Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Altenew Exotic Garden Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the blog hop celebrating Altenew's Exotic Garden release!  This amazing release is jam packed with so many incredible new products!  

You should have arrived from the blog of Emily Midgett.  If you need to start at the beginning, head over to the Altenew Card Blog.  I have the entire hop list at the end for you as well.

Of course, Altenew has some freebies for you with your order! Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Exotic Garden Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Exotic Garden release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Storybook Fantasy release collection from 05/04/2021 through 05/10/2021. Shop HERE

  • Get a FREE brand new Exotic Garden Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 05/04/2021 through 05/06/2021. Shop HERE!


I have four cards to share with you today, so let's get started!

For my first card, I created my card base by die cutting the Grid Cover Die from some 80# white card stock.  Then I adhered it to a top-folding A2 card base.  I love the white-on-white background for a beautiful and elegant look!

I stamped the sentiment that's included in the Simply Spring Outline stamp set with Azurite ink.  I trimmed it down and popped it up on the card front.

I stamped the beautiful butterfly from the Dovetail Butterflies set, first with Eastern Sky ink, and then the little dots at the bottom of the wing with Ultramarine and Azurite inks. (These are found in the Lapis Lazuli Dye ink set.)  I used the coordinating Dovetail Butterflies Die to cut it out and added foam tape to the back.

Next I stamped a portion of the so gorgeous Simply Spring Outline stamp onto an A2 card panel with clear embossing ink.  I sprinkled on silver embossing powder and heat set it.  Then I used the coordinating Simply Spring Outline die to cut it out.  I added foam tape to the back and adhered it in the bottom right corner of the card.  I added the butterfly and a few blue crystal gems for a touch of sparkle!

My next card was so fun, and easy, to make!

For my card base, I swiped the Chamomile mini ink cube (from the Golden Sunset ink cube set) across an A2 card panel.  Then I added a strip of Many Dots Washi Tape and a thin black card stock strip.  I adhered this to an A2 top-folding card base.

I stamped the large butterfly from the Dovetail Butterflies set and the extra wings following the very helpful layering guide.  I used inks from the Lapis Lazuli ink cube set and Sunray ink (also in the Golden Sunset ink cube set).  I stamped the top layers with Jet Black ink.  Then I used the coordinating Dovetail Butterflies dies to cut them out.  After adhering the blue winks onto the yellow butterfly, I added foam tape to the back and popped it onto the card front.

I stamped the sentiment from the Dovetail Butterflies stamp set in clear embossing ink onto black card stock.  Then I sprinkled on white embossing powder and heat set it.  After trimming it down, I popped it up onto the card.  Can you tell I like dimension on my cards?  Haha!

My next card uses the gorgeous Bitterroot Layering Stencil Set.  Never did I think I could make such a beautiful card with just stencils!  There is a coordinating Bitterroot Flower Die Set that I didn't use as I wanted to make a one-layer card this time.

I followed the included layering guide on the stencil packaging to help me layer up the flowers.  I used an ink blending brush and Rose Quartz and Puffy Heart inks from the Rose Petal Mini Ink Cube set for the flowers.  I also used Fuchsia and Magenta inks for the darker flower layers.  Then I used the greens from the Green Fields Mini Ink Cube set for the leaves.  These layers are just so gorgeous!!!

I used a sentiment from the Build-A-Flower: Coneflower stamp set that I thought was just right for these pretty flowers.  I stamped it in Jet Black ink.

For my final card I used the beautiful Sweet Ginkgo Layering Stamp Set along with the Sweet Gingko Simple Coloring Stencil.  There is also a coordinating Sweet Gingko Die set that I can't wait to use the next time I use this set.

For this card I started with a 3-¾" x 5" white card panel.  I stamped the gingko leaves all over with the base layer stamp in Frayed Leaf Ink.  Then I used the Sweet Gingko Simple Coloring Stencil and blended Forest Glades and Evergreen inks over it to get a dimensional look.  Then I stamped the top layer of the gingko stamp in Jet Black ink.  I just love how this turned out!

I thought this sentiment from the Sweet Gingko stamp set was perfect for this card.  I stamped it in clear embossing ink onto black card stock.  I added white embossing powder, heat set it, and trimmed it into a thin strips.  I added a few foam squares to the back to pop it up.

I hope you've found some inspiration here today!  Thank you for stopping by!

Your next stop on the hop is the awesome blog of Norine Borys!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 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 05/10/2021 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 05/12/2021.

