Welcome to 2021! It really is time (maybe past time) for a fresh start, don’t you think? Then, let’s start off this new year with some new looks from Altenew! You should be arriving from Dana Joy’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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fresh start

The theme for this release is “fresh start”. It includes fresh, bold sentiments, a floral builder or two, new vases, coloring stencils, embossing folders… you get the picture – lots and LOTS of great stuff to make LOTS of beautiful things!

– bundles –

– new accessories –

start at the very beginning…

For a fresh start, let’s start at the very beginning – with the letter A. I am seriously hoping we get through the whole alphabet because this set is just too much fun! All Things A has a gorgeous floral adorned jumbo A (with accompanying die) and sentiments that feature “A” words in inspiring phrases.

I paired it with the Ribbon Waves 3D Embossing Folder which is probably going to be my new obsession. It is truly mesmerizing, and the perfect (and super-quick) background texture for just about anything!

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blocked & blended

I don’t know about you, but I have a goal to send out more “just because” and encouragement mail to my friends this year. That’s why I added Block Sentiments to my collection. It is full of beautifully worded and designed encouragement sentiments. I was able to line up a whole bunch of them and stamp and clear emboss them three times on Warm Sunshine cardstock. Then, I blended the edges with Caramel Toffee ink for an emboss resist look. Even the label sentiment came from this new set!

you can’t kill paper orchids

I LOVE orchids. I also have killed every orchid I’ve ever owned. It is a sad truth 🙁 Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for orchids, our current home doesn’t have any good east or south-facing windows, for me to try again… LOLOL!!! I guess that means that I’ll just have to create these paper ones with the Spotted Orchid builder stamp set.

I paired the set with the twig diecut from Season’s Tweetings, and a sentiment from Block Sentiments!

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more varied vases!

If you love the original Versatile Vases set, then you are going to love Versatile Vases 2 even more! They are bigger, bolder, and beautiful! I did some masking on this one to give it a solid vs. glass appearance. It pairs beautifully with the recent Just Leaves die set and has beautiful, heartfelt sentiments.

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…

How about $300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 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 01/11/2021 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw 12 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/13/2021.

Time to hop along!

Be sure to hop over to Tina Smith – the next stop for more amazing inspiration. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way to enter all the giveaways!

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  1. Christy

    Love the colors and that are with the words in resist is very creative!

    • Elizabeth Kuhn

      I love how you mentioned that you have killed every orchid you’ve ever had…me too! They are absolutely gorgeous flowers, but so picky with their optimal environment. Your orchid is stunning on your card!

  2. Michele K. Henderson

    I love the new grey and yellow color combination that you’ve on today’s cards! It looks amazing! You have such a pretty and fun style that I love!

  3. Tema

    Great cards from a beautiful release.your orchid card is stunning!

  4. Melissa S

    This is so beautiful!

  5. Ellen Coats

    I admire the simplicity of the warm sunshine card you created with the subtle background and small, but bold accents.

  6. Nandini Karmarkar

    The new release is so fantastic! And I love the amazing inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mal

    very nice designs! thanks for sharing. happy new year 🙂

  8. LoisK

    Beautiful cards. Love the card using the versatile vase and leave products.

  9. Vickie D

    This orchid is simply stunning & I’m really liking yellow & gray color combos.

  10. Melissa Friedrich

    Beautiful cards and designs, love the new vases and paper orchids too!

  11. Susanbcards

    Your use of yellow is so eye catching, I rarely use yellow and I am inspired! The spotted orchid looks great on your card, so much beauty here.

  12. Golda

    Paper orchids are definitely the easiest way to go. These are lovely cards.

  13. Jamie Yates Mastin

    Adore your color combo and that orchid card in particular!

  14. Barbara Deichl

    These cards are so beautiful. The stamp sets are amazing!

  15. Laurie M Page

    You had me at the orchid and then I saw the silhouette foliage and vase in yellows and grays. Sigh. I see yellow and gray are the 2021 pantone combo colors . Well done.

  16. Sandy Phillips

    Your yellow on yellow With a pop of black is spectacular! Beautiful work!

  17. Bunny Hoyle

    What a great color combo. I do like that “All Things A”. It’s really nice.

