Saturday, August 7, 2021

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: California Giants Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

 Hello crafty friends!  I'm thrilled to be joining in the blog hop to celebrate the release of Altenew's gorgeous Craft-A-Flower: California Giants layering die set!

You should have arrived here from the blog of Nathalie DeSousa.  If you need to start over, head on over to the Altenew Card Blog.

This beautiful set is available for you in three different sets--click the links for more details.  Get it as a Layering Die Set; a Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Bundle (5% off); or join the Monthly Subscription Plan for a specially discounted price!

It also comes with a layering guide to make it super easy to create this beautiful flower!

For my card today, I went with colors that I don't normally use.  It's good to step outside our comfort zones at times, right?!

For the card layers, I embossed white card stock with the gorgeous Spring Blossoms 3D embossing folder.  I love how this adds subtle interest to the background!  Then I trimmed the embossed panel to 4" x 5-¼".  I layered it on some coral card stock and adhered it to my card base.

Next I die cut all of the Craft-A-Flower: California Giant pieces from white card stock.  I looked at all of my various inks and chose a warm yellow, and a couple of coral shades for the flower and greens for the leaves.  I used some Ink Blending Tools to color the pieces.

I used the included layering guide to layer the pieces and glue them together.  I colored a scrap of white card stock with some of the same coral ink I used in the flower.  Then I die cut the sentiment shadow layer from it, and the sentiment top layer from white.  I popped the sentiment up with some foam tape.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win before heading to the next stop, which is the blog of Reiko Tsuchida!

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 8/13/2021 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 08/15/2021.

Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Michelle Short

Virginia Lu

Natasha Davies

Emily Midgett

Dana Joy

Nathalie DeSousa

Carol Hintermeier <<< that's me!

Reiko Tsuchida

Amanda Baldwin


Terri Koszler

Tina Smith


Keren Baker

Verity Biddlecombe

Sandhya Iyer

Linda Westfall

Joy Baldwin

Nenette S. Madero

Preeti Chandran

Daniel Diaz

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza


  1. I love the colors you chose and it looks beautiful over your embossed background too

  2. OK, I am now convinced to ink white cardstock! Beautiful💖

  3. Really beautiful card! I love the colors and the use of the buds to frame the big flower, and the embossed background - it is gorgeous.

  4. Beautiful card, your background is subtle but adds so much!

  5. These are very pretty colors together! The embossed background adds the perfect touch!

  6. Such a pretty card. The white embossed background really makes the flower pop,

  7. Beautiful color choices. You really should use them more often.

  8. Beautiful colors. I like to ink blend my die cuts as well.

  9. Wow! Who wouldn’t love to receive this card?!

  10. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. I love the embossed background.

  11. Great design share. I like the colors for the layers.

  12. You can really see the variations in tone on the leaves. Good call on blending the colors.

  13. Lovely color choice, and so much texture and dimension!

  14. Marisela Delgado said: So beautiful.

  15. Stunning. Love the colors used. Love the embossing on the background, really adds to the card.

  16. I just love this GIANT floral die set!!! And your ink blending is fabulous!!

  17. I cannot wait to receive my set, this die set is gorgeous. Your color palette is stunning!

  18. Very pretty card. I love the color combo.

  19. Gorgeous! Love the colors and the background is so beautiful!


  20. Stunning color combination & I love the embossed background. Beautiful card!

  21. I never would have guessed how good the Spring Blossoms embossed card would look as a background for this stunning flower. Such a good idea.

  22. These peachy hues are so pretty with the floral, gorgeous background too!

  23. Love the peach and yellows together

  24. I love the colors and the gorgeous texture on the background!

  25. great colors! thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Gorgeous card! Love the colors…
    Thanks for sharing.

  27. This is beautiful! I love the color combination you used for the flower. :)

  28. Love this with the addition of the embossed background

  29. Am in love with your beautiful feminine card with the added texture of the dry embossing bg!

  30. Beautiful card! Love the coral and shades of yellow. !!

  31. Love the colors in your florals, and the addition of the buds is a cool idea. I also like this floral mounted on the floral embossing. Very pretty indeed!

  32. Pretty. I like the embossed background and your choice of colors.


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