Thursday, April 14, 2022

Altenew April 2022 Gardens Around the World Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)


Hello, crafty friends!
I'm ecstatic and honoured to be joining Altenew for the April 2022 Gardens Around the World Collection  Release Blog Hop today showcasing new stamps, dies and more!

If you arrived here from Nandini Karmarkar's Blog, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Blog. We've got tons of inspiration and giveaways for you on the hop today, so keep reading till the end of this post for more information.


The beautiful Morning Flowers Stamp and Die Set features an easy-to-layer floral cluster along with a leaf arrangement and a stand-alone flower. Each element comprises three coloring layers as well as flower centers. I created this clean and simple springtime card perfect for letting a loved one know that I'm thinking of them.  

To create my card, I stamped the layered flowers from the Morning Flowers Stamp Set onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using Emerald, Lagoon, Volcano Lake, and Mountain Mist  inks plus Honey Drizzle and Maple Yellow inks for the centres with the help of my MISTI Stamping Tool. I stamped the images twice so that I had enough number of pieces for my design. Next, I stamped the leaf layers using Moss and Olive inks from the Tropical Forest Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set. Once that was done, I die cut the stamped images using the coordinating dies.

Next, I began work on the card background I die-cut Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using the Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die, then used the Jet Black Ink Spray to add some splatters on the background. Next, I added a die-cut frame to the centre of the panel cut using the Fine Frames Rectangles dies and some White and Dazzling Diamond Cardstock, offsetting the silver glitter die cut to create a shadow, before adding it to my card front. Once that was done, I assembled the flowers and leaves around the frame using foam adhesive.

Next, for my sentiment, I die-cut White and Dazzling Diamond Cardstock using the 'You' die included in the Dynamic Blossoms Die Set, and adhered the layers together with Craft Glue, allowing the silver glitter paper to peak out to the left side for depth. Then, I used Emerald ink to color the sentiment using a sponge dauber to match with the colour of the flowers. Next, I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto a strip of White Cardstock using Obsidian Ink and adhered it on my panel using foam adhesive.

I then mat the card panel with layers of Dazzling Diamond Cardstock before adhering it to a top-folding A2- white card base using tape runner. I finished the design with some sparkling silver sequins to embellish.



To create my card, I stamped the layered flower cluster from the Morning Flowers Stamp Set onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using Velvet, Crimson, Rouge, and Blush inks plus Honey Drizzle and Maple Yellow inks for the centres with the help of my MISTI Stamping Tool. Next, I stamped the leaf layers using Moss and Olive inks from the Tropical Forest Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set. Once that was done, I die cut the stamped images using the coordinating dies.

Next, I stamped the leafy outline branch from the Leaf Canopy Add-On Stamp Set onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using Obsidian ink. Then I went back and stamped inside the outlines with all the palest shades of blue/green inks in the Altenew color families. I love that this miniature set perfectly pairs with other items in your Altenew stash, whether it is sentiments or floral elements. This can also be stamped with all of the outline leaf stamps in the Leaf Canopy set, or with just the single outline stamp in the Leaf Canopy Add-On Set. Once I had enough number of pieces for my design, I went ahead and cut out the images using the coordinating die

Next, I die-cut Dazzling Diamond Cardstock and White Foam with some additional leaves and foliage dies from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set. I also added a die cut circle from the same set, cut from Dazzling Diamond and White Foam, to ‘ground’ the flowers. Next, I die-cut White and Dazzling Diamond Cardstock using the 'You' die included in the Dynamic Blossoms Die Set, and adhered the layers together with Craft Glue, allowing the silver glitter paper to peak out to the left side for depth. Then, I blended Velvet and Crimson inks to the die-cut sentiment piece using a blending brush to match with the colour of the flowers. Next, I stamped the rest of the sentiment (from the Leaf Canopy Add-On Stamp) onto a strip of White Cardstock using Obsidian Ink and adhered it on my panel using foam adhesive.

Then, to complete, I mat my card panel with a layer of Rose Quartz Cardstock before adhering it down to a top-folding A2-size white card base using tape runner. I finished the design with some sparkling silver sequins and black paint splatters around the sentiment to embellish.


