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. Lovely layered card. I love the subtlety of the of the white stamped images against the vivid blue background. TFS.

    1. Beautiful cards. Love them all especially the hello I love you card. So pretty with the gold and blue.

    1. you make the loveliest cards! of course, altenew makes some beautiful stamps!

    1. I love the frames! They look so real. I don’t have a die cutter but I wish I could make this. The flowers are so pretty! I love flowers and I love how you used yellow in one of your cards. It’s my favorite color and I also see that you embossed on some of your cards. Love them all!

    1. Очень красивые открытки. Спасибо за вдохновение!

    1. I just love your cards. I stop by your blog often to see your incredible creations!

    1. Wedding flowers just speaks to me! Altenew has amazing flower collection!

    1. Love love your card designs. You have helped me with my cards when I use your “Perfect Cardmaking Formula”. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your talents.

    1. Hi Yana. Your cards have always inspired me to make something different and unique.Beautiful cards with unique designs which make the stamps look even better. Will be eagerly awaiting ur cards. Happy New year to you.

    1. I already placed an order after the first stop! How I love your style!

    1. Beautiful cards all of them! I reallt want to try those gold frames. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us and Happy New Year!

    1. What beautiful cards; I especially like the first one. Love the gold frames with the florals.

    1. Your cards are always so beautiful! I especially remember a black one with aqua flowers that I bookmarked to try some day. Looking forward to seeing what fab inspiration you share this year!

    1. I’d love to win a GC and a homemade card! Thanks so much for the chance!

    1. I enjoy reading and seeing your creation, Yana! I hope some day I will be able to make some cards as beautiful as yours!
      Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for showing off the Altenew flowers. Also, a big thanks for sharing the site on your blog about your “go-to” card making of having gold included on the card. It causes such lush, elegant cards to be made, and I plan on using this as my go-to plan.

    1. Yana thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cards. So inspirational, love them all.

    1. I absolutely love your ‘Perfect Cardmaking Formula’ and I have it bookmarked in my favorite sites. Your cards are outstanding! What a treat it would be to win one of your beautiful creations! Thank you for all the incredible inspiration you share! Happy New Year Yana!

    1. WoWWWW!! Such Beautiful and Creative Cards! Each one is a piece of awesomeness! Thank u so much for the inspiration! Would love to win a card handmade by you!

    1. Such gorgeous cards! I wish I was so gifted!!! Thanks so much for all your inspiration and sharing it with us! God bless!

    1. Your cards are always my favourite ones! The combination of flowers and golden frame is beautiful.

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