love how you did those flowers.

  6. Colleen Balija

    Nicole I love how you have one main color for the dies, it really helps them pop!!!

  7. Lori Spitzer

    Hi, Nicole -You gave a similar design four different purposes by changing the sentiments. Bravo! Way to get mileage!! Love your work and especially love that debossing die. Just ordered it. Could not take the risk that it would sell out – b/c I think it will.
    Holiday blessings on you and yours.
    Lori S in PA

  8. Vickie D

    Wow, what a fantastic set of cards! Love this release.

  9. Joy Meadows

    Such gorgeous cards!! Love each one of them.

  10. Joy Wilson

    I love the stunning coral color!

  11. Joanne Hoffmann

    Die-namic creativity and inspiration! Gorgeous card projects!! Pure luscious-ness!!

  12. Jennifer Allison

    I think my favorite is the one with the scroll design, but that may change in a moment. They are all beautiful and both so similar and so different. I love how you start with the same floral element and then change up the background and leaves to create items that are so different from each other.

  13. Susan Babcock

    My favorite is the swirl motif with the wood flower but they are all very pretty!

  14. Dorothy Ayotte

    Such stunning cards! I love the color palate you used and the fun variations of background and arrangement.

  15. Maxine M.

    I really like pink/gold combo. These are beautifully done.

  16. Nancy K Rodeberg

    Stunning cards. I just love that layered wood flower die. The peach and gold are so elegant!

  17. Marianne Oar

    Such pretty cards. Love the peach and gold color combo

    • Pam Steffenhagen

      Love your cards and colors!

  18. Peg Frushour

    I love all of your cards! I especially like the way you varied the backgrounds behind the focal point! Beautiful job!

  19. Meghan Kennihan

    I LOVE the pink and gold combo! Just beautiful!

  20. Maureen Reiss

    Stunning cards!!! I love the soft colors with the gold!!!!

  21. Pam Steffenhagen

    Love your cards and colors!

  22. Lois K

    Beautiful cards. Love the little of shine you added.

  23. Laurie M Page

    Stunning cards. I’ve already ordered the linear crossroads die and the Twigtastic one. Love those.

  24. Sharon C

    I am a big glitter fan, so I absolutely love how you used glitter or glitter card stock on your cards.

  25. Marisela Delgado

    So beautiful! 💜

  26. Mary-Anne V

    So cool to see the different ways you used the wood flower die.

  27. Beth Butterbaugh

    I love the gold accents on these—they take it to a different level of beauty. Great cards!

  28. TL Johnson

    I really love the color combo for your cards. These are elegant and classy and I really like how just changing a few other elements give you a fresh new look. TFS

  29. Julie Greaves

    Thanks for showing us how to use the same basic elements – flower in same color scheme – but make so many different looking cards by using the different background dies and a different sentiment on each. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. 🙂

  30. Denise Bryant

    Beautiful colors and textures! Lovely cards!

  31. Anne Devin

    That linear crossroads is a definite must have!!

  32. Laura Casselman

    Nicole I already want these dues! Then seeing yours with one of my favorite color choices! Thank you so much for sharing!

  33. Linda BL

    Love the peach and gold color combination that you used. Very elegant! Great cards.

  34. Marla Linderman

    I’m not normally a pastel girl, but I loved the combination of peaches, corals and golds. Simply stunning.

  35. Nicki Baxley

    Beautiful colors and layouts!

  36. Mary-Anne V

    Very pretty…love the combination of peach with gold.

  37. Jeanne Beam

    Beautiful cards! Love the colors and designs!
    Great die release…
    Thanks for sharing.

  38. Sharon Gullikson

    The peachy pink colors are gorgeous! And who would have thought to add gold glitter? GORGEOUS!!

  39. Judyann Walker

    I love the why you used the gold!

  40. Jade

    I love the touch of gold that goes so well with the flowers! Lovely cards!

  41. Donna de Gale-Kalloo

    Lovely cards! Love the little sparkle added to them.

  42. Lauryne Cunningham

    Wow! Gorgeous cards! I love the peach and gold combination!

  43. Inkin' Chickie

    Great look to the layers. I like the leaves in white and the use of the smaller cut for the background.

  44. Patty A Eifert

    These are just beautiful with the touch of gold! I Need That Die lol!!

  45. Nandini Karmarkar

    Very beautiful and elegant cards. I love the pretty colors.

  46. ava gavloski

    Great presentation of the new collection.

  47. Vicki Fedor

    Beautiful color palette!

  48. Dudlee Pense

    Very elegant cards using the new dies! The more I see, the more I want!

  49. Ginny Yamamoto Syphax

    Super elegant cards. Soft colors with a bold pop of gold. Love them!

  50. Jana Yeager

    Love that liner crossroads die!

  51. Viola Leary

    I am most excited about the just leaves dies, but I also got the linear crossroads die. I love how you cut those with gold glitter paper, just beautiful.

  52. Ann Tolman

    Thanks for the great hints on how to ground your flowers. Beautiful cards!

  53. Ann Tolman

    Thanks for the great hints on how to ground your flowers. Love the variety of gold accents.

  54. Sarah Briddell

    Love seeing the variety of grounding ideas for such a beautiful focal point.

  55. Lori Lehnen

    These are beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing your talent!

  56. Dawn Tooley

    Beautiful cards! I love the colors! Thanks for sharing!

  57. Muffett Grubb

    The wood flower is so gorgeous and I love the color combination!

  58. Kristina Gentle

    Dotted lines plate is gorgeous

  59. Carolyn Reiners

    These are really beautiful. I think I need to get the wood flower die set. Love your color choices too.

  60. Lindsey F-NY

    Oh my gosh! I really love this group of cards. Looking at them just makes me feel good.

  61. Viola Leary

    Your cards are fantastic . They would all go so well in a gift box. I got the leaves, the linear lines but forget to get the flowers. They look so nice

  62. terri armstrong

    wow! I love how you used the crossroads die to ground the flower. And the sparkle is amazing!

  63. Cherry Robinson

    Hi Nicole. I love your cards especially the swirl motif. The colours you have chosen are all my faves. Thank you for sharing all of them with all of us! ❤️🎄

  64. Carol McCready

    Your cards are gorgeous! I’m in love with that new wood flower die.

  65. Silvia Hutchinson

    Pretty cards!!
    I love the pink and gold!!

  66. Cyndi Morris

    Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love these new stand-alone dies.


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