Like always, there are some stunning new flowers in this release, including the Castle Garden Stamp Set that I’ve used to do some watercoloring. I paired it with the Crystal Frames Die Set and the Sketched Lines Stencil to create this bright and cheery thank-you card. Let’s get started with the details of my project!

I began by stamping the beautiful floral images from Castle Garden Stamp Set onto some Watercolor Paper with Embossing Ink and heat embossed it using Antique Gold Super Fine Embossing Powder, then used the Tropical Fiesta Set to add some soft watercoloring to the images. Next, I die cut the finished watercolored piece with the coordinating dies.


To create the background, I blended some Moon Rock ink onto some White Cardstock using the Altenew Sketched Lines Stencil. Once it dried, I used Jet Black Ink Spray and Ruby Red Metallic Ink Spray to add paint splatters all around the card Next, I die-cut Sterling Cardstock and White Foam using one of the interlocking geometric frame dies in the Crystal Frames Die Set and adhered it over my panel using Craft Glue

Then, I stamped a sentiment from the Castle Garden Stamp Set onto a strip of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using Obsidian ink and adhered it on my panel using foam adhesive.

Then, to finish, I adhered the panel to a top-folding A2-sized white card base using tape runner. I added a few silver sequins for some sparkle!



Free Gifts


  • Get a FREE brand new Gardens Around the World Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 04/14/2022 through 04/16/2022. Shop HERE!

  • Get a FREE brand new Gardens Around the World Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Guide Ebook (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Sweet Moments Bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Online Cardmaking Class with every order from the new Gardens Around the World Stamp & Die Release Collection from 04/14/2022 through 04/20/2022. Shop HERE!


Giveaway Prizes:
$200 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 04/20/2022 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 04/22/2022.

 Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the incredibly talented, Nichol Spohr's blog. Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:


I really appreciate you stopping by and participating in this blog hop! If you like what you've seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@hussena_cal) and/or subscribe to my blog if you haven't already.

32 comments:

  1. Hussena, your cards are always so lovely and colorful.

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  2. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. Gorgeous designs! Love the new release, thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Seriously amazing! I LOVE the layers!

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  5. Love your cards and I absolutely love the colors. Beautiful tyfs :)

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  6. absolutely love your cards! thank you for sharing your inspiration

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  7. Love the soft delicate florals

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  8. They are all just beautiful, I love the last one the most!

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  9. I love the way you arranged the flowers on all your cards! They are all gorgeous!

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  10. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love the colors you chose. Very pretty

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  12. Such beautiful cards! The Morning Flowers are my favorite from this release. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Your cards are on a whole different level....they look like works of art that should be framed. AMAZING!!

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  14. So pretty. I like the colors and framing.

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  15. What beauties! The Morning Flowers are definitely on my must have list!!

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  16. Nice coloring work on your cards!

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  17. Lovely textures and colors! Gorgeous cards!

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  18. Gorgeous cards! Love the beautiful flowers and the backgrounds!

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  19. I really like how you arranged the flowers around a frame or cut out. Every background is different and pretty without upstaging your wonderful flowers. Thank you.

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  20. Beautiful cards! Love the pink splatter. :D I don't have many flower stamps so I will be getting these! Love hops because I find so many new great card makers to follow! Love the release.

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  21. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards!

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  22. Your cards are stunning. Truly. They’re all beautiful! TFS :-)

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  23. What an amazing versatile set. I cannot wait to use it. It is in the mail.

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  24. I have come to look forward to seeing your cards with anticipation. They are so feminine and beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  25. Wow! Three lovely cards! I can't pick a favorite. I like how you added extra leaves and greenery to the flower clusters. That's one of my favorite things to do as well.

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  26. Great combinations! I like the ideas for layers and frames.

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  27. Your cards are lovely! I especially like the layered background of the first card and all of the flowers on all the cards are colored so nicely!

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  28. Gorgeous cards! I love how you used the frames in them. So beautiful!

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  29. Morning Flowers are just so pretty.

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