Thursday, May 19, 2016


In the Altenew Academy Scene Building classes, today's lesson was about making a frame for your image.  A window, what could be a better frame than that?  A friend just got two new puppies and the breeder gave him this photo.

I embossed the brick wall using the Darice Brick wall folder.  Since it is only 4 1/4 wide, I emboss it, then slide the folder to the other side, matching the pattern.  This now fills this 5 1/2 square card. The window is made using the Memory Box Grand Madison window die.  The grass is the Clearly Besotted Fresh grass die, with some grass in the middle, made with a Martha Stewart punch.

Making cards is just fun.  What is even more fun is making these custom cards to fit special situations.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I am taking the Scene Building Classes at the Altenew Academy this week.  They are being taught by Nichol Magourik and so far, I have learned many new techniques.

For Lesson 3, she taught the principal that backgrounds can compliment the scene and help set the message.  A friend of mine had a horse that passed away.  As we know, pets become a member of the family.  I did not want to use the standard message sentiments, but thought the artwork could convey my message.

The background was made using silver embossing powder with a small star stamp on a dark blue cardstock.  I then cut two borders using my Poppystamps Puffy Cloud border die, staggering them.  I stamped the horse using my Deep Red Wild Horse stamp and used platinum embossing powder.  I cut some stars from silver foil paper using the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes die, selecting various sizes.  I mounted this on a piece of silver foil.  I purchased several foil gift bags at the dollar store and cut them up into pieces to use for mounting.  An inexpensive way to add that beautiful foil look.  I then adhered that final panel to the card front.  Inside, just a message from me to her about her loss.  I think the card ended up being very tasteful and I hope she likes it!

The Scene Building Classes have been lots of fun.  Nichol has shared many tips and tricks while making her cards.  The class was priced right and I will definitely take another course from them in the future.  Sadly, none of my products were from Altenew, but when this class is over, my wish list will be much longer!

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