Altenew November 2021 Sparkle and Shine Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hey Crafters! 
Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog! 

I am so excited to be participating in today's wonderful 

Sparkle and Shine Collection Release Blog Hop

Huge thanks to the lovely & oh so talented Svitlana Shayevich for relaying you here! 
If you haven't arrived here as part of the blog hop, or you're feeling a bit lost, please visit the 
Altenew Card Blog to get started! 

This release is absolutely stunning! 

If you haven't checked it out yet here's a quick looksee for you...

Total WOW!!!

Shop the entire Sparkle & Shine Collection release HERE
& get your special priced ink bundle HERE! 

Like always, Altenew are celebrating this release in style! 
Starting with a FREE gift promotion....

  • Get a FREE brand new Sparkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 11/05/2021 through 11/7/2021. Shop HERE!

  • Get a FREE brand new Sparkle & Shine Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Guide with every order of any of the high-value Sparkle and Shine Bundles. Shop HERE!

  • Get a FREE brand new Online Cardmaking Class with every order from the new Sparkle and Shine Stamp & Die Release Collection from 11/05/2021 through 11/11/2021. Shop HERE!

Yay! & if that wasn't enough, Altenew are also offering $300 in total prizes!

Yes, you read correctly!

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 11/11/2021 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 11/13/2021.

Blog Hop Order: 

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

Kelly Griglione

Erum Tasneem

Jaycee Gaspar

Mindy Eggen

Tenia Nelson

Terri Koszler

Dana Joy

Nathalie DeSousa

Emily Midgett

Michelle Short

Simon Hurley

Therese Calvird

Virginia Lu

Kari VanNoy

Lilith Eeckels

Agnieszka Małyszek


Laurie Willison

Svitlana Shayevich

Amanda Baldwin

Sandhya Iyer

Maryam Perez

Reiko Tsuchida

Daniel Diaz

Tania Ahmed

Zinia Redo

Teresa Litchfield

Verity Biddlecombe

Bridget Casey


Colleen Balija

Eva Bussom

Joy Baldwin

Tina Smith

 Whoa! That's some line up & such fantastic giveaway celebrations! 

Time to share what I've created with some of these fabulous new products! 

"You Are Awesome" - 8.5" x 11" scrapbook layout 

Wow! Awesome, indeed! 

Altenew Supplies Featured: In the Woodland Stamp & Die & Coloring Stencil Bundle, Jewel Tones Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set, Strawberry Crisp Dye Ink, Mint Choc Crisp Dye Ink, Note For You Stamp & Die Bundle.

I really wanted to showcase the versatility of the In the Woodland Set, so I created a masculine layout with a mix of the gorgeous Jewel Tones Crisp Dye Inks and Frozen Delights Crisp Dye Inks

I just love the Fall feel of this page!  Here's a closer look...

The mix of In the Woodland Stamp & Die & Coloring Stencil Bundle with the Note For You Stamp & Die Bundle is such a beautiful combination! 

Speaking of beautiful, how wonderful are the new crisp dye inks?! I'm in LOVE!!!!
Here's a sweet card I've made featuring the Frozen Delights Crisp Dye Inks...

So fun and fresh! Love this! 

Loving the clean & modern vibes!  

But if messy mixed media is more your jam, check out this inky delight...

Wow! Now that's a celebration! 
Nothing says birthday surprise quite like exploding fireworks! 

That Firework Trio 3D Embossing Folder is really somethin'!!!!

I hope my projects have inspired you! 

Please remember to leave a comment at the end of this post to be entered into the giveaways, 
& Good Luck!

Time to send you hopping over to the incredible  Sandhya Iyer's blog! She is sure to wow you! 

Thanks so much for hopping by today, 
til next time, 

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Honeysuckle Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in total prizes)


Hi Altenew Friends! 

Thanks so much for hopping by today! 

I am so super excited to be joining in on the fabulous 

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Honeysuckle Blog Hop + Giveaway!

The monthly Build-A-Flower releases are an Altenew favorite of mine, & the Honeysuckle blooms will leave you gasping from their beauty! 

Enormous thanks to the gorgeous Verity Biddlecombe for sending you to my blog today. 
If you didn't arrive here as part of this awesome blog hop, you can visit the Altenew Card Blog to get started! 

As always, there are some fantastic offers and giveaways happening...

Like $200 USD in total prizes! WOW!

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 11/07/2021 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 11/09/2021. Good Luck!

Blog Hop List:

Start here ---> Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Emily Midgett


Jaycee Gaspar

Mindy Eggen

Jenny Colacicco

Terri Koszler

Sandhya Iyer

Tenia Nelson


Virginia Lu

Verity Biddlecombe

 You are here ---> Amanda Baldwin

Yasmin Diaz

Nathalie DeSousa

Daniel Diaz

Erum Tasneem

Dana Joy

Laurie Willison

Joy Baldwin

Agnieszka Małyszek

Teresa Litchfield

Colleen Balija

Eva Bussom

Wow! Such an amazing line up of creatives to inspire you along this hop! 

