January just flew right by, and here we are with a new Altenew monthly release, blog hop + giveaway. 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. It’s a long one, so take your time and enjoy the inspiration over the next few days!

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love & friendship

As you might expect with a theme like love & friendship, this month’s release has a lot of love and friendship type sentiments – wedding sentiments, encouragement sentiments, admiration sentiments… And, of course, lots of unique florals. What you won’t find is a lot of “valentine” stuff. I think that’s a good thing as it makes these sets more timeless – with the ability to use them year round instead of just one day.

painted hummingbird

Painted Hummingbird is a mini set that packs a punch! There are two different birds both with coordinating dies and a small thanks sentiment. I had a pretty easy time in creating this repeating pattern – just adding a few pencil lines to keep me on track. (It was easily erased when I was done). Adding in the contrasting lagoon bird going in the opposite direction helped it to really stand out. Of course, some enamel dots always seem to be the right embellishment!

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modern greetings

I absolutely love the sheer size of the Modern Greetings set. it is a 6×8 set with two HUGE main stamps and a great assortment of supporting sentiments. I was able to take all of the gratitude related stamps and line them up in my Misti and do some repeat stamping in this month’s color combo. It was the perfect backdrop for that bold sentiment in black, with a sentiment strip in contrasting Lagoon, along with enamel dots.

modern birthday

If those huge sentiment stamps weren’t enough, how about a matching faux letterpress folder? You can use it on its own like II did here – pairing it with the Mixed Media inks. Or, you can stamp one of the sentiments from Modern Greetings and then use the coordinating folder to create a faux letterpress look. They match up perfect without difficulty!

tall foliage

Tall Foliage was made for slimlines! But, if you like, you can crop the images and use them for your A2 size projects too. The two floral images are lovely line images that ink and emboss well. There is also a coloring stencil that will help you add just the right shading with zero effort. I chose to gold emboss over this color blended panel, and then used Obsidian Black with the coloring stencil to add a unique look. And, check out that sentiment – so unique and wonderful!

Share and Inspire Someone Today! 

Thank You!

Time is precious and I’m truly grateful that you chose to spend a few minutes of your day with me!
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…

$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 02/08/2021 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 02/11/2021.

Time to hop along!

Be sure to hop over to Justine Hovey for more amazing inspiration. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way to increase your chances with the giveaway!

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  1. sue wisniewski

    Nicole, all your cards are terrific. I do really like that hummingbird image.

  2. Holley Downs

    I love seeing your creativity flowing … your cards are beautiful …TFS

  3. Holley Downs

    I love seeing your creativity flowing … your cards are beautiful …TFS … I especially love slimline cards!

  4. cindy d.

    Beautiful cards, love the blending on the slimline card. thank you

  5. Sharon L Gullikson

    Oh my gosh!! I love that you made ONE HUMMINGBIRD fly the opposite direction. He doesn’t have to be like everyone else. He is his own birdie. He is free to fly whichever direction he chooses. This is wonderful!!!!


    Great cards…I really like the hummingbird pattern stamping.

  7. Vickie Davis

    Love them all but the tall foliage card is my favorite!

  8. Liz O

    Awesome designs as always Nicole, love the bold colors you chose. There are so many wonderful products available with this release is hard to choose favorites, gotta say one can never go wrong with Birthday themed products, love all your cards, thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Joni Mastronardi

    Gorgeous cards, love this new release!

  10. Nora Noll

    What stunning cards. I adore the backgrounds you created on them.

  11. Tina Cuetara

    Fabulous release. Great card. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Margaret Sperry

    I love the humming birds

  13. Carolyn Reiners

    I love your colorful hummingbirds. Always great colors in your cards.

  14. Liz Kuhn

    Ombré hummingbird background card is incredible!!! Just stunning 🙂

  15. Inkin' Chickie

    I like the longer card. Nice blend and color use. Great look!

  16. Meghan Kennihan

    I LOVE the warm colors you used! All are bright and beautiful!

  17. Marisela Delgado

    So pretty!

  18. Brenda Aplin

    All of your cards are awesome! I love the vibrant color choices! Thanks for sharing

  19. Michele W

    Four different styles. Four great cards. The last one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Ann ito

    Beautiful cards! Love that last slimline with that gorgeous blending and gold embossing! Gorgeous!

  21. Linda BL

    Great cards. I like your hummingbird and the tall foliage cards the best, .the ink blended background on the tall foliage card is amazing.

  22. Helen F

    So many wonderful and eye-catching cards! Great designs and colours! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  23. Nicki Baxley

    My favorite is your slimline card. Such beautiful sunset background

  24. Candy T

    I was thinking how you took this release in a totally different directions that was so soft and pretty…then I got to you last card and that is just stunning!

  25. Roxanne Tellini

    The Tall Foliage in gold embossing powder is really pretty. Did you use the stamp or did you stencil it?

    • Nicole Watt

      I heat embossed the stamp in gold, then used black with the coloring stencils. So, both!

  26. Rema DeLeeuw

    Lovely cards.

  27. Dorothy Ayotte

    Beautiful! I especially like the tall foliage stamp. So elegant and can be used in so many ways.

  28. Cordelia Alderman

    I immediately ordered the embossing folders. Altenew’s 3-D embossing folders are amazing!

  29. Andrea Palmer

    Love the cards. The humming birds are a nice set and new look. have it on my wish list. Your card showcasing this little fella is bright and cheerful.

    • Miftail Ahmed

      So Beautiful cards. I Love the birds stamp card most.
      Thanks for the inspiration ❤
      Miftail Ahmed.

  30. Sarah B

    The gold embossed tall foliage is stunning with that blended background. I also really like your simple hummingbird card. Such a clean layout and appealing colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. Peg Frushour

    Love your cards! Love what you did with the hummingbirds!! So clever!

  32. Lois K

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing

  33. Jade

    Wonderful cards! The colors are great and your blending is amazing.

  34. Julie Greaves

    Lovely cards and very creative. I particularly like the tall foliage card – it is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and ideas with us. 🙂

  35. Kelsey Thomas

    So pretty! 🙂

  36. Sarah Hounslow

    I love your card using the tall foliage stamp! The colours for the ink blending is fantastic

  37. Katie Amodio

    Such vibrant colors! Tropical beauty.

  38. Dawn Tooley

    I LOVE all your cards! They are so beautiful! Love what you did with the gratitude card- the sentiments stamped as a background. So clever! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Lindsey Fabian

    Your slimline card has almost an Asian art fee to it. Very exotic. The background color blending is gorgeous as well.

  40. Monika

    The hummingbird card is my favourite – great color combos:)

  41. Lauryne Cunningham

    Awesome cards! I love the colors on the slimline- the gold foliage looks stunning!

  42. Michelle Pokorny

    Beautiful cards. My favorite of this release is the tall foliage and I love how you made your card. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

  43. Denise Bryant

    Pretty designs for your cards! Love the hummingbirds!

  44. Lori

    Beautiful cards!
    My favorite is the Tall Foliage card, wonderful job with the ink blending!
    Thanks for sharing.

  45. Angela Reed

    Nice cards.. I love the hummingbirds.

  46. Tari Ristorcelli

    You cards are great…love that ‘simple’ color blending’, stamping and embossing can create wonderful cards….Proving it does not take a ton of supplies to create a moving card.

  47. kathy c

    Your slim line card is amazing! So beautiful. All the cards are great

  48. Kimberly Ligocki

    These are so good! I love that one little renegade hummingbird.

  49. maria f.

    Great design with the hummingbirds. And great background blending for the beautiful tall leaves.

  50. Deborah

    Nice cards. Happy Birthday is my favorite.


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