Thursday, April 7, 2022

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: African Daisy Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, crafty friends!
I'm so happy and honoured to be joining Altenew for the Craft-A-Flower: African Daisy Release Blog Hop today showcasing the next installment in their monthly Craft A Flower series: African Daisy! Craft-A-Flower is a monthly subscription plan for their Craft-A-Flower Die Set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in their monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($35.99 →$29.99)

If you arrived here from Nichol Spohr'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 Card 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.

These beautiful floral dies are so much fun to layer in different color combinations, but I kept things fairly straightforward for today’s card, adding a bit of a twist with some cover plate die sets for the background. Let’s get started with the details!

 I began by trimming a panel of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to size and placed the flower and bud dies from the African Daisy Die Set about one-third of the way down and as far to the right as possible and ran it through my Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine.  I repeated the same steps with the leaf and the foliage layer dies. Next, following the layering guide, I watercolored a layer of Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Rubellite, and Crimson from the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set with the lightest color on the base layer. I largely concentrated the color in the center of the flowers and used liquid glue to adhere them altogether. 

Next, I die-cut Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and Citrine Cardstock with some additional leaves and foliage dies from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set. I mixed shades of green (Evergreen, Forest Glades, Bamboo, Frayed Leaf)  from the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set to get varying shades of green on my die-cut pieces and used liquid glue to adhere them together. I also added a die cut circle from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to ‘ground’ the flowers.

To create the background, I die-cut Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using the Dotted Scales Debossing Cover DieNext, I die-cut a circle in the middle of the panel using the Circle Shape Medium Die from the Essential Circles Die Set. Then, I die-cut Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using the Doodled Dots Cover Die and watercoloured the panel using the Lava Rock  Brush Marker from the Tropical Fiesta Set. Next, I applied Sunkissed and Evening Gray inks to the previously die-cut panel using an ink blending tool to highlight and bring out the embossed areas more. I adhered the layers together with liquid glue and assembled the flowers on to the panel using foam adhesive

Once that was done, I stamped a sentiment from the Belladonna Lily Stamp Set on to a strip of  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using Obsidian Ink and popped it on my card panel using foam adhesive. Next, I added a 1/4'' strip of Citrine Cardstock to the sentiment banner for visual interest. Then, to complete, I adhered the panel to a top-folding white card base using tape runner. As a finishing touch, I added some black and green paint splatters.

Giveaway Prizes:
$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners 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 04/13/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 04/15/2022.

 Blog Hop Order:
Next Stop on this Blog Hop is, Susan Stagno'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:

Altenew Card Blog

Emily Midgett

Jaycee Gaspar


Jenny Colacicco

Bridget Casey

Michelle Short

Rosie Neustaedter

Tenia Nelson

Nenette S. Madero

Virginia Lu

Cheryl Espie

Keren Baker

Laurie Willison 

Colleen Balija

Maryam Perez

Linda Westfall

Carol Hintermeier

SathyaKala Sankaran

Daniel Diaz

Reiko Tsuchida

Eva Bussom

Sande Woodson

Amy Hill

Mindy Eggen

Ann Taylor

Nichol Spohr

                           Hussena Calcuttawala (You are HERE)

Susan Stagno

Preeti Chandran

Teresa Litchfield

I really appreciate you stopping by and participating in this blog hop! 
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  1. This is my favorite one of the hop! I LOVE the glitter and layers!

  2. I love everything about this design

  3. Lovely bouquet! This is a perfect way to showcase the new die!

  4. Lovely card with a gorgeous configuration 💖

  5. love that you put so many flowers on the card

  6. Really beautiful card! I love everything about it. Best one I have seen yet! Great job!

  7. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! The best one of the blog!!

  8. WOW. That is such a gorgeous card. You put so much into it. I love everything about. The best one..... tyfs :)

  9. So pretty! Love this new die set! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Beautiful card, love the colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. absolutely gorgeous card, the texture of the background and then that amazing floral design

  12. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

  13. This is gorgeous! All the layers and textures. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Hussena this is more like an art piece than a card. So beautiful!

  15. Hi from Florida!! Fabulous release and beautiful card!

  16. Woah this card is beautiful! I love all the layers of daisies! Really gorgeous!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the beautiful elements you put together for your card! The daisies are a favorite! Have to add them to my wish list!

  18. Wow!!! My favorite so far, the entire card is amazing. I love the colors the layout it is gorgeous

  19. Your card is amazing! I love all those layers.

  20. These daisies are just as sweet as can be. Great colors and a stunning arrangement. What a lovely card!

  21. You have done a beautiful job with these flowers!

  22. Wow! What a gorgeous bouquet! I love everything about your card!

  23. Such an AMAZING bouquet of daisies!! Gorgeous!!!!

  24. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card! Wow! Just beautiful.

  25. ssshhhhh!!!! don't tell the others, but.....this is my favorite. LOVE your soft sweet touches. This is stunning.

  26. The African Daisy set is stunning, and i love how you've used it.

  27. Nice project share. I like the layers for the petals.

  28. WOWZERS! What a BEAUTIFUL arrangement you created with the new African Daisies dies. This card is a work of ART!!!!!

  29. This is beautiful with all of these flowers.

  30. Oh, WOW, WOW, WOW!!! This is stunning!! Your bouquet is amazing and the colors are just perfect!

  31. Wow! This is stunning! Completely different from anything else I have seen with this die set.