Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Altenew: A Year In Review Blog Hop + Giveaway...

Thank you Nancy Souza for sending you here. The year 2021 is almost over. This is a good time to look back and remember all the good times we had! This blog hop starts at the Altenew Card Blog and showcases the work of the most amazing and talented crafters in this year!

This year was a landmark year in my crafting journey. I have been following Altenew right from its inception in 2014. When the Educator program was announced I applied with a lot of hope but very little confidence. Imagine my surprise when I made it through the screening process and got selected! The whole
journey was amazing and I am so happy I did it!

In 2021 I finally crossed off a major want from my bucket list. I was invited as a Guest Designer by Altenew for their product release hops. I was also asked to make couple of videos for the Craft Your Life Retreats. And today I am a part of the annual A Year In Review blog hop!

I am sharing four of my most favorite Altenew projects from 2021 with you today.

Choosing only four was a tough choice because each project has a story. So I based my choice on the variety of product lines I used for each. I have included links to the relevant blog posts and the Altenew supplies used after each card too. I do hope you will check out the blog posts and understand what went into making these cards.

Card #1:

I made this card for the Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway.


Beautiful Day Stamp & Die Bundle

Floral Fantasy 3D Die Set

Sunburst Stencil

Card #2:

I love using stencils for making cards. This card was part of the Classic Imagery Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.


Lacy Tile Stencil

Carpe Diem Stamp Set

Deck Planks 3D Embossing Folder

Inks - Parrot, Moss, Ocean, Desert

Card #3:

Altenew has the most amazing collection of 3D dies! This card was my inspiration for the Craft-A-Flower: Buttercup Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.


Craft-A-Flower: Buttercup Layering Die Set

Wildflower Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pack

Creative Edges: Lace Die

Sunburst Stencil

Card #4:

Using pattern paper in my cards was a new experience for me. I created this card for the Wildflower Paper Crafting Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog HERE or share Altenew projects with #AltenewBest2021 on social media by 01/06/2022 for a chance to win. 9 winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/08/2022.

I will also draw a winner to receive a $10 gift certificate from the comments on this post. Please let me know which is your favorite card in your comment.


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I will announce the winner on this blog post by 01/08/2022. The winner will need to contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 01/18/2022 with the subject line Altenew 2021 Year In Review Blog Hop Winner from Nandini Karmarkar's Blog.


Blog Hop Order:

The next stop on this hop is the talented Natasha DaviesHere is the whole list of all the hop stops in case you want to go back.

Altenew Card Blog

Alex Syberia

Amy Hill

Annemarie Caister

Bridget Casey

Cheryl Espie

Dana Joy

Daniel Diaz

Danielle Dunlop

Emily Midgett 

Erin Thompson

Erum Tasneem

Fiona Duff

Helen Kalb


Jaycee Gaspar

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza

Juhi Khanna

Karen Brown

Kari VanNoy

Keren Baker


Laurie Willison

Lilith Eeckels

Linda Westfall

Maryam Perez

Michelle Short

Mindy Eggen

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar - That's me!

Natasha Davies

Nathalie DeSousa

Nicole Watt

Norine Borys

Pam Boedeker

Preeti Chandran

Reiko Tsuchida

Rosie Neustaedter

Sande Woodson

Sandhya Iyer

SathyaKala Sankaran


Tenia Nelson

Teresa Litchfield

Teri Wilson

Therese Calvird

Vicky Papaioannou

Virginia Lu

Yasmin Diaz

Yoonsun Hur


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Christmas Card with Washi Tape...

Hi! I am here today with a very special Christmas card.

I created this card using the Lovely Ornaments stamp and die set, Sunburst stencil, Garden Rose 3D embossing folder and the Gold Foil 1 inch washi tape.

To create the ornaments, I covered scrap pieces of paper with the gold washi tape and die cut them with the Lovely Ornaments die set. I then ran the die cuts through the embossing folder, inked on one side with Versamark ink. I sprinkled red and green embossing powders and heat set after rubbing off the excess powder. Check out a great video tutorial on this technique by Ishani here. And here is a closer look at the ornament.

