Hi friends! Its been awhile. I took some time off for family and to prep and prepare for my BIG certification class for Altenew. Spring & Summertime in Minnesota are busy times and I have less time to craft. I have also been working extra hours at my day job.
SO lets talk about my final step to becoming fully certified to teach Altenew. I gathered 4 friends in my home and we created 2 complete cards. I spent time talking to them about the company and teaching them a few things I learned from the 25 classes I took to become certified.
I shared some history about the company. Altenew started in April of 2014, around the time Fun Stampers Journey started. At the time that I discovered Altenew, I was a coach with Fun Stampers Journey and was all in. If you don't know this about me, I am VERY loyal when I commit to something so I did not waiver although I cheated by following and watching Altenew grow into one of the most loved and well known retail companies there is today. I admired them from afar. Smiles. Altenew, is known for their amazing designs and culture. Did you know they have stores in 39 countries? I find that impressive! They are mostly known for flowers, in which I love, but have other fun sets as well. I shared the build-a flower program that I joined. You get a stamp and die set monthly delivered to your door for only $29.99 plus shipping and tax. I shared the top five stamp sets currently; Beautiful Day, Painted Flowers, Peony Bouquet, Vintage Flowers and Vintage Roses. I also shared how Altenew sends random thank you gifts to their customers from time to time, my last one even has my name as a stamp in the set. Now, that my friends is customer appreciation!!
Next, I talked about Photo-polymer stamps. How they have changed over the last 10-15 years. We talked about conditioning em with erasers, a sanding block or embossing ink, (my favorite technique).
Each guest paid $40, this covered the cost of two stamp sets, Beautiful Day and Wallpaper Art- I waived my class fee of $15 as a gift because they were helping me out with my certification. I also gifted them with the Masking Stencil for Wallpaper Art as a bonus. These ladies have been with me for awhile and I appreciate how they continue to stamp with me.
Next, we worked on a practice sheet that I came up with. I am not sure if others have done this before but it was something I did on my own. I wanted to show them how they can use the layers to make a variety of flowers. They used three colors and they used the NEW Obsidian Black. The numbers correspond to the layer number. Each box is a different combo, in the end there are 8 different flowers. As I told them, even no color is beautiful as a black and white element on your card. As you can seen in the card we made we used the outline for a background to add some interest. I am sharing the blank practice sheet if YOU want to give it a try as well.
For our second card, it was all about how to watercolor the easy way. I taught how to let the water do the work for you! How to simply the process. I briefly taught them masking with the amazing Altenew Masking Stencils-- their faces were priceless.
Here are their beautiful faces and beautiful cards. As you can see they did amazing on both their cards. I am so proud of how well they did . Such a joy to spend time with them.
As I shared, I gifted them with the Masking Stencil, they will be able to make this card at home.
Thank you Virginia for attending our class on a Friday night. It was a honor and blessing to have you with us and to be able to ask you questions and to get your expert advice and opinions. I am so thankful for being able to represent Altenew.
Here are my class handouts with all the products they used to create their cards. thank you for stopping by my blog, please say hi so I know you were here.
Hey Crafty Friends!
Today, I am feeling a bit unsettled. Bittersweet to be done will all my course work for my Journey to Certification with Altenew. I have loved learning and doing the classes. I will miss the structure. But, I am so excited to be done so I can focus on where I will go from here. What style of design do I want to focus on the most and to be known for? I am a bit uneasy showing this one- because I am not gonna lie, its WAS WAY out of my comfort zone. I LOVED making the backgrounds but struggled with designing cards. I threw 4 away that will never be seen. I want to revisit this technique more- but need the right products to pull it off. For me, I need large word stamps and dies! As you know, I am a focal point, clean and simple white space designer so this looks cra cra to me. Smiles.
But..... I must admit I freakin' LOVE it. It needs to be framed. It's not just a card, its a piece of amazing artwork if I do say so myself.
So, lets dive into the how, did you make that Miss Christine?
Stamps: Altenew Dearest Friend
Ink: Altenew Jet Black and Embossing
Cardstock/Paper: Nupo | Neenah Solar White | Arches Hot Press Watercolor | Grey and Black (I used my stash)
Other: Altenew Artist Markers and Refills | Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks | Clear Embossing Powder | Nuvo Sequins |Sparkle Silk ( I used mine from Fun Stampers Journey)
How did you Make that Christine?
Well folks, this is my last project for my coursework. But it does not end here! I will also be completing the final coursework with a mock workshop with my friends to hold the title of FULLY certified with Altenew. I don't know where this will lead me, I hope it opens up many opportunities to teach and design. I have found my forever home with Altenew. I love the company inside and out. Erum, Virginia and Nicole, THANK you for being my support of cheerleaders, thank you for the encouragement along the way and believing in me. I've learn a lot and I have grown a better artist. A HUGE thank you to all the instructors as well.
Until next time!
