Altenew | February Inspiration Challenge. Video – easy wet watercolor

Altenew | A Year in Review Blog Hop + Giveaway (Closed)

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by! Designers and guest designers from Altenew are getting together to share our favorite projects from the year 2016. I’m sure you’ll find lots of creative inspiration! Be sure to pin images you like to save them for later!

2016 was a busy year for me and I am beyond grateful I had the chance to work with some of Altenew’s greatest stamp sets. I have lots of projects on my blog created using stamps, inks, dies and trims (oh yes, I adore their antique trims), you can see all of them by clicking on ALTENEW tag in my sidebar.


My most favorite card from 2016 is the one I made to share more about my “Perfect Cardmaking Formula”. I always use this formula when I need to quickly create a card. The formula is very simple and includes pretty white cardstock + gold die cut + stamped flowers. Head over to the blog post to see more and watch a video tutorial.

My Perfect Cardmaking Formula: White Cardstock + Gold Die Cut Frame + Florals + Sentiment

using: Vintage Flowers and Label Love


Painted flowers is a truly gorgeous and unique stamp set from Altenew. I’ve been wanting to use it without the “coordinating layers” and finally watercolored it on its own. See more of this card on my blog by clicking here. Oh and this card uses the formula I share above.

Altenew | Watercolor Painted Flowers Card by @yanasmakula

Using: Painted Flowers and Many Thanks


Another project I wanted to mention here is a card I made to share more about how I select colors for my projects. I used to struggle with color, but not any more! See more and watch video tutorial here on my blog.

Altenew | Tips to selecting color combinations for cards. Video + Blog Hop

Using: Vintage Flowers and Thinking of You


And finally last, but not least is the card I made for February Inspiration Challenge. I used a bold Aqua + Gold color combo and pale watercolor. See more by clicking here.

Altenew | February Inspiration Challenge. Video – easy wet watercolor

Using: Beautiful Day and Super Script



Altenew is running a special shipping promotion now through Friday. Make sure to enter the code at checkout to take advantage of this special deal!

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping on all retail orders with code GOODBYE2016 at checkout and $7 OFF international shipping on orders over $17 with code WELCOME2017 at checkout. Offer ends Friday, December 30th at 11:59 pm EST. (Retail orders only. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other coupon codes.)


Join our blog hop to find more inspiration! The next stop on  this hop is Sveta Fotinia! I’m sure she has some fantastic projects to share!

If you get lost, start over at Altenew blog.


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. You have until Wednesday, January 4th at 11:59 PM ET to enter, and the winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, January 6th.

Leave a comment below if you’d like to receive a handmade card from me! I will announce winner by Thursday, January 5th in this blog post and will also e-mail the winner to ask for winner’s mailing address.

Winner is – LC. Congratulations!

Thank you all for your lovely comments! I enjoyed reading them.



    1. You are the girl with the golden frame:)) Love how you use them in your art!

    1. Love all your cards!!! Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks. Have enjoyed watching and learning many of your tutorials.

    1. I just love your cards. I bought the gold frame and now seeing your cards with it I have more inspiration! Thanks!

    1. Yana your cards are always gorgeous. Your formula sounds simple and your creations always come out glorious, but I certainly can’t achieve results close to yours. Even where you put your sequins is perfect.

    1. Beautiful cards.!! Love the frames you have used with the flowers. The floral bouquet is awesome.

    1. Your cards are always stunning! I love your color choices and designs. Can’t wait to see what you create in 2017 – hope it’s a wonderful year for you!

    1. Wow, Yana!! Gorgeous cards – love the metallic accents on each one. They add the perfect touch of glitz and glamour to your already elegant cards!

    1. Yana, all of your cards are GORGEOUS! I love your coloring and layering work on them. Your designs are always fantastic. Thank you for the inspirations!

    1. I very much enjoyed watching your videos and look forward to seeing more of your work.

    1. Ahhhh, so beautiful! I love the addition of the gold frames. I’m going to have to buy some gold paper and pull out my dies. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Beautiful cards. I can see why they made your faves list; I loved them too. Especially using the frames; I thought that tip was genius. Thank you for sharing throughout the year!

    1. All of your cards are just gorgeous. I’m such a fan of your style and would be honored to receive one of your handmade cards.

    1. Great designs on your cards. Love your work & would love to receive one of your cards.

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