Altenew Winter Essentials Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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It might be the middle of October, but as crafters, we’re already elbow deep into winter holiday projects! Let’s explore some new standalone dies from Altenew that can help you finish up your project list for November and December! You should be arriving from Nenette’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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winter + essentials

The theme for this release is “winter essentials”, but I think it’s more aptly named winter + essentials as it seems that there’s some winter stuff and some essentials – maybe even some winter essentials too…

Of course, there’s bundles, so you have lots of options to pick up some of your favorites at a discount!

basic florals + sentiment strips + backgrounds

First up is a trio of dies that work really well together! The Lacy Panel Die is a perfect square panel that adds an easy focal point space, while allowing the background to peek through. Here, I used it to ground a few layered flowers from the Simple Nesting Flowers die set and a sentiment from the new Essential Sentiment Strips dies.

I was going for a kind of retro 70s vibe, pulling in golds and muted oranges and rust. You’ll see that vibe through all my designs today. You’ll also notice that the backgrounds all feature stencils from the last stencil release. You should definitely check out all the great stencils from last month!

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words + letters

For my second look, I cut up a sentiment from the new Essential Sentiment Strips dies so I could pair it with some letters from the Linear Pathway Alpha and Linear Pathway Outline dies. Since I was feeling retro, and so is the die set, I went for “fab” to complete the throwback look. What do you think? Is it FAB, or what?!

happy (minus the holidays) birthday

Isn’t a great scripty word die just the best? This “happy” comes from the new Happy Holidays Script Die set, which is more versatile than it first appears as you can use the words separately. The Essential Sentiment Strips dies make another appearance to finish off the look.

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Now, about that GIVEAWAY…

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/25/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/27/2020.

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  1. Vickie S Davis

    WOW! You nailed it with the Retro Vibe! Great cards & this is another great release!

    • Cricketcasper

      Love the cards

  2. Avonlea

    Such bright, colourful cards! Your background are the perfect backdrop to your die cut designs. Very nice!

  3. Jessica Scott

    You are so fab! Love this card;)

  4. Barbara Gau

    I love the colors you used on your card! It’s perfect for fall.

  5. Linda BL

    Great cards! Love your use of the new alphabets on your cards.

  6. Jeanne Christie

    Love your colorful designs using the new release dies!!

    • Chark

      That first one is so 70s retro!

  7. Peggy

    I love that last blue/lavender card. That backdrop is beautiful!! Nicely done

  8. Jade

    Very wonderful cards! I especially like the last card. I love the sweet and soft lavender colors!

  9. Bonnie Johnson

    This is a shockingly beautiful release! Thanks for sharing.

    • Karina D

      I really like the look the gold cardstock adds to the birthday card! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Peg Frushour

    Very 70’s! Love what you did with the retro feeling!

  11. Beth Bice

    Love the 70’s color palate in the first card. It’s hard to find products to be able to scrapbook my childhood pics, but you just gave me some ideas!

  12. Steffi H.

    Wonderful stencil backgrounds. I love the soft water color effect you created.

  13. Dawn Cooksley

    My fave is your Happy Birthday…sooo pretty…

  14. Joanne M Hoffmann

    Awesome projects!! So very creatively inspiring!!

  15. Savannagh

    You brought a unique approach to this release. Thank you for stretching our imaginations!

  16. Carolyn R

    This new alphabet is going to be really fun to work with. I very much like your water color stencil backgrounds too.

  17. Maureen Reiss

    Your cards are so colorful and Fun!!! Love them all!!

  18. Retta Lutte

    I seldom purchase alphabet die sets, but the outline seems to be so versatile, I may have to bite the bullet. The Holiday die set is just gorgeous!

  19. Laurie M Page

    Great creations. Love your style.

  20. RobiW

    Beautiful! Love the dies, love the watercolor looks.

  21. jean marmo

    Simply gorgeous! thank you for the inspiration!

  22. Dianna L Jacobs

    Great backgrounds

  23. Marisela Delgado

    What great cards! 💜

  24. Meghan Kennihan

    I love the fall color combo at the top! Great cards!

  25. Kailash

    These are all fabulous!

  26. Mary Ann Reilly

    These cards are so lovely and fresh looking! Thank you for sharing them.

  27. Jill R

    I loved the 70’s and I love your cards!

  28. Sherri Little

    Nice card samples illustrating the new Altenew release.

  29. Dorothy Ayotte

    Definitely 70s vibe! (My high school years) Very fun. I like your use of stencils in the backgrounds, of which I now own a few. Thank you for the inspiration!

  30. Helen F

    Lovely cards! Your use of watercolour really makes them special! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  31. Jacqueline Clement

    Love your projects and particularly your color choices. Lovely!

  32. Nicki Baxley

    These are beautiful. Such good ideas

  33. Cyndi Morris

    I love these cards. I especially love the first one — the Lacy Panel die is one of my favorites from this fantastic release.

  34. Angela C Posch


  35. Chandhini

    I really like the fun background you have created.

  36. Juanita

    Very wonderful cards. My favorite is the last card. TFS

  37. Nandini Karmarkar

    So beautiful! Love the beautiful alphas. And the new 3D dies look amazing!

  38. Andrea P

    Great use of the release. So many year round options and media types that can be used. Always and nice visit here. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Sharon Gullikson

    How pretty the watercolor look is. I love your colors, too!

  40. Peggy P

    Wonderful cards. Love the background die and so much more of this release. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Lauryne Cunningham

    Awesome cards! Love how the Linear Pathway alpha looks on your FAB card!

  42. Cindy C.

    Great inspirations, fun to see these retro looking cards!

  43. Tarina Holloway

    Nicole your cards are beautiful! I love the Happy Birthday card, so adorable!

  44. Sue D

    Creative card designs with these new products.

  45. Beth Merrill

    I love the watercolor look of the birthday card. And you were so clever to use the “happy” die in a way other than its original intention!

  46. Jennifer Taylor

    Fantastic cards! The backgrounds are amazing.

  47. Bonnie E

    I love the artsy, flowing feel of those backgrounds. Beautiful cards – and yes, that is a gorgeous happy die that just begs to be used in so many ways.

  48. Jeane Campbell

    That “Happy” could be used for so many cards. So pretty. Love your colors. A bit different from all the purples I’m seeing. I like it.

  49. Denise Bryant

    Pretty cards! Love those handy sentiment strips!

  50. Heather DePasquale

    I love your lavender happy birthday card. Great release. TFS!

  51. Liz B Ford

    Yes, Nicole, I think your card is FAB! I like the outline of that new linear alphabet die set. Pretty cool, daddy-o. 😉
    I really am fond of your birthday card at the end of your post. The happy script sentiment is lovely and I really also like the soft blues you used with the white embossing for the background. This is a prefect card for a male I feel! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations with us!

  52. Lori Lehnen

    Fun cards!
    This new release is spectacular!

  53. Jeane Campbell

    Altenew really did put out some great products on this realease. Loving those letters like you used. Nice style, and not like anything I already have.

  54. Julie Greaves

    Fun and vibrant cards , thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas with us. Altenew have such lovely dies and stamps etc. Can’t get enough of them.

  55. Carmela Hubler

    Such a pretty collection of cards. Loving these die cuts!


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