Thursday, July 12, 2018

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway!



Hello fellow Altenew fans!  If you're hopping along with us, you might be visiting me from wonderful Erica's cacacrafts blog.  If you're jumping in here, you can start back at the Altenew Blog  for all the details.  I also have the entire blog hop list at the end of this post in case you've missed anyone!  😊  

I am beyond excited to be participating in Altenew's Color Therapy Blog Hop.  Crafty confession: I do not take the time often enough to sit down to color just for fun and relaxation.  I usually have a specific end product in mind and set out to execute it (which can sometimes be frustrating when things don't work out the way I want them to!)  So when Altenew asked me if I would like to participate in a blog hop that celebrates the joy of just coloring, I jumped at it.  

This was a fantastic opportunity for me to try Altenew's Artist Markers for the first time.  Wow, do I love these markers.  The blending is easy and seamless, the colors are vibrant and gorgeous, and there was absolutely no bleeding or wicking of the ink, which I have (too often) experienced with other markers.  I chose to color Altenew's Blooming Bouquet Stamp Set.

My technique was so simple.  Just flick on color.  I didn't pay attention to light sources or anything too technical.  I started by filling in an image with the lightest color, then flicking on a medium shade.  


I then flicked on the darkest shade where I thought the deepest shadows would be, and blended out the colors using the medium shade. 

I continued this process until I had finished the image.  I had so much fun that I colored it twice!  


I ended up making two cards with these images.  I really wanted to highlight the coloring on both cards.  For the first, I stitched a simple sentiment using the "Hello" stamp from the same Blooming Bouquet set.


For the second, I cut up the images and centered them in these fun frames from Altenew's Framed Stamp and Die set.  I was aiming to make the images look like miniature art pieces hanging on a wall.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Focus on You stamp set.


I hope you enjoyed these cards!  I am feeling total #fullsetsyndrome for these markers.  Luckily, Altenew's Artist Markers are 15% off right now!  You can save 15% on all Artist Markers with code HAPPYCOLORS at checkout here: Altenew Artist Markers This is valid 7/12/2018 at 12:01 AM EDT through 7/15/2018 at 11:59 PM EDT. Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

PRIZES!!! 

To celebrate this blog hop, you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate right here!  Just leave me a  comment below and I'll choose one lucky winner by July 18, 2018!  Good luck!!!

Altenew is ALSO giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 18th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/22/2018.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  Next stop on the blog hop is the amazingly talented Norine Borys.  Have a WONDERFUL day!!!

The blog hop order is:




51 comments on "Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway! "
  1. Both of them are beautiful but I love the added extra of stitching the sentiment on the first card! So fun!

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  2. Awesome coloring! I love the colors.

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  3. I love all of the new ideas!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! I love your coloring, the blue leaves,
    the stitched 'hello' and the cute framed 'photos'. Awesome!

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  5. Totally adorable! Love the little frames flowers.

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  6. Great coloring! Cute card with the frames.

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  7. Love this stamp set, beautiful effect with the frames - just love it. Your so talented

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  8. Thank you for the step by step! Your coloring is amazing!

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  9. The card did look like little art pieces hanging on a wall for sure....I loved your card....thank you so much!

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  10. OH MY GOODNESS I am soooo in LOVE with these two cards! The colors you chose for the flowers is just soooo GORGEOUS! and the second card with the frame stamp and die WOW Sooooo FANTASTIC!!!!

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  11. Pretty cards! I love the one with the portraits!

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  12. Your cards are amazing! Please don't include me. Just wanted to leave love! :)

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  13. Oh wow!! I have that stamp set. Don't believe I could color it nearly as beautiful as you!!

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  14. I enjoyed your cards! Thanks for sharing

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  15. These are lovely! I really like the stitched sentiment on the first and the combination of the florals and frames on the second!

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  16. Fun colors and beautiful creations!

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  17. Do you stitch over a sentiment ? Ive never seen this done before. Very cool. Second card is clever

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  18. This is so cool how you used the frames on your card. Very cute!

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  19. Your card is so clever I can't get over it. I love how you framed all your colored floral to complete your card. I love the sentiment too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. The cards are so gorgeous! I am also really new to the markers and really scared to try. I think I am going to take your advice and just start coloring without getting hung up on the technical details!

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  21. Beautiful coloring. I love the card with the frames and the matching sentiment. So adorable.

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  22. THank you so much for the process coloring pics!!! That is such a good tutorial of it! Loved that you used a flower arrangement that incorporated all the different flowers so as to use different shades together!!! The "frames" card is my favorite!!!

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  23. Beautiful card and love your framed art.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  24. Beautiful cards. Especially love the frames in the second card. Loved the colors you used

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  25. wow! Gorgeous cards! I love both of them but the one that you framed out pieces of the whole is genus! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Beautiful cards and I love the bright colors you used! So pretty against the white background! Gorgeous job.

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  27. Such pretty cards. Like the frames idea.

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  28. Beautiful coloring. I love these markers too. So affordable and I dont need to own 100's of markers of which I'll use some.. I use all of these!

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  29. LOVE the colors, the stitching and the frames and how you pulled it all together! So very beautiful and inspiring!

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  30. The stitched sentiment is a beautiful touch to finish off your card. Lovely coloring on the florals. The blues and corals are so pretty together! Framing the floral pieces on the second card was such a creative idea!

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  31. The hello card is beautiful and I really love the Focus on You card. The frames and sections of the image looks so cool! Great job on both of these.

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  32. Totally gorgeous. Love the stitched hello and what a cute way to use the frames

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  33. Love seeing stamps used in a different way and the Focus on You card is just a perfect example of thinking out of the box. Your colouring on the hello card is great and love the hand stitching.

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  34. What a lovely and clever card! Beautiful coloring and fantastic card design.

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  35. Love the way you framed pieces of your masterpiece.

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  36. I love the use of frames on the card, beautiful work!

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  37. So pretty. Nice coloring jobs.

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  38. Lovely cards, I especially love the one with the framed images. Beautiful coloring. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  39. The wall hanging is such a unique idea.

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  40. omgosh! SO inspired by your second card!!

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  41. Beautiful coloring, I just love how the frames make it look like tiny paintings hung on a wall :)

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  42. Hi Leigh! Your first card was as fresh as the bouquet itself and the second card was a great idea...masterpieces in the frames! Thanks for sharing :)

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  43. Very pretty. I like the framing on the second one.

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  44. Beautiful coloring! Lovely work :)

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