Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Altenew’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

Hey everyone! We have a triple threat here today with Lydia, Iliana and Ilina to help celebrate the Altenew 4th anniversary.

At My Sweet Petunia, we love and respect our friends at Altenew, and could not be more excited to help wish them a happy anniversary today! We remember with fondness when Altenew came out of the gate with incredibly unique designs, and can't believe how time has flown! 

We have done our best to hit the high points of Altenew's uniqueness today, and have each chosen products that point to some of their unique styles - so enjoy!

First up - Iliana, with what Altenew has always been known for - stunning florals! Look at this bold, graphic rose! This is one of their incredible layering stencil sets called Watercolor Bouquet.

An ink blended background really makes the scene pop.

To preserve the color in the floral image, she embossed it with a sparkly embossing powder before ink blending the blue background.

Here's a video of how she made this beautiful card.


Mini MISTI
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Mini MISTI Mouse Pad
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Super Magnets 4 pack
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MEMORY Grid Paper Pad
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Altenew Stencils, Watercolor Bouquet...
[ ELH | SSS | ALTN ]
Altenew Clear Stamps, Bamboo Rose -...
[ ELH | SSS | ALTN ]
3M Post-It Adhesive Roll, White,...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Pad, Coral...
[ ELH | SSS | ALTN ]
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Pad, Ruby Red -...
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Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Pad, Olive -...
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Altenew BAMBOO Crisp Dye Ink Pad...
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
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VersaMark Ink Pad - Ellen Hutson LLC
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VersaMark Watermark Pen - Ellen...
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Judikins IRIDESCENT SPARKLE EMBOSSING...
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Ranger Embossing Powder, Clear
[ ELH | SSS ]
Sponge Applicator, Sponge Dauber w/...
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Couture Creations SPONGE DAUBERS...
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Sponge Applicator, Jumbo Dauber -...
[ ELH | GNK | SSS ]
Tsukineko FANTASTIX BULLET TIP 6 Ink...
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
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Next up - Ilina Crouse.

Hi everyone, it's Ilina and I have a card to share and a little review (in the video) of the Mini Blossom die cutting machine. For my card I used the Peony Build-a-flower stamps and dies, and using my MISTI I stamped the flowers and leaves, die cut them and set them aside. I die cut the Layered Madallions A from black card stock and adhered to my black card base. When dry, I arranged the flowers and adhered. Stamped the sentiment on black card stock and embossed with Detail white embossing powder. To finish off my card I added white Nuvo Crystal drops , sparkle pen and some Crystal Lacquer on the flowers.
Watch the video below to see how this card came to be. 



Lydia here. I fell in love with Altenew's modern art sets from day 1. They've always settled into that part of my heart reserved for all the amazing museums I used to go to when I lived in New York. There's something New York-y about their approach to some of their more graphic sets, so that's what I chose today. 

I started with watercolor paper and two of my favorite Altenew sets - Bad Days Happen and Coffee With a Splash. I stamped the images in black, and then just did loose watercolor washes in the background, and used those same colors with more intensity on the cup, leaving a little white space for highlights. I think we can all agree that coffee makes everything better. Or if you're me - coffee OR tea - I love both.
Coffee card altenew by understandblue
Altenew BAD DAYS HAPPEN Clear Stamp...
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Altenew COFFEE WITH A SPLASH Clear...
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Mijello MISSION GOLD WATER COLOR SET...
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Da Vinci Cosmotop Sable Mix F Brushes...
[ BLIC | ELH ]
Stewart Superior Memories India Ink...
[ AMZUS ]
Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press...
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MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART | SBC ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
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Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
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Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
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Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
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Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
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Prizes:
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Be sure to leave comments by April 15th, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 30 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 17th, 2018.
Next up on the hop is Laura Jane!


Many thanks to today's sponsors! It's a great group to be a part of!