This fabulous stamp and die set is likely to sell out fast! 

Or, if you're like me and never want to risk missing out on this exclusive stamp, 
why not join the Build-A-Flower Club?

You'll save money and never suffer FOMO again! Yay! 

Here's what Altenew shared about this fabulous new Build-A-Flower bloom,

"Bring sweetness to your projects with some lovely florals! This stamp set features a beautiful honeysuckle flower and accompanying foliage to beautify your handmade projects. The flower includes an outline layer and four coloring layers. The set also has two individual leaves and a pair of leaves coupled with a lovely bud. All layers have been labeled on the acetate sheet for ease of identification and use."
And here's what I created with this stunning floral....

You are the sweetest, indeed! SO incredibly gorgeous!

Let's take a closer look at this loveliness...

Aren't those Honeysuckle florals just divine?!! Truly stunning!

I colored mine with the beautiful Martian Terrain Crisp Dye Mini Inks & then stamped the outline leaves onto one of the mint green papers from the Gel Printing Soft Washes Paper Pack
So simple, but so effective! 

I really hope my card has inspired you today! 

Please remember to leave a comment on this post to be entered into the giveaway draw, 
& Good Luck!!!

Time to send you hopping over to one of my crafty faves, 
the incredible Yasmin Diaz! She will amaze you! 

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Citrus Twist Kits: Merry & Bright Christmas - Foundation Pages

 Hi Creative Friends!

I am absolutely thrilled to be a Guest Designer for Citrus Twist Kits, & share some 

Merry & Bright Christmas Kit inspiration with you all! 

If you haven't checked out this amazing kit, here's a  lil look for you...

Gorgeous, right?! 

Sharing our December Stories is really important to me, but the Season of Giving is also the Hustle & Bustle Season! The best way for me to record it all is to complete my foundation and cover pages before December starts. 

Here's a sneak peek of what's been on my desk this week...

So.much.gorgeousness! Isn't the Cranberry Life Crafted Album just divine?! Such a beautiful color for a Christmas Album! The Merry & Bright Christmas Kit is just brimming with pretty things to tell your stories and turn some beautiful memories into treasured pages!

Speaking of pages, let's look inside my Life Crafted Album...

How stunning! 
I wanted a really classical opening to my December Album, so I used white vellum as my base paper & mixed it with pine green, soft gray and gold accent embellishments. The vintage feel of the Merry & Bright Die Cuts combined with the luxury of the Gold Puffy Stickers really enhanced this elegant look! 
Here's a closer view...

Such a simple cover page, and yet so impressive! 
Following on from my opening pages, I have crafted my 2021 title page...

What could be more fun than a Christmas tree crafted from Chipboard Star and Gold Puffy Stickers?! 
To keep with the elegant look of the cover pages, I opted for a delicate white and gray pattern paper from the October Flea Market Findings Kit for the background. This softer look ensured that my star tree was the focal point! 

For added emphasis, and the notion of opening up something really special, I wrapped the star tree in a candy cane twine bow! Again, really simple and elegant creating for a timeless look! 

Speaking of timeless, here's a couple more of my album preparation ideas to save you time in December...

Craft your numeral features & or, book marks in advance! 

If you like to document daily from 1-25 then this little tip will save you hours of time! I couldn't resist using the fabulous CTK Stamps to ink up a bunch of my numerals.
For Day #1, I have maximized the awesome Citrus Twist Kits Sophie Alphabet, Luna Nos, and Merry & Bright Christmas 2021 Stamps to make a super cool page marker. Using a similar font, I also fussy cut a larger number 1 from the Crate Paper Busy Sidewalks 6 x 8 Paper Pad and foam mounted it onto this stamped page marker. Love it! 

Not a big stamper? Or perhaps you just like to mix things up a bit? 
Well, why not try the Citrus Twist Digital products! I edited one of the Journal Cards in a software editing app (PicMonkey) to include the day number and the text, 'today's story'. To add a pop more color and bit of dimension, I embellished with FA LA LA using the CTK Soft Mint Puffy Alphabet Stickers. Between the super awesome stamps, and the very cool digital products, my pages are numbered and ready to go! 

Create fun page dividers to organize your album! 

My final tip for today is to craft as many page dividers as you can in November so all you need to do in December is add your photos, memorabilia and a quick spot of story telling! I created this fun pocket page to hold those sweet passport photos that you get when you visit Santa. The pocket is a another of the CTK Merry & Bright Digital Journal Cards that I printed and machine stitched onto one of the Busy Sidewalks papers. I've stuffed the pocket with a couple tags for journaling, & adding my photos to.

So that's me being all organized and ready for the Season! 

(Or really, that's one awesome Christmans kit that's inspired me to get my act together!) 

I hope my post has given you some ideas on preparing your December album, and inspired you! 

You're going to love documenting December with this beautiful 

Citrus Twist Kits: Merry & Bright Christmas Kit 

Thanks so much for visiting, 

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo