Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Seasonal Blooms Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends, it’s a double blog post day here at The Velvet Lemon! (If you’re looking for The Greetery Day 1 reveal, you can find it here.) For the Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit blog hop, you’re in the right place, especially if you’ve arrived from Michelle Short’s blog! (If not, simply click back to the Altenew Card Blog where the hop starts.)

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Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s cover off what even is the Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit!

Introducing our first-ever Craft Your Life Project Kit an exciting monthly package that is sure to get the creative juices flowing! Featuring a 6×8 stamp set, coordinating die set, as well as a stencil and embossing folder to fit the theme, this project kit has almost everything you need to start crafting. Just add ink and cardstock, and you’ll be good to go!

This project kit contains the following exclusive products:

– one 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set containing 13 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer

– nine coordinating dies

– one coordinating simple coloring stencil set containing 3 stencils

– one 6×6 3D embossing folder

Note: These products are NOT sold separately. More about the subscription below.

My first card uses the stamp set included in the kit, stamped onto watercolor cardstock with Obsidian Black Pigment ink and heat set with clear embossing powder. Then I simply painted the scene with the Altenew 24 Pan Paint set and the 36 Pan watercolor paints.

Once finished with the painting, I die cut the outline of the stamped image using the coordinating die in the set. Then I popped up the floral foreground with foam tape on the back.

Next, I used the Deck Planks embossing folder to run a white cardstock card panel through the die cutting machine, embossing a design that looks like fence boards once I inked it up with shades of warm gray ink.

I die cut the greeting from white and black cardstock, using the hello dies included in the set and layering them together. A simple technique with stunning results, and this is only one of the many ways you can use the Craft Your Life: Seasonal Blooms set.

Next up is another watercolored card, this time stamped with a light color of ink and done in a no-line painting style.

The generous size of the stamp in this set means that you can stamp a variety of looks and orientations on an A2 sized card, and this time I shifted the center of the card to the right in order to give myself space to stamp the greeting and have it be visually pleasing placed right of center.

I stamped one of the sentiment stamps in the Seasonal Blooms set and heat set with clear embossing powder. Once again I used both the 24 Pan and 36 Pan Watercolor paint sets to paint the floral image, adding a background wash of muddy blue/gray paint. I trimmed 1/4” off one side and adhered it to a card base with a strip of coordinating blue cardstock revealed on the right hand edge.

Lastly, I used the coordinating embossing folder in the Craft Your Life Project Kit, embossing with watercolor paper (even though I didn’t paint it) because it’s thickness allows for a rich, deep embossed impression.

To color this version of the Seasonal Blooms, I used the three layers of masking/stencils included in the kit and ink-blended the colors, adding deeper color for shading. When I was happy with the colors and coverage of the sunflower, tulips and leaves, I added (too much) color to the background and immediately regretted it. So I used some fine tip scissors to cut the design out exactly on the embossed outlines.

Instead, I smooshed a lighter colored, splotchy watercolored background on a separate piece of watercolor cardstock and adhered the cut out floral design to that. The Obsidian Black Pigment ink-stamped greeting is done with one of the sentiment stamps in the set, and with a nod to simplicity, this card is finished!

Your next stop on the hop is Jenny Colacicco’s blog, but before you go, be sure to check out the giveaway details and the subscription info.

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/18/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/20/2021.

Monthly Subscription Description:

Get early access to our NEW Craft Your Life Project Kit before it is released on our store by subscribing to our Craft Your Life Project Kit Monthly Subscription Plan! 

Don’t worry if the project kit goes out of stock! When you are subscribed to the monthly subscription, you are guaranteed a spot in our New Craft Your Life Project Kit each month.

The Craft Your Life Project Kit comes with a 6 x 8 Stamp set and its coordinating Die Set, Stencil, and Embossing Folder. Note that the items included in this kit are not sold separately.

The price of the subscription is $49.99/ month plus shipping and tax (calculated based on the location of the shipping address). This will Auto-renew every month until it is canceled.

Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Amanda Baldwin

Jaycee Gaspar

Terri Koszler

Vicky Papaioannou

Michelle Short

Norine Borys – You are here.

Jenny Colacicco


Emily Midgett

Tina Smith

Laurie Willison

Dana Joy

Virginia Lu

Sandhya Iyer

Tenia Nelson

Nathalie DeSousa

Verity Biddlecombe

Linda Westfall

Lilith Eeckels

Simon Hurley

Agnieszka Małyszek

Maryam Perez

Bridget Casey

Carol Hintermeier

Daniel Diaz

Justine Hovey

Keren Baker

Nenette S. Madero

Preeti Chandran


Erin Thompson

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.


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