I added some stenciling in the background with the Sunburst stencil by Altenew. Here is the completed card.

Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge - December 2021...

Hi! I am here with the inspiration for the December challenge of the Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge.

I created a monochromatic card as inspiration for this challenge.

I used the beautiful Playful Patterns layering stencil and Glacier Caves mini ink cubes set by Altenew. The sentiment is from the Fresh Freesia stamp set also by Altenew.

I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. You can visit the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog for more inspiration and link your creations. I look forward to visiting you in our gallery. 



Thursday, December 2, 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge #36 – Festive Rainbow…

Hi! Welcome to the last challenge at the Rainbow Card Challenges. I am very sad that this challenge is winding up for now. I have truly enjoyed my time with rest of the team. We have a beautiful rainbow hued mood board for you this month.

I created a mini slimline card as inspiration.

I used the Illusion Twist stencil and Artist Markers by Altenew. I actually colored the whole stencil and then cut the panel into two. The sentiment is from the Bold Wishes stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired to create something beautiful! Please do check out the Rainbow Card Challenge blog for more inspiration. And don’t forget to link your cards to our gallery. I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations.

Entering this card in the following challenge:

NBUS Challenge #33:
I used the Altenew Illusion Twist stencil which has been in my stash for some time.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #330:

STAMPlorations December Stencil Challenge:


Monday, November 29, 2021

CAS Shaker Card...

Hi! I am here today with a quick CAS shaker card. The idea for this card came to me as I was making another card. Initially I wanted to make a one layer card. But the design developed into a shaker card.

I used a very old stamp by Fiskars called Petals From Scratch. The sentiment is from the Fancy Banner 2 set by Taylored Expressions. I colored the flower using my Zigs. Here is a close up of the shaker element.

And another look at the completed card.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Altenew Washi Tape Explorer Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi! Hope you are enjoying this amazing hop! You must have arrived here from Nenette S. Madero's blog. I am always so inspired by her beautiful work!

Altenew has a huge range of washi tapes, in every color, style and width. I always admired them. But never really used any. Till I got the lovely Cherry Blossom washi tapes.

This was the first time I used the beautiful Altenew Slim Washi Tapes. It is also the fastest card I made! These beautiful tapes make it so simple!

I stamped the paisley motif from the Painted Rainbow stamp set on some white paper and colored it with Altenew Artist Markers. I used markers from Sets A, E, Red Sunset, and Summer Afternoon. After coloring the motif, I reinserted it into my stamp positioned and heat embossed the outline with black embossing powder. Once it was done, I cut it with the coordinating die.

For the card base, I used a pale pink one. I simply added the Cherry Blossom washi tapes towards the bottom of the card and flicked a little black ink for the splatters. 

The sentiment is from the Carpe Diem stamp set, also from this release.

To finish, I rounded the bottom corners with a corner rounder.

I hope you liked my quick card. You can continue the hop with Sande Woodson who has some amazing inspiration lined up for you. Before you go, do check out all the exciting offers that are up for you!

If you get lost or need to go back, I have included the whole blog hop list at the end of this post.

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this occasion, Altenew is giving away a $100  gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 11/17/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 6 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/19/2021.

Special offer

40% off on ALL Washi Tapes from 11/10/2021 at 12:01 AM EST until 11/16/2021 at 11:59 PM EST.https://altenew.com/collections/washi-tapes  Not valid on previous purchases. Free gift will be added to the cart automatically with all valid orders.

Blog Hop Order

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Jaycee Gaspar

Erum Tasneem


Bridget Casey

Rebecca Sogn 

Colleen Balija

Katrina Howe

Irina Fonina

Natasha Davies

Amy Hill

Nancy Souza

Rachael Shedeed

Annemarie Caister 

Neha Aggarwal

Karen Brown

Nenette S. Madero 

Nandini Karmarkar - That's me!

Sande Woodson