EEEEEEk, I love this card so much! Water-coloring has become an obsession with me. I still need a lot of practice. I decided to pull out Pattern Play Circles again- it's my only Altenew background stamp, smiles. I have several on my wish list! I also pulled out one of my favorite stamps, Beautiful Quotes. My hope is to always bring joy and encouragement to others through my card-making- this stamp does just that.
I absolutely loved the class, Stunningly Simple Watercolor Techniques. It's always fun to watch others color. My BIGGEST take away, ah, ha moment-- WET the back of your card panel before placing it on a craft mat- this reduces the warping you can get when using lots of water. By adding water to the back, both sides dry simultaneously so there is less warping.
Don't forget, from one of my other courses, HOT PRESS watercolor paper is the KEY to success. The tooth is not as rough as cold press and you get a better result in my opinion. Lets dive into the how, did you make that Miss Christine?
Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Quotes & Pattern Play Circles
Ink: Altenew Permanent Black , Embossing, Lagoon and Volcano Lake
Cardstock/Paper: Arches Watercolor Hot Press | Neenah Solar White 110 (card base) | Scrap of Ivory
Other: Rose Gold Embossing Powder | Watercolor Brushes | Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops | Sparkle & Copper Silks ( mine are from Fun Stampers Journey)
Steps: How did you make that Miss Christine?
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I hope you love this card as much as I do--- its unique and so pleasing to the eye. Thanks for stopping by, I have one more course to do and then it's exam time.
I was so excited to finally ink up my NEW stamp set from Altenew, called Sweet Violet. I can't wait to make several color combos with it. I also did a purple version. I am giving this card and the other one to my Mom and Grandmas for Mother's day.
I loved this course for my Altenew Journey to Certification, I love how Emily did multiple colors for her sentiments. I typically just did black or grey sentiments.... this opens up a whole new look for me. So FUN!
Stamps: Altenew Build a Flower Sweet Violet
Ink: Altenew Jet Black, Lapis Lazuli Mini Cube Set, Snapdragon & Embossing
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Solar White 80 lb (panel)- Neenah Solar White 110 lb (card base)
Other: Clear Embossing Powder | Nuvo Crystal Glaze
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Well, there you have it! Three courses down, 2 more to go before my exam for Level 3. I am so close to the end.... it gives me chills.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, celebrating your MOM. Not everyone is a mom, but everyone has a earthly mom or heavenly mom. I also know some have broken or long distant relationships with their mom, so if this is YOU--- celebrate YOU because YOU are on this earth for a reason.... YOU ARE LOVED.
Hey friends, I have a beauty for YOU.
I absolutely LOVE to make one layer cards... now some may not call this a one layer, as some define it as a piece of cardstock folded in half and no other layers... I am different and feel this qualifies. The idea behind it, is NO layers of patterned paper, other cardstock -- it taking a piece of cardstock, typically white or ivory and creating a flat card. I just attached my ONE layer to a card base to make it into an actual card. I give you permission to be your own kind of wonderful and interpret the form of art in your own way. I also give you permission to color outside the lines. Smiles.
Stamps: Altenew Forever and Always & Wild Hibiscus
Ink: Altenew Permanent Black, Altenew Embossing Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Solar White
Other: Arteza Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Blender Brush, Blending Tool, Score Board & Shimmer Spray
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I absolutely LOVED One-Layered Wonders by Kelly Latevola, she is a natural at teaching, Definitely one of my favorite instructors. She inspires you, but most of all she encourages you to be YOU. It's how I teach as well. I give all my students the license to be creative and do what gives them JOY.
Thank you for checking me out again-- feel free to leave me a comment, so I know you stopped by.
Today, is about using Artist Markers from Altenew. I took a basic coloring class by Mindy Baxter. Its a great class for beginners and includes three card ideas. I decided to keep my sample clean and simple.
Oftentimes, most card-makers are intimidated to invest in alcohol markers, they can be expensive and a huge investment. The beauty of alcohol markers, most like Altenew's are refillable, if needed. I love that. Like I shared, I kept today's card very simple. I used ONE marker to achieve this pretty card. ONE MARKER! The tip in doing this, is you need to allow the image to dry completely between layers to get that look of using two or three markers. I always teach this technique FIRST in my coloring classes. I feel it's important to practice slowly allowing you to get a feel for the tip and light blending. I was going to color the leaves, but I decided I LOVE the grey and white, so instead I added mini dots with the tip of my marker. I am very happy with how this turned out, I can make it on the fly if I need to. Smiles.
As, you may have noticed, I passed Level 2 for my Journey to Certification with Altenew. This is my first class for Level 3-- whoo hoo! Enjoy!
Stamps: Altenew Bamboo Rose
Ink: Altenew Jet Black | Catherine Pooler Twilight
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Solar White | Fun Stampers Journey Tin Pail & River Stone
Other: Altenew Artist Marker Coral Berry | Clear Sequins
I love how easy and fast it was to make this card. My favorite thing is I can mail it and not have to include another stamp. It's the little things in life!
Thank you for stopping by, I hope I inspired you to try coloring with ONE marker, I promise you will love it.