Blog Hop Order

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Jaycee Gaspar 

Amanda Baldwin

Nicole Watt

Vicky Papaioannou

Emily Midgett 

Carol Hintermeier << that's me

Norine Borys 

Erin Thompson

Agnieszka Małyszek

Helen Kalb

Amber Rain Davis 

Jenny Colacicco

Svitlana Shayevich

Erum Tasneem 

Kymona Tracey 

Keren Baker

Virginia Lu


Lilith Eeckels 

Linda Westfall

Maryam Perez

Michelle Short

Therese Calvird 

Verity Biddlecombe

Tania Ahmed 

Sandhya Iyer

Reiko Tsuchida


Nathalie DeSousa

Teresa Litchfield

Laurie Willison

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Tina Smith

Tricia Schaden 

Joylita Dsouza

Nandini Karmarkar


  1. Great project ideas. I like how the butterfly stands out.

  2. Such cute Ginko leaves. I love the color you chose

  3. love that first card. it is stunning

  4. Absolutely Gorgeous cards, Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Wonderful designs Carol, I especially love the first one with the striking pop of color. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. The butterfly card is stunning. Love that concept.

  7. I love your ginkgo card. It is simple, calm and pretty.

  8. Gorgeous cards. The first is my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love these!! The blues are my favorite!!

  10. What a beautiful collection of cards. Really love the ginkgo card.

  11. Great cards, thought the flowers were my favorite & then along came your green one! Fantastic!

  12. Gorgeous cards, love the pop of blue!

  13. I was most impressed by the vibrant blue butterfly against the mostly white background. Lovely contrast!

  14. The butterflies are gorgeous! Beautiful job!

  15. Such pretty cards! Letting the butterfly take center stage with just white texture and silver embossed flowers is such a great idea. Love the ink swipes with the dotted washi over a part of them to ground the butterfly. The bitteroot stencil is also lovely as are the gingkos. Lots of inspiration here. Thank you

  16. Marisela Delgado said: Gorgeous colors! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

  17. Love the blue and white. Spectacular!

  18. Love those gingkoes. As a matter of fact, love all the stamps in the May release. Gorgeous butterflies!

  19. wow, such stunning cards!

  20. Beautiful cards, love the Ginko! Great colors!

  21. What a wonderful release. It is always so exciting to see!

  22. Beautiful cards. Love the blue butterfly with the white background.

  23. Your cards are just beautiful. I love them all. The butterfly set is gorgeous and who doesn't love butterflies?

  24. What wonderful cards. My favorite is your first card. I love the tone on tone with the silver embossing.Such beautiful floral stamps.

  25. I feel like this is the year of the butterfly! I adore your white and silver card! SO beautiful! I really like the addition of the dotted washi tape on your yellow butterfly card. The perfect accent!

  26. Your cards are awesome! I love the all white with the butterfly, which in blue just pops off that fun cover plate die cut! And love that flower! Glad you left it B&W! Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. You made GORGEOUS cards, Carol. You really showcased these FAB Altenew products to inspire us. LOVE it.

  28. Truly fabulous cards, Carol -- you've outdone yourself with all these beauties!

  29. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing

  30. Wow! Love the colors you chose for the bitterroot flowers, and the blue butterfly 🦋 is just gorgeous

  31. All your cards are gorgeous, each one unique with its own special design.

  32. Beautiful! I love how the blue butterfly pops against the textured white backgrond1

  33. Every card is stunning I just love the ink swiping background too, just a perfect easy technique!

  34. Beautiful designs on your lovely cards! The Dovetail Butterflies set is a favorite!

  35. I love the blue pop of that butterfly!

  36. All the cards are lovely but that blue and gold card blew my socks off. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Thanks for sharing! Your cards are beautiful and inspiring!

  38. Totally love the blue butterfly pop on the white background with black and white stamp. That bitterroot stencil is catching my eye as well.

  39. Your cards are wonderful, Carol. In addition to your wonderful coloring, I especially like the sentiment about spring!

  40. Lovely cards and all so different from each other. I really enjoy how you have the white and white with layers and then just the butterfly in all its glorious color. Stunning!

  41. It is so much fun to see how so many artists & crafters make use of the same stamps!

  42. Absolutely beautiful cards, especially the 1st and 3rd!

  43. Thank you for such clear & consise instructions. I've gotta try those layering stencils. The results were amazing.

  44. You cards are absolutely beautiful. I really love the Bitteroot Layering Stencil and that gorgeous card is my favorite.

  45. Lovely cards, especially the butterfly one... Thank you for the inspiration!

  46. Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for another beautiful release, Altenew!

  47. Oh my just gorgeous, all of them!

  48. All are simply beautiful! Great job!


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