282 comments:

  1. You out did yourself. Stunning is the only word to describe it.

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  2. Stunning flowers on the black background.

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  3. Thank you designers! Loving that bright coffee card by Lydia!

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  4. Gorgeous cards ladies! Altenew stamps and the Misti tool are such perfect companions with all of the gorgeous layering stamps. Thank you My Sweet Petunia for your generous prize as part of this fun hop!

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  5. Gorgeous creations! So happy to celebrate with Altenew!

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  6. Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Wonderful cards! Love all the colors and the images you've used.

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  8. Super beautiful and gorgeous creations!!

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  9. All 3 cards are great, but my fav is Ilina's.

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  10. Love my misti - what a perfect way to use it!

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  11. Lovely cards! Those peony blossoms really pop against the black.

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  12. Gorgeous cards, thank you for sharing

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  13. Amazing cards from each of you! The videos are so helpful so I can (try) create something similar. Thanks!!

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  14. I bought my first layered stamp set but could never line anything up, so I never bothered to buy another one again, even through I love layered stamp sets. Thank you soo much for the misti! It has changed everything. Thanks so much!

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  15. THese cards are beautiful, a lot of talent there!!

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  16. All three designers did a fantastic job. I love the sparkly flower on Iliana's card.

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  17. Hahaha >> "Triple Threat"! Love these fabby examples, m'ladies! Y'all totally rocked this hop! Color extraordinaire!! Iliana ... my current mass production would be impossible without my Misti ... truly impossible. Oh how I thank you!

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  18. Lovely card! I just received the Water color bouquet stencil and am super excited to use it.

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  19. Love your cards. Love the coffee one as I am constantly spilling my coffee. Love the card with the black background. Colors just make the card pop.

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  20. Wonderful designs, thank you for being part of this hop! Wishing both companies much more success! Have a lovely day!

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  21. thank you for sharing those 3 vibrant cards ! They bring much needed colours to a too grey spring !

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  22. Beautiful cards! I absolutely LOVE layered stamps, but somehow I totally missed the fact that layered stencils existed. Oh, my! Now I have to go shopping!

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  23. Awesome cards! Love the roses and the peonies! Fabulous colors on the coffee card!

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  24. Love these cards, you two have outdone yourselves! What a beautiful set of cards!!

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  25. Wow, what great cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. All these cards are just amazing! I have a couple of those sets and can't wait to try some of these ideas!

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  27. Beautiful card. I loved watching the process. TFS

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  28. Two bright and beautiful cards Lydia and I love the stylised finish to the flowers with that mass of pretty enamel dots as the finishing touch, and the very art look to the teacup works well. x

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  29. All 3 are stunning!Great job Ladies. Really really pretty.

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  30. Love the coffee card!! really caught my eye.

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  31. I really like your use of bright colors.

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  32. I've never tried a dark background before. The look is stunning.

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  33. Beautiful cards! How did I miss the watercolor bouquet stencil? The card you made with it is gorgeous.

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  34. Gorgeous cards all. I love how the pretty flowers
    really pop off a black BG on Ilina's card. Love the
    added sparkle to Iliana's and the artsiness of Lydia's.
    Thank you so much for generously giving a Misti to a
    lucky crafter.

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  35. Lovely work...thanks for the inspiration!!

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  36. Gorgeous cards!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Oh my goodness, the first card with the rose on it is stunning! I absolutely love it!!

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  38. Beautiful card. I wasn't even aware of the watercolor stencil!!

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  39. Lovely cards--I am a huge fan of Altenew gorgeous floral stamps, there artists are outstanding! Thanks for sharing these delightful cards with us.

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  40. Great cards! So many fun and new things to try, my mind is going to have to decide which to try first! Thank you!!

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  41. A trio of beautiful cards. Illana’s bold flowers really pop against the black.

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  42. I love this technique, so pretty and soft, yet the colors pop. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I love these cards, especially Iliana’s with the beautiful blended background. You girls are all so talented. Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  44. I agree with you. Altenew makes stunning floral stamps.

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  45. Creative and beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  46. Beautiful cards!!! I love them all but Illana's flowers are so pretty on the black background. Love Altenew's flower stamps! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. What an amazing triple threat for sure. Just lovely colors and designs. Just stunning. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  48. I'm loving each of the designs. Such talent.

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  49. I totally LOVE the MISTI! I teach stamping classes, and I don't know how I ever did it without the MISTI! (Well, yeah, I do, but I remember how many times I had to give someone an extra piece of paper because they messed up, too.) It IS the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented! It makes every card turn out beautifully, just like your sample!

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  50. Gorgeous floral cards! Love the coffee card also. So much talent in one blog post!!

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  51. Wow, these are really beautiful, all of them! All so different, and all fab- just like the products Altenew carry! :-) Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  52. Beautiful cards and I love Altenew stamps.

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  53. So beautiful! It's very creative to heat emboss the stenciled images and blend the blue background!

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  54. Fantastic creations! Love all the yummy colors ♥

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  55. Gorgeous cards! you really inspire me)

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  56. Such beautiful cards!! Thank you for sharing!

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  57. Gorgeous cards from these Altenew products! Love all these colorful and vibrant creations!

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  58. Beautiful cards, talented ladies and great Altenew products. Thank you for sharing! Diana O

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  59. Stencil use (for shadowing) very interesting.

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  60. Such a beautiful cards. Thanks so much for sharing...

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  61. Love the pastel flowers.
    The sentiment with the coffee
    cup is great.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  62. Such beautiful cards! I especially love the "bad day" card - the watercolor BG is perfect for that artsy coffee cup.

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  63. All of these cards are wonderful!

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  64. Love these examples. Altenew makes beautiful sets.

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  65. Just received my Build A Flower Peony set today. Used my Misti, and got a perfect flower on the very first try!

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  66. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

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  67. What wonderful cards! Altenew has such a unique group of floral stamps and dies, just gorgeous. I love my MISTI from the very early days when you were selling out of your home. Never thought to use it to line up my card fronts, but will be doing that from now on. Great collaboration of MISTI and Altenew. Looking forward to seeing more wonderful posts.

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  68. Such beautiful cards!! Love the florals.....

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  69. My jaw is still on the floor after looking at all your stunning creations. At a loss of words to explain just how beautiful these are!!

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  70. Your videos are great to show us all the details!! Gorgeous cards!!

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  71. Very lovely cards. I love Altenew florals.

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  72. Really liked all three cards. Loved the one made from Altenew's Coffee with a splash stamp set, because I can relate tivit!!

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  73. Your cards are beautiful, and I just have to say that you have saved my stamping for me so many times!

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  74. I love the way Altenew have made their stamps with dies to match, then made the stamp pad ranges to match the layering of the flowers

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  75. Bunch of gorgeous
    cards! Great stamps
    and lovely designs.
    Carla from Utah

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  76. Both cards are different but equally delightful. The use of sparkle emb. powder on the first to allow for the blue distressing is terrific.

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  77. Stunning cards - love the flowers and the colors.

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  78. Nice cards but I really like what Iliana did. Thanks for the video and your stamping tool, I use it all the time.

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  79. I love your peony and your strength cards! You show off Altenew products wonderfully! P.S. I LOVE my Misti!

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  80. Love all the cards! So unique and pretty!

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  81. A triple treat of awesome!! Beautiful cards ladies!

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  82. Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  83. Beautiful cards ladies I love how each one is so different and unique. MISTI is my go to product for just about every project and my blocks are cozy in a corner but they are happy. I was ready to quit stamping altogether at one point because I was making invites to a baby shower and would have a perfect stamp outside just to mess up on the inside and I was done. I did not stamp anything else until I got the MISTI and then I was a crazy card lady for a bit.

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  84. Wow, absolutely gorgeous. I agree with the others. Your work is amazing and your Misti is a tool that I can't live with out.

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  85. Love these designs, so inspirational! Colors are so fab.

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  86. What a great collaboration, the greatest stamping platform with some of the greatest stamp sets out on the market. Thank you to the both of you for your wonderful products. They bring such joy to the artistic world. Take care everyone

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  87. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing with us and inspiring us

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  88. All three of you have knocked it out of the park with your stunning cards! I especially love Lydia’s colorful card! Bad Days is a set everyone should have because we all have one now and again! TFS!

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  89. I can't do my stamping without my Misti now ! Thank you for this wonderful invention. And thanks for all these inspiring cards !

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  90. Great cards! Lovely examples of Altenew products, and the MISTI works with anything/everything!

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  91. Wow, the card designs are stunning on this blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  92. Great cards...loved all three! How great to have 3 artists in one post!

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  93. Beautiful encouraging cards. Love the wonderful designs. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  94. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  95. I hope you mom does well with her surgery. If it's knee replacement, it's a grueling recovery, but well worth it (according to everyone I know!). Ilina's card is wonderful, I wish there was a way to show the texture from the cover die. And I love the sentiment of Lydia's card---today was one of those days for me, and I needed to be reminded! Thanks to all!

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  96. These are all so stunning!! The colors and designs are gorgeous!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!!

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  97. Absolutely beautiful cards. I do love my MISTI and can't believe I stamped without it.

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  98. Gorgeous cards! Love them all!
    Marlyn - marlynrojas@gmail.com

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  99. I would never be able to use my Altenew layered floral stamps without my Misti!

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  100. Love the individuality of each card-awesome!

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  101. Love the florals as Altenew is known for but the coffee one is really stunning!

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  102. What a gorgeous cards, love it!! Thanks for sharing your cards with us!! Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  103. Gorgeous cards. Love both of my MISTI stamping tools. Take the mini one with me when I go out of town.

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  104. wonderful cards, I love my misti for my stamping, saved me throwing away so many projects thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  105. I love the seeing you use so many different colors, blue & red look amazing together. How do you color match? thanks Sarah Bray

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  106. Iliana - great way to "mask" your focal point image. You can't beat a little touch of sparkle!

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  107. Stunning! I love your cards. Your flowers all came out so perfectly...and the colors are so vibrant. Love 💘

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  108. Such lovely cards! I love them all. My favorite is the first one. Clean and simple.

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  109. Fantastic cards! Love the great techniques and the pretty images.

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  110. Iliana, your rose card is amazing! That bold graphic rose is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about embossing the rose so you could ink the background. Ilina, I think your card is my favorite...those flowers on that black background is so stunning. Adding the white Nuvo drops is a small detail, but boy does it ever add to the card! Lydia, your coffee cup card is just so cute...your watercolor wash is really pretty and makes that cup just pop off the card. Thank you all for sharing your awesome creativity with us!!

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  111. What pretty cards, all three! :)

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  112. Super awesome cards! Thank you for sharing all this talent!

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  113. Such beautiful cards and refreshing to see another company giving their support and encouragement along the way!

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  114. Thanks for sharing these lovely cards with us. Very nicely done.

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  115. I love how you showed us you not so successful attempts. All the cards are great. Thanks for the advice and inspiration

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  116. Your cards are very beautiful and I like all the bold colors.

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  117. The cards are beautiful. I appreciate the video showing the steps you followed to create the cards. Thank you

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  118. What a talented crew of designers you have and they certainly did show the diversity of Altenew's stamps! They are all beautiful!

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  119. Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  120. A triple delight :) sweet cards!

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  121. Great cards, guys. So much inspiration.

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  122. Iliana, Ilina and Lydia, your cards are all that I have come to expect, just wonderful. Altenew certainly gives us lots to work with, their products are amazing.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards ladies.

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  123. Thank you Very Much,Lydia, Iliana and Ilina, For your card creations! They are all Spectacular!! Now I will go get crafty when I'm done hopping!!

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  124. Thank goodness we don't have to chose a favorite! Every one of those cards is stunning!! I LOVE my MISTI and I wonder often how the heck I ever got along without it! Thanks!

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  125. These are all wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  126. Great job ladies! Love all 3 beautiful cards!!!

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  127. Gorgeous cards. Love the background for the coffee splash card. So beautiful ❤️. Love them all. 💕

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  128. I'm sure your mother will enjoy the gorgeous card you made for her. I hope she has a speedy recovery. Both cards are amazing. I love the card on the black background. The flowers jump off the page. Thanks for sharing.

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  129. What an a beautiful creation they are all pretty and gorgeous

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  130. Beautiful cards - love Altenew products - so inspiring

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  131. I love my Misti. It makes making cards like this so much easier and reduces the risk or errors. Thank you!

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  132. All the cards areas very beautiful and different.
    Cheers
    Lisa

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  133. A stunning collection of cards. The colours are gorgeous!

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  134. Such lovely Cards. I love my MISTI and Altenew. What a great combination.

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  135. The ladies created three stunning cards. Love all the different techniques used.

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  136. Beautiful inspirations!! Each so different and unique!!

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  137. Stunning! They're all so perfect! Love the colors!

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  138. These are really great cards. That flower stencil is so cool. I didn’t know it was designed to layer. Genius. I really enjoyed your video.

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  139. Beautiful floral cards and I like the colors on the coffee/tea card.

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  140. These are beautiful cards and love the sentiments on each one!! Love my Misti and could not live without it!! Thank you for being a part of this Anniversary blog and for producing amazing products!!

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  141. Wonderful cards ladies ... and Lydia love your artsy colourful coffee cup! Makes me want that set.

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  142. Your florals are absolutely gorgeous !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  143. Very nice cards, beautiful colours :0)

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  144. Such wonderful cards and all so different! I love the sparkle of the embossing powder-such a pretty card. The flowers on the second really pop against the black background-lovely! I love the watercolor background on the third-wonderful.

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  145. Great video! Thank you for sharing. Love the dimension of the flowers and colors used for this card.

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  146. All 3 cards are so gorgeous!! Thank you!

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  147. These are all beautiful cards!

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  148. Beautiful rose card. Thanks for sharing and the video.

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  149. Beautiful cards!!! Thank you for sharing 😊

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  150. Fabulous cards ladies! So much talent!

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  151. Thank you for showing 3 very different cards. Love them all.

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  152. Wow! Those are "take your breath away" gorgeous cards!!!

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  153. Awesome projects! I especially love your coffee cup card!

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  154. That was a showcase of gorgeous cards! Loved the layering stencil, the stamps , the watercolor and the videos! Thank you so much ladies, for sharing all of these wonderful things!

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  155. Amazing projects. I love the design and the colors.

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  156. Beautiful cards, I especially liked seeing your technique using the stencil and daubers. Magnificent!

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  157. These three cards truly reflect the versatile possibilities of Altenew products. Each card so unique but all so great! tfs

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  158. What beautiful cards! Love the colors both of you have chose! Thanks for sharing how to achieve something so beautiful.

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  159. Such beautiful cards! Thank you for the inpsiration!

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  160. I love your card! Thanks for sharing.

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  161. More good ideas. I forget how dramatic the black background is, and I love the rainbow watercolor background. All your ideas are lovely. PS Love, love, love my Misti!!!

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  162. love the way you created the black background for those beautiful bright flowers.

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  163. Beautiful card with gorgeous colours and design!

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  164. My favourite is the petunias as I love colour red and these flowers are just stunning. Gorgeous cards

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  165. Wonderful creations! Altenew florals are awesome & the Gals have all outdone themselves today!

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