I am so excited to share this ensemble with all of you. This card set is very near and dear to my heart.... it's all for my amazing husband, He is very Patriotic and loves Merica!
The challenge, I was given, was to make FOUR Masculine cards, Birthday, Love/Thinking of You, Anniversary and Encouragement. I must use THREE techniques I have learned so far ( I may have used more, smiles). So sit back and enjoy the ride!
Stamps: Altenew Land of the Free | Altenew Pattern Play Circle | Altenew Dotted Blooms (happy Birthday Sentiment) | Altenew Label Love (LOVE U sentiment) | Altenew Forever and Always ( I will find you in any lifetime! sentiment)
Ink: Altenew Jet Black | Embossing Ink | Altenew Lapis Lazuli Ink Cube Set | Catherine Pooler Midnight, Sand Castle, Tiara & Twilight
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Solar White | Altenew Jet Black | Fun Stampers Journey Huckleberry Fusion and Silver Mirror Cardstock
Other: Clear & Silver Embossing Powder | Nuvo Silver Sequins | Clear Rhinestones | Nuvo Crystal Glaze | Blending Brush | Fun Stampers Journey Sparkle Silk
Love/Thinking of You Card
Next up, features my own technique, broken glass...
To finish off, I am also showing a technique I have done and learned years ago- it's called broken glass or stained glass- it is REALLY hard to capture the beauty of this card as an amateur photographer... it's SO stunning and SO awesome in person.
In June, it will be my 19th Wedding Anniversary, I can't wait to give this to my hubs! He will love it!
Before I go, I have ONE more surprise, a 3D decor' piece that is also part of my exam. I needed to alter/up-cycle something. I decided to take a blah wall hanging from Target to make it my own, my youngest graduates next year so I need to start making fun things to have at her party. This will definitely be on display!
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Thank you Erum and Virginia for pushing me out of my comfort box to make some masculine cards. I hope you loved them as much as I do.
This completes ALL my requirements for my Journey to Certification, level two.
I am so excited to share this beauty- the photos don't do it justice, AT ALL. It's so gloomy in Minnesota so no natural lighting. I really tried to capture the essence and feel of this card. My daughter- walked by and said WOAH! I love that I get to end Level 2, with a bang!
Tutorial/Tips & Technique:
Technique: Clean and Simple, no- lining coloring with watercolors! Bam!
Stamps: Altenew Vintage Flowers | Altenew Beautiful Quotes
Ink: Ink on 3, Fadeout | Catherine Pooler Midnight and Rockin' Red | Prima Odyssey Watercolor Pan
Cardstock/Paper: Arches Watercolor Hot Press Paper -140 pound (I buy it on Amazon)
Other: Clear Rhinestones
Hero Products I used:
Well, there you have it, this completes my course work for Level 2- Altenew Educator Certification Program- next up is my exam to pass level 2. I wonder what Erum has up her sleeve for me to do. Ha.
Thank you to all the intructors, I loved each and every class!
Until next time!
I am so excited to share I finished another course for my Altenew Journey to Certification, one more to complete my classes for Level 2.
Today, is all about backgrounds. Lydia made some amazing cards- I am loving all the fun techniques she showed and can't wait to show you more of them. Today, I decided to create my own patterned paper. I will be honest, I don't buy a lot of patterned papers, mostly because I like making white space cards that are clean and simple. Lydia did introduce me to a new product out there that I ordered - I can't wait to get it to show you all. It's pretty awesome!
Tutorial/Tips & Techniques:
Stamps: Altenew Inked Rose
Ink: Altenew Permanent Black, Prismacolor Markers Canary Yellow, Light Aqua and Light Olive Green
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Solar White, Yellow and Blue (my scrap stash)
Other: Enamel Candy Drops (my stash), Altenew Silver Metallic Spray, White Signo Pen
Hero Products I used:
Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope I inspired you to make your own background patterned paper.
Today's project is all about moods of colors. I absolutely loved this course by Stephanie . I never thought about how color combos can represent mood, our mood or the mood intended for the receiver of our handmade cards. I found this chart online describing the mood each color represents. Today, my colors are Purple, Black and White. For years my favorite color was purple but as I aged my new favorite color is teals and aqua. Makes sense, ambitious in my younger years, at peace is my older years. So do you create color combos that represent your mood or the mood you are intending to give to your loved ones? I do both.
Tutorial/Tips & Techniques:
Stamps: Altenew Painted Flowers | Altenew Inked Rose (Hello Sentiment)
Ink: Altenew Jet Black, Altenew Green Valley Mini Cube Set | Enchanted Garden Mini Cube Set
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Solar White | Altenew Jet Black and Mirror Gold
Other: Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops | Altenew Antique Silver Metallic Spray
Hero Products I used:
Well this was a fun class, this completes my coursework for Altenew In the Mood for Color for my Altenew Journey to Certification. Smiles.
Thanks for visiting, I look forward to my next class soon.
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