  18. Nicki Baxley

    Beautiful examples!

  19. Margi Chesbro

    Love the colors, works so well with the name of the release – fresh and new. Beautiful cards and your use of black is something I need to try.

  20. Sharon L Gullikson

    Your orchid is so different, and so elegant

  21. Marisela Delgado

    What awesome cards!

  22. Michele W

    Interesting color combos. I wouldn’t have thought to use those colors together but I love the look you achieved. Last two cards are my favorite but you did a fantastic job creating all of them. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Lori Spitzer

    Hi, Nicole – Love that you appear to be using the Pantone colors of the year. I absolutely adore the first card – the one with “Attitude,” so to speak. I also love the yellow card with the Block Sentiments. Your work is amazing.
    Please don’t stop giving us these awesome bits of inspiration!!
    Lori S in PA
    ps Happy New Year!

  24. Dorothy Ayotte

    What creative cards. My favorite is the last card. I just love the stenciled background and that lovely vase with greenery!

  25. Dawn Cooksley

    Great cards…love the Blocked and Blended card..just fabulous…

  26. Andrea Palmer

    I think the Grey and yellow is so 2021. Lots of great items in the new release for starting of 2021. The orchid is over the top for me, beautiful cards.

  27. Meghan Kennihan

    I love your color combo! The Monogram one is awesome!

  28. Beth Merrill

    I am admiring the versatility of the Ribbon Waves embossing folder. So simple and elegant!

  29. Beth Merrill

    The white orchid card is stunning and I love the sentiment!

  30. Carol McCready

    Your cards are all amazing! Love the grey orchid. I think it might be my favorite.

  31. Linda BL

    Love the sophisticated look of the orchid card!

  32. Linda BL

    Love the sophisticated look of the orchid card! Too cool.

  33. Dalis

    That orchid card is at another level! wow!

    — Dalis

  34. Kailash

    Beautiful designs!

  35. Sara Craig

    Love the “colorless” orchid.

  36. Joni Mastronardi

    Love your work, Nicole!

  37. Inkin' Chickie

    I like the stamps used for a full background. Thinking of doing something like this for just because or thinking of you cards.

  38. Becky S.

    I ordered the vases stamp and die set and I plan to try the solid coloring as well as the glass.

  39. Giselle D.

    Beautiful cards! I love the wave embossing folder and the spotted orchid stamp too. So many beautiful new products.

  40. Talitha Wright

    The wave embossing folder is a keeper! And so is the orchid stamp.

  41. Carolyn R

    Love that yellow with the grey. I remember one of the first outfits I ever made myself was grey with yellow trim, hummm I think that was 70 years ago.

  42. ava gavloski

    Great presentation of the new release.

  43. Heather DePasquale

    Such great use of black in your cards. Very creative!

  44. Helen F

    Wow! Where to start! Your cards are all stunning, Nicole! Wonderful new set from Altnew! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring! Take care! 🙂


    Love that yellow and black. Great cards and a great release.

  46. Carol E. Wortman

    The challenges card is my favorite so far! Gorgeous

  47. Amber Bissonnette

    I love the blended edges on the yellow cardstock. Such a striking colour and even more so with the embossing!

  48. Alli Marie

    I’m pretty sure that A was made just for me – Alli – who loves flowers! 😀

  49. Julie Greaves

    Lovely cards. I like the color combinations you have used. Love your comment about the orchids and your orchid card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and ideas with us. 🙂

  50. Jade

    Marvelous! Fabulous! I especially your letter “A” card. Pretty orchid.

  51. Marie M.

    Your yellow and gray vase card is my favorite.

  52. Jeanne Beam

    Beautiful cards and designs! Love the new release.
    Thanks so much for sharing…

  53. Lindsey Fabian

    Very impressed with your color choice and artistic design on these cards.

  54. Denise Bryant

    Awesome cards! Love the color combos and details!

  55. Lauryne Cunningham

    Wow! Fantastic cards! I love the CAS look of the second card with the all yellow background! Your sentiment really pops!

  56. Mary-Anne V

    Very cool combination – love the look of the rich yellow with grey and black.

  57. Cyndi Morris

    Your cards are amazing. I especially love the orchid — absolutely beautiful.


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